Published Sep 10, 2014Stony New Jersey unit Monster Magnet are about to give their 2013 album Last Patrol a spit-shine and will launch an alternate edition of the tunes into orbit as Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol.
The modified tracks arrive November 18 through Napalm Records, with band leader Dave Wyndorf explaining in a press release that the record isn't so much remix album, rather presenting "a 'what-if?'-style alternate reality" of Last Patrol. This is apparently done via the use of live tracks recorded in Belgium, meter and mood altering arrangements, or, in the case of "Mindless Ones '68," hopping in a time machine.
"'What if these songs were recorded in 1968?' 'What would happen if I turned a pretty song into an angry one?' 'How would adding creepy organs and Mellotrons affect the emotional vibe of a song?'" Wyndorf pondered. "These are just a few of the questions that roll around in my head when I write and record any album but this time I decided to actually answer them with fully fleshed out, recorded and mixed examples."
As you'll see in the tracklist down below, "I Live Behind the Clouds" is reportedly now "roughed up and slightly spaced," "Stay Tuned" is "even sadder" than before, and the latest version of "The Duke" is slathered in wah-wah.
The first preview from the set is "No Paradise for Me," which the vocalist/guitarist described as "interesting, fucked-up and old-school sounding." You'll find a stream of it beneath the album's tracklist.
Milking the Stars: A Reimagining of Last Patrol:
1. Let the Circus Burn
2. Mindless Ones '68
3. No Paradise For Me
4. End Of Time (B-3)
5. Milking The Stars
6. Hellelujah (Fuzz And Swamp)
7. I Live Behind The Clouds (Roughed Up And Slightly Spaced)
8. Goliath Returns
9. Stay Tuned (Even Sadder)
10. The Duke (Full On Drums 'N Wah)
11. Last Patrol (live)
12. Three Kingfishers (live)