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New Tune : Jad Fair & Kramer featuring Paul Leary : I Wannna Make A Movie


If you haven't heard, Jad Fair and Kramer have made another record together. Yeah, they've done it before, but it's worth pointing out, as it's never boring when these two get their Wonder Twin powers activated. This one's called The History of Crying, Revisited, and it's just about as wondrous and abrasive as you would expect from these senior statesmen of outsider music. But why take my word for it when you can kick the tires yourself thanks to the new video for "I Wanna Make A Movie?"

Pretty great, right? It's worth pointing out that the song features the guitar stylings of the great Paul Leary, who rose from obscurity as a member of Butthole Surfers, and later lent his talents as guitarist/producer/mixer to albums from Daniel Johnston, Meat Puppets, U2, The Reverend Horton Heat, Stone Temple Pilots and Weezer.


How have you never heard of this guy?


Fortunately, I'd rather light a candle than curse your darkness.


Have another taste of the Fair/Kramer affair.

Admittedly, these guys are hardly household names, but they are definitely worth checking out, if for no other reason than it's possible you might get seated next to Penn Jillette at a dinner party at some point in your life.


Jad Fair and his brother David were just troubled Maryland teens when they concocted Half Japanese, a band whose history, flair and output basically set the standard for cult bands everywhere. You know how AC/DC has that AC/DC formula of muscular riffs, simple drumming and tongue-in-cheek lyrics designed to make 12year-old boys giggle? Well, the Half Japanese formula can be likewise summed up as enthusiastic performances, questionable tuning and songs about either monsters or unrequited love, and sometimes, unrequited monster love. Yet, against all odds, they've been at it for probably close to 50 albums and over forty years, and count musical luminaries like Moe Tucker and John Zorn as fans. And here's a somber bit of trivia for you. Kurt Cobain was reportedly wearing a Half Japanese t-shirt when his body was found.

Kramer is an equally interesting cat. He initially appeared in the NYC music scene in the late 70s as the bassist for Eugene Chadbourne's Shockabilly. In the 80s, he briefly joined Butthole Surfers before quitting to concentrate on producing and running his Shimmy Disc label. Over the next several decades, he would produce and release records from artists across a spectrum of genres, including Gwar, Galaxie 500, Low, Palace, Half Japanese, Daniel Johnston and Ween, as well as the aforementioned Zorn and Tucker.


However, he's prolly best known for Bongwater, the performance art band he formed with actress Ann Magnuson (The Hunger, Desperately Seeking Susan, Cabin Boy) in the mid-80s. As far as Bongwater performances go, this one is pretty tame, but given that it's a Roky Erickson cover and the participation of Bob Weir and Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the incorporation of Led Zeppelin and finally, Screamin' Jay's suit, well, it's not to be missed. That said, you may want to pull down the shades; last thing you need is the neighbors talking about your viewing habits, which admittedly, have gotten a tad worrisome over the last 15 months. No judgement.

You're sold, right?


Anyway, The History of Crying, Revisited is available now on Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise if you're looking to drop some of that hard-earned on something sure to piss off the neighbors. Also, if you can't find at least an album or two you want to buy on the Shimmy Disc site, well, you might want to see someone about that.


Just sayin'.

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