Skingraft was a band from Rochester New York who made jarring, technical, rhythmically irregular death metal. They were my best friends in high school. At the time, Western New York metal was dominated by gore-obsessed brutality—even though they’d moved to Tampa a few years earlier, we still thought of Cannibal Corpse as a Buffalo band—and most of the bands we’d go see wrote relentless blasts of song with relentless descriptions of dead babies. Skingraft shrugged this style off, instead constructing elaborate, dynamic songs that paired howling and blast beats with brooding, minor-key melodies and deviant rhythms. “Worthless” lunges and twists like a sick animal but somehow is one of the catchiest songs I can think of? That stuttering opening riff lives in my brain for weeks at a time, its strangeness infectious. Skingraft recorded two songs at Dajhelon Studios in Rochester when they were juniors in high school and I am so excited to release them as a 7” in spring 2023, a brisk 30 years later.
The band members and I talked a lot about the record’s design, wanting it to feel unique, arcane, cursed. The covers are silkscreened on handmade paper. The paper was made by shredding and pulping 40+ bibles. For every seven copies of Skingraft made, one bible was removed from this world.
The 7″ is limited to 300 copies, pressed on colored vinyl, and includes a two-sided insert.
To hear both sides, read more, and pre-order, click HERE
same as last year, I made a 20 page zine as a companion program for the mix. I love writing about music but it always feels so sad posting things on the internet. Zine comes free with next 40 orders from JABS or if you want one and don’t want to order anything (???) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can probably send you one anyway
The OPEN MIKE KNIGHT LP is now available! OMK was an Oakland band from 2001 who were bratty and fun and brash and jarring. They were all very close friends, as evidenced by their shared language and near-telepathic shifts in mood and tempo. Their seven-song demo has been floating around for years, and has always deserved a wider release. Transferred/mastered by Fred Thomas and packaged in a carefully handmade sleeve, with a tipped-in photograph, silkscreened text, and a photo insert. Limited to 105 copies, which are numbered, in a variety of bright colored vinyl. More info and ordering here: https://www.jabsjabsjabs.com/product/open-mike-knight-open-mike-knight-lp/
Open Mike Knight were an Oakland band circa 2001. Their demo tape has been my favorite for two decades, if I made you a mix tape anytime between 2002 – 2009 one of these songs was on it no question. For me, they split the difference between two kinds of bay area musics that I love – the super nihilistic, bratty punk of Peechees/Tourettes/Gr’ups and the terse, sharp postpunk of Erase Errata or The Lies. The seven song LP reproduces the demo tape, newly remastered by Fred Thomas, and comes with a booklet of flyers and photos. Edition of 105 copies on translucent vinyl. Preorder and more information coming soon!
includes the songs I liked the most from 2021, the most crucial reissues, and a few connections to in-progress projects for JABS please click HERE to stream/download
A 24-page zine with writing about all 23 songs selected for this mix is included with all orders placed at JABS until copies run out. Alternately, send your mailing address to email@example.com and I will send you a copy.
ITSOFOMO, the defiant, tender, and visceral collaboration between David Wojnarowicz and Ben Neill premiered in 1989, at the Kitchen in New York City. It’s a dense, unnerving work, overwhelming the audience’s senses with a staccato, four-channel video, Wojnarowicz’s damning monologues, Neill’s fearless composition, and warlike percussion—all shot through with the pressure of inescapable speed. After its premiere, ITSOFOMO was subsequently performed at the Walker Art Center, The Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, San Francisco Art Institute, Hallwalls, Buffalo, and Exit Art, New York. In 1991, just 16 months before Wojnarowicz’s death from AIDS, the pair recorded ITSOFOMO, one of the final creative projects completed before the artist died at the age of 37.
In 1993, Neill performed ITSOFOMO alongside percussionist Don Yallech at the Bang on a Can music festival, using recordings of Wojnarowicz’s voice. This was the first public performance of ITSOFOMO after Wojnarowicz’s death. The Bang on a Can festival has made video of the entire performance available on their website, click HERE to view.
The Younger Lovers mix tape has songs from the new “San Pedro Sessions” 7″ plus interviews with Brontez and Kid Kevin plus songs by their other bands plus songs by their favorite bands! Listen/download HERE