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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

good song titles though

tylerw, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

OMG AMON DUUL II COVER

sleeve, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

^^^ YES ^^^

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

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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

calstars, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

was totally down with "Wait in the Car"

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

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 (ten months ago) Permalink

The Lucinda song?

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

Amon Duul II - "Archangels Thunderbird"

sleeve, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:14 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

StanM, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

i really like that

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

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

challenging kim deal opinions

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

i agree re pacer. a perfect album.

mizzell, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

J. Sam, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

this new album is grrrrrreat

alpine static, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

There are challops, AND THEN THERE ARE CHALLOPS!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pod's my least favorite.

LS > Title TK > Mountain Battles > Pod

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

I've never been more mad at u

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

tylerw, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah Pod is definitely their best

nate woolls, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

That's me re Pod!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 00:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

:O

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pod, Pacer >>>>>>>>

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Nothing with "Little Fury" can be called songless

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Dawn: Making an Effort." WOW.

J. Sam, Friday, 2 March 2018 05:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

I love this whole album.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 March 2018 06:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Friday, 2 March 2018 07:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

THANK YOU!!!

Cow_Art, Sunday, 29 April 2018 12:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Excited to see them tonight.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:35 (six months ago) Permalink

Jealous en

Hope they play gigantic for ya

Tosser full of secrets (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:40 (six months ago) Permalink

They have every other night so far at recent shows :).

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:54 (six months ago) Permalink

What ya wanna hear??

Main man (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 15:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Ohhh enjoy E.!

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 4 May 2018 18:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Report back

That’s All Folks... (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 18:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Will do :)

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 4 May 2018 20:36 (six months ago) Permalink

good show in chicago last night. highlight for me was during the opening set by awesome local band melkbelly, who are apparently opening for most/all of the tour, i'm 90% sure one of the deal sisters sang back-up on a song from backstage.

na (NA), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:38 (six months ago) Permalink

set list was fairly predictable but i was pleasantly surprised they did "safari"

na (NA), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:39 (six months ago) Permalink

I really liked Melkbelly!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Thursday, 10 May 2018 02:43 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Spacewoman" is the best song ever.

cwkiii, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:23 (five months ago) Permalink

(So are like 10 other Breeders songs fwiw)

cwkiii, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:24 (five months ago) Permalink

On first listen, I didn't think much to it. A couple of further listens I love every song on it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:48 (five months ago) Permalink

I won’t stop!!!!

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Dawn: Making an Effort is the highlight imo

Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

^ YES. One of their best songs ever.

J. Sam, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:21 (five months ago) Permalink

I love that one, but it's seriously difficult for me to pick just one highlight.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:25 (five months ago) Permalink

I feel like no one ever talks about how strange and abstract Deal's lyrics are. they're not Pavement-level wordplay but they have a very cut-up stream-of-consciousness kind of thing going on, so 90s indie

Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:28 (five months ago) Permalink

Absolutely

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Dawn: Making an Effort is the highlight imo

Id go so far to say that the Howl > AT > Dawn sequence makes the album

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:32 (five months ago) Permalink

(Ok I already posted that)

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:35 (five months ago) Permalink

agreed about Dawn, my fav on the album along with Nervous Mary, I think.

my favorite single moment is still *riffage* "good morning!"

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:37 (five months ago) Permalink

otm that is always thrilling

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:38 (five months ago) Permalink

I GOT BUSINESS

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:55 (five months ago) Permalink

TAKIN' A NAP, CUZ STRATEGY'S FOR PUNKS

alpine static, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:57 (five months ago) Permalink

(Ok I already posted that)

― bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money),

keep saying it imo

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 June 2018 19:56 (five months ago) Permalink

"walking with a killer" is an instant kim deal classic to me, so creepy and sad and pretty

na (NA), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:14 (five months ago) Permalink

^^^

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:19 (five months ago) Permalink

I feel like no one ever talks about how strange and abstract Deal's lyrics are. they're not Pavement-level wordplay but they have a very cut-up stream-of-consciousness kind of thing going on, so 90s indie

― Οὖτις, Thursday, May 31, 2018 2:28 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

She's a great lyric writer, this line from "Skinhead #2"has been killing me lately "I need spit /To crush these beetles on my lips"

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 1 June 2018 20:32 (five months ago) Permalink

This is fast becoming one of my favourite albums from this year.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:28 (five months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I've been having a curious "4ad phase" that I can't really explain beyond wondering if I'm having a mid-life crisis. Anyway, on a week away in the Kent seaside town of Whitstable, I was motivated to pick up "All Nerve". The record shop lady seemed really pleased though perhaps she looks like this with every sale. I'm at my happiest writing holiday postcards, half-way down a bottle of red. Some of them said "I've bought a Breeders album in 2018, which seems like such an odd thing to have done."

Anyway, that NPR concert is curiously life affirming.

djh, Thursday, 27 September 2018 22:02 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVk4xRdD5MA

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 07:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Still one of the best albums of the year

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 15:56 (one month ago) Permalink

otm

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Yep, I'd agree. Strangely, if I'd not heard it/been in the Breeders zone and I'd have seen it in anyone's end of year list, I would have thought it the most ridiculous thing ever.

djh, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

"Director: Richard Ayoade"

djh, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:49 (one month ago) Permalink

just saw them live, they looked like they were having a lot of fun... the crowd was going nuts! awesome set, split mostly between the new album and last splash, with a handful of songs from pod and also all those middle albums I don't have.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 03:52 (one month ago) Permalink

this album fucking rules - everything i want in a modern rock record - taut length, barnstorming riffs and great vocals

montoya (Ross), Monday, 8 October 2018 04:05 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah... Wait in the Car, Nervous Mary, Spacewoman and Howl at the Summit sounded huge live!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 04:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Desperately hoping they hit the studio and put something out before the next ten years or whatever.

Cow_Art, Monday, 8 October 2018 11:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I had no idea there'd been massive lineup changes in the interim between Last Splash and now, until people at the show were so effusive about it being the "original" lineup playing.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 15:15 (one month ago) Permalink

the Last Splash lineup only did that record and then split after about 18 months of playing; they reformed for a 20th anniversary tour (then including session/touring vioinist Carrie Bradley), and have now been back together for five years and a second record.

(The 2008 album Mountain Battles and 2009 EP Fate To Fatal are the sole time the exact same lineup has made two records, but the only change between 2000 and 2008 was a third guitarist leaving. Kim regrets not making The Amps that year's lineup of The Breeders, though.)

Shy Betting Mega Hit (sic), Monday, 8 October 2018 17:37 (one month ago) Permalink

years when I didn't keep up with the Breeders: 1995-2018

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 19:43 (one month ago) Permalink

oh well title tk is a really great album

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 8 October 2018 19:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm giving Mountain Battles a spin right now!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 8 October 2018 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Ha, yes. I have a similar gap.

djh, Monday, 8 October 2018 20:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened to this album for the first time today, pretty good! I must admit I've never been a huge fan of the band (even Last Splash, which like this one I sort of lose interest in after a little bit) but there were moments in it that really hit the spot. There is nothing objectively wrong with it, the singing or playing or writing, just not necessarily my thing right now.

Had Kim done anything before the Pixies? I've always wondered if she would have released anything had she not been in the Pixies, not least because there are a striking number of sonic similarities between the Breeders and the Pixies.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:08 (one month ago) Permalink

> Had Kim done anything before the Pixies?

She was in a band called The Breeders with her sister Kelley!

Kim and her identical twin sister Kelley were introduced to music at a young age; the two sang to a "two-track, quarter-inch, tape" when they were "four or five" years old,[5] and grew up listening to hard rock bands such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.[4] When Deal was 11, she learned Roger Miller's "King of the Road" on the acoustic guitar. In high school, at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, she was a cheerleader and often got into conflicts with authority.[5] "We were popular girls," Kelley explained. "We got good grades and played sports."[4] Living in Dayton was for her like living in Russia: a friend of Kelley's living in California used to send them cassettes of artists like James Blood Ulmer, Undertones, [Elvis] Costello, Sex Pistols and Siouxsie [and the Banshees]. "These tapes were our most treasured possession, the only link with civilization".[6]

As a teenager, she formed a folk rock band named The Breeders with her sister. She then became a prolific songwriter, as she found it easier to write songs than cover them. Deal later commented on her songwriting output: "I got like a hundred songs when I was like 16, 17 ... The music is pretty good, but the lyrics are just like, OH MY GOD. We were just trying to figure out how blue rhymes with you. When I was writing them, they didn't have anything to do with who I was."[7] The Deals bought microphones, an eight-track tape recorder, a mixer, speakers, and amps for a bedroom studio. According to Kelley, they "had the whole thing set up by the time we were 17". They later bought a drum machine "so it would feel like we were more in a band".[8]

Following high school, Deal went to seven different colleges, including Ohio State University, but did not graduate from any of them.[4] She eventually received an associate degree in medical technology from Kettering College of Medical Arts[9] and took several jobs in cellular biology, including working in a hospital laboratory and a biochemical lab.[10][citation needed]

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:26 (one month ago) Permalink

so are there early recordings? do they sound like the Pixies a little, too?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 01:30 (one month ago) Permalink


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