see, that's where we part ways th most.
I was just simplistically breaking down the the two era's in general (lofi & major label, whatever) to make a point. But I totally agree with you in terms of sound and beauty all those albums/songs inherently possess despite the actual production qualites.
it may be an illusion but th level of heart, ability, joy, & talent that's represented so purely on those tapes might be without equal outside certain jazz records - they're material examples of What They Were On About and What They Were On About at th time was real fucking good.
Agreed. The early to mid-90's were a creative zenith for pretty much any and every indie rock band at the time (Archers of Loaf, Pavement, Yo La, Flaming Lips, Superchunk, Brainiac, Dinosaur), take your pick. Drugs were so much better back then as well. Fuck this bath salt bullshit.
th last two, on th other hand, are th result of a band trying to sound shitty, which is not only th exact opposite, but also fucking offensive, and (somewhat ironically) actually bad.
Ooof, harsh! I don't find them offensive just sub-par.
why mention "i am a tree"? gem wrote it.
?? You lost me.. I just figured it was a 'Doug song.'
there's a difference between bad players and playing badly.
Not if you're Mitch Mitchell. SIKE!
it's amazing that there's been such a shift from gbv being a band that didn't even play live (from fairly early on until between 'vampire' and 'bee thousand') to being a a band for whom th records are, quote, only an afterthought.
Hmm, it was my understanding they started out as a bar band first then slowly migrated to a studio-only orientation because no one cared initially. But I could be wrong.
Anyways, I've always viewed the studio albums of any
band as mere advertisements/promotional tools to the live performance. Because those albums don't necessarily capture or represent the sound and essence of a band on stage most of the time. I can't remember how many times I've been blown away by a live band only to be disappointed by their LP/CD (i.e: Brainiac). And that just might be the difference in our POV's in this regard.
and if th existence of this whole 'reunion' means what i think it does - that bob is listening to his public and reading his own fucking press - then yr certainly right to maintain no real expectations cuz nothing good can come of that.
Honestly, this is just a quick money grab on nostalgia and these last two releases are nothing more than accessories to the live component, IMO. 21st century studio GBV will never re-capture that "magic" it once had, but bet your ass I'll be wasted at the next live show.