‘Murder Ballads’ gets paired with Mondo vinyl record

News / Preorders / May 17, 2017

Update 5/14/17: The set is now up for pre-order. It includes the 10″ record, the full 160-page graphic novel, three exclusive prints and a “custom clamshell box with exclusive painted art by Jon Langford of The Mekons.” It’s limited to 500.


The upcoming graphic novel Murder Ballads is getting paired with a 10″ record, courtesy of Mondo. The vinyl soundtrack will “feature music by bluesman Robert Finley on vocals and Grammy Award winner Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys as composer/producer, and accompanies the rock ‘n’ roll noir graphic novel by comic writer and music journalist Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand (illustrating Side A) and Chris Hunt (Side B).”

The record/graphic novel combo will be priced at $200, so at that price we’ll have to see what other “deluxeness” it features. It will go up for sale on May 24.

You can check out a preview of the book and a song below. The book is described below, as well.

A meditation on music, race, obsession, and how far someone will go to see their vision become real, Murder Ballads follows the fall and reinvention of Nate Theodore, the dead-broke and deadbeat owner of a failed record label who is on a cross-country drive in the dead of winter with his wife Mary, fleeing the wreckage of their business and heading towards the destruction of their marriage. But Nate is given an unexpected chance to redeem himself when, during an unscheduled detour, he “discovers” Donny and Marvell Fontweathers, two African-American brothers who play a singular version of doom-laden country blues.

First reported by Blastr


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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