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  •  BAND: SONGS FROM A RANDOM HOUSE

    Songs from a Random House

    Cool hand uke

    With a new album on the streets, the quintet Songs from a Random House unleashes something called the mandolanjo and not one but two ukuleles on the Living Room.

    By DAWN EDEN
    Offoffoff.com

    After 15 years as the quirkiest, most uncategorizable band on the downtown NYC scene, Songs From a Random House is now poised to baffle the world with its first full-length CD, appropriately titled "Random Numbers."

      
    SONGS FROM A RANDOM HOUSE
    Alan Drogin (soprano ukelele, chord organ, lap steel guitar, mandolanjo)
    Gregor Kitzis (viola, lap steel guitar, mandolin)
    Steven Swartz (voice, baritone ukulele)
    Jason DiMatteo (acoustic bass)
    John Bollinger (drums & percussion).

    Related links: Official site
    Really, what can one say about a band that the New York Times called "humorously surreal" and the New York Press, "alarmingly literate"? Perhaps the group itself says it best on its Website, where it describes "Random Numbers," released on the British label Sargasso, as "the avant-folk world's longest-awaited ukelele/chord organ/viola/upright bass/drums & voice album ever!" Hard to argue with that.

    Up to now, Songs From a Random House's closest brush in fame came all the way back in 1986, when their performance of "Raising Ukuleles" graced the soundtrack of "Raising Arizona." Recent months have brought them a renaissance of sorts, including high-profile gigs at venues such as Fez and a feature on NPR's "Weekend Edition."

    Those who would like to hear the group's two ukuleles (baritone and soprano, thank you) and other instruments in a more intimate setting are advised to attend Thursday's show, part of the "Best of the Living Room" series.

    SEPTEMBER 19, 2000
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


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