Big Thief - Two Hands

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the crack (rasp?) in her voice on that "it's not the hunger" line just slays me

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:16 (five months ago) link

Masterpiece is the "poppiest" / most immediate; Two Hands is the heaviest / most intense. The other two fall in between, I guess...

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:33 (five months ago) link

NOT TO DIE
NOT DYING
NOT TO LAUGH
NOT LYING

― alpine static, Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:51 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

fucking love that part

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:37 (five months ago) link

Masterpiece is the "poppiest" / most immediate; Two Hands is the heaviest / most intense. The other two fall in between, I guess...

― stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:33 PM (eight minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

ufof is the most spectral, capacity has a little of everything

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:42 (five months ago) link

i still think capacity is the best one

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:56 (five months ago) link

agreed

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:57 (five months ago) link

Shark Smile was the first track I ever heard and loved right away

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:15 (five months ago) link

Masterpiece: Bang
Capacity: Back From the Dead
UFOF: Bang 2
Two Hands: AlmightySo

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:29 (five months ago) link

Two Hands has left the biggest impression on me overall though

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:32 (five months ago) link

pvmic

xp

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:34 (five months ago) link

Is it wrong though

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:34 (five months ago) link

it makes more sense than it should

culture of mayordom (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:41 (five months ago) link

I'm not sure Two Hands is the heaviest. 'Not' is heavy, and the sound is rawer and more upfront than UFOF but Capacity feels weightier in comparison

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 January 2020 02:14 (five months ago) link

I dunno, there are parts of Two Hands that I almost find hard to listen to — due to that rawness, and intensity, and lyrics that evoke things of terrible gravity (without naming them directly):

Charcoal womb, the jet planes purr
And the croon, distant as paper
Children burn, faceless vapor
'Cause the toy in my hand is real


That’s some heavy shit!

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Friday, 17 January 2020 02:41 (five months ago) link

(But I also haven’t spent as much time with Capacity yet.)

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Friday, 17 January 2020 02:44 (five months ago) link

"mythological beauty" from capacity has that rawness in spades. i'd copy and paste parts but then i'd just start pasting verses

https://genius.com/15624811

majority whip, majority nae nae (m bison), Friday, 17 January 2020 02:58 (five months ago) link

Masterpiece: Bang
Capacity: Back From the Dead
UFOF: Bang 2
Two Hands: AlmightySo

― ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:29 PM (five hours ago)

hall of fame post

alpine static, Friday, 17 January 2020 04:29 (five months ago) link

I've been enjoying watching YouTube videos of this band; there are some great ones (their Tiny Desk Concert is older and brief, but mesmerizing).

I particularly get a kick out of the thin, blonde guitarist with the unlikely name of "Buck Meek"... he's like some conglomeration of Buddy Holly, Andy Dick, and Zander Schloss, pulling a constant assortment of shimmies, jerks, grimaces, and head-bobs.

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Friday, 17 January 2020 04:50 (five months ago) link

I'd say none of these 4 people are particularly shy about flaunting their sartorial eccentricities.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 17 January 2020 05:12 (five months ago) link

to their credit!

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Friday, 17 January 2020 05:15 (five months ago) link

Thoguht I'd put together a 'Best-Of' / 'Beginner's Guide' for my pals

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/41650wZfn3Mjd0AMcjrWDT?si=We6DsegYSImEIb3HPRvBYw

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 January 2020 11:28 (five months ago) link

In line w my earlier post, this is one of the few indie bands where I feel like a ranked list of their songs would actually flesh out rather than minimize their talents .... 25 best big thief songs ranked or whatevr ... between that & releasing two albums in a year they kinda operate like a rap group

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 17 January 2020 21:25 (five months ago) link

yep. and a band whom I'm very happy are churning it out because I spend a lot of time with each one and each is high quality

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 17 January 2020 21:29 (five months ago) link

I mentioned them to my uncle a little while back... he and I sometimes talk music, tho our tastes only occasionally align (he's mainly into mellow singer-songwriter/c&w).

He emailed me today that he's been listening to Masterpiece nonstop, and that he likes it even more than Two Hands ("because I'm old"). He also said that "Masterpiece" (the song) "weirdly and for reasons I haven't yet put my finger on makes me think of The Band's 'The Weight.'"

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Friday, 17 January 2020 21:50 (five months ago) link

“Masterpiece” does have a 70s classic country-rock chug, & is a very easy entry point to the band for folks coming from alt-country. “The Weight” isn’t a huge stretch.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 20 January 2020 02:29 (five months ago) link

When I first heard the opener of 'Capacity' I mistook BT for a country-rock band. They definitely have a bit of Bobby Gentry / Delta Swamp Boogie feeling somewhere in there

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 20 January 2020 09:17 (five months ago) link

So far I've heard Capacity, U.F.O.F., and Two Hands, and I love them all. How does Adrianne's solo album (abysskiss) compare to them?

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Monday, 20 January 2020 17:13 (five months ago) link

It’s acoustic, and fairly calm/meditative; with a bit of a “droning” effect from the repetitive fingerpicking and slow tempos. A few of the songs are performed by the full band on U.F.O.F.

Her earlier album, Hours Were the Birds, has a more traditional singer-songwriter feel.

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Monday, 20 January 2020 18:45 (five months ago) link

of course the one that's their best is whichever one I'm listneing to at the time, right?

^I've sort of come around to this p.o.v., after listening all weekend.

Also, this band has a quality that reminds me of Led Zeppelin -- not because they sound anything alike (it's hard to imagine two more different singers!), but because each of their albums is so distinctive, and every song they've released carries a certain importance.

You know how you can find those online features with "All 92(?) 74(?) 87(?) Led Zeppelin Songs, Ranked"? (there's disagreement on how to count). Even your "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper," or whatever, is elevated just by being etched on that awesome stone tablet of the Official Zep Catalog. There are no Zep "throwaways"; every song is important & key, part of the mythology (...until maybe you get to Coda). I'm sure there are other bands whose fans would say something similar about them; but I don't think I would personally make the same claim about most of the bands I love (they all have "lesser" tracks here and there, or, "yeah, that's an ok song," etc.).

Big Thief are obviously only halfway to matching the Zep output -- though if the parallel is accurate, they're about to hit their most killer stretch (lol) -- but they feel similar to me, in the sense that each Big Thief song has its own center of gravity. Even the few songs I'm not super hot on (I wish Capacity's title track were a little less, I dunno, sludgy?) have my respect & attention, and feel like they should be inscribed up on the big Rock 'n Roll wall somewhere.

dad genes (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 06:51 (five months ago) link

'Capacity' title track always reminds me of Moon River for some reason

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 12:08 (five months ago) link

xp yeah the first thing I thought when I heard them was Comus (voice, melodies) and then Zep (overall band vibe)

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:10 (five months ago) link

Huh, never heard of Comus (just looked them up). I mentioned on the other thread how I hear some Slapp Happy in certain Big Thief songs; looks like there may be some overlap there.

dad genes (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:31 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

“Not” gets all the attn... but “Shoulders” is also

A

JAM

dad genes (morrisp), Sunday, 9 February 2020 05:02 (four months ago) link

Yeah Not I'd great and everything but maybe a tiny bit overrated at the expense of other songs on the album.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Sunday, 9 February 2020 11:00 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-EAOdaDidy/

adrienne posted a lovely new song to instagram

ufo, Monday, 23 March 2020 08:52 (three months ago) link

why do i always misspell her name

ufo, Monday, 23 March 2020 08:57 (three months ago) link

be guided by the capitalized-“A” stylization: https://www.discogs.com/release/12550569-Stages-Of-The-Sun/images

morrisp, Monday, 23 March 2020 14:24 (three months ago) link

!!!

O_o

This is some Y Kant AdriAnne Read shit right there

rawdogging the pandemic (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 23 March 2020 23:00 (three months ago) link

www.AdriAnne.com is still under her control!

morrisp, Monday, 23 March 2020 23:35 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

A batch of recent demos on sale, to benefit their road crew: https://bigthief.bandcamp.com/album/demos-vol-1-topanga-canyon-ca-feb-2018

morrisp, Friday, 17 April 2020 03:46 (two months ago) link

One more: https://bigthief.ffm.to/loveinmine

“We all felt this song was one of the strongest
songs/captures in the Two Hands batch but we could never quite get it to fit in a sequence. Happy to be sharing it now”

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 15:29 (two months ago) link

definitely too straightforwardly pretty for the album. splendid as a standalone single though

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 15:46 (two months ago) link

this sounds like a christine fleetwood mac song, its v v v good

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 16:34 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/XF9HQCQ.jpg

these twitter culture wars are outta control :(

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Friday, 8 May 2020 21:48 (one month ago) link

#bigthiefisoverparty

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Friday, 8 May 2020 21:48 (one month ago) link

It was just a matter of time

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 8 May 2020 21:52 (one month ago) link

I think we may be getting a few new albums soon, guys: www.instagram.com/p/CADtCEpH-t7/

(btw - what kind of cyber-guitar is Adrianne holding in that first pic??)

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 05:19 (one month ago) link

I flubbed the link

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 05:20 (one month ago) link

I flubbed the link and the link won

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:56 (one month ago) link

Got ahold of Lenker's first album, recorded when she was 13.

Kudos to her for getting an album out that early, but I wouldn't recommend it at all.

Cow_Art, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 12:10 (one month ago) link


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