This Just In: Red Red Meat

Woooooooooooo! One of my favorite albums of all-time just got reissued! As part of the Red Red Meat Archival Reissue Series via PledgeMusic and Jealous Butcher, the oft overlooked collection of RRM’s Sub Pop albums has been given a super-duper-deluxe re-imagining. Bunny Gets Paid, considered their opus (read: most consistent effort), is one of those albums that’s aesthetically timeless. It’s blues (sorta), rock (sometimes), ambient (with an edge), avant (lyrically, definitely), and could be a soundtrack to Hal Hartley’s entire body of work. It could have been conceived yesterday or in 1976 – it’s that broad. I sound obsessed, I know, and I am – my band is named after a freakin’ RRM song. Listen to a sample of the magic, read about the reissue and check out our weekly in-stock list below. Did I mention how excited I am? -MLE

Red Red Meat – Bunny Gets Paid 2LP:
Listen/download: “Carpet Of Horses”

“Chicago rock ensemble Red Red Meat hit hard with 1995’s Bunny Gets Paid. Arguably the band’s most complete album, the record pairs Stones-indebted blues-rock roots with beautiful songs, sounding miles removed from the era’s grunge and radio-friendly alternative rock tropes.

Recorded at Idful Studios in Chicago’s Wicker Park by producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Tortoise), Bunny Gets Paid finds Red Red Meat’s core members, Tim Rutilli, Brian Deck, Ben Massarella, and Tim Hurley, straddling the line between their most accessible set of songs and a desire to explore a kind of “alternate fidelity,” employing layers of distortion, natural reverb, and room ambience.

‘At the time, I felt like we’d made a classic rock record,’ Rutilli says. ‘I was like, ‘This is our Astral Weeks.’’ But listening back 20 years later, Rutilli recognizes the band’s ambition, a desire to break songs down to their barest, most primitive elements to ‘see what survives.’

‘I think it was about testing the melody, how strong a melody was,’ Rutilli says. ‘It was loving pop music and classic rock songs, but also loving noise…the slow burn of actual sound.’

Drummer Brian Deck, who’d go on to work on records by Modest Mouse, The Fruit Bats, Iron and Wine, and others, recalls the band’s 1995 Sub Pop debut, Jimmywine Majestic, making ‘this promise of a rock revivalist band.’ With Bunny Gets Paid, the band ‘went in a different direction from that.’

‘To a certain extent we were just punk asses,’ Deck says. ‘We wanted to do what wasn’t expected of us. We wanted to do something new.’

The record features some of Red Red Meat’s best-loved songs. Opener ‘Carpet of Horses’ pulses with restrained energy under a pastoral shuffle, while ‘Chain Chain Chain’ imagines RRM as a pop act, with crashing drum fills and a surging chorus. ‘Gauze’ sits in the middle of the record, a gorgeous droning ballad with languid guitars that give way to the band’s most anthemic chorus. The record closes with a reading of ‘There’s Always Tomorrow,’ as featured in the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the song fits magically and without irony, a downcast but hopeful sentiment.

‘They were ahead of the time,’ producer Brad Wood says. ‘People say that about bands all the time, but it certainly felt that way to me with this particular band.’

‘As Red Red Meat progressed you see them abandoning traditional song forms, experimenting with the sounds of things — basing songs on sounds and grooves,’ Wood says. ‘More than just about any band I ever worked with, Red Red Meat digested their influences.’ On Bunny Gets Paid, blues and classic rock and roll sounds are transmuted; the record is the sound Red Red Meat finding unique creative footing.” -Jealous Butcher

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Mink eyed, marble eyed… new releases, reissues and restocks…
Able Tasmans – A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down LP*
Alejandro Jodorowsky – The Holy Mountain OST 2LP
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave LP
Animal Collective – Prospect Hummer EP 12″
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do 2LP; Selected Ambient Works 3LP
Art Blakey – A Night At Birdland LP*
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messngers – Ugetsu LP*
Ata Kak – Obaa Sima LP
Ava Luna – Infinite House LP
Bad Brains – Bad Brains LP
Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin LP
Black Baron – Abject Skin LP*
Bobby Hutcherson – Components LP*
Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP 12″; For Emma, Forever Ago LP, S/T LP
Burnt Hair/Ars Phoenix – Split CS
Burnt Hair/Cold Waste – Split CS
Canadian Rifle – Deep Ends CS
Cloud Rat – Qliphoth CS*
Cold Waste – Primitive CS
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think… CD, LP
Crocodiles – Boys LP
Dead Kennedys – Plastic Surgery Disasters LP
Decades/Failures – G00DBY3 LP
Deerhunter – Cryptograms/Flourescent LP
Deftones – Adrenaline LP; Around The Fur LP
Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 2LP
Depeche Mode – Violator LP
Dick Dale – At The Drags LP
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (RTC Version) 2LP
Elvin Jones – The Ultimate Elvin Jones LP*
Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
Flume – Flume LP
Fugazi – Repeater LP; Steady Diet Of Nothing LP
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain LP
Germs – Forming 7”
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress LP
Grant Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand LP*
Gross – Tomorrow I Will Fall In Love CS
Haochi – Peggy CD; Traitor CS*
Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Tche Belew LP
Icky Blossoms – Mask LP*
Jaco Gardner – Hypnophobia LP
Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs LP*
John Carpenter – Lost Themes LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP
Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak 2LP+CD; My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP
Kraftwerk – Autobahn LP
Kyuss – Blues For The Red Sun (2014) LP; Welcome To Sky Valley (2014) LP
LCD Soundsystem – London Sessions 2LP; This Is Happening 2LP
Lee Morgan – Search For The New Land LP*
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
M.I.A. – Arular 2LP
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special LP
Marvin Gaye – What’s Goin’ On LP
Medeski Martn & Wood – End Of The World Party 2LP*
Merkit/Demain – Split 7”
Miles Davis – Miles Davis & The Modern Jazz Greats LP*
Misfits – Collection II LP; Static Age LP
Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP
Novella – Land LP
Null – Almost EP 12″
Outkast – ATLiens 2LP; Stankonia 2LP
Pale Blue – The Past We Leave Behind 2LP
Passion Pit – Kindred CD
Pearl Jam – Ten 2LP
Phosphorescent – Muchacho LP
Prefuse 73 – Rivington Nao Rio LP
Reatards – Teenage Hate/ Fuck Elvis 2LP
Robert Pollard – Faulty Superheroes LP*
Rubbish – American Hardcore CS
Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker 2LP*, CD*
Sacridose – Anxiety Tremors CS
Shadow Of The Destroyer – S/T CS
Shit Robot – Where It’s At 12″
Shopping – Consumer Complaints LP*
Slayer – Haunting The Chapel LP
Soft Moon – Deeper LP
Songs:Ohia – Axxess & Ace LP; Magnolia Elec. Co. 2LP
Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves 2LP
So Stressed – The Unlawful Trade… LP*
Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup 2LP
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois 2LP; Michigan 2LP
The Jellyfish Brothers – Hyper Light Drifter CS*
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead LP
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last LP*, CD*
Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free… LP
Thee Tsunamis – Saturday Night Sweetheart LP*
Thou – Ceremonies Of Humiliation 3LP
Tim Hecker – Virgins 2LP
Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This LP
Tycho – Awake LP
Ufomammut – Ecate LP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love LP*
Various – Devil Got My Woman LP*
Various – Saved & Sanctified LP*
Velvet Underground – S/T LP
Webcam Teens – Separation Anxiety CS
White Eyes – S/T LP
White Manna – Pan LP*
Wvrm – Swarm Sound CS
Youth Code – Youth Code LP
ZNR – Barricade 3 LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue