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Phoenix Artists to Organize Jim Henson Covers Album

In the latest installment of "Wait, Fox said whaaat?" Eric Bolling, host of Fox Business' Follow the Money had a conversation with Media Research Center guest Dan Gainor and Andrea Tantaros, co-host of The Five, where they discussed the staunch anti-corporate tone of The Muppets.

Jason Richard Kron, of local band Hug of War, hadn't heard of the "brainwashing puppets" before I mentioned it, but he was stoked about it: "Because they're trying to stop that businessman from taking over the old studio? That makes me like the new movie even more." Kron certainly does like Jim Henson's creations: along with local musicians Troy Simons of The Hunger Artists, and Ryan Avery of Drunk & Horny, Fathers Day, and others, he's put out the call for submissions to a Jim Henson Covers album. Selections may come from Sesame Street, The Muppets, Labyrinth, or any Jim Henson-associated project. (Who's doing the Dinosaurs theme?)

"We're hugely into any Jim Henson material," Kron says. "I have a four-year-old daughter so I've been reintroduced to all of it in the last couple years, and I've fallen in love with it again."

Simons started talking about the idea three or so years ago, but recently the trio decided to get moving with the idea. Songs may be submitted to [Update: the working email address is [email protected]] by March 1, 2012, and the album will be released as a free download sometime after that.

"I bought and try to read a quote [every day] from It's Not Easy Being Green, this really awesome book of quotes from and about Jim Henson to help describe the kind person he was," says Simons. "I feel he helped me believe in hope. I figured why not respect his memory with something I enjoy doing? Its not just a local thing, either: we have Luke Toms a British indie pop singer in on it. The Purple Mums, and P.J. Famicom. Barry Louis Polisar might be helping, [and] either the Purple Mums or Radioactive Chickenheads."

Hug of War is heading out on tour with Andrew and His Feisty Felines in January, but Kron will help dig through submissions after that.

From the effort's Facebook even page:

We're putting together a covers album for songs related to Jim Henson. It can be from the Muppets, Sesame Street, Labyrinth, etc.

If you wanna do it and choose a song, email one of us and let us know. Its preferable that the song you're doing isn't done by anyone else... on the compilation, and there's of course a lot of material to choose from, so its first come first serve. But if you let us know that you're gonna do a particular song, please do it! We'll put a list up of who's doing what.

This'll be put out as a free downloadable album when it's all done.

The deadline's March 1st, 2012. Whatever we get by that time we'll put on the comp.

For more information, and to see what songs have already been claimed, visit the official Facebook event page.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.