Remember that band called Stereolab? Yes, they are still making great albums. They never really stopped, you just may have forgotten about them. They have a new album out this week called Chemical Chords. I think it might be like their 20th album by now. They were on a major label for a long while, but they are back on the indie label 4AD now. They had that EP collection out last year, but this is a real new album. I have not had a chance to listen to it yet, but I can't really wait. They are one of those bands that I got really obsessed with when they first came out. I had lost a bit of interest over the last 5 or 6 years, but I feel ready to be a Stereolab fan again. I just hope the album is as good as I want it to be. I like the song that I have heard from the album. I don't really see how you can't like a Stereolab album. They are always so fun and catchy. I am just glad there are some releases out this week that I actually want to bother listening to.
The Dandy Warhols also have a new album out this week. I have had sort of a love/hate relationship with the Dandy Warhols. I still don't really know how I feel about this new album. I am going to give it one more listen before I make up my mind. I also have been listening to that new album by The Uglysuit. It is slowly growing on me but I doubt it will turn into one of my favorites. There is also the debut album from Uh Huh Her. I have not heard this one yet either-- however, I do love Leisha Hailey. She plays Alice Pieszecki on The L Word. She is the funniest thing about The L Word and the only reason that I watch it. Many years ago she was in the Murmurs, so it's not like this is her first time making music. There are also some great other albums that are coming out this week that I just fell in love with.
Sarah June has put out her fantastic debut album This Is My Letter to the World. Her real name is Sarah Weathers. She is originally from Detroit but now lives in San Francisco. Maybe that is why I like this album so much-- it makes me think of rainy sad days in San Francisco. Maybe she is the female version of Mark Kozelek that I have been looking for all these years. It makes me miss the city. The little indie label Hand/Eye is putting out this new album. I have not really paid much attention to this label over the years so I had not expected much when I put on this album yesterday, but I quickly fell in love. The album is sort of gothic folk-- dark and depressing and intense and folky. Joanna Newsom fans will probably like this album...although, I am not really a Joanna Newsom fan myself. It just sort of fits into that same genre. And like Joanna, she has a very unique and weird voice, but for some reason I just like Sarah June better. The album also reminds me of Bat For Lashes. She has one of those haunting voices. The album actually reminds me of The Cranes or maybe Mazzy Star. The Cranes were a sort of gothy dream pop band in the 90s. I fell in love with them as well. The music was dark but the vocalist had this angelic childlike voice. Sarah June has this same thing going on, so let me rename the genre dark dream pop folk. I have only had the album in my possession for 2 days now but I have already listened to it a bunch of times. She also does a couple covers on the album. "I Can't Help Falling In Love" and "When Doves Cry." I obviously love the original Prince version of "When Doves Cry," but she totally reinterprets the song and makes it her own. I love it. "Charlotte" is one of my other favorite songs on the album. I can't get these songs out of my head. I already know that this album will continue to haunt me for the years to come. There is no going back now. I am now part of the Sarah June fanclub. And I am so glad that I found her.
Also out this week is a very different album from Lindstrom. Lindstrom is from Oslo, Norway. I am not sure if he is related to the Betty White character from the Golden Girls, but it does put a smile on my face to know that he shares a name with the fictional character Rose Lindstrom Nylund. It must be my grandmother's roots from Norway and Sweden that make me gravitate so much to music that comes from those countries...or maybe it is just the roots of Rose Lindstrom. I really need to get myself over and visit some time. I might just fall in love and want to stay. I have not really given much time to the last Lindstrom album. I know I listened to it and I liked it, but I didn't love it. I didn't need it in my life. But this new Lindstrom....I love it very much. I will probably go back and revisit It's a Feedelity Affair. This new album is called Where You Go I Go Too. Both albums are released by the label Smalltown Supersound. It is kind of a downtempo sort of electronica album. I always like when electronica albums sound like John Carpenter soundtracks. It could easily be some ambient sci-fi/horror soundtrack from the 80s. Think about the soundtracks to Manhunter or any of the Giorgio Moroder greats like Scarface, Midnight Run, or Flashdance, but it is not simply retro 80s. It somehow sounds futuristic today like those 80s soundtracks sounded back then. And this for sure fits in with those. Maybe it is Giorgio Moroder meets John Carpenter. Disco meets science fiction soundtrack.
The album only has 3 tracks on it, but the first track is about 29 minutes long. Don't worry. You will not get sick of the song. It takes you on a nice little journey. The album reminds me a bit of album by The Field, From Here We Go Sublime. I really loved that album so much last year. Maybe this will be my new favorite of the year. Everybody needs a little Lindstrom in their life. I always think of this music as sort of like therapy. There really seems to be nothing wrong with the world when I listen to music like this. It just takes you to whole new level and makes you forget everything. It is new age- tronica, but it makes you feel good inside and out, not just numb and ambivalent. I highly recommend you get some Lindstrom in your life. You will not regret it.
also out this week...
Earth to the Dandy Warhols by The Dandy Warhols
Punkgasm by Don Caballero
Remember by The Fiery Furnaces
Moody Motorcycle by Human Highway
Take Me to the Sea by Jaguar Love
Rhumb Line by Ra Ra Riot
Sbach by Sbach
Chemical Chords by Stereolab
Uglysuit by Uglysuit
Common Reaction by Uh Huh Her
You & Me by The Walkmen