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Volume 70, Issue 53, Thursday, November 4, 2004

Life & Arts

Indie-slideshow rock by, for whole family

By Dusti Rhodes
The Daily Cougar

Indie-slideshow rock by, for whole family

For indie rock fans, sometimes the coolest thing to do is really the lamest thing to do, which is why a night a watching a family sing along to a vacation slide show sounds like a perfect evening. And the Trachtenburg Family Slide Show Players are able to capture the attention and hearts of anyone who attends one of their performances by doing just that.

"It's unlike anything else in indie rock," said father/vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Trachtenburg in the background of a phone conversation with mother/designer/projector operator Tina Piña.

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players will bring their original performance to Walters on Washington Saturday where they are asking fans to bring vintage fabric remnants in exchange for an autographed poster.
Photo courtesy of The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

The family trio-including drummer/back up singer Rachel Piña was in St. Louis Tuesday on its latest tour, 27 States of Vintage Fabric, which will stop in Houston Saturday at Walters, 4215 Washington Ave. The Trachtenburgs are asking audience members to bring pieces of old fabric to the show in exchange for an autographed poster.

"It has been really great, we have like 30 pounds of fabric," Tina said adding that the fabric will go to create the family's stage costumes as well as hats, bags and Rachel dolls that can be purchased at the family's shows.

The family writes songs and plays them live to slides they find or are sent to them. While to many this may sound very "summer at Grandma's house-ish," Jason's witty lyrics and clever music deliver a performance that would have no place in a moth-ball infested living room.

With songs like "Mountain Trip to Japan, 1959," featuring a random family's trip to the titular location being projected while Jason and Rachel provide the vaudevillian backing music and interesting lyrical captions for the slides, it is hard to be anything but entertained.

Past fans can expect to hear old favorites and new tracks from the family's sophomore release The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Vol. 2: Adventures of Middle America.

"We are taking the four prong approach -- new songs, old songs and obscure songs and the hits ," Tina said.

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