Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle, my god

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Been a long time since a debut from a singer-songwriter hit me this hard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmGVIvf8Q6s

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

"Rejoice" is a performance for the ages

Evan R, Thursday, 5 November 2015 20:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Kind of reminds me of hearing Because I Was In Love for the first time and appreciating that this is a songwriter who will probably go on to make better records, but will probably never make one this raw and pure again

Evan R, Thursday, 5 November 2015 20:51 (three years ago) Permalink

oh yeah this record gave me a nervous breakdown

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 November 2015 22:12 (three years ago) Permalink

I had to take breaks from it when I first started listening to it, now I can't pull myself away. Just finished my fourth listen today.

Evan R, Friday, 6 November 2015 03:11 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fynGDdomiI4

Evan R, Monday, 9 November 2015 21:05 (three years ago) Permalink

lol sorry if you feel alone in this thread evan, this is a really stunning record that deserves more attention (it's getting huge in the emo circles i run in tbf)

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 9 November 2015 21:47 (three years ago) Permalink

this is the one that kills me (i listened to it for the first time like... two days before a breakup)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xj72bDud40

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 9 November 2015 22:01 (three years ago) Permalink

really good record, title track is the killer for me, so economically crushing.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Monday, 9 November 2015 22:14 (three years ago) Permalink

It's a top 5 of the year record for me. And it is funny, it does push my "I love this and so I want other people to really love this, too" button in a way I usually don't allow

Evan R, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:25 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm impressed by how much she does here. A lot of songwriters around her age/from her scene thrive on small, slice of life, slice of relationship songs, but she takes such a bigger view. She's writing about addiction, dependency, faith, mortality—all these huge topics it's really hard to do justice to in such intimate songs, but somehow she pulls it off. It's a big album disguised as a little one.

Evan R, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 16:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Pulse is slow
Faint metronome on my left side
Beneath my protruding spine
You can hardly hear the knife
Lying flat, blind on
Covering my sunken eyes
And the line rightful
Aimed at my sick mind

This album might have topped my EOY lists if I'd had just a little more time with it. Been listening nonstop and somehow I'm still loving it more each time.

Evan R, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:51 (two years ago) Permalink

I have nothing to add other than that I agree this is a very good record.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm hearing lyrics that might seem trite or cliched on paper, but she really sells them

yes wave (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah it's her voice that tells the story usually

Evan R, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME1gGWsK9rE

I'm probably just gonna keep bumping this thread until every song from the album has been posted here b/c I love them all

Evan R, Monday, 30 November 2015 21:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I think it's a beautifully recorded album. That video there sounds lovely too. I'm a total sucker for that type of guitar sound. I should play more. Or at all.

michaellambert, Monday, 30 November 2015 22:09 (two years ago) Permalink

"I've kissed enough bathroom sinks to make up for the lovers who never loved me"

Evan R, Thursday, 3 December 2015 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I've only been able to listen to this album twice in total. it is so impressive and gorgeous and spacious and I literally can't listen to it without crying haha

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 December 2015 20:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah I could only digest it in tiny nibbles for the first week or so, but it's been a constant companion since I got inoculated to it. (I still have to skip "Sometimes" and "Rejoice" some days though)

Evan R, Thursday, 3 December 2015 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

I think her use of space is the most remarkable thing about this. it's like hovering over a black hole

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 3 December 2015 21:14 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I just let the silence swallow me up
The ring in my ears tastes like blood
Asking aloud, "Why you leavin'?"
But the pavement won't answer me

Evan R, Friday, 18 December 2015 01:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Also enjoying the 2013 LP from Baker's previous band, which is on Bandcamp. A lot of it sounds like Paramore by way of Codeine

http://thestarkillerstn.bandcamp.com/track/vertical-cities-2

Evan R, Monday, 21 December 2015 19:17 (two years ago) Permalink

A lot of it sounds like Paramore by way of Codeine

oh this will probably actually kill me

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 21 December 2015 19:33 (two years ago) Permalink

The passion itt has spurred me to check this out. Can I just say, though, that I only opened the thread in the first place because I misunderstood and thought that Sprained Ankle, My God was a really hilarious album title.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 19:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Can I just say, though, that I only opened the thread in the first place because I misunderstood and thought that Sprained Ankle, My God was a really hilarious album title.

Well it took me reading this post to realize that was not the title...

(I would listen to the songs posted here but for the most part they're not available in my country, I don't get the fucking logic behind doing that if you're an artist or a label)

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Monday, 21 December 2015 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

People who forget it's the 21st C. clinging to antiquated models of media distribution iirc.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 20:17 (two years ago) Permalink

raise yr hand if you recognized the "In Christ Alone" melody right away

alpine static, Monday, 21 December 2015 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

man this star killers record is amazing

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 21 December 2015 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

like REALLY amazing

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 21 December 2015 20:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I was thinking "holy shit it's an album tailor-made for Brad" the first few times I heard it.

I like the structuring of it, where the plucky, emo-y opening stretch gives way to spacier, moodier songs as the album goes on. So much good material here. And that last song really foreshadows her solo record

Evan R, Monday, 21 December 2015 21:43 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

it has become my favorite album from 2015, ordered the cd a week ago

it is amazing

niels, Thursday, 14 January 2016 15:07 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking about driving to Madison (a three-hour round trip) this Saturday to see her play an opening set on a bill with three other bands. My guess is she'll play 20 minutes tops? But it's still tempting.

Evan R, Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:38 (two years ago) Permalink

I really hope she does a European tour but at the same time I'm already nervous abt the crowd cause it would need to be pretty quiet for her show to work I imagine

somehow listening to the album alone is perfect setting

niels, Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

I saw a post on Facebook about a London show.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Thursday, 14 January 2016 21:49 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw-qbPq1y70

Evan R, Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:17 (two years ago) Permalink

this is really good
but i'm not going to listen to this again
just to make a couple references to things i listened to when i was younger and more prone to want to wallow in my own sadness

(this is not to say this is stylistically the same this is way more 00s indie/post-emo)

but it reminds me of the first elliot smith album and a lot of the songs: ohia/magnolia electric co. in that it's the type of music that wants to "pull you under" so to speak and i think she's good and talented but nope nope nope

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 January 2016 15:15 (two years ago) Permalink

niels, she has a handful of dates in Belgium, UK, Spain and Germany at the end of May listed here: https://www.facebook.com/julienrbaker/app/308540029359/

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Monday, 25 January 2016 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

great news!

the type of music that wants to "pull you under" so to speak and i think she's good and talented but nope nope nope
so damn otm (but yes yes yes)

niels, Monday, 25 January 2016 18:52 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i get the same feeling as ums, which is why i've listened to this album approximately 3 times in total

it's amazing still

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 25 January 2016 18:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Also obv I hope there is more distance between her and her work than the two I mentioned

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 00:22 (two years ago) Permalink

this album, my god

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 February 2016 18:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Do you think that there's a way I could ever get too far
That you'd ask me where I'd been
Like I ask you where you are?

alpine static, Tuesday, 2 February 2016 18:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess I'll have to go on a small vacation - anyone happen to know that one of these venues is particularly great?

was talking to a friend abt this record - we both feel there's an age specifity to some of the emotions Baker expresses, and at first this made us appreciate the record from a distance, but then it pulls you in, and suddenly it's like being a teenager again, let's you access some p strong emotions

(not sure if I'm expressing myself clearly, certainly don't want it to come off as patronizing)

niels, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 11:13 (two years ago) Permalink

whoa thanks for posting! i jsut watched the full concert vid and they mentioned east coast tour, which i didn't know about :)

Worth Taking from Little Kid (Will M.), Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:49 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

New song for NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. It's sad and pretty, like all the others

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/04/469247254/julien-baker-tiny-desk-concert?autoplay=true

Evan R, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:37 (two years ago) Permalink

yeeeees she's coming to Aarhus in May!

niels, Friday, 18 March 2016 11:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Been a long time since a debut from a singer-songwriter hit me this hard

I drove from Mississippi to Nashville to see her a week or two ago, because I feel the same way. Her record reminds of when the first Smiths record came out when I was a teenager. Not that it sounds anything like the Smiths, but there is that same feeling that this person is articulating emotions that I have felt. You could have heard a pin drop while she was playing, she had the room in the palm of her hand, although her between-song banter was self-deprecating and funny.

Aside from the lyrics, I love how the music is sooooooo spare and spartan: she gets an awful lot out of one or two chords and a delay pedal. In that regard, it reminds me of the very early Durutti Column records, if they were slowed and stripped down even further.

Driver 8, Saturday, 19 March 2016 06:50 (two years ago) Permalink

The musical side of it is so perfect, just can't imagine these songs any other way.

michaellambert, Saturday, 19 March 2016 14:31 (two years ago) Permalink

maybe that's due to my own limitations as a listener

here it is

princess of hell (BradNelson), Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:36 (three months ago) Permalink

fwiw, Ponzi's Snail Mail joke made me chuckle, and i made my dumb joke, but i definitely don't find those 5's (or 3's) music indistinguishable. i just lumped them together because they're prominent members of the wave of young women that has risen up in indie rock over the past couple years.

alpine static, Monday, 13 August 2018 02:35 (three months ago) Permalink

first three boygenius songs are on spotify, i've only heard "bite the hand" but my god lucy dacus is such an incredible songwriter

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

uh "me & my dog" rules too, i love hearing them all sing together???

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Eh soccer mommy does not sound like snail mail. Lush had a few rockers but was mostly subdued stoner grunge. Soccer mommy rips a lot more in a Colleen green fashion, concise fuzzed out power pop vs folkier songs on the record

Ross, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:31 (two months ago) Permalink

"stay down" essentially envisions my dream julien baker record: her backed by a band that sounds like elliott

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Can’t say I’ve ever liked Julian baker but maybe I haven’t heard the right stuff?

Ross, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 15:36 (two months ago) Permalink

there is no wrong stuff

niels, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

and yes def makes it clear that she could do a great full band album

niels, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

damn, "Bite the Hand" would be at home on the new Mitski, and "Stay Down" is what I was hoping for from the last Baker album. they're touring together, too:

11/04 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
11/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11/08 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/10 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
11/11 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/12 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/13 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/15 St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/16 Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
11/17 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/19 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/23 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/24 Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
11/25 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/27 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/29 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 17:26 (two months ago) Permalink

i mean i think as alpine pointed out the wilburys were more tied culturally than by a certain sound so i think the joke is fine

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/21/639528019/hear-new-music-from-phoebe-bridgers-julien-baker-lucy-dacus-supergroup-boygenius

need soccer mommy and snail mail to join to make a full-blown traveling wilburys situation

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

lol obviously someone made that exact joke hours ago.

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

a week ago

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 22:34 (two months ago) Permalink

weeks are made of hours

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 23:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Jenny Lewis, Bright Eyes, Ben Gibbard and M. Ward already did the indie-singer songwriter Wilburys

President Keyes, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 14:50 (two months ago) Permalink

so what you're saying is that the bar is really really high

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink

next Wilburys has to be aging k-pop stars

President Keyes, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:13 (two months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

the ep is out today, and almost frustrating in that it feels like a tiny glimpse at a huge world

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 26 October 2018 17:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ep is great, "bite the hand" still my fav track

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 26 October 2018 17:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maybe it's where I'm at but the songs of longing for idylls ("Me & My Dog", "Ketchum, ID") are hitting me hardest

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 26 October 2018 17:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

looking forward to hearing the other 3 songs. weird spotify metadata thing that will hurt their clicks - "boygenius" is an artist, but it only shows their three singles - not the EP. in order to find the EP, you have to type in one of the 3 member's names, where it's then displayed as an album. maybe i'll crosspost this with the spotify thread since someone there might actually be able to fix it.

Karl Malone, Friday, 26 October 2018 19:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bridgers's solo work is certainly my favourite so i'm not really surprised that the tracks she leads here are my favourites, but the collaborative approach seems to elevate all of them and hearing them sing together is wonderful

ufo, Saturday, 27 October 2018 05:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dang the boygenius EP is great

abcfsk, Monday, 29 October 2018 09:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Stay Down needs to be longer. Twice as long.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Monday, 29 October 2018 20:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Idly wondering if the EP is ideal length for the streaming age (and may have been all along).

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Monday, 29 October 2018 20:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I haven't really kept up since the first Julien Baker album, but I'm listening to the boygenius ep on rotation today and it's wonderful. I need to go back and see what I missed in the interim.

brain (krakow), Sunday, 4 November 2018 15:03 (one week ago) Permalink

I know I slept on the Phoebe Bridgers album last year and have been escaping to that world pretty obsessively lately.

abcfsk, Sunday, 4 November 2018 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

That other sad parallel world

abcfsk, Sunday, 4 November 2018 18:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Always managed to move in
Right next to the cemeteries
And never far from hospitals
I don’t know what that tells you about me

abcfsk, Sunday, 4 November 2018 18:58 (one week ago) Permalink

occam's razor says they're living in dense urban areas so nothing is ever that far away

21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 4 November 2018 20:57 (one week ago) Permalink

because all of those dense urban-centred cemeteries...

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Monday, 5 November 2018 16:42 (one week ago) Permalink

lol there are two cemeteries down the road from my high school!!

21st savagery fox (m bison), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:09 (one week ago) Permalink

i live next to a (small) cemetery

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:16 (one week ago) Permalink

anyway lucy dacus is the greatest songwriter in indie rock today

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:16 (one week ago) Permalink

the way they trade vocals on "souvenir" is exquisite, and their harmonies at the end!!!

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:24 (one week ago) Permalink

oh yeah this record gave me a nervous breakdown

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, November 5, 2015 3:12 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

happy anniversary

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:28 (one week ago) Permalink

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

abcfsk, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 13:13 (one week ago) Permalink

love it

julien is so damn adorable

anyone know why "boygenius"?

niels, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:25 (one week ago) Permalink

policygenius was taken

President Keyes, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink

cool that they made Julien's vocals totally inaudible in that clip

Number None, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink

nice! me & my dog is still my fave. (though they mixed julien super low in that performance, bummer)

also calling them a "supergroup" sometimes makes sense in press outlets that have covered the individual members before and given them lots of praise, but it's kind of weird to hear them referred to that on late night tv

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink

xp!
yeah, i'm sure they listened back to it later and were a little :/

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:36 (one week ago) Permalink

(not to focus too much on the mixing of a live performance but) maybe what happened was that julien's voice was a bit too high in the mix during rehearsal, so during performance the mixer turned her down AND she chose to sing further away from the mic in an attempt to fix it on her end, and it ended up with her pretty much at 0

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:39 (one week ago) Permalink

re: the band name

“I felt the need then to qualify that we didn’t want to be in control in a mean or exclusionary way," Baker says. "But the thing about being a woman in the music industry is that you constantly feel the need to qualify yourself. We produced this record and all the players are female. It was important for us to show that there doesn’t have to be a man behind the scenes pulling the strings who is later accredited with the genius.”

Number None, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

lmao I can definitely imagine an unfamiliar sound guy assuming she'd have a small/meek vocal presence only to render half the audience deaf xp

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

xp cool, thanks!

niels, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

to be fair to the sound person, she definitely looks like she's belting it in that performance. maybe he/she overcompensated ... or maybe Karl Malone is right.

but yeah, a bit of a bummer there.

alpine static, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

caught 'em tonight - JB actually has become a much quieter singer, like to the point where she was generally the quietest of the three performers. my guess would be she's had some formal training and it's reigned her in a bit.

anyway, Dacus was fantastic and the group set was stunning. they (apparently for the first time) eschewed amplification for "Ketchum, ID" resulting in a startlingly warm singalong -- now that was something else

I just got home and someone has already put it up on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NxC76FD45M

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Sunday, 11 November 2018 05:23 (two days ago) Permalink

man they kick so much ass

beautiful video

something about julien's voice instantly pierces my heart

niels, Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:06 (two days ago) Permalink


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