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rough-hewn folk and discordant indie pop. It's streamlined by Mitski's radiant voice, which sounds about halfway between Jennifer Castle and Dee Dee Ramone.

Haven't listened to this Brooklyn resident yet, but does she really sound kinda like Dee Dee

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 13:26 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Finally listening to this now, after reading hype for their DC gig last night with Eskimeaux and Elvis Depressedly. Bob Boilen at NPR loves her/them. She does not sound like Dee Dee Ramone.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 23:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Kind of a 90s indie emo feel to it

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 23:40 (two years ago) Permalink

they just recorded an NPR Tiny Desk show

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 23:42 (two years ago) Permalink

She/they were great when I saw hem open for Screaming Females a bit ago. Most recent album has some solid earworms.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Little bit of discussion of Mitski on the Speedy Ortiz thread:

Speedy Ortiz

o. nate, Thursday, 16 July 2015 03:03 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

whoa this is gr8

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 16:16 (one year ago) Permalink

YES!! Is it premature to call it my favourite album of the year without hearing it? This song is everything.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Mitski/Oranssi Pazuzu '16

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

And as Brad will surely remind us, "I like it when you sleep...." isn't on Spotify for another week

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

this is such a beautiful noise tho, she's gone widescreen

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

new song is so plodding and tuneless. nothing she's done has been as good as "Townie," incredible song

flappy bird, Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:22 (one year ago) Permalink

... ?

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

this song is all tune

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

also i love puberty 2 as an album title, one thing that strikes me about mitski is she's incredibly funny

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

it's a brilliant title yeah, love the cover font too

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

new song is so plodding and tuneless.

o_O

This song is massive and beautiful and makes my heart swell.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 11 March 2016 05:15 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

would just like to reiterate how fucking amazing this song is

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:29 (one year ago) Permalink

we were reflecting on that very fact the other night

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:32 (one year ago) Permalink

It is my favourite song of the year so far. Definitely going to see her in April! Excited daily about this.

tangenttangent, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:33 (one year ago) Permalink

fuck i haven't related to something so deeply specific in a while, this is a great video

j. winters (josh), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I have feelings about this video. Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but if I am, I don't want to be right.

(Love/partnership/etc looks appealing from afar, then when you see it on full display you realize how absurd and ridiculous it is.)

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:32 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm still working out how I feel about the production but, yeah, good tune. It clicks better for me without the video but I'm weird like that. It's funny: in my head, she is the singer for Voice Coils first and foremost. The solo work seems on paper like something that I would write off as retro-90s alt-rock meh but her voice and melodies can make it connect.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Putting it on for the fourth time.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 April 2016 01:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Sixth.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:23 (one year ago) Permalink

It is super addictive, yeah.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:28 (one year ago) Permalink

<i>It's funny: in my head, she is the singer for Voice Coils first and foremost. </i>

this is so goofy to me; I didn't know anyone had ever seen Voice Coils

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Haven't seen the video yet but the song does that thing where the first chorus is the best thing ever, then the second chorus comes in really quickly and it's twice as good as the first chorus. These are all the feels post-metal was going for, packed into three minutes and intensified

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:22 (one year ago) Permalink

shes no longer in voice coils ftr

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

I haven't seen Voice Coils live if that's what you meant, Jimmy, but they made some of my favourite rock music from the last couple of years.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean, I recognize that more people are probably familiar with her indie singer-songwriter work than with the glorious prog of Voice Coils. That's why it's funny.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:04 (one year ago) Permalink

ya i think we approach this funny in the same way but from opposite ends lulz

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 14 April 2016 16:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Still pissed her UK date sold out in basically seconds

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Thursday, 14 April 2016 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

guess she's more popular overseas; still tix available for the show in my town.

def agree w/ brad's comment upthread that she's v funny.

dc, Thursday, 14 April 2016 18:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I have feelings about this video. Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but if I am, I don't want to be right.

(Love/partnership/etc looks appealing from afar, then when you see it on full display you realize how absurd and ridiculous it is.)

― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:32 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark

don't forget the racial aspect

, Friday, 15 April 2016 11:12 (one year ago) Permalink

The racial aspect seems like the key element in it (I saw a story online where she acknowledges this). Japanese woman spurned by clean-cut white American boy who first leads her on

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2016 14:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I picked up on that too after I read the story, but initially I thought she really captured and condensed the timeline of "this person I like likes me" -> "oh no, this person is with someone else now" -> "look at those assholes!"

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 15 April 2016 14:27 (one year ago) Permalink

lol I guess that's a difference between you and me in that that's literally the first thing i noticed 10 seconds in

, Friday, 15 April 2016 14:49 (one year ago) Permalink

don't forget the racial aspect

― 龜, Friday, April 15, 2016 4:12 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^

j. winters (josh), Friday, 15 April 2016 19:33 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I love the sound of that sax.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 3 May 2016 15:16 (one year ago) Permalink

shove off radiohead, this is more like it

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Tuesday, 3 May 2016 15:46 (one year ago) Permalink

the ending is the most wonderfully antisocial thing i've heard all year <3

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Tuesday, 3 May 2016 15:48 (one year ago) Permalink

this album's going to be great

ufo, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 15:56 (one year ago) Permalink

:'D

propaganda for the American springtime (tangenttangent), Tuesday, 3 May 2016 16:19 (one year ago) Permalink

this is so good

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Tuesday, 3 May 2016 21:35 (one year ago) Permalink

i've been there many times since. better but it still sucks lol

flopson, Thursday, 21 July 2016 15:28 (one year ago) Permalink

you got a ticket, Will?

flopson, Thursday, 21 July 2016 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

yup... bought mine a few weeks ago because i thought it was gonna sell out.

a simba man (Will M.), Thursday, 21 July 2016 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

nice. i just got one

flopson, Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

not going to assume this is a new observation but your best american girl is wheatus teenage dirtbag

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

dead oceans is pretty alright they are carrying the young god records mantle well

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

first half of puberty is rocking my socks. not feeling the second half.

anybody who is also just getting into mitski - have a listen to 'retired from sad...' LP from 2013. great piano work

meaulnes, Tuesday, 2 August 2016 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Listening to the new Ryan Hemsworth single and wondering why it's more enjoyable than the previous two - it's got Mitski!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO4WW1-7iSY

It certainly is punk of the Church of England to think that way (tangenttangent), Monday, 8 August 2016 13:07 (one year ago) Permalink

i bought this record without really having a feel for whether i liked it or not--there can be no debating that she's doing something interesting, at least--and thought it might be sort of like a less-funny xiu xiu. between the mid-90s downstrokiness and neuroses fully on display what it actually comes across as is maybe the truest descendent of pinkerton.

call all destroyer, Monday, 15 August 2016 01:53 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This is cool. I really like Fireworks.

Yes. That is a doozy of a song.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 7 September 2016 19:25 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

so...Your Best American Girl is the best song anyone's gonna release this year, huh

alpine static, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:50 (one year ago) Permalink

p much, although keep tabs on Weyes Blood as well

imago, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

i loved that last Weyes Blood album, thanks for reminding me to check in on her

alpine static, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

found this: http://songexploder.net/mitski

interesting breakdown of YBAG

alpine static, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm not typically a person who places a great deal of value on lyrics, but the "Your mother wouldn't approve of how my mother raised me / but I do, I think I do" (and later "I finally do") really punches me in the heart for some reason. It's such a wide open doorway into inhabiting someone else's life for 3 minutes, especially when your own experience is totally different.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 24 September 2016 02:43 (one year ago) Permalink

it was you and you alone that he had shown his bedroom dancer to

meaulnes, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Ha, wrote about this album last night for our record club blog, and that's the lyric I plucked out. Because it's amazing.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Also wiki says it's her 26th birthday today. Happy birthday!

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:18 (one year ago) Permalink

i finally saw mitski this weekend after listening to her all summer. it was a super sketchy show. tension was in the air from the start. mitski was complaining of sound woes from the offset, and after playing two songs as a band (her producer, a drummer and herself) she told her band to leave the stage and said that she'd rather play a solo show ("with a missing string") where "pitch and timing isn't an issue". she played about 5 songs on her own from here, was visibly irritated and tense, and then asked for requests. i yelled out 'fireworks' - she played a few chords of it, and then decided she couldn't remember it. she also couldn't tune her guitar. after pacing around for a while, she called for "my band" to return to the stage. they didn't seem to want to head back out, so she done a 180 and did play fireworks. they took to the stage after that to end the set with one loud song together. i left feeling weird about the whole thing and she seemed a little bit of a diva about the situation. i guess all shows can't be great for a performer. i believe fault lied both in the band and the sound engineers... but who knows.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 12:59 (one year ago) Permalink

well, we're seeing her on thursday and we're super stoked so whatever lol

imago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:01 (one year ago) Permalink

i guess i'm not that bothered she wrote some good songs and that's all that really fucking matters.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:01 (one year ago) Permalink

that sounds like a real unusual situation. she was incredible live opening for speedy last year

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:05 (one year ago) Permalink

if she takes requests she's already more audience-receptive than 95% of artists. and she's neurotic as anything - it's a crucial factor in her art - no surprise at all that she feels tension or irritation at all times, as is her right

imago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:05 (one year ago) Permalink

fireworks would be my request too fyi

imago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:07 (one year ago) Permalink

oh god i KNEW they'd roll out Trust Fund as support, much as they did when Speedy Ortiz visited last year. much as i want to like them they really haven't written any songs yet

imago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw her say on Twitter once how she felt upset that some audiences gave her stick for not always having a full band live. It might be that she's not so accustomed to that set up. And yeah, like imago mentioned, her own internal struggles probably contribute enormously to the stress of being on tour. She's hardly full of self-love and it must be so hard to negotiate everything under a pretty sudden and full-on spotlight. I think it'll be great to see her regardless of emotional tension, and I hope she adjusts well to her massively deserved success in the long run and releases another ten albums as good as the last two.

Aaw Trust Fund are cute.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:19 (one year ago) Permalink

trust fund are darlings. i hang out with them in my town. the two records they put out last year are both amazing pop songs start to finish.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

tangent, yes. i agree with your sentiments. i guess i just wanted to report the show. it was strange.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 13:55 (one year ago) Permalink

omg Trust Fund are WAY better than last time, that was great

imago, Thursday, 6 October 2016 20:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Being a singing-drummer three-piece suits them and it turns out they have a few lovely songs :'D

anyway, Mitski impendeth

imago, Thursday, 6 October 2016 20:21 (one year ago) Permalink

omg she did ...crushed Little stars as her encore it was the best encore ever

imago, Thursday, 6 October 2016 21:51 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

am I alone in getting strong Annie Clarke/St. Vincent vibes from this?

niels, Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:21 (one year ago) Permalink

the comparison has been made on RYM quite a lot, but I'm not entirely convinced

imago, Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:31 (one year ago) Permalink

also imo comparing female solo artists to each other is a fine habit to get out of

imago, Saturday, 29 October 2016 12:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I am allowed to compare male artists to male artists though?

it's mostly the melodic style and vocal delivery, compare Mitski "Happy" to St. Vincent "Strange Mercy":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ0O2vDT0VE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JwXCBi-Eh8

niels, Saturday, 29 October 2016 13:28 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Saw her in Durham, NC tonight. No tense vibes, and the crowd adored her. Power trio format for most of the show, with Mitski on bass sounding like she'd borrowed her rig from Bob Weston. She was magnetic. Plus she earned my goodwill forever for explicitly declining to play the obligatory encore. "When it's over, it's over... let's no go through that social ritual" (or words to that effect).

JRN, Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:38 (one year ago) Permalink

can't stop listening to your best american girl

Treeship, Sunday, 20 November 2016 16:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Finally shelled out for this after spinning it on Spotify all the time. Does anyone else find the distorted guitar timbres really harsh and digital-sounding? I really like the tunes and voice but I don't think I understand the production choices on this album.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 16 January 2017 20:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

it really works on my body's made of crushed little stars, but otherwise I agree with you- the rest of the album sounds very cold.

flappy bird, Monday, 16 January 2017 20:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

it is a bit hard on the ears

much contemporary music is...

niels, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Finally I like a song within the ILM top 50!
I've just heard Your Best American Girl today, feel like it sounds really like something I've listened to within the past year or so, but what??

kinder, Friday, 3 February 2017 23:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

and I don't mean Weezer

kinder, Friday, 3 February 2017 23:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

Sister by Angel Olsen?

Treeship, Saturday, 4 February 2017 03:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Two Step by Throwing Muses?

MarkoP, Saturday, 4 February 2017 03:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Crying?

I Am In Atlanta And Thug Is Young (imago), Saturday, 4 February 2017 03:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Crying is dope

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Saturday, 4 February 2017 06:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

def

flappy bird, Saturday, 4 February 2017 06:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

That song fireworks

Treeship, Saturday, 13 May 2017 16:54 (six months ago) Permalink

one of my favourites

kinder, Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:03 (six months ago) Permalink

as someone already said upthread, i believe, the run from Fireworks to Crushed Little Stars is stop-you-in-your-tracks good.

alpine static, Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:53 (six months ago) Permalink


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