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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Sly Cat Empire

I love The Cat Empire- this brassy party band from Australia! Trust me, it takes a lot to get me to dance (I AM the inspiration behind a certain Frank Zappa song), and when TCE played Rams Head Live last year, I shuffled my two left feet to their irresistible funk, ska, Latin grooves.

They're back tomorrow with SO MANY NIGHTS and Felix, Harry and the boys really transform into something more than a dance band. The Cat Empire display their sophisticated musicology throughout the record, with building songs full of strings, keys, and of course, horns and they even throw in a few nods to other big ensembles from the 60's, such as Sly and the Family Stone and War.

You can hear it on the title track.

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