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Jim Jacobi | Tryin' To Stay Positive

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Tryin' To Stay Positive

by Jim Jacobi

Modern garage rock/surf with a punk attitude. Super slide guitar. Music called CHUNKARUNKAS music in the mid 90's in Seattle, Wa.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
2:13 $0.99
2. Vagabond
2:25 $0.99
3. Bird Flew
2:30 $0.99
4. Corporate Blitz
3:02 $0.99
5. Abe
2:42 $0.99
6. Bottom of the Slide
2:15 $0.99
7. Sell (spam of the day)
2:42 $0.99
8. Grass is Greener
2:12 $0.99
9. Tryin' to Stay Positive
1:02 $0.99
10. Throw Away
2:02 $0.99
11. Deck
3:48 $0.99
12. Didn't Say
2:47 $0.99
13. Opinion Dominion
2:01 $0.99
14. Brain Damage
2:42 $0.99
15. Sheepworld
1:29 $0.99
16. Demographic Blues
3:41 $0.99
17. What is Real?
2:47 $0.99
18. Orwellian World
4:19 $0.99
19. Wreck
1:48 $0.99
20. Vapidness
3:35 $0.99
21. Duck
1:48 $0.99
22. Outro
2:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jim Jacobi has remained true to his mission of serving up independent garage punk music for almost 30 years. His biting sarcasm and witty lyrics that cut to the bone complement his chunky, meaty guitar licks to perfection. He is a voice in independent American music.
Jim Jacobi began recording in 1977 and released what has been known as one of the first DIY (Do It Yourself) records, called Victims of the Media in 1978. This recording was picked up by Dead Kennedy’s lead singer, Jello Biafra, who named his record label Alternative Tentacles as “an antidote to the tentacles on the (Victims L.P.) cover”--possibly one of the first references to the word Alternative with music. Jacobi played all musical instruments on first L.P. and 1st 45 (1979) with the help of a drummer. He called this non-band Crap Detectors and had many incarnations in Lincoln, NE, Dallas, TX and Seattle, WA. In 1998, he returned to Nebraska and called the next bands the Joe Jakimbi Band and Jojakimbi Band as a phonetic anagram for Jim Jacobi. (Given to him by Charlie Burton in the early 80’s) Now he has returned to his roots to record solo work.
Jacobi has opened for Wayne Kramer (MC5) and has done gigs with a variety of Seattle, Texas and Nebraska bands. He has played festivals with Reverend Horton Heat and The New Bohemians.
He has been described as “One of rocks great underrated heroes.” (babysue LMNOP reviews- December 2003) “Jacobi is an ‘old dog’ that can teach YOU a thing or two” (Mark Lush midwestbands.com 2005) and “ Lo Fi garage roots music never died, it just got a bigger garage” (J Wallace Indie Music.com 2005) His genre was named CHUNKARUNKUS in mid 1990’s
2007 Tryin’ to Stay Positive CD Omaha, NE
2006 In Strip Mall Land CD Omaha, NE
2005 Solo you can’t hear it! CD Omaha, NE
2003 Get Out! CD Omaha, NE.
2002 I’m Datin’ Satan! CD Lincoln, NE.
2000 Crap Circles the Jim Jacobi Chronicles 1978-2000 CD Lincoln, NE.
1999 Jim Jacobi and the Joe Jakimbi Band CD Lincoln, NE.
1998 Cat Patrol CD Seattle, WA.
1996 Hidden Agenda CD Seattle, WA
1994 A Taste for the Absurd CD Seattle, WA.
1991 Deprogramming Time is Now Cassette Seattle, WA.
1984 Cut the Crap L.P. Lincoln, NE./Dallas, TX.
1983 Diseases on Display L.P. Lincoln, NE.
1982 Crap Detector E.P. Lincoln, NE
1981 Someone’s Sick/Expatriates from Reality 45 Lincoln, NE.
1980 Superficial World L.P. Lincoln, NE
1979 Police State 45 Lincoln, NE.
1978 Victims of the Media L.P. Lincoln, NE.
Compilations Blimp Kitty Seattle Compilation #1, #3 & #5
Homework #8 and # 9
Hyped to Death #61
Bootlegged on Bloodstains across Midwest and Killed by Death #9
Appears on Or What! By Charlie Burton 1982 Synthesizer



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Carole Zacek

Yet another great cd from the unsung hero of garage rock!
I just listened to Jim Jacobi’s latest –and possibly greatest release –Tryin’ To Stay Positive. Once again—he gives his audience diverse rythms and razor sharp lyrics that bite you in the ass. From surf style guitar --Intro to more complex layerings of instruments and exploration of effects with songs like Deck to the oxymoronic, twangy, happy Opinion Dominion, Jacobi seems to always entertain his audience with his imaginative musings that state his point of view on life. It is hard to believe that one man could write all lyrics and music, perform all instruments and mix such a prolific collection that has such substance in a world that seems to value the highly over-rated Pop Music Industry. Thanks Jim! Keep em coming!