We’ve been remiss in updating you, our dear readers, about the latest exploits of weirdo pop savant Spookey Ruben. Actually, we’ve been even more remiss in getting our asses out to see him, because he relocated to right here in Los Angeles a couple years back and has been doing a monthly residency at the Kibbitz Room, a semi-legendary bar attached to Canter’s, the Hollywood deli where Guns N’ Roses used to hang out. And we have yet to go! Sorry, Spookey. We are even flakier than Canter’s cheese danishes.
Because he’s clearly the nicest guy in the world, Spookey recently reached out not to chastise us for our continuing absence at the Kibbitz Room, but to share with us not one, but two new music videos he released last month. The first, “Midsummer Dropout,” is from his most recent album, 2017’s pop-tastic Modes III, which we also ignored. Jesus, Spookey, why do you even still talk to us? Also, what’s with the green hand? You might wanna get that checked out.
Next, here’s a little homemade clip for a track called “Pliny the Elder” from his next album, which is due out sometime this year. This is apparently the demo version of the song but it’s already got Spookey’s arty pop appeal, with some jazzy touches that are a cool new wrinkle in his sound.
I’m not sure when Spookey will next be back at the Kibbitz Room, but us Angelenos can catch him Feb. 27th at Highland Park Bowl. He’s also got a show coming up in Tokyo, of all places, at a place called 7th Floor on March 1st. Apparently Spookey’s big in Japan. (To keep tabs on all his upcoming shows and other happenings, I’d recommend hitting his website, which you call follow if you have a Tumblr account.)