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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Worst Pop Band Ever: Sometime Things Go Wrong (and other songs we shouldn't play)

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Recorded live at Cory Weed's Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, The Worst Pop Band Ever's Sometime Things Go Wrong (and other songs we shouldn't play) is music for people, whether they dig jazz or not. The group delivers a set that cares less about genres, as heard in its breezy cover of Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 hit single, “If You Want Me to Stay." There's no crossover message here; just a tight band playing with substance and feeling ...

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Worst Pop Band Ever: Dost Thou Believeth in Science?

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The Worst Pop Band Ever may not live up to its name, but this Canadian combo is working hard to produce some innovative sounds melding jam-band jazz with sound effects, courtesy of turntablist Leo37, on Dost Thou Believeth in Science?. The release features nine original compositions and makes use of Leo37's skills to varying degrees. Bassist Drew Birston and drummer Tim Shia sets up the soloists--keyboardist Dafydd Hughes and saxophonist Chris Gale--admirably throughout; the band has been together for awhile, ...

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Worst Pop Band Ever: Dost Thou Believeth in Science?

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The Worst Pop Band Ever's title displays a sense of humor and frivolity, but in name only. The Toronto based group consists of a talent pool whose members have performed on the fringes (groups like The Shuffle Demons) or with traditionalists (Wynton Marsalis). And since WPBE's formation in 2005 they've taken it to the streets with music that “amicably reconciles a love of both 'Indie Pop' and improvised music." Though their mantra humorously states to “Imagine the ugly love child ...