Monday, April 28, 2008

New Releases from last week: 4/22/08

New Releases on 4/22/08:

Things I've Heard:
Sleepercar: West Texas (Doghouse) – This is Jim Ward's (At the Drive In, Sparta) new band. He says it's inspired by Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers. I dig the songs with prominent pedal steel. About half the songs are more in line with his previous bands. At Spaceland on 5/13
The Weepies: Hideaway (Nettwerk) - I previously posted a guest review of this album. Read it HERE.
Thalia Zedek Band: Liars and Prayers (Thrill Jockey) - Zedek is a veteran of bands like Come, Live Skull and Uzi. Download "Lower Allston"

Local Interest:
April March & Steve Hanft: Magic Monsters (The Talent House) -Hanft is a veteran of the LA music scene. He was in Liquor Cabinet (which Beck also played in for a while). Beck's breakthrough hit, "Loser" also has a dialogue sample from Hanft's film Kill the Moonlight. Most of Beck's early videos were directed by Hanft. When I moved to LA, Hanft had a popular local band called Sexy Death Soda. He directed that Elliott Smith film/documentary Strange Parallel, which is a cool document of Smith. His film Southlander is also pretty amusing with cameos from Beck, Beth Orton, Jason Mason, Eddie Ruscha Jr., Senon Williams, Hank Williams III, Kurt Heasley and Elliott Smith.

Other Noteworthy New Releases:
Atmosphere (at the Fonda on 5/6 and 5/7), Billy Bragg (El Rey 6/7 & 6/10), The Cinematic Orchestra, Elbow (Avalon 5/9), El Perro Del Mar (El Rey on 5/19), Elvis Costello vinyl & digital only (Hollywood Bowl 5/27), The Festival, Flight of the Conchords [mp3] (Orpheum 5/30 & 6/1), Neil Hamburger [mp3] (last Sunday of every month at Spaceland), Juno Reactor, Chris Mills, Mister Lonely Soundtrack, Lyrics Born (Key Club 5/4), Malcolm Middleton, Monotonix, Mostly Bears, Prodigy, Pyramids, Shelley Short [mp3] (Knitting Factory 4/30), Spectrum Meets Cpt. Memphis, Story of the Year, Tokyo Police Club [mp3], Young Knives, Thalia Zedek Band

The Replacements: Hootenanny, Let It Be, Sorry Ma Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Stink (Rhino)
Love: Forever Changes (Rhino) - If you don't own this record, it's about time you bought it. This blog is named after the last song on the album. Not sure if this one's worth replacing your old copy or not.....

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