BLUR - The Magic Whip - Parlophone
The new album from Blur, titled The Magic Whip, started life in Hong Kong when the band had an unexpected break in touring in May 2013. It is released by Parlophone Records this week - 16 years since 13, the band's last record as a four-piece. The recordings for the band's eighth studio album began in Spring 2013 at Avon Studios in Kowloon. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree spent 5 days jamming together and carried on with their live dates while the recordings were put aside and the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.
ERIC CLAPTON - Forever Man - Reprise
Legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner Eric Clapton releases a brand-new ‘Best Of' compilation, entitled Forever Man, via Reprise Records. Featuring 33 tracks over two CDs, Forever Man spans three decades of Clapton's Reprise Records years and features classic studio tracks and a Blues-themed disc. a 3 CD version is also available which features an extra Blues-themed disc.
MG - MG - Mute U.S.
MG is a new instrumental album from Martin Gore. As one of the founding members of Depeche Mode, his work now spans over three decades with combined sales of over 100 million records worldwide. MG sees Martin returning to his solo career for the first time since 2003’s Counterfeit2. However, in reality, it should be seen as a continuation following on from Martin’s collaboration with fellow Depeche Mode founder (and founding Erasure member) Vince Clarke on VCMG’s critically acclaimed SSSS (released in 2012). The new album, MG, sees Martin Gore further develop his love, passion and respect for electronic music. In a recent interview, Martin described the creation of the album : “I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like quality”.
MEW - + - - PIAS America
Danish indie-prog-rock/noisemeisters Mew, following a somewhat extended hiatus, release the long-awaited new album, the band's first in six years, + - (as in "plus minus"). The album features the band's original line up - Jonas Bjerre (vocals), Bo Madsen (guitar), Johan Wohlert (bass), and Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen (drums). With this new release, Mew continues its penchant for enigmatic album titles. Their previous outing in 2009, "No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry They Washed Away//No More Stories, The World is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away," revelled in ambition. "+ - " is available as a 10-track CD, deluxe double CD, and a double vinyl album. Also available while supplies last is a limited edition Indie Exclusive Vinyl + Slipmat bundle, which as you guessed includes an exclusive Mew Slipmat.
THE WEEPIES - Sirens - Nettwerk
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.
BEST COAST - California Nights - Harvest
Best Coast - singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno - will release their third full-length album, entitled California Nights, on Harvest Records on May 4th. California Nights - produced by Wally Gagel (Miley Cyrus, New Order, Muse), and recorded at WAX LTD in Hollywood, California - is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.
SHELBY LYNNE - I Can't Imagine - Rounder
I Can't Imagine, Shelby Lynne's 13th full-length album and first for Rounder Records, is the most beautifully crafted and intensely affecting set of songs since her landmark I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000. It starts, as always, with that voice. Two parts Alabama sunshine; one part Memphis rainstorm, it's one of the most gorgeous sounding instruments in all of popular music.
GENGAHR - She's A Witch EP - PIAS America
Gengahr's previous single, “Powder,” positioned them as one of the UK’s buzziest new bands, so expertly did its clanging psych-pop walk the line between Tame Impala’s sprawling soundscapes and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s miniature suites. “She's A Witch,” the title track from the band’s new EP, operates in that same post-MGMT realm, but it’s got a dancey skip in its step to go along with the translucent guitar leads, groovy Modest Mouse bass gallops, and fluttering falsetto vocals. “Maybe she’ll sink,” they sing, “maybe she’ll fly.” This one soars.
CHRIS STAPLETON - Traveller - Mercury Nashville
Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio), Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Don Sampson’s “Was It 26,” the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite “Sometimes I Cry.”
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Best Coast - singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno - will release their third full-length album, entitled California Nights, on Harvest Records on May 5th. California Nights - produced by Wally Gagel (Miley Cyrus, New Order, Muse), and recorded at WAX LTD in Hollywood, California - is a brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.$15.99 $13.99
2015 release, the long-awaited third studio album by British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Wilder Mind marks the end of Mumford and Sons' hiatus, which they took in 2013 after extensively touring behind Babel. The album moves away from the band's first two albums, adding more electric guitar to the mix and emphasizing the 'rock' side of the 'folk-rock' genre they've been lumped into. "We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn't for us," Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone. This musical shift explains the reasoning behind Winston Marshall's switch from banjo to the electric guitar. Includes the single "Believe."$11.99 $9.99
Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio), Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Don Sampson’s “Was It 26,” the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite “Sometimes I Cry.”$12.99 $11.99
My Morning Jacket has built a reputation as a group who consistently challenges the paradigms in which they are placed. From psychedelic to soul to classic rock and roll, My Morning Jacket's range remains steadfast throughout the band’s sixteen years. The Louisville quintet released the first of 6 albums in 1999 with their last two, 2008's "Evil Urges" and 2011's "Circuital" each receiving Grammy nominations - the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. On May 5, 2015, My Morning Jacket will release their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall.$15.99 $13.99
I Can't Imagine, Shelby Lynne's 13th full-length album and first for Rounder Records, is the most beautifully crafted and intensely affecting set of songs since her landmark I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000. It starts, as always, with that voice. Two parts Alabama sunshine; one part Memphis rainstorm, it's one of the most gorgeous sounding instruments in all of popular music.$37.99 $33.99
EELS have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, EELS have released 10 studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. Mojo Magazine calls Everett “a member of rock’s very own League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” while legendary troubadour Tom Waits says he “eagerly awaits each new release.” In 2009 EELS began the release of an album trilogy: Hombre Lobo, End Times and Tomorrow Morning, followed three years later by 2013’s Wonderful, Glorious and the critically acclaimed The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett in 2014.
Hiatus Kaiyote, the Grammy-nominated four-piece band, returns with their new album Choose Your Weapon. The 18-track, 70-minute odyssey from the Melbourne, Australia-based band takes listeners on a journey through the group's self-created ecosystem, populated with songs each embodying its own mini-cinematic sonic soundscape. The album is the hotly anticipated follow-up to their celebrated 2013 debut album Tawk Tomahawk, which was championed by media and fellow artists including Questlove, Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Prince, among others.
Gengahr’s previous single, “Powder,” positioned them as one of the UK’s buzziest new bands, so expertly did its clanging psych-pop walk the line between Tame Impala’s sprawling soundscapes and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s miniature suites. “She’s A Witch,” the title track from the band’s new EP, operates in that same post-MGMT realm, but it’s got a dancey skip in its step to go along with the translucent guitar leads, groovy Modest Mouse bass gallops, and fluttering falsetto vocals. “Maybe she’ll sink,” they sing, “maybe she’ll fly.” This one soars.$13.99 $11.99
On May 5, Mikal Cronin will return with MCIII. Marked by the lush arrangements, stunning melodies, and deeply personal lyrical work for which Cronin is now known, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply “go big.” As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet.$13.99 $11.99
The new album featuring the single 'I Bet'.$13.99 $11.99
Haven sees symphonic metal masters Kamelot striving for new heights with their epic and highly emotional trademark sound: as if this album was meant to be a soundtrack for an unforgettable and monumental silver screen experience, it boasts dark melancholy, aggressive metal and soul-soothing melodies! This shining gem has been produced by Sascha Paeth, and illustrious guests such as Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain) gave Haven some extra magic.$13.99 $11.99
“I look at it like this,” METZ frontman Alex Edkins says. “You start a band, just as something to do, because music’s what makes you tick, the thing you dream about and think about and that’s it. You never think that you’ll be able to do it all the time. But then, for some inexplicable reason, people actually listen and latch on and the band begins to take on new meaning. All of a sudden there are expectations and pressure, real or imagined, to change who you are. It was important to us, when making this record, not to give in to that pressure.” What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music METZ creates, both live and on record. Now behold II, the concussive new full-length from what is arguably North America’s finest touring rock band.
In This Moment have had an almost fairytale ascent to fame – on the surface. The years of hard work, setbacks, heartache and blood aren’t immediately obvious to the casual observer, but then the “Blood Legion” are not your typical fans. They understand and relate to this ethos of a strong work ethic and family above all because they ARE the band’s family.
Ivan & Alyosha's It's All Just Pretend, the followup to their acclaimed 2013 debut. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Spoon, The Strokes).$29.99 $26.99
Nostalgia: An Evening with Annie Lennox captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of songs from her Grammy-nominated Nostalgia album. Fronting a 19-piece band – including string and horn sections – and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this concert, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of classic American standards, ranging from “Summertime,” “Georgia On My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The Child” to one of rock’n’roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put A Spell On You.”$16.99 $13.99
Tech N9ne returns with an all-new studio album, Special Effects, on May 4th, 2015. The album features Eminem, Lil Wayne, T.I., Yo Gotti, E-40, 2 Chainz, B.o.B, Audio Push, Hopsin, Zuse, Krizz Kaliko, Big Scoob, Corey Taylor, Joey Cool, Gee Watts, Excision, Ryan Bradley, Marcus Yates, and Kate Rose.$16.99 $13.99
Culled from the garage titans' respective sets at the 2013 Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, OR. Each side of this 12" split LP features artist-specific original art by Travis Bone (Furturtle). Limited edition of 1,500 available for retail!$14.99 $12.99
Fading Love is the debut album from UK producer George Fitzgerald. Fading Love is George Fitzgerald s long-awaited debut album. His full length debut establishes an exciting new chapter for the acclaimed British producer and DJ, marking an expansion out from his blistering mainroom sets across Europe and the UK, and into the realm of songwriter / producer alongside peers such as Caribou, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet.
Following her self-titled debut in 2013, TORRES pushes herself to even noisier extremes on Sprinter, a punishing self-examination of epic spiritual and musical proportions. Scott escaped the confines of her churning mind in order to find herself by recording Sprinter in the market town of Bridport in Dorset, England; and then at the Bristol studio of Portishead's Adrian Adrian Utley. With his guitar riffs and synthesizers lingering in the background like a lowland mist and PJ Harvey's Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver on rhythm—the two fortuitously reuniting 23 years after the release of Dry.
On May 5, Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan will release Non-Believers, his first solo album under his own name. McCaughan wanted to use the album to explore his attraction to that early-’80s era of music when punk evolved into something more introspective, focusing on themes of isolation and eventually turning into post-punk and new wave. As he puts it, he was thinking about a time when bands were “using keyboards and drum machines to relate through their music a disaffection or alienation” from society, school, whatever.$16.99 $13.99
Jethro Tull notched its sixth gold record in 1975 with its eighth studio album, Minstrel In The Gallery. Its elaborate production is reminiscent of the band s 1972 classic Thick As a Brick and its songs rock as hard as anything in the band s vast and storied catalog.$15.99 $13.99
After the breakout critical success of Mandolin Orange's Yep Roc debut, 'This Side of Jordan,' you'd expect the relentless onslaught of touring that accompanied it to seep into the writing of the North Carolina duo's follow-up. You'd expect the sound to reflect long days on the road, long nights onstage, unfamiliar cities, countless miles. You'd expect the classic "road record." But you'd be wrong. "All of these songs are definitely a product of being on the road," says multi-instrumentalist/singer Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange's gorgeous new album, 'Such Jubilee,' "but they're not about the road."$14.99 $12.99
While Danger In The Club, the follow-up to Palma Violets’ barnstorming debut 180, certainly trades on the primal and joyous hook-laden rock of their debut, their sophomore LP finds the band with a new sonic looseness, revealing far more expansive influences than the still-quite-young quartet had on their debut. This is the sound of a preternaturally talented group of musicians and songwriters continuing to develop, while keeping their focus squarely on the type of well-crafted, singalong anthems that have earned them the adoration of fans and critics. Produced by the legendary John Leckie, Danger In The Club is a brilliant step forward. What the press had to say on 180: Rolling Stone: best debuts of 2013; Pop Matters: “2013’s most essential debut”; New York Times: “raggedly charming”; SPIN: “relentlessly energetic”
LET S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS shows The Proclaimers to be craftsmen of gloriously catchy songs who are simultaneously unabashed romantics. The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales and was produced by Dave Eringa, (The Who) and features their live band: Steve Christie (keyboards), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (electric guitar) and Clive Jenner (drums) with additional guitars by Sean Genockey and an appearance by the Vulcan String Quartet.
Super Furry Animals return to active service with the deluxe 15th anniversary reissue of their album Mwng. Originally released in 2000 on the band’s own Placid Casual label, the Super Furries career-defining fourth album Mwng was the band’s only Welsh language long player. It reached Number 11 in the UK album chart and it remains the biggest selling Welsh language album of all time. The deluxe CD contains the 10 original album tracks, and five studio tracks previously released on the 2001 US version of Mwng PLUS an unreleased Peel session and a live performance at All Tomorrow's Parties.$15.99 $13.99
First album in 14 years from the acclaimed jam-blues-rock supergroup featuring Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and the North Mississippi Allstars. Also features guest vocalists Ruthie Foster and Amy Helm. Includes CD EXCLUSIVE TRACK - Speaking In Tongues
Rituals is the third and latest full-length album from Stillwater, OK's Other Lives, a pure encapsulation of the trio's relentless drive for precision.
Runddans is the result of the collaboration between Todd Rundgren, Hans-Peter Lindstrom and Emil Nikolaisen. Its a spiritual magnusopus, that stands alongside Rundgren's most worshipped trippy albums of the seventies, fusing his blue eyed soul with Lindstroms disco epics and Emil Nikolaisens studio trickery into a cosmic mix of soul, synth, pop and disco.
10,000 Light Years Ago' is John's second solo album - his first, 'Natural Avenue', was released in 1977. Recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida, the album features guest contributions from former Moody Blues members RAY THOMAS and MIKE PINDER and legendary guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING among others. 10,000 Light Years Ago' features some of the finest songs of John's impressive career. From the epic title track and the opening song 'In My Mind', the biographical 'Those Days in Birmingham', the more reflective 'Simply Magic' and 'Lose Your Love', the rock influenced 'Crazy', the jazz - tinged 'Love Passed Me By' and the powerful 'Get Me Out of Here', John Lodge has painted a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas.
Limited Edition vinyl to the Jack Black classic, Nacho Libre featuring original music from multi-award winning artist/composers Beck, Danny Elfman, Los Lobos, Caetano Veloso, and Jack Black himself.$12.99 $11.99
Van Hunt, a Dayton, Ohio-born musician, made his way to Atlanta where he drew acclaim for his production efforts and crafty songwriting, featured on recordings by such diverse artists as Dionne Farris, Rahsaan Patterson, and Cree Summer as well as the platinum-selling soundtrack, Love Jones.
Virginia Beach’s Turnover has never been a band afraid of telling the truth. The emotional honesty poured out over a number of anthemic releases has been a proven formula of success for the band, but on their sophomore LP Peripheral Vision, the band treads into deeper water. Working again with Magnolia producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive), Turnover’s latest record shows a band maturing to create their best effort: an ethereal, reverb-drenched soundscape blending elements of hazy dream pop and the delicate emo rock of yesteryear. Songs like “Hello Euphoria” and “Like Slow Disappearing” highlight the new calmer, more subdued approach to songwriting, matched by Austin Getz’s somber, confessional lyrics that echo throughout songs as if his words were haunting every measure. Peripheral Vision solidifies the idea that Turnover is a band with its finger on the pulse of its generation: growing and learning with every release, but never failing to provide a relatable, cathartic experience for anyone listening.$16.99 $13.99
GUITAR HEROES: JAMES BURTON, ALBERT LEE, AMOS GARRETT, DAVID WILCOX * Four Telecaster Masters shake up the rock and roll universe on this historic release. Guitar history was made on July 12, 2013 when these guitar heroes performed together at the Vancouver Island MusicFest. * Albert Lee said it best: "Welcome to my dream!" Rooted in blues and rockabilly influences, this recording includes four legends who have shaped, and changed the sound of popular music from the mid-1950s on. * The musicianship, good taste, camaraderie, respect and history on stage that night made guitar history.
Country artist Granger Smith continues to reinvent the face of traditional country music. His consistency in providing powerful, heartfelt, blended hits have made him into a fan and critic favorite over the years. His most recent studio album, “Dirt Road Driveway,” impressively debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country chart and was also named as one of the “Best albums of the 2000’s” by iTunes. Granger’s country boy alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., has its own rabid following and has garnered him a weekly segment called “Dip Em and Pick Em” on CBS Sports Inside College Football. Dibbles serves as the explosive encore act on Granger’s current headlining national tour “YEE YEE Nation:Part II.” Granger Smith boasts more than 27 million views on YouTube and has a captive audience on social media that exceeds 3.2 million followers.$13.99 $11.99
Hop Along has had multiple lives. First conceptualized as a freak-folk solo act by Frances Quinlan, it progressed towards a fuller sound with the addition of Mark Quinlan on drums, Tyler Long on bass and Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Dogs on Acid) on guitar. Emerging as one of music’s most unique songwriters, the captivating vignettes Frances has weaved tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. Her powerful voice is a spellbinding entity all it’s own, celebratory and raw, and one that can’t be shaken away. Their new album, Painted Shut, is their 2nd full-length and first for Saddle Creek (preceded by the self-released Get Disowned in 2012). However, this release marks their first time creating as a full-formed entity, arranging everything as a group.
Anxiety’s Kiss is the new album from Coliseum, recorded at The Magpie Cage by producer/engineer J.Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). Anxiety’s Kiss is a hook-laden maturation of the Coliseum sound. Nods to their early D-Beat leanings are there, but it is their willingness to embrace Post-Punk melody and explore the space between notes that make “Anxiety’s Kiss” so alluring. Confidently growing within the punk world, without ever leaving it behind.
We seek the new because of the numbness. If you listen to enough music, you’re familiar with the feeling. Sounds get recycled so often that they can seem like geometric configurations organized via Wav files. Trends get time-stamped faster than a triplicate trap hi-hat. The most rare records emerge outside of any clearly delineated orbit. They’re solitary visions that supply their own rhythm and arsenal. Music that reverberates through heart, brain, and spine. This is Nosaj Thing’s third album, Fated.
Death metal behemoths SIX FEET UNDER are back, and with the seething CRYPT OF THE DEVIL, the eleventh full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band is returning with an overhauled line up that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral death metal Six Feet Under has ever put their name to. Having begun as a side project while Barnes was fronting Cannibal Corpse, the band became a full-fledged and unstoppable entity in 1995, and over the course of their career they have consistently helped shape the face of death metal through their uncompromising approach to their craft.
You may not know the name STS at first glance, but you hve surely heard him: his fingerprints are on Ciara's ''Oh'', The Roots ''How I Got Over'' LP, & tracks from Jill Scott to Jazzy Jeff and more. RJD2 the man behind the ''Mad Men'' theme, ''Ghostwriter,'' and many tracks on tv and film has likely crossed your ears as well. Together, the two formed a unit and cut a full-length album of beautiful, soulful, poetic, and fluid music that is both timeless, and like nothing else in rap today. Heavily melodic and still able to rattle a trunk, this debut album takes nods from the Impressions to Ludacris to Wu-Tang, all the while holding originality, razor sharp lyricism, and a deep pocket in the highest regard. Philly's finest are shining.
Unrestrained pioneers. Avantgardists. K.I.N.G.s – all this and more is the nature of the primal force and the dark beauty that is Satyricon! Front icon Satyr and drummer extraordinaire Frost have broken loose from the shackles of genre restrictions long ago and chose to tread their own paths exclusively. On albums such as Volcano, Now, Diabolical or The Age Of – sometimes even on stage – the Norwegians have collaborated with orchestras and choirs again and again. Now Satyr`s most grandiose dream became flesh with Live At The Opera: on September 8, 2013 Satyricon shared the stage with the Norwegian Opera Choir in Oslo – a monumental extravaganza that has been captured on DVD and the audio masterpiece across two CDs!
The wonderment of the natural world, a commitment to experimentation and a utopian ideology define the music of Sagan Youth. Unconstrained by genre limitations, their musical palette is expansive. From cosmic drones to bare-knuckle dancefloor burners to Spaghetti Western-esque organ ditties, Sagan Youth’s sound draws influence from the ideas of their namesake, Carl Sagan, the rich history of electronic and classical music and incalculable hours probing the limits of sonic expression via a plethora of synthesizers and effects units.
Michael Rault is a Toronto based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multiinstrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R’n’B, and acid psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the Beatles and the wiggy New Orleans textures of Dr. John in equal measure. Rault’s latest album Living Daylight will see worldwide release on Burger Records in 2015.
When Chris Cheveyo abandoned his heavy instrumental post-rock band towards the end of 2010, he culled his old habits and made a fresh start with Rose Windows, a Seattle-based sextet that drew upon everything from American folk to West Saharan guitar rock, from pentatonic proto-metal to traditional Persian music, from the darker corners of California’s early psych scene to the hazy atmospherics of contemporary drone artists. It was a risky era for this sort of bold new venture—there was a lot of talk of austerity in 2010. People were upside-down on their mortgages. Gas prices were high. Many of the new musicians of the Great Recession were solo bedroom artists, laptop producers, and lo-fi aficionados.
Killer reissue of these jangly garage shakers outta Vancouver!!! GET IT!!! **COLORED VINYL IS WHITE!
Imbued with love, honesty, and selflessness. ''The Good Fight'' is virtuousic in its musicality, direct in its language, and infinitely relatable. In a landscape overrun with abstract indulgence and shallow trend-chasers, the Prince George's County, Maryland artist has created a record that reminds you that it's music before it's hip hop. For Oddisee, ''The Good Fight'' is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism.$15.99 $13.99
4-time GRAMMY nominee and best-selling saxman Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY nominated album The Beat. 10 original songs written or co-written by Boney, with special guests Stokley of Mint Condition on vocals and Thelonious Monk Competition winner Marquis Hill on trumpet. futuresoul is retro music for the modern age.
Twenty-two years after he was introduced to the world with ''Send Them'' the landmark left-field 12'' that launched the Solesides label b/w DJ Shadow's ''Entropy,'' Lyrics Born has made some of the most organic, original, and adventurous music of his entire career. While touring with Latyrx last, he made time for an extended stay in a place that he's long admired: America's first and last real-deal music town, New Orleans. LB stocked up on pads and pens, rented a cozy house three blocks from the famous Maple Leaf Bar, and booked two weeks' worth of sessions with Galactic guys Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman at their Uptown studio. Then they let it rip.
Hollis Brown is a self-defined American Rock ‘n’ Roll band named after a Bob Dylan song. They released their debut album Ride On The Train in 2013, garnering critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter and music placements on MTV, Showtime’s “Shameless” and in the film “Bad Country”.
Downtown Boys debut LP Full Communism is a thrashing record of songs about smashing the prison-industrial complex, racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. Released May 5th on Don Giovanni Records, the band will take their ferocious live show on the road with label-mates Screaming Females and make a stop in Austin during SXSW.
The Hi recordings of Charlie Rich are in many ways the most reckless and adventurous of his career. In 1966 and 1967, Hi, a small Memphis label that hosted acts such as Willie Mitchell (and later Al Green) and the Bill Black Combo believed, like Sun, RCA, and Mercury before them, in Rich’s prodigious talent but had no idea where to put him categorically. Most here are the songs associated with Hank Williams. They are revelatory in that they reveal just how wide-ranging Rich’s vision was. This collection is essential for Rich fans, and something to consider for any fan of timeless, restless country-soul from the 1960s.$19.99 $16.99
Juice is the soundtrack to the 1992 film starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. It was released on December 31, 1991 through MCA Records and consisted mainly of hip hop. The soundtrack was a success and featured four charting singles 'Uptown Anthem', 'Juice (Know the Ledge)', 'Don't Be Afraid' and 'Is It Good to You'. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics campaign, this classics has been reissued back on vinyl for the first time in over 15 years.
The forthcoming album, Heartbreak Pass, by seminal alt-country/rock band Giant Sand marks their 30th anniversary. Individually, each track on the record looms large on its own but, when heard as one complete offering, you know that you are listening to something very, very special. The Arizona desert has been a predominate theme and source of inspiration for Howe Gelb, the indie rock pioneer and frontman for Giant Sand. The group can also be looked at as Howe’s one-man-band with many guests and collaborators. The album features Steve Shelly (Sonic Youth), Grant-Lee Phillips and Ilse DeLange (Common Linnets).
Alligator Years expands upon the charming surfy haze of Twinsmith’s 2013 eponymous album and “Honestly” single, with the band pushing themselves musically while moving toward a more dynamic pop sound. Each diverse track is imbued with an individual voice and style, and ranges from propulsive, melodic rock (“Seventeen”) to buoyantly playful pop (“Alligator Years”) from soaring, sing-along retro pop (“Is It Me”) to sumptuous, evocative new wave (“Constant Love”); from shimmery, summery pop (“Said and Done”, “Haunts”) to moody, slowburning ballads (“Dust”, “Carry On”).
Formed in 2007, Pennsylvania's Superheaven has spent the better part of the last five years honing in on their dark and desperate sound across four EPs, an outstanding full-length debut (Jar) and an almost endless touring cycle. Hard work is engrained in their ethos and plays a big role in the inspiration for their newest record, Ours Is Chrome, out May 5 via SideOneDummy Records. Produced by Will Yip, Ours Is Chrome consists of eleven emotionally heavy songs that drift effortlessly between genres, channeling the band's insecurities and determination into a collection of material that are simultaneously confident and downcast.
Punk supergroup Chaos Delivery Machine to release 'Burn Motherfucker Burn' on May 5 Via Hardline Entertainment. Band features Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise, with Jason Page and Justin Thirsk of 98 Mute.$13.99 $11.99
A Grave With No Name, the recording project of London’s Alexander Shields, is extremely pleased to announce his latest LP Feathers Wet, Under The Moon, due out via Lefse on May 5th. The follow up to 2013’s Whirlpool, which happened to also be Shields’ first foray into a recording studio, eschewing the bedroom recordings of his previous releases, Feathers Wet, Under The Moon sees him return to a studio, this time trading the foggy confines of London for the rolling hills of Nashville, TN.
Andy Kim’s It’s Decided transcends the galaxies of history within it. Renowned for 30 million records sold worldwide, with eternal #1 hits like “Rock ME Gently”, “Baby, I Love You So”, and The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar”, the legendary songwriter and recording artist has captured a vibrant new sound, timeless in its opposing auras of permanence and ephemera. Co-written and produced by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think), and Dave Hamelin (The Stills), It’s Decided is the crystallization of a music community around a living, thriving legend. Lead by Andy Kim’s wisdom, through his stunningly youthful vocals, the album’s ten songs are accented by contributions by luminaries Ron Sexsmith, Jeff Barry, John McIntyre, Kevin Hearn, and Derek Downham. Surrendering to what Kim calls “the Magic & the Brilliance of Kevin Drew”, songs with the impeccable intuition of a Hall of Fame songwriter shimmer with Drew’s studio flourishes.$16.99 $14.99
NOW 54 includes the biggest new hit songs on one album for a great price, with Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Calvin Harris, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, and more!$16.99 $14.99
NOW #1's features 18 of the biggest chart-topping hits from the last three years. A perfect party playlist, including Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Magic!, Pitbull and many more.
Minneapolis-based indie pop group
The title of Old and New Friends, the latest release from award-winning pianist/composer David Berkman, refers specifically to the exceptional sextet that he assembled for the recording. The band joins two members of Berkman’s recently-formed quartet – saxophonist Dayna Stephens and bassist Linda Oh – with three renowned musicians who can definitely be considered old friends: drummer Brian Blade, who appeared on three of Berkman’s albums in the late ’90’s and early 2000’s; and saxophonists Adam Kolker and Billy Drewes, both of whom Berkman has known for more than 30 years.
Brandon Estelle is a grammy nominated artist and church worship leader from Ohio. He grew up in Kansas City in a very musical family with his grandfather, father and brother all performing in well known bands. Brandon was member of the band Superchick up until their hiatus, when he decided to pursue his solo career. He plays drums, piano, and all stringed instruments. The Star LP is produced by Brandon’s brother Lester Estelle, from the acclaimed band Pillar. It features eleven tracks including the first single “So Brilliant”. The video for So Brilliant released in early February to rave reviews. It was filmed on the streets of Chicago and features Estelle showcasing his multi-instrumental prowess. The Star LP is full of impressive, hand-crafted songs that are sure to please any listener.
Hypnophobia, the brand new album from ‘baroque pop’ prince and Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner, casts a majestic and vibrant psychedelic spell that will hypnotise listeners at the point dreams and reality meet.
The 14 live performances on JEFF BECK LIVE+ were recorded at multiple venues in 2014 and feature Beck backed by his band: vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. LIVE + concludes with two studio tracks new for 2015: Tribal and My Tiled White Floor, with guest vocals from Ruth Lorenzo and Veronica Bellino
In Hearts Wake are not afraid to use their music to convey messages on social, political and environmental subjects. They dive directly into these matters with great precision and positivity, which undoubtedly makes the band stand out amongst their peers. Their last two albums have proved that they are able to cover these topics and still connect with fans through their music. They have continued to share these matters with the world through touring with the likes of The Ghost Inside, The Amity Aiction and Stick To Your Guns. “Skydancer” is the third full-length album from In Hearts Wake. It is the second half of a two-part series that began with their last album, “Earthwalker.”
In January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti and the tragic loss was a top news story for many months. A New York Times journalist focused on the story of an artist whose melancholy music resonated with the Haitian community in the midst of their tragedy. The artist was Beken and his music united the community in their shared sorrow, spurring demand for bootleg copies of his previous recordings. But Beken was unable to find his voice to write and sing about the earthquake’s impact on his life.
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An Evening Of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of songs from her Grammy-nominated Nostalgia album. Fronting a 19-piece band – including string and horn sections – and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this concert, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of classic American standards, ranging from “Summertime,” “Georgia On My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The Child” to one of rock’n’roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put A Spell On You.”