Mad Tea Party | 73% Post-Consumer Novelty

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73% Post-Consumer Novelty

by Mad Tea Party

Postmodern Parlor Music, including novelty jazz and novel originals. Ukulele joy.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Like a Monkey Likes Coconuts Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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2. Light Inside Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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3. Home Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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4. Baby, It's Time to Vote Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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5. Connie's Got Connections in Connecticut Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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6. Where the Morning Glories Grow Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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7. Dummy Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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8. I Went Out Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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9. Beedle Um Bum Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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10. Marie Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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11. Make It So Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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12. King Kong Kitchie Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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13. Rural Rhythms Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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14. I'd be Satisfied with Life Mad Tea Party - Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"73% Post-Consumer Novelty" captures the Mad Tea Party's post-modern parlor music era. Recorded during the band's first duo phase, it features members Ami Worthen (ukulele, vocals) and Jason Krekel (guitar, fiddle, tenor banjo, kazoo, slide whistle, horns, drums). Guests on the album are Joe Edel (sousaphone), Sean Foley (accordion) and Reese Gray (saw, piano). Produced by Mad Tea Party. Recorded and mixed by Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio in Asheville. Mastered by Seva. Whose That Records.

Here's what Peggy Seeger has to say about the Mad Tea Party around the time "73%" came out: "The Mad Tea Party is a serious, silly, cheerful, colourful, funny, hoppity-hippity, bouncy, Alice-in-Wonderland kind of 'mad'. They play old favorites and create new ones. Jason Krekel's one-man instrument set-up is hilarious. Ami Worthen's ukulele playing makes you want to dance and her butterfly/wallpaper couture are... well, MAD. Drop whatever you're doing when they're in your neighborhood and join in the fun."

Ukulele player, singer & songwriter Ami Worthen offers an eccentric musical combination that brings a swing to your step and a smile to your face. Ami's clever lyrics, distinct voice and nimble fingers are enhanced by a stage performance that is infused with humor, an eye-catching wardrobe of coquettish nostalgia, and Ami's own unique presence. As Carol Mallett wrote in the Citizen-Times, "Worthen's warmth and personality shine through in all her performances and her endearing quality and talent come through just as well in Hawaiian clothes and a lei as they do in old-time garb."

Multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso Jason Krekel is a favorite musician of the Western North Carolina area. In a review of a Mad Tea Party performance writer Will Cumberland (Bluegrassjam.net) had this to say of Krekel, "onstage his music is explosive, imaginative and wildly improvisational."

Will Cumberland also wrote, "I’ve heard the Tea Party’s style defined as whimsical, quirky, delightfully nerdy and folkish. However, when you peel back that layer of definition and classification, what you find is a band that uses their music to tackle social and personal issues head on. Attempting to classify their sound can prove to be an exercise in futility, so I’m not going to even bother to try. Their sound is definitely an eclectic amalgamation of jazz, ragtime and folk, but like I’ve said, it’s the underlying message of the music that makes this duo stand out. I’ve been to quite a few shows over the summer, but the Tea Party has to be one of the most original acts that I’ve seen so far."


Reviews


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RICK A.

MAKES ME SMILE. I CALL IT MY HAPPY CD
IT MAKES ME SMILE. I CALL IT MY GET HAPPY CD

Christine Frazer

Music that makes you feel good!
This music goes beyond just 'feel good', many of the lyrics have good messages. Excellant singing and instrumentals. I hope to see another Mad Tea Party CD soon!

Marcarthur


A review in french

Today's old style really means a thing...

Mad Tea Party avance en regardant dans le rétroviseur tout au fil d'un album surprenant de fraîcheur spontanée. Arrangements simples et efficaces pour une musique qui flirte avec les années 2O sans jouer la carte de la nostalgie.
Un pur bonheur pour les amateurs de ukulele. Nous sommes ici chez les doux dingues qui épateront toujours parce que le petit grain de folie qu'ils portent en eux est tout simplement communicatif.

Michael K


Dig it! Great stuff to brighten up the day anywhere in America.

j.t.hartman

WOW
Thank you for "Monkey Likes coconuts". My grandaughter and I heard it on WLRN-FM (91.3) Miami and went nuts in the car -I had to pull over. Its funny I used to live in Asheville and its only normal that a talent like you would come out of that VERY UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL town. Makes me homesick.
PLEASE COME THE ANNUAL MAGNOLIA FEST IN NORTH FLORIDA IN LATE OCTOBER!!!!!!!!!PLEASE!!!!!!!! YOU WOULD KNOCK-EM DEAD. Granpa Jim and grandaughter Alma

Don Talley

Get ready for a trip to Hokum Heaven!
The use of slide whistles, kazoo, and sousaphone are more than just novelties...they are both fun and musical pleasing. I was especially impressed at how the original material meshed seamlessly with the covers of novelty classics and traditional material. I had to look at the liner notes for some songs to see whether they were Tea Party originals or old classics."Baby, It's Time to Vote" is a timely original song by Ami Worthen. In this 2004 election year it should be standard play for radio stations across the country leading up to November. King Kong Kitchie transcends age and genres and the MTP version is a real winner. I found no real weak points on this project...every cut hits the mark.

Ron Fasick

Humorous, talent-filled, and presented with the flare of a vaudeville show!
Welcome to the parlor! Now sit back and enjoy the Mad Tea Party's new release. This album is a zany, creative, and whimsical romp through tunes from little-known song-writers of vaudeville's heyday, as well as original compositions from Ami Worthen herself. The beautiful voice and ukulele of Ami Worthen and the multi-instrumental whirlwind that is Jason Krekel do not set out on this madcap musical journey alone. They have brought friends along to help with their mission of preserving the rich history of the lost music they present. Joe Edel (sousaphone), Sean Foley (accordian), and Reese Gray (piano and saw) add even more unique spice and flavor to this dynamic duo. Ami and Jason have dug through the vaults of history to bring us rare and forgotten treasures of music. The result is a humorous, talent-filled, and entertaining album presented with all the flare of a vaudeville show. Make it so!

S. Turner


I am loving the music. It's highly addictive and I am very happy that it came within the week of my initial purchase.