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Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Lost and Found
Tummy Touch Records, July 12

07/14/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Having completed the TV-appearance rounds, this ultra-quirky cabaret-twee outfit has forced us to discuss them, at the very least to prevent you from buying the album for your preschooler, who would eventually recite the four-letter words in it. If you’re new to this New York trio: it’s a visuals-oriented act comprised of a piano/singer/guitarist dad, preteen drumming daughter, and the mom, who sings a little but mostly runs a prehistoric slideshow projector showing sets of slides found in yard sales and such (the first set, the one that started this whole thing, was a series of shots of a “public execution in Japan”).  So it’s part cabaret, vaudeville, and verist social commentary disguised as kid’s rock, like if Sippy Cups or the Yo Gabba Gabba band sang a bunch of tunes Sarah Silverman wrote after studying ethics and reading a bunch of pinko CIA-hater books. And, of course, they look like utter, utter dweebs. If this is all a rerun to you and you’re hip to it, you’ll be interested to know that this album includes a nice sunny look at our military misadventures (“Christian Terror”); a swipe at government-approved art, I think  (“Beautiful Dandelion”); and a crashy noise-jazz spoken-word segue (“The Indoctrination Starts Young”). AEric W. Saeger





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