Live

by Pylon

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    It is with great pleasure to announce Chunklet's involvement with Athens legends Pylon!

    Over the coming months there will be a treasure trove of Pylon goodies coming out (both vinyl and otherwise!) and we're starting with this reprinting of their Dinosaur shirt originally made in 1982. Illustrated by guitarist Randy Bewley and reimagined by bassist Michael Lachowski.

    Printed with water based white ink on American Apparel tri-blend indigo shirts. (the white shirt is an original from 1983 and shown only for reference)

    Wanna save a few bucks and live in Georgia? Email directly for pick up in the East Atlanta neighborhood.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Gravity (live) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes the double album with gatefold. Also includes a heavy-duty PYLON bumper sticker and an PYLON enamel pin (both designed by Pylon bassist Michael Lachowski) which are only included with this deluxe pre-order.

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  • Record/Vinyl

    Let's say you want the album, but not the bumper sticker and enamel pin. That's fine! Here you can just purchase the gatefold album by itself.

    Wanna save a few bucks and live in Georgia? Email directly for pick up in the East Atlanta neighborhood.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Live via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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"Pylon is still my favorite Athens band, in fact, one of my favorite bands!"
-Fred Schneider, The B-52s

“Randy Bewley and Michael Lachowski's simple lines display untoward rhythm and melody, respectively. Curtis Crowe bangs away so obdurately it's hard to understand why he didn't become rich. Vanessa Briscoe Hay barks and brays whatever incantatory phrases seem called for. Timeless. Cool.”
-Robert Christgau, Dean of American Rock Critics

“[Pylon] stands as shockingly modern and unparalleled these many years later." 
-Michael Stipe, R.E.M.


1983 was a banner year for Pylon. The Athens quartet released their second album, Chomp, on Atlanta-based DB Records, toured the country extensively, and played several opening slots for then-up-and-comers U2. And then, without a hint of explanation, they quit.

Their final show at the Mad Hatter in Athens, Georgia, was, as was always the case, a frenzy of minimal disco thud, post-punk guitar scree, and deliriously inspired howl. Oh, and dancing — always dancing — both in the crowd and on stage. The gig was recorded (both audio and video) for a failed PBS pilot called Athens Shows, and the tapes were put away and forgotten. That is, until now.

Around three years ago, after Pylon’s DFA reissues hit the street, Chunklet CEO (and card-carrying member of the Pylon Fan Club) Henry Owings emailed the band bemoaning the lack of bonus material on the CDs, which sparked a larger conversation. “My favorite Pylon is live Pylon,” said bassist Michael Lachowski, with which Henry wholeheartedly agreed. Following a cordial sit-down at Michael’s apartment over the New Year’s holiday of 2015, an exhaustive search began for live recordings by Pylon. More specifically, live recordings from Athens in the early ’80s. Oh, and that sounded as good, if not better, than their proper full-length albums.

Numerous dead ends followed, but finally, and somewhat fittingly, the multitrack recordings of Pylon’s final performance at the Mad Hatter in 1983 were unearthed. Once the tapes were transferred and subsequently mixed, the explosive and compelling sounds raised one very significant question: Why in the world did Pylon quit?

For a band whose legacy, in their original incarnation at least, was two full-length albums and a handful of singles, Pylon were first and foremost a live band who weren’t as interested in working in a studio. Pylon’s raison d’être was performing for a crowd, and now there’s conclusive validation.

Pylon Live is a double vinyl album recorded on the band’s home turf at the culmination of their powers, and the results could not be more stellar. An all killer, no filler set with nothing left on the cutting room floor, Pylon Live includes powerful versions of the Pylon canon from their first and second LPs and even the hard-to-find song “Party Zone” (previously available only on a DB Rec comp) and their never-before-released rendition of the “Batman Theme.”

When compared to the band’s prior body of work, Pylon Live bookends all of it; some might even say it’s a better representation of this Athens quartet, who thrived on bouncing around on stage infinitely more than sitting in a studio.

There’s little arguing that the Athens powerhouse trifecta of R.E.M., the B-52’s, and Pylon is peerless. And while all three bands have achieved great critical acclaim, only the first two had the commercial acclaim they deserved. Pylon Live intends to correct that.

Pylon Live is being released on July 25, 2016, the birthday of deceased Pylon guitarist Randy Bewley, with release events scheduled for this summer in Atlanta and Athens.

Pylon Live is for sale at chunklet.bandcamp.com.

Limited to 217 on magenta vinyl.
Limited to 312 on clear vinyl.
Unlimited on black vinyl.

credits

released July 25, 2016

SIDE A
Working is No Problem
Driving School
No Clocks
Altitude
Gravity

SIDE B
Crazy
K
Cool
Italian Movie Theme
Buzz

SIDE C
Danger
Reptiles
Stop It
Feast On My Heart
Beep

SIDE D
M Train
Volume
Weather Radio
Party Zone
Batman

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Manufactured & Assembled in U.S.A.
A Chunklet Industries release

All songs written and performed by Pylon (Randall Bewley/Vanessa Briscoe Hay/Curtis Crowe/Michael Lachowski)
Lyrics and arrangement by Pylon
Published by Pylon Music Two for BMG Bumblebee
© Pylon, 1983, 2016
Except “Batman”
written by Neal Hefti
publisher Emi April Music Inc OBO Emi Miller Catalog Inc.

Executive Producer: Henry Owings
Tapes preserved by Jeff Calder along with Steve Puntolillo at Sonicraft
Audio restored and mixed by Derek Almstead
Mastered by Drew Crumbaugh
Lacquers cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service

Recorded on December 1, 1983 at the Mad Hatter, Athens, Georgia
Audio Production Manager: Hartley Schilling
Audio Engineers: Scott Waterberry & Steve Mays
Concert Sound: Chris Fulton & Brian Kay

Thank you:
Dan Aguar
David Barbe
Danny Beard
Tom Branch
Paul Butchart
Jeff Calder
John Fuller
Bob Gentile
Emily Clarke Growden
Bob, Hana & Victoria Hay
Hannah Jones
Sarah & Charlotte Owings
Adam Reach

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