July 2016: Mike Krol curates Violent Femmes – Keepers Record Club

July 2016: Mike Krol curates Violent Femmes

The Summer of Merge continues with our July curator, Mike Krol, curating the Violent Femmes 1983 self-titled debut.

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“One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic, Violent Femmes weds the geeky, child-man persona of Jonathan Richman and the tense, jittery, hyperactive feel of new wave in an unlikely context: raw, amateurish acoustic folk-rock. The music also owes something to the Modern Lovers’ minimalism, but powered by Brian Ritchie’s busy acoustic bass riffing and the urgency and wild abandon of punk rock, the Femmes forged a sound all their own.” (All Music)

In the box:

– 180g Violent Femmes LP remastered for vinyl from the original recordings
– 10 page booklet liner essay by Mike Krol on the LP’s personal impact
– Add-on Krol’s Turkey LP from the Member Shop

About Mike Krol

A Milwaukee native, Krol released his first two albums I Hate Jazz and Trust Fund on Counter Counter Culture before joining the Merge Records roster in 2015 to release his third, Turkey:

Mike Krol got his bike stolen and his heart broken. He bailed on graphic-design-as-career. He kept playing drums and guitars, and he kept writing songs about the stuff he hated and the stuff he loved. Leaving Milwaukee for Los Angeles, he took a few years’ worth of wrong turns. But when he showed up at a studio in Sacramento in March 2014, he had his affairs in order. Plug the vocal mic into a guitar amp. Plug the guitar into an overheating box of vacuum tubes. Put the computer in the closet. Roll the tape.

“It has a do-or-die desperation: The sound is scuzzy, but the energy is pure, bristling with the aim to be stronger and more memorable…” (Pitchfork)