One of the reasons that I have not been getting enough sleep is because I often stay up to watch The Carson Daly show-daily. Carson Daly has come a long way from his MTV hosting days with his late, late, late night show yes, 3 lates - as it follows Leno and Fallon - ouch! But it's so worth watching - it reminds me of the late nights we spent in NYC with great friends at places like CBGB's and the motorcycle bar The Ear, which was actually called The Bar until the curves on the B blinked out of its neon sign. We would listen to amazing new music from a myriad of bands who had fame or could care less and put their music first and just hang out and talk. There were aspiring actors, musicians, writers, artists, designers and everyday New Yorkers - it was a great time to be in NYC. You kept your day job to fund your nightly activities because that's when the interesting people truly came out. If you made it to the point when the bartender screamed out last call, you knew that you were screwed for the next day at work, but that it was so well worth it!
Last Call with Carson Daly is smartly produced - it is a show that primarily showcases great music, but also allows Daly to interview interesting people. He manages to wisely balance the range of mainstream and virtually unknown guests, which makes his show smartly eclectic. Carson is clearly a host who gets it and you can tell that he is intrigued by his guests and loves music. The show is brilliantly produced with great filming, locations and writing - it was also a cool move to take his show on the road. Last Call is worth staying up for.
Although CBGB's has closed and I am no longer hanging out late enough to hear last call :), I still can get my fix by watching Carson's show.