I accidentally caught five minutes of the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, and in that short time it got me so incensed I nearly chucked my remote through the TV. First up was the award for best new artist. The fact that Ke$ha and Justin Jailbait were even nominated pretty much voids the award entirely in my opinion. Can you really call two glorified karaoke singers "artists"? I would be quite offended if I were Mercer and Danger Mouse that, as the only actual artist in the category, they still lost. After that was a "performance" by some guy and Mary J. Blige that I actually thought was a joke. It was so bad it just couldn't have been real... or could it? I'm pretty sure I blacked out halfway through the performance (most likely due to a minor stroke brought on by the furious pressure building my skull) so I guess I'll never really know for sure.

I bring up Sunday’s award show not just to bitch (though it certainly is cathartic), but because I honestly believe that this week’s featured artist, Oh Darling, could win out in a blind musical taste test with the majority of the “artists” on display that night. Their unique style of hooky, new wave, retro-pop is both infectious and incredibly fun... something sorely lacking in today’s more popular music.

Keep an eye out for their forthcoming album, “Brave the Sound”, coming November 2nd. It’s their best yet, taking everything that works on their first two releases and distilling it into a great bunch of tracks that will stick with you long after the last song plays out.

Drummer Jake Endicott chimed in for the band on their music, move to Los Angeles and much more...

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about Oh Darling?

JAKE ENDICOTT: That we're here, we're there, we're everywhere.

GA: You moved to LA from Portland about a year ago. How is the music scene in comparison?

JE: Both scenes have great bands and great venues. You can get to a gig quicker in Portland.

GA: Has the move affected your songwriting?

JE: The songs are sunnier now.

GA: You admitted to playing the "would you rather" game on the road, so I've got a couple for you here... Would you rather have a ketchup dispensing navel, or a pencil-sharpening nostril?

JE: Pencil sharpening nostril for sure. The ketchup dispensing navel would be a leaky mess!

GA: Would you rather be going about your normal day naked or fall asleep for a year?

JE: I would rather go about my normal day naked, because it's just one day and being naked is awesome.

GA: Would you rather fly when you fart or pee every time you laugh?

JE: I would rather fly when I fart.

GA: Would you rather be the sand castle or the wave?

JE: I would rather be the wave. BOOM!

GA: Do you have a "would you rather" you'd like to ask me?

JE: Would you rather have a 100 million dollars or world peace?

GA: Oh, I really want to be selfish and say 100 million dollars... but now-a-days, that’s chump change. I would have to go with world peace.

Oh Darling’s new album, “Brave the Sound”, comes out November 2nd. You can get their first two albums now, right here!

STANDOUT TRACKS: “I Like You Baby”, “Waking Up On A Train”, “Holiday”