JOSH FREESE: The Notorious One Man Orgy: CD

You know Josh Freese best as our generation’s Jim Keltner or Kenny Aronoff: he’s played behind, well, everybody it seems, but off the top of my head: Guns ‘N Roses, Paul Westerberg, Devo, F.Y.P and he’s a full-time member of both the Vandals and A Perfect Circle.  Here he takes a solo tack that’s mostly a Vandalsesque side project with Josh playing all the instruments and writing all the material but sports some heavy-hitter guests like Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam to throw in a curve ball; the result is pretty damn enjoyable.  May not rise to the top of your “favorites” pile but you won’t regret putting it on – it’s a tremendously witty record, from the dollar-signs in his name on the cover (i.e. Jo$h Free$e) to the album’s title to the cut-up and looped answering-machine messages that are interspersed throughout.  And hey, if any of Josh’s bands are so kind as to allow him to do a song from this record live, make it “PlayboyMansion,” eh? 

 –guest (Kung Fu Records)