Tomorrow, Kyle Kinane is releasing his brand new album Trampoline in a Ditch. In preparation for the release, he’s brought us a new animated clip that serves as a trailer for the album. In the clip, he talks about Midwest sensibilities, being on “borrowed time”, and where the “Kyle’s” go when they die. Kinane even went on to describe in the video’s description about his decision to have clips from his album animated.
It’s no secret that standup comedy can seem a bit stale, visually-speaking. A person, more often than not a dude, who is usually white, who has probably grown a beard to hide his middle-aged beer wattle, trots around a stage in his nicest hoodie and basketball shoes, pontificating about the more cumbersome aspects of having diarrhea in an airport. Sounds familiar. Looks familiar.
This time around, since I’m not changing the chef or the ingredients or the recipes, I hoped to at least make the menu more aesthetically interesting. The idea was to animate different bits in different styles, much like the film Waking Life or MTV’s Liquid Television. It wouldn’t necessarily reinvent the comedy but viewers could take a break from my permanent “betcha I could still kickflip” face. Get a group of visual artists to interpret the jokes however they saw fit without any meddling from yours truly and see what happens. The results were delightful. With @800 Pound Gorilla Records at the helm, Meister phenomenally created a whole new layer of context for my late night dribblings. Out of my belches and creaks they made the beautiful song you’ll see here (I’m glad they did such a great job too, otherwise this could’ve been a real bloated “November Rain” situation I got myself into). Please enjoy.
This is Kinane’s fifth album, and his first released by 800 Pound Gorilla Records. Stream/download it here.