Now, since we're on the topic of forthcoming Lambchop goodness, I should mention that this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene features a Critic's Pick by Mr. Adam Gold regarding Lambchop's music video shoot tomorrow night at Stadium Inn. Wrestling-themed music videos shot at Stadium Inn! I seem to recall another one of those, which happened to have a guy with a nice mustache in it. Hey now. But what you're really here for is Lambchop deets, so have a peek at the press release:
Recorded at Mark Nevers’s Nashville Beech House studio cum bungalow and dedicated to Vic Chesnutt, Mr. M includes the usual core of musicians- Scott Martin (drums), Matt Swanson (bass), Ryan Norris (guitar, organ), Tony Crow (piano), William Tyler (guitar) and guests include original co-founder Jonathan Marx, delightful Cortney Tidwell (who shared vocals on 2010’s KORT project) and fiddler Billy Contreras (who has worked with all from Charlie Louvin to Laura Cantrell) - and with spectacular string arrangements shared between Peter Stopschinski and Mason Neely, it stretches out sonically as promised. ... The core of the music remains the cyclical picking of Wagner’s guitar and the soft, warm croaking of his voice. The songs are spacious, even dreamy, as on the Countrypolitan instrumental “Gar,” while the lyrics and titles are rich with allusions, some of them obvious, others seemingly unknowable.
Hear the album's lead-off track, "If Not I'll Just Die," embedded after the jump. In exemplary Lambchopian fashion, the song starts out with beautifully swelling, almost Disney-esque strings before settling in behind Wagner's plainly stated opening lyric: "Don't know what the fuck they talk about." Lovely song. Let's have a listen.