Jim Jacobi

Jim Jacobi & the Joe Jakimbi Band

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Jim Jakobi, who has released about one album per year since 1978, mostly fronting his band the Crap Detectors, has released his tightest album to date. The latest disc from Jakobi comes housed in a plastic sleeve with liner notes -- no annoying jewel box. Mixing sounds like surf music, heavy metal, country, and blues, Jakobi once again manages to outdo himself.

The record starts off with "Arm Drop," a really groovy instrumental that blends '60s movie theme music with instrumental rock influences like the Ventures. This ain't no punk rock, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around. The song that follows is one of the best on the album, "Shit Happens," a rousing rockabilly number wrapped around a bumper sticker slogan. "Predator" has a kind of Black Sabbath meets Lou Reed feel to it, and "Chicken Coop" goes at it, balls to the wall, no pun intended, with a beautifully delivered two-minute-20-second punk riot about the marvels of masturbation. "Leav'n You" is a song about a breakup, with equal parts Frank Zappa and Buddy Guy. "Bad Quarterback" is an alt-country romp that will leave you singing "Like a bad quarterback, she threw it all away" all day long.

"Breaker" is more instrumental rock like on the set opener, only this time more structured like Satan's Pilgrims or Los Straitjackets. This here is some fine rock & roll, boys and girls. Alice Cooper meets Metallica in "So Little Time," and "Toys" brings to mind early R.E.M., while "Lesbian Lover" is a funky little piece of originality that shows why Jakobi is a respected artist in the Midwest and throughout this great land. "Brad's Two Minutes of Miles/Real Wild Thing" is pretty bizarre. Kind of like Miles Davis with a Jack Kerouac narration leading into the Ventures with Gene Simmons on vocals.

The set ends with "Millennium Blues," a rockin' Y2K song to usher in the 21st century. Throughout the record, Jacobi is accompanied by an excellent band including Dave Robel on drums, Craig Kingery, Dave Boye, Brad Krieger, and Phil Shoemaker. Recorded at Shithook Studios in Lincoln, the album was produced by Jakobi and Shoemaker.

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