Featured New Releases
English goth/garage rockers The Horrors will be bringing the doom AND the gloom to Neumos on June 27th! Enter to win tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hologram" (a song from latest album, V) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/26. Good luck!
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STG Presents is celebrating the 90th birthday of the Paramount with a big night of festivities starting at 5pm with a FREE outdoor celebration on 9th Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets, hosted by Nancy Guppy, with performances including aSassyBlack Pride Showcase featuring local LGBTQIA performers. The event will also include a 21+ cash bar located on Pine Street, as well as a free Re:definition gallery viewing and poster art prints in the Paramount Lobby Bar.
This will be followed by an 8pm performance by Death Cab For Cutie w/guests Khu.éex’, The Black Tones, and DJ Stas THEE Boss at the Paramount! Tickets to this show were offered up for free a couple months back, and they went quickly, but we managed to snag a pair of guest list spots for one very lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Happy Birthday!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/21. Good luck and Happy Birthday to our friends at the Paramount/STG!
We're really enjoying It's A New Day Tonight, the sunny new psych-pop record by Michael Rault, out now on Daptone Records' rock imprint, Wick Records! If you like it as much as we do, you won't wanna miss the opportunity to catch him at the Crocodile on June 24th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Oh, Clever Boy," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/21. Good luck!
By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com
Do not mistake Erin Rae’s soft, breezy sound for equally lighthearted subject matter. There is some dark shit on her new record, Putting On Airs. If listening purely on the surface, the album is insanely pretty, with stunning vocals. If listening with a close ear pressed to the songs, you’ll hear tales of mental health, deep family history, and quiet moments of talking to God alone.
Erin Rae went up to Appleton, Wisconsin, to record the album with co-producers Dan Knobler and Jerry Bernhardt at Cory Chisel’s Refuge Arts Center. The record’s short-story feel and her Nashville roots may get her lumped in with today’s current country music resurgence, but nothing about Putting On Airs is inherently “country.” It’s more Roy Orbison meets Neko Case if anything, and even that is typecasting more than necessary.
While no one in their right mind would compare their voices, the album cover could remind you of something Tom Waits would enjoy. Though similarly to Waits’ work, Putting On Airs is a songwriter laying it all out on the line. That is about where the comparisons end. Erin Rae’s story is entirely her own, and we’re all lucky she chose to share.
San Diego instro-math-rock band CHON is coming to the Neptune on 6/21 to polish up addition and subtraction skillz, while perhaps multiplying layers in the process, and dividing & conquering for a grand finale! Their new album, Homey, drops this Friday! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Waterslide" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/19. Good luck!
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Music Releases 06-22-18
Dawes - Passwords [LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.98
On the group's sixth album, Passwords, inspiration pulls guitarist/ singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini into their most universal, topical territory to date. This is a record about the modern world: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big losses that give it shape. Taylor's writing is personal at points - the result of his recent engagement, which lends a sense of gravity and self-reflection to album highlights like "Time Flies Either Way" and "I Can't Love" - but it also zooms out, focusing not on the director himself, but on everything within the lens.
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch [LP]|
New Vinyl: $13.99
Nine Inch Nails will release their new album Bad Witch on June 22, completing the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE. Nine Inch Nails will launch COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018 on September 13 with support The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band will bring their "musical, visual, emotional sensory onslaught,” as hailed by The New York Times, to some of the most iconic venues in the USA.
The Record Company - All Of This Life [LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.99
The band continues with their signature gritty, rock & roll, blues sound on All Of This Life, their second album following up a Grammy-nominated and hit-filled debut. The new album incorporates the band's organic style, but provides a richer, full expanded sound using Boulevard Recording Studio and mixes by Mark Needham (The Revivalists, Blue October, Newsboys, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, etc...). This album is comprised of stories about moving through difficult times in life and coming through the other side as shared by their fanbase over the last two years of non-stop touring.
Panic! At The Disco - Pray For The Wicked [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
"After being away in New York for months doing Kinky Boots, I just wanted to hang out at home when I got back to LA. I was so revved up that I asked some friends to come over to my home studio to help me write about all the incredible things I've experienced the last couple of years," said Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco frontman. "Pray For The Wicked is my 'thank you' to our fans and the most fun I've ever had making album."
Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.99
Resistance Is Futile', the band's 13th studio album, heralds a return to a classic Manics sound described by the band as "widescreen melancholia". The songs on the album are the first recorded in the band's new Door to the River studio (near Newport). Of their first new recordings in four years, the band said: "The main themes of 'Resistance is Futile' are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It's obsessively melodic - in many ways referencing both the naive energy of 'Generation Terrorists' and the orchestral sweep of 'Everything Must Go'. After delay and difficulties getting started, the record has come together really quickly over the last few months through a surge of creativity and some old school hard work."
Bebe Rexha - Expectations|
New CD: $13.99
Chart topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha will release her highly anticipated debut album, EXPECTATIONS via Warner Bros. Records. In addition to Bebe co-writing and co-producing every song on the album, EXPECTATIONS is also produced by Max Martin, Ali Payami, JUSSI, Jason Evigan, Louis Bell, The Stereotypes and Hit-Boy.
Pantera - Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998 [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $23.99
Pantera: Live at Dynamo Open Air 1998 catches Pantera at their ultimate height, touring their seminal ‘Great Southern Trendkill’ and ‘Live 101’ live album of the previous year. Their electric set includes Pantera classics ‘Walk’, ‘I’m Broken’, ‘This Love’ and new songs of the time ‘War Nerve’, ‘Suicide Note Pt. II’ and ’Sandblasted Skin’. Phil Anselmo’s brutal vocals over one of the tightest and fiercest musical backings in metal history of Vinnie Paul, Dimebag Darrell and Rex Brown. A genuine slice of metal history, available for the first time.
T. Hardy Morris - Dude, The Obscure [LP]|
New Vinyl: $18.99
Athens, Georgia's T Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate, Diamond Rugs) is set to release his third solo album on May 24, 2018. Titled Dude, The Obscure, the album is a work that Morris says, "flowed from a creative space I found at the intersection of dreams and reality." In captivating songs, Morris sheds the traps of ambition and nostalgia and uncovers the strange satisfaction of living in the moment. Even the album title, “Dude, The Obscure,” hints at self-discovery. In an homage to English author Thomas Hardy’s novel, “Jude, The Obscure,” Morris reveals his love for literature, philosophy and poetry — along with a secret about his stage name. “Thomas Hardy is my given name, and Dude, The Obscure is a moniker I considered using as an artist,” Morris said. “The hat tip to the novel seemed appropriate for the album because it deals with doubts, joys, regrets and spirituality, a lifelong journey and such." Each song on the album seems compelled by Morris’ desire to help himself— and others— conquer the void of everyday meaninglessness. It’s an effort philosopher Maurice Blanchot described as the anguish of writing: “You have to cross an abyss, and if you do not jump, you do not comprehend.” Morris takes that leap to find universal truth by navigating sometimes opposing perspectives within moments that change lives. Morris beautifully warns us not to succumb to the fear of missing out that stands in the way of contentment on the album’s defining moment, “Cheating Life, Living Death.” Every dream is an invitation/ To leave your love up on the shelf/ When you walk out every evening/ Cheating life and living death." For the sessions, Morris made the familiar pilgrimage to Adam Landry’s home studio in Nashville. The longtime collaborators took their time and gave each song the opportunity to grow unaffected by outside influence except the magic that happens when two friends lock themselves in a smoky shed to make music, and a few pals stop by. Within 11 powerful songs, the Athens rocker reveals scars and shares lessons from an indie-rock odyssey that has taken him around the world and back home to find himself a little older and closer to something like enlightenment. And just in time for a new journey to begin.
Street Dogs - Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing [LP]|
New Vinyl: $20.98
Ryan Adams - Baby I Love You [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]|
New Vinyl: $7.98
Prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams recently released a new track titled “Baby I Love You”. Now available on 7” vinyl for his fan base that eats vinyl for breakfast.
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth [LP]|
New Vinyl: $59.99
Kamasi Washington’s sophomore album Heaven and Earth not only fulfills its overarching ambition, but illustrates the dialectic between seen and unseen, real and imagined, citizen and culture, self and self, as well as self and other, and does so through the lens of a mature but never jaded revolutionary consciousness. The artist’s own words best convey the inspiration behind this monolith of an album “The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind. This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.”
Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay|
New CD: $13.98
Paul Cauthen - Have Mercy EP [Vinyl]|
New Vinyl: $14.99
Cauthen has been the strongest, loudest singer in the room for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Tyler, Texas, where his grandfather––a songwriter and gospel song leader originally from Lubbock who worked with artists including Buddy Holly, Sonny Curtis, and other Crickets–– taught Cauthen and his two sisters to sing harmony. Since Cauthen released his debut LP My Gospel, he’s criss-crossed the country supporting artists like Elle King, Cody Jinks, Margo Price, and Ryan Bingham. In 2018, he’ll play Pickathon, Stagecoach, gig with Shaky Graves, and take his band of aces around world.
The 4th Movement - The 4th Movement [LP]|
New Vinyl: $21.99
Death's "For the Whole World to See" was a revelation of early punk music from the mid-70s that didn't see release until 2009. Since then, the music and the story of the Hackney brothers, three African-American brothers from Detroit who formed the group as teenagers, has sold nearly 100,000 records in the US, while spawning a documentary and a new life for the two surviving Hackney brothers. "The 4th Movement", self-released by the group in 1980, after moving to Burlington VT and changing their name, is the true sequel to Death's then-unreleased album - channeling both the punk-inflected rock and the introspective spirituality that began with Death - but this time in praise of Jesus!
This Wild Life - Petaluma [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
This Wild Life have only been around since 2010 but they’ve already had multiple lives. The duo of Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso met as outcast drummers in their hometown of Long Beach, California, and eventually formed a well-received punk act. They started to notice that their fans seemed to gravitate toward the duo’s acoustic material, which inspired them to form This Wild Life. Their 2014 Epitaph Records debut album Clouded saw them transitioning from stage dives to sing-alongs, and their follow up album 2016’s Low Tides showed the duo taking their songwriting to the next level by fleshing-out tracks with expanded arrangements and inventive instrumentation. The duo have lived with their records for the last four years and decided what they love and what they don’t about them. Early on in the writing process for Petaluma they made a mutual decision to make a record that felt brighter, more uptempo, and something they would personally want to listen to every single damn day. They limited the arrangements to only instruments that can physically be played. You would think these limits in place would’ve confined them, but the opposite occurred. It opened the door to some of their most honest and explorative songwriting to date. Suggestion from the band about Petaluma, “Listen to it loud with the windows down, on Sunday mornings when you’re cleaning up around the apartment, or throw on some headphones and find some comfort in it’s escape.”
Various Artists - Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.99
Various Artists - Revamp: The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $35.98
Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin’ brings to life Sir Elton John’s most iconic pop hits through the voices of the industry’s hottest talents. Elton John is a six-time Grammy Award winning superstar and has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the global landscape, Elton will embark on his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, commencing in September 2018.
Princess Nokia - A Girl Cried Red [Limited Edition LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
Princess Nokia – aka New York rapper Destiny Frasqueri – has been releasing music via Youtube and Soundcloud since she was in High School and catapulted herself to the next level with last year’s critically acclaimed rap opus 1992 Deluxe -- selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. Now, this shapeshifting emcee returns with a brand new collection of songs titled A Girl Cried Red, a self-described “emo mixtape” which will undoubtedly cement her place in the Alternative underground as well as the Hip-Hop world. “Black people created punk — the band Death was way before The Ramones,” she stated in a recent interview, “If you think about it, the wool has been pulled over our eyes. This is our shit. Very naturally, that’s why we return to it.” Drawing on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore – A Girl Cried Red showcases another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia. A Girl Cried Red will be released via Rough Trade Records on limited vinyl/cassette June 22.
Tiger Army - Dark Paradise [Vinyl Single]|
New Vinyl: $8.99
The new 7" single from Tiger Army featuring a cover of Lana Del Rey's "Dark Paradise" and two additional B-Sides.
Priscilla Renea - Coloured [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
Coloured marks Renea's return to focusing on herself as an artist while spending nearly a decade as a songwriter-for-hire. Her credits read like a who's who of superstar artists and include hits for Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Mary J Blige, Madonna, Demi Lovato, Pitbull, Miranda Lambert, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony, Mariah Carey, Charlie Puth, Nick Jonas, Train, Diple, Curren$y, and Kelly Clarkson, among others. It's a list that demonstrates not only her chameleon-like stylistic range, but also an emotional intelligence that enables her to connect with artists with varying personalities and help them sound authentic. Coloured, which Renea describes as "a big gumbo of everything that's happening in my life," showcases her powerhouse voice and engaging story-telling on such classic urban-soul ballads as "Heavenly," "If I Ever Loved You," and "Let's Build A House", as well as the rule breaking country-inspired tunes like the autobiographical "Family Tree," "Jonjo," and "Gentle Hands."
Justin Nozuka - Run To Waters|
New CD: $11.99
Hiss Golden Messenger - Passing Clouds [Limited Edition 7in Single]|
New Vinyl: $7.99
In early 2018, Hiss Golden Messenger came to Spacebomb to record a track. The resulting single, "Passing Clouds", accompanied by a dub remix of the same track is Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Spacebomb.
Junior Byles - Rasta No Pickpocket|
New CD: $16.99
Lera Lynn - Plays Well With Others|
New CD: $10.99
Throughout her career a nearly decade-long run filled with three album releases, a career-shifting appearance and soundtrack for HBO s True Detective, hundreds of shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and a sound encompassing everything from Americana to stark indie rock Lera Lynn has balanced her fierce independence with a string of collaborations. On her fourth album, Plays Well With Others, she teams up with eight different duet partners and seven co-writers, resulting in her most diverse, collaborative work to date. Plays Well With Others is a unique duets album one in which nearly every song is completely co-written and co-sung. Peter Bradley Adams, John Paul White, Dylan LeBlanc, Andrew Combs, Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson, and Nicole Atkins all make appearances, working alongside Lynn not only to perform these songs, but to create them, too. With Plays Well With Others, Lera Lynn cements her own identity as both creator and collaborator. On an album filled with Grammy winners, country icons, folksingers, and Americana heroes, it's still her star that shimmers the brightest, shining light on the newest phase of an eclectic, ever-expanding career.
Movie Releases 06-22-18
Turn It Around: Story Of East Bay Punk - Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk|
New DVD: $22.98
DVD + Blu-ray edition. Released by the Bay Area's own 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, the Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk documentary features the full-length theatrical cut of the film (2 hours and 37 minutes), five deleted scenes and more. This combo pack is a must-have item for any music documentary enthusiast or fan of East Bay punk. The film explores Northern California's pivotal role in evolution of punk rock - the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like the Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper, as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global. This documentary features a diverse spectrum of musicians and artists who have all been impacted by or participated in the California San Francisco Bay Area punk music scene of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The documentary's cast reflects the deep renowned diversity of the creative community surrounding California's Bay Area by featuring interviews with past and current members of 924 Gilman, Maximumrocknroll, Dead Kennedys, Avengers, Flipper, Green Day, Rancid, Lookout Records, Neurosis, Operation Ivy, Crimpshrine, Jawbreaker, NOFX, Primus, Metallica, Bikini Kill, AFI, Bad Religion, Guns 'N' Roses, Fugazi, 7 Seconds, Dicks, Subhumans, and many, many more.