Upgrade & Afterlife

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Upgrade & Afterlife
Studio album by Gastr del Sol
Released June 17, 1996
Genre Rock
Length 49:12
Label Drag City
Gastr del Sol chronology
The Harp Factory on Lake Street
(1995)
Upgrade & Afterlife
(1996)
Camoufleur
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Upgrade & Afterlife is a 1996 album by Gastr del Sol.

The album cover is Wasserstiefel (Water Boots) by Swiss artist Roman Signer.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Our Exquisite Replica of "Eternity":" – 8:26
  2. "Rebecca Sylvester" – 3:53
  3. "The Sea Incertain"* – 6:12
  4. "Hello Spiral" – 10:40
  5. "The Relay" – 5:49
  6. "Crappie Tactics" – 1:48
  7. "Dry Bones in the Valley (I Saw the Light Come Shining 'Round and 'Round)" – 12:28
  • Several sources (including the usually reliable Allmusic) misidentify track 3 as "The Sea Uncertain." This title, correctly rendered, appears to refer playfully both to a track on Gastr's previous full-length release titled "The C in Cake" and to one of Gastr percussionist John McEntire's other bands, The Sea and Cake, a moniker derived from McEntire's mishearing of that title. The title "Our Exquisite Replica of "Eternity"" is derived from the name of a cheap perfume marketed in public bathroom vending machines; the track contains a sample of the music used in the 50s sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man.
  • "Dry Bones in the Valley" is a cover of a John Fahey song, which features Tony Conrad on violin.