Friday, April 04, 2008

"Kurt Loder is Out of His Fucking Mind"




Download: Earles and Jensen - "Kurt Loder is Out of His Fucking Mind"
Download: Earles and Jensen - "Barbara: A Realistic Portrait"
Download: Earles and Jensen - "Barbara's Husband Clears The Air"
Download: Earles and Jensen - "Bedroom ETA: A Jermaine Stewart Cover Band"

When music fans think of Matador Records, their thoughts normally don't arrive at the place of side-splitting hilarity, unless they think that Malkmus's abstract witticisms are laugh-out-loud funny instead of wry-smirk funny. That all may change come April 22nd, when the venerable indie label releases its first comedy record titled Earles and Jensen Present: Just Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 and 2, a two-disc collection of prank calls.

Earles and Jensen are Andrew Earles, token metal guy for the Onion A.V. Club, and Jeffrey Jensen, a visual artist and Vice Magazine contributor. I'm not entirely sure how the terrible twosome pulled this off--seeing as this is the age of Caller ID and everything--but we should be thanking our blessed stars they did. All this week, Matablog has been debuting a new MP3 from the set everyday. So far, not a single one has disappointed.

Comedy is arguably the most subjective thing on Earth and, certainly, a two-disc collection of prank calls is going to have its inevitable slow spots. But for most indie-fans who get the subtle nods, or, at the very least, see the gleeful absurdity in the situations, these calls should provide many, many chuckles. My absolute favorites are "Bedroom ETA: A Jermaine Stewart Cover Band" (please, Lord, let someone record "Girl, I Won't Get Under You Until You Get Over Him" for real) and "Kurt Loder is Out His Fucking Mind." The former is the best R&B spoof since Three Times One Minus One lost an award to themselves and the latter...well, listen for yourself :)

Listen to two more E&J MP3s at the top of the post.

Just Farr A Laugh: Vol. 1 and 2 is out April 22nd.

Pre-order here and get a shit-ton of extra goodies.

(Jonathan Graef)

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