“Preso Voy” – The Beets

by bryan on December 11, 2015

The Beets
Wallet Art: “The Beets” in graphite on 2″ x 3.5″

Press play on “Preso Voy” off The Beets release Let the Poison Out and you will be assaulted by a cacophony of angular guitar riffs, floppy drums and a yearning vocal that are firmly footed in the foundations of American rock and roll and the dirty underborough of Queens, New York.

I have no clue what language is being sung (well… it’s probably Español because the singer is originally from Uruguay) and therefore I have no insight into what this song is possibly about… but the recording strikes that dissonant chord that destroys the cobwebs trapping your brain in conformity by igniting your synapsis with trashy and untrained rhythm and blues.

Listen at high volumes near your parents on a playlist with The Troggs and Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs.

Get the Record: Let The Poison Out

Go to their Website: The Beets


“Emily Kane” – Art Brut

by bryan on March 25, 2015

Buy the Original Wallet Art: “Art Brut” in graphite on 2″ x 3.5″

Quick wrists slap out a jangly guitar riff over a meandering base line and hard hitting rock drums on “Emily Kane,” the lead single by the English and German, Berlin based indie rock outfit Art Brut on their debut album Bang, Bang, Rock and Roll released on May 30th 2005.

Art Brut, like many of us, find it difficult to get over young love. That first girlfriend makes an impact. You see her everywhere… when you squint your eyes, when you see other couples kiss… you pine for that feeling that none of the new girls can deliver despite your repeated attempts and the encouraging taunts from your friends.

Whether this song is truly earnest or British style tongue in cheek irony doesn’t matter. “Emily Kane” highlights the fact that memory can be a powerful force, stopping forward momentum and growth.

I hope that we, along with Art Brut, can internalize the fact that we must use the past to inform our decisions in the present as we prepare for the future. We can’t get stuck counting the 10 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 4 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes and 5 seconds that it’s been since we’ve last seen Emily Kane.

Get the Record: Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Go to their Website: Art Brut