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(JAG155 released: 2011-10-18 )

Supreme Dicks
Breathing And Not Breathing

Supreme Dicks put out one single in their career. It was a double B-side. Maybe they had a sense of humor, but in hindsight it's hard to tell. Falling somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle and SALEM in the lineage of musicians who've found a muse in the nasty, brutish brevity of life, Supreme Dicks chose to cloak disarmingly real paranoia and grief in the contemporary trappings of late '80s and early '90s lo-fi college rock. They may have inhabited the same sonic and physical space as colleagues like Dinosaur jr. (Lou Barlow was an occasional Dick, and at least one early Dinosaur jr show was actually played by Dicks in disguise), but they stripped away all youthful yearning and anticipation in favor of a bleak and unblinking certainty. Honest, frank, and free of ironic distance. Obtuse and yet so essential that it can't help but feel familiar to anyone who's ever spent a sleepless night wondering whether there's any point to all of this. And, on occasion, warm, intimate and lovely. The Supreme Dicks formed while students at Massachusetts' Hampshire College in the twilight of the Reagan era. The campus was a fractured post-hippie free-for-all that many students theorized was a right-wing think tank experiment in pitting progressives against each other. The constantly revolving lineup centered around Daniel Oxenberg, Jon Shere, Steve Shavel, Mark Hanson, Jim Spring, and whoever else was around and willing to torture an instrument. They advocated the teachings of Wilhelm Reich and were vocal about focusing their creative energy via celibacy. This may do much to explain the constant, unrelenting tension that provides the driving force behind the most powerful moments in their music. Regardless of tempo or arrangement, Supreme Dicks songs play like soundtracks to autoerotic asphyxiation, haunting tones that ring in the ears at the moment consciousness is lost and not guaranteed to return. Jagjaguwar is proud to reintroduce the complete recordings of Supreme Dicks in the form of Breathing and Not Breathing, a four CD set that includes both of the band's studio albums, The Unexamined Life from 1993 and The Emotional Plague from 1996, along with 1994's Workingman's Dick, a collection of early archival recordings, and the 1996 EP This Is Not A Dick, which has been fleshed out with rare and unreleased tracks. Also available are 2xLP editions of The Unexamined Life and The Emotional Plague, neither of which has been previously released on vinyl. ʇ
  1. Disc One:
  2. In A Sweet Song
  3. The Arabian Song
  4. The Sun's Bells
  5. Jack Smith
  6. That I May Never Forget And Stay
  7. Garden Of Your Past
  8. Jack-O-Lantern
  9. River Song
  10. The Fallout Song
  11. Azure Dome
  12. The Forest Song (or Especially When The October Wind With Frosty Fingers, Punishes My Hair)
  13. Hyacinth Girls
  14. Ten Past Eleven
  15. Woody Would've Wanted It That Way
  16. Strange Song
  17. Disc Two:
  18. Ranada's Demon
  19. The Language You Learnt
  20. All That Returns
  21. In The Whippoorwill's Sad Orchard
  22. Blue Elephant
  23. The Pear Thripe
  24. Flaming Day Of The Locusts
  25. Andy Herman Song
  26. For Now
  27. Descension Song
  28. The Pusher
  29. Hyacinth Girls
  30. Arise! Life Giving Seagull
  31. Talking Moby Dick Blues
  32. Shroud-Like Remains
  33. The Baal Shem
  34. The Searcher
  35. Night At The Opera
  36. Chateaux Banana! parts XIII-XVI
  37. Viva La Speedy Orgone
  38. Disc Three:
  39. Synaesthesia
  40. CuChulain (Blackbirds Loom)
  41. Columnated Ruins/Seeing Distant Chimneys
  42. Along a Bearded Glade
  43. Swell Song
  44. Showered
  45. A Donkey's Burial in a Tower on a Mirage
  46. Adoration de l'Agneau Mystique
  47. Porridge for the Calydonian Boar
  48. Siberian Penal Colony (Ode to Joel Stanley)
  49. Green Wings Fly Adventure (Showered Reprise)
  50. Disc Four:
  51. Invasion from Mars
  52. Untitled
  53. Summertime (Childhood's Impossible Now)
  54. The Hunchback
  55. Mark's Phonecall from Orgoneland
  56. Leaning on the Everlasting Arm
  57. Harmonic Convergence (live at L'Oasis 1987)
  58. Last Jam
  59. Country of Nuns
  60. Sky Puddle
  61. Huckleberry Fetal Pain
  62. Cows of Light
  63. Careful with that Axe, Steve