C/D S/D - Karate

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Callum (Callum), Sunday, 29 December 2002 22:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

not quite classic but certainly far from dud, I like them quite a bit.

Search: "In Place Of Real Insight" LP and "Unsolved" LP

nothing really to destroy, just some stuff isn't as strong..

tinobeat (tinobeat), Sunday, 29 December 2002 23:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I find that they can be very samey... much of the Karate I've heard can be interchanged with most other Karate.

That said, a stand-out would be "There Are Ghosts."

Destroy the longer tracks (5+ minutes) because they bore me to tears.

Ian Johnson (orion), Monday, 30 December 2002 01:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Karate's pretty good but far from classic, and I must admit I've avoided their recent reportedly jazzier stuff.

I like the Secret Stars better than any Karate stuff I've heard, which might mean I'm a wimpy lo-fi type. Still, there's plenty of beautiful bedroom pop on the Stars' self-titled. The songs his gurlfriend sings might be too twee for some...

dub you hell, Monday, 30 December 2002 02:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Adam A. (Keiko), Monday, 30 December 2002 04:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've only heard the first two albums but I'd say they're the kind of band where you really only need one of their albums. And that's only if you feel like having an album of dry, mopey, collegiate angst around to put on when your student loan bill arrives.

Nick Mirov (nick), Monday, 30 December 2002 06:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Secret Stars crap all over Karate. So does Geoff Farina's solo work.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 30 December 2002 12:03 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search: "Cherry Coke", destroy absolutely everything else. Yeah, I'm one of 'those people'. I'd take Admiral (or Hoover, or Crownhate Ruin, or...) over Karate any day.

die9o (dhadis), Monday, 30 December 2002 15:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

dude, d!390 man you're like stealing my answers. That Karate/Crownhate Ruin split is about the only good thing the former ever did. Wish I could find the first two singles by the latter, dammit.

hstencil, Monday, 30 December 2002 15:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
sadly just listening to Karate for the first time and after discovering Pockets--particularly the opening track, "With Age"--i think i've got a new favorite. anybody else up in this?

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 04:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i don't know Karate,
but i know KA-RAZY!!!

m0stly clean (m0stly clean), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 05:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

LJ, have you checked these dudes? Might be a bit too straight on the jazz for you, but I'd suggest the third rec (The Bed is in the Ocean, good transitional one) or anything after for a look sometime.

bear, bear, bear, Monday, 15 November 2010 02:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Total classic.

Austin, Monday, 15 April 2013 05:05 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

The Cancel / Sing EP (?) is putting up a strange argument for being their best work this afternoon. At very least, my personal favorite.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

"strange" = strong

blah, shitty day.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm so fucking tired.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

i don’t have that one—i’ll check it out.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

"I hear you sayin' `I am just one kid. We can't do what one thousand once did.`"

^^^For some reason, I love that line.

Has anyone ever gotten the term "Kraut-jazz" applied to them? Because, sometimes I feel like Karate was just that.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the reminder that there are still Karate songs that I haven't heard.

cwkiii, Saturday, 13 January 2018 03:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

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