Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Halloween!

Out for the day recording kitchen noises for The Walpurgis Family.

Have a horrifyingly ghoulish night!

x r&n.


Deerhoof – Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars 2008)








(track 3 – Buck and Judy)

Nick: What language is she singing?

I’m not entirely sure, normally it’s english or gobbledygook, she’s japanese…

well yes I was about to say it sounds like japanese, I like it a lot, melodic, interesting, distinctive sound.

now you’ve heard these guys a lot over the last few years so you should be a super-fan by this stage.

well…. no but I do recognize them, they’ve always reminded me of the icelandic lady….bjork.

this has enough imagination and touches and variations to keep me interested, you could get tired of the voice very quickly but the music keeps you coming back.

I don’t like all of it, like some of it, when it gets a little too experimental, it sort of… you know what I mean… the emmmm…… well they’re experiments and nothing but, no satisfactory results.

but everything else is great.

Now on their 8th or 9th album, maybe even 10th, who cares?, and still delivering the really good goods.
I shouldn’t have to tell you who Deerhoof are or why you should own this album. If yr still not convinced you can listen to all of Offend Maggie on their myspace so……… GO!

caUSE co-MOTION! – It’s Time! {singles & eps 2005-08} (Slumberland 2008)








Nick: I find it very hard to make up my mind about this, there’s nothing wrong with it but nothing grabs me. comes across as a bit amateurish, I’d expect to hear this kind of stuff at a secondary school talent contest, they obviously can play but…it may just be the recording, like the balances are all off, I couldn’t hear the vocals on that last one. 

they’re not untalented, but they sound like they’re talented 16 year olds.

is their audience very young? it strikes me as the kind of music 17 or 18 year olds would feel too mature for. come to think of it, it actually sounds like it was recorded in a school hall.

I reckon the people who listen to this kinda stuff are pop kids who think the Sugababes are too grown up.

Fumbling towards you like a great big mess of Postcard / K / Sarah type indie pop, It’s Time!’s 14 songs fly by in a 21 minute haze of maximum joy making it the perfect album to do anything that could possibly last 21 minutes to. Or something.


Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid – NYC (Domino 2008)








Nick: The drumming is great but the electronic bits are………. well… electronic bits. like all that stuff it just becomes boring very quicky, anyone with any kind of musical background could make those noises, you can hear the potential of the machine but not the person using it.

I think I’d prefer if they just took the electronics away altogether, I could listen to just the drumming, you can hear that there’s a human there.

I’m sure this is me being old fashioned but I can’t help thinking how much better this would be if it had real musicians with real instruments instead of all this electronic trickery.

so why isn’t Kieran Hebdon a real musician?

well I’m not saying he’s untalented it’s just…. well I don’t think pressing a button on a machine is anything like blowing into an instrument or plucking a string, the drums are expressing something here, not the electronics. it’s like doing a painting on a computer, the mechanics get in the way.

there ARE nice bits, don’t get me wrong, some of it is quite interesting, but it just gets stuck in endless repetition of melodic ping pong noises, and I think they only do it because it’s easy, like they say ‘if we just repeat this little bit here and you play drums over it we could have a 5 minute track in no time’.

ultimately this is quite unsatisfactory.

The 4th collaboration between the whizz-kid behind Fourtet and the legendary drummer who’s played with everyone from Miles Davis to Chaka Khan, a homage to Reid’s hometown, is the clearest and most exciting example of their vision yet. NYC will be released on 3rd of November.  


Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing (ATP 2008)








Helen: this music sounds like somebodys being chased and murdered!

Nick: this music sounds like somebody should be chased and murdered.

(track 3 – Okay, Let’s Talk About Magic) 

is this all they do throughout the album?


well it’s just a complete lack of imagination, same sounds all the way though, same everything.

thoroughly boring.

how do you spell thoroughly?

t-h-o-r-o-u-g-h-l-y, thoroughly.

it’s the old zoom lens syndrome.

which is?

in the early days of the zoom lens people just wouldn’t stop over-using it, it got very boring very quickly. this guy should’ve waited till his next birthday to make this album, waited till he was given another effects machine so he could use two instead of one.

if I were responsible for this, and I was listening back to it, I’d say ‘yeah we’ve got some good ideas here but we need to do a lot of work on it to make it in any way valid’.

(track 5 – Bright Tomorrow)

unless you’re getting extreme pleasure from this, you can turn it off now, I’ve had enough. 

Ouch! Hate that Fuck Buttons, first band ever ordered off the stereo by Nick. Sure who cares? You’re headlining the Whelans part of the DEAF closing party this Sunday, thats great. we had another first today with my mum giving her two cents on Fuck Buttons, thats also great. And we’re usually too lazy to post on Fridays! Great. Okay, have a nice weekend, see you up the front at Fuck Buttons.

Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam (Domino 2007)








Nick: I have to say I like this a lot. compared to yesterdays one it sounds less contrived, more spontaneous, more natural. and again it’s got that west coast / beach boys thing to it which is probably why I like it so much.

very imaginative, fun music and like all the stuff I like these days it sounds like they had fun making it.

now of course the whole thing of listening to these and giving a verdict is somewhat unfair isn’t? because it very much depends on your mood doesn’t it? some days you’re in the mood and some days not and today I like this a lot.  

As mentioned below Animal Collective have a new album out on January 12th. Some details can be found on their (really annoying) website and yesterday the like…. totally stonerific artwork was revealed. It moves!

Panda Bear – Person Pitch (Paw Tracks 2007)








Nick: very atmospheric, a little bit flower power. reminds me of the mama & papas, both melodically and rhythmically, very pleasant. where are they from?

baltimore / new york kinda thing.

I would’ve guessed the other side of the country, they probably feel out of place in baltimore.

well, he lives in lisbon these days.

I don’t hear any Portuguese influence though.

the sound effects are very nicely used, very subtle and not overdone. it’s hard to make out what the sounds are though, and apart from the mama’s & papa’s it’s hard to note any other influences.

enya and george michael are both listed as influences on the inlay.

enya I can hear definitely, in the whole feel of it. not george michael though.

and it’s just one person? very clever stuff. has he written any film music?

not that I know of.

well someones going to ask him pretty soon I’d imagine.

occasionally there’s parts that don’t quite work, but still it’s very nice, nice and regressive.

as a 20th century interpretation of flower power it’s great stuff. 

Well it’s coming to that time of year where we all start compiling our end of year lists so I thought it apt to play nick my favorite slice of 2007. Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear is also a member of the post-animal collective band Animal Collective who have a new album out in January. Most recently Lennox has done a fantastic remix for German half robots The Notwist.