• NEW THIS WEEK AT THE SHOP:

    Greetings SD MVPs, all kinds of exciting releases and used digs to be had this go round!

     
    The New York indie-R&B act Porches follows up his killer Domino debut with a second album that casts Cameron Wisch's off-kilter vox in a more crystallized beatscape (arriving Friday morning. While they last, we have super cool Porches lighters to give away with purchase of CD or LP. But please be careful with them!

     
    Merrill Garbus' long-running Tune-Yards project gains further dimension with each release, and with 'I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life', her wonky yet inviting world of art-pop is broader than ever, with sideways glances at Fela Kuti, 90s club tunes, and dancehall. Be swift and snag the LP on indie exclusive clear vinyl.
     

    The Swedish psuedo-Memphian sisters known to the world as First Aid Kit have their first album out in close to four years. 'Ruins' finds the ladies expanding their country ballad circle, and getting even better with age, which is hard to imagine!
     

    The Shins revisit their last album, "Heartworms" with a complete remodel. This time around it's called "The Worms Heart", and we've got it on CD and LP. Second time's a charm, perhaps?

     
    We have a new live album from Swedish heavy metallers Ghost on CD and LP, with a couple exclusive new tracks in the mix.

     
    Well into their second decade as a band, we might want to start calling Fall Out Boy "Fall Out Men", but anyway, we have their new album 'M A N I A' in the house, and it sees the band moving even further away from their pop-punk origins and deep into some pretty high powered EDM-fueled snarling rock. 

     
    If you've ever heard the Hot Snakes, you'll probably want to swing in for the represses of their first three albums - 'Automatic Midnight', 'Suicide Invoice', and 'Audit in Progress' - which are all well over a decade old at this point (good lord) and heretofore out of print on vinyl. If you haven't heard the Hot Snakes, get familiar! The group combines members of legendary underground 90s San Diego bands Rocket From the Crypt and Drive Like Jehu, meeting somewhere in the middle for a sneering, careening, high-powered and catchy heavy garage rock trip. On colored vinyl whilst they last.

     
    Other new releases this week roll in from the trusty Glen Hansard, speed metal elders Corrosion of Conformity (on super limited color vinyl!), art-popper Bahamas, and Cult of Luna. We've also got some EP length vinyl releases from Belle and Sebastian and the Arcade Fire, and a live LP from grunge granddads Mudhoney.

     
    Progressive jazz powerhouse ECM brings us a whopping four new releases this week, and these are some real beauts. Check out new titles from Thomas Stronen, Bobo Stenson, Kit Downes, and John Surman. The Surman is our pick; quite gorgeous! Also on the jazz front is a new CD from Chicago torchbearer Nicole Mitchell.

     
    We first heard from NC rapper Rapsody when she guested on Kendrick Lamar's big tune 'Complexion', and her rapid rise is confirmed now with a physical release of her debut album 'Laila's Wisdom', which was previously digital only. Kendrick, BJ the Chicago Kid, Anderson.Paak and many more big names show up here, but don't steal the show. In stock on CD and LP.

     
    The Numero Group brings us the last piece of the history of the singular American musician known as Laraaji, with a delectable CD/LP repress of an early 80s cassette called 'Vision Songs'. Unlike the hymnal, trancelike records that gained Laraaji (a musician 'discovered' playing his zither on a streetcorner by none other than Brian Eno) his relative acclaim, the songs from this tape are on some entirely other plane. The instrumentation is zither and keyboard, and Laraaji is singing. It's not a Carnegie Hall type of voicecraft, to be sure, but I've never heard something quite like this. The man sounds like he's speaking to us from a dreamworld with plenty of room for you to join him in, with an earnestness and naivete that easily draws comparisons to the plaintive wail of Arthur Russell. 'Vision Songs' is an exquisitely documented snapshot of a moment in this musician's life that is typically outshined by his voluminous output of more cerebral or abstract music.


    This week's installment of Rhino's Start Your Ear Off Right campaign has some major winners. We've got LP represses of Earth Wind and Fire's 'Greatest Hits, Vol. 1', two classics from John Prine, 'Sweet Revenge' and 'Diamonds in the Rough', Richard and Linda Thompson's timeless break-up album 'Shoot Out the Lights', Golden Smog's 'Weird Tales' on vinyl for the first time, plus Aretha Franklin's 'Lady Soul', ZZ Top 's 'Rio Grande Mud', and Vangelis' soundtrack to the original Bladerunner.

    Speaking of reissues, we've also got Sunny Day Real Estate's 'Rising Tide' back in print, an expanded 2 CD version of Fleetwood Mac's self-titled smash, and a much-needed vinyl reissue of the Durutti Column's overlooked later album 'The Guitar and Other Machines'. Barney Wilen's epic travelogue album 'Moshi' is a marvel, back in print in full 2LP version with a DVD included, traversing between jazz, folk, and traditional African styles.

    On the techno and dance front, we have three special records from the Berceuse Heroique label by Benoit B, Zov Zov, and Heap. M.E.S.H. drops a new album chock-full of skeletal bangers on PAN. Timeless rhythm wreckage from T++ is back in print with his 'Wireless' album. Prurient puts us to the ultimate test with a new 4 DISC cd set. Biosphere spoils us with a 2-disc set of non-album and rare tracks. New singles and EPs are here from Move D/Jordan GCZ on Off Minor, Loft on Wisdom Teeth, Dj Aakmael on Scissor and Thread, Tornado Wallace on Animals Dancing, Mozaika on Public Possession, and Kassem Mosse on Ominira.

    Library jazz composer Piero Umiliani is best known for penning the unassailable earworm 'Mahna-Mahna', but his discography goes far deeper than that with tens of hundreds of esoteric beat soundtracks and exotica. 1975's 'Continente Nero' is a highlight of these albums and has been largely unfindable, which is too bad, as it's polyphonic genre-bending depth completely predicts the fluidity and range of a modern group like Tortoise. For a limited time, this one's back in print, paired with another LP from the same era.

    Following on from the South African 'Pantsula!' compilation which is back in stock, we have an utterly ballistic new compilation from the Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes called 'Sounds of Sisso', showcasing the high-high-I do mean-high energy rap/soca/dancehall-esque music of that region. Check samples online or just pick this one up blind and get ready to have your hair blown back.

    Rounding off, we've got more crucial experimental and oddball records in the house from David Behrman, Mind Spiders, Alexandre Bazin, Michel Banabila, Mhysa, and Maria Monti, plus an extremely delectable, and already out of print 4 LP box set of unreleased works by the French ambient artist Ariel Kalma!
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  • USED VINYL ALERT

    USED VINYL ALERT

    Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we've got some heartstoppers down here for ya, so go easy!

    We continue our deep dive into several recent multi-genre collections from down south. Starting with the soul, we have a ton of great classics and seldom seen early albums from names like Marvin Gaye, the Isleys, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Wilson Pickett, Gloria Lynne, Lloyd Price, Wynona Carr, Otis Redding, the Fatback Band, Rick James, the Drifters, David Ruffin, and the O'Jays, plus a slew of more obscure titles in the soul, funk, funky-soul, gospel-funk, and gospel genres.

    On the same level, we have a bunch of female vocalists, led by Billie Holiday, who has about 25 records in the new arrivals this week. Also check out LPs from Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Francoise Hardy, Edith Piaf, and Dinah Shore.

    Lots of rock essentials this time, including huge ones from the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, John Lennon solo, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, JJ Cale, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, the Band, Led Zeppelin, plus sweet ones from John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, the Modern Lovers, and Van Morrison. 

    The rock, it stops not, with crucial slabs from the Pretty Things, the Yardbirds, Moby Grape, the Allmans, Sir Douglas, the Soul Survivors, Lee Hazlewood, John Prine, Slade, the Searchers, the Small Faces, Saxon, the Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Little Feat, and the Beach Boys!

    If new wave is more your scene, come grok LPs from Modern English, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, the Tom Tom Club, Erasure, the Housemartins, OMD, the B-52s, the Style Council, Nick Lowe, and the Psychedelic Furs. 

    Many waves of jazz are hitting us this week, including sweet ones from Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Duke Pearson, Gerry Mulligan, Don Shirley, Horace Parlan, Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons, and Jimmy Smith.

    We've lucked into a seriously deep run of LP versions from the Vinyl Me, Please record club. Check out exclusive pressings of a wild combination of artists, including Badbadnotgood, the Fugees, Weezer, Nada Surf, J Dilla, Four Tet, Wilco, the Upsetters, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, and Youth Lagoon, plus many more.

    Some fine blues this week from Freddie King, Clarence Carter, Luther Allison, Albert Collins, Ronnie Earl, and several volumes of the Stompin' comps. We go deep into the earliest days of country and western with Bobby Bare, Hank Williams, the Stanley Brothers, David Allan Coe, Tammy Wynette, and Doc Watson, while also offering a nice range of folky things like Sandy Bull, Odetta, John Stanfield, Bill Monroe, Charley Poole, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Barbara Keith, Josh White, and several interesting Folkways releases.

    We wrap up with odds and ends from all over the musical spectrum: some soundtracks, some classical, some reggae and caribbean LPs, and some sweet guitar albums from Laurindo Almeida and Carlos Montoya!
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  • 2017 STAFF TOP TEN

    2017 STAFF TOP TEN

    Here are our Top Picks for 2017

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  • Holiday Groove 2017

    2017 Holiday Groove Tracklisting:

    1. Booker T & The MGs - Jingle Bells

    2. My Teenage Stride - King of the Holidays

    3. The Continentals (feat. Wanda Jackson) - Merry Christmas Baby

    4. Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

    5. US Girls - Blue Christmas

    6. Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland

    7. The 'Mericans - Little Drummer Boy

    8. John Prine - Silent Night All Long Day

    9. Advance Base - Christmas in Dearborn

    10. Fats Domino - I Told Santa Claus

    11. Lake Street Dive - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

    12. Glen Campbell - Blue Christmas

    13. Mary Gauthier - Christmas In Paradise

    14. Edith Frost with James Dering - In The Bleak Midwinter

    15. Mac McCaughan - Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)

    16. Steve Earle - Christmas In Washington

    17. Slow Club - Silent Night

    18. The Hotel Cafe Medley - Auld Lang Syne

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  • NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH:

    NEXT MUSIC TRIVIA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH:

    Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, February 6th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. 

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  • NEW & VINTAGE TURNTABLES + STEREO GEAR IN STOCK

    The basement is fully stocked with new and vintage equipment:

    New turntables (Pro-Ject Debut Carbon) & New speakers (Kantu YU2)
    Vintage turntables, speakers & receivers starting at $99.
    Full vintage systems including turntable, receiver & speakers, starting at $299.

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  • UPCOMING INDIE-ONLY VINYL EDITIONS - PRE-ORDER NOW

    UPCOMING INDIE-ONLY VINYL EDITIONS - PRE-ORDER NOW

    February 16 - Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - pink and clear swirl vinyl and a large fold-out autographed poster

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  • New Release Round-Up 01-12-18

     

    New Releases 12 January 2018



    BØRNS - Blue Madonna - Interscope Records
    Welcome to the magical musical world of BØRNS. A native of Grand Haven, MI, now calling East Los Angeles home, BØRNS invites you to the indie pop journey of Blue Madonna, the follow up to 2016’s acclaimed Dopamine.

    Big Star - Live At Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN - Omnivore Recordings
    Live performance from 1973 First time on LP (2 LP set with download card) LP and CD both come with download of rare interview with Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel.

    SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]

    SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set]SYML - The Hurt EPs [Box Set] - Nettwerk Records
    Following the huge success of "Where’s My Love" in the Netherlands and Germany, SYML's first physical release "The Hurt EPs" combines the 2 EPs "In My Body" and "Hurt Me" plus the new French duet version of "Where’s My Love" on one disc.  From his basement recording studio in the small town of Issaquah, WA outside Seattle, Brian Fennell wrote and recorded a collection of songs under the name SYML, which means simple in Welsh. Adopted and not knowing his history or connection to his Welsh roots, many of these songs were influenced by the complex feelings that come from unknown lineage.

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    The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street - Interscope Records
    HALF-SPEED MASTER : (2LP) 2016 reissue of 1972 album, mastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original tapes & pressed on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl! Includes 'Tumbling Dice' & 'Happy'.

    Black Veil Brides - Vale

    Black Veil Brides - ValeBlack Veil Brides - ValeBlack Veil Brides - Vale - Republic
    The LA-based goth/glam hard rock quintet, Black Veil Brides release their eagerly anticipated 5th album Vale. The band are currently co-headling a tour with Asking Alexandria.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures [LP]
    Camila Cabello - Camila
    Joe Satriani - What Happens Next [2LP]
    Grammy Nominees - 2018 Grammy Nominees
    Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage [Deluxe Edition 4LP]
    Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time [2LP]
    Brett Dennen - Brett Dennen [LP]
    Ryan Bingham - Ryan Bingham Live [LP]
    Anderson East - Encore [LP/CD]
    Bad Company - Live At Red Rocks [CD/DVD]
    Umphrey's McGee - It's Not Us [LP]
    Avatar - Avatar Country [Picture Disc LP]
    Michael McDonald - Live On Soundstage [CD/DVD]
    Audrey Horne - Blackout [LP]
    The Strumbellas - My Father And The Hunter
    Roy Orbison - Crying [45rpm 2LP]
    Typhoon - Offerings [LP]

    Dan Penn - Do Right Man [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday 
    Golden Smog - Weird Tales [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Green LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    John Prine - Sweet Revenge [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    John Prine - Diamond In The Rough [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Vangelis - Blade Runner: Music From The Original Soundtrack [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive LP] - Vinyl Tuesday

    & More .....

    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - You Worry Me - Single
    Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain - Single
    Soccer Mommy - Your Dog - Single
    Steep Canyon Rangers - Let Me Out Of This Town - Single
    The Wood Brothers - Happiness Jones - Single
    The James Hunter Six - I Got Eyes - Single
    Owl City - Lucid Dream - Single



     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE

    The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLEThe Go! Team - SEMICIRCLEThe Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE - Memphis Industries
    Brightons Go! Team return with their new album SEMICIRCLE on long term label home Memphis Industries. These are dark and difficult times. We don't need some chancer with an acoustic guitar and a series of concerned hashtags to tell us that. What we need is a band to believe in, who stand for something other than naked careerism, who give us a rock to cling to on stormy days. A band who still have faith in the power of pop music to transform the world, who dream in technicolour, who see beauty in the little things, who shun tepid perfection, who rejoice in the mistakes and the chance encounters that lead us somewhere new. Who remind us what it was like to be young and naive and idealistic and in love. Who throw everything into the pot to create music that is joyfully, effervescently alive. Now more than ever, we need The Go! Team. It's no secret that The Go! Team is the brainchild of one man, Brighton-based melody obsessive Ian Parton. But its membership has never been exclusive: at one time or another, The Go! Team has included on its squad-sheet everyone from Deerhoof to Chuck D to a legion of undiscovered Soundcloud singers. Unlike the groups previous album, 2015s The Scene Between which was essentially a solo project, following the dissolution of the previous Go! Team line-up Ian began work on their fifth album SEMICIRCLE with the vital input of current live band players Simone Odaranile (drums), , Angela Maki Won-Yin Mak (vocals and guitar) and original Team members Sam Dook (guitar) and Ninja (irrepressible rapping).

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    Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores

    Glen Hansard - Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard - Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard - Between Two Shores - Epitaph
    Between Two Shores is the third solo release from acclaimed singer-song writer Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard has built a career, now over 2 decades strong, on struggle. His impassioned songs mostly veer between the exhausting struggle to make it professionally and the numbing struggle to keep the affections of a romantic partner. Pick up any Frames or Swell Season record, or his first two solo releases, 2012’s Rhythm and Repose, and 2015’s Didn’t He Ramble to find him chipping away at those two pillars.

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    Fall Out Boy - M A N I A

    Fall Out Boy - M A N I AFall Out Boy - M A N I AFall Out Boy - M A N I A - Island
    Fall Out Boy will be releasing their 7th album M A N I A from Island Records on 1/19/2018. The album features 'Champion,' 'The Last Of The Real Ones' and latest single 'HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON'T.' M A N I A is the follow-up album to the band's platinum-certified American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release.

    Video Available 





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    Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys EP

    Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys EPRon Gallo - Really Nice Guys EPRon Gallo - Really Nice Guys EP - New West Records
    Really Nice Guys is a concept EP by Thyme Magazine’s “Man Of The Year,” Ron Gallo. The EP is another thought provoking and inspired installment, extending an already prolifc calendar year by Gallo which saw the release of the critically acclaimed full length album Heavy Meta as well as the 7” singles, “Temporary Slave” and “Sorry Not Everybody Is You.” Really Nice Guys finds Gallo exploring new sonic frontiers and instrumentation in the form of what might be called a conceptual art piece. Whatever you call it is wholly original and Gallo continues to melt faces and free minds.

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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  • New Release Round-Up 01-19-18

     

    Fall Out Boy - M A N I A

    Fall Out Boy - M A N I AFall Out Boy - M A N I AFall Out Boy - M A N I A - Island
    Fall Out Boy release their 7th album M A N I A on Island Records. The album features 'Champion,' 'The Last Of The Real Ones' and latest single 'HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON'T.' M A N I A is the follow-up album to the band's platinum-certified American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release.

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    The Shins - The Worms Heart - Sony
    The Worms Heart is a complete re-work of The Shins critically acclaimed March, 2017 album 'Heartworms'. The album offers new reworked versions of the 'Heartworms' album original tracks, and the sequence is flipped as well. When James Mercer wrote, produced, and recorded the Heartworms album, he had this desire for an alternate version, an opposite version. The album s slow songs would be flipped and re-recorded as fast songs, and vice versa. The reasoning was to showcase the versatility and strength of his songwriting, and the result is The Worm's Heart. This 'flipped' collection is produced by Yuuki Matthews, Jon Sortland, & James Mercer; and is a must for any fan of The Shins.

    The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE

    The Go! Team - SEMICIRCLEThe Go! Team - SEMICIRCLEThe Go! Team - SEMICIRCLE - Memphis Industries
    Brighton's Go! Team return with their new album SEMICIRCLE on long term label home Memphis Industries. These are dark and difficult times. We don't need some chancer with an acoustic guitar and a series of concerned hashtags to tell us that. What we need is a band to believe in, who stand for something other than naked careerism, who give us a rock to cling to on stormy days. A band who still have faith in the power of pop music to transform the world, who dream in technicolour, who see beauty in the little things, who shun tepid perfection, who rejoice in the mistakes and the chance encounters that lead us somewhere new. Who remind us what it was like to be young and naive and idealistic and in love. Who throw everything into the pot to create music that is joyfully, effervescently alive. Now more than ever, we need The Go! Team. It's no secret that The Go! Team is the brainchild of one man, Brighton-based melody obsessive Ian Parton. But its membership has never been exclusive: at one time or another, The Go! Team has included on its squad-sheet everyone from Deerhoof to Chuck D to a legion of undiscovered Soundcloud singers. Unlike the groups previous album, 2015s The Scene Between which was essentially a solo project, following the dissolution of the previous Go! Team line-up Ian began work on their fifth album SEMICIRCLE with the vital input of current live band players Simone Odaranile (drums), Angela Maki Won-Yin Mak (vocals and guitar) and original Team members Sam Dook (guitar) and Ninja (irrepressible rapping).

    Early Listen Available Video Available 



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    Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores

    Glen Hansard - Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard - Between Two ShoresGlen Hansard - Between Two Shores - Epitaph
    Between Two Shores is the third solo release from acclaimed singer-song writer Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard has built a career, now over 2 decades strong, on struggle. His impassioned songs mostly veer between the exhausting struggle to make it professionally and the numbing struggle to keep the affections of a romantic partner. Pick up any Frames or Swell Season record, or his first two solo releases, 2012’s Rhythm and Repose, and 2015’s Didn’t He Ramble to find him chipping away at those two pillars.

    Video Available 





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    They Might Be Giants - I Like Fun - Idlewild Recordings
    They Might Be Giants is back! The Brooklyn originals can't stop and won't stop, with 2018 already destined to be one of their most magnificent and productive years to date. Thirty-five years deep into their epic career, this week will see the release of their brand-new studio album I Like Fun. The fifteen-track album was produced with and mixed by Patrick Dillett (St. Vincent, David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, The National, Donald Fagen) and recorded at Reservoir Studios (the former Skyline Studios where TMBG recorded their platinum album Flood). The lead track; I Left My Body; is a prime slice of the power They Might Be Giants commands. Hyper-melodic, fresh, and ever rocking, They Might Be Giants formidable live lineup enjoys a reputation for delivering one of the best shows around, and this album is a real showcase for that musical energy. I Like Fun jumps with surprises, vitality, and the startling, singular point of view TMBG always delivers. Coinciding with the album's release is the first leg of the band's extensive world tour that kicks off with a fifty-city run across the US. And 2018 will also see the resurrection of TMBG's legendary Dial-A-Song service on streaming sites everywhere, featuring new music all year long!

    First Aid Kit - Ruins - Sony
    Ruins is the new and eagerly awaited album from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. This new album finds First Aid Kit as you've never heard them before: wounded and biting back hard. While Ruins follows the traditions of the classic folk rock sound that First Aid Kit revived via their breakthrough album Stay Gold (2014) and previous releases The Big Black And The Blue (2010) and The Lion's Roar (2012), the difference is that this time they've lived, and the results are intense. Tracks such as "Rebel Heart" the album's opener documents a love doomed from the start. "It's A Shame" the lead single is a plea to live in the moment because everyone disposes of each other eventually. On "Postcard" and To Live A Life," you feel the breath-stealing weight of despair when a shattered love leaves you bereft of hope. "Fireworks" introverts the blame with self-loathing. In many ways, First Aid Kit's largest asset is their biggest problem. Their voices are so damn pretty. The [previous] records were always so perfect," says Johanna Söderberg. On Ruins, the duo didn't want it to feel perfect. They wanted it to feel rough and wrenching. Johanna comments further, "Given the material, the lyrics had to be the focus. These sentiments didn't need to be dressed up. They needed to be naked." Ruins was made with one target in mind: make it sound more real a result the Söderberg sisters clearly achieved.

    Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys EP

    Ron Gallo - Really Nice Guys EPRon Gallo - Really Nice Guys EPRon Gallo - Really Nice Guys EP - New West Records
    Really Nice Guys is a concept EP by Thyme Magazine’s “Man Of The Year,” Ron Gallo. The EP is another thought provoking and inspired installment, extending an already prolific calendar year by Gallo which saw the release of the critically acclaimed full length album Heavy Meta as well as the 7” singles, “Temporary Slave” and “Sorry Not Everybody Is You.” Really Nice Guys finds Gallo exploring new sonic frontiers and instrumentation in the form of what might be called a conceptual art piece. Whatever you call it is wholly original and Gallo continues to melt faces and free minds.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Charlie Puth - Voicenotes
    tUnE-yArDs - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life [2LP]
    Moon Taxi - Let The Record Play [LP]
    Kimbra - Primal Heart [LP]
    Mudhoney - Lie [LP]
    Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto (Bonus Tracks) [2LP]
    De Lux - More Disco Songs About Love [LP]
    Ghost - Ceremony & Devotion [LP]
    Whitesnake - The Purple Tour (Live) [2LP]
    Black Label Society - Grimmest Hits [LP]
    Belle Adair - Tuscumbia [LP]
    Devin Dawson - Dark Horse [LP]
    Tommy Emmanuel - Accomplice One [LP]
    Starcrawler - Starcrawler [LP]
    Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac: Remastered [Expanded Edition 2CD]
    Of Mice & Men - Defy [Colored LP]
    Caspar Babypants - Sleep Tight!
    Caspar Babypants - Fun Favorites! [LP]


    Badfinger - Wish You Were Here [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Translucent Green LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Alice Cooper - Easy Action [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Gold LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Purple LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    Alice Cooper - Killer [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive Red/Black LP] - Vinyl Tuesday
    The New York Rock and Soul Revue - Live At The Beacon [SYEOR 2018 Exclusive 2LP] - Vinyl Tuesday

    & More .....

    Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2) EP
    Jack White - Connected By Love B/W Respect Commander [Vinyl]
    Moon Duo - Jukebox Babe / No Fun [Vinyl]
    Daniel Avery - Slow Fade EP [Vinyl]
    Arcade Fire - Put Your Money On Me [Red Vinyl]
    Teenage Wrist - Dweeb
    Caroline Rose - Soul No. 5
    Awolnation - Handyman



     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us

    Calexico - The Thread That Keeps UsCalexico - The Thread That Keeps UsCalexico - The Thread That Keeps Us - New West Records
    Over the past two decades, a strong sense of place has shaped the music of Calexico, infusing their albums with a stylistic unpredictability and richness of texture. While 2015’s Edge of the Sun brought the Tucson-bred band to the Mexico City borough of Coyoacán, their new full-length The Thread That Keeps Us mostly came to life in a house studio near the Northern California coast nicknamed “The Phantom Ship” by CALEXICO vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino.

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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Music Releases 01-19-18

Artist Title Price
Fall Out Boy M A N I A [LP] New Vinyl: $18.98
Video
The Shins The Worms Heart [LP] New Vinyl: $22.98
Glen Hansard Between Two Shores [LP] New Vinyl: $18.98
Video
The Go! Team SEMICIRCLE [LP] New Vinyl: $18.98
Video
They Might Be Giants I Like Fun New CD: $12.99
First Aid Kit Ruins [LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Ron Gallo Really Nice Guys EP New CD: $8.98
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Moon Taxi Let The Record Play [LP] New Vinyl: $19.98
tUnE-yArDs I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life [2LP] New Vinyl: $21.98
Joe Perry Sweetzerland Manifesto (Bonus Tracks) [2LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
Belle & Sebastian How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 2 EP [LP] New Vinyl: $11.98
De Lux More Disco Songs About Love [LP] New Vinyl: $18.98

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Movie Releases 01-19-18

Artist Title Price
Goodbye Christopher Robin [Movie] Goodbye Christopher Robin New Blu-Ray: $34.99
Thank You For Your Service [Movie] Thank You For Your Service New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Whitesnake The Purple Tour (Live) [CD/Blu-ray] New CD: $26.98
Geostorm [Movie] Geostorm New Blu-Ray: $35.99

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