The Jubilee Topspin/"Members Only" Record...

Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Jubilee
So, forever and a day later... We are FINALLY finishing up the process of assembling the Jubilee "Members Only" records. You've probably already forgotten what this whole thing is even about by now, so let me attempt to refresh your memory... This is the vinyl single that we promised to those of you who purchased Jubilee's "Membership/Package Deal" via Topspin a year or two back. The title of this new record, which is actually an E.P. now, is "After The Crash"... A name I think we may have even accidentally said once would be the albums. Woops.

This slab of wax has undergone countless amounts of twists and turns regarding its content during its delay, but the end result has actually exceeded our original concept by FAR. Initially, this was just going to be a little two-song record, at most. What we've ended up with instead, is an E.P. with 4 songs on wax, PLUS some additional "Bonus Tracks", which will ONLY be accessible to its recipients via download through Topspin. Basically... There wasn't enough room to squeeze all of these songs onto the discs without it turning into an album of its own, so this was our brilliant solution. Again, the extra downloadable tracks, and the four on the record itself, will ONLY be available on this release. These will NOT be available in stores, or for sale in any sort of digital format elsewhere. We've put a lil more juice into our effort on this one. Partially as an attempt to make it up to those of you who have been EXCEEDINGLY patient and continually supportive... Despite a number of confusing and aggravating circumstances... Some of which, I'm certain we've somehow shared together, over the course of a very fucked up year and a half or so. Another reason we've gone the extra mile, is because this also happens to be the first release on our new record label, White/Grey/Black... So, our pee-pees are pretty hard about this whole thing in general.

NOW... If you wanna claim your own copy of Jubilee's "After The Crash", PAY ATTENTION! First and foremost... You obviously had to have already purchased the afore-mentioned Jubilee "Membership/Package Deal". If you've gotten that far, now all you have to do, is just make sure that WE have TWO pieces of information from you:

1) Your First AND Last name (Yes, both!)
&
2) Your current mailing address. OR an alternate mailing address to which you'd want this sucker safely mailed to. (No P.O. boxes, or any other shipping no-no's. Don't be a silly asshole. You've had stuff mailed to you before. Figure it out, squirt.)

Most of you already supplied us with this info upon your membership purchase. But, SOME of you didn't. Just to be on the safe side... If I were you, I'd re-send us all this info either way. After that, just relax... We'll take it from there. That includes handling all the shipping expenses, etc. So don't sweat it! Your job is just to make sure that you don't screw up numbers 1 & 2!

Email all of this info to Erik here:
Erik@Jubilee.LA

Now... Believe it or not, a handful of you out there actually felt like you'd made a mistake by placing your trust in us, and buying into this whole "Membership/Package Deal" thing. SOME of you... Fearing that maybe we'd gone back on our promise, even requested refunds... And got them. Well... Considering the confusion, rumors, and communication breakdowns that again, occurred over the course of a particularly crummy time... We can't be too upset with you. Even if your lack of faith in us DOES sting a little bit.

So... Even though you've already received your refunds... And have also probably written us off, or just forgotten about us by now... We're going to send you one of these records anyway. We might be fuckups, but at least we'll be the fuckups who are true to our word. The only hurdle in this particular scenario is that when you received your refunds, we lost all of your membership info. This included your names and addresses. So, for you refunded folks, please follow the two steps listed above as well, and we'll get this thing into your hands as soon as humanly possible. And NO, this isn't a trick. We're not going to mail you a bag of monkey shit in retaliation for you daring to ever doubt us!

For those of you who DID stick by us this entire time, and never demanded a refund... Don't bum out! You're NOT gonna end up like those chumps who actually bought their tickets to Woodstock back in '69. YOUR copies of this E.P. will be just a little more badass than the rest. Cool? And let's also not forget that for YOU, this E.P. won't be the last batch of tunes you'll be receiving from us. You're obviously still entitled to a digital format of our upcoming album, "Jubilee-Democracy", which you'll receive considerably earlier than the rest of the universe. That is of course if Buckethead doesn't quit again, and fuck up the whole schedule. There's also some other extra surprises we have in mind for you fine people. Werdemup? Thanks.

- Aaron

P.S.
Now that our studio, Shabbey Road, is also doubling as the "White/Grey/Black-Shack", (I know. We're working on the name. Any suggestions?) it's even more important than before that we're able to make the most of the place. Part of this process includes bringing the studio "Up To Code" for the city, in order to be capable of using it "Commercially". Y'know, with other bands n' stuff. So, if you're in a band, and happen to be interested in renting out some time in a cozy, affordable studio in LA, where you can lay down those DEEP slap-n-pop funk/metal grooves... Your opportunity just might be on the horizon! That is however, if we're able to "Get by with a lil help from our friends". Shortly, we'll be mentioning a few different ways in which your much needed help will go a very long way towards achieving this. Not to mention ending the incessant threat of our ceiling collapsing. The ultimate goal here is to establish an affordable recording studio that just about any band with even the smallest amount of dough, can walk away from with a killer recording of themselves. Some of the many advantages of recording at Shabbey, include the fact that you don't even have to bring ANY of your own equipment in order to record here... If you so choose. With our large and diverse collection of guitars, basses, amps, drums, organs, synths, percussion, etc., all ya hafta do, is just show up, plug in, and play yer songs. We'll take care of the rest. And when I say "We", that happens to be yet another cool thing about recording at Shabbey Road that ya won't find anywhere else in LA. Every band/artist that comes in to record here, will not only have a very skilled engineer or two twiddling the knobs and pushing the faders... But their choice from a handful of "producers" to help steer their ship as well... Again, if they so choose. For example, if you want Greg Puciato, the singer of Dillinger Escape Plan, to "Produce" your session, you can. Many, many other talented people will be yours to choose from as well, and we'll be announcing all of them, and even more info on all of this sooner than later.

P.P.S.
White/Grey/Black is in the process of collecting as much video, audio, photos, posters, etc. of The Icarus Line that we possibly can for an upcoming release of older material from the band. If you, or anyone else you know has anything of that sort circa 1998-2004, PLEASE contact us at: Erik@Jubilee.LA

P.P.P.S.
Speaking of White/Grey/Black, if you haven't already become our inter-nerd "friend" here on Myspace... Get to it! Go HERE and add us now for news, updates, etc.

P.P.P.PeniS.
Yet another upcoming release on White/Grey/Black, will be from the best new band outta L.A. that you haven't even heard yet... SPIT A KISS. Well... at least the LOUDEST. Keep yer eyes peeled for these guys.

WHITE / GREY / BLACK

Posted July 03, 2010 at 05:18 PM by Jubilee
So... Apart from being stoked to FINALLY drop a new Jubilee release, I'm particularly excited about this newest one, cos it happens to be the first coming out on a new record label-ish type thingy we've started called:

White/Grey/Black

Along with this upcoming Jubilee E.P., a slew of exclusive releases from a number of great bands are already in works... Including Serena Maneesh, Giant Drag, Goon Moon, Gayrilla Biscuits, and The Icarus Line... From whom a handsomely packaged collection of un-released and rare recordings circa 2002-ish we'll be putting out. A whoooole lotta other releases, with quite a few other killer bands are already in the works as well, but we won't give away too much at once and spoil the surprise. This entire White/Grey/Black thing has been coming together so quick and nicely, it's already looking like our discography will pass the double-digit mark before 2010 is even over. Yikes, or Yipee? Prolly a little of both.

White/Grey/Black is a concept I've been kicking around for quite a few years now... And it's full purpose, scope, and definition will slowly reveal itself in due time. The concept of a traditional "Record Label" to me is archaic, out-dated, and just plain boring. With White/Grey/Black, we intend to cover a lot more ground than just the typical procedure of manufacturing little plastic pieces of discs, and then trying to figure out a way of getting rid of all the boxes filled up with them.

My partner in this new endeavor, is a friend by the name of Erik Andrews. Apart from being an equal conspirator to this whole crazy operation, he's the only other guy on the planet I've ever known who owns every Oasis AND Chain Of Strength release. He's also a pretty sharp dude with incredible ideas. Erik's already run a successful label of his own, Coming Home, and is responsible for building and running the awesome Web-Store of which Jubilee, and a number of other groups have been utilizing for some time now. Erik and I are both very eager to start unleashing some of our ideas on you. One of which of course will be the inevitable website, from which this whole venture of ours will function as a "hub" of sorts. You can find that place here:

www.WhiteGreyBlack.LA

Obviously, there isn't much to see over there at the moment. Just give us a moment to get that shit all Feng-Shui'ed properly. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list if you're interested in receiving info on any our forthcoming releases, and more. Cos once our website is properly up and running, there's no telling what else you'll be finding over there. Apart from all the gab pertaining to our own releases... At the moment, it looks like we'll also be housing writings/opinions/praisings/etc., pertaining to a plethora of topics in the music/art/LIFE realm... Much of which won't even necessarily fall underneath the umbrella of our own discography. It should be good fun, so don't be afraid to come along with us for the ride. We'll talk at ya sooner than later about more of what we've got cookin'. Thanks.

- Aaron

To all Topspin subscribers...

Posted March 03, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Jubilee.web
Jubilee's "members-only" record is finished, and we want to make sure it lands into the right hands - YOURS, that is, if you subscribed to Jubilee's "yearly membership" in 2008 or 2009.

We've been writing to all the past and present subscribers through the email addresses provided to Topspin. But if you haven't received instructions as to how to get your record (or if you can't access the email address associated with your Topspin account anymore, etc.), please contact us directly at jubilee.vinyl@gmail.com and we'll find a way.

Edit : Gmail, Hotmail (and maybe some others) seem to consider Topspin-issued mail as spam, so make sure to have a look into your spam folder too !

- Jubilee.web

NIN / Icarus Line posters, At The Drive-In / Murder City Devils Split 7-inches, Gay Sex...

Posted February 25, 2010 at 6:56 AM by Jubilee
...Gay Sex?! Whoops, we meant GASSEX. Maybe yer only reading this cos we duped ya here with that? Whatever. We'll get to GASSEX inna minute. FIRST...

Shabbey Road keeps sinking deeper and deeper in doody. Until we can scrounge up enough scrill to solve the electrical crisis goin on in there, we can't set foot in the place. So please... Check out a few of the new items we've made available in our online store. With all this selling of Nine Inch Nails / Icarus Line / Buddydead / etc clutter, I can actually almost stretch my legs out at home now! The posters for sale span some shows I've played over the last decade or so. Blah, blah... See 'em for yerself HERE.

And for those of you too lazy to follow the link above, here's the info below on those At The Drive-In / Murder City Devils split 7-inches, which can also be purchased in the aforementioned hyper-linked web-store...

At The Drive-In / Murder City Devils

Split 7-inch - vinyl record

1 song from each band re-mixed by "The Latch Brothers" (AKA Mike D from the Beastie Boys)

2000 - Buddyhead Records #3

Vinyl Pressing Info: (Excluding Test Presses)

100 on sky blue vinyl, with alternate labels

1,120 on solid yellow vinyl

2,000 on clear gold vinyl

This here is some of the most coveted wax I've ever been a part of releasing. These records were pressed on Buddydead specifically for a U.S. tour that At The Drive-In and Murder City Devils did together a decade ago. The records were ONLY sold at the shows they played together, and were NEVER re-pressed, or available physically by any other means again. At least, that is for the 1,120 that were pressed on solid yellow, and 2,000 on clear gold. The first 100 records pressed on sky blue, and with different labels, (The MCD side has a picture of their bass player, Derek, in the hospital shortly after breaking his leg... And the ATDI side has a picture taken during the recording sessions for their "Relationship With A Man" album, of the microphone Cedric sang into) these copies were never sold, and were reserved only for band members, friends, family, etc.

Basically, Mike D from the Beastie Boys re-mixed the songs "Rascuache" and "Press Gang" for this... But in fear of Beastie Boys super-fans attempting to snatch up the lion's share of what limited amount of these we were planning to press, homeboy used an alias for us to put on the labels. There were no sleeves printed for any of these 7-inches. Instead, they all came in thick, plastic picture-disc sleeves, which had stickers picturing each bands "logo" stuck on the front. The sleeves all had cool little fold-over flaps, with neat-o lil straps for the flap to slip under. For some reason they don't make picture-disc sleeves like that anymore, which is a shame, cos they were hella cool. Anyhoo...

This was yet another one of my: "Sounds good in theory at the beginning - Ends with me wanting to slit my wrists, stab my eyes out with rusty forks, and open fire on women and children with automatic weapons from the roof of a building" ideas. Cos the 7-inches HAD to be ready in time for the tour, but homeslice was tardy on delivering the finished re-mixes... Which resulted in me FINALLY getting back all the first 1,220 records pressed, and stacked to the ceiling of my tiny apartment about 2 days before the tour began. And because I thought it would look real "nifty" not to have the records just come in regular printed paper sleeves, but instead, clear jackets with custom stickers on the front... Now I suddenly had to assemble all of this shit by hand... Quickly... ALONE. And, as if putting a sticker on the front of every single sleeve straight wasn't aggravating enough... The fucking sticker plant made the thousands of stickers all TOO LONG. So after applying each one, I then had to cut off the excess amount on each side with a razor blade. ONE AT A TIME. Yee-haw! DIY! Punk Rock! Doin' it for tha kids!

So yeah... We pressed the sky blue, and solid yellow records first, if I recall correctly... Not knowing exactly how well these things would sell. I think after about a week, both bands were nearly out of all of them, so we then pressed another 2,000 final copies. Yippeee! More fun with adhesives and sharp objects! Basically, there's literally a couple weeks of my life I'll never get back imprisoned in all of these records. SO FUCK YOU, PAY ME. Just kidding. These copies for sale here, are the last of what remain in my "Vinyl Vault". So for those of you whining about either the price, or... Anything... Suck it. These are my PERSONAL copies, and I'll do whatever I want with 'em. Either way, they'll end up on Ebay for twice as much anyway. These are NOT re-presses, and have never been played, or even taken out of their sleeves since their assembly. Vinyl can sometimes be like a fine wine. Ya put 'em in the cellar for a few years, and only then can their true uniqueness fully be appreciated. I think this is the first time I've actually been able to look at these things, and not just see carpal-tunnel, and bleeding fingertips.

I also happened to come across a shit-load of At The Drive-In stickers buried away in the same place as these records for some reason... So, I've thrown in 3 different stickers inside each of every copy for sale here. They're all vinyl stickers, 2 of which were made for the promotion of the afore-mentioned "Relationship With A Man" album. One is a long, rectangular sticker, and on the back of it there's a bunch of printing, including the "Grand Royal" logo, and: "New Album Out 9-12-00" etc. Yeah... Do you feel super old suddenly now too? Yikes. Another sticker was also made for promotion of the album release. This one is circle shaped, and was designed by Shepard Fairey. It's vinyl too, and has the record release date on the front, etc. The 3rd sticker is one of the few leftovers that's the same as the one stuck on the cover... But obviously, "un-stuck". For those of you purchasing a sky blue copy, I've thrown in a 4th sticker... This one is also a vinyl, rectangular sticker made by Grand Royal, but has a different image, and only the band's name on it. Enjoy.

Oh... And the phone number etched into the inner groove of all these 7-inches... Ha. At the time, ATDI, MCD, and my band, The Icky Line, were all managed by a man named Blaze James. Again, thinking we wouldn't be pressing THAT many copies, I thought it'd be amusing to innocently etch his cell phone number onto all of them. Apparently, he literally received thousands of phone calls as a result. Annnnnd... I think it just also might STILL be his number. Nudge nudge, wink wink, call CALL!

Oh yeah... GASSEX. That's just the name of a punk band I was in during high school. Now... Were we so bad that in hindsight, it's actually good? Or were we just... Bad? Who cares. Either way... FUNNY. If the resulting noise from a buncha under-sexed teenage boys attempting to play faster than their musical abilities allow, and louder than their equipment was even capable of sounds appealing to you... Then you'll be PSYCHED on GASSEX. Check it out HERE.

And just cos we haven't been able to get any work done out at Shabbey Road recently, doesn't mean we're any further from delivering our album. We'll also be passing along some vital info for those of you out there awaiting your Topspin "Members Only" record. Yes... Believe it or not, it's actually DONE. The only problem is that there's a bunch of you who didn't give us your mailing address. How did you expect us to mail you something without telling us where you live, dickfores? Anyhoo... As soon as we straighten this all out, they'll be on their way. Again, we'll keep ya posted on more of that soon.

- Aaron

Icarus Line, Dillinger Escape Plan, Etc., SUPER RARE Test Presses for sale NOW...

Posted February 02, 2010 at 12:53 PM by Jubilee
As a part of the ongoing "Save Shabbey Road" campaign, we've just put the first batch of some rare, hand numbered, white vinyl test presses up for sale, that were un-earthed from Aaron's "Vinyl Vault". These can ONLY be purchased from the Jubilee online store HERE.

A few remaining pieces of musical equipment that Aaron played/used in Nine Inch Nails are also still available via FUTURE MUSIC in LA. Apart from their store's website, you can also see photos of some of the stuff in our Myspace photo section, HERE. These are the very last of the musical equipment items related to Nails that will be sold. You can either buy this stuff at Future Music in LA in person, or deal with them via email or telephone. The info for the stuff is available on their website linked above. Apart from answering questions you might have about any of the items, they can also arrange the shipping, and accept credit cards for purchases. Once again, I'm not listing any of the prices for any of the music equipment stuff here, so you'll have to contact Future Music directly for that info.

Also... Keep yer eyes peeled for some very rare NIN posters for sale in the Jubilee online store soon. These include some very large full-color posters for concerts in places such as Sweden, Italy, Bratislava, etc. There will also be some equally rare Icarus Line posters for gigs in places including New Zealand, The Netherlands, Australia, etc.

But yeah, first... The vinyl Test Presses. If yer too lazy to go check out the multiple photos, and detailed descriptions of each item by going to our web-store, you can also read about 'em right here below, I guess. So here goes...

TEST PRESS: Limited to 25 hand-numbered copies

The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton "Irony Is A Dead Scene"
12-inch vinyl EP 2002 - Buddyhead Records #11

Vinyl Pressing Info: (Excluding Test Presses)
100 on clear orange vinyl
900 on solid "puke splatter" vinyl
400 on black vinyl

This record, a one time only collaboration featuring Mike Patton singing for The Dillinger Escape Plan, was pressed just ONCE on vinyl. Only 1,400 total of these were ever pressed... Back in 2002 by Buddyhead, and the release was NEVER pressed onto vinyl again by any other record label, or in any other country. The CD version of the EP was released by Epitaph, which was/is the lone physical format it exists available in to this day.

This is one of 25 white label test presses of the 12-inch. All of the test presses were hand numbered "__/25" by Aaron on the A-Side, and stamped with a Buddyhead stamp on the B-Side. They also all came in the same 12-inch picture disc sleeves that the following 1,400 came in. (With the flap on the back) They also have the same covers/inserts as well.

The "regular" copies of the 1,400 records in existence have already gone on to fetch some serious dough on Ebay, and seeing as how it's been out of print for 8 years now... This here is actually the last and only record available first-hand, that you could possibly purchase as an un-played, "virgin" copy of this classic release. Cos... Only the first of these 25 test-presses was listened to by Aaron, in order to approve the go-ahead to the pressing plant for the following 1,400 copies... And all the other copies of these test-presses went to the band members, who mostly listened to them once they got their hands on 'em. Sooooo... This one, immediately placed into the "Buddyhead Vinyl Vault" after it's numbering, has never been played.

Sorry for the novel... But obviously, this will only interest die-hard vinyl collectors and/or fans... So instead of answering 2,376 emails about it, I'm dropping as much knowledge here as possible on the subject. Also... The etchings on each side, on the inner rings of the record between the last groove and the labels, are as follows:

Side A) "Tom wanted these to be pink"
A silly inside joke aimed at the band's then manager, and former Buddydead contributor, Tom Apostolopoulous.

Side B) "Straight to Ebay for more Hockey stick"
A fuck-up on the pressing plants end. It was SUPPOSED to say: "Straight to Ebay for more Hockey stick guitars". A silly joke/jab at the band for their preference of playing those "shredder"/metal guitars with the pointy, hockey stick looking headstocks. Knowing we were only pressing 1,400 of these, and that they would sell out very quickly... The joke being that we knew the band probably wouldn't even bother selling their copies on tour, cos they could just as easily sell them on Ebay for more dough instead.

TEST PRESS: Limited to 5 hand-numbered copies

The Icarus Line "Mono"
12-inch vinyl LP 2001 - Buddyhead Records #5

Vinyl Pressing Info: (Excluding Test Presses)
1 on clear red and dark purple mixed vinyl
2 on white vinyl
3 on dark purple vinyl
4 on marble vinyl
100 on clear vinyl (some of these sold as "tour editions" with different jackets)
100 on light purple vinyl
100 on clear red vinyl
400 on solid red vinyl
400 on red and black mixed vinyl

The vinyl version of The Icarus Line's debut album, "Mono", was pressed just one time only, in 2001. We pressed 1,110 copies on Buddyhead Records, and never re-pressed it on wax again. This is one of 5 white label test presses of the 12-inch. All of the test presses were hand numbered "__/5" by Aaron on the A-Side, and stamped with a Buddyhead stamp on the B-Side.

The cd version was originally released by Crank! Records in the U.S., after which the album was quickly bought back by the band, and then re-pressed and re-released on Buddyhead. This second cd pressing had slightly altered artwork, including the font changed on the cover. Seeing as how the LP was pressed at the time of the original cd release, this explains why the covers for Buddyhead's 5th release on both CD and LP, don't match.

Bonus vinyl collector nerd/superfan info: This LP marked the first time the Buddyhead "backwards gun" logo appeared on a release. Like most of all the other Buddyhead "logos" or t-shirt designs I made, this was the first of many times I'd "borrowed" an image... Due to either a lack of inspiration, or time constraints leading to an "under the gun" deadline to slap together something that looked "cool" to put on a record, shirt, etc. Like all the other things I've "borrowed" over the years, I was always blown away that nearly NOBODY called me/us out on it. (BTW, the "backwards gun"?... Stole it from a Born Against album layout. But fuck it, they stole it themselves from some book called "The Polish Joke Book", so I figured it was fair game. Additional, and more obvious thefts included Suicide's first album cover, and The Exploited's "Punk's Not Dead" skull. Oh yeah... The gun was the first of MANY things stolen from Born Against. For those of you out there playing at home... Go buy everything Born Against released RIGHT NOW, and see how many more of the dots you can connect.)

Again, quite unlike our 2nd album, "Penance Soiree", "Mono" was only pressed just once, in one country, and on one label. On "Penance", we licensed the rights for the vinyl in a few other territories. Hence the plethora of different versions... Such as a gatefold jacket on one record label, different "bonus tracks" on others, and all sorts of wacky different colors of vinyl.

Seeing as how 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the recording of "Mono", (Due to complications with the somewhat extensive CD artwork, the album's release was delayed from 2000 to 2001) I figured it'd be a nifty time to dig out those dusty boxes wayyyy back there, and make one of these lil gems available. Of the 1,110 we pressed, the first 100 were on clear vinyl (Apart from the very first 10 copies, which came in various odd color combos). Along with this test press... I've also thrown in one of those first 100 copies on clear vinyl. You'll also get one of the very first vinyl Icarus Line stickers we ever made, and also one of the vinyl stickers Crank! made to promote "Mono's" release. Not to mention the album jacket, and insert.

Additional superfan info/Twilight Zone moment: Someone pointed out to me once, that the total running time for "Mono" is 53:50, and "Penance Soiree" is 53:49... And if we had done this on purpose. He even started telling me a few of his theories about why we had done it, and what it all meant. It's kinda bizarre that both albums are 1 second away from being the exact same length as each other. But no, it was not intentional. If it was, we would've added another second of silence to "Penance Soiree" while mastering it, just to make them both 53:50... And then made up some crazy story about the significance. Anything to make people think we were even MORE fucked up than they'd already assumed, was always good fun.

Again, apologies for the extensive novel-esque text here... But seeing as how this will only interest die-hard vinyl collectors and/or fans... Instead of answering 2,492 emails about it, I'm dropping as much knowledge I can possibly recall here on the subject. Also... The etchings on each side, on the inner rings of the record between the last groove and the labels, are as follows:

Side A) No etching

Side B) "Pussyfish"
A tribute and reference to whom "SPMC", the last song just before this etching, was written about/for. It's funny... I've been asked about what this song has meant, and what the letters "SPMC" mean, for YEARS. I've always been quite surprised that nobody ever seemed to put it together. We all presumed at the time that it would just be obvious... Guess we were wrong. By reading the lyrics, and considering the tragic event that had just recently occurred in our tight little circle, we thought it was pretty clear... At least to our friends, and what few "fans" we'd gained by that time. Anyway... To clarify once and for all, "SPMC" are the initials (slightly altered to how he'd occasionally sign/tag his name) of our dear friend Sean Patrick McCabe. Sean was the singer of one of the few bands we considered "confidants worldwide", Ink & Dagger. He passed away late one night in a hotel room. Not only was he an amazing, and talented artist... But a friend, and mentor to us as well. He and Ink & Dagger had taken us under their wing as early as our very first tour... Which actually also included our first show (in New Jersey), on which they allowed our VERY rusty, brand-new band to open their tour across the eastern portion of the U.S. It's still hard to believe he's been gone for over a decade now. In tribute, SPMC was always a long, drawn out, emotional rollercoaster ride when performed live. It was always one of my favorite Icarus Line songs. I'll never forget creating that very long, drawn out ending of it on the album, by adding layer after layer of guitar feedback, and then running it all through a massive reverb chamber in the studio we were in. (It's actually one of the largest of it's kind in the world) One of my favorite things about this vinyl version of the album, are the "locked grooves" which end each side. So, for example... If you aren't paying attention to yer record player by the time it gets to the end of SPMC, you'd think we recorded the longest feedback drone known to man. When all that droning, echoed, feedback, finally hits that locked groove, the sound and song become ENDLESS. ETERNAL, if you will. That was the concept I remember having in mind while mastering that effect for the LP version... To make SPMC endless. To relate Sean Patrick McCabe's soul with that effect... Endless. Eternal.

TEST PRESS: Limited to 7 hand-numbered copies

Your Enemies Friends "The Wiretap E.P."
12-inch vinyl EP 2001 - Buddyhead Records #6

Vinyl Pressing Info: (Excluding Test Presses)
200 on clear vinyl with white jackets
800 on white vinyl with black jackets

This is one of 7 white label test presses for this 12-inch EP. All of these were hand numbered "__/7" by Aaron on the front sleeves. They also all came in the same white 12-inch sleeves that the first 200 proper copies pressed were packaged in. They contain inserts with the lyrics and band photos in them as well.

What a great record. This E.P. was actually recorded before we signed the band. Alex Newport had recorded it, and I think I remember hearing it from him before we'd even met these guys or seen them live, and already wanting to sign them. I think this is still my favorite record of theirs. Like a lot of the bands we signed to Buddyhead, Your Enemies Friends always seemed like a "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" band. For one reason or another... Whether it was incredibly bad timing with their keyboard player getting pregnant, and having to pull out of their first UK tour at the last minute (Fortunately, J from Pretty Girls Make Graves was able to quickly step in, and they were able to make it through the tour. Funny enough, the dude who knocked up their first keyboard player, and then married her, was the OTHER guitar player in PGMG, Nathan.) But of course they came home having to find a new keyboard player, and losing a little bit of momentum, steam, and enthusiasm. Then it was losing Dana, their bass player, right after their album came out. They just always seemed to have the worst luck with even worse timing... And eventually, all the little cracks led to the whole thing finally just caving in. Bummer, cos the people who did find out about the band were crazy about 'em, and near the end, they seemed to have pulled everything together to earn the recognition they rightfully deserved. But... It just wasn't meant to be I suppose. You still can't take away all the music they left behind though... Always there not only for a good listen, but as proof of how great a band they were.

That period truly was an exciting time in LA. After years of NO music in town that didn't center around "the old guard", bar-band scene... Suddenly there were all these incredible, new, young groups... Playing all ages shows, and getting people excited again about what was happening on the stage, instead of who was sitting at the other end of the bar. Luckily, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the whole thing. At The Drive-In, Radio Vago, Your Enemies Friends, 400 Blows, Wires On Fire, Mean Reds, Autolux, Bluebird, The Icarus Line, and on and on.

I suppose my most vivid memory about this release, is the assembly of the 1,000 record sleeves we had to do ourselves. For their demo, the band had used one of those old-fashioned "label gun" things, where ya spinned the wheel around to each individual letter you wanted to imprint on the sticker. So ya spelled out each sticker one-by-one, then stuck the sticker on, slipped the record and insert inside the sleeve, and repeat... ONE THOUSAND TIMES. Like always, a cool idea "in theory", but not so cool when your apartment has records stacked to the ceiling, your hands are already bleeding, and you've only finished 87 records. Doh!

The etchings on each side of these, on the inner rings of the record between the last groove and the labels, read:

Side A) "Hey Allen there is Spyder on your forehead"

Side B) "Being married rules 'brah' OK look out for Spyder"

TEST PRESS: Limited to 7 hand-numbered copies

Burning Brides "Fall Of The Plastic Empire"
12-inch vinyl LP 2001 - Buddyhead Records #9

Vinyl Pressing Info: (Excluding Test Presses)
100 on white vinyl
900 on solid blue vinyl
500 on black vinyl

Here we have the Burning Brides debut album... Still my personal favorite of theirs. This album was only pressed onto wax once, and has long since been out of print. This is one of the 7 white label test presses for this 12-inch LP. All of the test presses were hand numbered "__/7" by Aaron on the A-Side. Along with the test press, this also includes a "regular" copy of the LP on black vinyl, in a color, custom dust sleeve, inside the "regular" album cover/jacket.

If I recall correctly, the cd version of this album was originally released on File 13 Records. After befriending the band through touring together in The Icarus Line, a plan was agreed upon to not only do a split 7-inch together, but sign the band to Buddyhead, and release their 2nd album as well. But... Then somewhere in there... Between recording our tunes for the split, and releasing the vinyl version of this first album... Suddenly every major label in town wanted to give 'em a million bucks. Ha... Can't really compete with that! But obviously we were stoked for them, and wished them the best over at their new home, V2 Records. This was a time when things were getting REALLY weird in the "rock world", and everybody we knew was signing to big record labels. But as always... Just when ya think life is weird, it just gets weirder... And suddenly we found ourselves being label-mates with The Brides on V2. (Along with The White Stripes and Moby)

We didn't get a million dollars though. I think our record ended up costing the label literally less than 1/50th of what The Brides spent recording their debut V2 release. We fell out of favor over there pretty quickly once I decided to finally let the label manager (and former manager of Smashing Pumpkins) know how I felt about him not even taking out ONE ad ANYWHERE for our album, "Penance Soiree". Or how our album layout was limited to being 1/4th the size our first album's was. What was the point of signing to this huge "cool/hip major-indie label", when we couldn't even do the things we were able to on our OWN label? They were so "hip", yet they claimed that they "Didn't know how to market our weird record and band". They eventually decided that ignoring us would solve things. Soooooo... When I called the aforementioned label manager again to let him know exactly how much I thought he was a clueless douche with shitty taste in music, and that I was about to fly out to New York to destroy everything I possibly could in their office with a baseball bat unless they let us out of our contract and off their shitty label... I think he somehow took offense to that? Damn... Am I on a completely irrelevant bitter shit-talking rant right now? Ah. Sorry. But they DID let us off the label after that though! And now, that "weird record" that they "didn't understand", and ignored? The one that they literally spent the least amount of money on in the HISTORY of their ENTIRE record label? The one that at one point, they tried pretending they didn't even release? Well... it's the only one they ever DID release that ended up in books such as "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". (And The White Stripes don't count... Cos those were re-releases that originally came out on Sympathy For The Record Industry, fucker). So yeah, in conclusion... HEY... ANDY GERSHON... BLOW ME.

This Burning Brides record is cool too. Did we cover that?

The etchings on each side, on the inner rings of the record between the last groove and the labels, are:

Side A) "For a good time call Dimitri at 267-257-8788"

Side B) "Get out of the tree Melanie"

Ok... LOTS of fun and exciting news to report... But we'll get to the all of that within the next week or two. Without getting into the specifics too much right now, some of the news includes the release of our Topspin membership record (FINALLY), which will actually be entitled "After The Crash". (Unlike that being the title of our album, as we'd previously mistakenly stated) This will be the first release on our brand new record label/home that we're ecstatic about. So... Stay tuned... Good times ahead. (Finally, part deuce)

Blabbermouthing Soundtrack:

The Stooges: "You Don't Want My Name You Want My Action" (Box-Set)
The ONLY recordings in existence of the brief 5-piece/2 guitarist lineup of The Stooges. That's right... Live recordings of Ron Asheton AND James Williamson both on guitar... Playing live renditions of tunes that would NEVER be played or recorded ever again. (Except for "I Got A Right") This is the material and lineup that WOULD have been the 3rd Stooges album on Elektra, if only the band hadn't been dropped just after the tour these tunes were recorded on. GET IT.

"Deep Six" Compilation
Recently re-discovered this sucker... The first official recordings released back in 1985 of Green River, Melvins, Soundgarden, Skin Yard, etc. Grunge? This is where it all started. School's in bitches!

- Aaron

Even MORE NIN equipment for sale...

Posted December 07, 2009 at 4:21 PM by Jubilee
First of all, before getting to the subject of musical equipment up for grabs... I should clarify what happened about the notion of Jubilee finally playing some live shows in 2009... PSYCHE! Two for flinching. Honestly... Shit happened beyond our realm of control, and therefore: No-Go on the Rock Show(s). Sincere apologies to those of you who only found out after showing up to the cancelled gig. It truly was a last minute debacle, and nobody is more upset about it than we are. When ya think about it though... Would there really be a more appropriate way for Jubilee to wrap up 2009, than with another disappointment and failure? For those of you out there always trying to somehow "read between the lines"... Let me clear up any possible rumors you may have heard right here and now: It's ALL true. All of it. I am indeed a lunatic, drug-addicted, reclusive, thieving, asshole. I'm a meth-head AND a smack junky. I'm an agoraphobic... Incapable of setting foot outside of my home, yet I've ALSO frequently been in and out of "nuthouses" and rehab clinics this year. I shoot up into my eyeballs, eat pills 'til I'm full, and give everybody within a 200-yard radius a contact-high from all the speed, smack, and crack I endlessly smoke. I'm whatever you want me to be. Pick whichever version amuses or repulses the most, and go with it. Maybe it'll make ya feel better about yourself, or simply just inspire an interesting story to tell? Either way... As long as we're possibly responsible for bringing more entertainment into your life, then everybody wins... Right? One thing that is not as uncertain as all the aforementioned jabberjaw, is something you can DEFINITELY put money on... The only thing keeping our album from being released, or us playing live near you in 2010... Would be one of us ending up dead. Well... If those rumors indeed ARE true, then that doesn't actually seem so far-fetched. But if not, better late than never, yes? Like they say: "Simply revise your expectations, and instead, we'll always be early."

Apart from the Jubilee online store HERE, which has recently been re-stocked with even more designs and options on Jubilee shirts, hoodies, jackets, etc than before... I've also finally waded my way through to all the remaining music equipment that's long been occupying those out-of-reach, and darkest corners of our studio, Shabbey Road. So... This here is the last of any guitars, effects pedals, road cases, etc, that I used while playing in Nails, that I will be putting up for sale.

Again, if you're seriously interested in any of this stuff, you can get your hands on it all right now at a music shop in LA called FUTURE MUSIC. You can either buy the stuff there in person, or deal with them via email or telephone. Apart from answering questions you might have about any of this stuff, they can also arrange the shipping, and accept credit cards for payment. Once again, I'm not listing any of the prices for anything here, so you'll have to contact them directly for that as well. Their contact info can be found on their website linked above. Besides their website, you can also see photos of some of this stuff in our Myspace photo section, HERE. Thanks to "Life-Tech", Mr. Trevor Cole... There's now a whole lotta pictures of some of the newer items for sale, and even of a couple of the items that didn't sell before. While looking through all of these images I'd never seen before, I figured "what the hell", and also posted a bunch of other amusing photos he'd taken on the road with Nails... Just for "Gits and Shiggles".

And yes... ALL of this stuff for sale was actually used and played live and on stage with NIN. I suppose the best point of reference I could use for this equipment would be the "Beside You In Time" DVD? So I'll try my best here to figure out what was used on which song on there or whatever. Be warned though... If you're looking for pristine, brand new musical gear, then this stuff isn't for you. The bloodstains, loogies, dents, and scratches are all over many of these items. BUT... All of it is in 100% perfect working condition. For more info on WHY I'm selling this stuff, read the Myspace blog I posted a couple back earlier than this one. This list below has as much technical and background info that I can possibly provide or remember. And again, considering everything was constantly used in rotation from night to night, all of this gear saw plenty of action on the front lines, and circled the globe with us quite a few times.

Paiste 21-inch "Dark Energy Ride" (Mark I)

Yeah, yeah... Duh, I'm not a drummer. This was actually given to me from Mr. Josh Freese, and was one of the cymbals he used quite a bit live with Nails. Scout's honor. I know it's lame getting rid of something that was a gift... But like a super cool Aunt, Josh knows "it's the thought that counts", and would rather see us playing with that killer new choo-choo train we wanted, than more pairs of socks we really don't need. Werd?

Electro-Harmonix "POG" guitar pedal

What Nails song didn't I use this thing on? I got a couple of these from Electro-Harmonix quite awhile before they hit stores, and went hog-wild with 'em... Put 'em on any tune I possibly could: "The Line Begins To Blur", "Somewhat Damaged", "The Day The World Went Away", "Into The Void", "Mr. Self Destruct"... and on and on and on... If yer a guitar player, I don't need to explain how killer this pedal is.

Electro-Harmonix "Holy Grail" Reverb guitar pedal

Again... I used this pedal on more NIN songs than I didn't... So I'm not gonna sit here all day listing every song we played. This exact pedal even goes back to the "Penance Soiree" Icarus Line album, on which it was used a ton. Best and simplest reverb pedal available. Period.

Snarling Dog "Super Bawl Whine-O" Wah guitar pedal

These have been the only wah pedals I've used on stage or in the studio for the last 8 or 9 years. This particular pedal was one that was impossible to be housed off-stage, and controlled via midi with Nails... So I had a rotation of a few of these going, which would all receive endless amounts of abuse night after night up there on stage with me. Again, I don't know which songs I DIDN'T use this pedal on. The first note you can hear me play on the "Beside You In Time" dvd, on "Love Is Not Enough", is me using this pedal. Practically every "solo" utilized this thing as well. "Gave Up", "Closer", "You Know What You Are?", "Starfuckers", "Ruiner", "Non-Entity"... and on and on all featured this pedal quite prominently.

Line 6 "Tap Tremolo" guitar pedal

The best Tremolo guitar pedal available. Easily. Screw all that "boutique"/"vintage" nonsense... This does whatever you want it to. "With Teeth", "The Day The World Went Away", and a whole lotta noise after the ending of "Head Like A Hole" put this pedal to good use. A lot of other tunes did also, I just can't seem to remember many of them off the top of my head.

Digitech "Whammy" guitar pedal

Well... The part about everything here being in "100% perfect working condition" doesn't actually apply to this one item. There's something screwy going on with the power input, but I don't have the time or patience to suss it out. Maybe it's perfectly fine, and in great working condition... Only in need of a few minutes worth of TLC? Maybe not? I was about to throw this thing away, but after the last round of doing this... And the amount of people that were interested in lots of the stuff not as players, but as souvenir seekers (for lack of a better term), I decided to sell this one here as is, and considered broken. This one actually does have a bit of sentimental value attached to it. Apart from using it on songs like "Reptile", "Heresy", "Down In It", "With Teeth", etc... This very pedal was also responsible for all the ruckus at the beginning of the Icarus Line "Penance Soiree" album. The sound of about 47 different pedals feeding into this one, and then "dive-bombing" in time with the drum hits came courtesy of this lil sucker. So... for $100 ya either get something that can easily be resurrected and used, or a reaaaaally weird looking paper-weight.

Boss PH-3 "Phase Shifter" guitar pedal

I used this pedal on songs such as "The Wretched", "Please", and "We're In This Together". I also used it quite a bit in The Icarus Line on songs including "Feed A Cat To Your Cobra", "You Make Me Nervous, "Spit On It", and "Caviar".

Boss SD-1 "Super Over-Drive" guitar pedal

The only Boss distortion pedal I've ever found a need or a place for. At subtle settings, it gave me that extra grit I needed on songs like "Eraser", "Hand That Feeds", and "Burn"... including many others.

Various different guitar pickups

I've always swapped out different pickups between all the guitars I'm using at the time. The ones I like the most, I always keep extras of around, in case I change my mind about what's already inside a certain guitar. Or, if I'd get a new guitar, and didn't like the way it sounded "stock", I could always put in something else to make it sound different. So, among the individual guitar pickups that I've always liked to keep extras of around, here are a few of the ones I'm neck deep in, and therefore putting up for sale... Who knows? You could pop any one of these inside some $25 pawn shop disaster, and suddenly find yerself playing the best guitar you've ever owned.

Fender Jaguar single-coil pickup
Dimarzio single-coil pickup
Seymour-Duncan humbucker pickup

Hagstrom "Swede" guitar - Black

I used this model of Hagstrom guitars quite a bit with Nails. The couple of Black "Swede" models I had out on the road were designated as those for "Drop D" tuning. I used these on a ton of songs... "The Wretched", "Eraser", "Reptile", "Burn"... This particular guitar, is the specific one I'm playing in "Somewhat Damaged" on the "Beside You In Time" DVD, and even on there in the song "Beside You In Time".

Specifications:

[ Body ] 45mm Mahogany Body with 10mm Carved Mahogany Top
[ Neck ] Set Mahogany Neck
[ Fingerboard ] Resinator Fretboard with Hagstrom Pearl Block Position Marks
[ Truss Rod ] H-Expander Truss Rod
[ Tuning Keys ] Hagstrom 18:1 Die Cast Tuners
[ Scale Length ] 24.75" Scale
[ Pickups ] 2x Hagstrom Custom 58 Humbuckers
[ Pickup Selector ] 3-Way Toggle
[ Bridge ] Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Stop Tail Piece and 6 Individual Brass String Blocks
[ Controls ] 2x Volume / 2x Tone / 3-Way Tone Filter Toggle (center bypass)

Reverend "Club King 290" guitar - Gold-top

This guitar is AWESOME. I got this one after a very memorable experience of having the opportunity to "hang out", and "talk shop" with none other than the late, great Ron Asheton of The Stooges... Somebody I've surely ripped off more than any other. There's an amazing tone knob on here that can make the guitar produce a massive, chunky humbucker type sound, or even a thinner, twangy Telecaster sound... And everything in between! Seeing as how I was a bit more precious with this guitar than a lot of the others, it wasn't brought out as much live. So I usually used this one on special occasions. For instance, when we were only recording. This way I knew it wouldn't end up getting snapped in half. I recall using this guitar when we recorded a bunch of Joy Division covers with Peter Murphy, and also when we did a BBC Radio 1 session in London. I've also used this guitar quite a bit recently with Jubilee... And recorded all of my guitar parts for "Rebel Hiss" for instance with it.

Specifications:

[ Body ] Semi-hollow with 5.5 mm solid spruce top on korina, and 'shooting star' f-hole. Black back and sides with cream binding. ?19-1/4" x 14-3/4" x 1-3/4"
[ Neck ] Bolt-on, maple, amber tinted satin finish
[ Fingerboard ] Rosewood, 12" radius
[ Truss Rod ] Dual-action, access at headstock
[ Tuning Keys ] Reverend Pin Lock Tuners
[ Scale Length ] 25-1/2" Scale
[ Pickups ] Two Reverend P90's, output/tone calibrated for each position, Hum cancelling when combined
[ Selector ] 3-Way
[ Bridge ] Stop tail
[ Controls ] Custom Volume & Tone, Bass Contour

VERY LARGE 20 space rack-mount case on wheels - Manufactured by Case World

http://www.caseworld.tv/

Specifications:

20 rack spaces
1-2 inches of foam

This is one of the cases that housed one of my complete guitar "rigs". We referred to it as "The Death Star". This thing contained everything that produced my guitar sound. That included the "head" of my amplifier, all of my effects pedals, and the midi brains connected to them so I could trigger them from up on stage. This thing was at every NIN show I was, and saw just as much action as I did... Yet is still in perfect working order, and much better shape than I am. This thing could be used for anything though. Hell, if ya just wanna convert it into a tough little bookshelf that could survive being thrown off a roof... It's like Burger King here dude, "Have it YOUR way!"

There might still be a couple other things over at Future Music of mine that I can't remember right now. So again... Your best bet is to contact them, and they'll give you better info on everything than I can. As for Jubilee... Most likely the next time you hear from us, it'll be a new year, and a new decade... Thank thaaaaa Lawwwwwwd.

- Aaron

Jubilee show #1

Posted November 07, 2009 at 5:53 AM by Jubilee
Ok... So it finally feels like the right time for us to just get out there, and make complete fools of ourselves in front of small groups of people. If this sounds like your idea of a proper night out on the town, then by all means, cruise this bad-boy, and say "Hello".

Also playing is a sick band called Birthday Twin, featuring...

Fred Sablan (Goon Moon, Gayrilla Biscuits)
Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails, Modwheelmood)
Jonsey (Goon Moon, U.N.K.L.E.)

...And opening the evening's shindig is a young lady named Julianna Barwick. She's from Brooklyn, and does an A'Cappella, Bjork-ish steez type gig. Yeah, don't blow it and forget yer shrooms at home. It just might get a lil weird... Inna GOOD way.

PLUS... Our buddy Kevin Fitzgerald (Circle Jerks, 400 Blows) is quite possibly the raddest DJ in town, and will be spinning killer tunes all night long... which will surely be much more enjoyable than any of the bands actually playin at this thing.

Another few Jubilee gigs will be announced sooner than later.

- Jubilee

New Jubilee Web-Store!

Posted October 26, 2009 at 5:41 AM by Jubilee
It's wacky, we know, but there's almost TOO MUCH going on with Jubilee to know where to start here. I guess we could begin by telling you about our new "Old Fashioned" Web-Store, yeah? We could flap our gums about it all day, or you should just click HERE to see it for yourself.

If for some reason yer mouse is broken er sumpthin, I suppose we COULD tell you that the Jubilee Web-Store is the ONLY place online to purchase Jubilee music that comes on those round things they call "cd's" and "records". AND, instead of the inconvenience of all that "downloading" stuff, we'll actually MAIL these things straight to your house! Yeah, just like all those bills and parking tickets you never pay. Or coupons for pizza!

This is also the only spot you'll find various types of other Jubilee shwag, such as t-shirts, blow-up dolls, etc. Specific things that'll get yer pee-pee hard might just be one of our "Super-Duper-Stick'Em In Yer Pooper-Limited Edition" items. The occasional vinyl test press could just pop up now and again... Or posters, bags of Jenni's pubes, and other random collector-nerd crap. Ya might even notice that right now, there's a couple 7-inches priced at $25. Whaaaa?! That's cos we've put up a handful of the first 100 records that were pressed for both singles. These versions came on different colors of vinyl, had different inserts, etc.

We'll also occasionally be offering special t-shirt designs only available in VERY limited quantities, and NEVER made or sold again. Even at our shows! (Yeah! We're actually gonna be doing those again too! Whoodathunkit?) The very first of these "Limited Edition" t-shirts is actually available RIGHT NOW. Only 100 of these "Fallout Shelter" shirts are being made, and will NEVER be printed again. These come in either a men's or women's style, printed on black regular fit Alternative Apparel "burnout" tees, with yellow ink. "Burnout" fabric is put through an extensive process to reveal years of authentic weathering and a cozy vintage worn-in feel, so no two shirts are exactly the same. These bad-boys are dyed, washed, and pre-shrunk. Sure, we could've just made these on cheapo regular "band shirt" crap... But it's more satisfying forcing our personal tastes upon you. First come, first served, so don't sit on yr hands there, sperm-burper!

Now... We realize that for some of you, the prices on a few of these items might be a bit out of your range, and a tad expensive. Well, for some of it, you might even be right! But try to understand that in this day and age, being a "musician" ain't exactly the wisest career move in the world if you enjoy certain luxuries such as... Oh... Electricity... Running water... Food? As they say, "If ya wanna dance, ya gotta pay the band." So if you enjoy what you hear from us, and what we're doing (or about to be) don't hesitate to perpetuate the creation of the finer things in life... Those sounds, sights, and feelings that actually get you out of the bed every day, instead of swingin' from the ceiling fan above it.

And please be patient with us as we get this whole operation up and running. Soon, the look and function of the store will be getting a significant face-lift. When launched, the new Web-Store will contain quite a bit more items than what are available there now. Thanks for your patience.

Ehhhhhhh... Too late/early to talk about any of the other stuff happening at length, but another illogically long update will appear soon to keep you informed. But, yes... Some Jubilee rock n' roll shows to take place in Los Angeles are booked, and forthcoming. Other fun stuff as well. Yeah... I probably just answered myself there as to WHY so much is happening now. Cos somehow, this all became fun again. Hmmmm.

This fascist kills guitars,

Jubilee

P.S. Again... Couldn't write these ridiculous things without killer tunes to keep the eyes open. If ya haven't already, do yerself a massive favor, and pick up the new Bauhaus box-sets of their first two albums. A rejected "proper" studio version of "Double Dare" instead of the "live in the studio" Peel session version we've only ever known?! Seriously? BOMB. An entire live gig of the band in their prime on the "Mask" tour that sounds better than ANY other live Bauhaus stuff available before? SICK. Do I even need to mention The Jesus Lizard re-mastered and expanded albums? SELL BODY FLUID IF YOU HAVE TO... Just get this stuff! And the mother of them all... The Stone Roses "Collector's Edition" box-set. Are 3 cd's, 3 lp's, a live dvd, a 48-page book, six 12x12 art prints, and a lemon-shaped USB drive that includes all the audio content REALLY necessary for just ONE album. Well, when it's quite possibly the greatest album of the last 20 years, then... YES. Sell yer mom's car if you have to. You NEED this. ALMOST as much as you need EVERYTHING for sale on the new Jubilee Web-Store.

NIN equipment for sale - SAVE SHABBEY ROAD!

Posted September 11, 2009 at 4:16 AM by Jubilee
Here's the skinny... I'm selling a bunch of my guitars, effects pedals, road cases, etc, that I used while I was playing in Nails. You can check out photos of some of the stuff here in our Myspace photo section, or just click HERE.

If you're seriously interested, you can get your hands on this stuff right now at a great music shop in LA called FUTURE MUSIC.

For those of you elsewhere that might be interested, you can contact the store directly for more details, and they can even arrange things such as shipping. Please, DON'T ask us about prices on this stuff here... Call or email the store. Their contact info is provided on their website linked above.

And yes... ALL of this stuff was actually used and played on stage with NIN. I suppose the best point of reference I could use for this equipment would be the "Beside You In Time" DVD? So I'll try my best here to figure out what was used on which song er whatever. Be warned though... If you're looking for pristine, brand new musical gear, then this stuff isn't for you. The bloodstains, loogies, dents, and scratches are all over these things. BUT... All of it is in 100% perfect working condition. So yeah, I'm "cleaning house" here for a couple of reasons:

1) We're trying to scrounge up enough dough to properly repair our studio, Shabbey Road. Our roof has suffered MAJOR water damage, we have a slew of electrical problems which only get worse by the day, and the second floor is basically on the brink of collapsing. A major hurdle in even starting the repairs, is clearing away the massive amount of musical equipment crammed so tightly into our little studio. As of now, we can hardly even wade our way into the areas in need of repair.

2) At this point, we simply just have wayyyy too much stuff... It's just not practical. And, we don't have enough room to store it all anymore, nor do I find the need to own 4 copies of the exact same guitar, pedal, etc.

So if you're wondering, "Why would you want to get rid of all this stuff? It obviously must be kinda crappy then." Well, let me try to explain... When I started playing guitar for Nails a few years back, I suddenly found myself in a peculiar situation I never would've imagined being in. Like a kid in a candy store, I was basically told: "Pick out as many guitars, amps, pedals, etc that you are going to need, and we'll get all of it for you." Initially I thought, "Cool, I'll get a couple free guitars and pedals out of this." Then, after picking out a handful of things, and thinking I'd ALREADY gotten away with murder, I was told that I still hadn't even BARELY picked out enough equipment. Cos apparently, besides the guitars and pedals to cover all the different sorts of sounds and tones I was aiming for... There were also an extensive amount of alternate tunings for many of the songs... All of which required their own individual guitars. As if that didn't seem ridiculous enough... I was also told that only one set of all this equipment wouldn't be adequate... I would need an entire set of duplicates for an identical SECOND "rig" to alternate with the original. As my brain was still trying to register all of this, I was told that even another identical "backup rig"... A THIRD... Would be needed (in case of an "emergency"). Not to mention that many other things, such as certain pedals, required even more duplicates. As the tours kept rolling, the more equipment kept strolling in... Often due to the lengths I'd go to entertain myself... Such as seeing how much of it I could possibly destroy.

Fast forward to the present day... And it's just completely ridiculous and unnecessary for me to own or store for example 4 identical Hagstrom "Swede" guitars, 5 Z-Vex Octane pedals, etc. Sooooo... After recently setting aside all the stuff I still actually use... The rest of it is now up for grabs. Again... Not because any of it is inferior to what I'm keeping... But because I just don't need guitars sitting in dusty cases I know I'll never open again. Word?

So here is a listing of some of the stuff I'm selling over at Future Music, with as much technical and background info I can possibly provide or remember. And again, since everything was constantly being played in rotation from night to night, all of this gear saw plenty of action on the front lines, and circled the globe with us quite a few times.

Hagstrom "Swede" guitar - Black

I used this model of Hagstrom guitars quite a bit with Nails. The couple of Black "Swede" models I had out on the road were designated as those for "Drop D" tuning. I used these on a ton of songs... "The Wretched", "Eraser", "Reptile", "Burn"... This particular guitar, is the specific one I'm playing in "Somewhat Damaged" on the "Beside You In Time" DVD, and even on there in the song "Beside You In Time".

Specifications:

[ Body ] 45mm Mahogany Body with 10mm Carved Mahogany Top
[ Neck ] Set Mahogany Neck
[ Fingerboard ] Resinator Fretboard with Hagstrom Pearl Block Position Marks
[ Truss Rod ] H-Expander Truss Rod
[ Tuning Keys ] Hagstrom 18:1 Die Cast Tuners
[ Scale Length ] 24.75" Scale
[ Pickups ] 2x Hagstrom Custom 58 Humbuckers
[ Pickup Selector ] 3-Way Toggle
[ Bridge ] Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom Stop Tail Piece and 6 Individual Brass String Blocks
[ Controls ] 2x Volume / 2x Tone / 3-Way Tone Filter Toggle (center bypass)

Hagstrom "F200P" guitar - White

This was one of the smaller guitars with a P-90 style pickup that I used for songs where the tuning was down half a step, or even down half a step and then drop-tuned. This guitar saw a lot of action on songs such as "Closer", "Getting Smaller", and "Piggy". This particular guitar, is the exact same one I'm seen playing first on the "Beside You In Time" DVD in "Love Is Not Enough".

Specifications:

[ Body ] 45mm Contoured Mahogany Body
[ Neck ] Set Nato Neck
[ Fingerboard ] Resinator Fretboard with Hagstrom 6mm Dot Position Marks
[ Truss Rod ] H-Expander Truss Rod
[ Tuning Keys ] Hagstrom 18:1 Die Cast Tuners
[ Scale Length ] 24.75" Scale
[ Pickups ] 2x Hagstrom H90 Single Coil Pickups
[ Selector ] 3-Way Toggle
[ Bridge ] Hagstrom Full Contact Tremolo FCS-1
[ Controls ] 1x Volume / 1x Tone

Reverend "Club King 290" guitar - Gold-top

This guitar is AWESOME. I got this one after a very memorable experience of having the opportunity to "hang out", and "talk shop" with none other than the late, great Ron Asheton of The Stooges... Somebody I've surely ripped off more than any other. There's an amazing tone knob on here that can make the guitar produce a massive, chunky humbucker type sound, or even a thinner, twangy Telecaster sound... And everything in between! Seeing as how I was a bit more precious with this guitar than a lot of the others, it wasn't brought out as much live. So I usually used this one on special occasions. For instance, when we were only recording. This way I knew it wouldn't end up getting snapped in half. I recall using this guitar when we recorded a bunch of Joy Division covers with Peter Murphy, and also when we did a BBC Radio 1 session in London. I've also used this guitar quite a bit recently with Jubilee... And recorded all of my guitar parts for "Rebel Hiss" for instance with it.

Specifications:

[ Body ] Semi-hollow with 5.5 mm solid spruce top on korina, and 'shooting star' f-hole. Black back and sides with cream binding. 19-1/4" x 14-3/4" x 1-3/4".
[ Neck ] Bolt-on, maple, amber tinted satin finish
[ Fingerboard ] Rosewood, 12" radius
[ Truss Rod ] Dual-action, access at headstock
[ Tuning Keys ] Reverend Pin Lock Tuners
[ Scale Length ] 25-1/2" Scale
[ Pickups ] Two Reverend P90's, output/tone calibrated for each position, Hum cancelling when combined.
[ Selector ] 3-Way
[ Bridge ] Stop tail
[ Controls ] Custom Volume & Tone, Bass Contour

VERY LARGE 20 space rack-mount case on wheels - Manufactured by Case World.

Specifications:

20 rack spaces
1-2 inches of foam

This is one of the cases that housed one of my complete guitar "rigs". We referred to it as "The Death Star". This thing contained everything that produced my guitar sound. That included the "head" of my amplifier, all of my effects pedals, and the midi brains connected to them so I could trigger them from up on stage. This thing was at every NIN show I was, and saw just as much action as I did... Yet is still in perfect working order, and much better shape than I am. This thing could be used for anything though. Hell, if ya just wanna convert it into a tough little bookshelf that could survive being thrown off a roof... It's like Burger King here dude, "Have it YOUR way!"

Z Vex Octane 3 Guitar Pedal

About as over the top of a fuzz pedal you can find... Kinda like an old Octavia, but on steroids. This pedal toured the world with me many times over, yet is still in EXCELLENT working condition. In fact, because like all of my other pedals, again, they were housed in that large rackmount case off-stage, and then switched on and off via midi on my "Ground Control" unit on stage, it looks almost BRAND NEW. It even includes the original box. I used this pedal on many, many songs, including: "Wish" "Only", "The Hand That Feeds" "Gave Up", and "Closer" just to name a few. You can also distinctly hear me using this pedal on some Icarus Line tunes such as "Party The Baby Off", and "On The Lash".

Boss DD-3 Delay Guitar Pedal

I actually used two of these live with NIN. One of them was set up as a short delay for a "slapback" effect, and the other as a longer delay. I used this pedal on many, many songs with Nine Inch Nails, including: "Head Like A Hole", "Terrible Lie", "Eraser", "Only", "Wish", and "Burn". I also think I used this on just about every Icarus Line song I can think of. Ha. "Feed A Cat To Your Cobra", "Spit On It", "Caviar"... Damn, all of 'em? I always felt kinda silly for being so devoted to this particular delay, until we did a tour with Bauhaus, and Daniel Ash had the exact same one on his pedal-board, and swore by it too. Actually... Because I've always kept the long delay settings in the exact same position for years... Occasionally, when it was time for me to play a "shoegazey/psych" solo type thing in a Nails song... I'd just play a solo I wrote for The Icarus Line over it, just to keep myself entertained. I think I did that quite often on "The Day The World Went Away"... Just playing my solo for "Getting Bright At Night" on top of it. On other songs, I'd slip in some Love And Rockets, The Stooges, or 13th Floor Elevators parts here and there. Nobody ever seemed to notice or call me on it. Hmmm. Anyway, whatever... This is a cool pedal. Ha.

There's quite a bit more pedals and stuff of mine for sale over at Future Music right now... But it'd take me another year to describe 'em all. If you wanna know what's mine, just ask whoever is there what's what. Or, like I said before, just call them at the number provided on their website. They're all super cool guys, know a lot about vintage gear, and are easily the most straight up and honest people in this type of business I've ever encountered. Over the years, I think I've bought at least 4 or 5 guitars from Future Music... A few amps, and dozens of pedals... And I've never been screwed, or ripped off. If you live in the LA area, make sure to check their place out, and support 'em. Did I mention the owner of the place, Jack, was in the band Green On Red? How cool is that?!

- Aaron



P.S. - Lotsa stuff happening with Jubilee, including an upcoming E.P., and some local live shows. Can't wait. See ya soon.

Live In Belfast, september 26th 2008

Posted July 11, 2009 at 04:48AM

Live In Belfast
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Here's a couple songs you've heard before, and one you probably haven't, "Make You Crumble", which will be included on our upcoming album in a much more tuneful and aurally pleasing rendition than this sloppy version here.

As crummy as the sound quality is of this gig, it's still the best we have available, so deal with it! This show was actually a "milestone" of sorts for the band. This being our second tour, and with dozens of performances already under our belt... Until this gig, we'd still never yet performed anywhere besides places on that big rock with England, Scotland, Wales, and all that fried cod and mushy peas on it. Hell, we'd still never even played a gig in our home country yet. These live recordings are only available to those with Jubilee Topspin memberships. Enjoy(?)

In With The Out Crowd (single) in its entirety...

Posted August 11, 2008 at 07:16AM by Jubilee


So... Finally... Here it is in its entirety... Jubilee's latest single, "In With The Out Crowd", along with all of its accompanying B-sides (for the cd format at least). The title track, and an alternate version of "Pioneers Get Shot With Arrows", that differs greatly from the one that will appear on the forthcoming album (different drummer on this one, Troy Boy... No guitars, etc.) have already been released digitally... And now, to complete the package, we have "I Don't Have An Excuse, I Just Need A Little Help". This tune features guests Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) supplying the programmed drumbeats, Julian Gross (Liars) laying down the human drumbeats, and Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) supplying backup vocals. The other tune, is a cover from a band called Kaleidoscope, entitled "Jenny Artichoke". This one features Nick Jago (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) on drums. So there ya have it. If ya want that last B-side, a cover of The Who... You'll hafta grab one of the 7-inch versions of the single at one of the band's upcoming UK and Ireland gigs. These lil suckers will be limited to 1,000 hand numbered copies on colored wax. The 7-inch will also include an alternate mix of "In With The Out Crowd". See ya soon.
-Jubilee

Video preview of Maynard James Keenan of Tool recording the song - I Don't Have An Excuse, I Just Need A Little Help

Posted August 05, 2008 at 07:25AM by Jubilee
Here's a little glimpse into the the recording of another song from the "In With The Out Crowd" single, called "I Don't Have An Excuse, I Just Need A Little Help". This footage is of Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) recording his vocals for it at Jubilee's studio, Shabbey Road. Maynard sings with Aaron, and Mike on this song. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) programmed the drumbeats for it, and Julian Gross (Liars) played "real" drums over those. This tune, along with another from the single, will both also be available digitally within a week.

Rebel Hiss Music Video

Posted July 08, 2008 at 6:01PM by Jubilee


So, here ya go, the "Rebel Hiss" video... Our first venture into the whole "music video" realm. This is basically just a retrospective glimpse into what our first tour... And first shows... That we ever did were like. The gigs from which Travis captured most of the footage took place in January across the UK. The rest of the footage was supplied by some of you courteous folks out there. We thank you kindly for that. We'd also like to thank Brian Giberson for putting this whole mess together, and going beyond just polishing a turd, but spray-painting it gold.

Welcome to Jubilee's Digital Music Store

Posted April 09, 2008 at 8:11PM by Jubilee


Welcome to Jubilee's "Digital Music Store". Well, it's SO much more than that, but until we can think up a better name, that's what we're going with for now.

This is the ONLY place you should be heading to via the world wide web if you're on the hunt for MP3's of Jubilee tunes. Why? Well...
A) It's cheaper here than anywhere else
B) The quality is better
C) You're getting more bang for your buck (lyrics, liner notes, pictures, etc., not available on other online music stores)
D) It's the only place where you can subscribe to Jubilee's entire musical output for the whole year for just $19.95
E) You're supporting the band directly, and not putting money into the pockets of those who couldn't care less about music, art, and the other finer things in this life that make you actually want to get out of bed every day

So what does the $19.95 subscription get you exactly? Well, in 2008 you'll get the "Rebel Hiss" single, at least 2 more upcoming album singles also containing exclusive non-album tracks, and of course the full-length debut album. Not to mention exclusive live tracks, music videos, live videos, photos, lyrics, artwork, and even more goodies you won't find anywhere else. Your subscription is also the only way you'll get a shot at obtaining super limited pressings of Jubilee vinyl (including rare first pressings and even test presses), and even allows you first access to owning all the releases way before anybody else can, and well before they hit the stores.

Now, the best part about going the route of the $19.98 subscription... If you do so, at the end of the year, you'll also receive an exclusive Jubilee 7-inch single ONLY available to you and the other subscribers. This limited vinyl record will also include even more exclusive tracks not available ANYWHERE ELSE. Not in stores, not even digitally... And we'll even mail the lil sucker straight into your palms at our expense. This is something we will also be continuing annually hereafter for all those signing up every year. And don't worry, if you're broke right now, you can still sign up for this subscription at any point in the year, and all the music, as well as the limited 7-inch, will still be yours. Thanks for your support.

-Jubilee

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