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Laetitia Sadier

1999-12-18 from source: venuszine.com

Stereolab's Main Lady

Stereolab's quiet elegance and stylized intensity makes the perfect background music for freeing your mind to create. For me, Stereolab is akin to listening to artwork. Quieting yet stimulating, stark yet complex, the beautifully hypnotic voice of the band belongs to Laetitia Sadier. I'd read a lot of interviews with her about the music per se, but I was much more interested in having a conversation with her. The first thing that struck me about her was how nice she is. "Nice" is such an underrated word, but nonetheless apt and important. On a hot summer day in New York, I sat rapt, listening to her glorious speaking voice in a small conference room that looked like a space capsule.

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Stereolab Interview

1999-12-17 from source: muse

Stereolab have remained a source of stylish reliability in a fashion obsessed world

One of the few constants in a decade gone mad, Stereolab make the music they want to make. Leagues talks to 'Lab technician, Tim Gane.

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Stereolab, Papa M & Dymaxion @ Irving Plaza, NYC

1999-12-16 from source: Westnet.com

Since this was the final date on Stereolab's US tour, it promised to be somewhat of a special occasion.

Unfortunately, however, the tangible sense of excitement and expectancy at Irving Plaza last night was all but scotched by the opening acts, one that was as irritating as dermatitis and another that could have bored the hind legs off a donkey.


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With Jim O'Rourke at the Union Bar in Iowa City, IA

1999-12-08 from source: creature music magazine

They can still make their Farfisas gurgle and their guitars drone with the best of them

Though critical praise for their new and obscenely long-titled album, Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, is not as high as usual, StereolabÝs performance on December 8 at the Union Bar in Iowa City proved they can still make their Farfisas gurgle and their guitars drone with the best of them.

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Stereolab's Weird Passage

1999-12-02 from source: Choler Magazine

Lounge-pop guru Tim Gane of Stereolab on music, parenthood and Y2K

For a guy who plays in a band whose music is so frequently characterized as fin de si└cle pop, you're not likely to get Stereolab's Tim Gane too excited about Y2K.


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Laetitia Lets Loose:

1999-11-29 from source: Tower Records

An Interview with Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier

Stereolab are blissfully dichotomous in nature, with retro 60s French pop tunes intermixed with futuristic, spacey electronica. Their albums are artfully orchestrated by Tim Gane and penned with politically oriented French/English lyrics by Laetitia Sadier. They have continued to push the creative envelope for the past ten years, with each album more layered and complex than the last. Stereolab are currently on tour with Olivia Tremor Control supporting their last album, Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night. Towerrecords.com's Laura Schooling found out first-hand why Sadier is regarded as a woman of intelligence and honesty, as well as talent.

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stereolab @ the filmore

1999-11-23 from source: devon n reed

I am not, nor have I in any sense of the word ever been a Stereolab fan.

A few quick words before the actual body of the review: I am not, nor have I in any sense of the word ever been a Stereolab fan. A Stereolab listener is probably the more appropriate term. I've heard most of their albums at least once, and own Stereolab staples such as Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Dots And Loops. Stereolab can be great, but they can also produce their share of filler, such as their latest, Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night. And as much as I think great pop tunes like "Cybele's Reverie" show that Stereolab can pile on the French coyness while still keeping things musically exciting, often when listening to certain Stereolab songs I swear I'm hearing the musical accompaniment to one of those Austin Powers segues. I say this, because it was all the more reason for me to be blown away by their concert performance at the Fillmore last Tuesday, which proved that Stereolab can, when they want to, just plain jam. Chalk it up to Stereolab's musical aptitude that their material is infinitely more compelling live than on CD.



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Emergence of the Metronomic Underground

1999-11-19 from source: choler magazine

Stereolab -- Belly Up Tavern -- San Diego, Calif. -- November 19, 1999

The ease with which Stereolab consistently sells out its shows is a testament to the impotence and poor taste of commercial radio.


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Stereolab with Dymaxion

1999-11-12 from source: Ink19

Variety Theater, Atlanta and 40 Watt, Athens, GA (12-13 November 1999)

So I'm not the biggest Stereolab fanatic in the world, but judging from what I had heard, I knew it was worth a little extra effort to see them. Thus, a few days were set aside for a road trip from central Florida to Georgia.


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Stereolab: 16 Points and Tim Gane

1999-11-10 from source:

Guitarist Tim Gane Responds To An Adopted, Adapted Proust Questionnaire

1. "FREE THE PASSIONS, NEVER WORK, LIVE WITHOUT DEAD TIME" - French graffito slogan, 1968.

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Stereolab/The Notwist

1999-11-01 from source: thumped.com

Heaven, Charing Cross, Monday 1st Nov

"Do you have any pills?" says the Australian girl. "I have some Asprin, but you're probably after something stronger" I hear myself replying. I'm quite drunk by now but even in this state I know that this is the last time I go to a gig dressed as Huggy Bear from Starsky & Hutch. I didn't really have any Asprin either.

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The World According To Tim Gane

1999-10-23 from source: The Guardian

Tim on the music press, avoiding work, Karl Marx, the radio, and having your own label.

The Music Press They want to make everything appear exciting and moving and happening and it isn't so they've got to inject it artificially. They're all about keeping it going, keeping people in their jobs. A good reason I suppose but for me it's not enough. The idea of keeping the British music industry going is not at the top of the list of my priorities.

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German ProSieben Interview (translated)

1999-10-19 from source: ProSieben

Tim and Látitia discuss creativity and music

Tim: I've lost something. ProSieben: How's that? What? Tim: A cucumber/pickle [could be either]. It's somewhere under the chair. Never mind.

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Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-10-13 from source: motion

it's very nice anyway ...

...and here's another fabulous art-wank album from Stereolab, who've once again created an explosive recipe of sounds, ranging from jumpy percussive rhythms to slow philosophical ballads. Perhaps every critique of this close-knit group has already been written, but it's worth remembering that few pop bands have been as successful as Stereolab at releasing consistently exciting music whilst still being distinctly "Stereolabesque".

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Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-10-01 from source:

"Ushering in the cocktail hour at the Church of Minimalist Cool, Stereolab's Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier present their most abstract collection of compositions to date. Previous excursions into the retro space of club pop have resulted in some pretty gorgeous material since the release of Peng! Back in 1991; a pleasantly engaging mix of frothy coffee, subatomic data, disco lights and alien body parts. With Cobra, the Stereolab formula gets taken a stage further with a syncopated makeover that goes for breezy Latin insouciance and a poised clarity of tone.

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Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-10-01 from source: picthfork media

Rating: 3.4

"Okay, Brent, this is getting really old." "What? It's my 'thing.' It's what the fans want." "All I'm saying is that if you do another conversational review it'll suck." "I think they're really funny and creative."

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Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-10-01 from source: inkblot magazine

Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night asks a lot of the listener.

At 72 minutes, Stereolab's Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night asks a lot of the listener. The length is demanding, and there are rarely breaks in the layered and bustling tunes. There are the ususal instruments aplenty: keyboards-of-all-sorts, staccato bass guitar, processed vocals, strings, vibes, horns, you name it.

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Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-10-01 from source: muse

Stereolab are pure groovy

Contrary to what you may have read in other music net publications, Stereolab aren't a conceited bunch of goatee-stroking, pseudo socialist free-jazzers who think you need a Ph.D. in the inner workings of analogue synthesisers to listen to their music. Nah. Stereolab are pure groovy, surreptitiously preceding all the trends that the fake-assed losers of British pop so crassly ape to the max.

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Lab Culture Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-09-29 from source: City Pages

The revolution will not be: Stereolab

WITH ITS TECTONICALLY shifting antigroove and techno-fried synth-horn chatter, the lead track of Stereolab's eighth full-length album opens kicking and spitting. It's as if this international ensemble decided to abandon the luxuriant avant-funk of 1996's Emperor Tomato Ketchup and the more evasive bachelor-fad wispiness of 1997's Dots and Loops for good old-fashioned blurt--a wise change of pace.


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Surrealist Manifesto

1999-09-22 from source: Salon

Stereolab on philosophical systems, the economics of small record labels, and why you shouldn't have sex to Barry White

Stereolab are a group built on failures and misunderstanding. That, and great record collections. And a relentless sense of experimentation, and excellent players -- and a lot more. But it's the failures and misunderstandings that make the group, its seven LPs and massive catalog of rare singles and collaborations so interesting.


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French From Another Planet Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-09-20 from source: music-critic.com

Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

Stereolab have always been in their own little world, seemingly more interested in capturing their shagadelic analog fantasies on record than connecting to their audience. And this time, the rather unwieldy album title may be enough to scare away the uninitiated. But actually, Cobra and Phases is probably StereolabÝs most accessible disc to date. A complete lyric sheet is enclosed, many of the songs are actually in English, and thereÝs no 18 minute ŰepicÝ present. Maybe theyÝve finally learned that people notice things like track length when CDs, not 8-tracks, are the medium of choice.


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CMJ New Music Report Issue: 634 Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-09-06 from source: CMJ

CMJ reviews Cobra and Phases

Stereolab is a rare enigma in modern pop music. The band is so startlingly original, so simultaneously timeless and timely, and so far removed from any other pop artists, that you can't help but wonder how the London unit continually and compellingly evolves and grows with each of its subsequent releases. Fusing shards of Krautrock, '60s go-go, French pop and dreamy symphonics, Stereolab's latest effort, Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night, subscribes to the same atmospheric pop precision for which the ensemble is famous.

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NME takes on Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-09-01 from source: NME

They dispensed with the idea of writing decent pop tunes in 1993

Well, you have to admit they're good at what they do. But then so was Hitler. As egghead dilettantes par excellence, Stereolab have dabbled in drum'n'bass, post-rock, Krautrock, '60s girl-group harmony pop, jazz and world music over the past decade, but have still managed to seal everything in their bubble of insipid designer-beige aesthetics and make all their records sound the same. The only difference being that they dispensed with the idea of writing decent pop tunes in 1993, in case it might encourage the working classes to breed or something.

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On the Couch with Látitia from Stereolab

1999-09-01 from source: NME

Látitia answers all the "what is your..." questions NME can throw at her

Which song describes you best? "I can't think of a song but the name Tricky because I am inherently tricky! Not on purpose, but I am. If I'm ever arrested or anything, I always get away with it. Whenever we go through customs, I sit at the front and put the right face on and we're straight through! It's quite useful!"

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Stereolab live webchat from NME

1999-08-09 from source: NME

Newest items are at the top, scroll downwards for previous items.

[17:13:06] nme.com - Stereolab have to go now. Thankyou Stereolab Stereolab 936979986.1 Keep 'em peeled ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Album Review: Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night

1999-08-08 from source: drawer b

Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night (Elektra)

Stereolab somehow made the leap from noodling indie-rockers to retro-avant-guardists in a matter of a few well-timed and challenging records. The progression from Transient Random Noisebursts With Announcements (the band's first proper American release) to Cobra And Phases... is remarkable. The band has honed in on its decontsructionist view of musical styles past (french pop, jazz, and Sun Ra for the most part) and melded it perfectly with the aural pastiche it embodies today.

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The Freedom of Sound With Stereolab

1999-07-01 from source: Brett's Ramblings

Látitia talks about Stereolab╠s latest album and about the themes running through the songs

This last July we had the opportunity to speak with the lovely Látitia Sadler of the experimental/lounge/Kraut Rock whatever band known as Stereolab. Látitia sings in French as often as in English and her lyrics are intelligent and searching. Seeking meaning in life and society, her ideas range from wide political themes to more personal issues yet she always comes across as informed and likable. Lets hear what she had to say about Stereolab╠s latest album and about the themes running through the songs.

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live video from Earl's Court

1999-06-22 from source: unknown

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Stereolab take you on their latest retro-futurist journey through things you never knew existed

1999-02-09 from source: Sleaze Nation

Stereolab's singular sound is generated by Gane's refusal to stick to the script of rock orthodoxy

With their latest LP Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night premier pop anachronologists and purveyors of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music Stereolab return highly charged. Produced by avant dynamo Jim O'Rourke and Tortoise'' John McEntire, Cobra And Phases... sees Stereolab's pattern recognition switch from Dots and Loops to Blips Drips & Strips, a vivid vision of avant pop with the colour turned up.

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Stereolab: Phasing Out the Cobra

1999-01-01 from source: Chart Attack

We want people to listen!

If you've ever listened to a Stereolab song and wondered what the hell they're on about, this interview's for you. Chanteuse and keyboardist Laetitia Sadier may not explain her lyrics here, but in this conversation, excerpted from a phone interview from New York, she vents about everything from military action to pornography to French fries.

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Audio Interview

1999-01-01 from source: 2kool4radio

real audio streaming interview

listen to the interview

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