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Mountain Trip To Japan, 1959:Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Artist: Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Album: Vintage Slide Show Collections From Seattle Vol. I

Appears On (Mixes): The Opposite Of Smoke Is Egg Whites

Song Notes: This is from the first Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players album, and unfortunately, is missing the visual component. If you've never heard of them, they buy slides from estate sales and then write songs about them. In fact, every word in their name is based in truth: Their last name is Trachtenburg, they're a Family (Jason: The Dad, on guitar, vocals and keys; Tina: The Mom, on slide projector; Rachel: Their 10-or-thereabouts-year-old daughter, on drums, chimes, vocals and occasionally bass.), their shows are slideshows and, um, they play. The thing is, though, Jason's a great songwriter—the slideshow might be the hook, but it's not a crutch. The songs are enhanced by seeing what they're singing about but can also stand alone. The recent reissue of their first album on Bar/None Records includes a CD-Rom component featuring the slideshow portion of many of the songs. They used to be based out of Seattle, but moved to New York City a few years ago, and have since played on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and the hilariously misguided CNBC talk show McEnroe, where they played a song, and a punch-drunk-seeming John McEnroe (perhaps too many tennis balls to the head?) stumbled through some questions. A great example of Local Band Makes Good, especially since they deserve it. - Rev. Syung Myung Me


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