Breathing and Not Breathing

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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: 656605215525
  • Catalog Number: 52155
  • Sales rank: 132,866

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In a Sweet Song (4:33)
  2. 2 The Arabian Song (4:33)
  3. 3 The Sun's Bells (5:37)
  4. 4 Jack Smith (3:41)
  5. 5 That I May Never Forget and Stay (2:27)
  6. 6 Garden of Your Past (2:42)
  7. 7 Jack-O-Lantern (3:27)
  8. 8 River Song (3:33)
  9. 9 The Fallout Song (4:20)
  10. 10 Azure Dome (5:04)
  11. 11 The Forest Song (Or Especially When the October Wind with Frosty Fingers, P (5:28)
  12. 12 Hyacinth Girls (2:20)
  13. 13 Ten Past Eleven (4:24)
  14. 14 Woody Would've Wanted It That Way (2:17)
  15. 15 Strange Song (9:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ranada's Demon (3:08)
  2. 2 The Language You Learnt (3:33)
  3. 3 All That Returns (3:27)
  4. 4 In the Whippoorwill's Sad Orchard (2:54)
  5. 5 Blue Elephant (3:10)
  6. 6 The Pear Thripe (5:57)
  7. 7 Flaming Day of the Locusts (5:35)
  8. 8 Andy Herman Song (3:44)
  9. 9 For Now (2:15)
  10. 10 Descension Song (5:20)
  11. 11 The Pusher (1:28)
  12. 12 Hyacinth Girls (2:32)
  13. 13 Arise! Life Giving Seagull (1:40)
  14. 14 Talking Moby Dick Blues (3:37)
  15. 15 Shroud-Like Remains (2:59)
  16. 16 The Baal Shem (4:20)
  17. 17 The Searcher (2:30)
  18. 18 Night At the Opera (0:54)
  19. 19 Chateaux Banana!, Pts. 13-16 (6:56)
  20. 20 Viva La Speedy Orgone (1:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Synaesthesia (4:56)
  2. 2 Cuchulain (Blackbirds Loom) (3:33)
  3. 3 Columnated Ruins/Seeing Distant Chimneys (6:29)
  4. 4 Along a Bearded Glade (2:19)
  5. 5 Swell Song (4:10)
  6. 6 Showered (5:27)
  7. 7 A Donkey's Burial In a Tower On a Mirage (9:46)
  8. 8 Adoration De L'agneau Mystique (7:24)
  9. 9 Porridge For the Calydonian Boar (9:44)
  10. 10 Siberian Penal Colony (Ode To Joel Stanley) (8:01)
  11. 11 Green Wings Fly Adventure (Showered Reprise) (7:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Invasion From Mars (2:39)
  2. 2 [Untitled] (7:20)
  3. 3 Summertime (Childhood's Impossible Now) (4:26)
  4. 4 The Hunchback (3:46)
  5. 5 Mark's Phonecall From Orgoneland (4:10)
  6. 6 Leaning On the Everlasting Arm (2:07)
  7. 7 Harmonic Convergence (2:55)
  8. 8 Last Jam (2:15)
  9. 9 Country of Nuns (4:49)
  10. 10 Sky Puddle (4:16)
  11. 11 Huckleberry Fetal Pain (2:24)
  12. 12 Cows of Light (3:50)
  13. 13 Careful With That Axe, Steve (4:59)
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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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