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The American Analog Set — Hard to Find
Album: Promise of Love
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Released: 2003
Length: 4:15
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We stay hard to find
'Cause it's too hard to take it
And we keep that in mind
That we're older and jaded
We can't shake it

Pacific to Eastern we're bordered and hated
So we stay hard to find
'Cause it's too hard to take it
No, we can't fake it
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If the were still in the vinyl only era, one would think that the nail is spinning in loop at each rotation in the same groove. 
 kilroyjoe3 wrote:
Is this a Death Cab for Cutie tribute band?

 
These guys were around and releasing albums before Deathcab was. It does sound like they both have similar influences and similar harmonizing styles though.
Does anyone else hear the similarity to Death Cab for Cutie in this track?
Bill - ya know I love ya.

But could you give a little love to Mr. Chilton's "other" band. 
 stunix wrote:
Americanisms, ie Mr Webster deciding he is qualified enough to take an established form of communication and change it.... vexes me.    I can't complain, as a Brit, we have to know aloominum from Aluminium, and Fall from Autumn because there is only 70 million on our little island, and 350million in the US, we are out numbered. (other english speaking countries can decide for themselves.) I can do inches and Lbs and gallons, along with Litres and millimeters  but cmon, why change the date around, that's just daft.?   It's spelt Analogue.....   

 
Don't take this the wrong way, ok? its just a date format thing -
when someone mentions "nine, eleven" i have to stop myself from blurting out "why, what happened on the 9th of November?"
Does it...ever......end?........
 
About a year and a half ago I had this song stuck in my head for a week. I couldn't remember the words well enough to google it, so it's been SERIOUSLY bothering me for the last 18 months. Oh, the irony that the song is called "Hard to Find". Wow.

Thanks for ending the mystery at long last. 
 dbreese wrote:
Thank you Bill and Rebecca for putting on good music that I would otherwise never hear. This song qualifies - I have never heard of this band before, and I like this! I am forever recommending this site to friends precisely because you have such a great blend of old and new, favorites and rarities that I am rarely if ever bored.

 
Absolutely 
Thank you Bill and Rebecca for putting on good music that I would otherwise never hear. This song qualifies - I have never heard of this band before, and I like this! I am forever recommending this site to friends precisely because you have such a great blend of old and new, favorites and rarities that I am rarely if ever bored.
 stunix wrote:
Americanisms, ie Mr Webster deciding he is qualified enough to take an established form of communication and change it.... vexes me.    I can't complain, as a Brit, we have to know aloominum from Aluminium, and Fall from Autumn because there is only 70 million on our little island, and 350million in the US, we are out numbered. (other english speaking countries can decide for themselves.) I can do inches and Lbs and gallons, along with Litres and millimeters  but cmon, why change the date around, that's just daft.?   It's spelt Analogue.....   

 

Reminds me of the Pacifica song Bill loves
 
Americanisms, ie Mr Webster deciding he is qualified enough to take an established form of communication and change it.... vexes me.    I can't complain, as a Brit, we have to know aloominum from Aluminium, and Fall from Autumn because there is only 70 million on our little island, and 350million in the US, we are out numbered. (other english speaking countries can decide for themselves.) I can do inches and Lbs and gallons, along with Litres and millimeters  but cmon, why change the date around, that's just daft.?   It's spelt Analogue.....   
I thought this was a repeating intro from a song from The Cardigans...
 oldfart48 wrote:
canned music.....

 
Well then I'll have me a can of that there music...thank you
 QueenLucia wrote:
repetitive drivel. 
 
Yes, perhaps, but very likable and infectious repetitve drivel.  I vote 7!
repetitive drivel. 
love this song and the band. sadly, i found out about them (and the radar bros. and mysteries of life, and...) after they were no longer a band.
..this is Kick AAS..
Is this a Death Cab for Cutie tribute band?
 Rockit wrote:
Still waiting for the bridge.
 
"Where's that confounded bridge?"  I like this song a lot.  Or maybe even alot. 
LOVELY SONG!
Seems like a paleo-influence to The Whitest Boy Alive, Nice nice song
 DigitalJer wrote:
What a great follow up from Radiohead — Supercollider

As usual, more evidence of Bill's brilliance. 

PS this is a hypno song - it's /supposed/ to be repetitive.
 

and so you can stare at the wall and think of your life or one of the first songs to play while making love!
 Rockit wrote:
Still waiting for the bridge.
 
Funny!
you were on the bridge - all the time!
Still waiting for the bridge.

like it - lots!

GROOVY!


Hmmm interesting - the first I've heard of these people.Thought I was hearing the enigmatic touch of another RP introductee Kaki King.
What a great follow up from Radiohead — Supercollider

As usual, more evidence of Bill's brilliance. 

PS this is a hypno song - it's /supposed/ to be repetitive.
 MJdub wrote:
Really liking this one....simple and repetitive, but I'd give it a 7 anyway.  Sometimes a really good groove is enough to make a song out of.  The vibes are a nice touch.

 
Apparently, a lot of people do not agree with that, or just don't get it; sometimes a groove is a song.  This song is the way it is by design - the groove is the whole point.  I'm not sure why people expect every song to have the exact same components.
Wow!  This yanked me out of my edit/proofread trance ... very nice, very smooooooooth.
The first and only place I have heard this fantastic tune, HERE! Thanks for all the groovy tunes, this one makes me dance.
Some days the music seems to slide into the background—and then something like this starts to play and I wander over to the stereo, feeling the need to crank it up.

Like a heartbeat only groovier..for someone..
 Jelani wrote:
something about the sound of this bass reminds me of that tune by the Alpinestars.
No? 
 
Yeah, I get that too. 

something about the sound of this bass reminds me of that tune by the Alpinestars.
No? 
Very catchy bass line...
 sirdroseph wrote:
Unimaginative  and a bit repetitive; I really like it!{#Clap}
 
Agreed, much like a lot of "pop" music. All it takes is a good hook.
me like
Really liking this one....simple and repetitive, but I'd give it a 7 anyway.  Sometimes a really good groove is enough to make a song out of.  The vibes are a nice touch.

good!!!


good write @ Dickthespic's Blog {#High-five}


Very nice. Downloaded via iTunes. Just keep on truckin'.
Not sure who came first, the American Analog Set or Pinback, but I do like this kind of sound. I've heard similar bands referred to as math rock. Definitely appeals to the nerd in me.
FTW! (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ftw)
 
listen_n_sf wrote:

Just like sex!
 


I have the same problem
 
snowcat wrote:
Hear on RP > Click > Buy.  I see a pattern here...
 


I like this — reminds me a bit of Boards of Canada, but better
 sirdroseph wrote:
Unimaginative and a bit repetitive; I really like it!{#Clap}
 
Yes; it works rather well I think - a good groove.


...did someone leave a turgid and unfinished backing track laying around in the RP studio?


So nice. Zzzzz.
Hear on RP > Click > Buy.  I see a pattern here...
 listen_n_sf wrote:

Just like sex!
 

Perfect!{#Lol}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Unimaginative  and a bit repetitive; I really like it!{#Clap}
 
Just like sex!
Pretty groovy to chill to after a long night of {#Bounce}work...
Yea, just checking, I still like it!{#Yes}

so easy to do the moment by! like it!


Unimaginative  and a bit repetitive; I really like it!{#Clap}
Except that each of my four can be overdone. I never want your two to end.  

liveinthewire wrote:
5. breathing
6. posting my deep insights

 BobSteinVisiBone wrote:
I do like the repetitiveness in this song quite a bit.  I'd like to point out that some good things, repetitive the right amount, can be great:
  1. chewing food
  2. turn signals
  3. washing machine agitation
  4. coitus
 

Hard to Find: any other TAAS song that is even marginally interesting.  

This song makes me dive for the mute button every time... drives me batty if it plays for more than 30 seconds.
 BobSteinVisiBone wrote:

Hi-larious. 

I do like the repetitiveness in this song quite a bit.  I'd like to point out that some good things, repeated the right amount, can become great:
  1. chewing food
  2. turn signals
  3. washing machine cycles
  4. coitus


 

5. breathing
6. posting my deep insights

 MrGreg wrote:
How To Make This Song:
1) Open sequencer application
2) Spend 5 minutes making stupid song
3) Select the four measures
4) Copy
5) Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste...
 
Hi-larious. 

I do like the repetitiveness in this song quite a bit.  I'd like to point out that some good things, repetitive the right amount, can become great:
  1. chewing food
  2. turn signals
  3. washing machine agitation
  4. coitus


 Stingray wrote:
quite likable!
 
I agree with you!
I actually thought I had an extra web browser for some biotech company open and that this song was the main webpage intro music.

 MrGreg wrote:
How To Make This Song:
1) Open sequencer application
2) Spend 5 minutes making stupid song
3) Select the four measures
4) Copy
5) Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste...
 

hahaha!  the guitar is good, but....agreed.
Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn...

Oh, wait — you played that last week. This is shorter.

Right about them being uneven, but when they get it right, it's good. I downloaded a couple of tunes of theirs from Epitonic.com. I keep hoping they'll mature and break out.
govna wrote:

oh come on, it's gotta be way more than that.


At least, it sure SEEMS like it.  I thought this song would never end.

 poprocker1 wrote:
fyi, i counted. it repeats 16x. just seems like forever because each time is 4 measures of 4 beats each. and yes, i'm that bored.
 
oh come on, it's gotta be way more than that. 

I like this song a lot.  After hearing AAS on SOMAFM I bought a couple of their CDs and it's uniformly strong work.
quite likable!
This would be a much better song if this band had not fallen in so love with their kickin' bass line. Less is more, people.

groovy bass
:meditate: :sunny:
A nice way to slowly get in the 'Monday morning work day after a holiday' groove. :bananajam: :daisy: :good-vibes:
diane wrote:
Finally. A justified use of the puke icon for me. This number and the preceding one, Damon Albarn & Friends, earn my only back to back '2' ratings. Both of these tunes go on my "Music By Which One Can Drive Out Branch Davidians" playlist. Arrrrgh! Repetious :puke:
Wow! Maybe someone should put out a "Be-on-the-lookout-for" on your soul - it must be painful living without it. :ask: Oh well, to each their own. :cheers:
another song i very like, perfect sounds!!!! :bananajam:
Frater_Kork wrote:
My, a distinct 4.
Oh, you're being far too generous. 3. Yawn.
Love hypnotic :)
she's makin it all come true this time...
Thanks Bill for introducing this band to me. I so often return to the band's myspace page to listen to this one. It's not in the german iTunes store ... Lovely Bassline.... :sunny: :yes: :jump: :music: :dance: :biggrin:
My, a distinct 4.
fyi, i counted. it repeats 16x. just seems like forever because each time is 4 measures of 4 beats each. and yes, i'm that bored.
How To Make This Song:
1) Open sequencer application
2) Spend 5 minutes making stupid song
3) Select the four measures
4) Copy
5) Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste, Paste...

drtjdel wrote:
Me too. If I were in a coma.
Give it a few more seconds and I will be in a coma ...
i think they should loop that riff a few dozen more times. ...says captain sarcasm.
This sounds like something a fifth-place American Idol contestant would record in the middle of the CD.
jjbix wrote:
sounds like "pinback." are they related?
My thoughts exactly. . . like a missing track from "Summer in Abaddon."
yaaaaaaaawn
I saw Broken Social Scene play this weekend, with the guy from American Analog Set as part of the band. They played this tune and jammed out for a while on it. It was a really cool show. Not incredibly tight at times, but they weren't afraid to try new things. I'd see them again.
This literally put me to sleep. No lie. It took 2 songs to wake up.
There seems to an abundance of this uninspiring music here at RP, but played after such classics as Jamacia Say You Will and Many Rivers To Cross, anyone can see what a waste of cyber space it is.
...didn't realize I'd like hypno so much until RP introduced me to this band :)
sounds like "pinback." are they related?
So glad to hear this on RP -- one of my favorite bands :music:
nevsky wrote:
hypnotic :meditate: wouldn't mind this song going on for the rest of the day
Me too. If I were in a coma.
De putísima madre !!
Hi Bill! You really have brilliant CDs here, music which I never heard before..., soul warmers... :bananasplit:
Nothin' wrong with that
not related but this reminded me to make my request again could someone upload some Ratatat? I really think they should be on RP
This beats the hell out of our company's current hold music...
oldviolin wrote:
I must be easy. I love it all. This too.
I think it might be that X you ate.
I must be easy. I love it all. This too.
Geecheeboy wrote:
perfect seque, Rusty Cage > Hard to Find. Brilliant. How do you do this, Bill? What sort of database do you maintain that records the beat, pitch and so forth to find these songs to blend so perfectly?
Ask Cerphe
hypnotic :meditate: wouldn't mind this song going on for the rest of the day
jeez. how amateurish is this? my 10 year old can do better with garageband on the mac ferchrissakes.
eastcoast wrote:
a little monotonous
But surprisingly not hard to find...
a little monotonous
BillG wrote:
I've thought about putting together a database like that, but never have. I just do it by memory & instinct.
Show off! Just kdding. Glad you can do it
repetitive repetitive repetitive
Geecheeboy wrote:
perfect seque, Rusty Cage > Hard to Find. Brilliant. How do you do this, Bill? What sort of database do you maintain that records the beat, pitch and so forth to find these songs to blend so perfectly?
A good DJ doesn't need a database. They feel it and know it in their soul. They get the flow and just start grabbing the records (or files, as the case may be). It's an art. If you could use a database, I think it would have no soul and be boring. Heart is the magic ingredient. And this is an awesome set he's got going. I am feeling it an a most serious way.
Geecheeboy wrote:
perfect seque, Rusty Cage > Hard to Find. Brilliant. How do you do this, Bill? What sort of database do you maintain that records the beat, pitch and so forth to find these songs to blend so perfectly?
I've thought about putting together a database like that, but never have. I just do it by memory & instinct.
perfect seque, Rusty Cage > Hard to Find. Brilliant. How do you do this, Bill? What sort of database do you maintain that records the beat, pitch and so forth to find these songs to blend so perfectly?
mmm verry nice...fun and dreamy....
auburntigerrich wrote:
Still one of those songs where I turn it up and stop what I'm doing. I especially like the use of the xylophone or whatever that is...
I may be wrong, but I believe that is just an electric piano...Rhodes, perhaps.
probably have to daa dab daa a few more doobies to make that one work... undo_silence wrote:
Lovely Bassline .... doobie daa dab doobie daa .... awesome! :jump:
Perfectly phrased. pianocomposer wrote:
I believe this style of music is known as Hypnotica. Beautiful if done right, as in this case.
Replying to this old one... but, I really think it said it best. This groove is pretty deep. Lift needle and move to new position on lp. thank you. sukilau wrote:
TODAY!!