Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Braid ‎– Movie Music Vol. One (2000)

The Braid catalog expanded with surprising regularity after the emo pioneers broke up in 1999. Among their posthumous efforts, Movie Music, Vol. 1 and its sequentially titled companion piece are perhaps the most collectable of these postmortem offerings. This first volume is a complete collection of songs from the group's many 7" singles. Braid was notorious for keeping much of their best material off of the full-length releases, so this collection is of no small interest. Like volume two, Movie Music, Vol. 1 is chronologically sequenced, thus allowing listeners an opportunity to chart the band's growth. Established fan favorites like "I'm Afraid of Everything" and "Now I'm Exhausted" are not only release highlights, but also career standouts. With 17 tracks of relatively consistent songwriting and performing, Movie Music, Vol. 1 is highly recommended for both new listeners and collectors looking to avoid purchasing the many singles necessary to duplicate this track list. This is one of Braid's strongest full-length discs.
Jason Anderson
Movie Music Vol. 1 features all of Braid's single and split single tracks in chronological order. It contains the following releases as well as one previously unreleased track: Rainsnowmatch 7" (Polyvinyl Record Co.) 1994 | I'm Afraid of Everything 7" (Polyvinyl Record Co.) 1996 | Split 7" with Beezus (Mud Records) 1996 | Niagara 7" (Grand Theft Autumn) 1996 | Split 7" with Corm (Polyvinyl Record Co.) 1997 | Split 7" with Pohgoh (New Granada) 1996 | First Day Back 7" (Polyvinyl Record Co.) 1997 | Post Marked Stamps Split 7" with The Get Up Kids (Tree Records) 1997 | Please Drive Faster 7" (Polyvinyl Record Co.) 1999 | "You're Lucky to Be Alive" (previously unreleased).
Songs 1-11 feature original Braid drummer and founding member, Roy Ewing (Very Secretary, Days in December, Mary Me).
From their inception in 1993, Braid released nearly as many songs on 7"s, split 7"s, and compilations as on its three albums. The idea of finding all of the original masters to the songs and releasing them was conceived by Braid as early as 1997. Many of the songs were crowd favorites live, yet the releases they appeared on were dropping out-of-print. The demand continued to grow with the number of unavailable songs.
In August 1999, Braid decided to part ways after six years. The desire to digitally document the early releases was again voiced by the band. In October 1999, after two years of tracking down all of the original source tapes, Braid re-mastered each of Movie Music's 36 songs direct from the original masters. Movie Music was then broken into two separate releases to make room for lyrics and liner notes for all 36 songs along with nearly 100 photos.
All told, Movie Music Vol. 1 and 2 include 31 songs from singles, split singles, and compilations plus 5 previously unreleased songs. After being on Braid's "upcoming release itinerary" for over three years, practically every Braid fan anywhere had been waiting for Movie Music and in March 2000, the project was finally completed.

Tracks 1-3 originally released on the "Rainsnowmatch" 7" (Enclave Records, 1994)
Tracks 4-6 originally released on the "I'm Afraid Of Everything" 7" (Polyvinyl/Grand Theft Autumn, 1996)
Track 7 originally released on a split 7" with Beezus (Mud, 1996)
Tracks 8 & 9 originally released on the "Niagara" 7" (Grand Theft Autumn, 1996)
Track 10 originally released on a split 7" with Corm (Polyvinyl, 1997)
Track 11 originally released on a split 7" with Pohgoh (New Granada, 1996)
Tracks 12 & 13 originally released on the "First Day Back" 7" (Polyvinyl, 1997)
Track 14 originally released on a split 7" with the Get-Up Kids (Tree, 1997)
Tracks 15 & 16 originally released on the "Please Drive Faster" 7" (Polyvinyl, 1999)
Track 17 previously unreleased.
Tracks 1-3 recorded September 1994 at Hideaway, Urbana, IL
Tracks 4-7 recorded Fall 1995 at Blanket Studios, Urbana, IL
Tracks 8 & 9 recorded December 1995 at Jet City Studios, El Segundo, CA
Tracks 10 & 11 recorded September 1996 at Blanket Studios
Tracks 12-14 recorded August 1997 at Private Studios, Urbana, IL
Tracks 15-17 recorded May 1999 at Coney Island Studios, Madison, WI
"What A Wonderful Puddle" is incorrectly listed as "What A Wonderful Puzzle" in the tracklisting but listed corrected in the lyric sheet and recording credits.


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