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Wrong Side of Town

by Trashcan Joe

1920's Stompin' Ragtime Jazz, Swing, Folk, and Blues Performed on Homemade Trashcan Instruments. Originals & Old Classics.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All About Love
3:28 $0.99
2. Party on the Wrong Side of Town
3:28 $0.99
3. On the Avenue
3:34 $0.99
4. Farewell, My Italy
3:13 $0.99
5. Haunted Crocodile Ballet
4:27 $0.99
6. Fortune Teller
4:29 $0.99
7. Plastic Rose
3:17 $0.99
8. Catalogue
3:25 $0.99
9. Ruby
4:58 $0.99
10. Waterfallin'
3:17 $0.99
11. Oh You Pretty Woman
2:42 $0.99
12. What's the Use in Gettin' Sober
3:48 $0.99
13. Home
3:31 $0.99
14. You're Beautiful
3:22 $0.99
15. Sunrise at the Snooze Bar
5:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Welcome to the world of Trashcan Joe...
Where the sounds of homemade instruments fashioned from trashcans and washtubs are manipulated by master musicians in all their galvanized glory to work their wicked alchemy on your ear.
Join us on our journey down this steely path to where the music is bold and pure, the garbage is good,
and the goods are in the can. -Joe

Cap'n James Cook, inventor of the Trashcanjo (a four string banjo made out of a trashcan) was looking for an outlet for all the old-time jazz and folk songs he'd learned over the years playing in bands such as
The Wags, Whiskey Puppy, and Jimbo Trout and the Fish People. After building a washtub bass for his friend Chuck Masi (Little Joe, Higher Ground) the pair set out to find other like minded musicians, and what could be better than a couple of good friends? Extraordinary trumpet stylist Jason Wells (March 4th) and slide guitar master Ben Bonham (Waikiki Steel Works) completed the core group, Jason adding the flowing melodies with his vintage cornet and Ben painting the rich textures with his own home made "Trash Steel" slide guitar. Sometimes joined by "Squish" the musical saw player, harmonica master Aaron Lowe, and cigar box fiddle phenomenon Ben Brooks, Trashcan Joe has a well rounded and always exciting sound.

All four core members are accomplished songwriters, and each member takes turns as lead vocalist, bringing unique and subtle variation to the overall sound. Original material coupled with classic standards from early Jazz and Blues to Movie Theme Songs and Swing, all played with drive and finesse. Recently adding sountrack work to the old resume, TCJ scored the music for the OPB special "Zig-Zag" which explored the stories of several Portland area commuters. The soon to be relased feature motion picture "Lipstick and Dynamite" will also include TCJ music as part of the soundtrack. Trashcan Joe is equally at home on a large performance stage as they are in an intimate venue, and with over one hundred tunes on the roster, Trashcan Joe can tailor a show to fit any occasion.
"It's as if someone is playing an old gramaphone record in surround sound." - Kelly Clarke, Willamette Week



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Great Listening
This CD is great to listen to any time of the day. Love the tunes. It is easy to hum along with.

Jo-Ann Taylor

I LOVE this CD. It reminds me of the music of Jim Kweskin and his jug band.
Trashcan Joe is a group of great talent, and should enjoy a nation-wide reputation, especially the lead singer! The syncopated beat, catchy lyrics and innovative instruments all combine to make a delightful sound that I could listen to for hours.

Mary Chapel

Fun Fun Fun
I have run out of adjectives to describe all the music I get from CD Baby and this is a Great one! Keep bringing in the fun interesting not run of the mill music!

Carl M. Nielsen

A Perfect Bucket of Roses From The Garbidge Can
This must be the ultimate album in the semi-modern field of spasm/jug/skiffle-music. Scrambling noises blends with catchy tunes, where fun, joke and jesting meets with melancholy minor chords and thrue feelings. Right from the opening track, "All About Love", it just takes you away on a magnificent musical journey. If anybody is not convinced of the outstanding qualities of this album after few seconds or at least a pair of minutes, try to jump to track four, the beautifull "Farewll My Italy", a high-light of combinating tungue-in-check with serious sentimentality, that will knock everybody out. Or listen to the wonderfull "Catalogue"(track 8)or the distinctive instrumental "Water Fallin'"(10). Who can resist? Who are able not to love this music? Nobody. It's impossible. "Wrong Side Of Town" is born to be a classic,and if there is any justice in the world(and the music buisness) it surely deserves a place in history, as one of the best comtemporary albums looking back at he old traditions with a modern aproach. Here is all you can wish for and even more!Laugh and hum to the crazy sing-a-long-song "Oh You Pretty Woman"(11) and weep for your secret dreams while you hear "You're Beautiful"(14). It's all there, with a high standard of musianship from the first to the last note. Taken to a great climax with the heat-touching instrumental "Sunrise At The Snooze bar", and then an ironic remark about hidden bonus tracks, adding a final joke to all the previous fun.

Catherine Liggett

Unique blend of folk and swing with the essence of 20's jazz
I first heard Trashcan Joe at Reed College, and my friends and I were having such a blast dancing to their music that we nearly lost ourselves! With Wrong Side of Town, T.C. Joe blends folksy instrumentation with swing style that moves with the joy and humor that characterizes much jazz from the 20's and 30's. My personal favorite track, All About Love, inevitably has me dancing whenever I play it, as do many other tracks from Wrong Side of Town. I look forward to future recordings!

CD Baby

I couldn't be more excited to announce Trashcan Joe on CD Baby. I first heard these guys at a rooftop cocktail party in downtown Portland, Oregon. Literally having made their instruments out of trash can remnants, their unique jangle is one that stands out from its roots of dixieland, ragtime and early swing jazz. Let me tell you, as soon as these guys start thunking, picking and plucking on their modest instruments, everyone in the vicinity shuts up and dances along. Throw in some kazoo and vocals for the distintive touch of humor and wit. There is an unmistakable genius in this catchy mix of 1920's style jazz, folk and blues that leaves all the others in the dust.


Love it!
I first heard these guys playing live at Burning Man. They were just standing on the deep playa with only 3 people listening. After I started listening, I didn\'t stop until they decided to call it a night. The entire time they played, they never had an audience of more than 6, but they kept jamin. That just showed off their commitment to giving us few an amazing show.. Now, 2 years later I still listen to them at least once a month. If I ever make it out to Portland, OR, I will make sure to be there on a Wednesday night to see them live! :D