― Hymie, Wednesday, 3 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― cw, Wednesday, 3 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― Dr. C, Wednesday, 3 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
Loop added the extra psychosis, it has to be said. And well done for
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 3 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― -b., Wednesday, 3 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― Barrington Wall, Wednesday, 3 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
Ned - your statement is the most infuriatingly smug, superior
bullshit I have read in a long, long time. You obviously consider
yourself on a higher aesthetic plane than our friends over the
atlantic. Which is presumably why you are wanking over your keyboard
on an obscure mailing list rather than recording joyful music in
Chicago. Good that nobody is allowed to make Jazz in your fetid,
ignorant world except dead people from the 50s. Carry on keeping it
real, mate, one day you'll be writing for Q.
― dd, Thursday, 4 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 4 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― keith, Saturday, 6 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― Stevo, Thursday, 11 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
― o.munoz, Monday, 15 January 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
my favourite songs are walking with jesus (single version), take me
to the other side, mary anne, revolution......
― Jens, Monday, 5 February 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link
That said, a good friend of mine went through a phase of doing hard
downers, getting ripped off his head and doing the rounds of the local
supermarket at 3 in the morning with stuff like the Spacemen on his
headphones. Then he had a heart attack.
― Roger Fascist, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
Beautiful stuff as Ned put it. The thrill jockey crowd can go fuck
themselves and Roger can stuff his led zep where the sun don't shine
beacuse this is the stuff.
search: perfect perscription (great blast of psychedelia), playing
w/fire (the tunes in here tend to be pretty 'weird' from kember but
there's some fantastic tunes from Jason to complement it: it all goes
well even though as the writing credits show, they are on the way to
splitting up, the lyrics i love too) and also a 'comtemporary evening
of sitar music'. This isn't 'self-indulgent'. It shows these ppl
believe in their own ideas and are prepared to take 'em to their
(logcal) conclusion (yes, droning on and on OBESSESIVELY).
― Julio Desouza, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― gareth, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I mean, if I knew what you were on about, I might not be so quick to
splash with the first inane comment that entered my head since they
seem to go down about as well as a pork scratching as Bar Mitzvah.
You are firing my enthusiasm for Spacemen though, so it's not all doom
That story about the heart attack is true by the way.
― awag, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Ronan, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I ask because it seems to upset you on the ocassions I have mentioned
music in relation to external stimuli, which I and everyone I know has
always taken as pretty much a normal combination - be it getting crazy
or driving a car, or just fucking dancing.
+ Are you gonna tell me what a troll is or wot?
And anyway there's no one answer to "what do you listen to music for"
besides "because I enjoy it". After that it's all down to what the
individual song/album does for me, if you want to check out some
reviews I can mail you a portfolio with some lovely reasons.
i thought it was marcello as well.
"wasting your time giving a shit what rockstars do in their spare time
or in particular picking one activity (drug taking)"
No-one's wasting their time here except you typing out that crap (and
you know it to be crap too kid) and me typing out a response to it.
. . .
"becoming so preoccupied with it's effects on music when in reality
there's absolutely no way of ever proving it's been involved."
Who is preoccupied with rock stars and drugs? I think perhaps it might
be your good self, since you seem to be in such denial about the role
drugs play in creative processes, particularly music. I'm not trying to
'prove' anything nor do I have any interest in doing so. I don't care
one iota who does what but when something becomes an aspect to a
subject of interest, whther you like it or not, you or anyone would be
foolish and ignorant to ignore or disregard such an aspect.
"I think this point is still lost on you though since you persist with
other red herrings like the above."
What red herring are you referring too old chap? The story I supplied -
I think it was just for the purposes of being amused, not as a profound
explanation of the interpretive necessity when listening to Spacemen.
Perhaps you should post your portfolio of reviews to clarify the point
― phlar, Saturday, 23 April 2005 20:13 (fifteen years ago) link
― alex in mainhattan (alex63), Saturday, 23 April 2005 21:02 (fifteen years ago) link
Similarly classic is Ned's first post on this old thread, which just had me laughing my breakfast out of my nose in a most inelegant fashion. Old threads just keep on giving.
― Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Saturday, 23 April 2005 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 23 April 2005 21:31 (fifteen years ago) link
I don't really agree with Ned's comment but I do agree it's awesome and it STANDS THE TEST OF TIME and stuff! Yes.
― Mike McGonigal, Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:02 (fifteen years ago) link
As for the comments above about American post-rock and jazz--Sorry, but Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis were way bigger British influences than Spacemen 3. Which isn't to say they were primary influences. I'll take Slint over Spacemen 3 any hour of the day, and so would many Thrill Jockey people, I bet.
― halitosis, Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:20 (fifteen years ago) link
― Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:21 (fifteen years ago) link
To me, your post doesn't do their songwriting justice. They were also really into sound and had a lot of cool things going on on their records, tone-wise. I don't know if I like the post-Perfect Prescription records so much.
I was going to say that they had more of a sense of humor than the Killers, too, but actually the Killers are quite amusing (intentionally so, I think).
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:26 (fifteen years ago) link
Y'all might want to reread the comment a bit, which while hyperbolic is not claiming S3 influenced *all* bands vaguely or clearly labeled post-rock, and does not automatically deny the potential influence of those two (very fine) bands at all.
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:27 (fifteen years ago) link
And another thing--they sucked away attention from Sundial, who deserved it more.
― halitosis, Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:30 (fifteen years ago) link
I think the tribute songs were a part of the intentionally stoopid humor in their music along with the drug stuff and the God stuff. They weren't really serious about how their music was intended "for all the fucked up children of the world."
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:34 (fifteen years ago) link
― halitosis, Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:37 (fifteen years ago) link
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:38 (fifteen years ago) link
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:39 (fifteen years ago) link
Great, great great band. And certainly a bit ridiculous on some level, but its not as if their referents weren't also.
― Dark Horse, Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:40 (fifteen years ago) link
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:42 (fifteen years ago) link
― halitosis, Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:44 (fifteen years ago) link
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Saturday, 23 April 2005 22:49 (fifteen years ago) link
― jake b. (cerybut), Saturday, 23 April 2005 23:12 (fifteen years ago) link
One night when I was pretty drunk and living in a large loft space I played the Sound of Confusion very loud and it all just clicked. I think they are the band that took me the longest to "get" and probably the biggest 180 degree shift in opinion I've ever had.
― walter kranz (walterkranz), Saturday, 23 April 2005 23:27 (fifteen years ago) link
I was in the same class as Jason Pierce at school and I can assure you it wasn't a public one!
― Si Carter (Si Carter), Saturday, 23 April 2005 23:31 (fifteen years ago) link
― Amon (eman), Sunday, 24 April 2005 01:17 (fifteen years ago) link
Jason is usually quite humble in interviews, you're probably thinking of Sonic, who used to regularly glamourize drugs in interviews (to the point that 85% of the dialogue was centred around drugs).
― MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 24 April 2005 01:34 (fifteen years ago) link
I love this band but getting a handle on how their discography all fits together has always been so goddamn confusing
― turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:31 (two weeks ago) link
I bought Sound of Confusion when it first released and have no idea how it all fits together either lol
― ( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:33 (two weeks ago) link
I've spent thirty years trying to figure it out and I still quite can't. But I'm glad I've got everything one way or another.
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 August 2020 17:34 (two weeks ago) link
Nice piece by Will here about An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music
― chonky floof (groovypanda), Saturday, 1 August 2020 18:41 (two weeks ago) link
SP3 is my favorite band, I've worked for Bomp, worked with Sonic, even have my name on a couple of releases - but I don't even know where to start with this. I suppose it's erroneous to consider any track to be the final/definitive version of itself and more of a snapshot of where it's at. There's hours of outtakes from all four albums - no extra songs, but plenty of differing directions something could have takes: real drums vs. drum machine, reverse reverb or not, lyrical changes, etc. etc.
― Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 August 2020 19:28 (two weeks ago) link
they really “got” minimalism and understood how to properly exploit its power
― brimstead, Saturday, 1 August 2020 22:01 (two weeks ago) link
For All the Fucked Up Children of this World...: Early (first?) recording session. Copied to tape and distributed around town by the band who are not terribly proud of it now. Their sound hadn't formed yet, it's historically interesting but they are baby spacemen toddling about. Bluesy.
Taking Drugs to Make Music To Take Drugs To: Demos which secured a record deal with Glass. Sometimes I like this as much as Sound of Confusion. Released unofficially and later officially with bonus tracks on Space Age Recordings. Only unique song is "It's Alright" which was later recorded by Spectrum.
Sound of Confusion: First proper album. All UK versions end with "OD Catastrophe." All US versions append the Walking With Jesus single and a demo version of 2:35 that is also found on TDTMMTTDT. Taang! Records put out their early albums on CD in the US. The Taang! covers are ugly and the sound quality is shit. The bonus track "Rollercoaster" has about 20 seconds trimmed off. WTF
Perfect Prescription: Second album. Early versions ended with "Call The Doctor." Since then all versions append "Soul 1" and "That's Just Fine" which are b-sides of the Take Me To The Other Side single. These are nice, if a little slight and they dull the impact of the original ending. Taang! version has a gap between "Ecstasy Symphony" and "Transparent Radiation" where the songs should flow together seamlessly. Unforgivable. Best way to hear it is probably the original Glass vinyl.
Forged Prescriptions: Two cds of alternate takes and demos from PP. A couple of unique songs which aren't terribly exciting, but the alternate versions are sometimes lusher and better than the PP versions. Highly recommended. Demo version of "Come Down Easy" is terrific.
The Singles AKA Translucent Flashbacks: Collects the first three singles including all the SOC & PP bonus tracks, with "Rollercoaster" at its proper length (17:24!!!). "Walking With Jesus" single version is a remix of the TDTMMTTDT track. Good shit.
Playing With Fire: Third album. Should end with "Lord Can You Hear Me?" but most versions add bonus tracks afterward. The 2cd version has loads of great stuff.
Dreamweapon: Technically a live album, sort of the fourth album but not really. Originally just the one track it now always comes with instrumental bonuses that fit nicely. "Spaceman Jam" credits Jason but he's not really on it. Some other dude Sonic was jamming with. It meanders.
Recurring: Fourth album. When I had full on Spacemen fever this was IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND. It drove me nuts and went for $$$. Proper ending is "Billy Whizz." All CD versions have the same bonus tracks. I think.
DJ Tones EP: Random rare tracks that hold together well. Notable for Spacemen 3's version of "These Blues," later performed by Spiritualized.
How The Blues Should've Turned Out: Barrel scrapings sold by Sonic Boom. CDRs maybe? Only a hundred were released and later he could be found on the Spiritualized forum berating people for sharing copies. Some good stuff, but this is where I started losing interest in MORE Spacemen 3.
Performance: An abbreviated PP era show. Taang! version adds the Threebie 3 ep which has live tracks from the same gig.
Live In Europe AKA Spacemen Are Go!: Later live album. Collects tracks from different dates, including a couple of the more delicate PWF cuts. "Bo Diddley Jam" is badass.
Live At The New Morning: Unofficially released and then later put out as a needle drop on Space Age. Avoid the Space Age version. Good show from the PWF tour, although the focus is on the noisier songs.
There are other bootlegs, B-sides, and bits and pieces that I haven't bothered to hunt down. Is there something good I'm missing?
― Cow_Art, Sunday, 2 August 2020 06:06 (one week ago) link
Outstanding guide thank you! I have a few CDs and a folder of mp3 albums of which half seemed like bootlegs - now I can figure it out!
― assert (MatthewK), Sunday, 2 August 2020 07:24 (one week ago) link
I'd add the Losing Touch With Your Mind comp to that list.
― ringworm, Sunday, 2 August 2020 07:30 (one week ago) link
Forgot about that one! More alternates, demos, etc.
There's a live boot that I've seen for sale but never grabbed: Revolution or Heroin.
The tribute album is VERY good. All the way through.
1. Bowery Electric - Things'll Never Be The Same2. The Asteroid #4 - Losing Touch With My Mind3. Mogwai - Honey4. Flowchart - Ode To Street Hassle5. Accelera Deck - I Believe It 3:316. Arab Strap - Revolution7. Bardo Pond - Call The Doctor8. Frontier - Hey Man9. Low - Lord, Can You Hear Me?10. Amp - So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears)11. Piano Magic - How Does It Feel12. Transient Waves - Billy Whizz
― Cow_Art, Sunday, 2 August 2020 07:44 (one week ago) link
I discovered about five of those bands via the tribute album, I can't speak highly of it enough.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 2 August 2020 07:57 (one week ago) link
There's the All Fucked Up boot in my collection too:
Per the Discogs notes:
Live recording from Germany during the tour of 1988, or probably recorded live on 11th January 1988 at The Rose Club in Koln, Germany.
There's also Out of It, which I think is just a selection of stuff found on Forged Prescriptions but I'd need to check to be sure. Not even Discogs has that one I think.
And here's the Revolution or Heroin info again via Discogs:
Though sometimes thought to be "live 22. October 1987 University of London", this is actually the soundtrack from a video of a show at The Mean Fiddler.
There was a 3 CDR project of various songs from live shows over the years but I only have a basic rip of the first disc.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 2 August 2020 15:43 (one week ago) link
Highly recommend the cassette (or a digital playlist version) of 'The Perfect Prescription'. The entire proper album is on side A while the flip contains the epic covers from the period - the 17 min version of "Rollercoaster" and the 11 min version of "Starship".
― Spencer Chow, Sunday, 2 August 2020 17:03 (one week ago) link
Interesting to see the love for Recurring. I remember being slightly horrified when it came out and found it a big let down after what had come before. Big City in particular seemed cheesily ludicrous. I haven't listened to it in about 25 years - maybe I should give it a chance.
― Duke, Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:28 (one week ago) link
Recurring's their best album! That album and the subsequent first albums by Spiritualized, Spectrum, and the Darkside are the high water mark of everyone involved.
― avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:43 (one week ago) link
And "Big City" ended up in The Simpsons so hey.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:49 (one week ago) link
xp "Big City" is like... their best song
― vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:55 (one week ago) link
Wasn't there a sonic boom LP (confusingly called spectrum) before a spectrum lp (soul kiss)? Which one do you mean fhazel?
― koogs, Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:16 (one week ago) link
(oddly, despite having about 20 LP's by this bunch in various guises, I have nothing by darkside. What am I missing?)
― koogs, Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:18 (one week ago) link
I do not get “big city” :-/
― brimstead, Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:20 (one week ago) link
probably 15 years or so ago i thought i had a shitty mp3 rip of "the perfect prescription" so i bought the taang! cd version and realized nope! it's actually that bad. also, if i remember they had a truncated version of "starship" on there even though they had the space on it for the full 11 min version which always pissed me off.
― Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:25 (one week ago) link
“Recurring” is cool but c’mon ... there’s no way “Big City” stands out as special. Not even the best thing on that album which, in comparison to their preceding albums, stood out as the weakest.
― SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:41 (one week ago) link
Sonic's solo album was recorded before Recurring, I'm talking about Soul Kiss by Spectrum which was post-S3 breakup...
― avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:49 (one week ago) link
I have relistened a little on Spotify. Recurring is still poor. Big City is still awful. No offence, but claiming Big City is their best song is crazy....
― Duke, Sunday, 2 August 2020 21:15 (one week ago) link
To say Recurring is better than PP or PWF is equally crazy, IMO
― Duke, Sunday, 2 August 2020 21:16 (one week ago) link
this may be missing the point with Spacemen 3, but always thought the Recurring version of Big City is just too long. the 12" version is about 8.5 minutes and that is just right
Recurring was my first S3 album so I do like it but my heart belongs to Sound of Confusion. listened to Losing Touch With My Mind just now because seemed kind of apt
― CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 2 August 2020 21:33 (one week ago) link
Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here), in which Sonic notes the kinship between Dandy Livingstone's Big City and Kraftwerk's Neon Lights and makes a song about it.
― Stanley Halfbrick (Noel Emits), Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:08 (one week ago) link
Recurring: Jason's side >>>>>> Sonic's side.
I like Big City quite a bit.
Feeling Just Fine is one of my favorite songs out of all the Spacemen projects.
The only track that I feel inclined to skip is I Love You.
― Cow_Art, Sunday, 2 August 2020 23:05 (one week ago) link
I really appreciate some of the recent breakdowns re: pressings and sound, I have Taking Drugs CD on US Bomp, SOC CD on UK Refire, PP CD & LP on US Genius, PWF CD and LP on US Bomp, Dreamweapon CD re on US Sympathy (I regret selling my Fierce OG) and OG Recurring CD on US Dedicated. so I think I'm good except for picking up FP and the singles comp someday. I never really clicked with any of the live stuff but damn do I love their studio work.
― sleeve, Monday, 3 August 2020 05:19 (one week ago) link
Recurring: Jason's side >>>>>> Sonic's side.
Yeah, this was the album where Sonic ran out of ideas and began an exercise in self-parody
― Duke, Monday, 3 August 2020 11:07 (one week ago) link
Damn y'all I had no idea "Recurring" and "Big City" were so controversial! As a massive Kraftwerk/electronic music stan, it just scratches a very particular itch for me, I guess
― vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 3 August 2020 12:15 (one week ago) link
yeh I'm surprised too, every S3 fan I've ever known loved Big City. when those farfisa chords come in halfway thru, it gets me every time.
― ( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 3 August 2020 12:57 (one week ago) link
As a massive Kraftwerk/electronic music stan, it just scratches a very particular itch for me
This is 100% OTM. It's funny because I think I actually went backwards? That it was Sonic Boom's interest in analogue synths way back in the 90s, that actually opened up the world of krautrock in general and Kraftwerk in particular to me.
My memory of what happened around Recurring was it came out at a point where Spacemen 3 were already breaking up, and there were already solo albums and 12"s floating around. So that in comparison to what had come before, and what came out just after, it felt a little bit of a letdown. It definitely had a sad undercurrent to it, like, "wow, my favourite band is breaking up? Bummer." Which affected my impressions of the album at the time, followed quickly by "wow, I now have TWO favourite bands and they're both amazing?"
I also distinctly recall that when I swapped my (bought on release) vinyl of Recurring for a later CD a few years later, I listened to it again and had a much more positive impression of it - and realised I had been overly harsh towards it. And Big City has aged incredibly well, it has got better with time.
― Branwell with an N, Monday, 3 August 2020 13:14 (one week ago) link
Cow_Art thank you for that release breakdown, been dreaming about a simple cribsheet for S3 releases like that for a while
― turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 3 August 2020 13:37 (one week ago) link
My own introduction to S3 was the solo Spectrum album Sonic released as discussed a few posts back -- it was a new release at the time and one of the first things I reviewed for KLA at UCLA as a DJ preview. I'm not really sure I'd heard anything quite like it before, honestly, but I was listening to a lot of stuff for the first time all around then, and it was enough for me to get very interested in who he was and this band of his was. Prompted by all this I gave it a relisten yesterday and it holds up very nicely.
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 August 2020 14:30 (one week ago) link
I'm kicking myself because my first exposure to S3 *was* the fabled Glass vinyl - purple swhirlies, black vinyl - and I have no idea what happened to my record collection, if it's still sitting in a box, or if my Mum has thrown it away. Because it has never quite sounded right in the reissues. (I'm going to cry if I start thinking about all the rare Spacemen/Sonic/Spz vinyl I used to have 30 years ago.)
― Branwell with an N, Monday, 3 August 2020 14:34 (one week ago) link
I didn't hear the solo sonic LP until the reissue, hence my timeline confusion above (thanks for clarifying fh). A friend had a copy with the swirly thing on the front but I'm not sure he ever played it in my presence.
(2013 it says. lists Jason in the credits. And Jo wiggs)
― koogs, Monday, 3 August 2020 19:04 (one week ago) link
yeah I remember seeing that pinwheel Spectrum LP at the record store but it was too pricey to take a chance on (I snagged the reissue and... it's not my favorite Sonic Boom work)
― avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 3 August 2020 20:26 (one week ago) link
The only Sonic stuff that I'm fully on board with is Soul Kiss & Highs, Lows, Heavenly Blows. There are lots of other good things scattered across his releases but his range is pretty limited. There's a comp of singles and whatnot called What Came Before After that is pretty good.
I stumbled upon a huge wad of used EAR cds at the Amoeba in LA and I was SO STOKED. Worked my way through them and it was a bit of a slog. Mesmerized is the only one I kept.
― Cow_Art, Monday, 3 August 2020 22:21 (one week ago) link
Yeah that one is my fallback -- I do love the rest for different moods but Mesmerized just seemed to get Sonic's ability to embrace warm drift perfectly, not having to worry about creating songs as such.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 00:42 (one week ago) link
Ned, I read and reread your Spacemen 3 reviews several times back in the day. I came to them through Spiritualized and Allmusic led the way. Thanks for that. In college I would stay up way too late devouring Allmusic.
― Cow_Art, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 01:59 (one week ago) link
You're most welcome! Glad to know that was a bridge to more.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 02:28 (one week ago) link
the first song on that sonic boom spectrum album is so gorgeous and lonely, I think the cover of my vinyl copy had a cardboard roulette wheel you could spin
― brimstead, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 03:08 (one week ago) link
forever alien completely blew my mind at the time, I could not comprehend it, it sounded like sonic boom tried to record an album while several ufos were landing all around him
― brimstead, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 03:10 (one week ago) link
OMG, Forever Alien is an absolutely astonishing piece of work. It was just kinda... not where my mind was at when it came out, but it was an album I have revisted again and again, and realise just how formative Sonic Boom was, towards shaping everything I love in music. It's so slithery, and alien-sounding - there's this real kinda 80s mythology that synths are supposed to sound clinical and cold. (Actual Kraftwerk... does *not* sound cold, they can sound clinical, but their tone is very warm.) While Pete took the idea of "what if synths were a living alien intelligence" and ran with it!
I'm so lucky I actually got to see him do that shit live when I first moved to the UK, because transporting the gear necessary to generate those sounds was so obviously never going to happen.
So much of the E.A.R. stuff is... patchy, but when it's good, it's amazing. I recently got out a load of E.A.R. records and started re-listening, because when I'm having a bout of really bad hyperacusis, they're one of the few things I can listen to that doesn't trigger it.
― Branwell with an N, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 08:28 (one week ago) link
Hm, so out of curiosity, any particular difference between the two versions of Forged Prescriptions? There was that John Rivers-remastered version from two years back, besides the original back in 2003.
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 02:36 (one week ago) link
Didn't realize the different cover was supposed to be remastered. I know that when FP was initially released Sonic was involved and seemed rather proud of it. By the time the newer one came out things would have soured between Gerald Palmer and him, so I can't imagine Sonic had anything to do with it. And Space Age hasn't shown any particular inclination towards caring about sound quality.
It would be cool to compare them, but I suspect that the new cover and remastering are geared only toward selling the same album to the same people twice.
― Cow_Art, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 04:39 (one week ago) link
Suspected as much!
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 14:16 (one week ago) link
Anyway as long as we're all here, Sterling Roswell has a wonderfully titled Bandcamp site:
And among other things a new album just out (but Bandcamp Friday is about to happen so there's that):
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 August 2020 03:57 (one week ago) link
(Or maybe an old album. He's been adding a slew of stuff over the past few days.)
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 August 2020 04:00 (one week ago) link