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  1. That would be great! Any information is gold to us MG nerds I didn't know it wasn't on the vinyl. That's such a shame! It's one of the best songs from that record. I remember when people were talking about it online (because before the internet it was hard to say what that song was) and I do wonder if it became such a classic because it was hidden. We had to dig to find the title, make out the lyrics, talked about why it was hidden, how different it was from other songs on the record, how similar it was to the Lo-Fi B-Sides/Beautiful Midnight era and so on. And as you said it was a niche thing in the 90's and it kind of made fans feel like they knew a song that no one else did, much like people who knew Endless Nameless from Nevermind. Like Matt was interviewed in 1999 saying that he loved album tracks more than singles because it somehow makes you feel like you're the only one in the world who knows those songs. Maybe that helped it get the... well somewhat cult status it had before it was readily available everywhere.
  2. Thanks again for the answer and the insight! It's not rare for Matt to reuse things he wrote and didn't use throughout his career indeed! He did it on Moving Walls recently. Omissions definitely deserved to be more in the spotlight with the other songs rather than hidden in the end. Why was it decided to be put there? I see Haven't Slept in Years as the opening to the second half of the record but to me Omissions is definitely an album closer (maybe just because I'm used to it that way).
  3. Thank you for the detailed reply! It's really appreciated! In your video you mention "I Dream of Dolphins". I'm guessing that became The Sharks of Downtown? Was a new version of Dancing Invisible ever recorded?
  4. Those are amazing! I wish Matt could see those and consider your work for his next record!
  5. From what I can recall, Carmelina, at least the first verse, was partly inspired by an event, I believe it was a murder but I'm not sure. So the first lines would actually be about a stabbing and not sex. But don't quote me on that.
  6. Hi John Thank you so much for this! We MG nerds love that! From what I understand from your video, the transition to the MGB with Ian and Geoff was actually more gradual that it seemed on the outside. I believe I saw that Ian was with the old lineup at some point until they left and Geoff joined. Is that right? How involved was Dave in the making of the record? Given he joined as a permanent member afterwards, was he there a lot during the making of the record or did he join after? How did the transition between the previous material and the new material happen? Was it just that Matt started writing in a different style or was it a conscious move? Why was LOTGA kept as a name for the record if the title track was scrapped? It's a good name but I remember how surprised and confused I was when the pre-LOTGA demos were leaked online and I learned that LOTGA was actually a song. I'm confused about the "Lost Album". Who was the lineup record? Was there anything saved from those sessions? Did any of the songs recorded for that session make it onto LOTGA? If not were they on the History Teacher bootleg? What style were they in? The pre-LOTGA folky style or the LOTGA more rock style? Were the songs from Raygun already floating around during the recording of LOTGA? Sorry for the 100,000 questions Thanks!
  7. Hello John, Welcome to The Bored! :) So, to answer your question "Perhaps I should?" YES!! YES PLEASE!!! That is all, thank you! PS: If you can include stories about everything you've done with Matt, videos, pictures, storyline, etc. That would be amazing.
  8. Wow... this was published less than a week after AOB came out... His mind was made up pretty early!
  9. I initially wanted to wait until I could get the physical copy of the record before I gave it a listen. That's usually what I do. But I couldn't find one so I had to buy it online. So my first listen was on Spotify, which was disappointing (and a symptom of what Matt described in his comment). On my first listen, I was surprised. What hit me the most was the cohesion. The whole record is kind of like a long song in movements. I think that's cool. Also, I like songs that don't have a chorus. I try to do that myself when I write a song. To me, once you've said something, you don't need to repeat it ad nauseam. I'm not against choruses but I like how a chorusless song is often more creative because you need to have something to say. We all know Matt has a lot to say. He nails this on most of the songs. Initially, it took me a while to appreciate Sicily. I'm not in love with the song but I love the musical structure. I instantly fell in love with One of Them Years, A Momentary Truth, Boobytrapped, Dreading It, Lumière Noire, A Thousand Tons, The Heights and Selling You My Heart (when the single came out). The lyrics to One of Them Years and the strangeness of A Thousand Tons blew me away instantly. Then I got the CD on wednesday and started listening to the record again, on repeat. From there I started loving Your Rainy Sound, Thorn Bird. I don't like Radicals at all. Given Matt's post in this thread, I get what he was going for with the record, but to me, that song misses the target. As for Beauty, Fingernails and Parts, they're OK. The record itself is great though as a whole. Like I said, it's like a long song with different movements. It's definitely got a certain feel to it, you're not going to drive into the sun with the windows down listening to this (and that's not what he was going for). My favourite record from Matt is Lights. This one is more of a curveball (to use his expression) but it's a pretty good one. The only thing missing for me is his epic songs he tends to do. Lights had Non Populus which, to me, is his best song ever. I adore it and still listen to it regularly, Hospital Music had Champions, Vancouver had Empty's Theme Park and so on. But again, from what Matt said, that's not what he was going for, so, fair enough. As for the rock thing mentionned in this thread, I never cared for a style. I listen to everything he has to offer. If he'd release a country record, I'd give it a go. I'm a fan of his writing, music and especially lyrics.
  10. The whole record is classic acoustic Matt. If you're able to tell the difference between a G, a C, a D, an F and an Am, you should be good for the whole thing. Sometimes with a capo, always drop D tuning.
  11. Amazing song but way too short. This would have deserved a Champions of Nothing kind of treatment!
  12. Yes but no. For years Matt has lamented the fact that nowadays in the music business there's no surprise anymore. I remember on one bootleg or interview he said something like "When Kiss had a new album release we knew on the same day". I get the feeling he's going for that with this record. We learnt about Sicily on the day before it was released. I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened for the second second and if we got the tracklisting the day before the release too.
  13. I think he's talking about Moving Walls but I could be wrong.
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