Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Music News & Notes

Jesus Lizard Remaster Classic Albums for Late Summer Release

Where were you when Jesus Lizard was releasing seminal releases like Goat and Head and Pure? It doesn't really matter anymore, because if you missed them back in the day, they're all available to you now as remastered versions, starting on September 22nd via Touch and Go Records. All of the tracks were remastered by Bob Weston and Steve Albini.

As full length albums, both Goat and Head will be available on vinyl, CD and MP3 versions, with the vinyl version including a coupon to redeem for an additional MP3 version.

As an EP, Pure is only available in 12" vinyl or MP3 with the same coupon/download approach. It also features "Bloody Mary (Live)" is a bonus track.

This re-issued version of all three include expanded liner notes and new photos.


Superchunk Return With Super 7"

The fur! ther return of Superchunk! July will see the release of a super-limited edition super 7" single titled "Crossed Wires" on clear vinyl and accompanying download. You can get your digital on and your analog on at the same time.

The record was recorded and produced in Durham, North Carolina by Scott Solter (John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats). It arrives on July 7th. No word on whether this is actually new material or a raiding of the vaults, but who cares! It's Superchunk!


Will "Vinyl Saturday" Drag People Back To The Record Stores?

The people behind the one-day indie-music-retail blowout Record Store Day are hoping so; they've declared the third Saturday of every month Vinyl Saturday, on which limited-edition vinyl releases will be available at participating indie shops. The first installment is Saturday, June 20, and there will be four special releases on shelves that day:

• A Wilco seven-inch ("You Never Know" b/w "Unlikely Japan,"! recorde d in 2003);
• A Green Day seven-inch ("Know Your Enemy" b/w "Hearts Collide");
• A Modest Mouse seven-inch ("Autumn Beds" b/w "Whale Song"–this will actually be at all record stores on the 23rd, but Vinyl Saturday participants will allegedly get it in time to sell it Saturday); and
• A Pete Yorn/ScarJo seven-inch (a duet b/w a Yorn demo).


Costello Album Cover Art

Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane - Costello's new, predominantly-acoustic release is a collaboration with T-Bone Burnett recorded over a three-day session in Nashville. The album! is currently streaming on


Pearl Jam On Conan


Elektra Records

Elektra records is back. The label that signed everyone from Judy Collins to the Doors has been made a freestanding label by the Atlantic Records and Warner Music Groups. The first signings include Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley), Justice and Little Boots.

Co-president John Janick said "Elektra Records will mark its 60th Anniversary in 2010 and it feels like the perfect time to recapture and reignite the spirit which made the label a beacon of great music and eclectic artistry. Elektra has always been first and foremost about its artists, supporting their vision and giving them the freedom to do their best work. This is a sacred tru! st that Mike and I take very seriously, and that we will striv! e to uph old in the years ahead. We'd like to especially thank Jac Holzman for his wonderful support as we begin to build on the legacy of the amazing label he started six decades ago."

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