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Tim Heidecker

  • Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs [Jagjaguwar, 2017] B+
  • Another Year in Hell [Jagjaguwar, 2019] **

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Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs [Jagjaguwar, 2017]
Satire is too good for this potbellied pigwad, this flab-dicked jism drizzler, this ADD SOB, this pustule in a truss, this snake oil salesman in a cancer ward, this, I don't know, real estate man. Loathing is all he deserves, and loathing is hard to put into words, so that even a rhetorician as committed as comedian and challenged singer Heidecker has trouble finding language beyond the magnificent "Imperial Bathroom," a detailed description of *****'s black, rocklike, KFC-informed feces that's keyed to the useful catchphrase "Trump dump" and culminates by predicting he'll die on the porcelain throne. But to be fair, "Wilbur Ross" and "Cooked Chinese Chicken" do pack bite if not bile, as does Heidecker's account of his own brave death in the dungeons of Trump Tower. And "Sentencing Day"'s fantasy of ***** shitting in a pail and/or hanging in the sun is kinda sweet. But where's last spring's Father John Misty collab "I Am a Cuck," a sharper song by far than "Trump's Private Pilot," which gets a Misty remake for musical cred here? Face it, Tim--*****'s pilot is licensed to kiss ass. Motherfucker attracts toadies like a sump full of lily pads. B+

Another Year in Hell [Jagjaguwar, 2019]
Glad he's trying, but he won't hit the potbellied pigwad's hogseye until he's both drawn blood and made his audience cringe ("Ballad of ICE Agent Ray," "Tobin and the Judge") **