The High Llamas: C or D?

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this isn't "defend the indefensible," because i think that o'hagan et. al. are very defensible. and i know some others hereabouts also like 'em (like messrs. currie and hanle y).

as fer me, i stopped paying attention to them after cold and bouncy. but in 1995, gideon gaye was easily my favorite CD for that year and a couple thereafter.

Tad (llamasfur), Saturday, 6 September 2003 22:35 (sixteen years ago) link

dud, it's all very pretty and all but he could do with a catchy chorus or two.

keith (keithmcl), Sunday, 7 September 2003 00:02 (sixteen years ago) link

o'hagan does some outstanding string arrangements on other people's records. but the dude can't write a tune to save himself. gideon gaye is and will always be his only worthwhile record. cold and bouncy was wretched.

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 7 September 2003 00:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic.

I've never bought an album, just downloaded songs, but have loved almost all I have heard.

David Allen, Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic on the whole; yes, at times indistinct (some longueurs on "Cold and Bouncy" and "Hawaii"), but at their best, wonderful. "Hawaii" at 45 minutes would have been quite something. "Gideon Gaye" very much is something.

Tom May (Tom May), Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I've never bought an album, just downloaded songs, but have loved almost all I have heard

i'd probably recommend this is the best way to hear them - an album's worth is just too much airbrushed beach boys parody/homage to cope with in one sitting

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 7 September 2003 01:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic, and what I've heard of the new record is good too.

hstencil, Sunday, 7 September 2003 02:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Part of "Gideon Gaye" was great. As for the rest, it sounds nice in an elevator.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 7 September 2003 07:50 (sixteen years ago) link

but mr o'hagan has churned out some very lovely melodies on those high llamas records, geir!

Tad (llamasfur), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:40 (sixteen years ago) link

The High Llamas certainly have their moments (I'd go along with the general concensus that Gideon Gaye & Hawaii are their best).But lately I've been re-examining the band from which they sprung, Microdisney, after stumbling across an excellent fansite here http://www.bubbyworld.com/microdisney/microdisneyindex.htm.

On re-examination, I was delighted to find that Microdisney actually were the best band ever.

harveyw (harveyw), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I can confirm this to be so.

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 09:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic. I love 'em. It's good to see it's not just me and Hstencil, either. I wasn't that enamored of Buzzle Bee, but I'm very much looking forward to the new one. I read an interview with O'Hagan once in which he said his aim was for a listener to finish the album and wonder, "Wait, were there vocals on that?" That made me smile.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 7 September 2003 16:17 (sixteen years ago) link

High Llamas is purely road trip music for me at this point.. especially for road trips during the day in long stretches of farms, prairies, and rolling hills. "Hawaii" and "Gideon Gaye" are the ultimate soundtracks to that.

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 7 September 2003 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Is it me, or are The Thrills just the High Llamas without any of the interesting bits?

*aside* a guy i used to know insisted on pronouncing the High Llamas' name as if it were Welsh. Never failed to make me giggle.

Oh, and Gideon Gaye is fucking brilliant, and agreed re Hawaii's overlongness. Still ace tho. And Sean's a lovely fella.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Has anyone seen O'Hagan solo? One of the best solo acoustic performances I've ever seen.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 7 September 2003 21:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd just like to put in a word for 'Snowbug'.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I've just listened to Gideon Gaye for the first time in years and it's kind of boring. ):

N. (nickdastoor), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Expertly played, wonderfully arranged, beautifully recorded elevator music.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 7 September 2003 23:59 (sixteen years ago) link

dud.
i too like what he's done for stereolab, but i bought Hawaiia and am still waiting for the first wave

of course living in new zealand means you don't need drippy soundtracks to evoke the beach, the surf, the sun, warmth etc.. so perhaps this is music for northern hemisphere conditions

(oh, that didn't stop me liking Fennessz Endless Summer, but that record is a quantum leap from Hawaiia, the latter a record with too many theatrics and not much content, ie songs, ideas, & w/out the wit of stereolab or the almost visceral Fennessz)

george gosset (gegoss), Monday, 8 September 2003 01:07 (sixteen years ago) link

hawaii can be kinda oppressive and one-note if one hears it all at once. it's OK to put on in the background and forget about it. one plus: in the USA, it came with a bonus disk which had the very nice "it might as well be dumbo" and a good cover of nick drake's "at the chime of a city clock."

gideon gaye is perfect winter's time music, i found. perfect for when yer snowed in, can't get outdoors, and all you can do is watch the snow pile up against yer window and drink warm tea. which might be the point. and it was made for some ridiculously low amount of money (like $10K?) if i remember correctly, which makes it even more of an achievement.

Tad (llamasfur), Monday, 8 September 2003 02:26 (sixteen years ago) link

i like snowbug. i thought buzzle bee was not much good, except for "the passing bell." only listened to new album once--not impressed, but will give it a second go.

seanp (seanp), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:57 (sixteen years ago) link

'snowbug' is the only one I own, I like it fine.

RJG (RJG), Monday, 8 September 2003 16:58 (sixteen years ago) link

for me "hawaii" is a beautiful record & their best.

the couple of times i've seen them live were among the best shows i've ever seen by anyone.

Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 08:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd just like to agree with Harvey (and Nicky) and thanks Harve for that link.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 09:26 (sixteen years ago) link

nobody's mentioned 'Apricots'? I kinda like it. Much more starightforwatd sardonic pop in the Steely Dan/Squeeze vein. I think they lost it after 'Buzzy Bee' or whatever it was called. Meandered down the avenue marked 'Kraut-surf'.

laticsmon, Tuesday, 9 September 2003 10:52 (sixteen years ago) link

They are dire except for some of Gideon Gaye which is just about tolerable. Hawaii is one of the worst records I've ever heard.

Microdisney's 1st album (what's it called 'Everybody is Fantastic' or something?)is utterly classic - once or twice a year I'm convinced that 'Sun' might just be the *best thing ever*. Possibly the best lyrics too.

I loved the songs on 'Clock Came Down...' but prefer the Peel versions of 'Loftholdingswood' etc etc. All great stuff. I didn't really like the last couple of MD albums and The Fatima Mansions were almost as bad as the High Llamas.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 12:35 (sixteen years ago) link

fatima mansions are crap. the only microdisney stuff i've heard is 'gale force wind' and 'town to town' which are both great despite their hideous 80s production

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 12:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Both the Fatima Mansions and the High Llamas win my approval, but I've never once been tempted to search out Microdisney.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 13:51 (sixteen years ago) link

You wouldn't like them Ned.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:04 (sixteen years ago) link

B-but Ned likes EVERYTHING.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:08 (sixteen years ago) link

No he doesn't.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 14:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I was about to say.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:24 (sixteen years ago) link

High Llamas - Have their moments. Search "Travel", their first (?) single which is as sweet an example of ba-ba-ba pop as I know.

Fatima Mansions - have a few more moments, one or two per record and pretty much the whole of Bertie's Brochures is good.

Microdisney - have even more moments, their last album I always think of as a lost classic but I only have it on a tape that doesn't work anymore so this may be nostalgia talking. "Rack" is my favourite song by them FWIW.

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 15:35 (sixteen years ago) link

There are moments on Gideon Gaye where I hear myself saying 'This is what the Beach Boys were aspiring to.'

Daniel (dancity), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 21:46 (sixteen years ago) link

And then you hear a croaky voice in the background saying "And if it wasn't for that pesky meddling Mike Love I would have got away with it too! Oh, and the drugs."

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 9 September 2003 22:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Duassic! They have their moments, but on the whole don't offer much.

I always wanted to get hold of the tapes of the material Sean O'Hagen was arranging for Brian Wilson and Andy Paley, has anyone ever heard these tracks (or knows where I can get them from?)

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Wednesday, 10 September 2003 00:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't think Sean ever actually got round to recording with the Beach Boys. The plan -Bruce's plan- was to record a "reunion" LP with Brian/Carl/Al/Mike/Bruce using Brian's Paley/Wilson collaborations as the songs, produced and arranged by Sean. Bruce was (is?) apparently a huge fan of the Llamas. Sean was obviously very excited about the prospect, but it didn't take long before he was put off by the endless bickering & layers of red tape he had to wade through, not to mention Mike's snide-y "you're a faggot"-style comments. So he jumped ship not long after, and who can blame him? Shame, it would have been a very very good record indeed.

Chew: if you don't have the Paley/Wilson demos, email off board & I'll see what I can do. Patchy, but moments of greatness.

harveyw (harveyw), Wednesday, 10 September 2003 11:49 (sixteen years ago) link

i was gonna say, didn't mike love call sean o'hagan a "faggot" or something? why does the good Lord keep mike love alive, but lets folks like warren zevon die (not that i was a big fan of mr. zevon's music, but he was certainly a better human being than mike love is).

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 11 September 2003 05:37 (sixteen years ago) link

i just bought Cold and Bouncy for US$2 found in a bargain bin, and i'm just listening to it now.
the songs sound drippy lazy like Hawaii a bit, but all those synth noises/ kraftwerk samples, they seem to be much more foreground, and perhaps as the foil for the strings, and i think they actually inter-chime with the muzak-like ambience in quite interesting ways. the noises are performing a dance with the lush otherness and hopefully they'll save the album from that.

i like stereolab for the synths, bass, drums, horns, strings, disco, more synths, vocals, guitar, probably in that order, but at least all at once
i can see now that 'lab had the tunes and rhyhtms, while o'hagan provided plenty of atmosphere. since there's only so much from the 'lab and i dunno, maybe that's it anyway, which would be very sad as i think they were going in a great new direction, having somewhat jettisoned the guitar rock or at least made it sound like something other than guitar rock, the tragic forced exit of some of the bubble-vocals would make for an interesting album made more of semi-instrumentals i reckon.

anyway i can hear all those noises on this later llamas record, and if the songs themselves make me think of paul mccartney, with all the best intentions and hand-picked band etc. etc., this makes me think that the greatest music from these guys does still boil down to the mandatory good harmonic tune, so i think the llamas-lab axis should continue, with all those noises included. maybe a new band, tripartite songwriting.

george gosset (gegoss), Thursday, 18 September 2003 19:58 (sixteen years ago) link

george i couldn't agree with you more.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 18 September 2003 20:37 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Damn, there were vocals on that?! ;)

Just bought Beet, Maize & Corn. Just finished listening and it seems like I just put it on. Beautifully done background music. Emphasis on background. To give it some credit, I think it would make for great baby-making music. It evokes springtime to a T.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Thankfully, it's only 40 mins. long!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Saturday, 25 October 2003 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic, especially the swishy meanders through Cold and Bouncy and Snowbug. And because my first date with my future wife was at a High Llamas performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum's LATER night !

darren (darren), Sunday, 26 October 2003 19:54 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Has anyone else heard Beet, Maize, and Corn? I'm thinking about seeing them live at the end of Feb., but I haven't heard the new material yet. Is it worth picking up? I have to admit, when I heard that the drums and electronics were almost entirely absent, I became wary, but jeez, I'm listening to the Beach Boys' Smile right now and loving it...

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 23 January 2004 20:33 (fifteen years ago) link

I was thinking about this too; they're playing the Troubadour ...

dean! (deangulberry), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Beet, Maize, and Corn is great.. for those of you who missed the days of Gideon Gaye and Hawaii... which I did.. sorely.

If O'Hagan brings a small orchestra with him, I'll gladly hop along and see the Llamas when/if they come to town. I saw them many years tour for "Hawaii", and it was absolutely amazing. Later, I saw them tour for "Cold and Bouncy" and it was... well, not amazing.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 23 January 2004 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Beet, Maize & Corn is the new "Skylarking" with bossanova bits.

wuperetta, Saturday, 24 January 2004 00:23 (fifteen years ago) link

"Beet, Maize & Corn" is fantastic... beautifully wistful stuff. I do think a pared-down, live instrument sound is most effective for them, although "Snowbug" (tinged with exotica that one) is excellent and the best of their previous 3 records. BM&C actually seems the most subtle, refined HLs album since "Gideon Gaye" and is possibly even more cohesive (and a very concise 40 minutes) than that. A regretful, very English sound this time... must be a lot to do with the mournful brass.

*Highly recommended*.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:32 (fifteen years ago) link

but.his.voice... love the instrumentals but i really have nothing but contempt for that paper-thin voice.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I think it works well in context; certainly does it little harm. His very undemonstrative voice is really part of that singular High Llamas sound.

Tom May (Tom May), Wednesday, 28 January 2004 01:41 (fifteen years ago) link

This Lancellotti album is nice. "Asas" has a monster groove.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:36 (one year ago) link

There's even a song where Sean takes lead vocals. Sounds totally Llamas. The instrumentals sound heavily influenced by Sean as well.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:46 (one year ago) link

http://hernehillfestival.org/programme/155-Sean+O%26%2339%3BHagan%2C+Kieran+Mahon%2C+and+friends

Sean O'Hagan - The Peacock Hunter
Sean O’Hagan has spent 30 years in music as a performer and writer, first as the co-founder of Microdisney in the 1980s, then as the founder of the still current High Llamas as well as being a part time member of Stereolab. Sean has made a living as an arranger, in film, art and event writing. In 2014 Sean wrote a staged musical narrative called Here Come The Rattling Trees set in Peckham, his home for 30 years. Here Come The Rattling Trees is now the High Llamas's 10th studio LP. In 2017 Sean was commissioned by Hull City of Culture 2017 to write We Start Counting, a tribute to Basil Kirchin.

The Peacock Hunter, the show which will be performed this evening, takes you on an impressionistic trip from a Coventry production line to the last days of a collapsing Middle Eastern dynasty, using original music and text and archive images. Music written and performed by Sean O'Hagan, Marcus Holdaway, and Dominic Murcott, with text written and delivered by Liam McNeive. Liam McNeive has originated or collaborated in various musical and filmic creations, including a BBC-produced virtual reality world.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:36 (one year ago) link

Looks fun!

Jeff W, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:23 (one year ago) link

Tickets have gone on sale now too

stet, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:40 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Peacock show is on Saturday.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:29 (one year ago) link

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/446156

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:30 (one year ago) link

I thought I’d bought a ticket but seems like I hadn’t! Glad there are some left.

stet, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:17 (one year ago) link

I can't wait to hear how it goes.

I wonder if this is connected to the Basil Kirchin project they were working on.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

Ta for the reminder, I was planning to go to this and nearly forgot. Herne Hill's a mainline service as well so coming from Luton I've no excuse, the train comes practically right to the door of the venue.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:27 (one year ago) link

Sean vs The Banging Door and Sean vs The Hand Drier = one for the ages

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:08 (one year ago) link

Seriously though, a great show in a lovely venue (the above mentioned drawbacks notwithstanding). The Peacock Hunter bears no relation at all to We Start Counting (the Kirchin project), it's much closer to Here Come The Rattling Trees in terms of structure, but with a single story arc rather than a series of loosely linked narratives.

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:15 (one year ago) link

I wonder what planning lunacy led to the toilets being directly behind the stage area, it was farcical. I genuinely thought Sean was going to kick off when they had to stop Bramble Black, he must've been fuming.

Lovely set though apart from the "technical issues", glad to've caught it.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:15 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Magical show by @mercuryrevvd at Oslo. Exquisite versions of tracks from Deserter’s Songs, a cover of Here by Pavement and a quite staggering surprise guest appearance of Sean O’Hagan to lead them through Checking In Checking Out by The High Llamas. Incredible night. pic.twitter.com/XDdu2xuRgG

— Steven Johnson (@_SPJ_) December 18, 2018

Woah

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:47 (eleven months ago) link

very nice, that song sounds like it was pulled directly off of Pretzel Logic

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:28 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Fuuuck, I hoped that was going to be a video. Wonder if anyone thought to record it?

Also I had no idea Sean and the Rev boys had collaborated before, many years ago, on a cover of I Only Have Eyes For You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tc1CwA8wbQ

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Thursday, 24 January 2019 21:09 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Amazing how you just keep uncovering things as you trudge along the net:

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/houseofhiss

Anyone ever heard this song 'Shang'? Sounds brilliant. Sean doing vocals.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 21 March 2019 20:32 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://houseofhiss.bandcamp.com/track/shang

There it is. Soooo good.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:50 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

Sean O'Hagan is unjustly despised on this site.

He's a fuckin' genius.

Been going through h the entire Llamas discography and aside from the not very good solo debut and the middling Santa Barbara, it's just delight after delight. Every album its own little universe, a mini masterpiece after another. It's breathtaking.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 2 August 2019 14:46 (three months ago) link

Wait, who despises him? I don't think I've ever read anything negative about him on here.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 2 August 2019 15:49 (three months ago) link

There are a couple Stereolab threads where the comments on him are overwhelmingly negative.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 2 August 2019 17:18 (three months ago) link

1. Here are some drawings from a new video/animation I was asked to make for former @High_Llamas frontman and songwriter Sean O’Hagan @seano_arsenal. This for the first single from the ‘Radum Calls, Radum Calls’ album on @dragcityrecords (25/10/2019)... #animation pic.twitter.com/U7bFrZix09

— Paperface (@paperfacetweet) August 13, 2019

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:16 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOqaHefEN8c

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:24 (three months ago) link

Sean's second solo album in 30 years reflects the bold new sounds of today embedded in the plush sound-world he's built for The High Llamas, Stereolab and many others – thick low end synths under light orchestra strings, dubby percussion atop bossa-nova beats and rumbling drum sounds driving Sean's tounge-in-cheek ditties. Guest vocals from former Microdisney partner, vocalist Cathal Coughlan add to the surreal bloom of Sean’s new musical conception.

Woah @ Cathal.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 16:44 (three months ago) link

There’s at least one song from The Peacock Hunter on the album, judging from the track titles on the DC website.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:42 (three months ago) link

I wonder who actually plays on this record. It sounds like The High Llamas. I only recently started appreciating Jon Fell’s Bass work. It’s extraordinary.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:29 (three months ago) link

Yeah, I don't exactly get how he distinguishes his solo stuff from High Llamas exactly. It's a bit of a weird track, but maybe a bit more adventurous than some of the stuff he's done in recent years. Looking forward to the album.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:01 (three months ago) link

There’s at least one song from The Peacock Hunter on the album, judging from the track titles on the DC website.

― Jeff W, Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:42 AM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I hope the full Peacock Hunter material is destined for a separate release, as I thought that was some of the best stuff he's done in years.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:40 (three months ago) link

I love O'Hagan, he's done some incredible stuff over the years. Snowbug is one of the greatest summer albums ever made by anybody.

He seems like a nice bloke too.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:22 (three months ago) link

He also did a Basil Kirchin tribute a couple years ago. What I heard online sounded incredible. The music was original, but influenced by, aside from a cover of “I Start Counting” with Jane Weaver on vocals. Too good not to record.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:16 (three months ago) link

i was graced with a promo copy

it's incredible

first track is a pretty weird 'psychedelic' song with cathal coughlan on lead vox

i love it when sean breaks out the synths. he always gets the best sounds out of them.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:18 (three months ago) link

This album is ridiculously good. Like best in years. Why'd they give it such an unassuming cover?

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:01 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Good review. Comes close to my initial thoughts:

https://www.popmatters.com/sean-ohagan-radum-calls-radum-2641069306.html

Sean's definitely on his own track and continues to make wonderful music.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

He just canceled a bunch of shows because of 'health issues.'

Gutted.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:36 (three weeks ago) link

What shows?

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:41 (three weeks ago) link

From what I understand, everything.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:44 (three weeks ago) link

I was just about to buy a ticket for one of them!

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 October 2019 18:22 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah. I am bummed out. The new album is great. I am happy he got to release a quality LP under his own name. That first Sean O' album is not one of my favs.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

Get well soon Sean O'Hagan @seano_arsenal pic.twitter.com/r9NTDIICmU

— J. John Foyle (@JJohnFoyle) October 22, 2019

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 23:23 (three weeks ago) link

Jeez, I don't like this news at all, I hope he's ok

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 25 October 2019 00:10 (three weeks ago) link

Appears he played a little set at Rough Trade at least.

https://t.co/VBG08RqwBg?amp=1

Here’s a new interview as well: https://therecoup.com/2019/10/25/pull-up-a-chair-for-a-spoken-gem-a-conversation-with-sean-ohagan/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 25 October 2019 21:50 (three weeks ago) link

Have you officially retired The High Llamas?

Not officially, no, and I don’t consider them as such. But what needs to happen, and I am desperately trying to make happen, is to get the rights back to our label output from the Nineties. They’re owned by Universal, who are extremely reluctant to do anything with our catalog, and I’ve really been wanting to get them remastered and pressed on vinyl, and maybe do an expanded series like Stereolab have done. If we can get that to happen, we’ll tour. Maybe not a full-scale tour, but perhaps residencies where we play one or two albums a night over two or three nights. If we can get those albums reissued, we’ll definitely tour. Maybe we’ll do a new record to go along with them. Then we might use that as an opportunity to officially retire—it would be a great way to close that book, don’t you think?

Agreed. But you know, if you do decide to make one last record, you have to title it Sean O’Hagan.

(Confused) What? What do you mean?? I don’t…(Pauses, then bursts into uproarious laughter). Joseph, my friend, that is brilliant! I simply must do that, you’re absolutely right! What an absolutely perfect way to bookend it all


I love that.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 25 October 2019 21:55 (three weeks ago) link

Some typically fantastic outros on the new one

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:06 (three weeks ago) link

The 6 November London Show at Cafe Oto is still on, I believe (which is good because I have a ticket for that). Only shows planned from 9 November onwards are postponed.

Jeff W, Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:59 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.musicomh.com/features/interviews/sean-ohagan

He's giving good interviews.

“The music that is coming out of this generation of say, 17 to 37-year-olds, is the best it has been for years. They have finally cast off the past but are able to reference it in a healthy way. There’s this esoteric, creative jazz popping out everywhere. Hip hop is so old now it almost has the legacy and weight of jazz. It’s got such a history and presence that finds itself in this great contemporary music that we hear so much in the UK and US”. He compares Khalid to Marvin Gaye (“that Talk track he did with Disclosure – if Marvin Gaye released that people would be saying it is one of his best songs”) and likens Kadhja Bonet to the 1960s psychedelic soul outfit Rotary Connection. He goes on to praise the likes of Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy, The Internet, Mount Kimbie, Empirical and new(ish) Coventry band Batsch. “I don’t see a demarcation between musical eras. A problem I do see is my personal contemporaries who say there’s nothing interesting being released now. He suddenly remembers Tyler, The Creator – “nutty old Tyler, what a joy!” – and when we talk about some of the amazing short instrumental tracks on Radum Calls, Radum Calls he remarks how he was going to leave them off the album “but then I listened to Tyler, The Creator do them and I thought fuck it – if Tyler’s doing it, I’ll do it!”. It’s refreshing and inspiring to hear a musician who has just entered his 60s talk in such animated, heartfelt, excited tones about contemporary music.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 28 October 2019 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca63gRUHSeA

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

Finally got around to putting this up. Might have to try a re-encode though as youtube seems to've fucked the upload :/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVmIE7_bGfY

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Monday, 4 November 2019 20:36 (two weeks ago) link

Oh my goodness. That's fantastic. Thank you.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 November 2019 20:40 (two weeks ago) link

Ha! Came here to promote ^this (Twitter has just found it). Thanks, Pheeel!

Jeff W, Monday, 4 November 2019 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Great playlist:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000b8gx

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:27 (two weeks ago) link


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