Jad Fair & Kramer

Roll out the Barrel

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This is a satisfying pairing of Half Japanese mainstay Jad Fair and New York City scenester Mark Kramer. Kramer's musical settings take Jad into new terrain, but like a polite and eager tourist, Jad takes it all in with enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder. "If It's Okay" is a stately, near-chamber music piece wherein the music dresses up Jad's usual romanticism in matching sonorities.

Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller) shows up to sing on two songs, most notably Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." The version is at once unexpected and perfectly natural--very subterranean, very homesick, and very blue. The set as a whole is the furthest Jad has ever been from punkish abandon (not Kramer's forte), but this very musical meeting ground makes ROLL OUT THE BARREL one of Jad's best--albeit atypical--releases.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:13 Amazon
2 0:59 Amazon
3 2:41 Amazon
4 1:22 Amazon
5 1:24 Amazon
6 0:22 Amazon
7 1:27 Amazon
8 1:07 Amazon
9 4:18 Amazon
10 1:24 Amazon
11 1:39 Amazon
12 0:54 Amazon
13 1:27 Amazon
14 2:21 Amazon
15 2:17 Amazon
16 2:37 Amazon
17 2:01 Amazon
18 1:53 Amazon
19
2:58 Amazon
20 0:46 Amazon
21 1:15 Amazon
22 4:28 Amazon
23 2:31 Amazon
24 1:24 Amazon
25 2:16 Amazon
26 1:44 Amazon
27 2:23 Amazon
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