Mixtape: The Stars Down to Earth
This is a six-part mix in tribute to one of my favorite bands: Stereolab.
Thirty tracks are culled from their vast discography—albums, EPs, singles, collaborations—and separated into the early, harder stuff (Fig. 1), the later, more loopy stuff (Fig. 2), and a combination of the two (Fig. 5).
Another thirty tracks (Figs. 3, 4, 6) sample their influences, from psychedelia and exotica to the Canterbury Sound and Krautrock.
This required a lot of research. Please don’t listen to it on your laptop speakers because it will sound terrible.
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Fig. 1: Glitter Dispatches
Fig. 2: Kemmermusik
Fig. 3: Long Time Reader
Fig. 4: Console Yellow
Fig. 5: Geometer
Fig. 6: Flywheel
If you like what you hear, my favorite Stereolab releases are: Switched On (Vols. 1 and 2), Mars Audiac Quintet, Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements, Peng!, The Groop Played “Space Age Bachelor Pad Music,” Dots and Loops, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Aluminum Tunes, the Low Fi and Miss Modular EPs, and ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions. Hell, it’s all good.
For Figs. 3, 4 and 6, in addition to archival interviews with Stereolab members, I relied on various internet forums to help identify the band’s influences, especially a remarkable old thread on the message-board-that-must-not-be-named. Thank you.
Layout by Kyle Kabel, with apologies to Gregory Vines.