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New Release Round-Up 06-29-15

New Releases Mon 29 Jun 

NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - The Monsanto Years - Reprise
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real have joined forces and release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years via Reprise Records. For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).

REFUSED - Freedom - Epitaph
Refused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998, just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. Refused Are Fucking Dead! became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track New Noise only to find their new heroes disbanded. Refused are f***ing alive! After a 2012 invitation to reform for the Coachella festival, Refused followed its first shows in 15 years with a triumphant tour, as every kid who had discovered them after death came out to see them reborn. Freedom is the first album in almost 20 years, on Epitaph/Burning Heart, the label that released The Shape of Punk to Come all those years ago. 

JOY WILLIAMS - Venus - Sony
Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies. On Venus she changes all that. No longer content to just conjure the antique grace of some mythic, bygone world, Williams was intent to actually pierce the veil of metaphor and an imagined history and tell a more honest, human story of one woman's journey out of darkness.

SENSES FAIL - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart - Pure Noise
Pull The Thorns From Your Heart is the intense & brutally honest 6th album from boundary-pushing New Jersey punk outfit Senses Fail.


Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Good Old War - Broken Into Better ShapeGOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk RecordsGood Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring alongside a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
Early Listen Available Video Available 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
Failure - The Heart Is A Monster
X Ambassadors - VHS
JB & The Moonshine Band - Mixtape
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth
Bitter End - Illusions Of Dominance
Miguel - Wildheart
Win Win - Primaries
Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile... Back In The Lab
Tina Turner - Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition
Pete Townsend - Truancy: The Very Best Of
Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory
Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth
Easton Corbin - About To Get Real
311 - Archive
Thy Art is Murder - Holy War
Aranda - Not The Same
G. Love & Special Sauce - Sweet 'N Blues (Extra Sugar)
Jaill - Brain Cream



& More .....

Anthony Raneri - Sorry State Of Mind EP
Violent Soho - Tinderbox / Neighbour Neighbour
Ashley Monroe - Bombshell
Mas Ysa - Arrows
Gatherers - Assembly
Deathrite - Toxic Hammer
Watkins Family Hour - Brokedown Palace





 

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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New Release Round-Up 06-23-15

New Releases Tues 23 Jun 

BREAKING BENJAMIN - Dark Before Dawn - Hollywood Records
The first original music from the platinum-selling band, Breaking Benjamin, since the release of DEAR AGONY in 2009 (certified Gold), Dark Before Dawn marks a new era for the acclaimed band. Ben Burnley is joined by guitarists Jasen Rauch (Red) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken).

SON LUX - Bones - Glassnote
Son Lux, founded by New York's Ryan Lott, began as a solo exploration of the jagged, icy line between the strange and the familiar, in which sonic structures supplant the conventions of pop form. Over the last eight years, though, the name has taken on myriad meanings, just as the work has subsumed sounds and collaborators. Now, Son Lux is a band. A trio, to be exact; one that has meticulously woven together dizzying percussion, fraying guitar, symphonic bluster, and haunting vocals into a quaking and vivid post-pop (post-everything) burst called Bones. The fourth Son Lux LP combines all of the architectural precision and aural inventiveness we've come to expect, with more immediacy and melody than ever. That's all to do with the crew.

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant MaterialKACEY MUSGRAVES - Pageant Material - Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Nashville, TN – Mercury Nashville’s Kacey Musgraves releases her sophomore album, Pageant Material. The album features her current single “Biscuits,” which is climbing the charts at country radio. Musgraves co-wrote all tracks on Pageant Material and also co-produced with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird.  "Going back into the studio this time around was really fun and exciting for me because I knew more about myself and my direction," said Musgraves. "The majority of Pageant Material was recorded live--which was a bit of a departure from "Same Trailer"--and gave it more of a concise, classic sound. All of the incredible musicians were in the same room playing on the entire record, and I think that spirit comes across. The last couple of years have done so much for me, and this project was really affected by that in the best way. There are certain moments lyrically that still hit me hard even after listening so many times. It's a great glimpse into where my head is from "Same Trailer" to now."
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DE LUX - Generation - Innovative Leisure
On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to take their influences and create a sound all their own—a beyond-their-years synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry, drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most danceable social commentary ever. And now that they’ve found their sound, De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: “All of these things that they put us through,” sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Sean Guerin, “I’m writing it down / I’m writing it down.” 

Fist City - Everything Is A Mess

Fist City - Everything Is A MessFIST CITY - Everything Is A Mess - PIAS AmericaFist City - Everything Is A Mess
Everything Is A Mess seizes onto the group’s influences, both musical (The Wipers, Sonic Youth, the Flying Nun roster) and spiritual (John Waters and Divine), then sends them into overdrive. Guitars chime like bells or shred like buzzsaws, while the rhythms hit harder than ever before. Lyrics are based on the band’s immediate environments in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta with gut-punching reactions to murderers, cops, bigots, Rob Ford, and unrequited love. From life in a small town scene to facing the consequences of violent acts, or even the experience of sleeping in the back of a speeding van, these songs paint a vivid portrait from the minds of artists and outcasts set loose on the world.
Video Available 

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THE ROLLING STONES - From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live In 1971 - Eagle Rock
'From The Vault' is a series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. 'The Marquee Club Live In 1971' is the latest addition to the series. The show was filmed at London's legendary Marquee club on March 26th 1971, shortly after the finish of the band's 1971 UK tour and about a month before the release of the 'Sticky Fingers' album in late April. Mick Taylor was now fully integrated into the group and the band had used the tour to showcase some of the tracks from the forthcoming album. The show at the Marquee was filmed for American television and four songs from the 'Sticky Fingers' album were featured, including the rarely performed 'I Got The Blues'. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

LEON BRIDGES - Coming Home - Sony
Leon Bridges is the 'out of almost nowhere' story that only comes along once in a while. Awareness of Leon Bidges and his unique craft continues to grow authentically and consistently.  It was only last summer that Leon was singing open mics in his hometown Fort Worth, TX. One of those open mics was attended by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of the notable indie band White Denim who were absolutely floored by Leon's voice, songs, and creative vision.  They soon after set-up shop in a makeshift studio and recorded the album's opener "Coming Home" completely live to tape. This first take is exactly what you hear opening the album. The remaining 9 songs followed in a burst of creativity and inspiration.

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Richard Thompson - Still
Trey Songz - Trigga Reloaded
Jerry Garcia - On Broadway: Act One
Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Rickie Lee Jones - The Other Side Of Desire
Lindemann - Skills In Pills
Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Jamison Ross - Jamison
Asia - Axis XXX: Live San Francisco
Lera Lynn - The Avenues
Parlour Tricks - Broken Hearts / Bones
Creepoid - Cemetery Highrise Slum
T. Hardy Morris - Hardy & The Hardknocks
Elijah Blake - Shadows & Diamonds
Canaan Smith - Bronco
Neal Schon - Vortex
Desaparecidos - Payola
Bully - Feels Like
The Offspring - Americana [Vinyl]


& More .....

Ryan Adams - Burn In The Night [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Rozwell Kid & The World Is A Beautiful Place... - Fourteen Minute Mile
Jason Isbell - Something More than Free
Grave Babies - Something Awful
Strange Wilds - Starved For



 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape

Good Old War - Broken Into Better ShapeGOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk RecordsGood Old War - Broken Into Better Shape
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
Video Available 

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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES 26 MAY 2015

BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES 26 MAY 2015

BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES
As part of their Anniversary celebration, Blue Note will issue a series of vinyl reissues every month, one of which you’ll exclusively find first here at your Blue Note Authorized Dealer. 

STREET DATE MAY 26

Hank Mobley Quartet - Hank Mobley Quartet [Blue Note Dealer Exclusive]

HANK MOBLEY QUARTET - Hank Mobley Quartet

Hank Mobley Quartet is the debut album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley. Released in 1955 on Blue Note Records, Hank Mobley Quartet (10”) will be reissued on 10” vinyl as part of the Blue Note Authorized Dealer program schedule of releases. Also features Art Blakey. 

Also out on May 26:

Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland, Vol 1
Grant Green - I Want To Hold Your Hand
Bobby Hutcherson - Components
Elvin Jones - The Ultimate
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
Lee Morgan - Search For The New Land

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Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day 2015

The Big Day you have all been waiting for is happening this Saturday (April 18th) and we know you are all as excited as we are.  As always, there are some great releases this year and if you have not already made your list and etched the artwork in your mind ready for the hunt, you can check out the full list of releases here on our site or of course you can check recordstoreday.com for more details.  Note: We have no guarantee over which releases we will have available and how many, but feel free to contact us to see if we have ordered any particular release.

Of course Record Store Day is not just about the releases, it is a day to celebrate Independent Record Stores and we hope that you will be joining us for the whole day as we will have lots of great celebrations going on.

See you all soon and good luck.

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BLUE NOTE AUTHORIZED DEALER

BLUE NOTE AUTHORIZED DEALER

As a store who has a particular focus on Blue Note artists, we are very proud to announce that we have teamed up with Record Store Day and the legendary Blue Note Records to celebrate their 75th Anniversary year by signing on at the creation to become a BLUE NOTE AUTHORIZED DEALER.  Blue Note will be reissuing 100 titles from their legendary catalog over the course of the year, and as a Blue Note Authorized Dealer (BNAD), we will be the place to find those reissues, as well as a monthly EXCLUSIVE reissue, which you can find first, and for a limited time ONLY at Blue Note Authorized Dealers. Blue Note Records devotees and folks wanting to learn more about this celebrated label will want to seek out these special releases. 

The 75th Anniversary celebration is being personally guided by Blue Note Records President Don Was, and this big fan of record stores was also involved in the creation of BNADs:  

“It's impossible to overstate the beauty of the serotonin and dopamine rush that one experiences by browsing thru a REAL live Record Store! Speaking as a music fan, I'm so grateful to the independent retailers who've kept this tradition alive. The history of Blue Note is inextricably interwoven with these incredible stores... It's a great honor and a very natural progression for us to partner-up with them in this uber-cool Authorized Dealership program.”

Check out the list of Blue Note Authorized Dealer releases and the special Anniversary reissues HERE.

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