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

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 26, 2011 04:41pm | Post a Comment
In 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 Slave 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 8/23 is the third album from Brazil's CSS. Their last album was Donkey from 2008. They have left Sub Pop, the label of their first two albums. The new album is called La Liberacion. It is officially my current favorite summer album. This band is so fun that I sometimes just can't handle it. Try and imagine a less dark and less gothy Ladytron. It still has the dance and electronic elements. But replace the dark with fun. They have more in common with Justice than a band like Fever Ray. A Brazilian version of The Donnas. It also reminds of the album by Ladyhawke from a couple of years ago. If you already love CSS than you know what to expect from this band. If you are not a fan of CSS than you should probably stay away from this album.

There is also a new collection out this week from Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. A new collection from Patti Smith. Another solo album from Stephen Malkmus. And an amazing album from Active Child. The album is called You Are All I See. The singer has one of those voices like Antony Hagerty or Jonsi from Sigur Ros. He is the modern day version of Jimmy Sommervile from Bronski Beat. I keep wanting to watch that movie Orlando every time I listen to this Active Child album. Jimmy Sommervile is featured in some of the music and appears as an angel in Orlando in case you forgot. I really was obsessed with that movie when it first came out. Tilda Swinton is amazing. Please watch this movie if you have never seen it before. You will suddenly realize why people are obsessed with Tilda Swinton. I have been listening to this Active Child album on repeat for a couple of days now. 

And that is not all that is out this week. The Hits are For Squares LP only record store day release by Sonic Youth is now out on CD. New 12" from Radiohead. I believe this is the 4th in their 12" series. New DVD from Mark Kozelek. I have not had a chance to pick this up yet. But I imagine it is fantastic. Mark Kozelek live is a magical thing. There are also four new 12"s from Bjork out this week. These are super limited. The new Bjork album is out 9/27. And we just got the newest of the Flaming Lips 12"s. This one is a split with Lightning Bolt. There is also a new Game album out this week. The Deluxe Edition of the new Jay-Z & Kanye West album Watch The Throne is also out this week.

the muppetsNew Muppets album this week! Yes you heard me right. This is a music inspired by kind of album. It is called The Muppets: The Green Album. These songs will not actually be in the new movie. It is sort of like that music inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas album. This new album features Muppet songs covered by Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Weezer, and OK Go. The new Muppets Movie is out November 23rd! I have been a fan of The Muppets since I can remember liking anything. I would watch the Muppet Show every week. And was always obessed with the Muppet movies. The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets From Space have both been just released on Blu-ray. The original Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and the Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) are quite simply three of the best childrens movies of all time. But The Muppets were always for adults as well. When I was a kid I had no idea who Joan Rivers, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Bob Hope, Diana Rigg, Charles Grodin, James Coco were until I first saw them in The Muppets. Allthe muppets these stars and many more turned up in the TV show and in these three first movies. I still think these movies are hilarious. I am not always happy when one of my favorite movies or cartoons from my childhood is made into a huge blockbuster movie. Sometimes it does not work out. In the case of Transformers, The Smurfs and G.I Joe it did not really work out so well. Not that the movies don't do well. But the original fans are usually not satisfied. I was a big fan of the Star Trek reboot. And I also really liked Tron: Legacy. Although I am sure many would disagree with me there. And I think we all can agree that the new Batman movies are amazing and they satisfy the new and old fans.

the muppets 2011

I have high hopes for this new Muppet movie. It is not a remake. It is just a new Muppet story. I am hoping it appeals to fans of the old movies like me. And also a whole new generation of kids that can appreciate the magic of puppets. The new movie stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Zach Galifianakis, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, Danny Trejo, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin & Ricky Gervais. I don't see how you can go wrong with that cast and The Muppets. I could deal without Katy Perry and Selena Gomez being in this movie. But you have to appeal to the kids somehow. I am just happy that Tim Allen, Jeremy Piven or Kevin James did not somehow sneak into the cast. I might not be able to see it if that was the case. I am excited. I seriously can't wait. 

There are also a ton of albums coming out over the next couple of weeks. Almost too many to handle. Here is a breakdown of what I am looking forward to....

out 8/29...

next weeks 8/30 street date is moving to Monday 8/29.
You can preorder these new releases out next week now on

Rip Tide
by Beirut on CD and LP
I'm With You by The Red Hot Chili Peppers on CD only for now
Badlands by Dirty Beaches on CD (LP is out 9/20)
Shangri-La by Yacht on CD and LP

also out next week are three Black Lips LP reissues from In the Red...
Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo, Good Bad Not Evil, & 200 Million Thousand.

also out 8/29 are albums by Lil Wayne, Hella, Balam Acab, Blood Orange
Blood Orange, Male Bonding, Jacuzzi Boys
, and John Doe. The Deluxe Edition of the new Tame Impala is also out next week. This new Blood Orange album is amazing. This is Devonte Hynes from Lightspeed Champion. Blood Orange is his new project. The new album is called Coastal Grooves and is out on Domino. I was a big fan of Lightspeed Champion but this Blood Orange album is amazing. Devonte is just a fantastic songwriter. He can do no wrong. And this new album is another beautiful album of little pop songs. Another great summer album.

The Coen Brothers Collection is out on Blu-ray on 8/30. This box set includes four of the best films of the last couple of decades. Fargo, Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing and Raising Arizona!

out 9/6...

Wu Lyf
The Rapture
Lindsey Buckingham
Grace Jones

out 9/13...

The Drums

Neon Indian
Blitzen Trapper
The Kooks
The Mates of State
St. Vincent
Wild Flag
Toro Y Moi
Slow Club
Human League
Wooden Shjips.

The Conan O'Brien Can't Stop tour movie is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week as well. This week is one amazing street date. New albums by The Girls and The Drums would be enough to get me through the end of the year. But these St. Vincent and Wild Flag albums are also going to be amazing. At least that is what I am hoping them to be.

out 9/16 (Special FRIDAY street date)...

Star Wars: The Complete Saga
and The Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy are all out on Blu-ray!

out 9/20...

Jens Lekman
Tori Amos
Steve Reich
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

out 9/27...

teen daze

DJ Shadow
Blink 182
Seth McFarlane
Dum Dum Girls
Blink 182
Jane's Addiction
Gem Club
Teen Daze
Big Troubles
Twin Sister
2CD deluxe edition of Nevermind by Nirvana

pink floyd immersion

The soundtrack to go along with the new Conan O'Brien movie is also out this week.
Pink Floyd
albums are all remastered and reissued on 9/27. Deluxe Editions of Dark Side of the Moon and some crazy box sets of all the albums.

out 10/4...



out 10/11...

Still Corners

Joe Jonas

out 10/18...


out 10/25...

Nirvana Nevermind

Surfer Blood
Tom Waits
Super Deluxe version of Nevermind by Nirvana

out 11/17...

Florence & the Machine

And in case you are a fan of American Idol. Last seasons winner Scotty McCreery has his album out on 10/4. And the runner up Lauren Alaina has her album out the following week on 10/11. And season one winner Kelly Clarkson has her new album out 10/25.

the smiths box set

New box set by The Smiths out in October!

also out 8/16...

Blue Songs
by Hercules & Love Affair

Her Space Holiday
by Her Space Holiday

Out Of Love
by Mister Heavenly

by Tame Impala

by Maria Taylor

Slave Ambient
by War On Drugs

also out 8/23...

You Are All I See
by Active Child

La Liberacion
by CSS

Mirror Traffic
by Stephen Malkmus

by Stephin Merritt

Outside Society
by Patti Smith

Hits Are For Squares
by Sonic Youth

Ancient Roman
s by Sun Araw

The Muppets: The Green Album

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