JADE TREE UNITED STRUGGLES AGAINST ADVERSITY

Jade Tree United returned to the pitch this weekend with back-to-back games at the Ab Jones complex. Over the last two weeks, the team has been plagued by injuries and illness, leaving their bench severely depleted and without either their first or second position goalies. Andrew Agra (#12), who normally plays up front, took the keeper position for both games in a valiant attempt to keep the team on its feet in what turned out to be a very long weekend for the Jade Tree players.

Saturday night JTU faced WL Gore in a match that began rather evenly, but which eventually had Gore draining the Jade Tree team of its wind. Jade Tree held Gore most of the first period, but as the goals began coming their way, Jade Tree crumpled and Gore was able to sneak through and get several goals in the JTU net.

Alex Rudzinsky (#4) and Al Agra (#10) both contributed goals to bring Jade Tree back to life in the second half, reviving the team and bringing back its heart. In the end, it would not be enough, as Jade Tree fell to WL Gore 12-2.

Sunday’s game against United, JTU faced a strong team who has dominated the league most of the season. Knowing the game would be their biggest challenge to date, Jade Tree stepped up and brought an all out attack towards the United defenses.

Five minutes into the game, Victor Alvarez (#13) was knocked down in the box, but the referee turned a blind eye and JTU was denied the penalty kick.

While United got the upper hand early on, Jade Tree’s Alex Rudzinsky (#4) continued his scoring streak by placing two forceful goals into the net and keeping Jade Tree in the game before heading into half time down 6-2.

As the second half got off to fast-paced start, Alex Rudzinsky (#4) got his hat trick with a deftly timed kick at the United goal that easily found its way into the back of the net.

Late in the game, Darren Walters was able to convert a flubbed ball by the United keeper by slightly touching a rebound and flicking it towards the goal. The keeper turned to watch the ball roll into the goal before swatting the ball out of the net. The referee took a minute to review the play before finally awarding JTU the goal.

Andrew Agra, who was clearly frustrated by the endless shots on his goal, tried hard to keep composure in the second half, but it was evident that he was getting more than he could handle. However, JTU knew that they had to keep him in the goal and the defenses tightened to help the keeper. In the end, it would not be enough as Jade Tree suffered at the countless attempts on its goal. United ended the game with no mercy and giving Jade Tree United its worse defeat to date at 20-4.

The team has just one game left in the season, when it meets its archrivals, Fist, on February 12 at Ab Jones.

STRIKE ANYWHERE AND THE LOVED ONES TOUR

As both bands have long since been friends and are now newly label mates, it only makes sense that THE LOVED ONES and STRIKE ANYWHERE share the stage. On the cusp of their new releases, To Live In Discontent (JT1101) and the self-titled The Loved Ones CDEP(JT1102) respectively, the bands will play a series of east coast shows beginning February 3 in Richmond and running up the East Coast to Philadelphia before STRIKE ANYWHERE get on a plane and head over to Japan.

While we are at it we’d like to send a shout out to Andrew Fields of Redington Shores, FL. Andrew recently won a pair of tickets and backstage passes for the show on 2.5.05 at The State Theatre in St Petersburg.


Please consult the Strike Anywhere for current dates.
Please consult the Loved Ones for current dates.

STATISTICS AND ESTER DRANG IN THE STUDIO

In the "things to look forward to in 2005" department, both Omaha’s STATISTICS and the Oklahoma men of ESTER DRANG are headed into the studio to work on new records.

Denver Dalley is currently with AJ Mogis working on the tracks for his follow up to Leave Your Name LP/CD (JT1091). While ESTER DRANG will be prepping their answer to Infinite Keys CD (JT1082) by dropping into John Vanderslice’s this February for some recording before going in with Scott Solter (Spoon, Court and Spark, For Stars) to finish up at his 15th Street Studios.

More new will be posted as it becomes available.


Please consult the Statistics for current dates.
Please consult the Ester Drang for current dates.

STRIKE ANYWHERE "TO LIVE IN DISCONTENT" CD (JT1101) OUT TODAY


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Congratulations to the Virginia boys in STRIKE ANYWHERE as today marks the birth of their must have compilation To Live In Discontent CD (JT1101). For a band that seemingly never slows down this collection of B-sides, covers, and unreleased goodies is as good an overview as any to give insight to the ferocious fire that keeps the band focused. From the long out of print Chorus Of One EP to outtakes from Exit English, and an assortment of classic cover choices including Cock Sparrer, Dag Nasty, and of course The Gorilla Biscuits. To Live In Discontent is a vital anthology, capturing STRIKE ANYWHERE on the rise from their scrappy Richmond roots to their current status as one of the most promising punk bands on the scene. A must have release for any fan of the band’s raucous rally cry; a definitive insight into what fuels a revolution, and a glimpse into the history that will thankfully keep it burning.

TRACK LISTING

1. ASLEEP
2. ANTIDOTE
3.
4. QUESTION THE ANSWER
5. INCENDIARY
6. EARTHBOUND
7. NOTES ON PULLING THE SKY DOWN
8. CASSANDRATIC EQUATION
9. TWO FUSES
10. SUNSPOTTING
11. TWO SIDES
12. VALUES HERE
13. WHERE ARE THEY NOW

Please consult the Strike Anywhere for current dates.

MIIGHTY FLASHLIGHT PLAYS ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES

Everyone’s favorite reclusive and textural electro-folk madman Miighty Flashlight AKA Mike Fellows has been confirmed to be playing this years . The festival organized by Slint and happening the tail end of February in the UK, will also feature Spoon, The Naysayer, Matmos, Deerhoof, and Mogwai.

Please consult the Mighty Flashlight for current dates.