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New Releases on CD for May 25th (5/25)

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!

Arthur Buck – Arthur Buck

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The first recorded collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame isn’t a concept album in the strictest sense. But many of its songs do revolve around a central theme: The messy metaphysical process of getting “woke.”

There are songs with mindfulness-meditation refrains (“I Am the Moment”), and songs that equate awareness with survival (“If You Wake Up in Time”). There are sober looks at the aftershocks of the 2016 election (“I was asleep when they disabled the golden rule”) and expressions of dismay over the assorted dramas of current U.S. governance. There are observations about broader changes in the culture: In the middle of “American Century,” Arthur laments “It used to be about what you could do. Now it’s all about what you can get.”

And, naturally, there are expressions of alarm over the numbing fascinations arriving every second via smartphone: “So meditate when you start your day, and don’t look into your phone to make a play. / It’s just a crazy making crazy train, Open up your third eye and stop being insane.”

Arthur has long been a trenchant, if caustic, observer of human nature. He can go dark when the subject warrants — and stay there. The quickly written songs of Arthur Buck, which grew out of an impromptu collaboration over a few days in Mexico, treat weighty ideas with a disarmingly light tone. They’re resolute and forward-looking, sunny and often sly wake-up calls that use a full complement of tricks — Oasis-style rock anthems, hip-hop pastiche, odd funk pockets — to lure listeners into the desired zone of expanded awareness.

Read More at NPR

Chromeo – Head Over Heels

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All manner of genre tags have been applied to Chromeo over the course of their 16 years together, with electro, disco and synth pop all among them. In actual fact, though, you don’t need to look much further than their Twitter handle to know where the Montreal duo’s musical roots really lie; rather immodestly, they describe themselves as “FUNKLORDZ” and sure enough, beneath the pristine electronic surface, the influences at the beating heart of Chromeo’s musical blueprint have always been the James Browns, Chaka Khans and George Clintons of the world, rather than anybody more contemporary.

How must they have felt, then, to have seen the style enjoy such a mainstream resurgence in recent years? Between the re-emergence of Nile Rodgers and Chic (they’ll put out their first album in a quarter-century this year) and the likes of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” becoming global smashes, the audience is clearly there for Chromeo and for any number of their funk-inflected peers that the pair could see either as potential rivals or collaborators.

On this fifth LP, Head Over Heels, it’s the latter; continuing in the same vein as 2014’s White Women, Dave 1 and P-Thugg have opened up their creative process and enlisted outside help, and the result is genuine progression. By enlisting hip-hop up-and-comers like French Montana and Stefflon Don, they’ve inched towards R&B, but in a fashion that feels more like a nod to the Eighties than the present-day equivalent; see the irresistible opening one-two of “Must’ve Been” and “Don’t Sleep” for evidence.

Read more at The Independent.

Brent Cowles – How to be Okay Alone

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“HOW TO BE OKAY ALONE.” That’s what Brent Cowles scribbled in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of his newfound independence. It was meant to be the start of a list — a survival guide for navigating the solitude and loneliness of our increasingly isolated world — but instead, it turned out to be a dead end recipe for writer’s block. Months later, the Colorado native stumbled back onto his list, empty as the day he started it, but this time he recognized that the blank white page actually held a profound revelation, one that was hidden in plain sight. “I realized then that I actually didn’t know how to be okay alone,” reflected Cowles. “But I also realized that it was okay not to know, because having friends and family — and the kind of friends you turn into family — is what really matters.”

That epiphany lies at the heart of Cowles’ rousing debut solo album, How To Be Okay Alone. A deeply honest, intensely personal portrait, the record channels loss and anxiety into acceptance and triumph as Cowles discovers that our relationships with each other are only as strong as the relationship we have with ourselves. That insight introduces a newfound maturity into both his personal and artistic lives here, leading him to redirect his search for satisfaction and fulfillment inwards for the first time.

Review pulled from Marquee Mag

Fantastic Negrito – Kicker

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Double check the tightness of that seatbelt, people, ’cause Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s third album as Fantastic Negrito takes off with all the breathtaking force of a high-speed roller coaster, hitting hard with a barrage of American social commentary before the first hairpin bend.
“Plastic Hambugers” empties its magazine of heavy blues and rock early. Sure, there’s other explosive truth kegs to come; such as the Bo Diddly lovin’ “Transgender Biscuits,” wherein the long-suffering blues man growls off pathetic reasons why his people have been fired.

No need to be completely alarmed or depressed, though: for all the energy loaded into the vocals, there’s a robust musicality that it’s impossible not to be enraptured by; the odd sample of Leadbelly here, twisted with a sample of his own fiery guitar and that lavishly soulful croon. When “Bullshit Anthem” lovingly bows to Bootsy Collins’ funky cape tails, that’s when the ‘fantastic’ in Fantastic Negrito comes fabulously to the fore.

Please Don’t Be Dead may be belted out with the most furious of voices, but Dphrepaulezz’s call to arms is urgently universal. Powerful stuff.

 

Read more at The Music

5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood (Deluxe Edition)

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5 Seconds Of Summer have always been the kind of band to be dismissed by self-described “real” music fans, but they’ve always deserved more credit for their talents. And, honestly, Youngblood just might see them get it. Either way, it should be massive.

On their third album, they’ve shed their pop-punk trappings and gone pure pop. In terms of style, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Carly Rae Jepsen dropping any of these songs on a more melancholy follow-up to Emotion.

Youngblood isn’t quite flawless, but it is a remarkably consistent listen. The band’s last album opened strong, but quickly fell flat. In contrast, Youngblood closes with what is probably the best song of the band’s career: Ghost Of You. And the rest of the record puts up a solid fight for that title.

Backlash can strike a band at any time. But, regardless of whether Youngblood ends up as one of the year’s biggest pop albums (again, it should), it’s a very solid contender for being one of the best.

Review pulled from The Music

Gaslight Anthem – 59 Sound Sessions

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 The ’59 Sound, the group’s breakthrough second album. Released in August 2008, just as the global economy was collapsing in the final months of George W. Bush’s presidency, the album became a cult classic, capturing a communal loss of innocence for a generation, raised on baby-boomer nostalgia, that had suddenly found itself facing a newly uncertain, student-debt–saddled future.

“The album was sort of a funeral for those years when you’re in your teens or early twenties, the things you hold as idealistic,” Fallon says today, looking back on the record.

When the band first got back together earlier this summer, they contemplated recording new material (“when an anniversary comes up, you start to think about that naturally”), but for now they have no plans to record or tour beyond a series of anniversary shows that run through August.

Instead, on Friday, to celebrate the album’s anniversary, the Gaslight Anthem will release The ’59 Sound Sessions, a collection of demos, alternate takes and outtakes from the sessions with the album’s producer Ted Hutt.

Read More at Rolling Stone

Buddy Guy – Blues is Alive and Well

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A forefather of the Blues, Buddy Guy is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, holding five No. 1 albums under his hat, who helped bridge the gap between the Blues and Rock -n-Roll.  A master Bluesman, Buddy Guy is still heavily active writing, recording, and touring at 81 years young. Never slowing down, Buddy Guy returns on June 15, 2018, with his new album, The Blues Is Alive And Well, thanks to Silvertone/RCA Records.

On The Blues Is Alive And Well, Guy has collaborated once again with longtime Producer Tom Hambridge to follow-up his acclaimed 2015 album, Born To Play Guitar, an album which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart. Even better, The Blues Is Alive And Well features guest appearances by a few gentlemen who you could say are music icons.

As his train keeps rolling, Buddy Guy shines through his wondrous story-telling and arresting Blues riffs, thus justifying his legacy on The Blues Is Alive And Well. Over the course of his unparalleled career, Guy has proven you don’t just listen to the Blues, you experience it! All this said, there is nothing better than the Blues, and the immortal genre is very much alive and well thanks to legends like Buddy Guy. A fine addition for Buddy Guy fans.

Read more at Cryptic Rock

Johnny Marr – Call the Comet

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The two leading forces behind The Smiths have offered new music lately, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. This fall, we found Morrissey spending the day in bed in Low in High School, hiding in his sheets and warning us to “stop watching the news.”

Now it’s time for former bandmate, Johnny Marr. On his third solo album, Call the Comet, Marr couldn’t be more opposite — charging into the world, definitely watching the news and making vibrant, scintillating music in the process.

The 12-track rock album is easily his best as a solo artist, deep and rich both musically and lyrically. Playing Call the Comet is like biting into a meaty, hearty stew after years of getting by on just broth. Most of the songs are over four minutes, showing an artist less concerned with radio play and more with complexity and beauty.

Read more at Washington Post

Rebelution – Free Rein

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Fourteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. Its members (singer/guitarist/lyricist Eric Rachmany, keyboardist Rory Carey, drummer Wesley Finley, and bassist Marley D. Williams) are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back. And they haven’t lost a step since Falling Into Place, their 2016 studio album, became the band’s fourth release to top the Billboard reggae chart, earning them their first ever Grammy nomination in the category of Best Reggae Album. Ever expanding and reaching wider audiences, the Rebelution phenomenon continues to spread good vibes on tour, and in the studio.

Free Rein, their sixth studio album, while still rooted in the Jamaican inspiration that Rebelution’s songs and sounds have always paid homage to, takes experimental leaps and new adventures too, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike. The musicians collaborated with Jamaican artists on three of the 12 new tracks. Don Corleon (Sean Paul, Rihanna) produced “Rise On Top”, a pointed reflection on celebrity and ambition; and Winta James, producer for Damian Marley and Chronixx, worked with the band on “Settle Down Easy” and “City Life”; two songs that reflect a more confessional perspective.

“Celebrate,” the new album’s opening track, nods to the classic Rebelution sound. It has special meaning for the band too. In their long months on the road they’ve met fans with health struggles who’ve said that their music has helped them get through tough times. An energizing shout-out to one and all, the song celebrates the oneness of artist and audience.

“Patience,” a reggae-R&B hybrid, is another hymn to human connection, a haunting message from the well of romantic love: Maybe isn’t good enough / I’m patient, I ain’t giving up…Can I be your everything and more?

Other tracks take a wider perspective. “City Life”; is one that hits home for Rachmany. There are moments, he says, speaking for urban dwellers everywhere, when I just want to get out and find some solitude and find the beauty of mother nature.The uptempo groove conveys the positive energy of this universal desire.

The band remains in touch with the traditions that it builds on. Much of the style, the songwriting, and the quality of the instrumentals derive from Jamaican roots, says Rachmany, stressing what an honor it is that producers from reggae’s birthplace signed on to work with Rebelution.

Sepultura – Arise (Expanded Edition)

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Sepultura hit its stride in 1991 when the Brazilian quartet released its acclaimed fourth record, Arise. Certified platinum based on worldwide sales, the album includes indispensable thrash/death metal tracks like “Under Siege (Regnum Irae)” and “Dead Embryonic Cells.”

This raucous classic is now available with a remastered version of the original album that’s been expanded with rare and unreleased studio and live recordings. Arise: Expanded Edition will be available on June 15

Arise: Expanded Edition features a newly remastered version of the original album along with 28 bonus tracks. Many of those have never been released, including an industrial remix of “Dead Embryonic Cells,” “Meaningless Movements” from an August 1989 writing session, and a cover of Motorhead’s “Orgasmatron.”

New Releases on Vinyl For Friday June 15th (6/15)

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!

Friday (June 15th) Releases:

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – YOUNGBLOOD LP
ABBATH – ABBATH LP
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. – HALLELUJAH MYSTIC GARDEN PART 1 – LP
ACTRESS – LAGEOS LP
AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST – VOL.2 LP
AMBARCHI,OREN/JAEGER,KASSEL/RUSHFORD,JAMES – FACE TIME LP
ANDEREGG,BRENDON – JUNE LP
ANDERSON,MARISA – CLOUD CORNER LP
AQUABATS – FURY OF THE AQUABATS LP
ARMSTRONG,TIM – POET’S LIFE LP
ARTHUR BUCK – ARTHUR BUCK LP
ASG – SURVIVE SUNRISE LP
AT THE GATES – SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL LP
BAD RELIGION – NO SUBSTANCE LP
BAHA,SAMI – FREE FOR ALL LP
BIG BLACK – HEADACHE LP
BITTER FUNERAL BEER BAND & CHERRY,DON – LIVE IN FRANKFURT 82 LP
BOLT THROWER – REALM OF CHAOS LP
BORATTO,GUI – PENTAGRAM LP
BROTZMANN,PETER – MACHINE GUN LP
BYRD,DONALD – BYRD IN HAND LP
CALPURNIA – SCOUT LP
CASH,JOHNNY – WITH HIS HOT & BLUE GUITAR LP
CAVE,NICK/ELLIS,WARREN – KINGS-O.S.T. LP
CHANEY,OLIVIA – SHELTER LP
CHERRY,DON – HOME BOY SISTER OUT LP
CLARK,GENE – GENE CLARK SINGS FOR YOU LP
COLEMAN,ORNETTE – THIS IS OUR MUSIC LP
COOPER,ALICE – TRASH LP
CULTURE ABUSE – BAY DREAM LP
DEF LEPPARD – VAULT: DEF LEPPARD GREATEST HITS LP
DRIFTMACHINE – SHUNTER LP
ERIC’S TRIP – PURPLE BLUE LP
ERIC’S TRIP – FOREVER AGAIN LP
FANTASTIC NEGRITO – PLEASE DON’T BE DEAD LP
GAINSBOURG,SERGE – THEATRE DES CAPUCINES LP
GIRLS NAMES – STAINS ON SILENCE LP
GUY,BUDDY – BLUES IS ALIVE & WELL LP
HAWKWIND – VICTIM OF SONIC ATTACK! LONDON DECEMBER 30TH 1972 LP
HERE LIES MAN – YOU WILL KNOW NOTHING LP
HIEROGLYPHIC BEING – REPLICANT DREAM SEQUENCE LP
IGORRR – SAVAGE SINUSOID LP
INQUISITION – OMINOUS DOCTRINES OF THE PERPETUAL MYSTICAL LP
JACKSON SISTERS – JACKSON SISTERS LP
JEWEL,JOHNNY – THEMES FOR TELEVISION LP
KEARNEY,MAT – CRAZYTALK LP
KILLERS – CAREER BOX LP
KING DIAMOND – EYE LP
KING DIAMOND – DARK SIDES LP
KING DIAMOND – CONSPIRACY LP
LOVE UNLIMITED – UNI, MCA & 20TH CENTURY RECORDS SINGLES 1972-1975 LP
LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA – 20TH CENTURY RECORDS SINGLES LP
MANSUN – ATTACK OF THE GREY LANTERN LP
MAYDAY PARADE – SUNNYLAND LP
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER – BON VOYAGE LP
MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES – WHILE WE’RE AT IT LP
MINGUS,CHARLES – PT.1-CANDID RECORDINGS LP
MINGUS,CHARLES – PT.2-CANDID RECORDINGS LP
MOURN – SORPRESA FAMILIA LP
NEVERMORE – ENEMIES OF REALITY LP
ORANGE GOBLIN – WOLF BITES BACK LP
OREGON – ROOTS IN THE SKY LP
PALESTINE,CHARLEMAGNE – AA SSCHMMETTRROOSSPPECCTIVVE LP
PARISH,JOHN – BIRD DOG DANTE LP
PETAL – MAGIC GONE LP
PICKETT,WILSON – HEY JUDE LP
PROTOMARTYR – CONSOLATION EP LP
REBELUTION – FREE REIN LP
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – HOPE DOWNS LP
ROLLING STONES – STUDIO ALBUMS VINYL COLLECTION 1971-2016 LP
S&S PRESENTS: DREAMS – VARIOUS LP
SEPULTURA – ARISE LP
SHEPP,ARCHIE – CONVERSATIONS LP
SPACE LADY – GREATEST HITS LP
SPACEMEN 3 – FOR ALL THE FUCKED-UP CHILDREN OF THIS WORLD… LP
STATE CHAMPS – LIVING PROOF LP
STRANGER THINGS – O.S.T.-SEASON 1 VOL. 1 LP
STRANGER THINGS – O.S.T.-SEASON 1-VOL.2 LP
STRAY CATS – LIVE AT THE ROXY LP
SVVAMP – 2 LP
SWEET,MATHEW – TOMORROW’S DAUGHTER LP
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE:SHOCKING TRUTH – O.S.T. LP
THEORY OF A DEADMAN – TRUTH IS… LP
THEORY OF A DEADMAN – WAKE UP CALL LP
TIAMAT – DEEPER KIND OF SLUMBER LP
TRENTEMOLLER – LAST RESORT LP
UNIFORM/BODY – MENTAL WOUNDS NOT HEALING LP
VYNEHALL,LEON – NOTHING IS STILL LP
WILLIAMS,SHINA & HIS AFRICAN PERCUSSIONISTS – AFRICAN DANCES LP
WONG,DUSTIN/MINEKAWA,TAKAKO/GOOD WILLSMITH – EXIT FUTURE HEART LP
YUNO – MOODIE LP
ZABIELA,JAMES – BALANCE 029 LP

And Much More

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of 6/8-6/15

Music/Stand-up comedy:

Norah Jones – Live at Ronnie Scott’s

Neal Morse – Similitude of a Dream Live in Tilburg 2017

Movies/TV:
Edward II (directed by Derek Jarman) – movie

Everything Is Terrible: The Great Satan – movie

I Am Curious (Yellow)/I Am Curious (Blue) (Criterion Collection directed by Vilgot Sjöman) – movie

Jesus Christ Superstar: Live – TV show

King of Hearts – documentary

The Late Great Planet Earth – documentary

Jerry Lewis Collection (box set) – movie

Love, Simon – movie

Manila in the Claws of Light (Criterion Collection directed by Lino Brocka) – movie

Portlandia: Sea. 8 – TV show

Spetters (directed by Paul Verhoeven) – movie

The Strangers: Prey At Night – movie

Tehran Taboo – animation
Will & Grace (Revival): Sea. 1 – TV show

Blu-Ray releases:

Body of Evidence (starring Madonna) – movie

Edward II (directed by Derek Jarman) – movie

Norah Jones – Live at Ronnie Scott’s

King of Hearts – documentary

The Late Great Planet Earth – documentary

Loveless – movie

Love, Simon – movie

Manila in the Claws of Light (Criterion Collection directed by Lino Brocka) – movie

Neal Morse – Similitude of a Dream Live in Tilburg 2017

Spetters (directed by Paul Verhoeven) – movie

The Strangers: Prey At Night – movie

  • Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller    $26.99
  • Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times by John Perry Barlow    $27.00
  • Siren Song: My Life in Music by Seymour Stein    $28.99
  • Bluegrass Generation: A Memoir by Neil V. Rosenberg    $21.95
  • The Who: I Was There by Richard Houghton    $19.95
  • Led Zeppelin: The Biggest Band of the 1970s by Chris Welch    $35.00

  • Fugazi’s In on the Kill Taker by Joe Gross (33 1/3 series)    $14.95
  • Lou Reed’s Transformer by Ezra Furman (33 1/3 series)    $14.95
  • This Thing Called Life: Prince, Race, Sex, Religion, and Music by Joseph Vogel    $24.95
  • Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye by Dave Lory with Jim Irvin    $27.00
  • 100 Things Phish Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Andy P. Smith and Jason Gershuny    $16.95
  • Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion edited by Barney Hoskyns    $27.95

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