Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Really Cool Potamus

You should probably get this and listen to it, unless you don't like being happy ever. In that case, you should probably get and listen to this.

Includes:
"Is a hippopotamus a hippopotamus, or just a really cool potamus?"
“A burrito is a sleeping bag for ground beef.”
“I was at the airport and I put my bag on the x-ray machine and found out that my bag has cancer. It only has six more months to hold shit.”

It's not near the levels of hilarity of Mitch's other two albums, especially the comedic Iliad that was "Mitch All Together." But it's a satisfying postmortem release, and like any beyond-the-grave material, will satisfy fans hungry for any remaining crumbs from his work. The 40 minutes of material on this CD are from a show in Ontario, and probably would have been much more refined had Mitch stuck around long enough to release another full CD.

I saw Mitch at the University of Maryland in 2002 with Barry, Ally and Dave Malitz, who interviewed him after the show and asked Mitch why he did so many jokes about food. I don't think he had an answer. Then he died in a Baltimore hotel room three years later. Coincidence? Um, yes, yes it is.

4 comments:

Barry said...

Tim + Barry + Mitch All Together on the way to visit Cribbs in Winston Salem = good times

Cribbs roommate's cat running over me incessantly while I tried to sleep on the floor = bad times

Peter said...

Cribbs is an embarassement

cowpesh said...

Better known as: Operation Cribbs Sanity

Etan Horowitz said...

Awesome, I had no idea they were releasing a new album.

I saw him at the Improv in Orlando a few months before his death. He was funny as always, but he was pissed people kept yelling out requests.

"I'm not a f**ing jukebox," he said.

I turned Daphne on to him a few years ago and everytime we listen to his CDs we wish he was still alive.