AC Newman Takes The Leap

May 19th, 2009 // 6 Comments

Last night was the season finale of How I Met Your Mother, and the show’s protagonist Ted Mosby capped off the worst year of his life by deciding to shed his past identity as an architect who gets browbeaten by washcloth-obsessed goats–a leap that was replicated by Ted and his five friends jumping across their apparently very narrow side street, and on to the tricked-out deck of a neighbor. The song that soundtracked this mass Spider-Man impersonation was AC Newman‘s “Prophets,” which appeared on the lead New Pornographer’s most recent solo album, Get Guilty. A live clip of that track after the jump.

This has been something of a rough season, what with the Stella and the various tents that the two pregnant female leads have had to wear to hide their conditions, but last night I realized just how much I love this show. Although two things: first, I did think that the good vibes were going to be completely thrown off by the neighbors onto whose deck the five pals leapt coming outside and either calling the police or throwing a big hot-tub-centric party of their own; and second, under-22-minute running times for allegedly half-hour shows are just criminal. I know that networks have to keep their lights on too, but come on.

The Leap []
AC Newman [Official site]
AC Newman, Prophets [YouTube]
[Pic via have you met ted?]


  1. O/T, but this weekend I was checking out extras on the DVDs of the first three seasons of this show (in anticipation of the finale, natch), and I saw Season 3 had as an extra “Ted Mosby Is A Jerk”. I figured it was probably the full audio of that long / weird song / rant from the episode “The Bracket”. Instead, it actually was that audio track over the video of the episode, and they were roughly sync’ed up like “The Wizard Of Oz” and “Dark Side Of The Moon”. I am a huge fan of this show, and in the year-or-so since that episode aired (and that audio appeared on the website, I had never heard about this clever thing. This post reminded me to google that, and the only thing that comes up are Rapidshare links to the DVD extra. So I guess only the hardest-of-hardcore HIMYM nerds know about this.

    Wait, can I still be in the club???

  2. I was pysched about the use of “Prophets” to bookend the episode. The show uses music sparingly, but they use it well. (see also: “Glad Girls”)

  3. The “Glad Girls” post took me back to Isolation Drills, which is such a solid record. I haven’t been able to watch the show all season but look forward to the next DVD set and a weekend spent on the couch.

  4. Them playing ‘Glad Girls’ and now ‘Prophets’ (my favorite song on ‘Get Guilty’) makes me wonder if I should be watching this show.

  5. @Varina: The show uses music sparingly, but they use it well. The use of “Waiting for an Invitation” by Benji Hughes at the tail end of the “Shelter Island” episode was very cool.

  6. @D.R.Mosby: I approve of any show that brings together Neil Patrick Harris and the crazy-yet-awesome Benji Hughes (whose official debut, while uneven, was a highlight of 2008 for me).

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