Asthmatic Kitty Records is pleased to announce the signing of Indianapolis-based artist Grampall Jookabox.Â The label will release his second album, Ropechain on Nov. 4 in conjunction with Joyful Noise Recordings.Grampall Jookabox, which is the nickname of David "Moose" Adamson, sounds like a child slurring the words "Grandpa Jukebox," implying filial connection with an archaic musical object. Either that or the intoxicated pronunciation of a strange blues artist's nom de plume.When David was in grade school, his uncle took note of his developing interest in hip-hop and loaned him a four-track. They mixed tracks together and the young Adamson would write rhymes to sing over them, including a double-boombox sequel to Fu-Schnicken's "What's Up Doc (Can We Rock?)" called "Suffering Succotash (I Got Whiplash)." At first the beats came from instrumental sides of cassingles, on to presets on his uncle's drum machine, and then finally from his very own beat machine (a Christmas gift), the Yamaha DD-9. But that was a long time ago. Since then, through various incarnations and collaborations with groups such as Archer Avenue and BIGBIGcar, Adamson's musical interests and excursions have crystallized into a startlingly singular and eclectic songwriting strategy.Â Jookabox's debut record, Scientific Cricket, samples a kind of primordial blues sound, children's sidewalk-chalk rhymes and Appalachian folk.Â But his latest effort finds him moving into new, unplumbed territories. Ropechain pinwheels kaleidoscopically through old-time spirituals, punk, chain-gang hymnal, deep house, and club music hip-hop, blending these disparate elements into a cohesive and unique synthesis.
Sa Sept 6 - Indianapolis, IN - Spin Mo Sept 8 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Tu Sept 9 - Dekalb, IL - House Cafe We Sept 10 - Iowa City, IA - TBA Th Sept 11 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge Sa Sept 13 - Morisson, CO - Monolith Festival Su Sept 14 - Morisson, CO - Monolith Festival Tu Sept 16 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar We Sept 17 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's Th Sept 18 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club Fr Sept 19 - Madison, WI - Forward Music Festival Sa Sep 20 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival Su Sep 21 - Bloomington, IN - TBA Mo Sep 22 - Cincinnati, OH - TBA Tu Sep 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox We Sep 24 - Washington DC - The Hosiery Th Sep 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Green Line Fr Sep 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio Sa Sep 27 - New York City, NY - Cake Shop
Grampall Jookabox Ropechain (Asthmatic Kitty / Joyful Noise) Street Date: Nov. 4, 2008 1. Black Girls 2. Let's Go Mad Together 3. Ghost 4. Old Earth, Wash My Beat 5. The Girl Ain't Preggers 6. You Will Love My Boom 7. I Will Save Young Michael 8. The One Thing 9. We Know We Might Be Fucked 10. Strike Me Down 11. I'm Absolutely Freaked Out
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