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Taro Sound

by Quasar Wut-Wut

Lyrically dark, sonically thrilling, ambitiously strange: what Edward Gorey's rock band might sound like.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. China Fibberous
0:40 $0.99
2. The Tramps of Taro Sound
4:23 $0.99
3. Echolalia
2:55 $0.99
4. Enola Gay
2:24 $0.99
5. Pulling Yarns
4:46 $0.99
6. Beaver Fever
3:21 $0.99
7. Stiletto
3:34 $0.99
8. Ass Kissin' Lips
5:36 $0.99
9. Oh My Dear
3:26 $0.99
10. The Carrion-Eaters' Lullaby
0:42 $0.99
11. Thankful Hank & The Guzzard
4:15 $0.99
12. Zug Island: Better Than Gary
0:31 $0.99
13. March of the Zug
4:07 $0.99
14. Little Crimes
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
After four years of gigging and untold hours of knob twiddling, Quasar Wut-Wut has produced an ambitious album that's challengingly experimental yet ultimately accessible. Lyrically dark but sonically thrilling, TARO SOUND doesn't fit neatly into any single sub-genre of indie rock. It is the painstaking result of a thinking band's toil, a teeming cityscape of upside-down pop houses and tangent-taking breezeways echoing with the poetry of Cohen, Newman, and Ono Band Lennon. Imagine Frank Zappa hosting an episode of the Muppet Show if Animal was a klezmer drummer. TARO SOUND is a dense, frantic soundtrack-and it's Quasar Wut-Wut's calling card to the world.

Relocating from Detroit to Chicago in 1999, Quasar Wut-Wut took aim at Chicago's club scene scoring gigs with national acts such as Pedal Steel Transmission, Apples In Stereo, the Lucksmiths, Local H, and the Waxwings; the hipsters responded with moving feet and scratching chins. "What was this Quasar Wut-Wut? We like it, but what is it?" On stage, frenetic guitar lines give way to swells of odd grandeur; the sarcasms of milkmen long dead meet inspired playing, finding manic grace inside folds of loose-limbed indie pop. When the Quasars play, you can imagine Edward Gorey picking up a Stratocaster and crosshatching the Pixies.

TARO SOUND may sound like nothing you've heard before, but that's why it deserves a listen. Approximating the spontaneous combustion of a lost gypsy caravan blasting the White Album and Rain Dogs, Quasar Wut-Wut has an indescribably unique sound. TARO SOUND has been road-tested all over Chicago and Detroit, including high-profile shows at the Metro, Double Door, the Empty Bottle, Alvin's, the Magic Bag, and the Gold Dollar.

Press on Quasar Wut-Wut

"Sheer manic energy... Uses instrumental virtuosity to spit on the relevance of instrumental virtuosity." - Chicago Reader

"As enigmatic as the band's name: jazzy, polyrhythmic, lush, herky-jerky, electronic..." - Illinois Entertainer

"A nice combination of fuzzed-out, plunking twin-guitar volleys and an oft-countrified rhythm section" - The Current

"Fun, tight, and rule-breaking" - Jam Rag

"Their quirky, comical, spunky sounds radiate from the stage and hype up the audience." - Columbia Chronicle

"A tantalizing, uppity groove, not unlike the kind you'd hear at a carnival" - The State News

"Strong local band" - Chicago Sun-Times

"Vaudevillian insanity goodness" - The Gold Dollar

"You're not going get many dates by having this record in your collection, but so what?" - The Current



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Lyrically this must be the best album I've heard in a while. The album on a whole is very energetic, even though it drags in a spot or two. Their live shows must be amazing. Come to Miami please please please...

Raphaël Zumer

Refreshing, yet familiar
The first time I listened to Taro Sound, I felt like I had heard it before. It had a very familiar vibe and I still have no idea why I felt that way. I bought it along with some other albums that were part of the $5 deal, but this is the only one that really stuck with me. After I was done with it I bought Jalopy and Fizzle Out and Fly Right, both great albums as well (obviously less polished, but with the same wit and charm). I've never heard anything like it before that I can remember, but it's now one of my favourite bands ever.

I cannot wait for the band's next album, and I sincerely hope that more people stumble upon this underlooked gem.


good music, good lyrics
"5=AWESOME!" accoding to the rating system. I don't know about that, but it is really a great album. If you like the clips, you'll love the cd. After hearing the first two minutes of March of the Zug on this site, I wondered where it could go from there. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I've got two words for you: cello solo. The vocalist can really emote, but the lyrics are ambiguous enough that you won't dislike him for it. The fingerstyle guitar is refreshing. The vocal melodies are original. The slide guitar always lands on the right notes at the right times. Certain tracks outshine others, but you won't be disappointed.


Oh! The Lyrics
Amazing lyrics coupled to refreshing...music. Who knows what style or genre and who cares!


Genial ! Très original. Je le recommande à tout le monde. Un son qu'on a pas l'habitude d'entendre, qui hypnotise, qui est entraînant et qui mérite vraiment d'être découvert. Bravo Quasar.

Joshua Elias

Stays with you
I love this CD, I find that even now, ages after getting it I still come back to listen to it or I find the songs creeping into my head when I least expect it. This CD is truly a treat for the ears.

Carl M. Nielsen

A Surprise!
This is really exiting stuff. Very experimental and often more atonal than in traditional keys. But still melodic and cathy. Fresh and new. Perhaps(?) a glimse of the future.


New and Fresh
Ahhhh refreshing! Can’t seem to put it down. 5 stars.

Dan Wardle

better every time
another great album bought from CD Baby, this just gets better and better each time I listen to it. Great stuff...


It's great, but how to explain why?
The carnival flair is distinctive and captivating. Even the darkest lyrics have upbeat or even sweetly nostalgic music, and the whole is deeply satisfying. Every time I listen, I'm caught off-guard again by how much the music is... itself. This is not a CD that will grow stale with repeated listenings. My only complaint is that they don't have enough live shows outside the Chicago area!
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