New Releases — July 29, 2016

Billy Talent – Afraid Of Heights CD/2xCD (The End)
Fifth album from the Canadian alt-rock/punk band. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a disc of demo versions.]

Bouncing Souls – Simplicity CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Tenth studio album from the New Jersey punk veterans. “We set out to recapture the spirit of our earlier songs, not over-thought or over-produced. In the studio our goal was to keep it raw and real, the feeling of a band playing live.” [Limited copies pressed on ‘blood red’ color vinyl.]

Death Grips – Bottomless Pit CD/LP (Harvest)
“Bottomless Pit finds Ride (aka Stefan Burnett), producer Flatlander (aka Andy Morin), and drummer Zach Hill in their most cohesive and incendiary form since 2012’s The Money Store. Flatlander obfuscates and annihilates seemingly insurmountable soundscapes with the help of Hill’s passioned and precise drumming, as well as Ride’s occultist and misanthropic rage. All of this is focused through a new lens where the band’s actions no longer dictate their relevance — Death Grips are Death Grips because of what they make, not what they do. Bottomless Pit is Death Grips 2.0, as promised.” – Consequence Of Sound

Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
On their first album in 12 years, vocalist Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, guitarist Stephen Egerton, and bassist Karl Alvarez channel an energy just as raw and jittery as in their earliest days—a time when the band was driven by the equally mighty forces of “rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing, and food.” Hypercaffium Spazzinate began taking shape soon after the Descendents surfaced from extended hiatus for a series of gigs in 2010. With Milo now living in Delaware, Karl and Bill in Colorado, and Stephen in Oklahoma, the album came to life over a three-year period in which the band sent tracks back and forth and occasionally met up in Karl and Bill’s adopted hometown of Fort Collins. “Since the dawn of rock-and-roll every band’s tried to pretend they exist in the age group of 18 to 35, no matter how old they get,” says Karl. “But this band’s very honest about the fact that we’re not teenagers anymore.” “Each time we make a record it’s almost like the first time all over again,” says Bill. “There’s a quote from Ornette Coleman about how the song is the territory, and what you do with the song is the adventure. We’re definitely still going on all these little adventures together.” [CD is available in regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds five bonus tracks. Limited white vinyl pressing also available.] Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of July 18-24, 2016

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1. Jeff Beck- Loud Hailer
2. Michael Kiwanuka
3. Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
4. Chevelle- North Corridor
5. Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial
6. Eric Clapton & Guests- Crossroads Revisited
7. Earls Of Leicester- Rattle & Roar
8. Avett Brothers- True Sadness
9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard- Nonagon Infinity
10. Keith Sweat- Dress To Impress

VINYL
1. Avalanches- Wildflower
2. Masked Intruder- Love & Other Crimes
3. Gaslight Anthem- 59 Sound
4. Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced
5. Metronomy- Summer 08′
6. Allman Brothers- Live At Ludlow Garage
7. Heartworn Highways- Heartworn Highways
8. Nails- You Will Never Be One Of Us
9. Gojira- Magma
10. Madonna- Like A Prayer

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New Releases — July 22, 2016

The Birthday Massacre – Imagica CD/LP (Metropolis)
The Birthday massacre has dug into their past with this collection of songs recorded under their original moniker Imagica.

Blut Aus Nord/Ævangelist – Codex Obscura Nomina CD (Debemur Morti)
“This split LP from Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist explores black metal’s capacity to accommodate an array of sounds and moods, not just grimness.” — Pitchfork

Crown The Empire – Retrograde CD (Rise)
New album from the Dallas post-hardcore outfit. [Vinyl edition due August 26.]

Dio – A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 6xCD (Rhino)
A Decade Of Dio brings together their first six studio albums, each featuring newly remastered audio. Includes: Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990), and Strange Highways (1993). [Vinyl edition due October 4.] Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of July 11-17, 2016

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1. Avett Brothers- True Sadness
2. Rich Robinson- Flux
3. Lake Street Dive- Side Pony
4. Case/Lang/Veirs- Case/Lang/Veirs
5. Band Of Horses- Why Are You Ok
6. Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
7. Bat For Lashes- Bride
8. Neil Young & Promise Of The Real- Earth
9. Flume- Skin
10. Chevelle- North Corridor

VINYL
1. Melvins- Stoner Witch
2. Nirvana- Nirvana
3. Grateful Dead- American Beauty
4. Melvins- Stag
5. Heartworn Highways- Heartworn Highways
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Getaway
7. Radiohead- OK Computer
8. Radiohead- Amnesiac
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10. Radiohead- Bends

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New Releases — July 15, 2016

Agalloch – Pale Folklore [Reissue/1999] CD/2xLP (The End)
Agalloch – The Mantle [Reissue/2002] CD/2xLP (The End)
Agalloch – Ashes Against The Grain [Reissue/2006] CD/2xLP (The End)
Remastered reissues of the seminal progressive black metal band’s first three full-length albums, each with new artwork.

Jeff Beck – Loud Hailer CD/LP (Rhino)
Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s first studio album in six years, Loud Hailer, combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. Loud Hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable moniker for an album that isn’t shy about speaking its mind. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains, “I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view.”

Bright Light Bright Light – Choreography CD/LP (MRI)
Bright Light Bright Light’s third album, Choreography, includes a stellar line-up of guest vocalists, including Elton John, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters), actor Alan Cumming, and Mykal Kilgore (The Wiz Live TV special, and on Broadway In Motown). The album is a gorgeous set of electronica layered with guitars, saxophone, harmonies and nods to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.  “There is no doubt a lot of influence on the album from early ‘80s synth-pop bands like The Human League, The Pet Shop Boys and Soft Cell. But what really makes Choreography the perfect album title is simply because it is packed with tunes that make you want to move. You only have to listen to the power-pop first single ‘All In The Name’ to see that.” – Backseat Mafia

William S. Burroughs – Let Me Hang You CD/LP (Ernest Jenning)
20 years ago, William S. Burroughs was asked to record an audio version of his favorite parts of Naked Lunch. Longtime associates and producers Hal Willner and James Grauerholz produced several sessions, and they recruited a team of world-class musicians to help. Famed for their Naked City involvement, Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz contributed their genius, as well as Eyvind Kang, just to name a few. The recordings were then abandoned and collected dust on a musty shelf, as forgotten as a piece of rancid ectoplasm on a peepshow floor. Let Me Hang You is a collection of depraved genius straight from the godfather of punk’s very own mouth. Continue reading

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