ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD / COBRA SKULLS : Split: 7”

The Mitch Clem artwork on this is great; front and back equally rad. I’m glad that instead of lyrics they had each band explain why they chose to cover the song. The first time I heard this record, I thought Andrew Jackson Jihad had actually written “Two Headed Boy,” since I’d heard them play it live. It definitely feels theirs. They have made me commit to buying that Neutral Milk Hotel album, and to filing it with my Andrew Jackson Jihad stuff, for personal reasons now public. The Cobra Skulls, whom I’m new to, cover “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan. It sounds the way I assume any rock outfit would sound if they covered that song and didn’t really change anything but the musicians.

 –Rene Navarro (Suburban Home)