Today’s Friday Free Feature is inspired by a “brain itch” or a song I can’t get out of my head. Some good friends of mine call it “being song f@*ked.” Whatever you want to call it, Silver Jews‘ “Random Rules” is rattling in the old noggin’ and I have my dear friend and Dadada collaborator, Craig (aka C.L. Cucumber) to thank. He suggested we perform it at a recent open mic.
Anyone who has attempted to learn a song knows you need to bathe in it, soak it up, and let it excrete from your pores like sweat. So we did that, well kinda did that. We practiced 3-4 times together to learn a few songs, and among those tunes was “Random Rules” from the excellent, American Water (1998). It stuck with me, and now I am going to make it stick with you.
WFMU had the Silver Jews in studio just a few months before hanging it up in early 2009. The recording features a lot of their popular tracks including “Random Rules.” You can download the entire set from the Free Music Archive.