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Don't Trust Whitey

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With any James Kochalka release, one is in for a heapin' helpin' of weirdness. While his previous discs have covered the epic battle of Monkey Vs. Robot, and the Tommy-esque rock opera Carrot Boy, Don't Trust Whitey is another spate of 20-odd tracks on various random things. The record features help from the Tarquin Records crew, also know as members of the Philistines Jr., and the Zambonis. With a backing band like that, the odd synths and keyboards are present as they always are. As usual, you get plenty of weirdness, from the 30-second rap of "Pussy Gangster," the hummed chorus of "Copenhagen China Box," the full-on rock of "Talk to the Wookie," and the who-knows-what-the-hell-it-is "Neigh-Neigh & Woo-Woo." Along with the requisite liner note comix, Kochalka writes little descriptive snippets on each song, which have nuggets like how the first track ("Turn Down the Stereo") was recorded at a live gig where the sound man cut out the PA in a vain attempt to get Kochalka to stop performing. Well worth your time to hear, if nothing else than as another example of good brain-damaged recording.

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