Review Summary: Algernon fucking Fadwallader.
Cap'n Jazz was one of the most influential underground bands ever. From giving undeserving bands their names, such as Scary Kids Scaring Kids, to influencing thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of bands. It was all the mind of Tim Kinsella, front man of Cap'n Jazz, and many bands after that. His squeaky, nasally voice is someone extremely appealing when set with his music, which was also strikingly original at the time. Simple drums, a bouncy bass, and dual clean guitar lines that revolve around each other somehow mad a match in heaven. How does Cap'n Jazz tie into Algernon Cadwallader (coincidentally Channing Freeman's favorite band)? If you have listened to any Kinsella, ANY Kinsella project, this will remind you of it within the second you turn it on.
But Algernon Cadwallader isn't all Tim's and Kinsella's. They may pretty much do everything Kinsella has ever done, but they do it in a different way. As much as everyone criticizes them for sounding like a Cap'n Jazz clone, the criticism remains most for their demo. Their songs are pretty much like slow paced Cap'n Jazz songs; The best example of this would be the beginning of the 3rd song and th 2nd song Breath Wish, where at around 2 minutes where it breaks into an extremely enjoyable, simplistic drum beat ; it then leads into a low key guitar solo that finished out the song. They would really start to break away in their debut LP, where they would use horns, tambourines and triangles to diversify themselves from just being another Cap'n Jazz clone. Even their singer sounds the same as Cap'n Jazz. His voice throughout the whole demo sounds like Tim Kinsella with a cleaner, more polished recording. All these points though don't retract from the demo though, as the element of fun is obviously present, and these guys are having lots of it.
It's all in the fun though. That's what this album is for. It's cheery, happy, and a great way to start your day, like breakfast (no ***ty recipes at the end of this review, sorry). If you're up to hear Tim Kinsella reincarnated, or you're waiting for that oh so special reunion of any Kinsella band (maybe Cap'n Jazz or American Football?), then it would be in your best interests to check this out, and then check everything out by this band. They are the ultimate prescription to that Kinsella urge.
Good Ol' Fashioned Pancakes
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon white sugar
* 1 1/4 cups milk
* 1 egg
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
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