This Just In: Your Blues

I hadn’t listened to Destoyer’s Your Blues in years. Not sure why, as I frequently listen to Destroyer’s Rubies and Kaputt alongside other Dan Bejar-related stuff like Swan Lake. It’s not like I completely forgot about Your Blues or its contents (the bit about a woman keeping “the word ‘Destroyer’ embroidered on her jeans” comes to mind often), but for some reason I hadn’t revisited it. So then Merge reissued it (for the first time on vinyl), I put it on, “It’s Gonna Take An Airplane” played, and the memories cascaded as I exclaimed “oh shit – that’s my jam!” I’ve now spent days with it in my head, much like I had it in my head for days on end years ago. It still has the same strong “what the hell is he doing and how does it work so well?” effect on me. I think I’m gonna get my jeans embroidered after work today.

Destroyer – Your Blues LP:
Listen – “It’s Gonna Take An Airplane”

On the occasion of the Destroyer LP reissue, Canadian music writer Michael Barclay wrote of the album:

Your Blues is luxurious pop presented as high drama, the ideal sonic setting for Bejar’s oft-arch, oft-parodied delivery. It’s here, not in front of a rock band, where his voice is actually most at home: in a world where nothing sounds real, and everything is possible and wondrous and exclamatory. Pity the poor believers in “purity” and “authenticity,” tired and meaningless words that should never be applied to any art form, least of all pop music. (“So, Great Pretender, pull a face!”) Bejar’s sloganeering—Your Blues contains some of his most memorable phrases, almost as many as Streethawk—is all the more powerful when presented in contrast to the synthetic veneer.

“People say, ‘They just didn’t want it enough.’ Oh, but we were the Music Lovers!” Destroyer doesn’t want what you think he wants; he doesn’t want what you think he should, as a so-called rock singer. He’s called Destroyer for a reason. On Your Blues, Bejar made it crystal clear that your blues are your business; they have nothing to do with his art or wherever he decides to take it. Dan Bejar never went back to Your Blues—not even while touring the record, which involved the B.C. band Frog Eyes pummeling these songs to the ground as only a Beefheartish art-rock band could. (You can hear the results on the Notorious Lightning EP, featuring six reworked versions of Your Blues songs; it seemed almost an apology to rockist snobs.) Your Blues sounds like nothing else in the Destroyer discography, which is exactly why it should be celebrated, cherished—and reissued on vinyl.

Nobody’s blues – new releases, reissues and restocks…
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP; People’s Instinctive Travels 2LP
AC/DC – Rock Or Bust LP+CD
Allah-Las – Worship The Sun LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP; Lioness: Hidden Treasures 2LP
Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha LP
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers 2LP
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 2LP
Balloon Monument – PL003 CS
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
Beatles – 1 2LP*; 1962-1966 2LP*; 1967-1970 2LP*
Black Keys – Magic Potion LP
Boards Of Canada – Hi Scores 12″
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soul Rebels LP*
Booker T. & The M.G.’s – The Booker T. Set LP
Busta Rhymes – The Coming 2LP*
Can – Ege Bamyasi LP; Monster Movie LP; Tago Mago 2LP
Channel 1 – Satta Dub LP
Chris & Cosey – Trance LP
David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed 2CD
De La Soul – 3 Ft. High And Rising 2LP
Don Carlos – Wipe The Wicked Clean LP
DJ Shadow – Entroducing LP
Drovers ’88 – Winter Heaters CS
Fennesz – Becs 2LP
Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends CD
Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 2LP
Fred McDowell – I Don’t Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll LP
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata 2LP
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow LP; Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
G.B.H. – No Survivors LP*
Gang Starr – Daily Operation LP
Ghostface – The Pretty Toney Album 2LP*
Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead LP
Holly Hunt – Year One 2LP; Prometheus EP 12” (LAST REMAINING COPIES OF BOTH!!!)
Holly Hunt/Slomatics – Split 7”*
James Blake – Overgrown 2LP
James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up LP
Japanther – Instant Money Magic LP*
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels 2LP
Joey Ramone – Don’t Worry About Me LP
Johnny Cash – Blood, Sweat & Tears LP; The Fabulous Johnny Cash LP
Jon Hassell/Brian Eno – Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics LP*
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
King Tubby – Dub From The Roots LP; Explosive Dub LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
Lee Fields – Problems LP
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Blue Lightnin‘ LP; The Great Electric Show & Dance LP
LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out LP*
Loscil – Sea Island 2LP*
Lou Reed – Rock N Roll Animal LP
Madlib – Shades Of Blue LP
Mary J Blige – The London Sessions 2LP*
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 2LP
Misfits – Collection II LP; Legacy Of Brutality LP; S/T LP; Static Age LP
Nas – S/T LP
Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love 10″; Marks & Angles 12″; Space Is Only Noise LP
Nina Simone – Gifted & Black LP
Nirvana – In Utero 2013 Mix 2LP
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Otis Redding – Lonely & Blue LP
Panda Bear – Tomboy LP
Parquet Courts – Content Nausea CD
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II 2LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP; Endless River 2LP, CD; The Wall 2LP; Wish You Were Here LP
Question Mark & The Mysterians – 96 Tears LP
Radiohead – In Rainbows LP
Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music LP
Rolling Stones – 12×5 LP; From The Vault: L.A. Forum Live In 1975 3LP*; Hot Rocks 2LP; Through The Past Darkly LP
Sam Cooke – Ain’t That Good News LP; Harlem Square Club, Miami, FL 1/10/63 LP*
Samuel Hoffman/Les Baxter – First Electronic Chillout Music LP
Scientist – The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear LP
Sly & Robbie – Dubrising LP; Sly & Robbie – Middle East Dub LP
Smashing Pumpkins – Gish LP; Monuments To An Elegy CD*
Son House – Father Of Folk Blues LP
Spiritualized – Amazing Grace LP; Songs In A&E 2LP
Spoon – They Want My Soul LP
Swans – Filth LP; To Be Kind 3LP
Sun Ra – Discipline 27-11 LP; Secrets Of The Sun LP
Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs LP
The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers & Sisters LP
The Fall – Yarbles LP*
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane – At Carnegie Hall LP
Thelonious Monk – The Man I Love LP
Thievery Corporation – The Mirror Conspiracy 2LP
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones LP
Tool – Opiate 12″
Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This LP
Ty Segall – Singles 2 LP
Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub LP
Various – Charred Remains 2LP
Various – Poco Loco In The Coco LP
Various – Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! 2LP
Various – Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik 2LP
Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol. 5 2LP
Various – The Traveling Archive: Folk Music From Bengal LP
Various – Turkish Freakout Vol. 2 2LP
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks LP
Various – A Distant Invitation LP
Various – Beck Song Reader 2LP
Various – Miami Vice OST LP
Various – Trapped: 16 R&B And Early Soul Stompers LP
Wendy Carlos – Tron OST 2LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue