pass the Excedrin, cause as regular readers of the Jazzy One's riveting
writings are already aware, those saucy superintendents at Skin Graft
are rolling out a big-ass bundle of bombastic beauts this fall - and
naturally, each and every one is a surefire, slam-dunk, certified smash
First, your righteous reporter o' rock whacked you with word on GORGE
TRIO's wizened wowful warbles, "Open Mouth,
O Wisp"! Then your gallant Galahad of Graft graced you with the
gab on the vinyl victory that is QUINTRON's
"The Frog Tape"! And NOW
your monolithic mangod is here to tell of two more albums destined to
be deified by dazzled & dumbfounded devotees of devilish discord WORLDWIDE!
Yes, the Jazzy One speaks of the Skin Graft debuts from Portland's powerhouse
of pristine pound, POINT LINE PLANE and
St. Louis' supercharged sultans of sound YOWIE!
And that's not all, wouldja believe that QUINTRON's Frog Tape is hitting
the stands on the venerable CD format to boot?!
BELIEVE -Oh, Skin Gratfcateer-- BELIEVE!!!!
These releases are so
deliciously dandy, so asskickingly
out-there, that the Jazzy one positively predicts that you will
find yourself purchasing multiple copies of each, dutifully
double bagging your prized picks and stashing them away as cocksure
collectors items, guaranteed to attain a value of positively
preposterous proportions, far in excess of the paltry retail
price. Your mild-mannered monarch of mirth further forecasts that you
will buy EVEN MORE copies to give your
friends and associates as gladsome gifts that will madden, moisten,
and mesmerize, surely cementing your friendship from here to eternity.
Now sluggers, allow Jazzy Joe a few moments to self-medicate - and while
I'm away, review these writings on our most recent round of royalty-ridden
LINE PLANE began as a synth/drums duo creating noise music with
pop hooks and touring the US relentlessly. As electro continued to fizzle
and screamy dance-punk/neo-no wave enjoyed a brief spike of popularity,
kids and college radio DJ's took note of Point Line Plane's eclectic
and original style, contrasting the sound to innovators like LIARS,
EX MODELS, and LIGHTNING BOLT. Actual comparisons were hard to draw
however; and reviews in print and online found writers grasping for
metaphors rather than listing influences.
In two short years, Point Line Plane played over
100 shows and continued to hone their near-telepathic live skills
in destructively short 20-minute concert performances.
The production of the self-titled album and their subsequent score for
the feature documentary film Haunters made
it clear that their studio abilities were unquestionable as well.
Point Line Plane's sophomore effort and Skin Graft Records debut, Smoke
Signals, tackles failed communication in all forms. In late 2003,
the original synth/drums duo of Joshua Blanchard
(ex-Sensualists) and Nathan Carson (ex-Witch
Mountain) were joined by Howard Gillam
(aka Supersprite) on second synth. While the addition of a third member
could have created a wall of sound throughout, the album is more often
reflective of restraint, tension, and drama. The ingredients of Smoke
Signals; repetition, hypnosis, psychedelia, paranoia and darkness; all
combine to form an album that will satisfy extreme noise enthusiasts
with its sonic textures - while finding favor abroad with it's classic
songwriting and flat out greatness.
heavies, we're soldiering on!
Its profound geographical
isolation makes Australia an unlikely habitat for a missing link renowned
to exist for millions of years without being documented by science,
especially since no primates are indigenous to the continent. Nevertheless,
the land down under claims its own version of Bigfoot,
the Yowie. The creature's long history can be traced back to
aborigine legends. An aborigine folk tale explains that when their people
first migrated to Australia thousands of years ago, they encountered
on the new continent a savage race of ape-men. The aborigines' ancestors
went to war against the ape-men, and in the end the humans triumphed,
thanks to their ability to make weapons.
- Bigfoot Encounters
years in the making, Cryptooology, YOWIE's
debut album, is an album at war. Yowie, a dual-guitar and drums trio
from St. Louis, have been stunning audiences
with their incomparable barrage of sonic kung fu. Shawn
Oconnor (Captain Captain), Jim Hagerty
(Malade de Souci) and Jeremiah Wonsewitz
(The Elements) accelerate the progressive-rock rhythmic sensibilities
of RUINS and MAGMA and mutate them with the shriekier side of BIG BLACK
and SLAYER. The band incorporates many variations in time signature,
tempo, and tuning, to create a virtual audio maze, but no matter how
complex things get; their compositions remain cohesive and compelling.
In 2004, with their debut album still being recorded, the strength of
Yowie's live show alone garnered them a nomination in The Riverfront
Times' 2004 St. Louis Music Awards, alongside local acts as diverse
as Nelly and Chuck Berry to Jay Farrar and Chingy.
The Yowie has yet to be found in Australia, but will soon be found touring
the world in support of Cyptooology. Enter
the venue at your own risk - and for fuck's sake
bring a camera!
Friends, your ears will
waxen in delight upon hearing the triumphant twosome of
POINT LINE PLANE and YOWIE, but
that's not where the fun ends! As you are well aware Skin Graft is a
full on audio-visual outfit, just wait til your peepers peep the majesty
of these two new works of art! Verily, it has already been assured that
in centuries to come the entire Skin Graft catalog will be preserved
under glass in some far-out gallery, probably on the moon, but today
you can hold in your very hands the latest Skin Graft CD masterworks.
For YOWIE, we are pleased to present the
peerless penciling and incomparable inks of Rob
Syers, paired with the perfected paints and lavish layout of
Mark Fischer. If the Yowie CD were a hotel,
we'd be talking 6 stars - for the bathrobes alone! And equally astounding,
weighing in at a lofty 9 panels (18 if we count the flipside!) prepare
to savor the POINT LINE PLANE perfection
put to paper by the ever effluent E*Rock.
The SG Surgeon Generals strongly suggest you have a spare pair of retinas
nearby prior to viewing. E*Rock's fabulous fold-out proved to be so
phat that the original run of booklets wouldn't even fit in the jewel
cases - causing our befuddled manufacturer to actually inquire if they
should "tape" the jewel cases shut to prevent unsightly bulging! Never
fear - E*Rocks paper epic was reprinted and this time around it fits!
No acquittal required!
hold your horseflies, heroes cuz QUINTRON's
fantastic fable of fright "The Frog Tape"
is ALSO out and about and ready to creep you way-out! That's right,
last go-round the Jazzy One spoke on the splendid spookiness conjured
by the amazing spellcaster, and now - heave those hosannas at their
highest cuz not only is "The Frog Tape" available on the hip retro "vinyl"
format, but it's additionally available on that novelty of the nineties-
the compact disc! You'll find praise o'
plenty on this one from your frog prince of pickled platters - just
scroll down to the previous update!
LINE PLANE, YOWIE and QUINTRON -
All three are ready and able to be ordered now. Checks and money orders
go to the P.O. Box and Paypals
Itchy ears? Don't scratch! Fill them with our 100%
FREE MP3's at the
The Skin Graft server is standing by to dump dozens of downloads to
your desktop! And for more details on each of these regal releases,
check their individual entries at our CATALOG
Gather round, grovelers
and get the goods on the winner of the YOWIE /POINT
LINE PLANE advance CD giveaway! World famous, SKiN GRAFT is renowned
for it's captivating contests dating all the way back to the 1987 zine
days smash "Win A Dream Date With The SKiN GRAFT
Guys" - which netted a whopping one entry and a night out at
Taco Bell for the winner (with unlimited hot sauce!). Our latest contest
didn't involve a whole lotta effort on your part (see the previous update
for details) but the number of entries was indeed astonishing! Nearly
800 email addresses clog our new mailing list (with a significant amount
not bouncing or invalid)! On September 17th, former Vic Tayback lookalike
contest winner Chirp
Waxmen was flown in from Natchez, Mississippi to pick a winner
and pick he did! It is my pleasure to crown AUBREY
"Aubs" O' DELL of Texas the new SKiN GRAFT heavyrock Champ!!!
Entries flew in from all over, from Boise, Idaho to Lagos Chile to Rome,
Italy and even Chicago, Illinois! And even though everyone but Aubs
is indeed a certifiable loser, take comfort in that you are ALL
winners in our email address book! Due to the overwhelming response,
and the fact that everyone likes free stuff, we'll drop another contest
soon-ish. So, if you haven't already, join the
mailing list up top so you're sure to be notified when the eggheads
upstairs figure out what it's gonna be!
Open Mouth, O Wisp
Word O' Open Mouth continues to spread as GORGE
TRIO's latest CD marches on toward its rightful place in the
world, top of your CD collection. If you're still minus this one, hold
the fries and get your $12.00 over here now. A quick review: "Open
Mouth, O Wisp" is Gorge Trio's magnum opus; a late North American
power combo sound in the tradition of Mark Ribot's Shrek work and US
Maple's postcool canker, sporting a palette as effectual and varied
as the Sun City Girls. GORGE TRIO is comprised of three-fourth's of
the critically acclaimed recording artist COLOSSAMITE,
which disbanded in 1998 and are survived by three releases on SKiN Graft
Records. GORGE TRIO includes current members of DEERHOOF, THE FLYING
LUTTENBACHERS, NATURAL DREAMERS, and former members of underground pioneers
ICEBURN and SICBAY. Gorge Trio have recorded two previous full length
CD's for Italy's prestigious Freeland Record label: "Dead
Chicken Fear No Knife" and "For Loss Of"
with Milo Fine (of the Free Jazz Ensemble - circa 1969). As COLOSSAMITE,
they recorded "Economy Of Motion", "Frisbee" and
"All Lingo's Clamor". Details on each can be found on-site. Guitar,
electronics, drums. It's not easy music, but -hey- this ain't the place
for "music for dummies" anyway.
time the Jazzy one tossed the teeniest of tidbits to tickle your taste
buds with word that you'd be seeing a very good deal of RUINS
at the International House Of Graftcakes in 2005. Since this
nugget of news was posted, our mailman Marty Lumps
has requested another route, our already massive mailbags have doubled
in size with queries as to "what goes on"?!!!
Jazzy will serve it to you straight, sans syrup. The more astute
and acute among you may have noticed that the next catalog number up
for grabs is GR75, which is surely an anniversary
by my watch and the granddaddies of Graft are never ones to allow an
opportunity to celebrate slip by. So it is with a P-word of pride that
Jazzy Joe announces the impending release of a new Split 7" and comic
set - in the grand old style pioneered by SKiN GRAFT way back at catalog
number GR01. The bands? None other than Japan's
dynamic Drum and Bass duo - RUINS - paired with the reigning rulers
of riff - HIGH ON FIRE - (sporting Matt Pike formerly of Sleep
and Joe Preston, ex-Melvins)!!!! This most special of sets will be released
in conjunction with the rabble-rousers at Relapse
Records, home of the meatiest metal around. Drawing is already
underway in the Skin Graft bullpen where Rob Syers is again chained
to his drawing board (with the TV remote by his side). Skin Graft CEO
Mark Fischer will be lending a hand and Jah-willing we'll be seeing
this in early 2005. And yes, Wisenhiemer,
we know the photo of HIGH ON FIRE is out of date. No pic of the updated
line-up was available at press time. Sheesh!
But this spiffy split single and funny book is just the beginning! Following
shortly thereafter, SKiN GRAFT will unleash RUINS
"Vrresto" full length CD to a dynamic US debut! Previously only
available as a pricey import and out of print to boot, "Vrresto"
is widely considered the most rocking release in the Yoshida / Sasaki
Ruins repertoire. RUINS founder Tatsuya Yoshida
has painstakingly remixed and remastered the originals and woo-boy
are you in for a treat! Even if you're one of the fortunate few who
laid claim to the original, you'll want to pick up this puppy. Where
most remixes reduce their records to a saccharinely-sweet
clarifying clean, Ruins run counterclockwise roughening the edges
- with a tad o' dirt and grime! And before
we move on, ponder this pontificant ones - with Vrresto on the horizon,
can Palaschtom be far behind?
ITEM! Rumor Dept: U.S.
Maple's Todd Rittmann has been sighted performing out and about
with CHEER-ACCIDENT! Jazzy will neither
confirm nor deny this one, but is throwing it out there cause it sounds
so right! CHEER-ACCIDENT's got two (count 'em) uber-deluxe new releases
out now - the Gatefold sleeved double LP and CD set "Introducing
Lemon" and the CD and comic book set "Gumballhead
The Cat". Don't have them? Better mow a few more lawns or ask
pops for an advance on your allowance cuz if your collection has these
gaping holes, you're leaving yourself wide open to ridicule and scorn
(and not only from the Jazzy One!).
- another Gumballhead Beer put to bed!
I've assumed dictate position and turned the typing over to my personal
assistant Fabulous Florence Waters, as
the Jazzy One's pinky is a tad inebriated. It's been a while since we
checked in on the ongoing adventures of Graftdom assembled's favorite
fightin'-mad feline (that would be Gumballhead
The Cat) as chronicled in the pulpy pages of ROCTOBER
Magazine. So lets take a look-see shall we? Ace SG cartoonist
Rob Syers (winner of 5 Feldstein awards) has constructed a humdinger
of a yarn, aptly titled "Head In A Jar"
in which a decapitated Gumballhead finds himself in the midst of a puzzling
plot involving black magic, hard crime and cult intrigue. We've tossed
up a tantalizing tidbit of the proceedings from chapter three here at
the SG website (as seen in Roctober #39), so to glom an eyeful click
Issues of ROCTOBER can be ordered by visiting their website HERE
with that funnies business out of the way, lets dip back into the brew.
Ever since we announced that Gumballhead made
it into bottles as a real live beer courtesy of THREE
FLOYDS Brewery, we've had an abundant amount of requests from those
in remoter areas asking if it would be possible to score Gumballhead
Beer via Skin Graft's mailorder service. The problem, pals, is this,
postal regulations are not keen on booze by mail and even that aside,
we'd still have to concern ourselves with age statements and whatnot
because if your under 21 in this country, you've gotta have your older
buddy buy your beer. Now don't get me wrong, when
it comes to corrupting the youth of today, Skin Graft is at the top
of the list, but sending flavorful wheat beer through the nation's postal
system ain't gonna happen anytime soon. However, wipe away those
tears and unclench those fists cuz Jazzy Joe is
meeting you halfway yet again! To satisfy your saddening solicitations,
to pacify your pained petitions (and to make more money), we're offering
Jazzy's personal "empties" direct to you at home! Yes,
now YOU can have a big 22 oz Gumballhead Beer bottle of your very own
-complete with a signed certificate of authenticity!!!! Yes,
the Gumballhead Beer bottle makes a heckuva conversation piece and is
a dynamite decor that your friends and neighbors won't find at Ikea!
Stick flowers in it, start your own jug band or give those sea monkeys
of yours a cool new home -the possibilities are endless! Only
$8.00 postpaid to the p.o. box or via
the paypal shop and it's yours!