Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, masked mad man Nash the Slash gets honoured with a round of reissues, Phil Elverum releases new old Microphones, and Vancouver indie rock trio The Courtneys cater to your indie rock sweet tooth.
Nash The Slash, "Womble (45 RPM)"
The work of late, great musical mad scientist Nash The Slash is being treated to another round of reissues from boutique Canadian electronic label Artoffact Records. His sophomore LP And You Thought You Were Normal will be released on special edition "Vincent's Splatter" vinyl, bundled with the Daniel Lanois-produced track "Dance After Curfew" and some Nash film score work from Trip Around Lake Ontario and Roadkill as bonus material.
Artoffact will also release the 1981 Decomposing EP for the first time ever on CD as well as vinyl editions in black and collector's edition yellow. On the disc version, the song "Womble," which Nash claimed was the first track ever produced that was playable at 33.3, 45 and 78 RPMs, is included three times — once at each speed. Get spooked to the freakuencies of "Womble," our first preview, spinning above at a totally danceable 45 RPM. Then, revisit our final interview with the eccentric Canadian legend.
Nash the Slash's And You Thought You Were Normal and Decomposing EP will be reissued February 3 on Artoffact Records.
The Microphones, "Compressor"
Phil Elverum is the kind of guy, you might imagine, who has a few dusty tape cassettes hanging around. Demos, experiments, things limited to micro batch circulation and others he just never ever got around to releasing at all. Elverum has collected the best of the early Microphones recordings, released in their day as "rough and uncommon tapes," he says, on a new LP called Early Tapes, 1996-1998. "Compressor," our first sample from the collection, is a lost classic — by turns heartening and heartbreaking in the way only Elvrum's soft touch is capable.
The Microphone's Early Tapes, 1996-1998 is out December 9 from P.W. Elverum & Sun . It's available for pre-order here.
The Courtneys, "Silver Velvet"
Vancouver-based fuzz rock trio The Courtneys have signed to NZ pop- and post-punk label Flying Nun for the follow up to 2013's self-titled debut LP. The lead single, "Silver Velvet," is like indie rock penny candy — sugary and effervescent and full of artificial colouring. It's delightful as soon as you pop it in, there's that perceptible electric jolt in your brain, then you go back in, almost unconsciously, for another handful.