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The Loon

Tapes 'n Tapes Audio CD
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Tapes ‘n Tapes is a rock band from Minneapolis, MN, made up of Josh Grier on guitar and lead vocals, Matt Kretzmann on keys and horns, Erik Appelwick on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Jeremy Hanson on percussion.

Grier said he formed the band in 2003, to “have fun with my friends. I always wanted to see if I could play music with others and for others.” Grier ... Read more in Amazon's Tapes 'n Tapes Store

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  • Audio CD (24 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B000FUF87U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Another day another hyped indie band. You could look at it that way, or you could absorb the sprawling, slightly incoherent, and highly galvanizing sounds that populate this debut album and admit – as everyone else has so far – that Tapes N Tapes have really got it going on. The Loon is not the kind of album that grabs you and shakes you by the throat. It’s not as immediate as The Magic Numbers, or as quirky as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but then neither is it quite as transparent. In fact the band avoid any obvious song structures, leaning towards the opaque as much as possible, throwing out Pavement-style rock riffs one minute, harmonizing in a Beach Boys style the next. Frontman Josh Grier adds oodles of charisma to the album with his warbling delivery and lines like "I've been a better lover with your mother." It’s not the most dazzlingly original document, but The Loon assimilates its references so well it often feels that way. --Paul Sullivan

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scuzzy, Pavement-esque Goodness 14 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bought this album out of curiosity-there's been a lot of hype surrounding the band and they don't disappoint. Obvious reference points are the Pixies in vocal style or a scuzzier version of Pavement.

This is one of the best albums I've bought for a while, the influences are fairly obvious but the music is excellent and the fairly lo-fi style never grates. "Insistor" is the stand out track, recently released as a single but the album is concise (11 tracks) and consistent.

Though they could be the next big success story from humble beginnings (10 000 copies of the album sold from their bedroom, internet hype, South by Southwest, small guys done good, new Arctic Monkeys blah blah blah) they seem level-headed decent blokes.

This is a cracking debut and well worth the money...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric slow-burner 7 Aug 2006
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
Tapes 'n Tapes are (it's been claimed) one of the hottest bands around at the moment, and they're certainly not bad. A kind of strange mix of Bloc Party and Modest Mouse, The Loon is much more understated than either Silent Alarm or Good News For People Who Like Bad News. The use of clean, reverbed guitars and jazzy shuffles lend a loose, spacious atmosphere to the precedings. You probably need to listen to the album a few times to notice all the intricacies, which are sometimes lost in the deliberately lo-fi sound, but it's worth the investment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Time Over The Tapes. 28 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a really strong debut album from another band hyped around SXSW and which, like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 6 months earlier, does live up to the hype. Awkward guitars, post-Beta Band shuffles, delicious harmonies - occasionally all 3 in one song alone! 'Insistor' is the strongest moment and worthy of the first UK single release but like much of the album the song took a little while to grow on me and you must give the album a chance to implant itself in your brain.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 13 Oct 2006
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It is many years since a new "record" was so constantly stuck to my player as this. New details leap out at every listenting. If you listen to Indie radio now (in late 2006), there is lots of good stuff - killers, razorlight, kooks, automatic, and so on. However, after a time, it all kinds of blends together. Tapes 'n' Tapes are just that bit more inventive, in rhythm, in lyrics, in instruments. Give your musical sense a break, try this...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not a single wasted note 10 May 2007
By Ann Lewis - Published on
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The Loon swings into full blast on the ironically named Just Drums with a swinging guitar riff, driving drums, and stylishly EQed anthem vocals. This energy never wanes throughout the album. All the songs are strong, and flow thoughtfully into each other. Tapes 'n Tapes never fails to bring maximum energy, and this is especially evident at their live shows.

The songs are melodic, hard-driving, and not a single note is wasted in the delicate yet aggressive balance between keys, guitar, bass, and drums. The musicianship is strong all the way around, but the drummer shines especially, with his virtuosic yet nonchalant style. The guitar and drums take turns defining and then bending around each song's rhythm.

The album weaves together indie rock, early 90s hard rock, post-ska, and a little bit of alt-country (Insistor), but this is not a band you can simply define in terms of other bands or other sounds. They build a sound that is all their own. The very last song, Jakov's Suite, is a melancholy anthem taking the album out with everything it has to offer: driving energy, intensely contrasting guitar tones, surprisingly musically mature chord changes and song structure, all culminating in the sad and soaring moan: "You don't move, you don't move, when you don't move, you don't move away!"
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good CD 4 Oct 2006
By Wade Raymer - Published on
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Probably doesn't deserve the 5 stars I gave it. But I wanted to counter the 1 star it had from that other guy cause it certainly deserved more than that. I overdosed pretty quickly on this CD. It's not Pavement meets Beach Boys. Those are better. But it got stuck in my head. There is an energy to it that reminds me of Arcade Fire (even if the music isn't quite the same). Omaha, Manitoba, Insistor are the songs that stand out to me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Minnesota The Looney Buzz Rises 17 Oct 2009
By M. Swinney - Published on
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Round about 2005, 2006 Tapes N Tapes was on the keyboards of internet musical bloggers everywhere and their album "Loon" is what folks were raving on about. Was it worth it? Has it stood up to the test of 3 odd years? Listening to it now, I'd have to say there's plenty of good music to be had behind the buzz. It's all very Modest Mouse-ish and zany shout alongs with tight jumping almost nervous music to move it along.

The highlights, of which there are a few, for me is this little track 3 number, "The Insistor." Lead singer Josh Grier and backing band vocals intone, "And when you rush I'll call your name like Harvard Square holds all inane and don't you know I'll be your badger and don't be terse and don't be shy. Just hug my lips and say good lies and know that I will be your bail bond. Mickey the ol' lithper said hey there hey mister my cold razor's edge will meet you in the light. When you go and you're on stage Is your heart still filled with rage?" I'm the guy that pays attention to lyrics and how they are written. I really like the "Harvard Square hold all inane," and the oh so funny, "Mickey the ol' lithper," 'cuz you know, he's got a lisp and then the Tapes are singing it with a lisp. Good humor in a great song. For some reason the Violent Femmes comes to mind listening to this song.

And then there's the deceptively initially quiet and brooding "10 dollar ascots," track 8. It starts with a simple slow bass line and then layers a simple unfuzzed guitar lilting along on the top of it. Snares and top hat kick in for a bouncing jazzy number. The singing starts smokey lounge smooth, "Ten gallon ascots and booze on your shirt I'll come to dinner and fight off the flirts. I know I know of wash away weekends they leave me cold so cold so cold..." and with that you are suckered in to thinking oh another slow slightly boring atmospheric song. And then the big reveal, the big fuzzed out guitars start getting all chunky on you and then we have Pixies like angry screaming, "Your hats they long of range they've sung file out at night
shock steers with fright the show the drone the talk the call the need the snow I'll show you home." And you check your MP3 to see if Frank Black isn't making a guest appearance but nope, its the Tapes. If I was Canadian, I'd be asking, "What's that aboot?," but I'm not so I just say, very nicely done Tapes N Tapes.

And maybe there's the most likely radio/download hit, the bouncy guitar chop of track 1, "Just Drums." Here we get some nervous edgy jangly high vocals in the stanzas mixed in with some type of radio static like spoken voiceovers. Interesting little song. And then Tapes N Tapes cuts it down to the simple guitar drums repetitive axe chop single note hardness. Along the way there's a drum solo fill that gives away to an understated bassline. And just as they've deconstructed the song, it builds back up to a nice crazy crescendo. "Come to me in metaphor. We've met before and I was all in spades.) Reeling in fog. Kneeling in fog. Reeling in fog. I've been really better under lock." So very interesting.

This will be a band to keep your ears open for for some time to come. Great album and they are just getting started. --mmw
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING NEW BAND!!! 5 April 2006
By Matthew Bialer - Published on
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These guys are great because they evoke a lot of indie touchstones like Pavement, the Pixies, Violent Femmes, Archers of Loaf, some Talking Heads and even a little B-52s (the guitar stuff, not the singing). I am sure I am forgetting some other bands but you get the picture. And yet they have their own sound and deserve all of the praise they are getting. All of it. The music has no pretensions and a lot of heart and energy. And I can't believe I am the first one to post about this major indie record of 2006 (well, 2005 really). Pitchfork has it right about this one. Buy it.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid rock combo 11 May 2006
By t-diggs - Published on
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i think this band is actually quite good. they dont have any sort of new sound per say, but i dont necessarily need something so new every single day. alot of things get tossed around these days, what with all the hype machines running, the blogospheres making music headlines, and pitchforks indie mega kingdom, s**t, the internet just made everything in the world readily available. so things move fast. and music is at the forefront, right behind the great technological beasts of our generation.

this album, is rock. it has some influences. we all do. if you started a band you would too. but what we do with those influences is more important than the mundane fact that we all have them. influences, that is....and the tapes n tapes might like the pixies, even. barely a better band on earth that ever existed, so i say props to tapes n tapes for diggin the pixies. but they dont souund redundant or anything. or derivative. (thats a favorite word for all you critics out there) they have good somegwriting skills. they throw a few styles together to make a good well rounded album.

a quick synopsis if you may...

"just drums" which is anything but just drums. the off kilter beat definitely drives the band through the most likely pixies reference on the album. nice jerky rhythms and a funky hoe down style chorus. the singers spoken-sung lyrics are good an used well. the break towards the end of the song is total classic rock build up. 10/10

"the illiad" a quirky song with a simple riff and some great vocals. it s short one. 8/10

"insistor" more great vocals, a little black francis styled, and more of the hoe-down guitar style. maybe if the pixies played at a rodeo. this is another pixies moment. 9/10

"crazy eights" instrumental that sounds like a western bar room gone surfing with trippy indie breakdown. not the best song on the album, but it has some redeeming qualities. the breakdown saves it. 7/10

"in houston" has a waltzy sort of swagger with some vibraphones and a little feedback build at the end. this song is quuite nice and has grown on me quite a bit. 9/10

"manitoba" is a sleepier affair, with twinkling guitars leading into another little build up at the end. 8/10

"cowbells" this is one of the great songs off the album. more black francis similarities can be made on the vocalist at the beginning, but by the time the chorus comes in with the kick drum and that choppy rhythm all the comparisons are off. the song takes a little punk sorta bridge before repeating the formula. the chorus is great. 10/10

"10 gallon ascots" this is mostly a slow song. its got a very strong pavement american-roots rock feel to it, a slightly annoying bridge and it all leads up to a cacaphonous end which wraps it up pretty nicely to save the day. 7/10

"omaha" this may be the best song on the album. its slow but has a great lurching military drum over a barely plucked guitar and some light strumming. awesome vocals and a great slow build that ebbs before it ever gets predictable. 10/10

"buckle" a synthesis of a rootsy american hoe down mixed with some post punk indie styling. i did not like this song at first but i now consider it essential to the album and also one of the better songs. it has a good solid melody and a catchy chorus 8/10

"jakov's suite" another highlight of the album. it starts of with a fugazi hook and builds like that for a few minutes at high energy, adding a little piano to leaven the rhythm a little then buzzing into a near frenzy before a little bridge that drops you off right in the middle of a heavy blues dirge that might almost be black sabbath and then quickly turns into a lazy loping indie rock track with a confident buzzing two guitar build up to the end. 10/10

that comes out to a 8.7, that technically equals at least 4 1/2 stars. it is a varied indie rock album with definite touchstones to the pixies and pavement but with a little more americana thrown in which could be because of their midwestern origins. the singers voice can be derivative but generally is its own thing, and when you can be comapred to frank black, well, that seems like a good thing to me....this album has grown on me over time and after seeing them live i have become quite obsessed. they are easily one of the best rock bands going around today and the album is a "must-hear" and certainly a band to see live...
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