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The Sonics At Easy Street - Record Store Day 2015!

Updated 4/24/15

It was one for the books! The Sonics blew it up at Easy Street Records on Record Store Day 2015 with the help of some very special friends! Thanks to everyone that bought a ticket to support KEXP's New Home!

Gonna say it right now - Record Store Day 2015 was the best one we've ever had in terms of business AND the most fun we've ever had as humans! Our deepest thanks to all of you for making RSD15 one for the books! Of course, the biggest thrill of all was the honor of hosting The Sonics and their special guests! We're still in a daze that these Northwest Legends agreed to take the stage and give us everything they had - they absolutely killed it!

Then there was the guests - original Sonics bassist Andy Parypa (who hadn't performed with them in decades!), Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready, Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd, Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants, PUSA), Tacocat's Emily Nokes, Screaming Trees' Mark Pickerel and Van Conner, Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening), Mudhoney's Matt Lukin, Girl Trouble's Big Kahuna, Jason Kertson (Sonics sax player Rob Lind's grandson) & Easy Street's own Rod Moody (Swallow, The Fuzz)!

Thanks to EVERYONE involved - from the musicians to management, to stage techs, to our staff - for helping to create another chapter in Northwest music history!

Read Charles R. Cross's excellent recap of the event in the Seattle Times

Check out Pete Hilgendorf's AWESOME photos of the night here! 

RSD15 Photos By Easy Street's Grady Tyree!

RSD15 Photos By KEXP's Jim Bennett!

Great writeup and photos on Oly Kaz Blog!

The event and its lineup of special guests resulted in worldwide media coverage, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NME, NY Daily News, Stereogum and many others. Ultimately, the night was all about The Sonics. They made history way back in 1965 and they're making it again in 2015. God bless 'em.

And now for more thanks....

The Performers: HUGE thanks to The Sonics - Gerry Roslie, Larry Parypa, Bob Lind, Freddie Dennis and Dusty Watson - and guest performers Andy Parypa, Chris Ballew, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready, Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd, Tacocat's Emily Nokes, Mark Pickerel and Van Conner from Screaming Trees, Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening), Mudhoney's Matt Lukin, Jason Kertzen, Girl Trouble's Big Kahuna & Rod Moody (Swallow, The Fuzz)!

The DJs - Thanks to KEXP's Troy Nelson and Kevin Cole + Chris Ballew for keeping the turntables hot and spinning during RSD!

The Support Crew - There's no way this could've happened without the talents of Oliver, Laura, Greedy, Bryan, Matty, & Jen - Thank You!!

The Easy Riders - Another huge thanks goes to our staff working the event - Adam, Atticus, Grady, Andy, Vinny, Matt, Rebecca & Scott - for keeping everything running strong after a long day of Record Store Day action!

The Artist - BIG BIG Ups to Eric Carnell at Independence Printage for the awesome event lithos/tickets/t-shirts!

The Beer - Thanks to our event sponsor, Rainier Beer, for keeping us all hydrated and happy!

Kudos to all! Best RSD ever? It was for us...what do YOU think?

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Enter To Win An Alabama Shakes Test Pressing!

Enter To Win An Alabama Shakes Test Pressing!

The new Alabama Shakes' album Sound & Color, out this week, expands on the sound - and the color - of their soul-drenched debut, Boys & Girls. Enter to win a very special vinyl test pressing of the new album by e-mailing us with the subject line "Don't Wanna Fight" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our West Seattle store. Good luck!

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Easy Street's Record Store Day 2015 Best Sellers!

Easy Street's Record Store Day 2015 Best Sellers!

Thanks to all of you we had the best Record Store Day ever this year! Our Top 50 RSD15 Best Sellers (all vinyl) are listed below!

  1. 1. Citizen Dick - Touch Me I’m Dick 7”
  2. 2. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels
  3. 3. White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
  4. 4. Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear 7”
  5. 5. The Stooges - Have Some Fun: Live At Ungaro’s
  6. 6. Social Distortion - Social Distortion
  7. 7. Black Star - Fix Up
  8. 8. Mystery Artist - Side By Side 7”
  9. 9. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
  10. 10. Decemberists - Picaresque
  11. 11. WuTang Clan - Protect Ya Neck
  12. 12. Built To Spill - Untethered Moon
  13. 13. The Replacements - Alex Chilton
  14. 14. Courtney Barnett - Kim’s Caravan
  15. 15. Off! - Live From The BBC
  16. 16. David Bowie/Tom Verlaine - Kingdom Come 7”
  17. 17. Elvis Presley - My Happiness
  18. 18. St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Live From Alabama State Theater
  19. 19. Ryan Adams - Come Pick Me Up 7”
  20. 20. Black Keys - Meet Me In The City 7”
  21. 21. Hold Steady - Boys & Girls In America
  22. 22. Death Cab For Cutie/Freedy Johnson - Bad Reputation 7”
  23. 23. Syd Barrett/R.E.M. - Dark Globe 7”
  24. 24. Foo Fighters - Songs From The Laundry Room
  25. 25. Johnny Cash - Concert y Praze
  26. 26. Original Soundtrack - Rocky Horror Picture Show/Time Warp
  27. 27. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - The Heist (autographed)
  28. 28. Mark Mothersbaugh - Lego Movie OST
  29. 29. Mumford & Sons - Believe 7”
  30. 30. Otis Redding - Otis Blue
  31. 31. Blitzen Trapper - Harvest
  32. 32. Frank Sinatra - Songs For Young Lovers
  33. 33. Hedwig & The Angry Inch - Hedwig & The Angry Inch
  34. 34. Reverend Horton Heat - It’s A Rave Up 7”
  35. 35. David Bowie - Changes 7”
  36. 36. Slayer - When The Stillness Comes 7”
  37. 37. Polaris - Music From The Adventures Of Pete & Pete
  38. 38. Dandy Warhols - Dandys Rule OK
  39. 39. Flaming Lips - This Here Giraffe
  40. 40. Flaming Lips - Bad Days
  41. 41. Florence & The Machine - What Kind Of Man
  42. 42. U2 - Songs Of Innocence
  43. 43. Gov’t Mule - Stoned Side Of The Mule
  44. 44. Swans - 12
  45. 45. Willie Nelson - Teatro
  46. 46. Dresden Dolls - Virginia Monologues
  47. 47. Jerry Garcia - Garcia (Compliments)
  48. 48. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
  49. 49. Frank Zappa - 200 Motels
  50. 50. Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings - Little Boys With Shiny Toys

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Enter To Win Tickets To Elvis Costello (Solo)!

Enter To Win Tickets To Elvis Costello (Solo)!

The legendary Elvis Costello is playing a rare solo show this Sunday (4/26) at the Paramount! EC is being very generous on this tour, treating fans to a 25+ song set spanning all phases of his career. It should prove to be a very special night! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Radio Radio" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on Friday (4/24). Good luck!

Rather not leave it to chance? Buy tickets here!

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Win Tickets To Mastodon & Clutch!

Win Tickets To Mastodon & Clutch!

April 26th will be a night of Metal Madness when Mastodon, Clutch & Big Business join forces to shake the Showbox SODO to its very core! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Aunt Lisa" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/24. Good luck!

This show is SOLD OUT!

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Music Releases 04-28-15

Blur - The Magic Whip Blur - The Magic Whip
New CD: $18.98
The new album from Blur, titled The Magic Whip, started life in Hong Kong when the band had an unexpected break in touring in May 2013. It is released by Parlophone Records on 28 April 2015 - 16 years since 13, the band's last record as a four-piece. The recordings for the band's eighth studio album began in Spring 2013 at Avon Studios in Kowloon. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree spent 5 days jamming together and carried on with their live dates while the recordings were put aside and the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.
Eric Clapton - Forever Man [2CD] Eric Clapton - Forever Man [2CD]
New CD: $19.98
Legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner Eric Clapton will release a brand-new ‘Best Of' compilation, entitled Forever Man, via Reprise Records on April 28th in the U.S. Featuring 33 tracks over two CDs, Forever Man spans three decades of Clapton's Reprise Records years and features classic studio tracks and a Blues-themed disc.
New CD: $14.98
MG is a new instrumental album from Martin Gore. As one of the founding members of Depeche Mode, his work now spans over three decades with combined sales of over 100 million records worldwide. MG sees Martin returning to his solo career for the first time since 2003’s Counterfeit2. However, in reality, it should be seen as a continuation following on from Martin’s collaboration with fellow Depeche Mode founder (and founding Erasure member) Vince Clarke on VCMG’s critically acclaimed SSSS (released in 2012). The new album, MG, sees Martin Gore further develop his love, passion and respect for electronic music. In a recent interview, Martin described the creation of the album : “I wanted to keep the music very electronic, very filmic and give it an almost sci-fi like quality”.
Mew - + - Mew - + -
New CD: $13.98
Danish indie-prog-rock/noisemeisters Mew, following a somewhat extended hiatus, announces its long-awaited new album, the band's first in six years, " +- " (as in "plus minus"). The album is set for an April 28, 2015 North American release (Play It Again Sam), and features the band's original line up - Jonas Bjerre (vocals), Bo Madsen (guitar), Johan Wohlert (bass), and Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen (drums). With this new release, Mew continues its penchant for enigmatic album titles. Their previous outing in 2009, "No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry They Washed Away//No More Stories, The World is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away," revelled in ambition. " +- " will be available as a 10-track CD, deluxe double CD, a double vinyl album, and digitally through all normal outlets.
The Weepies - Sirens The Weepies - Sirens
New CD: $13.98
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.
Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb
New CD: $13.92
Cherry Bomb, the highly anticipated new album from Tyler, The Creator, will be released in physical format on April 28, 2015. Tyler, The Creator is the leader and co-founder of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future, and he has rapped on and produced songs for nearly every Odd Future release to date. His debut album Bastard, was released in December of 2009, followed by Goblin in April 2011. His third album Wolf, was released to critical acclaim in April of 2013, and debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Top 200. There are 5 different covers available for this release. Covers are shipped out randomly.
Millencolin - True Brew Millencolin - True Brew
New CD: $17.98
Swedish skate-punk quartet Millencolin return with their first album in seven years, True Brew. Titled to reflect the tight bonds and egalitarian politics that have kept the original band lineup in place for over 20 years, True Brew is a return to the punk roots that inspired the band’s formation. “Since we started the band we have tried with every new record to explore new ground,” vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic offers. “If the other albums were going further away from where we once were, this one is digging deeper right down in the core of the kind of punk rock the once got us started.”
Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde
New CD: $13.99
Describing the album's direction, Zac told Rolling Stone earlier this year that it will have "things that people will expect and things that they don't." "Homegrown" the band's highest chart debut, which is bulleted at #10 on country radio this week has earned massive fan support and early praise for its "rock feel" (Country Weekly) and "intricately arranged vocal harmonies" (Billboard); "Dress Blues", written by Jason Isbell, is a somber and stirring tribute to members of the military who have been killed in service; and "Heavy Is the Head", which features Chris Cornell, the multi Grammy winning singer/songwriter and legendary front man for pioneering rock bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, makes its world premiere this Friday, March 6th on iHeartRadio's Mainstream and Active Rock station. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles.
Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost)
New CD: $9.98
The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost is the first part of the 3rd Joker Card in the second Deck of the Dark Carnival Saga by Insane Clown Posse.
Tyler Farr - Suffer In Peace Tyler Farr - Suffer In Peace
New CD: $9.96
Suffer in Peace is the Missouri native’s sophomore album and sharing the production duties are Jim Catino and Julian King; both of whom produced Farr’s debut album Redneck Crazy which released in 2013 and landed at #2 on the Country Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.
Ryan Adams - I Do Not Feel Like Being Good / How Much Light [Limited Edition Vinyl Single] Ryan Adams - I Do Not Feel Like Being Good / How Much Light [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
New Vinyl: $5.98
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique De Film Imagine Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique De Film Imagine
New CD: $16.98
Musique de film imaginé (music for film imagined) is a soundtrack that pays homage to the great European film directors of the late '50s and '60s, such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard (to name but two), created by Anton Newcombe on behalf of The Brian Jonestown Massacre for an imaginary French film. Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of western rock and roll, The Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990.
Josh Groban - Stages Josh Groban - Stages
New CD: $18.98
Songs from The World's Greatest Musicals: The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables, Into The Woods A Chorus Line, Carousel, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard Of Oz and many more. Special Guests: Kelly Clarkson, Chris Botti
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - 35th Anniversary Tour [w/DVD] Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - 35th Anniversary Tour [w/DVD]
New CD: $18.98
The personal and professional partnership of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo is one of classic rock’s great love stories. Now, the two of them are celebrating their life together with their 35th anniversary tour. To coincide with the tour, the duo are releasing a CD/DVD compilation, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: The 35th Anniversary Tour, that contains 14 of their biggest hits.
Raekwon - Fly International Luxurious Art Raekwon - Fly International Luxurious Art
New CD: $11.98
7th studio release from the legendary MC and memeber of Wutang Clan! Features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, French Montana and more!
Everclear - Black Is The New Black Everclear - Black Is The New Black
New CD: $13.98
Bombastic, hard-driving, generation-spanning rock n’ roll with instantly memorable, sharp-as-hell hooks propel Everclear’s new studio album, Black Is The New Black. Muscular but melodic, this is the sound of a band driven and united by singular, intense purpose. At an average of three-minutes each, the songs rip forward with palpable swagger, supercharged by a mix of autobiographical exorcism and narrative storytelling, from the gut and throat of Everclear’s singer, guitarist, co-founder and songwriter - Art Alexakis. Black Is The New Black is a diverse and timeless sounding collection, without ballads and without nostalgia. This is a heavy guitar record.
George Fitzgerald - Fading Love George Fitzgerald - Fading Love
New CD: $13.98
Fading Love is George Fitzgerald’s long-awaited debut album. His full length debut establishes an exciting new chapter for the acclaimed British producer and DJ, marking an expansion out from his blistering mainroom sets across Europe and the UK, and into the realm of songwriter / producer alongside peers such as Caribou, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet.
Michael Angelo - Michael Angelo Michael Angelo - Michael Angelo
New CD: $12.98
Michael Angelo, the coveted self-titled LP by Missouri-based singer/songwriter Michael Angelo Nigro, is a dreamy snapshot of folk-rock and light psychedelia. Filled with arresting lyrical imagery and Beatles-esque vocals, Michael Angelo has long been considered a heavy hitter in the realm of out-of-time vinyl treasures. Anthology Recordings is honored to present the first fully-authorized reissue of this 1977 rarity.
Braids - Deep In This Iris Braids - Deep In This Iris
New CD: $13.99
Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date - powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.
Paul de Jong - If Paul de Jong - If
New CD: $13.99   $11.99
Paul de Jong is best known as the cofounder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the beloved, defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, to much acclaim, de Jong delivers his first solo album, IF.
Jesse Cook - One World Jesse Cook - One World
New CD: $16.98
With the release of One World, Jesse Cook is ready to return with a vengeance. Jesse has spent the past 2 years touring North America in support of his PBS Television Pledge Concert film Jesse Cook Live In Concert. This PBS Pledge Drive film has played on over 80% of the PBS stations in the country including such major markets as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle, Denver, Miami, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.
Jackson Scott - Sunshine Redux Jackson Scott - Sunshine Redux
New CD: $13.99
Out of the modern musical abyss comes Jackson Scott, a 22-year-old artist living in Asheville, NC. Finding pure metaphysical euphoria within the depths of cassette recorders and guitar pedals, he enjoys the simple things in life such as playing music with friends and falling into existential voids. After touring extensively for his debut album Melbourne in 2013, Jackson returned home to record an album that he could listen to in absolutely any negative or positive state of mind. His second album Sunshine Redux is a translation of this paradoxical psyche, a kaleidoscope of sounds ranging from 60 s flower power to 90 s hip-hop production techniques. Veering from nihilistic punk rock explosions to gentle sonic nightmares, it is his most cohesive musical undertaking yet.
Shit Robot - Where It's At (feat. Reggie Watts) [Vinyl Single] Shit Robot - Where It's At (feat. Reggie Watts) [Vinyl Single]
New Vinyl: $10.99
Shit Robot and DFA are psyched to release "Where It's At" another collaboration with the singer/comedian/television star Reggie Watts. Reggie Watts' vocal performance runs the gamut of Chicago dance music history - from the gloom and melodrama of iconic label Wax Trax, to the jubilant choruses of Frankie Knuckles' house anthems. But let's not de-emphasize the solid instrumentation provided by Mr. Marcus 'Shit Robot' Lambkin - we've got that classic DFA bassline, claps, and bleeps and bloops aplenty - mixed and manipulated by none other than our own James Murphy. The flip features a remix by London producer Johnny Aux, who turns the track into a staticy, stripped down, raw Deep House banger, with hissing glimmers of icy cymbals peeking through the smog.
Matthew West - Live Forever Matthew West - Live Forever
New CD: $13.95
Coming off of the fastest-selling album of his career, Matthew West is back with the all new album Live Forever. Featuring the hit, 'Day One,' the new album will be available April 28th. Matthew West s discography includes the acclaimed releases Happy - 2003, History - 2005, Something to Say - 2008 and The Story of Your Life 2010. His latest album Into The Light was inspired by over 10,000 fan-written stories. The album released on September 25, 2012, and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Also receiving a GRAMMY nomination for songwriting in 2013, his vast writing credits include Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant and Mandisa along with acts like Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus and Diamond Rio.
Nai Harvest - Hairball Nai Harvest - Hairball
New CD: $10.98
Hairball, produced by Bob Cooper (Citizen), is a record that defines where Nai Harvest are right now. A pair of best friends who have found their sound on their own terms after two years of near relentless touring that has taken them to the other side of the world and back. Racing through 80's and 90's influenced indie rock, Hairball continues on the theme of their last EP and single releases, only letting up to take sharp turns into hazy garage-punk and feedback-laden grunge.
Sam Cohen - Cool It Sam Cohen - Cool It
New CD: $12.98
A whirling dervish of psychedelic power pop, pitchfork has called his work willfully chaotic and highly refined. Paste has dubbed it a sonic tapestry. Introducing: Sam Cohen.
Olivia Chaney - The Longest River Olivia Chaney - The Longest River
New CD: $13.98
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney makes her album debut with The Longest River, available April 28 on Nonesuch Records. Chaney, a recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards double nominee, co-produced the album at the legendary RAK Studios in London with Leo Abrahams (guitarist, film composer, and Brian Eno collaborator). The record was engineered by esteemed veteran Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Sandy Denny) and includes Chaney's longtime collaborators, musicians Oliver Coates, Jordan Hunt, and Leo Taylor.
Alex Calder - Mold Boy [Limited Edition Vinyl] Alex Calder - Mold Boy [Limited Edition Vinyl]
New Vinyl: $19.98
After the recent release of debut LP Strange Dreams, Alex Calder is sharing a collection of tracks he has quietly released over the past few years as Mold Boy. This collection finds Calder veering more into experimental territory while retaining the garage-psych elements of his current work. Do not miss the chance to delve further into the hazy world of Alex Calder. Limited to 700
The Leisure Society - The Fine Art Of Hanging On The Leisure Society - The Fine Art Of Hanging On
New CD: $13.98
The Leisure Society is an English folk band formed by Nick Hemming and The Fine Art Of Hanging On is their fourth album. Alongside an audible new creative peak, tied together by a distinct theme, the band's acclaimed prior trademarks are still present - namely Hemming's intensely personal and honest lyrics which adorn the band's warm, timeless blend of grandiose pop and folk.
Wordsmith - Apt. 507 Wordsmith - Apt. 507
New CD: $9.98
Timeshares - Already Dead Timeshares - Already Dead
New CD: $11.98
Timeshares is a band from 'downstate NY' (which means mostly Long Island and one guy that lives in Philly). Since 2009 they have grown steadily within the Fest-punk community. Already Dead (out 4/28), sounds like a mix of Lucero, Old 97s and Hot Water Music. Scruffy, singalong punk rock. Vinyl is standard weight, translucent root beer brown. Download card included.
Heather Maloney - Making Me Break Heather Maloney - Making Me Break
New CD: $16.98
Heather Maloney is an American singer-songwriter who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney's talent with No Depression raving "Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking... while Blurt Magazine wrote "Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I ve heard in some time."
Chris Stapleton - When The Stars Come Out - Single Chris Stapleton - When The Stars Come Out - Single
New Digital: $1.29
A Thousand Horses - Sunday Morning - Single A Thousand Horses - Sunday Morning - Single
New Digital: $1.29
Sean Rowe - Her Songs Sean Rowe - Her Songs
New CD: $9.98
holychild - Money All Around - Single holychild - Money All Around - Single
New Digital: $1.29
Helloween - Battle's Won - Single Helloween - Battle's Won - Single
New Digital: $1.79
Nekrogoblikon - Full Body Xplosion - Single Nekrogoblikon - Full Body Xplosion - Single
Yotam Haber - Yotam Haber: Torus - Chamber Music Yotam Haber - Yotam Haber: Torus - Chamber Music
New CD: $14.99
Internationally renowned composer Yotam Habers debut CD features five diverse vocal and instrumental masterworks spanning 2007-14. Torus, is a string quartet inspired by modernist sculpture; the viola and piano duet From the Book of Maintenance and Sustenance is based on Italian-Jewish chant; We Were All and One Leaving Brooklyn engage in very different ways with recent poetry; and Last Skin, for eight electric quarter-tone violins, reworks material from We Were All. Mr. Haber, whose music the New Yorker critic Alex Ross hailed as deeply haunting, was named by the Los Angeles Times as one the five classical musician 2014 Faces to Watch, and was chosen as one of the 30 composers under 40 by Orpheus Chamber Orchestras Project 440.
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Movie Releases 04-28-15

Inherent Vice [Movie] - Inherent Vice Inherent Vice [Movie] - Inherent Vice
New Blu-Ray: $35.99
Paul Thomas Anderson adapts Thomas Pynchon's celebrated detective novel in this Annapurna Pictures production. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry "Doc" Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye at the tail end of the psychedelic '60s who investigates a kidnapping case involving his old flame Shasta Fay Hepworth Katherine Waterston and her missing sugar daddy Mickey Wolfmann Eric Roberts, a powerful real-estate mogul. In the course of his investigation Doc butts heads with Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen Josh Brolin, a part-time actor with a palpable distain for the free-love generation, and a reputation for committing civil-rights violations. Later, as clues to Wolfmann's disappearance begin to suggest a conspiracy involving the FBI and a mysterious underworld syndicate known as the Golden Fang, Doc seeks the help of his lawyer Sauncho Smilax, Esq. Benicio Del Toro and Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball Reese Witherspoon.
The Wedding Ringer [Movie] - The Wedding Ringer The Wedding Ringer [Movie] - The Wedding Ringer
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
The Gambler [Movie] - The Gambler The Gambler [Movie] - The Gambler
New Blu-Ray: $39.99
In this remake of the James Caan 1974 vehicle The Gambler, an English professor (Mark Wahlberg) who is also a compulsive gambler finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money. Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a lecturer reeling from the death of his beloved grandfather (George Kennedy). His all-or-nothing personality gets him in debt for more than a quarter of a million dollars to the no-nonsense Mr. Lee (Alvin Ing), who runs an illegal gambling den. Jim attempts to play his way out of the hole by borrowing money from vicious criminal Neville Baraka (Michael Kenneth Williams), but his strategy backfires and leaves him owing the latter as well.
Paddington Bear - Paddington Paddington Bear - Paddington
New Blu-Ray: $39.99
Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined -until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.
Wolf Hall [TV Series] - Masterpiece: Wolf Hall Wolf Hall [TV Series] - Masterpiece: Wolf Hall
New Blu-Ray: $39.99
Follow the meteoric rise of a man who becomes King Henry VIII's closest advisor.Tony® Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel's best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies.
The Boy Next Door [Movie] - The Boy Next Door The Boy Next Door [Movie] - The Boy Next Door
New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.
Convoy [Movie] - Convoy Convoy [Movie] - Convoy
New Blu-Ray: $29.95
When the Western film, for many decades the staple of the American cinema, suffered a decline in the Seventies, a new sub-species helped fill the void the trucking epic. The great Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch) directed this action classic based on the runaway hit song, Convoy. Martin 'Rubber Duck' Penwald (Kris Kristofferson, Vigilante Force) who, in pursuance of a feud with Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace (Ernest Borgnine, Marty), unites scores of his fellow-drivers via Citizen Band radio into a gigantic mile-long convoy which, powered by pent-up frustrations and resentments as much as by diesel-fuel, rolls irresistibly along the Arizona highways towards the freedom of the Mexican border. The stellar cast includes Ali MacGraw (The Getaway), Seymour Cassel (Opening Night) and Burt Young (The Killer Elite) as Bobby 'Love Machine' 'Pig Pen'.
WWE - WWE: ECW Unreleased Vol. 3 WWE - WWE: ECW Unreleased Vol. 3
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
They're taking over! Join the voice of ECW, Joey Styles and The Blue World Order's Blue Meanie and Stevie Richards as they go through Extreme Championship Wrestling's hardcore history to bring you hidden gems that have never before been released on home video! Witness extreme matches and moments featuring ECW originals like Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Cactus Jack, The Sandman, Raven, Shane Douglas, The Dudley Boyz, and more! Relive the revolution and enter the land of the extreme at your own risk with ECW Unreleased Volume 3!
Spaceballs [Movie] - Spaceballs Spaceballs [Movie] - Spaceballs
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A space bum helps rescue a princess from an evil overlord with the help of a benevolent elder in this Star Wars send-up written and directed by Mel Brooks. Lone Starr Bill Pullman and his half-man, half-dog co-pilot, Barf the Mawg John Candy, are content to scour the galaxy living the easy life. But they reluctantly come to the rescue when Druish Princess Vespa Daphne Zuniga is threatened by the evil Lord Dark Helmet Rick Moranis, who wants to steal all of the air from her planet, Druidia. Trapped on a harsh desert world with Vespa and her robot chaperone, Dot Matrix voice of Joan Rivers, Lone Starr and Barf are helpless to prevent Helmet from kidnapping the girl. But assistance arrives in the form of Yogurt Brooks, a wizard who turns Lone Starr on to a mysterious power known as The Schwartz.
Accidental Love [Movie] - Accidental Love Accidental Love [Movie] - Accidental Love
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A waitress starts behaving strangely after she gets a nail stuck in her skull. Later, she falls for a dim-witted senator during a trip to Washington, D.C.
Le Silence De La Mer [Movie] - La Silence De La Mer [Criterion Collection] Le Silence De La Mer [Movie] - La Silence De La Mer [Criterion Collection]
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Le Silence de la Mer was based upon a popular wartime "underground" novel by Vercours. Most of the film is confined to the living room of a bourgeois French family. Howard Vernon plays Von Ebrennae, a cultured Nazi officer who is billeted in this household. As the residents stare at him in mute contempt, Von Ebrennae eloquently articulates his philosophy of life, which turns out to be pretty odious at times. Director Jean-Pierre Melville assembled La Silence de la Mer outside the established French film industry, using a non-union cast and crew and adapting the Vercours novel without securing the movie rights. Though it was much too verbose and cerebral for American viewers, the film proved most influential in shaping the future works of such directors as Robert Bresson and Alain Resnais.
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