Published May 15, 2013This afternoon, Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle tweeted, "Quick somebody ask me 'are you ever going to reissue All Hail West Texas and put it on vinyl?'" The answer to that question is "yes"; it will arrive on July 23 through Merge.
The album was originally released in early 2002. It was the last of Darnielle's ultra-lo-fi albums and was recorded, without overdubs, onto cassette using a boombox. An announcement explains, "All songs [were] recorded on the day they were written, usually within minutes of the actual composition."
At the time, the cassette recordings were transferred onto quarter-inch tape by Alex Newport at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. For this reissue, the songs were remastered using those reels.
This release also includes seven additional songs unearthed from cassettes dating back to the same era. These aren't on the vinyl pressing, but are available as a downloadable accompaniment. The CD version packs all of the songs onto one disc.
The artwork includes a 1,800-word essay by Darnielle that explores the songwriting and recording process that birthed the album.
All Hail West Texas is available to pre-order here. Read some of Darnielle's thoughts about the new release on the band's website.