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2003-00-00 - Celebrety musicians - Long Island Press
Celebrity musicians. Musicans who are celebrities first and musicians second. We are all well aware of Jason Schwartzman's Phantom Planet, Keanu Reeves' Dogstar, Kevin Bacon's Bacon Brothers, Russell Crowe's 30 Odd Foot of Grunt, and so on. Well, Long Island too has its share of celebrity musicians, and if you haven't heard of them yet...Common Rotation is a musical festival consisting of singer/guitarist Eric Kufs, singer Adam Busch, drummer Ken Beck and bassist Mike Uhler, plus a rotating array of guest musicians including a dear friend of the Long Island music scene, Rick Bermingham. These East Meadow natives have developed a special friendship with another local act: They have played numerous shows with Brooklyn natives They Might Be Giants. TMBG bass player Dan Weinkauf, along with sound guru Brian Speiser, produced Common Rotation's sophomore album, The Big Fear. This album, the follow up to their debut, 28 Orange Street (which was also the original name of their band), has been receiving critical praise everywhere. Adam Busch has also garnered the group lot of attention; besides sharing the duties of lead vocalist, Adam also has an impressive day job: He played Warren on the television mega-hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The band's current record offers many different looks. From one view, you may think they are the latest in a long line of British pop-rockers; from a different angle, you may see their folk-jam traits; or maybe it's their straight-ahead rock sensibilities that catch your ear. There are two songs on The Big Fear that drew me in right away: The first track on the record, "Indie Rockin'," is an instant radio hit. With its low-fi intro and huge chorus, the track is undeniable. The other track that got me is the band's rendition of TMBG's "Don't Let's Start." Check them out online at www.commonrotation.com
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