It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I have the day off, and I’m working on getting the gumption to go work on the side yard project. To distract myself from that unfinished project, I’m working on the another (endlessly) unfinished project: the Great 2017 Blog Catch Up. Having written Song of the Ponth posts for October, I was letting the Mountain Goats autoplay while I wrote and edited. At some point I clicked back and the computer algorithm that YouTube uses suggested a bunch of Tiny Desk Concerts. And here were Bleachers. Given how often they’ve been on my song of the month list (either as Bleachers or as one-third of the now-defunct fun.) I clicked.
And what a great Tiny Desk Concert. I loved the first song a lot. It manages to use saxophone without inducing terrible 80s-pop-song flashbacks. There’s a funny bit where Jack Antonoff asks, “how often do you do this?” and disappointment or uncertainty flashes over his face when someone answers.
It’s also interesting to see this version of “Don’t Take the Money,” (In contrast to the Tonight Show Version I referenced previously) and to see how he fights to keep up with the drum machine that is coming out of the boombox. It doesn’t quite work, which, in an era of overproducing music, I quite enjoy. Stick with it thorough the end of the song and you will get to see a different charming mistake.
For contrast, here’s the album version of the first song, Everybody Lost Somebody.