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out this week, 8/29 & 9/6: Beirut...Blood Orange...Doug Benson...Jacuzzi Boys...The Rapture...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 22, 2011 06:44pm | Post a Comment
zach condon beirutHello friends! Sorry it has been so long since I have updated you with all the big new releases that have been coming out these last couple of weeks. It has been an intense couple of weeks of new albums! Almost too much for me to handle. I just don't know what to listen to. Which albums do I devote my time to when there are so many to choose from. It is hard to believe. But September is almost over. Summer is pretty much over. The kids are back in school. And Halloween and Christmas are right around the corner. But before we get into holiday craziness, we still have some time to enjoy these amazing albums that have been coming out in August and September.

Beirut
has finally put out a new album! Zachary beirut Condon, the genius behind Beirut, has been putting out amazing albums since Gulag Orkestar in 2006. This was followed by The Flying Club Cup which ended up somewhere on my best of the year list in 2007. He released March of the Zapotec in 2009. But this new album Rip Tide is really the third official full album by Beirut. I always looks forward to anything this guy puts out. The albums always sound like there are 20 people are playing on them. It has the depth of a Arcade Fire album but not as frenetic. His albums are more laid back. Perfect summer albums. I can imagine laying out by the pool with my fancy cocktail listening to this new album. If I did that sort of thing. This is not the kind of album I listen to while driving. Although I imagine it would be nice if you were all alone on some country road driving on some beautiful windy road. It is really never too late to fall in love with Beirut. This is some beautiful stuff. Great album to fall in or out of love to. But you will most certainly fall in love with the voice of Zach Condon! Beautiful stuff.

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out this week, 8/16 & 8/23: the war on drugs...css...active child...the muppets...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 26, 2011 04:41pm | Post a Comment
war on drugsIn case you have not noticed, we are currently in the middle of Summer. It was like a billion degrees yesterday and it is a billion degrees today. I do love LA weather but I do also love complaining about the Summer. I love our mild Winters down here. And I do absolutely love the summer nights in Los Angeles. But I could do without the crazy hot summer days. I do know that as a planet we need the sun. So I have come to learn to love it over the years. But the goth in me still usually shields myself from the sun. More importantly I love all the things associated with Summer. I love the big summer blockbusters in the movie theater. I love the months of October through January and all the holidays associated with those months. And I love all these summer and fall albums coming out. August through November is an amazing time for music releases. All the labels are rushing to get albums out before the holidays. Just like the movie studios are rushing to get their best movies out at the end of the year for the Oscars. I guess it always depends on what you are into musically. But for me, there is a ton of my favorite bands putting out new albums in these next couple of months.

Secretly Canadian has just released the new album by The War on Drugs last week. It is called Hercules & Love AffairSlave Ambient. I am still working my way around this album. There is no denying it is a great album. But I just have not had been able to give it the time that it deserves. This is the former band of the amazing Kurt Vile. But they are most certainly still a band without him. I am still not done with his most recent album Smoke Ring For My Halo. It is one of my favorites from the first half of the year. I will warn you. The album is a downer. But sometimes you need that kind of album to get your through the day. The new Tame Impala album Innerspeaker was also finally released domestically on CD and LP last week. There is also a 2CD Collector's Edition coming out next week on the 29th. This will be the first time that this deluxe edition is available. The most recent album by Hercules & Love Affair was also released domestically last week. It is called Blue Songs. Their first self titled album featured vocals by Antony Hegarty. It is probably what helped to make the album as popular as it was. It ended up being my favorite album of 2008. But you should not be worried that Antony is not featured on this new album. The album is just as good as their first album. Plenty of electro jams to help get you through the end of Summer. I really love these guys and so should you. Maria Taylor has also just released a new album. You may know and love Maria Taylor from the band Azure Ray. This is her fourth official solo album. 

out this week, 8/2 & 8/9: Tig Notaro...the next great female comic...

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 18, 2011 12:15pm | Post a Comment
joan riversI have been a huge fan of strong female comedians since I can remember. My first memory is probably of Joan Rivers on the Muppet Show or in The Muppets Take Manhattan. If you have not yet seen her recent documentary A Piece of Work, you must do so right now. Amazing stuff.

I can't remember a time when I didn't love Bea Arthur. I was too young to watch Maude, but I was instantly in love with The Golden Girls. I think I honestly just wanted them all to be my grandmothers. How awesome would it be to go to Miami for the weekend to stay with Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia. I am sure this was not every kids dream. But it was mine. I didn't have some Harold and Maude type fantasy. I was gay after all. But I just wanted to hang out. Talk about current events. Make fun of celebrities or people in general. I loved that sarcastic and humorous outlook on life. And The Golden Girls might have been the first show that I remember to feature gay characters. There were other shows of course. But not many. golden girls Dorothy's old friend visits and turns out to be lesbian and falls in love with Rose. Blanche's brother visits and comes out to her in his golden years. And of course the very first episode features a gay housekeeper. My favorite character was of course Dorothy, played by the amazing Bea Arthur. If there is one celebrity I could go back in time to hang out with or have dinner with, It would probably be Bea Arthur. She was hilarious and sarcastic. But also brutally honest and warm and sincere. She loved her friends and her family more than anything. But she understood a good joke and could never be mad at anyone for too long. She was sort of my role model. And she also got me in love with the female comic. Gay guys have always flocked to the female comic. There just are not that many out gay male comedians. At least there weren't in the '80s and '90s. So these comics were all we had to relate too. And honestly, they were a whole lot better than any of the gay male comics that I had seen or heard about. Female comics were sort of outsiders just like the gays.  Bea Arthur probably opened the doors for a lot of these women. At least the TV comic. There would probably be no Roseanne without Bea Arthur. I seriously can't imagine my life with either one of them.

out this week 7/19 & 7/26...pictureplane...prurient...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 28, 2011 11:10am | Post a Comment
picutreplane thee physicalI became obsessed with Pictureplane about two years ago. I had not planned on it. It just sort of happened. His lastt album, Dark Rift, came out in August of 2009. I didn't really know what to expect. But I loved the album. It was not the kind of album that everyone would love. This guy will never be extremely popular. But he obviously loves what he is doing. And so do I. Pictureplane is Travis Egedy. He mixes up the styles of 90s dance music into his own unique sound. Imagine Radiohead ministry with sympathymixed up with Taylor Dayne. The Girls mixed up with some Atari Teenage Riot. It is that good. Or that bad. Just depends on the listener. I just sort of figured that he wouldn't be making a second album. But I knew I would always have his first and possibly only album to go back to. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn of his new album. Lovepump United has just released Thee Physical. They also put out his last album. The artwork is simple and perfect. It could easily be the cover of a Soft Cell 12". It also reminds me of the great Ministry album With Sympathy.

pictureplane                                                                                                       I didn't think that I could actually like this new album as much as I did that last album. Another one of my favorites from a couple of years ago was the debut album from The Teenagers. I am still waiting on that second album. It has been way too long. But I sort of doubt that it can really be as fantastic as that first album. I do love the new album by Pictureplane. The new album might even be a little more accessible than the last album.. It is still weird and all mixed up. But the songs seem to flow a little better. I am posting the video for "Post Physical" below. This is one of the best tracks on the album. Another one of my favorite songs on the album is "Trancegender." The song features vocals by the great Zola Jesus. If you have not already checked out the amazing albums of Zola Jesus. I suggest that you do so now. These are the kind of records I love for the summer months. They are still dark and weird. But they are also fun and dancey. This is pop music. Just not your normal pop music. I am very happy to have Pictureplane back in my life. This album is helping me get through the summer.

out this week 7/5 & 7/12...memory tapes...sons & daughters...washed out...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 14, 2011 02:08pm | Post a Comment
memory tapesI first heard Seek Magic by Memory Tapes at the end of 2009. I was immediately hooked. I suddenly couldn't imagine how I had lived my life without Memory Tapes. The album was that good. At least I thought so. Combining all my favorite elements of dream pop and shoegaze and electronica. This guy knew the way to my heart. Memory Tapes created some amazingly catchy pop songs for this album. He captured an early 90s sound but somehow made it refreshing and like nothing I had ever heard. I was in love with Memory Tapes. All you need to do is listen to the song "Bicycle." You will immediately fall in love with this song. There seriously must be something wrong with you if you don't like this song. Memory Tapes is Dayve Hawke of New Jersey. He had also released music as Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes. He decided to combine the two into Memory Tapes. His new album is called Player Piano. The second album is always risky undertaking. Especially when you really like the first album. When that first album plays a big part of your life and is listened to over and over again. It is sort of scary to first check out that second album. I worry that I will not like it. I really want to like it. I respect the artist and want to like where they are going with the second album. But it doesn't always work out. Sometimes you are just never going to have that same experience with a second album. The new Memory Tapes album does not disappoint. Another one of my favorites from the last couple of years is Washed Out. I really loved that first album. But the jury is still out on the new album released this week. I like it. But not sure if I am ready to fall in love. But I am not giving up on it yet. I fell in love with the new Memory Tapes album immediately. This new is worth your valuable time. 

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