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Fat Possum
Cigarbox Planetarium
Cigarbox Planetarium
Oh! Tonito Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Cigarbox Planetarium certainly has a shtick. On the back of their self-titled album, Deanna Pineda is shown playing her Casio wearing a Hawaiian-looking floral halter dress, with perfect forty-year-old, wedding-singer hair and makeup (blue eye shadow, red lipstick). Andy Charneco plays the guitar, decked out in a burgundy turtle neck and silver sports coat with black lapels. Both have very serious, I've-got-a-job-to-do-and-I'm-going-to-do-it-right facial expressions. Framing their portrait are tropical flowers doused with glitter.

Get the picture? Well that's their look, and there music is exactly what you'd expect from what you see. It's all Deanna's fun, kitschy Casio and organ playing and Andy's Drumbox and surf-inspired guitar. All songs are instrumental, and the album is the perfect soundtrack to any 50th Anniversary party in Maude and Henry's backyard, complete with leis and tiki torches. Remember Welcome to the Dollhouse? Right. Exactly.

Though it's not what I would put on if I was looking for music that would challenge me or force me to think at all, I would definitely choose Cigarbox Planetarium in the event I was having some sort of ironically tropical-themed party, or if I happened to own a hotel in Florida and was looking for a fun band to play in the lounge.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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