John Maus Vinyl, CD & tapes by John Maus at Norman Records

John Maus is about as close you can get to having a pop star for philosophy professor. Once a teacher at the University of Hawaii, he very occasionally embeds his readings and teachings into his own art -- how 'bout that there title¬†We Must Become more »

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John Maus
We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves

John Maus’ We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves is the record we both need and deserve. The 2011 album saw Maus (somewhat) hone the hypnagogic pop of his first two LPs in a ‘search for the perfect pop song’. Sometimes this means we get wistful, florid synth-pop in the mould of Maus’ good friend Ariel Pink; sometimes this means we get brisk, bracing Joy Division-esque post-punk; always it means we get a record that lays itself bare, bringing the bliss even as Maus coos things like 'let's kill every cop in sight'.

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The 2006 debut of avant-pop musician John Maus, from before he rose to real prominence. Songs is super-electronic and rich with nostalgic longing for many things, especially the sound and culture of 1980’s pop. Fair enough John, it was a pretty evocative time. Features Ariel Pop on two tracks. Songs has been reissued by Ribbon Music.

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Love Is Real

There is an alternate timeline in which John Maus, rather than Ariel Pink, was the one who collaborated with Madonna.* You only need to listen to Maus’ 2006 LP Love Is Real once to know that it would have been something worth hearing. The academic punk heartthrob is in majestic form here. Psychedelic minimal wave paeans like ‘Rights For Gays’ and ‘The Silent Chorus’ spiral ever-higher. *In this reality Maus divides his time between being a massive pop star and president of the U.S.A.. It’s a great timeline.

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Another John Maus record so soon? Quick succession is a nice thing. Following up last year's gloom-pop masterclass Screen Memories, which encapsulated everything good about this stuffy Philosophy academic and underground star, Maus gets out the keyboards again for Addendum, twelve more tunes that see him through caution even further into the wind.

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Screen Memories

John Maus returns! Six years have passed since ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors’ -- during which time Maus has toured, released a rarities collection and finished his doctorate in Political Philosophy. He sounds as towering and stately as ever on Screen Memories; the record is another personal one which will haunt and invigorate. He even designed and built the modular synths he plays on it. Polyphony abounds! LP / CD on Ribbon music. 

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A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material

Does what it says on the tin. It collects Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material from the American musician and places it onto one full length. John Maus is known for his low, low voice which he places over synthesized pop which sometimes recalls the goth/synth stuff of the early '80s. He is very popular. In fact once perusing a dating site, I found a moment who said her ideal man was John Maus. Needless to say, I didn't apply.