Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bobby Bare, Jr.'s 11 Hour Stunt

Since I mentioned Bobby Bare, Jr. yesterday...

Have you heard his latest, The Longest Meow? Criminally good.

11 members, including My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Patrick Hallahan and Carl Broemel, 11 songs, all in 11 hours. It seems almost planned, and seems to beg for a Spinal Tap reference, but I'll spare you. The album sprawls stylistically, which, in this case, makes for an engaging, unexpected experience. It plays like a really good live in-studio mixtape.

Check out Sticky Chemical (mp3), which is Sha Na Na playfulness, without crossing the line into silliness.

And then there's his acoustic treatment of the Pixies' Where Is My Mind? (mp3), which comes across as a folk tale.

Help a starving criminal. Own Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals Starvation League's The Longest Meow.

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