Forget that this burst of jazzy free-form instrumentals, which fluently jumps from James Brown to Miles Davis to Herbie Mann to Stereolab, will make you ever forget Anastasio's decade-plus participation in Phish. No, what's really important about The Horseshoe Curve is that this is the first iPod Nano-cognizant album ever made. Shrunk down to a square that's a quarter the size of a postage stamp, the cover illustration of a train rounding a bend and heading into a tunnel looks unmistakably like a penis penetrating a shaved pussy. Thus, it could even become a collector's item (like that Mom's Apple Pie album cover that looked like a vagina) if enough nearsighted parents start worrying about "the children" again. Don't believe me? Check out how the cover's already been whitewashed up on amazon.com.
Serene Dominic writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.