If you’re looking for an example of good-sounding live music on TV—and I assure you, I do not write this sentence lightly—Jimmy Kimmel
seems to have figured it out. It helps that, rather than having bands perform in the Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel
studio, they play outdoors at the “Pontiac Garage” which, while kind of gross, does have acoustics that make it sound like actual bands are playing, instead of remixes that mute out selected tracks at random. In the above case, it also helps that Keri Hilson
and Lil Wayne
—and their band—play the hell out of “Turnin’ Me On.”
Which, again, might be kind of a weird sentence! But it’s true. Hearing the studio version afterward, I was surprised to realize that the parts were essentially the same. It’s just that everything is louder—especially the drums—and that makes a good song into kind of a great one.
Keri Hilson Performs “Turnin’ Me On” feat. Lil Wayne [YouTube; h/t Frank Kogan]