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Low Cut Connie

Call Me Sylvia

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September 25, 2012

Low Cut Connie make rock & roll in the great, skank-brained tradition of the Replacements at their most platonically who-gives-a-shit. The band's excellent second record comes off like a drunk's glove compartment of influences: Piano-slapping New Jersey kid Adam Weiner digs Jerry Lee Lewis kicks, and Birmingham, England, transplant Dan Finnemore is a British Invasion fan, but there's garage rock, doo-wop, slop-Dylan country, boogie-woogie indie rock and "Boozophilia," a big chorused, weed-puffing party anthem that sounds like Captain and Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" by way of the New York Dolls. The lyrics are predictably low-brow but with plenty of loopy kink: "(No More) Wet T-Shirt Contests" is a gutbucket-Randy Newman lounge-blues tune where Weiner mentions "Send in the Clowns," exposed underwear and an impending Christian phase.

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