A Minor Forest – Flemish Altruism / Inindependence (RSD)

Image: 1587799 Classic albums from the early days of Thrill Jockey. Originally released in 1996/1998 - these have been out of print on vinyl for nearly a decade. Both albums are being re-issued and will be sold as a 4xLP set. Flemish Altruism will feature new/updated artwork. Both will include download coupons for the first time. A Minor Forest recently reunited and played a very well received show in San Francisco (with a Bay Guardian cover story)


Flemish Altruism
1. ...But The Pants Stay On
2. Bill's Mom Likes To Fuck
3. Ed Is 50
4. So Jesus Was At The Last Supper...
5. Jacking Off George Lucas
6. Speed For Gavin
7. Perform The Critical Straw Transfer
8. Dainty Jack And His Amazing Technicolor Cloth Jacket
9. Beef Rigger
10. The Loneliest Enuretic

1. The Dutch Fist
2. Erik's Budding Romance
3. Look At That Car, It's Full Of Balloons
4. ... It's Salmon!
5. The Smell Of Hot
6. Michael Anthony
7. Discoier

The A Minor Forest story begins in the late 80’s in San Diego, where Andee
(the drummer) and Erik (the guitar player) grew up. Andee was studying
art at U.C.S.D., working at the college radio station and playing in a metal
band. The bass player in said band was still in high school with Erik, who
was pretty much Goth at the time. The two met through this mutual friend
and began to hang out.
In 1990 Andee moved away, eventually relocating in San Francisco. Erik
followed in 1992, moving to the Bay Area to study music at U.C. Berkeley.
The two began to play music together that spring. After months of searching
for an acceptable bass player, John entered the picture in January of 1993.
He had attended music school at Berkeley as well, playing clarinet in the
symphony. One week after their first rehearsal, the three played their first
In the spring of 1994, Dominique Davison, another music student at
Berkeley, began playing cello with the group, helping with recordings
and occasional live performances. Through Dominique’s band, Spitboy,
AMF hooked up with Steve Albini in August of 1995. The band went on
to record a number of sessions with both Steve and Bob Weston that
would make up Flemish Altruism, their debut record for Thrill Jockey.
Dominique left the band shortly before the record came out, but appears
on some of that material as well as on various vinyl on releases that came
out prior to Flemish. After much touring the band recorded their second
record for Thrill Jockey, Inindependence with Brian Paulson in Winter
of 1998 in Chicago. The band continued to tour and release singles and
make compilation appearances for most of 1998, before deciding to take a
hiatus in Fall of 1998. A collection of much of this out of print material and
a couple new tracks made it onto the Were They in Some Sort of Fight?
CD on My Pal God Records in 1999.
During A Minor Forest’s hiatus, Andee went on to play in many bands
including Lumen and the currently active Imperils. He became co-owner
of Aquarius Records, one of the best record stores in the US. He also
started his own record label, Tumult.
Erik went on to work in public radio and pursue chamber music with
Dominique in their group Threnody Ensemble. This led him to attend
graduate school in music at U.C. San Diego. From there, he went on to
play with the band Pinback for six years.
John went on to play in the band Creepy Crawly Claw. He also created
the Larry Bus, an Oakland public transit bus that he converted into a
vegetable-oil powered mobile concert venue. He released a solo album
in 2013.

Flemish Altruism (1996) and Inindependence (1998)
are classics from the early days of Thrill Jockey and
have been out of print on vinyl for nearly a decade
This 4xLP set is being issued for Record Store Day
2014 and includes both albums in their own gatefold
jackets with download card for the first time
Flemish Altruism has been completely re-mastered
and features brand new artwork with many archival
photos of the band on the inner gatefold
Flemish Altruism was recorded by Bob Weston and
Steve Albini. Inindependence was recorded by Brian
A Minor Forest reunited in 2013, playing their first live
shows in over 15 years. The band will tour the US in
April & May of this year
“…look at how much of the San Francisco trio’s
legacy has been ratified and perpetuated by indierock
posterity: Hypnotically slithery emo jangle?
Check. Appealingly disruptive math-spazz freakouts?
Check. Twitchy dynamic shifts under drawling voice
recordings? Check. Exquisitely crass song titles?
Check” - SF Weekly Erhältlich ab 19.04.2014

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