If ever a band deserved a chronologically ordered best-of, it's Stereolab, whose sea of albums are just different enough to thrill die-hards and just similar enough to confound beginners. And if ever a band renowned for its studio work deserved a live compilation, it's Stereolab, whose sometimes fussy "real" albums barely hint at their onstage drive. ABC Music is the best of both worlds — we get to hear their songwriting expand organically, and the soft glow of songs like "Metronomic Underground" gains traction in the brighter, harsher light of these versions.
By Marc Hogan on 11.13.14 in News
It's not unusual for hobbyists to cut records using compact discs, says Mike Dixon, who runs five companies based around vinyl records. "The CD trick is pretty common," he explains over the phone from his home and workpl...
By David Stubbs on 10.09.14 in Features
David Stubbs speaks with Tim Gane about his new survey of the pioneering German label.
By Barry Walters on 03.03.13 in Six Degrees
It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirat...
By Nitsuh Abebe on 04.22.11 in Reviews
After a decade of stylistic shifts, Stereolab have simmered down to a signature sound. Since the turn of the millennium, they've dropped the moony dreams of earlier days and dug into a more concrete swing, equal part...