I LOVE YOU "THE CHROMATICS"

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should the chromatics get their own thread? i just heard their cover of Running Up That Hill and i'm deeply in love

-- jaxon, Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:06 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Link

yes.

-- caek, Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:08 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Link

max, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:29 (thirteen years ago) link

T/S "in the city" vs. "running up that hill"

max, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

TRICK QUESTION, BOTH SONGS SURPASS HUMAN INTELLIGIBILITY

max, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

i finally heard some of their earlier stuff last night. how did they (and glass candy) get into the whole disco thing from no wavey stuff? was there a maurice starr in the background?

jaxon, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:34 (thirteen years ago) link

make that a Malcolm McLaren

jaxon, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:35 (thirteen years ago) link

All I've got by them is a tour cdr I picked up at a basement show.
I'd like to hear more. The show was good.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:35 (thirteen years ago) link

god 'in the city' is so perfect

jergïns, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:36 (thirteen years ago) link

btw, here's their cover of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill that i mentioned in the glass candy thread
http://www.prefixmag.com/blog/track-review-chromatics-running-up-that-hill-demo/7061

jaxon, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:39 (thirteen years ago) link

I think Nite is the best they've done

http://www.levykauppax.fi/cover/normal/2/21/21787.jpg

HOW DID MUSIC ...... BEGIN
DID IT COME FROM ...... THE WIND

dmr, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:47 (thirteen years ago) link

This Kate Bush cover is sublime.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:02 (thirteen years ago) link

funny thing about chromatics is try and listening to their older stuff. i mean just try.

cutty, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:24 (thirteen years ago) link

They are brilliant brilliant brilliant.

I haven't heard the old Chromatics, but the first Glass Candy album was pretty poor, I checked it out after loving "Sugar & Whitebread" and was v. disappointed.

Tim F, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:29 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah same deal w chromatics

cutty, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:30 (thirteen years ago) link

also they are just called "CHROMATICS" i believe

cutty, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I actually like the Glass Candy rock record (Love Love Love) but I agree on Chromatics, didn't dig Plaster Hounds

dmr, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:33 (thirteen years ago) link

i like the band enough (really like "hands in the dark" or whatever it's called), but this kate bush cover... i dunno, maybe i'm comparing it to the original too much. Chromatics girl does sexy-breathy well but when she does the actual singing thing on "running up that hill" (ie. holding a note), she seems to fall pretty flat.

ken taylrr, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I didn't dig Plaster Hounds either, but I really did like Chrome Rats at the time (still do). However, I like new Chromatics about 1000x more.

"Nite" was one of my favorite singles last year.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 13 September 2007 22:23 (thirteen years ago) link

That cover is just sublime. There's something about this sound, just like with Glass Candy, that is just so evocative and vivid.

baaderonixx, Friday, 14 September 2007 08:50 (thirteen years ago) link

All the tracks on their myspace are currently downloadable: http://www.myspace.com/chromaticsmusics

caek, Friday, 14 September 2007 08:57 (thirteen years ago) link

"nite" was massively, massively slept on last year

^@^, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:00 (thirteen years ago) link

I LOVE this band. The "After Dark" comp. is still my favorite release of the year, and their tracks on their are amazing. They bring me right into these 1980s Italian horror movies that I have always loved. I need to order this new disc of theirs.

Ben Boyerrr, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

So has anyone heard/ordered their new album yet?

baaderonixx, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:43 (thirteen years ago) link

AMG seems to suggest the old no wave Chromatics and the Nite Chromatics are 2 different bands -

The Chromatics (not to be confused with the Seattle group or the Southern country rock ensemble of the same name) have released two singles featuring their brand of new wave disco-punk on the Troubleman Unlimited imprint
I assume this is an error on AMG's part?

I've not heard either incarnation but I like Glass Candy (old and new stuff) so I guess I should give them a listen :)

Colonel Poo, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:50 (thirteen years ago) link

AMG is confused. the former sound we're talking about is not southern country rock

cutty, Friday, 14 September 2007 11:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh I wasn't talking about the southern country band part - this:

not to be confused with the Seattle group

Colonel Poo, Friday, 14 September 2007 12:01 (thirteen years ago) link

i finally heard some of their earlier stuff last night. how did they (and glass candy) get into the whole disco thing from no wavey stuff?

I think Johnny was getting into dance music and Mike Simonetti turned him onto the good stuff.

I also think it was definitely a time when everybody was getting into electronic and/or vintage dance music, and the only difference was Johnny has a good ear for it and knows how to get a lot of mileage out of an arpeggiator.

dan selzer, Friday, 14 September 2007 12:04 (thirteen years ago) link

from the myspace:

WE ARE ANXIOUS TO HEAD OUT ON OUR FIRST TOUR WITH RUTH.
THE NIGHT BEFORE, RUTH SCALDED HER HAND AT RON TOM'S WHEN TWO BOILING BOWLS OF TOMATO SOUP SPILLED ON HER.
AT 4 AM, SHE RECORDED THE VOCALS TO "RUNNING UP THAT HILL" WITH ONE HAND IN A CUP OF ICE WATER AND ONE ON THE MIC.
that's dedication!

haitch, Friday, 14 September 2007 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

"Lady" on shining violence has some of the most gorgeous synths.

So nice to see Glass Candy and Chromatics finally getting some much needed love.

Spinspin Sugah, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:17 (thirteen years ago) link

So has anyone heard/ordered their new album yet?

I got my copy this week and haven't stopped playing it. Love it all
though the last (mainly ambient) track goes a bit long.
Could've put another song or two in there! Lovely minimal production from Johnny Jewel throughout.

Capitaine Jay Vee, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:18 (thirteen years ago) link

they are alright. glass candy is still garbage.

bell_labs, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:30 (thirteen years ago) link

they were boring live

bell_labs, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:30 (thirteen years ago) link

So did IV just kind of leapfrog In Shining Violence as being 2007's "official" Chromatics album? For the longest time, I was under the impression that a more polished version of In Shining Violence would be available before the end of the year, and then a couple weeks ago IV just showed up out of nowhere.

Not that I mind, because it's great and all...but I was hoping for brighter-sounding better-mastered versions of the songs on In Shining Violence. :(

Johnny Fever, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I...wait, what? I AM CONFUSED BY THIS ABUNDANCE OF ALBUMS

Telephone thing, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:40 (thirteen years ago) link

They've been releasing tour cd-rs full of new material somewhat regularly going back to 2005, and In Shining Violence showed up late last year. I was under the impression that it was the demo version of a proper In Shining Violence to be released soon(ish). But apparently they're just moving ahead with new stuff as it comes, and IV showed up just a little bit ago (with Night Drive, Running Up That Hill, etc).

Johnny Fever, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

No mention of the great, great, great (I like it better than Nite) Healer/Witness 12''. I believe it is still available from the TMU store. If you're liking this new stuff, you need that one too. But, yeah, Plaster Hounds and before can be left behind if this newer sound is what you like.

matt2, Friday, 14 September 2007 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Just received the new album and it's fucking fantastic.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 20 September 2007 06:28 (thirteen years ago) link

This is great - i dled the tracks off After Dark and In Shining Violence - but what is going on with their records? What has actually been officially released? Which album did you just get?

All v mysterious and exciting.

Given that it has, like two notes, In the City has become ridiculously stuck in my head.

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 20 September 2007 11:05 (thirteen years ago) link

That sheds some light ...

Thanks

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 20 September 2007 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

(i hope i only spoiled the mysterious bit and not the excitement ;-)

willem, Thursday, 20 September 2007 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, that's the one. Am I wrong in thinking that this is their first official album (as ooposed to tour CDRs and EPs)?

baaderonixx, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:30 (thirteen years ago) link

yes

cutty, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

that is, you are rong

cutty, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Alright. I guess, yeah, I forgot that no-wave first LP.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:48 (thirteen years ago) link

2 of them (Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz --which is good-- and Plaster Hounds --which isn't--).

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 20 September 2007 16:18 (thirteen years ago) link

My copy just came in the mail, but there's something wrong with the CD. Please could someone hook me up with a 256k AAC of Tick Of The Clock, the last track? Webmail me if you can help.

caek, Thursday, 20 September 2007 17:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Just ordered my copy. Excited!

The blog entry linked above says Colette wiped out their mail order inventory of After Dark (to sell them at double the price in their Paris store, which is an incredibly douchey thing to do), but it looks like TMU still has copies?

Telephone thing, Thursday, 20 September 2007 18:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I got a copy from TMU after it was reviewed on Pitchfork. Took five weeks to show up. When I emailed them asking what was going on they pointed me toward a news item on their website about large delays because of unexpected interested. Night Drive looks like it was burnt on a home CD burner.

caek, Thursday, 20 September 2007 18:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I ordered the "everything pack" last week (After Dark plus the three Italians 12"s) off the TMU site so I hope they still have some

dmr, Thursday, 20 September 2007 19:32 (thirteen years ago) link

so yes the night drive album is pretty fucking awesome

pretzel walrus, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

So, SO SO good. And if you buy it directly from the band they'll ship it to you crazy fast, at least if you're in the US; mine came in yesterday.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:49 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah mine too! ordered on the evening of the 20th, came in yesterday. lol @ limited edition green cd-r face. looks cool though, sounds even better. 2007 has been crazily good for new music.

pretzel walrus, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 19:17 (thirteen years ago) link

you guys are totally gay for chromatics

cutty, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 19:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes. Yes we are. And with damn good cause, I might add.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 19:36 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, i wasn't sold on the "Running Up That Hill" cover until hearing it in the context of the whole record... now i kinda dig it.

ken taylrr, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:01 (thirteen years ago) link

My copy just came in the mail, but there's something wrong with the CD. Please could someone hook me up with a 256k AAC of Tick Of The Clock, the last track? Webmail me if you can help.

yes yes? I suppose I could just hassle them via email, but I'm in the UK so that will take at least a week of shipping to put right.

caek, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 22:39 (thirteen years ago) link

So, SO SO good. And if you buy it directly from the band they'll ship it to you crazy fast, at least if you're in the US; mine came in yesterday.

Mine took about four days US to UK!

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 22:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I give this +++

Running Up That Hill has wormed into my head and now I find this rest is of a piece.

Alba, Monday, 1 October 2007 00:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I just heard "Running Up That Hill."
Fuck, I don't think I've heard a better cover of that ever.

jonathan - stl, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 23:03 (thirteen years ago) link

just ordered the new version of the italians' bundle, with chromatics' 'in shining violence' 12" now included. continuing the cover song theme, this one has springsteen's 'i'm on fire'!

haitch, Thursday, 4 October 2007 01:12 (thirteen years ago) link

just adding another fawning voice of appreciation to the thread. it was the kate bush cover that got me too.

jermainetwo, Thursday, 4 October 2007 01:15 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been wanting to hear the "I'm on Fire" cover! Good?

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 October 2007 03:13 (thirteen years ago) link

i only just ordered it!

haitch, Thursday, 4 October 2007 03:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Maybe not the exact right thread but it's the one on new answers....

Mike Simonetti is doing his first London DJ show tomorrow (Fri) at Our Disco at Hub (2 Goulston Street, off Wentworth Street, E1 7TP).

I'm really looking forward to it, the previous Our Disco I went to was a lot of fun.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 4 October 2007 10:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I was going to post about the Our Disco gig!

Yeah, I've been a few times (but not since they moved to the new venue)and it's great. www.ourdisco.com. And it's only a fiver.

Anyway, also really looking forward to it.

I'm severely tempted by the Italians bumper back, but the postage to the UK is $40!

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 4 October 2007 10:29 (thirteen years ago) link

bumper pack

gah!

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 4 October 2007 10:29 (thirteen years ago) link

(xpost) And ask Mike for one of the IDIB t-shirts at the gig! I hear he'll have a few handy ; )

Capitaine Jay Vee, Thursday, 4 October 2007 10:43 (thirteen years ago) link

"I'm on Fire" cover

Holy shit. Mike doesn't make Troubleman/IDIB stuff avilable digitally, does he?

Ben Boyerrr, Thursday, 4 October 2007 11:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Stylus writer Nina Phillips isn't so impressed:

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/chromatics/night-drive.htm

matt2, Thursday, 4 October 2007 13:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Wow, what a shit review.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 October 2007 13:51 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm planning to drop by Our Disco, which is conveniently close to my hotel. I love love the entire label's aesthetic.

Tim F, Thursday, 4 October 2007 22:59 (thirteen years ago) link

found a Tour 2006 full length thingy called "in shining violence". it's pretty great, but doesn't have much of the disco influence i was expecting. instead it sounds more like early TG or siouxsie and the banshees. just minimal, dark electronic pop. the dude sings on most of the tracks.

i had a friend listen to some of their tracks on myspace. she's way more into twee indie stuff, and she thought they sounded like romeo void, which i couldn't really argue w/

jaxon, Thursday, 4 October 2007 23:29 (thirteen years ago) link

"poorly produced" what

Telephone thing, Friday, 5 October 2007 01:11 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm loving this

damn... thanks ILM

gman, Friday, 5 October 2007 06:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Very excited about this I'm On Fire cover. Juno has a sample: http://mp3.juno.co.uk/MP3/SF284651-01-02-02.mp3

caek, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm not sure I get the rapture surrounding this record, maybe I haven't been in the right frame of mind for it as yet but it's all leaving me a bit cold. I don't quite get what sets this album apart from the countless other electronic indie pop albums with breathy female vocals.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Even the Kate Bush cover feels a bit limp to me.

Matt DC, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:52 (thirteen years ago) link

It's quite possible I haven't heard the countless other electronic indie pop albums with breathy female vocals. Can you recommend the best ones?

Alba, Friday, 5 October 2007 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link

For me it's an atmosphere thing.

caek, Friday, 5 October 2007 15:09 (thirteen years ago) link

it's the minimal disco-noir thing, extracting maximimum emotional output from minor musical events, so like when the one new chord arrives its heartstopping

jermainetwo, Friday, 5 October 2007 16:15 (thirteen years ago) link

And our man Strongo lands another winner in the Fork!

baaderonixx, Thursday, 11 October 2007 12:40 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah good review, jess!

69, Thursday, 11 October 2007 19:59 (thirteen years ago) link

i have to be kinda honest, as much as i love this group, and will firmly stand behind them, the album's kinda boring. there are a few amazing tracks near the end, but then it just sorta peeters off into minimal synth arpegios w/no real songs. i almost feel like making my own album w/all their stand out tracks i've gotten from comps and singles and cdrs and shit

jaxon, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:08 (thirteen years ago) link

sorry, amazing tracks are in the beginning, boring in the end

jaxon, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:09 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/46207-night-drive

gman, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I thought I raved about their 2005 tour cd somewhere on ilx, but I guess not. it's in the same style as night drive or iv or whatever they're calling the new one, but it's starker and drier. definitely worth tracking down, maybe I should leonardo...

Edward III, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:36 (thirteen years ago) link

yes please do!

pretzel walrus, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:37 (thirteen years ago) link

the 2005 cdr has 2 versions of "healer" on it, I guess they really love that song.

Edward III, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Is that the 'In Shining Violence' thingy?

baaderonixx, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:48 (thirteen years ago) link

In Shining Violence was the 2006 tour cdr.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I am totally gay for this band

I know, right?, Thursday, 11 October 2007 22:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I love these guys but I agree w/ jaxon

I wish they would chill for a minute and make their masterpiece instead of releasing every demo, a bunch of CDRs, five versions of everything

the title track from "Night Drive" is pretty sick tho

dmr, Thursday, 11 October 2007 22:39 (thirteen years ago) link

maybe I should leonardo...

-- Edward III, Thursday, 11 October 2007 21:36 (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

A+

caek, Friday, 12 October 2007 01:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I think someone really hit on what I like so much about this band upthread. I mean when you listen to them it sounds like there should be a million bands that sound exactly like them. But I can't think of even one.

I know, right?, Saturday, 13 October 2007 12:05 (thirteen years ago) link

The perfection of the Kate Bush quote at the end of Jess's review makes me v. jealous.

Tim F, Saturday, 13 October 2007 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

it sounds like there should be a million bands that sound exactly like them. But I can't think of even one.

glass candy?

jaxon, Saturday, 13 October 2007 19:56 (thirteen years ago) link

...

I know, right?, Saturday, 13 October 2007 19:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't really like Glass Candy.

I know, right?, Saturday, 13 October 2007 19:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I listened to the Cyndi Lauper version of Iko Iko last night confirming my belief that it is like a billion times better.

I know, right?, Saturday, 13 October 2007 19:59 (thirteen years ago) link

have you heard their cover of "miss broadway"? i think it's the best thing italians have put out. it seems crazy to hate on glass candy when they and chromatics are practically the same group at current. and i can't believe italians changed the sleeve design for the "in the city" 12. i loved that whole disco 12" art aesthetic they had for a minute.

r1o natsume, Friday, 19 October 2007 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Dunno, Glass Candy seem a lot more varied to me - the thing with the Chromatics is they feel like they've consciously limited their aesthetic within some pretty narrow parameters.

Matt DC, Friday, 19 October 2007 16:50 (thirteen years ago) link

the biggest difference btw the two bands is the voice that johnny shapes his music around. with chromatics, for adam/ ruth, thematically the things that pop up again and again are things like horror, emptiness, "the city", night, heartbreak ... whereas with ida/ glass candy there is much more of an ethereal/ new age/ being female thing happening.

jaime, Friday, 19 October 2007 18:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I even love the tour pictures on their MySpace page. Alternating haunting gauzy neon sunset L.A. pics with equal opportunity sexxxy hot tub shots.

Ben Boyerrr, Monday, 22 October 2007 16:32 (thirteen years ago) link

i like these individual tracks-as-tracks but all mixed together like that italians do it better comp is kind of ... zzz. not boring per se, just ... sleepy disco

deej, Monday, 22 October 2007 16:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I LOEV YOU CHROMATICS BUT ONLY WHEN THE GIRL SINGS. PS DUDE STOP SINGING AND GET CHICK TO SING 4ALLTIME, NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR YOUR BAD XIU XIU MEETS CALVIN JOHSNON SHTICK THX L8R

Steve Shasta, Monday, 22 October 2007 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, the 2005 tour CDR <<< Night Drive because of this.

caek, Monday, 22 October 2007 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

i liked the male and female voices together on the old version of healer though ....

jaime, Monday, 22 October 2007 19:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Tiedye sounds very interesting, although another cover is kinda disappointing:
http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/2007/10/please-welcome-tiedye-to-italians.html

Anyone know anything about these guys?

caek, Monday, 29 October 2007 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link

they're swedish. the song sounds like studio covering metallica.

jaime, Monday, 29 October 2007 23:13 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

i finally heard some of their earlier stuff last night. how did they (and glass candy) get into the whole disco thing from no wavey stuff? was there a maurice starr in the background?
-- jaxon, Thursday, September 13, 2007 8:34 PM (5 months ago) Bookmark Link

mike pretty much answers this here.
http://andybetablog.blogspot.com/2008/01/mike-simonetti-interview.html

the more i think about it the more it's just completely obvious, though. i mean, even jon williams is getting into italo

jaxon, Thursday, 28 February 2008 06:06 (thirteen years ago) link

is it just me or is it kind of weird to say 'italo is kind of shitty. most italo sucks' and then name yr label 'italians do it better'??

t_g, Thursday, 28 February 2008 09:15 (thirteen years ago) link

That interview backs up a lot of my reservations about Italians Do It Better, expressed on the Hercules & Love Affair thread. Like, doing italo-disco or even straight disco and taking out all the bits that might be seen as embarassing so as not to scare off the indie hipsters? What's the point? What is this, undie-disco?

And I actually *like* a lot of Italians Do It Better.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 09:22 (thirteen years ago) link

What'ts wrong with that though? I would find it weirder if they kept the "cheezy" bits.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 28 February 2008 09:54 (thirteen years ago) link

btw, I don't get anything of what he's saying in that interview.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 28 February 2008 09:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Being one of the people who've put out music on the label I can testify that I love pretty much all aspects of Italo and also I have no fear of losing any sort of audience. I make the music for myself first of all and if it gets released... fine. I'm happy people have been digging what I do - so far - and it's a pretty varied audience. Also, if I wanted to do a straight up Pineapples homage, for instance - and it turned out OK - I think Mike would consider releasing it. And I *would* go the Pineapples route if I felt like it. But you can't touch that record so why even try .

Capitaine Jay Vee, Thursday, 28 February 2008 10:05 (thirteen years ago) link

why would it be weirder if they kept the cheezy bits?

t_g, Thursday, 28 February 2008 10:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Whatever became of that Tie Dye 12" thing he was going to put out? I was super excited about the "it sounds like Studio covering Metallica"!

I also want a Farah album.

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 28 February 2008 11:15 (thirteen years ago) link

why would it be weirder if they kept the cheezy bits?

It might come off as a bit "ironic" or just a bit reactionnary. What I love this stuff is how modern it sounds despite all the winks to the early 80s.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 28 February 2008 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

(To clarify I wasn't really attacking the attitude of any of the bands themselves, it'd be kind of dickish to project anything Simonetti said in that interview on the artists)

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 12:07 (thirteen years ago) link

thanks for the link on those interviews, they're great. hope there's more coming.

i'm interested in this sort of ... "disowning" of italo in the face of "the return of disco". if anything, THAT strikes me as a bit reactionary. to be fair, mike's italian and i think the label name is a bit tongue in cheek. and the times i've heard him play he has actually played very little to no italo. and i wouldn't call glass candy or chromatics 'italo' anyway.

but i am kind of annoyed by people saying that most italo is crap (not specifically him). most of everything is crap. people seem to leave out the part where crap can also be highly enjoyable. i think geist articulated this really well in his rbma lecture.

as for tiedye. i think one of the dudes is going to be on bis soon. they also did a fantastic edit (i guess it's more like a dub)of tom petty's "don't come around here no more", which i tend to view as highlighting the really great parts of the song, rather than removing the bad parts.

jaime, Thursday, 28 February 2008 18:41 (thirteen years ago) link

shit, now people like disco, what do i have to get into

max, Thursday, 28 February 2008 18:52 (thirteen years ago) link

a lot of spacey synth disco is being called italo for ease when it's not really

jaxon, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:11 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm only mad at simonetti because i went to see him DJ last night in SF, but he was actually DJing in montreal. glad there was a sign on the door about the mixup and i didn't have to pay or go in (it was COMPLETELY empty)

jaxon, Thursday, 28 February 2008 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

oh look. there's a johnny jewel interview up now.

jaime, Thursday, 28 February 2008 21:11 (thirteen years ago) link

they also did a fantastic edit (i guess it's more like a dub)of tom petty's "don't come around here no more"

ysi?

baaderonixx, Thursday, 28 February 2008 22:40 (thirteen years ago) link

it's on this mix by one of the guys from tiedye ... link still works I think

http://alainfinkielkrautrock.blogspot.com/2007/12/northern-light.html

dmr, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Chromatics and Glass Candy are coming to play the UK, apparently.

Where?
When?

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

^^^

caek, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Together? I'd be up for that.

I was just listening to Plaster Hounds this morning - agree their new stuff is better.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:16 (thirteen years ago) link

I'd be all over that.

baaderonixx, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:21 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm only mad at simonetti because i went to see him DJ last night in SF, but he was actually DJing in montreal. glad there was a sign on the door about the mixup and i didn't have to pay or go in (it was COMPLETELY empty)

-- jaxon, Thursday, February 28, 2008 7:12 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

that's tonight!

wait i THINK it's tonight!

uh oh!!!

s1ocki, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

no it is. dunno what happened to your thing jaxon!

s1ocki, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:26 (thirteen years ago) link

xpost

I haven't listened to it, but apparently when Mike Simonetti was on Beats in Space, he spoke about it, but without any details.

Anyone know anything more? (Er, including Mike, if you are reading!)

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Glass Candy are doing the Pitchfork ATP in May, no idea about Chromatics (they're not on the ATP bill)

DJ Mencap, Friday, 29 February 2008 16:38 (thirteen years ago) link

he mentions it on his site
http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/

jaxon, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

that's a crosspost, it is

jaxon, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:23 (thirteen years ago) link

oh man, i am gonna have to read simonetti's blog religiously now. i see that guy like once or twice per week buying emo and indie 7"s for the tertiary market.

ian, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Glass Candy went through a really dire phase early on. Were they trying to sound like the YYY's?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Glass Candy's noisy phase pre-dates or was concurrent with the YYYs, and they were on different coasts. By the time anybody outside of The Cooler knew who the YYYs were, Glass Candy were already hipster darlings, if I remember correctly.

dan selzer, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:39 (thirteen years ago) link

I thought Love Love Love was pretty good but it seems like that's a pretty lonely opinion

their disco stuff is way better though, Beatbox is amazing

dmr, Friday, 29 February 2008 17:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess you're right Dan, but man that stuff was bad.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Friday, 29 February 2008 18:19 (thirteen years ago) link

love love love was late, there were a bunch of singles that came out a few years before that I remember nyc hipsters freaking out about. One had a cover of dream jenie I think? Or John I'm Only Dancing?

dan selzer, Friday, 29 February 2008 18:31 (thirteen years ago) link

College radio scene.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Friday, 29 February 2008 20:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Any idea where tikets will be available for their London show in April?

micarl, Monday, 3 March 2008 17:59 (thirteen years ago) link

tickets

micarl, Monday, 3 March 2008 18:00 (thirteen years ago) link

nevermind.found

micarl, Monday, 3 March 2008 19:39 (thirteen years ago) link

where?

caek, Monday, 3 March 2008 19:43 (thirteen years ago) link

these dudes charged me for that italians do it better comp last year and never sent it even after I inquired twice and they promised to resend >:(

deej, Monday, 3 March 2008 19:47 (thirteen years ago) link

ticketweb.co.uk

micarl, Monday, 3 March 2008 19:55 (thirteen years ago) link

wait they're playing w/ studio & ame???? doooooppppe

t_g, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 09:59 (thirteen years ago) link

creedence does it better

strgn, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 10:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Saturday, April 19 at 9:00 PM
Warm Music presents Warm / Lasermagnetic featuring Chromatics / Mike Simonetti / Ame / Studio / Skull Juice

Chromatics – LIVE (Italians Do It Better) // Onstage at Midnight
Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better)
Ame (Innervisions)
Studio (Information)
Skull Juice (Walk The Night)
Warm DJ’s & Lasermagnetic DJ’s
£12.00

It's at Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane.

Today's a good day for buying tickets for stuff. That should be v cool.

Jamie T Smith, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 10:44 (thirteen years ago) link

these dudes charged me for that italians do it better comp last year and never sent it even after I inquired twice and they promised to resend >:(

He has one heck of a reputation for doing this

DJ Mencap, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 11:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Love "Baby Girl" streaming on Farah's myspace page. Oh so slowly shuffling tabla, trilling guitar, gorgeous italo bass burbles, space invader noises and flushed synth pads, overlaid with a morbid gothic vibe that reminds me of Siouxsie and the Banshees' A Kiss in the Dreamhouse a bit (think something like "Obsession"). Farah is even more spaced out than usual, sending single solemnly intoned words into a dub-echo abyss.

Stuff like this and the Invisible Conga People 12" are just confounding - I feel like this label is increasingly making connections no-one else is making.

Tim F, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 12:41 (thirteen years ago) link

tim have you heard the amazing glass candy remix of ssion 'clown' yet? it's an unusually sleazy bit of slo-mo 80s rnb with succulent mini-diva vocals and understated, woeful house piano. what's confounding to me is how there is a seemingly endless supply of great vocalists to lace johnny jewel's sullen disco epics!

when is the invisible conga people 12" in shops?

r1o natsume, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

The Italians blog says 3 new 12"s in stores in 2 weeks... I'm guessing those will be the Inivisible Conga People, the Tiedye, and maybe a new Farah?

Savannah Smiles, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 15:45 (thirteen years ago) link

i hope a mirage record comes out. the songs on his myspace are sublime.

r1o natsume, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 15:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I feel like this label is increasingly making connections no-one else is making.

probably because none of the artists are coming out of a techno/electro/house background, but a hardcore/punk/no-wave/etc history, so there's bound to be a skewed take on it. They're not the only ones coming from that direction, but they've had a better ear for it, so far.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

They played on my Dj night at Tube (Portland) last night because it was the owners birthday. They played "running up that hill". Tube fits about 50 people comfortably. There must have been at least 100 though...

There were even more when Get Hustle played an hour before them.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 22:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Fucking hell, that Brick Lane lineup is !!!!

Matt DC, Tuesday, 4 March 2008 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

"probably because none of the artists are coming out of a techno/electro/house background, but a hardcore/punk/no-wave/etc history, so there's bound to be a skewed take on it. They're not the only ones coming from that direction, but they've had a better ear for it, so far."

Yeah this is right, though Invisible Conga People also bring a dazed out krautrock (Can and Tangerine Dream) vibe to the table.

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 06:17 (thirteen years ago) link

that line up is totally !!!! - i'm guessing it's just a studio dj set??

t_g, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 21:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Tim F have you heard this? one of the Invisible Conga People was in this band

http://progressive.homestead.com/files/we_acediasts.jpg

good record, dazed out krautrock meets underground japan vibes

dmr, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 21:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw Studio DJ in Brighton last year and they were v good.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Their mixing's rubbish but they play good tunes.

braveclub, Thursday, 6 March 2008 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Does Studio not play live ever?

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:20 (thirteen years ago) link

they do play live, just not very often. there are a bunch of youtubes of some live shows.

jaime, Thursday, 6 March 2008 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link

so given all the love here i checked out the myspace pages.
are the album versions different to whats streaming there ?

mark e, Friday, 7 March 2008 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

I have to say i'm really not feeling Farah, esp not that "Baby Girl" tune.

baaderonixx, Friday, 7 March 2008 13:28 (thirteen years ago) link

where is that?

i love love love law of life life life.

s1ocki, Friday, 7 March 2008 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Anyone going to the Lasermagnetic night? Heard good things about Studio but haven't heard them

Tracksuit Party, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Just got back from the show. I know all the discussion about this was happening on the Studio thread, but I only really saw Chromatics. Also, technically the night is supposed to be going for another 8 hours (!), but I have to work tomorrow/today, so that was it for me.

They were awesome, though. Just exactly what I hoped for. The songs were generally faster, but it all worked. She is perfect, and seemed genuinely humbled by the response. They were all very warm for working this icy aesthetic.

Mike Simonetti played some really cool stuff that I had never heard before. The DJ who started right after Chromatics kicked off with Bob Marley's "Could This Be Love?," which seemed to confuse a lot of people.

That space was nicely sized and never felt overwhelming. The "compulsory coat check" seemed weird, but maybe that's normal for clubs.

I think Studio was DJing in the next room partially at the same time as Chromatics.

Savannah Smiles, Sunday, 20 April 2008 03:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Did anybody else go to this? They're playing again at the same place on Tuesday night.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:10 (thirteen years ago) link

hi i like them now

strgn, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I thought they were kind of boring to be honest, wandered into the other room and listened to Studio playing to a virtually empty bar for a bit. Ame was tremendous though, Simonetti pretty good as well (that was him after the Chromatics as well).

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Also it felt less like a club and more like a converted multi-storey car park.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:25 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i was there, i dont know that i thought they were boring but i defintely thought her voice sounded pretty bad.

and i was too tired + old to see ame! this makes me sad. mike simonetti was cool tho

t_g, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw Simonetti play at Did We Tell You About Our Disco last year and he was good--played Doobie Bros and stuff. And The Lex blanked me there!

Might go tomorrow. I saw Joakim instead on Saturday which was v boring.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha having seen the state the Lex was in before that Our Disco (ie he had to be carried out of the pub pretty much) I doubt he even knew who you were.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:41 (thirteen years ago) link

He was barely standing but then he unFacebook friended me the following week so who knows.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I definitely wasn't bored by them at all (I guess I don't really see how they could have been boring if you've heard them before - I don't mean this sarcastically at all, but what did you expect?). I was pretty captivated.

I saw a different guy on the decks after Chromatics, but maybe Simonetti was just taking a break for a sec after putting that Marley tune on. My favorite thing (of the songs I knew) that he played was "Hollywood Seven" by Alides Hidding, which the band were all singing along to when they were setting up.

I was hoping they would be selling those new Italians 12"s, but they said they were almost all sold out of all of them already, and they only have copies of them in the label store. I really want to hear that Tiedye/Metallica cover thing, and the Invisible Conga People stuff.

I'm tempted to try to see them again tomorrow, even though I'm sure it'd be the same show.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 21 April 2008 13:29 (thirteen years ago) link

They were all very warm for working this icy aesthetic.

That was a slight problem for me, actually. A bit of a disconnect between material and delivery, especially at the end, on In the City and Running Up That Hill, where they were really getting into it. Pls be more haughty and emotionally withdrawn, thx.

I'm an idiot, though. I just looked at the running order in the main room and thought Studio must have cancelled. It never occurred to me that they were in the bar.

Other highlights: Johnny Jewel (I presume) from Chromatics leaping around like a lunatic in DJ booth. Mike Simonetti playing the Doors TWICE (Peace Frog and them doing Gloria live, which I'd never heard before and was fantastic) and looping a bit of Beautiful Life for seemingly ever. Ame sounded great as well, although much darker and trackier than I'd expected.

Downsides: people not dancing at all until Chromatics came on. I hate it when at a club, just because there's a band on, people stand around waiting for them to play instead of dancing as they would if there weren't a band next. It was nearly 1am and everyone was stood around talking. Two and a half-hour journey to get there owing to rail replacement bus service after seeing Saints slump 1-0 and now staring relegation in the face, followed by an hour of queing to get in, get wrist band and get coat compulsarily checked - not great mood enhancers.

Did anyone stay to the bitter end? I'm too old for that, although Horse Meat Disco would have been cool. Should have gone to bed and come back around 10.30!

Jamie T Smith, Monday, 21 April 2008 15:55 (thirteen years ago) link

That's queueing and compulsorily.

Jamie T Smith, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I left about 8am? It's all a bit of a blur after about 2ish though - I was already pretty drunk when the Chromatics were on and I'd forgotten about both Gloria and Beautiful Life.

There was hardly any dancing before the Chromatics and the place seemed to empty out a lot after that, almost like a load of people had turned up just for the gig.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

The thing that weirded me out the most was the bouncer leaping up the side of the toilet cubicles and looking over to check people weren't taking drugs in there.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I just picked up the Tiedye remix of Rubies "I Feel Electric" today, and it is one of the most gorgeous, blissed, envelopingly beautiful things I've heard in a looooong time. There's a stream here: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/49949-rubies-ft-feist-i-feel-electric-tiedye-remix-stream... This label is one of the most exciting discoveries for me in ages, and I can't wait to start taking some of it in in a live setting.

Clarke, Monday, 28 April 2008 04:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Phonica or some site was streaming the Tiedye cover of the Metal1ica song ("Nothing Else Matters" done ultra-balearic with live instruments)... awesome.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 28 April 2008 06:22 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/309450-01.htm

caek, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I know it kinda kills the whole vibe of the label, but I wish I could get good quality MP3s of these new tunes.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:10 (thirteen years ago) link

cos of this thread today i have picked up the 2 cds that are available.
not decided as to whether i have done the right thing ..

mark e, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Night Drive and After Dark are DRM-free on the iTunes store. No surprise the Tiedye Metallica cover isn't.

caek, Monday, 28 April 2008 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

All of Juno's stock of ICP's 12" are unplayably warped. Seriously, I love the music, but after three run-ins with the label, every one problematic, they don't strike me as the most competent outfit in the world.

caek, Friday, 2 May 2008 23:51 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm listening to a cover of "Pornography" they've done for some Cure tribute cd and it's purdy nice.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 May 2008 08:13 (thirteen years ago) link

?!!!!!!??????

baaderonixx, Monday, 26 May 2008 09:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah this is the "old" Chromatics then

baaderonixx, Monday, 26 May 2008 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://acuterecords.com/blog/imgs/JUNE21st.jpg

dan selzer, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

So am I the only one who thinks Plaster Hounds is a swell record? As in Swell Maps. Hadn't spun it since the IDB reincarnation. But it's really good wasteland rock.

bendy, Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

i just bought the Dark Days "Hands In The Dark" 7" (the song they covered)

jaxon, Thursday, 19 November 2009 20:21 (eleven years ago) link

seven years pass...

dang, shadow is so good

nxd, Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:24 (four years ago) link

it really is. hit my right in the heart at the end of twin peaks.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:46 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.spin.com/2017/05/chromatics-dear-tommy-delayed/

Seems like Johnny is mixed on this record and is endlessly tweaking/revising the record. Or he thinks it's crap. The songs released from this are good ("Shadow" and "I can Never Be Myself When You're Around") to mediocre, but the delay seems related to artistic exhaustion/perfection

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 04:26 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

PSYCHED

I know the synths get all the attention but that guitar sound does it for me every time

umsworth (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 23:42 (three years ago) link

Fucking A!

Been spinning their eps

They’re probably better than the lps

Depressed and impressed (Ross), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:09 (three years ago) link


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