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Spiderland - 2022 Remaster

    Spiderland is the second and final studio album by the American rock band Slint. It contains six songs played over 40 minutes, and was released by Touch and Go Records in 1991. Slint's lineup at the time of recording were Brian McMahan on vocals and guitar, David Pajo on guitar, Todd Brashear on bass guitar and Britt Walford on drums. Spiderland was engineered by Brian Paulson and recorded over four days in August 1990. The music and vocal melodies were written over the summer of 1990, with lyrics composed in-studio. Formed in 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky, having met as teenagers playing in the Midwestern punk scene, they soon diverged from their hardcore roots. By the time they recorded Spiderland in late 1990, the band had developed a complex, idiosyncratic sound characterized by atypical rhythmic meters, harmonic dissonance and irregular song structures. McMahan's vocal delivery alternates between spoken word, singing and shouting. The lyrics are presented in a narrative style, covering themes and feelings of unease, social anxiety, loneliness, and despair. Slint broke up shortly before the album's release. Spiderland is widely regarded as foundational to the 1990s post-rock and math rock movements, and is cited by critics as a milestone of indie and experimental rock, inspiring numerous subsequent artists.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Breadcrumb Trail
    2. Nosferatu Man
    3. Don, Aman
    4. Washer
    5. For Dinner...
    6. Good Morning Captain

    Alison Chesley, Steve Albini, Tim Midyett

    Music From The Film Girl On The Third Floor

      Touch and Go release a double LP of music from the film Girl on the Third Floor; "creepy instrumental music" as described by co-creator Steve Albini. When director Travis Stevens called about composing music for his new horror film, Steve Albini (Shellac) found himself with a new creative challenge. After meeting with Stevens and Greg Newman from Queensbury Pictures, Steve signed on and recruited Tim Midyett (Mint Mile, Silkworm) and Alison Chesley (Helen Money) to complete the ensemble that would compose and record the soundtrack. Guest vocals on “Irish” by Gaelynn Lea. Upon completion of the soundtrack, Albini reflected, "Tim and Alison are a joy to work with, very open-minded and eager, and master musicians. Just great. That whole part of it, writing and playing with them, was fucking fantastic and effortless, and I wish I could do it all the time."

      Both the 2LP and the 2CD version are packaged in a top-load single pocket wide-spine jacket with two printed inner sleeves.

      Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered by Chicago Mastering Service. The vinyl is manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.

      Other than the informational sheet you hold in your hand (or virtual hand), this record will have no formal promotion. There will be no advertisements, no press or radio promotion, no promotional or review copies, no promotional gimmick items, and otherwise no free lunch. Photos of the band are available. And the band is available for email or telephone interviews.

      The band will continue to play shows or tour at the same sporadic and relaxed pace as always. There is no correlation between shows and record releases.

      The Band: Steve Albini / Guitar, Todd Trainier / Drums, Bob Weston / Bass.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: There's not much to say about Shellac that you won't already know, but it's safe to say that hearing a band this legendary in top form, for the late great John Peel is enough of a draw. It's an incendiary and mindblowing set, comprised of some of their most recognisable pieces. Recorded perfectly, and performed as if you were there. Essential purchase.

      TRACK LISTING

      1994 Peel Session.
      Transmission: John Peel Radio One Show, 22 July 1994, Programme Number: 00YJ7271.
      Recorded 14 July 1994, BBC Maida Vale Studio 3.
      Track Listing:
      1. Spoke
      2. Canada
      3. Crow
      4. Disgrace

      2004 Peel Session
      Transmission: John Peel Show, 2 December 2004,
      Reference: XLN448/00JY3660.
      Recording: Live From Maida Vale Session, 1 December 2004,
      BBC Maida Vale Studio 4.
      Track Listing:
      1. Ghosts
      2. The End Of Radio
      3. Canada
      4. Paco
      5. Steady As She Goes
      6. Billiard Player Song
      7. Dog And Pony Show
      8. Il Porno Star


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