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ziggfried
(acolyte)
06/06/10 05:03 AM
Re: When, Zigg? new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

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Despite how incredible JFPL was, can't say I'm too confident about this.


Put me in the "cautiously optimistic" category. The Manics have stated that it's not going to be a follow-up to Journal for Plague Lovers, and James' "We're going for big radio hits on this one" statement alongside the news that Dave Eringa is producing and Chris Lord-Alge is mixing does make Postcards From a Young Man sound like a follow-up to Send Away the Tigers. Even though SATT was the Manics' least-best album to date, I'm optimistic because I think the Manics have to act like they have something to prove: JFPL gave them their best reviews in years, but now they have to show they can still cut it without Richey (again). James and Nicky's description of the new album as their "one last shot at mass communication" (and the fact that it's being supported by their biggest UK tour to date) could mean it's their swansong, or perhaps their last attempt to be radio-friendly.

Anyway, the album is out on 27 September (perhaps coincidentally, a few days before Ben Myers' Richard novel is released).



ziggfried
(acolyte)
06/06/10 11:10 PM
More Pussy Blues new [re: ziggfried]  

Grinderman 2 is out on 13 September. Looking forward to that one too.



Remade/Remodeled
(acolyte)
06/20/10 03:18 AM
Oh dear new [re: ziggfried]  

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d James' "We're going for big radio hits on this one" statement alongside the news that Dave Eringa is producing and Chris Lord-Alge is mixing does make Postcards From a Young Man sound like a follow-up to Send Away the Tigers.


Oh man, SAtT is easily the worst album I've bought by a (contemporary) band I've loved. So toothless, so banal...

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Put me in the "cautiously optimistic" category


I never knew Nathan Rabin moonlighted at TW as Ziggfried!

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre

ziggfried
(acolyte)
06/20/10 07:02 AM
Re: Oh dear new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

In reply to:

Oh man, SAtT is easily the worst album I've bought by a (contemporary) band I've loved. So toothless, so banal...


And yet when it was released, many critics were creaming their jeans over it, proclaiming it to be a return to form after Lifeblood (bullshit. Lifeblood is great) and the Manics' best album since Everything Must Go (an album which SATT supposedly resembles). I dunno, I suppose I have a sentimental attachment to SATT because at the first (and only) Manics gig I've been to, they premiered some SATT stuff live, but while I think SATT has a couple of good songs, I won't deny it's the worst MSP album out there. I think I've only listened to the whole thing from start to finish a couple of times and I've no desire to listen to it again anytime soon.

And "I'm just a patsy for your love/I need an angel from above" must surely rank as the worst lyrics Wire has ever cobbled.

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I never knew Nathan Rabin moonlighted at TW as Ziggfried!


How I wish I could claim credit for coining the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl."



ziggfried
(acolyte)
06/26/10 00:26 AM
McKagan, McCulloch and McCale - er, Cale new [re: ziggfried]  

Duff McKagan, Ian McCulloch and John Cale are guesting on Postcards from a Young Man, apparently. I dunno, loading a radio-friendly album with guest stars could make this thing great, or a colossal bloated folly. We will wait and see.



Remade/Remodeled
(acolyte)
06/29/10 05:02 AM
Re: Oh dear new [re: ziggfried]  

Yeah, my only Manics gig was on the SatT tour too, it was at a festival thought so all we heard from that album was Your Love Alone... and the not-so-bad Imperial Bodybags. Also Nicky acknowledged me when I complimented his dress.

Good times.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre

Forgotten_Boy
(crash course raver)
07/01/10 11:07 PM
Re: Hot Releases for 2010 new [re: sonofsilence]  

Anyone got an opinion on Tame Impala's Innerspeaker? Pitchfork are going apeshit over it, American college radio is saturating it and finally there looks to be an Australian band with some aspects of originality that is going to make it. What's more they're from my hometown.

I saw them open for my favourite band You Am I about 2 years ago - I wasn't unimpressed, but I thought that they needed to tighten their structures a bit cos so many of their songs seemed jammy and aimless. The album retains the jammy-ness, but it structures the songs that they don't become too self indulgent. There's a certain airiness about the music that'll have day trippers enraptured, and while their influences are perhaps obvious, the way they turn them inside out and upside down makes them far from derivative. In fact, I think this is probably the freshest sounding guitar based record I've heard in 5 years.

I'd be particularly interested in whether or not Marquis has heard this and what his views are.

I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't it, and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.

ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/06/10 05:47 AM
Re: Oh dear new [re: Remade/Remodeled]  

In reply to:

Yeah, my only Manics gig was on the SatT tour too, it was at a festival thought so all we heard from that album was Your Love Alone... and the not-so-bad Imperial Bodybags. Also Nicky acknowledged me when I complimented his dress.

Good times.


Gig I was at was part of a festival too - the Manics were the last act at the XFM Winter Wonderland in Manchester, December 2006. First time live for "I'm Just a Patsy" and "Autumnsong." 11-song set, I was near the back, so it wasn't exactly the best gig I've ever been to in my life, but anyway...I do remember Nicky saying, "I Killed the Zeitgeist, anyone?" and after some not-insubstantial cheers from the audience, Nicky replied, "You've got to be fucking kidding!" (I wouldn't have minded if James played some of his solo stuff though...).

On a related note, I did re-listen to SATT a couple of weeks ago. Still not impressed, but there's a half-decent EP in that album somewhere.



Marquis
(wise like orangutan)
07/06/10 01:09 PM
Someone Still Hates You Tom Breihan new [re: Forgotten_Boy]  

What am I, the resident Pitchfork whore? FINE!

Yes, I have heard Tame Impala - I like the first couple of tracks, but after that the jamminess kind of loses me and the rest of the album sort of blends together. I know a few people who really dig it, several of whom liken them to an English-language Dungen, which is probably accurate in that they're both jammy folksters well-liked by a number of my pals, but I reckon just aren't my thang, ya dig.

In other news: my friend Nadya tells me I'm a bad person for loving this song as much as I do, but that hasn't stopped me from listening to it about 50 times since I got back from LA last week. Gold, Jerry. Gold.

I'll be heading out in a few minutes to pick up the new Big Boi CD. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm baby.

I don't walk it like I talk it cause I run it

Emil
(acolyte)
07/07/10 01:59 PM
Re: Someone Still Hates You Tom Breihan new [re: Marquis]  

MIA's last album any good? I haven't had the time to check it yet but I'm going to soon.

It's SAILER, idiot!


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