New Releases — March 3, 2017

Blanck Mass – World Eater CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
“As half of the experimental electronic duo F— Buttons, Benjamin John Power has spent most of his musical career pushing toward extremes. His solo affair Blanck Mass has been a little more subtle; while never shying away from overload, Blanck Mass’ instrumental vistas have been less blinding and more illuminating—to the point where ‘Sundowner,’ a track from the project’s 2011 debut, was rerecorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and played during the 2012 Olympics. It was a perfect fit, seeing as how Power’s edgier, noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions. Those two sides of his aesthetic don’t vie for dominance as much as strike a nervy balance on Blanck Mass’ third full-length, World Eater.” – WUWM Milwaukee

Bombadil – Fences CD/LP (Ramseur)
Bombadil is a three-piece folk-pop band from Durham, North Carolina with guitar, bass, piano, and drums as their primary instruments. The band are known for their creative and heartfelt lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, thoughtful arrangements, and engaging live show.

Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free CD/LP (ATO)
“Chicano Batman has always exuded soulfulness in a broad sense of the term, but with Freedom Is Free, they’re deliberately playing with ’60s and ’70s R&B influences. Ample credit goes to new collaborator Leon Michels, the Brooklyn-based soul producer who’s worked with everyone from Lee Fields and the late Sharon Jones to the Black Keys and Wu-Tang’s Raekwon. Together, he and Chicano Batman don’t transform the group’s sound so much as subtly expand it. Gabriel Villa’s funky drumming becomes a more prominent anchor, especially on the album’s outstanding, mid-tempo stepper, “Jealousy,” while the title track still hums with dream-pop guitars, but now adds a boogie bounce on bass. As Freedom Is Free’s title suggests, Chicano Batman is also making a statement on the current moment, a deliberate rejoinder to the militaristic bromide that ‘freedom is not free.’” – WUWM Milwaukee Continue reading

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Top Selling Music, Week of Feb. 20-26, 2017

1. Ryan Adams- Prisoner
2. Chuck Prophet- Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
3. Rhiannon Giddens- Freedom Highway
4. Son Volt- Notes Of Blue
5. David Bowie- No Plan (EP)
6. Alison Krauss- Windy City
7. Robert Randolph- Got Soul
8. Mitski- Puberty 2
9. Sturgill Simpson- Sailor’s Guide To Earth
10. Johnny Conqueroo- Washed Up

1. Ryan Adams- Prisoner
2. Cloud Nothings- Life Without Sound
3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard- Flying Microtonal Banana
4. Menzingers- After The Party
5. Dirty Projectors- Dirty Projectors
6. Carcass- Heartwork
7. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- Little Something More
8. Hum- You’d Prefer An Astronaut
9. Alter Bridge- Last Hero
10. Brand New- I Am A Nightmare

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New Releases — February 24, 2017

All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (New West)
“Carrying a reputation for following instinct over calculation, All Them Witches lunge into the young year wielding Sleeping Through The War, a record that potently concentrates all that the band pull up from their well of heavy Americana. Depending on which state-of-the-pop-world conversation you jump into, rock is routinely in decline, left for dead, or being resuscitated. All Them Witches don’t seem like the kind of guys to entertain any of those notions. Like Josh Homme’s Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, they dig up diamond hooks from rough desert rock. They can swing between tranquil and torrential in an almost Mogwai-esque manner, as the massive strobe light opener ‘Bulls’ demonstrates. Nashville grounding informs their grooves and affords them the inspired addition of recurring backing vocals by local notables Erin Rae, Caitlin Rose and Tristen. Sleeping Through the War’s persuasive determination to chew up everything in its path make minor idiosyncrasies like Allan Van Cleave’s psychedelic organ punctuations on the pedal-to-the-floor ‘Bruce Lee’ fit in without question. Even through mere speakers, All Them Witches have a physically imposing yet approachable presence” – The Line Of Best Fit. [Vinyl is available in two editions: Limited gatefold and standard sleeve.]

Born Of Osiris – Eternal Reign CD (Sumerian)
In honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of the label and Born Of Osiris re-signing with Sumerian Records, the two have teamed up to produce a re-release of the band’s debut album, The New Reign. Not only is the album a re-release of the initial work that put them on the map, but Born Of Osiris have re-recorded the eight tracks, in addition to adding one new song and titled the new version — The Eternal Reign.

David Bowie – No Plan CDEP (Sony)
The No Plan EP features single “Lazarus” from Blackstar backed with three final, non-album tracks recorded during the Blackstar sessions. [Vinyl edition due April 21.]

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost CD/2xLP (A. Recordings)
Don’t Get Lost, the 16th full length release from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, was fully recorded and produced at Anton Newcombe’s new Cobra Studio in Berlin, and features saxophonist Emil Nikolaisen (from the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh), and vocal performances from Tess Parks and Shaun Rivers. The album mixes a shoegaze and psychedelic sound with more experimental twists on some tracks you might hear from Public Image Limited’s Metalbox (1979), Primal Scream, or even Ornette Coleman. [Limited yellow color vinyl edition also available.] Continue reading

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Calvin Johnson In-Store March 8

Selector_Dub_Narcotic_26916_750CALVIN JOHNSON IN-STORE ON MARCH 8 AT 5 PM
The legendary Calvin Johnson will be visiting CD Central to meet fans and play a few songs for us. Johnson, founder of the influential K Records, recently released his latest album (under the name Selector Dub Narcotic) called This Party is Just Getting Started. His appearance at CD Central is free and open to all ages, and is a prelude to a full show later that night at Al’s Bar.
“This Party Is Just Getting Started is an exercise in ecstatic genre-smashing, was made in collaboration with producer Smoke M2D6 at Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, WA and Smoke’s studio, The Bass Mint. Its14 tracks pull listeners through hypnotic dance beats, wild, unravelling linear imaginings of pop melodies, and Johnson’s perennial deadpan croon.
“Johnson’s work in underground culture started as a teenage fan volunteering at his local community radio station, KAOS-FM. He moved on to writing for fanzines, organizing music and film events and playing music in various ill-fated bands. He established K, a local-oriented media outlet, in 1982.
“In 1993, Calvin founded Dub Narcotic Studio in which he has documented the work of artists such as Mirah, the Blow, Versus, Built to Spill, Fitz of Depression, Make-Up and Little Wings. It has also been the incubator of many of Johnson’s own experiments in collaboration and self-expression, such as Beat Happening, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and of course, Selector Dub Narcotic.”

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Top Selling Music, Week of Feb. 13-19, 2017

1. Ryan Adams- Prisoner
2. Stugill Simpson- A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
3. Son Volt- Notes Of Blue
4. Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 3
5. Daisy Helmuth- Daisy Helmuth (local)
6. Beyonce- Lemonade
7. Hamilton- (original Broadway cast recording)
8. Chuck Prophet- Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
9. Blackberry Smoke- Like An Arrow
10. Highly Suspect- Mister Asylum

1. Ryan Adams- Prisoner
2. Sturgill Simpson- A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
3. Lupe Fiasco- Food & Liquor
4. Sleep- Clarity
5. Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial
6. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
7. Sleater-Kinney- Live In Paris
8. Jens Lekman- Life Will See You Now
9. WEEKND- Starboy
10. Steeldrivers- Steeldrivers (reissue)

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