American Music Club: Classic or Dud?

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I've been listening to "San Francisco" all the time lately so the question just popped up...

Simone, Friday, 9 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Most definitely a classic, but not necessarily for San Francisco. The production issues, the more-problematic-than-usual internal tensions, and Eitzel's more-problematic-than-usual demeanor during those sesssions led to some big flaws. I haven't listened to it in a couple years, but I'd bet "It's Your Birthday" and a couple others would still hold up. There's a weird slickness in the production; it makes them sound like a rock band, which isn't exactly what they were about. Everclear does the most for me, followed by Mercury and Engine.

Andy, Friday, 9 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

All of 'California' - Classic. 'Western Sky', 'Firefly' 'Last Harbor', 'Pale Skinny Girl' - all great.

Unfortunately everything else - Dud. Particularly 'San Fran' and 'Mercury' - horribly produced, and the songs had gone by then.

Dr.C, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I appear to be the only guy who actually likes "San Francisco". Ok, SF is AMC at their most commercial and maybe adding the "slick" production was a conscious move to improve sales but hey, there are plenty of good songs anyway (even among the slick-produced ones). "Can you help me?", "wish the world away" are just a couple of examples... Everclear is their obvious masterwork, that much is sure but I love SF all the same.

Simone, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Classic: all of 'California' - absolute masterpiece. most of 'United Kingdom', although I think it only came out in the UK and it's definitely their bleakest album. Most of 'Everclear' too. As for the later albums, i would say that there are some really good songs (particularly on 'Mercury') but I never quite got into 'San Francisco'. Come to think of it I'm not quite sure where my copy is...

Jonathan, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

All I've heard from them is the Mercury album, and if it's typical then they're a big-time Dud. I'm sure there are good lyrics in there, but the music is so drab and dull and lifeless that it gives me no reason to pay attention.

Patrick, Saturday, 10 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

dud & dull alterna-rock; I would say : avoid it unless you are a college-radio dj.

fernando, Monday, 12 March 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

They're not totally classic for me, "Everclear" and the "Live At Slim's" promo are damn good and pretty much all I need.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 24 June 2010 23:50 (six years ago) Permalink

this is a band I didn't like at all when everybody was going nuts for them and then 2-3 years ago their album The Golden Age basically punched me right in the damn face and it was like, oh, eureka, I get it, this is incredible.

get your bucket of free wings (underrated aerosmith albums I have loved), Friday, 25 June 2010 00:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I remember successfully trolling cosloy via letter to conflict in '88, comparing AMC to the indigo girls. I didn't get 'em either until after it was all said and done, when I stumbled across a used copy of mercury. I guess if you don't like lyrics AMC's gonna be a hard plough to pull, but eitzel's one of those guys who at his best transcends the singer-songwriter stink.

don't really understand all the hate for mercury. the production feels like a warm woozy cocoon of whiskey, but even if you don't dig the production, three of eitzel's best songs are "apology for an accident", "I've been a mess", and "johnny mathis' feet".

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 25 June 2010 01:58 (six years ago) Permalink

^ I like the part where he shows johnny his old collection of punk rock posters

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 25 June 2010 02:03 (six years ago) Permalink

J0hn's take on The Golden Age is the only wholly positive one I've read, but it caused me to revisit the record earlier this year. It is perhaps cliche or at least expected to arrange the word "devastating" near an American Music Club album. The Golden Age is a different sort though--imagine Love Songs for Patriots without its political eruptions, giving way entirely to songs like "Myopic Books" and "Another Morning." Even this is wrong--those songs were captured light in an otherwise dark and wrecked ship. There is no light in The Golden Age, just a dull, ornate grey. In that way it reminds me most of the slow, contemplative songs on Everclear but less drunk, more acknowledging depression as the necessary color of life.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Friday, 25 June 2010 02:15 (six years ago) Permalink

if that all sounds dumb as hell then my excuse is i just woke up. just trying to make sense of why The Golden Age kind of scares the hell out of me.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Friday, 25 June 2010 02:32 (six years ago) Permalink

no you actually made me want to hear it

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 25 June 2010 02:32 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

To restate the obvious: Mercury is awful. Holy shit, I can't make it through a single song.

john. a resident of chicago., Saturday, 6 August 2011 18:58 (five years ago) Permalink

it's messy but has a few great tracks - I've Been A Mess is wonderful

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:21 (five years ago) Permalink

o_O

This reminds me of the Jeff Buckley c/d thread.

john. a resident of chicago., Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

To state the obvious: Mercury is great. No question.

President Keyes, Saturday, 6 August 2011 22:13 (five years ago) Permalink

There's some crap on Mercury

Apology, Mess, Mathis, Gratitude are all A grade

Too much noodling, half formed songs elsewhere.

Everclear is tight, nowhere near as much filler

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 6 August 2011 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh and Hammer is great too

Keep Me Around is just a throwaway single, they never integrated the rockier and the more reflective stuff that well.

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 6 August 2011 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

If I snap my fingers what will I get?
If I snap my fingers what will I get?
If I snap my fingers what will I get?
That's right, anything I want
Anything I want

Moreno, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 03:28 (five years ago) Permalink

http://markeitzel.blogspot.com/2011/10/to-people-who-ask-me-if-amc-are-touring.html

in case anyone was wondering. I wouldn't put bets on seeing AMC again, but then, that's what I thought ten years ago.

akm, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 05:53 (five years ago) Permalink

^That's a great lyric. Note to self: listen to more Eitzel

spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:20 (five years ago) Permalink

To restate the obvious: Mercury is awful. Holy shit, I can't make it through a single song.

Mercury is a complete classic. Not as much as Everclear but means almost as much to me, for various other reasons.

akm, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 16:38 (five years ago) Permalink

now listening to an AMC album through for the first time (Mercury). I like it a lot. Reminds me a bit of Red House Painters although a bit more hard edged.

spellcheck is really advanced these days (cajunsunday), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Mercury is great. Means a lot to me too -- still remember buying it when it came out.

Duke, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Mercury is certainly an extremely 90's sounding record, with too much Froom calliope circus noise and chamberlain and tympani and oompah and crap but the songs on it are, from top to bottom, great, and I like Froom's work on this album, in fact, I think it's his best production work. But there is an alternate, Kevin Killan version of the album around if you prefer that. The big change was making If I Had a Hammer 3/4 rather than 4/4.

akm, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

I astonished by all the hate for Mercury. It might be my fave and it is certainly one of the most important albums in my life.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 20:53 (four years ago) Permalink

incidentally I saw mark last week or the week before in SF, he played with Marc Cappelle and a pickup band that included a bassist and the drummer from Loquat, and it was wonderful. Mark and Marc together are really great. It's not AMC but he's worked with Cappelle longer than anyone in his career at this point and they ahve their shit down. Mark is finishing an album right now (Vudi is on it and a bunch of other people are as well but it's not coming out as an AMC record) and I expect it will be very good.

akm, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 04:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Mark is finishing an album right now (Vudi is on it and a bunch of other people are as well but it's not coming out as an AMC record) and I expect it will be very good.

I'm sure it will be as well but unfortunately I would only buy it if it came out as an AMC record

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:02 (four years ago) Permalink

If I snap my fingers what will I get?
If I snap my fingers what will I get?
If I snap my fingers what will I get?
That's right, anything I want
Anything I want

God, that song. Easily one of the best things Mark and the band ever did. I'm resigned to buying everything that he ever puts out, just because, but I'd love it if AMC could have another one-last-hurrah, with Kaphan back because their sound was never lovelier than with him. Can't imagine it will ever happen though.

Mark and Marc together are really great

co-sign. I saw their man and piano show in the UK a few years back and it was wonderful.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:19 (four years ago) Permalink

I think Mercury may be my favorite AMC album, I'm surprised it is so hated.

Moodles, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:28 (four years ago) Permalink

one more rep for 'California'

great album. sad, lonely, and drunken, but great.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 17:56 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Tim Mooney (AMC's drummer on Mercury, San Francisco, and Love Songs for Patriots, as well as being drummer for Toiling Midgets and others) passed away last night. he was 54.

akm, Thursday, 14 June 2012 23:41 (four years ago) Permalink

sad news! he was an amazing drummer, also in The Sleepers.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 14 June 2012 23:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh no! I enjoy his drumming in Toiling Midgets.

Evan, Friday, 15 June 2012 01:04 (four years ago) Permalink

What?!? That sucks, so sad. He was a great drummer. I was bummed when he didn't appear on The Golden Age after producing and playing on Love Songs For Patriots. Was hoping he'd get back with them some day, but I guess that won't be happening.

RIP

Moodles, Friday, 15 June 2012 06:03 (four years ago) Permalink

I've just discovered this. Really gutted.

Duke, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Damn. RIP.

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:26 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Mark and Vudi are selling the original paintings by Jean Lowe for the Everclear and San Francisco covers, with all proceeds to Tim Mooney's family. Wonderful paintings, and a beautiful gesture by them - if had sufficient funds to spare I'd love to own either of those pieces (but esp. San Fran).

Everclear on ebay now, San Francisco to follow

that mustardless plate (Bill A), Thursday, 23 August 2012 18:56 (four years ago) Permalink

wow, wish I could buy the everclear one

Moodles, Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:13 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Have had the pleasure of listening to Mark's new album, "Don't be a Stranger". It's very nice. Maybe too nice for some people; it's a mature work, that recalls 60 Watt Silver Lining more than anything else he's done. It's missing some of the fire and intensity of Love Songs for sure, and probably has more incommon with the Golden Age, so if you liked that album (I loved it; it wasn't really meant to come out as an AMC album either) you will probably like this. He is doing a short promotional tour of the UK now with a bigger tour (backed with a band) to follow this fall.

akm, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 03:28 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Just picked up 'Don't Be a Stranger' this weekend, really enjoying it. '60 Watt Silver Lining' a good reference point, was listening to it earlier in the week and the new one has a similar mood to it.

FWIW 'Mercury' and 'San Fransisco' were the first full albums I owned by AMC and they didn't put me off. Easily available at the time! It was actually hearing "Another Morning" on an Uncut CD that first piqued my interest, but I'd known of them well before then.

michaellambert, Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:08 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Gotta get this new one, I never got Brannan Street, that one had a smaller print

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 17 November 2012 16:30 (four years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite songs of the year:

Simon H., Saturday, 17 November 2012 20:56 (four years ago) Permalink

His voice is fucking amazing. I saw him live two years ago in a bar in Berlin, on his two-man with Marc Capelle, and it was one of the most memorable gigs I've attended because it suddenly occurred to me (embarrassingly, after 20 years of fandom) that he is such a great singer.

Duke, Saturday, 17 November 2012 21:33 (four years ago) Permalink

*two-man tour*

Duke, Saturday, 17 November 2012 21:34 (four years ago) Permalink

yes, the piano + mark thing totally reveals his voice as being UNBELIEVABLE.

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 17 November 2012 22:19 (four years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN6SpTqYeL8

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 17 November 2012 22:25 (four years ago) Permalink

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 17 November 2012 22:25 (four years ago) Permalink

ok "An Answer" is totally bloody gorgeous

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:29 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

nice to see Eitzel get a warm Pfork review. I guess it would have killed 'em to put him above the fold since there's a new Cloud Nothings record (zzzz)

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:11 (two months ago) Permalink

nice review, weird that it doesn't mention the Butler involvement tho

heaven parker (anagram), Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:19 (two months ago) Permalink

that and the need to shoehorn in Nick Cave references

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:00 (two months ago) Permalink

anyway the album is out now and it's v good. some of the more "epic" flourishes will take some getting used to, but all in all I'm surprised how good a foil BB is. (certainly more colorful results than when he was working with REM alum etc. in the 90s). "Mr. Humphries" is an obvious standout. not sure if this matches Don't be a Stranger for impact just yet.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 27 January 2017 13:32 (two months ago) Permalink

xxp re. the Butler connection, absolutely. This is sounding far more Fever Dream than Skeleton Tree

doug watson, Friday, 27 January 2017 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink

this album rocks

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 30 January 2017 20:23 (two months ago) Permalink

lol at Butler's quote

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 30 January 2017 20:39 (two months ago) Permalink

good piece, and I'm glad the primer he put together is so generous

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 30 January 2017 20:42 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, it was nice. I hope Eitzel and AMC attract more interest.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Monday, 30 January 2017 20:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I went to the biggest indie record store in TO on release day and they didn't even get a copy in :/

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 30 January 2017 20:48 (two months ago) Permalink

J0hn's take on The Golden Age is the only wholly positive one I've read, but it caused me to revisit the record earlier this year. It is perhaps cliche or at least expected to arrange the word "devastating" near an American Music Club album. The Golden Age is a different sort though--imagine Love Songs for Patriots without its political eruptions, giving way entirely to songs like "Myopic Books" and "Another Morning." Even this is wrong--those songs were captured light in an otherwise dark and wrecked ship. There is no light in The Golden Age, just a dull, ornate grey. In that way it reminds me most of the slow, contemplative songs on Everclear but less drunk, more acknowledging depression as the necessary color of life.

― Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Thursday, June 24, 2010 7:15 PM (six years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao @ me six years ago b/w periodic reminder that the golden age is a masterpiece

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 30 January 2017 21:08 (two months ago) Permalink

definitely among the very best 2000s albums you can routinely find in clearance bins (again, :/)

I do v much like the new record (and suspect more listens will be kind to it) but I wish Don't be a Stranger had gotten more ears, I think it's his strongest collection back to front since Everclear.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 30 January 2017 21:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Found the United Kingdom / California twofer CD at the weekend for 50p, good to be reunited with them again

Benylin Ascent (NickB), Monday, 30 January 2017 23:17 (two months ago) Permalink

i like the diversity of opinions on the entire catalog. for my money, California through Mercury are masterpieces, 60 Watt too. I really wish Golden Age didn't have the AMC name on it as it's just not an AMC album (merge insisted; Mark and Vudi wanted a different name), good as it is.

saw mark the other night in SF and will again tomorrow at a private show. I hope people make it out to his upcoming shows.

akm, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 05:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Looking forward to the Jersey City show, myself

Evan, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 05:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Hope I'll see him. I haven't heard any Eitzel since Klamath.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I wish Don't be a Stranger had gotten more ears, I think it's his strongest collection back to front since Everclear.

don't be a stranger is incredible, "why are you with me" is one of his funniest songs

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm missing about 10 Eitzel/AMC albums, I should just buy them all soon and have an Eitzelicious time. Probably won't be able to find them all at a good price.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

an Eitzelicious time

idiom, meaning "a depressive episode in close proximity to a body of water"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:47 (one month ago) Permalink

honestly as much as I love him I do find the 90s solo albums really patchy, he only gets consistently great again starting with The Invisible Man.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:51 (one month ago) Permalink

There's a few things I'm not sure about how high a priority or how available they are.

AMC - Atwater Afternoon
AMC's singles, EPs and compilations

Lover's Leap USA
Words and Music
Brannan Street
Glory
The Konk Sessions

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Those are all demo recordings iirc? You might be able to order some directly from the Eitzel site but I can't vouch for them myself

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I think Brannan Street was a proper album and a lot of fans were saying it was better than Klamath.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:16 (one month ago) Permalink

it's a proper album of leftovers iirc

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I...obviously need to hear that one, then cause Klamath has some amazing high points

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:18 (one month ago) Permalink

honestly as much as I love him I do find the 90s solo albums really patchy, he only gets consistently great again starting with The Invisible Man.

i beg to differ, i love the sentimental and over the top west from 1997, i could bath in it, for me his absolute apex. i love peter buck's production.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

hmm, I love "If You Have to Ask" and "then It Really Happens" but I've always found that one a bit monotonous. happy to give 'er another try though

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Not one of my favourite albums but "Helium" is brilliant

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I find it amazing that as recently as 2008, Pitchfork could refer to AMC by their acronym in an Eitzel review blurb and there was a reasonable expectation that readers would know what that referred to.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 11:55 (one month ago) Permalink

brannon st is not a proper album. it's kind of a demos companion to klamath. it is not better than klamath.

AMC - Atwater Afternoon: demos to go along with golden age. never listen to this.

AMC's singles, EPs and compilations: if you want mp3s of all of this let me know

Lover's Leap USA: mark's second 'solo self release' (after Mean Mark Eitzel gets Fat which was a cassette in the 80's), this has a few extraordinary things on it and as a venture at home recording and weird electronics stuff, it worth finding. you can't find an original though you should be able to find mp3s easily.

Words and Music: this is just him and Peter Buck talking

Glory: kind of a demos follow up to Don't Be a STranger, has a song or two that are on the new album, worth giving a listen to

The Konk Sessions: these are tracks recorded with the band that backs him in the UK. good.

akm, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink

'if you have to ask' and 'live or die' are the best songs on West, partly because Buck didn't cowrite them

akm, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 21:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Mark's solo 'real' release catalog, ranked IMO:

1) 60 Watt Silver Lining. An incredible album, and an amazing follow up to AMC's San Francisco.

2) Caught in a Trap... backed by James McNew and Steve Shelley, Mark's "matador lo fi indie rock album", has some of his most gut wrenchingly depressing songs

3) Hey Mr Ferryman. I love this

4) Don't be a stranger. I also love this

5) invisible man. I love all the songs on this, I wish Mark had had a real producer for it.

6) Candy Ass. A failed experiment that none the less has two brilliant songs on it

7) Music for courage and confidence. I forgot about this. He played a lot of these live for a while and they were a good time.

8) Ugly American: This is a really interesting take on AMC songs. Probably deserves to be higher, I just don't listen to it much

oh I forgot about West. I guess I'd put that after invisible man.

The best thing to search out is "superhit international' which is an album he recorded (quickly) as a demo for a label and was rejected everywhere, but is nonetheless better than everything but the top 4 on this list.

akm, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 21:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Ugly American is gorgeous imo

I would love to hear that singles/ep comp

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 1 February 2017 21:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Oddly there is two totally different versions of Superhits International.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 22:32 (one month ago) Permalink

there is the actual superhits international and there is something else that ryko publishing put together which is just a compilation and they used that name for some weird reason

akm, Thursday, 2 February 2017 04:07 (one month ago) Permalink

(superhits international was the name he gave that band at the time)

akm, Thursday, 2 February 2017 04:07 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

where's the compassion
to make your tired heart sing?
because i'm tired of being a spokesman
for every tired thing

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Blue and Grey Shirt" is indeed one of the most beautiful songs ever written. but then I would have a hard time making a top 10 most beautiful eitzel tracks.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The new Eitzel album produced by Bernard Butler is becoming one of my favs of the year

"I spent the last 10 years
Trying to kill half an hour"

Is sort of haunting in the smartphone era

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 12 March 2017 16:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just saw his Glasgow gig, it was good. Bought Hey Mr Ferryman and Don't Be A Stranger there but I wish I brought more money for the other 3 discs of live stuff and demos.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 13 March 2017 00:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anyone else been to his recent gigs?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 13 March 2017 00:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Going to the one in Jersey City pretty soon... looking forward to it!

Evan, Monday, 13 March 2017 04:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Eitzel kept saying he was going to finish early because his voice was nearly done but he kept going with more and more songs than he promised and he sounded good to me.

I don't like dissing venues, it sounded fine and I'm not someone who needs to see everything onstage but when the majority of the audience can't even see the band... It's a little weak for my taste.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

in touch with many friends and mark's manager in the UK who attended the whole tour, sounds like it was thrillingly successful this time; been a while since he had a very successful tour. He also played the biggest show he's played in London a few weeks ago (at bush hall). Butler was kidnapped for most of the tour as well; what I heard of it he really added a lot to the texture the way Vudi used to.

the album is wonderful of course

akm, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Robert, I was at the Glasgow gig too. I thought the venue was awful - ceiling about 7 foot high, impossible to see the band, and the sound was just OK. But Eitzel was in good form - so well worth it.

Duke, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was unexpectedly in London last Tuesday but too late to get a ticket for Bush Hall and I was stricken with man flu at the weekend or would have attended the Hebden Bridge gig - sounds like I missed out! Ferryman is the best thing he's done in years.

Grantman, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Really? I bought it and Don't Be A Stranger on the same day and whilst I like Ferryman, I find it to be a patchy affair whereas I love DBAS throughout.

That said, Eitzel has always made albums that sneak up on you, so I may well change my mind in the future!

yugi ex, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 22:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Laughingstock" knocks me out every time I hear it. In a good way!

henry s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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