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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

How is that Monade record btw?

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

low key. I like it.

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

(and have everything prior)

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

[mccarthy spin off bands c/d]

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

er, yeah you probably are.

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

Thought so.

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

that was terrific, george

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

five years pass...


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

Perhaps a necessary thing, really.

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

diminishing returns for a while now

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

It was reissued (not remastered) a couple of years ago. Seems like Lo Fi has always been available.

everything, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 23:35 (two months ago) link

the vinyl is getting pretty expensive:

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 23:39 (two months ago) link

It's amazing that the Cat's Miaow split and that Nurse With Wound thingy are still lost in the wilderness. Things aren't inaccessible in quite the same way as they were before '90s volumes, but I've been naively waiting more than half a lifetime for hear those via a subsequent Switched On. The decision to make 40% of Vol 4 a reissue of their weakest album (an EP mainly "in '90s electronica terms", OTM) is mildly offensive in this context lol.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 01:42 (two months ago) link

yeah Simple Headphone Mind is so freakin good

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 01:44 (two months ago) link

lol I bought the Cat's Miaow split for the Cat's Miaow song at the time

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 02:51 (two months ago) link

Pretty sure that was the first time I heard of CW. They roolz innit. Their track from the 7" has been on a compilation for decades now, LOL

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 04:25 (two months ago) link

a reissue of their weakest album


assert (MatthewK), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:00 (two months ago) link

Maybe they think it's too weak to reissue on its own.

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:14 (two months ago) link

SHM is downloadable from NWW's bandcamp, at around the price of one of these switched on CD comps.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:38 (two months ago) link

Microb Hunters is possibly the Stereolab release I have listened to the most, I had it on repeat for a month or two, much of this is down to the time and place I was at though.

"I Feel the Air (of Another Planet)" would likely still go in my top 10 though.

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:54 (two months ago) link

picturing a Viz strip called Micro Bunters rn, abt dozens of tiny, miniaturized, rotund schoolboys

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 12:07 (two months ago) link

_a reissue of their weakest album_


Ban both of yous

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 16:24 (two months ago) link

Microbe Hunters is a solid EP, and I'm glad that I can now own it on vinyl. I was initially unimpressed with the inclusion of Amorphous on Aluminum Tunes, but am similarly thankful for it these days.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 16:41 (two months ago) link

Lo-Fi isn't really very good, especially compared to the other stuff they recorded at that session

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:36 (two months ago) link

maybe I'm just mad I spent a lot for the 10" all those years ago and it was a mispressing with side A on both sides of the record

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:44 (two months ago) link

i like microbe hunters & dont mind having it in the set just on the basis of consolidating their discography onto affordable vinyl. id rather have it as part of this $30 set than if they excluded it and then charged $30 for it as a standalone reissue

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:46 (two months ago) link

I like the Lo-Fi challop ;-) I'm not all that familiar with it but have listened on YouTube while dithering over spending about a tenner on the CD (it's generally gone up since then) and not been sufficiently won over.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:58 (two months ago) link

aw, I love it. probably my favorite EP of theirs

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 17:59 (two months ago) link

iirc Low Fi was Mary's debut which makes it notable. In retrospect I don't remember loving it as much as the pre-Mary singles at the time... though I'd need to revisit as this era was almost 30 years ago. How did Low Fi fare in the Stereolab poll?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:06 (two months ago) link

It's probably my favorite ep as well -- it's got all the sides of 92-era Lab on one slab (a VU ripoff, some political lyrics I didn't comprehend at age 19, noisy drone loop, etc). But if it were replaced with "mountain" and "john cage bubblegum" repeated on both sides I probably wouldn't complain.

city worker, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:09 (two months ago) link

_a reissue of their weakest album_

Yep, I'd concur with that - Microbe Hunters was the final straw for me, I was convinced it was all over until Sound dust made everything okay again.

Now & again I give it a spin to see if I'd completely misjudged (the cobra & phases syndrome) and every time it sounds like an endless conveyor belt of bland jelly mould filler

cw, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:42 (two months ago) link

last 2 mins of Elektro from Lo-Fi are so good, I wish that MBVish guitar that comes in the end went on for longer
would love a vinyl pressing of Oscillons but it's probably impractical, it would be what, 4 LPs? 5?

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 18:56 (two months ago) link

Love Microbe Hunters, and Outer Bongolia is a top three track of theirs imo. But no need to include it here when it's so ubiquitous as a second hand CD. A vinyl reissue would be nice.

everything, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:19 (two months ago) link

Yeah I ended up with two CD copies myself, without trying.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 20:49 (two months ago) link

Lol I've bought at least 3 CD copies or maybe even 4, because it's always like $2.

everything, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 20:50 (two months ago) link

Ha, thoroughly enjoying microbe hunters, I take it all back. In what universe is it an ep tho....

cw, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 20:56 (two months ago) link

household names ffs

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:00 (two months ago) link

nomus et phusis, retrograde mirror form <3

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 21:01 (two months ago) link

Microbe Hunters might be their least essential release but it still has great songs like “I Feel the Air of Another Planet" and "Retrograde Mirror Form" which would justify - at least for me - to buy it separately.

Saying it’s their least essential release doesn’t mean it’s bad. I’d actually recommend it on that basis alone; if you think this is how they sound at their most uninspired, imagine how the rest of their discography sounds like.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 January 2021 04:53 (two months ago) link

I see "Dimension M2" has been released as a "single", in so far as that means anything these days; it's on Spotify. Nice enough. From the 2005 Disko Cabine comp (Stereo Total, Etienne Charry and a bunch of other folks I've never heard of).

Stereolab/NWW falling out well-documented, I think (maybe that's all water under the bridge), but SHM isn't likely to appear on a Stereolab comp. I wish I hadn't ruined my Uilab 12" by trying to clean it.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 21 January 2021 11:14 (two months ago) link

SHM/tripping is $10 on NWW bandcamp page as previously mentioned, as are the other collabs (which i think ate all on previous SO comps anyway). shorter track has been out digitally before iirc. might even have got mine from mike.

i've checked and my uilab cd is sitting over there between the Turn On cd and Ultra Vivid Scene. probably haven't listened to it in 15 years.

koogs, Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:01 (two months ago) link

(yes, SHM on 20 years of Wire comp and 30 years of Rough Trade comp)

koogs, Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:05 (two months ago) link

Turn On! I'd forgotten about that. I assume you're not using Unicode ordering on your CDs, so all your U2 is down the end, before the Vs. :)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:25 (two months ago) link


(actually, i do have blood red sky and war, both on vinyl, maybe both still in GL20, but either way they aren't filed with the cds. i think there may be a track or two on charity cds)

koogs, Thursday, 21 January 2021 14:03 (two months ago) link

xxp btw AFAIK the 10:40 version of SHM on the Wire 20 comp is the same as what's on The Swinging Reflective i.e. an edit of Trippin' With The Birds. I don't know what's on the Rough Trade xomp but it's likely to be the same.

fist of micro bunter (Noel Emits), Saturday, 23 January 2021 18:37 (two months ago) link

I'm going to re-evaluate Low-Fi, let's see if I love it now.

fbclid=fhAZ3l (f. hazel), Saturday, 23 January 2021 20:42 (two months ago) link

SHM b/w Trippin has been my favorite Stereolab thing since a decade ago at least (and probably favorite NWW thing). Do they have more stuff that sounds similar?

billstevejim, Sunday, 24 January 2021 00:06 (two months ago) link

NWW's "Cooloorta Moon" EP, "Rock 'n' Roll Station" CD and maybe the "Huffin' Rag Blues" CD come closest IMO

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Sunday, 24 January 2021 02:58 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Today’s Lab Report mentions that work is now starting on Switched On 5.

hamicle, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:52 (one month ago) link

Great! Hopefully that'll clear most of the remaining decks.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:53 (one month ago) link

my LP copy of vol 4 should be arriving today :)

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Friday, 26 February 2021 17:54 (one month ago) link

"Electrically Possessed" is out and I must say that the Microbe material fits in well. I don't think I'd heard it since it came out and since then I've become more familiar with the original texts that Stereolab cribbed from, it all works very nicely for me now.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 04:40 (one month ago) link

The Microbe material might get a bit of rehabilitation from being included here. It has been undervalued.

everything, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 04:45 (one month ago) link

got my limited colour vinyl copy today.
my name is written (v. neatly!) in ink along the inner spine, didn't know they were doing that - is it a reselling countermeasure or something?

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 09:04 (one month ago) link

Still waiting on my CD copy.

We’re Up All Night To Get Lochte (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 10:31 (one month ago) link

Got my bog-standard 2CD digipack this weekend. I've bought the other reissues on vinyl, but for those I usually just had the original CD while in this case I have several of the original 7"s. Includes a sticker with a checklist (yes, Cliff... I did my duty) and a 10% off coupon for the website. Would prefer that the track info wasn't all under the disc trays, as you need to remove both discs in order to learn the sources of either one. Would've preferred a mini-gatefold with inner sleeves, but maybe those are more expensive to produce.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 20:31 (one month ago) link

The personalization on the color vinyl versions was a reselling countermeasure, but since then they've announced a new way to deal with limited editions that is not personalization, so I'm not sure how successful it was. I'm still waiting on my personalized version to arrive.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:18 (one month ago) link

i'm out of the loop. i didn't even know this got released. instant purchase.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:58 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

okay, finally got this and listening, and jeez was the microbobe hunters stuff always this good??? i guess it got lost for me between cobra and sound-dust pretty quickly but man it sounds great right now. otherwise, lots of "new to me" rarities. all great.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

god “household names” is so so great!!

brimstead, Saturday, 3 April 2021 17:21 (one week ago) link

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