8/28 new releases...the liars...jamie t....

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 27, 2007 10:30pm | Post a Comment
The Liars have a new album for us this week. With their fourth album they decided to go for that basic s/t title of "Liars." This band has sort of been all over the place with the four albums in their history. They started on the label Gern Blandsten with "They Threw Us All In a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top. This was way back in 2001. And although they were not originally from New York, they were stuck into that whole new New York Indie post-rock dance-punk kind of sound. Along with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Liars were sort of an exciting change to how boring indie rock had become. They combined experimental techniques with a sort of more traditional indie rock style. It was exciting. Over the past 6 or so years they have put out another 2 albums on Mute and now another one. And they have managed to stay interesting and exciting. It was probably better for them to not become as quickly popular as Franz Ferdinand or the Arctic Monkeys. But I guess they have always been a bit too weird to get that popular. They have sort of slowly managed to get critical acclaim and hold on to their more loyal fans while getting a few more with each album.

This new album can easily be mistaken for some early Jesus & Mary Chain or Spiritualized. The band is made up of Angus Andrew on guitar and vocals, Aaron Hemphill on percussion, guitar and synth, and Julian Gross on drums. Angus is from Australia. The other two are from the U.S. They really do sort of capture that amazing Jesus & Mary Chain sound. But they don't come off as an imitation. It sounds like something new and exciting while reminding you why you fell in love with bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain.

Nothing could make me happier than to see the name Gareth Jones on the liner notes (the album is mixed by Gareth). He has produced many of my favorites for Mute and I can't really imagine my musical history without him. He helped create Construction Time Again, Some Great Reward, and Black Celebration by Depeche Mode. I have been watching all those amazing DVD documentaries that come with the deluxe Depeche Mode reissues. They actually created a little mini hour long documentary for each album. Gareth is interviewed for most of the discs. It is really awesome to hear what Gareth, and the others involved with the Depeche Mode albums, have to say about the productions of those albums. He also produced albums for Erasure, Wire, Fad Gadget, Diamanda Galas, Nick Cave, John Foxx, Tuxedo Moon, Einsturzende Neubauten, Clinic, and Interpol. Not to say that this Liars album sounds like any of th0se albums. It stands on its own and could easily be one of the best of the year.

Also out today is the debut album from Jamie T. "Panic Prevention" came out in January in the U.K. But it is seeing its domestic release this week. The domestic version features 2 extra tracks, "Northern Line" and "Rawhide" featuring Lily Allen. He has been all over the British press for a couple of years now and has been nominated for all kinds of awards. He is sort of the male version of Lily Allen. The songs are sort of similar and ithas the same fun feel of the Lily Allen album. The album is consistently good and fun throughout the whole album. He is sort of a more fun version of The Streets. Maybe not as serious but just as entertaining.

Jamie Treays is 21 years old and is from Wimbledon, London. His album along with New Young Pony club, which is also out this week, is nominated for the Mercury Prize. And it just might win. The winner is picked September 4th. This album is seriously some great fun. There are some really great songs on here. With so much hype surrounding the album, I am sure that many people will not even want to give it a chance. But with mostly british hype, it is also very easy for many people to never have even heard of him. But he really deserves the hype. You have to sort of be ready for what the album can offer you. This album does not do for me what the Liars album will do. Sort of the exact opposite. But this does not make it any less important  or brilliant. I had sort of worn out my Lily Allen album. So it was time for someone like Jamie T to come into my life. He might be on tour near you. So you should go see him. He is playing in New York September 13th, and in Los Angeles on the 26th. I will be seeing him at Slim's on the 25th.

also out today...

"We Are Him" by Angels of Light

"Fantastic Playroom" by New Young Pony Club

"Weirdo Rippers" by No Age

"Prinzhorn Dance School" by Prinzhorn Dance School

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