Hey everyone... Welcome back to Friday! This is one of my favorite days of the week because it has become the predominant day in the music industry for the release of new albums. That's great timing in my mind, as I love sitting down at my desk on Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and having a first listen to my pile of new music!

Before we get to the new stuff, though, let's take a quick spin in the time-machine and see what classic Alternative Rock albums came out this week...

February 11th, 1985 saw the second LP release from The Smiths, "Meat Is Murder."

It went to number-one on the British album charts. Oddly enough, the original British release did not include the Smiths' staple, "How Soon Is Now." Initially released only as a B-side, the tune was added to North American versions of the record after it caught-on over on this side of the pond.

Australian psychedelic act, The Church burst-out-of relative obscurity with their fifth album, "Starfish" on February 16th, 1988. The album went Gold in the United States, with its lead-single, "Under The Milky Way" climbing to #24 on the Billboard Top-40.

February 17th, 1978 was a big day for one of my all-time favorite artists, Kate Bush (remember I mentioned her this past Monday on Knock Knock: New Music!) as she released her debut LP, "The Kick Inside." The album's first single, "Wuthering Heights" went to #1 on the British charts.

Not to be forgotten (not by me, anyway) English band, Mansun released their dark, yet stunning debut album, "Attack Of The Grey Lantern" on February 17th, 1997 (UK release date.) I was off to the record store to grab the CD the moment I heard the single, "Wide Open Space" on the radio. This Monday, former frontman, Paul Draper is kicking-off a tour celebrating the 21st anniversary of the album. He'll be performing "Attack Of The Grey Lantern" in its entirety on stops, including a date at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Friday April 27th!

Click HERE to check-out my Spotify playlist for those albums!

I didn't get a chance to post last Friday (Feb. 9th,) so I wanted to make mention of a few of last week's album releases, many of which I'm still in the process of reviewing...

Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus: Raw, unhinged, manic, honest, heartfelt, fun

rock & roll are some of my initial thoughts after the first listen-thru. If you like safe mainstream stuff, you may want to run-away now. I love this!

Alice Ivy - I'm Dreaming: The debut album, from this 25-year-old Australian Electronic, Indie, Hip Hop producer who lists fellow-Aussie sampling-masterminds,

The Avalanches as one of her greatest influences. I very much enjoyed my first

listen-thru, including the absolutely gorgeous single, "Chasing Stars," featuring

Bertie Blackman on vocals.

Other 2/9 releases I'm working-on:

Joan As Police Woman - "Damned Devotion"

MGMT - "Little Dark Age"

Franz Ferdinand - "Always Ascending"

Hookworms - "Microshift"

So what's coming out today? I'm glad you asked! Here are some of the records I'm interested in today, February 16th:

U.S. Girls - "In A Poem Unlimited:" The 6th studio-album from Canadian Experimental-Pop artist, Meghan Remy.

Superchunk - "What A Time To Be Alive:" This Chapel Hill, NC band has been around since 1989. This is their 11th studio LP.

Belle & Sebastian - "How To Solve Our Human Problems:" The third EP in a 3-record sequence from this Glasgow, Scotland band.

Car Seat Headrest - "Twin Fantasy:" A reimagining of an early 2011 release from this Leesburg, Virginia artist.

Have a great weekend... I hope it's FILLED with music! See you on Monday!

- Kristen

Kristen Eck in Fun 4 Friday: 2-16-2018

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