Squirrel Nut Zippers
Oh, lawdy Miss Claudie, but is this ever some good shit. Kinda like the Thirties came back, but without the Great Depression or Joe Stalin. A horn section. Yeah — horns. In particular, saxophones. BARITONE SAXOPHONE. And played like the damn thing oughtta be played, instead of the usual overblown sax stylings that cause most people to think the things oughtta all be taken out and dumped in the river, along with the nitwit who was giving it a blowjob at the time.
And the broad who does the crooning has got me swooning. Sounds almost like that redhead in the old Tex Avery cartoon where the wolf hears her in the club and proceeds to go completely insane with lust. Sultry voice taken very, very close to the edge, but never goes over.
Snappy tunes, quite whistleable. Killer lyrics. Incredible musicianship. Nothing gets overused or becomes repetitive. Holy shit, but somebody went to some EXTREME lengths to make such seamlessly good music. Nifty CD case, too. http://www.snzippers.com
Mammoth Records, The Broadstreet Building, 101 B Street, Carrboro, NC 27510-1834; http://www.mammoth.com