New Releases — Sept. 16, 2014

Allah-Lahs – Worship The Sun CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Worship The Sun expands the sound established by the Allah-Lahs’ maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock, Latin percussion and electric folk. The album is richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, evocative of L.A.’s storied past full of beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads, remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip, golden tans and cosmic sunsets.

Mike Auldridge/Jerry Douglas/Rob Ickes – Three Bells CD (Rounder)
Three Bells is a collaboration between Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge (The Seldom Scene), and Rob Ickes (Blue Highway).

Marco Benevento – Swift CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Marco Benevento is used to doing things for himself. Since launching his solo career six years ago, Benevento has co-founded the label that releases his music, The Royal Potato Family, and built the studio, Fred Short Sound, where he works whenever he s not on the road. He’s written, arranged and played his largely instrumental anthems, leading a band from behind his customized piano and a tiny armada of drum-machines and sequencers, keyboards and pedals. But until Benevento set out to complete his fifth solo album, he’d never sung his own songs, a strange omission for music that s so often been lyrical. That changes decisively, assuredly, triumphantly on Swift, the boldest and most bracing album of Benevento’s career.

Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be A Woman CD (Dine Alone)
Harkening back to punk rock’s glory days of the ‘70s, Broncho captures the aggression, authenticity and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era. With echoes of The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones, Broncho is a blisteringly cathartic flash of gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter Ryan Lindsey’s aggressive, yelping vocal work. Vinyl version due October 7.

Chris Brown – X CD (RCA)
New album from the R&B superstar. The production team for X includes Grammy-winning producer Timbaland (David Guetta, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas) and Danja (Mary J. Blige, P!nk), both of whom worked on 2012′s chart-topping album Fortune. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Sept. 8-14, 2014

10402049_10152686393090439_3415025968112156765_n1. Coralee & The Townies- Criminal Pride
2. Ryan Adams- Ryan Adams
3. Interpol- El Pintor
4. Robert Plant- Lullabye & The Ceaseless Roar
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Hypnotic Eye
6. Spoon- They Want My Soul
7. Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer- Bass & Mandolin
8. Death From Above 1979- Physical World
9. Justin Townes Earle- Single Mothers
10. Earth- Primitive & Deadly
11. Jenny Lewis- Voyager
12. Delta Spirit- Into The Wide
13. Shovels & Rope- Swimmin Time
14. New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers
15. Karen O- Crush Songs
16. Jack White- Lazaretto
17. Old Crow Medicine Show- Remedy
18. Emarosa- Versus
19. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
20. Crosby Stills Nash Young- CSNY 1974

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New Releases — Sept. 9, 2014

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams CD/LP+MP3 (Blue Note/Pax Am)
Ryan Adams’ new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams’ himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter’s first full length since 2011′s Ashes & Fire. The first single “Gimme Something Good” has already elicited wide praise, with Stereogum exclaiming “he doesn’t seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout.”

Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold CD/LP (Sub Pop)
Avi Buffalo’s sophomore album is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. At Best Cuckold was recorded at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice (whose Bowie tribute Avi contributed to), engineered by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney) and Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn.

Banks – Goddess CD/2xLP (Harvest)
The Los Angeles native and self-taught pianist, vocalist, and songwriter releases her debut album. Effortlessly balancing her gift for honest, poetic perspectives on love and humanity with a voice that gained her overnight attention from the music industry’s most important curators – Banks is poised for massive things. Drawing from inspirations like Fiona Apple and Miss Lauryn Hill, Banks focuses on the duality of soulful earthly emotion and ethereal atmospheric sounds.

Better Than Ezra – All Together Now CD/LP (The End)
Better Than Ezra, known for their hits “Good,” “Desperately Wanting,” “Juicy,” release their eighth studio album. “Based on a preliminary listen of several tracks, singer/guitarist Kevin Griffin, bassist Tom Drummond and drummer have clearly freshened up their collective sound. Producer Tony Hoffer, who has previously worked with Fitz & The Tantrums, Silversun Pickups and Beck, gave the band an electro-pop sonic makeover. Electronic drums and loops abound.” – Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Sept. 1-7, 2014

countingcrows1. Counting Crows- Somewhere Under Wonderland
2. Otis- Tough Times
3. Johnny Winter- Step Back
4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers- Hypnotic Eye
5. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
6. St. Paul & The Broken Bones
7. Opeth- Pale Communion
8. Houndmouth- From The Hills Below The City
9. New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers
10. Jeezy- Seen It All
11. Soja- Amid The Noise & Haste
12. Earth- Primitive & Deadly
13. Royal Blood- Royal Blood
14. Rentals- Lost In Alphaville
15. Game Theory- Blaze Of Glory
16. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young- CSNY 1974
17. Leela James- Fall For You
18. Blackberry Smoke- Leave A Scar
19. Jack White- Lazaretto
20. Old Crow Medicine Show- Remedy

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September 9 (Tuesday) at 7 pm sharp

Everyone’s favorite honky-tonk soul band is finally releasing their long-awaited new album, Criminal Pride. We’ve heard it and it was worth the wait! After a record release show at Cosmic Charlies on Sept. 6, they’ll be heading over to CD Central on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for a free, all-ages show and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ll have plenty of copies of the new CD available, so please join us for what will be a memorable performance.
Coralee and the Townies are a Lexington, Kentucky based band of a genre they’ve self-defined as HONKY TONK SOUL. And it’s a fitting description, as the sextet whoops and weeps with traditional authenticity and contemporary energy, with Coralee’s husky vocals front and center and the Townies providing a righteous, raucous rootenanny soundtrack around her. (CityBeat Magazine)
A little preview is here:

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