New Releases — October 6, 2017

August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem CD (Fearless)
The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity.  The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy. [Vinyl edition due October 13.]

Jeff Beck – Live At The Hollywood Bowl 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP+DVD (Eagle Vision)
In the summer of 2016, Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The setlist reached back to his first recordings with The Yardbirds in 1966 and came right up to date with tracks from his most recent album Loud Hailer. Guests include Billy F. Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Hall, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray versions also available.]

The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers CD/LP (Metal Blade)
The Black Dahlia Murder’s eighth album shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. [Limited colored vinyl pressings also available.]

Carla Bruni – French Touch CD/LP (Verve)
Carla Bruni returns with an exciting collection of some classic hits performed in her signature softer, coffee house style. Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”, The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, and ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” appear. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

1. Primus- The Desaturating Seven
2. Van Morrison- Roll With The Punches
3. Gregg Allman- Southern Blood
4. The National- Sleep Well Beast
5. Josh Ritter- Gathering
6. Foo Fighters- Concrete & Gold
7. Kamasi Washington- Harmony Of Difference
8. Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers- Long-Awaited Album
9. Lucinda Williams- This Sweet Old World
10. Ringo Starr- Give More Love

1. The National- Sleep Well Beast
2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Luciferian Towers
3. Van Morrison- Roll With The Punches
4. Mogwai- Every Country’s Sun
5. Circa Survive- Amulet
6. Metallica- Hardwired To Self Destruct (pink)
7. Cap’n Jazz- Analphabetapolothology (reissue)
8. Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares (compilation)
9. Rolling Stones- From The Vault: Sticky Fingers 2015 (live)
10. Prophets Of Rage- Prophets Of Rage

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New Releases — September 29, 2017

CDs + Vinyl:

36 Crazyfists – Lanterns CD/LP (Spinefarm)
The Anchorage, AK quartet find catharsis within chaos on their seventh album. [Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Awaken I Am – Blind Love CD (Victory)
“Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the alt-rock band Awaken I Am, have set their sights on breaking down the barriers of what music can and should be. Their new release, Blind Love, is a decisive, emotional response to a life that is filled with anxiety, depression and pain. A sonic masterpiece that is filled with layered, soundscapes from dueling guitarists.” – Lemonade Magazine

Black Stone Cherry – Black To Blues CDEP (Mascot)
Six blues-classics originally written and/or performed by legendary musicians like Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Booker T. Jones, Albert King and Freddy King. [Vinyl version due October 6.]

Tamar Braxton – Tamar Braxton CD (Tamartianland)
New release from the R&B singer.

David Crosby – Sky Trails CD/2xLP (BMG)
Sky Trails, David Crosby’s third album of original material in four years, continues the fearless folk-rock legend’s unexpected late-period resurgence. Sky Trails features a full band sound that takes Crosby in a new musical direction as the set tilts toward jazz. The album opens with the intoxicating “She’s Got To Be Somewhere,” which features sturdy horns, bending guitar notes and lilting melodies.  As writer/co-writer of eight of the tracks, Crosby deserves the credit for the album’s wide-ranging, incisive lyrics that examine the human condition. Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Sept. 18-24, 2017

1. Gregg Allman- Southern Blood
2. Tyler Childers- Purgatory
3. Neil Young- Hitchhiker
4. Circa Survive- The Amulet
5. Queens Of The Stone Age- Villians
6. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
7. Mastodon- Cold Dark Place
8. Black Country Communion- BCCIV
9. The Killers- Wonderful Wonderful
10. Alvvays- Antisocialites

1. The National- Sleep Well Beast
2. The Killers- Wonderful Wonderful
3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Luciferian Towers
4. Willie Watson- Folksinger 2
5. Kendrick Lamar- Damn
6. Prince & The Revolution- Purple Rain
7. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
8. With The Dead- Love From…
9. Circa Survive- Amulet
10. Hot Water Music- Light It Up

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New Releases — September 22, 2017

Marc Almond – Shadows And Reflections CD/LP (The End)
Marc Almond’s new album Shadows And Reflections features sumptuous arrangements of iconic torch songs and ‘60s orchestral pop for which he is beloved, as well as two new original compositions.

Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion CD (Because Music)
Eighth full-length album from acclaimed Malian musical duo. [Vinyl edition due October 6.]

Brant Bjork – Europe ’16 CD/LP (Napalm)
Kyuss- and Fu Manchu legend Brant Bjork delivers a set of lush stoner rock with balls of steel, winged by vivid solo guitars and his creaking whiskey tinged voice.

Black Country Communion – BCCIV CD/2xLP (J&R Adventures)
BCCIV is the fourth album from the rock super group comprised of vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa.

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
From the weeping strings and Twin Peaks twangs of opening track “Smoke Signals,” to the simple heartbreak of “Funeral” and melancholic crescendo of “Scott Street,” Stranger In The Alps is a swooningly beautiful record with a gothic heart. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.] Continue reading

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