I Like This Song

I Like This Song - Siberian Traps' "Lemon Balm" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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A film by Peter Marsh, shot in Fort Worth, Texas. "Lemon Balm" is from the upcoming Siberian Traps album Indicator, to be released on Dreamy Life Records on June 9, 2017. "Lemon Balm" words and music by Seth Reeves, Chiefchickencharlie Publishing. Performed by Siberian Traps.

Today's featured song is the lead single from Siberian Traps' forthcoming LP Indicatora Dreamy Life Records jam sandwich 'bout to hit your ear mouths on June 9th.

The 'Traps are set - c'mon, I know you liked that pun - to celebrate the album's release this Friday night at Shipping & Receiving with Son of Stan + Programme + Super Secret Records' New Berlin.

Party starts at 8pm, full event details posted here.

Siberian Traps - Photo greatness by Walt Burns

Siberian Traps - Photo greatness by Walt Burns

Before we move forward, y'all should know there's a killer write-up on Indicator posted over at Aesthetic Magazine; highly recommend you give it a read. The article provides some wonderful insights into the music video's production process as well.

And now I'm gonna talk about actual irl Lemon Balm for a few 'graphs because that's how we do here at FWN.

Lemon Balm: The flower that holds the power

Lemon Balm: The flower that holds the power

Lemon Balm or 'Sweet Melissa' as it is commonly known, has several medicinal properties, making it one of the most beloved plants in the history of humankind (at least for the past 2,000 years anyway).

More so than anything else, Lemon Balm serves as a mild sedative that helps curb stress and anxiety. HELLO! I'm so familiar with stress and anxiety my old law firm was called Scott-Jackson, Stress, & Anxiety LLP.

I've grown Lemon Balm for the past 15 years, I mean, golly, it's practically another family member with its social status resting somewhere between our dog and our goldfish. So one can imagine my delight when the 'Traps dropped this single and music vid.

When I watched the video I perceived a visual representation of Lemon Balm taking hold, the embodiment of its medicinal properties slowly starting to activate.

The video begins with Cameron Smith (War Party) walking alone, robotically striding forward passing by other folks seemingly stuck in the same manic cycle of day-to-day stress.

However, as the video progresses, you can clearly witness the exact moment the 'Balm hits with Smith breaking free of that mechanical pattern via some wicked carefree dance moves (check the 2:55 mark of the video).

The rest of the video's cast subsequently break away as well, taking in a friendly tennis match en route to fully escaping the 'day-to-day' anxiety of the human hamster wheel. Truly fascinating imagery created by the video's director, Peter Marsh (also War Party).      

Big final s/o and congrats to Siberian Traps on the new album and music video, can't wait to get our hands on the record this Friday.

Lookie y'all, this was a lost cause from the start, they had me at Lemon Balm ... I like this song.

Radness gig poster for the album release show - Poster Design by Tony Ferraro 

Radness gig poster for the album release show - Poster Design by Tony Ferraro 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: I Like This Song - Jeremiah Jackson's "I Declare" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Good luck finding today's featured song anywhere but here!

That's right, Waco-based Jeremiah Jackson's forthcoming single "I Declare" isn't scheduled to be released until June 24th!!! So yea, you're welcome Fort Worthians!

Catch JJ next Saturday, May 27th at Division Brewing in Arlington with Signals & Alibis + FWN interviewees The Phantom Sensation

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Show Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Design by Patrick Saikin

Show Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Design by Patrick Saikin

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Photo Credit: Mary Shoemaker

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Photo Credit: Mary Shoemaker

As a former college student that spent years in undeclared purgatory, I truly appreciate the assertive nature of this song. Right from the jump "I Declare" melts faces with galactic Blues guitar riffage layered over an energetic punk rock rhythm section that inspires movement.

In fact, FWN hereby proposes the following nickname for Jeremiah Jackson: Punky Bluester! 

*Dad jokes aside (*not yet, I got one more left in me), we want to congratulate JJ for producing FWN's official Song of Summer and wish them all the best on their upcoming TX/LA tour (check out the awesomely designed tour poster below). 

Without further ado, time to give the people what they want and break this song down FWN-style:

By virtue of the authority vested in me, I declare this song to be ... likable!

Tour Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Album & Tour Poster Art by Matt Ragan

Tour Poster courtesy of Jeremiah Jackson - Album & Tour Poster Art by Matt Ragan

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - Majik Taylor's "Hold On, Sanity" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song is the lead single from Majik Taylor's forthcoming debut LP Bad Facesa Get With It! Records joint flying your way May 12th.

As fate would have it, Majik Taylor is slated to perform this Friday night (May 12th) at Fort Worth's newest venue Main at South Side (aka MASS) with Signals & Alibis + ATX'er Julian Neel.

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

There's so much magic happening in this Majik Taylor musak vid-yo that we are officially changing our name to David Blaine Noise. Srsly, I already fwd'd the directive to our IT guy. 

Look, we try to hide our bias for everything Get With It! but THEY KEEP MAKING HITS! (More hits than Sony anyways).

I mean, what would you have us do? 

Get With It! Logo via GWI Facebook Page

Get With It! Logo via GWI Facebook Page

Now, let's see here.. what clever but not-too-clever way can we go about breaking down this song??

Hmm??

Well, Shia doing a pretty great job of it.

Or should we go full Olsen twin?

G.O.B. perhaps??

Not sure which GIF best represents our feelings towards this track, but I do know this: I like this song. 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - The Fibs' "Carbon Monoxide" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Released by Dreamy Soundz Records -- Music recorded & produced by Jennifer Rux at Dreamy Soundz -- Video produced by the Fibs

Today's featured song comes from The FibsHex Hex Hex, a Dreamy Soundz EP that debuted in 2014.

The Fibs are primed to perform tomorrow night at The Boiled Owl Tavern with fellow Dreamy Lifers Alex and Maria + out-of-towners Boketto The Wolf (NY).

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

The Fibs in action - Photo Credit - Prewitt Scott-Jackson

The Fibs in action - Photo Credit - Prewitt Scott-Jackson

If you get the feeling you recognize the above photo of Fibs' guitarist/vocalist Preston Newberry it's because I took said photo and have since plastered it gratuitously all across Fort Worth Noise's social media platforms.

Just fyi, for your future reference and all: double foot pedal magic tricks always have a home here at FWN. 

Btw, I passed on a Bandcamp or Soundcloud embed today and opted for this kick-ass diy music vid produced by The Fibs. Gaw lee y'all(!), if you wanna take yer eyes on a visual vacay we highly rec watching the viddy yo in its entirety.     

Enough of all that, time to break this song down Dad-joke style...

The band may be called The Fibs but I ain't fibbin' when I say, "I like this song."

The Fibs' album artwork for  Hex Hex Hex -  Image via Dreamy Soundz Bandcamp

The Fibs' album artwork for Hex Hex Hex - Image via Dreamy Soundz Bandcamp

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand."

I Like This Song - Jetta In The Ghost Tree's "Clandestine" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song comes from Jetta In The Ghost Tree's Clandestine Vol. I, an Idol Records full-length that debuted in Spring 2015.

You can catch Jetta in their element this Saturday at Lola's with Shadows Of Jets, Garrett Owen, and ATX's Shapescenes.

If you haven't experienced Jetta live I highly recommend marking your calendar for this one. Ya see, this bill is a family affair. 

Jetta recorded Clandestine Vol. I at Taylor Tatsch's AudioStyles studio >> Tatsch heads up Shadows of Jets >> Einhorn is Finkle >> Finkle is Einhorn

Why does this matter? I'll tell you. 

In my experience, bills that feature "frands" (like a friendship but between two bands) produce a much better overall show vibe. Fans, bands, venue staff; everyone benefits when frands are involved.

Like, I can't stand a bill that doesn't feature at least one set of frands. You know the type of bill I'm talking about.. when the bands don't know each other, when the other bands and their fans simply wait for your set to end. Bleh, gross.

None of that will be happening Saturday at Lola's. Count on it. 

Show starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Image via Jetta In The Ghost Tree's Facebook Page

Image via Jetta In The Ghost Tree's Facebook Page

Now that we've launched "frands" into the vast depths of pop culture vernacular, let's get down to the business of the day. 

For this analysis I turn to one of my favorite translation apps, THE YODA-SPEAK GENERATOR (no worries, thank me later for introducing you to this wonderful language tool). 

*drumroll*

This song I like. Yes, hmmm.

I Like This Song "Yoda-style" - Screengrab from Yoda Speak Generator 

I Like This Song "Yoda-style" - Screengrab from Yoda Speak Generator 

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - Beach Priest's "My Bestie Done Left Me" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song comes from Beach Priest's 2016 album COOL YOU GONR. 

And oh yeah, btw, Beach Priest performs tonight at The Boiled Owl Tavern!

This is a FREE show with a suggested $5 donation and the bill features a great mix of local electronic acts in the form of Loose Pony, Blood Handsome, and Starbass Laboratories.

Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Image via Beach Priest's Soundcloud

Image via Beach Priest's Soundcloud

We're pretty set in our ways for the I Like This Song series. We never say much about the music itself besides, "I like this song."

However, in this series, we DO rather enjoy fleshing out album concepts; song and album titles, album visuals, etc., pretty much everything but the music itself.

On BP's Soundcloud page he notes that he "wrote this (album) about the end of my closest friendship."

Thought to myself, "I like where this is going." 

Then I noted the album title, "Hmm, like it again."

Then this song title stood out in an album's worth of amazing song titles.

Lastly, I finally listened to the song and the deal was sealed! 

I recommend giving the whole album a listen but given we had to choose one, I felt "My Bestie Done Left Me" set the tone for the record.  

I also thought the snail pic chosen as the album cover art meshed well with the record's theme. I mean who hasn't had a friendship that felt like it plodded along, leaving a trail of slime behind in its wake??

Now then, get me a bottle and put me on a beach ... we'll provide the message ...

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - Acid Carousel's "Higher Than The Beatles!" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song is the title track from Acid Carousel's forthcoming double LP, Higher Than The Beatles!

On March 7th the band announced the album will be released via Fort Worth's Dreamy Life Records, due to hit stores.. what do ya know, on April 20th.

Fresh off their successful Acid Spring Break !!! tour, you can catch the Acid Carousel cult in Fort Worth early this Friday night for Happy Hour at the Dreamy Life Records store. Event starts at 6pm, full details here.

Album Cover via Dreamy Life Records Bandcamp / Band Photo by Annie Nelson

Album Cover via Dreamy Life Records Bandcamp / Band Photo by Annie Nelson

Before delving into our expert musical analysis I'd like to give a hearty FWN s/o to Acid Carousel for all of the above.

I swear by every forest goddess I worship that between the music video and the album cover, the visuals associated with this record coulda made Utopiates' author Richard Blum blush.

"Higher Than The Beatles" is a bold claim to be sure but the Acid Carousel gang seem to back it up. I'll frame it this way: more than any other band in the 'plex, I wanna be on-board THIS band's tour bus.

Know what I'm saying?? 

The Acid Carousel Handbook perhaps?

The Acid Carousel Handbook perhaps?

Oh, that's right. Now I owe y'all a highly sophisticated musical opinion. Hmm, let's see....

Me: I LIKE THIS SONG! WHY AM I TYPING IN ALL CAPS?? IDK. FUCK IT. I THINK IT'S BECAUSE I LIKE THIS SONG!

Someone: Maybe it's because you took a lot of acid to find your mode to write this article? 

Me: IDK AF. I LIKE THIS SOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGG!!!GGGG!!!GGG!!GG!GG!  

Image via Acid Carousel's Facebook Page

Image via Acid Carousel's Facebook Page

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

 

I Like This Song - I Happy Am's "Pizza Boy" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song "Pizza Boy" comes from I Happy Am's 2016 LP, The Prophet, The Giant, and The Invisible Man.

BONUS ICYMI CONTENT: Fort Worth Noise caught I Happy Am's set at a Dreamy Life in-store last month, ergo, we encourage you all to obsessively stalk this link for photos and words from our little adventure.

Moving on to this week, I Happy Am headlines a FREE SHOW Friday, March 24th at Republic Street Bar feat. local songwriters Jesse Gage and Morgan Lindley. Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Now then. As a former 'Pizza Boy' I can tell you - no joke - that once a pizza boy, always a pizza boy.

Screw the ramifications, this song has inspired me! I'm gonna use this opportunity to out the PBB aka The Pizza Boy Brotherhood [insert scary bad guy music here] ...

Look, you never hear about the realest of underground conspirators, right? That's the point of being "underground." All you hear about in the media are flaky amateurs like The Freemasons/The Illuminati, etc.

In the PBB they jump you in by pelting you with a day's worth supply of pepperoni frisbees, offering zero aid in the aftermath save for a cold Ziploc bag of mozzarella to soothe your bruising.

Then they test you via harsh trials such as the "Week-long Work Shifts of Christian Radio Station ONLY While Driving Your Deliveries" challenge and the "Smoke Weed in the Freezer All Day Then No GPS, MAPSCO ONLY During Dinner Rush" challenge. 

Like the Mafia and other conspiring fucks, even if you survive all that, they never let you escape. Yea, sure, you may find a new job but they'll always refer to you as Pizza Dude Emeritus and your card could be pulled in a blink!

Band Photo via I Happy Am's Facebook Page

Band Photo via I Happy Am's Facebook Page

Whew! Feels better, getting it all out there.

Now that I've endangered myself by doxxing the PBB it's time to quickly offer up our seriously professional music analysis regarding this particular song (ya know, before a hit squad rolls up to my porch with an order of Kill This Snitch Pizza hold the pizza).  

I like this song. 

In fact, I like it more than: 

  • cheese likes pepperoni
  • $7 tips
  • receiving marijuana in lieu of tips
  • the Pizza Boy Brotherhood likes to silence their enemies
  • deep dish on a sad day :(
Show Poster Image via Republic Street Bar's FB Event Page

Show Poster Image via Republic Street Bar's FB Event Page

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - Smokey Mirror's "Killin' Floor" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Having made its debut this past Thursday via Smokey Mirror's self-titled EP, today's featured song "Killin' Floor" couldn't be much hotter off the press 

And now I'm going to take a short moment to admire Smokey Mirror's album artwork ... 

Holy PB&J Batman! Somebody's magic with ink:

Image via Smokey Mirror's Bandcamp Page

Image via Smokey Mirror's Bandcamp Page

Btw Smokey Mirror plays the Boiled Owl tomorrow night w/ local haze champions Fogg. To round out the bill, Colorado's Cloud Catcher journeys to D/FW for the first time. Show starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

After zero deliberation, our board of directors (okay, so it's just me) unanimously voted to approve this song. The subsequent press release shall soon be circulated to local and national media outlets. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

FORT WORTH NOISE LIKES A SONG

Fort Worth, Texas - March 13, 2017 - Dallas band Smokey Mirror recently wrote, recorded and released a kick ass rock 'n' roll song. Tomorrow night the band plays a show in Fort Worth at The Boiled Owl Tavern.

Pseudo local music writer Prewitt Scott-Jackson likes songs for a living. Here are his thoughts on the song:

"I like this song," Scott-Jackson quipped. 

And??

"And nothing. I like this song."

For more info on this story contact: Prewitt Scott-Jackson - fortworthnoise@gmail.com - Tarrant County Jail (most likely) - 350 W Belknap St., Fort Worth, TX 76102 - +1 817.FWN.RULZ

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Image via Smokey Mirror's Facebook Page

Image via Smokey Mirror's Facebook Page

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - El Búho Cósmico's "Beer and Cigarettes" by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song comes from El Búho Cósmico's 2016 EP, You're a Sociopath.

Quick aside: I LOVE the name of this EP.

Every time I play a song off their Bandcamp page I read back that album name out loud and feel as if they're calling ME a sociopath. Then I remember I hate other people and have zero conscience to boot, so mustn't be me they're talking about, nope! ;)

Image via El Búho Cósmico's Facebook Page

Image via El Búho Cósmico's Facebook Page

Anywho, go check out EBC for yourself this Saturday, March 11th at The Republic Street Bar w/ Mañana Cowboy and Gossamer. Music starts at 9pm, full event details posted here.

Oh yeah ... THIS SHOW IS FREE!!! 

Gonna roll this one up Dad joke-style:

"Knock Knock."

"Who's there?"

"I like."

"I like who?" 

"I like this song!"

Image via Republic Street Bar Facebook Event Page

Image via Republic Street Bar Facebook Event Page

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”

I Like This Song - Vodeo's "Hey Look I'm a DJ" Ft. Matt Mabe & Morris Holdahl by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

I Like This Song celebrates songs by local bands sans clichéd music journo over-analysis.

The furthest we take the dissection of songs featured here is, well, you guessed it: "I Like This Song." 

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Today's featured song comes from Vodeo's 2017 Sylvainia Sessions. The track debuted last Monday on Youtube with a video that can only be described as dance pants bliss.  

I thought I recognized my parents as one of the dancing couples but then I recalled the fact that my parents dance like two giraffes trying to give each other high fives.

If you dance like two giraffes trying to give each other high fives, please don't let that deter you from dancing this Friday night as Vodeo performs at Magnolia Motor Lounge w/ Darkbird (ATX) and Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers.

Doors open at 9pm, Vodeo kicks off the music at 9:30. Full event details here.

Say hello to my little ... I like this song.

Image via Vodeo's Facebook Page

Image via Vodeo's Facebook Page

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about the word writer person:

Prewitt Scott-Jackson writes Dad poetry & short fiction when he's not hyping and typing for Fort Worth Noise. His writing can be found in Ghost City Press (New York), Five 2 One Magazine (Los Angeles), Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press) and Sick Lit Magazine (Texas), among others. He prefers short walks on the beach because – and I quote – “It’s really hard to walk on sand.”