The Nice Jenkins

It's about bloody time for a new Jenkins record, doncha think? Let's see, our review of The World Famous Hallelujah Cotton Candy Rent Party ran in May 2006, and there are nine songs on the brand-spankin' new Elephant Twisters, which works out to about three months per song.

Drummer Adam Brock says the delays were all part of the refinement process. "The first one was sort of a hodgepodge," he says. ""It was really sort of all over the place." What he means, specifically, is that the 25-song debut now seems a little jumbled to him. (Our response isn't printable, but it ends in "Sherlock.") So for Elephant Twisters, they set out to make something considerably more solid and coherent. That's not an easy task for a band with four songwriters, but Brock says that aiming for broad tonal consistencies helped bring together songs that might not have played nice with one another otherwise.

Well, that, and also cutting the fat. Plenty of material was dropped for one reason or another, including three that were otherwise recorded and ready to go. The rest have been live staples so long that Brock says he's already looking ahead. "We got a little tired of it because it took us a long time," he says. "It doesn't really feel like a release, because we've been playing these songs for so long." But there's life left in those outtakes yet: we're hoping they'll let us post 'em here, and of course they're all still fair game for the face-rocking live shows, where they'll have to hold their own against the rest of the Jenkins catalog.

Hey, speaking of which...

Here's the new hotness:
The Nice Jenkins - Cowboy

Older (but still hotness):
The Nice Jenkins - Outside Of York
The Nice Jenkins - Sweet and Filthy

Birdlips opens with sensitive folk-rock, and Marshall Costan's Awesome Few brings Richmond jams. DJ Steve Richmond will be spinning before the show and between sets, and has every intention of turning the whole thing into a dance party by the end of the night.

Birdlips - Tire Chains
Birdlips - Some Kind Of Death


It is apparent by using the term “Sabbath-day hunting ban” this is more about religious objections by the author than the rights of hunters. Last time I checked, the ABC stores were closed on Sunday and the bars have closing times, where is the big outrage about that?
What about the idea of sharing our natural resources with non-hunting users just one day a week? How about a day of rest for the officers that enforce the game laws, there are only 180 of them for the whole Commonwealth? To work a 24 hours, 7 day shift it takes 5 people. There are 100 jurisdictions that need a patrol presence. If we had just 1 officer in each jurisdiction it would take 500 for basic coverage. Let alone if there were more than 1 call for service in a jurisdiction at any given time.
The Game Department already faces severe funding shortages. Virginia ranks 49 out of 50 for per-capita spending toward natural resources. I hope the proponents of Sunday hunting are willing to put their money where their mouth is!

Hunters in Virginia have from October to January to hunt deer, while the rest of the year the woods is free for anyone to use any way they see fit. Then you take into consideration that most hunters only get to hunt on weekends because of work, you cut the actual number of days down considerably. Now, cut that in half because of the ban on hunting Sundays and you have around two weeks out of the year most hunters get a chance to deer hunt. To me, that doesn't seem fair. Especially when you consider that hunters pay a huge amount of money that goes toward mantaining the lands and wildlife everyone can enjoy year round when they can only enjoy hunting for such a short time. I'd like to see non-sportsmen put their money where there mouth is if it comes down to the almighty dollar. If revenue alone is what's driving the Sunday hunting push, then that means other outdoor enthusiasts aren't doing their part in supporting the outdoor programs.

Fred, I have to disagree with you on a couple points. 1st, it should be obviuos that we already have game wardens in the field on Sundays. If we didn't there would not be any enforcement of the Sunday hunting ban. Secondly, Hunting season lasts about 3 months. Non hunters have the unrestricted use of the resources the other 9 months. Thirdly, The hunters ARE putting their money where there mouth is. The sale of hunting and fishing licenses make up the vast majority of DGIF funding. In case you haven't heard, hunting licenses went up $5 per license. That equals an increase of $15 dollars to go hunt deer with a muzzleloader and $20 if you want to bow hunt too. How much are the bird watchers kicking in? Or any other group for that matter?

I went as far as creating an internet petition to lift the ban on Sunday hunting in Virgina.

So far, there are well over 1500+ signatures!

To have such a ban still in effect in this day and age is ridiculous! Hunting has been on a decline for years, now with Playstations, X-Boxes, etc... kids are reluctant to go into the woods to hunt. That, coupled with other activies they might have on a Saturday, leave no time for them to hunt!