Bowery Electric S & D / C & D / etc. etc. etc.

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"Deep Sky Objects" came up on random play as I was making coffee this morning. Hadn't listened to the full album (the first self-titled one) in years, but it sure sounded terrific.

The Kramer-produced 2x7" is still my favorite release of theirs - diminishing returns as you move forward. I don't believe they really toured much, but that Spaceland show in 1996 was one of the amazingly loudest shows I've been to.

Carroll Shelby Downard (Elvis Telecom), Sunday, 12 April 2009 20:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Would have enjoyed seeing them -- the remix EP in retrospect was the best they ever got for me.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 12 April 2009 20:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the s/t album in ages either ... I think they hit their peak with "Empty Words" from "Beat". That album was solid but could have stood to lose 20-25 minutes, easy. Too many fluttering, ambient passages that went nowhere, and not enough rock.

"Lushlife" is a bit underappreciated. Although it has MANY flaws (stale, derivative "hip-hop" beats, over-fixation on loops and completely neglecting anything resembling proper song structure) there were some good ideas there. And it *sounds* fantastic, it's a fun one to play loud!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 12 April 2009 20:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think it was in Melody Maker, but there was a review of "Beat" that talked about the album in the form of a list with a title like "20 Reasons Why We Don't Need to Bother Waiting for a New MBV Album". I'm not having any luck finding it though ...

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 12 April 2009 21:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

How did it take me so long to hear these guys??? Fuck if the Bowery Electric first s/t album isn't the best thing I've heard in some time -- been playing it nonstop. Clearly it's about 75% Slowdive worship and a bit of MBV and so forth, but when it's turned up loud I couldn't fucking care less. Awesome awesome awesome, ad infinitum...

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 13:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I might have to dig out Lushlife again, but I hated it at the time.

Beat was freaking fabulous, though.

seni seviyorum / senden nefret ediyorum (Masonic Boom), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 13:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Beat = absolutely bloody WONDERFUL

Background Zombie (CharlieNo4), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 13:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

I live about a hundred, a hundred and fifty yards from the cover of Beat. No, really.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 August 2009 14:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

beat is tops.

ETERNAL WAR AGAINST THE DICKS IS ALL WE CAN RESPECT (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 15:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

Haha, I first read Ned's post as "hundred and fifty feet" and was thinking, oh er um, I thought storing that massive music collection must be a pain under there.

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 5 August 2009 15:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

They're not back...but one of them is:

http://thequietus.com/articles/12402-happy-families-new-forgetting

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 May 2013 12:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the hat tip!

And Charlie04 so otm up here: Beat = absolutely bloody WONDERFUL

Random ASMR Memories (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 31 May 2013 14:30 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

So apparently this was posted or at least originally released in 2012, but I'd missed news of it -- to quote Kranky on FB earlier, "Lawrence Chandler of Bowery Electric has posted an immense 24 hour drone piece to his band camp as a 'pay what you want' release."

https://lawrencechandler.bandcamp.com/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 July 2015 22:04 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I never checked out Lushlife but saw it was reissued. Is it good or what?

Evan, Friday, 12 April 2019 16:10 (two months ago) Permalink

i liked it a fair bit at the time but it's been many years since i heard it

kolarov spring (NickB), Friday, 12 April 2019 16:24 (two months ago) Permalink


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