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Buy $5 Tickets At Easy Street To La Luz's Record Release Show!

Buy $5 Tickets At Easy Street To La Luz's Record Release Show!

We're super excited for the 8/7 arrival of La Luz's sophomore release, Weirdo Shrine (produced by Ty Segall)! The all-ages record release party for this momentous occasion takes place at the Showbox on that very same night (8/7) and we are selling tickets at the store for only FIVE BUCKS with NO SURCHARGE! Get 'em while they last, cuz they won't last too long! Here's a couple of songs from Weirdo Shrine to whet your appetite....

"You Disappear"

"Don't Wanna Be Anywhere"

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Win Tickets To High On Fire At Neumos!

Win Tickets To High On Fire At Neumos!

Oakland metal gods High On Fire will be torching up Neumos with special guests Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus on August 5th! Enter to win a pair of hot tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Luminiferous" (the title of their latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/3. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Sam Smith At The Gorge!

Enter To Win Tickets To Sam Smith At The Gorge!

British pop sensation Sam Smith will be bringing his brand of blue-eyed soul to the Gorge on August 8th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Stay With Me" and please include first & last name with entry. Please note that the winner must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 8/5. Good luck!

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Win Signed Mas Ysa "Seraph" Test Pressing!

Win Signed Mas Ysa "Seraph" Test Pressing!

Pitchfork accurately describes Mas Ysa's modus operandi as "aerobic '80s synth-pop reshot in HD, overlain by vocals that are confrontational in either a hypothermic quaver or a full-chested bellow. [Thomas] Arsenault shuttles between these two poles during his major-label debut Seraph, though it never seems as if he's trying to skew one way or the other. Therein lies its appeal, the way it feels both exhausting and unplanned, one guy speaking his truth directly and on impulse." Yas Msa is the psuedonym of Canadian electro-singer-songwriter Thomas Arselnaut, who has been wowing crowds since his 2014 breakthrough SXSW performance. He's recently gotten into the habit of blowing away the fans of bands that he opens for, which could translate into headline status next time 'round. Mas Ysa's debut, Seraph, dropped this week and we've got a signed test pressing of it to test out on YOU! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Seraph" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Album Review: Jason Isbell - "Something More Than Free"

Album Review: Jason Isbell - "Something More Than Free"

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By Andrew Lee
7/27/15

If music were clothing then Jason Isbell’s latest album would be like one of those favorite shirts. You know, the one you reach for more than the others, the one that fits right and feels good - the one that doesn’t go out of style. Something More Than Free is a comfortable, well-made album that deserves some heavy rotation in the playlists of singer-songwriter appreciators everywhere.

Opening track “If It Takes a Lifetime” would not sound too out of place on a late 70’s Kenny Rogers album - and if you don’t think that’s a compliment then I don’t know what to do with you. “Hudson Commodore” could have been a hit for Eagles in their heyday. “Speed Trap Town” evokes the best of Nebraska-era Springsteen.

Don’t put this one on to rock out. Don’t put this one on to dance. Put this album on to think and reflect and question, to come to terms and plan and move forward somehow. This music is good for staying up late, driving around, learning lyrics and singing along. There’s a lot of acoustic, mid-tempo shuffling stuff and the electric guitar flavors are used sparingly but to great effect on songs like “24 Frames,” "Children of Children,” and “Palmetto Rose.”

A strong sense of memory and character and story abounds on these songs, and there’s plenty of conflict and regret, but there’s also a feeling of purpose and potential for good. Isbell asks questions (“The Life You Chose”) and he offers answers (“24 Frames”) and he sings about work like the grown-ass man that he is (“If It Takes a Lifetime,” “Something More than Free”). Recently my 12-year-old nephew declared that I didn’t like the same kind of music he did because he was into “singer-songwriter.” He offered 17-year-old internet discovery Shawn Mendes as an example of a singer-songwriter he was into. I’ve got nothing against Shawn Mendes, nephew, but hopefully someday you’ll learn to think of someone like Jason Isbell instead, because Something More Than Free is what real man singing and songwriting is all about.

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Music Releases 07-31-15

Albert Hammond, Jr. - Momentary Masters Albert Hammond, Jr. - Momentary Masters
New CD: $11.98
New solo album from The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters is his third solo effort and the follow-up to 2008′s ¿Cómo Te Llama? LP and the 2013 EP AHJ. The 10-track album was produced by Gus Oberg and is Hammond’s first release via Vagrant Records. The album also features musicians Mon Khmer and Bleachers on guitar.
Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul
New CD: $13.99   $11.99
Water For Your Soul is a culmination in Joss Stone's travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul had been written and demoed before Joss's Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a 10 day frenzy, with strings being recorded in London, percussion in Hawaii and Joss pulling it together at her own Home Grown Studios in Devon.
Led Zeppelin - Presence: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD] Led Zeppelin - Presence: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD]
New CD: $19.98
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like Nobody s Fault But Mine and Achilles Last Stand and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.
Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD] Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD]
New CD: $19.98
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are Fool In The Rain and All My Love, two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.
Led Zeppelin - Coda: Remastered Deluxe Edition [3CD] Led Zeppelin - Coda: Remastered Deluxe Edition [3CD]
New CD: $24.98
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.
Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
New CD: $15.98
The Most Lamentable Tragedy [hereafter TMLT] is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] and the band’s debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release on July 31, 2015, as a double CD and triple LP. The central narrative of TMLT (“a work of fiction,” claims singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles) concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair.
Migos - Yrn Tha Album Migos - Yrn Tha Album
New CD: $13.98
YRN Tha Album is the debut studio album from hip­hop trio Migos. One of the most highly­anticipated rap debuts of the year, the record will feature production from long­time collaborator Zaytoven, DJ Mustard, TM88, Honorable C Note and more. The lead single, "One Time", is currently climbing up the radio charts while the official video has garnered over 4.6 million views on YouTube.
Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now
New CD: $10.99
Benjamin Clementine, the acclaimed London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and pianist will release his stunning debut album, At Least For Now, on July 31st in the US. Clementine has packed a lot into his 26 years: heartbreak, homelessness, and reinvention all came before reaching cult status in Paris and eventually receiving the Best New Act honors at 2015 s Les Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards. Raised in a strict religious household in the tough Edmonton section of London, Benjamin started to teach himself the keyboard at age 11, stumbling upon classical rather than contemporary pop; a sparse piano solo by Erik Satie in particular transformed the way he played. At 16 years old, in a rare moment of permitted TV watching, he caught New York avant-gardists Antony and the Johnsons performing the disarmingly naked Hope There s Someone on the BBC. I was confused, scared...it was another world, says Clementine. When it finished, I went back upstairs to my piano and started playing chords.
Suis La Lune - Distance / Closure [Vinyl] Suis La Lune - Distance / Closure [Vinyl]
New Vinyl: $15.98
After going on a three year hiatus, Suis La Lune is back with their darkest release yet. Suis La Lune have been heralded for their own flavour of classic (late-90s) style screamo by combining post-rock-esque instrumentation and tender melodies with passionately frantic vocals and lyrics.
Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Found) Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Found)
New CD: $9.98
Mr. Sun - The People Need Light Mr. Sun - The People Need Light
New CD: $16.98
Mr. Sun is a new collaboration between four of American string band music s most prolific virtuosos. Spearheaded by legendary fiddler Darol Anger (Turtle Island String Quartet/Montreux), the members of Mr. Sun span three generations and create a sound that draws from bluegrass, jazz and contemporary classical themes.
Rock Candy Funk Party - Groove Is King [CD/DVD Combo] Rock Candy Funk Party - Groove Is King [CD/DVD Combo]
New CD: $17.98
2nd studio album includes Bonus DVD with over 50 minutes of footage; RCFP is Joe Bonamassa, Tal Bergman, Renato Neto, Mike Merritt, Ron DeJesus, & Daniel Sadownick
Gatherers - Quiet World Gatherers - Quiet World
New CD: $13.98
Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods
New CD: $15.98
Natalie Imbruglia - Male Natalie Imbruglia - Male
New CD: $11.96
Three-time Grammy nominee, songwriter, actor and model, Natalie Imbruglia announces her highly anticipated new album Male. The lead track, Instant Crush , was originally recorded by the electro-pop Grammy winners Daft Punk. The song was written by the duo s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, along with The Strokes Julian Casablancas who also sang on the original track.
Lianne La Havas - Blood Lianne La Havas - Blood
New CD: $13.98
When touring for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? came to a close, Lianne La Havas headed to Jamaica with her mother for a long-awaited holiday that evolved into an experience of self-discovery. She enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston's clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Exploring her roots inspired La Havas's writing. Lyrically, she says, the songs she wrote are almost all related to "the feeling of who you are and where you come from." And musically, La Havas took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. McGregor ultimately joined in the making of Blood along with a rich collection of others, including Adele/FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and Matt Hales of Aqualung.
Teenage Time Killers - Greatest Hits Vol.1 Teenage Time Killers - Greatest Hits Vol.1
New CD: $12.98
The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades.
Knuckle Puck - Copacetic Knuckle Puck - Copacetic
New CD: $12.98
The first full length album from Knuckle Puck
Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines
New CD: $15.98
Canadian rockers Finger Eleven are set to release their seventh studio album, and first in five years. The writing took place over a two and a half year period that saw the band experimenting with a variety of musical styles. Once the songs were ready the Juno-Award winning band headed south to Nashville to work with producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson). Immediate, urgent and unfiltered, Five Crooked Lines expresses the exultant spirit of rock and roll.
Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin' Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'
New CD: $13.98
Not quite country, Americana, folk, singer-songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano’s exquisite and expansive new album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, due July 31 on New West Records, is pieces of each, but ultimately the work of a singular mind. Already hailed by Rolling Stone, the 11 new self-produced and largely self-performed songs “lead their baritone-voiced creator down a path filled with countrypolitan crooning, honky-tonk heartache and mid-century melodrama.” When no label could encapsulate his myriad creative threads and styles, Romano created his own: Mosey. In the two years since his critically acclaimed third full-length, Come Cry With Me, Romano has toured North America and Europe extensively, supporting and collaborating with a wide spectrum of artists from Old Crow Medicine Show, Wanda Jackson, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Caitlin Rose. In 2015, Romano again hits the road, touring globally, carrying the low, lonesome sound of Mosey with him.
Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper
New CD: $14.98
With eleven music videos that have each garnered more than 1 million views (over 39 million in total), multiple sold-out gigs and confirmed festival plays – all of which has been done independently – Philly-born Hip-Hop YouTube sensation Lil Dicky’s road to his debut LP release is one that most new artists dream of walking. With jet-propulsion momentum behind him, including praise from the likes of The New York Times, BET, HipHopDX, MTV, Billboard, and many others, Lil Dicky has set a date for his highly anticipated debut, ‘Professional Rapper.’ The self-released full-length studio LP will be available on July 31st and will feature the previously released cuts “Lemme Freak,” “White Crime,” and the recent “Classic Male Pregame."
Xandria - Fire & Ashes EP Xandria - Fire & Ashes EP
New CD: $9.98
Following the release of the universally praised studio album "Sacrificium" and the successful debut of charismatic vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen, the new EP "Fire & Ashes“ rises like a phoenix. With full symphonic force three brand new songs and two special remakes of all time XANDRIA favorites “Ravenheart” (Ravenheart, 2004) and “Now & Forever” (India, 2005) showcase the band at their very best. On top of that the band recorded two exclusive cover songs including “Don`t Say A Word” (Sonata Arctica) and “I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)“ (Meat Loaf). Both are recorded perfectly with emotional sweeping arrangements, crowned by the breathtaking voice of Dianne.
Year Of The Goat - The Unspeakable Year Of The Goat - The Unspeakable
New CD: $16.98
"Year Of The Goat invite us to celebrate their second full length album The Unspeakable which is chock full of conjuring tone and with sinister knells. The Swedes indulge in occult doom rock full of blackened heart's blood and elegiac melody lines that will haunt your dreams. Featuring painfully beautiful guitar work and Hammond infusions build the foundation for Thomas Sabbathi's forceful vocals and merge true 70s spirit with a pure ritual for the masses. The Unspeakable goes one step further than its predecessor Angels' Necropolis (2012) and offers airy, proggy tunes taking turns with epic darkness: captivating, unique, majestic!"
Russkaja - Peace, Love & Russian Roll Russkaja - Peace, Love & Russian Roll
New CD: $13.98
New release by RUSSKAJA.
Art Pepper - 3-In-1 Value Pack [3LP Colored Vinyl] Art Pepper - 3-In-1 Value Pack [3LP Colored Vinyl]
New Vinyl: $31.98
When Omnivore Recordings issued Art Pepper’s Neon Art: Volumes One, Two, and Three in 2012, both the jazz and vinyl worlds were ecstatic. The reception and demand brought CD and Digital versions in 2015, but it is the vinyl versions that are coveted by jazz and LP fans. Omnivore Recordings is proud to offer these three titles in at an incredible price. This is a chance for jazz and Art Pepper fans to pick up the series at an unprecedented savings, savor these stellar live recordings from 1981, and enjoy them both aurally and visually. It’s a be-bopping, beautiful thing.
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Movie Releases 07-31-15

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