In our Moving Units column, Mike Ramirez at Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records
graciously keeps us up-to-date and comments on the current releases
flying out of his store each week.
Quoting Ramirez: "What's up with the number 2 this week?!?!" We agree 200 percent about that. Apparently record buyers like sequels to their favorite albums just as much as they do with films. Find out which records duked it out to become the New Moon of Radio-Active's box office after the jump.
Radio-Active's Top 5 Releases for March 23-29:
1. Serena Maneesh - No. 2: Abyss in B Minor (4AD) "Quite possibly my favorite album of the year so far next to Beach House's Teen Dream."
2. Wooden Shjips - Vol. 2 (Midheaven) "The Wooden Shjips is just a compilation of out-of-print material but it delivers on a high note."
4. Pavement - Quarantine The Past (Matador)
5. Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Which albums will we be talking about next week?
"We have the highly-anticipated Dum Dum Girls' I Will Be release off of Sub Pop. [Yet another sequel,] Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (Motown/Universal) is getting a lot of buzz. The Jon
Spencer Blues Explosion just released a best of compilation, Dirty Shirt Rock 'n' Roll: The First Ten Years (Shout Factory!) and more
Nick Cave reissues on Mute (1988's Tender Prey, 1990's The Good Son, and 1992's Henry's Dream) to brighten up your day!"
Now is the appropriate time for the Broward-Palm Beach Crossfade staff to chime in and advocate that readers investigate number two in the week of number twos, Wooden Shjips. Not only does these psychedelic experimenters flout traditional spelling, but they're way into claymation at its trippiest. See the head-splittingly literal "Outta My Head" (featured on Vol. 2) video below:
Moving Units: Radio-Active Records' Top 5 Releases for March 2-8
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