*[consequenceofsound.net] As previously reported, Sonic Youth will release a rare recording of their 1985 show at Chicago’s Smart Bar on November 14th via the band’s own label Goofin’ Records. As a first listen, Slicing Up Eyeballs points us to the live album version of “Intro/Brave Men Run (In My Family)”, which you can stream below.
The performance was recorded on four-track cassette and includes material from 1985′s Bad Moon Rising, early versions of “Secret Girl” and “Expressway to Yr Skull”, and a rare never before released live rendition of “Kat ‘N’ Hat.”
The recording was mixed and mastered from the original tape source, and will be available in digital, CD, and double LP vinyl formats. Gerard Cosloy (Homestead and Matador Records) and Sonic Youth engineer Aaron Mullan penned new liner notes for the release.
*[press release] This past Spring, Southern Lord Recordings unleashed a deluxe reissue of SLEEP’s mammoth Dopesmoker LP on which the original studio tapes were completely remastered presenting the legendary album as the band had initially intended. The audio is clearer, louder, and offers up a true representation of SLEEP’s hour-plus long Weedian chronicle. It even features brand new artwork by longtime SLEEP artist Arik Roper as well as an unreleased live recording of one of the band’s all-time best performances, “Holy Mountain” from San Francisco’s I-Beam in 1994.
In an 8.5/10 review of the reissue, Pitchfork proclaimed: “Loud and more lucid, Southern Lord's greenest version of Dopesmoker pushes the record's highs to higher places and gives the whole hour just a bit more power.” Added Pop Matters in a perfect 10/10 rating: “Ultimately, time dissolves when you soak in the atmosphere of ‘Dopesmoker’ or stare at its mirage-like apparitions. There are sights and sounds to be found nowhere else in metal. The enigmatically spiritual meets the corporeal thrum of titanic riffs and bass, along with that breathtaking wallop of percussion. The song offers a reverential bow to the incomparable power of the riff, and raises a bong to the potential metamorphosis offered by obtaining an enormous stash.”
The first vinyl pressing of Dopesmoker, which accounted for 8,000 copies, sold out in little more than two months! Due to overwhelming demand, Southern Lord is repressing the vinyl edition for those glassy-eyed souls who missed it the first time around. Like the holographic foil jackets that were provided for a portion of the first pressing, the second pressing will include a metallic silver foil jacket. It is of course a heavy-weight cardboard tip-on style Stoughton jacket and they look stunning! 180-gram blue vinyl with metallic silver foil jacket will be limited to 1,000 copies. 180-gram purple vinyl will be limited to 4,000 copies.
Order your copy today HERE.
*[press release] Champion has just announced Local Natives as the surprise guest headline act at their showcase at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. The band has been busy recording their sophomore album, and the Champion showcase marks their first public performance since 2011.
Champion's event will take place at premier New York City venue, Bowery Ballroom, tomorrow evening, October 17, where a night of fresh up-and-coming talent awaits attendees. Previously announced artists include Solid Gold, Pacific Air, San Cisco and SKATERS. Those unable to attend the event can also an access a live-stream featuring select performances HERE. The show will be broadcast live from the Bowery Ballroom by 10-time CMJ College Radio Award winning station CJLO.
Champion has partnered with CMJ as the official apparel sponsor of the 2012 festival, and has created an exclusive CMJ Music Marathon festival tee bearing a design by graphic designer and Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington. Expect to see the tee, and other Champion lifestyle apparel, on display at CMJ's daytime headquarters at NYU.