I’ll reluctantly admit that my knowledge of Andrew Jackson Jihad is virtually nonexistent outside their 2007 masterpiece People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World. Upon its release, that damn record was the only thing I spun for nearly two months. At that time, the fresh, emotionally-fueled marrying of folk and punk was all I would listen to, which makes the fact that I never really ventured off into other nuggets of their discography all that much more questionable. Can’t Maintain is the 2009 follow up to PWCEPatLPitW, and while it keeps the same self-destructing lyrics and high-energy acoustic back beat, there’s an underlining layer of hope and optimism not found from PWCEPatLPitW. It’s well worth checking out, just the same. A little tidbit of info, Andrew Jackson Jihad is now only called AJJ. Not sure when this happened, but there you have it. The more you know.
It’s not fun being sick, but wanna’ know what IS fun? Andrew Jackson Jihad’s debut LP, People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World. This, seemingly purple LP, is “actually” brown wax, limited to 400 copies. Brother to its scarcer sister, the 100 copy black version, these siblings make up the 500 copies in the first (of 10, thus far) pressings. That is all, and have a good evening.
(Is my obsession showing?) When subtle vigor overcomes wasted want, there stands the might Andrew Jackson Jihad. Featured here, again, is the 2nd pressing of AJJ’s first full length, People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World. Necessary ear candy, regardless of the pressing, punk-influences folk transcending 11 blissful, crass, comforting melodies… what more, no, seriously, what more could you ask for?
Thanks to the general item description from Discogs.com (cited), below is the slew of variants attributed to the magnificent, folk-punk debut full-length from Phoenix’s best, Andrew Jackson Jihad. People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World is nothing short of unrelenting genius, and is as crass as all good art should be. Featured here is the dark blue / black swirl 2nd pressing. Enjoy!
1st press (brown jackets): 400 brown; 100 black
2nd press (blue jackets): 500 dark blue/black swirl; 500 maroon
3rd press: 300 clear blue
4th press: 300 opaque white
5th press: 500 random colored
6th press: 500 clear red
7th press: 500 black vinyl
8th press: 600 random colored
9th press: 700 clear green/black swirl
I was collecting any and everything Andrew Jackson Jihad for a hot minute a few years ago. Snatched among my bounty was this 2009 split with Cobra Skulls on Suburban Home Records titled, Under the Influence, Vol. 6. This half and half version is the least rare of the three versions with 1000 pressings (I must have hesitated for some stupid reason when purchasing). There is a swamp water green version (700 pressings), and the rarest, a maroon version pressed into only 300 records.
A quick and unjustifiably easy way to describe the great AJJ would be to call them folk-punk. Their raw emotion lingers, and welcomes continued listens. Check out their first full length, People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World released on Asian Man Records back in ’07 if you haven’t already. That one comes highly recommended, if you’re into highly recommended records.
Going forward, Thursdays, I’ve just decided, are going to be “me” days. In truth, this may be a fleeting subgenre that will fade away into Groove obscurity (anyone remember the Audio Odyssey? Of course you don’t). But wait! You ask… isn’t everyday “me” (you, not me) day? Au contraire, mon frère! Seldom do I pick that which I hold closest to my heart for obsessant fear of alienating any, and every other liable soul I come in contact with. Sure, I’ll fancy the now-and-again Wax Trax! Records post, but that’s mainly due to my laziness and lack of adequate time… or so I’m telling myself.
So today, the masses be damned! This is what I’d prefer to listen to (if politely asked), and I hope you get as much self-indulgent pleasure out of it as I do (or at least you can stomach the first 15 seconds of each hand picked slice of the Thursday pie):
Oxford Collapse – Keep ‘Em in a Canyon (2005 Kanine Records)
The Dismemberment Plan – Ok, Joke’s Over (1995 DeSoto Records)
Deftones – 7 Words (1995 Maverick records)
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II: The Reckoning (2007 Asian Man Records)
Old 97’s – Drowning in the Days (1994 Big Iron Records)
Sean Na Na – Tumor Party (2000 Troubleman Unlimited)
It’s ANGRY CHRISTMAS here at the Prudent Groove, and to help us with our holiday jeering will be the following:
Rocket from the Crypt – Boychucker
The Dismemberment Plan – I Love a Magician
Oxford Collapse – Molasses
The Murder City Devils – Ready for More
Hot Snakes – Salton City
Defacto Oppression – It’s Not That Simple
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II: The Reckoning
Stiff Little Fingers – Here We Are Nowhere
Chronic Sick – Mucho Macho
Slayer – Angel of Death