JESSE MALIN 20th ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED REISSUE OF THE FINE ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION OUT TODAY
REMASTERED & BONUS LP OF THE ENTIRE ALBUM REIMAGINED / RE-RECORDED
20th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT MARCH 25, 2023 @ WEBSTER HALL, NYC
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS LUCINDA WILLIAMS, TOMMY STINSON, BUTCH WALKER, ADAM WEINER & MORE TBA ON SALE NOW
“Malin writes vivid songs with killer tunes and sings them with scary conviction…There is simply nothing more you can demand from a great rock record.”
—The Times (UK), on The Fine Art of Self Destruction
Jesse Malin is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut solo album The Fine Art of Self Destruction with an expanded, remastered reissue of the record, out now. Give it a listen here and watch the videos for “Downliner (Afterglow Version)” directed by Dave Stekert and “Brooklyn (Walt Whitman in the Trash)”, directed by Cat Popper and Vivian Wang.
On Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Webster Hall, in New York City, Jesse and his band will perform the album in its entirety, plus music from his latest album Sad and Beautiful World, and beyond. Special guests include Lucinda Williams, Tommy Stinson, Butch Walker, Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), Catherine Popper, Adam Weiner (Low Cut Connie) opener Fantastic Cat, with more surprises on the way. Tickets are on sale now.
The Fine Art of Self Destruction reissue pairs the original album with a bonus LP of each song, reimagined and re-recorded with Malin’s longtime band. The bonus album was produced by Derek Cruz and engineered by Geoff Sanoff, who worked on Jesse’s recent albums Sunset Kids and Sad and Beautiful World.
Released in 2003, Jesse Malin’s acclaimed debut The Fine Art of Self Destruction “wasn’t named for drug or alcohol abuse,” says Malin. “It was more about a personal wreckage when I looked back on my life, from my parents’ divorce to failed relationships, broken up bands, dropping out of school, crashing cars, breaking things. It was more of a spiritual journey in some sense. This record is definitely one of my favorites.”
Following his teenage years in the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack and his 20s fronting the wild and beloved D Generation, Malin took a cue from his songwriting heroes and was ready for a chance to stand alone. The album was recorded over six days in New York City, live and raw.
“I was still learning how to sing and tell stories. These songs were written in a little apartment downtown, without a record deal, a manager, or any expectation of anything coming of it—just a need to write them.”
The Fine Art of Self Destruction Expanded Reissue Track Listing
1 Queen of the Underworld
6 The Fine Art of Self-Destruction
7 Riding on the Subway
8 High Lonesome
10 Almost Grown
12 Cigarettes and Violets
13.Brooklyn (Walt Whitman in the Trash)
14.Riding on the Subway ’22
15.Downliner (Afterglow Version)
16.High Lonesome (PBR Vacation)
17.Cigarettes and Violets ’22
18.Almost Grown (Busker Version)
19.Solitaire (Song for Kelly Keller)
20.Queen of the Underworld (Cantina Version)
“9/10…a masterpiece still rising from the pain of a difficult youth…[the bonus disc] views the 70s/80s Big Apple from a little further away, but without losing the heart-rending focus.” —Classic Rock (UK), 2023
“9/10…[Malin] took the personal and the profane into the stars…his vocals are candid as ever, driving the tales deep in to the poignant.” —Uncut (UK), 2023
“It’s a wonderful and poetic debut record that perfectly captures the feel of the city it was made in…”—Hi-Fi+ (UK), 2023
Hear Jesse Malin’s latest album Sad and Beautiful World
& the reissue of his 2007 album, Glitter in the Gutter