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The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up
Itís Winter Here
Absolutely Kosher Records

First letís be clear: there is no one named Jim Yoshii in this Pile-Up of musicians. Truth in advertising, where is it? I paid for a Jim Yoshii, godamnit, and I want at least one, if not several, considering it is a pile-up. Truth is I got this free to review so I donít really care. Cheapskate? Yes, I am. Biased pretentious music critic? I try not to be. ON WITH THE SHOW.

Too many guitars players spoil the rhythm if you ask me, usually. The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up has three. I love it; itís the best component of this otherwise slack troupe. Oh, the arpeggios! I am a rock nerd. They weave in out with their slow sliding and sizzlings like mellow little spiders building their charming introverted web. I donít mean they slack as musicians, but as a whole, I am too often reminded of Arab Strap or Yume Bitsu or the list goes on of male bands that verge on rocking their hearts out while they sing about transitional times in heterosexual relationships. Hopefully these guys donít take themselves as seriously as their sound implies.

I do like albums about weather and seasons though and Itís Winter Here has that vibe going for it--icy and cold like a drive through the country. The more I listen the more I like these regretful vocals. The singer sidled up to me, and I am surprised. He whispers an aside like out of Hamlet or something--so dreary, in my corrupted ear and I am almost won over with "Breakdown Championship." This could be on K Records if it wasnít slightly behind the wintry whisper rock curve. The Microphones covered that gritty ground too well. I am so split on these San Francisco Bay Area characters in the drama of modern rock.

On the periphery Itís Winter Here is very appropriate music to play while reading Dave Eggersí, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius or playing dominoes with your emo buddies on the porch debating who would win in a fight between Goths and Indie-rockers as to who gets the right to dye their hair jet-black. The clichés are intact herein, yet still the Jim Yoshii Pile-Up stands svelte and upright in the Cro-Magnon rock prairie. These twigs and acorns can be ground up into palatable stew. Enjoy: Three and three quarters Yoshii out of the five it takes to make a Pile-Up.

óJoseph Martinez

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