Jacob Smigel

Hope This Passes the Secretary…

Hope This Passes the Secretary


Jacob Smigel: Hope This Passes the Secretary…
Three and a half stars
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Jacob Smigel & The Smigel Brothers with Pebaluna, Mother McKenzie
December 26, 8 p.m., free
Yayo Taco, 262-0201
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Jacob Smigel

Useful either as a newcomer’s introduction or a hole-filler for longtime listeners, this rarities collection samples from all corners of the former Las Vegan’s peculiar sonic odyssey: hyper-literate folk ditties, found-sound oddities, spirited live cuts and lo-fi experiments. The tunes are accompanied by extensive liner notes that detail their origins and, like the 14 tracks themselves, cut a coherent swath through Smigel’s “hobby of music.”

Saturday’s free, all-ages show marks the disc’s official release; pick up a copy for $10 (they’re also available at, if for no other reason than you need to hear the sublime “Johnny Tocco’s Ring Side Gym” a few dozen times before you throw your next punch.

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