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No Reconciliation Necessary: Doug McCombs' Favourite LPs
Nick Hutchings , July 16th, 2015 13:36

With the prolific bassist and guitarist and Tortoise and Brokeback founder about to release a new album, Works For Tomorrow, with Eleventh Dream Day, he gives Nick Hutchings a tour of his most seminal records

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Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
When I joined Eleventh Dream Day I was 23 years old and my exposure to rock music was still pretty narrow. I was aware of some punk and avant-garde music and Television was probably my favourite band, still is. But I was not familiar with Neil Young at all. When I joined I was broke and Baird [Figi], the other guitar player, got me a job at a record store. So here I was playing with people who were hipping me to the music that interested them and I had a whole record store at my disposal. I discovered that Crazy Horse WAS a punk band and that Neil Young jammed with Devo.

Apparently 'Cinnamon Girl', 'Down By The River' and 'Cowgirl In The Sand' were recorded while Young had a 103-degree fever - what are the most testing conditions in which you've recorded songs?

Eleventh Dream Day has made a couple albums during heat waves. Actually both of those were made in Kentucky. As times goes on it takes Tortoise longer and longer to make albums. That can be trying.

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ad hominem
Jul 16, 2015 4:25pm

yum yum Dots & Loops is my fave Stereolab too

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Sheila Drummond-Lopez
Jul 17, 2015 3:42am

Great read. Love everything Doug does and the new 11DD is awesome.

One pedantic quibble, Quietus Interviewer: Neil Young WROTE those tunes during his famous fever - he didn't record them.

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Jul 17, 2015 4:43pm

I'm in my early 50s, have tried to listen to Marque Moon about 20 times and I always come away perplexed. Why? Because it is utterly unlistenable and Verlaine's voice recalls a cat being tortured-even worse than Morrissey. It reminds me of the Grateful Dead but worse, if that is even possible. Give me Wire, Killing Joke, early PiL, etc. but for the life of me I just don't get them-like the Dead they can't even write a cohesive tune.

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Jul 19, 2015 6:49am

In reply to ad hominem:

Same here! It’s the grooviest too.

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Kenneth J
Jul 23, 2015 2:36pm

In reply to Ricardo:

The Dead can't write a cohesive tune? Wow.
I refer you (though I doubt you're listening, as it appears you may have a hearing disorder) to "New Speedway Boogie" ~ that might...oh well, whatever. Nevermind.

To each their own.

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