Jacob Cooper

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Jacob Cooper
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Background information
Birth name Jacob Alonzo Cooper
Also known as Jacob Safari, Anne Frankenstein
Origin Tucson, Arizona, US
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, songwriter
Years active 2003–present
Labels Moshi Moshi Records, Retard Disco, Team Shi
Associated acts Heaven, Wavves, Isaiah Toothtaker, The Mae Shi, Signals, Bark Bark Bark

Jacob Alonzo Cooper, also known as Jacob Safari, is an American musician, remixer, record producer, songwriter, and occasional DJ. Cooper has been a drummer of the bands Wavves, The Mae Shi, and Signals, and previously had a band called Bark Bark Bark. He currently has a project called Heaven, which first appeared in 2012.


Bark Bark Bark (2003-2013)

Bark Bark Bark is an experimental, cut and paste[clarification needed] electronic punk project formed by Cooper using the alias Jacob Safari. The project consists of Safari and guest artists and producers. Bark Bark Bark was discovered by Los Angeles-based Retard Disco after Safari played a show at The Smell and gave the label a cassette tape that later turned up to be completely blank. They have so far released one full-length studio album, several remixes, and a mixtape, Tour Girlfriends, released both digitally and as a limited physical release in early 2009 on Retard Disco. The studio album, Haunts, was described by Allmusic's Stewart Mason as "an uneven, occasionally frustrating exercise, but Safari evinces enough solid ideas to make it a worthwhile listen."[1] A Steregoum article stated the title track has "a dirty, dark electro-pop vibe, with digi beats and distorto-vox that moan along to fit its name."[2] Bark Bark Bark had a quiet ending after playing only 1 show in 3 years on top of a parking garage roof at 2008's SXSW Music Festival, coincidentally the same year The Mae Shi played a record-breaking 19 shows in 6 days.[3] Jacob "re-united" to play his last Bark Bark Bark shows ever in his home state of Arizona in 2013 with long-time drummer Michael Sanger.

The Mae Shi (2007-2009)

Cooper joined Los Angeles-based post-punk The Mae Shi in 2007 after replacing Marcus Savino on drums. He, along with bandmates Bill Gray and Jon Gray, left a year later due primarily to founding member Jeff Byron's substance abuse issues.[4] Cooper explained in an e-mail statement, "Helping hands were extended; we were supportive and respectful about the time to heal and even tried reaching out to Jeff when we were specifically told not to contact him by those closest to him." Cooper and the Grays formed a new band, Signals.[4] Cooper later joined the noise rock/surf punk band Wavves.[5]

Wavves (2010-2013)

Jacob replaced Billy Hayes of Wavves in November 2010 and immediately began an arena tour supporting the French band, Phoenix (band).[6] After several US/international tours and television appearances on David Letterman[7] and The Daily Habit with GZA (Wu Tang Clan,[8] Jacob left the band in 2013. Brian Hill (The Soft Pack/The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower) began playing drums soon after.

Heaven (2012-Present)

Jacob premiered several demos for a new solo project he had been working on between tours with Wavves called Heaven and formed a live band to play their first show at the Echo on Halloween night of 2012.[9][10]

Discography and Appearances

Official releases and appearances


  • Pizza The Hut Mixtape SoundCloud stream, 2010
  • Hott Summer Traxx CD-R, 2006
  • Noose and a Fire cassette tape, 2005
  • Worst Dotted Line CD-R, 2004


  • "Endless Summer (Jacob Safari Remix)" for Batwings Catwings, 2011
  • "Throwing Shade (Jacob Safari Remix)" for Abe Vigoda (band), 2011
  • "Catcher In The Riot (Signals Hot Dog Remix)" for Cubismo Grafico Five, appears on the Japanese release of Life Is Like A Season 7" (Niw! Records),[16] 2010
  • "See Spaces (Jacob Safari Remix)" for TEETH, appears on the digital release of See Spaces (Moshi Moshi Records),[17] 2010
  • "You Are Free (The Mae Shi Remix)" for Mates of State, appears on Re-Arranged: Remixes Volume 1 (Barsuk Records),[18] 2009
  • "Your Control (The Mae Shi Remix)" for Crooked Fingers (Feat. Neko Case), appears on Your Control EP (Constant Artists),[19] 2009

Other appearances

  • Jacob Safari collaborated with Isaiah Toothtaker on ИOTHING, solely using unlicensed Nine Inch Nails samples and premiered on Vice Magazine's Noisey,[20] 2013
  • Heaven premiered "Hanging Out" and "Can't Grow Up With Poison" on Vice Magazine's Noisey,[10] 2012
  • Jacob Safari produced and played drums on the tracks "Breaking Down" and "Glare" for Kid Static, featured on It Gleams (Metal Postcard/Cobra Music),[21] 2012
  • Jacob Safari produced the track "Intruder" for Isaiah Toothtaker, featured on Yiggy (Wordemup Records), 2010
  • Jacob Safari produced the track "Pool Party" for Wallpaper. featuring Kid Static,[22] 2009
  • 9 original sequences were created for Job For A Cowboy on their Radio Rebellion Tour as segues between songs, 2007
  • 13 original tracks were created for Tucson-based pyrotechnic troupe Flam Chen for their Kaboom, 2006


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "'Haunts' - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ "New Bark Bark Bark - 'Haunts' - Overview". Stereogum. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  3. ^ "The Mae Shi – playing 18+ shows at SXSW, Tour Dates". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b Hughes, Josiah (11 July 2009). "Exclusive: Drummer Jacob Cooper Responds to Mae Shi Break-Up Drama". Exclaim!. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ Martins, Chris (30 November 2010). "Jacob Safari Remixes Dead Western Plains, Channels Animal Collective and Jesus Christ". LA Weekly. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Drummer Billy Hayes leaves Wavves - music news - triple j". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ Minsker, Evan (28 March 2013). "Watch Wavves on "Letterman"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  8. ^ Prosser, Keegan (26 August 2011). "GZA and Wavves 'Liquid Swords' on 'The Daily Habit'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  9. ^ "HALLOWEEN BABYLON WITH BLEACHED, HUNX AND HEAVEN at THE ECHO". Impose Magazine. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b "HEAVEN - "HANGING OUT" PREMIERE". Noisey. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Wavves / Trash Talk - TV Luv Song / Thorns". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Signals - Moshi Moshi Records". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  13. ^ http://iamsoundrecords.com/store/the-la-collection/signals-the-franks/
  14. ^ http://www.retarddisco.com/tour-girlfriends/
  15. ^ http://www.retarddisco.com/haunts/
  16. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY - CUBISMO GRAFICO FIVE". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  17. ^ http://moshimoshimusic.com/portfolio/teeth-see-spaces/
  18. ^ "Mates of State: Re-Arranged: Remixes Volume 1". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Crooked Fingers - Your Control EP". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Listen to Isaiah Toothtaker and Jacob Safari "ИOTHING" EP, Made Completely from Nine Inch Nails Samples". Noisey. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  21. ^ "Kid Static - It Gleams". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Wallpaper. – Pool Party; Doodoo Face coming soon". The Bay Bridged. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2014.

External links

  • Jacob Safari on SoundCloud
  • Heaven on SoundCloud
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