After releasing the critically-acclaimed album The Big Freeze in 2019, a recent performance at NPR’s Tiny Desk, and giving birth to her first child mid-pandemic, Laura Stevenson has announced that her long out-of-print sophomore album Sit Resist is receiving the deluxe reissue treatment with a special edition double LP gatefold vinyl packaging, to be released on September 4, 2020.
The thirteen song album has been remastered at the hallowed Abbey Road Studios in London from the original 1/4” analog master tapes, and the vinyl processed with a new half speed lacquer cut to ensure the highest quality audio possible. The bonus LP is a collection of outtakes of nearly every album track, including never before heard pre-production demo recordings, alternate mixes and arrangements, live material, an Archers of Loaf cover, as well as a newly recorded version of the album track “Caretaker” which was recorded in 2019 on the literal last night in the house Stevenson grew up in, ten years after the song was originally written there.
The album features liner note essays written by musicians Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus who drew early inspiration for their own music and songwriting from the album. Also contributing liner notes are Pitchfork, NPR and Stereogum writer Nina Corcoran, as well as longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock who produced and played guitar on some of the bonus demo material contained in the collection.
The packaging also features many never before seen studio photos and tour photography from the era in which the album was written, produced and released, and outtakes from the photo session at which the album’s iconic cover artwork was shot.
Don Giovanni and Better Yet Podcasts are co-producing a limited podcast series chronicling the making of, and lasting influence of the album. New episodes will be released every Wednesday until the reissue is released on September 4. The podcast features interviews with Stevenson, album engineer Eric Bennet, as well as longtime collaborators Mike Campbell, Jeff Rosenstock and Joe Steinhardt. Lucy Dacus and Adult Mom’s Stevie Knipe are interviewed about Stevenson’s songwriting, and how it has influenced their own careers. Also interviewed is comedian Chris Gethard who stated “the album was a game-changer for me.”
The limited run double-LP Remastered Deluxe Edition set of Sit Resist is now available. Don Giovanni Records.