Author Archives: Thomas Kennedy

Thee “Thees” [Mixtape]

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Behold my astonishing ignorance of Thee Thees, and the amazing grace of Rachel Miss-Mess below.

Dear Rachel Miss-Mess,

Making a playlist of “Thee” bands to share on JNR blog. Thee Oh Sees, Thee Open Sex etc. etc. etc.

There’s a bunch of Thee Bands playing Cataracts, and Lou’s been talking about Thee Oh Sees, and I bought your record at the listening party last weekend and I’ve been listening to it over and over.

The only unifying quality I can identify here is that all of these bands have lo-fi psychedelic, analog tendencies + not coincidentally a bunch of them are associated with Magnetic South/Cataracts/have releases that are only on Bandcamp etc.

Also they have names that might confuse a search engine/make them hard to find.  I would imagine that fishing with a search phrase like “Open Sex” would drag up some pretty grody stuff.  Tsunamis would probably drag up a lot of stuff about tropical storms instead of Thee Tsunamis etc. etc.

I wouldn’t consider Thee Open Sex or Thee Oh Sees to be surfer rock, but most of the others would loosely fall in that category. Is there a surfer rock in-joke?

Is there any conscious significance to the “Thee” tag beyond the above in your mind?




*Dear Reader you will have to scroll down the page after clicking through on this link before you arrive at the field where you can order or listen to Thee Open Sex’s LP. Keep a lookout for the eyeball.

Dear Thomas,

“Thee”, at least for me, is intrinsically connected with Billy Childish and his bands like Thee Headcoats (and girlfriend band Thee Headcoatees), Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, etc. Childish was a poet, an artist, a punk, and a freak that has really inspired me personally and I know is an important figure to many others in our scene as well.

At this point you’re right though–it’s totally a joke that has almost run it’s course haha! However with “Thee Open Sex”, there is a slightly different story. For about two years John Dawson was releasing tapes with various collaborators as “Open Sex”, releasing stuff like “Open Sex on Every Street Corner”. However when we started to come together as a band in 2012 and really record and play, we realized it was quite difficult to Google “open sex” or “open sex band” and find anything related our music amidst the hoards of nasty YouTube videos and graphic sexual images and websites.

SOOO we thought it would be funny to smack a “thee” in front of it and be more easily recognizable on the web. Then we released our first lp with that name, but yet remain “Open Sex”. The “thee” is entirely optional!


Rachel Miss-Mess

WHY? Street Team + Win a Goldent Ticket at a WHY? Show Near You!! [Live]

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WHY? Street Team–you know who you are.  I’ve already contacted most of you.  THANK YOU for helping us spread the word about WHY?!  As a way of saying thanks, we’d like to offer you free passes to the show in your hometown. Here’s what we need you to do:


  1. Post about the show from your Facebook profile.
    (simply make a status update mentioning the fact that WHY? is playing, that you’re going, and anything else you want to mention about the band/show.)
  2. Post about the “Golden Tickets” EP
    (make a separate post from your Facebook page, linking to this page & personalize the post in any way you choose)
  3. Post a comment on the Facebook event page for the show in your hometown.
  4. Send us an email or Facebook message letting us know you’ve done steps 1-3. 

 5.  Share either an article about WHY? from local press, or an image of the show poster. 

That is it! Accomplish steps 1-5 and your name will be on the WHY? guestlist for the evening. Furthermore, we’re going to send out 5 WHY? t-shirts to participants whose names get pulled out of a hat.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



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Filmed, edited, and directed by ADAM HARDING (of Dumb Numbers), this mini-documentary details the construction of the cement “Monolith” edition of David Yow’s album “Tonight You Look Like A Spider”. The cement “Monolith” artwork was limited to 50 copies, each uniquely hand-crafted by Yow himself.

The Monoliths sold out immediately, but “Tonight You Look Like A Spider” (sans cement Monolith) is available for purchase HERE.

The Most Popular Song Of All Time [Record Bin Review]

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This weekend, me and Pete went to Luna to look through the bins and found this gem: a child-preacher delivering a sermon about the hit single, “I Heard It through the Grapevine” a song with which we are all familiar, written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966, and made famous by Marvin Gaye in a single released in October 1968 on Motown’s Tamla label.

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I think we were sort of hoping for a child preacher in the mold of Eli from there will be blood.

But what we actually found ended up being so much more. I’m not exactly sure what the 14 year old wonder boy Preacher is trying to say in this sermon, but I got a kick out of the way he said it, whatever he was talking about. Check out the whole sermon below and Pete’s remix.