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Jon James & The Trashcan Fantasy Danceband

by Jon James

ASTRO-POP BOMBAST: '70s-infused radio vibe, with soaring melodies, smart lyrics, gritty guitars and hooks galore
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Turn It On / High on a Flashback
3:45 $0.99
2. New King of Japan
3:18 $0.99
3. (So Far) Off Broadway
4:19 $0.99
4. Peppermint Covergirl
3:57 $0.99
5. What Goes On?
3:45 $0.99
6. Angie & The Trashcan Fantasy Danceband
3:41 $0.99
7. American Dream (Television)
4:00 $0.99
8. Gonna Find Her
3:18 $0.99
9. Peel It Off
3:06 $0.99
10. Wheel of Time
3:49 $0.99
11. Atom Bomb
3:54 $0.99
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Album Notes

After years of laying in wait and silently honing his own fits of fancy, Jon James -- the Twin Cities' favorite sideman and sleeper guitar harlot - has finally stepped up to the vocal mic with his debut solo release, JON JAMES & THE TRASHCAN FANTASY DANCEBAND.

James is well-known on the Minneapolis scene, having collaborated with a large array of high-profile acts. But he has rarely put forth foot as a songwriter or bandleader in his own right. The Trashcan Fantasy is just that -- an imagining of what his dream band might sound like, in all their far-out idealism and awkward teenage fumbling.

But don’t be fooled. Hype is hype, and James seems to enjoy the deflection. While he revels in both tongue-in-cheek sensationalism and overly self-deprecating tone, the FANTASY is actually an impressive collection of straightforward, catchy songs and airtight performances. With smarty-pants flair, James offers sweet & sour three-minute anthems that meld elements of Brit Invasion, '70s Glam and Power-pop. In fact, while the retro feel is a calculated nod, James also has a keen eye for current affairs -- he lambastes the state-of-the-state by relentlessly poking fun at insipid pop trends, yet winds up sounding imminently "pop-ish." A gem of a debut album for lovers of old school radio, indie ethics and modern rock alike.



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Joel Criner

Jon James has made a beautifully melodic, reflectively sad, and joyfully fluttering music experience. His comforting, dreamy vocals are immediately immerging, and his music has a way of making you feel like a participant--like maybe we're ALL in his band when it's playing on the CD machine..."(So Far) Off Broadway" is my favorite track, but all the songs are great, each, together, making up a contiguously continuous, whole experience that will transport you, and perhaps incite you to create some dreamlike place of your own that James hasn't yet seen or imagined. And although the imagery and music is potent, it is not demanding. While listening, certain phrases and sounds set me off on my own for a bit. After a few seconds, when I returned back to the song, it seemed to be sitting there ready and waiting for me to hitch back on. What a great album. When is he gonna make the next one? How can I help?

Pop Culture Press

Jon James is a one-man-band indie pop guy, and a talented one at that … an excellent collection of well-crafted pop songs, lyrically smart and musically polished … with songs about speed queens and Britney strip fantasies, there's not a whiff of self-involved, whiny singer/songwriter music to be found … far better than most current self-played, self-produced records … well worth a listen or ten. (Kent Benjamin)

South of Mainstream

Each song shines in a Weezer-like construction of pop gleam … an album that requires more listens and more thought than a conventional pop album demands … pick up James' record and pay attention.

Past & Present Music (Denmark)

Album of the Month, May 2003
There's no doubt that there is being released a lot of really good independent music worldwide these days, but it doesn't happen very often that a self-released album actually is chosen as the album of the month from the 50 or thereabout CD's reviewed in every issue in Past and Present Music. There might have been self-released albums that have deserved that honor in the past, but it hasn't happened since we started choosing the album of the month. Until now, that is, as there's a first time for everything … "Turn It On/High On Flashback" is one of the best songs I've heard all year … I love it. Enough said. (Hans Jakup

Splendid E-zine

Jon James is well acquainted with the highly unglamorous lifestyle of a striving, workaday rock band. He's done time in several such bands over the years, but on his new solo album he suspends his disillusionment with the business of making music and embraces the sort of far-out rock star fantasies only a starry-eyed teenager could take seriously … "Peel It Off" in particular is sweet and soaring and capable of standing up to repeat listening. (Scott Jacobsen)

St. Cloud Times (Minnesota)

I have a sneaking suspicion that this little pop rock gem of an album is going to end up among my favorite discs of the year. To sum it up, the release is an ambitious effort to create a fantasy rock album – the type of thing most upstart rockers wouldn't dare touch. But James dared and, most importantly, succeeded in creating a jewel. From the catchy opener "Turn It On/High on a Flashback" to the hilarious closer "Atom Bomb," James is untouchable. (Karl Leslie)

Jim C.

One of the best (ever).
Reminds me a bit of Bowie on Ziggy Stardust. Guitar parts make my arm hairs stand up. In particular, check out American Dream and Atom Bomb.


Fantastic songs by unknown songsmith
This is one those records that, once discovered, makes you wonder how unfair life is... Truly gifted artists like JON JAMES don't get the hearing they deserve while hundreds of better-known yet untalented musicians get signed and pollute the airwaves and music magazines.
This CD is literally replete with fantastic songs that any fan of, say, Tal Bachman, Matthew Sweet or Michael Penn is bound to adore. Great from start to finish.

Dugan McNeill

A post glam pop rock masterpiece!
Jon James is without a doubt the brightest new star in the heavens since the Intergalactic Touring Band!
This CD is like listening to Bread on acid! A post glam pop rock masterpiece! Heavy on the hooks and fab guitars to boot!
5 great big shining stars!... Oh what the heck, let's give it 6. One this humble reviewer's favorite records of the past year.