Best dark old-weird-history orchestrette (2008)


Brooklyn-based PIÑATALAND drudge up forgotten historical oddities and spin them into songs like "Ota Benga's Name," which tells the tragic turn-of-the-century fate of a Congolese Pygmy living with the monkeys at the Bronx Zoo. When they're not busy seeking out bizarre performance spaces (like the Atlantic Avenue subway tunnel), Piñataland dabble in politics. They recently recorded a rousing version of John Quincy Adams's 1824 presidential campaign song, replacing the name Adams with Kerry.


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