J Frank is So Excited He Could Plotz

Even without Rita Lee, I’m excited about seeing Os Mutantes this Friday.

And courtesy of Mr. Tapeworm, I will be doubling my live music pleasure in the next two weeks. He of the stomach parasite has scored entry to the Long Blondes show at the Knitting Factory next week, which is swell for two reasons – first being, well:

The Long Blondes – Separated by Motorways

And the second reason being that I can literally hit the Knit with a rock from my office window. There was a time, when I was a show-glutton, when I did want to pierce their windows with a rock, especially after they converted the second floor ‘Tap Bar’ into a cover-only second venue. Prior to that, it was a wonderful haunt with music excellence provided by a ‘who-needs-a-dj’ bartender. Fela followed by a Rustler compilation, followed by the Slits. And beer.

Of course, the LB’s will also be playing on July 28 at Don Hill’s, and also at the painfully cool Cake Shop on July 30.

Remember in the movie Top Secret, when Val Kilmer saves the female lead’s life, prompting her breasts, through her blouse, to flush red like stoplights and literally hum? That’s what happens to J Frank’s testicles when the spoken bridge of “Fulwood Babylon” states:

Girls fantasize / on schooltrips to galleries /of men who don’t meet / their parents’ expectations /Who want to introduce them / to illicit Russ Meyer films /and dance til dawn to / old Kinks records”

The Long Blondes – Fulwood Babylon

And here’s another reason, just for the heck of it:

The Long Blondes – My Heart is Out of Bounds

And then there’s Os Mutantes, their concert this Friday probably promising a sight-seeing fest of every Brazilian, non-David Byrne musician and David Byrne. They haven’t played in 30 years, save a recent London show, I think. It might suck. But I can say I was there. Or only partly there, if it does suck, and I drink heavily.

And thanks to the commenter who went out of their anonymous way to transcribe the lyrics to the Jorge Ben song mis-represented by my first post. That’s the last time I dig up an old file from the miscellaneous folder without listening to it first.
Jorge Ben – Take it Easy My Brother Charlie

Here’s what I meant to say:
Os Mutantes – Ave Genghis Khan

Os Mutantes – Ando Meio Desligado


12 thoughts on “J Frank is So Excited He Could Plotz

  1. NYC is always mind boggling for shows, esp in the autumn, but yer town ain’t no slouch. And don’t be totally jealous – the Knit is infamous for turning off the AC halfway thru shows to save money. Of course, NY isn’t TX, but it was 100 here today.


  2. Listening to “Ave Genghis Khan” …Take it easy my brother CharlieTake it easy meu irmão de corTake it easy my brother CharlieTake it easy meu irmão de corPois a rosa é uma florA rosa é uma dorA Rosa é um nome de mulher……makes me suspect this is actually “Take It Easy My Brother Charlie” by Jorge Ben than what the link promises. Whichever it is, it doesn’t suck, whether or not I drink heavily.


  3. Drink heavily! you are Winner! You are Winner! You successfully found the Golden Mistake, and now get to tour J Frank Parnell’s bathroom.Just kidding. I’m a shithead for not listening to things I upload from my machine, even mis-named tracks. So thanks. And the translation was crazy. Update pending if blogger treats me well.


  4. Those Long Blondes are great, but Heavenly (possible the best Sarah band ever) did it first. The Heavenly Punk EP is what the Long Blondes fall to sleep to every night, promise.


  5. Maybe. But the Pretenders did it before both and, when they were good, were better than both. I suspect the LBs fall asleep to <>Pretenders II<> and X-Ray Spex, and maybe PJ Harvey each night.


  6. Mr. Parnell:I agree that these Long Blondes have some mad skills, but listen to some Heavenly records, listen to the Pretenders, then listen to the Long Blondes, and your head will pop off and go, oh yeah, they sound like Heavenly scratch.


  7. Also totally psyched for the Os Mutantes show this Friday. The latest Mojo has a rave review of the London show.


  8. fwiw – I’ve arrived late to Webster Hall shows (on weekends) thinking start times were typical of most rock club shows. But they have a whole other “club” happening scheduled for 10pm tonight (see their website), so’s I’m guessing Os Mutantes will hit the stage sometime around 8:30p.


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