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So how come no one talks about how AWESOME the Makeout Videotape record is?

nostormo, Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:57 (six years ago) link

Those are awesome links nostromo.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:03 (six years ago) link

I mean nostormo.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:03 (six years ago) link

All the tracks on the new one are good but are all the same tempo, I wish there were a few uptempo songs like "Freaking Out the Neighborhood" on II. Also I wish the last track had lyrics, because then it would be one of the best tracks on the album.

crunchytunes (EssenceOfJones), Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:59 (six years ago) link

this new album is a nice, easy listen. and it's got that traditional, rockist guitar-rock vibe that still resonates with me (which makes sense, since i'm about to qualify for AARP membership).

Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 16:16 (six years ago) link

i love the guitar tone on this, so... rubbery? woozy?

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 17:58 (six years ago) link


Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 17:59 (six years ago) link

It reminds me of the Eccentric Soul series being played by white Pavement fans. The majority of the Eccentric Soul master tapes were, I believe, rescued from flood-damaged basements in cities like Miami. Literally watery.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 1 April 2014 18:57 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

So at the end of the last track on the new one he seems to give his address and invites the listener over for coffee

calstars, Saturday, 18 July 2015 00:29 (five years ago) link

soyrev, Saturday, 18 July 2015 01:55 (five years ago) link

Another One is my favorite thing he's done, maybe the only one i really like (aside from some pleasant demos and the instrumental toss-offs on Some Other Ones). its sameyness is cozy and hypnotic, a good bit like the Green Album (hate to mention that twice on these boards in a month but i really don't know many pop records that do anything similar), and it's even more compact (like, Wild Honey compact). nice, convenient album

soyrev, Saturday, 18 July 2015 02:00 (five years ago) link

He seems like an affable dirtbag.

Sam Weller, Friday, 24 July 2015 12:46 (five years ago) link

on stage last week he just looked dirty

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 July 2015 12:51 (five years ago) link

I can't even believe this dude is so desperate to maintain a fanbase that he has stooped to inviting strangers into his home for coffee

wait yes I can

Wimmels, Friday, 24 July 2015 13:16 (five years ago) link

maybe he just likes meeting new people

tayto fan (Michael B), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:06 (five years ago) link

such a hoser bro

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:09 (five years ago) link

he has a pretty huge fanbase IME, don't think this is a desperate attempt to maintain it

flopson, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:20 (five years ago) link

yeah ive missed out on two of his shows because they sold out way before the date :/

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 16:20 (five years ago) link

his mass appeal has mystified me and friends for a while now. i like him plenty (especially after his new one and the instrumental bonus record), but seems like a strange thing to be hip among the kids in 2015

soyrev, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:28 (five years ago) link


flopson, Friday, 24 July 2015 16:31 (five years ago) link

the explanation behind his mass appeal is that he's an unpretentious, charismastic guy who actually puts himself out there unlike most of the ultra fey brooklyn alumni his label has had a hand in making huge over the years.

i've kinda gotten tired of his shtick as of late (get a drummer, man. seriously) but he's definitely written a few excellent songs over the years

hackshaw, Friday, 24 July 2015 17:02 (five years ago) link


because he's making indie rock, or maybe '70s singer-songwriter rock, which doesn't seem to be a very popular thing these days? i've only heard a few of his songs, and they're nice, but i'm also mystified as to why he's the guy. he does seem like a charismatic dude in interviews.

lil urbane (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2015 17:48 (five years ago) link

Party at mac's house tonight who's in

calstars, Friday, 24 July 2015 20:31 (five years ago) link

He has a personality which for some reason makes him stand out.

Hinklepicker, Friday, 24 July 2015 21:59 (five years ago) link

so whats the address?

nostormo, Friday, 24 July 2015 22:04 (five years ago) link

68-02 bayfield avenue queens ny

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 22:06 (five years ago) link

(soyrev linked to the GIS of that address upthread)

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Friday, 24 July 2015 22:06 (five years ago) link

i'm on my way.

nostormo, Friday, 24 July 2015 22:12 (five years ago) link

@hackshaw you've confused me. his records have drums. the one live video i went and checked had a drummer. i remember seeing a video two or three years ago that had a drummer, too. am i missing sth?

also yeah it's just the type of music he makes, the image he projects, etc. i guess there's a big market nowadays for a guy making albums that could very well be early r. stevie moore homespun jobs while looking rough in press photos with a finger shoved three inches up his own nose, and i'm not against that by any means (well, except the nose bit – ew), it's just surprising

i mean:

i get that it was for charity and that might've upped the ante, but we now live in a world where at least two people are willing to pay upwards of 20k for the rotten trainers of a kid who's just a few years into a career of pleasant and totally inconsequential mid-fi pop albums. how did we get here? did bands like beach fossils and real estate set the stage for him to be the singular front-and-center oddball character of a recently trending BK sound that none of his predecessors could be, or was it something else altogether?

soyrev, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:43 (five years ago) link

Tossed-off soft rock jams with good production/arrangements. Count me mystified too. Maybe that is why he is a world famous musician and I am playing Dark Souls for a 4th time.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:19 (five years ago) link

It is his personality.

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:17 (five years ago) link

I have never listened to this man's albums, but I've seen him live twice at festivals and admit I found him extremely charismatic.

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:35 (five years ago) link

Whereas say, Real Estate, who are mining similar sonic territory, have been deathly boring the 2-3 times I've caught them live.

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:36 (five years ago) link

i kinda like Real Estate's "no frontman" vibe (despite having a pretty clear would-be frontman). i saw them once at a festival and the lazy haze they emanated was a neat sensory complement to all the sunstroke going round.

personality makes sense, i suppose there's a lovable everyman quality he's got going that goes a long way with a bit of stagemanship (which makes the invitation for coffee at his place perfectly on-brand). still a bit confused as to how that opens him up to a bigtime teen/young 20s audience when the other things those demos seem to be loving are FKA twigs, Jamie xx and Diplo, but now that i like a couple Mac records i'll try to catch him if he ever makes it to this part of the world.

soyrev, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:18 (five years ago) link

i think he's written a bunch of memorable, poppy songs, and that his popularity is somewhat based on that, and is not that puzzling. it's also not like he's incredibly huge, he's playing here (vancouver - bear in mind that he's canadian and used to live here) at a venue with a capacity of under a thousand people. he's not selling out stadiums or anything, just regular, indie rock famous.

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:25 (five years ago) link

i feel like he's more than regular indie rock famous but obvs not full balls out celeb famous? like my youngest sister isn't really into anything "indie" but has his albums on her ipod

venue he's playing in mtl is over 2k capacity, surprised he wouldn't play somewhere bigger in the west coast

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:52 (five years ago) link

@flopson otm, it's not the size of his audience that surprises me as much as who's in it. nowadays i'd expect his shtick to be drawing at best 500 to 1k people in their mid or late 20s ands up, but he gets into spaces more than double that size and my friend's younger sister plays hookie with a bunch of her friends to be there (and they're kids who scarcely know or care about pitchfork or any music crit).

anyway. nbd really, and like i said it's pretty cool that it's happening. just something i haven't totally wrapped my head around

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:24 (five years ago) link

to put it simply:

i think kids just still relate to a dirty looking guy making cheap records in his basement and getting wasted five minutes before showtime.

can remember seeing mac well before his rise to fame (and before 2 came out) and he had everybody in the palm of his hands

it's something obtainable in comparison to the high-fashion publicity machine of something like FKA Twigs

hackshaw, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:02 (five years ago) link

If I was famous enough that it's not a hindrance to my daily life I wouldn't mind inviting fans for coffee for an hour or two every monday. I'm not a morning person though so people should visit from 11am to 1pm and leave.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:23 (five years ago) link

You could even select them prior visit, just have them send you an email with their data and fix a date.

When I was living in Madrid I had an online profile at couchsurfing for people to crash at my appartment downtown for a night or two and I never had any problem. it was cool having strangers for dinner or a couple of drinks.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:27 (five years ago) link

I wasn't dining them I was dining with them in case it was lost in translation.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:27 (five years ago) link

pretty crazy that he's giving people an open invitation/free license, though. i foresee reading an interview next album cycle where he's complaining about the weirdos who kept showing up at 3am or whatever

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:43 (five years ago) link

This strikes me as a funny modern version of Dylan going out to meet Woody Guthrie after hitting New York. I guess they were the damn dirty hipsters of their day, weren't they...

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 08:16 (five years ago) link

to put it simply:

i think kids just still relate to a dirty looking guy making cheap records in his basement and getting wasted five minutes before showtime.

^ what made him a horror during Pitchfork Festival.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:12 (five years ago) link

I wandered into his set at Bonnaroo while he giving a few songs to his goofball guitarist. Couldn't really make heads or tails of the whole scene. I stayed for a few of Mac's own songs too, and they were fine. Definitely seemed like he was selling this whole zany package rather than just the music. Like an indie-rock Primus or something.

Primus comparison is spot-on.

I enjoyed the last two albums, but his Pitchfork performance was embarrassing.

Allen (etaeoe), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:55 (five years ago) link

srsly with that shirt and his mannerisms he looked and sounded like the singer of a telenovela theme from the mid eighties

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:57 (five years ago) link

these are all things that imo further obfuscate his appeal, not explain it...just another of mac's many riddles that keep him in our hearts

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:21 (five years ago) link

Xp lol alfred

i played a shitty loft show with makeout videotape like 5 or 6 years and they were pretty wasted. i only saw him play as mac demarco once at a free show and the venue was packed to the gills with euphoric crowdsurfing teens. i left after 2 songs cause there was no oxygen and i felt old but the sound was perfectly fine and he seemed sober

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:35 (five years ago) link

choo choo!

i got bag sauce in my bag (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 May 2019 04:37 (one year ago) link

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