Wednesday, December 03, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat – Remastered & Reissued Edition

Songs: Ohia – “Blue Chicago Moon (Demo)” (Jason Molina’s last album under the Songs: Ohia moniker was 2002’s excellent Didn’t It Rain with its fuller yet still skeleton-sparse arrangements and his most personal lyrics.  The album with its live recording and contributions from Jim and Jennie of bluegrass band Jim & Jennie & The Pinetops started to show signs of what would become Magnolia Eclectic Co.  This week Secretly Canadian has reissued the album with a second disc of demos and rarities from the sessions.  Check out the home demo version of album standout “Blue Chicago Moon” here.)   

Flake Music – “Spanaway Hits” (Before James Mercer formed The Shins there was Flake Music and Sub Pop - in conjunction with Mercer’s Aural Apothecary imprint - has recently reissued a remixed and remastered edition of the New Mexico-based band’s 1997 debut album, When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return, for all to enjoy.  The jangly guitars, strange synths and spiky rhythms along with Mercer’s distinct voice and knack for quirky melodies are present, showing what was to come with the The Shins, Broken Bells, etc.)     

Cursive – “Am I Not Yours?” (Saddle Creek Records has remastered and reissued The Ugly Organ, one of Cursive’s finest moments.  Led by frontman Tim Kasher’s highly meta references and confessional lyrics alongside the standout singles “Art Is Hard” and “The Recluse” the album was praised by critics and fans alike in 2003.  The second disc included in the deluxe reissue features eight bonus tracks taken from their stellar cello-centric era – courtesy of Greta Cohn - including four tracks from the 8 Teeth To Eat You EP that have never been released on vinyl.)    


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