The future of Stereolab

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I just listened to Stereolab's Sound Dust and something must have finally clicked after 2 years, as it sounded luvly. There's a new EP coming out apparently:

Mastering of the new EP is complete. On October 7th 2003 Elektra will issue a 5 track CD EP and on October 13th 2003 Duophonic UHF Disks will issue a 5 track CD and a 7" vinyl edition - probably three 7" disks.

They have been one of the shining lights of pop for a decade now, but does the world actually need another Stereolab record? Is there anywhere left to go after the last few meticulously crafted records? Am I alone in entertaining the thought that maybe, just maybe, Mary's passing might have coincided with the end of the 'labs's golden era? Might they be better off focusing on those myriad side-projects, and closing the door on the 'lab's fine body of work? Or am I just insane? Tell us how much you look forward to a new Stereolab record...

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Monday, 4 August 2003 04:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i had assumed they'd finished, after that most recent Monade album was released. short of dropping the guitar OR keyboards entirely, i don't know where else they could go. personally i'd rather they didn't make another record as Stereolab.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

each record has had its moments, but the last time i was excited about anything they did was Aluminium Tunes.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I loved Sound Dust, and will place it among their best work. I'm certainly willing to hear more 'lab, and will surely buy new material.

derrick (derrick), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

How is that Monade record btw?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

low key. I like it.

nnnh oh oh nnnh nnnh oh (James Blount), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They should make the planet-conquering "Sugar Sugar"-y universal pop genius record that they were saying they COULD make back in 1995 and then split in a blaze of glory. They've ploughed increasingly dull furrow for well over a decade now without actually becoming properly shite but I'd rather they did something fantastic and unexpected before they split, instead of just disintegrating into nothingness.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 08:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They're a great singles band but their albums have been boring for years. More fizzy ribena pop a la wow and flutter please!

flowersdie (flowersdie), Monday, 4 August 2003 11:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"fizzy ribena pop" is an ace description but they can go even more uber-pop than Wow & Flutter when they want and it's about time they DID. They should make their Tubthumping (and attendant album) and then call it a day.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 11:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They should make the planet-conquering "Sugar Sugar"-y universal pop genius record that they were saying they COULD make back in 1995 and then split in a blaze of glory

This seems to be a popular view of Stereolab and not one I subscribe to at all. Their scamper away from the indie disco dancefloor down ever-narrowing corridors of fussy detail and texture mirrors my own shift in tastes, and as a result I've loved most of their records (especially Sound-Dust and the last quarter of everyone's favourite one to knock, ...Milky Night).

That said, an end to Stereolab now, after Mary's tragic death, would seem appropriate, but there are unpleasantly humdrum things like brand identity and paying the mortgage to think about.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I always wondered how much they actually sold, in the UK they went through a period of having top 30 albums and seemingly doing very respectably. Dot & Loops got to number 19 in 1997 and then unexpectedly everything since has missed the top 75 completely and I was VERY WORRIED for a while about their mortgage-paying capabilities after this, but I got over it. I don't imagine their audience changes dramatically from record to record but either there was a huge drop in sales around 1998 or the charts became a less-Stereolab friendly place, or both.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i've only bought one of their albums and two of their singles since "Dots..."

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(and have everything prior)

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I barely bought anything after Dots & Loops and have now sold that although I kept Aluminum Tunes because it is more fun (I realise that Proper People do not buy Stereolab records because they are 'fun')

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

AT is probably their most fun record. singles is where they have always shone.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Emperor is my fave, but recently I've rediscovered Dots and Loops and have been playing it to death. I heart the Lab and am really looking forward to their newie.

j0e (j0e), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

that Proper People do not buy Stereolab records because they are 'fun'

On the contrary, they aren't fun enough

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The only Stereolab that I own and *don't* really love is Dots & Loops. That said, I've never really understood the hate towards their recent stuff -- wasn't it obvious this is where they were headed the whole time? Anyway, Sound Dust, for example, is great -- if they keep making records, I hope they'll build on the escapist prog-lounge of that.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

On the contrary, they aren't fun enough

Agreed, this is why I sold Dots & Loops which gradually revealed itself to be not much fun at all.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to new material. Sound-Dust sounded too predictable, like they were treading water, and I'm at least curious to see if they can get out of that rut. As much as Mary's death was very sad, I'm hoping it's encouraged them to look in new directions in her absence.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was hoping Mary's death would lead them to make the radical change they're going to need to make for me to really love them again -- my dream-scenario would have had them changing their name as well as their style. I'm sure Sound-Dust is a fine record, but it's slight switch-ups -- e.g., ooh, lap steel! -- weren't enough to make me want to listen to it very often; I'd like it if Tim could get back in touch with guitar noise, to drop the swing and reconnect with the big fuzzy charge they haven't done in ages. Either that or go dancey for us.

nabisco (nabisco), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

For me the drop-off w/ Stereolab isn't about changes in style or arrangment, it's that the melodies just got less interesting. Somehow the tunes ain't what they used to be, & I think this started changing around Dots & Loops (an album I like a lot, I also dig Cobra & Phases). Listen to the recent stuff for a while & then put on material from the 2nd Switched On/Lo-Fi era, & it doesn't sound like the same songwriters. The tunes on the mid-'90s releases are just incredible.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Either that or go dancey for us

This could be cool. I remember an Autechre remix (of a song I can't recall) that was completely out of the ordinary for them, and very good. Maybe they should hook up with Matmos or something.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There is an Ae remix on the "Miss Modular" single, although it's more LP5-era fuckery than dancey. Interesting nonetheless.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it wasn't dancey at all, but definitely showed possiblities for them in more electronic realms. I guess the MoM tracks on Dots are also good signifiers.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it wasn't dancey at all, but definitely showed possiblities for them in more electronic realms. I guess the MoM tracks on Dots are also good signifiers.

Yeah that could have gone further...although like I said I don't think the D&L melodies are quite up to snuff.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sound-Dust is great. One of the prettiest, most sparkly albums I've ever heard. While not all of it is pure genius, I'm excited about any new Stereolab because they will always do at least one or two things that just make you go "What the fuck?!"

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Monday, 4 August 2003 16:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

[mccarthy spin off bands c/d]

kieron, Monday, 4 August 2003 20:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd pretty much written off post-Dots And Loops Stereolab as they seemed to have transmogrified themselves into a Os Mutantes cover band. However, I did really like the same songs as re-recorded on ABC Music, so I figured that it's less of a problem with them, than in how they're recording their albums.

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Monday, 4 August 2003 23:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the only non-worthwhile record is peng!, sound dust is a gorgeous and rather simple sounding pop record. i think they are a highly undervalued band, perhaps from making the music seem effortless?

keith (keithmcl), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 00:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the only non-worthwhile record is peng!

Madness! There are some flaccid moments sure, but "Super Falling Star", "Mellotron", "Orgiastic", etc... I ask you?

Am I still the only person who actually thinks Emperor Tomato Ketchup has been the least durable record so far?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 05:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

er, yeah you probably are.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 05:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thought so.

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 06:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ever since D&T, I've been hopelessly waiting for the guitar buzz to come back.. I think what made them great was how hypnotic that drone sounded, coupled with the mantra-chanting. When they got rid of that and went lounge the music sounded too 'focused' in a way and didn't allow you to lose yourself in it, as the old stuff did.

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 06:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They need to stop making records with McEntire and O'Rourke, for a start/change. Maybe get Albini involved, or someone totally out of left field.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 14:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I believe the new record is being recorded with Fulton Dingley, who worked on Cobra and Phases Group and First of the Microbe Hunters.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 14:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's shallow I know, but the more interviews I read with them the less I liked them. Laetitia in particular comes across as a really patronising, borderline-misanthropic left-libertarian masquerading as an 'anything-is-possible/ people-have-the-power' idealist. Well, she was an acolyte of those humourless reactionaries at Living Marxism, so perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised.

Mel Starr, Tuesday, 5 August 2003 17:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I knew a girl who was involved with Living Marxism - she ended up working at the Daily Telegraph, figures. See the Hitchens' brothers et al.

Dadaismus (Dada), Saturday, 9 August 2003 11:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i feel sorry for the whole thing -- Mary dies -- that is the worst thing that could have happened

Laetitia may be impatient with fans -- after a hiatus they produce Sound Dust which is such a good record -- so consistent (i love roughly every second song) -- having heard loops and milky i say it is their best album after tomato, perhaps the culmination of that direction in their sound

that tv program Cold Feet had a millenium special episode that reprised cul de sac perfectly, since the drift/ island/ end metaphor worked perfectly for the 'end of time' hoop-la surrounding 0/0/2000 and the possibilities of ths show drifting, out to sea or beached, which it sure ended up doing, even if they didn't think they were drifting then

i liked those promo photos of stereolab, with the power poles vertically alligned with the pictures perspective -- like harry lime as the giant (film) wheel comes to a stop over occupied vienna, a snapshot, on the road to the castle or back ? waiting for the flood ? (i don't stereolab are misanthropic, the fans tiny dots or dust, as if viewed from harry's perspective)

i like this album art, the indication of a peak, however insular, an acknowledgement by the band that they may well be too disconnected from their audience yet wishing to take the chicago computer collaborations to a decent conclusion .. i bet they knew sound dust was make or break time, if not for the group then at least for that sound, which surely they got right on this album tens times more so than on the two albums seemingly leading in that direction, validating for me those experiments along the way -- good on them for acknowledging the alienating potential, yet admitting that this was the peak of that stereolab at least

yes, i think they will go looking for other peaks, somewhere else (Lionel Stander did get to work in hollywood again, after all)

maybe the boo-boos will have to go and a new angle for the lyrics taken with both Marie's terrible departure and the band learning the hard lessons of producing something so good by their own standards even if these didn't meet the demands of their audience -- the artistic journey has been completed -- that concept in light of Marie's death is almost horribly prophetic in a spooky new way, beyond their worst dreams i imagine (is Polanski a real king midas of horror and despair ? dark forces ?) (i do not wish to trivialise _anything_ in saying this)

of course the album + art stands on it's own feet as beautiful music with a variety of sentiment -- most of the band can return to the main land and pursue some other groove -- after a presumably respectful period of meditation and change of trade-name

george gosset (gegoss), Saturday, 9 August 2003 14:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

that was terrific, george

zebedee (zebedee), Monday, 11 August 2003 15:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

"hiatus"

http://www.stereolab.co.uk/news/

Jeff W, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Perhaps a necessary thing, really.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

diminishing returns for a while now

velko, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Question: is the future of Stereolab any different than the past of Stereolab?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

:( At least Chemical Chords 2 will still come out (and I'm glad I saw them this last tour)

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, me too! their show last fall was wonderful. still, if anyone deserves a break, it's probably them. they've never gone more than a year or two without an album over the past 20 years, have they?

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

they've never gone more than a year or two without an album over the past 20 years, have they?

There were a couple multi-year gaps in between Sound-Dust, Margerine Eclipse, and Chemical Chords though I think the box set comes in there somewhere.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, maybe i'm just thinking that there are always various collections coming out in between records -- never seemed like they disappeared for any significant amount of time.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

They were great when I saw them live last year. Like, really great, as much fun as the first time I saw them. If this is one of those permananent breaks then they are going out with a bang, at least as far as live music is concerned. I don't think I have any of their albums from the last ten years, but live performance is at least as important to me.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

My thoughts on seeing them in September -- if that's the last time I'll ever see them, then the last song I ever saw them do was a great version of "Jenny Ondioline."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 22:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

I do not, in fact, own Jordan Peterson's TV

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 19:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never even heard of a TV.

Alba, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 19:29 (one week ago) Permalink

i'm Mark Perry the founder of Alternative TV

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 19:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Man I forgot how great Peng! is

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:40 (one week ago) Permalink

do Stereolab have any good album's

frogbs, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:40 (one week ago) Permalink

hang on, we're reformatting the canon

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:41 (one week ago) Permalink

She rarely tweets and she cosigned him without knowing anything about him? It takes one click and a minute.

tbf the mainstream media has been selling him in a way that if you don't pay attention he just seems like another self-help dipshit

louise ck (milo z), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:18 (one week ago) Permalink

"some credit for outing herself as a hapless boob"

am I too late to say "hapless boob outscillator"

outer hapless décolletage

etc etc

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:25 (one week ago) Permalink

if you don't pay attention he just seems like another self-help dipshit

this is true to some extent (I followed a link to a lecture video which was kind of persuasive up until he said something annoying but not all that outrageous or political and I went "huh wait, isn't this that guy ILX are mad at?"), but, the article she was complaining about - if it was the D0rian Lynsk3y one - has a pretty thorough list of reasons he annoys people, and the first few paragraphs before it gets onto that are fairly neutral-to-positive, so...

still, glad she's backpedalled a bit, and of course it's none of my business

(and yes, I was disappointed by the Spiked retweets too)

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Also Spiked/LM types are hardwired to disagree with anything published by the Guardian - and also to support any attack on political correctness from whatever quarter.

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:39 (one week ago) Permalink

So, she couldn't really help herself tbh.

Father Ted in Forkhandles (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 21:39 (one week ago) Permalink

I know what I want for Christmas

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:33 (yesterday) Permalink

drooling atm

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:42 (yesterday) Permalink

why must bleep always find new reasons to separate me from my money

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:43 (yesterday) Permalink

The dilemma with these new remasters / colored vinyl bothers me so much. Will the remaster be good? Will there be pressing issues? Will the black vinyl sound noticeably better than the color variation. Will the color variation sell out quickly then be worth 2-3x the black vinyl.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:34 (yesterday) Permalink

hi, and welcome to Stereolab

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:53 (yesterday) Permalink

Clear vinyl doesn’t have inferior sound quality

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:54 (yesterday) Permalink

I already have these on CD

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:54 (yesterday) Permalink

Also on Bandcamp where you can get coloured FLACs guaranteed to sound the same as black FLACs.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:56 (yesterday) Permalink

black FLACs

This feels like a racial slur, even though I know it isn't.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:18 (yesterday) Permalink

Actually I think clear vinyl has *better* sound quality than black vinyl. All vinyl is clear until they put the color in it. or something. I don't know. heard that once

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:41 (yesterday) Permalink

The additive that makes it black (graphite?) supposedly gives the vinyl a smoother texture or finer grain or something. So it's claimed, anyway.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:45 (yesterday) Permalink

Not graphite exactly, this stuff - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_black

Seems like it might add to durability if nothing else.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:50 (yesterday) Permalink

All vinyl is clear until they put the color in it

https://media0.giphy.com/media/26uTsgxxplCBOasmc/giphy.gif

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:53 (yesterday) Permalink

Durability of any record is much more dependent how you (and your record player) treat the record than what colour it is.

everything, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:02 (yesterday) Permalink

Well there's damage from ill treatment and then there's wear which is unavoidable over time unless you use a laser stylus. Just because one might be potentially more pronounced doesn't mean the other isn't a factor and one that can be minimised.

Anecdotally coloured or clear vinyl often seems to have more surface noise but there can be other reasons for this.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:17 (yesterday) Permalink

I replaced / got rid of a glitter Emperor Tomato Ketchup and a gold Transient Random Nose Bursts because they weren't too good fwiw.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:22 (yesterday) Permalink

On a more practical level, finding where the tracks are on a clear vinyl Aluminum Tunes will be fun.

Absolute Unit Delta Plus (Noel Emits), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:31 (yesterday) Permalink

lol

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:36 (yesterday) Permalink

So these are going to sell out in less than a week right? Can't afford any of them right now

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:37 (yesterday) Permalink

My observation is that the Stereolab vinyl reissues at my local record stores never shift, while secondhand copies of CDs disappear in days.

everything, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:46 (yesterday) Permalink

Used copies of the Switched On CDs are usually priced at $5.99 round here btw, though Aluminium Tunes rarely shows up.

everything, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 22:55 (yesterday) Permalink

the vinyl reissues put out by 1972 or whatever are notoriously bad. mastered from CD's iirc. and yeah i've observed the same at record stores here

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 23:09 (yesterday) Permalink

2008 reissue of Peng! (on Too Pure) has been sitting in my local store for years. And it's not that expensive - $25 I think. I doubt vinyl reissues of the albums are in the works because little demand and CDs so much cheaper. But good on them for reissuing the Switched On discs and I hope they continue with making the extraneous stuff more affordable. Hopefully other stuff that's hard to find on physical format will come out. Like a massive outtakes box and live recordings. There's few bands with such a broad range of unavailable or hard-to-find stuff.

everything, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:09 (nineteen hours ago) Permalink

I have the Peng! reissue. It's pretty terrible.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:33 (nineteen hours ago) Permalink

Of course there's no need to agonise over vinyl sound quality for music released post-1990. Buy a CD.

everything, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:28 (eighteen hours ago) Permalink

The range on vinyl is wider, there are some truly great ones and some really bad ones. I think Stereolab absolutely deserves quality vinyl versions.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:51 (eighteen hours ago) Permalink

I bought what I assume is the Peng! reissue when I was in London in early 2017. Sounds OK to me but mastered way too quiet - I'm also not as familiar with that record as the others. Best part about buying that (at a FOP) was standing around and a very enthusiastic employee coming up to me and talking about Stereolab. He'd seen them dozens of times going back to the early 90s, recommended Laetitia's new record. Great record store conversation.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:56 (eighteen hours ago) Permalink

Peng! sounds best played quietly.

everything, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:17 (seventeen hours ago) Permalink

A ‘Switched On Vol 4’ would be nice.

The Cavern of Anti-Matter albums sound fantastic on vinyl, particularly the first two.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:45 (thirteen hours ago) Permalink

black FLACs

and the nightmare fighters

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:44 (nine hours ago) Permalink

Tim Gane has talked in interviews about wanting to release better vinyl reissues than the awful 1972 ones. The fact that these new ones are coming out through Duophonic has me hopeful that more will follow.

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:20 (two hours ago) Permalink

So I pulled out my vinyl copy of Peng! because I feel like I owe it another listen. I somehow never realized it came with complete liner notes, I believe written by Tim, that discuss the recording process, plus notes on each individual track. I have never seen such detailed making of details from them before. I guess Too Pure did the reissue, I had thought they were defunct. Looking at Discogs, I'm not the only one who thinks it is a bad pressing.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:47 (two hours ago) Permalink

I've only ever heard Peng from my CD and it's always sounded weird and muted to me, always figured that's just the sound of that record. Like more lo-fi than most of the stuff on Switched-On Vol 1 which I think is older material?

dan selzer, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:50 (two hours ago) Permalink

Some real interesting stuff in here. Apparently Sterling Morrison is his all-time favorite lead guitarist, he cites Modern Lovers as an influence and says they were consciously trying to sound like MBV on some tracks.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:53 (two hours ago) Permalink

dan, it does sound pretty muted and low fi, but the vinyl sounds much worse

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:54 (two hours ago) Permalink

The original CD is crystal clear by comparison

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:55 (two hours ago) Permalink

The fact that it was Too Pure, not Duophonic gives me hope for the Switched On series

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:02 (two hours ago) Permalink

I have a Too Pure reissue of Peng on vinyl and it sounds terrible. I love that album but i'd rather listen to it on Spotify. Will buy the remaster if it comes out.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:38 (twenty-five minutes ago) Permalink


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