Record Store Day 2015!

rsd2015bannerIt’s our favorite holiday of the year! Record Store Day is an international (for real!) 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 and CDs, going on sale at 9 a.m.
Live music in the afternoon will include Ancient Warfare, Doc Feldman & the Infernal Method, and The Footsteps.
Our friends from The Gastro Gnomes Food Truck and Mobile Catering and Donut Days Bakery at Chevy Chase will be on hand with goodies.
All customers will get a special commemorative tote bag. Door prizes and giveaways throughout the day. Watch this page for more details and updates. Please join us!

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Top Selling CDs, Week of March 23-39, 2015

bjork_vulnicura_01. Bjork- Vulnicura
2. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
3. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit
4. Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves
5. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield- Sing Elliott Smith
6. Mark Knopfler- Tracker
7. Sheisty Khrist- Cold Winter
8. Van Morrison- Duets: Reworking The Catalog
9. Houndmouth- Little Neon Limelight
10. Steve Earle & The Dukes- Terraplane
11. Lightning Bolt- Fantasy Empire
12. Buena Vista Social Club- Lost & Found
13. Chris Sullivan- Western Movies
14. Led Zeppelin- Houses Of The Holy
15. Decemberists- What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
16. Pops Staples- Don’t Lost This
17. Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti
18. Marina & The Diamonds- Froot
19. Awolnation- Run
20. Joe Bonamassa- Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks

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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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