out this week 5/17 & 5/23...det vackra livet...brendan perry...robin guthrie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 27, 2011 01:49pm | Post a Comment

I finally got a copy of the new album by Det Vackra Livet. It has actually only been out for a couple of weeks now but I have been dying to hear this album! I fell hard for the Mary Onettes a couple of years ago when they released their second album Islands in 2009. Things sure seem to happen in cycles. The last Mary Onettes album came out about the same time as the first Cold Cave album and another Morrissey compilation and now all 3 have releases this month again! Maybe Morrissey just releases too many albums...but I don't think there really could ever be enough. Some might say that the debut self titled Mary Onettes album from 2007 is even better than Islands, and I go back and forth on which I like better but they are both essential albums that you should own. The band is from Sweden, which is reason enough to fall in love with the Mary Onettes! I am telling you, I just love Sweden. They mix an 80s sort of Ultravox and Pet Shop Boys sound with maybe somedet vackra livet Sigur Ros and the twee sounds of Belle & Sebastian.

The two brothers from The Mary Onettes have just released a new album in their native tongue -- Philip and Henrik Ekstrom are now known as Det Vackra Livet for this new project. It has all of the elements that I love from The Mary Onettes, just without the English. This is beautiful stuff. I have been really loving this new album which was released on the same excellent label that released The Mary Onettes albums, Labrador... which of course has my name right in the middle of it, so of course I was going to love this label! They have put out some of my favorites over the last decade from artists like The Acid House Kings, who also just released a fantastic new album, as well as my favorites Radio Dept. and The Legends. And Pelle Carlberg! And Club 8 and The Sound of Arrows! This label can seriously do no wrong. They have been so consistently awesome that I really don't even understand how they do it. But I thank them for it. Please do yourself a favor and check out this new album from Det Vackra Livet. You will not regret it.

Check out the video for "Viljan" by Det Vackra Livet from their new self titled album...

I didn't really start listening to the Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance until college, but once I started there was really no going back. They quickly became two of my favorite bands. I still listen to them both quite frequently and I still hope every day that somehow the Cocteau Twins will reunite and tour. It is possible -- more possible than my dream of a reunion by The Smiths! Probably even more probable than Kate Bush ever coming to play in Los Angeles, although Kate Bush does have a new album out next week....but I gave up all hope after she didn't tour out here for her album from a couple of years ago. I know Elizabeth Fraser still makes music every once in a while and Robin Guthrie puts out something new every couple of years or so. Robin Guthrie has just released an awesome new album from Darla Records callled Emeralds. He is basically the Cocteau Twins without Elizabeth Fraser and he always borders on New Age but I hate to use that word. It might scare some people away. His new album is another excellent work of instrumental ambient sort of songs. This new album perfect to drift off and go to sleep to. Beautiful stuff. Robin Guthrie is actually on tour right now with Brendan Perry. Brendan Perry is of course the man behind Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard. I have always loved his voice but nothing can really compare to the fantastic dark and lush albums of Dead Can Dance. However, his new solo album comes really close and I was pleasantly surprised to find a great little record. His new album is called Ark and it was released by the black metal/dark ambient label The End Records. It came out last year as an import but it is finally out domestically this month. I am just always happy to have any of these people back in my life. I will go listen to my new albums by Brendan Perry and Robin Guthrie. I will go see them on this new tour and I will love every minute of it. But I will still always be hoping for an upcoming Dead Can Dance or Cocteau Twins tour. How about a double bill with both of them? I can think of nothing better. And I know I am not alone.

Listen to "Warmed by the Winter Sun" by Robin Guthrie from the new album Emeralds...

Listen to "Winter Sun" from the new album Ark by Brendan Perry...

also out 5/17...

Cat's Eyes
by Cat's Eyes

Boatman's Call
(Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave

Let Love In
(Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave

Murder Ballads
(Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave

No More Shall We Part
(Collector's Edition) by Nick Cave

False Beats & True Hearts
by Damon & Naomi

by Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi

Euphoric Heartbreak
by Glasvegas

Beauty & the Beat:30th Anniversary Edition
by The Go-Go's

by Moby

Queens of the Stone Age
(reissue) by Queens of the Stone Age

also out 5/23...

Brilliant! Tragic
by Art Brut

by Foster the People

by Friendly Fires

by Robin Guthrie

Born This Way
by Lady Gaga

Demolished Thoughts
by Thurston Moore

by Brendan Perry

by Rupaul

Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Friendly Fires

Posted by Amoebite, March 25, 2009 11:13pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Day #9 - Artist #9 - Friendly Fires:

Friendly Fires, from St Albans, England, first played together at age 14, under the name First Day Back. They parted ways to attend university and after returning in 2006, formed Friendly Fires. Over the next year they released a trio of EPs:  Photobooth, Cross the Line, and The Remix. Their first single "Paris," released at the end of 2007, was named "Single of the Week" by influential English publications The Guardian and NME (New Musical Express), and launched their career with appearances on Channel 4's (England) Transmission Program and (tastemaker English DJ) Zane Lowe's Radio 1.

This led to them supporting Interpol on a tour of the U.K. and numerous performances in the U.S., including opening for Bloc Party here in Los Angeles this past July. Their debut album, Friendly Fires, was released September 1, 2008 and the band just finished promoting the album on the NME Awards Tour 2009 with two of the hottest U.K. bands at the moment, and fellow Coachella 2009 newcomers, White Lies and Glasvegas

out this week 9/23...tough alliance...max richter...friendly fires...

Posted by Brad Schelden, September 25, 2008 09:05pm | Post a Comment
These are the sort of weeks that I live for. There are so many new releases out this week that are getting me excited. This week could easily leave me content for the rest of the year. I am very much looking forward to a new EP from Antony & the Johnsons in a couple of weeks and the new Bloc Party next month, but it is really all about this week. There has to be something out this week that you will at least fall in love with a little bit. There are big new albums by Mogwai, Jenny Lewis, Brightblack Morning Light, Kings of Leon, and TV on the Radio. These guys have all been around before and are pretty consistent with their albums. If you like these bands you will probably like their new albums. The new TV on the Radio is awesome, and there are also some very exciting debut albums out this week. I have been absolutely obsessed with this Friendly Fires album for a month now. It is so good. I have been listening to it almost every day at work for the past couple of weeks. I think I love it as much as I love that Teenagers album from a couple of months ago. And by the way, I still love that Teenagers album. It just grows on me more every month and I think it is brilliant. Please listen to it and you will see. More on the Friendly Fires later. The Tough Alliance get their U.S. debut on Modular, New Chance. I also love this album. I just talked about their Swedish label mates, Air France, last week. They are also from Gothenberg, Sweden. It is a super fun electronic pop album. And there are two great albums out on Fat Cat this week-- very different albums. There is the debut album from Ten Kens. I really liked this album when I first heard it a couple of weeks ago, but it was not until early this week that I realized just how much I like it. It is more intense than the Friendly Fires and Tough Alliance -- it sounds like Sonic Youth a bit. It reminds me of something that I have heard before but also sounds like something completely new and unique. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it sounds like, but it is comfortably familiar. And I finally have decided to get into classical music this week with the new Max Richter. It might not be you typical classical release but it is classimax richtercal none the less.

I had been really wanting to get into classical for the last 5 years or so, I just didn't know how to approach it. I still really don't. I might need to take a class or get a introduction to classical book. The classical section is a bit overwhelming and I just don't know where to start. The only music in my collection that approaches classical music are soundtracks. I have always loved scores to movies and they often help me to fall in love with the movie. I am always paying attention to the scores of movies and often listen to them over and over again months after I see the movies. Somebody had told me to check out Blue Notebooks by Max Richter. It was also released by Fat Cat in 2004. It is one of those albums that I have been searching for a used copy of for about 4 years, but I finally bought a new copy a couple of weeks ago. I figured there would eventually be a period in my life when I would need some classical in my life. I just was not sure if it happened when I turned 40 or 50-- if there was a day when I would just suddenly fell in love with classical, or if it was something you were born with or had to be taught to love at a young age. I couldn't wait any longer. I am not really sure if I am going to go classical crazy and listen to classical albums every day now, but I sure do love this Max Richter album. I fell in love with Blue Notebooks and have been anxiously awaiting this new album, 24 Postcards in Full Colour. Since my main experience with classical compositions is score work, I am accustomed to visualizing scenes and images from the movies when I listen to the scores. Since this is not the soundtrack to anything, I have had to make up my own images while listening to this album. I love letting this music get into my head and sort of rearrange my thoughts and way of thinking. It creates a sort of intense calming sensation that I imagine is part of the reason people get into classical music. This new album is mostly strings, piano, and electronics. I am a sucker for the strings and tend to be moved by anything involving string instruments. Max Richter performed with the classical group Piano Circus for many years before embarking on his solo albums. He also worked on a couple of Future Sound of London albums. This is his fourth album. Blue Notebooks was his second. The new album includes about 24 compositions, many of them only a minute or 2 long. The album is great and I am already addicted to it. I  often listen to it twice in a row because it is simply too short.

The self titled album by Friendly Fires finally comes out this week. I can't wait for everybody to love this album as much as I do. They could easily become as big as The Arcade Fire or Vampire Weekend but will most likely end up in the ranks of the Shout Out Louds and Okkervil River. Those that find this album will love it. The album is very addictive and could quickly become one of your favorites. Friendly Fires are of course from England. Their album is brought to you by the fine folks at XL recordings. I fell in love with the singer's voice the first time I listened to this album. There are many great songs on the album but "Skeleton Boy" and "Lovesick" are my favorites. Most of the really good songs are towards the end of the album. The album is not something crazy or revolutionary. It is not changing the face of any type of music. It is just one of those great catchy albums that come around a couple times a year. It is one of those albums that simply makes me happy. I am addicted to it just as I was last year to the Shout Out Louds... or to the Arcade Fire albums years before that. I imagine a day when I may get sick of it, but only because I have listened to it too much. I might need to give it a break soon and start listening to it only once a week, just so I can still appreciate it in the years to come.

also out this week...

blitzen trapper furr

Furr by Blitzen Trapper

brightblack morning light motion to rejoin

Motion To Rejoin by Brightblack Morning Light

high places

High Places by High Places

kings of leon only by the night

Only By the Night by Kings of Leon

jenny lewis acid tongue

Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis

mogwai hawk is howling

Hawk is Howling by Mogwai

monkey journey to the west

Journey To the West by Monkey

serena maneesh s-m backwards

S-M Backwards by Serena-Maneesh

Ten Kens by Ten Kens

tough alliance new chance

New Chance by The Tough Alliance

tv on the radio dear science

Dear Science by TV On the Radio