Let's give Ada's "Blondie" it's own thread...

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i haven't listened to blondie in a while (v wrong of me, this thread reminds me that i must dig it out again asap) but i heard a couple of older ada tracks for the first time this year - 'i love asphalt' and 'arriba amoeba' - and HOLY FUCK THEY ARE RULING MY WORLD COMPLETELY. in a completely different way to the album! much more upfront and banging.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

i mean, that rhythm on 'arriba amoeba'. and the driving drilling noises on 'i love asphalt'.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

blondie is my favourite artist album this year i think. i mean, that ive heard this year. its a perfect album, in length, and song selection. it might be missing lots of good tunes, but its an album in its own right, not a greatest hits...

i wouldnt mind an ada greatest hits. i agree that the 2 rabimmel tracks are great

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 Rabimmel was one of my favourite albums of last year. Some propper good angry techno that made me super productive in the office. Havent been wowed by Areal this year unfortunately. The schnizelmaker was ok - but 29 forever was possibly better. Anything else worth catching?

rchinn (rchinn), Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

I think it kind of meets the criteria of a perfect album, but it isn't perfect by a long shot (before the half-way mark though it is). BUT it's got enough magic & whimsy(?) about it that it doesn't really matter so much.

If I had to choose, escaping a not very urgent housefire, a girly, songy & charming electro-techno type record from 2004 it would still be Sylvie Marks & Hal9000 "Krazeee" (also far from perfect, but wins on breadth).

But Ada is still fab, I sorta hope she breaks a bit away from the Areal sound (or takes it somewhere else) next though, she's great at what she does, but some more range in her music would be nice.

fandango (fandango), Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sternhagel is actually available on itunes.

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 13 April 2006 15:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Weird, I swear it wasn't when I looked the other day. In any case, thanks for the Juno link, Michael. I probably need to listen to more of the artist albums on Areal before passing judgement, but Ada's stuff always seems like a more playful, melodic version of what the label is doing as a whole. Sternhagel has these little interjections that really set off the layers of the song.

I'm still surprised that I haven't seen/heard about Ada in more places. It might be because the distribution in the US is pretty minimal outside of Forced Exposure and a handful of shops, but it's one of those albums I think *should* be carried in a lot of indie record stores. Maybe it is and I just haven't been to enough places. Everyone I've had listen to the album has expressed at least some interest in a copy...

mike h. (mike h.), Thursday, 13 April 2006 16:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

"i love this album too much. cant believe it took me 2 years to buy it. both cover versions are awesome (esp the blindhouse one). "

yes, "each and every one" is my secret fave on this album (although, strictly speaking, I like the first three tracks as much or more). The organ! The snare attack at the end!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Friday, 14 April 2006 03:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

5 years since 'Blondie'?!

baaderonixx, Thursday, 18 June 2009 09:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Lovely LP.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

new compilation (adaptations) reviewed on pitchfork today!

johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

is that getting talked about anywhere on ilm? i'm really loving it. the best part is there might not be a single handclap sample on the whole thing...

W i l l, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

i spoke too soon...but that's ok

W i l l, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol

coincidentally, i played blondie earlier this week. still great. must check out the mix

willem, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, adaptations is lovely

braveclub, Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

There doesn't seem to much talk about Meine Zarten Pfoten, Ada's latest album that came out last year... I got a copy a few days ago, and I think it's quite good!

I wasn't that impressed with Blondie, but I loved Adaptations, so at first I was a bit disappointed how very chilled out the new album is; not many dance beats on it, and plenty of "girlish" vocals. But after a few listens, I really began to like it. There's a mellow, embracing, almost womb-like mixture of sweet synth sounds and acoustic guitars all through is length... "Happy Birthday" could've done without the semi-irritating vocal effects, and the last track (not counting the hidden track) feels a bit extraneous, but other than that there aren't many flaws to it.

I guess it's a bit weird that an album (not a mixtape like Adaptations) credited to Ada starts with what is essentially a remix of a Luscious Jackson tune, but listening to the original, she has only taken the vocals from it, and everything else is new, so it still sounds like an Ada tune. There a two other tunes credited to other acts on the album, but I think they are cover versions and not remixes of the original? Though it doesn't matter what the source is, Meine Zarten Pfoten still feels like a coherent whole.

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i liked it quite a bit - more pastoral than i was expecting, it didn't blow my mind like blondie, but always nice to hear from ada.

my favourite things she's done are the most grinding and driving - "i love asphalt" and "arriba amoeba" in partic

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink


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