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July 28, 2010 12:19 PM   Subscribe

Mahjongg, a Chicago band singed to K records. has just released a new album, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger, following their previous efforts. They have extensively toured in Europe, and played at The Pitchfork Music Festival, but have not achieved widespread fame as yet.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist (16 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: okay, I think this is just not going to fly. sorry, I tried. -- jessamyn

posted by Pope Guilty at 12:20 PM on July 28, 2010

Pope, you click on the little links and see if you like it or not.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 12:21 PM on July 28, 2010 [9 favorites]

Let me try: X brand, which just released X product from X manufacturing line, is really great, though few have yet to hear/try/experience X.

I get press releases like this in my in-box every day.
posted by tiger yang at 12:23 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Well, it is a band I like so I tried not to editorialize too much. Their music fascinates me because it does not fit into any particular genre. It seems to combine punk and electronica mainly. I have no relation to the band other than talking to them after their concert once or twice.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 12:26 PM on July 28, 2010

Mahjongg's a legit and somewhat difficult to describe Chicago indie band who has been around enough and established enough of a cult following that it seems completely reasonable to post about them here. Yeah, the wording's a bit press releasey, but it's pretty hard to believe this is Pepsi Blue. Perhaps one day you'll want to post about some largely unknown indie band, too.
posted by eschatfische at 12:42 PM on July 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

I think it's just that the post is written in kind of a generic way -- "here's a band, they have a new album, they've toured, they've played a festival but they're not famous" -- that doesn't indicate anything particularly noteworthy or unusual about this band. So it does sound very press release-y and can put one into an instant "what are you trying to sell me" defensive mode.

However, it's that very generic quality of this post that caught my interest, because I was like, "is this a band I should already know about?" So...well played!
posted by Pants McCracky at 12:50 PM on July 28, 2010 [3 favorites]

Well, I appreciate this, because they're playing a free show here in Madison tomorrow night and I've been on the fence about whether to go. Antidis, are they good live?
posted by escabeche at 12:59 PM on July 28, 2010

escabeche: The "toured in europe" links are all live concerts from europe. The one linked from "toured" is my favorite. I like the live show a lot but checking out those 3 links will probably answer your question better than I can.
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist at 1:03 PM on July 28, 2010

[folks - threadshitting sucks. It's a slightly press releasey post. OK. If you think this is truly terrible, go to metatalk. Otherwise quit peeing in your own pool.]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:10 PM on July 28, 2010 [3 favorites]

posted by jgphillips at 1:16 PM on July 28, 2010

OK, mission accomplished, I dig this and will go see them tomorrow.
posted by escabeche at 1:27 PM on July 28, 2010

I've always liked Mahjongg, and I can't even remember the name of the much-famouser band I saw them open up for back in the day (one of those early 2000s New York dancepunk/electroclash revival bands). They do a really great job at that one-song-we're-a-tribal-percussive-dance-party-the-next-were-ear-splitting-wall-of-feedback-and-screeching-tones-psychedelic-noise thing.

I hear their new album is a lot dancier, but I haven't checked it out yet. If you like them, I'd suggest you listen to Waterbabies (which shared some of the same members, but doesn't seem to be active anymore) and Cave (who just played Pitchfork Fest a couple weeks ago)
posted by elr at 2:23 PM on July 28, 2010

Yes, the post is kind of weak, but Mahjongg rules! Awesome to see them on the blue.

For more background, here's an article about them that ran earlier this month in our local weekly.
posted by pfafflin at 2:25 PM on July 28, 2010

This post is going to change things and make them famous forever. I can feel it.
posted by elder18 at 3:00 PM on July 28, 2010

posted by dobbs at 3:20 PM on July 28, 2010

They can't be that good, they only got a 6.9 on Pitchfork...

posted by jefbla at 3:26 PM on July 28, 2010

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