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Slint – Spiderland (1991)

Slint – Spiderland (1991)
MP3 320 kbps / 93 MB

Released March 15, 1991
Recorded August 1990 – October 1990 at River North Records in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre Indie rock
Length 39:38
Label Touch and Go
Producer Brian Paulson

Ten fucking stars
– Steve Albini

A very influential disc from the great and pioneering Slint. This LP provided the template for what would be known as the Post Rock movement

Spiderland was the second studio album from Slint, released on March 27, 1991 on Touch and Go. Featuring dramatically alternating dynamics and vocals ranging from spoken word to shouting, the album contains narrative lyrics that emphasize alienation. Spiderland was Slint’s first release on Touch and Go, and the group’s last record.

The recording of Spiderland in 1990 is often said to have been emotionally demanding for members of Slint. Although Spiderland was not widely recognized on its initial release, it eventually sold more than 50,000 copies and became a landmark album in underground music after Slint broke up.

The album has been highly influential on the styles of many bands in the post-rock and math rock genres, including Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and has been named a favorite of several indie rock musicians.

In 2007, Slint reunited for a tour consisting of performances of Spiderland in its entirety.

The album’s black-and-white cover photograph, which depicts members of the band treading water in the lake of an abandoned quarry, was taken by the great Will Oldham!

An article in The Stranger credited Oldham’s cover artwork for creating a mystique surrounding Slint, noting “most people only had seen Slint as four heads floating in a Kentucky quarry on Spiderland’s cover.

Listeners pondered the band’s sparsely adorned black-and-white covers as if they were runes bearing secrets.”Chris Gaerig of the Michigan Daily wrote “the cover of Slint’s masterful Spiderland captures the joyous fear and violence of the album so precisely it shakes souls. The group—submerged in a lake to their chins with deranged smiles—seems to be stalking you, hovering out of the black-and-white façade.”

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Several other promotional images have been taken from the same photo session with Oldham.

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A photo of a spider taken by Noel Saltzman is used on the back cover, reflecting the album’s title. The inside sleeve contains the message “interested female vocalists write 1864 douglas blvd. louisville, ky. 40205”. McMahan confirmed that this message was serious, and said “We did get some responses and we did listen to CDs and tapes. We didn’t end up doing anything immediately, so that idea of adding someone sort of fell by the wayside.”

The message “this recording is meant to be listened to on vinyl” is printed on some compact disc issues of Spiderland, demonstrating Slint’s preference of analog audio devices!

Spiderland received scant attention from major publications upon its release. One of the first major reviews of the album was written by Steve Albini, producer of Slint’s previous album Tweez, for Melody Maker. Albini was highly positive about the album, awarding it “ten fucking stars“, saying “Spiderland is a majestic album, sublime and strange, made more brilliant by its simplicity and quiet grace. …. Spiderland is flawless. The dry, unembellished recording is so revealing it sometimes feels like eavesdropping. The crystalline guitar of Brian McMahan and the glassy, fluid guitar of David Pajo seem to hover in space directly past the listener’s nose. The incredibly precise-yet-instinctive drumming has the same range and wallop it would in your living room. …. Play this record and kick yourself if you never got to see them live. In ten years, you’ll lie like the cocksucker you are and say you did …”

Retrospective reviews of the album have been mixed but generally the significance of the great LP is acknowledged.

Alternative Press United States – The 90 Greatest Albums of the 90s #34

Nude as the News U.S. – The 100 Most Compelling Albums of the 90s #23

Pitchfork Media U.S. – Top 100 Albums of the 1990s #34

Melody Maker UK – All Time Top 100 Albums #55

NME UK – 100 Best Albums #53


01. Breadcrumb
02. Nosferatu Man
03. Don, Aman
04. Washer
05. For Dinner…
06. Good Morning, Captain


* David Pajo – guitar
* Brian McMahan – electric guitar, vocals
* Britt Walford – drums
* Todd Brashear – bass guitar
* Brian Paulson – engineering
* Will Oldham – photography
* Noel Saltzman – photography

Here she be;

MP3 320 kbps / 93 MB


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September 9, 2008 Posted by | David Pajo, Music_Alternative, Music_PostRock, Slint, Will Oldham, _MUSIC | Leave a comment