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Mark Bowen, co-founder of Wichita Recordings, on his fandom for Times New Viking…

This is a love letter.
In an age when music has no value, this is a declaration of love to a band that made me believe music can still mean everything to some people; that some people are still driven to be in a band for no other reason than to make music for its own reward.
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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0010V4U18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Teen Drama
2. (My Head)
3. RIP Allegory
4. The Wait
5. DROP-OUT
6. Come Together
7. Faces On Fire
8. Relevant: Now
9. The Early 80's
10. Mean God
11. Another Day
12. The Apt.
13. Off the Wall
14. End Of All Things
15. Times New Viking Vs. Yo La Tengo
16. Post Teen Drama

Editorial Reviews

Hot on the heels of two rabidly devoured releases on Siltbreeze, the Matador debut from this Columbus, OH band is the classic we were hoping for. These two guys and a girl make super lo-fi thrashy arty stuff with melodies buried under screeds of noise. There's a touch of early Pavement but with Midwest energy. "The songs are pop-punk gnashing and snarling and droning with all the sexual frustration and delicious ennui that's been surgically removed from the radio version" - Pitchfork. "A bunch of ex-art school kids just out of their teens who play lo-fi, ADD-addled guitar rock hearkening back to fellow Buckeye greats Guided By Voices" - LA Weekly.

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I highly recommend this if you're not a sensitive listener!
Brash Belle
Their most pertinent audio and geographical forebears, Guided By Voices, eventually succumbed to the sins of a big studio album.
Tom Birkenstock
If I had to compare them to anyone it would be the illegitimate step child of Husker Du and Pixies.
Brian Spies

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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By whoopycat on January 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Disclosure: I like a lot of lo-fi music such as early Pavement, Guided By Voices, Billy Childish and what not. I also have several crappy sounding live bootlegs (Stones, Zappa, etc) that I love despite poor sound quality.

Times New Viking make an album like Vampire On Titus sound like Sgt Pepper. This would not normally be an issue with me but this cd is mixed WAY TOO LOUD. If you don't believe me, try this: listen to the amazon samples of your favorite album. Now listen to the samples from this album played at the same volume. This is not a bug on amazon's part, the disc is just insanely loud. Consequently the utter lack of any dynamics whatsoever completely ruin what might have been an enjoyable album. Instead the listener is left with nothing to grab a hold of save for some ho-hum melodies and middling vocals. "Times New Viking vs Yo La Tengo" shows some potential but unfortunately is the second to last song on the record is is tellingly an instrumental.

It is possible to make a great sounding lo-fi record. Albums such as Bee Thousand have a warm sound that really evoke classic recordings of the mid-60s. Unfortunately this is not one of those albums.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Birkenstock on February 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Before Times New Viking released Rip It Off on Matador, their first album in the big little leagues, many were questioning whether they would stubbornly maintain their lo-lo-fi aesthetic. Would Times New Viking sell out by not recording on four tracks and maybe even hire a bass player? Maybe it was the punk rock in all of us that thought moving to another (admittedly still independent) label would have forced the band to clean up their sound. These days independents have been making great commercial strides, even getting their bands onto Billboard's top ten. How long would it be for them to become the new majors? I'm here to say, don't fear the four-track: all is well with Times New Viking's latest opus.

While Rip It Off sounds a lot like their last two records, that's not to say that the band has been completely stagnant. Those who loved the songs of their last album, but hated the recording, will find even catchier pop snippets underneath the static, and those who also loved the high end static will find plenty of that as well. In other words, those who think Times New Viking's lo-fi shtick is just a gimmick probably won't be too happy about Rip It Off. One thing Rip It Off is not, is a please everybody album.

The album contains their cleanest song to date, "Drop-Out," which sounds like it could possibly be played on the radio so long as the station was just barely in range and you had crappy reception to begin with. But that's about as clear as it gets. "My Head" belies its friendly beats with the mantra "I need more money, because I need more drugs," which also happens to be one of the few lyrics one can make out underneath the white noise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Piehole on March 30, 2011
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I bought this CD after reading some great reviews and the descriptions of the music sounded exactly like something I would like. And it is. That's why I still rate it 3 stars. It's just that the Cd is mixed so loud that it's damn near unlistenable. I consider myself well versed in lo-fi and I love the music. But the problem with this CD is not the recording quality per se, it's the recording mix volume and/or the volume of the source material mixed to the CD. If you purposely want to shock the crap out of someone, stick this sucker in and let 'er rip. The title of this CD make actually refer to your ears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Douglas on January 31, 2009
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I think this cd is great. It has that raw garage band sound to it and clouded singing similar to the jesus and mary chain which is something that I'm definatly into. If your looking for some basic, polished pop-punk sounding music then i wouldn't suggest this album, otherwise get it!
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