Monday, February 7, 2011

That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice


As some of you may know, I'm working on The Prince Zine, a zine all about the artist currently known as Prince. It's a project two years in the making and has required a lot of research and a lot of listening. It's been an on-and-off project, but this weekend I started working on it again, this time with the intentions to finish it up by the end of the month. In an article I was reading, it referenced Dump's album, That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice.
This an album of Prince covers. The band is led by Yo La Tengo's bass player and, somewhat surprisingly, it's really great. It's better than any of the stylized Prince tribute albums out there. There's some pretty amazing lo-fi/retro versions of Prince favorites; "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore," "Beautiful Ones," and "Dirty Mind" being three particularly well done ones in this vein. If I heard "An Honest Man" on the radio, I would have thought it to be a Flaming Lips song, it's almost dead on and, with it not being a very popular Prince song (a from-the-vault song off Crystal Ball), it could have fooled me. "Another Lonely Christmas" is the stand-out, though. Solid and heartfelt.
Dump- An Honest Man
Dump- Another Lonely Christmas

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