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i really like this.

it sounds like it was recorded directly to a maxell C-90. sort of feeble sounding. yet with a kind of whippy spank to it. it has started to get its hooks into me somehow. Mac Demarco!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 26 March 2012 12:06 (five years ago) Permalink

the guy is hilarious

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 00:42 (four years ago) Permalink

his first lp grew on me after i initially thought it hipster twaddle

ian curtis e. bear (electricsound), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 00:43 (four years ago) Permalink

know nothing abt him but this songs great

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 00:43 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i was trying for a long time to place the weird rhetoric about this "strangely sincere" new album. for a long time i could not believe that a person this chaotic could be sincere in the least - figured mac demarco 2 was lil b-level trolling upon trolling. anyways, i just found this rambly but sensible blog post now, and it helps a lot putting this weird relationship with sincerity in perspective.

http://jasondillisdead.tumblr.com/post/33697840146/mac-demarco-2-captured-tracks-2012

fennel cartwright, Sunday, 11 November 2012 14:24 (four years ago) Permalink

antics

fennel cartwright, Sunday, 11 November 2012 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

I couldn't get past the Mink de Ville-alike of the music on 2 to get to the lyrics. Came as an enormous surprise to me when I realised how many people really rated him as a writer.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Sunday, 11 November 2012 18:21 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this album rules imo

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 24 December 2012 19:00 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i've really come around on this guy

mother nature gives me a cuddle every time i beat the shit out o (electricsound), Monday, 24 December 2012 22:27 (four years ago) Permalink

I love this album! A few songs on the album remind me of jj cale's 'let me do it to you'. the last song is terrible though.

Old Boy In Network (Michael B), Tuesday, 1 January 2013 19:23 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

classic record

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 18:14 (four years ago) Permalink

2's so good they took it off spotify! I was really enjoying it, 2.

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:16 (four years ago) Permalink

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:16 (four years ago) Permalink

the lead guitar bit in the chorus of viceroy is classic

failures on the moon (electricsound), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:19 (four years ago) Permalink

dry, modest and absolutely great "small" record.

Sherrill is his best song imo.

except for being a great songwriter he has a talent for creating awesome guitar lines. Sherrill is the best example of both.

nostormo, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:17 (four years ago) Permalink

That song reminds me of Women.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:22 (four years ago) Permalink

the band or the gender?

nostormo, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:23 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I cannot stop listening to this musical artist.

del griffith, Sunday, 9 June 2013 05:11 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Salad Days: new album , new single:

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:13 (three years ago) Permalink

not sure about the keyboards but the tune is quite nice

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:18 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah i dig. saw his live show recently, the very lengthy covers medley at the end was fucking dreadful

displayed in brackets (electricsound), Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:24 (three years ago) Permalink

what were the covers?

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:25 (three years ago) Permalink

taking care of business and enter sandman were two, struggling to recall the others

displayed in brackets (electricsound), Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Ugh, sounds awful

fields of salmon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:15 (three years ago) Permalink

i actually found the covers quite entertaining - when i saw him i was just a festival punter though, didn't know his music outside of "ode to viceroy" so maybe if i was more invested in him i'd've been more disappointed by a whole lot of covers.

pearly-dewdrops' bops (monotony), Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:18 (three years ago) Permalink

had a briefly v confusing conversation with a dude abt this guy thinking he was talking about roc marciano

r|t|c, Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:12 (three years ago) Permalink

New song sounds great.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:58 (three years ago) Permalink

I got a few more spins on this but did not pull the trigger on the iTunes preorder yet because, well, can anyone point me to a more humane way of preordering something?

Anyway, this is Mac Demarco's "I Am the Walrus" or something—so I predict good things.

fields of salmon, Friday, 24 January 2014 22:39 (three years ago) Permalink

so this guy's gig is basically "the uninteresting ariel pink"?

avant gardener (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 31 January 2014 16:00 (three years ago) Permalink

loveable dirtbag, imo

mizzell, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:13 (three years ago) Permalink

xpost -- That's not so much setting the bar low to start with as burying it in the ground.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

can't see the resemblance, but i like them both.

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 17:57 (three years ago) Permalink

Ariel Pink is the Frank Zappa of Mac Demarco impersonators.

fields of salmon, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:00 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah the music is kinda lo-fi and warped sounding like AP but thats where the similarity ends. i love his breezy laid back toonage a lot. maybe hes the dirtbag jonathon richman.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 31 January 2014 21:07 (three years ago) Permalink

he is somewhat of a one trick pony, but i still like it. who knows how long will it last

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:12 (three years ago) Permalink

i wouldn't bother seeing him live again, but the new stuff still sounds good

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 21:27 (three years ago) Permalink

the song that goes "mamas in the kitchen cookin up somethin good" is great

flopson, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:37 (three years ago) Permalink

it is, though nothing beats viceroy for me yet

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 22:06 (three years ago) Permalink

his best song imo:

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 22:17 (three years ago) Permalink

great songwriting and underrated guitarist

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 22:18 (three years ago) Permalink

homeshake, his guitarists band, are pretty great imo

flopson, Saturday, 1 February 2014 21:40 (three years ago) Permalink

flopson, Monday, 3 February 2014 06:16 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

new album is kinda underwhelming, missing those tasty licks

tonga, Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:52 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah,sounds like the previous record only with weaker, lazy melodies.
it is still good enough though.

nostormo, Monday, 3 March 2014 15:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Changed my mind:I like it.

No opinions about the new album?

nostormo, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:44 (three years ago) Permalink

The best songs are where indulges in keyboards and synths specifically Chamber of Reflection, Passing out Pieces and Johnny's Odyssey.
Hoping these songs are a reflection of where he is headed next.

scubasteve, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:04 (three years ago) Permalink

first listen and i have to agree that its like the previous one but not as good. maybe it needs a few more spins.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 14 March 2014 20:05 (three years ago) Permalink

So how come no one talks about how AWESOME the Makeout Videotape record is?

nostormo, Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:57 (three years ago) Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/news/59230-mac-demarco-just-finished-mixing-the-new-disc/

who's that dude with him? looks like richard d james

flappy bird, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 21:28 (four months ago) Permalink

That's shags chamberlain, part of a pink's touring band

calstars, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 21:30 (four months ago) Permalink

oh word, is he the drummer that wears the big russian hat?

flappy bird, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 21:46 (four months ago) Permalink

a more acoustic album would be so good, actually. there's a bunch of fan curated ones on youtube that are good enough though. killer vocalist even with the cigarette abuse.

hackshaw, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:19 (four months ago) Permalink

the one he put out last year, 'Another One', is by far his best imo.

really? I couldn't make it through 2 listens. my gf, who really likes everything he did prior, didn't dig it either

flopson, Thursday, 29 December 2016 15:30 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

love the title track of the new one, looking forward to this: http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1430-mac-demarco-on-his-chill-new-album-this-old-dog/

This Old Dog

01 My Old Man
02 This Old Dog
03 Baby You’re Out
04 For the First Time
05 One Another
06 Still Beating
07 Sister
08 Dreams From Yesterday
09 A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes
10 One More Love Song
11 On the Level
12 Moonlight on the River
13 Watching Him Fade Away

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 February 2017 17:53 (three months ago) Permalink

looking fwd

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 2 February 2017 18:50 (three months ago) Permalink

he likes moving cities a lot hey

edmonton>vancouver>montreal>new york>l.a.

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 2 February 2017 18:51 (three months ago) Permalink

he probably had to leave new york because he gave out his fucking address at the end of his last album

i mean i doubt there's a mark david chapman out there for mac but damn dude... risky much?

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 February 2017 19:07 (three months ago) Permalink

😜😜😜

flappy bird, Thursday, 2 February 2017 19:07 (three months ago) Permalink

whew, relieved to find out the new mac demarco album is chill thanks pfork

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 2 February 2017 21:05 (three months ago) Permalink

haha

it does seem even more chilled than the last one, enjoying that sc stream

niels, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:10 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i haven't listened to the title track in weeks, and it's been stuck in my head all morning. i find his music very moving in spite of his irritating extramusical attributes/activities...

flappy bird, Saturday, 8 April 2017 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

it's def some pretty emotional and romantic stuff, I think he pulls it off v well

niels, Saturday, 8 April 2017 15:41 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, really mature too- complete opposite of his public persona/caricature

flappy bird, Saturday, 8 April 2017 16:56 (one month ago) Permalink

a lot of his songs have an incredible emotional depth to them that a lot of people gloss over. but.. that's been the case since he started.

hackshaw, Saturday, 8 April 2017 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

deep (and sometimes strange) melancholy hidden under sunny laidback jams

hackshaw, Saturday, 8 April 2017 17:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I find his goofball persona charming and don't mind the contrast to his songs, maybe I even respect the songs more because he doesn't do a lot of talking their content up

much prefer a goofball to a dickhead

niels, Saturday, 8 April 2017 17:58 (one month ago) Permalink

surprised people still give a fuck about real estate tbh. they're the "less demarco" to me now

hackshaw, Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:42 (one month ago) Permalink

actually i guess it's not entirely comparable... since mac's music is very upfront vocally (sometimes with post-punk influences like on 2) and real estate tend to be tied to that shins/whispy white guy brand of indie rocking.

hackshaw, Saturday, 8 April 2017 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

just got the new record in the mail, finishing my first listen now... it's kind of front-loaded and loses steam... but "This Old Dog" is probably the best song he's written yet, besides some of the stuff on Another One. feel like a lot of these songs might take a while to sink in, everything sort of blends together... the one that sticks out on side 2 is "On the Level"

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 May 2017 20:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

not a lot of interest in ol' mac on ilx. i suppose there aren't that many teenagers here.

i haven't heard the new one yet. i like all his records but honestly think of rock'n'roll nightclub, 2, salad days as both a chronological and ranking order. that said i do like the direction of the new stuff - as far as i can tell form this old dog and my old man

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 3 May 2017 22:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

love salad days and every single from the new one, looking forward to it!

niels, Thursday, 4 May 2017 06:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(also I believe we agreed upthread that mac's lyrical content is indeed very mature, but even if that were not the case ilx has never been averse to music targeted at teenagers afaik)

niels, Thursday, 4 May 2017 06:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah but ilx historically stans for music for teenagers that teenagers don't actually listen to or things that are chart hits

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 4 May 2017 16:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

as in there are more people on ilx listening to the latest carly rae jepsen album than kids

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 4 May 2017 16:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

he he

niels, Thursday, 4 May 2017 16:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's weird how different the guy's public image and persona is from how his music actually sounds. You'd expect irreverent, Dead Milkmen-esque joke punk from his persona, but he's really a classicist who loves gentle, lilting melodies and a good major 7th chord.

The new album is pretty good, there are a couple ballads on the back half that are as good as anything that he's ever done.

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, 4 May 2017 16:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

and he plays everything! and records and mixes his own records! and they sound fucking great.

what's with this "mini-album" shit anyway? in my mind, 'This Old Dog' is his fifth album.

flappy bird, Thursday, 4 May 2017 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but yeah, he's closer to a Jim O'Rourke than...idk, FIDLAR or Wavves or whatever shit you'd associate with "lol pizza 90s larfs." even Ariel Pink's personality comes out a lot in his music. but there's a total split w/ Mac's persona and his music.

flappy bird, Thursday, 4 May 2017 17:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love his music, i get a mellow yacht rock vibe from it (with a hint of pavement-esque slackness and ariel pink warpedness)

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Thursday, 4 May 2017 19:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

he's very punk rock or indie rock in the grand scheme of things. (just listen to makeout videotape) it just so happens that his current vibe is making mellow music. but.. it's convicting mellow-ness and that's where he gets his thing. there's some sort of internal thing going on there that pushes it far and beyond what you think it is

hackshaw, Thursday, 4 May 2017 23:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

always the sign of a good artist when you can't figure out what exactly the fuck they're doing

hackshaw, Thursday, 4 May 2017 23:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I can't tell if I like this guy or he bores the shit out of me

I got da Midas touch as you fucking were LG x (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 May 2017 01:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is this guy still really into cigarettes? That's not a good example for those kids!

circa1916, Friday, 5 May 2017 01:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Everything on the new album is pretty good except for that one that sounds like "Landslide," which is at least short.

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 May 2017 13:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this album sounds great

niels, Friday, 5 May 2017 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's weird how different the guy's public image and persona is from how his music actually sounds. You'd expect irreverent, Dead Milkmen-esque joke punk from his persona, but he's really a classicist who loves gentle, lilting melodies and a good major 7th chord.

― passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Thursday, May 4, 2017 9:40 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

he used to live in vancouver and the city is filled with dudes like him

i n f i n i t y (∞), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^^^ this

-_- (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

western canadian hipster vibe

-_- (jim in vancouver), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the record is sinking in, it's really wonderful. he's such a great producer/arranger. the bass & keys on "Baby You're Out"!

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gonna admit freely here that 10-15 yrs ago when in that scene i hung out with a lot of those dudes and was kinda like that as well with a firm foot on another reality because of the diverse friends i had

mostly grew out of it once i moved permanently to la tho but i remember bussing through vancouver and bumping into friends and getting into character by pretending i didn't know them but making it obvious and akward on purose, exactly that exaggeration that makes it look goofy

idk maybe it's a weirdo vancovuer thing i never thought about where it comes from though

i n f i n i t y (∞), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Watching Him Fade Away" is really sweet and much closer to what I think of when I think of DeMarco, as opposed to the antics.

eeyore cohen, Friday, 5 May 2017 19:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love that his favorite album is John Lennon Plastic Ono Band

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 19:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

s/o to mac for hipping me to this donald fagen penned song at the end:

I got da Midas touch as you fucking were LG x (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 May 2017 20:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it makes a lot of sense that he loves the solo Lennon stuff--I'd imagine that stuff like Isolation, or Jealous Guy, or the acoustic version of Watching the Wheels are major influences on his writing

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 May 2017 20:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This dude is very chill

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 5 May 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

😔

flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 21:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

smth about his phrasings on tracks like "This Old Dog" reminiscent of Albarn on Think Tank - so I'd recommend this to anyone into that record!

niels, Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:36 (one week ago) Permalink

aaah, you're correct (not an albarn fan partic)

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:14 (one week ago) Permalink


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