This Just In: HOT!

Love it or hate it, that Squirrel Nut Zippers song “Hell” was freakin’ EVERYWHERE in ’96. I was definitely on the hate squad, just because I was an angsty teenager and was therefore supposed to hate popular things, right? A few years later, someone I had a super mega crush on invited me to go see Squirrel Nut Zippers in Orlando. “Sure – I love that band!,” the older, still angsty, but with make out priorities version of me exclaimed. I’ll cut to the chase… This person and I never did make out, BUT Squirrel Nut Zippers were freakin’ AMAZING live and totally converted me into a fan. And ya know, “Hell” isn’t even their best track, so I can sorta stand by my original angsty opinion. So yeah, 20 years later and Hot is back on vinyl, with a bonus track, the still-compelling artwork, and the honor of reviving and old sound not once, but twice. -MLE

Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot LP
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“It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: ‘It s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that its hot.’

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.

Pitchfork, which was in its second year of operation at the time, raved about Hot giving it a 9.5 and saying: ‘When you first splashdown into the CD, ya hit this realization: that people even older than your parents liked music like this. …Hot is exuberant, gin house swing without apologies and it rocks without pretense. If you can manage to resist liking it, you must be dead.’

A newly re-mastered version of the album along with a bonus track: ‘The Puffer’ (written by Squirrel Nut Zippers trumpet player the late Stacey Guess), returns to stores on July 29th 2016 on Hollywood Records. Long out of print on vinyl, Hot will make its glorious return to wax on 180-gram vinyl.

‘When I first fathomed and then formed the SNZ back in ’91, it was out of necessity a string band,’ commented leader Jimbo Mathus. ‘I didn’t know any horn players until I was introduced to Stacy Guess who was a Chapel Hill, NC native and a trumpet player. He was very serious and knowledgeable about jazz music and he taught me to write and arrange horn charts. In those early days of 93-95 when the band was on a very steep learning curve, he and I rehearsed, conversed, and composed incessantly. The Puffer is one of our collaborations. The puffer was the nickname of an old steam train that still ran through town when Stacy was a small child. We tried to make the song evocative of those strange, sometimes frightening early memories of events that we all carry in us, in this case watching this huge panting, smoking heaving mechanical beast chug thru a small mill town.’

”The Puffer’ was originally set to be included on Hot,’ drummer Chris Phillips added. ‘However, due to his personal issues at the time Guess never joined us for the recording of the album and the track sat on the shelf until Jimbo dug it up a few years later and finished it. Considering how much we loved Stacy, we thought it would be cool to finally give it a proper release.’

‘It’s been a long road folks and the music lives on,’ remarked drummer Chris Phillips. ‘We – all of us – thank all of you. This album and the success it found would not have been possible had it not been for the tireless and endlessly imaginative work of so many team members. This includes the folks at Mammoth Records, the many musicians who graced this album and the band, the amazing road crew, family and friends. Most of all, it would not have meant a thing without you, our loyal fans.'”


HOT new releases reissues and restocks…
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP
Air – Moon Safari LP
B.B. King – King Of The Blues LP
Bad Brains – S/T LP
Bahamadia – Kollage LP
Beatles – Please Please Me (Mono) LP, Revolver LP
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Babylon By Bus 2LP, Burnin’ LP, Catch A Fire LP, Confrontation LP, Exodus LP
Bob Marley – Legend (The Best Of) LP
Broods – Conscious LP*
Can – Delay LP, Future Days LP
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP, TRON: Legacy OST 2LP
David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed 2LP
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit 2LP*, CD*
Deftones – B-Sides & Rarities 2LP+DVD
Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion LP, Ultra LP, Violator LP
Dino Felipe – PROJEKT! CS*
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits LP
Flume – Skin 2LP
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain LP
Ghoul – Dungeon Bastards LP*
Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP
Green Day – Dookie LP
Gregory Isaacs – Warning LP
Gucci Mane – Everybody Looking CD*
Hole – Live Through This LP*
Howlin’ Wolf – Killing Floor: Blues Essentials LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP
John Prine – In Spite Of Ourselves LP*
John Williams – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith 2LP*
Johnny Cash – Essential Johnny Cash 2LP
Judas Priest – Battle Cry 2LP*
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon 2: The Legend Of Mr. Rager 2LP, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 2LP
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV LP
Lou Reed – Transformer LP
Massive Attack – Mezzanine 2LP
Maxwell – black SUMMERS’ night 2LP
Modest Mouse – Night On The Sun CD*, LP*
Mudcrutch – 2 LP*
My Morning Jacket – Okonokos 4LP
N.W.A. – Greatest Hits 2LP
Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us LP
Neu! – Neu! LP
Nick Drake – Pink Moon LP
Nirvana – In Utero 2013 Mix 2LP, Nevermind LP
Operation Ivy – Energy LP
Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay (Mono) LP
Owen – The King Of Whys LP*
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
PJ Harvey – The Wheel 7”*
Portishead – S/T 2LP
Prince – 1999 2LP
Queen – S/T LP
R.E.M. – Dead Letter Office LP, Eponymous LP, Lifes Rich Pageant LP
Ringworm – Snake Church LP*
Run The Jewels  – Run The Jewels II 2LP, Run The Jewels I LP
Sade – Best Of 2LP
Sonic Youth – Murray Street LP, Sonic Nurse 2LP
The Band – Music From Big Pink LP*
The Birthday Party – Hee-Haw (Colored) LP*, Junkyard (Colored) LP*
The Mercury Program – New Myths LP
The Roots – Things Fall Apart 2LP
The Strokes – Is This It LP
Thievery Corporation – Saudade LP, The Mirror Conspiracy 2LP, The Richest Man In Babylon 2LP
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits 2LP*
Various – Jackie Brown OST LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans 2LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue