John Vanderslice (The Native Sound)

New York City label The Native Sound recently announced that they will reissue San Francisco mainstay John Vanderslice’s 2000 debut LP Mass Suicide Occult Figurines on May 19, and guess what? We’re giving away a copy of that brank-spankin’ new reissue to one lucky reader of The Bay Bridged.

The record was remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering, and this reissue is actually the first time Mass Suicide Occult Figurines has ever been pressed on vinyl. Quality Record Pressings, the Kansas record plant to which JV remains loyal was selected to manufacture the reissues, and the 200-gram vinyl will come in a heavyweight jacket with brand new water-colored art created by Joe Williams.

Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, which takes its title from a line in Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Song Against Sex”, was originally released on Seattle’s Barsuk Records, and stands the test of indie rock time. Its centerpiece track, the eloquently titled “Bill Gates Must Die”, is more relevant today that it was back in 2000, what with all of this NSA spying going on these days (“Only the hackers / Only the Feds know / Know know where I’ve been / Know just how far out I’ve been”).

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the ‘Mass Suicide Occult Figurines’ reissue from The Native Sound, email with “JV reissue” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. This contest closes on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12pm PDT. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Listen to the remastered version of album-opener “Confusion Boats” below, and pre-order your copy here. You can get the standard 12″ (200 gram) LP, or the deluxe version that include the same vinyl but includes screen-printed, hand-numbered wrap-around slip cover, as well as a double-sided 7″ Flexi Disc featuring one new song, “Midnight Blue”, plus a Songs: Ohia cover (“Long Dark Blues” ) in tribute to the late Jason Molina. Both come with a digital download, of course.