A-Frames – 333 (2010, S-S records)

Posted in music by okkame on July 3, 2010



I preferred Intelligence, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of our time, to A-Frames until listening to this supreme 3LP comp. Truly great stuff, nevertheless, I can’t say now I like A-frames more than Intelligence because Intelligence makes such fucking good records, so I reach an agreement with myself that I equally appreciate Intelligence and A-frames.

I have little qualm about posting Mp3s on my blog-  that I’m a broke dude obliged to live in abominable Korea whose culture is mostly indebted to the internet is an excuse for that;  Originally, I don’t belong to the demographic of this kinda shit at all, in a real-life socio-cultural sense, but being into the scene and fairly hip to that, I fear the S-S records dude(‘s biting tongue) so was quite reluctant to share this album. I textmessaged to my friend how fucking awesome new A-frames is and he asked me that I am uploading that stuff on my blog so i went “I’m afraid that ……” then he said “fuck it, you’re a hipster so it doesn’t matter”. Yeah, I’m a file-sharing hipster who’s dying to be cool. Why should I care? Besides, my blog isn’t doing well in terms of the number of visitors and I guess people digging this sorta music usually buy stuff. Thus, another indulgence came along …

No more guilt trip, only Enjoy !

Firstly, listen to a doozy dance tune from the album. 


A-FramesLast Look (Unreleased Demo, 2004)


A-Frames at Subterranean 2003. The drummer dude in this photo is Lars Finberg of Intelligence. I heard he quit A-Frames to concentrate more on intelligent thing.


For S.S. Records fiftieth release we are very, very, very proud to announce the A Frames 333 triple album. Back in 2000, when SS, Sr. first saw the A Frames, he knew he had to start a new record label to release their stuff. And with the help of SS, Jr., that is what he did. From the Plastica 45 to two critically aclaimed full lengths and a couple more 45s, the A Frames/S.S. relationship remained so solid that when the A Frames jumped to Sub Pop records, the S.S. production team of Chris Woodhouse and Scott Soriano went along for the ride. So now, after years of talk, SS and the A Frames have gathered their singles and e.p.s  together with a whole bunch of demo recordings, outtakes, and unreleased tracks for a 42 song, triple album set.

“Wow! Forty two songs, that is a lot!” you are thinking, “Is all of it good?” Damn it, yes! First off, 333 comps all the songs that appeared on 7″s released by S.S. and Royal Records, plus one compilation track. Second, almost every A Frames song was demo’d on 4-track before it was played out and recorded proper. By the time the public got to hear the demo’d songs, some of them had been radically altered or rearranged…and some never made it past demo. We listened to dozens and dozens of demos and cherry-picked the best and most unique. And, third, from the A Frames first recordings in 2000 and those with Woodhouse to the abandoned AF4 LP, the band has generated plenty of outtakes, quality music that didn’t quite fit on an album or never got paired with a B-side for a 45. We also dug through those. All in all, the A Frames and SS sorted through nearly 80 songs in order to create this statement of a set.

From the onset the A Frames have blown away fans and critics. Their first two singles received much praise, setting up their 2002 debut album for many mentions as the record of the year, called “one of the few great American rock records” by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley. Their second album received even more praise, as did the handful of singles they after, as well as their third album Black Forest. The A Frames are one of the few bands never to have released a bad or mediocre record. We thought about that when assembling 333, for we didn’t want this one to be a dud. We are very confident that like the neutron bomb that blasted the A Frames off, we have one hell of a post-punk explosion here.


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  1. Peecat said, on July 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the A-Frames link. I’m going to order my copy this coming payday but just had to hear it this very second. You’re the best!

    • okkame said, on July 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      I’m sorta dumbfounded at your comment in a good way. Thanks anyway!

  2. Selario the Quadriplegic said, on December 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I am also a broke hipster. I don’t usually comment on blogs and whatnot or even visit them unless I want music, but when you’re the only person on the internet to scratch my musical itch I feel that it’s appropriate to let you know that someone appreciates it. Thanks. We’re best friends now.

    • okkame said, on December 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for bothering to comment. A few words can mean a lot, I think this is the case 🙂

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