BRENDAN BENSON ANNOUNCES RE-RELEASE OF HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 2002 ALBUM LAPALCO

By on June 2, 2011
BRENDAN BENSON ANNOUNCES RE-RELEASE OF HIS
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 2002 ALBUM LAPALCO

REMASTERED AND AVAILABLE ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME
COMPLETE WITH LAPALCO ERA B-SIDES AND UPDATED LINER NOTES WRITTEN BY JACK WHITE

CURRENTLY RECORDING NEW ALBUM IN NASHVILLE
 

Brendan Benson is pleased to announce the re-release of his critically acclaimed 2002 albumLapalco, a record that NPR labeled “Terrific” and Rolling Stone proclaimed “as universal as the late night, semi-drunken answering machine message or the love note you never quite had the guts to send.” Originally released in unmastered form, Lapalco has been newly touched up and paired with a download of album b-sides from that era, including the previously unreleased “Maybe So Hard”.  A limited edition vinyl version of the re-release features updated liner notes written by Benson’s good friend and fellow Nashville based via Detroit luminary Jack White.
 
Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl versions of the remastered Lapalco paired with bonus tracks are available at brendanbenson.com (Click to stream two tracks from the album)
(Track Listing and Bonus B-Sides listed below)
 
At the time of its release, Lapalco came on the heels of an excruciating half-decade fraught with Benson’s struggles to be released from the Major Label that released his warmly received debut One Mississippi in 1996. After a full 6 years of waiting, fans were brimming with anticipation, and music critics were curious to hear what the affects of such a long delay would be on the promising young songwriter.  What they got was as The Onion put it, an “almost overwhelmingly assured sophomore effort.” The praise for the record was almost as universal as the bittersweet lyricism and undeniable pop hooks found in the music.  “In a world filled with pop by numbers and dull indie bands,” wrote TheBBC, “Benson is a beacon of original songwriting, brilliant musicianship and sharp lyrics. This is a joy, don’t deny yourself a treat.”
 
At the time of Lapalco‘s recording Benson was still living in his hometown Detroit, and as a result, he holds a special fondness for the album. “I remember it well,” says Benson, “I was sitting in the dining room of my old house, but instead of a table it was a consol. I had turned this beautiful old house into my recording studio. There was gear everywhere! I was right at home. The songs on Lapalco remind me of that house and that time.” In that sense, the album is what Benson describes as a “bittersweet memory,” that comes through in the music, a revealing “peek into 419 East Grand Boulevard.”  “The house was drafty, the roof leaked, and the neighborhood was bad,” he says, “but there were huge stained glass windows, gorgeous oak woodwork throughout, and I wrote one of my favorite records there.” As such Benson is proud to be re-introducing a much loved “momento” and select B-Sides for long-standing and recent fans alike.
 

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In addition to overseeing the re-release of Lapalco, Benson is recording and self-producing his fifth full-length album at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 studios. A healthy selection of talented friends perform on the record including Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star, Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson), Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet, and others. This June Benson is honored to have the privilege of  performing as part of an All Star Tribute to Detroit called United Sounds Of America. Organized by Marshall Crenshaw, the event takes place at Chicago Symphony Hall on Friday June 17th. More Info Here
 
www.brendanbenson.com







Track Listing and Bonus Track information Below:

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Lapalco Cover



LapalcoTrack Listing
1. Tiny Spark
2. Metarie
3. Folk Singer
4. Life in the D
5. Good to Me
6. You’re Quiet
7. What
8. Eventually
9. I’m Easy
10. Pleasure Seeker
11. Just Like Me
12. Jet Lag
13. Maybe So Hard (Previously Unreleased – Included in Digital Album Version only)
 
Bonus Tracks(Song Title – Release) – Available in Digital Format
1. Metarie (UK Version w/The Wellfed Boys) – Metarie EP 
2. Metarie (Fred De Faye Mix) – Metarie EP 
3. Metarie (Wellfed Version) – Metarie EP 
4. Meaning To Write – Tiny Spark B-side 
5. Old Fashioned – Good To Me B-side 
6. Son Of A Welder – Folk Singer B-side 
7. Metarie (Alpha Dub Mix) – Metarie EP 
8. Unfortunate Guy – Folk Singer B-side 
9. No Dial Tone – Tiny Spark B-side 
10. You’re Quiet (Wellfed Version) – Metarie EP 
11. Feel Like Myself – Folk Singer B-side 
12. Let Me Roll It – Metarie EP 
13. Tiny Spark (final demo) 
14. Tiny Spark (demo) 
15. Good To Me (demo)

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