Does anyone know anything about "John Maus"

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I found some random mp3s on random website by someone or something
named "John Maus." The production is home-demo quality (although
there's surprisingly little hiss) I was surprised at the quality of
the songs; they're new wave dirges, dark and claustrophobic, but with
real hooks. Can anyone tell me more about this guy (Google search
was fruitless) ?

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Thursday, 6 May 2004 00:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

john maus of the walker bros.?

RJG (RJG), Thursday, 6 May 2004 00:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
This might be too late BUT John Maus has released an album and you can get it here:

CJR, Friday, 28 April 2006 13:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Before you shift into automatic hate mode because of who he's affiliated with, just check
out this song, one of my favorites of this year: John Maus - Do Your Best

It's off of his forthcoming album, Love is Real.

Like Ariel Pink, who he plays keyboards for, John Maus makes the kind of mid-80's romantic synth/weirdo pop that seems to really piss people off. I'm assuming this is becuse it's hard to tell if Maus is joking or not. He can sabotage his own music with the most cliched, dated, reverb-soaked guitar solo in the middle of a gothic dirge, but when he plays it straight, like the song linked to above, he's capable of creating unabashedly beautiful songs (the comparable Ariel Pink moment here would be "New Trumpets of Time", a serene coda at the end of the frustrating mess that is Lover Boy).

Z S, Sunday, 18 November 2007 18:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Holy shit the coda of tenebrae

calstars, Friday, 8 January 2016 03:38 (two years ago) Permalink



markers, Friday, 8 January 2016 03:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Apparently "No Title (Molly)" is the only song of his I can tolerate the vocals on. So much better than the other songs of his I've heard. I mean yeah the lyrics are silly but at least the vocals are low enough in the mix.

viborg, Friday, 8 January 2016 11:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Missiles are headed toward your house

calstars, Sunday, 10 January 2016 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

is there any update on a new album?

dynamicinterface, Sunday, 10 January 2016 17:58 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Is anyone going back to Screen Memories? I haven’t

Random Shitposter (calstars), Friday, 29 December 2017 00:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I love Sensitive Recollections, but that's about it :(

Frederik B, Friday, 29 December 2017 01:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

it was really underwhelming but I probably should give it another try

ufo, Friday, 29 December 2017 02:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Feel the same way

Random Shitposter (calstars), Friday, 29 December 2017 02:55 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've played it a fair amount, as much as most any album this year, but then Pitiless Censors is my most listened-to album this decade. I was kind of surprised how forgotten SM seemed to be on year-end lists. But maybe the rigorous, slow DiY approach to building synths and controlling all elements of production in this case resulted in this hermetically sealed sound world that's cool to be in when you're there but doesn't really invite you back in. The dark ardor of the lighthouse versus the creepy grey interior and TV screen. I like it when I turn that TV on, though, and love several of the songs (Teenage Witch, Find Out).

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 29 December 2017 03:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yes, Pitiless Censors is great ... not sure about dis one doe

Random Shitposter (calstars), Friday, 29 December 2017 03:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"Touchdown" is great (as is the video) but yeah I havent replayed this album since I first listened to it

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Friday, 29 December 2017 10:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Mr money bags
Mr brand new shoes

calstars, Saturday, 10 November 2018 04:24 (one month ago) Permalink

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