Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (7/17/12)

Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
We'll kick your ass in

Postby sliiimer » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:28 am

I wasn't a big CO fan and was just curious as to how he'd follow it up after a (relatively) long break. I was not prepared for Blond at all. I have a few memories of hearing albums for the first time in really special spaces / unique circumstances and Blond definitely falls into that category. Easily my album of the decade.

And then yeah, you think about Blond and then remember Endless, fucking Endless, exists alongside it. Astounding stuff.
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Postby cooly » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:35 am

am i gonna regret not picking up endless now while its still 70ish for the rest of my life if i dont
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Postby j-ol » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:03 pm

cooly wrote:am i gonna regret not picking up endless now while its still 70ish for the rest of my life if i dont


it's got one of the best sleeves/packaging that i've ever seen on a record. holograms n shit!
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Postby danno » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:06 pm

do you remember where you were when blond dropped?
i was at a giegling party on a boat, i'd been listening to endless on loop for the few days since it had been released and i was real impatient, around midnight i read that it was finally out, i stayed a bit but couldn't wait to go home, i remember walking home pretty buzzed and so happy, in the empty streets of Paris in august, tearing up at the end of self control (that's still one of my favorite moments in music)
it was the very end of summer which was the absolute perfect moment for this album to appear, and it's still very linked to that time of the year for me
no other music has been more important to me since like, ys
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Postby ripersnifle » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:14 pm

i was on user Your Turret Has Been Destroyed's balcony and i was following the @frankmoved twitter bot that was supposed to DM people when something happened in the Endless stream
i think it had malfunctioned in the days before so i was kind of shook when it said it was actually released lol
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Postby ripersnifle » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:17 pm

really vivid memory of walking home from that and heating "ivy" for the first time
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Postby becky » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:23 pm

sliiimer wrote:I wasn't a big CO fan and was just curious as to how he'd follow it up after a (relatively) long break. I was not prepared for Blond at all.


yeah this sums up my experience with it.

I still haven't been able to get Endless to open up to me very much though.
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Postby loaf angel » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:31 pm

walking in the village looking for the pop up shop or whatever it was
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Postby ripersnifle » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:32 pm

did anyone here get the mag
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Postby bongo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:45 pm

CO is still ludicrously good. i just listened to it through and it never fails me
yeaaaaaaaaaaaa american nostalgia love it suburban living civilized families this could be my life
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Postby bongo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:45 pm

i have faith that frank will release a remastered/well pressed blond sometime
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Postby cruiserbob » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:53 pm

it's already beautifully pressed and sounds great, why would he remaster it
and that's that.
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Postby cruiserbob » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:54 pm

i'm waiting for a legit CO vinyl release dammit
and that's that.
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Postby The Emperor's Son » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:04 pm

danno wrote:do you remember where you were when blond dropped?
i was at a giegling party on a boat, i'd been listening to endless on loop for the few days since it had been released and i was real impatient, around midnight i read that it was finally out, i stayed a bit but couldn't wait to go home, i remember walking home pretty buzzed and so happy, in the empty streets of Paris in august, tearing up at the end of self control (that's still one of my favorite moments in music)
it was the very end of summer which was the absolute perfect moment for this album to appear, and it's still very linked to that time of the year for me
no other music has been more important to me since like, ys

jfk when it leaked and i downloaded it with the last 4 minutes of free wi-fi i had while boarding my flight to poland that was delayed 4 hours because they forgot making it a red eye, that missed the connection anyway, making it up in munich in the early morning sleepless, and then finally listening to it on my destination flight to croatia 20 hours later where our bags didn't join us and i will never forget this very deliberately light record with what felt like frank's breathing and cooing in my ear while i overlooked the childishly blue dalmatian coast as my throat was getting sore
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Postby Bad Craziness » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:17 pm

it's fascinating to me how blond was compelling yet seemingly sparse when it came out, like a friend casually saying "hey you wanna see some stuff I'm working on" when you're hanging out

and sparse can often mean forgettable, but it's had an incredible amount of staying power, heartening to see other people putting it in the toppest of the top tiers

I was setting up my tent at a faraway festival last month in a moment where I was very defeated and alone and hopeless and this album was the only comfort I had

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Postby forest design » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:19 pm

Love these recollections
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Postby Bad Craziness » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:19 pm

on a semi-related note, this cover is the keystone of my current Complicated Love Affair

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Postby bongo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:33 pm

lost will probably always be my favorite frank song
yeaaaaaaaaaaaa american nostalgia love it suburban living civilized families this could be my life
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Postby bongo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:38 pm

august 2016 i was working at a wine place and adjuncting at two colleges and in the amazing early stages of my relationship with my now wife. it was a very happy and ecstatic time but also a very chaotic one since i was in the throes of peak alcoholism and was blackout drinking almost every night and having full blown withdrawal panic attacks every day. the record saw me into recovery and continues to be a very good balm/psychological and emotional boon for me
yeaaaaaaaaaaaa american nostalgia love it suburban living civilized families this could be my life
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Postby alaska » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:26 pm

love reading these things yeah

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Postby Ankh » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:35 pm

everything was p much the same as it is now
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Postby Ankh » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:35 pm

lot less despair about the world i guess
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Postby Ankh » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:35 pm

ah geez
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Postby alaska » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:04 pm

lol
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Postby forest design » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:07 pm

:cry:
bongo wrote:august 2016 i was working at a wine place and adjuncting at two colleges and in the amazing early stages of my relationship with my now wife. it was a very happy and ecstatic time but also a very chaotic one since i was in the throes of peak alcoholism and was blackout drinking almost every night and having full blown withdrawal panic attacks every day. the record saw me into recovery and continues to be a very good balm/psychological and emotional boon for me

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Postby hyperbole man » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:17 pm

frank had been on my radar because i dug nostalgia, ultra, but for whatever reason channel orange didn't get its hooks into me the way it did for my friends (and for critics, the board, etc.). when blond came out i listened to it out of a sense of obligation, but then was totally floored and became obsessed with it.

i was dating someone for the first time after a long stretch without any romantic intrigue in my life at all, and i had fallen pretty hard for him, which wasn't really reciprocated. it had been such a humid and sweltering summer, which was rough for my anxiety. i remember faking sick from work on what turned out to be the first cool, almost fall-like day in late august, and i spent the afternoon into early evening just wandering around my neighborhood listening to blond 2 or 3 times, letting it suffuse me and calm me and carry me. i think i posted something to facebook like "i didn't love channel orange, but blond is changing my life tonight," which was kind of a silly thing to say but still feels true to that moment writing it out again now.

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Postby joymonger » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:52 am

2016 was a bad year for me. i separated from my wife the year before and my self loathing was at an all-time high, feeling ashamed of the person i was, but also in a new-ish relationship with a girl who was/is extremely good to me. most nights, my thoughts bounced between wanting to just break it off, thinking the foundation was shit and couldn't possibly sustain a real relationship, or just wanting to cease to existing. it felt like i hardened myself so much to weather through the long, drawn out divorce process, that i was incapable of receiving and giving love anymore. it's an issue i still feel like i struggle with, but blond came along at a time where i was just so tired and beaten down, that i believe that it was integral in my healing. i remember listening to the record over the course of several days, not really connecting with it, until the "i brought trees to blow through, but it's just me and no you" line in "solo" hit me, and it just brought with it so much of the burden i'd been carrying with me, the loneliness, the guilt i'd been feeling. but also that healing and comfort.

it was honestly a lesson in empathy for me. listening to this person struggle with their own isolation and fuck ups, expressing their desire for their own healing and comfort in such a beautifully presented way kind of made me stop thinking about myself for a bit and feel for someone else.
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Postby joymonger » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:56 am

thank you, frank.
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Postby danno » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:09 am

lots of beautiful posts

hearing the elliott smith quote on seigfried for the first time was particularly emotional for me, it was like this weird time loop where this record who would be so important in making me feel a little less alone with my doubts and worries at 24 suddenly morphed into the one that did when I was 14

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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:43 am

^wow yeah.
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