STEVE LIEBERMAN THE GANGSTA RABBI: Shake the Missile Base: CD

With his quasi-innocent and simple, direct lyrics that sometimes bound over the “too much information” line, it’s hard not to find easy comparisons to Wild Man Fischer and Wesley Willis. While those two relied on Casio keyboard accompaniment or none whatsoever, Lieberman utilizes flute, steel drum, beat machines, and other instruments—usually doing all the playin’ hisself—to make his songs. Whether one likes his efforts is a matter of personal taste; some will undoubtedly see it as much ballyhooin’ and little talent, others will find a uniquely genius quality in the unpolished delivery of songs like “Skinheads in My Yard Oy Vey,” “Love @ Defcon 5,” and “Rubbin’ One Out for My Baby.” Me, I’m just wonderin’ how Roger and the rest of Pink Floyd feel about his cover of “Wish You Were Here.”

 –jimmy ([email protected])