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Yes, a fair bit.

I like the Shobaleader One single, but the Mr Oizo mix was best.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 09:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

I am still trying to get my head around the Shobaleader thing. Every time I hear it, halfway through I keep expecting to go somewhere, and it doesn't, so I really just want to take it off and put on Chrome Hoof instead.

Wheal Dream, Friday, 22 October 2010 09:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Has he done anything of merit since the "Do You Know Squarepusher" single?

― Mr. Snrub, Friday, October 22, 2010 1:20 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark

Hello Everything.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 09:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

if you ever get to see him in an improv / jazz situation dooo it. it's fucking cool when he starts playing some wacky squarepusher bass shit in that context. i think pretty much everything he does is worth a listen just not always worth revisiting.

Crackle Box, Friday, 22 October 2010 13:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've never been into his jazz improv stuff. If I wanted to listen to something like that I'd seek out people who've dedicated their careers to it, not a moonlighting IDM producer.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

tbf he has been doing the jazz improv thing quite heavily for most of his career, or at least since Music Is Rotted One Note, which was 98? 97? That said I know what you mean because a lot of it is tributary rather than truly innovative.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

a lot of it is tributary rather than truly innovative.

You put it better than I did.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Then again, while a lot of it might be trying to channel Bitches Brew through a bunch of warped-out synths, the man knows his jazz and is a remarkable bassist and drummer, so it's maybe doing him a disservice to slate a good 50% of his career as "Switched On Miles" or something. Especially when every so often he comes out with a "My Sound" or a "Underwatertorch" or a "Iambic 5 Poetry", all of which are very beautiful with hardly anything ostensibly electronic.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh shit I haven't thought about "Iambic 5 Poetry" in YEARS

O'Donnell and the Brain (HI DERE), Friday, 22 October 2010 13:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

one of my all time favourite tracks. first time i heard it i was in Paris, which fits nicely.

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 14:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

iambic 9 is my favourite

jumpskins, Friday, 22 October 2010 14:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

wait... which one is the one on Budakhan Mindphone?

village idiot (dog latin), Friday, 22 October 2010 14:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Has he done anything of merit since the "Do You Know Squarepusher" single?

― Mr. Snrub, Friday, October 22, 2010 1:20 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark

Hello Everything.

― A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 22 October 2010 10:51 (Yesterday) Bookmark

hold up, surely you mean this one?
http://blog.nettribe.org/user_images/36/03/413fda2a10b6644c37ccada81f58d43a.jpg

actually the non 1-D sub-Lightning Bolt rawk shite on Just A Souvenir was fun, if more diverting than classic - but still fuckloads better than the tripe Tom's put out this year.

your mum, Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Been catching up with the last few Squarepusher releases. Not convinced by Shobaleader, but surprised how good his Solo Electric Bass Vol1 thing is.

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:02 (six years ago) Permalink

I didn't really like either, but Just a Souvenir was pretty great
Still, I can't help but feel he's not really trying anymore...?

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Some might argue he hasn't REALLY tried since Hard Normal Daddy. I can't name a single release by him which I can positively say isn't 50% filler. That said nearly everything has something very good on it. He's always been in desperate need of a quality filter.

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Ultravisitor was great but he's one of those guys who I can only listen to his stuff at the time. Someone could steal my ten Squarepusher albums and I'd never notice.

Rebekah Brooks Hardsonned My Hamster (Doran), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah. HND is probably his best but Ultravisitor was his real "opus" album.

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I would still go back to HND and Music Is Rotted One Note. The Come On My Selector EP is great fun. After that it got very pick'n'mix until Hello Everything which went back to his Hard Normal Daddy sound for a bit. I couldn't get into Ultravisitor, although it was well received.

My POhowmany (in reough chronological order):

Theme From Ernest Borgnine
Coopers World
Chin Hippy
A Journey To Reedham (7am Mix)
Full Rinse (feat. MC Twin Tub)
My Sound
Shin Triad
Iambic 5 Poetry
Tomorrow World
Song: Our Underwater Torch
My Red Hot Car
Mutilation Colony
Do You Know Squarepusher
Greenways Trajectory
Kill Robok
Tetra-Sync
Talk About You And Me
Welcome To Europe
The Modern Bass Guitar
Bubble Life
Open Society
A Real Woman
Duotone Moonbeam

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:41 (six years ago) Permalink

A Journey To Reedham (7am Mix)

this is fucking brilliant, probably the best thing he ever did

Coopers World

my god you're going to have me pulling up Squarepusher albums all day

CLUB PISCOPO (DJP), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:43 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^ those two, along with Iambic 5 Poetry are def my faves of the whole lot. HAven't heard any of them in years though.

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Iambic 5 (that's the one on Ultravisitor right?) is one of the most amazing pieces of music to ever come out of that whole scene. I was almost upset that it comes so early on the album.

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Iambic 5 Poetry is on Budakhan Mindphone and has some lovely marimba melodies. I think Iambic 9 is on Ultravisitor, but I don't know it well enough. NTS: Must dig out Ultravisitor again.

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:33 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's the one I mean. track 3 or 4 I think. absolutely give that one another listen

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:34 (six years ago) Permalink

k

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:36 (six years ago) Permalink

A Journey To Reedham (7am Mix)

this is fucking brilliant, probably the best thing he ever did

yup. slow harmony and fast beats is what's up.

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 15:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Hello Everything is terrific I think.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Tuesday, 2 August 2011 20:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good. Just a shame it didn't come out 5 years earlier.

Post-Manpat Music (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 August 2011 10:52 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I've decided this track may be his masterpiece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6GYCrEoTPQ

So dense and complex, and very emotionally rich I think.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

personally I lean more towards "Iambic 9 Poetry" and "A Journey To Reedham" but that track is great

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:32 (five years ago) Permalink

No talk about his new work? With albums my favourite track will often change depending on my mood and my deepening relationship with that workk. It doesn't often happen with single tracks. I suspect this one will fit that category. Such a dense mix with dozens of wonderful little bits in it. Current favourite, the warped siren at about 6'30. More importantly it works as a whole.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvLAKrVbCBM&ob=av3e

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Monday, 30 April 2012 09:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, that's really good. Stoked for the album now.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 30 April 2012 10:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Until he makes an absolutely AMAZING album, I'm really starting to lose interest in the man I must admit. So much of what he does just falls short of the mark. Still, I could pick maybe one to two blinding tracks from each release. If I were to put these into one compilation, it would be the greatest electronica album ever, possibly.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Monday, 30 April 2012 11:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Hard Normal Daddy is pretty amazing

you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Monday, 30 April 2012 13:33 (five years ago) Permalink

yes it is. it's also about 15 years old or something.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Monday, 30 April 2012 13:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I guess I was just being pedantic there, I know what you mean. Though I would definitely make a case for Ultravisitor as his 2nd best album, nearly a really great one, but again low on self-editing. I'm not really sure I understand what he's been up to lately. I will defend Just a Souvenir some (it really is a pretty fun little album) but this guy has such an insane amount of talent and a weird inability to put it together any more. That said, I do have hopes for this new album...

you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Monday, 30 April 2012 13:53 (five years ago) Permalink

My three favourites are Hard Normal Daddy, Go Plastic and Hello Everything. A few skippable tracks on each, but all pretty consistent (and very different!).

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 30 April 2012 13:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Of the ones I've heard, I'd rate em:

Hard Normal Daddy
Music Is Rotted One Note
Big Loada
Hello Everything
Budakhan Mindphone
Go Plastic
Just a Souvenir
Ultravisitor
Maximum Priest
Do You Know Squarepusher
Selection Sixteen
Solo Electric Bass 1
Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator

The guy's just not got any quality control whatsoever, and other than on Just A Souvenir, never really broke out of either of the two dimensions originally sketched out on Hard Normal Daddy and Music Is Rotted - one being his best dance record, the other being his best jazz record.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Monday, 30 April 2012 14:35 (five years ago) Permalink

wait you've heard all those but not Feed Me Weird Things!?

some dude, Monday, 30 April 2012 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I forgot that one for some reason. Yeah I've heard it. It's quite good - similar to HND but not quite up to the same standard.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Monday, 30 April 2012 14:43 (five years ago) Permalink

so has anyone heard the new one yet?

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Monday, 30 April 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

New one is good on first listen, the first half surprisingly extroverted/trancey, with a lot of bombastic airy synths and melodies. Not much guitar/jazz at all. I agree with the above that he's never made a perfect album, but I always end up consistently enjoying half to three-fourths of each full-length he puts out, which is worth something in my book.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 03:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I like it

suidavyvan eht nioj (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 04:34 (five years ago) Permalink

a lot of bombastic airy synths and melodies. Not much guitar/jazz at all.

Well this sounds just dandy to me.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 10:58 (five years ago) Permalink

honestly, the guy reminds me of Todd Rundgren, he's got insane talent across the board but really no idea how to put everything together nor establish a direction besides "whatever will confuse my audience"

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:40 (five years ago) Permalink

otm

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:44 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah. tech wizard, musical bore.

KitevsPill, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:33 (five years ago) Permalink

clearly there's pretty different expectations for how to use your skill set between a singer/songwriter on the pop charts and a crazy beat music guy

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:36 (five years ago) Permalink

well, I'm certainly not trying to imply that they *sound* alike, just their mindsets seem similar to me.

been listening to the early stuff lately, particularly Feed Me Weird Things - is it just me or does he artifically speed up his bass playing here? Some good stuff on the album but it's all pushed to the mid-level; not much of a low-end, which is a killer.

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

aw boo no one like burning'n'tree other than me i guess

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:46 (five years ago) Permalink

The main descending synth line is heavily reminiscent of "Inbetween Days"

DJP, Friday, 20 March 2015 19:39 (two years ago) Permalink

er I meant "Just Like Heaven" oops

Cure card revoked

DJP, Friday, 20 March 2015 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

If I go see him play live is it just gonna be him hitting play and then noodling on a bass

the most painstaking, humorless people in the world (lukas), Saturday, 21 March 2015 18:22 (two years ago) Permalink

there's a rad light show apparently

oochie wally (clean version) (sic), Saturday, 21 March 2015 22:41 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i have always been super-into "my sound"

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

jaymc, Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:46 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah that one's excellent. squarepusher rarely does the chilled/pretty jazz thing but it's something he's really great at.

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:58 (two years ago) Permalink

new one seems super maximal and overdriven, with barely a deep breath in sight

Michael F Gill, Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying the new one. Very much continuing in a similar vein to the last one, unusually for him.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Monday, 27 April 2015 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just saw him with Shobaleader One in SF. Was expecting all Shobaleader songs with Tommy J going off and maybe a Squarepusher track as fan service, but instead it was an all Squarepusher cover set with them playing classics from almost every album from 1996-2007. I think they finally dropped a Shobaleader song for the encore. If you get a chance, check this show out! Some tracks I recall hearing:

Cooper's World - Hard Normal Daddy (opened the show)
Squarepusher Theme - Feed Me Weird Things
Iambic 5 Poetry - Budakhan Mindphone
Don't Go Plastic - Music Is Rotted One Note
A Journey To Reedham (7am mix) - Big Loada
Tetrasync - Ultravisitor
Hello Meow - Hello Everything

Of all the times I've seen him live (this was the 5th now) this had to be the most satisfying from a fan service perspective. And the drummer was NUTS. Incredible. RDJ in Houston? Squarepusher jamming his classics with a full band? What a time to be alive.

octobeard, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

that sounds absolutely awesome, and exactly the sort of thing I have been wishing him to do for like, a decade now. this vid confirms:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VypU8zojFsY

hopefully he releases a live disc, cuz damn

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I decided to play Hard Normal Daddy after years of skipping over it in favor of other things and it is the best decision I've made in a long time.

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

you gotta hear his live band play the tracks it's incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VypU8zojFsY

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

Dude seriously has one of the most detailed musician pages on Wikipedia I've ever seen:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squarepusher

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

holy shit that video

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

the Journey to Reedham video is insane as well

https://youtu.be/IXtQDsf4gJA

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:36 (nine months ago) Permalink


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