Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques (2020)

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1. ACC Kirtan
2. Xian Man
3. The Greatest Own in Legal History
4. Cash Up
5. Shadowbanned
6. What Kind of Person
7. Flowin’ Robes
8. Brainwashed
9. Signal Western
10. Amberjack

mizzell, Friday, 28 February 2020 20:03 (one month ago) link

song is great, video is genuinely grotesque which is impressive to me

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 29 February 2020 02:46 (one month ago) link

Gang's All Here coda pushed me over the edge. The polka dot lives on, truly.

geoffreyess, Saturday, 29 February 2020 03:48 (one month ago) link

wowwww that video

i will FP you and your entire family (rip van wanko), Saturday, 29 February 2020 04:04 (one month ago) link

That song is the best thing I've heard from Malkmus in 15 years. Pig Lib is my favorite post-Pavement Malkmus, so I am digging him going back to the pseudo-Pentangle/Mellow Candle vibe.

Har Mar Klobuchar (PBKR), Saturday, 29 February 2020 14:01 (one month ago) link

is matt sweeney gonna be touring?

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 29 February 2020 21:03 (one month ago) link

Man, what a grower.

Ainsley James Gryffyd Lowbeer Holdsworth (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:45 (one month ago) link

(I have a promo. This is probably listen 5 or 6. To me, this record is like a flower that doesn't wanna to open up to sunlight, so a lot of sunlight is needed. It's a grower, and gradually I feel closer to it. Keep in mind, stoner chamber folk with eastern instrumentation isn't typically on my menu, FWIW.)

Ainsley James Gryffyd Lowbeer Holdsworth (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:47 (one month ago) link

So far "Cash Up" feels like the strongest cut.

Ainsley James Gryffyd Lowbeer Holdsworth (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:48 (one month ago) link

"The Greatest Own in Legal History" reminds me melodically (vaguely) of "Real Emotional Trash".

Ainsley James Gryffyd Lowbeer Holdsworth (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:54 (one month ago) link

this is totally my bag

is matt sweeney gonna be touring?

― global tetrahedron, Saturday, February 29, 2020 4:03 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

The Traditional Techniques live band is Malkmus (vocals, guitar), Funk (pedal steel, keys), Sweeney (guitar), Brad Truax (bass), and Jake Morris (drums), joined at times by Qais Essar (rabab) and Eric Zang (kaval, udu, daf).

mizzell, Sunday, 1 March 2020 00:27 (one month ago) link

"What Kind of Person" reminds me (a little) of those quiet acoustic GBV/Pollard cuts

Ainsley James Gryffyd Lowbeer Holdsworth (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 1 March 2020 15:08 (one month ago) link

This album is cool. Malk sounds much more in his element than on Groove Denied

may the force leave us alone (zchyrs), Friday, 6 March 2020 15:42 (one month ago) link

I FUCKING LIVE THIS!!!
vinyl sounds great

Amberjack, fucking hell. Incredible song

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 6 March 2020 21:51 (one month ago) link

I'm getting Mellow Candle vibes from this album

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Friday, 6 March 2020 21:51 (one month ago) link

Has the name Lee Hazlewood been dropped yet?

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 March 2020 22:14 (one month ago) link

didn't know Spooner Oldham played on this

Did he now?

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 March 2020 22:42 (one month ago) link

according to the liner notes! (tho he's listed as an additional player and it doesn't specify which songs he's on)

On my first listen and this is just great. Will def try to see them on your.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 6 March 2020 23:23 (one month ago) link

I just ordered this on LP after listening to the first half on Spotify. Streaming works, lol?

I get an Incredible String Band vibe off this with all the weird instruments.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Saturday, 7 March 2020 02:37 (one month ago) link

SM talking about some obscure records
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/stephen-malkmus-discusses-the-folk-influences-on-his-new-lp-traditional-techniques/

mizzell, Saturday, 7 March 2020 11:56 (one month ago) link

thx 4 link

calstars, Saturday, 7 March 2020 16:35 (one month ago) link

"Amberjack" is really beautiful. At times, he's a bit more naked and emotional on this record than he's been in some time.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 7 March 2020 17:52 (one month ago) link

Really enjoyed his record list. One in particular, the Michael Wendling lp, was a recent thrift score of mine, along with his other Sheepeater release, and it’s a whopper. As good as Takoma release. It’s also fairly cheap and available on discogs.

Yelploaf, Saturday, 7 March 2020 18:06 (one month ago) link

Mellow candle rules

calstars, Saturday, 7 March 2020 18:13 (one month ago) link

I need to stay with this a while but it’s sounding so good this far. Much more Pavement than recent solo/Jicks offerings, but also weirder, plus sitar.

When is he releasing that filter from the video?

tangenttangent, Saturday, 7 March 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link

Sounds like the outro fuzz guitar of “Brainwashed” is quoting something, maybe “Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver!

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 March 2020 22:29 (one month ago) link

"Amberjack" is really beautiful. At times, he's a bit more naked and emotional on this record than he's been in some time.

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, March 7, 2020 12:52 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

This one got me a bit yesterday. Great closer.

I think his post-Pavement lyrics have, with a few exceptions, been soulless, unfunny word games that haven't appealed to me much. I think he changed his approach a bit and/or it works better with this album, especially the lyrics for "Shadowbanned", which have a Burroughs cut-up flavor and menace. Perfect lyrics for the paranoia of a year of election interference and pandemic. William Gibson would be proud.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:02 (one month ago) link

Was this recorded post DCB’s death?

calstars, Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:13 (one month ago) link

From what I can tell it was recorded prior to the release of Groove Denied in early 2019, so prior.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link

The press junket said that this record was "...Conceived while recording Sparkle Hard with the Jicks at Portland’s Halfling Studio, Malkmus had observed the variety of acoustic instruments available for use. The idea escalated within a matter of weeks into a full set of songs and shortly thereafter into a realized and fully committed album."

...so that would be Summer/Fall 2017? Explains the sudden prolificness after the long gap.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 8 March 2020 23:07 (one month ago) link

Ok, I am fully on board with this album; one of his best. The first side is A+ perfect.

Some of his best, most tender singing since Zurich is Stained, especially Amberjack.

Biden my time/Drinking her wine (PBKR), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 00:11 (four weeks ago) link

Shadowban... I haven't heard him make these vocalizations in songs ever. Or has this been a new thing ( i haven't kept up the last couple of albums). It's very brownstein.

Yerac, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 00:27 (four weeks ago) link

Oh! This is so lovely. I am so happy. I've not liked anything he's done for such a long time and this is beautiful.

kraudive, Friday, 13 March 2020 21:26 (three weeks ago) link

This rules.

coco vide (pomenitul), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 01:01 (two weeks ago) link

this is the most interesting non Pavement record i've heard from him. right up my alley.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:56 (two weeks ago) link


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