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Hot Thoughts is the upcoming ninth studio album by the band Spoon. It will be released on March 17, 2017, through Matador Records and is their first album to be released on the label since their 1996 debut album, Telephono.

1 Hot Thoughts
2 WhisperI’lllistentohearit
3 Do I Have to Talk You Into It
4 First Caress
5 Pink Up
6 Can I Sit Next to You
7 I Ain’t the One
8 Tear It Down
9 Shotgun
10 Us

Bee OK, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 03:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/D6KFBFg5q1Y

Bee OK, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 03:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

that is different for them, not sure what i think.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 03:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

don't think i've ever failed to like a spoon album even when i thought i was going to

this track sounds great tho

ciderpress, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 03:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

i suppose he probably has but this makes me wonder if daniel had ever harmonized w/ himself on a record before, the effect is so pronounced

j., Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

I like the sounds and the mood of it well enough, but there doesn't seem to be much of an actual song there. Seems like an odd opener for a Spoon record. It took me ages to warm up to They Want My Soul, though.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 08:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

I like the sounds and the mood of it well enough, but there doesn't seem to be much of an actual song there.

Sounds like business as usual then.

J/k, but it doesn't sound like a great departure from the less complicated pop of their last album, which is fine with me.

brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

Ooooh.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wasn't sure about that new song on the first listen, three more listens and I like it a lot. Can't wait for the new album, I love this band.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

I love this.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

^^^^

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

I like it but still with the Fridmann.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was listening to the title track when I saw this thread. I've never paid much attention to Spoon. This is okay. I could probably get to like it.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

This delivers pretty much exactly what I was expecting from a Spoon song called "Hot Thoughts" and I am not complaining.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

I like it but still with the Fridmann.

Indeed. Wish they'd go back to producing their records like they did with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which is one of my favourite sounding recordings of the last 20 years.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

I didn't really listen to the last record as a sort of irrational personal protest, because I was tired of bands breaking up or going on hiatus for basically as long as many bands take between albums anyway. But I'm listening now, and it's pretty good, so I'm looking forward to the new one, even if I agree that (Jim)Eno/Britt/McCarthy was a great production team.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

indeed. Wish they'd go back to producing their records like they did with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which is one of my favourite sounding recordings of the last 20 years.

― Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:43 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

+1

Wimmels, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

they haven't changed much at all!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

i think the production on kill the moonlight is more interesting tbh

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

i have grown to love this song now. it threw me off guard at first but after three spins i'm into it.

Bee OK, Thursday, 19 January 2017 02:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

I didn't really listen to the last record as a sort of irrational personal protest, because I was tired of bands breaking up or going on hiatus for basically as long as many bands take between albums anyway.

They Want My Soul is top tier Spoon, really another classic in their cannon. might be my third favorite of theirs now. realized this when i ran the Spoon poll a bit back. it sneaks up on you and hits you over the head unlike the album before did.

Bee OK, Thursday, 19 January 2017 03:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

They Want My Soul has become an inextricable part of my life. The title track, "New York Kicks," "Knock Knock Knock" -- permanent rotation at the student radio station I advise.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 January 2017 03:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

i never heard anything about them splitting up or even suggesting it. last album is their best after Girls Can Tell for me.

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

At one point I think Britt had talked about doing a solo album, but then Divine Fits ended up happening. Also the song that's inextricably part of your life is titled "New York Kiss."

DavidLeeRoth, Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

You know what's inextricably part of my life? Auto Correct on my phone.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

indeed. Wish they'd go back to producing their records like they did with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which is one of my favourite sounding recordings of the last 20 years.

― Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:43 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

+1

― Wimmels, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:29 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

+2

i don't watch lamestream porn (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 19 January 2017 13:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

this song is great

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Spoon continue to rule. Fucking love the production on this.

yesca, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Tour:

Date Venue Location

Mar 06 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Mar 14 The Main (SXSW Residency) Austin, TX
Mar 15 The Main (SXSW Residency) Austin, TX
Mar 16 The Main (SXSW Residency) Austin, TX
Jun 27 Gorilla Manchester, United Kingdom
Jun 28 The Arts School Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jun 30 O2 Forum London, United Kingdom
Jul 07 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain
Jul 14 Forecastle Louisville, KY
Jul 15 Sloss Festival Birmingham, AL
Jul 28 Panorama Festival New York, NY

Bee OK, Thursday, 9 February 2017 03:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

i'm going to go to the Santa Ana show and their first date, so excited! will pick up tickets on Friday when they go on sale.

Bee OK, Thursday, 9 February 2017 03:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

this is very very good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_yJYNF_Qas

na (NA), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

it's "can i sit next to you"

na (NA), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

The beginning sounds like "Down on the Corner."

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

am i insane or do both of the new songs released so far have a vague disco influence

na (NA), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

there's one figure in there that's v. much Lament by the Cure.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

in Hot Thoughts, that is.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

I haven't heard note one - waiting for the album to come out so I can experience it as a whole. (Which is my M.O. for almost every record these days.)

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 22 February 2017 23:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

I don't know Lament but totally re: Cure, it really sticks out

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 23:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

holy fuck is that good. i'm loving this direction, i really suites them.

Bee OK, Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

or it...

Bee OK, Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

So far their last album had more range and hooks but I'm still feeling this. Feels like it expands in a natural way from Spoon's emphasis on rigid grooves. Let's hear a whole record of "I Turn My Camera On"!

yesca, Saturday, 25 February 2017 15:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

on my way, so excited!

Bee OK, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 03:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

"can i sit next to you" is fuckin great. they're still so great at deploying sound

ciderpress, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 04:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

1. Do I Have to Talk You Into It
2. Hot Thoughts
3. Inside Out
4. I Turn My Camera On
5. The Beast and Dragon, Adored
6. I Saw the Light
7. Don't You Evah
8. The Underdog
9. Black Like Me
10. Small Stakes
11. My Mathematical Mind
12. Can I Sit Next To You?
13. Do You
14. Got Nuffin
15. Rent I Pay

Encore:

16. I Ain't the One
17. Rainy Taxi

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 03:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4MSdqpZxqM

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 03:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

nice setlist!

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 03:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Daniel has become expert at that kind of ugly strummed noise

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 03:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

the concert was unbelievable fun. my friend and i kept saying just when you think this can't get any better then they play a song that was even more epic then the one before. all the new songs are 10/10, well maybe not the new encore song as it was a bit mellow. the first song of the night was brand new to everyone there and it didn't disappoint. in fact i figured it would be the last song on the new album, turns out it will be the third song. "Rainy Taxi" was such a great way to end the night, so euphoric.

go if they come to town, a band at the top of their game.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 03:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

GF, GA(x5), and Transference are miles better than the last two albums. The last album had a few better stand alone tunes, but didn't sound very cohesive which is not surprising knowing that they worked with two different producers. Hot Thoughts sounds more like an album, but the tunes just don't stand out to me. I will say the song "Hot Thoughts" is one of my favorite things they've ever done.

DavidLeeRoth, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

i find it hard to believe daniel's ability to write a hooky tune will ever wither, so the new one just seems to me like a deliberate effort to write a certain kind of album. i like at least a few tunes on 'soul' way better than anything on this one, yet i find i've already played the new one ~40 times. it has a very compelling arc to it.

j., Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is good but the drum sounds are kinda driving me nuts fucking flaming lips ruined drums forever

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

I love all Spoon albums, including this one so far. BUT the run from Kill the Moonlight to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (give or take the albums bookending that run) are rarefied air. This album and the last one are good but feel less essential to me. I haven't felt a desire to go back to the last one in quite some time.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 21:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

Starting to think of this band in comparison with Clinic. Pretty much same number of albums, same issues with building blocks, how to modify their sound, production, how to progress artistically, etc. I liked Free Reign II better than anything Spoon has done recently, which might be a good indication of where I'd like them to go.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 22 March 2017 22:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

that is frankly bizarre. spoon's success with those things over an extended period has become the defining feature of the band.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 23 March 2017 01:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

Is Transference a break-up album?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 24 March 2017 08:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think its the sound of the band breaking up more than a relationship Britt was having, but I could be wrong.

DavidLeeRoth, Friday, 24 March 2017 12:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

Not getting into this album, feel a bit turned off by the obviousness of the titles and choruses. Where are the beasts and dragons, the monsieur valentines, the sister jacks and japanese cigarette cases? Have they strayed too far from the mystery zone?

ledge, Sunday, 26 March 2017 13:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

i forgot how well executed My Mathematical Mind is - they ride on that single chord for a full 3 minutes until when it finally resolves in the final bars it feels like total collapse

ciderpress, Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

Pink Up is Sex & The Church from The Buddha Of Suburbia and I claim my £5.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 27 March 2017 08:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

I've nursed a theory for a while that Spoon alternate between a sort of extroverted and introverted mode from album to album

so Telephono, Girls Can Tell, Gimme Fiction, and Transference are introverted mode - somewhat darker tonally or nocturnal in vibe, more abstract and atmospheric, and (recently) more defined by groove-oriented compositions

and Series of Sneaks, Kill the Moonlight, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, They Want My Soul are extroverted mode - on the whole more kinetic, brighter, less moody, more immediate songwriting and production

I'm not saying there's like a night and day difference between the two but I think there is something there in terms of general impression. And I think Hot Thoughts continues the trend, though it is maybe more of a synthesis than its immediate predecessors which I thought made the difference especially stark.

anonanon, Monday, 27 March 2017 14:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

they've been working on a plan

ciderpress, Monday, 27 March 2017 14:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

this sounds like their best album since Gimme Fiction so far.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 27 March 2017 14:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

I often make the mistake of thinking of Spoon as a meat'n'potatoes indie rock band whose songwriting manages to elevate them above roteness. But I put this on and started doing some work, and there are textures and sounds in here that made me think 'Oh what is this I'm listening to? Is it house music?' or whatever...

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, 27 March 2017 14:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

Their production, especially since Kill The Moonlight, is fabulous. Even just their meat'n'potatoes stuff. The textures they get out of drums and guitars shame most other indie bands.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 27 March 2017 14:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

"I Ain't The One" is "Editions Of You" re-imagined by Coldplay

willem, Monday, 27 March 2017 14:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

here are textures and sounds in here that made me think 'Oh what is this I'm listening to? Is it house music?' or whatever...

― Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Monday, March 27, 2017 10:16 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this exactly. Also why I really, really love "Pink Up."

Wimmels, Monday, 27 March 2017 17:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

debut at number 17.

Bee OK, Thursday, 6 April 2017 04:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga debuted at number 10. Get to work folks! Even thought it's far from my favorite Spoon album there's not 17 better new albums than this one.

DavidLeeRoth, Thursday, 6 April 2017 13:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

that's a fall off from previous peaks. Check out the last two.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 April 2017 13:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

first Spoon album released since billboard started counting streaming right?

anonanon, Thursday, 6 April 2017 13:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

Damn the last two were both top four! Is Matador dropping the ball? This album got great reviews!

DavidLeeRoth, Thursday, 6 April 2017 13:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

This album is great.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 April 2017 17:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

Not surprised by the lower entry - this album is more groove, less pop. The last album had "Do You" which is pretty much the most catchy pop thing they've ever done. In another era that would have been a top ten single to rival the best of them.

yesca, Sunday, 16 April 2017 05:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

excited, thou it's about 100 miles away and need to work the next morning.

so i might actually only see Spoon.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:09 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll never complain about having to go 30 miles to Bristol to see a band ever again

nate woolls, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Pre-kids an 180-mile round trip to Bristol for gigs was common for us. Next week and the week after we're doing two over-nighters (London and Manchester) to see The National and Grizzly Bear.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah same, trips to London and back the same night weren't uncommon pre-kids. Come to think of it I think the last time we went to London to see a band was Spoon in Camden.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:25 (two months ago) Permalink

2010? Or was it v early 2011? We were there!

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:37 (two months ago) Permalink

I know you were, it was mentioned on another Spoon thread. It was 2010, our son was very young and we left him at the in-laws while we went to the gig.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Feels like another life.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I've played this Spoon album more than any since GF.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah? I liked it quicker than any of the last few but don't feel like it's had the growing power that Transference or even They Want My Soul had. I probably need to revisit it though; I feel like I 'get' each Spoon album a lot more when the next one comes out, if that makes sense? ie. I liked Transference quite a bit from the off, but when TWMS came out I went back to it and was like 'oh wow this is amazing'.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

i think i'm with Monthy with this one. They Want My Soul has turned into one of Spoon's classic albums. their run from Girl Can Tell to TWMS is probably unmatched in rock today. i do really like this one but doesn't have the same impact those albums do, it feels more like a singles album for them. don't get me wrong, it's still really good just not up to Spoon standards.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Transference is the vaporous one to my ears. I love TWMS.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Wasn't crazy about Transference at first but it grew on me. I've never felt drawn back to TWMS and the new one has not stuck. I like all Spoon albums but I'm sad to say they feel somewhat less essential lately.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Transference I liked a great deal but I overplayed it, burned myself out on it.

TWMS always seemed...incomplete to me, like it was missing a chromosome; abrupt, as though there was a more fulsome version of the LP 10 minutes longer that was sanded down past the quick.

Hot Thoughts I'm really loving, even as it's a mystery I'm still solving.

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:41 (two months ago) Permalink

(I still need to really explore/absorb their earliest records.)

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 02:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Transference was a disappointment to me following Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and still is really. Probably my least favourite Spoon.

TWMS seemed pretty throwaway on first listen and I didn't give it a fair shot; I've since gone back to it and love it now.

Hot Thoughts feels like a classic already.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:24 (two months ago) Permalink

I love Transference, I'd probably put it in my top 3 Spoon albums. I love Hot Thoughts a lot when I'm playing it but I struggle to remember how most of the songs go when I'm not. Like I can look at the tracklisting for any other album and know the songs straight away but not with HT.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Ha. That's me and Transference.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:59 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^ Yep, me too.

Listening to Transference now, and I'll admit there's more good stuff on here than I give it credit for. I think some of the production quirks just annoy me a bit. Last track's a belter though ...

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:53 (two months ago) Permalink

There’s at least 5 songs on Transference that I’d count amongst their best.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:26 (two months ago) Permalink

yup

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:31 (two months ago) Permalink

(these five:

I Saw the Light
Is Love Forever?
Who Makes Your Money
Trouble Comes Running
Got Nuffin)

nate woolls, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Written In Reverse
Out Go The Lights
Goodnight Laura

All also great.

Transference is like a hangover after Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, like clearing up the party and feeling that pang of hollow loneliness. But it's great.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm a big Transference fan. Even a lesser track like 'Who Makes Your Money' explores space in a way that I think they deployed more successfully on TWMS.

campreverb, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:13 (two months ago) Permalink

The self-production is more interesting than about half the songs. There is no wrong answer with this remarkably consistent band.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink


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