JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER
Fig. 5
Liberation

[ATP Records, www.alltomorrowsparties.co.uk]


For a band that had released so much music in such a short span of time and has gotten so much press, I've always wondered whether the hype Jackie-O Motherfucker has received has truly been justified. Does their brand of freak-out neo-psychedelic free music justify all the noise that's surrounding the band? Based on these two re-issues [originally put our on the deceased Road Cone label], the answer is a firm maybe. Originally released in 2000, "Fig. 5" is a representative album for the band, where for just over 70 minutes; they initiate you into their brand of folk-pop freak-out sounds. Though the album may sound less than well recorded, this is one of the things it has going for it. It possesses this earthy quality that sucks you right in from the get-go. Though they feature a number of shorter pieces on the record - an excellent rendition of "Go Down, Old Hannah" [which sounds like a heart-wrenching funeral march] - it's the longer tracks that are worth the price of admission alone. "Beautiful September (We Are Going There)" turns out to be a contemplative piece that features some fine guitar work and a steady arrangement of mellow paced organic rock. It has this western [almost country-like] feel to it, which just makes for a pleasant listen. The piece that steals the record for me has to be "Michigan Avenue Social Club". With its tender guitar lines, gentle percussion [lots of shakers and shells are heard throughout] and dibs of tenor sax thrown in for good measure, the piece's 24 minute length seems to fly by much quicker than its actual length. In places, I get vivid images of The Feelies live shows from late 80's when their music used to captivate me. There are plenty of wide open spaces, where each member is allowed to rock out and complete the groove that they're experiencing. "Fig. 5" turns out to be a wonderful introduction to the band that is at the centre of maximum hype.

The next album in the batch of releases from this band is "Liberation". Even more psychedelia tinged then its predecessor, the record evolves at an even slower, more turtle- like pace. The mood is obviously damp and stark, almost like being in a middle of a Mississippi swamp with the gators swimming close by. "In Between" features some fine guitar picking amidst a barrage of barrel-down free percussion. It evolves at such a slow pace; you'd think the band had nowhere else to go afterwards. There is no rush and certainly no desire to get to any particular destination. The journey is the message. It's the road that is more exciting than the climax, which to be honest, never really arrives at the end of a Jackie-O tune. In between the long jams, we get a surprise in the form of some real [single-length] rock tunes. Dino Valenti's "Something on Your Mind" is a real treat. As the vocals are buried underneath a soft swinging violin, this thick layer of a backbone of a monster has dulled his teeth at least for one moment. I'm not exactly sure what "Northern Line" is, but it could be the band's interpretation of a train as it's gaining speed when it leaves a station or it could just be a short song-like free jam. Whether you like it or not, whatever cause they're expounding, whatever side of the fence they sit on, Jackie-O Motherfucker has now become an underground force to be reckoned with. Whether all the attention they've attracted is worth all the hype is for you to decide.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Rova:Orchestrova - Electric Ascension
+ AMM - Norwich
+ Günter Müller / Jason Kahn/Christian Wolfarth - Drumming
+ Graham Halliwell - Recorded Delivery
+ Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box
+ Mike Cooper - Metal Box
+ Peter Baumgartner / Christoph Schiller - Savagnieres
+ Tape - Mort Aux Vaches
+ Birgit Ulher / Lou Mallozzi/Michael Zerang - Landscape: recognizable
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+ Heathen Shame - Speed the Parting Guest
+ Nush Werchowska / Mathias Pontevia/Heddy Boubaker - Glotosifres
+ Renato Figoli - Ocho Al Puma
+ Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
+ Gigolo Freak Show
+ Ake Hodell - Verbal Braiwash and Other Works
+ Kalacakra - Crawling to Lhasa
+ Ghost - Metamorphosis: Ghost Chronicles 1984-2004
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Just Another Band from the Cosmic Inferno
+ Gigolo Showcase - P.Diddy - Jack U / Christopher Just - I'm A Disco Dancer - Remixes / Uhu - Constellation / Hell - Tragic Picture Show
+ Hanna Hartman - Longitude/Cratere
+ Hell - Grossenwahn 1992 - 2005 / Monotonie Durch Automation - NY Muscle Interpretationen
+ Innerstance.Beatbox - Your Eyes Are Like UFO`s, My Darling
+ Kone-R - Knob / I`m Dubious
+ LJ Kruzer - This Is How I Write
+ Lo-Fi Stereography
+ Alton Miller - Stories From Bohemia
+ Five Years Of Moon Harbour
+ Napsugar - Don't Blind Me
+ Editors - The Back Room
+ Octave One - Theory Of Everything
+ Savas Pascalidis - Relax Your Body
+ The Prodigy - Their Law - The Singles 1990 - 2005
+ Coloma - Dovetail
+ Box Jams
+ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Howl
+ V/A - Afryka
+ Berkut - Zli Pryvyczky
+ Roman - So Ghost?
+ Safety Scissors - Tainted Lunch
+ Sender Berlin - Unequal Arts
+ Signaldrift - Set Design
+ Sofa Surfers - Sofa Surfers
+ Stardub - Cut & Paste
+ Static - Re Talking About Memories
+ The Timeout Drawer - Nowonmaid
+ Trio Exklusiv - International Standards
+ Wojczech - Sedimente
+ Jar - Jar
+ Iwan Kirczuk - Spadczyna Zahinuuszych Wiosak
+ Julia Doszna - Immigrant
+ Bratskład - Bratosfera/Rapdarmo
+ Flit - Swit Takyj...
+ TNMK & Schid Side - Jazzy - Live in 44
+ Kulgrinda - Prusu Giesmes
+ AuIi - Sendzirdeju
+ Wahrnehmungen
+ Neo.Pop 05
+ lil - Epiphenomenon
+ Richard Bartz - Big

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+ RICH HALLEY TRIO - Mountains and Plains
+ SU LYN - Clay Angels
+ IN FLAGRANTI - Wronger Than Anyone Else
+ THE JUAN MACLEAN - Less Than Human ; DELIA GONZALEZ / GAVIN RUSSOM - The Days of Mars
+ PHILIP SAMARTZIS / GUNTER MULLER / VOICE CRACK - Wireless_Within ; GUNTER MULLER / STEINBRUCHEL - Perspectives
+ MARC HELLNER - Marriages
+ KPTMICHIGAN - KptMichigan
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - How to Kill The DJ [Part Two] ; VARIOUS ARTISTS - ROJO - Tachan - CD Compilation by Nosordo / Glasvocht - Nosordo - We're for the Unknown, Unbought & Unbossed ; PULSEPROGRAMMING - Tulsa for One Second - Remix Project
+ RUBIN STEINER - Drum Major
+ DIJF SANDERS - To Be a Bob
+ STEVE RODEN - Oder Delias or Butterflies
+ MAZEN KERBAJ / SHARIF SEHNAOUI / CHRISTINE SEHNAOUI / INGAR ZACH - Rouba 3 i 5 ; MAZEN KERBAJ - BRT VRT ZRT KRT
+ VORPAL - An Incomplete Guide to Vorpal Music
+ SANHEDOLIN - Manjo icchi wa muko ; KEIJI HAINO - Konokehai fujirareteru hajimarini
+ JOHN LINDBERG QUARTET- Winter Birds
+ LULA CORTES e ZE RAMALHO- Paebiru
+ ALEXANDER TUCKER - Old Fog
+ THE LAPPETITES - Before the Libretto
+ ASWEFALL - Bleed ; AFETY SCISSORS - Tainted Lunch
>> JACKIE-O MOTHERFUCKER - Fig. 5 / Liberation
+ DR. ISRAEL - Inna City Pressure ; DR. ISRAEL PRESENTS DREADTONE INTERNATIONAL - Patterns of War
+ RAN BLAKE / DAVID FABRIS - Indian Winter
+ DEATH IN VEGAS - FabricLive 23 ; DIPLO - FabricLive 24
+ TIM BERNE'S BLOODCOUNT - Memory Select - The Paris Concert III ; MARC JOHNSON'S RIGHT BRAIN PATROL - Magic Labyrinth ; PAUL MOTIAN TRIO - At The Village Vanguard
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Bradycard
+ GERRY HEMINGWAY QUINTET - Double Blues Crossing
+ BAIKONOUR - For the Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos
+ CONFUTATIS - Built in Anger
+ DREKKA - Extractioning ; ANNELIES MONSERE - Helder
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box
+ SKALPEL - Konfusion
+ FME - FREE MUSIC ENSEMBLE - Cuts
+ MATTHEW SHIPP - One
+ MATS GUSTAFSSON - Slide
+ STUNT ROCK - This is Stunt Rock Volume Three
+ TOD DOCKSTADER / DAVID LEE MYERS - Bijou
+ THE VILLAGE ORCHESTRA - Et In Arcadia Ego

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