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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 (ten years ago) link

the guy is hilarious

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:46 (ten years ago) link

fennel cartwright, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:57 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

know nothing abt him but this songs great

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

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 (ten years ago) link


fennel cartwright, Sunday, 11 November 2012 15:22 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

this album rules imo

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

yeah i've really come around on this guy

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 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

classic record

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

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

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:16 (nine years ago) link

del griffith, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:16 (nine years ago) link

the lead guitar bit in the chorus of viceroy is classic

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

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 (nine years ago) link

That song reminds me of Women.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:22 (nine years ago) link

the band or the gender?

nostormo, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:23 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I cannot stop listening to this musical artist.

del griffith, Sunday, 9 June 2013 05:11 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

Salad Days: new album , new single:

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:13 (nine years ago) link

not sure about the keyboards but the tune is quite nice

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:18 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

what were the covers?

nostormo, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 22:25 (nine years ago) link

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

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

Ugh, sounds awful

fields of salmon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:15 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

New song sounds great.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:58 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

loveable dirtbag, imo

mizzell, Friday, 31 January 2014 16:13 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 17:57 (nine years ago) link

Ariel Pink is the Frank Zappa of Mac Demarco impersonators.

fields of salmon, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:00 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 21:27 (nine years ago) link

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

flopson, Friday, 31 January 2014 21:37 (nine years ago) link

it is, though nothing beats viceroy for me yet

föllakzoidberg (electricsound), Friday, 31 January 2014 22:06 (nine years ago) link

his best song imo:

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 22:17 (nine years ago) link

great songwriting and underrated guitarist

nostormo, Friday, 31 January 2014 22:18 (nine years ago) link

homeshake, his guitarists band, are pretty great imo

flopson, Saturday, 1 February 2014 21:40 (nine years ago) link

flopson, Monday, 3 February 2014 06:16 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

new album is kinda underwhelming, missing those tasty licks

tonga, Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:52 (eight years ago) link

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

nostormo, Monday, 3 March 2014 15:51 (eight years ago) link

Changed my mind:I like it.

No opinions about the new album?

nostormo, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:44 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

nostormo, Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:57 (eight years ago) link

might not* i meant to say

flappy bird, Monday, 14 August 2017 23:13 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

i could compare mac to paul westerberg omg

hackshaw, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:16 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

lmao wearing a cross colors coat on charlie rose

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 October 2017 21:17 (five years ago) link

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:20 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Old Dog Demos album is brilliantly enjoyable (if you like Mac)

niels, Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:21 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

I’ve no idea why he released this new record, this is the aural equivalent of not giving a fuck and it’s not nice, sir.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:32 (three years ago) link

only heard a couple singles so far but man did he sound like he was phoning it in

flappy bird, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:54 (three years ago) link

Yeah this is mostly terrible, I don’t get why even release it. Unless he was being pressured by the label to release something, I think he might be seriously depressed.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:14 (three years ago) link

Unless he was being pressured by the label to release something

Here Comes the Cowboy
Studio album by Mac DeMarco
Released May 10, 2019
Recorded 2019
Studio Los Angeles, California
Length 46:32
Label Mac's Record Label

mizzell, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:28 (three years ago) link

mac demarco has released something half-assed? say it isn't so

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:38 (three years ago) link

i question mac demarco's giddyup

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:30 (three years ago) link

Oh if you thought the previous records were half-assed you ain’t hear nothing yet

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 10 May 2019 23:22 (three years ago) link

Yeah, despite his image I never thought his records were half-assed. Particularly Another One and This Old Dog - those album sound great and the songwriting is really strong.

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 May 2019 05:21 (three years ago) link

This guy is the definition of overrated

nostormo, Saturday, 11 May 2019 05:46 (three years ago) link

dunno, i think mac's a good guitar player, and the songs on 2, salad days, another one and this old dog have stood up quite well. not heard new stuff

meaulnes, Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:27 (three years ago) link

I prefer his earlier stuff, think it's been diminishing returns since 2 which is prob my favourite thing he's done. Listening to the new one now, I'll give my thrilling opinion when I'm done

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:36 (three years ago) link

Part of his fame is obviously for extra musical reasons (he has charismatic star quality)

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:38 (three years ago) link

But that's hardly uncommon in popular music

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 12 May 2019 01:38 (three years ago) link

My verdict: seems much of a muchness to me. Obv the opening track and choose choo are throwaway but other than that I dont think it's some huge outlier. I do think it confirms I am not really into his newer stuff and can probably cease to pay much attention to him

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:21 (three years ago) link

He lost me after Salad Days. Minus the heavy sleaze I don't find him all that compelling.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:58 (three years ago) link

A lot of my dismissal of Mac isnt exactly his fault -- it's just that letting YouTube know that, once, you looked up "mac demarco live" means you forever get every innately possible bit of channelings straight into your recommended videos, forever. It's like the algorithm has a particular penchant for bands that encourage seeming fanaticism, and think they're doing the right thing in assuming you probably also fit the bill.

I loathe him just on basis of how much sheer content and editorial is given to him. Undeserving to an extreme. Seems like a fun guy to go camping with. Our American idol.

57mg/20floz, Sunday, 12 May 2019 11:59 (three years ago) link

He's Canadian

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 13 May 2019 01:41 (three years ago) link

well i'm not going camping in canada so

rip van wanko, Monday, 13 May 2019 01:54 (three years ago) link

Seems like a fun guy to go camping with.

So otm.

Sam Weller, Monday, 13 May 2019 07:30 (three years ago) link

he truly is A. S. M. R. Cale on this new one

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 13 May 2019 21:04 (three years ago) link

"nobody" is one of his best songs & one of my favorites of the year

the rest of the album doesn't really stick sadly even tho it's very well produced & nice to listen to. i don't think it's a question of being half assed...

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 14 May 2019 17:51 (three years ago) link

'nobody' is beautiful

flopson, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 18:16 (three years ago) link

I wish this troubled teen would just apply himself

del griffith, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 18:42 (three years ago) link


for real tho mac worked a lot of hard graft shitty jobs before he ended up playing music for a living.

meaulnes, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:35 (three years ago) link

Brando was a ditch digger

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:08 (three years ago) link

but he became The Duke in His Domain

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:09 (three years ago) link

and mac is chewing spaghetti in japan on this album

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:10 (three years ago) link

choo choo!

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 May 2019 04:37 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Came back to Here comes the cowboy the other day (was looking for slow songs with rock beats to teach primary school kids, forgive me world) and damn, I actually like this the most of all his stuff? Real soothing, sounds great, overall a fan of most of the songs. Bummed he started the album with that horrible track because its all pretty great from there. The dudes at his best when he is “normal”, not bouncing of the walls crazy imo

hrep (H.P), Monday, 6 June 2022 04:56 (eight months ago) link

my fav is probably This Old Dog but yeah, Cowboy has a lot of similar appeal

I think he was always good at writing little ideas, feel like he's an underrated songwriter (as in people often sell him as vibey which yes he's also)

"Nobody" is a highlight for me

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 12:52 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...

haha Five Easy Hot Dogs

he's a funny guy

enjoyable if slight instrumental album, miss the vocals

wonder if it will work well on some playlists, like instrumental hip hop study music

#423 in the world on Spotify, wonder if any other self-released indie artist is doing better (but then some of his biggest hits are released through indie label Captured Tracks)

corrs unplugged, Friday, 20 January 2023 10:12 (two weeks ago) link

Gualala 2 paid for Chrono Trigger ost rights I assume.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

It’s pretty much a cover of this one:

His version would probably make a great sample btw

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 20 January 2023 15:38 (two weeks ago) link

was not familiar with that great tune, cool!

corrs unplugged, Friday, 20 January 2023 18:20 (two weeks ago) link

Gualala 2 paid for Chrono Trigger ost rights I assume.

would not assume this given his history of uncredited interpolations like this - see "chamber of reflection"

ufo, Saturday, 21 January 2023 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

What? Chamber of reflection doesn’t give credit to Shigeo Shekito?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 January 2023 00:53 (two weeks ago) link

i mean maybe there's a behind the scenes deal there but it was never credited anywhere, in liner notes or publishing, though he has acknowledged it

ufo, Saturday, 21 January 2023 01:03 (two weeks ago) link

mac was SO big amongst my generation! bigger than any chart record shows.
this thread is a great record of what happened.
he seemed to get less interesting with each release and he didn't learn how to vary things and people really did stop caring.
I think i'd still like 2 if I listened to it now but there is now something very naff about mac.

houdinisaid, Saturday, 21 January 2023 13:01 (two weeks ago) link

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