Jake Gillen


The other Jake started writing for E&D after his midlife crisis started and he couldn’t afford a new Corvette/Audi A-8/Tesla Electric car. The midlife crisis was sparked by Oceansize breaking up and other Jake vowed to never again be caught without a backup favorite kickass band in the wings, thus launching him in to his most recent never-ending search for great music. When he’s not agonizing over what word to use to describe the latest best thing ever, other Jake slaves away in the IT field. Other Jake really hates writing about himself in the 3rd person, but loves to write about himself all the rest of the time! Other Jake is a San Diego native, has a wife and kids, and recently turned 40. Â

Articles by Jake Gillen

Alpha Male Tea Party – Real Ale and Model Rail: The Lonely Man’s Guide to Not Committing Suicide

I am christening the type of music that AMTP make after-math – Like post-rock, post-punk, post-prog, etc, and so on. These AMTP cats take the precise complexity of the math rock genre, which we happen to really like round these parts, and mix in the pounding, roiling grunge of industrial and metal. By Jake Gillen

Tangerine Stoned – Tangerine Stoned

These are some solid musicians that play some pretty good, nostalgia-friendly tunes. – By Jake Gillen

Surrogate – Post-Heroic

I am really happy that I stepped out of my Post-rock, Post-Punk, Post-prog preference bubble and picked this album to review. It’s a refreshing listen and there is almost nothing on this record that I don’t consider pretty good. By Jake Gillen

Echoes of the Past 17: Sugar – Copper Blue

“It has longevity and relevance to this day, more than twenty years later, and was a definite sign of what was to come in heavy, punk-influenced music” – Jake Gillen on Sugar’s ‘Copper Blue’

That Massive Bereavement – Eat the Rich EP

The tongue-in-cheek, albeit acerbic, humour reminds me that I don’t need to analyze the shit out of it, that I can still have a more emotional reaction to it…that music can and should be fun. By Jake Gillen

Kellar – Fulminant

Jake Gillen takes a galnce at Fulminant, the latest offering from Brighton noise duo Kellar.

Arms of Tripoli – All The Fallen Embers

Arms of Tripoli, of Los Angeles, California, is something of an instrumental post-rock supergroup, with members coming from a number of other instrumental bands, and these folks are the real deal.

The Evens – The Odds

I can’t remember a time when I was not a fan of Ian MacKaye. First, Minor Threat made thinking-person’s Hardcore, as well as being a huge contributor to the movement that became known as Straight Edge. Then, later in the 1980’s, Fugazi appeared and mad …

Firesuite – Red World EP

Some of us here at Echoes And Dust were recently discussing whether it’s easier to review music that you like or music that you are not so keen on. During the course of the conversation, a fellow scribe said something that reminded me of this quote fro …

Cleft – Whale Bone EP

A couple of years back, through the miracle that is the Internet (it’s a series of tubes), I was able to find and befriend some really great folks that are in the UK, and specifically the Manchester area, that are actively innovating, creating and shar …

Wot Gorilla? – Kebnekaise

Math Rock is one of those genres (or genre, if that is plural for genre) that’s really pretty difficult to define; The Mighty Wikipedia says that it’s usually guitar-centric, influenced by prog giants like King Crimson and Rush, and is characterized by …

…And You’ll Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs

I’ve been labouring away on this review for over a week now, mostly because I want to make sure that my words do the album, ‘Lost Songs’ by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (henceforth just Trail of Dead), justice. I have always maintained …

Alberta Cross – Songs of Patience

It has been way too many months, for me at least, since I have been able to review an album here on E&D, and I have missed it a lot.Have you missed me? I hope not too much. That’s a lie, I like being missed! The subject of my review on this go-round is …

Record Store Day 2012 Feature – Jake Gillen & The Blue Meanie

So now we have a view from across the pond for you. San Diego based Jake Gillen has been one of E&D’s most prolific & inspiring contributors over the last few years; here he speaks to a couple of the old friends that made him the musical guru he is tod …

The Fierce And The Dead – On VHS EP

I am sort of late to the party that is ‘On VHS’ by The Fierce And The Dead, or at least late in writing about this instrumental gem. I have been unable to write about music recently, even when the music is as good as what TFATD are making. I will write …

Hawk Eyes – Ideas

It has hardly been a full month, as I write this, since I had the privilege of reviewing the excellent ‘Mindhammers’ EP from Leeds, UK-based sound smiths, Hawk Eyes. I’ve used words like visceral, ballsy (which is American for big bollocks), and ‘jugge …

What The Blood Revealed – Harbour Of Devils

So far, I am happy to report that 2012 has been a good year for music. We are barely in the 2nd month, but so far, I have been able to get my hands and ears on a bunch of exciting, diverse and plain old kick ass music. Continuing on a theme in my last …

The Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know

I have to confess that I am a bit of a fanboy when it comes to Scottish musicians and bands. My fascination with all things Scottish began with Fish and Marillion (and Fish solo) in my teens, then bands like Teenage Fanclub in my early adult years, and …

White Hills – Frying On This Rock

Music and I have a sort of love-hate relationship. Well, of course I realize that I am giving human traits to music and that is just silly, but I want to illustrate that my never-ending quest for new music can be painful and costly at times, but can al …

Hawk Eyes – Mindhammers EP

I discovered Hawk Eyes, formerly known as Chickenhawk, last year around the time they changed their name, or maybe a couple of months before. You see, I was sleuthing about, trying to find more and newer and better and louder music, following the untim …

Gary Bruce – Maps

Sometimes, even a grumpy old pessimist like me finds music that is so beautiful that I can’t help but be inspired and uplifted by it. The music that is the subject of this review, in CD form, was actually a gift from our Intrepid and Fearless Leader at …

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