Absentee’s calling card is the world-weary, whiskey-soaked voice of Dan Michaelson, who may remind you of Kurt Wagner of Lambchop or, as the band’s MySpace page puts it, “Leonard Cohen singing from the trouser backed up with a mix of incompetence and occasional suprise.” Whatever the case, “Something to Bang” is a brilliant blast of horns and wit but somewhat of a “radio single” compared to my favorite: the simple and resigned “Hey Tramp.” Both are available on their new album Schmotime which you can find on eMusic to avoid paying import prices.


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