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the Northtown EP is prob in my top 5 most listened to records this year and he is signed to XL and has a new single out and he's 19 and he is SO FUCKING GOOD!!!! Everyone I've played "If It Wasn't True" for is just like "yo holy shit who is this?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25zOrrMEsgw

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:27 (two years ago) Permalink

woah

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:41 (two years ago) Permalink

will prbly have this EP repeat on spotify all day tomorrow, ty

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:48 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp9GgdCgMXk

the tune was space, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:56 (two years ago) Permalink

xp welcome to my last 6 months

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:06 (two years ago) Permalink

EP kinda gives me a Pale Green Ghosts vibe

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:31 (two years ago) Permalink

actually, not really on the whole. 'If It Wasn't True' just has the vibe bc it's about relationship trouble and has a cadence a bit like 'Black Belt'

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:43 (two years ago) Permalink

So terrible with following music news, so this thread is the first I'm hearing of the new song and him signing to XL. Loved the EP and the new video/single are so good.

avant-sarsgaard (litel), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Northtown EP is so good

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:47 (two years ago) Permalink

new song is good & v welcome bc I've caned his stuff & evangelized. I find his unslick twitter endearing

ogmor, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I feel like his stuff has The Reverend written all over it. I've tried to get him into Shamir a few times but idk if it's clicked yet.

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:46 (two years ago) Permalink

i love this kid & everything i've heard from him.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:01 (two years ago) Permalink

low key, i was lucky enough to find his soundcloud awhile back and asked him to sing on something of mine, and he actually did. not sure what's going to happen with that exactly but he's just so genuine & generous with his talent.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:09 (two years ago) Permalink

i like this song but it's a bit suffocating tune-yards cutesy

i think the bridge is the best part, he really just goes for it

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:13 (two years ago) Permalink

he is nothing if not endearing, I mean ffs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ISgp6x4Bac

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:25 (two years ago) Permalink

is it faux naif though

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm being a bit harsh, i recognize -- he's obv very very talented

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't think it's faux anything.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:43 (two years ago) Permalink

also, gotta give it up, nick sylvester's production sounds really good.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:45 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah I really do not think it is faux naif

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

God, any time I hear NS I think shitty journalistic ethics but also that astoundingly awful review he wrote for "Piracy Funds Terrorism" on p4k that starts out with:

Santa Claus, the Virgin Mary, and Terrence "Turkeytime" Terrence just got the shaft this holiday season. Why bother with presents? 2005's Tickle Me Elmo was supposed to be a chicken-legged Sri Lankan with so much sex in her self-spun neons you might as well get wasted off penicillin with Willie Nelson at a secret Rex the Dog show.

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:08 (two years ago) Permalink

idek if that's irony or post-irony or satire or post-satire or trying too hard or anything but no matter what that is just bad bad baaaad

Belami Young (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:09 (two years ago) Permalink

does he play on this song

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:13 (two years ago) Permalink

pretty sure he produced it i.e. made the instrumental...he did the EP for sure, and this sounds the same to me.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:18 (two years ago) Permalink

almost saw this guy live last week but did not know until like 15 minutes after I left the building

katherine, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:21 (two years ago) Permalink

cannot get 1:30-2:30 of 'if it wasn't true' out of my head now

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 30 October 2014 05:26 (two years ago) Permalink

so he is saying 'had an Epiphone, Tonka, Fisher-Price' in 'On the Regular', right? he is saying that because (as he says in the line before) he's loved and played music since he was very young, so there was a guitar in the mix with these other toys. feel like most people posting the video are misinterpreting this line and saying shit 'lol he's talking about toys. so random. fisher-price phone? what?'

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 31 October 2014 20:02 (two years ago) Permalink

ok this is awesome

the late great, Sunday, 2 November 2014 04:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Needed to play this at a bar tonight but not on jukebox ;_;

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 2 November 2014 04:36 (two years ago) Permalink

ok apparently he sang a ... brandy clark cover?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg3m6z6pE9U

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Sunday, 2 November 2014 04:40 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

The new album is mostly quite fun.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Friday, 8 May 2015 06:08 (two years ago) Permalink

good news. what are the parts like that aren't fun?

the late great, Friday, 8 May 2015 06:31 (two years ago) Permalink

So, the album is... just fine, imo :-/

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 15 May 2015 18:10 (two years ago) Permalink

way, way too many recycled sounds and structures and motifs; so many parts of songs sounds almost exactly like parts of other songs

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 15 May 2015 18:11 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds really 2005 to me

soyrev, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:47 (two years ago) Permalink

went to see him last night with relatively low expectations but he put on a good show, surprisingly rousing material, full backing band & he came into the audience at the end to hug ppl. he's a charmer

ogmor, Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:04 (two years ago) Permalink

i know what you're talking about stevie, but i guess it doesn't bother me. there are maybe three tracks i skip but the rest are jams.

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 22 May 2015 14:12 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the album is growing on me, surprising there aren't more mentions of it on ILM tbh.

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 12 June 2015 13:45 (two years ago) Permalink

It's just OK. The beats are weak imo.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 June 2015 13:46 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't dislike it though.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 June 2015 13:46 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i'd be interested in hearing him over production that doesn't sound like 2003 DFA

J0rdan S., Friday, 12 June 2015 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

genuinely curious what sort of production you think would be more suitable?

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 12 June 2015 14:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't have minded Holy Ghost! backing him.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 June 2015 15:30 (two years ago) Permalink

He should do an album with Will.i.am

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Friday, 12 June 2015 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds really 2005 to me

― soyrev, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:47 AM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is what i thought too, like something dredged up from a forgotten myspace. not in a good way. mostly in an annoying but also uninvolving way.

lex pretend, Friday, 12 June 2015 16:30 (two years ago) Permalink

what does 2015 sound like?

billstevejim, Friday, 12 June 2015 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

"Trap Queen" and Drake

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Friday, 12 June 2015 17:03 (two years ago) Permalink

really couldn't believe how ordinary the songs were on this. reminded me of the Aeroplane album. just nothing-y.

piscesx, Friday, 12 June 2015 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Live, he covered Joyce Manor, Christmas Card. Fun stuff.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 15 June 2015 04:06 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah my first thought when I heard Shamir was will this bad 2007 blog house aesthetic ever go away?

The Reverend, Monday, 15 June 2015 04:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Seeing him next weekend for free. I enjoyed the one song, but that's all I've heard.

Greer, Monday, 15 June 2015 08:01 (two years ago) Permalink

"Head In The Clouds" is amazing I don't know why it's tucked away at the end there.

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Monday, 15 June 2015 11:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I get if you're cool on the rest of the album but yeah "Head In The Clouds" <3

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Monday, 15 June 2015 11:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeh the album is mega-disappointing. Shame.

ineloquentwow (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 21:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Went to their show at the U Street Music Hall tonight. I was meh on most of the songs, but his energy was good and Head in The Clouds is a total stormer.

Greer, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 02:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I love this & him

cerealbar, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:36 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

odd-numbered mid-00s years

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Thursday, 2 July 2015 10:21 (two years ago) Permalink

what does that mean

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 3 July 2015 01:23 (two years ago) Permalink

this record sounds like them apparently

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Friday, 3 July 2015 02:53 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds really 2005 to me

― soyrev, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:47 AM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah i'd be interested in hearing him over production that doesn't sound like 2003 DFA

― J0rdan S., Friday, June 12, 2015 2:06 PM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah my first thought when I heard Shamir was will this bad 2007 blog house aesthetic ever go away?

― The Reverend, Monday, June 15, 2015 4:14 AM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Friday, 3 July 2015 02:54 (two years ago) Permalink

lolol

WE WANT FET WAP (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 3 July 2015 03:38 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

got to see him on sunday, love his current live band. the drummer is especially killing.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

...

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:33 (one year ago) Permalink

um

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

?

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:35 (one year ago) Permalink

omg you are freaking me out just tell us wtf happened to Shamir

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:36 (one year ago) Permalink

ok forget it

xp ha nothing, apparently i just can't post a link.

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:36 (one year ago) Permalink

just paste the url ffs

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:37 (one year ago) Permalink

i think i'm seeing him tuesday; curious how well this holds up live over an hour

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:46 (one year ago) Permalink

haha thx. i was just trying to drop an innocuous little link for those who might be interested and now i feel like an idiot.

forks, his live show is great (i think he was nervous on Colbert and overcompensated with too many sousaphones).

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

glad to hear, that colbert was my only exposure to him live and i was afraid he took all his least enjoyable eccentricities seriously and was a disaster onstage

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 November 2015 19:58 (one year ago) Permalink

this is a much better representation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HOQkCC2l_w

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 November 2015 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, much better
i wonder if he was afraid he was gonna say fuck on national teevee or something

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 November 2015 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw Shamir in a church basement last night and he was STUNNING (I also saw him like 6 mos ago play a short set at a club at like midnight and he seemed sorta tired and it was just-okay). Most of the crowd was, like, hyperactive high school kids which was sort of surprising and they were also not v well behaved and kept stage diving and trying to mosh, ew. He was so bubbly and engaged ~AND~ he played both "If It Wasn't True" and "Sometimes A Man" which he didn't play last time (also the crowd acted like they were new songs and totally didn't respond). It was so much better than I expected it to be. Srsly go see this lil angel.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/12246979_10105744906652899_7873448982649899819_n.jpg?oh=df4b8680e5b5c75753a22d3503aebf28&oe=56F29E20

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 14 November 2015 12:58 (one year ago) Permalink

omg you are freaking me out just tell us wtf happened to Shamir

omg you are freaking me out just tell us wtf happened to Shamir

Lmao this post is killing me

brimstead, Saturday, 14 November 2015 22:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Oops didn't mean to double post

brimstead, Saturday, 14 November 2015 22:15 (one year ago) Permalink

as promised, he was very fun and straightforward live; walked on stage and tweety birded out a HI and it was the cutest thing. He's got a good thirty minutes of sharpness, which is an impressive catalogue for such a youngster. I would only say that after that first half hour, I needed to tap out as (admittedly without the aid of drugs, alcohol or someone to dance with), it started getting to be a bit too much cotton candy all at once. Would love to see a double bill with scissor sisters, which this is reminding me of more and more now.

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 07:31 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I thought "In For the Kill" was a HOT CHIP SONG before vox kicked in :P
good song imo

niels, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 15:08 (one year ago) Permalink

dunno about this album. it sounds fun while its on, but none of it seems to stick. or is it one to grow on?

StillAdvance, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

No.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 December 2015 15:10 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bnvxqHl7_M

ulysses, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

We were talking about this on Facebook. Most of the people involved in the discussion thought this was terrible.

its subtle brume (DJP), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

i have no real duranx2 nostalgia at all and i'm inclined to like shamir's voice but, much like his cover of brandy clark's "Stripes", i was happy to listen to this once but have no inclination to want to hear it again.

ulysses, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:12 (one year ago) Permalink

The song itself isn't suited to rendition as a sensitive acoustic song and the way Shamir sings it neutralizes all of the good things about that voice and emphasizes all of the terrible things about it.

its subtle brume (DJP), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

his "stripes" cover is borderline unlistenable

cher guevara (lex pretend), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:31 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

wow I am v glad I saw him in a church basement that holds like 150 ppl

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:50 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

wow a surprise new album today that was recorded over this past weekend??

https://soundcloud.com/shamir326/hope-full-album

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 17 April 2017 13:09 (three months ago) Permalink

and apparently he's not on XL anymore?

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:37 (three months ago) Permalink

anyways, in case this gets pulled because of legal stuff, here's the manifesto/tracklist:

I was gonna quit music this weekend. From day 1 it was clear i was an accidental pop star. I loved the idea of it, i mean who doesn't? Still the wear of staying polished with how im presented and how my music was presented took a huge toll on me mentally. I started to hate music, the thing i loved the most! When i would listen to immaculate recordings with my friends their praise over the quality of the art as opposed to the art itself made me feel really sad for music as a medium in general. My music only feels exciting for me if its in the moment, and thats what this album is. I made this album this past weekend stuck in my room with just a 4 track feeling hopeless about my love for music. Im not gonna lie, this album is hard to listen to, but it was even harder for me to share. I love pop music, i love outsider music, and i love lofi music, this is my way of combining all 3. Anyway I played, wrote, produced, and mixed everything and big thanks to Kieran Ferris for Mastering an album with an hours notice! its free! Enjoy! Love Yall! Still more 2 come!!!!!!!
Tracklist:
Hope
What Else
Ignore Everything
Tom Kelly
Easier
Like A Bird
One More Time Won't Kill You
I Fucking Hate You
Rain (Blake Babies Cover)
Bleed It Out

Album download: www.mediafire.com/folder/u0wwrkud56vad/HOPE+MP3S

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:38 (three months ago) Permalink

my old Blake Babies friend J0hn Str0hm was totally psyched about that

sleeve, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:40 (three months ago) Permalink

aw, can't say i'm totally surprised, but good for him. <3

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:58 (three months ago) Permalink

Shamir doing a Blake Babies cover is not something I ever expected to happen in my lifetime

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:16 (three months ago) Permalink

I mean it's a pretty rubbish cover but even so

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:18 (three months ago) Permalink

I got about halfway through this before deciding that I appreciated the sentiment more than I enjoyed listening to it.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:27 (three months ago) Permalink

sadly, that was my takeaway as well.
tbf, he DOES say this isn't gonna be easy to listen to

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:39 (three months ago) Permalink

watch p4k not even review this

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 22:43 (three months ago) Permalink

they definitely will review it

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:03 (three months ago) Permalink

And they reviewed the album the other day.

Saw this line in an interview: A lot of the producers I was working with felt stuck to making Ratchet 2 or Ratchet Deluxe, which is not what I wanted.

And having helped out on some demos awhile back, I can say I was definitely feeling that.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 April 2017 16:20 (two months ago) Permalink

the review seems kinda unfair

Shamir is not the first artist to fall prey to the trappings of lo-fi—like all “less-is-more” creative strategies, it's deceptively difficult to perfect

but also

If pop music demands perfection and following a regiment of rules, Hope runs screaming away from all of that

geoffreyess, Friday, 21 April 2017 20:06 (two months ago) Permalink


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