Tim Heidecker works in mysterious ways. There’s On Cinema at the Cinema host Tim Heidecker, who worships Tom Cruise, plays six-string modern rock in Dekkar, and stars in his own ultra-conservative spy show, Decker. Behind that lies the real Tim Heidecker, a friendly guy who lives outside Los Angeles alongside his wife and daughter. And you can take an educated guess which Heidecker is responsible for his forthcoming solo album, In Glendale, due out May 20th via Rado Records.
Although the comic’s previously delivered serious musical fare — see: Heidecker and Wood’s discography — In Glendale marks the “first earnest collection of songwriting under his full name,” according to the album’s press release. “It’s a post-normcore delight of exuberant bar rock, morning after parlor ballads and tragicomic folk novelties.” Fans can certainly expect a fair share of humor, as tracks range from “Cleaning Up the Dog Shit” to “I Dare You to Watch Me Sleep” and “I Saw Nicolas Cage”.
“Bruce Dern may be right when he says that Nebraska ain’t no flyover state,” Heidecker sings on the road-traveling title track, which sounds like a hearty mix of Warren Zevon and Randy Newman, later contending: “Well, I’m living in Glendale, Northern Los Angeles.” It’s an appropriate album opener, awash with jovial rhythms and subtle humor that has pervaded his recent era of comedy, but one can tell it’s not strictly for laughs. In other words, don’t expect another “Our Values are Under Attack”.
Below, you can watch the video for “In Glendale” and consult the album’s tracklist and supporting tour dates.
In Glendale Tracklist:
01. In Glendale
02. Cleaning Up the Dog Shit
03. Work From Home
04. Ghost In My Bed
05. Good Looking Babies
06. When the Cash Runs Out
07. I Dare You to Watch Me Sleep
08. Central Air
09. I Saw Nicolas Cage
10. Ocean’s Too Cold
Tim Heidecker 2016 Tour Dates:
05/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom – Record Release Show
05/30 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Festival
05/31 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/03 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s