New Releases — April 28, 2017

All That Remains – Madness CD (Razor & Tie)
Madness is the eighth studio album by All That Remains and it was produced by Grammy award winning Howard Benson (Halestorm, In Flames, Chris Cornell) and co-produced by Mike Plotnikoff. This album is full of undeniable hooks, incisive riffs, electronic samples and a variety of vocal styles. Integrating personal experiences, political rants and controversial commentary with music that s just as confrontational, Madness is an unapologetic showcase of honesty and ingenuity. All That Remains have created 50 minutes of attitude-laden music with a combination of rock, metal, ballads, and a cover of “Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks. [Vinyl edition due May 12th.]

Between The Buried & Me – Coma Ecliptic Live CD+DVD+Blu-ray (Metal Blade)
Between The Buried & Me performed their 2015 Coma Ecliptic in its entirety live on October 4, 2016 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA.

Birkin/Gainsbourg – Birkin Gainsbourg Le Symphonique 2xCD/2xLP (Warner Classics/Parlophone)
Jane Birkin’s symphonic tribute to Serge Gainsbourg.

Mary J. Blige – Strength Of A Woman CD (Capitol)
The 13th album from the R&B singer/songwriter includes guest appearances by Kanye West, Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot, Prince Charlez, and Kaytranada.

BNQT – Volume 1 CD/LP (Dualtone)
“BNQT is billed as the new supergroup, although that seems a little grandiose a term for a project fashioned out of the remnants of moderately successful indie bands you probably remember from your teens. This effort sees Midlake’s Eric Pulido (supported by McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler) merge with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Travis’ Fran Healy. Volume 1 sounds very much like you would imagine music made by a mash-up of late ’90s-early-2000s indie groups might sound: meandering and nostalgic with a clean, crisp production that really showcases the instrumentals.” – Loud & Quiet Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of April 17-23, 2017

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1. Kendrick Lamar- Damn
2. John Mayer- Search For Everything
3. Aimee Mann- Mental Illness
4. Black Angels- Death Song
5. Sheryl Crow- Be Myself
6. Slick Rick- Great Adventures Of (RSD reissue)
7. Old 97′s- Graveyard Whistling
8. Spoon- Hot Thoughts
9. Ray Davies- Americana
10. Thundercat- Drunk

VINYL
(all of these are RSD 2017 releases)
1. Jason Isbell- Live From Welcome To 1979
2. David Bowie- Cracked Actor
3. Caught In The Act- Eric Church
4. Notorious BIG- Born Again
5. SIA- Spotify Sessions
6. Neil Young- Decade
7. Curtis Knight- Live At George’s Club 20
8. Doors- Live At The Matrix 6
9. Grateful Dead- P.N.E. Garden Auditorium Vancouver
10. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble- Live At Carnegie Hall

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New Releases — April 21, 2017

This is the list of “regular” new releases coming out on Friday, April 21.  In addition, there will be several hundred mostly-vinyl new releases coming out April 22 for Record Store Day.  Visit www.recordstoreday.com for a complete list.

Big Star – Thank You Friends: Big Star’s Third Live …And More 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xBlu-ray (Concord)
Experience Big Star’s Third album through the prism of a collective of immensely talented musicians. While the band may not be Big Star per se, the fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an amazing cast, whose membership includes latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and others. Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz are among the guests who were joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multi-track tapes from Ardent Studios for this event. Carl Marsh, who wrote the original orchestrations, conducted.

The Black Angels – Death Song CD/LP+MP3 (Partisan)
Death Song is the Austin psych-rock band’s first full-length release in four years. Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music here serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. “Currency,” a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm “Half Believing” questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion. Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound — menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

BoDeans – Thirteen CD (Free & Alive)
“Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas met in 1980 and the BoDeans were born in 1983. Their debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Lies brought them commercial success and established them as a cutting-edge band. Llanas left in 2011 but Neumann continues to front on their 13th album, appropriately titled Thirteen. The BoDeans have always fused roots rock and alternative rock into their music. Thirteen tends to be more in the roots category as Neumann has created a series of thoughtful and melodic songs. He and the band recently became involved with the Netflix series The Ranch, and the style of the album keys off the laid-back nature of the series.” – Cashbox Music Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of April 10-16, 2017

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1. John Mayer- Search For Everything
2. New Pornographers- Whiteout Conditions
3. Gary Clark Jr.- Live North America 2
4. Mastodon- Emperor Of Sand
5. Father John Misty- Pure Comedy
6. Jessi Colter- Psalms
7. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 3
8. Pink Floyd- 1972 Obfusc/ation
9. Hurray For The Riff Raff- Navigator
10. Mavericks- Brand New Day

VINYL
1. Foo Fighters- Songs From The Laundry Room
2. Kamasi Washington- Epic
3. Mastodon- Emperor Of Sand
4. Future Islands- Far Field
5. Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
6. Elliott Smith- Figure 8 (reissue)
7. Son Volt- Notes Of Blue
8. 1975- 1975
9. Jason Isbell- Southeastern
10. Wu-Tang Clan- Enter Wu-Tang 36 Chambers

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New Releases — April 14, 2017

Alvarez Kings – Somewhere Between CD (Sire/London/Rhino)
Four lads from South Yorkshire, UK who gleefully share their moniker with an infamous old school South American gang, Alvarez Kings summon pop power through timeless analog synth and guitar magic.

Blackfoot Gypsies – To The Top CD/LP (Plowboy)
“The Nashville-based roots rockers deliver a hearty and full-bodied rock ‘n’ roll platter with help from some of Nashville s finest talent, including red-hot singer Margo Price.” – No Depression

Direct Hit! – Domesplitter [Reissue/2011] CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Direct Hit! has been pumping out their own brand of pop-punk infused mind altering tracks for about a decade now. In 2011, after half a dozen EPs and dozens of demos released to the DH faithful on the internet, Direct Hit! threw together a collection of these songs that would comprise their debut full length Domesplitter.

Lillie Mae – Forever And Then Some CD/LP+MP3 (Third Man)
Nashville is a lifer’s town and Lillie Mae is a true music lifer, singing and playing on stages across America since she was but three years old. Her much-anticipated debut album, Forever And Then Some, sees the Music City-based singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist weaving classic country, bluegrass, and blues with her own extraordinary experiences to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure. Penned and performed with uncommon spirit and invention, songs like “Wash Me Clean” and the plaintive first single, “Over The Hill and Through The Woods,” stand out as snapshots of intimacies, encounters, and moments that matter, reverberating with earnest emotion and restless creative energy. Produced by Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville. Continue reading

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