Action Figure Party

Action Figure Party

Action Figure Party

Blue Thumb/Universal

I’ll often pick up a record just because I like the band’s name (or album title, or cover art), just to give something new a spin and see what it’s all about. More often than not, it’ll turn out that the band shot their creative wad on that one creative element, and I’ll end up passing on the record and moving into greener pastures, but occasionally, I find some real winners this way. Case in point, the self-titled debut of Action Figure Party. AFP is an alias for multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin, who invites a bunch of friends into the studio for a musical party, jamming on an eclectic, post-modern combination of funk, jazz, and modern dance music. And not just any friends, but the likes of Sean Lennon, Flea, and Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, among others. The result is a fun mix of eclectic, mostly instrumental tunes that are sure to appeal to fans of Beck, The Propellerheads, Steely Dan, or Esquivel — strange company, I realize, but it all fits. The title track (one of the few with vocals) sounds like what you’d get if Folk Implosion ever got funky, “Everybody Ready” sounds like a more jazzy and organic version of something off Moby’s Play (think “Natural Blues” or “Honey,” specifically), “Clock Radio” is what Steely Dan could sound like if they got the sticks out of their asses, and “Gamera” is pure post-modern lounge. Unusual, distinctive, fun, and darn near brilliant. Consider this your engraved invitation to the Action Figure Party. RSVP by picking up a copy of this record, ’cause this is one Party you don’t wanna miss!

Blue Thumb/Universal, 10 Universal City Plaza, 4th Floor, Universal City, CA 91608; http://www.bluethumb.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Lyons
    The Lyons

    A man on his deathbed is surrounded by bickering family members, many of which you would strangle him given the chance. In other words: a brilliant comedy!

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

From the Archives