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out this week 5/15 & 5/22...violens...craft spells...gossip...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 25, 2012 05:53pm | Post a Comment
gossipIt is hard to believe that it has been almost 3 years since the last Gossip album. Music For Men came out in the UK in July of 2009. It eventually came out domestic a couple of months later. I I talked a bit about that release already. So you can read about it here if you want. It really is not fair to make us wait that long for a new album. Music For Men was one of those albums that I think I listened to all summer and fall that year. It really takes me right back to that year when I think about it. I have been watching the career of Beth Ditto and the Gossip for so many years now. It has been really fun to watch their journey. And I have seriously been on that journey with them. The new album is called A Joyful Noise. And this has nothing do do with the latest movie of the same name starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. But "a joyful noise" is sort of the perfect description for the sound of the Gossip. Beth Ditto has one of those ridiculously amazing voices. So it really doesn't even matter what is going with the music behind it. I would listen no matter what. But of course it does matter with the Gossip. Back in their more punk days their music was still incredibly catchy and dancey. They have just embraced the dance and electro sound more and more as the years have gone by. They also now have a more polished and produced sound. But there ain't nothing wrong with that. This new album could seriously be a Donna Summer or Pointer Sisters album. It also makes me think of the Flashdance soundtrack. It is incredibly fun. I think I still will always love Standing In the Way of Control and Music For Men the most. But this album is growing on me more every day. And it might just become my album of the summer of 2012. 

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out this week 5/1 & 5/8...My Bloody Valentine...Isn't Anything...Loveless...EP reissues...Aphex Twin....

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 11, 2012 06:25pm | Post a Comment
my bloody valentineMy favorite time period for music will always be the late 80s and early 90s. This was the era in which my high school and college years took place. I know I am not alone in loving this period of music. And I know that most people are sentimental about their high school and college years. These are the years when you really start making up your own mind about what you like. When you start buying your own music and making up your own mind about what albums to listen to and what shows to go see. I was of course very influenced by my friends during this period. But I also made my own informed decisions about what music that I wanted to listen to. I wasn't going to get obsessed with just what was on the radio and MTV. That is what I did throughout most of the 80s. I was searching for stuff that was different. Stuff that made me feel different. Or stuff that somehow made me feel normal. I got really into both shoegaze and dance music in the 90s. And two of the bands that I got most obsessed with both have reissues out in the last couple of weeks. Both My Bloody Valentine and Aphex Twin became a big part of my 90s and have had a huge influence on my life then and now. They are two of those bands that I can't really imagine my life without.

aphex twinSelected Ambient Works Vol. II by Aphex Twin has finally gotten officially reissued on LP this week. Moby Ambient was probably the first album that got me obsessed with ambient music. It came out in 1993. Selected Ambient Works Vol. II came out in 1994. Two years after Selected Ambient Works 85-92. I got into both these albums eventually. But it was really Vol. II that got me obsessed with Aphex Twin. I am not really sure that I could have handled these albums in high school. But I was full on ready for them in my early 20s. I really couldn't even believe that music like this existed. I remember being so excited at the time to hear these albums for the first time. They really did change my life. They sort of became my thinking music. I spent aphex twincountless hours listening to them on my headphones or listening to them before I went to sleep. Every time I listen to these early Aphex Twin recordings they take me right back to that point in my life. I can't even really describe the feeling. But I cherish these albums. I seriously have some crazy obsession with them. They helped me through some tough emotional times. So I sort of feel grateful to them. Like I owe them something in return.  The label 1972 has just reissued Vol. II  as a gatefold triple LP. And I hope that Selected Ambient Works 85-92 will soon get an official reissue as well. It looks fantastic and sounds just as amazing as it did the first time I listened to it. I only ever had this album on CD. So it was exciting to hear it on vinyl for the first time. This album is tragic and heartbreaking and beautiful and dreamy all at the same time. I can't get enough of it. Aphex Twin went into some different directions throughout the rest of the 90s. Some of it I liked and some of it I did not like. But these albums will always be close to my heart and near the top of my list of my favorite albums of all time.

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out this week 4/10 & 4/17 & 4/24...grouper...mirrorring...unison...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 4, 2012 05:05pm | Post a Comment
grouperI became a fan of Grouper a couple of years ago when I first heard Dragging A Dead Dear Up A Hill. That was Grouper's album from 2008. Grouper is Liz Harris. And Liz Harris is amazing. Her music is not for everyone. You really need to turn these albums up and probably be by yourself when you listen to them. This is not music really meant for the radio. And you for sure will not be hearing this in any bar or club. Grouper will not be playing over the speakers at your gym.  She will most likely be playing in your house while you sit in the middle of your room crying. Or maybe just contemplating life. I live for albums like these. Luckily there are not that many people out there like Grouper. As much as I love these albums. I just could probably not take too many of them at a time. Grouper has released a couple of things over the last couple of years. She released two albums last year titled Dream Loss and Alien Observer. These were released only on LP. But they are now available together on one CD titled A I A. This is brought to us by the fantastic label Kranky. They also released another album called Mirrorring that came out a couple of months ago. More on that later.

A friend told me about Grouper a couple of years ago. I think I was hooked on Grouper before I even mirrorringlistened to the album. That cover of Dragging A Dead Dear Up A Hill is something else. I really could not stop staring at it. I had not really paid much attention to her in the last couple of years. But I am once again hooked on Grouper. The album took me a couple of listens to get into it. I listened to it as background music a couple of times. But then all of a sudden I just got super into it. The songs are haunting and super mellow. She falls somewhere between goth folk and ambient experimental. It is some beautiful stuff. It really just makes be happy to have albums like this in my life. They sort of mellow me out. It balances out all the other stuff I listen to. It grounds me somehow. 

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out this week 3/20 & 3/27 & 4/3...The Shins...Tanlines...Madonna...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 6, 2012 05:02pm | Post a Comment
suede pulp '90sI am always very nostalgic about music from the decades past. But I have been even more nostalgic than normal the last couple of months. I really dove head first back into the '90s. I feel like I was obsessed with the '80s for most of my time during the '90s. I did obviously live through the '90s but I have really been appreciating it so much more this last couple of months. I have been dissecting the '90s down to all of its genres and making mix CDs for '90s indie, britpop & shoegaze, freestyle,r&b, hip hop and dance music. It has been a ton of fun and I will be soon posting some of my favorites of the '90s on the blog soon I hope. But it has really also got my thinking of the year we are currently living in. Because there really is still a ton of amazing music coming out this year. You might think that every band name and every type of song has already been written. But this really is not the case. I suppose there will be some day when I stop liking new music. But at this point in my life I am both obsessed with the bands from the last 30 years but also super excited about what lies around the corner. I am still amazed every week when I fall in love with some new song or some new band. I am so happy that I lived through the '80s and '90s. But I am really so happy to be living in this moment of time as well!

The Shins are finally back with a new album for us to enjoy. This band has been around now for over 15James Mercer years. This is their fourth album. And what a fantastic album it is. It has been five years since their last album, Wincing The Night Away. I was a bit worried since this is their first album after leaving Sub Pop. James Mercer is still of course the voice behind The Shins. But the band has a whole new set of members other than James. That James Mercer has one of those amazing voices that can just do no wrong. I was never really obsessed with this band. But I did always like them. A certain ex-boyfriend of mine was obsessed. And it did wear off on me a bit. That tends to happen. I was starting to get really excited for this album. And now I can't get enough of it. It is the perfect album to put us all in the mood for summer. My favorite tracks on the new album are "No Way Down" and "40 Mark Strasse." Those are the songs that keep making me come back for more.

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New Silversun Pickups album out 5/8...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 24, 2012 01:29pm | Post a Comment
The new album by Silversun Pickups will finally be released on 5/8/2012! It feels like forever since their last album Swoon was released in 2009. I fell in love hard for that album. This is one of the most anticipated albums of the year for me. I can't wait!

Pre-order your copy of the new CD or LP
Neck of the Woods now on Amoeba.com!

Check out the video for "The Royal We" by Silversun Pickups from their last album Swoon...




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Neck of the Woods LP
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