The High Llamas: C or D?

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this isn't "defend the indefensible," because i think that o'hagan et. al. are very defensible. and i know some others hereabouts also like 'em (like messrs. currie and hanle y).

as fer me, i stopped paying attention to them after cold and bouncy. but in 1995, gideon gaye was easily my favorite CD for that year and a couple thereafter.

Tad (llamasfur), Saturday, 6 September 2003 22:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dud, it's all very pretty and all but he could do with a catchy chorus or two.

keith (keithmcl), Sunday, 7 September 2003 00:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

o'hagan does some outstanding string arrangements on other people's records. but the dude can't write a tune to save himself. gideon gaye is and will always be his only worthwhile record. cold and bouncy was wretched.

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 7 September 2003 00:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic.

I've never bought an album, just downloaded songs, but have loved almost all I have heard.

David Allen, Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic on the whole; yes, at times indistinct (some longueurs on "Cold and Bouncy" and "Hawaii"), but at their best, wonderful. "Hawaii" at 45 minutes would have been quite something. "Gideon Gaye" very much is something.

Tom May (Tom May), Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've never bought an album, just downloaded songs, but have loved almost all I have heard

i'd probably recommend this is the best way to hear them - an album's worth is just too much airbrushed beach boys parody/homage to cope with in one sitting

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, and what I've heard of the new record is good too.

hstencil, Sunday, 7 September 2003 02:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Part of "Gideon Gaye" was great. As for the rest, it sounds nice in an elevator.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 7 September 2003 07:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

but mr o'hagan has churned out some very lovely melodies on those high llamas records, geir!

Tad (llamasfur), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The High Llamas certainly have their moments (I'd go along with the general concensus that Gideon Gaye & Hawaii are their best).But lately I've been re-examining the band from which they sprung, Microdisney, after stumbling across an excellent fansite here http://www.bubbyworld.com/microdisney/microdisneyindex.htm.

On re-examination, I was delighted to find that Microdisney actually were the best band ever.

harveyw (harveyw), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can confirm this to be so.

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 09:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. I love 'em. It's good to see it's not just me and Hstencil, either. I wasn't that enamored of Buzzle Bee, but I'm very much looking forward to the new one. I read an interview with O'Hagan once in which he said his aim was for a listener to finish the album and wonder, "Wait, were there vocals on that?" That made me smile.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 7 September 2003 16:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

High Llamas is purely road trip music for me at this point.. especially for road trips during the day in long stretches of farms, prairies, and rolling hills. "Hawaii" and "Gideon Gaye" are the ultimate soundtracks to that.

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 7 September 2003 16:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is it me, or are The Thrills just the High Llamas without any of the interesting bits?

*aside* a guy i used to know insisted on pronouncing the High Llamas' name as if it were Welsh. Never failed to make me giggle.

Oh, and Gideon Gaye is fucking brilliant, and agreed re Hawaii's overlongness. Still ace tho. And Sean's a lovely fella.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen O'Hagan solo? One of the best solo acoustic performances I've ever seen.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd just like to put in a word for 'Snowbug'.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've just listened to Gideon Gaye for the first time in years and it's kind of boring. ):

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Expertly played, wonderfully arranged, beautifully recorded elevator music.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dud.
i too like what he's done for stereolab, but i bought Hawaiia and am still waiting for the first wave

of course living in new zealand means you don't need drippy soundtracks to evoke the beach, the surf, the sun, warmth etc.. so perhaps this is music for northern hemisphere conditions

(oh, that didn't stop me liking Fennessz Endless Summer, but that record is a quantum leap from Hawaiia, the latter a record with too many theatrics and not much content, ie songs, ideas, & w/out the wit of stereolab or the almost visceral Fennessz)

george gosset (gegoss), Monday, 8 September 2003 01:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hawaii can be kinda oppressive and one-note if one hears it all at once. it's OK to put on in the background and forget about it. one plus: in the USA, it came with a bonus disk which had the very nice "it might as well be dumbo" and a good cover of nick drake's "at the chime of a city clock."

gideon gaye is perfect winter's time music, i found. perfect for when yer snowed in, can't get outdoors, and all you can do is watch the snow pile up against yer window and drink warm tea. which might be the point. and it was made for some ridiculously low amount of money (like $10K?) if i remember correctly, which makes it even more of an achievement.

Tad (llamasfur), Monday, 8 September 2003 02:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i like snowbug. i thought buzzle bee was not much good, except for "the passing bell." only listened to new album once--not impressed, but will give it a second go.

seanp (seanp), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

'snowbug' is the only one I own, I like it fine.

RJG (RJG), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

for me "hawaii" is a beautiful record & their best.

the couple of times i've seen them live were among the best shows i've ever seen by anyone.

Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 08:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd just like to agree with Harvey (and Nicky) and thanks Harve for that link.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 09:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nobody's mentioned 'Apricots'? I kinda like it. Much more starightforwatd sardonic pop in the Steely Dan/Squeeze vein. I think they lost it after 'Buzzy Bee' or whatever it was called. Meandered down the avenue marked 'Kraut-surf'.

laticsmon, Tuesday, 9 September 2003 10:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

They are dire except for some of Gideon Gaye which is just about tolerable. Hawaii is one of the worst records I've ever heard.

Microdisney's 1st album (what's it called 'Everybody is Fantastic' or something?)is utterly classic - once or twice a year I'm convinced that 'Sun' might just be the *best thing ever*. Possibly the best lyrics too.

I loved the songs on 'Clock Came Down...' but prefer the Peel versions of 'Loftholdingswood' etc etc. All great stuff. I didn't really like the last couple of MD albums and The Fatima Mansions were almost as bad as the High Llamas.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 12:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

fatima mansions are crap. the only microdisney stuff i've heard is 'gale force wind' and 'town to town' which are both great despite their hideous 80s production

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 12:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Both the Fatima Mansions and the High Llamas win my approval, but I've never once been tempted to search out Microdisney.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 13:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You wouldn't like them Ned.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

B-but Ned likes EVERYTHING.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No he doesn't.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was about to say.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

High Llamas - Have their moments. Search "Travel", their first (?) single which is as sweet an example of ba-ba-ba pop as I know.

Fatima Mansions - have a few more moments, one or two per record and pretty much the whole of Bertie's Brochures is good.

Microdisney - have even more moments, their last album I always think of as a lost classic but I only have it on a tape that doesn't work anymore so this may be nostalgia talking. "Rack" is my favourite song by them FWIW.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There are moments on Gideon Gaye where I hear myself saying 'This is what the Beach Boys were aspiring to.'

Daniel (dancity), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 21:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And then you hear a croaky voice in the background saying "And if it wasn't for that pesky meddling Mike Love I would have got away with it too! Oh, and the drugs."

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 22:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Duassic! They have their moments, but on the whole don't offer much.

I always wanted to get hold of the tapes of the material Sean O'Hagen was arranging for Brian Wilson and Andy Paley, has anyone ever heard these tracks (or knows where I can get them from?)

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Wednesday, 10 September 2003 00:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't think Sean ever actually got round to recording with the Beach Boys. The plan -Bruce's plan- was to record a "reunion" LP with Brian/Carl/Al/Mike/Bruce using Brian's Paley/Wilson collaborations as the songs, produced and arranged by Sean. Bruce was (is?) apparently a huge fan of the Llamas. Sean was obviously very excited about the prospect, but it didn't take long before he was put off by the endless bickering & layers of red tape he had to wade through, not to mention Mike's snide-y "you're a faggot"-style comments. So he jumped ship not long after, and who can blame him? Shame, it would have been a very very good record indeed.

Chew: if you don't have the Paley/Wilson demos, email off board & I'll see what I can do. Patchy, but moments of greatness.

harveyw (harveyw), Wednesday, 10 September 2003 11:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i was gonna say, didn't mike love call sean o'hagan a "faggot" or something? why does the good Lord keep mike love alive, but lets folks like warren zevon die (not that i was a big fan of mr. zevon's music, but he was certainly a better human being than mike love is).

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 11 September 2003 05:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just bought Cold and Bouncy for US$2 found in a bargain bin, and i'm just listening to it now.
the songs sound drippy lazy like Hawaii a bit, but all those synth noises/ kraftwerk samples, they seem to be much more foreground, and perhaps as the foil for the strings, and i think they actually inter-chime with the muzak-like ambience in quite interesting ways. the noises are performing a dance with the lush otherness and hopefully they'll save the album from that.

i like stereolab for the synths, bass, drums, horns, strings, disco, more synths, vocals, guitar, probably in that order, but at least all at once
i can see now that 'lab had the tunes and rhyhtms, while o'hagan provided plenty of atmosphere. since there's only so much from the 'lab and i dunno, maybe that's it anyway, which would be very sad as i think they were going in a great new direction, having somewhat jettisoned the guitar rock or at least made it sound like something other than guitar rock, the tragic forced exit of some of the bubble-vocals would make for an interesting album made more of semi-instrumentals i reckon.

anyway i can hear all those noises on this later llamas record, and if the songs themselves make me think of paul mccartney, with all the best intentions and hand-picked band etc. etc., this makes me think that the greatest music from these guys does still boil down to the mandatory good harmonic tune, so i think the llamas-lab axis should continue, with all those noises included. maybe a new band, tripartite songwriting.

george gosset (gegoss), Thursday, 18 September 2003 19:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

george i couldn't agree with you more.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 18 September 2003 20:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Damn, there were vocals on that?! ;)

Just bought Beet, Maize & Corn. Just finished listening and it seems like I just put it on. Beautifully done background music. Emphasis on background. To give it some credit, I think it would make for great baby-making music. It evokes springtime to a T.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Thankfully, it's only 40 mins. long!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, especially the swishy meanders through Cold and Bouncy and Snowbug. And because my first date with my future wife was at a High Llamas performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum's LATER night !

darren (darren), Sunday, 26 October 2003 19:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Has anyone else heard Beet, Maize, and Corn? I'm thinking about seeing them live at the end of Feb., but I haven't heard the new material yet. Is it worth picking up? I have to admit, when I heard that the drums and electronics were almost entirely absent, I became wary, but jeez, I'm listening to the Beach Boys' Smile right now and loving it...

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 23 January 2004 20:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was thinking about this too; they're playing the Troubadour ...

dean! (deangulberry), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Beet, Maize, and Corn is great.. for those of you who missed the days of Gideon Gaye and Hawaii... which I did.. sorely.

If O'Hagan brings a small orchestra with him, I'll gladly hop along and see the Llamas when/if they come to town. I saw them many years tour for "Hawaii", and it was absolutely amazing. Later, I saw them tour for "Cold and Bouncy" and it was... well, not amazing.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Beet, Maize & Corn is the new "Skylarking" with bossanova bits.

wuperetta, Saturday, 24 January 2004 00:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Beet, Maize & Corn" is fantastic... beautifully wistful stuff. I do think a pared-down, live instrument sound is most effective for them, although "Snowbug" (tinged with exotica that one) is excellent and the best of their previous 3 records. BM&C actually seems the most subtle, refined HLs album since "Gideon Gaye" and is possibly even more cohesive (and a very concise 40 minutes) than that. A regretful, very English sound this time... must be a lot to do with the mournful brass.

*Highly recommended*.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

but.his.voice... love the instrumentals but i really have nothing but contempt for that paper-thin voice.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think it works well in context; certainly does it little harm. His very undemonstrative voice is really part of that singular High Llamas sound.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://digthattreasure.blogspot.com/2013/12/resonance-fm-111213-sean-ohagan.html

This has an excerpt of a song fromm the play.

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 22 December 2013 23:05 (three years ago) Permalink

dud

PaulTMA, Monday, 23 December 2013 16:03 (three years ago) Permalink

nah they're great. in lieu of new music from them, some of the recent Arp album kinda scratched the high llamas itch this year: https://soundcloud.com/arp-music/high-heeled-clouds-1

tylerw, Monday, 23 December 2013 16:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I forgive you, Paul.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 23 December 2013 16:27 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

The band is petered to play which leads us to believe a giddy-mellow resonance will permeate throughout the evenings' bopping festivities. Following a one-off in the New Age town of Hebden Bridge, The High Llamas will perform original music to 5 Felix The Cat films live at the Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 15th! What does the future hold for the High Llamas? More music, more music, of course! Their new musical narrative, Here Come The Rattling Trees, is being recorded and will debut live/theatrically sometime in the near future; til then, grab tickets to see them live for the first time in an age, long live High Llamas!

4/25/14 The Islington London United Kingdom

5/3/14 The Islington London United Kingdom

6/7/14 The Trades Club Hebden Bridge United Kingdom

6/15/14 Sheffield Documentary Festival Sheffield United Kingdom

I'd really like to see the Felix the Cat performance.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 16 May 2014 14:04 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Email to mailing list last night:

Here Come The Rattling Trees

We would like to announce that the new High Llamas release is a show called Here Come The Rattling Trees. The initial performances will be followed by a conventional physical release.

These performances will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Soho, London from October 20th to October 25th 2014. Information detailing ticket purchase will follow very shortly. We are excited by this new event in the band's existence and hope you join us in the experience.

Here Come The Rattling Trees is a new departure for us, a piece combining spoken word and music which will be performed by the band and three actors. It explores the theme of urban renewal in South London through the response of a series of characters to the rebranding of their local leisure centre. What emerges is a very contemporary tale. New songs, and a brand new score.

New 7" Single on Ghost Box

Sean O'Hagan has joined Jon Brooks from The Advisory Circle to release a single on Ghost Box as part of the labels Other Voices release series. Sean and Jon collaborated on both songs , 'Calibair' and 'Mulclair'.

The record can purchased from Ghost Box as a 7" single or a download.
http://www.ghostbox.co.uk

Jeff W, Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Sounds interesting, although I'm hesitant about the "spoken word" bit.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:41 (two years ago) Permalink

BTW: I really can't wait to hear the collaboration with Jon Brooks. What an awesome idea. I ordered the 7", but it hasn't arrived yet.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 31 July 2014 17:01 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The collaboration is great. I could use an entire album like that.

And I can't get enough of this song lately:

I only recently noticed how nice the nylon string guitar sounds.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:16 (two years ago) Permalink

that's definitely one of my favorites, I think Snowbug may well be their best album overall

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:50 (two years ago) Permalink

I've never seen that video before. Is Mary Hansen pushing those moons around? I miss her so much.

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I do as well. I think that she would've sounded great on Can Cladders. She always sounded great.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Lately, my favorite Mary vocal is her bit on the second half of "Double Rocker."

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:20 (two years ago) Permalink

"Long Life Love" is a really good one featuring Mary.

odd proggy geezer (Moodles), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:40 (two years ago) Permalink

I won't say that he hasn't come up with lyrical passages I enjoy, but Sean has written some real bizarre duds. "Bobby's Court" is inexplicable

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I strongly recommend this if you haven't heard it

http://www.musicalpainting.com/en/home.php

I think it's one of the most cohesive projects he has worked on

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:38 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Found this on the High Llamas forum. No one else has written about it:

I was at the last show on Saturday. I can see the comparison with 'Say Hi...' but thought this was far superior. Coe's dialogues can be pretty cringe inducing. Sean decided to go with all monologues and the writing was fantastic throughout. Must have been a pleasure for the actors to recite. Also, I was surprised by the range of subjects/voices covered. I didn't expect a tale about getting lost while jogging in Canberra! The songs punctuate the stories within each monologue. A couple of potentials for the HL canon, inc. the title song (which was repeated as the final encore), The rest were OK. But it's not the music I took away really, more a new respect for Sean the author. :)

Never thought of Sean as a writer. I'd love to hear this.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 6 November 2014 16:34 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

http://www.stereogum.com/1841897/the-high-llamas-here-comes-the-rattling-trees/mp3s/

London pastoral poppers the High Llamas haven’t released an album since 2011’s Talahomi Way, but last year their long-time label Drag City teased that the band was working on a new “musical narrative” project called Here Comes The Rattling Trees, and they’ve played a few shows around the UK throughout 2014. billed under that title. Today we’ve been given the first recorded music from the project in the form of a title track. The release is being billed as “Music From The Original Stage Production,” which means that it’s probably tracks culled from those live performances, and more performances could be coming in the future. Check out the first track and tracklist for the new record below.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 15:24 (one year ago) Permalink

cool!
randomly heard a sondre lerche track this week and thought, hey this sounds like high llamas -- and of course o'hagan did the strings.

tylerw, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 15:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Re: "it’s probably tracks culled from those live performances"

In fact, it's the whole show reproduced in album form. Tracks titled as "(x) Recalls" are the monologues.

The song on soundcloud is good, but it's a very wispy version! The arrangement when they performed it in the show was much punchier. (Not that High Llamas recordings can often be described as 'punchy', I'll grant you)

Jeff W, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh wait, track times on the Drag City website - http://www.dragcity.com/products/here-come-the-rattling-trees - suggests those "Recalls" tracks are very short.

So, not the whole monologue :(

Jeff W, Wednesday, 4 November 2015 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm disappointed it'll be five years since the excellent Talahomi Way and all we're getting is what looks like a pretty short soundtrack. I really like the song, though. It's nice to hear Sean reign it in sometimes. I guess the actual narrative is actually pretty good, then? I've found little about it online.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 5 November 2015 14:34 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

looks like this is coming out this week

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

I bought it. It's really, really nice, but only 28 minutes long. :'(

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 22 January 2016 22:18 (one year ago) Permalink

So there's no dialogue from the play at all? That's disappointing, I was hoping to get at least a flavour of what it was like.

It's a bit like the problem I had with Scott Walker's "And Who Shall Go To The Ball...", in that it's difficult to appreciate as a whole piece of work due to a crucial part being missing.

Pheeel, Saturday, 23 January 2016 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

"go to montecito" is secretly the best track on snowbug.

jaymc, Saturday, 27 August 2016 05:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

harpers romo, cookie bay, the american scene, janet jangle. o'hagan's melodies have never since been quite as accomplished imo.

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 27 August 2016 08:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Can Cladders and Talahomi Way are two of their strongest albums. Ive been playing them to death in between Stereolab sessions. The addition of the soulful backing vocals really gives the Cladders songs some needed life and the arrangements on Talahomi are to die for...

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:15 (two months ago) Permalink

His inability to write a hook or a memorable song is overstated on this forum. Yeah, Gideon Gaye was probably his strongest set of traditional songs, but I think he's had a lot of decent melodies up his sleeve all along.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Sean performed a Basil Kirchin tribute the other night with a group that included Tim Gane.

They recorded at least one song, which pops up at 55:30. It's an original.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dns54

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Just noticed HL remixed a track from the Rundgren/Lindstrøm Runddans collaboration. First listen makes me think it's kind of inspired – Rundgren has always loved the Beach Boys but it's rarely materialized in his music. This takes one of the poppiest pieces from a very proggy record andsome of the background vox Rundgren recorded that got buried in the final mix and does a little Gold Star treatment with them. Pretty neat.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:37 (two months ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/vonmehren/aerosuiteremixseanohagan

I love Sean's remixes.

Completely rebuilt that song.

I hear an element of a fairly famous tropicalia song I can't put my finger on.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:56 (two months ago) Permalink

recent live show here -- glad they are still at it. http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=3318
just gave can cladders a listen last weekend randomly — still a really strong album! the backup singers are a nice touch.

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

By the way, that Alexander Von Mehren album is very good if you're a Stereolab/Llamas fan.

Thanks for the link, tyler.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

CLASSIC just for influence on Cobra and Phases

flappy bird, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

There was a lot of disdain for his influence on the group in one of the many Stereolab threads. :(

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:06 (two months ago) Permalink

More than just an influence, O'Hagan performed or provided arrangements on most of Stereolab's albums

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:09 (two months ago) Permalink

i think o'hagan + stereolab is usually successful ... and i love the hansen/sadier vocals on snowbug.

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

just LOLd at this classic early pitchfork review: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/3855-snowbug/

tylerw, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Yep, and still actively collaborates with tim. even played piano on a cavern of antimatter track or two. He's clearly been favored by Tim for a long time, or is it the other way around...

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

SeanO did the strings on this song. lol

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Well, he does on the original. That's not the original.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 23 February 2017 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Dud.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Thursday, 23 February 2017 22:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Stereolab reminds me of 1997
In a good way

calstars, Thursday, 23 February 2017 22:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Turrican, ever the buzzkill

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 February 2017 00:12 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/nubian-mindz-somebody-else-remixes/638308-01/

Couple of new remixes by Sean & Tim.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 February 2017 15:09 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Interesting interview w/ Sean, mostly questions about his work with other bands and artists. It's fairly long.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Interesting that he feels like he doesn't take enough chances with the Llamas material

Moodles, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love how when he hums & sings during the interview, he sounds nothing like he does in his own music. It's a much more gravelly, normal voice, rather than that airy, kind of flat voice we're all used to.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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