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Mike Keneally: Wine and Pickles

Few artists can make a coherent CD with outtakes from a decade’s worth of previous releases. But very few musicians are capable of the ambidexterity of Southern California multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally, who refers to Wine and Pickles in its liner notes as “the album I didn’t know I was making over the last 10 years.”

A guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist in Frank Zappa’s final touring band, Keneally blends his former employer’s intricate compositional skills and cynical humor with the pop sensibilities and whimsy of Todd Rundgren. It’s a mix that culminated on Keneally’s fourth solo release, the 1997 opus Sluggo! The new CD’s tracks are outtakes from four subsequent Keneally efforts, plus various oddities.

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