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weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:29 (sixteen years ago) link

i remember liking this song called "dum-dum" (I think) a long time back, but now I don't remember anything about Idaho or that song.

punis (punis), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:48 (sixteen years ago) link

At the time of my heavy love for bands like Codeine and Come I enjoyed them, now not so much, but they played on my radio show back in 1993 with their first drummer, did a good job, as well as opening for what in retrospect was the fairly amazing/unique Stereolab/Unrest show at UCI later that year (Stereolab touring for Transient = me the happy Ned). Have long since ripped the discs and sold them back, and haven't felt much impulse to relisten, but I might have done a few AMG reviews beforehand, I think.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:50 (sixteen years ago) link

i just listened to "dum dum" on Allmusic, and the clip is quite intriguing. It sounds a bit like Windy and Carl, or Flashpapr. Very slow and contemplative. The AMG description says it's like "watching a photograph develop," which is accurate. I might have to check this out again.

punis (punis), Monday, 22 May 2006 17:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Hello, been offline for two weeks otherwise I'd have been first to post. "Dum Dum" is great. The first three albums (Year After Year, This Way Out and Three Sheets To The Wind) are all big favourites of mine, This Way Out most of all, but if I remember correctly, it's a Low fan who is putting the question, in which case I would recommend Year After Year. Never heard the fourth album Alas, and now it's out of print. Beyond that, proceed with caution, at least where the studio albums since are concerned.

Lotta Continua (Damian), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 21:01 (sixteen years ago) link

i have a soft spot for "no way out".

mts (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 21:34 (sixteen years ago) link

alas is probably their prettiest album, definitely the one I played the most of all of them. I like all the records but agree that Hearts of Palm and Levitation don't quite match the highs of the earlier ones. A lot of unnecessary and dumb hype around "three sheets to the wind" claiming they'd be the next nirvana, totally different sphere. i still like them.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 23 May 2006 21:54 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Top GAZE band.

Fer Ark, Saturday, 3 May 2008 22:56 (fourteen years ago) link

The debut Year After Year is also Idaho's pinnacle. Like a morose drive through the desert with the windows closed, every song has a dusty, meandering feel that permeates your senses.

While the 2nd This Way Out is a very different record it's also extremely satisfying, a much more rawk record with big Son Volt like licks and urgency. If you prefer to program out Farrar's slower songs then This Way Out will definitely be a revelation.

From that point on things get spotty for me ... while some tab the 3rd album Three Sheets To The Wind as their pinnacle I find it a bit unfocused for my taste ... and the wonderful production feel of the first feels very muted.

The one reliable truth about Idaho is that every release has at least one barn-burning brilliant song. While none of their subsequent releases have come close to being a full album worth of strong material, there's at least one tune that will recapture their old glory. "The Worm," "Goldenseal," "The Sun Is All There Is" ... all wonderful.

The outtakes compilation We Were Young And Needed The Money is probably the best full Idaho release I've heard in the last 5+ years ... glad these 'rejected' songs have been released.

zaxxon25, Monday, 5 May 2008 20:53 (fourteen years ago) link

the song 'bass crawl' on one of their eps is one of the msot amazing things. the EP is totally OOP and impossible to find though (in fact, I just sold my copy; but not w/out ripping and keeping that song)

akm, Monday, 5 May 2008 21:18 (fourteen years ago) link

(specifically, it is "the forbidden" ep)

akm, Monday, 5 May 2008 21:23 (fourteen years ago) link

year after year is one of the great classics of sadcore, slowcore or however you want to name rather slow music with mainly melancholic undertones. i chose it as my favourite album of 1993.

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 08:09 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...


ciderpress, Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:53 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Strange, the consensus here likes the first 3 albums best (the only ones I've got so far) but elsewhere Lone Gunman and Hearts Of Palm are talked up.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 8 August 2013 23:48 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Listein to "Year After Year" again. Great album.

Mule, Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:58 (eight years ago) link

all those albums are good. but they are depressing to me in ways that similar things that I've always adored are not, and I have a hard time listening to them.

akm, Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:53 (eight years ago) link

yeah this band achieved a level of suffocating-ness that their peers mostly did not

ciderpress, Thursday, 21 August 2014 19:20 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Very sad news that cofounder John Berry has passed:

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 January 2016 04:24 (six years ago) link

Rest in peace.

Love the first 3 albums. Haven't listened to them in years.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 11 January 2016 13:19 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

Year After Year is so good. I bought it when it came out, and then lost touch with this band. Time to buy more.

Duke, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:33 (three years ago) link

Hmmm. Idaho early albums aren't easily available.

Duke, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:02 (three years ago) link

they certainly are not. does jeff have a bandcamp set up? he may not own these either.

akm, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:16 (three years ago) link

most of those CDs are on ebay though, I believe.

akm, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:21 (three years ago) link

His Bandcamp only has a few later albums. The website offers ÇDs by email order. That may be the best option. I'd rather he earns a few dollars

Duke, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:51 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

The song One Sunday came on just now and it struck me suddenly how much it sounds like The Spinanes but with a male voice. At least on that song.

Evan, Thursday, 2 May 2019 18:09 (three years ago) link

not sure if i said it already on the relevant thread but

year after year
is my favourite album to make love to. the sensual soothing baritone of the singer, the piercing beautiful melodies, and the general relaxedness and slowness of things make it the perfect companion to the "beast with two backs". and the length of the album is fine too, if you make it till the end, i think it is around 55 minutes it is just about a perfect "liebesspiel".

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 2 May 2019 21:55 (three years ago) link

Du alter Verführer!

Duke, Thursday, 2 May 2019 22:12 (three years ago) link

this song made a deep impression on me as an 18 year old stoner, and i still love this record quite a lot.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 2 May 2019 22:58 (three years ago) link

Du alter Verführer!

correct. i am an old fart, absolutely! and i have seduced a woman to stay for 25 years with me!

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 3 May 2019 04:48 (three years ago) link

Noticed Hearts of Palm got reissued last year. Went right on my want list for sure.

Evan, Friday, 3 May 2019 18:42 (three years ago) link

yeah, it's a really nice pressing. Jeff said others will follow.

akm, Friday, 3 May 2019 18:45 (three years ago) link

Managed to pick up The Lone Gunman. So far more of a stripped electronic sound and quiet vocals. Already like it

Duke, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:16 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

A documentary is coming together

The filming's done, the idea here is to get sound mixing and promo help going. 70% funded with 18 days to go so hey, why not help a bit?

Ned Raggett, Monday, 19 September 2022 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

Whoa @ opening shot in the trailer. That's his house? What's he do for a living I wonder...

Evan, Monday, 19 September 2022 16:07 (two weeks ago) link

haha I know, no shit right? he has done a lot of corporate music scoring but I seem to also recall that jeff's family had money even back then. that might have just been a rumor though.

akm, Monday, 19 September 2022 17:24 (two weeks ago) link

It's all hearsay, but I vaguely knew one of Idaho's drummers back then and iirc Jeff had enough money that he could more or less work on Idaho full time.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 06:51 (two weeks ago) link

the interviewees in the trailer more or less say as much, don't they?

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 10:22 (two weeks ago) link

I imagine Idaho's cost of living is pretty low.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 20 September 2022 13:49 (two weeks ago) link

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