"Fab Four Suture" New Stereolab LP!!
Mar 7, 2006 at 7:54 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

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stereolab's new lp is out, the first on the too pure! lable in a long time. it is a collection of ep's like "aluminum tunes", and is supposed to be excellent. i'm going to try to pick up the vinyl later. does anyone know if there was a special edition colored lp released this time?
 
Mar 7, 2006 at 8:35 PM Post #2 of 6

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excellent! good news, i'll definitely have to pick that up.



oh, and my offer still stands... anyone got an extra ticket to the 'lab show on 3/17 or 3/18 in nyc??
 
Mar 7, 2006 at 10:29 PM Post #3 of 6

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At the show in SF this last weekend, I bought a tour mini-CD that I haven't even had time to hear but I did not see any new albums--colored vinyl or not.
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The had a t-shirt with the Fab Four cover art, but I didn't know what it was from at the time.

I have been meaning to post some impressions on the show, which was great, but I haven't been able to take the time. Also, my thread from before the show had been deleted--turns out it was because of posts about sharing and bootlegging--so I got distracted with that whole issue. Anyway, the groop was very cool, and the sound was excellent. The combination of the electronics with trumpets, french horns and a slide trombone was really great. My wife's comment pretty well summed it up: "I thought that they were just good studio musicians but they were awesome live!"

And VicAjax, just make it happen man! Long story, but after searching for our tickets for hours we went to the show with no tix, got there right at the start of the opener, found no scalped tix available, and finally broke down and went to the ticket window [which said "SHOW SOLD OUT"]. I told them that I was sure I had bought tickets when they went on sale but could not find them. Skeptical looks aside, the guy looked through three separate lists and eventually found that I HAD bought them. We forgot that our computer hard drive had crashed in the meantime, and later realized that the .PDF with the tix was lost! They printed them and in we walked. Not the same for you after your cancelled trip, family health crisis, etc, but I am sure you can get in if you try! Try the Stereolab forums, Craig's List (in NYC?) or just go early and buy somebody's extra(s). Good luck.
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Mar 8, 2006 at 12:09 PM Post #5 of 6

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I'm psyched to hear it.

Here is the allmusic review:

Reviewby Heather Phares
An album and a singles collection at the same time, Fab Four Suture stitches together four limited-edition EPs Stereolab released in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006. Over the years, the groop has made a reputation for having EPs and singles -- and therefore, singles collections -- that are just as good, if not better, than their albums, as comps like Switched On and Aluminum Tunes attest. Stereolab has also always been very democratic about making sure fans can get their hands on nearly all of their more obscure releases in some form or another; while Fab Four Suture is a little different than their other collections in that it was designed to form an album upon the completion of the EP series, in terms of its quality, it's on par with the band's most enjoyable comps. By combining the looser, more experimental feel of their EPs with the album format, Fab Four Suture ends up being looser and more organic-feeling than Stereolab's previous album, the lovely but occasionally distant Margerine Eclipse. Indeed, the best moments here are more immediate than anything the band has done in a long time. "Interlock" boasts funky brass and basslines that are echoed by "Excursions Into the 'oh, a-oh,'" a driving motorik with fiery guitars that recalls the glory of Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements. "Plastic Mile" and "Eye of the Volcano" are examples of their sparkling, delicately dramatic pop at its finest, while "Visionary Road Maps" is lovely and mysterious, changing gears two-thirds of the way through from a insistent, yet somehow bittersweet groove to a slower, slightly spooky coda. The more experimental and downright playful moods of Stereolab are also represented, respectively, by "Widow Weirdo," a quick-shifting track that has an odd, almost ugly little guitar lick as its only constant, and the fizzy, revved-up "Vodiak." After hearing Fab Four Suture in its album form, the EPs tend to feel like puzzle pieces without any instructions; on their own EP, the two parts of "Kybernetica Babicka" felt slight and disappointing, but they work well as the album's opening and closing themes. Even more than Margerine Eclipse, Fab Four Suture sounds like Stereolab has adapted -- if not fully healed -- from the loss of Mary Hansen, and it's fitting that the groop's first full-length album for Too Pure in over a decade finds them consolidating their strengths, rather than completely reinventing their sound.
 
Mar 8, 2006 at 5:18 PM Post #6 of 6

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I got an advanced radio copy of this album a few weeks ago. I dig it a lot but it just feels like it is lacking a key element which they had in the past. The tracks just sound cleaner and less pyschedelic.
I dig it, but half the material has already been released and those are some of the best tracks on the album.
 

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