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Sunday, March 18, 2012

REDO: Johnboy - Pistolswing (1993)

Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot I can say about math rock outfit Johnboy, as there isn't much info about them online. I saw them open for Zeni Geva at The Boiler Room in scenic New Britain, CT way back in 1993. That was one hell of a show. It's a good thing I brought ear plugs with me...

Based out of Austin, Texas, Johnboy were signed to Trance Syndicate, a local label co-founded by Butthole Surfers' drummer King Coffey. Johnboy are a heavy trio with a sound that reminds me most of Steve Albini's Shellac. They only released one more album, 1994's Claim Dedications, before splitting. They're well worth checking out if you enjoy complex noise rock.

Update 03/18/2012: Now that Megaupload is gone and I've been zipping and re-uploading all of the old shares to MediaFire, I decided to redo this post to include the three tracks from Johnboy's first single, released by Undone Records in 1992. I found a nice vinyl rip of the calYx 7" on Soulseek, which Audio Identifier tells me is encoded in the same manner as my rip of Pistolswing, using LAME 3.97 with the --preset fast extreme setting. The single's first track also appears on the Pistolswing album, but as a different performance. The label on the single lists that track as "New Jersey Road Base," but if you look at the handwritten liner notes at Discogs.com, you can see that it's supposed to be spelled the way it appears on the album: "New Jersey Roadbase." Similarly, I've changed "Bob and Cindy" to "Bob & Cindy."

Check out "Pistol Swing":



Johnboy - Pistolswing (1993)
From calYx 7" Single (1992):
1. New Jersey Roadbase (3:52)
2. Newton (2:11)
3. Bob & Cindy (5:00)
From Pistolswing CD (1993):
4. Admiration (3:40)
5. Sourmouth (4:47)
6. Sunday Two (3:29)
7. Pistol Swing (2:38)
8. Hold (2:25)
9. Freestanding (3:31)
10. New Jersey Roadbase (3:41)
11. Yellow (5:26)
12. I (3:47)

85.6MB ZIP archive
MP3: Variable bitrate (269kbps average)
LAME 3.97 (--preset fast extreme)

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Kevin,
great to have you back!

(I already deemed you lost to the blogger world ...)

Cheers,
Throatwobbler M.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kevin,

great to have you back!
(I already deemed you lost to the blogger world ...)

Cheers,

Throatwobbler M.

Kevin Sartori said...

Thanks, Throatwobbler! Megaupload shutting down kind of forced my hand. I had to decide whether to take down PLM or re-upload the shares elsewhere. I've been finishing my degree the past few years, so that's occupied most of my free time and will for the next year or so. Still, I'm going to try to keep the blog going by posting occasionally when I have the time!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin
Very Much Awesome to see you back. You were the First Music Blog I ever stopped and checked out, (It was the Madhouse!). I would still stop by once in a while to check out your great, and kinda weird stuff. Looking forward to some more.

Rai

Kevin Sartori said...

Thanks, Rai!

Steve Engler said...

I think you were the first person to make me aware of the Math Rock genre. I hope your studies go well, and your interest in music doesn't cease. Thanks for sharing all you have.

Kevin Sartori said...

Thanks, Steve! I don't think my interest in music will never end! In fact, when I got home today, there was a box waiting for me with Can's new 3CD compilation of previously unreleased music, Lost Tapes. It's packaged in a 10" box that simulates the reel-to-reel box the original music recordings came from! How cool is that? I can't wait to dig into it tomorrow!

Steve Engler said...

That sounds extremely cool, CAN is a big favorite of mine.