Listen: Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Rhapsody” [1988]

As you may have read in earlier posts on the blog, I’ve been methodically going through albums of the 80s that I haven’t listened to before. This has included many, MANY classics that I just overlooked due to sheet exposure (I’ve seen this listed so many times, there’s no way I need to listen) or ignorance; along with things I’ve dug up to find, including weirdo private press grooves, hailed LPs from “non-western” markets, or deeper discography dives that aren’t featured in as many decade-encapsulating retrospectives.

Siouxsie & the Banshees’ Peepshow was one of the very latter types of records I’ve been listening to for the first time. In fact, and very embarrassingly, I hadn’t listened to Siouxsie’s Juju before I started this project. For shame! But I enjoyed it so much that I started to pay attention to other releases of theirs. My first I bit into was Peepshow, Siouxsies’ 1988 album that embraced more art rock a la Kate Bush, while still showcasing her fierce songwriting and vocal chops.

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Listen: Chelsea Jade – “Optimist” [2022]

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Anyone looking for some new, aerobic, quivering pop a la FKA twigs’ debut LP are in luck! This new song “Optimist” from singer/songwriter Chelsea Jade, whose sophomore album Soft Spot is coming April 29 via Carpark, instantly brought me back to LP1 with a modern R&B twist.

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Listen: Boy Harsher – “Give Me A Reason” via The Runner (Original Soundtrack) [2022]

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Boy Harsher made a movie! The unmistakable dark synth duo Boy Harsher continue to build up cred as the coolest band in the biz by releasing a horror movie, The Runner, which is now streaming on Shudder (which also features Kris Esfandiari of King Woman as the lead)! They of course also made the soundtrack, which features some slick new tunes similar to those we all know and love them for, but also deepens their catalog with rare moments of purely instrumental introspection, major chord progressions and guest vocal features. Chromatics could never.

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Listen: LEYA – “Glass Jaw (feat. Julie Byrne)” [2022]

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Dark sonic sorcerers LEYA are BACK with a new tune after flooring me and many others with their 2020 LP Flood Dream. The new track “Glass Jaw” features a rare collab with singer/songwriter Julie Byrne, offering some smoky guest vocals on the back half of the track.

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Listen: Julia Blair – “Relax” [2022]

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I’m a bit late on posting this one, but wanted to get this out before the full album was out. Julia Blair, member of the great Wisconsin-based country rock group Dusk (creators of one of my favorite albums of the last decade, just FYI!) has a solo album called Better Out Than In arriving February 24th via Crutch of Memory. The first single, “Relax”, follows in some of the same footsteps that make Dusk such a fantastic band and helps Better Out Than In become one of my most-anticipated records of the year.

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Recommended Albums: December 2021

Y’all thought you were done with me, eh? Well, Recommended Albums stops for no one! Had to run through quick to pull up a few LPs from December that I missed, but overall a good selection of seven albums to pull you back to December 2021, when it felt like we were on a never-ending roller coaster drop into hell. Heck yeah! Check out the picks below, ranging from legendary Americana, to modern Catalan folk song, to ultra groovy beats.

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Listen: Anna Von Hausswolff – “Pomperipossa (Live at Montreaux)” [2022]

Anna Von Hausswolff had been at the periphery of my taste barrier for some time before she rocked my world with her instrumental organ album All Thoughts Fly back in 2020. She’s followed that up with this hulking live album that goes back to her bread and butter works: blackened, orchestral and high-flying rock music.

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Listen: The Sea and Cake – “On a Letter” [2008]

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I’ve been going through a major The Sea and Cake phase the last two weeks, thanks in part to a great Helado Negro tweet asking for suggestions of which song of theirs to cover. The endless wellspring of 00s indie Ryley Walker suggested Car Alarm‘s “A Fuller Moon”, which was my introduction to this album and more importantly, the track that follows, “On a Letter”.

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Listen: Marissa Nadler – “Seabird” (Alessi Brothers Cover) [2022]

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Listen: Suzanne Ciani – “The Second Wave: Sirens” [1982]

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I realized just recently that despite Suzanne Ciani’s 1982 album Seven Waves greatly impacting my 2021 and its listening habits, I never posted about it aside from my 2021 Retrospective. I’m here to change that today, because some of y’all act like you’ve never listened to Suzanne Ciani before, and it shows.

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