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Postby Fool On Fire » Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:48 am

for all fans of The National, Rilo Kiley, Neutral Milk Hotel, The New Pornographers, the Magnetic Fields...this band is a must for all who love exquisitely arranged chamber-pop-rock.

The full band is 8 people stuffed onto a stage - a drummer, a percussionist, a bassist, a horn player, a keyboardist, two guitarists, and the lead singer, Richard Edwards (who's also the chief songwriter of the bunch). They also have done performances with just Richard on acoustic guitar, and the keyboardist, Emily. Their 2006 album The Dust of Retreat is one that I continually go back to. It never seems to get old. There's all kinds of styles on it, from simple acoustic lullabyes to eerie ambient ballads to hugely instrumented electric rock songs.

The reason I'm posting this thread now is that come October, Margot releases a double-LP called Animal!, exclusively on vinyl - which is kind of exciting, we don't often get exclusive vinyl releases these days. (So before then, I gotta grab me a record player of my own.) :D I can.not.wait. (We get a teaser in July, an EP of live and new material.) I'm also interested to hear how their sound has evolved since they were picked up by a major label...I gather that the transition has been a little weird for them, lol.

Tracklist of Animal! and the b-side LP not Animal! (released October 7, 2008 on Epic Records):
1. At the carnival
2. O' what a nightmare!
3. Hello Vagina
4. I am a lightning rod
5. Love song for a Schuba's bartender
6. Mariel's brazen overture
7. There's talk of mineshafts
8. A children's crusade on acid
9. German motor car
10. Cold, kind, and lemon eyes
11. My baby (shoots her mouth off)
12. As tall as cliffs

1. A children's crusade on acid
2. German Motor Car
3. Broadripple is burning!
4. Real naked girls.
5. Holy Cow!
6. Cold, kind, and lemon eyes
7. Hello vagina
8. As tall as cliffs
9. Pages written on the wall
10. The shivers (I've got 'em)
11. The ocean (is bleeding salt)
12. Hip, hip hooray.
13. jesus christ blues.

Daytrotter EP (released July 29, 2008)
1. Bookworm
2. My baby shoots her mouth off
3. Broadripple is burning!
4. love song for a Schuba's bartender
5. I am a lightning rod

Having had a few of the new songs in demo/live form from fan recordings and Chicago Public Radio, I am absolutely *itching* to hear the studio versions. I know there are a few other fans here...beensaved, Ang, Jess...are y'all as stoked as I am?

discuss,
~Elise
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-- Amy Ray

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-- Albert King

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-- Josh Ritter


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Postby beensaved » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:43 pm

Stoked is right. Although I must admit that I've heard absolutely none of their new stuff. I've survived entirely on the Dust of Retreat album...
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Postby girlgoddess » Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:38 am

i've not heard any of their new stuff but i love love love love love this band... thanks for turning me onto them miss elise :)
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Postby Fool On Fire » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:19 pm

girlgoddess wrote:i love love love love love this band... thanks for turning me onto them miss elise

no problem sweetums. I like to spread the margot gospel. and I had a feeling you would like. :)

I heard a few of the new songs live in concert when I saw them outside of Charleston in spring of '07...as live tracks they were in keeping with The Dust of Retreat in terms of instrumentation - lots of horns, lots of percussion, with an acoustic base - but you never know, in the studio they might sound completely different. And then the demos I heard from Chicago Public Radio are totally stripped down and acoustic. (But my imagination has inflated them to wondrous heights, hehe.)

"Talking in Code" is one of my favorite songs of the past five years. It's so unusual and stirring...I'm sleeping alone in a house I don't own, cuz if you tour your mind you'll get lost every time. "Vampires in Blue Dresses" is right up there too. It's all so damn good. eeeeeeican'twait.

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I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

the saints and all the martyrs look down on dying converts
"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


...the blues is the roots...everything else is the fruits...
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Postby Fool On Fire » Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:15 pm

margot's tour schedule for the summer:

Jul 25 2008, 8:00PM - The Launching Pad, Muncie, IN

Jul 26 2008 2:30P - The Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY

Jul 28 2008 8:00P - The Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY

Jul 30 2008 8:00P - Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Aug 2 2008 12:15P - Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL

Aug 6 2008 8:00P - The Horshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON

Aug 7 2008 8:00P - La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC

Aug 9 2008 8:00P - Middle East Downstairs (18+), Cambridge, MA

Aug 12 2008 8:00P - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA

Aug 13 2008 8:00P - 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Aug 15 2008 8:00P - Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC

Aug 16 2008 8:00P - Common Grounds, Gainesville, FL

Aug 17 2008 8:00P - Crowbar, Tampa, FL

Aug 18 2008 8:00P - The Social, Orlando, FL

Aug 19 2008 8:00P - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA

Aug 20 2008 8:00P - The Bottletree, Birmingham, AL

Aug 21 2008 8:00P - Exit/In, Nashville, TN

Aug 22 2008 8:00P - The Southgate House, Newport, KY

Aug 31 2008 8:00P - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI


Oh hellllllllllllll yeah...I am gonna see them twice! Praised be, they hit the East Coast something serious. I thought they were never gonna get around to it. (A pretty big swing through Florida, too...nice.)

excited,
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

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if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

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-- Josh Ritter


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Postby Fool On Fire » Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:39 am

So who's got the new EP? I have been wearing it out. I *love* the new version of "Broadripple" even though they changed the lyrics. And "Love Song for a Schuba's Bartender" makes my heart hurt just right. I walk around humming you're the reason children turn to doooope at work. Then people look at me funny. :P

They've also got a couple of the songs from the upcoming album up on myspace. The new version of "a children's crusade on acid" is the shiz. It's pure margot perfection...pounding drums, wailing strings, all of it.

any thoughts?

kisses,
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

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if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

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"what makes the water holy," she said, "is that it's the closest thing to rain..."

-- Josh Ritter


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Postby Fool On Fire » Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:40 pm

This new album is bangin'. I fucking love it...not least because I have been able to listen to it on my brand-new record player. Love me some vinyl goodness. It was worth waiting for, that's fer damn sure.

The b-sides are great too, although the fully-produced version of "Broadripple" is a little too upbeat for my tastes. That song is so melancholy...I need it to squeeze my heartstrings, not rock my face off. I prefer the version on the Daytrotter EP.

I'm downloading my digital copy so I can burn it to cd and listen in my car all the dilly-day long.

anyone else got it?

wheeeeeee,
~Elise
I've become the beggar now, and you've become the saint somehow
twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl
if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

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Postby beensaved » Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:52 pm

I downloaded it from Amazon. Like it, don't love it. It'll grow on me like the first album, but I can't see it ever being as good as "Dust of Retreat". Comparatively speaking, this one is more stripped down than "Retreat", so "Animal" is lacking for me.
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Postby Fool On Fire » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:18 pm

Stripped down? There are huge guitars and percussion all over it. Not to mention pedal steel and strings and keyboard effects.

But I agree, as much as I've been slammin' to it today, it hasn't replaced Dust of Retreat in my heart. Although I have only had it one day. hehe.

I loooove "Hello Vagina,"
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twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

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if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

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Postby Fool On Fire » Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:18 pm

"Cold, Kind, and Lemon Eyes" will not let go of my soul. I can't go three hours without listening to it.

It's having a "talking in code" kind of effect on me.

I think, after having this record for a few weeks now, I can safely say that Margot has stepped it up like whaaa. The songwriting is better...the arrangements are more textured...the moods are more elaborate. It runs from utter sad-bastard to plain ol' bouncy.

margot saturation has such a cheering effect on me,
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twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

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if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

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Postby beensaved » Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:15 pm

I'm still not all the way there. At this point, it's still not "Dust of Retreat" yet. "Broadripple Is Burning" is the closest, for me, to being the breakout song. "Holy Cow" is a close second.
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Postby Fool On Fire » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:23 am

Oh, man. "Holy Cow" is amazing. Richard's voice breaks my heart on that song. I love Broadripple - what a great effing song - but the tempo of it on the album is too fast for me considering what a tragic song it is, I prefer the version on the Daytrotter EP.

I'm so glad to have the alternate version of the album so we get the b-sides...I don't know what I'd do without "The Ocean (is bleeding salt)" or "Holy Cow" or "Hip Hip Hooray."

I just sent Scoote the entire Margot discography, so I expect him to be in here discussing it forthwith. If not, I will be highly affronted. haha.

~E
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twist the words and place the blame, and tell me now, aren't we the same?

-- Amy Ray

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if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all

-- Albert King

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-- Josh Ritter


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