Black Friday & Small Busines Saturday

blackfridaylogoAs always, CD Central will be open and stocked up with all kinds of limited edition releases on Black Friday, Nov. 27. We’ll open our doors one hour early, at 9 a.m. For the official list of special Black Friday releases, just go to
Small Business Saturday will be on Nov. 28 and we will be taking 20% off our entire stock of used CDs in honor of our 20th anniversary year. There’ll be snacks and refreshments too!

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The 20th Anniversary Mug!

12032227_10152991692851891_3888675879123737872_nIt’s our 20th anniversary year, and we now have an official coffee mug! Also useful for tea, bourbon, or holding pencils on your desk.  Just $6.99!

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11232940_10152948978991891_974742784257623781_nWe are often asked about phonograph needles (also called styluses), specifically when to replace them. If the needle is obviously bent or damaged, then replace it immediately. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious when the needle is excessively worn and needs replacement. Sometimes there is audible distortion, sometimes not. A worn needle can also cause premature degradation of your records. As a rule of thumb, a diamond needle should last between 500 – 1000 hours of play before replacement is necessary. If you’re playing lots of scratchy, beat-up records, your needle will wear out faster. If your record player is a yard-sale purchase, you don’t know how old the needle is and you should replace it right away, or risk damaging your records.
We have replacement needles for most popular turntables, and can special order many others. Bring in your old needle or complete turntable and we’ll match it up with a correct replacement.

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New Releases — Nov. 27, 2015

Björk – Vulnicura Strings CD (One Little Indian)
Björk presents a strings version of her highly-acclaimed eighth studio studio album Vulnicura, officially titled Vulnicura Strings. The original version of Vulnicura layered the boom and crack of electronic beats with an intense vocal melody and incredible string arrangements by Björk which have been performed live with a fifteen chair orchestra. The new version is musically wholly comprised of strings, with new violin solos by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and strings recorded by a Viola Organista. Björk used the only Viola Organista in the world to perform some of the arrangements; an instrument which was designed originally by Leonardo Da Vinci but not built until after his lifetime. The instrument uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ). The instrument was recorded in Krakow, Poland by it’s constructor Slawomir Zubrzycki and here is where the album reached completion. Vinyl version due December 11.

Circles Around The Sun – Interludes For The Dead 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
When the Grateful Dead played their Fare Thee Well shows earlier this year, music by psychedelic jam-rockers Circles Around The Sun kept the crowd entertained during the intermissions. The group, led by Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist and occasional Phil Lesh and Friends guest Neal Casal, came together at the request of filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann (Dead member Bill’s son) to record a soundtrack to the visuals he prepared for the concerts. Highlights from those recordings are presented on the double-disc Interludes For The Dead.

Danzig – Skeletons CD (Nuclear Blast)
New album from the metal/punk band fronted by vocalist Glenn Danzig, best known for his work with the Misfits and Samhain. Skeletons is an album of cover versions with Danzig’s unique take on songs originally performed by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Black Sabbath. “My attitude with covers is, make it your own or else leave it alone” — Glenn Danzig. Vinyl edition due January 15.

The Flaming Lips – Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 3xCD (Reprise)
Clouds Taste Metallic, the band’s seventh album, is considered one of The Lips’ best and earned them much critical fanfare. Released in 1995, Clouds Taste Metallic is also the last Lips album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones. Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 features the entirety of Clouds Taste Metallic plus the rarities The King Bug Laughs (Oddities And Rarities) (a collection of previously unreleased, promo-only, and compilation-only tracks gathered together and available for the first time ever in one place. Also includes a promo-only compilation entitled Due To High Expectations The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons, and then a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s club show at Moe’s captured in Seattle on May 10th, 1996. Vinyl edition due December 18. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Nov. 16-22, 2015

1. Adele- 25
2. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
3. Billy Gibbons & The BFG’s- Perfectamundo
4. ELO- Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Alone In The Universe
5. Left To The Wolves- In The Absence Of Humanity
6. Deafheaven- New Bermuda
7. Velvet Underground- Matrix Tapes
8. Grateful Dead- Fare Thee Well
9. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
10.Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit

1. Adele- 25
2. Eric Chuch- Mr. Misunderstood
3. Kylesa- Exhausting Fire
4. Justin Bieber- Purpose
5. Wilco- Star Wars
6. Big Grams- Big Grams
7. Moon Taxi- Daybreaker
8. ELO- Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Alone In The Universe
9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard- Paper Mache Dream Balloon
10. Front Bottoms- Back On Top

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New Releases — Nov. 20, 2015

Adele – 25 CD/LP (XL/Columbia)
“‘Hello’ doesn’t just introduce 25; in many ways, it sums up the album. On 25, the rage and heartache of 21 are replaced by longing: for connection, for youth, for reconciliation and for lifelong bonds. Like other songs on the album, ‘Hello’ is filled with thoughts of distance and the irrevocable passage of time, of apologies and coming to terms with the past. Musically, ‘Hello’ has verses with just voice and piano followed by huge, ringing choruses; similarly, the album as a whole switches between organic, unplugged ballads and booming modern pop.” – The New York Times Music

Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights [Reissue/1965] CD/LP (Herb Alpert Presents)
50 years ago, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass released the iconic album, Whipped Cream & Other Delights. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, this classic slice of Latin jazz/pop has been remastered and is back in print on CD and vinyl.

Anthrax – Spreading The Disease [Reissue/1985] 2xCD (Island)
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe double-CD edition of the thrash metal band’s 1985 album, released to coincide with it’s 30th Anniversary. Spreading The Disease is the second studio album by Anthrax. It was the band’s first album to feature vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello.

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit [Deluxe Edition] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Mom + Pop)
Deluxe double-CD version adds Live At Electric Ballroom In London. Includes new artwork, fold out poster, four limited edition Polaroid photos shot by Courtney, a 16-page booklet all in a matte laminated collector’s edition box set. Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally even heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment, Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential. (Limited copies available on yellow vinyl.) Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Nov. 9-15, 2015

1. Mutemath- Vitals
2. Ryan Adams- 1989
3. Robert Cray- 4 Nights Of 40 Years
4. Billy Gibbons & The BFG’s- Perfectamundo
5. Neil Young- Bluenote Cafe
6. Weeknd- Beauty Behind The Madness
7. Elle King- Love Stuff
8. Fuzz- 2
9. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
10. Chris Isaak- First Comes The Night

1. Son Volt- Trace
2. Thunderbitch- Thunderbitch
3. Gary Clark Jr.- Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
4. Eric Church- Mr. Misunderstood
5. GZA- Liquid Swords (reissue)
6. New Order- Music Complete
7. Beirut- No No No
8. Deerhunter- Fading Frontier
9. Moon Taxi- Daybreaker
10. Beach House- Depression Cherry

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