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Hot MP3s: Trey Anastasio, Os Mutantes, Tim Armstrong

“Ave Gengis Khan”

by Os Mutantes

I love this band. Completely unique, almost to a fault. There’s never been a band like Os Mutantes, ever. It’s a recipe of psychedelia, surf, swamp and Latin with a sympathetic ear to Frank Zappa. They emerged from their Brazilian home in the late 1960s and blazed an underground (in America) music revolution that never quite got above ground. “Bat Macumba” is a must-listen. “Panis Et Circenses” is a gem. But “Ave Gengis Khan” is a great starting point.

The Mutants – as it’s roughly translated from Portuguese – redefine avant garde brilliance. But they also play hopelessly catchy songs and are still going strong today, where revival-like crowds find them headlining their native country’s Pitchfork Festival. You could cheat and search the song title on YouTube to see them live – but listen to the track first before you see them.


- By Steve Stockmar, Sports Editor  



by Rufus Wainwright

OK, vacation is on my mind, thus a selection about La La Land, our destination. Disneyland, to be exact. I couldn’t resist this one from Rufus, who I first discovered via his splendid “Across The Universe” on the Beatle-laden “I Am Sam” soundtrack. Rufus has the sound of the seed that spawned Beck and Radiohead, though he’s decidedly more pop. He artfully processes a palette full of instruments and harmonies. Yeah, he goes for the pop sound which puts up instant deflector shields from more “mature” listeners. But in the case of “California,” Rufus pulls it off in his best Brian Wilson. A very good track musically with the occasional clumsy lyric.

- By Steve Stockmar, Sports Editor


"Shine" and "Wherever You Find It"

by Trey Anastasio

Many fans might still mourn the breakup of Phish, but the band's singer/guitarist keeps cranking out great music, such as this album from 2005. Not a slacker in the bunch, the disc is packed with ridiculously catchy melodies, soaring guitar lines and tight instrumentation you would expect from a jam band veteran. "Wherever You Find It" is a slow tempo tune from the middle of the album.

- By Lorin Mclain, Scene reporter


"Hold on", "Into Action", "Oh no", and "Lady Demeter"

by Tim Armstrong, on the album "A Poet's Life" (another link is also here)

For all of you twenty and thirtysomethings, the band Rancid probably translates into memories of punk rockers with mohawks. Since then, Rancid's former lead singer Tim Armstrong has taken on a variety of projects. For example, his albums with the Transplants mixed occasional gangster rap with club-like mixes of hardcore punk with hip hop. But now, the Oakland native explored reggae, and has done a better job than Sublime with his latest album, "A Poet's Life."

Some of Armstrong's tunes are reminiscient of Bob Marley, Sublime, and old school ska like the Ethiopians. Most of the album's lyrics are simple, catchy, and avoid political references. Instead, this is an album that I could play for my 40-year-old friends, or my 19-year-old friends.

The song "Lady Demeter" is a perfect example, with a chorus that goes:

"Baby, I love you, This is true

It is true, it is true.

Baby, I know, you don't feel,

As I do, as I do."

Now if those lyrics aren't catchy enough, then I don't know what would be. This is a great album for relaxing, whether you're alone or with some friends. It might just be my favorite new album in years.

- by John P. Kamin, Web Editor

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