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TRANCE FORMATION/In Concert: 2 art chicks and a bass player making it up as they go along, all improved the spot. So for all you cats that remember Nico....

KAIT DUNTON/Mountain Suite: The young, piano jazz lady almost getting ready to graduate school comes in with her second album, a real high water mark of sitting down/listening jazz. Uncluttered and on the way to minimalist without getting there, she has some mighty pals on board to help her realize her vision as well. Easy to categorize, hard to pigeon hole, Dunton is an original that's pretty damned fearless for her young years. A must for relaxed times on the far side of mellow. Check it out.

ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS: Kind of typical of these things, you may not have heard of Bill Plympton but you love all the cats that came in his wake that think he's god. Of course, if you're too hip for the room, this is old news to you. Plying his trade spreading wackiness that has inspired almost everything in alt.amination over the last 30 years, this is a loving, deserving look at a mad master whose only boundaries are the edges of the paper he's working up sketches on. As mad and enjoyable as the man himself, this is a well decorated documentary that any contemporary animation fan should get acquainted with. It's a non stop gasser, especially for a docu.

SUPER HERO PARTY CLOWN: Some doofus is a kids party clown. Realizing he's already got a secret identity, he sees it's a small jump to becoming a super hero, the one he always wanted to be. A nice left turn on the usual nerd makes good comedy, this is some wild, wonderful stuff that'll ping with the inner child of even a master of the universe. It's good, goofy fun made by some young ‘uns that haven't been corrupted by the machine yet. And that counts for a lot. Well done.

Volume 35/Number 341
September 26, 2012
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2012 Midwest Record

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