Put Your Ghost to Rest

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Put Your Ghost To Rest
Studio album by Kevin Devine
Released October 17, 2006
Genre Indie rock, indie folk
Label Capitol
Procrastinate! Music Traitors (reissue)
Producer Rob Schnapf
Kevin Devine chronology
Buried By The Buzzzz
(2006)Buried By The Buzzzz2006
Put Your Ghost to Rest
Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2007: Kevin Devine
(2007)Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2007: Kevin Devine2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Put Your Ghost To Rest is Kevin Devine's fourth studio album. It was released on October 17, 2006 through Capitol Records. It was his first and only major label release as of 2009. It was produced by Rob Schnapf, who had previously produced records by Elliott Smith, of whom Kevin is an avid fan.

In regards to the album's political and social themes, Kevin said that "I was always very abstractly political. I listened to punk rock records and thought I could punch my time card. And then all this shit in the world made me have to sit up and pay attention – and that’s a good thing. It’s a scary time, so why ignore it?”[2]

After being dropped by Capitol Records due to a merger with Virgin Records in early 2007, Put Your Ghost to Rest had become increasingly hard to find in retail locations.[3] In late 2007, Kevin had hinted at a re-release of the album with the aid of Brand New's record label, Procrastinate! Music Traitors and was officially released on April 20, 2008. Both physical and digital versions of the album are available. Kevin stated "Capitol was cool enough to give us the record back with minimal hassle, which I'm real grateful for".

A limited double LP vinyl version of Put Your Ghost To Rest was released by Brooklyn-based label Academy Fight Song in May 2007, limited to 500 copies on solid white/solid orange vinyl. The double LP also includes three b-sides: "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young, "Holland, 1945" by Neutral Milk Hotel, and a new version of Devine's own "Wolf's Mouth" (all of which also featured on the 2007 Tour EP and later the Splitting Up Christmas single). This vinyl is out-of-print. A repressing of the album on vinyl was released in 2016 by Bad Timing Records, omitting these bonus tracks.

Paxen Films (a film collective featuring future Goddamn Band members Mike Strandberg and Brian Bonz) created a music video for Brooklyn Boy[4] and a video featuring live clips and backstage footage for Me and My Friends.[5]

Promo singles featuring Brooklyn Boy and Just Stay were produced, but no single was commercially released.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brooklyn Boy" – 3:30
  2. "You're Trailing Yourself" – 3:03
  3. "Just Stay" – 4:15
  4. "You'll Only End Up Joining Them" – 4:17
  5. "A Billion Bees" – 3:32
  6. "Less Yesterday, More Today" – 5:09
  7. "Like Cursing Kids" – 2:37
  8. "Go Haunt Someone Else" – 4:12
  9. "The Burning City Smoking" – 5:32
  10. "Me & My Friends" – 6:00
  11. "Trouble" – 2:45
  12. "Heaven Bound & Glory Be" – 4:57


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Put Your Ghost to Rest - Defiance Records Press Release
  3. ^ Spinella, Mike (February 28, 2007). "Kevin Devine Talks Free Agency". Spinner. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  4. ^ Brooklyn Boy at Paxen Films
  5. ^ Me and My Friends at Paxen Films