Seems Shotgun Jimmie and Jose Contreras formed a band without us noticing and released a video, earlier this year.
Towns don’t get much more deserted than this burg they’re rolling through—one dude on a bike is the only sign of life. They’ll have no difficulty getting those carts back to the grocery store without anyone noticing.
Science tidbit: the band’s name refers to the proposed event that will herald the demise of the universe. Cheery! Google tidbit: There are several other bands named Heat Death (but without the The); *this guy* is the most interesting.
Here, we get a live clip of Jimmie doing his one-man-band routine: three instruments at once (a fourth if you count that stick he picks up at the end), and nary a misstep.
“Join The Band” comes from this year’s Field of Trampolines.
Jimmie is different. Gone, is the plucky, comedic pop that was reliably his trademark. In its place: something a little more psychedelic, classic and (gasp!) grown-up.
The sea change may be owing to the influence of one Joel Plaskett, who produced Shotgun Jimmie’s upcoming Field of Trampolines album (it’s out next month). Whatever the cause, we like this new Jimmie.
Of course, this tune may turn out to be an anomaly. We know we’re in for at least one dose of the old shtick on this new record: check out the bison grass vodka-lovin’ “Join the Band,” below.
There wasn’t much about Jon McKiel’s last disc, Tonka War Cloud, that betrayed its place of origin, but that modern Maritime ambiance is starting to seep in, on his new EP.
You wouldn’t be far off if you labeled this a Shotgun Jimmie record, before knowing better; all of Jimmie’s staples are present: feigned grandeur: “We are out walking… it’s all very meaningful;” self-deprecation: “Once in a while, I get things right;” describing the instruments in your band: see the video for “Accolades,” down below. McKiel coincidentally just moved to Sackville, where Jimmie’s been known to reside.
The press release for Jon McKiel, amidst a few paragraphs of navel-gazing, suggests: “[M]aybe we can’t win in the East anymore. The wind blows down our forts and the price of gas is a veritable economic sanction.” Few signs of outside enemies, here; much of this disc feels like McKiel tangling with his own predilections. By our count, he’s well ahead.
It’d be a safe world indeed, if Paul Henderson (the musician, not the hockey player) was always around to catch us. He should consider a back-up career as a slip-and-fall preventer at nursing homes.
Speaking of homes, what sort of place do they have Shotgun Jimmie locked up in? Their all-day bathrobe policy is an alluring prospect.
Speaking of alluring prospects, SappyFest just announced a Shotgun & Jaybird reunion show, as part of their SappyForever book tour—Toronto, May 15, Great Hall.
Sometimes all a video needs is adorable animals. A little odd that a capybara would be in a video for a song about Alaska, though, right?
“North!” comes from Shotgun Jimmie’s Everything, Everything, released earlier this year.