Note the upside down Kafka masking Penthouse Forum, as Thomas pointed out to me.
Most people I know either downloaded it already or had me harangue them to download it, but for those of you who haven’t I highly recommend getting Meatus Murder’s absolutely free album ‘More Songs About Balling and Food’.
I knew I’d like them from the band name and album title alone; then again I’ve always been a sucker for bad puns and Weird Al, whose footsteps the group falls into(sort of a default, as he’s cornered the ‘pop culture song spoof’ market). Their production values are nowhere near as high, but they’ve the same sense of rhythm and timing and ably adapt to each song’s sound. The album sounds like it was recorded in a friend’s basement as part of a big group singalong, with the air of goofiness and charming camaraderie that goes along.
The fact something I’m currently enjoying so much was completely free makes me slightly suspicious. They’ve lured me in with their ridiculous cover of Nick Cave’s ‘Deanna’(reworked as a song about Garfield’s life), but now what do they want? It’s not like their website has any sinister leanings or hidden commercialism- if you hate midi versions of Kraftwerk songs or a skeleton dancing to a midi version of ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ sure, you shouldn’t click around (also you’re a bad person), but it’s mostly stupid genius. Just go here and click on ‘Tunes’ to get the whole darn album. They even let you pick your favorite color for the cover! Such thoughtfulness.
True to the album’s name, most songs are indeed about food or sports in some form. I don’t follow baseball or basketball, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of hearing ‘Hearts on Fire’ worked as an ode to Mark McGuire. Go download this already so we can talk about it.
The Meatus of the Inner Ear.