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Migration (EP)

by The Mammals

Subversive, acoustic, traditional, high-energy, stringband folk music. Fun for all ages.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Winder Slide
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1:55 album only
2. Walkin' Down Death Row
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5:30 album only
3. Turn Me On
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2:21 album only
4. The Bush Boys
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5:11 album only
5. Chan Chan
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6:13 album only
6. Bored
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2:36 album only
7. Jailbird
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2:57 album only
8. Port Arthur Stomp
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3:14 album only


Album Notes
HAM EP1 The Mammals, Migration e.p. (2004)
Assortment of 8 radio and/or concert appearances from 2003.
Available only online!

Ruth Ungar: fiddle, vocals, ukuleles
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger: banjo, vocals, 12-string guitar
Michael Merenda: guitar, vocals, banjo, cajun triangle (aka 't-fer)
Ken Maiuri: drums, piano
Pierce Woodward: bass

"...gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton...acoustic traditionalists, to be sure, but the subversive sort."
-the washington post


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Saw the Mammels in Bayfield WI when they opened for Arlo Guthrie and have been searching for their work ever since. Was not disappointed that it took so long. Great CD "The Bush Boys" should be an anthem! Way to go guys and I hope you get together again soon!

Jonathan Lam

A solid but undistinguished effort
I became a Mammals fan when I discovered them last year through At first, they struck me as very good but not great, but with some time and more listens I came to realize that I absolutely loved their music, and they have scrobbled their way up my charts ever since. Migration was their only official release I had yet to procure, since it's not available as a download.

Migration is, overall, a good addition to The Mammals' oeuvre (if you will). "The Bush Boys" and "Chan Chan" are both more or less what you'll find on Rock That Babe; they don't add much artistically in my opinion other than being live versions of those songs. The EP begins and ends with a couple of good but unremarkable instrumentals ("Winder Slide" and "Port Arthur Stomp"). "Walking Down Death Row" and "Turn Me On" are both enjoyable songs that add a little bit of pleasant variety to the EP. "Bored" and "Jailbird" are both really fun songs and my favorite unique additions on Migration. Overall, Migration feels like the compilation of live songs that it is. There's nothing wrong with that, per se, but it does lend the EP a certain disjointedness that holds it back from being great; I don't feel a thematic or stylistic cohesiveness between any of the songs, really.

Migration is a must-buy for Mammals fans and a maybe for everyone else, depending on your opinion of the individual parts, because the sum of those parts probably isn't worth the investment if you're not already in love with the Mammals sound and aren't entranced by the songs on here.

Now if only The Mammals will record another album. ...