Posts Tagged ‘Jack’s Mannequin’

Back to the grind in Victoria….well except for my 6-year-old Madelyn, she is enjoying more summer as there is a teacher’s strike in British Columbia.

We’ve been enjoying summer. My wife and I try to get the kids out to many adventures. There was a fair in Saanich over the long weekend. Here is a picture of our little guy Jack enjoying the TORNADO! (we didn’t actually ride it, but the Carnie thought it would be a funny picture).

Yesterday at the radio factory, Bossman Johnny turned me on to a new one from Andrew McMahon. Andrew McMahon was in a group called Something Corporate in the 2000s and then he fronted Jack’s Mannequin

Today Andrew performs as Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness.

Buzzfeed does a pretty good job of running through the timeline of events that led to Andrew’s new solo record coming out in October.

The first single is called “Cecilia and the Satellite.” The song was inspired by the birth of his daughter. You’ll definitely hear the vibe of those old Drive-Thru 2000s emo rockers on this cut…but all grow’d up for the year 2014. When Bossman Johnny and I sat down to listen to this we both went, “oh, this could be a radio hit.”

I hope it is for the man, sounds like he has worked hard chasing the dream.  The Buzzfeed article talks about him setting his sights on a hit;

(…)McMahon is quick to reveal his mainstream aspirations.

“I still want to win. With every record I’ve ever made, I’ve shot for radio,” he said. “It’s not that I want fame. I want to write music and I want to have the most people humanly possible hear it.” His hope isn’t without reason: The music he’s making under his new moniker sounds like stuff that would fit right in on Top 40, bookended by a Maroon 5 jam and a Sam Smith ballad. It’s less Something Corporate, and more Fun.

Go with yourself.

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I typed the word “swim” into my iTunes and this is what I got, a swimming playlist.

01) Brand New – “Jaws Theme Swimming
02) Broken Social Scene – “Swimmers
03) Bush – “Swim
04) Frightened Rabbit – “Swim Until You Can’t See Land
05) Great Lake Swimmers – “Moving Pictures, Silent Films
06) Iron & Wine – “Swans and Swimming
07) Jack’s Mannequin – “Swim
08) R.E.M. – “Nightswimming
09) Surfer Blood – “Swim

Well didn’t this playlist turn out sorta neat?  I was thinking about the Jack’s Mannequin song oddly tonight.  Uplifting track.  Too me it has a similar vibe of theme to Frightened Rabbit or the new Surfer Blood.  Kinda interesting to think about the “swimming” metaphor.

The “swim” search brought up a bunch of songs but 9 different bands.  I just included one Great Lake Swimmers cut.  My favourite oldie.

I left the list in alphabetical order too… seems to fit.  spooky.  Starts with the Brand New song “Jaws Theme Swimming.”  I like that the playlist has an intro or theme song to start. and sharks man, sharks.  Deje Entendu does not get enough love.  Very cool record.

I think the BSS song “Swimmers” is the one that includes Miss Emily Hains of Metric?  yes/no?  Sounds like her and i’m too lazy to look it up.  But when I searched on wiki it had some tid-bit about how the original art was going to use a cartoon of Pangaea?  SWA?  My next playlist should be about Pangaea!  Reminds me of the songs from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, “Pangea.”  They spell it different.  hey nerds, if you’re gunna be super nerdy, figure it out already.

“Pangea, we used to be together/why did we have to drift apart?”  lovely.

Alyx requested Bush tonight at the Clubhouse.  weirdo.

I guess Sixteen Stone was a big deal in like 1900 and something.

Frightened Rabbit is my favourite band and they have a song for all occasions!

Great Lake Swimmers are a band that you might know, you might love, but you might not be aware that this cut was recorded in a barn grain silo in Ontario one summer.  Listen, really really listen and you’ll hear all the nature buzzing around the mics.  OK, you don’t have to listen to hard, I’m half deaf from all my years in radio and being a hipster and I can hear it pretty easy like.

Iron & Wine is really just one dude, Sam Beam.  He was a University professor before deciding to becomes a folk star.

Turns out I’m super cool and got the limited press of Endless Summer Nights as ‘Swans and Swimming” was on the bonus CD.  If I were less cool, I might get Iron & Wines odds and sods comp, Around the Well.

OK, its the honest segment of today’s playlist… I heard Jack’s Mannequin’s “Swim” during a promo for Grey’s Anatomy or something just as sickening.  I heard it one time, it burrowed into my brain and I downloaded it that night.  The chick that brought us Twilight likes these guys and directed a music video?… so hmmm, I’m a 12 year girl for this song.  I’m not proud but  I like it.

R.E.M. might give me some redemption, but “Nightswimming” is from Automatic for the People… so you can make the call of its redeemness.  “Nightswimming” is one of the better songs from the record, does that help?  no? oh.

The final cut is a new one and that how I like it.  Fugly dudes from Florida called Surfer Blood.  Pitchfork creamed themselves over their debut album Astro Coast the other day.  I bought into the hype partially and downloaded one song, “Swim.”  Its good.

The end.

Go swimming and go with yourself.

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