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inspire by tiedye's superb "nothing else matters"

http://tiedye.se/

J0rdan S., Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:18 (thirteen years ago) link

aka

swedish band in balearic masterpiece shocker

J0rdan S., Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:20 (thirteen years ago) link

actually the rubies rmx might be better

J0rdan S., Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I was thrilled to find both "Nothing Else Matters" and the Rubies remix on iTunes. I think there's been a ton of talk of the label on the Chromatics I Love You thread, but they definitely deserve their own thread.
I eagerly anticipate new music from Farah.

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 10 July 2008 07:30 (thirteen years ago) link

This is basically a great label, marred only by the presence of Glass Candy...

J@cob, Thursday, 10 July 2008 10:44 (thirteen years ago) link

?

I know, right?, Thursday, 10 July 2008 10:53 (thirteen years ago) link

??

s1ocki, Thursday, 10 July 2008 10:56 (thirteen years ago) link

glass candy are so bad, so lifeless and inert. walked out of their show at cargo a few months ago, it was so boring. plus the annoying lead singer was wearing a ~terrible~ sweater-dress.

don't think they're that much worse than anything else on the label though, was really underwhelmed by the much-hyped comp last year. the cover of 'last night a dj saved my life' is one of the worst things i've ever heard. like, what could this joyous disco classic possibly be missing? that's right, a heavy dose of tedium

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 July 2008 11:05 (thirteen years ago) link

(a sigh so deep it burns in the chest hole)

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 10 July 2008 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

(also = that sweater dress was hot and the show was great)

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 10 July 2008 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I love the remix of "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life". It's like the DJ saved her life by turning her into a vampire - "I used to be heartbroken but now I just dance all night and drain the blood from my victims."

Tim F, Thursday, 10 July 2008 12:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah! Amazing label. But the IDIB acts many not appeal to many pop fans. It's too dark a sound and an aesthetic.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 10 July 2008 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

simonetti is djing at love tonight in nyc

max, Thursday, 10 July 2008 13:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah! Amazing label. But the IDIB acts many not appeal to many pop fans. It's too dark a sound and an aesthetic.

i don't dislike it cuz it's too dark, i dislike it because it's too dull

lex pretend, Thursday, 10 July 2008 13:50 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't dislike it cuz it's too dark, i dislike it because it's too dull

i picked up the glass candy/chromatics albums following the ilm love.

so far i'm struggling to get it, both albums have therefore been left unloved on the shelf.

if anything, its not dark enough for me ..

mark e, Thursday, 10 July 2008 13:53 (thirteen years ago) link

You know what's really awesome? There's this bootleg (I think) release of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life with a Shep Pettibone mix that's just the vocals over a drum machine. I have to dig that one out, I remember it being pretty awesome.

dan selzer, Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:29 (thirteen years ago) link

One person's dull is another person's exciting and vital. De gustibus non est disputandum.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Daniel, that's outrageous. Lex is citing a fact. You're only contributing to the indie chancers' conspiracy of tedium and inertia. CAN'T YOU HAVE ANY FUCKING FUN?!

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Savannah Smiles, you've just become an agenda item at the next Indie Chancers' Conspiracy Meeting.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:13 (thirteen years ago) link

i think the chromatics are a snooze, but i love most of the glass candy ive heard (holding my complete support at bay until i decided on this sweater-dress issue) and the two tiedye songs are fucking jams

J0rdan S., Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

When is Farah's full-length debut being released?

I love that Law Of Life song. And, for Lex's benefit, I'll mention that my wife thinks that song is tedious and boring.

Daniel, Esq., Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:15 (thirteen years ago) link

at once i am relieved and disappointed that someone already posted the madonna pic. i mean i guess it's too obvious. but she looks so damn good!

Surmounter, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Previous discussion:

I LOVE YOU "THE CHROMATICS"
Glass Candy - "Iko Iko"

caek, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:19 (thirteen years ago) link

i still think mirage has most potential out of all the idib acts, especially if he has more songs like "loving you" from his myspace page (which even in demo form is sublime, a slo-mo, hyper dramatic, diva led piano jam with those synthetic string sounds that were all over the menace ii society soundtrack or from a bone thugs track or something and crystalline tear-drop arpeggios - also maybe the funkiest thing johnny jewel has done yet). i didn't buy the tiedye 12" because it seemed like a complete rip off and i was broke, though it sounded aight in the shop

r1o natsume, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:34 (thirteen years ago) link

while it's been out a while, I still love Law Of Life and the midnite remix from the 12" is reminiscent of a sally shapiro reinterpretation with the electric piano lines. i dunno chromatics and glass candy aside i dig about 3/4 of the After Dark LP.

san frandisco, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:44 (thirteen years ago) link

It's weird I picked this up like a day ago, I'd had it on my mp3 player for ages but it's one of those records that needs to be a record y'know?

I know, right?, Thursday, 10 July 2008 16:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Also glass candy are great, and their dead aesthetic is one of the reasons the whole italians thing is so intriguing. Ice blonde and everything.

I know, right?, Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:02 (thirteen years ago) link

So go suck a fuck or whatever

I know, right?, Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Previous discussion:

I LOVE YOU "THE CHROMATICS"
Glass Candy - "Iko Iko"

-- caek, Thursday, July 10, 2008 9:19 AM (3 hours ago)

much better threads TBH.

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:10 (thirteen years ago) link

kinda intended for this thread to start off talking about how great Tiedye are

J0rdan S., Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:42 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't really understand what baeleric music is.

but this one song sounds kinda nice.

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:54 (thirteen years ago) link

i guess balaeric music is like if The Edge played in a disco band?

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:55 (thirteen years ago) link

wait now it sounds kinda miami vice

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:55 (thirteen years ago) link

like dire straits brothers in arms guitars

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:55 (thirteen years ago) link

is axel f balaeric?

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:56 (thirteen years ago) link

i like this song.

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Whoa that is some hammy guitar on "Nothing Else Matters".

lou, Thursday, 10 July 2008 20:57 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah the guitar is total schlock but that's what's so great obv

J0rdan S., Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't really understand what baeleric music is

judging by your next few posts .... yes you do

dmr, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't think I can stomach it.

xpost

lou, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:03 (thirteen years ago) link

this stuff is kinda cool.

like half of me thinks i should be dancing.

half of me thinks i should be watching martin riggs from lethal weapon have a dark night of the soul.

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:07 (thirteen years ago) link

i guess balaeric music is like if The Edge played in a disco band?

he did once, kinda
http://www.discogs.com/release/31585

dmr, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Is that record any good because the line-up makes it sound awesome?

jim, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:15 (thirteen years ago) link

I bought that a couple decades ago just because of The Edge (I had no idea who the other people were at the time). Wish I still had it.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:16 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah no doubt i'd never heard of that?

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:16 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to hate that record (cause it doesn't sound like Can, lol) but now that my taste is all balearic beardoed out I think it's awesome

dmr, Thursday, 10 July 2008 21:25 (thirteen years ago) link

me too, but i sold it a while back :(

even has lyrics by arthur russell.

jaxon, Thursday, 10 July 2008 22:18 (thirteen years ago) link

label is fucking good

winston, Friday, 11 July 2008 04:21 (thirteen years ago) link

just heard that edit tiedye did of tom petty. love it.

t_g, Saturday, 12 July 2008 09:28 (thirteen years ago) link

The TieDye track is brilliant, by the way, by some distance the best thing I've heard on this label.

Matt DC, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:12 (thirteen years ago) link

That record sounds so cool. I really want to go record shopping right now.

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Produced by KEVORKIAN?

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:16 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW9qZNcZTQ8

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link

this is great actually

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:18 (thirteen years ago) link

didn't mean to derail this into a Snake Charmer thread but it seemed on topic at the time :)

so all that stuff on Tiedye's page you can download free! very cool. I think the Italians 12" is out of print anyway (won't be re-pressed in case it attracts the wrath of Lars)

dmr, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Actually Tiedye stuff is really cool, nice warm drum sound

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:34 (thirteen years ago) link

really dry sounding

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 16:34 (thirteen years ago) link

back to the matter at hand, did anybody snatch a copy of the after dark 3xlp??

winston, Saturday, 12 July 2008 19:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I had to stop being completist with them, already bought the After Dark CD and have a couple of the 12"s so I took a pass on that one. ditto the Tiedye 12", I saw it in a store once but it was 10 bucks for a one-sided record. I do like the track though.

(on the other hand I would buy an LP version of Glass Candy's "Beatbox" in a heartbeat to get Candy Castle and Digital Versicolor on vinyl ... )

dmr, Saturday, 12 July 2008 19:49 (thirteen years ago) link

DMR: That TieDie single is available on eMusic, FWIW.

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 12 July 2008 19:50 (thirteen years ago) link

thx, I'm not subscribed there but I got it off their website (the link in the first post)

dmr, Saturday, 12 July 2008 19:56 (thirteen years ago) link

back to the matter at hand, did anybody snatch a copy of the after dark 3xlp??

That's what I bought a couple days ago. I figured they were all like that...?

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 20:53 (thirteen years ago) link

some of them are CDs.

jed_, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:15 (thirteen years ago) link

if you go straight to the source, some of the stuff is cheaper
http://www.troublemanunlimited.com/store/non-tmu.php

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I didn't realize IDIB was part of Troubleman, cool!

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:22 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah its a sub label. Ordered loads off TMU in the past.

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:26 (thirteen years ago) link

It's such a great label, they're good to order off then? I've been wanting this Religious knives thing for months, and I'm loaded right now. Well by my standards.

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:30 (thirteen years ago) link

I've never had any problems, some southern lord board/dffd and vlv posters hold grudges from long ago over them, but i know the mailorder has been ok the last 3 years or so since i started ordering

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:34 (thirteen years ago) link

the harvey milk lp they put out is one of my favourites

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:36 (thirteen years ago) link

cool, i'll check it out!

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Its nothing like Italians Do It Better stuff obviously.
Woods, Growing, Warmer Milks, Isis Live 2 are other really good things I ordered from them that I can remember offhand.

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:42 (thirteen years ago) link

looking at http://www.troublemanunlimited.com/store/lp.php reminds me there's still quite a few vinyl i still need to pick up actually.

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:43 (thirteen years ago) link

That link is gonna be HELL on my credit card.

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:51 (thirteen years ago) link

You did notice that the cd section has a special offer on? (distro stuff doesn't count tho)
Im skint and cant afford anything but I just looked at the distro section and saw stuff i've been looking for ages to get.

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I can't really justify buying CD's anymore. Especially as trying to organise my CDs, I've discovered a LOT are missing.

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

OUCH! Shipping is V. Expensive to Europe.

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

I know. Relapse and Archive cd are the only place that isn't these days.

Herman G. Neuname, Saturday, 12 July 2008 22:02 (thirteen years ago) link

way cheaper if I buy it off amazon anyway...

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 22:04 (thirteen years ago) link

if you take postage into account

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 22:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Where in europe are you? TMU sell way too much you will never get on Amazon (the stuff I want anyway)

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 13 July 2008 18:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Ireland, Amazon have the Religious Knives thing anyway, I'm dying to hear that through (I like this band)

I know, right?, Sunday, 13 July 2008 19:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Rubies sound like my ideal right now but so far just basing that on the Tiedeye remix and stevieT's description of them to me earlier

blueski, Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I like what I've heard from this label, but only in small doses. I'd like to hear some of these tracks within the context of a set that also included other stuff.

Moodles, Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

you should suggest that to them!

s1ocki, Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I like how they just emerged with this whole aesthetic. They just seemed so fully formed with those Glass Candy tracks. The noir disco and girly album art, unpretentions cover verions. Particularly loving the Chromatics I'm on fire today.

I know, right?, Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:57 (thirteen years ago) link

guys i think you killed the tiedye site

jabba hands, Monday, 14 July 2008 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Did you order anything from TMU I know, right??

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 14 July 2008 08:28 (thirteen years ago) link

I was about to when I looked at how strong the euro is against the dollar (it really is crazy now) and decided to go for it, then realized they charge $12 PER ITEM, which is crazy, the postage was $43, slightly more than the three records I was gonna buy. But now I'm thinking about how that would probably add up to that much if I somehow found it in ireland anyway....

And looking again, its cheaper to buy from TMU than amazon actually.

I know, right?, Monday, 14 July 2008 09:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Its not post-paid prices on TMU is it? surely there's an option for multiple items? You could maybe email their mail order and see if you get a reply.

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 14 July 2008 11:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I doubt it, because they charge basically twice as much delivery for double LPs. Basically, whatever you get charged for items, it seems you're gonna get charged that same amount additionally for delivery.

I know, right?, Monday, 14 July 2008 12:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Is there a similar thread, or anywhere to talk about Permanent Vacation records?

I am using your worlds, Monday, 14 July 2008 12:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Is that this label? Waht is good? (n.1)

_________________________
(n.1) I don't see a thread for that label in the search engine, so you may have to start one.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 July 2008 12:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Thats the one. Waht is good? I'd start with this, especially the Holy Ghost! remix,

http://www.discogs.com/release/1212370

and I like this too.

http://www.discogs.com/release/1165952

Maybe it would be better covered by the Balearic thread?

I am using your worlds, Monday, 14 July 2008 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

So, turns out I was broke because I was spending all my money on rent for an apartment I had long since vacated due to not fucking cancelling standing order. I am now due 1200 from my ex-landlord. Which is nice. This might be a sign to splurge.

I know, right?, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:53 (thirteen years ago) link

watching me commit to a transaction in realtime is a long and tedious affair.

I know, right?, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:54 (thirteen years ago) link

to be sure

I know, right?, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 00:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I hope you get your money back

Herman G. Neuname, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 01:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Well I'll wait till then to buy, obv. I've got a paper trail of emails and they're a well known auctioneers, so if they fuck me over, I'll just ring a daytime radio show. That's how we do things here. I think.

I know, right?, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 01:07 (thirteen years ago) link

can anyone YSI the free Tiedye track? site is still down..

jabba hands, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

this blog has 2 of the tracks that were up, but not the rubies remix:
http://www.pinglewood.com/2008/July/Seeing_Sounds.html
http://www.pinglewood.com/2008/June/Hit_The_Road.html

t_g, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 08:01 (thirteen years ago) link

yo, rubies rmx

yungblut, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 08:12 (thirteen years ago) link

admittedly both groups are hit and miss live ... but i never felt the lifeless and inert thing from gc and chromatics, in fact it's quite the opposite. 04 era gc demo of "life after sundown" is still one of the most swoon-worthy and vibrant songs for me.

there used to be a fansite which had an article that expressed it nicely ... i still have a quote ...

"... (they) take signifiers of feelings and abstract them into pure textures ... Glass Candy give the impression of not believing in love, but they still //bleed// it."

jaime, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 06:46 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

so nite jewel has a split with glass candy on IDIB and an album on Human Ear coming out. I really like the two demos on the Human Ear page. Fuzzy and pretty and cool.

mizzell, Thursday, 25 September 2008 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

I liked the Invisible Conga People 12" at the start of the year - particularly Dazed Cable. Anyone know if they've got anything coming soon?

Treblekicker, Thursday, 25 September 2008 22:12 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

I don't think I "get" Nite Jewel

As influences, she has cited Chris Barbosa -era dance floor greats Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Sa-Fire and Debbie Deb

I guess that makes sense. I was gonna say the 12" sounds like a freestyle track at the wrong speed (sloooowwww)

dmr, Saturday, 15 November 2008 23:44 (twelve years ago) link

Friends of IDIB releases, I would like to share with you your new favorite song

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:09 (twelve years ago) link

has anyone picked this glass candy comp that they talk abt here? http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/2008/10/ton.html

t_g, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:19 (twelve years ago) link

not yet - but soon will

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:21 (twelve years ago) link

Hmm... I like it, but I feel like it's too clean in some way. I like the imperfections - for lack of a better
word - in the IDIB stuff: The fact that the Glass Candy singer is kind of out of tune a lot of the time; the creepiness and dread in a lot of the Chromatics tunes; the lo-fi-ity of the Nite Jewel and a lot of the After Dark stuff. I even like the fake vinyl crackles they bust out - and normally I would absolutely hate that kind of affectation.

I really can't seem to find anything out there that's like the IDIB stuff at all, really - snatches of score from old Italian horror movies, maybe, but that's about it. Someone told me to check out Zombie Zombie, and I thought it was okay, but it was too clean too. I liked that Salem "Yes I Smoke Crack" ep - that was as close as I've gotten to something similar with that really unsettling, haunting vibe.

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:23 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, I've got that Deep Gems disc - it's very cool. Lots of Beatbox remixes with some curios in there, like the one called "Geto Boys," which is the old Iko Iko 12" vocals over a "My Mind's Playing Tricks on Me" loop.

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:27 (twelve years ago) link

that "unsettling, haunting vibe" you are referring to seems to work for the invisible conga people, as well. As far as non-idib acts go, I think that john maus and tickley feather fit that bill, too.

psychgawsple, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

Ah, yes - I love that John Maus album. I think I've played "My Whole World's Coming Apart" more than any other song this year. Haven't heard Tickley Feather but will check it out - thanks for the tip.

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 16:40 (twelve years ago) link

also, like 50% of what's posted on 20 Jazz Funk Greats fits your description. specifically, stuff like throbbing gristle's "hot on the heels of love" and chris and cosey, which they obsessively namedrop (almost as much as those italian horror soundtracks you were mentioning). tickley feather works if only because she's very similar to nite jewel.

don't forget about john carpenter, beppe loda/daniele baldelli and original afro-cosmic music in general (check out the loda mix here)

psychgawsple, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Just hearing Cable Dazed by Invisible Conga People for the first time, what with it's frequent end of the year ratedness.

Either way, woah.

Girlfriend, you've been scooped like ice cream (mehlt), Thursday, 1 January 2009 04:33 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

love love love this track

dmr, Saturday, 7 March 2009 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

dmr, are you going to the idib thing at poisson rouge tonight?

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 7 March 2009 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

yeah I am ... are you? email me

dmr, Saturday, 7 March 2009 17:16 (twelve years ago) link

sadly i have other plans. it's poker night! so, not so sad i guess... still, wish i could go.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 7 March 2009 17:24 (twelve years ago) link

hope you got yer tickets, dmr.
simonetti was just in here all stressed out cuz it's sold out and people are bugging him for guest list action.

ian, Saturday, 7 March 2009 23:42 (twelve years ago) link

!! really ?? no clue they were that popular!

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Saturday, 7 March 2009 23:55 (twelve years ago) link

I got tickets at the door, but yeah, there were tons of people there. Left after Nite Jewel cuz I had a birthday party to go to and there was still a line around the corner.

Chesney Freemanwater Revival (maciej recognizing trill), Sunday, 8 March 2009 20:38 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i was there--small venue, long line, etc.

thought nite jewel was great & i liked the new stuff. didnt stay for glass candy but dmr said they were really good.

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Sunday, 8 March 2009 21:01 (twelve years ago) link

they can come off a little serious on their recordings sometimes but live they're a total party band, really fun set. first or second song I think was Digital Versicolor and the stage filled up with people dancin, the bouncers came and cleared them off afterward but the band was into it. they closed with a weird hip-hoppy version of Iko Iko using the Isaac Hayes loop from that Geto Boys song

at one point toward the end of their set I checked the time on my phone and was like 3:48AM WHAT THE SHIT but I forgot it automatically shoots ahead for daylight savings. lol

dmr, Monday, 9 March 2009 03:17 (twelve years ago) link

also it was cool to hear House of House loud. can't remember what else Mike S. played except Hall n Oates "I Can't Go For That" right after Nite jewel got done

dmr, Monday, 9 March 2009 03:18 (twelve years ago) link

i thought the bottin track w/the video (no static) was just ok. pretty good, but didn't blow my mind, but then i heard the other tracks on his myspace and damn. really great. especially Horror Disco makes me appreciate no static way more and i'm totally looking forward to his album.

http://www.myspace.com/bottinski

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Saturday, 14 March 2009 20:32 (twelve years ago) link

also it was cool to hear House of House loud.

yess. he played this out in sf too, and i officially lost my shit. not sure i was 100% coherent, but pretty sure i remember lots of acid house tracks being played as well

all-seeing eye of horus (psychgawsple), Sunday, 15 March 2009 09:15 (twelve years ago) link

did i already tell this story? when sweeney was in sf and played house of house, i typed into my cellphone and handed it to simonetti and it said "tell tim house of house is played out already"

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Sunday, 15 March 2009 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

haha, played out in online mixes/podcasts maybe. hearing it in a club and dancing to it was fun/new for me.

but yeah, it was sweeney wasn't it?

all-seeing eye of horus (psychgawsple), Sunday, 15 March 2009 18:18 (twelve years ago) link

oh, it was all jokes. i was so stoked to hear it loud.

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Sunday, 15 March 2009 18:27 (twelve years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Johnny Jewel won't stop: Desire

mizzell, Monday, 13 April 2009 17:45 (twelve years ago) link

"under your spell" sounds like bobby digital-era rza

rio (r1o natsume), Monday, 13 April 2009 18:59 (twelve years ago) link

I love tht bottin track

the most naturally gifted poster of his generation (cozwn), Sunday, 19 April 2009 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

so is dude like living in mtl now is what i wanna know and if so how come i didnt know aboutit

s1ocki, Sunday, 19 April 2009 23:33 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

I ordered that Desire CD and just got it. I love it, but I think I'm a blind IDIB fanatic.
It's got bits of Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Farah (there's some 'spoken word'-y bits that sound exactly like her, really) - all the Johnny Jewel stuff. I still hope they put the Twisted Wires and Bottin songs out digitally; I haven't heard them yet. What else do they have coming out?

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 12:59 (twelve years ago) link

another nite jewel 12" i think?

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:45 (twelve years ago) link

digging the twisted wires stuff ive heard so far, they were pg when i saw them at lpr but didnt leave a huge impression

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:46 (twelve years ago) link

not sure about releases but there's a tiedye / rune lindbaek edit up on the blog. downloadin now

dmr, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

you can hear all the Bottin tracks on his myspace fwiw. there's a video for No Static on youtube

dmr, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

famous internet blog discohorror located at http://discohorror.blogspot.com has an exclusive bottin remix of a codebreaker track up right now

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

by "exclusive" i mean "not exclusive at all"

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

that tiedye/linbaek edit from simonettis blog is nice btw

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

I was wrong - the Twisted Wires 12" is now on iTunes as of this week... sounds great. There's also a Tiedye remix of a DJ Kaos song on there, too, which sounds nice.

I wonder whatever became of Farah - I loved those tracks on the comp.

(I realize almost every single one of my questions can be easily answered with Googling; I just creepily like to keep this thread around)

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 16:50 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder whatever became of Farah - I loved those tracks on the comp.

^^^^ This. She was supposed to have a full-length disc released by the label, I think.

Related: Since the initial "big" three IDIB discs debuted on eMusic (the comp, the Chromatics and Glass Candy), nothing but two singles plus an odd-and-sods collection from Glass Candy. I'm just bummed eMusic hasn't received more from the label.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 17:07 (twelve years ago) link

There's also a Tiedye remix of a DJ Kaos song on there, too, which sounds nice.

― Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:50 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

posted abt this in the DFA thread -- its AWESOME

autogucci cru (deej), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

You mean this?

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 20:29 (twelve years ago) link

that's the one

dmr, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 21:23 (twelve years ago) link

There's an Italians Do It Better night this coming Thursday at Koko in London: Glass Candy / Twisted Wires / Desire / Lindstrom / Mike Simonetti...

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Sunday, 7 June 2009 11:32 (twelve years ago) link

Is anyone going to this tonight?

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Thursday, 11 June 2009 12:21 (twelve years ago) link

I was just about to post the same thing.

Yes. Really looking forward to it.

I was expecting people to, given the size of the Lindstrom thread, and the Glass Candy one.

Still not heard Desire or Twisted Wires.

Still tickets left, by the way
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=319541&interface=koko

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 11 June 2009 12:32 (twelve years ago) link

Q: will Twisted Wires be releasing an album in 2009?

Twisted Wires
http://www.myspace.com/twistedwiress

i detect Cabaret Voltaire / The Aloof / New Order / Finitribe / Fluke / 23 Skidoo / The Wire circa Ideal Copy influences

this track: is sublime

Twisted Wires - Oh Hell
http://hypem.com/track/809467/Twisted+Wires-Oh+Hell

djmartian, Sunday, 14 June 2009 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

i detect Cabaret Voltaire / The Aloof / New Order / Finitribe / Fluke / 23 Skidoo / The Wire circa Ideal Copy influences

yeah that's pretty much how they sounded live. like a dancier Indian Jewelry.

dmr, Sunday, 14 June 2009 18:52 (twelve years ago) link

i think they made ari sick that night we saw them dave

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Sunday, 14 June 2009 19:10 (twelve years ago) link

awww. maybe she was allergic, I think there's shots u can get

dmr, Sunday, 14 June 2009 19:28 (twelve years ago) link

Did anyone go on Thursday?

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Sunday, 14 June 2009 22:57 (twelve years ago) link

gotta say i'm not really feeling this desire record. the production is actually kinda lame, and the vocalist sorta gets in the way of any potentially great moments

psychgawsple, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 04:30 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

JESUS CHRIST THE DESIRE CD HAS NINE SONGS ON THE BACK AND EIGHT TRACKS

Going by Itunes and the lengths of songs on their Myspace player, I think "Oxygene" just doesn't appear on the album despite being listed. I'll have to listen to the demo of the song on Myspace once I've heard the album and see if I heard it somewhere...

Ah well. At least it's not FSOL's goddamn Dead Cities.

Telephone thing, Sunday, 19 July 2009 04:48 (twelve years ago) link

are you sure you havent picked up the 8 track sampler simonetti was punting from his blog? Different versions of the tracks. ive probably listened to the desire record more than anything else this year. Not really straying far from the chromatics/glass candy sound but the quality of the actual songs and vocals really blasts in into space

straightola, Sunday, 19 July 2009 09:49 (twelve years ago) link

"Oxygene" isn't listed on the tracklisting on any of the download versions of the album eg http://www.junodownload.com/ppps/products/1442354-02.htm

Haven't bought this yet but I really enjoy the rest of the Italians Do It Better stuff.

I am using your worlds, Sunday, 19 July 2009 11:17 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

they closed with a weird hip-hoppy version of Iko Iko using the Isaac Hayes loop from that Geto Boys song

― dmr, Monday, 9 March 2009 03:17 (5 months ago)

from the IDIB blog:

Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Glass Candy "Geto Boys" 12" OUT NOW
After months of mastering issues (the bass was so heavy
it was making the needle jump), legal issues, and remixing
issues. We are excited to say that the Glass Candy "Geto Boys"
12" is finally in stock. And even better...it's a double A side.
They've Been destroying this song on tour all year. Samples
the hip hop classic "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" from Houston
legends, GETO BOYS (who sampled Isaac Hayes). The flip side
of the record features the Deep Gems burner "Animal
Imagination". If that wasn't enough, the record contains 12"
instrumental versions and vocal edits of both songs. <<<

LOL!

dmr, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 19:47 (twelve years ago) link

Wait I thought that's been released for like a year???!?!?! Or is this just a remaster? Wha...?

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 22:18 (twelve years ago) link

They've been playing it in shows for at least 2 years... hmmm

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 22:19 (twelve years ago) link

It was out on a CD but now it's a 12".

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 22:27 (twelve years ago) link

the bass on IKO IKO is much heavier than on GETO BOYZ imho.

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 22:49 (twelve years ago) link

huh! never heard the CD version. that show was the first time I've seen em live. probably gonna see em again on Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl

dmr, Friday, 4 September 2009 19:20 (twelve years ago) link

oooops it's next Saturday. durr

we did end up bowling tho!

dmr, Sunday, 6 September 2009 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

what you score? I bowled for the first time in like 8 years last week for a bachelor party at chelsea piers...scored 123 on my game! The fun thing though with the new hi-tech systems that record the speed is seeing how fast you can bowl. I broke 20 mph.

dan selzer, Sunday, 6 September 2009 15:58 (twelve years ago) link

I am in New York next week and am looking forward to that Brooklyn Bowl show.

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Sunday, 6 September 2009 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

wish I could sell you my tix, I'll be out of town! I don't think I can though, it's will call and you have to show ID/credit card. argh. should be a good show. they were fun at LPR.

dan I think I got a 102 on my first game, worse on my second. Brooklyn Bowl is pretty cool, it's such a big space. huge dance floor / stage area adjacent to the lanes (and people actually danced), big bar area, there's a restaurant in there ...

long wait for a lane but probably wouldn't be too bad on a weeknight.

dmr, Sunday, 6 September 2009 18:28 (twelve years ago) link

Really pumped to see desire, was just the soundtrack of my croatian roadtrip and it melted all my girlys hearts

Scala Saturday 07 November 2009
MAGIC & MEDICINE PRESENTS
DIZ-GO-TREK
Feat: Italians Do It Better with GLASS CANDY LIVE plus DESIRE LIVE plus MIKE SIMONETTI

RM 1
LIVE ;
Mountain Of One
Italians Do It Better presents ;
Glass Candy
Andy Blake (DISSIDENT )
Desire
DJ -Mike Simonetti
Dan Beaumont ( Disco Bloodbath)

RM2
HOT BOY DANCING SPOT with
Lovely Jon Jo
+ others tbc

RM3
BAD PASSION PROJECT

www.residentadvisor.net
Phonica Records

straightola, Wednesday, 16 September 2009 10:21 (twelve years ago) link

four months pass...

Dear Mike Simonetti,

Chicago DOES suck. 2 Many DJ Clowns.

bummer,
Bummed.

barry leavitt, Saturday, 16 January 2010 18:56 (eleven years ago) link

^^^^ what the fuck. glad i stayed home sick. i heard he was only booked for an hour??

not a playa but i ilx a lot (deej), Saturday, 16 January 2010 19:27 (eleven years ago) link

Ha. I think I misread one of his twitters -- I thought he wrote that Chicago let him down, but he actually wrote "Chicago has YET to let me down." Maybe it was a good night after all but I stayed away. Last time I saw him in Chi was at the Empty Bottle and no one was there. Still if he only played a one hour set it would not have been worth sitting through the 4 (!) other DJs booked to play last night.

barry leavitt, Saturday, 16 January 2010 22:51 (eleven years ago) link

leavitt, barry

rionat, Sunday, 17 January 2010 00:44 (eleven years ago) link

yeah ive missed him both times thru
tho to be honest if id been up to going out last night i would have probably hit up omar s instead

not a playa but i ilx a lot (deej), Sunday, 17 January 2010 01:21 (eleven years ago) link

i will say its probably unlikely that a DJ who expects to tour again in the future is gonna decide to trash major metropolises on twitter

not a playa but i ilx a lot (deej), Sunday, 17 January 2010 01:37 (eleven years ago) link

Lots of good goodies news: http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/2010/01/feeling-without-touching.html
Farah 12" (Gay Boy) & album!! New Chromatics album! And a new label sampler a la After Dark.
Can't wait to hear the Farah stuff.

willem, Monday, 18 January 2010 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

These will definitely go to the top of my 2010 release watch list. I'd really like the Chromatics album to be a killer.

dynamicinterface, Monday, 18 January 2010 23:09 (eleven years ago) link

sooooo is anyone going to this discoteca thing on Saturday?
and can I go with you? :D

salsa sharkshavin (salsa shark), Thursday, 28 January 2010 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

amazing song. and the instrumental version...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6pD3qSZ9JM

Kaiser Size, Friday, 19 March 2010 10:25 (eleven years ago) link

Man - the new Farah track is creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy weird.

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Friday, 19 March 2010 12:32 (eleven years ago) link

ugh she sounds fucking horrible on it.

jaxon, Friday, 19 March 2010 15:59 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=287559

jaxon, Friday, 19 March 2010 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

The new Glass Candy EP is amazing. The one with the saxophone solo...

Doran, Friday, 19 March 2010 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

love the concept, hate the delivery

teresa banks (r1o natsume), Friday, 19 March 2010 16:46 (eleven years ago) link

re new farah

teresa banks (r1o natsume), Friday, 19 March 2010 16:46 (eleven years ago) link

i know it's going for that hyper-bitchy divine style "castro boy" type of disco fag humour, but it lacks nuance and just bludgeons an average joke into the ground. and that drugged out "creepy" deadpan vocal delivery is so played out by now

teresa banks (r1o natsume), Friday, 19 March 2010 16:53 (eleven years ago) link

hasn't 'sugar & whitebread' been around for 5 years or so?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 19 March 2010 17:02 (eleven years ago) link

and that drugged out "creepy" deadpan vocal delivery is so played out by now

i love this about farah, but agree the track is a little too weird for it's own good. does anyone outside of idib really do this much tho?

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Friday, 19 March 2010 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

hasn't 'sugar & whitebread' been around for 5 years or so?

Yep; it's on the IKO ep.

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Friday, 19 March 2010 18:04 (eleven years ago) link

i guess i should post this here also? i dunno if it's me moved on or if quality control is way down, but i think this song/video and the new farah are both really bad comparatively :-/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Myo0QjwE0

jaxon, Thursday, 25 March 2010 05:42 (eleven years ago) link

nu farah sounded terrible from the sample i heard.

*makeitplop* (haitch), Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:13 (eleven years ago) link

haven't heard the farah (never was huge on her tbw) but this glass candy song sounds like anything off beatbox so i think it's you jaxxy.

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 25 March 2010 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

It's from the same era as B/E/A/T/B/O/X. It's on the singles comp. thing (Deep Gems).

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:22 (eleven years ago) link

oh then that's not new at all and probably why it sounds so familiar.

✌.✰|ʘ‿ʘ|✰.✌ (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:35 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/trblmn/SOLIDGOLD-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/trblmn/SOLIDGOLD2-1-1.jpg
OUT NOW:
Solid Gold is a collection of some early IDIB 12"s,
most of which are out of print. Tracks were carefully
selected and programmed by our own Johnny Jewel.
This entire compilation is the brainchild of Johnny,
and he put a lot of time into the tracklisting. We
hope you enjoy it. Its perfect driving music. This
is a cd only release, and is for sale in our store (link
is over there on the right column). We lowered all
of our prices as well on everything. We are trying
to accommodate the overseas people who get screwed
over with the high shipping rates, which seem to
keep going up and up and up...
This is a MAILORDER/GIG only release! enjoy!

mizzell, Monday, 28 June 2010 13:56 (eleven years ago) link

only $5!

mizzell, Monday, 28 June 2010 13:59 (eleven years ago) link

I got it in the mail yesterday. It's pretty great! I hadn't heard 50% of it before - the T&K stuff has sort of a simple house sound with some guitar riffs on top of it. The Solange track is really haunting classic-sounding italo number. The Tiedye song at the end is... somethin' else; there are some *really* earnest, passionate vocals on top reminiscent of the DJ Kaos "Love the Night Away" track from last year, with a familiar Lissvik sheen on top. It went from amusing to engrossing on my first listen.

They could very easily do a couple more volumes of these with some of the really rare Chromatics tracks (that amazing Springsteen cover that was on one of the ultra-rare 12"s) and some other stuff, which would be awesome, but I'm pretty eager to hear the "Into the Black" disc (the looooong-awaited follow up to "After Dark") too!!!

I would give them open access to my bank account to just auto-deduct money and send me new stuff as often as possible; I love this label.

Becky Facelift, Monday, 28 June 2010 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

pretty eager to hear the "Into the Black" disc (the looooong-awaited follow up to "After Dark") too!!!

this * 100K.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 28 June 2010 14:30 (eleven years ago) link

i went cold on this label pretty quickly tbh. everything up to and incl "cable dazed" is solid gold tho

wavestation (r1o natsume), Monday, 28 June 2010 14:44 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Finally after months and month of preparation, we are
able to announce the first four releases on our new
sister label PERSEO. This label will focus mainly on edits
and things of that nature. The label was born when
Mike heard the infamous Bruce Springsteen edit by
Martin Vogel almost two years ago. It prompted him
to try to figure out a way to release it, and thus Perseo
was born. SInce then it has become a way to showcase
some of Mike and Johnny's favorite edits out there, as
well as a way to release some of their own work. Like
Italians, expect the quality to be top notch and the
records to be limited editions, usually around 400 copies
per release. The first three releases are:

--M VOGEL "Tough" 12" (aka: The Boss- the one that started it all)
--BOTTIN "Eagle/Stork" 12" (Steve Miller/Level 42)
--MIKE SIMONETTI "That Look" 12" (3 obscure house tracks)
--PERSEO "Edits Volume One" cd (this collects the three records
above, plus a bonus track from Mike not on the vinyl)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/trblmn/ItaliansDoItBetterLaunchNewRe-EditLabelPerseo-1.jpg

Becky Facelift, Monday, 2 August 2010 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

IDIB Fact Mix.

Barnaby, Hardly, Monday, 2 August 2010 11:44 (eleven years ago) link

finally got ahold of that 'solid gold' comp, and it's excellent- as to be expected i guess, since i was familiar with most of the tracks. made me realize i kinda slept on that t&k stuff, though i'm still on the fence about solange.

and now it's time to seek out this perseo thing, i heard samples of those house edits simonetti is releasing and they are damn encouraging. excited for most of the stuff on this new label actually

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 04:27 (eleven years ago) link

MikeSimonetti:
FACT KIX TRACK LISTING (top of my head)- 1. Amon Duul, 2. obscure synth record lol, 3. HAUNTED HOUSE, FOXES, ITALO 45 rpm played on 33, ODYSSEY song about cocaine, latin 33rpm slowed all the way down to -8, everybody gotta learn somtime, then like 3 or 4 house tracks from '90 and some dumb end track for shits and gigs. there you have it. the mix... i think?

jaxon, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 18:35 (eleven years ago) link

weeeird mix. i like the housey part haha

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 01:39 (eleven years ago) link

wow. what a genius. nobody has ever made a mix like that before. incredible

fur q (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

this springsteen ish is great

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:25 (eleven years ago) link

yeah simonetti posted it to his blog a few months ago

max, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:26 (eleven years ago) link

it's just so deep, the idea of re-edits. mindblowing

fur q (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:35 (eleven years ago) link

don't worry, Mike's been making fun of disco edits for years...

are disco edits the new electroclash?

dan selzer, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:44 (eleven years ago) link

haha betty botox otm i guess

fur q (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

not sure anyone ever said edits were mindblowing?

and the mix IS weird, i guess i've never been too stoked on simonetti's mixes and i don't mean weird in a positive sense. i'm all for oddball selections/sequencing but those things just don't go together very well and it was not fun to listen to imo

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 06:09 (eleven years ago) link

except for the house songs that is

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 06:11 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Intriguing. The only Appaloosa track I've heard was on one of those Kitsune compilations and it didn't sound like something that would come out on Italians. Eager to hear this.

http://www.troublemanunlimited.com/store/idib/thumbnails/lg_appaloosa.jpg

APPALOOSA "Intimate (Glass Candy Remix)" 12 inch Single

After turning down almost every imaginable group & record company on the planet, Glass Candy returns from the studio with their second remix in 11 years ...This time it's Appaloosa's "Intimate". Imagine the romantic Human League fronted by Nico covering Stereolab. That's about the only way we know how to describe this record. Glass Candy dips them in their signature analog glitter with some of Johnny's heaviest drums to date as the synthesizers gnaw at your speakers. The result is a beautiful pop song that will haunt you. This is also the first glimpse from our forthcoming AFTER DARK 2 compilation out later this year. The B side features the original version from Appaloosa. Who is in the studio working on their debut Lp for IDIB later this year. Bonus tracks include instrumentals, drums, and vocals. Special mail order only version on Opaque Ivory vinyl ! Not in stores

Becky Facelift, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 14:23 (eleven years ago) link

Cable Dazed is I think my favourite thing this label has put out so far. Why does this seem to be the only release by these guys, like are they both members of some other band or something?

plax (ico), Friday, 20 August 2010 11:04 (eleven years ago) link

^^ love the invisible conga people 12" and want more, please
don't know if they have other projects

mizzell, Friday, 20 August 2010 13:54 (eleven years ago) link

discogs says they're playing (individually) on some other people's records/might be involved in those bands. and then there's a few remixes they've done. cable dazed is awesome, yes.

willem, Friday, 20 August 2010 14:01 (eleven years ago) link

Ditto plaxico except replace "Cable Dazed" with "One Night at the Raw Deal" by Twisted Wires. LinnDrum breakdown! I'd like to hear more of them.

matt2, Friday, 20 August 2010 16:56 (eleven years ago) link

'nite' may be my favorite single of the 00s

dayo, Sunday, 29 August 2010 11:12 (eleven years ago) link

now I really want to get my juno 106 up and running.

dayo, Sunday, 29 August 2010 11:22 (eleven years ago) link

I like the Appaloosa track, though it does sound more current (or au courant maybe?); and certainly less otherworldly) than a lot of the IDIB stuff.

Simonetti Tweeted recently about listening to some new Chromatics tracks, which I'm really excited about. They mentioned something a couple of years ago about recording a Neil Young cover, which I always wanted to hear but never surfaced.

She Got the Shakes, Thursday, 2 September 2010 13:32 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

did anybody end up getting the perseo comp? I can't stop playing simonetti's 'slow glow stick'

dayo, Thursday, 4 November 2010 14:33 (ten years ago) link

The Solid Gold compilation has suprised me in how enduring it has been for me this year.

get the fuck out of my mouth (boxedjoy), Thursday, 4 November 2010 20:33 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

the desire album is rather good.
think i prefer it to chromatics/glass candy releases, though i am currently succumbing hard to the chromatics album, even in its non-deluxe form, more and more having not 'got it' to start with.
also, i really like the way the ITDIB cd releases are packaged, but they are a bugger to spot in the racks.
very much doubt i am ever going to see the perseo edits compilation in the racks in bristol, so may have to resort to ordering from the label website.
do they ship to uk ?

mark e, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:05 (ten years ago) link

yes

just sayin, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:19 (ten years ago) link

hurrah.

mark e, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:19 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

Johnny Jewel's SoundCloud features a lot of downloadable instrumental mixes of popular IDIB tracks.

Gukbe, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:10 (ten years ago) link

this label has been too quiet for too long.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:12 (ten years ago) link

they throw a lot of parties it seems

Gukbe, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:15 (ten years ago) link

I wouldn't hate seeing another Desire album this year.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:17 (ten years ago) link

That album is my favourite of the bunch, so I'm right there with you.

Gukbe, Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:19 (ten years ago) link

wasn't there supposed to be a sequel, in 2010, to the after dark compilation?

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 6 February 2011 06:21 (ten years ago) link

Solid gold?

blank, Sunday, 6 February 2011 22:22 (ten years ago) link

Much as I love Solid Gold, if that is intended to be the After Dark follow-up then I'm going to be left feeling very cheated. Johnny Jewel was so prolific two years ago, why can't he have more music ready for us now?

o0o00h really? (boxedjoy), Monday, 7 February 2011 09:33 (ten years ago) link

solid gold is not after dark 2

just sayin, Monday, 7 February 2011 10:11 (ten years ago) link

no shit, but it's a similar thing for those that don't buy 12"s. I guess most of the after dark stuff was unreleased at the time, though.

blank, Monday, 7 February 2011 18:56 (ten years ago) link

Greg Dulli/The Twilight Singers cover "Don't Call" by Desire (it's pretty good!):

www.thedailyswarm.com/swarm/daily-swarm-interview-greg-dulli-shot-location-plus-free-download-new-non-lp-song/

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 18 February 2011 17:33 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/2011/04/italians-do-it-in-bundles.html

... in order to make room for new releases such as Mike Simonetti's "Capricorn Rising" EP, Various Artists "After Dark 2", Glass Candy's "Body Work" 2xLP and Farah's "Into Eternity" LP...

Very excited, just hoping that Johnny Jewel hasn't let the quality control dip in any way.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Thursday, 21 April 2011 21:24 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

hmm .. does it really cost $14 to ship from the US to Europe (UK) !?

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:51 (ten years ago) link

a cd that is ..

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:53 (ten years ago) link

That's got to be some kind of oversight - I've ordered from them US -> UK before and it was nothing like that. Email Mike and I bet he'll set you the right price.

She Got the Shakes, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:39 (ten years ago) link

ah ok.
can u give us a clue as to how to communicate with him, as i cant find a contact page. ta.
[not a personal friend so cant request FB etc .. ]

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:44 (ten years ago) link

(sent a PM to you with it)

She Got the Shakes, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:58 (ten years ago) link

much appreciated. time to top up my paypal account.

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:01 (ten years ago) link

well, 6 cds incl. postage ended up being less than £30.
thats pretty good considering how much some of these things go for when they're available via amazon.
now, all i have to do is wait .. (and wait .. )

mark e, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 15:32 (ten years ago) link

i guess this project involves former glass candy personnel as well as the guy from miracles club (rafael)... i dig it, needless to say

http://vimeo.com/22588468

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 16:37 (ten years ago) link

(^ finesse - elevate. it's not on idib but it definitely has a tangential appeal)

a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 16:44 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX922LVpULM&feature=player_embedded#!

Gukbe, Tuesday, 6 September 2011 21:17 (ten years ago) link

thought this was just ok, a little goofy

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 9 September 2011 17:04 (ten years ago) link

a little goofy

Glass Candy? Surely not? They're so serious!

I don't think I like this because it's too knowingly kitsch and obvious with it - which also seems like a fundamental misunderstanding of what Glass Candy are about - I think the last stuff was a bit darker and moodier than this and had more appeal for it.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Friday, 9 September 2011 20:02 (ten years ago) link

i always preferred the chromatics but this is pretty decent

Gukbe, Friday, 9 September 2011 20:05 (ten years ago) link

Are you not kind of contradicting yourself there boxedjoy?

Number None, Friday, 9 September 2011 21:20 (ten years ago) link

I think their earlier stuff derives its "goofiness" from Ida No's delivery but the actual music/lyrics indicated something a bit darker, whereas this is so... I hate to use the term "cheesy" because it suggests there's something wrong with populism, but it is very frothy. It sounds like it was designed to be played at the end of the night. I worry that a full album of this would be very saccharine.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Friday, 9 September 2011 21:33 (ten years ago) link

I just meant the goofiness wasn't working for me on that track. xposts

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 9 September 2011 22:08 (ten years ago) link

i like that a lot! never liked them before iirc.

jed_, Friday, 9 September 2011 22:14 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR87ol1G6NI

encarta it (Gukbe), Monday, 24 October 2011 22:19 (nine years ago) link

nice

caek, Monday, 24 October 2011 22:24 (nine years ago) link

everyone stopped caring about this stuff for four years and then the Drive soundtrack happened \o_o/

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 24 October 2011 22:32 (nine years ago) link

I never stopped caring!

encarta it (Gukbe), Monday, 24 October 2011 22:33 (nine years ago) link

nice

― caek, Monday, 24 October 2011 23:24 (Yesterday) Bookmark

mid-song laughing elvis (schlump), Monday, 24 October 2011 23:24 (nine years ago) link

that rules

ffs sorrow (electricsound), Monday, 24 October 2011 23:28 (nine years ago) link

This is great, really great. Johnny Jewel has clearly embraced his pop instincts between this and the new Glass Candy, which is growing on me.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Monday, 24 October 2011 23:58 (nine years ago) link

vox have a kind of demo vibe, hmmm

caek, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 03:22 (nine years ago) link

a little bird in pdx told me that johnny jewel recorded his own soundtrack for the drive sdtk and then it was scrapped by the bigwigs or the powers that be or w/e

this is a well-informed bird but i'm still skeptical- has anyone else heard anything about this?

it's time for the purpculator (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:07 (nine years ago) link

There's a link to an interview with him about it on the Drive thread. He was sort of approached to do the score so he wrote and recorded one but never really heard back about it. He said it was going to be released in bits and pieces on various things.

encarta it (Gukbe), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:15 (nine years ago) link

i want to hear it.

also re: everyone stopped caring about this stuff for four years and then the Drive soundtrack happened \o_o/

i think that this is what happens when labels stop releasing albums? still crossing my fingers for 'after dark vol 2'

it's time for the purpculator (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:30 (nine years ago) link

Desire's II was 2009 and I think that's my favourite from the label. I know I'm splitting hairs because 2 years is a long time but, still.

encarta it (Gukbe), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 06:52 (nine years ago) link

vox have a kind of demo vibe, hmmm

― caek, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:22 (5 hours ago) Bookmark

otm but it's sorta refreshing; not that chromatics suffer from it but i guess it is a way to diversify like ice-cool-production-sheen

mid-song laughing elvis (schlump), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:34 (nine years ago) link

They've put out a bunch of great singles in the last year - the Fred Ventura 12", the Alides Hidding 12", Simonetti's EP, the Perseo stuff, and the new/old Tiedye one (which I haven't heard yet)...

She Got the Shakes, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 09:00 (nine years ago) link

Lots of people stopped caring after seeing chromatics live, me included. Glass Candy live were great though.

du mein bestie (micarl), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 09:22 (nine years ago) link

God, I absolutely LOVE Chromatics live!

She Got the Shakes, Tuesday, 25 October 2011 09:55 (nine years ago) link

i am aware of all of the great releases in the past few years (see upthread!) but when you come out of the gates with 2 flagship bands and all they release over the course of 4 years is unreleased demos and rarities or w/e the interest is sure to wane

desire have a couple ok songs but i much prefer the idib 12"s if u wanna talk about later pd stuff

it's time for the purpculator (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 23:08 (nine years ago) link

This could just be early infatuation, but "Kill for Love" is immediately angling hard for my '11 singles list.

After Dark 2 is becoming the Chinese Democracy of neo-Moroder hipsterism.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:25 (nine years ago) link

how long ago was the 'if i cant hold you' 12"? that shit was a jam

INDIE BAND (Lamp), Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:30 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

so this symmetry record... what do people think?

psychgawsple, Monday, 30 January 2012 04:18 (nine years ago) link

i haven't spent much time with it but i think it might be sort of awesome, but i'll withhold further hyperbole until it sinks in

psychgawsple, Monday, 30 January 2012 04:19 (nine years ago) link

i *will* say, tho, that 2 hours is a hell of a lot of one on one time with johnny jewel

psychgawsple, Monday, 30 January 2012 06:30 (nine years ago) link

i'm a real human being http://i.imgur.com/zi7hd.gif

dave cool, Monday, 30 January 2012 06:33 (nine years ago) link

hmmm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSycSBYHitc&

Number None, Sunday, 12 February 2012 17:27 (nine years ago) link

Not sure what to make of that. It's certainly no Running Up That Hill.

Super Receptor (Barnaby, Hardly), Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:57 (nine years ago) link

Cool video, non-exciting cover.

Still think "Kill for Love" is a cool track, though.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:06 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbx8qRg6tPE&feature=youtu.be

LaMonte, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:50 (nine years ago) link

Now I'm excited about their comeback again.

boxedjoy, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:56 (nine years ago) link

yeah this is awesome

john-claude van donne (schlump), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:02 (nine years ago) link

You mean because of 'lady'? It's an old track, no? I've had a demo of it since 2008 or so. Had no idea it hadn't been released since then.
The version on this video doesn't sound vert different from what I have... the vocals are mixed higher and the rhythm halfways was definitely improved but the basics are still there. If this is from their new album I wouldn't get too excited yet until I heard the rest, Lady has been around for years now.

Moka, Saturday, 18 February 2012 03:20 (nine years ago) link

I thought this Chromatics record was supposed to be out Valentine's Day, but it obviously didn't come out. What's the hold up?

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 March 2012 20:18 (nine years ago) link

think it's a mastering issue or something? It's been delayed anyway

Number None, Friday, 2 March 2012 21:44 (nine years ago) link

Eh, it's probably a "we don't have the funds to press a bunch of copies, but when we do..." issue.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 March 2012 22:02 (nine years ago) link

check out Nite Jewel's album if you've got a hankering for some smooth synth-pop JF

Number None, Friday, 2 March 2012 22:08 (nine years ago) link

hella frustrating to see this thread bumped with still no further mention of the symmetry album. would you guys listen to it if i told you that the vocalist from chromatics is on the final track? you know that johnny jewel is symmetry, right? are you not responding b/c whiney was making fun of a track from the actual drive stdk that had nothing to do with idib?

psychgawsple, Saturday, 3 March 2012 00:35 (nine years ago) link

no, it's not another springsteen cover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdV5fnwTwZM

pretty accomplished morning after/comedown vibes

psychgawsple, Saturday, 3 March 2012 00:40 (nine years ago) link

not saying that the album is mindblowing or anything but it's a pretty good listen if you like the more ambient side of chromatics or if you dig the instrumental glass candy trax

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wlTmedBBG4&feature=related

psychgawsple, Saturday, 3 March 2012 00:46 (nine years ago) link

it's a pretty good listen if you like the more ambient side of chromatics or if you dig the instrumental glass candy trax

Not as much as the more pop side of Chromatics or the vocal Glass Candy trax, so I really don't have much to say about it. It's cool for chillin out.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 3 March 2012 01:08 (nine years ago) link

i like the symmetry album but i haven't got anything interesting to say about it sorry

jabba hands, Sunday, 4 March 2012 22:01 (nine years ago) link

whatever happened to Twisted Wires? saw them open for Glass Candy and thought they were pretty good, and liked that one single they released ... then they disappeared off the face of the earth, apparently.

Spectrum, Sunday, 4 March 2012 22:17 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, Symmetry is nice stuff. New Chromatics vid but still no release date for ''Kill for Love".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbuEDkPOq9I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

LaMonte, Monday, 5 March 2012 03:52 (nine years ago) link

Good track. (But I wonder though whether I'll be able to shake 'Drive' from this aesthetic now).

MikoMcha, Monday, 5 March 2012 20:01 (nine years ago) link

I think this may be my favourite Chromatics track.

daavid, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 07:50 (nine years ago) link

These have all been in high rotation for me, especially Lady. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the few albums I'm in the record store for on release day.

Popture, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 09:44 (nine years ago) link

...and yet another new single (it's really beautiful):

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

Walter Galt, Monday, 12 March 2012 10:14 (nine years ago) link

that is great

flagp∞st (dayo), Monday, 12 March 2012 13:06 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, quite looking forward to this record now.

MikoMcha, Monday, 12 March 2012 19:54 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chromatics album supposedly on iTunes now, but I don't see it.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Monday, 26 March 2012 21:21 (nine years ago) link

about to listen to this.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kill-for-love/id514145032

fffv, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:02 (nine years ago) link

There it is!

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:41 (nine years ago) link

Damn that's a long album.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:41 (nine years ago) link

vocals on "Kill for Love' have been...processed (don't know the technical term) versus the single version. I prefer it!

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:36 (nine years ago) link

"Lady," holy crap. And yeah, how many of these count as "bonus tracks"? 93 mins is a bit much.

Simon H., Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:52 (nine years ago) link

listening to it now. Up to track 10 and so far I'm iffy on the longer tracks but the shorter ones have been pretty bloody great. Don't know why they felt the need for the excessive double-album thing.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:28 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, Johnny Jewel has now released three and a half hours of music this year. An hour of which would be a shoe in for end of year lists.

I'm loving the new Chromatics but I hope the physical release is a little more judiciously edited and broadly appealing. They might get away with it though, as the first six tracks are all killer.

Popture, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 11:42 (nine years ago) link

i love the tunes where it just fades off into oblivion (tick of the clock, broken mirrors, no escape)

grimes - (the elder scrolls iv:) oblivion (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:24 (nine years ago) link

I listened to this last night while I was going to sleep and thought it was really clumsily sequenced. Just now realized I had my Winamp on shuffle. Listening to it in the intended order now, it makes a lot more sense.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 02:50 (nine years ago) link

hmmm, $12 postpaid for the 16-track cd or nearly $17 for the 17 track itunes version.. probably neither for this sort of bullshit

dieter bummer (electricsound), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 02:50 (nine years ago) link

$12 pp is a pretty good deal for a cd, no?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 02:51 (nine years ago) link

it's not bad, but it seems like a stooge to be missing out on the bonus track, but a bigger stooge to pay $5 more for a download just to get it.

is it worthwhile getting the bonus track?

dieter bummer (electricsound), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 02:56 (nine years ago) link

i;m seeing $9.99 on itunes for the 17 track version..

diamonddave85, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:10 (nine years ago) link

Yah, I paid 9.99 last night.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:13 (nine years ago) link

congratulations on not being australian i guess

if someone wants to buy it for me and zip it up i'll paypal you $11

dieter bummer (electricsound), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 03:18 (nine years ago) link

I'm excited to hear this, will there be a vinyl release?

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:03 (nine years ago) link

According to their fb-page, yes, there will be a vinyl release soon. Just hope shipping overseas won't be too much...

willem, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:28 (nine years ago) link

£7.99 on itunes uk iirc

it is looong

caek, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:19 (nine years ago) link

Italians Do It Better said...

THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE VINYL. DOUBLE LP FORMAT WITH A SILVER FOIL STAMPED BACK COVER...LYRIC INSERT...ON ICY IVORY VINYL..AND YES...THERE WILL BE MP3 CODES INSIDE. WE WON'T SPECULATE ABOUT THE ARRIVAL DATE BECAUSE THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY FACTORS OUT OF OUR CONTROL...BUT IT'S COMING. IN THE MEANTIME...WE REPRESSED OUR OUT OF PRINT CDS AND "KILL FOR LOVE" CDS WILL BE IN THE STORE AT SOME POINT LATER TODAY. ALL VINYL LPS ARE ON REPRESS FOR COLORED VINYL TOO. WE LET THE ENTIRE STORE GO OUT OF PRINT TO COORDINATE OUR MOVE TO LOS ANGELES. XO

diamonddave85, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:47 (nine years ago) link

I know its lame but I really want some IDIB t-shirts

dayo, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:48 (nine years ago) link

i have two, so i am double lame

caek, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:53 (nine years ago) link

I'm kind of blown away by this... what are others' thoughts?

"I know its hard to hear but I'm a Realest." (rennavate), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 17:45 (nine years ago) link

I think on first listen it was tough to get past how good the first 5/6 tracks are. I listened to it again all the way through, and while I still think it's long I'm loving it.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:05 (nine years ago) link

so how do i get the double t-shirt

desk calendar white out (Matt P), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 18:11 (nine years ago) link

http://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/chromatics-kill-for-love-album

Full album stream fyi

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 20:56 (nine years ago) link

This is great so far. Up to Candy, could be the best thing I've heard on IDIB besides After Dark.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 29 March 2012 08:15 (nine years ago) link

This record is my favorite thing right now.

MikoMcha, Friday, 30 March 2012 08:12 (nine years ago) link

this could blow up pretty big if everyone who swooned over that kavinksy track gets into it

pagan diskow (Crackle Box), Friday, 30 March 2012 12:09 (nine years ago) link

whole shebangs available to stream

http://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/chromatics-kill-for-love-album

straightola, Friday, 30 March 2012 14:23 (nine years ago) link

just finished this, definitely too much to take in on one listen but its phenomenal. The last track is surprisingly like tim hecker/fennesz find of ambient thing

straightola, Friday, 30 March 2012 17:06 (nine years ago) link

really feelin this tbh fyi

johnny crunch, Sunday, 1 April 2012 01:13 (nine years ago) link

This is the best thing I've heard all year.

"I know its hard to hear but I'm a Realest." (rennavate), Monday, 2 April 2012 23:12 (nine years ago) link

has pitchdork weighed in on this one yet?

diamonddave85, Monday, 2 April 2012 23:36 (nine years ago) link

WHO CARES

"I know its hard to hear but I'm a Realest." (rennavate), Monday, 2 April 2012 23:37 (nine years ago) link

my my hey hey

diamonddave85, Monday, 2 April 2012 23:40 (nine years ago) link

bnm is here to stay

diamonddave85, Monday, 2 April 2012 23:42 (nine years ago) link

considering they loved the overblown, often tedious M83 double album, they're gonna hate this for being too long and unfocussed.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 00:07 (nine years ago) link

mad love for the autotuned trax on this one

diamonddave85, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 00:37 (nine years ago) link

title track on this is pretty awesome

not use how far into it I will get before I lose focus though

this could blow up pretty big if everyone who swooned over that kavinksy track gets into it

otm

dmr, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 02:54 (nine years ago) link

ok i was wrong about p4k

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16452-kill-for-love/

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 05:26 (nine years ago) link

Really like "kill for love" although, somehow, I feel like it's not as good as I'd like it to be after the intro.
I'm quite excited by this album, going to order it now !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 10:17 (nine years ago) link

it's a really icy, arms-length sort of album. full of repetitive, spacey probable-creepers. good on first listen, but looking forward to relating to this more when i'm feeling, i dunno, a bit more patient and/or nostalgic.

charlie h, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 11:19 (nine years ago) link

just ordered it on their blog. it's pretty cheap !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 12:22 (nine years ago) link

These Streets Will Never Look The Same yall

caulk the wagon and float it, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 12:37 (nine years ago) link

this is dope as fuck. heavy too. the neil young opener is exciting!

j., Tuesday, 3 April 2012 23:12 (nine years ago) link

man idk if I should wait for the vinyl w/ mp3 codes

dayo, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 23:13 (nine years ago) link

Excellent album.

Tim F, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 23:37 (nine years ago) link

These Streets Will Never Look The Same yall

― caulk the wagon and float it, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:37 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes this

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 23:43 (nine years ago) link

not sure if i "get" this album. sounds very nice, icy and inviting at the same time, provides a comfortably inhabitable atmosphere all the way through, but nothing's really grabbing me on the first pass. in enjoy the vibe more than the songwriting, and as a result, i frequently find my attention wandering. more well-crafted persona than seriously engaging personality, at least on the first pass. guess that's sort of their stock-in-trade, though...

maybe it's just the length of the thing that's making it hard to digest. have liked them primarily as a singles band in the past.

Johnny Jewel is definitely determined to get you to devote a lot of your time to his music this year

Number None, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 23:50 (nine years ago) link

hah, for real.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 3 April 2012 23:58 (nine years ago) link

he should do a 10 album set with e-40

id like to go on record saying that i think Johnny Jewel is an epic rock n roll stage name for the ages

diamonddave85, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 00:21 (nine years ago) link

plus a damn fine song

Will the vinyl have No Escape on it?

LaMonte, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:59 (nine years ago) link

Okay, so I've spent a bit of time w this over the last few days. I get it even less than I did before. This is honestly one of the laziest, emptiest and least engaging albums I've heard in a long, long time. I understand that the stasis and vacuity are not just intentional but by and large "the point", but nothing is done to make the nothingness interesting or musically compelling. It's a more or less entirely blank slate against which a few obvious influences are allowed to play. The hooks are few and far between, the melodies aren't moving or memorable, the beats plod along dully without groove or propulsion, and the tones are steadfastly generic. It sounds like a drug-deadened indietronic spin on the wallpaper mood music you hear in Starbucks.

I'm not saying there aren't standout songs. "Candy" and "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" are both pretty great, working as pop without losing the creepy-cool designer zombie vibe (autotune is a much better vehicle for this kind of narcotized robot lounge music than breathy human affectlessness, imo). Unfortunately, most of the rest is oppressively boring.

also, re the neil young cover, the breathy-voiced and pindrop quiet indie cover of a pop and/or classic rock staple is such an exhausted trick at this point. at least in most cases the reinvention brings something new to the song. here it just strips away the raw and wounded defeat in favor of emotionally inert high-end furniture arrangement. i feel like i'm playing into their hands in calling it "lifeless", but that's exactly what it is, and in a bad way. like the cowboy junkies with a nondescript, careless singer and no real ear for atmospherics. do like the electronic droning and beeping at the end, but that's the only thing chromatics bring to the song.

hmm maybe start a blog about it?

desk calendar white out (Matt P), Friday, 6 April 2012 22:38 (nine years ago) link

wonderful suggestion, matt

did you like the last album?

diamonddave85, Friday, 6 April 2012 23:02 (nine years ago) link

i didn't love it, no, but i didn't find it anywhere near so draggy and tedious as KFL, maybe just a product of relative brevity

helps that the song "night drive" is right up front, feel like KFL makes me wait forever for something i actually want to hear.

and i don't know why "i want your love" appeals to me so much more than similar stuff on KFL, but it does. something agreeably scrapy/scrappy music that makes virtue of the dead-end vocal.

I think I'm enjoying these descriptions of why you dislike the record more than anything.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 7 April 2012 16:23 (nine years ago) link

i think i really like this, maybe as much as night drive, dont get how the neil young cover is an exhausted gimmick.

JacobSanders, Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:59 (nine years ago) link

I don't have a sophisticated defense of this, maybe I like the idea of "a drug-deadened indietronic spin on the wallpaper mood music you hear in Starbucks"? Although I suspect that might actually apply as a description of another artist...

I should say, I have actually have been listening to this over my morning coffee!

Don't agree that the melodies are moving or memorable in any case, at least for the first half of the album. I haven't had enough time to absorb the rest yet.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 7 April 2012 18:51 (nine years ago) link

Last time I was in a Starbucks they played Paul Simon and the Decemberists and shit.
To be honest I would probably really like to sit in a nice, non-sbux coffee place while Symmetry played quietly.

LaMonte, Saturday, 7 April 2012 18:59 (nine years ago) link

Don't agree that the melodies AREN'T moving or memorable, I should say, obv.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:03 (nine years ago) link

i'm not so big on breathy-indie-covers as i was, i dunno, ten years ago, but on the neil young cover when i hear 'rock and roll is here to stay' i don't think 'indie cover', i hear them saying: this IS rock and roll, and for some reason i believe it.

j., Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:40 (nine years ago) link

i was a jerk about this. the starbucks slam was cheap, and saying that chromatics have "no ear for atmospherics" was absolute horseshit. that's the one thing they really do nail. the soundtracky instrumental pieces are some of the best tracks on here.

it's not so much that it's a bad album, but that i was struggling w it and frustrated. i've listened to kill for love a few more times now, and while i might not ever love it, i'm starting to come around. after venting, i asked myself why i was faulting this music so severely for for its "emptiness". if music music creates a generally pleasant atmosphere, why shouldn't that be enough? i had to admit that i was making an implicit demand that music w vocals and pop structures be insistently "engaging" on some level, that droning along pleasantly was cheating somehow, especially if the music seemed "stylish". once i had all that out in the open, i realized i couldn't really defend any of it.

i'm finding that kill for love is very well suited to half-distracted road listening. it's a somnambulent-romantic horror movie, and the dead-eyed vacancy helps tell the story and build the vibe. details like the dixie cup of blood are coming into focus. and the way "into the black" turns neil into "ventura highway" is starting to seem p funny & cool.

contie you should listen to this on a lonely night spent walking

dayo, Saturday, 7 April 2012 23:14 (nine years ago) link

lol, it's funny you should say that. i visited some friends yesterday, and by the time i got there, it was dark. walking through suburbia at night w this on headphones really helped me get where it was coming from and what it might be suited to.

Was thinking of posting earlier on in the discussion that it's a great album for listening to while doing something else - I've been listening to it a lot at work this week. This is not a bad thing! Quality mood music is always welcome.

James Bond Jor (seandalai), Saturday, 7 April 2012 23:53 (nine years ago) link

I'm loving the Chromatics album but I agree it's too much of a good thing. If they'd cut through all the meandering bullshit it would be one of the top 10 of the year for me. Some of the songs get ruined by their length... too much tension for too little payoff.

Kill for Love, Into the Black, At Your dOOR and Back from the Grave are tracks of the year tho.

Moka, Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:12 (nine years ago) link

Despite all of this I haven't found anything distracting me from enjoying the record all the way through. Funny since the last record I put so much effort trying to like, and while I did, I always felt it was carried by style points severely outweighing content. The new one is totally great, a good counter point to my usual noisy 90s indie.

Evan, Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:46 (nine years ago) link

i love how she sings 'i took a pill almost every niiiight'

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:17 (nine years ago) link

^^^^^ yeah this

title track has kind of a Jesus & Mary Chain / shoegaze feeling going on that I love

dmr, Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:46 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, that line is great.

MikoMcha, Friday, 13 April 2012 12:02 (nine years ago) link

Part 3...

Okay, so I've been listening to this album for three weeks straight now and am starting to fall in love. I initially disliked Kill for Love quite strongly (see above). I felt that its accolades were lazy and undeserved, that it was little more than an unfocused exercise in cynical, vacant and rather tediously predictable style. I wanted to dismiss it with prejudice, but felt that I should get to know it in order to more effectively eviscerate its pretensions. Thing is, the more I listened to it, the more distinctive and mysterious it came to seem. The melodies, textures and narratives didn't jump out and grab me at first, but I found that no matter how much I listened, I could neither satisfactorily solve for them nor leave them alone.

Two weeks ago, I allowed that I was "starting to come around". Now I'm almost certain that Kill for Love will wind up being one of my favorite albums of the year. Maybe that's a simple product of time invested, but there aren't many new records that I'd care to listen to 20 or 30 times in the space of a month, and fewer that I could still be productively exploring by that point. I'll happily admit that I don't fully "get" Chromatics, because that's what keeps me coming back.

The first thing I want to talk about here is the idea of distance. Over the past couple weeks, I've read a great many reviews of both Night Drive and Kill for Love, and I'm surprised at how little attention most critics have paid to the way Chromatics "distress" their sound through the application of faux vinyl crackle. This strategy is quite prominent on both albums, and it distances the listener from the music in at least three ways. First, it creates an illusion of separation in time. We are listening to something that does not exist in the now, but is instead arriving to us from the past, from the vinyl-only era of postpunk, Italo-disco and Carpenter-style synth horror soundtracks. The second way the distressed sound distances us is by calling attention to the mechanics of audio reproduction. We are not allowed to sink into the music as immediate/vicarious experience because we are constantly reminded that it is being brought to us via the agency of a medium. The effect is similar to that produced by scratches and dirt on an old motion picture film print. We cannot fully inhabit the vision because we are forced to notice the screen on which it is projected. Finally, the "surface noise" distances us from the music simply by obscuring it. At 2:14 in Chromatics' cover of kate bush's "Running Up That Hill", Ruth Radlet's voice is momentarily lost in distortion and crackle. Here the distancing actually eclipses the music for a moment. This trick is duplicated on the Kill for Love track "Birds of Paradise".

Chromatics' use of this kind of distancing is interesting to me because it helps make sense of their overall aesthetic and approach. When Night Drive came out in 2007, most critics addressed the band's radical shift from fragmentary postpunk rock to sleek, club-friendly electropop, but few admitted how little they'd really changed. Skeletality, noise, mechanical disaffection and staggered rhythms were a big part of the early Chromatics' game, and these are still some of the key elements of their sound. Night Drive and Kill for Love may sound slick and synthetic on the surface, but the individual sonic elements of which they're composed are often quite harsh and awkward. We hear fingers on strings, piercing highs and layers of hissing, curdled static. The rhythmic propulsion is often slightly awkward, lacking dance music's in-the-pocket drive, and most of the tracks feel weirdly scooped out, as though several key elements were missing. Riding over all this discombobulated emptiness is ruth radlet's paper thin whisper of a voice. She has no range to speak of and almost no expressive power. Her singing denies us even electroclash's comedy of confrontational disaffection.

These elements and approaches combine to create an interesting inversion of way "humanity" is conventionally constructed in pop. To some degree or another, we typically equate musical humanity with emotionalism and sentiment. Chromatics flip this completely on its head. In their music, the humanity is the inexpressive. It's the rhythm that doesn't quite come together, the hiccup in the bassline, the failure of the vocals to hit notes or convey emotion. Surrounding this frail and complacent vision of humanity are the mechanisms of music and sound: icy synth arpeggios and plodding drum machines, a fixation on medium and technology, the familiar phrases and melodies that pop songs ordinarily use to convey and induce feeling.

The problem with Kill for Love, mentioned by most critics, is that it's a sprawling, unfocused mess. Not only is it overburdened with second-rate filler, it's very poorly sequenced. Everyone seems to love the band's cover of "Into the Black", but to my mind, this is the song that plays over the end credits. It simply doesn't work as an opening theme. (And I'd like to object very strongly to the Pitchfork review's contention that it is in any sense a "deconstruction" of Neil Young's original. It is not. It does nothing particular novel to or with the song. It does not cause it say anything it didn't say the first time around. It is simply a cover. A nice one, but by no means a reinvention, illumination or deconstruction.) The album's running order as released puts too much emphasis on crispy, brittle, bleach-blonde sunshine up front, sickly horror soundtrack darkness towards the back. Both wear out their welcome, which is unfortunate because there are at least as many worthwhile songs on Kill for Love as there were on Night Drive. The playlist version I'm currently enjoying:

1) Dust to Dust
2) These Streets Will Never Look The Same
3) Kill for Love
4) The Page
5) Candy
6) There's a Light Out On the Horizon
7) Lady
8) Birds of Paradise
9) The River
10) Running from the Sun
11) Into the Black

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 18:53 (nine years ago) link

could you elaborate

Deverly (Bangelo), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:02 (nine years ago) link

i dunno, there's probably a good rimshot gif out there somewhere

yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 19:04 (nine years ago) link

(see above)

shoulda been an in-thread anchor-link

j., Monday, 23 April 2012 21:16 (nine years ago) link

thought about it

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 21:23 (nine years ago) link

with parenthetical references

(contenderizer 2012a)

j., Monday, 23 April 2012 21:49 (nine years ago) link

anyway, a bit surprising that of the most popular chromatics tunes on spotify, only one is from night drive (the single edit of "tick of the clock"). rounding out the top five are three tracks from the in the city EP and "hands in the dark" from the after dark comp. wonder if night drive has only recently been added though.

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:06 (nine years ago) link

I bought Night Drive on iTunes when it came out. "Tick of the Clock" makes sense because it was on the Drive soundtrack.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:23 (nine years ago) link

"In the City" also had a video and some degree of promotion.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:23 (nine years ago) link

'healer' rips off a riff from shadowplay I think

dayo, Monday, 23 April 2012 22:29 (nine years ago) link

it turns out that time spent listening to shadowplay is time you can never get back

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 22:53 (nine years ago) link

appreciate the challop ^_^

dayo, Monday, 23 April 2012 22:55 (nine years ago) link

i'd never heard of them, so it's hard to tell which ops are chall

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 23:00 (nine years ago) link

you've never heard of joy division?

dayo, Monday, 23 April 2012 23:04 (nine years ago) link

lol me. i decided for whatever reason that you must be referring to a band, not a song.

yes, "healer" sounds a hell of a lot like "shadowplay" (a song by the band that is called the joy divisions)

THE KITTEN TYPE (contenderizer), Monday, 23 April 2012 23:16 (nine years ago) link

drumless version of Kill For Love fwiw http://pitchfork.com/news/46414-chromatics-share-drumless-version-of-kill-for-love-tour-with-hot-chip/

diamonddave85, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:50 (nine years ago) link

"The Page" from the new one really reminds me of Joy Division too.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:54 (nine years ago) link

While I probably have no need for more Chromatics right now, I'm weirdly pleased with the idea of a drumless mix! Reminds me of Kaito's beatless Special Life/Special Love move.

Also interesting how close this new track list is at times to contenderizer's.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 11:46 (nine years ago) link

anybody else think Mssr. Jewel comes off like a total prick in that pitchfork interview from yesterday?

caulk the wagon and float it, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 12:31 (nine years ago) link

"Mssr."

caek, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:10 (nine years ago) link

Um, yeah. He definitely comes across as arrogant, not that it's especially shocking for a record producer. Also seems to be willing to take a lot of credit for things, real or imagined ('the first mysterious blog movements', 'a lot of bands popping up that had a post-After Dark feel')...

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:38 (nine years ago) link

And of course, the drumless versions are for web remixes (that JJ will apparently won't even end up listening to because he's in the studio jamming to Jacques Brel!). Anyway, I'm a consumer I guess, so I'll listen to these as well.

Speaking of remixes though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz9aWI8Rs3E

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 13:42 (nine years ago) link

haha gutsy indeed:

There's never been an Italians release that isn't good. There's no filler. Chromatics never released a bad record. Since In the City, everything's been great. All these songs are classics now.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:39 (nine years ago) link

That interview bummed me out.

Davey D, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 17:14 (nine years ago) link

Me too. I really don't like the way he keeps casually tossing off the lines about how he could just shit out awesome songs constantly and everyone would love them, but he just didn't want to.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 17:56 (nine years ago) link

chromatics are obviously a band helmed by someone more concerned with looking good than being good (or by someone who confuses the two). not always a bad thing.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:06 (nine years ago) link

in the long run (part IV, lol), i've finally gotten my head around this album. it's not bad when resequenced, but still not great. some good ideas, but they're held back by their resolute commitment to their aesthetic - and to their crippled singer. ultimately i'm surprised by how little they've progressed in the last five years. this is basically a carbon copy of night drive, down to the corny overreliance on faux surface noise.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:10 (nine years ago) link

that interview is hilarious.

But you can't look at this as a business model for other people because the only reason it was possible for us is because the record is so fucking ill.

...

There's been interest from basically everybody on the radio. Their creative departments are very aware of what we are doing; we're on that radar. I don't write Top 40 vocals, but my beats can be manipulated so that they can be on the radio and be just fine. And they're starting to recognize that.

might be totally true, but he still sounds like a dick.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:16 (nine years ago) link

oh he's so cool, he has no decision

some dude, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:19 (nine years ago) link

Mike Simonetti seems like a dick too. They probably deserve each other

Number None, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:30 (nine years ago) link

i didnt think he seemed like such a dick, relax u guys

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:34 (nine years ago) link

whether he is a dick or not i don't know but simonetti is definitely a thieving scumbag

12plsrU (electricsound), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 23:06 (nine years ago) link

Whoa, wait, what's the story there?

She Got the Shakes, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 23:38 (nine years ago) link

one example i'm aware of

12plsrU (electricsound), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 23:46 (nine years ago) link

ultimately i'm surprised by how little they've progressed in the last five years. this is basically a carbon copy of night drive, down to the corny overreliance on faux surface noise.

I dunno, I think the album sounds very different to Night Drive, even though the feel are broader aesthetic are consistent. The italo influences which dominated that album have been replaced by a determination to sound like the XX but more bloodless.

Whether this is a good move or not is debatable but I don't think they can be accused of standing still.

Tim F, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 00:36 (nine years ago) link

the feel and broader aesthetic.

Tim F, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 00:37 (nine years ago) link

I don't think they can be accused of standing still

i stand accusatory

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 01:19 (nine years ago) link

bloody hell - that waxidermy thread.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 08:52 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, that Waixdermy thread was a trip of a read, but I don't feel totally confident throwing around "thieving scumbag" based on that. Nobody in that thread comes off great.

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 11:23 (nine years ago) link

agreed.

i just cant get over the fact that people are trading 7" for so much money ..

mark e, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 11:33 (nine years ago) link

I know; Jesus! I feel guilty when I spend £20 on a record, and even then I get paranoid about my turntable wrecking it when I'm playing the goddamned thing.

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:11 (nine years ago) link

talk is just talk. until he steals my money, he's just a dork.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 21:37 (nine years ago) link

four weeks pass...

They were so good at White Heat last night. Exceeded my expectations.

http://thequietus.com/articles/08974-chromatics-live-review

Barnaby, Hardly, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 09:20 (nine years ago) link

Listened to Kill For Love all the way through for the first time this morning and really enjoyed it. That is all.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 09:23 (nine years ago) link

bah, bummed to have missed out on tickets for that. though i'm seeing them tonight. but still.

Merdeyeux, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 11:45 (nine years ago) link

They were great at Village Underground last night! It was kind of a drag that they were the support act since they started so early and couldn't play for very long (they were booked on the gig ages ago, pre-Kill for Love's release), but it seemed like there was a large amount of the crowd that was there for them. "These Streets Will Never Look the Same" was a highlight; I didn't realize the guitarist sings that one.

Walter Galt, Thursday, 7 June 2012 10:33 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Drumless

owenf, Thursday, 21 June 2012 10:37 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

the placement of 'the river' almost at the end is just right.

j., Sunday, 15 July 2012 23:31 (nine years ago) link

I'm seeing them this week. I've never seen them/hope they don't suck/am jazzed despite having to find parking.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Sunday, 15 July 2012 23:33 (nine years ago) link

Symmetry's 'Themes For An Imaginary Film' is now available on vinyl... http://italiansdoitbetter.bigcartel.com/

Barnaby, Hardly, Sunday, 15 July 2012 23:42 (nine years ago) link

awesome

Number None, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 20:27 (nine years ago) link

"gold glitter vinyl"!!

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 20:29 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

that first instrumental on 'kill for love', so good. generally a fantastic record, although I have a hard time taking the lonely robot vocoder stuff seriously.

the ghost of 29 unicycles (haitch), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:29 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/after-dark-remastered

barthes simpson, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 23:26 (eight years ago) link

this label seems extremely generous to fans. all the more surprising considering they seem to operate from a blogspot.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 00:08 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, they've always given away tons of music.
I was kind of bummed out to read Prof. Genius' comment on the Soundcloud page there, though - it sucks if people aren't getting paid. I LOVE those two tracks of his on that comp.

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 16:11 (eight years ago) link

But then it also looks like they resolved this?

In any case, agree that those two tracks are the bomb.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 16:33 (eight years ago) link

Hey guys - that was me (Prof Genius).

Thanks for digging the stuff. Johnny's a good guy. He's correcting that situation. Seems it wasn't really his doing but I will say no more. (bet u can guess).

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 20:05 (eight years ago) link

also - i've made/released lots of stuff since the IDIB releases: soundcloud.com/professorjorge >> some randomness

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 20:05 (eight years ago) link

didn't know you were part of bim marx! good stuff

akadarbarijava (psychgawsple), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 23:58 (eight years ago) link

Johnny's a good guy

i want to believe this, but several pdxers i've spoken with say... otherwise

akadarbarijava (psychgawsple), Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:00 (eight years ago) link

So far so good : )

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 11 October 2012 02:21 (eight years ago) link

still rocking your tropical computer system cdr on a regular basis, so awesome. just sayin' :)

willem, Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:53 (eight years ago) link

Thanks!I'm glad it's still got some life left! Most recent releases on other labels have been less synthpop/Italo flavored. I'll be starting a Bandcamp in a few months that will remedy that. I'll keep you posted!

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:05 (eight years ago) link

awesome
pegaso was my fave track on that comp.

nathey, Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:27 (eight years ago) link

Here's a link that's still active (c. 2009) with free downloads, including the full version of "Pegaso". Have at it since the other label that released that hasn't payed me for it since 2009 as well !

http://rcrdlbl.com/2009/10/07/exclusive_new_download_jorge_velez_perfume_across_the_spree_pegaso "> http://rcrdlbl.com/2009/10/07/exclusive_new_download_jorge_velez_perfume_across_the_spree_pegaso

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:24 (eight years ago) link

Sorry about that. One of those two links works.

Loo Reading (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:25 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I migh be the only person around here who gives a shit anymore, but J. Jewel put up a mix of unreleased stuff from the Kill For Love sessions: http://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/running-from-the-sun

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 03:03 (eight years ago) link

I give a shit.

Popture, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 07:39 (eight years ago) link

both of those tracks are pretty solid, not breaking any new ground but i'm not sure i want that anyway

akadarbarijava (psychgawsple), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 07:50 (eight years ago) link

Chromatics playing for a fashion show and a video with a bunch of models seems really appropriate. Really like the Desire track.

Gukbe, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 08:03 (eight years ago) link

I'm grossed out that they would want to have anything to do with Karl Lagerfeld, but that's a nice track.

Walter Galt, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 14:56 (eight years ago) link

where's after dark 2?!

king louie riel (rennavate), Wednesday, 7 November 2012 19:26 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

New Chromatics song, from After Dark 2 I think:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQ2jGUNSck&list=HL1353865608&feature=mh_lolz

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:54 (eight years ago) link

very seasonal

Number None, Sunday, 25 November 2012 18:55 (eight years ago) link

http://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/black-and-white-autumn-mix

Gukbe, Monday, 3 December 2012 04:00 (eight years ago) link

I know it's not really winter, but since the weather outside is still autumnal...

Gukbe, Monday, 3 December 2012 04:00 (eight years ago) link

blissed out "Ceremony" is insane...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 3 December 2012 06:54 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9N17f3ERt0

Gukbe, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 00:01 (eight years ago) link

hahahah just came here to post the above two posts, fuck it IM GOING FOR IT

http://soundcloud.com/culturcide/chromatics-ceremony-new-order

乒乓, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:27 (eight years ago) link

Loving "Cherry," really not moved by the "Ceremony" cover.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 6 December 2012 18:42 (eight years ago) link

I know it's not really winter, but since the weather outside is still autumnal...

― Gukbe, Sunday, December 2, 2012 9:00 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it's not winter, eh?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8482/8250123709_d5028597bd.jpg

bish (bosch), don't kill my vibe (rennavate), Thursday, 6 December 2012 22:27 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

After Dark 2 this Friday

maybe

https://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/mirage-lets-kiss

Number None, Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:53 (eight years ago) link

up on itunes apparently

乒乓, Friday, 17 May 2013 13:40 (eight years ago) link

it's there

monotony, Friday, 17 May 2013 14:04 (eight years ago) link

After all these years.

How is it?

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 17 May 2013 14:32 (eight years ago) link

just me, or do bits of it sound very RAM?

caek, Friday, 17 May 2013 15:00 (eight years ago) link

ok really only camera by chromatics

caek, Friday, 17 May 2013 15:01 (eight years ago) link

AHHHHHHHHH IT'S HERE

bish (bosch), don't kill my vibe (rennavate), Friday, 17 May 2013 15:50 (eight years ago) link

Not on Spotify yet(?)...stoked though.

shantalla (seandalai), Friday, 17 May 2013 16:27 (eight years ago) link

just bought it... sounds awesome

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Friday, 17 May 2013 17:14 (eight years ago) link

kind of 2004/2005 vibe about this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Akjt-RuNc6U#!

... (LocalGarda), Monday, 20 May 2013 16:26 (eight years ago) link

apparently it's from 2 years old, but also on this compilation?

... (LocalGarda), Monday, 20 May 2013 16:28 (eight years ago) link

it's been in the works for quite some time

Number None, Monday, 20 May 2013 17:31 (eight years ago) link

Do we know if this is getting a physical release at all?

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 00:28 (eight years ago) link

CD in June, vinyl in July, he says

Walter Galt, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 06:40 (eight years ago) link

This might spoil it for everybody, but the intro for "Warm in the Winter" is just a synthpop homage to "Where the Streets Have No Name".

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:33 (eight years ago) link

Y U BRAKE HERAT JF ;_;

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:31 (eight years ago) link

Really looking forward to this btw, not heard it yet

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:31 (eight years ago) link

Cherry is such a great pop song, in a just world it'd be a massive hit

Doctor Madame Frances Experimento, LLC", Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:02 (eight years ago) link

Got the promo in my inbox today, about to give it a spin. Praying for something as perfectly sad as 'Lady Operator' was on the first one.

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 22:16 (eight years ago) link

What are Glass Candy and Chromatics like live?

MikoMcha, Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:57 (eight years ago) link

Glass Candy are a little more of a fun time party band live than Chromatics, who are a little more too cool for school chill. Glass Candy are keyboard and vocals and a lot of dancing, onsesys and c'mon's and Chromatics are more I'm smoking cigarettes and playing guitar and you can't fuck with this.

That said, they're all ridiculously approachable. Now that they are bigger this may have changed, but last time I saw Glass Candy, afterwards Johnny and Mike Simonetti sat on the stage afterward selling merch and chatting with all comers and last time I saw Chromatics, it was rained out and they traded cigarettes and jokes with the crowd, Johnny quipped that he was afraid of being 'electro-cuted'.

Popture, Saturday, 25 May 2013 09:32 (eight years ago) link

Music is always on point too. I suppose if you've had a song demo'd since 2005 and only released it last year, you've probably thought about it a bit. But, I don't know. Like, you know how nobody buys music anymore and bands relentless tour and have polished this completely fine but somewhat sterile 45 minute set that they know works and play over and over again? Whereas it used to be a little less important to be on message every night when nobody used to go to live shows and bands live used to be a little looser and they'd play a cover if they felt like it, or something they were working on? Chromatics and Glass Candy feel a little more like that.

Popture, Saturday, 25 May 2013 09:38 (eight years ago) link

OK, great. I got my tickets for the show in a couple of weeks.

Am definitely interested in how they work the crowd and perform, IDIB style is so sedate and a bit calculated.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:03 (eight years ago) link

'Cherry' is so gorgeous, not sure if that awooeeooawooaee bit is ripping something off or if it's just an instant classic hook.

ohmigud (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 25 May 2013 21:55 (eight years ago) link

And then that swirling synth/drum fill bit right at the end of it just seals the deal

Doctor Madame Frances Experimento, LLC", Sunday, 26 May 2013 00:35 (eight years ago) link

"Cherry" in parts reminds me of ... a couple've tracks off the Magnetic Fields' The Wayward Bus? "Candy" & something else.

etc, Monday, 27 May 2013 11:47 (eight years ago) link

it's definitely ripping off something. Can't put my finger on it though

Number None, Monday, 27 May 2013 11:51 (eight years ago) link

ya when I try to pinpoint it I keep getting stuck on a bit of

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnD_ESwsC94

which is close but not quite right.

ohmigud (Merdeyeux), Monday, 27 May 2013 13:45 (eight years ago) link

Am definitely interested in how they work the crowd and perform, IDIB style is so sedate and a bit calculated.

yeah Glass Candy is not like that at all live. when I saw them they played all their party / dance tracks and closed with Iko Iko and Mind Playing Tricks On Me.

dmr, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:37 (eight years ago) link

Last time I saw them (I might even have said this in this thread a couple of years ago), Glass Candy live was like an aerobics class.
The show ended with half the club onstage.

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:04 (eight years ago) link

Hmm. There's another Glass Candy thread somewhere that goes into greater detail. Lex complains about them live because he didn't like the singer's sweater-dress or something.

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:05 (eight years ago) link

what are your favorite non-marquee songs on the after darks?

on after dark 1 i liked "law of life"

on after dark 2 i like "fill the blanks"

beetlejuice mane (fennel cartwright), Friday, 31 May 2013 05:54 (eight years ago) link

Reviewed AD2 here:
http://t.co/UGIo9kpEHs

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Monday, 10 June 2013 11:34 (eight years ago) link

still haven't listened to this because haven't stayed up late enough to go on a late night walk

乒乓, Monday, 10 June 2013 11:39 (eight years ago) link

Sort of agree with that review, but need to spend more time with it. Going to the show tonight!

MikoMcha, Monday, 10 June 2013 13:01 (eight years ago) link

Here's a long shot - does anyone happen to have a pair of tickets to the London show tomorrow? (12 June) at KOKO?

Walter Galt, Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:24 (eight years ago) link

I hate to say it, but the show last night was not good. Disappointing, even. The only thing that kept me from leaving earlier than what I did was the impression that Chromatics would be the perfect band to have played the Bronze on Buffy. They shouldn't do "songs" - they are much better at tracky, psychedelic cuts. The New Orderisms on the new record are particularly difficult to swallow.

Anyhow, had to put this on when I got home to remind myself why I liked IDIB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKNd8gpvQz8

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 11 June 2013 15:42 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Holy cow, people. I am down with this music. Warm In The Winter is a candidate for song of the year.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 20:19 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/2013/08/instrumental-mixes.html

mizzell, Wednesday, 21 August 2013 01:09 (eight years ago) link

i keep expecting someone to do a grey album or wugazi thing with jonny jewel beats. gimmicky but could work.

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Sunday, 25 August 2013 17:45 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlUHC9Hswtg

this has been around for a while but i hadn't heard it and it's very very nice.

Waluigi Nono (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 7 September 2013 20:27 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

Just discovered Warm in the Winter (via Pitchfork list iirc, even though it's a 2011 song) and it's saving my January.

Deafening silence (DL), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 10:08 (seven years ago) link

It's a great song. Mirage's "Let's Kiss" would be my favourite from After Dark 2 though.

mums go off when i enter the building (monotony), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 10:56 (seven years ago) link

Got the After Dark 2 triple clear-LP boxset for xmas. nghh.

DL - how incredible is that little motif around....4.25 in?

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 10:56 (seven years ago) link

yeh warm in the winter is so great
if only it had some 2012 love then i would have nommed it three years in a row for the ilm singles

nathey, Tuesday, 7 January 2014 10:58 (seven years ago) link

lol it was my winter 2012 song

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 02:52 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

i never knew about this 2009 ep (vocals by Farah): http://www.discogs.com/Garey-Snider-Gspider-Farah/release/2362485

the one track on youtube ("bruise color blue") is way more upbeat and aggro than the IDIB singles, not really into it.

brimstead, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 02:19 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Is this still a record label? Every once in a while Mike Simonetti Tweets something about DJing in Moscow or something like that but they haven't put out any records in about a year, right?

Walter Galt, Monday, 14 July 2014 13:55 (seven years ago) link

well, it was 5+ years in between Chromatics releases.

campreverb, Monday, 14 July 2014 17:05 (seven years ago) link

I'm sure I read there's a second Glass Candy album on the way soon.

They seem to repress their records a lot which is nice. Managed to get Kill For Love, After Dark 2 and Beat Box all on coloured vinyls for under $30 last year. Such a great label.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 14 July 2014 20:39 (seven years ago) link

there's always "something on the way soon", which is the main problem with IDIB

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Monday, 14 July 2014 20:40 (seven years ago) link

That's a good point. Kill For Love came out eventually and was worth the wait so I'm just trying to be patient.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 14 July 2014 22:10 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Hmm.

Their blog (http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com/) where they would announce stuff gives a "This blog is open to invited readers only. It doesn't look like you have been invited to read this blog. If you think that this is a mistake, you might want to contact the blog author and request an invitation" message.

Their Facebook page says "Sorry, this page isn't available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed."

I wonder what's up. I love very nearly everything these guys have put out and was just thinking "I hope there's new stuff on the horizon." But it's been almost a year and a half since they released anything. Anybody know anything?

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:19 (seven years ago) link

Hmm I can see their fb page absolutely fine. Albeit they haven't posted anything in 2014.

nxd, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:34 (seven years ago) link

Weird - checked again and see the same thing. Maybe they have two? The one they always used before is https://www.facebook.com/VIVAITALIANS

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:19 (seven years ago) link

Hmm very strange, unless they changed their url?

Being hopeful but could be prep for a new project

nxd, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:38 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Something old, new: https://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/the-last-dance

It's really lovely. Totally goes into the Warm in the Winter progression a minute or two in and makes me wish that IDIB was still putting out records

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Thursday, 6 November 2014 15:25 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

http://pitchfork.com/news/57714-chromatics-announce-new-album-dear-tommy/

http://cdn.pitchfork.com/news/57714/ffb0a893.jpg

17 songs? I'm just going to predict that's a few too many, but I'm looking forward to it.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:07 (six years ago) link

but... but BODY WORK...

J. Sam, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:44 (six years ago) link

aka the new low-key chinese democracy

J. Sam, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:44 (six years ago) link

don't mean to sound ungrateful. this looks amazing.

J. Sam, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:48 (six years ago) link

Looking forward to this but yeah, I'd rather have the Glass Candy album first. Beatbox is by far my favourite album put out on the label.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 4 December 2014 23:29 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

From IDIB Facebook:

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND...WE ARE UPLOADING "RUNNING FROM THE SUN" TO SPOTIFY & ITUNES TODAY. A LIMITED VINYL REPRESS ON CHERRY RED WILL BE BACK IN THE STORE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS ALONG WITH "KILL FOR LOVE" ON 180 GRAM WHITE, CHROMATICS & GLASS CANDY SHIRTS, DESIRE LPS, & MORE. IF YOU CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG...DOWNLOAD THE "RUNNING FROM THE SUN" LP HERE (and there's a link but I won't post it because even though this is from the artist I'm not sure how cool that is)

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 20:42 (six years ago) link

It says 'Unlimited Downloads SO PASS IT ON' right there in the post, pretty sure it's fine to post here.

https://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/hu9bp2

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:11 (six years ago) link

Disintegration is not a Cure cover, unfortunately. That would have been an amazing cover that could fit them.

Moka, Tuesday, 6 January 2015 21:27 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

New Chromatics:

https://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/lost-river

groovypanda, Tuesday, 3 February 2015 21:04 (six years ago) link

http://pitchfork.com/news/58458-chromatics-share-dear-tommy-single-just-like-you/

"They're going to release a new single every week until the album comes out."

That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Friday, 13 February 2015 03:53 (six years ago) link

I had been wondering about this...

Mike Simonetti has decided to split from Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Glass Candy) to focus on his new project, Pale Blue, as well as his new venture: the freshly minted label 2MR (Two Mikes Records). A collaboration between Simonetti and Captured Tracks, 2MR is an opportunity for Simonetti to start from a blank slate and release music he believes in.

The first release on 2MR will be The Past We Leave Behind, the debut album from Pale Blue.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:24 (six years ago) link

how many fucken labels does sniper need

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:32 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

"Shadow" by Chromatics

https://soundcloud.com/adultswimsingles/chromatics

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 9 September 2015 00:55 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Playing this now. It's nice if weirdly more lo-fi than the last few Chromatics things?

Cribs a huge chunk of the melody from Sonic Youth's "Wish Fulfillment" halfway through, and that's alright with me.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Monday, 28 September 2015 10:54 (five years ago) link

The new Air France commercial is awful. It ruins Warm In The Winter, which is probably my alltime favorite song from this whole label. And it runs about 2000 times a day. That's good for Glass Candy and Johnny Jewel's wallet no doubt, but geez couldn't they have come up with something better than "France in the air"?

kornrulez6969, Monday, 28 September 2015 13:41 (five years ago) link

ha I hadn't heard this song until flying air france this summer & now the song is a big hit chez nous. haven't heard it outside flights/home though.

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 28 September 2015 18:26 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Mike Simonetti - who incidentally ripped me off on Discogs a few months ago (sent me the wrong record, then wouldn't reply to emails, and when I raised a PayPal dispute he sent an angry email going "Dude I live in airplanes and hotels, I don't have time to deal with this" etc. - is going off on Twitter right now, saying Johnny Jewel left him with a massive tax bill and he's going to set the record straight with a big interview about how he got dicked out of the label he founded, etc. Says he's putting all the old masters on eBay, blah blah

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:23 (five years ago) link

I just want to know when the fucking Chromatics album is coming out tbh

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 12 November 2015 22:26 (five years ago) link

Glass Candy too.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 13 November 2015 16:30 (five years ago) link

these dudes seem like such dick heads that i don't know how much i care anymore.

dynamicinterface, Friday, 13 November 2015 16:38 (five years ago) link

that being siad, i love the Girls They Wanna Have Fun cover, both versions they released.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 13 November 2015 18:05 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

Dear Tommy,

When will you ever be released?

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 18 February 2016 23:45 (five years ago) link

x2

mark e, Friday, 19 February 2016 00:10 (five years ago) link

x3

Starting to give up on ever hearing Dear Tommy or Body Work.

spastic heritage, Friday, 19 February 2016 04:05 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

https://soundcloud.com/johnnyjewel/cherry-full-album

ǂbait (seandalai), Thursday, 23 June 2016 19:48 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Mike Simonetti and Johnny Jewel having something of spat on Twitter at the moment (well, Mike is anyway):

https://twitter.com/MikeSimonetti

groovypanda, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:14 (five years ago) link

My liner notes of After Dark 2 say that "The Magician" was co-written by Mike & Johnny and performed by Mike.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 16 August 2016 16:50 (five years ago) link

hasn't simonetti dicked over a bunch of people in the past? why's everyone w/ this label an asshole? i was disappointed with after dark 2 and i've all but lost complete interest since the chromatics album is never coming out

dynamicinterface, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 21:52 (five years ago) link

i still rep for 'one night at the raw deal' tho

dynamicinterface, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 21:53 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRTLABXixD0

so far, every song we got is gorgeous

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 01:53 (five years ago) link

Still waiting for another Desire album, that track on After Dark 2 was so so excellent

brimstead, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 02:37 (five years ago) link

Still waiting for Dear Tommy and the Glass Candy album. I'd welcome a new Desire album but I'm not sure that's even on the cards is it? They've been hinting at new Chromatics and Glass Candy for years now.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 03:01 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

https://i.imgur.com/G3fQjjI.jpg

, Friday, 10 March 2017 19:06 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Back in December 2014, Chromatics announced their new album Dear Tommy. Although they shared multiple songs from the record, the album never surfaced. Recently, nearly all of those songs were removed from the internet. Now, in a string of tweets, Johnny Jewel’s manager Alexis Rivera has revealed what happened to Dear Tommy. “Christmas day 2015, Johnny almost died in Hawaii,” Rivera wrote on Twitter. “When he came back home to California he destroyed all copies of Tommy. 15K CDs & 10K vinyl in the Italians warehouse in Glendale, all gone.” So yeah, those broken copies of Dear Tommy in that promotional “Twin Peaks” photo were just a few of the thousands of copies that got demolished.

nomar, Thursday, 4 May 2017 05:24 (four years ago) link

Wow

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 4 May 2017 05:24 (four years ago) link

Anticipating this album so much

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 4 May 2017 05:33 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

The new Air France commercial is awful. It ruins Warm In The Winter, which is probably my alltime favorite song from this whole label. And it runs about 2000 times a day. That's good for Glass Candy and Johnny Jewel's wallet no doubt, but geez couldn't they have come up with something better than "France in the air"?

― kornrulez6969, Monday, September 28, 2015 1:41 PM (two years ago)

ha I hadn't heard this song until flying air france this summer & now the song is a big hit chez nous. haven't heard it outside flights/home though.

― droit au butt (Euler), Monday, September 28, 2015 6:26 PM (two years ago)

Seems like someone else heard the Air France commercials ...

http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/vandayoung-sue-us-pop-duo-air-france-over-alleged-love-is-in-the-air-breach-20180114-h0i22u.html

etc, Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:42 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Dear Tommy slowly becoming a "sequel to Loveless" type album.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 8 April 2018 20:02 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Windswept is really great. Some kind of Barry Adamson shit. Kind of him to recreate the winky’s diner scene from mulholland drive

Roswell (Ross), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 14:55 (three years ago) link

On “insomnia”

Roswell (Ross), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 14:55 (three years ago) link

My god I love Love LOVE the Tess Roby album

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 11 May 2018 22:34 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK-D21rQjt8

^ this is great stuff. not really the sound i'd usually associate with IDIB, makes me think of julia holter, colleen, nico

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Saturday, 12 May 2018 06:53 (three years ago) link

I was gonna say, that Tess Roby is really good and far too short. I love the stridency of her voice.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:10 (three years ago) link

Probably should get the tess album

Blood roses (Ross), Saturday, 12 May 2018 13:28 (three years ago) link

Is it really industrial ?

Blood roses (Ross), Saturday, 12 May 2018 13:29 (three years ago) link

not at all industrial, more of a folky indie electronic thing

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Saturday, 12 May 2018 13:58 (three years ago) link

only just seen nico on that list, there's definitely a similarity in their voices

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Saturday, 12 May 2018 14:02 (three years ago) link

Just got the Tess. Let’s fire it up

Music is confidence (Ross), Saturday, 12 May 2018 22:52 (three years ago) link

Oh wow, I'd not even heard of Tess Roby before, but this is a v nice record.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 12 May 2018 23:06 (three years ago) link

Ballad 5 was one of the best and most overlooked songs last year, check it out if it’s not on the album

flopson, Sunday, 13 May 2018 00:24 (three years ago) link

Oh wow, I'd not even heard of Tess Roby before, but this is a v nice record.

― Johnny Fever, Saturday, May 12, 2018 4:06 PM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ditto. Thanks for the tip folks.

that's not my post, Sunday, 13 May 2018 05:04 (three years ago) link

Sounds like
Some shit

Free-jazz baser (Ross), Sunday, 13 May 2018 05:12 (three years ago) link

Not what I was expecting

Free-jazz baser (Ross), Sunday, 13 May 2018 05:13 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Windswept is so good. Anyone care to recommend another album that is solid “fake soundtrack” music. Barry Adamson comes to mind but I’m drawing blanks

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 15:49 (three years ago) link

Tess tony record really grew on me

Slippage (Ross), Thursday, 7 June 2018 17:51 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

lol tess tony xpost, sheesh

tess roby record is pretty cool - sort of like nico mashed with early nite jewel, with a more victorian twist/more guitars

Ross, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:23 (three years ago) link

i am really loving the Tess Roby album, it's perfect sunset music. it's bringing to mind Hannah Peel's Awake But Always Dreaming, Kate Bush's A Sky of Honey, and Emeralds' Does It Look Like I'm Here? which are all favourites

ufo, Friday, 31 August 2018 06:43 (three years ago) link

minor regret from this year is hearing the tess roby album immediately after she played a show

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 31 August 2018 14:49 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

just re-ripping my IDIB cd collection and listening to the 'music to drive' compilation.
feeling the urge to dive back in and pick up the more recent stuff, but from their website other than the soundtrack stuff by johnny, i dont think i have missed out on that much actually.
seems to be mainly the tess roby/twisted wires/jorah chalmers releases.
or is there something i have missed via their hard work website?

mark e, Sunday, 11 August 2019 18:47 (two years ago) link

yeah I think there's been a bit of a lull since Twin Peaks. Maybe they're saving their time and energy for Dear Tommy which they claimed several times was coming this year.

akm, Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:10 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

.@chromatics are releasing a new album—their first in seven years—tomorrow https://t.co/9qUIjKpq5Y

— Resident Advisor (@residentadvisor) October 1, 2019

groovypanda, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 14:09 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Hmm...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUVy3MfVFaY

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 4 April 2020 03:52 (one year ago) link

!

nxd, Saturday, 4 April 2020 10:29 (one year ago) link

No.

cozen (jed_), Saturday, 4 April 2020 13:13 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

nice playlist of recentish IDIB stuff

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2SvPXTfpvL18BXAnH6jQEq?si=rtJB_EqsSsqTd4rrXmHhIQ

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 31 July 2020 00:49 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

After Dark 3 out Friday.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 04:27 (eleven months ago) link

Excelente

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 05:44 (eleven months ago) link

wait....Guy Gerber?!

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 23 October 2020 12:34 (ten months ago) link

Such a great compilation. Watched the twitch stream a couple nights ago. Loved the Causeway song, the Desire cover of Boy, the Orion track and both Chromatics songs the best, but the Gerber track was good too. Reminded me of a softer Orbital from the early 90s.

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/777809883 - here's the twitch stream. Causeway is at 50mins. Kind of like Anything Box with more eyeliner but less hairspray.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 23 October 2020 15:02 (ten months ago) link

it's on Spotify today:

https://open.spotify.com/track/6CNlEHjmcyGP2JBjPhcTsi?si=UWRob6C2Ruy1DaJVW9Uk2g

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 23 October 2020 15:11 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, this is a great compilation. Everything I love about IDIB basically.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 29 October 2020 02:28 (ten months ago) link

Also very adequate time of the year to release anything IDIB related.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 29 October 2020 02:46 (ten months ago) link

Definitely. Got the windows open to a rainy fall night. All I need is a little neon and I'd be good to go.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 29 October 2020 03:03 (ten months ago) link

Worse Things Than Feeling Lonely = anthem for our times

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Monday, 2 November 2020 03:56 (ten months ago) link

lovely little record
think it's better than 2

nxd, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 14:39 (ten months ago) link

four months pass...

its still mad how this label still sells the digital editions of their releases for $1 no matter what.
ep, single, expanded album etc.
all $1 each.
guess they know their market is all about the vinyl editions.
(very similar business model to the synthwave, blood music, crew i guess.)

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 19:35 (five months ago) link

New Causeway single 'Hide and Seek' is pretty good. Wonder if they'll release an album. Two very catchy singles so far.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 2 April 2021 20:19 (five months ago) link

why are you mad about that?

this is still one of the better run labels that I ever engage with. Love ordering from them, love their packaging, they are super responsive and all their shit looks great.

akm, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:11 (five months ago) link

cos its insanely brilliant how they have priced their digitals for those of us who purchase etc.

(and yeah, even when i have ordered cds etc, they have always added extras into the package .. )

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:38 (five months ago) link

FTR he said “it’s” not “I’m”

Evan, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:53 (five months ago) link

ahh.
cheers evan.
the penny drops as to that response.
i was wondering etc.

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 23:59 (five months ago) link

Johnny Jewel’s love life always seemed a bit sketchy to me - he has pretty much had a romantic relationship with every one of his collaborators/signed artists: Ruth Radelet, Ida No, Megan Louise - to name the most important ones. It almost seems to be a requisite to date him if you want to be in his label/band/production credits. And he bounced between these projects involving his set of ex-wives/ex-lovers as if it’s business as usual. It’s too much of a red flag.

That said, I really hope there’s no weird abusive powerplays for anyone involved because I really love the musical / aesthetical aspect going on in every one of the projects in this label.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 3 April 2021 05:41 (five months ago) link

l didn’t have to date him to be on the label at one point! :D

Come on - he’s truly one of the sweetest, most genuine dudes running a label. Has always been nothing but nice when we communicate. Why do some folks always look for the worst?

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 07:15 (five months ago) link

I’m honestly very relieved to read that coming from a direct source. It’d be painful to hear otherwise. I think he’s lowkey a musical genius and it’s easily one of my favorite labels of the past 20 years.

What’s your band/project name?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 3 April 2021 08:54 (five months ago) link

He's honestly a very nice guy from my dealings with him.

I had a few things on the label as Professor Genius - one of their first 12"s and After Dark Vol.1 - and have released a bunch of stuff on other labels under that name since.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 09:00 (five months ago) link

Had no idea! I like your tracks on After Dark 1, especially the closer.

Thanks, tipsy! Yeah that closer track - “Pegaso” - is actually a short edit of the full track found here: templo.bandcamp.com/album/professor-genius

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 12:26 (five months ago) link

Oh love your songs on that comp! I think they really sold the concept at that point and somewhat rare for the label in that they’re synthwave. Discovered the silver & kane remix of Pegaso a couple of months ago via some spotify playlist and that one is great too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:10 (five months ago) link

Thank you! To be honest at the time they were made I was swimming in Italo and Cosmic sounds as influences. Synthwave is a term I’ve only come across in the last couple of years reading stuff online but I’d be hard pressed to tell you what it sounds like. It’s just electronic music to me.
“Nu Disco” was the term used in press and some shops for this stuff then (‘07, ‘08).

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:18 (five months ago) link

But Mike S and Johnny championed my stuff from the beginning and were excited about putting it out there. I think it was a case of the right place, right time :)

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 15:19 (five months ago) link

Yeah I love “pegaso”!! That one squiggly italo synth lead part makes my heart sing

brimstead, Saturday, 3 April 2021 16:36 (five months ago) link

thread delivers.
had no idea re the ILM vs IDIB connections.
to have a couple of tracks on such a seminal compilation like AD vol 1 is quite a thing.
and yeah, as others have said, they are cracking tracks CJV.
been loving AD vol 3 today.

mark e, Saturday, 3 April 2021 16:55 (five months ago) link

There’s other connections. Mike might deny it but I’d say I contributed a great deal to mike and by extension probably Jonny’s interest in italo. I mean they both like to deny the influence of Italo on Italians do it better but that’s just silly anyway.

dan selzer, Saturday, 3 April 2021 17:12 (five months ago) link

xpost Thanks fellow ILMers. Making hearts sing is what it’s all about ! Very happy to know the music means something to you!

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 April 2021 17:30 (five months ago) link

late to the convo, but after dark vol 1 is connected to a lovely time in my life and "pegaso" in particular is connected with a special memory of playing it at one of the first big parties i ever DJ'd, i have incredible images in my mind of my friends dancing to that song as fog and light spill out of the back of a moving truck in the woods :)

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 5 April 2021 15:39 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

RIP Chromatics 🙁

groovypanda, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:09 (one month ago) link

1. After a long period of reflection, the three of us have made the difficult decision to end Chromatics.
We would like to thank all of our fans and the friends we have made along the way – we are eternally grateful for your love and support. #Chromatics #ThanksForTheMemories pic.twitter.com/y7nkKUmUTe

— Adam Charles Miller (@MrAdamMiller) August 10, 2021

groovypanda, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:10 (one month ago) link

I have been receiving emails all morning from media people asking for a statement about Chromatics breaking up. All I have to say is, I’ve known about this for months, and im genuinely happy that they are out of there. @chromatics

— Mike (@MikeSimonetti) August 10, 2021

groovypanda, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:20 (one month ago) link

Johnny Jewel’s love life always seemed a bit sketchy to me - he has pretty much had a romantic relationship with every one of his collaborators/signed artists: Ruth Radelet, Ida No, Megan Louise - to name the most important ones. It almost seems to be a requisite to date him if you want to be in his label/band/production credits

tbf, couldn't it just be the other way around? As in, he likes to involve the people he's romantically or socially involved with in his music? Which, if true, is pretty cool

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:23 (one month ago) link

As much as I would like to spill the tea, It is not my place. If Ruth, Adam, and Nattie want to tell their story, that is up to them.

— Mike (@MikeSimonetti) August 10, 2021

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:24 (one month ago) link

the statement very much gives the impression that the others didn't want to deal with jewel anymore. he's never given the impression of being the easiest to work with

ufo, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 19:15 (one month ago) link

so i guess Dear Tommy is never coming out

bon ivermectin (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 19:25 (one month ago) link

I mean Mike Simonetti has had a beef with Johnny Jewel for years now:

https://www.factmag.com/2016/11/02/mike-simonetti-says-johnny-jewel-owes-money/

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 21:00 (one month ago) link

I wouldn’t really trust what he has to say on the breakup. He has also thrown snide remarks at Adam and Ruth as well so I doubt they talked often if at all.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 21:09 (one month ago) link

Not taking Johnny’s side as we don’t really know what happened there, but honestly those series of tweets don’t really make me root for his side of the story.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 21:13 (one month ago) link

The most telling thing is Jewel's own statement, which says he's proud of his work with "the project" — not even "the band," just another Johnny Jewel project. That kind of thing could grate on anyone. (Especially since it wasn't his band to start with.)

(Not blaming Jewel for that, tbh I think of Chromatics primarily as a Johnny Jewel project too. But that plus dicking around forever with releasing/not releasing an album, it's not hard to imagine frustrations)

i have no idea about the other albums but the rest of the band all have writing credits on various kill for love tracks, so i'd guess the creative process was probably somewhat more collaborative than jewel has often implied

ufo, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 02:14 (one month ago) link

JJ definitely took over once he and Adam hooked up. Those first two Chromatics albums are DRASTICALLY different.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 03:50 (one month ago) link

Dear Tommy is now Chinese Democracy 2.0

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 05:59 (one month ago) link

Glass Candy's Body Work has been teased for more than 10 years now but I don't think Johnny Jewel has said anything about it since like 2013. Would be much more excited to hear that than Dear Tommy at this point

J. Sam, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 17:51 (one month ago) link

glass candy is next

— Mike (@MikeSimonetti) August 13, 2021

groovypanda, Friday, 13 August 2021 06:28 (one month ago) link

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

J. Sam, Friday, 13 August 2021 13:32 (one month ago) link

This Madonna covers compilation is both unnecessary and mostly enjoyable.


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