Mocker Music Bracket | Round One, Part Three

Good afternoon Loyal Mockers and welcome back to the First Annual Mocker Music Bracket! We are about halfway thru the first round and you can The Intro, Part One and Part Two if you need to catch up. So without further ado, let’s roll with another blog full of music and missed shots!

THE GAMES: 1) Michigan continues its hot play since they nearly perished in a plane accident on their way to the Big Ten Tournament last week…coaches are taking note and trying to figure out how they can work near death experiences into their daily routine 2) Seton Hall (or The Dormitory as John Mocker likes to call them) with a tough loss to Arkansas thanks mainly to a crappy intentional foul call with under twenty seconds left…it would have been a long dog walk if Syracuse lost like that.

JAKER BRACKET | FIRST ROUND | Jay Som, “Everybody Works”¬† (10 songs) vs. Dropkick Murphys “11 Songs of Pain & Glory” (11 songs)

PREVIEW: A study in contrasts as we have the bombastic Irish Punk of Dropkick Murphys vs. the dream pop of Jay Som!

30:00 Minutes Left | Dropkick Murphys (I Had a Hat) | Special thanks to trusted podcast correspondent and full time chauffeur Jamie HS for bringing this album to my attention…set opens with a brawny ode to headwear…two points!

26 Minutes Left | Dropkick Murphys (Rebels With a Cause) | I guess it’s appropriate that this match-up is taking place on St. Patrick’s Day! These guys are workmanlike and very consistent and drop in another foul shot for a quick 3-0 lead…

23 Minutes Left | Jay Som (Remain) | Much like first round winner Hurray for the Riff Raff, this ‘band’ is really the brainstorm of just one woman…in this case it’s Melina Duterte and instead of Puerto Rican heritage, she is Filipino…I wonder why no one wants to use their name to front the group anymore? Does she really think Jay Som is better than Melina Duterte?…One point…

21 Minutes Left | Dropkick Murphys (Pay My Way) | I would be singing along if I only knew the lyrics! Awesome stomping melody on this one and we have our first three pointer of the day! Dropkicks 6 Jay Som 1

17 Minutes Left | Dropkick Murphys (Sandlot) | I would imagine this band has a nostalgic ‘when we were young’ song like this on every record…part of me says this song is really dumb but another part of me is singing along to the instantly accessible chorus…worth another foul shot plus some strong stage possession for these grizzled veterans of the bracket scene…

14 Minutes Left | Jay Som (1 Billion Dogs) | I noticed in my exhaustive Wikipedia research of Miss Duterte that this was the first single released from the album so she is going down guns blazing…rock solid and slightly fuzzy guitars are a nice surprise…very cool jammy jam to end the song as well and I think we have a three pointer on our hands…Dropkicks 7 Jay Som 4

10 Minutes Left | Dropkick Murphys (Blood) | Clutch possession for the Dropkicks as they drop a blood bomb full of bagpipes all over Jay Som! What a time to bring in the bagpipes…great coaching! Two more points for the Murphys…

7 Minutes Left | Jay Som (Baybee) | Rolling with some keyboards on this one which has upped the cheese factor exponentially from her previous offering…really conflicted about this one, parts of it made me wonder I was listening to it and parts made me immediately want to listen to it again…1.5 points

3 Minutes Left | Dropkick Murphys (You’ll Never Walk Alone) | Glory to the Lads of Liverpool!! And Glory to the Dropkick Murphys as they clinch the victory with the two points garnered from this selection!

0 Minutes Left | Jay Som (Take It) | Even though she can’t tie the score I give her credit for taking another stage possession…another solid guitar rocker, she needs to stick with these and leave the keyboards in the closet…two points…

FINAL SCORE: Dropkick Murphys 11 Jay Som 7.5…I didn’t realize how well the Dropkicks punchy tunes would work in this format and you have to peg them as the favorites in their second round match-up with Hand Habits…

JAKER BRACKET | FIRST ROUND | John Andrews & The Yawns, “Bad Posture” (9 songs) vs. Grandaddy, “Last Place” (12 songs)

PREVIEW: The king of California indie cool Jason Lytle rekindles Grandaddy after a long hiatus and takes them into the ring against a Woods spin-off…

30 Minutes Left | Grandaddy (Chek Injun) | The first ever indie band that my podding partner recommended to me instead of the other way around as he was won over by the glistening melodies of ‘Sumday’…this hard rocker reminds me of a mid-90’s Pearl Jam tune…short and sweet and a swish, two points for the daddy!!

28 Minutes Left | Grandaddy (Evermore) | I can’t tell you how much I enjoy Lytle’s reverbed vocals and my thoughts turn to Eric and I’s first ever New York City concert experience when we saw the daddy and Super Furry Animals at Irving Plaza…two more points for this solid effort

22 Minutes Left | John Andrews & The Yawns (Audrey) | Geez, these bands could share a twin bill at the indie rock venue of your choice as we get more reverbed vocals! Music is folk-shackle and it has me and the pretty lady tapping our feet (nothing from Shea the Beagle though)…another strong performance in this match-up as Andrews coasts in for a lay-up…

17 Minutes Left | Grandaddy¬† (This is the Part) | Crucial stage possession for Grandaddy as they are using their deeper bench to outmuscle the upstart Yawns…magisterial and slightly majestic, two more points…

12 Minutes Left | Grandaddy (A Lost Machine) | Classic slow burn Grandaddy that could very well clinch this match-up…great game plan and execution by Lytle as John Andrews can only shake his head in the green room…

7 Minutes Left | John Andrews & The Yawns (Painting a Picture) | Is there enough time for a late Andrews push? They need a couple of long three pointers and this tune isn’t up to the task…it gets a lucky roll thanks to the organ that appears late in the song and adds two more points for TeamYawn…

4 Minutes Left | Grandaddy (Way We Won’t) | The Pretty Lady said this match-up has been highly tolerable so high praise indeed for two strong albums!¬† This could be the most consistent album of the first round as it just keeps cashing in these easy fast break baskets…

FINAL SCORE: Grandaddy 10 John Andrews 4…Textbook case of stage possession but Grandaddy sends a message to other bands that they might be a force to be reckoned with…

JAKER BRACKET | FIRST ROUND | Vagabon, “Infinite Worlds” (8 songs) vs. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, “Flying Microtonal Banana” (9 songs)

PREVIEW: The Gizzard is solid stoner rock and the Vagabon is yet another female fronted indie rock outfit (she is probably from Egypt)…

30 Minutes Left | King Gizzard (Billabong Valley) | This album is played in a certain guitar key that I don’t understand and they also employ a lot of Turkish horn-age that adds some nice middle eastern texture to the proceedings…two quick points for the team with the funny name…

26 Minutes Left | King Gizzard (Flying Microtonal Banana) | Heavy use of the Turkish horn on this one and I could definitely see some people cringing at the slightly high-pitched instrument…only good for a foul shot…

23 Minutes Left | King Gizzard (Anoxia) | The Lizard Wizard taking a memo from Grandaddy and have set up camp on stage…this one is also only worth a point so they are keeping Vagabon in the game if she ever is able to gain possession…

19 Minutes Left | King Gizzard (Open Water) | Wow, a seven minute song to boot…are we about to see our first shutout of the bracket? All of these are solid plays, not all-stars but they’ll keep you in the game…this jammy-jams for its entirety, my compliments to the rhythm guitarist who seems to be playing the same note over and over and over again…long possession is rewarded with two points…

13 Minutes Left | Vagabon (Cold Apartment) | No shutout and Vagabon struts to the stage with a pulsing opening number and a high pitched voice that could remind some of the Cranberries chick…poor Vagabon doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, c’mon Vagabon fans!! That was really good rock’n’roll…refs are saying it came in from beyond the arc for a three pointer…

9 Minutes Left | Vagabon (The Embers) | The voice is getting a little too high pitched at the start of this one but the coda about sharks eating all the small fish salvages a free throw…

6 Minutes Left | Vagabon (Fear & Force) | Really liking her singing on this tune, cutting right down to my soul…Pretty Lady only giving this record a tolerable (she wasn’t down for the King Gizzard and think she would have graded that with a less than tolerable)…this song was really good, another two points and we are tied up late in this match-up!

3 Minutes Left | Vagabon (Cleaning House) | I do believe we will have time for one more possession as Vagabon must be coached by Herm Edwards with clock management this poor…eh, she barely eeks out a point with this one…

0 Minutes Left | King Gizzard (Doom City) | WOW!! Gizzard is able to take the stage with only 11 seconds to spare and they dash in for a game winning slam dunk thanks to this groovy ode to 70’s metal…

FINAL SCORE: King Gizzard 8 Vagabon 7 | Quite the match-up…if only Vagabon had just 11 seconds more stage possession she would have pulled off an epic comeback. That completes the Jaker Bracket where the 2nd Round will feature Dropkick Murphys vs. Hand Habits and Gizzard vs. Grandaddy…gotta think the ‘daddy are the favorites but you just never know what will happen next in the 1st Annual Mocker Music Bracket! Thanks for reading and please tell us your favorites in the bracket by hitting us up @MockersPodcast

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