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Oxbow - Narcotic Story [Vinyl]

  • BDX04
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9 tracks, 45 minutes. Possibly Oxbow's best album, ever.  Edition of 1300 copies in a gatefold sleeve with a lyric insert. 1000 pressed on red vinyl and 300 on red with gold metallic speckles.

It's a major honour for us to be able to bring you the deluxe vinyl version of the latest album from Oxbow - "The Greatest Art Rock Band In The World" (Vice Magazine). A strictly limited edition gatefold heavyweight pressing in a sanguine red colour to match the retro pulp novel / Blue Note style album art. The album was incredibly well recieved the world over, earning the Album Of The Year in UK's Rock -a-Rolla magazine. 

Whilst not as powerfully cathartic and visceral as actually witnessing the band in person, this is still an unsettling, violent and disturbing piece of work, made all the more effective by its lack of reliance on volume and distortion as a shortcut to "heaviness"..

Here's what Hydra Head had to say about the original CD release:
"After blotting out the sun with 2006's CD+DVD compilation, Love That's Last: A Wholly Hypnographic And Disturbing Work Regarding Oxbow, our boys besmeared the Record Plant in San Francisco with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Raconteurs, Frank Zappa, American Music Club) in tow and emerged with The Narcotic Story, possibly the finest fucking album of Oxbow's 10,000-year career. In fact, we're gonna go with the word masterpiece here. Presumably, the Story in question follows vocalist Eugene Robinson's alter ego Frank in his terrific and triumphant struggle against non-drug use - but the way Robinson writes lyrics, one just never knows. In all likelihood, the joke's on us (and it's a painful and disturbing one) even though we're pretty sure Eugene prefers not to joke about these things. And neither does the band, for that matter: On The Narcotic Story, Dan Adams (bass), Greg Davis (drums) and Niko Wenner (guitar/organ) unfurl the quiet and creepy and desperate and successfully deconstructed in a kind of ominous/strident/triumphant rock (yeah, we said it) that expresses, in no uncertain terms, the fact that Oxbow do not fuck around. Eugene describes it as "a disturbing stroll through a place where everything's broken," but to us, it's more like a terrifying sprint from the very real prospect of severe bodily harm inflicted by some omniscient & immutable force. We're still not sure why Eugene insists on removing his pants on stage, or why approximately 15% of Oxbow shows end in fist fights, but we're kinda like you in that respect: We've got a lot to learn."

Track Listing:
Side A
01. Mr. Johnson
02. Geometry of Business
03. Time Gentlemen Time
04. Down A Stair Backward
05. She's A Find
Side B
01. Frankly Frank
02. A Winner Every Time
03. Frank's Frolic
04. It's the Giving, Not the Taking
Total Running Time: 44:15 mins
  • Available on LP.  (CD on Hydrahead)
  • For fans of: Black Flag, The Jesus Lizard, Tom Waits, Swans, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs. 
  • File under: Art Rock meets Cage Fighting
  • Released: June 2008

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