#1389 – Folky Guitar Gods


Emily and I played an open mic night Wednesday night! It was fun, though a bar maybe isn’t the right venue for our brand of strummy, folky goodness. Maybe a nice coffee house next time.

And it’s open mic, not open mike. You don’t spell it mikrophone, and we are not performing some sort of open-heart surgery one guy named Mike.

Sketch a Day, Day 12

My friend Emily and I are a band called Kraken Vacuum. We’re a folky, indie-country sorta thing with lots of strummed guitars and a bit of twang. And lots of hand percussion, because why the hell not? Anyway, here’s a drawing of a Kraken and a vacuum, together again for the first time. If you’d like to hear some of our songs (a couple of which are NSFW due to some f-bombs), you can check us out over at .

Release the Kraken!

Oh, Denim

A month or so back, I went to a concert with my friend/songwriting partner, Emily. We were very excited to see the main act, Jesse Malin. The opening act, though? Not so much.

See, apparently he was some guy who’d used to play in a band with Jesse, but hadn’t really moved on to bigger and better things afterward. No, he was still pretty convinced it was 1991, that trying to cram as many curse words into your opening song was “cool” and, possibly, “edgy,” and that wearing a denim jacket with jeans was a fashion statement (which, in his defense, it was. Just not the statement he thought it was).

Regardless, our opinion of this guy and his music was rather low. Terribly low. We had to invent new language to describe how much we disliked this sub-Bon Jovi, sensitive-guy whiner belting out his acoustic power ballads set to G, C, and D. It was painful.

But it was also, in a way, inspirational: Emily and I both walked away after hearing Double-Denim Poser Boy (as we’d dubbed the man in his late 40s who was still trying desperately to pretend he was 25) with a mission: to write a song about the guy. And we each did. Quite fun songs, I should say.

Anyway, long story short (or not so short), here’s my version. Enjoy.
Double Denim Poser Boy (Version 1)