out this week 7/5 & 7/12...memory tapes...sons & daughters...washed out...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 14, 2011 02:08pm | Post a Comment
I first heard Seek Magic by Memory Tapes at the end of 2009. I was immediately hooked. I suddenly couldn't imagine how I had lived my life without Memory Tapes. The album was that good. At least I thought so. Combining all my favorite elements of dream pop and shoegaze and electronica. This guy knew the way to my heart. Memory Tapes created some amazingly catchy pop songs for this album. He captured an early 90s sound but somehow made it refreshing and like nothing I had ever heard. I was in love with Memory Tapes. All you need to do is listen to the song "Bicycle." You will immediately fall in love with this song. There seriously must be something wrong with you if you don't like this song. Memory Tapes is Dayve Hawke of New Jersey. He had also released music as Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes. He decided to combine the two into Memory Tapes. His new album is called Player Piano. The second album is always risky undertaking. Especially when you really like the first album. When that first album plays a big part of your life and is listened to over and over again. It is sort of scary to first check out that second album. I worry that I will not like it. I really want to like it. I respect the artist and want to like where they are going with the second album. But it doesn't always work out. Sometimes you are just never going to have that same experience with a second album. The new Memory Tapes album does not disappoint. Another one of my favorites from the last couple of years is Washed Out. I really loved that first album. But the jury is still out on the new album released this week. I like it. But not sure if I am ready to fall in love. But I am not giving up on it yet. I fell in love with the new Memory Tapes album immediately. This new is worth your valuable time. 

You should of course start with Seek Magic if you are new to Memory Tapes. However sometimes it works better the opposite way. I know I have said this before. But sometimes it is good to start with that second album. If you end up liking the new album then you are guaranteed to love the first one. Sort of like reading a book before you see the movie. If the book is really good, then you may not end up liking the movie. Rarely can a movie be as good as a book. But if you love the movie first. You can often end up going back and loving the book second. But it is a great feeling to read a book for the first time. To be learning everything for the first time as you turn the pages. "Wait in the Dark" is one of my favorite tracks from the new album. It is the first real song on the album following a short instrumental introduction. My favorite track on the album is probably "Trance Sisters." The album flows together perfectly. It is all very dream like and could easily put you under its spell.

There have already been a ton of great albums this year. It is really turning out to be a great year for music. I hope you feel the same way. Maybe it is just me. But I feel like all of my favorite bands are putting out great albums this year. The year got off to a great start with awesome new albums from Wanda Jackson, Puro Instinct, and Adele. I am still loving the new albums from PJ Harvey, The Kills, Raveonettes, Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River, Gang Gang Dance,  Black Lips, Zombi and TV on the Radio. Many of these albums will be competing in my top ten at the end of the year. Craft Spells, Holy Ghost, Cold Cave, Kurt Vile, Det Vackra Livet,  Acid House Kings, Bon Iver, and John Maus are all close to the top. The albums keep coming out too. The new Sons & Daughters album is awesome. I still think they are a very under-appreciated band. I really like that last album but this new one is really working for me. Mirror Mirror is out this week on Domino. Domestic versions of Tame Impala and Hercules and Love Affair are finally being released in the next couple of months. I am also liking the new albums by Zomby and SBTRKT. They are both new electronica albums released in the last couple of weeks. The new Crystal Antlers album is out next week on July 19th. And I don't like them just because they are from Long Beach. This new album is fantastic. And they just filmed an episode of What's In My Bag. So be on the lookout for that! New albums by The Horrors and Little Dragon are out July 26th. New Dom album 8/9. New Active Child & Stephen Malkmus albums out 8/23. New Beirut and CSS album out 8/30. New album by The Rapture out 9/6. New St. Vincent, Wooden Shjips, Teen Daze, and Wild Flag out 9/13. New Dum Dum Girls and Bjork out 9/27. There will be something for everyone. New M83 and Girls albums are also out this year! But what I am most looking forward to are those new albums that I don't even know about. They are just lurking around the corner waiting for us to discover. I can't wait...

Watch the video for "Bicycle" by Memory Tapes from the album Seek Magic...

Listen to Wait in the Dark by Memory Tapes from the new album Player Piano...

also out 7/5...

by Clams Casino

I Love You Dude
by Digitalism

Drums Between the Bells
by Brian Eno

Gardens & Villa
by Gardens & Villa

Player Piano
by Memory Tapes

by Pure X

Devil's Music
by The Teddybears

also out 7/12...

I Want That You
by Middle East

Mirror Mirror
by Sons & Daughters

Within & Without
by Washed Out

by Zomby

out today 2/5...magnetic fields...lightspeed champion...

Posted by Brad Schelden, February 4, 2008 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Hello again to my blog. I have really missed you! Hopefully I have not lost all my faithful blog readers and friends. I am now officially back.  Seriously, I have missed you. But I have been a bit busy moving my life all around again and moving back to Los Angeles...again. I did this same move about 5 years ago. From San Francisco to Los Angeles. I think I might just like moving. I know for a fact that I do really enjoy packing and unpacking my stuff. And I have actually thought about being a professional packer or unpacker. I know most people really hate it. I do hate the driving of the U-Haul and the moving boxes part of moving. But I do sort of love everything else. I did get really lucky in finding a new apartment and I already had the job part taken care of. So the hard parts were out of the way. But I got my internet hooked up just the other day and I am now back and ready for the blogs. There has been a ton of music and DVDs that I have wanted to talk about already. After a very slow and boring end of the year in releases, there are finally exciting things coming out again. So anybody who says that there is no good music this year, is just not looking hard enough. I think all my favorite bands got together and decided to all release new albums in January and February. At least they spread them out a bit. The Magnetic Fields put out another fantastic album on January 15th called "Distortion." Cat Power put out another album of covers called "Jukebox" on January 22nd. I really do love those covers and this is yet another beautiful album from the beautiful Chan Marshall. The next week was a new album by Xiu Xiu called "Women as Lovers." I think I fall more in love with Xiu Xiu every year. This album grew on me really quickly and I have been listening to it over and over every single day.

The releases are not stopping. Out today is the album that I have been obsessed with since before I moved. Lightspeed Champion put out an amazing EP last year. I got a bit obsessed with it and had it in my top 50 of the year. But the full length album "Falling Off the Lavender Bridge" is finally out for us all to enjoy. If you don't like pop music or an album that will make you smile and jump up and down then this album is probably not for you. If you hate Velocity Girl or the Rentals or Heavenly then this is most definitely not the album for you. I know the album title might make you think about some lesbian self help book for lesbians that have fallen off the "lesbian bridge." At least that is what it makes me think about it. But It is just an excellent and perfect pop album full of tortured love songs. Some times musicians just get it right some time. This album really is close to perfect.

Devonte Hynes was in the band Test-Icicles. They seemed to break up just as people outside of the UK started to notice them. Devonte was obviously made for bigger and better things. His talents were more in creating pop songs and reinterpretations of musical classics. He reminds me of a high school theater nerd who probably constantly wrote down lyrics in his little journal. Maybe he might just even remind me a bit of myself. I really wish everybody could love this album as much as I do. It really has become one of those albums that I love so much that I don't even understand why someone would not like it. Like it personally offends me and my outlook on life and people when someone tells me that they hate this album. So if you hate it, just keep it to yourself. Or if you think you might hate it, don't even bother listening to it. But I kind of want you to listen to if even if you think you might hate it. Because when you end up loving it, it will be really great for you and make me so very happy.

also out this week...

"The Assassination of Jesse James by..." Soundtrack by Nick Cave

"Old Growth" by Dead Meadow

"Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" By The Horrorpops

"Made in the Dark" by Hot Chip

"District Line" by Bob Mould

"Calibration" by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

"Wishes & the Glitch" by Say Hi

"This Gift" by Sons & Daughters