out this week 2/7 & 2/14...A Place To Bury Strangers...The Twilight Sad...Black Marble...

Posted by Brad Schelden, February 16, 2012 11:00am | Post a Comment
I fell in love with the first A Place To Bury Strangers album back in 2007. It just seemed to come out of nowhere and hit me over the head. It ended up in the #1 spot in my top 50 that year. And it has remained one of my favorites over the last couple of years. They put out their second album in 2009 and I have been patiently waiting for the next album from them. I didn't think we would have to wait until 2012! But at least they have thankfully given us a new EP this last week. Onwards To The Wall is out now on CD and LP. This band blows me away every time I listen to them. I always forget just how much I love them until I listen to them again. It is like falling in love all over again. This EP of five songs was worth the wait. And it has got me very excited for the new album later in the year. You have to listen to A Place To Bury Strangers loud. There is no other way. It is never too late to become a fan of this band. They are made for fans of the louder side of shoegaze. Fans of The Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. I love listening to these guys in my car. But it usually has to be dark out and preferably cold out. This is the perfect time of year for A Place To Bury Strangers. But there really is no bad time for A Place To Bury Strangers.

The Twilight Sad have just released their amazing new album No One Can Ever Know. It is also available on CD and LP. I have been a casual fan of these guys over the last couple of years. But they never quite made it into my favorites list. But this album has really changed my stance on The Twilight Sad. It really is a fantastic album. I was hooked after the first listen and have quickly fallen in love. I will be going back and giving their older albums another listen. I may have missed something back then. Or maybe this new album is just more amazing than the last two. They put out their first album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters back in 2007. Forget The Night Ahead came out in 2009. There is no mistaking that this band is from Scotland. They is no hiding that accent on these records. This album is just so good. I can't get over it. Another amazing winter album. This band are not too different from A Place To Bury Stangers. They explore many of the elements of shoegazing while maybe adding in some folk elements. Imagine My Bloody Valentine with some Leonard Cohen. I am a bit sad that it took me so long to become a fan of these guys. But I seriously had tried before. This new album is just so good. There was no way that I was not going to love it.

Another one of my recent favorites is Black Marble. They have just released Weight Against The Door. The new EP is available on LP only. The brilliantly fantastic label Hardly Art has released it. Hardly Art has turned into an amazing little label over the last couple of years. They really can do no wrong. Black Marble is dark cold wave styled synth music. I was going to like this band whether I wanted to or not. I had no choice. I can't wait to see what this band has next to offer. Hopefully a full length album will be out at some point this year. I really do love when bands put out their debut EPs. It is like a little teaser of what is to come. When you get obsessed with a new band you just really want to own something by them. And I really do love that most indie labels have been giving download codes with their vinyl. You can now own the album on vinyl and also get your digital download. I do love vinyl. But I can't listen to it in my car. It is just not portable. This new EP by Black Marble does come with a digital download. Black Marble have been playing some shows with Trust. Another one of my recent favorites. I am counting down the days until the new Trust album comes out. We currently have 12 days to wait until Trst is released on February 28th. February is turning out to be a great month for music. At least for me it is. The new album by Grimes is out next week. This album is gonna be one of my favorites of the year. Visions is released on February 21st. The new Frankie Rose is also out on the 21st. And the new Memoryhouse and School Of Seven Bells albums are also out the 28th. Also new albums out later this month by Hunx, Sleigh Bells, Cursive, Field Music, and Perfume Genius. And new albums in March by Tanlines, Xiu Xiu, Nite Jewel, Andrew Bird, The Magnetic Fields, VCMG, The Shins, Thieves Like Us, & The Mars Volta. And new Alabama Shakes and Spiritualized in April!

out 2/7...

Le Voyage Dans La Lune
by Air

by Die Antwoord

Blues Funeral
by Mark Lanegan

Six Cups of Rebel
by Lindstrom

Onwards To The Wall
by A Place To Bury Strangers

No One Can Ever Know
by The Twilight Sad

Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons
by The Unthanks

by Sharon Van Etten

out 2/14...

Weight Against the Door
by Black Marble

Patience (After Sebald)
by The Caretaker

The Russian Wilds
by Howlin Rain

A Sleep & A Forgetting
by Islands

Underrated Silence
by Ulrich Schnauss

Animal Joy
by Shearwater

Young & Old
by Tennis

Voguing & The House Ballroom Scene In New York City 1976-1996

We Will Always Be
by Windy & Carl 

by Young Magic

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