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New Releases on CD for June 14th (06/14)

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!

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars

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“Western Stars” arrives following the explicit autobiography and starkly staged sincerity of “Springsteen on Broadway,” even though it was in the works before those performances. Instead of trying to extend that revealing tour de force, the new album veers elsewhere; it’s an experiment in genre and narratives. Most (and perhaps all) of the songs are other people’s stories, not Springsteen’s own. In them, the West — California along with Arizona and Montana — can be a promise of open spaces and second chances. But more often, the western horizon is the end of the line, where Springsteen’s characters find themselves alone with their regrets.

The music itself is a kind of character study. It harks back to an early 1970s pop style that Springsteen — now 69, whose debut album appeared in 1973 — had nothing to do with at the time. “Western Stars” revisits a sound that found a place in Los Angeles studios — particularly in Laurel Canyon in the late 1960s and early 1970s — and in Nashville as a means to get country singers onto pop radio by making country music “countrypolitan.” The era’s elaborate productions — the sound of performers like Glen Campbell, Harry Nilsson, Charlie Rich and the Mamas and the Papas — enfolded pristinely recorded acoustic guitars and keyboards, understated drums and mere whispers of country-style pedal steel guitar into lofty orchestral arrangements. At the time, it could turn corny and overwrought. In 2019, however, the style is a direct repudiation of current pop: smooth and liquid rather than rhythmic and sparse, and relying largely on acoustic, physical instruments.

Read more at The New York Times

Baroness – Gold and Grey

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Four months from now — four months from this Thursday, to be specific — Baroness’ Blue Record will turn 10. I don’t know if that’s an anniversary we’ll celebrate on Stereogum, but it’s one worth mentioning. And I’m old enough that I don’t need an album’s birthday to make me feel old, but this one makes me keenly aware of how quickly the last decade has passed. I remember this like it was yesterday.

If you’ve been following Baroness for the past decade, though, you know it’s pretty close to impossible to hear Gold & Grey without attaching to it some of your own emotions, experiences, and expectations. Ultimately, that’s how you’ll judge the music. It’s unfair, though, for me to assess the music here without taking into account the artist’s vision and ambition.

I’ll say it: Gold & Grey is the best thing Baroness have ever done. Baroness have never done anything bad, they’ve never done anything worse than mediocre-to-decent, but prior to this, Blue Record was the best thing they’d ever done. That was 10 years ago, and it was great, but it was just the end of the beginning. This is the end of all that, and the start of something totally different and new. Now, Baizley’s got a limitless palette and blank canvas in front of him. And with Gold & Grey, he’s got a masterpiece behind him.

Check out the full write-up at Stereogum

Madonna – Madame X

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Madame X – which comes 36 years after Madonna’s self-titled debut set her on course to becoming the highest-grossing female touring musician in history – is the 60-year-old’s most exciting, hostile, and, well, bonkers record in ages. Her previous album, 2015’s Rebel Heart, was disappointing, more notable for its problematic promotional campaign than for its content. Madame X, by contrast, is endlessly fascinating.

Influenced by several years spent living in Portugal, and recorded in Lisbon, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madame X is such a cultural melange – Latin trills, Jamaican dancehall instrumentals, African drums, choral masses and disco beats crop up throughout – that it sometimes verges on collapsing in on itself. At other times, though, what is thrown at the wall sticks beautifully. “Come Alive”, which features London’s Tiffin Children’s Chorus, is vast and cinematic. “I Don’t Search I Find” is a cross between Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”, a Nineties house track, and an orchestral Bond song.

The album is lyrically unbound, too. “People tell me to shut my mouth, that I might get burnt,” she sings on “Dark Ballet” – surely a nod to the shock and horror she has elicited while blazing a trail through pop for the past four decades.

Read the full review at The Independent

Keb Mo – Oklahoma

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The inspiration for the title track “Oklahoma” started with a visit to the state in 2013 for a benefit show with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Keb’ witnessed first-hand the aftermath of a destructive tornado.“I thought about what it must be like to live in Oklahoma and all the great people that have come from Oklahoma,” he recalls. With just a melody in his head for a song about Oklahoma and little personal connection to the state, the title track was almost never conceived. That is until the hands of fate led him to the meeting of, and a songwriting session with Dara Tucker, an Oklahoma native. Together, they set about to portray the complicated depth of American history played out in her home state. Native American connection and tragedy, natural and man-made disasters, incredible musicians and the Tulsa Sound, and western ruggedness and fortitude are all themes. Notable is the mention of Greenwood/Archer and Pine, known as “Black Wall Street” which was infamously destroyed in 1921 in one of the most devastating massacres in the history of US race relations.

Overall, Oklahoma—which Keb’ has dedicated to his late mother, Lauvella Cole, who passed away in September 2018 at the age of 91—maintains an impressive level of emotional engagement throughout, making it one of his most compelling collections. “I’d been working on a lot of records for other people, so I worried that it might be a weak record because I didn’t have my eye on the ball and was spreading myself too thin. But when all was said and done, we found the songs and we got the feeling right, and now I feel really, really proud of it.”

Read more at Blues Rock Review

Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real – Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

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If it’s difficult to categorize the music of Lukas Nelson and his band, well, that runs in the family. After all, dad Willie has never been predictable and Lukas has been involved in so many projects that pinning him down can be a slippery feat.

But if the pressure is on Nelson, this eclectic set doesn’t show it. There’s a relaxed, some may say hippie-ish vibe that threads through tunes as varied as the opening “Bad Case” with its Traveling Wilburys’ singalong melody, the ultra-slick, sweeping, widescreen pure pop “Stars Made of You,” and the heartfelt, folksy love song “”Consider It Heaven” that could easily have been penned by Willie. The older Nelson makes a brief appearance, inserting trademarked jazzy lines from his trusty Trigger acoustic guitar on the sweet “Mystery.”

These diverse songs find their balance not just with a subtle mix of rootsy country, folk, pop, soul and Americana, but in Nelson’s homespun vocals inviting you to unplug and, well, do what the disc’s title suggests.

Read more at American Songwriter

Chris Robinson – Servants of the Sun

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Psychedelic-Filling-In-A-Folk-Blues-Pie California rockers Chris Robinson Brotherhood release their latest record, “Servants of the Sun,” on June 14 via Silver Arrow Records. The new album comes on the heels of the news that the band has decided to take a hiatus after July, and that founding member Adam MacDougall has parted ways with the band.

As I outlined in the RSD release article where “Dice Game” is on the 10-inch picture disc… this song remains my favorite as I listen to the full-length “Servants of the Sun.” If CRB is leaving us forever, or even just for a little bit, they have given us one more absolute classic. Brilliant singing with accompanying harmonies, moody, melancholic guitar licks. The outro bridge sounds like an adult, occult, psychedelic hippie lullaby. I’m knocked out. Robinson delivers fluid Topanga Canyon-like imagery with his colorful lyrics, rustic-but-finessed vocal tone, and cosmic melodies. Casal steals the performance with his Faces-like (Lane songs, specifically), Ron Wood-esque slide guitar, and market leader vocal harmonies.

I give “Servants of the Sun” 4.5 out of 5 whiskey shots, or 4.5 out of 5 Pliny the Youngers, if you are speaking Chris Robinson’s language. Keep writing Chris. We’ll keep listening.

Read more over at Tahoe On Stage

Dressy Bessy – Fast Faster Disaster

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Bill Callahan – Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

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Twin Peaks: Season Two O.S.T.

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X Ambassadors Orion

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New Releases on Vinyl For Friday June 14th (06/14)

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 14th) Releases:

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS – WAKE UP/YOU’RE WHAT’S NEEDED IN MY LIFE 45
LONG HOTS – GIVE & TAKE/NICKLE & DIME 45
NANCE,DAVID – MEANWHILE/CREDIT LINE 45
POW! – LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS 45
AGES & AGES – ME YOU THEY WE LP
ALLIEN,ELLEN – ALIENTRONIC LP
AMERICAN PLEASURE CLUB – FUCKING BLISS LP
BAD RELIGION – AGE OF UNREASON LP
BAINS,LEE III – LIVE AT THE NICK LP
BARONESS – GOLD & GREY LP
BASTILLE – DOOM DAYS LP
BEACH BUM – O.S.T. LP
BEST OF GODZILLA 1954-1975 – O.S.T. LP
BEST OF GODZILLA 1984-1995 – O.S.T. LP
BROWNSVILLE STATION – BROWNSVILLE STATION LP
BUZZCOCKS – DIFFERENT KIND OF TENSION LP
BUZZCOCKS – SINGLES GOING STEADY LP
CALEXICO/IRON & WINE – YEARS TO BURN LP
CALLAHAN,BILL – SHEPHERD IN A SHEEPSKIN VEST LP
COLE,NAT KING – ULTIMATE NAT KING COLE LP
CRASS – STATIONS OF THE CRASS LP
CRASS – YES SIR I WILL LP
CRUMB – JINX LP
DAVIS,SPENCER GROUP – WITH THEIR NEW FACE ON LP
DEVIANTS – DEVIANTS #3 LP
DRESSY BESSY – FAST FASTER DISASTER LP
DUSTER – CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT LP
DUSTER – STRATOSPHERE LP
ELF – CAROLINA COUNTY BALL LP
ENO,BRIAN – AMBIENT 4: ON LAND LP
ENO,BRIAN – DISCREET MUSIC LP
ENO,BRIAN – MUSIC FOR FILMS LP
ENO,BRIAN – AMBIENT 1: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS LP
EVANS,BILL – PORTRAIT IN JAZZ LP
FAKOLY,TIKEN JAH – LE MONDE EST CHAUD LP
FRAGGLE ROCK – O.S.T.-BEST OF LP
GETZ,STAN – GETZ AT THE GATE-LIVE AT THE VILLAGE GATE LP
GRIFFIN,JOHNNY – INTRODUCING JOHNNY GRIFFIN LP
GUNFIRE 76 – CASUALTIES & TRAGEDIES LP
HACKETT,STEVE – LIVE LP
HUBBARD,FREDDIE – OPEN SESAME LP
IDOL,BILLY – VITAL IDOL: REVITALIZED LP
JAMES,JIM – UNIFORM DISTORTION LP
JAMESTOWN REVIVAL – SAN ISABEL LP
JOY DIVISION – UNKNOWN PLEASURES LP
JOY DIVISION – LIVE AT THE PARADISO CLUB AMSTERDAM LP
JOY DIVISION – ATROCITY EXHIBITION: LIVE IN PARIS, 1979 LP
KAHAN,NOAH – BUSYHEAD LP
KING,CAROLE – LIVE AT MONTREUX 1973 LP
LAST OF THE MOHICANS – O.S.T. LP
LOS COAST – SAMSARA LP
MADONNA – MADAME X LP
MARLEY,BOB – LEGEND-THE BEST OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS LP
MARONEY,BRISTON – INDIANA LP
MATRIX: MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE – VARIOUS LP
MIKE ADAMS AT HIS HONEST WEIGHT – THERE IS NO FEELING BETTER LP
MNDSGN – SNAXX LP
MONO – HYMN TO THE IMMORTAL WIND LP
NOMI,KLAUS – KLAUS NOMI LP
OUTRO TEMPO II – ELECTRONIC AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC – OUTRO TEMPO II-ELECTRONIC AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC LP
PROFONDO ROSSO – O.S.T. LP
PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS – AND NOW FOR THE WHATCHAMACALLIT LP
R.E.M. – IN TIME: THE BEST OF R.E.M. 1988-2003 LP
RADCLIFFE,SPENCER – HOT SPRING LP
RAWLINGS,DAVE – NASHVILLE OBSOLETE LP
RITUAL AESTHETIC – WOUND GARDEN LP
SADGIRL – WATER LP
SAKAMOTO,RYUICHI – MUSIC FOR FILM LP
SCORPIONS – LOVE AT FIRST STING LP
SELF DISCOVERY FOR SOCIAL SURVIVAL – O.S.T. LP
SEMISONIC – FEELING STRANGELY FINE LP
SHAPIRO,JULIA – PERFECT VERSION LP
SHELLAC – END OF RADIO LP
SPRINGSTEEN,BRUCE – WESTERN STARS LP
TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION – HIGH IN THE SADDLE LP
TWIN PEAKS:SEASON TWO – O.S.T. LP
TYRANNY,BLUE GENE – OUT OF THE BLUE LP
TYRANNY,BLUE GENE/GORDON,PETER – TRUST IN ROCK LP
U2 – JOSHUA TREE LP
U2 – ZOOROPA LP
VANDALS – BBC SESSIONS AND OTHER POLISHED TURDS LP
VERVE – URBAN HYMNS LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – UNDEAD UNPLUGGED LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – CALLING ALL CORPSES LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – SKELETONS LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – SPOOK & DESTROY LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – BLOODWORK LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – DIXIE DEAD LP
WEDNESDAY 13 – MONSTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: COME OUT AND PLAGUE LP
WILLIAMS,HANK – COMPLETE HEALTH & HAPPINESS RECORDINGS LP

And Much More!!!

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of  06/07 – 06/14

Music/Stand-up comedy:

N/A

Movies/TV:

The Adventures of Brisco County Jr: Complete Series – TV show

Before Homosexuals – documentary

Captain Marvel – movie

Pursuit (1972) – movie

Swing Time (Criterion Collection directed by George Stevens) – movie

Blu-Ray releases:

Can’t Stop the Music – movie

Captain Marvel – movie

The Entity – movie

Frankenstein Created Woman – movie

The Girl Most Likely To – movie

Jeffrey – movie

Mean Girls (anniversary edition) – movie

Piranha (Ltd. Steelbook edition) – movie

Pursuit – movie

Swing Time (Criterion Collection directed by George Stevens) – movie

They Might Be Giants (1971) – movie

Book New Releases!

 

  • Odetta’s One Grain of Sand by Matthew Frye Jacobson (33 1/3 series)    $14.95
  • Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las by Ada Wolin (33 1/3 series)    $14.95
  • Marred For Life: Defaced Record Covers from the Collection of Greg Wooten    $35.00
  • Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’s Early Years by Robert Dean Lurie    $19.95
  • The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record by Jonathan Scott    $28.00
  • In Between Days: The Cure in Photographs 1982-2005 by Tom Sheehan    $34.95

  • Let Love Have the Last Word by Common    $26.00
  • No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir by Ani DiFranco    $28.00
  • Tom Petty’s Southern Accents by Michael Washburn (33 1/3 series)    $14.95
  • Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Polly Styrene to Pussy Riot by Vivien Goldman    $17.95
  • Nothing’s Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon by C.M. Kushins    $29.00
  • The Beatles A to Z by Steve Wide    $14.95