New Cass McCombs Double Album, "Big Wheel and Others"

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 Brevity » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:50 pm

Well this first song fucking rules
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Postby Brevity » Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:50 pm

Ahhh that's the stuff
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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:06 pm

have a post to make after a few spins of this at work
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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:41 pm

"prayer for another day" -> "american canyon sutra" -> "tying up loose ends" -> "rounder" was great
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Postby Brevity » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:34 pm

Time will tell on the songs themselves, but this album def seems to have particularly strong band arrangements and a good, roomy sound that's like a middle ground between the more polished stuff on the last album and the shaggier charms of, like, Catacombs and Big Wheel.

"American Canyon Sutra" is a cool left turn. I like it when he includes demos or home recordings on albums, like "Mariah" or a lot of stuff on Big Wheel. I'll bet a lot of people skip it.

I will say that this was thrilling to listen to today
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Postby husbands » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:06 pm

so far, this slaps

thank you lord cass
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:08 pm

American Canyon Sutra made me think of The Streets lol. Loving it though, as mentioned it feels surprisingly full compared to the uh, claustrophonic vibe his tunes often evoke. Opening and closing tracks are stone cold chillers.
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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:37 pm

I found a box of old family photographs. Who are all these people?
I think this one's Aunt Dorothy, is that her husband "What's His Naaame?"?
He was gooone before my time. I think they live back in Ohio somewhere.
Is there anyone still left who can tell me who all these people aaaarreee?
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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:58 pm

ripersnifle wrote:have a post to make after a few spins of this at work
this made for a pretty lovely listen today. it definitely grew on me each time through. i think it will really benefit from a good rip.
gonna give Mangy Love a revisit this weekend. you do have to hand it to him: he's working with a pretty inimitable palette these days just in terms of the arrangements on this and ML and how they've been produced.

one of my fav moments on relistening has been all those crazy tones on the second half of "sidewalk bop..." (especially ~3:55)Toggle Spoiler
i do wish he'd indulge those ~out there~ impulses a bit more sometimes. like, for as enjoyable as "the great pixley train robbery" is, it is kind of a down the middle rocker in a way that i wish he would fuck with a bit more.
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Postby ripersnifle » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:02 pm

oh, i remember i was gonna post in this thread last week about: how did i not know until recently that Chris Cohen plays guitars on Wit's End and Humor Risk?! so cool to discover.
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Postby gandhi » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:29 am

internethandle wrote:oh man he's pulling a damn koz (possibly)


This is an accurate prediction I mean Cass has got a song about tracking down relatives in Ohio on this one
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Postby Peter Criss » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:10 pm

is the link in the leak thread a rip of the stream?
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Postby ripersnifle » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:23 pm

Peter Criss wrote:is the link in the leak thread a rip of the stream?
yes, i believe so.
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Postby Mandible » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:33 pm

The first few songs have an Up On The Sun-era Meat Puppets feeling. Whoever put Cass on tour with them a few years ago knew what they were doing.

Every album this guy does is so reliably satisfying while adding a few new twists. I really appreciate the softer ballads on this one a lot.
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Postby gandhi » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:40 pm

can't get over rounder boy howdy do i love this song
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Postby high bias » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:00 pm

"i followed the river south to what" has a strong mid/late 70s dead vibe imo. into it

overall, i find this pretty hit or miss with a handful of great tracks, like most of his albums
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Postby Quigley » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:17 pm

Last track has a riff very similar to

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Postby gandhi » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:15 pm

Id put it toward the bottom of his albums but I'm still pumped there's new music
I like his older melodies and singing more but appreciate the instrumentation on these slick newer ones
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Postby Grey Poupon » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:20 pm

I just loove Cass

he's become one of my best music dudes over the last what.. 15 years now?
never released a dud

the second half of Rounder is so good, basically I am IN the jam room baby
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Postby ripersnifle » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:47 pm

this new record and ML are so odd ... i think in a good way?
gotta give the new one a more thorough listen now that a good rip is out.
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Postby Grey Poupon » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:07 pm

he definitely has a knack for the odd
part of his appeal I think, when he could easily be a more.. I guess earnest straight ahead singer songwriter



the chords in 'prayer for another day' bring to mind simply red every time it starts for me 8-)


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Postby Grey Poupon » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:11 pm

mick hucknall's voice still sounds really good for his age, dude must look after himself, livin' as smooth as his tunes



ok back to cass
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Postby hamilton » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:23 pm

Quigley wrote:Last track has a riff very similar to



Had this album on while working today and while I was half listening I had to stop to see if he was covering this. Knowing he is a fan I didn’t think it out of the question.
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Postby ripersnifle » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:18 am

TRANCHED (completely unsurprisingly lol)
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Postby Grey Poupon » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:48 am

Rounder also reminds me of Kurt Vile (at least that's what came to mind when I was listening in the car today) maybe because of the vocal effects and circular lick

been soaking up this album big time bb


the pitchfork review is actually a pretty good straightforward classic album review
McCombs possesses a rare ability to diffuse improvisation into these sharply arranged songs, allowing for spontaneity during the recording process by disguising it. On “Sidewalk Bop After Suicide,” a rigid guitar-and-drum structure keeps getting nudged out of place by little flourishes. It’s the kind of thing that makes Sphere equally enjoyable whether you’re listening passively or actively; the record doesn’t demand attention but rewards it generously.


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Postby gandhi » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:32 am

Lol this guy hates interviews so much jesus
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Postby high bias » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:56 am

that interview is great
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I’ve never really had great things to say about California. Growing up, I didn’t really like it. [Laughs] I pretty much left as soon as I could — went to New York immediately and found people interested in similar things as me. Maybe it’s not the same anymore, but I’m not the same anymore. There’s a lower intelligence level in California that people aren’t really aware of. I don’t know why. Maybe they’re too busy kayaking or something. They don’t have time to read — they have their kayaking.

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Postby ripersnifle » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:20 pm

man i love "absentee"
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Postby ripersnifle » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:21 pm

Take from the people their dead river
Take from the body its shiver
I have something for you
I'll give you a clue
It's shaped like a s
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