The Breeders - All Nerve (2018)

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After much anticipation, The Breeders have announced their new album All Nerve which will be out March 2 via 4AD. It was made with the same lineup that gave us Last Splash and was recorded in Dayton, KY, Chicago and Dayton, OH with Steve Albini, Tom Tastikis, Greg Norman and Mike Montgomery behind the boards. Courtney Barnett and her band guest on “Howl at the Summit” and Breeders bassist Josephine Wiggs sings lead on “MetaGoth.” Graphic designer Chris Bigg, who has worked with The Breeders from the beginning, did the artwork.

1. Nervous Mary
2. Wait in the Car
3. All Nerve
4. MetaGoth
5. Spacewoman
6. Walking with the Killer
7. Howl at the Summit
8. Archangel’s Thunderbird
9. Dawn: Making an Effort
10. Skinhead #2
11. Blues at the Acropolis

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:48 (one year ago) link

really ugly cover
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/files/2018/01/The-Breeders-All-Nerve-album-artwork.jpg

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:49 (one year ago) link

good song titles though

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

"MetaGoth" is already my favorite song of the year and I haven't heard a note.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:52 (one year ago) link

OMG AMON DUUL II COVER

sleeve, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:52 (one year ago) link

^^^ YES ^^^

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:30 (one year ago) link

this...is going to be amazing

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:31 (one year ago) link

Single was underwhelming but I was thinking about “saints” at 3 am last night so yeah, anticipating

calstars, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:29 (one year ago) link

was totally down with "Wait in the Car"

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:50 (one year ago) link

holy shit if anyone can do justice to the greatest song ever it's Deal & co

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:06 (one year ago) link

The Lucinda song?

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:09 (one year ago) link

Amon Duul II - "Archangels Thunderbird"

sleeve, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:14 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quqU4onSjh8

StanM, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:20 (one year ago) link

I will NEVER tire of the thrill of a new Deal song. Undiluted.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:11 (one year ago) link

i really like that

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:28 (one year ago) link

kim really is great — obviously she's well-loved, but I still feel like she's underrated. just a total original.

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:34 (one year ago) link

i still think she's the best rock star of the '90s, she best epitomized that decade for me.

omar little, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:40 (one year ago) link

it feels like she's getting more appreciation lately? feeling more of a buzz about this new album than mountain battles e.g.

i am pumped for it and i am happy for any new kim deal music but the amps album is better than any of the breeders albums, right? they're all great but pacer is perfect.

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:51 (one year ago) link

challenging kim deal opinions

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:51 (one year ago) link

i listened to mountain battles today and it sounds better to me now

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:53 (one year ago) link

i agree re pacer. a perfect album.

mizzell, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:58 (one year ago) link

Last Splash > Pacer > Title TK > Pod > Mountain Battles

J. Sam, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

this new album is grrrrrreat

alpine static, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:46 (one year ago) link

xp POD 4TH?!!!?!???

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:43 (one year ago) link

There are challops, AND THEN THERE ARE CHALLOPS!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:44 (one year ago) link

Pod's my least favorite.

LS > Title TK > Mountain Battles > Pod

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:46 (one year ago) link

I've never been more mad at u

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:52 (one year ago) link

would probably say Pod is my fave. hard to pick, though ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:55 (one year ago) link

and it's still good! It's just the one I listen to least.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:57 (one year ago) link

Yeah Pod is definitely their best

nate woolls, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link

Mentioned on another thread, but I saw them on their recent small club tour and was completely blown away by "Walking With A Killer" (my first time hearing it) and I'm a jaded fuck who rarely gets into new material. They put on a fantastic live show fwiw.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:14 (one year ago) link

You can buy all of the KD solo series 7" songs via Amazon music and iTunes I think. Makes a GREAT mini album. "Likkle More" destroys me.

I think Deal just might be my favourite songwriter and singer of all time. Hard to think of anyone who's given me more joy.

My challop: Title TK > Pod > Pacer > Mountain Battles > Last Splash

(I hate the overproduction of LS and think it buffed out the ragged charm of the real Deal aesthetic)

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:44 (one year ago) link

Honest, earnest question from me: what exactly do people like about Title TK? I can't figure it out for the life of me. Such a tossed off, songless record.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:57 (one year ago) link

That's me re Pod!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:59 (one year ago) link

:O

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

Look, arguing about the merits of this or that album is futile. The ethos produces a remarkable consistency.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:02 (one year ago) link

JF - I don't know what to say to you except that the writing on that record is better than any other of the albums. The songs are loose and sketchy, they ride the tension between pop sweetness and chaos so perfectly that I never tire of them. It's the thing Deal does better than anyone else I've heard (maybe Bob Pollard gets there but his hit:miss ratio is lower, plus he doesn't have THAT VOICE). "London Song" I have probably listened to a hundred times, it never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck and feels like pure energy. If you don't feel it you don't, I guess, but it took me maybe a year to fully dial into its wavelength and it's just kept giving since then.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (one year ago) link

Pod, Pacer >>>>>>>>

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (one year ago) link

Hm, 16 years ago? Make that 300 times at least, I guess!

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:15 (one year ago) link

Pod and the Kim Deal 7"s MattK referred to (as an album) are truly unfuckwithable.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:18 (one year ago) link

It helps that Title TK was stuck in my car CD player for a year before fixing it. I can hum every note.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:20 (one year ago) link

xps That's what I get from songs like "Oh!" and "Iris" and basically the entirety of Pod and don't get at all from anything on Title TK, but it's not you who needs to be sold on the virtues of Pod (it's your #2).

I mean, agree to disagree and whatnot, and I feign a lot of confusion and outrage on this board just for the sake of comedy, but this is a thing I am legit confused by out in the real world.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:22 (one year ago) link

I love Title TK, the production is perfect, layered and weird but distinctly garage-y in the Deal way.

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:33 (one year ago) link

Nothing with "Little Fury" can be called songless

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:34 (one year ago) link

Or Off You or Too Alive or

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:41 (one year ago) link

"Dawn: Making an Effort." WOW.

J. Sam, Friday, 2 March 2018 05:44 (one year ago) link

I love this whole album.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 March 2018 06:01 (one year ago) link

Thank you for reminding me, to my surprise my local CD store had the physical disc on release date! Got there with 10 minutes to spare, about to hit the car which is one of my few remaining disc players.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 06:33 (one year ago) link

The Josephine Wiggs co-writes are bringing the muscle, playing this loud on a decent system now.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 07:45 (one year ago) link

which ones did she co-write (besides, i assume, MetaGoth)?

alpine static, Friday, 2 March 2018 07:59 (one year ago) link

and Skinhead #2

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 08:15 (one year ago) link

I had no idea she was back. delighted about that.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 March 2018 08:38 (one year ago) link

this is the Last Splash lineup jed!

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Friday, 2 March 2018 10:11 (one year ago) link

yes!

Bass so heavy.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 March 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

this is a great record.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 March 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

who produced this? It's HEAVY.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:21 (one year ago) link

Self produced but I think albini is semi involved?

tylerw, Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:26 (one year ago) link

only 3 songs I think? I haven't listened to it yet. but I was thinking about Pod the other day and how heavy the drums are on it. I suppose that's typical Albini production and just how In Utero is recorded etc but he's so good at that

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:29 (one year ago) link

"I need spit/to crush these beetles on my lips" is divine.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:50 (one year ago) link

It's crazy how "Archangel's Thunderbird" just sounds like another Breeders song.

J. Sam, Saturday, 3 March 2018 01:24 (one year ago) link

it sounds so WILD and cray though. I'm not sure it does sound like another breeders song. It doesn't to me. I mean obviously, the end product does!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 01:32 (one year ago) link

I'm drunk!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 01:33 (one year ago) link

oh man I gotta hear this

sleeve, Saturday, 3 March 2018 03:51 (one year ago) link

Self produced but I think albini is semi involved?

― tylerw, F

one song -- the cover

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:09 (one year ago) link

Great album, great listen, a great birthday gift.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:13 (one year ago) link

Yeah this is seriously so good.

cwkiii, Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:15 (one year ago) link

wait they cover amon duul ii??

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:28 (one year ago) link

yes and it rules

sleeve, Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:29 (one year ago) link

I love this album.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 3 March 2018 06:35 (one year ago) link

Oooh baby, this is a helluva Breeders album

I played it three times in a row this afternoon, can't get enough. Especially love "Dawn: Making an Effort" which is not really the kind of song I come to the Breeders for but man they pull it off

bunny slopes, Saturday, 3 March 2018 07:59 (one year ago) link

Good Morning!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:11 (one year ago) link

WAIT IN THE CAR. I'VE GOT BUSINESS.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:31 (one year ago) link

MetaGoth is such a Pixies song

alpine static, Saturday, 3 March 2018 21:56 (one year ago) link

I dunno, it slots right in beside “Roi” in my mental Rolodex

startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:37 (one year ago) link

I listened to this album in the car on the way to Cheapo, and they were playing it there too. It's everywhere!

geoffreyess, Sunday, 4 March 2018 07:27 (one year ago) link

"Dawn: Making an Effort" is the only tune on here I like, and I had to listen to this album four times in a row yesterday while my record shop-owning pal tried to "Beta Band it" (his phrase) in his store

He didn't end up selling any and I'm not surprised. I think you've all been listening to a different album than I did. There are zero hooks on this thing.

also, horrid cover art / design. Enough with the 4AD boilerplate already!

For the record, I really liked Title TK (and I love Pod and Last Splash).

Sorry to be the lone voice of dissent here, but this album does absolutely nothing for me

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:28 (one year ago) link

Not a voice of dissent, but I have mixed feelings about this album, which I dont feel like elaborating here. I definitely think "Metagoth" & the one-two punch of AT & Dawn p much make this album

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

hittin' home runs
and line drives
with the sun in their eyes

cwkiii, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 14:21 (one year ago) link

yeah this is really good, remarkably so. i am surprised by how good this is for some reason. don't know what i was expecting.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:13 (one year ago) link

everyone on this thread is talking about how great this album is, how it rules, how it's really good, but no one is really elaborating on why they think this. what's great about it? MatthewK did a nice job upthread describing why he thinks Title TK is worth listening to (and I agree), but no one seems to have anything interesting to say about this record, which is just confirming my suspicion that this record just isn't interesting

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:43 (one year ago) link

in my defence, I don't have anything interesting to say about any music.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:48 (one year ago) link

Xpost

Apart from “zero hooks” (to which my thoroughly thought through reply would be “check again”), there’s not much you’re offering, either.

willem, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

It's a good album that's not much different from their 2008, 2002, and 1993 albums: spare, gnomic, adept at a certain kind of precision that would make other bands sound amateurish.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:54 (one year ago) link

after one listen, iirc:

it *sounded* awesome
Kim snarls & sneers a lot, always a plus
drums are killer throughout, very solid
good sequencing, kind of back-loaded

sleeve, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:55 (one year ago) link

It's a good album that's not much different from their 2008, 2002, and 1993 albums: spare, gnomic, adept at a certain kind of precision that would make other bands sound amateurish.

Exactly! Well put.

willem, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:58 (one year ago) link

It's a good album that's not much different from their 2008, 2002, and 1993 albums: spare, gnomic, adept at a certain kind of precision that would make other bands sound amateurish.

Exactly! Well put.
― willem, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:58 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

very well put

i will always love rock music even as it continues to be "dead" and irrelevant because at this point in history i don't delude myself that there are great rock revolutions coming, it's about taking joy in how certain musicians play, how combinations of different talents and personal quirks interact when they play together, a certain sound and dynamic.

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 17:02 (one year ago) link

but no one seems to have anything interesting to say about this record

Sorry, I forgot this was a requirement.

Anyway, I'm stealing jed_'s answer.

cwkiii, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 17:50 (one year ago) link

I filed 600 words on Saturday, so let's see if it's interesting .

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

i have only listened once--it SOUNDED great and i can't wait to get to know this more. i loved loved wait in the car and the title track

i still think she's the best rock star of the '90s, she best epitomized that decade for me.

― omar little, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:40 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

and yes, no doubt

surm, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:44 (one year ago) link

Interesting things being said here - and it took me a few months to dial in to Title TK so I can’t claim I recognised it at first listen. All their albums have taken time to unfold, except Last Splash which was exciting out of the gate and didn’t last the distance for me. I find quite a few tracks immediately appealing - esp the opening four and Skinhead 2, plus obviously I knew and love Killer, but the more subdued tracks are taking their time, or may not hit, as Mountain Battles never quite did.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:50 (one year ago) link

Title TK for me is like their ZEP/Houses of the Holy, but subtler hooks
i loved digging for and finding the hooks in college, beauties buried in guitar fuzz

surm, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:52 (one year ago) link

One thing that strikes me about this album is Kim's very very unique sense of vocal melody is on display here. The harmonies with her sister on these extremely unique vocal melodies are intriguing and compelling.

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 19:58 (one year ago) link

It helps that Title TK was stuck in my car CD player for a year before fixing it. I can hum every note.

― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:20 PM

surm otm

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:01 (one year ago) link

thanks!! i've always kind of thought that and just put words to it

surm, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:32 (one year ago) link

also v much agreed kurt

surm, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:32 (one year ago) link

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/03/kim-deal-breeders-misogyny-pixies-cobain-rehab

Good little interview.

You once spoke about how you wished you’d had kids.
The broody phase lasted a while. I realised, it’s not going to happen, and that was depressing and sad. But nature takes care of things, because later, I was: “Oh, I’m OK about not having kids.” I just snapped out of it… I do wish that I’d maybe not drunk so much that I couldn’t have organised [having children]. But it’s funny, because everybody my age who had kids, those kids are now about 20, and all I hear about is shit kids who are hungover and smoke pot all day. It was different when I couldn’t have them, and there were all these little babies of precious joy. Now all I hear is: “My kids are driving me crazy!”

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:37 (one year ago) link

kim was my first favorite artist tbh
she was like my introduction to music
i feel like this happened even before Madonna and Mariah took a place in my heart
i will always hold her in that regard, forever
like what a career

surm, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 23:36 (one year ago) link

/emo /vodka /you've heard it all before

surm, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 23:46 (one year ago) link

That live set on P****fork was decent, a bit more subdued than the club show I went to recently.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 23:49 (one year ago) link

but I was never a stage drinker

gonna call bullshit on that one

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 00:23 (one year ago) link

yeah lol

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 03:45 (one year ago) link

but kim wouldn't lie!

surm, Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:54 (one year ago) link

AMA on reddit in an hour.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:00 (one year ago) link

omg!
speaking of i just checked reddit and found this comment "omg i can ask them about Off You (the most beautiful song ever written)"
which reminded me that i meant to post here that i think a lot of this album is kim investigating that uncanny melody structure from off you

how do AMAs work even

surm, Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:03 (one year ago) link

[–]RimshotSlim 1 point 2 hours ago*

Hey Steve Phelps here from Dayton. I want to know if Jimmy Mac remembers calling me out to fight during a church service while we were acolytes as kids. I remember being surprised (not only because it was during the service) because I really didn’t even know who he was. And what am I supposed to do, tell my parents I’ll need a minute before joining them in the car because I need to go fight this kid? LOL. Great show last Friday, guys. I’m glad I don’t have to avoid Jim later in life because I had to fight him as a child . Have a great tour!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:10 (one year ago) link

which reminded me that i meant to post here that i think a lot of this album is kim investigating that uncanny melody structure from off you

this is a good point! this album is very "off you"-esque in general

na (NA), Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:20 (one year ago) link

I wish that was true, because I think "Off You" is fantastic, but the "Dawn..." song is the only one here that comes close imo

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 8 March 2018 18:58 (one year ago) link

i had made a loose connection. one thing i like about all nerve is that it sounds p relaxed, especially in contrast with title tk which is such a tense record, with the notable exception of off you.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:13 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvas5q0R000

louise ck (milo z), Friday, 9 March 2018 18:40 (one year ago) link

YESSSS

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 9 March 2018 19:43 (one year ago) link

Fabulous freeze frame.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 March 2018 19:49 (one year ago) link

Kim Deal has the best smile and a perpetual twinkle in her eye, tbh i get happy just seeing her (that's probably quite relevant to my "best rock star of the '90s" opinion upthread.)

omar little, Friday, 9 March 2018 19:52 (one year ago) link

glad that she seems happy / healthy — there was a time in the early 00s when things seemed kinda dark.

tylerw, Friday, 9 March 2018 20:18 (one year ago) link

I saw a solo gig a few yrs ago that was lovably shambling/bonkers, I need to listen to this new one

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 9 March 2018 20:32 (one year ago) link

Great short album. They still have got it in them.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 9 March 2018 22:25 (one year ago) link

yeah that twinkle is real xxxp

surm, Monday, 12 March 2018 20:43 (one year ago) link

The new record is really good, I also pulled out Title Tk which still blows me away, that album is amazing. Still not sure how I feel about Mountain Battles

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 19 March 2018 13:10 (one year ago) link

mountain battles has great songs on it but doesn't quite add up to an album. it's fun

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 19 March 2018 14:48 (one year ago) link

It sounds weird and not in a weird in purposeful way, like murky or distance, I couldn't believe it was the same rhythm section as Title Tk, I didn't exactlu spend a lot of time with it yesterday and I don't recall spending much time with it when it came out

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 19 March 2018 14:53 (one year ago) link

all nerve is amazing btw, last splash-era of the band doing their own title tk imo, haze and shadow and harrowing space framing a collection of desiccated indie rock songs. my favorite section of the record is probably "howl at the summit"/the "archangel's thunderbird" cover for how it implies that they're really a psych rock band

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 19 March 2018 14:59 (one year ago) link

Then with Dawn as the perfect comedown track. I like it!

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:00 (one year ago) link

Holy damn is this good. Reminds me why I fell in love with music

tinnitus the night (Ross), Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

Yeah I mean it feels weird saying something like "this is up there with their best work" when talking about a band who have been consistently great but this record is so much better than I ever could have hoped for.

cwkiii, Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:26 (one year ago) link

Side note but I've been thinking about this poll that I ran for the hell of it 8 years ago and I have a feeling the results would be much different today.

Which, re-reading the thread, I now see milo z mentioned last month.

milo z otm.

cwkiii, Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:31 (one year ago) link

I liked it a lot!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:34 (one year ago) link

Great review Alfred. Had exactly the same thought about twin peaks and it made me happy to read that!!

tinnitus the night (Ross), Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:38 (one year ago) link

I fell in love with the Breeders when I saw them play Divine Hammer on Conan. Been a devout follower ever since and I've loved everything that Kim has touched (erm except Bam Thwok). New one feels really special, almost as though they had been going down a fascinating but dark road on Title TK and Mountain Battles and the sun has come up and burned off the fog. So happy that they are happy, healthy and making great music!

I know it has been mentioned in this thread already, but if you've slept on Kim's solo singles please check them out. Are You Mine in particular is gorgeous and heartbreaking. Her mom, in the throes of dementia, looked at Kim and said "are you mine?" Damn near makes me cry every time I listen to it.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 24 March 2018 02:07 (one year ago) link

omg i did not know about that :/ shit i betta brace myself.

surm, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:48 (one year ago) link

I am so surprised how good this is

Milking the Soft Power Dividend (dandydonweiner), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:41 (one year ago) link

I know it has been mentioned in this thread already, but if you've slept on Kim's solo singles please check them out. Are You Mine in particular is gorgeous and heartbreaking. Her mom, in the throes of dementia, looked at Kim and said "are you mine?" Damn near makes me cry every time I listen to it.

― Cow_Art, Friday, March 23, 2018 9:07 PM (four days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I didn't know this either - it adds a whole other dimension to that song.

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 02:00 (one year ago) link

same here

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 14:02 (one year ago) link

<3

willem, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 17:12 (one year ago) link

that's great

sleeve, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

omg awesome

surm, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 18:44 (one year ago) link

I saw them last night. Incredible. They’re a very happy-seeming group, there was some fun awkward banter, and apparently everyone in the crowd was in love with Kim Deal. The new songs all sounded huge live.

omar little, Friday, 6 April 2018 14:31 (one year ago) link

I saw Kim do a solo set a few yrs ago and it was rambling & funny, she was forgetting songs or playing them wrong, which on paper sounds terrible but was somehow hugely charming and engaging.

A Breeders gig from the mid-00s was similarly discursive and chaotic, but great.

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 6 April 2018 21:13 (one year ago) link

I'm struggling with All Nerve. I've listened to it about 5 times and it's not connecting. I'll stick with it cos some of you people keep raving about it. And because Kim's voice is so wonderful- that's pretty much one of the only positives I can take from it at the moment. It often sounds so muddy and I can't get to the melodies somehow. This is making me sad because I've loved so much this band has done before.

How am I listening to this wrong?

kraudive, Friday, 6 April 2018 21:57 (one year ago) link

are you a pod person?

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 6 April 2018 22:12 (one year ago) link

Absolutely yes. And Title TK.

kraudive, Friday, 6 April 2018 22:24 (one year ago) link

But also v. much a Safari person

kraudive, Friday, 6 April 2018 22:25 (one year ago) link

Louder, good speakers. First 3-4 tracks. If the couplet "I hit the hall / Oh god, I hit them all" doesn't get you, you might be dead.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 6 April 2018 23:20 (one year ago) link

Sometimes when I'm not getting into something I feel like I should like it helps to put it back on the shelf and come back in a month or so.

Fetchboy, Friday, 6 April 2018 23:24 (one year ago) link

or you never have to like it. it's ok

na (NA), Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00 (one year ago) link

NA otm

cwkiii, Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:26 (one year ago) link

i still need to really dive into this
can somebody help me understand the one track on this where she like adopts a slightly british accent
that's been my ONE thing so far

surm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:15 (one year ago) link

If you mean MetaGoth, that's Josephine Wiggs singing. She's a brit.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:21 (one year ago) link

OMG
GAME CHANGER
i was like what is this voice kim's doing
makes me feel a lot better lol

surm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:29 (one year ago) link

how do we feel about metagoth? it was legit the only pause i had with my first runthroughs

surm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:30 (one year ago) link

haha! i like it a lot!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:35 (one year ago) link

JW also sings the lead on Metal Man on Pod.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:36 (one year ago) link

ok duh i'm not that daft :)

surm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:38 (one year ago) link

used to be obsessed with the percussion drop in metal man

surm, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:38 (one year ago) link

Metagoth sounds great live, kim plays bass

alomar lines, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:17 (one year ago) link

(but there is a solid precedent for Daytonian w/ faux Brit accent)

DACA Flocka Flame (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:22 (one year ago) link

Josephine also sings lead on Cannonball b-sides “900” and “Lord of the Thighs,” a killer Aerosmith cover.

I think she wrote 900 and Head to Toe. Always meant to check out her solo stuff. Anybody got thoughts on it?

Cow_Art, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:29 (one year ago) link

When I saw them a few months back, JWiggs did a perfect note for note Joey Santiago impression of that breakdown* guitar lick on Gigantic which was pretty amazing!

*

[guitar break]
|----------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|
|--0-------0-----1-----------------------------------|
|--0----0-----2--------1---------2------4---5--------|
|--2----------------2---------3------5---------------|
|--3-------------------------------------------------|

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:01 (one year ago) link

I happened to buy it on CD and it sounds fabulous.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:04 (one year ago) link

Xp hah she totally fucked it up when I saw them and they laughed about it after

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:32 (one year ago) link

Ha! It's a little tricky...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:36 (one year ago) link

Saw them tonight in Houston and two nights ago in Austin. I've seen them a few times before, and this is the best so far! Kim seemed so happy and genuinely surprised at how warm of a reception they received. A good mix of old and new, leaning heavily on All Nerve and Last Splash. One each from Title TK and Mountain Battles, a handful from Pod.

Highly recommended.

Cow_Art, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 04:18 (one year ago) link

This is great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHMZW9kLpg0

woman in the dunes, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:51 (one year ago) link

Agreed.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:27 (one year ago) link

that's the coolest thing i've ever seen

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:35 (one year ago) link

http://4ad.com/news/891

All of the Breeders’ previous albums – Pod, Last Splash, Title TK, and Mountain Battles – will be re-issued on vinyl on 18th May. Available to pre-order from today, this is the first time Pod and Last Splash will be released by 4AD in North America.

willem, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:56 (one year ago) link

The looks on Kelley's face playing "Off You" from sheet music are hilarious.

louise ck (milo z), Friday, 27 April 2018 22:38 (one year ago) link

Tiny Desk made my day thanks

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 27 April 2018 22:53 (one year ago) link

For people that care about such things: They are selling copies of Title TK at their shows that have the original vinyl cover (different from CD art). It looks like the reissue will change the vinyl artwork to be the same as the CD art.

Have we talked about how great their cover of Gates of Steel is? Because it is.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:08 (one year ago) link

Have we talked about how great their cover of Gates of Steel is? Because it is.

― Cow_Art, Friday, April 27, 2018 5:08 PM (one hour ago)

YSI?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 28 April 2018 02:08 (one year ago) link

Got it on vinyl. Looked around for a digital copy but couldn't find one.

Not even on youtube, it looks like. The Mike Nesmith cover, "Joanne" is there though and it's very nice.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 28 April 2018 02:17 (one year ago) link

Gates of Steel and Joanne are on the Japanese CD release. Gimme your email for a YSI.

early rejecter, Saturday, 28 April 2018 03:39 (one year ago) link

flamingrev at hotmail.com

Thanks!

Cow_Art, Saturday, 28 April 2018 10:36 (one year ago) link

alrbroccoli at google's mail service dot kom

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 28 April 2018 13:29 (one year ago) link

Let me know if they didn't come through for you guys.

early rejecter, Saturday, 28 April 2018 20:04 (one year ago) link

Thank you!!!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 28 April 2018 21:02 (one year ago) link

I got nuffin!

FLAMINGREV @ HOTMAIL . COM

Cow_Art, Saturday, 28 April 2018 21:48 (one year ago) link

THANK YOU!!!

Cow_Art, Sunday, 29 April 2018 12:33 (one year ago) link

Excited to see them tonight.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:35 (one year ago) link

Jealous en

Hope they play gigantic for ya

Tosser full of secrets (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:40 (one year ago) link

They have every other night so far at recent shows :).

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:54 (one year ago) link

What ya wanna hear??

Main man (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:55 (one year ago) link

Ohhh enjoy E.!

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 4 May 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

Report back

That’s All Folks... (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 18:52 (one year ago) link

Will do :)

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2018 20:36 (one year ago) link

good show in chicago last night. highlight for me was during the opening set by awesome local band melkbelly, who are apparently opening for most/all of the tour, i'm 90% sure one of the deal sisters sang back-up on a song from backstage.

na (NA), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:38 (one year ago) link

set list was fairly predictable but i was pleasantly surprised they did "safari"

na (NA), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:39 (one year ago) link

I really liked Melkbelly!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Thursday, 10 May 2018 02:43 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Spacewoman" is the best song ever.

cwkiii, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:23 (one year ago) link

(So are like 10 other Breeders songs fwiw)

cwkiii, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

On first listen, I didn't think much to it. A couple of further listens I love every song on it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:48 (one year ago) link

I won’t stop!!!!

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:49 (one year ago) link

Dawn: Making an Effort is the highlight imo

Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

^ YES. One of their best songs ever.

J. Sam, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:21 (one year ago) link

I love that one, but it's seriously difficult for me to pick just one highlight.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:25 (one year ago) link

I feel like no one ever talks about how strange and abstract Deal's lyrics are. they're not Pavement-level wordplay but they have a very cut-up stream-of-consciousness kind of thing going on, so 90s indie

Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:28 (one year ago) link

Absolutely

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:23 (one year ago) link

Dawn: Making an Effort is the highlight imo

Id go so far to say that the Howl > AT > Dawn sequence makes the album

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:32 (one year ago) link

(Ok I already posted that)

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:35 (one year ago) link

agreed about Dawn, my fav on the album along with Nervous Mary, I think.

my favorite single moment is still *riffage* "good morning!"

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:37 (one year ago) link

otm that is always thrilling

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:38 (one year ago) link

I GOT BUSINESS

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:55 (one year ago) link

TAKIN' A NAP, CUZ STRATEGY'S FOR PUNKS

alpine static, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:57 (one year ago) link

(Ok I already posted that)

― bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money),

keep saying it imo

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 June 2018 19:56 (one year ago) link

"walking with a killer" is an instant kim deal classic to me, so creepy and sad and pretty

na (NA), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:14 (one year ago) link

^^^

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:19 (one year ago) link

I feel like no one ever talks about how strange and abstract Deal's lyrics are. they're not Pavement-level wordplay but they have a very cut-up stream-of-consciousness kind of thing going on, so 90s indie

― Οὖτις, Thursday, May 31, 2018 2:28 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

She's a great lyric writer, this line from "Skinhead #2"has been killing me lately "I need spit /To crush these beetles on my lips"

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 1 June 2018 20:32 (one year ago) link

This is fast becoming one of my favourite albums from this year.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:28 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

I've been having a curious "4ad phase" that I can't really explain beyond wondering if I'm having a mid-life crisis. Anyway, on a week away in the Kent seaside town of Whitstable, I was motivated to pick up "All Nerve". The record shop lady seemed really pleased though perhaps she looks like this with every sale. I'm at my happiest writing holiday postcards, half-way down a bottle of red. Some of them said "I've bought a Breeders album in 2018, which seems like such an odd thing to have done."

Anyway, that NPR concert is curiously life affirming.

djh, Thursday, 27 September 2018 22:02 (ten months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVk4xRdD5MA

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 07:17 (ten months ago) link

Still one of the best albums of the year

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 15:56 (ten months ago) link

otm

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 16:19 (ten months ago) link

Yep, I'd agree. Strangely, if I'd not heard it/been in the Breeders zone and I'd have seen it in anyone's end of year list, I would have thought it the most ridiculous thing ever.

djh, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:44 (ten months ago) link

"Director: Richard Ayoade"

djh, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:49 (ten months ago) link

just saw them live, they looked like they were having a lot of fun... the crowd was going nuts! awesome set, split mostly between the new album and last splash, with a handful of songs from pod and also all those middle albums I don't have.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 03:52 (ten months ago) link

this album fucking rules - everything i want in a modern rock record - taut length, barnstorming riffs and great vocals

montoya (Ross), Monday, 8 October 2018 04:05 (ten months ago) link

yeah... Wait in the Car, Nervous Mary, Spacewoman and Howl at the Summit sounded huge live!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 04:18 (ten months ago) link

Desperately hoping they hit the studio and put something out before the next ten years or whatever.

Cow_Art, Monday, 8 October 2018 11:10 (ten months ago) link

I had no idea there'd been massive lineup changes in the interim between Last Splash and now, until people at the show were so effusive about it being the "original" lineup playing.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 15:15 (ten months ago) link

the Last Splash lineup only did that record and then split after about 18 months of playing; they reformed for a 20th anniversary tour (then including session/touring vioinist Carrie Bradley), and have now been back together for five years and a second record.

(The 2008 album Mountain Battles and 2009 EP Fate To Fatal are the sole time the exact same lineup has made two records, but the only change between 2000 and 2008 was a third guitarist leaving. Kim regrets not making The Amps that year's lineup of The Breeders, though.)

Shy Betting Mega Hit (sic), Monday, 8 October 2018 17:37 (ten months ago) link

years when I didn't keep up with the Breeders: 1995-2018

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 19:43 (ten months ago) link

oh well title tk is a really great album

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 8 October 2018 19:48 (ten months ago) link

I'm giving Mountain Battles a spin right now!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 19:50 (ten months ago) link

Ha, yes. I have a similar gap.

djh, Monday, 8 October 2018 20:24 (ten months ago) link

Listened to this album for the first time today, pretty good! I must admit I've never been a huge fan of the band (even Last Splash, which like this one I sort of lose interest in after a little bit) but there were moments in it that really hit the spot. There is nothing objectively wrong with it, the singing or playing or writing, just not necessarily my thing right now.

Had Kim done anything before the Pixies? I've always wondered if she would have released anything had she not been in the Pixies, not least because there are a striking number of sonic similarities between the Breeders and the Pixies.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:08 (ten months ago) link

> Had Kim done anything before the Pixies?

She was in a band called The Breeders with her sister Kelley!

Kim and her identical twin sister Kelley were introduced to music at a young age; the two sang to a "two-track, quarter-inch, tape" when they were "four or five" years old,[5] and grew up listening to hard rock bands such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.[4] When Deal was 11, she learned Roger Miller's "King of the Road" on the acoustic guitar. In high school, at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, she was a cheerleader and often got into conflicts with authority.[5] "We were popular girls," Kelley explained. "We got good grades and played sports."[4] Living in Dayton was for her like living in Russia: a friend of Kelley's living in California used to send them cassettes of artists like James Blood Ulmer, Undertones, [Elvis] Costello, Sex Pistols and Siouxsie [and the Banshees]. "These tapes were our most treasured possession, the only link with civilization".[6]

As a teenager, she formed a folk rock band named The Breeders with her sister. She then became a prolific songwriter, as she found it easier to write songs than cover them. Deal later commented on her songwriting output: "I got like a hundred songs when I was like 16, 17 ... The music is pretty good, but the lyrics are just like, OH MY GOD. We were just trying to figure out how blue rhymes with you. When I was writing them, they didn't have anything to do with who I was."[7] The Deals bought microphones, an eight-track tape recorder, a mixer, speakers, and amps for a bedroom studio. According to Kelley, they "had the whole thing set up by the time we were 17". They later bought a drum machine "so it would feel like we were more in a band".[8]

Following high school, Deal went to seven different colleges, including Ohio State University, but did not graduate from any of them.[4] She eventually received an associate degree in medical technology from Kettering College of Medical Arts[9] and took several jobs in cellular biology, including working in a hospital laboratory and a biochemical lab.[10][citation needed]

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:26 (ten months ago) link

so are there early recordings? do they sound like the Pixies a little, too?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:30 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

I still feel bemused that this is one of my favourite albums of the year.

djh, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:21 (eight months ago) link

why bemuse?

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:23 (eight months ago) link

Well, there's been a long gap since I listened to the Breeders and its not particularly close to what I'd normally listen to these days. I think I've said up thread that if I'd seen a Breeders album in anyone's end of year list, I'd have presumed they were just being lazy. But, but, but ... fairly by chance, I heard a fucking brilliant 4ad mix on NTS (I think I've only ever played the Autechre and 4ad mixes) and it resonated with me. I ended up making myself multiple 4ad compilations (for the car, for friends). This included a handful of Breeders tracks and found myself intrigued by what they might be doing in 2018.

djh, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:35 (eight months ago) link

it's a completely awesome album and i recommend listening to it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:36 (eight months ago) link

otm

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:38 (eight months ago) link

Can you capture what you like about it?

djh, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:45 (eight months ago) link

idk all of their records are fucking good for different reasons, this one’s like what if the last splash lineup made something as deep and mysterious as pod, the songs are pretty much all simultaneously full of hooks and open-ended and strange

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:50 (eight months ago) link

idk all their albums are open-ended and strange and full of hooks. It's impossible for me to explain what separates this from that one.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:55 (eight months ago) link

I realise I have only said the circumstances in which I heard it and the vague idea that "listening to the Breeders in 2018 seems odd". "Open ended and strange" is part of it: certainly I couldn't really say what many of the less obvious songs are about, even when they resonate with me somehow. Like, I love "All Nerve" and the first half always reminds me of someone specific and the second half doesn't.

djh, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:59 (eight months ago) link

I love this album and it's one of my favorites of the year, easily. I'm bummed that it didn't appear on ANY end of year lists, as far I can tell.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:26 (eight months ago) link

It's turned up on a few lists for sure. The 2018 lists thread may have some of them...

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:28 (eight months ago) link

a quick search turned up: Mojo and Uncut

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:32 (eight months ago) link

Heard a little of this for the first time this morning, and it does sound good.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:37 (seven months ago) link

"listening to the Breeders in 2018 seems odd"

Part of their charm beyond the music is that for a long-running rock band, their history doesn't follow the typical rock band arc in any way. Other than heroin problems. It's as disjointed and compellingly odd as Deal's writing.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:10 (seven months ago) link

I don't think there's any "comeback" record that made me as happy as this one did

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:17 (seven months ago) link

They're all comeback records, kinda!

eva logorrhea (bendy), Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:23 (seven months ago) link

It is my understanding that these songs - at least I think most are - are about Kims experiences dealing with her mothers Dementia. I think she has been looking after her for a while.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:04 (seven months ago) link

I've heard that said before. I think you could play the album loads and not reach that conclusion (though it does seem likely given what we know).

djh, Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:16 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

https://pitchfork.com/news/the-breeders-josephine-wiggs-announces-new-album-shares-song-listen/

I realised I've never heard the Josephine Wiggs Experience album. New song is very pretty, reminds me a lot of Hans-Joachim Roedelius
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_NQSuxIQhk

willem, Thursday, 21 March 2019 13:26 (four months ago) link

that is really an alternate dreamy universe compared to the breeders directly into the face approach. a little on the cutesy/mellifluous side of things.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:55 (four months ago) link

cutesy/mellifuous covers most of her 90s stuff - with Ladies Who Lunch and Dusty Trails at either end. cool to see that Jon Mattock is at least involved with this - Honey Tongues and The Josephine Wiggs Experience were both duos of the two of them.

steven, soda jerk (sic), Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:50 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

has there ever been a more iconic but awkward fit than the breeders and 4ad/vaughan oliver aesthetics?

linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 09:36 (four months ago) link

The worst was the Last Splash anniversary box set with awful new artwork.

Title TK's cover is fairly blah.

I appreciate that the artwork isn't too easy, but once the novelty faded i haven't been fond of how text/font heavy 4ad's artwork tends to be.

Cow_Art, Monday, 8 April 2019 10:48 (four months ago) link

the whole 4ad thing is all very soft-focus, ethereal, sophisticated and british. lots of text and different typefaces like you say whereas i see the band and their music as being very dry, american, suburban and working class or something? even something vaguely contemporaneous like lush worked better with it as they were at least british and their aesthetic sound-lineage from things like the cocteau twins; the obvious analogue to the soft-focus aspect of the 4ad cover style.

i dunno, all those recent self-released kim deal singles have these really "designed", layered image-heavy assemblages on the covers too, so she clearly just likes that stuff and wasn't just stuck with the 4ad house style. just seems

in some ways it kind of works to differentiate them from their time. if all of their covers were standard '90s sebadoh/pavement/gbv-ish collages or that kind of naive anti-photo thing with some scrawled text on it they would blend in more maybe? the presentation being slightly at odds with the content has an interesting way of gilding it or framing it differently.

linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 21:31 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Good summer for this record

surm, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:26 (one month ago) link

I'm in the mood for them to chuck out another album fairly speedily. Fucking love "All Nerve".

djh, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:10 (one month ago) link

I played it yesterday!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:02 (one month ago) link

xxp This band has a remarkably ugly set of album covers, IMO

Consider the coconut (morrisp), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:27 (one month ago) link

The covers don’t suit the band’s sound for sure.

bendy, Monday, 24 June 2019 02:57 (one month ago) link

disagree x2

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:01 (one month ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture

except in font/layout/design, definitely fits with the savagely precise music IMO

Ambient Police (sleeve), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:11 (one month ago) link


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