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New Release Round-Up 04-28-17

New Releases 28 Apr 2017

GORILLAZ - Humanz - Warner Bros.
Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P, and Remi Kabaka, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are - as always - joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle, and Kali Uchis, among others.


MARK LANEGAN - GargoyleMARK LANEGAN - Gargoyle - PIAS AmericaMARK LANEGAN - Gargoyle
Gargoyle follows the critically acclaimed Phantom Radio, which was released in 2014. The 10-track LP features guest appearances from longtime collaborators Josh Homme, Greg Dulli, and Duke Garwood. The album title comes from a lyric in "Blue Blue Sea" – "Gargoyle perched on gothic spire" – and was chosen for its hint of self-deprecation. "I’m most proud of the songs that are atypical to stuff that I’ve done in the past" says Mark Lanegan. "So I really like 'Old Swan,' because it’s an expression of positivity, which is completely anti-anything I’ve done before!" He laughs. "Y’know, I haven’t played this record for too many people yet. I played it for Greg Dulli, who played on some of it, and he was like, ‘Wow, I had to listen to it twice – it sounds like he’s having a good time…’"
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FEIST - Pleasure - Interscope Records
Six years after her last album Metals, the four-time Grammy nominee and eleven-time Juno award winner returns with a new album called Pleasure. "On Leslie Feist's fifth album, sparks of rock 'n' roll are balanced with simmering introspection across a collection of patient, lushly arranged songs." - Pitchfork


WILLIE NELSON - God's Problem Child - Sony Legacy
God's Problem Child is Willie's first album to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers in 2014. It includes 13 new songs, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album's title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell's very last recording). Closing the album is "He Won't Ever Be Gone," a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie's outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard.

MEW - VisualsMEW - Visuals - PIAS AmericaMEW - Visuals
Visuals marks the Danish dream pop outfit’s seventh overall following 2015’s + –. According to frontman Jonas Bjerre, the upcoming LP came together as a direct result of the touring the band did behind +-. “The live shows around that album saw us hit a creative peak, writing tracks on-the-road and the spark was lit,” he explained in a press release. “Breaking the normal cycle felt right and we wanted to make an album spontaneously retaining the energy we’d generated on that world tour, rather than wait the normal three or four years.”  Recorded and self-produced in less than 12 months in Copenhagen, Visuals is said to capture MEW at their “most concise, each song representing its own little chapter and narrative.”
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BNQT - BNQT Vol. 1 - Dualtone
Volume One is the new record from BNQT, a band that combines indie rock band Midlake with Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Jason Lytle (Granddaddy), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), and Fran Healy (Travis) on vocals.


MARY J. BLIGE - Strength Of A Woman - Capitol
"Strength of a Woman, the new album from Mary J. Blige, moves like a forest fire: ruthless, wide-ranging, blunt. The heat emanating off it is palpable. Ms. Blige has been scorned, is aggrieved and is dead-set on payback. No sensible person would want to be on the receiving end of this record. ... This album is an unburdening, though one that’s rarely enacted with such glee. Ms. Blige recently split from Kendu Isaacs, her longtime husband and manager, and has been sharing details in the media. It is an unfortunate and messy trauma. And yet. Ms. Blige is a virtuoso of suffering; few singers in recent decades have been as convincing in relating pain. And Strength of a Woman — her first album since the underappreciated London Sessions, in 2014 — is her most affecting and wounded album in several years." - New York Times

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On BlondeOLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde - SonyOLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde
The 14-track album, 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde, was recorded LIVE at the CMA Theater located inside the historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN in May 2016. "Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats," says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show. "By deciding to record his newly found rock n' roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of Country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak its banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger."
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West Seattle Junction Day Of Giving This Saturday!

The second annual Junction Day Of Giving takes place this Saturday, starting at 10am! Easy Street and other Junction businesses will team up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit a variety of important causes. All participants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the nonprofit of their choice. This year, Easy Street will donate 10% to the West Seattle Community Orchestras.

The West Seattle Community Orchestras is a nonprofit that provides a full symphony orchestral experience, with quality professional coaching (from Seattle Youth Symphony) and professional conductors, FREE for students K-12, but all ages are welcome. There is no opportunity like this in West Seattle for kids to get a full symphony orchestra experience at no cost. Donations are needed to pay for coaches, conductors, music, etc. and to keep it free for students. The quality of musicianship, coaching, conducting is top notch and the orchestras are unique in that they are mutli-generational. Each of WSCO's orchestras/ensembles put on 2 performances a year, the Symphony Orchestra (most advanced) puts on 3 per year, all for free for the community. For more info, please visit the WSCO website.

We invite you to join us in the Junction this Saturday for the Junction Day Of Giving!

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Win Tickets To Eighth Blackbird w/Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy)!

Win Tickets To Eighth Blackbird w/Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy)!

Four-time Grammy Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird featuring special guest Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy) will perform at The Neptune on May 4th! The centerpiece of their program is "Murder Ballades," a work by composer Bryce Dessner, best known for his work as the guitarist for the indie rock band The National.

Dessner writes: "When Eighth Blackbird asked me for a piece, I immediately knew what to do: let great American folk music inspire a great American new music ensemble. The 'murder ballad' has its roots in a European tradition, in which grisly details of bloody homicides are recounted through song. When this tradition came to America, it developed its own vernacular, with stories and songs being told and retold over the generations."

Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy), joins the ensemble for Frederic Rzewski's "Coming Together," inspired by a letter written by Sam Melville—convicted for bombing eight New York City buildings in 1969—months before the Attica prison riot that marked his death. Additionally, Eighth Blackbird will join Bonnie "Prince" Billy in several of his songs that he selected for the program.

Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Murder Ballades" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/3. Good luck!

Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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$50 Bumbershoot 3-Day Passes On Sale Noon Today At Easy Street! Limited Supply!

$50 Bumbershoot 3-Day Passes On Sale Noon Today At Easy Street! Limited Supply!

UPDATE: PASSES ARE SOLD OUT!!

Our pals at Bumbershoot are offering up a very limited number of seriously discounted 3-day passes that go on sale at Easy Street today at noon! Only 50 passes will be available, first come, first served. Only $50 for a 3-Day Pass. Limit one per customer & non-transferable. Proceeds go to benefit YouthCare. Bumbershoot will take place September 1-3 at the Seattle Center. Regularly priced Bumbershoot passes go on sale at 10am this Friday. Ready? Set? Go!!

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Enter To Win War On Drugs RSD Single!

Enter To Win War On Drugs RSD Single!

Our friends at WEA managed to score us a contest copy of the super limited The War On Drugs' Record Store Day 12" single, Thinking Of A Place, which we quickly sold out of on RSD itself. Thinking of A Place is the first NEW music from The War On Drugs since the release of their critically acclaimed album 2014 album, Lost In The Dream, and it's on 45 rpm-mastered vinyl. Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "War On Drugs!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within a month of notification. Good luck!

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