SUPREME DICKS  |  Breathing And Not Breathing




  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

    Disc Two:
  17. Ranada's Demon
  18. The Language You Learnt
  19. All That Returns
  20. In The Whippoorwill's Sad Orchard
  21. Blue Elephant
  22. The Pear Thripe
  23. Flaming Day Of The Locusts
  24. Andy Herman Song
  25. For Now
  26. Descension Song
  27. The Pusher
  28. Hyacinth Girls
  29. Arise! Life Giving Seagull
  30. Talking Moby Dick Blues
  31. Shroud-Like Remains
  32. The Baal Shem
  33. The Searcher
  34. Night At The Opera
  35. Chateaux Banana! parts XIII-XVI
  36. Viva La Speedy Orgone

    Disc Three:
  37. Synaesthesia
  38. CuChulain (Blackbirds Loom)
  39. Columnated Ruins/Seeing Distant Chimneys
  40. Along a Bearded Glade
  41. Swell Song
  42. Showered
  43. A Donkey's Burial in a Tower on a Mirage
  44. Adoration de l'Agneau Mystique
  45. Porridge for the Calydonian Boar
  46. Siberian Penal Colony (Ode to Joel Stanley)
  47. Green Wings Fly Adventure (Showered Reprise)

    Disc Four:
  48. Invasion from Mars
  49. Untitled
  50. Summertime (Childhood's Impossible Now)
  51. The Hunchback
  52. Mark's Phonecall from Orgoneland
  53. Leaning on the Everlasting Arm
  54. Harmonic Convergence (live at L'Oasis 1987)
  55. Last Jam
  56. Country of Nuns
  57. Sky Puddle
  58. Huckleberry Fetal Pain
  59. Cows of Light
  60. Careful with that Axe, Steve
Press Alcove

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.

(JAG155 released: 10/18/11)

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Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten

The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Dani by Briana Marela

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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