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

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 months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

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

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

four weeks pass...

Just picked up the new reissues of Sound-Dust and Margerine Eclipse...

Wow, some seriously different beginnings/endings (and maybe mixes? Unsure as of now) on some tracks... much more extreme than on the other reissues thus far.

Also curiously/disappointingly brief liner notes on Sound-Dust and a moving, sad essay in lieu of individual song notes in Margerine.

Both sound and look incredible, of course.

Davey D, Sunday, 1 December 2019 00:48 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I'm hearing different mixes on the Margerine tracks, as well about 5 or 6 major re-edits. Sound-Dust doesn't seem to differ much from the o.g. vinyl edition, but I dare say the remastering has had a more subtle impact.

Jeff W, Sunday, 1 December 2019 18:15 (two months ago) link

I ti sinteresting to hear the demos vs. the polished product. I used to have a live bootleg of dots and loops live performances taht were neat. I think the tape broke

| (Latham Green), Monday, 2 December 2019 00:29 (two months ago) link

I may be able to help with that...

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 2 December 2019 01:54 (two months ago) link

Extended version of "Gus The Mynah Bird" is nice. What a cool song.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 04:50 (two months ago) link

On the FLACs from them, Margerine Eclipse is now 57:17 rather than 53:35. Biggest change: "Hillbilly Motorbike" goes from 2:23 to 4:52.

with hidden noise, Thursday, 5 December 2019 07:32 (two months ago) link

and Sound Dust goes from 1:03:32 to 1:06:23. "Gus the Mynah Bird" has gone from 6:11 to 9:05 and most of the other tracks look like they've been slightly shortened?

with hidden noise, Thursday, 5 December 2019 07:38 (two months ago) link

The new ending of "Vonal Declosion" is tripping me up every time I hear it!

Davey D, Thursday, 5 December 2019 07:57 (two months ago) link

Picked them up today -- nice that that basic run is complete of 'the Elektra years.'

Speaking of which -- idly checking Stereolab's Discogs page just now led me to discover that back this July, Terry Tolkin posted this huge entry on that page in comments about being their A&R guy in the early 1990s. Needless to say it's a treat. Just scroll down past the album entries, it's the first thing you'll see.

https://www.discogs.com/artist/388-Stereolab

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 December 2019 03:30 (two months ago) link

Wow, what an amazing little story tucked away there! Particularly liked this detail:

One thing he didn't like was when we wanted to use old Elektra Records logos from 1960's and 70's.
"What, Terry? Why? Do you know that I spent 250,000 fukin dollars on our new logo?"

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Sunday, 15 December 2019 03:44 (two months ago) link

Yeah I loved that.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 15 December 2019 03:53 (two months ago) link

h/t Raymond Cumming, how many of us had heard of this? not me!

https://www.discogs.com/Mary-Hansen-Hybird/release/2300268?fbclid=IwAR3glfVHxQ6mrUCTdG3ttiOdzYH7uvnPRx80leCuCNdeVBT4Fc6kdGjHnY0

sleeve, Sunday, 15 December 2019 04:28 (two months ago) link

Not heard that.

The other release on that label also appears to involve her.

koogs, Sunday, 15 December 2019 08:19 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

more US tourdates!

https://mailchi.mp/b978b55fc506/stereolab-the-lab-report-22-01-20?e=6d464d9535

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:05 (one month ago) link

PS - Keep an eye / ear out for news of Switched On volume 4 and Switched On volume 5 in 2020.

!!

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:09 (one month ago) link

Okay, THAT is key.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:16 (one month ago) link

ooh, glad they are coming back to my neck of the woods — was out of town for their show out here last year.

tylerw, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:35 (one month ago) link

Okay, now THAT'S the sort of reissue I can get behind. (re SO#4/#5)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 23:29 (one month ago) link

What'll be on 'Switched On' 4 & 5?

Soundslike, Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:56 (one month ago) link

A cover of When the Levee Breaks?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:01 (one month ago) link

Don't tease me like that.

If the thing is pressed I think that Leee will surrender (Leee), Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:07 (one month ago) link

My post from 2010 itt lists what may show up on Volume 4 and the potential Volume 5 tracklist can be found in the Stereolab Albums poll.

It's all really good, too.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:36 (one month ago) link

tickets for their show at Big Sur start at $300... that's utterly criminal.

Glad I saw them a few months ago...

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:38 (one month ago) link

$300 for two tickets, which is the minimum you can buy... looks like it's at some remote location, since the tickets include a shuttle to the venue.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:48 (one month ago) link

yeah I misread the fine print... anyway sounds fun but over twice what I paid for the fillmore 2 months ago. The venue location is very beautiful....

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:53 (one month ago) link

yeah I misread the fine print... anyway sounds fun but over twice what I paid for the fillmore 2 months ago. The venue location is very beautiful....

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:54 (one month ago) link

whoops

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:54 (one month ago) link

Here's what I've put together. I skipped some demos, remixes, radio sessions and live versions and stopped at the end of 2001:
1. Super Falling Star (Moog mix) - from Volume 4 compilation
2. Low-Fi
3. (Varoom!)
4. Laisser-Faire
5. Elektro (He Held The World In His Iron Grip) - these 4 from "Low-Fi" EP
6. Ronco Symphony (demo)
7. The Seeming And The Meaning (demo) - these 2 from the Spacewatch flexi
8. I'm Going Out Of My Way (WHFS session) - from "Inside Dave's Garage" split single
9. The Eclipse
10. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie - these 2 from "The Cat's Miaow" split single
11. ABC (The Multitude) - from "Godz Is Not A Put On" compilation
12. Simple Headphone Mind
13. Trippin' With The Birds - from "Simple Headphone Mind" collaboration with Nurse With Wound
14. Endless Summer (as Microlab) - from "Microstonia - Reprovisers" compilation
15. St. Elmo's Fire (radio)
16. Less Time
17. St. Elmo's Fire (Red Corona)
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Spatio-Dynamic)
19. Impulse Rah!
20. St. Elmo's Fire (Snow) - these 6 as Uilab from "St. Elmo's Fire" collaboration with Ui
21. Miss Modular (Automator mix)
22. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse (Feebate mix by Autechre)
23. Contranatura (Prelude To The Autumn Of A Faun mix by Kid Loco) - these 3 from "Miss Modular Remixes" EP
24. Freestyle Dumping - from JP release of Aluminum Tunes
25. Symbolic Logic Of Now! - from "Soi-Distant" split single
26. Chinese Whispers (Stereolab mix) - from "Chinese Whispers" compilation
27. Untitled / 008 - from Thurston Moore's "Root" compilation
28. Blaue Milch - from Peter-Thomas-Sound-Orchester's "Warp Back To Earth 66/99" compilation
29. Galaxidion - from "Social (Bodies)" compilation
30. Caliméro
31. Cache Cache - from collaboration with Brigitte Fontaine
32. Ticker Tape Of The Unconscious (Thievery Corporation remix) - from Thievery Corporation's "Abductions & Reconstructions" compilation
33. The Super-It
34. Fried Monkey Eggs (vocal)
35. Monkey Jelly - these 3 from "The Underground Is Coming" EP
36. Brain Drain - from "Collaborations 2: Constant Friction" compilation
37. Négatités - from "Yeti 1" compilation
38. Free Witch And No-Bra Queen
39. Speck-Voice - these 2 from "Free Witch And No-Bra Queen" EP

here's what gerald posted in 2010 for Switched On 4 potential tracks.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 24 January 2020 18:12 (one month ago) link

Socialism or Barbarism $300

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Friday, 24 January 2020 18:12 (one month ago) link

#24 already on expanded ETK reissue but yes to all of this

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Friday, 24 January 2020 18:17 (one month ago) link

Got tickets to the Pappy & Harriet’s show!

john shopkins (naus), Friday, 24 January 2020 18:18 (one month ago) link

Of the gerald / brotherlovesdub list, I think only 12, 13, 25, 30 and 33-39 are realistic candidates for SO4 & 5. Maybe some of the other collabs, but def not demos, session tracks or remixes. And I believe Beggars (who own Too Pure) still has the rights to Low-Fi.

29 was on the expanded Cobra reissue.

Plenty of other candidates though.

Jeff W, Friday, 24 January 2020 21:09 (one month ago) link

This isn't going to just be a repackaging of Oscillons, is it?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:56 (one month ago) link

A box set of cd EPs. Plz

Mark G, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:52 (one month ago) link

Hadn’t realised there was a rights issue for low-fi. That’s a pity.

I was lucky enough to get a scratch card with 5 cliffs. Has there been any word on what that will get me? I had it in my head it was going to be a record of some kind but that could be a faulty assumption on my part

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 25 January 2020 13:16 (one month ago) link

Think it's a record, might be some other stuff also.

I have three failed scratchcards. Might send them in anyway

Mark G, Saturday, 25 January 2020 15:13 (one month ago) link

don't be a dick, they actually asked people not to do that

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Saturday, 25 January 2020 16:23 (one month ago) link

The latest Lab Report mentioned above said there were manufacturing delays and it'd be 5-8 weeks before the free item is shipped.

I had four failed scratch cards.... I would've appreciated some announcement of how many golden (ball) tickets were out there, as it required some effort to actually get clear vinyl (let alone the obi strip versions).

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Saturday, 25 January 2020 17:36 (one month ago) link

god Dots and Loops is so good.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:48 (one month ago) link

thrilled to nab a copy of Oscillons from the Anti-Sun at the used CD shop today for 9 bucks. it even still has all the stickers! Looking forward to spending the rest of the weekend blasting it

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:30 (one month ago) link

don't be a dick, they actually asked people not to do that

― The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Saturday, January 25, 2020 4:23 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Fair enough, was only semi joking..

Suppose they had leftovers and did a special thing, and I'd sent them in already and they gone?

Mark G, Sunday, 26 January 2020 12:45 (one month ago) link

you don't need to see them at Big Sur (though I'll bet that'll be awesome), you can do the Warfield.

akm, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:18 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Ever closer pic.twitter.com/hPprwmQ521

— Stereolab (@stereolabgroop) February 17, 2020

Jeff W, Monday, 17 February 2020 22:55 (one week ago) link

yessss so psyched

sleeve, Monday, 17 February 2020 22:57 (one week ago) link


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