New Releases — March 24, 2015

Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful CD (Atlantic Urban)
Mr. Wonderful is a culmination of every ingredient that’s made Action Bronson’s discography delectable. The musicality is grade A; live instrumentation turns the ablum into a wonderland of sonic discovery. “A Light In The Addict,” featuring Party Supplies and Fools Gold vocalist Black Atlass, and “City Boy Blues,” which boasts the bottom production of 88 Keys and top coating of Party Supplies, both soar with gorgeous orchestration. The latter track in such a zone that Bronson doesn’t spit a single bar, instead letting his vocals ride the wave of soulful rock.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit CD/LP (Mom+Pop)
“While other young musicians pour their most profound thoughts on to their lyric sheet, Courtney Barnett finds the tedium of modern life more interesting. The Australian’s debut album contains songs about hay fever (‘Dead Fox’), swimming (‘Aqua Profunda!’) and the suburbs (‘Depresion’), all delivered in wry lyrical couplets. The music is brilliant, too; fans of early noughties garage-pop acts like Giant Drag, Ben Kweller and Brendan Benson have much to admire with buzzy, upbeat songs such as ‘Elevator Operator.’ Buoyant melodies are tempered by grungy basslines and an occasional slacker-pop vibe. The closing brace of Kim’s Caravan and Boxing Day Blues exhibits a depth and darkness underneath Barnett’s droll exterior” – Irish Times. (Vinyl edition pressed on orange wax.)

Big Data – 2.0 CD (WB)
Big Data made their television debut playing “Dangerous” on Late Night with Seth Meyers and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly, named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” and picked for USA Today’s “On the Verge” spotlight. The band’s new album 2.0 features a wide variety of guest spots from Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Twin Shadow, White Sea, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Dylan Rau and Ted Feldman (Bear Hands), Jamie Lidell, and Kimbra.

Björk – Vulnicura CD/LP (One Little Indian)
Vulnicura is the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk. The album was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. Continue reading

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Top Selling CDs, Week of March 16-22, 2015

modestmouse1. Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves
2. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
3. Mark Knopfler- Tracker
4. Houndmouth- Little Neon Limelight
5. Sleater-Kinney- No Cities To Love
6. Modest Mouse- Good News For People Who Love Bad News
7. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield- Sing Elliott Smith
8. Kid Rock- First Kiss
9. Steve Earle & The Dukes- Terraplane
10. Fall Out Boy- American Beauty/American Psycho
11. Robert Earl Keen- Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
12. Sturgill Simpson- High Top Mountain
13. James McMurtry- Complicated Game
14. Lord Huron- Lonesome Dreams
15. Joe Pug- Windfall
16. Brandi Carlile- Firewatcher’s Daughter
17. Bob Dylan- Shadows In The Night
18. Torche- Restarter
19. Will Butler- Policy
20. Tobias Jesso Jr.- Goon

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New Releases — March 17, 2015

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith CD/LP (Ramseur)
“The songs of Elliott Smith are widely revered — especially by those who came of age in the ‘90s — but a new generation of listeners is only beginning to discover him. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith is likely to expose new fans to the great singer-songwriter. Smith released five albums in his lifetime and died in 2003 from two stab wounds to the chest; he’d left a suicide note. His songs, which often dealt with depression and desperation, were beautiful and frequently quiet. This album, by Jessica Lea Mayfield and The Avett Brothers’ Seth Avett, was made over a four-year period with great love for the man and his songs. The production is lean, the harmonies are beautiful, and the words and melodies are kept at the center of all 12 songs.” — NPR

AWOLNATION – Run CD/LP (Red Bull)
Los Angeles-based electronic rock outfit AWOLNATION exploded onto the UK scene with their global smash “Sail,” featured on a BMW TV advert. The single would go on to be the longest serving song on the Billboard 100 Chart (79 weeks) exceeded by Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” The band’s success racked up the charts across Europe, America, Australia and beyond. Run is the highly anticipated follow-up to their chart-topping debut Megalithic Symphony.

Bigg Robb – Showtime CD (Music Access Inc.)
Bigg Robb presents his eleventh solo album. Showtime showcases his trademark style of Southern funk and includes 10 tracks such as “Hotter Than Fish Grease,” “Swing It For Me,” “Good Love” and “Country Girl” which was recorded live from Greenwood, MS.

Game Theory – Real Nighttime [Reissue/1985] CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore Recordings)
Reissue of Game Theory’s second full-length release, and first with longtime producer Mitch Easter (Let’s Active). This expanded 30th anniversary edition adds 13 bonus tracks, 10 of which have never before been released. Real Nighttime positioned the band alongside R.E.M., The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and The Three O’Clock as one of the premier American indie bands crisscrossing the country in a rental van, carrying gear in and out of small clubs by night and serenading college radio stations by day. Also available on translucent red vinyl. Continue reading

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Top Selling CDs, Week of March 9-15, 2015

gusterever1. Guster- Evermotion
2. Kid Rock- First Kiss
3. Chris Sullivan- Western Movies
4. Lucero- Live From Atlanta
5. Cage The Elephant- Melophobia
6. Diana Krall- Wildflower
7. Father John Misty- I Love You Honeybear
8. Of Montreal- Aureate Gloom
9. D’Angelo & The Vanguard- Black Messiah
10. Steve Earle & The Dukes- Terraplane
11. Ryan Bingham- Fear & Saturday Night
12. Sleater-Kinney- No Cities To Love
13. Catfish & The Bottlemen- Balcony
14. Gone Girl (original soundtrack)
15. Marilyn Manson- Pale Emperor
16. Machine Head- Bloodstone & Diamond
17. Prince- Art Official Age
18. Prince & 3rdEyeGirl- Plectrumelectrum
19. Hozier- Hozier
20. Interpol- ElPintor

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New Releases — March 10, 2015

Broadcast – Work And Non Work [Reissue/1997] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – The Noise Made By People [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – Haha Sound [Reissue/2003] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – Tender Buttons [Reissue/2005] CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast – The Future Crayon [Reissue/2006] CD/2xLP (Warp)
Broadcast With The Focus Group – Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age [Reissue/2009] CD/LP (Warp)
Nearly five years after the death of frontwoman Trish Keenan, Broadcast’s entire back catalog has been reissued by Warp Records. The English electro-pop outfit released three full-lengths during their more than decade-long career, including their 2000 debut, The Noise Made By People, 2003’s Haha Sound and 2005’s Tender Buttons. Warp’s bundle also includes the band’s 1997 and 2006 compilations, Work And Non Work and The Future Crayon, plus Broadcast’s album with the Focus Group.

Luke Bryan – Spring Break … Checkin’ Out CD (Universal Nashville)
The 50th ACM Awards Show co-host and reigning CMA Entertainer Of The Year releases his final Spring Break album,

Will Butler – Policy CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music—in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon. Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world. Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will.

Jack DeJohnette – Made In Chicago CD (ECM)
Made In Chicago is a live album featuring compositions by Jack, Roscoe, Henry, Muhal and dynamic group improvisation and celebrates a reunion with old friends who came together for a very special concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park in August 2013. Continue reading

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