Breathing and Not Breathing

Breathing and Not Breathing

by Supreme Dicks
     
 

The Supreme Dicks so completely thrived off a sentiment of "if boxed in or defined, immediately leave" that the idea of an all-encompassing box set that covers their truly cryptic recording career is almost impossible to contemplate. But Breathing and Not Breathing provides exactly that, pulling together both ofSee more details below

Overview

The Supreme Dicks so completely thrived off a sentiment of "if boxed in or defined, immediately leave" that the idea of an all-encompassing box set that covers their truly cryptic recording career is almost impossible to contemplate. But Breathing and Not Breathing provides exactly that, pulling together both of their formal albums, The Unexamined Life and The Emotional Plague, the odds-and-sods compilation Workingman's Dick, and their Italian-only EP This Is Not a Dick -- plus even more obscure moments -- into one convenient spot. If anything, their resistance to summary makes further sense in a new century; while acts like No-Neck Blues Band and practically every last part of the Tower Recordings family tree are only two similarly inclined agglomerations of across-the-map artistic impulses, the Supreme Dicks set a particular tone even earlier. Perhaps even more so than the three longer releases, This Is Not a Dick captures just what is so hard to easily say -- whether it's the twisted, naïve bursts of reverbed steel guitar (or steel guitar-like) on "Untitled," the sweet bitterness of "Summertime (Childhood's Impossible Now)," or the apparently live recording chaos of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arm," the sense is of putting things together just because, a curiosity that constantly shifts ground, as much roots work as futuristic oddity. The fact that the one definitely live track, "Harmonic Convergence," begins with a member asking the audience "Does anyone want to play drums with us?" sums up the spirit of the band as well as anything else, the wryly voiced request seeming to elicit little more initially than bar chatter and snippets of background butt rock. The further five cuts on the disc include both sides of their only stand-alone single, "Sky Puddle," and the creepy guitar-as-music-box feeling into murky jam of "Country of Nuns." Then there's "Careful with That Axe, Steve," presumably referring to member Steve Shavel; if the result isn't as psychotic as the Pink Floyd it references, it's still a quick, wiggy blast of demi-space rock jamming. The remaining full-length efforts sound as enjoyable and strange as ever, including the group's one sort-of hit, "Jack Smith" (courtesy of Low's cover version on their Transmission EP), and the whole is a portrait of a collective creative spirit that sounds as unsettled and fascinating as when the original recordings were made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
Label:
Jagjaguwar
UPC:
0656605215525
catalogNumber:
52155
Rank:
244432

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. In a Sweet Song
  2. The Arabian Song
  3. The Sun's Bells
  4. Jack Smith
  5. That I May Never Forget and Stay
  6. Garden of Your Past
  7. Jack-O-Lantern
  8. River Song
  9. The Fallout Song
  10. Azure Dome
  11. The Forest Song (Or Especially When the October Wind with Frosty Fingers, P
  12. Hyacinth Girls
  13. Ten Past Eleven
  14. Woody Would've Wanted It That Way
  15. Strange Song

Disc 2

  1. Ranada's Demon
  2. The Language You Learnt
  3. All That Returns
  4. In the Whippoorwill's Sad Orchard
  5. Blue Elephant
  6. The Pear Thripe
  7. Flaming Day of the Locusts
  8. Andy Herman Song
  9. For Now
  10. Descension Song
  11. The Pusher
  12. Hyacinth Girls
  13. Arise! Life Giving Seagull
  14. Talking Moby Dick Blues
  15. Shroud-Like Remains
  16. The Baal Shem
  17. The Searcher
  18. Night At the Opera
  19. Chateaux Banana!, Pts. 13-16
  20. Viva La Speedy Orgone

Disc 3

  1. Synaesthesia
  2. Cuchulain (Blackbirds Loom)
  3. Columnated Ruins/Seeing Distant Chimneys
  4. Along a Bearded Glade
  5. Swell Song
  6. Showered
  7. A Donkey's Burial In a Tower On a Mirage
  8. Adoration De L'agneau Mystique
  9. Porridge For the Calydonian Boar
  10. Siberian Penal Colony (Ode To Joel Stanley)
  11. Green Wings Fly Adventure (Showered Reprise)

Disc 4

  1. Invasion From Mars
  2. [Untitled]
  3. Summertime (Childhood's Impossible Now)
  4. The Hunchback
  5. Mark's Phonecall From Orgoneland
  6. Leaning On the Everlasting Arm
  7. Harmonic Convergence
  8. Last Jam
  9. Country of Nuns
  10. Sky Puddle
  11. Huckleberry Fetal Pain
  12. Cows of Light
  13. Careful With That Axe, Steve

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Supreme Dicks   Primary Artist
Lou Barlow   Bass
Benjie Bernhardt   Violin
Mark Hanson   Drums,Vocals
Rich Hinklin   E-bow
Mark Merrigan   Drums
Dan Oxenberg   Guitar,Vocals
S.D.   Guitar
Steven Shavel   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Jon Shere   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Spring   Guitar
Pete Morgan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rich Hinklin   Engineer
Paul MacNamara   Engineer
Mark Merrigan   Engineer
Paul Roche   Engineer
Supreme Dicks   Composer
Florent Mazzoleni   Liner Notes
Ariel Kotker   Drawing
Dan Kapelovitz   Drawing
K. Levni Sinanoglu   Paintings

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