The Breeders - All Nerve (2018)

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After much anticipation, The Breeders have announced their new album All Nerve which will be out March 2 via 4AD. It was made with the same lineup that gave us Last Splash and was recorded in Dayton, KY, Chicago and Dayton, OH with Steve Albini, Tom Tastikis, Greg Norman and Mike Montgomery behind the boards. Courtney Barnett and her band guest on “Howl at the Summit” and Breeders bassist Josephine Wiggs sings lead on “MetaGoth.” Graphic designer Chris Bigg, who has worked with The Breeders from the beginning, did the artwork.

1. Nervous Mary
2. Wait in the Car
3. All Nerve
4. MetaGoth
5. Spacewoman
6. Walking with the Killer
7. Howl at the Summit
8. Archangel’s Thunderbird
9. Dawn: Making an Effort
10. Skinhead #2
11. Blues at the Acropolis

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:48 (two years ago) link

really ugly cover
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/files/2018/01/The-Breeders-All-Nerve-album-artwork.jpg

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:49 (two years ago) link

good song titles though

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (two years ago) link

"MetaGoth" is already my favorite song of the year and I haven't heard a note.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:52 (two years ago) link

OMG AMON DUUL II COVER

sleeve, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:52 (two years ago) link

^^^ YES ^^^

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:30 (two years ago) link

this...is going to be amazing

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:31 (two years ago) link

Single was underwhelming but I was thinking about “saints” at 3 am last night so yeah, anticipating

calstars, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:29 (two years ago) link

was totally down with "Wait in the Car"

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:50 (two years ago) link

holy shit if anyone can do justice to the greatest song ever it's Deal & co

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:06 (two years ago) link

The Lucinda song?

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:09 (two years ago) link

Amon Duul II - "Archangels Thunderbird"

sleeve, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:14 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quqU4onSjh8

StanM, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:20 (two years ago) link

I will NEVER tire of the thrill of a new Deal song. Undiluted.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:11 (two years ago) link

i really like that

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:28 (two years ago) link

kim really is great — obviously she's well-loved, but I still feel like she's underrated. just a total original.

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:34 (two years ago) link

i still think she's the best rock star of the '90s, she best epitomized that decade for me.

omar little, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:40 (two years ago) link

it feels like she's getting more appreciation lately? feeling more of a buzz about this new album than mountain battles e.g.

i am pumped for it and i am happy for any new kim deal music but the amps album is better than any of the breeders albums, right? they're all great but pacer is perfect.

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:51 (two years ago) link

challenging kim deal opinions

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:51 (two years ago) link

i listened to mountain battles today and it sounds better to me now

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:53 (two years ago) link

i agree re pacer. a perfect album.

mizzell, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:58 (two years ago) link

Last Splash > Pacer > Title TK > Pod > Mountain Battles

J. Sam, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:30 (two years ago) link

this new album is grrrrrreat

alpine static, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:46 (two years ago) link

xp POD 4TH?!!!?!???

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:43 (two years ago) link

There are challops, AND THEN THERE ARE CHALLOPS!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:44 (two years ago) link

Pod's my least favorite.

LS > Title TK > Mountain Battles > Pod

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:46 (two years ago) link

I've never been more mad at u

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:52 (two years ago) link

would probably say Pod is my fave. hard to pick, though ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:55 (two years ago) link

and it's still good! It's just the one I listen to least.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:57 (two years ago) link

Yeah Pod is definitely their best

nate woolls, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:08 (two years ago) link

Mentioned on another thread, but I saw them on their recent small club tour and was completely blown away by "Walking With A Killer" (my first time hearing it) and I'm a jaded fuck who rarely gets into new material. They put on a fantastic live show fwiw.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:14 (two years ago) link

You can buy all of the KD solo series 7" songs via Amazon music and iTunes I think. Makes a GREAT mini album. "Likkle More" destroys me.

I think Deal just might be my favourite songwriter and singer of all time. Hard to think of anyone who's given me more joy.

My challop: Title TK > Pod > Pacer > Mountain Battles > Last Splash

(I hate the overproduction of LS and think it buffed out the ragged charm of the real Deal aesthetic)

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:44 (two years ago) link

Honest, earnest question from me: what exactly do people like about Title TK? I can't figure it out for the life of me. Such a tossed off, songless record.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:57 (two years ago) link

That's me re Pod!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:59 (two years ago) link

:O

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:01 (two years ago) link

Look, arguing about the merits of this or that album is futile. The ethos produces a remarkable consistency.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:02 (two years ago) link

JF - I don't know what to say to you except that the writing on that record is better than any other of the albums. The songs are loose and sketchy, they ride the tension between pop sweetness and chaos so perfectly that I never tire of them. It's the thing Deal does better than anyone else I've heard (maybe Bob Pollard gets there but his hit:miss ratio is lower, plus he doesn't have THAT VOICE). "London Song" I have probably listened to a hundred times, it never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck and feels like pure energy. If you don't feel it you don't, I guess, but it took me maybe a year to fully dial into its wavelength and it's just kept giving since then.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (two years ago) link

Pod, Pacer >>>>>>>>

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (two years ago) link

Hm, 16 years ago? Make that 300 times at least, I guess!

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:15 (two years ago) link

Pod and the Kim Deal 7"s MattK referred to (as an album) are truly unfuckwithable.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:18 (two years ago) link

It helps that Title TK was stuck in my car CD player for a year before fixing it. I can hum every note.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:20 (two years ago) link

xps That's what I get from songs like "Oh!" and "Iris" and basically the entirety of Pod and don't get at all from anything on Title TK, but it's not you who needs to be sold on the virtues of Pod (it's your #2).

I mean, agree to disagree and whatnot, and I feign a lot of confusion and outrage on this board just for the sake of comedy, but this is a thing I am legit confused by out in the real world.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:22 (two years ago) link

I love Title TK, the production is perfect, layered and weird but distinctly garage-y in the Deal way.

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:33 (two years ago) link

Nothing with "Little Fury" can be called songless

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:34 (two years ago) link

Or Off You or Too Alive or

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:41 (two years ago) link

"Dawn: Making an Effort." WOW.

J. Sam, Friday, 2 March 2018 05:44 (two years ago) link

I love this whole album.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 March 2018 06:01 (two years ago) link

Thank you for reminding me, to my surprise my local CD store had the physical disc on release date! Got there with 10 minutes to spare, about to hit the car which is one of my few remaining disc players.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 06:33 (two years ago) link

The Josephine Wiggs co-writes are bringing the muscle, playing this loud on a decent system now.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 07:45 (two years ago) link

which ones did she co-write (besides, i assume, MetaGoth)?

alpine static, Friday, 2 March 2018 07:59 (two years ago) link

it's a completely awesome album and i recommend listening to it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:36 (one year ago) link

otm

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:38 (one year ago) link

Can you capture what you like about it?

djh, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:45 (one year ago) link

idk all of their records are fucking good for different reasons, this one’s like what if the last splash lineup made something as deep and mysterious as pod, the songs are pretty much all simultaneously full of hooks and open-ended and strange

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:50 (one year ago) link

idk all their albums are open-ended and strange and full of hooks. It's impossible for me to explain what separates this from that one.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:55 (one year ago) link

I realise I have only said the circumstances in which I heard it and the vague idea that "listening to the Breeders in 2018 seems odd". "Open ended and strange" is part of it: certainly I couldn't really say what many of the less obvious songs are about, even when they resonate with me somehow. Like, I love "All Nerve" and the first half always reminds me of someone specific and the second half doesn't.

djh, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:59 (one year ago) link

I love this album and it's one of my favorites of the year, easily. I'm bummed that it didn't appear on ANY end of year lists, as far I can tell.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:26 (one year ago) link

It's turned up on a few lists for sure. The 2018 lists thread may have some of them...

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:28 (one year ago) link

a quick search turned up: Mojo and Uncut

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:32 (one year ago) link

Heard a little of this for the first time this morning, and it does sound good.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:37 (one year ago) link

"listening to the Breeders in 2018 seems odd"

Part of their charm beyond the music is that for a long-running rock band, their history doesn't follow the typical rock band arc in any way. Other than heroin problems. It's as disjointed and compellingly odd as Deal's writing.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:10 (one year ago) link

I don't think there's any "comeback" record that made me as happy as this one did

Οὖτις, Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:17 (one year ago) link

They're all comeback records, kinda!

eva logorrhea (bendy), Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:23 (one year ago) link

It is my understanding that these songs - at least I think most are - are about Kims experiences dealing with her mothers Dementia. I think she has been looking after her for a while.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:04 (one year ago) link

I've heard that said before. I think you could play the album loads and not reach that conclusion (though it does seem likely given what we know).

djh, Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:16 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

https://pitchfork.com/news/the-breeders-josephine-wiggs-announces-new-album-shares-song-listen/

I realised I've never heard the Josephine Wiggs Experience album. New song is very pretty, reminds me a lot of Hans-Joachim Roedelius
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_NQSuxIQhk

willem, Thursday, 21 March 2019 13:26 (one year ago) link

that is really an alternate dreamy universe compared to the breeders directly into the face approach. a little on the cutesy/mellifluous side of things.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

cutesy/mellifuous covers most of her 90s stuff - with Ladies Who Lunch and Dusty Trails at either end. cool to see that Jon Mattock is at least involved with this - Honey Tongues and The Josephine Wiggs Experience were both duos of the two of them.

steven, soda jerk (sic), Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

has there ever been a more iconic but awkward fit than the breeders and 4ad/vaughan oliver aesthetics?

linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 09:36 (one year ago) link

The worst was the Last Splash anniversary box set with awful new artwork.

Title TK's cover is fairly blah.

I appreciate that the artwork isn't too easy, but once the novelty faded i haven't been fond of how text/font heavy 4ad's artwork tends to be.

Cow_Art, Monday, 8 April 2019 10:48 (one year ago) link

the whole 4ad thing is all very soft-focus, ethereal, sophisticated and british. lots of text and different typefaces like you say whereas i see the band and their music as being very dry, american, suburban and working class or something? even something vaguely contemporaneous like lush worked better with it as they were at least british and their aesthetic sound-lineage from things like the cocteau twins; the obvious analogue to the soft-focus aspect of the 4ad cover style.

i dunno, all those recent self-released kim deal singles have these really "designed", layered image-heavy assemblages on the covers too, so she clearly just likes that stuff and wasn't just stuck with the 4ad house style. just seems

in some ways it kind of works to differentiate them from their time. if all of their covers were standard '90s sebadoh/pavement/gbv-ish collages or that kind of naive anti-photo thing with some scrawled text on it they would blend in more maybe? the presentation being slightly at odds with the content has an interesting way of gilding it or framing it differently.

linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 21:31 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Good summer for this record

surm, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:26 (one year ago) link

I'm in the mood for them to chuck out another album fairly speedily. Fucking love "All Nerve".

djh, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:10 (one year ago) link

I played it yesterday!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:02 (one year ago) link

xxp This band has a remarkably ugly set of album covers, IMO

Consider the coconut (morrisp), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:27 (one year ago) link

The covers don’t suit the band’s sound for sure.

bendy, Monday, 24 June 2019 02:57 (one year ago) link

disagree x2

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:01 (one year ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brutalist_architecture

except in font/layout/design, definitely fits with the savagely precise music IMO

Ambient Police (sleeve), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:11 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Walking With A Killer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xBwXJkxlPI

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:36 (eleven months ago) link

love it

Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:56 (eleven months ago) link

Nice video but still getting used to the album version of this as opposed to the first 7" version which was so great.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 31 October 2019 18:28 (eleven months ago) link

They don't seem radically different?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:32 (eleven months ago) link

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NtcXD3cefuA I mean obviously it's the same song but the original version seems more sure of itself to my ears but maybe that's just the one 'heard it first must be best' thing going on

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:59 (eleven months ago) link

ten months pass...

Holy fuck this album

surm, Monday, 21 September 2020 22:50 (one month ago) link

it's so good

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 21 September 2020 22:52 (one month ago) link

Been spinning it a lot lately too - loving Josephine's bass tone, it's thunderous.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 21 September 2020 22:57 (one month ago) link

Like the first six tracks are fuzzy gold
Spacewoman tho

surm, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 18:35 (one month ago) link

Also Dawn: Making An Effort
Fuckkkkkkkkk

surm, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 19:02 (one month ago) link

title track is a perfect example of Kim’s deeply odd but exquisite sensibility, she’s been a top-5 favourite songwriter for me for 30 years

assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 20:19 (one month ago) link

Same
Well 20 for me

surm, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

Also Dawn: Making An Effort
Fuckkkkkkkkk

― surm, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:02 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

i got a homogenic björk wine farmer permabanned (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 22 September 2020 20:35 (one month ago) link

It's not on the album but Kim's "are you mine" brings me to tears pretty much every time.

Fetchboy, Monday, 28 September 2020 00:44 (one month ago) link

That and "Likkle More". Both about her mom's dementia I believe.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 28 September 2020 04:35 (one month ago) link

wtf hvnt i hrd either of those songs

surm, Monday, 28 September 2020 05:42 (one month ago) link

All of Kim's solo singles are great. God I wish she would put something new out. All Nerve seems much farther away than two years.

Cow_Art, Monday, 28 September 2020 05:49 (one month ago) link

they're from a 7" series that Kim Deal's been releasing for the last 5-6 years... most of 'em are still available on her site:

https://kimdealmusic.com/

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 28 September 2020 05:54 (one month ago) link

O shit

surm, Monday, 28 September 2020 06:08 (one month ago) link

they can also be purchased as mp3s via Amazon music (does that still exist? that's where I bought my digital copies). The five singles make a pretty excellent mini-album.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 28 September 2020 06:22 (one month ago) link

I'm normally very much more into the rockers than the slow songs w/ The Breeders - going back 25 years - but Dawn Making An Effort is definitely my favorite song on All Nerve.

alpine static, Monday, 28 September 2020 06:41 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

It is really devastating

surm, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 02:28 (two weeks ago) link


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