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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

wowwww that video

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

is matt sweeney gonna be touring?

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 29 February 2020 21:03 (four months ago) link

Man, what a grower.

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

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

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

this is totally my bag

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 1 March 2020 00:15 (four months ago) link

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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

I FUCKING LIVE THIS!!!
vinyl sounds great

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 6 March 2020 20:24 (four months ago) link

Amberjack, fucking hell. Incredible song

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

I'm getting Mellow Candle vibes from this album

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

didn't know Spooner Oldham played on this

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 6 March 2020 22:38 (four months ago) link

Did he now?

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 6 March 2020 22:42 (four months 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)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 6 March 2020 22:47 (four months ago) link

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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

thx 4 link

calstars, Saturday, 7 March 2020 16:35 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

Mellow candle rules

calstars, Saturday, 7 March 2020 18:13 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

Was this recorded post DCB’s death?

calstars, Sunday, 8 March 2020 21:13 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 months 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 months 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 (four months ago) link

This rules.

coco vide (pomenitul), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 01:01 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

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.

This rules.

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

Finally got around to giving this a listen, and entirely agree with these sentiments. This is great.

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 18:15 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

1. never having been a fan of pavement, and never having followed SM's solo career, this record really caught me by surprise. it's very, very good ! i love the textures, the mood, nothing feels rushed.

2. i have this on a playlist of things i've been meaning to listen to (or re-listen to) and i'll just say that it pairs well, or rather transitions nicely into, john cale's "the academy in peril"

budo jeru, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 23:00 (three weeks ago) link

yeah I haven't stopped playing it for more than a few days at a time

fuck "Amberjack" is just so beautiful and heavy

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 23:14 (three weeks ago) link

One of his best songs, Pavement or solo.

It has the emotional heft of Zurich is Stained or Here, which not much of his solo stuff has imo.

Night of the Living Crustheads (PBKR), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 02:28 (two weeks ago) link

haven't posted itt yet so I'll just repeat my take from twitter:

That new S.M. album has such strong Sunday afternoon vibes... like a normal, pre-Trump era Sunday afternoon when I just sat on the couch watching televised sports & didn't feel the urge to check Twitter... ty king for this gift @dronecoma

— Bernard Snowy (@wasntmebro) March 23, 2020

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 02:31 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I pretty much agree with all takes here...not much of a Malkmus fan but this album totally rules

weekly shopper helper (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:33 (two weeks ago) link

Damn Bernard that nails the vibe exactly

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 14:44 (two weeks ago) link


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