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Old 05-22-2009, 01:59 PM   #136
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^^^ Agreed.

I was pretty wowed by the first listen, but have had trouble getting into most of it. I'm waiting to get a physical copy so I've only played it a few times.

I appreciate the craziness, but to me the songs just aren't there, and to me their best albums have both elements.
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:12 PM   #137
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Old 05-22-2009, 05:24 PM   #138
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It's definitely closer to Guerrilla than Rings Around The World. There's a lot of seemingly purposeless experimentation and fucking around that you wouldn't see on, say, Phantom Power. But the (great) upside to that is that the band sounds vital and, well, fun again. I wouldn't sacrifice that for anything. Plus, Inaugural Trams is one of the catchiest, most vibrant tracks the SFA has written in ages.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:15 AM   #139
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Got this in my inbox, a few days ago. Forgot to share:

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS TAKE THE 'MOUNTAIN' TO YOU

Here at Super Furry HQ, we've just finished up the new video for "Mt." from Dark Days/Light Years. This time, instead of offering the WORLD PREMIERE of the video to one of our usual TV, web or blog outlets, we want YOU to premiere the new video for "Mt" on YOUR website/blog/Facebook/MySpace/YouTube channel (or any other platform of your choice).

In 150 words or less tell us why you are the world's most rabidly committed SFA fan, and include a picture to help make your case. The most convincing entry wins, and Rough Trade and the Super Furries will use our well defined promo-muscle to bring the eyes of the World Wide Web to your Furry den for the video's premiere - next Friday, June 26th.

To enter, please send your words and pictures here: competitions@roughtraderecords.com with the subject 'Take The Mountain To Me!'

All entries due by Wednesday June 24th, 4PM UK time.


And here's the single edit. Just click on the band's name, and it plays. Apparently it was "a big, scary mountain," as opposed to "a big fucking mountain." Good old SFA...

Bands playing at Sundae on the common
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:38 AM   #140
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Uhh, were you aware of this, IYS?

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Old 06-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #141
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I was, yes. Thanks for thinking of me, of course!
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:19 AM   #142
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So, laz and others--I'm really curious what people think about this record, a few months on. Has time helped or hurt it or made no difference at all? I'm still absurdly high on it, and am willing to give it a spot on Mount SFA OK alongside the other untouchable-for-me records: Fuzzy Logic, Radiator, Guerrilla, Mwng, Rings Around the Motherfucking World, and Hey Venus!...not to mention the just-as-stunning Yr Atal Genhedlaeth. I really cannot believe how consistent this album is, and how front-to-back enjoyable it is. I still remember, during the webcast concert take on "Helium Hearts," looking over at my friend, another SFA freak, and stammering, "I just cannot believe that they did it again..." He nodded confusedly, also shocked, and we went on listening/watching.

I just can't believe how awesome this band continues to be, and how they always find a way to release the exact record that I want or need. Awesome stuff.

Also, has anybody listened to Daf's side project with Rhys Ifans, The Peth? Here's one killer track of several, called "Let's Go Fucking Mental":

YouTube - Peth Cwmparc - Lets Go F#cking Mental
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:22 PM   #143
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Four months on...fantastic headphone record, good times to the last note. I still think it lacks a huge standout track on the level of Demons, Fire In My Heart, Juxtaposed, or Slow Life (though Inaugural Trams, Cardiff In The Sun and Helium Hearts all come pretty close), and the album runs a bit long, but it's SFA. What more than I say? It'll end up in my top 10 for the year pretty much by default.

I've also finally gotten around to hearing all of the LPs in full. I would rank/rate them as follows:

1. Radiator (A)
2. Rings Around The World (A-)
3. Dark Days/Light Years (A-)
4. Guerrilla (B+)
5. Mwng (B+)
6. Fuzzy Logic (B)
7. Hey Venus! (B)
8. Phantom Power (B)
9. Love Kraft (B-)

So yes, as far as I'm concerned, DD/LY is a return to form. It's exactly what I fell in love with the band for in the first place. Catchy, beautiful madness.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:38 PM   #144
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I'm surprised both of you rank Fuzzy Logic higher than the two mid 00's albums.

No fucking way.

And Radiator as the best??

Of course, I understand LM that you've given them all relatively high ratings. But Love Kraft was one of my favorite albums from that year, and it may be my second favorite SFA album.
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It's really splitting hairs, for me. Honestly, I'd give each record at LEAST a 7.5/10, and most of them I'd rate even stupidly higher. My only problem with Phantom Power and Love Kraft is that I think the sum is less than the parts. One song at a time, they're fucking genius; but when I go from start to finish, I always feel that they slightly overstay their welcomes. Also, I think that Phantom Power is a bit dodgy, both lyrically and ideologically, but whatever. Not everybody can be as eloquent as the outrageous standards I have, all the time. C'est la vie.

What about Dark Days, then, laz?
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God, parts of Phantom Power are boring. As I said earlier in the thread, the bookends of the album are amazing, but so much of it feels tepid and complacent to me. Plus, I hate the political overtones of the record. They feel so at odds with its overall sound. That said, there are some extraordinarily beautiful moments scattered throughout. I have very little positive to say about Love Kraft, at least positive comments unique to that record. It was a detour, but not a particularly interesting one. The songs just aren't there. Hey Venus is a lot of fun, but too slight to be ranked in the upper half of the band's discography. Perhaps great for what it is, but compared to Radiator and Guerilla? Back of the line.

And Radiator is absolutely everything I love about the band in 47 minutes. As far as I'm concerned, it's untouchable. One of the best albums of the 90s.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:45 PM   #147
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If they can make a political song like Liberty Belle that catchy, I don't care what it's about.

I've refrained from listening to Dark Days again until I can get the physical CD. And the used ones are still a bit too expensive.
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Dig the potato chip solo:

YouTube - Super Furry Animals - Receptacle For The Respectable (Glastonbury 2007)
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:57 PM   #149
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I don't even know where to begin...

YouTube - Super Furry Animals - Receptacle for the Respectable (!?)

Wow. Some ballsy-ass kids, right there.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:24 AM   #150
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Well, I must say that I'm pretty damned disappointed at the lack of even an "Honorable Mention" placement, on the Pitchfork 2009 list. That really stings.
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