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Loves them Lilys.

'Better..' is a desert island record.

Why they never made it on that stupid Neu tribute disc is beyond me.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 16 September 2009 11:04 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

People who like really big sounding songs should do themselves a favor and listen to "Eskimo" off of the Tone Bender EP.

Evan, Monday, 15 February 2010 14:23 (nine years ago) link

been listening to the 3-way a lot recently and loving it.

mizzell, Monday, 15 February 2010 14:41 (nine years ago) link

I tried that one, but I can't get behind it. Its not bad, but I just feel cheated by them cause its so opposite of the sound they had that I love. This problem would have been 90% solved if they just decided to go by a different band name when they went all Kinks-y.

Evan, Monday, 15 February 2010 14:45 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Eccsame the Photon Band is pure nostalgia for me.
It may not be their most unique or consistent record, but it always pleases me.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 16:59 (nine years ago) link

Is Day Of The Monkey on that one? I love that song.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

Its so great, but whenever I try to play it for (most) people I know, they seem bored. As an album, not for pop fans.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:29 (nine years ago) link

Day of the Monkey is on that one and it was the song I was listening to when I wrote the post.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:33 (nine years ago) link

To my ears it's inconsistent in sound and almost a little too low-key in places but I really love that album. It gets better with repeated listening.

You Weaked It! (MaresNest), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:40 (nine years ago) link

Oh it also totally soundtracked my first sexual experience so that probably has something to do with my fondness for it.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:43 (nine years ago) link

Also I disagree with you Trip on the uniqueness. Definitely their most unique.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:49 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I guess that makes sense, too.
Such a schizo band.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:57 (nine years ago) link

so weird that the 3-Way gets so much hate. sure its pastiche, but that is some of the best-written pastiche ever. the arrangements are just INSANE, packed with so much detail, tons of bizarre changes and chords all held together by a seemingly endless supply of memorable hooks. I don't think its their best and I like all their incarnations, just felt this album needed defending.

mark roflr (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 17:59 (nine years ago) link

yeah I completely agree

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:02 (nine years ago) link

also I saw this dude live a few months ago and it was quite possibly the worst show I've seen in a while

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:03 (nine years ago) link

i think the 3 way is my favorite. haven't been able to get into eccsame, but i just heard it for the first time in the last year or so, and i was into better and 3 way when they came out.

mizzell, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:16 (nine years ago) link

I don't hate the 3-Way, but I love the early stuff sooo much that 3-Way is a betrayal, regardless of its quality on its own.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:45 (nine years ago) link

band doesn't owe you anything FYI

mark roflr (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:52 (nine years ago) link

Haha I know, I didn't mean it that way. I really just can't get enough of their earlier sound. Again I don't dislike the later stuff.

Evan, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 18:57 (nine years ago) link

funnily enough the only songs that worked live for me were one off of amazing letdowns

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 19:02 (nine years ago) link

ones

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 19:03 (nine years ago) link

eleven months pass...

anyone have mp3s of the Which Studies The Past? 7" they'd like to share?

mizzell, Monday, 28 February 2011 21:40 (eight years ago) link

also interested in the better-era b-sides, touch the water and more than that is deserved

mizzell, Monday, 28 February 2011 21:43 (eight years ago) link

the 2nd of 'better' with the blue cover has those 2 b-sides on it, i'm sure that's probably hanging round the blogs somewhere

i did have the 'studies' mp3s but they were such a poor rip i deleted them, sorry... i need to rip my own copy but that will probably happen shortly after the loveless reissue comes out

haydens gonna hade (electricsound), Monday, 28 February 2011 21:46 (eight years ago) link

2nd issue of 'better'

haydens gonna hade (electricsound), Monday, 28 February 2011 21:46 (eight years ago) link

might be able to help you out, mizzy. let me take a peak when i get home. you have both versions of "better" too?

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Monday, 28 February 2011 22:08 (eight years ago) link

I've been listening to 'Better' for years and it vexes me that I still don't know exactly why there are two versions, I even asked Kurt once.

Run Westy Run Megatorrent (MaresNest), Monday, 28 February 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

isn't it plus orchestration or something? i don't think i've ever heard the second version of better. is it worth it iyo?

dell (del), Monday, 28 February 2011 22:13 (eight years ago) link

There's different tracks, additional instruments and production. You should check out both.

It's more the why than the what that has piqued me all these years.

Run Westy Run Megatorrent (MaresNest), Monday, 28 February 2011 22:22 (eight years ago) link

oh ok, thanks

well there's that second version of precollection w/different production and extra songs...confusing

dell (del), Monday, 28 February 2011 22:24 (eight years ago) link

also what was his response when you asked him about it?

dell (del), Monday, 28 February 2011 22:25 (eight years ago) link

Ah well, it was in a very noisy club, I was DJ'ing/trying to concentrate and I was kinda drunk and he's so frigging tall and I was a bit overwhelmed really, so I can't really remember.

Run Westy Run Megatorrent (MaresNest), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) link

Okay, I have located my 4 CD copies of Lilys' Better Can't Make Your Life Better:
1) US edition #1 on Primary/Elektra (tracks #10-11 = The Sammael Sea/Returns Every Morning)
2) JP edition #1 on east/west Japan with bonus: Welfare Murder Plot/Baby's A Dealer (aka Who Studies The Past? subpop single of the month)
3) UK edition #2 on Che (remixed with strings, bassoon, bass harmonica, etc.), tracks #10-12 = Touch The Water*/Returns Every Morning/More Than That Is Deserved
*Apples In Stereo cover
4) JP edition #2 again on east/west Japan with bonus tracks which look like it is the Services For The Soon To Be Departed EP tacked on.

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:08 (eight years ago) link

2) JP edition #1 on east/west Japan with bonus: Welfare Murder Plot/Baby's A Dealer (aka Who Studies The Past? subpop single of the month)

welp there's one for the wishlist

fat either way, of course (electricsound), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:08 (eight years ago) link

cover arts:
1-2 have the pink/blue hand diamonds on peachy/yellow background
3-4 have the red/yellow hands on ocean blue back ground

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:09 (eight years ago) link

Would love to hear those tracks on the first two.

Run Westy Run Megatorrent (MaresNest), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:10 (eight years ago) link

y'all want #2 then? I can U/L the full CD and then just the last 2 songs.

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:55 (eight years ago) link

pls pls

fat either way, of course (electricsound), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:58 (eight years ago) link

yes would like to hear those! had no idea this record was so complicated.

tylerw, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:00 (eight years ago) link

me too, thanks!

Run Westy Run Megatorrent (MaresNest), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 09:33 (eight years ago) link

*uploading now*

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:29 (eight years ago) link

:D
i spent a good part of last night trying to find video of the time i saw these dudes play at no life records in 96 or 97? no luck, though i could swear that someone was filming.

tylerw, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:32 (eight years ago) link

JP edition #1 on east/west Japan with bonus: Welfare Murder Plot/Baby's A Dealer (aka Who Studies The Past? subpop single of the month)
http://www.mediafire.com/file/odb00f90qag4nd9/Better%20Can%27t%20Make%20Your%20Life%20Better.zip

If you just want Which Studies The Past?
http://www.mediafire.com/file/bslxwe8b8rpg29t/Which%20Studies%20The%20Past.zip

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:33 (eight years ago) link

I think in 97 his backing band was The Beachwood Sparks en totale so that would make sense. Aaron from KXLU/Aron's/NoLife was his drummer for a while there.

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:34 (eight years ago) link

oh yeah --- i think that was before i knew who beachwood sparks were...

tylerw, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:35 (eight years ago) link

Listening to this for the first time in a long time "Who Is Moving?" is really ace.

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:40 (eight years ago) link

love this band

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 20:41 (eight years ago) link

steve, can you put the uk version up too? thanks for this!

mizzell, Thursday, 3 March 2011 00:42 (eight years ago) link

at your request.

*U/Ling now*

A Scanner Snarkly (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 3 March 2011 02:36 (eight years ago) link

fuck i love the way 'welfare...' is mixed

some velveeta morning (electricsound), Thursday, 3 March 2011 02:41 (eight years ago) link


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