Band of the Day: Jason Schwartzman’s Coconut Records

NAME: Coconut Records

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HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: I was checking out ONTD, and saw a picture post where there were photos of Jason Schwartzman in the “recording studio” with his ex-girlfriend Zooey Deschanel and his super-hot younger brother Robert Carmine (of Rooney fame). There was no information as to where the photos came from, so I instantly flew into a fit of rage, trying to figure out why I hadn’t heard about Jason Schwartzman and/or Rooney recording recently.

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I guess I should state that in the early 2000s, I was really into Phantom Planet–not as much as my crazy friend Alyse–but I liked them quite a bit. So I Googled around and finally found a line in Jason’s Wikipedia entry that mentioned that he had recently recorded songs with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and the results could be found on the Coconut Records Myspace page.
LATEST RELEASE: TBD, April 2007 on iTunes, in stores Summer 2007
SONG LISTENED TO: “Nighttiming”
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Kinda Ima Robot meets Ben Kweller meets “Nightclubbing” by Iggy Pop. It’s actually really good! Very disco-y in that sort of ironic kinda of way. Groovy beats start the song, but the tune overlays pretty strings and geeky synth sounds to even out the hokey 70s blips. Jason’s vocals sound vulnerable–and at one point his voice breaks a little and it just makes my heart go “awwwww!” But another song, “West Coast”, reveals some Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young influence by featuring simplistic yet melodious harmonies.
1 to 5 RATING: 4. I can’t believe how much I like it.
LISTEN TO MORE: Catch Zooey Deschanel guesting on the leisurely banjo-based duet “This Old Machine” on the Myspace

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11 replies on “Band of the Day: Jason Schwartzman’s Coconut Records”

  1. Bro, I went to Target to look at the Proenza stuff, and it was crappy!!!! The only good Go items ever were the Luella sunglasses.

  2. i no how can i download or buy there music they have loadz great songs the west coast and the other one i have heard ! nightiming which is very good ????? HELP PLZ !

  3. The record is up on iTunes now and should be up on pretty much every digital music store tomorrow.

  4. Zooey does vocals on “Ask Her To Dance” & “Slowly” Kristen does the vocals on “This Old Machine” & “Summer Day”

  5. If it wasn’t for my job as a telemarkerter I would have never heard of a band called Phantom Planet. I’m glad I love Wes Anderson movies because Jason “Sizzle”man can act and sing better than Jell-o I mean Jay-Lo hmmmm….sorry to burst your bubble butt honey but the boy has skills. If your out there reading this Jason give me a Holla!- Tamica
    Tried catching the Rooney in the Pitts but they skipped us …maybe nexttime. 🙂

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