- Money Music [MP3]
- Scrap Truck [MP3]
- Wasting Away
- Twisting In The Wind
- Work = Reward
- One Red Cent, One Thin Dime
- Hurricane Charley
- Company Town
- In The Gravel Yard
- Reserve The Right
- Dying Light
"Barrels out into the intersection of Chuck Berry Avenue and Hank Williams Road, picking up what Jason and the Scorchers started a couple of decades back and running with it. Dollar Store may be going toe-to-toe with some serious stuff, but their collective rock therapy involves blowing the doors off and throwing a continuous party, which they do damn near as well as Waco Brothers themselves. And that is saying something." —Tucson Weekly
Dollar Store Money Music
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Loaded with trans-fats, soaked in cheap hops, and good for you in that way you know ain't no damn good for you. Money Music should be labeled "extra-greasy," which is to say, extra good, so keep the sonic Wet-Naps handy, you’re gonna need them. The album was recorded in two days and sounds like what the sessions were--four musicians, thoroughly enjoying themselves, pushing tempos and volume levels along the way. Thumbing their noses at self-obsessed bands who spend months in the studio and enough dough to build a pyramid in order to foist another polished dud upon the world, Dollar Store prove that rock n’ roll imbued with genuine energy and dynamism trumps indecision and overdubs every time.
Guitarist Tex Schmidt's leads (think of the ragged energy of the Replacements combined with Scotty Moore’s cool) and Waco Brother Alan Doughty's manic bass are anchored by Joe Camirillo (Hushdrops) hitting the drums with straight forward authority. The simple, effective set up of a good rock band. Vocally, "Deano" Schlabowske seems to have hit the sweet spot between his gruff beginnings in his noise-pop outfit Wreck and the more anarchic, roadhouse-informed style he adopted in the Waco Brothers.
In theme, Schlabowske's songs are a blurry stagger through a company town- a ghost utopia where the jobs have gone away, the drinks are too expensive and most are in debt up to their (blue) collars. Along the way he touches on music biz woes, the celebrity obsessed, scrap metal collection as a career and laments signing the "dotted line on the lost highway". Not exactly chipper stuff but, hey, have you looked out your window lately? But Deano and the gang paint hard times with a thick coat of joyous noise-–you can’t get too depressed.
In a music world where computers are used to sweeten every harmony, remove every noise, tune every note and sand down every rough edge, Money Music is, above all, real. You can hear, see and taste everything beautiful and ugly in their world. Enjoy in moderation. Or, better yet, skip the moderation.
"At its core, Money Music is a relentless rock album, combining rockabilly energy and gunning guitarwork on songs like "Wasted Away," where the guitars nail down go-for-glory riffs that are later dismantled and twisted apart. Songs pounce from the beginning while others stretch with introspection." —Daily Herald
"Money Music is a rollicking affair, its Southern-fried licks and foot-stomping choruses perfectly conjuring wild weekend nights at a sweaty dive bar." —Chicago Tribune
"Money Music raises the stakes, with sharper hooks, better textures and an uptempo roots-rock base somewhere between today’s Bottle Rockets and yesterday’s Jason and the Scorchers." —Time Out Chicago
"At first listen, Dollar Store may sound like your garden variety no-frills rock band. But listen again. The frills are there, just dressed down in workingman’s clothing and approached with workmanlike precision..and Schlabowske has a knack for writing songs that imbed themselves in your brain and quickly sound like familiar old friends." —The Scene Magazine
"[Channel's] Joe Ely's careening Texas country blues with a thunderous bang and the title track steams along like a hybrid car carrying the Blasters and Aerosmith to a roadhouse gig...Even when Dollar Store slows down, there's an intensity that hangs in the air as though they're just idling at a light and ready to hit the gas on green." —Country Standard Time