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Mr. Plow

"Chairman Plow's Little Red Book" CD

Crusty Records

Genre: "acoustic punk folk"

August 2007

What is with this acoustic punk folk stuff getting put out on cd? Did open mic night get cancelled or something? On Chairman Plow's Little Red Book, Mr. Plow tackles an exciting assortment of topics, including emo, internet messaging, and how lame nerds are ("Living in your parents' basement/Watching that TV show/Didn't I ever tell you/Star Trek really blows!"). Imagine the same three acoustic folk chords strummed in the same order while a crusty old voice sings about about how much everything sucks. Thirteen times. Mr. Plow is like a less funny version of Maddox, if you thought that was impossible. The highlight of this album's inanity is probably the bizarre bully-like tormenting of "1-900-F@*ck You"; if I may excerpt, "Even if you had a dog named 'shit-for-brains,'/You still wouldn't have shit for brains/Dial 1-900-fuck-you/Why don't you go touch someone/Dial 1-900-fuck-you/Why don't you go fuck yourself?" These songs make "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" sound sophisticated. Strangely, the second half of this disc adds some bizarre keyboard presets and goofy instrumentation (eg. country guitars, aggro beats) to the mix but even MIDI doesn't save the day. Mr. Plow needs to stop complaining about everything and take a good hard look at himself.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2007]