Nothing Painted Blue – Power Trips Down Lovers Lane
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2007
Funny story with this one. So, I saw the Mountain Goats play in the Fall of 2007 and they covered Nothing Painted Blue's “Houseguest.” So I downloaded Nothing Painted Blue records. Then I found this one at Love Garden. So, I peep the credits list and notice that the producer is one R. Vodicka. In my head, I remember that my Western Civ II professor next for the next semester's name is Robert Vodicka. After some research, I find out that it's the same dude! Long story short, I did really shitty in his class, which was embarrassing because he was super cool. Super cool to the point where he would play rad songs before each class (stuff by Devo, Big Dipper, and I think he even played a Nothing Painted Blue song once). Anyway, this record is pretty damn good mid-90s college indie-rock. Frontman Franklin Bruno is tight with John Darnielle, and thus turns up on most of the recent Mountain Goats records (usually playing piano). He was also in the Extra Glenns, with Darnielle, and they made a fantastic record together called Martial Arts Weekend. The Go-Betweens are an obvious touchstone, with maybe a little REM thrown in, but everyone had a lil' REM in their sound back then. Also sensing a little GBV. Placeholders is their best record, but this one is pretty fine!
I know "Houseguest" isn't on this album, but this video features not only Franklin Bruno playing electric guitar, but John Darnielle dressed up in a Batman costume.