109. Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta
This may be the weirdest explanation as to why I got into a band. I know there is at least a few people who got into them the same exact way, so here goes. On The Best Show on WFMU, Gary The Squirrel (a puppet) sang a song called “Hey AP Mike”, which was a rewrite of a Gentlemen Jesse song called “Butterfingers” from his first album. I then went out and checked out his new record that came out that year (2012, this one), and really liked what I heard. For those of you who don’t listen to The Best Show, I’m sure this description makes me come off as a crazy person. It’s a really cool modernization of British Pub Rock, and a really fun listen.
When “Hey AP Mike” came out, the subject of the song (AP Mike), reached out on twitter to anyone who lived in the North Jersey area who knew how to record. I was unemployed, in my parents kitchen, and just happened to be reading twitter at the time. I immediately reached out to him saying that I would love to help him out, he gave me his number, and soon I was talking to one of the people who is a key part to my favorite piece of modern culture. I found an instrumental track to the Classics IV song called “Spooky”, and arranged to meet at WFMU in Jersey City the next day to record. Mike led me up to the top floor of WFMU, where all the bands play live on the air, and where the annual marathons are held. I set up my microphone, and we recorded the track pretty quickly. The next week it aired, heard my name being spoken by my radio hero, and had something I worked on be heard around the globe.