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Ugly Spiral: Lost Works 2012​-​2016

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Kate It's tough getting through the stretches between albums-- luckily, this has a little bit of everything that makes AJJ irreplaceable. Favorite track: Christmas Island.
Blue
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Blue AJJ, as a band, stabbed me in the heart personally, and I will cherish the scar forever. Favorite track: Keep On Chooglin'.
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trevor. i love these crazy kids Favorite track: The Final Cut.
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Mark Basile Jr I wanna thank yall for this album art, which has been incredibly useful to me as a philosopher. its great for introducing ambiguity, hermenutics, pluralism amd i'm sure many other concepts. AJJ's lyrics are also very philosophical and this collection really highlights the sense of deconstructing and becoming thats to be found in their discography, but removed from the linear and progressive story telling of an album jumping between more and less produced recordings displaying AJJs ideas as raw and abstract - to let you really think about what your eating, as AJJ seems fond of doing. Favorite track: Christmas Island.
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An amazing collection of alternate versions and that sweet sweet new shit. We got crunch. We got pep. We got acoustic. We got crying. I'm crying. What the fuck! Good stuff. Favorite track: I Miss You.
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Long before the shitshow of 2016, AJJ tried to warn us about what lurked beneath American civility. Abusers. Nazis. “Politicians too.” Since 2004, the folk/punk (not folk-punk) band has been a sort of desert prophet, emerging regularly from the 120° Arizona heat to take America to task for all the hypocrisies it won’t admit. White privilege, violent impulses, religious madness. All the colors of the flag.

After two diverse full lengths for SideOneDummy (two of their best yet), AJJ now bring us Ugly Spiral: Lost Works 2012-2016, a collection which sheds light on the band’s expanding sound between People and now. A number of unreleased studio cuts (like opener “Space and Time,” and the incendiary “Blood, Hatred, Money, and Rage”) find their place alongside live favorites like “Now That I’m At the Top of My Game,” songs previously only available on vinyl, and alternate takes of album highlights.

With most tracks culled from sessions with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings), and legendary Mesa, AZ producer jalipaz nelson, Ugly Spiral is a surprising and robust album, offering new listeners a compelling overview of one of America’s great DIY bands, with plenty of new gems for the hungry fan.

It’s not always pretty, but there lies the beauty. Just don’t say they didn’t warn you next time some gross American shit bubbles up to the surface.

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released July 27, 2018

Mastered by Kim Rosen
Cover art by John Inzane Olson

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