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Monsters of Folk — Temazcal
Album: Monsters of Folk
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Released: 2009
Length: 3:44
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putting on my power, righteous as a rose
dynamite the mountain, now i'm walking up the road
the love we made at gunpoint wasn't love at all
the dancing in the valley, the moons is the mirrored ball
blew open my mind, now it's an empty room
swinging in the hammock, dogs are walking across the roof
i watch you braid your hair, you're from another time
when the earth wasn't so angry
and god was on our side

searching west and east
and all points in-between
underneath the lines of thought
you're there and then you're not

the mayans stole tomorrow, hid it underground
we come with heavy magnets but it still hasn't been found
i'm sweating out my secrets in the temazcal
they're screaming in the calle that there are stars about to fall

looking through the trees
cities and the seas
things we've seen
ovnis on the lawn
they're there and then they're gone
there and then they're gone

searching west and east
all points in between
and underneath the hand of god
you're there and then you're not
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This live version is twice as good: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_aQIysiySs
Yuck.
This is the most nervous or constipated sounding monster I've ever heard.
Cannot miss that Conor Oberst vocalization. 
I keep hoping that Bill lets this song fall off the playlist....it drags and drags and then gets stuck in my head and drags some more
 Stingray wrote:
 

My 13-year-old daughter shares my soft spot for MOF, 

 

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With all respect for you, your daughter and both of your tastes!

My grandmother does not share your soft spot for MOF!

She's a rocker!


 

 
Mr Stingray, We would expect nothing less from your grandmother!

This is a good thing, btw.


HELP the PSD tab in not working
"the love we made at gunpoint wasn't love at all"

One of my favorite lines ever
Boney-M inside? in memory of Bobby Farrel with voice of Frank Farian? :)
 LBJohnson wrote:
I love this song but what does it meeeeeen???  Is it an Armageddon song?  Is it a lost in the mountains song? Is it a breakup song? Is it a "wrote this while sitting in the sauna" song?  I don't get it, but I like it.

 
Kinda reads like a pseudo-intellectual circle jerk song to me.
I love this song but what does it meeeeeen???  Is it an Armageddon song?  Is it a lost in the mountains song? Is it a breakup song? Is it a "wrote this while sitting in the sauna" song?  I don't get it, but I like it.
 

My 13-year-old daughter shares my soft spot for MOF, 

 

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With all respect for you, your daughter and both of your tastes!

My grandmother does not share your soft spot for MOF!

She's a rocker!


 


 anika200 wrote:
Maybe I will like this when I am gone.

 
HAHAHA...! Funny!

My feet are falling aseep!

And I will follow soon...!

Boring guys with beards!


 rapdas wrote:
Check out the version where M. Ward sings, it sounds much more magical than this version

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

My 13-year-old daughter shares my soft spot for MOF, and we both love this alternate version.  Thanks for posting the video..
 Lewis_Cooper wrote:
 

 

"Poor Mastering" Jesus dude, talk about nit picking, check out the backstory, these four guys went to remote location and recorded played and engineered this whole album by themselves, this is a master work. Jim James, M. Ward, Conner Oberst and Mike Mogis are all brilliant and successful artists in their own right. No one played drums but they learned for this album, no one was an engineer but the did it anyway. This is pure and exquisite music making at it's finest. Monster of Folk are one of very few American Super groups, I can think of The Wilbury's as their only contemporary comparison.




 
Sorry man, they would have benefited from having a real producer and a real sound engineer on this one, middle-of-nowhere or not. And not having Conor Oberst. Or at least, not letting him sing.
 anika200 wrote:
Maybe I will like this when I am gone.

 
Could you take it with you?
Maybe I will like this when I am gone.
 Lewis_Cooper wrote:
 

 

"..... These four guys went to remote location and recorded played and engineered this whole album by themselves, this is a master work. Jim James, M. Ward, Conner Oberst and Mike Mogis are all brilliant and successful artists in their own right. No one played drums but they learned for this album, no one was an engineer but the did it anyway. This is pure and exquisite music making at it's finest. Monster of Folk are one of very few American Super groups, I can think of The Wilbury's as their only contemporary comparison.




 
Too Cool



Funny-- I've heard this before on RP and never bothered to look at the artist name because I assumed it was Gomez.
Great stuff. Give us another album, fellas!
 stewliscious wrote:
Much like there is no crying in baseball.... there are no monsters in folk.
 

Sure there is, his name is Dylan and Seeger once took an axe to him.  The "Frankenstein" symbolism is too rich...you know lightning (electric guitars) peasant mob (Seeger with an axe)....
All together now... hey juuuunne...
Saw M Ward on Austin City Limits or some other show
Very good... 
Nice tune, however, the overall riff and musicality is a pretty blatant rip off of Love & Rockets acoustic version of "It's All In My Mind" (by far the better version of that tune by the the way!).
Much like there is no crying in baseball.... there are no monsters in folk.
this song sounds like the way I feel on a really rough morning, waiting for the water to boil, wallowing around the kitchen...
{#Sleep}
Is this a real band or just a tee shirt?
 unclehud wrote:

Would you like to ask Bill to select the lousy songs for airplay?

By the way, Temazcal sounds like a type of tequila.  Maybe that 'splains it: drunks playing Folk Music.

 

{#Stupid}  No. 

It was a freaking compliment.
 Cynaera wrote:

Woo-hoo!  Thanks, Byronape  {#Cheers}   I'll check it out (I have a new computer and DSL, so I should be okay.) Happy snorkeling! {#Daisy}
 
Well, what did you think?

Their ACL appearance was so good that it makes the album come off as kinda boring.

 rdo wrote:
 ... As usual, RP picked the only good songs from the CD.  ...
 
Would you like to ask Bill to select the lousy songs for airplay?

By the way, Temazcal sounds like a type of tequila.  Maybe that 'splains it: drunks playing Folk Music.

 Byronape wrote:

Here ya go!  Watch it free through the magic of the internet.  I just hope you have a decent internet connection, because it's worth watching full screen and the video is pretty rough quality on a slow connection.

https://video.pbs.org/video/1726171249/

 
Woo-hoo!  Thanks, Byronape  {#Cheers}   I'll check it out (I have a new computer and DSL, so I should be okay.) Happy snorkeling! {#Daisy}
 Cynaera wrote:

I LOVE "Austin City Limits," but it's usually on PBS long after I'm conked out for the night.  Nope, no VCR, no Tivo. We live a very simple life here in the land of the freak and the home of the depraved.  I'll try to check out more of their stuff, based on your rec.  I know they played in Portland, Oregon not too long ago, and were very warmly-received... Wish I could have been there.

 
Here ya go!  Watch it free through the magic of the internet.  I just hope you have a decent internet connection, because it's worth watching full screen and the video is pretty rough quality on a slow connection.

https://video.pbs.org/video/1726171249/

Neither monsters nor folk - worthless
Well I still love this song and the whole album.
 Stingray wrote:
What is wrong with me, then...?

 
{#Eh} ...Must ..bite... my... tongue.... {#Zip-lip}
 johnjconn wrote:
nope I don't hear that but I do hear someone whispering "Paul is dead"
followed by "there and then is gone"
 
glen1n1m wrote:
Anyone else hear the poor mastering in this?  Just after "searching west and east"  there is a strumming that is very distorted.
 
  

 

"Poor Mastering" Jesus dude, talk about nit picking, check out the backstory, these four guys went to remote location and recorded played and engineered this whole album by themselves, this is a master work. Jim James, M. Ward, Conner Oberst and Mike Mogis are all brilliant and successful artists in their own right. No one played drums but they learned for this album, no one was an engineer but the did it anyway. This is pure and exquisite music making at it's finest. Monster of Folk are one of very few American Super groups, I can think of The Wilbury's as their only contemporary comparison.



nope I don't hear that but I do hear someone whispering "Paul is dead"
followed by "there and then is gone"
 
glen1n1m wrote:
Anyone else hear the poor mastering in this?  Just after "searching west and east"  there is a strumming that is very distorted.
 


Anyone else hear the poor mastering in this?  Just after "searching west and east"  there is a strumming that is very distorted.
Nice.
 rdo wrote:


I bought the CD.  As usual, RP picked the only good songs from the CD.  So, I have to retract my request.  
 
That is my experience with many artists too, RP picks the good cuts.

This song is quite sonic, wonderful depth in the recording... 
 Stingray wrote:
What is wrong with me, then...?

I PRETTY MUCH DISLIKE THIS MUSIC!
We must suffer from the same condition, I concur.

 rdo wrote:
This group has two excellent selections on RP.  Let's hear more. 
 

I bought the CD.  As usual, RP picked the only good songs from the CD.  So, I have to retract my request.  
 unclelonghair wrote:

I think the Japanese term is Mimi Unagi, and there is a band by that name, sort of a punk rock Japanese street performer kind of thing.  Musical style quite a bit different than Monsters of Folk...

 
I don't know much Japanese, but I do know "Unagi" means "eel", at least in a sushi context .  So maybe it's an ear eel. Like an ear worm except slimier, possibly electrified.

Oh, the song?  Don't much care for it, or for a group that calls themselves Monsters of Folk.

 ziggytrix wrote:
Wow, is that really Oberst singing?  I much prefer this subdued technique to his usual knives-in-my-ears tremelololo.
 
I thought this vocalist might be inspired by Oberst, but there wasn't enough vocal tremor to actually be him. I'm glad to be proven wrong, as I prefer this calmer version too.

Wow, is that really Oberst singing?  I much prefer this subdued technique to his usual knives-in-my-ears tremelololo.
 fredriley wrote:

The Italians have a nice word for such earworms: 'ritornello'. I can't see this one sticking in my brain as it's so feckin' DULL - aural Mogadon. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the narcoleptic Nottingham jury sinking into a coma... {#Sleep}
 
Yep. I like lots of types of music and variations within these types, but this just sits there and moulders. If this were a drug it could be called a somnifacient.
 ick wrote:
Just recently saw M.O.F. on Austin City Limits.  Very cool.  Their name is a bit misleading after hearing more of their songs.  It's not all like this.
 
I LOVE "Austin City Limits," but it's usually on PBS long after I'm conked out for the night.  Nope, no VCR, no Tivo. We live a very simple life here in the land of the freak and the home of the depraved.  I'll try to check out more of their stuff, based on your rec.  I know they played in Portland, Oregon not too long ago, and were very warmly-received... Wish I could have been there.

 Stingray wrote:
What is wrong with me, then...?

I PRETTY MUCH DISLIKE THIS MUSIC!
 
probably you haven't been in a Temazcal... one of the most relaxing things you can do in your life

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Temazcal

you come out in the mood of this song!!!!

This group has two excellent selections on RP.  Let's hear more. 
Just recently saw M.O.F. on Austin City Limits.  Very cool.  Their name is a bit misleading after hearing more of their songs.  It's not all like this.



"you're there and then you're gone".  unlike music!
 fredriley wrote:

The Italians have a nice word for such earworms: 'ritornello'
 
I think the Japanese term is Mimi Unagi, and there is a band by that name, sort of a punk rock Japanese street performer kind of thing.  Musical style quite a bit different than Monsters of Folk...

Check out the version where M. Ward sings, it sounds much more magical than this version


I like most of Conor's projects. The only one that hasn't resonated is Bright Eyes. This is nice.
 Nerubo wrote:
Man, this song is getting stuck in my head way too often. I like the song, I really do, but it's like some kind of super earworm.
 
The Italians have a nice word for such earworms: 'ritornello'. I can't see this one sticking in my brain as it's so feckin' DULL - aural Mogadon. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the narcoleptic Nottingham jury sinking into a coma... {#Sleep}
Man, this song is getting stuck in my head way too often. I like the song, I really do, but it's like some kind of super earworm.
 fast_eddie wrote:
The Connor Oberst songs are the best MOF songs.
 
Agree!

The Connor Oberst songs are the best MOF songs.
What is wrong with me, then...?

I PRETTY MUCH DISLIKE THIS MUSIC!
 justsomeone wrote:
Note to myself: Check this out...

...is it really a guy singing?
 

God I hope so or that would be one horrible sounding woman that should be checked for steroids!{#Eek}
BTW, I believe it is actually Bright Eyes Mike Mogis on the lead vocals on this one and I am pretty sure no one has mistakened him for a woman before.{#No}
Note to myself: Check this out...

...is it really a guy singing?
 dj-amma wrote:
...and Conor has several among the best (this one included)... 


Ah, so this is Conor from Conor Oberst, thought i recognized the voice...

This is nice indeed!

8
What a great song!!!
This song is really growing on me. Bump 7< 8
I really like this!   I give it an 8.
the album is super cool, but what is even better is the live show - you get the best of everyone! saw them last year - it was amazing.
 steuss wrote:
In a word, sublime...check out "Sandman, Brakeman" on the same album.
 
I second that, sublime is the only adjective for that song.

There's not a bad song on the whole CD...and Conor has several among the best (this one included). Saw them live in Philly last fall and they were great.
 sirdroseph wrote:
This song is sooooo beautiful!{#Hearteyes}
 

{#Yes} I agree....the entire album is fantastic! These guys are really great together.
I'm listening to this album on MOG.com (a subscription service sort of like lala.com used to be) and am really enjoying it.  {#Smile}
I reached for my wikipedia and drew fast. Yup, that's the Bright Eyes singer on vocals.
Okay..Okay.. it's good. Don't bug me about it. 8.
 steuss wrote:
In a word, sublime...check out "Sandman, Brakeman" on the same album.
 
Actually, I am just going to upload the whole damn, album, just a masterpiece! Ahead of the Curve is next!

In a word, sublime...check out "Sandman, Brakeman" on the same album.
Excellent choice!  Thanks

...well this is kind of cool...
I like this one.
This song is sooooo beautiful!{#Hearteyes}