Of the many indie rock legacy artists that have come out of Western Massachussetts-- or been inspired enough by its rolling hills and cultural grassroots-centricism to live there for a time-- you've probably heard of The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Sonic Youth, and Sunburned Hand of The Man. Most likely, you aren't too familar with the Supreme Dicks, who started honing their bruised and shaky, folk-inflected slacker rock in Amherst in 1982-- two years before Dinosaur JR. got their start, and one year after Sonic Youth got theirs.
As previously reported, Jagjaguwar recently re-issued the band's entire discography in a four-CD box set. Appropriately entitled Breathing and Not Breathing, the collection features studio full-lengths The Unexamined Life (1993) and The Emotional Plague (1994); an expanded re-issue of their This Is Not A Dick EP (1996); and Workingman's Dick (1996), an album of rareties. Head over to Consequence of Sound to stream their taughtly unfolding debut, The Unexamined Life, which is heartbreakingly beautiful pretty much all the way through. --Emilie Friedlander, Altered Zones
Breathing and Not Breathing is out now on Jagjaguwar
Jagjaguwar is re-issuing the Supreme Dicks' entire discography next month as a four CD box set called Breathing and Not Breathing. The Amerst, MA quartet haven't gotten as much love as their local contemporaries Dinosaur Jr., but their catalogue of warped Reagan-era guitar rock is way weirder, marked by an always present sense of paranoia. The retrospective will include the band's studio albums-- The Unexamined Life and The Emotional Plague, which were both released by legendary noise rock purveyor Homestead Recordings-- plus import only rarities albums Workingman's Dick and an expanded This Is Not A Dick EP. In addition, the two studio albums will see double LP editions for the first time. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones
Breathing and Not Breathing drops October 18th from Jagjaguwar