MORNING 40 FEDERATION: Self-titled: CD

I looked at the members list and winced when I saw all the brass instruments listed, thinking I was in for another dose of really bad ska. Thankfully, that was not the case. Instead, what is wafting through the air at me is more akin to what the Butthole Surfers might have sounded like had they been born and raised in New Orleans and listened to a lot of Tom Waits—funky, sludgy party music steeped in the blues and proto-jazz. Not for everyone, but it is a fun listen and I bet their live shows rip.

 –jimmy (M80)