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Posts made in July, 2009

JIM BREUER-“Let’s Clear the Air” (DVD)

I just received Jim Breuer’s new Comedy Central DVD, “Let’s Clear the Air.” Originally, I was going to give this away, but goddamn it, I like it too much.

If you don’t know NYC’s Jim Breuer, he’s been on Saturday Night Live (albeit during its lowest point, from 1995 to 1998) where he was “Goat Boy,” or from his role in Artie Lange’s Beer League film, but the place where he really shines is on stage (and in the studio with Howard Stern).

On the DVD he does his brilliant standup routine, which includes stories about wild experiences with guys like Dave Chappelle and Tracey Morgan. Yeah, you can see it on Comedy Central on Saturday, July 25, at 11:00 pm, but the DVD version has over 25 minutes of unaired material, photo shoot footage, and a “Fireside Chat With Dad”.

Buy it!

He’s an ace impersonator—notably of Joe Pesci and . . . Metallica! And check him out on Stern. If this doesn’t sell you on him, nothing will:

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THOSE DARLINS-“Those Darlins”

I owe Those Darlins a big apology. I’ve been sitting on their self-titled debut for a month now, even though I knew from the first two songs (“Red Light Love” and “Wild One”) that I’d be reviewing this three-chicks-and-a-guy band from Tennessee.

Are Kelley Darlin, Jessi Darlin and Nikki Darlin really sisters? I doubt it. Think of them as the hipster country chick version of the Ramones. The album is stellar country/pop with witty lyrics and noticeable punk undertones. It’s an exciting ride from track to track, without a loser in the bunch.

There are so many nice moments on the album that it is hard to pick only a few to write about. There’s the loving, sweet song “Mama’s Heart,” in which the singer tells a courter that “there’s nothing I won’t do to keep my mama from feeling blue” and “when you break my mama’s heart, you’re also breakin’ mine.” Sort of a country version of Tupac’s “Dear Mama.” For those who prefer sexy lyrics, the album’s single, “Wild One,” slyly brags, “I may be the sweetheart you’ve dreamed of all your life/Just ’cause I’m sweet don’t mean I’m always nice.”) And then there’s the hilarious “Snaggle Tooth Mama.”

A joyous ride of western swing, great vocals, and tight songwriting, Those Darlins have released one of the best debuts of th year.

Wild One (direct download)

A Glass To You (direct download) (Daytrotter show)

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QUIXOTE-“Self Titled”

Quixote are a bunch of sneaky bastards.

They begin their self-titled debut album with a stutter-stop indie-rock lick that sounds like so many other bands I can’t even figure out what it’s most like.  Yet as that first song, “Annunaki,” moves along, it picks up speed and keeps me reasonably interested, and then takes a left turn somewhere around Pink Floyd’s “Animals” period.  Yes, I’m interested, but still not surprised.

Then comes “Hubris,” which mixes acoustic/electric guitar and fiddle employing that same stuccato sound, only now making it sound country.  What the hell are these guys about, making such intricate music and screaming like Modest Mouse?  Most of the songs creep like this, stuttering and stumbling along, sometimes even ending abruptly and without warning–almost as if by accident.  Yet they never stray too far from the indie rock formula, so that every tune sounds a little like one you’ve heard before, only slightly through the looking glass.  The band has managed to make an amazingly catchy and fascinating album without breaking any new ground.  It leaves the listener asking, “How the fuck did they do that?”

It’s no wonder their album cover is sideways.

Hubris

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PICTURE OF THE DAY

The steroid photo album.  There’s a bunch of pictures like this here.  These two are my favorites.  But definitely go visit the site–there’s a special celebrity picture there.  And it’s not of a person you’d expect.

I wonder which one will be the next Governor of California?

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