Mistake, Mistake, Mistake, Mistake by James Figurine is the latest project from Jimmy Tamborello (The Postal Service, Dntel, Figurine) with additional help from John Tejada (Palette Recordings, Plug Research), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Postal Service), Geoff McFetridge, Morgan Nagler, Erlend Oye (Kings of Convenience, Whitest Boy Alive) and Sonya Westcott (Arthur and Yu).
From the Artist
In November of 2001, my band Figurine went on a short tour of Germany with Lali Puna. Our label there, Monika, set us up with a driver to get from show to show. She only brought three or four tapes to listen to on the drives, mostly techno. I'd never paid much attention to dance-floor oriented electronic music, but listening to the same tapes over and over again (especially Kompakt's pop-leaning Total 3 and some 7" vinyl on Parfum) while driving through Germany made a giant impression on me.
So this record was supposed to be an extra melodic, minimal techno record with some sparse vocals. Instead, my technopop tendencies got the best of me, the songs slowly filled up, and this is what I ended up with. It's called Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake, because that's what I kept chanting to the beat while I worked on the tracks.
John Tejada (Palette Recordings, Plug Research) assisted me along the way, adding sounds to some of the songs, helping write and arrange a few, and then mixing everything in the end. Sonya Westcott (Arthur and Yu) sang with me on "55566688833." Morgan Nagler (Whispertown 2000) contributed some lyrics and vocals to "Pretend It's A Race And I'm On Your Side." Erlend Oye (Kings of Convenience, Whitest Boy Alive) sang some words written by designer/animator/poet Geoff McFetridge on "All The Way To China." Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Postal Service) sang with me on "You Again."
I think that's all you need to know before you listen to the record, hope you like it!
With Love, James Figurine