Thursday, June 5, 2003

Review - Scrap-O-Matic

Artist: Mike Mattison/Paul Olsen

Posted on Thu, Jun 5, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Value-added portions of CDs aren't typically worth noting in a review. After all, who cares if a band tacked a video on the end of a CD. But Artists House a recently resuscitated label that, in the '70s, was known for head-scratchingly unique releases from the likes of Ornette Coleman has made their recent releases so powerfully tempting in terms of "extra" content, the "album" part is only one facet. To run it down: the CD includes MP3s of all the songs; a DVD is included that has a 96k/24bit stereo mix, a surround sound mix, "behind the scenes" footage, commentary and even printable lyrics/sheet music. Now that's a package. And that's what "every single CD that comes out" should include to validate the enormously inflated price point that the major labels insist upon. But what about the music? Well, Mattison and Olsen tool around in the post-jam haze of blues-inflected New Orleans funk, with a strong emphasis on strong musicianship and rootsy delivery. It's an organically rich record with rockin' overtones that even without the "bonus" material would be a strong one.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues


© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation