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#51 auxien

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 09:25 AM

^ I never read into the split (marriage or band), always assumed if anyone was going to be running around it would be Kim, she's got that celebrity/pop culture obsession and all.



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Posted 27 July 2018 - 09:29 AM

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Definitely would shortlist for "pretty much the greatest band of all time" award.

 

This is also one of those bands that is immediately recognizable but has managed to put out a diverse discography. I think everyone could pinpoint at least one album of theirs that speaks to them greatly. Lot of deep cuts, lot of interesting history in the context of indie rock.

 

Lot of deep cuts with this band - I revisited EVOL recently and for some reason this hit me like a brick.

 



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Posted 27 July 2018 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 10:35 AM

(some of the) lyrics to Saucer Like, just extraordinary imo

Swirling whirling through the city of ages
You sink a bit whenever angels fly
Do you have a feeling for their fuzzy faces?
Are you close enough to see into their eyes?

I'm having a wonderful vision of the city today
Buildings all lined up neat on straight sun lit blocks
Avenue canyons stretch forever
Handcut panes grooved like a record
Flat bridge
Peer, boat, docks
I'm slipping round the bottom edge [line echoes]

Do you trip and breeze
Down city streets
Just a little free
With your head in the trees

Edited by beerwolf, 27 July 2018 - 10:45 AM.


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Posted 27 July 2018 - 11:11 AM

Sonic Nurse is a really strong album front to back.  I just gave it a couple listen throughs for the first time in a long time.  So far from Washing Machine onward it is the strongest of the lot.  Still got Rather Ripped and Eternal to go in my stroll through the second half of their album discog.


Edited by Zephyr_Nova, 27 July 2018 - 11:11 AM.


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Posted 27 July 2018 - 12:44 PM

Rather Ripped is a weird anomaly in their catalogue. And i haven't really ever got to proper grips with it. Sister and daydream nation, for me, is peak sonic youth, with evol close behind. But I really do need to explore late SY period. Especially the Jim O'rouke era...

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 02:10 PM

Guarantee every watmm on this thread will be playing SY sometime soon : )

 

Think I'll be spinning Murray Street and Washing Machine this weekend ; )



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Posted 27 July 2018 - 03:07 PM

Guarantee every watmm on this thread will be playing SY sometime soon : )

 

Think I'll be spinning Murray Street and Washing Machine this weekend ; )

I think I lost my Murray Street CD at some point.  :catrage:

 

But yeah, been on a dirty/weird guitar rock kick the last month anyway so this fits obviously.

 

Hits Of Sunshine reminded me of cloudline (chronologically would be the other way around obviously but just saying)



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Posted 27 July 2018 - 05:52 PM

Guarantee every watmm on this thread will be playing SY sometime soon : )

Think I'll be spinning Murray Street and Washing Machine this weekend ; )


I just put Murray Street on my phone this morning lol

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 05:59 PM

murray st. and sonic nurse are the lushest SY albums



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Posted 27 July 2018 - 06:36 PM

Sonic Nurse is a really strong album front to back.  I just gave it a couple listen throughs for the first time in a long time.  So far from Washing Machine onward it is the strongest of the lot.  Still got Rather Ripped and Eternal to go in my stroll through the second half of their album discog.

 

yeah nurse doesn't get enough love imo. it's such a great 'mature sy' album. peace attack is a really nice one but doesn't seem to get much love

 

 

 

Rather Ripped is a weird anomaly in their catalogue. And i haven't really ever got to proper grips with it. Sister and daydream nation, for me, is peak sonic youth, with evol close behind. But I really do need to explore late SY period. Especially the Jim O'rouke era...

 

i haven't listened to it in a long time but RR frustrated me as the song structures seemed weirdly forced. it's not usually as obvious when the verse and chorus are happening. when they get closer to that on goo and dirty, they sound like they're rocking out and having more fun but on RR they seem sorta tired. RR tour was my first gig though and i defs enjoyed it live.



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Posted 27 July 2018 - 11:38 PM

Rather Ripped is their only album where the vocal melodies are really the focal point, rather than the guitar interplay.  It also features guitar doubles more prominently than any of their other releases (where the guitars are usually doing very distinct separate things).  I kind of like how the instruments are all a bit more muted and the vocals/lyrics are the focus.  You could pick up an acoustic guitar and play any one of those songs and it would still hold together.  Whereas most of their material is dependant on all the parts for it to really work.  So yeah, definitely their pop songwriter album.  I think it's great for all the above reasons.  Kim really blossomed as a songwriter on Sonic Nurse, RR and Eternal.  I'll be diving back into that one tomorrow.  I remember it being awesome, but I can only picture the opening track (anti-war is anti-orgasm/uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh...).



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 03:23 AM

 

 

Unusually normal, but great song by them. The first of them I heard. It was in an old 411VM skate video and it paired with Arto Saari. Cool shit. 

 

sounds a lot like dino jr from 1:30 onwards, and 2:20 sounds like a very specific dino song in fact, but i can't tell which one. never noticed this before lol.

 

 

The verse in Raisans, maybe?

 



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 05:19 PM

A thousand leaves doesn’t get enough love

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 06:15 AM

 

Just get the whole Goo film really, if you haven't seen it yet.



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Posted 10 September 2018 - 07:10 AM

A thousand leaves doesn’t get enough love

 

I agree this! For me their last excellent album:

 

 

 

(and it does not mean that next ones are bad ^^)


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 08:11 AM

(some of the) lyrics to Saucer Like, just extraordinary imo

Swirling whirling through the city of ages
You sink a bit whenever angels fly
Do you have a feeling for their fuzzy faces?
Are you close enough to see into their eyes?

I'm having a wonderful vision of the city today
Buildings all lined up neat on straight sun lit blocks
Avenue canyons stretch forever
Handcut panes grooved like a record
Flat bridge
Peer, boat, docks
I'm slipping round the bottom edge [line echoes]

Do you trip and breeze
Down city streets
Just a little free
With your head in the trees

 

One of my favourite SY tracks period.  Especially the breakdown for the last verse.



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Posted 10 September 2018 - 08:13 AM

The problem with Rather Ripped is that the absence of O'Rourke is blatant, and as a result, the whole thing sounds like a downgrade compared to Murray Street and Sonic Nurse.

 

They fared better on The Eternal though, because of Ibold.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 04:12 AM

that's very lopezian, but i just could never really get into them because i couldn't reconcile their great, guitar based, sonic innovations with that groan inducing NY indie rock "we're so cool and art" hipster vibe that gravitates around them all of the time.



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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:15 AM

if only one could listen to just the music without caring about their vibe or perceived image. one day perhaps

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:39 AM

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 09:06 AM

Outsider?

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:46 PM

I haven't listened to Dirty in a while, and only a handful of times honestly. Currently playing and it's more angry and dark than I guess I ever realized. Not their best but it's got a good vibe, going to have to revisit it more often.