I like American Football (the band) does anyone else?

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I'm not "emo" but I like them very much.

Simona, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i have never heard them. but they have a good name. i bet they sound like pedro the lion (although, i must admit, i have never heard them either)

gareth, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Pretty decent, not as "emo" as you would think. Aren't they made up of some gents from Cap n Jazz?

Chris, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Well not exactly made up of guys from Cap N Jazz, Mike Kinsellas fronted AMerican Football and his brother is Tim Kinsellas of Promise Ring and Cap N Jazz fame.

Simona, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I am not "emo"
"Emo"? Is that some self-conscious form of emo?

nathalie, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Emo"? Is that some self-conscious form of emo?

i think it's a way of saying, "people will use the word emo here in speech, whatever emo is anymore." m.

msp, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

They're reasonably okay but I can't imagine needing more than maybe 10 minutes of material from them, total. I remember "The One With the Tambourine" being just devastatingly amazing and then the full-length being a bit unengaging.

nabisco%%, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

listening to the "one with the tambourine" as we speak, pulled it out of my collection for a spin. It is devastatingly amazing.

Chris, Monday, 24 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
i seem to enjoy the band myself ... sorry so late .nice to know people like us

mike kinsella, Monday, 9 December 2002 15:54 (seventeen years ago) link

I like them, although I'm a closet emo-fan, so I would.

Callum (Callum), Monday, 9 December 2002 16:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I like them okay. I don't like them as much as the first Owen record though. The new Owen record just doesn't do it for me though. Too songy and too "sincere".

Daron Gardner (Daron Gardner), Monday, 9 December 2002 17:01 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

Sorry about the bump, but i think the one american football album is noteworthy enough to excuse it. I love it, and Owen makes amazing music as well. I just wish there was more american football

sunlightremixed, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 02:54 (twelve years ago) link

i reeealy liked their album at the time. Been quite a while since i've given it a listen, though.

one time, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 10:15 (twelve years ago) link

It sort of fits into the type of music I was listening to back then.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 20:48 (twelve years ago) link

This album was my jam. I should listen to it again.

jonathan - stl, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 21:40 (twelve years ago) link

eight years pass...

wow, did not think these guys would have another album in 'em

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:54 (three years ago) link

Pretty excited about the new album. Saw them play last year and it was a bit of a weird one, hearing those songs played by an active band rather than them just being a recorded document of something long gone. They were great. My copy of the new Owen LP finally turned up yesterday so it was a good Kinsella-related day for me.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:02 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

At first I was hugely disappointed in the new record. There was no 'The Summer Ends' or 'For Sure' but I kept listening and now it sounds like warm soup on a cold day. I really love it.

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 02:07 (three years ago) link

LPII is Owen as played by American Football and that is more than fine with me.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:20 (three years ago) link

How would you rate Owen's records? I stopped listening after 'At Home.'

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:35 (three years ago) link

I can understand why you stopped with 'At Home...' but the subsequent ones are good. 'Other People's Songs' is a good fun diversion, 'L'Amour...' I thought was excellent and 'The King of Whys' is very good, just overshadowed by the existence of AFII.

My preference will always probably be slightly for everything up to '(the EP)', but overall I think it's a good, solid, consistent catalogue.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 19:52 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B47-MVjcB4

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:20 (one year ago) link

new album has a hayley williams feature which. omg

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:20 (one year ago) link

holy shit these dudes love steve reich

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:21 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Apparently Rachel Goswell guests as well. I like that track, wasn't familiar with their 1999 emo debut.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 18 January 2019 19:47 (one year ago) link

new album has a hayley williams feature which. omg

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:20 AM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

out today!

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:31 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCP2Lh2L5Ac

this album is going to be amazing

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:47 (one year ago) link

that song in particular nails the feeling of driving through miles of nothing while listening to ... red house painters? yeah

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:48 (one year ago) link

so i'd never actually listened to these guys til silhouettes, and i loved that song so much that i went back and listened to the debut, and loved THAT so much that i listened 10x straight.

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:50 (one year ago) link

Gorgeous. Hope this signals a big old American Football / Land of Talk tour

Hey hey, the tipple’s weak sherry (fionnland), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 22:23 (one year ago) link

Agreed. After her time away, hope for many more LoT releases to come.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:58 (one year ago) link

i kinda think the first album is overrated so this is absolutely my favorite american football record

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 14:48 (one year ago) link

Yes it's very good. It kinda sounds like the alt universe version of the Copeland album I'm actually down with.

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:01 (one year ago) link

the lyrics are earnest to the point of goofy sometimes but... i like that

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:12 (one year ago) link

cf.

selfishness is inherited
so what could i do
i didn't catch it kissing jenny in the closet
i didn't learn it at school

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:14 (one year ago) link

yeah the lyrics are good, straightforward and confessional but not outright oversharing/gross/uncomfortable

Simon H., Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:24 (one year ago) link

this is just the right amount of old school emo magic for me. also lovely production.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 22 March 2019 13:27 (one year ago) link

I'm into it.

jaymc, Friday, 22 March 2019 14:09 (one year ago) link

heir apparent, holy crap. losing it at the flute and piano.

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Friday, 22 March 2019 14:13 (one year ago) link

i'll make new friends
in the ambulance

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 March 2019 14:20 (one year ago) link

and a fucking children's chorus, there's not a single wink to the camera in this whole album and it's great

Neus Anneus (voodoo chili), Friday, 22 March 2019 14:32 (one year ago) link

otm

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 March 2019 17:00 (one year ago) link

i think my favorites are "heir apparent" and "mine to miss" but every song here is so rich

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 22 March 2019 17:01 (one year ago) link

i still can't figure out where they found the time to become an actual band. this album is incredibly well-realized, detailed, and thoughtful.

call all destroyer, Friday, 22 March 2019 19:09 (one year ago) link

Just finishing up my first listen and this feels like a proper American Football Album, rather than Owen as Played by American Football (which I was fine with).

Really beautiful stuff.

michaellambert, Friday, 22 March 2019 19:16 (one year ago) link

really like the slightly expanded instrumentation on this album, quite possibly better than the debut

ufo, Friday, 22 March 2019 23:12 (one year ago) link

I really liked this but vaguely suspicious of how easy it slipped down. Would have been happy for some glass in the bolus or a crescendo.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Saturday, 23 March 2019 20:27 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Has this completely drifted by? Stumbled on it today and it's really working; what I had considered to be (pejoratively) becalmed resignation feels directional and apposite. I think I'm here for the long haul.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:11 (nine months ago) link

I've listened to this again recently, it's probably my favourite album of 2019.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:52 (nine months ago) link

Yup, up there with me, too. Side purchase, this cool Luke Martin AF tour poster.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:55 (nine months ago) link

That is a dope poster!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:26 (nine months ago) link

six months pass...

The AF album was my favorite of last year. Recently picked up all the Owen albums I was missing, and finding them perfect housebound music. _L'ami du Peuple_ playing now. Pre-ordered the new album, The Avalanche, off Polyvinyl. Now just have to wait for it and new Land of Talk albums to arrive, and that's 20% of my 2020 Top 10 likely solved.

https://youtu.be/NWvia4_n69M

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 16:59 (three months ago) link


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