I have been obsessed with zombies for as long as I can remember and I am not really sure why, but I just can't get enough of them! Not the band -- we're talking actual zombies here! Not that zombies actually exist...but you know what I mean. When I found out there was a band named Zombi, I figured I had to at least check them out and I soon became obsessed with Zombi as well. Zombi are a sort of prog space instrumental rock sort of band from Pittsburgh. You could compare them to Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Goblin, Giorgio Moroder, Yes, Rush, and the soundtracks of John Carpenter. I actually first got into Zombi by listening to Majeure, the project of Zombi drummer A.E. Paterra, which has one album from 2010, Timespan. I was hooked and immediately got all of the Zombi albums that I could find, starting with their last album, Spirit Animal, from 2009, and now I couldn't be happier to have a brand new Zombi album in my life, Escape Velocity, on Relapse. And it is just as good as their last -- dark and spacey. Everyone needs some Zombi in their life.
Listen to "Escape Velocity" by Zombi from their new album Escape Velocity...
I didn't really become an Okkervil River fan until Black Sheep Boy in 2005. Not sure what took me so long but there are a lot of bands out there! It just took me a while to devote some time to them. I already talked about them a bunch in two blogs so I won't waste too much more time on them here. Here I talk about The Stand Ins in 2009. And here I talk about The Stage Names in 2007. I don't want to end up repeating myself but I do still love Okkervil River. And yes, they are still putting out great albums! The new album is called I Am Very Far. I just can't get enough of Will Sheff's voice!
Here is the awesome super fancy video for "Wake and Be Fine" by Okkervil River from the new album I Am Very Far...
Another one of my favorites just put out a new album -- Gang Gang Dance is back with Eye Contact. I just find it impossible to not love this band. Everything they do is magical. This new album might take a bit longer for you to fall in love with than past albums, but you will. I have always thought of them as a slightly weirder and more experimental version of Blonde Redhead. Maybe a bit dancier. They mix up a dark, sort of tribal sound with a sort of fun, dancier sound. I love this band. I really do. I get excited every time they have a new album out. It is never too late to become a fan of Gang Gang Dance.
Listen to "MindKilla" by Gang Gang Dance from the new album Eye Contact...
Lonely Island returns with their second album, Turtleneck & Chain. Lonely Island is Andy Samberg and his pals Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, remember? They create all the digital shorts for SNL. I really only watch SNL these days for weekend update and the digital shorts. And for Kristen Wiig. But I am really sad that for some reason the Target Lady sketch went away. It was one of my favorites. I seriously hope that it will return every week. I might get my wish when Justin Timberlake returns next week since the last time they did the Target lady sketch was with him. That probably will not happen. Target must have gotten mad at them or something. But I am sure we will see another digital short! Even if you have not watched SNL in a while I am sure that you have seen some of the digital shorts. Lonely Island put out a compilation a couple of years ago of the songs from the digital shorts. You can read my blog about it right here. I love these guys. You probably do too. Lonely Island stopped by Amoeba Berkeley for Record Store Day. You can check out their What's In My Bag video right here.
In case you missed it...here is the video for "Motherlover" by Lonely Island from the new album Turtleneck & Chain...
Morrissey has just released another compilation, The Very Best of Morrissey. The tracks have been handpicked by Morrissey. And the album purchase is really worth it alone for the album cover. This new import compilation CD also comes with a DVD of videos. You might already own a bunch of compilations of Morrissey. You might already own some Morrissey DVDs. But as a Morrissey fan, you need this new compilation. I have actually never seen some of these videos on this compilation. "My Love Life" is one of my favorite Morrissey Songs but I think this is first time I have ever seen the video. "Glamourous Glue" has also just been reissued on 7" and CD single. I can never really listen to enough Morrissey and The Smiths. I know there are those of you out there that only love The Smiths but after listening to this compilation you just can't deny the greatness of solo Morrissey. These were the songs of my late teens and 20's and 30's! I am still patiently awaiting a Morrissey and Smiths box set but this works for me while I am waiting. It is nice to have all these songs together on one CD and even nicer to have all these videos together. The videos for "Suedehead," "Tomorrow," "Interesting Drug," & "November Spawned a Monster" are just as amazing as you remember. The compilation is also available on vinyl. Here is the track listing for the songs on this new compilation...
1 The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
2 You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
3 The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
4 Glamorous Glue
5 Girl Least Likely To
7 Tomorrow (US Mix)
9 My Love Life (US Single Version)
10 Break Up The Family
11 I've Changed My Plea To Guilty
12 Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference
13 Ouija Board Ouija Board
14 Interesting Drug
15 November Spawned A Monster
16 Everyday Is Like Sunday
17 Interlude (Morrissey Solo Version)
Here is the tracklisting for the DVD...
19 The Last Of The Famous International Playboys (remastered promo video) (DVD)
20 The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get (remastered promo video) (DVD)
21 Glamorous Glue (remastered promo video) (DVD)
22 Suedehead (remastered promo video) (DVD)
23 Tomorrow (remastered promo video) (DVD)
24 Boxers (remastered promo video) (DVD)
25 My Love Life (remastered promo video) (DVD)
26 I've Changed My Plea To Guilty (Taken From The Tonight With Jonathan Ross Show, December 1990) (DVD)
27 Interesting Drug (remastered promo video) (DVD)
28 November Spawned A Monster (remastered promo video) (DVD)
29 Everyday Is Like Sunday (remastered promo video) (DVD)
30 Sunny (remastered promo video) (DVD)
check out the video for "Interesting Drug"...
also out 5/3...
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by The Beastie Boys
Det Vackra Livet by Det Vackra Livet
Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
Sketches From the Book of the Dead by Mick Harvey
In Your Dreams by Stevie Nicks
also out 5/10...
Burst Apart by The Antlers
Only Theatre of Pain: 25th Anniversary Edition by Christian Death
Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance
Ascension by Jesu
Road From Memphis by Booker T. Jones
Turtleneck & Chain by Lonely Island
Very Best of Morrissey by Morrissey
Undeveloped by Ohgr
I Am Very Far by Okkervil River
Moonlight Butterfly by The Sea & Cake
Double Cross by Sloan
Smother by Wild Beasts
Escape Velocity by Zombi