the tain What are you listening to?: the tain

By dave. on Friday, March 5, 2004 - 02:01 pm:

By dave. on Saturday, March 6, 2004 - 04:48 pm:

    this is pretty good. it's a pretty ambitious departure from the 3 - 4 minute pop song format.

    i've noticed lately a lot of indie bands seem to be influenced by 70s prog rock. this album is straight out of the 70s, pink floyd-close to the edge-thick as a brick, epic prog playbook but it still retains the decemberists' personality throughout.

    everything i know about the tain, i learned in that pitchfork review and this ep doesn't really clarify much at all regarding the story. but that's ok.

    i really love this band.

By dave. on Monday, March 8, 2004 - 12:40 am:

    ok. ok. because of the ridiculous amount of interest in this "the tain" thing, i'll make it available to all. 23 megs.

    ladies and gentlemen, the tain.


By wisper on Monday, March 8, 2004 - 03:29 pm:

    hey dave, do you use soul seek?

    maybe i'm mental, but i seem to remember you do.

    Anyhoo, on sould seek, do you have to get whole albums or can you just get single songs?

    and does it work okay?


By dave. on Monday, March 8, 2004 - 06:34 pm:


    yes, i do use soulseek and, yes, you can search for songs, artists, albums, movies, software. anything and everything you can get from kazaa, you can also get from soulseek, providing that someone is sharing it.

    i think it works great. i think the users tend to be a little more conscientious about the quality of their files. you can see how many queued items are in a users queue so you have a rough idea how long you'll be waiting your turn. you can scope all my mp3s (mouthbreether)! you can occasionally chat with electronica artists in the IDM chat room because, for some reason, some of them hang out there.

    disadvantages: no multi-source downloads, the network tends to go down periodically. if you don't donate money ($5/month) your place in queue is lower priority than paying users.

    that's about it, i guess. hope that answers your questions.


By Spider on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 03:12 pm:

    Dave, because I'm dumb, explain to me how your download thing works. If I click on the text, will I get a single file that contains all five songs, or will I get a folder that has each of the five songs in individual files?

    And also because I'm dumb, I didn't read the review you had linked to, and it was only today that I learned the Tain in question is the Tain Bo Cuailinge, and now I have to hear the Decemberists' version.

By dave. on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 04:33 pm:

    just click it and find out, scaredy-cat.


    i kid. that's 1 file. all 18+ minutes.

    i'd also caution that it's l o o s e l y based on tain bo sumthin.

    i listened to it a dozen times the first few days after i got it and not much since. not because i don't like it but because it just hasn't been where my head is at lately. the pitchfork reviewer had a good point when he noted that you have meet this on the band's terms but that it's worth it to do so.

By Spider on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:34 pm:

    I know, I know. Mmph. I'm downloading it now.

    So I guess I should revise my opinion of the Decemberists as a Neutral Milk Hotel ripoff?

By dave. on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 05:52 pm:


    you have to find and download the bachelor and the bride, california one, the gymnast high above the ground, and here i dreamt i was an architect.

    hopefully, you have a good stereo or, at least, some decent headphones.

    they're so much more than a nmh rip-off.

By Spider on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:05 pm:

    You were right about the l o o s e l y. It's decent, though. I don't hate it.

    What is all that about heavy metal in the Pitchfork review? There's nothing metal about these songs. Unless there's some "metal sensibility" going on or something that I clearly would not understand.

    If you get bored or adventurous, you can read the entire Tain Bo Cuailnge, or Cattle-Raid of Cooley, here. Or you can read a synopsis of it here.

    Medb is sometimes spelled Maeve (and Medhbh), and she, um, was quite a hussy.

By Spider on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 06:06 pm:

    I forgot, I have downloaded "The Bachelor and the Bride" -- you're right, that is good. I look for more of their songs.

By dave. on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 07:19 pm:

    i think it's just that the first part has what could be considered a metal riff. but no, it's not metal any more than "thick as a brick" or "tales from topographic oceans" are metal even though they both have parts with metal-ish riffage.

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