Archive for the 'Wooden Wand' Category

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Earlier this month we caught up with James Jackson Toth whose long-running Wooden Wand project had just released its first new material in several years – the Clipper Ship lp. Following up […]

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

James Jackson Toth (AKA Wooden Wand) gets plenty of praise for his eccentrically evocative lyrics. But on Clipper Ship, his latest album for the mighty Three Lobed Records, it’s the sound that draws you in. Toth has gathered a stellar lineup of collaborators here, resulting in one of the most sonically pleasing efforts of his […]

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I have already sung the praises of Matt “MV” Valentine elsewhere. For the Google-averse, I can sum it up by saying that MV’s music–both with and without his partner, co-conspirator and constant foil Erika “EE” Elder–has been as crucial a catalyst for my development as a listener as I imagine the Stooges, Big Star, or […]

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Just minutes into the album — with a shambolic instrumental rumble and a dour delivery of urgency — James Jackson Toth, aka Wooden Wand, mutters “the thing I have been sick with, I am well, I am still in the thick of it…” beautifully characterizing his dauntless and continually expanding discography in 20 words or […]

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The sheer sprawl of James Jackson Toth’s discography — usually released under some iteration of the Wooden Wand moniker — can be intimidating. Where to begin? I humbly submit that this latest release is a perfect introduction to the wonders of the Wand. Seven tracks fueled by minor key melodies, Crazy Horse distortion and lovely […]

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

It was somehow agreed upon during my conversation with William Tyler that he would do the transcribing – the difficult, tedious part – and I would write the intro. This is consistent with William’s character: he is the classic overachiever. Add him to any band – even great ones, like Silver Jews, Lambchop, or Yo […]

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Among certain critics and cultural trainspotters, there exists a colloquialism – ‘gamechanger’ – to denote a brazen, unexpected creative leap by an already respected and established artist. The risk of potentially alienating a listenership that increasingly has more choices than patience is a perilous one, but to take such a gamble and succeed can earn […]