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Boom Pam - Puerto Rican Nightsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a grand album from Boom Pam, who specialize in tube and surf. While this is truly an adventure off the beaten path, it's highly original and loads of fun. You simply must hear what they've done with "The Wedge!"
Picks: Ushest, Krai Dunavsko, Ay Carmela (Instrumental), The Wedge, Longa Sultaniyegah, Chervone Corale, Boom Pam

Track by Track Review

Ushest dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

starting with Mediterranean visions and pumping tube, "Ushest" quickly develops a very cool cycling guitar riff. It's fun and silly and compelling as it speeds up with every verse. Speed aside, it evolves slowly. Great drums!

Krai Dunavsko dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The circular opening patterns are replaced by traditional Jewish melody structures and rhythms. "Krai Dunavsko" grows on you, especially once it starts its spiral into high speed. Great drums, pumping tube, and fun galore.

Ay Carmela (Instrumental) dotdotdotdot
Tuba Surf (Instrumental)

"Ay Carmela" has a fine melody and rolling rhythms, along with surf guitars in a spaghetti western setting. The chorus is subdued and a real grinner, but not at all gimmicky or cheesy. Open space and drama abounds.

The Wedge dotdotdotdotdot
Tuba Surf (Instrumental)

"Pipeline"-esq rhythms, surf guitar, klezmer pumping bass and drums, and tuba - did I mention the tuba yet - the glissandos are played on the tuba! The arrangement is based on Dick Dale and his Del-tones' 1975 recording for GNP Crescendo. This is beyond the pale cool!

Longa Sultaniyegah dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slow drama on drums and tube launch "Longa Sultaniyegah." It takes its time getting to the song, which is light, flighty, delicate, almost classical, and really fun. Towards the end, it develops a raucous post psychedelic wash and actively panned double picked lead guitar. Amazing!

Chervone Corale dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Chervone Corale" is a slower song with a sad Mediterranean melody. It's quite fun in a Zorba kind of way, with excellent percussion.

Boom Pam dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The opening guitar riff from "What'd I Say" (The Big Three version) launches this, and its pace and patterns seem born of that cauldron. Tuba and guitar play against each other in a playful contest. Some surf guitar too. Really nice track!