“Everyone is influenced by everybody but you bring it down home the way you feel it.” –Thelonious Monk
These kids played on Letterman and I liked the song so I listened to it again.
The baseline reminded me of this song from the Raconteurs:
Jack White supposedly gets pissed about this sort of thing (witness his feud with the Black Keys), which is funny because he basically states in the documentary It Might Get Loud that his idea for the guitar-drums ensemble came from watching the Flat Duo Jets, before they added a bass player. (He also raves about them in Two Headed Cow):
White also once said he didn’t trust anyone who didn’t like Led Zeppelin, who might be the biggest musical plagiarists of all time.
But, hey, it’s ok to be influenced by someone else. Witness these J Roddy Walston and the Business fellows…
..who have a Kings of Leon vibe…
But then to me they all sound a bit like Uncle Tupelo covering the Stooges:
And Uncle Tupelo is among the best of my generation and they are both heavily influenced and original all at once, which is the best kind of thing…
So bring it down home kids, there’s always room for more.
The working thesis is that both I-75 and I-95 feed into the state, so every person in the midwest and the northeast who’s ranging from slightly off to full-on just heads south until they run out of options. Seth Myers’ new bit taps into the evidence supporting that theory, the insane Florida news cycle.
The good thing about the skit, and the continuous stream of news reports that inspired it, is that now people will believe us–we being the people with Florida roots who share personal anecdotes of encounters in this vein, only to have others think we’re making this shit up. (We are not.)
You don’t even need dig deep to experience it, just drive down any stretch of Federal Highway until you come across a Denny’s. Spend 20 minutes inside after midnight and you’re good to go.
With all due respect to the famous “cowbell” skit, which incredibly mixes Christopher Walken, Blue Oyster Cult and banded bottom shirts, there is another VHL Storytellers parody involving Will Ferrell that’s even better:
Neil Diamond: VH1 Storytellers
And, as long as we’re going down this road, there’s another I’d put up there with any of them. As Mr. Tarkanian, the Angry Boss. (Note with appreciation the little dance he pulls off at 3:04.)
The website space.com has an article up detailing the lasting effects of the interstellar object, estimated between five and miles in diameter, that crashed into earth at the spot now known as the Chesapeake Bay Crater.
Without this epochal event, there is no Chesapeake Bay and no striped bass fishing as we know it today. Stuff to think about, walking the beach.
This ESPN profile of Tom Morgan is one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time, and definitely worth your time:
READ: UNITY WITH THE UNIVERSE