Featured New Releases
Get down to the undead sounds this Halloween with local loves, The True Loves at their Halloween Soul Soiree! Joining them on this frightfully groovin' night, Emerald City Soul Club and Mother Of Pearl. This is all going down Wednesday, October 31st at Neumos!
Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "TRUE LOVES" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/29. Good luck!
The time has come, after 30 years, our fearless leader Matt Vaughan has been nudged enough to finally tell the story. He will be speaking this Sunday, October 21st from 2pm-4pm, at this month's Southwest Stories presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library
9010 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
He will be digging deep and answering some of those burning questions we've always wondered.
What are the origins of Easy Street?
Was he really only 19 years old when he started it?
How has Easy Street gotten through it all, especially in such a tumultuous industry?
What were the high points, the low points?
What secrets has he never divulged?
What are his regrets and what were the great surprises?
In no particular order, you should expect to hear some fun stories about many of your favorite local bands Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, Brandi Carlile, Macklemore, The Head And The Heart, The Presidents and Caspar Babypants.
International luminaries such as Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, John Doe, as well as newer artists like Lana Del Rey, Cage the Elephant, and Car Seat Headrest too.
How has the legacy of Seattle music inspired the store and commandeered the future? How do you maintain such loyal partners such as KEXP, Sub Pop, The Showbox, Neumos, and all those years at the Sasquatch Music Festival? How did the café start and what was the inspiration? How did Record Store Day start and what role did Easy Street play?
You never know, Matt might go off course, but let’s see if we can get the facts, dispel any rumors, and get to the heart and soul of West Seattle’s pride and joy, Easy Street Records. There will be a Q&A afterward so bring any questions you might have.
RSVP here, space is limited.
Spend Halloween night with this amazing woman, Mitski! Catch her show at the Showbox SoDo, Wednesday, October 31st! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "MITSKI" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/29. Good luck!
Ty Segall is taking his solo acoustic vibes on tour and you can catch him and his guitar at Neumos, Saturday, October 27th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "TY SEGALL" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/25. Good luck!
Death From Above is playing Neumos, October 25th!
Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "DFA" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/26. Good luck!
Music Releases 10-19-18
Jason Isbell - Live From The Ryman [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP]|
New Vinyl: $29.99
Live From The Ryman was primarily recorded during the group’s six sold out nights at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium in 2017. The double album features 13 live versions of songs from their last three critically acclaimed, award-winning studio albums - Southeastern (2013), Something More Than Free (2015), The Nashville Sound (2017).
Greta Van Fleet - Anthem Of The Peaceful Army [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
Modern Rock N’ Roll band Greta Van Fleet to release highly anticipated new album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, on 10/19 via Lava Records. Album includes current single “When The Curtain Falls,” which is approaching top 5 airplay at Active Rock radio and is building at Alternative radio. They will re-launch their nearly sold out headlining tour on 9/11 in Canada. Greta Van Fleet recently set a record as the first band in 15 years to hit #1 airplay at Active Rock radio with 2 consecutive singles!
Disturbed - Evolution [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.99
Said Disturbed, "It is with tremendous pride, joy, and anticipation that we look forward to sharing the next chapter in the creative life of Disturbed with the world. This record is truly unique, and very special to us, and we can only hope that upon listening to it, that the world will feel the same. The record showcases the most adventurous and eclectic combination of musical styles and moods that we've ever attempted in our careers. Each song truly has its own identity, feel, and power. The writing and recordingsessions that fostered this album were truly an emotional and magical experience for us, creating without boundaries or limitations, and simply goingwhere each day's musical inspiration led us. Influenced by some of the great classic rock records of our youth, it is an experience unlike anything we've previously created. Its time is drawing near for the world to finally hear what is undoubtedly the most daring record of our lives. Evolution is coming. Are you ready?"
Evolution makes good on the promise of its title. Disturbed unwaveringly cling to the uncompromising spirit that solidified them as a history-making force, while boldly progressing at the same time. Reteaming with Immortalized producer Kevin Churko behind the board at the Hideout in Las Vegas, the musicians - David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] - retain their signature thunderous grooves and hypnotic heaviness as they further refine their ambitious melodies and penchant for progression, spanning the gamut of their potential.
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody: Soundtrack|
New CD: $13.99 $11.99
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music & their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, Freddie became one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band with their iconic songs and revolutionary sound through to Live Aid, becoming of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.
R.E.M. - The Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $34.99
R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection—available as a super-deluxe edition 8-CD/1-DVD box set, as well as 2-CD, 2-LP and digital formats—comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.
Buxton - Stay Out Late [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.98
Stay Out Late is ultimately, the end result of understanding who we are, and more importantly, who we are not.
This will be our 15th year as a band, and our 5th record overall. In the years preceding the making of this record, we all had to define what it meant for us to be happy making music. There are certain mechanisms and tropes we all fall into as a result. And as hard as we may try to emulate what we consider to be higher art, or rather, classic music; we always end up with a Buxton record.
Sergio couldn't write for almost 2 years after 'Half A Native'. The answers to "why" had run dry. We all saw each other, hung out and everything was like normal. I can't really pinpoint the moment it all made sense again. The question had suddenly changed to "why not" and we were back in the studio making demos. There was a lurking sense that nobody would ever hear these songs, and that lead to a sort of creativity I'm not sure we'd really experienced before. All ideas were on the table, and more importantly they stayed on the table.
There are a handful of truly great masterpieces and the attempt of achieving that is one of the most daunting and exhausting pursuits any artist can take on. In the van we're constantly educating ourselves and finding new and in many cases old points of inspiration. Whether it be Mark Hollis, HC McEntire, Mickey Newbury or rediscovering the genius of Bette Midler, we find ourselves at the mercy of our own limitations of expression. Yet somehow in our most vulnerable project, we're simultaneously the most comfortable in our skin as we've ever been.
The core of this record is about being in it for the long haul, looking back, and being able to accept it all. We can only hope that the listener can in some way share and make tangible the joy that went into making this record.
Yoko Ono - Warzone [LP]|
New Vinyl: $18.98
Following twenty albums over 50 years, Yoko Ono's Warzone is a strikingly different record from those she has previously made. Revisiting and reimagining 13 songs from her past work, spanning 1970-2009, the lyrics and messages are still pertinent perhaps even more pertinent-in 2018. Recent US presidents and many of our world leaders have never served in the military, yet they continually nourish and serve the corporate-infused military industrial complex, keeping the world in a perpetual warfare. Warzone further builds the legacy of an artist unparalleled in her unique and singular vision. With it's stripped down recordings and arrangements, and a particular emphasis on Yoko's voice and lyrics, the content of her message rings clear and unencumbered, with wisdom and fortitude her power has intensified with time and life experience.
Empress Of - Us [LP]|
New Vinyl: $18.98
Empress Of's debut album Me was released in 2015. As the name suggests, it presented a personal exploration of her emotional world. So personal, she says, it was difficult to perform. With Us, Rodriguez wanted to facilitate a more equal exchange of energy between herself and her listeners, to create a "community." "It's not just love songs. It's about different experiences of the heart," she says. "I want it to be like a mirror, and [the audience] sees a little bit of themselves in every song."
Doe Paoro - Soft Power [LP]|
New Vinyl: $19.98
Transforming pain into transcendence is the genius of many pop artists, but Doe Paoro brings an entirely new depth to that process. On her third album Soft Power, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter digs into her own frustration and anguish, and ultimately comes away with a newfound strength that’s profoundly inspiring. Soft Power thus bears a raw vitality that marks a major departure from Doe’s previous album. Naming Carole King among her inspirations, Doe notes that the new record’s more urgent feel comes partly from reconnecting with the instinctive approach of her earliest songwriting. Throughout the album, Doe infuses her songs with a rebellious spirit. A passionately charged track about misogyny, “Guilty” blends cascading guitar lines with sharply cutting lyrics (I know I’m not the first / that you made defend her word). “Over” brings classic girl-group harmonies and smoldering vocal work to speak to the song’s central question: Now that I’m older / does it get easier / to get over? Several songs also confront the notion of setting boundaries, with “Projector” centering on “the refusal to let someone else superimpose their story onto yours” and “Walk Through the Fire” emerging as a brutal testament to the fact that “self-examination is ultimately a solo job – and there’s no easy way to do it”. The result is an album that’s undeniably potent in its emotional impact. “One thing I’ve continued to find through writing songs is the ability to alchemize painful experiences into something that’s useful and healing”, says Doe. “For me that’s the highest purpose of music—both in terms of what it offers to me and what I wish to offer to others”. - PRODUCED IN LONDON WITH JIMMY HOGARTH (AMY WINEHOUSE, SIA, CORINNE BAILEY RAE) - SOFT POWER IS THE THIRD ALBUM BY DOE PAORO - FOR FANS OF FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, ST. VINCENT AND SKY FERREIRA
Elle King - Shake The Spirit [LP]|
New Vinyl: $22.99
Beta Radio - Ancient Transition [LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.98
North Carolinian duo Beta Radio's Ancient Transition - their debut on Nettwerk Records - captures the band's signature blend of organic sounds, delicate synths, and disarmingly beautiful harmonies. The album is a reflection on home and its many different meanings, the wholeness that comes with having a sense of home and the tumult that can come with lacking one.
Ace Frehley - Spaceman [Silver Edition LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.98
Ace Frehley is on a roll, and he’s ready to embark on his next musical journey with Spaceman, his third solo outing in four years, and eighth overall. Amongst Ace’s post-KISS recorded output, Spaceman might be the closest link to his widely acclaimed 1978 solo record, both in spirit and execution. First off, Frehley played all of the guitar parts on Spaceman, as well as bass on all but two songs. Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Ace began in that 1978 record, also appears on “Off My Back” and “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” (longtime collaborators Scot Coogan and Matt Starr also play drums on Spaceman). There’s also a thematic, almost biographical, thread running through the album of a long life in rock ’n’ roll, although Ace admits it wasn’t intentional. The first single “Bronx Boy” lays out Ace’s pre-KISS roots, running wild with an Irish street gang called the Ducky Boys. It might be his grittiest song to date, with an opening riff that lashes out like a switchblade. “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” ticks off a list of rockers that made Ace who he is, including Little Richard and the Stones. Frehley also makes it clear that rock is truly all he needs: “So sick of looking at reality TV / and like the Beatles said, you gotta ‘Let It Be.’” “No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s—if you listen closely, it could almost be seen as a rockin’ counterpart to the Peter Criss-penned KISS classic “Beth.” Speaking of KISS brethren, let’s get back to those two songs on Spaceman that Ace didn’t play bass on. One listen of opener “Without You I’m Nothing” should be a dead giveaway. That mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belongs to Gene Simmons, who co-wrote that song, along with “Your Wish Is My Command,” with the Space Ace at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Frehley's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrated 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009, his top 10 Space Invader LP in 2014 (a first for any KISS member); and continues with Spaceman (a title suggested by Gene Simmons himself). Spaceman is a lean-and-mean nine tracks, and includes what has become a trademark for any Ace joint, a cosmic instrumental. “Quantum Flux” is a classic prog ’n’ roll song from Frehley, with lush acoustics and twin-leads. Fans might also notice the song’s doomy outro, which nods to “Black Diamond” on KISS’s 1974 debut.
Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel [LP]|
New Vinyl: $16.98
How To Dress Well - The Anteroom [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $27.99
A new album from How To Dress Well, titled The Anteroom, will be out October 19th on Domino. Co-produced by Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin, Airbird), this record plays as a single continuous piece of 21st century psychedelic music and features Krell’s most bewitching sound experimentation to date. Moreover, the stories Krell sings on this record – some biographical, many from the most knotted corners of human life – are deeply personal and human(e). The Anteroom - with its blizzardous electronic noise, fragile melodies and poignant poetry - reclaims the experimental core of the HTDW project.
Anthrax - State Of Euphoria: 30th Anniversary Edition [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $34.99
State of Euphoria is the fourth studio album by the American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released on September 19, 1988 through Megaforce/Island Records. The album was produced by Anthrax and Mark Dodson, with Alex Perialas engineering and reached No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart in late 1988. The songs "Who Cares Wins", dealing with the plight of the homeless, and "Antisocial" were released as singles with accompanying music videos. For the 30th Anniversary, UMe is releasing the album newly remastered by the bands long time drummer Charlie Benante and featuring previously unreleased outtakes from the bands own archive and rare demos on 2 LPs
Amaranthe - Helix [LP]|
New Vinyl: $25.98
With their electrifying 5th album now on the brink of its release, Amaranthe take another leap in their sonic evolution. Their most focused work to date, HELIX proves the band has refined their melodic sensibilities ever further whilst retooling their cutting-edge metal assault to be as massively aggressive as ever.
Minus The Bear - Fair Enough EP [Coke Bottle Green Vinyl]|
New Vinyl: $17.99
Minus the Bear is a product of the first two decades of this century. From their first show in 2001 to their impending dissolution at the end of 2018, the Seattle band thrived on the musical awakening in the era of the mp3, the internet, poptimism, and the crosspollinations generated from an expanded consciousness of new music forms. With their final EP, Fair Enough, Minus the Bear closes the book on their hybrid of art-rock, indie pop, and warehouse party appeal. The opening track “Fair Enough” went through a variety of permutations before the band found new meaning in its lyrical lament of lost passions and finding “the exact moment we turned it off”. The other songs of Fair Enough are a continuation and culmination of Minus the Bear’s diverse sounds. The up-tempo drumbeats, lush electronics, and nimble guitar work that initially set them apart are on full display during “Viaduct”. “Dinosaur” has the groove of early hits of “Fine + 2 PTS”, but crafted with the understated Steely Dan-eque delivery of their more current slow jams. The EP closes with a nod to their ongoing remix collaborations, this time with a rave-up reinvention of “Invisible” by Sombear.
Nile Rogers & Chic - It's About Time|
New CD: $13.95
Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics [LP]|
New Vinyl: $21.99
How do we conduct ourselves in extraordinary times? By what metric do we judge our own capacity to make change? In an era where the signal-to-noise ratio is more uneven than ever, what are the measures we must take to retain and remember our own personhood? Neneh Cherry's extraordinary fifth solo album, Broken Politics, asks these questions and more-searching for answers, patiently and with great care, and with a fearlessness to acknowledge that sometimes the answers don't even exist. It's a record that's equal parts angry, thoughtful, melancholy, and emboldening, as Cherry and her collaborators continue to expand her ever-widening sonic palette to craft truly singular and potent electronic pop.
The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis - Una Noche Con Ruben Blades|
New CD: $14.98
Late in 2014, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis welcomed a very special guest to their Manhattan stage: nine-time GRAMMY winning singer, songwriter, actor, and activist Rubén Blades. For one very special night music-directed by the JLCO s bassist and emerging master in the Latin jazz idiom (DownBeat) Carlos Henriquez the worlds of salsa and swing collided. Backed by one of the world s leading big bands, Blades took the audience on a tour through his greatest hits. In their write-up of the show, the New York Times said "Mr. Henriquez s arrangements delivered consistently... Radically beautiful. Now, Una Noche con Rubén Blades captures this historic concert in CD and digital formats. The album finds the Maestro singing some of his own beloved compositions, including Pedro Navaja, Patria, and El Cantante, as well as swinging through standards like Too Close for Comfort and Begin the Beguine, all while backed by the Downbeat Reader s Poll Big Band of the Year (2013, 14. & 15). Pick up this kaleidoscopic, momentous collaboration between two of our most soulful musicians this October 19th.
Lindsey Stirling - Warmer In The Winter: Deluxe Edition [2LP]|
New Vinyl: $29.99
Warmer in the Winter (Deluxe Edition) is the expanded version of the top selling new holiday album of 2017. The first-ever holiday album from Lindsey Stirling is full of cheerful holiday classics along with 3 original songs. The album features guest artists such as Becky G, Sabrina Carpenter, Trombone Shorty and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth. The deluxe edition features 5 additional bonus tracks.
Soulfly - Ritual [LP]|
New Vinyl: $28.99
Both ancient and modern cultures rely heavily on rituals. From religious proceedings that date back millennia to daily 21st century routines such as checking social media, humanity gravitates towards ritualistic behavior for the appearance of order and a semblance of control over life’s chaos. Perhaps more than any other art form, ceremonious behavior defines heavy metal. Thousands of fans worship at the altar of a speaker or congregate in person for the sermon of a live show. Two decades into their storied career, Soulfly continue to engender near cultish zeal with each subsequent album and tour. In that sense, the group’s eleventh full-length, Ritual [Nuclear Blast], lives up to the promise of its name with a metallic ceremony of the highest order. The iconic gold-certified quartet—Max Cavalera [vocals, guitar], Marc Rizzo [lead guitar], Zyon Cavalera [drums], and Mike Leon [bass]—cast their word in bludgeoning riffs, thunderous percussion, and menacing growls. Formed in 1997, Soulfly has become a mainstay in contemporary heavy metal. Led by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, Soulfly has released 10 full-length albums with combined sales of over 1MILLION records. Mixing many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal, world music and punk, Soulfly are known for crafting something completely unique in the modern heavy music landscape. Marketing Highlights -Fronted by Max Cavalera, former vocalist & founder of metal legends Sepultura, Soulfly has released 10 full length albums in the band’s 20+ year career. The band’s previous album “Archangel” debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Hard Music Chart and #130 on the Top 200 -Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira), “Ritual” is chock full of groove that Soulfly is known for while also containing elements of thrash and the feel from Max’s classic albums like “Chaos AD” -Always the touring machine, Soulfly will spend the majority of the summer of 2018 performing all over Europe and the UK -Building up to the release of “Ritual” Soulfly will be releasing several singles, music videos and promo video interviews. The first single “Evil Empowered” will be released on Aug 10 will a track video released on the same date. On Aug 31 the second single “Ritual” will be released with an animated video. The third single “Dead Behind the Eyes” will be released on Sep 14 with a music video. The final single “Under Rapture” will be released on the album’s release date Oct 19 -Advertising in Revolver, Decibel, New Noise and other hard music and lifestyle publications. Banner advertising on Blabbermouth, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection and other hard music and lifestyle sites
The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We: 25th Anniversary Edition [LP]|
New Vinyl: $24.99
25th anniversary reissue of The Cranberries’ debut album that has sold over 5,000,000 in the US and over 600,000 in the UK. They were one of the biggest bands of the nineties and this album includes their global hits “Linger” and “Dreams”. The album has been remastered at Abbey Road (under the supervision of the band’s Noel Hogan) and is now available on vinyl.
Movie Releases 10-19-18
Mamma Mia! The Movie [Movie] - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again|
New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Join the celebration, sing and dance, and discover how it all began! Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie premiered, you're invited back to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new musical sequel based on the songs of ABBA. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is now pregnant, and like her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), she'll need to take risks. The film's original cast returns, with new additions including Lily James as a young Donna, Andy Garcia and Oscar winner Cher.
I Think We're Alone Now [Movie] - I Think We're Alone Now|
New Blu-Ray: $19.99
Del (Peter Dinklage) is alone in the world. After the human race is wiped out, he lives in his small, empty town, content in his solitude and the utopia he's methodically created for himself - until he is discovered by Grace (Elle Fanning), an interloper whose history and motives are obscure. Worse yet, she wants to stay.