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New Releases on CD for March 22nd (03/22)

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!

American Football – American Football

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It’s a tale as old as emo itself: young chronicler of teenage doubts grows up, has kids and writes songs about parental doubts. Fostered by the success of American Football’s 2014 reunion and the notion that excellent self-titled albums shouldn’t be once-in-a-generation affairs, their third record moves away from the mathy contortions of youth into rich, textural contemplations.

Lush beds of guitar and circular melodies hypnotise as slippery rhythms push and pull soothingly. Mike Kinsella’s shivering croon is also counterpointed by several guest vocalists. Hayley Williams of Paramore offers consoling warmth to Mike’s confession, “I blamed my father in my youth / Now as a father I blame the booze” on Uncomfortably Numb. Elsewhere, the sylph-like vocals of Rachel Goswell make explicit the shoegazey influence of her band Slowdive. American Football have matured, but what remains unchanged is their ability to gently tug the heartstrings.

Review pulled from Kerrang!

Ex Hex – It’s Real

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While Rips went in hard with a single mission – to push the potential of a guitar as far as possible – the follow-up is happier to widen the experimental perimeters. Timony’s vocals on swaying closer “Talk to Me” have been given the flanger treatment (mixing together two identical signals and putting a tiny, gradually shifting time delay on one of them) and “Cosmic Cave” is a slab of galactic garage rock. All of this adds a playful new layer to Ex Hex’ ultra-distinctive sound.

Without this, It’s Real could’ve been an entirely different record. Ex Hex’s sound is so distinctive that it’s also very tough to escape, but luckily Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris avoid stumbling into the trap of picking up where they left off. As it happens, It’s Real is a bundle of collaborative fun instead. Don your glittery outfits and get ready to mosh.

Read more at NME

Ibibio Sound Machine – Doko Mien

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Ibibio Sound Machine has never put out a weak release. The group’s output is consistently both fun and finessed, the peaks and valleys largely unremarkable in that every track is a good track at the very least. New album Doko Miencontinues in this same vein, blending highlife spirit, electronic pop beats, and Afrofunk brass together for an album that keeps the party going from start to finish.

As frontwoman, Eno Williams is exuberant and emotive, with a voice that sounds fresh at all times. That is as true on Doko Mien‘s quick songs as its slow ones, of which there are a few. In comparing this album to the group’s first two, songs that fall into the latter category stand out as places in which the group have definitely improved. Near the end of the album, spaced-out “Kuka” and velvety “Guess We Found a Way” are soothing and soulful, while several tracks earlier, “I Know That You’re Thinking About Me” stays downtempo but maintains a little movement, a sensual chillout R&B-meets-contemporary Afrobeat jam. A sweet interlude comes in the form of brief “I Will Run”, where dreamy vocal harmonies let in some extra light.

With its first two albums, Ibibio Sound Machine set the bar high for its music. The group’s self-titled debut introduced us to a band ready to go all in with a mixture of classic Nigerian rhythms and quirky electronics, while Uyai took an even more innovative approach with summer-ready brass and bright disco hues. Doko Mien largely sticks to this same palette of funk and retro electropop, but adds sophisticated depth with languid numbers that let Williams show a different end of her tonal range. She can croon as well as she can belt, and the rest of the band ably takes on the cooler vibes. Even if it treads less new territory than Uyai did, Doko Mien shows Ibibio Sound Machine’s versatility as the group continues to bring Lagos and London together in new ways.

Read more at Pop Matters

Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon – Solstice

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Under the light of the “Strawberry Moon” in 2016 (named for the time of year when the fruit is harvested), Luther Dickinson brought together a number of mostly female guests and recorded four days worth of music. The resulting collaboration is on display as Solsticeby Luther Dickinson and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon.

The question is how do you make a coherent record featuring such diverse talents as Amy Helm, Allison Russell and JT Nero (from Birds of Chicago), Amy LaVere, Sharde Thomas and the threesome of Ester Mae Wilbourn, Angelia Taylor and Delia Daniels from the Como Mamas? The answer: organically. As Dickinson relates, “The whole idea of this album was to introduce a bunch of friends and get them to collaborate with each other…It was sort of like throwing a party. Once you manage to get everybody together, you can just step back and let it all happen.”

Amy LaVere’s upright bass playing is especially tasty on her sultry version of ‘The Night Is Still Young’. Moments of magic occur throughout this set, from the great clarinet and slide guitar call and response on ‘Sing To Me’ to Allison Russell’s heartfelt take on living in the present tense, ‘Til It’s Gone’, with it’s chorus “God bless this beautiful morning until it’s gone.”

The biggest mystery is why Solstice took so long to be released. This music illustrates how little is needed to move body and soul. The set lives and breathes, and the Sisters of the Strawberry Moon deserve to be heard again and again.

Review pulled from For Folks Sake

Van Morrison Healing Game (Deluxe-DIG) 

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Van Morrison’s 1997 album The Healing Game is getting expanded to three discs, including a live show recorded at Montreux that year.

The three-disc Deluxe Version of the album includes the original LP on one disc, plus five additional songs from the era, including a couple of single versions; a disc of sessions that features alternate versions and tracks with John Lee Hooker, Carl Perkins and others; and a live set from July 17, 1997, that spotlights some of the album’s tracks, as well as a few classics from Morrison’s catalog.

Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock

Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet

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My Finest Work Yet builds on his explicitness, but replaces the protective layer between Bird and his listener. Gone are the bear-all musings on marriage and fatherhood, their position under the spotlight having been lost to the broken political landscape and the struggle for power. Bird’s vulnerability has been switched out for a fighting spirit, a steeliness and resolve that powers the whole record. Who’s he fighting? The ‘enemy’. But he’s doing it with a smile on his face: “I think My Finest Work Yet is my finest work yet”, he says – a preview of the wry and direct delivery you’ll hear throughout.

“Bloodless”, the album’s first single released in November last year alongside a brilliantly gnarly video directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, was written just after 2016’s US election. This six and a half-minute appeal is a masterclass in action-inciting calm, urging “the best” who have “lost their conviction” to remobilise and overthrow “the worst” who are “sharpening their claws”. He likens this moment to 1936 in Catalonia, as if we’re teetering on the brink of social revolution – but he urges us to bandy together to act now, while the situation is still bloodless.

Final track “Sisyphus” is, according to Bird, “about being addicted to your own moral suffering”, but it’s also a condemnation of apathy. There’s such resignation in the line “Let it roll, let it roll / There’s a house down there but I lost it long ago”, which no amount of whistling and cheery ‘da-da-das’ can mitigate. An album of discontent, My Finest Work Yet seeks to empathise and galvanise; in “Bloodless” Bird sings “I know it’s hard to be an optimist / When you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers”. He makes a powerful case and it’s impossible to deny him your solidarity – but, having had a delicious taste of intimacy before, you’re left craving a little more of the man and a little less of the commentary.

Read more at The Line of Best Fit

Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days – (Deluxe)

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Strand of Oaks Eraserland

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Lambchomp – This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)

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New Releases on Vinyl For Friday March 22nd (03/22)

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 (March 22nd) Releases:

AFRICA AIRWAYS FIVE – AFRICA AIRWAYS FIVE LP
AMERICAN FOOTBALL – LP3 LP
ANATOLE – EMULSION LP
APPARAT – LP5 LP
BAD SUNS – MYSTIC TRUTH LP
BARRE,MARTIN – ROADS LESS TRAVELLED LP
BIRD,ANDREW – MY FINEST WORK YET LP
BLACKKKLANSMAN – O.S.T. LP
CANNIBAL CORPSE – GORE OBSESSED LP
CANNIBAL CORPSE – LIVE CANNIBALISM LP
CELIA – CELIA LP
CHAMPS – GO CHAMPS GO LP
CHARLES,ETIENNE – CREOLE SOUL LP
COPELAND – BLUSHING LP
DEKKER,DESMOND/ACES – 007 SHANTY TOWN LP
DICKINSON,LUTHER & SISTERS OF THE STRAWBERRY MOON – SOLSTICE LP
DUSTER CAPSULE – LOSING CONTACT LP
EVANS,BILL – AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL LP
EVERCLEAR – VERY BEST OF EVERCLEAR LP
EX HEX – IT’S REAL LP
FAINT – DANSE MACABRE LP
FOLICK,MIYA – PREMONITIONS LP
FRANKLIN,ARETHA – SONGS OF FAITH: ARETHA GOSPEL LP
FRANKLIN,ARETHA – AMAZING GRACE: COMPLETE RECORDINGS LP
FRAZER,PAULA/TARNATION – WHAT IS & WAS LP
HARDY,FRANCOISE – PERSONNE D’AUTRE LP
HOPKINS,LIGHTNIN – BRING ME MY SHOTGUN-ESSENTIAL COLLECTION LP
HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK – O.S.T. LP
IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE – DOKO MIEN LP
IRON & WINE – OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS LP
JACKYL – JACKYL LP
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO – WEDDING ALBUM LP
LA DISPUTE – PANORAMA LP
LAMBCHOP – THIS (IS WHAT I WANTED TO TELL YOU) LP
LAUREL HALO – LAUREL HALO DJ-KICKS LP
LAVEY,ANTON – SATANIC MASS LP
LEWIS,JENNY – ON THE LINE LP
LOVELYTHEBAND – LIVE AT LOONEY TUNES LP
MACKAY,BILL – FOUNTAIN FIRE LP
MEGADETH – WARHEADS ON FOREHEADS LP
MESHUGGAH – I LP
MESHUGGAH – CATCH THIRTYTHREE LP
MESHUGGAH – OBZEN LP
MESHUGGAH – KOLOSS LP
MORRISON,VAN – HEALING GAME LP
MOTLEY CRUE – DIRT SOUNDTRACK LP
NELSON,KINLOCH – PARTLY ON TIME: RECORDINGS 1968-1970 LP
NERIJA – NERIJA LP
NEWTON BROTHERS – HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE LP
NOTTING HILL – O.S.T. LP
PALMER,AMANDA – THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION LP
PECK,ORVILLE – PONY LP
PINEAPPLE THIEF – WHAT WE HAVE SOWN LP
PREFAB SPROUT – I TRAWL THE MEGAHERTZ LP
PRESLEY,ELVIS – ELVIS NOW LP
PYE CORNER AUDIO – STASIS LP
ROSE,LUCY – NO WORDS LEFT LP
SHLOHMO – END LP
SILVERCHAIR – NEON BALLROOM LP
SNARKY PUPPY – IMMIGRANCE LP
SPIRAL STAIRS – WE WANNA BE HYP-NO-TIZED LP
STEPHENS,JOSEPH – VICE PRINCIPALS LP
STRAND OF OAKS – ERASERLAND LP
SZABO,GABOR – 69 LP
TARE,AVEY – COWS ON HOURGLASS POND LP
THESE NEW PURITANS – INSIDE THE ROSE LP
TRASHMEN – SURFIN’ BIRD LP
TROWER,ROBIN – COMING CLOSER TO THE DAY LP
VERTIGO – O.S.T. LP
WALLOWS – NOTHING HAPPENS LP
WATERS,MUDDY – I’M READY LP
X – WILD GIFT LP
YANYA,NILUFER – MISS UNIVERSE LP
YOUNG GODS – DATA MIRAGE TANGRAM LP
YUNGBLUD – LIVE IN ATLANTA LP
ZEAL & ARDOR – LIVE IN LONDON LP
GODFLESH – STREET CLEANER 12
NEW ORDER – TEMPTATION 12
ALGEBRA MOTHERS – STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE/MODERN NOISE 45
BRAINSTORY – DEAD END/MNEMOPHOBIA 45

And Much More!!!

New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray for Week Of 3/19 – 3/25

Movies/TV:

Becoming Astrid – movie

Detour (Criterion Collection directed by Edgar G. Ulmer) – movie

Losin’ It (1983) – movie

Mary Poppins Returns – movie

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. 10.2 – TV show

On Her Shoulders – documentary

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – animation

Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came? – movie

Wanda (Criterion Collection directed by Barbara Loden) – movie

Blu-Ray releases:

Born in East L.A. – movie

The Deadly Mantis – movie

Detour (Criterion Collection directed by Edgar G. Ulmer) – movie

Doctor Who: Complete Tom Baker Sea. 7 – TV show

Far From Heaven (directed by Todd Haynes) – movie

Losin’ It (1983) – movie

Mary Poppins Returns – movie

Ned Kelly (2003) – movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – animation

Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975) – movie

Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came? – movie

Wanda (Criterion Collection directed by Barbara Loden) – movie

The Witches (1966) – movie

Book New Releases!

 

  • 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

  • Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter edited by Veronica Chambers    $27.99
  • Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America (In 36 Pieces) by Will Ashon    $24.00
  • Careless Whispers: The Life & Career of George Michael by Robert Steele    $28.99
  • Diary of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star by Ian Hunter    $26.99