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RE: you were a dick | from victorOct 26 2011 - 21:44

whooo a new Idaho album to discover! Superb vinyl quality....
this LP blow me away. So dreamy , so shiny, so briliant.
nostalgic paths with a new taste.

RE: you were a dick | from StellaOct 14 2011 - 08:46

This web address doesn't work?

RE: you were a dick | from Little by ListenOct 14 2011 - 06:26

Our blog, Little by Listen, posted a glowing review of You Were a Dick. Check it out: http://wp.me/p1nzfv-bj

RE: you were a dick | from JOSHUA!Oct 13 2011 - 20:22

Jeff, I must say thank you so so so much for making the vinyl record that all of us requested. It is seen as very heartfelt of you. It connects us as audience. I adore your music and your new record! I can't wait to see more vinyl!

RE: you were a dick | from jeffAug 05 2011 - 08:49

Thanks Peter I may take you up on that :)

pluggo stuff | from John DoeAug 04 2011 - 15:55

Hey Jeff! Regarding Pluggo stuff working on a modern system, there are possibilities depending on what your rig is. I still use those plugs- Some of them do things that are hard or impossible to duplicate elsewhere (e.g. SpeedShifter and Feedback Network.) Feel free to email me if you want to get into it further.

RE: you were a dick | from jeffAug 04 2011 - 08:59

That's awesome peter! Yes, I really loved the novel approach those folks have to software design. Really wish I could get those Pluggo plugins to work on my current system :(

RE: you were a dick | from peterAug 04 2011 - 06:06

Regarding the mangled Prophet sound, you're talking about the Pluggo plugins which were produced by Cycling '74 (The company is still going, but Pluggo is no longer supported) - Great stuff, very unusual. I'm actually working with those guys on a rather awesome new iPad recording app which will surface by the end of the year. Very talented software guys, them.

RE: you were a dick | from greenAug 02 2011 - 08:59

I bought the vinyl and I don't have a record player. When i buy a record player, it will be the happiest day of my life. The CD hasn't left my CD player, and now I call it the "you were a dick" player.

there's my crappy review. I think the guy who wasn't impressed will be on the message board gushing away in a few months.

RE: you were a dick | from TonyJul 31 2011 - 04:28

this is what happens when we give a good wine like a Latour, Margaux or Côte-Rôtie to drink to a pig, he is not able to appreciate the subtlety of taste...

RE: you were a dick | from jwJul 30 2011 - 23:29

just came across this:


interesting how the reviewer gushes all over the new bon iver album for its "mastery of mood" without really telling you anything at all about what the music actually sounds like, while essentially saying "you were a dick" sucks because of ITS mastery of mood, and because it doesn't adhere to rigid verse/chorus song structures.

methinks the reviewer simply isn't an idaho fan at all (there isn't a single reference made to any other idaho album), and was never capable of giving the music a fair shake as soon as he realized it wasn't going to be a collection of insipid shit-caked pop songs. using the blanket term "sadcore" to describe the whole of the album is a dead giveaway; if the music you're making at this point can be summed up as "sadcore", jeff, then madonna is a jazz saxophone player and i'm going to marry kate beckinsale.

i wouldn't put any stock in that review at all, aside from maybe considering it good for a laugh. reading it just made me scratch my head. i also had an itch, but that's beside the point.

RE: you were a dick | from baja az galJul 29 2011 - 23:31

Its an intimate movie I am spying upon it makes me wonder who is looking in my windows

RE: you were a dick | from baja az galJul 29 2011 - 20:02

P.S. my cat likes it too. Not kidding when he likes something he lies down right in front of the speakers and its always the same cds he does that for. For example he really likes brookville and elbow. His favorite song off this one appears to be 'what was that?' his tail started twitching and thumping during that one. Yes he listened to the whole cd in front of very loud speakers.

RE: you were a dick | from baja az galJul 29 2011 - 19:44

Jeff I am fully convinced you are my musical soulmmate. Some how every release of yours hits the right note at the right time of my life - music, lyrics and mood. Currently digging structure the most. once again you've demonstrated why you are one of my very favorite artists.

Bravo! And I better get to see you in concert somewhere...

RE: you were a dick | from greenJul 27 2011 - 06:39

Thanks, jw :)

RE: you were a dick | from danielJul 27 2011 - 06:13

The bonus tracks included with the Talitres french version are digital tracks, they're not on the cd. Here is the list:
1- waited for you
2- rocket (instrumental)
3- your loss (instrumental)
4- scrawny (live from italy)
5- late sun (instrumental)

My Lp and Dvd arrived safely here in France; Thanks

RE: you were a dick | from jwJul 26 2011 - 09:03

green --- here it be:


i didn't realize there were a few additional bonus tracks there that i don't think are available elsewhere...

RE: you were a dick | from greenJul 26 2011 - 07:07

I'm going to need to find that french pressing.

@ jeff: thanks for the info! I was just listening to Structure--totally into it I might add--and when that part came up I was like "AWESOME....what IS that?" I thought it was just interesting that you even thought to put it in there. fun stuff. I could listen to that one all day.

RE: you were a dick | from jwJul 24 2011 - 08:34

a lot of the music on the dvd is film cues from the documentary "art & copy", which was scored by jeff...some really cool instrumental idaho moments from "levitate" and "hearts of palm" where you can hear some really interesting textural things going on with the alternate mixes without the vocal tracks, and also some things that i don't think have appeared on any idaho album in any form. there's a live version of "scrawny" (originally on the album "alas"), and "waited for you" is a track that i think is only available on the french pressing of "you were a dick".

RE: you were a dick | from JurJul 23 2011 - 13:46

The LP and dvd arrived today by mail in the Netherlands. As I recently just discovered Idaho ( yes I am deeply ashamed) can someone tell me where the extra music on the dvd is from ?

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJul 22 2011 - 19:08


I think that's a prophet V synthesizer mangled with some software..... I think a line of effects by a company called pluggo?? That was one of the rare times I used software based effects....most everything else on the record happened in the real world.


I like that striing of lyrics too. It's a nice little mathematical equation/haiku. sometimes a get lucky :)

RE: you were a dick | from jwJul 22 2011 - 17:50

"maybe we're so aligned in our twisted trajectories that intersect when they're supposed to, that i don't need to stay in focus to avoid those traps that seem to disappear deep under the sand, like footsteps seem to remember just where to land..."

goddamn, that's good stuff, jeff. can't wait to put it on my turntable, now that i've got it in my sweaty hands.

RE: you were a dick | from greenJul 21 2011 - 14:13

I love the new album!

Question: what is that bassy, gurgly noise in Structure that happens just before it finishes. The sound the comes in after the lines "what do they know anyway? I've got my plans"? It was a really neat touch.

a real artist of sound you are, jeff. just amazing ideas.

RE: you were a dick | from DamienJul 21 2011 - 08:08

Hi Jeff,

I just received both CD and vinyl. It's Great !!!
Thanks a lot for the bonus DVD.

This album seems to have more "synthetic" sounds than previous ones (electronic devices where it was guitar, drums or piano few years ago), but at the end, I'm always impressed by the organic music you create.

Right now, I hope to see you soon on tour in France, to hear these songs come to life/live !

See you. Take care...

Seen in a french newspaper called Libération :
You were a dick critic, Libération July 19, 2011

Interview Libération July 19, 2011

RE: you were a dick | from BrianJul 20 2011 - 16:46

I got mine on Monday. A great album. The extras on the dvd are really nice to have. I still have Art & Copy on my dvr.

Serpent and the Shadow left me curious as to what happens next.

RE: you were a dick | from jwJul 20 2011 - 06:30

still waiting for my vinyl/cd package to get here. must...resist...mp3s...

RE: you were a dick | from alexJul 20 2011 - 00:52

i already posted here about the album once, but it's been soaking in over the last few weeks. had it with me on a camping trip alongside some natural springs in central texas, then was lucky enough to bring it on a road trip up the PCH between LA and san fran. now i'm back at home giving the vinyl a spin, playing side B for the second time in a row.

breathtaking stuff, jeff. thanks for being the perfect soundtrack to my summer. also, serpent and the shadow was really cool.

RE: you were a dick | from georgeJul 19 2011 - 13:49

got my vinyl last week! haven't listened yet, as i don't own a record player. happy to say it's the first piece of vinyl i've ever felt compelled to purchase. i'm from the cassette generation, i suppose.

with all the glut of music available these days, it's a beautiful thing when i get to look forward to a new IDAHO release. it takes me back to a time when there was so much anticipation around a favorite artist's new release.

congratulations on yet another stunning effort.

the other also

RE: you were a dick | from williamJul 17 2011 - 18:32

I've had the MP3s loaded onto my iPod for 2 weeks, but decided to force myself to wait until the vinyl arrived to have my first listen. I just did so with some nice studio headphones. Loved it. Nice to just immerse in one of your favorite bands and hold the cover in your hands. Seems like a lost thing these days, even as much as i like the convenience of MP3s.

There's a nice sense of cohesion to this one. All the songs lend themselves nicely to each other. Beautifully recorded-- a headphone record if there ever was one. Even the title and cover art which seemed odd to me at first just seem to fit.

Great job Jeff. Worth the wait for sure.

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJul 16 2011 - 18:26

it really helps to boost the treble a bit when you listen to the vinyl...mainly to counter-act the inherent bass boost that happens with vinyl. sorry to get all tech-nerd on yas :)

RE: you were a dick | from tianJul 16 2011 - 15:45

got my cd/dvd/vinyl package yesterday. ywad on vinyl sounds amazing! thanks jeff!

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJul 16 2011 - 14:49

I like that song a lot too. It could have been on Hearts of Palm

RE: you were a dick | from psJul 16 2011 - 08:24

just taken delivery of the CD/DVD package. Hats off to you, Jeff! Favourite track: "Structure" - a thing of rare beauty.

RE: you were a dick | from christianJul 15 2011 - 11:45

I have to admit, I was so psyched when I pre-ordered YWAD that I didn't pay close attention to description of the bonus disc contents. I'm absolutely BLOWN AWAY by all the stuff that's on there! The short film (which I find strangely poignant), the 24bit mp3s, the Almost Perfect score (which I've wanted to hear/have for several years), the live "Scrawny" from Italy... DAMN!!! I would have gladly paid hansomely for this disc alone - it's almost as if the YWAD cd is the bonus item. It also doesn't hurt that it's my favorite Idaho album since Alas.

If I may say so Jeff, you've truly outdone yourself this time, both in terms of quality (which has always been top notch anyway) AND quantity. Humble and sincere thanks from this longtime fan!

RE: you were a dick | from craigJul 14 2011 - 21:02

hi jeff,
thanx for the cd & dvd, but i would appreciate it if for those of us who no longer own record players you would post lyrics.
in particular, "flames." there are a few words i can't make out and this is the most beautiful song of the self singing to the soul that you have created thus far. bless u for seeing the beauty of being an honest man.

RE: you were a dick | from DanJul 13 2011 - 23:15

The extra dvd is amazing.
Thanks for including the Almost Perfect medley.

RE: you were a dick | from az galJul 13 2011 - 21:13

Lol I saw this on the front page and assumed it was either a joke or a single song. Interesting title...

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJul 06 2011 - 11:16

Haha!! I didnt really give it much thought. It's a lyric in the first song and it just stuck out for some reason. no pun intended:) And maybe I was tired of the sort of safe and abstract titles from the past.And it seems to be helping the record get some extra attention which never hurts! :)

RE: you were a dick | from jpJul 06 2011 - 05:19

why the crazy title for the CD, jeff? It goes away from the usual idaho themes!

RE: you were a dick | from Geoff (with a 'G')Jul 04 2011 - 05:27

Totally blown away once again by some unexpected turns in there ... am now going to attempt serious willpower and wait for the 12" before wearing out these mp3s!

Thanks again for yet more profound work, Jeff ... p.s. forgive us and come back to London on the next tour ;)

RE: you were a dick | from JeffJun 28 2011 - 15:54

HAHA!! great to hear it Joe as I've heard these songs so much I have no idea what they sound like any more!! :)

RE: you were a dick | from joeJun 28 2011 - 14:18

Nine songs in and I've already been near-tears three times from the beauty. Thanks Jeff! (Note to self: Don't listen to new Idaho CD at work.)

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJun 28 2011 - 11:33

dont burn out on the mp3 download of DIck as the CD and LP afford the true Idaho experience :)

RE: you were a dick | from BradJun 28 2011 - 11:04

Just got the bandcamp email... release day is here!

Downloading now, cannot wait.

RE: you were a dick | from MarcJun 28 2011 - 09:03

C'mon Bandcamp, release already!

RE: you were a dick | from danielJun 25 2011 - 08:47

Fantastic album! From start to finish. Beautiful and haunting.

RE: you were a dick | from John DoeJun 25 2011 - 08:47

This is the best Idaho album since "alas", IMHO.

RE: you were a dick | from greenJun 25 2011 - 07:01

"structure" is the song of the day. wow.

RE: you were a dick | from greenJun 21 2011 - 10:37

and, alex--holy crap man! 11-15 are really something. I had to give 15 another play. killed me.

this album has to be my favorite IDAHO album ever. Can't wait to hear the bonus stuff...not sure I'm ready for it. this was almost too much awesomeness at 15 tracks.

haha, can we re-title this thread "you were a dick-rider?" no shame at all.

RE: you were a dick | from TonyJun 21 2011 - 10:37

I received the Talitres version of "You Were A Dick" with 5 bonus songs this morning, your new album is really beautiful and very eclectic Jeff, it's awesome !

Now that i've heard the cd i'm more than very impatient to receive
and to listen the vinyl version !!

Special mention for the song "waited for you", my favorite track :)

RE: you were a dick | from greenJun 21 2011 - 10:32

yowza, Jeff. slack-jawed the whole time I was listening to it. I gave everything a listen, and now I'm stuck on "you were a dick" until I can move on to track two (which is completely bad-ass btw!). soooo worth the wait and there's so much to get into and listen for. nothing like it. Thanks, Jeff! congrats on the release!

RE: you were a dick | from alexJun 21 2011 - 09:29

great to hear these new tunes from you, jeff. i'm enjoying the album as a whole, but tracks 11-15 in particular are really hitting me. beautiful stuff -- can't wait for the vinyl to ship!

RE: you were a dick | from Rich GlassJun 21 2011 - 04:10

This is without a doubt my favourite Idaho release. There is so much dynamic variety and it is beautifully recorded as ever. 'You were a dick', 'The space between', 'Up the Hill' and 'A million reasons' have more ideas and beauty than most things I have heard in the last 5 years.

I can only hope that this album gets picked up and Idaho gets the credit he deserves in these times of over-compression and fleeting hipster-hyped Pitchfork blah blah.

You made my year (along with the Alva Noto / Ryuichi Sakomoto concert I saw in a church). Stone cold masterpiece!

RE: you were a dick | from MarcJun 21 2011 - 01:30

Has it been released for digital download? I got an email this morning saying it had, but the link just shows the same two tracks?

This is my first vinyl purchase since This Way Out, so thanks for the option, Jeff! I'm really looking forward to it!

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJun 20 2011 - 22:53

thanks ben thomas!! :)

RE: you were a dick | from ben thomasJun 20 2011 - 18:43

this album is completely worth the wait. Thank you very much jeff.

RE: you were a dick | from jeffJun 17 2011 - 13:00

The vinyl will be available world wide.
I will send out the info via email, twitter and how ever else possible in a day or two to the bandcamp.com link were you can pre-order :)

RE: you were a dick | from TonyJun 14 2011 - 23:32

i'm very impatient too!

i hope a pre-order system with an international price (including worlwide shipping) for non u.s. customers will be available for the vinyl version of "you were a dick".

i don't want to miss this version!

otherwise an other track from the new album is available for listening here:


RE: you were a dick | from geoff (with a 'g')Jun 14 2011 - 16:43

literally can't wait ... roll on June 30th

RE: you were a dick | from TonyMay 31 2011 - 05:13

actually in my case (in France) the difference of price is not so big, the talitres version is around something about 17 or 21 dollars and the &records version is around 28 dollars (tax includes), I think i'm gonna buy the vinyl on idahomusic.com and the cd on &records, but i didn't know you have planned to put a bonus disc with "you were a dick", i thought it was a dvd, but it's still cool :)

RE: you were a dick | from jeffMay 30 2011 - 15:06

It would be ridiculous to pay 40 dollars for the import. I'm surprised to see that it will be for sale outside of Japan.....well, ,maybe not totally surprised. Buy it from idahomusic.com, or if in europe talitres.com, and receive a bonus disk with lots and lots of extra tracks :)

here is the track listing (the last three instrumentals on the Japanese version)

you were a dick
weight it down
the serpent and the shadow u
the happiest girl
the space between
someone to relate to
up the hill
a million reasons
the setting sun
what was that?
absolutely perfect part 1
absolutely perfect part 2
absolutely perfect part 3

RE: you were a dick | from TonyMay 28 2011 - 08:12

Hey Jeff!

From when can we pre-order the new album? (the vinyl version)

Also, is it possible to get the complete tracklist, because i would like to buy a cd version too (especially the japanese version) but for this version i've seen two tracklist: the first one on amazon including 3 bonus tracks "Your Loss", "Flames" & "Waited For You"
but on &Records the 3 bonus tracks are "Absolutely Perfect Part 1, 2 & 3"... so i'm little bit lost, wich tracklist is the good one?

(I ask you that because i've also seen "Flames" on the Talitres version)

RE: you were a dick | from jeffMay 27 2011 - 22:50

Yes, the vinyl will come with a download of a very high quality Mp3 version of record made directly from the hi Rez master (much better than iTunes:)

RE: you were a dick | from GeorgeMay 24 2011 - 12:44

really excited for the new record. any chance a vinyl purchase will come with an immediate digital download code as well?

RE: you were a dick | from Geoff with a 'G'May 15 2011 - 12:33

Crazy album title! Will be great to have another vinyl to file next to pomegranite bleeding ;-) ;-) ;-)

RE: you were a dick | from TonyMay 12 2011 - 12:43

hi jeff,

did you planned to launch a pre-order system on idahomusic.com for "you were a dick" LP (vinyl & cd versions)?

like the first edition of TLG, there is a bonus cd-r planned for "you were a dick" wich includes demos and japanese b-sides?

RE: you were a dick | from jeffMay 11 2011 - 09:57

the japanese release has not been settled. not sure how this got up on amazon. that is an old track listing.

RE: you were a dick | from jwMay 10 2011 - 03:28

google translates the album description on that page as saying, in part: "discerning music lovers who have ears that love the music gently as flowers that bloom at the end of the summit finally arrived almost wandering. i did not take much for the media, idaho has gotten certainly people in the know to exist, but the music does not pick who never listen. song of the idaho impressive enough to be touched by anyone, everyone is beautiful and breathtaking."

RE: you were a dick | from JeffMay 09 2011 - 09:58

The Japan release has not been solidified yet. Not sure why that's up there

you were a dick | from jesseMay 05 2011 - 22:27

hey jeff! really beautiful video for "a million reasons", can't wait for the album. i was googling and saw this: http://www.amazon.co.jp/you-were-dick-idaho/dp/b004y8rva6. will these bonus tracks only be on the japanese release?

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