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I'm off to see him play in Edinburgh on Monday. Anyone seen him before? What can I expect? The last 2 albums are patchy + the live in Japan thing that I got with the last one is pretty great si I'm excited but not overly so.

neil, Thursday, 7 August 2003 14:55 (sixteen years ago) link

i saw him play a show a couple weeks ago in the tdot.
wow – i had no idea a human could play bass like that. watch for him triggering samples with his bass too.
he teased us the whole show with the riff from "come on my selector" and gave us a 10 minute redition for the encore. yay.
and it got really, really, really loud. you might want to bring ear plugs.

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 7 August 2003 16:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I just saw him in L.A. a few weeks ago... he was amazing. Probably the best bass player I've ever seen in my life. But the experience was a bit soured by the THREE HOUR opening set by Luke Vibert (who was fine, but three hours?!).

Ben Boyer, Thursday, 7 August 2003 18:07 (sixteen years ago) link

luke (thank god) wasn't opening for him up here – but i think i might have to deal with him opening for plaid.

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 7 August 2003 19:17 (sixteen years ago) link

On the U.K. leg of my recent vacation I stayed with one of the co-founders of Spy Mania and I got to hear this unreleased cassette that Tom Jenkinson did back in 1992-3 (I know I know this sounds like fucking Losing My Edge bite me). Anyway, it was all techno-y and pre d'n'b and sounded fantastic.

Aaron W (Aaron W), Thursday, 7 August 2003 19:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Plaid are touring again?

Leee (Leee), Thursday, 7 August 2003 21:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Plaid live sucks. I've never seen SQP out. Kinda disappointed about that but eh.

Millar (Millar), Thursday, 7 August 2003 22:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw the last show in Seattle, and it was quite fun. Jenkinson is like a cross between Christopher Walken and Sonic Boom.. there's that maddening I'm-gonna-snap-at-any-moment mixed with lost-in-the-machinery vibe that made his show quite entertaining. He often turns down his own music and yells "CAHM AWWWWWWN!" to the crowd as some sort of attempt to pump himself up. Aside from a little much bass wankery (as blindingly good as it was), I really had a lot of fun at the show... and Vibert was playing a lot of great aggro-rasta shit beforehand too.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 7 August 2003 23:28 (sixteen years ago) link

plaid was okay enough live the last time i saw them. okay enough to see again.

dyson (dyson), Friday, 8 August 2003 02:11 (sixteen years ago) link

I've seen Plaid live a couple of times, and they're been fantastic both times - Once at Brixton and once at the Barbican

actionjackson, Friday, 8 August 2003 10:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Prerequisite for pre-Squarepusher evening is Puzahki's 'The Kids Love Squarepusher' at http://puzahki.sevcom.com/music.htm

CNWB, Friday, 8 August 2003 12:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Plaid have been great live before, saw em at Warp Lighthouse party a couple of years back - i remember being blown away by 'Squance' especially

stevem (blueski), Friday, 8 August 2003 12:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I've seen Plaid a number of times and they range from two blokes standing there stroking PowerBooks before a largely disinterested audience to complete bass-heavy robofunk bleepr0x0r!

I have no idea what you should expect from Jenkinson. Depends what the new stuff is like (okay, it's probably drill'n'cliche, but he might surprise).

Matt DC (Matt DC), Friday, 8 August 2003 13:34 (sixteen years ago) link

"Squance" is the best song Plaid have ever made tho.

Squarepusher is good fun live, but I second the "it's gonna be fucking loud" warning...and if you can dance to his whole set, you get a special prize!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Friday, 8 August 2003 15:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I like Plaid, and this may be an ignorant question, but what does the live show consist of besides dj'ing their own records? Are there any real-time elements to it?

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 8 August 2003 15:36 (sixteen years ago) link

when i saw them it consisted of a 2 guys operating giant mixer/something and a robotic arm with 4 video cameras mounted on it centred over the mixer zooming in and out on them and the croud – with the images being projected on a screen behind them.

dyson (dyson), Friday, 8 August 2003 15:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I've seen Plaid a number of times and they range from two blokes standing there stroking PowerBooks before a largely disinterested audience to complete bass-heavy robofunk bleepr0x0r!

exactly! i think the disinterested audience thing comes from promoters or whoever booking them in unsuitable venues. it's not a rock show...

disco stu (disco stu), Friday, 8 August 2003 16:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw Plaid open for Squarepusher last year. I like Plaid's music a lot more than Squarepusher but they were pretty boring to watch. Squarepusher was fun as hell but I couldn't stay for the whole set because it got kind of tedious. This was like his first US tour and no-one really knew what to do during his set; there was definitely no dancing, kind of just a lot of people standing and staring at the stage. The lights were kind of bright too so the atmosphere was weird. But watching him swig vodka straight out of the bottle was fun.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Friday, 8 August 2003 16:45 (sixteen years ago) link

i danced.
– he went through the trouble of actually showing up this time, so how could i not.

dyson (dyson), Friday, 8 August 2003 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

that Puzahki thing is fucking brilliant and he is clearly our new God

stevem (blueski), Friday, 8 August 2003 23:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Just got back from his Liverpool gig. Smashing stuff.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Friday, 8 August 2003 23:50 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I just listened to this Puzahki guy OMFG...pure brilliance! I just may have shat my pants!

Billy Gull, Saturday, 23 August 2003 08:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Who cares about Squarepusher anymore he makes really mediocre albums these days.

Plaid on the other hand are awesome in every way! Can't wait to see them live again!

Frank Booth (Frank Booth), Saturday, 23 August 2003 09:05 (sixteen years ago) link

six years pass...

bumping because I'd forgotten that I like "Kodack" of Feed Me Weird Things a lot

a Barbie-like nub where he provates should be (HI DERE), Thursday, 12 November 2009 17:06 (ten years ago) link

Been soo long since I've listened to Squarepusher.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 12 November 2009 17:12 (ten years ago) link

feed me's nostalgia factor is huge right now

cutty, Thursday, 12 November 2009 17:14 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

http://squarepusher.net/shobaleader-one/

WTF? this is pretty great. Is it really Squarepusher or what?

village idiot (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 September 2010 18:45 (nine years ago) link

Too widdly. Is it not just an act he's endorsing, or possibly producing?

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 11:48 (nine years ago) link

Apparently it really is him, just a pseudonym. He released a single under the same name on Ed Banger last month. I think its awful, the last thing Jenkinson needs to do right now is some whack Ratatat tribute shit.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 11:54 (nine years ago) link

I liked Hello Everything quite a bit, he should do more jolly breakbeaty stuff like that. I've never been particularly into the jazz-funk side of his work.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 11:56 (nine years ago) link

Having said that, this album description is pretty good:

Just a Souvenir is an album by Squarepusher, which was released to the general listening public on October 27, 2008. The album was made available to purchase as a download from bleep.com on September 15, 2008.[1]

The album's genesis came from a daydream, in which Tom Jenkinson envisioned a rock band performing a concert against the backdrop of a large, glowing coathanger. The performance quickly became surreal: among other things, a river forces the band to kayak whilst performing; the guitarist is able to accelerate or decelerate time at will; and every drum in the drummer's kit begins to switch places with one another.[2] As such, the majority of the album consists of Jenkinson's own version of jazz fusion, threaded through with classical guitar, math rock and funk recordings.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 11:58 (nine years ago) link

Am I listening to the same thing as everyone else? I don't hear any widdlyness or Ratatat or jazz or breakbeat - more epic horror kinda goth/new wave stuff. I hope I was listening to the right thing and not Tim Exile or something.

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 12:18 (nine years ago) link

this is pretty alright (remix is better):

http://soundcloud.com/hypetrak/sets/squarepusher-cryptic-motion-edits

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 September 2010 14:53 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

did y'all hear that shobaleader one thing yet?

social-media-compost Circle of Life (jdchurchill), Friday, 22 October 2010 00:31 (nine years ago) link

Has he done anything of merit since the "Do You Know Squarepusher" single?

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 22 October 2010 01:20 (nine years ago) link

Yes, a fair bit.

I like the Shobaleader One single, but the Mr Oizo mix was best.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 09:12 (nine years ago) link

I am still trying to get my head around the Shobaleader thing. Every time I hear it, halfway through I keep expecting to go somewhere, and it doesn't, so I really just want to take it off and put on Chrome Hoof instead.

Wheal Dream, Friday, 22 October 2010 09:46 (nine years ago) link

Has he done anything of merit since the "Do You Know Squarepusher" single?

― Mr. Snrub, Friday, October 22, 2010 1:20 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark

Hello Everything.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 09:51 (nine years ago) link

if you ever get to see him in an improv / jazz situation dooo it. it's fucking cool when he starts playing some wacky squarepusher bass shit in that context. i think pretty much everything he does is worth a listen just not always worth revisiting.

Crackle Box, Friday, 22 October 2010 13:06 (nine years ago) link

I've never been into his jazz improv stuff. If I wanted to listen to something like that I'd seek out people who've dedicated their careers to it, not a moonlighting IDM producer.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:20 (nine years ago) link

tbf he has been doing the jazz improv thing quite heavily for most of his career, or at least since Music Is Rotted One Note, which was 98? 97? That said I know what you mean because a lot of it is tributary rather than truly innovative.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:27 (nine years ago) link

a lot of it is tributary rather than truly innovative.

You put it better than I did.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:29 (nine years ago) link

Then again, while a lot of it might be trying to channel Bitches Brew through a bunch of warped-out synths, the man knows his jazz and is a remarkable bassist and drummer, so it's maybe doing him a disservice to slate a good 50% of his career as "Switched On Miles" or something. Especially when every so often he comes out with a "My Sound" or a "Underwatertorch" or a "Iambic 5 Poetry", all of which are very beautiful with hardly anything ostensibly electronic.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:45 (nine years ago) link

oh shit I haven't thought about "Iambic 5 Poetry" in YEARS

O'Donnell and the Brain (HI DERE), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:47 (nine years ago) link

one of my all time favourite tracks. first time i heard it i was in Paris, which fits nicely.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 14:15 (nine years ago) link

iambic 9 is my favourite

jumpskins, Friday, 22 October 2010 14:16 (nine years ago) link

wait... which one is the one on Budakhan Mindphone?

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 14:17 (nine years ago) link

Has he done anything of merit since the "Do You Know Squarepusher" single?

― Mr. Snrub, Friday, October 22, 2010 1:20 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark

Hello Everything.

― A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 10:51 (Yesterday) Bookmark

hold up, surely you mean this one?
http://blog.nettribe.org/user_images/36/03/413fda2a10b6644c37ccada81f58d43a.jpg

actually the non 1-D sub-Lightning Bolt rawk shite on Just A Souvenir was fun, if more diverting than classic - but still fuckloads better than the tripe Tom's put out this year.

your mum, Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:49 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Been catching up with the last few Squarepusher releases. Not convinced by Shobaleader, but surprised how good his Solo Electric Bass Vol1 thing is.

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:02 (eight years ago) link

I didn't really like either, but Just a Souvenir was pretty great
Still, I can't help but feel he's not really trying anymore...?

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:14 (eight years ago) link

a lot of bombastic airy synths and melodies. Not much guitar/jazz at all.

Well this sounds just dandy to me.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:58 (seven years ago) link

honestly, the guy reminds me of Todd Rundgren, he's got insane talent across the board but really no idea how to put everything together nor establish a direction besides "whatever will confuse my audience"

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:40 (seven years ago) link

otm

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:44 (seven years ago) link

yeah. tech wizard, musical bore.

KitevsPill, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:33 (seven years ago) link

clearly there's pretty different expectations for how to use your skill set between a singer/songwriter on the pop charts and a crazy beat music guy

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:36 (seven years ago) link

well, I'm certainly not trying to imply that they *sound* alike, just their mindsets seem similar to me.

been listening to the early stuff lately, particularly Feed Me Weird Things - is it just me or does he artifically speed up his bass playing here? Some good stuff on the album but it's all pushed to the mid-level; not much of a low-end, which is a killer.

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:34 (seven years ago) link

aw boo no one like burning'n'tree other than me i guess

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:46 (seven years ago) link

i mean yes i know it is a comp + new stuff but w/e i like it

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:47 (seven years ago) link

plus i never would have gotten my hands on those singles anyway.

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:48 (seven years ago) link

is it just me or does he artifically speed up his bass playing here?

probably, a lot of his acoustic drums sound sped up to me.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:55 (seven years ago) link

that too - either his chops just improved to the point where he could actually play the way he sounds on record or he learned a better way to pull this off. because on Feed Me it literally just sounds like the tape is sped up.

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:01 (seven years ago) link

there are great moments on the new one, though the tracks frequently build to the point of excess, w/showy displays of editing prowess/haste. First half of DRAX 2 (on youtube) is pretty nice. wish he built tracks more spare, or exercised more restraint on this. welcome release though

Lowell N. Behold'n, Friday, 4 May 2012 23:16 (seven years ago) link

There are at least four killer tracks on this (4001, Unreal Square, Drax 2, Dark Steering), and the rest are listenable and may grow on me. Pretty good hit rate for a Squarepusher album.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 17 May 2012 13:49 (seven years ago) link

nice interview here

http://www.spin.com/blogs/squarepusher-qa-chat-electronic-musics-own-david-foster-wallace

Crackle Box, Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:51 (seven years ago) link

basically agreed with most of what he's saying but I find it a little hard to believe he wants us to take everything he's done so seriously

frogbs, Friday, 18 May 2012 13:29 (seven years ago) link

just listened to Music is One Rotted Note for the first time in years. I remember not liking it much before - expected something more like Hard Normal Daddy - but holy cow this album is brilliant. It's amazing how good he can be when he just tries to sit down and play instead of seeing how fast he can loop an Amen break. Naturally, he didn't make another album like it.

frogbs, Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:43 (seven years ago) link

I remember the reaction when it came out, "now he's gone too far" etc.

hot slag (lukas), Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:44 (seven years ago) link

I listened to it twice and found it really boring, but I don't really like free form jazz.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:38 (seven years ago) link

I dunno, give it more of a chance. It's really great.

frogbs, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:16 (seven years ago) link

Music is Rotted... has been my favourite for *years*. Thanks to this thread though getting into other stuff.

Philsatawny Punx (S-), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 06:39 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

I dunno if this was posted elsewhere but whoa

http://www.youtube.com/lQnORVoz1yI

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 24 March 2013 20:07 (six years ago) link

Whoops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnORVoz1yI

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 24 March 2013 20:09 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Just stumbled upon a cool cover of "Journey to Reedham" by a Montreal jazz trio:
https://open.spotify.com/track/2wHIuTg9zXtuSZBRRAQs5V

jaymc, Sunday, 8 March 2015 20:32 (four years ago) link

Awesome. Thanks.

Squarepusher is underrated in 2015.

Allen (etaeoe), Sunday, 8 March 2015 20:40 (four years ago) link

New album soon
http://www.squarepusher.net/

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Monday, 9 March 2015 02:34 (four years ago) link

oh hey, new single is actually really good. i could see it going over with EDM kids but it's not pandering at all.
https://soundcloud.com/warp-records/squarepusher-stor-eiglass

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 20 March 2015 14:06 (four years ago) link

wondering if he reads his youtube comments, and has since become familiar w/The Cure

Dominique, Friday, 20 March 2015 14:35 (four years ago) link

???

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 20 March 2015 19:01 (four years ago) link

The main descending synth line is heavily reminiscent of "Inbetween Days"

DJP, Friday, 20 March 2015 19:39 (four years ago) link

er I meant "Just Like Heaven" oops

Cure card revoked

DJP, Friday, 20 March 2015 19:41 (four years ago) link

If I go see him play live is it just gonna be him hitting play and then noodling on a bass

the most painstaking, humorless people in the world (lukas), Saturday, 21 March 2015 18:22 (four years ago) link

there's a rad light show apparently

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Saturday, 21 March 2015 22:41 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i have always been super-into "my sound"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzoFHatryJQ

jaymc, Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:46 (four years ago) link

yeah that one's excellent. squarepusher rarely does the chilled/pretty jazz thing but it's something he's really great at.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:58 (four years ago) link

new one seems super maximal and overdriven, with barely a deep breath in sight

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:48 (four years ago) link

I'm enjoying the new one. Very much continuing in a similar vein to the last one, unusually for him.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Monday, 27 April 2015 15:26 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Just saw him with Shobaleader One in SF. Was expecting all Shobaleader songs with Tommy J going off and maybe a Squarepusher track as fan service, but instead it was an all Squarepusher cover set with them playing classics from almost every album from 1996-2007. I think they finally dropped a Shobaleader song for the encore. If you get a chance, check this show out! Some tracks I recall hearing:

Cooper's World - Hard Normal Daddy (opened the show)
Squarepusher Theme - Feed Me Weird Things
Iambic 5 Poetry - Budakhan Mindphone
Don't Go Plastic - Music Is Rotted One Note
A Journey To Reedham (7am mix) - Big Loada
Tetrasync - Ultravisitor
Hello Meow - Hello Everything

Of all the times I've seen him live (this was the 5th now) this had to be the most satisfying from a fan service perspective. And the drummer was NUTS. Incredible. RDJ in Houston? Squarepusher jamming his classics with a full band? What a time to be alive.

octobeard, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:47 (three years ago) link

that sounds absolutely awesome, and exactly the sort of thing I have been wishing him to do for like, a decade now. this vid confirms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VypU8zojFsY

hopefully he releases a live disc, cuz damn

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:51 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I decided to play Hard Normal Daddy after years of skipping over it in favor of other things and it is the best decision I've made in a long time.

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:17 (two years ago) link

you gotta hear his live band play the tracks it's incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VypU8zojFsY

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:23 (two years ago) link

Dude seriously has one of the most detailed musician pages on Wikipedia I've ever seen:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squarepusher

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:27 (two years ago) link

holy shit that video

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link

the Journey to Reedham video is insane as well

https://youtu.be/IXtQDsf4gJA

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:36 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

"Wind down with CBeebies Daydreams, an hour-long journey that focuses on the finer details of the world to help you relax. Voiced by Olivia Colman and music by Tom Jenkinson."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p062glb7/daydreams-cbeebies-wind-down

koogs, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:40 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New album coming in January: Be Up a Hello

https://pitchfork.com/news/squarepusher-announces-first-album-in-5-years-shares-new-song-listen/

Squarepusher “returned to using a bewildering array of vintage analog and digital hardware, the same equipment that first helped him develop his sound in the early ’90s.”

The Fracture Remix of Vortrack is quite nice, and clearly has the old school hardware vibe he's going for. Album version is much weirder and has an interesting Aphex vibe. 90's instrumentation with modern side chaining. Not at all like the remix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59ke5hp-p3E

octobeard, Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:28 (two months ago) link

yeah I'd swear the album version of this was Aphex, at least until around the 3:30 mark when the percussion starts really going haywire

frogbs, Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:56 (two months ago) link

lots of discussion on my FB about whether the Fracture remix is by Fracture or not... bit confused.

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 22 November 2019 18:59 (two months ago) link

Discogs says it is... but the Pitchfork write up implies it's TJ? Also confused. Tbf he's used random remix names in the past, like on Big Loada

octobeard, Friday, 22 November 2019 23:30 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Another one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtSJA_U4W1U

octobeard, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 23:04 (two weeks ago) link


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