Reverb's Ma'chell Duma LaVassar was definitely on to something when she wrote about the "reverberating, bump-and-grind backlash" influence of Father John Misty's Fear Fun in this week's issue of SW. Misty made a sensation in 2012, not just with the brilliance of his record but with his hip-shaking live performances, first memorably exhibited on Letterman in May. Now another Seattle troubadour is putting down his guitar and showing off moves no one ever guessed he had: none other than Ben Gibbard.
Gibbard revealed a surprisingly hilarious side of himself last month in the music video for "Teardrop Windows"; last night, in an appearance on Conan O'Brien, he loosened up even more by performing his Western-flavored new single "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)" with the Los Angeles mariachi band Trio Ellas. Gibbard went guitar-less, opting instead for some jazzy finger snapping and hip gyrations that were tentative but definitely there. I love the performance--Gibbard's voice sounds lovely, he looks great, and the arrangement provided a sort of festive flair to the song. Check out the video after the jump.