A while back, I wrote about the Fort Minor single "Where'd You Go." To bring you up-to-date, I'd been hearing the song all over the radio, but didn't realize that Sac expatriate Jonah Matranga (pictured) was singing back-ups (along with Holly Brook) until I finally caught the video.
Fast forward to Thursday night, when I'm watching MTV's Video Music Awards (while getting ready for the Frank Black show at Harlow's), and guess who wins the VMA for "Ringtone of the Year"?
Yep, Fort Minor's "Where'd You Go." (And yeah, who knew there was even an award for that? Leave it to MTV).
Long story short: Matranga finally got his national due when singer Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park fame) gave Matranga a shout-out from the stage, not once, but twice.
I still think he should get more prominent credit for the song, but you know, whatever. It's pretty cool, so congrats to all.
More on Matranga: I got a chance to hear an advance of his forthcoming split vinyl-only 12-inch single with Frank Turner (due Sept. 5 on Welcome Home Records. Matranga's contribution is a cover of one of my favorite songs, ever: Billy Bragg's "A New England." Here, the tune is sweet and sensitive soft-core emo - in other words, 100 percent Jonah Matranga. He also covers Babybird's "All I Wanted." (Turner, formerly of the band Million Dead, turns in covers of the Lemonheads' "The Outdoor Type" and the folk-country classic "You Are My Sunshine.")