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Sport Murphy / Uncle
Album:Uncle Collection:General
Artist:Sport Murphy Added:Feb 2003
Label:Kill Rock Stars 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-04-28 Pull Date:2003-06-30 
Week Ending:Jun 15Jun 1May 25May 4

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 20, 2016:Waste FM
No Fair
4.May 21, 2003:Brownian Motion
Bad Guest
2.Jun 11, 2003:the rust belt
Everybody's Gone
5.May 02, 2003:the rust belt
Bird in the House
3.May 31, 2003:On The Warpath
Johnny Lightning
6.Apr 30, 2003:Off the Path
Miles Across the Sea

Album Review
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Reviewed 2003-04-29 
Sport Murphy --- Uncle ---- Kill Rock Stars

This is Sport Murphy?s tribute to his nephew/childhood pal who was killed working as a firefighter at the WTC on 9/11/01. This is one of the better responses to the 9/11 I've heard since it deals on such as personal level without hatred or reactionary appeals to patriotism. It makes you think about the thousands of 9/11 survivors not in the public eye, suffering in silence. But it's hopeful - in Sport's words "Hatred is poison; induce vomiting, have a laugh at the enemy and move on." Sport's the former frontman for the folk-punk band the Skels and his music has irish-folk influences as well as the discordancies of Charles Ives, and Tom Waits. The varied songs are sad and heartbreaking and deal with the unfairness and randomness of life and death but not in a overly depressing way -- they reflect and refract pain and loss -- it's surprisingly hopeful and uplifting in the midst of sadness. Some of the songs have great clips of kids (Sport and his nephew) talking with Long Island accents.

Best are 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 20, 21
1. good violin/organ/bongos
2. little kid telling a story, short song with flute
3. folky fiddle - sad stories
4. short, discordant trombone - kid's good night
5. irish feel
6. Discortant rant about a bird in the house
8. sad, good violin
9. short kid's song - "Welcome to New Jersey" - great!
10. upbeat
11. drum machine beat
12. short
13. about publicity-seeking survivors
14. short
15. rockin' guitar - hopeful
16. folk/irish violin - "shoo fly shoo"
17. great accordion
18. slow/acoustic guitar
19. slow/violin
20. mid - irish waltz feel
21. sad/piano - tom waits-esque
22. short - flute/accordion

Track Listing
1.No Fair 12.You Lousy Stinking Scumbag
2.Johnny Lightning 13.Bad Guest
3.The Lost Children 14.Played By Linda Blair
4.In Other Words, Never 15.Such a Beautiful Sight
5.The Late Days of Summer 16.Shoo Fly Shoo
6.Bird in the House 17.Frogs Are Singing
7.What Are They Doing in Heave 18.Sleepy River
8.Miles Across the Sea 19.The Sound of Her Voice
9.Welcome to New Jersey 20.The Doray Waltz
10.Paul Lagrutta 21.Everybody's Gone
11.Behistun 22.The Clang of the Yankee Reap