Cate Le Bon - classic or dud

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Well - I say classic, as I am very fond of her doomy neo-folk music. But what about you?

The New Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 5 January 2011 16:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I have only heard one song of hers, on WFMU, but it was fantastic.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 6 January 2011 02:28 (six years ago) Permalink

The album "Me Oh My" is amazingly good. I bought it on the strength of one track, which turned out not to even be the best thing on it.

The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 6 January 2011 16:57 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i like this. i think it's something i'd need to be in the right mood for, though.

it's like vu + nico with a folk-prog overlay.

reconstituted pork offal slurry (get bent), Sunday, 8 January 2012 00:27 (five years ago) Permalink

This is really good! She seems undeservedly overlooked.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 8 January 2012 01:15 (five years ago) Permalink

*to be

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 8 January 2012 01:15 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Very undeservedly slept-on. Both LPs are fantastic.

Deverly (Bangelo), Friday, 9 March 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

new album is rad but is getting released three months later in the UK than the US - don't totally get the deal w/ that

Sylv_ebanks (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 10 March 2012 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Finally getting around to this, I think the Le Bon moniker put me off checking it out. Particularly fond of 'Fold the Cloth' which mines the hiterto unexplored seam between Broadcast and the Incredible String Band.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Thursday, 3 January 2013 14:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Classic. Both her albums are fantastic, as are her EPs. Looking bright.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Her "debut" on Neon Neon was nice as well. Good looking out, Gruff.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

New one coming soon. First track released feature Perfume Genius: http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/cate-le-bon-announces-new-album-listen-to-i-think-i-knew-feat-perfume-genius

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 28 August 2013 17:43 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Mug Museum is fan-fookin'-tastic. Basically adore this woman.

alpine static, Sunday, 10 November 2013 06:00 (three years ago) Permalink

She's been my main listening since finding out about her a few months ago. Still gathering my thoughts I why she's such a talent, but some listens to Mug Museum have me convinced. This is quite a run of albums.

bendy, Monday, 11 November 2013 01:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Not had chance to listen to the album yet, but our mug is lovely & only slightly wonky.

Wandering Boy Poet, Monday, 11 November 2013 13:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Just seconding the Mug Museum praise. This is seriously good. Should have a higher profile here.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:26 (three years ago) Permalink

yep, CateLB rules, i've only heard bits and bobs of mug museum but me oh my and cyrk were both singular and great, a really endearing mix of sublime earthiness and scrappiness. are you with me now reminds me of linda thompson a bit . Excitingly, she's touring n the new year.

cw, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 21:06 (three years ago) Permalink

This record is so good. Listening to it for the first time now & every song within seconds becomes ridiculously charming.

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 18 November 2013 16:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I think I like her last two better right now. The second half hasn't worked too well for me yet. Cyrk + Cyrk II are a great pair.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 November 2013 17:44 (three years ago) Permalink

And yeah, I like the mug. It's sitting on a bookshelf.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 November 2013 17:45 (three years ago) Permalink

"no god" bites galaxie 500's "king of spain" in a really tasty way

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 18 November 2013 20:05 (three years ago) Permalink

I like the second side better now. Mirror Me has this sort of sluggish rhythm that she always somehow makes lively. This record has fuller production, which is sometimes less distinctive than the early ones, but it's still top notch. Topper notch in places. Totally dig the Andy Mackay-like fills on the opener.

bendy, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:30 (three years ago) Permalink

I found out recently "Le Bon" isn't her surname. :\

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:39 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnYVaB6IJck

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:47 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Saw her and her band open for Warpaint last night. Sometimes I like her Nico meets something or other vocals and other times she sounds screechy and annoying. Her guitar playing and the band sounded pretty good most of the time, in a Super Furry Animals meets Velvets and Stereolab way.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:09 (three years ago) Permalink

thought this said "Cat LeBron" - was disappointed

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:37 (three years ago) Permalink

I love her voice and I love her guitar playing even more. I don't know if I like half of her latest album, although I haven't listened to it enough. Her first two are great back-to-front.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Don't know her solo work very well, but her guest vocal on the last Manics record was pretty swell.

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:52 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Wtqj1uyro

that's my fav

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 21:00 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Cate Le Bon wrote some of my favorite words of 2013 on her album Mug Museum. White Fence is the swirly psych-like music of Tim Presley. Cate and Tim are friends — Cate played guitar on a tour with White Fence — and so now there's this: DRINKS.

DRINKS has an album coming August 21 and this is the title track, called "Hermits on Holiday." The percussion is a machine at the start, the guitar distinctly Cate, as is that thickly Welsh voice. Tim plays bass on this song, though he told me on the phone that they swap instruments a lot on the album. When that bass kicks in, so does White Fence drummer Nick Murray and the song's lockstep rhythm loosens up, as if it's had a drink. The easy joy and silliness here make me look forward to hearing the full album, Hermits on Holiday.

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/05/18/406758565/song-premiere-drinks-hermits-on-holiday?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=allsongs&utm_term=music&utm_content=20150518

Love Cate, but the song is about as boring as the name of her new band. It's also kind of annoying. It's a shame because I kind of had a feeling they'd sound like this.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 May 2015 21:24 (two years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Classic - maybe my favorite live performer right now, I find her mesmerizing. Bowery Ballroom show on Monday was great, and what I've heard of the new record sounds v. promising (love the Wonderful video). Seen her four times now and each time she makes it new.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 15 April 2016 00:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the new one. I don't think any of the songs are as strong as the best material on Cyrk or Mug Museum, but her guitar playing remains great. Her backing band is pretty cool, too: Josh Klinghoffer from RHCP and the drummer from Warpaint.

H. Hawkline also rules. People need to listen to him.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 15 April 2016 13:39 (one year ago) Permalink

"Find Me" is awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 15 April 2016 13:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I think on first acquaintance I might like Crab day best of all CLB's records. Generally she ricochets back and forth between dolorous gorgeousness & a kind of endearing spazziness, whereas this one sort of does both at the same time all the way through. I certainly don't hear any dip in the songwriting either from mug museum. i was a bit worried after drinks, but this great.

cw, Monday, 18 April 2016 21:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Nothing as good as 'Shoeing the Bones' or 'Fold the Cloth' to my ears.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

The album has grown on me, but was a let down for the first bunch of listens. Had to come to terms with the realization that as long as she's so drawn to LA, she's not going to be making more 'Shoeing the Bones' or 'Fold the Cloth' styled material. I rate her as one of the top minds at work right now, so I'm not sure if I'm cutting her too much slack, or catching up with where she's going.

juggulo for the complete klvtz (bendy), Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

It reminds me a bit of H. Hawkline's songs.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 22:51 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7KzWaLIHIA

JoeStork, Monday, 16 January 2017 18:35 (five months ago) Permalink

Great track - like the Ashes to Ashes visual cues. She's playing here tonight, but Monday night shows after work are a drag.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Monday, 16 January 2017 21:49 (five months ago) Permalink

never seen a less than great show (but understand getting out on a Monday). she's transfixing.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:25 (five months ago) Permalink

Pretty bummed to not feel like I can go tbh - love her. I work nights as well :-/

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:38 (five months ago) Permalink

she's always been so great. and she's getting weirder. love love love it.

alpine static, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 07:10 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Listening to the Banana album right now.

Enjoyable vibraphone wanderings over saxophone and piano.

I've always loved al little vibraphone. Not exactly a Cate Le Bon release, but Banaa includes her and the backing band she performed Crab Day with when she toured last year.

Stephen Black – Clarinet, Saxophone
Huw Evans – Guitar, Synthesizer
Josh Klinghoffer – Marimba, Synthesizer
Cate Le Bon – Piano, Vibraphone
Stella Mozgawa – Bass, Marimba, Percussion
Josiah Steinbrick – Vibraphone, Piano

http://leavingrecords.com/releases/lr105-banana-live/

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:27 (four months ago) Permalink

Josh Klinghoffer of RHCP, of course.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:27 (four months ago) Permalink

she had a really gorgeous feature on one of the recent manic street preachers albums, i need to check out her stuff

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:29 (four months ago) Permalink

4 Lonely Roads, really nice. Also sang I Lust U with Neon Neon.

Just picked up Ghouls by her partner, H. Hawkline. CLB plays and sings on it and it very much has similar vibe, really good

by the light of the burning Citroën, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:57 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Rock Pool" is a really nice EP. Easy to see how these cuts did not make it on "Crab Day", they definitely feel like solid b-sides. If you love that album this is a nice reprise of that style and the cuts are overall a bit more accessible and far more chill.

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Monday, 20 February 2017 22:25 (four months ago) Permalink

There's a sorta experimental film called Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by a young director named - and I kid you not - Phil Collins, which uses Cate Le Bon songs from Mug Museum but redone by a bunch of Glaswegian amateurs. The version of Are You With Me Now is particularly good. Anyways, it's recommended for fans, and is a fun film in general.

Frederik B, Monday, 20 February 2017 23:17 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUb1Y41lz3s

city worker, Friday, 17 March 2017 19:43 (three months ago) Permalink

There's a sorta experimental film called Tomorrow Is Always Too Long by a young director named - and I kid you not - Phil Collins, which uses Cate Le Bon songs from Mug Museum but redone by a bunch of Glaswegian amateurs. The version of Are You With Me Now is particularly good. Anyways, it's recommended for fans, and is a fun film in general.

Any clues as to how to watch this, hear this etc? Found part of one song on the trailer on youtube but other than that nothing on the usual places.

everything, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Sorry. I kinda have nothing. Perhaps write the director, ask for a link?

Frederik B, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Two of his films are soundtracked by Gruff Rhys.

He also directed the Crab Day short...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56y8DPVTX14

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:21 (three months ago) Permalink

H Hawkline's In the Pink of Condition is good if you're a fan of Cate's last album. She plays on and produced it. Live, they switch between each other's bands. She does the same with Tom Presley, I've heard. Wasn't too crazy about his last one she produced, though.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 18 March 2017 14:08 (three months ago) Permalink

been on a kick with her, she's amazing. mug museum was my point of entry, but wow it kind of loses momentum in the second half

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 18 March 2017 16:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Whereas Cyrk takes off in its second half.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 18 March 2017 17:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Cyrk II continues the momentum.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 18 March 2017 17:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Cryk rockets from the start in my opinion. Has anyone heard the new drinks lp?

cw, Saturday, 18 March 2017 21:54 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrqphXJZqS8

New H. Hawkline album is really good. Cate's fingerprints are all over it. They've got a lot in common. She produced and plays on the record, like she did on the last one.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 5 June 2017 13:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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