my top 50 Alternative songs of 1990...the fountain of youth

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 22, 2020 11:00am | Post a Comment

This quarantine has got me reminiscing in the early 90s. Although honestly I am always thinking about this musical period in my life. The 90s were my decade and have defined my musical tastes. It all began in 1990. I have been obsessed with music since I can remember. From the first time I heard my parents playing Fleetwood Mac & The Eagles I was hooked. I wanted to listen to music whenever I could. I remember when I first got a radio in my room. I would tape songs off the radio on my tape deck and create my own mix tapes. Me and my brother would even create our own radio shows and put in samples and songs from the radio. I probably listened to Power 106 the most in the 80s. I was super into pop music but soon discovered there was something else out there. I remember when a friend in elementary school first told me about the cool radio station KROQ and I went home and put it on and never looked back. I got obsessed with The Cure, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Love & Rockets, New OrderPet Shop BoysErasure. KROQ was my everything. I was obsessed with all the DJs and learned about all my new favorites bands in the late 80s and early 90s. I was now officially an alternative modern rock kid.

We didn't have cable growing up but I watched MTV at my grandma's or friend's house whenever I could. MTV and KROQ would shape me into an alternative anglophile kid. I got obsessed with new wave and synth pop in the mid 80s and easily transitioned to alternative rock, shoegaze and dream pop in the early 90s. I bought new albums whenever I could afford them. I quickly bought old albums by Depeche Mode, The Smiths and The Cure. But I also bought albums by new artists in 1990 like Sonic Youth, Sinead O'Connor, The Sundays & The Charlatans. 1989 was really defined by just 10 albums for me. It was the year of Disintegration by The Cure. But also the first self titled Stone Roses album. Doolittle by The Pixies, Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails, Technique by New Order, Wild! by Erasure, Cosmic Thing by The B-52's, Hup by The Wonder Stuff , Deep by Peter Murphy & the self titled album by Love & Rockets. I pretty much listened to these 10 albums exclusively in 1989.

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my top 50 albums of 2019

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 22, 2019 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Heather Woods Broderick 50. Heather Woods Broderick - Invitation (Western Vinyl)

This is the first of many great amazing ladies in my top 50 albums this year. So you if you don't like ethereal and haunting female fronted indie rock you probably won't like most of my list this year! Heather is one of the great new artists I discovered this year. It's like a folk artist landing on the label 4AD. Magical and a little bit spooky.

Molly Sarle Karoake Angel 49. Molly SarlĂ© - Karaoke Angel (Partisan Records)

my top 50 albums of 2018

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 13, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

#50 Steve Hauschildt - Dissolvi (Ghostly International)

I always look forward to what this dude does. I love his stuff in Emeralds and his solo albums. The vocals of Julianna Barwick and Gabi are featured on two of the best songs on the album. A great album of minimal and spooky sci-fi techno.

#49 Olafur Arnalds - re:member (Mercury KX)

my top 50 albums of 2017

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 28, 2017 03:30pm | Post a Comment

#50 Shout Out Louds - Ease My Mind (Merge)

These guys first got me under their spell more than 10 years ago when Our Ill Wills came out. I am now a fan for life and always find it comforting to drift back into a new Shout Out Louds album. This music soothes the soul and lulls you into a different place. At least it does that for me. I don't know how else to describe it other than being Swedish indie soft rock.

#49 Soccer Mommy - Collection (Fat Possum)

This was not the best year for band names. But I really think all the good band names might be taken. But you really should not judge a band by its name. I really don't like the names of at least half the new bands that I like. This band reminds me of the indie rock jangly twee days of K Records. Which always makes me happy. They are like Veruca Salt meets The Softies. I am still forever stuck in the '90s and there are plenty of bands still playing music like the '90s never ended.

2017 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 22, 2017 04:17pm | Post a Comment
We are once again deep into Oscar season. The Oscar nominations come out on Tuesday, January 24th. Jackie and I tend to obsess about these awards all year long. But the time has come to put down our final predictions for the Oscar nominations. I do my best to see all these films every year in the theater. I have seen all the films I am predicting for best picture except for Fences and Silence. My favorite film of the year was 20th Century Women. I will be so happy if it gets nominated for anything on Tuesday. But the only thing I am really predicting it for is best screenplay. Another personal favorite of mine is Nocturnal Animals. I am hoping it gets a couple of nominations like it did at the Globes and BAFTAs. But Tom Ford's last film A Single Man only got one nomination for Colin Firth. Everyone seems to be predicting La La Land to win best picture and take home the most awards of the night. But I will be hoping that the film is divisive enough to help Moonlight win best picture and best director. The Oscars are on February 26th and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. There really is no way that we will have another #oscarssowhite year. Films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences are just too good and acclaimed to be ignored. Below you will find our predictions for the bigger categories. We each listed one alternate for each category. Best Picture could be 5-10 nominees. I am predicting there will only be 8 this year.

Best Picture

brad jackie
Moonlight La La Land
La La Land Manchester By The Sea
Manchester By The Sea Moonlight
Arrival Lion
Lion  Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water Hell Or High Water
Nocturnal Animals Fences
Silence Captain Fantastic


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