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  • Catalog #: DG-44
  • Release Date: September 4, 2020 / April 26, 2011


“Sit Resist, is remarkable. It is unafraid of the darkness, and allows itself to be playful-- the lyrics are tender, honest, inviting you into a vulnerable place but quelling the vulnerability with candid, gentle testaments of living drawn from a deep well of experience.” Julien Baker

“Laura’s records are full of the sensitivity and awareness that are her particular magic… She is one of my favorite writers because she is clearly a listener, listening to herself and clearing a path for the songs to go where they want to go.”Lucy Dacus

“This record is a great document of a bunch of scrappy weird kids laughing through the terror of an uncertain future together. Sit Resist would be THE ONE if Laura didn’t continue to put out records that feel like THE ONE.” Jeff Rosenstock

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 for pre-order via Don Giovanni Records, and will be released on September 4, 2020. This is a one-time edition, and the limited collection will not be reissued in this current state after the initial pressing sells out.

Tracklist:
Disc 1:
1. Halloween Pts. 1 & 2
2. Master Of Art
3. Caretaker
4. The Healthy One
5. Finish Piece
6. Peachy
7. 8:08
8. Red Clay Roots
9. Barnacles
10. Montauk Monster
11. The Wait
12. The Weight
13. I See Dark

Disc 2:
14. Halloween, Pts. 1 & 2 (BTMI Split 7-inch Version)
15. Master of Art (Alternate Mix)
16. Caretaker (Raymond Street Version)
17. The Healthy One (Demo)
18. Peachy (Live)
19. 8:08 (Demo)
20. Barnacles (Live)
21. The Wait (Alternate Mix)
22. I See Dark (Demo)
23. Web in Front (Live)

Credits:
2020 Remaster:
All songs by Laura Stevenson
Sit Resist Original Album Engineered by Eric Bennett, with additional recording by Peter Naddeo and Jeff Rosenstock
Mixed by Eric Bennett at The Hunt Studio
Produced and arranged by Laura Stevenson, Mike Campbell, Peter Naddeo and Alex Billig
Disc 1 Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios
Disc 2 Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side
Analog Tape Transfer by Eric Bennett
Laura Stevenson – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, organ
Mike Campbell – bass guitar
Alex Billig – accordion, trumpet
Peter Naddeo – electric guitar, glockenspiel
Chris Parker – drums, percussion

Additional musicians:
Steve D’Agostino – Banjo
Tony Gedrich – upright bass
Matt Keegan – trombone
Aidan Koehler – violin
Annmarie Nye – musical saw
Jeff Rosenstock – saxophone
Michelle Young – cello
Design and layout by Maxwell Stern
Front and inside cover photos by Orlando Perez
Additional photography by Mike Campbell, Dave Garwacke, Peter Naddeo and Chris Parker

2011 Version:
Recorded by Eric Bennet at Hunt Studio

Artwork and layout by Jeff Rosenstock
Mastered by Tom Ruff