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Local CD Review

It’s Raining Men


Local CD Review

The tracks on Puckett’s second album, Green , sound as though they were played and mixed by several different bands, bands that maybe share a lead singer. Track one reads as a new age, wind-whistling-through-the-trees, ode to Mother Nature melody. Then, just when you’ve had all you can take of that, track two clicks the metronome up a few notches, and leaps into a countrified, rockish ballad.

Even rock’n’roll can sometimes grow tiresome, though, and soon the album shifts gears again. There’s an attempt at reggae music, then a song that sounds like something you might dance an Irish jig to, then several jam band-style tracks. The rapid-fire changes settle towards the end of the album, and the listener is no longer prompted to sit up, startled, and check the CD player to make sure it’s still Puckett playing, but they’re still there, the force only dampened slightly.

What happens within Green is partly ingenious, and partly irritating. The virtue of being so decidedly un-genreriffic is that it’s hard to tire of him. But, careful, it may also be compensating for an inability to record an actual album, you know, one with continuity and coherence.

Also, Puckett allegedly ate a tadpole one time, to win a value meal from McDonalds, and if that doesn’t inspire you to listen to his CD, nothing will.

It’s Raining Men

Back to the point. After the first round, the guys were given a made-up song title and had to write a song for it to debut in the second round. As you might suspect, every single on-the-spot performance was impressive. And the winner was—drum roll please—Medford’s Black Record Collection. Congratulations, guys! (Not that we didn’t see that coming like a freight train in an open field.)


Friday, Dec. 8: What’s that you say? A new ’80s cover band? Must. Go. See. It.  Retroholics at Rookie’s at 10 p.m. Addiction is a terrible thing to waste. Or something.

Saturday, Dec. 9: The Cabaret Macabre featuring White Lightnin’ Burlesque Troupe at The Fairbanks will last from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Six hours?! How many times can those girls take their clothes off?!

Sunday, Dec. 10: I think we agree, the past is over.

Monday, Dec. 11: Many moons ago, the native people of Australia invented the long, wooden wind instrument known as the didgeridoo. Today the mystical sound can be heard in smoky bars like Preservation Pub. Trey Sansom’s Didgeriblues may not be as historically significant as Aborignals, but really—when are you ever going to fly to Australia? A little perspective, please.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Jon Worley may not be an actual superhero, but he’s got that everything’ll-be-alright attitude characteristic of superheroes and guys who haven’t been sober since last Sunday. Absorb his glow at Downtown Grill at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Go hear Sara Schwabe & Her Yankee Jass Band at the WDVX Blue Plate Special at noon. Yeah, yeah, we know we mention WDVX all the time.  How ’bout a deal: We’ll stop plugging WDVX shows when they stop being cool.

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