We’ve had two of the tracks available for download for a while now, but have you ever heard the entire Old 97’s 1993 self-titled demo tape? Well now you can as one of the Old 97’s spots on MySpace has posted the entire four-song cassette! It was recorded before Philip even joined the band, as the liner notes read in part:

The Old 97’s are:

Rhett Miller – Lead Vocals, 6-String
Ken Bethea – Lead Guitar
Murry Hammond – Backup Vocals, Bass
Darin Lin Wood – Drums

Lisa Pankritz plays drums on “St. Ignatius”

It’s proto-97’s but good stuff. Check it out!

Since these tracks will only whet your appetite for fine music, why doncha just stay on MySpace and take a listen to the I Love Math page? You probably already know that our own Philip Peeples handles percussion duties for this great little supergroup of Dallas’ best musicians, and on May 20, I Love Math shares the stage at Deep Ellum’s Club Dada with Salim Nourallah. If you can find a better bill anywhere in Texas that night, you’d better go. But I bet you can’t find one.

Also for your listening pleasure is a new podcast interview with Rhett Miller from the folks at World Cafe Live.

And finally, don’t forget to sign up for the new and improved Old 97’s Official Mailing List. You won’t be flooded with SPAM, but will get first word on breaking news and goodies from the band, even before it’s posted here. Thanks!