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The Gglitch

Scenes from the Good Life

(self-released; US: 25 Sep 2007; UK: Available as import)

Sure these guys are nuts, but just because they’re zany doesn’t mean they are not talented. They hide their musical gifts behind a wall of hoo-hah in the tradition of the Holy Modal Rounders and the Bonzo Dog Band. There’s much more than meets the ear here. You gotta listen closely and often to pick up all that’s going on. The band’s new double-stuffed, double CD is chock full of zippy insights into the human consciousness from the perspective of one who wouldn’t belong to any society that would accept him or her. Yep, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and agent provocateur Otar Taktakishvili hails from that Georgia (the one that used to be part of the Soviet Union) and is a true Marxist. His music bears the imprint of Groucho and that Lennon from Liverpool in the most wonderful way.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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