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BEST BAND TO LEAVE THE TWIN CITIES IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS Minneapolis 2003 - Oddjobs

Oddjobs didn't so much leave Minnesota in the past 12 months as arrive nationally during that period. Having relocated to New York in shifts over the past three years, the quintet began stepping out from the shadow of their more famous friends Eyedea and Slug last year with Drums, a shotgun marriage of trippy sonics and rap-along lyrics. The album got attention in East Coast record shops, at least. Then came a tour last fall with DJ Shadow, which now seems a prescient pairing: On a new EP, The Shopkeeper's Wife, Oddjobs wholly embrace their contradictions: disconnection and camaraderie; pride in their origins and a severing with the past; Jurassic high fives and Shadow dancing. "My hood's always been wherever I stood," they chant in unison on "The Mighty Fine," finding their credo at last.

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