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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
Patton Oswalt watched a man shave his balls, and he's fixin' to tell you about it. Reminiscent of the arrival of legendary shockers like George Carlin and Bill Hicks, Patton Oswalt's first CD (available for the first time in vinyl LP format), 2004's ''Feelin' Kinda Patton,''? put him on the radar as a standard-bearer for the new generation of comedians. Oswalt counts among his peers David Cross, Sarah Silverman, and Jim Gaffigan - the sort of young comedians who, as Oswalt illuminates with a surreal and utterly brilliant monologue stolen verbatim from Dr. Pepper (a drug-addled open mic night standout from Toronto), once thought they were the ultimate in envelope-pushing, until they were faced with flat-out crazy.
Of that group, Oswalt may have found the most mainstream entertainment success, thanks to a stint on the sitcom King of Queens and a turn as Remi the Rat, lead character in the Oscar-winning animated film Ratatouille, but Feelin' Kinda Patton reminds listeners that not even adults should be left alone in a room with this devious and tainted little man. For all the spit-polish producers can put on him when the spotlight beckons, raw Patton is stunning here from the opener to the very last howl of the set. Oswalt's particularly on point when he takes on impressions; without aiming for mimicry, his send-up of the ambient insanity of the pop-culture in which each and every one of us is steeped is enough to take down even the most stoic listener. Mining hilarity in the everyday, Patton Oswalt, elfin filth-monger, steers clear of politics in this exuberant leap over the edge, skillfully taking each bit to its illogical conclusion and beyond and deftly handling distractions by simply following the tangent off the deep end.
If that isn't enough, wait until you get a load out of the new LP cover art, a six color silk-screen by Mike 2600 of Burlesque Design, featuring a cut out playset of characters pulled straight out of Patton's performance. What are you waiting for? This limited edition of 500 is sure to go out of print quickly.