Jon James

Jon James: Jon James & the Trashcan Fantasy Danceband

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Product Type: CD
Artist: Jon James

Artist: Jon James
Title: Jon James & the Trashcan Fantasy Danceband
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

THE SORDID PAST After years of laying in wait and silently honing his own fits of fancy, Jon James -- the Twin Cities' favorite sideman and sleeper guitar harlot - has finally stepped up to the vocal mic with his debut solo release, JON JAMES & THE TRASHCAN FANTASY DANCEBAND. James is well-known on the Minneapolis scene, having collaborated with a large array of high-profile acts. But he has rarely put forth foot as a songwriter or bandleader in his own right. The Trashcan Fantasy is just that -- an imagining of what his dream band might sound like, in all their far-out idealism and awkward teenage fumbling. But don't be fooled. Hype is hype, and James seems to enjoy the deflection. While he revels in both tongue-in-cheek sensationalism and overly self-deprecating tone, the FANTASY is actually an impressive collection of straightforward, catchy songs and airtight performances. With smarty-pants flair, James offers sweet & sour three-minute anthems that meld elements of Brit Invasion, '70s Glam and Power-pop. In fact, while the retro feel is a calculated nod, James also has a keen eye for current affairs -- he lambastes the state-of-the-state by relentlessly poking fun at insipid pop trends, yet winds up sounding imminently 'pop-ish.' A gem of a debut album for lovers of old school radio, indie ethics and modern rock alike.

Tracks:
1.1 Turn It on / High on a Flashback
1.2 New King of Japan
1.3 (So Far) Off Broadway
1.4 Peppermint Covergirl
1.5 What Goes On?
1.6 Angie ; the Trashcan Fantasy Danceband
1.7 American Dream (Television)
1.8 Gonna Find Her
1.9 Peel It Off
1.10 Wheel of Time
1.11 Atom Bomb

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