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Re: The Aislers Set

Post by timahall » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:45

I have How I Learned To Write Backwards on my headphones right now and felt the urge to come on Anorak and delare that The Aislers Set were one of the greatest bands ever.

I could never understand why they're always described as "c86-esque". As much as I like that kind of music, they're way too good for that label and I don't hear the musical connection. I'd liken them to Spector more than anything.

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Post by richpassivity » Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:30

I just think of them as indie-pop but above all great!
One thing that we've known from the start
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Post by Minky » Sun Mar 22, 2009 18:19

I have How I Learned To Write Backwards on my headphones right now and felt the urge to come on Anorak and delare that The Aislers Set were one of the greatest bands ever.
oh, fantastic! really wish they'd come back. i still remember buying 'terrible things happen' without having heard a note, simply because i heard it was "the new band with amy from henry's dress," and as a henry's dress fan i just had to get it. i wasn't disappointed.

i've actually just been listening to them again for the last week or so, especially 'terrible things happen' as i think "alicia's song" is about the dreamiest thing ever. oh, "mary's song" too.

"... how i could kiss you every mile of the west coast..." swoon!

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Post by Martijn » Tue Mar 31, 2009 09:07

crystalball wrote:Oh, has everyone heard that Peel Session where they do Joy Division's 'Walked in Line'?
It looks like they've put that on TheirSpace now, with a nice story by, presumably, Linton too.

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Post by everard » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:50

Martijn wrote:
crystalball wrote:Oh, has everyone heard that Peel Session where they do Joy Division's 'Walked in Line'?
It looks like they've put that on TheirSpace now, with a nice story by, presumably, Linton too.
it was a great session, for sure, and a lovely story! not that it matters, but it was april 2001, not 2003 as the blog says. also, if anyone downloads the songs, the order is "mission bells", "long division", "walked in line", "the walk".

i just counted & i've got five different versions of the last match (555 + slumberland lps; fpop!, lost & lonesome + minty fresh japan cds). a bit ott but it's one of my favourite albums. the minty fresh version has terrible things happen as a bonus disc, and the lost & lonesome version comes in a really sexy gatefold card sleeve. pity their version of how i learned ... came in a jewel case.

also, lol:
aislersset.com in march '05 wrote:Possible new record out sometime late 2005 or early 2006. Thanks for your patience.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Mar 31, 2009 14:29

That's such a lovely story. Aw! I like how in that session John Peel misreads Bunkers Hill in Nottingham as Bummers Hill or something.

'Mission Bells' is so dreamy.

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Post by fourclovers » Tue Mar 31, 2009 14:58

Oh oh! I don't have anything intelligent to add other than... that it was a really nice story, splendid. snippets from bands who are larger than go (imo) are always a treat to read.

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Post by gogogadgetpop » Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:01

Just wanted to add the chorus of "lovely story". Aislers Set never fail to give me chills. Such amazing songs.

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Post by heptagons » Thu Apr 30, 2009 16:26

humblebee wrote:
tastyzine wrote:Marianthi - can you lend me some Aislers Set albums? I've only got some singles. I'm not sure how I feel about them.

Mould me.
I wish I'd heard the other two albums before The Last Match. I heard The Last Match first. So it was a bit disappointing to listen to the other two afterwards and discover that, while The Last Match is kind of my favourite album ever, they are merely very good indeed.
i'd have to agree with this, although maybe i'd never have bothered with the last match if i'd done this, ...you should give How I Learned to Write Backwards more time quite a few of the songs are real growers, if you can think of it as a great album by a different band rather than The Last Match part deux you may be more impressed...i wish they would simultaneously reform as the Aislers Set and Henry's Dress or at least that Amy Linton would form a new band...with me :)

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Post by crystalball » Wed Sep 23, 2009 21:12

heptagons wrote:you should give How I Learned to Write Backwards more time quite a few of the songs are real growers, if you can think of it as a great album by a different band rather than The Last Match part deux you may be more impressed
I came home from work feeling completely numb - so I poured a glass of vodka and juice and sat in the dark listening to How I Learned to Write Backwards because I'm a massive cliché, and thought about how it sounds quite pretentious but in the most heartfelt, fragile way. It's quirky and poetic, and a bit smug even, but most of all it feels like a fluent and vital indiepop record. Like The Last Match! Only totally different. God I'm rubbish at this.

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Post by colinsmitten » Thu Sep 24, 2009 01:17

i disagree - i like how you describe stuff!

last match is my favorite, tho I think I need to listen to the rest a bit more!

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Post by everard » Thu Sep 24, 2009 20:23

have people downloaded the singles from pukkekos? i love the internet.

that #poundsign# split on fantastic is awfully elusive. i guess the fact that the 7"s were used as wedding invitations means people feel more sentimental attachment and less inclination to ebay it. but that's the only one i don't got, dammit.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Nov 17, 2009 20:24

Did everyone hear about how at one of the Slumberland 20-year anniversary shows last week, Linton surprised everyone by going on stage and drumming to some Henry's Dress songs and then sang a couple of Aislers Set tunes including 'The Red Door'?

'The Red Door'. She sang 'The Red Door'. Last week.

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Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Nov 17, 2009 20:33

crystalball wrote:Did everyone hear about how at one of the Slumberland 20-year anniversary shows last week, Linton surprised everyone by going on stage and drumming to some Henry's Dress songs and then sang a couple of Aislers Set tunes including 'The Red Door'?

'The Red Door'. She sang 'The Red Door'. Last week.
!!! That's your song! My heart breaks for you. Who played along on the Henry's Dress and Aislers Set songs then? (Though actually, I don't want to hear much Slumberland anniversary shows talk or I'll feel real sick with envy)
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Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Nov 17, 2009 21:16

Oh wow, I've never seen Linton bang on some drums before. It looks like mad fun but so exhausting while trying to maintain those sweet vocals. Maybe that live performance will restart the ignition key? Please?
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Re: The Aislers Set

Post by DefenderOfPants » Wed Nov 18, 2009 01:38

String Bean Jen wrote:Maybe that live performance will restart the ignition key?
god, i hope so.

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Post by eolrin » Wed Nov 18, 2009 08:02

RITH wrote:
Great great video !!
Thanks for posting.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Nov 18, 2009 14:06

RITH wrote:
OH MY.

my internal squealing reached fever pitch just there. amazing.

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Re: The Aislers Set

Post by timahall » Wed Nov 18, 2009 17:54

Holy moly! What other AS songs did she do??

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