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New Releases on CD for February 21st (2/21)

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

Courtney Barnett – MTV Unplugged: Melbourne

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Courtney Barnett has made her discomfort with pedestals clear. Even as the music press has heralded her as an icon, a wunderkind, the voice of a generation, she’s always worked to foster a second, quieter reputation as a humble collaborator. Fittingly, her appearance on MTV Unplugged functions not as a career retrospective, but a showcase for the community she’s cultivated. Of the eight songs in this set, only four see Barnett performing her own songs solo. Her focus remains fixed on the friends and artists who inspire her, providing powerful context for her creative mission.

Take, for instance, “Nameless, Faceless.” In the song’s original iteration, on 2018’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett delivered glib verses with her tongue pressed firmly against her cheek—a jarring juxtaposition against the chorus’s dead-serious threats of rape and femicide. In this performance, Barnett enlists friend and labelmate Evelyn Ida Morris as a duet partner, slows the arrangement to a crawl, and adds a chilling piano line. These adjustments don’t elevate the track as much as clarify its purpose. As the piano descends its minor scale, the impotent internet trolls of the verses mutate, by the chorus, into material threats to women’s lives. The addition of Morris’ voice steels Barnett’s own, turning the song’s wry spin on an Atwood quote into a sincere expression of collective fear.

Read the full review at Pitchfork

Best Coast – Always Tomorrow

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In the five years since Best Coast’s last album, frontwoman Beth Cosentino has undergone something of a rejuvenation. She quit drinking a few years after kicking a wake-and-bake routine that only exacerbated her anxiety. She became wiser to and more accepting of life’s fickle nature. And she set about writing the follow-up to 2015’s ‘California Nights’. But sadly the well of creativity had somewhat dried up. “I would sit and try to write and nothing would come out,” she explained recently to the New York Times.

‘Always Tomorrow’ finds Cosentino, now in her thirties, starting afresh in a new decade. For the first time she’s enlisted bandmate Bobb Bruno to write songs when she felt unable to do so, a move that culminated in the LA duo’s most closely collaborative work yet (Cosentino’s autobiographical lyrics notwithstanding). In that NYT interview, the pair said that they wanted to avoid “rehashing the past” while nodding to their individual influences.

Read more at NME

Greg Dulli Random Desire

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Haunting, desolate and broody from the very first bars, Random Desire is a ten-song joyride through the darkest depths of Dulli’s mind — told with the poetic poignancy only he can muster. It tackles the same themes the Whigs frontman has based his career on, yet somehow it doesn’t feel tired. Rather, it channels the same angsty vibe of the Afghan Whigs’ 2017 record In Spades — but solo, Dulli seems more interesting in making you cry than dance.

Yet it’s not a depressing affair. Rather, the album’s heaviness lies in the truth it delivers, as every topic mined — death, fate, brain chemicals — leaves a different, thought-provoking line rattling around in your head.

Dulli has spent his whole career as a shape-shifting storyteller and Random Desire sees this continue. While most of his remaining ’90s contemporaries have become self-parodies, Dulli continually finds ways to explore the hidden pain of the human experience.

Get the full scoop at Exclaim!

Grimes Miss Anthropocene

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Miss Anthropocene has had a lengthy, difficult birth. As perhaps befits an album that was announced in 2017, then derailed by ferocious-sounding spats between artist and record company, rerecording, and rejigging of the track listing, it comes with a weighty concept attached. Miss Anthropocene is, Grimes says, a work based around the idea of anthropomorphising climate change into the figure of a villainous goddess.

On New Gods, meanwhile, the pretty vocal melody is drowned out by its own vast echo – one of a handful of points on the album where it feels as if Grimes is retreating. Her vocals are so regularly smeared or buried you feel as if you’re straining to eavesdrop. That makes sense: Miss Anthropocene seems a more personal project than its advance billing suggested. It doesn’t add much to the climate change debate, but as a representation of what it’s like when fame turns dark, it is powerful and compelling.

Read More at The Guardian

King Krule – Man Alive!

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There comes a time in many musicians’ ouvre when the debauchery of their drink and drug fuelled existence gets usurped by the new found wonders of sobriety, domesticity and children. Dylan did it on New MorningBill Callahan did it more recently on Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest, and now we have a new, unexpected member to this most sensible of clubs: Archy Marshall.

Krule’s new record, Man Alive!, is a subterranean home-stay dirge that documents the change from the ennui of habitual inebriation in South London’s young creative scene, to the domestic bliss he is experiencing – out of the capital – after the birth of his first child. The comparison with the aforementioned records ends with that subject matter, though; to delve any further into it would be misleading.

If fatherhood hasn’t, it’s tempting to ask whether anything will temper the angst which still runs through King Krule’s veins on Man Alive! It’s difficult to complain, though, when he channels that anxiety so well.

Read the full review at Line of Best Fit

Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man

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With Ordinary Man, Ozzy Osbourne reminds us that he’s anything but.  A difficult 2019 for the Prince of Darkness resulted in the cancellation of all his tour dates and in early 2020 he revealed he’d been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s Disease. It’ll take more than that to stop him though and his new album, co-written and produced by guitarist Andrew Watt (California Breed, Post Malone, Cardi B), is a defiant contribution to his solo career.  Drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) make up the rest of the band and are joined for cameos by Slash, Tom Morello, Elton John, Post Malone and Travis Scott. 

In ‘Ordinary Man’ and ‘Holy For Tonight’ Ozzy is reflective in a way we’ve not seen much of before. He tackles the issue of what his legacy might be, how he’ll be remembered, and whether a dying man should repent on his death bed. It’s a welcome gear change in tone and more poignant given Ozzy’s recent health. His sincerity comes through with clarity and the arrangements are sympathetic to the lyrics, allowing Ozzy to remain clear and to the forefront as he battles the inevitable. 

There’s a lot to like on Ordinary Man. For fans of Ozzy Osbourne, from his Black Sabbath days through his solo career, much of the album will be familiar territory and new material from the Prince of Darkness will always be welcomed.

Read the full press release at XSNoise

New Releases on Vinyl
Friday February 21st (2/21)

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 (February 21st) Releases:

KING CRIMSON – CAT FOOD: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION 10″
DAISIES – CHERRIES EP 12″
999 – BAY AREA HOMICIDE LP
AMITY AFFLICTION – EVERYONE LOVES YOU… ONCE YOU LEAVE THEM LP
ANIMALS AS LEADERS – WEIGHTLESS LP
ANVIL – LEGAL AT LAST LP
BANOFFEE – LOOK AT US NOW DAD LP
BARDO POND – ADROP/CIRCUIT VIII LP
BARNETT,COURTNEY – MTV UNPLUGGED: MELBOURNE LP
BEST COAST – ALWAYS TOMORROW LP
BROADBENT,JACK – MOONSHINE BLUE LP
BYFORD,BIFF – SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS LP
CADENCE REVOLUTION: DISQUES DEBS INTERNATIONAL 2 – CADENCE REVOLUTION: DISQUES DEBS INTERNATIONAL 2 LP
CALIFONE – ECHO MINE LP
CAYTON-HOLLAND,ADAM – PERFORMS HIS SIGNATURE BITS LP
CHADBOURNE,EUGENE – SOLO GUITAR VOLUME 4-1/3 LP
CHERRY,NENEH – RAW LIKE SUSHI LP
DEMONS & WIZARDS – III LP
DISCHARGE – PROTEST AND SURVIVE : THE ANTHOLOGY LP
DOWNES BRAIDE ASSOCIATION – LIVE IN ENGLAND LP
DULLI,GREG – RANDOM DESIRE LP
ELUVIUM – VIRGA I LP
EXPLOITED – PUNKS NOT DEAD LP
FOON,REBECCA – WAXING MOON LP
FRANK & HIS SISTERS – FRANK & HIS SISTERS LP
FRIMPONG,K & SUPER COMPLEX SOUNDS – AHYEWA SPECIAL LP
FRUIT BATS/VETIVER – IN REAL LIFE LP
GALL,FRANCE – BABY POP LP
GALL,FRANCE – POUPEE DE CIRE POUPEE DE SON LP
GALL,FRANCE – 1968 LP
GOMEZ,SELENA – RARE LP
GREEN,PETER – IN THE SKIES LP
GRIMES – MISS ANTHROPOCENE LP
HARA,MASUMI – 4 X A DREAM LP
HARMER,SARAH – ARE YOU GONE LP
IRVINE,WELDON – TIME CAPSULE LP
JANSON,CHRIS – REAL FRIENDS LP
JAY,ABNER – MAN WALKED ON THE MOON LP
JORGE,SEU/ROGE – SEU JORGE & ROGE NIGHT DREAMER DIRECT?-?TO?-?DISC LP
KEARNEY BARTON: ARCHITECT OF THE NORTHWEST SOUND – KEARNEY BARTON: ARCHITECT OF THE NORTHWEST SOUND LP
KILLAH PRIEST – EXORCIST LP
KING KRULE – MAN ALIVE! LP
KINSHASHA 1978: ORIGINALS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS – VARIOUS LP
KNUFFKE,KIRK – BRIGHTNESS: LIVE IN AMSTERDAM LP
KORNER,ALEXIS – RED HOT FROM ALEX LP
LANDRETH,SONNY – BLACKTOP RUN LP
LANTERNS ON THE LAKE – SPOOK THE HERD LP
LIGHTNING BOLT – RIDE THE SKIES LP
MANY FACES OF AC/DC – VARIOUS LP
METHENY,PAT – FROM THIS PLACE LP
MHYSA – NEVAEH LP
MOONDOG – ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK LP
MUDHONEY – PEDAZO DE PASTEL LP
NOTTING HILL – O.S.T. LP
OBEL,AGNES – MYOPIA LP
OCEAN,BILLY – LOVE ZONE LP
OSBOURNE,OZZY – ORDINARY MAN LP
PENATE,JACK – AFTER YOU LP
PETERSON,OSCAR – OSCAR WITH LOVE: THE SONGS OF OSCAR PETERSON LP
POP EVIL – #1’S LP
POWER,JOHN – WILLOW SHE WEEPS LP
POWER,JOHN – HAPPENING FOR LOVE LP
POWER,JOHN – STORMBREAKER LP
PRIDDY,NANCY – YOU’VE COME THIS WAY BEFORE LP
PROPHET – DON’T FORGET IT LP
PRUITT,KATIE – EXPECTATIONS LP
PURR – LIKE NEW LP
RANALDO,LEE/REFREE,RAUL – NAMES OF NORTH END WOMEN LP
SEPTICFLESH – GREAT MASS LP
SHAKE WHAT YOU BROUGHT! SOUL TREASURES FROM THE – VARIOUS LP
SIGHTLESS PIT – GRAVE OF A DOG LP
SILVERSTEIN – 18 CANDLES: EARLY YEARS LP
SILVERSTEIN – DECADE LP
SIMONE,NINA – EMERGENCY WARD LP
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – COMPANION RISES LP
SLOAN,SASHA – SELF PORTRAIT LP
SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS – APALA GROUPS IN NIGERIA 1967-70 LP
SPRINGSTEEN,BRUCE – LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY LP
SPRINGSTEEN,BRUCE – LIVE IN DUBLIN LP
SPRINGSTEEN,BRUCE – 18 TRACKS LP
SPRINGSTEEN,BRUCE – RISING LP
SPRINGSTEEN,BRUCE – DEVILS & DUST LP
ST. WERNER,JAN – MOLOCULAR MEDITATION LP
STAPLE SINGERS – COME GO WITH ME: STAX COLLECTION LP
STIRLING,LINDSEY – SHATTER ME LP
SUN RA ARKESTRA – LIVE IN KALISZ 1986 LP
SURFSHIRT,WINSTON – APPLE CRUMBLE LP
SWEET LIZZY PROJECT – TECHNICOLOR LP
THIN LIZZY – BAD REPUTATION LP
THIN LIZZY – JAILBREAK LP
THIN LIZZY – FIGHTING LP
THIN LIZZY – NIGHTLIFE LP
THOLLEM/PARKER/CLINE – GOWANUS SESSIONS II LP
UPSETTERS – EASTWOOD RIDES AGAIN LP
WILLIAMS,HANK – ONLY MOTHER’S BEST LP
WILSEN – RUINER LP
WINTER,JOHNNY – PROGRESSIVE BLUES EXPERIMENT LP
WORD ALIVE – MONOMANIA LP
WREKMEISTER HARMONIES – WE LOVE TO LOOK AT THE CARNAGE LP
YOUNG GODS – SUPER READY/FRAGMENTE LP
YOUNG,PAUL & THE ROYAL FAMILY – LIVE AT ROCKPALAST 1985 LP

And Much More!!!

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of  2/14 – 2/21

Music/Stand-up comedy:

Brainiac – Transmissions After Zero

 

Movies/TV:

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – movie

The Day of the Dolphin – movie

Je t’aime moi non plus (written and directed by Serge Gainsbourg) – movie

Jojo Rabbit – movie

Munchhausen (1943) – movie

Teorema (Criterion Collection directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini) – movie

21 Bridges – movie

 

Blu-Ray releases:

Antonio Gaudí (Criterion Collection directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara) – movie

Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – movie

The Day of the Dolphin – movie

Gerry (directed by Gus Van Sant) – movie

Je t’aime moi non plus (written and directed by Serge Gainsbourg) – movie

Jojo Rabbit – movie

Mind Games (1989) – movie (moved from 2/11)

Munchhausen (1943) – movie

The Point (music by Harry Nilsson) – animation (moved from 2/11)

Rasputin the Mad Monk (starring Christopher Lee) – movie

Teorema (Criterion Collection directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini) – movie

21 Bridges – movie

X The Unknown – movie

Book New Releases!

 

Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul by Leila Taylor    $14.95

Bob Marley in Comics by Sophie Blitman    $27.99

Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne: The Stories Behind the Songs by Carol Clerk & Paul Elliott    $35.00

Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-Metal by JJ Anselmi    $26.00

The Greatest 100 Albums to Own on Vinyl by Sona Books    $32.95

Sex Pistols: The End Is Near 25.12.77 by Kevin Cummins    $40.00

Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends by Jon Wiederhorn    $30.00

Foreground Music: A Life in Fifteen Gigs by Graham Duff    $19.95

Scream With Me: The Enduring Legacy of The Misfits by Tom Bejgrowicz & Jeremy Dean    $30.00

Frank Zappa: The Hot Rats Book by Ahmet Zappa and Bill Gubbins    $40.00

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams by Michael Allred, Steve Horton, & Laura Allred    $39.99