Friend and Foe

Universal Music Portugal SA
Release date
15 Jun 2009
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Muscle'n Flo 4:21 95,494
2 The Pelican 3:39 88,223
3 Wet And Rusting 3:33 139,387
4 Air Aid 4:44 70,055
5 Weird 3:04 81,495
6 Rotten Hell 4:19 82,551
7 Running 1:52 73,735
8 My My 3:49 61,609
9 Boyscout'n 5:19 61,240
10 Evil Bee 4:46 76,962
11 Ghostship 2:28 67,262
12 West 5:52 58,392

About this album

Friend and Foe is the third album of this Portland-based trio. As with their first two releases, it was entirely produced, recorded, and mixed by the band at their own homes using a software technology created by themselves.

After the highly experimental Under an Hour, this release returns to the more pop-influenced stylings of I Am The Fun Blame Monster, shining Northwest indie songcraft through a Chicago post-rock lens, illuminating the quiet recesses with an unpredictable, experimental light.

The CD features an intricate packaging layout consisting of die-cut shapes, decoder rings, and hidden messages. It was designed by Brent Knopf and illustrated by cult graphic novelist/cartoonist Craig Thompson. It was nominated for “Best Recording Package” at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

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  • bkelleher


    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • videos4pictures

    one of the most beautifully crafted albums of all time.

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JDeac

    Amazing album.

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • treflippers


    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • tynosaur

    As of yesterday, I am writing a proposal to 33 1/3 in hopes to pen a book about this album. Wish me luck.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • zhen_shen_

    great album!

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Bpetroglyph

    Lovely album. I like it a lot.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • dashd-sh1

    Took a few plays to grow on me, but what an awesome album!

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Odori

    Love this album, and Craig Thompson's artwork of course. I've got a poster of the cover art in my room:

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • houseatlantic

    incredible album, i was blown away the first time i heard it, and when that happens i know i came across something worth mention

    3 Oct 2009 Reply
  • rights_reserved

    This album really means a lot to me.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • SaveMeryl

    truly an underrated classic. i feel like if Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips were to notice these guys, they would have invited them to ATP for sure. these guys need to be more popular.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • LostInTheHaze

    Not a bad track on here, favorite is probably Rotten Hell but Air Aid and Boyscout'n are incredible as well, not to mention The pelican and Wet and Rusting and . . . point of the post: this album's incredible

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • boggna

    Why can't I heart the whole album..?

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • Timaaaahhhh

    Great album, but it seems like every song is some kind of ballad.

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ToyzintheAttic

    Jesus, I've lost track of how many epic album closers this has. It could have ended 3 tracks earlier and still worked, but Menomena just has to keep bending my mind. I love it.

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Strawberry7

    /me haben will!

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Amaru_Cheetox

    I just saw this sitting in a shop, saw the album cover and thought "I'm having that"...luckily the album was as good as the album art. Very innovative, original and interesting.

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • gendalf37000


    10 Nov 2008 Reply
  • jonesoobala

    The entire album is remarkable. The bass is incredible. And the multi-layered vocals add so much.

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
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