Broken Social Scene...C/D?

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I've had the Broken Social Scene album for a couple of weeks now and I'm in love with it. Thoughts?

booyah achieved, Thursday, 20 February 2003 15:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Get the one on Noise Factory records as well. And demand they wear leather trousers if you ever see them live.

Its funny since I have an intense dislike of By Divine Right that I even would listen to this band let alone like it.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 20 February 2003 16:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

also way WAY too early for C/D.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 20 February 2003 16:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

newest one is total classic, esp tracks 2,3 and 4. first one is a bit of a snooze-fest though.

Grell (Grell), Thursday, 20 February 2003 19:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I heard them just the other day on a random-download tip, and I was very impressed. When did this come out? Is the first record more ambient? I like the ambient track I downloaded quite a bit.

Adam A. (Keiko), Thursday, 20 February 2003 23:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The first record really doesn't resemble the second at all. I wouldn't call it ambient, per se, but it's definitely more relaxed. Owning both is necessary for very different reasons...

paul cox (paul cox), Thursday, 20 February 2003 23:28 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

... if you need not one but 2 records of boring hippy crap.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Thursday, 20 February 2003 23:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"boring hippy crap"

If you're going to compare them to something negative, get it straight. "Boring Thrill Jockey crap" would be much more appropriate.

paul cox (paul cox), Thursday, 20 February 2003 23:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Wavelength, its filled with them stinking hippies. Their stench nearly overpowers the Sneaku food. Now if only we could get those stinkin Hippies to wear leather pants like Cram, then it would be grebt, it would even be a freaking bizaster.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 21 February 2003 01:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard the record yet but apparently people love it.

The live show is terrible though. Very boring guitar jams and long pointless songs with lots of people on stage.

But I suppose if you listen to the album enough, you'd probably like it and their live show. kinda like pachelbel's canon

ddd, Saturday, 22 February 2003 17:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's about time we had a thread for these guys.


i guess i'm a hippy, since i've got tickets for the show.

dyson (dyson), Saturday, 22 February 2003 18:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I read three rave reviews of their new album "You Forgot It in People". At Pitchfork (Mr Schreiber himself), Stylus and Tiny Mixtapes...

Is this the Trail of Dead of 2003 (I must admit I never listened to them) or is this great stuff?

When I first heard about all these Toronto post rockers coming together I feared the worst. Two or three years ago I was quite into Tortoise, Godspeed, A Silver Mt Zion etc but now I am not interested in that kind of prog for the late 90s at all anymore. It's always the same. Crescendos bore me now. But according to the reviews the album sounds more like indie pop? Is that true?

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 12:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


dyson (dyson), Thursday, 27 February 2003 06:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
"indie is shit hot now", ilm tells me. except for a fingerful of tracks (hmm... er.. that "maps" song by those yeahx3 people is nice..), nothing's taken me by my moth-eaten earthtone t-shirt and rocked/moped/whined me back to junior high thus far. as alex says, there seems to be nothing but love for this album from the usual indienet sources. the couple tracks i've heard were 'competent', but the 'back to good ol' indie rock' tag has me raisin' eyebrows. any more thoughts? where are my reformed post-indie brethren? listening to adult (ps i like adult)? nabisco? popshots?

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Sunday, 11 May 2003 20:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i think bnw said on some other thread that he liked something from it.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Sunday, 11 May 2003 20:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

answers in 3 minutes or it's back to hunting down the remaining 84 new things that have jay-z on them.

mitch lastnamewithheld (mitchlnw), Sunday, 11 May 2003 20:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, someone put "Lover's Spit" on a cd mix for me and I quite liked it. The whole album is streamed here. Apparently they're featured on the Queer as Folk soundtrack. I've only heard Lover's Spit, and its definitely a bit Smith-y (and yet I like it all the same).

bnw (bnw), Sunday, 11 May 2003 21:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Just picked this up today, wow.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's great.
and to answer your question alex, while sonically, there are a lot of similarities between BSS and AYWKUSTFU (in regards to their sound), broken social scene takes the cake. I never really liked Trail of dead. They just bore me. BSS on the other hand have some really good, catchy songs, while still experimenting a lot with MBV-ish guitar stuff and heavily gated drums and shit.

Felcher (Felcher), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hmm some lyrics about drinking piss. interesting.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

sadly that's the freshest moment on the entire album.

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i like the BSS album, and onstage, they're great. However, some of the loungey tracks tend to bore me.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

bore you in a good way¿

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

bore me so that I'm glad that they don't play them live.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

their live show isn't that bad. the lead singer wears one of those indy stereotype baseball caps with 'DEATH COCK' written on it w/ a sharpie! anyone... anyone..?

I actually really like this band, all sarcasm aside. Its a pretty diverse set of indie-friendly songs. good times.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Thursday, 10 July 2003 22:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

they are playing tomorrow night in Boston, shall I go see the live show?

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 11 July 2003 10:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


like i said, i liked the live show. took a good amount of pics there, too, which i'll get around to putting online one of these days.

Kingfish (Kingfish), Friday, 11 July 2003 12:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Go see them. Out of curosity, where are they playing?

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 11 July 2003 13:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

TT the Bears.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 11 July 2003 13:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Friday, 11 July 2003 13:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I saw this band yesterday at "River Rocks". It was free, because 7-up sponsored the show. Rollerblading street-teams sporadically accosted us with little courier bags full of a new brand of soda, "dn-L" (what you get if you turn the 7-up logo upside down). The soda is bright green. The first bottle thrust into my hand I threw in the trash because it felt warm. The second bottle I opened; it tastes pretty bad. I'll admit the green color is kind of daring.

The MC for the event wasn't experienced at working a crowd. He was friendly and had a nice smile, but it seemed more like his buddies said he should do it because he was "outgoing" or something. Anyway it definitely wasn’t because he had any idea how to get people excited. For instance, they wanted to get a picture of the crowd going wild. In order to induce this state, the MC told us—just moments after the applause had died down for the opener—that they wanted a picture of the crowd going wild. "Okay, on three, ready? One, two, THREE!" Wooooo. "Now that wasn't very good." A narcotized awareness of being criticized en masse. Resentment. "One, two, THREE!!" Eh. He gave up. We absently sipped our dn-L and waited for Broken Social Scene. They arrived with three guitar players and said their first song was "for the Hudson River". I tried really hard to hear the lyrics but I couldn't make them out. It didn't seem to be about the Hudson River, but since they said it was it felt like a lie. All three guitars washed together in a sheet of flangey reverb, kind of like My Bloody Valentine and kind of like the Afghan Whigs. We had fun playing this game, my friends and I. "Who do they sound like?" I wasn't very good because I didn't really follow bands like that in the 90s, but they came up with a ton of them, so it was surprising how few abutments and protrusions there were in the music. They'd spackled all their fractures and just rolled along, just barely present on the radar. Like the Hudson River a bit, actually. I honestly have no idea why people care about bands like this. Maybe it's pleasant and ignorable, like baseball? Anyway, we threw the rest of out dn-L in the trash and went to get something to eat.



No wonder.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 11 July 2003 15:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the show in new york last night, on the river, was all kinds of fun. even if the lead woman wore a bum bag/fannypack around her shoulder.

bucky wunderlick (bucky), Friday, 11 July 2003 15:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't know you were back, Tracer!

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Friday, 11 July 2003 15:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No way was I gonna miss River Rocks!

Hey bucky did you see Jeanine Garofolo? (Her name is forever pronounced now as "JEEN-ANN GARAH FOLO" by our crew, after a wonderful mispronunciation by the aunt of my colocateur.) She had a blonde dye job and looked skinny, almost gaunt, she was leaning against the railing and if she wasn't smoking she looked like she was (in any hair color, heh).

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, 11 July 2003 16:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
should i go see Broken Social Scene tonight?

or the Black Eyed Snakes??

i know very little about either, save for the few BSS tracks i've downloaded (and like quite a bit). Opinions, suggestions, threats welcome...

Will (will), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 22:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

BSS you tool, now get off the internet and pick show.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 23:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Noodles. I "picked show" and was pleased...

BSS was fan-fucking-tabulous. they didn't play the piss-drinking song, tho..

Will (will), Thursday, 2 October 2003 05:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This record is a bit of a revelation to me. It's sort of a math rock Isn't Anything...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Finding out it has the same producer as Mean Red Spiders last two albums (Stars and Sons/Still Life Fast Moving) makes so much more sense of the album.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 9 October 2003 20:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
DUD!!!!!!!!! I heard this today, more typical indie snoozefest crap that the kids seem to love so much. UGHGHGHGHGH

Lil' Fancy Kpants (The K is Silent) (ex machina), Monday, 12 April 2004 16:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm really confused by the people upthread saying they sound like AYWKUBTTOWTFLOLBBQ, cuz I just ain't feelin it.

'Anthem for a seventeen-year-old girl' is lovely; the rest of 'you forgot it in people' hasn't really grabbed me.

cis (cis), Monday, 12 April 2004 21:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It sounds like nothing to me. Music absolutely free of personality or charm.

dean! (deangulberry), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dean! otm!!! snuggles!!!

Lil' Fancy Kpants (The K is Silent) (ex machina), Monday, 12 April 2004 22:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
It would appear that Broken Social Scene have broken up:

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's not what I get from that article...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

new album in feb.

mark p (Mark P), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I suppose I jumped the gun, but the "The posters for this Friday's Harbourfront gig bill it as the band's final show ever" quote seemed like something...

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've been to a couple of their "this is our last show ever"'s.

alex in montreal, Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think the article is basically saying they are always teetering.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Got it.... sorry for the breaking news, then. There's nothing to see here...

Taxi Dancing in the Soft Prison (Ben Boyer), Thursday, 16 September 2004 18:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Agreed. Spirit If... is a really nice record, but I'm also a really big Broken Social Scene fan, so maybe that helps. I love that Lucky Ones song. This might end up in my end of year list.

Marty Innerlogic, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 14:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

So, that title.

Also after all the hoohah over the MGMT cover, this one is uglier:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 February 2010 16:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Awful cover, but I'm digging the advance track.

Simon H., Friday, 19 February 2010 16:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Didn't see this thread earlier. But this now exists: Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Seriously what the hell is wrong with you that you think that is a great t (ksh), Friday, 19 February 2010 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wait, did ppl dislike the mgmt cover? I loved it!

80085 (a hoy hoy), Friday, 19 February 2010 17:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm used to Anthony Ausgang's work via Spacemen 3 related stuff so when I saw the MGMT cover I was all "Hey, that guy!"

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 February 2010 17:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

The general reaction was more or less, What the hell were they thinking?

Seriously what the hell is wrong with you that you think that is a great t (ksh), Friday, 19 February 2010 17:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Which is the same reaction people are (rightfully) having to the title of the new BSS record

Seriously what the hell is wrong with you that you think that is a great t (ksh), Friday, 19 February 2010 17:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Anyone else try to get the e-mail for the free download of the new track? Signed up, but the e-mail never showed up.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 19 February 2010 23:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Worked for me this morning. Also . . .

Seriously what the hell is wrong with you that you think that is a great t (ksh), Friday, 19 February 2010 23:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I usually have no time for BSS side projects (occasional exception: Apostle of Hustle) but this is pretty good!

Inside Lewellyn Sinclair (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 February 2014 02:56 (four years ago) Permalink

there are so many side-projects, and so few broken-social-scene albums, that bss seems to be the side-project.

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 15 February 2014 02:57 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

What y'all think of Kevin Drew's latest, Darlings? Two songs in and I'm liking so far.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:10 (four years ago) Permalink

really wanted to like it cause I love this guy's work in BSS, but kind of underwhelming. I think "Spirit If" is much stronger.

calstars, Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:05 (four years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Listening to the self-titled BSS album now. 10 years later, and I still love this album. Perhaps it's nostalgia, but I think it holds up nicely.

Benjamin-, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 05:13 (three years ago) Permalink

CLASSIC, the s/t is the best one!

when is the new Jim O'Rourke album coming out (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 05:14 (three years ago) Permalink

yep. really good. i might need to dig it out too although i remember it coming out in '06, not '05 for some reason.

Broth Viking (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:07 (three years ago) Permalink

i like the alternative version to Shoreline that came with a free EP on the back of the album.

Broth Viking (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:09 (three years ago) Permalink

u sure u don't mean "Major Label Debut (fast version)"?

& I was throwing a party the same night as (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:57 (three years ago) Permalink

I listened to this album a lot on headphones & eventually saw them live around this time (mighta been early 2007?) it sounds real good but kinda overlong/underwritten

& I was throwing a party the same night as (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:59 (three years ago) Permalink

... & I could understand haters calling it "overproduced" but they would be missing the point b/c the production is brilliant. "Ibi Dreams Of Pavement" is like 4 minutes of the roof being ripped off the house by hurricane winds & falling trees.

& I was throwing a party the same night as (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I will have to give this another chance because I was one of those overproduced haters. I liked Forgiveness Rock Record a lot, despite the ridiculous album title.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:33 (three years ago) Permalink

you might be right, bernard snowy. it's been ages since i last heard it.

Unheimlich Manouevre (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:57 (three years ago) Permalink

It's getting better with age. I still prefer "You Forgot It In People" any day of the week, but "Ibi Dreams of Pavement" is incredible, maybe their best ever song.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:00 (three years ago) Permalink

xp "Major Label Debut" is the song about "just coming here to come down" that was v.laidback & chill on the album, but uptempo with horns on the EP

I take pleasure in the silliness of things like "Forgiveness Rock Record" or "Major Label Debut (Fast)" as titles

& I was throwing a party the same night as (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Fire-eyed Boy is my fave

calstars, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I think their drummer has a lot to do with the greatness of the s/t

calstars, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

I put on almost crimes today and it was still pretty great

, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:12 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

this new Brendan Canning album has the muddiest production

calstars, Friday, 23 September 2016 01:37 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

happy they're back

calstars, Friday, 31 March 2017 11:35 (one year ago) Permalink

I wonder if anyone who listens to the new one knows what it's about ?

calstars, Saturday, 1 April 2017 02:23 (one year ago) Permalink

"Our Faces Split the Coast in Half" is CLASSIC. never been able to figure out the lyrics to that one...

flappy bird, Saturday, 1 April 2017 05:09 (one year ago) Permalink

That song has lyrics?

phantompenguin, Monday, 3 April 2017 04:29 (one year ago) Permalink

i mean it could be gibberish vocalizing but idk always sounded like words buried in there

flappy bird, Monday, 3 April 2017 05:05 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New single kind of underwhelming?

calstars, Monday, 15 May 2017 23:45 (one year ago) Permalink

i hadn't thought of them in years but Hug of Thunder came on my Release Radar today and I rather enjoyed it.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 19 May 2017 13:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've come around to the single. It sounds nice and warm now like bss does

calstars, Thursday, 22 June 2017 01:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

bought the record and have invested several listens but something just seems off. probably user error

calstars, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This album is wayyyy better than I expected. I put off listening to it because I was never a big fan of these guys, "7/4 (Shoreline)" excepted, but this is really hitting the spot for me right now.

I'm a particular fan of "Halfway Home," which has the muscle and drive that "7/4" has and most of their other tracks do not, and "Towers and Masons."

Many men scream death (voodoo chili), Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

I tried really hard to like this album but I ended up trying way too hard for it to be natural.

calstars, Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

The album is great for biking. Good rhythmic drive, though not too tight to pedal along to, and a lot of climaxes. Have heard it a lot over the last couple of weeks.

Frederik B, Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think Frederik has confused the new BSS album with his favourite porno.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:39 (nine months ago) Permalink


kornrulez6969, Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

Porno is bad for biking. Everyone knows that.

Frederik B, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:29 (nine months ago) Permalink


calstars, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Spoken like a true specialist :D

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah I'm a fan of the album, but people listening to music while biking are dangerous and scare me.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 28 July 2017 21:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

I keep thinking that this album is named Days of Thunder.

spastic heritage, Saturday, 29 July 2017 11:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Not really a fan of this record. Too middle of the road. This band caught lightning in a bottle a long time ago.

yesca, Saturday, 29 July 2017 14:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

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