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New Releases on CD for August 16th (08/16)

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!

Rodney Crowell – Texas

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TEXAS is an aptly named collection of songs featuring the Lone Star State as the main character and a supporting cast that includes cars, oil and gas companies, border tensions and all things Texan. The collection is presented impeccably by Crowell and co-producer Ray Kennedy as well as a collection of artists like only Rodney could assemble. Crowell’s authenticity is distinct and convincing. These songs travel Texas from the Rio Grande border to the Piney Woods of East Texas and everywhere between, and they’re rendered masterfully.

Crowell’s songwriting prowess is most prominently displayed with “You’re Only Happy When You’re Miserable” (featuring Ringo Starr) and the bluesy saloon-style piano fueled “I’ll Show Me.” Both songs display Crowell’s special ability to capture the best and worst of human nature. These are inward looking, and deeply personal songs that accentuate Rodney’s masterful songwriting style, as well as his zen-like persona. That style and ability continuously weaves its magic through the second half of the album. “The Border” allows the accordion and Mexican styled guitar to set a scene, as Crowell recites a story of anger, fear, corruption and desperation from a border agent’s point of view. Things begin to wind down with the Piney Woods outlaw tale “Treetop Slim & Billy Lowgrass, and the history lesson of “Brown & Root, Brown & Root” which simply shines with the deep rasp of Steve Earle cutting deep like he only can. Lyrically, Crowell’s words grab your attention, painting a vivid portrait that again touches flawlessly on the human condition.

Read more at American Highways

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest

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Infest The Rats’ Nest is a concept album about global catastrophe. This punchy nine-track affair is a metal album, simple as that. How that will go down with the bands legions of die-hard ‘heads’ I cannot say, let alone the more snobbish, hipster elements of the rock press for whom this LP maybe a stylistic swivel too far. Respect to the guys then, here reduced to a trio of vocalist Stu McKenzie and Joey Walker (sharing all the guitar and bass parts) and Michael Cavanagh (drums) for releasing it under the band’s name. Other less daring, more self conscious musicians may have hidden away under a spin-off pseudonym, concerned about brand or credibility.

Where the band distinguish themselves, over and above the commitment, is in the quality of the songwriting and the freshness and inventiveness off the riffs. Man, the riffs! They career off at mad dog-legs all over the album, especially on the Slayer meets Voivod anthems ‘Self Immolate’ and ‘Hell’, the two cuts that close the album. Fun and frantic as those tunes are though, its ‘Organ Farmer’ that just about wins the title of heaviest track, with an almost hardcore vocal and massive drop into berzerk chugging riffery.

Infest the Rats’ Nest is a surprise contender for metal album of the year. How did that happen? Who cares, just turn it up!

Check out the full write-up at Echoes and Dust

Oh Sees Face Stabber

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Face Stabber, one of Oh Sees’ longest and most stylistically broad records so far, can be seen as a culmination of John Dwyer’s driving urge to push beyond his hitherto-drawn boundaries. Here he revisits styles he’s dabbled with previously, like the folky sound of OCS’ Memories of a Cut Off Head, the propellant heavy rock of Smote Reverser’s ‘Overgrown’, or the entrancing krautrock of Orc and A Weird Exits, as well as branching out in new directions. And of those new directions, the sheer scale of Face Stabber is in itself Dwyer’s most experimental venture.

Face Stabber amounts to Oh Sees’ most ambitious work yet. Seemingly constructed around the two lengthy tracks (‘Scutum & Scorpius’ and ‘Henchlock’) are the likes of ‘Poisoned Stones’, ‘The Experimenter’ and ‘The Daily Heavy’ – excellent, watertight psych-garage-krautrock tracks that display many of the styles and sounds Oh Sees have become renowned for. With their usual duality of a marching rhythm section under soaring, staggered melody work and Dwyer’s menacing, maniacally-delivered vocals, these are typically capable tracks.

Oh Sees’ fervent following will adore the absurd scale and broad stylistic variation of Face Stabber. Dwyer’s band are still the masters of genre-leading and genre-defining garage-psych-founded mayhem.

Read the full review at The 405

Ride This Is Not A Safe Place

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Ride returns yet again with their sixth outing, This Is Not a Safe Place. Perhaps a tad less compressed and hectic—and a bit more pleasant and breezy—than its immediate predecessor, it very much feels like a proper follow-up. It proves that Ride’s impressive revival wasn’t merely a one-off comeback. While the album is more enjoyable in the moment than it is enduring in the memory, there’s no doubt that it captures the magic of not only Ride but of the subgenres they helped popularize.

With synthy oscillations permeating around antsy drum beats (reminiscent of Stevie Nick’s “Edge of Seventeen”) and cathartic hums, opener “R.I.D.E.” is like a wordless meta-declaration of rejuvenated dominance. From there, Ride continues to pile on invigorating nostalgic charm, be it in the form of the youthfully exuberant and hopeful “Future Love” and “Clouds of Saint Marie”, the punkier and more mechanical rebellion of “Repetition”, or the haunting fatalism of “End Game”. The multilayered cries of “What went wrong? What is wrong with you?” against the backdrop of glitzy fury make the latter track especially effective in representing the cold uncertainties of lost romance.

This Is Not a Safe Place is another strong effort from Ride. As the sophomore sequence of their second wind, it does enough differently to set itself apart from Weather Diaries while also existing as a logical continuation of that foundation.

Read the full review at Paste

Sleater Kinney The Center Won’t Hold

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The first thing that we hear on The Center Won’t Hold is the sound of drums, but they’re not Janet Weiss’ drums. They’re heavy, distorted electronic clanks, like robot ghosts rattling their chains. It’s the sort of moment that might make a great drummer feel neglected, even if Weiss does come rattling in a minute later, doing a syncopated off-kilter math-rock Bonham thing. Indeed, there aren’t many big moments on The Center Won’t Hold for Weiss, a drummer whose steady pulse and hard thwacks always made her an equal partner within Sleater-Kinney. But it goes deeper than that. It sounds like a whole new band.

The Center Won’t Hold does not sound like an indie rock album. It’s got a bright, hard sheen to it, an end-times gloss. Even when Sleater-Kinney are rocking hard, something they do reasonably often on The Center Won’t Hold, they do it with a mechanized sort of precision. Some songs sound like hyper-charged end-credits music for Netflix romantic comedies that take place during the apocalypse. Some sound like a Hollywood studio giving the gender-switch reboot treatment to the first Battles album. Some of them sound like the Go-Go’s channeling Gary Numan.

The Center Won’t Hold is a big risk, and an admirable one.

Read more at Stereogum

Eilen Jewell Gypsy

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On Eilen Jewell’s latest release, Gypsy, she musically wanders all over the Americana map. Sometimes she travels down the Kitty Wells/Loretta Lynn honky-tonk highway. On other songs, she snakes over a more rockabilly beat or a Western movie soundtrack cadence. And there are other sui generis cuts when she does things like use psychedelic steel guitar and fiddle sounds to open a track or sing over a polished brass accompaniment. Drumbeats can propel her forward on one cut and then disappear as she drifts nomadically on the next.

The songs can be seriously funny. Therefore Jewell’s music can easily be misunderstood: is she serious, or is she funny? She is both—but not all the time—which adds to the confusion in a good way. One has to listen beyond the surface pleasures of the music, not just to the lyrics, but to how the instrumentation presents itself as well.

Jewell’s description of the “Gypsy” from the title track celebrates flying above it all. She croons about not having one’s feet touch the ground, having no chains, and being free. The implication is that we are chained to the Earth and the ties that bind. Sometimes we even have to “Crawl” to get by, as she notes on the opening track. That’s life. Jewell’s music itself provides a way for us to sonically amble through the daily grind without being weighed down by it. We can all be gypsies for the length of a song, even when lamenting our restricted existence.

Scope the Full Review at Pop Matters

Bobby Rush Sitting On Top of the Blues

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Killswitch Engage Atonement

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New Releases on Vinyl
Friday August 16th (08/16)

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 (August 16th) Releases:

JACKSON,JANET/DADDY YANKEE – MADE FOR NOW 12″
SOUL CLAP – READY TO FREAK 12″
EL MICHELS AFFAIR – SHIMMY SHIMMY YA/INCARCERATED SCARFACES 45
GA-20 – NAGGIN’ ON MY MIND 45
T.REX – TELEGRAM SAM/BABY STRANGE 45
TYRANNOSAURUS REX – EXTENDED PLAY 45
ABSTRACT ORCHESTRA – VOL.1-MADVILLAIN LP
ACCEPT EAT – THE HEAT LP
AE3 – WILD ROOT LP
ALADDIN: THE SONGS – VARIOUS LP
BACKSTREET BOYS – MILLENNIUM LP
BARRETT,PASTOR T.L. – DO NOT PASS ME BY LP
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT YOUTH IN ACTION – VARIOUS-TALENT HUNT WINNERS LP
BEHEMOTH – I LOVED YOU AT YOUR DARKEST LP
BELLE & SEBASTIAN – IF YOU’RE FEELING SINISTER LP
BIG STICK – LP LP
BLACK,FRANK – TEENAGER OF THE YEAR LP
BLACK,FRANK – FRANK BLACK LP
BLANCK MASS – ANIMATED VIOLENCE MILD LP
BRIX & THE EXTRICATED – BREAKING STATE LP
BUTTERFLY – O.S.T. LP
BUZZCOCKS – LIVE LP
CATHEDRAL – GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS LP
CATHEDRAL – GUESSING GAME LP
CEREBRAL ROT – ODIOUS DESCENT INTO DECAY LP
CHALI 2NA/KRAFTY KUTS – ADVENTURES OF A RELUCTANT SUPERHERO LP
COMMONHEART – PRESSURE LP
CRASS – PENIS ENVY LP
CRASS – STATIONS OF THE CRASS LP
CRASS – BEST BEFORE 1984 LP
CRIMEAPPLE/DJ SKIZZ – WET DIRT LP
CROWELL,RODNEY – TEXAS LP
CUNNINGHAM,MADISON – WHO ARE YOU KNOW LP
DEVOURMENT – OBSCENE MAJESTY LP
DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – OPTION PARALYSIS LP
DIOCLETIAN – AMONGST THE FLAMES OF A BURNING GOD LP
DJ KHALED – FATHER OF ASAHD LP
EAST SIDE STORY VOLUME 11 – VARIOUS LP
ECHO IN THE CANYON – O.S.T. LP
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES – UP FROM BELOW LP
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – HOW STRANGE INNOCENCE LP
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – RESCUE LP
FIELD MOUSE – MEANING LP
FLORENCE & MACHINE – LUNGS LP
FLUME – HI THIS IS FLUME LP
FRAMPTON,PETER – ALL BLUES LP
FRANKLIN,ERMA – SOUL SISTER LP
GOLDEN EARRING – GOLDEN EARRING LP
GOOD OMENS – O.S.T. LP
GREEN,PETER – WHATCHA GONNA DO LP
GREEN,PETER – SPLINTER GROUP LP
GRIFFITHS,MARCIA – SWEET & NICE LP
GUETTA,DAVID – POP LIFE LP
GUETTA,DAVID – JUST A LITTLE MORE LOVE LP
GUETTA,DAVID – GUETTA BLASTER LP
HERE LIES MAN – NO GROUND TO WALK UPON LP
HOLCOMB,DREW – DRAGONS LP
HOLD STEADY – THRASHING THRU THE PASSION LP
HOT WATER MUSIC – SHAKE UP THE SHADOWS LP
HOT WATER MUSIC – CAUTION LP
IKEBE SHAKEDOWN – KINGS LEFT BEHIND LP
ITSOKTOCRY – POSHBOY! LP
JAMES GANG – BANG LP
JAMES,BOB/SANBORN,DAVID – DOUBLE VISION LP
JARMAN-PINTO,BRYONY – CAGE & AVIARY LP
JARRETT,KEITH – MELODY AT NIGHT WITH YOU LP
JARRETT,KEITH – LIVE AT SENDAI JAZZ FESTIVAL DENRYOKU HALL LP
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – SURREALISTIC PILLOW LP
JEWELL,EILEN – GYPSY LP
JONAS BROTHERS – HAPPINESS BEGINS LP
JOYCE – JOYCE LP
KENT,STACEY – CLOSE YOUR EYES LP
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – ATONEMENT LP
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – INFEST THE RATS NEST LP
LARSON,NICOLETTE – NICOLETTE LP
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT – O.S.T. LP
LEAETHER STRIP – APPRECIATION LP
LOSCIL – EQUIVALENTS LP
MAE,LILLIE – OTHER GIRLS LP
MASSEY,CAL – BLUES TO COLTRANE LP
MCKENZIE,DONALD STURGE ANTHONY II – SILENCED LP
MUNGO’S HI FI & LAZARUS,EVA – MORE FYAH LP
MURDER CAPITAL – WHEN I HAVE FEARS LP
NAU,MICHAEL – NO QUIT LP
NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN – GOD FODDER LP
NEW YORK CONTEMPORARY FIVE – LIVE AT KONCERTSAL COPENHAGEN LP
OFEGE – HIGHER PLANE BREEZE LP
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS – BE GOOD LP
OSO OSO – BASKING IN THE GLOW LP
PARKS,STEVE – MOVIN’ IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION LP
POISON IDEA – PICK YOUR KING LP
RATS – IN A DESPERATE RED LP
RICHIE,LIONEL – HELLO FROM LAS VEGAS LP
RIDE – THIS IS NOT A SAFE PLACE LP
ROSS FROM FRIENDS – EPIPHANY LP
RUSH,BOBBY – SITTING ON TOP OF THE BLUES LP
SAINTS – I’M STRANDED LP
SANDLER,ADAM – 100% FRESH LP
SATISFACTION UNLIMITED – THINK OF THE CHILDREN LP
SCHNITZLER,CONRAD – CONDITIONS OF THE GAS GIANT LP
SCIENTISTS – NOT FOR SALE: LIVE 1978/79 LP
SCOTT,CHRISTIAN/ADJUAH,TUNDE – ANCESTRAL RECALL LP
SHURA – FOREVHER LP
SLEATER-KINNEY – CENTER WON’T HOLD LP
SWEET,MATTHEW – KIMI GA SUKI RAIFU LP
TEEN SPIRIT – O.S.T. LP
THRICE – BEGGARS LP
U.S. MAPLE – TALKER LP
UNIFORM/BODY – EVERYTHING THAT DIES SOMEDAY COMES BACK LP
WAINWRIGHT,RUFUS – VIBRATE: BEST OF LP
WEDDING PRESENT – TOMMY 30 LP
WILLIAMS,MARY LOU – BLACK CHRIST OF THE ANDES LP
WIM’S: DRIVEN BY MUSIC – VARIOUS LP
WIPERS FOLLOW – BLIND LP
YESTERDAY – O.S.T. LP
ZEPHYR – GOING BACK TO COLORADO LP
ZERO 7 – WHEN IT FALLS LP
ZOUMBAS,ALEXIS – ALEXIS ZOUMBAS LP
ZZ TOP – GOIN’ 50 LP

And Much More!!!

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of  08/09 – 08/16

Music/Stand-up comedy:

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Movies/TV:

Avengers: Endgame – movie

Blackmail (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) – movie

The Inland Sea (Criterion Collection directed by Lucille Carra) – movie

Murder (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) – movie

Port of Shadows (directed by Marcel Carné) – movie

Razzia Sur La Chnouf (starring Jean Gabin) – movie

Searching For Ingmar Bergman – documentary

Shadow (directed by Zhang Yimou) – movie

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (directed by Jacques Becker) – movie

Blu-Ray releases:

Avengers: Endgame – movie

Blackmail (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) – movie

Endless Love (1981) – movie

Forbidden World (ltd. steelbook edition) – movie

Galaxy of Terror (ltd. steelbook edition) – movie

The Inland Sea (Criterion Collection directed by Lucille Carra) – movie

L’Argent (1928) – movie
Murder (directed by Alfred Hitchcock) – movie

The New Kids (1985) – movie

Port of Shadows (directed by Marcel Carné) – movie

Razzia Sur La Chnouf (starring Jean Gabin) – movie

Roxanne (1985) – movie

Searching For Ingmar Bergman – documentary

Shadow (directed by Zhang Yimou) – movie

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (directed by Jacques Becker) – movie

True Believer (1989) – movie

The Ugly American (1963) – movie

White Line Fever – movie

Book New Releases!

 

  • Genesis: Every Album, Every Song by Stuart Macfarlane    $21.95
  • Greetings From Bury Park: A Memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor (Inspiration for the film Blinded By the Light)    $16.00
  • Pilgrims of Woodstock: Never-Before-Seen Photos by John Kane    $40.00
  • Jim Marshall: Show Me the Picture, Images and Stories From a
  • Photography Legend by Amelia Davis    $55.00
  • Rush Coloring Book by Fantoons    $15.99
  • Elvis in Paris: 60th Anniversary 1959-2019 by Jean-Marie Pouzenc    $37.99

  • Billie Holiday: The Last Interview and Other Conversations    $16.99
  • A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds    $28.00
  • Queen: Every Album, Every Song by Andrew Wild    $21.95
  • The Rolling Stones: Every Album, Every Song 1963-1980 by Steve Pilkington    $21.95
  • Buddy Holly: Learning the Game by Spencer Leigh    $22.95
  • Ricochet: David Bowie 1983, An Intimate Portrait by Denis O’Regan    $75.00