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Ubu  said about 7 years ago  or at  4:38PM on Thursday, October 12 2006 in music news

There should be a thread on M+N about The Oblivians, and all the off shoots. Now there is.

Jack Oblivian's new album is out this month on Sympathy For The Record Industry. Here's what the label had to say:

Link to SFTRI

JACK O AND THE TENNESSEE TEARJERKERS - FLIPSIDE KID

"This new cd was inspired by drunken fans telling ol' Jack-O that his 'So Low' cd (Sympathy) is the best thing he had done on his own. Hmmm.....Recorded at the bottom of a bottle with the finest Scully and Teac tape machines, the cd features name brand musicians such as Margaret Garrett, Jimbo Mathis, King Louie Bankston, Mark Sultan, & Harlan T. Bobo. A number of tracks have Jack playing most instruments himself. The songs included are diverse in styles but wear the same hat --- a black fedora. The opening track 'Flipside Kid' is a mid-tempo heavy fuzz riff layered with a Mar-key's like horn section that leads straight into a spaghetti western run on 'Til the money Runs Out'. Displaying his knack for story-telling, Jack-o takes you for a long stroll in a dark alley with 'Nick the Knife' while in 'Hong Kong Girl' a mail order bride makes a run for it to the sound of a funky Bobby Womack wah-wah with a back-pak full of Iggyishness. Paying homage to an American folk hero, 'John Holmes Blues' is full of true-to-heart weirdness. 'Dirty Nails', with its scratchy touch of zydeco, adds a spicy flavor to this eclectic soup. Holy cow shit Batman I'm giving the whole thing away here. Other tunes 'Night Owl', a New Orleans standard by Bobby Loveless, is an up-beat feel good dance R&B number with lyrics that sound like a domestic dispute. 'Black Boots' is a tune about, well... some boots. The inside of the CD case has a pile of photos to look at, so buy it from Sympathy and support the back bone of Rock and Roll.
you knows I loves you, Big Al Chilliwack"

jacko

  • Flipside Kid
  • 'Til The Money Runs Out
  • Dirty Nails
  • Golden Age
  • Nick the Knife
  • Hong Kong Girl
  • Chills And Fever
  • Black Boots
  • I Live for Today
  • John Holmes Blues
  • The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing (instrumental)
  • I Can't Find My Way Back Home
  • Night Owl
  • I Want You

Listen to 4 of the new songs here:

Jack Myspazzo

Sounds shithot in my ears!


Lorenzo St Dubois  said about 7 years ago:

I can't wait to get this. I love both his solo records, particularly "So Low" (as you're only too aware, Ubu), and the first Tearjerkers record, "Bad Mood Rising" is fine garage twang.

The Jack Oblivian Band played a set at the recent Gonerfest 3. You can download a few songs from that on this thread.


spotswood  said about 7 years ago:

could you say the Compusive Gamblers are related


Lorenzo St Dubois  said about 7 years ago:

Considering they comprise two thirds of the Oblivians, that's about as related as related can be.


yokesthetenth  said about 7 years ago:

goodness


Ubu  said about 7 years ago:

Yes you could, and you should, and you should buy everything you can get your hands on....if you like it, that is.

"Compulsive Gamblers - Crystal Gazing, Luck Amazing" is my pick, others might disagree.


Bugsy.  said about 7 years ago:

i have never heard the oblivians but i think i might like them
what album should i get?


Ubu  said about 7 years ago:

Hmm, I would like to pose a question. Has Greg Cartwright or Jack Yarber ever released anything substandard? Maybe it would be easier to suggest to people what to avoid, rather than what to buy.


Ubu  said about 7 years ago:

"Soul Food" is a good start, Bugsy.

soulfood


questionmark  said about 7 years ago:

I don't think Soul Food is the best place to start. It sounds..... different. Is there a comp of those early singles/EPs?


Lorenzo St Dubois  said about 7 years ago:

The only thing I can think of that people are in two minds about is Greg Oblivian & The Tip Tops, which is his home recorded bong noodling record. But then that has the original version of "Bad Man" complete with Glockenspiel which appeared before the Oblivians' version, so it's worth SOMETHING, right?


Lorenzo St Dubois  said about 7 years ago:

"Soul Food" is the comp of early singles, ?.


DaisyB  said about 7 years ago:

sympathy sessions!

popular favourites!


spotswood  said about 7 years ago:

I like pretty much most of what I've heard Jack and Greg record , though I really can't stand the first Reigning Sound record.


milesmonroe  said about 7 years ago:

me likey. me likey a lot.


littlearch  said about 7 years ago:

i like what i've heard which admittedly is only what daisyb and mabo have played me

i like reigning sound a lot


spotswood  said about 7 years ago:

I like Reigning Sound a lot too, but don't you think their first record was terrible?

Not that it really matters


Ubu  said about 7 years ago:

"Break Up Break Down" is my least favourite of Greg's. Although I don't think you can call it "terrible" by any means. It's just an extension of what Compulsive Gamblers did with "Two Thieves" on Crystal Gazing. Personally I would like to hear a down right country album with Greg....that would be ace.


spotswood  said about 7 years ago:

yeah, I guess 'terrible' is a bit strong


questionmark  said about 7 years ago:

ah fk that's right. it's been a while. those 10"s are good though.


Lorenzo St Dubois  said about 7 years ago:

Yup, that's the Sympathy Sessions stuff. I think there's some extra songs on the CD but I wouldn't know 'cos Oblivians on CD seems so ardently gay. I wonder what the "different" stuff you're thinking of is, maybe the gospel album?


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tihstar  said about 2 years ago:

I didn't mind Rat City... but then again I liked a lot of Iggy Pop's 80s solo work which it was pretty much a straight lift of. Saw him live and it didn't translate so well but was still a lot of fun.


blake3030  said about 2 years ago:

It was too slick for my liking. No fuzz. Doing some of the things Reining Sound do, but not as well.


Zac  said about 2 years ago:

Spoonful Of Seedy Dudes LP rules.

Love Eric O.


MissAustralia2003  said about 2 years ago:

this is about the only piece of music news in ages that has piqued my interest. look forward to hearing the output. It's an important time for me


rigid  said about 2 years ago:

What's his best solo work?

I'd start with So Low, then go to American Slang. They're his first two.


celluloid hero  said about 2 years ago:

i'm not that excited. reigning sound's a better band.


Zac  said about 2 years ago:

You crazy, man.


swahili bob  said about 2 years ago:

the Parting Gifts album is great too

heres some footage I shot at Gonerfest


rigid  said about 2 years ago:

reigning sound's a better band.

Did you like Love and Curses? I thought it was adequate at best. Game over for those guys for me. I'll hang on to the second and third albums.


blake3030  said about 2 years ago:

Gotta say, I enjoy Reigning Sound's albums more than the Oblivians albums... but the Oblivians 7''s are untouchable. Blew my cool, Strong come on, Kick your ass 7''s are so so good.


Zac  said about 2 years ago:

I was unaware of it until just yesterday but Reigning Sound did an album for Scion last year.

It's called Abdication and you can download it here

Lots of organ and a re-record of Watching My Baby.


celluloid hero  said about 2 years ago:

yeah love and curses is real good. i dunno it's a bit silly to compare em i guess, i'm just happy with what greg was already doing, so. and reunions have just never really done it for me. maybe this one will, we'll see


memphis  said about 2 years ago:


swahili bob  said about 1 year ago:

Oblivians streaming live this Sunday arvo somewhere between 2 & 5pm our time - live from Memphis at
http://www.rocketscienceaudio.com/stream

sadly the last show for the Hi Tone


Zac  said about 1 year ago:

Very sad indeed.

Hope they find a suitably sized place for all the Gonerfest nights.


swahili bob  said about 12 months ago:

tihstar  said about 10 months ago:

New album is streaming via Pitchfork. Starts off a bit week but hits its stride about halfway through. No immediate classics but I'm liking what I'm hearing.


definitely  said about 10 months ago:

I'm waiting until the vinyl arrives at my doorstep before I give it a listen. Excited!


richieramone  said about 10 months ago:

Me too. Mine might be here tomorrow and hoping it's a blue vinyl baby!


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