Here's a little Euro-blast from the past for you: Merge Records just sent along the above footage of famed Nashville-based avant-country institutions Lambchop opening for Yo La Tengo in Hamburg, Germany. The clip — which opens with phenomenal steel man Paul Niehaus doing a solo rendition of "If I Could Touch the Hymn of His Garment" — was filmed at Fabrik on May 18, 2000, and posted by 13 Productions just last year. It's pretty rare, special footage of the ensemble, and in the very wide shots, you might be able to just make out the figure of a young guitarist (distant stage right) who would later go on to release an acclaimed LP of his own via Merge Records.
Lambchop diehards will of course notice that this footage was shot not long after the release of frontman Kurt Wagner & Co.'s breakthrough record, Nixon. Well, on Jan. 28, Merge will reissue Nixon, and here are some details on that:
Also, in stores on January 28, the lovely new CD and LP reissue of Lambchop's Nixon. The double-CD includes the original album plus a bonus disc containing White Sessions 1998: How I Met Cat Power, a remastered live solo session Kurt recorded at Radio France in 1998. The LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and includes the CD of bonus material.
Cool. You can pre-order Nixon on double CD ($14.98) or LP + CD ($18.98) right here.