Spoon Play “Jonathon Fisk”

Spoon Kill The MoonlightListen to this track by Austin Texas rock auteurs Spoon. It’s “Jonathon Fisk”, a singleĀ from their critically-acclaimed 2002 record Kill The Moonlight, their fourth. The album would place them on track to be one of the most consistently great bands of the 2000s, establishing an artistic trajectory and momentum they continue to create for themselves today. The record would make all kinds of best-of lists across the music press.

The song is a childhood recollection by singer, guitarist, and writer Britt Daniel of being bullied by the titular figure; a kid who talks with his fists, and counts the narrator’s teeth every night. But, this is no act of revenge, the result of a songwriter lashing out through his art. It goes deeper than that, back into the primal fear of what it feels like to be persecuted by a school bully when you’re a kid, and to realize you’re still carrying it with you.

But, this being Spoon, the whole drama unfolds using the most basic of tools, and to the most precise effects. Read more

Spoon perform their song “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case”

Here’s a clip of Austin Texas indie heroes Spoon, with a suitably and wonderfully ragged performance of their deep-cut track “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case” from 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

I spun this disc a couple of days ago, and was again struck by its to-the-bone simplicity, and the fact that these guys are sticking to their guns in terms of approach. Specifically, they’re not afraid of space in the arrangements. These songs are aggressively simple in presentation. As such, this is rock music that breathes, letting the visceral nature of the songs take hold without being upstaged by fussy arrangements. There’s a unique bravery in this which only a supremely talented group of individuals can really pull off. And Spoon are, and do.

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This song is one of the most threadbare of all of the songs on the record (excepting “The Ghost of You Lingers”, of course…), although not without it’s eccentricities through the use of a Japanese koto mixed in with choppy guitars and crisp backbeat. It’s a rare thing to find music that is confrontational and pop-oriented at the same time, hitting it where it counts, and getting out before it wears out its welcome. All other rock n’ roll bands take note: deliver the good like this, or shut up, this music seems to say.

Yes sirs!

Check out more music at the Spoon MySpace page if you think that guitar music is dead.

And check out the official Spoon website too, folks!

Enjoy!