Jeremy Freeze is a Memphis born songwriter who has spent the last few years in Columbia, Missouri playing and recording with Kim Sherman as Jerusalem and the Starbaskets. Before yr preconceived notions of Missouri make things cloudy, consider the Black Artist Group, Screamin' Mee Mees, Drunks with Guns, Gene Clark and a whole lot of other shit that you don't know about get in the way. Lest there be other confusion, my friend Oliver, this 65 year old dude from Kashmir, told me DOST means "brother man". So basically, DOST is "friend" but a more familiar way of the word. Just so happens that it's the phonetic same as "dosed". One crystalline thing herein is the Jams. Freeze has reached that point where he's saying more by saying less and that's a level that many songwriters never reach. After a few yrs of playing gigs with Times New Viking, Wooden Wand and a short list of more or less limited releases, DOST is the bands first readily available release and we're going to do our best to get it everywhere.
Having toured tirelessly and
stupidly for many years, I played the unlikely hot spot of Columbia,
Missouri no less than three times one summer. Don’t ask me
how—logistically the cursed itinerary is still a mystery—but I can
probably tell you why. The chance to play a gig with that city’s
Jerusalem and the Starbaskets always made it a worthwhile and necessary
stop. Basically a duo (although sometimes augmented by other members),
Jerusalem and the Starbaskets play unfashionable, unpretentious and
completely devastating pop music, and they're one of my all time
favorite live bands. Criminally under-recorded up until now (with only
a handful of impossibly rare cassettes and a split LP with Skarkraou
Radio to their name), their brand new The Howling LP (Radio Fonico) is
a great sampling of their unique vibe, sounding like the third Velvets
LP played by The Terminals. Note the righteous guitar tone any stoner
rock Chud would envy, and catchy, infectious tunes (with a recent
emphasis on country melodies) that will stay in your head for weeks.
Completely necessary and great. Album of the month!
~ James Jackson Toth