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Los Straitjackets - The Further Adventures Of Los Straitjacketsdotdotdotdot
artworkLos Straitjackets are the masters of dead pan cool! I think this album is the best they've done to date! If you're a fan, you know. If not, you're on the wrong bus.
Picks: Cal-Speed, Challenger '64, Blowout, Fortune Cookie, Teen Beast, Catalina, Sasquatch, Nocturnal Twist, Tubby, The Wild Mouse, Mercury, Kapt'N Krunch

Track by Track Review

Cal-Speed dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cal-Speed" is a very Eddie Angel grinder, but it features a lovely surf guitar break. it has bite and great playing all around.

Challenger '64 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf sounds delivery a great song with a superb intro and alternating verses. The muted rhythm and superb bass and drums support the lead guitar perfectly. Much more graceful that Dodge Challenges ever were.

Blowout dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dark fuzz and great drums in mono punch up a very cool riff rocker. "Blowout" is hard driving and simply fun. The wet fuzz glissando transition out of the break is great!

Fortune Cookie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Fortune Cookie" is a dead pan grinner with a cute-cool riff and endearing sound. Even if you want to dislike it, you may not be able to. Too fun!

Minority Report dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rapid tremolo guitar provides a gimmicky sound to a song that also has some elements of a carnival. this one left me flat. Perhaps "Minority Report" named for the equally goofy segment on the rapidly sinking MSNBC... I don't know.

Teen Beast dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great Sandy Nelson-ish drums a la "Drums A Go-Go" drive "Teen Beast" really well. Simple guitar lines with Link Wray and Richie Podolor in mind are perfect for the beat, and suggest Sandy Nelson classics like "And then There Were Drums." The demented guitar warbling that occasionally appears is disturbing in a good way. It's quite a monster!

Catalina dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beautiful surf guitar plays an oh-so cool melody in this superb instrumental. "Catalina" is happy, easy flowing, delicately whammied, and completely endearing. I love this!

Sasquatch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big distortion garage chords and dark monster bass grumble over heavy drums. "Sasquatch" is a grinder with psychedelic feedback and Cro-Magnon credentials.

Nocturnal Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nocturnal Twist" is a splendid number with liquid echoed guitar. It has a light, almost "Music To Watch Girls By" melody.

Tubby dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like Snake-Out's "Fat Lisa," this song has a low brow center delivered at a moderate pace, plus grode bass, spares Stax-Volt guitar licks, and gnarly sax. Its childlike structure is very friendly.

The Wild Mouse dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and swirling stereo guitars double picking their way up and down the humps of the ride. "The Wild Mouse" is a little gimmicky, but mostly it's all dead pan fun!

Mercury dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mercury" is a slow romancer played on baritone guitar against a slow rhythm track. Its slow pace is sort of like watching ketchup pour. Pretty and unusual.

Kapt'N Krunch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grungy and brooding, edgy and twangy, simple and direct. So, the big question... is this named for the comic or the phone pirate of the early seventies.