Lifter Puller (aka the band that spawned The Hold Steady) gets reissue treatment

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    The title might be wordy, but it truly says it all. On December 1st, The Orchard will digitally reissue the entire catalog of Lifter Puller, the Minneapolis outfit that featured now Hold Steady members Craig Finn and Tad Kubler.

    As the story goes, Lifter Puller formed in 1994 and would release three full-length efforts and an EP before calling it quits in 2000. And while The Hold Steady were formed shortly thereafter, the band’s discography would go on to earn a cult following, which would be realized by a sold-out three-night reunion at Minneapolis’ Triple Rock Social Club in 2003.

    Fast forward six years and the band is again ready to relive its legacy. As Pitchfork reports, the December 1st release date first time the band’s music has been available digitally and, perhaps appropriately, will see the reissues accompanied by a bunch of goodies.


    1997’s Half Dead and Dynamite, 1998’s The Entertainment and Arts EP, and 2000’s Fiestas & Fiascos will all be available with bonus live tracks, while The Orchard will also release a compilation of 17 singles and odds-and-ends set, titled Slip Backwards. The band’s 1997 self-titled debut won’t get an bonus treatment, but, at this point, asking for anything more would be a much.

    And as if that wasn’t enough, Pitchfork also reports that Finn, alongside author Jessica Hoppe, will release a a Lifter Puller-themed book in December. It’s titled Lifter Puller Vs. the End Of and will include pictures, lyrics, interviews, and testimonials.

    Find all the tracklists as well as a preview of one of those bonus tracks below.

    As for what’s going on in the world of The Hold Steady these days? Well, aside from multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay going solo and Finn writing a movie, Kubler recently recently customized its own “mixtape” t-shirt to auction off for charity. Head on over to e-Bay to place your bid.


    Check Out:
    “To Live and Die in LBI” (Live From 7th Street Entry, 1998)

    Slips Backwards:

    01 Secret Santa Cruz
    02 Back in Blackbeard
    03 Math Is Money
    04 4 Dix
    05 La Quereria
    06 11th Ave Freezout
    07 The Langelos
    08 Mick’s Tape
    09 The Pirate and the Penpal
    10 The Mezzanine Gyp
    11 Star Wars Hips
    12 Slips Backwards
    13 Nassau Coliseum
    14 Prescription Sunglasses
    15 Emperor
    16 Secret Santa Cruz (Live From the Black Cat, 2000)
    17 Math Is Money (Live From the Black Cat, 2000)

    Lifter Puller Tracklist:
    01. Double Straps
    02. Bloomington
    03. Star Wars Hips
    04. Bruce Bender
    05. Lazy Eye
    06. The Mezzanine Gyp
    07. Jeep Beep Suite
    08. Rental
    09. Solid Gold Sole
    10. Sublet
    11. Summer House
    12. Mission Viejo
    13. Mono


    Half Dead And Dynamite (Deluxe Reissue) Tracklist:
    01. To Live and Die in LBI
    02. I Like the Lights
    03. Sherman City
    04. Nassau Coliseum
    05. Kool NYC
    06. Half Dead and Dynamite
    07. The Bears
    08. Hardwear
    09. The Gin and the Sour Defeat
    10. Viceburgh
    11. Rock for Lite Brite
    12. To Live and Die in LBI (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)
    13. Nassau Coliseum (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)
    14. The Bears (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)
    15. Sherman City (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)

    The Entertainment and Arts EP (Deluxe Reissue) Tracklist:
    01. Plymouth Rock
    02. The Candy Machine and My Girlfriend
    03. Sangre De Stephanie
    04. Roaming the Foam
    05. Star Wars Hips
    06. Let’s Get Incredible
    07. Plymouth Rock (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)
    08. Candy Machine (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)
    09. Sangre De Stephanie (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)
    10. Let’s Get Incredible (Live From 7th St. Entry, 1998)

    Fiestas & Fiascos (Deluxe Reissue) Tracklist:
    01. Lonely in a Limousine
    02. Candy’s Room
    03. Space Humpin’ $19.99
    04. Manpark
    05. Lake Street Is for Lovers
    06. Nice, Nice
    07. Katrina and the K-Hole
    08. Cruised and Accused of Cruising
    09. Touch My Stuff
    10. Lie Down on Landsdowne
    11. Lifter Puller Vs. the End of The Evening
    12. The Flex and the Buff Result
    13. Candy’s Room (Live From the Triple Rock, 2003)
    14. Space Humpin’ $19.99 (Live From the Triple Rock, 2003)
    15. Man Park (Live From the Triple Rock, 2003)
    16. Lonely in a Limousine (Live From the Triple Rock, 2003)
    17. Katrina & the K Hole (Live From the Triple Rock, 2003)
    18. Nassau Coliseum (Live From the Triple Rock, 2003)

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