The 90s...the best albums of 1990...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 6, 2012 10:29am | Post a Comment

best of the 90sI have been thinking about the early '90s a lot lately. I graduated from high school in 1992, and that was 20 years ago! So I have been all sorts of nostalgic this last year about my formative music years. I was born in the '70s. But I really grew up in the new wave '80s. 1984 - 1986 were really the years that I first remember getting obsessed with music. These are the early years of MTV and the years I fell in love with new wave and all things British. The B-52's and Berlin were probably the only bands that I loved that actually came from the United States. Most of my favorite bands and albums throughout the '80s and '90s came from England.

My favorite bands in 1984 are pretty much my favorite bands today. I can't imagine my life without New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Smiths, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, Talk TalkBauhaus. These bands have been a huge part of my life. My British obsession would only get bigger over the years. I got deep into shoegaze and dream pop in the early '90s. Which then led me into Britpop and British dance music in the mid '90s.

I have been obsessively making lists and CD compilations of each year of the '80s and '90s. I have made a playlist for each year and a list of my 10 favorite albums from each year. I will slowly be sharing these with you over the next couple of months. I am going to start with the early '90s since these are the years that have been on my mind the most lately.

I got my musical start in the '80s. But it was really the early '90s when I started to get obsessed with actual bands and albums. I feel like that period in your late teens is the most important time for your musical development. That period when you are 15-20 years old. It was not just watching music videos and listening to songs on the radio anymore. This is the period when I first got a job and starting buying records! These were the albums that I went out and bought for myself.

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Dreamy Shoegaze reissue from your new old favorite band Dreamscape...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 17, 2012 03:46pm | Post a Comment
I always hope that there will be another reissue of some sort of some band that I never even knew existed. I figure that there has to be at least a couple dozen bands of the dreampop or shoegaze era that I have never heard before. Some band that only put out a couple of limited 7"s and EPs . I know they are out there! I just rely on some label such as Captured Tracks, Darla or Slumberland to reissue them and bring them out of their obscurity. Kranky has gone and done it this time. The band is Dreamscape. A perfect name for what the music sounds and feels like. I will be honest and tell you that I had absolutely never heard of this band until this week. Kranky is putting out a collection from Dreamscape called La-Di-Da Recordings on both CD and LP. The previously had an EP on the label La-Di-Da. This collection comes out next Tuesday 8/21. And you can pre-order them now on

I really probably should have known who this band was. Two of its former members went on to be one of
my favorite bands of the era, Secret Shine. Dreamscape was around in the very early 90's and basically done being a band by the time I would have been into them. They are the perfect mix of all the best of shoegaze. A mix of The Cocteau Twins and Lush. Not as heavy as My Bloody Valentine. Not as amazing as Slowdive. But still a band that deserves your attention. Much more on the lighter and more ethereal side of shoegaze. This band obviously deserved much more recognition then they had at the time. I am glad to now have them in my life and I look forward to see what other barely known shoegaze bands might be out there. Thank you Kranky for bringing this album to us! Here is what Kranky has to say about the contents of this collection from Dreamscape...

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now in vinyl from death waltz recording co...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 8, 2012 12:28pm | Post a Comment
We just got copies of these awesome LP soundtrack reissues from Death Waltz Recording Co.!

The Soundtracks for Escape From New York, Zombi 2 & Let The Right One In have all been reissued with new artwork!

Death Waltz Recording Co. was founded by Spencer Hickman manager of Rough Trade East in London. They will concentrate on delivering high end collectors vinyl that will include extensive liner notes from composers and directors as well as brand new and exclusive artwork from a variety of fine artists.

these 3 LPs are all available now at amoeba and

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The first time this classic soundtrack to the notorious Lucio Fulci video nasty has ever been made available on vinyl to collectors. This soundtrack is one of the holy grails of Italian cinema with the maestro Fabio Frizzi delivering a dizzyingly brilliant soundtrack that can hold it’s own with anything released by John Carpenter or Goblin.Cover art by legendary UK poster artist Graham Humphreys who was responsible for the original cinema posters for the Evil Dead, Nightmare On Elm Street 1-5 and Return Of The Living Dead.
Exclusive sleeve notes from composer Fabio Frizzi, renowned Italian horror expert Stephen Thrower and artist Graham Humphreys.

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out this week 7/3 & 7/10...Holograms...The English Beat...Twin Shadow...Frank Ocean...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 13, 2012 06:35pm | Post a Comment

The new Frank Ocean CD Channel Orange was scheduled to be released next Tuesday on July 17th. But we are able to sell it a bit early and now have it out on the floor. So come pick it up at one or our stores! Or pick it up on The LP is still scheduled for 7/31. You can Pre-order it here. Frank Ocean is of course part of Odd Future. This is his first official release. Everyone is super excited about this album. And you should be too!

Listen to "Pyramids" from the new album Channel Orange by Frank Ocean...

The new Twin Shadow just came out this week. And I am a bit obsessed with it. I honestly was not really that into the first album. But maybe I just never gave it a chance. Maybe I just had higher hopes for this one since 4AD put it out.  Confess is out on CD and LP. It is catchy and highly addictive. You will like.

Check out the video for "Five Seconds" by Twin Shadow from the new album Confess. The actual song does not start until 1:39. But the video is awesome. You should watch it...

Captured Tracks has done it again. They really are unstoppable this year. They just released the new album by Diiv a couple of weeks ago. Which I can't get enough of. And now they have released the new album by Holograms this week. We are sold out of the colored vinyl of the new Diiv. But should be getting the more of the regular black vinyl any day now. The new Holograms is only out on CD right now. The black vinyl for Holograms comes out on 7/24. But we should be getting colored vinyl on this album any day now. Holograms is much rougher than what you might expect from Captured Tracks. This is more similar to Joy Division or Echo & The Bunnymen. The harder side of shoegaze! Punkgaze. Whatever you want to call it. Captured Tracks can really do no wrong.

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Pre-order Now!...Animal Collective...Cat Power...Jens Lekman...Out 9/4!

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 11, 2012 05:20pm | Post a Comment
I know that July has just barely begun and we still have the month of August ahead of us. But September will be here before we know it. And this September has some amazing albums coming out! I know that I am excited. New albums by XX, Grizzly Bear, Soft Pack, Dinosaur Jr., Calexico, Raveonettes, Killers & No Doubt are all out in September. And it all starts on September 4th with new albums from Animal Collective, Jens Lekman & Cat Power. Starting today you can now pre-order these new albums at Free Shipping in the U.S.!

Out 9/4/2012...
Pre-order Now!

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Animal Collective
Centipede Hz

Deluxe LP $30.98
LP $22.98
CD $13.98

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