Live From 6A: Late Night With Conan O'Brien

Various Artists

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Live From 6A: Late Night With Conan O'Brien Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Live from 6A: Late Night with Conan O'Brien compiles 12 previously unreleased musical performances from the late-night variety show. The show's musical tastes tend toward the quirky and adventurous side of alternative rock -- O'Brien himself prefers rockabilly and Jonathan Richman, who is indeed showcased here -- and this collection is appropriately eclectic. Most of the artists are performing recent hits -- with the notable exception of Matthew Sweet's storming cover of the Move's "Do Ya" -- so the selection is a little predictable considering the artists (Bjork's "Human Behavior," David Bowie's "Dead Man Walking," Elvis Costello's "All This Useless Beauty," Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You," Ani DiFranco's "Shameless," Cake's "The Distance," 311's "Down"), but that doesn't make Live from 6A boring. Instead, it helps make the disc a terrifically entertaining snapshot of mid-'90s adult alternative rock.

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