Labor Day 2014 Sale and Concert

otisYes, we will be open on Labor Day this year, and that means live music, sale prices and food!
We’re very pleased to present the first Lexington performance of the blues/rock band Otis, hailing from Western Kentucky. They recently completed their first album, Tough Times, a tribute to John Brim.
otisjohnbrimcdAccording to band member Steve Jewell, Jr., “John Brim (1922-2003) was a Kentucky bluesman who was on legendary Chess Records in the mid 50′s. The album consist of songs John Brim wrote; we just wrote our own music arrangements to his songs. We simply hope to bring awareness not only to a under appreciated blues man from Kentucky, but for people to know of Kentucky’s rich heritage of Blues Music!” In case the name John Brim isn’t familiar, he wrote the song “Ice Cream Man” which was later covered by Van Halen!
Tough Times was co-produced by Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters who also plays guitar on the album.
Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 1. Otis is scheduled to play at 1 pm sharp. Free and open to all!

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Used Record Clearance Sale. Cheap!

These records are three for five bucks. Good bands, good condition, just ones we have too many of. Check ‘em out on the stage at the front of the store. We’re adding new ones every few days, but this sale is for a limited time only.

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New Releases — August 25, 2014

The Bad Plus – Inevitable Western CD (Okeh)
The Bad Plus’s tenth studio recording (and first collection of original material since 2012′s Made Possible), Inevitable Western continues the leaderless trio’s committed belief in what they’ve dubbed “avant-garde populism,” the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.

Basement Jaxx – Junto CD/2xCD/2xLP (PIAS America)
Junto is a bold, boisterous, brilliant album full of amazing gust vocal performances, richly layered production and the irresistible sense of groove that has set them apart from the very beginning. Spanish for “together,” the concept behind Junto is one of unity and soulfulness, fusing dance music’s sub-genres into on cohesive multi-flavored confection. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus disc of remixes and three extra non-album tracks.

The Bug – Angels & Devils CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Angels & Devils escapes the London cage, drawing on it for influence yet blowing it up into a world-view now seen from Kevin Martin’s new Berlin home. A record that simultaneously draws on London Zoo, completes a triptych cycle which started with his Bug debut Pressure, and fills the spaces between and inserts what was missing previously. Both a year zero re-set and a continuation of what has been. Like the Bowie/Eno classic Low, or Can’s Tago Mago, the album is split into two distinct themes and explorations of light and dark.

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose CD/LP (Barsuk)
“Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n’ roll ghost,” sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D’Agostino on the hyper-adrenalized “XR,” which sounds like a Tonight’s The Night outtake recorded at triple speed, with its braying harmonica and spitfire vocal delivery. It’s the track that perhaps best captures the spirit of the band’s third LP, Lose, one of coping with abject loss and grief by rediscovering what you’ve always loved, as difficult as it may be — the redemptive power of music. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Aug. 18-24, 2014

Tom-Petty-And-The-Heartbreakers-Hypnotic-Eye11. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Hypnotic Eye
2. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
3. Electric Wurms- Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk
4. Imogen Heap- Sparks
5. Benjamin Booker- Benjamin Booker
6. Guardians Of The Galaxy- soundtrack
7. Bahamas- Bahamas Is Afie
8. First Aid Kit- Stay Gold
9. Tombs- Savage Gold
10. Johnny Winters- Raised On Blues
11. Swans- To Be Kind
12. Coliseum- Coliseum (deluxe reissue)
13. A Sunny Day In Glasgow- Sea When Absent
14. Dawn Landes- Bluebird
15. Beck- Morning Phase
16. RX Bandits- Gemini, Her Majesty
17. Chestnut Cyrus- Midnight Melodies
18. Temples- Sun Structures
19. Jenny Lewis- Voyager
20. Lucero- Live From Atlanta

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New Releases — August 19, 2014

Accept – Blind Rage CD (Nuclear Blast)
After quite a few years away from the visible hard rock scene, Germany’s legendary Accept have returned to the metal forefront with an elated new singer and a new album.

Apache Dropout – Heavy Window CD/LP (Magnetic South)
After three LPs and a clutch of 45s, Southern Indiana’s Apache Dropout have loosened an adherence to the divine mono sound and forged a scaly stereo technique for Heavy Window. This is a deeper, blown out swagger of peer-less rock & roll filtered through a lush three-dimensional spectrum. Just as their self-titled debut snapped heads back, Apache Dropout has proven again they can rescore the garage rock aesthetic and remain undisputed purveyors of true lysergic North American boogie.

Bahamas – Bahamas Is Alfie CD/LP (Brushfire)
The third full-length album from Afie Jurvanen, who performs as Bahamas. Bahamas Is Afie is the first self-produced album from the Ontario-based musician. With this record he pursued a far more complex sound than on prior releases and is responsible for the majority of the instrumentation. The album follows 2011′s Barchords, which was praised for being “a reserved yet melodically rewarding exploration of rewarding exploration of relationships and heartache” by The New Yorker.

Beach Day – Native Echoes CD/LP (Kanine)
Native Echoes is the second album from the Hollywood, FL based garage rock/girl group with a male drummer. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Aug. 11-17, 2014

Tom-Petty-And-The-Heartbreakers-Hypnotic-Eye11. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Hypnotic Eye
2. Jack White- Lazaretto
3. Crosby Stills Nash & Young- CSNY 1974 (live)
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy- (soundtrack)
5. St. Paul & The Broken Bones- Half The City
6. Lucero- Live From Atlanta
7. Brian Setzer- Rockabilly Riot!
8. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
9. Lana Del Rey- Ultraviolence
10. Spoon- They Want My Soul
11. Bear In Heaven- Time Is Over One Day Old
12. Twista- Dark Horse
13. Carcass- Surgical Steel
14. Morbid Angel- Covenant
15. Black Angels- Clear Lake Forest
16. Judas Priest- Redeemer Of Souls
17. Tombs- Savage Gold
18. Johnny Winter- Raised On Blues
19. Keb Mo- Bluesamericana
20. London Grammar- If You Wait

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