|cover art: ‘James E. Prudent, Jr.’ by Kurt Wagner|
“MR. M started in a painter’s studio in fact. Wagner explains. “As I worked, I was approached by Mark Nevers (former full time band member & producer for the likes of Andrew Bird and Will Oldham) with the idea of making another Lambchop record. He had a concept of a sound and a method that worked with the tone of my writing. His idea was a kind of ‘psycho-Sinatra’ sound, one that involved the arranging of strings and other sounds in a more open and yet complex way.”
Lambchop – If Not I’ll Just Die
The album was recorded at Mark Nevers’ Nashville Beech House studio, with Scott Martin (drums), Matt Swanson (bass), Ryan Norris (guitar, organ), Tony Crow (piano), William Tyler (guitar) and guests include Jonathan Marx (another ex-member of the band) and Cortney Tidwell. The strings were arranged by Peter Stopschinski and Mason Neely.
|Kurt Wagner “LBJ” oil on panel|
from the exhibition, Beautillion Militaire 2000, LBJ, Portraits, and Commissions by Kurt Wagner, this fall at Nashville’s Zeitgeist Gallery
Both tracks are taken from the Lambchop Rarities LP entitled “Turd Goes Back: Essential Tracks from Secret Secret Sourpuss & Big Tussie” which was released as a part of their 2011 series of subscription-only Grapefruit Record Club, founded by Simon Joyner and Ben Goldberg. This limited, vinyl-only LP is an assemblage of Kurt Wagner’s early recordings, taken from two rare cassettes. Also, Nashville-based label Sebastian Speaks has released the vinyl of Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell Present Kort.
Grapefruit Records’ upcoming releases for 2012 include Bruce Russell & Roy Montgomery, Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo) and more!