Featured New Releases
On The Line is the fourth studio album from singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis. Win a pair of tickets to her show at The Moore Theatre, May 21st, PLUS! This super cool prize pack (signed On The Line LP, t-shirt size medium, and a cute mint green telephone keychain). Tickets available here.
Enter to win a pair of tickets & prize pack by e-mailing us with the subject line “JENNY LEWIS” please include first & last name. Winner must be able to pick up their prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 4/29. Good luck!
Yann Tiersen solo in concert at The Moore Theatre, May 13th. We have a very special merch pack to giveaway. Win a signed copy of his albums EUSA and ALL (CD) and a pair of tickets to the show Tickets available here.
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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Record Store Day! Check out the recap video to get a taste of the madness that went down. We'd like to thank our sponsors Corona, Live Nation, Li'l Woody's, Rudy's Barbershop, Caffe Vita and Sleight Of Hand Cellars, for hooking us up with goodies and giveaways.
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The Cactus Blossoms have that smooth haunting harmonious sound you might recognize from their performance on newest Twin Peaks television series, singing Missippi from their first album You're Dreaming. They are finally back with a new album Easy Way and back in Seattle for one night at The Tractor Tavern, April 30th. Tickets available here.
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Music Releases 04-19-19
Cage The Elephant - Social Cues [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
140 gram black vinyl, 12 x 24 poster, MP3 code
Drugdealer - Raw Honey [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Honey Gold]|
New Vinyl: $18.98
“All anyone wants to be is what they can.”
In an era when networked access to information is nearly universal and wearing influences on your sleeve is normalized, it often feels like everything’s been done. Which begs the questions: What’s the point of creating? Does the world need another still life of fruit? Another film about love? Does the world need another melody?
On Raw Honey, his second album as Drugdealer, Michael Collins colors these existential conundrums with lush arrangements, memetic melodies, and a vulnerable tunefulness that tries to make sense of self-doubt and connected loneliness in our shared simulacra.
Collins, who never played an instrument, let alone received musical training in any formal capacity, began experimenting with sounds in 2009 after traversing the US on freight trains. After a few years crafting abstract sampledelia, he decided to forgo his experimental exercises in favor of teaching himself how to write the traditional song. In doing so, he made the decision to approach songwriting from the perspective of a listener, rather than a “musician.”
In 2013, Collins headed west and enmeshed himself in the Los Angeles underground scene. It was then that he began collaborating with players in the orbit of Ariel Pink, slowly over time crafting what would become Drugdealer’s debut album, The End of Comedy, a collection of sunlit songs as indebted to Laurel Canyon psych pop as it is Bacharian orchestration.
Raw Honey continues where The End of Comedy left off, with Collins once again leading an ace crew of collaborators to coalesce the spirit of Drugdealer’s classically modern pop. Built on the foundation of a creative partnership between Collins, Sasha Winn (vocals) and Shags Chamberlain(bass, production), Drugdealer is more a collective than band. Raw Honeyfeatures contributions of Josh Da Costa (drums), Jackson MacIntosh(guitar), Danny Garcia (guitar), Michael Long (lead guitar), and Benjamin Schwab (backing vocals, guitar, organ, piano, wurlitzer), as well as guest vocalists like country balladeer Dougie Poole (“Wild Motion”), Harley Hill-Richmond (“Lonely”), and frequent collaborator Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) whose dulcet tones sing low before soaring on “Honey,” a track as silky as the nectar itself.
Throughout Raw Honey, Collins and crew display their influences as a new tapestry, one woven with the recycled fibers from thousands of tapestries that have colored our collective listening histories. As evidenced throughout Raw Honey, Collins has an ear for penning numbers that would sound as at home on Classic Rock radio as they would at Zebulon in Los Angeles, where any of the contributors to Raw Honey could, perhaps, be found on any night of the week, on stage, or in the audience supporting another Angelino’s modern pop aspirations.
Rather than hiding behind a curtain or casually sidestepping AOR tropes, Raw Honey adheres to a modern kind of creation — one that cultivates influences and espouses reverence. An honest totem, Raw Honey isn’t tangled up in social norms, with Collins prefering to air his self-doubt as a northern star to guide like-minded people wherever they need to go.
Drugdealer’s Raw Honey will be released on April 19, 2019 via Mexican Summer.
The Rolling Stones - Honk [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $35.98
Honk is the brand-new Best Of compilation album featuring the biggest hits and classic cuts from every Rolling Stones studio album from 1971 to 2016’s Blue & Lonesome. The 2LP collects 20 essential Stones’ tracks – including eight Top 10 singles, “Brown Sugar,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Angie,” “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It),” “Fool To Cry,” “Miss You,” “Emotional Rescue” and “Start Me Up.” and more. The album also features a live version of “Wild Horses” featuring Florence Welch.
Daniel Norgren - Wooh Dang [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
The experience of Daniel Norgrens music is marked by connection: the artist to the band, the audience to the music, and the body to the soul. His latest album, Wooh Dang, out April 19, 2019 on Superpuma Records, will be Norgrens first worldwide release. Recorded live and entirely on a 16 track analogue rig the album captures the close chemistry between Norgren and his band, comprised of old friends Anders Grahn (bass), Erik Berntsson (drums), and Andreas Filipsson (guitar and banjo). An intertwining of analog instrumentation, live performance, and rural field recordings, Wooh Dang is rife with a deeply hopeful creative intention. It's red blooded, alive, and coursing with equal parts adrenaline and seratonin. Wooh Dang was a real fun album to make and to me its been the world for the last few years, says Norgren. Thanks for taking the time. I hope you enjoy it.
Tech N9ne - N9na|
New CD: $18.98
Technicians! Tech N9ne is set to release his newest album, N9NA. Where his previous album, Planet, was about everyone, this is more focused and introspective, honing in on what makes Tech N9ne who he is. With standout tracks like “FTI 2.0” and the title track, “N9NA”, this is sure to be an album bookmarking where Tech is at this point in his life and career. Be on the lookout for 4 music videos Strange Music will be dropping from the album N9NA!
Jade Bird - Jade Bird [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
Jade Bird - the debut self-titled debut album via Glassnote Records. Featuring breakthrough singles Lottery, Uh Huh & Love Has All Been Done Before. Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British teenager, Jade's music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from it's lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.
After The Burial - Evergreen|
New CD: $11.98
+ After The Burial “Evergreen” will be available Digitally, CD and on VINYL + ATB will tour consistently throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021 in support of the new album + Consumer ad plan includes social media platforms such at Facebook and Instagram, in addition to search engine redirection associated campaign efforts, and both digital and physical publications + Music videos to be created for focus singles off the record, going live on Sumerian’s YouTube channel (1.7M subscribers) + Servicing Metal Radio Campaign (Liquid Metal at SiriusXM / Full Metal Jackie etc.) + Set up campaign will include aggressive promotion, contesting and engagement efforts on band & label social media accounts while utilizing digital/video commercial assets on all platforms, and thorough street-team efforts online and with hand-to-hand flyering + In-Store campaigns and listening station programs targeted for mass exposure
Echos - Even Though You're Gone [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
Johnnyswim - Moonlight [LP]|
New Vinyl: $21.98
Critically acclaimed Los Angeles band JOHNNYSWIM—led by husband-and-wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano—unveil their third full-length album, MOONLIGHT, on April 19. This marks the group’s first release under their newly minted deal with Britannia Row Recordings and BMG. Throughout 2018, JOHNNYSWIM carefully crafted what would become the new album alongside GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and songwriter Malay [Frank Ocean, Sam Smith], working out of both his Brooklyn apartment and his recently opened Britannia Row Recordings studio in Hollywood. Together, they expanded the band’s musical palette, while honing its signature songwriting. Invariably inspired by the final product, Malay went on to sign them to Britannia Row Recordings as well. Introducing the record, JOHNNYSWIM has released the first single, “Bridges.” Driven by a robust guitar riff and propulsive percussion, Amanda and Abner congregate on an uplifting harmony that’s as fresh as it is fiery. Elsewhere on the 12-track collection, warm acoustic plucking and a thick groove underscore the chant of “Say What You Will,” while “Amanda” serves as a tender letter from husband to wife. Meanwhile, legendary crooner Michael McDonald lends his immortal wail to downright anthemic “The Last Time.” Simply put, they shine like never before in the new year on MOONLIGHT. To celebrate the impending arrival of the album, JOHNNYSWIM have announced an extensive tour for 2019 that kicks off May 3rd in St Louis and wraps on June 14th in Los Angeles.
Tim Baker - Forever Overhead [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
Fat White Family - Serfs Up! [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
Fat White Family’s first album Champagne Holocaust was released on April 1, 2013; an iconoclastic debut, a freakshow which reminded that, as with Throbbing Gristle/The Gun Club/Butthole Surfers/Jane’s Addiction before them, the outside is the only viable place from which to make true art. America beckoned, and all the temptations and troubles that go with the touring life. The carousel began to spin. When second album Songs For Our Mothers arrived in January 2016, the band were running on fumes. Incarcerated in a fiscal Gulag, every single member had developed serious problems with alcohol and/or hard drugs; most were homeless. They were just about held together by singer Lias Saoudi who had led, Rommel-like, from day one. Saoudi’s songwriting partner and band director Saul Adamczewski had been jettisoned from the band. Salvation came via the intervention of Domino, who signed the band and backed their frontman’s stratagem to move them away from temptation. In a sprawling suburb in the North of England they established Champzone studios and, bloodied but not unbowed, they hunkered down. The collective mission statement: to make a pop record, something to distance the band from the many Fat Whites imitators who had formed in their wake. Lias’ lyrical irony, previously adopted as a protective layer against insecurity and criticism, was discarded in favour of a forensic examination of the self, what the frontman describes as “a genuine mapping out of my innermost psychological landscape, without ever patronising the listener, which for me is the lowliest crime in lyricism.” Nathan Saoudi, Lias’ keyboard playing brother, honed his own songwriting contributions, and Adamczewski returned from both rehab and time working with his other band Insecure Men - freed from the past burdens of musically carrying the project, he sank his teeth in as producer-arranger. With the smoke cleared and the battlefield-free of casualties, Fat White Family re-emerge triumphant. Serfs Up! is a lush and masterful work, lascivious and personal. Tropical, sympathetic and grandiose. It invites the listener in rather than repel them through wilful abrasion. In one of the most gratifying and unexpected creative volte face in living musical memory, the band you hate to love have stormed the palace, ceased the throne, and are set to embark are on their imperial phase as overlords of a kingdom of their own making. The struggle continues, always, but for now… Serfs Up!
The Prodigy - Fight Fire With Fire / Champions Of London [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Single]|
New Vinyl: $14.99
Various Artists - Ain't Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations|
New CD: $13.95
Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo. March 2019 sees the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway, and on the newly-recorded Original Broadway Cast Recording, showcasing The Temptations top Motown hits, from My Girl to Papa Was A Rollin' Stone and Cloud Nine.
Emma Bunton - My Happy Place|
New CD: $13.98
Jonatha Brooke - Imposter EP|
New CD: $7.98
Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning [LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.98
Loyle Carner has toured the world, started a cooking school for kids with ADHD, created an award winning, bespoke rap for the Champions League final, campaigned for men’s mental health and fronted a worldwide YSL campaign. With a mix of East Coast hip-hop styles combined with Jazz influenced portraits of South London, our British MC Loyle Carner now introduces us to his Sophomore album Not Waiving, But Drowning. Join us 4/19 for the next chapter in his career.
Stevie Nicks - Stand Back: 1981-2017 [3CD]|
New CD: $34.99
Music from all eight of Nicks’ studio albums are included in the set, from Top 10 hits like “Stand Back” and “Talk To Me” to “The Dealer” from her latest, 2014’s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. Those solo tracks are joined by Nicks’ memorable collaborations with other artists, including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Leather And Lace” with Don Henley, “You’re Not The One” with Sheryl Crow, and “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” with Lana Del Rey.
STAND BACK also explores her career on stage with outstanding live recordings, including performances from her 1981 Bella Donna tour (“Dreams” and “Rhiannon”), and her 2009 live album The Soundstage Sessions (“Sara” and a cover of Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me.”) Rounding out the collection are several of her contributions to film soundtracks, like “Blue Lamp” from Heavy Metal and “If You Ever Did Believe” from Practical Magic.
Josh Groban - Bridges Live: Madison Square Garden [CD/DVD]|
New CD: $21.98
The world’s most unmistakable voice returns with a spectacular live concert (as seen on PBS this spring); Josh Groban Bridges Live: Madison Square Garden. Recorded live from the final US stop of his 2018 Bridges Tour at the famed Madison Square Garden. The multi-platinum award-winning singer is joined by Tony-Award winning, multi-platinum recording artist Idina Menzel along with a special appearance by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Backed by a 5-member band, 20-member choir and 15-piece orchestra, Josh kicks off the set with “Bigger Than Us” from his newest studio album Bridges. Followed by the 2008 hit “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” and another new track, “Won’t Look Back,” Josh performs an electrifying mix of beloved classics, new songs, and special covers, including the standard “Pure Imagination,” Billy Joel’s “She’s Always A Woman,” and “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables. Idina joins Groban for two captivating duets, including the angelic “Lullaby” and the emotionally-charged “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. At this performance, Groban was also joined on stage by songstress Jennifer Nettles for a remarkable duet of “99 Years” before he closed his set with a stunning rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The CD/ DVD also includes “Won’t Look Back” and “Lullaby” (not included in the PBS Special) + the never released before bonus track “She Moved Through the Fair”
Iced Earth - Enter The Realm EP [Vinyl]|
New Vinyl: $25.98
The Yawpers - Human Question [LP]|
New Vinyl: $18.99
The Yawpers are the sheep in wolf's clothing. Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style-what Pitchfork described as "an expansive vision of rock 'n' roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash." The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock. On their fourth album Human Question, the Denver trio zooms out to a more vast and accessible stylistic and spiritual universe. The 38-minute thrill ride generates growth and cathartic self-reflection for audience and performer alike. If there was justice in this world, the Yawpers would be the savior that rock and roll didn't know it was waiting for.
Sad Planets - Akron, Ohio [LP]|
New Vinyl: $17.98
Field Medic - Fade Into The Dawn [Blue LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
“Any song that’s true is a good song in my mind,” says Kevin Sullivan, the lo-fi bedroom folk artist better known as Field Medic. “That’s why I never find it necessary to add too much stuff to my recordings. I’m just into songs themselves.” That principle is the guiding light behind Field Medic’s hypnotically beautiful and fearlessly honest new record, ‘fade into the dawn.’ Sullivan’s first proper full-length release for Run For Cover and his first since making the leap to full-time musician, the collection features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realizing any hard-won dream. Sullivan has always written candidly about doubt and darkness and anxiety, but he digs deeper than ever before here, blending black humor and bold introspection as he weighs fantasy against reality, grapples with his relationship with alcohol, and searches for meaning in the mundane. “I used to be a romantic / Now I'm a dude in a laminate,” he sings of life on perpetual tour, encapsulating at once both the tantalizing allure and endless tedium of the road. Sullivan’s ability to capture richly detailed moments of in all their messy, complicated ambiguity is a large part of what’s earned him both his devoted cult following and his widespread critical acclaim. Philadelphia NPR station WXPN hailed Field Medic as a “West Coast freak-folk poet who will capture your heart,” while the San Francisco Chronicle praised his “intensely emotional” voice as a “melodic quiet storm,” and the Chicago Reader swooned for his “charming, unvarnished acoustic bedroom songs.” Sullivan’s tracks racked up well over a million collective streams on Spotify, and his captivating live performances (in which he’s accompanied by nothing more than his guitar and an old school boombox) landed him dates with everyone from The Neighbourhood and Wallows to HEALTH and Girlpool.
Wynton Marsalis - Bolden (Original Soundtrack)|
New CD: $14.98
For the original soundtrack of Bolden, in theaters this spring, nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Wynton Marsalis faced a nearly impossible task: bring fellow cornetist and New Orleanian Buddy Bolden, widely considered one of the fathers of jazz, back from the dead. But on this album, Marsalis enthusiastically resurrects the bawdy, brassy sound of Bolden as no one else can, throwing a Big Easy party that romps through some of Bolden s most beloved material. Featuring acclaimed vocalists Catherine Russell and Brianna Thomas and an all-star cast of instrumentalists that includes Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Marcus Printup, and more, Marsalis brings turn-of-the-century New Orleans back to life, imbuing early jazz classics popularized by Bolden and his competitor Louis Armstrong with a modern sound and energy.
Stealing Sheep - Big Wows [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
Heavier, harder and weirder than their previous work, Stealing Sheep's Big Wows is filled with bold neon pop songs featuring rave percussion, steelpans, dreamy segues and breathy experiments. Taking shape over a period of nearly three years, they laid down the main body of the tracks either at home, or in their studio at Liverpool's Invisible Wind Factory. The band worked with various producers - including Marta Salogni (Bjork, MIA, Factory Floor), Andy Smith (Years & Years), Ash Workman (Christine & The Queens, Metronomy) and Joe Wills (video artist for Little Dragon) - and tried out different mixes and ideas to convey their messages. As well as composing with traditional instrumentation, in some cases they began the songwriting process solely on a computer. "We wanted the machine sounds to be juxtaposed against a full kit and bass guitar, which we tracked live to feel intentionally loose in places. We like the idea of placing robotic tech next to real life energy." Stealing Sheep have a broad range of influences - St. Vincent, Michael Jackson, The Knife, Kraftwerk, Drake, Little Dragon - but they remain so resolutely and richly themselves.
Grand Magus - Wolf God|
New CD: $12.98
The riff gods are back! A little more than two years have passed since the great “Sword Songs” album was released, but GRAND MAGUS can never quench their thirst for action. Founded in 1996 the Stockholm, Sweden band has been eternalized in the Metal history and looks back on a treasury full of all-time Heavy Metal anthems. “Wolf God” rises over the Heavy Metal scene majestically and lets the guitar riffs speak for themselves. The groove and heaviness that were featured on the successful predecessor can also be found on the new, ninth studio album which once again holds a number of future classics. This is joined by a superbly-placed JB whose voice hovers emotionally and variably over the strong and memorable instrumentals. The band’s new method of recording fits perfectly with their overall sound. By letting the music flow naturally the band have managed to craft melodies, riffs and rhythms that unite to forge overwhelming yet memorable hymns. Recorded in Sweetspot Studio in Sweden, together with producer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, FIREWIND, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS), the corner stone was laid for another triumphal procession. As the majority of the songs were recorded on the first take, they have an honest, diverse and yet down-to-earth sound that envelops the trio’s true power.
Movie Releases 04-23-19
Escape Room [Movie] - Escape Room|
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
An intriguing invitation brings six strangers together. Initially, they think they have gathered for a highly immersive escape room, but they soon make the sickening discovery that they are pawns in a sadistic game of life and death. Together, they move from one terrifying scenario to the next as they find clues and solve puzzles. But the players soon learn that exposing their darkest secrets may hold the key to survive.
Destroyer [Movie] - Destroyer|
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
As a young officer, Erin Bell found herself embedded deep undercover with California gang known for bank robberies. But when she becomes too attached to the leader, it leads to a moral crisis and tragic results. Years later, when the gang re-emerges, Bell finds herself on another journey - tracking down old members and trying to wrestle the demons of her past that destroyed everything she knew.