Joyful Noise Recordings

WHY? - Alopecia (Cassette)

$9.99

Demo versions on side B.

"I'll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn's / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone." It's the kind of couplet you'd carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career-defining album—one so fan-adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the art-pop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above.

When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?'s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk, bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop.

To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album's 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history.

The Vowels Pt. 2

Good Friday

These Few Presidents

The Hollows

Song of the Sad Assassin

Gnashville

Fatalist Palmistry

The Fall of Mr. Fifths

Brook & Waxing

A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under

Twenty Eight

Simeon’s Dilemma

By Torpedo or Crohn’s

Exegesis

The Vowels Pt. 2 (Demo)

Good Friday (Demo)

These Few Presidents (Demo)

The Hollows (Demo)

Song of the Sad Assassin (Demo)

Gnashville (Demo)

Fatalist Palmistry (Demo)

The Fall of Mr. Fifths (Demo)

Brook & Waxing (Demo)

A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under (Demo)

Twenty Eight (Demo)

Simeon’s Dilemma (Demo)

By Torpedo or Crohn’s (Demo)

Exegesis (Demo)

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