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When Galaxie 500's Today was
released in 1988, it set off a chain reaction of quiet explosions still
being felt. Never before had a record so emphasized the calming elements
of rock music, transforming what at first seems like a collection of
bridges into fully realized songs. And one can draw a straight line from
here to the many groups they influenced, like Low, Belle &
Sebastian, and Bon Iver. Today is full of
idiosyncrasies. The trio of Damon Krukowski, Dean Wareham, and Naomi
Yang were recent Harvard grads who intuitively eliminated any histrionic
tradition to rock songs, leaving core emotion (not for nothing did they
include a cover of "Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste," by the kings of
feeling, The Modern Lovers). It was produced by Mark Kramer, who was
best known for his work with cataclysmic slop rock pioneers such as
Bongwater, Ween, and King Missle. The band's hometown of Boston was just
coming out of its love affair with Mission of Burma and pouncing upon
the spasmodic electricity of The Pixies. Despite, or perhaps because of,
all these elements, Today thrived. More
than 20 years after its initial release, its title is still no misnomer.
The music, recorded with what many thought at the time was too much
reverb, sounds present, alive, and indeed a product of today. Songs like
"Flowers," "Temperature's Rising," and of course "Tugboat" (the band's
debut single) stand the test of time and exist in an eternal now. For
the first time since its original pressing, Today is available again on
vinyl. Cut by vinyl ace Kevin Gray from a remaster by Kramer and Alan
Douches, the album sounds more vibrant than ever, and Galaxie 500 exists
again as one of the most enrapturing and glorious bands to emerge from
the underground in the past 25 years.
* Reissue of influential indie rock band's out-of-print debut album, available on vinyl for the first time since 1988* A seminal band in the history of indie rock, often cited as the progenitors of shoegaze / slowcore, but with an influence on bands across a wide range of styles, from Stereolab to Bon Iver* Re-mastered and packaged in deluxe Stoughton tip-on jackets* Vintage Galaxie 500 LPs currently sell on eBay for $50-$80 each* Damon & Naomi DVD scheduled for release in September 2009*
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NM (Near Mint) Appears unplayed and will bear no marks, sleeve scuffs, or scratches.
EX+ (Excellent) May have one or two visible imperfections (i.e. sleeve scuffs, faint scratches, or other superficial marks) that will not affect playback.
VG+ (Very Good+) A few visible imperfections. These may include sleeve scuffs, light scratches, or other superficial marks.
VG (Very Good) Similar imperfections found on VG+ records but in slightly greater numbers. Records graded VG and above will typically not have any scratches that are deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
VG- (Very Good-) A number of visible imperfections; the presence of a considerable number of light scratches will force a VG- grade, as will the presence of significant isolated defects such as scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
G (Good) Record can be played without skipping, but will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. G+ and G- are used to indicate stronger and weaker copies within this range.
*SW/DNAP* Slight warp, does not affect playback
*QUAD* Quadraphonic Sound, similar to today’s surround sound
All records are visually graded by our experienced staff, using a bright lamp and an Audio-Technica ATLP-120 turntable.