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Civilian was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and they have a new album, Shriek, coming out so I thought I'd start this thread about them.

They just debuted a song from Shriek, "The Tower", on All Songs Considered. http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/01/28/265734799/new-mix-wye-oak-ratking-john-lurie-more

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

afraid to listen - I love them, but one thing I love about them is Jenn is a fucking awesome guitarist. I love to hear her play. I am not really lacking for bands with synths

joe perry has been dead for years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't worry, it sounds nothing like Dungeonesse (I didn't have a problem with them, ftr)

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:54 (five years ago) Permalink

the streaming track sounds good, doubtful about a whole guitar-less album though.

Simon H., Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:56 (five years ago) Permalink

nice band who didn't (yet?!) make a really great record from start to finish imo

nostormo, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:07 (five years ago) Permalink

this is dope, honestly i was a little disappointed that Civilian was more of a 'what they always do' Wye Oak record after the My Neighbor / My Creator EP suggested a new direction, so an album like this is overdue imo. they're brilliant songwriters, they can use whatever instruments they want.

some dude, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:20 (five years ago) Permalink

^^ YUP exactly same. i think "take it in" is their only heavy guitar song i've really loved while i love pretty much every song they've ever done with different instruments

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 02:24 (five years ago) Permalink

wld be happy if they were just a classic old guitar/sax combo

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 02:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Hadn't heard anything from Dungeonesse, but I did like the track they did for the Adult Swim singles series a few years back which was kind of different for them:

Of course that was still guitar based.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 05:27 (five years ago) Permalink

civilian is probably my favorite record of the past 5 years or so, so if they can recapture any of the magic of that for me, i don't care what instruments they're using to do it

ciderpress, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:11 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Merge posted another song off the album: https://soundcloud.com/mergerecords/wye-oak-glory

Like this a lot more than "The Tower". Way more excited for the album now (not like I wasn't before).

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 17 March 2014 18:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Not really liking any of these new songs, but this is better than "The Tower," which still feels about 9 minutes long every time I play it.

Evan R, Monday, 17 March 2014 18:40 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm gradually resigning myself to the reality that I probably won't like this record—the band's keyboards are so languid and chintzy; they just sound shitty to me—but I've got nothing but respect for them for going all in on a record age-old fans like myself were probably destined to dislike. Kudos to them; they've given me enough great music that I can't begrudge them a bum album.

Evan R, Monday, 17 March 2014 18:42 (four years ago) Permalink

The new album is fantastic. As with most albums, some songs work better than others, but taken as a whole, it's all really beautiful, shimmering synths and all. Sorry for the clichés, it's late and I'm stupid.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 March 2014 06:35 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yeah this is really good. Feel silly for doubting them (even if I still can't crack "The Tower")

Evan R, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah enjoying this

first and last tracks are the best i think

ciderpress, Saturday, 19 April 2014 18:56 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

some footage i dug up from whartscape 2010, "civilian" and "that i do"



i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:01 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Brad alerted me to this cover of Pat Benatar's "We Belong" and I love it more than life:


Tim F, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 23:25 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Second time through it now and so far so good. "No Dreaming" is an early favorite for me.

BrianEmo, Thursday, 9 June 2016 16:57 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm excited to hear this, since it's basically material they discarded in making The Shriek and it really seemed like they had to tear everything down and build it back up to make that album.

Dierks Bentley's Holistic Detective Agency (some dude), Thursday, 9 June 2016 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

this band is so fucking good

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:16 (two years ago) Permalink

don't like that new track

am0n, Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Hate this LP on first listen, in the same way I hated Shriek (seemed muddy and overcluttered and underwritten). But I'm enjoying the hell out of it my third time around; the songs are really opening up.

Evan R, Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:56 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't think i could listen to an album 3 times in one day without hating it from overexposure

Dierks Bentley's Holistic Detective Agency (some dude), Thursday, 9 June 2016 19:10 (two years ago) Permalink

I think I was afraid if I didn't give it another chance I'd never get back around to it tbh. Now I'll probably shelf it for a while, but I'll be excited to return to it

Evan R, Thursday, 9 June 2016 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't know about the rest of the album yet, but I'm mesmerized by "If You Should See".

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 June 2016 00:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Really excited to hear this. I'm shocked that this thread is so short, and that this band didn't get a thread here til 2014. If Children and The Knot are two of my favorite records of that era. There were so many great bands in Baltimore in the aughts and they were always among the best. I saw them dozens of times, and I'm still kicking myself for taping an entire 2008 show save for one song they never released, "Half a Double Man." One of the most rocking songs they ever did, and I can't find any document of it online. Sorta sounded like Deerhoof.

flappy bird, Monday, 13 June 2016 00:55 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

didn't know about the Flock of Dimes record until now but it's great! it's pretty much just like having another Wye Oak record

ciderpress, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah it's great 👌

flappy bird, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:49 (one year ago) Permalink

pretty sure it'd be my 2nd favorite wye oak record after civilian if it was one. its that good

ciderpress, Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:40 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

New album info!

Josh (phantompenguin), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:23 (one year ago) Permalink


flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink

this new song is great, i love the mangled distorted guitar part in the chorus

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink



flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 01:59 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Album is out. It's fantastic. Think I'll go buy it rn.

Jeff W, Friday, 6 April 2018 20:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

Slightly less hyperbolic second take: Side 2 loses a bit of focus in the middle, and it needs an epic closing track - as it is, the record just ends. Side 1 is perfect though.

Jeff W, Saturday, 7 April 2018 14:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

Parts of this are spectacular. "Lifer" in particular is just beautiful.

Tim F, Saturday, 7 April 2018 22:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

This album is the best album.

Tim F, Monday, 9 April 2018 01:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was kinda cold on this album at first but it's really growing on me - the last few songs in particular.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Monday, 9 April 2018 01:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

Growing on me, too. I like the really fast / herky-jerky one on side 2.

flappy bird, Monday, 9 April 2018 04:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

This is so good! I love how, for all the sweep and the swooning and the Liz Fraserisms, there's nearly always something to hook into rhythmically as well, it doesn't sacrifice momentum for atmosphere.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 07:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

this is their best one since they went synthpop

ciderpress, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

wyeoakteau twins

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

Works for me. I really like "The Louder I Call", though I went back to "Tween" and felt there just wasn't enough there to keep my interest, it just felt too insubstantial and gauzy.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

finally got around to this and it's the best music in the world

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

Looking forward to finally seeing them next week.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 July 2018 20:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah this album is incredible, possibly my favorite of theirs

supreme court justice samuel lance-ito (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

I love this album so much but I am also devastated that their cover of “We Belong” appears to have disappeared from the internet ;_;

Tim F, Monday, 9 July 2018 21:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh solid now i have a fresh grudge against the av club

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 9 July 2018 21:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

pretty sure i ripped that

mookieproof, Monday, 9 July 2018 21:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Great band

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

you of all people

ciderpress, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

last 3 tracks on this are the best part

ciderpress, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

they're local heroes i grew up seeing them, back when they were called Monarch. glad they're still active despite living in different cities

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

last 3 tracks on this are the best part

― ciderpress, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6:05 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

god yeah for real

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

could maker an argument for tracks 4-5-6 as well.

Hall of Fam (Spottie), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

damn, this record is gorgeous. decided i'm gonna just listen to their discography all day today

davey, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

i love this band.

i'm less in love with the latest record than earlier ones (i love jen's guitar playing) but it is very good.

they're great live, go see them if you can. they were one of my highlights this past weekend at the (honestly pretty half-assed) eaux claires festival. just as good in the sunshine as the club i saw them in last. plus a joni mitchell cover!

goole, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

this album is so good

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 27 October 2018 20:40 (three months ago) Permalink

"it was not natural" in particular

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 27 October 2018 20:52 (three months ago) Permalink

and "say hello." and "you of all people." and "i know it's real"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 27 October 2018 21:13 (three months ago) Permalink

pretty much a perfect record.

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Saturday, 27 October 2018 22:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah this is like my platonic ideal of a modern indie rock record, and there’s so much to focus on that it’s easy to overlook the frequently, subtly great lyrics (“and my whole life is in that space: after the cut, before pain”).

Tim F, Sunday, 28 October 2018 05:49 (three months ago) Permalink

"It Was Not Natural" might be my song of the year, need to keep trying with the rest.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Can't believe it's been 10 years since "Please Concrete" hooked me for life.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:45 (three months ago) Permalink

it is an excellent record though I think civilian will always be my favorite

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 29 October 2018 01:14 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah I love them all but If Children has always been my favorite. they had this sick song called "Half a Double Man" circa 2008, when they were writing and playing out all the songs that ended up on The Knot. I lost the only bootlegs I had of them playing that song... it was sort of like Deerhoof but heavier.

flappy bird, Monday, 29 October 2018 04:31 (three months ago) Permalink

I can still hum & drum it

flappy bird, Monday, 29 October 2018 04:31 (three months ago) Permalink

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