you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac's Tusk, Yes's Tales
from Topographic Oceans, the Hampton Grease Band's Music
To Eat, The Mothers of Invention's Freak Out,
Husker Du's Zen Arcade, the Minutemen's Double
Nickels on the Dime, TFUL 282's Mother of All Saints,
and wish there was a prank call/comedy version of these wonderfully
indulgent, macro masterpieces, well, it looks like May 6th was your lucky
7/19/08--JFAL's Jeff Jensen Set To Singlehandedly Save Internet Radio
OK, perhaps that's overstating things a tad. But Jeff (above, right) can be heard this coming Monday on Viva Radio , July 21 at 2pm EST 12pm EST. This is your big chance to explore the inner workings of this quality individual's vast brain. On top of that, he'll be making some calls to American Apparel stores. For prank purposes, I mean. Not to see if they have any job openings.
Believe it or not, we’ve been served by Hawaii attorney Peter Giftopolous. Described by one blogger as a “conosueir of douchery”, Giftopolous finally found someone who claims he’s been defamed by Earles & Jensen’s forthcoming 2XCD, ‘Just Farr A Laugh, Vol. I & II’.
I’d love to tell you what I really think of this creep and his tactics, but on the advice of Matador’s lawyers, I’ve surely written too much already. But I can promise you that nothing else is going to get in the way of our releasing ‘Just Farr A Laugh’. Giftopolous might’ve delayed the street date once, but we’re not gonna let him do it again, no matter the risk to our company’s future.
Sadly, the legal fees we’ve spent on the case thus far have been astronomical. As a result, we’ve had to dramatically reduce our print advertising budget this spring — for instance, we had about 3 full color pages ready to roll in the next issue of Harp, and I shouldn’t have to tell you what happened when cancelled our contract.
That’s right. THE MAGAZINE WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. All because of attorney Peter Giftopolous and his desperate clients. But we’re not going out like that. See you in court, Peter.
Bleachy And The .99 Cent Big
|photo by Jesper Eklow
Here is the fourth MP3 from the upcoming Earles & Jensen
double CD. It’s entitled “Bleachy And The .99 Cent
Big Bufords,” and we’ll let the track speak for
And The .99 Cent Big Bufords
Another preview from 'Just
Farr A Laugh, Vol. 1 & 2'
Contrary to popular belief, our armed forces are actually
quite picky. (New MP3: Introducing
Bleachy: Poised To Sweep The Nation).
Earles & Jensen Sign
to Matador: Sprawling Double CD of Telephone Terrorism Coming
The world needs more comedy recordings like
Chuck Scarborough needs another hole in the head. But the world
needs more rock’n'roll records like Chuck needs two more
holes in the head, so let’s leave the genre prejudice
aside for a moment, shall we? I can honestly say the original
release of Andrew Earles & Jeffrey Jensen’s ‘Just
Farr A Laugh’ is the single most played compact disc in
my household, automobile, yacht, etc. over the past 3 years.
The rich, fully formed universe they’ve created with their
mind-blowing phone calls (ok, billed as “pranks”
but oh, so much more) has to this listener’s ears, transcended
the mere comedy / spoken schtick bin and puts the duo in much
more rarified territory. Rowan & Martin. Martin & Lewis.
Oswald & Ruby. Peterson & Kekich. That’s the kind
of company I’m talking about.
We’ll be releasing Earles & Jensen Present : Just
Farr A Laugh Vol. 1 and 2 on the popular compact disc format
February 19, 2008. Since my hands are so very tired, Andrew
and Jeff have kindly composed a far more appropriate screed
on this subject.
If you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac’s
Tusk, Yes’ Tales from Topographic Oceans, the Hampton
Grease Band’s Music To Eat, The Mothers of Invention’s
Freak Out, Husker Du’s Zen Arcade, the Minutemen’s
Double Nickels on the Dime, TFUL 282’s Mother of All
Saints, and wish there was a prank call/comedy version of
these wonderfully indulgent, macro masterpieces, well, it
looks like February 19th is going to be your lucky day.
That last sentence is a thinly-veiled way to say that unless
you are promotionally serviced by Matador Records or rank
amongst the contributors, don’t expect a burn or freebie.
The double CD set constitutes the world’s greatest
collection of prank phone calls. Included in the package
will be a book (not booklet) of drawings, photographs, and
writing, all courtesy of multiple contributors. It’s
a virtual who’s who that doesn’t make a lot
of sense, but nonetheless creates a wonderful companion
to the recorded works.
A short list of artists who contributed drawings: Mike Aho,
Archer Prewitt, Devendra Banhart, Mark Henning, Ian Marshall,
Gavin McInnes, Jake Oas, Aurel Schmidt, Matt Sweeney, and
The entire list of writers that contributed forewords: Gregg
Turkington (AKA Neil Hamburger, comedy genius, writer, Warm
Voices Rearranged), Matador’s Gerard Cosloy, David
Dunlap Jr. (writer, Washington City Paper, Memphis Flyer,
funny guy), and master humorist/writer Neil Pollack (books:
Alternadad, The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature,
Never Mind The Pollacks: A Rock and Roll Novel, editor/contributor:
Akashic’s Chicago Noir).
Along with writer Ian Christe and artist Steve Keene, Jeffrey
Jensen founded modern day Brooklyn NYC around 1992,
during the Dinkins administration. He has written or directed
the films The Low Down Dirty D.A.W.G.S. (1999), Street Boogie
(2001, shelved), and Graceland Too: The Movie (still in
production). An accomplished artist, Jeff is known for his
puppet shows, intricate nightlight dioramas, and evenings
of vast entertainment, as well as anything else you could
possibly think of. With his incredibly magnetic personality,
Mr. Jensen has left a lasting mental imprint on anyone lucky
enough to have spent over an hour in his presence. Jeffrey
has played in many bands, including The Closet Case, The
Jewish, The Star Spangles, plus he was the bass player
for Homestead Records recording artists Smack Dab. He drives
a 1982 Chrysler Lebaron, contributes regularly to Vice Magazine,
and was accidentally shot with a .22 rifle when he was 13-years-old.
Andrew Earles is a writer and loosely-defined humorist
that lives in Memphis, TN. His words regularly appear in
The Onion A/V Club, Spin, Harp, Magnet, Vice, Paste, Chunklet,
and The Memphis Flyer…among others. He founded The
Cimarron Weekend in 1997, co-publishing and co-editing said
argument-starter with David Dunlap Jr. until 2001. Four
or five people like to claim that it was a great zine. From
2001 until late 2006, Andrew was a regular contributor to
Tom Scharpling’s The
Best Show on WFMU. As far as books go, his essays have
appeared in the now out-of-print Lost In The Grooves (Routledge)
and remainder table favorite, The Overrated Book (Last Gasp).
He is a core contributor to The Rock Bible, to be published
by Quirk in 2008. Most of his attempts at live comedy have
failed miserably. Andrew is a proud Southerner and amateur,
wanna-be outdoorsman that loves to fish, act like he knows
a lot about animals, and walk around in the woods. He sometimes
has a smart mouth, yet against all logic, has yet to receive
that long-overdue ass-whomping (not an invitation). This
is his blog: www.failedpilot.com
Jeffrey Joe Jensen and Andrew Scott Earles are Leo’s,
reliably carrying all of the negative and positive baggage
of that particular sign. Amazingly, and unknown to the duo
until several years ago, they share the exact same birthday
of August 15th.
ETA: A Jermaine Stewart Cover Band” (mp3)
Friends Call Me Ditchweed. Don’t Ask. OK, Go Ahead and