By Kyle Anderson
January 03, 2013 at 08:45 PM EST

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen famously costars with indie-rock luminary Carrie Brownstein (ex member of riot girl icons Sleater-Kinney and current guitiarist in Wild Flag) on Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, but he famously has his own indie-rock bona fides, which he showed off last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Armisen has actually demonstrated off his drumming skills in the past, and on Fallon, he went toe-to-toe hitting skins with the show’s bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Armisen held his own against the imposing Root —check it out for yourself below.

Who do you think won? And how could you tell?

Considering how much Jimmy Fallon’s show is informed by music, it’s not surprising that Armisen’s visit to his old SNL castmate’s show was full of bits of rock and roll absurdism.

During the interview, they showed off a series of album covers from old fake bands they were in together, like the Baby Sparrows and Nothingness:


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