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Brother JT, Cave, Neal Morgan Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: 2009

John Terlesky, better known as Brother JT, preaches psychedelic sermons that go down easy on last fall’s Jelly Roll Gospel (Drag City), his first album in five years with his regular trio, the Brother JT3—aka drummer Jamie Knerr and bassist Art DiFuria. In its best moments this wildly eclectic record could persuade me that it’s spiked with the pureed and concentrated essences of Roky Erickson, Hasil Adkins, and CCR, because it’s bubbling over with one essential element that many other descendants of those hallowed artists overlook: a party-time infectiousness that makes the rough stuff irresistible. “Accident Waiting” is a paean to a wild child, in the tradition of “Rebel Rebel” and “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”; “Belly Fat” celebrates fab flab; and “Do Ya Good” is gloriously cheesy 60s-style radio pop that’s so incense-and-peppermint happy-go-lucky that it runs off the far end of the good-vibes scale and comes back in on the “icky” side. Combine that with the trippy, proudly amateurish garage-blues that makes up the bulk of the record, and you get a stoner vibe that’s less about the cosmic introspection and more about the giggles. Cave and Neal Morgan open. —Monica Kendrick

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