Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cowboy Maloney's Electric City: Dent May - "Shakedown Street" (Grateful Dead)

While he's mainly known for wielding a ukelele and generally garners comparisons to The Beach Boys, Dent May is just as downright Funky and rebellious as the next 20-something young adult. In promotion of May's recently-released Paw Tracks LP, Do Things, the label unveiled a faithful cover of The Grateful Dead's Disco-tinged cult hit, "Shakedown Street." Stereogum writer Amrit Singh vividly details the scene way back then...

"Back when Dead shows were a thing [1978], the main drag of the parking lot where kind veggie burritos, ganja goo-balls, and sundry wares of that ilk were at their highest concentration was called "Shakedown Street."'

By most accounts, Do Things is a little more Surf Rock-leaning than his first album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (2009). Every so often, Dent May records Dance music under the moniker, "Dent Sweat" and has been working on an unfinished Psych-Country Rock Opera for quite a few years now. Dent May still throws weekly RAGERS @ his home, Cats Purring Dude Ranch. Pick up a copy of May's unofficial debut, A Brush with Velvet EP, which roughly dates back to 2007 and comes with a Prince cover, re-loaded and available over @ Cats Purring.

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