The future of Stereolab

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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...


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

I guess one too many people made fun of their last album cover. It was the straw that broke the camel's back.

I f'd up the word rear (Z S), Thursday, 2 April 2009 23:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Link to video of Sydney show with additional laundry bag:

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 3 April 2009 00:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Seriously, this is the greatest mersh idea ever. I only wish I had one of the old Peng beach towels from way back

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 3 April 2009 00:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

so is Chemical Chords 2 still gonna happen? wikipedia has nothing on it that i can find...

LAMBDA LAMBDA LANDA (Beatrix Kiddo), Monday, 23 November 2009 14:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Hmm...received in a Drag City promo e-mail just now, word of this forthcoming release:

Not Music

Nothing listed on the official band website about this.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 23:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

There was talk about releasing the other tracks from the Chemical Chords it could be that. Last official word I heard from Stereolab was that 'no new recordings were planned', which basically means a hiatus/break-up; vague isn't it? Maybe 'Not Music' refers to some kind of DVD or any non-studio albums release like rarities for example. Also interesting how it's from Drag City, they did CC on 4AD because of the whole Beggars restructure.

Any new Stereolab product is welcomed for me.

David (davek_00), Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's tons of non-lp material yet to be collected, including numerous collaborations - plenty of gems left uncovered. I've compiled 39 tracks totaling 3 hours, would love to see it all officially released!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

xp stuff that isn't on the stray tracks catch-up compilations like the Switched Ons and Oscillons. Where did you get hold of these tunes?

David (davek_00), Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

I hope they are finally getting around to releasing Chemical Chords 2 and the b-sides collection they promised a couple years ago. Though wouldn't these come out on 4AD?

Looks like Laetitia has been doing some solo dates in South America lately.

Moodles, Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

Where did you get hold of these tunes?

Isn't that a silly question in 2010? ;-)

Here's what I've put together. I skipped some demos, remixes, radio sessions and live versions and stopped at the end of 2001:
1. Super Falling Star (Moog mix) - from Volume 4 compilation
2. Low-Fi
3. (Varoom!)
4. Laisser-Faire
5. Elektro (He Held The World In His Iron Grip) - these 4 from "Low-Fi" EP
6. Ronco Symphony (demo)
7. The Seeming And The Meaning (demo) - these 2 from the Spacewatch flexi
8. I'm Going Out Of My Way (WHFS session) - from "Inside Dave's Garage" split single
9. The Eclipse
10. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie - these 2 from "The Cat's Miaow" split single
11. ABC (The Multitude) - from "Godz Is Not A Put On" compilation
12. Simple Headphone Mind
13. Trippin' With The Birds - from "Simple Headphone Mind" collaboration with Nurse With Wound
14. Endless Summer (as Microlab) - from "Microstonia - Reprovisers" compilation
15. St. Elmo's Fire (radio)
16. Less Time
17. St. Elmo's Fire (Red Corona)
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Spatio-Dynamic)
19. Impulse Rah!
20. St. Elmo's Fire (Snow) - these 6 as Uilab from "St. Elmo's Fire" collaboration with Ui
21. Miss Modular (Automator mix)
22. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse (Feebate mix by Autechre)
23. Contranatura (Prelude To The Autumn Of A Faun mix by Kid Loco) - these 3 from "Miss Modular Remixes" EP
24. Freestyle Dumping - from JP release of Aluminum Tunes
25. Symbolic Logic Of Now! - from "Soi-Distant" split single
26. Chinese Whispers (Stereolab mix) - from "Chinese Whispers" compilation
27. Untitled / 008 - from Thurston Moore's "Root" compilation
28. Blaue Milch - from Peter-Thomas-Sound-Orchester's "Warp Back To Earth 66/99" compilation
29. Galaxidion - from "Social (Bodies)" compilation
30. Caliméro
31. Cache Cache - from collaboration with Brigitte Fontaine
32. Ticker Tape Of The Unconscious (Thievery Corporation remix) - from Thievery Corporation's "Abductions & Reconstructions" compilation
33. The Super-It
34. Fried Monkey Eggs (vocal)
35. Monkey Jelly - these 3 from "The Underground Is Coming" EP
36. Brain Drain - from "Collaborations 2: Constant Friction" compilation
37. Négatités - from "Yeti 1" compilation
38. Free Witch And No-Bra Queen
39. Speck-Voice - these 2 from "Free Witch And No-Bra Queen" EP

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 April 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

xp Songs on eps and singles already count as officially released though.

Moka, Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

But all the same I'm sure there is a mine of unreleased material in the stereolab vault.

Moka, Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

cannot believe the Low-Fi EP has not been compiled on a CD collection yet, a real high point for the band imo.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yes the Low-Fi Ep is amazing, blows my mind it was recorded in 1992... mmm need to submit to the ep thread...

Moka, Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

Due to popular demand:

Oddities part 1 -
Oddities part 2 -

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh wise and good soul.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:47 (nine years ago) Permalink


tylerw, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 18:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Gerald, thanks for this! I'm four songs into Vol. 2 and that Brigitte Fontaine is hitting the spot.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost Gerald McBoing-Boing you have made my day.

Davek (davek_00), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 18:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Man, that looks like a great little comp. I tried dl but divshare never coughed up the files just started countdown again. Anyone else have the same problem?

wmlynch, Friday, 7 May 2010 00:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

yes, do it twice. same thing happened to me, but they did download.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 7 May 2010 01:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

weird, the 'try again' links were different this time around but it worked! thanks.

wmlynch, Friday, 7 May 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wow, thanks!

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 8 May 2010 19:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

So - what do y'all think of this stuff? For me, some of it is unlike anything else I listen to and more experimental than their LPs and therefore has a special place in my heart.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 8 May 2010 19:35 (nine years 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:

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:

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

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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