Much of the record goes beyond the cleansing ritual of confession and catharsis, searching for something closer to transcendence. Most connections forged in high school—friendships, romances, career paths—don’t survive graduation. Given the way Cap’n Jazz dealt with their demons, maybe “emo” or “weirdo punk” isn’t as proper of a classification for Shmap’n Shmazz as “psychedelic rock.” Amick and Villareal were going to school on acid, and Tim supposedly wrote the album’s lyrics in one night while high on mushrooms. This once seemed like an impossibility given Tim’s aversion to nostalgia and sentimentality; but according to Von Bohlen, the one thing that brought them together was the fear of losing “that emotional attachment where we feel like we could be defined for the rest of our musical lives by this one thing that happened in our teenage years.”. His story checks out: Prior to making their first full-length, Cap’n Jazz released a handful of singles on compilations with extremely ’90s Midwestern punk names like How the Midwest Was Won, It’s a Punk Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand, and A Very Punk Christmas; the Kinsellas covered “Winter Wonderland” with their mother, and it inspired Chicago’s Screeching Weasel to call them the “crudiest [sic] and most pretentious band in Chicago.” The shorthand for Cap’n Jazz’s only album—Shmap’n Shmazz—is scrawled across the original CD version released by Man With Gun, a label that put out a total of three titles and might as well have been a private press. Unable to add item to List. The Kinsellas were raised by a doting mother and a father whose behavior wasn’t seen as alcoholic or abusive at the time, but it would take decades for his issues to be explored in non-illusory terms. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. In any traditional sense of musical definition or critiquing, Cap’n Jazz should have been an absurdly AWFUL band. The band broke up in July 1995, shortly after Shmap'n Shmazz's release, on the night of a show at Little Rock's Das Yutes a Go-Go. Capn Jazz Shmap’n Shmazz Vinyl LP NMint Cap'n Jazz Emo $ 61 $ 61 Sold For . Tim has also spoken about traumatic moments in both his childhood home and church that festered unattended until he started going to therapy as an adult. Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. While Villareal’s chops would fully flower in his later work, on Shmap’n Shmazz, it almost sounds like he’s bullying the Guitar World- side of himself; the classical flourishes of “Bluegrassish” are antagonistic when applied to a gainless electric guitar, while “Flashpoint: Catheter” creates a paralyzing unease with guitar strings getting tickle-tortured. It quickly became a collector's item. Cap'n Jazz - Shmap'n Shmazz - Amazon.com Music. He sings of a “Ringwald haze,” evoking the era’s avatar for romantic aspiration, tangible but always just out of reach. Though the band reunited for a run of shows in 2010, Shmap'n Shmazz remains the only Cap'n Jazz full length studio album. Often shortened to Shmap'n Shmazz, this is Cap'n Jazz's first and only full-length, originally released in 1995 on Man With Gun Records. On “Yes, I Am Talking to You,” a piggy bank serves as an indoctrination to merciless capitalism, an innocent’s first experience with money turning into a future where “hammy fat fingers pinch clammy cold coins.” But there’s also the sweetness of a butter cookie ring on the finger nibbled down to the knuckle, “peanuts and kiddie Molotov cocktails on a starved stomach on Sunday afternoons,” chasing kites, splashing puddles, and the awestruck feeling of getting out of Buffalo Grove, being engulfed by Chicago, itself dwarfed by a “Van Gogh sky.” On “Planet Shhh,” he responds to this paralyzing insignificance by throwing it back at its creator: “Hey God, I’ll pull you outta the sky and make you 14 again.”. $25.00. Cap'n Jazz only released one full-length, titledBurritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards In The Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped On And Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over, though it is more commonly referred to simply as Shmap'n Schmazz. Today they are largely known for kickstarting the musical careers of many of their members who went onto later bands such as Music/AmericanFootball, but they have a pretty large and dedicated cult following of their own and their own massive influence. In 1998, the Jade Tree label assembled a double-disc Cap'n Jazz retrospective titled "Analphabetapolothology" which compiles the band's complete recorded works: Shmap'n Shmazz, early singles, material from split releases, compilation tracks, unreleased demos and outtakes and several tracks from their farewell performance in Chicago. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Album title is printed on the jewel case spine as: "burritos, inspiration point, fork balloon sports, cards in the spokes, automatic biographies" on one end and "kites, kung fu, trophies, banana peels we've slipped on, and egg shells we've tippy toed over" on the other end (all small caps). Compared to the hipper, more tasteful artists who would occupy that same stage for most of the weekend, it was Cap’n Jazz who seemed like the ones who tapped into an endlessly renewable spirit that exists outside themselves; you don’t have to live in your teenage emotions to get something out of them, and when one wave of fans feels like they’ve aged out, there’s another that needs more. Cap'n Jazz was formed in 1989 by brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to be one of the most influential bands of the ‘90s. Cap'n Jazz - Shmap'n Shmazz Classic T-Shirt. In the meantime, band members found success in … Cap’n Jazz’s main contribution was stylistic — they helped shift emo’s always-elusive musical focus from post-hardcore prog-punk to an arty but more accessible punk-pop. This includes Cap’n Jazz, a band that was created by two teenage brothers in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Amick and Mike always come off like the guys who just wanted to be there for the party, but in the rare, brilliant moments where everyone sounds like they’re playing on the same beat—the stutter-steps of “Puddle Splashers” and “In the Clear”’s dive-bombing drop—Cap’n Jazz create a blueprint for any emo band that claimed math-rock and vice versa. However, Shmap’n Shmazz does indeed prove otherwise, as their immature, prepubescent attempts at hardcore and emo make that type of music not only fun, but legacy making. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. And then there’s the moments where Tim realizes the smartest guy in the room is the class clown: stopping “In the Clear” midway to recite half of the alphabet. And like most high-school bands, Cap’n Jazz ended because the fun wasn’t enough to justify the hassle. Tags: jazz capn, cursive, mineral, the promise ring, texas is the reason, trending, trend. By everythingemo. Both Tim and Villareal have said that Cap’n Jazz served as a release valve for their anxieties; the former called Cap’n Jazz “therapeutic” during a time when he was already in the grips of substance addiction. The band broke up in July 1995, shortly after Shmap'n Shmazz's release, on the night of a show at Little Rock's Das Yutes a Go-Go. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Upon the release of their debut LP, they exploded and then imploded within the span of a few months. When kids are still in the process of growing into their bodies, “a size-and-a-half ago shoe” rules the concept of time. The most confrontational moment on Shmap’n Shmazz occurs on its most un-punk song; over fumbling flamenco picking, Tim intones “boys kissing boys,” without elaborating. Shmap'n Shmazz de Cap'n Jazz Shmap'n Shmazz de Cap'n Jazz. Even today, Shmap’n Shmazz’s take on punk rock feels rootless, so imagine how it must’ve sounded in 1995. Cap'n Jazz incorporate the following tropes: Band of Relatives: Brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella were core members. As the band slept in their van after a show at Little Rock, Arkansas’ Das Yutes a Go-Go, Villareal was in the midst of an overdose, peeing all over himself. 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