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    Monday, May 09, 2005

    Tracks of the Week: Butchered

    Horace Silver "Song For My Father" - Last weekend we checked out Tatnuck Bookseller in Worcester. It's a wonderful independent bookstore with a spacious cafe in the middle. The store is a converted mill once home to the leading supplier of wire forming spring making machines back in the day. So, you ask, what does this have to do with Horace Silver? Well, there was a 15-piece orchestra performing next to the clearance section, and man oh man, were they ever butchering this song. Buy It.

    Alfred C. Priestley Stage Band With The Vocarettes "Cisco Kid" - Speaking of butchering: DJ Shadow released a pile of 1970s high school marching band music on a comp called Schoolhouse Funk. It's a terrific artifact if you can get past some of the less-than-stellar performances like this track. Sing along! You don't even have to be in key! They certainly weren't. Buy It.