The Glands from Athens, GA

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anybody catch them this last time out? not sure if it was a 'full' tour - Atlanta, Athens and Nashville, anyway. they played and sounded absolutely fabulous.

casual male (will), Thursday, 5 March 2015 14:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Like the Shins, but rock harder eh? Promising. Saw a comparison to the Kinks somewhere (think it was in the New Yorker, back when their club listing were much more extensive). Which good be good or bad, but considering the Shins comparison upthread, I'm thinking good. So, Athens Kinksians or not?

dow, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:42 (four years ago) Permalink

(Somehow, the original suggestion of a Southern band with a Kinks influence had me thinking of John Cale's elegant reggae, "Graham Greene." Somebody should cover.)

dow, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Shit, I would like to see these guys, never did when I was in Athens, not that they played a lot (as discussed upthread).

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:55 (four years ago) Permalink

didn't even know they still played occasionally, great band.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Mr. dow, listen to Straight Down from the immortal self-titled record. Then maybe Swim, or When I Laugh or Welcome To New Jersey from the debut, or No. Zero. You are in for a gigantic musical treat.

Here's Straight Down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYOY4SMltZM

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 5 March 2015 16:22 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

www.southernshelter.com has a massive Glands concert up there from October 2014 with at least 30 songs including many that are unreleased. It's a doozy.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 11 March 2016 03:16 (three years ago) Permalink

nice. "straight down" sounds great, i'll check out the whole thing.

call all destroyer, Friday, 11 March 2016 03:30 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

rip ross shapiro

balls, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh no. Bought a lot of music from him. Athens seems to be losing a lot of guys from that scene

Heez, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:35 (three years ago) Permalink

wait really???

call all destroyer, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:52 (three years ago) Permalink

:(

dc, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh shit!! I just saw this. Fuck fuck fuck

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:39 (three years ago) Permalink

They were my favorite band.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:55 (three years ago) Permalink

I didn't know he was sick. Last I heard, they were talking about another album.

Just pulled out the s/t and got real wistful.

dc, Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:11 (three years ago) Permalink

what a bummer

call all destroyer, Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Ah, jeez. Really sorry to hear that.

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:22 (three years ago) Permalink

I only got to see them once, in 2001 at Irving Plaza with Grandaddy & Beachwood Sparks & Ugly Casanova. They stole the show.

The vinyl edition of the s/t LP has like 6 extra songs on it - they got caught in label hell and that album is so hard to find. I wish Light in the Attic would do a re-issue on their modern label that put out the D'Angelo and Morphine re-issues.

R.I.P. to a massive talent; a real band's band.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:21 (three years ago) Permalink

i would love for people to discover this band now. His songs were so good.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:56 (three years ago) Permalink

There has been some really nice remembrances of Ross Shapiro in the past few days.

Patterson Hood especially.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:05 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

On November 9th, 2018, New West Records is set to release the two-decades-in-the-making Double Coda, the fabled third album by the Athens, GA cult favorite the Glands, along with definitive reissues of their two long-out-of-print LPs, Double Thriller (1996) for the first time on vinyl, and The Glands (2000) featuring the band’s original 19-song sequence including 5 rare songs. Frontman Ross Shapiro passed away from lung cancer in 2016 at the age of 53, and the 23 tracks on Double Coda were compiled from recordings he had been making for nearly two decades.

Today, NPR Music premiered the video for Double Coda’s lead-off track “So High,” along with an eclectic new song called “Electricity” and a preview video of the I Can See My House from Here box set. They state, “The Glands may be the greatest band you’ve never heard of” and of Double Coda, “Like Double Thriller, like The Glands, every single one of these 23 tracks is a hit, and a testament to Shapiro’s warped-yet-grounded sensibility.” See the “So High” video and hear “Electricity,” HERE. Standard editions of Double Thriller, The Glands, Double Coda, and the limited I Can See My House From Here box set are available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.

The epic, 23-track Double Coda serves as the anticipated third and final record from the band, with final production overseen by founding member and drummer Joe Rowe, bassist Derek Almstead, and Glands producer David Barbe (longtime Drive-By Truckers producer and bassist for Sugar with Bob Mould). While all three titles will be available individually across digital platforms, on CD, and standard black vinyl, also released will be the limited edition 5 LP I Can See My House From Here box set compiling the three albums exclusively on colored vinyl -- Double Thriller pressed on electric pink, The Glands on Coke bottle clear, and Double Coda on clear vinyl.

The box set will also include a 52-page book featuring an essay by the journalist Stephen Deusner, countless unpublished photos, and testimonials written by fans, friends, and fellow musicians from Athens and beyond, including James Mercer (the Shins), actor/comedian David Cross, Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Wagner (Lambchop), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Joey Burns (Calexico), Tim Rutili (Red Red Meat, Califone), Andrew Rieger and Laura Carter (Elf Power), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), John Davis (Superdrag, the Lees of Memory), Vanessa Briscoe Hay (Pylon, Pylon Reenactment Society), Parker Gispert (the Whigs), T. Hardy Morris, film director Lance Bangs, Christopher Lopez (the Rock*A*Teens), the acclaimed visual artist Wayne White (whose painting is featured on the cover of the Glands’ self-titled album), and many more.

“In many crucial ways the act of making music -- almost always surrounded by friends, usually jamming at his house on Sunset Drive -- was so much more important and rewarding than releasing that music or dealing with labels or arguing with promoters or doing interviews,” Stephen Deusner states in his essay about the band. “Ross lived for the spark of creation… Given how meticulous he was about his music and how dismissive he was about the music industry, it’s a miracle we have those two albums at all, not to mention the third LP in this set. We lost a unique human being and a remarkable voice, a crucial thread in the pilled fabric of Athens, a man who wrote songs that were hilarious and intensely sad, witty and deeply weird: snapshots from a Southern bohemia of his own making.”

Of the new Double Coda, band member Derek Almstead states, “As a fan of the music and as a fan of Ross, it was a labor of love to get this set out, to get as much of the music out as possible and into the ears of the people who loved him. A lot of the material came from CD’s he’d give us at band practice, like ‘Here’s some stuff I’m working on.’ It might have the vocals buried or it might not be finished. I found the best versions of the songs and put together a three-CD set, something like sixty songs. We whittled that down to what Double Coda is.”

Says drummer Joe Rowe, “The three of us -- Derek, David Barbe, and me -- all did a lot of research to find everything that Ross had given us over the years. Derek took all of Ross’s hard drives and went through them, and it turned out that there’s maybe a dozen songs that sounded like they were finished. They just needed to be mixed. Then there was some stuff that was already mixed, already finished. The record is all the stuff we could find that we felt really confident about. It took a while. It was hard. There were some days when I just couldn’t deal with it because of Ross’s passing. It was just too heavy to think about. But most of the time I felt like I was able to push it forward, even just a little.”

Rowe continues, “It’s been eighteen years since we’ve released anything, but in rock and roll, mystery always seems to help a little bit. There’s always been a little mystery with the Glands.”


The Glands Double Coda Track Listing:
1. So High
2. Pleaser
3. Electricity
4. Possibilities
5. Every Time I Listen to a Stranger
6. Todd Work
7. Sofa
8. Clover
9. Have Your Cake
10. Piano Jazz
11. Great Waves
12. Pie
13. Rose
14. Atmosphere
15. Rufino Tamayo
16. A Boy Without a Head
17. Tom Robertson
18. Sadie Song
19. Peter Acoustic
20. Body and Soul
21. (A Screwed Up Way of Saying) I Want You
22. Feelies
23. Save a Place for You



The Glands I Can See My House From Here Box Set Track Listing:

Double Thriller (1996)
1. Sunshine Happiness
2. Free Jane
3. Pretty Merrina
4. Grey Hats
5. Two Dollar Wine
6. Ruddy’s Waltz
7. Welcome to N.J.
8. World Half Over
9. This is The Coat
10. Call Me Doctor
11. No. Zero
12. Skin
13. The Virgin Loses Again
14. Son-O-Mine
15. Two Dollar Reprise

The Glands (2000)
1. Livin’ Was Easy
2. When I Laugh
3. Swim - Prelude
4. Swim
5. Mayflower
6. Lovetown
7. Straight Down
8. I Can See My House From Here
9. Fortress
10. Work It Out
11. Soul Inspiration
12. Ground
13. Favorite American
14. Breathe Out
15. U R The Mountain
16. Something In The Air
17. Holiday Walk
18. Head That’s Mine
19. Doug’s Hall Rag

Double Coda (2018)
1. So High
2. Pleaser
3. Electricity
4. Possibilities
5. Every Time I Listen to a Stranger
6. Todd Work
7. Sofa
8. Clover
9. Have Your Cake
10. Piano Jazz
11. Great Waves
12. Pie
13. Rose
14. Atmosphere
15. Rufino Tamayo
16. A Boy Without a Head
17. Tom Robertson
18. Sadie Song
19. Peter Acoustic
20. Body and Soul
21. (A Screwed Up Way of Saying) I Want You
22. Feelies
23. Save a Place for You


www.TheGlandsBand.com
www.NewWestRecords.com

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dow, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Holy shit. I am peeing in my pants out of excitement.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

i found the glands s/t album out of reading ilm, probly this thread ages ago, and i can't remember when i last listened. it sounds great to me, i know all the songs and remembered none going into the listening, except "i can see my house from here," which was and still is wonderfully bright and thrilling. hardly feels very representative in some ways but...in fact:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRZ5d71GngU

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 19:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Holy Fuck I forgot how beautiful this entire thing is. lovetown alone can bring me to 10000 ft elevation. Did I ever appreciate this? really?

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 03:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

The Glands album is already an immortal classic but the reissue is going to make it even better. I’ve heard most of not all the bonus songs and people let me tell you, they are divine. Finally this will get the recognition it deserves. I saw them when it came out and there were 7 people in the audience. Sad.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Holy smokes at that box set!

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

!

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

I guess I’ve never heard UR the Mountain and it strikes me as the most 80sAthens sounding song ever in a _superb_ way.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

wow, awesome that they were able to pull this together

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

now streaming at NPR:

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/01/661155140/first-listen-the-glands-double-coda

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 1 November 2018 12:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

AWESOME!!!!

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 1 November 2018 13:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Frontman Ross Shapiro passed away from lung cancer in 2016 at the age of 53

holy fuck i did not know this. so so glad i caught them in nashville in like 2015. they were unbelievably good.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Glands album is already an immortal classic... I saw them when it came out and there were 7 people in the audience. Sad.

same. they followed one of Jay Reatard's early side projects and there just wasn't anyone there at all.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

"every time i listen to a stranger' is wonderful

call all destroyer, Thursday, 1 November 2018 23:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Got my copy of Double Coda. It is a great day to be a fan of The Glands.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 9 November 2018 23:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

OK, anybody else have Double Coda? It's the album of the year.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 12 November 2018 20:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

my box set arrived today. enjoyed the s/t reissue, i'll probably get to double coda tomorrow. it's a great-looking box.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh man I'm so jealous. I don't have a turntable. What are the liner notes like?

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

the booklet is very nicely done; lots of good photos and remembrances of the band from fans both nearby and distant. there are detailed credits for double coda with recording dates and who played what; the liner notes for the first two lps seem to keep with how they were originally released.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

I bought the CDs for Double Coda and reissue, they didn’t have much of anything. But the music is so spectacular. Double Coda is like a Glands version of Wowee Zowee, with tons of songs in all sorts of styles. It’s so much fun.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

NPR eoy turned me on to this and I am digging it!

kinda Big Star-y?

niels, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 13:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Which did you get? Double Coda?

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 14:04 (six months ago) Permalink


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