Featured New Releases
British experimental indie band Django Django recently released their sophomore full-length, Born Under Saturn, including a super sweet deluxe double-vinyl gatefold edition on orange and black wax (only 500 made)! Enter to win a copy of the vinyl by e-mailing us with the subject line "Born Under Saturn" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!
Minnesotan pop quartet Hippo Campus have wasted no time stirring up the hive - NME recently nominated them "Buzz Band Of The Week," their debut EP is featured on NPR's The Current station, and they're supporting Modest Mouse on a July UK jaunt, followed by appearances at both the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. Not bad for a band together for a little over a year. We've got a signed copy of the EP, Bashful Creatures, ready to give away, if you're curious to hear what the fuss is all about! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hippo Campus" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!
Chinook Fest Summit is a three-day music and arts festival taking place July 10th-12th at Snoqualmie Summit. Performers include Allen Stone, Star Anna, X Ambassadors (whose new album, VHS, dropped this week), The Maldives, Vaudeville Etiquette, and many more (see the full lineup here). Enter to win a pair of tickets to the festival by e-mailing us with the subject line "Chinook Fest" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/8. Winner must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!
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By Andrew Lee
Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve listened to Leon Bridges' new album, Coming Home, several times now and I’ve come to the following conclusions:
- Leon Bridges is a pretty smooth dude. His vocal phrasings are nicely toasted to the low burning embers of the music - no marshmallows catch fire on this album if you know what I mean - and I was continually left wanting s’more of Leon's sound. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing - maybe Leon is a little too nicely toasted at times. Maybe it would be nice to hear him really let loose and catch fire - he certainly has the voice for it. Perhaps he lets things hang out a little more in his live shows - some artists are great on record but even better live.
- I like soul. I need more of it in my life and in my music collection. I go through life with a damper on my feelings most of the time and it can be liberating to listen to a honey-throated heartbreaker sing it with feeling (whatever “it” may be). If I was a singer I think I’d want to be the soulful kind who could sing those “Baby, baby, baby’s” and “Whoa girl’s" like Leon, in a way to make the ladies lean forward and listen.
- “Coming Home” is far and away the best song on the album, which is probably why it is the title track and why it was also the demo song that got him significant radio airplay and attention from major labels, leading to a deal with Columbia. Unfortunately, “Coming Home” is also the first track on the album, which could make it a downhill trip from there for some listeners. I’m here to tell you to hang in there and keep listening. “Better Man,” “Smooth Sailin’,” "Lisa Sawyer,” “Pull Away,” and “River” are also standout tracks that deserve attention. Leon’s music has what I call “instant atmosphere” and by virtue of his velvety vocals and smooth, retro style he can make any room and any person in that room feel instantly cooler with the sound of any of the tracks on this album.
- I’ve seen names like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye written in connection with Leon’s. I hear the similarities, though his voice doesn’t have the same kind of grit or power or passion of any of these, but of course not and so what? He’s awfully close, but I don’t really want him to be any of these guys anyway. I want him to be himself, and on the strength of this, his debut album in what surely could be a long and successful career, he is succeeding wildly at doing just that.
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - The Monsanto Years - Reprise
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real have joined forces and released a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years via Reprise Records. For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).
REFUSED - Freedom - Epitaph
Refused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998, just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. "Refused Are Fucking Dead!" became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track "New Noise" only to find their new heroes disbanded. Refused are fucking alive! After a 2012 invitation to reform for the Coachella festival, Refused followed its first shows in 15 years with a triumphant tour, as every kid who had discovered them after death came out to see them reborn. Freedom is the first album in almost 20 years, on Epitaph/Burning Heart, the label that released The Shape of Punk to Come all those years ago.
JOY WILLIAMS - Venus - Sony
Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies. On Venus she changes all that. No longer content to just conjure the antique grace of some mythic, bygone world, Williams was intent to actually pierce the veil of metaphor and an imagined history and tell a more honest, human story of one woman's journey out of darkness.
SENSES FAIL - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart - Pure Noise
Pull The Thorns From Your Heart is the intense & brutally honest 6th album from boundary-pushing New Jersey punk outfit Senses Fail.
GOOD OLD WAR - Broken Into Better Shape - Nettwerk Records
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring alongside a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlile and Dr. Dog.
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.
Music Releases 06-29-15
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - The Monsanto Years [w/DVD]|
New CD: $19.99 $16.99
Neil Young + Promise of the Real have joined forces and will release a new studio album, entitled The Monsanto Years, on June 29th via Reprise Records. For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion).
Refused - Freedom|
New CD: $17.99 $15.99
Refused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998, just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. Refused Are Fucking Dead! became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track New Noise only to find their new heroes disbanded.
Joy Williams - Venus|
New CD: $13.99 $11.99
Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies.
Senses Fail - Pull The Thorns From Your Heart|
New CD: $10.99
Intense & brutally honest 6th album from boundary-pushing New Jersey punk outfit
Vince Staples - Summertime '06|
New CD: $17.99
Long Beach, Cali rapper Vince Staples debuted his seven-song EP, HELL CAN WAIT late last year. The release of HELL CAN WAIT followed Vince s 3-week, 13-city Paisley Summer Tour headlining stint, which wrapped up at Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas. Vince has contributed tracks to dozens of today s hottest artists, including Earl Sweatshirt s first and second album to Dilated Peoples Directors Of Photography to Jhené Aiko s The Vapors (on her Sail Out debut, the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history) and Common s latest album, Nobody s Smiling, on his single Kingdom, performed live by Common with Vince at his side on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards.
Good Old War - Broken Into Better Shape|
New CD: $12.99
Good Old War release their fourth studio album and first on Nettwerk Records, Broken Into Better Shape. Produced by Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton), and featuring lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” it follows critically acclaimed Come Back As Rain, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers, and led to national TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! & Conan. Good Old War has earned the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base thanks to their captivating live shows touring along side a diverse group of artists including Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlisle and Dr. Dog.
Failure - The Heart Is A Monster|
New CD: $13.99 $11.99
'Thematically we ve moved from the outer space of Fantastic Planet to inner space', said guitar/bass player Greg Edwards of Failure's new album, the band's first full-length since 1996, The Heart Is A Monster. 'From the dislocation of one's identity to the complete erasing of it by sleep and dreams. I think we've used instrumentation in the service of mood and emotion to an even greater degree than on our previous records'.
X Ambassadors - VHS|
New CD: $10.99
Growing up in small-town upstate New York, frontman Sam Harris, his brother Casey, and childhood friend Noah Feldshuh bonded over an obsessive love for punk, rock & roll, soul, and hip-hop that defied the conventions of their peer group. X Ambassadors will release their debut album VHS June 30rd on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records and produced by GRAMMY-winner Alex Da Kid. X Ambassadors have spent the last two years on the road in support of their two EP releases - Love Songs Drug Songs EP and The Reason EP. They shared the bill with Imagine Dragons, Panic! At The Disco, Lights, Jimmy Eat World, performed at festivals such as Firefly Festival, Made in America and Lollapalooza and headlined two tours of the U.S., including the Into The Jungle tour which followed the success of their single Jungle.
Jb & The Moonshine Band - Mixtape|
New CD: $12.98
East Texas Country Outfit JB & The Moonshine Band was born in 2009 when singer/songwriter JB Patterson decided to give up on his advertising career and start a band. When JB coordinated and open call audition in Tyler, TX, only three people showed up. He might have been disappointed in the lack of response, but when he heard them play, he realized that he couldn't have hand-picked a better band himself. The four became JB & The Moonshine Band, comprised of drummer Gabe Guevara, guitarist Hayden McMullen, bassist Chris Flores, and lead singer JB Patterson on banjo and guitar. They immediately threw together a PA, rented a UHaul van, and started taking gigs throughout east Texas.
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places|
New CD: $13.98
Found in Far Away Places is the seventh studio album by American melodic metalcore band August Burns Red. Featuring the singe "The Wake".
Self Defense Family - Heaven Is Earth|
New CD: $9.99
Self Defense Family are one of the most prolific Punk bands out there today. Through countless releases and as many musical contributors (they have had more than ten active members at any given time), the collective has grown in both sound and vision. “Heaven Is Earth” was recorded at four classic indie/punk studios by a diverse group of engineers: Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser, etc), Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge, etc), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr, etc), and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile, etc). Each engineer leaving their own distinct audio fingerprint on the collection of songs.
Bitter End - Illusions of Dominance|
New CD: $9.98
"Illusions of Dominance" is the monstrous new album from Bitter End, produced by Nick Jett (Terror, Piece By Piece). Thematically the album takes on the subject of mankind s fragility in the face of nature s overwhelming and unescapable power.
Miguel - Wildheart|
New CD: $11.96
Grammy Award winning recording artist Miguel has confirmed his highly anticipated new studio album, WILDHEART, to be released this summer on ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records. WILDHEART is the long awaited follow up to Miguel's 2012 critically acclaimed sophomore release, KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM, which spent 20 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
WIN WIN - Primaries [Vinyl]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
WIN WIN is the name that binds Alex Epton, Chris Devlin, and Ryan Sciaino, the close-knit Sunset Park, Brooklyn trio that at every step further defies classification. Known for its wildly eclectic first two records, WIN WIN now gets set to release its most imaginative work to date. Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, the WIN WIN three unleashes the first single of its third era: "Couch Paranoia" pulses with impulse, an elastic krautrock pattern anchoring the otherworldly call-and-response of robots, a soft grooved modulation of fine detail.
Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile...Back in the Lab|
New CD: $12.99 $10.99
While it s a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group s diligent commitment to live music provides some insight into their loyal fan base and unique creative metamorphosis throughout their existence. As Apparent by their latest studio album Meanwhile...Back at the Lab the Ocean Beach, California-based group led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty has also found the same passionate dedication to their studio craft, holing up between tours in their own San Diego recording studio and record label complex. The balance of a prolific touring regimen between albums has helped to refine the tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid s trademark sound and eight studio album catalogue, as well as their live shows.
Tina Turner - Private Dancer: 30th Anniversary Edition|
New CD: $24.99
To celebrate a 30 year milestone we are releasing an extra special Anniversary Edition. This edition compiles the remastered album and a second disc which features Ball Of Confusion (That s What The World Is Today) (with B.E.F.), recorded with Martin Ware from Heaven 17, and which lead to him producing the lead single from Private Dancer, Let's Stay Together. It also features 12" mixes and b-sides as well as three non-album singles, including the duet with Bryan Adams It's Only Love.
Pete Townshend - Truancy: The Very Best Of Pete Townshend|
New CD: $13.99
Truancy was remastered at Abbey Road Studios, features new liner notes, an introduction to the two new songs by Townshend and highlights from nine key Townshend albums including the singles - 'Rough Boys,' 'Let My Love Open The Door,' 'Face Dances (Pt. 2),' 'English Boy' and 'Face The Face.'
Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory|
New CD: $10.99
Nine years since the last full length from The Velvet Teen and the band has written what could arguably be their best record yet. All Is Illusory was mixed by Steve Choi of the RX Bandits exemplifies the bands use of driving guitars, exceptionally technical drumming and lyrics by Judah Nagler that will make the listener question reality.
Dew-Scented - Intermination|
New CD: $13.98
Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth|
New CD: $13.98
Easton Corbin - About To Get Real|
New CD: $10.99
Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin will release his third studio album, About to Get Real, on June 30. Corbin teamed up with the same producer from his first two successful albums, Carson Chamberlain, for About to Get Real which will include 11 tracks overall. When deciding on an album title, About to Get Real just says it all for me, shares Corbin. When country fans listen to this album, I want them to take away that even though the music mixes the modern with the classic, it s entirely real. Like the music of my heroes, it s the real deal.
LA Priest - Inji|
New CD: $13.99
Inji is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA Priest. Across its ten audaciously imaginative tracks Inji reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying the same eclectic and absurd spirit of his previous band, the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and composition. From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of "Oino" to "Learning To Love", the record's gargantuan prog-house centrepiece, Inji confounds and delights in equal measure and at every turn. For fans of: Tame Impala, Daft Punk, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
311 - Archive|
New CD: $59.99
Thy Art Is Murder - Holy War|
New CD: $15.98
Aranda - Not The Same|
New CD: $9.98
Movie Releases 06-29-15
The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [SBD]|
New Blu-Ray: $19.99
Eagle Vision's SD Blu-ray range presents upscale standard definition original material with DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM stereo sound for the best possible quality. The Who's 1982 tour, which was all in North America apart from two warm-up dates at the Birmingham NEC in England, was their last to feature Kenney Jones on drums and they wouldn't tour again until 1989. The tour promoted the recent 'It's Hard' album, which had been released in June 1982, and the set list included a number of tracks from that album, some of which the band would only play live on this tour. This concert film features the show from the second of their two nights at New York's Shea Stadium and was filmed on October 13th 1982. Although a couple of tracks have appeared on compilations, this is the first official release of the full show and features restored footage and newly mixed sound.
Get Hard [Movie] - Get Hard|
New Blu-Ray: $35.99
When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James' one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to 'get hard' and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
While We're Young [Movie] - While We're Young|
New Blu-Ray: $24.99
Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the duo gravitate toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He's an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon, the older couple begin enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought. While We're Young screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Last Knights [Movie] - Last Knights|
New Blu-Ray: $19.99
A corrupt medieval emperor exploits his citizens and rules his kingdom with impunity. When the nobleman and mentor Bartok Morgan Freeman refuses to pay a bribe to one of the emperor's cronies, a death sentence is placed upon him. Bartok's loyal followers are lead by Raiden Clive Owen, a highly skilled warrior who is deeply affected by Bartok's murder. Raiden and his clan band together to fight back against the oppressive emperor in this medieval action thriller.
The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection [Movie] - The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection|
New Blu-Ray: $59.98
Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civilization was perceived as shocking and outrageous at the time of its original release in 1981 and its two follow-up films were no less extraordinary and revealing. Today, museums and educational institutions around the world present them as a historically significant works of art. Featuring some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time: Germs, Black Flag, X, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne, these riveting, unflinching and hard-core films adeptly captured the spirit of a major cultural phenomenon.
The Gunman [Movie] - The Gunman|
New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Sean Penn stars as a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD. He tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders [Movie] - Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders: Criterion Collection|
New Blu-Ray: $39.95
A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš (The Joke) is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave.
Five Easy Pieces [Movie] - Five Easy Pieces: Criterion Collection|
New Blu-Ray: $39.95
Following Jack Nicholson’s breakout supporting turn in Easy Rider, director Bob Rafelson (The King of Marvin Gardens) devised a powerful leading role for the new star in the searing character study Five Easy Pieces. Nicholson plays the now iconic cad Bobby Dupea, a shiftless thirtysomething oil rigger and former piano prodigy immune to any sense of responsibility, who returns to his upper-middle-class childhood home, blue-collar girlfriend (Nashville’s Karen Black, in an Oscar-nominated role) in tow, to see his estranged ailing father. Moving in its simplicity and gritty in its textures, Five Easy Pieces is a lasting example of early 1970s American alienation.