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The Gena Rowlands Band
La Merde Et Les Etoiles
Lujo Records/ Autoclave
www.genarowlandsband.com


Speaking of which, seen The Notebook? Check that out, and before the shit hits the stars on the lawsuit, check out the brushed-snare stylings of her namesake. The accompanying press makes reference to American Music Club, which holds some water. But be fair, these guys are somewhat more interesting than that siesta fiesta. It's groggy sure enough, but the crisp guitars play pleasantly and the sparse arrangements moan and breath like Nina Simone.

Crooner Bob Massey (way to go on Cher's outfits) pours straight-faced tales with tongue-in-cheek lyrics like "Pop the cork/drink a toast to Ernest Gallo/patron saint of supermarket sentiment/open 24 hours/it's just down the street." Though the lesser Gallo brother gets no love, plenty of movie stars past and present warrant Massey's admiration. He serenades that most deserving of starlets, Janeane Garofalo, and he secretly worships Hollywood directors while decrying their sugarcoated falsehoods. "Traci's Big Screen Test" goes past the usual lurid opinions, and examines Traci Lords' as a tragic story of exploitation.

If humor can be frought in anything, which I question, then it is certainly in these cynical street poems. And if ever Tom Waits were a silken-throated young man (also far-fetched,) then he was Bob Massey. (Didn't he choreograph West Side Story?) This music is the soothing 2 A.M. rambling brought on while trying to keep your bloodshot eyes open, but willing to succumb to drunken sleep.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:
1. Garofalo, C'est Moi
2. Tom Shroder's Blues
3. Kong Meets His Maker (A Parable About Dating)
4. Seceding from Our Union
5. Intro
6. Pilot for a Situation Tragedy
7. Outro
8. East @ the 7-11
9. Power, Lies, Helena's Lips
10. Traci's Big Screen Test
11. Last Words of Lesley Gore


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