Home recordings performed, recorded, and produced by James Jackson Toth.
Available May 26
LADY OF SITUATIONS
ALL THESE GENEROUS MEN
DEAD OF NIGHT
DARK IS BLENDING
THE DRAG PIT
DEATH DEALER BLUES
SOLIDER MOVIES (FOR LARRY MCMURTRY)
Wither Thou Goest, Cretin
James & The Quiet CD
September 11th, 2009
Aaron Kelly at Consequence of Sound interviews: "I’m inspired by my surroundings, but ultimately a lot is made of that, like the move to Tennessee, like somehow because Johnny Cash walked around here, I’m more inspired here than I was, like, where The Ramones were from, which is kinda where I grew up. [Laughs.] That’s just really not true." Read the rest.
July 27, 2009
Wand's Hard Knox continues to gather sparks:
RCRD LBL's Samuel Duke says, "WAND's humble and magnificent new record for Ecstatic Peace, Hard Knox, seems like so much more than what it is–a collection of demos. We say that because its as cohesive–if not more so–than most of the basement folk offerings we've heard this year." Read more.
brandon at Stereogum is giving Wand the close listen again, talks "Trails". Read it here.
Noah Sanders at Side One: Track One separates the good from the "tripe sandwiches." Wand's "Chrome" falls firmly in the good. Read more.
July 2, 2009
Eric Hill at Exclaim! and Ryan Weibush at Prefix Magazine both seem pleasantly surprised by the né B-side charms of Hard Knox:
Exclaim! - "This collection's six-year recording history is belied by the cohesiveness of the tracks. It may as well be Wand's first proper album but then again, who knows what his next move might be?" More
Prefix Magazine - "Often, B-side and demo collections are albums of filler, justly left off of full-lengths, but of some interest to devoted fans. Hard Knox is a coherent album that just happens to be a collection of songs that didn’t fit on his other proper efforts. [...]As an album of passed by songs, Hard Knox makes a case for Toth’s ability as a songwriter and as a unique voice." More
May 27, 2009
A couple of early, glowing reviews for Hard Knox:
Citizen Dick - "Hard Knox is a 14 track wordy escapade that wickedly haunts you from beginning to end, and the collection of rare B-sides, home recorded tracks, and rarities is so good we can stamp it as excellent immediately. " More
Ground Control - "There's no arguing the value and merit of the fourteen songs that comprise this album." More
June 24, 2008
Check out review of Waiting in Vain in the Nashville Scene here.
June 14, 2007
Wooden joy for all! Sick dogs crave the new Wand! Heady review from Tinymixtapes....
"Seeds begot roots; roots begot buds; buds begot plants; plants begot flora. Flora blossomed into James & The Quiet. " More
June 13, 2007
John Motley of Prefix Mag finds nourishment in the wooden goodness of James & the Quiet.....
"If it sounds like a season in hell, the lavish detail of Toth's descriptions cast a spell of alluring decadence over the grim wasteland that his lyrics map." More!
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June 6, 2007
Uncut love for James & the Quiet from John Mulvey....oh yeah.
"It's a brilliant, subtle rethink of the folk/country-rock songwriting tradition, with just a residual hint of psychedelia." More
June 5, 2007
Harmonium Music speaks of the glorious, new WW album James & The Quiet...
"the album stands on its own as a tremendous folk effort that is entirely free of pretense." MORE
When James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, told his band his plans for his new album, they all looked at him like he was crazy. Likewise, when Toth announced these peculiar ambitions to Ecstatic Peace label head Thurston Moore and label manager Andrew Kesin, they gave Toth a similar look - an unmistakable mix of disbelief, skepticism and fear.
"I want it to be an un-weird record," was Toth's plan. The road-weary Toth been spending a lot of time with old Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings records, and wanted to transcend the 'psychedelic' connotations he's been pegged with since his days fronting Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice. He wanted to do what Elvis Costello did on Imperial Bedroom or Leonard Cohen did on I'm Your Man - he wanted to not give the people what they wanted, necessarily, but instead endeavor to follow his muse and create something altogether different.
Sure, everyone was baffled by this proclamation. How could Toth - who is to a wah-wah pedal what George Bush is to bad foreign policy - tone it down enough to make a record without any of the experimental leanings and idiosyncratic eccentricities of his previous work?
Well, he didn't, exactly, but he tried damn hard. It's just that when you get someone as brilliant as Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo to produce and co-arrange a record, it gets very hard to pass up the opportunity to see a song through to its logical end and explore every possibility. With the help of Jarvis Taveniere (Vanishing Voice, Meneguar), DM Seidel (Vanishing Voice), Jeremy Earl (Woods, Meneguar), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), and Ranaldo himself (who sings and plays guitar and piano on the album) Toth's folk songs quickly became densely layered and meticulously arranged, and, soon enough, an album began to take shape. Various versions of songs were recorded and pored over, discussions grew passionate, feelings were hurt. We think you will agree the ends justify any meanness that anyone might have endured.
Co-arranger and vocalist Jessica Toth may be the record's secret weapon. While perhaps best known for her role as lead vocalist and occasional guitarist in Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, on James & The Quiet she emerges as the perfect foil to Toth's inimitable artistic voice. Together with Ranaldo, Jessica wrote and fine-tuned most of the album's exquisite harmony vocals and piano lines while Toth himself sat in the studio lounge drinking beer and reading old issues of Tape Op.
Longtime fans will note that James & the Quiet is markedly darker that Toth's last album Second Attention, and features many songs that have become live staples in the Wooden Wand oeuvre over the past year. It is also significant in that it will likely be the last album under the Wooden Wand moniker (future releases will be released under Toth's Christian name) and as such, simultaneously closes one chapter and introduces another.
Hoping to transcend genre tags, Toth, with more than a little help from his friends, has crafted a consistent and creative batch of songs that rewards repeat listens and continues to showcase Toth's talent as a songwriter's songwriter.
7/22 Pilot Light-Knoxville, TN
7/23 River City Grill-Fairmont, WV
7/24 Metro Gallery-Baltimore
w/Crazy Dreams Band
7/25 Issue Project Room-Brooklyn, NY
7/26 Webster Hall Studio-New York, NY
7/28 Artifacts of the 20th Cent.-Northampton, MA
7/29 Valentine's-Albany, NY
7/30 Apohadian Theatre-Portland, ME
w/South China/Seymore/Fire on Fire
7/31 Paradise Rock Club-Boston, MA
8/2 Rhumba-Columbus, OH
8/3 Russian Recording-Bloomington, IN
8/5 Empty Bottle-Chicago, IL
8/6 Daytrotter-Rock Island, IL (session and show)
8/7 Magic Stick-Detroit, MI
8/8 Sneaky Dee's-Toronto, ON
8/9 Green Room-Montreal, QC
8/11 Rock + Roll Hotel-Washington, DC
8/12 Cat's Cradle-Carrboro, NC
8/13 E.A.R.L.-Atlanta, GA
8/14 The Bottletree-Birmingham, AL