Solex - Laughing Stock Of Indie

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people get excited below about the new solex album. go!

its out stateside in september on arena rock. europe - no word yet after the end of the matador era. come on people be as excited as me. solex solex solex! i'm a huge fan - please tell me you are too.

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Friday, 14 May 2004 18:07 (sixteen years ago) link

colour me excited!

don (don), Friday, 14 May 2004 18:11 (sixteen years ago) link

i didn't even know there was a new one coming. i like her other stuff tho.

do you have any more info on this one myke?

mark p (Mark P), Friday, 14 May 2004 18:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Cool, curious. I asked her about it when I was in her CD shop two months ago (by then she hadn’t found a label yet). She said that the main difference with the previous three was that she doesn’t use drum loops anymore, all live now. Don’t really know more than that.

Orange, Friday, 14 May 2004 18:23 (sixteen years ago) link

that's basically what i know orange. will post more info as it comes through. the departure from loops to all live won't be problematic i reckon given how integrated they seemed into the live set up. all i know, however, is that she's having relative difficulty finding a european label / distro which is a shame.

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Friday, 14 May 2004 18:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Is the title a general reference or a Talk Talk one?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 14 May 2004 18:34 (sixteen years ago) link

laughing stock of indie rock is the title - some how the thread (i) missed that off

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Friday, 14 May 2004 19:07 (sixteen years ago) link

It makes me think of the Eagles of Death Metal.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 14 May 2004 19:12 (sixteen years ago) link

hopefully the album won't. in ANY way

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Friday, 14 May 2004 19:14 (sixteen years ago) link

it's an empty vaunt, but she slept with my friend's friend. and went on to write a song about him.

mike bott, Saturday, 15 May 2004 01:33 (sixteen years ago) link

The Eagles of Death Metal

Can't get over how crazy this phrase sounds.

Bimble (bimble), Saturday, 15 May 2004 01:37 (sixteen years ago) link

truth be told i have a crush on elisebeth esselink and i'm jealous of your friend's friend.

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Saturday, 15 May 2004 01:43 (sixteen years ago) link

solex... good.

msp, Saturday, 15 May 2004 02:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Randy Costanza? Chris the birthday boy?

Orange, Saturday, 15 May 2004 07:59 (sixteen years ago) link

It makes me think of the Eagles of Death Metal.

Well, it has Tim "Evil Superstar" VanHamel in the band, who's Belgian. Uh that's the best that I can do to relate the two. ;-)

jesus nathalie (nathalie), Saturday, 15 May 2004 10:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Ooooh, I'm looking forward to this. I wasn't into Low Kick And High Bop so much, but I still like Solex quite a bit.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Saturday, 15 May 2004 13:06 (sixteen years ago) link

It makes me think of the Eagles of Death Metal.
-- Ned Raggett

Sometimes, Ned, you think way too much, I think! ;)

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 15 May 2004 13:11 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, it's randy.

he loves seeing his name in print.

mike bott, Saturday, 15 May 2004 14:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Sometimes, Ned, you think way too much, I think! ;)

There really is a band called that, though!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 15 May 2004 14:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Dunno 'bout a band, but there really is an olden Mercury Rev lyric nearly like that.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 15 May 2004 15:33 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
OK, tell me about Solex, please. There's one track on a mix CD that someone made me, and it's the best track on here, no contest. No title given, but very bouncy, with guitar samples bouncing back and forth between the stereo speakers. The quote "to be chosen as an extra in the movie adaptation of the sequel to your loiiiife..." features quite prominently as does "Ohmigod, ohmigod" and the phrase "All we want is a shady lane" (or something like that). Might be a cover. Sounds suspiciously familiar.

What is this song? What is this band? It's hillarious!

Ma$onic Boom (kate), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Kate, it's a cover of "Shady Lane" by Pavement.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:25 (sixteen years ago) link

but I too would like to know more about Solex. What's a good album? I've only heard that cover and a track called "One Louder Solex" on a Matador compilation.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Low Kick And Hard Bop is a very very good album indeed, it's the only one of hers that I possess and this thread has just reminded me that I need to track down the others post haste.

The Lex (The Lex), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Consider me officialy excited.

coco, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:51 (sixteen years ago) link

i actually saw her in the street once.

danny saber, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 09:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow, that's crazy. I can't freaking STAND Pavement, but the Solex version is freaking brilliant.

Ma$onic Boom (kate), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:04 (sixteen years ago) link

i know! i couldn't believe it myself, but there she was, walking down the street on the other side of the road as me! it's a mad world

danny sabre, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Do you think I was talking to you? I was talking to Dog Latin about the Pavement cover.

Ma$onic Boom (kate), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Viz's Major Misunderstanding to thread!

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:10 (sixteen years ago) link


Uhh... I'll get me coat...

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh no, can I not be your friend, then, DL? Oh no!

Ma$onic Boom (kate), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I was paraphrasing Manowar but in a Pavement context for some reason. You should really check out the original "Shady Lane" though Kate, even if you hate them.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I have actually heard it, hence why it sounded familiar.

I just don't like Pavement.

Ma$onic Boom (kate), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 10:56 (sixteen years ago) link

"Solex All Licketysplit" still kicks my ass; the second record was overall great; Low Kick sort of a fall-off, but it moved in enough interesting new directions to make me pretty excited about a new one. I'm going to have to look for this "Shady Lane" cover, too.

nabiscothingy, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah but you have you actually seen her walking down the street at all? i have.

danny sabre, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:45 (sixteen years ago) link

> "Solex All Licketysplit"

was the lp version different from the single version? peel played a version, which i'm guessing was the single, and then i heard the version from the lp and it didn't have the same ring to it somehow. is the lp version significantly shorter (the bit i liked, the bit that seemed to be different or missing, was the long loopy middle)?

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 15:49 (sixteen years ago) link

(nope, freedb has them having identical lengths)

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:00 (sixteen years ago) link

solex is very cute

bnw (bnw), Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:21 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah but i've actually seen her in real life. i do know who she is jeesus christ.

danny sabre, Wednesday, 21 July 2004 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

myke boomnoise (myke boomnoise), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

and who's putting it out?

joan vich (joan vich), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 14:33 (sixteen years ago) link

JoB (JoB), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 14:38 (sixteen years ago) link

i like her version of "the cutter".

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 14:44 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

what happened to her?

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:11 (eleven years ago) link

well she logged into her myspace account today. it seems lately she travelled all 12 provinces of the Netherlands (by boat!) jamming with local musicians. but must say she hasn't got much press coverage on that.

Ludo, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:37 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

You know, this whole thread never actually talks much about the actual album.

I had downloaded like four songs from it before eMusic crapped out on me one day. I always liked the tracks I had, and kept meaning to get the rest, but it was one of those things I never got around to. I was sort of lukewarm about her earlier records.

Anyways, her name came up recently in the Dutch Artists thread, and I finally got the rest of the record. Really, really like it a lot. It's much more rock (albeit in a fractured way) and "indie rock" than her other stuff, to my ears. Much of it actually reminds me of the kind of stuff that Kim Deal might come up with if she worked w/samples instead of instruments. Wish there was more about it in this thread, and I wish she'd reappear.

dlp9001, Thursday, 8 October 2009 19:22 (eleven years ago) link

Saw her opening for My Bloody Valentine in Eindhoven/NL, last May. Weird choice, I thought. As for the performance, I found it horrible. Screechy, squeaky vox, coarse sampletop musics - didn't work for me at all.

willem, Friday, 9 October 2009 07:55 (eleven years ago) link

I was at that same show. I've never seen an audience so bored by a performance. But then again, who's idea was it anyway to have Solex as an opener for MBV?

Marty Innerlogic, Friday, 9 October 2009 12:20 (eleven years ago) link

I really love her cover of Pavement's "Shady Lane."

Turangalila, Friday, 9 October 2009 13:09 (eleven years ago) link

I just heard that for the first time and it is really great! Apparently it horrifies a lot of Pavement fans (I should find something better to do w/my time than read buyer reviews of Pavement cover albums).

She also has a cover of "1969" up on her website, which is nice though not as cool as Shady Lane. The way she sings, "Oh my god" is like a billion times better than Malkmus.

dlp9001, Saturday, 10 October 2009 02:18 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Happy to announce the release of:
Solex vs. Cristina Martinez + Jon Spencer.
European release: February 5th. 2010 / out on Bronzerat Records.
In the US and Canada: end of March / out on Arena Rock Recording Company.

willem, Friday, 30 October 2009 19:58 (eleven years ago) link

four years pass...

"Solex Ahoy! The Sound Map of the Netherlands" is really cool.

polyphonic, Thursday, 2 January 2014 19:53 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Solex is one of the most underrated artists on ilx/in general iMO

Paisley Window Pane (Ross), Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:13 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

When was the last time I listened to Solex vs. The Hitmeister? God knows, but it's 2020 now and music at large still hasn't caught up to her trip in 1998.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 November 2020 08:32 (one week ago) link

i really liked that album and never consistently listened to anything since, which was a big mistake and will rectify.

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 09:10 (one week ago) link

Hitmeister is such a joyous record. The first 3 Solexes feel like a really criminally neglected set these days? There's so much to dig into on all of them.

Has she put anything out since Sound Map of the Netherlands?

technopolis, Saturday, 21 November 2020 09:44 (one week ago) link

from my cursory google, it doesn't look like it.

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 10:52 (one week ago) link

"Sound Map..." is awesome, different from the earlier collage-albums but still super-fun

Solex IS the most underrated of all time imo

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 21 November 2020 16:03 (one week ago) link

It's one of the rare things where the concept behind an album kinda degrades it, the description of how this album was made sounds kinda dopey but the results are ridiculously good

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 21 November 2020 16:09 (one week ago) link

God, I was so into Solex back in the day. I never even heard about Sound Map, seems like it's worth checking out.

emil.y, Saturday, 21 November 2020 16:29 (one week ago) link

Nice revive!

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 21 November 2020 16:40 (one week ago) link

Yeah I've listened to Low Kick hundreds of times, she is so great. I don't remember who wrote about Max Tundra (was it Dominique?) and said that "there is possibly an alternate timeline where Tundra's music became the seminal touchstone for the next decade of electronic music instead of what we got" and I feel the same way about Solex

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 21 November 2020 16:43 (one week ago) link

Honestly it really feels like a whole amorphously defined late 90s-early 2000s stretch of music needs a kind of gentle new appreciation -- nostalgia cycles at work granted but with a distance there's almost an embarrassment of riches evident that got squashed for a variety of reasons (not solely musical of course but the whole tedious Strokeswave and after was such a blight).

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 November 2020 17:36 (one week ago) link

I thought that the adjacent-to-electroclash nerds of the time (Blechdom, Tundra, 606, Solex, Cornelius, PTR etc) were kind of landfilled along with electroclash (which itself is imo due for a reassessment)

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 21 November 2020 18:15 (one week ago) link

Yeah, agreed on that point several times over.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 November 2020 18:22 (one week ago) link

Solex always felt sui generis to me. I used to try to play their music alongside a lot of electroclash type sounds but it always felt to me people just weren't really getting down with it. Their loss! It definitely feels (and sounds) overdue for a revive.

Strokeswave was such a tsunami that it managed to flood into the world I was inhabiting at that time which was generally very resistant to any sort of conventional band inteference.

stirmonster, Saturday, 21 November 2020 18:36 (one week ago) link

I'd known about her Pavement cover, but never knew about her cover of "The Cutter" until today. :O

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 November 2020 18:53 (one week ago) link

Takako Minekawa is another similarly-under appreciated artist of the era that I vaguely associate with Solex.

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Saturday, 21 November 2020 19:05 (one week ago) link

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