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RADnotBAD: John Jack Joseph

30 Sep

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I was sitting at The Blackheart back in February, finally having made my way out to see Jack McBrearty (The Electric Friends, Partyy Dress) perform a solo set as John Jack Joseph, the project had just begun to grow legs and the awkwardness of having not acclimated fully to the absence of  having three friends to draw strength from as he had been doing for years with The Electric Friends was obvious, probably not so much to the laymen observer, the dude has clearly been playing shows for the better part of a decade, for someone who has seen him lose himself on stage as long as I have though it caught me off guard.

Near the end of his set he seemed to shrug some invisible chip off his shoulder and went into this slow driving song “Open-Ended, Middle-Class Blues,”  all the effects he had been using throughout the set to create some idealistic wall between he and the audience had been torn down and for the first moment in all the time I’ve seen the guy play he took complete command of his sound and forced it all into its proper place behind him as demons no longer allowed to torment him but instead to be used through some ancient spell as puppets to sway before the audience at each twitch of his hands. The bar hushed and turned to the stage, the bartenders, the other bands, even the traffic outside stopped to allow the presence of John Jack Joseph to speak.
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Every set I’ve caught of his since that five minute magnetic moment you can see him honing in on whatever IT is. Each set the moment grows longer, each set he becomes more of a presence than a person, something about the way he has gone about his path leads us to believe he has always known it was there, like when Don Juan speaks to Castaneda about learning to know the precise time to dig up the plant so it will bring about knowledge rather than spiritual death, “a man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it will live to regret his steps.” It is as if that fear, not so much of failure but instead of self-destruction, had kept him trying to find a Continue reading

RADnotBAD: The Electric Friends

7 Nov

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Could The Electric Friends have pushed their first tangible release back any longer? I’ve had the early digital copy of Songs For Electric Friends burning in my pocket for months now waiting for it to be street legal. I leaked one track out of impatience for the most recent Friday The 13th mixtape but have held my tongue to give them a legit welcome to our hearts post until now, finally the day I get to share it with you losers has come.

The Electric Friends are one of those rare bands who actually have the balls to not conform to the current trend of pseudo-psychedelia or bourgeoisie rock n roll which backhandedly poisons and saturates current southern culture. Instead they are a band who within seconds of seeing on stage the reality of these songs being their chosen path to walk rather than a crutch they collectively lean on becomes crystal clear. There is a vast disappointing ocean full of bands flooding my inbox we cannot say the same for, there is solace in the skill of these dudes. Continue reading

RADNOTBAD: Ditch Witch

30 Sep

Ditch Witch Album Cover-Optimized-Optimized-1A few weeks ago one of my buddies Joe, who runs Toilet Ov Hell, mentioned that he was looking for the best metal band in Austin and asked what my thoughts were. He listed off a few who he considered the crème de la crème‘ and I was immediately caught off by his not referencing Ditch Witch. It just seemed nonsense not to have them in the conversation when they were my instant number one. Sometimes I forget just how many great bands reside here. Continue reading

RADNOTBAD: Told Slant

30 Apr

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How in the hell has an album like Still Water been floating around for six months and I’m just now stumbling over it? It is so good it is important!

The fact that Told Slant are a band from Brooklyn* which doesn’t sound like every other band from Brooklyn Continue reading

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