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Cars & Trains / Rusty String
Album:Rusty String Collection:General
Artist:Cars & Trains Added:12/2007
Label:Circle Into Square 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-04-27 Pull Date:2008-06-29 Charts:RPM/Electronica
Week Ending:15 Jun8 Jun1 Jun18 May4 May
Airplays:11121

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 11, 2008:Don't Call it a Comeback
Some Sort Of Overture
4.May 14, 2008:408's Finest
Some Sort Of Overture
2.Jun 04, 2008:408's Finest
Fake Plastic Guns
5.May 13, 2008:I once was Canadian
The Wires From My Broken Record Player
3.May 28, 2008:Keeping Up with Eran Mukamel (moderately-paced jamz)
Painting Over It Did No Good / Solitary Bird
6.Apr 30, 2008:408s Finest
The Wires From My Broken Record Player

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-04-07 
Folky acoustic music with hip-hop ideas. One-man band: Tom Filepp of Portland. The general pattern is one of contrast: mildly gloomy acoustic tracks overlaid with vocals, rap, or drum machine. The acoustic parts often get sampled & looped, adding to the modern feel but also creating a numbing, dull repetition. Filepp's voice isn't strong but has stage presence. The whole package doesn't always work, but it's worth a spin on pop shows or boundaryless hip-hop shows.
FCC clean.

1- Off-key clarinet/horn dirge, drum machine stomp, poetic female spoken word
2- Banjo, tart vocal, folky but aggressive
3- Halted strumming, wordy lyrics. Mid/fast but sparse. Crazy atonal instrument break later on.
4- Calmly bouncy guitar,
5- Calm guitar/xylophone riff, instrumental
6- Glitchy acoustic
7- Toylike piano, a wistful and melodic song. Thickly layered vocals
8- Catchy guitar tones, rustling beat, Asian-like random vocal. Good track, too brash to be called "shoegazer."
9- Gentle string plucks, tough hip-hop vocal front.
10- Sad faux-cabaret melody. Stomping, overriding beat. Some dissonance. Instrumental.
11- Midtempo tune, pleasant but a gloomy air. Repetitious, tedious ending stretches it beyond 7 minutes.

Track Listing
1.Some Sort Of Overture 6....And All Of Us, As Well
2.The Wires From My Broken Record Player 7.Painting Over It Did No Good / Solitary Bird
3.Fake Plastic Guns 8.Further From Home
4.Oh, Swseet Consequence 9.The Sky Is Clear
5.Beatitudes 10.The Singing Will Never Cease
 11.Nursing 500 Broken Fingers