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no, not the erstwhile Walker Brother, but rather the Ariel Pink/Panda Bear collaborator...his new LP, Love Is Real is a somnambulant stumble through the late Joy Division/early New Order catalogue, in equal parts both homage and parody...damn compelling...

anybody else feeling this shit?

henry s, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Already I'm really sorry that this isn't the erstwhile John Walker.

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

So, if this guy had met Scott Walker....

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 15:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Scott's a hip chappie; I'm sure he's very familiar with the Pink/Panda oeuvre...

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 16:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love this album. Really, really creepy. "My Whole World is Coming Apart" is great.

I kind of wish "Rights for Gays" wasn't on it even though it's one of the catchier songs and I'm sure he's sincere. It plays a little too much like a novelty song I think. But the rest of it is really excellent.

There's some other element besides Joy Divis./N.O. but I can't really put my finger on it... it's almost Italo-y in some parts I guess, but I don't think that's it.

Savannah Smiles, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 16:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I want to say there's a dash of Arthur Russell here and there, but pretty much everything these days is said to have a dash of Arthur Russell in it...

henry s, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 16:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

a few more comments here

I love the whole album, but "Do Your Best" is the one.

Z S, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 16:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

thx, and shame on me for not searching...

henry s, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 16:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Right, who's up tomorrow in the "not that one" artist list? Yesterday was f/5ive...

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 16:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

this guy!

henry s, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Listening now and I love what I'm hearing. Yeah, its pretty fucked in a good way. Haunting vocals, 80's art damaged keyboards, like taking a bunch of downers and trying to make a skewed version of what you remembered late-night movie soundtracks sounded like. I agree "Best" is the one.

oscar, Saturday, 16 February 2008 06:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Haha. I found that Bobby Brown record in a dollar bin !

oscar, Saturday, 16 February 2008 06:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Rights for Gays" is awesome but when John Maus sings it sounds like a Ween song that you and your long lost friend have an inside joke with.

Z S, Saturday, 16 February 2008 07:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

saw him last nite. the man is psychotic. he makes music for lonely folks. only for the faint of heart.

oscar, Saturday, 29 March 2008 21:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

i love the music, but the vocals sounds like if the big horned tim curry demon from legend had his own bedroom pop project

burt_stanton, Saturday, 29 March 2008 21:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Really loving this lately.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 1 July 2008 19:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

just wanted to bump this thread to say that love is real is one of my absolute faves of 2007/8 and it's sad it'll never get any poll luvv.

the vocals sounds like if the big horned tim curry demon from legend had his own bedroom pop project

how could you not want to check it out after reading that though?

all-seeing eye of horus (psychgawsple), Friday, 13 February 2009 09:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I never really liked this dude but today this album was playing when I woke up from a nap and it all clicked and now I think this guy is incredible

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 24 September 2010 21:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sex with god/sex on top of god

filthy dylan, Friday, 24 September 2010 23:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

don't know anything but love is real, but prefer that to most ariel pink

"my whole world is coming apart" for all time

having taken an actual journalism class (contenderizer), Friday, 24 September 2010 23:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sex in car/Sex with Ringo Starr...genius...

sonnyboy, Saturday, 25 September 2010 00:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

would love some new stuff from him

oscar, Saturday, 25 September 2010 00:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

bow bow bow bow bowww

patapon pataphysics (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 25 September 2010 10:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

No love for "Quantum Leap"? The squiggly synth freakout about two minutes in, the awful/brilliant lyrics that really are about the TV show, anything?

My second most anticipated album of the year just behind Gang Gang Dance, I think...

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Sunday, 6 March 2011 22:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't know a new song was out
I was thinking yesterday about how John Maus was probably my favourite musician living in Hawaii
I have no idea why I ever thought he was living there

Odult Ariented Rock (Ówen P.), Monday, 7 March 2011 00:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

i thought he lived there too. don't know where i got that tho

dynamicinterface, Monday, 7 March 2011 01:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Maus lectures political philosophy at the University in Manoa.

Didn't know new work was on the way, excited!

La descente infernale (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 7 March 2011 08:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 23 April 2011 02:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

also like

love his sound, though the songs are sometimes only halfway there

merked, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sounds a bit like Shocking Pinks. That start bit I mean.

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 03:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This has leaked, and it is glorious.

He expanded his sound so much on the new record. I stayed away from all the songs that were floating around the web already in live/demo versions, so it's all fresh to my ears. It's way less dense and galling a sound than the previous album. There's more room for fizzy frivolities, both synth and vocal wise. There's colorful backing vocals, This is still John Maus, mind, there's no 'wall of sound' all of a sudden, but there's so much more space in the sound. I can't describe it any other way. He's broadened his audio-scope for sure.

'Hey Moon' immediately stands out as an alternate-universe lullaby/love-song classic, warm glowing piano sounds tickled by metallic lo-fi beats he's got a patent on, a high pitched synth line swirling through the song coyly. And there's so much going on on this record, so much to discover and drop your jaw at. Wow.! (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Matter of Fact' and 'Believer' instant faves too. Esp the latter, which chorus really reminds me of an eighties hit, but I can't for the life of me figure out which one.! (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Maybe it's just 10,000th 80s choruses! (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can't wait to listen!

Z S, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 22:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, good album. Interviewing the guy tomorrow, anyone want me to ask him anything?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 03:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

Really enjoying the new album, as I said above.

Ned, I don't so much have a direct question, but I do wonder about his recording process. I believe he's still a philosophy professor, no? Does he pick a period to retreat in a home studio and write and record the album, or is it something that comes together over a long period of time, when he's got some spare time?
Not a real question but I'd be interested to learn more about this.

Frogbs Day Afternoon (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Could be fun! I'll ask and see.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 17:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fun interview! Dude talks mile a minute but I like it!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:49 (seven years ago) Permalink


puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

the last show I saw of his, his performance was pretty eclipsed by geneva jacuzzi's

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

funny that geneva jacuzzi hasn't really blown up yet in any way I know of and the last show I went to, one of the acts was a clone of hers

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp Was she wearing mime makeup?

bamcquern, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

The forthcoming tour will allow for compare/contrast again there -- he was also talking about how he's looking forward to playing with Puro again, loved them at the SXSW shows they did.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah her face was all made up

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did you get to discuss the recording process, his working ways? And if you don't mind me asking, for which publication are you writing this interview?

Frogbs Day Afternoon (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Great record, kicking myself for not seeing him live when he played round here 6 months back.

Neil O'Jism (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

just want to say that jacuzzi is a must see live imo

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

saw her years ago and she was rolling on the floor screaming in sparkly clothes while a bunch of strobe lights went off and now she has like a whole fuckin stage performance, like she is a real live performer

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

But she's just a cdr performer. I would've been happy to see her when she came to town a couple weeks ago, but they doubled the ticket price from $10 to $20 ($7 for preorders).

bamcquern, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also, it was dance music and nobody was dancing. Trite complaint, I know, but I felt a little like dancing at the time.

bamcquern, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:05 (seven years ago) Permalink


Dancing on the Pylons, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Dancing on the Pylons, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 19:11 (one year ago) Permalink

i hope john maus finds what he's looking for

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I do too. This is awesome though.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:59 (one year ago) Permalink

really liked that but I will never not call him "worthless vhs idiot john maus" in my mind

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:10 (one year ago) Permalink

keep the meme alive!

sansa riff (sarahell), Thursday, 10 August 2017 01:52 (one year ago) Permalink

is this guy the pretentious Ariel Pink?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:00 (one year ago) Permalink

adam what are you using the word pretentious for, is it cuz of philosophy

ogmor, Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm excited.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been popping maus all day, would love to see him live

ogmor, Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:36 (one year ago) Permalink

he is amazing imo.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd basically given up on him coming back with new music, so when I say I'm excited, you'd better believe I mean I AM EXCITED.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Count me EXCITED as well

calstars, Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:01 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"The Combine" is from the forthcoming album Screen Memories by worthless VHS idiot JOHN MAUS available October 27, 2017. Screen Memories is also a part of a career-spanning limited edition 6 LP box set being released in April 2018.

crüt, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Dear worthless VHS idiot JOHN MAUS,

It's good to have you back.


Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 15:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the new one, some very nice synth solos. Compositionally and production wise, could fit in well on that Rarities disc.

calstars, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Damn. He's coming to town opening for but don't want any of my money going to AP. 30 bucks for an opening act is steep.

Fetchboy, Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:20 (one year ago) Permalink

^ especially steep if Maus's live set is still just him singing and shouting over his music played on an iPod.

I saw Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti years ago because Os Mutantes were opening. I thought AP was pretty good! I was impressed by how the band seemed to capture the washed-out VHS sound of his records in a live show. But this was before all the controversy and I was a few drinks in by the time he came onstage.

crüt, Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:26 (one year ago) Permalink

definitely one of those acts that is great after a few drinks ... or more

sansa riff (sarahell), Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:28 (one year ago) Permalink

AP music is good!! but yeah he is a garbage person

brimstead, Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

well was good, i just like the old lofi stuff mostly. crut you really should check out "the doldrums" album at least once..

brimstead, Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

i hate ap but love his music so i got a ticket, fetch :(

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:32 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah I like The Doldrums!

crüt, Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:36 (one year ago) Permalink

just him singing and shouting over his music played on an iPod

this sounds extremely appealing to me and is why i bought tickets earlier

ogmor, Friday, 1 September 2017 00:17 (one year ago) Permalink

That was APs set up when I saw him like a decade ago. I like his music but he's a choad and has been rude to me a couple of times.

Fetchboy, Friday, 1 September 2017 00:47 (one year ago) Permalink

i think maus is playing with a band now

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 1 September 2017 01:32 (one year ago) Permalink

maus back

flopson, Friday, 1 September 2017 01:41 (one year ago) Permalink

part of me wishes ppl stopped making music like this and ppl like him and ariel pink would just die or fade into obscurity so that i could compartmentalize it in my mind, maybe eventually be nostalgic about it..... but that song is p good

flopson, Friday, 1 September 2017 01:46 (one year ago) Permalink

maus' music kind of makes me nauseous and puts me in a foul mood and i like it a lot. i'm not sure what other musician does that for me

Karl Malone, Friday, 1 September 2017 01:47 (one year ago) Permalink


calstars, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:19 (one year ago) Permalink


Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:07 (one year ago) Permalink

WMBTPCOOS has to be one of the most surprisingly enduring albums that I know. I gave it, what I assumed was going to be, a cursory listen when it came out but then ended up buying the record and now I still play it quite regularly

Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Same for me. It's a classic album imo, and it clicked right away with me.

I've only heard the new one once; not sure it will be as classic for me, but it's what he does best and I really enjoy it.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:19 (one year ago) Permalink

"Your pets will die" ;_;

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Touchdown is already a classic for me

octobeard, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the ones that sound like they could have come from the b sides collection , Esp Teenage witch.

And Could there be a connection with Pink's kitchen witch?

calstars, Monday, 25 September 2017 02:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Latter kind of seems like a glammed up version of the former?

calstars, Monday, 25 September 2017 02:30 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Just listening to his latest, "Screen Memories" and I am really enjoying it. It feels like a guilty pleasure. Somehow it reminds me of Lansing-Dreiden as it also succeeds in recreating the new wave sound of the early eighties without aping/cloning it. Usually retro music bores me to death but this is different. He does his own thing and somehow it works. Surprised that there isn't more discussion on him around here.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

New album's great!! Probably not better than Pitiless Censors but it's definitely more well-produced

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 2 November 2017 20:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Hell yes, new album rules. IDK if it's actually better than his last records but it's easily my favorite thing he's made.

davey, Thursday, 2 November 2017 20:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe it's because the production is better. Thinking why I had a hard time connecting with previous records of his, the production was probably it

davey, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Also the RA review suggested that the current political climate (of horrors) is a better context for his style of music, and it does feel like a timely record

davey, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

his AMA is predictably good reading

ogmor, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks for that

calstars, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

Follow your nose, philosophize with your nose! Wikipedia, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Beginners Guide comic series, The Giants of Philosophy narrated by Charlton Heston--things like that. They'll all give you the standard caricature, e.g., "Hegel is about the acorn becoming an oak", stuff like that... Then, smarmy, uptight, grad-students with no love in their hearts will kick you in crotch (and do it speaking perfect French) when you try to weigh in on the basis of that knowledge so you'll read each of three critiques from cover to cover carefully underlining everything that is important, you'll keep reading, reading it all, always the original book, always from cover to cover, and then when smarmy grad student comes to kick you down you'll just feel bad for them... They'll say something like, "Yeah, I wrote an essay about how I want to make out with Walter Benjamin." And you'll say something like, "Huh? You know my brother just got down slugging through the Arcades Project, have you ever read that one?" And they'll say, "Yeah, I think so..." Then, you'll think to yourself, 'geese, it took my brother several weeks to slug through that several hundred page collection of fragments and aphorisms, it's something I don't think he'll ever forget, and here this person is telling they're not even sure if they read it! Damn, I guess I won't even bother trying to dialog about On Language As Such and On the Language of Man, even though the profound insights contained in that essay illuminate the truths contained in the story of the fall in ways I haven't even begun to unpack, because this one I'm talking to now is no good.' Then, later, you'll be in New York City and you'll politely try to make conversation with someone standing there, and you'll ask them: "What do you do?" and they'll say "I work for an art collector" and you'll say "cool, what sorts of art are you into?" and they'll say "well, right now, I'm into garbage" and you'll think to yourself 'how many of these robots are there?'


lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

The new one didn’t click with me at first but I just gave it a re listen and it’s excellent. Maybe a little more low key than Pitiless, which I think is his best. Love his synth tones.

calstars, Thursday, 17 May 2018 13:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

his AMA is fantastic lmao, exactly what I'd expect

has anyone else listened to Addendum yet? I'm enjoying it a fair bit more than Screen Memories

ufo, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Really sad news:

flappy bird, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 04:30 (five months ago) Permalink

wow, that's horrible. I hadn't realised that was his brother

ogmor, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:01 (five months ago) Permalink

I wonder if he got hit by the viral lung thing going around Europe -- it's apparently really dangerous because the symptoms are pretty mild.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:40 (five months ago) Permalink

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