East River Pipe’s The Gasoline Age was reissued for the first time on vinyl Tuesday, part of our monthly reissue series to celebrate 25 years of Merge Records. Each record comes with a digital download containing the full album plus nine previously unreleased bonus tracks. One of them, “How’s It Feel to Piss It All Away?”, is now available to stream below.
F.M. Cornog, aka East River Pipe, originally released The Gasoline Age in 1999. Named Album of the Year by both The New York Times and England’s The Independent, The Gasoline Age was inspired in large part by nighttime drives on New Jersey’s seedy Route 22. Automobile imagery appears throughout the album: cybercars, stolen cars, pimpmobiles. The cars all seem to carry with them a romanticism that emphasizes even further Cornog’s gift of creating a lyrical mood without tying his flights of fancy down to specifics.