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 (ten years ago) Permalink

Perhaps a necessary thing, really.

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

diminishing returns for a while now

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

Maybe it will be EVEN LONGER!

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 5 May 2019 00:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm taking that for granted, if the edited version is on there I won't buy the LP.

flappy bird, Sunday, 5 May 2019 00:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The demos on the bonus discs are a treat. Laetitia's voice and guitar versions are really beautiful, amazing how fully formed the songs are.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:03 (one week ago) Permalink

D&L is the only one I have the original vinyl for, but I may order the new one if it is packaged as nicely as these two.

― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles)

I have originals of Dots & Loops, Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Margarine Eclipse, but after getting these reissues yesterday I'm really tempted to sell them on and get the others when they come out. They have done such a brilliant job in sound and presentation. Some of the best vinyl reissues I've ever come across.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:54 (one week ago) Permalink

this thread is gonna make me have to buy these

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:20 (one week ago) Permalink

It's very worth it. They cost the same as most single LPs, but pack in tons of extras.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:30 (one week ago) Permalink

OK I went for the 3LP versions of Mars and Transient, also the 2018 Peng and the two Switched On volumes I didn't have (1 and 3). Stoked.

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 14:07 (one week ago) Permalink

I really like how the tracks are extended. It works out in every case. Hardly even notice it because I'm enjoying myself so much.

Does anyone else find these albums infinitely replayable? I seemingly never tired of MAQ. Like I could probably listen to it daily 'til I'm dead.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 14:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Does anyone else find these albums infinitely replayable?

Oh for sure, along with all their odds and ends, it just takes you on a wonderful trip.

Now I'm wondering if they played fast and loose with the 2018 reissues, are any of those tracks longer than previously issued?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:11 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah I'm not even sure my mouth could form the words "I'm not in the mood to listen to stereolab right now". It would be like trying to speak some unpronounceable hp lovecraft word. Ditto the phrase "that stereolab song was extended too long", just not possible. Gonna pull the trigger on buying soem of these next week, transient and mars at the very least, can not fuckin wait. Very happy to see the good reviews & reports.

One Eye Open, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:22 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah I'm not even sure my mouth could form the words "I'm not in the mood to listen to stereolab right now"

I'm a big fan but I can definitely think of a few hypothetical situations in which listening to Stereolab would be torture. I get migraines, and the very idea of listening to this band while suffering from a headache is almost enough to give me one right now

also if it popped up on college radio while driving home from a funeral or something, I dunno

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Now I'm wondering if they played fast and loose with the 2018 reissues, are any of those tracks longer than previously issued?

I don't think there are any real differences on these, I'm not even sure that they did a full remastering job similar to the 2 new ones. It seems like a lot more effort went into these in terms of packaging, sound, and extras. The only "bonuses" I'm aware of on last years reissues are Tim's liner notes for Peng! and Space-Age Bachelor Pad.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Peng! deserves better

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 20:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Man really agree on Peng!
Tyler's write-up on the Pitch is really nice.

campreverb, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 22:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Now I'm wondering if they played fast and loose with the 2018 reissues, are any of those tracks longer than previously issued?

I don't think there are any real differences on these, I'm not even sure that they did a full remastering job similar to the 2 new ones.

For Peng and Space Age Batchelor, their manager Pikey said on Twitter "It’s a Beggars / Too Pure release and was remastered (not from tapes)" unlike the newer Transient and MAQ ones (and the rest coming later this year).

city worker, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 22:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Glad these are out on CD as well... very tempted to spring for the vinyl, though. Love the MAQ sleeve very much.

brimstead, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 22:39 (one week ago) Permalink

My "Transient" and MAQ CDs just arrived ($11.99 for each set from Deep Discount! www.deepdiscount.com), and so far, "Transient" sounds INCREDIBLE. I always considered that album to be the "least best" sounding recording (when considering the recordings/mixes themselves, not the songs). The remastered mix of "Pack Yr Romantic Mind" is absolutely stunning.

The liner notes are great, too! Apparently the original version of "Pack Yr Romantic Mind" used a long sample of a shehnai (reed instrument) from George Harrison's "Wonderwall Music" album, but they couldn't get permission to use it. The working title of "Tone Burst" was "Captain Beefheart" because of Tim's obsession with the "sound and the recording" of the Beefheart track "Kandy Korn." "Crest" was originally called "Staccato Susan" as a nod to Band of Susans (!) who inspired that track. Regarding the alternate mix of "Analogue Rock" on the disc of bonus tracks, he wrote: "I think this works better overall than the LP version." - I strongly agree! I never warmed to those vocal effects on the album version. However, their live renditions of "Analogue Rock" blow all the recordings away.

ernestp, Saturday, 11 May 2019 16:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Bought TRNBWA last night on vinyl and it sounds exceptional. These sets really are a bargain.

omar little, Saturday, 11 May 2019 16:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I didn't realize the Daphne & Celeste track was a Beefheart cover until I saw that note, and sure enough, halfway through is a riff Tim quotes in his guitar solo.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 11 May 2019 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Even the Steve Hoffman forum have given these vinyl reissues the thumbs up; 'super quiet' they say, that's a good thing from them obvs.

Longer tracks is a weird one.. did y'all know this before you purchased?

I never saw them live and they're in Manchester next month, so this might have to The One.

piscesx, Saturday, 11 May 2019 21:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Love the Spinal Tap reference from Laetitia at the end, pity the journo missed it ...

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 12 May 2019 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

just opened my coly of MAQ last night nd yes it sounds great but ...

is there black vinyl available?

clear vinyl is not cool :(

the late great, Sunday, 12 May 2019 00:49 (one week ago) Permalink

The regular version is black vinyl. I think it's basically the same minus obi strip and scratch cards.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Clear vinyl usually has the best sound quality as this is what vinyl is by default. It's dyed black after the fact, which was handy in the old days when vinyl was recycled as it hid its origins.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:07 (one week ago) Permalink

boldface added:

All vinyl records are made of PVC, which is naturally colorless. To turn this clear material into a solid color titanium dioxide and other additives are mixed in. To make the standard black vinyl color, black carbon is often added, which strengthens the PVC mix. To make any other color, dyes are used instead of black carbon. These dyes do not strengthen the vinyl in the same way as black carbon, but the difference is negligible unless mistakes are made in the production process.

A few exceptions exist: Clear vinyl, picture discs and glow-in-the-dark pressings are more susceptible to poor playback. Very few additives can be mixed into clear vinyl without jeopardizing the opacity, which means there is a potential for worse sound quality, albeit this drop is often imperceptible to the common listener.

so yeah, kind of, with caveats

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:32 (one week ago) Permalink

i don’t really care about sound quality, i care about quick and accurate visual cueing in dark rooms, and clear vinyl makes that difficult

the late great, Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought the black vinyl also had scratch cards.

Mark G, Sunday, 12 May 2019 08:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Nope. But there are more opportunities still to come. Each of the clear vinyl editions of the Elektra reissues will have a scratch card. 2500 clear vinyl x 7 reissues = 17500 scratch cards in total.

Jeff W, Sunday, 12 May 2019 15:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Aren’t there only 50 winning cards in total though?

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 12 May 2019 16:17 (one week ago) Permalink

This thread got me to dig out my favourite 'lab album (Mars Audiac Quintet) this morning. Christ, Stereolab were great from Transient... up to Emperor Tomato Ketchup. I like some of the stuff from Dots and Loops onwards, but nowhere near as much.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 13 May 2019 11:46 (one week ago) Permalink

is there some kind of Stereolab Monopoly game happening?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 13 May 2019 13:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, some copies of the reissue have a scratch card where you can Super Size any meal deal for free.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 13 May 2019 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

based on the web site it seems like the prize will be a pair of their new designer jeans

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 13 May 2019 16:53 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm still waiting on a Transient clear, from Picadilly Records, ordered ages ago.

Mark G, Monday, 13 May 2019 17:07 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm in the US, so maybe not relevant, but I ordered early on the day they were announced, and just received my records 2 days ago. Got an email saying they were delayed but no reason why.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 13 May 2019 17:26 (one week ago) Permalink

So the tracklists are the same across the different versions of these Transient and MAQ reissues, right? It's just physical bells & whistles that are different? I'm always paranoid I'm gonna miss out on sweet bonus tracks.

One Eye Open, Monday, 13 May 2019 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

tracklists are the same for the albums (with minor differences noted upthread, mostly extended versions) but there's an extra disc of demos & alternates for each of those:

https://www.discogs.com/Stereolab-Mars-Audiac-Quintet/release/13597140

https://www.discogs.com/Stereolab-Transient-Random-Noise-Bursts-With-Announcements/release/13568005

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Monday, 13 May 2019 19:06 (one week ago) Permalink

But the tracks are all identical no matter which reissue you buy

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 13 May 2019 19:10 (one week ago) Permalink

yes, sorry, I misread "version" there

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Monday, 13 May 2019 19:13 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm in the US, so maybe not relevant, but I ordered early on the day they were announced, and just received my records 2 days ago. Got an email saying they were delayed but no reason why.

Me too, but mine still haven't shipped from Bleep. I got email Friday saying "As this is part of a limited, hand-numbered edition, an additional new run of hand-numbered obi strips are being created for your edition. We will be refunding your postage and couriering this to you as soon as it is available." So it sounds like there was a screw-up somewhere and more orders were taken than there were obi strips created in the first place.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Monday, 13 May 2019 23:49 (one week ago) Permalink

xp thanks sleeve and moodles!

One Eye Open, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:21 (six days ago) Permalink

Should "Lock-Groove Lullaby" end with a lock groove? I've never had an actual record of the album before!

with hidden noise, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 01:33 (six days ago) Permalink

So it sounds like there was a screw-up somewhere and more orders were taken than there were obi strips created in the first place.
Not quite. Pikey sez: "25 of the original obi strips became damaged and then destroyed."
Because he doesn't know which numbers they were you get one of a new, super limited edition of 25, lucky you.

Like so:
https://muut.com/u/stereolab/s3/:stereolab:GEuN:img_0492.jpg.jpg

Jeff W, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:28 (six days ago) Permalink

my Transient CD is delayed (by the rando I bought it from on Amazon) and I really want it!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:05 (six days ago) Permalink

Interesting mix inspired by Stereolab

https://www.mixcloud.com/MindDaze/290/

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:16 (six days ago) Permalink

Because he doesn't know which numbers they were you get one of a new, super limited edition of 25, lucky you.

Thanks, I didn't see that. Neat-o! I got shipping notifications this morning, too (looks like one of the LPs is coming from the UK).

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:00 (six days ago) Permalink

Finally purchased & dropped the needle on the Transient vinyl last night and can't say enough to echo all the other praise for the remastering job, it really does sound phenomenal. A major improvement over the CD I've been listening to for the least 2 decades, audible even on my less-than-hi-fi living room setup.

One Eye Open, Monday, 20 May 2019 19:38 (three hours ago) Permalink


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