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Album Review

Morning 40 Federation's self-titled 2004 album mixed rock and funk with more traditional New Orleans styles with interesting, if erratic and sometimes bombastic, results. The approach hasn't changed that much on 2006's Ticonderoga, except that the funk element seems considerably more dominant. It's a better-recorded album than Morning 40 Federation, and not as overdone in its execution, but still a little hammy. There's a party-in-the-face-of-the-apocalypse attitude in some of the material, and a rather in-your-face rock-funk chunk to much of it, though it's not as in-your-face (and considerably more New Orleans-ized) as, say, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. While these are intelligent musicians who play with some grit, there's also a smarmy cynicism to the songwriting and delivery — one that seems to document the screwed-up world with callous if energetic resignation — that's not only not going to be to everyone's taste, but is far from endearing. As they declare, without any apparent ambivalence, in "God Help Me": "God, help me to love normal people, but God help me, I don't love them." They step outside the rock-funk mix once in a while, getting into vaguely comic soul-pop balladry with "Washing Machine," swamp metal of sorts on "Skin," and strutting ragtime on "Toodle." If the intention of the closing barroom piano ramble "Conversation Whore" is to leave the listener with an especially irritating aftertaste, it succeeds handily.

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Smell that? Yep. It's the Forties.

So you think you know New Orleans. You've been to Bourbon Street and paid too much for terrible liquor in a novelty cup that for some reason glows under black lights. You've thrown the beads, seen the boobs, and booted your booze on some officer's shoes. With a soul-crushing hangover, you boarded your plane and wondered whether a five day visit wasn't three days too long. It's a nice place to visit, but who'd want to live there? The Morning 40 Federation. Yes. It's true. Every day these wonderful boys are out there putting their livers on the line... so you don't have to. If you're amongst the very, very lucky, then perhaps you have had the opportunity to partake in the drunken lurching in person. If not, then buy this cd immediately, google them on the frickin' interweb, and immediately book yourself a flight to the next town they play. And if this should seem an unrealistic recommendation, then please, at the very least, do yourself the favor of purchasing this album. These songs are New Orleans to the bone. Every last inch of depravity, debauchery, and romance that this town has to offer can now be yours to own and enjoy in the privacy of your own home sweet home. Drunken Horns. Dirty Guitars. Dirty, drunken boys singing sordid, stumbly songs. This is life behind the big top, and the bearded lady would like your next dance. (I hear she's a real good time, if you can get past her whiskey-stink breath.) Buy it. You'll love it. Why would I lie?

This album is great.

Morning + 40oz. = Greatness Sleazy dirty south rock n roll Favorite song is A&P These guys hit the nail on the head. Gotta luv dem horns too.

Keep on Keepin On

Morning 40 Federation is a true New Orleans treasure. This album continues with their scruffy indie-rock-meets-new-orleans-roots music that is so uniquely theirs. Always and amazing live act, the 40s capture a lot of that vibe on Ticonderoga. The themes continue -- excess, booze, New Orleans, and stinkiness. Skully is endearing.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in 1997 in New Orleans, LA, by saxophonist and vocalist Josh Cohen and trombonist and lead tubaist Space Rickshaw, Morning 40 Federation soon made waves locally at house parties and small clubs and bars. After achieving a more "secure" lineup -- including Bailey Smith (guitars), Ryan Scully (guitars), Steve Calandra (bass), and Mike Andrepont (drums) -- the band began to attract some important attention, and after self-releasing two full-lengths, You My Brother in 2000 and Trick Nasty in 2002,...
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