Is it just me or is the mix on Timothy's Monster all wrong? Not that it sounds bad, but there's something weird about it, on these sorts of 'normal' melodic rock songs the drums sort of sit in the front while the vocals lay in the background, it's weird and kind of cool, especially when new instruments come in and just take over the whole mix. Outside of maybe The Fall with Mark E. at the mixing desk I can't think of anything else produced quite this way.
― Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:15 (five years ago) link
First exposure to them was Liitle Lucid. Great. Thinking I should take a chronological approach to the albums
― calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 02:28 (three years ago) link
For those with less time and patience to make it through their 18+ album discography, they released a concise two disc collection last year, Supersonic Scientists - A Young Person´s Guide To Motorpsycho that's a nice intro.
Since you like LLM, I'd recommend checking out Heavy Metal Fruit (2010) next, before going back to the beginning. Demon Box (1993) and Timothy's Monster (1994) are quite different.
― Fastnbulbous, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:42 (three years ago) link
― calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 17:22 (three years ago) link
I think I really love this band
― frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2016 12:16 (three years ago) link
"Evernine" from Trust Us is the only song I wanna hear today, over and over again
― frogbs, Friday, 30 December 2016 17:50 (three years ago) link
On September 8 2017 we release our new album ‘The Tower’ on Rune Grammofon / Stickman Records. It is a double LP, a double CD, and will also be available digitally.
This is how we got here:
― Fastnbulbous, Friday, 28 July 2017 04:52 (two years ago) link
change of drummer and producer hopefully will do them some good, their description got me hyped for this
― Spottie, Friday, 28 July 2017 08:14 (two years ago) link
was playing some MP when my Dad was around, I think "Whip That Ghost" was on and he said "this is really great, you have good taste" then "Psychonaut" came on and he was like "what the hell is this? put that other band on"
― frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:26 (two years ago) link
― Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:31 (two years ago) link
I've had similar experiences with Ween too
― frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:32 (two years ago) link
yeh ween is even more varied
― Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:34 (two years ago) link
give dad Phanerothyme for his birthday, that's their ultimate dadrock album I reckon!
new album cover looking promising. Double album.. not so sure.
― Ludo, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:43 (two years ago) link
both of them did made surprisingly great country records too. I think that's what links them together, in my mind
kinda glad this one's a double since so many of their great 90's ones were. probably means there will be a few throwaway bits but that's the psychos for ya
― frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:46 (two years ago) link
the fairly recent Black Hole/Blank canvas was pretty meh though... (not be a bummer to the party).
and almost all MP records have at least 1 or 2 great tracks, so.. this one should have 4
― Ludo, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:58 (two years ago) link
stoked. other double albums (death-defying unicorn oh yeah) have been dope
― reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:04 (two years ago) link
could I get a few POX's? I keep wanting to get into these guys but their catalog is so damn daunting
― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:05 (two years ago) link
Generally think the four record run of Demon Box-Timothy's Monster-Blissard-Angels and Daemons at Play is unfuckwithable. Tough to single out songs from those albums though, as they are such a part of the album their on.
Would have to think long and hard about a POX.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:44 (two years ago) link
^dead on. Been listening to those albums nonstop lately.
― the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 11 August 2017 02:54 (two years ago) link
Sometimes when bands have an overwhelmingly huge catalog I start with a mix based on the songs they play live the most:
― Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 04:56 (two years ago) link
I would add Trust Us to the run Le Bateau Ivre just described, such a massive experience. Also, Black Hole/Blank Canvas is great, one of their most underrated albums. Curious about the new one, a friend of mine saw them live just last week at the Krach Am Bach festival and he said the new songs he heard were great, a lot heavier than the previous few albums.
― Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:35 (two years ago) link
And just for fun, my Motorpsycho POX:
WatersoundPills powders and passion playsHey JaneStarmelt/LovelightThe golden coreThe other foolSonic teenage GuinevereUberwagner (or a billion bubbles in mind)TriggermanThe ocean in her eyes
...this feels way too short, I could easily add another ten.
― Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:39 (two years ago) link
I just heard "Starmelt/Lovelight" for the first time on the Supersonic Scientists comp last year. I guess that was on the Lovelight EP -- amazing that with all those albums people can single out a cut from an EP!
― Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 12:54 (two years ago) link
It's also on Angels And Daemons At Play. If I were to single out an EP track it would be Mad Sun. Unbelievable that they didn't put that one on a regular album.
― Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 13:08 (two years ago) link
"Step Inside" from the 8 Soothing Songs for Rut EP is great, I wish they'd included that on Demon Box instead of the muffled and brooding version we got
amazing how these dudes were able to whip so many pitch-perfect pop songs out of their asses, unusual for such a jam-heavy band. Angels and Daemons has 3 - "Walking on the Water", "Starmelt/Lovelight", and "Like Always".
can't even begin a POX right now but "Sinful, Wind-Borne" and "Evernine" would definitely be on it
― frogbs, Friday, 11 August 2017 13:48 (two years ago) link
I'd definitely add Trust Us to the classic run of albums.Speaking of pop songs, it has their very best, 'Hey Jane'.
I kinda lost track of them after 'Let Them Eat Cake', but I'll check out at least BHBC based on the recommendations above.
And FnB, I had never thought of the setlist trick - that is one to remember!
― ArchCarrier, Saturday, 12 August 2017 10:47 (two years ago) link
I haven't heard BHBC in years, but I don't remember it as among their best. But you should check out Little Lucid Moments, Heavy Metal Fruit and last years Here Be Monsters (And the 12 inch with the title track).
― satans favourite son, Saturday, 12 August 2017 20:02 (two years ago) link
Makes me very happy this thread does
― calstars, Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:56 (two years ago) link
xp - Will do!
― ArchCarrier, Sunday, 13 August 2017 05:19 (two years ago) link
Glad to see MP get some appreciation here! I've been a fan since seeing them play for 30 people in a dingy punk rock shoebox on the Demon Box tour. The post-BHBC work never really resonated with me, but this new one sounds interesting, change of drummer might just be the thing they needed.
Anyways here's my quick & dirty POX in no particular order:
Walking on the WaterPsychonautRadiance Freq.Un Chien d'EspaceS'NumbnessOzoneSerpentineThe Slow PhaseoutSinful, wind-borneStarmelt/Lovelight
― sonderpop, Monday, 14 August 2017 12:40 (two years ago) link
You can listen to a new song here: http://www.visions.de/news/27250/Motorpsycho-streamen-neuen-Song-A-S-F-E
― satans favourite son, Saturday, 26 August 2017 06:24 (two years ago) link
Rune Grammofon wouldn't give me a promo because it was not officially released yet in North America, hence the pricey $31+ import price on Amazon. I ordered from Stickman which was better, about $23 USD. I won't get the CDs for at least a week but it's just started floating in the c-ether and is on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/0BqXam3ZWK3d4h8SIHmxMI
― Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 September 2017 04:10 (two years ago) link
― Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 September 2017 14:43 (two years ago) link
Reprtedly their only 2017 UK show (London in October) was pretty sparsely attended. A bit surprising to me and I might have made more of an effort to go if I'd had an inkling it wouldn't be guaranteed busy.
Seems their European popularity doesn't extend across the Channel.
― Noel Emits, Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:24 (two years ago) link
That seems about right. I read a lot about how important they are to the Norwegian scene and how their stuff often ranks amongst Norway's best music, which gives me the impression that they aren't very popular anywhere else. Kind of funny to see discussion threads which are half "just discovered these guys and they're amazing, why aren't they more popular?" and half "what are you talking about, we've loved them for years!"
― frogbs, Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:20 (two years ago) link
On the Tower, “In Every Dream” is very good. I couldn’t really get with the slower acoustic stuff on the album. At times the singer just sounds kind of cheesy.
― calstars, Sunday, 17 December 2017 03:18 (two years ago) link
Apparently there's something that isn't working for them beyond Europe. The only lists this album made besides mine was #10 on Prog Magazine's, and The Needledrop's 15 Underrated episode.
― Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 31 December 2017 14:09 (two years ago) link
They're reissuing their Roadwork series of live albums on vinyl (with CDs in the packaging), and adding a new set. Here's the rundown:
Roadwork Vol. 1 (1999) 2LP/1CDThe Other FoolA K9 SuiteFeelSuper/WheelYou LiedBlack to CommWords of WisdomVortex Surfer
Roadwork Vol. 2 (2000) 2LP/1CDOlemanns KornettGrindstoneThe WheelFinske SkogerDreamsThe Golden CoreLimboNå
Roadwork Vol. 3 (2002) 2LP/1CD *originally released as part of the Haircuts DVD*Stained GlassCuster's Last Stand (One More Daemon)Starmelt/Lovelight577Little Ricky MassenburgHogwashSTGNeverland
Roadwork Vol. 5 (2018) 3LP/2CDShip of FoolsSleepwalkingLacuna/SunriseManmowerKölnUn Chien d'EspaceTaifun
― grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link
Listened to Roadwork Vol. 5 this morning while doing laundry. It's really nice. Other than a little two-minute interlude, the shortest song is 11 minutes, and the longest is over 30.
― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 21 June 2018 13:05 (one year ago) link
oh nice, can't wait to get my hands on it. I only have 1 & 2. 1 is a classic, of course. I kinda love 2 as well though I guess the premise of "three different bands meet each other (presumably) for the first time" may be sort of a turn off. it's pretty wild though.
― frogbs, Thursday, 21 June 2018 18:16 (one year ago) link
okay, I've got Vol 3 now and it's great. the "four Norsemen" are presumably the trio + a keyboard player, which does give them the dimension to play something like "Stained Glass", but otherwise they kinda stay away from the folky/rootsy stuff, instead kicking out the jams as they always do. I mean, holy shit, that 20-minute "Hogwash" is something else. And followed up by "STG" ? Wow. Its kinda cool in that there is so much jamming and improvising that a lot of times you forget what song you're listening to. Which is the way I wish more live albums were. Great stuff.
― frogbs, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 12:54 (one year ago) link
Yeah, I wrote about the whole set at the end of July. I don't think I'm ever gonna dive all the way into their catalog, but there's a lot on these live records that I like a lot.
― grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 13:47 (one year ago) link
holy shit this song is good
― frogbs, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:19 (one year ago) link
link is dead
― marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:36 (one year ago) link
those "[Artist Name] - topic" accounts are strange
― frogbs, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:40 (one year ago) link
That is lush, thank you.
― MaresNest, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 22:27 (one year ago) link
― marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 21:08 (one year ago) link
^ Good times indeed.
Somehow I've only just seen that a new one was announced. Pre orders already shipping apparently.
― *there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:06 (one year ago) link
These guys and Autechre putting the lie to the idea that Gen X are slackers.
― *there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:09 (one year ago) link
heres another one, I really like this side of the band
― frogbs, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:29 (one year ago) link
One of their best album openers imo.
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 08:20 (one year ago) link
I agree, though I think the album itself (It's a Love Cult) is one of their weaker efforts.
― Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Monday, 11 February 2019 12:42 (one year ago) link
I prefer it over Phanerothyme, but there are stronger ones, sure.
― Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 12:44 (one year ago) link
one of their best album closers too, I really love this song. it's like some great Nazz outtake
― frogbs, Monday, 11 February 2019 14:33 (one year ago) link
another cool thing - "STG" (Sonic Teenage Guinnevere) uses the same tuning as "Guinnevere" by CSN. of course MP's version rocks a lot harder :)
anyone hear the new one yet?
― frogbs, Monday, 18 February 2019 21:51 (one year ago) link
We went back into Studio Black Box in France (where we did the Ole album in June) for a two week session without any defined idea or clear concept of what we wanted to achieve, and just recorded as many of the songs we have amassed over the last couple of years as possible. It turned out to be quite a lot of music, probably too much for even a double album, so we’ll have to think a bit about how to do this one. It is far too early for us to say anything sensible about it, so we’ll need the winter to sort things out and see what it actually is. Maybe it’s time for another triple LP? We’ll see – it ain’t done til it’s done!
hell yeah it's time
― frogbs, Friday, 27 September 2019 20:42 (four months ago) link
Newish documentary. Interesting interviews with the band intercut with fantastic recent live footage and a bit of history. Woah.
And an oldish documentary from 2000 for Dutch TV.
― Noel Scott Emits (Noel Emits), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:51 (two months ago) link
One year ago (11/30/18) I saw these guys at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, as part of Rune Grammofon's two-night 20th anniversary show. The set list was mostly songs from The Tower, plus three older ones. It was loud as fuck and pretty glorious.
― shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 29 November 2019 23:39 (two months ago) link
The live stuff in the new film is recorded off the desk and sounds amazing. I know they've always improvised but Bent isn't kidding when he says they're playing a kind of jazz.
― Noel Scott Emits (Noel Emits), Saturday, 30 November 2019 07:40 (two months ago) link