The Loon

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The Loon
Studio album by Tapes 'n Tapes
Released October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28) (U.S.)
July 24, 2006 (2006-07-24) (UK)
Recorded June 2005, Short Man Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genre Indie rock
Length 41:23
Label Ibid Records (Ibid 0002) (U.S.)
XL Recordings (XL202) (UK)
Producer Erik Appelwick
Tapes 'n Tapes chronology
Tapes 'n Tapes
(2004)
The Loon
(2005)
Walk It Off
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
TheMusicZine 4.5/5 stars[2]
Being There Magazine 3.5/5 stars[3]
NME (8.0/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[5]
PopMatters (7/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
AmpCamp (favorable)[8]
Modern Music (9/10)[9]

The Loon is the debut album of the Minneapolis-based band Tapes 'n Tapes. It was originally self-released by the band's own Ibid Records on October 28, 2005 on compact disc. On July 24, 2006, the album was released in the United Kingdom on XL Recordings, on both CD and vinyl.[10]

The album was generally well received by music critics, and earned numerous comparisons to the Pixies and Pavement.[11][12] Pitchfork Media gave the album a favorable review, and gave it a "Best New Music" commendation.

The songs "Insistor" and "Cowbell" were released as singles in 2006 on XL Recordings.[10] "Insistor" is also featured in the soundtrack of the video game Major League Baseball 2K7. In late 2006, the band's song "Jakov's Suite" (the final song of the album) began appearing in a television commercial for Nissan. It also appears in the University of Oregon's basketball advertisements during the games.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Josh Grier.

  1. "Just Drums" – 3:44
  2. "The Illiad" – 2:15
  3. "Insistor" – 4:20
  4. "Crazy Eights" – 3:24
  5. "In Houston" – 4:04
  6. "Manitoba" – 4:12
  7. "Cowbell" – 2:33
  8. "10 Gallon Ascots" – 5:02
  9. "Omaha" – 3:32
  10. "Buckle" – 3:40
  11. "Jakov's Suite" – 4:37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ TheMusicZine review
  3. ^ Being There Magazine review
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ AmpCamp review
  9. ^ Modern Music review
  10. ^ a b "XL: Tapes 'n tapes". Official XL Recordings website. Archived from the original on 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2006-08-14. 
  11. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Loon". Allmusic. Retrieved 2006-08-14. 
  12. ^ Hoard, Christian (2006-04-05). "The Loon". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2006-08-14.