the jigsaw seen news 2006











































USA Today review!

December 20, 2006
The Jigsaw Seen's latest release "What About Christmas?" was recently reviewed in USA Today with Ken Barnes and Brian Mansfield saying "the title track deserves to be part of the permanent seasonal repertoire."



X-mas extravaganza!

December 11, 2006
To celebrate the release of their new CD "What About Christmas?", the Jigsaw Seen will perform 2 holiday shows in the Los Angeles area later this month. Like the band's legendary x-mas shows at Luna Park and Spaceland in the 90's, the shows will consist entirely of holiday music and include guest appearances by some of the band's friends. Admission is FREE for both shows

On Thu., Dec. 21, The Jigsaw Seen will appear at Taix in Echo Park with guests Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson Band), Kristian Hoffman, Lisa Jenio (Candypants), Carla Olson, Andrew Sandoval and Kira Vollman (Non Credo). Showtime is 10:00 PM, admission is FREE.
Taix is located at 1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 tel: (213) 484-1265

On Wed., Dec. 20, The Jigsaw Seen will appear at The Buccaneer in Sierra Madre with guests Lisa Jenio, Joe Ramsey (Prime Movers), Andrew Sandoval and Kira Vollman. Opening this show will be Carl's Secret Project. Showtime is 8:30 PM, admission is FREE.
The Buccaneer is located at 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 tel: (626) 355-9045



UK review!

December 5, 2006
The following review appears on the Americana UK website:
The Jigsaw Seen
"What About Christmas?"
On this EP The Jigsaw Seen give us their psychedelic version of Christmas where Santa wears paisley and quite touching it is too. The acoustic version of the title track twinkles and glistens like a traditional Christmas card scene, that is until a loud electric guitar arrives like a drunken uncle. The electric version of the title track is what every self-respecting Nuggets fan will be wanting for the holidays, a primitive pounding beat, a tinsel of mellotron and a guitar solo that would frazzle the turkey.




Dutch review!

November 28, 2006
The following review appears at the Dutch website
The Jigsaw Seen
What About Christmas? ***1/2
Yes, our hearts do beat with great expectation when we think about the coming of the Christmas box by Sufjan Stevens. But there is a great chance that while we are rigging the Christmas tree we are listening to What About Christmas? by The Jigsaw Seen. Not so long ago we put a spotlight on their very fine My Name Is Tom. It is now that the masters of psychedelic pop appear with a beautiful packaged Christmas single. Well, ep is a far better description. Besides the great What About Christmas?, both in electric and acoustic versions, there are covers of the Bee Gees (First Of May), The Velvet Underground (Jesus) and The Ventures (Sleigh Ride). These songs are all covered with fire. Nothing high-tech involved by the way. You can hear the audience spreading noise but that only adds to the intimacy that comes with the better of the Christmas records. What About Christmas? sounds great in both versions. It is a song about loneliness and her. Of course. In May.
What about Christmas?
What about promises?
What about you and me?
What about the way you look
When I look at you and no one sees?
(Wim Boluijt)  




MAGNET review!

November 21, 2006
The following review appears in the current print edition of MAGNET (issue #73 with The Shins on the cover):
The Jigsaw Seen "My Name Is Tom"
A grizzled 20-year veteran of L.A.’s pop music underground, The Jigsaw Seen is about due for a lifetime-achievement award. But that doesn’t mean the band’s career is over. It’s last full-length of originals, 2000’s Zenith, came complete with an unnervingly buoyant paean to fridge-stocking serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer, proving it could still deliver the goods. Of the five songs here that made up 1991’s My Name Is Tom EP, “Warehouse The Wicked” has a Who Sell Out-era Pete Townshend glow, and the cover of Love’s “The Daily Planet” is given a reverential sheen. “My Name Is Tom” logs the midnight creep of a peeping Tom with seven minutes of Jonathan Lea’s careening raga-rock guitar buzzing around frontman Dennis Davison’s evil-choirboy vocals like special effects from The Exorcist.
BONUS MATERIAL: Four unreleased tracks, including “The Best Is Yet To Come”, a ‘50s hit for Tony Bennett, with Davison’s pipes at their most stalwart.
(Jud Cost)





Ann Magnuson show!

November 13, 2006
The Jigsaw Seen's lead guitarist Jonathan Lea will appear with actress, writer and former lead singer of Bongwater, Ann Magnuson at the REDCAT theater @ Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Dec. 2.

Ann will debut songs from her forthcoming album "Pretty Songs & Ugly Stories" at this performance. The album includes several guest appearances by Jonathan on guitar, electric sitar and mandolin.

The REDCAT theater is located at 631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, tel: 213-237-2800
The show is close to selling out so immediate ticket purchase is recommended.
For tickets and additional information, go to:





UK review!

November 06, 2006

The following review currently appears on the UK website 

Much as I hate to be reminded of Christmas, those psych-pop funsters The Jigsaw Seen have brought it into the lounge by releasing their traditional Christmas offering “What About Christmas?” a lovely rolling tune with some great guitar work and an annoyingly catchy chorus. Also included are three live tracks “First Of May” (The Bee Gees) “Jesus” (the Velvet Underground), and “Sleigh Ride” (the Ventures) plus an acoustic version of the main song. It’s all good stuff and possibly the only festive song you will be able to stomach this Yuletide.





"What About Christmas?" review!

October 31, 2006

“What About Christmas?” was recently reviewed at website Twist & Shake with reviewer Beverly Paterson saying “The Jigsaw Seen are experts at blending psychedelic textures with massive pop hooks.” 

To read entire review, click here. 





Set List

October 26, 2006



LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA

DATE: Oct. 19, 2006




Eight Lancashire Lads

When You’re Pretty

What About Christmas?

Luci Baines

Persephone Again

My Name Is Tom/Wicked Annabella


30 Century Man





"What About Christmas?" now available!

October 03, 2006

"What About Christmas?”, the new CD by The Jigsaw Seen is now available on compact disc and digital download.

To purchase compact disc with free shipping (worldwide), click here

To purchase digital download at iTunes, click here.





Record Release Show!

October 03, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen will celebrate the release of their new CD “What About Christmas?” with a free show at Taix on Thursday, October 19 at 10 PM.

Sitting in with the band for this show will be current Wall Of Voodoo drummer Joe Berardi. 

Taix is located at 1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90026. Tel: (213) 484-1265 





"What About Christmas? available Oct. 10!

September 25, 2006

Vibro-phonic Recordings will release “What About Christmas?”, the new 5 song CD EP by The Jigsaw Seen on October 10. The band will celebrate with a record release party and performance at Taix in Los Angeles on October 19.

From the press release:

The disc kicks off with the brand new holiday classic “What About Christmas?” The lead track is a dynamic song featuring soaring mellotron strings, a Spectorian percussion arrangement and guitars both heavy and delicate.

Three live tracks are next, starting off with “First of May,” originally recorded by the Bee Gees, which ties in lyrically with the EP’s title track. The song segues into the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus,” featuring some intricate guitar and bass interplay. The band closes the live portion with their rousing rendition of the Venture’s arrangement of “Sleigh Ride.”

The final track is an acoustic work-up of “What About Christmas?” featuring glockenspiel and “Dandelion” style acoustic 12-string that is stunning in it’s stark beauty.

The new studio recordings have been meticulously mixed by Nick Walusko (Brian Wilson, Wondermints). The live material draws from an audience recording capturing a performance at Luna Park in Los Angeles and has a vibe similar to that of the VU’s legendary Live at Max’s Kansas City.

With What About Christmas? the band has managed to transcend the holiday song genre. “Jingle Bell Rock” it is not! Give a listen, and you’ll discover another melancholy masterwork from The Jigsaw Seen.




"My Name Is Tom" reviewed in Serbia!

September 18, 2006

"My Name Is Tom”  was recently reviewed at the Serbian website with reviewer Goran Obradovic calling the release “a most welcome re-issue”. To read entire review, click here.  





"My Name Is Tom" (live @ Freakbeat) download!

September 05, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen’s performance of “My Name Is Tom” recorded at Freakbeat Records on June 25 is being offered as a free download for a limited time at the band’s website. 

To download track, go to The Jigsaw Seen's audio page here.

(live recording courtesy of Dan Radtke)




"My Name Is Tom" reviewed in Amplifier!

August 22, 2006

"My Name Is Tom” is reviewed in the current issue of Amplifier (#55 with Keane on the cover) with reviewer Lee Zimmerman proclaiming the disc “ (the) missing link between the brooding baroque stylings of Arthur Lee’s Love and Love’s paisley pop descendents such as the Rain Parade and the Three O’Clock.” To read entire review, click here.  





X-mas EP!

July 06, 2006

A forthcoming x-mas EP by The Jigsaw Seen was mastered last night by Dave Schultz at Digiprep in Los Angeles. Jonathan Lea and David Nolte designed a sleeve on Monday for the CD EP which will be released by Vibro-phonic in September.





In-store appearance!

June 15, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen will be celebrating the release of “My Name Is Tom” with an acoustic performance at Freakbeat Records in Sherman Oaks, CA on Sunday, June 25 at 2 PM. Freakbeat is located at 13616 Ventura Blvd. (near Woodman Ave.). For more information, contact Freakbeat at (818) 995-7603





Terrascope Online review!

June 12, 2006

The lengendary UK magazine Ptolemaic Terrascope recently posted a review of “My Name Is Tom” on their website with Mick Wooding saying: “an album’s worth of excellent material, I would recommend it to anyone interested in modern psychedelia”. 

To read entire review, click here.




"My Name Is Tom" reviewed at!

June 1, 2006

“My Name Is Tom” The following review appears at webzine

Jigsaw Seen - My Name Is Tom (CD, Vibro-Phonic)

Reissue of the Jigsaw Seen's 1991 EP with five additional tracks added (four of which were previously unreleased). On these tracks this band played slightly jangley melodic pop with subtle hints of psychedelia. Rather than writing formulaic pop, these folks created strangely epic compositions that didn't really sound like any other band that was recording at the time. The centerpiece of this disc is the lengthy title track (over seven minutes long), which displays some wonderfully inventive playing. In addition to the cool tunes, this disc features a really great CD cover with a die-cut cover of an eyeball looking through a keyhole (the CD fits over the pupil of the eyeball). Neat stuff, packaged to perfection... (Rating: 5)





"My Name Is Tom" review!

May 16, 2006

“My Name Is Tom” was recently reviewed by webzine Twist & Shake with Beverly Paterson saying “stocked with clever songwriting, razor sharp technique and a willing to experiment, “My Name Is Tom” is a masterpiece of it’s kind and ripe for reappraisal.”

To read entire review, click here.





"My Name Is Tom" released today!

May 09, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen’s “My Name Is Tom” reissue CD is officially released today in the United States. To purchase “My Name Is Tom”, click on any of the following links: 

Vibro-phonic Mail Order (Worldwide)

Amazon (USA)

Amazon (UK)

Sonic Rendezvous (Europe)

Amazon (Japan)

Amazon (Canada)




"My Name Is Tom" available now!

April 24, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen’s “My Name Is Tom” reissue CD is now available to purchase from Vibro-phonic Mail Order (CD will not be available in stores until May 9). To purchase “My Name Is Tom” ($9.99 + shipping), click here.




Relay For Life on April 29!

April 17, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen will appear at the American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life” fundraiser being held April 29 at Cal Poly Pomona (located at 3801 West Temple Ave. in Pomona, CA). The Jigsaw Seen will perform late Saturday evening (early Sunday morning) at 1:30 AM on the main stage. Admission is free.





"My Name Is Tom" available May 9!

March 27 2006

Vibro-phonic’s reissue of The Jigsaw Seen’s “My Name Is Tom” will finally be released on May 9, 2006.

From the press release:

Considered a psych masterpiece, The Jigsaw Seen’s sophomore effort My Name Is Tom was met with ecstatic reviews when originally released by Skyclad Records in 1991 and has been unavailable since 1993.

Recorded quickly in the Spring of 1991, My Name Is Tom features current members Dennis Davison and Jonathan Lea along with former members Steve LaFollette (Beulah) and Tom Sullivan (Lords of Altamont).

This collection features the band’s most well known song “My Name Is Tom.” An edited version of the song appears on Rhino/Warner Music Group’s box set Children Of Nuggets alongside tracks by Soft Boys, Teenage Fanclub, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade and others. Apple iTunes recently included the title track on their compilation of “Essential Garage Rock”.

Another highlight is the band’s version of Arthur Lee and Love’s Forever Changes classic “The Daily Planet.”

Of the 5 bonus tracks, 4 are previously unreleased (recorded for a follow-up EP and an Italian single) and 1 appeared on an extremely rare Skyclad compilation LP. With the release of this deluxe edition of My Name Is Tom, new fans of The Jigsaw Seen will get a chance to discover a lost classic.  





San Diego photos

March 09 2006

Photos of The Jigsaw Seen performing at Humphrey’s in San Diego (taken by Michelle Krupkin) are now on the Photos page. To view photos, click here.





Russian review!

Feb. 27, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen’s “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” CD was recently reviewed by Russian webzine Real Art. In his review, Pavel Baleevsky states “I wanted to replay this disk and to listen to it on a circle up to madness!” To read entire review, click here





David and Patty's Wedding

Feb. 20, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen performed a few songs during the wedding ceremony of “The Simpsons”/”Futurama” producer David Cohen and archaeologist Patty DeFrank held Saturday night at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

Joined by Kristian Hoffman on organ, the band played George Harrison’s “Give Me Love” as the wedding party appeared, The Kinks’ “Days” as the bride walked down the aisle and The Beatles “Things We Said Today” as exit music.

Congratulations David and Patty!





ITunes Essentials

Feb. 13, 2006

Apple iTunes has included The Jigsaw Seen’s “My Name Is Tom” on it’s new compilation “iTunes Essentials: Garage Rock”. To view or download this collection, click here.




Set List

Feb. 03, 2006

VENUE: Humphrey’s


DATE: Feb. 1, 2006


Little Know Ye Who’s Coming


Persephone Again

Black Aggie

If My Eyes Offend You

I’m With You

I’m So Happy Today


Idiots With Guitars

Cave Canem

My Name Is Tom





San Diego show this Wednesday!

Jan. 30, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen will be appearing this Wednesday, February 1 at Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego. 

For this show Dennis and Jonathan will be joined by percussionist Joe Berardi (Frank Black, Donovan, Stan Ridgeway) and will perform songs from “Zenith” and “My Name Is Tom” in addition to a few new songs.  

Humphrey’s is located at 2241 Shelter Island Dr. For further information contact (619) 224-3577.





"Nuggets" reviewed @!

Jan. 23, 2006

The “Children Of Nuggets” box set was recently reviewed at website with reviewer John Patrick Gatta proclaiming tracks by The Jigsaw Seen, The Soft Boys, Dukes Of Stratosphear and Julian Cope “truly wonderful moments”. 

To read entire review, click here.





"God Rest Ye..." reviewed @ Losing Today!

Jan. 16, 2006

The “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” CD was recently reviewed at webzine Losing Today with reviewer David Mansdorf saying the CD was “as welcome as a shot of alcohol in your eggnog”. To read entire review, click here.





San Diego show on February 1!

Jan. 03, 2006

The Jigsaw Seen will be appearing at Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego on Feb. 1. Humphrey’s is located at 2241 Shelter Island Dr. For further information contact (619) 224-3577.