Wed, Aug. 26, 9pm EDT - 'The Moldy Peaches' by The Moldy Peaches

If you're looking for a polished, well recorded album this one is definitely not for you. There's a phone ringing on one track. There are missed lyrics and unscripted laughter. The production is crude at best, to say the least. If it sounds like it was recorded in a basement it's because a lot of it was.  But no one ever said you need good sounding audio and rock solid performances to make a great record.  This album is a great reminder that there is no magical formula for creating superb art.

The Moldy Peaches' self-titled debut album has spontaneity.  There's something in its rawness that makes it so appealing.  It has humanness. It's fun at times and sad at times. Sometimes it's vulgar and sometimes it's genuine. There's inventiveness and some great songwriting. Ultimately it's dynamic.  Kimya Dawson and Adam Green, who are The Moldy Peaches, bring new ideas to the table without being pretentious.  With songs about downloading porn, crazy hamburgers, the Thundercats, Little Bunny Foo Foo and even crack, there's a little bit of everything in this 2001 release.  Once you get past the low production value you're sure to be hooked!

So bring your sense of humor and adventure and join "Album Night" on Wednesday, August 26 at 9pm EDT for The Moldy Peaches.  I'll see you then!

*note: this was rescheduled from August 19

59 comments

  • Lorf

    Lorf Valhalla

    :)

    smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thank you to all who have shown up and welcome to "Album Night"! Here is my usual, but important, reminder for the event: ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.*** If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve this I'm all ears!

    Thank you to all who have shown up and welcome to "Album Night"! Here is my usual, but important, reminder for the event:
    ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.***
    If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve this I'm all ears!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, here's a link to the lyrics for tonight's album if you'd like to follow along: http://www.azlyrics.com/m/moldypeaches.html

    Btw, here's a link to the lyrics for tonight's album if you'd like to follow along:
    http://www.azlyrics.com/m/moldypeaches.html

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Anyone else you there yet?

    Anyone else you there yet?

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hi there! It's been a while since I joined in last but the summer is almost over and ready to jump in again. Haven't heard this one in many years. Never a big fan but I know lots of people who really like this album so looking forward to giving it another try. Wa this their only album?

    Hi there! It's been a while since I joined in last but the summer is almost over and ready to jump in again.

    Haven't heard this one in many years. Never a big fan but I know lots of people who really like this album so looking forward to giving it another try.

    Wa this their only album?

  • John T

    John T NY

    For you locals out there I think Adam & Kimya worked together in a record store in Mt. Kisco around the time this was recorded.

    For you locals out there I think Adam & Kimya worked together in a record store in Mt. Kisco around the time this was recorded.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Welcome John! Kick off in a moment

    Welcome John! Kick off in a moment

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'The Moldy Peaches' by The Moldy Peaches. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'The Moldy Peaches' by The Moldy Peaches. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • John T

    John T NY

    They sound a little out of tune but charming at the same time.

    They sound a little out of tune but charming at the same time.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And we're off! John T - to answer your question I don't think they had another studio album. They had at least one live one and then released a lot of solo stuff. I saw Adam Green perform at a Dylan tribute in the city about 5 years back. I think they're both still making music, just not together

    And we're off! John T - to answer your question I don't think they had another studio album. They had at least one live one and then released a lot of solo stuff. I saw Adam Green perform at a Dylan tribute in the city about 5 years back. I think they're both still making music, just not together

  • John T

    John T NY

    Is that a tuba at the beginning of Jorge Regula?

    Is that a tuba at the beginning of Jorge Regula?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    being out of tune may be the least of the technical and/or musical imperfections we come across here...

    being out of tune may be the least of the technical and/or musical imperfections we come across here...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    great question about the tuba. i'm not sure. i'll see if i can look it up

    great question about the tuba. i'm not sure. i'll see if i can look it up

  • John T

    John T NY

    The lyrics and music sound as if they are being made up on the spot - very causal and spontaneous at the same. You can also hear Kimya smile or about to laugh.

    The lyrics and music sound as if they are being made up on the spot - very causal and spontaneous at the same. You can also hear Kimya smile or about to laugh.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    picking up the pace with "What Went Wrong" now. get ready for some craziness

    picking up the pace with "What Went Wrong" now. get ready for some craziness

  • John T

    John T NY

    John do they play all their own intruments?

    John do they play all their own intruments?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I saw the peaches play live twice. once in boston at TT the Bears and once in NYC. Kimya was wearing an Alf costume at the NYC show. They definitely don't take themselves too seriously, which is one of the things that makes the music so magical

    I saw the peaches play live twice. once in boston at TT the Bears and once in NYC. Kimya was wearing an Alf costume at the NYC show. They definitely don't take themselves too seriously, which is one of the things that makes the music so magical

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    no John, I don't believe they play all their own instruments.

    no John, I don't believe they play all their own instruments.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    not sure which ones they play actually. don't think they played any live

    not sure which ones they play actually. don't think they played any live

  • John T

    John T NY

    You are right there is a lot of craziness in the music. They almost make Daniel Johnson sound polished.

    You are right there is a lot of craziness in the music. They almost make Daniel Johnson sound polished.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    some nice phone ringing in "Nothing Came Out" 2:44 in. you can "hear" kimya smile like you mentioned earlier

    some nice phone ringing in "Nothing Came Out" 2:44 in. you can "hear" kimya smile like you mentioned earlier

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    nice Daniel Johnston reference! yeah, they're both pretty lo fi

    nice Daniel Johnston reference! yeah, they're both pretty lo fi

  • John T

    John T NY

    Digging the guitar on Nothing Came Out. Nice contrast to the melody and lyrics.

    Digging the guitar on Nothing Came Out. Nice contrast to the melody and lyrics.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah. i like Kimya's sincerity and vulnerability. it makes it more human and easy to connect with. and then "Downloading Porn With Davo" starts... great track

    yeah. i like Kimya's sincerity and vulnerability. it makes it more human and easy to connect with.
    and then "Downloading Porn With Davo" starts... great track

  • John T

    John T NY

    Most of the songs are so short. They get to the point pretty quickly which keeps the album moving along so you don't get too fixated on any one cut.

    Most of the songs are so short. They get to the point pretty quickly which keeps the album moving along so you don't get too fixated on any one cut.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I agree john. and they mix it up with the tempos too which accentuates the variations even more

    I agree john. and they mix it up with the tempos too which accentuates the variations even more

  • John T

    John T NY

    Nothing very poetic just stories and observations about normal everyday life. It makes the songs feel very authentic. Sometimes it sounds like stream of consciousness.

    Nothing very poetic just stories and observations about normal everyday life. It makes the songs feel very authentic. Sometimes it sounds like stream of consciousness.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Steak for Chicken" starting now. Another great track, yet quite vulgar too. Dual vocals almost reminiscent of "The Murder Mystery" by the VU yet very different.

    "Steak for Chicken" starting now. Another great track, yet quite vulgar too. Dual vocals almost reminiscent of "The Murder Mystery" by the VU yet very different.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "On Top", track 8, starting now. Probably my least favorite track on the album, though it has some merit. The audio quality is very trebly and harsh for my tastes

    "On Top", track 8, starting now. Probably my least favorite track on the album, though it has some merit. The audio quality is very trebly and harsh for my tastes

  • John T

    John T NY

    Now Rapping on On Top. Wow didn't see that coming.

    Now Rapping on On Top. Wow didn't see that coming.

  • John T

    John T NY

    The more I isten the more I think the low audio quality and off the cuff singing is intentional. They are getting the exact sound they are aiming for. Interesting.

    The more I isten the more I think the low audio quality and off the cuff singing is intentional. They are getting the exact sound they are aiming for. Interesting.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, definitely a nice change of pace, if nothing else. you can easily picture them sitting in a basement recording it as you listen

    yeah, definitely a nice change of pace, if nothing else. you can easily picture them sitting in a basement recording it as you listen

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I like this track also, "Anyone Else But You". they have a bunch of good slow ones

    I like this track also, "Anyone Else But You". they have a bunch of good slow ones

  • John T

    John T NY

    Anyone Else But You is actually "pretty". They sure keep you guessing what they are going to do next.

    Anyone Else But You is actually "pretty". They sure keep you guessing what they are going to do next.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah and here's the brief "Little Bunny Foo Foo". i think i read that this one was improv on the spot

    yeah and here's the brief "Little Bunny Foo Foo". i think i read that this one was improv on the spot

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Who's Got the Crack", track 13, starting now. Another one with some energy

    "Who's Got the Crack", track 13, starting now. Another one with some energy

  • John T

    John T NY

    Harmony on Helen Keller!! This sounds very well written and arranged. Same on Who's Got the Crack.

    Harmony on Helen Keller!! This sounds very well written and arranged. Same on Who's Got the Crack.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    they must have been getting more confident and adventurous by this point! it works

    they must have been getting more confident and adventurous by this point! it works

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "D.2. Boyfriend", track 15, starting now. This thing's flying by as they usually do

    "D.2. Boyfriend", track 15, starting now. This thing's flying by as they usually do

  • John T

    John T NY

    An unexpected sadness in Lucky Charms. Anothwer surprise.

    An unexpected sadness in Lucky Charms. Anothwer surprise.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    it's a dynamic album, though typically with the first listen (if not really sitting down and focusing) the thing that stands out is the low production value

    it's a dynamic album, though typically with the first listen (if not really sitting down and focusing) the thing that stands out is the low production value

  • John T

    John T NY

    I agree John. Lots of songs but most are 3 minutes or less which makes it even more difficult to absorb and refelct on what you are hearing.

    I agree John. Lots of songs but most are 3 minutes or less which makes it even more difficult to absorb and refelct on what you are hearing.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Definietly an oddball classic. I underrated it all these years.

    Definietly an oddball classic. I underrated it all these years.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, its uniqueness really makes it that much more interesting. i wonder if they had recorded it properly in a studio what the result would have been? i don't think it would have been as charming

    yeah, its uniqueness really makes it that much more interesting. i wonder if they had recorded it properly in a studio what the result would have been? i don't think it would have been as charming

  • Lorf

    Lorf

    :)

    smile

  • John T

    John T NY

    I really like their loud rock songs. The guitar and distortion is used to great effect. The drummer leaps out on these songs.

    I really like their loud rock songs. The guitar and distortion is used to great effect. The drummer leaps out on these songs.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    the finale, "Goodbye Song", track 19, starting now. welcome Lorf!

    the finale, "Goodbye Song", track 19, starting now.
    welcome Lorf!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, there's a pretty good balance between hard and soft songs. i'm not sure which i prefer. i like them both in their own ways

    yeah, there's a pretty good balance between hard and soft songs. i'm not sure which i prefer. i like them both in their own ways

  • John T

    John T NY

    After all the albums twists and turns Goodbye Song seems like the right way to end things. Its predicatbly is so out of place it seems like a surprise after all.

    After all the albums twists and turns Goodbye Song seems like the right way to end things. Its predicatbly is so out of place it seems like a surprise after all.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    well, and there you have it! 46+ minutes of raw music. i enjoyed it as I always do

    well, and there you have it! 46+ minutes of raw music. i enjoyed it as I always do

  • John T

    John T NY

    Great way to spend the night John. I am really glad I listened to this again. It will go on "heavy rotation" for the next few weeks. Thanks!!

    Great way to spend the night John. I am really glad I listened to this again. It will go on "heavy rotation" for the next few weeks. Thanks!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    good point John T. never thought at it from that perspective. definitely a nice closer

    good point John T. never thought at it from that perspective. definitely a nice closer

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    You're welcome John T. Thanks as always for joining "Album Night"! anyone have a preference between these three for the next "Album Night"? 'Sea Change' by Beck 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' Red Hot Chili Peppers

    You're welcome John T. Thanks as always for joining "Album Night"!

    anyone have a preference between these three for the next "Album Night"?
    'Sea Change' by Beck
    'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys
    'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    And thank you Lorf for jumping in too! Great to have you both aboard!

    And thank you Lorf for jumping in too! Great to have you both aboard!

  • lorf

    lorf

    Bleck--sea change

    Bleck--sea change

  • Lorf

    Lorf

    I mean uh-hum Beck..

    I mean uh-hum Beck..

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Bleck it is! I mean Beck :)

    Bleck it is! I mean Beck smile

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" will return on Wed, September 16 with 'Sea Change' by Beck. Thanks again Lorf and John T for joining tonight's event! I'll see you next time!

    "Album Night" will return on Wed, September 16 with 'Sea Change' by Beck.

    Thanks again Lorf and John T for joining tonight's event!
    I'll see you next time!

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