Posted in music on January 30, 2014

by Doug Moore

slint

Slint are one of those classic-era indie rock band whose small catalog punches way above its weight. Though they only recorded two LPs and an EP, their work -- especially Spiderland -- remains a touchstone for both fans and critics, and has only grown in reputation in recent years. People still talk about their 2007 reunion shows.

Deeming (probably accurately) that there's more hay to be made from Spiderland's legacy, Touch and Go Records have announced that they're releasing a deluxe box set version of the album on April 15. For once, this box set is credibly deluxe; the album itself has been remastered, and the set comes with a host of fresh goodies for obsessive nerd types (AKA most of Slint's fanbase). Here's the skinny:

Slint's 1991 album, Spiderland, remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

Fourteen previously unreleased outtakes & demos personally selected by Slint, mastered by Bob Weston, and pressed on two 180 gram vinyl albums

A 104 page book with over 100 never-before-seen photos documenting Slint's entire history, as well as lyrics to the songs on Spiderland, and a foreword by Will Oldham

CDs of all the music: remastered Spiderland on one CD and the 14 bonus songs on a second CD

Breadcrumb Trail, a brand new, never-before-seen, 90 minute DVD documentary about Slint and the making of Spiderland; directed by documentarian Lance Bangs. Includes extensive interviews with the members of Slint, as well as interviews with Steve Albini, James Murphy, David Yow, Ian Mackaye, and Matt Sweeney.

Hand numbered limited edition of 3,138 copies worldwide

All packaging printed in the USA at Stoughton, including heavyweight, "tip-on" gatefold LP jackets

All three albums pressed at RTI in the USA on 180 gram vinyl

Packaging concept and design by Louisville native Jeremy deVine (of Temporary Residence fame)

I'm not totally sure that Spiderland really needs a remaster, but the rest of this stuff looks pretty sweet. The demos include a few tunes that never properly made it to album, and both the photo book and the documentary have potential to be interesting. You can preorder the box set here; if you nab it before March 8, it comes with a free t-shirt. A limited number have also been signed by the band and appear to be available for preorder at no extra cost.

Touch and Go have put together a Youtube video that shows off the contents of the box set. Check that and the track listing below...

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Spiderland box set track listing:
SIDE A
breadcrumb trail (remastered)
nosferatu man (remastered)
don, aman (remastered)

SIDE B
washer (remastered)
for dinner... (remastered)
good morning, captain (remastered)

SIDE C
Nosferatu Man (basement practice)
Washer (basement practice)
Good Morning, Captain (demo)

SIDE D
Pam (rough mix, Spiderland outtake)
Glenn (Spiderland outtake)
Todd's Song (post-Spiderland song in progress)

SIDE E
Brian's Song (post-Spiderland demo)
Cortez The Killer (live Chicago 1989)

SIDE F
Washer (4 track vocal demo)
Nosferatu Man (4 track vocal demo)
Pam (4 track vocal demo)
Good Morning, Captain (Evanston riff tape)
Nosferatu Man (Evanston riff tape)
Pam (Evanston riff tape)

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Tags: Slint

Comments (46)

fuck Will Oldham

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:25 PM

Such an overrated record. Blows my mind that pitchfork dorks canonized this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:31 PM

Somewhere, Jeff Mangum is crying in his beer and hoping the day will come that his two over-rated albums are released as deluxe versions.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:32 PM

1:25, WO was not in the band. He shot the iconic photo on the album. So fuck yerself.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:34 PM

1:31: Couldn't agree more. What a boring record. I tried several times to listen, trying to see what the indie-cult-hype was all about. Nothing happened except I caught a few naps in the process.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:37 PM

@1:34

From the article ...

"A 104 page book with over 100 never-before-seen photos ... and a foreword by Will Oldham"

So relax dickface we're all impressed with you, throwing out commonly known facts

Oh, and eatabagadicks

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:38 PM

Great album, glad it's getting the reissue it deserves, but why not just bundle the entire catalog and do a remastered box set?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:39 PM

bought this 10 years ago and listened to it maybe twice

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:40 PM

lol Albini tagged 1:38's gf in college, not even trying, and 1:38 has been all sour puss over him ever since lol

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:41 PM

Great album. Very much worth the $150, IMO. Better than most of the music made in the last 20 years...with the exception of Lady Lamb. You just cannot touch that lady in terms of song craft and stage presence.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:41 PM

Didn't see Slint in 2007 but the show I attended at Irving Plaza in 2005 was magical.

Posted by Regular reader | January 30, 2014 1:49 PM

150 is a bit pricey. Hope in the future they offer both of the vinyls separate from the box

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 1:54 PM

for an extra $50 you can have a copy personally delivered to your window by a frightened child who will whisper the word "help"

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:07 PM

$150 ticket to see Slint at Primavera > $150 for remastered Spiderland

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:34 PM

Oh 2:07, I MISS YOU!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:35 PM

bought it!!! Favorite album ever

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:38 PM

^ works at the Applefuckbees, Des Moines, Iowa

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:43 PM

1:39 probably because Tweez is really bad, and should have been forgotten entirely like the first Urge Overkill record.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:43 PM

hahahaha, $150. Fuck outta here. You have to be one sad ass fanboy to buy this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:48 PM

Announce some East Coast dates already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:48 PM

Slint is my favorite emo band

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 2:48 PM

1:32, Mangum already did the deluxe box set thing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 3:00 PM

How is T&G different than those greedy corporations again?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 3:08 PM

How about Mark Hollis get a little Talk Talk thing going, do a quickie tour of dear old Blighty plus NYC and LA?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 3:18 PM

Glory days well they'll pass you by
Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye
Glory days, glory days

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 3:19 PM

like spiderland, already have it so wouldn't buy this, saw them in 2005 and had an extra ticket, we couldn't give it away outside irving plaza, i was surprised

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 7:10 PM

They should put five minutes of silence between all of the tracks in order to "recreate the live Slint experience."

Posted by Skippy | January 30, 2014 7:12 PM

If they were clever they would throw in a badge that says "INFLUENCED BY SLINT."

Posted by Skippy | January 30, 2014 7:23 PM

Only $150 and I get a "free" and exclusive t-shirt if I pre-order it now? Thanks, Corey Rusk!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 7:44 PM

I'd like to shit inside that box set.

Posted by Bobby Ballsax | January 30, 2014 8:06 PM

What a bunch of clowns.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 8:37 PM

definite money-loser. touch and go just needs a write-off come tax time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 9:34 PM

So many fools here. This will sell tha fack out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2014 10:53 PM

^ what, mommy put a bad word blocker on her computer junior?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 8:29 AM

"Spiderland" is one of those albums that's more acclaimed than actually listened to. Plus it just seems like a cash grab on everybody's part, so I'll pass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 1:35 PM

where can i get a bag of dicks?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 2:27 PM

Wow, comments on this thread are proof positive that humanity's got another 20 years tops.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 4:03 PM

I wore my copy of Spiderland out. Great album, not really appreciated until the 100th listening or so.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 4:15 PM

@4:15 - Do you have to wear it out in order for it to sound like anything other than mumbly, half-assed bullshit?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 4:40 PM

^ no you just have to have excellent hearing like me, if you have shitty hearing it will sound as you describe

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 4:52 PM

I can't believe 4:40 walked right into that one. Must be new around here.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 5:00 PM

Stay on topic, 4:52 and 5:00. We're here to rip on Slint and their sorry little album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2014 6:35 PM

i'm just wondering if anybody can pinpoint any influences on the guitar playing on this

Posted by Pannell | February 18, 2014 2:38 AM

If I purchase this box, can Touch & Go guarantee that I will be influenced by it? I heard it was an influential album and I want to be influenced.

Posted by Axelrod | February 19, 2014 7:05 PM

the slint haters are out and about in droves with their fraternity/sorority brethren pack...This is good music, full stop. Y'all haters can say your piece for sure. Just like Sarah Palin - speech isn't regulated here. Good is good.

Stop your hating on slint - you're just jealous that you didn't make that music because you were too busy trying to be hip at the frat house.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2014 12:48 PM

"Oh, so there's thing that's highly rated by a lot of people? Cool, I'll shit all over it to make myself seem even more edgy and hip."

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:26 PM

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