I just introduced a friend of mine to The New Pornographers, and her enthusiasm has gotten me on a little bit of a New Pornographers' kick as well. I've said this before, but I just love their musicality - their live music shows how free of studio tricks and production their songs are; its just a bunch of off-beat musicians who enjoy making music together.
On this version of "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk," you can tell that the NPs know how good they sound - they're smiling from ear to ear the entire time. The drumming and hand-clap percussion sounds great, and Neko's in top tambourine-playing-hippie form.
Fortunately for us, that wasn't the New Pornographer's only great late-night performance last year. They sounded just as great playing "Crash Years" on Jimmy Fallon's show. Check out how into-it the audience gets, dancing and clapping like they're at Coachella. Late night television needs more musical performances like this - after all, rock music is supposed to be fun.