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out today 10/20 & 10/27...bauhaus...sufjan stevens...pylon...maps...flight of the conchords...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 5, 2009 05:24pm | Post a Comment
pylon chomp
Time seems to be flying by so fast as we get close to the end of the year. I really do love this time of year and hate that it goes by so fast. As soon as October begins it seems to end. Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve will be here and gone before we know it. The music releases will start to slow down in November and December but there are still some great albums coming out. We have a new fantastically great reissue from the fantastically great band Pylon. I can't believe it has already been two years since their last reissue, but it's true! I was about to do a whole blog about Pylon but it was sounding a bit familiar as I was thinking about it in my head. That is because I already did a whole blog about them two years ago. Pylon's first album, Gyrate, was reissued by DFA two years ago on October 16, 2007. You can go back and read my blog here if you want. I just went back and read it myself. I was amazed what I had forgotten over the last couple of years and actually learned something myself. Pylon was great. You may not know that. I sure didn't know anything about them until 2 years ago when that first reissue came out. DFA has now reissued their seconpylon chompd album, called Chomp. It is equally as great as the first one. And I love how they recreate the LP artwork for the CD reissue along with the worn in imprint from the vinyl. Pylon was a new wave band from Athens, Georgia, but they have a darker sound than fellow Athens groups the B-52's and R.E.M. They remind me of Siouxsie & the Banshees at times, mixed with the Motels and Romeo Void. Basically, you can just think of any fantastic female led new wave band and mix them all up together and you get Pylon. The band toured a bit with Gang Of Four and also sound like them at times. This second album is at times dark and gothy and at times just a dark sort of punk. I like to think of them as Athens Goth. Seriously. These songs would not be out of place at a death rock night at any club. Good stuff. I really did love that first reissue but had sort of forgotten about Pylon until now. I was so excited when I heard that their second album was also getting reissued. I went and listened to that first reissue again to get myself ready. The second reissue does not disappoint.

Also out this week are two reissues from the great Bauhaus. While I had never been a fan of Pylon until that first reissue, I have for sure always been a long time fan of Bauhaus. Unlike Pylon, they of course made it on the radio in Los Angeles and were a much bigger deal. However, I didn't really get into Bauhaus until way after I discovered my love of Siouxsie & the Banshees. Peter Murphy and Bauhaus were sort of the male equivalent of Siouxsie & the Banshees. I first got really into The Cure and Depeche Mode, but Siouxise quickly followed. I think I actually bought a Love & Rockets album before buying a Bauhaus album. Bauhaus broke up in 1983, and that was still years before I had ever heard of them, so it was only natural for me to first become a Love & Rockets fan first. My first Love & Rockets album was Earth, Sun, Moon in 1987. "No New Tale to Tell" was all over the radio and most of us were in love with that song. This was their third album. I then got really obsessed with their fourth self titled album that came out in 1989. From there I went backwards and discovered the Bauhaus albums that had come before Love & Rockets.

The first two Bauhaus albums are getting the nice remastered reissue treatment this week. In the Flat Field was their first album from 1980 and Mask was their second album from 1981. In the Flat Field is often thought of as the first Goth album to ever be released. It included "Double Dare," "In the Flat Field," "God in an Alcove," and "St. Vitus Dance." The album was re-released by 4AD in 1988 with bonus tracks. This reissue included "Dark Entries," "Terror Couple Kill Colonel," and "Telegram Sam." Even though Mask came out after In the Flat Field I always think of it as being their first album. It was the first album I owned by them and I still have my original cassette. It included "The Passion of Lovers," "Kick in the Eye," and "Hollow Hills." Bauhaus really only had 2 more albums after this until their reunion album from last year. The Sky's Gone Out came out in 1982, followed by Burning From the Inside in 1983. I am sure these albums will both have reissues out at some point next year. The reissues out this week are called the Omnibus Editions. They feature the original albums along with a disc of bonus tracks, outtakes, and alternate recordings. They also come with large booklets with new photos and interviews and come packaged in a cute, odd shaped box that is a bit longer than the normal size CD. The packaging looks great and it is always exciting to have remastered versions of some of your old favorite albums. I don't think I had ever even heard Mask on anything but a cassette before now! The albums are as dark and fantastic ever. They remind me of why I fell in love with Bauhaus. Peter Murphy as a solo artist could never quite recapture the brilliance that was Bauhuas. I doubt there will ever be anything like these albums again.


also out 10/20...







Logos by Atlas Sound











Love Is Not Pop by El Perro Del Mar










I Told You I Was Freaky by Flight of the Conchords











Lungs by Florence & the Machine











Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons











Turning the Mind by Maps











BQE by Sufjan Stevens











Fits by White Denim







also out 10/27...





Black Ice by AC/DC











Broadcast & the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age by Broadcast










Opiate Sun by Jesu











Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead by Sean Lennon















Dolly Box Set by Dolly Parton
















Strict Joy by Swell Season











Unlimited Box Set by Barry White



out today 3/4...bauhaus...michael mcdonald...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 4, 2008 11:29pm | Post a Comment
A new Michael McDonald and Bauhaus release in the same day! How lucky can we be? I really can't think of two more different musicians than Peter Murphy and Michael McDonald-- but I am actually excited that they both have albums out today. Bauhaus is one of those bands that I can't really imagine not existing-- like Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, & The Smiths, it is hard to imagine my life without these bands. I wonder what bands could have replaced these bands in my life if the members of these bands had made other decisions and not decided to become musicians. I don't even know what I would have listened to in High School or what I would have talked about with my friends if not for these bands. So many friendships and relationships were built on the love of these bands. Bauhaus only released four albums in the early 80's, but they managed to make a huge impact on me and many others. Like the Smiths, the band broke up before I had ever heard of them. It is hard to believe, but this is the first Bauhaus studio album in 25 years. The new album is called Go Away White and is released today.

Bauhaus broke up in 1983 but the members of the band have all remained busy over the years. I was a big fan of both the solo Peter Murphy and Love & Rockets. These were the albums I grew up with. It was not until later that I went back to discover the brilliant albums of Bauhaus. Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins went on to create Tones on Tail after the break up of Bauhaus. David J joined them for Love & Rockets, which was basically Bauhaus without Peter Murphy. The self titled album of Love & Rockets from 1989 remains one of my favorite albums. It had such a major impact on me when it first came out. It was one of those albums I still remember going to the store to buy and listening to over and over again. I was obsessed with this album. Peter Murphy continued to release solo albums over the last couple decades as well. He released Deep in 1990 and Holy Smoke in 1992. These albums basically framed my High School years. They also still remain two of my favorites. I am a bit surprised that I am still not sick of the song "Cuts You Up," but I can still listen to it over and over again and love it just as much as I did in 1990. I am actually listening to it right now. I still can picture the entire video whenever I listen to it.

I actually ended up being able to see Bauhaus twice over the last couple of years. They were one of the bands, like the Smiths, that I thought I would never be able to see live, but they reunited for a couple tours just for fans like me who never got a chance to see them. Now they are back again and put out another album that will probably be their last-- or we might have to wait another 25 years. I was a bit scared to listen to this new Bauhaus album. I am always worried that I will be disappointed when one of my old favorite bands puts out a new album. I have really loved them so much and loved much of what they have all been doing post-Bauhaus. I worry that these new albums will somehow alter my memory of them or at least change how I feel about them-- but this new album is actually fantastic! They made an album that it will be hard for Bauhaus fans not to enjoy. It simply sounds like a Bauhaus album should sound. You can't really tell that 25 years have passed. The album features the original line up of Peter Murphy, David J, Kevin Haskins and Daniel Ash. The liner notes don't tell you much about the album. But they do give you the wrong address for their myspace page. www.myspace.com/bauhaus actually goes to some 12 year old kid's page who I am sure is excited to be getting so much traffic to his page, but his page is actually set to private.The actual myspace page for the band is www.myspace.com/officialbauhaus. The album cover to the left seems to be moving. Maybe it is just me but if you state at it long enough the ghost angel seems to be moving.

Also out today is another solo album from your favorite Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald. He releasedMotown 1 & 2 in 2003 and 2004 and now gives us Soul Speak. He covers "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher" and "Walk on By." I don't really know how to explain my love of Michael McDonald. I seriously can't explain it. But any of my fellow Michael McDonald fans will admit the same thing. You either love or hate him.  Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs & Twilight Singers) also release a new album out today. They really make an amazing little pair and put together an awesome album. They are called the Gutter Twins. I really love both their voices and it is awesome to hear them together on one album. There is also a new fantastic album by Autechre on Warp and another solo album by Stephen Malkmus from Pavement called Real Emotional Trash.  It's actually growing on me. I thought I was sort of over Pavement and Mr. Malkmus, but I actually like this new album and still enjoy his voice. There are also two amazing soul compilations out today. Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records and The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits.



also out today...






Quaristice by Autechre











Saturnalia by The Gutter Twins












Shots by Ladyhawk












Real Emotional Trash by Stephen Malkmus











Soul Speak by Michael McDonald











Batbox by Miss Kittin












I Need You to Hold On While the Sky is Falling by Kelley Polar











Transnormal Skiper by Jim White











  Conquer the World Various Artists











The Sound Of Philadelphia Various Artists