Let's give Ada's "Blondie" it's own thread...

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Areal must have repressed it. Boomkat (UK) also have/had it back in stock. With luck, this may arrive in my letterbox today! Can't believe how long I've waited to get this one.

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 06:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

all of which reminds me... Ada - I Love Asphalt?

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 16:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I played this album for friends and they want it! I wouldn't be surprised if there's some more widespread interest in it eventually.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 16:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I still think Blondie's half-baked, particularly in the light of Kobol and 2rabimmel, 2rabammel, 2rabum, 2bum bum. I find the latter two stronger and much more revelatory. That is, somehow I just can't fight the feeling that Ada got lazy and/or complacent with her full-length. (Although if Blondie is, for some [or many! hurrah!], the gateway drug to the rest of Areal's catalog...well, it can't be all bad, right?)

Zimmer026 (Zimmer026), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 19:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't think it's laziness or complacence as much as it's the idea of putting out an actual album! Blondie isn't nearly as dancefloor-playable as her other stuff because it's either lighter vocal tracks or some softened instrumentals that work better alone than in the mix. She's probably stronger on the heavier dancefloor stuff but the album is a lot more mellow and destined for more varied playing.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 19:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dancefloor or not is not the issue I (have) pondered.

On the Areal thread I equated her repackaging of 3.5 tracks to laziness/complacency. If ever I, personally, were given the enviable opportunity to release an actual album, I hope I would have the patience to increase the ratio of "GREAT" vocal/mellower/softer instrumental tracks to average tracks rather than squander said opportunity by repackaging one third and pedestrianizing another.

(For example, Ada's two 2rabimmel... contributions alone suprass more than half the tracks on Blondie.)

Zimmer026 (Zimmer026), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 20:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I played this album for friends and they want it! I wouldn't be surprised if there's some more widespread interest in it eventually.

I know. This is one of those rare albums that makes all kinds of people stop and ask what it is.

Baaderonixx and the hedonistic gluttons (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 07:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Okay, so the date's wrong on discogs but "I Love Asphalt" is new Ada material then?

I'd hope this will receive more 'widespread interest' when she (potentially) blows it out of the water with her next record!

This is unstoppable to the half-way mark, goes quite a bit pear-shaped after that but is so charming that it's really very forgiveable. The first two minutes of "Cool My Fire (I'm Burning)" are such sweet, unbearable tension. I feel like I've had this album a year already.

login name (fandango), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
'Sternhagel' is amazing. I've listened to it a dozen times in the past two days.

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 13 April 2006 03:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

What label is it on? I keep reading about it but haven't found anywhere online to buy it yet.

mike h. (mike h.), Thursday, 13 April 2006 03:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also see here: http://www.discogs.com/release/650885

geeta (geeta), Thursday, 13 April 2006 03:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink


"close your eyes and wet your lips"


"yes please"

i love this album too much. cant believe it took me 2 years to buy it. both cover versions are awesome (esp the blindhouse one). i think "who pays the bills" is the only tune i dont like

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 13 April 2006 08:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i haven't listened to blondie in a while (v wrong of me, this thread reminds me that i must dig it out again asap) but i heard a couple of older ada tracks for the first time this year - 'i love asphalt' and 'arriba amoeba' - and HOLY FUCK THEY ARE RULING MY WORLD COMPLETELY. in a completely different way to the album! much more upfront and banging.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i mean, that rhythm on 'arriba amoeba'. and the driving drilling noises on 'i love asphalt'.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

blondie is my favourite artist album this year i think. i mean, that ive heard this year. its a perfect album, in length, and song selection. it might be missing lots of good tunes, but its an album in its own right, not a greatest hits...

i wouldnt mind an ada greatest hits. i agree that the 2 rabimmel tracks are great

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

2 Rabimmel was one of my favourite albums of last year. Some propper good angry techno that made me super productive in the office. Havent been wowed by Areal this year unfortunately. The schnizelmaker was ok - but 29 forever was possibly better. Anything else worth catching?

rchinn (rchinn), Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think it kind of meets the criteria of a perfect album, but it isn't perfect by a long shot (before the half-way mark though it is). BUT it's got enough magic & whimsy(?) about it that it doesn't really matter so much.

If I had to choose, escaping a not very urgent housefire, a girly, songy & charming electro-techno type record from 2004 it would still be Sylvie Marks & Hal9000 "Krazeee" (also far from perfect, but wins on breadth).

But Ada is still fab, I sorta hope she breaks a bit away from the Areal sound (or takes it somewhere else) next though, she's great at what she does, but some more range in her music would be nice.

fandango (fandango), Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sternhagel is actually available on itunes.

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 13 April 2006 15:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Weird, I swear it wasn't when I looked the other day. In any case, thanks for the Juno link, Michael. I probably need to listen to more of the artist albums on Areal before passing judgement, but Ada's stuff always seems like a more playful, melodic version of what the label is doing as a whole. Sternhagel has these little interjections that really set off the layers of the song.

I'm still surprised that I haven't seen/heard about Ada in more places. It might be because the distribution in the US is pretty minimal outside of Forced Exposure and a handful of shops, but it's one of those albums I think *should* be carried in a lot of indie record stores. Maybe it is and I just haven't been to enough places. Everyone I've had listen to the album has expressed at least some interest in a copy...

mike h. (mike h.), Thursday, 13 April 2006 16:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"i love this album too much. cant believe it took me 2 years to buy it. both cover versions are awesome (esp the blindhouse one). "

yes, "each and every one" is my secret fave on this album (although, strictly speaking, I like the first three tracks as much or more). The organ! The snare attack at the end!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Friday, 14 April 2006 03:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

5 years since 'Blondie'?!

baaderonixx, Thursday, 18 June 2009 09:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wow. Lovely LP.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

new compilation (adaptations) reviewed on pitchfork today!

johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

is that getting talked about anywhere on ilm? i'm really loving it. the best part is there might not be a single handclap sample on the whole thing...

W i l l, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

i spoke too soon...but that's ok

W i l l, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink


coincidentally, i played blondie earlier this week. still great. must check out the mix

willem, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, adaptations is lovely

braveclub, Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

There doesn't seem to much talk about Meine Zarten Pfoten, Ada's latest album that came out last year... I got a copy a few days ago, and I think it's quite good!

I wasn't that impressed with Blondie, but I loved Adaptations, so at first I was a bit disappointed how very chilled out the new album is; not many dance beats on it, and plenty of "girlish" vocals. But after a few listens, I really began to like it. There's a mellow, embracing, almost womb-like mixture of sweet synth sounds and acoustic guitars all through is length... "Happy Birthday" could've done without the semi-irritating vocal effects, and the last track (not counting the hidden track) feels a bit extraneous, but other than that there aren't many flaws to it.

I guess it's a bit weird that an album (not a mixtape like Adaptations) credited to Ada starts with what is essentially a remix of a Luscious Jackson tune, but listening to the original, she has only taken the vocals from it, and everything else is new, so it still sounds like an Ada tune. There a two other tunes credited to other acts on the album, but I think they are cover versions and not remixes of the original? Though it doesn't matter what the source is, Meine Zarten Pfoten still feels like a coherent whole.

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:07 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i liked it quite a bit - more pastoral than i was expecting, it didn't blow my mind like blondie, but always nice to hear from ada.

my favourite things she's done are the most grinding and driving - "i love asphalt" and "arriba amoeba" in partic

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

What ever happeend to her? Blondie still holds up

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 13:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

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