Post Malone - beerbongs & bentleys - Republic
Following the success of his multi-platinum debut album, Stoney, Post Malone releases his highly anticipated sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys on via Republic Records. The album includes the massive hit singles "Psycho" which is already Top 20 at Top 40 radio and Top 5 at Rhythm Radio and the certified 6x platinum single "rockstar" which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 consecutive weeks.
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer - Bad Boy
The third LP (and first in five years) from the actress and recording artist Janelle Monae features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death.
Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing - Sony Legacy
With Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson has added 11 essential new songs to his classic catalog. Comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Willie along with longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon, it is one of his most personal and introspective albums to-date. An album that acknowledges the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer, Last Man Standing finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road.
Dr. Dog - Critical Equation - We Buy Gold Records
'I feel like I'm in a totally new band right now,' says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It's a bold declaration considering he's been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group's brilliant new album, 'Critical Equation.' Produced by Gus Seyffert (Bedouine, Michael Kiwanuka), 'Critical Equation' is the most infections and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet. The record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group's history.
Keith Urban - Graffiti U - Capitol Nashville
It has been two years since the release of his chart-topping, record breaking album RIPCORD, but this week, Keith Urban returns with his ninth studio album, Graffiti U. The 13-track recording, which includes his current single “Coming Home,” featuring Julia Michaels. The intimate image on the GRAFFITI U album cover was taken by world-renowned photographer Mark Seliger.
Cicada Rhythm - Everywhere I Go - New West Records
Cicada Rhythm is Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis. Following their 2015 self-titled debut, Cicada Rhythm consciously decided to build upon their homespun, stripped-down folk sound by bringing in more musicians and multiple producers to their latest record, Everywhere I Go. Recorded in a string of studios across the southeast, it's a snapshot of a band on the move, with new members filling their lineup and a louder set of influences propelling their sound forward. There are roots-rock tunes, slow waltzes, front-porch folksongs and backwoods ballads, all delivered by a group of road warriors who've cut their teeth not only in the writing room, but onstage, too. Kenneth Pattengale (Milk Carton Kids) and Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) share production duties, giving Everywhere I Go a broad, diverse punch.
Anthrax - Kings Among Scotland - Megaforce
”Kings Among Scotland,” the band’s long-awaited live album, arrives in stores this week. Captured last February 15 at the band’s sold-out concert at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour “Kings Among Scotland” incorporates the band’s entire live show. The concert is also available on DVD.
Aisha Badru - Pendulum - Nettwerk Records
The Yonkers, NY born singer-songwriter uses airy vocals and vivid lyrics to draw listeners into her soulfully emotive world on her debut album Pendulum. "A major theme of every human’s experience is that we’re constantly swinging between good and bad," says Aisha Badru of the album’s theme. "We can’t avoid it. By realizing the that the swings aren’t permanent, you begin to develop the ability to control how you feel about the unfortunate events that may arise in your life."
Parkway Drive - Reverence - Epitaph
Reverence arrives as the follow-up to 2015’s Ire—Parkway Drive's most successful album to date and a major force in boosting their ever-growing worldwide following. Like each album released since the band formed in 2002, Ire has been certified gold in their homeland of Australia; it also helped fuel their recent dominance at European festivals and won critical praise from outlets like Kerrang (who hailed Ire as a “fascinating album”). But while Ire brought Parkway Drive’s uncompromising artistry to bold new levels, Reverence pushes their creative ambition even further. Reverence both expands the band’s sonic palette and offers up their most devastating songs yet. On tracks like “The Void”—whose refrain of “Welcome To A World Of Pain” brilliantly embodies the tone of Reverence—Parkway Drive channel their furious energy into thrashing rhythms and ferocious vocal work while delivering deeply infectious melodies. That energy also infuses such songs as the vital and volatile “Prey,” a gang-vocal-driven anthem that unfolds in both punishing riffs and intricate guitar lines.
WE ARE STILL LISTENING TO
Tricky - Ununiform - K7
Tricky returns with his 13th album, Ununiform, out now on his own label False Idols via !K7 Music. It's a delicate, storming, intricate album that sees Tricky take perhaps his most radical step yet a journey into happiness and contentment. It's a record that shows the legendary British producer confront his legacy, history, family & even death itself. And in all of this, he finds the strangest, least familiar thing & peace.
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.
A huge round of releases hit the floor , lending some major oomph to the old saying "Every day is record store day".
We start with two big ones. 20 years since its original release, Widespread Panic's early classic 'Light Fuse Get Away' sees its first ever vinyl pressing, in a lush 4LP box set package. We also have the long-awaited new album from A Perfect Circle, 'Eat the Elephant' on CD and limited white vinyl.
Michigan folksters Lord Huron have producer Dave Fridmann on board for extra twinkle on their latest, 'Vide Noir', on CD and LP. Dear friends of the shop Count This Penny relocated to Knoxville TN a couple of years back and we miss them sorely. They've sent us copies of their brand new album 'A Losing Match' on LP, which helps dull the pain a bit. Fans of their tender twilit folk harmonies are in for a treat with this one.Jams abound with a reissue of the early Disco Biscuits album 'Uncivilized Area' and a new collection of Thievery Corporation rarities and vault tracks, 'Treasures From the Temple'.
Strap in for another ride with Bonnie Prince Billy. 'Wolf of the Cosmos' is here on CD and LP, and features Master William playing versions of songs by the great Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrod. The ever unpredictable Mike Donovan (of Sic Alps and Peacers infamy) returns with the mighty 'How To Get Your Record Played In Shops'. One way is naming your record that.
7 inches! We get a preview of with these two lil guys. Sufjan Stevens has a limited EP called 'Tonya Harding', and Jesse and the Wolf deliver 'Selecta', which features Ghostface and Juelz Santana.
Drinks are back! The bubbly duo of Cate le Bon and Tim Presley drop their 2nd record of helium-filled DIY pop. It rules. No less a stunner is the latest from Christina Vantzou, the dense ambient arranger delivers her 4th album, with assists from members of Forma and Emeralds. Gorgeous!
More new releases this week from Post Animal, Alexis Taylor, Kimbra, Uranium Club, Joshua Hedley, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charli XCX, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Ashley Monroe, and Marcia Ball!
Some fine raps in the house this week. Prhyme's huge sophomore album '2' is now here on vinyl, as well as a slighty-delayed LP version of the new Dr. Octagon release, LPs and CDs from Defari, the Nonce, and Smoke DZA, plus a truly incredible 2CD set from Oakland-based DJ Platurn, who has investigated his ancestral homeland of Iceland for many years, compiling this expansive set of rare disco, funk, and unexpected breaks.
New jazz this week from Ryan Porter, John Zorn, and Terence Blanchard, plus a vinyl reissue of Gil Evans-collaborator Billy Harper's 1973 Strata East debut 'Capra Black'.
Reissues aplenty this week, including the Black Lips' self-titled debut, the Promise Ring's 1997 classic 'Nothing Feels Good', a 10th anniversary edition of Rogue Wave's classic 'Asleep at Heaven's Gate', Poison's tongue-heavy 'Open Up and Say Ahh!', Felt's spectral 1982 debut 'Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty', and a 45th anniversary vinyl pressing of David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' on silver vinyl.
Folk reissues from far and farther this week: two great LPs from Bert Jansch, 'A Rare Conundrum' and 'Santa Barbara Honeymoon', plus two spectacular Japanese folk reissues from Yasumi No Kuni and Tetsuo Saito, the latter of which was featured on last year's stellar 'Even A Tree Can Shed Tears' compilation.Couple big ones from Who-ville this week! First up is a huge 2CD or 3LP version of 'Live at the Fillmore East 1968', and then we've got a greatly expanded version of Pete Townshend's 1972 solo debut 'Who Came First'.
The Afro7 label delivers two incredible new LPs this week. 'Light & Sound of Mogadishu' compiles a slew of 45-only tracks showcasing some classic Somalian cuts that vary between haunting traditional folk and blazing psych funk. Killer sound quality on this one, and loving packaging! We've also got an LP of contemporary Afro-rock from the Scorpios, a band of Sudanese musicians now living in London, which channels tradition Sudanese forms with notes of funk, synthesizer, and Arabic rhythms. Truly blissful stuff here. Back again is the one of a kind album 'My Ancestors' by Chrissy Zebby Tembo and the Ngozi Family, which has already seen a couple small represses become quite scarce. Originally released in 1976, there's simply nothing else out there like this one. Plenty of other great records emerged from the Zamrock scene of Zambia, but 'My Ancestors' is the one you can take with you into the afterlife. It sounds like a Central African 'Loaded', but better than that!A pair of sweet compilations this week. Numero follows up their RSD release of a few years back with a sequel to 'WTNG 99.9 FM', and it's chock full of soft-rock, melodic downer, private funk, and amateur yacht rarities. The Hobo Camp label drops 'Night Palms' upon us, a killer selection of contemporary modern funk, electro-hop, retro-futurist boogie and (gulp) chillwave from names like Brian Ellis, XL Middleton, and Moon B.
Two very different soundtracks hit the racks this week: the trippy, unending score to 90s videogame 'After Burner II' is here, and the lush, transporting, and elegant soundtrack to 'The Phantom Thread', composed by Jonny Greenwood.
We wrap with some serious stunners in the ambient and experimental realms. Leftfield ambient-dance unit Entourage released a couple of rare LPs in the 70s mostly known for being sampled by Four Tet, and now we have an LP of unreleased jams that is an incredibly deep trip. On the 30th anniversary of its release, Steve Roach's 'Dreamtime Return' is back on vinyl, offering us a new chance to experience what could easily be the total pinnacle of the new age genre as listening experience. The Etats-Unis label has unearthed some sound-art rarities that are better heard than described. We've got Annea Lockwood's 'Glass World', John Duncan's 'Organic', and Remko Scha's 'Machine Guitars', all on extremely limited clear vinyl. Sample and hold, dudes.
Heading downstairs for this week's used vinyl alert, we've got a delicious spread for you to complement this week's phenomenal selection of new releases, and to whet your appetite for a massive haul rolling out on Saturday. It may be the week of Record Store Day, but first of all it's Friday which means fresh used records, 52 weeks of our year.Check out deep and classic jazz from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Max Roach, John Lewis, Sonny Terry, Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Mal Waldron, Roscoe Mitchell, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Egberto Gismonti.Plenty of classics in the house from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, plus some Lennon/Ono collectibles, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Shuggie Otis, Dennis Wilson, Roxy Music, Rush, the Who, the Grateful Dead, and Fleetwood Mac.Scores upon scores of contemporary indie, pop, rock, and electronic from names lpike Grizzly Bear, the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Fucked Up, Sonic Youth, the Decembrists, Tortoise, the Shins, Ratatat, Portishead, Pinback, Outhud, Explosions in the Sky, Toro Y Moi, Tame Impala, the Strokes, Interpol, the Field, Pantha Du Prince, LCD Soundsystem, Beck, Washed Out, Andrew Bird, Titus Andronicus, Car Seat Headrest, Sigur Ros, Fleet Foxes, Olivia Tremor Control, and Big Thief!Some crucial 80s jernts this go-round from the Talking Heads, X, Metallica, Joy Division, the Smiths, Byrne/Eno, Duran Duran, and Ministry, plus some fine soundtracks in the Star Trek and Lord of the Rings realms, and some blues musts from Mississippy John Hurt and Howlin Wolf.We wrap up with some fine funk and soul from Otis Redding, Outkast, Parliament, A Tribe Called Quest, Sam Cooke, RIck James, Don Covay, Betty Davis, Solomon Burke, Little Richard, Booker T, Bootsy Collins, Nina Simone, and the almighty Earth Wind and Fire!
Remember Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Swing revival? It seemed like we might not make it to the other side of those events as they loomed before us, but we're fine. And so, Monroe Street construction has begun, and the disruption it has wracked upon our lives…is not that bad. Really.
We've got helpful directions on our site involving a couple of side streets and gentle re-routing. You can still get here, just consult the map of your choice and give yourself a little extra time.
We’ll still be putting out a minimum of 500 incoming used records out every and we’ll keep bringing in today’s freshest titles. While you’re here, make it count and pay a visit at one of our friends in the neighborhood. Even when a bit of dust kicks up, we like it here, and it's gonna look even better when all this pounding is done!
DIRECTIONS FROM REGENT/EAST:
From Regent Street:
Continue on Regent through the Monroe St intersection
Turn Left on SPOONER ST
Turn Right on West Lawn or Keyes
Turn Left on Harrison St.
We are on the corner of Harrison & Monroe Streets (the street level parking lot outside of the Trader Joe's doors is a public City of Madison lot & the side streets all have FREE 2 hour parking.
MONROE STREET IS OPEN FROM THE WEST
Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, May 8th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM. Save the date for June 5th and July 10th!
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.
This isn't the spot to lay down odds on the third race. OTB is where Others Talk Back and give you the lowdown on what they've been feeling lately. This one's for the customers.
Son Volt – “The Search” This reissue of their 2007 release was the album right after their classic “Okemah and the Melody of Riot” It still retains some of the magic that made “Okemah” one of the high points of the band’s twenty-four year career. On “The Search” Son Volt decided to mix things up sonically this time around. They departed from their usual safe place and took chances that they wouldn’t have taken before. It seems that they band hit a high point during the middle of the last decade they haven’t touched since then. This reissue comes with a second disk of outtakes that certainly illustrates how hard it must have been to pick out the running order of the original album from all the music that was recorded during the sessions.
Sloan – “12” Yes, this is the band’s twelfth album. This little power pop band from Nova Scotia has been quietly chugging away for twenty-six years without much popular support. They have had many highs and lows in those intervening years. And “12” is one of those high points. The band somehow got their mojo back and made another power pop classic. “12” ranks up there with some of their classic albums from ten and twenty years ago. I really hadn’t expected much from another Sloan album prior to listening to this one. I am certainly glad that I listened.