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"Ten Bands One Cause" Limited Pink Vinyl Releases Out NOW!

For the third year in a row, ten bands are reissuing their albums on limited edition pink vinyl to help raise money for cancer patients and their families. Thanks to the efforts of RED Distribution and support from YOU, the Ten Bands One Cause campaign has donated over $65,000 over the past two years to 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 roster includes The Black Keys, Courtney Barnett, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ed Sheeran, Pixies, Anthrax, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, and Jim Breuer And The Loud & Rowdy . These releases are out NOW and proceeds will sponsor Gilda's Club NYC.

You can find the full selection of Pink Vinyl Here

But that's not all! You can enter to win a pair of custom Skullcandy Gilda's Club NYC headphones by e-mailing us with the subject line "Ten Bands One Cause" 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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New Release Round-Up 09-30-16

PIXIES - Head Carrier

PIXIES - Head CarrierPIXIES - Head Carrier - Pixies Music/[PIAS]PIXIES - Head Carrier
For the first time since their very early days, the Pixies spent a total of six weeks in pre-production, writing, arranging and rehearsing a plethora of songs. Between the band's late-'80s/early '90s touring schedule and delivering an album once a year, there simply wasn't time for more than a day or so of fleshing out their music before recording started. "This was a wonderful luxury, for us to have the time to be able to really work these new songs out," said Pixies drummer David Lovering. 'By the time we started recording, we all knew the songs backwards and forwards, so it took half as long for us to make this album as it did to make 'Indie Cindy.'" In addition, the band officially welcome bassist Paz Lenchantin to the Pixies' permanent line-up. Lenchantin has been the band's touring bassist since January 2014, and played an integral part in the recording of Head Carrier. Her cool and dreamy soprano can be heard singing lead on the track 'All I Think About Now.'  The album is also available as an Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl + Slipmat package and on Limited Edition Pink Vinyl as part of the Ten Bands One Cause initiative.
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TEMPLE OF THE DOG - Temple Of The Dog (Remastered) - Interscope
UMe releases a Temple of the Dog reissue collection celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band's landmark, platinum certified album. Newly mixed by Brendan O'Brien, the reissue is currently available in three configurations - single CD, two-CD Deluxe Edition, and four-disc Super Deluxe version with 48 unreleased tracks and/or mixes. The 180-gram, 2LP vinyl edition of the original remastered with gatefold jacket, lenticular cover and download code is scheduled for release November 11th. Temple of the Dog will kick off their first-ever tour this November.

BON IVER - 22, A Million - Jagjaguwar
22 stands for Justin Vernon. The number’s recurrence in his life has become a meaningful pattern through encounter and recognition. A mile marker, a jersey number, a bill total. The reflection of '2' is his identity bound up in duality: the relationship he has with himself and the relationship he has with the rest of the world. A Million is the rest of that world: the millions of people who we will never know, the infinite and the endless, everything outside one’s self that makes you who you are. The other side of Justin’s duality is the thing that completes him and what he searches for. 22, A Million is thus part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. The ten songs of 22, A Million are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard coincidence. If 2011’s Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.

REGINA SPEKTOR - Remember Us To Life - Sire
Remember Us To Life is composed entirely of all new songs recently written by Regina Spektor, a change from past albums when she would record songs written throughout her career. Spektor gave birth to her first child in 2014 and she spent considerable time writing during and after her pregnancy. Says Spektor "I made more art and felt more inspired than I had in a long time." Spektor recorded with producer Leo Abrahams (David Byrne/Brian Eno, Frightened Rabbit, Paolo Nutini) in Los Angeles at The Village Studios. 

AUBRIE SELLERS - New City BluesAUBRIE SELLERS - New City Blues - Warner Bros.AUBRIE SELLERS - New City Blues
"With nary an acoustic guitar to be heard on her gritty and glorious debut LP, New City Blues, Sellers can definitely rock you out of your mind, while her sweeter side can melt even the hardest soul down to nothing. The daughter of songwriter-musician Jason Sellers and country-music treasure Lee Ann Womack, Sellers can't help sounding like her mom. But with hints of cynical darkness and aggressive splashes of straight-ahead rock — what she rightly terms "garage country" — this definitely ain't her mama's country music." - Rolling Stone
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BOB WEIR - Blue Mountain - Sony Legacy
Before he co-founded the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir spent a summer working and living on a ranch in Wyoming, sparking a lifelong fascination with the stories and songs of the American West. Blue Mountain, Weir's first solo album in over 10 years, brings his musical journey full circle. Working with producer Josh Kaufman, acclaimed songwriter Josh Ritter, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf, Blue Mountain is a moody, highly textured modern interpretation of Weir's unforgettable experience. In addition to a single CD configuration, Blue Mountain is also available as a stunning, high-quality 2LP set in a deluxe gatefold package and as Indie Exclusive Clear Vinyl.

JOHN PRINE - For Better, or WorseJOHN PRINE - For Better, or Worse - Oh BoyJOHN PRINE - For Better, or Worse
The follow up to John Prine's Grammy-winning record, In Spite of Ourselves, For Better, or Worse features duets with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Susan Tedeschi, Lee Ann Womack & more. “I’ve always been a sucker for a duet, you know?” says John Prine in his Chicago-infused Kentucky accent. “I always liked it on TV when two people that didn’t ordinarily sing together would do somethin’ like ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and ham it up, kinda jokin’ around with it.” He especially likes duets when they are sung by a couple. “A lot of character comes out when a man and a woman are singin’ back and forth—unless it’s one of those modern recordings when they haven’t even met each other and they’re both singin’ to tracks in the studio,” he says. For his new album, For Better, or Worse, his second collection of duets with female singers, they all came to him, in Nashville. “We did it live, starin’ in each other’s eyes,” says Prine. 
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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
S U R V I V E - RR7349
The Mowgli's - Where'd Your Weekend Go?
Eric Clapton - Live In San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale
Tor Miller - American English
Yellowcard - Yellowcard
Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing
Sully Erna - Hometown Life
Opeth - Sorceress [Indie Exclusive Low Price]
Jimi Hendrix - Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 (First Show)
Drive-By Truckers - American Band
BANKS - The Altar
Rituals Of Mine - Devoted
Oathbreaker - Rheia
Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
Sam Evian - Premium
Faint - Capsule:1999-2016
The Growlers - City Club
The Wytches - All Your Happy Life
Doyle Bramhall II - Rich Man
PARTYNEXTDOOR - Partynextdoor 3 (P3)
Herb Alpert - Human Nature


& More .....

Kings Of Leon - Waste a Moment / Muchacho [Indie Exclusive 10in Clear Vinyl]
Michael Buble - On An Evening In Roma (Sott'er Celo De Roma)





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.

 

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Enter To Win David Bowie "Who Can I Be Now" Vinyl Box!

Are you ready for this one? The new David Bowie box set, Who Can I Be Now 1974-1976, covers the "American" phase of his career on twelve CDs or thirteen vinyl LPs. It includes Diamond Dogs, David Live, David Live (2005 Mix), Station To Station, Station To Station (2005 Mix), the previously unreleased album The Gouster, Live Nassau Coliseum 1974, and the new compilation, Re:Call 2. We're giving away the vinyl box set of Who Can I Be Now to one very lucky winner, and a runner-up prize will also be given away, featuring a Bowie t-shirt, mousepad, slipmat, and poster! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Who Can I Be Now" and please include your first and last name and favorite Bowie song in your message. Winners must be able to pick up prizes in our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To DJ Shadow!

Win Tickets To DJ Shadow!

The amazing DJ Shadow is bringing his mad skillz to the Showbox SoDo on October 3rd, as he tours in support of his latest album, The Mountain Will Fall! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Mambo" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner this Friday. Good luck!

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Win A Test Pressing Of Jack White's "Acoustic Recordings"!

Jack White's latest album, Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, is a collection of 26 acoustic songs spanning his entire career - from White Stripes to the Raconteurs to White's solo smashes, Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Also included are unreleased tracks, remixes, b-sides, and alternate versions. We've got a rare test pressing of Acoustic Recordings ready for one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "I Want Jack!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Natural Child!

Enter To Win Tickets To Natural Child!

The legendary Leon Russell is quoted as saying the following about Nashville stoner-boogie-blues-rock band Natural Child on the band's Facebook page: "Back in the summer of '09, back when I met 'em, Wez and Zack were eatin' weed brownies and they realized they needed Seth in the band. Well, they decided therefore and then to start the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world - Natural Child. Probably known as much for what they say as what they do, they've earned a reputation for giving their audience the straight deal. Worldwide. They are currently in the process of buying Bill Wyman's bass amp from 1970. God bless 'em.” 

When Leon talks, you'd better listen. So...go grab their new album, Okey Dokey, from us, give it a few spins and then enter to win tickets to their October 4th show at the Tractor Tavern (21+) by e-mailing us with the subject line "Okey Dokey" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/2. Good luck!

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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!

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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!

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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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New Release Round-Up 09-23-16

BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY - Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY - Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad - Cooking Vinyl
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.

PASSENGER - Young As The Morning, Old As The SeaPASSENGER - Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea - Nettwerk RecordsPASSENGER - Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea
Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea is the eighth studio album from Mike Rosenberg, the Brighton-born singer/songwriter better known as Passenger. A prolific achievement for an artist who is still only just turned 30 last year. The album was recorded at a combination of Roundhead Studios in Auckland, a studio lovingly built from scratch by Neil Finn and back at Linear studios in Sydney.
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Chapter and Verse - Sony
Chapter and Verse is the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, Born To Run. Five of the album's eighteen tracks are previously unreleased. Springsteen selected the songs on Chapter and Verse to reflect the themes and sections of Born To Run. The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012's Wrecking Ball. The collected songs trace Springsteen's musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book, and is a must for any Bruce Springsteen fan.

WARPAINT - Heads Up - Rough Trade US
It’s easy to get the wrong impression about Warpaint. The band’s studio albums (including their most recent full-length, 2014’s Warpaint) have tended to emphasize moody atmospheres: gauzy keyboards, hypnotic harmonies and sinister grooves. In concert, however, the Los Angeles quartet pair this moodiness with bumped-up tempos and sinewy beats. The music’s no less dark—but it has an additional rhythmic urgency and tension that can be surprising. Of course, confounding expectations has been part of Warpaint’s m.o. since the band formed in 2004. And so when the band convened to make their third studio album, Heads Up, they shared a common goal: to make a faster, dance-oriented record. Mission accomplished.

DEVENDRA BANHART - Ape In Pink MarbleDEVENDRA BANHART - Ape In Pink Marble - NonesuchDEVENDRA BANHART - Ape In Pink Marble
Devendra Banhart's new album, Ape In Pink Marble, was written, produced, arranged, and recorded in Los Angeles by the singer / songwriter / guitarist with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, both of whom also worked on Banhart's most recent album, Mala (2013). 
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BOXED IN - MeltBOXED IN - Melt - Nettwerk RecordsBOXED IN - Melt
Following the critically acclaimed self-titled debut that NME said “will enhance your life," Boxed In releases Melt, which includes the single "Jist." Boxed In has garnered support from BBC Radio 1 and 6 and tastemaker LA radio station KCRW, who chose Boxed In as an “Artist You Should Know” for 2015. With comparisons to LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip, Boxed In is intellectual without being pretentious, wide-ranging yet accessible and will unite club and indie-rock crowds in a way so few can do.
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EVERY TIME I DIE - Low TeensEVERY TIME I DIE - Low Teens - EpitaphEVERY TIME I DIE - Low Teens
Buffalo's Every Time I Die have never been a typical hardcore act. The band have been forging their own musical and ideological path via their distinctive brand of aggressive music and unstoppable live shows. Those who have caught a show understand the powers of Keith Buckley (vocals), Andy Williams (guitar), Jordan Buckley (guitar), Daniel Davison (drums) and Steve Micciche (bass) onstage. Each performer is wildly different from the other, making each show experience truly unique. While entering their 18th year as a band, Every Time I Die continues to push the hardcore paradigm. With seven albums under their belt Every Time I Die continue to push themselves further into brighter territory as a legendary band. Fans can expect more of                                that with Low Teens
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BEACH SLANG - A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings - Polyvinyl Records
Less than a year after their debut full-length landed on year-end lists from the likes of AV Club, Paste, SPIN, and Noisey, and earned praise from sources as diverse as Pitchfork to People magazine, Beach Slang return with their sophomore album A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. Written and recorded in the midst of a relentless touring schedule that found the band selling out sweat-drenched shows across the U.S. and Europe, A Loud Bash is exactly what its title implies -- a raucous collection of shout-along punk rock anthems anchored by frontman James Alex's trademark heart-on-sleeve lyricism. Also available as an Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White Starburst and Reflex Blue Vinyl.

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Win Tickets To St. Paul & The Broken Bones!

Win Tickets To St. Paul & The Broken Bones!

Birmingham, Alabama, soul octet St. Paul & The Broken Bones are currently touring in support of their new album, Sea Of Noise, about which NPR enthused, "[It] lifts this Alabama eight-piece from its spot as the nation's best young party band into headier and more exciting territory, where insights matter more than mere imitation...this album's more sophisticated, streamlined song structures also place St. Paul in 2016, alongside the great old-school refurbishers at Daptone Records, the genre-blasting Alabama Shakes, and even pop stars like Bruno Mars."

St. Paul & the Broken Bones will be at the Paramount on September 24th. Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Sea Of Noise" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/23. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To The Monkees!

Enter To Win Tickets To The Monkees!

'60s TV/pop idols The Monkees recently released their first album in 20 years, Good Times!, a surprisingly strong effort featuring songwriting contributions by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab's Ben Gibbard and Oasis's Noel Gallagher, as well as some stellar tunes penned by the boys themselves. The Monkees are touring to celebrate Good Times! and the 50th anniversary of the band itself, and they'll be making a stop at the Moore on September 25th. Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Good Times!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/23. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Echo & The Bunnymen!

Win Tickets To Echo & The Bunnymen!

Legendary British post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen will be taking over the Moore on September 23rd! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Lips Like Sugar" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winner on 9/22. Good luck!

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Album Review: Angel Olsen - "My Woman"

Album Review: Angel Olsen - "My Woman"

By Ian Bremner

My Woman is out and Angel Olsen is heading on tour with a six-piece band (Seattle show is 2/18 at the Neptune). The number of band members may sound like overkill for anyone who associates Olsen with the lo-fi songwriting tendencies of her previous albums. Turns out, the only overkill is the "lo-fi" descriptor itself still being applied to her.

Though there are lo-fi elements from time to time, My Woman is so far beyond that. It's a gorgeous rock 'n' roll record, with layers that grow upon each listen. The first five tracks set the tone with a controlled, raucous feel. Electric guitar, synths, and drums fill the soundscape with Angel Olsen’s voice in full command throughout. The last five tracks slow it down and stretch it out.

Where the first two singles, "Intern" and "Shut Up Kiss Me," demonstrate the direction Olsen is taking, there is a noticeable shift in the album at "Heart-Shaped Face," the sixth track. My Woman plays like a classic A-Side/B-Side record. The A-Side ROCKKSS and the B-Side BURNNSS. By the time album standout, "Sister" comes around, Olsen’s voice is steady at the forefront, rolling over Crazy Horse-styled guitar solos. It’s an eerie, lonesome type of beauty best found in classic '70s albums. My Woman packs plenty of punch, but the two seven-minute burners ("Sister" and "Woman") stick out most without isolating themselves from the bunch.

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Win Tickets To Roosevelt At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Roosevelt At Barboza!

German electro singer-songwriter Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) is coming to Barboza on 9/22! He's new to us, but The Line Of Best Fit music blog describes his sound as "electronic pop you can file alongside Caribou and Toro Y Moi, an interpretation of dance music more akin to New Order than to four-to-the-floor beats, and with a melodic heart that makes you think that chillwave was more than some Pitchfork stage-managed confection, and might have a future as a genre." His self-titled album dropped in August and can be purchased here! In the meantime, wanna see the show for FREE?? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Roosevelt" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on Wednesday, 9/21. Good luck!

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Win Led Zeppelin's "The Complete BBC Sessions" On Vinyl!

Win Led Zeppelin's "The Complete BBC Sessions" On Vinyl!

Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. Today the band released The Complete BBC Sessions, an updated version of the collection that's been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969! We're giving away a five-LP vinyl box set of the release to one very lucky winner!

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Zeptember!" 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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Enter To Win A Pearl Jam Vinyl Prize Pack!

Twenty-one days ago, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Pearl Jam's legendary debut full-length, Ten, we launched our "25 Days Of Pearl Jam" tribute. Each day we have spotlighted a different PJ-related item from our archives on our social media channels and offered each one up for sale at the store. Today, we're gonna sweeten the pot by giving you the chance to win a Pearl Jam vinyl prize pack consisting of newly remastered versions of the Yield and No Code albums, plus each of the five 7" singles the band also released on 9/2 (Who You Are/Habit, Off He Goes/Dead Man, Given To Fly/Leatherman, Wishlist/Brain Of J, and Hail Hail/Black Red Yellow)! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "25 Days" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 9/20, the last day of our "25 Days of Pearl Jam" tribute! Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 09-16-16

New Releases Friday 16 September 2016


LED ZEPPELIN - The Complete BBC Sessions - Atlantic
Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. Now the band will unveil The Complete BBC Sessions, an updated version of the collection that's been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969. Available as a 3-CD Box Set, a 5-LP Box Set and a Super Deluxe 3-CD/5-LP Box Set.

DAWES - We're All Gonna Die - Hub Records
Dawes’ highly anticipated new album We're All Gonna Die is released via the band’s own HUB Records. Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it's not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.” The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes, Mandy Moore, Will Oldham, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. Also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow Marbled Vinyl.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY - Tidal Wave - Hopeless Records
"Most of the 12-track album is an ode to the old school pop punk that co-frontmen Adam Lazzara and John Nolan grew up listening to. With bands like The Ramones and Lagwagon etched into their surfboards, diehard pop-punkers can enthusiastically ride the churning ocean of 'Oi! Oi!'-style call-and-response vocals and breakneck beats found on the title track and 'In the Middle of it All.' But not-so-young emo kids looking to time warp back to their angsty youth won’t be able to hang ten with TBS anymore." - HeyReverb.com

DIE ANTWOORD - Mount Ninji & Da Nice Time Kid - Zef Records
In 2009 Die Antwoord (Translated From Afrikaans As "The Answer") burst onto the international scene out of the deep dark depths of South Africa. The rave rap duo of Ninja and ¥O-Landi Vi$$Er introduced Zef Culture into the pop culture lexicon, and pop culture hasn't been the same since. Early videos "Zefside" and "Enter The Ninja" racked up a combined 35 million views, the band's website crashed due to the influx of traffic, and no one has been able to look at Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon art the same way again. Their 2012 anthem "I Fink U Freeky" from their sophomore album Ten$Ion, currently has over 87 million YouTube views. Now Die Antwoord releases their third album, Mount Ninji & Da Nice Time Kid, and the video for "Banana Brain."

AGAINST ME! - Shape Shift With Me
"For more than 15 years, Against Me! has explored Laura Jane Grace’s private interactions with various political realities that annoy and exasperate her; going public as a transgender woman in 2012 opened the door to a fresh trove of such material for 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Having said so much on that record—and, perhaps, given how much others have said on issues of transgender rights and societal acceptance in recent years—it makes sense that Grace has eased off similar observations for Shape Shift With Me. As that title suggests, it’s a much more personal album, dealing largely with romance and other sticky matters of the heart." - The A.V. Club

PREOCCUPATIONS - Preoccupations
"It’s a somber tone with which to begin proceedings but Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) are an uncompromising band - from the outset, they’re only interested in realising their own vision, following their own individual path. They do say you only get one chance to make a first impression but here, on their second self-titled album, they’ve somehow rubbished the rules of one of the oldest proverbs around. Ripping up the rule book comes effortlessly to the Calgary punks, it seems. ... Preoccupations is not just a record of harsh bangs and explosive moments. It is equally a subtly nuanced album, with considered composition just as important a part of the process. The record ebbs and flows from one movement to the next with thoughtful progression. ... What will make us Brits jealous about this record is its pedigree is very much Factory Records, Wire, The Cure, The Fall and all things British but now the North Americans sell it back to us expertly." - The Line of Best Fit

AARON LEWIS - Sinner

AARON LEWIS - SinnerAARON LEWIS - Sinner - Dot RecordsAARON LEWIS - Sinner
Known for genuinely gritty lyrics and hard rock anthems, Aaron Lewis is getting back to his country roots with his first album on Dot Records entitled Sinner. Lewis comes out of the gate with both fists flying on the lead single "That Ain't Country," where he laments the current state of country, if you call it that, and pines for the sound of his honky-tonk heroes. The Bocephus-styled musicality and Lewis's accessible vocals showcase the pain, heartache and desperation, a bedrock of traditional country that is often missing from the airwaves today.
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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


Meat Loaf - Braver Than We Are
Usher - Hard II Love
Mac Miller - The Divine Feminine
Bad Suns - Disappear Here
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years
Willie Nelson - For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price
Lang Lang - New York Rhapsody
Young Guns - Echoes
Carrie Newcomer - The Beautiful Not Yet
AlunaGeorge - I Remember [LP]
The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin
Chinx - Legends Never Die
Keaton Henson - Kindly Now
The Handsome Family - Unseen
Mndsgn - Body Wash
Sumerlands - Sumerlands
Bobby Rush - Porcupine Meat
Kishi Bashi - Sonderlust
Kool Keith - Feature Magnetic


& More .....

The Mavericks - Harvest Moon
Truckfighters - Hawkshaw
Todd Snider - Enough Is Enough
John Prine - I'm Tellin' You (Feat. Holly Williams)
Ghost - Popestar EP




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.

 

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Enter To Win Tickets To Warpaint!

Enter To Win Tickets To Warpaint!

The fierce foursome called Warpaint is coming to the Showbox on September 19th in support of their forthcoming album, Heads Up (out 9/23)! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Heads Up" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/16. Good luck!

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Win Two Amazing Ramones Prize Packs!

We're celebrating the release of the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Ramones debut album by giving away a couple of fabulous prize packs! The grand prize is, of course, the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box featuring three CDs & one vinyl (details here), a newsprint poster, and a 12" x 9" double-sided print with photos by Danny Fields! The runner-up prize includes matching men's & women's Ramones tees, the 33 1/3 series book on this landmark release, a newsprint poster, the 12" x 9" double-sided print and more! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hey Ho Let's Go!" 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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Win Great Seats To Bonnie Raitt At Chateau Ste. Michelle!

Win Great Seats To Bonnie Raitt At Chateau Ste. Michelle!

The fabulous Bonnie Raitt is playing a sold out concert at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery on September 16th and we're giving away a pair of GREAT SEATS to the show! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dig In Deep" (the title of her latest album) and please include first and last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/13. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Tall Heights!

Win Tickets To Tall Heights!

Boston indie-folk band Tall Heights' major label debut, Neptune, is out now on CD, with vinyl coming at ya on 9/23! Tim Harrington & Paul White formed Tall Heights in 2010, and began busking the streets of Boston. Newly signed to Sony, the duo - whose close vocal harmonies bring to mind Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens - no longer have to hit the streets; instead they're on the road, with a stop in Seattle at the Sunset Tavern on 9/15! Enter to win a pair of free tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Neptune" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/13. Good luck!

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Oli's Bumbershoot 2016 Recap!


Molly Sides of Thunderpussy - Photo: Olivia Moseley

Check out our Bumbershoot photo galleries for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

By Olivia Moseley

My name is Olivia Moseley. I'm 17 years old and go to West Seattle High School. I have been writing about Bumbershoot for Easy Street for several years now. You may have also seen my article this past spring on Sasquatch! Music Festival. When I'm not writing for Easy Street I enjoy banging on the drums and binge watching KEXP performances on youtube. During the winter, I am a competitive big mountain skier which is awesome considering how much I get to travel and ski with friends! Music is a huge part of me and I love to share my perspective with others. I apologize in advance for the modest amount of bands covered in this article for I have no words to sum up the incredibility of some of the shows I saw. Every show I attended this year at Bumbershoot was just beyond belief. On that note I would like to shout out Thunderpussy for kicking ass per usual, and specifically thank vocalist Molly Sides for being such a sweetheart to say hi to me in the crowd at Tame Impala, when I was starstruck from being in her presence. Also shout out to my current obsession, Chastity Belt, whom I regrettably missed due to hectic crowds and blocked venues. Stop in and buy one of their CDs if you are inclined. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Anyway, here are a few of the bands that I was lucky enough to catch this past weekend. Enjoy!

Tracksuit Wedding

Rock 'n' roll meets gritty blues in Tracksuit Wedding's unique sound. From backup vocals to trumpet solos their sound is filled with attitude and soul. Their performance was stimulating and exciting so it was impossible not to dance. Soul is a genre of music that everyone can feel. Add in some metallic guitar riffs and you have a great mix to dance and headbang to!

Tyler, The Creator

From the former hip-hop group Odd Future, Tyler, The Creator is a force of nature amongst young people everywhere. Tyler, known for his bold personality and passion for pushing boundaries is more than just a rapper to his audience. He's an artist, an entertainer, and even an activist. He teaches people to have fun with life and take our stressors less seriously. We live in a fast-paced society and come across tons of things that offend us. Tyler brings that up a lot in his music, shining a light on the pettiness and irrelevance of these things that we let offend us. Tyler's music can be described as offensive itself, which is the irony about it. He is a walking, talking paradox with a unique view on society. A perplexing character, yes. But well worth listening to.

Grave And The Pink Slips

The Pink Slips are an L.A.-based synth-punk band fronted by 19-year-old vocalist Grace (Grave) McKagan, daughter of Guns 'N' Roses bassist, Duff McKagan. The up and coming group formed in 2013 under the influence of artists like Blondie and David Bowie. Grave, who grew up doing theater, was a passionate performer to begin with. Over time her stage skills have developed and her ability to entertain a crowd never seizes to fail. The young singer portrays a sassy and tough attitude on stage, making for a dynamic, high energy performance. This was one of my favorite performances of the weekend and hope to see them back in Seattle soon!

Lisa Prank

Punky, cute, and feminist are all words that describe Seattle's hipster icon Lisa Prank, who drew in quite the crowd today at the KEXP Bumbershoot stage. The performer, whose real name is Robin Edwards, wooed the crowd with her sentimental-yet-also-punk melodies. Edwards' songs are more downtempo than your average punk songs, but are still packed with a punch due to her honest and blunt lyrics.

So Pitted

I've recently heard great things about So Pitted, and to be honest I just really liked the name, so I decided to check them out. It turns out that that was one of the best decisions I made this weekend. SO PITTED F***ING RULES! The band is a very colorful collection of characters who make dark and high energy punk rock. What characters... The lead singer even reminds me a bit of a Beavis and Butthead character. They're so different in any aspect of what they do, and they own it because they're so consumed in the music. To someone who is unfamiliar with punk rock, So Pitted may be a little intimidating. They've got some tracks that bite. But I personally loved their energy and was so impressed at their stage presence. Oh jeez. I'm so glad I saw them.

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Seattle's Celebratory Bridge To Autumn: A Bumbershoot 2016 Recap

Check out our Bumbershoot photo galleries for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

By Ian Bremner

Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival is named after an umbrella. Although perhaps appropriately named, “Bumbershoot” is the celebratory bridge from summer to fall. The now slightly crisper air is filled with the sounds of bass reverb from neighboring stages, people chatting in line waiting for beer and the overall buzz of a city gathering. Though there is always a threat of precipitation in this town, not this time. The festival mostly stayed dry, on time, and was fueled with end-of-summer positive vibes.

From a fan’s perspective, the fest went off without a single hitch. The sets were full, yet easily maneuverable. Each stage had a different feel, yet all very “Seattle.” The Fisher Green stage was right out in front, playing to a green grassy hill. The Starbucks Stage was in front of the mural and under the watchful eye of the Space Needle directly behind it. The old-school Seattle-styled Memorial Stadium and Key Arena hosted the high profile acts with high profile production to boot.

Maybe because most of the young party people spent their time in the Key Arena for the electronic dance sets, but Bumbershoot had more of a down home feel than most big festivals. There were families with babies wearing headphones during Run the Jewels’ emotionally provocative set and older folks dancing along to Anderson.Paak, G-Eazy and Macklemore.

To be fair, age and/or child responsibilities were no excuses not to go see Anderson.Paak. His album, Malibu, will fall onto nearly all Top 10 lists of the year and his band’s live show has been gaining confidence and steam as they have been playing all over the world. From the absolute get-go as Anderson came shooting on stage solo, the energy was palpable. Two songs in, his band, The Free Nationals came in and played a hip hop set with punk rock feels. Loud guitar, bass, and front man bravado.

Margo Price held it down for the honky-tonkers. Her 6 o’clock set at the Mural was the perfect lighting and temperature for her sharp-tongued country tunes. Her record Midwest Farmer’s Daughter will certainly join Anderson.Paak on all of those lists.

Hometown genre-bending singer, Shaprece featured a local youth choir to help her showcase her upcoming album COALS, as the young singers joined her for nearly the entire set. She may reside in Los Angeles these days, but she loves her hometown and you can feel it.

Black Joe Lewis is part time soul crooner and part time garage rocker. He and his band, the Honeybears blend the two genres seamlessly with a lot of noise and fuzz. Anyone within earshot, which had to have covered a lot of ground, was drawn into the show.

The Vera stage had stand-up comedy all weekend from local and national comedians. Nick Thune may also live in Los Angeles, but certainly has not forgot his Northwest roots as he shared a story about being 1 of 2 “Notable Alumni” of Bellevue College despite not ever finishing a quarter.

Sunday night, as the festival was winding down, Tame Impala had just finished their incredible, mind-melding psychedelia set and the crowd was making its way home or to headliners Death Cab For Cutie. Walking back towards the main festival grounds, you could hear Billy Idol’s "White Wedding" coming from the Fisher Green Stage. Then you realize, that IS Billy Idol! Again, judging by the age-diverse crowd, Billy Idol wasn’t necessarily the artist expected, but it was good metaphor for the entire weekend. Bumbershoot 2016 was great music and arts across all genres, styles, and cultures with a few surprises sprinkled in.

Be sure to check out Ian Bremner's music blog, OldRookie.com!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Cold Cave!

Enter To Win Tickets To Cold Cave!

Wesley Eisold, the mastermind behind L.A. gothwave specialists Cold Cave, says its latest single, "The Idea Of Love" (out 9/9) is "Cold Cave at it’s most passionate, cool, punk and raw, recalling the early primitive recordings that made up the Cremations release, even using much of the same salvaged and battered thrift store equipment as used on those early recordings." Heavily influenced by New Order and The Cure, Cold Cave's 2011 release, Cherish The Light Years, divided fans by offering up glossy production and songs that "beg to be let loose in an arena." However, Eisold subsequently disowned the album and its surprising change of direction, telling Pitchfork that "at this point, that’s the Cold Cave that I can’t even stand to hear." So it will interesting to see what they will bring to the table when they land at Neumos on September 11th! Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Idea Of Love" and please include first & last name with entry. We will draw a winner on 9/9. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Dear Hunter!

Win Tickets To The Dear Hunter!

Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, The Dear Hunter is the brainchild of Casey Crescenzo, who in 2005 began writing a series of concept albums under the title of "Acts." According to the band's Wikipedia page, Crescenzo "expanded the scope of the project to a six-album story set at the dawn of the 20th century. The story revolved around the birth, life, and abrupt death of a boy known only as 'The Dear Hunter.' Crescenzo later remarked that the protagonist is 'not a hero at all. I do not think he does a single good thing or smart thing in any of the stories.' The latest installment is titled Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional, of which the Prog Report website noted:

"Crescenzo draws from a plethora of influences from The Beatles to ELO to Radiohead. It’s possible that calling this band and their sound Prog is a bit of a disservice. They are decidedly more modern sounding and less of a technical beast than the prototypical Prog group. At times, they sound more like an elaborate version of Death Cab for Cutie if they attempted a Prog Rock opera. Regardless, it all makes for something entirely different and spectacular."

Enter to win a pair of tickets to The Dear Hunter's September 10th show at Neumos by e-mailing us with the subject line "Acts" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/9. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Swans!

Win Tickets To Swans!

NOW is your opportunity to see and feel the intensity of a Swans performance! This is how UK music site The Quietus describes a recent performance by the veteran NYC-based band (founder Michael Gira is the only original member in the current configuration): 

"There are few experiences in life quite like witnessing Swans live. It's not just the volume, it's not just the searing, uninhibited and seemingly cathartic energy that is expelled by Gira over the course of their two-and-a-half hour sets. And it's not even their nearly peerless ability to take elements of the familiar and warp them into something wholly disturbing and occasionally abject, the way they harness some of the most basic elements of music – volume, repetition, etc. – and use them to shape something that exists as much as a symphony as it does as white noise. What makes the Swans experience is the, you might say, paradoxical nature of their being, that they're so utterly non-conformist and individual, and yet at the same time all about the creation of something communal, like a suicide cult of guitars, drums, dulcimers and gongs, willing you along with them into the deafening abyss."

Sound good? Then enter to win a pair of tickets to Swans' September 7th show at the Showbox by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Glowing Man" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/6. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 09-02-16

ANGEL OLSEN - My Woman

ANGEL OLSEN - My WomanANGEL OLSEN - My Woman - JagjaguwarANGEL OLSEN - My Woman
Anyone reckless enough to have typecast Angel Olsen according to 2013's Burn Your Fire For No Witness is in for a rethink with her third album, My Woman. The crunchier, blown-out production of the former is gone, but that fire is now burning wilder. Her disarming, timeless voice is even more front-and-center. Yet, the strange, raw power and slowly unspooling incantations of her previous efforts remain. The album is also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Purple Vinyl.
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HELMS ALEE - Stillicide - Sargent House Records
”This is one of the more sonically varied, genuinely arty metal albums you’re likely to listen to this year. Pulling in elements of sludge, post-rock, math-rock, noise, and plain old hard rock, there are changeups around every corner here, with the uniting factor being that everything is crushingly heavy. They hit so many beats here that it can be hard to keep track of: ‘Untoxicated’ is a shuddering noise/sludge stomp; the title track is an evil doom banger that takes a turn for the soaring and has a bit of an early Kylesa thing going on; ‘Galloping Mind Fuk’ actually made me laugh out loud with a Rage Against The Machine-style rap-rock passage; the verse section of ‘Bullygoat’ has a lovely, unsettling piece of melody that, call me insane, weirdly sounds kind of like Neko Case. In short, it’s really cool.” - Brooklyn Vegan

LISA PRANK - Adult Teen - Father/Daughter Records
Robin Edwards' Seattle-based solo project has gained a dedicated following thanks to her expert marriage of a bubbly sound and all-too-relatable lyrics. Following 2014's exceptional Crush on the World, Lisa Prank returns with a breezy but focused collection of meticulously crafted bedroom pop gems. Adult Teen, the project's new record, is dominated by bruised romanticism, introspective longing, and a palpable sense of desire, building a sound heavily influenced by 90s pop punk and the decade’s lighthearted culture. Robin Edwards performs all of the Lisa Prank songs live with an electric guitar and a Roland MC-505 drum machine, delivering memorable performances with ease. Thanks to that fact, Lisa Prank has become a project that's frequently celebrated among Edwards' peers, some of whom, including Bree McKenna and Emily Nokes of Tacocat, Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt, and Andrew Sullivan and Ian Dugas of The Trashies contributed performances to the record. Lisa Prank has shared the stage with bands like Waxahatchee, Tacocat, and Pony Time. She also contributed vocals on Childbirth's Women’s Rights album for Suicide Squeeze Records. Adult Teen was recorded and mixed by Eric Randall (Tacocat), mastered by Carl Sa, with artwork by Faye Orlove.

ELUVIUM - False Readings On - Omnivore Recordings
False Readings On is the new album from renowned experimental composer, Eluvium. Its creation was originally inspired by themes of cognitive dissonance in modern society. By its conclusion it had become a mirror rather than a magnifying glass, evolving into an hour-long meditation on self-doubt, anxiety, and separation from one's self. There is an emotional lucidity and melodic ingenuity to Eluvium's music that has made him increasingly stand out from the sea of ambient artists that his earlier albums no doubt helped inspire. Sounding like an orchestra ceaselessly performing even as it sinks beneath an ocean of distortions and tape noise - with the occasional operatic voice piercing the surface - False Readings On is assuredly the most daring, dynamic, and distinct album of his luminous career.

SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE AND JESSE PARIS SMITH FEAT. PATTI SMITH - Killer Road - Sacred Bones
2016 sound exploration of the tragic death of Nico (Velvet Underground) by the New York genre-bending music ensemble, featuring Patti Smith & her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, using the last poems written by Nico.

JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW - We Move - James Mahogany Books
James Vincent McMorrow's new LP, We Move, is his follow-up to 2013's acclaimed Post Tropical, marking a breathtaking and radical sonic shift for the Irish artist, in what is his most expansive, generous, and ambitious work to date. The 10-song collection features production from Nineteen85 (Drake, dvsn), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna), as well as mixing from the legendary Jimmy Douglass (Donny Hathaway, Timbaland).

PEARL JAM - Yield [Vinyl] - Sony Legacy
PEARL JAM - No Code [Vinyl] - Sony Legacy
Pearl Jam reissues Yield and No Code on 150-gram vinyl for the first time since their original release on the format. The albums are mastered specifically for vinyl by Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig and they feature re-creations of their original packaging. Additionally, the original singles from the albums are being released as 7' vinyl singles.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Seth Walker - Gotta Get Back
Chatham County Line - Autumn
Cristian Vogel - The Assistenz
Skye & Ross - Skye & Ross
Warhaus - We Fucked A Flame Into Being
Y La Bamba - Ojos Del Sol
Zomby - Ultra
Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers [Remastered]
The Moles - Tonight's Music
Yael Naim - Older
Chris Farren - Can't Die
The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say
Goblin Cock - Necronomidonkeykongimicon
Gene & Eddie - True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe At Ru-Jac

& More .....

Pearl Jam - Who You Are b/w Habit [Vinyl Single]
Pearl Jam - Hail Hail b/w Black Red Yellow [Vinyl Single]
Pearl Jam - Off He Goes b/w Dead Man [Vinyl Single]
Pearl Jam - Given To Fly b/w Pilate & Leatherman [Vinyl Single]
Pearl Jam - Wishlist b/w U & Brain Of J (Live) [Vinyl Single]
New Order - People On The High Line [Colored Vinyl Single]
Devin Townsend Project - Stormbending





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.

 

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More Easy Street Customer Bumbershoot Picks!

Thanks to all who participated in our Bumbershoot contest and congrats to our winners, Nathan, Jesse, Kevin, & Chris! As part of the contest we asked you to tell us the acts you were most excited about and more of your responses are listed below. Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for live coverage of Bumbershoot and be sure and check out our recaps and photos next week!

Check out the Bumbershoot schedule here! 

Download the Bumbershot Scheduling App here!

Here are some more customer picks...

Trever B. - Billy Idol, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Erik Blood, Beer Garden, Tame Impala

Dylan T. - Run The Jewels, Death Cab For Cutie, Ron Funches, Third Eye Blind, Chevy Metal

Shayann S. - Bryson Tiller, Fetty Wap, Halsey, Macklemore & Rayn Lewis, Flatbrush Zombies

Jess W. - Blind Boys Of Alabama, STAG, Chastity Belt, Reggie Watts, Tame Impala

Mark D. - So Pitted, Cosmos, Bob Moses, Joywave, Tokimonsta

Kiira N. - Explosions In The Sky, Andrew Bird, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lemolo

Dominic R. - Andrew Bird, Pretty Lights, The Front Bottoms, St. Lucia, Atlas Genius

Jim L. - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab For Cutie, YG, White Denim, Explosions In The Sky

Nathan C. (winner) - Father John Misty, Death Cab For Cutie, Tame Impala, Run The Jewels, Explosions In The Sky

Jesse C. (winner)

1. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels is definitely my top pick to see this year at Bumbershoot. I've never seen them live before. I love their records and love what Killer Mike's doing to empower the African-American community. 

2. Erik Blood - Erik Blood is another artist I've never seen live before, but highly respect. He's a Northwest icon and an incredible talent. His most recent video is possibly one of the best pieces of music video cinema I've ever seen. Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/149197991

3. Dude York - I am so happy for Peter and crew and all of their success. I caught them several years ago just as they were starting up. I would like to see how they've progressed over the past couple years live. 

4. Reggie Watts - LOVED Reggie on Comedy Bang Bang. Would be very excited to see what he's been up too. 

5. Shaprece  - I REALLY want to see what Shaprece has in store for a big performance. I think she's one of the most talented AND original artists coming out of the Northwest.

6. The Flavr Blue - I've never seen them perform live before, and curious how Hollis' stage presence is with the crew. I respect her drive would love to see the show. 

7. Flatbush Zombies - Caught Flatbush Zombies performance last year at Capitol Hill Block Party and was blown away. Their energy live is similar to punk shows I grew up going to. I also really dig their new album.

8. Deep Sea Diver - Jessica Dobson puts on a hell of a show live. Would love to see Deep Sea Diver perform again.

9. STAG - I am a sucker for power-pop and really enjoy how hard these guys play live. 

10. Thunderpussy - Because it's Thunderpussy, and they fuckin' ROCK. So damn awesome live.

Chris O. (winner) - 

1. Billy Idol (of course)
2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (got to support the locals!)
3. Death Cab (saw them at Deck the Hall Ball and they put on an amazing show)
4. G-Eazy (my stepdaughter is a fan and this would be a great way to do some bonding)
5. Dan Soder (dude is hilarious. So stoked he's performing this year)
6. Third Eye Blind (I was a teenager in the 90s, don't judge me lol)
7. Reggie Watts (really curious what his show would even be like)
8. Halsey (again, stepdaughter bonding time!)
9. SIFF Films!! (Love indie flicks and SIFF usually shows some great stuff)
10. Unknown (leaving this one semi blank. Isn't the point of Bumbershoot to find your way to a band you may have never heard otherwise? Get exposed to something new that may change your life musically.)

Kevin L. (winner)

Billy Idol, Billy Idol, Billy Idol, Billy Idol, Billy Idol

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Going To Bumbershoot? Don't Miss Flatstock!

If you've attended Bumbershoot in the past 12 years, it's quite likely you've ducked into The Armory at the Seattle Center to view and purchase some of the best gig posters in the world! Presented by the American Poster Institute (API), Bumbershoot, and KEXP, Flatstock will feature the world's top gig poster artists displaying, discussing, and selling their fantastic creations! It is truly one of the coolest events of the year. Not going to Bumbershoot? Well, you can still check out Flatstock, as the event will be free and open to the public on Monday, September 5th, from 10am-6pm, with no Bumbershoot pass required (enter on Mercer Street)! If you are going to Bumbershoot (9/2-9/4), Flatstock will be open from 1:30-9:30pm (Bumbershoot pass will be required to enter Seattle Center grounds). Meet the artists! Buy cool collectible gifts for yourself and your friends! View amazing poster art! Walk around with mouth agape! You can do it all at Flatstock...and you should!

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Check Out Our Customer Bumbershoot Picks!

Last week we invited you to send us your lists of Bumbershoot performances you couldn't miss for a chance to win passes, and it's clear you are very excited about this year's festival! We've received 120+ responses so far, so we'd like to share some of them with you! There's still a couple of days left to enter our contest, which you can do by e-mailing us using the subject line "BUMBERSHOOT 2016" along with your first & last name and tell us the following:

1. What are your top ten must-see acts at Bumbershoot?

2. If you were only able to choose one day to attend Bumbershoot, which day would it be?

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of three-day passes, and three runners-up will each get a pair of single-day passes for the day they picked in question #2. All contestants must answer both questions to qualify. Winners will be notified Wednesday, August 31st and passes will be available for pick up at Bumbershoot will call.

Now...here are some of your Bumbershoot picks!

Mike B. - Lisa Prank, Explosions in the Sky, Black Joe Lewis, Banners, Death Cab for Cutie

Amanda W. - Andrew Bird, Father John Misty, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Macklemore, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Death Cab for Cutie, Billy Idol!

Khonner H. - Lewis Del Mar, Death Cab For Cutie, Atlas Genius, Fetty Wap, Coast Modern , G-Eazy

Aaron S. - Kygo, Tyler the Creator, Tame Impala, G-Eazy, St. Lucia, Deep Sea Diver, Third Eye Blind

Mark C. - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jagwar Ma, Explosions in the Sky, Run the Jewels, Andrew Bird

Katja W. - G-Eazy, The Front Bottoms, Hippie Sabotage, Melanie Martinez, Fetty Wap, Pretty Lights

Kate L. - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sherman Alexie, Reggie Watts, Death Cab, Tame Impala, Father John Misty

Kevin B. - Chevy Metal, Andrew Bird, Pony Time, Jagwar Ma, Tame Impala

Mark S. - Tame Impala, Radiation City, Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, St. Lucia

Alexa H. - Do Normaal, Lisa Prank, Tame Impala, St. Lucia, Thunderpussy

Stephen H. - Andrew Bird, Atlas Genius, Billy Idol, Black Joe Lewis, Death Cab For Cutie

Darren W. - Billy Idol, Death Cab For Cutie, Donna Missal, JoJo, Maren Morris

Heather B. - Explosions In The Sky, Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma, Andrew Bird, Fly Moon Royalty

Lisa B. - Tame Impala, Margo Price, Laser Daft Punk, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Lisa Prank

Doug G. - Father John Misty, Andrew Bird, Jagwar Ma, White Denim, Explosions In The Sky

Ryan M. - Pearl Jam, Band Of Horses, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns 'N' Roses (you so funny, Ryan!)

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Dawes In-Store 8/29! Pre-Order New Album For Guaranteed Entry!

Dawes In-Store 8/29! Pre-Order New Album For Guaranteed Entry!

The new Dawes album, We're All Gonna Die, drops September 16th – and you can catch 'em live at Easy Street on 8/29 (7pm)! Pre-order the album at the store for guaranteed entry! Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it's not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.” The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes, Mandy Moore, Will Oldham, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.

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Win Free Passes To BUMBERSHOOT!!

Seattle's premier music & arts festival, Bumbershoot, is almost here! Now in its 46th year, the three-day event will take place Labor Day Weekend (September 2-4) at the Seattle Center! Music headliners include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Father John Misty, Death Cab For Cutie, Tame Impala, Kygo, Halsey, Run The Jewels, Pretty Lights, and Billy Idol, plus, as always, a bevy of local acts (Chastity Belt, Stag, Lemolo, Deep Sea Diver, The Flavr Blue, Thunderpussy, Pony Time, Dude York & more!). Not to mention a cavalcade of comedy, theater, poetry, cinema, dance, readings, a new food program called B-Eats, and of course, the amazing poster exhibition/sale, Flatstock!

The official schedule with set times and stages is available here!

The good folks at Bumbershoot were kind enough to give a few of our lucky customers an opportunity to experience Bumbershoot 2016 for free! All you need to do is send us an e-mail with the subject line "BUMBERSHOOT 2016" along with your first & last name and tell us the following:

1. What are your top ten must-see acts at Bumbershoot?

2. If you were only able to choose one day to attend Bumbershoot, which day would it be?

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of three-day passes, and three runners-up will each get a pair of single-day passes for the day they picked in question #2. All contestants must answer both questions to qualify. Winners will be notified Wednesday, August 31st and passes will be available for pick up at Bumbershoot will call.

GOOD LUCK!!

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Win Tickets To Russian Circles!

Win Tickets To Russian Circles!

The mighty Chicago-based instrumental trio Russian Circles are coming back to Neumos for a 21+ show August 30th, to highlight songs from their new album, Guidance! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Guidance" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner next Monday! Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 08-26-16

GLASS ANIMALS - How to Be A Human Being

GLASS ANIMALS - How to Be A Human BeingGLASS ANIMALS - How To Be A Human Being - HarvestGLASS ANIMALS - How to Be A Human Being
"[Glass Animals'] debut record ZABA was a jungle. It was claustrophobic, insular, secretive, cryptic, and frequently jaw-dropping; it rarely gave much away, but the beauty was evident, and it remains a richly rewarding listen years after its release. How To Be A Human Being is demonstrably clearer – Glass Animals jump into the daylight, toying with form and themes and never looking back. It's still lush and varied, with all the quirks and signature twists that makes Glass Animals sound like Glass Animals, but it's boosted by a confidence in their own weirdness and a desire to explore the world around them." - The Line Of Best Fit
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DREAMERS - This Album Does Not Exist - Fairfax Recordings
After more than two years of nomadism and cross-country touring, as well as two EPs, Los Angeles' Dreamers unleashes its debut full-length LP This Album Does Not Exist. The smart pop trio, comprised of Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass/vocals), and Jacob Wick (drums), wrote much for the album in Brooklyn before moving to L.A. and tracking at Fairfax Recordings (formerly Sound City Studios). Led by singles like "Drugs" and "Sweet Disaster," DREAMERS pits the party and the paranoia of escapism in seemingly effortlessly tight, three-minute tunes. Album tracks like "Pain Killer" and "Lucky Dog" follow in this vein, swinging with handclaps and driving with sing-along choruses. Throughout This Album Does Not Exist, DREAMERS toys with themes of existence and existentialism, but it's easy enough to get sucked into their world and dance the big questions away. Also available as an Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White Vinyl 

THE VEILS - Total DepravityTHE VEILS - Total Depravity - Nettwerk RecordsTHE VEILS - Total Depravity
The Veils, fronted by lead singer and songwriter Finn Andrews, release their highly anticipated new album Total Depravity. The album features production by El-P (Run The Jewels) and Adam 'Atom' Greenspan who was behind the band’s critically acclaimed album Nux Vomica.
Early Listen Available Video Available 


DE LA SOUL - And The Anonymous Nobody - A.O.I. LLC
"Arriving 12 years after The Grind Date, De La Soul’s latest is its most lively affair yet. Credit the Rhythm Roots Allstars, with whom the trio recorded over 300 hours’ worth of music, for skillfully guiding the group through previously uncharted territory including psychedelic space-pop ('Property Of Spitkicker.com'), art rock ('Snoopies') and indie pop ('Here In After'). With help from the likes of David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Usher, and Little Dragon, among others, Nobody veers into the realm of pure pop, with the trio’s patented hip-hop only one color on the sonic canvas. And while so much of the record sounds fresh, other elements feel comfortably broken in. The skits are playful, the trio’s wordplay is reliably pointed and clever, and there’s a kinetic energy to the record that’s almost tangible. Finally unencumbered by outside voices and legal red tape, this sounds like the kind of record De La Soul has always had in it, and likely the one its members have always wanted to make." - The AV Club

THE BEACH BOYS - Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions - Omnivore Recordings
In September of 1961, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Mike Love stepped up to a microphone together for the first time at the home of Hite and Dorinda Morgan to demo The Beach Boys’ first three songs. Between that September date and March 1962, before signing a seven-year contract with Capitol Records, they committed nine songs to tape under the direction of Hite and Dorinda Morgan. Some iconic, others obscure—“Surfin’,” “Luau,” "Lavender,” “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfer Girl,” “Judy,” “Beach Boy Stomp” (aka “Karate”), “Barbie,” and “What Is A Young Girl Made Of.” Every complete take, false start, master take, and every second of studio banter during these historic recordings is gathered on this landmark collection, Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Barbra Streisand - Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
Britney Spears - Glory
The Album Leaf - Between Waves
Banks & Steelz - Anything But Words
The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin
Jack Ingram - Midnight Motel
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
Ingrid Michaelson - It Doesn't Have To Make Sense
Butch Walker - Stay Gold
Liz Longley - Weightless
Walter Schreifels - An Open Letter To The Scene
Kula Shaker - K2.0
Florida Georgia Line - Dig Your Roots
Joseph - I'm Alone, No You're Not
L.A. Salami - Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Directors Cut
Morgan Delt - Phase Zero
Sylar - Help!
Ashleigh Smith - Sunkissed
Twisted Sister - The Best Of The Atlantic Years
Juicy J - Tgod Mafia: Rude Awakening
Dinosaur Pile-Up - Eleven Eleven
Various Artists - Continental Drift
The Monkees - The Monkees 50


& More .....

Prophets Of Rage - The Party's Over EP
No Joy - Drool Sucker
Dawes - When The Tequila Runs Out
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Pusher Man
Elise Davis - Penny
Korn - Insane
Hiss Golden Messenger - Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
Brother Moses - Legends EP










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.

 

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Win Tickets To Belly!

Win Tickets To Belly!

Belly, the Boston band fronted by Tanya Donnelly (formerly of Throwing Muses and The Breeders), formed in 1991, released one stellar album (Star, 1993) and another that didn't quite do so well (King, 1995). And that was it...they threw in the towel, Donnelly went on to a solo career, while other members pursued careers outside the music biz. In 2013, Donnelly launched a series of collaborations, one of which included her old Bellymate, Tom Gorman. This led to talk of the band reuniting, and now here they are...the full, original lineup, coming to the Neptune on August 28th! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hello Belly" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on Friday! Good luck!

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Kertson In-Store 8/27!

Kertson In-Store 8/27!

Seventeen-year-old Jason Kertson began learning to play the guitar at age seven and began performing in coffee houses and other venues when he was nine. Those of you who attended our Record Store Day in-store with The Sonics last year might recall Jason - who is Sonics’ sax player Rob Lind’s grandson - rocking with the band on “Louie Louie.”

In February, 2011, Ray William Johnson, a YouTube icon, tweeted a link of a YouTube video that was recorded when Jason was 12. Jason had 250,000 YouTube views that week, which generated a lot of interest from people in the music business. Since then Jason has recorded a session with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and performed with Dave’s daughter Electra; auditioned and appeared on The Voice; recorded & performed with Duff McKagan’s daughter’s band, The Pink Slips; and formed his own band, Kertson.

Join Kertson at Easy Street Records at 7pm, August 27th for the release of their new album, Lonely. The album will be on sale, and several surprise guests will join the band throughout the night. FREE and ALL AGES!

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Win Tickets To Drive Like Jehu!

Win Tickets To Drive Like Jehu!

Legendary post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu have reunited and are tearing up venues all over the U.S. and beyond! Formed in 1995, Drive Like Jehu released two amazing albums before disbanding in 1995 to focus on other projects: Singer/guitarist John Reis first led Rocket From The Crypt and went on to form Hot Snakes, The Sultans, and The Night Marchers, while singer/guitarist Rick Froberg became a visual artist in New York before joining Reis in Hot Snakes. Froberg is currently in the Obits. Needless to say these dudes ROCK, and those who appreciate that particular action would be advised not to miss Drive Like Jehu's August 27th SOLD OUT show at the Showbox! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Do You Compute" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/26. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Chastity Belt!

Enter To Win Tickets To Chastity Belt!

Local fave raves Chastity Belt are wrapping up their tour with So Pitted with a show at Neumos August 27th, and they recently posted on their Facebook page: "This is our last Seattle show for a while. Come hear the new songs we just recorded." Two great reasons right there to enter to win free tickets to the show! You can do just that by e-mailing us with the subject line "Time To Go Home" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/26. Good luck!

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DREAMERS In-Store 8/23! Enter To Win Signed Test Pressing & Poster!

After more than two years of nomadism and cross-country touring, as well as two EPs, Los Angeles' DREAMERS is set to unleash its debut full-length LP This Album Does Not Exist. The smart pop trio wrote much for the album in Brooklyn before moving to L.A. and tracking at Fairfax Recordings (formerly Sound City Studios). Led by singles like "Drugs" and "Sweet Disaster," DREAMERS pits the party and the paranoia of escapism in seemingly effortlessly tight, three-minute tunes. Throughout This Album Does Not Exist, DREAMERS toys with themes of existence and existentialism, but it's easy enough to get sucked into their world and dance the big questions away. Join us as we welcome DREAMERS to Easy Street Tuesday, August 23rd at 7pm! Limited white vinyl edition of This Album Does Not Exist will be available at the event! We're also giving away a signed test pressing and poster, which the lucky winner can snag at the event. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "DREAMERS" and please include first & last name with entry. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 08-19-16

New Releases 19-Aug-2016

JOHN PAUL WHITE - Beulah - Single Lock Records
Beulah is the title of John Paul White's new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, it’s a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt. 

BLOOD ORANGE - Freetown Sound - Domino
Freetown Sound is the third full-length album from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). Written and produced by Hynes, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a pastiche of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice. For well over a decade, Dev has proven himself a virtuoso of versatility, experimenting with almost every conceivable musical genre and working with a wide variety of artists as a writer and producer. On his solo work he has created a singular style of urgent, delicate pop music by carefully stitching a sound palette that gently recalls elastic funk, slinky R&B, and pure pop. Thematically, the album is profoundly personal and unapologetically political, touching on issues of race, religion, sex, and sexism over 17 shimmering songs.

DOLLY PARTON - Pure & Simple - Sony
Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is back with a new album, Pure & Simple, her first release since 2014's Blue Smoke. Comprised of songs written solely by Dolly, highlights include "Pure and Simple," "Head Over High Heels," as well as new recordings of "Tomorrow is Forever," originally recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner in 1970, and "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," which Dolly & Porter recorded in 1975.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Soundtrack) - Daptone

The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows dynamic frontwoman Sharon Jones through her 2013 battle with cancer and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want. The soundtrack, featuring the exclusive "I'm Still Here," boasts a nice selection of tracks ranging from her early singles on Daptone, to tracks from the band's 2014 release, Give the People What They Want. Much like the film, the soundtrack gives you an intimate, candid look into the life of a woman who refuses to be defined by the challenges she faces. The perfect accompaniment to a truly extraordinary film. Stay tuned this summer for Miss Sharon Jones! theatrical release.

DRAKE WHITE - SparkDRAKE WHITE - Spark - Dot RecordsDRAKE WHITE - Spark
"One of the country's most energizing performers," (Rolling Stone Country) Drake White is officially burning up trails and charts with the release of his debut album on Dot Records. Spark features his current single “Livin’ the Dream." Billboard calls White a  "confident, energetic presence with a mix of gravel, soul and gospel in his voice."
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AGES & AGES - Something To Ruin - PTKF
If Ages & Ages' debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and self-consciousness plaguing a generation, and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss, Something To Ruin confronts the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), this album still has plenty of the infectious and joyful melodies the band is known for, but this time the stakes are higher. It raises questions about facing our society’s collective wreckage both environmentally and culturally. With all members hailing from Portland, Oregon, Something to Ruin explores what it’s like to watch your hometown implode in a frenzy of real estate development and lifestyle branding. 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Faith No More - We Care A Lot [Deluxe Band Edition]
Chris Staples - Golden Age
Highasakite - Camp Echo
New Barbarians - Wanted Dead Or Alive
Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)
Kiefer Sutherland - Down In A Hole
Jerry Garcia Band - GarciaLive Volume Seven [2CD]
Lisa Hannigan - At Swim
Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Deep Cuts Edition)
David Brent - Life On The Road
Happy Diving - Electric Soul Unity
Powerwolf - The Metal Mass Live
Amos Lee - Spirit
Tory Lanez - I Told You
The Minus 5 - Of Monkees & Men
Alex Cameron - Jumping The Shark
Carl Broemel - 4th Of July
The Heaters - American Dream: The Portastudio Recordings
Health&Beauty - No Scare
Lindsey Stirling - Brave Enough

& More .....

Whiskey Myers - Stone
Devin Townsend Project - Secret Sciences
The Veils - Iodine & Iron










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.

 

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Win Tickets To Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa From Buena Vista Social Club!

The only female member of the Buena Vista Social Club, 85-year-old Omara Portuondo is still going strong! Following 2015's "Adios" tour with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club including a historic performance at the White House, she's currently on tour with longtime BVSC bandmate Eliades Ochoa. Enter to win tickets to their 8/22 show at the Moore by e-mailing us with the subject line "Chan Chan" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner this Friday! Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Boris Performs "Pink" At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Boris Performs "Pink" At Neumos!

Released in 2006, Pink was Japanese metal icons Boris’ 10th album and a major breakthrough that earned new fans outside of the underground metal community. The album landed on countless "best of the year" lists from underground metal sites to mainstream rock magazines. And the praise was certainly well deserved for its more accessible sound and explorations into shoegaze and ambient structures alongside brutal noise, searing psychedelia and apocalyptic doom. On August 22nd, Boris will perform Pink in its entirety to a SOLD OUT Neumos! Wanna go? Feeling lucky? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Pink" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/19. Good luck!

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Win The New of Montreal Album On BLUE VINYL!

Win The New of Montreal Album On BLUE VINYL!

The new record by of Montreal, Innocence Reaches, dropped on Friday, and we scored an extra copy - on 180-gram double blue vinyl, no less - to give away to one lucky fan! Innocence Reaches is of Montreal's 14th full-length. Frontman Kevin Barnes says that for once he was inspired by contemporary sounds. "Forever I've been detached from current music," Barnes says in a press release. "I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca, and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out on."

Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Innocence Reaches" 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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Enter To Win A Beacon Prize Package!

Enter To Win A Beacon Prize Package!

Brooklyn electronic duo Beacon "explore the dark side of sweet melody with a sound that"s as seductive as it is subtly discomfiting. They fuse the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influence as disparate as Warp's back catalogue and Underworld." They'll be at Neumos this Friday with Gold Panda, and we've got sweet prize pack for one lucky person to win! Enter to win a pair of guest list spots to the 21+ show and a SIGNED vinyl copy of Beacon's latest LP, Escapements, by e-mailing us with the subject line "Beacon" and please include first & last name PLUS mailing address (so the label can hook you up with the vinyl!). Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Colvin & Earle!

Win Tickets To Colvin & Earle!

Back in June, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle released their first collaborative effort, Colvin & Earle. Produced by Buddy Miller, the release was a winning combination of originals and covers (Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris, We Five, Nashville Teens). Now they're bringing their magic to the Neptune on 8/21, and we've got a couple pairs of free guest list spots to give away! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Tell Moses" and please include first and last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 8/20. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 08-12-16

New Releases 12-Aug-2016

THEE OH SEES - Weird Exits - Castleface
Emerging from the distant light is the new double-LP from John Dwyer's Thee Oh Sees - the first studio recordings to capture the muscular rhythm section of twin drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon with ringer bassist Tim Hellman cracking spines. The groove and bludgeon one has come to expect from the band's live shows is captured seamlessly here-they go from zero to head-splitter, and on the rare occasions they do let up on the gas a bit, you're treated to some locked-in hypnotizers, too. The guitar sounds more colossal and ethereal at the same time, riding roughshod over the vacuum-sealed rhythm section, spiraling skywards, and diving into the emerald depths so quick your guts tingle. Synths, strings and smoke-soaked things crawl behind the scenes to make an extra far-out party platter, served on 45 RPM plates for most excellent listening quality. With amazing visuals (including a side-D etching by airbrush-van-art maestro Robert Beatty) and packed in vape-proof goatskin, it's a beast and, come August 12th, it can be yours should you so choose.

CASPAR BABYPANTS - Away We Go! - Aurora Elephant
Away We Go is the 11th album by Seattle kids entertainer Caspar Babypants. Caspar is also known as Chris Ballew from the rock and roll band the Presidents of the United States of America. The album spans from up tempo tunes to sleepy time songs.

OF MONTREAL - Innocence Reaches - Polyvinyl
Of Montreal is one of the preeminent indie bands of the past 20 years. They are known the world over for their over-the-top live show spectacle (which has included frontman Kevin Barnes riding a live horse out onto the stage at Roseland Ballroom in New York City), elaborate stage sets, and often features more theatrical performers than musicians. The band has performed at everything from Coachella to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza to Sasquatch and even Hollywood Bowl opening for Miss Grace Jones.

DJ KHALED - Major Key - Epic
2016 album from legendary producer DJ Khaled known as the "Quincy Jones of hip-hop & R&B" with T.I., Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Fabolous & A$AP Ferg

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD - Zone - Dine Alone
Eleventh overall record from Nashville, TN duo Jeff The Brotherhood and first for Dine Alone in the United States. Zone features a brilliant return to their power riffage and impeccable songcraft.

SAVOIR ADORE - The Love That RemainsSAVOIR ADORE - The Love That Remains - Nettwerk RecordsSAVOIR ADORE - The Love That Remains
Savoir Adore's new album, The Love That Remains, was self-produced with mixing by Claudius Mittendorfer (Big Data, Neon Indian, Weezer), and finds the band at its most mature, honest and ambitious. Now led solely by principal songwriter/vocalist Paul Hammer, the album tackles themes of love, loss and the often-inescapable darkness of memories.

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YOUNG THE GIANT - Home Of The Strange - Fueled By Ramen
On Home Of The Strange, Young the Giant's third full-length effort, the Southern California quintet buffer their passionate indie rock with polished production, resulting in their funkiest offering to date. Here the band opt for pop sheen and impeccable production courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson) and Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko). The increased reliance on danceable beats and the layers of atmosphere mark Home of the Strange as the most exciting in their discography, if only because it offers more than a generic post-Coldplay arena rock sound. There are tastes of OneRepublic's genre-blending, Walk the Moon's indie-pop brightness, and even a little Hot Chip weirdness. It's also their biggest statement, conceptually tied to the ideas of living in "Amerika" and the related immigrant experiences faced by emigres and their offspring, which the bandmembers can each claim to different degrees.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Rae Sremmurd - Sremmlife 2 [Deluxe]
Blind Pilot - And Then Like Lions
Lakuta - Brothers & Sisters
The Amity Affliction - This Could Be Heartbreak
The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
Waterstrider - Nowhere Now
Ruby The RabbitFoot - Divorce Party
Justin Moore - Kinda Don't Care
Blossoms - Blossoms
Atmosphere - Fishing Blues
Black Tape For A Blue Girl - These Fleeting Moments
Brendan Canning - Home Wrecking Years
Citizen Zero - State Of Mind
Cody Jinks - I'm Not The Devil

& More .....

SickWalt - Get Well Soon EP
Ann Wilson - The Ann Wilson Thing! - #2 Focus EP
John Prine - Color Of The Blues (Feat. Susan Tedeschi)
Liz Longley - Electricity
De La Soul - Drawn
Lisa Hannigan - Ora
Drake White - Live Some
Faith No More - Evidence (Version En Español)










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Kool Band Alert: Residual Kid!

Kool Band Alert: Residual Kid!

Residual Kid is a pop/punk band from Austin newly signed to Sire/Warner Bros. Records. They have been called a grunge band, a punk band and “the badass teen band that just might change rock music” (Huffington Post). They were discovered by the same man who signed up The Ramones, Madonna and Talking Heads - Seymour Stein. Very simply: they are teenagers and they do play rock music, and despite their youth the band plays a sophisticated blend of rock equally influenced by early '90s grunge and today’s more interesting underground music. We just got our hands on a limited supply of their debut 7" which we are offering at the sweet price of $4.99. Check their video below, check their streams here and pick up the single at the shop!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Lord Huron & Trampled By Turtles!

Enter To Win Tickets To Lord Huron & Trampled By Turtles!

Here's a fine opportunity to check out a great double-bill at the Paramount for FREE! Lord Huron and Trampled By Turtles will be there on August 19th and we're offering a pair of tickets PLUS signed vinyl from each band! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Lord Turtle" and pleas include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/16. Winner can pick up vinyl from the merch booth at the show. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 08-05-16

DINOSAUR JR. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not

DINOSAUR JR. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer NotDINOSAUR JR. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not - JagjaguwarDINOSAUR JR. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Let's face facts - in 2016 it is remarkable that there's a new Dinosaur Jr. album to go ape over. After all, the original line-up of the band (J Mascis, Lou Barlow & Murph) only recorded three full albums during their initial run in the 1980s. Everyone was gob-smacked when they reunited in 2005. Even more so when they opted to stay together, as they have for 11 years now (on and off). And with the release of Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, this trio redivisus has released more albums in the 21st Century than they did in the 20th. It's enough to make a man take a long, thoughtful slug of maple-flavored bourbon and count some lucky stars.

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RUSSIAN CIRCLES - Guidance - Sargent House
"From the outset, Guidance is a clear removal from its predecessor, the more brooding Memorial. While that album was arguably the band at their darkest, these seven songs have replaced finely tuned feels with what just might be the heaviest music yet from Russian Circles. Guidance isn’t a collection of slapped together riff-slop, though. A testament to the aforementioned consistency, the album at times seems like a clever sendup of the band’s debut. Though Russian Circles haven’t eclipsed their best work, Guidance is more a subtle nod to the coexistent depths and heights that have defined and run through the band’s music from the very outset." - Consequence Of Sound


SKILLET - Unleashed - Atlantic
Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet release Unleashed, the follow up to their 2013 release, Rise. From the bombastic opening riff of "Feel Invincible" to the memorable closing of the album finale "The Resistance," it is clear the band has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while still delivering some of their most personal and heartfelt collections of songs to date. With Unleashed, Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century's most successful rock bands.


O.A.R. - XX - Vanguard Records
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, O.A.R. release their new album XX via Vanguard Records. The two-CD set includes a career-spanning collection of O.A.R. s biggest hits and incredible live shows plus new studio material. Disc one features fan favorites such as "Heaven," "Peace," "Shattered," "Two Hands Up," and more. Disc two spotlights select performances from their extensive live catalog.

THE CADILLAC THREE - Bury Me In My BootsTHE CADILLAC THREE - Bury Me In My Boots - Big Machine RecordsTHE CADILLAC THREE - Bury Me In My Boots
Nashville’s best-kept secret, The Cadillac Three, uncover their talent with the release of Bury Me In My Boots. These musical co-conspirators have a unique sound that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard-and-heavy rock ballads and traditional Southern folk. Rolling Stone asserts, "Like Kings of Leon before them, they're poised for their first big break in the U.K. — where they've sold out every headlining show for nearly two years — before conquering their U.S. home turf.” Pals since high school, TC3’s musical fusion organically builds around gritty vocals, electric guitars, thundering beats and a one-of-a-kind lap steel.



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JEREMY & THE HARLEQUINS - Into The Night - Yep Roc Records
With the release of second album, Into the Night, New York five-piece Jeremy & The Harlequins are building on the momentum of last year's debut, American Dreamer. Not only was one of that record's songs - "Trip Into The Light" - featured in the Tom Cruise movie Edge Of Tomorrow, it was also voted as the Coolest Song in the World of 2015 by the listeners of Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show, after Bruce Springsteen's right hand man, Steve Van Zandt, personally picked it as his coolest track in the world for the month of July.

WYE OAK - Tween - Merge Records
The word “tween” implies a certain, very specific kind of awkwardness, and those implications are rarely positive. But think about it like this: Something “tween” is in the process of becoming something else, and there’s a very specific kind of beauty in that becoming. There’s something rewarding in recognizing and celebrating it—in meeting it halfway. Wye Oak's new album Tween, is a collection of eight songs born, raised, and almost abandoned for various reasons during the years between 2011’s breakthrough Civilian and 2014’s reinvention-of-sorts, Shriek. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack—the band’s two halves—described these songs as “not emblematic of a step forward, but a step sideways in time.” In other words, they just didn’t make sense for album number five—which will happen at some point in the future. But just because they didn’t belong there doesn’t mean they don’t belong anywhere. To wedge them onto Shriek would’ve been dishonest; to orphan them would’ve been somewhere on the line between criminal and just plain silly. Tween is full of gorgeous Wye Oak songs whose only crime was timing and context, made by two people at the height of their game.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Gov't Mule - The Tel Star Sessions
Elvis Presley - Way Down In The Jungle Room
O'Connor Band - Coming Home

Andrew Leahey & The Homestead - Skyline In Central Time
The Dead Daisies - Make Some Noise
Moke - The Time Has Come
Moose Blood - Blush
Avers - Omega / Whatever
Jackyl - Rowyco
Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream
Suicide Squad: The Album
Wild Beasts - Boy King
American Young - Ay
My Iron Lung - Learn To Leave
Islander - Power Under Control
Field Mouse - Episodic
Cheena - Spend The Night With...

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Trevor Sensor - Starved Nights Of Saturday Stars EP
Whiskey Myers - Mud
Devin Townsend Project - Failure
Carl Broemel - Rockingchair Dancer
J Churcher - Riding On Your Love (Acoustic Version)









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.

 

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Win Tickets To Wolf Parade At The Neptune!

Win Tickets To Wolf Parade At The Neptune!

As Leon Berman would say, it's time to howl! Why? Because after a five-year hiatus Wolf Parade is back! That's right, and our pals at Sub Pop are inviting one lucky customer (and a guest) to enjoy their sold-out show at the Neptune this Sunday (8/7) for free! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Queen Mary" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner this Friday, 8/5. Winner must pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Hard Working Americans!

Win Tickets To Hard Working Americans!

Hard Working Americans is what some would call a "supergroup." Consisting of Todd Snider, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Chris Staehly (Great American Taxi) and Derek Trucks' younger brother, Duane. They've released two albums, the self-titled first contains all covers, and the second, Rest In Chaos, is chock-full of kick-ass original roots rock. Hard Working Americans will be rocking the Showbox on August 9th, with special guests The Mother Hips. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Rest In Chaos" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/8. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Wavves!

Enter To Win Tickets To Wavves!

Summertime is the right time for waves AND Wavves, the San Diego pop-punk machine that's playing the Crocodile August 6th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Way Too Much" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/5. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Protomartyr At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Protomartyr At Neumos!

Protomartyr's The Agent Intellect has been a big ESR staff favorite since it dropped last October, so yeah, we're psyched that they're coming to Neumos (21+) on 8/5 with special guests VATS and Lithics! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line  Boyce Or Boice and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/4. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Slipknot and Marilyn Manson!

Win Tickets To Slipknot and Marilyn Manson!

Masked marauders of metal, Slipknot, shock-rock legend Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men will deliver the goods to the White River Ampitheatre in Auburn on August 11th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Killpop" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw winners on 8/9. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 07-29-16


New Releases 29 Jul 16

DESCENDENTS - Hypercaffium Spazzinate - Epitaph
On their first album in 12 years, vocalist Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, guitarist Stephen Egerton, and bassist Karl Alvarez channel an energy just as raw and jittery as in their earliest days—a time when the band was driven by the equally mighty forces of “rejection, food, coffee, girls, fishing, and food.” Born from the all-for-one spirit that’s forever fueled the band, Hypercaffium Spazzinate returns to the frenetically catchy sound that launched a generation of pop-minded punk acts and continues to widen the Descendents’ following around the world. The band’s first Epitaph Records release since 1996’s Everything Sucks, Hypercaffium Spazzinate began taking shape soon after the Descendents surfaced from extended hiatus for a series of gigs in 2010. With Milo now living in Delaware, Karl and Bill in Colorado, and Stephen in Oklahoma, the album came to life over a three-year period in which the band sent tracks back and forth and occasionally met up in Karl and Bill’s adopted hometown of Fort Collins. With Hypercaffium Spazzinate featuring the classic Milo cartoon as its cover art—this time, he’s got his head affixed to a lab flask in an attempt to “synthesize some bonus caffeine,” as Milo explains—the album finds the band both honoring their past and living fully in the moment. 

THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD - Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel [Indie Exclusive Low Price] - Silver Arrow Records
The fourth full-length studio release, Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel, for the blues-rock band led by former Black Crowes' singer Chris Robinson is its first with new drummer Tony Leone.

THEE OH SEES - Live In San Francisco - Castleface Records
2016 live release. Perched in the belfry of The Chapel, we caught the mighty Thee Oh Sees, alive and in their natural element, with our shutters aflutter and our tapes on a roll. After a short incubation period, the beast has reached full maturity and it is hideous. Over three nights they pummeled, and we've culled some great photographs and a wicked recording. Finally you depraved Oh Sees freaks have something to take home with you when you lose your shoes and your girlfriend at the show. Put it on at home and pretend to wait in line for the bathroom and it's like you're really there. The thrash, the throb, the mob is all present and pushed to the front. Dual drummers synced in each ear, Tim Hellman rounding out the bottom and Castle Face's own John Dwyer up front on guitar, lasering young brains off and fomenting the crowd to a froth-it's a great band, in a great room, with a great crowd and it's cooked to perfection... Take a little bit of it with you this time.

DEATH GRIPS - Bottomless Pit - Death Grips Records
"Zach Hill, Andy Morin, and Stefan Burnett (otherwise known as MC Ride) are easily the most talented, impactful culture jammers of the streaming age: a distinction primarily owed to just how seriously the California trio take those ideas. ... On their new album Bottomless Pit, they stitch together one of their most cohesive grotesques ever, renewing their focus on songcraft, rather than chicanery. It's sure to elicit a sigh of relief among fans who’ve grown jaded with the band’s work. ... For all its chaos and fury, Bottomless Pit is Death Grips' most accessible record since The Money Store. It has a distractingly uneven mix, seesawing from grit to gloss and back again, and some of the sparser moments, like mid-album would-be barnburner "Houdini," are trying, but overall it is a resounding success." - Pitchfork.com

BILLY TALENT - Afraid Of Heights - The End Records
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent have cemented themselves as a generation-defining rock band. Boasting nearly one million albums sold in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums sold internationally, the band has seen multi-platinum certifications for their albums Billy Talent I and II and III, and platinum status for the latest studio album Dead Silence. The band has enjoyed tremendous success on rock radio.

HILLARY SCOTT & THE SCOTT FAMILY - Love Remains - Capitol Nashville
Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning Lady Antebellum member Hillary Scott releases Love Remains as Hillary Scott & The Scott Family"The process of making this album has been not only creatively inspiring but I've also really been able to grow as a person," shared Hillary Scott. "We've had this intense concentrated amount of time as a family together, which has been so special. With all that we've gone through together, the highs, the lows - to be able to process all of that together, to heal together, to grieve together, to laugh, to cry, all of those things...it's just been such a continuation of solidifying the strong foundation that we have in our family."

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


Steve Hackett - The Total Experience Live In Liverpool
Capsize - A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me
The Game - Block Wars [Soundtrack]
Ghoul - Dungeon Bastards
Owen - The King Of Whys
John Prine - In Spite Of Ourselves [Indie Exclusive Low Price]
D Generation - Nothing Is Anywhere
Various Artists - Quiero Creedence
Valient Thorr - Old Salt
Bouncing Souls - Simplicity
Barb Wire Dolls - Desperate
Fantasia - The Definition Of...



& More .....

Modest Mouse - Night On The Sun EP
New Order - People On The High Line
John Paul White - What's So








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.

 

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Video Of The Day: Beach House - "The Traveller"

Sub Pop's dealers of atmosphere Beach House have a new video for "The Traveller," a song from their recent album, Thank Your Lucky Stars. We like it and think you will too, so here it is!

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Win Tickets To A Screening Of Captain Fantastic!

Win Tickets To A Screening Of Captain Fantastic!

In Matt Ross’s new movie, Captain Fantastic, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) uses the wilds of the Pacific Northwest to provide a natural classroom in which to teach his children about the world around them. In addition to a strenuous course of hiking and running, the young actors learned what it takes to live off the land. Cash eventually is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. We are giving away tickets to see the film for free during its time in theaters, at any AMC theater in the Seattle area. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Captain Fantastic" and please include your first & last name. Winners must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Listen To A New REIGNWOLF Single!

Listen To A New REIGNWOLF Single!

Our favorite guitar god Reignwolf has been pretty quiet lately, but no more! Stardog/Republic Records just dropped his new single on us, titled "Hardcore," and indeed it is! And there's more good news...Reignwolf's lonnnng-awaited debut album is coming this fall!

"Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning visionary Mike Dean [Kanye West, Jay-Z], the song twists a proto-punk industrial transmission through a swell of hard rock excess, screeching with an intensity that's equally hyper-charged and hypnotic. Think of it as a shotgun marriage between Queens of the Stone Age and Yeezus, and you're only halfway there… Reignwolf originally debuted the single's live incarnation on a recent episode of Showtime's critically acclaimed series Roadies. Watch a clip of his performance HERE. He also unveiled "Are You Satisfied?" during the show and the live performance of the track will be available on the Roadies official soundtrack album (Music From the Showtime Original Series Roadies) available in stores on Friday August 26."

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Win Tickets To Augustines At The Crocodile!

Win Tickets To Augustines At The Crocodile!

Brooklyn indie powerhouse Augustines are coming back to Seattle July 30th for a show at the Crocodile with guest opener Cobi! Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by e-mailing us with the subject line "This Is Your Life" (the title of their most recent album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/29. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 07-22-16


New Releases 22 Jul 16
 


LOOK PARK - Look Park - Yep Roc Records
Look Park is the debut album from Chris Collingwood, lead singer and founding member of Fountains of Wayne, under the moniker Look Park. It features the pop sensibilities and unmistakable vocals he made famous in Fountains. The self-titled Look Park debut album was produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Sheryl Crowe, The Pretenders, Los Lobos). Look Park plans on touring in late summer beginning in the US, with UK and EU dates to follow.

CROWN THE EMPIRE - Retrograde - Rise Records
Art should confront and challenge convention, but Crown The Empire take it one step further. Since bursting onto the scene in 2012, Crown The Empire have shown no signs of slowing down on their undeniable course toward world domination. They have sold over 175,000 albums in the US over two releases, and have toured the world repeatedly with the likes of The Used, Of Mice & Men and Pierce The Veil. Crown The Empire are back with their new album, Retrograde, the highly anticipated follow up to the band’s previous release, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways.

MSTRKRFT - Operator - Last Gang
After a five-year hiatus, Canadian electronic Music pioneers MSTRKRFT (Jesse F. Keeler & Al-P) are back. Driven by distorted drum beats, hauntingly hypnotic synths, and booming cinematic soul, Operator immediately captivates. "It's probably the most accurate reflection of how we work on stage" says Jesse. "We had to be very creative with very few elements. It took time to figure that out."

THE AMAZING - Ambulance - PTKF
The followup to 2015's acclaimed Picture You, Ambulance sees The Amazing continue their journey to a place where music is free of restrictions. Despite reflecting Chris Gunrup's often bleak worldview, the music is expansive and beautiful, marked by playing that’s as much free jazz as rock - pure music without any showiness. The songs unfold slowly, without a traditional verse/chorus structure, spinning gauzy webs of shimmering mystery with their own inimitable dynamic of sinuous, swirling guitars; rich, ambient bass lines; crisp percussion and restrained, church-like, keyboard textures. Sharing members with Sweden's psych forefathers Dungen, the album was recorded in just a few days in one tiny room at Stockholm's Buller & Bäng studio and delves into the hidden recesses of the heart, finding inner space to be just as expansive as the midnight sky. "The Amazing specialize in a beauty that isn’t airbrushed or slick or antiseptic... it's elemental rock—earthy, molten, aquatic, but uses each of their qualities to soothe rather than destroy or intimidate." - Pitchfork

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


Velvet Crush - Pre-Teen Symphonies
Matt Brown - Walk Into The Light
Hed - Forever!
Black Crown Initiate - Selves We Cannot Forgive
Dragonforce - Killer Elite [2 CD]
Candi Staton - It's Time To Be Free
Capsize - A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me
Forevermore - Integral
Stephen Marley - Revelation Part II: The Fruit Of Life


& More .....

Florida Georgia Line - May We All
Justin Moore - Kinda Don't Care
Young The Giant - Jungle Youth
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family - Love Remains
Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop (Set 2) [Live At The Roxy, Hollywood, Ca (8/12/76)]







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.

 

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Win Tickets To Yoni & Geti!

Win Tickets To Yoni & Geti!

WHY's Yoni Wolf and Chicago rapper Serengeti (aka Yoni & Geti) released their second collaborative effort, Testarossa, a couple months back. AllMusic describes the album as "a densely packed, atmosphere-driven conceptual piece with one foot in the underground rap scene and the other in the increasingly elastic indie pop realm." The dynamic duo are bringing it to the Crocodile on July 26th, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show plus a copy of Testarossa on colored vinyl, and a poster! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Testarossa" and please include first & last name and mailing address (so we can send you the vinyl & poster). We'll draw a winner on 7/25. Good luck!

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Temple Of The Dog To Play Five Cities On First Tour Ever!

Temple Of The Dog To Play Five Cities On First Tour Ever!

Today was a monumental day for Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Mother Love Bone fans. For today - Chris Cornell and Stone Gossard's birthdays, BTW - it was announced that our hometown supergroup Temple Of The Dog would reunite for a five-city tour - their first ever - to mark the 25th anniversary of their only album. The tour will begin November 4th in Philadelphia, and will continue with stops in New York (11/7), San Francisco (11/11), Los Angeles (11/14), and a final show at the Paramount in Seattle, November 20th. Pre-sale tickets came and went today for Pearl Jam Ten Club members and subscribers to Soundgarden and Chris Cornell's e-mail lists, so if you missed, your best bet is to tune in at noon Friday, July 29th, when general public tickets go on sale. Due to the intimate size of the Paramount, this will be a VERY tough ticket to score...the venues in NY and LA are much larger: Madison Square Garden, The Forum, etc. One might think they would add a second, and even third Seattle show, but this is pure speculation. Needless to say, we are very excited, and hope we get lucky on Friday! 

Of course all of this big news coincides with the long-awaited reissue of the self-titled sole album by Temple Of The Dog, which will drop on September 30th. There will be four versions: single CD; double CD (w/five studio outtakes and seven demos (including two unreleased songs from the sessions, "Angel of Fire" and "Black Cat"), double LP, and a four-CD Super Deluxe version, which will pack 48 unreleased demos, live tracks, and alternate mixes plus a DVD of live footage, music videos and more.

More info on the Temple Of The Dog website!

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Wilco's "Schmilco" Out 9/9! Here's A Song From It!

Wilco just shared the exciting news that their tenth album, a mostly acoustic affair titled Schmilco, is set to be released September 9th! Here's a little teaser from the album called "If I Ever Was A Child." Wilco will perform two nights at the Moore Theater September 2nd & 3rd. Get tickets here!

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Win Tickets To The Claypool-Lennon Delirium!

Win Tickets To The Claypool-Lennon Delirium!

Primus bassist Les Claypool and John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon have teamed up under the name The Claypool-Lennon Delirium! The duo recently released their debut, Monolith Of Phobos, which All Music praises as "a giddy trip into the galactic reaches of psych and prog. With meandering guitar, elastic bass, trippy flourishes, and some of the tightest musicianship this side of the galaxy, Monolith reveals a new dimension." Sound good? Enter to win tickets to see them at the Showbox SoDo July 21st by e-mailing us with the subject line "Bubbles Burst" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/20. Good luck!

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Listen To New Head & The Heart Song "Library Magic"!

Signs Of Light, the highly-anticipated new album by The Head & The Heart, will drop on September 9th, followed by a two-night stand at the Paramount November 5th & 6th (11/6 show is sold out, but you can still get tickets for 11/5 show here). Enjoy "Library Magic" from Signs of Light below!

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New Release Round-Up 07-15-16


JEFF BECK - Loud Hailer
 


JEFF BECK - Loud HailerJEFF BECK - Loud Hailer - RhinoJEFF BECK - Loud Hailer
Loud Hailer, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck's first studio album in six years, combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power to the power of love. Loud Hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable moniker for an album that isn't shy about speaking its mind. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains, "I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view." To help him write the 11 tracks on Loud Hailer, Beck enlisted two fierce young females from London - singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the 11 songs on LOUD HAILER, which is then rounded out by two signature Beck instrumentals.
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STEVEN TYLER - We're All Somebody From SomewhereSTEVEN TYLER - We're All Somebody From Somewhere - Dot RecordsSTEVEN TYLER - We're All Somebody From Somewhere
“I headed down to Nashville last spring to start working on this project, wrote some kick ass songs with some of Music City’s finest songwriters and now we get to share them with the world on July 15,” said Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. “Country music is the new rock 'n' roll. It’s not just about porches, dogs and kicking your boots up. It's a whole lot more. It's about being real.”
 
 A longtime fan of the genre, Steven Tyler's "powerful and raw" (Rolling Stone Country) voice first hit the country airwaves as "Love Is Your Name” reached #1 on the Billboard Country Streaming Songs chart. He followed with the anthemic “Red, White & You,” which Taste of Country called “an unapologetic slice of good-time commercial country, slickly produced and with a lyric aimed squarely at the work-hard, play-hard values of country’s core audience.”
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GOOD CHARLOTTE - Youth Authority - MDDN LLC
After a four-year hiatus, Good Charlotte is back! "It would be easy to claim fatigue from the rash of pop-punk reunions that have sprouted up over the past few years. Some, like Fall Out Boy’s, focus on wholesale reinvention, while others are seemingly orchestrated to take advantage of a specific moment in time. In contrast, Good Charlotte’s feels unlike either. These guys have enough gold and platinum plaques to wallpaper their Hollywood homes, and enough money in the bank to never have to slog it out on a highly suspect 10-year anniversary tour. Don’t be mistaken: There’s a hearty dose of nostalgia here, but in the end, it feels less like a retread and more like a continuation—and a celebration—of the good old days." - Alternative Press

NEEDTOBREATHE - Hardlove - Atlantic
Co-produced by NEEDTOBREATHE and recorded at their very own Plantation Studios in Charleston, SC, Hardlove follows the band's blockbuster album, Rivers In the Wasteland, which made a stunning chart debut upon its 2014 release, topping Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts while also entering the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #3. What's more, the album's single, "Multiplied," earned NEEDTOBREATHE their first ever Grammy Award nomination.

SNOOP DOGG - Coolaid - Ent. One Music
Multi-platinum artist, actor and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts, and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series, GGN News. Snoop Dogg has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and received multiple GRAMMY nominations. Since 1993, he has released and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. Snoop defines hip-hop history. He's set records with his seminal album Doggstyle, which debuted at # 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Coolaid is Snoop s first hip-hop album in five years, and features collaborations with Jeremih, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, E-40 and more. The summer of Snoop will continue as the West Coast rapper is set to embark on MERRY JANE Presents: The High Road Summer Tour alongside Wiz Khalifa in 33 cities across North America.

DAVID NAIL - FighterDAVID NAIL - Fighter - MCA NashvilleDAVID NAIL - Fighter
MCA Nashville and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist David Nail releases his new album Fighterwhich features 11 tracks overall including Nail's current hit single "Night's On Fire." Nail wrote or co-wrote seven songs for Fighter and teamed up with the same producer from his previous albums, Frank Liddell, for the project. Says Nail, "I truly believe this album, from top to bottom, is the first time I have been able to tell my story in real-time of where I am right now as an artist, a husband and a father. I wrote more songs for this album than I have for any of my other three so it's already more personal. Fighter speaks to my journey, my life and now to where I am personally and professionally."
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WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS - Let Me Hang You - Ernest Jenning
Twenty years ago, William S. Burroughs was asked to record an audio version of his favorite parts of Naked Lunch. Hal Wilner and James Grauerholz produced several sessions and recruited a team of world class musicians to help. Famed for their Naked City involvement, Bill Frisell and Wayne Horowitz contributed their genius as well as Eyvind Kang just to name a few. The recordings were then abandoned and collecting dust on a musty shelf as forgotten as a piece of rancid ectoplasm on a peepshow floor. In 2015, Hal Willner decided to reopen this unfinished masterpiece and asked help from King Khan (a musician that he and Lou Reed admired and became fast friends with after witnessing two fiery performances by the King Khan & BBQ Show). Hal sent Khan all of the recordings and asked him to add his gris gris to this extremely perverted gumbo...and history was made and the scum began to rise! King Khan recruited M Lamar and the Frowning Clouds, a band of young Australian boys who have mastered the sixties Garage punk sound and that perhaps WSB would have also enjoyed for other purposes a long time ago. King Khan's new label appropriately named ''Khannibalism'' is proud to present the first LP/CD from this imprint...Let Me Hang You - a collection of depraved genius straight from the godfather of punk's very own mouth. If chills and thrills are what you seek, then look no further, here is the bible of freakdom recited by the pope of the underground....now, pull the chair from underneath you and see what happens...

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Bright Light Bright Light - Choreography
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
Aaron Neville - Apache
The Earls Of Leicester - Rattle & Roar
Vince Gill - Down To My Last Bad Habit [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Dirty Heads - Dirty Heads
The Temperance Movement - White Bear
Flowdan - Disaster Piece
Ash Koley - Elements
Cane Hill - Smile

Heliotropes - Over There That Way
Blood Red Throne - Union Of Flesh & Machine
Clams Casino - 32 Levels
Confederate Railroad - Lucky To Be Alive


& More .....

Burn - ...From the Ashes
Moderat - Running
Lifted Bells - Overreactor EP
Joy - Of Nothing EP
Bastille - Good Grief (Don Diablo Remix)
David Brent - Life On The Road








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Enter To Win Tickets To Hayes Carll!

Enter To Win Tickets To Hayes Carll!

Country singer Hayes Carll's fifth album Lovers And Leavers took no less than five years to make, due to endless touring, a divorce, and the folding of his record label, Lost Highway. Perhaps to be expected then is the somber tone that runs through the album, a far contrast from his raucous witty tales of boozin' & sexin' on previous albums. Carll himself says there are no "hoots & hollers" on the new album, but his writing chops are better than ever, as is his ability to make the listener live through what he's singing about, just like those fellas named Merle, Prine, and Earle do. Hayes is coming to the Neptune on July 16th and you should really go. You can enter to win free tickets or buy them here...your choice. Enter the contest by e-mailing us with the subject line "Lovers & Leavers" and please include your first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/15. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Mark Farina At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Mark Farina At Neumos!

Dance party, anyone? Chicago EDM DJ Mark Farina is bringing the "Mushroom Jazz" to Neumos on July 15th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Colorblind" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/14. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Little Scream At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Little Scream At Barboza!

Montreal singer-songwriter Laurel Sprengelmeyer (aka Little Scream) has a new album on out on Merge titled Cult Following. Chock-full of special guests like Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Richard Reed Perry (The Arcade Fire), and Kyp Malone, the album is a dramatic shift from the sparse, acoustic guitar & piano-based songs of her 2011 debut, The Golden Record to sophisticated pop, complete with synths, electric guitars and frequent dancefloor beats. Little Scream will be bringing her Cult Following to Barboza on July 15th. Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Love As A Weapon," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/14. Good luck!

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Album Review: Durand Jones & The Indications

Album Review: Durand Jones & The Indications

By Ian Bremner

A “soul revival” implies “soul” went away in the first place. Despite losing its place in mainstream consciousness and dancehalls over the years, it never really went away. What makes people appreciate soul music is its inherent grit and personality. Personalities like Leon Bridges and Charles Bradley have launched soul back into pop culture, and the soul soil seems to be as fertile as ever.

Insert: Durand Jones & The Indications. The self-titled album from Colemine Records has been gaining steam and will inevitably be filling up summer playlists. Recorded in the band’s basement in Bloomington, Indiana, the record has that warm, authentic energy commonly paired with classic R&B guitar riffs, fluttering keyboards and the smooth voice of Durand Jones.

Some folks criticize newer soul albums for not “pushing the genre forward” but that begs the question, why does something have to be groundbreaking for full enjoyment? Wherever you choose to ingest your soul music, whether it’s through a pair of headphones or on a back porch littered with empty Tecate cans, soak in what you have in front of you. In the case of Durand Jones & The Indications, it’s a phenomenal debut and modern soul record.

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Win Tickets To BABYMETAL!

Win Tickets To BABYMETAL!

"It’s a bizarre sound coming from a bizarre band: super catchy J-pop, brutal tech-death rhythms, and three pop stars backed by a bunch of virtuoso shredders. ... BABYMETAL hone a fusion of technical metal, dance music, and power pop that’s both competent and emotionally invigorating." - Consequence Of Sound

"It takes insane wherewithal to pull off what BABYMETAL, originally components of the SAKURA GAKUIN pop troupe, has. They're the equivalent of a charismatic sports team with an in-house screwball or two that attracts a large fandom, inevitably opening the door for haters. People were shocked — some appalled — at the sight of teen girls darting about in frilly skirts and pigtails to the unfathomable mash of metal and J-pop. ... Resistance is futile. BABYMETAL's songs are just too catchy; their stage choreography too proficient." - Blabbermouth

Does this bizarre mashup of teenage girl J-pop and metal sound intriguing? Enter to win tickets to see BABYMETAL live at the Showbox SoDO on July 12th by e-mailing us with the subject line "Metal Resistance" (the title of their most recent release) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/8. Good luck!

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It's All Local Music On "Art Zone With Nancy Guppy" This Friday!

Former Almost Live! actress and writer Nancy Guppy now hosts Art Zone With Nancy Guppy Friday nights at 8pm on the Seattle Channel. If you haven't checked it out yet, it offers highlights from local arts, entertainment, and cultural happenings, and interviews with the movers and shakers of the scene, as well as previews, reviews, and a whole lot more! This Friday, Nancy throws the spotlight on our local music community with an all-music episode featuring the mighty Thunderpussy, electro-pop diva Maiah Manser, Jimmy James & Friends (Jimmy's the ultra-funky guitarist for Grace Love & The True Loves), and traditional Cuban music by Trio Cubay. Tune in this Friday at 8pm on the Seattle Channel or stream it on the Seattle Channel website!

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Album Review: Whitney - "Light Upon The Lake"

Album Review: Whitney - "Light Upon The Lake"

By Ian Bremner

Rarely can a debut album sound so familiar and so fresh at the same time. New releases are increasingly hard to keep up with, but Whitney's Light Upon The Lake deserves to rise to the top. Though this is their first album together, the band has been around the scene for years individually with their combined time in Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns.

Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek left their respective bands in search of something different. A particularly brutal Chicago winter brought the two men together for a songwriting venture to create more than just a “new band.” They began sharing lyrics and guitars and got to work as a 3rd party character, “Whitney.” The singular-name title helped them become OK with some ambiguity and open to imperfection. Essentially, living by the WWWD (what would Whitney do?) acronym/mantra when they didn’t have answers.

Like the changing seasons in Chicago, or the woodsy outskirts of Illinois, Light Upon The Lake is as vivid an image as it is a proper album title. The first song, "No Woman," starts with a dreamy keyboard intro before guitar strumming & horns fill out the remainder, which sets the vibe for the rest of the record. Light Upon The Lake is hard to pin down as a traditional folk album, because just as you're settling into the guitar riffs, warm trumpets and strings hit you where it counts.

The brainchild of winter sometimes delivers an appropriate summer soundtrack.

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Enter To Win Ladyhawke Tickets!

Enter To Win Ladyhawke Tickets!

New Zealand electro-pop singer Ladyhawke (aka Pip Brown) just dropped her third release, Wild Things, said to be her most commercial pop effort to date, and she's coming over to the Tractor Tavern in Ballard on June 30th to give y'all a taste of it! Enter to win a pair of tickets to the 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Wild Things" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/28. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Smoke Season At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Smoke Season At Barboza!

Jason Rosen, one half of L.A.-based duo Smoke Season (along with singer Gabrielle Wortman), describes the sound of their most recent EP, Ouroburos, as "1 part electronic beats, 1 part psychedelic soul and 2 parts whiskey under the Mojave Desert stars.” Sound intriguing? Check out their video below and enter to win a pair of tickets to their 6/29 show at Barboza by e-mailing us with the subject line "Ouroburos" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/28. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 06-24-16


New Releases Fri 24 June
 


THE AVETT BROTHERS - True Sadness - Republic
In a heartfelt personal letter penned by Seth Avett, Grammy Award®-nominated alternative folk collective The Avett Brothers revealed details of their new album, True Sadness. "True Sadness is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers." He goes on to cite pervasive and cornerstone influences such as, Queen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmie Rodgers, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Gillian Welch, Aretha Franklin, Walt Disney, Pink Floyd, Kings of Convenience, calypso of the 1950 s and country of the 1930's. "Most importantly, throughout the album, we stitched together the boldest red and the calmest green, polka dots and stripes, the roughest denim and the smoothest velveteen. They came together because they are the best patterns we have and because each of us brought our own fabric to the quilting frame."

DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Will Fall

DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Will FallDJ SHADOW - The Mountain Will Fall - Mass AppealDJ SHADOW - The Mountain Will Fall
The Mountain Will Fall is the new album from Californian hip-hop legend DJ Shadow. The album includes the outstanding single "Nobody Speak" featuring Run The Jewels. Other guests on the release include Nils Frahm & Ernie Fresh. "A sprawling and ambitious record, cohering in a distinct style, but nonetheless exploring numerous and varied soundscapes on its journey to an eerie conclusion." - The AV Club 
Video Available 

 

DEERHOOF - The Magic - Polyvinyl Records
After all the accolades from press and peers, what’s a legendary band to do? Forget the recording studio, rent out an abandoned office space in the middle of the New Mexico desert, set up, plug in and play REALLY LOUD. Starting with hardly a notion of the outcome, by seven days later Deerhoof had found (you guessed it) The Magic: a raw and refreshing 15-song wallop of an album about what happens when you leave your comfort zone.

NEIL YOUNG & THE PROMISE OF THE REAL - Earth - Reprise
"98 uninterrupted minutes long, Earth flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well and the animals, insects, birds and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times." - Neil Young 

MELVINS - Vinyl Remasters - Third Man

Birthed in the Pacific Northwest gloom of Aberdeen that would spawn grunge music and culture, the Melvins were writing songs that were clearly inspired by the right stuff and written for the right people… and they had Nirvana’s unequivocal stamp of approval, which meant everything in the early '90s. For the next four years after their signing to Atlantic Records, the Melvins would deliver three stellar, influential albums that were criminally only moderately appreciated at the time. In the past 23 years, they’ve continued onwards with Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and a revolving cast of bassists at the helm, cementing themselves as one of the most important American rock bands of all time. Houdini, Stoner Witch, and Stag have all been out of print on vinyl for over two decades and original copies can command into the three figures in back alley craps games. Third Man Records is proud to reintroduce these titles to the hungry vinyl-buying public, all remastered from original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and given the deluxe, gatefold jacket treatment.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS - Helter Seltzer - 100%
We Are Scientists, the Brooklyn, New York-based power pop troupe return with their fifth album, Helter Seltzer. and released via 100% Records, it is preceded by the single release of 'Buckle', the album's opening track. For this album We Are Scientists asked their ex-keyboard player Max Hart, who had just finished a three-year stint as keyboardist for Katy Perry. In early March, the team got to work. Sifting through the options, a direction emerged: they would use the tones and trickery of radio pop to add a sweet sheen to the new crop of distinctively We Are Scientists songs. Months of toil and trial and error finally brought the right balance, and the finished recordings were shipped to mixer Chris Coady at Sunset Sound in L.A. Coady has quietly emerged in recent years as one of the finest mixers of glossy indie pop, with credits that include Future Islands, Beach House, and !!!. In 'Helter Seltzer' he knew he had an album that should shimmer but also bang, and he applied all of the magic and sauce at his disposal to insure it did exactly that.

RICH ROBINSON - Flux - Eagle Records
With Flux, Rich Robinson presents his most accomplished solo album to date--13 new, original songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots. A blues-rock odyssey straight from Robinson’s soul, the guitarist returned to Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY, the recording facility that has become his creative hub. Nestled away within Woodstock’s famed artist enclave, Robinson’s work at the studio has yielded Woodstock Sessions, The Ceaseless Sight, and now Flux.

THE EXPLORERS CLUB - Together - Goldstar Recordings
The Explorers Club mark their return with Together, the quintet's third album of harmony-laden sounds. Hot off the heels of their first release, Freedom Wind, which showcased their Beach Boys influences, and the triumphant follow-up, Grand Hotel, an exploration of classic soft pop ideals, Together is sure to be the soundtrack for Summer 2016. Jason Brewer, founder and visionary of the band, has patterned the album in the mold of post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys classics such as Friends, Sunflower and Love You, while adding his own unique touches and flourishes of inspiration with his band mates. Listeners can expect exquisite harmonies, tight musicianship, flowing melodies, and gorgeous vocals. "Together" is a must for fans of well-crafted pop music.

JON PARDI - California SunriseSUBLIME - Remastered Vinyl - Geffen Records
This month marks 24 years since the sight of Opie's demented sun and the tunes off Sublime's debut album, 40 Oz. To Freedom! To help celebrate, Geffen are re-releasing 40oz. To Freedom along with Robbin' The Hood and Sublime on remastered 180g 2-LP gatefold with removable 3D lenticular cover art. Also making their debut on newly remastered standard weight 1-LP are Second Hand Smoke, Stand By Your Van and Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends. Click here for the full lineup of remastered vinyl along with a few classic Sublime releases.




ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Drowners - On Desire
Motorhead - Clean Your Clock
The Mystery Lights - The Mystery Lights
Jerry Garcia - Garcialive Volume 6: July 5, 1973 Lion's Share
Bangles - Ladies And Gentlemen... The Bangles!
The Alan Parsons Symphonic Project - Live In Columbia
The Rippingtons - True Stories
Whitechapel - Mark Of The Blade
Dorothy - Rockisdead
Blink-182 - Enema Of The State [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Bun E. Carlos - Greetings from Bunezuela!
Melanie De Biasio - Blackened Cities
The Interrupters - Say It Out Loud
Mock Orange - Put The Kid On The Sleepy Horse
The Felice Brothers - Life In The Dark
Eggs Over Easy - Good 'N' Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story
Broods - Conscious

& More .....

Nai Harvest - Just Like You / Jelly [Vinyl Single]
Arctic - Arctic EP
Lavashark - State Trooper / Susie Q EP [Vinyl]
















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Album Review: Karl Blau - "Introducing Karl Blau"

Album Review: Karl Blau - "Introducing Karl Blau"

By Ian Bremner

As long as there is no ill intent or instinctual violence or anything, people usually react well to a good surprise. For example, some may look surprised if you were to tell them that one of the best country albums of the last year came from a gentleman relatively unknown outside of his hometown in Anacortes, Washington.

Karl Blau has been making albums since the late 1990s and has accumulated upwards of 40 LPs to his name. Why is his latest album titled Introducing Karl Blau, you ask? Perhaps it is as tongue-in-cheek as it is fitting.

Blau, a member of Anacortes’ Knw-Yr-Own/K Records collective is a musical scientist. He seems to never be quite finished experimenting with new sounds, styles and genres. This time he settled upon recording a collection of classic, somewhat underground, country covers. Introducing is not just a cover album however. Each song, whether it's "How I Got To Memphis," an original Tom T Hall song, or Link Wray’s "Fallin' Rain," Blau makes completely his own. Much like Sturgill Simpson’s "The Promise" and "In Bloom," when listening to the album, you are fully absorbed into Blau’s voice and words until you get the feeling, “I swear this sounds familiar, but I can’t put my finger on it.”

One thing you can put your finger on, is the play button immediately after the album ends.

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Portishead Does ABBA!

Originally recorded for the Ben Wheatley film High Rise, Portishead's cover of ABBA's classic song "SOS," which, surprise, sounds nothing like the original, is now officially released via video. This is the first music we've heard from Portishead in six years, and we hope it's a signal that more is on the way!

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Win Tickets To Tiger Army!

Win Tickets To Tiger Army!

L.A. psychobilly maniacs Tiger Army will be tearing up El Corazon on June 25th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Knife's Edge" (the title of a song from their new album V...) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/24. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Hunna!

Win Tickets To The Hunna!

British buzzbuzzbuzz band The Hunna are coming to Seattle for the first time, to play at Barboza on June 25th! The Hunna's first single, "Bonfire," dropped in October, and since then, their rapid rise has attracted both admirers and haters, the latter of which the band points to in their latest single, "You & Me" (see video below). Enter to win tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Bonfire" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/24. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Ben Watt At Columbia City Theater!

Win Tickets To Ben Watt At Columbia City Theater!

Best known as guitarist, keyboardist, and singer for the British duo Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt's third solo album, Fever Dream, was released in April and he's coming to the Columbia City Theater on June 24th to give us a taste! Enter to win tickets to this 21+ show (with special guest Karl Blau) by e-mailing us with the subject line "Fever Dream" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/23. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 06-17-16


New Releases Fri 17 June
 


RADIOHEAD - A Moon Shaped Pool - XL Recordings
Radiohead return with their highly anticipated ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, featuring “Burn The Witch,” “Daydreaming” and “True Love Waits.” The album is available on CDVinyl and an Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White Vinyl. "Only now does it seem like Radiohead, a group too big to break up, could call it quits after pouring everything into their music, ending with a record of personal exhaust examined through leisurely means." - Consequence Of Sound

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - The Getaway - Warner Bros.
The Getaway is the 11th full-length studio release for Red Hot Chili Peppers and was produced by Danger Mouse. Features the singles "The Getaway" and "We Turn Red." "The Getaway proves not only that the longtime rockers still sizzle 30 years in, but also are capable of victoriously revamping their sound." - USA Today

CASE/LANG/VEIRS - Case/Lang/Veirs

CASE/LANG/VEIRS - Case/Lang/VeirsCASE/LANG/VEIRS - Case/Lang/Veirs - AntiCASE/LANG/VEIRS - Case/Lang/Veirs
Case/Lang/Veirs, a true collaboration between three phenomenal, self-driven artists: avant-rock icon Neko Case, legendary musical nomad k.d. Lang, and indie folk star Laura Veirs. The women wrote all 14 songs and shared lead vocals equally, sometimes even within the same track. Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, case/lang/veirs travels through aches and eras, torch songs and tributes to the undersung. Vinyl available 7/14
Early Listen Available Video Available 

JON PARDI - California SunriseJON PARDI - California Sunrise - Capitol NashvilleJON PARDI - California Sunrise
Capitol Records Nashville's Jon Pardi releases his highly-anticipated sophomore album, California Sunrise, on June 17. The album's lead single, Head Over Boots, is a swinging, mid-tempo tune and immediately connects with fans and gives a taste of what to expect from the California native's upcoming second studio album. Pardi is often commended for sticking to his traditional country roots. "I always want to have the traditional country soul while meeting the new standards of country music," explains Pardi. California Sunrise is the follow-up to Pardi's celebrated debut album, Write You A Song, featuring his Gold-selling Top 10 hit, "Up All Night."
Early Listen Available Video Available 


MOGWAI - Atomic - Temporary Residence
Atomic, the new album by Scottish experimental rock legends Mogwai, is composed of reworked versions of the music recorded for the soundtrack to director Mark Cousins' acclaimed documentary Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise, which first aired on BBC Four last summer. Constructed entirely of archive film, Atomic is an impressionistic kaleidoscope of the horrors of our nuclear times - protest marches, Cold War sabre-rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima - but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how x-rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. 

MUMFORD & SONS - Johannesburg EP - Glassnote
Mumford & Sons release their new set of recordings entitled Johannesburg, made with Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best. The songs were recorded in Studio 2 and the Auditorium of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Johannesburg in February over two all-day and all-night sessions and produced by Mumford & Sons and The Very Best's Swedish electronic music maestro, Johan Hugo.

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Win Tickets To Junior Brown!

Win Tickets To Junior Brown!

Texas honky-tonker Junior Brown is bringing his guit-steels Old Yeller and Big Red to the Neptune on 6/19! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hang Up & Drive" (the title of a song from his recent release, Volume Ten) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on Friday! Good luck!

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Show Review: Local H At The Crocodile - 6/6/16

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By Grady Tyree

How many times do you get to see the band open for the band? No, I’m not talking about The Band – the classic rock band featuring Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson - I’m using the term just as a descriptor. A few nights back I got to see the current line-up of Local H (Scott Lucas and Ryan Harding) open up for the original Local H line-up (Scott Lucas and Joe Daniels), and it was fucking amazing! Local H holds a special place in my heart, and in my musicology, as their sophomore release, As Good As Dead, was the album that began my personal musical journey, the first album I purchased with no influence from friends or family. I bought it after one listen to its lead single, “Bound For The Floor”, and I’ve never looked back.

As Good As Dead has been circulating the airwaves for twenty years now. Released back in April of 1996, it’s stayed in constant rotation for me over those two decades. Even with the line-up changes, the essence of Local H has remained the same and Scott has always brought in heavy-handed drummers who meet his ferocity on stage. Each release has had its bright spots or head-banging hits, but AGAD is possibly their most complete album. To help celebrate the milestone anniversary of its release, Scott toyed around with the idea of bringing Joe back just to play a few gigs around Chicago, but that quickly morphed into a cross-country tour with two drummers as Joe worked off the dust in their practice space leading up to their two-night headlining shows at the Metro in Chicago.

The Croc show started with Scott and Ryan, whose kit was set up on stage-left, and the two of them laid the foundation for the show, filling the room with thunderous drum fills and walls of distorted bass and guitar chords as they rambled through a catalog of songs that included “John The Baptist Blues,” “Hands On The Bible,” “Keep Your Girlfriend,” “The One with 'Kid,'” and the sing-along favorite, “California Songs.” The duo worked the crowd into an angry hornet’s nest before taking a 30-minute break between sets.

Once the lights dimmed after the “intermission” and Scott and Joe took the stage, the crowd erupted in applause and chants of “Joe! Joe! Joe!” as both took their respective spots on stage – Scott in the center of two drum sets, and Joe with his kit right up-front, stage-right. They kicked off the As Good As Dead set with “Manifest Destiny, Pt. 1” before jamming right into their biggest, most commercially successful single, “Bound For The Floor,” which got the audience amped. Crowd-surfers popped up randomly, riding the wave of arms right to the stage, where they promptly stood up and jumped right back into the fray as Scott and Joe churned through cut after cut from this quintessential ‘90s record. Going into the show, I thought they would play the album in order, but was pleasantly surprised when they mixed it up and saved the best for last. They crushed the crowd with head-bangers like “Nothing Special,” “Freeze-Dried (F)lies,” and “Back In The Day” alongside “Eddie Vedder,” “Lovey Dovey,” and “No Problem,” a track Scott did predominately alone as Joe stepped back to grab water for the patrons sweating it out in front of them. But when Joe did get back behind the kit, it was the familiar thump of the floor toms that let the fans know it was time for some high-fivin’ action, and the dynamic duo ramped into the fan-favorite “High Fivin’ MF”!! It was an unbelievable show in the end, the energy the band put forth was equally given back to them from the gracious crowd, and it was so cool to see Scott and Joe back at it, as they were when I saw them five times in 1997. Thanks for the trip back in time…

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Easy Street Looking For Sales Clerks!

Easy Street Looking For Sales Clerks!

We're looking for TWO friendly, outgoing and motivated customer service stars to join our team at Easy Street Records! Display and merchandising experience a plus. One full-time position (mostly day shift, but scheduling flexibility appreciated) and one part-time position (nights & weekends to start, with the possibility of full-time in the future). Please send résumés to Adam at adam@easystreetonline.com.

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Win Tickets To METZ!

Win Tickets To METZ!

The mighty METZ is coming back to Barboza June 16th to blow some eardrums and fry some minds! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Zzyzx" (a track off their recent album II) and please include first & last name with entry! We'll draw a winner on 6/15.

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New Release Round-Up 06-10-16


New Releases Fri 10 June
 


BAND OF HORSES - Why Are You OK - Interscope
Why Are You OK, the fifth full-length release for Band Of Horses, was produced by Jason Lytle and features guest appearances from Sera Cahoone, Jenn Champion, and Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis. "After the mainstream ambitions of Infinite Arms and Mirage Rock, Band of Horses’s fifth album makes something of a triumphant return to the wide-eyed, dreamy vulnerability that marked the Seattle band’s first two records. The default mode is anthemic indie-rock that pinpoints the place where wistfulness and euphoria collide, then showers it in effervescent harmonies and melodies. But the songs run the gamut from country-rock to Hag’s unlikely, reverb-laden nod to OMD’s synth hit 'Souvenir.' " - The Guardian

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS - Fitz & The Tantrums - Elektra
Fitz and The Tantrums' natural exuberance permeates their new self-titled album, which celebrates walking to the beat of your own drum. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick says of new record, "We've always tried to push ourselves at every turn. For our third album, we continued to challenge ourselves, taking care not to write the same record again." "Turn it up," Fitz exhorts at the top of album opener and first single "HandClap." The horn-and-beats fueled track captures the exhilarating sense of promise - and danger - that a night out and a new romance hold. The staccato "Complicated" paints a relationship that's packed with both chemistry and conflict and bursts into an unexpected cheer. Echo and otherworldly keyboards make "Tricky" an intoxicating dance-floor anthem and a warning to any future lover, while "A Place For Us," the album closer, encapsulates the band's belief that there is a place in the world for each of us to belong, regardless of our differences.

PAUL McCARTNEY - Pure McCartney - Hear Music
This is the only comprehensive collection released of Paul McCartney's solo works from his 45-year solo career. The collection was personally curated by Paul McCartney and many tracks have been remastered for this collection. "Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to. Maybe to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home, or at a party with friends. So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse play lists from various periods of my long and winding career. So jump in your hot rod or relax in your hot bath and give these ditties a spin and remember that if half of the pleasure we had in putting this collection together communicates itself to you, we'll all be riding high!" - Paul McCartney

THE BEACH BOYS - Pet Sounds: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - Capitol
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' phenomenal album Pet Sounds, Capitol is releasing the album in a variety of formats, A 2-CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono with highlights from the collectors edition's additional tracks; a 4-CD/Blu-Ray Audio collector's edition presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus a new hi-res instrumental mix, as well as session outtakes, alternate mixes, previously unreleased live recordings and hi-res stereo and mono and 5.1 surround mixes; and a 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl LP available in remastered stereo or mono.

PETER BJORN & JOHN - Breakin' PointPETER BJORN AND JOHN - Breakin' Point [Indie Exclusive Deluxe CD] - IngridPETER BJORN & JOHN - Breakin' Point
Breakin' Point is Peter Bjorn And John's seventh full-length studio album following up 2011's critically acclaimed Gimme Some and the 2006 million-selling US single "Young Folks" that started it all. The album marks their first new release in more than five years. On Breakin' Point the band had the opportunity to work with an impressive group of producers including Patrick Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn), Paul Epworth (Florence And The Machine, U2, Paul McCartney), Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Kanye West), Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Thom Monahan (Wild Nothing, Devendra Banhart). The result is a phenomenal album that finds the group reaching another career high. While Gimme Some was the Swedish trio's guitar-driven power pop record that beautifully captured the energy of the band's live show, Breakin' Point is about creating big pop songs, taking advantage of all that the studio has to offer and crafting an album that is complex while sounding effortless.
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ELI 'PAPERBOY' REED - My Way Home - Yep Roc Records
Eli 'Paperboy' Reed has returned to the studio and crafted a new album that is at once back-to-basics and startlingly current. MOJO called the Boston-via-Mississippi singer the king of rhythm & soul, while Rolling Stone hailed his classic soul and horn-heavy R&B soaked with the blues, and NPR raved that he conveys the heart-wrenching emotion of Southern predecessors such as Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. My Way Home represents a return to the sonic character that Reed's career began with, but it does more than that: It captures the essence of his sound. A sound that, over everything else, prizes feeling, energy, and, yes, soul.

AIR - Twentyears - Rhino / Parlophone
Twenty years after their international debut, the French multi-platinum selling band Air, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, release their first anthology. The 2-CD set contains 17 tracks selected by the band on the first disc and the second disc gathers 14 rare and unreleased tracks. Also available on 2 LPs. A Super Deluxe Box Set is due in July.

GARBAGE - Strange Little Birds - Stunvolume / Vagrant Records
Garbage release their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, on the band's own label STUNVOLUME. Working initially in drummer/producer Butch Vig's basement and then at Red Razor Sounds in Los Angeles, Garbage drew on a variety of sources, from their recent fan letters back to the albums they loved growing up. "The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically," said frontwoman Shirley Manson. Strange Little Birds is less fussed over than anything Garbage has ever made. "We fell in love with immediacy," adds Vig. Some will hear echoes of Garbage's 1995 debut album in Strange Little Birds including Manson herself. "To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records," she says. "It's getting back to that beginner's headspace. In part, that's a result of not having anyone to answer to."

MOBY - Music From Porcelain - Thrive Music
Music From Porcelain is the companion album for Moby's autobiography, Porcelain, released by Random House on May 17, 2016. The album is also the first comprehensive compilation of Moby's work starting in the 1990s and includes remastered recordings from Moby's early catalog. As a bonus, Music From Porcelain also contains a collection of some of the era's defining dance recordings that inspired Moby's early career. Moby is without question the most iconic and successful musician of the American electronic music scene. 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Kaleo - A/B
KONGOS - Egomaniac
Nick Jonas - Last Year Was Complicated
Broncho - Double Vanity
Rival Sons - Hollow Bones
Tom Odell - Wrong Crowd
Brandy Clark - Big Day In A Small Town
Van Morrison - It's Too Late to Stop Now...Volume I
Van Morrison - It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volumes II, III & IV
Allen Toussaint - American Tunes
From Dusk Till Dawn [20th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Soundtrack
WOMPS - Our Fertile Forever
The Gotobeds - Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic
Yung - A Youthful Dream
Colvin & Earle - Colvin & Earle
The Shelters - The Shelters
The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves


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Oddisee - Alwasta EP
Mumford & Sons - Wona
Wolf Hoffmann - Scherzo
Derik Hultquist - Garden Of Roses
Capsize - I Think It's Best We Don't Talk Anymore
















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Enter To Win Tickets To John Carpenter At The Paramount!

Enter To Win Tickets To John Carpenter At The Paramount!

This should be pretty damn cool...director/composer, John Carpenter, (AKA the mastermind behind legendary films Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York) performs both lost and newly found themes, in addition to retrospective work from his career at the Paramount Theatre June 14th! The performance will be with a full band and a "spectacular stage production" is promised. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Lost Themes" (the title of his 2015 album on Sacred Bones, and its follow-up, Lost Themes II). Please include first and last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/12. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Cage The Elephant!

Win Tickets To Cage The Elephant!

Happy Wednesday, Easy Streeters! We've got some great news, mainly a free pair of tickets to give away to Cage The Elephant's 6/19 show at the WaMu Theater, with special guests Portugal. The Man and Twin Peaks! Who wants 'em?? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Tell Me I'm Pretty" (the title of their latest) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/15. Good luck!

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Album Review: Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis

Album Review: Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis

By Ian Bremner

Robert Ellis is not only a self-titled album, it has also been self-proclaimed, the most “Robert Ellis” album Robert Ellis and his band have ever done. Perhaps that is why it is hard to ignore the fact this new record is oozing with heartbreak, introspection, and realization.

When diving into a new record, sometimes it is a struggle to determine how much of its content is autobiographical and how much is role-play. Robert Ellis has always been great at blurring those lines.

The album starts with an observational song "Perfect Strangers," about how everything looks better in lower lighting and how easy it is to fall in love with something without being able to see below the surface. Soon, Ellis is proclaiming his love in the longing "How I Love You," before seemingly giving up and threatening to move to California with the only unbroken part of his heart. All of this turmoil goes down in the first three tracks.

Where fellow songwriter Jason Isbell referenced the “elephant in the room” in his beautiful 2013 song about a cancer-ridden friend, Ellis pays homage to the large African animal/metaphorical idiom with a regretful, jealous-heart confessional song packed with tension. Throughout the 11-song album, the listener is constantly questioning whether Ellis is addressing a past, present, or future lover.

Despite some lyrical heaviness, the musical maturation is glaring. Though most would consider Robert Ellis a country album, it is so much more. With pop melodies and rootsy R&B, there was an obvious amount of time spent on the arrangements and song flow of the album that many modern day “country albums” don’t seem to prioritize as much as the SONG. There are flowing strings and slow guitar picking paired with piano and vivid storytelling throughout. Only Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes can get away with as many syllables and words per verse as Robert Ellis does, but it never seems crowded.

No one can claim to be mistake free and whether Robert Ellis is singing from his own experiences or not, he is certainly singing from his heart. A heart full of newfound wisdom, but perhaps still on the mend.

Robert Ellis playing 3 stripped-down songs from his new album for NPR Tiny Desk.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Caravan Palace!

Enter To Win Tickets To Caravan Palace!

Paris's Caravan Palace say they play "electro swing," which is apparently what you get when you cross the gypsy jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt with, let's say, Daft Punk. It's an intriguing thought and it's worked quite well for the seven-piece band, who have played packed houses just about everywhere they go. They're coming to the Showbox on June 10th and we would like you to check 'em out! Enter to win a free pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Robot" (or <|°_°|> if you prefer) and please include your first and last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/8. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To David Bazan!

Win Tickets To David Bazan!

Barsuk Records' folkie David Bazan is marking the release of his new album Blanco by hitting the road! His three-month U.S. tour includes a stop at the Neptune on June 10th with special guest Lemolo. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Blanco" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/9. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 06-03-16


New Releases Fri 03 June
 


PAUL SIMON - Stranger To Stranger - Concord Records
"The idea is not to just make another album," Paul Simon explains. "The idea is to make something that's really worth a listen." For anyone who's been listening to great music during the past half-century, Paul Simon is certainly no stranger. So one of the most remarkable things about his extraordinary new masterpiece, Stranger To Stranger, is that it conjures a vivid and vital new context to his well-established genius as a singer and songwriter. Full of thrilling textures that feel fresh and modern, while still offering subtle and artful allusions to our shared musical past, Stranger to Stranger presents the perfect opportunity to get to know Paul Simon in a new way.

THE KILLS - Ash & Ice - Domino
Over their almost decade-and-a-half career, The Kills have released four records. Each one a restless, reckless enigmatic art statement that bristled with tension, anxiety, sex, unstudied cool and winking ennui, yet not one of them sounded like the previous one. Ash & Ice is the follow up to 2011’s critically lauded Blood Pressures and was five years in the making in part due to Jamie Hince’s five hand surgeries, which resulted in him having to re-learn how to play guitar with a permanently damaged finger. 

TEGAN & SARA - Love You To Death - Warner Bros.
Love You To Death is the follow up to Tegan & Sara's pop breakthrough album Heartthrob, which featured the singles "Closer," which was certified gold in the US, and "I Was a Fool." In addition to this, the band were featured on the LEGO Movie single "Everything is Awesome" with The Lonely Island, and were invited to perform that song as part of the 2015 Oscar telecast.

THE STROKES - Future Present Past EP [Indie Exclusive Blue 10 Inch Vinyl] - Cult Records
This surprise new EP includes three original songs (“Drag Queen,” “OBLIVIUS,” and “Threat of Joy”) along with an additional remix of “OBLIVIUS” by drummer Fab Moretti. Future Present Past will be released in both digital and physical formats to coincide with the band’s headlining performance at the Governor’s Ball Festival in New York. Future Present Past was recorded over the past year in several locations with the help of producer Gus Oberg. The band is currently at work on new material.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Volbeat - Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie
Ladyhawke - Wild Things
The Melvins - Basses Loaded
FEWS - Means
Train - Does Led Zeppelin II
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Soulrocker
Mac Miller - Best Day Ever
10,000 Maniacs - Playing Favorites
Sam Cohen - Cool It
Adam & The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier: Remastered
Rebelution - Falling Into Place
The Traveling Wilburys - The Traveling Wilburys Collection
Fiona Brice - Postcards From
Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
HELLYEAH - Unden!able


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Candlemass - Death Thy Lover EP
Let's Eat Grandma - Rapunzel
Garbage - Even Though Our Love Is Doomed















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Win A Tegan & Sara Prize Pack!

Win A Tegan & Sara Prize Pack!

Tegan & Sara's new album, Love You To Death, is out today! The new album's already getting raves like this:

"This is a sharp, concise, focused pop album. There’s no bloat, which makes it a rare beast today. At 10 songs and 31 minutes, it’s closer to, say, Duran Duran’s Rio or the Cars’ self-titled album than it is to the new Ariana Grande." - Stereogum.com.

And this: "Eight albums into their career, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have made their definitive record. 2013’s Heartthrob, which boasted the pounding ‘Closer’, revealed the former indie rockers as a force to reckon with in the pop world. If that album was a surprise left hook, Love You To Death is an indisputable KO." - NME.com

Good news! You can enter to win a Tegan & Sera prize pack, which includes a vinyl copy of Love You To Death, T&S red sunglasses & more goodies by e-mailing us with the subject line "Love You To Death" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Matt's Sasquatch! Wrap-Up W/Photos!


L-R: Ty Segall, ESR photographer Ryan Cory, King Tuffy


By Matt Vaughan

Thank you everybody for coming by to see us at our Easy Street Record pop-up, out at the Gorge. This was our 14th year in a row out at Sasquatch!. We sell all the CDs/LPs and some swag for the bands, while hosting artists' meet-n-greets & signings. It was a busy four-day weekend. We had 50 artists/bands come by our lil shop. What record did you buy? What band did you meet? What new band did you discover? What was your top five? Who was your favorite Easy Street clerk?

In my handicapper tipsheet last week, I told you to check out The Internet...did you? King Gizzard? Nathaniel Rateliff? Of the headliners, I loved the Cure…again. I missed Chet Faker, but I could hear him and heard it was great, he has a full band now. Kurt Vile delivered again. I gotta hand it to Florence and the Machine though. I don’t own any of her records, we sell a ton at the shop and I’ve always liked what I’ve heard. I made sure to check her out. She was an angelic, a whirling dervish, heartfelt and beautiful. If I never get to see Kate Bush, I will be satisfied to say that I at least saw Florence and the Machine.

So, what surprised me that I didn’t have on my radar? Fauna Shade from Everett, WA. Had no idea who they were , but a friend and I were walking by and were drawn to the Yeti stage mid-afternoon. Please support them, they are killer. Deep Sea Diver also…you will continue to hear more about them, beautiful rendition of Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” to end their set, btw. Grimes, damn, the girl does everything, she is a bad-ass, great band as well.

We’d like to thank Adam Zacks from Sasquatch! and Brad Gentry from Live Nation for believing in us. It’s a great opportunity for the band to be able to sell their records and really cool opportunity for fans to meet with their favorite bands.

So, what was our best seller? Which band had the biggest line to meet 'em? See below… Here are some photos for you to enjoy taken by our new Sasquatch! crew member, Ryan Cory! See you next year! From your Easy Street Sasquatchers….

Friday Photo Gallery

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Oli's Sasquatch! 2016 Recap!


The Internet Signing At Easy Street Booth. Photo: Oli Moseley

By Oli Moseley

My name is Oli Moseley, 16 years old. I go to South Seattle College as a Running Start student. I transferred from Blanchet High School up by Greenlake. I am a competitive big mountain skier and love to be outdoors. Crystal Mountain is my home but I spend much of the winter traveling around North America for competitions. I also enjoy bike rides, hiking, and yoga. My other great passion is music. I have been singing since I could talk and was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that supported my passion. I have a background in classical and jazz music from years of piano and voice lessons but it wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that I was really exposed to the world of emotion behind the tunes. This past year I've started to go to house shows regularly and have discovered some really great music that I would have never listened to otherwise. I have been to Bumbershoot multiple times and have written about my experiences on the Easy Street site. Here is my experience from my first-ever Sasquatch!, along with photos taken by myself and my friend Bella Cole-Preciado. I couldn’t be happier than to share my experiences with you readers.

This was my first time at Sasquatch! ever. A friend and I made the trip out to the Gorge from West Seattle and we wandered around for those few days seeking bands upon the recommendation of Easy Street Records. Some bands were older than others and some were more popular but each spectacular in their own essence.

My absolute favorite performance of the weekend was Fauna Shade. I was walking past the Yeti stage when this band lured me to the front row of the crowd. Singer Scotty Smith struck me as a cross between Kurt Cobain and Mac DeMarco with his grungy vocals and quirky style. This show started just as the wind had picked up which made for some dramatic hair (and robe) action. The dynamic and upbeat set was perfect for fellow moshers and headbangers.

Yo La Tengo is a band that I knew I wanted to see when I came to Sasquatch!. To be honest I wasn't familiar with their music beforehand but isn't Sasquatch! the perfect opportunity to discover new music? Upon my arrival to their show I was immediately drawn towards their controversial style of a steady beat paired with chaotic guitar solos that make the crowd go nuts. The genre was one the trio had created completely on their own. I will say that I was not disappointed with the discovery and will be listening more.

One of the highlights of Saturday was being able to meet and talk to Hibou at the Easy Street booth during their signing. It's always such a cool opportunity to talk to other musicians. When someone is able to hit that spot in you that makes you dance and smile, it is truly and amazing thing to express your gratitude to them. I ended up talking to Pete (vocalist) for a while and learned that he'd grown up in Seattle right by where I went to high school. Meeting them really humanized the people behind the music which was a whole different experience than just seeing their show. If you have the chance to meet any musician(s) I strongly recommend taking advantage of that. You never know what new insights about music you will acquire.

Tacocat is a Seattle band that is well known for their quirky and cute style. The term "sugar and spice" comes to mind. The band's punky, sarcastic, and fun tunes are relatable and teach us to drop the ego every once in a while to laugh at ourselves.

Finally I'd like to point out that we don't just walk away from this experience with a sunburn and a hangover. The incredible thing about music festivals is that we develop a completely new appreciation for music that we don't even notice until we leave! So thank you Sasquatch! for the great times and new lessons. Before signing off I'd like to shout out King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards for absolutely killing their set on Monday. I look forward to the next time they're in town!

Until next year Sasquatch!, this is Oli Moseley signing off

Check out Oli & Bella's Sasquatch! pix here!

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Win A Kills Prize Pack!

Win A Kills Prize Pack!

The Kills' new album, Ash & Ice, is coming at ya this Friday, and as we often do, we're giving away a Killer (got that?) prize pack to mark the occasion! Prizes include Ash & Ice on vinyl, plus a Kills tote, matches and mini-poster! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Doing It To Death" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Silversun Pickups!

Enter To Win Tickets To Silversun Pickups!

Our favorite and yours, Silversun Pickups will be cranking it up and letting it fly when they hit the Showbox for a sold out show on June 6th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "A Better Nature" (the title of their latest LP) and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 6/3. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Sweet Water & Special Guests At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Sweet Water & Special Guests At Neumos!

Longtime 206 rawk homeys Sweet Water are playing Neumos on June 4th with special guests Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed) and Stereo Embers, whose latest single came out on Mike McCready's HockeyTalkter Records! Should be a helluva night! Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Superfriends" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/3. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 05-27-16


New Releases Fri 27 May
 


THE MONKEES - Good Times! - Rhino
The highly anticipated new album by The Monkees, Good Times!, is the band's first new album in 20 years and tied to their 50th anniversary and extensive North American tour. Good Times! finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned "Love To Love." To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). Schlesinger also wrote "Our Own World" and co-wrote the album's finale with Dolenz, aptly titled "I Was There (And I'm Told I Had A Good Time)." Much like The Monkees' early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer ("She Makes Me Laugh"), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie ("Me & Magdalena"), Andy Partridge of XTC ("You Bring The Summer"), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller ("Birth Of An Accidental Hipster").

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN - The Ride - Capitol
The most exciting new band to burst through in the UK, Catfish And The Bottlemen are poised for a breakthrough stateside with their new D. Sardy-produced album, The Ride. The band's debut album, The Balcony, is headed towards platinum in the UK and recently earned them a 2016 Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.

LACUNA COIL - DeliriumLACUNA COIL - Delirium - Century MediaLACUNA COIL - Delirium
Delirium was recorded at BRX Studio in Milan between December 2015 and February 2016. The effort was produced by Lacuna Coil bassist and main songwriter Marco "Maki" Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini. Coti-Zelati also created the artwork for "Delirium", which is based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.
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DIERKS BENTLEY - Black
DIERKS BENTLEY - Black - Capitol NashvilleDIERKS BENTLEY - Black
Multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has never had to follow trends; he challenges them and creates his own. On the heels of critical and commercial successes and an armful of Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations, Bentley continues one of the most interesting journeys in country music with the newest mile-marker, his eighth studio album Black
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THRICE - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere - Vagrant Records
Thrice has been a staple in the alternative/modern-rock world for over fifteen years. A band known for effortlessly and continuously releasing groundbreaking records, their discography has sold over a 1.5 million copies, and they’ve toured the world with acts like The Deftones, Coheed & Cambria, Rise Against, Circa Survive and Brand New. Thrice released their first proper full-length, Identity Crisis, in 2001 and quickly stormed to the forefront of the indie music scene as listeners rejoiced and formed what can only be described as a cult following. The band went on to release seven highly praised albums, and now, after a three-year break from writing and touring, the Southern California quartet are back with To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowheretheir first studio album in almost five years.

MILES DAVIS & ROBERT GLASPER - Everything's Beautiful - Sony Legacy
Everything's Beautiful brings Miles Davis's sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles' incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Robert Glasper produced the collaboration. "I didn't want to do just a remix record," Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. "My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art."

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Beth Orton - Kidsticks
Pup - The Dream Is Over
Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Real Friends - The Home Inside My Head
Band Of Skulls - By Default
The Muffs - Blonder And Blonder [Deluxe]
Travis - Everything At Once
Daniel Romano - Mosey
Fifth Harmony - 7/27
Flume - Skin
Holy Fuck - Congrats
Big Thief - Masterpiece
Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate
The Lowest Pair - Fern Girl & Ice Man
The Lowest Pair - Uncertain As It Is Uneven
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves [2 CD Deluxe Edition]
Bonnie Bishop - Ain't Who I Was
Sonny And The Sunsets - Moods Baby Moods


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Goat - I Sing In Silence / Snake Of Addis Ababa
Pokey Lafarge - Goodbye, Barcelona [Limited Edition]















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.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Islands!

Enter To Win Tickets To Islands!

On May 13th, Islands dropped not one but TWO albums! The first, described by the band as "a demented interpretation of pop music, with a focus on synthesizers and drum machines," is called Taste. The second, "an attempt at rock n’ roll, with live-off-the-floor performances" is titled Should I Remain Here At Sea. We're guessing they'll perform some of both when they hit the stage at the Tractor Tavern on June 3rd. Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Taste" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/1. Good luck!

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Win A Grateful Dead "Red Rocks '78" Prize Pack!

The most recent release from the Grateful Dead live archive is a three-CD set of their July 8, 1978 performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! Enter to win a "Red Rocks '78" prize package, which includes a t-shirt, water bottle, and poster, by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dead Rocks!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within 30 days of notification. Good luck!

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Win A Signed Copy Of John Doe's New Book!

Win A Signed Copy Of John Doe's New Book!

X guitarist/singer John Doe's new book co-written with Tom DeSavia, Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk, tells the history of the L.A. punk rock scene and its evolution to hardcore punk via the voices of those who were there. Participants include Exene Cervenka, Henry Rollins, Mike Watt, Dave Alvin, Jane Wiedlin & Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Gos, and many others. 

Enter to win a signed copy of the book by e-mailing us with the subject line "Adult Books" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up book at our store in West Seattle.

Don't forget to grab a copy of John Doe's excellent new album, The Westerner, next time you're at Easy Street! Oh, and if you don't win the contest, you can buy the book from us too!

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Win Tickets To The Kills!

Win Tickets To The Kills!

You'll have to wait until June 3rd to buy Ash & Ice, the new full-length by The Kills, but we're betting that they'll play a good number of songs from it when they come to the Showbox SODO on 6/1! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Doing It To Death" (the title of the first single) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/25. Good luck!

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Come See Our New Mural!

We were lucky to have a special guest artist paint our latest mural this week...Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, who paid tribute to his former band, Mother Love Bone, by recreating the legendary MLB mural that graced the outside wall of famed Seattle club, The Vogue, for many years. Thanks, Jeff...it looks amazing! Y'all come by and see it in person, OK?

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New Release Round-Up 05-20-16


New Releases Fri 20 May
 


BOB DYLAN - Fallen Angels - Sony
Fallen Angels is the 37th studio album from Bob Dylan. Featuring twelve classic American tunes written by some of music's most acclaimed and influential songwriters including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn And Carolyn Leigh, the album showcases Dylan's unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader. The Jack Frost-produced album marks the first new music from the artist since his 2015 release, Shadows In The Night, which also showcased Dylan's interpretations of classic American songs. That album reached the Top 10 in seventeen countries, including #7 in the U.S., with #1 debuts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.

ERIC CLAPTON - I Still Do - Bushbranch / Surfdog
Music legend Eric Clapton has reunited with famed producer Glyn Johns for his 23rd studio album I Still Do, released on his Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records. Clapton and Johns, who has also produced albums for The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who, most famously worked together on Clapton's iconic Slowhand album. This album follows his last release, the 2014 chart-topping Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale.

ARIANA GRANDE - Dangerous Woman - Republic
Republic Records releases Ariana Grande's 3rd album, Dangerous Woman. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum superstar was recently awarded with the 2016 Kids' Choice Award for Female Singer. The album features the two hits, "Dangerous Woman" and "Be Alright."

BLAKE SHELTON - If I'm Honest - Warner Bros
If I'm Honest is Blake Shelton's 10th studio album. Produced by Scott Hendricks, it features 15 brand new songs, including the already Top 10 single; "Came Here To Forget," as well as "Friends" from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet "Go Ahead And Break My Heart." The initial run of 200K CD's will feature a 3D/Lenticular cover.

MUDCRUTCH - 2 - Reprise
Mudcrutch release their second album on Reprise Records. 2 is the follow up to the band's 2008 eponymous debut which Rolling Stone called "a country-rock instant classic" in a rave four-star review. The new album is produced by band members Tom Petty and Mike Campbell with Ryan Ulyate. 2 includes seven originals written by Tom Petty, with band members Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh and Benmont Tench composing one each.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Various Artists - Day Of The Dead
Yuna - Chapters
Sick Puppies - Fury
Brett Dennen - Por Favor
Saosin - Along The Shadow
Barenaked Ladies - BNL Rocks Red Rocks
Tiger Army - V
Richard Ashcroft - These People
David Bowie - Changesonebowie
Highwaymen - Live: American Outlaws
Phish - Hoist [2LP]
Black Pistol Fire - Don't Wake The Riot
Deep Purple - Machine Head (40th Anniversary Edition)
Fly Moon Royalty - Delicious Trouble
Mutual Benefit - Skip A Sinking Stone
Andy Shauf - Party
Gruesome - Dimensions Of Horror
Weekend Nachos - Apology
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
No Sinner - Old Habits Die Hard
Katatonia - The Fall Of Hearts
Quaker City Night Hawks - El Astronauta


& More .....

Phil Collins - You've Been In Love (That Little Bit Too Long) [Remastered]
Rebelution - Lay My Claim
Let's Eat Grandma - Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
Roisin Murphy - Ten Miles High
Minor Victories - Breaking My Light














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.

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Win Tickets To Moderat At The Showbox!

Win Tickets To Moderat At The Showbox!

Moderat, the electronic collaboration between Sascha ‘Apparat’ Ring and Modeskeletor's Gernot Bronsert and Sebastien Szary, will take the stage at the Showbox on May 24th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Eating Hooks" (the lead-off song from their latest album III), and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/23. Good luck!

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What? Another Sasquatch! Giveaway?

Thanks to all who entered last week's Sasquatch! 4-day pass giveaway! We've chosen our lucky winner, but guess what, we were given another pair of passes this week! Oh my, what to do? We think we'll give these away as well. To be eligible to win tickets to the legendary Memorial Day festival at the Gorge, just e-mail us with the subject line "Sasquatch #2" and answer the following questions:

1. Have you ever been to Sasquatch? (if the answer is no, skip the other two questions)

2. How many times?

3. What was your top Sasquatch! experience of all time?

Please include first and last name with entry. If you entered our first contest, feel free to try again.

Please note, the wristbands do NOT include camping, which must be purchased here. Wristbands must be picked up at our store in West Seattle.

GOOD LUCK!

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Video Of The Day: Arbor Labor Union - "Volume Peaks"

Got 8+ minutes? Here's a brand spankin' new video from the brand spankin' new album from Arbor Labor Union (on Sub Pop), which just dropped last Friday! The album is called I Hear You, and we dig it, how 'bout you?

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Win Tickets To Charles Bradley At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Charles Bradley At Neumos!

The incredible "Screaming Eagle Of Soul," Charles Bradley, is sure to blow the roof off of a SOLD OUT Neumos when he performs there on May 23rd! Enter to win tickets to see one of the greatest pure soul singers of our time by e-mailing us with the subject line "Changes" (the title of his most recent release) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/20. Good luck!

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A Conversation With Sasquatch Founder Adam Zacks!


Photo: Kayte Olsufka

By Matt Vaughan

The Sasquatch! Music Festival is celebrating its 15th year and Easy Street Records has been the festival’s onsite retailer and meet-n-greet specialists for 14 of those years! Always held on Memorial Day Weekend and always held at the award-winning spectacle that is the Gorge Amphitheater. It is the preeminent Northwest festival, often acting as the launch pad or coming out party for many of our local acts, including The Shins, Postal Service, New Pornographers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Death Cab For Cutie, and Head and the Heart. Who's it going to be this year?

This year, over 100,000 fans will take over the Gorge for four days (May 27-30). Every year Easy Street sets up a booth, not unlike a fireworks stand, on the grounds of Sasquatch!. Maybe you’ve seen us? We schedule as many artist signings as we can, and the booth also serves as a pop-up shop, with CDs/LPs and any other kind of product that the bands want us to sell. (The Gorge folk handle the t-shirts by the way!) Easy Street has a unique perspective on the festival. We are among the fans. We are also close enough that we can see all the mainstage acts. It’s pretty clear to us when a band has delivered a special performance. If they are signing at our booth, we can tell by the size of the line. We can tell by how many records they sell, and of course, we can just look out from the booth and see who has the largest crowds and what people are saying as they walk by after a show.

There is always the unexpected at Sasquatch! and we have to prepare as much as we can for that. For us, it’s a little bit like playing the ponies. We order product in advance for all the bands that are performing, but we don’t always know how well a band is going to go over. Did we order too many or not enough? Certainly, if a band is going to be doing a signing and meeting their fans, we can be assured that their record sales will most likely be high.

This year, we are putting our early bets in. Here’s your Easy Street Handicapper Tipsheet, try not to miss these performances….. The Internet, King Gizzard, X Ambassadors, Nathaniel Rateliff, Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, and Grimes. Also, try not to miss the undercards, newcomers Andra Day, Oddisee, Houndmouth, Speedy Ortiz, and Kaleo. Of course, your undefeated champions of the festival are first and foremost, The Cure. Also, Alabama Shakes, Sufjan Stevens, Kurt Vile, Yo La Tengo, Leon Bridges, Florence and the Machine, Disclosure, Chet Faker, and expect a beauty from M83.

The founder, booker, and mastermind behind Sasquatch! is Adam Zacks. Matt and Zacks recently spent a few moments together to reflect on Sasquatch!

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Win Passes To Sasquatch!

Are you ready?? The 2016 Sasquatch! Festival will take place on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30) at the Gorge, and we'll be right there with you, hosting artist signings and having fun in the Easy Street booth! But right now, we're giving away a pair of four-day wristbands to Sasquatch! Shoot us an e-mail with the subject line "Sasquatch #1" and tell us which Sasquatch! artists you would most like to meet at our signing booth! We'll draw a winner on May 17th. Winner must pick up passes at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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West Seattle Summer Fest Music Lineup Revealed!

The West Seattle Junction Association just announced the music lineup for the West Seattle Summer Fest, and, as always, it's a killer! Summer Fest will take place July 8-10 in the West Seattle Junction. This year's lineup includes Tacocat, Chastity Belt, Grace Love & The True Loves, Acapulco Lips, Bread And Butter, Hobosexual, Dusty 45s, Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers. The Hollers and a whole lot more!

See the full lineup here!

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Win Nada Surf Tickets & T-Shirts!

Win Nada Surf Tickets & T-Shirts!

Nada Surf's eighth release, You Know You You Are, is "as perfect a pop album as you’re going to get this year," wrote Paste.com's Robert Ham in his review, adding, "Listening to You Know Who You Are, or really any of Nada Surf’s albums from the past two decades, there’s the sense that [singer/guitarist Matthew] Caws could knock out a collection of tunes with one hand tied behind his back. The music feels so effortless in that way. Yet, this new LP is only the eighth in the group’s history. That belies as precision and care that Caws and co. must use during their writing and recording sessions. The proof is in a finished product where nothing feels out of place or approached half-heartedly."

Nada Surf is coming to the Neptune on May 18th...wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets and a t-shirt by e-mailing us with the subject line "Gold Sounds" and please include first & last name with your entry. We also have a bunch of cool Nada Surf t-shirts, which we will give to the runners-up! T-shirts must be picked up at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Andrew Bird!

Win Tickets To Andrew Bird!

Andrew Bird is coming to town in support of his latest album, Are You Serious, with a stop at the Showbox on May 19th! Enter to win tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line, "Are You Serious" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/17. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Leon Russell!

Win Tickets To Leon Russell!

In his 50+ years in the music business, Leon Russell has done it all - sessionman, record label owner, studio owner, bandleader, composer of countless amazing songs, master pianist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer. He helped launch the careers of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, J.J. Cale, Phoebe Snow, and Dwight Twilley, among others. Wrote songs like "A Song For You," "This Masquerade," "Tight Rope," "Hummingbird." In other words, Legend with a capital L. Leon will be laying it down at the Neptune May 15th, and we're giving away a pair of tickets! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "LEON" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on Friday. Good luck!

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Wing Nite Third Anniversary Thursday!

Wow, hard to believe it's been three years since we welcomed ye olde Alki Tavern wing masters Sweet Lou & Nice Price into the Cafe kitchen to work their magic on Thursday nights! Join us for Wing Nite's third anniversary celebration this Thursday from 5-9pm  and check out our badass new menu, for this is when we roll out Street Legal Wings (with new menu addition NOFX Wings)! We might have beer specials and we might have a DJ...or we just might wing it. Come find out!

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Win Tickets To Bear Mountain & Young Empires!

Vancouver B.C. indie band Bear Mountain and Toronto indie band Young Empires are teaming up to bring the Great White North sound to Barboza on May 14th! We're giving away a pair of tickets to this 21+ show...to enter just shoot us an e-mail with the subject line "Oh Canada" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/13. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Signed Cyndi Lauper Vinyl!

Enter To Win Signed Cyndi Lauper Vinyl!

Cyndi Lauper's new album, Detour, features her interpretations of country music classics ("I Fall To Pieces," "Nightlife") and buried treasures ("You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly," "Hard Candy Christmas") with singing partners Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Jewel, and Alison Krauss. We're giving away a signed copy of Detour on vinyl to one lucky winner. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Detour" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Video Of The Day: Grimes - "California"

Check out today's featured video, "California" from Grimes' new album, Art Angels! Don't miss Grimes at Sasquatch! Monday, 5/30 at 7:15pm!

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Album Review: Kevin Morby - "Singing Saw"

Album Review: Kevin Morby - "Singing Saw"

By Ian Bremner

Leaving the artistic hotbed of New York city can sometimes draw different forms of inspiration, and a bit of California air can do the body and mind good. When Kevin Morby moved westbound to the hills outside of Los Angeles, a piano from the previous tenants greeted him. Though a beginner at the piano, Morby quickly picked up some essential chords and thus, began the initial foundation for his beautiful new album, Singing Saw.

Morby, who has played bass with WOODS, and founded the band Babies, is one of the purest songwriters in recent memory. His third solo album, Singing Saw, is as smooth of a record as you could ask for. The nine-track record flows beautifully with sparse, but lush, natural sounds with enough acoustic and electric guitar with sweet piano to bring it all together. At the forefront however, remains the voice and words of Kevin Morby.

The west coast breeze, sun-covered hills and city lights of Los Angeles in the background almost become real life to the listener, but he makes it apparent that not all sunny days are happy days. Beneath the beauty of the arrangements, there is a present darkness to the lyrics. Singing Saw manages to bring the gritty New York alleyways to the bright greenery of California. A clearing in the fog. A hole in the clouds.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light!

Enter To Win Tickets To Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light!

The amazing Damien Jurado and his band The Heavy Light, will be at the Neptune on May 12 to support his latest release, Visions Of Us On The Land, the final installment of a psych-folk trilogy which began with 2012's Maraqopa and continued with Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun (2014). Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Exit 353" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on May 11th. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 05-06-16


New Releases Fri 06 May
 


DRAKE - Views - Republic
Drake returns with his fourth studio album, Views, taking the listener on a tour of his hometown, Toronto.  Featuring 20 tracks including the singles "One Dance," "Pop Style," and "Hotline Bling."

BEYONCE - Lemonade [CD+DVD] - Sony
Lemonade, Beyonce's sixth studio album and her second visual album, features 12 new songs and a corresponding short film. It is a conceptual project based on every woman's journey of self knowledge and healing.

CYNDI LAUPER - Detour - Rhino
Cyndi Lauper
's celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on Detour, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs. Detour showcases Lauper's unmistakable voice on country classics from the '40s, '50s and '60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city s top session players. The album is Lauper s first for Sire Records and executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein.

KEITH URBAN - RipcordKEITH URBAN - Ripcord - Capitol NashvilleKEITH URBAN - Ripcord
Ripcord features a virtual who's who of creative collaborators for an album that Keith Urban says was his most exhilarating album to make, both musically and creatively. Urban says: "This album's journey began back in January, 2015 and took me to a lot of unexplored people and places. The end result was the recording and exploring of more songs then I've ever done before and carving that down to what I felt constituted Ripcord." 
Early Listen Available Video Available 


ANOHNI - Hopelessness - Secretly Canadian
ANOHNI has collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke on the artist's latest work, Hopelessness. Late last year, ANOHNI, the lead singer from Antony and the Johnsons, released the first single from Hopelessness, "4 Degrees," a bombastic dance track celebrating global boiling and collapsing biodiversity. Hopelessness is a dance record with soulful vocals and lyrics addressing surveillance, drone warfare, and ecocide. A radical departure from the singer s symphonic collaborations, the album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics. ANOHNI will present select concerts in Europe, Australia and the US in support of Hopelessness this summer.


RYAN ADAMS - Heartbreaker: Deluxe Edition - PAX Americana
Ryan Adams' first solo album expanded with unreleased outtakes, pre-album demos, exclusive photos, and a never-before-seen DVD of a solo acoustic club show from 2000. A must-have for any Ryan Adams fan. Available as 2CD+DVD and 4LP+DVD.

DIANA KRALL - Stepping Out [Vinyl]DIANA KRALL - Stepping Out [Vinyl] - Justin Time Records
Stepping Out launched the career of one of our generation’s greatest jazz artists. “Diana Krall's 1993 debut shows that she had the goods right from the get-go. Krall sings with honesty, subtlety, and persuasion while playing the piano with head-shaking authority, both as accompanist - she offers amazing asides in between vocal phrases - and as an absolutely A-one improviser.” (Zan Stewart, Amazon). The Justin Time Essentials Collection introduces the album to a new generation of fans, but this time with an added bonus track from the original sessions – Diana’s incredible arrangement of “Summertime”.
 


ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


The Goo Goo Dolls - Boxes
Coves - Peel
Spookyland - Beauty Already Beautiful
The Virginmarys - Divides
Gregory Porter - Take Me To The Alley
The Rides - Pierced Arrow
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Things That We Are Made Of
Rooney - Washed Away
Seratones - Get Gone
RY X - Dawn
James McCartney - The Blackberry Train
Cole Swindell - You Should Be Here
Andy Black - The Shadow Side
Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 1: The Time Machine
Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
Mike Posner - At Night, Alone.
Kacy & Clayton - Strange Country

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Destroyer - My Mystery / My Mystery [Vinyl Single]
Mayer Hawthorne & The County - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out [Limited Edition]













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.

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Win Tickets To Joan Shelley & Michael Hurley!

Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley's warm and mellifluous voice evokes both the deep south and west coast, drawing from both old-time country and '60s folk. Shelley's latest album, Over and Even, was widely praised, with NPR's Will Hermes calling it "one of the most beautiful releases of the year," while the L.A. Times describe how, "liquid arrangements drift beneath melodies, pulling them into darkened corners. With sublime phrasing and images." Joan Shelley and special guest Michael Hurley, whose outsider folk music "draws from the wealth of old American folk styles like country blues, bluegrass, and country," are both performing this Saturday at the Ballard Homestead. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Over And Even" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on Friday. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Bob Mould!

Win Tickets To Bob Mould!

Miss out on Bob Mould's performance at the KEXP New Home Celebration? Well, you're in luck, because the former Husker Du frontman is coming to rattle some eardrums at the Showbox May 10th! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Patch The Sky" (the title of his latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/9. Good luck!

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New Radiohead Single!

Here's the first preview of the new, as yet untitled, Radiohead album! The first single is called "Burn The Witch," and it's quite nice! What do you think?

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Frances Farmer Gets A Star!

Legendary Hollywood actress and West Seattle High School grad Frances Farmer may not be getting her revenge, but she is getting some long-overdue recognition thanks to a gold star plaque, similar to those on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, installed at the entrance of the Easy Street Cafe. On April 26th, Easy Street president Matt Vaughan dedicated the plaque, which was designed by Peder Nelson, vice president of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Welcome home, Frances!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Pokey LaFarge!

Enter To Win Tickets To Pokey LaFarge!

Roots musician Pokey LaFarge is coming to the Tractor on May 6th, and if you like REAL roots music, he is not to be missed! Between 2011-2013 Jack White's Third Man label released an album, an EP, and a 7" because of LaFarge's slavish devotion to and expert treatment of old-timey American music. His songs take listeners to another time, with hints of ragtime, western swing, blues, trad-jazz, Appalachian folk, big band, and beyond, all taking center stage. LaFarge's latest full-length, Something In The Water, is on Rounder Records, and Jon Dennis of UK publication The Guardian describes it as "a riverboat trip through the US midwest, recorded in Chicago and performed by musicians from the region. It’s a spirited attempt to keep American roots music – country blues, early jazz, ragtime and western swing – alive," and he adds that LaFarge is "blissfully unaffected by the music of the last 80 years." Enter to win tickets to Pokey's 5/6 show at the Tractor by e-mailing us with the subject line "Bad Girl" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/5. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To So Pitted At Chop Suey!

Win Tickets To So Pitted At Chop Suey!

Sub Pop recently released neo, the debut full-length by Seattle trio, So Pitted, describing its eleven tracks as "lean and snarling rebukes, torch songs not in the traditional, unrequited-love sense, but songs that will torch your fucking house down. Screams and howls overtake chants and muttering, equal parts dejection, rejection, and convection, the hot, muggy air circling continuously. It’s fuzzy, angular, throbbing, and pounding, and still, ingrained in the songs by their makers, breathes that catchy quality present in so much of the music they love."

Whoa. 

Wanna go see So Pitted at Chop Suey on May 5th? Are you 21 or over? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "neo" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/3. Good luck!

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The Heavy In-Store - CANCELED!

The Heavy In-Store - CANCELED!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we very much regret the cancellation of tomorrow’s in-store with The Heavy.

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Daniel Martin Moore In-Store Saturday @ 7pm!

Daniel Martin Moore In-Store Saturday @ 7pm!

Kentucky singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore is performing at Easy Street this Saturday at 7pm! This will be Moore's only Seattle appearance on this tour!

Moore has released three albums on Sub Pop, 2008's Stray Age, 2010's Dear Companion (a collaboration with Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Ben Sollee) and 2011's In The Cool Of The Day, with subsequent albums released on Moore's own label Ol' Kentuck Records. His most recent, Golden Age, is another team effort with co-producer Jim James, about which All Music wrote: "[Moore] has put together another sublime set of unassuming yet subtly majestic piano-led folk-pop gems that blur the lines between morning dew reverie and rainy evening melancholy. Moore's even-keeled, vibrato-less vocals, evocative lyrics, and predilection for artful balladry suggests 'Still Crazy After All These Years'-era Paul Simon by way of Andrew Bird, and the sparse yet detailed soft pop arrangements invoke the names of late-'70s singer/songwriters like Randy Newman, Gram Parsons, and Ian Matthews. Warm, weary, but bereft of self-pity, Moore, more often than not, lets the songs swing, albeit ever so slowly, like a front porch swing caught in a late afternoon breeze, and the best songs on Golden Age reflect that penchant for pairing heartache with Southern comfort." 

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New Release Round-Up 04-29-16


New Releases Fri 29 April
 

JOHN DOE - The Westerner - Cool Rock Records
"The Westerner is my psychedelic, soul record from the Arizona desert. The Westerner is dedicated to Michael Blake, author of many books including Dancing With Wolves, and a scholar and advocate for Native American rights. He was also one of my best friends for over 30 years. Many of these songs are about him or use him as the main character, and his presence has been with me throughout the making of the record. It’s a wild, spread-out, desert & ocean life that we’ve lived. Michael lived in Tucson, as did another great friend, Howe Gelb, who I asked to produce & play on The Westerner. Howe, the city of Tucson & particularly WaveLab Studios have a sparse, desert sound you may have heard from Giant Sand, Neko Case, Iron and Wine & Calexico. Since many of the new songs are set in the desert, recording there was a natural choice." - John Doe

THE JAYHAWKS - Paging Mr. Proust

THE JAYHAWKS - Paging Mr. ProustTHE JAYHAWKS - Paging Mr. Proust - ShamTHE JAYHAWKS - Paging Mr. Proust
Paging Mr. Proust finds the 2016 Jayhawks still remain one of America's foremost rock bands. Based around leader Gary Louris gift for melody that has made them such a respected and seminal group for almost three decades, Paging Mr. Proust features the longtime core of the Jayhawks: Gary Louris (lead vox/guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O Reagan (drums/vox), and Karen Grotberg (keyboards/vox). From the jangle of album opener "Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces" to the trademark harmonies of "Isabel's Daughter" to the more pensive "Lover Of The Sun," it is clear that The Jayhawks power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992's Hollywood Town Hall. Paging Mr. Proust shows a commitment to adventure and forward motion, which makes this collection of songs exciting and instantly memorable.
Early Listen Available Video Available

BRIAN ENO - The Ship - Warp
The Ship is Brian Eno's first solo record since 2012s Grammy-nominated Lux. Originally conceived from experiments with three-dimensional recording techniques and formed in two interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics, omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. The result is the very best of Eno, a record without parallel in his catalog.

ROB ZOMBIE - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser - UME
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is Rob Zombie's sixth solo studio album. Produced by Zeuss, it was recorded and mixed at Goathouse Studios. A full return to form by the rock icon, The Electric Warlock… marks Rob Zombie's first solo studio album since 2013's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - Nonagon Infinity - ATO Records
Coming only six months after the softer, folksy Paper Mache Dream Balloon, Nonagon Infinity finds King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard returning to form on this relentless psychedelic shred fest. The brand new album from the Aussie rockers consists of nine interconnected tracks that comprise an infinite loop of music. Enter the nonagon if you dare.

AESOP ROCK - The Impossible Kid - Rhymesayers Records
Indie-rap mainstay Aesop Rock's new album, The Impossible Kid, is his first solo venture since 2012’s Skelethon. On the new album, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. There’s also moments of levity though, as Aesop taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Sixx: A.M. - Prayers For The Damned
Rogue Wave - Delusions Of Grand Fur
Boxer Rebellion - Ocean By Ocean
Painted Wives - Obsessed With The End
Soulwax - Belgica Original Soundtrack
Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha
Haken - Affinity
New Madrid - MagnetKingMagnetQueen
Fallujah - Dreamless
Bad Company - Live In Concert 1977 & 1979
Empire Cast: Season 2, Vol 2 [Soundtrack]
Purson - Desire's Magic Theatre [Limited Edition Deluxe]
Lera Lynn - Resistor
Greyhounds - Change Of Pace
Larkin Poe - Reskinned
Kyle Craft - Dolls Of Highland
Tremonti - Dust


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Jack White And The Electric Mayhem - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
The Barr Brothers - Alta Falls EP [Vinyl]
Lucero - Can't You Hear Them Howl
Arbor Labor Union - Mr. Birdsong
My Morning Jacket - One Big Holiday











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Enter To Win A Sturgill Simpson Prize Pack!

Enter To Win A Sturgill Simpson Prize Pack!

We've still got Sturgill Simpson's latest, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, in heavy rotation here at the shop...hope you've had a chance to give it some spins too! We've got a very cool prize package to give away to one lucky winner - a signed album cover (sorry, no vinyl) and a Sturg t-shirt (XL)! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Breakers Roar" 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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Video Of The Day: D'Angelo Performs Prince's "Sometimes It Snows In April"

D'Angelo recently paid tribute to Prince on the Jimmy Fallon show with a stunning rendition of "Sometimes It Snows In April" with help from Princess (Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum).

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Win Tickets To Floating Points At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Floating Points At Neumos!

DJ/producer Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, spent the past five years working on his debut full-length, Elaenia, which "draws inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and even Brazilian popular music." Our homies at Pitchfork rated the album (on Luaka Bop) a hefty 8.5, saying "Elaenia is as warm and fluid an 'electronic' album as you will hear all year, and it has a timeless feel: There's no reason it could not have been written and recorded 10, 20, or even 30 years ago. Now Floating Points is taking it on the road, with a stop at Neumos on May 3rd (21+). Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Thin Air" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner this Friday (4/29). Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Gin Wigmore At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Gin Wigmore At Neumos!

New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore doesn't pull many punches on her new album, the appropriately-titled Blood To Bone, a very personal album largely dealing with love and loss. All Music writes that Wigmore's third release finds her "transitioning from the vaguely rootsy rocker of her 2009 debut Holy Smoke - an album recorded with Ryan Adams' Cardinals in tow - into a hybrid of Lorde's artful darkness and Amy Winehouse's soulful diva." We are giving away a pair of tickets to Wigmore's April 27th show at Neumos! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "New Rush" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/26. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To New Kevin Spacey Movie "Elvis & Nixon"!

On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock n’ Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Elvis & Nixon is now showing at the Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 (near Northgate) and Regal Bella Botega 11 in Redmond and we're giving away a few pairs of tickets good for any weekday/weeknight (Mondays-Thursdays) showing at these theaters. So get your date night on and enjoy dinner and a movie - the movie's on us! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Elvis & Nixon" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Day Wave!

Enter To Win Tickets To Day Wave!

Day Wave, aka Jackson Phillips, is an Oakland-based musician who makes dreamy, beachy, lo-fi pop...or, in the words of Billboard's Andrew Hampp, "the stuff John Hughes characters would have swooned over." Day Wave and his touring band are gonna play a 21+ show at Barboza on April 28th! Wanna go? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Headcase" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/27. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 04-22-16


New Releases Fri 22 April
 


GUIDED BY VOICES - Please Be Honest - Guided By Voices
2016 release from the veteran alt-rock/indie outfit. Robert Pollard wrote and recorded and played all the instruments on Please Be Honest, and when he finished, it felt to him like a Guided By Voices record. He's not wrong. The songs are compact and tuneful, the playing expertly slack, the production raw and unpolished: sounds pretty much like every review of Bee ThousandA better cognate, however, might be Vampire on Titus, Pollard's 1993 pre-Bee Thousand lo-fi tour de force. On that record, Pollard similarly played every instrument-though his drumming skills then were so rudimentary that he had to record the bass drum and the snare parts separately, which is no longer the case-and as with everything he does, it's about the songs, man. Of which Please Be Honest has no shortage, fifteen of them clocking in at just over 33 minutes. The point being there's precedent for a GBV record where Pollard plays everything, and maybe more importantly there's a reason for that precedent. Robert Pollard is Guided by Voices. 

BLUE OCTOBER - Home - Up Down Records
Home is the eighth studio album by Blue October. The album was recorded between August and November 2015 at Orb Studios in Austin, Texas and Justin Furstenfeld's home studio Crazy Making Studio. Long time collaborator Tim Palmer co-produced and mixed the album. The album features the title track "Home".

CANDLEBOX - Disappearing In Airports - Pavement Ent
Candlebox is one of the most influential multi-platinum rock bands to come out of the alternative rock music movement. Known for introspective, poetically candid songs that stood out among the music scene, the band's "Far Behind" and "You" singles are still two of the most played recurrent songs on rock and alternative radio. Their new single "Vexatious" proves to be next in line with its infectious and "true to its roots" Candlebox signature sound. Their five previous full length releases remain favorites amongst the band's rabid fan base with their new sixth album, Disappearing In Airports being eagerly anticipated.

JOHNNY WINTER WITH DR. JOHN - Live In Sweden 1987

JOHNNY WINTER WITH DR. JOHN - Live In Sweden 1987JOHNNY WINTER WITH DR. JOHN - Live In Sweden 1987 - MVD VisualJOHNNY WINTER WITH DR. JOHN - Live In Sweden 1987
Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987. From the opening notes of "Sound the Bell" to the finale of a positively incendiary "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Winter is in great form. The blues and rock take a side trip to New Orleans when the masterful Dr. John joins the band on piano. Live In Sweden 1987 is available on CD, LP and DVD
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THE STRUMBELLAS - Hope - Glassnote
When a crowd is feverishly singing along with the last chorus upon first listen, you know it's a song that connects. This is what happens when The Strumbellas play "Spirits," the first single from their new album, Hope. That experience embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans to this six-piece Lindsay, Ontario-bred band. Formed in 2009, the band has released two albums; toured across North America and in 2014 they were named Folk Group Of The Year by SiriusXM Indies. 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

A$AP Ferg - Always Strive And Prosper
Rufus Wainwright - Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare Sonnets
The Maxies - Nuuk 'em All
NF - Therapy Session
William Fitzsimmons - The Pittsburgh Collection: Volumes 1 & 2
Rainbow - Monsters Of Rock Live At Donington 1980 [CD+DVD]
Josh Kelley - New Lane Road
Texas Hippie Coalition - Dark Side Of Black
Yo-Yo Ma - Sing Me Home
Bill Evans - Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest
Aborted - Retrogore
Blue Man Group - Three
Meilyr Jones - 2013
Andy McKee - Live Book
Higher Authorities - Neptune


& More .....

Lush - Blind Spot EP
Jimmy Page - She Just Satisfies [Vinyl Single]
Cross Me - Forever Cursed EP [Vinyl]
New Order - Singularity [Vinyl Single]
Twin Peaks - Holding Roses











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Prince Dead At 57

Prince Dead At 57

By Rod Moody

The true geniuses of popular music are few and far between, so when we lose one, it hits especially hard. We've now lost three bonafides this year, and the numb, crushed feeling that many of us have this morning is similar to that morning in January when we awoke to the shocking news that David Bowie was dead. We always thought he would live forever, and Prince Rogers Nelson always seemed immortal as well. To lose him at the age of 57 is unthinkable, but this year has thrown us several curveballs hasn't it? Prince was an unbelievable performer, a prolific and incredibly talented composer of massively funky jams, masterful pop hits and deep, soulful ballads. He was also one of the best guitarists we've seen since Hendrix. I was fortunate to see him three times - when he blew the roof off the Tacoma Dome on his Purple Rain tour, again at the Tacoma Dome in 2011 (a rare short set for him) and a mind-blowing intimate show at the Showbox (!!) in 2013 with his all-female backing band 3rdEyeGirl. Each easily made the top 20 list of shows I've seen in my lifetime (and I've seen a LOT). In recent years, Prince kept releasing albums on a regular schedule, but none really caught fire. Each time a new album was announced, I kept hoping for the next masterpiece, like Sign Of The Times, 1999, or Purple Rain, or even something slightly off the rails, like my personal favorites, Parade and Around The World In A Day; or even a return to the lean, mean funk of Dirty Mind. Still, his most recent releases were  full of solid jams that got body and soul pumpin', but I expected more, which is a mistake. Lesson learned: Be grateful for what you do get because it may be your last gift. Rest In Peace, Prince. You'll be missed.

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Easy Street Prez Matt V. Talks Up Record Store Day!

Thanks to all who shopped on Record Store Day '16! We had an amazing day with a fun Q&A with author/DJ Greg Vandy and a kickass in-store by Acapulco Lips (see Grady's photos here). The masses who attended the opening of KEXP's New Home got their share of RSD goodies from the Easy Street pop-up shop, which was super busy all day long. We still have a few copies left of our own release, The Sonics Live At Easy Street, so order them online or at store now while they still around!

In the midst of all the RSD madness, Jeff Gorra, from Alternative Nation, sent us a link to an interview he did with Easy Street president Matt Vaughan prior to RSD. The article is described as a Record Store Day preview, but we're just getting to it now....that's RSD for ya! Thanks, Jeff.

Read it now!

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Enter To Win A Signed Margo Price Vinyl!

Enter To Win A Signed Margo Price Vinyl!

Margo Price's stellar debut on Jack White's Third Man Records, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, was released a couple weeks back to critical raves, like this excerpt from our homies at Pitchfork: "Price emerges as a woman struggling to reclaim her story from the Nashville machine and reset it in old-school honky-tonk tunes that split the difference between so many ampersands: country & western, rock & roll, rhythm & blues. It's an ambitious piece of music-making and storytelling, featuring a road-hardened backing band called the Price Tags and a singer whose flinty voice conveys both a guarded vulnerability and a reckless scrappiness." We're giving away a signed copy of Midwest Farmer's Daughter on vinyl! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hands Of Time" 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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Win A Signed Wild Belle Test Pressing!

Win A Signed Wild Belle Test Pressing!

Chicago sibling duo Wild Belle's sophomore album Dreamland dropped last Friday, and we're giving away a signed test pressing to one lucky winner! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dreamland" 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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Album Review: Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Album Review: Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

By Ian Bremner

With a voice like Sturgill Simpson, a lot of people would willingly listen to him sing the alphabet for 30 minutes. Thankfully, for those of us who have come to adore everything Sturgill Simpson in the last 2-3 years, there are an awful lot of stories that come with that southern croon.

The 37-year old Kentucky native came from making waves as an underground country singer with High Top Mountain and Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, to navigating real waves with his third album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Reaching this level of success in his “later years,” as far as the music industry is concerned, has allowed him to view his music and newfound celebrity with gratitude and a unique perspective. Sturgill has been ignored by Music Row in Nashville because he found a way to reach the masses without their help. He has spent decades playing in smoky bars to empty rooms with his band, Sunday Valley. He has worked on the railroad. He has been in the Navy. He has literal Sea Stories.

Signing with a major label has its pros and cons and undoubtedly sparks skepticism from longtime fans. Sturgill Simpson proves, however, that with a creative brain and “take no bullshit” attitude, a bigger budget just opens up more opportunities to let your pipe-dream ideas come to life. You want horns on the record? Get the Dap-Kings! You want to do a Nirvana song? Do it.

Most people love to label him as the acid-taking cowboy or the savior to “outlaw country,” but comparing him to any contemporaries or country legends is a slope as slippery as the bow of a battleship. He may as well be the Kendrick Lamar of country music. Throw out any preconceived notions, prepare to be surprised and trust that they know what they’re doing.

Conceptually an ode to his newborn child, A Sailors Guide To Earth was written in short, poetry-format on the road during the seemingly endless Metamodern tours. This record is the first without cohort/super-producer Dave Cobb and Sturgill took over the reins. He knew what he wanted to say with each song and how he wanted it to sound. It was now a matter of pulling it all together. Turns out, 4 days is all he needed. The album plays like a life lesson to his now 2-year old son. The first track, Welcome To Earth (Pollywog), quite literally could be the first words spoken to him, “hello my son.”

The 9-track, 39 minute album is a sonic trek through life: starting with a young child, growing into angsty teenager (cue the Nirvana), and ending with a roaring Call To Arms against the anti-war, anti-conformity, anti-bullshit that plagues the news cycles in 2016. Appropriately, the transitions of seagulls and buoy dings between songs only add to the listening voyage. Though the lush production of strings and horns may catch the ear of his young son now, it might take a while for the overall sentiment to sink in.

Like most “guides,” A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, lays out some rules for the road, some tips for the trade and wise advice from someone who’s been through it all. Interpreting the map is a different ballgame, and one to be learned on your own. As Sturgill claims in Keep Between The Lines, “do as I say, don’t do as I’ve done, it don’t have to be like father like son.”

Fans looking for a Metamodern II will be forced to keep looking, just as they’ll be waiting around a long time for Sailors Guide II. He made his country record. He made his psychedelic record. Now, here lies his tide-riding soul record. For Sturgill Simpson, life moves on, the ship sails and we can only hope to keep riding whatever wave he is on.

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New Release Round-Up 04-15-16


STURGILL SIMPSON - A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Atlantic
Produced by Simpson, A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written - beginning to end - as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014. The album features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's "In Bloom." Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Sturgill Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, "Cowboy" Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. A Sailor's Guide To Earth is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his breakthrough Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music


Santana - Santana IV [Indie Exclusive Low Price]
 


SANTANA - Santana IV [Indie Exclusive Low Price] - Santana IV RecordsSANTANA - Santana IV
This week marks the release of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunites the revered early '70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years since 1971's multi-platinum classic Santana III that the quintet has recorded together. Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that bursts with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
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PJ HARVEY - The Hope Six Demolition Project - Vagrant Records
The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by PJ Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. Harvey says, "When I'm writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with." This is Harvey's first album in five years.

ACAPULCO LIPS - Acapulco Lips - Killroom Records
Acapulco Lips. The name twists the tongue a bit—wait, is it Apocolypse? The band did indeed emerge from a damp Seattle basement, but that's about the darkest visual of their origin story. Rather than a kiss with mortal doom and destruction, Acapulco Lips sound much more like a make-out session on a hot, salty beach, where summer is eternal and there's no notion of the fun stopping any time soon. This trio is bound together by a studied adoration towards the loud, reckless, rebellious sonic traditions of psych, garage, soul, and surf rock. What comes out of these obsessions is the interpretation of the band's favorite Sixties sounds, from transporting guitar jangles, assertively revved up percussion, boogie-friendly bass breakdowns, topped with disarmingly charming coos and aahs.

ACE FREHLEY - Origins Vol.1 - Ent. One Music
Hot on the platform boot heels of his 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ace Frehley releases Origins Vol.1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classic rockers from Ace's formative years featuring some of the biggest names in music. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on Free's cult hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.

GRAHAM NASH - This Path Tonight - Blue Castle Records
This Path Tonight is a new ten-song studio album from Graham Nash. Produced by Shane Fontayne, this is Nash's first solo record of new music in fourteen years. The title track, "This Path Tonight," is the debut single. Like the album, the song is one of reflection and transition of a singer-songwriter whose career (the Hollies, CSN, CSNY) has spanned more than five decades and counting.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Radical Face - The Bastards [Limited Edition]
Wild Belle - Dreamland
J Dilla - The Diary
Cate Le Bon - Crab Day
Blaqk Audio - Material
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Love Letter For Fire
John Carpenter - Lost Themes II
Clairy Browne - Pool
The Del McCoury Band - Del & Woody
Har Mar Superstar - Best Summer Ever
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Person A
Bear Hands - You'll Pay For This
Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
Al Jarreau - Live At Montreux 1993
Metallica - Kill 'Em All: Remastered
Metallica - Ride The Lightning: Remastered
Rich Robinson - Through A Crooked Sun: Reissue
Rich Robinson - Woodstock Sessions: Reissue
East Of Venus - Memory Box




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The Dandy Warhols - Live at the X-Ray Café EP
Solids - Else EP
The Jayhawks - Lovers Of The Sun
John Doe - A Little Help










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Video Of The Day: Acapulco Lips - "Awkward Waltz"

Acapulco Lips' self-titled debut, on the brand-new Killroom Records, drops tomorrow, the day before they kick it out LIVE at Easy Street for Record Store Day at 7pm! Check out the first single right here, cuz it rocks, son!

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Video Of The Day: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "Brad Pitt's Cousin"

Check out a new Macklemore classic, every bit of it recorded on his cousin Brad's phone! Keep an eye out for cameo by special guest diva #thatgirlkisha.

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Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne - "Man About Town"

Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne - "Man About Town"

By Ian Bremner

Mayer Hawthorne makes soul music, he makes pop music, he makes funk music, he is a DJ, he’s a record collector, he is a stylish man. Mayer Hawthorne is a Man About Town.

When Mayer Hawthorne is not haunting the record stores in Los Angeles, he is somewhere on the road making, recording and performing music. His Ann Arbor, Michigan hometown unquestionably influenced his hip hop and soul background, but his music has evolved into an entirely new brand these days. Man About Town is his 4th full length as a solo artist. Each album with a different flavor.

Hawthorne recorded his first album A Strange Arrangement in part because he got tired of having to clear the samples of old soul songs for his budding (turns out, it wasn’t that budding) hip hop career. Once Peanut Butter Wolf at Stones Throw Records heard it, Hawthorne was respectfully encouraged to drop the hip hop and pursue the soul singing lifestyle.

His second album, How Do You Do was dripping in Detroit Motown with a noticeably more upbeat feel, even including a sexy cut with Snoop Dogg.

Where Does This Door Go was where the transition became more evident. He brought in famous producers like Pharrell Williams and John Hill. It was his fun, party record.

All three albums are a joyous bunch of RnB, soul, funk, electronic and 80s rock n roll. It turns out, Man About Town is the album he’s always wanted to make. After soaking up some tricks of the trade from the superstar producers, Mayer knew he wanted to do it all himself again. He played almost every note on this new record and it has a smooth sensibility that you would come to expect from Mayer Hawthorne. This is what Mayer Hawthorne sounds like when he is at the helm of the control board.

A lot of people claim to be an “old soul,” but if someone ever was, it’s Mayer Hawthorne. His hip hop roots are not lost on Man About Town. He name drops Whitney Houston, Nike Air Maxes, and parts of the album sounds like Steely Dan meets Slum Village.

Though the songs are not 100% confessional or auto-biographic, this “man about town” is not entirely an alter-ego, either. Mayer Hawthorne describes it as a concept record about “living in a city of 10 million and being surrounded by tons of people all the time, going to all the coolest parties with the coolest people and still feeling lonely.” Sound like anyone you can think of?

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Enter To Win Tickets To Pete Yorn!

Enter To Win Tickets To Pete Yorn!

The most awesome Pete Yorn is coming to entertain us at the Showbox on April 12th! Yorn is touring in support of his excellent new album, ArrangingTime, and here's your chance to win a pair of free tickets to his show. To enter, e-mail us with the subject line "Lost Weekend" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/11. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To HÆLOS At Barboza!

Win Tickets To HÆLOS At Barboza!

According to Pitchfork, London-based HÆLOS "bring to mind a host of ’90s influences, from trip-hop to shoegaze, but they are able to channel the best parts of those early bands in a way that reflects the present moment.... [Their] debut LP, Full Circle, brings to mind the heyday of trip-hop and British electronic explosion. All of the genre’s biggest characteristics are here—ethereal vocals, muted breakbeats, swelling keyboards, and the occasional reverberating guitar. But Full Circle resolutely repurposes almost every aspect of ’90s trip-hop at no loss to its integrity or listenability. It’s both a total throwback and rooted in 2016, like a fermentation of ideas born 20 years ago and brought back to life with surprising potential."

Sound good? Enter to win a pair of tickets to HÆLOS' 4/12 show at Barboza (21+) by e-mailing us with the subject line "Full Circle" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/11. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 04-08-16


New Releases - 08-Apr-2016
 


THE LUMINEERS - Cleopatra - Dualtone Music Group
It took four years for The Lumineers to follow up their platinum-plus, multi-Grammy-nominated, self-titled debut – which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 -- but Cleopatra is well worth the wait. After exploding onto the scene with their monster single, “Ho Hey” (which spent a staggering 62 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #3) and its follow-up, “Stubborn Love” (recently featured on President Barack Obama’s Spotify playlist), The Lumineers spent a solid three years touring six of the seven continents.

BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS - Call It What It Is - Fantasy
Call It What It Is, the long awaited album that reunites Ben Harper with The Innocent Criminals, is the first recorded album by the band in nine years. The 11-track album is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these longtime musical partners, one of popular music's most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles. The standout title track showcases Harper's unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The genre-spanning collection contains many highlights including the sun-kissed groove of "Shine" and the album's swaggering lead track "When Sex Was in Dirty." Call It What It Is is kinetic and emotional, flowing with spark, depth, passion and growth that Ben Harper core fans love the world over.

DEFTONES - Gore - Reprise
Gore is the eighth full-length studio release for the Sacramento alternative metal band Deftones and features a guest appearance from Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell.

M83 - Junk - Mute U.S.
“On the last album, there was too much of me.” That’s how Anthony Gonzalez – the sonic auteur behind that most sublime purveyor of symphonic-indie-electronic-dream pop, M83, describes the primary inspiration behind his new album Junk. So why would Gonzalez try to remove himself from its follow-up and supplant himself with the surprising likes of Beck and Steve Vai. Wait, Steve Vai? The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defned an era? On a M83 album in 2016? In trying to “remove” his identifable musical presence, ironically Gonzalez may have made one of his most personal eforts yet in Junk and with no compromise. With Junk, M83 has succeeded in making what Gonzalez called “an organized mess - a collection of songs that aren’t made to live with each other, yet somehow work together.

HAYES CARLL - Lovers And Leavers

HAYES CARLL - Lovers And LeaversHAYES CARLL - Lovers And Leavers - HWY 87 Records
Texas native Hayes Carll's style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plain-spoken poetry and sarcastic humor. In 2011, American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for "Another Like You," and the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards. Now, 5 years later, Hayes returns with a powerful and raw set of songs produced by Joe Henry entitled Lovers And Leavers.
Early Listen Available Video Available


PARQUET COURTS - Human Performance - Rough Trade US
Their third album, Human Performance, establishes Parquet Courts as simply one of the best rock bands active in the world right now, no qualifiers needed. Not “in Brooklyn,” not “something-something millennial,” not “art-rock this” or “slacker indie that” - but a brilliant, accomplished rock band that have established themselves as deserving a role in the historical legacy of the genre alongside the likes of The Velvet Underground, REM, Sonic Youth, and (okay, fine) Pavement. The LP – their masterpiece - brings together the tunefulness, wit, and guitar wizardry that earned them a crush of critical praise & excitable fans right out of the gate, with a deeply human sense of drive, of yearning, and of wisdom earned.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


Mayer Hawthorne - Man About Town
Zakk Wylde - Book of Shadows II
Peter Wolf - A Cure For Loneliness
Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack
Operators - Blue Wave
The Dandy Warhols - Distortland
Filter - Crazy Eyes
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd & Second Helping Live [2CD]
Sleeping With Sirens - Live & Unplugged
Ben Watt - Fever Dream
Aquilo - Painting Pictures Of A War
Ihsahn - Arktis
Tim Hecker - Love Streams


& More .....

FKA Twigs - EP1 [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Jose Gonzalez - Open Book / With The Ink Of A Ghost
Wild Belle - Dreamland
Painted Wives - Dig
Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Blue Distance
Darrell Scott - Down To The River
A Giant Dog - Jizzney












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Matt's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Matt's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Our staff recommendations for Record Store Day 2016 (4/16) continues with Easy Street president Matt Vaughan's top picks, all guaranteed to turn your table!

The Sonics - Live at Easy Street (w/Vedder, Lukin, Moody, etc.)

Green River - ’84 Demos

Brandi Carlile- Live At KCRW

The Doors - Live At The Aquarius 1969 - 3 x LP

Etta James - At Last - colored vinyl, remastered, extra tracks

Allen Toussaint - Live In Philadelphia 1975

Various Artists - Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk and Pop Music Vol. 1

Dave Myers and his Surftones- Gear b/w Let The Good Times Roll 7" (1963)

Various Artists - Los Alamos Grind - Numero Group sleaze!

Piero Umiliani - La Legge dei Gangsters (Gangster's Law)

Emmylou Harris- Wrecking Ball - 3 LP set deluxe

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Enter To Win Tickets To AURORA At The Crocodile!

Enter To Win Tickets To AURORA At The Crocodile!

Nineteen-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA recently released her debut full length, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friends. Early reviews drew comparisons to Bjork, Florence & The Machine, Lykke Li, with some reviewers noting Asian and Irish inflections, while another described her music as "a beguiling mix of sizzling synth-pop, and for want of a better phrase, Nordic-folk." Katy Perry is a big fan too, as evidenced by a tweet that read, "Finally, new music that makes my heart a-flutter." We are giving away a pair of tickets to AURORA's sold out show at the Crocodile on April 9th! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Runaway" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/7. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Night Beats!

Win Tickets To Night Beats!

Seattle's own psych-garage heroes Night Beats got a pretty great Facebook fan review of their latest, Who Sold My Generation, that read: "The only real problem about the new record is that its too fuckin short." ClashMusic.com takes things a bit further, making comparisons to the 13th Floor Elevators, the Black Keys and the Gories, before ending with, "[They] have crafted an exhilarating, hedonistic modern psych album that means the album doesn't just pay homage to a lot of the great influences mentioned, but sounds just as good."

Fresh from a slew of showcases at SXSW, the Night Beats will be at Neumos on April 9th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “No Cops” and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/8. Good luck! 

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Merle Haggard Dead At 79

Very sad to report that country music legend Merle Haggard died today, his 79th birthday, of pneumonia at his home in California. Rest in peace Hag, and thanks for all the great music that will live on forever.

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Sam Lachow Record Release Signing This Saturday!

Sam Lachow Record Release Signing This Saturday!

NW hip-hop badass Sam Lachow will be at Easy Street this Saturday (4/9) at 7pm to meet the fans and sign copies of his new album, Friends, Funk & Liquor! Free and all-ages!

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Atticus's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Atticus's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Record Store Day. So many temptations, and only so much money! We're here to help you get ready for the big day, April 16th! Atticus works the counter at Easy Street and DJs the occasional graveyard shift at KEXP, so he knows, ya know? Here is his RSD16 shopping list...

Metz/Mission Of Burma – Good Not Great / Get Off – 7”

Air - Casanova 70 - 12" splatter vinyl

Outkast - Elevators - 10" glow in the dark green vinyl

Pinback - Blue Screen Life - 2X LP

The Sonics - Live At Easy Street - 12" LP

Various Artists - Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK - 12" on swirl vinyl

Soundtrack - Nosferatu - 7" on silver vinyl

Various Artists - Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets - 2X LP

Alt-J - Live At Red Rocks - Vinyl Box Set

Run The Jewels VRTJ Viewer

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Win A KILLER Replacements Prize Package!

This week, Rhino Records released The Replacements: The Sire Years, a four-LP vinyl box set containing all of The 'Mats Sire Records releases - Tim (1985), Pleased To Meet Me (1987), Don't Tell A Soul (1989), and All Shook Down (1990)! To celebrate, we're giving away a very special Replacements prize pack that includes the Sire Years box set; a Steve Keen painting of the cover for Tim; Bob Mehr's new book, Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements; and a slipmat!

Enter to win it all by e-mailing us with the subject line "Can't Hardly Wait" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within two weeks of notification.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Tinashe!

Enter To Win Tickets To Tinashe!

When oh when will RCA finally release Tinashe's sophomore album Joyride? The Kentucky-born R&B singer, dancer, and actress has spent the last few months dropping stream after stream while insisting the album is done, but being held up due to "legal issues and all that good bullshit." What we've heard so far is killer - even if she does let Chris Brown into her party - and we're psyched to see her deliver deliver the goods live at the Showbox SODO on April 8th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “Joyride” and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/6. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets To Father John Misty!

Win Tickets To Father John Misty!

Miss out on tickets to the SOLD OUT Father John Misty show on April 6th at the Paramount? Well our pals at Sub Pop magically came through with a pair for one soon-to-be-lucky Easy Streeter! Enter to win 'em by e-mailing us with the subject line “Honeybear” and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/4. Good luck! 

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Video Of The Day: Sam Lachow - "Friends, Funk & Liquor"

Video Of The Day: Sam Lachow - "Friends, Funk & Liquor"

Local hip-hop sensation Sam Lachow just dropped his latest jam, "Friends, Funk & Liquor," the title track from his forthcoming album of the same name (out 4/6). Check it out right here!

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Win Tickets To Prince Rama At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Prince Rama At Barboza!

Sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson were once Hare Krishnas; now they front "Now Age" metapsych band Prince Rama, whose latest album, Xtreme Now, was written while the sisters "were living on a black metal utopian commune on Vȫrmsi, a remote island off the coast of Estonia during the summer of 2012. There, Taraka had a near death experience inside an ancient Viking ruin which sparked a recurring sense of time-schizophrenia, or the physical sensation of existing in multiple time periods simultaneously." It's a long story, but it involves extreme sports, time travel, Mona Lisa and energy drinks. ANYWAY, Prince Rama will be at Barboza on April 3rd and will explain it all to you then. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “Xtreme Now” and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/30. Good luck! 

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Ian's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Ian's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Record Store Day is April 16, so we've asked our staff to pick their favorite RSD titles for this year...maybe you'll add some to your list? Here are Ian's top picks!


Blaze Foley - Duct Tape Messiah Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the documentary on Townes Van Zandt, for which his friend Blaze Foley did all of the music. Foley may not have the same name recognition, but he is a phenomenal songwriter in his own right. This RSD release features covers and unreleased songs over the course of Foley's life.

13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me/Tried to Hide 7"

Various Artists - Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets 2X LP

Few things are more fun than rare psychedelic compilations. Throw in a few pop nuggets and I am sold.

Allen Toussaint - Live In Philadelphia 1975 LP

We've lost a lot of legends the last two years or so and Allen Toussaint is certainly among them. Hearing his genius live in some of his prime years will be exciting. A little New Orleans jazz is good for the soul.

Various Artists - The Other Side of Sun: Sun Records Curated by RSD, Volume 3 LP

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps, Vol. 2 LP

Everyone knows Tom Petty's greatest hits, and nearly everyone likes Tom Petty's greatest hits. His deep cuts provide a good look into what Tom Petty is all about though. Also, the Heartbreakers bring it live and guitarist Mike Campbell gets to shine.

J Dilla - The Diary

"New" J Dilla. Dilla is gold and whatever Dilla is a part of, I want to hear.


Check out the full list of RSD16 releases here!

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Win Tickets To The Joy Formidable!

Win Tickets To The Joy Formidable!

Hitch is the title of The Joy Formidable's new album! Music blog Consequence of Sound calls it their "biggest and brawniest collection of songs to date, trimming away many of the adornments of its first two records to get to the raw meat of the power trio’s craft. Cuts such as 'The Last Thing On My Mind' ride slick, unrelenting blues-metal riffs, ever so lightly glazed with complementary keyboards, to increasingly soar into a stratosphere of noise and feedback. On other songs, like 'Radio Of Lips,' a bright sonic gloss makes the guitars glimmer more than ever before." Sound good? Well then, you might wanna enter to win tickets to The Joy Formidable's SOLD OUT 4/2 show at Neumos! You can do just that by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hitch" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/31. Good luck!

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Song Of The Day: Mudcrutch - "Trailer"

Song Of The Day: Mudcrutch - "Trailer"

Tom Petty's getting ready to release a new album and tour with his pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch, whose second album, 2, is slated for release on May 20th. Unfortunately, there's no Seattle area show on the itinerary, at least not yet. Here's a taste of the new album called "Trailer," which will be available as a limited edition 7" on Record Store Day ... enjoy!

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Win Tickets To Wolfmother At The Showbox!

Win Tickets To Wolfmother At The Showbox!

The mighty Wolfmother will shake down the Showbox when they come to town w/special guests Deap Vally on March 31st! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Victorious" (the title of their latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/30. Good luck!

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Grady's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

Grady's Record Store Day 2016 Picks!

In less than three weeks, April 16 to be exact, we'll throw open our doors at 7am for Record Store Day 2016! We've asked our staff for their short lists of must-have titles for this year's event, starting with Grady!

Deftones – B-Sides & Rarities – This is an amazing collection of covers and alternate versions of some of the Deftones work up to White Pony. So stoked to finally get it on wax, and it will be on GOLD wax!!

Mew – And The Glass Handed Kites – Loved working this record when it was released via Sony, a beautifully delicate pop album! This special import edition includes gatefold cover and 4-page, full color insert with poster.

The Sonics - Live At Easy Street – A historic record! It was amazing to be at the store last year for this performance… the special guests, the solid sound, seriously a must have if you love ES and NW icons!

Original Soundtrack - Judgement Night – This piece was yanked out from under me last Black Friday, so it better be there on 4/16! This soundtrack is on the ground-floor of my musical foundation, the first true mash up of hip-hop and metal, alternative rock… a precursor for Nu-Metal!

Runner Ups:

Run The Jewels – VRTJ Viewer

Clutch – Mad Sidewinder / Outland Special - 12” vinyl

Brian Fallon – Georgia – 10”

Metz/Mission Of Burma – Good Not Great / Get Off – 7”

Ol' Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo / Shimmy Shimmy Ya – 12” picture disc

The Sword – John The Revelator – 7”

See the full list of RSD16 titles here!

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Win Tickets To Ra Ra Riot!

Win Tickets To Ra Ra Riot!

New York indie rockers Ra Ra Riot is coming to Neumos on March 30th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Need Your Light" (the title of their most recent album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/28. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 03-25-16


MARGO PRICE - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
 

MARGO PRICE - Midwest Farmer's DaughterMARGO PRICE - Midwest Farmer's Daughter - Third Man RecordsMARGO PRICE - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
First impressions matter. Especially on a debut album. Time and attention-strapped listeners size up an artist within a song or two, then move on or delve in further. Fortunately, it only takes Margo Price about twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent. “Hands of Time,” the opener on Midwest Farmer's Daughter, is an invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the 32-year old singer’s life, all in one knockout, self-penned punch. 
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THE THERMALS - We Disappear - Saddle Creek Records
The Thermals are best at making songs you put on mixtapes named ‘Drunken Sing-alongs When You’re Sad.’ They specialize in late-night, secret conversations about feeling simultaneously romantic and resentful over being raised Catholic. They’re the soundtrack to breaking glass, and an ode to the beauty of brokenness. They say that the mark of intelligence is the ability to hold two disparate and conflicting truths in the mind at the same time: I am a good person; I am not a good person. We Disappear lives in this delicate, in-between place: at once hard and noisy, while also soft and personal. And seeming contradictions abound on this album.

BOB MOULD - Patch The Sky - Merge Records
"I always aim for the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. I’ve used this juxtaposition for years. This time, I’ve tuned it to high contrast. The first side of the album is generally simple and catchy. The second side is heavier in spirit and tone. Opposing forces and properties. I love both sides of Patch The Sky. At the core of these songs is what I call the chemical chorus—you hear it once and your brain starts tingling. The heart rate picks up. It gets worse—you know it’s coming again and you can barely stand the anticipation. Then, the beautifully heartbreaking bridge appears, and you’re all set up—hooked for life. Music is an incredibly powerful drug. I want to be your drug dealer. I have what you need." - Bob Mould

PARKER MILLSAP - The Very Last Day - Okrahoma Records
Dynamic Oklahoma born singer-songwriter Parker Millsap releases The Very Last Day, via Okrahoma Records. The sophomore release boldly showcases the growth in both Millsap's arresting vocals and his thoughtful, intelligent songwriting. Since the 2014 release of his self-titled debut, Parker Millsap has been steadily building a dedicated fan base, wowing audiences and garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as USA Today, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also performed at high profile festivals including Stagecoach, Austin City Limits Festival, and Forecastle.

JOE BONAMASSA - Blues Of Desperation - J&R Adventures
Blues Of Desperation is Joe Bonamassa's most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of This Train (Joe's guitar is set to rude throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad What I've Known for a Very Long Time to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of The Valley Runs Low, on which Bonamassa's voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there's the bleary, tequila-soaked Drive, dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could make David Lynch green with envy.

RADICAL FACE - The Family Tree: The Leaves

RADICAL FACE - The Family Tree: The LeavesRADICAL FACE - The Family Tree: The Leaves - Nettwerk RecordsRADICAL FACE - The Family Tree: The Leaves
More than 10 years ago, Radical Face started crafting the story of a fictitious, sometimes otherworldly 19th century family called The Northcotes. He brought these characters to life in a three-part album series he created and recorded alone in Jacksonville, FL. Certain instrumentations and melodies were used to represent various “family members” and each album was recorded using only the instrumentation available during the era represented. A natural storyteller, Cooper turns fiction into music.
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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Judas Priest - Battle Cry
Zayn - Mind Of Mine
2 Chainz - Collegrove
White Denim - Stiff
Amon Amarth - Jomsviking
The Joy Formidable - Hitch
Allen Stone - Radius: Deluxe Edition
Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann
Birdy - Beautiful Lies
Elliphant - Living Life Golden
Asking Alexandria - The Black
Boosie Badazz - Thug Talk
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River

& More .....

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Long Live Happy Birthday
Hayes Carll - Good While It Lasted
New Order - Singularity












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Video Of The Day: Sturgill Simpson Covers Nirvana's "In Bloom"

Sturgill Simpson's new album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, will be out on April 15th, and this interesting cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom" is on it. We've been wondering for a long time how this would sound and now we know. What do you think?

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Enter To Win San Fermin Tickets & Vinyl!

Enter To Win San Fermin Tickets & Vinyl!

Brooklyn chamber pop outfit San Fermin is coming to Neumos on March 29th! Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show and a copy of their latest album, Jackrabbit, on vinyl by e-mailing us with the subject line "Woman In Red" and please include first and last name with entry. Winners' names will be at will call at Neumos the night of the show and vinyl must be picked up at our store in West Seattle within a month of notification. We'll draw three winners on 3/28. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Joanna Newsom!

Win Tickets To Joanna Newsom!

According to Rolling Stone, Joanna Newsom's harp is 74 inches tall, weighs 83 pounds, and costs $89,000. Here's your chance to see this amazing instrument and its equally amazing owner at the Paramount on March 29th! Opening the show is Fleet Foxes' frontman Robin Pecknold. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Divers" (the title of her recent release) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/28. Good luck!

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Stream Of The Day: Case, Lang, & Veirs - "Atomic Number"

Stream Of The Day: Case, Lang, & Veirs - "Atomic Number"

Needless to say, we are VERY excited that Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs are teaming up for an album and tour! The album, titled case/lang/veirs, is due out 6/17 on Anti and the trio are coming to Seattle on 6/30 for a show at the Woodland Park Zoo. Today we get to hear a song from the new album called "Atomic Number," and we think you'll dig it!

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Stereo Embers w/Mike McCready Pay Tribute To Bowie!

Big thanks to Stereo Embers & special guest Mike McCready for a killer night at your favorite corner record shop! One of the highlights of the night was their epic rendition of David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust"! Check it out!

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Win Tickets To Iggy Pop!

Win Tickets To Iggy Pop!

Good news! The new album by Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression (with special guest EODM frontman Josh Homme), is out today (here's our review)! MORE good news! Iggy & crew are coming to the Paramount on 3/28! BEST news! We're giving away a pair of tickets to this WAY sold out show! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Chocolate Drops" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw the winner on 3/25. Good Luck!

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Win Tickets To Thao & The Get Down Stay Down!

Win Tickets To Thao & The Get Down Stay Down!

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's latest outing, A Man Alive, is undoubtedly the most personal & musically adventurous album in singer/guitarist Thao Nguyen's entire catalog. Produced by tUnE-yArDs mastermind Merrill Garbus, Nguyen takes sharp and constant aim at the father who abandoned her, over a hotbed of jittery funk clatter & din. Thao & crew are bringing it live to the Neptune on March 26th with special guests Car Seat Headrest! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Guts" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/24. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 03-18-16


New Releases - Friday 18 March 2016
 

IGGY POP - Post Pop Depression - Loma Vista
'A lot of geezers my age don't work out of their comfort zone anymore because once you become legendary you don't want people challenging you.' - Iggy Pop
Post Pop Depression, the 17th Iggy Pop album, and a worthy addition to the 22-album legacy spawned with the immortal trilogy of The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, spanning massively influential solo outings including 1977's opening 1-2 combo of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 1990's gold-certified Brick By Brick. The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer Josh Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme's enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders. Post Pop Depression is a singular work that stands proudly alongside the best works of either of its principles, from The Stooges to Queens Of The Stone Age, bearing its creators' undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they've done before.

PRIMAL SCREAM - Chaosmosis - Ignition Records
Scottish rockers Primal Scream return with their 11th studio album Chaosmosis which features the single "Where The Light Gets In".

GAZ COOMBES - Matador - Hot Fruit Recordings
Following years of warmly welcomed Stateside jaunts fronting Supergrass and the Hot Rats, Gaz Coombes will commemorate his first ever North American solo tour with a special limited colored vinyl deluxe edition and physical CD release of his second solo album, Matador. Previously physically released only in select overseas territories, Matador was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Prize, a distinction bestowed upon the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Matador was a critical smash in Coombes' native UK, drawing glowing praise and rave reviews.

GWEN STEFANI - This Is What The Truth Feels Like - Interscope Records
A singer and songwriter since childhood, Gwen Stefani has sold close to 30 million records as the frontwoman for the band No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Gwen took her time to carefully craft her new album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, her most personal work to date. With intimate songs such as "Make Me Like You," "Misery Truth," and "Used To Love You" combined with the stellar productions from producers Mattman & Robin, Greg Kurstin, JR Rotem and Stargate, there is an emotional through line to the album that highlights Gwen's songwriting and impassioned themes of love and loss that are universally felt worldwide.  

DAMIEN JURADO - Visions Of Us On The Land - Secretly Canadian
Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien Jurado's new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012's Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with labelmate and superproducer Richard Swift at the latter's National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions Of Us On The Land completes the tale of an individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
Soul Asylum - Change Of Fortune
American Babies - An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark
Cullen Omori - New Misery
Various Artists - Star Wars Headspace
Sean Watkins - What To Fear
Liima - ii
Haelos - Full Circle
Fatima Al Qadiri - Brute
Various Artists - Southern Family
James - Girl At The End Of The World
The Treatment - Generation Me
Circus Maximus - Havoc
Daddy - Let Me Get What I Want
Redfoo - Party Rock Mansion


& More .....


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.

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New Order Liars Remix & Colbert Appearance!

New Order Liars Remix & Colbert Appearance!

"Singularity" is the next single from New Order's latest album, Music Complete. The single is due out on 12" vinyl and digitally on 3/25 and will include remixes by Eral Alkan, Tom Rowland (Chemical Brothers), JS Zeiter, and this one from labelmates Liars!

While we're on the topic of New Order and "Singularity," watch the band burn hot through the song on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert!

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Win Tickets To This Will Destroy You At Neumos!

Win Tickets To This Will Destroy You At Neumos!

The all-knowing scribes of music journalism at Pitchfork have this to say about This Will Destroy You's latest album, Another Language - "The tone throughout, which they maintain elegantly across tracks, matches the color of the cover art: each song seems like an echo, with moments from the earlier songs repeated and fleshed out, or revisited as a whisper. Sometimes the band come across as a burlier Sigur Rós, and when they get heavy, it makes the room vibrate.” Sound good? Well, then you might wanna try for a pair of free tickets to their 3/19 show at Neumos! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Mother Opiate" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/18. Good luck!

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Album Review: Iggy Pop - "Post-Pop Depression"

Album Review: Iggy Pop - "Post-Pop Depression"

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By Ian Bremner

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have teamed up to create an LP that draws from what the both of them do best. A little punk, a little desert guitar, a little Detroit grit and some brief longing for the Berlin days.

Unofficially dubbed as the sequel to the 1977’s Lust For Life, Iggy is as angsty as ever. It is not too surprising given his music retirement comments, but the production of Homme lifts it up enough to prevent the weight becoming too heavy. The rant against modern culture on the last song, "Paraguay," may be heard as the typical “pissed off old guy,” but the rock icon deserves to do what he damn well pleases and be heard. In a time where his legendary colleagues like Lou Reed and David Bowie aren’t around anymore, Iggy is the one guy who bridges so many generations. Josh Homme dubbed him the “last of the one and onlys.”

There are happy moments of course. There is a beautiful string section towards the end of "Sunday," and "Gardenia" is technically a love song.

Josh Homme recruited his Queens Of The Stone Age comrade, Dean Fertita and Artic Monkeys’ drummer, Matt Helders to round out the group and will head out on tour. Whether it is truly Iggy’s last remains to be seen, but for the time being, the actual “post-iggy pop-depression” can be held off until further notice.

Ian Bremner is our newest employee...check out his music blog, Old Rookie, here!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Daughter!

Enter To Win Tickets To Daughter!

London trio Daughter's most recent album on 4AD, Not To Disappear, displays "a mix of nocturnal indie-pop, gothic post-punk, doomy shoegaze, chest-beating post-rock, and resplendent dream-pop, which all comes off as a great, stellar mush," according to Pitchfork. You might be able to see them bring all of that action to the Showbox on March 19th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Made Of Stone" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/18. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets To Radiation City & Deep Sea Diver!

Win Tickets To Radiation City & Deep Sea Diver!

Music blog Consequence Of Sound describes the sound of Portland's Radiation City as "space-age soundscapes [combined] with shimmering synths ripped straight out of a lost Stereolab album. Each song radiates with glistening pop vibes and the lush choruses of the Mamas and Papas and the Beach Boys." And of course, Seattle's own Deep Sea Diver, led by ex-Shins guitarist Jessica Dobson, have a new album titled Secrets, which is receiving most high praise in most high places. They'll both be at Neumos for a 21+ show this Wednesday and we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Secrets" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/15. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To David Crosby!

Enter To Win Tickets To David Crosby!

The legend himself David Crosby will perform a solo acoustic show at the Neptune on March 15th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Croz" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/14. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To The Flavr Blue!

Enter To Win Tickets To The Flavr Blue!

Seattle's own The Flavr Blue features lead singer Hollis Wong-Wear, whose voice graced Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's hit "White Walls," and singer/producers Lace Cadence and Parker Joe, each with a litany of Seattle hip-hop and R&B releases under their belts. Together they weave their voices and eclectic experimentalism within a rich electronic landscape. It's been that way since the beginning, when they first built tracks in a half-bedroom turned studio in Parker's Beacon Hill townhouse. It grew as they translated the sounds to wild live shows, for crowds both charmed and electrified by their combination of heartfelt soul and energetic electronica. The Flavr Blue are playing Neumos on March 12th with Mackned (West Seattle!!), Isabella Du Graf, and Blueyedsoul. Enter to win a pair of tickets to this all-ages show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Love Notes" (the title of their latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/11. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Amy Viking!

Win Tickets To Amy Viking!

Amy Viking is a hot new Seattle band with summery sounds that are equal parts Neil Young, The Clash and Fela Kuti. Enter to win a pair of tickets to their March 11th show at Barboza (21+) by e-mailing us with the subject line "All The Different Limes" and please include first & last name with entry. You can also pick up their debut album, Opener, at Easy Street! We'll draw a winner on 3/10. Good luck!

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R.I.P. Sir George Martin

R.I.P. Sir George Martin

Record producer extraordinaire Sir George Martin passed away last night at the age of 90. Best known of course for his groundbreaking production & engineering work with The Beatles, whom he encouraged and mentored throughout most of the band's career, Martin, who worked for EMI's Parlophone Records, also recorded The Beatles' first demo, which led to his signing the lads and forever changing the landscape of popular music. Martin also produced records by many other artists including Beatles' contemporaries Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, as well as later efforts by America, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Elton John, Ultravox & more.

Paul McCartney said in a statement: "I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know."

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Video Of The Day: Silversun Pickups - "Circadian Rhythm"

Watch Silversun Pickups' bassist/singer Nikki get all twirly & glittery in the latest video from the new album, Better Nature!

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Listen Up! Adia Victoria "Dead Eyes"

By Ian Bremner

Beyond The Bloodhounds is an ode to Adia Victoria’s 20s. Her debut album is out May 13th and it follows the artist from New York to Nashville, living as a young, “mad black woman antagonist.”

Victoria has a distinct harrowing voice that is both powerful and creepy. Her lyrics are dark, but personally truthful. She is a poet at heart and uses the guitar as a means to speak. Kurt Cobain comparisons get thrown out there a lot, but he and Adia undoubtedly share some of the same make up.. and demons, perhaps.

The 3-song Sea Of Sand EP was a nice teaser for music fans, and the upcoming album appears to elaborate on that same sound. Victoria is a part of a strong local Nashville scene of women songwriters pointing out the injustices in the world with both gender and race. She has played with Those Darlins and Hurray For The Riff Raff, both of whom are known for their unique voices in southern rock ‘n roll. All of these women lend more than their fantastic music and art to world, their story and message.

Listen to "Dead Eyes" below & download here.

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Video Of The Day: Sturgill Simpson "Brace For Impact (Live A Little)"

Sturgill Simpson's new album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, sails into stores on 4/15, and in addition to a Nirvana cover ("In Bloom") and funky moments (courtesy of the Dap-Kings!), Simpson is offering up this slinky rocker as the first single. Enjoy!

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Win Tickets To Reverend Horton Heat!

Win Tickets To Reverend Horton Heat!

The Rev is coming back! This time around, Reverend Horton Heat will bring the psychobilly to the Showbox on 3/11 with special guests Unknown Hinson, The Legendary Shack Shakers, and Lincoln Durham! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this amazing show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Let Me Teach You How To Eat" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner to this 21+ show on 3/9. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Signed Ray LaMontagne Test Pressing!

Enter To Win A Signed Ray LaMontagne Test Pressing!

Ray LaMontagne's new album, Ouroboros, is out today! American Songwriter's review notes that the music "pushes the soulful singer-songwriter outside any boundaries he has formerly operated in ... Ouroboros finds LaMontagne challenging conventions and following his muse," while the Boston Globe describes it as "a seeming disciple’s tribute to Pink Floyd. This dream-trippy project echoes Floyd in a myriad of ways, from throwback instruments like the Mellotron and Moog synthesizer to the obscure title 'Ouroboros.'" Sounds just fine to us!

We're giving away a signed test pressing of Ouroboros to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Changing Man" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store within a month of notification. Good luck!

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Loretta Lynn "Full Circle" Listening Events This Weekend!

Loretta Lynn "Full Circle" Listening Events This Weekend!

Loretta Lynn is a country music icon and a national treasure. Loretta has a brand new album coming out on March 4th titled Full Circle. Come celebrate with us in our cafe on Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th from 10am-noon. We will be featuring a Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter Breakfast Special and spinning tracks from Full Circle, as well as other classics from artists like Waylon, Willie, Patsy, and Johnny. So come on down, set a spell, and enjoy the hospitality. Get here early and you just might receive a very limited edition poster with your purchase of the CD or vinyl. Produced by John Carter Cash and Patsy Lynn Russell and recorded at Cash Cabin Studio in Tennessee, Full Circle features 13 tracks ranging from heartfelt mountain songs to updated classics as well as guest vocalists Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello. Full Circle is another triumph to add to Loretta Lynn's already legendary career.

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Win A Bonnie Raitt Prize Package!

Win A Bonnie Raitt Prize Package!

Bonnie Raitt's latest full-length, Dig In Deep, dropped last week to some pretty great reviews! For example, this excerpt from All Music's review: "Raitt's signature slide guitar is back out front; it shines throughout the recording. Her earthy singing voice, with just a hint of time's grain, is more disciplined and holds more emotional authority than ever before. It soars through a song collection balanced between rough, rowdy rockers and searing ballads."

Here's your chance to win a double vinyl copy of Dig In Deep PLUS a signed CD single! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dig In Deep" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store within one month of notification. Good luck!

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SOLD OUT! Ben Harper In-Store March 8th!

Update: The Ben Harper in-store is now SOLD OUT! We're no longer taking pre-orders for entry.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals' first album in nine years, Call It What It Is, will be out on April 8! In the meantime, we're excited to welcome Ben back to Easy Street on Tuesday, March 8th at 7pm for a solo in-store performance and signing! 

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New Release Round-Up 03-04-16


RNDM - Ghost RidingRNDM - Ghost Riding - Dine Alone Records
Sophomore album from the group comprised of Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Joseph Arthur (Fistful of Mercy) and Richard Stuverud (The Fastbacks) features 11 brilliant tracks that pull from all band members' influences.


RAY LAMONTAGNE - Ouroboros
RAY LAMONTAGNE - Ouroboros - RCA
Ray LaMontagne releases his sixth studio album, Ouroboros. The album was produced with Jim James of My Morning Jacket and features the single "Hey, No Pressure."

M. WARD - More Rain - Merge Records
M. Ward returns with a stunning new album, More Rain, on Merge Records. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk.


LORETTA LYNN - Full CircleLORETTA LYNN - Full Circle - Sony Legacy
Full Circle is the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn. Produced by Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, and recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Full Circle takes listeners on a journey through Loretta's musical story, from the Appalachian folk songs and gospel music she learned as a child, to new interpretations of her classic hits and country standards, to songs newly-written for the project. Drawing inspiration from personal memories and deep connections to American music, Lynn's 13 new recordings capture the essence of these songs in intimate new performances.   

MIIKE SNOW - iii - Atlantic
The band's third album, iii, wasn't crafted in one fell swoop. Instead, the musicians collaborated across space and time, meeting in Stockholm, Los Angeles, and New York for short periods over almost two years. They brought in a variety of other musicians and producers into the studios with them, feeling more open to outside collaboration this time around. Each musician began with different songs, sometimes sending them back and forth digitally when they couldn't be together in one room. As a whole, the album feels resolutely like a Miike Snow project, defined both by the two efforts that have come before and by the collective work of the three musicians. The combination of the musicians is an electric one, as exemplified on the album and in their live shows. 

VIOLENT FEMMES - We Can Do Anything [Indie Exclusive Low Price]VIOLENT FEMMES - We Can Do Anything [Indie Exclusive Low Price] - PIAS America
“We’ve always done what we wanted and how we wanted,” says Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano says. “Fundamentally there’s no difference from then until now. It’s a natural continuation.” Violent Femmes’ ninth studio album and first full-length collection in more than 15 years, We Can Do Anything may well be part of a long musical continuum but it is also among the most provocative and playful in the legendary band’s remarkable canon. As the title makes plain, founding Femmes Gano (vocals, guitar, banjo) and Brian Ritchie (acoustic bass guitar, vocals) remain intrepid as ever before, traversing infinite genre and emotion via their immediately identifiable mash of rambunctious folk, minimalist punk, cubist blues, cosmic jazz, and back porch rock ‘n’ roll. “What the Femmes are,” says Ritchie, “and I think we always have been, is a repository for American roots music. Most people think of us as a kind of rock band but we’re a lot more than that and I think this album represents all that in a really natural, cohesive way. It just flows smoothly between all these ideas.” 
Early Listen Available

JUDAH AND THE LION - Folk Hop N' RollJUDAH AND THE LION - Folk Hop N' RollJUDAH AND THE LION - Folk Hop N' Roll
Folk Hop N' Roll is the second full length album from Nashville-based band Judah And The Lion. They have created a new genre called "Folk Hop", and again have partnered with producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) to mesh the sound of the Beastie Boys with Mumford & Sons and a few other things in between.
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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
La Sera - Music For Listening To Music To
Cub Sport - This Is Our Vice
Polica - United Crushers
Devo - EZ Listening Muzak
The Struts - Everybody Wants
Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion
Frank Solivan - Family Friends & Heroes
Wintersleep - The Great Detachment
Janis Joplin - Janis: Little Girl Blue (Soundtrack)
Hotel Lights - Get Your Hand In My Hand [Vinyl]
Ben Abraham - Sirens
The Coral - Distance Inbetween
The Knocks - 55


& More .....

Sarah Borges - Good And Dirty EP
EERA - Eera EP [Vinyl]
Haroula Rose - Songbird











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.

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Watch Lucius On Colbert!

Remember back in 2013 when Brooklyn's Lucius, armed with two powerhouse female lead vocalists and almost unknown, came into Easy Street, took the stage and blew a whole lotta minds? We had high hopes for them and they delivered with their highly acclaimed debut, Wildewoman. Now they're back, with a new record due out 3/11 called Good Grief and their performance on The Colbert Show last night proved without a doubt that they still got the fire! Check it out!

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Listen Up! New M83 Track - "Do It, Try It"

Listen Up! New M83 Track - "Do It, Try It"

M83's dropping a new album titled Junk on April 8th, about which he says, "I want to show different sides of me on this album. I want to come back with something more intimate, yet somehow with…less me! ... All my albums have layers of eclecticism to them, but with this album I wanted to take that even further,” he says. Check out the first single from Junk, "Do It, Try It" right here!

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Enter To Win Tickets to Aoife O'Donovan

Enter To Win Tickets to Aoife O'Donovan

Indie-folk/bluegrass singer Aoife O'Donovan shifted the focus into pop-rock for her sophomore album, In The Magic Hour, released in January on Yep Roc Records, and she's bringing its songs & stories to the Columbia City Theater on March 6th! We're giving away a few pairs of tickets to this 21+ event, so enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Magic Hour" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 3/4. Good luck!

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"This Unruly Mess I’ve Made" is #1 at Easy Street Records!

 
(L photo: Anna Robinson, R photo: Andy Nelson)

Check out our photo gallery on Facebook (thanks, Pete & Anna)!

We’re in your corner Macklemore & Ryan Lewis…always.

M & RL drove up on us on street date and did a record signing for the first 100 people to buy This Unruly Mess I've Made. As the masses converged on the store and into the street, we cranked the new record a couple times. Before they had to bounce to Neumos for an impromptu free show, they grabbed the mics in the balcony and said a few words about the new record, the undying support from the people gathered, the love they have for their fans, their hometown, and some nice words about the early Easy Street days.

Before they left, they met a few more fans, signed a few more CDs and then they ran up a ladder we had on the café side and signed the big This Unruly Mess I’ve Made billboard.

By the end of the day, they had sold 500 copies of the new record.

We thank the Seattle Police Department, the West Seattle Junction Association, Terrill, Zach, Tricia, Jackie, Catherine, and all the folks that helped us pull this off. Ben and Ryan…thanks for thinking of us again on street date.

We wish the boys all the best as they head out on their massive European and American tours!

We also want to let you know that Easy Street is the only record store in the country carrying the deluxe edition of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, which includes:

* 2 bonus tracks not available on the standard edition

* Red velvet exterior, embossed in gold

* Foldout illustration of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

* CD booklet including never before seen photos of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Poster & sticker still available free with in-store purchase of either standard or deluxe edition, while supplies last.

Pick up the deluxe edition at the store now, or order it tomorrow on Easy Street Online! Standard edition available now at store and online.

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Win Tickets To Wolf Eyes At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Wolf Eyes At Barboza!

Co-presented by Third Man Records & Barboza, Audio Social Dissent 2016 featuring Wolf Eyes, Timmy's Organism, & Video will take place March 4th at 7pm at Barboza (21+)! "Drawing from such disparate sources as Throbbing Gristle, Black Flag, and King Tubby, the Michigan trio Wolf Eyes create harsh and hypnotic electronic landscapes that merge the frenzied energy of hardcore with the nihilistic menace of early industrial and noise." Sound good? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "I Am A Problem" (the title of their latest) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/3. Good luck!

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New Kills Video! New Kills Album!

The Kills announced today that they will be releasing a new album titled Ash & Ice, June 3rd, on Domino Records! Here's the first video..."Doing It To Death."

PS, they're still badass.

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Win Tickets To Vince Staples At The Neptune!

Win Tickets To Vince Staples At The Neptune!

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples' debut, Summertime '06, ranked high in our staff's Best Albums Of 2015 list, so naturally, we're excited that he's coming to the Neptune on March 2nd! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Summertime" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/29. Good luck!

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Video Of The Day: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (w/Leon Bridges) - "Kevin"

Gettin' excited to see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in our house tomorrow? Here's your soundtrack...the new video for "Kevin" with special guest Leon Bridges. It's the latest song to be unveiled from This Unruly Mess I've Made, which drops TOMORROW!!

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Win A Santigold Claw Machine & Signed Cassette of New Album!

Santigold has a new album called 99¢ coming at ya this Friday and we've got a very cool contest built around its release! It works like this: At our front counter at the shop, you will see the claw machine pictured above. Guess how many chocolate gold coins are in the machine and Tweet or Instagram a photo of yourself with the machine along with your guess using the hashtags #Santigold and #EasyStreet. The first to correctly guess the number of coins (hint, it's not 99) in the machine wins it, along with all the chocolate and a signed limited edition cassette of 99¢! If we don't have a correct answer by next week, we will award the prize to whoever comes closest. Winner must pick up prize at the shop within 2 weeks of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Hermitude and Keys N Krates!

Win Tickets To Hermitude and Keys N Krates!

Aussie hip-hop duo Hermitude are supporting electro whizkids Keys N Krates on their US tour, and they're all hitting the Showbox SODO on February 28th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dark Night Sweet Light" (the title of Hermitude's most recent full length) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/26. Good luck!

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Video Of The Day: Car Seat Headrest - "Vincent"

Matador will release Car Seat Headrest's sophomore album, Teens Of Denial, in late spring. The album, produced by local knob & fader wizard Steve Fisk, is already getting raves, with NPR's Bob Boilen going as far to say - in February no less - that the album "is likely to be my No. 1 album of 2016." Check out the first single from Teens Of Denial below!

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SOLD OUT! Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Signing At Easy Street 2/26!


Photo: Jason Koenig

Update: This event is SOLD OUT!

The first 100 pre-orders for guaranteed entry have been sold! Those who pre-ordered but did not make the "Top 100" will receive a poster, and while space permits, entry to the event. We will notify those who will receive wristbands by end of day Wednesday.

Join us on Friday, 2/26, 6pm, as we welcome Macklemore & Ryan Lewis back to the shop for a street date signing & listening party for their new release, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made! Be a part of this special street date celebration with Ben & Ryan by pre-ordering This Unruly Mess I’ve Made from Easy Street! Strictly limited capacity, the first 100 people to pre-order will receive a wristband to guarantee entry/signing (one CD = one wristband). Customers who pre-order must pick up their CD at the store - no shipping. Lineup for the event starts at 5pm, we’ll have list at door. Free poster to the first 400 who pre-order.

Gonna be pretty cool to get a first listen of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made with the fellas who created it, huh?

Pre-order now!

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Win Tickets To Animal Collective + Prizes!

Animal Collective's new album, Painting With, is out now, and they are touring in support of it with a Seattle stop scheduled on March 4th at The Neptune! Enter to win a pair of tickets, a cool AC turntable slipmat, and a Domino Records tote by e-mailing us with the subject line "Spilling Guts" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/1. Good luck!

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Jazz Vinyl Blowout Sale This Weekend!

We've marked down hundreds of used jazz vinyl titles to $2.50, so come on down to Easy Street this weekend and bulk up your collection! Many titles are NM condition duplicate stock, so you can save big and save your needle too! Look for the sale bins directly across from our jazz section. 

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Enter To Win Tickets To Sam Outlaw!

Enter To Win Tickets To Sam Outlaw!

Self-described "So-Cal Country" singer Sam Outlaw is bringing the twang to the Sunset Tavern on February 26th! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Angeleno" (the title of his killer latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/24. Good luck!

Rather play it safe? Buy tickets here!

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Win Tickets To Parquet Courts At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Parquet Courts At Neumos!

NYC rockers Parquet Courts have a new album coming out in April titled Human Performance, and they're very likely to give fans a healthy preview of it when they play Neumos on February 23rd! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this all-ages show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dust" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner Monday, 2/22. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 02-19-16


LAKE STREET DIVE - Side Pony
 

LAKE STREET DIVE - Side PonyLAKE STREET DIVE - Side Pony - NonesuchLAKE STREET DIVE - Side Pony
Lake Street Dive release their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael "McDuck" Olson—worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record. Tour dates to support Side Pony begin February 22 in Phoenix and include stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, New York, and more. Side Pony takes its name from a song on the record that refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive's philosophy and personality as a band. As Kearney puts it, "When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band's spirit. We've always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That's the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself."
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THE CAVE SINGERS - Banshee - Jagjaguwar Records
The Cave Singers  remind us that it takes a village. They remain approachable while retaining the complexity of writing skills possessed by folks who have dedicated their lives to music. Their appreciation of varied sounds, the writing process, and performing in every type of venue, house and festival possible allows them to connect with those they speak to. Their passion for their craft translates from their recordings and resonates through their performances. The Cave Singers are the people's band.

RICK SPRINGFIELD - Rocket Science - Frontiers Records
Rick Springfield is an iconic rockstar who needs no introduction. Rocket Science is Rick's latest studio album which is, as usual, filled with personal lyrics, infectious riffs and giant hooks. Another pop/rock tour de force which shows once again the amazing talents of this timeless artist.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - Painting With - Domino
Painting With is the 11th full length Animal Collective album. For fifteen years they have been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. The result: Painting With. Warm and personal, dizzying and high definition, concerned with art and the human experience, and the meeting of both - creating something elemental, joyous, and unmistakably Animal Collective.

WOLFMOTHER - Victorious - UME
When it was released in 2005, Wolfmother's eponymous debut was exactly what rock & roll needed: a meaty, beaty, big and bouncy genre resuscitator that not only broke through to the mainstream, but broke big. But ten years after their arrival, Wolfmother have returned with what could arguably be called their best work to date. With Victorious, [singer/guitarist Andrew] Stockdale once again arrives right on time: in an era dominated by single-song downloads, this is an album worthy of repeat listens from top to bottom. 

DR. DOG - The Psychedelic Swamp

DR. DOG - The Psychedelic SwampMAVIS STAPLES - Livin' On A High Note - AntiDR. DOG - The Psychedelic Swamp
Mavis Staples has been a soul and gospel music legend for more than 50 years. Her work fronting the legendary Staples Singers defined the sound of politically-committed soul and influenced generations of musicians. As a solo artist in her own right she has helped to define much of what is righteous and soulful in American music. With Livin' On A High Note, Mavis Staples has delivered the most joyful and uplifting record of her career. 12 original songs written exclusively for Mavis by some of the finest songwriters of our time including M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tune-yards, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more. 
Early Listen Available Video Available


ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Simple Plan - Taking One For The Team
Ra Ra Riot - Need Your Light
So Pitted - Neo
Gazebos - Die Alone
Wild Nothing - Life Of Pause
Hestina - Blossom Talk
Carrie Rodriguez - Lola
After The Burial - Dig Deep
Monster Truck - Sittin' Heavy
BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind
Golden Daze - Golden Daze
Teen - Love Yes
Nigel Hall - Ladies & Gentlemen... Nigel Hall
Venetian Snares - Traditional Synthesizer Music
Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams
The Color Purple: New Broadway Cast Recording
Buck ’Em!: The Music Of Buck Owens Volumes One & Two
Bentcousin - Bentcousin
Future Elevators - Future Elevators
Jack Garratt - Phase


& More .....

Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia EP [Vinyl]
Thin Lips - Divorce Year EP [Vinyl]
Delain - Lunar Prelude EP
Self Defense Family - Superior EP [Vinyl]
Starting Line - Anyways EP [Vinyl]
Mastodon - White Walker [Vinyl Picture Disc Single]
Gwen Stefani - Make Me Like You










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.

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Stereo Embers In-Store 3/19!

Stereo Embers In-Store 3/19!

Join us at 7pm on Saturday, March 19th as we welcome Stereo Embers to Easy Street for a free, all-ages performance!

Stereo Embers' new 7-inch, "Wrong Way"/"Ways Of The World" is the second official release by Mike McCready's HockeyTalkter label! Mr. McCready says this about the release: "Stereo Embers are a great band. The song ‘Wrong Way’ is one I couldn’t stop listening to. Great chorus and killer songwriting. ‘Ways of the World’ is a perfect foil for it. With Robb Benson vox, Tim Dijulio lead guitar, Ben Brunn bass, and Cassady Laton on drums, Stereo Embers have been tearing up the new Seattle Scene lately, and I love the interplay between Robb’s great vocals and Tim DiJulio’s smoking guitar leads. A proud release for HockyTalkter Records!"

Mad Season/Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin adds: "The Stereo Embers are my favorite new band out of Seattle. Killer songs, great musicianship, and they totally slay live, just as a rock band should."

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Win Tickets To CHIC At The Showbox!

Win Tickets To CHIC At The Showbox!

Freak Out! Funk/disco legend Nile Rodgers and Chic are coming to the Showbox on February 21st to make you Dance, Dance, Dance and bring on the Good Times! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/19. Good luck!

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Video Of The Day: Protomartyr - "Dope Cloud"

The message of the new Protomartyr video seems to be stay the hell away from phone booths. They're filthy, germ-laden cesspools of yesteryear...plus when surrounded by a group of masked hooligans, they're downright DANGEROUS! Pick up Protomartyr's latest, The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art) from your favorite corner record shop!

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Win Tickets To The Sold Out Cave Singers Show At Neumos!

Win Tickets To The Sold Out Cave Singers Show At Neumos!

The Cave Singers will be at Neumos on February 20th to celebrate the release of their fifth full-length, Banshee, which drops this Friday! This show is totally sold out, but we managed to finagle a pair of spots on the guest list for one lucky Easy Streeter! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Banshee," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/19. Good luck!

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Listen To New Tacocat Single!

In general, Mondays kind of suck....but this one's pretty great, because Tacocat just shared a new single, "Talk," from their upcoming album, Lost Time (out 4/1)! Check it out below!

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Video Of The Day: Kevin Morby - "I Have Been To The Mountain"

Thanks to our newest employee Ian for tipping us to Kevin Morby's new clip, which Ian recently featured on his own music blog, Old Rookie. He writes: "Kevin Morby’s songs can be dark, but he manages to make the darkness shine through without the heaviness of it all becoming too overwhelming. Formerly the bassist for the band Woods, Morby has stepped out on his own and created a unique flavor to the proverbial 'singer/songwriter' title. His voice and instrumentation are both unique and are thoroughly captivating. ...  April 15th will see his new release, Singing Saw come out on Dead Oceans."

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Enter To Win Tickets To The-Dream!

Enter To Win Tickets To The-Dream!

Terius Nash (aka The-Dream) has a pretty impressive résumé, including production and songwriting for Beyonce, Rihanna, Mariah, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Usher, Brandy, Ciara and many others. Not to mention his "guest" collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z, Pusha T, Gary Clark Jr., LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross, just to name a few. The-Dream is now touring in support of his new "visual album" Genesis, with a stop at Neumos on 2/16! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Genesis" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/15. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 02-12-16


New Releases - Feb 12 2016
 

BRANDI CARLILE - Brandi Carlile - Brookvale Records
Reaching No. 1 on the U.S. Folk Albums chart in 2005, Brandi Carlile's critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album finally returns to vinyl. This gorgeous reissue features fully remastered audio, stunning gatefold packaging, and foil-numbering on each copy. Limited edition of 1000 on clear vinyl. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of Brandi Carlile upon its release, "It's not only a superb debut, it's a hell of a record by any measure." Three of the album's songs - "Tragedy," "What Can I Say," and "Throw It All Away" - were featured in the TV drama Grey's Anatomy, adding to the album's success.

BRANDI CARLILE - Give Up The Ghost - Brookvale Records
Originally released in 2009, Give Up The Ghost returns to vinyl for the first time since its original, hard-to-find pressing. This brand new reissue features remastered audio, beautiful gatefold packaging, and foil-numbering on each copy. Limited to 1000 copies on translucent Cola Brown vinyl. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Rick Rubin, the album includes a collaboration with Elton John on "Caroline" and debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200. That same year, Carlile was nominated as "Outstanding Music Artist" at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. Reviewing the album for Paste, Rachael Maddux wrote, "Writhing and burning and staring at life straight down the barrel, Give Up The Ghost is exactly the album Carlile needed to make at this moment."

FRANK TURNER - Ten For Ten - Xtra Mile Recordings
On Ten For Ten, Frank Turner has handpicked 10 tracks previously unavailable on a physical release including the "Old Flames" featuring Billy the Kid, the original demo of "The Ballad Of Me and My Friends" and "Atlanta Curse." Xtra Mile Recordings released a very limited seven-LP box in 2015 called The First Ten Years, which featured a bonus LP called Ten for Ten. This is the first standalone physical release of that bonus disc, previously only available digitally and in the limited LP box set.

WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE - Wynonna & The Big Noise - Curb Records
Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband, producer/drummer Cactus Moser, recorded the majority of the album in the sanctity of their home studio located on the family farm in Tennessee. Wynonna has described the new album as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock.

YOU SAY PARTY - You Say Party - Paper Bag
In 2004, You Say Party played their first punk show in a church basement outside Vancouver, BC. Four years later, they were touring China and Japan on the strength of two acclaimed albums, 2005's Hit the Floor! and 2007's Lose All Time. They shifted from new wave-punk into pop rock and were poised for breakout, mainstream success with 2009's award-winning XXXX when tragedy struck. Drummer Devon Clifford collapsed on stage and died suddenly. You Say Party went on indefinite hiatus in 2011, but the core four (Becky Ninkovic, Stephen O'Shea, Krista Loewen, and Derek Adam) reunited in 2012 and have spent the last four years slow dancing towards this moment - their first fell-length release in six years. 

JAMES SUPERCAVE - Better Strange - Fairfax Recordings
In 2015, James Supercave, made waves combining Sophie Koko Gate's award winning animation video "Half Wet," with their single of the same name, "Better Strange." The video, which premiered via Nerdist, is basically "like 90s cartoons did the same drugs that our music is hooked on. Beautiful, bizarre, hilarious;" states the band. 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Daughtry - It's Not Over....The Hits So Far
The Record Company - Give It Back To You
Basia Bulat - Good Advice
Wheeler Walker Jr. - Redneck Shit
Flowers - Everybody's Dying To Meet You
Lissie - My Wild West
Dion - New York Is My Home
Rotting Christ - Rituals
Holy Grail - Times Of Pride And Peril
Rokia Traore - Né So
Magrudergrind - II
The Donkeys - Midnight Palms
Vinyl: Music From The HBO Original Series - Volume 1
Radiation City - Synesthetica
Alex Dezen - Alex Dezen
Pinegrove - Cardinal
Joey+Rory - Hymns


& More .....

L.A. Witch - Drive Your Car [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
Carrie Rodriguez - Z
Star & Micey - Everything
Wintersleep - Santa Fe
Run River North - 29










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.

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Video Of The Day: Sturgill Simpson - "Sugar Daddy"

As you might know, we at Easy Street love vinyl. We also love Sturgill Simpson, so it only seems natural for us to dig the theme song for the new HBO series, Vinyl. Created by a team that includes Martin Scorcese and Mick Jagger, Vinyl tells the story of the music biz of the early '70s through the eyes of a drug-fueled NYC record company president who's desperately trying to find the new sound, the new hit, the next big thing at a crucial period of time where punk rock, hip-hop and disco were all being conceived. Vinyl premieres on HBO February 14th at 9pm (PT).

As for the Sturgill song, let's just say that it sure ain't country...it rocks HARD! Check out "Sugar Daddy" and a trailer for Vinyl below. 

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Video Of The Day: Lana Del Rey (w/Father John Misty) - "Freak"

Lana Del Rey drinks the kool-aid and Father John Misty gets dosed in the new eleven-minute video from Honeymoon, "Freak." 

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Bargain Vinyl And More At Lifelong Thrift!

Bargain Vinyl And More At Lifelong Thrift!

We wouldn't usually encourage our customers to buy records elsewhere, but if you're looking for serious bargain wax & CDs, we've recently donated a ton of our duplicate stock to our friends at Lifelong Thrift on Capitol Hill! Lifelong Thrift is a Seattle-based non-profit thrift store benefiting people in our local community with HIV/AIDS, and offers a voucher program to HIV positive individuals in need of basic living essentials. They've recently moved to a gigantic 12,000+ foot space on Broadway formerly occupied by Red Light Vintage, and would love to fill their new store with YOUR donations! On the Hill since the 1980s, Lifelong has developed a reputation for carrying unique items, including high-end apparel, and the new space will allow them to display even more great bargains! Lifelong Thrift is located at 312 Broadway E. For more information, visit their website.

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Video Of The Day: Deftones - "Prayers/Triangles"

The new album by Deftones, Gore, is hitting the streets on 4/8! Here's the first taste of it....

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Video Of The Day: Beyonce - "Formation"

This weekend, Beyonce announced a tour (Seattle, 5/18 at Century Link Field), performed at the Super Bowl and dropped this powerful new track & video on the world. Dig it.

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Win An AWESOME Black Sabbath Prize Pack!

Win An AWESOME Black Sabbath Prize Pack!

Assuming Ozzy has recovered from the sinus infection (update: he did) that caused Black Sabbath to cancel the past few shows on their farewell tour, the Sabs will be shaking the Tacoma Dome to its core this Saturday (update: they did)! And while we can't help you out with free tickets, we do have an awesome prize package to give away, to mark the release of the deluxe vinyl versions of the first three Black Sabbath albums (plus the live album, Past Lives).

One VERY lucky winner will receive the following:

* 2LP Deluxe Vinyl of Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality, and Past Lives

* 15x20 purple Black Sabbath poster & 11x17 "The End" poster

* Master Of Reality t-shirt

* Sabbath buttons, stickers, & tattoos

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "The End" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Test Pressing Of Wet's New Album!

Enter To Win A Test Pressing Of Wet's New Album!

Don't You, the debut album from Brooklyn trio Wet, was released to much praise last week, leading Billboard to dub the band "the toast of the tastemakers." Music blog Consequence Of Sound added more heat as they raved about how the R&B-flavored band "blend sparse beats, electronic blips, and palm-muted guitar riffs to form a sonic backdrop that’s as thick as pudding and twice as tempting."

Got headphones? Wanna get Wet? Enter to win a test pressing of Don't You by e-mailing us with the subject line "I Wanna Get Wet" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Budos Band!

Win Tickets To The Budos Band!

Brooklyn's Budos Band, whose fourth full-length, Burnt Offering (Daptone), nabbed the #4 spot in our staff's Best Albums Of 2014 list, is bringing some o' their afro-soul goodness to all the lovers at Neumos on Valentine's Day (2/14 for those who forgot)! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21-and-over show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Turn And Burn," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/12. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 02-05-16


LUCINDA WILLIAMS - The Ghosts Of Highway 20 [Indie Exclusive Lower Price]
 

LUCINDA WILLIAMS - The Ghosts Of Highway 20 [Indie Exclusive Lower Price]LUCINDA WILLIAMS - The Ghosts Of Highway 20 [Indie Exclusive Lower Price] - Highway 20 RecordsLUCINDA WILLIAMS - The Ghosts Of Highway 20 [Indie Exclusive Lower Price]
We've all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who've spent their lives traversing it. Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts Of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life.
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DR. DOG - The Psychedelic Swamp

DR. DOG - The Psychedelic SwampDR. DOG - The Psychedelic Swamp - AntiDR. DOG - The Psychedelic Swamp
The Psychedelic Swamp is Dr. Dog's ninth album, and third studio release with ANTI-Records.  Most of the songs were among the first ever written together by Scott McMicken and Tob Leaman and an assemblage of friends and musical cohorts that would evolve as Dr. Dog over the years. This early endeavor of writing a concept album helped shape their creative process as they became a label-defying multi-hyphenated indie-psychedelic-rock-folk-Americana-basement-touring band.
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HIGH HIGHS - Cascades

HIGH HIGHS - CascadesHIGH HIGHS - Cascades - PIAS AmericaHIGH HIGHS - Cascades
Cascades is the name of the second record from the Brooklyn group High Highs. The title comes from a memory of a moment Jack Milas and Oli Chang remember while driving through the Cascade Mountains on tour. The song it comes from, also called"Cascades," is bright and expansive, silver threads of guitar laced through soft layers of synths. More than anything else, the song is an indication of how far the group has come in a short period of time - from working together in a recording studio in Australia to opening for Sky Ferreira and Vampire Weekend. Cascades is a portrait of a band in ascent, making music grand enough to carry them along the way. 
Early Listen Available Video Available 


LEON BRIDGES - Louisiana Sun
 - Sony

Louisiana Sun consists of five songs recorded during sessions for Leon Bridges' debut, Coming Home, and originally intended for a RSD Black Friday 2015 release before it was delayed. It is now available on 10" vinyl.

RIHANNA - Anti
 - Def Jam
"The three full years since 2012's Unapologetic – the longest break between releases in Rihanna's career – turned out to be exactly what she needed to make a rich full-length statement. After more than a decade as a superstar of the singles chart, Rihanna has become an album artist. ... Anti's beats are more muted than the flashier productions of her past work, which leaves room for the album's biggest revelation: Rihanna's show-stopping vocal performances. " - Rolling Stone

ELTON JOHN - Wonderful Crazy Night
 - Island
Elton John's 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett and reconvenes Elton’s core band of drummer Nigel Olsson, from his original three-piece group, and guitarist Davey Johnstone, with whom he first worked in 1971. "On Wonderful Crazy Night [Elton] succeeds in recreating the rootsy Americana of his youth. ... It sounds like they’re having a blast. It was recorded in just 17 days, which has perhaps contributed to the urgency of tracks such as 'In the Name of You.' But it has not come at the expense of John’s nose for a hit, with melodies such as that of 'Claw Hammer' proving his pop sensibility is as acute as ever." - The Guardian

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Win Tickets To Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Motown!

Win Tickets To Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Motown!

This Saturday (2/6), the Seattle Rock Orchestra will pay tribute to the artists of Motown - Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey, Marvin and many more! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this show at the Moore by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hitsville USA" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/5. Good luck!

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Video Of The Day: "The Winter Dance Party" (AKA The Day The Music Died)

On this day in 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. They were all part of "The Winter Dance Party" tour, as was pop singer Dion, who fortunately survived the tour by not boarding the plane. Here is Dion's version of The Day The Music Died.

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Video Of The Day: NEW PJ Harvey - "The Wheel"

Video Of The Day: NEW PJ Harvey - "The Wheel"

PJ Harvey's first album in six years, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is due out in April and we can't wait! Luckily, we can listen to the first single starting now, so go ahead, enjoy the new video for "The Wheel"!

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Win A "Start Your Ear Off Right" Prize Pack From Rhino!

Win A "Start Your Ear Off Right" Prize Pack From Rhino!

We recently shared the news about Rhino's "Start Your Ear Off Right" set of seventeen vinyl & CD releases from the likes of Bad Company, The Cars, Devo, Grateful Dead, The Monkees, The Replacements and The Velvet Underground. These are limited editions and only available at participating brick and mortar retail outlets. The good news is we still have a few of these titles, including The Replacements' individual Twin Tone albums (first time on vinyl in over 20 years)! The even better news is Rhino is giving away a sweet "Start Your Ear Off Right" prize pack, which includes a pair of Audio Technica headphones and a goodie bag filled with a variety of vinyl, CDs, posters, buttons and more!

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Start Your Ear Off Right" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize pack at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Built To Spill!

Win Tickets To Built To Spill!

The mighty Built To Spill will take over the Showbox for two nights in February - an all ages show on February 5th and a 21+ show on February 6th! We're giving away a pair of tickets for each show, so enter to win by e-mailing us using the subject line "BTS 2/5" for the all ages show OR "BTS 2/6" for the over-21 show. Please include your first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 2/3. Good luck!

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Album Review: Shearwater - "Jet Plane And Oxbow"

Album Review: Shearwater - "Jet Plane And Oxbow"

By Andrew Lee

When I press play on an opening track like “Prime,” the change is almost instant. The music I hear is so appealing it changes my life. The ordinary life becomes the extraordinary life just by virtue of the music, if only for a few minutes. Ironically, I don’t really even know what Jonathan Meiburg is singing about. I can’t easily understand all the lyrics, but it doesn’t matter. In this case it’s all about the music and the feeling. And to me, music like this feels amazing. But why? It’s that electronic hook mainly. It lights up something inside me - some kind of internal recognition receptor turns on and just, like, glows. It’s like something was out there, or maybe it was inside me, and I knew it was there but I couldn’t find it, so I couldn't say it, but I can recognize it when I hear the band play it.

And that’s just the first song.

And no, they’re not all like that. Musicians can’t be magicians every time. But in the case of Jet Plane And Oxbow, the power of Shearwater’s opening trick is strong enough to light a path all the way to the end of the album for both the band and their listeners.

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Win Tickets To Dr. Dog At The Neptune!

Win Tickets To Dr. Dog At The Neptune!

In 2000, Philly psych-rockers Dr. Dog recorded their first album, The Psychedelic Swamp, but it never got an official release. Fifteen years later, they did a makeover on it, putting a fresh coat of paint on what they call their "personal masterpiece." The new Psychedelic Swamp will be released next week, and as all bands with new old records must do, Dr. Dog are hitting the road, with a stop scheduled at the Neptune on street date, February 5th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Engineer Says" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/3. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 01-29-16


TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Let Me Get By
 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Let Me Get ByTEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Let Me Get By - Fantasy
Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan's soaring, spiritually-charged vocals and Derek's masterfully lyrical slide guitar, the band's musical talents are on display in full force. From "Anyhow" - a declaration of devotion highlighting the album's theme of breaking away - to the funky and uplifting title track, Let Me Get By delivers a sonic journey filled with the barnstorming energy, soulful vibes and roots-based rock that no band delivers better.
Early Listen Available  

BLOC PARTY - Hymns - Vagrant Records
"Bloc Party’s attempt at gospel may not be traditional, but the idea of purging the demons of the past to make a fresh start lends these songs a connective tissue that strengthens the work as a whole. This may not be the same Bloc Party who made Silent Alarm 12 years ago, but by owning up to their progression over the past decade, they’ve managed to make their strongest work in years." - Pitchfork.com

SIA - This Is Acting - RCA
This Is Acting is Sia's follow-up to her sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). In December 2014, Sia told Spin that she had "two [more records] completed and ready to go" and wanted "2015 to look like it's just been fucked." She revealed details of This Is Acting for the first time in an interview published by NME in February 2015. In the article, she confirmed once again that work on the album was finished and that its content was "more pop" than her previous material. She also revealed that the success of 1000 Forms of Fear, specifically its lead single "Chandelier," encouraged her to continue releasing new material, and said of the album's title: "I'm calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn't go in thinking 'this is something I would say.' It's more like play-acting. It's fun."

NIGHT BEATS - Who Sold My Generation - Heavenly
Night Beats play pure psychedelic R&B music that spikes the punch and drowns your third eye in sonic waves of colour. Theirs is a bastard blues, contorted and distorted into new shapes for 21st century wastoids — once tasted never forgotten. This is music to melt your sorry little minds. Make no mistake: their new album Who Sold My Generation sounds like it has been created against a backdrop of burning Stars and Stripes flags and with the whiff of napalm hanging in the air — an alternative universe where ‘Helter Skelter’ is the national anthem and Charlie Manson is still on the loose.

J.COLE - Forest Hills Drive Live - Columbia
In December of 2014, J.Cole released the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated, and Platinum-certified album Forest Hills Drive. Now as a surprise release and a birthday present to his fans, J.Cole releases a special live version. The album features thirteen tracks recorded live from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC as seen on the HBO documentary film Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming. Twelve of the tracks are from the original studio album, plus a medley of previous hits “Lights Please,” “In The Morning,” and “Nobody’s Perfect.”

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Buddy Miller - Cayamo Sessions At Sea
Deerhoof - Fever 121614
Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind
Nevermen - Nevermen
St Lucia - Matter
Kevin Gates - Islah
Serenity - Codex Atlanticus
Benji Hughes - Songs In The Key Of Animals
Conan - Revengeance
Money - Suicide Songs
Dream Theater - The Astonishing
Milk Teeth - Vile Child
Pop Etc - Souvenir
Your Friend - Gumption
The Miamis - We Deliver: The Lost Band Of The CBGB Era
Danko Jones - Live At Wacken
Saul Williams - MartyrLoserKing


& More .....

A-Trak - We All Fall Down
The Summer Set - Figure Me Out









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.

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Video Of The Day: Run The Jewels - "Meowpurdy"

Video Of The Day: Run The Jewels - "Meowpurdy"

Check out the latest video from the feline side of Run The Jewels! "Meowpurdy" is the purrfect choice to kick off your Friday, from the Meow The Jewels release! We've still got some delicious brown vinyl in stock, but our distro is sold out, so we won't be getting any more! So, don't sleep!

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Paul Kantner Dead At 74

Paul Kantner Dead At 74

Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship guitarist, singer and co-founder Paul Kantner has died at the age of 74. Kantner had suffered a heart attack earlier this week, his second in the past year, and died Thursday of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Kantner co-founded Jefferson Airplane with Marty Balin in 1965, adding singer Grace Slick to the lineup a year later. The Airplane quickly took off, becoming one of the leading bands of the counterculture scene of the '60s, with their signature songs "Somebody To Love" and the hallucinatory "White Rabbit." The band fell apart in the early '70s and Kantner and Slick went on to form Jefferson Starship, which Balin also briefly joined. Starship had a far more commercial sound than the Airplane, fitting nicely into the "mellow rock" vibe so prevalent on the radio in the late '70s.By 1984, Kantner felt the Starship's sound had become too commercial and quit, but he revived the band in 1992 and continued to tour and record with them until 2013. 

In 1973, various members of Airplane and Starship recorded an album with the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Flying Burrito Brothers' bassist Chris Etheridge titled Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun. Below is a key track from this great album. Rest in peace, Paul Kantner.

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Video Of The Day: NEW Massive Attack w/Tricky! "Take It There"

Massive Attack and Tricky have reunited for a perfect song on the trip hop pioneers' new four-track EP, Ritual. Tricky appears on "Take It There," while the remaining three tracks feature guests Young Fathers, Roots Manuva, and Azekel. Ritual is currently only available via download, but a double vinyl version is due in March. Meantime, enjoy the video!

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Video Of The Day: Hey Marseilles - "Eyes On You"

Seattle's own Hey Marseilles are getting ready to release their eponymous third album on February 5th! Enjoy a new song/video from the album titled "Eyes On You," and pre-order the new album from us here. Be sure to catch Hey Marseilles at the Showbox April 2nd...buy tickets here!

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Album Review: The I Don't Cares - "Wild Stab"

Album Review: The I Don't Cares - "Wild Stab"

By Andrew Lee

The last time I listened to Paul Westerberg it was 1992 and the songs were “Waiting for Somebody” and “Dyslexic Heart" on the Singles soundtrack. The last time I listened closely to anything Julianna Hatfield has done was 1993 and the album was Become What You Are. After hearing these two together as The I Don’t Cares on Wild Stab, I think I may just have to rewind and pay more attention to their output of the past 20-odd years.

This is simply a great rock and roll collaboration record with something for everyone, and it’s brought to you by a couple of seasoned musicians who still have star power and who really know what they’re doing.

“Back” kicks it off by getting all indie rock pensive and poignant, but its follow-up “Wear Me Out Loud” brings on the hooky rock-a-tude right away. Enjoy a little gimmicky humor with a song about having to pee (“1/2 2P") before “Sorry for Tomorrow Night” busts out the fiddles around some lovable loser lyrics. On "Dance to the Fight,” Julianna Hatfield takes the lead and sweetly rocks out on sour lyrics like “drunken, flunkin' out, I’m on my hands and knees on a Friday night.” This is followed by just a wee bit of a contrast with the slow down and cuddle up vibe on “Kissing Break” (a song that’s ready for some rom-com movie montage).

And technically the record’s not even half over yet. I’ll save the second half for you to experience without any spoiler clues, but I will say this:

Give this record a chance to be heard on something good. No ear buds, okay? No tiny bluetooth speakers in a noisy room, alright? You should break out some good headphones, preferably the kind that have ear pads of some kind. I speak from experience. For this one I started on my iPad streaming to a cheap little Amazon Basic bluetooth speaker while I was distracted doing something else, and it was nothing special. But when I put on the good headphones and paid attention it all came alive and it was great. Get to know this record on something good before you let it get shortchanged on something convenient.

So far I can’t decide which half of Wild Stab I like more. This is a very good problem to have. And when my favorite song is the last song on the album, I think that’s a very good sign. This is a Record with a capital R and as music appreciators we’re lucky to have it.

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Album Review: Grizfolk - "Waking Up The Giants"

Album Review: Grizfolk - "Waking Up The Giants"

By Andrew Lee

Who are these guys? I like them. I like them a lot. They have a big, polished, radio-friendly sound and for now I won't hold that against them. It's a pleasure to press play on the debut album of a band I've never heard of and to be so pleasantly surprised.

And this is one of those rare albums where I find myself waiting in vain for all the good songs to be over. Where is the filler here? It all sounds so good I almost don’t trust it. If I wanted to be critical I guess I could say nothing really challenges the listener here. Musically speaking, if Grizfolk is picking the listener up for a date, they don’t sit in the car and honk the horn and then brood mysteriously when you get in. No, Grizfolk comes to the door and walks you to the car. They’ve got flowers for you and all that. They make it easy to like them - if you’re not too jaded that is.

With a name like Grizfolk I expected more guitars I guess. Maybe more of an acoustic flavored folk rock sound. Not so much here. Yes, the guitars are there but there are no big guitar solos and and overall sound of the band seems more keyboards and drums driven. Much of the album is dipped in a poppy, electronic coating that candies everything up nicely. Hooks abound, and you may find yourself singing along pretty quickly. There are multiple moments that sound tailor-made for big crowd concert singalongs.

Speaking of concerts, after listening to Waking Up The Giants I found myself wanting to know more about Grizfolk. Who are the band members, where are they from, what are they like, and what do these guys sound like live? Holden Caulfield said certain books make you "wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it” I say that certain albums make you wish the band was from your hometown and you could go see them live and in concert whenever you felt like it. Waking Up the Giants by Grizfolk is one of those albums. PS, Grizfolk will be at the Crocodile on 1/26!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Reflection Eternal!

Enter To Win Tickets To Reflection Eternal!

Reflection Eternal, the critically-acclaimed hip hop duo consisting of emcee Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek, don't sweat the deadlines. Their debut, Train Of Thought, was released in 2000; their second, Revolutions Per Minute, dropped ten years later. The pair are ready to hit the road for a handful of West Coast dates, which includes a show at the Showbox on 1/30. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "RPM" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/28. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Marlon Williams At The Tractor!

Win Tickets To Marlon Williams At The Tractor!

Dead Oceans is releasing New Zealand alt-country singer Marlon Williams' self-titled debut on 2/19, but in the meantime, he's bringing the down-under twang to the Tractor Tavern on 1/31! The Northwest Music Scene blog notes, "With his exceptionally versatile and evocative voice, Williams truly inhabits his material and presents a remarkably assured and diverse debut. The album’s rollicking, acrobatic opening, 'Hello Miss Lonesome,' features Williams’ vocals soaring atop bluegrass guitars and a tight snare." Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hello Miss Lonesome" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/29.

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Matt's Picks!

Matt Vaughan - President, Easy Street Records & Cafe

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

2. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

3. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

4. Petite Noir - La Vie Este Belle

5. St. Germain - St. Germain

6. Viet Cong - Viet Cong

7. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

8. Tame Impala - Currents

9. Tuxedo - Tuxedo

10. Shannon & The Clams - Gone By The Dawn

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Bruce Springsteen - The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

2. Swans - White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity

3. Gary Numan - Telekon

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

The Sonics at Easy Street, Record Store Day 2015

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Win Tickets To Bone Thugs-N-Harmony!

Win Tickets To Bone Thugs-N-Harmony!

Hip hop legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic album, Tha Crossroads! They'll be crossing the road to the Neptune on January 24th and we've got a couple of spots on the guest list for one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Crossroads" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/22. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Ty Segall & The Muggers!

Win Tickets To Ty Segall & The Muggers!

Fuzz-rock king Ty Segall & The Muggers are bringing the noise to the Neptune this Thursday, January 21, to show off tracks from their "defiantly messy" new album, Emotional Mugger (out this Friday)! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Candy Sam" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 1/20. Good luck!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Mary's Picks!

Mary Bruce - Bookkeeper 

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

2. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart

3. JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll

4. Bob Dylan - The Best Of The Cutting Edge, 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12

5. Steve Earle & The Dukes - Terraplane

6. Dead Men Walking - Easy Piracy

7. Chris Isaak - First Comes The Night

8. My Morning Jacket - Waterfalls

9. The Sonicsl - This Is The Sonics

10. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams - Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Bruce Springsteen - The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

2. The Beatles - 1

3. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive - The Moore - 7/17/15

Dave Rawlings & The Machine - The Neptune - 10/24/15

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Iris's Picks!

Iris Stroh - Manager, Easy Street Cafe

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Mutoid Man - Bleeder

2. High On Fire - Luminiferous

3. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

4. Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death

5. Sandrider/Kinski - Sandrider + Kinski

6. Toe Tag - Hide The Knives

7. Addaura - And The Lamps Expire

8. Run The Jewels - Meow The Jewels

9. The Gods Themselves - Pink Noise

10. Theories - Regression

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Bikini Kill - Revolution Girl Style Now!

2. Faith No More - The Real Thing (Deluxe Edition)

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

The Sonics At Easy Street - Record Store Day 2015

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Chad's Picks!

Chad Nave - Inventory Stocker

Top 10 Albums 2015

1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon

2. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

3. The Dead Weather - Dodge & Burn

4. JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll

5. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

6. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

7. Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down

8. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

9. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

10. Gov’t Mule - Sco-Mule

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Led Zeppelin Remasters

2. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

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Start Your Ear Off Right With Rhino Vinyl Exclusives!

Start Your Ear Off Right With Rhino Vinyl Exclusives!

Next Tuesday, January 19th, Rhino Records will "Start Your Ear Off Right" with seventeen titles from some of the most revered acts in music including Bad Company, The Cars, Devo, Grateful Dead, The Monkees, The Replacements and The Velvet Underground. These albums will only be available at participating brick and mortar retail outlets. Purchase any of these releases from Easy Street starting January 19th, and you will receive Rhino's legendary wall calendar - now available to the public for the first time!

Check out the list of albums being released!

Bad Company - Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company - 2xLP, gatefold cover

Blue Man Group - "Giacometti" - 7" blue vinyl, limited to 5,000 copies

The Cars - The Cars - Blue vinyl, limited to 5,000 copies

Cibo Matto - Viva! La Woman - Limited edition 180-gram orange vinyl

Devo - Freedom Of Choice - 35th anniversary limited edition on red, white & blue vinyl

Grateful Dead - Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles, 11/10/67 - 3 LP set on 180-gram vinyl

Jackie Brown: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture - 180-gram yellow vinyl

The Monkees - Classic Album Collection - 10-CD set, nine classic Monkees album, plus bonus disc of singles

The Monkees - Cereal Box Singles - Four limited edition "Cereal Box" cardboard records - Track list: "Last Train to Clarksville," "Words" (previously unreleased TV mix), "I Never Thought It Peculiar" (previously unreleased TV mix), "Valleri" (previously unreleased TV mix).

The Replacements - Sorry Ma Forgot To Take Out The Trash - The Twin/Tone era LPs are available again after being out of print for over 20 years! Standard weight, black vinyl.

The Replacements - Stink - The Twin/Tone era LPs are available again after being out of print for over 20 years! Standard weight, black vinyl.

The Replacements - Hootenanny - The Twin/Tone era LPs are available again after being out of print for over 20 years! Standard weight, black vinyl.

The Replacements - Let It Be - The Twin/Tone era LPs are available again after being out of print for over 20 years! Standard weight, black vinyl.

Temple City Kazoo Orchestra - "Some Kazoos" 7" - Thirty-seventh anniversary edition of Rhino's first release! Burgundy vinyl.

Various Artists - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968 - Nine CDs, 244 tracks. Back in print after being unavailable for a decade!

Velvet Underground - Live At Max's Kansas City - 2015 expanded remaster of the legendary live recording from Max's Kansas City on August 23, 1970. Available as 2LP on 180-gram vinyl or CD.

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Stephanie's Picks!

Stephanie Dorman - Server, Easy Street Cafe

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

2. Prof - Liability

3. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

4. Vince Staples - Summertime

5. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

6. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

7. Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

8. Wimps - Suitcase

9. Fuzz - II

10. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think...

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Bikini Kill Reissues

2. Dead Moon Reissues

3. The Sonics - Fifty

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R.I.P. Glenn Frey

R.I.P. Glenn Frey

Sad to report yet another death in the music family. Eagles' guitarist/singer/songwriter Glenn Frey has passed away at 67, due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Frey sang lead on some of the Eagles' biggest and best hits including "Take It Easy," "Already Gone," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Tequila Sunrise," "Lyin' Eyes," and "New Kid In Town." Eagles' bandmate Don Henley paid tribute to Frey with a written statement, that read in part, "Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. ... We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. ... It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life." 

Rest In Peace.

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Grady's Picks!

Grady Tyree - Sales Clerk, Writer/Photographer, Easy Street Online

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

2. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

3. Shamir - Ratchet

4. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

5. Metz - II

6. Ceremony - The L-Shaped Man

7. Tuxedo - Tuxedo

8. Failure - The Heart Is A Monster

9. Local H - Hey Killer

10. Health - Death Magic

Top Three Under-The-Radar Debuts

1. Georgia - Georgia

2. Strange Wilds - Subjective Concepts

3. Bully - Feels Like

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Stones Throw/Tuxedo Showcase @ SXSW 

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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr!

Today we celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 87 on January 15th. King was able to come to Seattle only once in his lifetime, a two-day visit in November of 1961. His itinerary on the first day included a lunchtime lecture titled "Segregation and the Civil Liberties: Implications for Students," which he delivered to 2,000 students at the University of Washington's Meany Hall. In the speech, King urged President Kennedy to issue an executive order declaring all segregation unconstitutional, and finished to a standing ovation. King then delivered a evening lecture at the Temple de Hirsch on Capitol Hill. The second day of King's visit began with two morning assemblies at Garfield High School, which had the largest number of African-American students in the city. In the evening was the big event - a lecture at the old Eagles Auditorium downtown, which was packed to the rafters. Yvonne Beatty, then a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church choir, recalled that "the hall was shaking - literally," but when King began to speak, "you could hear a pin drop, that was how quiet and receptive the audience was." After his speech and reception, King asked his friend (and host), Rev. Samuel McKinney, if he would take him to Mitchell's Bar-be-cue, which McKinney had pointed out earlier in the day. McKinney recalled that King said, "I don't want to go to anybody's home, or any fancy place, I want to go up there." They ate and talked at the restaurant until about 3am, and according to McKinney, King ate two helpings of everything on the menu. King finally got to his hotel room about 4am and missed his 8am flight back to Atlanta.

Beatty later spoke of the effect King's visit had on Seattle: "I think it encouraged us to follow his direction. His influence directed the routes that we took in Seattle. The marches that we had in Seattle were all peaceful forms of protest." McKinney said, "He was the right man at the right time at the right place with the right message," and added that King "was impressed by the progressive attitude he saw in the city, especially in the African-American community."

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New Release Round-Up 01-15-16



7 YEAR BITCH - Live At Moe
 



7 YEAR BITCH - Live At Moe - Moe/Found Recordings
In the early 90's, Seattle rock band 7 Year Bitch burst onto the scene with their raw songwriting and raucous live performances. After releasing their third (and final) studio album in 1996, the band was undeniably at their peak and electrified audiences around the world with their intense stage shows. During this time, the band returned to their hometown of Seattle and played a fiery show at Club Moe which was recorded and subsequently buried in the vaults for nearly 20 years. Recently discovered, this amazing live performance is the first release from MOE Recordings.


DAUGHTER - Not To Disappear
 

DAUGHTER - Not To DisappearDAUGHTER - Not To Disappear - GlassnoteDAUGHTER - Not To Disappear
Nearly three years after the release of their debut album, If You Leave, Daughter, the London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli, and Remi Aguilella, announce their return with a new album. Daughter's second album finds the band making confident strides forward both sonically and lyrically. Elena, Igor, and Remi spent this past summer in New York recording Not To Disappear with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Early Listen Available Video Available 


PANIC! AT THE DISCO - Death Of A Bachelor - Decaydance
Produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy), Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At The Disco in nearly two years, following 2013's acclaimed TOO WEIRD TO LIVE, TOO RARE TO DIE!. The album has already generated significant steam - current single "Victorious" rocketed to #1 on Billboard + Twitter's Trending 140 chart, while also trending worldwide on Tumblr and Twitter. 

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Win Tickets To Josh Ritter At The Moore!

Win Tickets To Josh Ritter At The Moore!

We know there's a LOT of love out there for Josh Ritter...that's pretty obvious considering the number of fans that packed the rafters of Easy Street for his recent in-store! Here's another chance to see Josh again for free on January 24th at the Moore! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Sermon On The Rocks" (the title of his great new album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/18. Good luck!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Kaija's Picks!

Kaija Rae - Server, Easy Street Cafe

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

2. Wimps - Suitcase

3. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...

4. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

5. Shannon & The Clams - Gone By Dawn

6. Baroness - Purple

7. Theories - Regression

8. Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death

9. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

10. Graveyard - Innocence & Decadence

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Dead Moon - Strange Pray Tell

2. The Sonics - 50

3. Bikini Kill - Revolution Girl Style Now

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Graveyard at Chop Suey - EPIC!!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Eli's Picks!

Eli Bernal - Host, Easy Street Cafe

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

2. Fuzz - II

3. Free Weed - Introducing

4. Ceremony - The L-Shaped Man

5. Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

6. All Them Witches - Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

7. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

8. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...

9. Wimps - Suitcase

10. Graveyard - Innocence & Decadence

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Dead Moon - Strange Pray Tell

2. Built To Spill Reissues

3. The Stone Roses Reissues

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Dasha's Picks!

Dasha Medvedeva - Sales Clerk

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

2. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...

3. The Internet - Ego Death

4. Shannon & The Clams - Gone By The Dawn

5. Viet Cong - Viet Cong

6. Protomartyr - Agent Intellect

7. Strange Wilds - Subjective Concepts

8. Kurt Vile - B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down

9. Mark Lanegan - Houston

10. Battles - La Di Da Di

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Ty Segall - Ty Rex

2. Built To Spill - There’s Nothing Wrong With Love

3. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment / Event

Meeting Kendrick Lamar

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Vinny's Picks!

Chris "Vinny" Avino - Store Manager

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey

2. Thee Oh Sees  - Mutilator Defeated At Last

3. Tuxedo - Tuxedo

4. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

5. The Sonics - This Is The Sonics

6. Grace Love & The True Loves - Grace Love & The True Loves

7. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

8. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

9. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

10. Strange Wilds - Subjective Concepts

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Various Artists - Ork Records: New York, New York

2. The Sonics - Fifty

3. Bruce Springsteeen - The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

The Sonics Live At Easy Street - Record Store Day 2015

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Rod's Picks!

Rod Moody - Website Manager/Editor, Easy Street Online

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

2. The Sonics - This Is The Sonics

3. Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

4. New Order - Music Complete

5. Gary Clark Jr. - The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim

6. Laura Marling - Short Movie

7. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People…

8. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

9. Mark Lanegan - Houston

10. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Various Artists - Ork Records: New York, New York

2. Lead Belly - The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

3. The Sonics - Fifty

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Performing a song with The Sonics at Easy Street on Record Store Day 2015! One of the biggest thrills of my life..thanks Matt!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Sean's Picks!

Sean Dwyer - Sales Clerk 

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

3. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down

4. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

5. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style

6. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think...

7. Alex G. - Beach Music

8. Built To Spill - Untethered Moon

9. Hop Along - Painted Shut

10. Fuzz - II

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Built To Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love

2. Francoise Hardy - La Premier Bonheur Du Jour

3. Various Artists - Ork Records: New York, New York

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event 

Kanye 2020

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Enter To Win Tickets To Langhorne Slim & The Law!

Enter To Win Tickets To Langhorne Slim & The Law!

After half a lifetime of struggles with substance abuse, at 35 years old, singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim is now clean. As a result, his latest release, The Spirit Moves, is his most personal to date - an "effervescent collection of his now-signature, cinematic, joyful noise, rooted in folk, soul, and blues." Langhorne and his band, The Law, are coming to Neumos on January 19th for a 21+ show. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Spirit Moves" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/17. Good luck!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Anna's Picks!

Anna Robinson - Server, Cafe

Top 10 Albums 2015

1. Future - Dirty Sprite 2 (DS2)

2. G-Eazy - When It's Dark Out

3. Tame Impala - Currents

4. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

5. Drake - What A Time To Be Alive

6. Prof - Liability

7. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

8. Young Thug - Barter 6

9. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

10. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

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Sasquatch 2016 Lineup Revealed! Tickets On Sale Today!

Last night at the Neptune's Sasquatch Launch Party, the audience was treated to the soulful stylings of Charles Bradley before they became the first to know who will be performing at Sasquatch! 2016, which takes place Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30) at the Gorge! This year's headliners include The Cure, Disclosure, Florence & The Machine, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Lord Huron, Purity Ring, Leon Bridges, Chet Faker, Jamie xx and Kurt Vile. As always, there's no shortage of local acts on the bill as well, including Allen Stone, Beat Connection, The Twilight Sad, Grace Love & The True Loves, Telekinesis, Tacocat, La Luz, Thunderpussy, Wimps, Tangerine, and more!

Four-day passes (at $350) to Sasquatch! 2016 go on sale at 10am today. Single-day tickets are not available, however, the fine folks at Sasquatch! have implemented a new payment plan option for those who are unable to cough up that kind of dough all at once. Of course, we'll be in the middle of the action at the Easy Street booth, hosting artist signings and selling LPs and CDs. Hope to see you there!

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Rest In Peace David Bowie

David Bowie left this earth on Sunday afternoon at the age of 69. Goodbye, Starman and have safe travels. Thank you for sharing your genius with us. We will miss you madly.

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Adam's Picks!

Adam Tutty - Shipping & Receiving Manager

Top 10 Albums 2015

1. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

2. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart

3. Houndmouth - Little Neon Limelight

4. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...

5. White Fang - Chunks 

6. JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll 

7. Built To Spill - Untethered Moon

8.Langhorne Slim - The Spirit Moves

9.Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home 

10. Ryan Adams - 1989

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Various Artists - Ork Records: New York New York

2. Mark Lanegan - Houston

3. T. Rex - For All The Cats

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Ride live at the Neptune.

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Win Tickets To Tangerine & S At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Tangerine & S At Neumos!

Seattle's awesome power-sugarpop band Tangerine are celebrating the release of their new EP Sugar Teeth with a show at Neumos on January 14th with special guests S (Jenn Champion) & Draemhouse! Sugar Teeth drops on 2/19, but the band will be selling an early run of the release on cassette at the show! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Tender" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/13. Good luck!

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Happy Birthday Elvis Presley & David Bowie!

Two kings of rock 'n' roll were born on this day, and one of them is releasing a new album to mark the occasion! Guess who? That's right, David Bowie's new album, Blackstar, is out today, and is one of the most challenging and interesting releases in his career. The former Mr. Stardust celebrates his 69th year on this earth today, while Elvis would have been 81 in a perfect world. We're spinning the music of these two icons all day at the store in tribute. Stop by and celebrate with us! Happy Birthday!

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Pre-Order Brandi Carlile Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl!

On February 12th, Brookvale Records will be releasing beautiful limited-edition vinyl editions of two Brandi Carlile releases - Brandi's 2006 self-titled debut and 2009's Give Up The Ghost! Easy Street will be one of only a few record stores selling the colored vinyl versions of these great releases! Each are foil stamped limited editions of 1000, housed in gatefold tip on extra thick jackets and newly remastered for vinyl! The sound quality and packaging are just amazing! 

Pre-order these special vinyl editions of Brandi Carlile and Give Up The Ghost now!

Brandi CarlileReaching No. 1 on the U.S. Folk Albums chart in 2005, Brandi Carlile’s critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album finally returns to vinyl. This gorgeous reissue features fully remastered audio, stunning gatefold packaging, and foil-numbering on each copy. Limited edition of 1000 on clear vinyl. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of Brandi Carlile upon its release, “It’s not only a superb debut, it’s a hell of a record by any measure.” Three of the album’s songs – “Tragedy,” “What Can I Say,” and “Throw It All Away” – were featured in the TV drama Grey’s Anatomy, adding to the album’s success.

Give Up The Ghost - Originally released in 2009, Give Up The Ghost returns to vinyl for the first time since its original, hard-to-find pressing. This brand new reissue features remastered audio, beautiful gatefold packaging, and foil-numbering on each copy. Limited to 1000 copies on translucent Cola Brown vinyl. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Rick Rubin, the album includes a collaboration with Elton John on “Caroline” and debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200. That same year, Carlile was nominated as “Outstanding Music Artist” at the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. Reviewing the album for Paste, Rachael Maddux wrote, “Writhing and burning and staring at life straight down the barrel, Give Up The Ghost is exactly the album Carlile needed to make at this moment.”

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Enter To Win Tickets To JD McPherson!

Enter To Win Tickets To JD McPherson!

JD McPherson's latest release, Let The Good Times Roll, made a few of our staff's Best Of 2015 lists this year, and with good reason - it's a rock-solid, no-BS record that combines the spirit - and reverb-drenched production - of early Sun Records-era rock and roll with dashes of classic R&B. Eric Danton of Paste may have summed it up best when he wrote: "What’s perhaps most compelling about Let the Good Times Roll is the deft balance McPherson and his band strike between power and agility. Rock ’n’ roll has a knack for brute force, but these songs are never less than nimble, always full of electricity and a steady barometer of unfailing good taste." JD & band will be tearing the roof off the Showbox on January 12th and we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Head Over Heels" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 1/11. Good luck!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Scott's Picks!

Scott Helgason - Barista/Bartender, Easy Street Cafe

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. De Lux - Generation

2. Free Weed - Introducing

3. Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

4. Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

5. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

6. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

7. The Soft Moon - Deeper

8. Sweet Jesus - Shortwave Oracle

9. Busy P - Gypsy Life

10. Ceremony - The L-Shaped Man

Favorite 2015 Reissues

Built To Spill

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Almost passing out on stage at Sasquatch!

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Lars' Picks!

Lars Swenson - Sales Clerk

Top Ten Albums 2015

1. Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey

2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon

3. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green

4. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down

5. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

6. Mark Lanegan - Houston

7. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

8. Fuzz - II

9. Acid Tongue - I Died Dreaming

10. Wimps - Suitcase

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Various Artists - Ork Records: New York, New York

2. Dead Moon - Strange Pray Tell

3. Lee Hazlewood - Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause & Cure

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Sharing a stage with the Flamin' Groovies.

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Atticus's Picks!

Atticus George-Andrejeski - Sales Clerk

Top 10 Albums 2015

1. Viet Cong - Viet Cong

2. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

3. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down

4. METZ - II

5. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

6. Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

7. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

8. All Them Witches - Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

9. Shlomo - Dark Red

10. Yppah - Tiny Pause

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Built To Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love

2. Ty Segall - Ty Rex

3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

Taking a shot of tequila with Built To Spill's Doug Martsch before their set at Bumbershoot.

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Easy Street Best Of 2015! Andy's Picks!

Andy Nelson - Vinyl Specialist

Top 10 Albums 2015

1. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

3. Mark Lanegan - Houston

4. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - The Night Creeper

5. Low Cut Connie - Hi Honey

6. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

8. Fuzz - Fuzz II

9. Shannon & The Clams - Gone By The Dawn

10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon

Favorite 2015 Reissues

1. Various Artists - Ork Records: New York New York

2. The Sonics - 50

3. Mark Lanegan - One Way Street

Favorite 2015 Musical Moment/Event

The Sonics At Easy Street, Record Store Day

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Easy Street Customers' Best Of 2015!

Easy Street Customers' Best Of 2015!

Thanks to our customers who took the time to send us their lists of best albums of 2015! We have donated $5 per list to the Seattle Rock Orchestra, a terrific organization that creates amazing performances by applying creative orchestral arrangements to the music of classic and popular rock and pop artists, presents new works by up-and-coming artists, while also offering educational programs for youth. For example, SRO's annual Summer Intensive offers middle and high school band, orchestra, and choir students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in an orchestral setting led by outstanding music educators and to collaborate with local singers, each of whom perform an exclusive mini-concert followed by a Q&A session. Find out more about the Seattle Rock Orchestra here, and donate to help the coolest orchestra in town!

Our customers have spoken, and here are their top ten album picks for 2015!

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

2. Adele - 25

3. Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves

4. The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

5. Jamie xx - In Coiour

6. Joanna Newsom - Divers

7. Foals - What Went Down

8. Tame Impala - Currents

9. City And Colour - If I Should Go Before You

10. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down

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Win Tickets To Neumos' New Years Eve With La Luz!

Win Tickets To Neumos' New Years Eve With La Luz!

We think the perfect way to ring in the New Year is with Seattle's own La Luz, who'll be bringing ALL the party favors to Neumos on New Year's Eve, along with special guests Gazebos and Sick Sad World! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "2016 Will Rule!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/29. Good luck!

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Win An AMAZING signed Joanna Newsom "Divers" Fine Art Item!

This is definitely the single coolest item we've given away in a quite some time! To celebrate the recent release of Joanna Newsom's latest album, Divers, we're giving away a stunning 26x36 fine art diorama photographed by Divers cover artist Kim Keever, and signed by both Newsom & Keever! Enter to win in by e-mailing us with the subject line "I Want This!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

**Please note that we were unable to capture a decent photo of this artwork, so the top image above is from the artist's Tumblr page and not of the actual item we are giving away. It does appear to be the same photograph, however. We have also included a photo of the signed portion of the item itself.

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Win A Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" Prize Pack!

Here's your chance to win the Grateful Dead's 3-CD/2-DVD set, Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead, which documents the original members' last-ever performance together, at Chicago's Soldier Field on this past 4th of July weekend! Those lucky enough to score a "miracle" ticket to the Fare Thee Well concerts this summer were treated to some potent psychedelic jams during the shows' intermissions. The mysterious group behind those freewheeling tunes was Circles Around the Sun, a band convened by guitarist Neal Casal specifically for the project. We'll also throw in a Circles Around The Sun t-shirt to make this Deadhead dream package complete! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Fare Thee Well" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win A Signed Son Volt Litho & "Trace" On Vinyl!

We've got a sweet prize package for a lucky Son Volt fan! Namely, the 20th Anniversary Edition of their 1995 classic, Trace, on vinyl AND a Son Volt litho signed by Jay Farrar himself! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Trace" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Easy Street Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide!

Christmas is coming...fast! If you're still making shopping lists and stressing over who's gonna get what, maybe it's time to turn to your favorite corner record shop! We've put together some great gift ideas for the procrastinator in all of us!

Ordering online? If you're on the West Coast, please order Priority Mail by 9am Monday (12/21) to get your items in time for Christmas. All other regions of the U.S. must place order (Priority Mail) by 9am this Friday (12/18) to make sure it gets under the tree in time. However, as we cannot predict inclement weather and other forces beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that orders will arrive before Christmas.

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Win Tickets To The 1975 At Showbox SODO!

Win Tickets To The 1975 At Showbox SODO!

The 1975 are giving fans a taste of their forthcoming full length, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (out 2/26), on their latest tour, which brings them to a sold-out Showbox SODO on 12/20! Fortunately, they saved a pair of tickets for one lucky Easy Street customer! Enter to win 'em by e-mailing us with the subject line "Love Me" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/18. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To X And Mike Watt At The Showbox!

Win Tickets To X And Mike Watt At The Showbox!

X's ace guitarist Billy Zoom has finished up his cancer treatment so the punk legends are ready to leave Los Angeles! Plus Minutemen/Firehose/Stooges bassist extraordinaire Mike Watt needs to get outta Pedro every so often, so they are joining forces with an X-mas holiday tour that brings them to the Showbox on 12/18! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "I'm Coming Over" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/17. Good luck!

Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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Win Tickets To Nick Lowe & Los Straightjackets!

Win Tickets To Nick Lowe & Los Straightjackets!

Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue arrives in time to sprinkle some much needed Holiday Cheer. Starring Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, the show will feature a few brand-new Christmas Classics from 2013’s Quality Street as well as careful selections from his catalog of hits and near-misses. Nick will appear solo and backed by the Straitjackets who will bring along some Yuletide treats of their own. Enter to win a pair of tickets to Nick & company's 12/18 show at the Neptune by e-mailing us with the subject line "St. Nick!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/16. Good luck!

Don't care to leave it to chance? Buy tickets here!

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Cage The Elephant Photo Gallery!


Photo: Peter Hilgendorf

Thanks to Cage The Elephant and their fans for an insane in-store on Monday! Our joint was as full as its ever been, and everyone had big smiles on their faces throughout, as shown by the excellent photos taken by Peter Hilgendorf and Chericka Ashmann! Do you see yourself?

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Album Review: Chris Isaak - "First Comes The Night"

Album Review: Chris Isaak - "First Comes The Night"

By Andrew Lee

I just realized it has been thirty years since Chris Isaak released his first studio album, Silvertone. Reagan was president, Springsteen was riding high on Born In The USA, and Miami Vice was the hottest new show on television. How is it that a man who is this damn handsome, who sings this beautifully, and who exudes such effortless cool hasn’t become more of a household name at some point over all these years?

First Comes The Night is yet another reliable entry in the Chris Isaak catalog and the familiar ingredients are all present. The Elvis meets Orbison golden vocals, the songs of heartache and breakup, the buckets of reverb, the shots of slide and Spanish guitar - and through it all that feeling that each song seems made for night driving, the beach, or the block party.

But there are some less common flavors here too, and they keep Isaak’s music interesting. I don’t know if he has ever started a song with the chorus like he does on “Reverie” - and that chorus repeats and repeats until it wears a groove in your mind. “Baby What You Want Me to Do” keeps building until it’s spinning around the room with mascara running down its cheeks like a bad carnival dream. The rock and roll piano of “Running Down the Road” is a welcome breath of fresh air from the typical guitar dominance, and it makes a brief return a few tracks later during “Keep Hanging On." “Every Night I Miss You More” is a straight up old school country song with a huge helping of twang, immediately followed by “The Girl That Broke My Heart” which sounds like something John might have sung on an early Beatles record. This is all just really good stuff.

Chris Isaak’s last release was a critically acclaimed double covers album of Sun Studio classics and Sun Studio/Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was oft-quoted around the release as having said;

“I have always listened to Chris Isaak. He’s very talented and his music is so damn honest. It’s incredible.”

I agree. I’ve felt the same way ever since hearing “Wicked Game” in seventh grade. I’m an adult now. And after hearing First Comes The Night it feels good to know there are still some musical artists I can count on.

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Win Tickets To Tacocat & Sallie Ford At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Tacocat & Sallie Ford At Neumos!

Yay! Tacocat is back in business with a new album on the way and a short mini-tour with the equally amazing Sallie Ford! They'll be rocking the crap out of Neumos on December 13th and we've got a few free pairs of tickets for some lucky Tacofans! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Taco Time!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/11. Good luck!

Perhaps you'd rather help feed your Tacocat? Buy tickets here!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Billy Gibbons At The Neptune!

Enter To Win Tickets To Billy Gibbons At The Neptune!

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is fronting a new band called the BFGs, who back him on his first ever solo album, Perfectamundo! Billy & The BFGs will be at the Neptune on 12/13 to perform songs from the new album + a handful of ZZ Top faves, and you could have a chance to win a pair of free tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Perfectamundo" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/11. Good luck!

Not the gamblin' type? Buy tickets here!

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Cage The Elephant In-Store 12/7!!

We're very excited to welcome Cage The Elephant to Easy Street on Monday, December 7th at 7pm to celebrate the 12/18 release of their new album, Tell Me I'm Pretty! We are at capacity for this event and no longer taking pre-orders to guarantee entry. 

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Win Roger Waters' "The Wall" On Blu-Ray!

Win Roger Waters' "The Wall" On Blu-Ray!

Roger Waters' The Wall was shot during "The Wall Live" sold out 2010-13 world tour. Seen by over four million fans at 219 shows over a period of three years, the show was the highest grossing tour by any solo artist in history. The film, shot in 4K and mixed in Dolby Atmos, features never-before-seen concert footage from this breathtaking tour! We were lucky to get a few copies of Roger Waters' The Wall on Blu-Ray to give away to some lucky customers! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Wall" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up their prize at our West Seattle store. 

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Win Tickets To Billy Gibbons & The BFG's in Aberdeen!

Win Tickets To Billy Gibbons & The BFG's in Aberdeen!

ZZ Top main man Billy F. Gibbons recently took a detour with his first solo album, the Tex-Mex-tinged Perfectamundo, backed by a new combo called the BFGs! They are hitting the road for a bunch of shows, including one December 12th at the historic D&R Theater in Aberdeen! Up for a road trip? Enter to win a free pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "BFG" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner tomorrow, so don't delay!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Mike Krol At The Sunset!

Enter To Win Tickets To Mike Krol At The Sunset!

Stereogum says that Merge recording artist Mike Krol is "garage rock’s underdog that everyone will want to root for — they just don’t know it yet." Pitchfork says his latest album, Turkey, as "has a do-or-die desperation: The sound is scuzzy, but the energy is pure, bristling with the aim to be stronger and more memorable than the two that came before it." And KEXP calls Turkey "a liberating blast of hook-filled garage-rock with smart, reflective lyrics and punkish brevity."

Sound good? Enter to win a pair of tickets to Krol's 12/6 show at the Sunset Tavern (21+) by e-mailing us with the subject line "Tur"key and please include your first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/4. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Lights & The Mowglis At Pyramid Alehouse!

Win Tickets To Lights & The Mowglis At Pyramid Alehouse!

Toronto electropop singer Lights (aka Valerie Anne Poindexter) and The Mowglis will both be performing at the Pyramid Brewery's Snowcap Party this Saturday at the Pyramid Alehouse! Enter to win tickets to this 21-and-over show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Snowcap" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on Thursday, 12/3. Good luck!

Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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New Release Round-Up 11-27-15


New Releases 27 Nov 2015
 

FLAMING LIPS - Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 [3CD Box Set] - Warner Bros
Clouds Taste Metallic, The Flaming Lips' seventh album, is considered one of its best and earned them much critical fanfare. All-Music called it "a masterful collection that completes the Flaming Lips' odyssey into the pop stratosphere" and compared it to the Beach Boys' definitive album Pet Sounds. Released on September 19th, 1995, Clouds Taste Metallic is also the last Lips album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones. This expanded 20th-anniversary edition, Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997, will be released in several configurations, including a three-CD set (plus digital equivalents) and a numbered, limited edition five-LP box set. (Individual vinyl LPs will be released at a later date.)

CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN - Interludes For The Dead - Rhino
Those lucky enough to score a "miracle" ticket to the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well concerts this summer were treated to some potent psychedelic jams during the shows' intermissions. The mysterious group behind those freewheeling tunes was Circles Around The Sun, a band convened by guitarist Neal Casal specifically for the project. The songs were composed and recorded during a two-day jam session. The results were so captivating, and the audience response so overwhelmingly positive, Rhino decided to give the music a proper release as a 2-CD set apart from the complete versions of Fare Thee Well.

LOVE - Reel To Real [Deluxe Edition] - High Moon Records
High Moon Records' deluxe reissue of the final studio album from one of rock music's most gifted and enigmatic legends - on CD for the first time in a deluxe Digipak with a full-color, 32-page booklet, and expanded with 12 bonus tracks. Reel To Real captures Arthur Lee and Love at the peak of their rock/funk/soul powers. Originally released in 1974 on RSO Records, this beautifully packaged, deluxe reissue features vibrant, remastered audio from the original tapes, a 28-page, 9x12-inch LP booklet with an illuminating essay by Rolling Stone's David Fricke, and a trove of candid, unpublished photos.

MAROON 5 - Songs About Jane [Deluxe Marbled Maroon Vinyl] - Brookvale Records
Brookvale Records, in association with Enjoy The Ride Records is proud to announce their long awaited Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane 2xLP deluxe vinyl reissue. Both LPs pressed on 180 gram vinyl along with eight bonus tracks, a thick tip-point gatefold jacket and double sided lyric insert.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Dweezil Zappa - Via Zammata
Bjork - Vulnicura Strings
Danzig - Skeletons
They Might Be Giants - Why
Vision Of Disorder - Razed to the Ground
Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) - Speak English Or Die: 30th Anniversary Edition
Bobby Rush - Chicken Heads: A 50 Year History Of Bobby Rush [4CD]
Devin Townsend Project - Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall [w/DVD]
The Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys' Christmas Album: Paper Sleeve Vinyl Replica CD [Limited Edition Red Disc]
Supergrass - I Should Coco: 20th Anniversary [3CD]
Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die [2CD/2DVD]



& More .....

Rett Smith - Tularosa EP
George Michael - Freedom 90 [Picture Disc Vinyl]
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You [Ltd Ed Picture Disc]
Gerard Way - Zero Zero [12 Inch Picture Disc]
Mike Watt + The Secondmen & Chronics - Microwave Up In Flames [Ltd Ed Red Vinyl]
Merchandise Feat Dum Dum Girls - Red Sun / Echo [Vinyl Single]



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Win Tickets To Caspar Babypants at The Neptune!

Win Tickets To Caspar Babypants at The Neptune!

Looking for a fun night out with the kid? We got you covered! Enter to win a pair of free tickets to see Caspar Babypants, this Saturday, 11/28, by e-mailing us with the subject line, "Beatles Baby!" (the title of his latest release) and please include first & last name with entry. We draw a winner tomorrow, so don't delay!

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RSD Black Friday Pick Of The Day - Felt!

We posted Grady's #1 pick last week, unaware that the Judgement Night soundtrack had been scratched from the list of Black Friday releases. So, without further ado, here's his number two!

Felt - Felt 2: A Tribute To Lisa Bonet (4xLP 10 Year Anniversary Edition)

The second album from Felt, the hip-hop band made up of Murs and Slug, produced by Ant. Includes original album and never-before-released instrumentals. Custom quad-fold jacket. Includes free digital download card.

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New Release Round-Up 11-20-15


New Releases 20 Nov 2015
 

ADELE - 25 - Sony
25 is the highly anticipated new album from Adele, and her first new music since her Oscar-winning single "Skyfall" in 2012. The album features the single "Hello" for which the cinematic video was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal and is directed by the celebrated young Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm).

ROGER WATERS - Roger Waters The Wall - Sony Legacy
Roger Waters The Wall captures Roger Waters' sold-out 2010-2013 "The Wall Live" tour, the first complete staging of the classic Pink Floyd concept album since 1990. A tour-de-force of rock & roll stagecraft anchored in a powerful message of peace and compassion, "The Wall Live" became a must-see concert event for music fans everywhere. It played to over 4.5 million people at more than 200 shows across four continents, making it the most successful worldwide tour by a solo artist in history. 

GRATEFUL DEAD - Fare Thee Well (The Best Of) - Rhino
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the "core four" original members - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir – reunited at Chicago's Soldier Field on 4th of July weekend for one of the most anticipated concert events in recent history. Joined by Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby, Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful De