Forgive me for using a phrase that has perhaps crossed the threshold into unhip territory, but there's just no other way to put it: You all need to brace yourselves for some next-level shit. So, recall when DC-based public-access star and outsider artist TV John Langworthy came through Nashville one month ago? The guy is known for rambling at great length about frequently banal topics in an incredibly non-banal manner, and it's all set to music that sounds like the demos from an old Casio keyboard.
But while he was in Nashville for a stretch, TV John laid down some tracks with several local artists — loads of them, in fact, including members of Fly Golden Eagle, Square People Jazz Maturity (more news to come on Square People's film very soon), PUJOL, Oh Dang Lomein, Turkeys and more — and the result is a five-song EP by the name of The Dream Man. The Dream Man was recorded at the Blacktooth Camp and is now available for free download via Blacktooth Records — though you can also purchase it on tape via Blacktooth's shop. Honestly, as absurd as some of TV John's subject matter and delivery can be, the music itself is transfixing, upbeat and fun. It's a hell of a rock 'n' roll collaboration, and precisely the sort of thing that comes out of the brains and basements of Nashvillians who power their dreams with day jobs and psychedelic late-night recording sessions. Stream the single "Ya-Ya" below, see the video for "Cell Phone" above, and see a making-of video after the jump. "Cell Phone" was edited by Drew Maynard, and the behind-the-scenes vid was edited by Jake Smith.