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November the Tar! A collection of songs written in the tradition of the compositions of Rogers and Clarke...

by Moes Haven

Moes Haven recorded an album for each day of November, 2006. These are the best 24 tracks from that experiment, all inspired by the classic film, ISHTAR.
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1. Let Me Tell You 'Bout a Girl I Met
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2. Pizza Delivery Girl
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3. I Found Her Hair on My Sweatshirt Last Night
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4. Hotwire My Heart
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5. Alien Rockabilly
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6. Alone and Sad in My Room
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7. Mr. Ron Howard, You've Got a Lovely Daughter
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8. A Minute is Like a Day When You're Falling in Love
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9. The Girl Next Door
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10. Forest of Love
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11. Bikini Girl (are you running to me?)
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12. (I sing) on Your Wedding Cake
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13. I Thought She Loved Me (but she was just hungry)
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14. Maggie Gyllenhaal
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15. Oh J-Sin
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16. Oh No!
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17. Fishin' for Love (and I got hooked)
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18. V.I.P.
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19. Pretty State Trooper (please won't you stop me?)
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20. Leftover Love (hostess girl II)
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21. I Get Sad When I Look at Pretty Girls
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22. You and Me (and a room by the sea)
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23. Give Me One Good Reason to Forget About You
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24. X-Mas in a Sweater
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What's with Moes Haven and movies?

Sure, they've always alluded to films in their songs. But here we have, for the second straight month, an entire album inspired by the silver screen.

Last month was dedicated to horror movies. This month, it's ISHTAR. Yes, ISHTAR, that universally loathed film from 1987 starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty.

Guess what? It's not such a terrible film. In fact, it's a very good film. Matt Farley and Tom Scalzo have watched it dozens of times. And they love it.

Farley and Scalzo have even admitted to seeing many similarities between themselves and the two main characters in this film. So they spent the month of November writing songs, all the while imagining that they were Rogers and Clarke.

What came of it?

Just the most fun, upbeat, hilariously earnest album Moes Haven has ever put out.

"It was so freeing," says Farley. "In that movie, you watch these guys fearlessly writing songs. They have no doubt in their minds that every idea they come up with is a good one. Scalzo and I are like that to a point. But this month we took it as far as we could go. No idea was deemed too stupid. We went with it."

Thanks to that work ethic, the world is graced with songs like "Forest of Love," "Leftover Love," "Let Me Tell You 'bout a Girl I Met" and "The Girl Next Door," to name four of the 24 tracks on this disc.

The entire album is only 30-minutes long. And yet there are 24 songs! Each song flies by, melding perfectly into the next.

It's very much like the first 20-minutes of ISHTAR. If you haven't seen it, rent it today. Those first 20-minutes are as good as any 20-minute section of any film, ever! In it, the audience is blessed with little snippets of the Rogers and Clarke songbook. It's glorious! So glorious!

NOVEMBER THE TAR! A COLLECTION OF SONGS WRITTEN IN THE TRADITION OF THE COMPOSITIONS OF ROGERS AND CLARKE...does justice to ISHTAR and will hopefully have some small part in making it known to the world that ISHTAR is a movie worthy of celebration, not mockery!

For the record, here is the entire, unedited title of the album:
NOVEMBER: THE TAR! A COLLECTION OF SONGS WRITTEN IN THE TRADITION OF THE COMPOSITIONS OF ROGERS AND CLARKE, AS PORTRAYED BY WARREN BEATTY AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN IN THE 1987 FEATURE FILM, ISHTAR, A MUCH MALIGNED PRODUCTION CENTERED ON THE METEORIC RISE OF AN ILL-RECEIVED SINGER/SONGWRITER DUO, WHICH IN NO WAY DESERVED THE ALMOST UNIVERSAL DISPARAGEMENT IT RECEIVED FROM CRITICS WHO FOCUSED DISPROPORTIONATELY UPON THE PICTURE'S LAVISH BUDGET INSTEAD OF ITS GROUNDBREAKING HUMOR AND RIBALD SOCIAL COMMENTARY, WHICH IS ONLY NOW, SOME TWO DECADES LATER, FINALLY BEING RECOGNIZED BY A SELCT FEW RESPECTED SCHOLARS AND ERUDITE THEOLOGIANS


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Mike Loce

Funny and Beatles-esque
Simplish acoustic indie arrangements and introspective energy create the framework for what is really a funny collection of songs, in my opinion. The theme of this 24-tune work is the good old “I like the girl, I want the girl,” but then we get into “The girl delivers my pizza, the girl ruins my life.” In terms of the sound of the music, fans of The Beatles and Ben Folds would dig this. Hell, fans of Slayer would like it too. It’s a musical parodic travelogue of the 1987 movie Ishtar, which I have never seen but now would like to. This album is the 11th album Moes Haven released in 2006, and I think that’s hilarious too. One album a month. Good for them, I can’t really explain what makes these guys funny, and cannot tell the story of the group in this review, but suggest you check out their website and check out if their humor appeals to you.