Race Around Uranus Tour
The Race Around Uranus Tour was a concert tour by rock bands Less Than Jake and Blink-182. The tour visited clubs and theaters in late 1997. Hoppus, Anne. Blink-182: Tales from Beneath Your Mom. MTV Books / Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-2207-4. Official website
B Is for B-sides (Remixed)
B Is for B-sides is a promotional album by the ska punk band Less Than Jake. It was first handed out during the Fueled by Ramen/Drive-Thru tour, which featured bands from both labels, in 2005; the album itself contains remixes of ten songs found on the Less Than Jake b-sides album, B Is for B-sides, released in the summer of 2004. The album was a limited to 2000 copies release available off the Fueled by Ramen website, A limited run of 450 copies was released on 10" Vinyl. With the release of In With the Out Crowd it was released as a supplemental CD in the deluxe box edition
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Peter "JR" Wasilewski
Peter "JR" Wasilewski, born May 27, 1976 in Wallingford, Connecticut, is the saxophonist for American ska punk band Less Than Jake, former saxophonist of Connecticut ska bands JC Superska and Spring Heeled Jack. Wasilewski, a Connecticut native, had his beginnings in the band JC Superska before joining New Haven third wave ska band, Spring Heeled Jack, he played tenor saxophone and provided additional vocals up until their breakup in 2000. After the breakup of Spring Heeled Jack, Wasilewski replaced Less Than Jake saxophonist Derron Nuhfer soon after the band's release of Borders and Boundaries in 2000. To avoid potential confusion with having two people named Pete within the band, trombonist Pete Anna being the second, Wasilewski was nicknamed "JR" or Pete Junior; the nickname stuck despite the departure of Pete Anna after the 2001 Warped Tour. The first Less Than Jake album Wasilewski appeared on was 2003's Anthem, he provides backing vocals, both live and when recording. JC Superska JC Superska Hepstepper Spring Heeled Jack Static World View Songs From Suburbia Less Than Jake Anthem B is for B-sides B is for B-sides In with the Out Crowd Absolution for Idiots and Addicts GNV FLA Greetings From Less Than Jake Seasons Greetings From Less Than Jake Greetings & Salutations From Less Than Jake See the Light Live From Astoria The Amazing Royal Crowns The Amazing Royal Crowns Ann Beretta To All Our Fallen Heroes Bonnie McKee Honey The Mountain Movers We've Walked In Hell And There Is Life After Death Billy Reese Peters Almost Heaven Reel Big Fish A Best Of Us...
For The Rest Of Us The Interrupters Say It Out Loud Ice Nine Kills IT Is The End
Losing Streak is the second studio album by ska punk band Less Than Jake, released on November 12, 1996 on Capitol Records. The album was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami and Mirror Image Studios in Gainesville, both with producer Michael Rosen. Drums and bass were recorded at the former; the album includes re-recordings of "Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore" and "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts", both of which appeared on Pezcore. Losing Streak was re-released with Hello Rockview as a double album in 2000; the album reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart. The album's first track, "Automatic" was featured in a music video on MTV alternative music showcase 120 Minutes and Dr. 90210. The video consisted of fan video footage from shows in Gainesville and Chicago. A controversial video was made for "Dopeman". MTV has refused to air the video due to drug references. Band supporters maintain that the song has fewer references to drugs than many videos played on MTV and is commenting on the negative aspects of a "Dopeman" lifestyle.
In addition claims have been made that the band Sugar Ray copied the video's concept in one of their own music videos. Losing Streak features a hidden track accessible only by rewinding the CD about a minute and forty one seconds before the beginning of track 1; the track features banter spoken by former band mascot "Howie J. Reynolds", an elderly Gainesville local, similar in concept to Sublime's recorded rantings of a mentally ill man on Robbin' the Hood; this leads into track 1, which begins with him stating, "This is the old dude, Howard J. Reynolds, you're listening to'Less Than Jake'". Not all CDs have this hidden track. "Automatic" – 2:06 "Happyman" – 1:59 "9th at Pine" – 1:56 "Sugar in Your Gas Tank" – 2:06 "Shindo" – 2:17 "107" – 1:59 "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts" – 2:49 "Krazy Glue" – 1:58 "Never Going Back to New Jersey" – 3:18 "How's My Driving, Doug Hastings?" – 1:24 "Just Like Frank" – 1:50 "Ask the Magic 8 Ball" – 2:15 "Dopeman" – 2:06 "Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore" – 2:50 "Rock-n-Roll Pizzeria" – 2:00 "Lockdown" – 2:33 Chris Demakes - guitar, vocals Roger Manganelli - bass, vocals Vinnie Fiorello - drums, lyrics Buddy Schaub - trombone Jessica Mills - alto saxophone Derron Nuhfer - baritone saxophone Losing Streak at YouTube
GNV FLA is the seventh studio album by Less Than Jake, released on June 24, 2008 on Sleep It Off and Cooking Vinyl. The album was produced by both Matt Allison and the band's co-lead vocalist and bass guitarist Roger Lima. In an interview promoting the record, saxophonist JR states that when the band were: "conceptualizing what we wanted to do with the next record, we were like, "We should do what we've always done, do what we do best. I think that's why we ended up calling the record "GNV FLA', because it's like we've come full circle, we've come home. Guitarist Chris Demakes states that the band "wrote a quintessential Less Than Jake record" and that the album includes "lots of horns and lots of vocals."The album's title is an abbreviation of the band's hometown, Florida. Corey Apar from Allmusic writes that: "Less Than Jake have created a bittersweet tribute to their hometown of Gainesville, sparing no detail in naming the album GNV FLA, stringing the liner notes together with bleak snapshots of the city, littering song names and lyrics with nods to both the state of Florida and the beloved college town of their inception."
In the album's liner notes, the band thank the city, calling it: "the town that inspired the record." The press release for the album reads: It's a return to form that could be called the “traditional” Less Than Jake sound, complete with their trademark bouncy ska grooves and horns galore, GNV FLA comes full circle with the band’s beginnings, when they were scrapping up money from gigs to augment their Pez collections. In a interview and songwriter Vinnie Fiorello considered it to be his least favorite Less Than Jake album. "I think. It was in the winter and my focus was a bit dark on the lyrical side. I just feel the overall production is dark, it was tribute to the state of Florida. I focused a lot on the darker side of, instead of the good things. I concentrated on drug dealers and tourists and real estate scams and trailer parks and transients." Scott Klopfenstein, from Reel Big Fish, provided additional trumpet parts on several tracks, while Neil Hennessy, from The Lawrence Arms, provides additional percussion throughout the album.
"Malachi Richter" is based on Malachi Ritscher. Richter is the latest person to self-immolate in the US when he did so alongside the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago during rush hour on November 3, 2006, protesting the Iraq War; the beginning speech in the song is an actual excerpt from Richter's suicide note. Regarding the band's decision to release the record on their own label, JR mentions that the band: "could have gone with Epitaph Records or Fat Wreck Chords, but we figured we had enough experience among the five of us doing every facet of what it takes to run a label. Now we control everything. It's kind of creepy and a lot of fun, and it's not just the music side of things. We work hard and try to do it as best as we can. We're our own band, we're going to go on tour, put out records, go on tour. That's it." On April 23, GNV FLA was announced for release in June. Its track listing was revealed. In early May, the band appeared at the 2008 edition of the Bamboozle festival; the band posted "Does the Lion City Still Roar?" online on May 26.
Between mid-June and early August, the band went on the Sleep It Off Tour with Goldfinger. GNV FLA was made available for streaming, as well as being released on June 24 through Sleep It Off Records. "Does the Lion City Still Roar?" was released as a single on June 30, with "All Time Low" and a demo of "Handshake Meets Pokerface" as the B-sides. "Does the Lion City Still Roar?" Impacted radio on July 1. In September, the band performed a few shows with Rancid. In September and October, the band performed a few shows with the Ergs!. After appearing at The Fest, "Abandon Ship" was released as a single on November 3. On November 11, a deluxe 7" vinyl box set edition of the album was released, it featured demo, live or acoustic versions of songs on the album, as well as B-sides from the singles. In addition, it included a copy of the album on CD, a poster and a DVD that featured live and studio footage of the band. In early March 2009, the band performed at Harvest of Hope Fest; that month, the band went on an east coast tour with the Expendables.
Further dates were added to the tour, extended it into April. Between late June and late August, the band performed on the Warped Tour. GNV FLA has received positive reviews. Corey Apar from Allmusic said that " on GNV FLA, Less Than Jake are still much alive, their exuberant, singalong melodies are heightened this time by being sung with heart, a sense of fondness". Tony Pascarella from AbsolutePunk.net said that "They're dedicated to putting out the best record possible, this new collection of songs is going to rank right up there among their best work". The album debuted at number 61 on the Billboard 200 and at number 9 on the Top Independent Albums charts on the week ending on July 12, selling 10,300 copies in that week. Box Set"Malachi Richter's Liquor's Quicker" - 2:24 "Antidote for the Underdog" - 2:28 "Settling Son" - 3:01 "Conviction Notice" - 2:31 "Does the Lion City Still Roar?" - 2:44 "All Time Low" - 2:54 "Handshake Meet Pokerface" - 2:45 "Summon Monsters" - 2:45 "Conviction Notice" - 2:27 "Malachi Richter's Liquor's Quicker" - 2:20 "Golden Age of My Negative Ways" - 1:43 "Malachi
Sound the Alarm (EP)
Sound the Alarm is an EP by the American ska punk band Less Than Jake, released on CD and 12" vinyl by Pure Noise Records on 3 February 2017. It was mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room and produced by singer and bassist Roger Lima at Moathouse Recording Studio. Call to Arms – 2:36 Whatever the Weather – 3:00 Bomb Drop – 3:06 Welcome to Life – 2:43 Good Sign – 3:28 Years of Living Dangerously – 3:08 Things Change – 2:48