Next in the Merge25 reissue series is East River Pipe’s 1999 classic The Gasoline Age.
East River Pipe (AKA F.M. Cornog) signed to a major label that folded before he released a note. But he kept his advance money and moved out of his tiny apartment in Queens and bought a house in New Jersey and, apparently, a car. Whereas previous East River Pipe albums focus on a solitary man who only breaks his loner streak for the love of his good woman, The Gasoline Age takes to the highway in a “Shiny, Shiny Pimpmobile.” Sometimes it’s a “Cybercar” for a “Party Drive.” He hits the town with “Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight).” Imagines where his car has been (“14th Street Boys Stolen Car Club”) and takes it onto the New Jersey highways where he drops “Tenafly,” “Hackensack” and Routes 26 and 22 like an experienced pro. The music is still recorded on his home recording unit while his ambitions remain Phil Spector high and deep. The keyboards bleed into the jangly guitars and the over-compressed reverbed vocals. For the first time, Cornog sounds excited and relieved, alive and glowing.
180 gram vinyl. First time available on vinyl. LP includes coupon for full album download plus 10 previously unreleased bonus tracks also via the download coupon.
Tracklist: Shiny, Shiny Pimpmobile / Hell Is An Open Door / Cybercar / Wholesale Lies / My Little Rainbow / Party Drive / King Of Nothing Never /
14th Street Boys Stolen Car Club / All You Little Suckers / Astrofarm / Down 42nd Street To The Light / Atlantic City (Gonna Make A Million
Tonight) / Don’t Hurry
Merge Records MRG164LP