Trees For The Equinox

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Of course a striped shirt is a must on any power pop album cover. In fact, many modern rock poseurs would don the stripes hoping to convince the record buying public that they really were new wave...

I can't choose between the Katarzyna Gartner cover below or the Armando Trovajoli above as my favorite design of the bunch. I'm working on a polka dot gallery to accompany this one...

out this week 10/28...the cure...bloc party...eagles of death metal...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 30, 2008 04:11pm | Post a Comment

It is hard to believe that The Cure have been recording albums for over 30 years now. They had already been a band for about 10 years before I became a fan, and I have now been obsessed for the last 20 years -- ever since I first heard them. The Head on the Door was the first album by The Cure that I ever heard and bought, way back in 1985. Two years later came the amazing album Kiss Me Kiss Me. By the time Disintegration came out in 1989 I was a hardcore crazy fanatical Cure fan. It is sort of funny. This was the album that Robert Smith made that he thought would not be a commercial success. His label also was worried about this album. It was their darkest album yet and would remain their darkest of all time, yet everyone embraced the album and fell in love with it. It somehow managed to speak to an entire generation. The Cure was not just for the goths and weirdos anymore. Everyone liked them. I could not get enough of this band. Disintegration remains most Cure fans' favorite album. It came out at an important developmental part of my life and probably was the most important album in my life. People often overstate the importance of certain albums, but it came out a couple days after my birthday during my last couple months of junior high. It became my album of the summer of 1989, the year before I started High School. I probably listened to this album at least once a day. Wish came out 3 years later, a couple weeks before my 18th birthday and close to the end of my life in High School. While Disintegration would remain my favorite, I also fell in love with Wish. The album was everywhere. The singles that most Cure fans didn't really like were all over the radio. It was really all about the B-sides and the non single tracks on this album. These were the songs I was obsessed with. I could live without ever hearing "Friday I'm In Love" or "High" again, but still can't get enough of "Apart," "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea," and "To With Impossible Things." This album became the album of my summer of 1992. I was not alone. It was another important album for a very important part of my life. The Cure was there for me again to help me transition both emotionally and physically. For most of us, Wish would be the last great Cure album. We are hopelessly devoted fans for life but nothing can compare to those albums.

I've remained a fan all these years, just as obsessed as ever. I go see them every time they tour. I listen to all their old albums many times throughout the year, but I am always a bit disappointed every time I first listen to their newest album. There are always a couple songs that I like but I never listen to their new albums all that much. I decided to have a new approach to this newest Cure album. I would not set my expectations that high and have a better chance of liking the album. I ended up liking a bunch of songs on this new album a lot. I actually found myself listening to this new album more that I have to any of the previous 3 albums. The new album is their 13th album and appropriately called 4:13 DreamIt is their 4th album since Wish and their 13th proper album. Robert intended this album to be a double album. I really wish that he would have followed through with that. Most of their albums have a dark part and a pop element to them, but the songs are usually all mixed up together. It would have been fantastic to have a new album with a disc of pop upbeat songs and a disc of the more dark Cure songs. The album ended up including more of the happier pop songs that Robert has become fond of over the last decade. They recorded 33 songs for the album, so there are many more songs out there. Some of them have ended up as b-sides on the singles, but I am hopeful they will decide to release another album of the tracks that did not make it onto this album. Maybe that second Disintegration type album is still possible. Most fans just simply want another Disintegration. We then become disapthe cure 413 dreampointed when each new Cure album sounds nothing like Disintegration.

There are some elements of some older albums on this new one. There is no getting away from Robert Smith's signature voice. Once you are a fan, it is hard to resist. There are always elements of the new songs that I fall in love with. If nothing else it is his voice. I am a big fan of one of the singles on the new album. "Sleep When I'm Dead" is easily one othe cure sleep when i'm deadf the best songs on the album. I was very pleased to learn it was originally written for The Head on the Door. It has an older Cure sound to. How appropriate that my favorite song from the new album originally came from my first Cure album. "The Reasons Why" and "The Hungry Ghost" are two of my other favorites on the album. "The Hungry Ghost" could have easily fit on the Wish album. I like these songs because they remind me of the older sound of The Cure that I fell in love with. The album has already grown on me this week. I like it more now that I did earlier in the week. Regardless of how you feel about the new album, there is no denying their greatness live. They still remain one of the greatest live bands that I have ever seen. They are the closest thing that we have to the Grateful Dead. I have never seen the Dead live but imagine it was similar to a Cure show. I really hope Robert Smith follows through and gives us that companion album of those dark songs. He may not be as depressed or drug induced as he was when he recorded Pornography and Disintegration, but I know another amazing dark albums is still inside of him somewhere. It may even already be recorded -- he just had to put it out. He doesn't really owe it to his fans. He has already given us so much. It would just be an amazing gift to us. Maybe he should call the next album The Gift.

also out today...

bloc party intimacy

Intimacy by Bloc Party

ryan adams cardinology

Cardinology by Ryan Adams

snow patrol hundred million suns

A Hundred Million Suns by Snow Patrol

kaiser chiefs off with their heads

Off With Their Heads by Kaiser Chiefs

eagles of death metal heart on

Heart On by Eagles of Death Metal

The Fame by Lady Gaga

deerhunter microcastle

Microcastle by Deerhunter

squarepusher just a souvenir

Just a Souvenir by Squarepusher

arthur russell love is overtaking me

Love is Overtaking Me by Arthur Russell

school of seven bells

Alpinisms by School of Seven Bells

out today 5/6...the last shadow puppets...

Posted by Brad Schelden, May 6, 2008 10:23pm | Post a Comment
I really thought the new album by The Cure would be out by now. I talked about it on this blog almost a year ago back in July of last year. I was very excited back then. But I am still holding my excitement. I guess it might be even stronger since their shows are coming up at the end of the month. They are playing at the Hollywood Bowl and the Shrine in Los Angeles. I know they are also playing at a city near you, in case you don't live in Los Angeles. But the album has been delayed a bit and is now coming out September 13th. They are doing something a little special before the album comes out, maybe to make it up to their fans for making us wait so long for the album. For the next four months they are going to put out a single with a b-side every month on the 13th. This should be starting on the 13th of May, which happens to be next Tuesday. I am still not entirely sure the label is really going to be able to pull this all together in time for a domestic single, but hopefully by next week I will have a copy of the new Cure single, "The Only One" in my hand. If they are smart it will be coming out on 7" as well, since they should know that we will buy it in all formats they give us. You can hear the single on their website right now. Just in case you were wondering, this new Cure album will be their 13th album --this explains the singles coming out on the 13th. By the way, The Cure still owes us a couple more of those fantastic double CD reissues. They stopped with Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. I am still highly anticipating two of my favorite albums, Disintegration and Wish. Maybe they will happen before the new album-- there is a good four months still. That really should be enough time. So come on Robert Smith, finish what you started.

There are a couple really good albums out today as well. No Madonna or Portishead to compete with, so I think that The Last Shadow Puppets just might have a chance today. Sometimes I feel like you really have to start all over when you change the name of your band. When a lead singer decides to put out a solo album or just get a new band together and start a whole new project, they really put themselves at risk. Especially when their former band had so much press and hype behind them already. With so many releases every week, it is hard to hold on to all your former fans. It works out fantastically sometimes. It worked out great for Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani. It even amazingly worked out for Fergie. But it is not always as easy for an indie band singer to go solo. The first time I actually heard the Last Shadow Puppets I just thought they were another new band. I immediately loved it and quickly recognized the singer as the dude from the Arctic Monkeys. I really did like that first Arctic Monkeys album, but they sort of lost me with the second album and I sort of lost interest in the band. I didn't really imagine I would be paying much attention to them again. I guess this is just a side project for Alex Turner. The Arctic Monkeys are still a band. It is like his Sun Kil Moon. He formed this new band with Miles Kane from the band The Rascals. I already like it more than I ever even liked the Arctic Monkeys.

This debut album is called The Age of the Understatement. It is just one of those albums that I immediately fell in love with. I already know all the lyrics and can't help but to sing along with all the songs. There doesn't seem to be very many albums like this anymore. Remember when Different Class came out by Pulp? You just immediately loved it. If you were ever going to love it, I think you immediately fell in love with it. At least this is how I felt. I couldn't wait to tell everyone about the album and talk to people who already loved it. Yes, this album is really that good.Different times for music I guess.  I hope people love it as much as I do. It sort of has elements of lots of different time periods of music. It could easily fit into the music coming out of the 60s or 70s. It could be a Scott Walker or a Tom Jones album-- imagine a British 60s pop album with a full orchestra.

The songs have beautiful arrangements but also have some of the energy of the Arctic Monkeys. They sort of also remind me of some ska band like The Specials. Imagine Tom Jones singing with The Specials. The Last Shadow Puppets sits easier besides the British bands of the 60s than they do beside the Arctic Monkeys. It has that sort of full big band sound. You must simply check it out for yourself. You might fall in love with it like I have. You should fall in love with it like I have. It really is that good!

also out today...

Water Curse by Animal Collective

Home Before Dark by Neil Diamond

Just Farr a Laugh by Earles & Jensen

Ringer by Four Tet

Couples by The Long Blondes

Supreme Balloon by Matmos

Nouns by No Age

Station by Russian Circles
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