Why didn’t Moby, Aimee Mann or Weird Al Yankovic make it into The Postal Service?
This ranks up there with Ted Leo’s “Bottled In Cork” video as a brilliant crossover of indie rock and internet sketch comedy. Under the guise of a recently uncovered “audition reel” for The Postal Service, we see comedian Jon Daly as “Dave from Sub Pop” sitting down with Jimmy Tamborello to find a partner for his “weird genius shit.” Among those audtioning: Jon Wurster from Superchunk, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, Tom DeLonge from Blink-182, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses (though neither Jimmy nor Dave believe him), parody popster Weird Al Yankovic (whose accordion-wailing “We Will Become Like Silhouettes” might be the best thing he’s done in years), and Moby, who delivers a particularly memorable freakout. Watch it below – it’s eight minutes but well worth it. The Postal Service play the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on June 17th; tickets and more information are available here.