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Records of Note: April 2010

April 1, 2010

April 6th

Red SparowesThe Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer (Sargent House)
PropagandhiThe Recovered EP (G7 Welcoming Committee)

April 13th

CongratulationsMGMTCongratulations (Sony/Columbia)

This won’t be available for sale at HMV for a couple of weeks yet, but it has leaked and insufferable d-bags are already having really boring discussions about it on the internet. I know I’m not supposed to like MGMT, but it’s courtesy the same part of me that says I’m not supposed enjoy wearing oversized Wayfarer sunglasses even if they came from Dollarama. HELP. Anyway, their last one grew on me over time as “Electric Feel” and “Kids” started creeping up on shuffle and I’d have to stop and go, “Wow, this is really good, what is it??” because I have way too many songs on my computer. I’ll probably check this out once or twice and then add it to the piles of albums I don’t dislike but never listen to.

April 14th

Drunkdriver – s/t (Load)

Their self-titled LP was supposed to be out last month, but then it got pushed back to April 14th (who puts out records on a Wednesday? Load Recs, apparently), and then the band broke up forever because the drummer may have raped a bunch of women a while ago and/or recently, but supposedly the record is all pressed and ready to go so it’s coming out anyway. I don’t know if buying it = giving money to a rapist and it’s shitty that I’m being forced to consider that because their music is really very good.

April 27th

Gogol BordelloTranscontinental Hustle (American Recordings)

The “Start Wearing Purple” band with that skinny Russian dude in the film version of Everything Is Illuminated has recorded an album with Rick Rubin, who you will remember from his work with The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Run-DMC, and Jay-Z. That’s kind of a big deal. Will the golden touch extend to a band who is — Real Talk™ — kind of a novelty act? I’m curious to hear the results.

HoleNobody’s Daughter (Universal)Nobody's Daughter

Courtney Love and a bunch of people not in the band Hole have a new album out under the name Hole. They played SXSW and the security staff were pushing people around in the crowd to make an adequate bubble for Courtney’s pal Woody Harrelson and his entourage. John Doe from X thought that was bullshit, “You fucking celebrities.” I don’t know if that album will be any good or not. I have suspicions it will err more on the side of “not” but I’ve been surprised before.

Brian PosehnFart & Weiner Jokes (Relapse Records)

You know Brian from The Sarah Silverman Program, The Comedians of Comedy, some cameos on Mr. Show with Bob and David, and voice acting work on shows like Mission Hill and Metalocalypse. His last album Nerd Rage is one of my favourite recent-ish comedy albums and I’m right now trying to decide which upcoming road trip will see the introduction of his new one into the rotation. This has nothing to do with music, by the by, except for Brian being a metalhead who directed this thing.


Record Store Day is April 17th and tons of labels have limited-edition and collector-y things coming out if you’re into that. Highlights:

  • Special vinyl-only edition of Pavement’s recent greatest hits album. The tracklist was compiled by a fan and chosen by the band themselves from some 12,000 contest entries. That sounds like a horrible tedious mess to have to slog through, so you should probably buy it so all that reading of undoubtedly very similar lists won’t have been in vain.
  • Autographed 7″ picture disc from Superchunk, b/w Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. What?
  • 7″ from Fucked Up in eleven different sleeves. Collect ’em all!
  • Split 7″ with The Thermals and The Cribs
  • SubPop Casual Nostalgia Fest live CD with The Constantines, Eric’s Trip, Obits, Pissed Jeans, Mudhoney, and a bunch of other notables from their roster.
  • 12″ picture disc single with Black Sabbath “Paranoid” b/w a Metallica song from St. Anger. I’m not joking.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2010 4:55 pm

    I don’t absolutely love MGMT, but a few of their songs are really, *really* good. I hope there are some gems on this new album, and I would kind of like to see them when they pass through Birmingham in September. We’ll see?

    • April 2, 2010 12:57 pm

      I haven’t heard it yet, but based on what other people have said it sounds like it doesn’t have hook-y singles like Oracular Spectacular did. Are they goodtimes live? I don’t know anyone who’s seen them.

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