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Centro-matic – Redo the Stacks (1996, Remastered 2014)

15-07-2014, 17:55
Rock | Alternative

Centro-matic – Redo the Stacks (1996, Remastered 2014)

Artist: Centro-matic
Title Of Album: Redo the Stacks
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Alternative Rock
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 59:34
Total Size: 140 MB


1. Centro-Matic - The Pilot's On the Wall (1:00)
2. Centro-Matic - Parade of Choosers (2:44)
3. Centro-Matic - Terrified Anyway (1:50)
4. Centro-Matic - Post-It Notes from the State Hospital (3:13)
5. Centro-Matic - Fidgeting Wildly (2:29)
6. Centro-Matic - The Cannonball Shot (0:59)
7. Centro-Matic - Part of This Accident (2:15)
8. Centro-Matic - Am I the Manager or Am I Not? (3:24)
9. Centro-Matic - Cannot Compete (2:54)
10. Centro-Matic - Are You Ready for the Shutdown? (1:13)
11. Centro-Matic - Don't Smash the Qualifying Man (3:02)
12. Centro-Matic - Hoist Up the Popular Ones (3:04)
13. Centro-Matic - Starfighter #1479 (2:56)
14. Centro-Matic - Bitter (Did You Notice That?) (2:17)
15. Centro-Matic - Rock and Roll Eyes (2:49)
16. Centro-Matic - If I Had a Dartgun (4:07)
17. Centro-Matic - Tied to the Trailer (2:45)
18. Centro-Matic - You're Like Everyone (3:47)
19. Centro-Matic - My Super-Model Girlfriend Gone Awol (2:21)
20. Centro-Matic - Take the Original Frame (1:25)
21. Centro-Matic - Capture the Aimless Boy (1:17)
22. Centro-Matic - Mandatory On the Attack (3:18)
23. Centro-Matic - Good As Gold (4:25)

On June 3rd, Centro-matic released their 11th full length, Take Pride in Your Long Odds. In conjunction with the release, the band also reissued a remastered vinyl-only run of Redo the Stacks.
In the spring of 1995, Centro-matic’s Will Johnson moved from Dallas to Denton, a small college town less than an hour north of Dallas that nevertheless feels insulated from Big D’s frenetic bustle and anonymizing size. He was the drummer for a regionally successful band, but he was also writing his own songs.
By the time his band broke up in the summer of 1996, Johnson had experienced “a windfall of inspiration and new material,” finishing or mostly finishing the twenty three songs that went on to become Redo the Stacks. He enlisted fellow drummer Matt Pence to record his songs over the winter break from school. Pence set up a control room in the upstairs of his home, dangling cables down the stairwell and through the ceiling into a small live room crammed with instruments and microphones. Fueled by gas station coffee drinks and crackers, the two spent eight to 10 hours a day working on the songs for the better part of three weeks. With the exception of the occasional violin or cello, Johnson played every instrument on every song, completing the entirety of the tracking before school resumed again.

The resulting album radiates with the manic fervor of youth, hardly letting up between songs, filling the interstitial moments with yelps and laughter, counts and clicks, buzzing amps, clipped conversations, and feedback that bleeds from one song into the next. Johnson’s exuberance inflates the songs like helium in a balloon, some – like “Rock and Roll Eyes,” a brash, telling-off of hangers-on awash in sloshy hi-hat – to the point of nearly bursting. “Fidgeting Wildly,” despite being one of the slower songs, captures the essence of the album as it nervously rattles against the empty spaces, impatient for the next moment of release.

The title of one such moment of release, “Am I The Manager Or Am I Not?,” is lifted from a snippet of overheard dialogue from a story Johnson was reading for school – Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The song has nothing else to do with Conrad and his, as Chinua Achebe put it, “steady, ponderous” storytelling. Rather, it’s restless and anxious, wrestling with commitment and obligation in that short-sided way that the young think of time.

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