out this week 5/1 & 5/8...My Bloody Valentine...Isn't Anything...Loveless...EP reissues...Aphex Twin....

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 11, 2012 06:25pm | Post a Comment
My favorite time period for music will always be the late 80s and early 90s. This was the era in which my high school and college years took place. I know I am not alone in loving this period of music. And I know that most people are sentimental about their high school and college years. These are the years when you really start making up your own mind about what you like. When you start buying your own music and making up your own mind about what albums to listen to and what shows to go see. I was of course very influenced by my friends during this period. But I also made my own informed decisions about what music that I wanted to listen to. I wasn't going to get obsessed with just what was on the radio and MTV. That is what I did throughout most of the 80s. I was searching for stuff that was different. Stuff that made me feel different. Or stuff that somehow made me feel normal. I got really into both shoegaze and dance music in the 90s. And two of the bands that I got most obsessed with both have reissues out in the last couple of weeks. Both My Bloody Valentine and Aphex Twin became a big part of my 90s and have had a huge influence on my life then and now. They are two of those bands that I can't really imagine my life without.

aphex twinSelected Ambient Works Vol. II by Aphex Twin has finally gotten officially reissued on LP this week. Moby Ambient was probably the first album that got me obsessed with ambient music. It came out in 1993. Selected Ambient Works Vol. II came out in 1994. Two years after Selected Ambient Works 85-92. I got into both these albums eventually. But it was really Vol. II that got me obsessed with Aphex Twin. I am not really sure that I could have handled these albums in high school. But I was full on ready for them in my early 20s. I really couldn't even believe that music like this existed. I remember being so excited at the time to hear these albums for the first time. They really did change my life. They sort of became my thinking music. I spent aphex twincountless hours listening to them on my headphones or listening to them before I went to sleep. Every time I listen to these early Aphex Twin recordings they take me right back to that point in my life. I can't even really describe the feeling. But I cherish these albums. I seriously have some crazy obsession with them. They helped me through some tough emotional times. So I sort of feel grateful to them. Like I owe them something in return.  The label 1972 has just reissued Vol. II  as a gatefold triple LP. And I hope that Selected Ambient Works 85-92 will soon get an official reissue as well. It looks fantastic and sounds just as amazing as it did the first time I listened to it. I only ever had this album on CD. So it was exciting to hear it on vinyl for the first time. This album is tragic and heartbreaking and beautiful and dreamy all at the same time. I can't get enough of it. Aphex Twin went into some different directions throughout the rest of the 90s. Some of it I liked and some of it I did not like. But these albums will always be close to my heart and near the top of my list of my favorite albums of all time.

my bloody valentineI wish I could remember the first time that I listened to My Bloody Valentine. But I just can't figure it out. I became a huge fan and quickly bought every CD of theirs that I could find. But I am really not sure when it happened! But I do know it didn't happen until the early 90s. Isn't Anything was released in 1988. And Loveless came out in 1991. And the EPs came out in between their only two albums. They will always be a 90s band to me. Even though most of their stuff was recorded in the late 80s. Loveless was for sure the first time I heard My Bloody Valentine. I was hooked right away. I know I my bloody valentinegot into This Mortal Coil by just picking up one of their albums at a record store. I was intrigued by the cover. It might have happened the same way with My Bloody Valentine. I was seriously just blown away by this band. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I always think of Isn't Anything as their second album since I heard it for the first time after I had already been obsessed with Loveless. I didn't get the chance to see them in the early 90s and I never thought I would. I was so happy to get the chance to see them a couple of years ago for their reunion tour. And with a new album on the way another tour is probably also on the way.

my bloody valentineThe two albums have both been finally remastered and reissued. The band does not have the best relationship with their American Label. So these reissues will most likely remain imports forever. But they are great to look at and sound better than you remember. They are well worth it. They are only reissued on CD at the moment. But the LP reissues are probably coming later in the year. But maye not. Loveless has been reissued as a 2CD. It includes a remaster from the original tape and a remaster from the original 1/2" analog tapes. The four EPs have also been remastered and finally put together on one CD. EP's 1988-1991 includes the EP's You Made Me Realise, Feed Me my bloody valentineWith Your Kiss, Glider and Tremolo. The new EP collection also includes some instrumental tracks and "Sugar", "Angel", and "Good for You." I really do love this band and it makes so happy to finally have these remastered versions in my collection. I seriously can't really tell the difference between the two versions of Loveless. One of them is slightly louder. Maybe I need to spend some more time with them. I have already spent so many hours of my life with these albums. But they never get old. They are just as good and relevant today. They have influenced a ton of bands over the years. And have had a huge impact on my life as well.

I have so many favorite My Bloody Valentine songs. But this is one of my favorites..."Drive It All Over Me" from the You Made Me Realise EP now included in the collection EP's 1988-1991...

And here is one of my favorite tracks from the Aphex Twin album Selected Ambient Works Vol. II. This is the first track on the album know as track #1 or Cliffs...

out 5/1...

by Allo Darlin'

by Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury

by Brian Jonestown Massacre

Fear Fun
by Father John Misty

Ghost In The Daylight
by Gravenhurst

Light Asylum
by Light Asylum

Born Villain
by Marilyn Manson

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EP's 1988-1991
by My Bloody Valentine

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Isn't Anything [Remastered]
by My Bloody Valentine

my bloody valentine

Loveless [Remastered 2CD]
by My Bloody Valentine

Master of My Make Believe
by Santigold

Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything
by The School

Out Of The Game
by Rufus Wainwright

Time's All Gone
by Nick Waterhouse

out 5/8...

Dr Dee
by Damon Albarn

aphex twin

Selected Ambient Works Vol. II
LP by Aphex Twin

by S. Carey

A Different Ship
by Here We Go Magic

by Karmin

World You Need A Change Of Mind
by Kindness

by Led Er Est

by OFF!

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Neck Of The Woods
by Silversun Pickups

by Sleep

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Stranger Mercy
by St. Vincent

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