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Golden Boots, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Flaspar

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This three-fer CD features six tracks by Andrew Jackson Jihad (Phoenix), four by Flaspar (Las Vegas) and 10 by Tucson's own Golden Boots. The AJJ tracks are cheeky, provocative blasts of anarcho-bluegrass and should be handled with care. Flaspar kind of sound like The Cure if they recorded for Kill Rock Stars and had a sense of experimentation. And Golden Boots brings the pop magic.

The Boots tracks, presented as a sort of mini-album titled "The Famous Trenches of Livery Stables: Blunderlust Chapt. 2," have a sort of back-alley Abbey Road or "White Album" quality to them--which is to say that an offhand sense of playful pop experimentation rules.

As is usually the case with the Boots, most turns are left turns, and they've spent years honing their unpredictability. Why play a song the same way twice? Running somewhere between lo- and hi-fi (mid-fi, I guess), "Ghost Machine," "Magnolia Sunset," "Little Bird," "Rats From the Hounds" and other sweetly sly tracks shamble in like the stoned neighbor kid who drops by and says something unexpectedly brilliant and insightful. "It's a Wonderful Lie," abetted by Mr. Tidypaws' baritone sax, is a strawberry milkshake of a pop song. "Heave Ho" kicks up a lot of Beck-ish dust on its way to wherever it's going--which sounds like a good place to be going. There's an evolved, uniquely Golden Boots-ish pop sensibility evident in these tracks, rendering them, well, golden.

Available at Toxic Ranch Records, nightpass.co.nr or soildgoldrecords.com.

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