Moving Units: Radio-Active Records' Top 5 Releases for July 6-12

Scissor Sisters have topped, or in this case, bottomed themselves with this cover.
Scissor Sisters have topped, or in this case, bottomed themselves with this cover.

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.

From personal record store experience, artists like the Scissor Sisters have amazing luck selling albums once a person enters of the few remaining brick-and-mortar music outposts. Even in a crowded store, the stardust and retro cool of Jake Shears' inventive troupe sounds immediately more appealing than whatever headphone masterpiece (sorry, John Fahey and Isis fans) a person might be considering. Night Work's first single "Invisible Light," a slice of Euro-pop featuring production work by Stuart Price, gets patrons walking -- even dancing -- up to the county to inquire. Just hold up a copy of Night Work, ornamented by a pair of firm, toned buttocks, and that's an instant sale. 

Radio-Active Records' Top 5 Releases for July 6-12:

1. How To Destroy Angels - self-titled EP (Null Corporation) "Protein-shake Reznor, his wife and longtime NIN-collaborator unlesh

their new EP which was gobbled up on the first day of release. What does

it sound like? Guess."

2. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Mojo (Reprise)

3. Scissor Sisters - Night Work (Universal) "Yes the Scissor Sisters are back but the real question is who's caboose

is on the front cover of this album?"

4. Mystery Jets - Serotonin (Rough Trade)

5. Various Artists - Rara In Haiti: Street Music of Haiti (Soul Jazz) "Hats off to Soul Jazz Records for the incredible Rara in Haiti CD,

recorded in Port Au Prince and described as an anarchic folk-meets-punk

collision of drums, voices and bamboo sticks. Play this one when the

kids are asleep."

Which albums will we be talking about next week?

"Look out for new bombs: M.I.A.'s /\/\/\Y/\ (N.E.E.T./Interscope), The Roots' How I Got Over (Def Jam), Dangermouse & Sparklehorse's Dark Night of the Soul (EMI), School Of Seven Bells' Disconnect From Desire (Ghostly/Vagrant), Sun Kil Moon's Admiral Fell Promises (Caldo Verde), and more next week."


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