2012 has been a banner year for San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall. Since January, he's released three albums (at least one of which seems destined for numerous best album of the year lists), toured all over the country, contributed an epic cover of "Femme Fatale" on a Velvet Underground tribute record, was the subject of a Spin Magazine cover story and performed a blistering set at the recent Treasure Island Music Festival.
Now Segall can put another notch in his belt: a national television debut on Conan O'Brien's late night TBS talk show earlier this week.
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Segall led his band, which included former SF Weekly music writer Emily Rose Epstein on drums, through a hard rocking rendition of "Thank God For Sinners" from his newest album "Twins."
"That was great," gushed O'Brien after the band finished. "That was fantastic!"
The 25-year old Southern California native is quickly becoming the breakout star of the Bay Area's burgeoning garage rock scene and cites his adopted hometown's rich musical culture as an inspiration.
"I'm surrounded by so many insane musicians and bands--Sic Alps, Kelley Stoltz," Segall told The Huffington Post's Robin Wilkey in an interview last year. "And I know it sounds cheesy, but there's this history of psychedelia here that influences me a lot. It seems cliche, but then you take a walk through Golden Gate Park and, man, it's still here."
While Segall's Conan performance was his national TV debut, it's not the first time he's been in front of a television camera. The band stopped by Chicago's WGN morning news show for a vocal shredding, distortion-drenched set that got the hosts up and headbanging despite the 9 a.m. time slot.
Check that performance out here: