Eagerly-awaited album available digitally, on CD, and on vinyl. You get an instant download if you order the vinyl, incidentally—and we’re listening to it here at the BLURT office at this very moment.
By Fred Mills
It’s finally here—Supercalifragile, the final recordings of Scott Miller, assembled by his widow Kristine Chambers Miller and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, and released under the Game Theory name. According to the record’s Bandcamp page, the album “collects material Miller was working on at the time of his 2013 passing for a reimagining of Game Theory.” You can order the record directly from Kristine via the Bandcamp link. (Funding for the project, incidentally, was via a Kickstarter campaign, and there were a number of intriguing premiums available at the various pledge levels.)
Contributing to the project were Jon Auer (Posies), Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Camper Van Beethoven’s Jonathan Segel, Mitch Easter, The Orange Peels’ Allen Clapp, The Loud Family’s Alison Faith Levy, Game Theory members Nan Becker, Fred Juhos, Dave Gill, Jozef Becker, Shelley LaFreniere, Suzi Ziegler, Donnette Thayer and Gil Ray. (The album therefore also represents some of Ray’s final recordings, who we lost earlier this year.)
Below, watch a video clip from a few months ago showing Stringfellow, Auer, Becker, and Anton Barbeau working in the legendary Abbey Road studios on “I Still Dream of Getting Back to Paris” from the album.
In addition to the “Paris” song, highlights include “No Love” performed by Scott and Aimee Mann, “Time Warner” by Scott with the Game Theory gang, and “All You Need is White” featuring Scott and Stéphane Schück. Mitch Easter took care of the final mixing, and the record was mastered by Bob Weston.
Did we mention it’s on vinyl as well as CD and digital? To Kristine and Ken, and to everyone involved, thank you—this is clearly a labor of love.