New Releases — May 26, 2017

Alestorm – No Grave But The Sea CD/LP (Napalm)
The heavy metal pirates are back with their fifth full length album of epic modern symphonic folk metal anthems. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe media book edition features the bonus disc No Grave But The Sea For Dogs.]

Sam Amidon – The Following Mountain CD (Nonesuch)
New solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. The Following Mountain represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album also features a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves, known initially for his work in the 1960s with free jazz legends Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.

Bobby Bare – Things Change CD (BFD)
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy award-winner Bobby Bare releases his first album in five years. Things Change features 10 tracks written by Bare, Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark and the producer of the project, hit singer-songwriter Max T. Barnes. It also features a collaboration with Chris Stapleton.

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Reissue/1967] CD/2xCD/4xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (Capitol)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landmark album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and remastered by George Martin and repackaged in a variety of configurations for the collector, including: a standard single-CD featuring George Martin’s new stereo mix; an expanded Deluxe double-disc CD featuring 18 unreleased alternate takes of the album’s 13 songs (the double-vinyl edition includes 13 of these bonus tracks), all newly mixed in stereo; and a Super Deluxe six-disc box set edition containing over 100 minutes of Sgt. Pepper sessions on discs two and three and, on the fourth CD, the original 1967 mono mix of the album and bonus tracks including three previously unreleased mixes. The accompanying Blu-ray and DVD discs feature the fully restored 1992 documentary The Making Of Sgt. Pepper, including interviews with Paul, George and Ringo and fascinating in-the-studio footage introduced by George Martin. Restored promotional films for “A Day In The Life,” “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” are also included, as well as hi-res 5.1 surround mixes and a 144-page hardback book. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of May 15-21, 2017

1. Chris Stapleton- From A Room: Volume 1
2. Kendrick Lamar- Damn
3. Gorillaz- Humanz
4. Paramore- After Laughter
5. Bob’s Burgers- Bob’s Burgers Music Album
6. Frank Zappa- Roxy By Proxy
7. Old 97′s- Graveyard Whistling
8. Papa Roach- Crooked Teeth
9. Valerie June- Order Of Time
10. Paul Weller- Kind Revolution

1. Pokey Lafarge- Manic Revelations
2. Chris Stapleton- From A Room: Volume 1
3. Panic At The Disco- A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
4. Metallica- Master Of Puppets
5. Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial
6. Slowdive- Slowdive
7. Glass Animals- Zaba
8. Refused- Servants Of Death
9. Oasis- Masterplan
10. Radiohead- Kid A

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New Releases — May 19, 2017

!!! – Shake The Shudder CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Shake The Shudder is a product of !!!’s DIY punk roots presenting a harder edge lyrically and sonically, while incorporating trans-Atlantic electronic music influences. Regularly enlisting the aid of talented female vocalists to elevate to their sound, this new album is no exception with the inclusion of up and coming talents Lea Lea and Meah Pace showcasing “energetic breakout performances that only hints at what they do live.”

(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Rocket is Philadelphia-based artist Alex G’s eighth full-length release – an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010′s Race to his 2015’s Beach Music. Amid the Rocket recording process, Alex made headlines for catching the attention of Frank Ocean, who asked him to play guitar on his two 2016 albums, Endless and Blonde. More than any stylistic cues, what Alex took from the experience was a newfound confidence in collaboration. Rocket wears this collaborative spirit proudly, and in its numerous contributors presents a restless sense of musical experimentation – effortlessly jumping from distorted sound collage to dreamy folk music to bouncing Americana. Rocket illustrates a cohesive vision of contemporary American experience; the cast of characters that Alex G inhabits have fun, fall in love, develop obsessions, get in trouble, and – much like rockets themselves – ultimately they burn out.

Beastmaker – Inside The Skull CD/LP (Rise Above)
The glittering technological future we were all promised has turned into a dystopian nightmare. If music must reflect the times, the hour has plainly come to reject the mainstream status quo and get down to the roots and rhythms of life’s elemental heaviness. And that’s where Beastmaker come in. Purveyors of some of the most ecstatically thunderous and raw doom metal to emerge in decades, this three-man riffing machine from Fresno, CA, are manifestly the real deal. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of May 8-14, 2017

1. Chris Stapleton- From A Room: Vol. 1
2. Taj Mahal / Keb Mo- Tajmo
3. Old Crow Medicine Show- 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
4. Grateful Dead- Cornell 5/8/77
5. Kendrick Lamar- Damn
6. Gorillaz- Humanz
7. Peter Rowan- My Aloha
8. Slowdive- Slowdive
9. Lillie Mae- Forever & Then Some
10. White Reaper- World’s Best American Band

1. Gorillaz- Humanz
2. Slowdive- Slowdive
3. Chris Stapleton- From A Room: Vol. 1
4. David Bowie- No Plan EP
5. Death Grips- Money Store
6. Mac DeMarco- This Old Dog
7. Dwight Yoakam- Swimming Pools Movie Stars
8. Nails- You Will Never Be One Of Us
9. This Heat- Deceit
10. Jesus & Mary Chain- Damaged

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New Releases — May 12, 2017

The Allman Brothers Band – The Fox Box 8xCD (Peach Records)
The Fox Box is an eight-disc set of The Allman Brothers performing three-nights September 24th -26th, 2004 at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

B.o.B. – Ether CD (No Genre)
New album from the rapper featuring Ty Dolla $ign, T.I. Lil Wayne, and more.

Zac Brown Band – Welcome Home CD (New Elektra)
“Zac Brown isn’t just trying to sell records, he’s selling a way of life, a Southern Fried way of life, and he’s doing it very successfully. He and his band are as tight as a small community and they play a highly professional, appealingly commercial country style. His voice is a warm, comforting aubergine and the tunes are homespun and inclusive. There was a feeling they over elaborated on their last couple of albums, so on Welcome Home they are back to the simplicity of their breakthrough, The Foundation, with some songs completed in one take. It’s very skillfully produced and very easy on the ear.” – The Afterword. [Vinyl edition due June 30th.]

Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up On Love CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Memphis soul original and Hi Records hit man Don Bryant returns to music with Don’t Give Up On Love. Recorded in honor of his wife of 43 years, the soul legend Ann Peebles, the collection is Bryant’s first release in decades. From the opening vamps of the classic “A Nickel And A Nail,” it’s evident that Don Bryant, at 74 years old, is in prime fighting shape and as versatile a performer as ever – sensual and expressive on “It Was Jealousy,” swaggering and suave on “One Ain’t Enough,” and swept up by the grandeur of the Almighty on “How Do I Get There?” These ten songs – including seven Bryant-penned originals – show a soul survivor in action, exhibiting the kind of sharp vocal acumen that can only be honed by years spent on the road and in the studio. Continue reading

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