DIY indie rock / low-fi / punk / cuddlecore icons Beat Happening are getting a new box set, titled We Are Beat Happening, which will be out November 30 via Domino. They are calling it the "definitive document" of the band, featuring their entire recorded output on seven vinyl LPs,  remastered at Abbey Road (who'd have ever thought?) and it marks the first time their entire catalog will have been in print in over a decade. In addition to their five studio albums and the b-sides/rarities comp Music To Climb The Apple Tree By, the box set comes with a new 36 page book with rare images and liner notes from Lois Maffeo.

Beat Happening formed in Olympia, WA in 1982 and the trio of Calvin Johnston, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford created a minimalist style of music inspired by the Velvet Underground and post-punk groups like Young Marble Giants and The Marine Girls with a just-for-us romantic lyrical view epitomized by "Our Secret," the opening track on their 1985 debut. As influential as their music was the label they started, K Records, which inspired other bands and local underground scenes to start their own labels. They toured with Fugazi, made one of Kurt Cobain's favorite albums of all time, had a chapter in Our Band Could Be Your Life (which is narrated by The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt in the new audiobook version), and their songs have been covered by The Postal Service, R.E.M., Luna, Mac Demarco, and many more. They remain influential to this day.

You can watch the remastered video for their classic "Indian Summer," and listen to their debut album, below.


Beat Happening (1985) – 2 x LP
Jamboree (1988)
Black Candy (1989)
Dreamy (1991)
You Turn Me On (1992)
Music To Climb The Apple Tree By (2003)