You may be a fan of Spiderland by Slint, and you may very well be playing it at this very second, and I wouldn’t blame you. 23 years after its release, Touch & Go Records will be releasing the album as a box set with a lot of goodies.
Spiderland is being remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston, and the vinyl pressing is being done on 180g vinyl. I did say box set, and that means an additional 14 songs consisting of previously unreleased outtakes and demos will be a part of it, all selected by the guys in Slint and also mastered by Weston. This will be packaged as two records, also 180g pressings, for a total of three records. Yes, a 3LP version of Spiderland, with all of the records being pressed by RTI in California, who have done some great work over the years. The concept of the design and packaging is due to Jeremy deVine, who some of you may know from Temporary Residence. Part of the packaging includes the covers being pressed using heavyweight, “tip-on” gatefold covers, so this will be good to look at and feel (for you record feelers out there).
The box will also contain 2 CD’s and 1 DVD, with the unreleased/demos taking up a full CD. As for the DVD, it will feature a new 90 minute documentary about Slint and Spiderland called Breadcrumb Trail. Directed by Lance Bangs, it will feature interviews with everyone in the band along with Matt Sweeney, Ian Mackaye, David Yow, James Murphy, and Steve Albini.
Add to that a 108-page book, and you got yourself something that you’ll want to put behind glass, but will most likely not. Eh, keep it away from your friend’s greasy hands. Only 3,138 copies of this box is being made, and they can be pre-ordered right now directly from Touch And Go Records. Initial copies will also come with a free T-shirt, only up to XL so if you’re a husky man or woman, no luck for you.