Friday, January 22, 2010

A (sort of) new Auto Club release

Just as I typically find out news about Slim Cessna's Auto Club, I happened to check their myspace to see if any new shows were on the books, and to my surprise, I found that they were releasing a new record. Well, a new-ish record.

Entitled Buried Behind the Barn, the new record is purported to contain "lost & rumoured out-takes, compilation tracks and alternate recordings" as per the band's myspace. A bit of research turns up this site, which has the album up for pre-order, although oddly nothing is mentioned on the band's label Alternative Tentacles' Web site yet. According to the former site, the album will be released on March 16th, 2010, available as a CD or 10" vinyl+download.

It's not exactly clear to me why the band hasn't linked to this pre-order site yet, so I can't vouch for it, but it seems to be legitimate as far as I can tell. The site, Midheaven, provides a bit more insight into the contents of the album:
Twisted twangsters Slim Cessna's Auto Club roar back with some raw, heart-shattering tracks from 2000 and 2001. Led by the vocals of Cessna and Munly, the Auto Club bares even more of their troubled souls than usual. Briefly released as a limited-to-200 CDR in 2004, these songs are basically unreleased, original versions of later album tracks and compilation songs. Whatever their destination, all eight are undeniably prime 'n' primal Auto Club--a rambunctious mix of joyful twang, acoustic folk, hillbilly picking, and old-time gospel backed with words of spiritual angst, roadhouse wisdom, and whiskey-drinking sin 'n' salvation.
Speculation on the band's Yahoo message board is that this is a proper release of the band's limited edition Crossbreeding Begins at Home, a 2004 CD-R release of rarities, although given that there is no track listing yet, it's tough to say for sure. Either way, it is nice to see the band putting out new material, and hopefully we'll see a new studio album from SCAC (and Munly) before 2010 is over.

Update: The track listing has been announced, and it would seem the speculation of this being a release of the songs from Crossbreeding is correct.

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