Best Sellers of 2015 at CD Central

1604445_10153135954006891_5680602200120430422_nTop-selling CDs of 2015
1. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
2. Adele- 25
3. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
4. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
5. Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free
6. My Morning Jacket- Waterfall
7. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
8. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit
9. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
10. Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves
11. Dwight Yoakam- Second Hand Heart
12. Wilco- Star Wars
13. Tame Impala- Currents
14. Father John Misty- I Love You Honeybear
15. Chris Sullivan- Western Movies (local)
16. Decemberists- What A Terrible World What A Beautiful World
17. Sturgill Simpson- High Top Mountain
18. Sleater-Kinney- No Cities To Love
19. Bob Dylan- Shadows In The Night
20. Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free
21. Coralee & The Townies- Criminal Pride (local)
22. Elle King- Love Stuff
23. DeBraun Thomas- All My Colors Are Blind (local)
24. Dr. Dre- Compton
25. Houndmouth- Little Neon Limelight

Top-selling VINYL of 2015
1. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
2. Adele- 25
3. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
4. My Morning Jacket- Waterfall
5. Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves
6. Pink Floyd- Dark Side Of The Moon
7. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
8. Father John Misty- I Love You Honeybear
9. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit
10. Arctic Monkeys- AM
11. Alabama Shakes- Boys & Girls
12. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV
13. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
14. Houndmouth- Little Neon Limelight
15. Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
16. Beach House- Depression Cherry
17. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels
18. Mumford & Sons- Wilder Mind
19. Taylor Swift- 1989
20. Leon Bridges- Coming Home
21. Grateful Dead- American Beauty
22. Bon Iver- Bon Iver
23. Sturgill Simpson- High Top Mountain
24. White Stripes- Get Behind Me Satan
25. Matt Duncan- Beacon EP (local)

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Turntables for Everyone

12341312_10153094959681891_2856059948639271159_nOur turntable selection is looking better than ever. We are now stocking eight brands, over 15 models, ranging from record players for kids to fine turntables for audiophiles. If you’re shopping for a turntable this holiday season, please visit and look over our selection which we believe is one of the largest in the state. You might see cheap record players advertised at big box stores; these will inevitably lead to disappointment. We have a decade of experience selling turntables and we’re ready to help find the best one for you.
By the way, we also stock a full selection of record cleaning brushes, replacement needles and other accessories.

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New Releases — Feb. 12, 2016

Marty Balin – Greatest Love CD (Buckjoy Productions)
New solo album from the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship songwriter.

Black Wizard – New Waste CD (Listenable)
The Vancouver, BC riff master’s new album reeks of denim, leather, sweat, booze, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and attitude. Vinyl version due March 12.

Basia Bulat – Good Advice CD/LP (Secret City)
Good Advice is the fizzing, phosphorescing new pop LP by songwriter Basia Bulat. Captured and produced by My Morning Jacket leader Jim James in Louisville, KY, it follows on 2013’s Polaris- and Juno-nominated Tall Tall Shadow and two years of tour-dates alongside acts like Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Lanois and Destroyer. Good Advice mixes classic, sterling songwriting with radiant, contemporary sounds – trembling organ, loose drums, lightning-rod electric guitar. These are 10 songs of desire and redemption, lit up with a bottle-rocket of liberated, faintly psychedelic sound. “Basia has something truly unique,” James says, “and her music was a truly extraordinary thing to witness.” Despite a shared love for classic gospel, soul and country, Bulat and James resolved not to make a throwback record.

Avishai Cohen – Into The Silence CD (ECM)
On Into The Silence, charismatic Tel Aviv-born trumpeter makes his ECM leader debut in a program of expansive, impressionistic and haunting compositions. Avishai’s tender muted trumpet sets the emotional tone of the music in the album’s opening moments and his gifted cast of musicians explore its implications. Vinyl version due March 4. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Feb. 1-7, 2016

1. Lucinda Williams- Ghosts Of Highway 20
2. David Bowie- Blackstar
3. Cult- Hidden City
4. Buddy Miller- Cayamo Sessions At Sea
5. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy- Pond Scum
6. Bryson Tiller- Trapsoul
7. Dream Theater- Astonishing
8. All Them Witches- Dying Surfer Meets His Maker
9. Freakwater- Scheherazade
10. Idiot Glee- Idiot Glee

1. Idiot Glee- Idiot Glee
2. Lucinda Williams- Ghosts Of Highway 20
3. Eleanor Friedberger- New View
4. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
5. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
6. Vampire Weekend- Contra
7. John Grant- Grey Tickles Black Pressure
8. Shins- Wincing The Night Away
9. Mac Demarco- Another One
10. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn- Banjo Banjo

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New Releases — Feb. 5, 2016

Jason Collett – Song And Dance Man CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
“Song And Dance Man,” the title track from Jason Collett’s sixth full-length album, finds the singer/songwriter back at center stage, with three-minutes-and-change and a story to sing. Featuring the bright production touch of Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, “Song And Dance Man” covers the trials and triumphs of the modern musician with poignant poetry: If you can tweet something brilliant, you got a marketing plan. Song And Dance Man’s thirteen songs bear the wit and melody of classic Jason Collett: contemplative reflections on getting older, backed with an affinity for freewheeling ‘70s dance music. The album’s conspiring themes of love and loneliness, sun and shadows, are buoyed by its soaring sound. Each song rises into an easy, spacious groove, lead by Jason’s languid melodies and Afie’s sun-drunk bass.

The Cult – Hidden City CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
Following up their 2012 album, Choice Of Weapon, singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy teamed up for the writing as the band’s only remaining original members. Explaining the concept behind the new record, Astbury said, “Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives,” adding “I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.” The song “Dark Energy,” opens the album with a jumpy, swinging rhythm that sees Astbury’s signature croon enter shortly after. Keeping the bouncing rhythm, Duffy injects his ethereal, textured guitar playing hinting back at the band’s post-punk and goth rock days while maintaining their modern day sound.

Luther Dickinson – Blues & Ballads (A Folksingers Songbook) Volumes I & II CD/2xLP+MP3 (New West)
“This acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends, celebrates my relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy. Blues & Ballads celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks. I represent the Memphis underground and the mid-south region’s music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating.” — Luther Dickinson 2015 Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Jan. 25-31, 2016

1. David Bowie- Blackstar
2. Tedeschi Trucks Band- Let Me Get By
3. Adele- 25
4. Dream Theater- Astonishing
5. Nick Dittmeier- Midwest Heart Southern Blues
6. Savages- Adore Life
7. Mac DeMarco- Salad Days
8. All Them Witches- Dying Surfer Meets His Maker
9. Wavves / Cloud Nothings- No Life For Me
10. Sia- This Is Acting

1. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
2. Ty Segall- Emotional Mugger
3. Idiot Glee- Idiot Glee
4. Cage The Elephant- Tell Me I’m Pretty
5. Beach House- Depression Cherry
6. Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires Of The City
7. Felt- Felt 2: A Tribute To Lisa Bonet
8. Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures
9. Wu-Tang Clan- Enter The Wu Tang
10. Devo- Freedom Of Choice (reissue)

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New Releases — Jan. 29, 2016

Black Tusk – Pillars Of Ash CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse)
After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EPs and thousands of shows under their belts, punk/metal power trio Black Tusk was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band release Pillars Of Ash, their final recordings with Athon.

Bloc Party – Hymns CD/2xLP (Vagrant)
Hymns is the fifth studio album by British indie rock band Bloc Party and the first to feature new members Justin Harris (formerly of Menomena) and 21-year-old YouTube-discovery drummer Louise Bartle. In a press release, co-founder Russell Lissak stated “It’s still a very live record. Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Meanwhile, Kele Okereke said, “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.”

Brimstone Coven – Black Magic CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the West Virginian dark occult rockers. Inspired by the Appalachian’s darkness and mysticism (such as the Mothman, a winged creature that emerged in the ’60s; Screaming Jenny; and the Phantom Of Flatwoods), the quartet’s heavy rock also pushes the atmospheric envelope when the mood fits.

Phil Collins – Face Value [Reissue/1981] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Phil Collins – Both Sides [Reissue/1993] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Phil Collins – Take A Look At Me Now 4xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
Remastered reissues, each featuring a bonus disc of demos and B-sides. (Take A Look At Me Now combines the two titles into one package with empty spaces for future re-releases. Next up: Hello I Must Be Going and Dance Into The Light due February 26.) Continue reading

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