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Any takers?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEwM6ERq0gc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dtIjyG9gTg

piscesx, Saturday, 24 November 2012 12:05 (four years ago) Permalink

I love this band.

owenf, Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Just about my favourite live band of the year. Be interested to see if they've got a good whole album in there. One thing that makes me think they do is that they were signed by Jim Chancellor.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Saturday, 24 November 2012 13:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Lindstrom remix is great imo http://soundcloud.com/feedelity/haim-forever-lindstr-m-prins

piscesx, Saturday, 24 November 2012 14:20 (four years ago) Permalink

live on lauren laverne (who pronounces their name wrong) -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011jm4m

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 November 2012 14:48 (four years ago) Permalink

in this mutant-80s-RnB world we now live in, i like that haim seem to be mining the rockier side of that, the strutting, jagger/michael jackson side. so far it seems to MOSTLY be a kind of stored-up potential (i can imagine live shows being more... kinetic?) but by my lights it's a good sign that they're starting simple

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 November 2012 14:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Really like them. This is kind of amazing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gtP0dQV0Rlg

Roz, Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

This their best song, I think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K936dIhm05Q

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:53 (four years ago) Permalink

The songs are actually pretty enjoyable but they feel so derivative without really bringing very much personality to the table that I can't imagine ever really loving them. The L&PT remix is terrific though.

Matt DC, Monday, 26 November 2012 11:20 (four years ago) Permalink

brilliant remix material almost seems like their destiny? :/

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 26 November 2012 11:31 (four years ago) Permalink

There's a definite feel of 2006-era Bigstereo band to them.

Matt DC, Monday, 26 November 2012 11:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Don't Save Me video just popped up today...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiqIush2nTA

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 November 2012 15:18 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm liking them pretty well. They're like Warpaint's younger cousins who still get out during the daytime. I do get the complaint about not "bringing very much personality to the table"; the lead singer is a too restrained too much of the time. She sorta reminds me of Bob Weir in that way, if that makes sense.

how's life, Monday, 26 November 2012 15:26 (four years ago) Permalink

I watched the little mini-doc on them yesterday: http://youtu.be/ZE_Kgk7w4f8

Like most sibling acts, it seems like one or more parents are living vicariously through their experiences. Not that their dad is taskmaster or a glommer—he actually seems really nice—but HAIM the band probably wouldn't exist if left up to chance.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 November 2012 15:31 (four years ago) Permalink

There's a definite feel of 2006-era Bigstereo band to them.

― Matt DC, Monday, November 26, 2012 6:36 AM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

What are some Bigstereo bands from 2006 that you are thinking of? I found that blog and the few things I checked out either sounded way dancier than this or more like Franz Ferdinand or the Interpol or whatever.

how's life, Monday, 26 November 2012 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Haim have been really mis-sold by the whole Fleetwood-Mac-play-R&B thing. There's nothing R&B about them live. And not a lot that's Fleetwood Mac either. They're a good American pop-rock band. One thing that seemed odd to me is that both times I saw them the set was no more than seven songs, including covers, and the best of them had been knocking around for a while. Which made me winder if there was definitely a while good album in them.

Manfred Mann meets Man Parrish (ithappens), Monday, 26 November 2012 18:20 (four years ago) Permalink

this will surprise nobody who's ever taken even the most cursory of glances at the Lindstrom thread but I completely love the L&PT remix. probably listened to it twenty times over the long weekend.

a duiving caTCH, a stuolllen bayeeeess (jamescobo), Monday, 26 November 2012 18:54 (four years ago) Permalink

The first single sounds very Phoenix to me - something about the vocal mannerisms.

Deafening silence (DL), Monday, 26 November 2012 19:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Something about them still sounds a little too "we live in a nice suburb and our parents helped us put up the money for a good producer." Talented though. Maybe in a couple of years.

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Monday, 26 November 2012 20:38 (four years ago) Permalink

Is it really any wonder, I reject you first
Haim, Haim, Haim, Haim

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Monday, 26 November 2012 20:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Even though I find them slightly annoying, it's pretty hard not to like "Don't Save Me"

UnderControl, Monday, 26 November 2012 23:21 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

winners

http://www.bbc.co.uk/soundof2013

someone has already tweeted "i thought they were the sound of 1984!" haw haw

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 January 2013 08:39 (four years ago) Permalink

I like this Cyril Hahn remix of "Don't Save Me".. It comes across a bit Benoit and Sergio

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 January 2013 11:15 (four years ago) Permalink

woah! hold your horses! going out on a limb there beeb

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 4 January 2013 12:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I thought restating what everyone in the industry already thought was the point of this list?

Don't Save Me is great, not so sure about the rest yet.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 January 2013 12:35 (four years ago) Permalink

"don't save me" is better than anything on that chairlift album - which i liked a lot

the big, clacking, off-kilter drums are incredible

monotony, Friday, 4 January 2013 12:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Even though I find them slightly annoying, it's pretty hard not to like "Don't Save Me"

― UnderControl, Monday, November 26, 2012 6:21 PM

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 January 2013 13:14 (four years ago) Permalink

yep

the definite listicle (seandalai), Friday, 4 January 2013 13:21 (four years ago) Permalink

is that the current single? accidentally heard haim on the radio the other week and thought it was something dredged up from the actual 80s

lex pretend, Friday, 4 January 2013 13:27 (four years ago) Permalink

on that tip, here's some actual west-coast girl-group pop-rock dredged up from the 80s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOKP3n6l0r4

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:20 (four years ago) Permalink

and here's haim's new single -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01374g9

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:24 (four years ago) Permalink

just listened to "Don't Save Me" for the first time and I really, really, REALLY love the lead singer's voice

the song itself is a little on the whatever side

Angel Haze is my hero (DJP), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:35 (four years ago) Permalink

she ENUNCIATES very well

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:38 (four years ago) Permalink

for reasons I can't quite explain they remind me a bit of Lone Justice.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:45 (four years ago) Permalink

my first reaction while listening was "I wonder if I'd be able to deal with Lana Del Rey's songs if Danielle Haim was singing them instead" and then I remembered that I've hated every iteration of "Video Games" that I've heard

Angel Haze is my hero (DJP), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:46 (four years ago) Permalink

xp Going out on a limb is pretty much the polar opposite of what the BBC poll is about.

I love what I've heard so far - Forever was one of my singles of the year - and I hope they don't botch the album because ones-to-watch culture has become so overheated in recent years that it practically guarantees backlashes.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:47 (four years ago) Permalink

I think Haim are probably better at nailing a certain bittersweet rushiness that you get in that kind of 80s teen movie pop than a lot of acts who are striving for that sound. I listened to the Chairlift album a bit last year and couldn't connect with it at all.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 January 2013 14:51 (four years ago) Permalink

unsurprisingly they sound great when they harmonize together (there's a whole interesting sideline thing about genetics and how people who are related tend to have naturally-matching vibratos that ties into why so many family-based singing groups sound awesome together)

Angel Haze is my hero (DJP), Friday, 4 January 2013 14:57 (four years ago) Permalink

posted this already at the start but its a cracker so..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onsJ1MFpKxQ

piscesx, Friday, 4 January 2013 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I feel a bit sorry for Chairlift. I Belong In Your Arms is one of those great recent pop songs, like Zero/Heads Will Roll, which feels like it should have been Top 10 but didn't get anywhere near the charts because radio wasn't interested. I think Haim are going to benefit from a more open-minded mood at Radio 1. Strictly UK perspective of course - I don't understand how US radio works.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 4 January 2013 15:56 (four years ago) Permalink

that's okay, neither do we

Angel Haze is my hero (DJP), Friday, 4 January 2013 15:57 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't understand how US radio works.

It doesn't.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 4 January 2013 15:57 (four years ago) Permalink

I can't let go of this absurd, meritocratic, utopian ideal - which never existed - of radio programmers hearing a really good catchy song and playlisting it without worrying about where it fits in. It's the poptimist Brigadoon.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 4 January 2013 16:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Has anyone won/appeared high up on the Sound Of... poll and NOT found themselves immediately playlisted on Radio 1? That'd be like the BBC admitting they don't have faith in their own poll.

Pretty sure 'Zero' made the R1 playlist as well.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 January 2013 16:06 (four years ago) Permalink

recently i had to spend about 5-6 hours in one day listening to radio 1 and it was an entirely dreadful experience. in that entire time ONE song i enjoyed was played (kelly clarkson's "stronger", i nearly wept with gratitude) but even the shit songs were a relief because it meant the intolerable presenters shut the fuck up briefly

lex pretend, Friday, 4 January 2013 16:10 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/playlist/

^^^ I mean this basically looks like a mashup of things that have been on the 6music playlist for ages, things that have been on the 1xtra playlist for ages and yr obvious massive pop acts that go straight on there anyway. I'm not really seeing anything different to how it's been for years.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 January 2013 16:10 (four years ago) Permalink

good fucking god, that playlist

lex pretend, Friday, 4 January 2013 16:12 (four years ago) Permalink

None of the Top 5 are currently on the playlist - only Peace and Tom Odell from the longlist. Although Everything Everything, alt-J and Foals are all on the A-list, which surprised me. I don't have an archive of old playlists to compare but I'm sure it's opened up recently.

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 4 January 2013 16:13 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm not really viewing the presence of those three bands as opening up, they're all reasonably well established acts at this point and you'd have seen, I dunno, Friendly Fires or Noah & The Whale or whoever on the R1 list in the recent past. It looks like box-ticking rather than open-mindedness really.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 January 2013 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I like that slightly better than the other two. I am liking the trademark run-together vocal parts more on this one. I like the way the guitar solo at the end reminds me of a bad Ukigumo guitar solo (although obviously I have no illusions that's what they had in mind). Still not as good as the best songs (or maybe any songs) from the debut.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:21 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

jury's out on the rest for the moment but "found it in silence" is fucking amazing

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 July 2017 16:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ooh..

piscesx, Thursday, 6 July 2017 17:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

average 3/5 review in that well known music paper, 'the metro', this morning.

mark e, Thursday, 6 July 2017 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've listened to this twice and I have to say I'm a little heartbroken about how average this is. The production and arrangements seem so fussy when everything on Days Are Gone sounded so effortless and essential. Worse than that, the songs leave no impression at all. I really struggled getting through it the second time.

kitchen person, Thursday, 6 July 2017 18:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i feel like that's gonna be everyone's general impression but i'm on listen two and i like it a lot, but i like fussiness, it's very dense and overdone with detail even though the songs themselves are almost weightless. i didn't care for any of the pre-release songs so i'm pretty surprised tbh

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 July 2017 18:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i also kinda think days are gone falls off a cliff after track six also and this record much more evenly distributed

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 July 2017 18:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think it's safe to say that it's not going to win the end of year albums list on here.

kitchen person, Thursday, 6 July 2017 18:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they'll probably do ok without us

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 July 2017 18:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I listened to DAG today and idk if it really falls off so much as it's just not that well-sequenced or sth - so many of the second half's tracks FEEL like album-closers that I did start to get a bit ready for it to be over even though they were all cool songs.

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 6 July 2017 23:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

otm -- three consecutive side closers

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 00:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'd count My Song 5 too but that might just be me.

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 July 2017 00:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Don't really get this group. Find them very MOR.

yesca, Friday, 7 July 2017 01:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This album is downright fizzy. I'm surprised how similar it is to the first one except everything has a futuristic sheen.

Moodles, Friday, 7 July 2017 04:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm finding these songs kinda amazing???? i'm such a sucker for midtempo wannabe soft rock hits

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 7 July 2017 04:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, i'm liking this waaaay more than DAYS ARE GONE

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 7 July 2017 05:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not there yet. "Little of Your Love" is so goddamn annoying I think it's tainting the rest of the songs for me.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 7 July 2017 05:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

none of the songs really do the thing that made the DAG singles so great, but this works much better as an album - it's more consistent and there's no weird missteps like My Song 5 and I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I might. I'm glad they've successfully branched out their sound a bit even though the production seems a little overworked sometimes

ufo, Friday, 7 July 2017 06:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yesca

what's wrong with MOR :)

Unchanging Window (Ross), Friday, 7 July 2017 06:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My Song 5 is one of the best tracks off the debut, everyone is wrong

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 7 July 2017 15:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The whole sad tuba thing is a weirdly misplaced bit of levity, otherwise I don't completely hate that track.

Moodles, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My Song 5 is one of the best tracks off the debut, everyone is wrong

― sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, July 7, 2017 11:57 AM (twelve minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

have always thought this

johnny crunch, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yup

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 7 July 2017 17:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm -- three consecutive side closers

― the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn),

this is not a bad thing

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 18:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

When I saw them a few years ago My Song 5 was the highlight of the show. It's so ridiculously heavy live.

cwkiii, Friday, 7 July 2017 18:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ufo otm except that i like "my song 5" and yes it rules live

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 7 July 2017 18:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i concur about 'found it in silence' but what are those chugging strings ripped off from? it's doing my head in.

piscesx, Friday, 7 July 2017 19:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

actually i think it's this

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

piscesx, Friday, 7 July 2017 19:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my first-listen impression is that there are impressive songs some of which are among their best ever but it does not flow quite so seamlessly as an album

dyl, Friday, 7 July 2017 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

is anything supposed to in the streaming age?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 19:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sure, what's the purpose otherwise of continuing to present groups of songs as albums?

timellison, Friday, 7 July 2017 19:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

To maximize the number of streams.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 19:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Reaffirm an artist's brand. That sort of thing.

This is description, not criticism or endorsement.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 19:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You could argue that it might matter less to how you are choosing to listen to the music but that's a different argument.

timellison, Friday, 7 July 2017 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, I don't disagree with that.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 19:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

even looking at this in a cynical purely-commercial sense it is artists like haim who are supposed to be continuing to affirm the importance of the album as a unit/medium of artistic expression rather than a platform to rack up a bunch of streams (which they're not likely to do anyway)

dyl, Friday, 7 July 2017 20:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is a weird tangent bc i think it flows way better than the last one

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 7 July 2017 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

well, albusm were a platform to flaunt singles-plus-filler for many years too and remained so, especially in the CD era.

Albums can have gestalt and structural integrity and all the rest of it, and they can also be singles plus filler. It doesn't matter to me at any rate.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Albums must be organized around a concept, preferably one about a dystopian future where rock is outlawed

President Keyes, Friday, 7 July 2017 20:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 7 July 2017 20:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Albums must be organized around a concept, preferably one about a dystopian future where rock is outlawed

― President Keyes, Friday, July 7, 2017

forward this to Laurie Anderson's lawyers

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 July 2017 20:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"found it in silence" sounds like trailer music for a swashbuckling sea adventure

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 7 July 2017 23:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yesca

what's wrong with MOR :)


It's boring as shit.

yesca, Saturday, 8 July 2017 03:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This album sounds great, whether delighting in the constant syncopation (both percussive and vocal) or luxuriating in the harmonies and arrangements. Unfortunately, that doesn't cover up the fact that there are no memorable songs, just a lot of call and response repetition of things that don't really deserve that much repetition. Very disappointing as 'Days are Gone' is probably my favorite album of the last 5 years. Maybe it's a grower.

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 8 July 2017 06:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the title track and "you never knew" are both wonderful

joshywinty (josh), Saturday, 8 July 2017 09:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So far, "little of your love" is a standout track for me, although Batmanglij production tricks are a little superfluous.

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 8 July 2017 09:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yesca
what's wrong with MOR :)

It's boring as shit.
― yesca, Saturday, 8 July 2017 03:30 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

what are you doing here

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Sunday, 9 July 2017 01:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

After about 4 listens, I'm really liking this. The first one was a grower, too! For me at least.

cwkiii, Sunday, 9 July 2017 03:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Really like the syncopated vocals on the title track but honestly this is a huge meh for me after days are gone. The strongest songs here would be the weakest ones in there.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Sunday, 9 July 2017 06:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah after a weak first few listens this is growing strongly. I feel like it doesn't hit the highs of Days Are Gone but it's more consistent (sorry to trot out that old saw)

bunny slopes, Sunday, 9 July 2017 07:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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