LESS THAN JAKE - TV EP (Review)Written by James Zahn
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Florida ska-punkers LESS THAN JAKE have a long history of bringing some light-hearted humor into their music, and that same attitude takes center stage on their latest release, the TV EP. Crafted in terms of "Channels" as opposed to songs, the TV EP is meant to give listeners the experience of flipping channels on television, jumping from show-to-show, complete with commercial breaks in-between with the difference being that all of these are theme songs and jingles as covered by LTJ. Though undoubtedly throwing a nod to the 80's/early 90's, newer fare is here as well, all delivered as if you were still checking out your favorite shows on an analog set adorned with rabbit ears on top.
The TV Guide aka What's on the TV EP?
- Channel 01 - iCarly
- Channel 02 - Hungry Hungry Hippos Commercial
- Channel 03 - Animaniacs
- Channel 04 - McDonalds' Big Mac Commercial
- Channel 05 - Diff'rent Strokes
- Channel 06 - Malcolm in the Middle
- Channel 07 - PAC-MAN Cereal Commercial
- Channel 08 - Scooby-Doo
- Channel 09 - KitKat Commercial
- Channel 10 - Spongebob Squarepants
- Channel 11 - That '70's Show
- Channel 12 - Oscar Meyer Weiner Commercial
- Channel 13 - Married... with Children
- Channel 14 - Toys 'R Us Commercial
- Channel 15 - Laverne and Shirley
- Channel 16 - FreeCreditReport.com Commercial
If you're looking for music with meaning, you may as well look elsewhere. If you appreciate the novelty of this conceptual release, LESS THAN JAKE's TV EP is a fine companion piece to last year's POWERGLOVE release SATURDAY MORNING APOCALYPSE, either of NEW FOUND GLORY's FROM THE SCREEN TO YOUR STEREO releases, or the 1995 Compilation SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS' GREATEST HITS.
James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.
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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.
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