RIYL: Surreal experiences

Label: Rado Records

I won’t lie that I raised my eyebrow at the first sight of this in my inbox. Tim Heidecker, of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame and an accomplished comic in his own right, has released was seems to be a… sincere record? As Jagjaguwar notes, however, humor is the core of the album (take “Scientology (That’s The Plan For Me))” and they also take note of a feeling I’m experiencing – I feel like I’m on the outside of an inside joke, or that the entire humor of this is flying over my head. This isn’t an H. Jon Benjamin-like venture where the artist in question doesn’t know his way around an instrument – Heidecker is shown playing the guitar and he can sing.

The problem with comedians is when they do take up something (in this case, mostly) serious/genuine, you have a hard time dispelling the image of the subject as a comic – you assume there’s an ulterior motive in order to arrive to their punch line. To cite an example, Heidecker’s “The Comedy” blindsided audiences because, shocker, the film isn’t a comedy at all – it’s a cynical take on hedge-fund kids and the wealthy hipsters that inhabit New York City. Either way, take a look at the two singles available from In Glendale below via the YouTube streams and see what you think of them. As further motivation to purchase this, you, bold soul, enter for a chance to Skype with Heidecker to review his record to his face. Cheers!

The Details

Today, Tim Heidecker is announcing his solo album, In Glendale, which will be released on 5/20 via Rado Records, the brand new Jagjaguwar imprint from Foxygen's Jonathan Rado. For the last decade, Tim Heidecker has proven to be one of our cult-comedy greats with his Adult Swim series "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" and "Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories." Behind those empty, unflinching dada-comedy bot eyes, there's a real man with all the regular feels. He resides on a hill in Glendale, CA, up to his armpits in diapers, bills, his mortgage, in the workaday life of a writer. It's this pedestrian side of his life from which Heidecker pulls the fodder for the aptly titled In Glendale, his first earnest collection of songwriting under his full name. It's a post-normcore delight of exuberant bar rock, morning after parlor ballads and tragicomic folk novelties. And, of course, because we are talking about a comedic legend in the ma king, humor remains core to this album, be it a deadpan domestic observation or that feeling that you're on the outside of an inside joke. But then, you get the feeling that's right where Heidecker wants you. Fans of Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, and Biff Rose should sit up and listen. There's a new wry outlook on life in LA, and this one ain't afraid to pick up some dog shit. Today, we're sharing the video for the title track, "In Glendale," which sets the scene for the record.

Regarding the newly formed Rado Records, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado had this to say of the new imprint: "I think I've always had a curatorial instinct in some capacity — seeking out new music, connecting with the makers of that music. With Rado Records, I have a vision for a new Motown familial label, based out of my studio in the valley. But most of all, Rado Records is meant to honor creative production and brazen pop songwriting."

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