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Postby Heliotropic on Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:06 pm

I love Repetition.
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Postby terminus on Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:50 am

my username kind of gives away my stance.

in any case, i like the first record with brandt, fake train, new plastic ideas, and leaves turn inside you the most, with the latter two being my favorite.

edit: actually, repetition has probably moved to the #2 spot recently, and i think the record version of the future of what is much better than the cd version, which goes on a bit too long.
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Postby Verbs and Nouns on Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:57 am

Amazing band.

So utterly amazing.
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Postby Domagoj on Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:25 am

Who said that he was not familiar with bands and generally rock music from the 90s?

In my opinion Unwound was one of the finest groups from that period. I think they can easily share the same league with 6FS, the Jesus Lizard, Bedhead, Low, Fugazi, Silkworm, Lungfish etc. (wow! all of a sudden so many brilliant bands!) I've never seen them live as you can guess. Perhaps they sucked often. I don't know. I can tell for sure that they made many very good records, some of them even excellent. New Plastic Ideas is perfect autumnal record. Especially in the early dusk on a gloomy wet day. I think I'll spin it when I come home.
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Postby ironyengine on Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:30 am

Domagoj wrote:I've never seen them live as you can guess. Perhaps they sucked often. I don't know.


I don't know how I'd have guessed this until you said something, but traditionally they did not suck.
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Postby Domagoj on Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:26 pm

You are right. Stupid me, I write nonsense. I should have written something in line with - Maybe they sucked live occasionally or often but I couldn't care less. That certainly cannot change my opinion abut them.

I have opportunity to see an American band once or twice on average so I am not in position to make definitive stance on their live aspect. Nevertheless it's always nice to hear when personal favourites rule the stage as much as their records are good.

I am sure Unwound have toured Europe at least once. They were out of my reach.

Btw, Long Hind Legs, Vern's retro 80s side project, is funny and lovely. Kinda queer lovely.
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Postby kenoki on Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:30 pm

only seen them live once but they were pretty darn good. i am ashamed to admit i haven't listened to their records enough to give solid reasons for a not crap. but still, not crap.
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Postby mackro on Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:32 pm

Unwound are one of the few bands from the 90s who never put out a sucky record, period. There are definitely some I like more than others, but I find these change over time, which only confirms how consistently good they were.

Their finest hour is Challenge For A Civilized Society -- an opinion that I find I don't share with anybody. Even the band sorta poo-poo's this album. I like it in a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" reason. As a whole album, it's incredible. As individual tracks, not so much. But still, fuck, "Data"? "Side Effects Of Being Tired"? "Sonata For Loudspeakers"? "Lifetime Achievement Award"? These are stone cold classic songs from the latter era, and it really brings forth Unwound's love of Can the most.

Live, they were hit or miss. However when they put on a good show, goddamn it was great! Best shows:

* 1993 at a dormitory at Pitzer/Pomona College, with Indian Summer, Second Story Window, Lync, and J Church
* 1998 at the Casbah in San Diego. Best rendition of the Valentine/Kantina/Was Were Are Is Etc trifecto ever.
* 2001 at the final Yo Yo A Go Go in Olympia. Brandt took over for drums and they did "Rising Blood"! Sara stood up and banged on cymbals alongside Brandt.. the band were all in Partridge family suits. This was the last time I saw them live. (I went on a big road trip shortly before they announced their 2002 breakup and final shows.)

All that said, even the band would acknowledge that that weren't the greatest. They co-headlined with The Ex in June 2001 in Seattle. (The last time I ever saw Michael Dahlquist, btw.. but later.. later.) The Ex blew them off the stage. Vern later on was like "why the hell were we allowed to play with these guys? Holy shit!"

Unwound were the humblest greatest rock band ever.
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Postby Domagoj on Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:18 pm

mackro wrote: Their finest hour is Challenge For A Civilized Society -- an opinion that I find I don't share with anybody. Even the band sorta poo-poo's this album.


I still follow the herd. Unwound's finest hour would be the Future of What - Repetition period.

Anyway, I don't think Challenge for a Civilized Society is far from it. It deserves praise. I champion this record amongst my friends too. I think it's their most elegant release.

I was not so fond of the Leaves record at first but eventually it grew on me - real swan song.

I like it in a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" reason. As a whole album, it's incredible. As individual tracks, not so much. But still, fuck, "Data"? "Side Effects Of Being Tired"? "Sonata For Loudspeakers"? "Lifetime Achievement Award"? These are stone cold classic songs from the latter era, and it really brings forth Unwound's love of Can the most.


Seconded.
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Postby tracingerror on Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:01 pm

In the running for best band of the 90s.

Live, they had some off nights. But at their best they were incredible. Three nights after the WTC at Maxwells, playing their dark masterpiece was unbelievable. The previous summer before Leaves came out, at Brownies, was probably even better.
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Postby Ladel Conrad on Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:52 pm

Repetition kills. The bass sounds like a mad slithering python, the way it should. Leaves.. is a bit scattered compared to earlier works but enjoyable and equal in some instances to their earlier work. anyway, i'm preaching to the choir:

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Postby Dazzling Killman on Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:11 pm

they were unique...
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Postby DasWiso on Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:22 pm

For my money - Leaves is one of the finest records of the aughts.

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Postby Tuolumne on Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:16 am

I met Sara Lund last night after Mission of Burma in Portland. This is what she's up to now, if anyone's interested: Hungry Ghost. I think it's pretty good, but I haven't totally made up my mind yet.

Mission of Burma destroyed, by the way. Painted on Roger's speaker cabinet: OBURMA FOR OBAMA.
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Postby Marsupialized on Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:04 pm

Tuolumne wrote:I met Sara Lund last night after Mission of Burma in Portland. This is what she's up to now, if anyone's interested: Hungry Ghost. I think it's pretty good, but I haven't totally made up my mind yet.


That is real good shit right there
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Postby eephour on Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:49 pm

Marsupialized wrote:
Tuolumne wrote:I met Sara Lund last night after Mission of Burma in Portland. This is what she's up to now, if anyone's interested: Hungry Ghost. I think it's pretty good, but I haven't totally made up my mind yet.


That is real good shit right there


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Did you once say had a cassette the band sent you of like sound collages and other assorted weirdness that was in the vein of "the light at the end of the tunnel." Anyway, if you've got it can you upload it or maybe dub a copy if I send you a blank tape?
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Postby Marsupialized on Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:02 pm

I did used to have it, I have no idea where it went. I looked after I posted it, I wanted to share it but never came back across it.

I guess it was more of a special one time thing than I realized.

Super bummer.
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Postby eephour on Tue Sep 30, 2008 4:24 pm

Marsupialized wrote:I did used to have it, I have no idea where it went. I looked after I posted it, I wanted to share it but never came back across it.

I guess it was more of a special one time thing than I realized.

Super bummer.


yeah, those last few minutes of "light at the end" are great, it would of been cool to hear a whole tape of that shit.
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Postby projectMalamute on Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:17 pm

It seems that Unwound occupy a musical space defined by the intersection of:

Anthony Braxton, the Boredoms, Ennio Morricone, the Jesus Lizard, This Heat, and Voivod.

Because Pandora seems to play me one of their songs everytime I fire it up.

I had never heard of this band before. Seems pretty damn NOT CRAP to me so far.
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Postby ghosting on Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:57 am

My boyfriend put "Valentine Card/Kantina/Were, Are And Was Or Is" on a mix tape for me early on when we were still getting to know each other, and it blew my balls off. I went and bought like 3 of their albums.
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