Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Jacket Full Of Danger

I downloaded this song from a decent music blog, it seems like forever ago and just recently discovered its greatness.
Adam Green co-formed The Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson in 1998, both of whom you may know from the semi-fabulous Juno motion-picture soundtrack. According to a certain wiki source, before pursuing his music career, Adam attended Emerson University in Boston for one semester. Emerson is a private liberal arts school with a current student base of about 3,800. Some other former Emerson students include Mrs. Bobbi Brown (make-up artist and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics), Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton (Saxophonist of The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones), writer/comedian: Denis Leary, comic and Red Sox fan: Steven Wright, Late Night host: Jay Leno, the Wachowski brothers, and Henry Winkler (a.k.a. The Fonz).

Album, Jacket Full Of Danger was released in 2006. Green insisted that his first few solo albums were released on the 22nd of the month, though its debatable whether or not that is the case with Jacket. Adam Green's latest album, Sixes & Sevens was released on the 18th of this past March.

Anyway, my reason for posting this...
This is really my first experience with what is called anti-folk. I don't quite know what that means, but I can tell you that this song is the bastard of Sinatra-esque pop and modern keyboard driven hip-hop...
If that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will.
Green's smooth lyrics, which are almost rapped in a sort of low, sing-song baritone, are well-crafted but I have yet to get any sort of message out of the song aside from a possible frustration with persons of the female persuasion and specific literary figures. As short as the song is, it is lyrically impressive from beginning to satisfying end. With the first stanza(s) being the following, you are inexorably drawn into the full 1 minute, 40 seconds with no chance of escape... you get the point.

"All the women in the factory,
When their faces blow a fuse, it's a miracle.
I have to feed them facts to be alone.

Oh, fellas and umbrellas in the middle of the night,
What you gonna do when the Mennonites bite?
Lock lips in the teddy-boy's Chevrolet?
Dutch tips and you're punked in the alleyway..."

Adam Green- Novotel
Karl Malone-stache (4 out of 5)

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