MJTIII - Contemporary and Past Events (JSMIX004) / JASS

While known for his work in Boston's contemporary indie scene including the legendary Grass is Green and other groups including Supervolcano, Vending Machetes, and the Dirty Dishes (bass + guitar, guitar + keys, bass, and drums, respectively), Boston-born, Roslindale-raised Michael John Thomas III, aka MJTIII, also plays a little-known but important role of maverick engineer and mastering enthusiast - his fingerprints mark countless releases and not-yet-releases within JASS' circles as well as Boston's underground and beyond. Equally comfortable behind the console with one of his bands as with a more electronically-focused work, Thomas applies a mechanical, analog-based, often tape-driven approach to his productions that not only seeps through his own numerous solo electronic productions as MJTIII, but is also extremely appealing to work with as an outside artist. It is this mix of experiences that he brings to Contemporary and Past Events, 41 minutes of vinyl selections ranging from Swiss post-punk, Irish shoegaze, Italian psychedelia, and Iranian garage to Philadelphia soul, with a DJ's ear for contrast and congruency. Solid, driving cuts from the rock canon like Grauzone's Eisbär & the nimble, stretchy punk of My Bloody Valentine's Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside) are placed throughout the mix, with sudden turns and highlights such as Alessandro Alessandroni's Political Congress, a bizarre, modern form of 'active' lounge music. Thomas offers a refreshing look back at styles you may have overlooked and an open-armed invitation to reconsider your listening habits.

Released December 8 2013

Download (.ZIP, 320kbps .mp3 97.26MB)

Cavern Liquid Liquid
Marquee Moon (excerpt) Television
Eisbär Grauzone
Love Knowledge Kambiz
Gentle Frederick
Political Congress Alessandro Alessandroni
Ready Money Roberto Conrado / Piero Montanari
Truth New Order
Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside) My Bloody Valentine
Sacred Love Bad Brains
Can You Keep A Secret De La Soul
Maybe The Three Degrees
Lo Strangolatore Di Boston Franco Bracardi / Giorgio Bracardi
Human Fly The Cramps

See Also:
MJTIII on Twitter / SoundCloud / Bandcamp