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Camper Van Beethoven's violinist & guitarist Jonathan Segel in a solo album of songs and great instrumental work, intimate to anthemic music in an intelligent modern rock record.

Segel, Jonathan
All Attractions / Apricot Jam [2 CDs]

Segel, Jonathan : All Attractions / Apricot Jam [2 CDs] (Magnetic)
Label: Magnetic    
Released in: USA    

"The Bay Area's Jonathan Segel is best known for his work in the genre-crossing/defying alt-rock outfit Camper Van Beethoven, but the multi-instrumentalist has performed in numerous other groups (such as Sparklehorse in the nineties) and done his own solo material. With All Attractions, the northern Californian definitely leans on the jam, but for an album that is both epic and touching.

In Camper and his work in other groups, Segel is primarily a violinist, but he focuses on the guitar on All Attractions - there are a lot more rock guitarists than rock violinists out there, so it's only natural that he's more sought-out elsewhere for his violin, and thus his solo record would be where he gets to most play his axe. Segel does extend his guitar work into jam-lengths - openers "(Ever and) Always" & "Hey You (I Know You Know Me)" average at eight minutes, while closer "I Know You Know Me (Hey You)" nearly reaches thirteen, with an average of about six minutes per track on the record. Thankfully, Segel knows more than enough about melody to eschew both jam-guitar wankery and rock guitar shred solos, instead using his instrument to carry the listener.

Extended pieces like the openers & closer are large and encompassing, but also can touch in a more intimate fashion. "I Know You Know Me (Hey You)" manages to bring everything together in a superb fashion, both grand instrumentals and moving intimacy. Indeed, the longer pieces like those three and the 'lost Americana' "The Dark Torch" outshine the (relative) shorter ones, such as the more psyched "Listen", grind "Singularity", and a bit funkier "What Goes Around", though the shortest song on Attractions, "The Good One", might be the Good-est one.[...]"-Ted Chase, QRO Magazine

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Product Information:

UPC: 785531200128

Label: Magnetic
Catalog ID: MAG2001
Squidco Product Code: 15691

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDs in cardstock foldover
All Attractions recorded by Chris Zefos at Dogpatch Recording, San Francisco and JJ Wiesler at Decibelle, San Francisco. Apricot Jam recorded by JJ Wiesler at Decibelle in San Francisco.


Jonathan Segel-guitar, violin, synths, theremin, vocals, keyboards

Eden Daniels-vocals

Helena Espvall-cello

John Hanes-drums, percussion

David Immergluck-vocals

Victor Krummenacher-bass, guitar

Brett Netson-guitar

Sanna Olsson-vocals

Chris Xefos-bass

Graham Connah-Hammond organ

John Hanes-drums

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Track Listing:

CD 1: All Attractions

1. (Ever And) Always 8:37

2. Hey You (I Know You Know Me) 7:28

3. She's A Peach 5:09

4. Listen 5:32

5. Singularity 5:05

6. What Goes Around 3:13

7. The Dark Torch 9:28

8. The Good One 2:34

9. Winter 2:53

10. I Know You Know Me (Hey You) 12:47

CD 2: Apricot Jam

1. Apricot 13:33

2. Sunset 8:16

3. I Heart My Doghead 8:00

4. It's Pretty Out There 13:46

5. Cloud, Heavy With Rain 5:32

6. Danger Machinery Starts Immediately 10:46

7. All Attractions 9:07

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