Fresh Stuff from Valerie June

April 5, 2017 Leave a comment

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In 2013, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June released her major label debut album, Pushin’ Against a Stone. June immediately caught the attention of roots fans for her fresh take on blues, folk, soul, gospel, country and bluegrass.

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, June is one of the most extraordinary artists around, reworking traditional music into something entirely unique.

Her new release, The Order of Time, sees June furthering her exploration of disparate sounds. As PopMatters reports:

The Order of Time continues June’s fusion of a diverse set of influences into a modern eclectic style. The title defines the album’s driving force as time and the joys, heartbreaks, and pain one naturally encounters in life. Lyrics explore those elements, and June’s unique vocals stands as strong as on her debut, but the rhythmic background and integration of a strong series of organ performances creates a sonic quality for time that personifies the album’s theme.

Tracklist:

01. Long Lonely Road
02. Love You Once Made
03. Shakedown
04. If And
05. Man Done Wrong
06. The Front Door
07. Astral Plane
08. Just In Time
09. With You
10. Slip Slide On By
11. Two Hearts
12. Got Soul

Fresh Stuff from the Shins

April 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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The Shins are back with Heartworms, the first album since 2012’s Port of Morrow.

Once a band, the Shins is now a one-man project, the brainchild of frontman and songwriter James Mercer.

For Heartworms, Mercer played the role of writer, musician and producer. The album brings Mercer’s loner tendencies to the surface. As Pitchfork reports:

Heartworms…is the first album where he fully embraces the reality that he is the Shins. Self-produced and recorded with a smaller cast than its predecessor, it’s the most hermetic LP he’s released since 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, the last album he recorded himself. At times it overtly calls back to that debut. With its psychedelic patter, “Dead Alive” is an almost direct sequel to “One by One All Day,” drawing out that song’s reverb-soaked outro into its own romp, like some kind of self-written fan fiction.

Tracklist:

01. Name for You
02. Painting a Hole
03. Cherry Hearts
04. Fantasy Island
05. Mildenhall
06. Rubber Ballz
07. Half a Million
08. Dead Alive
09. Heartworms
10. So Now What
11. The Fear

 

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Weekly Best Sellers

April 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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CDs
01. Ed Sheeran – Divide
02. Jerry Garcia – Garcialive Vol. 8
03. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
04. Jesus & Mary Chain – Damage & Joy
05. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
06. Obituary – Obituary
07. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Navigator
08. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live from the Fox Oakland
09. Shins – Heartworms
10. Conor Oberst – Salutations

VINYL
01. Shins – Heartworms
02. Operation Ivy – Energy
03. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel
04. John Prine – John Prine
05. Thundercat – Drunk
06. Pallbearer – Heartless
07. Creation – Action Painting
08. XX – I See You
09. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
10. Gang of Four – Entertainment!

CASSETTES
01. Arcade Fire – Reflektor Tapes
02. Nirvana – Nevermind
03. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days Demos
04. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
05. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

DVDs
01. Rolling Stones – Rock & Roll Circus
02. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps
03. Rolling Stones – Ladies & Gentlemen
04. Scorpions – Live in Munich 2012
05. Grateful Dead – Truckin’ Up to Buffalo
06. Leonard Cohen – Live in London
07. Howl’s Moving Castle
08. Born in East L.A.
09. Life Aquatic
10. Detroit Rock City

BLU-RAYs
01. American Graffiti
02. Tokyo Drifter
03. Return of the Living Dead
04. Dark Knight
05. Django Unchained
06. Jason & the Argonauts
07. Iron Man 2
08. Guardians of the Galaxy
09. Eric Clapton – Crossroads Guitar Festival 2015
10. Avatar

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Happy 40th Trans-Europe Express

April 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Trans-Europe Express was released March 21st 1977, the sixth release by German electronic music band Kraftwerk.

This release came about through friends expressing to the band members that they should write an album based on the railway that connected 130 cities in Europe, running west from Spain east to Austria and from Denmark to the south of Italy.

Kraftwerk founding members Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider met with David Bowie and Iggy Pop prior to the recording of Trans-Europe Express and were so flattered by the attention they were giving by both artists that references of the two can be found in the lyrics on the album.

Though the release was given lukewarm reviews upon its release, it’s been a heavy influence on a wide variety of bands and genres to follow such as Joy Division, Afrika Bambaataa, and Radiohead to name a few. Forty years later, it still holds its own.

Fresh Stuff from Ryan Adams

March 27, 2017 Leave a comment

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Ryan Adams is a darling of the Americana music world. As frontman for pioneering alt-country band Whiskeytown, Ryan helped bring the genre into the mainstream and established himself as one of the standout artists of his time.

As a prolific solo artist, Adams continued to break barriers and explore his own life and experiences through his music. He has a long history of sharing his heartbreak, love, struggles, sobriety, emotional overwhelm and everyday joys with an authenticity that matches his I-am-who-I am personality.

His latest offering, Prisoner, sees Adams exploring his divorce from actress/singer Mandy Moore. As NPR reports:

Prisoner in many ways feels like a retreat: to self-reflection, to primal emotions, and to a tense, rootsy rock sound that recalls the mid- to late-’80s work of Bruce Springsteen…More than anything, though, Prisoner has a welcome urgency to it: With their raw, vivid imagery of agony and isolation, these songs could only come from this time in his life. He’s not much for faking it — which, come to think of it, is itself a good way to carve out a nice, long career.”

 

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Happy 45th, Thick As a Brick

March 27, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Released on March 10th, 1972, Thick As A Brick was the fifth release for British rock band Jethro Tull.

After the success of Aqualung, frontman Ian Anderson decided to go with another concept album.

Though it was received to mixed reviews by the critics, Thick As a Brick reached the top of the charts and earned Jethro Tull another gold album.

Weekly Best Sellers

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

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CDs
01. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
02. Thundercat – Drunk
03. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
04. Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy
05. Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors
06. Thievery Corporation – I & I
07. Alison Krauss – Windy City
08. Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin
09. Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling
10. Sleater-Kinney – Live in Paris

VINYL
01. Sleater-Kinney – Live in Paris
02. Sleep – Clarity
03. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
04. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
05. Beastie Boys – License to Ill (30th Anniversary)
06. Operation Ivy – Energy
07. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel
08. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
09. Beatles – Revolver
10. Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry

CASSETTES
01. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
02. La Luz – Damp Face
03. Stevie R. Moore – Delicate Tension
04. Smoking Trees – Archer & the Bull
05. Homeshake – Midnight Snack
06. Prurient – Time’s Arrow
07. Chris Spedding – Enemy Within
08. Om – God is Good
09. Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops
10. 2Pac – 2pacalypse Now

DVDs
01. Moonlight
02. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Red Hot Chili Peppers
03. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps
04. Nirvana – Live at the Paramount
05. Electric Light Orchestra – Live: the Early Years
06. Jam – About the Young Idea
07. Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings – Miss Sharon Jones
08. Santana – Viva Santana!
09. Depeche Mode – Video Singles Collection
10. Howl’s Moving Castle

BLU-RAY
01. Doctor Strangelove
02. Moonlight
03. Holy Mountain
04. Private Property
05. 31
06. Fantastic Planet
07. Let Me In
08. Aliens
09. Avatar
10. Straight Outta Compton

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