photo by Fabrizio Costantini
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today's featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy by The GO, from the 2007 Cass Records release Howl On The Haunted Beat You Ride.
Damn, that is one of the best song titles I’ve come across in a good long time. Can we just stop here, and have you get Howl On The Haunted Beat You Ride based on that? No? Fine, be that way. Let’s take a peek at the recipe for this song: one cup Thirteenth Floor Elevators (for the mind-bending psychedelia), one cup John Lee Hooker (for the bluesy, buzzsaw guitar riff), and a pinch of Dandy Warhols (to give it a bit of modern sheen) . Stir well, and let set until the mixture is hard to the touch. Remove it from the saucepan, and carefully slice into thin round sheets. Viola! A fresh batch of Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy singles! Optional: add a label saying “Jack White’s former band” for the timid, who need to have their impressions validated before cutting loose and letting their Italian Cowpoke Freak Flag fly.
For more, you can still check out our previous feature on The GO’s “You Go Bangin’ On” and this video from “Invisible Friends,” also from the new album: