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Burning Airlines has been touring the U.S. this month, winding up at the Black Cat last week before leaving for Europe in November with Braid. The band, featuring ex-Jawbox stars J. Robbins and Bill Barbot, has a split tour single out with Braid to commemorate the tour and is working on a full-length album for DeSoto Records. In the meantime, the blistering summer ’98 single “Carnival/Scissoring” is a great intro to its stuff—vastly outshining Burning Airlines’ wavering live performance. Musically, it’s a logical progression from the ashes of Jawbox—the record manages to sound more like Jawbox than some of the late Jawbox material….Next week, DeSoto issues the long-awaited Jawbox compilation, My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidents, which will include live recordings, the Jawbox Peel Sessions, and some previously unreleased material recorded shortly before the band’s untimely demise in the grisly world of corporate rock. After the band’s brilliant ’94 Atlantic Records release For Your Own Special Sweetheart and its much-less-than-brilliant self-titled ’96 follow-up, the pressures of video music culture and major-label recording contracts did Jawbox in. (CB)