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Artist: JERUSALEM & THE STARBASKETS/SKAREKRAURADIO
Title: Split
Format: LP
Label: Apop
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"In the latter partve the 90s there was no escapin the Elephant 6 Collective. Scribes n scribblers alike could not contain their hyperbole when describin whatever band was in vogue from said confederation. The word "genius" was tossed around like a cat turd outta Brian Wilsons sandbox, especially whenever de facto leader Jeff Magnums name was brought up. I dunno, I never bought into it. I saw one of them bands-forget the name now-in 2000 or so cause The Clean was openin up & let me tell ya, they was the best partve that show. Couple yrs later Im in some bar & a band commences to play & theyve got this cool bailing wire n bubble gum pop thing goin, a veritable Christchurch rumble if you will. It was pretty great. Turns out its Jeff Magnum on drums & some other folks. We talked for a minute & he said that yeah, the old NZ pop sound (read; South Island) was a big inspiration & while I cant say I ever heard it on anything else hes done, it was as right as rain that night.?So cut to 2006 & this split lp by Jerusalem & The Starbaskets (b/w Skarekrauradio), a band who have seemingly looked to the constellations of the southern hemisphere & used bins around Columbia, Mo in search of similar inspiration & motivation. Their side of this lp is the finest appropriation of the ChCh sound since.....since the last good one! One thing you gotta understand when you attempt to chugalug is that the Velvet Underground is the life blood w/Loaded at the heart of it all. The other is that the 13th Floor Elevators (notably the 1st lp) function as the medulla oblongata. Between the two ofem, they gave the city "that sound". Believe me its there, from Bill Direen to Pin Group, 25 Cents, Max Block, Scorched Earth Policy, The Puddle, Terminals & even the non Flying Nun bands like Riptoids, Les Bottletops & Brother Love. And while Jerusalem & The Starbasketsre closer to the Mason Dixon line than the international date one, soundwise they might as well have a return address somewhere on the Canterbury Plains. And their cover of Rokys Unforced Peace would make even a seasoned sodbuster like Dwayne Zarakov rethink his retirement clause.?The Skarekrauradio side on the other hand is thick w/its detuned homage to DIY Americana fringe-psych & alt. (lifestyle) punk, most notably Meatjoy. Dont know who that is? Imagine a female fronted & feminist motivated Wingtip Sloat. Hey, dont blame me, your the one that asked. Actually, I always kinda liked that Meatjoy album. I havent played it in about 10 years & since I feel like I just heard it, I got no compulsion to go & look for it for at least another five. So if I could say anything positive about Skarekrauradio its "thanks for that !"?But anyway, that Jerusalem & The Starbaskets side.....its worth price of admission. This is a ltd ed. lp of 200." -Roland Woodbe, Siltblog.
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