MP3 of the Day: Colossal Yes

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Oh man do I love Utrillo Kushner's piano jams. Comets on Fire's drummer takes a breather from pounding out the thunder with his ivories-tickling side project, Colossal Yes. The band released an excellent debut,  Acapulco Roughs, in 2006, an album that cut the difference between the Band and Rowlf the Dog. Now Kushner and co. are back for round two with Charlemagne's Big Thaw, (out on vinyl now and on CD in January), which continues to pay homage to Kushner's piano men (Richard Manuel, Peter Jefferies, Epic Soundtracks, Bill Fay, Gary Booker, Harry Nilsson, Freddie Mercury, Robert Wyatt, McCoy Tyner, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra ... that's just the first couple rows of names he lists as influences). I've been really digging Charlemagne's "The Fraudulent Singer," which begins with a giant howl, tames down into a twinkly melody, and gets moving with a bit of a guitar boogie. Feel the catharsis from Colossal Yes' MySpace page, where this lovely new number is available for streaming. -- Jennifer Maerz

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