Jim’s Big Ego
Jim’s Big Ego - Y2K Hooray!
(Big Ego Media)
Recorded and mixed by Duclisle at Room 9 from Outerspace, Brian Doser at
My Other Hat Studios, Nay Kid Tim at T.T. the Bear’s and by Jim Infantino
Mastered by Henk Kooistra at 9West Mastering
Who better but cerebral wunderkind Jim Infantino to give us the straight
dope on the end of the world? And on this five-song EP, he does it not
once, but twice! Opening with a masterfully mastered drum loop and bass
trio of the title track, Jim goes back to his mellow roots to preview a
new song which will make its official debut on JBE’s next full-length.
While “Y2K Hooray!” is frenetically anxiety-producing, “Stay In Love” in
strummily reassuring. While one poses no answers except to give in and in
fact cheer on our impending doom, the other asks us to focus on
priorities as we prepare for the next day, let alone the next millennium.
Splitting the EP is a split medley of Kurt Cobain and The Gap. “Smells Like
Big Chinos” lets Infantino take his razor wit simultaneously to the late
Mr. Cobain and the folk music world and then lets him sew reading lamps to
his belt and go about his khaki way. As “Stay In Love” will appear on
Jim’s next album, “Ahead of the Curve” was first heard on the Ego’s latest
collection, “Don’t Get Smart.” This solo take loses the trio punch
provided by Jesses Flack and Vena, but the open mic feel hearkens back
again to earlier Infantino-isms. Ending nearly where it began, the EP
closes with a home-recorded 4-track of “Y2K” whose bug-filled choruses
lead to a finish which is all the more appropriately sudden and confusing.
Buy your tickets for the end of the world, but get a hold of its theme
- Matthew S. Robinson
© 1999 M. S. Robinson, ARR