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Artist: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Title: fig. 5
Format: CD
Label: ATP
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"This is the ATP Recordings reissue of the masterful Fig. 5, released in 2000 on Road Cone and previously out-of-print. Since 1994 Jackie-O-Motherfucker have been a spiraling collective, inspired by an impossibly diverse array of sound and vision -- free jazz and rock, graffiti, space rock, folk music, xerox art, text/sound art, hip-hop, performance and video art, electronic and primitive music, you name it. The wider distribution and visibility afforded by the efforts of Road Cone delivered the bands artifacts to a worldwide audience, with much critical acclaim. Core members Tom Greenwood (guitar, vox, turntables), Brooke Crouser (vox, keyboards, reeds), and John Flaming (reeds) are featured on this record: music you put on the stereo to go about your business -- folding laundry, whatever -- not even realizing you are listening until youre sitting on the edge of the bed completely lost in the sound. While one wishes for better fidelity, its hard to argue with the Pitchfork kids terming this album a "masterpiece" (revolutionary 9.2 rating!) Its up to you to decide whether it is in fact the "secret national anthem."

Artist: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Title: Flags of the Sacred Harp
Format: CD
Label: ATP
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"This is the highly-anticipated fifth full-length JOMF release, their first in three years. Jackie-O Motherfucker was formed in 1994 by Tom Greenwood and Nester Bucket layering guitars and sax over hand-cut analog tape loops and collage, collections of found sound, field recordings, cut-up classic rock, hip-hop beats and 4-tracked drones. Assembled and processed, the band rehearsed often in the basement of an abandoned drug store on Mississippi St. in North Portland. The first live performances featured an amplified reel-to-reel tape machine and electric guitar while additions of live percussion, 8-track tapes, alto sax, and a turntable filled out the sound.  After a US/European tour in the late summer of 2003 the East Coast configuration of JOMF temporarily dissolved, with members returning to Brooklyn and Montreal. The group re-assembled in Portland and recording sessions began for Flags of the Sacred Harp.  Honey Owens returned to working with the group again, having departed after Fig. 5 to work with her other group Nudge. The new configuration also includes guitarist Adam Forkner (Yumi Bitsu, Whiterainbow, Devendra Banhart). Over a year in the making, Flags of the Sacred Harp displays the groups patient and evolved songwriting style with historic references to American blues and hymns. One of the most focused and sublime releases from Jackie-O Motherfucker, the release contains songs that are all manifestations, mutations and re-interpretations of old blues and gospel, specifically from an old hymnal called "The Sacred Harp." Three lush, beautiful vocal arrangements on each side of a 17-minute soaring instrumental making a total of 7 songs unfolding over 70+ minutes. Flags of the Sacred Harp is an epic recording documenting the groups maturing skills in writing, arranging and production and is a timeless de-construction of American music." - ATP

Artist: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Title: Liberation
Format: CD
Label: ATP
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"Reissue of Jackie-O-Motherfuckers 2001 Liberation, originally released on Road Cone. This album was highly acclaimed for its superior production, and marks the bands slow move towards more song-oriented and loosely-composed material. Its a dreamier, organic, more transitional record that proudly displays Jackie-Os emotional sophistication and ever-expansive chops. Multi-intrumentalists Tom Greenwood and Jef Brown and various Jackie-O collective members use vibraphone, fiddle, organ, turntables, sitar and reed to augment and illustrate a variant cacaphony, even dipping into free-jazz territory. Liberation picks up where Fig. 5 left off, except with more lone, anthemic post-rock simultaneously invoking elements of Spaceman 3, Can, Dirty Three, Derek Bailey, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Amon Düül. Far more hazy than their previous releases, Liberation cemented the band as an ever-revolving cast of collaborators willing to participate in a free-flowing experiment in free-jazz, folk, psych-rock, post-rock, and distorted Americana."

Artist: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Title: Europe 2002
Format: Double CD
Label: Cast Exotic
Country: Canada
Price: $19.00

Artist: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Title: Freaker Pipe
Format: LP
Label: Uzu Audio
Country: Canada
Price: $24.00
"What started out as an effort to issue some live recordings from the Fig. 5/Liberation era slowly turned into what is the most recent live recordings made available. The free jazz tinged freakouts you were going to hear have been shelved so we could bring you these three swirling moments in time. Almost an entirely different line up on this Jackie-O than previous releases, Tom Greenwood brings along Nick Bindeman, Danny Sasaki, and Eva Salens, joined by fellow sonic adventurers, Jessica Rylan on one track, while on the last track they are joined in Italy by The Moglass and My Cat Is An Alien. The entire first side features a séance sure to bring out all the ghosts in your home as the percussion builds and the guitars, synths, and saxophone create a shimmering, sparse back drop for the spirits to frolic to. While the second hints at the JOMF of yester year with a moaning trombone, a noodling blues-tinged guitar and the cries of a lone saxophone on the first track. And to close it all off, a dense, dreamy, endless mess of drones, moans, bells and such recorded in Italy. Released in conjunction with Tom Greenwoods U-Sound Archive, this LP is a one-time pressing of 1000 copies onto heavy 180 gram vinyl and enclosed in a custom gatefold jacket with four color printing, hand-screened right here in the great white North." - Uzu Audio.

Artist: JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Title: Freedomland
Format: CD
Label: Very Friendly
Country: UK
Price: $17.00
"This is a collection of live-recorded improvised material by Portland, Oregons Jackie-O Motherfucker. Compiled by founding member Tom Greenwood, this music captures the sound of a reconfigured Jackie-O during the late summer of 2006, with vocalist Eva Salens (Inca Ore), Tom Greenwood, Danny Sasaki, and Nick Bindeman. Their first stop was at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, where the group were scheduled for their first appearance supporting the Dirty Three. There they would begin -- unrehearsed in this formation, and in front of a large audience. The plans to perform material from their newest release Flags of the Sacred Harp were scrapped, and the band launched into a free-form set of improvised, trance-inducing, punk-inspired, psychedelic rock, which became the framework of the new music they would develop together over the next few years. Freedomland is the document of this trip through America. The record consists of location recordings, captured live, and mastered in the United Kingdom. The songs were created from the spirit of improvisation, and honed by performing nightly in dive bars, music halls, and art galleries across America. Salens vocal delivery is raw and honest, the words flow from conversations, to streams-of-sub-conscious conjuring, and prayer. Guitars alternately soar into cloud-scapes, and battle like free-jazz saxophones, propelling the group into new terrain nightly, while the percussion of Danny Sasaki alternates between exploratory and dead-solid motoric. The collection was edited by Tom Greenwood, from dozens of live recordings, and captures a rare moment in the bands long and confusing history. As Greenwood himself describes, this is "truly the music of everyday life -- birthed each night in a new form, from musicians who put great faith in each other, under awesome strain at times, to project modern music, with soul."-Very Friendly

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