Artis the Spoon Man

Entertain the Entertainers

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While really known for his cameos in and inspiration for Soundgarden's massive hit "Spoonman," Artist the Spoon Man has been pushing the art of busking for some time, bringing the spoons into the modern age with ties to Zappa, grunge, political poetry, beat poetry, electric amps and effects, and a thorough sense of the rock aesthetic. On Entertain the Entertainers, his sophomore album, he runs the gamut. The album opens with an Aerosmith-inspired rock anthem, moves into a criticism and parody of modern pop, and into a live demonstration of various spoon techniques. Bass heavy grooves on ebola, space grooves on bypass surgery, and country love songs all sprout from the hands and voices of the musicians. There's even a bit of old-time busking music here, with "The Dusty Road to Dawson." All in all, an exceptional album showing off a very good range for an artist that would otherwise be known more for the gimmick of his chosen instruments, regardless of his abilities on them. For the parallels with grunge, the range of music, and the sheer ability on the part of Artist, this album is a lucky find on a small label.

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