Published Mar 25, 2016Baritone-voiced Mark Kozelek is arguably one of the most prolific and polarizing figures in pop music today, but for many he'll always be known as the frontman for slowcore pioneers Red House Painters. Much of the band's back catalogue has been brought back to vinyl over the last little while, and now Sub Pop has confirmed that it's about to repress the band's final full-length, Old Ramon.
Rumours of a repress had been circling for a while, but the label officially unveiled the reissue plans last night (March 24) over Instagram. After much demand, the new vinyl run of 2001's Old Ramon arrives April 29.
Pre-orders have the double-LP set going for $21 USD, which should please anyone who had been contemplating paying well over $100 on resale sites like Discogs.
A press release notes that while it had been issued in the early 2000s, Old Ramon was recorded from the fall of 1997 through to the spring of 1998. At the time, the band had been signed to Island Records, but a "mega-major label merger catastrophe" kept the record in limbo. After the fallout, they brought the record to Sub Pop.
It's noted that "Between Days" and "Wop-a-din-din" were written while Kozelek was vacationing in Mexico. "Golden" was written for the late John Denver, whom Kozelek had previously covered. The Red House Painters leader had also served as a producer on 2000's Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver.
The Old Ramon repress follows 4AD's 2015 reissue campaign of the band's earliest material, and an Island-issued double-LP pressing of 1996's Songs for a Blue Guitar.
In related news, Kozelek is due to deliver a covers set called Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites through his own Caldo Verde Records on May 27. He issued the Jesu/Sun Kil Moon collaboration with Jesu's Justin Broadrick earlier in 2016.