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Album Review

David "Moose" Adamson's third full-length release under the Grampall Jookabox (newly shortened to just "Jookabox") moniker covers much of the same ground as its predecessors, amiably mixing the wry, sophomoric, pitch-shifted vocal attack of Pod-era Ween with the white-boy beats of Beck and Har Mar Superstar. Like 2008's Ropechain, Dead Zone Boys revels in the kind of thick, two-dimensional sounds that populate most home-recorded projects, and its to Adamson's credit that the manages to balance the sludge with some truly inspired vocal takes and enough homemade clicks, clangs, and industrial (as in bombed-out machine shops and liquor stores) atmospherics to score an apocalyptic, Indianapolis-based first-person shooter, which is kind of what Dead Zone Boys feels like. Albums like this pretty much ask you right away to either turn it up or throw it out, and there's no denying the polarizing nature of D.I.Y. indie rock, but Jookabox is consistently visceral, darkly funny, and wholly unpredictable enough to warrant more than a cursory spin around the neighborhood.

Customer Reviews

Stumbled upon this band today...

Well, technically yesterday at this poit, but nevertheless, I can tell I have a new favorite band. The mixes of trippy beats and flowing vocals mixed with amazing background effects makes this band stand out drastically in an industry full of repetativism and a lack of creativity. "you cried me" especially won me over, not just for the fact that it was the first song I heard, but because of the raw sound of the song as a whole. I felt that it just begs for you to sing along! "don't go phantom" is my second favorite, with a catchy beat and lyrics that are cute, but deep at the same time. Plus, both dongs have awesome videos! If you're looking for a new musical experience or maybe youre a returning fan, I recomend this band 1,000,000%!

The Future sounds like The Past (Sped Up)

Jookabox's Dave Adamson takes his unique blend of cut-and-paste samples, dubbed beats, and tampered vocals into more experimental territory with this latest. These are the sounds he must be hearing in his brain, but not every artist could recreate them as lovingly. The ghostly harmonies and buzzing bass grooves bring in a welcome pop sensibility, especially on "You Cried Me," a melancholy anthem that the lovelorn can yodel along to while zipping down a night highway. Tracks like "Evil Guh" give props to the most ancient blues, while "Light" looks towards a radioactive, apocalyptic future.

Thanks to my 3 year old

Because my 3 year old daughter sat and listened to this album for 7-8 minutes at our local record store without taking the headphones off I had to take a listen to what held her attention for so long. It was my new music obsession Jookabox. Great beats, vox and sampling. The album front to back is a gem but track 3 is the song that captured my attention and made me see the real genius of what this band really is and what I love about music.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formerly known as Grampall Jookabox (think "Grandpa Jukebox" as slurred by a three-year-old), Jookabox was formed as an alter ego for Midwest producer/songwriter David Adamson. The Indianapolis native developed a love for hip-hop at a young age, laying down rhymes over boom box beats on a four-track recorder given to him by his uncle. Those jams eventually morphed into an eclectic blend of blues-kissed psychedelic rock reminiscent of bands like Animal Collective, TV on the Radio, and Odelay-era Beck,...
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