Featured New Releases
Last week we offered up our staff picks for the first day of Bumbershoot - Friday, September 1st (links here and here). Now that you've got all the hot tips from us, we're gonna up the game and offer up a pair of free Bumbershoot passes for Friday! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Bumbershoot Friday!" and please include the top 5 performers you want to see during the entire festival AND your first & last name in the body of the e-mail. Winner must be able to pick up passes at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 8/29. Good luck!
The man with the golden voice, Mark Lanegan, will likely be putting the spotlight on songs from his new album, Gargoyle, when he and his band rock the Showbox on August 24th! Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Beehive" and please include first & last names with entry. This is a 21-and-over show. We'll draw a winner on 8/23. Good luck!
Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!
CASPAR BABYPANTS - Jump For Joy! - Aurora Elephant
Jump For Joy! is the 13th album from Seattle family entertainer Caspar Babypants, Caspar is also known as Chris Ballew from the rock and roll band the Presidents of the United States of America. This album is a delightful mix of traditional songs that have been updated by Caspar ("Froggie Went A Courtin'," "Where Oh Where?," "Ten Little Piggies" to name a few) and sweet silly originals ("Free Couch," "I Feel Better," "Blackberry Pie," "Pushy The Tug" to name a few more). Just another amazing, funny, entertaining album from Caspar Babypants!
GRIZZLY BEAR - Painted Ruins - RCA
Grizzly Bear releases their highly anticipated fifth full-length album Painted Ruins following up their 2012 commercial breakthrough Shields. The band spent the better part of two years writing and recording the eleven new compositions featured on Painted Ruins with the entire album produced by Grizzly Bear's own Chris Taylor.
STEVEN WILSON - To The Bone - Caroline
Steven Wilson releases To The Bone, his expansive, brilliant fifth album, via Caroline International. It is the follow-up to 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase. (one of Rolling Stone's best albums of 2015). A gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK s biggest underground artist, To The Bone is Steven Wilson's hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel's So, Talk Talk's Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears' Seeds of Love). The album is also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone Colored Vinyl.
SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records
Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written "Is It Too Much," to close out the ten-song set.
NECK DEEP - The Peace And The Panic - Hopeless Records
2017 release from the Welsh pop punk band. The album is the follow-up to their 2015 album Life's Not Out To Get You. In an interview, singer Ben Barlow was asked about the story behind the album, and he responded: "The Peace And The Panic is about how we've grown up and experienced life in the last couple of years. When we were writing Life's Not Out To Get You, we were going through a period of uninterrupted happiness. We were super content, but as that album came out, life changed for us. Over the two years we've toured that record, so much has happened that I've re-evaluated what life is about and questioned whether just having a positive outlook is enough." Neck Deep's sound has been described as a combination of Blink - 182, New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, Green Day and the Descendents. Vocalist Ben Barlow has stated A Day to Remember as a massive influence on the band. Fall Out Boy and Sum 41 have also been cited as influences.
INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD] - Capitol
Interpol's critically acclaimed third studio album Our Love To Admire is released for the first time on heavyweight 2LP to commemorate its 10-year anniversary. Produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro), the remastered album includes the singles “The Heinrich Maneuver” and “Mammoth”. The gatefold packaging includes custom inner sleeves, a custom mini-jacket and a previously unreleased DVD recording of their 2007 performance at London Astoria.
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.
Bumbershoot 2017 is almost here! Seattle's biggest and bestest music & arts festival takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 1-3) at the Seattle Center with hundreds of performances to keep you busy - and happy! Need some tips on who to see and what to do? We're here to help! We've asked our staff and special friends for recommendations for the hottest and the coolest at Bumbershoot and we'll be posting them up until the festival commences! Below are a few hot tips from Oli Moseley (ESR Bumbershoot crew), Ian Bremner (ESR Social Media Specialist), and Rod Moody (ESR Online Manager).
Get full lineup information - and buy passes - at Bumbershoot.com!
*** Please note that set times/stages have not yet been announced.
Jorja Smith - Friday - Oli's Pick
Who: 20-year-old British singer currently supporting Bruno Mars on his massive U.S. tour. From Wikipedia: Jorja's influences range from Mos Def to Lauryn Hill to The Streets. Her music combines storytelling and commentary on social and personal issues.
Latest Album: Project 11 (EP); her debut LP is due in 2018.
What "They" Say:
"Up against a world in which R&B singers have become cannon fodder, Smith is clearly nobody’s beautiful little fool. She is already a versatile, fully formed creative, and some of the songs she sings on this humid night in July will make up the most hotly anticipated UK debut album of 2018. You just feel sorry for anyone running against her for any prizes next year." - The Guardian
Filthy Friends - Friday - Rod's Pick
Who: Bonafide NW supergroup featuring Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, Thee Sgt Major III, etc), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project).
Style: Power pop with a kool '90s vibe.
Latest Album: Invitation (Kill Rock Stars, out 8/25)
What "They" Say:
"A press release describes the LP as a 'collection that works through a flurry of different moods and styles, genre exercises and joyous experiments.' There are nods to Television, '60s downer vibes and rootsy mumblings,' and even a little glam rock for good measure." - Consequence Of Sound
Chicano Batman - Friday - Ian's Pick
Who: Afrobeat Brazilian pop rockers
Style: See above
Latest Album: Freedom Is Free (ATO)
What Ian Says:
"After teaming with New York soul producer Leon Michels (The Arcs, Sharon Jones, Lee Fields), their Spanish soul got a dose of east coast flavor. The band still very much exudes the California cool confidence and South American sounds." - Ian Bremner, Easy Street Online/OldRookie.com
Seattle rapper/producer Grieves is dropping his new full-length, Running Wild, on Rhymesayers on August 25th and Easy Street is kickstarting the celebration with a free & all-ages street date in-store 8/25 at 7pm! Signing session will follow performance.
We expect this party to be BUSY, so we encourage you to pre-order Running Wild on CD or Vinyl from us at Easy Street Online or at our store in West Seattle to guarantee entry. Customers who pre-order can pick up the album at the event (in-store pickup only; we won't ship pre-orders).
On Running Wild, Grieves teamed up with Swedish producer Chords. Together, the two have produced a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines, all accented by soulful keys, horns, or guitars. Whether dark and moody or upbeat and jazzy, Grieves navigates and complements the soundscape, penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional, to fun and carefree.
Music Releases 08-18-17
Movie Releases 08-18-17
Guardians Of The Galaxy [Movie] - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2|
New Blu-Ray: $29.99
Alien [Movie] - Alien: Covenant|
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
The Walking Dead [TV Series] - The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season|
New Blu-Ray: $80.99
Evil Dead [Movie] - Ash Vs Evil Dead: Season 2|
New Blu-Ray: $39.99
Supergirl [TV Series] - Supergirl: The Complete Second Season|
New Blu-Ray: $54.98
Brooklyn Nine-Nine [TV Series] - Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Four|
New DVD: $39.98
Steven Wilson - To The Bone [Blu-ray Audio]|
New Blu-Ray: $17.99