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Cumbersome Sampler # 2: FLOCCINAUCHINIHILIPILIFICATION
Cumbersome Records
www.cumbersome.net


This might be the best 5 bucks you ever spent. FLOCCINAUCHINIHILIPILIFICATION - (the habit of deeming things as worthless) is a compilation of DIY musicians from around the world that Cumbersome Records has collected in its musical butterfly net, and I think they have a pretty damn good ear for innovative and original music.

I don't really care for electronica, but Dr Robotnik's "The Boogie Song" is nearly perfect in its realization of electronica that actually feels… electronic. The Seedy Three's "Scru Hoo" is so infectious it will get just about anybody to get down and get funky. Pink Stainless Steel's "Blood Sugar Dropping" is the anthem for sugar junkies (like me) throughout the world. Because of Ghosts' "Prun Sunk" revives the prog rock instrumental ala The Alan Parsons Project, and could easily have found its place amongst any of their early, great albums of the late '70s. Laakso's "Clear" could be a desperate and edgier Bob Dylan, a little drunk and a lot auspicious. Bohjass Upas Militia has created a scary kind of musical, jazz-punk armageddon with their "Where's Tyrone" that drags on a bit too long, but initially makes for some very angst-filled uneasy-listenin'.

The above were my favorites, but the rest of the album is definitely worth a few spins too, and will undoubtedly expose you to the sort of music you aren't likely to hear elsewhere. This album is a "punctuated equilibria" of musical evolution. Now, put THAT in your Funk & Wagnall's.

-JD

Track Listing:

1. "Scru Hoo"-The Seedy Three
2. "36 Man Battle Royal"-Gorilla Monsoon
3. "Haag C"-Space Rocket
4. "Clear"-Laakso
5. "Prun Sunk"-Because Of Ghosts
6. "B.U."-Sneeze
7. "The Boogie Song"-Dr Robotnik
8. "Solo Trip"-Prop
9. "Interstate 5"-Yoko Solo
10. "Blood Sugar Dropping"-Pink Stainless Steel
11. "The Resentment Song"-Problem
12. "Maniac"-Clouded Combie
13. "Where's Tyrone?"- Bohjass Upas Militia
14. "Burning"- The Ivory Tower Project
15. "Hiroshima"-Robot vs Rabbit
16. Troy Lukarilla - Bonus CD ROM Flash animation


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