- Capacity for satisfying my need for a Carla Kihlstedt fix without having to wait a year for a new album
- Me gusta!
Rabbit, Rabbit! Ok, I realize it’s not exactly the first of the month, nor were those actually the first words out of my mouth on the first, but I’m saying them anyway. What the hell am I talking about you ask? Well, that is a very good question. There’s apparently a tradition of saying “rabbit, rabbit” on the first of each month, which invokes “good fortune and renewed purpose” to you and yours (rabbitrabbitradio.com).
Well, thanks to the creative musical genius of husband and wife Matthias Bossi and Carla Kihlstedt (both of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum “fame,” as well as myriad other projects), good fortune and renewed purpose now come in the form of a brand new song, as well as vidoes and other goodies, at the beginning of each month. They have titled this project Rabbit Rabbit Radio.
The song for the month of May is Me Gusta El Calor. Yes, I realize that it is no longer May and it may be more appropriate to review the song for June, but I decided to finish what procrastination interrupted. Besides, it’s not like any of you actually listened to May’s song and were aching to hear about what was posted for June. Anyway, Me Gusta El Calor contains its own review right in the title–Me gusta! (No, I am not going to apologize for the cheesiness of that remark).
Why do I “gusta” this song so much? Maybe it’s how well the quirky keys and lively programmed percussion suit the lyrics, which are mostly constructed out of a random amalgamation of quotes, anecdotes, and cliches from Matthias Bossi’s childhood. From simple beginnings, the song swells to an epic ending with a healthy dosage of Carla’s impeccable string work, accompanied by guitar, trumpet, accordion and other intruments performed by guest musicians. The whole arrangement is really well done.
In a commercial for the song, Matthias Bossi describes Me Gusta El Calor as a “bawdy, surreal romp” that will get “even the most jaded of musical afficianados off the couch and shaking their dirty thing until it hurts.” I see no reason to disagree with Matthias’s statement. I found the song surprisingly lively (in a good way), compared to the three previous songs on the website (which were also amazing).
Now that your appetite is sufficiently whetted, you may be wondering how you can partake of this delightful, musical goodness. Wonder no further. Simply go to rabbitrabbitradio.com and select the option to subscribe. You can opt for a monthly fee of $1, $2, $3, or $5, but no matter what you pay, you get the same content. So, if you can spare a few extra dollars to aid such stellar musicians, I would highly recommend it, but I won’t blame you for being cheap either.
Subscribers also have access to all previous songs in the archive (I especially recommend their first song Hush Hush), though they can only be streamed, not downloaded (unless you’d like to purchase them for $1 from the store). The current song can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including FLAC and high quality 320 kbps mp3. Additonally, the store also lets you stream a few other albums by Carla and/or Matthias for free, including Causing a Tiger, 2 Foot Yard, and Carla and Matthias’s songs written for the stage.
I couldn’t find any of the songs on youtube, but if you are looking for an idea of what to expect, this song by another Carla and Matthias project called Hello Dust gives a fairly good picture.
The tradition of saying “rabbit, rabbit” as your first words each month may or may not have mountains of scientific evidence to support it, but you are welcome to give it a shot. Alternatively, you could simply achieve the same effect by subscribing to rabbitrabbitradio.com. I know of at least one person who received positive benefits by subscribing (me!), and you could too!