"There's no wrong way to enjoy music, but can wrong music be enjoyed? J.C
. (Confessions of a Cyberbully), the seventh album from Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, demonstrates that songs without beauty can at least be better than sitting alone in your shitty apartment. Austin noise veteran Johnathan Cash wields a bargain-bin mixer to make harsh textures. Voice mail, rap, child babble; everything's sampled, screwed, and chopped in a power electronics blender to create terrifying – and comedic – atmospheres. A cheap MIDI karaoke machine recurs throughout the album's covers ("Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" "Semi-Charmed Life"), sailing through shrill noise to offer a welcome reprieve of melody, albeit with the ring of cruel parody. "Untitled (ft. Blessed Thistle)" and "Air Horn (Club Sample)" exhibit Cash's power to tame harsh static, making it soar, expand, bubble, and blossom, while never staying still. In "Skit (skit)," one of the gentler tracks, awkward bedroom guitar plays over a message left by Bart Simpson's voice actor to promote some car sale. Like much of the album, it's conceptual and hyper-ironic. Target of the joke: music, himself, you?"
"We are all made of stars." - Richard "Moby" Hall, 2002
Austin's Johnathan Cash, curator of such festivals as Sux By Suxwest and 9/11 Noisefest, returns to CTC Records with a new album of his patented absurdist cut-up and dynamic Harsh Noise stylings under his solo alias Breakdancing Ronald Reagan.
To celebrate roughly 12 years of recording and performing, Breakdancing Ronald Reagan has given us a true testament to why he's known as the voice of a generation. A generation of Internet Shitlords™, that is. That testament is here in the form of J.C
. (Confessions of a Cyberbully). A full-length epic that showcases a broad range of chopped-up Harsh Noise, Powerless Electronics, mangled Pop covers, unlikely collaborations, and audio culled from the deepest reaches of YouTube.
In keeping with the traditions put in place by past albums such as Trip Metal, The Anti-Thurston: Complete, Please, and DEEP/DARK; This is another chapter in Johnathan's never-ending audiobook of Internet culture and its inevitable downfall. Do not let the mock-Deathpile artwork fool you. This album isn't brutal, it's pathetic. That's how it has to be. Sorry.
Guests include Austin's nastiest Power Electronics artist Justin Fritsche (aka Grandpa Lies Again), Prog/Black Metal superstar Andrew Hock (of Psalm Zero, ex-Castevet), modular synth wizard Jon Williams (of Excepter), and organizer of Brooklyn's legendary Ende Tymes festival/Drone wizard Bob Bellerue (aka Blessed Thistle). Covers include Moby, Third-Eye Blind, and Shania Twain.