About Golden Calves – Collection gathers pre-Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice material from James Jackson Toth‘s Golden Calves project. Originally released in 1996; reissue is limited to 1000 copies.
“It was really all about The Godz, Jandek, The Shadow Ring, Strapping Fieldhands, Swell Maps and Tower Recordings. Beyond these, I had only heard the ‘classic’ and most available free jazz, krautrock and noise albums. I was a long way from, say, the second Comus album or Charles Gayle. But this music changed my life. It was a record store owner named Eric McCarthy and a man who needs no introduction to anyone reading these notes, Matt Valentine, who taught me that there was a world beyond Dischord, Vermiform and Ebullition. I went to college, met hip people, and got a job at both the local record store and the college radio station. I was taking drugs. I bought a four track and began emulating my heroes. I called the project Golden Calves. I was eighteen years old….
In hindsight, I like to think that the noise scene liked us and responded so positively to us because, in our own naïve way, we were subverting a very rigid paradigm. Touring with noise bands and moving in experimental circles but playing proper ‘songs’ is what made us weird. It was an exciting, unforgettable time.
These are not perfect records. Perhaps worse than so-called ‘naïve art’ is ‘only-marginally-informed art’ and that’s what this is. I should have let my talents marinate for a while before rushing out records that now sound to me like thinly-veiled love letters to Siltbreeze. But fuck it, man. I was hopelessly arrogant then and remain so today. Why else would I greenlight this fucking thing?”
James Jackson Toth Lexington, KY - Collects the Golden Calves Money Band LP and Golden Calves Century Band 12″ (from their 3-way split LP with Thurston Moore and Dr Gretchen Musical Weightlifting Program) -Pre-Wooden Wand and The Vanishing voice / Dead Machines - limited to 1,000
Watch and listen to one of our heroes. I have attached a clip of a 2008 song of his I really looooove and I dedicate it to the most important and significant person in my life – my young daughter Tamara who is 15 years old today – Happy birthday, Tamapush.