This Is The Strapping Fieldhands Thread Cuz I'm Drinking Beers And Feeling Nostalgic

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And they were pals of mine and I actually miss Philly sometimes, you know? And I'm blasting Wattle & Daub and i forgot what a great fucking 1-2-3 punch "The Author in Her Ear" & "Song of Mourning Dove" & "Ben Franklin Airbath" is. Sounds wonderful. They were true friends of Bunny Brains too. God bless 'em. You can say nice things about Fieldhands records and live shows here if you want.

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 23:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

One of those bands I have stuff around by that I really should actually get around to listening to. I remember one time a Fieldhands CD was given as a gift to friend Jake for his birthday or so, which pleased him greatly.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 23:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

god bless the fieldhands and their offkilter undersea sing-a-long anglopop. also, praise be Ashtabula.

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 2 June 2004 23:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I loved this band & this thread has inspired a listening fest in the near future. I saw them live once at the Middle East Upstairs in Boston & was blown away.

southern lights (southern lights), Thursday, 3 June 2004 13:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I never got to see them live, although they played in Memphis, where I grew up, a few times. I'd see their records all over the place, due to the Shangri La connection, but I never heard them until I came to college in Missouri, when my mentor at the student radio station declared DISCUS as his favorite album of the nineties. When I went back to Memphis, I bought up the vinyl copies of everything. Except I still don't have The Call (Caul?) or In the Pineys. Bet I could find them used (or new) at Last Chance, though. I once left Wattle and Daub on repeat for a few hours on the air due to a dj absence and it never got old. I'll always associate the fieldhands with my student radio days, and that is a great thing.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Thursday, 3 June 2004 14:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Opening for them a few years ago was a genuine thrill. I wore out my copy of Gobs on the Midway in college - those singles are still great. I've stolen from them a lot over the years but luckily no one's noticed.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 3 June 2004 21:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Love the Melanie cover and still waitng to see em in Western Ma!!

brg30 (brg30), Friday, 4 June 2004 14:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

scott sez: I actually miss Philly sometimes, you know?

i dont understand that feeling AT ALL but yet i am moving back into town this weekend.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Friday, 4 June 2004 15:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh beloved Discus, a great, great record.

jack cole (jackcole), Friday, 4 June 2004 15:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i found my copy of "in the pineys" last night while packing up records for the aforementioned move. if my stereo wasnt being moved, i would have put it on.

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Friday, 4 June 2004 16:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i remember when they toured with both gbv circa "bee thousand" and the grifters circa "crappin you negative"... great memories.

msp, Monday, 7 June 2004 03:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i remember playin w them at th ill fated Macintosh music festival w trumans water and bardo pond and guv'ner...they made sure we were properly lubed up before we played..beers were plentiful..i started swinging a chair around in front of the stage and the barmistress signaled the soundman to cut us off because someone had just told her they had overheard a band member say "we are gonna wreck this place" sure this was meant as a musical wrecking..Bob looked at me and said "You got moxie kid" and wiped my tears dry..We also played at Nicks steak house and I couldnt believe how powerful men in regular clothes could be playin their briny rock n roll

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Monday, 14 June 2004 05:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard them yet, but plan to check out the singles comp along w/some other stiltbreeze stuff.

christhamrin (christhamrin), Monday, 14 June 2004 07:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
In the Pineys is zehr fantastisch, and you can get it for just four American dollars on Fusetron.

Mestema (davidcorp), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 12:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink


maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 21:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"looking into the sun" is glorious

vomit redux, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 22:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

fieldhands were great. the only time I saw them live was was when we roadtripped from columbia MO for one of those shangri-la riverboat shows. bob malloy got all tangled in his mike cord and fell off the stage backwards. good times.

now I will have to pull out these records tonight ...

Renard (Renard), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 23:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

the albatross
forgot to floss
now his beak fell off

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 12 May 2008 13:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

all fucked uuuuuup

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 12 May 2008 13:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Oh, Discus finally got reissued. I revisited it not long ago, and it still sounds pretty great. Definitely more worthwhile than like 95% of the GbV product out there...

dlp9001, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

I heard it got a remaster, too. Out on Shangri-La?

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:41 (eight years ago) Permalink


Trip Maker, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

No vinyl reissue I guess?

Evan, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 03:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hey, we've had like 15 years to enjoy it on vinyl, haven't we...?

dlp9001, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 03:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

FWIW they were unhappy with the sound of the original lp.
(my bro does sound for TNV and he met the main fieldhand dude, is where I heard that)
I'm gonna buy a cd. So nineties.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 03:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well has it been easy to get on vinyl? You assume I own a hard to find vinyl copy from 1994!

Evan, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 05:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I got the Discus cd on a trip to Memphis last weekend. They have vinyl copies at Shangri La, too, fwiw. It does sound a little clearer, I suppose, and some details stand out more than on the lp, but I don't think it's necessary to replace your vinyl copy with this new cd. Unless you want to support Shangri La and the Fieldhands, which was the motivating factor for me.

Trip Maker, Friday, 2 April 2010 19:38 (eight years ago) Permalink


ian, Friday, 2 April 2010 19:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

with Ramble Tamble and Endless Boogie!!

ian, Friday, 2 April 2010 19:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

I just listened to that "new" disc yesterday! Cool.

sleeve, Friday, 2 April 2010 19:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

That sounds like a real cool time.xpost

Trip Maker, Friday, 2 April 2010 19:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

damn that's gonna be a great show

call all destroyer, Friday, 2 April 2010 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, holy crud, had i known about that in advance might have jumped a plane to NYC...

Stormy Davis, Friday, 2 April 2010 20:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

any ilxor coming to town to see the strapping fieldhands is welcome to stay up in my backyard all night drinking beer and playing with the cat & dog.

ian, Friday, 2 April 2010 21:00 (eight years ago) Permalink


ian, Saturday, 3 April 2010 16:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Sad I missed the show... I mean I'm right here in Hoboken... but I did just find Discus on LP at Kim's!

Evan, Sunday, 18 April 2010 18:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

free show in philly next weekend! (see festivals 2010 thread)

prominent French anthropologist Didier Fassin (los blue jeans), Sunday, 18 April 2010 19:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

xpost- They played one of my faves from Discus at that show - BOO HOO HOO (with the whistlin'). also a pretty cool rawk version of "The Garden of Earthly Delights."

it was a fun time. them and Endless Boogie were solid.

dmr, Monday, 19 April 2010 04:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

attn DC, Chapel Hill, Knoxville, Nashville ilx0rs -- check this post via Goner board:

A rarity! The Strapping Fieldhands are making a bodacious return to the Southern route not taken in 14 years. Here is what they have:
9/21 Cleveland
9/22 Columbus
9/23 Lexington, KY
9/24 Gonerfest

Here is where they need help:
Shows in Nashville/Knoxville/Asheville/Richmond/Chapel Hill/Charlotte/DC or anywhere along that route on September 25, 9/26, 9/27, or 9/28.
Call (901)359-3102 for most excellent bookings. You won't regret it.

easiest lay on the White House lawn → (will), Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

There's a pretty nifty club in Carrboro, NC too. It would also be sweet if they would tack on Greenville, Columbia, Athens & Atlanta. :-)

ImprovSpirit, Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

what a great fucking 1-2-3 punch "The Author in Her Ear" & "Song of Mourning Dove" & "Ben Franklin Airbath" is

truth right from the getgo in this thread.

and another good excuse to head over to memphis for gonerfest! excited.

andrew m., Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Ya need uh Ben Franklin Airbath!!!!

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Hey can anyone comment on whether "The Caul" is any good?

Funny there is evidence of me saying I missed seeing them play in 2010, but no word from me about the time I DID get to see them around the same time... was it just a dream?

Evan, Thursday, 7 May 2015 19:58 (three years ago) Permalink

have never heard^, but that gobs on the midway singles collection is full of goodness. never knew till today that david mitchell of the 3ds did the cover art for one of their 7 inches...

no lime tangier, Friday, 8 May 2015 00:38 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i'm still looking into the sun

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 18:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

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