Boise Cover Band (Built To Spill): Unoriginal Artists (Clear w/ Tri-color Splatter Wax | 500 Copies)

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First Time On Vinyl!
Reissue of one-off 2003 project by Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), featuring Ned Evett, Ian Waters, and John Mullin. Boise Cover Band’s “Unoriginal Artists” is basically a Built to Spill album, the vision of its founding member Doug Martsch. The Ultra Clear Vinyl variant with LOTS of Electric Blue, Mustard, and Red Splatter! – Limited to 500 copies.

In 2002 while Built to Spill was on hiatus, Doug was inviting various local musician friends to his home studio for improvised jam sessions. Eventually he settled on guitarist John Mullin, long time BTS Soundman Ian Waters on drums and his former Treepeople bandmate Scott Schmaljohn on guitar. Doug played bass. After a while they lost interest in improvising and decided to learn a few covers.

It was recorded on Doug’s 16 track 1/2 tape machine in the same room where the band had always rehearsed, a garage behind his house that his three-year-old son had named the Man House because it had been built for humans, not for lions or elephants. Long time Built to Spill producer Phil Ek engineered the live tracking sessions and then Doug finished the record alone, adding more guitars, some keyboards, lead vocals, and the backing vocal parts that the other band members had been singing during rehearsals. He mixed it alone and Up Records executive Pete Ritchy designed the K-Tel style cover and released a few hundred CD’s on his unofficial side label Jo-Ri. Built to Spill sold them on tour and that was that.

And then seventeen years later Doug asked his friends at EJRC if they could make it available again because it is probably his favorite record he ever made.

Loving Pauper (Dobby Dobson)
Ashes To Ashes (David Bowie)
I Love You More (Lee Williams and the Cymbals)
Strange (The Delusions)
Chain Gain (The Pretenders)
I’m Glad (Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band)
Ta Magia Sto Pegadi (Georgios Trakis)

You can pre-order the album HERE
(Tri-color sold out. Electric Blue Edition (2000 copies) and 2nd Press Red Edition (1000 copies) now available.)

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