From the Label
Hailed in Boston as a masterpiece, "Tugboat" set the stage for Galaxie 500s first album, Today, which they recorded with Kramer (for $750) in the summer of 1988. Melody Maker called the LP "an astonishing debut by anybodys standards," and indeed it is. The incredible, supple beauty that Galaxie spun like straw was so sweetly melancholic that it all but smothered you. Damons drums drift with the simmering presence of jazz classicism, Naomis bass is rich with dreamy emotional content, Deans guitar completes the aural landscapes begun by 69-era Sterling Morrison, and the vocals emerge from the Ouija board of eternity. A highlight of Today is the incredible primal-drone-hunch treatment the band gives to Jonathan Richmans "Dont Let Our Youth Go to Waste." The three extra tracks from this session, included on the box set, would have made Sonic Youths Thurston Moore fiercer in his declaration of Today as "my favorite guitar record of 1988."