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Stereolab appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Moth, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Moth

    Moth Winged wonder Thread Starter

    Astral plane
    I started listening to Stereolab early this year, and I have not been able to stop 10 months later. I wanted to create this little space to talk about this beautiful group of boys and girls and the music they left behind. I had tickets to see them this year, but of course that was canceled along with everything else.

    What are your favorite albums? Did you get to see them live? Tell me about it!
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  2. Moth

    Moth Winged wonder Thread Starter

    Astral plane
    Their early music seem to get short shrift from most, but I'm a big fan of their early 90s, droney, VU-ish work. "Stomach Worm" is a favorite.
  3. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Forum Resident

    I've been meaning to dig into this band. Look forward to reading this thread for insights.
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  4. aorecords

    aorecords Forum Resident

    I was able to see them last year. I figured it would be a decent show but they were outstanding. Laetitia's voice was so good and the band was tight. I remember leaving wishing I could see them like once a month.
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  5. Tim Simmons

    Tim Simmons Forum Resident

    Love this band. Got to see them twice last year. This years show got cancelled (obv). Hopefully they keep the reunion going.

    Love the reissues too. managed to get all the obi strips that they put out.
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  6. jojopuppyfish

    jojopuppyfish Senior Member

    A great group that no one seems to know about
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  7. matthew5

    matthew5 Forum Resident

    Appreciation? They are easily my favourite group of all time.

    There is just so much great music to go through

    Take Fab Four Satire for example. An album that is seemingly dismissed even by serious fans. Its everything that pop music should be - intelligent - creative - melodic.

    I had a chance to have a brief conversation with Laetita after a solo concert. Be warned. She is wicked smart and quick witted.

    Saw Stereolab last year in concert. I've never seen an audience as politely rapt in their full attention. Need to Be was a highlight.
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  8. Sky Dawg

    Sky Dawg Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    I do like me some Stereo Lab "Dots & Loops" being a particular favorite.
    Sadly, I've never seen them perform.
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  9. aorecords

    aorecords Forum Resident

    I fully agree. Of the countless concerts I've attended I've never experienced that before.
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  10. Radiophonic_

    Radiophonic_ Electrosonic

    Royal Oak MI
    Saw them a few times in the late 90s/early 00’s and again during the recent reunion gigs. Just as good as ever.
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  11. sonofjim

    sonofjim Forum Resident

    Those recent vinyl reissues are great but disappearing. I have two so far but have had to pace myself due to so many other releases. Well worth it. Get them while they’re available at retail.
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  12. aorecords

    aorecords Forum Resident

    I bought a few of them but I also have some originals too. I should probably try to snag the last two or three albums while I can.
  13. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD is adjusting to having a fully manual turntable

    Buffalo, NY
    I haven’t been able to stop listening since I first heard them in 1997! I go back and forth as to whether Stereolab or Phish is my favorite group, but they’re top two anyway.

    I like pretty much all of their stuff, but my favorites are the run from Mars Audiac Quintet to Dots and Loops, and Aluminum Tunes. I even like the last couple of albums, which I know are not popular.

    Even though I started listening when Dots and Loops came out, I was never able to see that version of the band. In 2006, my brother and I drove from Syracuse to Philadelphia to see them on the tour after Fab Four Suture. That was the bigger band with Joe Walters playing horns. And then my wife and I drove up from Fort Lauderdale for both Georgia shows on the 2008 (Chemical Chords) tour. I got tickets for both the Atlanta and Athens shows when I heard that they were playing “Jenny Ondioline” on some of the dates. I figured that would double my chances of seeing it. And they did play it at the 40 Watt.

    Stereolab was about the last band I thought I’d ever get the chance to see again. Tickets for the US dates went on sale on my birthday last year and my present to myself was tickets to the two Brooklyn shows and the Toronto show. I still can’t believe how good that band sounded after ten years off. And they looked a lot happier to be on stage than they did on that last tour. Andy Ramsey looked stoked to be on stage. Even Tim, who’s not a huge fan of playing live, seemed more comfortable than when I’d seen them before. We had tickets for two more shows this year, but obviously those didn’t happen. The tickets for the Pittsburgh show are still in my ticket clip on my fridge.
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  14. Remy

    Remy Forum Resident

    Brooklyn NY
    Discovered them with Emperor Tomato Ketchup and have been hooked since. Everything except I think their last album got expanded with extra tracks last year and are totally worth picking up. No one sounds like them. Have fun!
  15. mcchocchoc

    mcchocchoc Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Excellent band. I enjoy all of their music and saw them live a bunch of times throughout the 90s/early2000s. So far I have picked up 5 of the somewhat recent vinyl reissues and they all sound pretty amazing.
  16. aorecords

    aorecords Forum Resident

    Tim looked like he was having the time of his life when I saw them in Milwaukee last year.

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