Watch Japanese Breakfast Showcase Reflective Album Cut ‘Kokomo, IN’ on ‘Colbert’


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The song comes off the group’s 2021 LP, Jubilee

Japanese Breakfast appeared on The Late Show to perform “Kokomo, IN,” off the group’s 2021 LP Jubilee. Frontwoman Michelle Zauner took center stage in a bright yellow dress, which lent itself to the floral decor surrounding her and the band. The musicians were joined by a quartet of string players for the performance.

Japanese Breakfast released Jubilee, their third studio album, in June of 2021. Jubilee ranked at Number 10 on Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Albums of 2021, and the LP was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammy Awards, with Zauner also picking up a nod for Best New Artist. She promoted the album with extensive touring and an appearance on Saturday Night Live, where the group performed “Be Sweet” and “Paprika.”

Zauner, who joined Karen O for Rolling Stone‘s Musicians on Musicians issue last year, has recently been working on plans to adapt her best-selling memoir, Crying in H Mart, into a feature film. In March, the musician confirmed that White Lotus star Will Sharpe was onboard to direct the movie, originally announced in 2021.

“I believe his sensitivity, as a director and an actor, and his own personal experience, having grown up between two cultures, will be tremendous assets,” Zauner said of Sharpe. “His work on Flowers and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain speak to his ability to conjure lofty, vulnerable performances, to find humor and grace within the tragedy of the everyday. They are a precious collection of talents that make him the perfect fit for this film.”


In May, Zauner shared a casting call for the film, looking for Korean-Americans between 18 and 25 years old for the role to play her. Crying in H-Mart will be produced by Stacey Sher and Jason Kim, with Zauner and Japanese Breakfast assisting with the music. The musician previous said she hoped the movie would come out “in the next couple years.”

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