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i like the last minute of 'not abel' now, still kind of enduring the baroque first third

flopson, Friday, 27 April 2018 05:15 (two years ago) link

based on having seen a couple shows now, i think these guys are a fun but not particularly strong live act. they don't really seem to have a handle on how to do their material justice. it all sounds a bit thin. imo there is clearly more to the band on record than just a showcase for frances but live maybe not.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 4 May 2018 19:58 (two years ago) link

have you seen them perform new material? i've never seen them live but i had the same impression from watching their tiny desk. but it seems like the new album was made to offset that

flopson, Friday, 4 May 2018 20:35 (two years ago) link

yeah, i just saw them last night. not a noticeable improvement with the new material for the most part. how simple was p limp as the opener. however, look of love and prior things which tbh are neither among my favourite songs on the album both popped live and were stand outs from the new tracks.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 4 May 2018 20:44 (two years ago) link

painted shut era shows were awesome. haven’t seen them yet this cycle

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 4 May 2018 21:16 (two years ago) link

i can’t reiterate enough how awesome the drummer of this band is

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 4 May 2018 21:17 (two years ago) link

I will echo that they were v good on the last tour (the crowd was my issue)

Simon H., Friday, 4 May 2018 22:13 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Afternoon vanilla sun crawls away across the lawn
Through the phone I pull you and drag your voice around

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Sunday, 20 May 2018 15:22 (two years ago) link


flopson, Sunday, 20 May 2018 21:14 (two years ago) link

Seeing them tonight at Brooklyn Steel, I’m pumped to see the new songs live. This will somehow be the fourth time I’m seeing them since Painted Shut came out.

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 16:04 (two years ago) link

the show was great, the new material sounded awesome. i think i finally understand Not Abel, now, which is great. They played everything from the new album but One That Suits Me and How You Got Your Limp, and broke out Well-Dressed (always a showstopper), Horseshoe Crabs, The Knock, Happy to See Me, and Powerful Man. They closed out with a perfect rendition of Tibetan Pop Stars.

they are rapidly becoming my favorite band of the decade

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:40 (two years ago) link

I wish the guitar player in this band ripped a little more; I find his playing to be a bit too polite. Generally into the singer/songs, though.

spastic heritage, Friday, 8 June 2018 03:08 (two years ago) link

voted for prior things as i always knew i would

paul mccartney & whinge (voodoo chili), Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:54 (two years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 25 June 2018 00:01 (two years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:01 (two years ago) link

This album sounds like Haim covering Stars

― nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, April 20, 2018 10:51 AM (two months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this post is violence to me

flopson, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:53 (two years ago) link

i guess i didn't vote? would've put one in for "writer"

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

also lol

lowercase (eric), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

Look of Love 0

this is criminal. also, happy birthday to brad!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:39 (two years ago) link

The Fox in Motion 1

my vote. "she looked like decay in motion" best lyric on the record, "how can i explain it / having been seen / what would that mean" best moment on the record

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:40 (two years ago) link

cousin take me home

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:41 (two years ago) link

one month passes...



voodoo chili, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 03:01 (two years ago) link

best band in the world

flopson, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 07:36 (two years ago) link

saw 'em in LA a few weeks back and they were impressive as heck

lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 14:16 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

frances mentions joanna newsom as an influence, both lyrically and vocally, in this piece, which i'm really glad to have confirmed and have found to be one of the most underrated aspects of her style


austinb, Thursday, 13 September 2018 22:46 (two years ago) link

*and also influential as a visual artist!

austinb, Thursday, 13 September 2018 22:47 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

this is the best album

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:00 (two years ago) link

how can i
explain it?
having been seen
what would that mean?

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:10 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

My album of the year...


I went with Somewhere a Judge in the poll, but half a dozen of the songs have been my favourite at some point in time. Currently it's probably Prior Things.

yugi ex, Saturday, 8 December 2018 15:43 (one year ago) link

All songs with fewer votes than the ones with most were robbed.

yugi ex, Sunday, 9 December 2018 06:54 (one year ago) link

I think the voters here correctly picked Lump and Love as the weakest tracks, but What the Writer Meant is one of the 2 or 3 best on the record and deserved a vote (I went with prior things)

big crime for a SPECIAL WHATEVER (voodoo chili), Sunday, 9 December 2018 20:34 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

🚨🚨🚨 European tour with lots of UK dates on sale on Friday 🚨🚨🚨

boxedjoy, Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:02 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

The last three days have just been me dancing and singing round the house to this in anticipation of seeing them on Friday. V fun. God, she has the best vocal melodies.

Me too! (Except seeing on Tuesday). Not Abel has the highest likelihood of making me cry at a gig out of any song in years. It took me a while to warm up to this band, but I’m glad I did.

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Sunday, 9 June 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link

The Fox in Motion 1

this is the best one though

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 9 June 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

cousin take me home / all the way off in the city

four months pass...

solo album on the way

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:16 (one year ago) link


devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:16 (one year ago) link

ft a carry the zero cover

devvvine, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:25 (one year ago) link

here's the first song


kind of all over the place, in a good way

thicc elizabeth (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:43 (one year ago) link

well this is unexpected. and great!

Simon H., Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:56 (one year ago) link

the 808 is kinda weird, why use that when you have the hop along drummer

flopson, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 18:08 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

new frances song


jacquees, full of cobras (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

We got the album at work a few weeks ago. Easily the best album I heard this month.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:34 (nine months ago) link

i, for one, am excited

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:40 (nine months ago) link

really nice stuff imo, not that different sonically from bark, but heavier on keys and acoustic than electric guitars.

songs are still the same knotty puzzles that are a blast to untangle, and frances is still one of the best singers in the biz.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:17 (eight months ago) link

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