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New Releases on CD for April 19th (04/19)

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!

Cage The Elephant – Social Cues

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On “Social Cues,” the group combines — and revitalizes — two well-worn scenarios: the pains-of-fame album and the romantic-breakup album (the band’s frontman, Matt Shultz, was recently divorced). Both situations call for thorough self-questioning and the mournful recognition that joy is fleeting, along with flashes of anger, estrangement, guilt and melancholy. No wonder most of the new songs revolve around minor chords.

Onstage, Cage the Elephant has proudly maintained rock’s men-will-be-boys tradition; Shultz is a live wire exulting in the moment. And ever since its 2008 debut album, the group has noisily defied the cultural decline of rock in the 21st century. The band writes and performs as if there is still a canonical direct line from 1950s rock ’n’ roll through the British Invasion and the psychedelic 1960s, the glam and punk 1970s, the new wave and arena rock 1980s and the grungy 1990s, all the way to the present — as if hip-hop hadn’t all but completely sidelined the guitar band.

Cage the Elephant’s songs unmistakably connect to rock’s past. Its music is studded with sonic and structural allusions, though it doesn’t linger on any particular style or era. And the songs are never simply period pieces or party tunes. The band doesn’t merely understand, and revel in, what a historical anomaly it is. It also has feelings, and shows them.

Read the full review over at The New York Times.

Angelique Kidjo – Celia

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Angélique Kidjo now has a pair of albums that are essentially covers of other artists, but interpreted with an African sensibility so majestic as to render the originals almost as source material.

Celia refers to Celia Cruz, perhaps the most well-known vocalist to come from Cuba during any era. The ten tracks span several decades of Cruz’s career, from before she left Cuba in 1960 to her groundbreaking recordings for the celebrated Fania Records label in New York in the 1970s, to “La Vida Es Un Carnaval,” the 1998 song that became her late career hit and anthem. Kidjo’s reinterpretations rearrange the molecules of songs that many of us know by heart. The results are glorious.

Celia Cruz’s music and her entire being was a reminder of the presence of Africa in Cuba. Angélique Kidjo’s Celia musically closes that circle with reverence and more than a little love.

Read more over at NPR

Rolling Stones – Honk (3xCD Deluxe)

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Many of the classic songs on Honk come from albums that are themselves classics, and it’s easy to argue that any serious rock collector needs records like Exile on Main StreetSticky Fingers and Some Girls in their entirety, not just their highlights.

Note, though, that the three albums mentioned above all appeared in the 1970s and that Honk’s program acknowledges that decade’s dominance by including nearly as many tracks from it as from the next four decades combined. Some fans may want this anthology as a wallet-friendly way to hit the highlights of LPs from those later years, some of which are less consistently satisfying than the earlier work.

And Honk’s nearly hour-long third disc includes a major additional carrot for those who already own much of the material from which CDs one and two were culled: 10 previously unreleased concert recordings, all from 2013 to 2018. These live tracks, which are invariably excellent, consist mostly of early gems like “Get Off My Cloud,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “She’s a Rainbow,” “Under My Thumb,” “Wild Horses” (with Florence Welch), “Dead Flowers” (with Brad Paisley) and “Bitch” (with Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl).

Scope the full review at Best Classic Bands

TR/ST – Pt. 1 – Destroyer

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The Destroyer also sees Alfons reunited with original collaborator Maya Postepski (Austra, Princess Century). The catalyst for this reunion was a surprisingly random moment for Postepski: “I was coming home on the train with my music on random when a TR/ST song came on from the first album we made,” says Maya. “I started crying, it brought back so many memories. I sent Robert the sketches for ‘Colossal’ that night. He wrote back and we rekindled our relationship, so I find it deeply emotional every time I hear it. Had I not taken the chance and sent it who knows if we would be working together again.”

As an opening track for the album, ‘Colossal’ certainly harkens back to the sort of dark, brooding compositions that made up the 2012 Album TRST. The pulsing beat and slightly sinister aspect married with the typically obscure lyrical delivery by Alfons will sound familiar to long-term fans.

The “promiscuous” sound of this album has echoes of Joyland, which at the time seemed to be a natural evolution of the TR/ST sound. There’s a warmer quality at work here with more of a lean-in to mainstream sounds. The trademark vocal style of Alfons is also softened in places, often being more prominent in the mix (allowing listeners to get a clearer idea of the lyrics).

Peep the full review over at Electricity Club

The Yawpers Human Question

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After making a statement in the form of a tangled concept-ish album, complete with accompanying graphic novel, on 2017’s Boy in a Well, the Yawpers turn inward on the follow-up. This time, singer and guitarist Nate Cook intended the songs to serve less as narrative and more as therapy, he says in the press notes for Human Question. So, how does that work out?

Better than it might seem, on the whole. Cook, guitarist Jesse Parmet and drummer Alex Koshak are nimble players who careen confidently through different sounds and styles, though they’re at their best on stuff that combines taut musical tension with snappy hooks on rough-edged songs with plenty of heart. They nail it on opener “Child of Mercy” with a sleek guitar line and a hypnotic beat contrasting with chugging, overdriven guitar that takes over on the middle eight. “Reason to Believe” has a garage-blues vibe thanks to a gritty guitar lick that smolders just below Cook’s voice, and even a corny forced rhyme involving the word “oeuvre” can’t wreck the vibe. An elastic riff lends a dark majesty to dreamy vocals on the title track, while jangling guitars and super-catchy harmony vocals give “Can’t Wait” a scruffy charm reminiscent of the Replacements circa Pleased to Meet Me (Tommy Stinson co-produced Boy in a Well, so, y’know).

Read more at Paste Magazine

Jade Bird – Jade Bird

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Like many of us, Jade Bird worships at the altar of Bruce Springsteen. When NME met her last year, she waxed lyrical about The Boss’ one-two punch of ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ between 1982 and 1984. Back then, Springsteen worked on the two albums concurrently – some of the songs, such as ‘State Trooper’ (Bird’s favourite, she says) were left inkeeping with the sonics of the hotel room in which they were demoed. Others (namely ‘Born in the U.S.A.’s oft-misread title track) were given majestic pop makeovers in the studio, proving that versatile songwriting can go a long way.

British songwriter Bird’s debut album is a reminder of this. The self-titled record falls somewhere in the middle of those two avenues – tranquility and bombast – but does so, remarkably, without becoming a hot mess. There’s the side with intricate songwriting that favours minimalist balladry among emotional turmoil (‘Does Anybody Know’), while the remainder are encouraged to explode like a majestic firework on the 4th of July (‘Love Has All Been Done Before’, ‘I Get No Joy’). Your position on the above Springsteen releases may dictate which half of this record you gravitate towards. Either way, the entire album is a triumph.

‘Jade Bird’ has the edge of an assured debut album and is a startling introduction to a British talent who looks set to take the States by storm. Whatever she decides to do with the next set of songs – build them bold and brash, or strip them back to considered jams – it’s hard to imagine them failing on her anytime soon.

Scope the rest of the review over at NME

Wand – Laughing Matter

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Stevie Nicks – Stand Back: 1981-2017

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Rolling Stones – Honk

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Tech N9ne – N9na

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New Releases on Vinyl For Friday April 19th (04/19)

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 (April 19th) Releases:

REVENGE – FOUR SONG 12′ EP 12
LADY WRAY – PIECE OF ME/COME ON IN 45
ALLEGAEON – APOPTOSIS LP
AMERICAN AUTHORS – SEASONS LP
ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES – O.S.T. LP
BAKER,TIM – FOREVER OVERHEAD LP
BIRD,JADE – JADE BIRD LP
BRONSKI BEAT – AGE OF CONSENT LP
BROOKS & DUNN – REBOOT LP
BROWN ACID – VARIOUS-EIGHTH TRIP LP
BUCK-O-NINE – FUNDAYMENTAL LP
BULWAYO BLUE YODEL – VARIOUS LP
CHAPMAN,MICHAEL – ANOTHER STORY LP
CHUCK D – SPEAK RAP RACE REALITY ON THE RECORD ECKERD LP
DAWN OF THE DEAD – O.S.T. LP
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD – ELEGY LP
DISCO BISCUITS – SENOR BOOMBOX LP
ECHOS – EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE GONE LP
FALL – IMPERIAL WAX SOLVENT LP
FAT WHITE FAMILY – SERFS UP LP
FRISELL,BILL/MORGAN,THOMAS – EPISTROPHY LP
GILLAN,IAN – RAVING WITH IAN GILLAN & THE JAVELINS LP
GLOVER,ROGER – BUTTERFLY BALL & THE GRASSHOPPER’S FEAST LP
GORILLAZ – NOW NOW LP
HAGGARD,MERLE – WORKING IN TENNESSEE LP
HAGGARD,MERLE – I AM WHAT I AM LP
HED P.E. – NEW WORLD ORPHANS LP
ICE CUBE – EVERYTHANGS CORRUPT LP
ICED EARTH – ENTER THE REALM LP
INCANTATION – UPON THE THRONE OF APOCALYPSE LP
JOBCENTRE REJECTS – ULTRA RARE NWOBHM 1978-82/VA LP
JOHNNYSWIM – MOONLIGHT LP
JOHNSON,JAMEY – THAT LONESOME SONG LP
KHIDJA – IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT LP
KIMBROUGH,WILL – I LIKE IT DOWN HERE LP
LAKKER – EPOCA LP
LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – COME OUT FROM THE SHADOWS II LP
LOSTBOYCROW – SANTA FE LP
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA – BIRDS OF FIRE LP
MANA (DANCE) – SEVEN STEPS BEHIND LP
O’JAYS – LAST WORD LP
OPETH – MY ARMS YOUR HEARSE LP
QUELLE CHRIS – GUNS LP
REGGIE & THE FULL EFFECT – GREATEST HITS 1984-1987 LP
RESONARS – NO EXIT LP
RUDESS,JORDAN – WIRED FOR MADNESS LP
SAD PLANETS – AKRON OHIO LP
SALAD DAYS: MUSIC FROM DOCUMENTARY FILM – VARIOUS LP
SEAWAY – FRESH PRODUCE LP
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – VARIOUS LP
SUPERSUCKERS – HOLDIN’ THE BAG LP
SWOLLEN MEMBERS – BALANCE LP
THOMAS,PRINS – AMBITIONS LP
TODD RUNDGREN’S UTOPIA – LIVE AT THE CHICAGO THEATRE LP
TORN,DAVID – BILL LASWELL MIX TRANSLATIONS LP
TR/ST – PT.1-DESTROYER LP
TRAORE,BOUBACAR – MBALIMAOU LP
TUNNG – SONGS YOU MAKE AT NIGHT LP
WAND – LAUGHING MATTER LP
WEATHER REPORT – LIVE IN TOKYO LP
WILD BELLE – EVERYBODY ONE OF A KIND LP
YAWPERS – HUMAN QUESTION LP

And Much More!!!

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of  04/09 – 04/14

Movies/TV:

Diamonds of the Night (Criterion Collection directed by Jan Němec) – movie

Glass – movie

Blu-Ray releases:

Bend of the River (directed by Anthony Mann) – movie

Black Gunn/The Take (twofer) – movie

Diamonds of the Night (Criterion Collection directed by Jan Němec) – movie

Glass – movie

Grave of the Vampire (1972) – movie

Highway Patrolman (directed by Alex Cox) – movie

Malibu Express (1985) – movie

The Manitou (1978) – movie

Of Fathers & Sons – documentary

Superstition (1982) – movie

Book New Releases!

 

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup by David Browne    $30.00
  • Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz    $30.00
  • Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain by Danny Goldberg    $28.99
  • The Rolling Stones in Comics by Ceka    $26.99
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs by Brian Hiatt    $35.00
  • Stoned Beyond Belief by Action Bronson    $27.50

  • Don’t Stop Believin’: A Memoir by Olivia Newton-John    $28.00
  • Prince: The Last Interview and Other Conversations    $16.99
  • Pick Up the Pieces: Excursions in Seventies Music by John Corbett    $30.00
  • Tom Petty and Philosophy: We Need to Know edited by Randall E. Auxier and Megan Volpert    $19.95
  • Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future by Roy Christopher    $17.95
  • Music Makers: Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America edited by Timothy Duffy    $30.00