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Drill a Hole in That Substrate & Tell Me What You See

Jim WhiteAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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"Titles never come easy to me, but this one did. Long before I recorded a single note I knew what I'd call it. That name, it was just in the air."

Singer songwriter Jim White has a habit of snatching meaning from thin air. His critically acclaimed debut album, The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus, tapped into the zeitgeist of what would soon blossom into ... Read more in Amazon's Jim White Store

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B00026WT6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Static On The Radio
2. Bluebird
3. Combing My Hair In A Brand New Style
4. That Girl From Brownsville Texas
5. Borrowed Wings
6. If Jesus Drove A Motor Home
7. Objects In Motion
8. Buzzards Of Love
9. Alabama Chrome
10. Phone Booth In Heaven
11. Bonus Track 1

Editorial Reviews

It's no accident that Jim White is on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. His odd, oblique tales from Pensacola, Fla. and beyond wouldn't be out of place in Byrne's quirky movie of smalltown Texas, True Stories. In fact, White has his own new film, Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, to capture his chosen milieu of motel rooms, truck stops, and churches, and--as described on "If Jesus Drove a Motor Home"--waffle houses: "Jesus eating eggs with ya'll." Not that the artist needs visuals to project his skewed vision: Drill a Hole in That Substrata and Tell Me What You See is dense with dreamy, wasted scenarios, each spilling into the other. His vocals, which rarely rise above a half-whisper, are those of a loser at love cursed by self-knowledge ("You can't waste the whole damn day loving what you need to cast away") and a winner at ennui who spends his drifting hours "listening to the song behind everything I think I know" and finding only static. The album, his third, is treated to offbeat textural touches that reflect the edgy ambient approach of his co-producer, Joe Henry--electronic washes, horn charts, banjo, bebop trumpet. A colorful character whose real-life exploits include stints as a professional surfer and Milan fashion model--and struggles with drugs and religion--White is supported by an expansive cast including fellow tortured Southerner Mary Gauthier, Aimee Mann, Barenaked Ladies, and guitarist Bill Frisell. --Lloyd Sachs

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands CD from 2004.... June 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
On the cover of Jim White's latest album is the ghostly image of a man and a woman, faces close together, looking out from the shadows. The image recalls nothing so much as the art of the late Howard Finster, where fleeting yet ever present spirits flow in and out of this realm and another distant place and time, maybe even in and out of heaven itself.

Like fellow southerner Finster, Jim White's art is infused with the presence of God and Jesus, sin and redemption, and in Mr. White's case, also with the beauty and mystery of love. In White's world, love often comes with its cruel traveling companions, heartbreak and deep sorrow.

Several of the songs on "Drill a hole.." have been reworked into their current versions from having been played live in different incarnations over the last few years.

As with his previous two albums, this one can't be neatly pegged into any particular genre, but somehow, the different styles of the songs fit together much like individual pieces of a mosaic, ultimately forming a beautiful picture.

Co-produced by Joe Henry, this CD has a more jazzy overall feel than "The wrong eyed Jesus" and "No such place". "Combing my hair in a brand new style" and "Buzzards of love", both showcase a mindblowing horn section unlike anything on Mr. White's previous CDs, and while neither of these two is a short song by any means, both offer only a glimpse into the extended improvisations which might be possible if the band were unleashed on stage.

The opening track, "Static on the radio", with backing vocals by Aimee Mann, has an easy, laid back feel, is instantly accessible, and should be a hit on the radio if there were any justice in the world. "Bluebird" is a heartwrenchingly melancholic love song in which Mr.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant (as usual).... June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
no one (in recent memory) has explored the worlds of Greyhound Bus stations, small-town Southern preachers, passing trains and poetic trailerpark dream-state melodrama better than Jim White. (the usual) biblical references are present as are the ethereally whispered tales of bodies floating down rivers accompanied by misinterpreted radio broadcasts and birds perching quietly on telephone wires. this is a remarkable album from an artist that deserves MUCH more appreciation than he has received. fans of Jim White might note that this record has a bit LESS "hip/trip-hop" presence (in the production) and a displays a "jazzier/lounge" feel than NO SUCH PLACE. this is not a bad thing. it works VERY well for the songs on this recording.
"Static On The Radio", "Bluebird" and "Objects In Motion" are mesmerizingly gorgeous and the entire album is an absolute knock-out. EXCELLENT stuff and HIGHLY recommended. i give it TWO Stuckey's Pecan Logs UP!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Album from Americana's Rimbaud July 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jim White's South in its own dark way spins another yarn of wondrous stories where strung out Santa Clauses and Jesus listening to Dylan and driving a motorhome, are but only part of a lyric universe that owes as much to Country myths as to the ghost of Rimbaud.
Yes, this is another of White's "seasons in hell" more Texas, though, than nineteenth century France but probably as hallucinatory. These are tales of a man who, more than raised in America, has been abducted by it as it was an alien mothership.
For those who loved his first two albums, this one may not necessarily be that different, and what I said so far, not completely farfetched. This is not to say that this album lack musical surprises nor artistic growth, and Joe Henry's production has no small part of such accomplishment. Jim White can be dark all by himself but with Henry's aid gains a smokier, jazzier feel, which fits the songs like a silk glove.
In general, the tunes Joe Henry helmed as producer -which account for half the album- are the most interesting ones. I'd say that this is, in its own way, as inspired a collaboration as Loretta Lynn found with Jack White in Van Lear Rose. Of course, the music is far from similar but the producers' tugging and pushing an artist's certain style into new colors and atmospheres is comparable.
"Static In The Radio" -sung with Aimee Mann- and "Combing My Hair In A Brand New Style" are great examples of the musician-producer connection I've described, and so is "Buzzards of Love" with some powerful horns, somewhat reminiscent of Henry's own "Tiny Voices." And then there are three personal favorites of mine: "Bluebird," "That Girl from Brownsville Texas" and Phone Booth in Heaven" -stunning ballads all ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Hole' Truth October 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Joe Henry knows a thing or three about shaping atmosphere and mood on his own discs, and his late-night approach, which recalls Daniel Lanois' gauzy yet ornate productions, creates just the right setting for Jim White's third album. White's always been a tough nut to crack - not a bad thing - and what would you expect from a Pentacostalist turned surfer turned fashion model turned Southern Gothic singer/songwriter? Not that "Drill a Hole" is a difficult listen - in fact it's frequently warm and tuneful even when it's a bit heebie-jeebie inducing. Aimee Mann backs him on opener "Static on the Radio," a tune that would be a hit on some alt-universe playlist. Admittedly, there's some peculiar stuff going on here - "Combing's" mutant funk, "Brownsville's" wistful waltz, "Jesus Drove a Motorhome's" wonked-out jazzedelia - but it all goes down as smooth as a whiskey neat. With his whispery voice miked so close that it sounds as though he's nestled against your eardrum, White relates tales of salvation and sin dipped in Faulkner's swampy mire. And like primordial ooze, his songs suck you in. Fall asleep to it and "Drill a Hole" may swallow you whole.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music
I play this all the time -- incredibly beautiful music -- not just one or two songs, the whole thing is great.
Published 17 months ago by Long Island reader
5.0 out of 5 stars foggy, distant, ghostly: music from where life and death merge
If you'll step into the Jim White cult, I think I can reliably assure you --- you'll be in good company, but no one you know will be there. Read more
Published on November 13, 2007 by Jesse Kornbluth
5.0 out of 5 stars adventuresome alt-country/pop that should be heard.
more adventuresome than your standard alt-country cd, this great recording has not a weak track on it. Read more
Published on January 16, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
5.0 out of 5 stars a mysterious visitor
A true story... one day, I noticed a cd sitting on my computer desk. It was this Jim White album. I'd never heard of Jim White, but I figured someone must have loaned it to me... Read more
Published on August 4, 2006 by a superintelligent shade of the color blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Sh#$t!!!!
Great! Jim takes the cake, the hat, the everything! Go Jim, great CD!!! They're all great!
Published on November 27, 2005 by Zeno
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not that great
I liked "Static On The Radio", and "If Jesus Drove A Motor Home" when I heard them on David Byrne's internet radio feed. I didn't like anything else on the CD. Read more
Published on July 2, 2005 by Gary A. Eldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Import vs American release
While it's true that the European release is exactly the same as the American version, a version was released in Japan that contains three bonus tracks. Read more
Published on February 9, 2005 by John Bruce Slate
5.0 out of 5 stars southern gothic observations
Jim White ranges across a southern landscape littered with broken dreams and disappointed memories. The americana base of the music is coloured by all sorts of fringe genres. Read more
Published on October 23, 2004 by Z. D. Holton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Listening, Good Reading
You can tell by the album's title that Jim White ain't your average guy. Also implied in that title is a hint of the literacy, imagination, and humor that lies within. Read more
Published on September 29, 2004 by Larry White
5.0 out of 5 stars Finely crafted songs about living between the lines
This one will be on the critics' "Best of 2004" lists--and deservedly so. Jim White's music is utterly unique and at the same time brings to mind numerous of comparisons: with Tom... Read more
Published on September 18, 2004 by P. Gunderson
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