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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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty years ago) link

Plaid are touring again?

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

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

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

Just got back from his Liverpool gig. Smashing stuff.

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

Been soo long since I've listened to Squarepusher.

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

feed me's nostalgia factor is huge right now

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

nine months pass...


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

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

this is pretty alright (remix is better):


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

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

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

iambic 9 is my favourite

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

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

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 14:17 (thirteen 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?

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 (thirteen 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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) link

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

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

er I meant "Just Like Heaven" oops

Cure card revoked

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

there's a rad light show apparently

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

three weeks pass...

i have always been super-into "my sound"


jaymc, Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:46 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (seven 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:


hopefully he releases a live disc, cuz damn

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

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


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

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


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

holy shit that video

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

the Journey to Reedham video is insane as well


(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:36 (seven 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."


koogs, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:40 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

New album coming in January: Be Up a Hello


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.


octobeard, Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:28 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Another one


octobeard, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 23:04 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

seems to be getting very good reviews has anyone heard it yet

frogbs, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:50 (four years ago) link

No but a friend of mine who doesn't normally like Squarepusher told me he really likes it.

chap, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:53 (four years ago) link

It sounds like '90s Squarepusher.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 3 February 2020 16:11 (four years ago) link

listening now and it's really nice and chunky and satisfying. agree, it's the closest thing to Hard Normal Daddy he's done in a while and while being bonkers, it's a lot more accessible - not as much jazzy experiments, more burbling drill'n'bass in a dustbin

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 16:20 (four years ago) link

i think this might be one of his most enjoyable albums for decades. that said, I don't know if (like almost all his albums since the mid-2000s) I'll listen to it once, enjoy it, and then feel weirdly guilty for never digging it out again

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 16:50 (four years ago) link

Not enough robots IMHO. "Nervelevers" and "80 Ondula" are the keepers.

Jeff W, Monday, 3 February 2020 16:53 (four years ago) link

lol at opening the record with pachelbel's canon

you know my name, look up the number of the beast (rushomancy), Monday, 3 February 2020 17:40 (four years ago) link

Feels like a merge between the song structure and musical styles he refined with Hello Everything and Ufabulum combined with his old school gear and editing circa HND. Not sure it will have the staying power of those aforementioned releases, but it's definitely a solid album

octobeard, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 03:18 (four years ago) link

I felt like I lost track of Squarepusher c Ultravisitor, which felt really messy and sprawling to me at the time, even for him. Never managed to get back on the Squarepusher train despite probably having heard every album since. But I do remember Hello Everything being good

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 09:58 (four years ago) link

Why are Tommib and Beep Street his most listened-to tracks on Spotify? Strange...

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 09:59 (four years ago) link

Maybe Tommib is on a bunch of ambient playlists, plus it's short, but Beep Street never struck me as a SP highlight to be standing over Red Hot Car and Iambic 5 Poetry...

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 10:00 (four years ago) link

I'm taking a worldwind tour of his discography now.
each album has its own vague overall vibe.
But each one also suffers from wild oscillationgs between tear-out drill'n'bass rave, abstruse avant-jazztronica and the odd ambient or acoustic tune which would otherwise be considered quite pretty.
It's Druqks syndrome all over again - the feeling of listening to three or four albums on shuffle rather than a consolidated whole.
And while that tension can sometimes works, more often than not it's a jarring, implacable listen that never really settles into a groove.
'Hello Everything' starts with a bunch of fun upbeat bangers but halfway through the album it suddenly switches to three consecutive tracks of quiet, contemplative ambient jazz.
This is all very well, but for me as a listener I'm rarely in the mood to be buffeted around in this way.
It's nice that he's showing off his musical range, but it leaves me wondering how wide that range is, when he's released so many albums now that swing from what is ultimately two essential styles.
Personally I'd much rather he released records like 'Music Is Rotted One Note', which was more focused on his jazz/experimental sound and kept the ravey stuff for other releases rather than trying to cram everything into one claustrophobic assortment box. It would let his range express itself more.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 10:48 (four years ago) link

one recent-ish record of his I really dug was Just a Souvenir, in which he seemed to force himself to cut the unnecessarily abrasive & doodly stuff and just rock out. I think his audience at large didn't like it but I found it kinda charming.

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 14:43 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Listening to the new one after enjoying his RA Exchange interview. It's really good, even though it sounds more like a video game soundtrack than anything else. There's usually a backbeat or a riff that keeps things from going off the rails entirely into squelchy madness.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 March 2020 15:38 (four years ago) link

Just A Souvenir is one of his best

El Tomboto, Friday, 13 March 2020 15:53 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

New album continues my personal theory that you could make a “best of squarepusher” album consisting of only the first full-length track on each of his albums/EPs/singles and it would be comprehensive.

Michael F Gill, Friday, 22 May 2020 17:02 (four years ago) link

You would miss 'Don't Go Plastic', 'Beep Street' and 'UFOs Over Leytonstone' at least.

braised cod, Friday, 22 May 2020 18:02 (four years ago) link

Just looking at Squarpusher LPs on wiki, hoo boy that Pitchfork review of Go Plastic is one of the wrongest things I have ever read.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 22 May 2020 18:21 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

returning to stuff I haven't really played since SOY (start of year), forgot how awesome Be Up A Hello is

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Friday, 11 December 2020 05:11 (three years ago) link

so many good records (including this one) came out before covid and it literally feels like 2 years ago

octobeard, Friday, 11 December 2020 05:13 (three years ago) link

yeah thought the same about Dan Deacon's new album, I was like no way did this come out in 2020

frogbs, Friday, 11 December 2020 05:18 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Feed Me Weird Things 25th anniversary edition coming out June 4th!

scanner darkly, Saturday, 24 April 2021 02:24 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...



brisk money (lukas), Thursday, 10 February 2022 05:05 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

they say that if you remember the 90s you weren't really there but that it's okay because you probably weren't doing anything that exciting anyway. but this guy was there and he remembers how many people have tried to yell things to him in a crowded club and he never heard a word they said and he's gonna play a bass solo on your heart.


scott seward, Friday, 5 July 2024 16:37 (one week ago) link

It rips.

Allen (etaeoe), Friday, 5 July 2024 17:31 (one week ago) link

The solo bass tracks are lovely, I wish it was a whole album of that.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Friday, 5 July 2024 20:19 (one week ago) link

it does rip, but as usual, find it weirdly hard to digest for something that rips. squarepusher rips but doesnt stick, i guess.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Friday, 5 July 2024 21:56 (one week ago) link

Not heard the album yet but that's exactly how I've felt about the last several Squarepusher albums. I'd really like to be able to come back to them more, cos he's great, but it can feel like a task

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Saturday, 6 July 2024 08:40 (six days ago) link

the first single didn't really do much for me at first, but once I got into the whole album I really like it. My impression is that it's a bit of a throwback in some ways but there are moves in the production that he absolutely could not have done in the past. I think he's a total genius who has always made very sophisticated music.

encino morricone (majorairbro), Sunday, 7 July 2024 06:40 (five days ago) link

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