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Accident Waiting to Happen December 9, 2009

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I’m not a fan of unnecessary repetition, but this was too good to pass up.  For yesterday’s Song of the Day, I posted “Savory” by Jawbox, completely unaware of the fact that they were about to make their first live appearance in twelve years on Jimmy Fallon’s show.  Synchronicity?  Serendipity?  I always forget which is which, but one of them is accurate, and it’s always kinda cool when it happens.  The band appears to be in especially good health.  It’s good to have them back.

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Song of the Day (12/8/09) December 8, 2009

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I know I have a well-earned reputation as a fan mainly of bands composed of pale, effete Brits who make jangly noises with their guitars.  But I’m nothing if not egalitarian in my music tastes.  Enter Jawbox.  Inexplicably lost in the mid-90’s alternative rock boom, this Washington, D.C., based band made some beautiful noise out of discordant guitar, subtle melody lines, and a vaguely funky backbeat that set them apart from their other, more straightforward compatriots on Dischord Records.  Predictably, the indie community cried “Sellout” when Jawbox made the jump to a major label – so it’s satisfying to see that their Atlantic Records debut is not just the best in Jawbox’ discography, it’s one of the best of the decade.  This is “Savory,” from their recently reissued masterpiece, For Your Own Special Sweetheart.