Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Vintage Slide Collections From Seattle, Vol. 1

Jay Ruttenberg

By Jay Ruttenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A very unique family act.

The Trachtenburg Family offers an unlikely collision of contemporary indie-rock and old-time vaudeville. It's a true family business: Father Jason writes and sings songs about slides uncovered at garage sales, mother Tina mans the slide projector, and daughter Rachel drums. Though the band is perhaps best experienced live, Jason is a gifted writer of '60s-inspired pop songs, and this debut album turns the focus onto these sparkling melodies. One thing it does miss is the group's generous onstage jokes. "I told my parents we were playing a concert for Radical Jews, a group against occupation," Jason recently explained onstage. "They said, 'What kind of Jew isn't into his job?'"