November 23, 2008
It’s been a while since the last major posting… I’m not going to write much here because this stuff speaks for itself. If ever there was a band who didn’t need much by way of words it would be JAWBOX. I’d picked up ‘Grippe’ in the mid 90’s, I think it was the first time I’d even seen a JAWBOX record after being on the hunt for something. I had a major Dischord fixation at the time & this record did more than satisfy my appetite. It was also strange that a band could release albums that would sound equally at home on a label like Amphetamine Reptile or Touch & Go… and then end up on a major label! That just goes to show what a unique path they trod through the 1990’s.
First up here are 8 tracks recorded in very early 1990, I believe there may have been another track from this session but who knows? 5 of these tracks were released on the cassette version of the first JAWBOX 7″. The quality of the 94 live set recorded in Poland is a bit rough but still cool to hear. Unfortunately track 2 is missing since the mp3 file was corrupt when I’d transferred from an old hard drive. The flyer below that looks to be about one of the best shows I could imagine seeing, that lineup should give you a clue as to what I may post next. The D.C. set is soundboard quality & from their last short tour, after which the band sadly parted ways. The Lounge Ax set from 94 appeared on the split album with LEATHERFACE which came out as part of the Your Choice live series.
All in all an excellent collection of JAWBOX greatness here. If you don’t own any of their records then rectify this… Desoto bought the rights to their two Atlantic albums and made them available through iTUNES. Please also help support J Robbins’ son Callum who was diagnosed with a severe life affecting disorder, you can read more about it here and if possible make a donation.
JAWBOX – Live in Poland, 11-03-1994
JAWBOX – Live at the Black Cat DC, 01-24-97
JAWBOX – Live at Lounge Ax, Chicago 10/94