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The Smith Street Band release music video for track “Get High, See No One”

Australia’s The Smith Street Band have released a music video for their song “Get High, See No One,” and you can check it out below.

The track is off the group’s October 2014 album “Throw Me In The River.”

The Smith Street Band is currently on an Australian tour with PUP and you can check out the dates for that here. They will also be touring the US with Andrew Jackson Jihad this spring and the information on that can be found below.



DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2014 (Jerry)

Hey everyone!  I’m Jerry and I’ve been writing for Dying Scene a little over a year now.  This is my first best albums list, and man is it hard to narrow down your favorites (hence the honorable mentions).  This list has some ska, hardcore, folk, pop-punk, and just a little bit of everything, so check it out below!



Andrew Jackson Jihad announces US headlining tour dates

Andrew Jackson Jihad have just announced a string of headlining US tour dates coming this spring. The tour will feature support from Jeff RosenstockThe Smith Street Band and Chumped. Check out the full list of dates below.

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



Andrew Jackson Jihad cover Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush”

Andrew Jackson Jihad recently performed a cover of “Plush” by the Stone Temple Pilots and you can check out a video below.

AJJ’s new record, Christmas Island, was released on May 6th through SideOneDummy Records.



Live Video: Andrew Jackson play “Do, Re, and Me” at SideOneDummy HQ

Andrew Jackson Jihad recently stopped by the SideOneDummy headquarters and played their beautiful song “Do, Re, and Me.” Check out a video of the performance below.

AJJ’s new record Christmas Island was released on May 6th through, you guessed it, SideOneDummy Records. The band’s currently in the midst of a US tour supporting the album and they’ll be touring Europe this fall.



Andrew Jackson Jihad announces UK/Euro tour

Andrew Jackson Jihad have announced some UK and European tour dates in support of their newest album, Christmas Island.  Joining them will be UK punk band Caves.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

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



Music Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Coffin Dance”

Arizona-based folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad have released a music video for their song “Coffin Dance.” The track is from the band’s 5th album, Christmas Island, released on May 6th through SideOneDummy Records.

You can watch the video below and purchase the album here.



Album Review: Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Christmas Island”

Andrew Jackson Jihad’s music bleeds humanity. Behind the whimsy, surrealism, and self loathing there is an undeniable sense of empathy– their art is made by people, for people, no matter how fucked up they happen to be. Its this unique voice that defines AJJ as possibly the most subversive band working in punk today. At their lightest they can make you laugh and at their heaviest be confrontational enough to make your skin crawl.

Knife Man was one of my favorite albums of 2011, and on it I felt like Andrew Jackson Jihad managed to take their sound into new places while delivering some of the most heart-wrenching songs they’ve ever sang. It was cohesive and connective and more than a little cathartic by the time the last song faded out. Christmas Island follows in this vein with refinements to their sound and an ultimately tighter experience.

The opening song “Temple Grandin” reappropriates the ‘to the bullshit’ trope and makes it an anthem for perseverance, strength, and kindness. On it, the band lays the sonic template out for the majority of Christmas Island— more acoustic guitar, more instruments, and more effects. “Temple Grandin” contains a spacey air to it, almost psychedelic. While its not an aesthetic I generally seek out, the song is better for it, providing a sonic texture for the isolation autism activist Temple Grandin had to fight against, while simultaneously alluding to the sensory overload associated with the disease.

“Children of God” provides some of Andrew Jackson Jihad’s surrealist humor with its chorus, “And the blood collector collected blood and the cannibals all sang: tra la la la la la la la lay.” “Do Re Me” showcases some of their melodic chops along with my favorite lyrical aside (“Man is the Bastard is a brutal fucking band.”). “Kokopelli Face Tattoo,” a song that appeared on their live album and pops up here again given the proper studio treatment. It might be the most traditionally punk song on the entire album, with a defiant, backhanded ‘fuck you’ of a chorus.

Idiosyncrasy rules the day for the best art and the artists behind them. Andrew Jackson Jihad is no different. They pull their heroes from unlikely places and make them a cohesive part of their work. What else do Linda Ronstadt and Temple Grandin have in common besides both getting songs on Christmas Island? Andrew Jackson Jihad fills their albums with these deeply personal flourishes, but the fact that the end result can be so cohesive is a minor miracle. Imagery is repeated, ideas are expanded over the course of songs, and events are told from different perspective; Christmas Island is a concept album that doesn’t need to be called a concept album to feel good about itself.

“Angel of Death” is one of the best endings to a record I’ve ever heard. Melancholy organs guide the song through the experience of Cody, a kid who’s “parents hate each other,” before changing perspective to something broader and more omniscient. When I say Andrew Jackson Jihad is a subversive, irreverent band, I mean it. They back up my claim with aplomb in their ending of Christmas Island. Some bands would labor over the deepest, most thoughtful way to end their record; white, viscous self-importance dripping from their mouth. AJJ throws out the rule book and make a silly pop culture reference (“Prepare to die, Bad Lieutenant 2 is the greatest movie ever!”) after line after line of polemic metaphor. And fucking shit, it works. It makes a statement and its a powerful one; as if the band were to reach past the barrier of their art and say, “You know what, at the end of the day, we’re all human and this is just a song. Enjoy life.”

Christmas Island further codifies the wide boundaries of Andrew Jackson Jihad’s sound and might just be their best record to date. With heart and humor to spare, the band transforms affliction and despair into something beautiful and pure. The song “Linda Ronstadt” said it better than I ever could: “I can’t handle astounding works of beauty, I think I like my pretty pretty ugly.”

5/5 Stars



Live Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Kokopelli Face Tattoo”

Sean Bonnette from Andrew Jackson Jihad recently stopped by KXLU in Los Angeles and played a few acoustic tracks from the band’s forthcoming album, “Christmas Island.” You can check out his performance of the song “Kokopelli Face Tattoo” below.

“Christmas Island” us due out next Tuesday (May 6th), and marks their first SideOneDummy Records release. Their last album was 2011’s “Knife Man.”



Full Album Stream: Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Christmas Island”

Andrew Jackson Jihad will be releasing their newest album, “Christmas Album”, next week (May 6th) through SideOneDummy Records.

Last week the band released a music video for a song (“Temple Grandin”) from the upcoming work, and today the guys have made the entire album available to stream.

Check it out below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad has a bunch of tour dates in July, which you can have a look at below.



Music Video: Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Temple Grandin”

Andrew Jackson Jihad have released a music video for a new song titled “Temple Grandin”. The track will be featured on their upcoming album, Christmas Island.

You can watch the video here and pre-order the album here.

Christmas Island is set to be released on May 6th through SideOneDummy Records.



Andrew Jackson Jihad stream new track “Linda Ronstadt” off upcoming album “Christmas Island”

Andrew Jackson Jihad have released a stream of a new track titled “Linda Ronstadt.” The track will be featured on their upcoming album “Christmas Island” which is set to be released on May 6th through SideOneDummy Records.

You can listen to the song below and pre-order the album here.



Andrew Jackson Jihad announce US tour dates

Andrew Jackson Jihad have announced some US tour dates in support of their upcoming album Christmas Island.  Joining them will be Cheap Girls, Hard Girls, and Dogbreth.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad will release Christmas Island on May 6, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records. You can pre-order the album here.



New Song: Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Kokopelli Face Tatoo”

Andrew Jackson Jihad have released a stream of a new track titled “Kokopelli Face Tattoo”. The track will be featured on their upcoming album Christmas Island.

You can listen to the song below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad will release Christmas Island on May6, 2014 via SideOneDummy Records. You can pre-order the album here.



Andrew Jackson Jihad sign to SideOneDummy Records, announce new album “Christmas Island”, stream new track “Children Of God”

Lots of news from folk punk group Andrew Jackson Jihad today! The Arizona band has signed with SideOneDummy Records for their upcoming album “Christmas Island,” which is set to be released on May 6th of this year.

Andrew Jackson Jihad is streaming “Children Of God,” the first single from the new album, and you can check it out below. If you like the track you can pre-order “Christmas Island” here.