On this week’s episode of Comprehensive Beatdown, @bloggybonilla (aka Lenny Dykstra) and Silent G (aka Spike Nolan) listen to and discuss “Sour Soul,” the new collaborative album from Ghostface Killah x BADBADNOTGOOD. They also check out new tracks from @sareem_poems & @essbemvsic and THEESatisfaction. The track for the “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends” segment this week comes from a mysterious man named Dawg, who provided a very terrible piece of music. The local track this week, “Plastic,” comes from Jackson singer-songwriter Cody Cox, who just last week released his newest solo album, “Leave a Trace” on Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town Records.
While in town for a couple shows, Marcel P. Black took time to discuss his latest project Black Collar, which is out now. While setting up for a performance at Offbeat in Jackson for Homework Town and Elegant Trainwreck‘s 2nd anniversary show, Marcel sits down with Garrad Lee (Homework Town Records) and gives us some insight into the the work that went in to and concept of the album.
On November 8, Jackson, Mississippi, based independent record labels Elegant Trainwreck and Homework Town will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a special show at Offbeat (151 Wesley Avenue) in Midtown. Label-mates Empty Handed Painters, Jaxx City, and Swamp Babies will be performing along with friends of the labels DJ Sandpaper, Young Valley, Tira D, and Vibe Doctors, who will be performing a one of a kind set with 5th Child.
Elegant Trainwreck and Homework town came together in the summer of 2012 when Garrad Lee approached Cody Cox about starting a new label to be attached to his label, Elegant Trainwreck, where Cody had been releasing music from his projects (Furrows, Liver Mousse, his solo projects). Cody had been thinking about expanded the label into some new terrain. Garrad’s idea for Homework Town was to provide a label in Jackson with an eclectic roster that reflected the diversity in the Jackson music scene while also working to merge any gaps the kept different genres and scenes separated. Later in 2012, Cody and Garrad decided to make Homework Town an imprint of Elegant Trainwreck and work started on the first releases.
On November 12, 2012, the labels celebrated their merging with a show at Morningbell Records and Studios in Jackson with a release party for the labels’ first two releases, James Crow’s “Religion, Guns, and Money” and a split 7” vinyl record featuring Liver Mousse and 5th Child, a record that, by combining a garage rock band and a hip hop act, fully reflected the core mission of bringing different scenes together. Later in November, Liver Mousse, James Crow, and 5th Child played another show together in Knoxville, TN before sharing numerous bills in Jackson the following year.
Since the merging of the labels, they have also released albums from That Scoundrel, Jaxx City, Swamp Babies, Dream Cult, Empty Handed Painters, and Furrows, with a whole host of other Jackson artists from all across the spectrum scheduled to release music in the coming year.
The 2nd Anniversary show brings together artists that have released albums this year with a peak into some of the things the labels have in store for the future. The show will also feature numerous special deals on releases and merchandise as well as raffles and giveaways throughout the night.
Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town Two-Year Anniversary Show
Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.)
Vintage Noize is a collective of emcees who call Mississippi’s state capital, Jackson, home. A group of hard working and talented rappers, producers, and music professionals that consists of 7even:Thirty, James Crow, 5th Child, Ulogy, and new-comer Jaxx City. Recently, Jackson independent record label, Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town Records, announced that Jaxx City had joined their roster. Already putting out records for 5th Child (Love Letters & Suicide Notes) and James Crow (Religion, Guns & Money), this move makes perfect sense. They also announced that NoGood Nick would be the title of the official Homework Town release from Jaxx City, dropping later this summer.
To build anticipation for the album and forthcoming single, “Said B’fro”, Elegant Trainwork/Homework Town and Jaxx City are offering a deal for all fans. They will give away Jaxx City’s It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass for free via Jaxx City’s Bandcamp page, those who download the album will also receive the single for free when it drops soon. There will also be a code given to those who DL it for a discounted price on NoGood Nick, when it drops. Are you with me? Let us recap….
One: Download Jaxx City’s album It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass for free.99
Two: With said download you get a free download of the forthcoming single, “Said B’fro”
Three: In addition to the free single, you will also get a discount on the full length project NoGood Nick which is dropping via Homework Town Records, this summer.
Four: What are you greedy? Isn’t that enough? That’s two albums for the price of a discounted one basically, with no money up front.
It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass is, if I may put it simply, a perfectly funky introduction to how nice Jaxx
am errr, is. If you have seen him perform around town you have come away knowing only one thing, it is that Jaxx pours his heart into his music. He is the reflection of the city of Jackson that he lays claim to via moniker. The pulse of the city beats with each punchline he delivers. He paints a vivid stained glass masterpiece of the world as he sees it over 5th Child production. If Vintage Noize is a crew of capable yet distinguishable artists similar to the clan of the Wu, then Jaxx plays the role of the Ol’ Dirty Bastard. He’ll say some stuff that will offend a sailor in one line and drop some serious knowledge on you with the next. The transition is seamless too. It’s second nature to the Jacksonian. After the first listen, one thing is painfully obvious. It’s Ok To Eat Broken Glass it will leave you wanting more, much more.
The beautiful thing is, you do not have to take my word for it. Click the link below, download the album FOR FREE!!!!!!! And check it out yourself.
While I cannot confirm or deny the fact that it would be alright for you to consume the broken shards of glass sitting in front of you, I can confirm that Jaxx City makes it seem like a perfectly healthy idea.
I will admit that while I am a music enthusiast, when it comes to Rock music I can be a bit picky. Since it is not my main or even in my top five genres, it takes a lot to make me want to just chill out and listen to a rock record. I usually enjoy myself at a rock show much more than sitting at home listening to the albums. To clarify, I am not speaking of psychedelic or progressive rock from the 60s-70s or the grunge stuff from the 90s, you guys are great, don’t ever change. I’m mostly speaking to the cookie cutter blahzay blahzay type of rock and/or roll music of today’s industry. Everyone sounds the same and nobody takes any risks, the song writing, as a rule, is boring and the music is devoid of funk and soul. However, like anything in this newer generation of music, if you get beneath the surface and dig around in the mucky filth that is the underground excellent music can be found. The underground is a place where organic music is still made and refreshing ear nuggets packed full of essential melodic nutrients are plentiful. Enter the Swamp Babies, a trio of musicians from Jackson, Mississippi consisting of husband and wife Josh (guitar) and Ruth Taylor (bass) as well as Ryan Baccum on the drums. Their debut album Up High From Way Down Here is available now from Elegant Trainwreck Records.
My introduction to the Swamp Babies was on a sampler for Elegant Trainwreck / Homework Town Records One Year Anniversary party, which I missed by like a week. Their song “Heavy Hearts & Bare Tires” was featured. My interests were certainly peaked. Sonically I was hooked, it had what most Rock songs lack for me. It had soul. Josh’s sound is very Bob Dylan post vocal coaching from some alternate Marvel style universe where people can actually understand what Bob was saying, with just a dash of Petty thrown into the mix. Do not get my confused, I am not saying that Josh sounds like Bob, but his voice and song writing conjures up images of Mr. Dylan. Let’s be honest, if you’re going to be compared to someone there are far worse right?
With the release of their album, my interests were peaked. From the opening riff on “Mean As A Mockingbird”, my attention was grabbed. Like something unholy, or holy if you prefer, had reached through the speakers and grabbed me by my frontal lobe and refused to release me until the contents of the album had been spilled all over my mushy brain matter. By the way, harmonica solo on the lead track, see Dylan reference again. With each passing song, the group seems to break free from the last only to instantly fall into the next pocket. Musically the album flows fluidly, which allows for Josh’s song writing to take center stage where it belongs. A good songwriter is able to capture their audience by painting vivid pictures with their words. A great songwriter is able to transport the listener to where ever they want in an instant, they do not just evoke emotions they transfer them through the airwaves. Whether they transport you into the house of the musician as he sings about the exploits of his beloved best friend (A Good Girl Is Hard To Find) or they draw inspiration from what seems like your own life’s trouble and let you know everything is going to be okay (Tomorrow’s Gonna Be A Real Good Day).
All and all, Up High From Way Down Here is 8 very solid tracks that should make any group proud of their debut effort. It keeps the listener (ME), wanting more. As soon as the album is finished your automatically start the countdown to the next one. Not because you will not be listening to this on repeat for months on end, but because you recognize it for what it is. The first book in what could potentially be an epic series. As the listener we are left with two things, one is a great album. A solid piece of art that we can experience over and over at our every urge. The second is a deep longing for new music. We are not satisfied with just these 8 songs? Sure, we treasure them, but we we want more. That is the American way, is it not?
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SWAMP BABIES VISIT WWW.ELEGANT-TRAINWRECK.COM