Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Omnivore Revisits the Posies

The Posies
The Posies, photo by James Bush, courtesy Omnivore Recordings

The archival experts at Omnivore Recordings are launching an ambitious reissue campaign for power-pop legends the Posies that includes new CD and vinyl versions of the band’s three critically-acclaimed major label albums. Fronted by the talented duo of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, the Posies were critical darlings of the alt-rock ‘90s, their unique blend of British Invasion styled melodies and grungy guitars tailor-made for the era. Although Posies songs like “Golden Blunders,” “Suddenly Mary,” “Dream All Day,” and “Flavor of the Month” achieved a modicum of FM airplay, especially on college radio, by the end of the decade the band had rejoined the indie rock ranks.

The Posies' Dear 23
Omnivore will reissue Dear 23, the band’s 1990 DGC Records debut album, on June 15th, 2018 as a two-CD set featuring the album remastered from the original master tapes along with previously-unreleased bonus tracks. The band’s 1993 album, Frosting On the Beater, will follow on August 3rd as a double-disc set with additional bonus tracks. Both albums will also be reissued on vinyl as two-LPs sets mastered at 45rpm for better sound. The band’s major label swansong, 1996’s Amazing Disgrace, will be reissued as a remastered two-CD set on October 28th, and will also be available on vinyl as a two-LP set mastered at 33-1/3 rpm (it is too long for 45rpm).

The Posies' Frosting On the BeaterThe Posies kick off a lengthy North American tour in May featuring the Frosting On the Beater line-up of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, bassist, Dave Fox and drummer Mike Musburger. After their jaunt through the U.S. and Canada, they’ll be jetting over to Europe for dates in September, October, and November. These three albums remain the most popular and in-demand titles of the extended Posies catalog of music, and yet they’ve jumped in-and-out of print with alarming regularity through the years and, even then, previous CD releases weren’t always properly sourced from the original analog master tapes.

The band has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help make the reissues a reality, writing on their campaign page “we need to raise a pretty significant advance fee to license these albums from Universal, so we are putting a ton of personal items, experiences, and exclusive merchandise into this campaign…from clothes we’ve worn onstage, in videos, etc. to spending quality time with Jon and/or Ken in their adopted city of Paris or a coffee date in Seattle…private shows…music lessons…plus exclusive Jon & Ken style guitars…” Check out all the available perks on the Posies’ PledgeMusic page.

The Posies' Amazing DisgraceThe Posies 2018 North American tour

May 18  VICTORIA, BC @ Capital Ballroom
May 19  PORTLAND OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
May 20  EUGENE OR @ OW Hall
May 21  BEND OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
May 22  SACRAMENTO CA @ Harlow's
May 23  SAN FRANCISCO CA @ The Independent
May 24  SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CA @ Coach House
May 25  LOS ANGELES CA @ Bootleg Theater
May 26  SAN DIEGO CA @ Soda Bar
May 28  PHOENIX AZ @ Valley Bar
May 30  SANTA FE NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Co.
May 31  DALLAS TX @ Club Dada
June 1  SAN ANTONIO TX @ Paper Tiger
June 2  AUSTIN TX @ The Parish
June 3  HOUSTON TX @ Bronze Peacock at House of Blues
June 4  LITTLE ROCK AR @ Capitol View Studios
June 6  NEW ORLEANS LA @ The Parish at House of Blues
June 7  NASHVILLE TN @ Mercy Lounge
June 8  BIRMINGHAM AL @ Saturn
June 9  ATHENS GA @ Georgia Theatre
June 10  CHARLOTTE NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
June 11  ANNAPOLIS MD @ Ram's Head On Stage
June 13  PHILADELPHIA PA @ World Cafe Live
June 14  FAIRFIELD CT @ Stage One at Fairfield Theatre
June 15  SOMERVILLE MA @ ONCE Somerville
June 16  WASHINGTON DC @ The Hamilton
June 17  NEW YORK NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
June 19  PITTSBURGH PA @ Club Cafe
June 20  CLEVELAND OH @ Music Box Supper Club
June 21  KALAMAZOO MI @ Bell's Eccentric Cafe
June 22  DETROIT MI @ The Magic Bag
June 23  CHICAGO IL @ Park West
June 24  MADISON WI @ High Noon Saloon
June 25  DES MOINES IA @ Vaudeville Mews
June 26  ST. PAUL MN @ Turf Club
June 28  MILWAUKEE WI @ Summerfest
June 30  DENVER CO @ Levitt Pavilion
July 1  SALT LAKE CITY UT @ The State Room
July 6  BELLINGHAM WA @ Wild Buffalo
July 7  SEATTLE WA @ Neptune Theatre

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