New series, sort of. How about I post some relevant links on the ten-year anniversaries of Mojo Wire history? Personally I think that's an awesome idea. So here you go, two bits from the first Mojo Wire album, released December 15, 1997.
The History Mix: Twelve-Bar Ruse
First albums, by anyone, are almost always momentous and fun: some bands stick their toes in the water, working their way up to greatness and competence on later records; some jump in head first, splashing their pent-up talent (or lack thereof) all over everything. Committing the creative impulse to posterity for the first time often results in outpourings of good, bad, and ugly originality, but it's rarely unmemorable for everyone involved. Some debuts seem to come out of nowhere with surprising freshness, and some crawl out of the distant artistic past via long-ignored or discarded stylistic roots (and routes). Some are labors of love, some are by-blows made to avoid boredom, some come from improvised chaos, and some are complete accidents. All of this can be said about the Mojo Wire's debut album Battery Acid Blues. More...Play this album (with 6 bonus tracks!):