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This is not so new, I know, but I'm finally really getting into this album. "What's a girl to do" definitely amongst the singles of the year. The rest of the album measures up too.

baaderonixx, Monday, 17 December 2007 09:36 (eleven years ago) link

man has a thread title ever opened itself open to zings more than this one?

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 December 2007 09:38 (eleven years ago) link

probably not

i only have 'the wizard' but it's pretty nice

electricsound, Monday, 17 December 2007 09:43 (eleven years ago) link

Just the worst.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 17 December 2007 09:44 (eleven years ago) link

At least Cocorosie have comedy political views.

Dom Passantino, Monday, 17 December 2007 09:45 (eleven years ago) link

i always confuse cocorosie with cocosuma

electricsound, Monday, 17 December 2007 09:45 (eleven years ago) link

Really poorly produced record. Which doesn't help the Goldsmiths-student version of Bush/Bjork level songs.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 17 December 2007 10:00 (eleven years ago) link

She should cover "Swallowed"

Dom Passantino, Monday, 17 December 2007 10:01 (eleven years ago) link

Hmm, I think I'm missing some background info, since most people seem to hate this record for what it stands for.

baaderonixx, Monday, 17 December 2007 10:31 (eleven years ago) link

Not hearing teh Cocorosie thing at all.

baaderonixx, Monday, 17 December 2007 10:31 (eleven years ago) link

Emma quite liked the album. I listened a couple of times and thought it was alright. I don't get the hatred or the adoration, really.

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 17 December 2007 10:51 (eleven years ago) link

http://ladybunny.net/blog/uploaded_images/PBpicture-708521.jpg

She's not looking too good in this pic.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:27 (eleven years ago) link

god damnit dom

nabisco, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:44 (eleven years ago) link

Oh yeah, NSFW.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:45 (eleven years ago) link

"oh yeah, nsfw"

nabisco, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:46 (eleven years ago) link

You gotta admit, if you get past the penis, it looks a lot like her.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:47 (eleven years ago) link

"you gotta admit, for a guy who posts 800 zings a day, I am seldom, if ever, actually funny"

nabisco, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:51 (eleven years ago) link

can't see with you in the way (xp)

blueski, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:51 (eleven years ago) link

the only thing that struck me as bad on this album is 'Trophy's lyrics - production seemed OK generally

blueski, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:54 (eleven years ago) link

i heard somewhere that she never washes.

pc user, Thursday, 27 December 2007 19:23 (eleven years ago) link

i enjoy the album a fair bit. certainly not worthy of some of the criticsm here. also caught her live in october and was quite impressed how the tunes sounded live. the
what's a girl to do video is spiffy as well.

drone/a/sore, Thursday, 27 December 2007 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

sorry, just just sounds a bit like an inferior version of broadcast to me.

pc user, Thursday, 27 December 2007 21:25 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Going back and listening to this, post all those Kate Nash/Florence & The Machine "I am so QUIRKY me" stuffs, this is sounding a lot better in retrospect. In fact, in the elfen freak-folk stakes, it holds up a heck of a lot better than Ys, too.

carrotcake.wav (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 10 December 2008 20:54 (ten years ago) link

Yep. still holding up here.

Soukesian, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 21:28 (ten years ago) link

Back for lashes Exclusive
http://tinyurl.com/45bb3t

Bat For Lashes returns on April 6 with new album Two Suns, PS can reveal.

Produced by Natasha Khan with David Kosten, aka Faultline, it follows her Mercury-nominated debut album Fur And Gold of 2006.

Scott Walker duets with Khan on The Big Sleep, his first work with another act since he produced Pulp's We Love Life album in 2001, after she wrote the song with him in mind. Yeasayer also guest.

djmartian, Friday, 19 December 2008 10:34 (ten years ago) link

revive signals an almost one year anniversary since the last time someone cared about bat for lashes

please don't stop the usic (J0rdan S.), Friday, 19 December 2008 10:36 (ten years ago) link

Um, clearly not, as I revived it last week, as I still care.

Ironic Erection (Masonic Boom), Friday, 19 December 2008 12:04 (ten years ago) link

Scott Walker duets with Khan on The Big Sleep

Stick that in yer pipe and smoke it, Scottsnobs

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Tom D.), Friday, 19 December 2008 12:11 (ten years ago) link

still loving this album - not getting the hating

baaderonixx, Friday, 19 December 2008 12:50 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

New Bat For Lashes – The First Listen
http://bit.ly/oLpC
By Luke Lewis, NME

djmartian, Thursday, 15 January 2009 19:14 (ten years ago) link

new Bat for Lashes track: glass

now streaming at dazed digital - scroll to 3rd track on streaming playlist
http://dazeddigital.com/Music/article/1690/1/Dazed_January_Playlist

brilliant ethereal tribal trippy Bjork-like track. Other comparisons evoke Sinead O'Connor's first album, The Lion and the Cobra

djmartian, Tuesday, 27 January 2009 15:03 (ten years ago) link

The Scott Walker track is as spooky and unsettling as any Scott fan could hope. Am on first listen of the whole record right now -- appropriately, what it's reminding me of more than anything is the Walker record Climate of Hunter

smash your phonograph in half, Saturday, 31 January 2009 15:37 (ten years ago) link

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

School of Seven Bells to support on April tour! How happy does that make me?

The Boring Machine (Masonic Boom), Saturday, 31 January 2009 19:33 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

This new album is so gloriously 80s. The Scott Walker track is gorgeous, indeed.

Turangalila, Monday, 23 February 2009 11:07 (ten years ago) link

I saw an interview with him and Regina Spector somewhere that made me want to kill myself as an artist

210 (Jackie Wilson), Monday, 23 February 2009 11:13 (ten years ago) link

<3 "Daniel"

Turangalila, Monday, 23 February 2009 11:17 (ten years ago) link

http://ladybunny.net/blog/uploaded_images/PBpicture-708521.jpg

She's not looking too good in this pic.

― Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:27 (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

god damnit dom

― nabisco, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:44 (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Oh yeah, NSFW.

― Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 December 2007 18:45 (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

http://94.100.116.135/304700001-304750000/304743301-304743400/304743362_5_DMbl.jpeg

Peter "One Dart" Manley (The stickman from the hilarious xkcd comics), Monday, 23 February 2009 11:17 (ten years ago) link

Very anxious to hear the new one. Pulled out Fur and Gold last night and I think it still sounds fantastic.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:53 (ten years ago) link

can this album live up to the sheer dazzling beauty of the cover?

Bernard's Butler (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:58 (ten years ago) link

Sheer awe-inspiring magnificence.

Bernard's Butler (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 14:14 (ten years ago) link

not feeling the cover for the moment

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 14:23 (ten years ago) link

from the tracks i have listened to so far, Bat for Lashes may well win the Mercury Music Prize this year

the track Daniel reminds me of Fleetwood Mac - Sara

djmartian, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 14:29 (ten years ago) link

This fucking album

baaderonixx, Thursday, 26 February 2009 08:28 (ten years ago) link

not feeling the cover, loving the record

cutty, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:38 (ten years ago) link

daniel, siren song, yeah

cutty, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:38 (ten years ago) link

she is totally mining kate's 80's sounds, no?

cutty, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:52 (ten years ago) link

the cover photo looks like david lachapelle and the logo looks like America's Best Dance Crew

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Thursday, 5 March 2009 00:02 (ten years ago) link

cutty, i saw in yr aim status that you were listening to this. it's totally your type of music. def sounds like kate bush

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Thursday, 5 March 2009 00:02 (ten years ago) link

cover looks stupid. take her and the logo and maybe i'd be into it.

cutty, Thursday, 5 March 2009 00:09 (ten years ago) link

ditto the first album btw

it's like i have a couple worked up vadges under my arms (HI DERE), Monday, 17 August 2009 13:56 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

There’s no doubt, in my mind, that Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan is one of this year’s biggest breakout music stars. Her second album, Two Suns, has actually exceeded the massive pre-release hype and her image has proven to be much more integral to her authentic aesthetic than the marketing gimmick that it first seemed to me. Now that she’s earned the buzz, let’s hear what Khan has to say about a few other top artists.

As if I wasn’t jealous of Khan enough, she told the Guardian she saw Michael Jackson in concert at nine years old. She was thrilled with Michael at the time, of course, but not so much with this year’s mainstream pop obsession: “People like (Michael Jackson) just have a high voltage running through them and you don’t see it very often. Compare it now to Lady Gaga or whatever – the latest all-singing, all-dancing sensation – and it’s like, ‘No! Not happening.’ It’s just bollocks.”

I’ve read of a bunch of interviews with Khan where she was very careful not to step on anyone’s toes, but those days are over: “I’m getting fucking tired of people saying that I sound like Tori Amos just because I play the piano,” she said. “It’s just so shallow and weird and inaccurate.”

Turangalila, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 01:27 (ten years ago) link

It's... not inaccurate, though, Ms. Tasha Fierce. I can think of at least five or six instances in which she directly lifts from (early, non-Stepford Wife) Tori in this recent album. Not a bad thing... but yeah, like lex said upthread, she thinks she's crazier than she is.

Turangalila, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 01:47 (ten years ago) link

i finally heard this chick last night -- on KCRW, which makes sense. dunno if the song was typical of all her music, but it sounded like sarah maclachlan singing over a mediocre new order track.

― ultimate sushi baller move (get bent), Sunday, June 14, 2009 10:00 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^^^

some dude, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 02:03 (ten years ago) link

Well, it's September and this is still the best album of the year. Which is a little bit surprising and disappointing.

DavidM, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 14:05 (ten years ago) link

yeah i get the feeling it's going to place a lot higher on my list than i ever would have thought. but it's a good record and a definite grower.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 8 September 2009 14:32 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

everytime i hear this girl i think "middling but good, but middling"

you have to forgive me (surm), Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:42 (nine years ago) link

"you gotta admit, for a guy who posts 800 zings a day, I am seldom, if ever, actually funny"

― nabisco, Thursday, December 27, 2007 6:51 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark

thomp, Friday, 29 January 2010 10:41 (nine years ago) link

She's opening for Coldplay next month here in São Paulo. They are expecting 50,000 people Coldplay fans. Kind of risky, I guess

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 29 January 2010 12:01 (nine years ago) link

She's great live! Dunno about 50,000 people though.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Friday, 29 January 2010 12:06 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Just saw she's done a cover of "Strangelove" by Depeche Mode for some Gucci campaign (Friendly Fires also did a cover of the same song last year). tbh it's pretty much the same treatment she gave "A Forest" by The Cure a couple years ago, but still nice I guess.

http://soundcloud.com/gucci-guilty/strangelove-mastered-4-5-10

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 22 February 2011 13:22 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

New song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8U70ij87n0

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 5 June 2011 08:04 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

saw her in SF last night, I think maybe the end of the tour? She was mindblowing.

akm, Monday, 15 April 2013 14:37 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6ZV_pZZ_V8

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 2 September 2013 12:45 (six years ago) link

Not one of her best, not one of his best. It's okay though.

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 2 September 2013 12:49 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

something's afoot:

https://twitter.com/Bat_for_Lashes/status/633261217969238017

feargal czukay (NickB), Monday, 17 August 2015 13:02 (four years ago) link

given everything going on in the US right now, that imagery not really hitting me in as positive a manner as it normally would

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Monday, 17 August 2015 14:46 (four years ago) link

REDDITOR

Neil S, Monday, 17 August 2015 14:48 (four years ago) link

okay lol

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Monday, 17 August 2015 14:53 (four years ago) link

lol confirmed

feargal czukay (NickB), Monday, 17 August 2015 15:17 (four years ago) link

lol

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 17 August 2015 15:41 (four years ago) link

sexwitch!

piscesx, Saturday, 22 August 2015 14:52 (four years ago) link

lol. yes please.

how's life, Saturday, 22 August 2015 18:24 (four years ago) link

I don't know what a sexwitch is, but I want to meet one?

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 22 August 2015 18:25 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=287&v=3_bge44OBx0

idk

call all destroyer, Friday, 18 September 2015 13:54 (four years ago) link

I would like this a lot more if the band wasn't called Sexwitch

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Friday, 18 September 2015 13:57 (four years ago) link

Actually I take that back, I like this a lot despite the band being called Sexwitch

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Friday, 18 September 2015 13:58 (four years ago) link

It's basically "Bat For Lashes and friends do Fever Ray pastiche" songwise, which I'm gonna make time for no matter what stupid name they give themselves

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Friday, 18 September 2015 14:02 (four years ago) link

'Sexwich' would've been an improvement, for starters.

Too Many Butts (Old Lunch), Friday, 18 September 2015 14:12 (four years ago) link

album is out today, liking it a lot so far

Ray Chard (NickB), Friday, 25 September 2015 14:26 (four years ago) link

way more psych-rock than i would've expected. last track is even a skip spence cover

Ray Chard (NickB), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:11 (four years ago) link

oh okay, it was recorded with the band Toy so that would make sense. only reading up on it now, maybe everyone knew that already

Ray Chard (NickB), Friday, 25 September 2015 16:40 (four years ago) link

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/sep/24/sexwitch-bat-for-lashes-natasha-khan-like-a-voodoo-exorcism-dan-carey-toy
is an article that was in the Guardian's G2 yesterday talking about the new project with Natasha Khan

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/sep/22/sexwitch-sexwitch-exclusive-album-stream
is the album being streamed from the Guardian site.

Stevolende, Saturday, 26 September 2015 10:50 (four years ago) link

The single's marvelous: http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=18105

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 September 2015 12:16 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

what's happened to her? I thought the Bride was quite good; but she never toured the US for it, as far as I'm aware; and she seems to have disappeared into ...something. she's been posting odd images on FB for a while that I thought might be a preface to something but now not sure.

akm, Monday, 27 November 2017 05:29 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

what's happened, presumably, is sophistipop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxV4jpe55PY

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 10 June 2019 20:09 (five months ago) link

YESSSSS

akm, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 06:33 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

So this new album is pretty great, surprised it isn't getting more attention. She's gone down an 80s revival path not unlike Head First-era Goldfrapp, but with much better results. Feels less like pastiche, and more like a fully realized universe.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 8 September 2019 06:01 (three months ago) link

it's very good. all her albums are good. she is great.

akm, Sunday, 8 September 2019 15:29 (three months ago) link

Thanks for the tip-off, been listening to it quite a lot over the last few days.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:19 (two months ago) link

it's really good, and on trend? I hope it does well for her

maffew12, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:38 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYvx4HYgqHU

Looking forward to seeing her in SF in February; though I've loved the shows of hers I've seen with bands this scaled down approach will be good too (I imagine that's a result of no longer being on a label). I really wish I'd been able to see some of the Bride shows which I don't think she ever toured in the US (she played churches?)

akm, Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:22 (one week ago) link

she's released a lot of good albums but this is the first one I've thought was truly great

boxedjoy, Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:34 (one week ago) link

was she dropped? jeesh.

gonna play this again right now!

maffew12, Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:35 (one week ago) link

“I think the label had high hopes that I’d be more commercial than I was,” she laughs now, “but I proved to myself and everyone else that I’m not.”

Khan’s second album, 2009’s Two Suns, was a concept album about a desert-born alter ego called Pearl. Her third, The Haunted Man, produced “Laura”, one of the best songs of her career, but only charted for a week. By the time she released her fourth, 2016’s The Bride, another concept record, this time about a bride-to-be whose fiance dies in a car crash on his way to the wedding, she could hardly wait to break free from her 10-year deal. And Parlophone weren’t exactly clamouring to keep her. The label’s initially high expectations, she says, “in the end started to work against me. It can be like a cloud that’s over you.”

Last year, the deal finally came to an end. Craving a change of scenery, the 39-year-old upped sticks to LA. She spent her days swimming, painting, going for sunset walks with her adopted dog Janice, teaching meditation to newly released prisoners, and going on long drives to forests with giant redwood trees. Though she says the city has a dark side – “The plastic surgery and the objectification of women that women are doing to themselves on Instagram” – when she stayed on its periphery, it suited her perfectly.

Number None, Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:45 (one week ago) link

yeah it sounded like an amicable parting of ways. I'm sure it's a lot more work for her to be releasing stuff on her own now but she seems to also have the freedom now to do whatever it is she wants which is good; I hope she can afford to keep doing it.

I think every one of her albums is completely great, this one included. I absolutely love her.

akm, Thursday, 28 November 2019 21:21 (one week ago) link

My favorite thing she's done is the Sexwitch EP, utterly captivating. I wish she'd reissue it.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 29 November 2019 00:12 (one week ago) link

yeah, "Helelyos" is nuts. Reminds me to finish seeking out the original versions of those songs.

maffew12, Friday, 29 November 2019 00:16 (one week ago) link

Learned a new figure of speech today: upped sticks

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 29 November 2019 01:17 (one week ago) link

I've heard the originals and the idea of taking them and reinventing them as post-punk takes them to a new level.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 29 November 2019 02:16 (one week ago) link


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