The future of Stereolab

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I just listened to Stereolab's Sound Dust and something must have finally clicked after 2 years, as it sounded luvly. There's a new EP coming out apparently:

Mastering of the new EP is complete. On October 7th 2003 Elektra will issue a 5 track CD EP and on October 13th 2003 Duophonic UHF Disks will issue a 5 track CD and a 7" vinyl edition - probably three 7" disks.

They have been one of the shining lights of pop for a decade now, but does the world actually need another Stereolab record? Is there anywhere left to go after the last few meticulously crafted records? Am I alone in entertaining the thought that maybe, just maybe, Mary's passing might have coincided with the end of the 'labs's golden era? Might they be better off focusing on those myriad side-projects, and closing the door on the 'lab's fine body of work? Or am I just insane? Tell us how much you look forward to a new Stereolab record...

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Monday, 4 August 2003 04:59 (sixteen years ago) link

i had assumed they'd finished, after that most recent Monade album was released. short of dropping the guitar OR keyboards entirely, i don't know where else they could go. personally i'd rather they didn't make another record as Stereolab.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:03 (sixteen years ago) link

each record has had its moments, but the last time i was excited about anything they did was Aluminium Tunes.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I loved Sound Dust, and will place it among their best work. I'm certainly willing to hear more 'lab, and will surely buy new material.

derrick (derrick), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:21 (sixteen years ago) link

How is that Monade record btw?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:27 (sixteen years ago) link

low key. I like it.

nnnh oh oh nnnh nnnh oh (James Blount), Monday, 4 August 2003 05:31 (sixteen years ago) link

They should make the planet-conquering "Sugar Sugar"-y universal pop genius record that they were saying they COULD make back in 1995 and then split in a blaze of glory. They've ploughed increasingly dull furrow for well over a decade now without actually becoming properly shite but I'd rather they did something fantastic and unexpected before they split, instead of just disintegrating into nothingness.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 08:03 (sixteen years ago) link

They're a great singles band but their albums have been boring for years. More fizzy ribena pop a la wow and flutter please!

flowersdie (flowersdie), Monday, 4 August 2003 11:18 (sixteen years ago) link

"fizzy ribena pop" is an ace description but they can go even more uber-pop than Wow & Flutter when they want and it's about time they DID. They should make their Tubthumping (and attendant album) and then call it a day.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 11:22 (sixteen years ago) link

They should make the planet-conquering "Sugar Sugar"-y universal pop genius record that they were saying they COULD make back in 1995 and then split in a blaze of glory

This seems to be a popular view of Stereolab and not one I subscribe to at all. Their scamper away from the indie disco dancefloor down ever-narrowing corridors of fussy detail and texture mirrors my own shift in tastes, and as a result I've loved most of their records (especially Sound-Dust and the last quarter of everyone's favourite one to knock, ...Milky Night).

That said, an end to Stereolab now, after Mary's tragic death, would seem appropriate, but there are unpleasantly humdrum things like brand identity and paying the mortgage to think about.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I always wondered how much they actually sold, in the UK they went through a period of having top 30 albums and seemingly doing very respectably. Dot & Loops got to number 19 in 1997 and then unexpectedly everything since has missed the top 75 completely and I was VERY WORRIED for a while about their mortgage-paying capabilities after this, but I got over it. I don't imagine their audience changes dramatically from record to record but either there was a huge drop in sales around 1998 or the charts became a less-Stereolab friendly place, or both.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:30 (sixteen years ago) link

i've only bought one of their albums and two of their singles since "Dots..."

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:33 (sixteen years ago) link

(and have everything prior)

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I barely bought anything after Dots & Loops and have now sold that although I kept Aluminum Tunes because it is more fun (I realise that Proper People do not buy Stereolab records because they are 'fun')

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:38 (sixteen years ago) link

AT is probably their most fun record. singles is where they have always shone.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Emperor is my fave, but recently I've rediscovered Dots and Loops and have been playing it to death. I heart the Lab and am really looking forward to their newie.

j0e (j0e), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:41 (sixteen years ago) link

that Proper People do not buy Stereolab records because they are 'fun'

On the contrary, they aren't fun enough

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:42 (sixteen years ago) link

The only Stereolab that I own and *don't* really love is Dots & Loops. That said, I've never really understood the hate towards their recent stuff -- wasn't it obvious this is where they were headed the whole time? Anyway, Sound Dust, for example, is great -- if they keep making records, I hope they'll build on the escapist prog-lounge of that.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:43 (sixteen years ago) link

On the contrary, they aren't fun enough

Agreed, this is why I sold Dots & Loops which gradually revealed itself to be not much fun at all.

Alex in Rotherham (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 4 August 2003 12:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm looking forward to new material. Sound-Dust sounded too predictable, like they were treading water, and I'm at least curious to see if they can get out of that rut. As much as Mary's death was very sad, I'm hoping it's encouraged them to look in new directions in her absence.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:22 (sixteen years ago) link

I was hoping Mary's death would lead them to make the radical change they're going to need to make for me to really love them again -- my dream-scenario would have had them changing their name as well as their style. I'm sure Sound-Dust is a fine record, but it's slight switch-ups -- e.g., ooh, lap steel! -- weren't enough to make me want to listen to it very often; I'd like it if Tim could get back in touch with guitar noise, to drop the swing and reconnect with the big fuzzy charge they haven't done in ages. Either that or go dancey for us.

nabisco (nabisco), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:43 (sixteen years ago) link

For me the drop-off w/ Stereolab isn't about changes in style or arrangment, it's that the melodies just got less interesting. Somehow the tunes ain't what they used to be, & I think this started changing around Dots & Loops (an album I like a lot, I also dig Cobra & Phases). Listen to the recent stuff for a while & then put on material from the 2nd Switched On/Lo-Fi era, & it doesn't sound like the same songwriters. The tunes on the mid-'90s releases are just incredible.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Either that or go dancey for us

This could be cool. I remember an Autechre remix (of a song I can't recall) that was completely out of the ordinary for them, and very good. Maybe they should hook up with Matmos or something.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 14:57 (sixteen years ago) link

There is an Ae remix on the "Miss Modular" single, although it's more LP5-era fuckery than dancey. Interesting nonetheless.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it wasn't dancey at all, but definitely showed possiblities for them in more electronic realms. I guess the MoM tracks on Dots are also good signifiers.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it wasn't dancey at all, but definitely showed possiblities for them in more electronic realms. I guess the MoM tracks on Dots are also good signifiers.

Yeah that could have gone further...although like I said I don't think the D&L melodies are quite up to snuff.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Sound-Dust is great. One of the prettiest, most sparkly albums I've ever heard. While not all of it is pure genius, I'm excited about any new Stereolab because they will always do at least one or two things that just make you go "What the fuck?!"

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Monday, 4 August 2003 16:56 (sixteen years ago) link

[mccarthy spin off bands c/d]

kieron, Monday, 4 August 2003 20:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd pretty much written off post-Dots And Loops Stereolab as they seemed to have transmogrified themselves into a Os Mutantes cover band. However, I did really like the same songs as re-recorded on ABC Music, so I figured that it's less of a problem with them, than in how they're recording their albums.

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Monday, 4 August 2003 23:34 (sixteen years ago) link

the only non-worthwhile record is peng!, sound dust is a gorgeous and rather simple sounding pop record. i think they are a highly undervalued band, perhaps from making the music seem effortless?

keith (keithmcl), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 00:26 (sixteen years ago) link

the only non-worthwhile record is peng!

Madness! There are some flaccid moments sure, but "Super Falling Star", "Mellotron", "Orgiastic", etc... I ask you?

Am I still the only person who actually thinks Emperor Tomato Ketchup has been the least durable record so far?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 05:49 (sixteen years ago) link

er, yeah you probably are.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Thought so.

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 06:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Ever since D&T, I've been hopelessly waiting for the guitar buzz to come back.. I think what made them great was how hypnotic that drone sounded, coupled with the mantra-chanting. When they got rid of that and went lounge the music sounded too 'focused' in a way and didn't allow you to lose yourself in it, as the old stuff did.

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 06:48 (sixteen years ago) link

They need to stop making records with McEntire and O'Rourke, for a start/change. Maybe get Albini involved, or someone totally out of left field.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 14:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I believe the new record is being recorded with Fulton Dingley, who worked on Cobra and Phases Group and First of the Microbe Hunters.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 14:14 (sixteen years ago) link

It's shallow I know, but the more interviews I read with them the less I liked them. Laetitia in particular comes across as a really patronising, borderline-misanthropic left-libertarian masquerading as an 'anything-is-possible/ people-have-the-power' idealist. Well, she was an acolyte of those humourless reactionaries at Living Marxism, so perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised.

Mel Starr, Tuesday, 5 August 2003 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I knew a girl who was involved with Living Marxism - she ended up working at the Daily Telegraph, figures. See the Hitchens' brothers et al.

Dadaismus (Dada), Saturday, 9 August 2003 11:40 (sixteen years ago) link

i feel sorry for the whole thing -- Mary dies -- that is the worst thing that could have happened

Laetitia may be impatient with fans -- after a hiatus they produce Sound Dust which is such a good record -- so consistent (i love roughly every second song) -- having heard loops and milky i say it is their best album after tomato, perhaps the culmination of that direction in their sound

that tv program Cold Feet had a millenium special episode that reprised cul de sac perfectly, since the drift/ island/ end metaphor worked perfectly for the 'end of time' hoop-la surrounding 0/0/2000 and the possibilities of ths show drifting, out to sea or beached, which it sure ended up doing, even if they didn't think they were drifting then

i liked those promo photos of stereolab, with the power poles vertically alligned with the pictures perspective -- like harry lime as the giant (film) wheel comes to a stop over occupied vienna, a snapshot, on the road to the castle or back ? waiting for the flood ? (i don't stereolab are misanthropic, the fans tiny dots or dust, as if viewed from harry's perspective)

i like this album art, the indication of a peak, however insular, an acknowledgement by the band that they may well be too disconnected from their audience yet wishing to take the chicago computer collaborations to a decent conclusion .. i bet they knew sound dust was make or break time, if not for the group then at least for that sound, which surely they got right on this album tens times more so than on the two albums seemingly leading in that direction, validating for me those experiments along the way -- good on them for acknowledging the alienating potential, yet admitting that this was the peak of that stereolab at least

yes, i think they will go looking for other peaks, somewhere else (Lionel Stander did get to work in hollywood again, after all)

maybe the boo-boos will have to go and a new angle for the lyrics taken with both Marie's terrible departure and the band learning the hard lessons of producing something so good by their own standards even if these didn't meet the demands of their audience -- the artistic journey has been completed -- that concept in light of Marie's death is almost horribly prophetic in a spooky new way, beyond their worst dreams i imagine (is Polanski a real king midas of horror and despair ? dark forces ?) (i do not wish to trivialise _anything_ in saying this)

of course the album + art stands on it's own feet as beautiful music with a variety of sentiment -- most of the band can return to the main land and pursue some other groove -- after a presumably respectful period of meditation and change of trade-name

george gosset (gegoss), Saturday, 9 August 2003 14:09 (sixteen years ago) link

that was terrific, george

zebedee (zebedee), Monday, 11 August 2003 15:52 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...

"hiatus"

http://www.stereolab.co.uk/news/

Jeff W, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:12 (ten years ago) link

Perhaps a necessary thing, really.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:21 (ten years ago) link

diminishing returns for a while now

velko, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:22 (ten years ago) link

Question: is the future of Stereolab any different than the past of Stereolab?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:24 (ten years ago) link

:( At least Chemical Chords 2 will still come out (and I'm glad I saw them this last tour)

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:38 (ten years ago) link

yeah, me too! their show last fall was wonderful. still, if anyone deserves a break, it's probably them. they've never gone more than a year or two without an album over the past 20 years, have they?

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:40 (ten years ago) link

they've never gone more than a year or two without an album over the past 20 years, have they?

There were a couple multi-year gaps in between Sound-Dust, Margerine Eclipse, and Chemical Chords though I think the box set comes in there somewhere.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:47 (ten years ago) link

yeah, maybe i'm just thinking that there are always various collections coming out in between records -- never seemed like they disappeared for any significant amount of time.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:49 (ten years ago) link

They were great when I saw them live last year. Like, really great, as much fun as the first time I saw them. If this is one of those permananent breaks then they are going out with a bang, at least as far as live music is concerned. I don't think I have any of their albums from the last ten years, but live performance is at least as important to me.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:52 (ten years ago) link

My thoughts on seeing them in September -- if that's the last time I'll ever see them, then the last song I ever saw them do was a great version of "Jenny Ondioline."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 22:43 (ten years ago) link

He also plays bass in Laetitia's band and in Astrobal.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:07 (four weeks ago) link

ah! he was a highlight of the show imo. All of them sounded great and the material selection couldn't have pleased me more.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 20 October 2019 08:14 (four weeks ago) link

xpost I want to know more about Stereolad

you bet!

!!! spent a tour or three opening for themselves as an all-male Stereolab tribute act, Nic Offer swapping his shorty shorts for shorty pinafores.

Here's a distorted audience video of French Disko in Amsterdam, here's a review of the Seattle show I saw, and here's Offer's essay explaining the influence Stereolab had on him & bandmates in the '90s, that he wanted to pay back two decades later:
https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/reference-points/stereolab-stereolad-chk-chk-chk

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Sunday, 20 October 2019 09:07 (four weeks ago) link

great show last night but I wanted to hear Jenny and no Jenny on the setlist; glad they mixed it up a bit for people who were there the earlier two nights though, I guess. I think this was a more enjoyable show than the last time I saw them, which was whenever the last time they toured through here....I remember that show feeling incomplete, somewhat depressing without Mary.

akm, Sunday, 20 October 2019 16:26 (four weeks ago) link

we dragged our son to this (13 1/2, finally getting into music and playing guitar), he hated every second of it, probably because he likes guitar histrionics. Poo on him.

akm, Sunday, 20 October 2019 16:27 (four weeks ago) link

I had absolutely no expectations re: the setlist, and actually had not listened to them in quite a while, so it all sounded very welcome.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 20 October 2019 17:06 (four weeks ago) link

^Same! A little bit of everything. Love that MAQ got so much love on Saturday. But, I wish they wouldn’t shy away from Chemical Chords so much (hot take, lol), bc it’s been growing on me lately.

KevRus, Sunday, 20 October 2019 17:58 (four weeks ago) link

Chemical Chords is one of my favorites, happy to hear from someone else who feels the same.

Gotta say that laundry bag is one of the most useful pieces of tour merch I've ever bought.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 20 October 2019 18:02 (four weeks ago) link

I've made a point to revisit Chemical Chords every few years and have never been able to get into it. Something about the brevity of the tunes and the way they just come to a dead stop make it seem like it was a collections of demos or sketches or something. Anyway, my enthusiasm is renewed and I'm happy to give it another shot.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 20 October 2019 18:24 (four weeks ago) link

The dancy songs were the ones I connected to the most last night, and I found myself with a smile on my face during Lo Boob, though that's also because I remembered one of my least favorite jobs where a co-worker was annoyed that I had that song as my ringtone.

Also a little disappointed about a lack of Jenny, but this was my first live show in like 2 years so I'll take what I get. (Also maybe I'm getting old but I was surprised the sound wasn't that loud.)

Xp Chemical Chords was my first entry into the Groop! Still have fondness for it.

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Sunday, 20 October 2019 18:39 (four weeks ago) link

outic what did u think of Bronze?

Book Doula (sleeve), Sunday, 20 October 2019 18:49 (four weeks ago) link

Great show last Monday - Jenny Ondioline was probably 3 mins long so hardly worth it. No Blue Milk either but a lengthy Contranatura at the end. I guess they are only doing one opus per show.

everything, Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:32 (four weeks ago) link

I bought all five reissues at the show in a total splurge- very excited after reading the commentary upthread

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 20 October 2019 22:48 (four weeks ago) link

I didn't keep track of the full set on Friday night cuz I'm not *that* much of a nerd but high points for me were:
Crest
Lo-Boob Oscillator
Metronomic Underground
Percolator

Bronze were... interesting. I dunno if I really liked it but I give them credit for being unusual both in sound and presentation. It is kinda funny that we are at a point where a guy theatrically turning a knob has taken the place of guitar theatrics. And the singer has an entertaining cowboy-in-Mulholland-Drive schtick going on. But the music itself was pretty goth-y and I got kinda bored with it.

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 October 2019 15:56 (four weeks ago) link

They play Percolator so blisteringly fast I almost sprained my neck

KevRus, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:17 (four weeks ago) link

what was the epic closing number? I lost track

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:19 (four weeks ago) link

I wasn't there but setlist.fm says the closer of the main set was Lo Boob Oscillator and the final encore was Contronatura

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Monday, 21 October 2019 16:21 (four weeks ago) link

Bronze didn't play on Saturday -- Mia Doi Todd instead, but we were having dinner and missed her set. As for Stereolab's set, very nice all around -- it felt like seeing a good old friend again. My girlfriend is a Transient ride-or-die sort so she was a little bummed we only got "Crest" from it, but as that's one of their most perfect songs all around in terms of sound/aesthetic I was very happy. (I was also happy I got to replace my long departed shirt from the Transient tour itself with the new one with a slightly different design for the turntable image.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:22 (four weeks ago) link

Saw them in LA last night and they were terrific. But if a slow start but once it got going it was great. Lo Boob Oscillator and Metronomic Underground were the highlights here too. I don’t know all their song titles well but the encore was a very Steve Reich-ian thing that was mesmerizing.

Agree with the sentiments above that the bass player was a surprising secret weapon of the group.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 21 October 2019 16:23 (four weeks ago) link

xpost And while it was great to get "Blue Milk" I think the real highlight for me was "Metronomic Underground."

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:23 (four weeks ago) link

Contronatura

ah yeah that's what I was thinking of, cuz I didn't recognize it

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:26 (four weeks ago) link

yeah, that song is only ok to me.

" I was surprised the sound wasn't that loud" it wasn't, which was nice.

akm, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:34 (four weeks ago) link

also just generally loved Laetitia's whole style throughout the show, relaxed, funny, engaged: "Let's play Ping Pong", "This song is about la resistance" etc

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:39 (four weeks ago) link

For me it was really good seeing Tim Gane do his head-back-and-forth thing he does when he's getting into something.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 October 2019 16:49 (four weeks ago) link

I think Tim Gane did that through the whole show in Minneapolis. He must have been really into it.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Monday, 21 October 2019 17:00 (four weeks ago) link

honestly the only thing that would have made the show more enjoyable for me would've been if Laetitia broke out her trombone

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 October 2019 18:53 (four weeks ago) link

When they played Miss Modular I had my fingers crossed that she would

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:03 (four weeks ago) link

I don’t know all their song titles...

I can't think of another band that I love where I can match so few songs to their titles, and for some reason don't care. Had no idea what "Contronatura" is, googled to find it's the closer on Dots and Loops and still couldn't identify it. Ohhhh, the one that goes "My dearest friend..."

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:12 (four weeks ago) link

" I was surprised the sound wasn't that loud" it wasn't, which was nice.

yeah, I forgot my earplugs & was worried during Wand opening, but the 'Lab were mixed clear and great without being ~loud~ per se at all

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:23 (four weeks ago) link

I wouldn't have minded if the keyboards were a tad higher in the mix. But overall yeah it sounded great. When they did their long freakouts everything sounded perfect.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:37 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah I know the titles of like 4 stereolab songs and with the exception of Jenny I probably couldn't match the titles to the songs.

akm, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:56 (four weeks ago) link

let me also state here: the fucking floor at the Fillmore was disgusting. It's been a while since I've been there (I think Patti Smith at the beginning of the year) but I do NOT recall the carpet being this spongey and sticky in the past. maybe they'd cleaned it and it wasn't dry or something.

akm, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:57 (four weeks ago) link

Loved the show in Seattle, but the keyboards and guitars were not mixed loud enough, particularly on the other songs like French Disko and Jenny where you want the guitar or moog to be a wall of sound. It was well mixed, in that the instrument separation was clear and balanced, but some dynamics from the original recordings were lost due to the balanced mix. Anyway, great show, can't wait for them to come back.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:23 (four weeks ago) link

Meant 'older songs', not 'other songs' above.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:23 (four weeks ago) link

Had a lot of fun seeing them, but wish they still used the farfisa and wurlitzer, those two were kind of central to the sound of so many of their records and shows.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 21 October 2019 20:31 (four weeks ago) link

carting those things around and keeping them working is a total nightmare

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:35 (four weeks ago) link

I'm sure it is, but they sounded awesome

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 21 October 2019 20:36 (four weeks ago) link

are they coming back? are stereolab back for more stuff? will they record new material? or even tour again?

akm, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:39 (four weeks ago) link

Been wondering that myself. These dates were it so far.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:42 (four weeks ago) link

saw them last night. phenomenal. their mood was great, they were incredibly tight, and when they left i didn't get a sense from the band that they thought this was their last ever U.S. show, idk why they didn't say anything. but maybe because they were happy and then didn't give off any sense of finality.

omar little, Monday, 21 October 2019 21:28 (four weeks ago) link

" I was surprised the sound wasn't that loud" it wasn't, which was nice.

yeah, I forgot my earplugs & was worried during Wand opening, but the 'Lab were mixed clear and great without being ~loud~ per se at all

lol look at us oldsters.

HELLA FITZGERALD (Leee), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 02:27 (four weeks ago) link

they're touring Australia next year so they're not stopping just yet

ufo, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 02:39 (four weeks ago) link

Does Bleep always take forever to ship stuff?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 03:22 (four weeks ago) link

the farfisa and wurlitzer, those two were kind of central to the sound of so many of their records and shows.

The Yamaha YC Joe Watson has on stage has a very good Farfisa sound library in it and won't break, go out of tune, and weights about 1/20th as much.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 19:42 (four weeks ago) link

I mean, I get why they do this, I understand modern keyboard gear, so don't need to be told multiple times that there are newer, more reliable keyboards that do a reasonable simulation while being easier to cart around. Still does not sound the same.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 19:58 (four weeks ago) link

If I can be nerdy down that path I thought the Yamaha reface was fine for the combo organ and a smart call, my complaint was using a Kong minilogue in place of the minimoog…and I own and love the minilogue but it’s a thinner sound and doesn’t do the bubbly moog they need...and there are newer dependable moons that could’ve filled that role.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:06 (three weeks ago) link

I've finally given a spin to the new Dots & Loops reissue and wanted to join in saying it's stellar. Nice, clean pressing and just all-around great sounding. I've not listened to the album in a long while so I don't pick up any tweaks they may have made, but the care and emphasis on producing a great sounding record is evident.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 03:30 (three weeks ago) link

Saw the DC show and I wished Sadier’s vocals were higher in the mix.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:12 (three weeks ago) link

L.A. setlist:

Anamorphose
Ping Pong
Infinity Girl
Double Rocker
Crest
Need to Be
Lo Boob Oscillator
The Extension Trip
Brakhage
Miss Modular
Percolator
Metronomic Underground
French Disko

Encore:

The Stars Our Destination
Blue Milk
Contronatura
Come and Play in the Milky Night

omar little, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 22:40 (three weeks ago) link

demo version of Motoroller Scalatron is soooo lovely, really all these demos are such great snapshots

Book Doula (sleeve), Saturday, 2 November 2019 22:24 (two weeks ago) link


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