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Krakow, Jesse: World Without Nachos

From the mind of offbeat singer/songwriter/musician Jesse Krakow comes World Without Nachos a most bizarre collection of 72 (that's right, 72) tracks ranging in length from 4 seconds to a whopping one minute and 38 seconds. Actually, these bursts of creative(?) energy are more like snippets of something much larger that never materializes during the course of nearly 38 alternately uncomfortable and exhilarating minutes that (very) occasionally aspire to Beck and the Beach Boys. Just for kicks, here are a few songs titles although I refuse to list all of them below: "Don't Be Like An Asshole," "Take Me Back to Tacoville," "People with Emotional Emotions" and "When the Clown Is Gay." He calls it "the most extreme type of pop music ever."

Unabashedly out of tune throughout the course of World Without Nachos, Krakow nevertheless has a musical pedigree that includes stints in several bands you've probably never heard of, plus Fast 'N' Bulbous, a seven-piece group playing Captain Beefheart songs affiliated with respected prog label Cuneiform Records.

Krakow says this thing was tediously made on Garageband software, using mouse clicks to record every synth sound, drum beat and bass line. And this music does flow together in a twisted, mind-numbing sort of way, which is why some listeners will no doubt consider Krakow's ode to attention-deficit disorder pure genius. But if he had bothered to flesh out even a handful of the sonic ideas here and turned them into the actual "mega-pop" songs he envisioned, World Without Nachos would have been a lot tastier.

Added: May 28th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Jesse Krakow on
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Language: english

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