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Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« on: February 27, 2018, 06:24:09 PM »
What are people's favourite 'lofi' albums? Doesn't have to be restricted to cassette or home recordings!

I really dig the late Sixties Beach Boys stuff, recorded at Brian Wilson's home studio. Smiley Smile (1967), Wild Honey (1967), and Friends (1968).
They recorded vocals in the shower (with the showers on!) and used an empty swimming pool as an echo chamber. I think most of it was tracked on a Gates Dualux console which was designed for radio broadcast.

The albums have a real dry, warm and in your face feel. To me they sound like a load of friends together in a room having fun and making music. A huge contrast to Brians bombastic wall of sound approach on Pet Sounds and previous albums.
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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 07:23:23 PM »
Yessir! Brian Wilson's stuff from that era is magic. I don't know if it's possible to write better songs than what he was doing during that period. I pretty much grew up with his music and I don't think the fact that some of it was recorded at home detracts from anything.

I love Brian Eno's "Here Come The Warm Jets," especially "Needle In The Camel's Eye" and the last track. He recorded all that in his home studio I believe.

ANY of the Carole King demos. Anything. She is a goddess. The demo of "Up On The Roof" she wrote with Gerry Goffin is for me a perfect snapshot of one the greatest songs ever written.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiZrdLaEgNs

I think she was 17 when they wrote that. What a talent. But of course she wrote for so many artists at that time. I usually like her demo WAY more than the official release.

Badfinger has a demo on the album "Head First" called "Time is Mine" that kills. No lyrics. I don't mind at all.

Similarly most of the demos on the Big Star box set are incredible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSk7TTFNw2g

Hasil Adkins..."She Said" and many others. I believe he played the drums with his feet and the guitar at the same time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLka7gxpivw

Joe Meek another home recording enthusiast who I think pioneered some sounds and made some amazing music.

There's a songwriter from Finland called Lau Nau who records stuff at home. She has a song called "Nosferatu" that is one of the most haunting things I've ever heard. A version here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRDudZHuWpM

"The Viking of 6th Avenue," Moondog. He used a lot of field recordings and was a legit composer who recorded things very simply. He has many great songs but one called "Lullaby" is one I listen to at least once a week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmLvBY14kMs

I'm pretty sure all the Silver Apples stuff was home recorded. Groundbreaking early electro stuff that I enjoy.

"Answering Machine" by the Replacements is a home recording. Probably my favorite Westerberg piece.

...and then you have Robert Pollard, my favorite songwriter of all time. Most of his best stuff was made on cassette. I'd almost rather recommend a fan compilation than an album but most of his stuff was all 4-track or boom box. He's got at least a couple hundred songs I obsess over.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bKqEe0LAI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAAt0q3aw0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuHnzctIgFk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3KEqkgpQMI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijeTkLJwmHc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WabLn6pM4y8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Q5j3XkRfc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REBN5R4y5tY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPeVw5q-KOg

I'm gonna have to stop posting links to that guy's stuff. Sorry 'bout that!












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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2018, 07:35:38 PM »
100% agree, Brian Wilson  :-*

Basically the guy invented the minimalist bedroom aesthetic! (?Bedroom tapes) After having created possibly the most triumphant pop records ever.

A couple of my favorite from the post-Smile era (1967-1972): Aren't you glad (Wild Honey), Busy doing nothin (Friends), Time to get alone (20/20), All I want to do (Sunflower) <- Which I find absolutely stunning and avant-garde. Like a comment on the youtube video says, it basically anticipates the genres of dream pop and shoegaze by a good 20 years.

I adore Smile and Pet Sounds with all my heart, but lately I've been listening to Today! a hell of a lot!

Btw, Brian also used a detuned grand piano for Wild Honey and that contributed also to the warmth of the sound.
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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 08:22:45 PM »
Yessir! Brian Wilson's stuff from that era is magic. I don't know if it's possible to write better songs than what he was doing during that period. I pretty much grew up with his music and I don't think the fact that some of it was recorded at home detracts from anything.

I love Brian Eno's "Here Come The Warm Jets," especially "Needle In The Camel's Eye" and the last track. He recorded all that in his home studio I believe.

ANY of the Carole King demos. Anything. She is a goddess. The demo of "Up On The Roof" she wrote with Gerry Goffin is for me a perfect snapshot of one the greatest songs ever written.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiZrdLaEgNs

I think she was 17 when they wrote that. What a talent. But of course she wrote for so many artists at that time. I usually like her demo WAY more than the official release.

Badfinger has a demo on the album "Head First" called "Time is Mine" that kills. No lyrics. I don't mind at all.

Similarly most of the demos on the Big Star box set are incredible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSk7TTFNw2g

Hasil Adkins..."She Said" and many others. I believe he played the drums with his feet and the guitar at the same time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLka7gxpivw

Joe Meek another home recording enthusiast who I think pioneered some sounds and made some amazing music.

There's a songwriter from Finland called Lau Nau who records stuff at home. She has a song called "Nosferatu" that is one of the most haunting things I've ever heard. A version here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRDudZHuWpM

"The Viking of 6th Avenue," Moondog. He used a lot of field recordings and was a legit composer who recorded things very simply. He has many great songs but one called "Lullaby" is one I listen to at least once a week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmLvBY14kMs

I'm pretty sure all the Silver Apples stuff was home recorded. Groundbreaking early electro stuff that I enjoy.

"Answering Machine" by the Replacements is a home recording. Probably my favorite Westerberg piece.

...and then you have Robert Pollard, my favorite songwriter of all time. Most of his best stuff was made on cassette. I'd almost rather recommend a fan compilation than an album but most of his stuff was all 4-track or boom box. He's got at least a couple hundred songs I obsess over.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bKqEe0LAI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAAt0q3aw0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuHnzctIgFk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3KEqkgpQMI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijeTkLJwmHc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WabLn6pM4y8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Q5j3XkRfc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REBN5R4y5tY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPeVw5q-KOg

I'm gonna have to stop posting links to that guy's stuff. Sorry 'bout that!

Will have to check Robert Pollard out John! That King/Goffin demo is lovely. All of the American professional songwriters in the 60's were great.. the Tin Pan Alley lot and people like Burt Bacharach.

Interesting that you mention Joe Meek, he's one of my idols. I wrote part of my dissertation at uni on his home recording studio in North London. My girlfriend lives in an apartment opposite an old guy called Alan Blaikley who was one of his songwriters back in the day. Joe has a really interesting story, and he's rarely given the credit for the innovative recording techniques he invented. Cool Tape Op article.

https://tapeop.com/articles/100/joe-meek/

Oh and if you haven't heard it here's Brian singing In The Back Of My Mind in 1975 ten years after he recorded it (my favourite home recording of his)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji-ZOmA0tsY
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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2018, 08:45:29 PM »
That recording of In the back of my mind is ridiculously amazing. Probably the last time his voice was that good. It's super emotional

Although that version with Dennis on vocals is insane!
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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2018, 09:02:32 PM »
Will I'd love to make you a mix of some of my favorite R.P. mp3's. I have most of his stuff on a hard drive...

That's really cool about Meek. Legend.
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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2018, 05:25:58 PM »
A musician I follow, Snakeskin, recently put out a EP on State Champion Records - it's not exactly lofi but it's noisy af and in your face: https://open.spotify.com/album/24KFeYyDw60Z3Pq73XpSkj

They have a collection of demos also on State Champ that was released on cassette last year. They're mostly iPhone voice recordings, which is pretty lofi: https://open.spotify.com/album/3yr2Vt3NidEKcFcNfyluHW

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Re: Favourite Lo-Fi Album (Not necessarily on cassette)...
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2018, 12:53:14 AM »
It seems like all I do is mention Mac Demarco on this forum... :P

But check out this cover of Clapton's Change the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKKLDEmB2-Y

Exceedingly lo-fi, on cassette with lots of pitch variations. The chorus is out of this world!

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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 12:31:19 AM »
A brief listen to some of that Robert Pollard and I can tell I'll need to dig in more... lots of sweet suggestions in here.

John Frusciante's "Niandra LaDes & Usually Just a T-Shirt" tends to get the most reverence as far as his more lo-fi/cassette stuff goes, but the first solo music of his I ever heard was his online album that was fan-titled "From The Sounds Inside", which I think is largely demos or outtakes from the "To Record Only Water for Ten Days" era. I was still pretty new to music at the time, and honestly probably had no concept of hi- or lo-fi, but this entire period from about 2001 to 2004 -- From The Sounds Inside; To Record Only Water (more demos/outtakes from this are on youtube); The Brown Bunny soundtrack ("Dying Song"! "Falling"!); the Shadows Collide With People demos --  I would definitely file under lo-fi. I think everything but the demos for Shadows was done on a digital Tascam multitrack; I can't recall the model. But I love and recommend all of it, and the Shadows demos, made on a Tascam 488 I believe, are what pushed me to finally seek out a cassette recorder of my own.