that Mitski track is pretty intoxicating.
And I, uh, still need to listen to the Grant Lee Phillips record, which is probably more a reflection that I'm all good on my monthly Americana/roots needs from Trapper Schoepp at the moment.
And I really want to sample Protomartyr and Ought too, and I will. Because I ought to. (GET IT?)
But man. I feel like I've gone down a pretty great rabbit hole, music-wise.
Lemme start at the beginning.
Seems there was a band in the south bay area of SF called The Cosmos. They apparently came to their senses and realized that name was one shared with about a dozen other bands. So...they dropped it.
They started calling themselves the Magic Bullets. And The Magic Bullets put out two records and broke up in 2011. Kind of. They also released some singles. Last week they re-released their debut EP, which is nice, and they also put out a record of unreleased stuff they recorded in 2008 and 2009, and this is how I heard 'em.
I should mention that if you didn't know better, on hearing The Magic Bullets, you'd assume they were from England or Scotland, sometime circa 1983. Think young, yelpy Edwyn Collins or Roddy Frame and Aztec Camera. Not sure if lead singer Philip Benson is American born and just sings in that quavery new wave Britcroon because he can, or if he's an expat. Here, this is "On Top Of The World (First Version)", from the new comp release.
Anyway, the core of the band is three dudes who have been friends since schooldays. and one day in 2011 or whenever, they got drunk and laughingly started writing songs on a lark that sounded a bit different, the idea being "Let's see how many songs we can write drunk and still remember tomorrow." The result is them trying to sound like punks. Sorta.
They decided the new stuff they were doing was so much fun--and the Magic Bullets were sadly going nowhere--that they ceased to be the Bullets and became Terry Malts. And as Terry Malts, well...the idea is to kind of be a punk band. But Benson can't help but still sing on key and smoothly...so they sort of sound like a punkier Wedding Present. Here, try "Waiting Room" (Not a Fugazi cover, btw.)
I'm discovering that lots and lots of the 40-odd Magic Bullets songs and 25 or so Terry Malts songs are all pretty much aces.