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Common - Nobody's Smiling CD


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Two-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No I.D.'s Artium/Def Jam Recordings. Common has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men. His numerous previous accomplishments in film and music include starring on the silver screen in films such as Smokin Aces (2006), American Gangster (2007), Street Kings (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Date Night (2010), and more. Prior to acting, Common rose to prominence as one of hip hop's most poetic and respected lyricists having recorded over eight albums.

   


Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill CD


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Dom Flemons is most recognized by music aficionados as a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, but this past December he celebrated his final days with the group as he began the road towards a solo career. That road has led to the summer release of his newest album Prospect Hill. Diving way back into yesteryear, Flemons set out to combine several styles including southern folk, spiritual, and front porch jug and strings while pulling them together to make one cohesive album.

   


Freeman - Freeman CD

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Freeman is Aaron Freeman's first album of original material since disbanding Ween and getting sober, but it's not a record mired in its maker's private struggles. It's a collection of gorgeous, subtly offbeat songs. The lush psych pop of "...Stallion"; the melancholy plea of "More Than the World"; the unflappable, Plastic Ono Band esque blues-rock of "Gimmie One More." Freeman distills the Aaron Freeman aesthetic equal parts wonder & malaise, frankness & mysticism, defiance & vulnerability to its headiest essence, proving that this man, known for so long by another name, is finally free.

   


Joyce Manor - Never Hung Over Again CD

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Joyce Manor was conceived in the back of a car in the Disneyland parking lot the kind of beginning California dreams are made of. It was the fall of 2008, and over a bottle co-founders Barry Johnson (guitar, vocals) and Chase Knobbe (guitar) decided to team up under the moniker Joyce Manor, named after an apartment complex Barry walked past every day. Their first self-titled album in 2011 exploded out of nowhere; across two albums, they discovered what Joyce Manor really sounded like the speed and sense of melody of fellow South Bay band the Descendents, the artfully bittersweet lyricism of Jawbreaker and the undeniable heart-on-sleeve honesty of the first two Weezer albums. By the close of 2013, they had signed with Epitaph, and now had the experience, the discipline and the inspiration to make one of those rare albums that redefines a young band Never Hungover Again. Friend and Philly producer Joe Reinhardt took the controls in Hollywood s analog dreamland the Lair, and they assigned the final mix to Tony Hoffer the guy who found the definitive sound for Supergrass, Belle and Sebastian, M83 and Phoenix. Together, they made an album of pop-punk in paradox, right down to the title and photo on the cover. It s something like believing the impossible, says Barry, or at least the too good to be true: "Those people look wasted yeah, there will definitely be a hangover! There will be pain! " And from the first song, it s ten precisely put-together songs about how things fall apart, with some of the saddest lyrics you d ever shout along to from the front row.

   


La Roux - Trouble in Paradise CD


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On album number two, Elly Jackson parted company with Ben Langmaid due to an often-heard chestnut: creative differences. From the start, this split seems to have done nothing but good for Jackson. Her debut was well regarded, if occasionally maligned for her “thin” voice. In the time since that album, her voice has improved, and with the split from Langmaid, she still dabbles in electropop, but there is much more of a beating heart beneath it all.

   


Mike Doughty - Live at Ken's House CD

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Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He's released five solo albums, some EPs, a covers album, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and didn't like it and took a lot of drugs. This is his latest live album.

   


Raveonettes - Pe'ahi CD

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Danish noise-poppers The Raveonettes have always channelled US surf culture, so it should come as no surprise they chose to release a record named after a big wave surf spot in Hawaii. From the opening fuzz of "Endless Sleeper" and over-driven guitar pop of "Sisters", it’s clear this is closer to the band’s opus "Lust Lust Lust" than it is the letdown pop of more recent albums. At times summery, melancholic and nostalgic, this is the duo’s finest effort in years and a great example of what shoegazey noise-pop can do in 2014.

   


Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics CD

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On his new album, Acoustic Classics, Richard Thompson revisits 14 songs from his legendary career, stripping down many of his compositions to their bare essentials, acoustic guitar and voice. The solo performances highlight not only the fundamentals of Thompson's songwriting, but also his extraordinary guitar playing.

   


The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest CD

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The Black Angels are excited to reveal Clear Lake Forest, featuring 7 entirely new tracks, hot on the heels of their acclaimed album Indigo Meadow released last year. Guitarist Christian Bland invites listeners to accompany the band on a sonic odyssey: ''After roaming through the Indigo Meadow, the time has come to journey to the Clear Lake Forest, where 7 tales of diamonds, executioners, and other strange occurrences await underneath the crystal waves lapping in the lake.''

   


Yes - Heaven & Earth CD


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Heaven & Earth is the first YES album featuring new singer Jon Davison along with bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes and follows on the heels of the successful and acclaimed 2011 release, Fly From Here. The new album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cars, Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick etc.)