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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 (four years ago) Permalink

the guy is hilarious

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

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:57 (four 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.

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


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 (three 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 (three 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 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

classic record

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

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

That song reminds me of Women.

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

the band or the gender?

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

not sure about the keyboards but the tune is quite nice

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

what were the covers?

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

Ugh, sounds awful

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

New song sounds great.

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

loveable dirtbag, imo

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

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

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

Ariel Pink is the Frank Zappa of Mac Demarco impersonators.

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

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

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

it is, though nothing beats viceroy for me yet

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

his best song imo:

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

great songwriting and underrated guitarist

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

homeshake, his guitarists band, are pretty great imo

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

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

two weeks pass...

new album is kinda underwhelming, missing those tasty licks

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

Changed my mind:I like it.

No opinions about the new album?

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

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

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

Another One is my favorite thing he's done, maybe the only one i really like (aside from some pleasant demos and the instrumental toss-offs on Some Other Ones). its sameyness is cozy and hypnotic, a good bit like the Green Album (hate to mention that twice on these boards in a month but i really don't know many pop records that do anything similar), and it's even more compact (like, Wild Honey compact). nice, convenient album

soyrev, Saturday, 18 July 2015 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink

He seems like an affable dirtbag.

Sam Weller, Friday, 24 July 2015 12:46 (one year ago) Permalink

on stage last week he just looked dirty

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 July 2015 12:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I can't even believe this dude is so desperate to maintain a fanbase that he has stooped to inviting strangers into his home for coffee

wait yes I can

Wimmels, Friday, 24 July 2015 13:16 (one year ago) Permalink

maybe he just likes meeting new people

tayto fan (Michael B), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:06 (one year ago) Permalink

such a hoser bro

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

he has a pretty huge fanbase IME, don't think this is a desperate attempt to maintain it

flopson, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:20 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah ive missed out on two of his shows because they sold out way before the date :/

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:20 (one year ago) Permalink

his mass appeal has mystified me and friends for a while now. i like him plenty (especially after his new one and the instrumental bonus record), but seems like a strange thing to be hip among the kids in 2015

soyrev, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:28 (one year ago) Permalink


flopson, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:31 (one year ago) Permalink

the explanation behind his mass appeal is that he's an unpretentious, charismastic guy who actually puts himself out there unlike most of the ultra fey brooklyn alumni his label has had a hand in making huge over the years.

i've kinda gotten tired of his shtick as of late (get a drummer, man. seriously) but he's definitely written a few excellent songs over the years

hackshaw, Friday, 24 July 2015 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink


because he's making indie rock, or maybe '70s singer-songwriter rock, which doesn't seem to be a very popular thing these days? i've only heard a few of his songs, and they're nice, but i'm also mystified as to why he's the guy. he does seem like a charismatic dude in interviews.

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2015 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Party at mac's house tonight who's in

calstars, Friday, 24 July 2015 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

He has a personality which for some reason makes him stand out.

Hinklepicker, Friday, 24 July 2015 21:59 (one year ago) Permalink

so whats the address?

nostormo, Friday, 24 July 2015 22:04 (one year ago) Permalink

68-02 bayfield avenue queens ny

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

(soyrev linked to the GIS of that address upthread)

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 22:06 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm on my way.

nostormo, Friday, 24 July 2015 22:12 (one year ago) Permalink

@hackshaw you've confused me. his records have drums. the one live video i went and checked had a drummer. i remember seeing a video two or three years ago that had a drummer, too. am i missing sth?

also yeah it's just the type of music he makes, the image he projects, etc. i guess there's a big market nowadays for a guy making albums that could very well be early r. stevie moore homespun jobs while looking rough in press photos with a finger shoved three inches up his own nose, and i'm not against that by any means (well, except the nose bit – ew), it's just surprising

i mean:

i get that it was for charity and that might've upped the ante, but we now live in a world where at least two people are willing to pay upwards of 20k for the rotten trainers of a kid who's just a few years into a career of pleasant and totally inconsequential mid-fi pop albums. how did we get here? did bands like beach fossils and real estate set the stage for him to be the singular front-and-center oddball character of a recently trending BK sound that none of his predecessors could be, or was it something else altogether?

soyrev, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Tossed-off soft rock jams with good production/arrangements. Count me mystified too. Maybe that is why he is a world famous musician and I am playing Dark Souls for a 4th time.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:19 (one year ago) Permalink

It is his personality.

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:17 (one year ago) Permalink

I have never listened to this man's albums, but I've seen him live twice at festivals and admit I found him extremely charismatic.

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Whereas say, Real Estate, who are mining similar sonic territory, have been deathly boring the 2-3 times I've caught them live.

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:36 (one year ago) Permalink

i kinda like Real Estate's "no frontman" vibe (despite having a pretty clear would-be frontman). i saw them once at a festival and the lazy haze they emanated was a neat sensory complement to all the sunstroke going round.

personality makes sense, i suppose there's a lovable everyman quality he's got going that goes a long way with a bit of stagemanship (which makes the invitation for coffee at his place perfectly on-brand). still a bit confused as to how that opens him up to a bigtime teen/young 20s audience when the other things those demos seem to be loving are FKA twigs, Jamie xx and Diplo, but now that i like a couple Mac records i'll try to catch him if he ever makes it to this part of the world.

soyrev, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:18 (one year ago) Permalink

i think he's written a bunch of memorable, poppy songs, and that his popularity is somewhat based on that, and is not that puzzling. it's also not like he's incredibly huge, he's playing here (vancouver - bear in mind that he's canadian and used to live here) at a venue with a capacity of under a thousand people. he's not selling out stadiums or anything, just regular, indie rock famous.

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i feel like he's more than regular indie rock famous but obvs not full balls out celeb famous? like my youngest sister isn't really into anything "indie" but has his albums on her ipod

venue he's playing in mtl is over 2k capacity, surprised he wouldn't play somewhere bigger in the west coast

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:52 (one year ago) Permalink

@flopson otm, it's not the size of his audience that surprises me as much as who's in it. nowadays i'd expect his shtick to be drawing at best 500 to 1k people in their mid or late 20s ands up, but he gets into spaces more than double that size and my friend's younger sister plays hookie with a bunch of her friends to be there (and they're kids who scarcely know or care about pitchfork or any music crit).

anyway. nbd really, and like i said it's pretty cool that it's happening. just something i haven't totally wrapped my head around

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:24 (one year ago) Permalink

to put it simply:

i think kids just still relate to a dirty looking guy making cheap records in his basement and getting wasted five minutes before showtime.

can remember seeing mac well before his rise to fame (and before 2 came out) and he had everybody in the palm of his hands

it's something obtainable in comparison to the high-fashion publicity machine of something like FKA Twigs

hackshaw, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:02 (one year ago) Permalink

If I was famous enough that it's not a hindrance to my daily life I wouldn't mind inviting fans for coffee for an hour or two every monday. I'm not a morning person though so people should visit from 11am to 1pm and leave.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:23 (one year ago) Permalink

You could even select them prior visit, just have them send you an email with their data and fix a date.

When I was living in Madrid I had an online profile at couchsurfing for people to crash at my appartment downtown for a night or two and I never had any problem. it was cool having strangers for dinner or a couple of drinks.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:27 (one year ago) Permalink

I wasn't dining them I was dining with them in case it was lost in translation.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:27 (one year ago) Permalink

pretty crazy that he's giving people an open invitation/free license, though. i foresee reading an interview next album cycle where he's complaining about the weirdos who kept showing up at 3am or whatever

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:43 (one year ago) Permalink

This strikes me as a funny modern version of Dylan going out to meet Woody Guthrie after hitting New York. I guess they were the damn dirty hipsters of their day, weren't they...

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 08:16 (one year ago) Permalink

to put it simply:

i think kids just still relate to a dirty looking guy making cheap records in his basement and getting wasted five minutes before showtime.

^ what made him a horror during Pitchfork Festival.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I wandered into his set at Bonnaroo while he giving a few songs to his goofball guitarist. Couldn't really make heads or tails of the whole scene. I stayed for a few of Mac's own songs too, and they were fine. Definitely seemed like he was selling this whole zany package rather than just the music. Like an indie-rock Primus or something.

something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Primus comparison is spot-on.

I enjoyed the last two albums, but his Pitchfork performance was embarrassing.

Allen (etaeoe), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:55 (one year ago) Permalink

srsly with that shirt and his mannerisms he looked and sounded like the singer of a telenovela theme from the mid eighties

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:57 (one year ago) Permalink

these are all things that imo further obfuscate his appeal, not explain it...just another of mac's many riddles that keep him in our hearts

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Xp lol alfred

i played a shitty loft show with makeout videotape like 5 or 6 years and they were pretty wasted. i only saw him play as mac demarco once at a free show and the venue was packed to the gills with euphoric crowdsurfing teens. i left after 2 songs cause there was no oxygen and i felt old but the sound was perfectly fine and he seemed sober

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:35 (one year ago) Permalink

makeout videotape was the best thing he did imo

feel like it had more of the Women-esque canadian noise rock thing going on. and then he switched it up to be in with the trends

anybody who likes his songwriting but wishes it wasn't so soft and lackadaisical,

check out "Ying Yang"

hackshaw, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the last thing he put out, it was just a set of instrumentals, had a strong McCartney I vibe to it. It's funny because as trashy/dirty as his image is the songs always sound really clean and professional. It was just a bunch of 3-chord 3-minute demos like you do when you are writing and you just make up a chord progression and work on it for a few hours.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:47 (one year ago) Permalink

i find the recordings pretty sloppy actually. also re: the comment above that he should "get a drummer" he plays drums himself on the recordings

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 22:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Funny dude. Strong Paul Scheer vibe. Probably cause of the gap teeth.

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

here's an embed

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 17:06 (one year ago) Permalink

or not

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 5 August 2015 17:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Last year's left me cold. This one, I like. Weird.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 5 August 2015 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

^ ditto. he's a great songwriter/producer

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 01:06 (one year ago) Permalink

this dude is pretty cool, like funky west coast kurt vile. i'm down.

brimstead, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 22:14 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

there's something good about this guy but there's also something about him I don't like, his smug mug and the way it comes through in his songs

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 4 March 2016 17:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

a friend who knew him growing up in edmonton said he was kind of full of himself but ultimately a nice enough kid and a bit crazy

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Friday, 4 March 2016 17:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

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