Featured New Releases
Noah Gundersen Record Release In-Store!
Friday 8/23 - 7 PM - Free Show + All-Ages!
Noah Gundersen is set to release his fourth full-length solo album, Lover, on August 23rd. Recorded over two years at Seattle’s The Crumb studio with longtime collaborator, producer/engineer Andy D. Park (Death Cab For Cutie, K. Flay, Pedro The Lion), Lover sees Gundersen continuing to veer towards an increasingly intimate and intense creative approach, wedding intricate beats and warm natural instrumentation to a series of stark, almost dreamlike, new songs. Rich with patience and grace, songs like “Older” and “Out of Time” reveal a remarkably gifted songwriter-artist in the midst of confrontation with life’s toughest truths, somehow emerging with even greater self-awareness and understanding.
Pre-order or purchase the new album "Lover" in-store or online for priority entry into the performance + signing. *Space is limited, first come, first served. See below for details. BUYING ONE CD OR LP WILL GET YOU ONE WRISTBAND.
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Carrie Akre CD Release In-Store Performance!
Saturday 8/31 - 7 PM - Free & All-Ages!
Carrie Akre is best known for her work with Seattle bands Hammerbox and Goodness. Carrie has contributed vocals to bands The Rockfords (which included Pearl Jam's Mike McCready), The VIPs with the late Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, Esther Kang and released three independent solo albums.
Her fourth album titled Passage marks Carrie’s first new album since 2008. And as she’s shaped and honed her writing skills over the years, she considers this album to be some of the best work she’s ever done. While life has pulled her in one direction or another, it’s clear that not only does this new album celebrate her renewed focus on creating great music but, she’s back and there’s only more exciting things to come.
Jack West Record Release In-Store Performance!
Friday 9/6 - 7 PM - Free & All-Ages!
Hailing from Rochester, NY, fourteen-year-old Jack West conjures memories of Kurt Cobain with his lanky, shoulder-length hair and piercing gaze. He’s performed with Eddie Vedder before 30,000 at a concert in Nashville and collaborated with renowned Seattle producer Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Jawbox) at his famed Laundry Room Studio on West’s debut, eight-song offering, For the Record.
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Dubbed “Tragic Wave” and “Mid-Fi” by Deb DeMure himself, Drab Majesty eloquently blends classic 80s New Wave and hints of early 4AD with a futuristic originality. Drab Majesty's newest album Modern Mirror released this summer and does not disappoint. Catch the all-ages show at Neumos, August 26th. Tickets available here.
Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line “DRAB MAJESTY” please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 8/22. Good luck!
What happened to summer?! It's already August which means THING is but weeks away. If you haven't heard, the weekend of August 24th & 25th, beautiful Port Townsend, WA will be the host of a new thing, an art thing, music thing, food thing, basically all of the things! Presented by Seattle Theatre Group and Adam Zacks who gave us all of those great summers at The Gorge with 17 years of Sasquatch Festival.
Looking for a new experience? Here's the Thing! Two-day passes are still available. The schedule of all the music acts and other performances is now available.
Enter to win a pair of 2-day passes by e-mailing us with the subject line “THING THING THING” please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 8/16. Good luck!
Music Releases 08-16-19
Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold [LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.99
“How does brokenness walk? Or move through the world?” says guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein about The Center Won’t Hold, Sleater-Kinney’s tenth studio album. “We’re always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person – ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness – in the middle of the chaos.” The Center Won’t Hold is Sleater-Kinney’s midnight record on the doomsday clock. After twenty-five years of legendary collaboration, rock’n’roll giants Brownstein, Corin Tucker, and Janet Weiss rise to meet the moment by digging deeper and sounding bigger than we’ve heard them yet. Here are intimate battle cries. Here are shattered songs for the shattered survivors. The Center Won’t Hold drops you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election,” says guitarist/vocalist Tucker of the title track. “We’re not taking it easy on the audience. That song is meant to be really heavy and dark. And almost like a mission statement, at the end of that song, it’s like we’re finding our way out of that space by becoming a rock band.
Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place [LP]|
New Vinyl: $28.98
Ride return with the 6th studio album of their career and their second since reforming in 2015 and signing to Wichita. As with their previous album, the highly acclaimed Weather Diaries, Erol Alkan was in the producers chair, whilst career-long collaborator Alan Moulder (with Caesar Edmunds) mixed the album. The albums title was inspired by one of the hobo code symbols once used by those who travelled the railroads of the US, and then found in the early artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The phrase clearly resonates with the current state of the world politically and environmentally. This Is Not A Safe Place is arguably the Ride album with the broadest sonic palette thus far. You can hear sounds and styles that span their entire catalogue but, both musically and lyrically, this is clearly an album made by a band who love being back together and who are at the very top of their game.
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Dragons [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
Over the last decade, Drew Holcomb has established himself as one of Americana s freshest upstarts, building his following and critical appeal with every release, show, and entrepreneurial undertaking (like his curated Moon River Music Festival and Magnolia Record Club). For Holcomb, music is what helps us try to understand our place in a world full of equal parts chaos, confusion, love, and community, and Dragons is his reminder to all of us to keep fighting the good fight and to never give up. Produced by Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michelson, American Authors) Dragons features collaborations with Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Sean McConnell, and Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats' Nest [Red & Black LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.98
King Gizzard are back with their 2nd album release of 2019, entitled Infest the Rats Nest, coming 8/16 via ATO Records! In complete contrast to the laid back, feel good vibes of Fishing for Fishies, Infest the Rats Nest is a full on thrash metal inspired assault and one of the most complex records the band has made in their extensive discography, their 15th album and counting! All album details below and attached along with the videos for the first three single releases “Planet B”, “Self Immolate” and “Organ Farmer”
In the words of Stu Mackenzie from the band: “In year 4 there was an older kid who was into Rammstein. I made friends with him and we put together a performance at our school assembly where we headbanged to ‘Du Hast.’ I got whiplash, which I thought was pretty cool. That was my introduction to heavy metal, and soon Rammstein led to Metallica, Metallica led to Slayer, Slayer led to Kreator and Sodom. The German bands really kicked my ass and scared the hell out of me too. Later on, when I picked up a guitar I realised that shit was too hard to play, so I got into rock ‘n’ roll and garage. That was liberating.”
The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru The Passion [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
Five new songs not previously released along with five songs from the collection of singles released between November 2017 and March 2019
All songs produced by Josh Kaufman and engineered by D. James Goodwin. Formed in 2003, The Hold Steady have released six albums, numerous singles and played over 1000 shows during the past 16 years. The Brooklyn-based band, by way of the Midwest, has performed in all 50 states in the USA, and throughout Canada, the UK, Europe and Australia.
The Hold Steady began releasing two-song singles in November 2017 ahead of the sold-out weekend shows they do in select cities each year and have released five new singles (nine songs total) thru March 2019. The band will launch "Constructive Summer 2019" in August + September four weekends of US shows in Seattle, Chicago, Nashville and Boston.
Craig Finn: "I've been saying for a few years now - since Franz came back- that this six piece lineup of The Hold Steady is the best band we've ever been. The new songs recorded by this version of the band are super exciting to us. It's been a very fun and creative period for The Hold Steady.¯
Eilen Jewell - Gypsy [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
On August 16th, 2019, Eilen Jewell will release Gypsy on Signature Sounds. Described as one of Americana's most intriguing and creative voices (American Songwriter), Jewell has written 11 new songs for Gypsy and is calling it her favorite album yet: new sounds, old sounds, electric guitar-driven rockers, classic country, and tender ballads. Gypsy continues to solidify Jewell's reputation as one of the most distinctive and potent voices in the Americana world today.
Various Artists - Tootsie [Original Broadway Cast Recording]|
New CD: $13.95
Tootsie's Original Broadway Cast Recording is now available from Decca Broadway. The album preserves David Yazbek's Tony-nominated score and the performances of the original Broadway cast, led by Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey.
Lionel Richie - Hello From Las Vegas [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $35.99
The Rails - Cancel The Sun|
New CD: $11.99
There's something different about The Rails on their brilliant third album. It's not just the sound of the record, which is harder, tougher and rockier than ever before. Cancel The Sun is melodic and immediate, a record that brings together the musical pasts of Kami Thompson and James Walbourne her family heritage, as the daughter of Linda and Richard Thompson, and sister of Teddy; his as guitarist for Son Volt, The Pogues and The Pretenders in a record that sounds like a pure version of themselves. You could spend hours casting around for a term to describe it, but maybe the best one would be pinched from an Eliza Carthy album title: Anglicana music that might originate in America, but is clearly and resolutely English.
Ikebe Shakedown - Kings Left Behind [Pink LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.99
Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the primal elements of '70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies. Now, with their new release, Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records), the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group collaborating to produce tracks that deliver punches right to the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture the imagination. The album was recorded by Ikebe's bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive Mind Recording. Opened with Ikebe's saxophonist, Mike Buckley, and another collaborator in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for the band, leading to more experimentation with the textures and sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul.
Bryony Jarman-Pinto - Cage and Aviary [LP]|
New Vinyl: $25.98
Cage & Aviary is the much-anticipated debut album from songwriter and vocalist Bryony Jarman-Pinto. Written over the course of three years, the album ties personal reflection to wider social issues, giving an intimate insight in to what it means to come of age in todays world. Sophisticated songwriting is brought to life with Bryonys harmonious vocals, layered with jazz, soul and elements of folk, creating a melodic sound that has charmed many major tastemakers, including Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra), Robert Elms (BBC Radio London), John Kennedy (Radio X) and Tina Edwards (Worldwide FM); receiving praise from publications ranging from Clash to Music Is My Sanctuary and DUMMY.Cage & Aviary was created with long-time friend, collaborator and Tru Thoughts label-mate Tom Leah AKA Werkha, highlighting their capacity for musical exploration. The album is built around my contemplations on life, love and myself and tying that in with wider global issues. Jarman-Pinto explains, lyrically I have circled around the theme of family and securities I felt at a younger age, measured against my insecurities now and personal desires to my own femininity and personhood. This lyrical struggle is best represented in Emerge, a track written at a time when Jarman-Pinto was experiencing her biggest lack of creativity and insecurity around her writing; she describes a breakthrough in writing, willing for one to come.
Himesh Patel - Yesterday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [LP]|
New Vinyl: $35.98
"Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life – Yesterday, due in theatres June 28.After a mysterious global blackout wipes The Beatles from history, Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter, finds himself performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them.
Capitol Records – The Beatles’ U.S. record label – will release the Yesterday Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, performed by the film’s star, Himesh Patel. Album producer Daniel Pemberton, a two-time Golden Globe-nominated composer, has created a soundtrack that both reflects the film and stands alone as a true listening experience, begging to be heard from beginning to end. Most of the songs were recorded specifically for the album."
Various Artists - Hitsville: The Making Of Motown [Deluxe 2CD]|
New CD: $14.99
The original motion picture soundtrack to the Showtime documentary film “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” releases on 8/16. Highlighting the founding years of Motown, the album celebrates icons such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, and more. Revisit the music of Berry Gordy’s storied Detroit label and the artists who defined “the sound of young America”. Remastered audio on CD, deluxe double CD & Vinyl.
Hot Water Music - Shake Up The Shadows EP [Vinyl]|
New Vinyl: $15.98
Hot Water Music. Those three words describe more than just a band at this point, they describe a way of life. Since forming in Florida in 1994, the act have constantly reinvented themselves by combining elements of punk rock and post-hardcore over the course of eight full-lengths, countless vinyl releases and energetic live shows. However instead of taking a victory lap in celebration of their current 25th anniversary tour –group marked the occasion by recording five new songs for the Shake Up The Shadows EP, which sees the band – guitarist/vocalists Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard, bassist Jason Black and drummer George Rebelo – crafting some of the most impassioned music of their career. “Celebrating our 25th anniversary isn't self-congratulatory,” Ragan summarizes. “It's the band saying, 'Look at what all of us built and let's celebrate that.'”
Killswitch Engage - Atonement [LP]|
New Vinyl: $25.98
Old Salt Union - Where The Dogs Don't Bite [Limited Edition Orange LP]|
New Vinyl: $21.98
Old Salt Union once again enlisted GRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce the follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut. The resulting album, WHERE THE DOGS DON't BITE, builds on this non-traditional stringband's varied musical backgrounds for a wildly entertaining, eclectic batch of songs. The quintet Ryan Murphy (banjo), Justin Wallace (mandolin), John Brighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (primary vocalist and bassist) and newest member Graham Curry (guitar) have continued to hone and develop their sound through relentless touring, cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows. Coming from varied musical backgrounds, Old Salt Union's collective melting pot of styles and musical vocabularies informs their fresh approach to modern string band music and has helped to carve a unique niche for this Belleville, Illinois roots outfit. Farrar, nephew of Son Volt's Jay Farrar, kicks off the album with "God You Don't Need,' a hook laden ode to a relationship gone bad set against a tapestry of strings and an eerily compelling banjo melody. Label mate Bobby Osborne guests on "Tells Me So,' a nod to the bluegrass side of the band's musical sensibilities featuring a lead vocal by mandolinist Justin Wallace. Violinist Brighton delivers the gypsy-tinged instrumental "Johann's Breakdown,' which pulls from jazz and classical progressions, and Wallace delivers the haunting title track, "Where The Dogs Don't Bite.' The dark, but heartfelt song features triple-layered guitar harmonies, stacked vocals and a group sing-along that recalls last call at a corner pub in the rust belt, a fitting closing to this musically diverse and compelling release.
The Murder Capital - When I Have Fears [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
When I Have Fears is the debut album from Ireland's The Murder Capital.
The Commonheart - Pressure [LP]|
New Vinyl: $17.98
The Commonheart’s latest album, Pressure, is both rugged and refined. The 10-song album showcases raw-nerve soul musicianship pristinely recorded. The opening track boasts soulful sandpaper-y lead vocals, swoops of cosmic slide guitar, a driving Sly Stone groove, and rousing female backup vocals. It’s an up-against-a-wall tune about making a living while raising a family, and it speaks to the album’s title. The bluesy ballad title track, replete with pleading emotive vocals, drips yearning and melancholy redemption. “That’s about the daily grind—what it takes to maintain important relationships while you’re away from home, driving thousands of miles in van to pursue a dream,” Clinton confesses.
Madison Cunningham - Who Are You Now [LP]|
New Vinyl: $18.98
Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild [LP]|
New Vinyl: $20.98
"In this post-industrial, post-enlightenment religion of ourselves, we have manifested a serpent of consumerism which now coils back upon us. It seduces us with our own bait as we betray the better instincts of our nature and the future of our own world. We throw ourselves out of our own garden. We poison ourselves to the edges of an endless sleep. Animated Violence Mild was written throughout 2018, at Blanck Mass' studio outside of Edinburgh. These eight tracks are the diary of a year of work steeped in honing craft, self-discovery, and grief - the latter of which reared it's head at the final hurdle of producing this record and created a whole separate narrative: grief, both for what I have lost personally, but also in a global sense, for what we as a species have lost and handed over to our blood-sucking counterpart, consumerism, only to be ravaged by it. I believe that many of us have willfully allowed our survival instinct to become engulfed by the snake we birthed. Animated - brought to life by humankind. Violent - insurmountable and wild beyond our control. Mild - delicious. This is perhaps the most concise body of work I have written to date. Having worked extensively throughout my musical life with dramatics, narrative, and 'melody against all odds', these tracks are the most direct and honest yet. The level of articulation in these tracks surpasses anything I have utilized before.' -Benjamin John Power
Uniform & The Body - Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back [LP]|
New Vinyl: $20.98
On the heels of their monolithic collaborative LP Mental Wounds Not Healing, the collaboration between industrial-noise post-everything bands Uniform & The Body returns with a second entry, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back. Comprised of an amalgam of abrasive influence that spans Swans-y dirge and purge, Whitehouse's clenched-jaw noise, middle-period Ministry's penchant for metallic post-industrial everything, New Order's nose for melodic emotionality, and Juicy J-inspired beats, Uniform & The Body's approach delves deeper down the rabbit hole than before, igniting a sonic world of terror and bliss poised to grip the throats of fans yet again. Prepare for a record that the band self-describes as "the middle ground between Robyn and Corrupted, but weirder.' Much like the collective's bombastic debut, Everything was built over a series of collaborative sessions with Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets in Rhode Island, mixing industrial-influenced synths, squalls of harsh noise, manipulated guitar, oodles of samples along with hard rock-inspired riffs, saccharine pop, and the alternately antagonistic and harrowing vocals of Michael Berdan and Chip King. The result is nine tracks of ear-bleeding and confrontational fury with de ned moments of beauty that bring to mind equal parts No Trend, Merzbow, and Information Society while forging a path that is distinctly their own. Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back is specifically culled from the immortal Bruce Springsteen effort Nebraska, joining a long line of literary and cinematic references that pepper the album. And while the title is specific to that lyric, the sentiment also ties into author James Elroy and his notion that closure is an illusion, a conclusion found in his 1996 effort My Dark Places. Dealing with tragic loss is never a closed book, and the details, circumstances, and inherent emotions that surround coping never end, they just morph into something else, only to rear their ugly head again later in life.
Movie Releases 08-20-19
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]|
New Blu-Ray: $39.97
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
Brightburn [Movie] - Brightburn|
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
The Hustle [Movie] - The Hustle|
New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Rebel Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece so they con the men that have wronged women. Wilson's talent for physicality and Hathaway's withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out all the stops to swindle a naļve tech billionaire (Alex Sharp) in this hilarious comedy.
The Walking Dead [TV Series] - The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season|
New Blu-Ray: $80.99
Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan's life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
A Dog’s Journey [Movie] - A Dog's Journey|
New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Some friendships transcend lifetimes. Picking up where A Dog's Purpose left off, Ethan's (Dennis Quaid) beloved dog Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) finds a new destiny: Protect Ethan's granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott) at any cost. Bailey's adventure through multiple lives is filled with love, friendship and devotion as he and CJ experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and a few really good belly rubs.