Kurt Wagner has just released a new Lambchop EP, titled Basement Tapes, that's out now digitally via Merge. It features new song "So Modern and So Tight," which began as a session from last year's This (is what I wanted to tell you) with Matthew McCaughan but took on new life when Fog's Andrew Broder took the track and "re-imagined the piece into something quite lovely and mysterious." The other two songs are fairly radical remixes from This (is what I wanted to tell you), one by Raven and the other by Group Listening. Stream the whole EP, and read commentary from Kurt about each track, below.

Lambchop will be in Brooklyn this weekend for a show at Murmrr Theatre on Saturday (11/2) and tickets are still available.


“So modern and so tight”
This mix was created by Andrew Broder, a visual artist, musician, and producer from the wilds of Minneapolis. We met during the PEOPLE gathering in Berlin last summer. It was based on a track that I had started with Matthew McCaughan that was part of a group of songs we were working on for This (is what I wanted to tell you). Andrew edited and re-imagined the piece into something quite lovely and mysterious. So much in fact it’s really not so much a remix but a new song unto itself.

“Crosswords, or what this says about you (Raven Remix)”
I don’t know a lot about Raven, but when I heard this remix, it had a certain inherent English feel to it that I liked. It has a sort of lost ’80s dance thing going on in it, and somehow Raven makes the song into something hooky, maybe catchy even. Something I’ve strived for on occasion but have never been able to achieve. I guess I’m just not wired that way. But if I was, I might have made something like this (ha), but then who am I kidding?

“This is what I wanted to tell you (Group Listening Remix)”
Group Listening are really unique in their approach; I find it more akin to what I think is the potential of the “remix” medium. It’s conceptual and allows for them to create something that is based on who “they” are and what “they” do as musicians, yet it’s still intrinsically related to the source material. The results are true and clearly beautiful.

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