Jackie-O Motherfucker – Ballads of the Sacred Harp (ATP) 2006


Jackie-O Motherfucker are a band from Portland, Oregon  based around two core members, Tom Greenwood and Jef Brown. They started their career as a much more experimental band before embracing pastoral themes on 2006’s Ballads of the Sacred Harp. Jackie-O Motherfucker have made a previous appearance at Ducks Battle Satan and that record is along the same lines as this. Blood of Life was a live record which covered a couple of the tracks from Ballads.  There is such a serene quality to the music of JOMF on this record and if you like your folky improvisers to have a bit of  a tune then this is worth while tracking down. I like this better than Blood of Life for two reasons. Firstly because it’s less bleak than Blood of Life and secondly because they hit a groove right out of the  Religious Knives playbook on some of the tracks here. It also has some nice noise elements (around the seven minute mark on Nice One for instance) which lift this beyond hippy dippy psych- folk. They also show a more experimental side – the 16 minute long Spirits would not be out of place on one of the stranger Nurse With Wound outings. I’ve always found a lot of improvised, experimental, folk records a bit of a slog. I’ve dabbled a fair bit but very few have made their way onto DBS. That said, when a band gets it right like Jackie-O Motherfucker do on Ballads of the Sacred Harp, this sort of sound is well worth tracking down.

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One Response to “Jackie-O Motherfucker – Ballads of the Sacred Harp (ATP) 2006”

  1. This is one of JOMF’s better albums indeed – if you like this one, I can also recommend WOW! (LP released in 1999 on Fisheye, reissued on CD in 2003 on ATP records).
    However, JOMF live was one of the most boring and dull performances I saw last year.

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