While it’s tempting to say the last time Saturday Night Live was funny, was when MacGyver was still on the air (that would be 1992)… it’s simply not true. But just in case you missed it, since no one really watches SNL anymore, here’s “MacGruber”…

Saturday Night Live – “MacGruber, Part 1”

Saturday Night Live – “MacGruber, Part 2”

Saturday Night Live – “MacGruber, Part 3”

Invisible Songs vol. 1

January 30, 2007

Late January Edition

1. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Sons of Cain

2. The Broken West – Baby On My Arm

3. Deerhoof – The Perfect Me

4. Busdriver – The Troglodyte Wins

5. Menomena – Muscle n’ Flo

6. Panda Bear – Bros

7. Looker – Hope & Anchor

8. Bright Eyes – Tourist Trap

9. Okkervil River – The President’s Dead

10. The Arcade Fire – Black Mirror

Favourite Sons

January 30, 2007


So you’ve sort of got to forget that back in the late 90’s, Ken Griffen was a part of the incredible Rollerskate Skinny. It’s not that Rollerskate Skinny weren’t fucking great, because they were. (Or as the Favourite Sons bio states: “criminally overlooked”). It’s just that the band he’s in now has very little in common with them… well, with the exception of one band member and potential (fucking) greatness.

So let me repeat, this is not Kevin Shield’s brother’s band. There are verses, choruses, hooks. The memo’s subject reads: the Favourite Sons are not interested in shoegazing. (Not that there’s anything wrong with shoegazing.) But for the record, this band plays a dark rock music that reminds me more of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds than My Bloody Valentine.

The Nick Cave comparison is particularly strong on “Tear This Room Apart,” and there’s a weird BeeGees Stayin Alive-esque moment on “Round Here.” (Anyone? Anyone?) Anyway, this album is well worth your attention.    

The Favourite Sons also have a song on the Susan G. Komen Benefit CD to support breast cancer research.

Listen: Hang On, Girl from Down Beside Your Beauty, available on Vice Records. The entire album streams from here.



January 29, 2007


It’s difficult for me to say I know anything about Hip-Hop or rap music. I routinely pick up the Roots’ albums (hometown: Philadelphia), and go through the occasional phase of looking for interesting underground Hip-Hop. (Anyone have an mp3 of the Last Emperor’s “Secret Wars?”) 

I suppose there are always a few Hip-Hop acts in circulation on the indie music scene, though never enough to provide a true counter balance to what Jack Black might refer to as “sad bastard music.” (A few years ago maybe it was the Jurassic 5, now maybe it’s Spank Rock.)

But LA’s Busdriver (Regan Farquhar) might be another nominee for the indie Hip-Hop man of the moment. He’s got a new album coming out tomorrow on indie staple, Epitaph Records, called Roadkill Overcoat. I think it’s his fifth solo record. Last year he was featured on the Islands’ Return to the Sea, and he just opened for Deerhoof in NYC. (Currently, he’s sort of the citibank of indie cred.)

The album streams from his myspace page (see link below) and sounds… err, off the hook? It occasionally reminds me of the Anti-Pop Consortium. So right on, or as the kids say, “word.” 

Busdriver – “Imaginary Places”

Listen: Less Yes’s, More No’s, The Troglodyte Wins from Roadkill Overcoat, available on Epitaph Records. The entire album streams from Busdriver’s myspace page.


Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof

Stay inside and get warm. Great shows tonight, but an otherwise sleepy week. Catch up on zzz’s the rest of the week. – Your Invisible Friends.

Friday 1/26:

Deerhoof, Busdriver, Proton Proton at the Irving Plaza
(mp3: Deerhoof – +81, The Perfect Me; Busdriver – Fine for a Robot (live), Severed God Limbs (Para One feat. Busdriver); Proton Proton – Plates, Major Solution

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The MedicationsThe Forms, Last Letters at Northsix. *Benefit for Callum Jobbins.
(mp3: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Sons of Cain, Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone; The Medications – Twine Time, Safe and Sorry; The Forms – Stravinsky; Last Letters – Starry Eyes)   

M. Ward at Town Hall
(mp3: Magic Trick, Chinese Translationhttp://www.myspace.com/mward)

Thursday 2/1

Jonathan Richman, Kiko Veneno at Knitting Factory.
(mp3: Kiko Veneno – El Hombre Invisible, La Muchachita (wma’s) ) 

The Broken West

January 25, 2007


LA’s Broken West released their debut album this week, called I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, available on Merge Records. The album is a follow-up to their very successful self-released EP from 2004, The Dutchman’s Gold.

Just as on their initial offering, the Broken West (and not the Brokedown) continue to write thoughtful, melodic, rock songs. Their style is hard to pigeon-hole, with clear roots in the classic pop-rock tradition, and previous comparisons made to the likes of Matthew Sweet and The New Pornographers. 

While The Broken West may have found a home on the indie label Merge Records (home to such favorites as The Arcade Fire, Superchunk and the Neutral Milk Hotel), there is little scenester swagger to their 70’s countrified sound, as if they would fit in just as comfortably playing the some back-roads townie bar as the Pitchfork Music Festival. 

The Broken West will be touring with The Walkmen in the near future. (No townie bars there, I’m sure.)

Listen: Down in the Valley, SparksMy Love Is True, from the original self-released The Dutchman’s Gold, released as The Brokedown. Down in the Valley, from I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, available on Merge Records.


The Prayers

January 23, 2007

The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower 

The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower broke up a little more than a month ago, playing their last show in their hometown, San Diego.

For those who don’t know, The Plot were a noise-art-punk-jazz-cacophony of dark sounds à la The Liars or The Birthday Party. They were notorious button pushers: their live shows taunted the liberals with mock fascist-Nazi paraphernalia (check out their record, Love In The Fascist Brothel), and taunted the conservatives with homoerotic pantomime and (sometimes uninvited) audience groping. I believe they may have been banned from Baltimore.  

Three of the four former Plot members have gone on to focus their energies on a new band called The Prayers. The resulting tunes demonstrate a subtle genre switch, and though not as surprising as say, Gospel in Drag, the boys have certainly mixed it up a bit.

The Prayers (myspaced to thefuckingprayers) play catchy retro pop-rock with a punk edge. They offer brillant moments influenced by Elvis Costello, The Ramones, The Beach Boys and “Rock Around the Clock.” 

The song “Loose Lips” streams from their site and combines innocent-sounding 50’s harmonies, with a guitar line borrowed from “The Man Who Stole the World,” and the lyric, “I hear some people talking about me. The’ve got tongues like razor blades. They don’t think twice about fucking up your life. Oh No.” Then it’s all violins and tra la la: quite perfect. I think I may be in love.

God Save The Prayers will be out soon on Art Fag Records.


And if you missed it: http://www.blowuptheeiffeltower.com/