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Smell the Parade

by Milo Ippolito

Offbeat Americana that will have you asking, "Is it time for Milo's medication or mine?"
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Minimalist
2:19 $0.99
2. Roach Under Glass
2:04 $0.99
3. Open Minds Open Sores
1:52 $0.99
4. Mirko's Car
2:07 $0.99
5. New Panties
1:49 $0.99
6. Pen Pals in Prison
3:05 $0.99
7. Cheated Lied Left
2:52 $0.99
8. Love Chained
4:32 $0.99
9. Everything I Could Never Be
3:58 $0.99
10. My Medication Ain't Working
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes

Milo's medication isn't working. It says so right on the CD. Oh, wait, that's a song title, not part of Milo the bio. Never mind.Anyway, whatever drugs Milo is taking, he should keep it up.

Smell the Parade is one of the most enjoyably weird listening experiences I've had in ages. This lo-fi songwriter's album is original, yet rife with references.

Musically, Milo flits from hitting on the Death by Chocolate girl ("Minimalist") to trying on hair-metal spandex ("Mirko's Car"), to trading sordid memories with Willie Nelson ("Open Mind Open Sores") to making faces at the Magnetic Fields ("New Panties").

Milo's voice and accompaniment are perfectly adequate, but what you really want to hear about on this disc are the lyrics, which are extremely sophisticated in an expectation-busting kind of way.

For instance, "Roach Under Glass" is exactly what it sounds like -- a song about a captured bug. Yet somehow, it turns into a hymn to universal love. Milo explains, "I toss him from the glass. He tumbles in the grass. Goes round to the shrine. Lord Buddha. His light shines."

Similarly "Pen Pals in Prison" sounds like it might be a Johnny Cash song, but the prisoner, we find, is a woman incarcerated for check bouncing. "Pen pals in prison. They're a captive audience," we are told by a singer who sounds a lot like Jonathan Richman. "They only want to be forgiven for a felonious offense."

Smell the Parade is a David Lynch movie of an album, too odd to take entirely seriously, yet too perceptive in spots to laugh off as a joke. I hope we hear more from Milo -- and that whatever he's taking continues to fail to rein him in.

By Jennifer Kelly / SPLENDID E-ZINE / May 21, 2002

(All songs written and performed by Milo Ippolito. Copyright 2002.)



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It's actually a bloody fine set of songs
It's actually a bloody fine set of songs - the range of styles and influences is incredibly wide. Minimalist kicks off the album and reminds me of something from the likes of MIRV or Eskimo, even with shades of the Residents. Roach Under Glass is almost Talking Heads, and the superbly titled Open Mind Open Sores, a real red neck song here, verging on Butthole Surfers! Smell The Parade deserves a medal simply for the fact that Milo has taken his influences, worn them on his sleeve, and twisted and moulded them into his own, unique style. Remember that picture of Edward Hopper's (I think it was called Late Night Diners). At the coffee bar, Tom Waits compares notes with Snakefinger, whilst to their left Milo sits and invents a new small town Americana. Brilliant. -- Dave Hughes

Impact Press

Fans of Ween's early, Scotchguard-induced material will dig Smell the Parade.
Milo Smell the Parade Smell the Parade is the latest creation of lo-fi mad scientist Milo. Milo covers a wide variety of styles on this home-recorded collection. From the alt-country, Willie Nelson-esque "Open Minds, Open Sores" to the lo-fi punk of "Mirko's Car" to the psuedo-swing of "Love Chained", you're never quite sure what to expect next. Fans of Ween's early, Scotchguard-induced material will dig Smell the Parade.-- Chris Lupton