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Editors’ Notes

Though it's considered a groundbreaking modern classic, Slint’s second album, Spiderland, hardly seems like what most people would expect a revolutionary release to sound like. It was precisely its slowness, its moments of silence, its leisurely pace, and its moments of unusual instrumental work that made it the influential work it became. Recorded by Brian Paulson at River North Recorders in Chicago over four days in August 1990 and released in 1991, Spiderland introduced the world to guitarists Brian McMahan and David Pajo, bassist Todd Brashear, and drummer Britt Walford. These musicians went on to play in or with Tortoise, Papa M, Palace, The For Carnation, Evergreen, The Breeders, Interpol, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and they're now considered among the creators of post-rock. “Good Morning, Captain”—which appeared on the soundtrack to Larry Clark’s 1995 film Kids—is one of the album’s key tracks, along with the deceptively catchy “Washer” and “Breadcrumb Trail.” The band have since reunited on occasion and been the subject of a documentary by Lance Bangs.

Customer Reviews

Most likely the best album I have ever listened to...

This defined my teenage years. This album made me cry. This album made me smile. This album is simply a masterpiece. Still remains my absolute favorite album all time.

This Album Changed My Life

It's hard for me to express the impact this album had on my life. It's perfect.

A Root Album for a Dominant Sound in Contemporary Rock

Spiderland echos across the work of many of today's most influential acts. From Mogwai to PJ Harvey the impact of Slint and this album cannot be denied.

There were several bands that rose out of the Louisville scene during the early 90s with a similar sound, another notable being Rodan, but they were drowned out of the popular consiousness by the corporate backed "grunge" movement of the Pacific Northwest.

Do not miss this album. It may sound familiar to you now but when it was released it was unlike anything before. It has been borrowed from endlessly since and in this reviewer's honest opinion has never recieved the popular recognition it deserves.

In the inner circles of the music world with its geeks and artists Slint and Spiderland is well respected and well known but to the popular consumer it remains a mystery. More people need to listen to this album. It is still fresh and haunting with every spin.

Even the supposed flaws pointed out in the iTunes review are a strength. Slint was a group of kids in Kentucky who poured themselves into making something. Personally I would not fault them for their earnest efforts and pushing their talents to the limits. The raw reality of the album is part of its appeal and does not detract from it in the least.


Formed: 1987 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Though largely overlooked during their relatively brief lifespan, Slint grew to become one of the most influential and far-reaching bands to emerge from the American underground rock community of the 1980s; innovative and iconoclastic, the group's deft, extremist manipulations of volume, tempo, and structure cast them as clear progenitors of the post-rock movement that blossomed during the following decade. Whatever the extent of Slint's own influence, the group grew out of Louisville, Kentucky's...
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