Wednesday, December 9, 2009

jawbox - 11.8.09 - late night with jimmy fallon



well...hopefully there were a few of you out there that caught the show

and i'm not gonna lie to you...i was a little let down by the performance...maybe it was one of those waiting for something to happen for so long and when it finally does you feel a little let down afterward kind of situations

but i'm not blaming the band

i'm blaming the soundman

for some reason...the other 2 songs the band played that weren't televised ("ff=66" and "68") ended up coming off sounding better than the televised "savory"

and was it just me...or did the band's bass player (kim coletta) look out of place?...the whole time i felt as if they had a soccer mom/teacher trying to look all hip and cool playing with them (she's actually a substitute teacher nowadays...and partially owns desoto records with her husband and former jawbox guitarist bill barbot)

and their drummer has turned into a behemoth

it's sad that this will be the only time the band does anything...i mean...they could at least go out and play a few dates (or at least play one show...and that would be playing FOR YOUR OWN SPECIAL SWEETHEART in it's entirety...a person can dream...)

but for those of you that missed the show...i present you all with both audio and visual documentation

DL: jawbox@late night with jimmy fallon

17 comments:

Gray said...

Wasn't this performance just a reminder of how boring Jawbox was all along? Not terrible, or even offensive, just...there.

ipecac said...

HEY MAAAAN!

*shakes*

cdb said...

BREAKING: BAND OF PEOPLE IN THEIR 40s LOOK LIKE 40-YEAR-OLDS. MORE AS IT DEVELOPS.


(also, gray, you're out of line.)

Gray said...

I'm out of line for calling a spade a spade?
Sorry dude, but to me, both Jawbox and Jawbreaker are the two most overrated bands of the 90s. I will grant you that Jawbox is better than Jawbreaker, but they're still boring. I'm not saying they're Insane Clown Posse or anything, but their music is just not inspiring. That's physics talking.

kittyempire said...

They were a lot better than Sunny Day Real Estate, dude....

Gray said...

Kittyempire! You have made an enemy today!

I will not stand for Sunny Day Real Estate bad-mouthing! No sir! Not on my watch!

Exclamation points!

1009 said...

I dunno, speaking as a musician, I've been blown away by Jawbox since the first time I heard them. Most of my non-musician friends can't really get into them, or only respect them in the abstract, and I'm still not sure why that is. Then again I think everything J Robbins has done since the *Novelty* record has been astonishing, and none of that work seems to get a whole lot of respect from wider listening audiences.

Here's one way of looking at it: the Jesus Lizard is one of my favorite bands of all time. Great precise music, totally unhinged vocals. Jawbox has the great precise music, but somehow Robbins is able to combine that with the most unlikely-yet-still-melodic vocals (and interesting lyrics). This is not to pit the two bands against each other (I repeat: I LOVE BOTH), just to provide a kind of framework for what I like about Jawbox. There's no way, for me, that one band could be said to be better than the other.

But to say that Jawbox is boring ... I dunno. It's not the first time I've heard it and I'm sure it won't be the last, but I don't get it at all.

Oh, and the sound on Fallon was pretty atrocious. Could they have muted Robbins' guitar any more when the band came in? And where was the bottom-end?

cdb said...

Gray: Oh yeah, well, your face is boring! How 'bout that!

Mega-leg said...

I can respect that comment in away. I have to say that "For Your Own Special Sweetheart" is the only album by them that really does "it" for me. In saying that I mean it "really REALLY" does it for me! I love that album! As for live, I saw them on that tour in Detroit and they were fan-fucking-tastic! Tight, energetic...they sounded great. After their set they jumped of the front of the stage and talked with the fans. It was a highly memorable show from my youth.

That being said...their other albums have only there moments and their Fallon performance showed their age...of course. It was almost painful in spots where the bass player was noticeably forcing the "rock out".

ipecac said...

now...i may be a 13 year old girl...but every time i listen to the FOR YOUR OWN SPECIAL SWEETHEART album...i get all giddy

and yes grAy...i have their poster hung in my locker at school so i can see it between classes

Anonymous said...

Kim Coletta ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS looked like a soccer mom.

Anonymous said...

Having the misfortune of never seeing Jawbox live back in the day I will take what I can get. I thought seeing them play a few songs on Jimmy Fallon's show was great. Perfect? Nope. But far better still than stuff you usually see/hear on TV. I still find "Sweetheart" and "Novelty" incredible all these years later. J Robbins has influenced many bands, both with his recorded output and maybe more so with his production skills. And what's wrong with a soccer mom who can play bass like that?!? Nothing I say!

convertido said...

I was fortunate enough to see Jawbox each time they came through Texas and one thing always stuck in my head. . .they always ended up sounding like the band they just toured with. I really enjoyed Grippe and Novelty remains interesting but to me it sounded like their attempt to be Helmet. A fun live band, but I must admit I never understood the devotion of others. To each their own. . .

Andrew said...

I refused to watch this solely because it was on Jimmy Fallon's show. He's unfunny to the point of suicide, and I refuse to support him.

Anonymous said...

Having trouble downloading the FF=66 mp3. Is it possible to repost?

Anonymous said...

Brilliant, thank you! Never seen this tv show, had no idea this existed. Thanks for sharing.

Earthdog70 said...

I saw them live once, but as a 3 piece with Adam Wade on drums. They were not boring that night.

 
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