Wednesday, April 22, 2009

[OffBeat] Review of The Junior League - Smile Shoot Smile

In the 2009 Jazz Fest Bible edition of OffBeat

on page 100, I did a profile of Drive-By Truckers, and on page 124 you can find:

The Junior League - Smile Shoot Smile
Not Lame
By Alex V. Cook

I once tried to arrange for the Junior League’s Joe Adranga to interview Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, and to be honest, I felt a little sorry for Dolenz. Adranga has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Monkees and the panoply of power pop, and I feared I was releasing a guy in Spock ears on an unsuspecting Leonard Nimoy.

Fortunately, Adranga has found the perfect outlet for his pop obsessions in his one-man-band, the Junior League, whose songs echo all the usual suspects—the Beatles, Big Star, the Smiths—not through direct reference, but with nascent traits of these bands bubbling up from Adranga’s DNA. Smile Shoot Smile reflects a lot of maturation since the band’s appropriately named 2006 debut Catchy, trading some of the bubblegum for hardier fare.


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