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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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

Mitski/Oranssi Pazuzu '16

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:14 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:15 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

... ?

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

this song is all tune

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

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

Laertiades (imago), Tuesday, 1 March 2016 20:34 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

we were reflecting on that very fact the other night

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:32 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

Putting it on for the fourth time.

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

Sixth.

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

It is super addictive, yeah.

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

shes no longer in voice coils ftr

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

two weeks pass...

I love the sound of that sax.

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

this album's going to be great

ufo, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 15:56 (two years ago) Permalink

:'D

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

it is a bit hard on the ears

much contemporary music is...

niels, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:37 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

and I don't mean Weezer

kinder, Friday, 3 February 2017 23:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Sister by Angel Olsen?

Treeship, Saturday, 4 February 2017 03:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Two Step by Throwing Muses?

MarkoP, Saturday, 4 February 2017 03:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Crying?

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

Crying is dope

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

def

flappy bird, Saturday, 4 February 2017 06:18 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

That song fireworks

Treeship, Saturday, 13 May 2017 16:54 (one year ago) Permalink

one of my favourites

kinder, Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:03 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

i like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnhTkFl5Imw

nxd, Friday, 4 May 2018 08:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sounds like first album charli xcx

nxd, Friday, 4 May 2018 08:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i really like that too. also because i've always felt i would like xiu xiu more if it wasn't for JS' voice.

Roz, Saturday, 5 May 2018 04:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

New album Be The Cowboy in August. First single "Geyser" today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zdFZJf-B90

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 May 2018 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

second half of that is incredible jeez

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 14 May 2018 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

uh wow

ufo, Monday, 14 May 2018 16:06 (one week ago) Permalink

!

imago, Monday, 14 May 2018 16:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Some confluence with Crying maybe

imago, Monday, 14 May 2018 16:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Mitski Mitski Mitski

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 14 May 2018 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

https://media.pitchfork.com/photos/5af65a3e09d5ee50c49e8b98/master/pass/doc150.lp.fc.cover.1600%20(2).jpg

01 Geyser
02 Why Didn’t You Stop Me
03 Old Friend
04 A Pearl
05 Lonesome Love
06 Remember My Name
07 Me and My Husband
08 Come Into the Water
09 Nobody
10 Pink in the Night
11 A Horse Named Cold Air
12 Washing Machine Heart
13 Blue Light
14 Two Slow Dancers

flappy bird, Monday, 14 May 2018 16:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Yessss!

cajunsunday, Monday, 14 May 2018 17:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm so excited for this. The single is brilliant.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:29 (six days ago) Permalink

"Geyser" is nuts, I'm into it. I like the soundtrack tune w/ Xiu Xiu a lot too.

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:02 (six days ago) Permalink

On first listen it's the Xiu Xiu tune that positively nuts for, but Geyser too is great. Stoked.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:03 (six days ago) Permalink

I assumed that Geyser must've been a mid-album tune because of the way it starts. It's so impressive.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 21 May 2018 06:34 (twenty-seven minutes ago) Permalink


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