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Get ready, because you’re about to feel. That’s what Tim Heidecker warns on “Fear of Death’s” opening track, “Prelude to Feeling.” And he means it. This is a Serious Album about Serious Topics – a doomed future, abandoning life in the city, and, you guessed it, the inevitability of death – and without a warning, those feelings might just sneak up on you.

Fear of Death is the follow-up to 2019’s What the Brokenhearted Do, which chronicles a fictional divorce from his wife and the accompanying depression. Just like that one with its morose theme of a contentious breakup, the new album puts Heidecker squarely in the tradition of comedians and actors like Steve Martin, Hugh Laurie, and Donald Glover, eschewing his funny side in his music and leaving the jokes for the screen.

Tim Heidecker and Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering have chosen an alarmingly on-the-nose year to release a mostly sunlit album about death. Although the duo and a host of collaborators recorded “Fear of Death” in 2019, the absurdity of the album’s release amid a global pandemic, overdue uprisings against police brutality, raging West Coast wildfires and the 2020 election cycle only amplifies these songs’ often upbeat morbidity. Heidecker and Mering certainly aren’t strangers to the absurd and its accompanying hilarity. Over Heidecker’s 20-or-so-year career, he’s developed a distinctly surreal, ironic brand of hipster humour through the cult Adult Swim shows Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Decker. Even before Mering jumped to the forefront of the chamber-rock pack with last year’s apocalypse-themed instant classic Titanic Rising, she was singing about how bizarre the world’s end will look. Both also share a passion for ’70s soft rock, as do some of their Fear of Death collaborators.

Fear of Death is a Serious Album about Serious Topics – a doomed future, abandoning life in the city, and the inevitability of death. It’s Heidecker’s biggest sounding and most fleshed out album yet featuring an all star band comprised of Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering (vocals and piano), Drew Erickson (Jonathan Wilson, Dawes), The Lemon Twigs’ Brian and Michael D’Addario, Jonathan Rado, and string arrangements by Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard (Foxygen, Bedouine, The Waterboys, Natalie Prass). “I didn’t know that Fear of Death was going to be so focused on death when I was writing it,” Heidecker says. “It took a minute for me to stand back and look at what I was talking about to realize that, yes, I am now a middle-aged man and my subconscious is screaming at me: ‘You are getting old, dude! You are not going to live forever! Put down that cheeseburger!’”

The album’s lead single, “Fear of Death,” is “about as ‘Dead’ as I get,” says Heidecker. Over an intricate guitar line, Heidecker’s voice intertwines with Mering’s elevative vocals as he swears off partying and risky decisions: “I don’t see the value in having fun // I think I’m done growing // fear of death is keeping me alive.” And while “Fear of Death” is an upbeat take on avoiding potentially fatal choices and avoiding death, “Nothing” comes to terms with it. “Nothing, that’s what it amounts to, they say // A black void waiting down the road for us one day,” Heidecker sings from a recording session that he calls “one of the more spiritual and emotional moments of my creative life.”

The band nods to J.J. Cale in the bluesy and smoky “Say Yes To Me” and The Faces in the uptempo ode to country living, “Come Away With Me.” The album’s haunting and sad closer “Oh How We Drift Away” began as a Bernie Taupin/Elton John-style writing experiment, with Heidecker supplying the words and Mering setting them to music. “I was very interested in trying to do something big in scope and otherworldly,” Heidecker says. “I hope it leaves you thinking.”

While this is serious music about serious topics, it’s not all doom and gloom. Heidecker says, “I hope my observations and meditations on death, the afterlife, the future, while at times a little dark and grim, offer a little comfort and catharsis for some people, as I don’t think I’m the only one who occasionally thinks about this stuff.”

“This record is a dream come true for me,” he continues. “I got to work with some of the best, and nicest, musicians in town who helped me take some shabby, simple tunes and turn them into something I’m really proud of.” Occasionally, an idea with the shabbiest, simplest beginnings will grow into something more special than ever intended. With Fear of Death, Heidecker and his band of friends have achieved just that.

From the album Fear of Death, out September 25, 2020, on Spacebomb Records

Foxygen are back with a new album called “Seeing Other People”. It is due out April 26th via Jagjaguwar Records, and its lead single “Livin’ a Lie” has been released today. The track comes with a music video directed by previous collaborator Alessandra Lichtenfeld. It was filmed in Calabasas and the band’s hometown of Westlake Village, California in the wake of the Woolsey wildfires.

Foxygen – “Livin’ A Lie,” taken from ’Seeing Other People,’ out April 26th, 2019 on Jagjaguwar Records.

Seeing Other People was produced by Foxygen, engineered and mixed by Shawn Everett, and features superstar drummer Jim Keltner. It follows 2017’s Hang. “I remember a quote from [Jonathan] Rado sticking with the press a few years ago about how we’d lived every rock’n’roll cliche in, about, one year,” Foxygen’s Sam France said in a statement. “Well, here’s the album about it. Another movie. I don’t know what’s next. But here’s a snapshot of it all.”


The duo’s new single arrives with a music video filmed in California in the wake of the Woolsey fires

releases April 26, 2019

Foxygen have announced a brand new album. Titled ‘Seeing Other People’, the full-length is previewed by a lead single ‘Livin’ A Lie’, Arriving alongside a video directed by previous collaborator Alessandra Lichtenfeld, it was filmed in Calabasas and the band’s hometown of Westlake Village, California following the Woolsey wildfires.

“I remember a quote from [fellow band member Jonathan] Rado sticking with the press a few years ago about how we’d lived every rock’n’roll cliche in, about, one year,” Sam France explains in a statement. “Well, here’s the album about it. Another movie. I don’t know what’s next. But here’s a snapshot of it all.”

‘Seeing Other People’ was produced by Foxygen, mixed by Shawn Everett, and features drums by Jim Keltner. Following on from 2017’s ‘Hang’, its set for release on 26th April

Californian duo Foxygen has released Livin’ a Lie, which layers a myriad of instruments from synths to guitars and strings. The track is the first glimpse of “Seeing Other People”, their upcoming album due out 26th April.  on Jagjaguwar Records

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Foxygen is the Big Bang of two combusting minds. It’s the splayed Galaxy of polar geniuses Sam France and Jonathan Rado. It’s a handshake with a knife behind your back. A cosmic, Californian death-game of highway chicken. A sleepless night in a five star hotel. Truth or dare. Foxygen is the risk of pushing your best friend off the ledge just to see if they can fly. You listen to this album properly. You take in each moment. Each new melody that threads forward from the fingertips of one of this generation’s finest piano men in Jonathan Rado. And you fall in line behind Sam France’s sprawling and reckless lyric. Witness his mastery. Feel them struggle against the walls of their own creations. Follow them there. To the perimeter. To the exit sign. And let your eyes fog up with thoughts like ‘For at least this moment I understand how cold blooded and beautiful I am.’ Notice that the two young guys aren’t there anymore. They’re outside looking for another joint to haunt. They’re already out of sight.


And now you’re on a train. Facing the wrong way so the trees are passing in front of you. And you’re looking forward but everything is getting further away. These nowhere towns somehow sound good. Like the city is heavy, but out here we float a little bit. America is too big of a boat to sink. Don’t sink baby. Hang.

Released January 20th, 2017

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I’m so excited to share the first taste of Jonathan Rado from the band Foxygen full album cover of Bruce Springsteen’s legendary 1975 LP Born to Run, Its the second release from the specialist Sounds Delicious .

It’s a sprawling, springy jam and we think Rado has nailed it. The song premiered earlier this week. Here is what Rado had to say about covering The Boss:

“I’m recording ‘Born to Run’ by the Boss, one of my favorite records of all time – also one of the highest grossing records of all time. I’ve always wondered though, what it would sound like if Bruce had recorded this deep into his ‘Nebraska’ home-recording phase. Like, what would it sound like if he made ‘Born to Run’ at home & played all the instruments? I’m gearing up to find out (on this week’s diners drive-ins and dives).”

This second release follows Yumi Zoumas widely praised cover album of UK Brit pop band Oasis “Whats The Story Morning Glory (which is officially sold out). The record received accolades from many bloggers and more. Here are a few of my favorite quotes about the album: (from critics and members!)


“This first Sounds Delicious release arrived today and has left me feeling humbled and amazed […] I just realized this made me a thousand times more excited about having backed this on Kickstarter in the first place, as I suspect there will be more nice surprises in store that hit me in ways I’d never expect.” .

It’s been such a thrill to see the records making their way into backers’ and members’ hands. Please continue to tag your pics #turntablekitchen and #soundsdelicious.

This release is exclusive to SOUNDS DELICIOUS and vinyl-only (although the record includes a digital download of the album) – so the only way to get a copy is by joining the club. If the Yumi Zouma (which sold out less than a week after we started shipping it) is any indication, this one will go fast.


From Jonathan Rado’s full album cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run.

Available exclusively from Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription service:


Trevor Sensor has to date released two excellent EPs . Since playing those to EPs to death, I’ve been looking forward for his full-length LP. Seems we’re getting close. Check out the video and see what Sensor says about the tune. I really dig this dude.he has an incredible passion in his vocal , So I’m Looking forward to much more.

“The Money Gets Bigger” was produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, IL. The song features Rado on organ and backing vocals with Julien Ehrlich (drums & backing vocals) and Max Kakacek(bass) of Whitney as his rhythm section.

Sensor explains the inspiration behind this song is, “An observation of America – the horrors that occur in a society at large, and behind the closed doors of dysfunctional family homes. It’s a need for something – the yearning to be somebody people admire and adore in a world that seems void of significance. To find meaning in the limelight, and the despair we all feel when we are not the chosen ones to bask in it. In America, this is our brass ring – to be applauded for our supposed efforts and be beloved by strangers.”

I found Foxygen’s last album to be an ambitious, in parts brilliant, sometimes frustratingly long album. With a duo like Sam France and Jonathan Rado, two insanely talented musicians; there’s bound to be an album like that in their catalog. They’re back here with Hang out via the fine folks of Jagjaguwar Records and by the looks of it, the album appears to be more focused in nature. Here’s some info from their PR machine.
On their first proper studio record, the Los Angeles pair once again present their uncanny knack for pulling together myriad strands of influences to an elaborate, uncompromising vision. And this time, they’ve gone true big band! Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Additionally, Hang was recorded with the brother rhythm section duo of Brian and Michael D’Addario, also known as the Lemon Twigs, and features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips on select tracks. Written and produced entirely by Foxygen, Hang was recorded on 2” tape at Electro Vox Studios in Los Angeles.

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Jonathan Rado, co-creator of Foxygen, plays with dusty toys and makes music errday. He bangs on items. He won’t stop banging on items. During a short weekend in October of 2011, Jonathan Rado covered “McCartney”, the 1970 solo album by Paul McCartney (of the hit rock band, The Beatles) in it’s entirety. In the spirit of the original album, there wasn’t much thought put into anything – most everything is first take, from memory – no song took longer than 3 hours to record. The only missing track is “Teddy Boy”, which somehow got deleted from my computer. Also, man, my vocals on “Maybe I’m Amazed” just do NOT cut it. All songs written by Paul McCartney
recorded and performed by Jonathan Rado in 2011
cover photo by Jonathan Rado (hot sauce & sour skittles/kitchen floor)



Jonathan Rado the mainman from FOXYGEN covers the whole of the debut Paul McCartney Album

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I really could be back in the late 60’s or early 70’s with this track from the FOXYGEN man Johnathan Rado. After two great albums with the band FOXYGEN Jonathan Rado took some time out after a two year tour and recorded a solo album,