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New Releases on CD for Friday February 17th (02/17)

The Following are some of the releases on CD that we are most excited for, but is by no means a comprehensive list, there there just too many awesome releases to cover all of them!

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

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More so than his alt-country covers of zeitgeisty non- country albums or his arbitrary forays into arena rock and heavy metal wish- fulfilment, what Ryan Adams truly excels at is documenting and dissecting failed relationships. With ‘Prisoner’, the 42-year-old singer-songwriter is (conservatively speaking) on his third such album dedicated to doing just that, this time picking over the bones of his six-year marriage to actress Mandy Moore, which ended in 2015.

Fortunately – both for us and, in a more cathartic sense, Adams himself – the passage of time between this album and 2004’s ‘Love Is Hell’, or even his 2000 solo debut ‘Heartbreaker’, hasn’t dulled his gift for creating art out of pain. ‘Prisoner’ isn’t quite up to the career-best standards of its predecessors, but it’s a remarkably focused and effective successor nonetheless.

Full Review At NME

Big Sean – I Decided

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The success of Big Sean‘s debut album, Finally Famous, may have afforded him the lifestyle he dreamed of, but the project also came with great expectation, which some critics would say he faltered under, using his underwhelming sophomore effort, Hall of Fame, as evidence of his decline. However, Big Sean would silence many of his critics who had distanced him from the conversation of the top rappers of his era after unleashing Dark Sky Paradise, an album receiving rave reviews, with collaborations with Drake (“Blessings”), Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign (“Play No Games”) and his platinum hit with E-40 (“IDFWU”) all showcasing his potential as a hit-making superstar.

But all that glitters isn’t gold, and although Big Sean had reached the top of the mountain, there were still questions within himself that had yet to be answered — questions of love, family, success and loyalty. Life is all about the decisions one makes and too many wrong turns can lead into a life of regret, which is a fear that Big Sean knows well. But instead of shying away from those emotions, the superstar in waiting examines them at length on I Decided., his fourth studio album and his first since releasing Dark Sky Paradise nearly two years ago. And after giving Sean Don’s latest long player a listen, it doesn’t take long to conclude that the rapper has been going through a few things as of late.

Full Review At XXL

Alison Krauss – Windy City

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Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009), will release Windy City, on February 17th. Windy City is a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility.

Some of the songs are familiar like Gentle On My Mind, a signature song of Glen Campbell’s, and You Don t Know Me which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others were lesser known, like Willie Nelson’s I Never Cared For You and All Alone Am I, originally recorded by Brenda Lee.

Alison Krauss – Windy City (Deluxe Edition)

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Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009), will release Windy City, on February 17th. Windy City is a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility.

Some of the songs are familiar like Gentle On My Mind, a signature song of Glen Campbell’s, and You Don t Know Me which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others were lesser known, like Willie Nelson’s I Never Cared For You and All Alone Am I, originally recorded by Brenda Lee.

Deluxe Edition includes 4 bonus live tracks!

Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

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Nikki Lane’s remarkably dazzling third album Highway Queen, out February 17, 2017, sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of “700,000 Rednecks,” a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”). Lane, a Greenville, South Carolina native, is unique songwriter who didn’t take the traditional country artist path. Her backwoods roots are undercut by her chosen career as a fashion entrepreneur (she’s the owner of vintage clothing boutique High Class Hillbilly) who has lived – and been heartbroken in – Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. So it’s no surprise that her music seamlessly crosses musical genres with lyrics steeped in the doomed perseverance only a true dark horse romantic knows. Lane’s rapid rise in music is thanks to the fervent critical acclaim of her debut record Walk of Shame and 2014’s Dan Auerbach-produced All or Nothin’. With Highway Queen, 2017 is poised to be Lane’s major mainstream breakthrough. “I want to be the highway queen,” Lane told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I’m obsessed with trucks, just like every other fucking country singer. But I want to make my own,” she said banging her fists on the table of a chic East Nashville cafe. So as she sings on the title track: place your bets, if you ain’t folding.

Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

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Jens Lekman describes his new record, Life Will See You Now, playfully, but also honestly, as “a midlife-crisis disco album; it’s an existentialist record, about seeing the consequences of your choices”. It’s a typical Lekman album in several ways: sly humour is key to its heartfelt nature; it inverts pop’s writing norm by making songs with sad concerns sound happy and songs with a happy subject sound sad; and it plays with notions of identity and the self. But, as the title suggests, it also represents a significant move forward, as if across a threshold. It’s the more expansive, upbeat sound of a revitalised Lekman, who is just one of many characters in his new stories about the magic and messiness of different kinds of relationships.

The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings

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Early press for Chicago garage rockers The Orwells’ third album, Terrible Human Beings, has either focused on the claim that the band has grown past the youthful shenanigans that typified their previous work, or that they have taken an obvious shine to the Pixies.  The “more mature” Orwells angle is true enough, though a little overstated even if the band members themselves agree with it. Admittedly, the album does feature hints of this progression. “Buddy” for instance, the first song from the album to be released as a single, features the refrain “Movin’ on, did my time” before closing with a repeated “Goodbye Buddy.” Whoever Buddy is, he or she is in the past, while The Orwells are moving on to the future. Not too swiftly though, as the song’s narrator does also mention that he has a pint in his hand and a “pocket full of rubber.” So basically, the band are still drinking and screwing, they just aren’t teenagers anymore.

The Pixies inspiration on the other hand is pretty undeniable. Sticking with “Buddy,” the guitars and vocals are a direct nod to the iconic Boston band’s leader Black Francis. In fact, the singer/guitarist is such a huge influence on Terrible Human Beings that the album’s standout track is actually called “Black Francis.” Whereas “Buddy” borders on Pixies-pastiche (well done and enjoyable as it is), “Black Francis” is less a copy of the Pixies than The Orwells absorbing that group’s sounds and then spitting out something that’s all their snotty own. The song feels like a natural progression from the tunes featured on 2012’s Remember When and 2014’s Disgraceland, even if it’s not about high schoolers shooting guns and getting shit-faced. Maybe they’re growing up after all.

Full Review At Treble Zine

Robert Randolph – Got Soul

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Pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph returns with his new album, Got Soul. The album reaffirms that Randolph and his Family Band have truly evolved into one of the most exciting and innovative outfits in contemporary music. Got Soul takes stock of Randolph’s past as a church musician as it pushes the band forward into new places. There is no shortage of originality on the album with songs that run the gamut from gospel numbers to deep, funky grooves to incendiary rock-and-soul jams. The hauntingly exquisite “Heaven’s Calling” features Randolph on solo steel while guest vocalists Darius Rucker and Anthony Hamilton lend their golden voices to “Love Do What It Do” and “She Got Soul” respectively. “I Thank You,” the 60s Sam & Dave R&B smash, is completely re-imagined in the hands of the Family Band and Snarky Puppy’s very own Cory Henry.

Son Volt – Notes Of Blue

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The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for the new collection. The album opens with the country soul of Promise the World, followed by Back Against the Wall, a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. However, Notes Of Blue reflects the blues as it resides in the folk tradition, but heavily amplified. The primal stomp of Cherokee St, the frenetic guitar on Static and the raw slide in Sinking Down exude grit and attitude. Conversely, tracks such as The Storm and Cairo and Southern seamlessly meld blues with hypnotic melodies that add a unique balance to Notes of Blue.

Otis Taylor – Fantasizing About Being Black

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Blues music visionary Otis Taylor reflects on the African American experience in a timely release on the Trance Blues Festival label. Fantasizing About Being Black is Otis Taylor s poetic musical exploration from the voyages of slave ships to the Mississippi Delta with a raw and haunting multi-instrumental blend that reveals the connection of history to modern day events; features musical guests Jerry Douglas, Brandon Niederauer and Ron Miles.

Charlie Wilson – In It To Win It

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“I am excited about my new single, ‘I’m Blessed,’ because it says exactly where I am in my life, blessed to still be making music that people want to hear” states Charlie Wilson. “2016 has been a tough year for so many people around the world and I am proud to release a song that reminds us that we can all find some blessings in our lives.  Having T.I. add his flavor to the song and share who he is and how his journey is filled with blessings is an added bonus.”

“2017 is going to be an epic year for Charlie Wilson. In addition to his upcoming arena tour, we have a great new album that includes some of today’s top musical artists,” stated Michael Paran, Wilson’s manager and CEO of P Music Group. “The new album represents some of the best music Charlie has recorded in his career thus far. He has a very diverse fan base and there is something on this album for everyone.”

Charlie Wilson has received numerous awards during his critically-acclaimed career including eleven Grammy nominations and a 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award which included performances by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx and India Arie.

New Releases on Vinyl For Tuesday February 14th (02/14) & Friday February 17th (02/17)

Everything is subject to availability, feel free to call and check to make sure we still have what you’re looking for before you come into the store!

Vinyl Tuesday (Feb. 14th) Releases

GENE CLARK – LOST STUDIO SESSIONS 1964-1982 LP
HOT TUNA – PHOSPHORESCENT RAT LP

 

Normal Friday Releases (Feb. 17th)

3 DOORS DOWN – BETTER LIFE LP
RYAN ADAMS – PRISONER LP
ADRIAN YOUNGE PRESENTS – DELFONICS INSTRUMENTALS LP
ALLAH-LAS – AUTUMN DAWN/HEREAFTER 45
TIM DARCY – SATURDAY NIGHT LP
EISLEY – I’M ONLY DREAMING LP
ELECTRIC GUEST – PLURAL LP
HANNI EL KHATIB – SAVAGE TIMES 10″
SALLIE FORD – SOUL SICK LP
GRAILS – CHALICE HYMNAL LP
BILLIE HOLIDAY – LADY LOVE LP
JETHRO TULL – STAND UP LP
ALISON KRAUSS – WINDY CITY LP
NIKKI LANE – HIGHWAY QUEEN LP
JENS LEKMAN – LIFE WILL SEE YOU NOW LP
LIFT TO EXPERIENCE – TEXAS-JERUSALEM CROSSROADS LP
MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH – O.S.T. LP
HAYES MCMULLAN – EVERYDAY SEEM LIKE MURDER HERE LP
MEAT WAVE – INCESSANT LP
MOIRE – NO FUTURE LP
NEKTAR – TAB IN THE OCEAN LP
ORWELLS – TERRIBLE HUMAN BEINGS LP
AUGUSTUS PABLO – KING DAVID’S MELODY LP
PARQUET COURTS – CAPTIVE OF THE SUN 12″
IGGY POP – LUST FOR LIFE LP
MATT PRYOR – MEMENTO MORI LP
ROBERT RANDOLPH – GOT SOUL LP
SON VOLT – NOTES OF BLUE LP
SPIRITUALIZED – LADIES & GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE LP
STANDELLS – DIRTY WATER LP
STANDELLS – WHY PICK ON ME LP
STANDELLS – TRY IT LP
STEELDRIVERS – STEELDRIVERS LP
STRAND OF OAKS – HARD LOVE LP
TASH SULTANA – NOTION LP
RICK WAKEMAN – PIANO PORTRAITS LP
WEATHER REPORT – LIVE IN TOYKO LP
STEVE WINWOOD – ARC OF A DIVER LP
STEVE WINWOOD – TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT LP
WU-TANG CLAN – ENTER THE WU-TANG 45
ZOS KIA/COIL – TRANSPARENT LP

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of 02/12-02/18

Music/Stand-up comedy:

 

Movies/TV:

Arrival – movie

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (directed by Ang Lee) – movie

Edge of Seventeen – movie

Steamboat Bill Jr./College (directed by Buster Keaton) – movie

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Criterion Collection directed by Ermanno Olmi) – movie

 

Blu-Ray releases:

Arrival – movie

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (directed by Ang Lee) – movie

Edge of Seventeen – movie

It Came From Outer Space – movie

Memories of Underdevelopment – movie

One Million Years B.C. – movie

Steamboat Bill Jr./College (directed by Buster Keaton) – movie

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Criterion Collection directed by Ermanno Olmi) – movie

  • Steely Dan FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About This Elusive Band by Anthony Robustelli    $19.99
  • I Me Mine: The Extended Edition by George Harrison    $55.00
  • Prince: Life & Times by Jason Draper    $24.99
  • Super Freak: The Life of Rick James by Peter Benjaminson    $28.99
  • Angelo Badalamenti’s Soundtrack From Twin Peaks by Clare Nina Norelli (33 1/3 series)    $14.95
  • Universal Harvester: A Novel by John Darnielle    $25.00

Book New Releases!

  • Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan by Andrew McCarron    $19.95
  • Close to the Edge: How Yes’s Masterpiece Defined Prog Rock by Will Romano    $24.99
  • Substance: Inside New Order by Peter Hook    $35.00
  • Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, The Beats, & Drugs by Martin Torgoff    $25.99
  • Spoke: Images and Stories From the 1980s Washington, DC Punk Scene compiled by Scott Crawford    $24.95
  • Stephen Stills: Change Partners by David Roberts    $26.95