Top Selling Music, Week of Oct. 17-23, 2016

1. Drive-By Truckers- American Band
2. Wooks- Little Circles
3. David Crosby- Lighthouse
4. Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
5. Meshuggah- The Violent Sleep Of Reason
6. Dr. John- Musical Mojo Of Dr. John
7. Kings Of Leon- Walls
8. Pink Floyd- Animals (reissue)
9. Lady Gaga- Joanne
10. Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here (reissue)

1. John Prine- For Better Or Worse
2. Stooges- Stooges
3. Prince- Parade
4. Sonic Youth- Sonic Nurse
5. Sturgill Simpson- Sailor’s Guide To Earth
6. Hamilton- Original Broadway Cast Recording
7. Dead Machines- Night Callers
8. Woods- City Sun Eater
9. Brand New- I Am A Nightmare
10. Korn- Serenity Of Suffering

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New Releases — October 21, 2016

Amaranthe – Maximalism CD/LP (Spinefarm)
A “hyper-modern, metallic beast” from the Swedish metal outfit.

American Football – American Football (LP2) CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Polyvinyl)
Not long after Polyvinyl Records released American Football’s self-titled debut album in 1999, the band called it quits, having only played a smattering of Champaign-Urbana college house parties and sets at small clubs like Chicago’s legendary Fireside Bowl. Such an inauspicious turn of events made what followed all the more incredible. Over time, the record went on to become one of Polyvinyl’s bestselling releases to date, and ended up serving as “one of the single most influential rock records of its time” according to Noisey and many others. [Limited 180gm color vinyl pressings also available: one orange, the other red and orange starburst.]

Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor CD/LP (Fat Possum)
L.A.’s Kadhja – pronounced “kod-ya” – creates cosmic neo-R&B ‘n’ psychedelic jazz perfect for fans of Flying Lotus and Deradoorian. Her new album The Visitor opens with an awe you’d expect from the golden age of cinema. In its half-mythical atmosphere, “Earth Birth” offers keys and choirs science-fictionally echoing down from deep space. This overture fades and Kadhja’s voice velvetly emerges on “Honeycomb” with a timelessness sending listeners scrambling to find her nearest genre. After running through classical, jazz, soul, folk, and even psychedelia, you find it ultimately impossible to comfortably place her. This is all by Kadhja’s design. The Visitor is an opus unpolluted by the mixed advice or overproductions that plague other albums. It plays through like one individual’s lucid dream in what is sometimes an all-too-dreamless musical landscape. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

Bright Eyes – The Studio Albums 2000-2011 6xCD/10xLP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Six Bright Eyes records — Fevers And Mirrors (2000), Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (2002), I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005), Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (2005), Cassadaga (2007), and The People’s Key (2007) — remastered by Bob Ludwig. [CD edition is housed in a foil stamped linen coated board slipcase. Vinyl edition features ten color LPs in tip-on jackets and twelve 8”x10” photo prints.] Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Oct. 10-16, 2016

1. John Prine- For Better Or Worse
2. Bob Weir- Blue Mountain
3. Kings Of Leon- Walls
4. Drive-By Truckers- American Band
5. Doyle Bramhall II- Rich Man
6. Bon Iver- 22 A Million
7. Norah Jones- Day Breaks
8. Phish- Big Boat
9. Jimi Hendrix- Machine Gun
10. Melissa Etheridge- Memphis Rock & Soul

1. Bon Iver- 22 A Million
2. Bon Iver- For Emma Forever Ago
3. Drive By Truckers- American Band
4. Kings Of Leon- Walls
5. Alt-J- An Awesome Wave
6. ZZ Top- Eliminator (reissue)
7. Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here (reissue)
8. Beastie Boys- Licensed To Ill (reissue)
9. Melvins- Stoner Witch (reissue)
10. John Abercrombie- Timeless

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New Releases — October 14, 2016

After 7 – Timeless CD (E1)
New release from the platinum R&B trio — their first in over 20 years.

Terry Allen – Lubbock (On Everything) [Reissue/1978] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Legendary Texan artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position straddling the frontiers of country music and visual art; he has worked with everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne to Lucinda Williams, and his artwork resides in museums worldwide. Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, his deeply moving (and hilarious) satirical second album, a complex memory palace to his West Texas hometown Lubbock, is often cited as the urtext of alt-country. Produced in collaboration with the artist and meticulously remastered from the original analog tapes, this is the definitive edition.

Anciients – Voice Of The Void CD/LP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
“Voice Of The Void is the second album from Canada’s Anciients, a band whose sound has gelled into something even more fluid and dynamic than their impressive debut. With nods to established veterans and boundary-pushers like Opeth and Mastodon, they’ve crafted nine sprawling songs that conjure a range of moods across an ambitious but rewarding 67 minutes. ‘In terms of theme/lyrics, this record is far more cynical and less hopeful than the debut’ said guitarist Chris Dyck. ‘It metaphorically addresses some life choices/paths, etc. and what we see happening in the world — it’s a darker and more pissed off album.’”

Big Star – Complete Third 3xCD (Omnivore)
Over the years, Big Star’s 1978 album Third has been re-released, re-sequenced, and reissued as Sister Lovers. Now, all of the album’s recordings—demos, mixes, and alternate versions of songs—have been collected in one place for the first time on this three-disc set, Complete Third. The collection boasts 69 total tracks, 28 of which are previously unheard session recordings, demos and alternate mixes made by producer Jim Dickinson and engineer John Fry. “The small but rabid cult of Big Star, composed initially of rock critics and hometown Memphis hipsters, coalesced around 1972’s #1 Record, which supercharged the legacy of the Beatles and Byrds, and 1974’s Radio City, which brought additional attitude and poignancy to the recipe. The shimmering brilliance of Big Star’s sound and songs on those two LPs, along with its underdog allure, would have been sufficient to perpetuate the band’s legend. But there was a third album, and that strange beast of a record made all the difference for subsequent generations of fans—many of whom formed bands of their own—who turned each other on to this music as if it were a secret religion or a trippy new drug” — Bud Scoppa’s Complete Third liner notes. [Three separate double LPs to follow, each vinyl volume representing a CD in the boxed set.] Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Oct. 3-9, 2016

1. Drive-By Truckers- American Band
2. Green Day- Revolution Radio
3. John Prine- For Better Or Worse
4. Wilco- Schmilco
5. Dwight Yoakam- Swimming Pools Movie Stars
6. Phish- Big Boat
7. Bob Weir- Blue Mountain
8. Meshuggah- The Violent Sleep Of Reason
9. Bon Iver- 22 A Million
10. Regina Spektor- Remember Us To Life

1. Bon Iver- 22 A Million
2. Green Day- Revolution Radio
3. Drive-By Truckers- American Band
4. NOFX- First Ditch Effort
5. Blink 182- Enema Of The State (reissue)
6. Jimi Hendrix- Machine Gun
7. Brand New- 3 Demos Reworked
8. Balance & Composure- Light We Made
9. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
10. Bob Weir- Blue Mountain

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