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Re: All killer, no filler

jauntymonty wrote:
I think these are some stand-outs of the post-Mary era:

Instant O in the Universe--JM&the Bubbles of Silence
Margerine Eclipse--Bop Scotch, La Demeure, Dear Marge
Fab4Suture--Excursions into 'oh,a-oh', Eye of the Volcano
CC--Pop Molecule, Cellulose Sunshine

Since my introduction to Stereolab in 2008 and during my evolution of listening to the groop it has always been difficult to pick favorites as I like most every song. After extensive exposure to all of their albums now and after some brief reflective periods while not listening to Stereolab, I now find that I tend to gravitate to the ETK through S-D era, OOTAS and the ABC radio sessions. It is rare that I listen to anything else released after S-D.
Regarding Mary, as with any team whether it be in sports or music or at the workplace, the whole reflects the combined input of all team members. We are not certain exactly what that input was, but I do not believe that Tim & Laetitia called all the shots and the other team members just stood and performed their assigned tasks.
What I see missing in the post-Mary era is a certain soulfulness , that is, that misty quality where you feel like you are on a mind journey while listening to the music. Dots and Loops and Sound-Dust really has this quality and I love it so much. Stereolab music since then is like Tim mechanically and creatively putting together pieces of music, but without the soulfulness, but.. good for dancing!

Thanks for a great read and the list. It is an interesting take on the later stereolab. I am glad you get to say it without the Heathers attacking you. I wonder whether many artists end up being a bit mechanical when they keep making records. I guess what martian says about peaking rings somewhat true with me (although I disagree about the smiths being the best and think Stereolab - like the Beatles- did not peak early but took some time to hit their stride).
Having said that, contrary to the bizarre rants of the Heathers, I genuinely started this thread to get some good ideas about the music. I would have to say that of the recommended songs, Dear Marge probably hits the highest peak as far as being creative and different. It is funny that even after the discussion between meanchico and stereo mouse, I can see how Mary would have fitted into the song. I would have to say Gary's list was pretty much all good and I am enjoying giving it a few goes to really make a decision about whether it is all killer.
I haven't had much time to explore all of the recommendations but it has been great to get some favourite tunes. The discovery of so much music from 5, 10, 15, 40 years ago has filled much of my time. I suppose in this day and age, with 20000 songs on my computer, I get a bit more picky than I would have been 10 years ago and feel that a record has to interest me or I'll switch to something else. So ten years ago, I spent 30 bucks on a CD once a month and felt I had to plough through it to get my money's worth. As some who are beside themselves have noted, it is lazy of me to ask for your selections but for those who did not vomit with rage, thanks for the efforts.
As some have pointed out, maybe I am just over the peak of my stereolab journey but it is probably just that they have to do more to excite me (well, of course they don't have to). I know I like what Broadcast, Merrill Garbus, Ariel Pink and others are doing more than what Stereolab is doing (and to those who feel hurt by this, I am genuinely sorry that I annoy you) but this thread has helped me open my ears to some great Stereolab stuff.
I guess the other final thing to consider is that I am only just discovering aluminium tunes. This compilation has some awesome material on it and it has hit my "peak period" eardrums in ways that the newer stuff has not. Rest assured, I like Stereolab, love Stereolab and will not be at the "not music" record burning organised by the local church.

Nov 13, 2010, 11:24


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