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DS Exclusive: Plan-It X Fest Day 1

Throughout most of my drive from Indianapolis airport to the Plan-It-X venue, I was roughly 80% sure I was totally lost. The terrain around Spencer is almost exclusively farmland, and the town itself is small and quiet, a place where near half of the store fronts looked permanently closed. Just when I was on the verge of pulling over and checking my map, I saw six hitchhikers, all in a row, walking in the same direction and all wearing the same look of triumph. That was a good sign. Then, as if on cue, I passed an orange sign with an eye-patched smiling cat, and below that words “You’re Close!” were written in sharpie.

At a quick first glance, the Festival almost seemed like a summer camp- a summer camp populated by mostly-drunk adults in patched jackets, tattered shirts, and muddied boots. All of the acts played on a stage in an old barn. Beside the barn, lay a green pond, within which five people were splashing around an inflatable pond, and around which groups of people were sleeping and jamming. Beyond the barn and the pond, a small tent shanty-town stretched for about half a mile through the nearby woods. As I set up my tent, some nearby speakers to my left was blasting Mischief Brew’s “Thanks Bastards”, while to my left a guy with a guitar was giving his rendition of “Three Chord Circus”. This impromptu tribute to the late Erik Peterson was simultaneously beautiful, and strangely haunting, yet the mood was quickly lightened when two of my neighbors walked by, inexplicably chanting “STD’S WERE CREATED BY THE GOVERNMENT!”

Throughout most of the day, people followed a fairly simple routine; watch the performances in the barn until the heat and humidity become unbearable, return to your campsite to rehydrate on water and beer, then repeat as necessary. Every group played a short, sweet, half-hour set, and unfortunately I missed Dakota Floyd, the first act of the fest. Fortunately, I was able to make the latter half of the set played by Double Jinx, a two-man group that played pop-punk tunes that, while bursting with bright energy, actually played immensely political songs about police brutality and homelessness. They were immediately followed by Ugly Lover, a duo with a considerably darker tone that delivered moody dark wave tunes about healing and grief, both members erupting with desperate rage.

While the first two bands created two vastly different sounds, they both paid careful attention to the making sure their respective messages were conveyed to the audience. The songs would be preceded with short, earnest explanations of their nestled ideas, and while Ugly Lover focused more on themes of personal healing, both bands conveyed the same call for solidarity, as well as a love of being surrounded by friends of allies.

As the day progressed, the bands differed vastly in musical sensibilities, but the themes of love and community remained as a prevailing constant. Dog Years played jumpy, short songs that let every guitar riff and vocal line shoot up with an unquenchable energy. The Minor Kind delivered slow, wistful Americana tunes about staying true to oneself. Some of the acts weren’t even musical; Julia Eff, for example, delivered a beautiful poetry reading that explored the role of music in becoming something else, and in transcending ideals of gender and identity. Anywhere else, this shift in tone would seem slightly discordant, but Eff’s reading ultimately stood as something wonderful delivered to the prefect audience, one that could completely relate the struggles of understanding oneself, and would cheer at all the nostalgic references to Myspace and early-2000’s pop-punk.

At nightfall, the oppressive heat of the day finally lifted, only to give way to a swarm of mosquitoes. People gathered around separate campfires, all cooking their own, unique, ramshackle dinners. When I finally made it back to the barn, I could hear Terror Pigeon, a one-man act, blasting dreamy electro-punk riffs while screaming the repeated line “you make my heart explode!” He was then followed by Dogbreth, a pop-punk act that mixed melancholy lyrics with totally unrelenting energy and movement, with both guitarists collapsing to the ground throughout the final solo.

Unfortunately, The Taxpayers had been forced to drop out of the festival at the last minute. So, the climax of the evening was delivered by Your Heart Breaks and Ghost Mice. I had absolutely fallen in love with “America”, Your Heart Breaks’ incredibly mellow previous album, so it was quite a (pleasant) surprise when they delivered an fast, electric set that focused on their earlier work. When Ghost Mice took the stage, the barn was now completely packed full of people. The group was fully prepared for this turn out, forgoing their usual acoustic sensibilities in favor of something faster, with Chris Calvin absolutely killing it on an electric guitar. The audience absolutely adored this decision, singing along and jumping in unison to songs like “Critical Hit” and “Song For Tomorrow”. With the conclusion to the set, someone even jumped on stage, tossed an inflatable raft onto the crowd, and spent the final song crowd water rafting (I don’t know if that’s a thing, but I’m going to call it that).

The night was concluded with Super Famicom, a solo experimental goth punk act. Then, from 1 am until about 2, there was a karaoke show. As I walked back to my tent, three young punks were delivering an… unconventional rendition of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”.

I spent the rest of the night sitting around a lantern with my neighbors, listening to distant covers of AJJ and Ramshackle Glory songs. A guy named Elton told me how, the previous year, an ambitious washboard player decided to spend an entire night playing, and re-playing, the entire Johnny Hobo discography, much to the frustration of the rest of the camp. As we all sat there, slowly succumbing to our exhaustion, I was struck by the tremendous friendliness and generosity of the people around me. Beer, food, and cigarettes were constantly being traded; while stories and ideas flowed freely from person to person. Lying in my sleeping bag, I found my mind running through the final lines of The Mountain Goat’s “The Color In Your Cheeks”:

“But they came, and when they finally made it here
It was the least we could do to make our welcome clear
Come on in, we haven’t slept for weeks
Drink some of this, it’ll put color in your cheeks”

 



AJJ announce new album “The Bible 2,” release music video for lead single

AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) have announced they will be releasing a new album titled The Bible 2 on August 19th through SideOneDummy Records. They’ve also premiered a music video for the LP’s lead single “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye.”

You can check out the video as well as the record’s tracklist and cover art below. Pre-orders are available here.

The Bible 2 will be the band’s 6th full-length album, and their first since shortening their name to “AJJ.” Their last LP Christmas Island was released in May of 2014.



AJJ tease new music in perhaps the strangest way possible

When AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) announced that their new album would be releasing sometime this year, I for one was absolutely brimming with excitement. I guess the band must have sensed the general anticipation, because ever since releasing the video for “Top of My Game”, they’ve switched to teasing their music in the most esoteric way possible. Members of the group have been posting weird Vlogs to Facebook of themselves eating cereal, opening random boxes, and even digging through their own trash, all of which have been accompanied by brief snippets of their coming songs. The videos themselves are funny, in a typically weird AJJ kind of way, and from what I’m hearing, this could be shaping up to be an awesome album. You can check them out here.



New Music: AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) cover PUP’s “Reservoir”

AJJ, a band comprised completely of former members of Andrew Jackson Jihad, recently covered a track by their SideOneDummy labelmates PUP. Check out AJJ’s rendition of “Reservoir” below.

In its original form, “Reservoir” appears on PUP’s self-titled 2014 full-length.



Plan-It-X offer entire catalog for $134.96

So this is something a little different. Those fine folks over at Plan-It-X have just put their entire catalog on sale for exactly $134.96. It’s definitely a hefty sum, especially since punk-rockers of the folk variety aren’t exactly known for rolling in disposable income. Than again, this collection does include albums such as The Taxpayer’s “God Forgive These Bastards”, Ramshackle Glory’s “Live The Dream”, and the Ghost Mice/AJJ split, arguably three of the greatest folk-punk albums of all time. So hey, if your wallets feeling a little hefty, and you wanna hugely expand your folk-punk collection, check out the labels Bandcamp page here.



Andrew Jackson Jihad shorten name to AJJ, stream new song “Now That I’m at the Top of My Game”

Andrew Jackson Jihad have announced that they are officially shortening their name to AJJ. Here’s an excerpt from the band’s Facebook post explaining the change:

“The two biggest reasons for this are:
1.) We are not Muslims, and as such, it is disrespectful and irresponsible for us to use the word jihad in our band’s name.
2.) We no longer wish to be a living reminder of president Andrew Jackson. Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale.”

You can read the whole post here.

Meanwhile, the band have also shared a new song titled “Now That I’m at the Top of My Game.” The song will appear on the band’s upcoming studio album, and you can listen to it below. No other information has been released on the new album yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

AJJ last released Christmas Island on May 6, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records



Andrew Jackson Jihad/Joyce Manor annouce tour

Arizona folk-punks Andrew Jackson Jihad and Long Beach pop-punks Joyce Manor have announced a small west coast tour. Well, okay, more like a few shows but still, both of these bands are insanely good so it promises to be a good one. You can check the dates below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad is currently working on some new music. They have revealed that they are in the studio though not much else has been released. This will be their latest release since their 2014 release of “Christmas Island”. We will keep you up to date as more information is revealed.

Joyce Manor released their latest album “Never Hungover Again” in July of 2014. 



Andrew Jackson Jihad recording new album

Andrew Jackson Jihad have revealed that they are in the studio working on a new album by uploading a photo to Facebook with the caption: “new year, new record.”

No other information has been released yet, but we’ll keep you posted as it becomes available.

Andrew Jackson Jihad last released Christmas Island on May 6, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad announce fall tour dates

Arizona folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad have just announced they will be hitting the road this November with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts and Rozwell Kid.

You can see a full list of dates and locations below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad last released Christmas Island on May 6th, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad and Jeff Rosenstock team up for massive cover song mashup

As most of you know (because many of you attended) Andrew Jackson Jihad and Jeff Rosenstock just spent a while on the road together, touring the US with support from The Smith Street Band and Chumped. The A/V Club caught up with Rosenstock’s band and AJJ and had them each work on a medley of cover songs. The result is a nine-plus-minute opus that features the bands swtiching places mid song. You’ll hear their respective takes on songs from Weezer, Weetus, Heart, Neil Young, and a crap-ton more. Check it out here.

Andre Jackson Jihad is celebrating the one-year anniversary of their latest album, “Christmas Island,” which was released on May 6, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records.



Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad release live music video for “All The Dead Kids”

Last September Phoenix folk-punks Andrew Jackson Jihad recorded “live” versions of their tracks “All The Dead Kids” and “Vnicorn” at Revolver Records in Phoenix, Arizona and now those tracks are appearing on a special Record Store Day split 7-inch with ROAR.  While doing the recording the band shot a video for the song “All The Dead Kids” and you can check it out below.

The split can be purchased here.

Andrew Jackson Jihad last released Christmas Island on May 6th, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad posts video for “Getting Naked, Playing with Guns” (acoustic)

Phoenix folk-punks Andrew Jackson Jihad have a new video up for their acoustic track, “Getting Naked, Playing with Guns.”  You can check it out below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad last released Christmas Island on May 6th, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad announce 2015 UK tour dates

Arizona folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad are gearing up for a tour of the UK this coming June. The band will start in London and end in Dublin during that month. You can see a full list of dates and locations below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad last released Christmas Island on May 6th, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad release music video for “Do, Re, And Me”

Andrew Jackson Jihad have released a music video for their song “Do, Re, And Me.” You can check it out here.

The band will be touring the US with Jeff RosenstockThe Smith Street Band and Chumped this spring. Their latest album Christmas Island on May 6th, 2014 through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad, Rozwell Kid, No Age, and Eel Bros stream covers of The Misfits, Black Flag, and more

Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad, Rozwell Kid, Eel Bros (ft. members of Man Man), and No age recently teamed up together to record an EP entirely comprised of covers. The album plays homage to The Misfits, The Nerves, and Black Flag.

You can check it out here.

The vinyl box set will be limited to 400 copies and will be available through Pirates Press Records.