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Fun interview! Dude talks mile a minute but I like it!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:49 (seven years ago) Permalink


puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

the last show I saw of his, his performance was pretty eclipsed by geneva jacuzzi's

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

funny that geneva jacuzzi hasn't really blown up yet in any way I know of and the last show I went to, one of the acts was a clone of hers

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp Was she wearing mime makeup?

bamcquern, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

The forthcoming tour will allow for compare/contrast again there -- he was also talking about how he's looking forward to playing with Puro again, loved them at the SXSW shows they did.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah her face was all made up

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did you get to discuss the recording process, his working ways? And if you don't mind me asking, for which publication are you writing this interview?

Frogbs Day Afternoon (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 20:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Great record, kicking myself for not seeing him live when he played round here 6 months back.

Neil O'Jism (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

just want to say that jacuzzi is a must see live imo

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

saw her years ago and she was rolling on the floor screaming in sparkly clothes while a bunch of strobe lights went off and now she has like a whole fuckin stage performance, like she is a real live performer

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

But she's just a cdr performer. I would've been happy to see her when she came to town a couple weeks ago, but they doubled the ticket price from $10 to $20 ($7 for preorders).

bamcquern, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also, it was dance music and nobody was dancing. Trite complaint, I know, but I felt a little like dancing at the time.

bamcquern, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

man I didn't even mention the prerecorded aspect of it because I've just seen so many performances like that and was so happy to see one that was good

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

but yeah you made the right call $20 is way too expensive for her

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did you get to discuss the recording process, his working ways? And if you don't mind me asking, for which publication are you writing this interview?

I did, and you'll find out more when the piece runs next week in the OC Weekly. :-D (In brief, it's very much an on the fly thing.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Maus/Puro playing in LA when I'm in town, I think the Echo.

joyless shithead (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Great Ned! :-) Looking forward to it!

Frogbs Day Afternoon (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that lineup's playing earlier that week in Costa Mesa (thus the story).

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 21:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, interview up at the Quietus:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 July 2011 15:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, good album. Interviewing the guy tomorrow, anyone want me to ask him anything?

man do i regret not reading this thread last week! i didnt have the record until this wknd tho...

google butt (Lamp), Monday, 4 July 2011 19:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is a great record, I want to write more but my thoughts are mostly about "degradation" plug-ins, mastering to VHS, "Is this chillwave and what does liking it say about a man" etc.

Boehner & der club of GOP (Ówen P.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 01:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Is this chillwave and what does liking it say about a man"

hope it says good things!

Z S, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 03:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah this is the sorta record that tempts you into writing/saying a bunch of grandiose garbage about it, mb? it also feels like the sorta thing that i might be embarrassed about liking cuz its so pseud-friendly

my thoughts are mostly like: '...'

Lamp, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 05:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm kind of worried about attending to it in too much depth.

Would love to see him live.. there's a great YT of him doing 'Matter Of Fact' in Paris, he looks like he gets into it.

One Big Craigo, Full Of Bad Boingos (Craigo Boingo), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 10:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Absolutely not making any grand theoretical statements about it, but... it is undeniable that it is a fucking great record.

emil.y, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 12:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

It is a great record! Also thx this record for alerting me to the existence of Molly Nilsson, since "Hey Moon" was the track to leap out at me on the first few listens.

sticky crisco (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

That is the first one that jumped out at me, as well.
Molly Nilsson, eh? Any relation?

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

The grand theoretical statements about this record are wildly offputting.

Trudi Styler, the Creator (ithappens), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 13:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Probably so (ditto Ford & Lopatin), but the record IS pretty great. As is, of course, the Ford & Lopatin thing.

henry s, Wednesday, 6 July 2011 16:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hooray my interview. (Euclidean thoughts? Not my headline!)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 July 2011 22:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nice piece, Ned! And you indeed get him to talk about what he sees as the "artist's process", the unveiling of artistic work.

It does read as if you could've written an article four times as long!

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 7 July 2011 22:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hahah I could well have done. But wordcounts are wordcounts!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 July 2011 01:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's not a bad headline! I thought it was gonna be "The Maus That Floored...Me" or something like that.

henry s, Friday, 8 July 2011 01:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Every interview I read with that guy he's so Tragic and Heavy I LOVE IT

Boehner & der club of GOP (Ówen P.), Friday, 8 July 2011 02:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

He actually sounded pretty exuberant! If intense.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 July 2011 02:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Washington Post writer hates the live show
an excerpt:

A number of questions run through your mind during a John Maus concert.

What's he saying? Is he being serious? Is he okay? Isn't this a Kajagoogoo song? Who told that kid dancing up front that was an acceptable haircut?

But one question comes up more than any other — what's the point?

When Maus performs, as he did Tuesday at the Black Cat's backstage, it's like '80s karaoke night minus the hits — plus a hint of crazy. For 25 minutes the 31-year-old electronic music composer stalked the stage, leaped into the air, pulled his hair and howled along to his pre-recorded music that sounded like the third generation audio cassette dub of a long-forgotten new wave band. The way he shouted, flexed and bulged his eyes you half expected his skin to turn green and for him to transform into The Incredible Maus.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 July 2011 12:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a review of mid-2000s Ariel Pink

Z S, Friday, 8 July 2011 13:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

All week I've been planning on picking this up after wory today, but now that BNM is going to mean it'll be sold out if they didn't order enough copies. Thats really my only beef with Pitchfork.

I've been a little lukewarm on his stuff prior to this album, but "Cop Killer" and all the iTunes samples I've heard make this sound like pretty much the perfect fit for my ears in 2011.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 8 July 2011 13:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've never seen him live, but the pics at that Washington Post link are pretty hilarious.

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 8 July 2011 14:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

(to be fair, there are tons of bands I love where live pics of them wouldn't do any justice to how intense the shows can actually be)

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 8 July 2011 14:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hmm. Do people really have a problem with "Rights For Gays"? I'm surprised that people would write it off as a piss-take.

John's live show reminds me of the live shows of other people I know who also went to CalArts.

Boehner & der club of GOP (Ówen P.), Friday, 8 July 2011 14:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

When I saw him last, his laptop was screwing up with the playback and he shook it and pounded it, in character, 'til it fixed itself. I love this guy.

Boehner & der club of GOP (Ówen P.), Friday, 8 July 2011 14:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Pfork article also singles out the gorgeous (imo) "Tenebrae" as a misstep.

Trip Maker, Friday, 8 July 2011 15:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Although I disagree with some people who see "Rights For Gays" and "Tenebrae" as missteps, or others who say "Cop Killer" or "Matter Of Fact" are missteps... there's something about John's ironic approach to lyric writing-- real, literate irony, the duality of meaning etc., not 'moustache on a trucker hat' irony-- that kind of makes these differences of opinion a non-issue? I mean, I feel like the unimpeachable pop hit "Believer" is in fact unsophisticated in comparison, but I am cool with the fact that somebody would prefer John Maus when he's singing about Jackie Chan instead of riskier stuff

Boehner & der club of GOP (Ówen P.), Friday, 8 July 2011 15:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

When I find nothing redeeming in 90% of an album's content I will usually, out of something like sportsmanship, at least entertain the hypothesis that I just didn't get it. In this case, I can't bring myself to care. There's obviously some kind of art-school mindfuckery afoot here, and I suspect that Maus aspires to some meta-theoretical point on the level of "But really, what is music anyway?" And maybe reality is just the hallucination of a five-dimensional computerized intelligence! Generous guy that I am, I'll concede that We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves does, on some level, constitute music. Really shitty music.

I just...

There's obviously some kind of art-school mindfuckery afoot here I mean seriously, dude, what? How cynical must one have become to even think this is "obviously" what is going on? Critic in completely-not-getting-it and not-being-able-to-detect-earnestness-and-sincere-music-so-it-must-be-mindfuckery shocker...

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

What a piece of shit that review, gah. Can't get over it.

Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

The "writer" weighs in in the comments there, saying: "Consider this a satire on an unlikely and undeserving cult hero."


Asamoah Nyan (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Stopped reading at this piece of shit opinion: "The Walker Brothers produced little memorable music as a unit"

emil.y, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just listening to his latest, "Screen Memories" and I am really enjoying it. It feels like a guilty pleasure. Somehow it reminds me of Lansing-Dreiden as it also succeeds in recreating the new wave sound of the early eighties without aping/cloning it. Usually retro music bores me to death but this is different. He does his own thing and somehow it works. Surprised that there isn't more discussion on him around here.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

New album's great!! Probably not better than Pitiless Censors but it's definitely more well-produced

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 2 November 2017 20:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Hell yes, new album rules. IDK if it's actually better than his last records but it's easily my favorite thing he's made.

davey, Thursday, 2 November 2017 20:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe it's because the production is better. Thinking why I had a hard time connecting with previous records of his, the production was probably it

davey, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Also the RA review suggested that the current political climate (of horrors) is a better context for his style of music, and it does feel like a timely record

davey, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

his AMA is predictably good reading

ogmor, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Thanks for that

calstars, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

Follow your nose, philosophize with your nose! Wikipedia, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, The Beginners Guide comic series, The Giants of Philosophy narrated by Charlton Heston--things like that. They'll all give you the standard caricature, e.g., "Hegel is about the acorn becoming an oak", stuff like that... Then, smarmy, uptight, grad-students with no love in their hearts will kick you in crotch (and do it speaking perfect French) when you try to weigh in on the basis of that knowledge so you'll read each of three critiques from cover to cover carefully underlining everything that is important, you'll keep reading, reading it all, always the original book, always from cover to cover, and then when smarmy grad student comes to kick you down you'll just feel bad for them... They'll say something like, "Yeah, I wrote an essay about how I want to make out with Walter Benjamin." And you'll say something like, "Huh? You know my brother just got down slugging through the Arcades Project, have you ever read that one?" And they'll say, "Yeah, I think so..." Then, you'll think to yourself, 'geese, it took my brother several weeks to slug through that several hundred page collection of fragments and aphorisms, it's something I don't think he'll ever forget, and here this person is telling they're not even sure if they read it! Damn, I guess I won't even bother trying to dialog about On Language As Such and On the Language of Man, even though the profound insights contained in that essay illuminate the truths contained in the story of the fall in ways I haven't even begun to unpack, because this one I'm talking to now is no good.' Then, later, you'll be in New York City and you'll politely try to make conversation with someone standing there, and you'll ask them: "What do you do?" and they'll say "I work for an art collector" and you'll say "cool, what sorts of art are you into?" and they'll say "well, right now, I'm into garbage" and you'll think to yourself 'how many of these robots are there?'


lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

The new one didn’t click with me at first but I just gave it a re listen and it’s excellent. Maybe a little more low key than Pitiless, which I think is his best. Love his synth tones.

calstars, Thursday, 17 May 2018 13:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

his AMA is fantastic lmao, exactly what I'd expect

has anyone else listened to Addendum yet? I'm enjoying it a fair bit more than Screen Memories

ufo, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:04 (six months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Really sad news:

flappy bird, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 04:30 (four months ago) Permalink

wow, that's horrible. I hadn't realised that was his brother

ogmor, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:01 (four months ago) Permalink

I wonder if he got hit by the viral lung thing going around Europe -- it's apparently really dangerous because the symptoms are pretty mild.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 08:40 (four months ago) Permalink

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