In Glendale

Tim Heidecker  

In Glendale

Released: May 17, 2016



  1. In Glendale
  2. Cleaning Up The Dog Shit
  3. Work From Home
  4. Ghost In My Bed
  5. Good Looking Babies
  6. When The Cash Runs Out
  7. I Dare You To Watch Me Sleep
  8. Central Air
  9. I Saw Nicolas Cage
  10. Ocean's Too Cold

For the last decade, Tim Heidecker – along with his comedy partner Eric Wareheim – has proven to be one of our cult-comedy greats with his Adult Swim series ‘Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!’ and ‘Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories.’ He’s starred in indie films and played sold out stand-up sets around the world.

But who is Tim Heidecker? What lies behind those empty, unflinching dada-comedy bot eyes? Is there a real man with all the regular feels? Is there a real life? Well, yes, of course there is. He resides on a hill in Glendale, CA, up to his armpits in diapers, bills, his mortgage, in the workaday life of a writer. It’s this pedestrian side of his life from which Heidecker pulls the fodder for the aptly titled In Glendale, his first earnest collection of songwriting under his full name. It’s a post-normcore delight of exuberant bar rock, morning after parlor ballads and tragicomic folk novelties.

And like Los Angeles’s small-but-iconic crop of oddball singer/songwriters of four decades past – Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Biff Rose – Heidecker shifts deftly from the mundane to the idiosyncratic; from the sentimental to the caustic; from the earnest to the humorous. Yes, because we are talking about a comedic legend in the making, humor remains core to this album, be it a deadpan domestic observation or that feeling that you’re on the outside of an inside joke. But then, you get the feeling that’s right where Heidecker wants you.

The brass-fueled, rollicking title track is an ode to Heidecker’s community in Greater Los Angeles. “Work From Home” could be a Father John Misty anthem for the defeated, hungover everyman. You can almost hear the Advil popping as he falls into the song’s chorus, shrug-crooning over a slow lounge-pop piano. His knack for crafting catchy tunes amid curious subject matter pops up in spades across In Glendale. “Ghost In My Bed” is a lovely little number about cutting off someone’s head, sticking it in a plastic bag and burying it beneath the Hollywood sign.

“I love a short song,” Heidecker said. “This feels a little like ‘Apple Scruffs’ from George Harrison. It’s a devious little song that’s inspired by Warren Zevon. Singing about murder, I don’t know where that comes from – but it’s connected to the horror of some of the comedy I do with Eric.”

Towards the close of In Glendale, you have “I Saw Nicolas Cage,” which starts as a brightly strummed novelty song about a ho-hum run-in with the aforementioned, meme-able celebrity before turning macabre – and oddly touching – in its back half. After an album’s worth of songs about Hollywood murder fantasies, diaper changes and even a cameo from director David Gordon Green, you’re left desperately trying to wipe the smile off your face.

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