Temporary Residence Limited has revealed details of the much-anticipated deluxe reissues of the entire studio recordings of pioneering and highly influential post-punk group Bitch Magnet. The triple-LP and triple-CD sets will include five previously-unreleased early versions of key Bitch Magnet songs recorded nearly a year before the sessions for the band’s landmark second album Umber: “Punch and Judy, “Joan of Arc,” “Big Pining,” “Joyless Street,” and “Sadie.” Those five songs were newly mixed with John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky and St. Vincent) in October 2010. The reissues will also include a rediscovered “louder” mix of Umber’s leadoff track “Motor.”
Two non-LP tracks recorded during the sessions for the final Bitch Magnet album Ben Hur, “White Piece of Bread” and “Sadie,” are included on the reissues as well. All of these tracks, as well as the band’s three albums, were remastered from the original analog tapes by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Both CD and LP reissues will contain a trove of rare Bitch Magnet photos, posters, and flyers.
Additionally, Bitch Magnet announced it will perform two shows in Asia next month, at Club FF in Seoul on November 5 and at Shibuya O-Nest in Tokyo on November 7. These will be the first shows Bitch Magnet has played since December 1990, and the first that the band’s core trio lineup has played since the spring of 1989.
After performing at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, UK on Saturday, December 10, Bitch Magnet will co-headline The Garage in London with a reunited Hot Snakes on December 13. The band is planning additional December shows in the UK and Europe, and details will be made available on the band’s Facebook page and through its @bitchmagnet Twitter feed.
The street date for the reissues is December 6. The complete track listing for the reissues, along with an MP3 of the remastered version of Ben Hur‘s fan-favorite “Mesentery,” follows:
LP / DISC 1 (Ben Hur, plus extra tracks)
Ducks and Drakes
Lookin’ At The Devil
Spite y Malice
White Piece of Bread*
LP / DISC 2 (Umber, plus extra track)
Joan of Arc
Goat-Legged Country God
Punch and Judy
Motor (louder mix)**
LP / DISC 3 (Pre-Umber recordings and Star Booty)
Punch and Judy**
Joan of Arc**
Sea of Pearls
(*: non-LP track. **: previously unreleased)