Thursday, April 05, 2007

Minding My Own Business

Song: Minding My Own Business
Artist: Coconut Records
Album: Nighttiming

Jason Schwartzman is the actor you’ll recognize from “Rushmore,” I (heart) Huckabees,” “Shopgirl,” and “Marie-Antoinette.” He is the son of actress Talia Shire and producer Jack Schwartzman. What you may not know is that he is also a musician and was in the original lineup of Phantom Planet and co-wrote their biggest track, the theme song to “The O.C.” “California.” Jason has a new project called “Coconut Records” which has been released on iTunes and will get a formal release this summer.

I have been really digging this record, love lead single (and final track) “West Coast” which has a laid back vibe, as well as the disco-tinged title-track “Nighttiming.” “Minding My Own Business” sounds like the Scissor Sisters re-writing Genesis’ “That’s All” and the entire record has a generally pleasant, fun, indie-rock vibe. It’s a bit all over the place but I have really been enjoying it and highly recommend it.

You can find more information and hear more music on their MySpace page, but if you are an MP3 lover, let me take the time to introduce to you a new website. The Hype Machine ( is a blog aggregator that works as a search engine to find blogs highlighting bands and artists you dig by conveniently listing them with links to boot. So, you can simply type “Coconut Records” in to the search field and see a list of blogs that mention the band and links to MP3 downloads. You could probably find all the tracks I just mentioned.


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