AJJ and Kimya Dawson

AJJ

AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad)[3] was formed by Sean Bonnette, Ben Gallaty and drummer Justin James White, who left the band soon after. The band would record their first LP, Candy Cigarettes & Cap Guns, and release it on The Audioconfusion Manifesto label in 2005.

On April 15, 2006, the band played as part of the 2006 New Times Music Showcase, nominated for Best Americana Band, and won a Best of Phoenix award later that year.[4]

They released a split LP with Ghost Mice on Plan-It-X-Records in 2007. Following this, Asian Man Records issued their second full-length album, People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World, on September 11, 2007.[1][5]

In 2008 the band was a part of the Asian Man Records "Making Punk Fun Again" tour with The Queers, Bomb the Music Industry!, Lemuria, and Kepi Ghoulie.[6] 2008 also saw the release of "Only God Can Judge Me", a mostly acoustic EP on Plan-it-X Records.

In 2009, the band's third record, Can't Maintain, was released by Asian Man Records. They toured the US with Kepi Ghoulie and Partners in 818, and had to say goodbye to their van, named Wolfenstein 3D: The Van.[7] At this point, the band consisted of Bonnette, Gallaty, Deacon Batchelor on drums, and Preston Bryant on guitar and keyboards.

In 2010, the band toured the US with Blunt Mechanic, Europe with Kepi Ghoulie, and the west coast with Royal Monsters.[8]

2011 had the band go on their second European tour. They also played festivals such as Plan-It-X Fest[9] and the Asian Man Records 15th Anniversary.[10] Mark Glick would also join the band, rounding out their sound with cello parts. The band's fourth full-length album, Knife Man, was released on September 20 by Asian Man Records and on cassette by Lauren Records.[11] In support of this record, the band was a part of a full US tour with Frank Turner and Into It. Over It.[12]

2012 was a busy year of extensive touring. In March, the band toured with Laura Stevenson and ROAR,[13] which was quickly followed by another tour in April with Joyce Manor and Treasure Fleet.[14] In September, the band did a short string of shows with Against Me! and Joyce Manor,[15] followed by a full US tour with Future of the Left.[16]

2013 saw yet another busy year for the band. In April, Bonnette went on a solo tour with Ian Graham of Cheap Girls.[17] He also collaborated on a track with Sole that was released in May.[18] In September, the band's first live album, "Live at the Crescent Ballroom", was released by Asian Man Records and on cassette by Lauren Records.[19] In November, the band embarked on a west coast tour with The Gunshy.[20] In June, the band had recorded a new album entitled Christmas Island with John Congleton and members of their full touring lineup Preston Bryant and Deacon Batchelor. The album was released on May 6, 2014 on Side One Dummy Records.[21]

In 2016, the band officially changed their name from "Andrew Jackson Jihad" to AJJ (a moniker that many of their fanbase had been using to refer to them for several years). In a statement on the band's website, Bonnette wrote "1.) We are not Muslims, and as such, it is disrespectful and irresponsible for us to use the word jihad in our band’s name. 2.) We no longer wish to be a living reminder of president Andrew Jackson. Interesting historical figure as he was, he was an odious person and our fascination with him has grown stale."[22] On June 28, 2016, AJJ announced their 6th studio album, The Bible 2, along with a track list and pre-order bundles. The band also released a music video for the album's lead single, "Goodbye, Oh Goodbye." The clip is a style parody of the viral video approach to music videos made by the band OK Go. On August 1, 2016, the music video for "Junkie Church" was released.

In 2017, the band released an EP on Lauren Records of new material entitled Back in the Jazz Coffin, consisting of acoustic songs. They also released Decade of Regression, a live album as a Record Store Day exclusive.

Kimya Dawson

Born November 17, 1972. American singer-songwriter, Kimya Dawson became well known as co-founder of the Moldy Peaches alongside Adam Green. Since the Moldy Peaches went on hiatus in 2004 Dawson has released a string of lo-fi homemade albums and toured widely in North America and Europe.

Dawson's most recent album is "Thunder Thighs", released in October 2011. It contains collaborations with Aesop Rock on songs such as "The Library" and "Walk Like Thunder" and Pablo Das on "Unrefined".[citation needed]

Dawson's children's album, Alphabutt, was released on September 10, 2008. Song titles include "The Alphabutt Song," "Seven Hungry Tigers," "Little Monster Babies," "Wiggle My Tooth" and "Pee Pee in the Potty," and collaborators include former Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan and a number of Dawson's other musical friends and their children. She has also been invited to participate in the Sesame Street television program.

In September 2012, she appeared in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.

"Anyone Else But You", a song she recorded with The Moldy Peaches, was used in the documentary Murderball, about a team of wheelchair rugby players. This song was also used in the film Juno. The melody of this song, with new lyrics, was used in a commercial for Atlantis.com.

Critics warmly received the music in Juno, where Dawson's "sweetly melancholic acoustic-strummed tunes" helped define the character of a pregnant young teenager who decides to have her baby. Dawson helped choose many of the songs for the Juno film, helping to set the film's mood. The soundtrack was voted by NPR listeners as the 14th best of the year in a listener poll for 2008. Dawson sings about diverse topics:

And there on the soundtrack ... is Kimya Dawson, her primal, primitive odes to tire swings and vampires and roller coasters goosing us along, her wobbly voice and furtively chicken-scratched double-time guitar like a terrified little kid who just ditched the training wheels and is now somehow barreling down a mountain.

— Rob Harvilla, The Village Voice, 2008[7]

Rozwell Kid

Power pop-punk outfit Rozwell Kid began in 2011 as the solo project of West Virginia native Jordan Hudkins. While drumming for fellow West Virginians the Demon Beat, Hudkins began assembling his own album based on his love of '90s punk and post-grunge indie. Signing with Broken World Media to release his debut, The Rozwell Kid LP, Hudkins assembled a full-band lineup that included guitarist Adam L. Meisterhans, bassist Devin Donnelly, and drummer Sean Hallock. With a sound resembling the tuneful fuzz pop of early Weezer, the band proceeded to deliver two more albums for the label in 2013's Unmacho and 2014's Too Shabby, each one tighter than the last. Over subsequent tours, festival appearances, split singles, and EPs, Rozwell Kid's reputation grew, eventually bringing them to the attention of revered California indie SideOneDummy, who signed them in 2017. Precious Art, their debut for the label and fourth album overall, was released in June of that year.

Shellshag

Johnny "Shellhead" and Jen Shag, two halves of Brooklyn indie duo Shellshag, got their individual starts in the '90s San Francisco D.I.Y. scene, while running the infamous Starcleaners Warehouse -- a historical music co-op in the Mission District that was formerly home base to the Residents, the Dandy Warhols, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. They crossed paths when Johnny was a member of the band 50 Million and Jen was in Static Faction, and soon after, they teamed up to form a power pop trio called Kung Fu USA. In 2003, they stripped back the group and re-formed as Shellshag. Mixing No Age-type noise punk and Moldy Peaches-type innocence, they toured incessantly, and gained notice with energetic sets and a unique presence: Jen drummed while standing up and Johnny ended sets with explosive guitar feedback. Their first album, the now out of print Gary Young EP, was recorded by Pavement's Gary Young in 2004. Destroy Me I'm Yours followed in 2007.

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