Merge Records Launches 25th Anniversary Reissue Series with Expanded Edition of Lambchop's 'Nixon'

Merge Records Launches 25th Anniversary Reissue Series with Expanded Edition of Lambchop's 'Nixon'
Iconic indie label Merge Records has already announced plans to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a 7-inch series, and now the company has announced that it will launch a reissue series as well. This will kick off with an expanded edition of Lambchop's 2000 album Nixon on January 28.

This reissue will be pressed on CD and 180-gram white vinyl. Both formats will come with a bonus CD: a solo radio performance by frontman Kurt Wagner called White Sessions 1998: How I Met Cat Power, during which he played as-yet-unrecorded material while accompanied by cassette loops.

An announcement from Merge notes that this album marked a turning point for Lambchop; after this, they moved away from analogue recording and stripped-back the personnel. With its multi-genre experimenting, Nixon became a jumping off point for subsequent Lambchop albums.

"Nixon might've been the peak of the 14-person Lambchop," Wagner said in a statement.

The album is available to pre-order here.

Following Nixon, Merge will continue to reissue albums from its back catalogue at monthly intervals throughout 2014. According to a press release, "Some of these selections have been long out of print, have great companion bonus material, or were requested by nerds in the Merge office who just wanted to own them on vinyl."