ATOMIC 7: …en Hillbilly Caliente: CD

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet will forever have a special place in my heart as the band that, along with a few other musical luminaries like Rod Torfelson’s Armada and Mississippi Gary, provided the musical accompaniment for my all-time favorite television show, The Kids in the Hall. Former Shadowy Man Brian Connelly resurfaces here with more instrumental twang and hilarious song titles (“Various Rats Get Whacked,” “Funeral Hotpants”). It’s well-crafted, entertaining, and pleasant, but I seldom look for pleasantness in music. It’s a personal thing, I know, but I’m looking for that visceral charge of mistreated instruments and flailing limbs. I can’t even say that it’s good rainy day music because it never rains out here. Sorry.

 –josh (Mint)