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Control Is In Your Command:
The Best Of: 1999-2012
Deluxe 12-song vinyl LP
five full-length albums and three EPs, along with a bevvy of
compilation tracks and other rare gems, the Weisstronauts have pulled
out the stops and compiled their absolute best music in a super-lavish,
lovingly-assembled collector's package.
Included for the
purchase price is a 12-song LP, pressed on heavy vinyl. The recordings
were completely remastered from the original mixes, specifically for
the vinyl medium and cut by Jeff Powell on the original Stax lathe (finally, we have a single degree of
separation from Isaac Hayes, Booker T & the MG's, Big Star et
al...) at Ardent
Studios in Memphis. The gorgeous, heavy-stock gatefold jacket was
designed by the amazing graphic whiz Jeff Mellin,
based around an amateur painting of a spaceship, found by 'Nauts
guitarist George Hall. The jacket opens up to reveal a
collection of 'Nauts photos, credits, and anecdotes.
the deal, the first 100 copies include a unique piece of original
artwork, created and signed by a band member. These range from line
drawings, caricatures, and crayon sketches, to well, more elaborate
fare. You don't get to choose your artwork, but you can rest assured it
will be absolutely singular.
the package comes with a companion CD that contains all 12 songs from
the LP, as well as 15 (yes, "fifteen") additional songs from the
Weisstronauts' canon. All of these were also completely remastered from
the ground up, and sound better than ever.
completists, please note... This collection contains TWO previously
unreleased Weisstronauts songs, "Handball!" (a live favorite, especially when performed in
supermarkets) and the band's rippin' take on the Bubble
Puppy classic "Hot Smoke & Sassafras." The latter features the
great Mitch Easter guesting on lead guitar and electric
sitar and was mixed by the legendary Roger
(Elvis Costello, Squeeze, the Undertones, etc.) Speaking of Roger, he
also deftly remixed "Perky" for this collection, giving it more power
and atmosphere than its original 2005 mix.
lying if I didn't say that my initiation into the Weisstronauts
brotherhood was preceded by some measure of consternation. After
all, most of their tunes consist of more than 3 chords played by
uber-accomplished musicians. Any anxious feelings were soon put to
rest by not only the title of the first song in the rehearsal, "Tabasco
Fiasco," but the zen-like patience of the band. I was grateful to
be among a sublime group of musician whisperers. At home, safe, at
ease, rocking the crap out of it."
-Neal Spaulding (bass, 2008-present)
Get It Together
Handball! (previously unreleased)
Hot Dog City
Perky (2011 Roger Bechirian remix)
Timmy The Smelter
Caixa Dos Moluscos
Last Train To Shartlesville
Odysseus Goes To America
Hot Smoke & Sassafras (previously unreleased)
Cha Cha Ho
Pleasant Valley Sunday
possible to go back in time, to the year 19 Something 9? The
Weisstronauts know for sure it is, and they want to host you on your
Start with some 1989-style hoopin’, then put on your 1959-era straw
hat, say hello to the smelter guy (circa 1969), and get ready for a
pre-SPF, 1979 kind of sunburn. You can even try on a fedora from 1949,
study germ theory from 1999, and then catch glimpses of a vintage 1909
moth collection. True! Just put this disc in your CD player. Or
pod-listening- type device. Or... hmmm...
blend of rock, surf, country, electronica, and whatnot. A jigger of
Dale and Rev Horton Heat with just a twist of Combustible Edison.
Talking Heads meets Man or Astro-Man in the Squirrel Nut Zippers'
living room." -Foam Totem blog
Pete's Straw Hat Timmy The Smelter
Frank's Fedora Sunburn
A Dandy's Moth Collection
Bentley: The Invisible Rays' "More Is More" Remix
19 Something 9 End Theme
like the 'Nauts have started a bit of a tradition. Following up on
2009’s critically lauded "In Memphis" EP, the band has rolled out the
ingeniously titled "In Memphis 2." Like its predecessor, this one
features four new songs recorded almost entirely live at historic Ardent Studios in
Memphis during a brief stop on one of the band's tours. Again deftly
engineered by Jeff Powell (Big Star, Bob Dylan, Afghan Whigs, etc.),
and mixed by Pete Weiss (at Verdant Studio in Vermont), "In Memphis 2"
catches the band in another spontaneous and unguarded chunk of time.
Songs range from the breezy, dual-12- string chime of “Elation” to the
full-on punk/twist of “Tabasco Fiasco” to the jazzy, Five Neat Guys-
inspired “Carolina Woman” to the homage-to-Stax “Hot Box.”
Memphis" EP was recorded almost entirely live at historic Ardent
Studios in Memphis, Tennessee during a brief stop in the band's
2008 tour. Engineered by Jeff Powell (Big Star, Bob Dylan, Allman
Brothers, etc.), and mixed by Pete Weiss (at Verdant Studio in
Vermont), this 4-song EP catches the band in a creative and unguarded
chunk of time. The rhythm section of Jeff Norcross and Nathan Logus
particularly shine, as do the the spontaneous guitar solos of George
Hall, Kenny Lafler, and Pete Weiss. Definitely a new and different kind
of Weisstronauts recording, this CD release is strictly limited to 300
"hand numbered' copies..
Train To Shartlesville
Ode To Billie Joe
long-awaited fourth instrumental album from the 'Nauts is sonically
broader than ever, featuring plenty on Moog synth, Farfisa organ,
fiddle, banjo, and autoharp (in addition of course to the triple
electric guitar threat that Weisstronauts fans have come to love so
dearly.) Special guests Bow Thayer and Doug Yule (yes, of the Velvet
Underground) contribute joyfully to the proceedings.
"Jaunty" and "Spritely" as the third and final (?) piece of the
Weisstronauts' instrumental trilogy-puzzle. Styles & moods range
from distorted, riff-heavy psychedelia to 60's TV theme show-ish, to
Brian Wilson-esque melancholia.
sophomore album from Sool is comprised of 52 tracks, each about a
minute long. Here's the gist of it: Robocop travels the world and
pierces listeners' psyches, 10-year-old Timmy Franklin rides his
silver-plated scooter to meet the Devil and eventually surfs a tornado
up to his own personal azure, a man evokes the Heimlich Maneuver to win
the heart of his hippy hostess, guitar lessons are given away for free,
Cajun pastries cause massive brain damage, a homeless man yearns to
return to the capital of Florida, Christmas comes and goes, and love,
lust, and yearning are everywhere from the supermarket to the bottom of
a bottle to the tip of a banana.
the debut full-length release from The Weisstronauts...and we are proud
to report that it is a MINDBLOWER." —Babysue zine
"Ventures on rocket fuel." —Amazon.com
"Smacks of gingham and bobbie socks..."
bands debut with a five-song holiday-themed record? To date, this is
the only Weisstronauts release that contains a good deal of singing.
"... a mix of standards and originals, kicking up a little mischief
along the way to keep things interesting. No doubt about it, the
Weisstronauts know their Yuletide carols."
--Jonathan Perry, Boston Phoenix
Jingle Bells MP3
Nuthin' Comin' Good This Christmas
Sweet Baby Jesus
Santa Baby (live)
collaboration between three old friends/musical penpals. Ranges from
shimmery pop to found sounds to conceptual "what the...?"
Laughing Under A Tree
Ramekin of Pemmican Trying
Not To Give It All Away MP3
Sweet Baby Jesus
conceived of recording an EP of covers (Grand Funk, Beatles, Zappa, T
Rex, and Cream, to be exact). Then they conceived of throwing in the
rock 'n roll towel. Some pretty decent (and strange) studio tidbits
were combined with the covers and --voila!-- a farewell album was born.
Actually it's dang good.
Presents the Astounding World of Tomorrow's Modern Hi-Fi Audio CD
debut. A lesson in audio, courtesy of an elocution-prone windbag who
inexplicably likes to rock. Contains many "Pete Weiss standards."
Lovin’ Wonder Drug
Hippy Happy Humping at the Howdown Quick
Freeze VIDEO She
Don’t Play My Game Anymore MP3
I Hate Rock and Roll
Vox Wah Wah Pedal
You are the Cactus
I, I, I
The Human Ear…
Watson, Come Here I Need You
Staring at the Dark
Weiss & the Rock Band contribute
"Albatross" (sung by Stephen Fredette).
This is a great compilation that benefits a great cause. Pete Weiss
produced/engineered all the tracks on it, by such artists as:
Willard Grant Conspiracy
Doug Yule (of the Velvet Underground)
Charlie Chesterman & the Legendary Motorbikes
John Huss Moderate Combo
The Peer Group (the only official release by Peter Prescott's potent
late 90's band)