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November 8, 2006

Overlooked Alternatives: the Evens, Foo Fighters, Frank Zappa

Filed under: Music,News,Overlooked Alternatives — Tom @ 4:53 pm

The Evens – Get Evens: Ian Mackaye, most well-known for his long-time stint with Fugazi, and Amy Farina, of the lesser-known Warmers, pair up on baritone guitar and drums, respectively, again for this second album of catchy, if slightly obtuse, indie-rock. The first, self-titled album from a couple of years ago turned out one of my favorite songs from that year, “Around the Corner,” and I hear great things about this one, including that it’s a better album overall.

Foo Fighters – Skin And Bones: I’m torn on whether I should actually recommend this or not, but here I am, talking about it, but maybe it can serve as a warning: there’s also a DVD of this same show being sneakily released Nov. 28 with a lot more songs on it. If you just need a cheap, quick fix of live, acoustic Foo Fighters, this will do, but I’d suggest waiting for three weeks and getting the DVD – and then fire up your DVD-ripping software to get ALL of the songs for your Ipod. The dude does not abide by nasty tactics like this of releasing the CD and DVD a few weeks apart to trick people into buying both. You have been warned!

Frank Zappa – Trance-Fusion: Reportedly Zappa’s final project before he died, Trance-Fusion somehow remained in limbo for 13 years. The third (or fifth, (depending on how you look at it,) piece of his guitar-oriented albums (Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar series and Guitar being the others,) Trance-Fusion apparently focuses on material gathered from 1984-1988. Will there be more stuff like this plundered from the Zappa vaults? Who knows? There’s probably plenty of material to dig through, but without Zappa there to make the decisions, who knows if the quality will remain as consistent.


1 Comment »

  1. I am extremely happy about the better-late-than-never release of Trance-Fusion. I’m a huge fan of Frank’s guitar sets (Shut Up’n’Play Yer Guitar is one of my top ten favorite FZ releases). It’s good to see that the solos from his 1988 tour are finally getting their due. His playing and “sound” were remarkable on that tour. I sort of wish that the 1984 stuff wasn’t on there (I was less than thrilled with the guitar playin on that tour), but I’ll take what I can get. I plan on getting my copy this weekend!

    Comment by Chris — November 9, 2006 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

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