Menomena will be reissuing its debut album I Am The Fun Blame Monster! as a CD/DVD package with extensive bonus materials. The record will be released nationally on May 24th on the boutique FILMguerrero label.
Here are two songs from the release:
“The Strongest Man In The World”
(or one-stop-download with this zip file)
The official word:
Originally self-released by the band in 2003, this reissue includes the original record, nine bonus tracks, and a retrospective DVD. The bonus material features rare footage of the band’s appearances on Portland cable access program The Sista Social Show, an endearingly awkward live performance at the now-defunct Meow-Meow (site of the first Menomena show, ever) and music videos for the album tracks “Trigga Hiccups” and “Cough Coughing”.
Since the release of I Am The Fun Blame Monster!, Menomena has gone on to make three more haunting and articulate recordings. 2005’s Under An Hour (also on FILMguerrero) consists of three lengthy instrumental compositions and is the soundtrack to a modern dance performance. In 2007 Menomena released their third record, Friend and Foe (Barsuk) to an overwhelmingly positive reception.
Mines (Barsuk), the band’s fourth full-length record, has been lauded by critics at music culture observatories from Pitchfork to Paste Magazine (“on Mines full-blown insanity finally breaks free of the straightjacket”), NPR to Alternative Press (“meticulously crafted [four stars]”), The BBC to Filter (“magical”). In 2010 the band made their network television debut as musical guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, followed by two appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly.