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Classic Album Review: The Moldy Peaches | MP2K: Unreleased Cuts & Live Jamz

The anti-folk duo's comp of live fare & leftovers may be too much of a good thing.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


MEMBERS: Singer-guitarists Adam Green and Kimya Dawson, accompanied live by a revolving roster of rhythm sections.

HOME BASE: Under the covers in their bedrooms in Lower Manhattan, eating s’mores and making prank phone calls.

MUSICAL GENRE: Anti-folk is what Green and Dawson call their sound. I sure can’t think of a better way to describe their twisted collision of acoustic guitars, campfire melodies and dumbass teenage lyrics. This two-CD set consists mostly of live cuts and leftovers from their supremely silly 2001 debut album. But while there are some keepers — their infamously filthy unreleased song Rainbows, a cover of I Wanna Be A Hulkamaniac and a version of The Grateful Dead’s Friend Of The Devil that includes the skips on the original record — too many repeated tracks (does anybody need three versions of Steak For Chicken?) make this seem like too much of a good thing.

PERFECT ALBUM FOR: Playing for your nephews so you can watch watch milk shoot out their noses.


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