“I said goodbye to the ground”
SLINT CHANGED THE FACE OF ROCK AND ROLL
"They cultivated this sort of psychic playing," says Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite. "It's way above other bands and is really emotional. When I heard Spiderland, it was unlike anything I'd heard before. I still don't know if I've heard anything else like it, now."
"It's an amazing record and no one still capable of being moved by rock music should miss it. In 10 years' time, it will be a landmark and you'll have to scramble to buy a copy then. Beat the rush." – Steve AlbiniIt felt good to be alone… Breadcrumb Trail… Lance Bangs documentary… if you don’t know Lance Bangs you should… created videos for Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, Green Day, the Arcade Fire, the Shins, The Thermals, Belle & Sebastian, Menomena, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, R.E.M., Mike Watt, Death Cab for Cutie, The Black Keys, Kanye West, Odd Future, and Pavement.
What's even crazier to me about the Spiderland album is that the cover photo was taken by Will Oldham, another of my favorite and most influential musicians, songwriters, actors of all time. (William Oldham
Also known as Palace Brothers, Palace Music, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Acting credits include: Matewan, Julian Donkey-Boy, Old Joy, Kanye West's video for Can't Tell me Nothing (with Zach Galifianakis)) Yes, these guys are all in the same ranks as Tom Waits, Neil Young, Steve Earle… What was it in the water in Louisville in the late ‘60’s, early 70’s that procreation resulted in artistic genius? What was it that possessed these boys, and they really were ‘boys’, to create such amazing music? My feeling, it was a direct relationship to their absolute disinterest in ego. This is ultimately apparent in McMahan’s soft vocals; he had no confidence as a singer. That in itself is beautiful. David Pajo is a guitarist who I would rank with Marc Ribot or Richard Thompson in terms of ability to convey emotion through an instrument; but his playing on Tweez or Spiderland is not complicated. He uses chord structure, dissonance and harmonic and the natural distortion of the tubes to build unimaginable walls of sound. The drumming of Britt Walford (who went on to play with the Breeders and Kim Deal) sounds both slack and determinate at the same time. And where his drumming sinks into obscurity during a listening session, you suddenly realize how amazingly effective he has been at driving the entire wave all along.
Brian McMahon - Squirrel Bait, Palace Brothers, The For Carnations, King Kong, Dntel
Britt Walford - Squirrel Bait, The Breeders, Maurice, The For Carnations, Evergreen
David Pajo - Too many to list. My favorites though: Ariel M, Tortoise, Royal Trux, Zwan, Dead Child
Ethan Buckler - King Kong
I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps that is what makes it so unearthly?
Touch and Go just released the Remastered Spiderland and released the 23rd-anniversary box-set reissue (3138 copies) of Spiderland remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston (Shellac) and pressed on 180 gram vinyl as well as the Lance Bangs Documentary and a 104 page book/lyric sheet with a forward by Will Oldham. The box set is sold out.
"Rather than trumpet the album’s immense influence on subsequent generations of indie rockers, emo kids, and doom-metalheads alike, everything about this set works the other way to disassemble a quote-unquote classic into its basic raw materials." Stuart Berman, Pitchfork review of Lance bangs movie.Slint will be at St. Andrews Hall on May 9th with Wrekmeister Harmonies.
For excellent articles about Slint check out Dave Simpson’s article in the Guardian or Stuart Berman’s or Grayson Currin’s articles in Pitchfork: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/01/spiderland-slint-album-reinvented-rock , http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19182-slint-spiderland-remastered-box-set/ , http://pitchfork.com/features/update/9319-slint/
For an excellent review of the documentary ‘Breadcrumb Trail by Lance Bangs: http://thequietus.com/articles/14798-slint-breadcrumb-trail-review
Wrekmeister Harmonies is JR Robinson. In 2006 he shot a film in decimated Detroit locations, the desert of Joshua Tree and decaying forests of Tasmania. In 2012 he brought together some of the most revered musicians in the black metal and experimental music worlds (Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Sanford Parker and Andrew Markuszewski of Nachmystium, Jamie Fennelly aka Mind Over Mirrors, Mark Solotroff of Anatomy of Habit, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, and more) to perform the 38 minute composition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to much acclaim and a sold out theater. The collaborators for the live performance joined Robinson at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio later that year to record the composition in full. (referenced from the Thrill Jockey website: http://thrilljockey.com/thrill/Wreckmeister-Harmonies/#.U2sCeoFdWSo)