Dawes - Passwords - Hub Records
On Dawes' sixth album, Passwords, inspiration pulls guitarist/ singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini into their most universal, topical territory to date. This is a record about the modern world: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big losses that give it shape. Taylor's writing is personal at points - the result of his recent engagement, which lends a sense of gravity and self-reflection to album highlights like "Time Flies Either Way" and "I Can't Love" - but it also zooms out, focusing not on the director himself, but on everything within the lens.
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch - The Null Corporation
Nine Inch Nails release their new album Bad Witch, completing the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE. Nine Inch Nails will launch COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018 on September 13 with support The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band will bring their "musical, visual, emotional sensory onslaught,” as hailed by The New York Times, to some of the most iconic venues in the USA.
The Record Company - All Of This Life - Concord Records
The band continues with their signature gritty, rock & roll, blues sound on All Of This Life, their second album following up a Grammy-nominated and hit-filled debut. The new album incorporates the band's organic style, but provides a richer, full expanded sound using Boulevard Recording Studio and mixes by Mark Needham (The Revivalists, Blue October, Newsboys, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, etc...). This album is comprised of stories about moving through difficult times in life and coming through the other side as shared by their fanbase over the last two years of non-stop touring.
Panic! At The Disco - Pray For The Wicked - Fueled By Ramen
"After being away in New York for months doing Kinky Boots, I just wanted to hang out at home when I got back to LA. I was so revved up that I asked some friends to come over to my home studio to help me write about all the incredible things I've experienced the last couple of years," said Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco frontman. "Pray For The Wicked is my 'thank you' to our fans and the most fun I've ever had making album."
Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile - Shornday Limited
Resistance Is Futile, the band's 13th studio album, heralds a return to a classic Manic Street Preachers sound described by the band as "widescreen melancholia". The songs on the album are the first recorded in the band's new Door to the River studio (near Newport). Of their first new recordings in four years, the band said: "The main themes of 'Resistance is Futile' are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It's obsessively melodic - in many ways referencing both the naive energy of 'Generation Terrorists' and the orchestral sweep of 'Everything Must Go'. After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work."
Soulwax - Essential - PIAS America
Soulwax are the first artists to ever submit an entire hour's worth of original material for a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. ''It felt like a challenge,'' the band explain, ''and something no-one had done. We loved the challenge of releasing a full record live on a radio show without people having any advance notice, and we always wanted to release it on DEEWEE after it was aired on Radio 1.'' Recorded in just under two weeks at Soulwax's DEEWEE studio in Gent, it comprises 12 tracks named ''Essential One'' through ''Essential Twelve'', each one based around the word essential.
Bebe Rexha - Expectations - Warner Bros
Chart topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha releases her highly anticipated debut album, Expectations via Warner Bros. Records. In addition to Bebe co-writing and co-producing every song on the album, EXPECTATIONS is also produced by Max Martin, Ali Payami, JUSSI, Jason Evigan, Louis Bell, The Stereotypes and Hit-Boy.
Florence + The Machine - High As Hope - Republic
Six-time Grammy-nominee Florence + The Machine to release hugely-anticipated new album ‘High As Hope’ June 29th via Virgin EMI / Republic Records. ‘High As Hope’ is the sound of an artist who appears more certain than ever of herself. Florence writes about her teens and twenties with a renewed, more mature perspective: of growing up in South London, of family, relationships and art itself. The first official single ‘Hunger,’ is out now.
Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction: Remastered - Geffen Records
Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N' Roses injected unbridled attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. They went on to captivate the entire world with the July 21, 1987 release of Appetite For Destruction, which remains the best-selling U.S. debut album ever, moving over 30 million copies globally. Appetite features such indelible tracks such as the No. 1 single “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Nightrain,” and “Paradise City.” The Appetite For Destruction: Super Deluxe Edition features 4CDs including the album newly remastered for the first time ever; B-sides N’ EPs newly remastered; the previously unreleased 1986 Sound City Session N’ More recordings; a Blu-ray Audio disc with the album, bonus tracks and music videos in brand new 5.1 surround sound along with the unearthed music video for “It’s So Easy” originally shot in 1989 but never finished; and a 96-page hardcover book showcasing unseen photos from Axl Rose’s personal archive and wealth of memorabilia. In addition, the Super Deluxe Edition contains collectables like never-before-seen band lithos, replica concert tickets, a wall poster, temporary band member tattoos , a Robert Williams painting litho, and a replica “Welcome To The Jungle” video shoot invite flyer originally drawn by Slash. The Remastered album is also available on CD, Deluxe 2CD and 2LP.
Bullet For My Valentine - Gravity - Spinefarm
There comes a point in every career of note, when it’s time to dig a trench in the turf; to define exactly who you are in a way that resonates in the broadest possible manner. For Bullet For My Valentine – now two decades deep into their story, one of rock and metal’s foremost names, a genuine success – that time is now. Produced and mixed by Carl Bown, ‘Gravity’ (the UK band’s sixth studio album, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Venom’) sees the musicians delivering a body of work that looks set to add extra layers of excitement and meaning both to their own trajectory and to the genre per se. At a time when the international scene feels ready for a serious shot in the arm, ‘Gravity’ is an album of true craft and vision – an ambitious labour of love with the weight and the punch that the band’s extensive, ever-burgeoning fan-base has come to expect, a point made in style by lead single / video ‘Over It’, whilst adding enough in terms of atmosphere, melody and contemporary sheen to spin heads in wider circles. Backed up by an extensive worldwide touring plan that sees BFMV’s strongest ever line-up playing major shows and festivals for the whole of 2018 (and beyond), ‘Gravity’ already feels like an important album. Simply, this is frontman Matt Tuck and his fellow players thinking big and bold and refusing to compromise or back down.
The title is ‘Gravity’, but the music is set to rise like a rocket. Let the countdown commence…
The Milk Carton Kids - All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do - ANTI
The Milk Carton Kids’ fifth album , All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do arrives from ANTI- Records on June 29. The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into studio with them. “We wanted to do something new,” Pattengale says. “We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we’d been before. There arose some sort of need for change.” “Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette,” says Ryan. “It was liberating to know we didn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars.” “Sometimes in singing, we’ll switch parts for a beat or a bar or a note,” Ryan says. “And things start to obscure what is the melody and what is the supporting part.” A third presence rises out of their combined voices. “There are only so many things you can do alone that al- low you to transcend your sense of self for even a short period,” Pattengale says. “I’m the lucky recipient of a life in which for hundreds of times, day after day, I get to spend an hour that is like speaking a language only two people know and doing it in a space with others who want to hear it.”
John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album - Verve
Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, “like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.” With the discovery of the ¼”reference tapes that Coltrane took home with him after the recording session a session that was completely unknown and for which master tapes don’t exist an important chapter in the evolution of Coltrane’s music can now be heard for the first time. Featuring the Classic Quartet John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones and recorded at the end of a two week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward.
The Interrupters - Fight The Good Fight - Epitaph
The Interrupters are an L.A. based four-piece bound by their rebel spirit and deep love of punk, rock, ska and 2 Tone. They make super high-energy rock -n-roll that’s equal parts catchy and confrontational. Their third album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and released on his Hellcat imprint for Epitaph Records. The album features front-woman Aimee Interrupter, guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivone and drummer Jesse Bivona, spitting out lyrics that take on matters as thorny as family, friendship, martial law and loyalty, while churning out bouncing rock-steady rhythms and snarly guitar riffs. The Interrupters have built their live act of unstoppable energy and a feeling of easy community that reflects their familial vibe. They had toured the world with the likes of Green Day and Rancid and played huge festivals from The Vans Warped tour to Coachella. “There is usually a dance party going on in the crowd, which we appreciate since we always have our own dance party happening on stage,” says guitarist Kevin Bivona. The Interrupters will be dancing their way to a town near you this summer on many festivals and tours including The Punk in Drublic Festivals, Back to The Beach Festival and the Main Stage on Vans Warped Tour.
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.
Join us at Strictly Discs, Tuesday, 6/19 for a sneak preview of the new Jim James album, "Uniform Distortion", (out 6/29)! In addition to being able to hear the new record 10 days before release, fans will be able to get free stickers and litho posters (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) and enter a national giveaway contest to win a Supro White Holiday guitar signed by Jim James! One winner will be selected nationwide and fans must attend the listening event to enter. No Purchase Necessary, winner will be notified by us to pick up the guitar in person.
Save The Date - June 28th for our first warehouse pop up event. El Grito tacos, free Great Dane beer, ping pong & loads of LPs, CDs, DVDs, gear & more.
We are partnering with the Monroe Street Arts Center & Colectivo Coffee on a FREE kids crafting event. The Monroe Street Arts Center will have everything needed to make your own album cover to take home. We will bring (and spin) a selection of kids records for inspiration. Start your Saturday with us on June 24th.
The yin and yang of guitar-oriented indie brilliance represents this week with new records from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Protomartyr. After a couple nice EPs from Sub Pop, RBCF really deliver with their first full length, 'Hope Downs' is all plump cruisers in a Clean/Twerps vein. For their latest EP, Detroit post-punk heroes Protomartyr lure Kelley Deal of the Breeders into the fold.
Songwriter Joseph Arthur and R.E.M. co-founder Peter Buck follow a chance encounter to a florid conclusion on 'Arthur Buck', a miasma of folk rock and pop with pockets of funk and lots of contemporary commentary. We at last get a full length album from the mighty Dusk, the Appleton group that spun off of rootsy punkers Tenement. Their self-titled debut is a vigorous yet easy ramble through countrified pop that has a bit of the creeping, noirish bite that their name suggests, washed over with the compelling vocals of Tenement violinist Julia Blair.
The Thrill Jockey label brings us two incredible records from musicians with decades in the nether reaches of the musical world under their belt. 'Cloud Corner' is the latest LP from the 'American primitive' style guitarist Marisa Anderson, and it's resplendent with her one of a kind ability to spin yarns through her fingers, as she channels Fahey and the Delta blues styles that influenced him, firmly establishing her as the latest link in a century-long chain. John Parish is back with his first album in a handful of years. 'Bird Dog Dante' finds Parish comfortably in his zone, crafting spooked folk-rock with lots of guitar, banjo and percussive ephemera, and joined on tracks by vocalists like PJ Harvey and Aldous Harding.
Two possessive projects are back in the spotlight after some time away. Melody Prochet has returned with her Echo Chamber, a few years on from surviving a very scary car accident, with a new record that sounds defiantly new. Fans of her enchanting lilt will find lots to love here, and with a new collaborator on production (Reine Fiske of Dungen), she's made a turn for the obliquely psychedelic. Sub Pop revives two 90s indie classics from Maritime Canada's own Eric's Trip, long out of print on vinyl. 'Forever Again' and 'Purple Blue' set the standard for earnest, homemade pop, made of equal parts bashing fuzz and lonely minimalism. I hear a lot of Eric's Trip in contemporary groups like Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, and Soccer Mommy, all of whom have inherited the bare honesty and unvarnished energy that ET singer/guitarist Julie Doiron brought to these little-heard records.
The Killers celebrate their career with a massive boxset of the same name, including all 7 of their albums since 2004's 'Hot Fuss' and including 'Live From the Royal Albert Hall' on vinyl for the first time. The Gaslight Anthem revisit their '59 Sound' a decade on from it's release, with rare alternate takes and demos from the sessions. We've also got new releases from Buddy Guy, Fantastic Negrito, Sepultura, Tim Armstrong, Chromeo, Johnny Marr, Hatchie, Olivia Chaney, and a new solo album from Buck Meek of Big Thief.
We've got a huge spread of major releases along the hip hop, R&B and jazz spectrum this week. NYC rapper/Pro Era member Chuck Strangers drops his debut 'Consumers Park' and it is a fiercely played record of old school flow that calls back to Nas, Ka, and GZA. Watts rapper and Kendrick associate Jay Rock surprises us with a new rush release CD, 'Redemption', that hits with some real force. Robert Glasper joins up with new-gen jazz biggies like Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge, and Taylor McFerrin for a sizzling session of hiphop-leaning jazz called R+R Now. The hard-working Chicago unit Dos Santos is described as a 'psychedelic cumbia' group, but their debut for freeform standard bearer label International Anthem shows them to be much more than that, and will appeal to fans of Antibalas and the Budos Band. We've got the Sub Pop debut of mid-fi dream-rapper Yuno, plus new discs from Christina Aguilera, Kali Uchi, Ne-Yo, and the very banging 'Uncle Drew' Soundtrack, which is stuffed full of summer jams.
UK leftfield house don Leon Vynehall shows a very compelling, contemplative side with 'Nothing is Still', a resplendent new album that blends his gauzy, throbbing beats with classical strings reminiscent of Gavin Bryars, inspired by interviews with his grandparents about their experiences emigrating to New York in the 1950s. Effluvial techno weirdo Actress continues to reinvent himself, this time teaming up with the London Contemporary Orchestra for an album that matches his strangely-timed rhythms with a group capable of making full on electro-acoustic concrète. The pairing really works, and 'Lageos' contains a whole lot to patiently digest. NYC techno whiz Will DiMaggio drops his first full length for Future Times, and its an entertaining suite of discreet jazzdance earworms that ought to keep parties percolating all summer. Prefuse 73 is back with his first proper album in many years, this one's called 'Sacrifices'. We all gotta make em!
Some wonderfully far-out essentials hit the bins afresh this week from 'round the globe. Celia Cruz's 1972 delicacy was produced by none other than Arthur Verocai, and is chock full of psychy, soulful bossa nova. Shina Williams and his African Percussionist's 1979 debut 'African Dances' is one of the rarest and best ever examples of Afro-disco, and holds up as the best Afrobeat album I've heard without the name Fela Kuti on it. Mexican voyager Luis Perez's 1981 album 'Ipan In Xiktli Metzli' is a one-of-a-kind slab of pre-Columbian art-folk-rock that slots in with other visionary albums from Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepeda, forming the earliest wave of Mexican new age. David Axelrod's landmark album 'Song of Innocence' is back on vinyl after we blew out of our RSD supply, AND it's back on CD for the first time in forever-ever.
Lastly, we've got two reliable SD faves in the house with some newly-available material. 'Gene Clark Sings For You' delivers 13 rare tunes from his sessions just after he left The Byrds in 1967. Tom Waits' Orphans trilogy is back in the house as three individual LPs, that's 'Brawlers', 'Bawlers' and 'Bastards'.
Heading downstairs for the Used Vinyl Alert, a delicious crop of New Arrivals awaits you! This week we go especially deep on rare jazz titans, soul and R&B of every stripe, folk, blues, new wave, and some recently released gems.
On the jazz front, step up for a flip through multiple titles from some major names: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, and Charles Mingus are here in big numbers, with some albums that we see too rarely. We've also got big'ns from Jonny Hartman, Eddie Harris, Larry Coryell, Catalyst, Return to Forever, Donald Byrd, Kenny Wheeler, Jack DeJohnette, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Richard Groove Holmes, Herbie Mann, Cal Tjader, Herbie Hancock, Don Patterson, Kenny Burrell, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Dave Brubeck.
Funk and soul is here from A to Z, Al Green to Zapp. You know you need some classics from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, Ike Turner and James Brown. How bout some funk and disco from Sly Stone, the Meters, Eddie Higgins, the Trammps, War, Donna Summer, Cameo, Boney M, Bionic Boogie, and Baby Huey? Also check out LPs from the Last Poets, Phoebe Snow, Grady Tate, Whitney Houston, Janet and Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, the Fat Boys, and John Legend.
We've got a solid run of sealed 70s Beatles pressings plus solos from John, Paul and George. A couple of rare Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin LPs. Crucial ones from Van Morrison, Harry Nilsson, Buckingham/Nicks and other assorted Mac snacks, several from the Rolling Stones, and nice titles from Love, Traffic, the Allmans, Kiss, the Eagles, Paul Simon, Roy Harper, Brownsville Station, and the Who.
Some big ones from the punky/wavey end of things this week: early pressings of the Plimsouls, Billy Bragg, Madness, Gang of Four and Brian Eno, a first pressing of Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures', the massively influential 'Wanna Buy A Bridge?' compilation on Rough Trade, plus fine ones from the Specials, the B52's, Billy Idol, Echo and the Bunnymen, Sid Vicious, Tom Tom Club, Fear, Patti Smith, and Tears For Fears.
Some downright essential and seldom seen folk records this week include rare ones from Tim Hardin, Townes Van Zandt, David Grisman, Robbie Basho, Fairport Convention, Sandy Bull, John Fahey, plus some cool Folkways LPs from Peggy Seeger and Pete Seeger.
Country comes from Johnny Cash, Petula Clark, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, plus some great blues from John Lee Hooker, Johnny Hodges, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.
A cool variety of modern classical and avant LPs this week includes Xenakis, Cage, Penderecki, Morricone, Satie, Wuorinen, Berio, Lalo Schifrin and Stefan Wolpe.
Lastly, we've got some winners from more recent years in the house, starting with a rare deluxe version of Interpol's 'Turn On The Bright Lights', Beck's 'Mellow Gold', and LPs from Perfume Genius, Belly, Kurt Vile, Tame Impala, Phantogram, Juiceboxxx, Joey Badass, Oh No, Logic, Mac Miller, Joan of Arc, Destroyer, The Mountain Goats, Animal Collective, Flaming Lips, and the Decemberists!
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Our next MUSIC TRIVIA at the High Noon Saloon is Tuesday, July 10th. Registration starts at 5:30 with the first question from Angie and Marty at 6PM.
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.
The Record Company return June 22nd with their new CD/LP, All Of This Life. In the meantime, swing by and pick up a fresh 7" that features tracks from the album. The 7" is $2 and includes a coupon for $2 off the full release.
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.
Shannon – “In Nashville” Shannon is Shannon Shaw, lead singer of Shannon and the Clams, and this is her first solo release. Shannon and the Clams just released their sixth album in February of this year. Their music can best be described as a cross between sixties garage, surf, R&B and psych. And Ms. Shaw’s solo album can be best described as a cross between early sixties girl group sound, early soul and early sixties pop. Ms. Shaw enlisted Dan Auerbach, of Black Keys fame, to steer her musical vision to fruition. The production is what makes this album so successful. Mr. Auerbach figured that the Phil Spector over the top style is what was needed for this album to be realized. Not only does Mr. Auerbach produce the album, but he also plays on it and co-wrote all of the songs on it. Be assured though, he hasn’t just replicated the Black Keys sound. The “In Nashville” title may confuse, but this album is definitely not a country record. It is rather an album from an up and coming singer who has just released one of the most striking albums of the year. - Ted Talks
The Get Up Kids – “Kicker” The Get Up Kids were one of the best emo bands out there twenty years ago. And this EP is their first release since the band’s resurrection in 2011. “Kicker” just does what the band has always excelled at: writing catchy songs that are expertly played. “Kicker” is nothing more or less than that. - Ted Talks