ADAM GREEN Jessica EP (Rough Trade) Rating: NNN
Anti-folk hero and reclusive New Yorker Adam Green, riding the wave of success afforded by his latest full-length, Friends Of Mine, has dropped a five-song EP featuring three previously unreleased tracks. Jessica, a comical ode to teen star Jessica Simpson, asks, "Where did your love go? It's not in your music," sung deadpan against an acoustic guitar and a string section Phil Spector would dig. Don't Smoke/ The Bronx Zoo 1989 is throwaway kitsch, making a strong case for spending a few more dollars and buying his LP instead. What makes this indispensable, though, is Kokomo. The Beach Boys cover sung with Ben Kweller is so good, you'll rent Cocktail just for kicks.
Adam Green plays the Horseshoe Saturday (October 25) with the Thrills.