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Wooden Wand & The World War IV – “Directions To Debbie Harry’s House”

We might be biased given that Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth has been known to eloquently opine about music on this very website, but we can’t get enough of the guy’s prolific, ever-evolving spin on twisted Americana. Actually, we’re definitely biased, so let’s turn it over to NPR’s Lars Gotrich, who just premiered a tune… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 26, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Wooden Wand – “Supermoon” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

As I said when I wrote up “Southern Colorado Song” in October: James Jackson Toth is a Stereogum contributor, but he’s much better known (and rightly so) by his musical alias Wooden Wand. As Wooden Wand, James has produced a majestic catalog of bleak and beautiful (and occasionally terrifying) folk/country/indie music. I won’t pretend to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 7, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Wooden Wand – “Southern Colorado Song”

James Jackson Toth is a Stereogum contributor, but he’s much better known (and rightly so) by his musical alias Wooden Wand. As Wooden Wand, James has produced a majestic catalog of bleak and beautiful (and occasionally terrifying) folk/country/indie music. I won’t pretend to be unbiased here — I’m the dude’s editor, after all — but… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 2, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Debating The Grizzly Bear NY Mag Story And Making A Living Making Music

As you may have heard, Grizzly Bear was featured on the cover of this week’s New York Magazine, alongside the headline, “Is Rock Stardom Any Way To Make A Living?” The feature itself, written by Nitsuh Abebe, came in at more than 5,000 words, and among other things, tried to illuminate the difficult economic realitie… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 2, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Wooden Wand – “Ms Mowse” (Stereogum Premiere)

I’ve always enjoyed James Jackson Toth’s stripped-down, dusky music most: It gives us the space to sink our teeth into his songwriting; his voice sounds best when it’s foreboding, bummed, soul-sick, burnt. Previously, he nailed this in the hissing, raw Harem of the Sundrum and the Witness Figg, a collection I reviewed, ecstatically, five yearsMore »

By: brandon / October 19, 2010 - 11:12 am

New Wooden Wand – “Trails”

My favorite Wooden Wand release is 2005’s scratchy, stripped down, and spooky Harem Of The Sundrum And The Witness Figg. My mind wandered a bit after Second Attention, but Hard Knox, a collection of demos and castaways put to tape in Knoxville between October 2002 and January 2007, has me listening closely to James Toth… More »

By: brandon / July 22, 2009 - 11:52 am

New James Jackson Toth Video – “Doreen”

I remain partial to James Jackson Toth’s early lo-fi days as Wooden Wand, especially the rusted-out Roky Erickson sounds on 2005’s Harem Of The Sundrum & The Witness Figg. He showed an ability to up the production value and maintain some gritty rambles on the Sky High Band-backed Second Attention, but it’s that older collectio… More »

By: brandon / June 30, 2008 - 2:20 pm