KINDA UPDATED: 06/17/07
uppish date :
on june 4th i began loading pods (8 x 8 x 16 containers) with all my other-worldly possessions...i decided this was a safer mode of transit than using a big moving company...i've ordered 10 of them and have completed six thus far and have number seven sitting out back as i write...these will be shipped up north and delivered to my new place one by one to be unloaded...it's been brutal and if i ever have to move again i think i'll opt to shoot myself in the head instead...it's nice having lots of stuff it is however not so nice packing and moving it...it's been blazing hot in long beach which is really the biggest reason i'm moving...i am tired of this weather and i desperately need an escape and am anxious for a drastic change...
upchuck i mean um update
it's been since last november that i posted something here and i'm officially tired of responding to everyone who writes in with concerns about the fate of the sympathy empire so i thinketh that it is time to relay some nearly pertinent up-to-the-minute news...
I'M STILL IN LONG BEACH !! i never envisioned it would take me this long to pack and get outta here...i've been working at it with some tenacity for over 4 months and really have no clue when i will finish...i have accomplished a lot, but have an enormous amount still to do...i've also been having work done on the new-improved sympathetic nerve center in olympia so it'll be ready when i'm ready (if and when i'm ever ready)
ok, so whats been going on ?? well, there was a show at the grand central art center in fullerton, california in february/march called "pictures of the gone world" which was comprised of stuff from my personal collection of art, artifacts and various other sordid sentimental drivel...opening night was pretty great and the best part was that 6 weeks later after the show was over they drove all that stuff up to the new place in olympia (thank you andrea) there are photos somewhere, maybe on the grand central webbed-site...premiering at the opening was a 20 minute film by gregg gibbs titled "the gone world" (are you sensing a theme here ??) gregg spent 4 days filming (drum roll please) my house, yep, big fuckin' deal right ?? well, yes, but after 40 plus years with a clinically severe impulsive/compulsive (some would say repulsive) collecting/acquiring neuroses my house was an interesting conglomeration of over-the-top semi-materialistic mayhem...the film looks pretty great, but the soundtrack featuring april march w/ los cincos, spacemen 3 and matson jones is award-winning, well, in my little decrepit universe...other news is i guess really no news which is i still have no definitive releases planned...i have a few possibilities on the ho-ri-zon...
i'm hoping to do a new ettes album and they are in fact headed to toe rag studios in london once again to record soon...they want to foot the bill themselves and then decide what they want to do with the outcome (smart kids) i love them and i would be honoured to do it so we'll see said he what unfolds...other possibilities are an l.a. band called the binges comprised of 2 japanese sisters (bass and guitar) and 2 other local notorius troublemakers...the binges are an updated interpretation of hard rock and they are a wonder to behold...fun and fierce...another potential pretty spectacular possibility is the debut album by montreal's, the sunday sinners which features previous members of les sexareenos, the mystery girls and several other fab montreal combos...they are on the r & b tip and whether they like it or not the closest comparison is probably the detroit cobras w/out the garage sensibilities...great guitar sound, vocals, keyboard etc...
i think thats about it...i'm somewhat busy with my other venture, necessaries toy foundation and i'll have the first of 3 figures i'm doing with miss fawn gehweiler released soon followed by a super top-secret project with an artist of immense popularity that will most definately shake up the vinyl toy market good and proper...i think thats about it...check back in 6 months or so for yet another of my truly exciting updates...meanwhile : buy sympathy back catalogue with your extra money, try to be relatively nice, don't club baby seals and you probably shouldn't eat any dog shit !!
shitty shit shit !! where does the time go ?? (gee, our ol' la salle ran great). last november marked the 17th anniversary of sympathy for the record industry and i more than anyone else on this nasty little planet am astonished with that reality...whod've ever thunk ?? i certainly never suspected it would last a year and here i am now a suave, universally despised multi-millionaire still taking advantage of unsuspecting bands and feathering my swank personal nest with the spoils of their musical talents...thank you jesus, thank you lord...2006 looks like it'll be a good year and no i don't have a brain tumor or a fatal disease...it's gonna be good because there are some very good things on the ho-ri-zon...with the record industry as a whole sputtering severely and coughing up blood sympathy continues to flourish in the face of all the adversity...these days the label is pretty much self-sufficent and the majority of my time is spent with young female admirers, watching films and attending to the growing gaggle of cats, possums, raccoons, skunks and birds that appear daily at my estate like faithful christians decending upon bethlehem (it has been noted on numerous ocassions that i am kinda like a modern day st francis of assisi) i also spend a great deal of time traveling in my private jet and ridiculously decadent yacht searching the globe for priceless art and artifacts to fill my casa sympathia/xanadon't empire...speaking of xanadon't 2006 will likely see me relocating operations out of long beach and to an island somewhere in the specific northwest...i have been looking for the right spot for over a year and have been close a couple times, but i am characteristically holding out for the perfect secluded waterfront location...there will be slightly less activity at sympathy this year as i am now dividing my non-frivilous time between sympathy and my other venture, necessaries toy foundation which is now in its fourth successful year... 2006 will see the release of dvd's, the publishing of books (on sympathetic press) and many fine new musical atrocities by several of the usual suspects as well as some by exciting new entities...scheduled already are new releases by the fondas, miss derringer, detroit cobras, buff medways, veruca salt and two posthumous releases by international celebrities jack off jill...there will also be a loverly collection titled, "the longer the drool the stranger the brew my dear"...this collection will examine the seemier/weirder/questionable merits (the fetid underbelly) of some lesser known/overlooked sympathy releases...included will be frightful offerings from the satin chickens, high technology suicide, anal babes, ether hogg, the child molesters, destroy all monsters, blunder tounge, ultrasonic attack wave pest repeller, doc wor mirran, the tards, basil wolverton, teenage larvae etc etc...also of interest will be the first ever release of sugar (babydoll) babylon which features kat (babes in toyland), courtney (hole) and jennifer (L7) these recordings preceed all of their later projects and needless to say this is a historic recording of immeasurable importance...and finally there is a film about to be unleashed titled "the treasures of long gone john" go ahead and laugh...i know what you are thinking...why a film about me ?? good question and it is certainly one that had puzzled me during the past year of filming...i've yet to figure it out and i have no expectations that the inevitable novel inspired by the film will be appearing on oprah's bookclub list anytime soon...when i was originally approached with the idea by gregg gibbs about him documenting my um, uh sordid little life my thoughts were far beyond skepticism and well into the realm of who could possibly give a shit...i never suspected that it would ever get off the ground let alone sustain momentum and actually be completed and i therefore halfheartedly agreed to participate...gregg says it's about me and even though i am included and seemingly a focus it seems more accurate that i'm a thread running through all these other things that the film is really about...i did not want the title to contain my name...i pleaded for it to be called "pictures of the gone world" after the book of poems by lawrence ferlinghetti, but that is just one of the many battles i fought and lost...a lot of my friends are in the film, ok all of them are my friends, but i kept insisting that gregg find some people with some less-than-glowing stories and some menacing/horrific secrets to reveal, but he claims no matter how hard he tried he could not elicit a single discouraging word...i suppose i should've/could've pointed him in the direction of some of my numerous detractors, but in the end i decided against it and figured why give them the forum ?? this was actually an unselfish act as i was really only concerned about your eventual enjoyment and viewing pleasure and not my own nearly immaculate (insert laughter here) reputation...the film focuses on art, music, toys and other personal neuroses...it features an in-depth look at the art of todd schorr, mark ryden, camille rose garcia and robert williams as well as glimpses into the lives and work of many other talented artists...there is some amazing animation and both sympathy for the record industry and necessaries toy foundation as well as my disturbing childhood are explored in excruciating detail...the film soundtrack contains over 40 tracks from the sympathy catalog that have actually been cleared for usage on both master and publishing ends...the film will have it's world premier at the sxsw film festival in austin on march 14th...i am not going to attend...i don't want to witness the possibility of a poor turnout or an unreceptive audience...i'll wait till may when it preimiers in los angeles at allison anders, don't knock the rock film festival where i can at least hopefully hide in the back of the theatre undetected and if neccessary have a much shorter distance to travel home with my tail stuck between my legs...i will try to update you as more screenings are scheduled...Click here: "The Treasures of Long Gone John"...well, that's enough news outta me for a while...
FILM UPDATE :
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.
1- Flipside Kid
Veruca Salt skyrocketed to fame in 1994 with the alternative radio mega-hit "Seether" off their Minty Fresh debut album "American Thighs," and followed with an equally successful sophomore effort, 1997's "8 Arms to Hold You." After co-founder Nina Gordon left to pursue a solo career, lead singer/guitarist Louise Post reformed the band with guitarist Stephen Fitzpatrick and drummer Kellii Scott, to produce 2000's critically acclaimed "Resolver," described by Chicago Sun Times' Jim DeRogatis as "the best album to be released under the band's Willy Wonka inspired moniker, as well as one of the strongest albums of the year ... a galvanizing rock 'n' roll statement in a pop-dominated time." The success of Veruca Salt's 2005 EP "Lords of Sounds and Lesser Things" and its accompanying US tour secured the band a record deal with indie label powerhouse, Sympathy for the Record Industry. Now six years after Resolver, Post and Fitzpatrick have been joined by bassist Nicole Fiorentino (Radio Vago), and rejoined by drummer Kellii Scott (Failure, Blinker the Star, Enemy), to create the fourth and latest full length Veruca Salt album, "IV," which is slated for release in September 2006. Produced by Rae DiLeo (Filter, Army of Anyone), "IV" features the classic heavy guitar thunder, pop sensibility, and soul-wrenching lyrics of previous Veruca Salt efforts, coupled with the stirring musical maturation of Louise Post and Co. Songs written and performed live to worldwide acclaim over the past six years (such as "Blissful Queen," "Save You," and "The Sun") have been combined with powerful new material, and the resulting effort promises to be the greatest Veruca Salt album to date
January 18, 2005 - LOS ANGELES
When Rolling Stone magazine picked the best albums of the year, they slotted Anaheim's Willowz in among such huge contemporary acts as the White Stripes, Bright Eyes and Sleater-Kinney, and legends Neil Young, Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones themselves. "Talk in Circles" (Sympathy) earns such high praise for its "sweet-and-sour cocktail of buzz-saw guitars," "catchy choruses" and "Stooges propulsion." Never a band to do anything the simple way, Richie James Follin and company have hooked up with 20 + cutting-edge video directors to make a provocative, high-energy DVD companion piece to their smash album, Talk In Circles DVD, plus extra bonus videos from songs off their previous album. Featured directors include Michel Gondry (who used Willowz music to score the underpants dance scene in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), Joe Rubalcaba collaborating with Artificial Army, Ace Norton, Emmy Collins and John Michael McCarthy. Half of the filmmakers are affiliated with the Commondeer production company, including 23-year-old wunderkind Ace Norton. His ebullient trick photography video for "Ulcer Soul" presents the band as suburban superheroes, who by rocking out in their tiny house manage to conquer the laws of gravity--at least until the song ends, and the drummer falls in the pool. In Toben J. Seymour 's "Cons and Tricks," the Willowz play sneaky flies outsmarting the animated spiders who've wrapped them up in audio cable and want to electrocute them. Emmy Collins' "Questionnaire" turns the band into living cacti who crawl up out of the desert sand and crawl back in when the sun goes down. And in Buddy Gray’s quirky "Making Certain," the band lives and plays inside a kid's dollhouse and snow globe. The DVD's unquestioned highlight is the video for "Toy" (dir. Joe Rubalcaba /Artificial Army), a wild Caribbean adventure in which bass babe Jessica is kidnapped by pirates. With this DVD, the Willowz make the leap from amazing live and recorded performers to visual trendsetters. What medium will they conquer next? Stay tuned…
Although Jack Off Jill may never have topped the charts or headlined Madison Square Garden, their contribution to gothic-alt rock as well as the Grrl Band Revolution isn't any less important. Disbanding in 2000, they left their fans with their best album to date, "Clear Hearts Grey Flowers". At the time being closely linked with fellow Floridian Marilyn Manson did not necessarily help Jack Off Jill, as they were constantly being compared to Manson and his shock rock genre. The fact was Jack Off Jill had more in common with riot grrl acts such as Babes In Toyland and Hole, but because of the stigma that surrounded them, they found it difficult to gain acceptance from their female peers. After years of struggling with inner band turmoil and being lumped into date rape and nu-metal genres, Jack Off Jill begrudgingly released their second full length album, Clear Hearts Grey Flowers, produced by Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) and featuring an album cover painted by the art demi-God Mark Ryden. Never before released on vinyl. coloured vinyl Edition of 2000. psssssssssst: Lead singer, Jessicka can now be found fronting L.A.'s beloved and brilliant Scarling with many releases available on Sympathy.
When I am Queen
Fear of Dying
Star No Star
Losing His Touch
Clear Hearts Grey Flowers
Before the world was introduced to Marilyn Manson, before the world even knew what sweet dreams were made of, there was Ft. Lauderhell, the Spooky Kids, Jack Off Jill and a club called Squeeze, which would later become a headquarters and home away from home for both bands. There Manson became the great Oz to Jessicka's Dorothy. And Ft. Lauderdale their yellow brick road of sorts… A golden trail leading them out of humid hell and onto bigger and better things. Humid Teenage Mediocrity is a collections of recordings produced during that Golden Age. The now defunct Jack Off Jill hit the South Florida scene in 1992 and was hailed by critics as a "childrens puppet show meets the Exorcist" The band lasted eight years, with only Moulder and Fodera remaining through all its lineups. The Original [all-girl] line-up consisted of Jessicka: Vocals / Lyrics , Agent [robin] Moulder :bass , Michelle In-Hell [guitar] and Tenni Ah-Cha-Cha [drums]. Jack Off Jill played with a relentless fuck-all attitude and sound that could rarely be duplicated by its predecessors. Releasing Children 5 and Up, Cannibal Songbook and Cockroach Waltz and touring with riot girl legends L7, Babes In Toyland ,7 Year Bitch as well as Goth icons Switchblade Symphony and fellow Floridian shock rockers Marilyn Manson, Jack Off Jill’s live show was one to be seen. They commanded the stage ruling it as their own private playpen complete with dolls -candy - blood - and a plethora of toys for singer Jessicka to fashion into weapons in order to injure herself or her unsuspecting band mates. Jack off Jill took the stage taunting you to play their game and play it on their turf. This 25 track collection of songs from the Florida based punk goth legends was produced by Marilyn Manson . The album includes 13 previously unreleased tracks and 9 songs that went on to be re-recorded for the classic debut “sexless demons and scars”. Manson also supplys liner notes with a Jack off Jill history and guitar parts to “Swollen”. Essential for all JOJ and Marilyn Manson fans. Contains new artwork and 3 tracks not available on UK version
COMPLETELY REMASTERED (2006) SOUNDS AMAZING !!
My Cat ('94)
Spit and Rape
Yellow Brick Road ('94)
Bruises Are Back In Style
Don't Wake The Body ('95)
French Kiss The Elderly
Working With Meat
My Cat ('95)
Previously only available on CD... Now for the first time ever, 3 great Sympathy releases available on the ever-popular LP format... Seminal albums by the New York Dolls, Suicide and Roky Erickson...
Matson Jones has been around about two years now, and they have wasted no time getting noticed. The bands unique style has been getting a lot of attention and in 2005 The Denver Post and alternative weekly Westword named them “Best New Band”. This fab four from Colorado is impossible to keep under wrap, such notables as Spin, LA Weekly and Chicago Sun Times have touted the bands self titled full length as something truly new and exciting and a “compelling spin on the traditional foursome”. Hitting the Top 30 on college radio, CMJ said “Giving a new meaning to “Chamber Rock”, this Colorado quartet creates some of the most original indie rock to hit radio all year.” They strike gold one again on this 4 song EP the albatross mates for life, but only after a lengthy courtship that can take up to four years, which is the next step of Matson Jones’ peculiar dark indie rock. Matt Regan's bass lines jump to the forefront, taking the songs in different directions, while still providing a solid ground for those wily cellos. Drummer Ross Harada continues his lickety-split beats, but is not afraid to slow down and really lay into those pots and pans, especially in the song "sabotage." And the girls, Martina Grbac and Anna Mascorella, continue to spill their guts about birds, legs, hearts and heads, and rip into their cellos, experimenting with different harmonies and moods. Our little Matson Jones is growing up; this new EP, their second Symapthy release, is a handful of handpicked songs, near and dear to the band's heart. Poppy, tragic, aggressive and sweet that will surely be a favorite amongst fans and critics alike.
1) x's and o's
3) dirt sea
4) wrecking ball
Since the release (Feb 2004) of the CD version of Sweet Heart Dealer Sympathy has been hounded to release it on vinyl. So with the release of the 2nd album, So Long, Scarecrow finally on vinyl we decided the time was right. There's no question Sweet Heart Dealer is a dark record, and "Black Horse Riding Star" proves it as Jessicka busts out her roaring scream. However, as the track "Can't (Halloween Valentine)" beautifully exemplifies, her voice is undeniably sweet and clear. Influenced by everyone from My Bloody Valentine, Loop, and Sonic Youth to Daisy Chainsaw, Lush, The Velvet Underground, and the Cure, Scarling.’s talent lies in their ability to create actual song structures from noise and chaos. The LP version of Sweet Heart Dealer contains an extra track, "Love Becomes a Ghost"