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Saturday September 28th, 2019 with Heavy Ben

A profile of the recently re-Grooped Stereolab, ahead of their show in Montreal October 1 From Laisser-faire (1992): History will only repeat itself once more The Western world is going more and more right-wing Yearning for some sort of protection, too scared to do anything Pictured: Vanguard Stereolab Test Record (1960)
We begin our profile with some pre-Stereolab cuts, then into the raw, noisy, guitar and organ-driven early days with the only permanent members of the Groop, Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier. The early incarnation also featured Joe Dilworth of Th' Faith Healers on drums.
Kallous Boys - Internal Damage/Black Dwarf Wreckordings '83-'85 - self-released/Vinyl-on-demand - 1983/2013
New Awareness
Un-Kommuniti (Uncommunity) - Ex-Oblivione/Black Dwarf Wreckordings '83-'85 - self-released/Vinyl-on-demand - 1985/2013
I Worked Myself Up From Nothing
McCarthy - Banking, Violence And The Inner Life Today - Midnight Music - 1990
Super Electric
Stereolab - Super-Electric / Switched On - Too Pure - 1991/1992
Super Falling Star
Stereolab - Peng! - Too Pure - 1992
The Groop Play Chord X
Stereolab - The Groop Played "Space Age Batchelor Pad Music" - Too Pure - 1993
Jenny Ondioline
Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements - Duophonic - 1993
The lineup really took form in 1993 with the additions of Mary Hansen, Sean O'Hagan, Andy Ramsay, and Duncan Brown. Together they would reach the groop's zenith.
French Disko
Stereolab - 7"/Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2] - Duophonic/Drag City - 1993/1995
Wow And Flutter
Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet - Duophonic - 1994
Melochord Seventy-Five
Stereolab & Charles Long - Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center /Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3] - Duophonic - 1995/1998
The Noise Of Carpet
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Duophonic - 1996
Cache Cœur Naïf
Mouse On Mars [feat. Laetitia Sadier & Mary Hansen] - 7" - Too Pure - 1997
Miss Modular
Stereolab - 7" [album version from Dots and Loops] - Duophonic - 1997
Jumbleo Palipsest
Turn On - Turn On - Duophonic - 1997
Numerous collaborations ensued and the members contributed to dozens of albums by other groups, branching out into electronica, krautrock, bossa nova, synth pop, avant garde jazz and exotica
Simple Headphone Mind
Stereolab & Nurse With Wound - 12" - Duophonic - 1997
Glide Time
The High Llamas - Cold And Bouncy - Aplaca Park - 1998
Stereolab & Brigitte Fontaine - 7" - Duophonic - 1998
St. Elmo's Fire (Radio)
Uilab (UI & Stereolab) - Fires - Duophonic - 1998
Stereolab - Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night - Duophonic - 1999
Outer Bongolia
Stereolab - The First Of The Microbe Hunters - Duophonic - 2000
Sadly, Mary Hansen died in 2002 while riding her bicycle in London after being hit by a truck. The groop soldiered on. The early 2000s recordings move in more of a jazz-influenced direction with references to lounge music and 60s pop and, as always, the avant garde and socialist-tinged lyrics. This set also features a few more "two songs in one", as Stereolab were want to do.
Captain Easychord
Stereolab - Sound-Dust - Duophonic - 2001
Brain Drain
Alternative 3 - Original Soundtrack Recording - Lo Recordings - 2001
Mass Riff
Stereolab - Instant 0 In The Universe - Duophonic - 2003
Métro, Boulot, Hippo
Tim Gane & Sean O'Hagan - La Vie D'Artiste (OST) - Too Pure - 2007
Cellulose Sunshine
Stereolab - Chemical Chords - 4AD - 2008
One Million Year Trip
Laetitia Sadier - The Trip - Drag City - 2010
Irradiated Dream Mouth
Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Blood-Drums - Grautag/Duophonic - 2013/2017
Silver Sands [Emperor Machine Mix]
Stereolab - Not Music - 4AD - 2010
Interactive CKCU
Baby’s first starts early.

8:10 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
Good evening, hope you're diggin' the 'Lab

8:10 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
Haha, with Raymond Scott's "Soothing Sounds For Baby", he's was already on his way

8:11 PM, September 28th, 2019
enjoying the show Ben, had little idea early stereolab was so psychedelic.

8:33 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
Thanks Lawrence. Indeed the early days are quite interstellar

8:38 PM, September 28th, 2019
Jas Nasty
Very cool show Ben- looking forward to listening on demand later, and also the Stereolab show Tues in MTL! I'm off to DJ at Night Owl psrty in Arts Court for the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Have a good show :)

8:41 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hey Jas - have fun tonight and see you Tuesday at the show!

8:44 PM, September 28th, 2019
Good tunes!!! Come eat empanadas!

9:27 PM, September 28th, 2019
Stellar show as always, Ben! Who doesn't love Stereolab? Do you have a wax copy of "SImple Headphone Mind?" If so, lucky you!! I love the Stereolab collaboration with NWW but have only ever heard it on YouTube.

9:32 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
Space Age Empanadas in The Enchanted Sea?

9:42 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
Nice to hear from you Manmohan! Yes, I played "Simple Headphone Mind" from my 12" on wax. Love that and methinks a Nurse With Wound profile is in order. Definitely out there but hey someone's got to do it.

9:44 PM, September 28th, 2019
Yes, do it!! A NNW profile. I'm not familiar with much of their catalogue.

9:54 PM, September 28th, 2019
NWW not NNW.

9:54 PM, September 28th, 2019
Ben Armstrong (host)
'nite all... see some of you at the show in Mtl next week, can't wait!

9:55 PM, September 28th, 2019