Though no one can know for sure what unsubmitted versions languish on someone’s laptop somewhere out there, today appears to mark the end of our latest round of Song Club. Witchcatcher’s here to provide closing arguments, and everyone in the courtroom is convinced he’s got this one in the bag. Channeling a little bit of one recently-departed NYC rock legend, WC shows once again how to bring the house down, but also explores some new textures both loud and soft. In short, Christmas came early.
Speaking of the holiday season, our B-side this week, “Outside” by the Infinite Transmissions Project, presents some scenes and sentiments familiar to all of us who’ve had to endure long stretches of seasonal hanging with family. Sometimes you’ve just got to get away.
Thanks for listening, and look for a new Song Club coming soon in the new year (or maybe before).
Oh yeah. A double shot of Vevlo Eel to wrap up the month of November. And, as our special way of saying thanks to all of you loyal listeners out there, we’d like to present a new video as well, for our A-side this week, “Pluto is a Planet.” This once-accepted-now-controversial assertion aside, this video makes us want to fork over the $7 million and get on the first commercial space flight stat.
We paired this one up with “Payday,” a classic Eel track from their debut record, The Sound of a Thousand Chryslers Rusting. The familiar guitar and drum mayhem are definitely on display here, with several earworm hooks thrown in throughout (is it just me or is that one vocal hook kind of a shout out to Synchronicity II?)
This week, Hallelujah Boy offers up his entry into our latest Song Club. With his submission, he asked to thank Ben, his frequent collaborative partner with the project 35, for letting him borrow his SG for the tasty riffs that kick off this song.
The B-side comes from Gifthorse, with “Purest Intentions,” an elegiac tune from Rest on Yr Laurels, the 2002 album that was ultimately their swan song. Maybe we’ll see another single again soon from these lads – remember this one from all the way back in, um, February, when they put out their first new song in over a decade.
Returning champion and friend of the label Sam Margolis returns this week with his entry into our latest Song Club, “Because I Said So.” The master of the story song, Sam’s got another classic here for you, so pull up a chair/laptop/mobile device and listen up.
The B-side this week features label co-founder Witchcatcher taking the helm of the mighty Infinite Transmissions Project, from their sophomore release from 2002 return to zero. Entitled “Spoken Telegram,” after a few spins we guarantee you’ll have a hard time heeding the instructions of the song’s final lyric.
Vevlo Eel is back with a visual accompaniment for “Naked and Dead”, off this year’s There is No Pencil. Eel front-man Dank Fu has been laid up with an injured shoulder and produced this video, literally with one armed tied in front of his back. We don’t see any ill effects of his clipped wing in this, er, clip. Enjoy!
This week’s B Side comes from the incredible, unsinkable, Textbook Copilot. We’re featuring this tune almost one year to the day after the EP’s release in anticipation of the upcoming “Arrivals/Departures” record. “Cuban Canadian” is an homage to the band’s favorite Jennifer Grey movie (and ours too) also starring Harry Dean Stanton, Patrick Swayze, C.Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and another incredible, unsinkable one, the Charlie Sheen.