|painting by Sue Garner|
Morr Music set to reissue 1993’s “SUPERPOWERLESS” (as 2LP/CD) album by Dump, a lo-fi home recording project by James McNew (Yo La Tengo)! Available on March 19th. Stream the album on PopMatters, HERE. Also, 1994′s “I Can Hear Music” (as 3LP/2CD) and a collector’s 5LP-Box (“Superpowerless” 2LP and “I Can Hear Music” 3LP) is available.
“The year was 1994. Americans thrilled to the latest episodes of
“Friends” and “Frasier,” assholes smoked cigars in public with impunity,
the New York Knicks lost to the Houston Rockets in the NBA finals, and
Lo-Fi music was sweeping the nation!
Largely due to the astronomical
success of Dump’s debut album, Superpowerless, the music world shifted
dramatically away from the grandeur of Grunge and the pomp and
circumstance of Alternative Rock. Following Dump’s lead, bands had
turned away from the bloated, inaccessible recording studio system and
embraced 4-track cassette recording as the industry standard. In his
memorable article for Rockpool, Steven Hawking described this new
musical phenomenon as “Lo-Fi.” –an excerpt from the Liner Notes by James MacNew himself