New Releases — August 18, 2017

The Accidentals – Odyssey CD/LP (SME Masterworks)
“On their latest, which the three bandmates co-produced in partnership with Jason Lehning, a specialist in roots-inflected alt-pop, they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression.” – NPR

The Jerry Douglas Band – What If CD/LP (Rounder/Concord)
Jerry Douglas, the 14x Grammy award winner who has played on over 2,000 separate recordings (Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, James Taylor, etc.), presents a new album with a unique sound and a brand-new outfit of musicians, hand-picked by Douglas himself. On What If, Douglas decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul he’s spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he – or anyone else – has done before.  The album also includes a funky, soulful take on Tom Waits’ “2:19” and a blistering bluegrass-meets-jam-band reinvention of the classic “Hey Joe.” [Vinyl edition due September 15.]

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland CD (Alligator)
Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of August 7-13, 2017

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1. Tyler Childers- Purgatory
2. Jason Isbell- Nashville Sound
3. Ben Sollee- Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native
4. Randy Newman- Dark Matter
5. Districts- Popular Manipulations
6. Randall Bramblett- Juke Joint At The Edge Of The World
7. Cage The Elephant- Unpeeled
8. David Rawlings- Poor David’s Almanack
9. Kenny Wayne Shepherd- Lay It On Down
10. Alice Cooper- Paranormal

VINYL
1. Tyler Childers- Purgatory
2. Arcade Fire- Everything Now
3. Portugal The Man- Woodstock
4. Fleet Foxes- Crack-Up
5. War On Drugs- Lost In The Dream
6. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
7. Jason Isbell- Nashville Sound
8. 2 Chainz- Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
9. Districts- Popular Manipulation
10. Alice Cooper- Paranormal

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New Releases — August 11, 2017

James Blunt – The Afterlove [Extended Version] CD (Atlantic)
The Afterlove sees Blunt melding contemporary pop production with his classic brand of personal songcraft, equal parts heartfelt poignancy and self-deprecating wit. The chart-topping troubadour enlisted a who’s who of modern talent to join him in writing and recording the album, among them such icons and studio luminaries as Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran), Johnny McDaid (Example, Biffy Clyro), Stephan Moccio (Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd), and MoZella (Miley Cyrus, One Direction).

Bonobo – One Offs… Remixes & B-Sides [Reissue/2002] CD/2xLP (Tru Thoughts)
Successfully beating the bootleggers at their own game, 2002′s One Offs offered Bonobo fans the chance to get their mitts on rare 12” and 7” cuts, as well as some truly exceptional remixes.

The Cribs – 24-7 Rockstar Sh!t CD/LP (House Arrest)
Recorded to tape in just five days with legendary producer Steve Albini, the Jarman brothers’ new album is a “return to our roots and the raw approach we took on our first two records in 2004 and 2005.” Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of July 31-August 6, 2017

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1. Tyler Childers- Purgatory
2. Arcade Fire- Everything Now
3. Fleet Foxes- Crack-Up
4. Tyler The Creator- Flower Boy
5. Lana Del Rey- Lust For Life
6. Jason Isbell- Nashville Sound
7. Alice Cooper- Paranormal
8. Cage The Elephant- Unpeeled
9. Colter Wall- Colter Wall
10. Foster The People- Sacred Hearts Club

VINYL
1. Tyler Childers- Purgatory
2. Arcade Fire- Everything Now
3. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
4. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
5. Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced
6. Grateful Dead- Smiling On A Cloudy Day
7. Dead Cross- Dead Cross
8. David Bowie- Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
9. Halsey- Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
10. Tom Petty & Hearbreakers- Into The Great Wide Open

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New Releases — July 28, 2017

Arthur Alexander – Arthur Alexander [Reissue/1972] CD (Omnivore)
When The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones & Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and countless others cover your songs, you must be on to something. Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist, whose career took off in the early 1960s—writing and recording hits like “Anna (Go To Him)” and “You Better Move On”—some of the earliest hits recorded at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios and featuring the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. After a short break at the end of the decade, he released a self-titled ‘comeback’ album in 1972. This reissue of that album is expanded with six bonus tracks—two previously unissued. Arthur Alexander was produced by Muscle Shoals bassist Tommy Gogbill, and include a version of “Burning Love”—covered by Elvis Presley shortly after the album’s release.

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II [Reissue/1994] 2xCD (Warp)
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy [Reissue/1997] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker [Reissue/1999] CDEP/12”+MP3 (Warp)
Classic Aphex Twin back in print on CD and vinyl formats.

Arcade Fire – Everything Now CD/LP/Cassette (Columbia)
“The torrent of content we absorb on a daily basis is a topic ripe for art that has been largely been under-explored in music thus far, but Arcade Fire don’t do it in somber and morbid fashion, Everything Now being their most upbeat, joyful album to date. It’s like they’ve chopped up a bunch of Abba tracks with this album, tenderized them, sprinkled them with glitter and reassembled them into something a little more subtle and insouciant. Arcade Fire’s fifth studio album doesn’t have the sprawling nature of The Suburbs or Reflektor nor the cacophonic intensity of Funeral, but the sequin-festooned, disco-ish Everything Now is every bit as good as these albums in its own right. Departures in sound are often unwelcome when we’re already so happy with where a beloved band are, but, in this case, their experiments are a complete success.” – The Independent. [Two covers are available: ‘Day Version’ and an exclusive indie-store-only ‘Night Version.’ Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.] Continue reading

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