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

out today 11/3 & 11/10...mary onettes...nirvana...morrissey...cold cave...

Posted by Brad Schelden, November 13, 2009 04:45pm | Post a Comment

I recently discoved the fantastic Mary Onettes. I find it hard to believe that I had never heard of them until now. Their new album Islands is out November 3rd, but I was suprised to find out that this is their second full length album. I quickly fell in love with this new album before I even knew anything about them-- I only knew they were on Labrador Records and were probably from Sweden. So I decided to do some investigating and found out this was not their first album. I felt kind of embarrassed that I had never heard of them before. How could this band have passed me by? They are exactly the kind of band that I fall in love with. Their first self titled album came out 2 years ago on my birthday, May 1st, 2007. I guess I was too busy listening to the Magic Position by Patrick Wolf and the deluxe reissue of the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, which also came out on the same day. I am also a bit mad at my friends -- how could they have not told me about this band? Maybe they just assumed I knew all about them already. Or maybe they had not heard about them either! I typically love all things from Sweden. Especially if you are a band still musically living in the late 80's and early 90's. Espcially if you are influenced by The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, and Echo and the Bunnymen. This band was sort of made for me. I know I just recently discussed this, but I will discuss it again. I am, of course, in love with this new album, and it was the first time that I heard the Mary Onettes, so it will most likely remain the album with that special place in my heart. I went back last week and discovered their first album for the first time but I didn't like it as much as the new one. I did like it though, and am actually liking it more and more as I listen to it more and more. I know those Mary Onettes fans that have liked them since their first album will probably find this new one not as good but that is just becuase they are hearing this new album years after already falling in love with that first record. It all really depends on when you were introduced to the band.

I completely fell in love with all things Swedemary onettes islands cdn a couple of years ago. Seeing as Mary Onettes are also from Sweden I am even more surprised that I didn't discover them back then. Here is my I love Sweden blog from a couple of years ago. My other favorites from Sweden are Pelle Carlberg, Sally Shapiro, Jose Gonzalez, Jens Lekman, Studio, The Knife, The Shout Out Louds, The Legends and ABBA! It makes me happy when I find a new band. And it gives me hope that there are a bunch more bands out there just waiting for me to discover. I would never complain that there is not enough good music out there. You just have to look around a bit.

So, back to the Mary Onettes. Once again, the new album is called Islands. They named it because they think of each song as its own little different shaped island. It is really a great little pop album. The songs are all catchy and tragic. There is a definite sadness beneath the songs. They fall somewhere in between goth, shoegaze, indie, and twee. The name of the band is a bit cute and silly but I like it. I hope they make it out to Los Angeles so I can see them! I suppose I should start planning my trip to Sweden. It seems like I belong there I guess. Maybe I would just fall in love with everything there and want to move there. I definitely feel some sort of kinship with the music but I don't think I have any Swedish blood flowing through my veins. But maybe one of my German great grandparents had a bit of Swedish in them! I am off to go learn more about Swedish music. I am sure my next favorite band will come from Sweden as well.

Here is a video for "Pleasure Songs" from the first Mary Onettes album...

and here is the audio for "Symmetry" from the new album Islands (my favorite song off the new album)...

also out 11/3...

Introducing by Brilliant Colors

Phrazes for the Young by Julian Casablancas

Love Comes Close by Cold Cave

Freedom of Choice & Q: Are We Not Men? reissues by Devo

Fantastic Mr. Fox Soundtrack

Suckin' It For the Holidays by Kathy Griffin

Machine Dreams by Little Dragon

Swords by Morrissey

Bleach reissue by Nirvana

Live at Reading by Nirvana

Memoryhouse reissue by Max Richter

Exquisite Corpse by Warpaint

Raditude by Weezer

also out 11/10...

Backtracks by AC/DC

Midwinter Graces by Tori Amos

Rewolf by Asobi Seksu

Never Cry Another Tear by Bad Lieutenant

Ignore the Ignorant by Cribs

Fountain by Echo & the Bunnymen

Live from the Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD by The Killers

Live at the 02 London England DVD by Kings of Leon

Received Pronunciation by Pants Yell!

Xenophanes by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Up To Now by Snow Patrol

Last of the Rock Stars by Ronnie Spector