The future of Stereolab

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There is an Ae remix on the "Miss Modular" single, although it's more LP5-era fuckery than dancey. Interesting nonetheless.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it wasn't dancey at all, but definitely showed possiblities for them in more electronic realms. I guess the MoM tracks on Dots are also good signifiers.

dleone (dleone), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it wasn't dancey at all, but definitely showed possiblities for them in more electronic realms. I guess the MoM tracks on Dots are also good signifiers.

Yeah that could have gone further...although like I said I don't think the D&L melodies are quite up to snuff.

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 4 August 2003 15:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Sound-Dust is great. One of the prettiest, most sparkly albums I've ever heard. While not all of it is pure genius, I'm excited about any new Stereolab because they will always do at least one or two things that just make you go "What the fuck?!"

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Monday, 4 August 2003 16:56 (sixteen years ago) link

[mccarthy spin off bands c/d]

kieron, Monday, 4 August 2003 20:40 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd pretty much written off post-Dots And Loops Stereolab as they seemed to have transmogrified themselves into a Os Mutantes cover band. However, I did really like the same songs as re-recorded on ABC Music, so I figured that it's less of a problem with them, than in how they're recording their albums.

Chris Barrus (Chris Barrus), Monday, 4 August 2003 23:34 (sixteen years ago) link

the only non-worthwhile record is peng!, sound dust is a gorgeous and rather simple sounding pop record. i think they are a highly undervalued band, perhaps from making the music seem effortless?

keith (keithmcl), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 00:26 (sixteen years ago) link

the only non-worthwhile record is peng!

Madness! There are some flaccid moments sure, but "Super Falling Star", "Mellotron", "Orgiastic", etc... I ask you?

Am I still the only person who actually thinks Emperor Tomato Ketchup has been the least durable record so far?

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 05:49 (sixteen years ago) link

er, yeah you probably are.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Thought so.

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 06:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Ever since D&T, I've been hopelessly waiting for the guitar buzz to come back.. I think what made them great was how hypnotic that drone sounded, coupled with the mantra-chanting. When they got rid of that and went lounge the music sounded too 'focused' in a way and didn't allow you to lose yourself in it, as the old stuff did.

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 06:48 (sixteen years ago) link

They need to stop making records with McEntire and O'Rourke, for a start/change. Maybe get Albini involved, or someone totally out of left field.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 14:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I believe the new record is being recorded with Fulton Dingley, who worked on Cobra and Phases Group and First of the Microbe Hunters.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 5 August 2003 14:14 (sixteen years ago) link

It's shallow I know, but the more interviews I read with them the less I liked them. Laetitia in particular comes across as a really patronising, borderline-misanthropic left-libertarian masquerading as an 'anything-is-possible/ people-have-the-power' idealist. Well, she was an acolyte of those humourless reactionaries at Living Marxism, so perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised.

Mel Starr, Tuesday, 5 August 2003 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I knew a girl who was involved with Living Marxism - she ended up working at the Daily Telegraph, figures. See the Hitchens' brothers et al.

Dadaismus (Dada), Saturday, 9 August 2003 11:40 (sixteen years ago) link

i feel sorry for the whole thing -- Mary dies -- that is the worst thing that could have happened

Laetitia may be impatient with fans -- after a hiatus they produce Sound Dust which is such a good record -- so consistent (i love roughly every second song) -- having heard loops and milky i say it is their best album after tomato, perhaps the culmination of that direction in their sound

that tv program Cold Feet had a millenium special episode that reprised cul de sac perfectly, since the drift/ island/ end metaphor worked perfectly for the 'end of time' hoop-la surrounding 0/0/2000 and the possibilities of ths show drifting, out to sea or beached, which it sure ended up doing, even if they didn't think they were drifting then

i liked those promo photos of stereolab, with the power poles vertically alligned with the pictures perspective -- like harry lime as the giant (film) wheel comes to a stop over occupied vienna, a snapshot, on the road to the castle or back ? waiting for the flood ? (i don't stereolab are misanthropic, the fans tiny dots or dust, as if viewed from harry's perspective)

i like this album art, the indication of a peak, however insular, an acknowledgement by the band that they may well be too disconnected from their audience yet wishing to take the chicago computer collaborations to a decent conclusion .. i bet they knew sound dust was make or break time, if not for the group then at least for that sound, which surely they got right on this album tens times more so than on the two albums seemingly leading in that direction, validating for me those experiments along the way -- good on them for acknowledging the alienating potential, yet admitting that this was the peak of that stereolab at least

yes, i think they will go looking for other peaks, somewhere else (Lionel Stander did get to work in hollywood again, after all)

maybe the boo-boos will have to go and a new angle for the lyrics taken with both Marie's terrible departure and the band learning the hard lessons of producing something so good by their own standards even if these didn't meet the demands of their audience -- the artistic journey has been completed -- that concept in light of Marie's death is almost horribly prophetic in a spooky new way, beyond their worst dreams i imagine (is Polanski a real king midas of horror and despair ? dark forces ?) (i do not wish to trivialise _anything_ in saying this)

of course the album + art stands on it's own feet as beautiful music with a variety of sentiment -- most of the band can return to the main land and pursue some other groove -- after a presumably respectful period of meditation and change of trade-name

george gosset (gegoss), Saturday, 9 August 2003 14:09 (sixteen years ago) link

that was terrific, george

zebedee (zebedee), Monday, 11 August 2003 15:52 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...


Jeff W, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:12 (ten years ago) link

Perhaps a necessary thing, really.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:21 (ten years ago) link

diminishing returns for a while now

velko, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:22 (ten years ago) link

Question: is the future of Stereolab any different than the past of Stereolab?

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 2 April 2009 20:24 (ten years ago) link

:( At least Chemical Chords 2 will still come out (and I'm glad I saw them this last tour)

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:38 (ten years ago) link

yeah, me too! their show last fall was wonderful. still, if anyone deserves a break, it's probably them. they've never gone more than a year or two without an album over the past 20 years, have they?

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:40 (ten years ago) link

they've never gone more than a year or two without an album over the past 20 years, have they?

There were a couple multi-year gaps in between Sound-Dust, Margerine Eclipse, and Chemical Chords though I think the box set comes in there somewhere.

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:47 (ten years ago) link

yeah, maybe i'm just thinking that there are always various collections coming out in between records -- never seemed like they disappeared for any significant amount of time.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:49 (ten years ago) link

They were great when I saw them live last year. Like, really great, as much fun as the first time I saw them. If this is one of those permananent breaks then they are going out with a bang, at least as far as live music is concerned. I don't think I have any of their albums from the last ten years, but live performance is at least as important to me.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 2 April 2009 21:52 (ten years ago) link

My thoughts on seeing them in September -- if that's the last time I'll ever see them, then the last song I ever saw them do was a great version of "Jenny Ondioline."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2009 22:43 (ten years ago) link

I guess one too many people made fun of their last album cover. It was the straw that broke the camel's back.

I f'd up the word rear (Z S), Thursday, 2 April 2009 23:13 (ten years ago) link

Link to video of Sydney show with additional laundry bag:

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 3 April 2009 00:26 (ten years ago) link

Seriously, this is the greatest mersh idea ever. I only wish I had one of the old Peng beach towels from way back

Chris Barrus (Elvis Telecom), Friday, 3 April 2009 00:27 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

so is Chemical Chords 2 still gonna happen? wikipedia has nothing on it that i can find...

LAMBDA LAMBDA LANDA (Beatrix Kiddo), Monday, 23 November 2009 14:15 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

Hmm...received in a Drag City promo e-mail just now, word of this forthcoming release:

Not Music

Nothing listed on the official band website about this.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 23:51 (nine years ago) link

There was talk about releasing the other tracks from the Chemical Chords it could be that. Last official word I heard from Stereolab was that 'no new recordings were planned', which basically means a hiatus/break-up; vague isn't it? Maybe 'Not Music' refers to some kind of DVD or any non-studio albums release like rarities for example. Also interesting how it's from Drag City, they did CC on 4AD because of the whole Beggars restructure.

Any new Stereolab product is welcomed for me.

David (davek_00), Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link

There's tons of non-lp material yet to be collected, including numerous collaborations - plenty of gems left uncovered. I've compiled 39 tracks totaling 3 hours, would love to see it all officially released!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:11 (nine years ago) link

xp stuff that isn't on the stray tracks catch-up compilations like the Switched Ons and Oscillons. Where did you get hold of these tunes?

David (davek_00), Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:13 (nine years ago) link

I hope they are finally getting around to releasing Chemical Chords 2 and the b-sides collection they promised a couple years ago. Though wouldn't these come out on 4AD?

Looks like Laetitia has been doing some solo dates in South America lately.

Moodles, Thursday, 29 April 2010 00:28 (nine years ago) link

Where did you get hold of these tunes?

Isn't that a silly question in 2010? ;-)

Here's what I've put together. I skipped some demos, remixes, radio sessions and live versions and stopped at the end of 2001:
1. Super Falling Star (Moog mix) - from Volume 4 compilation
2. Low-Fi
3. (Varoom!)
4. Laisser-Faire
5. Elektro (He Held The World In His Iron Grip) - these 4 from "Low-Fi" EP
6. Ronco Symphony (demo)
7. The Seeming And The Meaning (demo) - these 2 from the Spacewatch flexi
8. I'm Going Out Of My Way (WHFS session) - from "Inside Dave's Garage" split single
9. The Eclipse
10. Yes Sir! I Can Moogie - these 2 from "The Cat's Miaow" split single
11. ABC (The Multitude) - from "Godz Is Not A Put On" compilation
12. Simple Headphone Mind
13. Trippin' With The Birds - from "Simple Headphone Mind" collaboration with Nurse With Wound
14. Endless Summer (as Microlab) - from "Microstonia - Reprovisers" compilation
15. St. Elmo's Fire (radio)
16. Less Time
17. St. Elmo's Fire (Red Corona)
18. St. Elmo's Fire (Spatio-Dynamic)
19. Impulse Rah!
20. St. Elmo's Fire (Snow) - these 6 as Uilab from "St. Elmo's Fire" collaboration with Ui
21. Miss Modular (Automator mix)
22. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse (Feebate mix by Autechre)
23. Contranatura (Prelude To The Autumn Of A Faun mix by Kid Loco) - these 3 from "Miss Modular Remixes" EP
24. Freestyle Dumping - from JP release of Aluminum Tunes
25. Symbolic Logic Of Now! - from "Soi-Distant" split single
26. Chinese Whispers (Stereolab mix) - from "Chinese Whispers" compilation
27. Untitled / 008 - from Thurston Moore's "Root" compilation
28. Blaue Milch - from Peter-Thomas-Sound-Orchester's "Warp Back To Earth 66/99" compilation
29. Galaxidion - from "Social (Bodies)" compilation
30. Caliméro
31. Cache Cache - from collaboration with Brigitte Fontaine
32. Ticker Tape Of The Unconscious (Thievery Corporation remix) - from Thievery Corporation's "Abductions & Reconstructions" compilation
33. The Super-It
34. Fried Monkey Eggs (vocal)
35. Monkey Jelly - these 3 from "The Underground Is Coming" EP
36. Brain Drain - from "Collaborations 2: Constant Friction" compilation
37. Négatités - from "Yeti 1" compilation
38. Free Witch And No-Bra Queen
39. Speck-Voice - these 2 from "Free Witch And No-Bra Queen" EP

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 April 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) link

xp Songs on eps and singles already count as officially released though.

Moka, Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:04 (nine years ago) link

But all the same I'm sure there is a mine of unreleased material in the stereolab vault.

Moka, Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:06 (nine years ago) link

cannot believe the Low-Fi EP has not been compiled on a CD collection yet, a real high point for the band imo.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:46 (nine years ago) link

Yes the Low-Fi Ep is amazing, blows my mind it was recorded in 1992... mmm need to submit to the ep thread...

Moka, Thursday, 29 April 2010 02:50 (nine years ago) link

Due to popular demand:

Oddities part 1 -
Oddities part 2 -

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:39 (nine years ago) link

Oh wise and good soul.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:47 (nine years ago) link


tylerw, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 18:17 (nine years ago) link

Gerald, thanks for this! I'm four songs into Vol. 2 and that Brigitte Fontaine is hitting the spot.

I turn it up when I hear the banjo (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 18:36 (nine years ago) link

xpost Gerald McBoing-Boing you have made my day.

Davek (davek_00), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 18:59 (nine years ago) link

Man, that looks like a great little comp. I tried dl but divshare never coughed up the files just started countdown again. Anyone else have the same problem?

wmlynch, Friday, 7 May 2010 00:58 (nine years ago) link

yes, do it twice. same thing happened to me, but they did download.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 7 May 2010 01:01 (nine years ago) link

weird, the 'try again' links were different this time around but it worked! thanks.

wmlynch, Friday, 7 May 2010 01:06 (nine years ago) link

Wow, thanks!

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 8 May 2010 19:20 (nine years ago) link

that's absolutely what happened for me, fortunately I later discovered how great it is

sleeve, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 14:42 (one week ago) link

I was actually really high on D&L and Cobra, and Sound-Dust felt like a step down at the time. Haven't listened in a while, but I think I'd be more forgiving now.

jaymc, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 14:49 (one week ago) link

I def gave up on this band after the one-two shitpunch of D&L and Cobra. after that I only sporadically paid attention.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 15:04 (one week ago) link

i gave up after transient random noises to get back on the train with margerine eclipse. the concerts from 1993/94 on when they started doing stuff which sounded like easy listening with bossa nova and soundtrack elements put me off. i always preferred their early motorik krautrock pop period.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 18:08 (one week ago) link

plenty motorik about MAQ

dan selzer, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 18:10 (one week ago) link

i have never listened to sound-dust before. loving it right now. thanks for the recommendation.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 18:40 (one week ago) link

The world wasn't ready for Cobra in 1999

J. Sam, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:58 (one week ago) link

yeah there's tons of krautrock up until D&L afaict

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 21:01 (one week ago) link

I like Cobra, but it's too long and unfocused, not unlike many CDs of the late 90s.

D&L is excellent minus a couple clumsy electronic moments.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 21:01 (one week ago) link

cobra is long and the production is reedy, but that works in its favour imo. it’s an absolute gem of an album. it takes you into another universe (‘blue milk’ being the most distant point) and eases you back out of it.

times 牛肉麵 (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 21:34 (one week ago) link

If it weren't for 'Dots and Loops,' 'Cobra' would probably be my favorite Stereolab, all these years removed...

Soundslike, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 23:00 (one week ago) link

A little annoyed that people are already getting copies of the new reissues, but I'm not supposed to receive anything before the 20th.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 8 September 2019 13:40 (one week ago) link

I love the all Mary demo version of the track "Emperor Tomato Ketchup".

The ETK demos are more like brief sketches compared to the demos for the 2 previous albums, which were more fully fleshed out songs. Kind of curious now how they got to the final versions, which were pretty far out there vs anything they'd done before. The "Metronomic Underground" demo sounds like a long lost CAN track.

Onto the next 2 albums!

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 September 2019 05:21 (three days ago) link

Really like "With Friends Like This Pt. 2", pretty sure I've heard it before at some point. Cobra is easily the most generous with bonus tracks.

"Les Ypres Sound" has a different ending. Not sure I really get the rationale for altering the original tracks. Gives me a bit of an irksome Star Wars Special Edition vibe.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:35 (three days ago) link

Isn't With Friends Like These Pt. 2 just With Friends Like These from the Free Design EP with the first part ("ban hate and violence/for our convenience") chopped off? It's an odd choice, but it's one of my favorite B-sides and it's kind of cool to have that part of the song isolated.

Also great to finally have the full-length version of Blue Milk.

J. Sam, Friday, 13 September 2019 18:48 (three days ago) link

The world wasn't ready for Cobra in 1999

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flappy bird, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:36 (three days ago) link

Wow, the extra stuff on "Blue Milk" is wild. This is a change I can get behind!

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 13 September 2019 22:05 (three days ago) link

They extended 3 tracks on "Emperor Tomato Ketchup":
Les Yper Sound: 13s longer; I don't think they changed the ending, they just had the section around 3:45 loop longer
Percolator: 28s longer; later fade
Slow Fast Hazel: 14s longer; they loop section around 3:30 a bit longer

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:12 (two days ago) link

I think there might be a couple of extra lines sung by Mary towards the end of Les-Yper Sound that were previously edited out.

A few tracks on D&L are in longer versions as well.

Thank You (Fattekin Mice Elf Control Again) (Noel Emits), Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:29 (two days ago) link

I wasn't a fan of subsequent albums so someone else will have to A/B those.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:43 (two days ago) link

I got my vinyl records today! They came 1-2 weeks sooner than planned, so I'm a happy camper.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 14 September 2019 19:30 (two days ago) link

Still waiting for mine (Royal Mail = fail). I have received the "Obi" CD of Cobra that I ordered though. I now own four copies of Cobra in different editions LOL

Jeff W, Saturday, 14 September 2019 19:43 (two days ago) link

is the version of 'Blue Milk' on disc 1 of the reissue the same as the original LP version?

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Saturday, 14 September 2019 21:08 (two days ago) link

Yes, it's the 17 min version

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 14 September 2019 21:19 (two days ago) link

Mine arrived last week, 3lp etk, obi and clear vinyl.

The cliff card was another fail, but I got three download card tickets!

Mark G, Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:39 (yesterday) link

Ugh, I want it

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:42 (yesterday) link

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