the Oswald Cup

by the Technical Jed

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The second and final album by Richmond, VA's the Technical Jed, 1996's The Oswald Cup is a bristly and noisy record that yet never quite strays into being "noisy" or "difficult." Sounding rather like Television's Tom Verlaine fronting Polvo, The Oswald Cup is more moody and mysterious than slashing and aggressive. Singing guitarists Daniel Bartels and Clancy Fraher spin murky and dark-hued waves of sound topped with liquid and melodic lead lines that regularly break out of the soundscapes just enough to keep the whole thing from skittering off into post-rock pretentiousness. Song titles like "When the Levis Break" help keep things grounded as well. The lyrics are mixed low enough to make them all but unintelligible at times, so that listeners have to hunt for meaning, should they want to. Yet even on a superficial listen, The Oswald Cup is an inviting album for fans of the progressive wing of '90s indie music. -Stewart Mason (Allmusic.com)

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released September 17, 1996

All songs written and arranged by the Technical Jed. Engineered and produced by Rich Costey. Mixed with assistance from the Technical Jed. Tracked at Q-Division (Boston) and Sound of Music (Richmond). Mixed at Looking Glass and Unique (New York). Additional tracking at Baby Monster (New York).

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the Technical Jed Richmond, Virginia

The Technical Jed was a rock band from Richmond, Virginia. They started when Daniel Bartels and David Bush asked Clancy Fraher and Steve Brooking to join them. Fraher taught Bartels some open tunings on his new telecaster, and Daniel began creating his own musical vocabulary that was later set this band apart from the typical 2-guitar bands of the day. ... more

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