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nieh
08-30-2006, 07:49 PM
Because SkunkIt uploaded one of their songs in that forced listening thread and reminded me how much I love these guys. They were fronted by Blake Schwarzenbach (formerly of Jawbreaker who I never particularly cared for aside from a few songs) with his pleasantly raspy voice. Their first album was an incredible indie rock album, shifting between louder, kind of punkish stuff and softer pretty stuff almost constantly. Lots of nice guitar-work, going from pretty strumming and bouncy little notes to tougher, feedbacky stuff. Great, great stuff. It's always a struggle for me when I try to pick songs from this album so you're going to get them selected mostly at random.

Crown of the Valley (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=AF2E4C23224D69BD)
Starry Configurations (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=A170E13E2695A9C2)
Lemon Yellow Black (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=E713E4113BB5099D)
Sweet Avenue (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=1F82DB300CD4366A)

Then for their second album they took a HUGE step in the pop direction. Most of the album is relatively simple, upbeat they started using a bit of piano without getting to the point of overusing. It ends up feeling almost like a John Lennon-heavy Beatles album at times. It's also, unfortunately, the beginning of their overlong, directionless, uninteresting songs which would overrun their third album. I think their first album was much better but this one's still pretty decent (though I've known a couple people that thought this was the better of the two so it just depends on your taste).

Little Light (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=6412152A76DF4D8F)
Milk and Apples (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=918ADDAA0AD7E6F6)
In the Summer's When you Really Know (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=D36EB27E4390A3B9) (one of the overlong, uninteresting songs for an example. Still better than most of the third album though)

Then there was the third album. This was largely directionless and annoying for me. The average track length is about 6 minutes long and MAYBE 2-3 of the songs actually justify their lengths. It's disappointing because a lot of the songs have some pretty neat stuff in them but because they're pretty much just pop songs and they can't keep them to a decent length for pop songs it just kills them. There's a lot of pieces of songs where they actually do something interesting only to have it dregrade into simplistic pop which sounds like crap by comparison. Also, Blake's voice is on the verge of going from pleasantly raspy to just weak and ugly (though it only really shows in a couple songs). That said, there's a couple decent songs on there but they still don't really compare to their other stuff.

Wish List (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=F42C8B07092654CF)
Further North (http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=014253F3728E0260)

Anyway, they broke up in 2003 which was probably for the best considering the direcition (or lack thereof) that they were going in. But that first album was fantastic.

Apathy
08-31-2006, 03:55 PM
I can't let this topic fall without getting a response. I saw it this morning and I figured I'd let someone else comment, but no one is!

I tend to like Jawbreaker way more than Jets To Brazil, but I still recommend that anyone with any diverse music tastes at all click at least two of those links.

nieh
08-31-2006, 05:56 PM
http://www.mitchclem.com/nothingnice/comics/20020527.gif

Apathy
08-31-2006, 09:27 PM
Haha, yeah, I saw that a while ago.
I still love it.

Next person to read this - You must click a link and reply to the thread or risk getting your head punched in. I can make it happen.

coke_a_holic
09-01-2006, 12:28 PM
It's in mid-download and I can't wait to hear it. You've never steered me wrong, Josh.

All About Eve
09-01-2006, 02:03 PM
This was pretty hit or miss for me. Some I liked pretty well, others I just found boring. His voice gave me different impressions from song to song as well.

All in all, decent, but I'll never go out of my way to listen to them.

Kerr
09-01-2006, 03:24 PM
As with AAE, some songs were a bit boring like "In the Summer's When You Really Know" but I liked some others, for example, "Lemon Yellow Black". I kinda like their style too. I am prepared to give them a go.

Thanks for the uploads.

coke_a_holic
09-01-2006, 08:41 PM
I've only listened to a fraction of them, and I agree with Kerr and AAE; it was all good, but not spectacular. I didn't dislike any of the songs, but of the about 4 songs I heard, none of them made me go crazy.

Apathy
09-01-2006, 09:17 PM
I recommend Jawbreaker to all of you. I find them far more consistent in the Exciting/Boring song ratio.

You may have already heard the song Fireman. It got some radio play I believe. Most of the bands hardcore fans seem to dislike that album because they think that's where they sold out. But it's still good.

Preocupado
09-02-2006, 12:51 AM
I'll have a go just cause.

Preocupado
09-13-2006, 02:12 PM
Bump just cause. Everything is just as described on the first post, and i liked this band.

Wish List has an addictive ballad tone to it, and the whole song is smooth.

*sings*

"Mom and dad
can't remember if i told ya
how glad i am
i finally got to know ya"


In fact, that's what i like about the band - the songs keep theyr level until the end without screaming.

0r4ng3
09-13-2006, 02:22 PM
I recently downloaded all the Jawbreaker albums, so I'll start listening to JTB pretty soon. What's a good album to start on?

nieh
09-13-2006, 02:30 PM
Definitely Orange Rhyming Dictionary. Four Cornered Night is much poppier but is still quite good. Skip Perfecting Loneliness unless you want to pick out the few good songs from it.

0r4ng3
12-09-2006, 02:22 PM
Yes, bump and such.

So, I download all of their albums a while ago, but so far the only song I really listen to is Wish List. Can anyone suggest songs I should try?

nieh
12-09-2006, 06:26 PM
I know I said this in the original post but I think their whole first album is awesome. It's best as a whole but I'd say listen to Lemon Yellow Black if you haven't yet.

DeAtHsTaR
10-11-2007, 06:07 PM
Can somebody upload Four Cornered Night and Orange Rhyming Dictionary? I already own Jawbreaker's entire discography, and I want to get started on Jets to Brazil.

0r4ng3
10-11-2007, 07:39 PM
Four Cornered Night (http://www.sendspace.com/file/z5iw6f)

Orange Rhyming Dictionary (http://www.sendspace.com/file/q8wx9p)

You also want Perfecting Loneliness?

DeAtHsTaR
12-06-2007, 08:28 AM
Can you re-upload Orange Rhyming Dictionary?

coke_a_holic
12-06-2007, 11:45 AM
Holy shit, can you re-upload both, plz?

I'll upload anything you want that I have in return. (for what I have, check my last.fm (http://www.last.fm/user/classhole/) etc)

nieh
12-08-2007, 04:28 PM
I've lost a good portion of my mp3 cds lately, so I'd kind of appreciate it if someone can upload them as well.

0r4ng3
12-08-2007, 09:42 PM
Jets To Brazil (http://www.sendspace.com/file/t3pn7b)

All 3 albums.

nieh
12-08-2007, 09:59 PM
Yay!
For some reason, that link keeps making firefox crash but I was able to open it in IE fine.