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Texas wildman Kinky Friedman's latest is "Kinky Friedman's Bi-Polar Tour: Live From Woodstock" and it's on Avenue A Records. Friedman, the most famous Jew from Texas - and certainly the funniest was all the way live at Zoey's a few weeks back as he did most of the songs off this one. Wise-guy wise, he's like Mojo Nixon from Texas with a hat and a cigar. "Waitret, Please Waitret" is some redneck can't-take-'em-anywhere scenario about some place you're glad you're not at and "Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In the Bed," was good enough to incite an attack by militant lesbians once upon a time in Buffalo and also landed Friedman the Male Chauvinist Pig Award in 1983. He also righteously caps on one of the most unnecessary and hated sub culture of skimmers, the insurance industry, on "Nashville Casualty & Life," and he saves the best for last just as he did live with the hard to argue with, "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore." Friedman is running for governor of Texas next time - he might win and would certainly be an improvement over Governor Jesus McBangBang to use Bill Maher's apt description of Governor Rick Perry.


Electronic music heroes, M83's latest is "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" and it's on Mute Records. Name for Messier 83, the so-called "Pinwheel Galaxy," which is about as high as many of their fans appear to be - much trippier than the explosive and dangerous in stupid hands, the M80. Hailing from the ancient city of Astilbe in France, this is mostly the brain storm of Anthony Gonzalez, ably assisted by a couple of other dudes and a bunch of machines, all of which got them into the big print in the program headlining slot at 2012 Coachella. This a 2-CD extravaganza, technically making this M166 and while patience is a sign of a week mind (so always bring a book wherever you go), "Wait" is nonetheless a baroque classic. Much of this sounds like a choir, so you can sort of go to church w/o leaving the house or missing a game. There's reasons why M83 is up for a few Grammys - you just read a few of mine but you'll be making up your own adjectives in no time.

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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
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