"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
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
They're not back...but one of them is:
― 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
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."
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 July 2015 22:04 (three years ago) Permalink
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