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Since leaving D.C. art- punk pioneers Urban Verbs more than a decade ago, percussionist Danny Frankel has played with Michael Penn, Lou Reed, and the Kamikaze Ground Crew and done movie- soundtrack and theater-score work. The new Jupiter, Now!, however, is the first disc he’s released under his own name. Recorded with ex-Cramps/Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers and keyboardist Patrick Warren, the four-instrumental 7-inch is divided between a “daytime side” and a “nightime side.” The latter features spooky stuff like “The Black Mimi,” in which Frankel’s bongos resonate almost randomly through the midtempo sonic fog. The real showcase for the drummer’s dexterity, however, is the title track, an Africanized workout whose climax almost seems capable of rocketing to Jupiter. The brief piece is a daytime track, but it’s sufficiently kinetic to get the techno-tribes moving after midnight, too—if only it were 10 to 20 minutes longer. The platter is $3 postpaid from W.I.N. Records, P.O. Box 26811, Los Angeles CA 90026-0811.