I’ve just glommed on to TV on the Radio, and let me tell all those who are as out-of-it as I am, when it comes to contemporary rock, the band is really very good. I first heard them play on Steven Colbert’s show, then bought their latest CD Dear Science
(which the Village Voice
and others touted as the best album of 2008), and I’ve listened to it since at least a dozen times. As I wrote
a little over a year ago about Radiohead, after I first heard In Rainbows
, it’s as harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated as just about any work of modern jazz—which is not to say that it’s like
jazz but rather that, on any musical level, the purest jazz purist has no grounds for looking down on it.