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i really like this.

it sounds like it was recorded directly to a maxell C-90. sort of feeble sounding. yet with a kind of whippy spank to it. it has started to get its hooks into me somehow. Mac Demarco!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 26 March 2012 12:06 (six years ago) Permalink

the guy is hilarious

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:46 (six years ago) Permalink

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

his first lp grew on me after i initially thought it hipster twaddle

ian curtis e. bear (electricsound), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 00:43 (five years ago) Permalink

know nothing abt him but this songs great

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 00:43 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i was trying for a long time to place the weird rhetoric about this "strangely sincere" new album. for a long time i could not believe that a person this chaotic could be sincere in the least - figured mac demarco 2 was lil b-level trolling upon trolling. anyways, i just found this rambly but sensible blog post now, and it helps a lot putting this weird relationship with sincerity in perspective.

fennel cartwright, Sunday, 11 November 2012 14:24 (five years ago) Permalink


fennel cartwright, Sunday, 11 November 2012 15:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I couldn't get past the Mink de Ville-alike of the music on 2 to get to the lyrics. Came as an enormous surprise to me when I realised how many people really rated him as a writer.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Sunday, 11 November 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this album rules imo

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 24 December 2012 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i've really come around on this guy

mother nature gives me a cuddle every time i beat the shit out o (electricsound), Monday, 24 December 2012 22:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I love this album! A few songs on the album remind me of jj cale's 'let me do it to you'. the last song is terrible though.

Old Boy In Network (Michael B), Tuesday, 1 January 2013 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

classic record

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

2's so good they took it off spotify! I was really enjoying it, 2.

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:16 (five years ago) Permalink

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:16 (five years ago) Permalink

the lead guitar bit in the chorus of viceroy is classic

failures on the moon (electricsound), Friday, 17 May 2013 01:19 (five years ago) Permalink

dry, modest and absolutely great "small" record.

Sherrill is his best song imo.

except for being a great songwriter he has a talent for creating awesome guitar lines. Sherrill is the best example of both.

nostormo, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

That song reminds me of Women.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

the band or the gender?

nostormo, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I cannot stop listening to this musical artist.

del griffith, Sunday, 9 June 2013 05:11 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Salad Days: new album , new single:

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:13 (four years ago) Permalink

not sure about the keyboards but the tune is quite nice

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i dig. saw his live show recently, the very lengthy covers medley at the end was fucking dreadful

displayed in brackets (electricsound), Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:24 (four years ago) Permalink

what were the covers?

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:25 (four years ago) Permalink

taking care of business and enter sandman were two, struggling to recall the others

displayed in brackets (electricsound), Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:56 (four years ago) Permalink

Ugh, sounds awful

fields of salmon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:15 (four years ago) Permalink

i actually found the covers quite entertaining - when i saw him i was just a festival punter though, didn't know his music outside of "ode to viceroy" so maybe if i was more invested in him i'd've been more disappointed by a whole lot of covers.

pearly-dewdrops' bops (monotony), Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink

had a briefly v confusing conversation with a dude abt this guy thinking he was talking about roc marciano

r|t|c, Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:12 (four years ago) Permalink

New song sounds great.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:58 (four years ago) Permalink

I got a few more spins on this but did not pull the trigger on the iTunes preorder yet because, well, can anyone point me to a more humane way of preordering something?

Anyway, this is Mac Demarco's "I Am the Walrus" or something—so I predict good things.

fields of salmon, Friday, 24 January 2014 22:39 (four years ago) Permalink

so this guy's gig is basically "the uninteresting ariel pink"?

avant gardener (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 31 January 2014 16:00 (four years ago) Permalink

loveable dirtbag, imo

mizzell, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:13 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost -- That's not so much setting the bar low to start with as burying it in the ground.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

can't see the resemblance, but i like them both.

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 17:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Ariel Pink is the Frank Zappa of Mac Demarco impersonators.

fields of salmon, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:00 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah the music is kinda lo-fi and warped sounding like AP but thats where the similarity ends. i love his breezy laid back toonage a lot. maybe hes the dirtbag jonathon richman.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 31 January 2014 21:07 (four years ago) Permalink

he is somewhat of a one trick pony, but i still like it. who knows how long will it last

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:12 (four years ago) Permalink

i wouldn't bother seeing him live again, but the new stuff still sounds good

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 21:27 (four years ago) Permalink

the song that goes "mamas in the kitchen cookin up somethin good" is great

flopson, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:37 (four years ago) Permalink

it is, though nothing beats viceroy for me yet

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 22:06 (four years ago) Permalink

his best song imo:

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 22:17 (four years ago) Permalink

great songwriting and underrated guitarist

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink

homeshake, his guitarists band, are pretty great imo

flopson, Saturday, 1 February 2014 21:40 (four years ago) Permalink

flopson, Monday, 3 February 2014 06:16 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

new album is kinda underwhelming, missing those tasty licks

tonga, Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:52 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah,sounds like the previous record only with weaker, lazy melodies.
it is still good enough though.

nostormo, Monday, 3 March 2014 15:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Changed my mind:I like it.

No opinions about the new album?

nostormo, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:44 (four years ago) Permalink

The best songs are where indulges in keyboards and synths specifically Chamber of Reflection, Passing out Pieces and Johnny's Odyssey.
Hoping these songs are a reflection of where he is headed next.

scubasteve, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 13:04 (four years ago) Permalink

first listen and i have to agree that its like the previous one but not as good. maybe it needs a few more spins.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 14 March 2014 20:05 (four years ago) Permalink

So how come no one talks about how AWESOME the Makeout Videotape record is?

nostormo, Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink

s/o to mac for hipping me to this donald fagen penned song at the end:

I got da Midas touch as you fucking were LG x (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 May 2017 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

it makes a lot of sense that he loves the solo Lennon stuff--I'd imagine that stuff like Isolation, or Jealous Guy, or the acoustic version of Watching the Wheels are major influences on his writing

passionate plant-based athlete (voodoo chili), Friday, 5 May 2017 20:59 (one year ago) Permalink

This dude is very chill

dance cum rituals (Moka), Friday, 5 May 2017 21:25 (one year ago) Permalink


flappy bird, Friday, 5 May 2017 21:29 (one year ago) Permalink

smth about his phrasings on tracks like "This Old Dog" reminiscent of Albarn on Think Tank - so I'd recommend this to anyone into that record!

niels, Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:36 (one year ago) Permalink

aaah, you're correct (not an albarn fan partic)

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:14 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

not sure if he is really worth a deep dive but on a superficial level i find his music really pleasant, great guitar sound, reminds me a lot of 70s lennon but definitely lighter. idk i also dug kurt vile for about 15 minutes before i got bored and slightly annoyed by him so we'll see but im enjoying this now

marcos, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:58 (one year ago) Permalink

if you like the new one, you'll probably like Another One, too. My favorite release of his, the first time he mastered the studio. One of the best sounding records I've heard in years.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink


i n f i n i t y (∞), Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:17 (one year ago) Permalink

not sure what's worse that article or a drunk dude filming his drunk friend masturbating

marcos, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 18:26 (one year ago) Permalink

equally harmless

niels, Saturday, 3 June 2017 10:33 (one year ago) Permalink

This past July marked the one year anniversary of the night that is forever embossed onto my mind’s eye. It has taken me until this moment to come to terms with the reality of what happened. At first, I was in awe that I spent almost an entire day with a fellow gap-toothed artist and his seemingly rad friends; prior to this I had only volunteered at venues and other festivals, never spending more than a few minutes with “the talent”. I thought that night was one of the best nights of my life, then I found a pinch of sanity. I occasionally think about the kids I met then – I wonder how they processed the events, if they think back to it as much as I do.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 16:43 (one year ago) Permalink

seems kinda awkward and vulernable here (not sure why.. net work television i guess)

love them high notes

hackshaw, Sunday, 18 June 2017 23:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I was really surprised that that was his network tv debut, figured he'd already done everybody's show twice by now.

flappy bird, Monday, 19 June 2017 03:19 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Wow, "On The Level" is a really ploddingly boring song isn't it.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:49 (one year ago) Permalink

no it's good, the whole album is good

niels, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:55 (one year ago) Permalink


i keep coming back to the final track, "Watching Him Fade Away." far and away the most moving song he's ever written, just devastating... it makes total sense that his favorite record of all time is John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band... I love this performance of the song, especially when he hits himself in the head with the mic at 1:55... that's fucking real, not this beach ball chill dude stoner formless baseball cap shit that he's spawned/known for... I just got the new issue of Tape Op in the mail and there's a big interview with him about his recording process, can't wait to read when I get home.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:12 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah it's an honest record, and he makes the prosaic thing work very well, the songs are quite relatable

niels, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

diminishing returns for me. the last couple albums are a bit plodding to my ears. i like a few of the tracks on the new one a bunch ((my old man, this old dog) and like him over acoustic guitar , but i haven't gone back to listen to it since the first week it came on spotify.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:20 (one year ago) Permalink

I dunno if I can see what my most played albums of the year are but I'm guessing it's this one and the new Tinariwen

niels, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:16 (one year ago) Permalink

i wish i liked it more, i am a mac demarco booster for sure

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Salad Days is what hooked me so I'm trying to get into the early stuff proper

niels, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

is there a thread for "artists who you would never see live but love their records"? was thinking of starting one with Mac in mind. i've only seen him twice, once at a warehouse show in 2012 with like 30 people, and then a year and a half later at the 9:30 Club. sold out show, insufferable crowd, & Mac hamming it up. I didn't like Salad Days, but that show was so disappointing... it was all about the party at the expense of the music. also, a lot of his songs don't translate well live because of his recording techniques. "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" sounds so cool and creepy on that EP because he worked so much with tape speed. played in standard tuning, it was a pretty boring song. the best part about Another One was the way it sounded. This Old Dog has stronger songs that don't rely as much on production, so if he played here I'd see him again... but I ain't goin to DC again...

xp Rock 'n' Roll Nightclub is pretty good, like I said "Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans" is a gem.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

i saw him once, it was an ok show. the band arrangements of some songs are a bit too straight ahead sometimes, i.e. freaking out the neighborhood is a lot "funkier" on record

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah otm, the arrangements are very straight. the appeal of all of his records prior to This Old Dog was the way they sounded imo.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

he does different shit with his vocals live, which i love. on record it's kinda in that lou reed mode... and then when he gets on stage it goes to some different places.

i like this better than the album version

hackshaw, Wednesday, 19 July 2017 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

sounds v good, interesting that it's slowed for copyright reasons

also interesting that there are plenty of fans interested in a live version of this song, kinda speaks to how he's somewhat positioned in rock history, personally I imagine that even though the recording techniques/studio gimmickry are interesting what'll eventually be his 'legacy' is that he wrote excellent songs

niels, Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

here's that tapeop interview, been waiting for something like this about Mac's recording techniques for years:

flappy bird, Friday, 21 July 2017 17:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

his work ethic is nuts, jesus.

hackshaw, Friday, 21 July 2017 21:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

also i love 2 (consider it one of my top five.. maybe ten favorite albums of this decade) and loved this antidote. just imagining the dude working those songs out alone while doing medical experiments and whatever other horse shit for petty tape reel cash is great.

"Sounds like a ton of work. Were your buddies doing this? Would you work for a day, and then go hang out with your buds and talk shop?

No, I closed myself off. The only person that really came in to see me was this guy living across the courtyard from my place. When I was mixing, he'd ask, "Can I come check it out? I'm a musician too." Other than that, Pierce came in and I almost had him sing backup vocals on "My Kind of Woman," but it didn't work out. I stayed at home for a month and figured it out. Now I can think, "Ooh, I want this sound." I'll go on, and it'll be here tomorrow morning. But, back then, it was like, "Fuck, this is all I have." I had no money. Even buying reel tape was like, "Fuck, twenty-five bucks!" Luckily there was a place across the street that had a whack load of weird shit."

hackshaw, Friday, 21 July 2017 22:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

nice interview!

niels, Saturday, 22 July 2017 08:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

hackshaw, Sunday, 13 August 2017 02:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

*listens to mac demarco once*

ciderpress, Sunday, 13 August 2017 05:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He needs to change his style for the next record otherwise he will be might be forgotten quite fast

nostormo, Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i don't know about "forgotten" (he's made a bit of a mark here) but the enthusiasm will definitely decrease, i think.

hackshaw, Sunday, 13 August 2017 19:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm curious to see if his fans grow up with him & if he continues to gain new young fans. I think he could stay at the level he's at rn sorta like Animal Collective: his new records might get as much praise or attention, but he'll be fine if he can keep a devoted fanbase while continuing to bring in younger fans into the fold.

flappy bird, Monday, 14 August 2017 17:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah... i was gonna say the strokes but then i remembered mac is a product of this era of music making and will never actually be "MAJOR LABEL MONEY" rich or whatever. he basically has a good set-up to do whatever the fuck he wants (maybe something amazing?) because he knows that none of this stuff isn't really that important. he's just doing his thing.

hackshaw, Monday, 14 August 2017 21:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

might not* i meant to say

flappy bird, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

because he knows that none of this stuff isn't really that important. he's just doing his thing.

i don't know about that, i think he's just free of the intense pressure & money involved in a major label/pop situation. selling out 1,000+ cap clubs & theaters and plateauing there is a pretty sweet position to be in imo. and yeah he has the freedom to potentially make something amazing, new, and unexpected.

flappy bird, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

he is free of it, and it's weird how he's like the only "indie rock star" currently (maybe car seat headrest a little now?) but still... he has a cool lane to continue progressing as an artist.

hackshaw, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

car seat headrest is a flash in the pan, dude is way too po-faced and impersonal to become a star like MD. he's essentially Father John Misty, but worse music and no sense of humor.

flappy bird, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i'd put him above father john. teens of denial is pretty damn good in places. but yeah i definitely am not as excited by it as i am (and were) by mac's stuff

hackshaw, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i don't care for either of them, but in terms of establishing a devoted fanbase that will follow you thru time, you've gotta get their hearts. MD admitted as much in a recent interview, it was sometime this year, that he did "a lot of internet stuff" at the start of his career. im sure he meets and talks to a lot of fans at his shows. he put his address at the end of a record and invited them over for coffee! it's a personal connection & also an audience that skews younger than CSH & FJM - that's important. the kid that fell in love with your record as a teenager will probably be at least peripherally aware of you the rest of their life.

flappy bird, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

definitely. but also car seat has a bunch of twitter fanatics into his music similar to mac. father john misty is of a different generation/time of indie music and combats that with cynicism and being a freaky hippie guy or whatever.

hackshaw, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i could compare mac to paul westerberg omg

hackshaw, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Struggling to think of a more jarring image than this

— Nicky Smith (@MUGGER1992) October 23, 2017

flappy bird, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

lmao wearing a cross colors coat on charlie rose

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 October 2017 21:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

mindlessly clicked my updated bookmarked threads and thought that was michael moore tbh

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

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