Daily Distraction: Celebrate 10 years of Times New Viking's 'Dancer Equired'

The Columbus trio's best album, and only full-length on Merge Records, is 10 years old today

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Times New Viking

Ten years ago today, Times New Viking released Dancer Equired on Merge Records. Instead of the fuzz-pop trio's typical four-track recording process, Beth Murphy, Adam Elliott and Jared Phillips visited Columbus' legendary Musicol Recording, which resulted in TNV's most "polished" record yet (though, in retrospect, the lo-fi/hi-fi distinction all feels a bit overblown).

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After releases on Siltbreeze and Matador, Dancer Equired is the band's only full-length on Merge, and today the label is offering the album at a 30% discount ($13.29 for this LP is a steal). The 14-song release is my favorite Times New Viking record, and the album cycle also produced my favorite TNV video, "No Room to Live," which Columbus artists Brandon Reichard and Pelham Johnston made by adjusting the film's speed to 12 frames per second, then printing out every single frame (about 3,000) on 8.5-by-11-inch paper. From there, a group of about 40 artists illustrated the frames, which Reichard and Johnston combined in the video. (I'm pretty sure I wrote this Columbus Monthly story about the video, though the byline has disappeared, so who can know for sure?)

Revisit "No Room to Live" below.