by Dave Segal
on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM
At a time when musicians think it's a good idea to swap out the first initials of famous people's names for their handles (Com Truise, Jichael Mackson, etc.), it's a pleasure to see someone construct a sonic pseudonym that actually shows cleverness. Case in point: Arthur Russell Simmons, a solo project of Truckasauras master percussionist Tyler Swan. Swan is also "Charlie Watts" in "The Rolling Stones," Seattle's foremost Rolling Stones impersonators, who play Sat. Dec. 22 at the Tractor with Dancer and Prancer, Tacocat, and DJ Mike "Musty Groove" Nipper of Emerald City Soul Club.
Arthur Russell Simmons today releases a new two-track EP called Bitch Stingers. The songs largely consist of Stones samples, stage banter, and chatter by and about England's oldest hitmakers from various film and radio sources. You may also hear snippets of "Get Off of My Cloud," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Monkey Man," "Honky Tonk Women," "Miss You," "Waiting on a Friend," and "Heaven," which are masterly woven into a collage of homage and gentle ribbing. Overall, Bitch Stingers is a fun Plunderphonics-oid exercise, especially if you're an obsessive Stones fan.
You can get it for free or, if you're feeling generous, pay what you want, here.