In the world of music, a behind-the-scenes look is quite common. Whether it's in the form of a studio video, social media update, or released demo, music listeners have a general idea of what a band or artist is going through in the weeks, months, and years leading up to a new album. That type of peek behind the curtain is far, far less frequent in the world of stand-up comedy--or at least it was. With my new weekly (for now) column Behind The Bits, I'm going to be speaking with some wonderful comedians to get a glimpse into their process, see where they draw their inspiration, and hopefully get a little background on great jokes they themselves have written.
A day late on this next installment, that one's my bad. I promise the wait is more than worth it, though, because not only is this far and away the most fun I've ever had conducting an interview, but it's also the most I've ever learned during one. Not surprising once you know my guest, though; it's the one and only Jimmy Pardo! The king of the podcast medium thanks to the consistently successful Never Not Funny, Pardo has built a career off of wowing crowds with his razor-sharp wit and just being an all-around nice guy who has a hilarious perspective on just about any topic. I was lucky enough to chat with Jimmy about how he got his start, what it was like working on the Tonight Show, and somehow, Zooey Deschanel AND God. So stop reading and check it out!
As always, drop a comment or PM if you have a recommendation for a comic you'd like to see on a future Behind the Bits, and make sure to stop by the AP.net homepage every Wednesday (only this one time, Thursday, I promise; my bad about that again) for new installments. We've hit the ground running, friends. Many cool talks lie in store.
Well, I had my mind blown last night. I don't mean I heard a song and thought 'This is pretty cool.' I heard a song last night that made me stop everything I was doing and focus solely on the song; it needed to soak in. I've had this happen to me less than five times in my life. I've heard a lot of amazing music that needed to grow on me. No big, that happens all the time. Rarely, though, do I hear something one time (ONE TIME!) and immediately know it's something special. Scratch that, beyond special.
This Day & Age was a band that slipped through the cracks from 2000-2004. It's sad, yeah, but it's a way of life. Smaller bands aren't always going to make it, no matter how talented they are. Without the popularity, label backing, and funding larger bands get, it's tough making a living with music out there. Breaking up in 2004, the four original members gave it another shot in 2006, under a new (and much cooler) moniker: The Reign Of Kindo. Releasing a self-titled EP in '06, and a debut album in '08, I didn't discover this little gem until last night. Releasing their second album This Is What Happens, they start out by kicking you in the ass, as hard as they possibly can. They raise SO many questions within the first 15 seconds: 'What genre is this?' 'What do they look like?' 'How many damn hands does the drummer have?' 'Is the guitar player using a power drill with a guitar pick attached to the end of it?' It's unlike anything I'd ever heard in my life! So what genre are they, what's their 'image?' Here's the thing, they don't care! Music is their pawn, and they do what they want with it, caring not about how people view them, only focusing on making the best music they possibly can.
They don't want to be labeled 'post-modern neo-jazz,' 'indie mathrock,' or anything like that, even though both of those would fit perfectly. Here's my suggestion: '5 dudes that are talented beyond belief and just want to rock.' I think they'd be fine with that. Now, I'm going to spare the details here, and let this studio video of them speak for itself. Please, everybody! If there's any blog of mine that you read, let it be this one. Music does not get better than this! Here you go. 'Thrill Of The Fall' by The Reign Of Kindo. You're welcome.