Monday, September 13, 2010

The Vinyl District Takeover | Jump Back Jake

It’s a crowded morning at TVD HQ, let me tell you...

As mentioned earlier today, Autumn isn’t merely for falling leaves, but dropping LPs—and one we and our friends at Ardent Music would like to put on your radar is the new EP from Jump Back Jake, ‘Call Me Your Man’ which hits your local record store shelves tomorrow, 9/14.

Jump Back Jake, aka Jake Rabinbach (who also plays lead guitar in Francis and the Lights) formed JBJ back in 2006 after jumping from Brooklyn to Memphis. The new EP is in fond memory of James Luther Dickinson, Willie Mitchell, Jay Lindsay, and Alex Chilton who all in some manner inform the recording.

As such, we’ve brought in guest reviewer Benjamin Popper for a proper review of ‘Call Me Your Man’ in advance of spending the week with Mr. Rabinbach (in addition to Those Darlins!)

TVD: we’re all sorts of taken over this week... —Ed.

The hard driving drums that open Jump Back Jake’s new EP, Call Me Your Man, don’t try to do too much. When the rest of the band jumps in a few bars later, the contours of a small recording studio emerge from the sound. It’s tight, focused, full of momentum. Jump Back starts singing, but the cadence is more relaxed then his older material. I think immediately of Kris Kristofferson when he gets to that line, “I’m sleeping in the next room doll / And all my shirts smell like you”. It’s understatement with an undercurrent, simmering on top of some rock and roll.

Where have all the horns gone? I remember Jake proudly rounding up aging Memphis brass, dragging them out of their retirement kicking and screaming, charming them with grand marnier and an unabashed love for the obscure records they played on decades ago. But the well curated soul sound that powered his first record, Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle, is over. And frankly I don’t miss it.

That Jake can still be found. The murderous metal riffs on Rose Colored Coffin (track 4) fall right into “I got a Loooovveee,” sung with the tone and melisma of a juke joint regular. But instead of trying to produce a modern soul record, Jump Back is putting those tools to work on compositions that defy easy categorization. There is something of Tom Waits in this track, a spooky gypsy, collecting the odds and ends of American music and stitching them up into an ill fitting suit that scares the women as much as it turns them on.

Records inform one another, and Jake’s new single, King of Romance, makes this new album make a lot of sense. “I remember when we first met,” he sings on that track, over a beat that could have been borrowed from Clipse. “And I took you down to Mississippi/ To see the cotton and the old cities/ Where it still looks like th 50s.” The cadence here is so startling, delivered half speaking with a rhyme scheme reminiscent of Craig Finn. And because of that, that distance from Memphis, from Stax, from soul arrangements and the rest, Jump Back’s love for the south comes across even stronger.

This music has excised the ghosts of influence. What makes the new record so exciting is not how good the musicians are, or Jake’s voice, those have always been good. It’s that he’s doing something novel, something that points forward more than back. It must be all that touring, the constant motion, the distance that makes the heart grow fonder, the pen sharper and the guitar sing.

Benjamin Popper
is a journalist living in Brooklyn, NY. He has written for Rolling Stone, Vice, Men's Vogue, the Daily Beast, New York Observer, and the Memphis Flyer.

Jump Back Jake - Call Me Your Man (Mp3)
Approved for download!

Stream the complete EP right here.

The Vinyl District Takeover | Those Darlins

It’s often said that Spring is the time of renewal, yet Autumn brings with it its own share of rejuvenations, not the least of which are vinyl releases and tour schedules.

For Those Darlins, a band we’ve championed since way back when, Autumn – and specifically this pre-Fall week – brings both the release of their new 7” ‘Night Jogger’ to store shelves and the band to town on Wednesday night at the Black Cat.

With such an auspicious convergence of events, we thought we’d invite the Darlins over to ol’ TVD HQ and rummage through what the band listens to at home and on the road, courtesy of freshly minted and full-fledged new Darlin, Linwood Regensburg. (He’s the one easily identified in the photo up there.)

Later on today we’ll give you an opportunity to win the 7” and some tickets to Wednesday night’s show with Strange Boys and Gentleman Jessie & His Men, but for now we’re turning over the reigns to Linwood—all week it’s Those Darlins Vinyl District. —Ed.

When was the last time you called your friend and said, "Hey bring your laptop over and lets have beers and listen to some MP3's?"

Believe me, I'm not the kind who's totally denying the now, but I can't help but continually steep in the old. I don't have an ipod, and my computer rarely works, making vinyl the main means for turning on. Unless of course, you're interested in making me a mixtape?

LUVS From the Modern World.......list of new shit I like.

Sonny and the Sunsets - Tomorrow Is Alright | I got this record for my birthday, and thank god for birthdays. "Too Young too Burn" knocked me out the first time I put that on.

Strange Boys - Be Brave | We're on tour with these guys as we speak. I hope it never ends.

Magic Kids - Hey Boy b/w Good To Be (7")
| The Kids just released their full length "Memphis" a few weeks ago. If you can get your hands on their debut single put out by Goner, dooo it. The primera versions of "Hey Boy" and "Good to Be" blow me away. Total wall of lo fi magic recorded by the Magic Kids themselves.

The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack | Some people still can't get over the fact that they changed their name from the Muslims to the Soft Pack. Who cares. Their drummer, Brian, is one of my favorites. Now he plays standing up.

Jeffrey Novak | Jeffreys got another solo record "Baron in the Trees" coming out in 2010, until the enjoy last years "After the Ball."

Best Coast - I read that Bill Murray likes Best Coast.

Sonny and the Sunsets - Too Young To Burn (Mp3)

The Soft Pack - Mexico (Mp3)
Best Coast - When I'm With You (Mp3)

TVD's Press Play

It's our weekly Music Monday recap of the tracks from last week that the folks in the press offices and PR firms want you to be hearing. We postyou decide.

Twin Shadow - Slow (Mp3)
Dive Index - Cut (Mp3)
Emil & Friends - Josephine (Mp3)
Alex Winston - Choice Notes (Mp3)
Bee vs Moth - I Listen to Coffee All Day (Mp3)
Cloudland Canyon - Mothlight (Part 2) (Mp3)
Darlings - Big Girl (Mp3)
Heavy Young Heathens - Sha La La L a La (Mp3)
Kindergarten Circus - Twin Evils (Mp3)
Acid Washed - Acid Washed (Danger Remix) (Mp3)
Netherfriends - Calling You Out (Mp3)
Sebastien Tellier - Kilometer (A-Trak Remix) (Mp3)
The Hush Now - The Other Ones (Mp3)
All approved for download!