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Formerly a side project, now definitely a band in their own right. This is a thread for them. RIYL Frippertronics, Terry Riley, Alice Coltane, cosmic yoga music.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:35 (five years ago) Permalink

you can listen to them here https://soundcloud.com/bitchin-bajas
not too long ago they had 47 followers on soundcloud, and now there are 144

here they are being bouncier than usual https://soundcloud.com/permanentrecords/bitchin-bajas-krausened-promo

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:38 (five years ago) Permalink

here they are last year live in paris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm1QgXdZrVk

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:39 (five years ago) Permalink

i remember when this had under 50 views on youtube, now it has...1,944!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skNz1u9DUhI

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:42 (five years ago) Permalink

also this is from their new album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_ciyUDlY0Q

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 13:44 (five years ago) Permalink

bugger.
lp and cass only :(
stop with the elitist gumph, and press a few cds ...
would definitely buy.

mark e, Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

i think they usually do downloads at the drag city site? it appears to be not on the site yet (since i guess technically the album is not for sale yet) but i wonder if they'll add that option once the release date comes and goes. unless you really wanted the CD, and in that case you appear to be out of luck.

i find it irritating that DC doesn't offer dl codes with vinyl purchase, but so be it

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Damn, was hoping the was an I Love Style thread.

how's life, Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I really enjoyed their show last night. They don't hide their influences at all, but why should they?

WmC, Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

picked up a split 45 they did with moon duo a couple years back. dug their track but let them slip in favor of whatever else. "bouncier" track up above is treating my saturday morning quite nicely.

yeah, DC's no free downloads policy sucks

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

omg i wrote alice COLTANE

you know what i meant

Wmc what was the rest of the show like? From listening to the record this morning they played side B in the second set. Was there more guitar?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

The new record is fantastic. There is a multi cassette release in the works. The "no cd's" thing isn't elitism, they just prefer analog.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm not annoyed by what i perceive as elitism, i'm annoyed by not getting a download w the LP

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:18 (five years ago) Permalink

seems like industry standard at this point

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:18 (five years ago) Permalink

we're complaining about two separate issues (not making CDs, not offering download codes -- the latter is DC policy afaict, the former up to the band?)
either way, i'm looking forward to more people enjoying this band

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

There was a bit more guitar iirc, plus they brought in some percussion loops for the last piece. Pared down to 3 players for the 2nd half.

WmC, Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

oh ok, so it was more like the regular show
good to know!
i'm glad you enjoyed it!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked that they did that song named after Water Wrackets, which is one of my favorite Peter Greenaway things. They have good taste obv!

Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 13 July 2013 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

haha I listened to that one on spotify, my mind wandered and I genuinely forgot that I wasn't actually listening to a terry riley album!

I dig this

^do not heed if you rate me (wins), Saturday, 13 July 2013 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I was stood in a record store earlier today holding a copy of Vibraquatic in my hands. I put it back in the rack though so I guess I flunked the test?

kaptn barfhard (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2013 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck yeah bitchin bajas!

Z S, Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Why didn't you buy it? That was the wrong choice.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

They did a whole soundtrack for Water Wrackets!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:51 (five years ago) Permalink

cos i already had an armful of awesome records! also the cover art was a bit iffy. xp

kaptn barfhard (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Guess I can't argue with that. It's good though.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I bet it is! I actually got Water Wrackets off emusic and that was very good.

kaptn barfhard (NickB), Saturday, 13 July 2013 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Pared down to 3 players for the 2nd half.

3rd dude played sax mainly or exclusively iirc. was good to see how different the main set was from what they're presumably normally like!

eau de feet (sic), Saturday, 13 July 2013 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

looking fwd to this. krausened is fantastic

electricsound, Saturday, 13 July 2013 23:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Frippertronics / Alice etc is totes my wheelhouse but can't, won't, on principle, listen to a band that can't come up with a better name for themselves than Bitchin Bajas. Sorry. What if I choke to death on a cookie and this is the last thing they find on my turntable? "Looks like he checked out to...'Bitchin' Bajas.'"

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, 13 July 2013 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I know, but you should still give it a try. It has been a few years and I've come around. I prescribe time and patience.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:13 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's remarkably terrible. plus when they appeared, i was boycotting all beach-related band names & chill 80s ephemera in general. but the lecher's right. they're like harrison bergeron.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't call me that! Geez.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I know from having an unfortunate moniker, obvs. A lifelong burden!

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:39 (five years ago) Permalink

all apologies. meant only in respectful jest.

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Sunday, 14 July 2013 00:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Tell that to the Nestlรฉ corporation, buddy :)

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Sunday, 14 July 2013 01:01 (five years ago) Permalink

:)))

twerking for obvious reasons (contenderizer), Sunday, 14 July 2013 01:24 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Frippertronics / Alice etc is totes my wheelhouse but can't, won't, on principle, listen to a band that can't come up with a better name for themselves than Bitchin Bajas. Sorry. What if I choke to death on a cookie and this is the last thing they find on my turntable? "Looks like he checked out to...'Bitchin' Bajas.'"

โ€• Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:54 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think they are very deliberately trolling with their band name (and album titles). certainly evokes four non blondes or a jimmy buffett cover band much more than any of their musical reference points.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 24 August 2013 05:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Saw them today, & despite them arriving late and only getting to play for ~20 minutes, it ruled. Nice mix of guitar, mostly sax (a little flute), and keyboard/oscillator (?) running beneath it all, along with some pre-recorded percussion tracks. great guitar sounds...wished the set had gone on for 60. took some video i'll put up at some point.

love the new record, too.

dronestreet, Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:05 (four years ago) Permalink

so sad that some people won't listen to them because of the name! lol

awesome band, good people, great music

Z S, Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Maybe someday they will accept live percussion :)

no fomo (La Lechera), Sunday, 25 August 2013 02:16 (four years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzWX9V894so

dronestreet, Monday, 26 August 2013 17:30 (four years ago) Permalink

ha, love the grass cam!

no fomo (La Lechera), Monday, 26 August 2013 17:32 (four years ago) Permalink

I couldn't help but just chill in the shade on a grassy patch. Wasn't anyone around when they started, but a good 30 or 40 accumulated behind me by the end of the jam.

dronestreet, Monday, 26 August 2013 17:34 (four years ago) Permalink

nice!

no fomo (La Lechera), Monday, 26 August 2013 17:50 (four years ago) Permalink

personally i love the band name

the late great, Monday, 26 August 2013 18:04 (four years ago) Permalink

i hope they call their first album with a drummer "hit with the rhythm stick"

no fomo (La Lechera), Monday, 26 August 2013 18:07 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

love this drone + sax noise https://soundcloud.com/bitchin-bajas/rip-this-joint-stones-cover

Mayor Manuel (La Lechera), Monday, 14 April 2014 17:24 (four years ago) Permalink

it's kind of a mess but i like it anyway

Mayor Manuel (La Lechera), Monday, 14 April 2014 17:25 (four years ago) Permalink

SMOKIN'

Carl F.A.Y.B.A.N. (lpz), Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:59 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Last night I saw them perform Terry Riley's In C with 20+ extra musicians, many of whom i have never seen before (and some I have) -- i'm really curious who coordinated this performance? getting 25 (26? some people were out of my view) people in the same place once is a challenge, but ostensibly they had to practice at least once? Also, I know the score is fluid and can be adapted -- who was in charge of that? I could have stayed after to ask, I guess but I don't like to bombard people with questions after they spent roughly an hour playing music in a room that was getting increasingly hotter as the hour went on.

Overall it was great!

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Monday, 11 August 2014 13:44 (four years ago) Permalink

(it's dope)

just sayin, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 06:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yessssssssssssssss. I listened to this 3x consecutively already. Wonder if this is coming out independently and not on DC?

Krausened has been my go-to BBs lately, and I'm getting similar vibes from this piece.

dronestreet, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Nope, this is coming out on DC. Super excited!

๐Ÿ”ฑ Holger Jowday ^๐ŸŒ‘^ (Dancing on the Pylons), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://www.sweetfreestuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/baja.jpg

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

yessssssssssssssssssss!

that reminds me, i recently saw a cooper crain solo performance which was really good. it was kinda like the bajas but with some samples. even had a mic set up outside and had the ambient sound thru a delay mixed so low it was barely audible. it sounds kinda trite but it had a really incredible psychedelic effect. i look forward to seeing if that ends up on an album eventually

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

this live tape is worth your time: http://sweetblahg.tumblr.com/post/153272236888/bitchin-information-society-the-hideout-2016

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

That's a good reminder that I still need to hear that live tape on Bathetic. Did anyone get that? $50 on discogs for a tape is...even for this collector, well beyond the pale: https://www.discogs.com/Bitchin-Bajas-Live-At-The-Hideout/release/5493817

dronestreet, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

my friend is close with those guys and when i told him i was looking for those tapes he was like "haha i think i have that in my car"

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

braggin bajas

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

new album + tour
bajas fresh! http://www.dragcity.com/products/bajas-fresh

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 17 November 2017 15:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

new one is so good!

interesting interview here โ€”ย didn't realize O'Rourke was involved: http://www.brownnoiseunit.com/interviews/interview-cooper-crain-bitchin-bajas/

Also good to hear that there's a new Cave album on the way ... later this year?

tylerw, Friday, 17 November 2017 15:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

that's awesome news!

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah...this is really, really good. "angels & demons at play" really floored me on first listen. and "2303" is the winter blanket of sound i needed.

dronestreet, Saturday, 18 November 2017 02:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

Is the former actually a sun ra cover?

ฮŸแฝ–ฯ„ฮนฯ‚, Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

And Batoh too! Damn

ฮŸแฝ–ฯ„ฮนฯ‚, Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp yes!

tylerw, Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is wonderful

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

dronestreet parts of '2023' (later sections with the horns) remind me of stuart dempster, check it out if you haven't

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

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

i don't think i've ever heard any of his music; thanks for the rec!

dronestreet, Saturday, 18 November 2017 03:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

finally seeing these folks tonight, pumped for it!

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Radical -- I think they're super great live. Oh ...and the new record is their best, I think.

Also...last time they let me sit right in the middle of the amps because it was at a museum, and sound wasn't carrying too much. A++, highly recommended venue tactic.

dronestreet, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:00 (six months ago) Permalink

i would agree about this most recent rec being their best! i also think they'd come across better in a gallery type setting versus the rock venue i'll be seeing them in tonight, but hopefully there won't be a ton of chatty drunken ppl

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:45 (six months ago) Permalink

crowds are unusually standoffish at worst at their chicago shows, never rowdy
hometown shows are likely to bring out the usual cast of characters too so they aren't going to be disrespectful
i have never seen them outside of chicago -- maybe it's different elsewhere!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:49 (six months ago) Permalink

you can usually hear a pin drop at their chicago shows

scoff walker (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:01 (six months ago) Permalink

sounds perfect

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:21 (six months ago) Permalink

I helped organize a show they played in Atlanta & the audience was really great. It was at a weird arty people venue not a rock venue though.

vicious almond beliefs (crรผt), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:44 (six months ago) Permalink

i'll periscope the whole gig and you all can chime in with hearts if its arty, and a frowny face if its more of a rocker crowd

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:57 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Majority of their stuff got added to Spotify (UK) this week!

I am using your worlds, Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:50 (four months ago) Permalink

New album is so good, want "Jammu" to play on a loop all day

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 8 April 2018 19:10 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Saw them for the first time last night -- a really good show, just them and all their gear (and a flute and sax), doing a short but perfect set of exploratory pieces that hit a perfect balance between compact and understated improvisation.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:03 (two months ago) Permalink

amazing band...up there with the brilliant Dick Diver in the "this band name ain't doing you any favors" hall of fame

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 June 2018 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

watch this space in the next week or so...

https://southernjukeboxmusic.com/

global tetrahedron, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

last record just keeps getting better

tylerw, Friday, 8 June 2018 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

agreed^^

whatever happened w/ this:

Also good to hear that there's a new Cave album on the way ... later this year?

alpine static, Friday, 8 June 2018 19:48 (two months ago) Permalink

the last BB album was so good it made all the previous ones kinda moot for me, in a way. Like, it felt like such a huge step forward that the others all retrospectively sound like rehearsals for Bajas Fresh. I still really love the 2xLP s/t though

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:20 (two months ago) Permalink

https://southernjukeboxmusic.com/home/bitchin-bajas

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global tetrahedron, Monday, 18 June 2018 14:30 (one month ago) Permalink

awwww yeah, excited to check that one out.

tylerw, Monday, 18 June 2018 14:49 (one month ago) Permalink

they were selling some split single at the show the other night but i didn't pick it up. can't find any mention of it online either

diamonddave85โ€‹โ€‹ (diamonddave85), Monday, 18 June 2018 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

calling all CD fans!
http://www.dragcity.com/products/rebajas

mizzell, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:49 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I do rather love that this is happening.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:51 (four weeks ago) Permalink

CDs are so unpopular that bitchin bajas are embracing them

tylerw, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:14 (four weeks ago) Permalink

sweet

diamonddave85โ€‹โ€‹ (diamonddave85), Monday, 16 July 2018 18:24 (four weeks ago) Permalink

yeeeesss!

signed,

a cd fan

a passing spacecadet, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Cds forever <3

Ross, Monday, 16 July 2018 18:46 (four weeks ago) Permalink

CDs are so unpopular that bitchin bajas are embracing them

โ€• tylerw, Monday, July 16, 2018 1:14 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark

lol yes

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 16 July 2018 20:44 (four weeks ago) Permalink

kidding aside, i feel like CDs are the best medium for the BBs, like ECM records or the necks ...

tylerw, Monday, 16 July 2018 20:52 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I read an article about this very thing recently (stuff that's better on CD), and it even mentioned the Necks as an example iirc (not sure I agree though. Unfold was as good as any Necks album). On The Guardian maybe? Forgot to bookmark.

Even though I feel like BB peaked with the most recent album, I will definitely be buying this set because I'm less familiar with the earliest stuff and also it's really inexpensive

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i'm just tired of flipping records every 15 minutes

diamonddave85โ€‹โ€‹ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 01:05 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Especially when you've spent those 15 minutes melting into the couch...

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink


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