It’s June! That means Summer is here (it isn’t, but who cares). Which means it’s time to pretend you don’t actually still have to work and have responsibilities and all of that and just spend all your money on records and all your time listening to them. It’s as good a time as any to do so, as there are a number of big releases coming down the pipe this month.
First of all, there’s the new album from A Place to Bury Strangers, Worship, out June 26th. I’ve been a huge fan of these guys since frontman Oliver Ackermann formed Skywave in the early 2000s and have enjoyed their progression from an industrial-shoegaze band to augmenting their sound with elements of coldwave while retaining their core sound. There’s basically no better band from which to get your extra loud dream-pop guitar fix than APTBS. Check out the video for the album’s first single, “You Are the One.”
There’s a lot of buzz around Diiv (formerly Dive), who release their debut, Oshin, also on June 26th, and why shouldn’t there be, as the band is fronted by Z. Cole Smith, who also is a member of Beach Fossils, who to me are easily one of the best guitar bands around. Similarly to BF, Diiv delivers intricate yet poolside-ready guitar goodness but also lacquers on some Creation Records era sound blankets. Just listen to “How Long Have You Known?” and tell me you’re not hungry for more.
Amoeba is silk screening the winning designs of its Record Store Day T-Shirt Contest, and at 1 p.m. Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning will begin DJing (see a full list of the day's events here). Though some releases have already sold out, a number of high-profile releases were still up for grabs as of 11:15 a.m. (including the much-touted new release from The Flaming Lips, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, featuring Bon Iver, Ke$ha and a whole lot more folks in between). There's still time to come in and grab any number of Record Store Day releases. Come in, hang out, buy some records, get a gift bag, get an exclusive T-Shirt, and hang out and listen to DJs spin. (Click here for a full list of releases; check out my picks here.) And if you can't make it out, follow Amoeba on Twitter for ticket giveaways, and check Amoeba.com tomorrow when leftover Record Store Releases will be put up for sale — can't guarantee you'll get what you want, since these things are going, going fast today.