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Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Friday, February 9, at the Winchester.

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After years of emo, yer feeling positive about this recent foray into classic country-rock. Sporting a pair of sparkling western ranch boots and a crisp Wrangler button-up -- and of course gagging on a little Jack -- you thumb through some jams, looking to party hard tonight . . . in your house, by yourself. Of course, there's the hipster 101 shit: Gilded Palace of Sin, Sweethearts of the Rodeo. But you crave something less obvious. Gene Clark, however, is too introspective, and New Riders of the Purple Sage too idyllic. Outlaw Waylon is getting closer, while 1971's Lost in the Ozone -- by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen -- busts the stoned ramble that feels needed right about now.

And why the hell not? What with such hippie-redneck boogie as "Seeds and Stems Again Blues" and "Back in Tennessee." I mean, check out those lyrics: "I'm tired of sniffin' glue/I wanna breathe that southern breeze/I'm gonna hijack one of them big jet planes/I'm goin' back to Tennessee." Damn. And with the saloon piano and howling fiddles, it kinda makes you wanna act all crazy like some backwoods tweaker. And here's the best thing: For Cody, it's always 1971; his set list hasn't changed in three decades. So get ready, this get-down dude is gonna take your country-ass way back.

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