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sorry if there has already been a thread on this, i couldnt find one. ive had the 'tired sounds of' for a while, and think its very pretty, and deserty, and empty.

but this weekend, i went and got their first album, music for nitrous oxide, and, it feels somehow darker, and forested

with both, i have the sort of sensation of being in a porcelain bath, on the dry flats of the aral sea.

i havent heard anything in between these 2 records, so how does the rest of it pan out, and what do you think of these 2

and also, i think i might have dismissed them, subconsiously, for a long time without hearing them, as being 'another kranky band', which is fine and all, i guess. but, from what i've heard, these stand some way above that, and dont really seem particurlarly connected to the kranky sound?

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 6 June 2004 17:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the preacher samples on 'down' strike me as unneccessary, cheapening it somehow. having said that, i suppose its a tried and tested postrock trick to do that now, maybe less so in 94, and before all those boring gybe bands started doing it

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 6 June 2004 17:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

They're a band who I enjoy very much without ever having them immediately leap to mind as obvious favorites. Like the good folks of Windy and Carl, who also made a move to Kranky after initial releases, there's beauty in the soothing minimalism but W&C are notably much more lush and, for lack of a better term, cascading, while Stars aim more for a continuous extension of mood. In that Kranky made its initial name with Labradford there's something of a connection to the label ethos as vaguely considered.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 6 June 2004 17:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I heart SotL big time.

For some reason Jessica Balliff comes to mind as a kindred soul on Kranky. Both are great choices for long lonely road trips, I think.

harshaw (jube), Sunday, 6 June 2004 17:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

For me, everything I found affecting and great about W&C was rendered in a lifeless and pointless way by SOTL. I've grown to appreciate them a little more over time, but I could listen to CDs eight hours a day for the rest of my life and still not think to take anything by them off the shelf

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 7 June 2004 08:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The first album is probably still my favorite. I like the cheapness of it, the mixed in radio, etc. The albums in between the ones you have sound more like each other than the ones you have. That is, your two are the furtherest apart in terms of sound of any of their records. I say go for The Ballasted Orchestra next, which I believe is 4-track like the first one.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 7 June 2004 12:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Both are great choices for long lonely road trips, I think.

stars of the lid on a road trip? i would fall asleep in 10 minutes.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 7 June 2004 12:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no one ever talks about that labradford/stars of the lid split 12". and it's pretty nice.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Monday, 7 June 2004 12:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

strangely, cutty, putting ambient on while driving focuses my mind and generates lots to think about, which keeps me awake.

i suggest you try it (with a passager in case you go under)

harshaw (jube), Monday, 7 June 2004 15:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
has there been anything since tired sounds?

what it like?

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 17 April 2005 23:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Hmmm...I'm not sure! *checks CDs* Tired is definitely the last of the four I have.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 17 April 2005 23:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Dead Texan !! (beautiful stuff, also on cranky, i think)

pod thai, Monday, 18 April 2005 00:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one of the best live shows i've ever seen.

hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 18 April 2005 01:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Avec Laudenum came out after the Tired Sounds on Kranky, but was
released before it on some other label. I know they have a new
one coming out pretty soon. An upcoming track was included on Kranky's new "Kompilation". Dead Texan is good, as mentioned,
but I find myself going back to Tired Sounds and Ballasted Orchestra

Zach S, Monday, 18 April 2005 02:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ahhh, i would love a new SOTL album.

fucking geniuses.

cutty (mcutt), Monday, 18 April 2005 02:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have not come around on Ballasted Orchestra yet. Not as obviously gorgeous as Tired or Gravitational. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Is this a phase that everyone goes though on that album, like puberty?

Lukas (lukas), Monday, 18 April 2005 02:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what do you think of the dead texan record, should i get it? i like the one track ive heard, aegena airlines? its quite different, a little more, er, forceful is the wrong word, but it seems more focussed/traditional, less vague (this doesnt make it better or worse). how is the rest of the lp?

has mcbride done anything since tired sounds (other than playing upfront for fulham thati s. actually, isnt that mcbride a texan too?)

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 24 April 2005 10:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
ive been going back to music for nitrous oxide again recently, and its much more abrasive than i'd remembered, i love the live lid track!

charltonlido (gareth), Thursday, 19 May 2005 18:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Brian McBride is releasing an album at the end of the month, "When the Details Lost Their Freedom". This page has mp3s and a little bit about his divorce.

Lukas (lukas), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 02:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

wait sorry i think they're partial mp3s.

Lukas (lukas), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 02:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Was wondering about him! Dug Wiltzie's Dead Texan thing but was definitely curious about the other half

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 02:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

new album plz.

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 02:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Revive, please. I saw Dead Texan on Tuesday, quite by accident, as they were supporting Final Fantasy. What incredible sounding music! I bought the CD/DVD afterwards, I was so impressed.

Are Stars of the Lid like that as well? If Gareth likes them, chances are I would, as well.

Paranoid Spice (kate), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 07:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
so good!

requiem for dying mothers part two is filling my room right now and sounds amazing

perhaps i am revealing my innocence, but i do not know what the name, "stars of the lid" refers to. do you?

terry lennox. (gareth), Sunday, 1 January 2006 10:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

kate, yes stars of the lid are like dead texan, but less...resolved?

i love the aegena airlines track from that (, rest is good, but not essential

terry lennox. (gareth), Sunday, 1 January 2006 10:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the brian mcbride album might be better than the dead texan.

cutty (mcutt), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
while waiting for new record:

adam pacione 'sisyphus' (elevator bath)

very similar vary good

andrewc, Friday, 3 February 2006 06:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
Any word on a new album? As I posted back in April 2005, they had a track on the Kranky Kompilation album that was listed as a song from their "forthcoming" album. Dead Texan, half of Stars of the Lid, put out an excellent solo album, as did Brian McBride, the other half. Where's the new album, dammit!?

I thought of them yesterday when I heard Harold Budd & Eno's "The Pearl" for the first time, and it struck me as Dead Texan-esque.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 19:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Still no news... *taps fingers*

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 20:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dead Texan is nice but not a solo album, it's a group (a duo).

sylvie and babs (sylvie and babs), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 20:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dead Texan is nice but not a solo album, it's a group (a duo).

Oh, really? Whoops. I knew that someone else did the artwork and the videos for the accompanying DVD, but I didn't know there was a musical collaborator.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 21:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Okay, I e-mailed Stars of the Lid to inquire about the new album, and received this in response:

"don't worry chief,
there is news and a new 2xcd 3xlp to come.

should be availible in march/april at the latest..."

I'm putting "Stars of the Lid Chief" on my business card, if I ever get one.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Thursday, 12 October 2006 02:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

It's just plain odd, and quite possibly counterproductive, seeing SOTL at the top of the Metacritic list of albums of 2007. Kind of counter to their whole ethos.

Mister Craig, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

it produces some pretty funny backlash comments though so i'm all for it

ciderpress, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Robin C. gave it a 2:
This is a joke,right? These critics have such a wacky sense of humour.

Chris C gave it a 3:
Indie kids decided that the new vogue was a bunch of random tones slowly fading in and out? Why didn't they send me a memo?!


Mister Craig, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:15 (ten years ago) Permalink


Matt A. gave it a1:
This album licks my balls. It's even worse than The Field and so I guess it makes sense in an ironic way that it beats out that atrocity of an album for best of the year on this web site. The critics need to get a clue that they aren't proving anything by raving about this crap. It's aimless electronic nonsense and anyone with ears and half-decent taste in music can tell you that.

Mister Craig, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Interesting that this was revived, I finally got around to hearing this today. It was pleasant enough. Good ambient music. But top of the list?

Those comments are hilarious indeed.

Bimble, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't understand why it would be counter to their ethos? Unless you mean it's odd to rate it competitively. But it's always fun to read idiot comments.

Noodle Vague, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

ironically, this is probably their most "pop" record though in that there are clear melodies/passages in almost every track that stick out in my head and work as hooks, which didn't happen for me with most of tired sounds

it's a bit less minimal and more cinematic than any of their previous albums but i didn't really see anyone touch on this in any of the reviews linked from the metacritic page

ciderpress, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

I noticed those comments earlier. And chuckled briefly.

Just got offed, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

ironically, this is probably their most "pop" record though in that there are clear melodies/passages in almost every track that stick out in my head and work as hooks, which didn't happen for me with most of tired sounds

it's a bit less minimal and more cinematic than any of their previous albums but i didn't really see anyone touch on this in any of the reviews linked from the metacritic page

-- ciderpress, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:18

I'd partially agree with that.. certainly the occasional track like 'Even If You're Never Awake (Deuxieme)' is markedly hooky by their standards.

Mister Craig, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

i think my favorite part of that metacritic page is
GENRE(S): Rock, Electronic

ciderpress, Sunday, 18 November 2007 23:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

So, it's become imperative that I buy either "Tired Sounds. . ." or "And Their Refinement of the Decline." Either way, Is there any consensus on which is better to get first? From what I gather the consensus says Tired sounds is more so, and I'm not too familiar with, and don't want to burden myself with the arduous task of actually deciding for myself. Or, is there not much difference?

mehlt, Sunday, 25 November 2007 00:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

start with tired sounds, yes.

cutty, Sunday, 25 November 2007 00:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

*Should say "Not too familiar with "And Their Refinement. . ." I have, in fact, made my own decisions before.

mehlt, Sunday, 25 November 2007 00:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

tired sounds is more singular in tone to atrotd; atrotd goes for full-on widescreen euphoria, where tired sounds culminates with a series of endless blissed out drones. kinda like the difference between inner and outer space. both are some of the best music ever recorded imo so you need both really. even if you only start with one you'll get the other eventually.

going to watch them live on monday. gonna be sick.

r1o natsume, Sunday, 25 November 2007 01:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

I agree with the post above re: the singular tone vs widesceen thing, and that if you like the one you'll want the other eventually. Still, I'd say start with Tired Sounds, as it contains perhaps the greatest consecutive 15 minutes of music they've ever made - Requiem for Dying Mothers, Pts 1 and 2, which somehow manages to evoke the feeling of drifting around in North Atlantic coastal waves, or some impossibly long descent from the top of a tree as a falling leaf, or maybe just peaceful last breaths before dying, all without sounding nearly as gay as I just made it sound. And the rest of the album is nearly as good. Refinement goes for a more varied blissed out feeling, and succeeds, mostly, but if you dig the melancholy mood of Tired Sounds, you'll be obsessed.

Z S, Sunday, 25 November 2007 01:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was really upset by those metacritic posts.

cutty, Sunday, 25 November 2007 01:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Of the next 5-10 cd's I buy, there's a good chance both will be included. It's honestly sometimes hard to fathom how much of an affect they can get out of so little, it's some of the most viscerally captivating and straightforward music I've heard in so long.

mehlt, Sunday, 25 November 2007 02:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

woohoo, live in Seattle at the Triple Door 4/18!!!
(with Christopher Willits and Lusine)

Mackro Mackro, Friday, 29 February 2008 21:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

that was truly one of the best performances i've ever seen. here's way too much about it:

the music was predictably very, very good. the sound was excellent and massive and full. hearing the trademark SotL drone bass for an hour+ on massive speakers was transcendent. their set included requiem for dying mothers parts 1 and 2, december hunting for vegetarian fuckface, and a couple shorter pieces that seemed familiar but that i couldn't pinpoint.

it was really interesting to watch them perform with a string quartet. the string players were a living organism of sorts, their movements and phrasing breathing in and out with the music. (this is a good, short clip that illustrates the breathing and also the intensity of the performance: i could only see adam wiltzie and the strings, (brian mcbride was hidden behind a giant speaker from my angle on the side), but it was a treat to see how he seems to function as the leader of the performance. he did the (minimal) talking between songs, and also conducted certain sections with the the neck of his guitar, slowly drawing it downward with each new drone entrance to provide waypoints for the strings.

i didn't expect that the live performance would be able to surpass the recorded versions, but at certain points they truly did. when i listen to SotL, i typically imagine synths making the noises. it comes across as programmed, at least to me. but live, you realize that it's the sound of a guitar run through many, many effect pedals. i took a picture of mcbride's setup after the show:

in a live context there's more room for small variations and little mistakes to bleed through. they also changed the arrangements of certain sections. in particular, i remember requiem for dying mothers pt 2, which contains my favorite SotL moment - the part halfway through where everything fades out except for the strings and it sounds like water splashing up against cold rocks, and then the bass comes in at an ULTRA LOW AND DEEP frequency. anticipating this blissful moment, i have to admit i was a bit disappointed when they changed the arrangement to a long, repetitive buildup of cycling and overlapping strings, culminating with the ultra low/deep frequency payoff. it was still good, and it was totally stars of the lidsy, but for me it was like watching jurassic park and waiting for the "Hold On To Your Butts" part, but then samuel jackson unexpectedly launches into a short dramatic monologue about the things in your life that are worth holding onto the most, climaxing with " hold onto your butts!" - still cool, just different.

but the projections were the icing on the cake. for reference, this is what the space normally looks like:

from my vantage point on the far o left side of the stage. the relief at the front was especially, uh, relieved, which affected how the projected images appeared. For opener Christina Vantzou's set, the effect was ultimately frustrating for me. the visuals for her set were projected from the stage, onto part of the backdrop (maybe 20 feet high or so). but since the imagery often used concrete images (humans, body parts, objects) and the relief was so extreme that everything appeared disjointed and broken. i guess it was just frustrating because it looked like someone had put a lot of energy into the visuals, but no one took the space it was going to be projected onto into account. (the 2 people i was with liked it, fwiw)

where the projections for Vantzou were warped by the shape of the room, the projections for Stars of the Lid warped the room itself. first of all, they came from the back of the church, and a much larger portion of the space - the entire front area behind the performers, much of the side space that i was closer to, and also parts of the ceiling. the imagery they used was also much more appropriate for the space - more abstract, repeated patterns that absolutely came to life on the reliefs that were all over the church. there were very few flat spaces in the building, so it made sense to let abstract patterns dance around them and warp and slither down the walls and spiritual icons.

one last thing. BEST MOMENT: i believe it was during vegetarian fuckface. dynamically it was the peak of the evening. mcbride and wiltzie were in full on drone wildness, and the strings were boiling over as loudly as possible trying to keep up. it was just punishingly loud and awesome, and sustained. then the visuals gradually began incorporating flames, overlayed with some strobe-like circular hex patterns. the flames were rotating and bleeding all over the varying reliefs in the room, but at one point they focused on the front and central area where the main catholic iconography was. and for a moment, it all came together: flames spreading across the cross and jesus and mary and the rest of the crew, the devastating drone still in full effect and somehow getting even louder, the strobe overlay. in that moment, it was PURE METAL. i heard someone a few pews back loudly whisper "WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON??".

sorry this is so long. go see SotL if you ever get a chance.

1997 ball boy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:45 (two years ago) Permalink

oof sounds amazing. thanks for the report.

tylerw, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:50 (two years ago) Permalink

holy fuck

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:53 (two years ago) Permalink

i know it was cheesy but during the metaldrone/flame/strobe i couldn't help but make the Hail Satan sign

1997 ball boy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:59 (two years ago) Permalink

also the lady in front of me laid down lengthwise on the pew early on in their set. she sat up before they finished and from her body language appeared to have transcended into other planes of existence during her time away

1997 ball boy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

we have signal!!

― Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:10 AM (17 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i couldn't get the stream to work :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:25 (two years ago) Permalink

it looks like it's still up:

but it's weird because i think it's just on an endless loop, but it's mid-performance right now and i don't think there's a way to skip forward or ahead?

1997 ball boy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:36 (two years ago) Permalink

oh wait, i'm wrong. it starts from the beginning. you can't skip around, but it's all good anyway.

1997 ball boy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I laid down for a bit to let it wash all over me, but I loved walking around - there were terrific resonate nodes around the church where the sound was booming.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:35 (two years ago) Permalink

oh man that sounds amazing, thanks for the report

sleeve, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Wish I was there. Goddamnit. On the list to see ASAP

octobeard, Thursday, 24 September 2015 20:51 (two years ago) Permalink

had no idea they were doing a mini-tour. last date is tonight, in LA, sold out.

0 / 0 (lukas), Thursday, 24 September 2015 20:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Not sold out - I just bought a ticket at the door.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 25 September 2015 03:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Just back from seeing them in LA and echo everything Karlnsaid about this his experience above - sounds like they did more or less the exact same set. Requiem for Dying Mothers and December Hunting were by da the standouts of the evening - truly transcendent in moments. DHfVF reached a level of chaos that I don't associate with SotL, but it worked. Requiem, especially the second half, was a gorgeous build. Adam and Brian seemed totally silent while the string quartet did all the work - and then the two guitars finally came in and the whole song went to a new level. What a show.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 25 September 2015 06:59 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New old tune, and I'm seeing them on Saturday! Will be the second time I'm seeing them live.

Also, Zach, only just now read your lovely review, kudos my man.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 17:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Was that in a tiny club in Amsterdam that was full of smoke? They mentioned it, complained that the barbican was too big for the smoke machine :)

Set felt short, 4 tunes, a shade under 90 mins I think, no encore. I don't remember the guitars being so inscrutable last time I saw them - like, what are they contributing to the sound? Are they even playing them? All became clear at the tumultuous end of December Hunting though.

Impressive monumental organ drones from support act Claire M Singer.

dancing jarman by derek (ledge), Monday, 3 October 2016 11:17 (one year ago) Permalink

It was actually! :-) Just before they started a smoke machine puffed some clouds into the room and my brother and I were like: lamest on-stage effect for SotL ever. But boy, did it make sense once they started! Stunning visuals because of the smoke. Will post some pics later.

It was amazing. They played four pieces, two of which were encores. The first was a half hour suite (with movements of Requiem for Dying Mothers and other pieces). They only got their first applause after that suite, and you could hear a pin drop the entire time. Rarely experienced such a quiet audience.
Oddly, after the first piece McBride said "we're going to play the last song now". That turned out to be Vegetarian Fuckface, which all in all lasted more than 30 minutes as well? I wouldn't have even minded if they'd stopped right there and then, but they came back for two more pieces cause the crowd never stopped applauding. First one was with the string quartet (perhaps it was 'Mulholland'). The last encore was just the guys on guitar and someone using that monster of a Moog on stage, droning out for 10 mins.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 11:59 (one year ago) Permalink

sounds like the same set minus the encore fakeout. yeah it was great, no complaints really. people falling over each other to leave after the last piece at the late hour of 9:45, hopefully they were keen to get to the pub, not bed.

dancing jarman by derek (ledge), Monday, 3 October 2016 12:03 (one year ago) Permalink

The same happened in Amsterdam. Very odd. Lots of lonely 40+ males though, perhaps they couldna hack it any more.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 12:52 (one year ago) Permalink

i just ctrl_f's "debate" with no luck but
mcbride is a debate whiz who has done the UT-austin debate camps for high schoolers and i have half a mind to convince my school to let me take students up there so i can stalk him

6 god none the richer (m bison), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 02:36 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i wish i could make music like this but i wouldn't even know how to start

na (NA), Monday, 28 November 2016 21:07 (one year ago) Permalink

ha, yeah, it sort of seems like it wouldn't be toooooo hard to do, but it is! i was trying to do some ambient-y kinda things recently and couldn't get a grip on it.
anyone check out this? might scratch the stars of the lid itch:

tylerw, Monday, 28 November 2016 21:30 (one year ago) Permalink

i wish i could make music like this but i wouldn't even know how to start

― na (NA), Monday, November 28, 2016 4:07 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

seems to me a volume pedal + analog delay + knowledge of basic guitar chords and voila but what do I know

Wimmels, Monday, 28 November 2016 23:42 (one year ago) Permalink

There's a new AWVFTS out on Erased Tapes... a film soundtrack. Haven't spent enough time with it but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it didn't seem at the level of Atomos. Felt a little more generic.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 02:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie has the "Salero" soundtrack at Erased Tapes, while AWVFTS have the "Iris" soundtrack available at the usual electronic haunts now (look for the bonus version w/ 2 tracks from ABW's EP), as well as the cd/vinyl versions for pre-order at Erased Tapes.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:25 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

New material from Brian McBride (from 25 mins in):

toby, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

jesus, it's been 10 years since the last one

Karl Malone, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

stars of the lid, that is. every time this thread is revived i'm literally crossing my fingers

Karl Malone, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

me too :(

flappy bird, Friday, 7 July 2017 05:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

"For fans of SOTL's earlier minimal drone era. This Lost recording from 1997 of a remix of Stars of the Lid's Twin Peaks Episide # 30 Part 1, by James Plotkin. (Commissioned for $100USD)During this particular moment, the glory days of pre-file sharing, we had been considering and gathering remixes via the post for a potential release but as many things go in the world of Lid, the idea became a bit stale. Mostly due to our own boredom. We are not sure if this thing is of any decent quality, but if you listen at low levels then the effect could possibly lead to a good nap at the very least...."

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:09 (four months ago) Permalink


In a slipshod style (Ross), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:45 (four months ago) Permalink

every time this thread is revived i'm literally crossing my fingers

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:47 (four months ago) Permalink


Karl Malone, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:01 (four months ago) Permalink

wait, i said that
still the same, i guess

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:02 (four months ago) Permalink

the tired sound of this thread revival

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:00 (four months ago) Permalink

it's kind of weird to introduce a remix by someone else with "we are not sure if this thing is of any decent quality"

i like it though!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:04 (four months ago) Permalink

I get the sense that SotL have a case of crippling perfectionism and truly cannot tell if anything they do is good.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 21:00 (four months ago) Permalink

Hence the self deprecating song titles :)

In a slipshod style (Ross), Wednesday, 20 December 2017 21:29 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm seeing them live for the first time at the Sigur Ros thing next week.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:02 (four months ago) Permalink

those recent shows they did in some church in NYC looked transcendent, would love to see them :/

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 23:35 (four months ago) Permalink

I saw them in LA 2.5 years ago and they were phenomenal.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 21 December 2017 05:41 (four months ago) Permalink

how hard is it to stay awake during their sets, just curious

In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 21 December 2017 05:47 (four months ago) Permalink

not hard, it's an enthralling experience.

Man, the refinement of the decline of this thread and its updates, indeed

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:54 (four months ago) Permalink

was just clowning around tbh


In a slipshod style (Ross), Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:53 (four months ago) Permalink


♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 21 December 2017 19:59 (four months ago) Permalink

They were great tonight in Reykjavik. Beautiful and medative. I did find my eyes closing over a few times, but didn’t fall asleep.

michaellambert, Saturday, 30 December 2017 20:19 (three months ago) Permalink

totally fell asleep at a Boston show ~2003, no regrets

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 12 January 2018 18:53 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

“Atomos” will be on TV

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:52 (three days ago) Permalink


dyl, Thursday, 19 April 2018 02:16 (two days ago) Permalink

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