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Video: AJJ – Goodbye, Oh Goodbye

AJJAJJ has premiered a new music video for the song “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye.”  The video was shot in a single take and will appear on the forthcoming full length, The Bible 2, which is set to drop on August 19, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are live.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: Andrew Jackson Jihad / Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts / Rozwell Kid.

Andrew Jackson JihadSide One Dummy recording artists Andrew Jackson Jihad will be hitting the road for a North American run this November with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts and Rozwell Kid. Last year Andrew Jackson Jihad released their fifth album, Christmas Island

Tour dates are below.

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Live Concert Review

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped

Live In Vancouver (04/04/15)

Rickshaw Theatre
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Saturday night’s show at The Rickshaw Theatre was, as a friend so eloquently put it, a stacked line up. All four bands on the bill where bands that would get me out to their show if they came by themselves – smash them all together and you’re in for one entertaining evening.

Serving as essentially a SideOneDummy Records showcase, the tour featured Andrew Jackson Jihad in the headlining spot with Australia’s Smith Street Band in direct support. Before them was the multi-instrumentalist Jeff Rosenstock and the sole non-SideOne band, the loveable pop-punk act Chumped (appearing courtesy of Anchorless Records).  It’s a line-up for the books, akin to those glorious Fat Wreck packages that happened every year back in the mid 2000s and the evening did not disappoint.

Despite a surprisingly early start for a Saturday night, New York’s Chumped played to a slowly growing crowd at 7PM. Playing mostly from their critically acclaimed Teenage Retirement, the band bounced along with their bubbly pop-punk meets indie rock music. They laughed and were in good spirits, mocking themselves and the “Woos” from the crowd and thanked the talented John DeDomenici (from Jess Rosenstock‘s band and Bomb The Music Industry) for filling in on bass. The crowd occasionally gave lukewarm reaction to them, but songs like Hot 97 Summer Jam and Name That Thing were all I needed to be pleased I got there in time to see them.

Now Jeff Rosenstock came next, with his greasy porn stache and messy hair. He introduced the band as Death Rosenstock to coincide with the new logo he had drawn for the backdrop, immediately requested that his friend bring him his long-promised pot brownie and then began the set.  And the set went exactly the way you’d expect someone who asked for a pot brownie to be delivered to go. They were sloppy, they were wild and there were moments where they messed up – but man were they fun.

Never truly understanding the cult following behind Bomb The Music Industry!, Rosenstock‘s recently released solo album, We Cool?, was really my first immersion in the song writer’s catalogue and after Saturday’s show, I can comprehend the hype. Rosenstock controls the room, he is his own man and is wild and free. A joke about going to Rock and Roll High School turned into a running gag as the band randomly would jump into the song whenever there was a moment’s silence. For the second band on a four band bill, the sheer energy the crowd gave back to him was astounding.

Australia’s Smith Street Band picked up on that energy and pumped it through the roof.  Despite never having played in Vancouver before, the Australian four piece had a rambunctious crowd waiting for them. They’re steady growth of internet fandom has done well for the anthem-rousing punk band and you could tell they were sincere in their surprise of how many people knew every word of their songs. The epicenter of the excitement came three songs in with Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams, but the energy carried through The Arrogance of Drunk Pedestrians, Something I Can Hold In My Hands, Throw Me In The River, Sigourney Weaver, Young Drunk and more. The band rarely did anything over the top or unreal, but they were solid, sweaty and delivered the stirring sing-along anthems they’ve become known for.

Finally, after an already successful night of music, the headliners hit the stage with Arizona’s folk-punk duet turned five-piece Andrew Jackson Jihad. With a full band in hand, the band began with The Michael Jordan of Drunk Driving and Gift of the Magi 2: Return of the Magi, the opening two songs from 2011’s Knife Man. Having just played in support of Christmas Island here a few months ago, AJJ, mixed things up and played a much high selection of back catalog that one would expect. Yes, there was still Temple Grandin and Children Of God, Kokopelli Face Tattoo and Linda Ronstadt, but out of nowhere came Hate Rain On Me, Sense and Sensibility People II: The Reckoning, Free Bird and Big Bird and the surprise rendition of Inner City Basehead History Teacher. Through the set, the band alternated from full five piece, to the duo and sometimes just Sean Bonnet on acoustic guitar.  The energy ebbed and flowed depending on the intensity of the song – I mean, Survival Song to I Wanna Rock Out In My Dreams call for drastically different reactions.

No matter the reaction or the tempo, I couldn’t have asked for a better show to kick off the spring touring season in Vancouver.

Win Tickets To Andrew Jackson Jihad/Smith Street Band In Chicago

Andrew Jackson JihadEveryone’s favourite Arizona punks Andrew Jackson Jihad are in the middle of a very impressive North American tour. Joining them on this tour is Australia’s Smith Street Band, the always charismatic Jeff Rosenstock and up and coming pop-punkers Chumped.

The tour, which began on the 18th and runs until April 11th, will be stopping by the famed Metro in Chicago, IL this Friday, March 27th.

Doors for the All Ages show are at 5:30PM and the show begins at 6PM.

The Metro was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets to the show. Fill out the form below to enter to win!

Andrew Jackson Jihad are supporting Chrismas IslandThe Smith Street Band Throw Me In The RiverJeff Rosenstock just released his solo debut We Cool? and Chumped are promoting last year’s Teenage Retirement.

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Tours: Sean Bonnette (Andrew Jackson Jihad)

SideOneDummy RecordsAndrew Jackson Jihad‘s Sean Bonnette has announced plans to embark on a solo acoustic tour throughout Europe this Spring. The dates will feature a mix of Andrew Jackson Jihad songs interspersed with new material and covers.  Each show will feature a request list to help build the set list each night.

Andrew Jackson Jihad released Christmas Island on SideOneDummy Records last year.

Andrew Jackson Jihad Announce North American Tour Dates

Andrew Jackson JihadSide One Dummy recording artists Andrew Jackson Jihad will be hitting the road for a North American run this spring. The tour is being presented by The A.V. Club and will include The Smith Street BandJeff Rosenstock and Chumped on all dates. Earlier this year Andrew Jackson Jihad released their fifth album, Christmas Island
 
Tickets for all shows are now onsale and can be picked up through the band’s website andrewjacksonjihad.com Full tour dates can be seen below.
 
 

Interview: Andrew Jackson Jihad

Andrew Jackson JihadNearing the end of their Canadian tour last year, we were supposed to sit down with Andrew Jackson Jihad during their Vancouver stop at the Biltmore Cabaret. A series of unfortunate events made our plans fall through – its the risk that comes with driving through the rockies. The band battled through, borrowing Hard Girls‘ equipment, placing the keyboard on an ironing board, and putting on a bouncy, energetic show of folk punk goodness.

Not wanting to forgo the interview completely, we quickly did an email interview after they returned back to the States where frontman Sean Bonnette discussed the tour, their new Christmas Island album and Salad Gloves.

Read the interview here.

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Sean Bonnette

SideOneDummy Records
By on August 19th, 2014 at E-Mail

 

 

Nearing the end of their Canadian tour last year, we were supposed to sit down with Andrew Jackson Jihad during their Vancouver stop at the Biltmore Cabaret. A series of unfortunate events made our plans fall through – its the risk that comes with driving through the rockies. The band battled through, borrowing Hard Girls‘ equipment, placing the keyboard on an ironing board, and putting on a bouncy, energetic show of folk punk goodness.

Not wanting to forgo the interview completely, we quickly did an email interview after they returned back to the States where frontman Sean Bonnette discussed the tour, their new Christmas Island album and Salad Gloves.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad Live From SideOneDummy Studios

Andrew Jackson JihadWhile in the studio earlier this year, Andrew Jackson Jihad stopped by their SideOneDummy headquarters for a live performance of the song “Do, Re and Me.”  The band has released a full video of the performance in the midst of their current tour with Cheap Girls and Dogbreth.

Watch the full video below.  The band released Christmas Island earlier this year.

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Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Coffin Shaker

Andrew Jackson JihadFolk punk group Andrew Jackson Jihad has premiered a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Coffin Shaker” from the recently dropped album, Christmas Island, released in early May on SideOneDummyChristmas Island was recorded by John Congleton at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Texas.  

Check out the full video below.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Christmas Island

SideOneDummy Records
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What do Fake Problems, Gogol Bordello, The Gaslight Anthem, and Title Fight all have in common?  SideOneDummy Records signed each after becoming underground punk flagships; each SideOneDummy label debut became a point of maturation; and each released some of their most beloved tunes with the label.  It’s been a long time coming, but one of punk’s most coveted acts is finally making the move.  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Andrew Jackson Jihad to the SideOneDummy Records family.

After spending the better part of a decade under the wing of garage-based distro label Asian Man Records, boisterous Phoenix, Arizona folk-punk quartet Andrew Jackson Jihad has made the next step; and it’s a big one.  The group’s evolution from the stripped down acoustic rage of People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People to the fleshed out full band feel of Knife Man continues with the carefully composed coming of age defining their fifth full length, Christmas IslandChristmas Island marks a radical departure for Andrew Jackson Jihad; this is an all or nothing moment – a leap of faith from safety into the abyss in which Andrew Jackson Jihad pole-vaults firmly over any self-doubt and produces the album that fans didn’t know they wanted.

Built around front man Sean Bonnette’s razor sharp tongue and witty torrent of abstract pop culture references, the band floods their sound with moving keyboards, buzzing reverb, seeping distortion and raw emotion heightened by Christmas Island’s most dramatic departure, a ponderous tempo.  While the band is careful to keep the album moving forward, songs like “Coffin Dance” sound more suited for a funeral than an iPod.  Perhaps inspired by the passing of Bonnette’s late grandfather (perhaps not), the song marries images of immense love (“everyone has a future, everyone has a soul, everyone has a heart, they have control”) with the sadness of departure (“I’m gonna miss this place, I’m gonna miss its face, just like a vein inside my heart”) in moments of lyrical lucidity.  Honest to a T, Andrew Jackson Jihad expands emotions in the cautiously playfully acoustic piece “Getting Naked And Playing With Guns” and dramatic waves of rolling drums that elevate “I Wanna Rock Out In My Dreams” to podium speech intensity.

Of course many songs also pick up the tempo and feature Andrew Jackson Jihad’s trademark obscurity and informed randomness.  Upon first play “Temple Grandin” may seem like the wild rant of a madman rejecting the cushion of modern mortality with colourful references to Stevie Wonder, Hellen Keller and Temple Grandin.  But in fact the final repeated phrase, “find a nicer way to kill it,” becomes an album-wide theme recurring in spirit and explicitly revisited in “Temple Grandin Too.”  Without direct description, Andrew Jackson Jihad references Temple Grandin as the modern architect of bovine slaughterhouses (her methods are responsible for calming cattle in their final moments), and exposes this parallel with our own lives as we complacently navigate the deceptively cruel world in which we live.

The message of acceptance becomes a big one and is strongly echoed in tracks like “Kokopelli Face Tattoo” and “Angel Of Death.”  For the former Bonnette sings anxiously of the deadly jobs that must be done, like that of a “drug induced heart attack” or “baby killing Cadillac,” all the while stating that “I know my place.”  During the latter the band explores seemingly trivial objects like “the Kool-Aid stains on the mouth of a kid whose name is most likely Cody” that give way to descriptions of grief and abandonment.  The upright bass thumping and mandolin strumming “Deathlessness” offers a glimmer of hope in the realization, “how can I live without ever knowing the beauty of forgiveness,” but in the context of Christmas Island, it is just that: hope. 

Made every bit stronger by Christmas Island’s fluctuating pace and experimental drive, Andrew Jackson Jihad has passed the point of no return.  Christmas Island is a thematically dense album that will reward listeners more with each passing listen and will inevitably set the new benchmark for which this once humble folk-punk troupe will be measured.  Andrew Jackson Jihad could have continued with the status quo and fans would have been happy.  By pushing the envelope they have reconfirmed their passion and commitment and made the album that everyone will be talking about for years to come.  Change is good.

Andrew Jackson Jihad Album Stream

Andrew Jackson JihadFolk punk group Andrew Jackson Jihad has launched a full album stream of their new record, Christmas Island.  The disc is due out through SideOneDummy on May 6, 2014. Christmas Island was recorded by John Congleton at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Texas.  

Listen to the full disc here.  Pre-orders for Christmas Island can be found here. 

Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Temple Grandin

Andrew Jackson JihadFolk punk group Andrew Jackson Jihad will be releasing their new album, Christmas Island through SideOneDummy on May 6, 2014. The band has released a new video for the song, “Temple Grandin,” which can be viewed here.

Fans can also hear their first release, Children of God here. Christmas Island was recorded by John Congleton at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Texas.  Pre-orders for Christmas Island can be found here. 

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Linda Ronstadt

Andrew Jackson JihadFolk punk group Andrew Jackson Jihad will be releasing their new album, Christmas Island through SideOneDummy on May 6, 2014. Latest single, “Linda Ronstadt” is streaming in advance of the release and can be heard here courtesy Impose.

Fans can also hear their first release, Children of God here. Christmas Island was recorded by John Congleton at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Texas. 

Pre-orders for Christmas Island can be found here. 

Tours: Andrew Jackson Jihad / Cheap Girls / Dogbreth

Andrew Jackson JihadPhoenix Arizona folk punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad has announced that they will be heading on tour this summer with support from Cheap Girls and Dogbreth.  The tour is sponsored by Noisey and will feature a full US headlining stint kicking off June 2nd in Austin, TX and wrapping up August 1st in Phoenix, AZ.  The band will release their next full length, Christmas Island, on May 6, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.

Full tour dates are available below.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad Premiere Kokopelli Face Tattoo

Andrew Jackson JihadFolk punk group Andrew Jackson Jihad will be releasing their new album, Christmas Island through SideOneDummy on May 6. Latest single, the fuzzed out guitar heavy Kokopelli Face Tattoo is streaming in advance of the release and can be heard here.

Fans can also hear their first release, Children of God here. Christmas Island was recorded by John Congleton at Elmwood Studios in Dallas, Texas. 

Pre-orders for Christmas Island can be found here. 

 

Andrew Jackson Jihad Join SideOneDummy; Debut New Song

Andrew Jackson JihadPhoenix Arizona folk punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad has announced that they have signed to SideOneDummy Records.  The band will release their next full length, Christmas Island, on May 6, 2014.

The band’s first track from the album, “Children Of God,” offers the first preview of the album and can be heard here

Tours: Andrew Jackson Jihad

Andrew Jackson JihadAndrew Jackson Jihad has announced that they will be touring for the month of November.  The band continues to support their 2011 full length, Knife Man (Asian man Records).

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Tours: Joyce Manor / Andrew Jackson Jihad / Against Me! / Algernon Cadwallader

Joyce ManorJoyce Manor has updated their tour schedule with some brand new West Coast dates supporting Against Me! and sharing the stage with the likes of Andrew Jackson Jihad to name a few.  The summer tour will see the band hit all the major summer festivals, inluding Chaos in Tejas, FYF, Fest 11 and Music Fest NW.  

Tour dates can be found below.

The Los Angeles pop punk quartet continues to support their sophomore album, Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, released earlier this year  via Asian Man Records.  

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Tours: Against Me! / Joyce Manor / Andrew Jackson Jihad

Against Me!Against Me! has announced that they will be going on tour in September with support from Andrew Jackson Jihad and Joyce Manor. Against Me! is currently orking on their next full length and foloow up to 2010’s White Crosses, titled Gender Dysphoria Blues.

Dates can be found below.

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Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Gift Of The Magi 2

Andrew Jackson JihadAndrew Jackson Jihad have posted their video for “Gift Of The Magi 2.” The video was directed by Andrew Seward of Against Me! and features members of Joyce Manor and Treasure Fleet; it can be seen below.

The song itself comes from 2011’s Knife Man .

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Tours: Andrew Jackson Jihad (Additional Dates)

Andrew Jackson JihadPhoenix, Arizona’s folk-punk duo Andrew Jackson Jihad has extended their upcoming tour with dates into April.  The band will be heading out on a three week tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, Knife Man (Asian Man Records). Laura Stevenson and the Cans and ROAR will be opening for them on the first leg fo the tour, with Joyce Manor and Treasure Fleet jumping into the role for the second half.

Expanded tour listings can be found below (new dates in bold).

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Joyce Manor Unveil Song Premiere, Tour Dates

Joyce ManorIndie rockers Joyce Manor have released a single from their upcoming album Of All Things I’ll Soon Grow Tired which will be out April 17th via Asian Man Records.  The track, as well as an interview with guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnson, can be found over at Altpress.com

Tour dates with Andrew Jackson Jihad can be seen below:

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Tours: Andrew Jackson Jihad / Laura Stevenson and the Cans

Andrew Jackson JihadPhoenix, Arizona’s folk-punk duo Andrew Jackson Jihad will be heading out on a three week tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, Knife Man. Laura Stevenson and the Cans and ROAR will be opening for them on the week.

For the first time ever, the duo will be expanding to a full band for the tour having enlisted three musicians who helped record Knife Man to come out and fill out the sound live.  Joining them will be Deacon Blue Batchelor, Owen Evans, and Preston Bryant. These guys also make up %75 of ROAR.

Currently their show in Seattle is 21+ but they are working on finding a place to do an all ages matinee show. The full itinerary is below.

Knife Man is available now through Asian Man Records.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad – This Is Not A War

Andrew Jackson JihadFolk punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad is weighing in on the Occupy Wallstreet movement with a brand new song entitled “This Is Not A War.”  The band explains their reasoning behind the tune:

“…We admire the Occupiers commitment to non-violence and creating a fairer economy, and we hope that it continues until it no longer needs to. This song is also kind of a prayer, wishing the greed that is undermining our country is motivated by love. I don’t want to believe that evil truly exists.”

The band released their newest full length, Knife Man, last year on Asian Man Records.  Listen to or download the song for free here.

Interview: Andrew Jackson Jihad

Andrew Jackson JihadStanding outside of a dirty venue, half a block from the Occupy Edmonton campsite, I spoke with the duo known asAndrew Jackson Jihad. The guys had just finished performing in front of a sweaty club full of people who were either singing along with their songs or standing silently in awe. It was clear that AJJ had won over a legion of fans in a cold land a far cry from their sunny hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.

Read the interview here.

Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Nervous Energies Session

Andrew Jackson JihadThe folk punkers in Andrew Jackson Jihad recently performed acoustically for the Nervous Engine Session video series.  The set includes the lone offering “Fucc The Devil.”  You might call this one a stinker, because it was performed in a bathroom.  AJJ continues supporting their latest album, Knife Man, released last month on Asian Man Records.

Watch the band perform below.

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Album Stream: Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man

Andrew Jackson JihadAndrew Jackson Jihad‘s new folk-punk album, Knife Man, is currently streaming in it’s entirety at AOL.com. 

The album is due out September 20, 2011 through Asian Man Records and follows up 2009′s Can’t Maintain.

The duo will be supporting the release with a North American tour alongside Frank Turner this fall.

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Hate, Rain On Me

Andrew Jackson JihadSpastic folk punker outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad has released their first new song from their upcoming album Knife Man, due out later this year on Asian Man Records.  The track is titled “Hate, Rain On Me” and can be heard here courtesy AltPress.

The band also released the album’s full track listing, whih can be found below.

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Andrew Jackson Jihad Announces Knife Man

Andrew Jackson Jihad

Spastic folk punker outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad has announced their official follow up to 2009’s Can’t Maintain.  The album will be titled Knife Man, and is set for release later this year by their long time label Asian Man Records.

More details as they become available.

Tours: Frank Turner / Andrew Jackson Jihad / Into It. Over It.

Frank TurnerEngland’s folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner will be returning to North America this fall to do a tour of the United States and Canada. Supporting him on the trek is Andrew Jackson Jihad and Into It. Over It.; the dates are below.

Turner will release his new album, England Keep My Bones, next Tuesday.

 

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