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Is there any discussion of this, anywhere? This is probably my #2 album of the year right now. How is it that Oxbow are ignored so completely?

call all destroyer, Friday, 27 July 2007 15:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I like the album a lot. I recently interviewed Eugene. Great guy. We were on the phone for nearly two hours.

unperson, Friday, 27 July 2007 19:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Awesome, is that interview going to materialize anywhere?

call all destroyer, Friday, 27 July 2007 20:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, but I'm not at liberty to discuss it yet.

unperson, Friday, 27 July 2007 20:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Cool, rock this thread when that happens.

call all destroyer, Friday, 27 July 2007 20:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyway, as far as the album goes, I'm hearing tons of Led Zep. Like, Led Zep all over the place. It's pretty great.

call all destroyer, Friday, 27 July 2007 20:17 (fifteen years ago) link

luvin this.

The cover story in Sig-2-Noize is great.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 27 July 2007 20:26 (fifteen years ago) link

ten years pass...

what who are these guys this sounds p fucking good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcx4DAiqiCA

niels, Saturday, 25 November 2017 09:50 (five years ago) link

Oxbow are f'n amazing. Thin Black Duke is pretty much tied for my album of the year with Zimpel/Ziolek and Richard Dawson. It's arguably the best thing they've done but they have a great back catalogue as well, their noise rock-y debut, Fuck Fest is a blast.

Doran, Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:41 (five years ago) link

what who are these guys this sounds p fucking good

lol basically the same reaction I had when I heard them for the first time a few months back (through discover weekly, interestingly enough, thank god i listened to it that week). the whole album is pretty great as well.

voodoo chili, Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:27 (five years ago) link

also one of the greatest live acts of the last 20 years if you have a chance to see them

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:37 (five years ago) link

Thin Black Duke is good but 'Letter Of Note' is so amazing that it towers above the rest of the album a bit imo

imago, Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:42 (five years ago) link

h/t ums for getting me to hear them

imago, Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:43 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

fun to see this last revive where someone else discovers oxbow. i can't remember exactly when i did but my reaction was def "wait how have i not heard about this?"

been spending some time with the new one, these guys are aging like a fine wine. i can't get over how good the orchestration on "ecce homo" is.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:52 (four years ago) link

it's sad how many mediocre motherfuckers in rock have gotten over instead of Eugene

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:24 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

listening to this amazing album now. so time to remind everyone his substack is great and also this

A 2023 bestseller? Smart money (and Feral House) says: believe it. Forthwith, a sneak peek at the cover. Photo by Emma Porter. pic.twitter.com/rfypH2gbvl

— Eugene S. Robinson (@eugeneSrobinson) October 27, 2022

Fizzles, Friday, 28 October 2022 19:43 (three months ago) link

She’s A Find is a hell of a song

Fizzles, Friday, 28 October 2022 19:47 (three months ago) link

The new live album with Peter Brötzmann guesting is as amazing as that should be. Highly, highly recommended.

https://peterbroetzmann.bandcamp.com/album/an-eternal-reminder-of-not-today-live-at-moers

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 28 October 2022 19:49 (three months ago) link

yes, i’m v much looking fwd to listening.

Fizzles, Friday, 28 October 2022 19:58 (three months ago) link

Yeah, ordered this the other day. Killer combination.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 28 October 2022 20:13 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

this Brotzmann album is incredible. There's no point nominating it here for AOTY but it should be up there. Even The Wire didn't mention it. Very disappointing but it's Blistering good.

kraudive, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 21:38 (one month ago) link

Even The Wire didn't mention it.

It may not have made their year-end list, but I reviewed it...

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 22:40 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just finally getting around to this thread's titular album, it's great.

Anyway, as far as the album goes, I'm hearing tons of Led Zep. Like, Led Zep all over the place. It's pretty great.

Glad I wasn't the only one to catch this! "Frank's Frolic" is where I really caught some Zep vibes.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 16:32 (one week ago) link

They are basically the only band that really duplicates that big, magisterial swagger of L Zep, I'm not really even sure how they do it or that I could even quantify exactly.

The record with Brotz is just insanely great.

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:10 (one week ago) link

Zep influences were apparent even on "Fuck Fest", although they brought out a side of LZ your average classic radio fan would probably not like to admit exists.

the billy sherwood of trad jazz (Matt #2), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:13 (one week ago) link

So I'm a latecomer and only started with Thin Black Duke, so I've been working my way backwards and haven't heard the earliest albums yet.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:43 (one week ago) link

I was aware of them for a while (the Fuck Fest ads in various zines were...memorable) but they didn't "click" for me until An Evil Heat which is still probably my fave

Also like Led Z, they are able to alternate between acoustic & electric settings without it diminishing any of their heaviness, in fact Oxbow sometimes I think works better as an acoustic band ( the "12 Galaxies" ep/mini-album deal being an example)

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 17:54 (one week ago) link


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