How can you tell it's summer? Look for the group of pot-smoking hippies listening to Jack Johnson on their car stereo. The surfer-turned-songwriter is back, again, but this time it's to lend his carefree vocals to Cali jam band Animal Liberation Orchestra. As usual, starving Phish fans will be the first to buy Fly Between Falls. It's full of inane frat-boy lyrics, laid-back grooves and some sweet fingerpicking. If you can't understand Dave Matthews's genius, then leave this disc alone. You'll end up frustrated by ALO's lack of originality, their unsuccessful attempt at jazz and lines like 'Stop children, what's that sound / Another bunch of Phreaks just rolled into town.' The only upside of listening to this record while smoking a joint is that you'll be too stoned to pay attention.
ALO chillax at the Mod Club Wednesday (June 14).