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  • Shattered Shattered Quick View

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    Shattered

    Shattered will be Reigning Sound's first album for Merge and the first full LP
    by the group since 2009's Love and Curses.


    The band's principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who's been
    leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with
    some of the band's work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as
    well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Greg's other
    projects have been on your musical radar: The Oblivians, Parting Gifts,
    Compulsive Gamblers, 68 Comeback, Deadly Snakes, Detroit Cobras.
    Regardless, as far as Reigning Sound is concerned, this is as good a place
    to start as any because through many line-up changes and mood swings,
    the central, constant feature is the way Greg writes songs. This particular
    embodiment of the band includes longtime keyboardist Dave Amels, who
    joined the band seven years ago when Reigning Sound recorded an album,
    consisting mostly of Cartwright's songs, with former Shangri-Las lead singer
    Mary Weiss.


    Dave proved to be key in putting together the current line-up as well. About
    three years ago, Greg was asked to make a promotional EP for Scion.
    Recordings were set to take place in Nashville where he had lined up two
    local friends to round out the band, but as fate would have it, both had to
    bow out at the last minute. Luckily, Mike Catanese, Benny Trokan, and Mikey
    Post-Dave Amels' bandmates in Brooklyn soul group The Jay Vons-were
    up for the task. The four flew to Nashville, learned the songs, and recorded
    them with Greg in a couple of days. Thus was born the group that you
    hear on Shattered. They've been touring and playing together ever since, and
    Shattered proves that the musical union is both exciting and consistent for fans
    of Cartwright's songwriting.


    The album was recorded at Daptone's Brooklyn studio (where drummer
    Mikey works in the office) and masterfully engineered by Wayne Douglas.
    The recordings are warm and punchy, a mixed bag of rockers, ballads, and
    something in between. There are only 11 songs on the album, but the band
    reckons it's just right.

    1. North Cackalacky Girl
    2. Never Coming Home
    3. Falling Rain
    4. If You Gotta Leave
    5. You Did Wrong
    6. Once More
    7. My My
    8. Starting New
    9. Baby, It's Too Late
    10. In My Dreams
    11. I'm Trying (to Be the Man You Need)
    Reigning Sound
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  • Jack-O Is The Flipside Kid Jack-O Is The Flipside Kid Quick View

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    Jack-O Is The Flipside Kid

    Jack Yarber began his professional music career in high school, appearing alongside high school friend and future Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus in the Corinth, Mississippi, based Johnny Vomit % the Dry Heaves. Yarber played drums in the outfit, which credited him as Johnny Goopa.


    In the summer of 1987, Yarber moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to play music with his cousin. Yarber and his cousin played together using a number of band names, eventually releasing a new-wave 7 under the name, The End. The tracks You Never Called and People Talk were recorded at Phillips Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. That vinyl single marked Yarber's first appearance on record. By 1989 the two had diverged musically and Yarber's cousin left town, effectively ending their partnership.


    Following the breakup of The End, Yarber's encounter with fellow musician Greg Cartwright led to the formation of the Compulsive Gamblers. Desptie recording two 7 albums and a handful of home recordings, the band was unable to garner record lable interest until after he success of their next band, the Oblivians. The Oblivians formed in 1993 as as side project to the Compulsive Gamblers, and included former Gambler Greg Cartwright, as well as future Goner Records founder, Eric Friedl. The members of the Oblivians all shared writing and recording responsibilities. Each member supplied vocals, guitar work, and percussion on albums and switched between instruments during live shows. The Oblivians lasted from 1993 until 1998, at which time Yarber and Cartwright left the band to reform the Compulsive Gamblers. The second incarnation of the Gamblers lasted form 1998 to 2003, when the bandmembers again went seperate ways.


    After pursuing a brief solo career, Yarber teamed up with Scott Bomar to form the Tearjerkers. As Bomar became more and more involved with film scoring, Yarber began to take a more active role in the band, ultimately taking over as lead songwriter after Bomar's departure. With Yarber in control of the group, the band was rechristened the Tennessee Tearjerkers. At the same time as Yarber was writing songs with the Tearjerkers, he was also contributing in various ways to a number of side projects including, the Knaughty Knights, the Limes, and South Filthy which included collaborations with longtime associates Walter Daniels and Monsieur Jeffrey Evans.

    1. Flip Side Kid
    2. Til the Money Runs Out
    3. Dirty Nails
    4. Golden Age
    5. Knick the Knife
    6. Hong Kong Girl
    7. Chills and Fever
    8. Black Boots
    9. I Live For Today
    10. John Holmes Blues
    11. The Man Who Loved Couch Dancing
    12. I Can't Find My Way Home
    13. Nightowl
    14. I Want you (bonus track)
    Jack Oblivian
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  • Rat City Rat City Quick View

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    Rat City

    Memphis based Jack Oblivian (aka Jack Yarber) was a founding member of the garage-bands The Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivians but he has contributed to a dizzying array of projects over the years, including Andre Williams, Jack Oblivian & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, The Cool Jerks, '68 Comeback, King Louie & His Loose Diamonds, Greg Oblivian & the Tip Tops, Jack Oblivian & The Cigarillos, The Natural Kicks and Tav Falco's Panther Burns.


    Jack Yarber began his professional music career in high school, appearing alongside high school friend and future Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus in the Corinth, Mississippi, based Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves. Yarber played drums in the outfit, which credited him as Johnny Goopa. After moving to Memphis, his encounter with fellow musican Greg Cartwright led to the formation of the Compulsive Gamblers. The Oblivians formed in 1993 as a side project to the Compulsive Gamblers, the members of the Oblivians shared songwriting and each member supplied vocals, guitar work, and percussion on albums, switching instruments during live shows. The Oblivians lasted from 1993 until 1998, at which time Yarber and Cartwright left the band to reform the Compulsive Gamblers. The second incarnation of the Gamblers lasted from 1998 to 2003. The Oblivians returned to the stage in 2009 for a sold-out international tour with the Gories.


    His collaborations with the cream of the Memphis music crop guarantee that the players on Rat City fit the bill like the proverbial glove. Jack Oblivian channels the spirit of proto punk as well as blues, country and junkyard rock; his songs evoke haunting, echo-y swamp boogie that will walk you down that dark alley without fear.

    1. Mad Lover - Part II
    2. Put Your Love On Me
    3. Cigarillo
    4. Milkshake Baby
    5. Make Your Mind Up - Part II
    6. Against The Mall - Part II
    Jack Oblivian
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  • American Slang/So Low American Slang/So Low Quick View

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    American Slang/So Low

    Depending on whom you ask, Jack 'Oblivian' Yarber is either a rock legend or an obsolute unknown. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most infuential active rock musician.


    The list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves, new-wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands, the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians, have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid. Due largely to his stint in these bands, both partnerships with Greg Cartwrigth, now of Reigning Sound, Yarber has been an acknowledged influence on artists such as the White Stripes, the Hives, and Jay Reatard.


    In the years since, Yarber has toured and released a string of successful solo albums under the Jack O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers moniker. Originally conceived in 2000 as a partnership with former Impala and current Bo-Keys bassist Scott Bomar, the band quickly morphed into Yarber's solo incarnation after Bomar became occupied with film scoring and production work. The band has had a revolving door for side players ever since, at different times including current River City Tanlines John Bonds and Terrence Bishop, Neighborhood Texture Jam guitarist John Wittmore, the Reigning Sound's Greg Roberson, Bluff City Backslider Adam Woodard, and a host of other recognizable local musicians.

    American Slang


    1. American Slang
    2. 2,000 Man
    3. Hustler
    4. Honey, I'm Too Old For You
    5. Robot Lover
    6. Got The Funky Blues (part 1)
    7. Got The Funky Blues (part 2)
    8. Out Of Tune
    9. a.m. slang (reprise)


    So Low


    1. Intro/Midnight Hour Queen
    2. Shake It Off
    3. Trash
    4. So Low
    5. Downtown
    6. Let Me Be Your Chauffeur
    7. Mama Don't Get Off
    8. You Made Me Crazy
    9. Human Being
    10. All Your Lovin'
    11. All The Way Down

    Jack Oblivian
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  • Saturday Night Part 2 Saturday Night Part 2 Quick View

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    Saturday Night Part 2

    Depending on whom you ask, Jack 'Oblivian' Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground fame for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician.


    The list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves, new wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands, the Compulsiver Gamblers and the Oblivians, have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid.


    In the years since, Yarber has toured and released a string of successful solo albums under the Jack O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers moniker. Originally conceived in 2000 as a partnership with former Impala and current Bo-Keys bassist Scott Bomar, the band quickly morphed into Yarber's solo incarnation after Bomar became too occupied with film scoring and production work. The band has had a revolving door for side players ever since, at different times including current River City Tanlines John Bonds and Terrance Bishop, Neighborhood Texture Jam guitarist John Whittemore, the Reigning Sound's Greg Roberson, Bluff City Backslider Adam Woodard, and a host of other recognizable local musicians.


    Depending on whom you ask, Jack 'Oblivian' Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground fame for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician.


    The list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves, new wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands, the Compulsiver Gamblers and the Oblivians, have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid.


    In the years since, Yarber has toured and released a string of successful solo albums under the Jack O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers moniker. Originally conceived in 2000 as a partnership with former Impala and current Bo-Keys bassist Scott Bomar, the band quickly morphed into Yarber's solo incarnation after Bomar became too occupied with film scoring and production work. The band has had a revolving door for side players ever since, at different times including current River City Tanlines John Bonds and Terrance Bishop, Neighborhood Texture Jam guitarist John Whittemore, the Reigning Sound's Greg Roberson, Bluff City Backslider Adam Woodard, and a host of other recognizable local musicians.

    1. Mad Lover - Part II
    2. Put Your Love On Me
    3. Cigarillo
    4. Milkshake Baby
    5. Make Your Mind Up - Part II
    6. Against The Mall - Part II
    Jack Oblivian
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  • Spills And Thrills Spills And Thrills Quick View

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    Spills And Thrills

    John Paul Keith is a native of Knoxville, TN who has moved around a lot and played in a lot of different bands (The V-Roys, The Nevers, Ryan Adams' Pink Hearts, Stateside, Harlan T. Bobo, Jack Oblivian and Jim Dickinson's garage rock project, Snake Eyes). Keith moved to Memphis a couple of years ago and hooked up with Alvin Youngblood Hart's former rhythm section, bassist M. Edgar Stuart and drummer John Argroves. They soon recruited guitarist/producer/recording engineer Kevin Cubbins, along with pedal steel player John Whittemore (Jack Oblivian & The Tennessee Tearjerkers) and organist/piano man Al Gamble. Spills And Thrills is John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives debut release.
    1. Lookin' For A Thrill
    2. Pure Cane Sugar
    3. Secondhand Heart
    4. She'll Dance To Anything
    5. Cookie Bones
    6. Let's Get Gone
    7. Smoke In A Bottle
    8. Otherwise
    9. Rock N Roll Will Break Your Heart
    10. If I Were You
    11. Too Hip
    12. Doin' The Devil's Work
    John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives
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  • Dark Night Of The Soul Dark Night Of The Soul Quick View

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    Dark Night Of The Soul

    This musical DNA has been in Jimbo Mathus since birth. His father and relatives
    were all skilled musicians who filled the house with old folk, country and blues
    tunes. By the age of eight, Mathus was joining them on mandolin and by his
    teenage years had learned guitar and piano. High school led to playing in punk
    and new wave bands, the most notable being Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves
    and The End, with future Oblivian Jack Yarber. Post high school, Mathus studied
    Philosophy at Mississippi State University before leaving to travel around
    America. In doing so he worked various jobs, including an influential stint as
    a barge tankerman on the mighty Mississippi River. Settling in Chapel Hill,
    N.C., he drummed in the cult rock band Metal Flake Mother prior to starting
    the Squirrel Nut Zippers. This ahead-of-its-time retro roots band scored a hit
    with "Hot" and performed at President Clinton's second Inauguration and the
    1996 Summer Olympics. Following the Zippers' split, Mathus worked with such
    noted artists such as Buddy Guy and Elvis Costello, and collaborated with North
    Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart in the
    South Memphis String Band. He also recorded his own albums (including one
    dedicated to his childhood nanny Rosetta Patton, the daughter of Delta blues
    icon Charley Patton).


    On most of 'Dark Night's' tracks, Mathus' acoustic guitar is surrounded by
    the electric guitar played by his longtime sideman Matt Pierce and pal Eric
    "Roscoe" Ambel. (Ambel produced 'White Buffalo' but on 'Dark Night' he focuses
    exclusively on his righteous guitar playing.) The album's raw, rock sound arose
    from the fact that most of the tracks were recorded live in the studio with
    Mathus' band, the Tri-State Coalition, which he found "very liberating way of
    doing it." Mathus feels very in synch with his bandmates (keyboardist Eric
    Carlton, drummer Ryan Rogers, guitarist Pierce and guest bassist and Drive By
    Trucker Matt Patton) since they have played together now for several years.
    "The intensity you're hearing on this album," he proclaims, "is the spirit of a
    band that is put ting it's shit on the line ."

    1. Dark Night Of The Soul
    2. White Angel
    3. Rock & Roll Trash
    4. Shine Like A Diamond
    5. Writing Spider
    6. Tallahatchie
    7. Burn The Ships
    8. Fire In The Canebrake
    9. Hawkeye Jordan
    10. Casey Caught The Cannonball
    11. Medicine
    12. Butcher Bird
    Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
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  • Mink, Rat Or Rabbit Mink, Rat Or Rabbit Quick View

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    Mink, Rat Or Rabbit

    Continuing their commitment to celebrating and shining a light on classic and influential music from Detroit, Third Man Records is honored to be able to re-introduce the world to the undeniable importance of the Detroit Cobras.


    As one of the earliest salvos in the great Detroit garage explosion of the turn of the century, the Detroit Cobras Mink, Rat or Rabbit is a landmark album. Comprised solely of cover songs (as has always been the band's MO) the Cobra's spirited takes on Motown classics (''I'll Keep Holding On'' originally by the Marvellettes), garage punk laments (''Bad Girl'' originally known as ''Bad Man'' by the Oblivians) girl group Tear-Jerkers (''Easier to Cry'' originally by the Shangri-Las) and New Orleans soul standards (''Breaka-way'' originally by Irma Thomas) and the end result is nothing short of a staple that any record collection is empty without.

    1. Cha-Cha Twist
    2. I'll Keep Holding On
    3. Putty (In Your Hands)
    4. It's Easier to Cry
    5. Bad Girl
    6. The Slummer the Slum
    7. Midnite Blues
    8. You Knows What To Do
    9. Can't Do Without You
    10. Hittin' On Nothing
    11. Out of This World
    12. Chumba
    13. Break-a-way
    The Detroit Cobras
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  • Blood Visions Blood Visions Quick View

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    Blood Visions

    In the late '90s, 15-year-old Jay Lindsey, living right outside Memphis, played all of the instruments on a demo tape by his newly-minted performing moniker of The Reatards. This cassette was sent to Eric Friedl of the Oblivians, who had used the Goner Records imprint on a couple of releases. His next would be a 7 by The Reatards, followed shortly by a full length LP, Teenage Hate (Goner, 1998).


    After quickly building a reputation for an anything-goes live set, and releasing another excellent full length Grown Up, Fucked Up (Empty, 1999), Jay Reatard shoved what was previously a side project to the forefront and started raising eyebrows with something other than live mayhem: songwriting and an ear for breaking ground.


    Jays first title under the solo Jay Reatard moniker, Blood Visions was released in early 2006 on In The Red, and it politely sat on the shelves for over six months until the live act brought up the rear and things started to happen. More singles for more labels, a handful of mind-bending SXSW performances, nonstop touring, a bidding warand the first quarter of 2008 found Jay Reatard on Matador Records.


    1. Blood Visions
    2. Greed, Money, Useless Children
    3. It's So Easy
    4. My Shadow
    5. My Family
    6. Death Is Forming
    7. Oh It's Such A Shame
    8. Not a Substitute
    9. Nightmares
    10. I See You Standing There
    11. We Who Wait
    12. Fading All Away
    13. Turning Blue
    14. Puppet Man
    15. Waiting For Something
    Jay Reatard
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