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1ujen2.AuSt.79Thanks everyone for making Record Store Day 2015 such a big success. We really appreciate everyone who patiently waited in the early-morning line and everyone who stopped in during the day to help us celebrate not only RSD, but also our 20th anniversary in business. We literally couldn’t do it without you! Special thanks also to the bands who performed on Saturday, Ancient Warfare, Doc Feldman & the Infernal Method, and The Footsteps. Also big shout-outs to WRFL 88.1 FM Radio Free Lexington, Moontower Music Festival, Dronex Inc., Donut Days Bakery at Chevy Chase, The Gastro Gnomes Food Truck and Mobile Catering, Tadoo, Smiley Pete, Lexington Herald-Leader, WTVQ-DT, WVLK, WUKY and Cosmic Charlie’s. And a special thank-you to Mother Nature who provided a beautiful day to enjoy. We appreciate you all!

If you missed Record Store Day, don’t despair. We still have loads of great limited edition vinyl still available in the shop. Check the big table near the front of the store.

The Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com took some good photos of the event; see the photo gallery at: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/04/18/3807830_record-store-day-2015.html?rh=1

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New Releases — April 21, 2015

10 Years – From Birth To Burial CD (Palehorse/MRI Associated)
From Birth To Burial, the second full-length platter issued through the band’s own Palehorse imprint, is a dark and unabashedly heavy offering from the post-grunge songsmiths.

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color CD/2xLP+MP3 (ATO)
Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band’s Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the searing single “Don’t Wanna Fight” to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction. (Vinyl edition is available as a limited deluxe clear or regular black pressing.)

The Alchemist & Oh No – The Alchemist & Oh No Present Welcome To Los Santos CD/2xLP (Mass Appeal)
Welcome to Los Santos features fresh tracks inspired by Grand Theft Auto V’s original score, composed by The Alchemist and Oh No in partnership with Woody Jackson and Tangerine Dream to create a uniquely ambitious album. The Alchemist and Oh No weave together a musical journey that covers every corner of the fictional world of Grand Theft Auto V and features guests from across the musical spectrum – including Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike, Tunde Adebimpe and Samuel T. Herring (from Future Islands).

Alesana – Confessions CD (Revival)
New album from the North Carolina rock & roll veterans. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of April 13-19, 2015

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1. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit and Think & Sometimes I Just Sit
2. Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves
3. KMD- Bl*ck B*st*ards (RSD release)
4. Pokey Lafarge- Something In The Water
5. Dwight Yoakam- Second Hand Heart
6. Coralee & The Townies- Criminal Pride
7. Earl Sweatshirt- I Don’t Like S**t, I Don’t Go Outside
8. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
9. Lord Huron- Strange Trails
10. Calexico- Edge Of The Sun

Vinyl (all RSD releases)
1. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels
2. White Stripes- Get Behind Me Satan
3. Foo Fighters- Songs From The Laundry Room
4. Replacements- Alex Chilton
5. Decemberists- Picaresque
6. Gov’t Mule- Stoned Side Of The Mule
7. Swans- 12
8. Hold Steady- Boys & Girls In America
9. Bob Dylan- Basement Tapes
10. Blitzen Trapper- Harvest

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Record Store Day 2015!

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April 18, 2015 is the date! It’s our favorite holiday of the year. Record Store Day is an international event celebrating independent record stores and their role in our communities. This is the eighth annual event and CD Central has been part of it since year one! This year is extra special for us since we’re also celebrating our 20th anniversary in business.

Of course one of the centerpieces of the day is the huge array of special limited edition releases — mostly vinyl but also a few cassettes (Metallica!) and CDs, going on sale at 9 a.m. The official list of 2015 Record Store Day releases is HERE. We have been unpacking boxes all week and we have most of the titles on the official RSD list, although some are in very limited quantities and will sell out early. More info is below for record buyers.

Live music! Here’s our schedule of bands:
1 pm: The Footsteps
2 pm: Doc Feldman & the Infernal Method
3 pm: Ancient Warfare
WRFL DJs will be spinning tunes throughout the day

CD Sale! To celebrate our 20th anniversary, all NEW AND USED CDs will be on sale at 20% off. Weather permitting, we will also have a few thousand CDs in the parking lot at $1 each.

11156256_10152647421736891_453517243418898935_nOur commemorative 20th Anniversary shirts will be on sale, as will our first-ever CD Central turntable slipmats!

Food! The Gastro Gnomes Food Truck and Mobile Catering is making waves in the local food truck scene and they’ll be serving up an amazing menu during the afternoon (12-4). We’ll also have snacks and drinks inside the store. Our friends at Donut Days Bakery at Chevy Chase will also be paying us a visit during the morning with fresh donuts for early birds!

The folks from the Moontower Music Festival will be on hand during the day with festival info and some special giveaways.

19994_10152653838521891_629908741945937209_nRecord Store Day is a time to celebrate and sell records, but it’s also a time to give back to the community that supports us. In honor of our 20th anniversary, we commissioned local artist Dronex Inc. to custom paint a vintage portable Califone record player. We are auctioning off this one-of-a-kind piece of functional art, and all proceeds will go to a local charity/non-profit of the winning bidder’s choice (as listed on the Goodgiving.net web site). This record player not only looks fantastic but also plays any record from 16 to 78 rpm! Bidding will close on Record Store Day at 6 p.m

A few notes for “early bird” record buyers:
Most items are in limited quantities. As usual there will be no pre-orders or holds in order to be fair to everyone. There is a limit of one of each item per person.
As we did last year, instead of everyone entering the store at once, we will be admitting folks in groups.  We switched to this system last year and the comments from our customers were overwhelmingly positive. Although it can mean that the line will move more slowly, everyone will have a more pleasant shopping experience.
Before we open, we will issue line numbers to everyone waiting. This will happen sometime after 8 a.m.   At 9 a.m. we will open and the first (fairly large) group will be admitted.  At short intervals, smaller groups will be able to enter.  We’ll try to keep the line moving as fast as possible without overcrowding our shop.
Your line number is also an entry form for door prizes! As a thank-you to everyone who braves the line on the morning of RSD, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win some rare and collectible vinyl.
It all happens on Saturday, April 18 starting at 9 am.  Check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. See you then!

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New Releases — April 14, 2015

Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes [Reissue/1991] 2xCD/LP (Atlantic)
Tori Amos – Under The Pink [Reissue/1993] 2xCD/LP (Atlantic)
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD editions of the songstress’ first two albums, each featuring a bonus CD containing non-album tracks and live recordings. (Vinyl versions are single-disc.)

Ava Luna – Infinite House CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
While on a writing retreat in the sleepy southern town of Benton, Mississippi, the members of New York’s Ava Luna came across an abandoned house while on a walk through the woods. Overgrown, rotting, and littered with evidence of its past inhabitants, the maze-like dwelling would haunt their psyches throughout the writing and recording of their third full-length Infinite House. Like Jorge Luis Borges’ The Library Of Babel, the seemingly endless rooms and hallways in the old house felt like a metaphor for the invisible, internal labyrinths, which the band explores lyrically and sonically on their new album.

Blackfoot Gypsies – Handle It CD/LP (Plowboy)
The Blackfoot Gypsies drink from the same deep well as Zeppelin, The Stones & The Faces: delta blues and the foreboding ghosts of country music’s past. They blast out raw, classic rock & roll all dolled up in feathers, sequin jackets, vintage bell-bottoms and cowboy boots. Founding members Matthew Paige, who “makes Keith Richards riffs sound clean by comparison” (Creative Loafing/Atlanta) and drummer Zack Murphy have rounded out their sound with bassist Dylan Whitlow and Ollie Dogg on harmonica for this album. Handle It showcases their “bombast of reckless experimentation” (The Downcast) with American music; album track “Under My Skin” bursts with bluesy psychedelia and “Spent All My Money” echoes Desire-era Dylan with fingerpicked guitars and violin.

Calexico – Edge Of The Sun CD (Anti)
Calexico’s follow-up to 2012 s acclaimed Algiers, Edge Of The Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron And Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case. Vinyl version due April 28. Continue reading

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