J. Marinelli

Real Name:
James Marinelli
The grandson of an Italian immigrant coal miner (and proud-and-loud son of the central
Appalachian Mountains), punk-folk troubadour J Marinelli has taken the do-it-yourself idea to its
furthest extreme. That is to say, he’s his own band; nigh on a decade ago (inspired by the oneman
madness of fellow West Virginian Hasil Adkins, among some other O.G. monobanda-style
badassery) our boy abandoned the notion of a backing band, and decided to do the dirty deed
his damn self.

Thus: a booted right toe booms the big bass drum while the right heel keeps time on his humble
hi-hat. His left foot snaps a snare, while his veined and gnarled hands grapple and grip the wellworn
neck of a sturdy silverflake six-string -- sometimes striking a cymbal between syncopated
strums. He tops this well-edited götterdämmerung with a crackling croon of a voice that recalls
the forgotten apex of every aging lo-fi junkie’s vinyl collection (for you trainspotting music nerdtypes,
the Fall, Billy Childish, the Urinals, and Guided by Voices seem to be popular points
of comparison, but you didn’t hear that from me).

The end result is a swirling, sweaty, self-contained cauldron of sound and motion. A sound at
once familiar and strange: texture and tumult, punk and folk, sweetness and skronk, avantgarde
and avant-garage. By the end of the set, you’re as exhausted and exhilarated as he is –
eyes bulging and red, hair matted with perspiration, mind aglow with the possibilities of what a
West Virginia boy can do if he puts his mind, heart, and back to it. Furthermore, after bringing
his one-man roots-punk juggernaut to the endless sprawl of his home country, Marinelli has
recently completed two highly successful tours of Europe -- charming audiences in Austria, the
Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.


J. Marinelli Discography Tracks


2 J. Marinelli Pre​-​Emptive Skankery Sessions(LP) Commodity Fetish Analogue 2 US 2010 Sell This Version
02 J. Marinelli J. Marinelli/The Elsinores(Cass, Album) Space Cadet 02 US 2012 Sell This Version
TCR-011 J. Marinelli Stop Paying Attention(LP) Twin Cousins Records TCR-011 US 2015 Sell This Version
01 J. Marinelli All The Sad Parts 1993-2004(Cass, Album) Pop's Analogue 01 US 2016 Sell This Version
TCSR-014 J. Marinelli Stray Volts(12", Album) Twin Cousins Records TCSR-014 USA & Canada 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Little001 J. Marinelli Pity the Party EP(CD, EP) Little Sailor Little001 USA & Canada 2006 Sell This Version
J. Marinelli Young Spillers Stencil Trash Records Germany 2012 Sell This Version
CFA08 J. Marinelli The Moray Eels Eat The J. Marinelli(7", EP + 7", EP) Commodity Fetish Analogue CFA08 US 2013 Sell This Version
J. Marinelli The War On Plea­su­re Stencil Trash Records Germany 2014 Sell This Version


17.35 J. Marinelli Dirty Poncho EP(5", Ltd) Squoodge Records 17.35 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
07 J. Marinelli Keep it Fake(CD, RE) Commodity Fetish Analogue 07 US 2012 Sell This Version

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