Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Wonderful Truth About Burma

Today is Tuesday, March 18, 2008. It is MISSION OF BURMA day at Treehouse Records.

Newly released today on Matador Records are deluxe reissues of Mission of Burma's brief but flawless Ace of Hearts discography from their original stint as a band (1979-1983). This includes the debut EP Signals, Calls, and Marches (including the "Academy Fight Song" 7" single), the full-length Vs., and the posthumous live album The Horrible Truth About Burma, each with bonus tracks. Each is available as either a CD+DVD package or as a gorgeous 180-gram, analog-mastered double LP+DVD, full-size 16-page booklet, and free digital download.

These reissues sound phenomenal. Very few of the seminal punk and post-punk bands of the late '70s and early '80s have dated as well as Burma. Personally, I think only they and Wire sound as fresh to me today as I'm guessing they did back then.

Of course, Mission of Burma did the unthinkable a few years ago, by reuniting after a 20 year hiatus and actually adding to their legacy with the stellar ONoffON (2004) and The Obliterati (2006). Their show at First Avenue (2004?) was easily one of the five best shows I've seen over the past five years. It's really exciting to me to see these records getting this kind of treatment!

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