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The Last Laugh

by Asylum Street Spankers

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    Includes digital booklet with full album artwork and liner notes.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A compact disc cornucopia with all 10 of the Asylum Street Spankers' albums from Yellow Dog Records. From "Spanks for the Memories" all the way to "The Last Laugh", this comprehensive collection could fuel a binge-listening road trip across the length of New England — or half-way across Texas. (And let us know if you want a miscellaneous poster from the back of the closet — we'll throw that in too.)

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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 10 Asylum Street Spankers releases available on Bandcamp and save 20%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of The Last Laugh, A Christmas Spanking, Spanks For the Memories, Hot Lunch, Spanker Madness, My Favorite Record, Mercurial, Mommy Says No!, and 2 more. , and , .

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about

If you've read the bio or heard the story of the Asylum Street Spankers, you probably know that the group was founded in 1994 at a booze-filled party at the Dabbs Hotel along the river in Llano, Texas, and for the next seventeen years left a swath of astounded audiences in its wake. Well, it appears that America's favorite old-time hellraisers have once again musically triumphed over overindulgence and memory loss. Or have they?

Christina Marrs, Nevada Newman, Charlie King and the other Spankers do recall getting together to play their final shows ever in April of 2011. They all remember setting up the three-day "Last Laugh" finale in their hometown of Austin, Texas at the Cactus Café, Ruta Maya and Spider House Ballroom. But, honestly, that's the last thing any of them remember.

Look: it's embarrassing for such an acclaimed band as this to have to admit that they honestly don't remember where their final album came from. What becomes clear upon listening to these recordings is that none of these songs has ever been recorded by the Asylum Street Spankers before. What's even clearer is this: the band is in their finest form ever here, living up to their firmly cemented reputation as an acoustic powerhouse. Who else can blend string-band virtuosity, multi-instrumental skills, tight vocal harmonies and counterculture wit like this?

Clearly, these were unforgettable nights for all those who packed the clubs and cheered on their internationally beloved hometown heroes. Hazily, the Spankers figure these must have been some of the most treasured personal moments of their 17-year career. Imagine the satisfaction of taking their fans through one last journey together, from the Tin Pan Alley and vaudeville echoes of their sound, through the country, blues, jazz and swing songs they've borrowed and created, all filtered through the punk-rock ethos at their core. "It must really have been something," Christina muses.

credits

released April 29, 2014

Produced by Christina Marrs
Recorded by Britton Beisenherz
Mixed by Evan Kaspar
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder CO
Illustration by Paul Ahern
Graphic design by Brooke Barnett

The Last Laugh took place in Austin, TX:
- 4/21/11 The Cactus Café: "Givin' the People What They Want"
- 4/22/11 Ruta Maya: "Night of 1000 Egos"
- 4/23/11 Spider House Café: "Spanks For Everything"

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Asylum Street Spankers Austin, Texas

The magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers stand as one of America's most distinctive groups. Defiantly acoustic, fiercely independent and absurdly good, one reviewer aptly described them as "a roots-rock riddle, nestled in a satirical Vaudeville enigma, packaged in an old-timey radio-show puzzle and slathered with hippie-fried mystery sauce." ... more

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