Category Archives: The Process

Loving the Alien: “Both Tonight”

From what we have read, there are many kinds of love. Fogelfoot saves your life tonight with its achingly beautiful love song “Both Tonight,” in which a couple joins the Infinite.

Heady stuff to be sure, but only Fogelfoot understands the milky residue at the bottom of the human heart.

Brian adds a “Pictures of Matchstick Men” guitar and Tanya sounds likes an angel coming to pick up the rest of your stuff, as Marty delivers a soulful, suicide-pact interpretation of the lyrics.

Listen:
Both Tonight

Someone’s in the studio with Fogelfoot

Fogelfoot through the drinking glass
As you are well aware, Fogelfoot is not only America’s Only Band, it is that country’s most hardworking band. We are taking a quick break to record several songs at the mountainside studio of John McDuffie as well as write a few new songs, including the origin myth epic “Boom Sandfly,” a palette-cleansing of “Tombstone Blues” called “Cleveland Browns,” and an undetermined upbeat song that will aid in suicide prevention.

A brief note on how to do it right

Because we are insanely funny as well as soulful and thought-provoking, Fogelfoot has been the musical act at a lot of comedy shows lately, in which we appear on the same bill as a number of standups.

Last night’s Comedy Cult at Hollywood’s Home Room, hosted by Dave Sirus, was the best value for the audience for the following reasons:

1. It started on time
2. Both the open mic and programmed part of the show were short; no one went on longer than a few minutes, meaning that the funniest people left the audience wanting more—which is always a good thing—and the not-as-funny people didn’t go on so long as to make the audience feel un charitable.
2a. That said, all the comedians were fantastic. Dave Sirus, Sam Obeid, Ed Galvez, Brock Wilbur, Eric Toms, Alison Stevenson, and Robert Buscemi each had great charm and great jokes.
3. At no point, when a joke didn’t go over well, did a comedian blame the audience for it. As an audience member, I hate when I am asked to pay for more than my admission fee.
4. Everyone got paid. I don’t care if we’re just starting out or not; we shouldn’t leave a venue with less money than when we came in.
5. Fogelfoot had a reason to be there. We played before, during, and after the show. Just a few songs in a short show, for which people stayed because the welcome never had a chance to get worn out.
6. When we are on the bill with a bunch of other acts, it’s good if the acts have something in common and if there is a host moving things along, Recent shows at Skinny’s and the Home Room are examples of this sort of thing being done extremely well, to both the acts’ and the audiences’ benefits.

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Elegant Space Gentleman

With the final flight of the Space Shuttle, conspiracy-minded Fogelfoot assumes that NASA has successfully tracked Jesus Christ to space, where He is working as a hands-on relationship counselor.

With a nod to both David Bowie’s and Peter Schilling’s interpretations of Major Tom as well as that not-un-Space-friendly Pixies, “Elegant Space Gentleman” brings these diverse themes together, adding an element of W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming” and finding a workable rhyme to “geosynchronous” in the bargain.

Listen:
Elegant Space Gentleman