out 3/22 & 3/29...the strokes...radiohead...james blake...pains of being pure at heart...

Posted by Brad Schelden, March 31, 2011 12:32pm | Post a Comment
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It really has been a fantastic couple of weeks for music -- I think this year has already been amazing, and so many more great albums are right around the corner! I seriously already almost have my top 50 of the year and it is only March! Tomorrow is April. And May comes afterwards. We have only had three months of new music so far but I already have many favorites. I am still listening to awesome new albums by PJ Harvey, Joy Formidable, Mogwai, J Mascis, Adele, Toro Y Moi, Bright Eyes, The Twilight Singers, La Sera, Esben & the Witch, Cut Copy, Hercules & Love Affair, & Wanda Jackson! I am telling you, this is turning out to be an incredible year for music! I am tomboy panda bearabsolutely in love with the new Kurt Vile and Puro Instinct. Those will most likely end up being my favorite albums of the year. It just keeps getting better. Last week we had new albums by The Strokes, Keren Ann, James Blake, Beach Fossils, & Duran Duran. This week we have the new Radiohead, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Hunx & His Punx, Moon Duo, Josh T. Pearson & The Obits! There are new albums by Bill Callahan, Cold Cave, The Raveonettes, & The Kills next week! Later in April we have new albums by The Crystal Stilts, TV on the Radio, The Vivian Girls, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Gorillaz, Dengue Fever, Jonny, Panda Bear, & Explosions In the Sky. New Okkervil River album comes in May, and later in the year there will be new albums by Patrick Wolf, Battles, Fleet Foxes, Wild Flag, A Place To Bury Strangers, Mars Volta, M83, The Shins, & Jens Lekman!

The new Strokes album came out last week. I still remember that feeling I got when I first heard Is This It by The Strokes. Their debut album came out in late July of 2001. 10 years later they have released their fourth album, Angles. Is This It came out right before I moved to Los Angeles for the first time, a couple of months before Amoeba Hollywood opened. It was an exciting time. I was obsessed. It is hard to describe my love for The Strokes, but they were one of those bands that you either loved or hated. Those of us that loved them will always have a special place in our heart for The Strokes. I do have to admit that I sort of lost interest in them over the years, though, but I still love that first album, and I also love Julian Casablancas' solo album from a couple of years ago. It got me interested again. It got me wishing for another Strokes album. Angles is sort of everything I want it to be. It is the Strokes. It is short and catchy and full of great, addictive songs. The Strokes may never capture that energy of that first album again and they may never get those kind of rabid fans they had around that first album but they are most definitely back in my life. The album sounds a bit 80s, but if you know me at all, you know I have absolutely no problem with that. Speaking of, the album cover is sort of painfully '80s, like some sort of skater t-shirt, but it has grown on me and I sort of love it. If you were ever a Strokes fan before, you should let this album in your life. Give it a chance. You just might end up loving it.

Listen to one of my favorite songs, "Taken For a Fool," by The Strokes from the new album Angles..

Here is the video for the "Under Cover of Darkness" by The Strokes from the new album Angles...

the new album Angles by The Strokes

Another one of my old favorites is back in my life. I have liked Radiohead since Pablo Honey came out in 1993. I know everyone has their favorite Radiohead album and their favorite period of the history of Radiohead, but the Pablo Honey/Bends/OK Computer era is my favorite. 1993-2000 was the height of my Radiohead obsession. Kid A came out in 2000, and that was the last album that I was really obsessed with. I never stopped liking them but my obsession did fade a bit. Then came Amnesiac in 2001, followed by Hail to the Thief in 2003. In Rainbows was released in 2007. It was the first album by them to be released digitally first and it was put out digitally by the band itself. You were allowed to pay what you wanted for a digital download, remember? I think I paid 10 bucks. There were months in between its digital and physical release and I quickly fell in love with In Rainbows. The King of Limbs was released digitally a couple of weeks ago, but the CD and LP have just been released this week. This album has been a bit harder for me to fall in love with. None of the songs really stand out like they did on past albums, but it still is Radiohead quality and still good stuff, it just doesn't hit you over the head. I do respect these guys -- they have been in my life for so long, after all! The first album came out the year after I graduated from High School, so I lived through my 20s with them. I am happy that they are still around and relevant. I know a whole new generation of fans is falling in love with Radiohead. I imagine that at this point there are parents obsessed with Radiohead who also have teenage kids who are also in love with Radiohead. I noticed this happening at the last couple of years of Cure concerts -- the original fans are now old enough to have kids that are also into them, too! Radiohead has sort of become the Grateful Dead of our generation! I never would have thought they would end up having such a long and prosperous career in music, but I am happy that they have!

Listen to the new song "Little By Little" by Radiohead from the new album The King of Limbs

the new album The King of Limbs by Radiohead

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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th!

This is the third Record Store Day, a day to celebrate the fact that record stores still exist around the corner and that they are still relevant! Tons of artists get behind Record Store Day ever year and do instores and events at record stores around the country. They also release a ton of exclusive LPs, 7"s, and CDs just for Record Store Day. You can't find these releases at Target or Walmart, and you can't find them online or digitally. You actually have to go to a record store on April 16th to buy these releases! It is actually taking over Halloween and Christmas and becoming my favorite day of the year! I will include a link to the complete list of Record Store Day titles later in the week, but here is a short list. There are a ton more -- almost 300 unique releases this year! -- so if you love record stores, then go and visit your local shop on April 16th and buy something nice for yourself.

Here are some of the artists putting out exclusive releases for Record Store Day this year...

AC/DC, Adele, Bad Brains, The Beach Boys, Beady Eye, Black Angels, James Blake, Blitzen Trapper, Built To Spill, Caribou, The Civil Wars, Crowded House, Cults, Daft Punk, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Deerhoof, Deerhunter, Deftones, Beth Ditto, Dom, The Doors, Duran Duran, Bob Dylan, Earth, Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Foo Fighters, Fucked Up, Gorillaz, Green Day, Grinderman, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Joan Jett, Joy Formidable, The Kills, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Mastodon, Matt & Kim, Midlake, Mumford & Sons, New Pornographers, New York Dolls, Nirvana, Off!, Roy Orbison, Ozzy Osbourne, Panda Bear, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Phish, Pink Floyd, Polvo, Queen, REM, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Ryan Adams, Ty Segall, Paul Simon, Sonic Youth, Regina Spektor, Bruce Springsteen, Television, Peter Tosh, Velvet Underground, The Vivian Girls, The Wake, Wavves, The White Stripes, Wild Flag, & The Yardbirds!

also out 3/22...

Music Sounds Better With You
by The Acid House Kings

by Keren Ann

United Nations of Sound
by Richard Ashcroft

What a Pleasure
by The Beach Fossils

James Blake
by James Blake

All You Need is Now
by Duran Duran

Most Incredible Thing
by Pet Shop Boys

by The Strokes

also out 3/29...

Too Young To Be In Love
by Hunx & His Punx

Best of 00-10
by Ladytron

by Moon Duo

Moody Standard & Poor
by The Obits

by Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Last of the Country Gentlemen
by Josh T. Pearson

Gimme Some
by Peter Bjorn & John

Something To Die Fo
r by The Sounds

by Wagon Christ

out this week 1/11 & 1/18...the decemberists...puro instinct...pains of being pure at heart...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 17, 2011 03:05pm | Post a Comment
the decemberistsHappy New Year! The music new releases are finally starting to come out again. We all need some new music in our life! I can't wait. A couple of good albums came out last week: new albums from Broken Records, British Sea Power, Tapes 'N Tapes, & Wire. But it really is all about this week, and from now on the new releases keep on coming all year long. They never stop! There is plenty for everyone to get excited about. The new album from The Decemberists comes out tomorrow. The King is Dead is their sixth album and their third album on Capitol. Their last album was the Hazards of Love from 2009 andThe Crane Wife was before that in 2006. They had 3 albums before that: Castaways & Cutouts, Her Majesty The Decemberists, & Picaresque. These first three are their best and albums that I never get sick of but I will admit I have not given much time to The Decemberists since their last album came out. I have had too many other albums to keep me busy. Still, I always like to revisit the old albums when a new one is about to come out. The Decemberists are one of those bands that I didn't fall in love with until after seeing them live for the first time. I saw them at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco many years ago and was hooked for life and I can't wait to see them again touring for this new record. I have not had a chance to hear the entire album yet but I love what I have heard so far. I do like the single "January Man," which came out as a 7" last month. We actually had a special little promotion at Amoeba with the 7". Those who bought the 7" also got a coupon to come back and use towards the new album out tomorrow, January 18th. The album is a bit more country than normal but I am fine with that. I can't wait to take the album home and give it the time it deserves and hopefully fall in love with them all over again.

There are also new albums out tomorrow from White Lies, Tennis, & The Disappears, and so many new albums right around the corner! Slumberland put out the new 7" from Pains of Being Pure At Heart last month. Heart in Your Heartbreak is a fantastic little preview of what we can expect from the new album. The new album is called Belong and it's being released by Slumberland some time in February or March. This band released one of my favorite albums of 2009. I am obviously more than excited about this one, their second album -- more catchy twee pop for you and me. One of my other recent favorite bands from last year also has an album coming out this year. The debut full length from Puro Instinct will be put out by Mexican Summer on February 22nd. This is the band formerly known as Pearl Harbour. I have been obsessed with them since I saw them open up for Ariel Pink last year at the Echoplex. They are like a shoegazey version of Fleetwood Mac. And yes, they are that good. I am so excited about this album and I am really hoping it will not let me down. I am thinking it just might be one of my favorites of this year. Puro Instinct just released their new 7" a couple of weeks ago, called Stilyagi and I love it. I hope that you will too. You can listen to both the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Puro Instinct songs below. You can also purchase the 7"s from

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Buy the Heart In Your Heartbreak 7" by
Pains of Being Pure At Heart

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Buy the Stilyagi 7" by Puro Instinct

also out 1/11...

Valhalla Dancehall by British Sea Power


Let Me Come Home by The Broken Records


Outside by Tapes 'N Tapes

Red Barked Tree by Wire

also out 1/18...

The King is Dead by The Decemberists

Guider by The Disappears

Cape Dory by Tennis

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Ritual by White Lies

And coming many more albums that I am so excited about. Some of the ones I am most excited about include P.J. Harvey, Mogwai, The Strokes, Okkervil River, A Place To Bury Strangers, Explosions In the Sky, Fleet Foxes, Aphex Twin, Radiohead.....they all have new albums out this year....get ready!...

january 25th
iron & wine-kiss each other clean (warner brothers)

february 8th
hercules & love affair-blue songs (moshi moshi)

the streets-computers & blues (import)
esben & the witch-violet cries (matador)
james blake-james blake (atlas)
cut copy-zonoscope (mod records)
silk flowers-ltd. form (ppm)

february 15
bright eyes-people's key (saddle creek)
pj harvey-let england shake (vagrant)
mogwai-hardcore will never die but you will (subpop)
la sera-la sera (hardly art)
sonic youth-lights out soundtrack (sonic youth records)
tim hecker-ravedeath 1972 (kranky)
twilight singers-dynamite steps (subpop)
deaf center-owl splinters

february 22
adele-21 (columbia)
julianna barwick-magic place (asthmatic kitty)
toro y moi-underneath the pine (carpark)
puro instinct-headbangers in ecstacy (mexican summer)
cult of youth-cult of youth (sacred bones)

march 1st
catwalk-idle labor (captured tracks)
cosmetics-cosmetics (captured tracks)

march 8th
kurt vile-smoke ring for my halo (matador)

march 22nd
the strokes-angles (rca)
adventure-lesser known (carpark)

march 29th
hunx & his punx-too young to be in love (hardly art)
craft spells-craft spells (captured tracks)
mountain goats-all eternals deck (merge)

april 5th
holy ghost!-holy ghost! (dfa)
the kills-blood pressures (domino)

april 12th
crystal stilts-in love with oblivion (slumberland)
jonny-jonny (merge)

april 19th
the head & the heart-s/t (subpob)

panda bear-tomboy (paw tracks)

april 26th
explosions in the sky-take care, take care, take care (temporary residence)

may 3rd
hooray for earth-true loves (dovecote)

may 10th
okkervil river-i am very far (jagjaguwar)

And these bands are rumored to have new albums out this year hopefully!!!...

pains of being pure at heart
light asylum
place to bury strangers
wild flag
aphex twin
fleet foxes
patrick wolf
beastie boys
the shins
jens lekman
mars volta
the cars


my top 50 albums of 2009...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 15, 2009 01:20pm | Post a Comment

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Thieves Like Us
- Play Music (Shelflife)

This was one of those albums that I was excited about before I even heard it. I knew I would be falling in love with this one from the review alone. And the love only got stronger as time went on. I couldn't get enough of this one! It may not seem like much at first, but it truly is fantastic. I still don't know too much about this band. All I know is that they are from Sweden and they like New Order. The album is that sort of dark and new wave style but it doesn't really fall into one genre alone. Favorite songs on the album are "Fass," "Miss You," and "Drugs in My Body." The label Shelflife has put out good albums before, but nothing as good as this. I had really big hopes for this band this year to catch on in America but I don't think they ever really got that big here, which is the fate of many bands that I have fallen in love with before. They might just be a bit too weird or dark and slow. The album does not hit you over the head at first but it does get under your skin and the songs are catchy in their own special way. I highly recommend it. They do remind me a bit of the album by The Teenagers that I fell in love with last year, just without the silliness. A fantastic little album.

listen to "Fass" by Thieves Like Us...


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the pains of being pure at heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland)

This album still gets me all happy and giggly -- even just looking at the album cover or saying the band's name out loud. The album cover reminds me of Strawberry Switchblade or My Bloody Valentine but The Pains of Being Pure at Heart sound more like Belle & Sebastian or Camera Obscura. This album is 100% pure twee pop, like nature intended it to be. The songs are cute and adorable but they are also so much more than that. They all tell a story and bring you into a different world, like watching your favorite movie when you are sad. This album can cure any bad mood...unless you hate twee music. Then it might make your mood a bit worse! But even then I think you might have a hard time not falling in love with this album. I saw them live at the Echo not too long after the album came out and it was a great show but I think they still had some stuff to work out. It was just hard to capture the brilliance of the album in a live setting. It is one of those records meant to be listened to in your own bedroom, music for those of us that grew up with The Cure and The Smiths; for those of those that fell in love with The Softies and The Aislers Set in the 90's. Slumberland was the perfect label for this band to end up on -- I really couldn't think of a better label for them. I have been a big fan of Slumberland for a while, since it brought us albums by The Softies, Boyracer, Velocity Girl, The Aislers Set, Henry's Dress, Lodger, Rocketship, and The Crystal Stilts. The Pains are one of my favorite discoveries of the year. I am happy to have them in my life.

listen to "Young Adult Friction" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart...

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