Merge has announced that it will reissue all four albums by Chapel Hill indie-rockers Archers of Loaf. First up is the band's off-kilter and oft-raging 1993 debut, Icky Mettle. It will hit shelves on August 2, freshly remastered by Bob Weston and with new liner notes by Robert Christgau. New editions of the band's next three albums, Vee Vee (1995), All The Nations Airports (1996), and White Trash Heroes (1998), will arrive next year.
Additional goodies on the Icky rerelease include the Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP, plus singles and b-sides from the band's early days. Head over to Merge's website to download one of those singles, "What Did You Expect?", originally released back in '94 by the Archers' Chapel Hill compatriots at the label. You can pre-order the CD or LP (limited edition blue vinyl!) now, and with that comes a poster (while supplies last, natch), a digital copy of the remastered album, and a download of the footage of their January reunion show at the Cat's Cradle.
Archers of Loaf originally disbanded in 1998, but are giving it another go this summer after the aforementioned January 15 surprise gig opening for The Love Language in North Carolina. They played one of the first shows of their reunion tour last weekend at the Sasquatch Festival, and before you get yourself all worked up about missing it or not being able to make the other dates, listed below, NPR Music recorded their entire set and you can listen to it here. The band is also making their television debut on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on June 24.
6/03-04 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
6/11 Austin, TX - Emo's
6/12 Dallas, TX - The Loft
6/25 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/26 New York, NY - Webster Hall
7/08-09 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
7/22-24 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
8/05 Washington, DC - Black Cat
8/06 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre
8/19-20 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
9/02-03 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
9/08 Portland, OR - MusicfestNW
9/09 Seattle, WA - Neumo's