If, as mine is, thy life a slumber be,
Seem, when thou read’st these lines, to dream of me…
Totem Pole, from West Palm Beach, FL, released an EP titled Caves and Tunnels, Mountains and Stairs (streamable and downloadable here) way back in July, but for some stupid reason I’m only finding out about it now.
Nothing too scary about that. In fact, it’s sort of soothing in a psychedelic, early Pink Floyd-meets-the Beach Boys kind of way. But that’s about to change.
This next track is off the Resident’s 2008 release, Bunny Boy. Like every Residents’ release, it was a weird concept album. Bunny Boy is about a Non compos mentis friend of the Residents, who enlists the band’s help to track down his apocalypse-obsessed brother, Harvey, who may or may not actually exist, but whom Bunny Boy claims has disappeared on the island of Patmos, where St John of Patmos authored the Book of Revelations. I saw this album performed at the Trocadero in 2009. It was…a trip.
Pretty weird. Fortunately, the next track isn’t scary, exactly. If I were Jennifer Lopez in The Cell, there would definitely be worse dreams to walk into than Gary Wilson’s. It would be a pretty awkward scene, though. Wilson released You Think You Really Know Me in 1977, but never made much of a splash until Odelay-era Beck cited him as an influence. Since then he’s developed a significant cult following, and in a surprise twist is now poised to release a brand new album, Electric Endicott, in November.
He’ll be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Wednesday, Oct. 27, backed by the Roots. I’m pretty excited for it.
Lastly, because it’s the weekend, here’s a Billy Ocean classic. Decide for yourself whether it’s scary or not.