Wooden Wand

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Wooden Wand in concert in Denmark

Wooden Wand is the stage name of singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth,[1] who has recorded under his given name as well as the name WAND. The style of music recorded by Toth and his many incarnations has drawn on a variety of both conventional and experimental folk and rock influences, including psych folk, acid folk, freak folk, free folk, and indie. Though he was significant player in the New Weird America trend of the early- to mid-2000s (decade) along with Devendra Banhart, Akron/Family, Joanna Newsom, and collaborators The Vanishing Voice, Toth has been difficult to pigeonhole in one genre; recent releases have been identified as acid folk, free jazz, outlaw country, and country-tinged rock. Toth has appeared on such labels as Kill Rock Stars, Ecstatic Peace!, Rykodisc, and Young God.

Wooden Wand's collaborations have been nearly as wandering and nomadic as Toth himself, a New York native who attended Purchase College before relocating to Knoxville, Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and most recently Lexington, Kentucky. He has recorded with the Vanishing Voice (including ex-wife Jessica Bowen and other bandmates Jarvis Taniere and G. Lucas Crane, who went on to form (Jex Thoth) and (Woods), respectively, and Heidi Diehl), the Sky High Band, the Omen Bones Band, and the Briarwood Virgins (a Birmingham, Alabama supergroup featuring members of the Through the Sparks, Plate Six, Delicate Cutters, and Verbena). In January 2013, Fire Records in the UK released Wooden Wand's latest critically acclaimed record Blood Oaths of the New Blues, which was the second album recorded with the Briarwood Virgins band in Birmingham in February 2012.

Says Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira, James Jackson Toth’s “got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies—harrowing, bleak and darkly comical—in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad.”

Discography[edit]

Cassettes[edit]

  • Book of FM (Polyamory)
  • Folk Audio Tapes Vol. 1 (WWVV #1)
  • Live At Pasture reissue (Skullfucking Tapes)
  • Michel's Portal and Crow Jane Variations (Fuckit Tapes)
  • Split with Kasvien Ystavat (Polyamory)

CD-R[edit]

  • Angel Hair (Chocolate Monk)
  • Live At Pasture (tour only) (23 Productions)
  • Supplication Jam for Brother Greh 3-inch CD-R (Chondritic Sound)
  • Town on the Edge of Darkness (Audiobot)
  • From The Road Vol. 1 - Born Free (23 Productions)
  • From The Road Vol. 2 - The Philosophy of Fuck It (23 Productions)
  • From The Road Vol. 3 - Dead Lecturing (23 Productions)

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Satya Sai Baba Plays The Ring of Spells on the Heart Liver & Lungs compilation (???)
  • Liberty on Animal Power Magic compilation (Nature Tape Limb)

Other & Related Releases[edit]

  • A Cut Above featuring Wooden Wand & Satya Sai Baba Cemetery of Life CS (Polyamory)
  • The Diehls Noise at the Diehls CD-R (WWVV #2)
  • Ego Plummet No Shoes CD-R (virgin eye blood brothers + son of earth + wwvv) (Polyamory)
  • Heidi Diehl Old Times / Year of the Stone VHS (Polyamory / WWVV #5)
  • Heircraft Totem September 1–4, 2004 CS (Polyamory)
  • Night Moves book (WWVV#6)
  • The Jones Gang High Eye: Live in Nashville CDR (Polyamory)
  • The Vanishing Voice Nordic Visions LP (Gipsy Phinx)
  • The Vanishing Voice Jarvis Hall" CDR (VV)
  • The Vanishing Voice Road Of Trials" CDR (VV)
  • The Vanishing Voice Vellum one sided c50 CS (Meudiademorte)
  • Time Life (Crane & Diehl] Doubled Blackberry CS (Meudiademorte)
  • Time Life (Crane & Diehl] Gripstone CS (Night People)
  • Vanishing (Crane & Diehl) s/t CS (WWVV #3)
  • Voice (Crane & Taveniere) s/t CS(WWVV #4)
  • Wooden Wand Harem of the Sundrum CS (Polyamory)
  • Wooden Wand & Satya Sai Baba Moray Elk Themes 7" (Gold Soundz)
  • Wooden Wand & Satya Sai Baba Crow’s Feet Modifier on Cottage Industrial, Vol.3 comp (Humbug)
  • Wooden Wand & The Sky High Band Second Attention CD (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Wooden Wand & Tovah D Day Bad News Bearers CS (Polyamory)
  • Castanets/I Heart Lung 12" (Crane & Tavaniere w/Castanets) (Sounds Are Active)
  • The Blood Group Everything Forgotten Gathers At The Ceiling (Le Grand Magistery)
  • The Blood Group Volunteers (Le Grand Magistery)
  • Wooden Wand / Owen Tromans "Circle / Guru Femmes" split 7" (Critical Heights)
  • Wooden Wand and the Omen Bones Band Horus of the Horizon 10" (Great Pop Supplement, gps24)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stafford, Charity. "Wooden Wand - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 

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