Is This Love
Label: Upbeat Records
Such range these veteran alt-rock pranksters have, applying their horns-and-Moogs white-guilt-funk template to hits made famous by Kenny Rogers ("Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"), Frank Sinatra (yes, "Strangers in the Night"), Barry White ("Never, Never Gonna Give You Up"), and, y'know, the Muppets ("Mahna Mahna"). A couple live tunes fill it out, and as bookends, you get two versions of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," the second a live cut with the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd. As a whole this thing is actually coherent, which is a remarkable accomplishment.