Monday, October 5, 2009

Pheaturing Jacob Gray From Matthew & The Arrogant Sea


Hey there, welcome to a Monday entry of the Phile, so how are you? So, Disney Cast Members all across the world were sent a memo saying be careful what you say about Disney on Facebook, or blogs. If anybody is caught 'harming' Disney in anyway they would be fired. So, I am going on record and saying I LOVE DISNEY and EPCOT IS THE GREATEST PLACE TO WORK AT! At Epcot right now, the greatest event is going on, The Brood and Whine Festival... oh, I am sorry... I mean the Food and Wine Festival. DISNEY ROCKS! It’s the 60th anniversary of China. We’re celebrating in the United States because they own all of our debt. I am only twenty years older then China? I am confused. Anyway, if you want to send China a gift, the 60th anniversary gift is lead paint. I can't wait for this, pretty soon former Alaska Gov. Sarah Plain’s new book will be out. It’s called “Going Rogue.” I read it and was disappointed — three chapters are devoted to cleaning fish. I want her book on the Phile Book Club, so if anybody knows how I can contact Ms. Palin, e-mail me at This is my quest. If you have any young daughters in your house, you probably know about these American Girl dolls. They’re from all over: One’s from New York; one wears bell-bottoms; but they have a new one that’s homeless. She lives in a car with her mom because the father abandoned them. That’s a nice story to put in a little girl’s head: Daddy might bolt to leave you living in the Buick. The Olympic Committee voted on whether Chicago, Tokyo, Rio, or Madrid would host the 2016 Olympics. I don’t know if it was rigged, but the winner was “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Summer Games. The whole city is very excited. The announcement was made at 1 o’clock today and they’ve been celebrating like crazy for 50 years. Ken Lewis, the CEO of Bank of America, will receive a 53 million dollar pension when he retires at the end of the year. But he can only get it out of an ATM — 20 dollars at a time. And for those keeping up with the Michael Jackson news, according to a new autopsy report, Michael Jackson was in good health for a man of his age. I don’t know, I’m pretty sure a guy his age is supposed to have a nose.
Have you seen the new ads the Obama's are running? I think it's cool Mrs. Obama is in it, but I am totally confused about the ad. Check it out.

Okay, kids, it's time for the popular on-line game...

So, is this poster from Canada porn?

An arsonist sets fire to New York City's iron and glass Crystal Palace. America's most prestigious museum is reduced to 1,200 tons of molten slag, causing $2 million in damage and destroying thousands of priceless artworks belonging to the American Institute.
60,000 are killed when a tropical cyclone hits Calcutta. On the same day, a 200-foot tsunami kills thousands in Kamaishi, Japan.
German engineer Herman Graebe witnesses a Nazi mass execution in the Ukraine. After the war, he writes a famous and terrifying testimony.
After a ten-day trial, a jury acquits the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center of obscenity charges resulting from an exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. So, bullwhips up the ass are now officially A-OK.
Predicting that the world would soon end in an environmental disaster, homeopath Luc Jouret and 52 others belonging to his Order of the Solar Temple commit mass suicide near Cheiry, Switzerland and Montreal, Canada.
Less than a year after Thomas Hamilton gunned down a teacher and 16 preschoolers in Dunblane, Scotland, British authorities ban the sale of "Slaughter in the Playground", a CD-ROM game based on hunting and killing children on a school playground.
In a move reminiscent of both Nazi crimes committed against Gypsies and the postwar construction of the Berlin Wall, the town of Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic begins construction of a barrier to separate a portion of its Gypsy population away from more respectable folks.

Below is the second book in the P.P.B.C. It's available on and where you now can purchase it. Mary will be a guest on the Phile later this month as well. And don't forget to purchase the first Book Club book "Mr. Lincoln Was A Robot", also available from

LOL... I am sorry, this is the best picture I can find that is related to the sea. Anyway, today's guest is the lead guitarist for the folk, minimalist, zouk band Matthew & The Arrogant Sea. Their new album "Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian". They'll be playing next
on Halloween at A Horrorble Party @ Haileys in Denton, Texas. Please welcome to the Phile... Jacob Gray.

Me: Hello, Jacob, welcome to the Phile. So, how are you? How's your ladder?

Jacob: I'm great.

Me: I love the name of the band, Matthew & The Arrogant Sea. It sounds like a name of a children's book. So, who came up with it?

Jacob: Matthew did.

Me: Who is in the band and what do you do for the band?

Jacob: Matthew Gray, Jonathan Losasso, Dave Howard, and my self. I am the lead guitarist. I also do some backing vocals.

Me: So, you guys are in Texas, right? Where in Texas?

Jacob: Denton, Texas.

Me: I love the CD, which I downloaded from iTunes. It's very Fairport Conventionish. It's a concept album that's a story, right? Tell the readers of the Phile what it's called and what the story is.

Jacob: The album is called "Family Family Family Meets The Magic Christian". I don't entirely understand what the story is, the closest anyone's going to get to understanding it, other than Matthew himself, is if you pick up a copy of our vinyl which is for purchase on Amazon or our Myspace, there is a little story on the back, that kind of sums things up. This story is ONLY available when you purchase the vinyl.

Me: I first heard you guys from "Paste" magazine, by the way. Have you gotten a lot of feedback because of that?

Jacob: Definitely, things are going great. We are incredibly happy to have been selected to be apart of such a wonderful magazine.

Me: I also kinda like the artwork for the cover. Who drew it and came up with the concept?

Jacob: Matthew came up with the concept, but our wonderful friend Sarah Wilson drew it. She makes our imaginations come to life on paper. :)

Me: You guys have the oddest song titles as well. Who came up with them? Which one if your favorite?

Jacob: Some song titles were a team effort amongst the band, others are just Matthew's brain.

Me: Any tours planned, or videos or another album?

Jacob: We have some demos we are working on for the next album, they might or might not make the cut, but at least we are working :). To hear a few of them you can go to:

Me: Alright, Jacob, I'll leave you to the cabin on the "Lost" island, but go ahead and plug your website. Take care and tell the others I said hello.



Is it done? LOL. I think Jacob went to the Dexter Romweber school of interviewing. Anyway, I hope to have Jacob back, or Matthew himself when the next album comes out. For now, go ahead and check out the album on iTunes. That just about does it for another entry of the Phile, kids. The Phile will be back on Friday with Brett Warwick from the band The Trembling Turncoats. Thanks to Jacob Gray and Wikipedia, and Letterman as well, and to you readers. Don't forget to spread the word, not the turd. Bye, love you, bye.

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