Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

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out Feb. 11, 2022

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Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, Arizona, Big Thief spent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs. The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen. The album was produced by drummer James Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne’s songwriting and the band onto a single record.

In an attempt to ease back into life as Big Thief after a long stretch of Covid-19 related isolation, the band met up for their first session in the woods of upstate New York. They started the process at Sam Evian’s Flying Cloud Recordings, recording on an 8-track tape machine with Evian at the knobs. It took a while for the band to realign and for the first week of working in the studio, nothing felt right. After a few un-inspired takes the band decided to take an ice-cold dip in the creek behind the house before running back to record in wet swimsuits. That cool water blessing stayed with Big Thief through the rest of the summer and many more intuitive, recording rituals followed. It was here that the band procured ‘Certainty’ and ‘Sparrow’.

For the next session in Topanga Canyon, California, the band intended to explore their bombastic desires and lay down some sonic revelry in the experimental soundscape-friendly hands of engineer Shawn Everett. Several of the songs from this session lyrically explore the areas of Lenker’s thought process that she describes as “unabashedly as psychedelic as I naturally think,” including ‘Little Things’, which came out of this session. The prepared acoustic guitars and huge stomp beat of today’s ‘Time Escaping’ create a matching, otherworldly backdrop for the subconscious dream of timeless, infinite mystery. When her puppy Oso ran into the vocal booth during the final take of the song, Adrianne looked down and spoke “It’s Music!” to explain in the best terms possible the reality of what was going on to the confused dog. “It’s Music Oso!”

The third session, high in the Colorado Rockies, was set up to be a more traditional Big Thief recording experience, working with UFOF and Two Hands engineer Dom Monks. Monks' attentiveness to song energies and reverence for the first take has become a huge part of the magic of Thief’s recent output. One afternoon in the castle-like studio, the band was running through a brand new song ‘Change’ for the first time. Right when they thought it might be time to do a take, Monks came out of the booth to let them know that he’d captured the practice and it was perfect as it was.  

The final session, in hot-as-heaven Tucson, Arizona, took place in the home studio of Scott McMicken. The several months of recording had caught up to Big Thief at this point so, in order to bring in some new energy, they invited long-time friend Mat Davidson of Twain to join. This was the first time that Big Thief had ever brought in a 5th instrumentalist for such a significant contribution. His fiddle, and vocals weave a heavy presence throughout the Tucson tracks. If the album's main through-line is its free-play, anything-is-possible energy, then this environment was the perfect spot to conclude its creation — filling the messy living room with laughter, letting the fire blaze in the backyard, and ripping spontaneous, extended jams as trains whistled outside. 

All 4 of these sessions, in their varied states of fidelity, style, and mood, when viewed together as one album seem to stand for a more honest, zoomed-out picture of lived experience than would be possible on a traditional, 12 song record. This was exactly what the band hoped would be the outcome of this kind of massive experiment. When Max’s mom asked on a phone call what it feels like to be back together with the band playing music for the first time in a year, he described to the best of abilities: “Well it’s like, we’re a band, we talk, we have different dynamics, we do the breaths, and then we go on stage and suddenly it feels like we are now on a dragon. And we can’t really talk because we have to steer this dragon.”

heterologous booster (morrisp), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 17:17 (six months ago) link

excited in a vague melancholy way

it isn't even a Fraktion (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 17:18 (six months ago) link

dang, "time escaping" really pops for a song with no bass!

just staying (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 18:03 (six months ago) link

Regular readers of these threads will know that I've been obsessed w/"Time Escaping" since the concert footage on YouTube last year, and have been waiting for this moment. This recording is... very different from what I was expecting! But I like it!

heterologous booster (morrisp), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 18:22 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkIvGej2WyI

wow the studio version of "time escaping" is really quite different, that's a wild sound. it's great though.

crazy to think there could easily be another double album coming after this with all the material they recorded.

ufo, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 19:53 (six months ago) link

i don't think they've played full-band versions of "heavy bend" and "the only place", and i don't think "no reason" and "love love love" have been heard at all

though there aren't good bootlegs out there of all the songs they have been playing but based on what's out there this album's going to be at least 90% fantastic

ufo, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 20:01 (six months ago) link

Recent video of Adrianne performing Time Escaping

distortion’s secret telеphone (morrisp), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 03:42 (six months ago) link

I like the album version, it's cool. I'm struggling a little with the newest material overall so far (and also with that album title!) I feel like they've gone in an extremely stonery direction that I don't know if I love.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 04:00 (six months ago) link

xp

"i'm actually imagining this part being really big, in my head"
:D

just staying (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 05:52 (six months ago) link

i'm also worried that the very hippie band who recently released an album that was short for "UFO Friend" might have discovered marijuana

Clay, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 06:22 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C_ax0XYn1E

here's the early 2020 live version of "time escaping" for anyone who's curious

ufo, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 08:47 (six months ago) link

It's music! :)

J. Sam, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:38 (six months ago) link

Change 4:55
Time Escaping 3:48
Spud Infinity 5:34
Certainty 3:07
Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You 4:43
Sparrow 5:11
Little Things 5:44
Heavy Bend 1:36
Flower of Blood 4:24
Blurred View 4:06
Red Moon 4:19
Dried Roses 2:35
No Reason 3:47
Wake Me Up to Drive 3:43
Promise Is a Pendulum 5:12
12,000 Lines 2:59
Simulation Swarm 4:12
Love Love Love 4:13
The Only Place 3:14
Blue Lightning 3:51

here's track times

ufo, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:54 (six months ago) link

They're obviously hippies, but (not to split hairs) I don't really get a "stoner" vibe from this era... it's more focused, conscious, and "present" than that.

The final verse of "Time Escaping" knocks me out:

Only the winter wind survives
After the heat rush feeds and thrives
After the bushfire burns and dies
Frozen and bitter
Desert ground so cold and clean
Spreading out like a magazine
Reading the dirt like gossip
What do the weeds say? They say
“Everything, everything, everything falls through
Each dimension breaks in two
Like the two hands clapping
Like the two wings flapping
Everything, everything, everything for free
As it all eventually
Turns to dust and petal
Molten rock and meadow"

distortion’s secret telеphone (morrisp), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 16:40 (six months ago) link

i have always been lukewarm on this band but i like all these songs and am now officially stoked for this long-ass album

alpine static, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 19:57 (six months ago) link

love that there is a new thread for this new album, really looking forward to this

Bee OK, Thursday, 18 November 2021 00:28 (six months ago) link

just watched a couple of live videos

they all just fit together so well. the four of them, i mean.

alpine static, Thursday, 18 November 2021 06:38 (six months ago) link

I'm pretty lukewarm on most of the new songs released so far but I like the studio Time Escaping more and more. Hope there is more stuff like that that goes in interesting new sonic directions and not just the woodsy folksy stuff like Change (which is not *bad* but seems a bit by the numbers).

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:22 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

No Reason / Spud Infinity are out now

katebishopfan616 (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 December 2021 17:54 (five months ago) link

some beautiful guitar in "No Reason"

katebishopfan616 (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 December 2021 18:16 (five months ago) link

"no reason" is so gorgeous wow

love the flute

ufo, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 20:19 (five months ago) link

I listened to these tracks like 5 times in row this morning... can't wait for the album, it's gonna be so great!

katebishopfan616 (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 December 2021 20:37 (five months ago) link

"no reason", "little things" and "time escaping" all some of the very very best things they've ever done

ufo, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 22:21 (five months ago) link

Best working band right now

Mule, Wednesday, 15 December 2021 09:27 (five months ago) link

Going thru the tracknoms rn and Time Escaping is....wild? And kinda great? Reminds me of when Wilco do something weird, like Art Of Almost or something

imago, Wednesday, 15 December 2021 15:46 (five months ago) link

i think 'american radiohead' works better for big thief (though still obviously pretty silly) than it ever did for wilco

ufo, Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:05 (five months ago) link

I think they are on the REM track and they are just coming out of their IRS years

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:20 (five months ago) link

is that to suggest this will be their “Green”?

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 16 December 2021 03:42 (five months ago) link

the coda of "no reason" really takes it to the next level. while "spud infinity" is good but absolutely a minute too long

ufo, Thursday, 16 December 2021 10:01 (five months ago) link

I think “Spud Infinity” is an amazing song… that juxtaposition of the earthy and the abstract, right there in the title, is beautifully realized in the lyric.

katebishopfan616 (morrisp), Thursday, 16 December 2021 17:14 (five months ago) link

I'm at a loss on how to describe/characterize these new songs... they're "cosmic Americana" in a certain way, but not in a way that usually fits that definition (and I wouldn't necessarily RIYL them along those lines). They're intense, joyful, lucid meditations on nature, time, and reality; using Americana as a vehicle, but not at all contstrained by what that term normally entails.

katebishopfan616 (morrisp), Thursday, 16 December 2021 17:43 (five months ago) link

is that to suggest this will be their “Green”?

― Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, December 16, 2021 bookmarkflaglink

yes, possibly!

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 16 December 2021 17:44 (five months ago) link

this is the best this band has ever sounded, to me

(besides "Not")

alpine static, Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:25 (five months ago) link

TE >>> Not imo

imago, Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:28 (five months ago) link

i've listened to "little things" so many times. now when i'm having a beer i like to sing "drinking a beeeeer" to myself

Heez, Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:57 (five months ago) link

Haha, me too :)

katebishopfan616 (morrisp), Thursday, 16 December 2021 18:57 (five months ago) link

Yeah, maybe ... TE > Not ... maybe Little Things, too. i didn't necessarily mean forever, just that i've listened to Not a thousand times and these haven't had a chance to overtake it yet.

i didn't say that, but i was thinking it ... or something

alpine static, Thursday, 16 December 2021 19:38 (five months ago) link

collectively, though, i love these songs

alpine static, Thursday, 16 December 2021 19:38 (five months ago) link

“Spud Infinity” reminds me of Michael Hurley. Fantastic.

Chris L, Thursday, 16 December 2021 23:47 (five months ago) link

"little things", "time escaping" & "no reason" all > "not", as good as "not" is

ufo, Thursday, 16 December 2021 23:52 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I was just forwarded this (haven't read it yet): https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/big-thief-new-album-adrianne-lenker-interview-1272814/

i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Friday, 7 January 2022 03:53 (four months ago) link

it's a good read, most interesting tidbits are that "wake me up to drive" is "drum-machine pop" (which makes sense actually revisiting the live version) & they directly suggest that there could be another album's worth of material to be released from the dragon sessions

ufo, Friday, 7 January 2022 04:02 (four months ago) link

!!

i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Friday, 7 January 2022 04:37 (four months ago) link

they were already hinting that it was a possibility in a previous interview (45 songs were recorded so it could even be another double), just a bit more here

ufo, Friday, 7 January 2022 04:39 (four months ago) link

Through it all, the band held on to a firm internal sense of self. “We all have our own Big Thief-i-ness barometers,” says Krivchenia. “We did some stuff that, listening back to it, we were like, ‘Wow, people would flip if they heard this… but it’s not Big Thief-y.'”

Aw… don’t do me like that, man

i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Friday, 7 January 2022 06:27 (four months ago) link

japanese version has two bonus tracks, "dragon new warm mountain i believe in you (tucson version)" and "light is as is". the tucson sessions were where they recorded the album's rootsier material so i imagine it'll be quite a different take on "dragon"

ufo, Friday, 7 January 2022 06:34 (four months ago) link

I am very much hoping that 2022 is the year I get to see Big Thief live. None of the currently announced dates are anywhere near me, but maybe there will be more ...

Through it all, the band held on to a firm internal sense of self. “We all have our own Big Thief-i-ness barometers,” says Krivchenia. “We did some stuff that, listening back to it, we were like, ‘Wow, people would flip if they heard this… but it’s not Big Thief-y.'”

Aw… don’t do me like that, man

― i woke up alarmed (morrisp), Friday, January 7, 2022 12:27 AM (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is such an important part of being a good band

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 7 January 2022 14:37 (four months ago) link

"Simulation Swarm" is out now. Sounds a little like something off U.F.O.F., with a country turn in the chorus.

Rockin’, and rollin’, and whatnot (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 18:35 (four months ago) link

so good, love the fretless bass

ufo, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 21:18 (four months ago) link

my Dad was always a huge Nel Young and CSNY fan, insisted Stills only decent non CSN or CSNY project was that Manassas record.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Saturday, 12 March 2022 18:59 (two months ago) link

Nel.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Saturday, 12 March 2022 18:59 (two months ago) link

I fuck w that Manassass record. It is remarkably solid for a Stills-helmed double lp (but tbh I can’t really speak to much of his non-CSN(Y) or Buffalo Springfield work)

OG Bob Sacamano (will), Sunday, 13 March 2022 01:04 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This album still smacks and at the weekend I took my guitar into the garden and played passable renditions of 'Spud Infinity' and 'Red Moon' to my long suffering neighbours

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 28 March 2022 15:59 (two months ago) link

years later, like an epitaph
we read it and we cry

ass time permits (morrisp), Sunday, 3 April 2022 01:08 (one month ago) link

After a very busy and amazing weekend, last night I had a very intense dream about Promise Is A Pendulum

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 April 2022 08:02 (one month ago) link

Heh. Awakening six minutes ago, I had "No Reason" and its flute part in my head.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 April 2022 09:27 (one month ago) link

last night i drank a beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 4 April 2022 10:10 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd7n2U6V9o0

excellent radio session, including a very energetic version of "red moon and the highest-quality recording of the rock "dragon" so far

ufo, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 22:10 (one month ago) link

whoa that version of dragon is excellent

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:35 (one month ago) link

yeah it's really something

ufo, Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:48 (one month ago) link

that little breakdown near the end of "Red Moon" is awesome! :)

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Thursday, 14 April 2022 16:43 (one month ago) link

here's a question that may hurt, a little. the snake's poison. what are the WORST TWO songs?

if i had to boot two, i would first boot Dried Roses. then, with much hesitation, i would show Sparrow to the door. i would apologize to them both

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:09 (one month ago) link

sparrow is fine but sooooo slooooow

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:12 (one month ago) link

some repetition, too. is that one of your two? are you supporting me at this difficult conversation at the door? because i gotta say, Sparrow, i do like the 'she has the poison inside her, she talks to snakes and they guide her' stuff a lot

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:13 (one month ago) link

I've grown to really like/appreciate "Sparrow," though I guess it's the song I would miss the least if it had been omitted

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:25 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/SVwCvBi.png
https://i.imgur.com/HiRE0EZ.png

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:27 (one month ago) link

i do think that "sparrow" is impressive lyrically, and idk if i would voluntarily cut anything on the album, but i do have to be in a specific mood to really appreciate that song

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 14 April 2022 19:06 (one month ago) link

I love “Sparrow” but it’s my One Song Too Many on this record. Just brings the whole record to a grinding halt. I tend to skip.

But I really liked it as a single (or whatever that prerelease was), it’s just misplaced here.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:00 (one month ago) link

does anyone else have a second? i feel naked in calling out Dried Roses

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:21 (one month ago) link

Pry "Sparrow" from my cold dead hands

J. Sam, Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:25 (one month ago) link

what would you offer in its place. WE DEMAND BLOOD

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:35 (one month ago) link

It hurts to say, but I would offer a whole "Flower of Blood." It's cool we don't actually have to make these choices tho!

J. Sam, Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:45 (one month ago) link

(I think the trip-hopiness of that song doesn't gel with the general vibes of the album as well as most other songs)

J. Sam, Thursday, 14 April 2022 22:46 (one month ago) link

I guess "Dried Roses," why not. Glad not to have to lose any, though (as J. said)!

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:14 (one month ago) link

Karl, shall we sing

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:23 (one month ago) link

whatsa gonna taaaaaaaaaaa

Karl Malone, Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:25 (one month ago) link

eeeeeeeeeeee

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:26 (one month ago) link

looked like you needed a third there

maf you one two (maffew12), Thursday, 14 April 2022 23:26 (one month ago) link

AL’s IG Story right now is her asking if anyone in Brooklyn has a 3-string capo she can borrow (“it specifically has to be a 3-string, I need it to play certain songs”)—with the addendum: “Oh, and I need it tonight!”

#capogate

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Saturday, 16 April 2022 04:05 (one month ago) link

I woke up this morning to a notification that my Discogs order had shipped.

“What Discogs ord— oh shiiiiiiiit, it appears I drunkenly and very unwisely bought a copy of Adrianne’s Stages of the Sun on Thursday night.”

DM for bootleg copies, I guess. I might as well spread the love around this joint, since I paid more for this than I’ve ever paid for a musical object before.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 16 April 2022 21:08 (one month ago) link

https://bigthief.bandcamp.com/track/dragon-new-warm-mountain-i-believe-in-you-demo

they released a demo of the title track for a charity comp

ufo, Saturday, 23 April 2022 10:48 (one month ago) link

LOL I did the same thing with Stages of the Sun.

It's... not great.

Cow_Art, Saturday, 23 April 2022 15:16 (one month ago) link

Flew to Seattle to see them last night with my daughters. Great show!

A few notes:

- Sound was generally very good, but the first few songs were very boomy in the low end - mostly the kick drum which was way too hot & echoey for the space & the vibe (it mixed in well when they rocked out, but overbore in the quiet moments)

- Adrianne & James both started the show in hoodies. It was cute. A few songs in, Adrianne took hers off to reveal a short blonde do.

- James has terrible drummer posture! I feel like if he doesn’t sit up straighter he’s going to do himself an injury.

- So many guitar changes! I think they’re revelling in being big enough to have guitar techs/roadies to do them that way.

- They played 5-6 songs I didn’t recognize, I think new ones.

- They played a really cool chuggy, almost metalesque version of “DNWMIBIY”. On paper it shouldn’t work, but it really did.

- Adrianne took a bunch of solos & Buck was very subdued. I was getting a bit of a vibe of maybe she’s crowding him out a bit. And unlike every single one of his solos, most of hers kind of killed the momentum of each song they were in. Partly because she stopped playing rhythm when she went for it and Buck just kind of stood there instead of picking up the rhythm part. Just let the guitarist be the guitarist, Adrianne! You’re already the star. Her solo in “Not” got the loudest applause of the night, though, possibly including the final round calling for an encore.

- One very short encore consisting only of a wonderful arrangement of “Mary” and I forget which other song.

- Last song of the regular set was a crazy fast version of “Spud Infinity” featuring Adrianne’s brother (I think?) on Jew’s harp (including a solo!)

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 00:33 (three weeks ago) link

Oh! Also I got a “Spud Infinity” long-sleeve shirt from the merch table.

war mice (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 00:34 (three weeks ago) link

the chicago gig last week was really special-- lenker had to sit the whole set due to a "head-banging" incident on the bus so we pretty much got an acoustic set. lots of songs that they hadn't rehearsed so we go to see them figure out the arrangements in realtime. it was really something else

some highlights include a straight up 4-on-the-floor house beat in the middle of dragon and lenker figuring out how to sing simulation swarm over the red moon chords and rocking the fuck out.

bummer to hear about the drum sound at the seattle gig cuz my friend and i both agreed that the chicago gig had the best live drum sound we've ever heard

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 02:01 (three weeks ago) link

just saw them in portland, opener was having some troubles and the band played a short set with no encore so idk if there was some behind the scenes drama or…? set was like 2/3rds new stuff, vibe was kinda weird, sound was pretty awful but that venue is notorious for bad sound. I had a great time but def curious what was up!

Clay, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 06:46 (three weeks ago) link

Roseland, right? What a lousy place to see this band.

alpine static, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 07:27 (three weeks ago) link

yeah exactly, it’s a dump

Clay, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 07:57 (three weeks ago) link

it is ... although I have to say, I saw Ghost there and it fucking ruled! :)

alpine static, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 08:23 (three weeks ago) link

- So many guitar changes! I think they’re revelling in being big enough to have guitar techs/roadies to do them that way.

― war mice (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, May 3, 2022 7:33 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Would have guessed this was a function of all the alternate tunings she uses?

Indexed, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:04 (three weeks ago) link

Seeing them next week, not sure what to expect (given these reports)…

Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe (morrisp), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:12 (three weeks ago) link

DC show a couple weeks ago ruled. A lot of parents with their children there — enough that my wife and I both noted it anyway.

Chris L, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

She nailed the solo on simulation swarm at the DC show. I do agree that Buck was less in the forefront than he was when i saw them a few years ago

Heez, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 16:44 (three weeks ago) link

some off vibes at the saint paul show, chatter that she's maybe had an injury of some kind? i hope they're all doing okay. scuttlebutt on their reddit is that this tour has been seriously weird all around

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 5 May 2022 13:56 (three weeks ago) link

catching up on that live recording up thread. love how that "red moon" goes so motown towards the end. and yeah, the souped-out "dragon" is incredible.

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 5 May 2022 14:33 (three weeks ago) link

Anyone at the L.A. show tonight? I’ll be there tmrrw.

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 03:47 (two weeks ago) link

I saw them last night at the LA show. pretty rad. Insane guitar solo from Adrienne in there. closed with 'cattails'

unreleased song 'stay' sounds incredible...unusually conventional for them

xheugy eddy (D-40), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 19:21 (two weeks ago) link

Don't know if I've said it already, but the bit of the album that hits me in the stomach EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. without fail, is on "Promise Is A Pendulum" when she sings:

"I'm not saying I'm not jealous, or scared any more, I'm just saying..."

..and it's that strangely unresolved dangling line. It fucks with me. They're really good at doing this. They do it at the end of "Change" as well. It's counter-intuitive to just tail off like that, but it's dramatically effective.

The only song I can think of that pulls it off so effectively (for me) and also leaves me emotional is on Robert Palmer's "Johnny & Mary" where at one point he just sings "Runnin' around...." just before an instrumental section. It destroys me!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 20 May 2022 15:28 (one week ago) link


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