All props go to the great and powerful Stereogum on this one. This is our first glimpse into Kweller’s new self-titled album. From the looks of it, it should be at least up to par with his last two.
MP3: Ben Kweller – Penny On the Train Track
Well this is surprising. Ben Kweller, aged only twenty-five, has just released a song that’s more introspective and broad in scope that any of his elders have in years. I’m going to liken it to Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen or Tom Waits just because it’s got that wandering, wondering soul-type feel to it. While definitely a “kid” when compared to those icons, it’s refreshing to hear someone with such a young voice reflect on their own life through meetings with old high school classmates and cross-country journeys. It’s like a “quarter-life-crisis,” but without the self-indulgent label.
Other Matt pointed me to Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke and I’ve not been the same since. Basically Joe from Mathletes explains …. okay, that title really needs no explanation. It’s just bust-a-gut hilarious because of the deadpan and descriptive manner in which he does it. Such as: Marmaduke ruined a group of children’s pickup baseball game by snatching away their ball and destroying it with his powerful jaws, and there is nothing they can do because he is humongous.