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Lilac Perfume & Stomach Pump

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"Grandpa’s Ghost ground their hypnotic country rock deeper into psychedelia than anyone short of Neil Young & Crazy Horse" - Joe Carducci

A Brief History of Grandpa's Ghost 1995-2018

"Lilac Perfume & Stomach Pump" is a career-spanning retrospective that plots Grandpa's Ghost's singular, eclectic path over 23 years and 12 albums—several of which are multi-disc sets. Each stage of the band's prodigious output is represented—the skewed country rock of their first three albums, the deeply fried psychedelia of the Upland years and the sonic experimentation of their work with filmmaker James Fotopoulos. Last year's sprawling releases from "The Carnage Queen"/"Country of Piss" sessions brings things up to date. The compilation also features two previously unreleased songs, "Flowerland" (from the band's yet unissued soundtrack to Fotopoulos' "Alice in Wonderland" film) and "Dance of Death Blues".

Likened to being lost in the woods at night, Grandpa’s Ghost (Ben Hanna, Bill Emerson, Jack Petracek) is interesting, intense and inspiring, but also alarming—especially for those who prefer the well-lit, clear-cut path of musical genres and three-minute radio-friendly singles.

For the adventurous, however, Grandpa’s Ghost is the perfect companion through the musical wilderness. Not so much as a forest ranger who demands you follow, but rather as a trouble-making friend who dares you to come with them someplace you’re not sure anyone has ever been before.

Founded in Pocahontas, Illinois, in 1995 by Ben and Bill, the band was originally known for its cow-punk, country/psych sound but over the course of 23 years, has moved into more experimental terrain, collaborating with other musicians, filmmakers, writers, painters and performance artists.

In 2000, the band signed to Upland Records (a label run by former SST chief Joe Carducci and Black Flag/Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson) and released a trio of highly acclaimed albums with the Village Voice of New York describing them as "one of America's best bands.” Also throughout the 2000s, the band worked with avant-garde underground filmmaker/visual artist James Fotopolous, a collaboration that culminated in the band providing the core music for his take on Alice in Wonderland in 2010.

In 2017, the band returned with widely praised double LP The Carnage Queen and an accompanying digital album Country of Piss featuring special guest Tim Garrigan (Dazzling Killmen, You Fantastic!).

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released October 26, 2018

This compilation final mix/master by Jack Petracek with Ben Hanna, final song selections by Ben Hanna with Bill Emerson.

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Likened to being lost in the woods at night Grandpa Ghost is interesting, intense and inspiring; but also alarming- especially so, for those who prefer the well lit, clear cut path of musical genres and three minute radio friendly singles. For the adventurous however Grandpa's Ghost is the perfect companion through the musical wilderness. ... more

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