The New JET BLACK CRAYON “In the Interim” OUT NOW!!!

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Jet Black Crayon re-emerges with their fifth release, the CD + DVD In the Interim. The JBC trio—Tommy Guerrero (Quannum Projects, Mo’Wax, Galaxia, Function 8), Monte Vallier (ex-Swell, Def American/American Recordings, Beggars Banquet) and Gadget (Function 8)—created this next level of collaboration by working with independent filmmakers. Seven of the nine tracks on In the Interim are complemented with short films. The filmmakers include Andrew Paynter (music photographer, artist), Dan Wolfe (skateboard filmmaker: Real Skateboards, Nike SB, Adidas SB, etc.), Greg Hunt (skateboard filmmaker: DC Shoes, Transworld Media, Alien Workshop), Cheryl Dunn (filmmaker and photographer: Beautiful Losers) and Christophe Beaucourt (independent French filmmaker). In the Interim will be released April 8, 2008 on Function 8.

Those familiar with Jet Black Crayon will find a renewed soundscape, and those familiar with Tommy Guerrero’s music will note a more visual, cerebral and textural sound. The interplay between music and fi lm on In the Interim is key. The creative process was a true collaboration; JBC and the filmmakers exchanged rough mixes and edits, allowing them to shape the respective audio and visual parts in tandem. Some of the songs dynamically move to the fi lms while others create a moody score. Check out musical cameos from John Herndon and Dan Bitney (Tortoise) on “Lost in the Fog,” the powerful spoken word of Pete Simonelli (The Enablers) on “My Fair Romans,” and longtime JBC collaborator Charlie Hall (Tommy Guerrero) playing drums on “Brighter Days.”

Jet Black Crayon came into being when Tommy Guerrero was asked to open for Isotope 217 on a short West Coast U.S. tour in late 1999. Instead of playing solo shows, Tommy decided to gather a group of like-minded musicians, who were already working together on various projects. JBC, known for constantly exploring and developing their sound, reached new heights with their last record (Inaccuracies of the Mind Machine, FER 88814-2, 6/21/04). In the Interim continues the exploration, while finding a tighter, sparser direction.

Prior to the release of In the Interim, the film/song “Lost in the Fog” (film by Dan Wolfe) was accepted into the Underskatement 4 Film Festival:
FER 88817-2
April 8, 2008 (September 26, 2007 in Japan)

Track Listing: Corresponding Film By:
1. Memory Lost Mike Regan, Matt McGrath
2. 8 Bad Years Greg Hunt
3. 20 Hundred none
4. Lost In The Fog Dan Wolfe
5. Monday Andrew Paynter
6. Brighter Days Cheryl Dunn
7. My Fair Romans Monte Vallier
8. The Mussenger none
9. Poster Meridian Christophe Beaucourt

* Available now at your local Record Store or at any of the online or chain Record/CD shops and on iTunes, Rhapsody, Insound, Other Music, eMusic, Amazon, Sony Connect, Napster, Starbucks, T-Online, Verizon, Snocap, Last.fm, Liquid Digital Media, Mix and Burn, mTracks, Navio Download (gBox), passalong, Pure Tracks, Rogers Wireless, Securycast Download, Virginmega.fr and Destramusic and soon on; Turntable Lab, Thrill Jockey, Wax Poetics, Audio Lunchbox, GroupieTunes, Sprint, You Tube, Lime Wire and tons of other download, stream and ringtone services. ** email us if you’re having any problems finding this release at a store or on any of these download or stream services.

Happy New Year Good People!

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December 4, 2007 was the worldwide release of the first Function 8 compilation entitled “Function 8, We’re All Wearing Capes.” Compiled by label head Gadget, it features a few of the Function 8 catalog favorites but it mostly features more of the abstract and missed tracks that shows the evolution of Function 8 music. The last track is a lovely gem … a remix of a Jet Black Crayon track “Collapse With Trophy” by A Grape Dope (John Herndon from Tortoise, Isotope 217, Prefuse 73, etc.). The complete title is Jet Black Crayon “Collapse With Trophy (Asphalt Disguise Mix by A Grape Dope).” It is insane… in the best possible way to be insane. You can listen to it here or on the Function 8 myspace page. This release is digital only so go to your favorite download or streaming site and check it out. The deal of all deals is “Buy Album” (like in iTunes and other download sites) since it’s 16 tracks for $10! It was released in Japan on September 26, 2007 but comes out in the rest of the world today (slightly confusing is on iTunes, etc. it has the Japanese release date). And … the bonus … amazing original artwork by Natas Kaupas … who has done just about all Function 8 artwork, logos and style. Check it and enjoy!

V.A. – “Function 8, We’re All Wearing Capes”

(Compiled by Gadget) FER 88816-2 (Digital only other than Japan)
December 4, 2007 (September 26, 2007 in Japan)

  1. “Empiric” by Jet Black Crayon
  2. “Far From Under (Acoustic Revisited)” by Gresham (feat. Tommy Guerrero)
  3. “Weed on the Tree, Forty on the Floor” by Tommy Guerrero & Gadget
  4. “And So It Goes” by Jet Black Crayon
  5. “Wyyr Pt Dub” by The Jazz Cannon
  6. “Black Acura” by Gadget
  7. “Mechanism” by Tommy Guerrero & Gadget
  8. “Far From Under (Inst.)” by Gresham
  9. “Hash on the Bush, 32 on the Ground” by Tommy Guerrero & Gadget
  10. “Prison Bus” by The Jazz Cannon
  11. “Runnin’ From Five-0″ by Tommy Guerrero & Gadget
  12. “Manipulations” by Paul Smiff, the Foolish Mortal
  13. “1 Ton Souperman (Larry the Cracker Live Slow Down Remix)” by Tommy Guerrero & Gadget
  14. “Autonomy” by Gresham
  15. “Eyes Closed, Numbers Appear” by Jet Black Crayon
  16. “Collapse With Trophy (Asphalt Disguise Mix by A Grape Dope)” by Jet Black Crayon

* Available now on iTunes, Rhapsody, Insound, Other Music, eMusic, Amazon, Sony Connect, Napster, Starbucks, T-Online, Verizon, Snocap, Last.fm, Liquid Digital Media, Mix and Burn, mTracks, Navio Download (gBox), passalong, Pure Tracks, Rogers Wireless, Securycast Download, Virginmega.fr and Destramusic and soon on; Turntable Lab, Thrill Jockey, Wax Poetics, Audio Lunchbox, GroupieTunes, Sprint, You Tube, Lime Wire and tons of other download, stream and ringtone services. ** email us if you’re having any problems finding this release on any of these services.