Since February is a short month and it just didn’t pan out for me to do all of my planned monthly Music Monday posts in the month, I’ve decided to do a sort of surprise, bonus DOUBLE Music Monday! Essentially, I still needed to do both the Buzz Artist and New Single & Leak Roundup posts for the month of February but only have one Monday left, so I just decided to do both of these posts in one day! So, I will be updating the blog with this post in the morning and will follow up with the New Singles & Leaks Roundup post this evening! Due to these same time constraints for the month of February, I will also likely be posting 2 different “Spotlight” posts in March – one this Friday and another towards the end of the month! So, get excited for all of that coming up! In the meantime, let’s get on to the actual subject of this post!
The Buzz Artist for the month of February is a band that I have been listening to and loving for a couple of years now but who seem to be unfamiliar to most of the world: Garfunkel & Oates. Garfunkel & Oates are a comedy/folk music duo based out of Los Angeles, CA, made up of two stand up comedians/actresses, Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. Their name, obviously, comes from what they called “two famous musical sidekicks.” These two girls have appeared individually in a large number of films and television series but, in my opinion, they are definitely at their best when teamed up and making music. Their music is primarily comedy-based but in each of their releases they incorporate at least one or two “straight” folk songs that are actually some of their best and brightest moments. Like I mentioned above, I have been a fan of this group for a couple of years now and have followed each of them in their individual projects, including solo EPs from each of them, as well as Riki Lindhome’s fabulous podcast, Making It!
One of my favorite things about Garfunkel & Oates, and their journey in the comedy and music industries, is the fact that they have pretty much done it all on their own, making brilliant use of social media, most importantly YouTube, releasing all kinds of new material through their YouTube channels, as well as in partnership with Funny Or Die. Many of these videos are just the two of them sitting on a couch in one of their apartments playing new songs, although they have also put out some very funny, higher production videos. Since this has been such a big part of their career, I decided to feature some of my favorites of their videos.
“Running With Chicken”
“Handjob, Blandjob, I Don’t Understand Job”
“This Party Took A Turn For The Douche”
“Go Kart Racing (Accidentally Masturbating)”
“Me, You and Steve”
“Slippery When Moist Teaser Trailer”
Garfunkel & Oates have just released their 3rd Studio Album, “Slippery When Moist,” (with a teaser trailer for the album featured as the last of the videos above,) on February 21st, 2012. This album is just the third in a line of really strong records but has kind of taken their sound to a whole new level – the production values on these tracks is so much better than on their previous two records and I definitely recommend picking up this album on iTunes! To give you all a little taste, I have put together a little sampler of songs from all three of their albums, including some of my very favorites and a few of those more serious songs I mentioned above, like “As You Are,” “Places To Rest,” and a really great combination of their more serious and more silly sound, “Silver Lining.”
Garfunkel & Oates Sampler
- Me, You & Steve
- Handjob, Blandjob, I Don’t Understand Job
- One Night Stand
- This Party Took A Turn For The Douche
- Silver Lining
- As You Are
- I Would Never (Have Sex With You)
- Places To Rest
Like I said, Garfunkel & Oates are a long-time favorite band of mine because of their really fun, witty and hilarious musical style and I definitely think they are a band that more people should be aware of! You should all definitely check out the sampler included above, as well as picking up “Slippery When Moist” on iTunes, as well as their two previous records “All Over Your Face” and “Music Songs.” You should also check out Riki Lindhome’s Podcast “Making It” on iTunes, as well, because it is a lot of fun and actually really informative! She features different celebrity guests and discusses the different ways that they have all gone about “making it” in the entertainment industry. In the meantime, I hope you all have a beautiful Monday and a beautiful life!