Aw, I like "Palo Alto." If only for that crazy mean guitar tone.
― Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
OMG Melissa we can no longer be friends. Palo Alto is not just one of my favourite guitar tones but also contains some of my favourite Thommist lyrical images of all time - "in a beautiful bombshell I throw myself into my work!" but also the maniacal boredom with which he repeats that "I'm ok how are YOU!" line so that it almost sounds like a threat.
Also I love the artwork / packaging so so much and also the story of Thom and Stanley getting hold of an EMI marketing research questionnaire and ~customising~ it in their special way, I just love it as an object as well as the music on it.
Also Meeting In The Aisle is still my favourite RH song ever but we've been through this before.
How can you not like Palo Alto o_0
― White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
ya Palo Alto is p all time amazing
― I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
I love Meeting in the Aisle, but Palo Alto is just annoyingly sing-songy in its melody. I know it's supposed to be, but it goes too far for me to be able to enjoy actually listening to it.
― Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ok fair enough, because that is exactly what I love about it. It's got this real nursery rhyme, playground chant aspect to the melody, especially of the choruses that really highlights and brings to the foreground the repetitive and almost nonsensical aspects of ritual interrogative conversation especially in a workplace environment.
It's also one of those songs that totally sounds like he was describing when he wad talking about getting thoughtworms/earworms (obviously he didn't use thoughtworm as a phrase but he totally described a thoughtworm) and then he said words to the effect of "yeah I get them stuck in my head until I put them in a song, then they're out of my head and into YOUR head hahahahahahaha" ::maniacal Thom giggles::
Also Jesus Christ the textures on that song, did Jonny mic up a malfunctioning radiotelescope or what?
― White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
I keep moving from city to city and I always find myself singing along Palo Alto in my first days in the place even tho I don't even have it in my ipod and I've only listened to it on the Meeting People dvd.
― Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
Did we actually had a poll for this album? I'm just looking at two banned threads and one joke poll.
― Moka, Sunday, 4 August 2013 20:44 (4 months ago) Permalink
Either way we should make one with the 4 b-sides included.
― Moka, Sunday, 4 August 2013 20:45 (4 months ago) Permalink
i never really got into this i guess
― markers, Sunday, 4 August 2013 22:03 (4 months ago) Permalink
good album. it feels quite a minor entry in their catalog though and I think that's because of its relatively short length. If they'd put The Daily Mail, Supercollider, etc. on it then I think it'd be seen as heftier.
― arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Sunday, 4 August 2013 23:22 (4 months ago) Permalink
Heft is what i go to Beethoven for - I actually rank TKOL just below Kid A, my favorite. Many of their albs are bloated where TKOL does what it sets out to, does it well and moves on not a minute too late.
― recordin' mofo (rattled), Monday, 5 August 2013 01:24 (4 months ago) Permalink
I don't understand the hate for TKOL, the grooves that they achieve in here are excellent, they've been trying to hit this plateau for almost two decades. This is the first album where the band feel in full control of what they wanted to do, the interviews with the band sort of confirm it, they feel relaxed and happy. This might be the first RH record where Thom's interviews aren't unnecessarily cryptic.
― Moka, Monday, 5 August 2013 05:32 (4 months ago) Permalink
have i said this? live from the basement tkol > tkol
― emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 5 August 2013 06:40 (4 months ago) Permalink
Serious lol at the idea of any album being improved by adding The Daily Mail to it.
― Matt DC, Monday, 5 August 2013 08:51 (4 months ago) Permalink
why not, Matt?
― arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Monday, 5 August 2013 10:00 (4 months ago) Permalink
Xxpost yeah the LFTB version is loads better
― Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Monday, 5 August 2013 10:43 (4 months ago) Permalink
i'm not crazy about TKOL, i feel like "in rainbows" is the best thing they've done. when i feel like listening to radiohead i put on in rainbows. it just exudes more of warmth and accessibility that a lot of the others. despite being a radiohead stan in my college years, nowadays i feel like i almost flat out don't like ok computer, the bends, HTTT, or TKOL.
― marcos, Monday, 5 August 2013 13:13 (4 months ago) Permalink
Agreed. It's the version of these songs that I still reach for.
― doug watson, Monday, 5 August 2013 13:57 (4 months ago) Permalink