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matto
= Cult of Ray =

USA
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Posted - 06/04/2014 :  13:28:52  Show Profile  Visit matto's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Fort Wayne" on vinyl! but in a different mix...

http://thebureaurecords.com/grand-duchys-petit-fours-original-mix-by-david-j-vinyl-release/
rand Duchyís PETIT FOURS Original Mix by David J (Vinyl Release)
June 2, 2014 By Donny

We spoke with Violet Clark and Black Francis a couple days ago, and they revealed that there is a special re-release of the spectacular Grand Duchy debut, Petit Fours, in the works. But this isnít just a re-release. Itís the original mix of the album by David J, of Bauhaus/Love and Rockets fame. Weíll keep you informed as there is more progress made on this project, but expect a vinyl/digital release this November.

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pixie punk
* Dog in the Sand *

2454 Posts

Posted - 06/06/2014 :  04:20:39  Show Profile  Visit pixie punk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A great fun album indeed.

PUERTO RICO PIXIE
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Stevio10
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United Kingdom
638 Posts

Posted - 07/19/2015 :  00:37:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I felt compelled to give Petit Fours another listen, it has some great tracks.

Loved all the songs (except maybe Volcano!) some great bass lines and a lot better than I remember it at the time.
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picpic
* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
1142 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2016 :  04:55:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Their second album deserves a reissue, too.

I like many songs on "Let the people speak". Many of them could have been insanely good Pixies songs.

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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

660 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2016 :  10:46:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Agreed. Much prefer them to NSE or even Golem.
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The Maharal
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579 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2016 :  11:30:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jesus. The Golem is a classic to me. NSE an underrated gem. Barely revisit Petit Fours despite enjoying it back in the day while the extremely irritating radio presenter commentary put me off even attempting to listen to the whole of the second album. And I'm someone who ordinarily laps up everything the Man touches.
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Bedbug
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320 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2016 :  11:31:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great album
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Sprite
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660 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2016 :  14:38:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Maharal

Jesus. The Golem is a classic to me. NSE an underrated gem. Barely revisit Petit Fours despite enjoying it back in the day while the extremely irritating radio presenter commentary put me off even attempting to listen to the whole of the second album. And I'm someone who ordinarily laps up everything the Man touches.



Neither of really them really clicked with me. Especially NSE. I've listened to Abbadubba and Paley & Francis more than NSE. I may not have persevered enough with Golem. I have the DVD but not watched it, I should do that.
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peter radiator
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USA
542 Posts

Posted - 09/19/2016 :  15:01:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmm...

I actually adore NSE.

It just hit me the right way from the first listen.

What is it in particular about that record that you did not care for, Sprite?

Is it something you could easily put into words?

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"Real music is out there and real people are making it." ~ Webb Wilder
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Gramoul Zlu
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France
22 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  08:40:47  Show Profile  Visit Gramoul Zlu's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sprite



Neither of really them really clicked with me. Especially NSE. I've listened to Abbadubba and Paley & Francis more than NSE. I may not have persevered enough with Golem. I have the DVD but not watched it, I should do that.



The numerous tracks from the original edition may have discouraged some people, I suggest you start with some of the most consistent songs like:

Astaroth - Bad News - You're Gonna Pay - The Word - Stars - The Flower Song - The Obedient Servant

From there, it might be easier to enjoy the rest, including both different versions and real other songs.

Edited by - Gramoul Zlu on 09/20/2016 08:41:42
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hammerhands
* Dog in the Sand *

Canada
1508 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  08:51:07  Show Profile  Visit hammerhands's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The movie is pretty good on its own, if you forgive it some of the subtext. "The Word"

I was pulling for Miriam. And it is improved with the soundtrack. It's only 85 minutes invested.

I also recommend Dark Side of the Rainbow.
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

660 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  09:13:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tips, I'll give them a try.
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

660 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  09:33:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by peter radiator

Hmmmm...

I actually adore NSE.

It just hit me the right way from the first listen.

What is it in particular about that record that you did not care for, Sprite?

Is it something you could easily put into words?

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"Real music is out there and real people are making it." ~ Webb Wilder



Well I can try but it's going to be pretty surface level. Random things would include

* The songs don't stand out that much too me. I remember them as a bit conventional. Although some are intricate they are not quirky (and I like my FB/Pixies quirky)
* I don't like the production eg the strings on some tracks, or the falsetto (especially the way the voice is treated). I can live with it on a song like I'll be Blue but Rabbits or Tidy Sum get on my nerves. The album reminds me of Let it Be or Abbey Road which are my least favourite Beatles albums
* The album feels like a jumble collection of songs kind of a bit throwaway but not in a good way
* I heard Dead Man's Curve on Christmass first and I much preferred that version

What else? I've kind of worked out over many years that for me at least the support players and producer are important factors in how I consume and enjoy FB albums. That is the only clear stand out factor I can identify that explains how I can consider TOTY or BLD as musical pinnacles but COR or Honeycomb as real drags (I would not consider NSE as bad as those last two).

I would for sure say it's probably an album that needs a bit of work or commitment and I just have not been lured in enough to try that hard.

Edited by - Sprite on 09/20/2016 13:32:37
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sdon
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France
526 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  13:12:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
While I agree with most of your analysis about NSE (and Dead Man's Curve is so overproduced, it's sad to hear), I would not be so harsh with Honeycomb.
To me, it's very underrated.

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"Aristophanes! (gong sounds)"

Edited by - sdon on 09/20/2016 13:12:53
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Don Eduardo
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Australia
401 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  16:57:56  Show Profile  Click to see Don Eduardo's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
PF is really a mixed bag. There's a few that I really enjoy (Black Suit, Fort Wayne, Ermesinde, Come On Over To My House), but then there's some that I find unlistenable (Volcano, Long Song, and especially Chase The Angels).
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Ziggy
* Dog in the Sand *

United Kingdom
2222 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2016 :  22:26:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
NSE has some brilliant songs on it (Cinema Star, Lake of Sin etc) but the production is a bit odd. Quite a muddy mix and it just sounds like it was recorded in a bit of a hurry.
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Arm Arm Arm
= Cult of Ray =

998 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2016 :  08:44:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've yet to hear Christmass, NSE, 7 fingers, nor Abbabubba. Same with the record he split with that other guy.

Didn't care for Honeycomb nor Indie Cindy, nor the Raiderman album though there were some songs I liked.

I love most of Bluefinger and I think the Golem is an amazing record! Just incredible songwriting and playing. A true gem amongst the many he's given the world. Can you tell I like it a lot?

cheers
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Sprite
= Cult of Ray =

660 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2016 :  13:15:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you not listen to every FB as it comes out and if not how do you select which ones to listen to? I'd say if you like Blue Finger a lot you will really like 7 fingers.
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Arm Arm Arm
= Cult of Ray =

998 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2016 :  15:36:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A couple of reasons, I guess.

It's a combination of wanting to savor new FB music and at the same time, after Honeycomb and Fastman/Raiderman I didn't care for the direction he'd gone in and so it was easy to lose track of new records; it seemed like he was releasing a lot quite quickly that I just lost track of some of the releases and they piled up.

I own 7 Fingers and Abbabubba but they're still sealed in plastic.

indie Cindy I was conflicted over but eventually listened to. I'll probably wait for Head Carrier as a Christmas or birthday gift.

When I first got into Frank's solo work, I gorged on FB, Teenager and Cult; since then I'd like to space out the music.

cheers

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Discoking
= Cult of Ray =

Belgium
692 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2016 :  22:21:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Arm Arm Arm

I own 7 Fingers and Abbabubba but they're still sealed in plastic.


listen to svn fngrs now!


it's educational
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johnnyribcage
= Cult of Ray =

USA
771 Posts

Posted - 10/11/2016 :  14:36:26  Show Profile  Visit johnnyribcage's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm looking forward to this reissue. Until recently, I never really got into Grand Duchy that much, and Petit Fours still doesn't totally grab me, but I'll pick this up. That said, the last couple weeks I've been jamming on Let the People Speak, and man - I'm really digging it. It's great, front to back imo. A ton of fun, super creative, and fresh sounding. Lots of interesting production and composition. This sense of adventure is definitely missing from the new Pixies stuff, and listening to this kind of reminded me of that.

I love the new Pixies of course, but it could benefit from a little bit of that kind of envelope pushing. A couple tracks sound more "Pixies" to my ears than a lot of the new stuff.


Take me to the vineyards of Lavaux
Want to see the mountains where the waters flow

Edited by - johnnyribcage on 10/11/2016 14:36:50
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