It really has been a fantastic couple of weeks for music -- I think this year has already been amazing, and so many more great albums are right around the corner! I seriously already almost have my top 50 of the year and it is only March! Tomorrow is April. And May comes afterwards. We have only had three months of new music so far but I already have many favorites. I am still listening to awesome new albums by PJ Harvey, Joy Formidable, Mogwai, J Mascis, Adele, Toro Y Moi, Bright Eyes, The Twilight Singers, La Sera, Esben & the Witch, Cut Copy, Hercules & Love Affair, & Wanda Jackson! I am telling you, this is turning out to be an incredible year for music! I am absolutely in love with the new Kurt Vile and Puro Instinct. Those will most likely end up being my favorite albums of the year. It just keeps getting better. Last week we had new albums by The Strokes, Keren Ann, James Blake, Beach Fossils, & Duran Duran. This week we have the new Radiohead, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Hunx & His Punx, Moon Duo, Josh T. Pearson & The Obits! There are new albums by Bill Callahan, Cold Cave, The Raveonettes, & The Kills next week! Later in April we have new albums by The Crystal Stilts, TV on the Radio, The Vivian Girls, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Gorillaz, Dengue Fever, Jonny, Panda Bear, & Explosions In the Sky. New Okkervil River album comes in May, and later in the year there will be new albums by Patrick Wolf, Battles, Fleet Foxes, Wild Flag, A Place To Bury Strangers, Mars Volta, M83, The Shins, & Jens Lekman!
The new Strokes album came out last week. I still remember that feeling I got when I first heard Is This It by The Strokes. Their debut album came out in late July of 2001. 10 years later they have released their fourth album, Angles. Is This It came out right before I moved to Los Angeles for the first time, a couple of months before Amoeba Hollywood opened. It was an exciting time. I was obsessed. It is hard to describe my love for The Strokes, but they were one of those bands that you either loved or hated. Those of us that loved them will always have a special place in our heart for The Strokes. I do have to admit that I sort of lost interest in them over the years, though, but I still love that first album, and I also love Julian Casablancas' solo album from a couple of years ago. It got me interested again. It got me wishing for another Strokes album. Angles is sort of everything I want it to be. It is the Strokes. It is short and catchy and full of great, addictive songs. The Strokes may never capture that energy of that first album again and they may never get those kind of rabid fans they had around that first album but they are most definitely back in my life. The album sounds a bit 80s, but if you know me at all, you know I have absolutely no problem with that. Speaking of, the album cover is sort of painfully '80s, like some sort of skater t-shirt, but it has grown on me and I sort of love it. If you were ever a Strokes fan before, you should let this album in your life. Give it a chance. You just might end up loving it.
Listen to one of my favorite songs, "Taken For a Fool," by The Strokes from the new album Angles..
Here is the video for the "Under Cover of Darkness" by The Strokes from the new album Angles...
Buy the new album Angles by The Strokes
Another one of my old favorites is back in my life. I have liked Radiohead since Pablo Honey came out in 1993. I know everyone has their favorite Radiohead album and their favorite period of the history of Radiohead, but the Pablo Honey/Bends/OK Computer era is my favorite. 1993-2000 was the height of my Radiohead obsession. Kid A came out in 2000, and that was the last album that I was really obsessed with. I never stopped liking them but my obsession did fade a bit. Then came Amnesiac in 2001, followed by Hail to the Thief in 2003. In Rainbows was released in 2007. It was the first album by them to be released digitally first and it was put out digitally by the band itself. You were allowed to pay what you wanted for a digital download, remember? I think I paid 10 bucks. There were months in between its digital and physical release and I quickly fell in love with In Rainbows. The King of Limbs was released digitally a couple of weeks ago, but the CD and LP have just been released this week. This album has been a bit harder for me to fall in love with. None of the songs really stand out like they did on past albums, but it still is Radiohead quality and still good stuff, it just doesn't hit you over the head. I do respect these guys -- they have been in my life for so long, after all! The first album came out the year after I graduated from High School, so I lived through my 20s with them. I am happy that they are still around and relevant. I know a whole new generation of fans is falling in love with Radiohead. I imagine that at this point there are parents obsessed with Radiohead who also have teenage kids who are also in love with Radiohead. I noticed this happening at the last couple of years of Cure concerts -- the original fans are now old enough to have kids that are also into them, too! Radiohead has sort of become the Grateful Dead of our generation! I never would have thought they would end up having such a long and prosperous career in music, but I am happy that they have!
Listen to the new song "Little By Little" by Radiohead from the new album The King of Limbs
Buy the new album The King of Limbs by Radiohead
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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th!
This is the third Record Store Day, a day to celebrate the fact that record stores still exist around the corner and that they are still relevant! Tons of artists get behind Record Store Day ever year and do instores and events at record stores around the country. They also release a ton of exclusive LPs, 7"s, and CDs just for Record Store Day. You can't find these releases at Target or Walmart, and you can't find them online or digitally. You actually have to go to a record store on April 16th to buy these releases! It is actually taking over Halloween and Christmas and becoming my favorite day of the year! I will include a link to the complete list of Record Store Day titles later in the week, but here is a short list. There are a ton more -- almost 300 unique releases this year! -- so if you love record stores, then go and visit your local shop on April 16th and buy something nice for yourself.
Here are some of the artists putting out exclusive releases for Record Store Day this year...
AC/DC, Adele, Bad Brains, The Beach Boys, Beady Eye, Black Angels, James Blake, Blitzen Trapper, Built To Spill, Caribou, The Civil Wars, Crowded House, Cults, Daft Punk, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, Deftones, Beth Ditto, Dom, The Doors, Duran Duran, Bob Dylan, Earth, Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Foo Fighters, Fucked Up, Gorillaz, Green Day, Grinderman, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Joan Jett, Joy Formidable, The Kills, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Mastodon, Matt & Kim, Midlake, Mumford & Sons, New Pornographers, New York Dolls, Nirvana, Off!, Roy Orbison, Ozzy Osbourne, Panda Bear, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Phish, Pink Floyd, Polvo, Queen, REM, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Ryan Adams, Ty Segall, Paul Simon, Sonic Youth, Regina Spektor, Bruce Springsteen, Television, Peter Tosh, Velvet Underground, The Vivian Girls, The Wake, Wavves, The White Stripes, Wild Flag, & The Yardbirds!
also out 3/22...
Music Sounds Better With You by The Acid House Kings
101 by Keren Ann
United Nations of Sound by Richard Ashcroft
What a Pleasure by The Beach Fossils
James Blake by James Blake
All You Need is Now by Duran Duran
Most Incredible Thing by Pet Shop Boys
Angles by The Strokes
also out 3/29...
Too Young To Be In Love by Hunx & His Punx
Best of 00-10 by Ladytron
Mazes by Moon Duo
Moody Standard & Poor by The Obits
Belong by Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Last of the Country Gentlemen by Josh T. Pearson
Gimme Some by Peter Bjorn & John
Something To Die Fo r by The Sounds
Tomorrow by Wagon Christ