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Twenty Six

Twenty Six
This Skin Is Rust
Bobby J Records x2LP, 1996

01. One Exit (5:33)
02. Unbound (13:33)
03. The Coldest Day (4:18)
04. Humus – Twin Exits – This Skin Is Rust (24:13)
05. Astorone – Circles Within Circles – Metal Rings – Wheels Within Wheels (24:22)
06. To Walk Forward And Not Look Back (23:25)


Long before Johnny Jewel was making magic for Glass Candy, Chromatics & Desire, he was hidden in a basement somewhere in Humble, Tx. committing this chunk of loner creepiness to tape.
We ran in the same circle of friends at that time, and I seem to remember him in a band called Paloma around then…but that was more than 15 years ago, so details are hazy. Anyway, I do remember pretty clearly walking in to Aquarius (old location on 24th st. kiddos) with some other Texas expats and someone realizing that the weird no info Jandek look alike Lp on the wall was actually John P’s record. I cant recall if I picked it up that day, or at some point later, but what I do know was that I was in no way ready to really hear the music on it. That was a couple years down the road still…

This hits all the right spots if you find yourself among those listeners that enjoy This Heat’s first record & Peel Session (particularly the Farfisa drone / found sound facet) , early SY, lonely pianos, sine waves, druggy acoustic get the idea. Very personal, very dark, totally essential.

A note about the rip: Side B & C run gap less, so rather than make a call as to when one song starts & the other ends I just ripped those sides as one track.

  1. bridges on March 7th, 2010

    Great stuff — Thanks Jefre! With the exception of “For Every River Buried” it looks like the bulk of Bobby J’s discog as twenty-six (and apparently from that time) is relegated to a mix of comp cassettes… something for the hunter/gatherers»

  2. Gavin on March 8th, 2010

    Thanks for the info, bought this back in the day, never knew anything about it.

  3. elka on March 8th, 2010

    Thanks, J. I really like this. Especially how it slips around. Unbound is almost a jam, and ‘This is rust’ is a quiet parcel of an epic.

  4. evan on March 16th, 2010

    ahhh yes, this is rad.

  5. Greg on March 21st, 2010

    This is just astonishing, so many different sounds and styles, so bleak and so beautiful.

  6. pimmon on April 8th, 2010

    Yes – I also got this at the time, from the wonderful Roadcone mail order from memory. One I’ve spent many a night with, didn’t know where he ended
    up, thanks for the reminder to get it out!

  7. slopezzz on May 16th, 2010

    This is good. Very good. Thank you!!!

  8. km on July 5th, 2010

    do you have any of the recordings he did under the name asrielle? i used to have a few tapes from union pole records but they broke years ago. would love to hear that stuff again.

  9. Jefre on July 6th, 2010

    ??? Never even heard of that stuff??

  10. northguineahills on June 23rd, 2012

    I bought this LP in ’96 in Gainesville, FL on whim (the sticker had descriptions of “droney/experimental rock”, which was hard to come by in those days. I loved it. However, I couldn’t find any info on it.

    I would even would mix in side C w/ dj sets (w/ other recs at the same time (even dance friendly ones).

    Anyways, been listening to my recs in alphabetical order for the last 4 years, and just got to 26, and decide to look up some info as I listen to it. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve listened to it, so your info was very welcome. Thanks!


  11. jexxe on December 17th, 2013

    can anyone help me out with rips of the two asrielle tapes on bobby j
    i have the union pole release

    willing to trade my life for those tapes

  12. all art on August 21st, 2018

    is there any chance of a re-up of this one?