Renaissance Farrell

Bluetip front man juggles the hats of songwriter, freeform musician, filmmaker and graphic artist

Posthumous Accidents: Jawbox was the first band to leave indie-stalwart Dischord Records for the theoretically greener pastures of a major label. After two LPs, For Your Own Special Sweetheart and Jawbox, the band was unceremoniously dropped when the Atlantic Records subsidiary it was on (TAG) folded. Shortly afterward, Jawbox split up permanently, and front man J. Robbins and second guitarist/vocalist Bill Barbot went on to form Burning Airlines.

Now, two years after the death of Jawbox, the band has released My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidents, a 22-track retrospective featuring Peel radio sessions, unreleased tracks, live songs and covers. The compilation, arranged by the aforementioned categories, covers Jawbox's entire career, from the band's first seven-inch track, "Bullet Park," to the band's later and better-known tunes like "Savory" and "Mirrorful" and covers of Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" and R.E.M.'s "Low." As a last gift to fans, the Jawbox CD functions as a shimmering document of the powerhouse beauty the band radiated. (DeSoto Records, P.O. Box 60335, Washington, D.C. 20039)

Contact Brendan Kelley at his online address: bkelley@newtimes.com

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