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#1 hottnikkels

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 07:50 PM

Karate was a great band that blended indie rock, jazz, passionate vocals, and technical proficiency more successfully than almost anyone, and It's a shame they've been forced to split ways.

Here's a song off their fantastic album "Unsolved"
The Roots and The Ruins

If you like this song be sure to check out their album "Unsolved," it's wonderful

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Here's the pitchfork report on their break-up

Karate Call It a Day

Susan Hopkins reports:
It's a sad day for jazzy indie-jam-rock: Karate have broken up. Lead singer and guitarist Geoff Farina, who's been haunting the boys and making the girls tingly with his clear, brooding moan for 12 years, posted to his official website that due to many years of rocking out as loudly as possible, his hearing has begun to suffer. "After seeing a hearing specialist and attempting to continue working with Karate," Farina posted, "it quickly became clear that I can no longer play at the high stage volume that Karate requires." The tour of Europe that has just wrapped up, sadly, is their last.

Southern Records mistress Danielle Soto, who signed Karate as one of the label's first artists, echoes the bummed sentiments of the rest of us, but assures us not to worry: "They're musicians for life, they'll never stop." Indeed, Geoff has a smattering of solo and side projects already in existence, and bassist Jeff Goddard and drummer Gavin McCarthy also are expected to continue with their own separate endeavors.

Meanwhile, the trio's album Pockets, released not even a year ago, is still around, so thank them for 12 years of music and buy it already.



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Posted 01 August 2005 - 07:59 PM

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 08:01 PM

I knew it for a while. They played in my country in may, but I saw them once, was great btw, and Saul Williams played here on the same day in another venue. The choice was clear.

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 08:20 PM

That songs sounds verrry nice, thanks for recommending :ol_love:

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 08:24 PM

my ex-girlfriend was a big fan, used to play them all the time. I don't know, take it or leave it really, I found them a bit boring.

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 10:07 PM

I knew it for a while.Ā  They played in my country in may, but I saw them once, was great btw

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Yea I saw them once, thet were great live

glad you enjoyed the song Diana

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 11:32 PM

I'm listening to the whole album now.

Really good. :ol_love:

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 04:12 AM

I like pretty much everything except their first album.

Perfect Sunday morning music.

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 05:18 PM

Would i have heard the name Geoff Farnia somewhere else? I could swear I've heard it before

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Posted 03 August 2005 - 12:43 PM

Man, what a bummer. I have their 3 first albums, and they're very good.
S/T and In Place Of Real Insight are classics, while The Bed Is In The Ocean
is uneven, but at its best fantastic.

Are any of the records after The Bed... worth buying?

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 03:33 PM

does anyone like the band karate??
its three guys from boston who went to music school and were jazz musicians, who formed a jazz/indie band....imagine pavement with jazz elements. its really awesome. they are really good musicians too...really good.
i recommend "the bed is in the ocean"
one of the best albums i have ever bought


*threads merged*

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 03:51 PM

I'm a fan

I made a thread about them a while back

http://www.thecomato...43752&hl=karate

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 03:56 PM

I'm a fan

I made a thread about them a while back

http://www.thecomato...43752&hl=karate

ive seen them before. at a really really really small indie rock venue my sisters friend owns,
and actually geoff farina came and played there about two months ago all acoustic, because apparantly he is going deaf

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 04:08 PM

Yea his hearing is why they ended the band.

I think they usually played to small audiences. They were never a very popular band in America. The two times I saw them I was one of maybe 20 people. It's a shame they're not together anymore. I Still love listening to "Unsolved." If you haven't heard that album and you like "The Bed Is In The Ocean," I think you'll be blown away.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 09:13 PM

yah... good shit..
its a shame. i really think that if people who really understand and like music heard them, they would be considered a band that others aspired to be.
very unique
very good

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 05:37 AM

i think i fall in love again with them today. just took "pockets" out and play it at the moment. it's the first time since a few months. they where so good. 3 great musicians, geoff is a wonderfull story teller. great style(in fact they had a very unique style) and their albums have a wonderfull sound. very down to earth and warm, almost jazzy, but it fits perfect. i'm so glad i saw them on their last tour.

for those who don't know them: listen, if you are interested in genres like indie, the smooth side of jazz and even postrock.
or listen to them if you play guitar, bass or drums. you can learn something from hearing them each musician in this band was so tight(i think theay are still :laugh:)

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 09:54 PM

i Can never stop listening to the bed is in the ocean.
masterpiece

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 06:39 AM

I'm totally digging their first 3 albums. Their mix of emo-rock and jazz is quite original and compelling.

Really digging songs like Gasoline, What Is Sleep?, New Hangout Condition, On Cutting, There are Ghosts
and Up Nights.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 06:50 AM

don't like the first 2 albums (karate, in place of real insight)as much as the other ones. doesn't mean i think they are bad.

but to pick up a favourite album would be a hard desicion for me. depends on my mood.
i find even "in the fishtank" is nearly as good as the regular albums, allthoug there are just cover songs on it.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 07:47 AM

love the song the last wars. airport. there are ghosts.
he writes some very good shit on the guitar. they are all extremely talented musicians




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