This is one of two commemoration compilations that I own. Both are great (the other is the We’ve Lost Beauty lp).
This double album — In Memory of Jason — is dedicated to the life of Jason, who died much too prematurely at age 21. The insert states:
This recorded is dedicated to the spirit and memory of my brother, Jason Jon Fleagane.The bands on this compilation are not only Jason’s personal favorites, but they are also in the spirit of what flowed through this inspirational individual.
Jason gave all that is humorous, generous, and kind back to his family and friends. His combustible, spontaneous personality truly made him one who is small on the outside, big on the inside. Jason was a pioneer who created Monopoly Records and Resolution Skateboard Shop. His creativity served to promote unity and friendship in a place where these values are hard to come by.
At the young age of 21, Jason pursued art, skateboarding, music, architecture, brought a family together, friends that will never part, and a memory to last a lifetime. I will miss him for the memories that we cannot make.
His own band, Pottyface, featuring him on drums and Alex on bass, have short tracks at the end of each side. I didn’t know what to name them, so I just named them “Pottyface One” etc. They are low-fi garage recordings that, I think, punctuate the record in a nice, meaningful way.
Jason obviously had great taste in music; featured is quite a remarkable collection of bands. And, like most comps, it serves well as an intro to bands you may not have heard before. Here’s the line-up: Angel Hair, Babyland, Clikatat Ikatowi, Crash and Britany, Driftwood, Evergreen, Godhead Silo, Honeywell, Jackbarber, Karp, Reach Out, Rice, Still Life, The Saw.
Many of them take advantage of their ample wax-space. Each side has three or four tracks. The first three songs are aggressive in nature, but then Honeywell comes in and spaces things out. Afterwards, which the exception of Angel Hair, the bands take more opened up, introspective approaches (contradiction?!). Well, maybe Karp doesn’t either. Some notes:
Rice, of course, sing about rice. I first heard this song on a mixtape a friend gave me. So it was a fun surprise to have it also on vinyl. The song can also be found on their discography, Fuck You We’re Rice.
Godhead Silo’s track can be found on the Scientific Supercake album.
Reach Out’s song is absolutely brutal and spastic and explosive. Fittingly, they seem to have upped the recording level to 15, or something — it’s slamming against the ceiling. Their song kind of reminds me of Incurable Complaint (a Santa Barbara band — I’ll make sure to post them eventually).
The Evergreen track is lovely. I like music that reminds me of lounging on a beach. I’ve heard the Evergreen 7″ on Gravity, but I don’t have it. From what I remember, this song is different.
I’ve been looking for more Crash and Britany, since I really like their tracks on here. But I haven’t come across anything. This record used to contain a nice big crack and a skip toward the end of their first song. But I’ve managed to mostly clean it away. Now there’s just a pop. I like female-vocaled emo bands. I don’t have enough of them. I know there’s one on the Use This Coupon comp. I’ll make sure to post that it soon.
Clikatat Ikatowi starts off sounding like Still Life, but then the drums kick it up and then it’s unmistakably Clikatat!
Anyway, great comp, great bands, great tribute. I’ve included in the zip the entire insert in pdf form! In real life, the insert is made of a nice vinyl paper. It’s heartwarming to see the artwork and the kind words for Jason. It’s a big file, so if you feel like sharing it elsewhere, feel free to put it up on mediafire or wherever. It’s not like I’m looking for hits and googlemoney. Free love!