Heard enough about Slint yet? Did you know that the band was named after Britt Walford’s catfish? There’s a whole lot more about the band and the recordings at U.K.s Guardian newspaper, where Dave Simpson does the honors.
Syd Bishop at Never Nervous takes on the task of reviewing the Slint documentary “Breadcrumb Trail” and wanders off on a long tangent about why Slint was the band it was when Spiderland was recorded, with side remarks about why Louisville was the way it was. As usual with Bishop, it’s an interesting read.
With all the hoopla going on around the release of a box set of Slint’s Spiderland record, it seems that a rough mix of a song called, “Pam,” which was not released with record, has resurfaced, getting the attention of a number of media outlets, including Britain’s The Guardian and Mojo. Here’s the tune:
Slint is taking advantage of the re-release of Spiderland and the new documentary Breadcrumb Trail to head out on the road for some somes. Here are the dates so far:
04/29 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
04/30 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
05/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
05/04 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
05/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/08 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
05/09 Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
05/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
05/29-05/31 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/05-06/07 Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound
07/18-07/20 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Robert Cooke at Drowned in Sound has two lengthy articles about Slint, in advance of the release of the box set of Spiderland, fwith a version of the album remastered by Bob Weston, previously unheard recordings, a 104-page coffee table book with foreword by Will Oldham, and Lance Bangs’ long-awaited documentary on the band, Breadcrumb Trail.
The first part is titled “The People of Louisville are Crazy.”
The second is “I’m trying To Find My Way Back Home”:
On April 15, Touch and Go Records will reissue Slint’s classic 1991 album Spiderland in a deluxe box set, newly remastered from the original analog masters by Bob Weston. It will include 14 previously unreleased outtakes and demos. Watch the official promo video:
From Pitchfork, additional details:
“The album, outtakes, and demos are all being pressed on 180 gram vinyl, and the box also comes with CDs of all the music. It also includes a 104-page book with never-before-seen photos, lyrics, and a foreword by Will Oldham. It’s available in a limited edition of 3,138 copies.
The box set also contains Breadcrumb Trail, a 90-minute documentary on DVD about the making of Spiderland directed by Lance Bangs. The film includes interviews with the band, plus James Murphy, Steve Albini, David Yow, Ian MacKaye, Matt Sweeney, and others.
If you pre-order the box before March 8, you’ll get a T-shirt made from the silk screen the band used to make their 1989 tour shirt. A limited number of box sets will be signed by the entire band.
Watch a video outlining the contents of the box set below, after the tracklist.
Spiderland (Remastered) Box Set:
A1 Breadcrumb Trail (Remastered)
A2 Nosferatu Man (Remastered)
A3 Don, Aman (Remastered)
B1 Washer (Remastered)
B2 For Dinner… (Remastered)
B3 Good Morning, Captain (Remastered)
C1 Nosferatu Man (Basement Practice)
C2 Washer (Basement Practice)
C3 Good Morning, Captain (Demo)
D1 Pam (Rough Mix, Spiderland Outtake)
D2 Glenn (Spiderland Outtake)
D3 Todd’s Song (Post-Spiderland Song in Progress)
E1 Brian’s Song (Post-Spiderland Demo)
E2 Cortez The Killer (live Chicago 1989)
F1 Washer (4 track Vocal Demo)
F2 Nosferatu Man (4 track Vocal Demo)
F3 Pam (4 track Vocal Demo)
F4 Good Morning, Captain (Evanston Riff Tape)
F5 Nosferatu Man (Evanston Riff Tape)
F6 Pam (Evanston Riff Tape)”
It’s been twenty-two years (approximatley) since Slint released Spiderland and it’s still name-checked often and occasionally written about. This review, dated March 27, 2013, is the first one that I recall reading that declared that “Spiderland doesn’t deserve to be a merely ‘influential’ record – in post-rock, whether you’re Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky, it’s the record.” Really.
The birth and subsequent evolution of cults in whatever cultural aspect – in movies, books, urban mythologies, music – is, by nature, not prescribed in some corporate handbook, marketing guide or even a For Dummies books. Cults just happen and only come into general awareness far down the line from their beginnings. The fans of Slint have, as a cult touchstone, Spiderland, which was released on March 15, 1991, to no acclaim and little notice. Twenty years later, music fans still talk about and listen to the record and references to it reappear often in the blogosphere. Its influence has been broad and deep and it still has impact today. For a good luck at it from far outside Louisville, read this post by blogger Marion Hodges on Santa Monica radio KCRW’s blog. Of course, you know that the cover – which, like the Beatles Abbey Road cover, has been mimicked repeatedly – was a photograph taken by Will Oldham.
Slint – Good Morning, Captain by atlumschema
Twenty years down the line and people are still spending time listening to and thinking about Slint’s Spiderland CD. Go try this commentary on for size – it ain’t yer daddy’s record review.
If you are not a rabid Slint fan, this book and review might seem to be much ado about nothing. In the other case, you get this review of Scott Tennent’s book Spiderland, which is a deconstruction and exploration of that Slint recording, including interviews with Dave Pajo and Sean “Rat” Garrison. And here you thought Louisville was just some ordinary Midwest city dedicated to keeping things calm and normal.