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New Releases on CD for Friday April 21st (04/21)

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

Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg – Birkin Gainsbourg : le symphonique

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Birkin Gainsbourg Le Symphonique Jane Birkin has often dressed and undressed the works of Serge, the “legendary poet” whose songs she has been singing since the first album he composed for her, Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin, released in 1969. Separation and even death made no difference: Jane wears the songs of her partner in music and life, whether they were created when they lived together or when the strength of their connection persisted beyond all conflict. “It is a privilege that one of the greatest French writers wrote for me from the age of 20 to 45. In a way it never stopped. It’s a strange situation. What can I do for him now, even though it’s too late! At least I can wear him, take him with me. Say his words! “. After Arabesque, which she made with the Algerian violinist Djamel Benyelles in 2002, and Via Japan, created ten years later with Japanese musicians, here is Birkin/Gainsbourg, Le Symphonique. Under the artistic direction of Philippe Lerichomme, “the man in the shadows”, and Serge and Jane’s travelling companion since the mid-1970s, twenty-four songs have been arranged by Nobuyuki Nakajima, “a great designer”, according to Jane Birkin.

Mary J. Blige – Strength Of A Woman

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Mary J. Blige’s melodies and vocals were stored away for three years since the release of her London Sessions album in 2014. Now, the critically-acclaimed artist is poised to return with her 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman, sharing her elation on Twitter for its April 28 arrival. “This is one of my most powerful albums,” the “No More Drama” singer wrote on Wednesday night (March 29). After enduring a public divorce from her longtime partner of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs, Blige’s personal life might find refuge within her lyrics and vocal delivery.

Strength of a Woman may also serve as a cathartic release for the award-winning vocalist, sharing that she doesn’t plan to “hold back” with the content on this album. When she released “Thick of it,” Blige admitted, “It’s almost painful to let it out,” but “I don’t hold back though, it’s not who I am and there’s no way I am going to start changing now.”

Full review can be found at Vibe

Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood on the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged

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An EP recorded during Eric Church’s two-night stint at Red Rocks during August 2016, the seven-track Mr. Misunderstood on the Rocks Live and (Mostly) Unplugged delivers what the title promises — live recordings of songs from 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood where Church is generally anchored on an acoustic. This doesn’t mean he’s alone: apart from “Knives of New Orleans” and a closing cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which was recorded months before the songwriter’s death, he’s supported by his full band, most of them playing relatively softly if they’re not playing acoustic instruments. “Mistress Named Music” gets expanded into a medley featuring a bunch of ’70s singer/songwriter mainstays plus George Strait’s “Troubadour” — a quick and effective portrait of Church’s roots — and “Mixed Drinks About Feelings” is performed as a duet with backup singer Joanna Cotten, but the real reason the EP is worthwhile is the overall feel of the performances. Stripped back to their sinew, Church and his band sound stronger than they did on the overblown Caught in the Act, and just a year after their release, the songs are seeming like modern classics.

Review from Allmusic

Feist – Pleasure

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Pleasure is Feist’s back-to-basics album. It strips back the belabored arrangements of 2011’s Metals and eschews the pop sensibilities of her 2007 breakout, The Reminder. Instead, the Canadian musician drew inspiration from the years she spent cutting her teeth touring solo with only a guitar and her inimitable voice at her disposal. Pleasure presents a more vulnerable Leslie Feist, and this album of skeletal songs is starker and more sparse than anything we’ve heard from her before. Almost every track on it requires some patience, and while it takes a few listens to unlock Feist’s fifth album, the extra effort proves worth the reward.

The most immediate anchor to latch onto here, as ever, is Feist’s unmistakable voice. It’s always been a wonderful instrument and a focal point in her music, but these bare-bones songs really make the most of it and emphasize its importance and range. Over the past two decades, she’s perfected vocal tics that have become the hallmark of her sound — on hits like “1234” and “My Moon, My Man,” these quirks were part of the inherent appeal — but on Pleasure, there are few dramatic choruses for these vocal acrobatics to hide behind. The minimal arrangements draw your attention to the clever ways that Feist uses her voice to convey emotion and gradually build up a song. Her repertoire is on full display on Pleasure: the intentional scratchiness, the weird pronunciations, the elongated and swallowed syllables. Her singing style is more assured and more adventurous. Its development is most apparent on songs like “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You,” where it’s drowned in reverb and comes out warbled and fragile, reflecting the refrain’s stubborn loneliness, and on “Get Not High, Get Not Low,” where she plays against herself, making a fibrous chorus of swelling mini-Feists.

Full Review can be found at Stereogum

Gorillaz – Humanz

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Standard version of Humanz CD is available with a random assortment of covers, featuring one of the four members of Gorillaz.

Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are – as always – joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others.

Gorillaz – Humanz

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Deluxe Edition has digi-pack packaging, and contains a second disc with the following bonus tracks:

  1. The Apprentice (feat. Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK)
  2. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
  3. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà)
  4. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
  5. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are – as always – joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others.

Guardians Of The Galaxy – Vol. 2 Awesome Mixtape

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Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

John Mellencamp – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

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On April 28th, Heartland rocker John Mellencamp will release his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, on Republic Records. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. John Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock & roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, and fervent political dissent. His passions and experiences resonate beautifully in this showcase of his music. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is produced by John Mellencamp.

Mellencamp s new single is Grandview featuring Country music star Martina McBride. He released the track, Easy Target in January as a continuation of Mellencamp’s journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song. The video’s release occurred on the eve of the inauguration. The song focuses on the Black Lives Matter movement as well as gun violence in America.

Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child

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God’s Problem Child is Willie’s first album to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers in 2014. It includes 13 new songs, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album’s title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell’s very last recording). Closing the album is “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie’s outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard.

Old Crow Medicine Show – 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde

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The 14-track album, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, was recorded LIVE at the CMA Theater located inside the historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN in May 2016. Mixed by GRAMMY Award-winning Ted Hutt and Ryan Mall.

“Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats,” says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show.

“By deciding to record his newly found rock n’ roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of Country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger.”

Sylvan Esso – What Now

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Sylvan Esso’s sophomore album, What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything has evolved – the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more infectious, and the songs shine that much brighter. What Now is an album of the finest songs this band has ever written- produced masterfully, sang fearlessly- to articulate our collective undercurrents of anxiety and joy.

Trombone Shorty – Parking Lot Symphony

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Trombone Shortys’ Blue Note-debut, Parking Lot Symphony, captures the spirit and the essence of The Big Easy, while redefining its sound. Blazing through 70s Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B, Parking Lot Symphony was produced by Chris Seefried (Andra Day, Fitz and The Tantrums) and features songs co-written by Aloe Blacc, and Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros).

New Releases on Vinyl For Friday April 29th (04/29)

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 28th) Releases:

PETER BAUMANN/CONRAD SCHNITZLER/SCHNEIDER TM – SPLIT 12″
BNQT – VOLUME 1 LP
BRITISH SEA POWER – LET THE DANCERS INHERIT THE PARTY LP
CAROUSEL KINGS – CHARM CITY LP
J. COLE – 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY LP
ROBERT CRAY – ROBERT CRAY & HI RHYTHM LP
CUONG VU 4-TET – BALLET LP
DEPECHE MODE – WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION 12″
DISCHARGE – HEAR NOTHING SEE NOTHING SAY NOTHING 12″
DISCHARGE – WHY 12″
FAUST/ULAN BATOR – SPLIT 12″
FEIST – PLEASURE LP
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – GREAT COLLAPSE LP
GORILLAZ – HUMANZ LP
JULIANA HATFIELD – PUSSYCAT LP
IMMORTAL – BATTLES IN THE NORTH LP
ELTON JOHN – CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY LP
ELTON JOHN – TOO LOW FOR ZERO LP
ELTON JOHN – ELTON JOHN LP
ELTON JOHN – SONGS FROM THE WEST COAST LP
ELTON JOHN – MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER LP
ELTON JOHN – 17-11-70 LP
LA LA LAND – O.S.T. LP
MARK LANEGAN – GARGOYLE LP
LITTLE BIG TOWN – BREAKER LP
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT – LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT LP
MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – MOUNT THE MOUNTAIN LP
JOHN MELLENCAMP – SAD CLOWN & HILLBILLIES LP
MEW – VISUALS LP
MONSTER SQUAD – O.S.T. LP
THURSTON MOORE – ROCK N ROLL CONSCIOUSNESS LP
WILLIE NELSON – GOD’S PROBLEM CHILD LP
NEW FOUND GLORY – MAKES ME SICK LP
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – 50 YEARS OF BLONDE ON BLONDE LP
PINEGROVE – EVERYTHING SO FAR LP
LEON RUSSELL – LEON RUSSELL LP
SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS – SIDELONG LP
COLIN STETSON – ALL THIS I DO FOR GLORY LP
SUNS OF DUB – RIDDIMENTARY-SUNS OF DUB SELECTS GREENSLEEVES LP
SYLVAN ESSO – WHAT NOW LP
THIRD MAN – O.S.T. LP
U2 – HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB LP
JOHN GARY WILLIAMS – JOHN GARY WILLIAMS LP
WOLFBRIGADE – RUN WITH THE HUNTED LP

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of 04/23-04/29

Music/Stand-up comedy:

 

Movies/TV:

Anatahan – Movie

Girl With All The Gifts – Movie

La La Land – Movie

Man Of La Mancha – Movie

Microcosmos – Documentary

Pied Piper – Movie

Rumble Fish (Criterion Collection Directed by Francis Ford Coppola) – Movie

 

Blu-Ray releases:

Airplane – Movie

Anatahan – Movie

Caddyshack – Movie

Escape From Alcatraz – Movie

La La Land – Movie

Lady Sings The Blues – Movie

Microcosmos – Documentary

Mifune: The Last Samurai – Documentary

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – Movie

Pied Piper – Movie

Point Break – Movie

Rumble Fish (Criterion Collection Directed by Francis Ford Coppola) – Movie

Selena – Movie

Tampopo (Criterion Collection Directed by Juzo Itami) – Movie

Twister – Movie

Book New Releases!

  • Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir by Pamela Des Barres    $18.00
  • From Cradle to Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars by Virginia Hanlon Grohl    $27.00
  • The Cake and the Rain: A Memoir by Jimmy Webb    $26.99
  • Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God, & Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman    $28.00
  • Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff by Michael Nesmith    $28.00
  • Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton edited by Randy L. Schmidt    $28.99

  • The Poetry of Pop by Adam Bradley    $28.00
  • The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince by Mayte Garcia    $27.00
  • Change of Seasons: A Memoir by John Oates    $29.99
  • George Michael: The Life 1963-2016 by Emily Herbert    $14.95
  • A Portrait of Bowie: A Tribute to Bowie By His Artistic Collaborators & Contemporaries by Brian Hiatt    $34.99
  • The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images    $39.95