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To promote his new CD Whiskey Rebellion one Mojo Nixon is giving away pretty much his entire catalog for free on Amazon. Get it while the gettin's good, since this celebration of all music Mojo lasts for "about three weeks." (previously)
posted by cjorgensen (61 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Now it's safe to say that if you don't have Mojo Nixon, then you truly need some fixin'.
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:10 PM on October 9, 2009 [19 favorites]


By the way, this is awesome news.
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:11 PM on October 9, 2009


Man, I know what I'm doing this weekend. Mojo kicks ass.
posted by InfidelZombie at 2:12 PM on October 9, 2009


Although I managed to get a couple copies of the first album with Skid Roper, on CD, it lacks both "Death Row Blues" and "Ain't Got Nobody." While I can get the first track via Gadzooks: The Homemade Bootleg, it looks like Whiskey Rebellion has got the second. Hopefully this isn't an MP3 only release. Ah, for the heady times when my then-girlfriend would demand that I sing "Elvis is Everywhere" while standing on the roof of an old Toyota.

I'm a Mojo ... maniac. Gonna give myself ... a heart attack!
posted by adipocere at 2:15 PM on October 9, 2009


I'm not crazy about his music. But for a guy with a kind of stagnant catalog, this is a phenomenal way to promote a new record, and I hope his new one sells like crazy as a result.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 2:16 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


You forgot to mention: Only available to Americans.
posted by rodgerd at 2:22 PM on October 9, 2009


I have it on reliable information that Elvis is in your mom.
posted by entropicamericana at 2:26 PM on October 9, 2009


You forgot to mention: Only available to Americans.

Because I didn't know. Sorry. That sucks.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:28 PM on October 9, 2009


I have it on reliable information that Elvis is in your mom.


There is no possible way you can know why this is so butt-shaking hilarious to me.
posted by The Whelk at 2:29 PM on October 9, 2009


Goddamn it! And to think I just got through downloading it all illegally...
posted by squeakyfromme at 2:30 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


If only there was a phone number I could call.
posted by datter at 2:30 PM on October 9, 2009


But for a guy with a kind of stagnant catalog, this is a phenomenal way to promote a new record, and I hope his new one sells like crazy as a result.

Yeah, I can name about 30 artists I'd rather did this, but this is still cool. Also, you did catch his new one is free as well (which was surprising to me).
posted by cjorgensen at 2:32 PM on October 9, 2009


Quite a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to find out that a very unpublicized Mojo show was going to be playing in my town. When my friends and I got there, the bar was fairly dead. We were disappointed at the lack of kids that knew who Mojo was and were missing out on his brilliance. I went up to the bar to get myself a drink and this very sweaty, smelly dude in a mechanic shirt asked to buy me a drink. I thanked him for the offer and told him I was good. He then said, "Naw, sweetie, you ain't good yet, but you will be."

After that awesome line, I let him buy me a beer. He chatted with me for the rest of the beer and the entire time I felt like I was missing something. Like I should know this guy, but I just couldn't place him. Now, that happens fairly regularly in my town, since it's a rather small college town and you know most everybody at most of the bars, even if you don't remember them. But I never asked his name and he never asked mine, I just enjoyed the random conversation. For a sweaty, smelly redneck dude he was well versed in politics and popular culture and was quite a delight to talk to. Finally, he said, "Well, enjoy the show girlie" and gave me a quick kiss on the cheek and took off.

Ten minutes later, my sweaty, smelly redneck dude friend who had just spent the last beer chatting with me about everything under the sun came out on stage and started singing "She put a Louisana Liplock on my Love Porkchop."

I bought him a beer. Go Mojo.
posted by teleri025 at 2:33 PM on October 9, 2009 [24 favorites]


I wonder how Debbie Gibsons 2-headed bigfoot lovechild is doing these days.
posted by lkc at 2:34 PM on October 9, 2009


Many years back, I was sitting in my car and on the local, amazing college station, KFJC, they started to play Don Henley Must Die. Being a practicing Subgenius, Mojo became my Short-Term-Personal-Savior. Ah, it now may happen again! Hallelujah!!
posted by njohnson23 at 2:41 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


If only there was a phone number I could call.
There is, but only Tom Jones and Elvis are allowed to use it.
posted by Zonker at 2:45 PM on October 9, 2009


If you don't have Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin....
posted by blaneyphoto at 2:48 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


teleri025: this was before my time here in Austin, but legend has it that one night Mojo Nixon was playing the Hole in the Wall across from the University and Texas and Don Henley appeared in the crowd out of nowhere and jumped onstage to sing you-know-what. Mojo was allegedly so surprised that he actually inquired whether Debbie Gibson might be in the audience as well.
posted by squeakyfromme at 2:51 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Frenzy was the soundtrack to my sophomore year of high-school. 'Round about Spring Break, some friends and I found out he'd be playing at a local bar. Sadly there was no way we'd be getting in to see him, so we taped shoulders for a whole mess of beer and climbed onto the roof of the bar in question to listen. The sound quality was crap, but we found a skylight over the stage so we could at least watch the action while we got messed up on shit beer.

It was a fun night.
posted by lekvar at 2:51 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


MAKING FUN OF MICHAEL J. FOX ISN'T SO FUNNY NOW IS IT!!!
posted by Joe Beese at 3:08 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


hey, which song is it (and from which album) that has the lyric "gonna tie my pecker to my leg?" really want to get that album.
posted by shmegegge at 3:10 PM on October 9, 2009


Wow, for a "free download" workflow, they couldn't have made this more obnoxious; you need to pull each file individually, you need an Amazon account, and you need to give them a billing address. There may have been other hurdles, but I gave up at that point. Quality work there, fellahs.
posted by davejay at 3:23 PM on October 9, 2009


Oh, wait, I see the full album links. Rest still applies, though, plus having to turn down their Amazon Downloader installation with each download attempt.
posted by davejay at 3:24 PM on October 9, 2009


Oh, no, wait; you can't get the albums per-click without installing the downloader. I give up.

goes to listen to the Deadmaus album he recently purchased instead
posted by davejay at 3:25 PM on October 9, 2009


davejay I hear the free ice cream doesn't have any sprinkles on it either.
posted by device55 at 3:33 PM on October 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


davejay: " I give up. "

... takes off headphones playing Mojo Nixon compilation found through Captain Crawl and downloaded in the time it took him to make those three posts...

I'm sorry, did you say something?
posted by Joe Beese at 3:35 PM on October 9, 2009


The frogurt is also cursed.
posted by entropicamericana at 3:39 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Considering it's his entire catalog, and it's all free, couldn't this well be considered...

UNLIMITED EVERYTHING?
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:02 PM on October 9, 2009


Actually if he's giving this shit away through Amazon and you choose to d/l it through uTorrent instead, is there really fuck all the RIAA can do about it? I'd like to see that come up in a court trial.
posted by squeakyfromme at 4:02 PM on October 9, 2009


A whole lotta Mojo.
posted by pianomover at 4:10 PM on October 9, 2009


Squeakyfromme, that is indeed a very, very good question, and I too would like to see that come up in a court trial.
posted by davejay at 4:25 PM on October 9, 2009


"Don Henley must die,
Don't let him get back together
With Glenn Frey"
posted by Herodios at 4:50 PM on October 9, 2009


Worked on a movie with Mojo, and I don't think a more decent, gregarious, and hilarious showman exists. We all collected Mojoisms during the shoot, but my favorite was his remark upon observing a certain co-star's girl-chasing escapades on the set: "You gotta watch that boy. He's slick'n two eels fuckin in a bucket of snot!"
posted by memewit at 4:58 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why does Amazon list all these albums as being by "Mojo Nixon", even the ones that are by "Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper"?

Even the eponymous "Mojo and Skid" is listed as being by Mojo.
posted by Flunkie at 5:04 PM on October 9, 2009


"legend has it that one night Mojo Nixon was playing the Hole in the Wall across from the University and Texas and Don Henley appeared in the crowd out of nowhere and jumped onstage to sing you-know-what."

I don't know the venue where it happened, but apparently this is true. I saw him at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton some years ago and he talked about it at the time.
posted by tdismukes at 5:28 PM on October 9, 2009


Now it's safe to say that if you don't have Mojo Nixon, then you truly need some fixin'.

Or that you don't live in the United States. You'd think Amazon could have told me that BEFORE forcing me to download and install software. Thanks, Amazon!
posted by Shepherd at 6:31 PM on October 9, 2009


Actually if he's giving this shit away through Amazon and you choose to d/l it through uTorrent instead, is there really fuck all the RIAA can do about it? I'd like to see that come up in a court trial.

IAAL. That doesn't mean you should listen to anything I say. But anyway, my guess is that there is zero legal difference between infringing on a copyright when you have an authorized way to make a copy, and infringing on a copyright when you don't. In other words, torrenting music that's available for $1 from Amazon is the same as torrenting music that's available for $0 from Amazon. Copying something is legal if the copyright owner said you could make copies that way, or said you could make them however you want. If they say you can get it from Amazon, or on Tuesdays, or while your nose is painted blue, then that's the legal way to do it. If you don't like it, don't copy it. That's what makes open source licenses like the GPL work, incidentally.

So the really interesting reason to see this come up in a court of law would be to find out how much more it sucks to be fined $100,000 for copying something that costs $0 than it sucks to be fined $100,000 for copying something that costs $1. I could offer some insights on that if you'd like, but I'm going to need another drink.
posted by jhc at 6:32 PM on October 9, 2009 [3 favorites]


Sweet. Now I can revisit the gem that is "Circus Mystery."
posted by stet at 6:34 PM on October 9, 2009


I don't know the venue where it happened, but apparently this is true.

I remember reading an article about it right after it happened. Don Henley's stock fucking skyrocketed for me after I read it.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:43 PM on October 9, 2009


I thought 'She's Vibrator Dependent' was so hilarious I played it for my mom.
She took it kind of weird.
posted by Casimir at 7:29 PM on October 9, 2009


Shepherd: You'd think Amazon could have told me that BEFORE forcing me to download and install software. Thanks, Amazon!

Well, to be fair, rodgerd told you way upthread.

Also, I find the Amazon DLoader to be clunky too, especially for a company that revolutionized book delivery, but it amazes me how many people will bitch about something that's free!

I already had the software installed, for some other free Amazon thing, so it wasn't hard to grab these tracks at all. I would apologize for this being US only, but you know, that wasn't my decision. I told Bezos it should be worldwide, but does he listen to me?
posted by cjorgensen at 7:33 PM on October 9, 2009


Awesome, thanks
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:55 PM on October 9, 2009


You forgot to mention: Only available to Americans.
Not available to this North American in Canada.
posted by scruss at 8:39 PM on October 9, 2009


Sleazy pushers are swapping shrunken heads... for... co...caine!
posted by erniepan at 10:03 PM on October 9, 2009


I love Mojo and always have. He should've gotten more richer and famouser than he did.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:59 PM on October 9, 2009


The Moj is definitely one of the best DJs on Sirius. Hilarious, sharp and a great storyteller. His guest hour on the Springsteen channel was definitely one of the best yet.
posted by TomSophieIvy at 11:58 PM on October 9, 2009


Fun quiz: Download "My free will just ain't willin'" and try to guess which war with Iraq it is about!
posted by No-sword at 2:30 AM on October 10, 2009


very cool.
posted by caddis at 5:12 AM on October 10, 2009


You'd think Amazon could have told me that BEFORE forcing me to download and install software. Thanks, Amazon!

Blame Morrissey!
posted by Jimbob at 5:46 AM on October 10, 2009


You can't kill me
I will not die
Not now not ever
No never
I'm gonna live a long, long time
My soul raves on forever
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:35 AM on October 10, 2009


I like that the Amazon downloader drops the tracks into an iTunes subfolder marked "Amazon MP3" rather than simply placing them into my Music folder.

Now I have to go and move them where they ought to be. Bastards.

But at least I was able to learn that my 5-month old baby boy seems to like it when Dad sings "Elvis is Everywhere" to him. ("Elvis is in your MOM!" didn't amuse his actual mom so much though.)
posted by caution live frogs at 7:26 AM on October 10, 2009


My mom does theme Christmas every year (one year was "menthol Christmas," and everything was greenish blue, for example). The BEST EVER theme Christmas was "Mojo Nixon Christmas," and she put photos of Mojo Nixon on everything. Mojo Nixon jumping on your giftwrap. Mojo Nixon tree ornaments. Mojo Nixon poking out of your stocking.

Mojo Nixon Christmas was the best Christmas ever.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 8:55 AM on October 10, 2009 [4 favorites]


I worked in college radio and, as a result, had the pleasure of hanging out with Mojo Nixon on multiple occasions.

First time I met him was at the Spartan Pub on San Jose State with Skid Roper, who was as soft spoken as Mojo was uncontrollable. Got to hang out early with Mojo, drink beer, eat nachos, and generally small talk before they warmed up.

Funny as all hell, but a really cool guy...

"Where're you from?", he said our promotion manager, who had a thick accent.
"An island in Greece."
"Ah... so you're a Cretin, boy?! I kinda figured." he said, pouring a pitcher of beer around, keeping the glasses full.

Last time I saw him, he was having a great time playing with Country Dick Montana, drinking a big bottle of gin onstage... and spilling a rather copious amount of it on the people near the front of the stage. Only a few years later, Country Dick would die onstage, doing what he loved to do.

That much drinking, revelry, and living is a hard thing to do, and it isn't good for you, but it's a lot of fun to watch.
posted by markkraft at 10:27 AM on October 10, 2009


Mmmmm Yummy Mojo. By the way, there IS an option on the download screen to download without installing the evil Amazon Downloader.
posted by cmdnc0 at 10:58 AM on October 10, 2009


Elvis needs boats.
posted by joe defroster at 3:51 PM on October 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


* In the midst of a download frenzy......

*notices that this apple box does not stuff the amazon files into iTunes....

Since I lack the time to cruise the music blogs regularly enough, I am always ever so appreciative when folks post these valuable, and often time sensitive, bon mots on the blue.

I used to love that line about MJF, the Alex P. Keaton version, but not so much anymore. He's less threatening to civility, more sympathetic. I still hate banks though, perhaps now more than ever.
posted by caddis at 7:39 PM on October 10, 2009


...it amazes me how many people will bitch about something that's free!

Man, no joke.
posted by pianoboy at 11:46 PM on October 10, 2009


This is splendid. Thank you, Metafilter.
posted by fook at 1:30 AM on October 11, 2009


oh, so hey! turns out mojo nixon is pretty incredible! who knew?
posted by shmegegge at 10:59 AM on October 11, 2009


Last time I saw him, he was having a great time playing with Country Dick Montana, drinking a big bottle of gin onstage

A little like this? RIP Country Dick Montana, famed in story and The Ballad of Country Dick.
posted by octobersurprise at 9:09 AM on October 12, 2009


I have come to the decision that the word "tallywhacker" isn't used enough in day to day conversation, therefore, I intend to make better use of it in my vocabulary.
posted by rhythim at 10:30 AM on October 12, 2009


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