Moment of Zen

Tall Tales of Tiny Giants

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No relation to the conclusion of every Daily Show (though hailing from Wayne, New Jersey, home of the Fountains of Wayne shop that gave a certain band its name, these guys could easily make it down Route 3 to sit in Jon Stewart's seats), this quintet is a meld of '90s alterna-rock and the funkier end of '70s classic/guitar rock. Featuring two sets of brothers, the Goldbergs and Adlers (bassist Mike Distasi must be an only child), and recording in a hand-built studio, these determined AOR rockers are preternaturally tight, and Eric Goldberg has a punk, snotty voice. The moniker is a misnomer, though; songs such as "Big Machine" aim to dance in a Beck/Perry Farrell/Fishbone/Spin Doctors/Living Colour way, not give your soul some Mahayana meditative dharma Buddhist peace.

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