Sharing is Caring: Garfunkel and Oates

A lot of times, I end up conflicted about the blog.

On one hand, I know most of you stop by the blog to read stuff that I write. Whether it be idle musings, furious rages, or my occasional foray into scientific inquiry. You don’t stop by here hoping that I’ll put up a link to something else.

My thought is, if you wanted to go somewhere else, you’d already be there.

On the other hand, if something brings me joy, I want to share it with people.

On the other other hand, I don’t want this blog to become an endless series of links. As if I’d suddenly become that uncle of yours that won’t stop forwarding you dirty jokes and videos of cats.

On yet another hand in this increasingly unanthropomorphic  metaphor, it’s way easier for me to post up a few links, rather than, say, write a thousand word blog. And it has the chance to make folks happy.

And then I’m left back where I started, still not sure how much or so often I should link to other stuff I think is cool.

What I typically do is ride the brake. I don’t post stuff up on here unless it’s so good I just can’t help myself.

That’s what I’m doing today. I’m sharing something that’s so good I just can’t help but bring it to you attention.

Ladies, gentlemen, and those of unaffiliated gender: I give you Garfunkel and Oates.

How much do I love them?

I love them so much that I’ve had one of their songs stuck in my head for four days now, and I don’t even care.

Which song? This song.

(It’s not entirely safe for work, by the way.)

I stumbled onto their stuff a couple months ago, and after watching a couple dozen youtube videos, I wandered over to CD Baby and bought their CD, All Over Your Face.

Okay. I’ll be honest. I bought ten copies of their CD, because I wanted to share the love with my friends.

Luckily, the CD was even better than I expected. That’s not always the case with some of the music you hear live or on youtube first. For example, I actually like Johnathan Coulton’s acoustic stuff on youtube better than the more polished, produced versions I’ve bought. Same thing with about half the Flight of the Conchords CD’s I’ve picked up.

But this CD was better than the stuff I’d already heard. I would have bought a hundred copies and given them away as Worldbuilders prizes, except I know someone’s sweet old grandma who wanted to support Heifer would have ended up listening to “Sex With Ducks” and having a heart attack.

Yeah. They have a song called “Sex With Ducks.” It’s one of the many reasons I love them.

Okay. One more video and then I’ll stop.

This one is actually a good representation of the production quality of the music on the CD. In fact, I’m pretty sure this version of the song is the same as what’s on the CD.

Okay. That’s enough, you can hunt down their other videos on your own. (Like “Gay Boyfriend” and “Pregnant Women Are Smug”)

Or, if you are a sensible person who likes cool things and likes to support artists, you’ll go and buy some of their music.

Lastly, the the true believers that read all the way to the bottom of the blog, a reminder that I’m going to be at the Fox Valley Book Festival this Thursday (April 12th.) Details, as always, are on the tour page.


This entry was posted in cool things, music, recommendations. By Pat54 Responses


  1. Iain T
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:22 AM | Permalink

    Just the Tuesday pick-me-up I needed after an awesome Eastercon in London, thanks for sharing Pat!

  2. Sir Gallager
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:27 AM | Permalink

    Oh man, I love Garfunkel and Oates. By far one of my favorite Net-Bands. Their Hand Job, Bland Job song is great and a very well done video as well. I came across them a while back not long after i found Jon Lajoie. Great Blog, Love the shout-out for those that deserve it! That’s pretty awesome of you Sir Rothfuss!

  3. Cardinalised
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:09 AM | Permalink

    I didn’t think I could love you any more. But now I do.

    Garfunkel and Oates are awesome.

    Agreeance on FoTC being better on youtube etc. I have a CD burnt from a cassette tape, which I dubbed off the radio before they were making CDs – I would much rather listen to that (even with the bit where we had to turn over the tape) than one of their polished CDs…

  4. Little My
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:46 AM | Permalink

    Not usually an alert-to-typo commenter, but since it’s their name: Oates, not Oats.

    • dcashd
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

      Who cares?

      • Hyetal
        Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

        Well, I’m sure *they* do.

      • Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

        Their name comes from Art Garfunkel and John Oates. Not just any old oats that you’d find in a grocery store or something.

        Thanks for sharing Pat!

    • Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM | Permalink

      Some day, I will write a blog with no typos.

      But that day is not today….

  5. benricemccarthy
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

    Pat I couldn’t help but register an account to point you towards the incredible Bo Burnham. He has a very similar style, absolutely hilarious and mostly NSFW. But I’ve yet to find someone who doesn’t get a laugh out of him. So I hope you check him out. And great find Pat!

  6. Faewild
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:54 AM | Permalink

    Lively, cheeky and I love it lol.

  7. Vixen
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:07 AM | Permalink

    Didn’t that blond chick apear on ‘the Big Bang Theory’ once? You know, where she is one of Sheldons students and pummels him into ignoring his friends, games, books ect, so he can complete his theory?

    Tx for the heads up about not being appropriate for the office btw. Good one.

    • Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:10 AM | Permalink

      Not sure about the blonde one, Vixen but I do know the other one was on scrubs for a number of episodes!

      • Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:11 AM | Permalink

        P.S Hope it was is ok to post that link

        • Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

          Yeah. I like it when people step in with helpful information. It makes me feel like this is a big happy family in the comments.

      • DeliriumWartner
        Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:12 AM | Permalink

        Kate Micucci is her name, and she’s done a few songs on her own, including the one that was in Scrubs. I was kind of surprised to see her on here because I wasn’t aware of G&O. Thanks Pat!

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

      To Wikipedia! Yep. She played Ramona Nowitzki in the episode “The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem” in the sixth episode of season 2.

  8. Erzberger
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:49 AM | Permalink

    Heh. The Scrubs song (“Fuck you”) is even on the disc. Cool.

  9. Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:20 AM | Permalink

    Wow. They are so awesome! Now I want to see them live. And they have HBO show coming out?! Amazing!

    Sharing really is caring. Thanks, Pat!

  10. emilygraves05
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM | Permalink

    The dark headed one actually has a recurring role on Raising Hope. She runs a day care for wayward old people, animals, and children! She’s always been one of my favorite characters because she’s always singing. I never realized there was more! Thanks Pat.

    • jaimo
      Posted April 13, 2012 at 8:10 AM | Permalink

      THAT’S why she looks so familiar! I knew I knew her from somewhere.

  11. MaryRose
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM | Permalink

    Great stuff, Patrick. Thanks for sharing!

    Funny story for you … imagine a 16 year old boy in school band practice missing his cue to come in with the cymbals for a song … why? … he was reading (and hooked on) The Name of the Wind of course! :-)

  12. ArtVandelay
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    My suggestion is just posting a blog every once in a while with a bunch of links to things you think are cool with a little (or long, it’s your blog) description for each one. Just wait until enough cool stuff accumulates to the point where you feel it’s justifiable to dump them all in a blog.

  13. Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM | Permalink


    Can I just say that I had a blog and I know how much it sucks sometimes. I don’t envy you your career choice. I think writing is hard. Being creative is a pain in the ass some days. But your fans, myself very much included, love you for it.

    If I had any advice, it’d be that you listen to your advice for your son, Be Happy. If you want to take a freaking night off do it man, you deserve it. And whenever you post a blog/new book/fart/attend a convention/grow a beard/play a mmorpg/…. you get the idea. We’ll be happy. Just remember that your sane fans know you aren’t a god. My happiness is separate from your own.

    Take Care
    The Stick

    P.S. I read the letter from the “librarian” in the ranting email. I worked at game stop for a long time so I’m going to call up EA and tell them how the fuck to write Mass Effect 4. Seriously, some people don’t look past their own self interest.

  14. slick447
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

    Both of the girls are actresses that have been in a few things each. Its really cool to see them branching off and doing their own thing. Their songs are catchy and funny. Maybe these will be the songs to finally end my week long streak of having nothing but Dr. Horrible in my head! Thanks Pat!

  15. Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

    How many hands does Patrick Rothfuss have? Hmm…

    These peeps sounds pretty cool! Funny stuff, thanks for sharing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sharing cool stuff on your blog, a lot of people are following because they want to know more about you, and sharing stuff that you like will tell them what they want to know.

  16. eviljim
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

    A duet with Kate & William H Macy (really):

    • Erzberger
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

      That´s awesome! Thanks for posting the link.

    • BradGunnerSGT
      Posted April 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Permalink

      Awesome, I created an account just to post that I totally added “Bart Got a Room” to my Netflix queue as soon as I saw that and watched the trailer. Looks like a really good movie!

    • Posted April 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. I’ve watched that one more than a couple times, too.

  17. troyn123
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    That is absolutely hilarious. Thank you for sharing! How have I never heard of these ladies??

  18. Aerron
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    Thanks, Pat. :)

  19. farleykj
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM | Permalink

    Riki Lindhome has a podcast she does regularly on the Nerdist website, in which she interviews people about how they’ve managed to survive and thrive in the entertainment industry. It’s called “Making It”. She even interviewed Kate Micucci once. Check it out. Riki has an adorable laugh.
    Also, Kate was on Conan last week, I believe, and was excellent.

  20. ap_gregory
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

    I can’t believe you just dissed the flight of the concords CDs…..

    • Posted April 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

      I’m not saying I don’t like them. I’m just saying that they weren’t as good as this one….

  21. huchamabacha
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    Don’t click the link to their website unless you have a lot of time to spare. You will not be able to leave.

  22. skroo
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:24 AM | Permalink

    They have three albums on Spotify too. Some guy made a playlist.

    Also, thanks for this, they are great.

  23. backgroundc52
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

    I’d take on the brunette.

  24. Posted April 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM | Permalink

    Okay seriously, it’s time. See Pat, there IS a reason people read your blog. After watching the “Steve” video, that was it; I now am forced to share this with my Facebook and Twitter world….and I realized I still have some cash on iTunes. Good work.


  25. Holly
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so very much for introducing these girls to me! They are hilarious! Like Levi posted, I will also be sharing their videos and links on fb and twitter. People need to hear these girls. I am amazed that I haven’t heard them until now. So again, thank you for sharing!

  26. Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    Mr. Rothfuss

    I never knew something like the music of these girls existed. I am so very grateful that you made this entree.


  27. lex47
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM | Permalink

    That’s fascinating.

    How’s book 3 comin’?

  28. He without a clever name
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

    Sex with Ducks has had me laughing the hardest so far. These two are about to relieve me of some of my monies…

    Thanks for the post and heads up. Obviously we’re not all going to love and adore the exact same things, but this one I’m right there with you on.

  29. Odelay321
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM | Permalink

    I would also like a weed card, my illness is that I really like weed but need to find a job. Is there a word for that?

  30. Posted April 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Can’t listen to these yet, but I will soon I’m sure. Thanks for the links.

    Also, I feel sorry that you always have to ride the brakes. One day, I’d love to watch you hit the gas. Maybe you’d slingshot around the curve. Metaphor officially overextended. Hope you get what I mean.

  31. Shea
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    TWO DAYS after watching Sex with Ducks and I’m still waking up with it stuck in my head!

  32. librosycafe
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 5:25 AM | Permalink

    They give me the creeps, seriously.

    Did somebody actually listened to what they were singing?

    I’ll give them points for being scary though

    • librosycafe
      Posted April 13, 2012 at 5:26 AM | Permalink

      **** Sorry for my awful grammar!!!! just saw it.

  33. Posted April 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,
    I know a lot of your followers are gamers. The link below is a musical tribute to Skyrim. As a musician, I was blown away; so, in the spirit of this blog, I feel compelled to share.

  34. jquijano
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    In case you hadn’t heard this one yet…

    One of my new favorite artists (thanks to you) teamed up with another of my favorites.

  35. Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    My wife and I both love “Pregnant Women are Smug”. By far our favorite. They are both so creative and fun. They are going to be on a future episode of Wil Wheaton’s show Table Top and I cannot wait!

  36. jesters-armed
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    I’m late to the party, I know – but I don’t check your blog regularly, so … thanks for sharing these two ladies, I finally made an account here because of this post. I bought their CD and now shall introduce them to tumblr.

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