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Album Review: Cass McCombs - "Mangy Love"

Album Review: Cass McCombs - "Mangy Love"

By Ian Bremner

Cass McCombs has been doing this a long time. He knows what he’s doing and he does not sit still. The Bay Area artist has been pumping out albums for a decade. He is an outstanding guitar player and songwriter, yet his style is always changing. His debut for Anti Records, Mangy Love, may be his best. Summer and Fall 2016 have been so good to us as music consumers.

Cass McCombs dropped Mangy Love in the middle of Frank Ocean hype and Angel Olsen’s instant-classic My Woman, but it deserves to be up there with both of those records. In this harshly political season, perhaps we can all listen to the words of McCombs and an album like Mangy Love. His wit and wry lyrics hit even deeper than normal and touch on everything including racist government, misogyny, California porn industry. Everything. It’s not a protest record or anything of the like, because you have to listen hard to pick up certain vibes, but that is never a chore on Mangy Love.

The music surrounding the messages is plain beautiful so it could be easy to get lost. Swirling guitars, horns flirting with soul tunes join blues and folk rock with a hint of '80s, but sometimes all at the same time, making it difficult to pin down, but very easy to enjoy.

Cass McCombs is always on TOUR!

Check out more music news & reviews at Ian's blog, OldRookie.com!

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Win Tickets To Drive-By Truckers!

Win Tickets To Drive-By Truckers!

Hot Damn! The Drive-By Truckers are gonna stop the truck at the Showbox on 9/29 just long enough to set the stage...but once they up there, they'll be flooring it like they always do! They're here to pump the release of their fine new album, American Band, which will drop the day after the show! Wanna go? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Filthy And Fried" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/28. Good luck!

Need a sure thing? Buy tickets here!

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Ten Bands One Cause 2016

Ten Bands One Cause 2016

Ten Bands One Cause

This week Ten Bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the third year for the initiative that helped raise $65,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from the disease at the age of 43 in 1989.

This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Anthrax, The Black Keys, Courtney Barnett, Ed Sheeran, Jim Breuer & The Loud & Rowdy, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, Pixies and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The releases are available for purchase starting this week, and proceeds will sponsor Gilda's Club NYC.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE ALBUMS

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Attention Vinyl Hounds! Register To Sell At The KEXP Record Fair!

Attention Vinyl Hounds! Register To Sell At The KEXP Record Fair!

The KEXP Record Fair will take place on October 22nd at KEXP's New Home! We're currently seeking vinyl enthusiasts to rent a table and run your own record shop for a day, with no cut taken off sales and without dealing with shipping and handling. Just a day of record nerds meeting, talking, and wheeling and dealing with fellow record nerds! Beyond just a record fair, there will be an all-day celebration of the vinyl format on KEXP, with DJs broadcasting in the gathering space, and KEXP DJ Kevin Cole will have some special guests joining him on-air. Numero Group, Sub Pop, Light In The Attic, and Ten Club will all be there as well...how 'bout you?? Check the guidelines below and contact Matt Vaughan by next Wednesday (9/28) if you wish to join in the fun! All ages event. Free to the public.

* Must have at least 600+ records (boxed or crated)
* Records must be priced
* 8’ table provided
* $75 dealer fee
* Point of sale (Square or cash only)
* 45’s are more than acceptable.
* Consider bringing own handtruck (very limited number available at event) 

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry In-Store October 20th!

In March 2016, singers Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station with the hope of reconnecting with the culture of American railroad travel and the songs it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track, the pair recorded songs while the train paused to pick up passengers. In waiting rooms and at the track side in St. Louis, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Alpine, El Paso and Tucson, they set up their recording equipment, performing classic railroad songs while keeping one eye on the train, bounding back aboard just before pulling out for the next town. After four days crossing the country, they pulled into Los Angeles at 4:30am, recording their final song in Union Station at dawn, just as the first birds began to sing. The resulting album, Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad, takes listeners along on that journey and is out now on Cooking Vinyl Records. The album features the perfectly matched voices of Bragg & Henry and captures the varied atmospheres and environments in which they recorded—from the close proximity of soft-furnished sleeping cars to cathedral-like ambience of waiting halls built to hold thousands of passengers. Containing thirteen songs originally recorded by legendary singers such as Lead Belly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and more, the album reveals an often forgotten but integral part of America’s musical heritage.

Join us for a very special in-store with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Thursday, October 20th at 8pm. Buy Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad at our West Seattle store to get a wristband guaranteeing entry to the event. Signing will follow performance.

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