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Hot Lunch
     

Hot Lunch

by Asylum Street Spankers
 

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This, Asylum Street Spankers' sophomore recording, breezes in on acoustic guitar and ukulele strains and the words "Life ain't a cakewalk, it's a waltz/And they're playing my music out of time" -- and it only gets better from there. Indeed, the Asylum Street Spankers, a loose, unplugged collective of Austin, TX, pickers and bon vivants, seem to have little

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This, Asylum Street Spankers' sophomore recording, breezes in on acoustic guitar and ukulele strains and the words "Life ain't a cakewalk, it's a waltz/And they're playing my music out of time" -- and it only gets better from there. Indeed, the Asylum Street Spankers, a loose, unplugged collective of Austin, TX, pickers and bon vivants, seem to have little trouble, on Hot Lunch's 16 cuts, deftly blending virtuosic musicianship with seemingly effortless musical and lyrical wit. The band flits between ragtime, country, old-style am radio pop tunes, swing, and country-blues with equal ease. The Spankers are -- particularly on such puckish, narrative cuts as "Trippin' Over You," "Sad Bomber," and others -- manage to walk the razor thin line between novelty and just plain fun-lovin' jamboree frolics. It's this graceful self-awareness that separates Asylum Street Spankers from such less graceful musical revivalists as the Squirrel Nut Zippers. In fact, on the cut "Smells Like Thirty-Something," the Spankers seem to, well, spank the mid-'90s swing revival craze on its rump, chiding, atop a rollicking, bluesy riff, "I like martinis/and I like cigars/But I hate martini and cigar bars." Somewhere between that sense of humor and vocalist/instrumentalist (for every Spanker is a multi-instrumentalist) Christina Marrs' sublime vocals lies the charm of Asylum Stret Spankers as expressed in these grooves. A beautiful, rocking, and rollicking unplugged beer-and-pot party populated with the most unpretentious, heartbreaking characters you're ever likely to meet.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2007
Label:
Yellow Dog Records
UPC:
0823800149928
catalogNumber:
21499

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Performance Credits

Asylum Street Spankers   Primary Artist
Bob Brozman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Ukulele,Slide Guitar,Charango,Hawaiian Guitar,national steel guitar,Guest Appearance
Wammo   Harmonica,Bongos,Vocals,Background Vocals,Washboard,Bottle,Sheet Metal,Group Member
Glover Gill   Accordion,Guest Appearance
Rick White   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Josh Arnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor),Group Member
Pops Bayless   Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Human Whistle,Slide Whistle,Guitar (Tenor),Group Member
Stanley Smith   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Ukulele,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Mysterious John   Kazoo,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Christina Marrs   Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sara Nelson   Cello,Guest Appearance
Eamon McLaughlin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Group Member
Leroy Biller   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
John Salmon   Drums
Glover Gill   Accordion

Technical Credits

Bob Brozman   Producer,Audio Production
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Wammo   Composer,Sound Effects
Joe Bishop   Composer
Christina Marrs   Contributor
Daniel Thomas   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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