CD Central will be open on Saturday, July 4, and the action will be in the back parking lot where we’ll be grilling All-American hot dogs and clearing out literally thousands of used CDs. Every clearance CD will be just $1 and as the afternoon goes on we’ll be in the mood to deal, if you know what we mean.
311 – Archive 4xCD (Sony Legacy)
Career-spanning four CD set by the alternative rock band commemorates their silver anniversary with 81 tracks, including unreleased songs, B-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production recordings, alternate versions and demos.
August Burns Red – Found In Far Away Places CD/LP (Fearless)
Seventh album from the Lancaster, PA melodic metalcore band. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks.
Author & Punisher – Melk En Honing CD (Housecore)
Author & Punisher’s new is mélange of his various drone machinery together, multiple physical rhythm machines, some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in A&P performances across the US and Europe in 2014. Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive rhythmic and oscillatory soundscapes from his own custom fabricated and precision machinery. Designed by Shone himself, the instruments of Author & Punisher are custom devices that begin mostly as big chunks of aluminum and steel that are worked into all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound live. Vinyl version due August 7.
Bilal – In Another Life CD (Purpose Music Group/eOne Music)
According to a press released, the long-running soul singer’s fifth album explores “today’s sociopolitical environment.” In Another Life features Kendrick Lamar, returning the favor for Bilal singing on To Pimp A Butterfly cuts “Institutionalized” and “These Walls,” Southern rap obsessive Big K.R.I.T. and Kiwi vocalist Kimbra. The album was produced by L.A. composer and producer Adrian Younge, who just announced another collaborative album with Ghostface Killah. Continue reading
1. Faith No More- Sol Invictus
2. Jamie XX- In Colour
3. My Morning Jacket- Waterfall
4. High On Fire- Luminiferous
5. Dwight Yoakam- Second Hand Heart
6. George Ezra- Wanted On Voyage
7. Jerry Garcia- On Broadway: Act One
8. James Taylor- Before This World
9. Jim O’Rourke- Simple Songs
10. Major Lazer- Peace Is The Mission
1. Leon Bridges- Coming Home
2. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
3. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit
4. Desaparecidos- Payola
5. Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures
6. White Stripes- Under Great White Northern Lights
7. Dawes- All Your Favorite Bands
8. Rolling Stones- From The Vault
9. Modest Mouse- Lonesome Crowded West
10. Gary Clark- Gary Clark Jr. Live
Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light CD/LP (Drag City)
Like Meg’s previous LPs (and much of Espers output,) the foundation of Don’t Weigh Down The Light is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that moves from soaring and tender to soothing and spellbinding. A voice that more than a few have likened to folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jacqui McShee, and Shirley Collins.
Bikini Kill – The CD Version Of The First Two Records [Reissue/1994] CD (Bikini Kill)
The First Two Records is a compilation of Bikini Kill’s self-titled and Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah vinyl reissues that were released by their label in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The self-titled EP, originally released in the fall of 1992 and reissued on BK Records in 2012 is comprised of four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye on July 3, 1991, at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band’s 1991 demo cassette, recorded by Pat Maley (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill’s live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, D.C.’s Sanctuary Theater.
Breaking Benjamin – Dark Before Dawn CD/2xLP (Hollywood)
Breaking Benjamin singer/guitarist Benjamin Burnley has seen Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck six times since its release earlier this month. Not only can you hear the influence of Nirvana in Breaking Benjamin’s post-grunge sound, but Burnley can relate to the late Nirvana frontman’s struggle with a stomach ailment that led him to self-medicate with heroin and ultimately contributed to his suicide. Burnley, too, has been suffering from a number of undiagnosed ailments since 2007, but he has no plans to go out like Cobain. Instead, he’s fighting through the pain on tour with a reconstituted line-up of Breaking Bad that includes guitarist Jasen Rauch, formerly of the band Red, who collaborated with Burnley on Dear Agony, Breaking Benjamin’s 2009 album; guitarist/vocalist Keith Wallen, formerly of Adelitas Way; bassist/vocalist Aaron Bruch, from Forever Oeuvre; and drummer Shaun Foist, formerly of Picture Me Broken.
Leon Bridges – Coming Home CD/LP (Columbia)
Sweet soul music. After hearing one of Leon Bridges’ songs, a friend asked if he listened to a lot of Sam Cooke. “I knew about him but had never really listened to his music,” says Bridges, whose new album, Coming Home, is steeped in such retro R&B sounds. “After that, I started venturing out and digging in.” The Atlanta-born, Ft. Worth-based singer also developed a taste for vintage fashion as he expanded his musical palette to include the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Jesse Belvin and even some singers outside the soul realm. “Lately, it’s been Townes Van Zandt, Bobby Womack and Van Morrison.” Continue reading
1. Dwight Yoakam- Second Hand Heart
2. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
3. Heartless Bastards- Restless Ones
4. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
5. Dawes- All Your Favorite Bands
6. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
7. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard- Django & Jimmie
8. Twenty One Pilots- Blurryface
9. Ryan Adams- Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall
10. Rolling Stones- Sticky Fingers (reissue)
1. My Morning Jacket- Waterfall
2. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
3. Bjork- Vespertine (reissue)
4. Alabama Shakes- Boys & Girls
5. Twenty One Pilots- Vessel
6. Muse- Drones
7. Metric- Old World Underground (reissue)
8. Dawes- All Your Favorite Bands
9. Rush- Permanent Waves (reissue)
10. Heartless Bastards- Restless Ones