― maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Friday, 14 October 2005 15:35 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Swat Valley High (goole), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink
She looks thrilled to be on that interwebs cooking show. She's looking good, tho.
― Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
Lookin' damn good, actually.
― If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:05 (3 years ago) Permalink
so hey this sounds pretty good!! i tuned out but she doesn't seem to be using her ~smoky~ voice anymore, & the group sounds good
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Wednesday, 11 January 2012 21:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'm glad she's moved out of her "Memphis" phase at least, even if this is just a revision of an older song.
― Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 22:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
the fact that she's quoting from a soul classic is still a bad sign
― Number None, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 22:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
whenever this thread is bumped i briefly hope that something actually new is out :/
― Mordy, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 23:14 (1 year ago) Permalink
Admittedly I only started listening to her after learning she and Bill Callahan dated and subsequently I found Moon Pix at Goodwill, but it's been on repeat while driving since then and I'm quite taken. This track is cool and I do like a slo-mo video, but I do really respond to the sloppiness of Moon Pix which I guess is something she grew out of.
― scottfree, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 23:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
she's got a couple of real good smog covers if you haven't heard them, scott
stray cat power covers were such a cool thing, back when idk i guess i would download some from the internet. her doing sister into knockin on heaven's door, or a weird meld of schizophrenia by sonic youth into weighted down by skip spence. both amazing. there was this great paris bootleg too, with her singing what will the community think, her voice ringing out like a harmonica, all in slo-mo.
― quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Thursday, 12 January 2012 00:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
that Skip Spence/Sonic Youth track is a B-side to "Nude As The News", I love it. also yeah tons of Peel Session/random compilation covers - "Free Bird", "Dreams", "Psychic Hearts", "We Dance", etc.
― sleeve, Thursday, 12 January 2012 04:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
Oh thank god! "King Rides By" suggests she's finally back to the spectral shimmer, instead of those tepid torch songs. Hope she got a lot of listen to Let England Shake.
― sean gramophone, Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
I'll have to find those covers! Do they ever sing in eachother's songs a la Bill Callahan in more recent girlfriend Joanna Newsom's Ys?
― Diary of Anne Frank, Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (scottfree), Friday, 13 January 2012 23:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
I guess this went up on twitter last night (!)
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Johnny Fever, Monday, 18 June 2012 16:12 (11 months ago) Permalink
1. Cherokee2. Sun3. Ruin4. 3,6,95. Always On My Own6. Real Life7. Human Being8. Manhattan9. Silent Machine10. Nothin But Time11. Peace And Love
Produced by Chan MarshallMixed by Philippe Zdar
― Walter Galt, Monday, 18 June 2012 16:14 (11 months ago) Permalink
― Johnny Fever, Saturday, April 21, 2012 6:20 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
I HAVE HAD ALL THE MOUNTAIN DEWS
― bronytheus (some dude), Monday, 18 June 2012 16:16 (11 months ago) Permalink
Team Chan vs Team Fiona 2012?
― Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 18 June 2012 16:33 (11 months ago) Permalink
I feel the same about both of them (temporarily interested in new things, but actually just a fan of a few songs over all).
― Johnny Fever, Monday, 18 June 2012 16:34 (11 months ago) Permalink
Hadn't seen this thread before. so just now posting my two cents on a wonderful album (later w bonus tracks, I think) review archived on thefreelancementalists.blogspot.comMonday, March 10, 2008 The Record to Beat in '08Cat Power's Jukebox. I used to find her tiresome, but she's notoverplaying the waif card here, even though this probably her mostromantic album, her most truly atmospheric, because in order to havean atmosphere, you gotta have gravity, from the right substance in thespin. Every time the music starts, her voice first reaches me as a dryice smoke ring 'round the moon, over the shining spine of historee(great and good old and newer songs coming together, and coming up injust a minute) with a vivid poise that keeps her from sounding tooearnest: it's just the right, sensuous sound (especially as it movesthrough her musical companions' reverb, echo and grooves) for hercosmic quest, for romantic and spiritual fulfillment. ( Janis Joplinanswered, when asked what Today's Youth are looking for: "Sincerity,and a good time." Hey hay hey.) The confidence as well assensitivity—so of course "New York New York," with just a simpleadjustment of its seatbelt, should have this tensile lope and sway,backbeating right past Radio City rinky-tink, with ingenue still intow/charge. She's totally at home with the Dirty Dozen Blues Band,especially drummer Jim White, of the Dirty Three and recent,noteworthy collabs with Nina Natashia; Judah Bauer of the Jon SpencerBlues Explosion(! But he does not play no fratblooze here) is alsoaboard (with Eric Papparozzi on bass and Greg Foreman's keyboards),but this little combo is less like a blues band is usually expected tobe, more like rockers who have learned much from the Hi RhythmSection, in terms of taut, spare punctuation and momentum, fittingChan Marshall's vibrant reveries perfectly (the one time she holdsback a bit, seemingly getting lost, on "A Woman Left Lonely,"Foreman's electric piano tremolo gets more emphatic, rallying her,appropriately for a song about a woman who's coming back fromrejection). The sequence of tracks is very effective: after "New YorkNew York," Hank Williams' "Ramblin Man" is recast as "Ramblin' Woman,"and the original's melodramatic, spooked compulsion is tempered by acertain expansiveness: she knows this kind of journey is where she'smeant to be, not that it doesn't matter who and what she finds. A newversion of her "Metal Heart" follows, with a confrontation, a note toself and other, that steadfastness , mettle and "metal" is in thesound, not heavy metal, but the electricity moving through naturalelements, 20th Century engine-uity revving up again in these oldsongs, which sound as timely as ever. The sleek, starlit,meta-metal's also there in Lee Clayton's "Silver Stallion" whichpractical-minded Cowgirl Chan leads from mythology or decoration, outinto her own prospects, and "Aretha" is wistfully, unpretentiouslyinvoked, to re-inspire her lover and herself, also (as repeatedlistenings reward), I think of this as prefiguring later songs, as Irelate it to Dylan's line from Tarantuala, "Aretha, crystal jukeboxqueen (the album's title from this?), I shall play you as my trumpcard." I think of that because I know she'll reach Dylan's own "IBelieve In You," with Bauer accentuating the Stonesy riff with whichDylan foresaw "Start Me Up," and White's drum leaps develop a hip hopcast, kicking off the mud of a town through which one proud outcastsearches for another. Marshall's own "Song For Bobby, " reminiscingabout various near-misses with the Master, could easily be gushy, butshe's even too grown-up for that now. She strikingly connectsDylanesque phrasing to Billie Holiday's, on the latter's "Hush Now(Don't Explain)," reminding me of D. 's description of his later songsas "overlapping phrases on an electrical grid," the overlapping ofexpression and reticence, austerity and warmth in the shadows. Whichis also where the hope and fear meet in, Jessie May Hemphill's "LordHelp," just as "We're all reborn, to face the morning sun." Uh, and soon, with some surprises: I didn't even recognize Joni Mitchell'spassive-aggressive self-pity/guilt-tripping you-dumped-me classic,"Blue," at first, cos Chan doesn't imitate her at all! Not even inthis age of girly-swirly chamber folk, not at all (and the band's justbumpin' at the walls of the break-up, you know it'll all work out asit should or will). This girl is a woman now! (But not too scary withit.) ------Don Allred
― dow, Monday, 18 June 2012 16:43 (11 months ago) Permalink
Ruin is great.
Mixed by Philippe Zdar
― jed_, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 11:21 (10 months ago) Permalink
i didn't like jukebox at all. hope the new one is hundreds of times better.
― akm, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:19 (10 months ago) Permalink
i don't like the new single at all. there is something mor and polished about it. i think she has lost it. she does not sound like herself any more.
― alex in mainhattan, Friday, 22 June 2012 16:10 (10 months ago) Permalink
LOVE the new single, so glad she's back. Fiona AND Chan in the same year, I can hardly contain myself!!!
― Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Friday, 22 June 2012 16:28 (10 months ago) Permalink
she does not sound like herself any more.
― alex in mainhattan, Friday, June 22, 2012 5:10 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
^^yeah i think this is okay/maybe pretty nice but i would give anything for a cat power record in which she was singing in her original harmonica-like clean ringing bell of a voice instead of her weird sultry post-you-are-free affectated slur. even the way the vocals are recorded on this is strange. too much.
― blossom smulch (schlump), Friday, 22 June 2012 16:43 (10 months ago) Permalink
17 min into this- http://www.npr.org/2012/06/26/155705361/summer-music-preview-premieres-from-cat-power-avett-brothers-grizzly-bear-and-mo
― blossom smulch (schlump), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:18 (10 months ago) Permalink
"Cherokee" oddly sounds like an alternate 90s version of Cat Power, one where Chan Marshall chose drum programming and layers and trip-hop atmospheres rather than guitars and low fidelity.
― Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 04:28 (10 months ago) Permalink
...whatever that means.
Anyway, song's kind of flat and aimless imo.
weirdest thing about it is how after an intro that sounds like nu-era-digital-cat-power it morphs into something sorta moon pix-esque - the tangled guitars and layered singing
― blossom smulch (schlump), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:33 (10 months ago) Permalink
She's always been aimless and plain but she used to have a very hypnotic, breathy voice that made the meandering passages seem worthwhile... she might have been rubbish for all I care but it sounded heartfelt and it got into my nerves in a good way. Without the hypnotic, nudity of her voice we're just left with a pointless version of her.
― Moka, Monday, 2 July 2012 08:31 (10 months ago) Permalink
Can't judge the full album yet but Ruin doesn't sound like it has enough going on to pull my attention or demand a replay.
― Moka, Monday, 2 July 2012 08:34 (10 months ago) Permalink
Without the hypnotic, nudity of her voice
this is lovely & otm, moka. i def can't get anything out of the performative tone she has on the last few.
i always try to find a live version of what would the community think that i can't find online anywhere, to post in support of my old-cat-power-best-cat-power argument. her voice used to just carry & call out.
― blossom smulch (schlump), Monday, 2 July 2012 10:31 (10 months ago) Permalink
chan your voice is like a wonderful harmonica
― blossom smulch (schlump), Monday, 2 July 2012 10:36 (10 months ago) Permalink
man, the new album is really bad
― Number None, Saturday, 28 July 2012 13:48 (9 months ago) Permalink
and everyone otm about what she's lost from her vocals
― Number None, Saturday, 28 July 2012 13:49 (9 months ago) Permalink
aw that's sad
― , Blogger (schlump), Saturday, 28 July 2012 14:30 (9 months ago) Permalink
Have people heard this yet? Am I the only one who thinks it's kind of great? It's her best since You Are Free by a mile, but it feels more like a counterpoint to that album than a sequel. It's so bright and buzzy and the bass on every song is just huge; it's distinct from all of her other records.
― Evan R, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 15:46 (9 months ago) Permalink
And yeah, there are a few kind of embarrassing stylistic flourishes or indulgences throughout the album, but I don't think they really detract from anything. Even Moon Pix had its share of those
I heard it casually last night and I liked what I overheard! Has a I do not want what I haven't got kind of production vibe? Considering I have no love for any Cat Power post-Moon Pix I was pretty impressed, will listen again
― Ówen P., Monday, 13 August 2012 17:23 (9 months ago) Permalink
Uh, that was not meant to be a sideways dis at 00s CP. Just mentioned it b/c I'm a specific fan of two awesome records, I can see how the new one would dismay fans of "You are free" etc.
― Ówen P., Monday, 13 August 2012 17:25 (9 months ago) Permalink
Been listening to this constantly for the last week or two. I'm still impressed by how much umphff and authority these songs have. Not something I expected from Cat Power.
― Evan R, Monday, 13 August 2012 21:33 (9 months ago) Permalink
i can't really work this album out: i like the sound, i like her voice, but a lot of the time it seems kind of blustery and empty? and doesn't go anywhere much? idk.
― lex pretend, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 15:24 (9 months ago) Permalink
the nico jaar remix of "cherokee" is HEAVENLY though
i like this album a lot
― johnny crunch, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 11:44 (8 months ago) Permalink
this is kinda terrible imo
― some dude, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 13:17 (8 months ago) Permalink
i still don't know what i think of this but "manhattan" has this glorious day-drunk vibe. more songs like that plz
― monotony, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 13:21 (8 months ago) Permalink
the monkey on your back song rules
― spazzmatazz, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 14:06 (8 months ago) Permalink
I think the truth is, really, I've never liked Cat Power as much as I've pretended to like Cat Power. Community and Moon Pix have the bulk of the material I like, then there's a few songs on You Are Free and The Greatest (and I like her "Hanging on the Telephone" cover for the cellphone commercial), but that's about it really. The pre-Community albums, the covers albums and Sun are all mostly in one ear out the other for me.
― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 14:36 (8 months ago) Permalink
Bought this yesterday, played it once through last night, and thought it seemed awesome.
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 11:57 (8 months ago) Permalink
the real long track on this is fucking amazing
― young money color me badd (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 12:07 (8 months ago) Permalink