Junior Boys - It's All True

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Hey All. We're pleased to announce that we will be releasing our 4th album "It's All True" in June. Click the link for details and a free download of one of the new trax.


bakumastah, Friday, 11 March 2011 08:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Excited, but not too crazy about that track on first listen.

Simon H. Shit (Simon H.), Friday, 11 March 2011 08:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Really like the song. Can't wait to hear the rest.

Touch of Death, Friday, 11 March 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink


lex pretend, Friday, 11 March 2011 09:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just listening to "ep" and liking it. Doesn't give me any clue what this album's going to sound like, though.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 11 March 2011 09:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

wait, is bakumastah associated w/ the band or Domino records, or did he just copy/paste a press release written in the first person??

thank you ilxor for starting this much needed thread (ilxor), Friday, 11 March 2011 15:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

not at all. just forgot to to add something from myself.

bakumastah, Monday, 14 March 2011 00:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is my most anticipated album of the year.

musicfanatic, Monday, 14 March 2011 01:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's up there for me (right now, I think my #1 is Jamie Woon).

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 March 2011 01:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah I like this, this is good.

one time, something happy craz (Trayce), Monday, 14 March 2011 01:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm always excited about a new Junior Boys!!

JacobSanders, Monday, 14 March 2011 02:41 (seven years ago) Permalink


It's All True is the fourth studio album by the Junior Boys, set to be released on June 14, 2011 on Domino Records.

Track listing:

1. Itchy Fingers
2. Playtime
3. You'll Improve Me
4. A Truly Happy Ending
5. The Reservoir
6. Second Chance
7. Kick the Can
8. ep
9. Banana Ripple

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not sure I'm a fan of that cover art.

bad voise, it sucked, pick a seat (Trayce), Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's zzzzzzzzzzz.

Dig the song, though.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Aye the song is neat.

Shit I still havent heard the LAST album yet, I have some catching up to do.

bad voise, it sucked, pick a seat (Trayce), Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

no, you can skip it. it was good but doesn't come close to what they have done in the past.

still love their sound, looking forward to some new stuff.

World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow, wordpress deleted that cover art awfully fast, lets try again:


World Series champion San Francisco Giants (Bee OK), Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

This song's grown on me a lot. Also, count me as a fan of Begone Dull Care, definitely worth checking out IMO.

Simon H. Shit (Simon H.), Thursday, 17 March 2011 06:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

i too love Begone Dull Care.

jed_, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't think Begone Dull Care is particularly inferior to So This Is Goodbye, although neither of them come close to Last Exit for me.

Matt DC, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Quick ranky rank:
So This Is Goodbye > Last Exit >> Begone Dull Care

Begone Dull Care is always a better album while I'm playing it, but I'm not often drawn to hear it unless I make an effort.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

its more LE>>>BDC>STIG

plax (ico), Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

For me, they will never ever top Last Exit, mostly because Johnny Dark isn't in the band anymore and his contributions were a large part of what initially made me a fan. That album is a true one off. I was disappointed with STIG bar "Like a Child" and "Double Shadow", but Begone Dull Care was pretty lovely so I'm excited about the new one.

Touch of Death, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

The cover image is a closeup of the UK pavilion from the 2010 Expo in Shangai. It is indeed pretty hideous

Number None, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can't stand the exterior, but the interior is pretty badass (granted, in a hideous way).

Fetchboy, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Love the pavillion, not too fond of the way it's used for the cover.
"ep" sounds good though, after the first high synth tones the intro sounds a bit like a johnny jewel production

willem, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

x-post wow that's immense. reminds me of:
(Bowie in one of the set pieces of The Man Who Fell to Earth, pic from this session was also used as an album cover for Station to Station)

willem, Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another track's streaming now over at Pitchfork - "Banana Ripple." pretty epic.

Simon H. Shit (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 15:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

will these guys ever put out anything as emotionally wrecking as "FM" again?

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 16:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh man, "FM" is the best

markers, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 16:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, I was dating an exchange student in college, and wound up taking her to the airport when she had to leave the country, of course "FM" is the first song the iPod picks on the way back; God, that just crushed me, what a ridiculously pretty tune

sad there was nothing even close on their 3rd album (which I admit I haven't heard in a while), but their 4th could deliver

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 17:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

"banana ripple" on soundcloud too


feeling this

gr8080, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 19:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Does any of it sound like Birthday or Last Exit?

billstevejim, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 20:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Every time I see this thread get bumped I get the Tracey Thorn song this album shares it's title with in my head, and now Banana Ripple actually reminds me of that song. I really like this, and I get the impression that this album is going to be a lot lighter and lot more fun than their previous efforts.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Was this album another long distance collaboration? I always figured that's what accounted for the more leisurely (but still great!) arrangements on the last one

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 23:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought ep was really good but this new song is even better, really excited for this album now.

Completely agree with people on FM, it's by far my favorite thing they've done and the chorus just breaks my heart everytime.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

when it comes to slow, pretty, sad JB jams for me:

"what its for" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "FM"


gr8080, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

i mean i guess "slow, pretty, sad jams" are most of their output but

gr8080, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

iirc junior boys were the 1st artist(s) i discovered 100% via ilx <3

gr8080, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is a good song but i'm not sure how appropriate his voice is for expressing happiness or joy

lex pretend, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

the lex weighs in

gr8080, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Love it. Album is shaping up nicely.

Touch of Death, Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hoping for at least one more slinky r&b sad jam a la "Sneak a Picture" off the last one.

Simon H. Shit (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 April 2011 12:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ugh I dont like this track one bit. It's too Pet Shop Boys, too upbeat. Where's the yearning sexiness?

Concubine Tree (Trayce), Thursday, 28 April 2011 03:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

I know it's a total cliche but this band has been getting further away from what they're great at with every record. The first LP and So This Is Goodbye were very close in quality and very distinct. The last one didn't grab me at all and this new one, from the samples so far, sounds like a ridiculously ill-advised maneuver into "sunnier" tunes. Last Exit was one of the most formative albums for me last decade but I have totally lost touch with where this band is at. Anyone else feel this way? I hate to be the "old stuff was better" guy - HATE IT - but this seems like an archetypal case.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 28 April 2011 04:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

i definitely rank their records oldest to newest but at the same time i don't really get the sense that they've declined as artists; it just feels incidental that they happened to have a slightly stronger set of songs the first time around etc

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 April 2011 04:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah MFB I think I'm with you on that.

Concubine Tree (Trayce), Thursday, 28 April 2011 05:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

For me what appeals about them is this kind of sad mood electro.

Concubine Tree (Trayce), Thursday, 28 April 2011 05:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

strength to strength imo

gr8080, Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

banana ripple is one of the best things they or basically anyone has ever done so i am super psyched for new shit, i love these dudes even when they are kinda boring

adam, Thursday, 28 January 2016 01:39 (two years ago) Permalink


HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 01:52 (two years ago) Permalink

banana ripple makes me want to get a neck tattoo and punch a cop

― adam, Friday, December 11, 2015 9:24 AM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is my favorite ilx post

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 01:53 (two years ago) Permalink

BDG makes more sense if you pretend it starts with "Bits and Pieces" imo

btw this worked

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 01:53 (two years ago) Permalink


I love the super mellow last couple of tracks, also "Sneak a Picture" might be my fave of theirs period

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:21 (two years ago) Permalink

'the animator' was the real slow burner from that record

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:25 (two years ago) Permalink

if they play either of those when I see them in April I may die

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:32 (two years ago) Permalink

relevant to our interests - new Jessy Lanza album, again produced by Greenspan


a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:45 (two years ago) Permalink

co-produced with her, I mean.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2016 02:46 (two years ago) Permalink

I did the same with Begone Dull Care when I first got it (starting with Bits & Pieces) but I have grown to love Parallel Lines too. Work just totally kills the mood. Everything after that is great. It's such an underrated album. I guess following two absolute masterpieces was always going to be tough for them. I think it's good enough to follow two 10/10s with an 8.

I really liked It's All True when it came out but the last time I played it I only really got a lot out of Itchy Fingers, ep, The Reservoir and Banana Ripple. Hoping the new one is more consistent and has better staying power.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:25 (two years ago) Permalink

i might see these guys in, i think, April in Southern California. hope they are good live.

Bee OK, Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:33 (two years ago) Permalink


HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 04:29 (two years ago) Permalink

I missed these guys so much!

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 28 January 2016 04:31 (two years ago) Permalink

unearthing all sorts of feels i got from the first two but not the last two - this is fucking great!

anza808, Thursday, 28 January 2016 04:51 (two years ago) Permalink

whoa "C'mon Baby" gets v close to shoegaze near the end

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2016 05:02 (two years ago) Permalink

live, with much more guitar than they used on record, they would end first-album tracks like 'under the sun' w/ big shoegazey buildups

j., Thursday, 28 January 2016 05:10 (two years ago) Permalink

oh man yeah this sounds good

j., Thursday, 28 January 2016 05:25 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna have to stop my listen to go to bed but it sounds p good, "Baby Give Up On It" is a bit boilerplate tho

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 January 2016 05:26 (two years ago) Permalink

I'll listen to the junior boys when that dude stops singing. Good gravy.

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 28 January 2016 08:07 (two years ago) Permalink

well this is really good

even the flimsier songs have some element that totally alters the environment

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:47 (two years ago) Permalink

like "baby give up on it" which sounds unremarkable at first and then turns into a post-disco/minimal techno hybrid

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:53 (two years ago) Permalink

"baby give up on it" is the exact point where i flipped from oh-good-more-junior-boys-this-is-nice to fuck yes

adam, Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:30 (two years ago) Permalink

.......do you have it

― j. winters (josh), Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:07 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Was sent a promo of it, it feels like it makes a triangle with Our Love and Pull My Hair Back

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 28 January 2016 16:21 (two years ago) Permalink

i even like the wacky "what you won't do for love" cover now

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 January 2016 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

those handclaps tho

j., Thursday, 28 January 2016 22:12 (two years ago) Permalink

trying again with this and ugh still not grabbing me...it sounds so samey, none of the melodies or songs are distinguishing themselves from each other apart from the ones that are slightly more boring. keep hoping they'll rediscover the magic of the first two albums but this isn't it

cher guevara (lex pretend), Friday, 29 January 2016 16:30 (two years ago) Permalink

you sound so samey

j., Friday, 29 January 2016 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

new record is like if you took the inimitable aura of arthur russell's <i>world of echo</i> to the dancefloor so it wins for me

j. winters (josh), Friday, 29 January 2016 17:38 (two years ago) Permalink

i think greenspan's vocals are the most incidental they've ever been to the sound of the record but i loooooove the sound

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 29 January 2016 17:56 (two years ago) Permalink

their new live show totally rocked so if you don't have tickets yet, hustle hustle

Sharkie, Friday, 5 February 2016 05:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Seeing 'em in April!

I feel like the hit ratio has been p much the same for the last three albums? Love the first few tracks but the interstitial ones, plus "M&P" and "Love Is A Fire," kinda bore me. Totally came around on "Baby Don't Give Up On It," though.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 5 February 2016 05:14 (two years ago) Permalink

pitchfork says it has something to do with detroit techno? i don't think i believe that

the late great, Friday, 5 February 2016 06:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Heh, didn't see that, but came here more or less to post my takeaway is ... yes, classic Detroit techno, electronic Chicago house a la Larry Heard, etc. Not sure the album justifies the wait - it's kind of subdued - but to the group's credit it's still really identifiable as a new Junior Boys album. They got a sound and this sounds like it.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 February 2016 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

New ep Kiss Me All Night is out, and up on Spotify. Big Black Coat was the first JB album I couldn't really get into (as of yet I've no idea why, either). I'm digging the new ep though.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 12:10 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So, Mrs. Chachi and me were talking about how devastating the debut was -- how, for us, it was a shared musical moment that hit with profound impact, one of few moments like it over the past however-many years. we both enjoyed begone dull care, too, but felt that there was a sad / tragic / mournful note in the debut that we didn't hear since. i'm listening to big black coat now and wondering if I missed something - I hear notes of that sadness, that submerged personal deeply introspective note in e.g. "over it." anybody got thoughts on the last ten years or so of the junior boys they'd like to share?

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 8 June 2018 21:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

i really need to revisit big black coat again, as i've said probably multiple times on this thread it apparently takes years for later junior boys records to open up to me. it's all true is front to back great imo but i'm not sure if it necessarily hits that introspective mournful note except on "playtime" and "the reservoir"; the primary vibe i get from it is almost a kind of manic bitterness

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 8 June 2018 22:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

The debut remains amazing. My favourite JBs song, however, is The Animator from Begone... The way that songs moves is incredibly singular and beautiful to me.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 8 June 2018 22:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

"the animator" is probably my favorite post-debut mournful JB. don't think they ever managed to recreate that vibe in the uptempo songs again though like the first 2 songs on the debut.

ciderpress, Friday, 8 June 2018 22:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Sneak a Picture" might be my fave JBs sad jam

Simon H., Friday, 8 June 2018 22:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

"Banana Ripple" is the one for me

boxedjoy, Saturday, 9 June 2018 09:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

There's a sense of space in the first one that the others lack, these perfectly constructed syncopated beats that play off all the other sounds and then drop off altogether, this rhythmic cage for the sadness in the songs to reverberate around, there's no sound there that doesn't need to be there. Subsequent albums lost that a bit, especially whenever they went upbeat, but I can listen to the title track of Last Exit and it works for me every single time.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2018 10:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

The second album is wonderful as well but that Johnny Dark clatter bought something to the table on the debut that their progressively more straightforward subsequent albums have never quite recaptured.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2018 10:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think So This is Goodbye and Begone Dull Care are about as good as the debut, albeit a bit less busy; iirc it was among if not the first sort of indie groups that seemed to be influenced by Timbaland-styled R&B production. This one (It's All True) is the first one that never entered regular rotation for me. The most recent one I only remember listening to once, need to revisit!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 9 June 2018 12:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

I agree with Matt DC

brimstead, Saturday, 9 June 2018 18:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Banana Ripple is a whopper tune.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Monday, 11 June 2018 22:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

I still think of brad's "it makes me want to punch a cop" comment every time it comes on

Simon H., Monday, 11 June 2018 23:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

that wasn't me, that was adam!

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

banana ripple makes me want to get a neck tattoo and punch a cop

― adam, Friday, December 11, 2015 9:24 AM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

most otm post in ilx history? who can say

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh shit props adam

Simon H., Tuesday, 12 June 2018 01:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

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