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Sloucher Live At Easy Street Records - November 16th!

They’ve landed opening slots for acts like Angel Olsen and Guided By Voices and opened the main stage at the 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival. Two years later, Seattle band Sloucher is releasing what they're heralding as the first truly collaborative record, Be True, on November 16 via Swoon Records. The album builds upon their heavily influenced 90’s sound, prior to recording the band culminated a playlist of artists such as blink-182, Sheryl Crow, Elliot Smith, and more. It’s a testament to the band’s eclectic taste, but also their discerning ears. More often than not, the common denominator became the guitar sounds between the different records. “I feel like people are kind of brushing off guitar rock, it’s not something that’s super cool right now – at least not in the mainstream,” Sloucher’s Jay Clancy says. “So we’re trying to tap into that base of people who are still really into that music and have an appreciation for it.

We will have copies of their new album Be True, available November 16th!

Catch them November 23rd at Barboza with Snuff Redux (Easy Street In-Store Alum) and Red Ribbon (Heeeey!).

But first! Catch them here, live at Easy Street for a street date in-store! 

Friday, November 16th

7 PM

Free & All-ages!

RSVP HERE!

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Win Seattle's Tribute To The Last Waltz Tickets!

STG Presents Seattle's Tribute to The Last Waltz at The Neptune on Friday, November 23, 2018.

In 2017, Seattle’s Tribute to the Last Waltz, comprised of dozens of Seattle’s most lovely and talented musicians, performed songs from The Band’s Last Waltz, raising close to $12,000 for Northwest Harvest, as well as donations of 167 lbs. of food, which provided 56,096 nutritious meals for our communities.

Once again, Seattle’s Tribute to the Last Waltz is teaming up with Seattle Theatre Group and Northwest Harvest for a benefit show paying homage to The Band and their classic 1976 concert, made into the film by Martin Scorsese, and hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made.

On Friday, November 23rd, 2018 Seattle’s Tribute to the Last Waltz returns to the Neptune Theatre with the fourth annual tribute to The Band’s Farewell Show! Prepare for an unforgettable performance and come sing along to your favorite timeless hits like “The Weight”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, Van Morrison’s “Caravan”, and more!

A full list of guests and additional info can be found at www.thelastwaltztribute.com.

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "THE LAST WALTZ" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/20. Good luck! 

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Win Phosphorescent Tickets!

Phosphorescent is on tour for his newest album C'est La Vie. Catch the act November, 21st at The Neptune

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "PHOSPHORESCENT" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/19. Good luck! 

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Win Cat Power Tickets!

Cat Power's new album Wanderer was released to open ears and open arms. Catch her at The Showbox, November 17th!

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "CAT POWER" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/15. Good luck! 

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Win Young Fathers Tickets!

With their wide-spanning spread of Hip Hop, Punk, Dub, Gospel and Pop. You can't really fit the sound of Young Fathers perfectly into a box and that is quite alright. If you haven't dipped into their latest offering, Cocoa Sugar, what are you waiting for? Catch Young Fathers perform with AlgiersNovember 16th at The Showbox.

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "YOUNG FATHERS" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/14. Good luck! 

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WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED TEST PRESSING FROM JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT

WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED TEST PRESSING FROM JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit's latest album Live From the Ryman was primarily recorded during the group's six sold out nights at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium in 2017. The album features 13 live versions of songs from their last three critically acclaimed, award-winning studio albums - Southeasten (2013), Something More Than Free (2015), The Nashville Sound (2017).

Live From The Ryman is available now on CD, LP and Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP.

Plus, right now, if you visit recordstoreday.com you can enter to win an autographed test pressing which was signed just before they went on stage for another multi-night stand at the "Mother Church".

ENTER TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED TEST PRESSING FROM JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT

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J Mascis Live At Easy Street Records! Sunday, November 11th!

Elastic Days, the much anticipated new album by Dinosaur Jr. frontman, J Mascis hits the shelves November 9th. We are excited to host him live at Easy Street on the weekend of his new release. 

His show at the Tractor Taven is sold out, catch him here - Sunday, November 11th at 6pm. This event is free & all-ages!

RSVP HERE!

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Win Rufus Wainwright Tickets!

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his 1998 self-titled album, Rufus Wainright is touring to select cities around the country. He will be performing material from his first album and it's 2001 follow up Poses. Catch the show on November 14th at The Moore!

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "RUFUS WAINWRIGHT" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/12. Good luck! 

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Win The Devil Makes Three Tickets!

Americana band The Devil Makes Three is on tour showcasing their newest album Chains Are Broken. They are playing a show at The Showbox SoDo, November 8th

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "THE DEVIL MAKES THREE" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/6. Good luck! 

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Win This Will Destroy You Tickets!

Long-running instrumentalists THIS WILL DESTROY YOU will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their eponymous 2008 studio album with shows where they will perform the record in its entirety. The band will also play the coveted Young Mountain album in full. This special show goes down at Neumos, November 7th

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "TWDY" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/5. Good luck! 

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Win Old 97's Holiday Extravaganza Tickets!

The Old 97's are rolling into town and bring their Holiday Extravaganza to The Neptune, November 28th! Performances by DIY Punk Rock Musician Caseymagic and a solo acoustic set by Rhett Miller. We have two pairs of tickets to give away! 

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "OLD 97s" and please include first & last name.

Winner must be able to pick up the tickets at our store in West Seattle. 

We'll draw a winner on 11/5. Good luck! 

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Win Black Lips + Iceage Tickets!

Notorious globetrotters the Black Lips are spending a night in Seattle, playing a show at The Showbox with their friends Iceage! Check them out November 6th, not bad for a Tuesday night!

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "BLACK LIPS" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/2. Good luck! 

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Win The Goon Sax Tickets + Enamel Pin!

Australian indie guitar-pop trio The Goon Sax released their sophomore album in September called We're Not Talking, they are bringing that infectious sound to Barboza, November 5th!

We have tickets and this cool enamel pin to give away! 

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "THE GOON SAX" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 11/1. Good luck! 

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Win Of Montreal Tickets!

Get ready for one psychedelic pop experience because Of Montreal is coming to Neumos, October 4th. Their live shows have been described as "Tame Impala meets Justice meets theatrical drag dance party." Sounds like a blast! 

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "OF MONTREAL" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/29. Good luck! 

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Win Kyle Craft Tickets!

Maybe you caught him at Sub Pop's 30th Anniversary bash this summer. Or you've had his newest album Full Circle Nightmare on rotation. Kicking off our November concert calendar with Kyle Craft at The Crocodile, November 2nd! 

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "KYLE CRAFT" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/30. Good luck! 

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Win True Loves Halloween Soul Soiree Tickets!

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! 

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Southwest Stories Presents Matt Vaughan - Sunday, October 21st!

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.

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Win Mitski Tickets!

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! 

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Win Ty Segall (Solo Acoustic) Tickets!

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! 

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Win Death From Above Tickets!

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! 

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Win Danzig 30th Anniversary Tour Tickets!

Someone, or should we say something else is turning 30 this year. In 1988 Glen Danzig kicked off his solo career with self-titled album Danzig! To celebrate the albums dirty thirty, Danzig is going on a short tour during the week of Halloween (how appropriate?) and he is making a stop in Seattle. Catch the show, October 25th at The Showbox SoDo or try your luck winning a pair of tickets to the show. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "DANZIG" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/23. Good luck! 

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Win Tune-Yards + U.S. Girls Tickets & Merch Pack!

Woah! Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls are on tour and they are coming to Seattle, playing a show on October 23rd at The Neptune! Not only are we giving away a pair of tickets to the show but this giveaway also comes with a super cool merch pack!

U.S. Girl "Mad As Hell" foam finger - Tune-Yards water bottle - Tune-Yards + U.S. Girls: Remix 7" split including "Coast to Coast (U.S. Girls Remix)" and "Velvet For Sale (Tune-Yards Remix)"

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "TUNE-YARDS + US GIRLS" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/19. Good luck! 

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Win Davie Bowie - Loving The Alien Prize Pack!

David Bowie Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is the fourth in a series of box sets spanning his entire career from 1967 is out today, available in both CD and LP formats. 

In celebration of the new release, we have everything seen here in this photo (LP box set, tote, litho, slipmat) plus a t-shirt (size large) to giveaway to one super Bowie fan! 

We also have slipmats, totes, and lithographs that are free with any purchase of this box set, while supplies last. 

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "LOVING THE ALIEN", please include first & last name, and tell us "what is the LP from this box set that you are most excited to listen to first?".

Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 10/19. Good luck! 

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Win A Signed Swearin' LP!

Swearin' has a new album out Fall Into The Sun and we have a signed LP to giveaway! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "SWEARIN" and please include first & last name with entry.

Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 10/18. Good luck! 

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Charles Bradley - Black Velvet Out November 9th!

Check out this great time-lapse video of a Charles Bradley mural going up at the intersection of Diversity & Drake in Chicago, featuring the album track "Luv Jones".

The mural is one of many going up around the US and Europe to celebrate the release of Black Velvet, and the life and music of Charles Bradley. Black Velvet is the final album, a collection of 10 songs by the late, great Screaming Eagle of Soul, recorded during the sessions from each of his three albums. Lovingly assembled by his family and family at Dunham Records / Daptone Records.

In addition to the regular formats of Black Velvet, a special limited edition box set will also be available. This set will feature the album in 180g vinyl, a bonus 12" with stripped down mixes and a message from Charles, full color photo book with extended liner notes from Tommy Brenneck, inner sleeves featuring a rare painting of Charles with the true story which inspired the painting, transcribed in Charles' own words and more. 

Black Velvet is out November 9th! Pre-orders are available now.

Charles Bradley Black Velvet Limited Edition Box Set

Charles Bradley Black Velvet LP and CD

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Easy Street Welcomes Foy Vance - Saturday October 6th!

Foy Vance will be at Easy Street, Saturday 10/6 and he is bringing a TV crew with him! We are happy to welcome Foy back to the Easy Street stage for an intimate performance | Doors: 6pm | Show: 6:30pm

Foy is from Belfast, Ireland and is well known to be one of Ed Sheeran’s favorite songwriters and touring partners. Foy has recently toured opening for Elton John as well as Snow Patrol. He has collaborated with some Easy Street faves Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and David Holmes.

Foy’s 2013 Joy of Nothing was the #27 best seller of 2013 at Easy Street. So proud to have our Irish brother back. Do not miss this special event!

*This event will be recorded for television

Check full details and RSVP here!

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Win Kamasi Washington Tickets!

Kamai Washingon's sophomore full-length album Heaven & Earth did not disappoint when it was released earlier this summer. Check him out October 17th as he fills The Showbox with otherworldly sounds! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "KAMASI WASHINGTON" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/15. Good luck! 

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Win POND Tickets!

Australian psych-rockers POND will be splashing down at The Neptune, October 16th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "POND" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/11. Good luck! 

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MC50 Kick Out The Jams: 50th Anniversary Tour - Super Fan Experience Giveaway!

If you haven't heard MC50 Kick Out The Jams - The 50th Anniversary Tour is landing in Seattle, October 16h at The Showbox! Wayne Kramer celebrates with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Brendan Canty of Fugazi, Doug Pinnick of King's X, and Marcus Durant of Zen Guerrilla.

Are you a super MC5 fan? Vinyl department Lars, who is also a big MC5 fan has some trivia questions for you! If you can answer 3 out of the 5 questions correct you will be entered in the drawing to win an MC50 Super Fan Experience package for you and a guest.  

What's a Super Fan Experience Package you may ask?

A pair (2) of general admission floor tickets to the MC50 show at The Showbox on October 16th

Join Wayne Kramer for a no-holds-barred conversation before the show (no topic off limits) including an exclusive look into Wayne's personal guitar collection

Personal photo with Wayne Kramer

Early entry into the venue

On-site host experience

Contest Rules & How To Enter: 

Answer 3 out of 5 questions below correctly gets your name in the hat

1. What was the name of the venue where their debut album was recorded? 
2. Who did singer Rob Tyner take his stage name from? 
3. Name one of the communes or “political parties” the band aligned themselves with. 
Extra credit: what was the slogan most affiliated with their manifesto?
4. Who was their manager & spiritual advisor who was jailed for marijuana possession?
5. What was the first MC5 single released?

One entry per person

 e-mail us with the subject line "MC50" please include your First & Last Name and Phone Number 

We'll draw a winner 10/9. Good Luck!

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Win Two Flaming Lips LPs & Poster!

We have a very cool Flaming Lips prize to giveaway. Reissues of  Priest Driven Ambulance & Death Trippin' Rarities are out now! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "DEATH TRIPPIN" and please include first & last name with entry. Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 10/8. Good luck! 

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Win Courtney Barnett Tickets!

We are excited to give away a pair of tickets to the upcoming Courtney Barnett show at The Paramount on October 8th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "COURTNEY BARNETT" and please include first & last name. We'll draw a winner on 10/4. Good luck! 

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Win Shannon & The Clams Tickets!

Store favorites and 2018 West Seattle Summer Fest headliners, Shannon & The Clams are back in town playing a show October 3rd, at the Crocodile. We've been loving their new album Onion, so much so we featured a song from it in that infamous video we made earlier this year. Catch Bread & Butter who are sharing the stage, you might also recognize one of the members as a certain vinyl department staff member.  Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "SHANNON & THE CLAMS" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/1. Good luck! 

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Win This MC5: Total Assault Prize Pack!

MC5 Total Assault 50th Anniversary Collection Box Set hit the shelves last week and we have an awesome prize pack to giveaway! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "MC5 PRIZE" and please include first & last name with entry. Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 10/1. Good luck! 

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Pre-Order The Beatles White Album Anniversary Edition!

The Beatles celebrate with four-anniversary editions of the White Album out November 9th, 2018. Presented to you with new mixes in stereo and 5.1 surround audio; expanded with previously unreleased demos and session recordings. The anniversary edition will be available in four different collections, available to pre-order now! 

The Super Deluxe Edition and The Deluxe 3CD Edition

The Deluxe 4 LP Edition and The 2 LP Edition

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Win Signed Devotchka - This Night Falls Forever Test Pressing!

We have signed test pressing of This Night Falls Forever, the new album from the Devotchka to giveaway! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "DEVOTCHKA" and please include first & last name with entry. Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 9/27. Good luck! 

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Win Mudhoney + The Scientists Tickets!

Local faves Mudhoney are playing a show at The Neptune, September 29th. Joining them Australian garage-punk band The Scientists on their first ever US tour! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "MUDHONEY" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/25. Good luck! 

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Watch A New Clip From Upcoming M.I.A. Documentary!

M.I.A. has released a new clip from the upcoming documentary MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. that premiered at this year's Sundance festival and won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award. The documentary, directed by Stephen Loveridge, pulls from a collection of personal video footage from the past 22 years, chronicling her journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. hit theatres in the US September 28th! 

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Win Trevor Powers Tickets!

Trevor Powers fka Youth Lagoon released his first album under his new name, Mulberry Violence. Catch him performing at Barboza, September 27th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "TREVOR POWERS" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/24. Good luck! 

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Win Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same Prize Pack!

To celebrate the release of Led Zeppelin's expanded box set version of their 1976 live album and concert film The Song Remains The Same, We have this sweet prize package to giveaway! This one includes the 4 LP (180 gram) vinyl box set that includes a 28 page book featuring band photos, stills from the film and an essay from Cameron Crowe. We are also throwing in this exclusive Led Zeppelin hoodie (size large) that has the album art on the back. 

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "LED ZEPPELIN" and please include first & last name with entry. Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 9/21. Good luck!

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Win A Signed Death Cab For Cutie LP!

We've got a signed copy of Death Cab For Cutie's new album Thank You For Today to giveaway to one lucky winner! Could it be you? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "DEATH CAB" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 9/20. Good luck!

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Win Chelsea Wolfe + Russian Circles Tickets!

Is it Halloween yet? Let the haunting, dark sounds of Chelsea Wolfe + Russian Circles kick off witching season with a show at The Showbox, September 25th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "CHELSEA WOLFE" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/20. Good luck! 

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Win Presets Tickets!

Get yourself ready for a live performance dance party! Australian electronic duo The Presets are bringing the fun to Seattle, playing a show at Neumos, September 24th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "PRESETS" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/19. Good luck! 

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Bumbershoot 2018 Wrap-Up!

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SZA - Photo: Megan Raventos

I’m Oli Moseley, 19 and grown in West Seattle. This is my seventh year covering Bumbershoot for Easy Street! These are some highlights over the weekend:

SassyBlack


SassyBlack - Photo: Paul Moseley

Oh mama, SassyBlack was great, unpredictable, and dynamic, to say the least. She began the show with “I heard you’re supposed to lie about your age. I told everyone I was 32 when I was 31,” and sprinkled very comical and revealing statements throughout her set. Freeform doo’s and dah’s were born into the air as Sassy hit her silicon drum pads. Her modern jazz flow floated over self-recorded harmonies, luminescent synths, and computer-generated 808s. The performance was a conversation with the crowd that shattered the “perfect famous” image through comedy and rawness.

Similar artist- Erykah Badu

jo passed


jo passed - Photo: Paul Moseley

Vancouver band jo passed put on the kind of show all the cool kids in a 2000’s movie would go to. Their dimensional math rock was dynamic and bashy, contradictory to their soft and humble presence between the songs. Tumbling, tropical notes were met by ringing gothic vocals and guitar licks that would pierce the roof of your mouth. Individually, each member was uncontainable, spilling over the edges with soft rage. But their chemistry as a whole was impressive as they bounced off each others' energy so easily in an ecosystemic dynamic.

Similar Artist- Palm

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Get Back To School Ready - Easy Street Style!

It's that time of year again. The seasons are changing and the nights are getting cooler and the books are calling. Why not rep your favorite local record store with some fresh Easy Street gear! Classic hoodies and tees, beanies, patchs and more are in stock. Available in-store and online!

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Win Liz Phair Tickets!

Liz Phair is coming back to Seattle with her Amps On The Lawn tour and she is bringing Speedy Ortiz with her! Catch the show at The Showbox, September 18th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "LIZ PHAIR" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/12. Good luck! 

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Win El Ten Eleven Tickets!

El Ten Eleven has a new album out Banker's Hill. Catch the duo playing a live show at The Crocodile on September 14th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "EL TEN ELEVEN" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/11. Good luck! 

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Win Leon Bridges Tickets!

Leon Bridges and Khruangbin have been top sellers in the store and are on tour together. They are playing at WaMu theatre on September 14th, this show is not to be missed! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "LEON BRIDGES" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/10. Good luck! 

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Win A Signed Say Hi LP!

Seattle indie band Say Hi is back with a new album Caterpillar Centipede out on September 7th! Eric Elbogen personally handed us a signed copy to giveaway to one lucky winner! Thanks Eric! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "SAY HI" and please include first & last name with entry. Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 9/7. Good luck! 

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Win The Growlers Tickets!

The Growlers are taking a piece of their famed Beach Goth party on tour and they are hitting Seattle with two shows at The Neptune theatre on September 7th & 8th! We are giving a pair of tickets away for each night! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "THE GROWLERS" and please include first & last name and let us know if you want to go Friday or Saturday with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/5. Good luck! 

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Win Dave Mason & Steve Cropper Tickets!

Dave Mason (Traffic) and Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.s / The Blues Brothers) are pairing up and coming to Seattle on their Rock & Soul Revue Tour. They will be playing at The Neptune theatre on Septermber 19th.  We have two pairs of tickets to giveway! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Mason & Cropper" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/4. Good luck! 

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Tash Sultana Prize Pack Giveaway!

Tash Sultana's debut album "Flow State" is out on Aug 31. Enter for the chance to win a special Tash prize pack - including an exclusive signed poster and other new merch!  Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "FLOW STATE" and please include first & last name with entry. Must be able to pick up the prize at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 8/31. Good luck! 

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Bumbershoot Ticket Giveaway!

Bumbershoot Ticket Giveaway!

Are you ready for Bumbershoot 2018? Seattle's premier arts & music festival takes over the Seattle Center grounds on Labor Day Weekend (8/31-9/2)! This year's heavy hitters include The Chainsmokers, Lil Wayne, RL Grime, Ludacris, J Cole, Illenium, Chromeo, SZA, Fleet Foxes, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, Blondie, Cold War Kids, Young Thug, Noah Gundersen, and so many more! We're giving away single-day passes for all three days of Bumbershoot 2018! Enter to win a pair by e-mailing us with the subject line "Bumbershoot" followed by the day you'd like to attend (e.g. Bumbershoot Friday) ... but that's not all.... In the body of the e-mail include your first & last name AND tell us why you wanna go on that day...who are you excited to see? We'll draw winners on Friday, 8/24. Good luck!

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Win Modest Mouse Tickets & Poster!

It's time for an adventure! Can't think of a better way to spend the last days of summer on a road trip to Port Townsend to see an awesome outdoor concert! We have a very cool Modest Mouse prize package to giveaway, a pair of tickets to their show at McCurdy Pavilion Lawn and this awesome show poster! Winner must be able to pick up tickets and poster at our store in West Seattle. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "MODEST MOUSE" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/21. Good luck! 

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Bid High For Pearl Jam Home Fund! More Rare & One Of A Kind Items Added!

Bid high on these rare and one of the kind Pearl Jam items to help fight homelessness in Seattle. As the population swells in Seattle, housing is being built to meet the demand but many of options are not affordable to many residents of the city. Easy Street Records in banding together with Pearl Jam's effort to fight this noble fight. All of the proceeds on our ebay auctions and 10% of sales (on August 8th & 10th) in our shop and cafe will be donated to The Home Fund

All of the auctions are live HERE with only a few days left on a couple listings!

This is what's been added:

The large 7'x7' Pearl Jam Hall of Fame Danny Clinch x Chaun Osburn display that has been hanging in our Pearl Jam Pop-up

A very rare Eddie Vedder poster from his secret show and first solo performance at Kenyon Hall - West Seattle from 2008. Designed by Eddie Vedder and Brad Klausen.

Framed photograph by Boosty Holler from the infamous Pearl Jam Live At Easy Street performance. This one has been on display in our shop, only two ever made. This listing also includes a sealed, out of print CD from the night's performance

To learn more about what The Home Shows and The Home Fund are all about heck out this video where Stone Gossard and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam talk with youth advocate Azia Ruff about what success looks like to them for The Home Shows initiative.

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Easy Street Looking To Hire Full Time Sales Clerk/Music Fanatic!

Hey music lovers! Easy Street is looking for a friendly, outgoing and motivated customer service star to join our team! We are looking to fill one full-time position, MUST have an open, flexible schedule and available for opening, closing and weekend shifts.

The ideal candidate has good knowledge of music, a self starter, and is very reliable. Interested? Think you've got what it takes and would be a great addition to the team? E-mail your resume to us or bring it to the store!

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Win Tickets To Sera Cahoone!

Join Sera Cahoone and her band as they celebrate her 20th anniversary in Seattle with the first ever vinyl release of her debut album SERA CAHOONE on August 23rd at Neumos. Sera and the band will be performing the debut album in sequence, and will be joined by special guests - Moon Palace and Hyways (who played an in-store here on Record Store Day!). Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "SERA CAHOONE" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/20. Good luck! 

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Win Passes To The Gigantic Bicycle Festival!

Take a ride in beautiful Snoqualmie, WA with other like minded bike & music enthusiasts at this years Gigantic Bicycle Festival. The festival runs all weekend at Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie, WA from August 24th to the 26th and includes rides, music from local NW bands, camping and more! We have two sets of passes to giveaway (one set of two passes / one set of three passes) for the whole weekend + camping. Enter to win passes by e-mailing us with the subject line "GIGANTIC BICYCLE FESTIVAL" and please include first & last name and if you'd like 2 passes or 3 passes with entry. Must be able to pick up the passes at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 8/17. Good luck! 

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Donate To The Home Fund! Signed Eddie Vedder Billboard & More!

Donate To The Home Fund! Signed Eddie Vedder Billboard & More!

We have a couple items up for auction to dontate to Pearl Jam's Home Fund.  The first items is a one of a kind billboard of Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs, installed on the café side of Easy Street Records June 1, 2011. The Benaroya Hall sold out dates of July 15 and 16 are noted on the billboard as well. After 6 months, the billboard was moved to the other side of the café and remained there until now.
At some point, Eddie had found himself on the deck of Easy Street next to his billboard and made a few illustrations and autographed it. What does WSHC mean? As of today and throughout the month of August, this billboard will be on display along the fence of the balcony at Easy Street. This is an auction only item and all proceeds will go to the Pearl Jam Home Fund. This auction is open to all, winner is responsible for any and all shipping fees. Bid Here!
The second item comes from the Easy Street safety deposit box….

From the infamous and legendary Easy Street Records surprise instore performance April 29, 2005. Brad Klausen designed, screen printed, 18x25. Brad gave Matt Vaughan the first 10, not numbered, not signed. The instore was attended by Easy Street staff and record store retailers that happened to be in town for the 10 Year Anniversary of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores that Easy Street was hosting. Bid Here!

Auctions starts now and will be open for 10 days!

Happy Bidding and Good Luck!

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Win Amen Dunes Tickets!

Amen Dunes is in town playing at the Crocodile on Monday August 13th and we can't wait! We are super excited to have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "AMEN DUNES" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/10. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets to Rodriguez!

Rodriguez is playing an intimate show at The Moore on August 12th and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "RODRIGUEZ" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/10. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets To Nikki Lane!

Yippee-ki-yay! Highway Queen Nikki Lane is coming to The Crocodile on Sunday, August 12th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "NIKKI LANE" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/10. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets To Belly!

90's rock band Belly released their first album in 23 years called Dove! They will be playing a show at The Neptune theatre Sunday, August 12th and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway! Revitalize some 90's nostalgia or create some new ones! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "BELLY" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/10. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets to Timber Timbre!

Timber Timbre is a band that continues to evolve with each album they create, almost reinventing their sound but still retain their cinematic dark moody disposition. If you missed them during their tour for their latet album Sincerely, Future Pollution you are in luck! Small intimate shows are the perfect way to see this band live and they are performing at Barboza on August 11th. 

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Timber Timbre" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/7. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets To The Cave Singers!

Easy Street In-Store alum and Seattle band The Cave Singers are playing a show at Neumos on August 10th! We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Cave Singers" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/7. Good luck! 

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Enter To Win Flaming Lips Prize Pack!

Enter To Win Flaming Lips Prize Pack!

HAVE YOU HEARD!? Reissues of three classic Flaming Lips albums (Hear It Is, Oh My Gawd!!!..., Telepathic Surgery) are available now! We've got this super cool megaphone signed by Wayne Coyne and 3 LPs to give away to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Flaming Lips Megaphone" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. A winner will be drawn on 8/6 Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks!

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks album Sparkle Hard on Domino and Matador Records is so good we couldn't keep it in stock! Now is your chance to see them on stage at The Neptune August 4th 2018 with Soccer Mommy who played Sasquatch this year! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Sparkle Hard" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/2. Good luck! 

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Help Save The Showbox From The Wrecking Ball!

Help Save The Showbox From The Wrecking Ball!

We were shocked and saddened to learn that our beloved historic Showbox At The Market music venue is facing demolition to make room for a 44-story building with 442 residential units. In fact,judging from the avalanche of social media postings we witnessed yesterday, thousands of music fans here and beyond were blindsided by the news. The Showbox opened in 1939 as "Seattle's newest dine and dance rendezvous," hosting acts such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, and Mae West, before closing in 1948. According to the Seattle Times, the venue reopened several times in different incarnations - a theater, dance club, even a furniture store. In the late '70s it reopened again as a Jewish bingo hall, whose owners allowed music promoters to put on occasional shows. This led to the "Modern Productions" era, which was the name of a very motivated local promotion company. They proceeded to bring up-and-coming new wave and punk acts from across the country - and across the pond - to the venue.

In 1980 alone, the Showbox hosted Devo, The Police, The Specials, The Jam, 999, XTC, Ultravox, The Ramones, The Cramps, Gang Of 4, Squeeze, The Undertones, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Psychedelic Furs, Iggy Pop, Dead Boys and many others. The majority of these shows were opened by local new wave/punk bands, giving them much-needed support in an otherwise desolate club scene. The Modern Productions reign lasted only a year before they passed the torch to Steve Pritchard, who continued bringing exciting new acts to the venue. In 1985, the venue shut down once again until 1990, when it reopened as a comedy club. In 1996, the Showbox Music Club was born, and began hosting big acts on a steady basis. Twelve years later, worldwide entertaiment & sports conglomerate AEG Live purchased the Showbox's lease, and Easy Street is proud to have been a longtime promoter of their events over the years. In recent years, we've seen the likes of Pearl Jam, Prince, Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Macklemore play the Showbox, as well as countless others. However, the Vancouver BC-based Onni Group owns the property, and they're ready to raze what is possibly the best-sounding venue of its size in our city.

So there's the history....now, what can we do to save the Showbox? It is currently unclear whether the Showbox could be designated a historical landmark (trust us, it's a tricky process), but nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition to send to the City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. Sign it!

The following action steps are listed on the newly-created Save The Showbox group on Facebook (which you should join!)

LET'S DO THIS!!

Share your views and support of the Showbox by contacting the following officials:

Sarah Sodt City Historic Preservation Officer, Coordinator for Downtown, South Lake Union, First Hill, and Pike/Pine
Email:sarah.sodt@seattle.gov
Phone:(206) 615-1786

Dow Constantine, King County Executive
E-mail: kcexec@kingcounty.gov
Main phone: 206-263-9600

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Email: jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov
Office phone: 206-477-1004

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
Email: Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov
Phone: 206-684-8806

Find your city council reps here: https://www.seattle.gov/council/meet-the-council

List of upcoming council meetings: https://www.seattle.gov/council/calendar

Showbox staff have created a email address saveshowbox@gmail.com to have people write in letters of support. Or else drop off handwritten letters at the venue. They say these letters are important as they only have a small window to apply for landmark status otherwise their next window isn’t for another 5 years. There’s also a twitter account @saveshowbox that’s trying to help spread the word on Twitter.

Petitions! There are quite a few online petitions that have been floating around in here, here's a few of them. Feel free to sign one or all!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/541/732/434/

https://www.change.org/p/city-of-seattle-landmarks-preserva…

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Grateful Dead Framed Print Giveaway!

Grateful Dead Framed Print Giveaway!

Greatful Dead continues with it's 50th Anniversary reissue series with Anthem Of The Sun Deluxe Edition out now! In honor of the release of this limited deluxe edition upon it's golden anniversary we have a beautiful framed print of the band hanging out in the streets of San Francisco to giveaway! Enter to win it by e-mailing us and tell us one bizarre but true fact about the band with the subject line "Grateful Dead" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month after notification. Good luck!

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Easy Street Celebrates 30 Years With 30% Off All CDs During The Month Of July!

We love CDs here at Easy Street! In fact we love 'em so much, we're practically giving them away during the month of July! We're celebrating our 30 years in business by offering 30% off ALL new & used CDs (except sale items) during the whole month. Come & get 'em before things get out of hand!

*Sale does not apply to online purchases, cannot be combined with other promotions.

Directed by: Ryan Cory // http://ryancory.com

Starring The Easy Street Staff
Featuring The Loyal Patrons of West Seattle
Guest Appearances by: Caspar Babypants & KEXP's Kevin Cole
Song “If You Could Know” by: Shannon & The Clams 
Original Design by: Chaun Osburn (http://madebychaun.com)

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Enter To Win A Wimps Garbage People Test Pressing!

Enter To Win A Wimps Garbage People Test Pressing!

Do you like punk rock? Have you heard the new album Garbage People by Seattle band Wimps? We have a test pressing and poster pack to giveaway to one lucky winner. You can catch them in action playing Bumbershoot August 31st! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Garbage People" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month after notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Death Cab For Cutie!

Win Tickets To Death Cab For Cutie!

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!

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Win Tickets To Michael Rault!

Win Tickets To Michael Rault!

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!

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Album Review: Erin Rae - "Putting On Airs"

Album Review: Erin Rae - "Putting On Airs"

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.

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Win Tickets To CHON!

Win Tickets To CHON!

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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Pre-Order New Dawes Album & Get Bonus CD Sampler!

Pre-Order New Dawes Album & Get Bonus CD Sampler!

The new album by Dawes, Passwords, is coming at ya on 6/22! Pre-order it from us at the store and we'll give you a FREE 5-song Passwords CD sampler to take home with you! Four songs are from the new album, and the fifth is a live version of one of the songs included. This offer is only good for pre-orders taken at our store...we will not ship sampler. Track list is as follows:

1. Living In The Future
2. Crack The Case
3. Telescope
4. Never Gonna Say Goodbye
5. Crack The Case (Live Version)

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Enter To Win Signed Wallows Vinyl!

Enter To Win Signed Wallows Vinyl!

We're pretty excited about Wallows, an L.A. band newly signed to Atlantic Records. You may know singer Dylan Minette from the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, but his power pop trio with Braeden LeMasters and Cole Preston has been playing for ten years now...pretty impressive for a 21-year-old! Billboard calls their sound "breezy West Coast power-pop with a sharper rock edge, like if The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas camped out on the beach with Weezer for a few weeks." Their new EP, Spring, was recently sprung on us, and we have a signed pink/green swirly vinyl copy of it to give away free to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Spring" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Ramones Prize Pack!

Enter To Win A Ramones Prize Pack!

Have you picked up any of Rhino's fab new remastered Ramones vinyl?? Well, if not, here a chance for you to get your hands on some - for FREE! Enter to win a Ramones Prize Pack, which includes three remastered Ramones albums - Ramones, Leave Home, and Rocket To Russia - on 180-gram vinyl. PLUS we'll also throw in a copy of Danny Fields' photo book, "My Ramones" to sweeten the deal! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Ramones Vinyl!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Minus The Bear!

Win Tickets To Minus The Bear!

Minus The Bear is wrapping up their tour celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their third album, Planet Of Ice, with a show at the Showbox on June 13th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Knights" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/31. Good luck!

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Win An Otis Redding Prize Pack!

To mark the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding's best-selling single "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," Rhino Records has compiled, for the first time ever on one album, the tracks recorded on Redding's last studio session. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been. Rhino has provided a sweet Otis prize package to give away to one lucky winner, which includes the Dock Of The Bay Sessions album on vinyl, a limited edition hatch show print poster, and a copy of the Jonathan Gould book, Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dock Of The Bay" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!

Win Tickets To King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!

Freakie Aussies King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are touring in support of the five albums they released last year, including the multiple versions of their album, Polygondwanaland. They'll be at the Showbox SoDo on June 6th, and we've got a pair of free tickets here at the shop to give away. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Polygondwanaland" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw winner on 5/29. Good luck!  

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Win Tickets To King Tuff!

Win Tickets To King Tuff!

It's good to be King, and it's better to be King Tuff, who's riding a wave of kudos & praises after releasing his addictive new album on Sub Pop, The Other! He's coming to the Crocodile to give us a taste of it on June 1st. Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Psycho Star" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/30. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Wonder Years!

Win Tickets To The Wonder Years!

Philly pop-punkers The Wonder Years are coming to the Showbox on May 25th, with special guests Tiny Moving Parts, Tigers Jaw, and Worriers! They're touring in support of their latest album, Sister Cities, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Please note: Winner must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Wonder Years!" and please include first & last name with entry. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Ray LaMontagne 10" 78 RPM Test Pressing!

Enter To Win A Ray LaMontagne 10" 78 RPM Test Pressing!

Here's something you don't see every day...a 10" white label test pressing of Ray LaMontagne's "Such A Simple Thing" on 78 RPM! The song is from his brand new album, Part Of The Light, which is out today, and we're offering you a chance to win this impossibly rare collector's item by e-mailing us with the subject line "Ray On 78!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Sofi Tukker!

Win Tickets To Sofi Tukker!

New York jungle house duo Sofi Tukker are gonna turn the Showbox into a giant dance party on May 20! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Drinkee" and please include first & last name with entry. We're drawing a winner on 5/18. Good luck!

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Celebrate The Paramount's 90th Anniversary With A FREE Death Cab For Cutie Concert!

Celebrate The Paramount's 90th Anniversary With A FREE Death Cab For Cutie Concert!

STG Presents is throwing a doozy of party on June 23rd! The Paramount 90th Anniversary Celebration: The People's Theatre, will feature a FREE Death Cab for Cutie concert at The Paramount 6/23 at 8pm. The concert, hosted by comic Hari Kondabolu, also features special guests Khu.éex' (featuring Preston Singletary, Captain Raab, Skerik, Hans Teuber, Tim Kennedy, Tark Abouzid, Denny Stern, Gene Tagaban, Nahaan ,Sondra Segundo), The Black Tones, and DJ Stas THEE Boss. Tickets are required and doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available only through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. Registration is open now until Friday, May 18 at 10am PT.

Go here to register.

The show is general admission with a two-ticket limit per attendee. Seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Ticketmaster Verified Fan® process, visit this page.

The event also features a FREE outdoor celebration on 9th Avenue between Pike and Pine Streets, hosted by Nancy Guppy, with performances including a SassyBlack Pride Showcase featuring local LGBTQIA performers, Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team, Apna Bhangra Crew, NW Tap Connection with music by Shakiah Danielson and Levi Ware, Ten Man Brass Band, Seattle Kokon Taiko, and Seattle Women's Steel Pan Project. 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. The outdoor celebration is non-ticketed and will take place from 5pm to 8pm.

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Win Tickets To BowieVision & Purple Mane!

Win Tickets To BowieVision & Purple Mane!

Seattle tribute bands BowieVision & Purple Mane teamed up around this time last year to celebrate the music of David Bowie & Prince, two musical geniuses that left us far too soon. Now both are coming back to Neumos for a 21+ show this Friday, 5/18! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Scary Monsters Go Crazy" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/17. Good luck!

Rather play it safe? Buy tickets here!

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Win Tickets To Afghan Whigs & Built To Spill!

Win Tickets To Afghan Whigs & Built To Spill!

Don't miss the heavyweight championship bout of the month when Greg Dulli's Afghan Whigs battle Doug Martsch's Built To Spill for indie rock supremacy! It all goes down at the the Showbox on May 15th & 16th, and we're giving away a pair of tickets for the 5/16 show. Enter to win now by e-mailing us with the subject line "Built To Spill/Afghan Whigs" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/15. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Mount Kimbie!

Win Tickets To Mount Kimbie!

British experimental electronic duo Mount Kimbie will be at Neumos for a 21+ show on May 16th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Mount Kimbie!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'lll draw a winner on 5/15. Good luck!

Rathe not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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Win Tickets To Washed Out!

Win Tickets To Washed Out!

Ready for vacation? Take one in your mind when Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) brings his dreamy chillwave sounds to the Neptune on May 14th! Enter to win a free pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Mister Mellow" (the title of his latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner Friday, 5/11. Good luck!

Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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Album Review: Damien Jurado - "The Horizon Just Laughed"

Album Review: Damien Jurado - "The Horizon Just Laughed"

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

Damien Jurado went completely off the grid. He was in the midst of his 50 State Tour, in which he picked a state and played several shows in small towns all across the state. Perhaps it got him in touch with a new state of mind which inspired his new and 13th album, The Horizon Just Laughed. Fresh off a magnificent trilogy of records produced by Richard Swift, Jurado self-produced his latest effort. Like Maraqopa and it’s psychedelia-infused successors, The Horizon Just Laughed started as a dream. Where it differs is the overall tone and sound.

Jurado has always had the knack of infusing names of cities or people into his songs. They provide context and a story-arch for the tune. Oftentimes they are completely made up and yet it doesn’t matter. The listener is right there with Jurado as if it were a real place. After all, Maraqopa is not a real place, but if you listen to Brothers and Sisters of The Eternal Sun enough times, you may beg to disagree.

The setting in the new album is not exactly a physical place, but a look into Damien Jurado’s mind. It is not simply spewing observations or songwriter-y metaphors, but more so conversations with himself. The names he references now are made up TV characters or books in which he is lost in.

The strings, background harmony singers, and subtle guitar strums seem to coincide with the beat of dripping raindrops, making The Horizon Just Laughed a very Northwest record, but also very worldly and universal.

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Win Tickets To Ariel Pink, DIIV & Acid Tongue!

Win Tickets To Ariel Pink, DIIV & Acid Tongue!

The traveling festival known as Desert Daze Caravan II, starring Ariel Pink, DIIV, & Acid Tongue is coming to the Neptune on May 11th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "DDCII" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/10. Good luck!

Rather not take chances? Buy tickets here!

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Win A Shakey Graves Test Pressing!

Win A Shakey Graves Test Pressing!

Shakey Graves' new album, Can't Wake Up, is out today, and it seems that he's changing it up a bit. NPR elaborates: "On Can't Wake Up, his fifth album, he gambles with the very formula that brought him fame. Armed with new instruments and a lifetime of dreams, he forgoes his boot-stomping, cheeky folk for a sound that fluctuates between finely-tuned rock and full-band pop."

We're giving away a double vinyl test pressing of Can't Wake Up, so shake it off sleepyhead, and enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Cops & Robbers" and please include your first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Horse Feathers Tickets & Vinyl!

Enter To Win Horse Feathers Tickets & Vinyl!

Portland folk-rockers Horse Feathers will drop their sixth full length, Appreciation, on Kill Rock Stars this Friday. Then they'll be heading north to give us Seattle folk a taste of it on May 10th at the Tractor Tavern (21+). We're giving away a pair of guest list spots to the show and a very limited swirled colored vinyl of Appreciation! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Without Applause" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up vinyl at our store in West Seattle with one month of notification. We'll draw a winner on 5/8. Good luck!

Rather not play around? Buy tickets here!

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Album Review: King Tuff - "The Other"

Album Review: King Tuff - "The Other"

By Ian Bremner / Old Rookie

Kyle Thomas was not sure he wanted to keep doing music. He wasn’t sure of his next move. After years of making records and touring as King Tuff, Thomas had spent a year or so touring as Ty Segall’s guitarist, among other projects trying to figure out what to do next with his own material.

Four years removed from his most recent album, Black Moon Spell, King Tuff is back with a new sunny-day funk infused collection of feel-good tunes. The source of the inspiration was not so feel-good however. Lyrically and thematically, King Tuff’s new album, The Other, is somewhat of a rediscovery of himself. Songs like "Thru The Cracks" and "Psycho Star" may sound like upbeat numbers, but they have dark undertones of despair.

Having spent most of years in the psychedelic garage-rock world, the present-day King Tuff uses the experiments of new sounds to bring the songs to life. Still a guitar man at heart, the hardcore riffs are replaced by glittery guitar sounds and disco beats. The track "Neverending Sunshine" sounds like something that could have been produced by Dr. Dre. Though Snoop Dogg does NOT, in fact, make an appearance on The Other, it still fully transmits that laid back West Coast vibe.

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Win Tickets To Peter Hook & The Light!

Win Tickets To Peter Hook & The Light!

Joy Division & New Order co-founder/bassist Peter Hook is bringing The Light (his band) to the Neptune on May 10th to perform Joy Division and New Order's legendary Factory Records compilation albums Substance live, sequentially and in their entireties! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Substance," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/9. Good luck!

Rather play it safe? Buy tickets here!

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Watch Lilly Hiatt's New "Records" Video Shot At Easy Street!

Lilly Hiatt and her band were in town in February to play the Moore, and while they were here, they stopped by Easy Street to shoot a video for their ode to vinyl and life on the road, "Records." The song is the third single from her latest album, Trinity Lane, on New West Records. We love Lilly, and we love this video. Enjoy!!

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Win Tickets To Preoccupations At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Preoccupations At Barboza!

Canadian post-punk band Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) are touring in support of their new album, the aptly titled New Material! Seattle fans are fortunate to get to witness a Preoccupations show - always SO good! -  in the intimate space of Barboza (21+) two nights in a row - May 10th & 11th! We're giving away a pair of tickets to the May 10th show...enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Disarray" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/9. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Eric B. & Rakim!

Win Tickets To Eric B. & Rakim!

Classic hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim have reunited for their first extensive U.S. tour in 20 years, and they'll be hittin' it hard at the Showbox on May 6th with special guest Yo-Yo! Wanna go? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Paid In Full" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/4. Good luck!

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Easy Street Looking To Hire Full Time Sales Clerk/Music Fanatic!

Easy Street Looking To Hire Full Time Sales Clerk/Music Fanatic!

Hey music lovers! Easy Street is looking for a friendly, outgoing and motivated customer service star to join our team! Full-time position, MUST be able to work weekends & nights, have good knowledge of music and be very reliable. Interested? E-mail your resume to us or bring it to the store!

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Thanks For An Amazing Record Store Day!

Thanks to you, Record Store Day 2018 was an off-the-charts success! We hope you were able to get the records you wanted, and had a fun time doing so! Big thanks to Noah Gundersen and HYWAYS for their great in-stores, and to all of you for joining us. See ya next year!

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Noah Gundersen & HYWAYS At Easy Street On Record Store Day!

Noah Gundersen & HYWAYS At Easy Street On Record Store Day!

Vinyl fanatics, are you ready? Record Store Day 2018 is Saturday, April 21st, and we'll be opening up the shop at 7am sharp for all of your shopping needs! Of course, there will be many brave customers waiting in line in the wee hours to ensure they get the exclusive, limited edition records of their dreams, and we shall reward & sustain them with free Caffe Vita coffee and freshly cooked bacon (served up by Easy Street Guy himself).

So, we open the doors, and you go upstairs where all the goodies are and pick out one of each RSD title that you want (because only one of each title per customer is allowed)...then what? Check out our used vinyl while you're up in the vinyl loft...we're constantly buying collections, and we'll have the cream of the crop out there for RSD. Then head downstairs, put your name on the list for breakfast at our cafe, and check out our outstanding selection of CDs, DVDs/Blu-Rays, and books while you wait. Visit our Pearl Jam pop-up shop. Buy some Easy Street, PJ, and Sub Pop swag. Grab a beer or coffee drink while you shop! We'll also be giving away & raffling off cool stuff from "the archive" all day long. 

At 5pm, hometown fave NOAH GUNDERSEN will take to the stage for a special RSD performance!

Noah will be followed at 7pm by HYWAYS, a new Seattle project led by singer-songwriter & former Ole Tinder leader Mike Giacolino! Featuring an all-star line up with members of Rose Windows, Son Volt and Sera Cahoone, HYWAYS will mix up country and psychedelia with indie rock, folk and prog rock for the RSD faithful! Read all about 'em here on OldRookie.com.

PLEASE NOTE:

We will be closing our vinyl loft at 6pm on Friday, 4/20, to prepare for Record Store Day! 

We cannot buy any vinyl, CDs, DVDs, tapes, etc on Record Store Day!

Limit of one of each RSD item per customer!

We cannot redeem LP club cards on RSD unless they are already full before purchase!

Check out the complete list of RSD18 titles!

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Seattle Times Spotlight On Record Store Day!

Thanks to the Seattle Times for mentioning us in their feature article on Record Store Day! Here's an excerpt from Times music writer Michael Rietmulder's piece published Monday:

They’ll come in droves, a stack of limited-run color vinyl tucked under each arm, eyes bleary from an early morning spent flipping through racks of rarefied records. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day has become the music nerd’s Black Friday — an enticingly fun consumer-oriented pseudo holiday that lures collectors to stores across the country (even in a post-streaming world) with a cache of new one-off and limited releases. When Record Store Day commences on Saturday, April 21, this year should be no different, with many of Seattle’s best record stores opening early, planning deals and in-store performances from local luminaries (and even an ex-Fugee) in addition to stocking those new RSD-sanctioned records. To make your crate-digging easier, we rounded up all the local RSD happenings we could find.

Easy Street Records

The West Seattle institution holds killer in-store performances year-round, and RSD is no different with the record slingers recruiting Noah Gundersen (5 p.m.) and trippy alt-country troupe Hyways (7 p.m.) to play. Easy Street opens at 7 a.m. for the occasion, serving free Caffe Vita coffee and bacon to the early birds. 4559 California Ave. SW, Seattle; 206-938-3279, easystreetonline.com

Read the full article here.

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Record Store Fortune ‘Golden Ticket’ Sweeps on RSD!

Record Store Fortune ‘Golden Ticket’ Sweeps on RSD!

Record Store Crawl has announced the launch of their Record Store Fortune ‘Golden Ticket’ Sweeps for Record Store Day 2018. The sweeps will feature seven special Record Store Day titles to be available at participating RSD stores across the United States beginning on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 21st) and will run through May 6th. Each pressing will contain a fortune, and on each fortune, a lucky number. Folks wishing to enter the sweeps are asked to visit the sweeps sign-up page.

The following releases will be featured in the sweeps:

The Stooges - The Stooges (The Detroit Edition)
Linkin Park - One More Light Live (2LP/colored vinyl)
The Doors - Live At The Matrix: Let’s Feed Ice Cream To The Rats
Ramones - Sundragon Sessions
Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy (12" Clear / Black Marble Swirl Vinyl Single)
The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend
The Beau Brummels - Bradley’s Barn

Prizes will include: $1,000 in cash; a U-Turn Audio gift code; Master & Dynamic ME05 and MH40 headphones; Kanto Audio YU6 speakers; and Run Out Groove Vinyl.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Sera Cahoone!

Enter To Win Tickets To Sera Cahoone!

Local singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone has a new EP titled The Flora String Sessions coming out this Friday. The release revisits some of Cahoone’s most beloved fan favorites with just her starkly honest vocals and guitar plus violin, viola, and cello. It’s somewhat of a greatest hits collection, albeit with more intimate, stunningly beautiful arrangements by Led to Sea violist Alex Guy. Cahoone is celebrating the release of The Flora String Sessions with a special performance at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall on release day, 4/20. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Worry All Your Life" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/18. Good luck!

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Win A Jean-Michel Jarre Prize Pack!

Win A Jean-Michel Jarre Prize Pack!

Legendary electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is bringing his incredible live show to the Paramount on April 18th! Following up his massive Electronica World Tour of 2017, which included his first-ever live shows in North America, Jarre is playing only a handful of dates in cities close to the Coachella Festival, where he performs tonight (4/13). Enter to win tickets to the show, a poster, and best of all, a pre-show meet & greet/photo op with the man himself by e-mailing us  with the subject line "Oxygene" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/16. Good luck!

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Win A Signed King Tuff Print!

It's new release Friday, and the sizzlin' new record this week is King Tuff's The Other, out today on Sub Pop! Enter to win this amazing signed print of Tuffy in his natural element...the recording studio, by e-mailing us with the subject line "Psycho Star" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up print at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Lars' List!

Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Lars' List!

Nine days till Record Store Day 2018, and our staff continues to deliver their recommendations! Today, the spotlight's on sales clerk/vinyl buyer/Bread & Butter guitarist Lars...niiiice list, man!

Redd Kross - Third Eye - LP

Third Eye is the major-label debut album by Redd Kross, released by Atlantic Records in 1990. The album has been unavailable in recent years, and has not been released on vinyl in the US since its original release. The album features one of Redd Kross's fan favorites, "Annie's Gone." This limited edition color vinyl pressing comes with a lyric insert, and is exclusively available to independent record stores for Record Store Day 2018.

The Lurkers - Fulham Fallout - LP

40th Anniversary Record Store Day edition. The Lurkers were the first ever band on Beggars Banquet and the whole label history boils down to their existence. Pressed on orange vinyl.

The Beau Brummels - Bradley's Barn - 2xLP

The Beau Brummels originally formed in San Francisco in 1964. The band's debut single, "Laugh Laugh" helped break them into the mainstream and would later be cited as helping to establish the San Francisco Sound. By 1968, Sal Valentine (lead vocals) and guitarist Ron Elliottt were a duo when they stepped into Owen Bradley's studio in Mt. Juliet, TN, about a half hour outside Nashville. With legendary producer Lenny Waronker in tow and backed by some of Nashville's finest session musicians, they conjured up an intimate and heartbreaking final stop on their five year journey from British-folk rockers to alternative country obscurity. What they created was like nothing else and has stood the test of time. This deluxe expanded edition for Record Store Day pulls together the homespun, inviting and timeless music created in Bradley's Barn and adds a bonus LP of demo recordings that are finally making their debut on vinyl.

Shocking Blue - Single Collection As & Bs, Part 1 - 2xLP

One of the most famous Dutch bands is the Shocking Blue. Their biggest hit, Venus," is just one of the many songs which can be found on the 28-track double LP Single Collection, originally released in 1997. Here you can listen to magnificent and powerful B-sides like "Fireball Of Love," "Hot Sand," "Wild Wind," and "Roll Engine Roll," to name just a few, which could all easily have been A-sides as well. This essential compilation album is a perfect introduction to all other albums by Shocking Blue. This Record Store Day release includes a fan treat and is available as a limited edition of 3000 individually numbered copies on transparent blue vinyl.

Demon Fuzz - I Put a Spell On You - 7" EP

The seven-piece afro-rock band Demon Fuzz released their debut album Afreaka! in 1970. It became an instant hit and a popular source for sampling. One of the songs on the album is the cover of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic "I Put a Spell on You." The 7” edition lets us feel the raw power of the mash of Afro-Latin funk, psychedelica and breakbeats. Two other songs can be found on the vinyl, the deep and groovy “Message to Mankind” and the rhythmic shifts of the lengthy instrumental “Fuzz Oriental Blues.” Demon Fuzz formed in 1968 in England and developed from a soul band to a supergroup which implemented funk, jazz, rock, and African music in their songs. Highly sought-after 7inch of this cult band, high in demand.

The Open Mind - The Open Mind - LP

One of the most legendary and collectible of all British psychedelic albums, this definitive vinyl reissue comes with a poster, 45 (with picture sleeve), and detailed booklet packed with rare images.

Blue Öyster Cult - Rarities Vol. 2 - 2xLP

Nineteen BOC rarities, dating from 1975-1988 on blue double vinyl, with rare photos and liner notes featuring quotes from the band. Will include a "golden ticket" photo autographed by Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma in 100 copies.

Cuby + Blizzards - LSD/Your Body Not Your Soul - 7"

“L.S.D. (Got A Million Dollars)” and “Your Body Not Your Soul” are songs from legendary Dutch blues and rock band Cuby + Blizzards. The 7" was released in 1966 and is a retrospective of the Dutch “Nederbeat” sound made popular by illegal pirate radio stations and live-performances by artists and groups from Holland. Cuby + Blizzards recorded over 20 albums during their career and former band members included Herman Brood, John Lagrand and many other famous Dutch artists. This in-demand single is now newly remastered and is available for Record Store Day in a limited run of 1.000 copies on white vinyl.

Baby Huey - The Baby Huey Story - 2xLP

James Thomas Ramey, better known by his stage name Baby Huey, was born in Richmond, Indiana and moved to Chicago in the early '60s to front his band The Babysitters with co-founders Melvin Deacon Jones on trumpet and Johnny Ross on guitar. By the time they recorded The Living Legend, only Huey and Jones remained (Deacon Jones would go on to play with Freddie King and John Lee Hooker). Because of a glandular disorder, Huey weighed close to 400 pounds at times, contributing to his "larger than life" stage presence, but also to a host of health issues. During the later '60s, The Babysitters followed Sly and the Family Stone's lead and became a psychedelic soul act, with Huey adding rhymes to their stage act. Curtis Mayfield, tipped off by Donny Hathaway, came to check them out and they were in the midst of recording The Living Legend for his label when Huey died in a hotel room, just a few weeks after Jimi Hendrix. It became a posthumous release. Fast forward a few years to Kool Herc (one of the original hip-hop DJs, who began to spin two copies of "Listen To Me" at the same time---starting the Baby Huey cult, and leading to "Hard Times" being sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Ice Cube. The lacquers for this RSD 2018 release were cut directly from the analog tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry. It comes in a tip-on Stoughton jacket and includes a bonus LP of unreleased instrumentals making their vinyl debut.

David Axelrod - Song of Innocence - LP

David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968’s Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece. Song of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and bassist Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements – a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randi’s clavichord comps – and put at ease, always, by Axe’s arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did. Song of Innocence set in path a series of artist albums on Capitol and other labels and influenced the world countless times over, from The Verve to DJ Shadow to Madlib to J.Dilla. Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos.

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Win Tickets To The Moondoggies!

Win Tickets To The Moondoggies!

The Moondoggies are throwing a big record release wingding at the Neptune on April 13th to celebrate their new album on Hardly Art, A Love Sleeps Deep! Grand Archives and Le Sang Song will be filling out this great lineup of Northwest acts! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Stop Signs," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/12. Good luck!

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Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Andy's List!

Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Andy's List!

Our Record Store Day 2018 staff picks continue with a bunch o' goodness from our vinyl manager, Upstairs Andy Nelson! So much for that paycheck!

Join us for Record Store Day on 4/21!

Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison 50th Anniversary Edition

The Man In Black solidified his legend as outlaw country pioneer with two spirited sets recorded at Folsom State Prison in 1968 and released as At Folsom Prison, one of the most acclaimed live albums of all time. This special box set includes both full concerts, including performances by June Carter, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers. This numbered deluxe package, featuring individually designed LP jackets packaged in a deluxe hardshell slipcase with an eight page, 12" x 12" booklet, also includes a bonus 12" single featuring previously unreleased audio of Cash and friends rehearsing at the El Rancho Motel in Sacramento, CA the night before the concerts.

Baby Huey- The Baby Huey Story: Living Legend

James Thomas Ramey, better known by his stage name Baby Huey, was born in Richmond, Indiana and moved to Chicago in the early '60s to front his band The Babysitters with co-founders Melvin Deacon Jones on trumpet and Johnny Ross on guitar. By the time they recorded The Living Legend, only Huey and Jones remained (Deacon Jones would go on to play with Freddie King and John Lee Hooker). Because of a glandular disorder, Huey weighed close to 400 pounds at times, contributing to his "larger than life" stage presence, but also to a host of health issues. During the later '60s, The Babysitters followed Sly and the Family Stone's lead and became a psychedelic soul act, with Huey adding rhymes to their stage act. Curtis Mayfield, tipped off by Donny Hathaway, came to check them out and they were in the midst of recording The Living Legend for his label when Huey died in a hotel room, just a few weeks after Jimi Hendrix. It became a posthumous release. Fast forward a few years to Kool Herc (one of the original hip-hop DJs, who began to spin two copies of "Listen To Me" at the same time---starting the Baby Huey cult, and leading to "Hard Times" being sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Ice Cube. The lacquers for this RSD 2018 release were cut directly from the analog tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry. It comes in a tip-on Stoughton jacket and includes a bonus LP of unreleased instrumentals making their vinyl debut.

Cymande - Second Time Round

The brilliant second album from the legendary Cymande. 180g vinyl, mastered from original tapes, replica original artwork, official Mr Bongo reissue. Licensed from John Schroeder Enterprises.

Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Mono)

The psychedelic debut album by Pink Floyd was their sole album completed with original vocalist/guitarist Syd Barrett and featured the early classic "Interstellar Overdrive." The original mono version of Pink Floyd's first LP, named one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, is available for Record Store Day 2018.

Tangerine Dream - Zeit

After selling-through on 2200 copies of Tangerine Dream's debut album as part of RSD's Black Friday 2017, Varese returns with their third album and first breakthrough record, Zeit. This double LP was the first with the main trio of Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann and Chris Franke. Each side features only one epic song varying in length from about 18 minutes to almost 20 minutes. The cover of a solar eclipse is widely considered iconic in the genre. Pressed, appropriately enough, on Tangerine colored vinyl, in fitting with the cover as well as the band name.

Various Artists - The Beginning of the End: The Existential Psychodrama In Country Music (1956-1974)

From the people who brought you Hillbillies In Hell… 16 timeless tales of existential angst wrought from backwoods ballads and anguished urbane odes. Plaintive fiddles, furtive banjos and lonesome voices soundtrack a bleak vista of endless, eternal questions and unquenchable wanderlusts. Apocalyptic laments, harrowing self-examinations, faltering ids, devastated inebriates and tortured misfits. Many originally waxed on private press labels and distributed in tiny amounts, these troubled but marginalised troubadours sing of collapsing egos and stygian landscapes of molten self-doubt. Years in the making, The Beginning Of The End presents existential howls and Freudian diatribes from broken preachers and disrupted transgressives. All for your bewildered listening pleasure. Deluxe Gatefold LPs with exclusive scholarly liner notes by Alvin Lucia! Full dynamic range 2018 remasters direct from the first generation analogue master tapes! Limited to 500 LPs – 250 (randomly inserted) Apocalypse Orange / 250 (randomly inserted) Collapse Black LPs

David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968’s Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece. Song of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and bassist Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements – a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randi’s clavichord comps – and put at ease, always, by Axe’s arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did. Song of Innocence set in path a series of artist albums on Capitol and other labels and influenced the world countless times over, from The Verve to DJ Shadow to Madlib to J.Dilla. Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos.

Bobbie Gentry - Live At the BBC

This LP is sure to be highly collectable for fans. No BBC material featuring Bobbie has ever been released (and only "Ode to Billie Joe" has leaked on YouTube as it featured in a BBC doc about songwriters) so these recordings are completely unfamiliar to fans.

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Enter To Win A Signed Eels Test Pressing!

The Eels' new album, The Deconstruction, is out this Friday (4/6), and to celebrate, we are giving away a signed test pressing! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Today Is The Day" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

Buy The Deconstruction from us at the shop and we'll give you an Eels tote bag free with purchase (while supplies last)!

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Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Ian's List!

Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Ian's List!

Our Easy Street Staff Picks for Record Store Day 2018 continues with Easy Street Online contributor & Old Rookie mainman Ian Bremner's list! Join us April 21st for Record Store Day 2018!

Black Lips & The Khan Family - Play Safe - LP

Recordings culled from The Black Lips' visit to Berlin in 2017 along with other song interpertations by King Khan, his daughter Saba Lou, and assorted members of the Khan Family. It is being released in association with Viva Con Agua, a non-profit that has helped over 200,0000 people get access to clean water in Uganda, Ethiopia, and other countries throughout South America and Asia. Clear blue vinyl with light blue, dark blue, and green splatter.

Gene Clark - Black Street Mirror - LP

Gene Clark of the Byrds struck out on his own in 1966 but by early 1967 he was out looking for another label. These tracks are some of his efforts in recording as a solo singer/songwriter during that time. These recordings included backup by the famous Wrecking Crew (Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, etc.) along with special guest, Hugh Masekela. The 180g vinyl records were pressed at Hand Drawn Pressings in Texas on the newly designed and manufactured 'WarmTone' automated presses. Packaged in a limited edition numbered silver foil jacket.

Bobbie Gentry - Live at the BBC - LP

This LP is sure to be highly collectable for fans. No BBC material featuring Bobbie has ever been released (and only "Ode to Billie Joe" has leaked on YouTube as it featured in a BBC doc about songwriters) so these recordings are completely unfamiliar to fans.

Laraaji - Sun Transformations - LP

An exclusive new RSD album comprising remixes and edits of material from Laraaji's recent Sun Gong and Bring On The Sun LPs. This album connects the new age ambience of Laraaji's music to the kaleidoscopic cut-ups of the LA beat scene with remixes, DJ edits and re-interpretations by Ras G, Natureboy Flako, Dntel, Larry Mizell, Mia Doi Todd, Dexter Story, Carlos Niño, Diva, Benjamin Tierney and Daniel Givens. "Laraaji may be in his 70s, but he's no oldies act. In actuality, he's as timeless as any musician currently treading the boards. Be good to yourself for a change and bask in his magnanimous effusions." - The Stranger

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Live on KEXP - LP

Fiery live performance at KEXP of this Seattle organ trio on the heels on their debut LP from Colemine Records. Channeling groups like Booker T & The MGs, The Meters, and Soulive, this is straight up funky organ soul jazz here!

Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee - "Farewell Transmission" b/w "Dark Don't Hide It" - 7" single

Kevin Morby and Katie Crutchfield, both fans of Jason Molina, decided to record two iconic covers of Molina’s, “Dark Don’t Hide It” and “Farewell Transmission” and are planning on donating all proceeds from the release of the songs to the charity Musicares.

V/A - New Orleans Soul 1967

By the end of 1967, the music business in the Crescent City was in a bad way, and after Cosimo Matassa’s downfall, recording activity in the city fell off a cliff. As in 1966, over 400 Crescent City-recorded soul songs were issued in 1967. This number dropped to less than 100 in 1968. This was truly the end of an era. Like its predecessor album which covered 1966, this LP brings together the best soul tracks recorded in New Orleans in 1967. At this time southern soul was in the ascendant but as usual the musical background of the Crescent City – jazz, R & B, the Caribbean – ensured that music recorded there always had a rhythmic twist and arrangements all of their own. New Orleans – the joker in the soul pack for sure. No national hits here, just the sound of the streets. The heartbeat of the city.

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Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Adam's List!

Record Store Day 2018 Staff Picks: Adam's List!

Record Store Day 2018 is April 21st, and so today we begin posting our staff picks for the big day! Easy Street opens at 7am sharp on Record Store Day for all your limited edition exclusive vinyl needs. Our shipping & receiving manager Adam starts things off with his shopping list....

Belly - Feel - 10" EP

A 10" colored vinyl EP featuring two tracks from Belly's first album in twenty-three years, one track exclusive to this release, and a cover of "Hushabye Mountain" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Steve Earle & The Dukes - Live From The Continental Club - 2xLP

Steve Earle & The Dukes ride down "Copperhead Road" again with the concert release Live From The Continental Club, recorded in Austin, Texas. This exclusive to indie double LP contains 20 live songs and covers a ton of ground through Earle's long career.

Living Colour - Live At CBGB's 12/19/89 - 2xLP

Legacy Recordings' Live From The Vault series uncovers rare and unreleased concerts on vinyl, featuring classic bootleg-inspired jacket design with unique, artist-specific outer wraps (OBI). For the first time on LP, experience Living Colour's triumphant homecoming set at the legendary New York City punk club. Recorded at the end of the tour promoting the group's smash debut Vivid, this hard-driving set also previews songs from the band's next album, Time's Up, released in the summer of 1990.

The Ramones - Sundragon Sessions - LP

This release contains early mixes for the Ramones' second album Leave Home, laid to tape in 1976 by original engineer/mixer Ed Stasium. The tracks were previously only available on CD in the 40th Anniversary Edition Leave Home Deluxe Box, and are now appearing for the first time on vinyl! 180g vinyl, with individually numbered die cut sleeves, featuring images from the original Sundragon Sessions tape boxes. Worldwide run of 10,000.

Ride - Waking Up In Another Town: Weather Diaries Remixed - 2xLP

A collection of all remixes produced alongside the reformed band's highly acclaimed 2017 album, Weather Diaries. Many of these mixes are previously unreleased and most are on vinyl for the first time with this release. Includes mixes from Barker & Baumecker, Luke Abbott, Lamp Lighter, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and others.

Uncle Tupelo - No Depression Demos - LP

Released in 1990, Uncle Tupelo's debut album No Depression was a genuine milestone in American rock and roll, a striking fusion of traditional folk and country with post-punk innovation and hardcore ferocity. For the first time on vinyl, fans can hear Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn's legendary demo tape Not Forever, Just For Now, recorded in 1989, plus a demo of "No Depression" recorded a year earlier.

Wipers - Live At The Met December 31, 1982  - LP

Oregon punk rock band The Wipers formed in 1977 and released a string of albums until the late 90s. Live At The Met, December 31, 1982 is a New Years Eve concert of The Wipers in their prime. This unreleased performance from their Youth Of America tour was recorded live in Portland, and is from the original master tapes mastered by Greg Sage. Pressed at RTI - Audiophile pressing. Limited to 2000 copies.

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Enter To Win A Cars Prize Package!

Enter To Win A Cars Prize Package!

Rhino/Elektra released remastered and expanded vinyl editions of The Cars' fourth and fifth albums - Shake It Up and Heartbeat City - last week, and we're giving away one of each plus a beautiful limited edition spot gloss print! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Free Cars!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw two winners - one for each album - and winners must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Soft Moon!

Win Tickets To The Soft Moon!

Oakland-based Luis Vasquez (aka The Soft Moon) recently released his fourth album, Criminal, on Sacred Bones. "Criminal is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date." 

The Soft Moon is coming to the Crocodile on April 7th for a 21+ performance. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Criminal" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/5. Good luck!

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Album Review: Kacey Musgraves - "Golden Hour"

Album Review: Kacey Musgraves - "Golden Hour"

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

She is good friends with Katy Perry, as she is with Willie Nelson. She is adored by pop fans and traditional country fans, but has yet to crossover 100% in either direction. Until now, perhaps? She’s been at it her whole career, but Kacey Musgraves still feels like an anomaly.

Banjos and drum machines on the same record can certainly raise an eyebrow, and for good reason most of the time. Over the last 10-15 years, country radio has cannibalized all the good parts of country, rap, and pop music into something quite offensive. Kacey Musgraves has done the impossible. She has managed to seamlessly blend all these musical parts into something quite stunning, actually. It’s country and it’s pop, yet it’s not nearly as easy to qualify as a pop-country record as you might want to.

Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves’ third record is absolutely nothing like her first two, Same Trailer, Different Park or Pageant Material, yet it is unequivocally a “Kacey Musgraves” record. There is soft guitar plucking, and her gentle voice, but gone are the cheeky turns of phrase and nearly childlike themes. Lyrics being always at the forefront of Kacey Musgraves tunes, on Golden Hour, she is more straightforward and vivid in real time. Her glittery flair has been swapped out for subtle electronic beats and spacey vocal effects. The single, "High Horse," is perfect disco tune if you’ve ever heard one, and one that sounds prime for remixing.

She has been called an outlaw due to her success in country music well outside the confines of what people have come to think of the genre in today’s age, but Golden Hour is a new type of statement. Even the pop tunes are less “country-pop” and more true pop, even with the banjos.

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Win Tickets To Kate Nash!

Win Tickets To Kate Nash!

British pop-rocker grrrl Kate Nash will take the stage at the Showbox on April 5th to showcase the songs from her new album, Yesterday Was Today. Wanna go? We're giving away five pairs of tickets! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Life In Pink," and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 4/4. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Haim At WaMu!

Win Tickets To Haim At WaMu!

We've got Something To Tell You. The mighty sisters of Haim are bringing their Sister Sister Sister tour to WaMu Theater on April 4th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Little Of Your Love" and please include first & last name with entry! We'll draw a winner on 4/3. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Darkness!

Win Tickets To The Darkness!

Those crazy, wacky, madly talented Brits known as The Darkness are bringing THE SHOW OF ALL SHOWS to the Showbox on April 3rd! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Solid Gold" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 4/2. Good luck!

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Record Store Day 2018 Spotlight: The Wipers - "Live At The Met: December 31, 1982"

Record Store Day 2018 Spotlight: The Wipers - "Live At The Met: December 31, 1982"

Formed in 1977, legendary Portland band the Wipers were generally accepted as the Pacific Northwest's first punk band, even though Wipers mastermind/vocalist/guitarist Greg Sage insisted, "We weren't even really a punk band. See, we were even farther out in left field than the punk movement because we didn’t even wish to be classified, and that was kind of a new territory." It sure was. Their music was intense, hypnotic and gripping, Sage's lyrics saturated with depression and gloom. In fact, it was the soundtrack of the life of a young "punk" trying to make his mark in a rainy, gray town with few opportunities. Is this real? Yes, it was. The Wipers influenced virtually all of the future grunge players in Seattle with three absolutely brilliant LPs: Is This Real? (1980), Youth Of America (1981), and Over The Edge (1983). Lineup changes then took place and after three further, less affecting albums, Sage ended the band, and moved to sunny Arizona. He restarted the Wipers as a duo in 1993, producing three more albums before calling it a day in 1999.

The Record Store Day release The Wipers' Live At The Met December 31, 1982, captures an unreleased New Year's Eve performance from the Youth Of America tour recorded in Portland. Taken from the original master tapes and mastered by Greg Sage, Live At The Met is limited to 2000 copies.

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The Lemon Twigs Share Two New "Rockers"

We here at Easy Street loved loved loved the Lemon Twigs' amazing debut album, Do Hollywood, and several of our staff went to see their incredible perfomance at Barboza last summer (pro tip: Do. Not. Miss.). Their recent EP, Brothers Of Destruction, whetted our appetite for the next full-length, which Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario are said to be hard at work recording. In the meantime, they have released a new single, saying, "We had the urge to make some plain Rock and Roll. We thought we’d made some, but what’s plain about Rock and Roll?" Indeed, nothing is plain in the hands of the D'Addario brothers, but you can bet it's always killer. Enjoy "Foolin Around" and "Tailor Made."

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Album Review: Courtney Marie Andrews - "May Your Kindness Remain"

Album Review: Courtney Marie Andrews - "May Your Kindness Remain"

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

The career arc of Courtney Marie Andrews has been a slow burn. Perhaps her new material is the perfect metaphor for it. Fresh off the heels of her successful 2016 record, Honest Life, at the end of the wick is her newly released and triumphant follow-up, May Your Kindness Remain.

There is a fresh sense of confidence in the new songs, but the longing, humanity, and the sincerity remains from before. Andrews’ voice often gets compared to Joni Mitchell, but on May Your Kindness Remain (both the song and album), her high country wail turns more soulful. There is still the slide guitar, but the gospel flair of the organ and background harmonies provide new depth.

Courtney Marie Andrews is capable of pulling out the most vivid memories and making them relatable to the listener. When she sings of her old home, dog buried in the backyard and all, being full of laughter and love, it takes you right back to your own home, own laughter, own love.

Maybe it’s the fact that there are two songs with “kindness” in the title, but something about Andrews’ music makes you want to be kinder to people. There is a down-home attitude and warmth to the entire record that make you want to be a better person; to pay more attention to small details, to take solace in the things you can control and make of the most of relationships with the people closest to you.

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Win Tickets To Jake Bugg!

Win Tickets To Jake Bugg!

At the tender age of 24. British singer Jake Bugg already has four albums under his belt. On the first two, the critics lazily trotted out the "British Bob Dylan" tag, while on his third, On My One, Bugg experimented with dance beats and for the first time, wrote all of the songs. His latest, Hearts That Strain, was recorded last year in Nashville with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach producing, and according to AllMusic's review, is full of "languid, poetic compositions, largely inspired by the melodic, Americana-informed pop of '60s songwriters like Jimmy Webb and Lee Hazlewood." Bugg is currently touring in support of the record, and is making a stop at the Showbox on March 31st! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Waiting" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/30. Good luck!

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Win A Led Zeppelin "How The West Was Won" Prize Pack!

Led Zeppelin's definitive live album, How The West Was Won, has been remastered and is out today in 3-CD, 4-LP, and Super Deluxe formats! This day calls for a celebration (did you see what we did there?) so we're giving away a special prize pack including a How The West Was Won slipmat, t-shirt, tote bag, poster, and an 8"x8" print! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "ZOSO" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Record Store Day 2018 Spotlight: Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison: 50th Anniversary Edition

By Rod Moody

50th anniversary? Dang, I'm old. Cash was my father's favorite when this came out, and that love passed to me when I was a wee lad. I remember dad bringing the original LP home and he and my mother would battle for stereo time. Mom's go-to album in '68 was Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman, which dad didn't care much for. Me? I loved 'em both. Both albums hit #1 on Billboard's Country Chart. Both Johnny & Glen had their own TV shows, which I watched religiously every week, and they both played concerts in Seattle around this time, which were my first and second concerts ever. I recall riding on my tricycle in the living room with my guitar on my lap, singing "Folsom Prison Blues" at the top of my lungs, and cutting photos and articles of JC and GC out of magazines and pasting them into a treasured scrapbook. Now, both albums are 50, and I guess that makes me 50+.

Cash played two shows at Folsom on January 13, 1968. The original album consisted of fifteen tracks from the first show and two tracks from the second. I inherited the original Folsom Prison album, then bought the 1999 CD reissue, which included a couple extra tracks. Then came the 2008 Legacy Edition, which included the entire unedited concert over 2 CDs + a DVD. In addition to the stellar performances cherry-picked for the original release, we now heard songs sung by Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers, and even a few previously unheard songs from the man himself. Yep, I bought that one too, of course.

The Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition vinyl box set that is being released exclusively for Record Store Day 2018 includes both full concerts, including performances by June Carter, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers. This numbered deluxe package, featuring individually designed LP jackets packaged in a deluxe hardshell slipcase with an eight page, 12" x 12" booklet, and also includes a bonus 12" single featuring previously unreleased audio of Cash and friends rehearsing at the El Rancho Motel in Sacramento, CA the night before the concerts.

You can guess which RSD18 title is at the top of my list!

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Win Tickets To The Go! Team!

Win Tickets To The Go! Team!

Britain's exuberant, eclectic band, The Go! Team, released their fifth album, Semicircle, back in January, leading many critics to proclaim it a return to form. Pitchfork: "Across Semicircle’s 12 tracks, a sense of time slippage occurs: In 2018, the Go! Team sound much like they did back in 2004, all while retaining a fervent enthusiasm for the sounds of the 1960s." Enter to win a pair of tickets to The Go! Team's show at Neumos on March 30th by e-mailing us with the subject line "Mayday" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/29. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Beth Ditto!

Win Tickets To Beth Ditto!

Former Gossip singer Beth Ditto is bringing her big voice to the Showbox on March 29th in support of her debut solo album, Fake Sugar! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "We Could Run" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/28. Good luck!

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Naked Giants In-Store 3/30!

New West Records will release SLUFF, the debut full-length from Seattle's new buzzbuzzbuzz band Naked Giants on March 30th! Recorded with legendary NW producer Steve Fisk, SLUFF is a dizzying melange of influences and ideas. It swirls with hyperactive recklessness as 1960s harmonies share space with 1970s riffs while at the same time battling an undercurrent of punk rock and more modern indie influences. The title song/new single has hints of Weezer, Pixies and Presidents Of The United States Of America sprinkled throughout, and the rest of the album is super rockin' and super catchy too. We see a bright future ahead! Did we mention they are also members of Car Seat Headrest’s newly expanded 7-piece live band and will support them on their worldwide tour? Naked Giants is set to play a street date record release in-store at Easy Street on Good Friday, March 30th at 7pm! We'll also have some great prizes to give away...LPs, 7-inches, t-shirts, posters, and a test pressing! It's FREE and ALL-AGES!

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Record Store Day 2018 Spotlight: David Axelrod - "Song Of Innocence"

David Axelrod began his career producing and composing for artists such as Lou Rawls, Cannonball Adderley, and The Electric Prunes. In the case of the Prunes, Axelrod wrote and produced two albums for them, but the music was too complex for the band members to grasp, so the album was recorded by other musicians and released under the Electric Prunes name. These "other musicians" were all high-ranking members of the legendary "Wrecking Crew" of session musicians. They also happened to be  Axelrod's go-to group at the time: guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Carol Kaye, keyboardist Don Randi, and drummer Earl Palmer. Axelrod's next project was the recording of his first solo album, Song Of Innocence, which was based around a 1789 collection of poems by William Blake. Released in 1968, with guitarist Al Casey subbing for Roberts, Song Of Innocence's blend of rock, pop, funk, classical, and theatre music went far over the heads of both critics and customers at the time, however over the years Axelrod's musical stew approach has been hailed as innovative and highly influential. His work been heavily sampled by hip-hop artists such as DJ Shadow, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul and many others. In his review of Song of Innocence, AllMusic's Thom Jurek wrote: "Using a rock orchestra, Axelrod created a suite that blended pop, rock, jazz, theater music, and R&B that has withstood the test of time, and has been revisited and sampled by electronica pioneers such as DJ Shadow and DJ Cam. ... This was visionary work in 1968, and, to commit heresy, withstands the test of time better than the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album that allegedly inspired it. Axelrod's psychedelia is implied; its compositional form and feeling that drive him to celebrate the wildness and folly of youth with celebration and verve. And as a result, the music here sounds fresh, free of cynicism and hipper-than-thou posturing, remaining new each time it is heard."

Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos, Song Of Innocence will be available on Record Store Day 2018.

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Spring Is Here!

Happy 1st day of Spring!

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Win Tickets To Sasquatch!!!

We're super excited about this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge! What is not to love? The amazing lineup? The gorgeous scenery? The chance to hang & meet festival performers at the Easy Street booth? The pure joy that fills the festival grounds each year? Yep, it's all there, three days out of the year - May 25-27, Memorial Day Weekend. The only way it could be better is if you won free passes, right?? Well, here's your chance! Enter to win a pair of three-day passes to Sasquatch! by e-mailing us with the subject line "Sassy 2018!" and tell us who you are most excited to see at this year's fest. Please include first & last name + phone number with entry. Please note: The wristbands do NOT include camping, which can be purchased here. Winner must be able to claim wristbands at our store in West Seattle. GOOD LUCK! 

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Win Tickets To Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme!

Win Tickets To Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme!

Carrying the torch lit by Sly & The Family Stone, Funkadelic, and James Brown, the 12 members of Seattle's Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme have torn up clubs for over ten years with their psychedelic funk attack and raw soul power. They'll be tearin' the roof off the sucka at Neumos on March 23rd with special guests Khu.éex' (Seattle artist Preston Singletary, Skerik + others) and local "psychedelic gospel" band Afrocop. Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Pass The Gravy" and please include first & last name with entry. This is a 21+ show, and we'll draw a winner on 3/22. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To This Will Destroy You!

Win Tickets To This Will Destroy You!

Texan instrumental band This Will Destroy You will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their eponymous 2008 debut album on March 22nd at Neumos where they will perform the record in its entirety. The band will also play the coveted Young Mountain album in full. Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Mighty Rio Grande" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/21. Good luck!

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Nirvana Taking Punk To The Masses Exhibit Returns To MoPOP!

Nirvana Taking Punk To The Masses Exhibit Returns To MoPOP!

The largest exhibition of Nirvana memorbilia is returning to MoPOP (formerly EMP) beginning on March 16th, a few days before the 30th anniversary of the band's first performance under the name Nirvana, which took place March 19th at Tacoma's Community World Theater. Several rare items are new to the exhibition and the grand opening, March 16th at 7pm, will feature special guest Krist Novoselic and a panel discussion featuring Bruce Pavitt, Jack Endino, Charles Peterson, Kim Thayil, Steve Fisk, and Gillian Gaar. Plus there will be live music by Dead Bars and Red Ribbons in the Lounge! The re-opening party is 21+ and tickets are $28 ($23 for MoPOP members).

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Win Tickets To Avett Brothers, Head & The Heart, Shovels & Rope At The Gorge!

Win Tickets To Avett Brothers, Head & The Heart, Shovels & Rope At The Gorge!

Are you ready to get excited? An amazing triple bill is headed to the Gorge on September 15th...the Avett Brothers, the Head & The Heart, and Shovels & Rope! Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am, but if you're lucky, you might win a pair from us! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Triple Threat!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Easy Street Cafe Is Hiring!

Easy Street Cafe Is Hiring!

HALP!!! Easy Street Cafe is looking for a reliable, experienced line cook and prep cook/dishwasher to add to our very fun, busy crew! Think you got what it takes? Drop off or e-mail your resume to us!

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Chris Cornell Discusses "You Never Knew My Mind" From The Cash Cabin!

Chris Cornell Discusses "You Never Knew My Mind" From The Cash Cabin!

Last week, on Johnny Cash's birthday, we posted a previously unheard Chris Cornell studio recording of a song titled "You Never Knew My Mind," which will be included in an album of Cash's unreleased poems and lyrics put to music titled Forever Words (out 4/6). Other artists featured on the album include Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks and more. Check out this video of Cornell discussing his contribution, which ended up being one of the final solo songs he ever recorded. 

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Win A Fender Guitar Signed By JD McPherson!

One of our favorite albums of 2017 was JD McPherson's Undivided Heart & Soul. If you're looking for a straight-up pure rock & roll experience, look no further. JD's latest single from the album is titled "On The Lips," and we're gonna let you enjoy it first, then we'll tell you some real good news. We're giving away a gorgeous candy apple red Fender acoustic guitar signed by JD himself! We'll place some bets that you'll get some kisses - not hits -  "on the lips," just by being seen with this beauty! What are you waiting for? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "On The Lips" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Hibou's Record Release At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Hibou's Record Release At Neumos!

Hometown hero Hibou's new album, Something Familiar, is out today on Barsuk, and he's celebrating with a record release bash at Neumos on March 8th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Fall Into" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/6. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Cornelius (+ Signed Vinyl)!

Win Tickets To Cornelius (+ Signed Vinyl)!

Japanese producer/multi-instumentalist Cornelius (aka Keigo Oyamada) broke through with his 1997 album, Fantasma, which resulted in his becoming one of the most sought-after producers in the world. He became known as a "modern-day Brian Wilson" and his strongest influences are indeed the Beach Boys and Beck, but with a more experimental bent. Other career highlights include 2002's Point, about which Pitchfork raved, "you could very satisfyingly listen to Point while casting Cornelius as some kind of modern-day Esquivel, a master of arrangement and studio technologically and virtually everything that makes you cup your hands over your headphones and be just plain wowed by the stuff that's coming out of them," and 2007's Sensuous (All Music: "Even sleeker and more stylized than Point, Sensuous lives up to its title, with intricate textures and lush atmospheres that are almost tangible, and melodies that evoke visions of lines stretching off into the horizon or tunneling into infinite spirals."). Cornelius live shows are the stuff of legend, with mind-blowing visuals and lighting that raises the overall concert experience to a new level. Sound good? We're giving away a pair of tickets to Cornelius at the Showbox on March 13th PLUS a supercool signed deluxe vinyl version of his latest album, Mellow Waves (see video below). To enter, send us an e-mail with the subject line "Mellow Waves" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 3/12. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Wood Brothers!

Win Tickets To The Wood Brothers!

Nashville roots trio The Wood Brothers are playing a pair of shows at the Neptune March 2-3, in support of their new album, One Drop Of Truth. The March 2nd show is sold out, so we're giving away a pair of tickets for the show on Saturday, March 3rd. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Happiness Jones" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner Friday! Good luck!

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Staff Spotlight: Max 1.0!

17-year-old Max Czerwinski started out as an intern at Easy Street last year, and is now pulling shifts, helping out on the register, in vinyl, and online sales. He's passionate about music, particularly jazz, and plays a mean saxophone (just ask Ron Gallo or Caspar Babypants, who Max sat in with at their recent in-stores). His plan is to enroll into the Berkelee College Of Music, and we at Easy Street wish him all the best of luck. He's a great kid, super motivated and focused, and a hard, smart worker. His future looks very bright indeed. Video by Ryan Cory.

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David Byrne Listening Party March 1st!

David Byrne's new album, American Utopia, will be released on March 9th on Nonesuch, and we're hosting a special advance preview listening party on March 1st at 7pm! Those who pre-order American Utopia at the event will receive a limited custom 12x12 print (shown above) and will be eligible to win a special white label vinyl edition of the album!

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Win Tickets To Herbie Hancock!

Win Tickets To Herbie Hancock!

One of the true living legends of jazz, Herbie Hancock, will be performing with a lean & mean four-piece band when he comes to McCaw Hall on March 1st. The advance promo for the show gives you an idea of what's in store... "Herbie has spent his prolific career experimenting with various jazz forms, culminating in a bluesy, enigmatic and psychedelically-charged creative vision. Concert-goers can rest assured that Hancock still revisits masterpieces like 'Maiden Voyage' and 'Cantaloupe Island' with an inspiringly fresh feel. No two concerts, no two pieces are ever alike when it comes to this virtuoso!"

Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Chameleon" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/28. Good luck!

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Thom Bell - The Man Behind The Philly Soul Sound

By Matt Vaughan

This past weekend, the Seattle Times published a story about one of the greatest R&B songwriters/producers of our time, Thom Bell. Never heard of him? He kinda likes it that way...

"I was like a ghost. I didn't want to be recognized. I'm strictly a music person, 24 hours a day."

Thom Bell was the producer behind the Philly sound and the Gamble and Huff songwriting team. Thom was also a songwriter and well accomplished musician. He would later have his own songwriting team. Thom is the guy behind the Delfonics, Spinners, Stylistics and those lush Philly grooves. He wrote and produced “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” arguably the benchmark of what Philly soul was all about. His songwriting and publishing company Mighty Three Music also included Teddy Pendergrass, the Intruders, O'Jays…and many more. In 1975, he moved his office to Seattle, in Pioneer Square, which is where he put together the soundtrack for The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (great soundtrack, terrible movie, although worth it for the footage of Julius Erving [Dr. J] at his peak). The hit songs “Rubberband Man” by the Spinners and “Livin' It Up Friday Night” by Seattle’s Bell & James were also conceived here in Seattle. The "Bell" in Bell & James is Leroy Bell, Thom’s nephew, and still a very active and accomplished artist. Casey James lives in West Seattle, still plays music, and can be seen having breakfast in our café once a week. Bell & James and Thom Bell collaborated with Elton John here in Seattle at Kaye-Smith Studios in ’77-'78. Elton was a big fan of what Thom had been doing. The sessions would later be released as The Thom Bell Sessions, which contains some of Elton's greatest lost gems. My mom, Diana Vaughan, was hired by Thom to be his radio promoter from ’75-'79. Thom was often at our house and at a young age I found his stories of the music business fascinating. He was a great inspiration to me and still is, here at Easy Street Records. His Mighty Three Music was the predecessor and inspiration behind hip hop and soul labels/publishing houses, LaFace, Def Jam, and Jay-Z’s Roc-A_Fella. Bell would later sell Mighty Three to Warner Chapel for $15 mil. He now lives comfortably in Bellingham. 

Read the Seattle Times piece on Thom Bell here.

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Listen To Chris Cornell Put Johnny Cash's Poems To Music

Today would've been Johnny Cash's 86th birthday, and on this day his fans get a true gift. Chris Cornell paid tribute to the Man In Black by combining two of Cash's poems into a beautiful new song titled "You Never Knew My Mind." The song was recorded for an upcoming album of Cash's unrecorded poems & lyrics put to music, called Forever Words, which drops on April 6th. Other artists featured on the album include Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, and Brad Paisley. Cornell's contribution was based on two poems, "You Never Knew My Mind," and "I Never Knew Your Mind," and, as Cash's son John Carter Cash told Rolling Stone, "Chris took the two pieces and put them together in this one ... I can't listen to it without it laying me down. I mean it still and it did that before Chris passed."

Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash.

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Win Tickets To Bully!

Win Tickets To Bully!

Everybody loves Bully! The Nashville group have responded to today's oft-repeated mantra, "Rock Is Dead," with a defiant, upraised middle finger. They fearlessly invoke the glory days of grunge, and thanks to the songwriting talent of singer/guitarist/songwriter/recording engineer Alicia Bognanno, they do not fall into a pure nostalgia trap (even if their new album is on Sub Pop and is titled Losing). As Easy Street Online/Old Rookie reviewer Ian Bremner puts it: "Alicia Bognanno’s lyrics are straight out of a diary and delivered with as much angst as sincerity. It’s no wonder why Sub Pop, a label known for Seattle’s 90’s grunge explosion and most notably, Nirvana, jumped at the chance to sign Bully ... The raspy howl of Bognanno isn’t too far removed from what made Kurt Cobain such a symbol for young rebels, but Bully never veers quite as dark. Though the thrashing guitars, building drums and emotional delivery are right on par, what makes Bognanno unique is her ability to create these angry sounding punk songs so damn catchy. If it weren’t for the heavy fuzz and grinding guitars, they would actually make great pop songs. Cultivating that punk-pop ratio is pure Bully wheelhouse."

Bully will rock Neumos on February 28th, with special guests Melkbelly and Summer Cannibals! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Losing" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/27. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Margo Price!

Win Tickets To Margo Price!

Easy Street staff fave Margo Price is gonna bring the country straight to the city when she pays a return visit to the Neptune on February 25th! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this sold out show by e-mailing us with the subject line "All American Made" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/23. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Miles Electric Band!

Win Tickets To Miles Electric Band!

The Miles Electric Band is an 11-member ensemble of world-class talents, featuring performances from a unique roster of players including a number of Miles Davis alums. The band revisits the repertoire from Davis’ electric period as a framework for modern jazz innovation. Miles Davis alums include John Beasley and Robert Irving III on piano, noted percussionist Munyungo Jackson, bassist Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, Sting), and Vince Wilburn, Jr., Davis’ nephew, on drums. Also filling essential roles in the cast are trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, saxophonist Antoine Roney, Debasish Chaudhury on tabla, and guitarist David Gilmore. They'll be laying down the law at the Moore on February 23rd. Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Miles Electric Band!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/22. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Pearl Jam At Safeco!

Win Tickets To Pearl Jam At Safeco!

Hey, did you hear the news? Pearl Jam is coming to Safeco Field for a two-night stand August 8th and 10th! Tickets go on sale to the general public this Wednesday, February 21st, 10am, at Ticketmaster. Are you feeling lucky? We're giving away tickets to the August 8th show! Enter to win by visiting our Facebook or Instagram page and share your favorite PJ story with us in the comments below the PJ post. For example, tell why you love them, or your favorite song & why, or favorite PJ concert, album, moment, fave cause they support...whatever you like! Our favorite responses will win! Be sure to include your name & phone number with entry. Winners must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification and present valid photo ID to claim them. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Signed Brandi Carlile Test Pressing!

Enter To Win A Signed Brandi Carlile Test Pressing!

Brandi Carlile's much anticipated new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, drops tomorrow, and by the way, we've got a special surprise for one lucky winner...a vinyl test pressing signed by Brandi and the twins! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Joke" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle...we will not ship. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Classic Stax/Volt Soul Vinyl!

We're celebrating Black History Month and giving away several mystery soul/R&B classic Rhino vinyl reissues from the Stax/Volt vaults, plus a few non-vinyl surprises! Intrigued? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Soul Power!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up prizes at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Parquet Courts + Thurston Moore!

Win Tickets To Parquet Courts + Thurston Moore!

NYC's finest and Easy Street staff fave Parquet Courts, are teaming up with ex-Sonic Youth axemaster Thurston Moore for a barnburner of a night at the Showbox on 2/16! If that alone isn't enough, amazeballs (did I just write that?) Bay Area heavy-psych warriors Heron Oblivion are also on the bill! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this all-ages show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Thurston Courts Of Oblivion" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/15! Good luck!

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New Album Spotlight - Black Panther: The Album


Marvel's new black superhero movie, Black Panther, will premiere in theaters - including West Seattle's own Admiral - on Thursday. The movie is being called "revolutionary," and is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The New York Times called it "a jolt of a movie" and said "in its emphasis on black imagination, creation and liberation, the movie becomes an emblem of a past that was denied and a future that feels very present. And in doing so opens up its world, and yours, beautifully." 

While you're waiting for the premiere, pick up our best-selling CD of the week, Black Panther: The Album, overseen by - and starring - Kendrick Lamar, who collaborates with SZA, James Blake, J Rock, Future, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd and takes his own solo turn on the title track. The other nine songs on the soundtrack feature knockouts like Vince Staples, Anderson Paak, Schoolboy Q, and 2 Chainz, plus names that may not be as familiar -  Yugen Blakrock, Zacari, Jorja Smith, and Babes Woduma. The soundtrack is getting just as many raves as the movie, so don't sleep...pick it up!

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Sasquatch! Tickets On Sale Now!

Sasquatch! Tickets On Sale Now!

We think the Sasquatch! 2018 lineup is the best one in years! Don't miss out on tickets for the three-day music extravaganza taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/25-27) at the Gorge! Tickets are on sale now at Sasquatch.com. We'll be right there with you hosting artist signings, selling music & merch, and generally stirring up the hive at the Easy Street booth.  

L@@k who'll be performing! Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler, The Creator, Ray Lamontagne, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Explosions In The Sky, Neko Case, Vince Staples, TV On The Radio, Slowdive, Tash Sultana, Thundercat, Shakey Graves, Tune-Yards, Wolf Parade, Japandroids, Snakehips, What So Not, Jai Wolf, Perfume Genius, Noname, Margo Price, Petit Biscuit, Hippo Campus, Lizzo, Tokimonsta, Nao, Julien Baker, Pedro The Lion, Whitney, Pup, Pond, Tank & The Bangas, Jlin, Pickwick, Thunderpussy, Tyler Childers, Girlpool, Big Thief, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Japanese Breakfast, (Sandy) Alex G, Curtis Harding, Rostam, Lemaitre, Gang of Youths, Chastity Belt, Jeff Rosenstock, Algiers, Sango, Jacob Banks, Dhani Harrison, Son Little, Typhoon, Barclay Crenshaw, Too Many Zoos, The Garden, Oliver, The Suffers, Phoebe Bridgers, White Reaper, Alex Lahey, Escort, Charly Bliss, Taco, The Weather Station, Aquilo, Magic Sword, Polyrhythmics, Wilderado, Mimicking Birds, Giants In The Trees, CCFX, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Bread & Butter, & more!

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lovelytheband In-Store 2/22!

lovelytheband In-Store 2/22!

L.A. indie trio lovelytheband meshes beautiful pop hooks and warm synths alongside introspective, sometimes dark sentiments. lovelytheband took shape when lead singer Mitchy Collins met guitarist Jordan Greenwald in a Hollywood bar one night and played him some demos he had made. Greenwald was hooked, and the duo later added drummer Sam Price to the mix. The new band soon recorded their first EP, everything I could never say..., which, at times, displays the influence of MGMT and Grouplove.  The EP produced the breakout single, "Broken," as heard on KNDD.

We're stoked to announce that lovelytheband is coming to Easy Street, Thursday, February 22nd, at 7pm, and their performance will be recorded by 107.7 The End for a special EndSession

It's free and all-ages, so come on down and get lovely with us!

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Win A Son Lux Signed Test Pressing!

Win A Son Lux Signed Test Pressing!

The new Son Lux album, Brighter Wounds, is out today on bright pink indie exclusive vinyl and CD, and we've got a non-pink but signed test pressing to give away to one lucky winner! Make Katsif of NPR writes in his review, "Ryan Lott is both a classically-trained musician and composer, and an inventive sound designer adept at beat production. For years, he's blurred genre lines with his scores for film and dance, and of course, with his moniker-turned-band, Son Lux. With a masterful flair for entwining the acoustic and the electronic, Lott crafts distinctive fluttering melodies, unique textures and dynamic arrangements that sound like no one else. Whether portraying majesty and wonder or heart-wrenching pain, Son Lux's songs always transport us inside his richly rendered imagination....As Son Lux continues to innovate and show off its musical versatility, Brighter Wounds achieves another breakthrough during a fraught and heartbreaking period. It's the band's most personal album yet."

Enter to win the signed test pressing by e-mailing us with the subject line "Brighter Wounds" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win A Palm Prize Pack!

Win A Palm Prize Pack!

Lots of buzzbuzzbuzz going around about mathy NYC-via-Philly band Palm, whose sophomore album, Rock Island, drops Friday! Enter to win a prize pack that includes Rock Island on vinyl AND a pair of tickets to their 21+ show at Barboza on March 1st! To enter the contest, just e-mail us with the subject line "Palm Tickets!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/16. Good luck!

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Video Spotlight: Car Seat Headrest - "My Boy (Twin Fantasy)"

Here it is! The new Car Seat Headrest single, "My Boy (Twin Fantasy)" from upcoming album, Twin FantasyPre-order Twin Fantasy from us now & guarantee your spot at CSH record release in-store performance at Easy Street on 2/16! 

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Win Tickets To Dan Auerbach Sound Revue & Shannon & The Clams!

Win Tickets To Dan Auerbach Sound Revue & Shannon & The Clams!

Taking a deep breath before saying that Dan Auerbach and The Easy Eye Sound Review Featuring Robert Finley & Shannon Shaw Plus Special Guests Shannon & The Clams are ALL performing at the Showbox on February 12! FYI, Robert Finley is a sixtysomething-year-old Louisiana bluesman, whose debut album dropped in 2016. The follow-up, Goin' Platinum, was released by Auerbach's label, Easy Eye Sound, last fall. Shannon Shaw, of course, fronts the oldies-inspired - and awesome, BTW - Shannon & The Clams , whose new one, Onion, comes out on 2/16. Black Keys singer/guitarist Auerbach is touring in support of his latest release, Waiting On A Song.

Sounds like a great show! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Easy Eye" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/9. Good luck!

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Introducing The Easy Street Pacific NW Bands Dartboard!

You may have seen our dartboard turntable slipmats featuring some great bands of the Pacific Northwest....but are you ready for the real thing?? We've conjured up a limited run of the first-ever Easy Street “Pacific Northwest Bands” dartboard! Available ONLY at our store in West Seattle while supplies last! Come on by!

Design + Vid by: soundandvisioneers / madebychaun & Ryan Cory. Starring Archie Coltrane Vaughan & Daisy Lou Vaughan

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Book Spotlight: 33 1/3 - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

Book Spotlight: 33 1/3 - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

"Twenty five years ago, Los Angeles’ inimitable oddballs The Pharcyde released Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, their first and unquestionably greatest album. There’s something bittersweet about watching such a touchstone of youthful exuberance and melancholy cross the quarter-century mark. Not only because the album was so pioneering that it would probably be an even bigger hit if it were released today, and not only because its members were just barely out of their teens when they recorded it. But also because by the time they hit the 25-year milestone in their own lives, the group’s original four members were in the process of fracturing."

Author Andrew Barker tells the whole story of the making of Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde in book #122 of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series!

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Sasquatch! Lineup Announced! Tickets On Sale 10am Saturday, 2/10!

We're excited to announce the super solid lineup for Sasquatch! 2018, to be held Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge! Tickets go on sale this Saturday (2/10) at 10am right here! Once again, Easy Street will be hosting artist signings and selling records & merch in our booth all weekend long. Can't wait to tell you more!

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Car Seat Headrest In-Store 2/16!

Join us on Friday, February 16th, 7pm, as we celebrate the release of Car Seat Headrest’s new album, Twin Fantasy at Easy Street with a special street date full band performance & signing! This one’s gonna be crowded folks, so guarantee your entry NOW by pre-ordering Twin Fantasy on CD or vinyl from us!

* Strictly limited capacity! We will be taking pre-orders for Twin Fantasy online and at the shop until we reach capacity. Online pre-order customers will receive an order confirmation from us, which means YOU’RE IN! Those who pre-order at the shop will get a wristband when they pre-order.

* PRE-ORDER ONE CD OR LP & YOU’LL GET ONE WRISTBAND, GOOD FOR ONE ENTRY. Wanna get your friends or family members in? You’ll need to pre-order additional CDs or LPs.

* Online customers can pick up wristband at the front counter starting at 9am on the day of event or at the door at the event. Lineup for the event will start at 6pm, we’ll have a list of names/wristbands at the door. Those who picked up wristbands early in the day will still need to line up outside the store at 6pm.

* Customers who pre-order must pick up their CD/LP at the store - no shipping.

Pre-order Car Seat Headrest's Twin Fantasy On CD or Vinyl Now!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Destroyer!

Enter To Win Tickets To Destroyer!

The most recent album by Vancouver B.C. singer-songwriter Destroyer (Dan Bejar) is titled ken. And the tastemakers at Pitchfork clearly love it: "It feels like an egregious critical cliché to describe new music as 'Lynchian,' yet there’s something about Bejar’s sensibility that plainly evokes the director’s whole gestalt—particularly the way he manipulates and weaponizes nostalgia. Both warp familiar sounds or images until they feel not just foreign, but unsettling. It’s all cocktails and smoking jackets until suddenly, blood is dripping from somewhere weird. Like one of Lynch’s filmic worlds, ken is elegant and perverse, a reflection on where we came from, and the unbelievable place we seem to have ended up." 

Destroyer's coming the Neptune to give you a taste of his magic on February 8th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "ken" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/7. Good luck!

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Album Review: Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin

Album Review: Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

“The Freedom Band” (his band). “Freedom’s Goblin” (his new album). “I’m Free” (a song from said album.) There is a constant theme throughout Ty Segall’s latest effort - freedom.

Freedom’s Goblin is a 19-track, 75-minute, double LP from Orange County’s most musically restless son. Ty Segall is on about a one-record-per-year schedule these days, which would be a lot to ask for most other artists, but is actually a much slower pace than in years past for him. Perhaps that is the reason he could not resist packing this new record full of every artistic urge he had. The Freedom Band, which includes Mikal Cronin, The Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelley, and Charles Moothart, all with impressive solo résumés in their own right, contribute equally to the eclectic goblin-y sounds. Cronin lends his saxophone talents on multiple songs, adding new layers and a sunny-pop flavor.

Despite just turning 30, Segall’s extensive historical output allows the listener to hear his maturity and evolution more clearly than with most artists. Sound, both noisy and melodic, is still at the forefront of everything he does, but recently there is a noticeably stronger emphasis on songwriting. Tunes like "Rain," "Cry Cry Cry," and "My Lady’s On Fire" showcase the mellower side of Ty, whereas "Alta," "Meaning," and "5 Ft Tall" still possess that signature fuzz and raucousness.

There's no shortage of experimentation and, well, freedom on Freedom's Goblin. Here, Segall covers "Every 1’s A Winner," the 1978 funk jam from Hot Chocolate, "Despoiler of Cadaver" sounds like it could be off a Prince or Talking Heads record, and the deep pulsing groove of "She" will excite Black Sabbath fans. Yet it all blends together beautifully.

An hour and change later, the last track is a re-work of his own song, "Sleeper." Retitled as "And, Goodnight", Ty turns his sleepy acoustic song into a winding, plugged-in, 12-minute screamer, in what is a near-perfect representation of the freedom and whimsical nature of Freedom’s Goblin.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Seth Walker!

Enter To Win Tickets To Seth Walker!

Blues singer/guitarist Seth Walker hails from North Carolina, but since beginning his musical journey in the '90s he has lived and absorbed the vibes in four major music cities - Austin, Nashville, New York, and New Orleans. You can hear it all come out in his soulful blues songs, which he'll be performing at Highway 99 Blues Club February 3rd! Walker's forthcoming live album, Live At Mauch Chunk Opera House, will drop on 2/23, but in the meantime, enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Spirits Moving" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 2/1. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Nightmares On Wax Vinyl Bundle!

Enter To Win A Nightmares On Wax Vinyl Bundle!

The new album by UK DJ Nightmares On Wax, Shape The Future, is out Friday and to celebrate, we are giving away a Nightmares on Wax Essential LP Bundle! The bundle includes the following vinyl LPs:

Carboot Soul
In A Space Outta Sound
Smoker's Delight

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Shape The Future" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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R.I.P. Mark E. Smith

R.I.P. Mark E. Smith

By Rod Moody

Must’ve been 1980-81 when I first fell for The Fall. I was 16-17 and like many teens of that time, I had developed a fondness for a certain green leafy substance that wasn’t quite legal yet. I heard through the grapevine that a couple of slightly older kids, who I knew from all the way back at Alki Elementary School, were living together in a house above Beach Drive. I was told they always had what I was looking for. So I began making regular treks up to the house on the hill, the last house on a short dead-end street, no other houses next to it. At this time, my world of music was made up of Rush, Pat Travers, Styx, Zep, Priest, Aerosmith…the usual suspects. But thanks to these two kooks and a pair of their friends, I was introduced to a new game. These four were among the very first West Seattle hardcore punks, and they would crank up 7” singles & LPs by Black Flag, Discharge, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, 999, while I waited for my “order" to be ready. I was blown away by the aggression, the speed, the power of this new thing called punk rock. Then they put on The Fall, and while the musician in me cringed when I heard the dissonant, jagged, out-of-tune guitar fragments, the vocalist, Mark E. Smith, was fascinating. This guy was definitely not singing, so what the hell was he saying? It was SO BAD, but yet….magnetic and addictive. Like nothing I'd ever heard. I discovered also that out of all the records that were played at the house on the hill, The Fall’s songs lingered the longest after I left there for home. I would zig-zag down the hill, happily stoned, singing an approximation of “Bingo Master’s Breakout” or maybe the perfectly titled “Repetition.” It was a time and a place, and for a while, it was good. Eventually, one half of that particular gang of four on the hill graduated to more serious substances and sadly, both fell victim to them. It was punk rock, I suppose. The Fall, however, were not punk rock…they would not be defined or pigeonholed, and they remained that way through 32 studio albums and countless line-up changes. The only constant was Mark E. Smith, a cranky, complex, difficult, hard-drinking, some would say asshole, who would not suffer fools gladly, or anyone else for that matter. This group interview with Smith, Nick Cave, and The Pogues’ Shane McGowan provides all the proof you need. However, Smith, who died today at age 60, was a true original, prolific as hell, and a hero to many. Rest-uh In Peace-uh

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Start Your Ear Off Right & Win Cool Rhino Prizes!

Start Your Ear Off Right & Win Cool Rhino Prizes!

It's week three of Rhino's Start Your Ear Off Right campaign! This week's limited vinyl exclusives from Rhino are:

Badfinger - Wish You Were Here (Green Vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (Purple Vinyl)
The New York Rock & Soul Revue (w/Donald Fagen, Phoebe Snow, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs & more)- Live At The Beacon (2xLP)

Get a FREE Rhino Calendar with each SYEOR purchase!

BONUS! This week we are giving away some fab prizes from Rhino! Enter to win a sweet pair of Audio-Technica headphones by e-mailing us with the subject line "I Want Headphones!" and please include first & last name with entry. Follow us on Instagram for more cool Rhino prizes to win...coming soon!

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Win Tickets To Queens Of The Stone Age!

Hey! We're giving away a pair of tickets to Queens Of The Stone Age at Key Arena January 25th! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "VILLAINS" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner next Tuesday, 1/23.

Good luck!

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Enter To Win The Shins "The Worm's Heart" Test Pressing!

Enter To Win The Shins "The Worm's Heart" Test Pressing!

Waaaay back in March, The Shins unleashed their fifth album, Heartworms, and everyone loved it. EVERYONE! So, they came up with a novel idea...since everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - loved Heartworms, they decided to reinterpret and re-record the entire album, turning all the fast songs into slow songs and vice versa. Oh wait, let's flip the sequencing of the songs too, OK? The result is The Worm's Heart and it is coming out this Friday on CD & vinyl! 

That being said, we got something just a little bit special to share with one lucky winner...a vinyl test pressing of The Worm's Heart! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Smrowtraeh" (that's Heartworms backwards!) and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Start Your Ear Off Right Week 2! More RHINO Vinyl Exclusives!

Start Your Ear Off Right Week 2! More RHINO Vinyl Exclusives!

Start Your Ear Off Right with a new batch of limited edition vinyl gems from RHINO! Free Rhino calendar with purchase of any SYEOR titles! This week's releases:

Vangelis - Blade Runner Original Soundtrack
Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights
John Prine - Sweet Revenge
John Prine - Diamond In The Rough
Golden Smog - Weird Tales  (Green Vinyl)
Dan Penn - Do Right Man

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Enter To Win Tickets To Surfer Blood!

Enter To Win Tickets To Surfer Blood!

Florida indie darlings Surfer Blood are touring in support of their most recent release, Snowdonia, their first album following the tragic death of OG guitarist Thomas Fekete. They'll be rocking the Lo-Fi on January 27th with special guests Terry Malts, and we're giving away a pair of tickets! This is a 21+ show. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Surfer Blood," and please include your first & last name with entry. Good luck!

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Start Your Ear Off Right With Vinyl Exclusives & Free Rhino Calendars!

Start Your Ear Off Right With Vinyl Exclusives & Free Rhino Calendars!

Rhino Records has unleashed its first batch of 20 limited edition vinyl titles for this year's "Start Your Ear Off Right" series! Many of these titles are on colored vinyl, such as Dio's Holy Diver on red vinyl and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Hypnotize 12" on orange & black mixed vinyl. Buy any of the Start Your Ear Off Right titles and we'll give you a free Rhino calendar, while supplies last!

Check out this week's releases below and tune in next week for more!

Dio - Holy Diver (Remastered - Red Vinyl)
Dio - Last In Line (Remastered - Blue Vinyl)
The Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa (White Vinyl 12" Single)
The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize (Black/Orange 12" Single)
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (Green Vinyl) 

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Easy Street Best Sellers Of 2017!

Easy Street Best Sellers Of 2017!

Pretty clear 2017 was the year of the Mack, but we also saw an outpouring of Loud Love for Chris Cornell with Poncier, Singles OST, and Temple Of The Dog all in the top ten of the year's best sellers. Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Queens of the Stone Age, Run The Jewels, LCD Soundsystem, War on Drugs, and Fleet Foxes all topped the charts on CD and LP, and we saw strong showings from Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile, Wolf Alice, Bread and Butter, Neil Young, and Beck. Let's have a moment of silence for Sharon Jones (RIP), Charles Bradley (RIP), Tom Petty (RIP).

Check Out Easy Street's Top 50 Best Sellers Of 2017!

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Iris

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Iris

Iris Stroh - Manager, Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. The Pack AD - Dollhouse
2. The Coathangers - Parasite EP
3. Mutoid Man - War Moans
4. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder
5. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
6. Shabazz Palaces - Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star
7. P.O.S. - Chill, Dummy
8. Addaura - Addaura
9. Hobosexual - Monolith
10. All The Witches - Sleeping Through The War

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Vol. 1
2. Metallica - Master Of Puppets: Remastered
3. The Kills - Black Rooster EP
4. The Distillers - Coral Fang
5. Elliott Smith - Either/Or (Expanded Edition)

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

PJ Harvey at WaMu Theatre

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Melena

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Melena

Melena Molina - Asst. Manager, Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Chief Keef - Two Zero One Seven
2. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
3. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
4. Juana Molina - Halo
5. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War
6. Pickwick - LoveJoys
7. Hobosexual - Monolith
8. Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
9. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta
10. Blood Pleasures - Blood Pleasures

Favorite 2017 Reissues

1. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
3. Original Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
4. The Replacements - For Sale: Live At Maxwell's 1986
5. Original Soundtrack - Thor: Ragnarok

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Hobosexual Easy Street In-Store!

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Ben

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Ben

Ben Fisher - Sales Clerk

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
3. Big Thief - Capacity
4. Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
5. Joan Shelley - Joan Shelley
6. John Moreland - Big Bad Luv
7. Margo Price - All American Made
8. Phoebe Bridgers - Strangers In The Alps
9. Lenore - Lenore
10. Kevin Morby - City Music

Favorite 2017 Reissues Or Soundtracks

1. Original Broadway Cast - Dear Evan Hansen
2. Anais Mitchell - Young Man In America
3. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
4. Steve Earle - El Corazon
5. Original Broadway Cast - Come From Away

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Damien Jurado live in Tel Aviv

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Chad

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Chad

Chad Naeve - Inventory Stocker

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Foo Fighters - Concrete And Gold
2. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
3. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
4. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
5. Chad VanGaalen - Light Information
6. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman
7. Justin Townes Earle - Kids In The Street
8. Old 97s - Graveyard Whistling
9. U2 - Songs Of Experience
10. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th Anniversary)
2. U2 - The Joshua Tree (30th Anniversary)
3. Def Leppard - Hysteria (30th Anniversary)
4. INXS - Kick (30th Anniversary)
5. Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Dasha

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Dasha

Dasha Medvedeva - Sales Clerk

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. L.A. Witch - L.A. Witch
2. Slowdive - Slowdive
3. Fever Ray - Plunge
4. Cherry Glazerr - Apocalipstick
5. Mogwai - Every Country’s Son
6. Angel Olsen - Phases
7. Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
8. Liars - TFCF
9. SZA - CNTRL
10. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Vol. 1
2. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
3. Prince - Purple Rain

Favorite 2017 Music Moments/Events

Mogwai - The Showbox
Ron Gallo Easy Street In-Store

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Max 2.0

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Max 2.0

Max Moore (aka Max 2.0) - Sales Clerk

Top 10 Albums 2017

1. Sampha - Progress
2. King Krule - The Ooz
3. Brockhampton - Saturation I, IIIII
4. Arca - Arca
5. Slowdive - Slowdive
6. Corbin - Mourn
7. Iglooghost - Neo Wax Bloom
8. Cashmere Cat - 9
9. Mura Masa - Mura Masa
10. Jacques Greene - Feel Infinite

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira Symphonic Suite
2. Elliott Smith - Either/Or (Expanded Edition)

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Brockhampton In Seattle!

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Matt

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Matt

Matt Vaughan - President

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Kevin Morby - City Music
2. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
3. Will Johnson - Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm
4. Kelela - Take Me Apart
5. Oh Sees - Orc
6. Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy And Single(S)
7. Fever Ray - Plunge
8. Ride - Weather Diaries
9. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War
10. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation (40th Anniversary edition)
2. Original Soundtrack - Singles
3. Isaac Hayes - The Spirit Of Memphis
4. Various Artists - Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares
5. Overlord - Broken Toys

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Tom Petty's last Seattle show - Safeco (Miss u Tom)

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Zach

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Zach

Zach Rourke - Barista/Beertender - Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
2. Oh Sees - Orc
3. King Krule - The Ooz
4. Mogwai - Every Country's Son
5. Ty Segall - Ty Segall
6. Rostam - Half-Light
7. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins
8. Molly Burch - Please Be Mine
9. Blood Pleasures - Blood Pleasures
10. Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia
2. Annie Anxiety - Soul Possession
3. Radiohead - OK Computer: OKNOTOK
4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Lovely Creatures
5. Link Wray - Link Wray

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Hobosexual at the Crocodile

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Malia

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Malia

Malia Kokame - Sales Clerk/Social Media Editor

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
2. Slowdive - Slowdive
3. Spirit Award - Neverending
4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman
5. L.A. Witch - L.A. Witch
6. Sampha - Process
7. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
8. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins
9. Oh Sees - Orc
10. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Various Artists - Baby Driver Soundtrack
2. Various Artists - Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series)
3. D'Angelo - Brown Sugar
4. Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
5. The Replacements - For Sale: Live From Maxwell's 1986

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Timber Timbre at the Tractor Tavern 5/6/17

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - India

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - India

India Spence - Hostess - Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 2017 New Releases

1. St. Vincent - Masseduction
2. K. Flay - Everywhere Is Somewhere
3. Kesha - Rainbow
4. Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar
5. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
6. Sleigh Bells - Kid Kruschev
7. Billie Eilish - Don't Smile At Me
8. Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
9. Lola Cola - The Only Child
10. The Regrettes - Feel Your Feelings Fool!

Favorite 2017 Reissue or Soundtrack

1. Original Soundtrack - Big Little Lies
2. Original Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
3. Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
4. INXS - Kick 30th Anniversary Edition
5. Radiohead - OK Computer OKNOTOK

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

St. Vincent existing. That's all.

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Rod

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Rod

Rod Moody - Web & Social Media Manager/Vinyl Slinger

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

1. Mark Lanegan - Gargoyle
2. The Yawpers - Boy In A Well
3. Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent
4. Prom Queen - Doom Wop
5. Bread & Butter - Bread & Butter
6. Robert Plant - Carry Fire
7. JD McPherson - Undivided Heart & Soul
8. Slowdive - Slowdive
9. OMD - The Punishment Of Luxury
10. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War

Favorite 2017 Reissues

1. Acetone - Acetone 1992-2001
2. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
3. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation (RSD Black Friday title)
4. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary)

Favorite Musical Moments/Events

Swedish Finnish at West Seattle Summer Fest
Swedish Finnish at Easy Street on Record Store Day
Radiohead at Key Arena
Lemon Twigs at Barboza

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Randy

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Randy

Randy Kabambi - Sales Clerk

Top 8 2017 Albums

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
2. Thundercat - Drunk
3. Tyler The Creator - Flower Boy
4. SZA - CTRL
5. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman
6. Sampha - Process
7. Rapsody - Laila's Wisdom
8. Goldlink - At What Cost

Favorite 2017 Reissue or Soundtrack

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Flying Lotus 3-D Show at The Paramount

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Scott

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Scott

Scott Helgason - Server/Barista - Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 2017 Albums 

1. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
2. Future Islands - The Far Field
3. Mogwai - Every Country's Son
4. Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
5. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
6. Chad Vangaalen - Light Information
7. Hobosexual - Monolith
8. Total Control - Laughing At The System
9. Charms - Human Error
10. Death Of Lovers - The Acrobat

Favorite 2017 Reissues Or Soundtracks

1. Original Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy Part 2
2. Original Soundtrack - Big Little Lies

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Mogwai at the Showbox

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Andy

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Andy

Andy "29% Off" Nelson - Vinyl Czar

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

1. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War
2. The Yawpers - Boy In A Well
3. The Replacements - For Sale: Live At Maxwell's 1986
4. Slowdive - Slowdive
5. Deer Tick - Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
6. Margo Price - All American Made
7. Laura Marling  - Semper Femina
8. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
9. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
10. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Vol. 1
2. Various Artists - Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares
3. Chris Bell - The Complete Chris Bell (RSD Black Friday title, no longer available)
4. Rush - A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary Edition)
5. Metallica - Master Of Puppets: Remastered (Deluxe Box)

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Goblin at Neumos

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Adam

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Adam

Adam Tutty - Shipping & Receiving Manager

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

1. Grandaddy - Last Place
2. All Them Witches - Sleeping Through The War
3. Jesus And Mary Chain - Damage And Joy
4. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
5. Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains
6. Kevin Morby - City Music
7. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
8. Ride - Weather Diaries
9. The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings
10. The Old 97s - Graveyard Whistling

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Original Soundtrack - Baby Driver
2. Original Soundtrack - Singles
3. INXS - Kick 30
4. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
5. Prince - Purple Rain

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers At Safeco

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Sam

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Sam

Sam Robbins - Sales Clerk/Cafe Help

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Brockhampton - Saturation
2. Cherry Glazerr - Apocalipstick
3. doNormaal - 3rd Daughter
4. Tyler The Creator - Flower Boy
5. Forest Swords - Compassion
6. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
7. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
8. Tonstartssbandht - Sorcerer
9. Injury Reserve - Drive It Like It's Stolen
10. Great Grandpa - Plastic Cough

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Seeing Bjork and Frank Ocean at FYF

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Ian

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Ian

Ian Bremner - Sales Clerk, Social Media Editor

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

1. Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
3. Slowdive - Slowdive
4. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta
5. Kevin Morby - City Music
6. Bully - Losing
7. St. Vincent - Masseduction
8. Snoh Allegra - Feels
9. Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
10. Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane

Need more? Check Ian's Best 59(!!!) Records of 2017 at OldRookie.com

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Neil Young - Harvest Moon (RSD Black Friday title, no longer available)
2. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
3. Radiohead - OK Computer OKNOTOK
4. Jackie Shane - Any Other Way
5. Isaac Hayes - Spirit Of Memphis 1962-1976 (RSD Black Friday title, no longer available)

Favorite Musical Moments Or Events

Ty Segall at Neumos
Angel Olsen at Capitol Hill Block Party

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - David

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - David

David Jaime-Rodriguez - Cook - Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Hobosexual - Monolith
2. Drew Martin - The Valley
3. Nauticult - Phantom Limb
4. Thom Joseph - Say It Loud
5. Antonioni - Lullablaze
6. Trevor Hall - The Fruitful Darkness
7. SISTERS - Wait Don't Wait & Drink Champagne
8. Monsterwatch - Blabbermouth
9. Bobby's Oar - Not What I'm Looking For
10. Blood Pleasures - Blood Pleasures

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets: Remastered
2. The Replacements - For Sale: Live At Maxwell's 1986
3. Neil Young - Hitchhiker
4. Elliott Smith - Either/Or (Expanded Edition)

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Mary

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Mary

Mary Bruce - Bookkeeper

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Secret Sisters - You Don't Own Me Anymore
2. JD McPherson - Undivided Heart & Soul
3. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
4. Chuck Prophet - Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
5. Little Steven - Soulfire
6. Len Price 3 - Kentish Longtails
7. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (50th Anniversary)
8. Steve Earle - So You Wannabe An Outlaw
9. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Live At Red Rocks
10. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary)

Favorite 2017 Reissues Or Soundtracks

Original Series Soundtrack - Twin Peaks

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Kevin

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Kevin

Kevin Larson - Sales Clerk/Displays

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Damage And Joy
2. Beck - Colors
3. Mark Lanegan - Gargoyle
4. Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar
5. OMD - The Punishment Of Luxury
6. Little Big Town - The Breaker
7. Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains
8. Valerie June - The Order Of Time
9. Highly Suspect - The Boy Who Died Wolf
10. Depeche Mode - Spirit

Favorite 2017 Reissues

1. Prince - Purple Rain
2. Original Soundtrack - Singles
3. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
4. Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac Vinyl Reissues
5. Rihanna Vinyl Reissues

Favorite 2017 Musical Moments/Events

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers At Safeco

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Atticus

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Atticus

Atticus George-Andrijeski - Floor Manager

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

1. Mogwai - Every Country's Son
2. Grandaddy - Last Place
3. Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
4. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
5. Drab Majesty - The Demonstration
6. Slowdive - Slowdive
7. Fever Ray - Plunge
8. Future Islands - The Far Field
9. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
10. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta See Lice

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Alice Coltrane - The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
2. Radiohead - OK Computer OKNOTOK
3. Elliott Smith - Either/Or Expanded Edition

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Hugging Charles Bradley

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Ethan

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Ethan

Ethan Fields - Barista/Server - Easy Street Cafe

Top 10 Albums Of 2017

1. Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
2. SZA - CTRL
3. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta
4. The Drums - Abysmal Thoughts
5. Valerie June - The Order Of Time
6. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
7. Meatbodies - Alice
8. Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
9. King Krule - The Ooz
10. Jake Bugg - Hearts That Strain

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Original Soundtrack - Big Little Lies
2. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
3. Original Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2
4. Original Soundtrack - Baby Driver
5. Original Soundtrack - Atomic Blonde

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Garbage & Blondie at Chateau Ste. Michelle

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Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Max 1.0

Easy Street Staff Best Of 2017 - Max 1.0

Maximilian Czerwinski (aka Max 1.0) - Sales Clerk

Top 10 2017 Albums

1. Slowdive - Slowdive
2. Ty Segall - Ty Segall
3. Tinariwen - Elwan
4. Mogwai - Every Country's Son
5. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
6. Curtis Harding - Face Your Fear
7. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman
8. Thundercat - Drunk
9. St. Vincent - Masseduction
10. Ron Gallo - Heavy Meta

Favorite 2017 Reissues or Soundtracks

1. Thelonious Monk - Les Liaisons Dangereuses
2. Chris Bell - I Am The Cosmos
3. The Meters - A Message From The Meters
4. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Volume 1
5. The Avalanches - Since I Left You

Favorite 2017 Musical Moment/Event

Playing sax on stage with Ron Gallo at Easy Street.

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Win Tickets To Manatee Commune!

Win Tickets To Manatee Commune!

"A violist by trade and a producer by nature, Manatee Commune (aka Grant Eadie) makes his mark with ridiculously catchy melodies, sparkly synthesis, and energetic percussion. Though falling in the realm of electronic music, MC's shows have proven to be flamboyant and lively as he jumps from violin to guitar to drums to keyboard with vibrant projected visuals." Manatee Commune will be at Neumos 12/30 with special guests Bayonne, Otieno Terry, and Buildstrong DJs. Enter to win a pair of tickets for this all ages show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Manatee Commune" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/29. Good luck!

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Easy Street 2017 Holiday Hours!

Happy Holidays to all! Thanks for all your amazing support this year! Here are our holiday hours for the coming weeks...

Christmas Eve

Cafe - 7am - 3pm
Store - 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day - CLOSED

New Year's Eve

Cafe - 7am - 3pm
Store - 9am - 5pm

New Year's Day

Cafe - 8am - 3pm
Store - 9am - 5pm

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Win A Brian Setzer Holiday Prize Package!

Win A Brian Setzer Holiday Prize Package!

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is coming to the Paramount for their annual Christmas show...the day after Christmas! That's OK, though, you'll still have some leftover spirit, right? If not, Brian & company will deliver! We're giving away a pair of tickets to the holiday bash PLUS we're throwing in a limited edition Rockin' Rudolph box set, which includes the CD, sheet music, a tree ornament, pomade, guitar pick, drink coasters, photos and a USB "credit card" packed with extra goodies! Plus plus, Setzer personally signed the box it was mailed in!

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Rockin' Rudolph" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/22. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To X At The Showbox!

Enter To Win Tickets To X At The Showbox!

Legendary L.A. rockers X are celebrating their 40th year together by ... you guessed it...touring! They're coming back to the Showbox on December 27th, so enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "40 Years Of X!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/20. Good luck!

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Win A Signed Herb Alpert Christmas Album!

Win A Signed Herb Alpert Christmas Album!

It's a Christmas miracle! We got our hands on a signed vinyl copy of Herb Alpert's new holiday LP, The Christmas Wish, and since "giving" is an essential element of the Spirit of Christmas, we are giving it away to one lucky winner! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "HERB!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Daedelus At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Daedelus At Neumos!

And we quote from the bio... "Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. With The Light Brigade, Daedelus returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, a fitting home for the Los Angeles electronic pioneer. The Light Brigade is a musical interplay of light and dark, soft and heavy, beautiful and frightening. The ghosts of war reverberate into the present in this deeply moving meditation on mortality."

Sound good? We're giving away tickets to Daedelus's 12/19 show at Neumos (21+)! Enter to win a pair by e-mailing us with the subject line "I Want Daedelus Tickets!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/18, or if you'd rather not leave things to chance, you can always buy tickets here. Good luck!

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Last Chance For Easy Street Online Holiday Shopping!

Last Chance For Easy Street Online Holiday Shopping!

Ordering online? If you're on the West Coast, please order Priority Mail by 9am next Wednesday (12/20) to get your items in time for Christmas. All other regions of the U.S. must place order (Priority Mail) by 9am next Monday (12/18) to make sure it gets under the tree in time. However, as we cannot predict inclement weather and other forces beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that orders will arrive before Christmas.

Attention holiday shoppers! If you're still making lists and checking them twice, maybe it's time to turn to the Easy Street Online Merch Page for a great selection of cool and unique gifts, such as….

Represent by wearing our super-hawt Easy Street T-Shirts! Available in a variety of styles - Ames Bros. Vs. Easy Street, Boxing Club, Black Star & Grey Eagle.

Stay toasty and comfy with Easy Street Hoodies - Classic Black Star Pullover, Charcoal Grey Zip-Up, Navy Blue Zip-Up

Rock your baby with Easy Street Black Star Onesies!

PLUS

Easy Street Trucker Hats and Beanies!

Easy Street Coffee Mugs and Indo 25 Coffee!

Easy Street Pint Glasses!

Easy Street Six-Pack O' Stickers!

Easy Street Turntable Slipmats!

Don’t Delay! Visit our Merch Page and make your holiday shopping EASY!

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New Release Round-Up 12-15-17

 

New Releases 15-December-2017



Eminem - Revival - Aftermath
Eminem returns with his highly anticipated ninth album, Revival. Rick Rubin, Skylar Grey, Eminem himself, and executive producer Dr. Dre handle production duties and the album features guest appearances from artists Beyoncé, Phresher, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Grey, Kehlani, and Pink.

N.E.R.D. - NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES - Sony
NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES is N.E.R.D.'s first album since 2010. This album includes the hit single “Lemon” (featuring Rihanna). Other guest artists include Kendrick Lamar, Future, Andre’ 3000, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, and Ed Sheeran.

New Order - NOMC15 - Mute U.S.
New Order release their new live album, NOMC15, recorded at Brixton Academy in 2015 following the release of their most recent studio LP (and Mute debut) Music Complete. It features a set consisting of tracks from the new album, as well as cuts from their back catalog and songs by Joy Division.

Nav And Metro Boomin - Perfect TimingNav And Metro Boomin - Perfect TimingNav And Metro Boomin - Perfect Timing - XO Records
Nav, named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need To Know," and Metro Boomin, one of the industry's most famous producers, new mixtape Perfect Timing includes guests Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Offset, Playboi Carti & Belly. Metro won BET's Producer Of The Year for the second consecutive year & has worked alongside some of the biggest names in hip-hop including: Drake, Big Sean, Migos, Future, Post Malone, Playboi Carti, Offset, Lil Uzi Vert & 21 Savage. NAV has also toured as main support for The Weeknd.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Linkin Park - One More Light Live
Asking Alexandria - Asking Alexandria
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself
Taylor Swift - reputation [2LP Picture Disc Vinyl]
Boosie Badazz - Boopac
G-Eazy - The Beautiful & Damned
The Beatles - The Christmas Records [Limited Edition 7in Box Set]
Crazy Heart [Soundtrack 2LP]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things 2
Stranger Things: Music from the Netflix Original Series [2LP]
Sir Rosevelt - Sir Rosevelt
John Williams - Star Wars: The Last Jedi [Soundtrack]
Bright: The Album
Sia - Everyday Is Christmas [LP]
Otis Redding - The Definitive Studio Album Collection [7LP]
Majid Jordan - The Space Between
Fela Kuti - Vinyl Box Set 4 Compiled By Erykah Badu [LP Box Set]

& More .....

Pop Etc - Routine [Vinyl Single]
Maurice Smith - Can't Fight The Feeling [Vinyl Single]
Hans Chew - Open Sea EP [Vinyl]
Nolan Porter - Go-Go-Go [Vinyl Single]
Buffalo Tom - All Be Gone
Awolnation - Miracle Man
Poppy Ackroyd - Paper
The Go Ahead - In Harms Way EP






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Win Tickets To Ekali At The Showbox!

Win Tickets To Ekali At The Showbox!

Vancouver B.C. electronic artist Ekali is coming to the Showbox on December 15th with special guests Medasin and Judge! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Past Life" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/14. Good luck!

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Win The Eagles' "Hotel California" 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box!

Win The Eagles' "Hotel California" 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box!

The Eagles' Hotel California Deluxe 40th Anniversary Box is a new 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio edition that includes the original studio album, ten previously unreleased live recordings, as well as hi-res and 5.1 mixes. Presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book, the set also features rare and unseen photos from the era, a replica tour book, and three stand-alone posters. The collection also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band's three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hotel California" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Win Aretha Franklin's "A Brand New Me" On Vinyl!

Win Aretha Franklin's "A Brand New Me" On Vinyl!

Rhino Records recently released A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which pairs classic vocals from some of the most iconic songs that the Queen Of Soul recorded for Atlantic Records with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Enter to win a copy of A Brand New Me on vinyl by e-mailing us with the subject line "A Brand New Me" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Enter To Win The Brian Wilson Anthology On Vinyl!

Enter To Win The Brian Wilson Anthology On Vinyl!

Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology revisits legendary Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson's solo career with 18 songs selected from Wilson's nine solo albums - a mix of studio and live recordings plus two previously unreleased tracks. Enter to win a copy on vinyl by e-mailing us with the subject line "Playback" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Wilco Prize Packages!

We're celebrating the release of the deluxe editions of Wilco's first two albums, A.M. and Being There, by giving away a copy of each on vinyl, plus t-shirts! One lucky winner will receive the deluxe vinyl version of Wilco's 1995 debut, A.M., which includes the original album plus eight unreleased bonus tracks, while another winner will get the deluxe vinyl Being There 4-LP set, featuring loads of never-before-heard songs, alternate takes and live performances! Each winner will also receive a corresponding t-shirt with the track list on the back! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Wilco Deluxe!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 12-01-17

New Releases 01-December-2017


U2 - Songs of Experience - Interscope Records
U2, the biggest name in rock music, is back with their highly anticipated 14th studio album Songs of Experience. A collection of 13 songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people including family, friends and fans, featuring tracks "The Blackout” and first single "You’re The Best Thing About Me."

Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - The Visitor - Reprise
Neil Young reteams with Promise Of The Real for a new album titled The Visitor, their second studio LP together following 2015's The Monsanto Years. The album comes just three months after Young released Hitchhiker, his long-lost LP of acoustic songs recorded over one night in August 1976. Young and Promise of the Real also shared the album's first single "Already Great," a rumbling, tongue-in-cheek response to Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. 

Chris Stapleton - All American Made

Chris Stapleton - All American MadeChris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2 - Mercury Nashville
Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 2 takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in “From A Room”) where it was recorded over the last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship”. Volume 2 follows the release of From A Room: Volume 1, which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and, with its RIAA Gold certification, remains the #1 best-selling country album of 2017. 

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Van Morrison - Versatile - Sony Legacy
Across Versatile's sixteen tracks, Van Morrison interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style, such as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Sinatra, the Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. Versatile also features six stunning new Van compositions, including "Broken Record." a timeless piece of late-night swing.

The Rolling Stones - On Air - UME
On Air is a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from The Rolling Stones' formative years. The songs, including eight tracks the band never released commercially, were originally broadcast on UK shows such as Saturday Club and Top Gear between 1963 and 1965. The tapes have gone through the “audio source separation” process, making tracks like "Come On," "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," and many more sound better than before. The vinyl release features 32 classic tracks on two 180G LPs!


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 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Danielle Bradbery - I Don't Believe We've Met
Cindy Wilson - Change [LP]
Miguel - War & Leisure
Glassjaw - Material Control
Action Bronson - Blue Chips 7000
Rush - A Farewell To Kings: 40th Anniversary Edition [4LP]
Starfucker (STRFKR) - Vault Vol. 1-3 [3CD]
Pitbull - Greatest Hits
Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky: 35th Anniversary [Collector's Box Set]
Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained [LP]
Wilco - A.M.: Deluxe Edition [2LP]
Wilco - Being There: Deluxe Edition [4LP]
Nightmares On Wax - Citizen Kane [LP]
Tav Falco - A Tav Falco Christmas
Dexter Gordon - Both Sides of Midnight [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Five Finger Death Punch - A Decade Of Destruction
The Minus 5 - Dear December
Reo Speedwagon - Not So Silent Night: Christmas With Reo Speedwagon [LP]
Tom Chaplin - Twelve Tales Of Christmas [LP]

& More .....

Bib - Moshpit EP [Vinyl]
Louis Tomlinson - Miss You
First Aid Kit - Fireworks
Tommy Emmanuel - Looking Forward To The Past






 

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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Win Tickets To Demetri Martin!

Win Tickets To Demetri Martin!

Standup comedian Demetri Martin will be filming a TV special at the Moore on December 2nd and you can win tickets! Martin began doing standup comedy in New York City, where he worked as a staff writer at Late Night with Conan O’Brien. After working at Conan, Demetri became a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He's released two standup comedy albums and three standup comedy specials, including his latest for Netflix, Demetri Martin Live (at the time). He also created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central called Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Enter to win tickets to the 9:30pm show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Let's Get Awkward" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/1. Good luck!

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Win New Charlotte Gainsbourg Vinyl & Signed Photo!

Charlotte Gainsbourg's new album, Rest, is a triumph in more ways than one. After years of collaborating with heavy hitters such as Beck, Jarvis Cocker, and her father, Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte has finally stepped out from the shadows and grabbed the reins. The untimely death of her half-sister took a great toll on her, and it reflects in the lyrics and vibe of this deeply personal album. On the positive side, the reviews of this first "real" Charlotte Gainsbourg album have been uniformly excellent. We're offering up a vinyl copy of Rest plus a signed photo of Charlotte to one lucky winner. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Rest" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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RSD Black Friday 2017 - Best Sellers & What's Left!

RSD Black Friday 2017 - Best Sellers & What's Left!

Thanks to everyone who came to see us on RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! Hope y'all scored all the goodies on your list and then some! We had a great day, thanks to you! As a result, we only have a handful of titles left to sell online. 

But first...what were our hottest sellers? Go here for the list!

Here's the list of RSDBF titles we have available online:

Benjamin Booker - Live For No One - 10"

Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas LP

Clutch - Pitchfork & Lost Needles - Picture Disc

Fleet Foxes - The Electric Lady Session 10"

Gorillaz - Humanz - Picture Disc

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation (40th Anniversary Edition) - 2xLP

The Prodigy - H.N.I.C. - 2xLP

Otis Redding - Live In Europe (50th Anniversary Edition)

Sublime - 40 Oz To Freedom - 2xLP Picture Disc

U2 - The Blackout

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Win Tickets To Morgan Saint At Barboza!

New York-based singer Morgan Saint's debut EP, 17 Hero, dropped last month, with her label, Epic Records, saying this about the vibe: "Think Fiona Apple channeling Florence + the Machine in a David Lynchian landscape for a reference point and you’re a quarter of the way there!" Sound good? Well, enter to win a pair of tickets to her 21+ show at Barboza on December 4th by e-mailing us with the subject line "You" (the title of the first single) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/2. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To SALES & Chaos Chaos!

Win Tickets To SALES & Chaos Chaos!

Florida indie-pop band SALES are coming to Neumos along with special guests Chaos Chaos (the Seattle sister duo formerly known as Smoosh) on November 30th! Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "SALES Tickets!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 11/29. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Guitar Signed By Dhani Harrison!

Dhani Harrison (son of George) captivated the crowd at his show at the Crocodile last night! He's touring in support of his debut solo release, IN///PARALLEL, and while we weren't able to sponsor a ticket contest for the show, we think you might love the alternative...a signed guitar! Enter to win this sharp Fender Squier Bullet Strat signed by the man himself by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dhani Guitar" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up guitar at our store in West Seattle one week after notification. Good luck!

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Ian's RSD Black Friday 2017 Picks!

Ian's RSD Black Friday 2017 Picks!

It's that time again! Just one more week until we open our doors at 7am for Record Store Day's Black Friday (11/24)! As always, we'll be offering up a ton of limited edition RSDBF exclusives and "RSDBF First" releases in many colors and sizes!

Without further ado, here are Easy Street Social Media guru Ian Bremner's RSDBF picks!

Neil Young - Harvest Moon 25th Anniversary Edition - 2xLP

This 25th Anniversary Edition of the Neil Young classic is newly remastered and presented for the first time on vinyl in North America, in case-wrapped gatefold jacket.

Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels - Live 1973 Featuring Emmylou Harris

Live 1973 Featuring Emmylou Harris is a live album by Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels, recorded at Sonic Studios in Hempstead, New York during a live radio broadcast from WLIR-FM. The recording came between Parsons' only two solo studio albums, GP, and Grievous Angel, but it was not released until 1982. This re-issue is pressed on audiophile 180-gram vinyl, utilizing Sierra Records 1982 original half-speed metal master, and was processed by the late Richard "Slim" Doss at the legendary Sheffield Lab Matrix. This beautiful deluxe edition comes with the original LP artwork, in an enhanced presentation silver foil, limited numbered jacket. It is a must have for any fan of the talented and troubled musician.

Isaac Hayes - The Spirit of Memphis - 2xLP

World famous soul singer Issac Hayes influenced thousands of musician over his multi-decade career, working for Stax Records and writing such classics as "Soul Man" and "Shaft." To honor this legend who passed away in 2008, RSD Black Friday is releasing a 2LP set on colored vinyl, The Spirit of Memphis, featuring many songs from Hayes' career, and several songs previously unreleased on vinyl. This collection highlights Isaac's role as musician, songwriter, and producer and includes songs from not only his catalog, but from The Soul Children, David Porter, The Emotions and more. 

Willie Nelson - Spirit

For RSD Black Friday, Modern Classics is re-releasing Spirit, Willie Nelson's forty-ninth studio album, originally released in 1996. The album differs from Nelson's other work because his band used fewer instruments on the recording (two guitars, piano, fiddle) and it has a more classical/Spanish influence. Spirit reached the US Country top 20 when it was released, and David Fricke from Rolling Stone describes it as "low-key, acoustic, stripped to the rugged fundamentals of a good song and a superior voice." Spirit is an emotional concept album illustrating the forlorn tale of a man abandoned by the great love of his life. We follow him down the path of loss as he confronts grief, gets back on his feet, and eventually finds solace in acceptance. Beloved by those familiar with Nelson's deep catalog, Spirit remains highly revered amongst critics and fans alike. Originally released in 1996, Spirit is issued here for the first time on colored vinyl as a special Record Store Day Black Friday release. It comes newly remastered with a deluxe, gatefold, 'tip-on' uncoated jacket, this is a chance to own this unique album in its most beautifully presented form.

Check out the full list of Record Store Day Black Friday titles here!

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Win Tickets To Chicano Batman!

Win Tickets To Chicano Batman!

L.A.'s Chicano Batman are bringing their infectious mix of Brazilian Tropicalia & psych-tinged funk to the Showbox November 18th with special guests Texas psych/world trio Khruangbin! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Freedom Is Free" (the title of their latest release on ATO) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 11/17. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Foo Fighters At Safeco!

The mighty Foo Fighters are looking to hit a home run when they come and play Safeco Field on September 1st, 2018! Tickets go on sale Monday, November 20th at 10am, but if you're feeling lucky, you might wanna enter our contest for a pair of free tickets! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "FOOS!" and please include first & last name with entry. Good luck!

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Adam's RSD Black Friday 2017 Picks!

Adam's RSD Black Friday 2017 Picks!

We asked our shipping & receiving manager Adam Tutty what he's gonna pick up on Record Store Day's Black Friday, which starts at 7am, 11/24 at your favorite corner record shop! Check out his picks!

Chuck Berry - The London Chuck Berry Sessions - LP

The London Chuck Berry Sessions is an album of studio recordings and live recordings by Chuck Berry, released by Chess Records in October 1972. Side One consists of studio recordings, engineered by Geoff Calver. Side Two features three live performances recorded by the PYE Mobile Unit, engineered by Alan Perkins, on February 3, 1972 at the Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry England. The recordings include the sound of festival management trying in vain to get the audience to leave so that the next performers can take the stage: the crowd begins chanting "We Want Chuck". "My Ding-a-ling" from the live side of the album was edited to approximately four minutes for release as a single. It was Berry's first and only single to reach #1 in the US and the UK.

Benjamin Booker - Live for No One (Live From Columbus Theater, Providence, RI) - 10” EP

Benjamin Booker is a 27-year-old American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Virginia Beach, VA. He was exposed to all types of music in his youth, and Booker cites artists as varied as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex as influences. His music has been described as "frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity." Caroline and ATO Records are releasing Benjamin Booker - Live For No One (Live From Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI) for the first time ever on RSD Black Friday! This is a album of five unreleased live tracks from a stellar performance , including live versions of "Right On You," "Witness," "Believe," "Slow Drag Under," and "Overtime." 

Steve Earle - El Corazon - LP

This 1997 Steve Earle album is released on vinyl for the frst time, and comes with a lithograph exclusive to this Record Store Day Black Friday edition.

Mike Watt - Contemplating the Engine Room - LP

Mike Watt’s second album features Nels Cline on guitar and Stephen Hodges on drums. The album is finally receiving its first ever vinyl pressing with this double LP, a full 20 years after the album’s release. Pressed on two 180-gram vinyl LPs, it features three full sides of music and a custom vinyl etching on the 4th side. The release includes a bonus download card featuring an entire unreleased live show, Contemplating the Engine Room: Live in Long Beach ‘98 – Five Man Opera.

Poncier - Poncier (LP or cassette)

In the movie Singles, Cliff Poncier is one of the main characters who was recently kicked out of his band and decides to record a solo album. During the filming of the movie, Chris Cornell took a film prop cassette from the movie set that was Cliff Poncier's demo and seen in the film, wrote and recorded songs to the fake song titles written on the prop cassette: "Seasons," "Nowhere But You," "Spoon Man," "Flutter Girl" and "Missing." For the first time officially, the Poncier demos will be available on vinyl and cassette with custom art designed by Jeff Ament, in three colorways, randomly distributed.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Noah Gundersen!

Enter To Win Tickets To Noah Gundersen!

Maybe you saw Noah Gundersen cast his spell at Easy Street a couple months back (if not, see below)...and now our local hero is coming home again for a two-night stretch at the Neptune, supporting his latest LP, White Noise! We're giving away a pair of tickets for the November 18th (Saturday) show, so hurry and enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Bad Desire" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 11/15. Good luck! 

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Win Tickets To Ibeyi!

Win Tickets To Ibeyi!

According to Pitchfork, French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, aka Ibeyi, "offer worldly, skyward rallying cries to the distressed that belie their youth. Their genre-agnostic musicality widens the aura of inclusion, twining downtempo electro-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and fervently slapped cajón percussion that nods to West African Yoruba culture." Enter to win tickets to their show at the Neptune on November 14th by e-mailing us with the subject line "Ash" (the title of their latest album) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 11/13. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 11-10-17

 

Taylor Swift - reputation

Taylor Swift - reputationTaylor Swift - reputationTaylor Swift - reputation - Big Machine Records
Taylor Swift releases her highly-anticipated sixth studio album, reputation. The album features the singles "Look What You Made Me Do," "...Ready For It?," and "Gorgeous".

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Live At Red Rocks - Stax
On August 21st, 2016, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats marked the one-year anniversary of their debut album with a triumphant, sold-out homecoming show at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Denver-based band's first headlining performance at the revered venue. Honed by the extensive touring that took them around the world and back during the preceding twelve months, the mighty rock and soul band tore through a tight set packed with favorites such as "I Need Never Get Old," "Look It Here," "Shake," "Howling at Nothing" and "Wasting Time." The night culminated with their special guests, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, joining the guys for a swampy, powerful "S.O.B." before finishing with Sam Cooke's classic "Having a Party," as the second line paraded with band in tow right out of the theater.

Walk The Moon - What If Nothing - RCA
Walk The Moon release their third album, What If Nothing. The album features the singles "One Foot," "Headphones," and "Surrender."

Seal - StandardsSeal - Standards - RepublicSeal - Standards
Over the course of his astounding career, acclaimed singer-songwriter Seal has sold over 50 million albums globally. Now this iconic voice is tackling timeless songs with a collection of stunning versions of standards. Standards includes hit tracks “Luck Be A Lady” and “It Was A Very Good Year.”

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Angel Olsen - Phases - Jagjaguwar
How do you best describe Angel Olsen? From the lo-fi, sparse folk-melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock 'n' roll bursting from 2016's beloved and acclaimed My Woman, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story. Phases is a collection of Olsen's work culled from the past several years, including a number of never-before-released tracks. "Fly On Your Wall," previously contributed to the Bandcamp-only, anti-Trump fundraiser "Our First 100 Days," opens Phases, before seamlessly slipping into "Special," a brand new song from the MY WOMAN recording sessions. Both "How Many Disasters" and "Sans" are first-time listens: home-recorded demos that have never been released, leaning heavily on Olsen's arresting croon and lonesome guitar. The B-sides compilation is both a testament to Olsen's enormous musical range and a tidy compilation of tracks that have previously been elusive in one way or another. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen's sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.

Mickey Hart - RamuMickey Hart - RamuMickey Hart - RAMU - Verve
Legendary Grateful Dead drummer, solo artist and world music aficionado Mickey Hart releases his 14th solo album - RAMU - on Verve Forecast. RAMU was co-produced by Michal Menert, formerly of Pretty Lights, and features Avey Tare from Animal Collective, Tank from Tank and the Bangas as guest vocalists. In addition to their contributions, RAMU features the incredible Zakir Hussain on tabla, bassist Oteil Burbridge, talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, guitarist Steve Kimock, multi-instrumentalist Charles Lloyd, and Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident. Recordings of the late Jerry Garcia, the late Babatunde Olatunji, and unreleased field recordings by Alan Lomax also appear on the album.

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Metallica - Master Of Puppets: Remastered [Expanded Edition 3CD] - Blackened Recordings
Master of Puppets was originally released on March 3rd, 1986, on Elektra Records and went on to become the first Metallica album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. In 2016, the album became the first metal album to be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, an honor granted to works deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The Expanded Edition includes previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet.

R.E.M. - Automatic For The People: 25th Anniversary Edition - Craft Recordings
Widely considered to be one of the best albums of the '90s, 1992's Automatic For The People features R.E.M.'s iconic hit singles "Nightswimming," "Man on the Moon," and "Everybody Hurts." Commemorating the album's 25th Anniversary, this 2-CD edition features the full album remastered from the original analog tapes. Housed in a clamshell box, this edition features new liner notes by Tom Doyle, who conducted new interviews with all 4 band members. Also included is a full live set, Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92. Performed in R.E.M.'s hometown of Athens, GA, it was the band's only live show that year. Includes a fold out poster and postcard series, featuring photography by Anton Corbijn. Other 25th Anniversary formats available include a Deluxe Edition Boxset (3CD+Blu-ray) and an 180-gram LP.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Quicksand - Interiors [LP]
Four Tet - New Energy
Ben Folds - Supersunnyspeedgraphic, The LP [2LP]
Elton John - Diamonds [2LP]
Langhorne Slim - Lost At Last Vol. 1 [LP]
Evanescence - Synthesis
Kutless - Alpha / Omega
Shooter Jennings - Live At Billy Bob's Texas [LP]
Project Mama Earth - Mama Earth
Billy Ray Cyrus - Set The Record Straight
Tears For Fears - Rule The World
Escape-Ism - Introduction To Escape-Ism [LP]
Andrew Bird - Echolocations: River [LP]
Aretha Franklin - Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With Royal [LP]
Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe [LP]
Eric Johnson - Live From Austin, TX [LP]
Peter Oren - Anthropocene [LP]
Charlie Feathers - Best Of The Sun Records Sessions [LP]
Guided By Voices - Live From Austin, TX [LP]
Gregg Kowalsky - L'orange L'orange [10in Vinyl]
Dillon - Kind
Jazz Loves Disney 2: A Kind Of Magic
Childish Gambino - Awaken My Love [LP]

& More .....

Sleigh Bells - Kid Kruschev EP
Exploded View - Summer Came Early EP [Vinyl]
Tennis - We Can Die Happy EP [Vinyl]
Morrissey - Spent The Day In Bed / Judy Is A Punk (Live) [Vinyl]
Sinsaenum - Ashes EP
Chris Stapleton - Scarecrow In The Garden
Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive
Barenaked Ladies - Sunshine










 

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Enter To Win Bruce Dickinson Book & T-Shirt!

Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has a new autobiography out titled What Does This Button Do, in which he discusses his experiences as the vocalist of the metal masters, as well as his offstage activities as an airline captain, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, screenwriter, and world-class fencer! Suffice it to say this is a man who has a LOT going on, and no doubt has a lot to say about his life as well! Enter to win a copy of the book as well as the t-shirt pictured above by e-mailing us with the subject line "What Does This Button Do" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Album Review: Curtis Harding - "Face Your Fear"

Album Review: Curtis Harding - "Face Your Fear"

By Ian Bremner / Old Rookie

There are famous adages about being the product of the company you keep. In the case of Curtis Harding, his ever-changing musical environment makes him almost impossible to nail down. He’s old school, but modern-fresh. He’s Motown, but garage rock. He’s soul, but psychedelic.

Curtis Harding has sung backup for Cee-Lo Green, opened for Jack White and played in a punk band with The Black Lips’ Cole Alexander. His solo material is a beautiful blend of all it it. 2014’s Soul Power was a soul-inflicted garage rock record gleaming with the grit of his home base of Atlanta.

Like Soul Power, Harding’s new record, Face Your Fear, features him shirtless against a mostly black and white background, but this time the title outlined in pink. Perhaps that bit of bright color signifies the brighter shine of the new record, which was recorded in New York at the studio of legendary producer Danger Mouse.

From the very get-go of Face Your Fear, you can tell you are into something a bit more slicked up, a bit more layered than its predecessor. The lead track, "Wednesday Morning Atonement" features strings and underlying synths warning you Harding is clearly on to something new. Though there are fresh sweeps of modern studio help, Harding only adds his vintage rock 'n' roll cred. The album flows wonderfully, bouncing across all genres and all decades.

Whether it’s the Motown pop of "Till The End" and "Need Your Love" or the chilled-out California soul of "Welcome To My World" and "Ghost Of You," Harding is in his zone. He is in his element at all times.

Face Your Fear could fit into any generation, but it could be argued that these modern times need it most. We could all take a cue from Harding and face our fears. It seems to have worked for him.

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Andy's RSD Black Friday 2017 Picks!

Andy's RSD Black Friday 2017 Picks!

It's that time again! On November 24th we shake off the turkey coma and open our doors at 7am for Record Store Day's Black Friday! As always, we'll be offering up a ton of limited edition RSDBF exclusives and "RSDBF First" releases in many colors and sizes! Forget the big box stores and shopping mall madness -- this year, get all your holiday shopping done early...after all, who doesn't love music!

Easy Street vinyl czar Andy Nelson says you should consider picking these sweet shiny things up on RSDBF!

Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation - LP

German electronic music group Tangerine Dream released their debut album, Electronic Meditation, in June 1970. It is the only Tangerine Dream album to feature the line-up of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler. Their mid-'70s work has been profoundly influential in the development of electronic music styles such as new age and electronic dance music. For RSD Black Friday, Varese Sarabande is re-releasing Electronic Meditation in a special gatefold jacket.

Blue Oyster Cult - Rarities - 2xLP

The double LP set Rarities Vol. 1 presents 17 tracks, dating from the years 1969-1976, that have never before been issued on vinyl. The first side features the psychedelically-infused 'Soft White Underbelly' demos, taped for the Columbia label in 1969. The other three sides include live tracks from the band's archive, outtakes from such classic albums as Tyranny And Mutation and Secret Treaties, plus rare singles including the cover version of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild." This edition is limited to only 1,000 units, including two LPs on white vinyl, a gatefold cover and liner notes.

Chris Bell - The Complete Chris Bell - 6xLP Box Set

After co-founding and subsequently leaving Big Star, Chris Bell only issued two tracks of new music during his short lifetime. For RSD Black Friday 2017, Omnivore Recordings, with the help of the Estate of Chris Bell, are releasing his complete recordings. This magnificent six=LP set of Chris Bell's recorded output contains everything he ever recorded, including Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star Featuring Chris Bell, Rock City's See Seven States, I Am The Cosmos (Expanded), and two LPs of outtakes and alternate versions. Rounding out the box set is an exclusive unissued London interview from 1975 conducted by Barry Ballard, and a 20-page color booklet with previously unseen photos. This release should serve as the definitive collection of the massively influential Chris Bell, and would make a wonderful gift for any Big Star fan!

Richard Hell & The Voidoids -  Blank Generation 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - 2xLP w/booklet

Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation is an iconic album that has influenced countless rock bands with its image, its attitude, and its blistering performances. Released in 1977 on Sire Records, the album was received ecstatically by critics such as Lester Bangs and the New York Times’ Robert Palmer (who called it one of the ten best albums of the decade), but as was the case with most original “punk” albums, it wouldn’t get mainstream recognition for decades. Now its place in music history is secure as one of punk’s most significant records. Recently, Rolling Stone magazine lauded Blank Generation as one of the “40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time,” giving the innovative and literate band its well deserved credit on the cusp of its 40th anniversary. This seminal album is being recognized on its 40th anniversary this year with limited edition double-CD and double-LP deluxe editions to be released on Record Store Day’s Black Friday. Produced for release by Richard Hell, the album has been expertly remastered—by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, who mastered the original LP—as well as restored to its original 1977 track listing and sleeve imagery. BLANK GENERATION: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a second disc, with previously unreleased, alternate studio versions, out-of-print singles, and rare bootleg live tracks from the band’s first appearance in 1976 at CBGB. The booklet also contains many previously unpublished photos of the band by Roberta Bayley (the renowned CBGB photographer who shot the LP’s original cover), a revealing essay by Hell along with compelling images from his notebooks and private papers, and an extensive new interview with Ivan Julian by Hell.

Neil Young - Harvest Moon 25th Anniversary Edition - 2xLP

This 25th Anniversary Edition of the Neil Young classic is newly remastered and presented for the first time on vinyl in North America, in case-wrapped gatefold jacket.

Check out the full list of Record Store Day Black Friday titles here!

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Win Tickets To Daniel Johnston & Friends!

Win Tickets To Daniel Johnston & Friends!

Austin singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston has struggled with mental illness nearly his entire life, and is now facing myriad health problems. However it is not stopping him from hitting the road with a handful of musicians that he has inspired over the years, including Built To Spill, who will be among the special guests at the "Daniel Johnston & Friends" concert that is happening at the Moore on November 11th. In addition to the performance, the 2005 documentary about Johnston, The Devil & Daniel Johnston, will be screened at the event. Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hi, How Are You?" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 11/10. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Breeders!

Win Tickets To The Breeders!

Here's the real deal ... the Deal twins, Kim & Kelley, along with cohorts Josephine & Jim, will be blasting out Breeders classics all night long at the Showbox on November 9th! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Wait In The Car" and please include your first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 11/9. Good luck! 

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THANK YOU For Coming Out To The Record Fair

The 2nd Annual KEXP + Easy Street Records Record Fair was another huge success thanks to YOU, the vinyl lovers, the collectors, the music fans, Everyone!

What was your best Score? Any suggestions for next year? You have a good time? Thanks all, in vinyl we trust

photo by: Chris "Chrispy" Harrison

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Album Review: Bully - Losing

Album Review: Bully - Losing

By Ian Bremner / Old Rookie

If you take things literally, the very first track from Bully’s new record, Losing lays it all out there for you. The Nashville trio’s debut album was titled, Feels Like. A few years later, track one from Losing is called Feels the Same. Whether the title is an actual ode to the past or not, the aggressive uneasiness in Bully's music has not seized one bit.

Alicia Bognanno’s lyrics are straight out of a diary and delivered with as much angst as sincerity. It’s no wonder why Sub Pop Records, a label known for Seattle’s 90’s grunge explosion and most notably, Nirvana, jumped at the chance to sign Bully for the Feels Like follow-up. The raspy howl of Bognanno isn’t too far removed from what made Kurt Cobain such a symbol for young rebels, but Bully never veers quite as dark. Though the thrashing guitars, building drums and emotional delivery are right on par, what makes Bognanno unique is her ability to create these angry sounding punk songs so damn catchy. If it weren’t for the heavy fuzz and grinding guitars, they would actually make great pop songs. Cultivating that punk-pop ratio is pure Bully wheelhouse.

More than simply the songwriter and frontwoman, sound engineering is where Alicia Bognanno really gets off. The recording process for LP2 was the same as the first go around. The band tracked to analog tape at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, where Bognanno once interned and learned.

Losing builds off the same sonic pattern as Feels Like, but with just a bit more polish and confidence. There is a common theme to all of Bully’s songs, but the more you listen, the more you are able to pull out each time and the more you become a fan. Songs like Running are vintage Bully, but they add new rockers like Kills To Be Resistant and Seeing It that stretch a bit further and take Losing next level.

Originally posted on oldrookie.com

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Win Tickets to Hiss Golden Messenger at Tractor Tavern

Win Tickets to Hiss Golden Messenger at Tractor Tavern

M.C. Taylor aka Hiss Golden Messenger has steadily put out amazing records and fairly quietly, until recently with the newest record, "Hallelujah Anyhow" finally getting the proper attention. Hiss Golden Messenger always sounds good, but perhaps best in the fall. With the beautiful weather in Seattle currently and the chance to see HGM at Tractor Tavern on Thursday, November 2nd, all you have to do is email Ian with the subject line, "When The Wall Comes Down" for a chance to win guest list spots for you and a +1. Don't want to take chances? Buy tickets HERE:

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Win Tickets to David Ramirez at Tractor Tavern!

Win Tickets to David Ramirez at Tractor Tavern!

Want to start November off right with a night at Tractor Tavern to see David Ramirez? His new album, "We're Not Going Anywhere" is been getting great reviews and has been underrated for awhile. Go see him live! Enter to win tickets by emailing Ian with the subject line, "Twins" and we'll draw a winner tomorrow on Halloween! Want to play it safe, buy tickets HERE!

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Album Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - "Lotta Sea Lice"

Album Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - "Lotta Sea Lice"

By Ian Bremner/OldRookie.com

Since the collaboration was announced, fans of Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett have been eagerly awaiting the results of such a dream pairing. If there were any pressures to deliver on such high expectations, their joint record, Lotta Sea Lice shows no signs of it. Though Vile and Barnett are indie-rock superstars, Lotta Sea Lice is less of an explosive supergroup effort, as much as it is two buddies jamming out, sharing tunes and creating new ones.

On paper, a CB-KV duo is a match made in heaven. They are obvious fans of each other and the chemistry is palpable. Both songwriters have histories of hard rock, folk tunes and the slyest of deadpan deliveries. Kurt and Courtney are the type of artists who could make a song about literally anything and make it sound interesting (Barnett has a song titled "3 Packs A Day," which is about Ramen noodles).

The project started simply as a joint single, but quickly turned into something more concrete. Nine tracks and 44 minutes later, Lotta Sea Lice is a combination platter of original tunes, covers, and taking turns singing each other’s songs. In a collection of highlights, Vile singing Barnett’s "Outta the Wordwork" and Courtney’s version of Kurt’s "Peepin’ Tom" perfectly highlight why these two work so well together.

Being endlessly touring musicians and living in Australia (Barnett) and Philadelphia (Vile), perhaps a musical microcosm of their relationship can be summed up in the song, "Continental Breakfast." Accompanied by perhaps the cutest video you will see, CB and KV trade lines about the simplicities of friendship across the globe. "I cherish my intercontinental friendships / we talk about it over continental breakfast / in a hotel in east bumble wherever / somewhere on the sphere around here."

While Lotta Sea Lice may not be the most complete project in terms of Barnett’s and Vile’s solo careers, it is absolutely a landmark in their respective catalogues. Two wildly talented friends simply playing music together goes a long way in warming the soul.

Check out some incredible photos by Jake Hanson from their recent Seattle stop HERE

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Win Tickets To Queens Of The Stone Age At KeyArena!

The mighty Queens Of The Stone Age will be slaying Seattle at KeyArena January 25th in support of their killer new album, Villains, and we want YOU to be there! Enter to win a pair of FREE tickets by e-mailing Ian with the subject line "QOTSA!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner this Friday, 10/27.

Tickets for Queens Of The Stone Age go on sale this Friday at 10am at ShowboxPresents.com!

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Win Tickets To Cults On Halloween!

Win Tickets To Cults On Halloween!

NYC indie duo Cults released their first album in nearly four years, Offering, a few weeks back, and they're, um, "offering" up samples of it and more when they come play Neumos on Halloween night! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing Ian with the subject line "Offering" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/27. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Nick Hakim At Barboza!

Win Tickets To Nick Hakim At Barboza!

NPR describes D.C. soul singer Nick Hakim's sound as "soul music for outer space," adding that "he writes songs that honor his own complexity and the complexity of love, delivered through brilliant, pillowy, jazz-inflected arrangements. But, perhaps above all, it's the voice — a striking vessel of emotion and an impressive technical force." Pitchfork chimes in with "[His] songs brim with yearning. There are glimpses of lovers, both lost and present, but he emphasizes the feelings they impart in specific moments. Hakim’s debut album, Green Twins, is a shrine to these entanglements made entirely of soft-spoken love songs that erupt into psychedelic hymnals." 

Sound good? Nick Hakim is coming to Barboza (21+) on October 24th...wanna go?? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Cuffed" and please include first & last name with entry. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 10-20-17

 

Margo Price - All American Made

Margo Price - All American MadeMargo Price - All American MadeMargo Price - All American Made - Third Man Records
A lot can change in a year: markets boom and bust, trends come and go, presidents get elected. In 2015, Margo Price was a country underdog just trying to keep enough gas in the tank to get to the next gig, but by the end of 2016, she was one of the genre’s most celebrated new artists and a ubiquitous presence on late night television and at major festivals around the world. It’s the kind of year most musicians can only dream of, and the arrival of Price’s spectacular sophomore album, All American Made, proves that she hasn’t taken a moment of it for granted. Delivering on the promise of her debut and then some, the record finds Price planting her flag firmly in the soil as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul, one with the chops to hang with the greats she so often finds herself sharing stages with these days. A prolific writer with a knack for candid self-reflection, Price has never had to look too far for inspiration, and on All American Made, she and her songwriting partner/ husband, Jeremy Ivey, continue to depict the trials of everyday life with unflinching honesty, painting poetically plainspoken portraits of men and women just trying to get by. Highs and lows, long nights and hard days, wild women and cocaine cowboys, politics and sexism, it’s all in there, singularly filtered through Price’s wry, no-bullshit perspective. Throughout the album, her contemporary take on classic sounds is at once familiar and daring, an infectious blend of Nashville country, Memphis soul, and Texas twang that tips its cap to everyone from Waylon and Willie (who makes a guest appearance) to Loretta and Dolly, all while flipping a middle finger to the cookie-cutter pop that dominates modern country radio. Rich with swirling pedal steel, honky-tonk rhythms, and Price’s stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals, All American Made is deeply reverent of tradition even as it challenges conventions, a nuanced exploration of conflicted emotions for our deeply conflicted times. The album is also available as on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sky Blue Vinyl.

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The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: RemasteredThe Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: RemasteredThe Smiths - The Queen Is Dead: Remastered - Rhino
Widely considered to be both The Smiths' finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, The Queen Is Dead has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986. Now Warner Bros. Records are releasing a newly mastered and expanded version of the album. The remastered album is available in a couple of configurations: 3CD/DVD, 2CD and a 5LP Box Set.

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Bully - LosingBully - LosingBully - Losing - Sub Pop
While Bully's 2013 debut Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Alicia Bognanno’s young adult life, its follow-up Losing is their first for Sub Pop (which in many ways feels like their spiritual home; Bully’s sound is an outgrowth of the bands the label championed in the late ‘80s and ‘90s). Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to flee from your troubles but to face them down no matter how messy they may be (“Well, this isn’t the summer I wanted,” she muses on “Blame,” before admitting that she’s trying to “cut down on booze and you”). Written as the group slowed down from touring constantly and Bognanno attempted to adjust to how different a home schedule is from a road schedule, her songwriting has matured from the quick one-two punches of Feels Like to tracks that contemplate the necessity of space in both song structure and emotion. 

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Brand New - Science Fiction - PMTraitors
"The eight years of psychotic speculation ahead of Brand New’s forever-delayed LP5 did more for the band’s legacy than topping Deja Entendu or The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me ever could. This fan fervor lent the album a mythical status typically granted to someone who died or disappeared. Objectively, it’s been 14 years since 'The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows' peaked at No. 37 on Billboard’s Alternative chart, eight since Daisy, their most recent and least loved studio album, and they’ve toured both clubs and festivals regularly in the time since. The excitement surrounding Science Fiction now that it has arrived is faintly tempered by the thudding finality of it all: “#thisIsTheLastOne” and the “Brand New 2000 - 2018” t-shirts are a statement of fact. But to put it in his own words, LP5 was a millstone around Jesse Lacey’s neck. Science Fiction turns it into a monument. As they’ve done throughout their two decades, Brand New defy expectations to a degree that can make even their most beloved past work feel short-sighted. ... [P]opular guitar music in 2017 has been undeniably shaped by Brand New, a band who has served not just as damaged role models but as a formative musical influence. And this was all before they provided an example of what all these bands could aspire to sound like in their 40s without disowning their younger, more dramatic selves. In death, they provide a last will and testament—if this truly is the end for Brand New, Science Fiction points a way forward for everyone else." - Pitchfork

Tyminski - Southern GothicTyminski - Southern GothicTyminski - Southern Gothic - Mercury Nashville
Tyminski (Dan Tyminski) releases Southern Gothic on Mercury Records Nashville. All thirteen tracks on the album were co-written by Tyminski who describes the album as holding up a mirror to society without judgment or opinions. What started out as songwriting for other artists, resulted in the fourteen-time Grammy winner finding himself jealous to give up the songs he was writing and realizing that he had an opportunity to explore these songs within his own project. 

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Cheap Trick - Christmas ChristmasCheap Trick - Christmas Christmas - Big Machine Records
Cheap Trick wants you to want them — for Christmas. The ’70s supergroup has just completed work on a holiday album, which will mark the band’s third release in just two years. News of the upcoming holiday album comes just one month after Cheap Trick released the album We’re All Alright. Last year, the band dropped the album Bang, Zoom, Crazy… HelloIn an interview with Orange Amps, longtime Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson revealed that the band finished recording a holiday album “about two months ago,” and said it came out “great.”  “We did one standard, and then all sorts of different songs on there, it’s really cool,” he said.  “We’ve got a few originals, and we covered songs from artists that we really like which have done Christmas songs.” After four decades together, Cheap Trick shows no signs of slowing down. Petersson said it’s hard for him to explain the band’s natural creative drive, but he added that the bandmates still love recording and writing together. Tom also said the group is still striving to make “that perfect record,” which could be what keeps them going. The band has said they hope to continue to release one new album each year. 

 

Ten Bands One Cause

Ten Bands One CauseTen Bands One Cause 2017 
Ten Bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the 4th year for the initiative that has raised over $144,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989.

This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Metallica, Portugal. The Man, Lord Huron, Dustin Kensrue, Gary Clark Jr, Lucinda Williams, Mastodon, Four Year Strong, Blue October and GWAR.

This week you can pick up GWAR - The Blood Of Gods [Limited Edition Pink LP]

Check out all of the releases HERE.



ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


Willie Nelson - Willie & The Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2 [LP]
George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice / Mtv Unplugged
Sondre Lerche - Pleasure
Destroyer - Ken [LP]
Various Artists - The Con X: Covers
Beach Slang - We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags [Quiet Slang] [LP]
Darius Rucker - When Was The Last Time [LP]
Nai Palm - Needle Paw
Trivium - The Sin And The Sentence [LP]
Billy Joel - The Stranger [Picture Disc LP]
Slipknot - Day Of The Gusano [Limited Edition Deluxe 3LP/DVD]
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Echo In The Valley
Niall Horan - Flicker
Lindsey Stirling - Warmer In The Winter
We Came As Romans - Cold Like War
Boyz II Men - Under The Streetlight
Europe - Walk The Earth [LP]
Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony [LP]
Rock Candy Funk Party - The Groove Cubed
Kllo - Backwater
The Bloody Beetroots - The Great Electronic Swindle [LP]
King Leg - Meet King Leg

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Ron Gallo - Temporary Slave [Vinyl Single]
NRBQ - Happy Talk EP
Stephanie K - Troublemaker EP
CCFX - CCFX EP [Vinyl]
Cut Worms - Alien Sunset EP [Vinyl]
Diane Coffee - Peel EP [Vinyl]
Compton White - Compton White EP [Indie Exclusive White Vinyl]
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Holy Mountain
The Go! Team - Semicirclesong
Langhorne Slim - Funny Feelin' EP






 

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win Tickets To Black Angels & Ron Gallo!

Win Tickets To Black Angels & Ron Gallo!

Just a killer double bill happening at the Showbox on October 23rd with Austin mindbenders the Black Angels and Nashville via Philly frizzy, fuzzy garage rocker Ron Gallo (who, incidentally, will play a short free set at Easy Street at 7pm before the Showbox show). Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Death Song" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/20. Good luck!

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Win A SIGNED Copy Of Robert Plant's New LP!

Robert Plant's eleventh solo album, Carry Fire, was released last week to critical acclaim, including this tasty bit from American Songwriter: "Few would have predicted after Zeppelin’s demise that Plant could be churning out a consistent stream of creative, inspired, genre-bending music well into the millennium, while ex-partner Jimmy Page would still be crafting a follow-up to his lone 1988 solo release, seemingly content to remaster Zeppelin’s catalog. Plant continues down his remarkably innovative path on the combustible Carry Fire, further expanding an already eclectic, forward-thinking solo career and creating an artistic, often edgy persona largely removed from past glories many younger fans may not even be familiar with."

Carry Fire is a great album, but we've got a better one....a vinyl copy signed by the Golden God himself! Enter to win it by e-mailing us with the subject line "Carry Fire" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Full disclosure: The edge of the cover was slightly damaged in shipping...but hey, it's still signed by Robert Plant!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Ariel Pink!

Enter To Win Tickets To Ariel Pink!

L.A. singer-songwriter Ariel Pink just dropped a new album, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (read the story behind the title here), and he's coming on out to Neumos on October 21st to give us a lil' sample! Enter to win a pair of free tickets by e-mailing us with the the subject line "Time To Live" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/20. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Jazz Supergroup Hudson!

Win Tickets To Jazz Supergroup Hudson!

Hudson is an all-star jazz ensemble that includes drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. Each of these incredibly talented musicians reside in New York's Hudson Valley, hence the name Hudson. "There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley," says DeJohnette, "and there are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak – something that emerges from our shared environment."

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Hudson at the Moore on October 19th by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hudson" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/18. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Paul Weller!

Win Tickets To Paul Weller!

The Modfather is coming back to town! That's right the legendary former leader of The Jam and Style Council, Paul Weller, will be spotlighting songs from his most recent solo release, A Kind Revolution, when he plays the Neptune on October 18th. Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Modfather!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 10/16. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 10-13-17

New Releases - October 13 2017

Beck - Colors - Capitol
Beck returns with his new album, Colors, the follow-up to the Grammy Album of the Year winner, Morning Phase. Produced by Greg Kurstin and featuring “Dreams,” the album is available on CD, Red LP, Deluxe Red 2LP and an Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP featuring exclusive artwork.

St. Vincent - Masseduction - Loma Vista
"Every record I make has an archetype,” says Annie Clark. “Strange Mercy was Housewives on Pills. St. Vincent was Near-Future Cult Leader. Masseduction is different, it’s pretty first person. You can’t fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record.” Masseduction is the culmination of years of writing, with songs crafted from voice memos, text messages, and snippets of melodies that came to Clark while traveling the globe. Special guests on the album include Thomas Bartlett on piano, Kamasi Washington on saxophone, Jenny Lewis on vocals, and beat production from Sounwave. Greg Leisz and Rich Hinman add pedal steel, and Tuck and Patti Andress contribute guitar and vocals respectively on select tracks. 

William Patrick Corgan - Ogilala - BMG Rights Management
As the founding member of Smashing Pumpkins, William Patrick Corgan has created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. For Ogilala, he teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin to make his most intimate body of work to date.

Robert Plant - Carry Fire - Nonesuch
Robert Plant's eleventh studio album, Carry Fire, is released via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. The album, produced by Plant in the west of England and Wales, melds unusual rhythms with naturalism. As with his 2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the album features his band The Sensational Space Shifters. They are also joined here by special guests, including Chrissie Hynde.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice - Matador Records
Kurt Vile: "We ran into each other on the road in various continents and talked about the recordings. I guess it wasn’t till I had another tour booked for the following summer in Australia that we thought we should record as much as we can, no major goal to make it a full length but it came together that way because the vibe was so strong. I love working with Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with less pressure." Courtney Barnett: "Now we finished the album, we dreamt up an amazing band which we’ve called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella Mozgawa beach-side-story) and me n Kurt will be standing there out front with our guitars singing songs together. Songs from this album we did, a handful of our own songs from previous albums, maybe some old folk songs n what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore. Very collaborative." Lotta Sea Lice is the result of eight days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time.

Ten Bands One Cause

Ten Bands One CauseTen Bands One Cause 2017 
Ten bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the 4th year for the initiative that has raised over $144,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in 1989.

This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Metallica, Portugal. The Man, Lord Huron, Dustin Kensrue, Gary Clark Jr, Lucinda Williams, Mastodon, Four Year Strong, Blue October and GWAR.

This week you can pick up Gary Clark Jr. - Live North America 2016 [Limited Edition Pink LP]Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand [Limited Edition Pink LP] and Portugal. The Man - Woodstock [Limited Edition Pink LP]

Check out all of the releases HERE.



ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Gucci Mane - Mr.Davis
Wu-Tang - The Saga Continues
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Sketches Of Brunswick East [LP]
The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Wild [LP]
Pink - Beautiful Trauma [LP]
The Who - Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall [3LP]
Puppy - Vol. II [LP]
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Vol 1
Dolly Parton - I Believe In You
Electric Six - How Dare You
Dirty Heads - Swim Team
Jerry Garcia - Cats Under The Stars [LP]
The Barr Brothers - Queens Of The Breakers [LP]
King Krule - The Ooz [LP]
Neil Finn - Out Of Silence
Jackie Greene - The Modern Lives Vol. 1
The Front Bottoms - Going Grey
Various Artists - Holidays Rule Vol. 2
Various Artists - Punk Rock Halloween: Loud Fast & Scary
Various Artists - Halloween Pussytrap! Kill! Kill! [Soundtrack]
Exhumed - Death Revenge [LP]
Jerry Lee Lewis - Jerry Lee's Greatest [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange & White LP]


& More .....

The Radio Dept. - Teach Me To Forget EP [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence EP
Morgan Saint - 17 Hero EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 10in]
Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy & Single(S) EP [Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl]
Marillion - Living In F E A R EP [Vinyl]
The Rentals - Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad
Chris Thile - Thank You, New York
Sam Smith - Pray
The Smiths - I Know It's Over (Demo)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Matter Of Time
Hollie Cook - Freefalling / Survive






For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win Tickets To P.O.S.!

Win Tickets To P.O.S.!

Minneapolis rapper and founding member of Doomtree, P.O.S., is back in bizness after a 2014 kidney transplant put him on the sidelines for a couple of years. His most recent album, Chill, Dummy, is his first full-length since 2012's We Don't Even Live Here, and features guests Astronautalis, Kathleen Hanna, Lizzo, Allan Kingdom, Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle. Not only that, P.O.S. will be laying it down at the Crocodile on October 16th, and you've got a chance to win a pair of free tickets! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line, "Chill, Dummy" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/13. Good luck!

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Easy Street Cafe Top 20!

Easy Street Cafe Top 20!

Just for fun, we thought we'd run a report on the best-selling dishes ordered at our cafe this year...here are the top 20! What's your favorite?

1. Little Richard - 2 eggs any style served with 2 strips of bacon, hash browns, and toast.
2. Frances Farmer French Toast - 2 thick slices of egg bread dipped in our own batter and cooked on the grill. Served with 2 eggs any style and 2 strips of bacon.
3. Dolly Parton Stack - 2 pancakes, 2 strips of thick bacon, and 2 eggs any style.
4. James Browns - A plate full of crispy hash browns topped with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, red onions, sweet peppers and your choice of one of the following: diced ham, sausage ,bacon, chorizo, tofu, veggie bacon, or veggie sausage. Served with toast.
5. Suzy Q - 3 eggs any style, 4 strips of thick bacon, hash browns and toast.
6. Easy Street Breakfast Burrito - 3 scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese stuffed in a spinach tortilla. Served with hash browns.
7. Woody Guthrie Farmer's Omelet - 3 egg omelet stuffed with mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers, spinach and cheddar cheese. Served with hash browns and toast.
8. Horton Heat Hash - Our fresh cooked hash with corned beef, bacon, onions, peppers, hash browns and our secret spices. Served with 3 eggs any style and toast.
9. New Wave O's Rancheros - Traditional Huevos Rancheros with 2 corn tortillas, 2 eggs over easy, ranchero sauce, cheese, refried beans and salad garnish. Served with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.
10. EZ Rider Breakfast Sandwich - A grilled breakfast sandwich on egg bread or english muffin stuffed with 2 scrambled eggs, cheddar, and bacon. Served with hash browns.
11. Hank Williams Omelet - 3 egg omelet stuffed with ham, onions, sweet peppers, and cheddar cheese. Served with hash browns and toast.
12. Notorious B&G - A fluffy biscuit topped with 2 eggs any style, topped with sausage gravy. Served with hash browns.
13. Lil' Kim - 1 piece of our French toast or 1 pancake served with 1 strip of bacon and 1 egg any style.
14. Billy Breakfast Burrito - 3 eggs scrambled with our black bean corn salsa and cheddar cheese, wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Served with hash browns and sour cream/salsa on the side.
15. Low Rider - A grilled breakfast sandwich on egg bread stuffed with 2 eggs scrambled with sweet peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. Served with hash browns.
16. Cha-Cha Chorizo - 3 eggs scrambled with spicy chorizo sausage, onions, spinach, and tomatoes. Served with hash browns and toast.
17. Junction Burger - 8oz burger patty with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Easy sauce on a sesame seed bun. Served with our fresh cut fries.
18. Johnny Cash Special - A tasty 8oz top sirloin steak, 3 eggs any style, hash browns and toast.
19. Let It BLT - Our thick bacon piled up with lettuce tomato, and our very own Easy sauce. Served on sourdough w/ fresh cut fries
20. Born To Run  - Breakfast sandwich on English muffin with one scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, and bacon.

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Win Tickets To Jason Moran's Tribute To Thelonius Monk!

Win Tickets To Jason Moran's Tribute To Thelonius Monk!

STG and Earshot Jazz Festival present a very special event October 15th at the Neptune!

A hundred years after his birth, celebrate the artistry and legacy of Thelonious Monk in a unique multimedia program from MacArthur Genius and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran. Moran credits Monk as the reason he took up the piano, saying, “Thelonious Monk is the most important musician, period. In all the world, period.” With In My Mind, Moran and his Big Bandwagon take audiences on a journey exploring Monk’s roots and illustrating his monumental influence on the music that came after him. Inspired by the Thelonious Monk Orchestra’s historic 1959 concert at New York’s Town Hall, In My Mind features a live musical performance by Moran and his Big Bandwagon interspersed with spoken word, audio recordings, photographs, and video produced by David Dempewolf. The New York Times declares the program a “stunning project – connecting with Monk beyond the surface of his music.”

Enter to win a pair of tickets to Jason Moran's tribute to Monk 10/15 at the Neptune by e-mailing us with the subject line "In My Mind" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/13. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker)

Win Tickets To Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker)

Australian singer-songwriter Nick Murphy adopted the alias Chet Faker when he began his ascent to stardom in 2011, and never looked back, hitting his peak after several singles and EPs, with his highly-acclaimed 2014 debut full-length, Built On Glass. Nick claims Chet Faker was always meant to be only one chapter in his career and last year, he reverted back to his birth name and released the first EP as Nick Murphy, Missing Link, earlier this year. Now he's on tour, with a stop at the Showbox SoDo happening on October 14th (don't worry, he's still performing Chet Faker songs in his set). Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Missing Link" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/13. Good luck!

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Album Review: Deer Tick Vol. 1 & Deer Tick Vol. 2

  

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

There usually is no in between when it comes to Deer Tick in the music fan’s lexicon. You either have little familiarity with Deer Tick or you loooooove Deer Tick. These days, they are not so much of an indie band, or a country rock band, a grunge band, as much as they are a cult band. Frontman John McCauley, still in his early thirties, has lived the story of many classic troubadours - a lot of hard earned road miles and drunken nights. But these days, he has cleaned up his act quite a bit. He is married, has a daughter. His voice is smoother and more assured. Lyrics are easier to decipher. Gone are the days of full blown, year-long drunken circus tours, but that’s not to say the days of debauchery are completely over. The band just chooses its moments more wisely.

After the tour cycle for their last record, 2013’s Negativity, Deer Tick was worn out. If you had been following the band, you could sense it. The band was changing. With a new family at home, McCauley's priorities shifted and the band began to take a back seat. Bandmates Ian O’Neil and brothers Chris and Dennis Ryan welcomed the change and went back to their hometowns to take some well-deserved time off. Beloved by fans and respected by its peers, the band’s future was left in the air.

Sometime last year Deer Tick booked the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Whatever the spark was, John, Ian, and Dennis had decided it was time to get the proverbial “band back together” and flush out what they had been writing. The plan was to lay down what they had and see if it was worth pursuing further. Even before this studio session they had tossed around the idea of recording TWO albums at the same time. It seemed to make sense. Trying to pin down Deer Tick’s musical style is like trying to guess the number on a twelve-sided die. As the recording went on, it became clear that one album would be acoustic and the other electric.

A four-year hiatus proved to be just the refreshment Deer Tick was seeking. Two self-titled records, Deer Tick Vol. 1 (the acoustic one) and Deer Tick Vol. 2 (the electric one) are an equal reflection of Deer Tick V.2017. Vol. 1 might remind folks of McCauley’s early songwriting work such as "War Elephant" or "Born on Flag Day" – but with ten years evolution behind him. There is noticeably no country twang or rustling beer bottles in the background. The ten-song acoustic collection is a polished, genre-bending set with pretty piano and horn arrangements. Ian O’Neil’s "Hope Is Big," which has been a live staple in Deer Tick shows finally made it onto an album and drummer Dennis Ryan’s vocals appear on the vintage pop tune, "Me And My Man." Vol. 1 closes with a fantastic three-song sequence of "End of the World," "Limp Right Back." and "Rejection."

Both records make no mistake of their intentions. Vol. 2 starts as raucous as it ends. Their third album, 2011's Divine Providence, is known as the group’s drunken punk record and while there are traces of that on Volume 2, it contains more focus. Deer Tick is one of the few bands that is allowed to play sloppy as a part of their charm, but even for this set of plugged-in, loud rock tunes, there is a mature cleanliness to it. Songs like "Jumpstarting" and the Ian O’Neill-penned "Look How Clean I Am" give off a early '90s radio vibe that could be slotted next to anything from the Replacements’ Tim or Pleased to Meet Me.

Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are entirely separate recordings meant for different listening moods, yet pair together admirably. Perhaps Vol. 2 lends itself more towards the late night spectrum and Vol. 1 could be saved for the retrospective morning, headache and all. They’re almost a perfect metaphor for Deer Tick itself.

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Win Tickets To King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!

Win Tickets To King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard!

Sure they have a funny name, but boy, these Aussie psych-rock madmen sure know how to blow some minds! In the seven years they've been together they're released no less than 11 albums, and have promised five in 2017 alone (they've delivered three so far). Their live shows are the stuff of legend, with two drummers and a psychedelic light show adding even more crazy to their musical mayhem that mixes up prog, jazz, blues, folk, experimental rock, soul, and pretty much every other genre/sub genre you can imagine. ANYWAY....King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are coming to the Neptune on October 10th and it's sold out, but we wanna help! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Rattlesnake" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/9. Good luck!

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Win A Super Deluxe Edition Of Stone Temple Pilots' "Core"!

Win A Super Deluxe Edition Of Stone Temple Pilots' "Core"!

The 25th Anniversary Editions of the Stone Temple Pilots' classic album, Core, just dropped in three formats - regular CD, deluxe 2-CD edition, and the mighty super deluxe version, which includes 4 CDs, 1 LP, 1 DVD, and a 12x12 hardcover book! Enter to win the super deluxe edition of Core right here, right now by e-mailing us with the subject line "Core!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good Luck!

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Win Tickets To Boris At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Boris At Neumos!

Japan's masters of doom metal Boris are marking their 25th anniversary with a new album, Dear, and a big U.S. tour that includes a stop at Neumos on October 7th! Wanna go? Over 21? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dear Boris" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/6. Good luck!

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This Friday! The Replacements "Live At Maxwell's" Happy Hour!

We're going to celebrate the end of a really tough week this Friday by hosting a record release happy hour from 4pm-7pm for the new live album by the Replacements, Live At Maxwell's! We'll be spinning nothing but the 'Mats during the event, and offering up a free coffee card with any Replacements purchase. Dollar beers from 4-7! We will have some very awesome, very limited gifts with purchase as well as a couple of great Replacements raffle prizes. Please join us!

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Easy Street Looking For Sales Clerks!

Easy Street Looking For Sales Clerks!

Hey music lovers! Easy Street is looking for friendly, outgoing and motivated customer service stars to join our team! Must have good knowledge of music and be very reliable. Interested? E-mail your resume to us!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Aminé

Enter To Win Tickets To Aminé

The story of Portland-based rapper Aminé is an impressive one indeed...he released his debut mixtape in 2014, followed by another, and then his debut single, "Caroline," in 2016. That's when it all changed. The song exploded, garnering 237 million-plus Spotify streams, 74 million-plus Soundcloud plays, and 172 million-plus YouTube/VEVO views, hitting #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and ended up certified triple platinum in 2017. Aminé signed with Republic Records, who released his debut full-length, Good For You, in July, and now he's bringing that bizness to Seattle with a nearly sold out show at the Showbox October 6th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Caroline" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/5. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 09-29-17

Pearl Jam - Let's Play Two

Pearl Jam - Let's Play TwoPearl Jam - Let's Play Two - RepublicPearl Jam - Let's Play Two
With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs & Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports & music. Let's Play Two shuffles through Pearl Jam's ever-growing catalog spanning the band's 25-year career. Through the eyes of Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, the film showcases the special relationship. Republic Records are releasing the soundtrack in conjunction with the film's theatrical release.

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Michael Jackson - Scream - Sony Legacy
Michael Jackson's Scream is the perfect collection of 13 all-time electrifying dance classics and fan favorites from The King of Pop on one album, including "Ghosts," "Thriller," "Dirty Diana" and more. The album also includes a brand-new bonus track: the five-song mash-up "Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)." Fans can unlock an immersive Scream augmented reality experience with their mobile device and the collectible poster in this package!

Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life - RCA Records
"'If we had an inkling of an idea, even if it seemed a bit silly, we’d try it out and see what happened,' Ellie Rowsell said earlier this year about the making of Wolf Alice’s second album, Visions Of A Life. Spoiler alert: what happened was the London band making a record so bold, brave and jaw-droppingly advanced it should sound out a secret 'album of the year' message when played backwards...With Visions Of A Life Wolf Alice are removing any doubt about their status in the UK music scene. Best band in Britain? 100 per cent." - NME

Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love MeDemi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me - IslandDemi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me
Demi Lovato returns with new album Tell Me You Love Me featuring worldwide smash "Sorry Not Sorry," which has surpassed 100 million global audio streams. She joins forces with hitmakers Oak (Alessia Cara, Kehlani), DJ Mustard (Rihanna, Tinashe), Sean Douglas (Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony) and more. The album is a follow up to RIAA gold-certified album Confident, which was Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Album. She's one of the biggest names on social media, with a combined following of over 150 million.

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Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old WorldLucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World - Highway 20 RecordsLucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World
In a rare instance of an artist taking a full-length reconsideration of an earlier work, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will release This Sweet Old World – a complete re-recording of her 1992 album Sweet Old World – via Highway 20/Thirty Tigers on Sept. 29.  Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World — recorded to mark the 25th anniversary of the original album’s release by Chameleon/Elektra — features all-new renditions of the ’92 set’s 12 songs, some of which have been dramatically rearranged and rewritten.



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Shania Twain - Now - Mercury Nashville
Now is the first studio album for Shania Twain in nearly 15 years. The new album offered as both a 16-track deluxe and a 12-track standard album, both feature Shania's current single, "Life's About To Get Good," playing on country radio now. All songs on Now were written solely by Shania, who also served as co-producer on the project. Shania worked with four producers across the 16 tracks including Matthew Koma, Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen, Gavin DeGraw), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones). Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time.

David Crosby - Sky Trails - BMG
Sky Trails, David Crosby's third album of original material in four years, continues the fearless folk rock legend’s unexpected late-period resurgence. In his eighth decade, Crosby is not only surviving, but thriving personally and creatively. Out September 29th on BMG, Sky Trails features a full band sound that takes Crosby in a new musical direction as the set tilts toward jazz. "It’s a natural thing for me," says Crosby, who joyously embraced the challenge of the shifting song structures. "I’ve always felt more comfortable there. There’s complexity, intricacy and subtleties in the music. I like that stuff."

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Miley Cyrus - Younger Now
Primus - The Desaturating Seven [LP]
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler And Friends - New Worlds
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone [Clear LP]
J. Roddy Walston & The Business - Destroyers Of The Soft Life
Vessels - The Great Distraction [LP]
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Always Foreign [LP]
Belinda Carlisle - Wilder Shores
36 Crazyfists - Lanterns [Gold / Yellow 2LP]
Echosmith - Inside A Dream [LP]
Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold [Blue LP]
Ronnie Montrose - 10x10 [LP]
Tank - Savage
Torres - Three Futures [LP]
The Rolling Stones - From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015 [DVD/3LP]
David Gilmour - Live At Pompeii [4LP]
David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) [13LP Box Set]
Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent [LP]
Chris Rea - Road Songs For Lovers [2LP]
Quicksand - Manic Compression [Limited Edition LP]


& More .....

Black Stone Cherry - Black To Blues EP
The Lemon Twigs - Brothers of Destruction EP [Vinyl]
Carla Bruni - Crazy
Walk The Moon - One Foot






For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win Tickets to Aaron Lee Tasjan at Tractor Tavern!

Win Tickets to Aaron Lee Tasjan at Tractor Tavern!

Aaron Lee Tasjan is bringing his fashionably silver tears to the Tractor Tavern in Ballard October 2nd. His following has been growing steadily since the release of Silver Tears on our friends' New West Records last year. To win, email Ian with the subject line, "Little Movies." We will pick a winner on the morning of the show, 10.2.

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Win Tickets To JD McPherson & Nikki Lane!

Win Tickets To JD McPherson & Nikki Lane!

Gonna be a fall scorcher at Neumos on October 4th when schoolteacher-turned-rock & roll outlaw JD McPherson and high class hillbilly grrrl Nikki Lane team up and show us how it's done! Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Lucky Penny" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/3. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Liars Prize Package!

Enter To Win Liars Prize Package!

After 17 years and eight albums, Brooklyn avant-dance-punk band Liars have one man left standing - founding member Angus Andrew, who is carrying on after the departure of co-founder Aaron Hemphill with a new album, TFCF. Hemphill is currently on tour (as Liars) with a new backing band, and they'll be bringing the noise to the Crocodile on October 7th. We're giving away a pair of tickets to the show PLUS a signed poster and signed CD! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Cred Woes" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up poster and CD at our shop in West Seattle (tickets will be at venue will call). We'll draw winner on 10/5. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Ride!!

Win Tickets To Ride!!

After nearly ten agonizing years apart, British masters of the shoegaze Ride are back in business! Their comeback album, Weather Diaries, released in March, was viewed by many as a reinvention of the band's classic sound; a reviewer for Stereogum described the album as "a logical extension of Ride’s past, while still feeling like a discrete new chapter, one where they’ve taken the aesthetic they’d once perfected and brought it into contemporary times." Ride will give Seattle a live taste of Weather Diaries, plus a good dose of their classics when they play the Neptune on September 24th. Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Charm Assault" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner tomorrow, 9/22. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To 20th Anniversary Screening Of "HYPE!" + Rare Poster!

Dang, has it really been 20 years since Doug Pray's killer documentary of the Seattle music scene, Hype!, was released? Yep, it sure has, and to mark the occasion, a special 20th anniversary screening will take place on September 25th, 7pm, at the SIFF Egyptian Theater. Featuring live performances from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and many more, Hype! uses concert footage and interviews to trace the movement from tiny basement practice spaces to Nirvana's staggering success. Look for the remastered collector's edition DVD/Blu-Ray of Hype! coming at ya on 9/29!

Director Doug Pray will be in attendance at the screening and there will be a post-screening Q&A with Pray, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Jack Endino (producer), Charles Peterson (photographer), Steve Fisk (producer), Lulu Gargiulo (Fastbacks), and Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks). There will also be a pre-show performance by the Schmidtheads, a spin-off of legendary late ‘80s proto-grunge band The Thrown Ups. 

We're giving away several pairs of tickets to Monday's screening, and each of our winners will also receive a limited edition, handmade screen-printed Hype! poster (pictured below) that Sub Pop made for Sundance Film Festival in 1996, with an image by Charles Peterson of Mark Arm playing guitar. These posters are from Doug Pray's personal collection, and are extremely rare. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "HYPE!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners this Friday (9/22).

For more details, visit the SIFF Egyptian website.

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Rostam In-Store Monday!

Rostam In-Store Monday!

Vampire Weekend co-founder and GRAMMY-award-winning songwriter/producer Rostam Batmanglij is coming to Easy Street for a special solo performance Monday, 9/18, at 7pm! Rostam will be performing songs from his debut solo album, Half-Light, which just came out on Nonesuch Records. In addition to his work with Vampire Weekend, Rostam has also collaborated with Ra Ra Riot, Hamilton Leithauser, HAIM, Solange, Charli XCX and more! Free & all-ages!

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Win A Manchester Orchestra Prize Pack!

Win A Manchester Orchestra Prize Pack!

Manchester Orchestra is playing a SOLD OUT show at the Showbox on September 19th! Miss out on tickets? Don't despair...we're giving you an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the show PLUS a KILLER prize pack! How killer? THIS killer...

* A 7” Vinyl Single featuring never released music
* An Exclusive Manchester Orchestra signed tour poster designed for your specific show
* A Manchester Orchestra VIP laminate
* Tote Bag

Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Sunshine" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/18. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Bonobo + Limited Signed 'Zine!

Enter To Win Tickets To Bonobo + Limited Signed 'Zine!

British DJ/producer/electro-musician Bonobo will be making his magic at the Paramount on September 18th, and we're giving away a pair of tickets plus a signed copy of a beautiful limited edition ‘zine (only 30 copies made) of specially comissioned works inspired by Bonobo's latest LP, Migration, and its surrounding themes. The 'zine includes written works by Robert Macfarlane, Will Ashon and Russell Porter. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Migration" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/15. Good luck!

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SOLD OUT! Macklemore Coming To Easy Street For GEMINI Listening Party/Signing!

Update: This event is SOLD OUT!

The first 300 pre-orders for guaranteed entry have been sold! 

Join us on Friday, 9/22, 9pm, as we welcome Macklemore back to the shop for a street date listening party/signing for his new release, GEMINI! Be a part of this special street date celebration by pre-ordering GEMINI from Easy Street!

* Strictly limited capacity, the first 300 people to pre-order from us will receive a wristband to guarantee entry (one CD = one wristband).

* Free poster to the first 350 who pre-order.

* Customers who pre-order must pick up their CD & poster at the store - no shipping.

* Due to time constraints Macklemore is only able to sign ONE item (GEMINI CD or GEMINI poster only) per customer.

* Lineup for the event starts at 8pm, we’ll have list at door.

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Win Tickets To Fleet Foxes!

Win Tickets To Fleet Foxes!

Hometown heroes the Fleet Foxes are playing a pair of nearly sold-out shows at the Paramount September 14th & 15th, and we've got a pair of tickets for the 9/15 show waiting for one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Crack-Up" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/14. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit!

Enter To Win Tickets To Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit!

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit are bringing The Nashville Sound to Seattle when they play the Paramount on September 12th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "The Nashville Sound" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/11. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To TOPS At Barboza!

Win Tickets To TOPS At Barboza!

Our go-to guide to all things relatively new and unknown to us, Pitchfork, educates us this about Montreal band TOPS, and their third - and most recent - album, Sugar At The Gate:

"When they formed in 2011, TOPS were among a crop of Montréal indie bands involved with Arbutus Records, a label that came into prominence after releasing Grimes’ early albums and co-releasing 2012 breakout Visions with 4AD. Following Grimes’ success, watchful eyes turned their sights to her peers, looking to crack the code in the city’s scene. Among their compatriots—Blue Hawaii, Sean Nicholas Savage, Braids, and Majical Cloudz—TOPS were the most aligned to conventional notions of rock and pop, a throwback AM-rock band amid a sea of indie-tronica. Their fuzzy, honey-dipped songs were straight out of the school of Fleetwood Mac and Mazzy Star: eminently listenable, easy to digest, romantic, and catchy. For their third record, Sugar at the Gate, the band relocated to Los Angeles and recorded at a former brothel in Jewel City. Sugar at the Gate mirrors this sordid and light-filled clime—which is wholly appropriate for a band that has always been a lot sunnier than the city they hail from. TOPS is anchored by the singer Jane Penny, whose voice embodies the deep nostalgia that the band’s music projects. Something about her style feels anachronistic—contemporary rock music always draws on previous eras, be it 1990s indie or 1980s punk, but rarely do singers have such a vintage warmth. Her soprano luxuriates in its own imperfections, and some sly production allows it to sound fuzzy and blown out, mimicking the feeling of a cassette you found at a garage sale. In fact, the whole album bears this considered lo-fi sound: like vaseline rubbed along a camera’s lens to give a photo an old-timey aesthetic, the songs on Sugar at the Gate are perfectly old feeling. ... What sets TOPS apart is their consistency—across three records, they've sharpened their clean hooks and clarified their aesthetic—making soft rock songs that sound good on repeat."

Enter to win tickets to TOPS at Barboza on September 13th by e-mailing us with the subject line "Petals" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/11. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 09-08-17

New Releases - September 08 2017

 
THE NATIONAL - Sleep Well Beast - 4AD
"Albums by The National are like your friendly neighborhood lush: In just an hour or so, they’re able to drink you under the table, say something profound enough to make the whole bar weep, then stumble out into the pre-dawn, proud and ashamed in equal measure. They also tend to be sneaky, both lyrically and musically—it’s kind of their trick, to insinuate themselves slowly over time, appearing at first to be more meditative and less hooky than they actually are. The band’s seventh album in just shy of 20 years as a band is more direct with both its words and sounds. That makes sense, given these angry, depressing times: There’s not a lot of room for resignation or even patience when it feels like the world—political for sure, and in the case of this album, personal—is falling apart. Can those things be spun into relevant, redemptive music? That’s tricky business, but in the case of The National, turmoil has always been potent fuel, and Sleep Well Beast is the band’s fifth album in a row that feels essential, connected, and unflinching." - The A.V. Club

MOGWAI - Every Country's Sun - Temporary Residence
Every Country's Sun takes two decades of Mogwai's signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it's a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There's percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“AKA 47”). Their most transportive album yet, it also hosts their most fully realized art-pop sing-along of their storied history, “Party In The Dark,” a head-spinning disco-dream double-helix echoing New Order and The Flaming Lips, featuring Braithwaite's seldom-heard melodic vocals declaring he's “directionless and innocent, searching for another piece of mind”. This is music as a keep-out chrysalis, protective audio armor through exalting organs and portentous, dissonant guitar fuzz warping at the edges, bending the world inside-out into a reality in which you’d much rather live. The last three songs ascend into explosive exorcism, closing with the colossal “Every Country’s Sun,” its searching intensity whooshing towards infinity in a dazzling cosmic crescendo.

JACK JOHNSON - All The Light Above It TooJACK JOHNSON - All The Light Above It Too - RepublicJACK JOHNSON - All The Light Above It Too
Jack Johnson returns with his 8th album, All The Light Above It Too. The album is being led by first single "My Mind Is For Sale" which hit the airwaves in July, followed by a run of North American tour dates. Jack will also embark on a run of dates in the Southeast following album release. 

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ODESZA - A Moment ApartODESZA - A Moment Apart - Counter RecordsODESZA - A Moment Apart
ODESZA (Harrison Mills, Clayton Knight) is one of the most celebrated groups in electronic music, winning over fans online and at their consistently sold-out live shows. This week they release their new 16-track album A Moment Apart on Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint) with a world tour to immediately follow. A Moment Apart represents ODESZA's growth, delivering a more mature sound through weighted atmospheres, shimmering synth lines and familiar feelings of nostalgia, optimism and hope. The albums featured guests include Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, and RY X, creating an eclectic mix that showcases ODESZA's dynamic range.

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TORI AMOS - Native InvaderTORI AMOS - Native Invader - DeccaTORI AMOS - Native Invader
Native Invader is the celebrated singer-songwriter Tori Amos' hotly-anticipated new album on Decca Records. Tori's confessional style of writing sees her continue to push boundaries with her music. Her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness and her utterly peerless sound speaks to audiences across the globe. In this new album, Tori delves even deeper into her personal experiences, and the standard is there to be seen.

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CHAD VANGAALEN - Light Information - Sub Pop
From the beautiful mind of Chad VanGaalen comes Light Information. While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom–and anxiety–gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that’s happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids.” Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation–but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


The Sherlocks - Live For The Moment [LP]
Alter Bridge - Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities
Neil Young - Hitchhiker [LP]
Death From Above 1979 - Outrage! Is Now [LP]
Gregg Allman - Southern Blood [Hardwood Colored LP]
Alvvays - Antisocialites [LP]
Fred Hersch - Open Book [LP]
Jonny Lang - Signs [LP]
Beaches - Second Of Spring [2LP]
The Waterboys - Out Of All This Blue [LP]
Living Colour - Shade [LP]
Twin Peaks [TV Series] - Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) [Soundtrack]
Twin Peaks [TV Series] - Twin Peaks [Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack 2CD]
Julie & The Wrong Guys - Julie & The Wrong Guys [LP]
Sparks - Hippopotamus [2LP]
Deerhoof - Mountain Moves [LP]
The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here? [LP]
Nothing but Thieves - Broken Machine [LP]


& More .....

Foo Fighters - The Line
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (Live)
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Meadow
Vessels - Deeper In A Sky
Noah Gundersen - Heavy Metals




For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Oli's Bumbershoot 2017 Recap!

Eighteen-year-old West Seattleite Olivia Moseley has covered Bumbershoot and Sasquatch! for Easy Street Online for several years now. Check out her list of Bumbershoot 2017 highlights below + her interview with Cataldo's Eric Anderson! Thanks for helping, Oli! Photos by her dad, Paul Moseley.

Peach Pit

A new jangle-pop staple, this Vancouver band put on an entertaining show with stories of Indonesian adventures and plenty of passionate seizure-like dancing. With deep bass tones and the meandering sound of a lead guitar, the group's sound places you in a state of euphoric floating and spinning. The young group draws from a wide range of influences from pop rock artist Elton John to more soulful visionaries like Ray Charles, though in a modern light they can be closely compared to the trending lazy rock styles of Mac DeMarco and (the earlier works of) The Barenaked Ladies. Their latest EP, Sweet FA, seems sweet like the summer fruit that they call themselves but beneath the surface Sweet FA means “sweet fuck all” and each song paints a different shade of teen angst. The songs are beautiful and I'm definitely putting this on my end of summer playlist.

Acapulco Lips

Acapulco Lips is Seattle based and I’m proud to say it. The hometown trio plays with an inventive form of surfer punk that is lo-fi and high energy. A sassy and fun vocal delivery give them a kick that many bands do not possess. And with only two albums out the band has proven to have an impressive creative trajectory. Love their style and can't wait to see what's next!

Kore Ionz

This local reggae group is groovy and smooth like butter. I’m not an avid reggae listener but I can’t deny how sweet on the ears their set was at the Mural Amphitheatre. Turn on and move with the grain of this unique reggae music.

Dude York

Dude York provides us a pop-punk affair for driving with the windows down (you know, the kind of music that makes you think "hell yeah, I could be in a movie right now"). Their Weezer-inspired music has been described as “chord heavy”, emulating a fun and poppy vibe. The band, which is signed to Seattle’s Hardly Art Records, places their lyrical focus on common anxieties and worries of a twenty-something year old. (Check out Slothrust if you like these guys).

Aminé

Portland hip hop artist Aminé slowed it down for us while performing his 2017 hit “Caroline” this Saturday. With beats somewhere between trap and tribal, his style is fresh and innovative. Dancehall feels ooze through his tracks and catchy hooks make perfect for playing at a party (or dancing to by yourself, I definitely do).

Q&A With Cataldo's Eric Anderson

So I was lucky enough to meet up with singer and creator of Cataldo, Eric Anderson, the first signee of local ice cream store Molly Moon’s record label Moon Crew Records. His new album, Keepers, features a wide range of styles and soaring songs that resemble those of an artist’s greatest hits album. Here’s what he had to say.

On your first three albums, I noticed that your songs were more acoustic based, but starting with your album Gilded Oldies you adopted a more pop-electronic sound. What was the cause of that transition in your music?

Yeah, you hit the nail right on the head. I was just tired of playing the guitar honestly. As I was working on that album I just found myself focusing more on the drums. When you're working on music it's easy to be strumming away on the guitar and it eats up a lot of your midrange, which is where your voice lives. It also adds a lot of subdivisions, so as you're playing there's a bunch of stuff that clatters and gets in the way. When I took that element out of the music, there was this big empty space where I felt this fear as a writer to take more chances lyrically and to be more conversational, or lower my range and sing quieter. So taking that whole part out and writing on the piano and focused on how the drums work was huge for me and made me learn a ton.

For all of the music that you came out with in 2017 I noticed that all of the album covers had pictures of clothes hanging in a white room. I'm wondering whose clothes they are.

The whole concept with the record cover was, okay, these songs are interconnected and interdependent and they need each other to work. And I wanted to write a record that was more like a greatest hits record where every song is different. You can just take one out of the mix and listen to it on its own and experience it like that. When you listen to a greatest hits record you get this sort of feeling of ‘ooh I'm listening to the best thing that a man made over… 15 years’ or whatever it is. And I wanted that same feeling with this record except with all original music. So as I was thinking about the record cover I thought, ‘what if every song was represented by a piece of clothing and it's on the rack when you look at it?’ The third song is a party jam and there's a prom dress, so the singles are one shots of a piece of clothing. As far as whose clothes they are, we worked with this really great stylist named Natasha Felker who helped us source everything.

Did you put that out there at all?

It’s funny, it's like a cool little Easter egg because every once in awhile someone will e-mail me and be like 'I figured out what’s going on with this cover!' The singles are a little bit of a hint.

You've just been signed to Molly Moon’s new record label, Moon Crew Records. How does this compare to the life of an unsigned artist?

I proposed the idea to Molly: 'What if we just started helping out bands who work for Molly Moon?' And she was just super game and so I'm not exactly sure what the future of that will be like. We might do vinyl for other bands, we might help them make a video. It's a way to give our employees money to do creative work that involves music. So in terms of how it affected my life I have a vinyl record which has been great. It also freed up more money that if I didn't spend on a record I would spend on other stuff, like crew support to take the band out and all that. It definitely has been huge for me and I'm super thankful.

What's something you want someone who's listening to your music to know?

There's so much music out there now I have a hard time keeping track of it, so anytime someone sits down and intentionally listens to my music, I'm just very grateful for anyone keyed into it. You know when you record music you try and jam in as many little treats, details, allusions, and metaphors. Most people who casually listen to music don't - nor should they - engage in that level and I always feel like when somebody notices something like the clothes or is engaging at the level where they're looking at all the little Easter eggs I threw in there for them I just feel grateful and I want to say thanks for listening.

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Enter To Win A Numbered LCD Soundsystem Test Pressing!!

Enter To Win A Numbered LCD Soundsystem Test Pressing!!

LCD Soundsystem's long-awaited new album, American Dream, is out today, and if you buy it from us, you'll get a LCD button pack free with purchase (while supplies last). And that's not all...we've got our hands on a very limited, numbered test pressing of American Dream, and we're perfectly willing to give it away free to one lucky winner! Just e-mail us with the subject line "American Dream" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification.

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Pre-Order New Beck Album From Us & Get A Free Slipmat!

Beck's highly-anticipated new album, Colors, drops on 10/13, and in addition to the usual formats, we'll be carrying a limited, indie exclusive edition on yellow vinyl and a deluxe edition (2xLP on 45rpm, 180-gram vinyl, custom artwork & 24-page booklet). Pre-order the indie yellow vinyl edition or the deluxe edition from us online or at the store and you will also receive a supercool Colors slipmat free with purchase when the album is released (pictured above, while supplies last). 

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Album Review: The War On Drugs - "A Deeper Understanding"

Album Review: The War On Drugs - "A Deeper Understanding"

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

Most music fans have experienced the tragic story of their favorite indie band getting signed to a major label, going mainstream and thus, ruining said band in the hearts of said fan for eternity. It used to not be like that; fans generally were happy when their band was discovered and able to be shared across the world. Over the years, however, as music has become more industry than art, once-heartfelt bands have become more easily exploited for mass appeal.

For complete transparency, this did NOT happen to The War On Drugs, but when they were pulled away from the lovable Secretly Canadian to the major leagues, Atlantic Records, the fear of losing the band to the dark side became an understandable one. In today’s political climate, it’s easy for we as humans to assume the worst possible outcome. Luckily some artists are capable of transcending expectations and staying true to themselves and their art. Just last year, fellow critical darling and new labelmate Sturgill Simpson proved that major labels don’t always mean doom if the artist is allowed total creative freedom. He was able to put out his most experimental record by far, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth only to see his audience numbers explode. Similarly, The War On Drugs used their newfound resources to stretch their identity further. They were ready for this.

Much like the music itself, The War On Drugs ascension has been a slow burn with steady bursts throughout. Front man Adam Granduciel is a multi-instrumentalist, gear nerd and perfectionist. He has been a fixture in Philadelphia’s indie scene for nearly the past decade, touring his ass off around the world and back several times over. The font for “The War on Drugs” has grown larger and larger on festival bills and 2014’s Lost In The Dream pushed them over the top. It was a triumphant sonic expansion on what they had been building with previous efforts like Slave Ambient and Future Weather. It was longer, bolder, and more intricate. Their fourth full-length record pushes the same sound even farther, with new sharp detail. The highly anticipated A Deeper Understanding could very well be the record that takes the War On Drugs to the prime time, while maintaining their artistic credibility.

The first single, "Thinking Of A Place," is an expansive 11-minute introduction to the entire feeling of A Deeper Understanding. Synths and keyboard on top of a simple drum beat with wheeling guitar dripped over it all. The rollout of singles like "Pain," "Holding On," and "Strangest Thing" took turns carrying the torch representing the album, but they all sound better as a complete piece. The new album builds on the same sound in which they cut their teeth on in indie circles, yet possesses the power to launch them into the conversation of the great arena-rock groups. It’s apparent The War On Drugs are going to keep doing what they do best, and as their growing audience continues to get an understanding of what that is, it’s only going to go deeper.

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Win Tickets To SassyBlack At Neumos!

Win Tickets To SassyBlack At Neumos!

Seattle hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction sadly is no more, but both SassyBlack and Stas THEE Boss are going strong on their own, each having dropped a new digital album in the past two months. SassyBlack will be throwing the spotlight on her latest, New Black Swing, when she hits Neumos on August 31st with special guests Blossom and GoodSteph! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Games" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/30. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def)

Win Tickets To Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def)

Hip hop icon Mos Def, now going by the name Yasiin Bey, announced his retirement from the music industry last year and is currently in the midst of his farewell tour. He's coming to the Neptune on August 31st to perform his classic debut album, Black On Both Sides, in its entirety! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Black On Both Sides" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/30. Good luck!

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Easy Street Staff Sunday Bumbershoot Picks!

Easy Street Staff Sunday Bumbershoot Picks!

Welcome to the final installment of Easy Street staff picks for Bumbershoot 2017! Here's what we're gonna see on Sunday (9/3), the last day of Bumbershoot...go ahead, get out there and check out something new!

Ian - ESR Social Media Guru/OldRookie.com

Lillie May - 6:30pm - Mural Amphitheatre

Latest Album: Forever And Then Some (2017)

Ian's Take:

Literally born to perform, Lillie Mae has been jumping on stages and busking all through the Midwest and deep south since her early youth. After arriving in Nashville, Lillie Mae was able to get the attention of Jack White who signed her up to be the fiddle player in his band during the Blunderbuss and Lazaretto tours. When it came time for Lillie Mae to release her latest solo record, Third Man Records was right there. Forever And Then Some is a great modern country record for the times.

Solange - 7:50pm - Main Stage

Latest Album: A Seat At The Table (2016)

Ian's Take:

As quickly as four years seem to pass, it’s still a long time. There were four years between True and A Seat At The Table. Both records are fantastic, yet stylistically far apart. Solange has always operated on her own terms and she is respected for it. A Seat At The Table is a soulful journey of pride and identity, and a piece of art that we desperately needed when it was released in 2016, and we still do today. Her live show is a beautifully choreographed display of dance, color, and authentic emotion. If you go to Bumbershoot, don't miss this show.

HAIM - 9:40pm - Fisher Green Stage

Latest Album: Something To Tell You

Ian's Take:

The three Haim sisters got their start in clubs in Los Angeles while they worked on their debut record, Days Are Gone. Once the record dropped, their popularity steadily increased and now here they are, headlining Bumbershoot. Their live shows are known for their sweet harmonies, big building beats and coordinated drum solos where all 3 sisters share turns. 2017’s Something to Tell You is a bigger, bolder cleaner pop record with retro 80’s feels that lend itself perfect for long summer days.

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New Release Round-Up 8/25/17

New Releases - August 25 2017

 
THE WAR ON DRUGS - A Deeper Understanding - Atlantic
For much of the three-and-a-half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs' frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker - but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today's modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates - bassist Dave Hartley, keyboarding Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez -- continuously throughout the process, the result is a "band record" in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration and exuberance, Granduciel's gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - Villains - Matador Records
Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains. Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder, Villains is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s …Like Clockwork gave the band its first #1 album in the U.S. Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the lineup that took …Like Clockwork around the world and back are as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As Homme himself puts it, “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question ‘what do we sound like now?’ If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop—but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound.” 

GRIEVES - Running Wild - Rhymesayers
Seattle rapper/producer Grieves emerged in 2007 with his independently released album, Irreversible. In the years that followed, he wholly devoted himself to touring, writing and recording, honing his craft and defining his sound. His 2011 Rhymesayers debut, Together/Apart, was a career landmark and a testament to his growth in both, his writing and delivery, and this progression was re-affirmed by his follow-up, Winter & The Wolves, in 2014. Now, after three years, Grieves prepares to reveal further evolution with the release of his new full-length album, Running Wild. On Running Wild, Grieves teamed up with Swedish producer Chords. Together, the two have produced a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines, all accented by soulful keys, horns, or guitars. Whether dark and moody, or upbeat and jazzy, Grieves navigates and complements the soundscape, penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional, to fun and carefree. Grieves is most certainly breaking boundaries, truly running wild, all while remaining honest to himself.

IRON & WINE - Beast EpicIRON & WINE - Beast Epic - Sub PopIRON & WINE - Beast Epic
"Beast Epic, Iron & Wine’s fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and it's sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace. Even the instant classic, 'Bitter Truth,' with a lyric as pained and direct as any I've heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam has called Beast Epic his 'most personal' album to date. It is the first Iron & Wine album that he's produced since The Creek Drank The Cradle, though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like 'Call It Dreaming.' After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration, recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. He had me fooled all along. Beast Epic will be available worldwide through Sub Pop Records on August 25th. It's my favorite Iron & Wine album by a mile. - Jonathan Poneman, Sub Pop Records President
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EMA - Exile In The Outer Ring - City Slang
After the success of 2011's Past Life Martyred Saints and 2014's prophetic The Future's Void, EMA retreated to a basement in Portland, Oregon, a generic apartment complex in a non-trendy neighborhood, with beige carpeting and cheap slat blinds. Now, she returns, with a portrait of The Outer Ring: A pitch-black world of dark night highways, American flags hung over basement windows, jails and revival meetings and casinos and rage. In a year dominated by white working-class alienation and anger, EMA, a Midwesterner who never lost her thousand-yard stare, has delivered an album that renders Middle American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy.


ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

PVRIS - All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell [LP]
Lilly Hiatt - Trinity Lane [LP]
Jane's Addiction - Jane's Addiction - Alive At Twenty Five [Limited Edition LP]
A Giant Dog - Toy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Lipstick Red LP]
Filthy Friends - Invitation [LP]
Gogol Bordello - Seekers And Finders [LP]
Elliot Root - Conjure
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real [2LP]
Elton John - Rock Of The Westies [LP]
Brian Mcknight - Genesis
Picture This - Picture This
Superchunk - Superchunk: Remastered [LP]
Thee Oh Sees - Orc [LP]
Happy Abandon - Facepaint [LP]
Fifth Harmony - Fifth Harmony
Eliot Bronson - James

& More .....

Noah Gundersen - God Don't Talk To Strangers / Lady Of The Ocean [Vinyl Single]
David Ramirez - Stone Age
Dan Zanes - Take This Hammer
Robert Plant - The May Queen
Steve Winwood - Higher Love








 

 For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Grieves Record Release In-Store 8/25!

Grieves Record Release In-Store 8/25!

Seattle rapper/producer Grieves is dropping his new full-length, Running Wild, on Rhymesayers on August 25th and Easy Street is kickstarting the celebration with a free & all-ages street date in-store 8/25 at 7pm! Signing session will follow performance.

We expect this party to be BUSY, so we encourage you to pre-order Running Wild on CD or Vinyl from us at Easy Street Online or at our store in West Seattle to guarantee entry. Customers who pre-order can pick up the album at the event (in-store pickup only; we won't ship pre-orders).

On Running Wild, Grieves teamed up with Swedish producer Chords. Together, the two have produced a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines, all accented by soulful keys, horns, or guitars. Whether dark and moody or upbeat and jazzy, Grieves navigates and complements the soundscape, penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional, to fun and carefree.

Pre-order Running Wild now on CD or Vinyl!

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Win Oneohtrix Point Never's "Good Time" Soundtrack On Vinyl + Poster!

Win Oneohtrix Point Never's "Good Time" Soundtrack On Vinyl + Poster!

Warp recently released the soundtrack for Good Time, a new drama starring Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The soundtrack, composed and recorded by Oneohtrix Point Never, won the Best Soundtrack award at the Cannes Film Festival. To celebrate this week's Seattle premiere run of the movie at Regal Thornton Cinemas, we are giving away a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl and an official movie poster! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Good Time" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up prizes at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification. Please note that the prize pack does NOT include tickets to the screening...you can buy those here. Good luck!

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Easy Street Staff Bumbershoot Picks For Saturday!

Easy Street Staff Bumbershoot Picks For Saturday!

In less than two weeks Bumbershoot 2017 will take over the Seattle Center grounds for a three-day weekend full of great music, comedy, theatre, film, and much more! Easy Street is here to help you with the tough stuff - who to see and why! Here are some of our staff picks for Saturday, September 2nd, by ESR festival correspondent Oli, ESR assistant manager Atticus, and ESR social media guru, Ian!

Get full lineup information - and buy passes - at Bumbershoot.com!

*** Please note that set times/stages have not yet been announced.

The Roots

Staff Pick - Atticus, Oli, Ian

Who: Philly hip hop legends

Latest Album: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (2014, Def Jam)

What "They" Say:

"One of the most underappreciated MC’s alive, Black Thought fronts the group led by drummer Questlove who is not only one of the coolest guys in music, but is basically a walking musical encyclopedia. Listening to Questlove talk music is one of the many thrills in life. The Roots are the house band for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon which means they are asked to collaborate almost every night with the musical guest, which is never an issue. They have joint albums with John Legend and Elvis Costello and can play everything between." - Ian Bremner, Easy Street Online/OldRookie.com

Tacocat

Staff Pick - Atticus, Oli

Who: Seattle feminist pop-punk quartet singing about important stuff...then taking the piss out of it. Spunky, silly, and fun!

Latest Album: Lost Time (2016, Hardly Art)

What "They" Say: 

"Is it okay for a band to just want to have fun? Even though the more earnest and pointed moments of Lost Time shine brightest, the answer is still yes. Tacocat so clearly thrive in the realm of the amusing and the ironic, and it would make no sense for them to turn their backs on that. Instead, they continue to work out straightforward messages in their silly statements. Tacocat want to be taken seriously, but they definitely don’t want to be a serious band."- Consequence Of Sound

Amine

Staff Pick: Atticus

Who: Portland hip-hop artist, who snuck into an unoccupied room at Portland State University to record his breakout hit "Caroline" on his laptop, which led to a deal with Republic Records.

Latest Album: Good For You (2017, Republic)

What "They" Say: 

"His major label debut album, Good for You, is joyously off-kilter, taking in Southern rap, cheerful pop, indie rock and more. It’s amiable, inventive and idiosyncratic, one of this year’s most intriguing hip-hop albums and also a bold statement of left-field pop." - New York Times

Sofi Tukker

Staff Pick: Oli

Who: New York-based duo that creates an infectious dance party mix of world music and house.

Latest Album: Soft Animals EP (2016, Virtual Label Group)

What "They" Say: 

"Sofi Tukker’s debut EP Soft Animals is an insatiable dance collection of jungle-pop songs with many well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and to the national language, Portuguese. ... While Sophie infuses rhythmic vocals similar to Kundalini yoga chanting, Tucker likes to add in touches of early Crystal Castles and Pussy Riot. Appropriately, this is what Soft Animals has become: a fusion of repeating lyrics purposefully and thumping house bass lines, a fusion similar to Brazil’s hot melting pot of global cultures." - Paste

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Enter To Win Tickets To The Mark Lanegan Band!

Enter To Win Tickets To The Mark Lanegan Band!

The man with the golden voice, Mark Lanegan, will likely be putting the spotlight on songs from his new album, Gargoyle, when he and his band rock the Showbox on August 24th! Wanna go? Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Beehive" and please include first & last names with entry. This is a 21-and-over show. We'll draw a winner on 8/23. Good luck!

Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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New Release Round-Up 08-18-17

New Releases - August 18 2017

CASPAR BABYPANTS - Jump For Joy
CASPAR BABYPANTS - Jump For Joy!
 - Aurora Elephant
Jump For Joy! is the 13th album from Seattle family entertainer Caspar Babypants, Caspar is also known as Chris Ballew from the rock and roll band the Presidents of the United States of America. This album is a delightful mix of traditional songs that have been updated by Caspar ("Froggie Went A Courtin'," "Where Oh Where?," "Ten Little Piggies" to name a few) and sweet silly originals ("Free Couch," "I Feel Better," "Blackberry Pie," "Pushy The Tug" to name a few more). Just another amazing, funny, entertaining album from Caspar Babypants!

GRIZZLY BEAR - Painted Ruins - RCA
Grizzly Bear releases their highly anticipated fifth full-length album Painted Ruins following up their 2012 commercial breakthrough Shields. The band spent the better part of two years writing and recording the eleven new compositions featured on Painted Ruins with the entire album produced by Grizzly Bear's own Chris Taylor.

STEVEN WILSON - To The Bone - Caroline
Steven Wilson releases To The Bone, his expansive, brilliant fifth album, via Caroline International. It is the follow-up to 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase. (one of Rolling Stone's best albums of 2015). A gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK s biggest underground artist, To The Bone is Steven Wilson's hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel's So, Talk Talk's Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears' Seeds of Love). The album is also available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone Colored Vinyl.

SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER - Not Dark Yet - Silver Cross Records
Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written "Is It Too Much," to close out the ten-song set.

NECK DEEP - The Peace And The Panic - Hopeless Records
2017 release from the Welsh pop punk band. The album is the follow-up to their 2015 album Life's Not Out To Get You. In an interview, singer Ben Barlow was asked about the story behind the album, and he responded: "The Peace And The Panic is about how we've grown up and experienced life in the last couple of years. When we were writing Life's Not Out To Get You, we were going through a period of uninterrupted happiness. We were super content, but as that album came out, life changed for us. Over the two years we've toured that record, so much has happened that I've re-evaluated what life is about and questioned whether just having a positive outlook is enough." Neck Deep's sound has been described as a combination of Blink - 182, New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, Green Day and the Descendents. Vocalist Ben Barlow has stated A Day to Remember as a massive influence on the band. Fall Out Boy and Sum 41 have also been cited as influences.
 

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD] - CapitolINTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]
Interpol's critically acclaimed third studio album Our Love To Admire is released for the first time on heavyweight 2LP to commemorate its 10-year anniversary. Produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro), the remastered album includes the singles “The Heinrich Maneuver” and “Mammoth”. The gatefold packaging includes custom inner sleeves, a custom mini-jacket and a previously unreleased DVD recording of their 2007 performance at London Astoria.

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DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EPDJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EP - Mass Appeal Records
DJ SHADOW - The Mountain Has Fallen EP
The Mountain Has Fallen comes on the heels of a tremendous year for the legendary DJ and producer, DJ Shadow. He performed at Coachella 2017, marking his fifth appearance overall at the festival. He recently launched his KCRW show called Find, Share, Rewind, his extensive The Mountain Will Falltour continues through 2017 and has seen him circle the globe more than once since launching in 2016, with recent dates in Australia, Japan and Europe.  He will finish his 2017 dates in London in October.  Shadow released his latest feature album The Mountain Will Fall to raves last year, and the video for the track, Nobody Speak,just won the 2017 A2IM Libera Award for Best Music Video. 

Early Listen Available
 Video Available

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation [Limited Edition LP]
U.N.K.L.E. - The Road: Part I [2LP]
Jerry Garcia - Garcia [Sky Blue LP]
Kacy & Clayton - The Siren's Song [LP]
Jerry Douglas - What If
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can
A$AP Ferg - Still Striving [Digital]
Dent May - Across The Multiverse [Butter Yellow LP]
Raspberries - Pop Art Live [2CD]
Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions [Pink 2LP]
Mary J. Blige - Strength Of A Woman [2LP]
Mozzy - 1 Up Top Ahk
Cheap Trick - We're All Alright! [Deluxe Edition LP]
The Yawpers - Boy In A Well [Limited Edition LP]
Ghostpoet - Dark Days & Canapes [LP]
The Accidentals - Odyssey [LP]
KMFDM - Hell Yeah [2LP]


& More .....

Ariel Pink - Another Weekend b/w Ode To The Goat (Thank You) [Vinyl Single]
Har Mar Superstar - Personal Boy EP
Chris LaRocca - Voila EP
Josh Ritter - Thunderbolt's Goodnight
Joan Osborne - Tangled Up In Blue
Sløtface - Backyard
The Lone Bellow - Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy







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Easy Street Bumbershoot 2017 Picks (Part 2)

Easy Street Bumbershoot 2017 Picks (Part 2)

Bumbershoot 2017 is almost here! Seattle's biggest and bestest music & arts festival takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 1-3) at the Seattle Center with hundreds of performances to keep you busy - and happy! Need some tips on who to see and what to do? We're here to help! We've asked our staff and special friends for recommendations for the hottest and the coolest at Bumbershoot and we'll be posting them up until the festival commences! Below are a few hot tips from Oli Moseley (ESR Bumbershoot crew), Ian Bremner (ESR Social Media Specialist), and Rod Moody (ESR Online Manager).

Get full lineup information - and buy passes - at Bumbershoot.com!

*** Please note that set times/stages have not yet been announced.

Jorja Smith - Friday - Oli's Pick

Who: 20-year-old British singer currently supporting Bruno Mars on his massive U.S. tour. From Wikipedia: Jorja's influences range from Mos Def to Lauryn Hill to The Streets. Her music combines storytelling and commentary on social and personal issues.

Style: Soul/R&B

Latest Album: Project 11 (EP); her debut LP is due in 2018.

What "They" Say:

"Up against a world in which R&B singers have become cannon fodder, Smith is clearly nobody’s beautiful little fool. She is already a versatile, fully formed creative, and some of the songs she sings on this humid night in July will make up the most hotly anticipated UK debut album of 2018. You just feel sorry for anyone running against her for any prizes next year." - The Guardian

Filthy Friends - Friday - Rod's Pick

Who: Bonafide NW supergroup featuring Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, Thee Sgt Major III, etc), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project).

Style: Power pop with a kool '90s vibe.

Latest Album: Invitation (Kill Rock Stars, out 8/25)

What "They" Say:

"A press release describes the LP as a 'collection that works through a flurry of different moods and styles, genre exercises and joyous experiments.' There are nods to Television, '60s downer vibes and rootsy mumblings,' and even a little glam rock for good measure." - Consequence Of Sound

Chicano Batman - Friday - Ian's Pick

Who: Afrobeat Brazilian pop rockers

Style: See above

Latest Album: Freedom Is Free (ATO)

What Ian Says:

"After teaming with New York soul producer Leon Michels (The Arcs, Sharon Jones, Lee Fields), their Spanish soul got a dose of east coast flavor. The band still very much exudes the California cool confidence and South American sounds." - Ian Bremner, Easy Street Online/OldRookie.com

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Win Tickets To Kevin Morby At The Tractor!

Win Tickets To Kevin Morby At The Tractor!

Easy Street Online/Old Rookie writer Ian Bremner has this to say about Kevin Morby's latest album: "Much like the music coming out of New York in the late 60’s/early 70’s, be it Lou Reed, Patti Smith or earlier with Bob Dylan – you can nearly hear the sounds and smells of the city in Kevin Morby’s new record, City Music. Comparable to New York City itself, the true beauty of City Music is the serenity within the figurative cigarette smoke, constant motion and overall grit." Morby's bringing a piece of that city to this one when he performs a sold-out show at the Tractor Tavern on August 21st. Enter to win a pair of guest list spots by e-mailing us with the subject line "City Music" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/18. Good luck!

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Noah Gundersen In-Store 9/22!

Noah Gundersen In-Store 9/22!

Seattle’s Noah Gundersen is coming to Easy Street with his band on September 22nd (7pm) to give West Seattle a live taste of his new record, White Noise, which drops the same day on Cooking Vinyl!

We encourage customers to pre-order White Noise on CD ($13.99) or LP ($29.99) from Easy Street Online or at the shop for guaranteed entry. Customers who pre-order can pick up the album at the event (in-store pickup only…we won’t ship pre-orders).

Performance starts at 7pm, signing to follow. Free and all-ages.

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Easy Street Bumbershoot 2017 Picks (Part 1)

Easy Street Bumbershoot 2017 Picks (Part 1)

Bumbershoot 2017 is almost here! Seattle's biggest and bestest music & arts festival takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 1-3) at the Seattle Center with hundreds of performances to keep you busy - and happy! Need some tips on who to see and what to do? We're here to help! We've asked our staff and special friends for recommendations for the hottest and the coolest at Bumbershoot and we'll be posting them up until the festival commences! Below are three tips from Oli Moseley, who is part of the ESR crew covering Bumbershoot 2017!

Get full lineup information - and buy passes - at Bumbershoot.com!

*** Please note that set times/stages have not yet been announced.

Flume - Friday

Who: Australian producer/musician DJ

Latest Album: Skin (Future Classic Records)

Style: EDM, Dance-Pop

What "They" Say: 

"In an era when EDM stardom can be as close as a light-up mask, clever anonymous alias, and management-directed collaborations, Flume has continually avoided the gimmicks and concentrated on a production palette that festival-goers crave and Billboard Award recipients are looking to hijack. Gearing up to be the next EDM crossover talent, Flume’s sophomore effort, Skin, showcases a producer at ease with all of the sounds moving tickets at America’s major festival events: hip-hop, indie pop, and EDM." - Consequence Of Sound

Die Antwoord - Friday

Who: South African duo known for their controversial videos.

Latest Album: Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid (Zef Records)

Style: "Zef Ninja Rap Rave"

What "They" Say: 

"Sleazy South African troublemakers Die Antwoord bring their circus of bad taste and big beats back on fourth outing Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid. As ever, the alley-trash duo of Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er keep it crass while rapping and angel-cooing over hip-hop beats and drug-fueled rave loops." - All Music

Dude York - Friday

Who: Seattle power-pop trio

Latest Album: Sincerely (Hardly Art)

Style: "Sweetly melodic crunch of powerpop with massive distortion and bashed-to-heck drums."

What "They" Say:

"If there’s one influence splattered all over Dude York’s new album Sincerely, it’s Weezer. They creep into everything: lead singer/guitarist Peter Richards’ vocals, he and bassist/singer Claire England’s ability to craft crunchy indie pop, the delicate straddle of gloomy and energetic. If you’re casually overhearing 'Life Worth Living PT 2' or 'Twin Moons,' there’s a good chance of confusing it with a long lost Weezer B-side. But this Seattle trio has much more to offer..." - Punk News

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New Release Round-Up 08-11-17

New Releases - August 11 2017

 
KESHA - Rainbow - RCA
Rainbow marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration as she achieves her vision for the album by enlisting a roster of collaborators ranging from Eagles of Death Metal to Dolly Parton. Ben Folds produced the title track with Kesha, while Ricky Reed produced and wrote numerous tracks as well. Wrabel co-wrote a collaboration that features the Dap-Kings horn section. Eagles of Death Metal are featured on two tracks, while Parton guests on a version of her 1980 country chart-topper "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You." The track was co-written by Kesha's mother Pebe Sebert, who also has other songwriting credits on Rainbow.

DOWNTOWN BOYS - Cost Of Living - Sub Pop
Downtown Boys release their third album (and Sub Pop debut), Cost Of Living on August 11. Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, one of indie-rock’s most mythological figures (he also produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, and others), Cost of Living shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band’s righteous assault and captivating presence. The Providence, RI band previously released the single 'Lips That Bite' via Adult Swim Singles Program- the follow-up to the politically charged single 'A Wall.' Downtown Boys use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts.

VENOM INC. - Ave - Nuclear Blast America
When Venom released “Welcome to Hell” and “Black Metal” in the early 80s they paved the way for thousands of extreme metal bands across the world. Venom Inc. consists of former Venom founders Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn on guitar and Anthony “Abaddon” Bray on drums as well as former Venom bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. Ave is Venom Inc’s debut full length!

GUIDED BY VOICES - How Do You Spell Heaven - Guided By Voices
2017 release from the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard's output plows past the word "prolific" like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that's true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation's tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly. There's more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!

DAVID RAWLINGS - Poor David's Almanack - Acony Records
"Over the past decade, ever since releasing the first album under his own name — 2009’s Friend Of A FriendDavid Rawlings has gradually emerged in his partnership with Gillian Welch as the duo’s primary vocal outlet. Though it often seems as though the only discernible difference between albums under Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings is who happens to be singing lead, three of their past four albums have been released under Rawlings’ name. Poor David’s Almanack takes a more full-band approach toward Welch and Rawlings’ neo-traditionalist American roots music. Enlisting longtime collaborators like Willie Watson, Brittany Haas and Ketch Secor, Rawlings runs through a mix of light folk-rock, orchestrated country-soul, traditional country-gospel, and folksy low-country blues." - American Songwriter

THE DISTRICTS - Popular Manipulations - Fat Possum
"Now comes The Districts' third full-length, Popular Manipulations, and it's a significant leap forward for the band. Across 11 songs, fans will notice changes (for the better) in songwriting, technique, production and arrangements. It's a dense and intense collection of songs that stands tall, with a broad and far-reaching indie-rock lens attached. Throughout the record, [singer/guitarist Rob] Grote emulates David Bowie circa Low and Heroes, singing in a low register and employing a series of vocal gymnastics. A swirl of heavy psychedelic rock sets the foundation for many of these songs, but the arrangements on 'Airplane,' 'Salt' and 'Why Would I Wanna Be' demonstrate a level of craftsmanship that hasn't always been there in the past. ... Popular Manipulations is a powerful and punchy set of songs by a group of men whose talent has finally caught up to its ambition. It demands and commands your attention." - NPR

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs


Hamell On Trial - Tackle Box [LP]
So Much Light - Oh, Yuck [LP]
Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine [LP]
Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical [Limited Edition White LP]
Trailer Trash Tracys - Althaea [LP]
Will Hoge - Anchors [LP]
Steve Howe - Anthology 2: Groups & Collaborations [3CD]
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags & Codes: Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition [2LP]
Alex Williams - Better Than Myself
The Music Of Nashville, Season 5, Vol. 3 [Soundtrack]
Oceans Ate Alaska - Hikari [LP]
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 [Deluxe 2LP]
Bonobo - One Offs...Remixes & B Sides [2LP]
Buck Owens - Live From Austin, TX [CD/DVD]
Dwight Yoakam - Live From Austin, TX [CD/DVD]
Dead Rock West - More Love
Lucy Rose - Something's Changing [LP]
Woggles - Tally Ho! [LP]


& More .....

Needtobreathe - Hard Cuts: Songs From The H A R D L O V E Sessions EP
Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP
Miner - Headwaters EP
David Ramirez - Time
Blank Range - Ember In The Ash
Hamell On Trial - Big Mouth Strikes Again (Live)






For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win Tickets To Sylvan Esso!

Win Tickets To Sylvan Esso!

Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso grew from a chance meeting on a shared bill, followed by a bedroom demo recording (which evolved into their self-titled debut), then went off on a three-year road trip, which won them a substantial international following. Vocalist Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn spent the next sixteen months recording their sophomore release, What Now, which dropped in April of this year, and, you guessed it, they're back on the road, with two sold out shows at the Neptune happening on August 18th & 19th. Enter to win a pair of tickets for the 8/19 show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Die Young" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/17. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Temples!

Enter To Win Tickets To Temples!

UK psych-rockers Temples are coming to Chop Suey August 10th to give Seattle a lil' dose of their most recent album, Volcano! Not only that, local rock throwers My Goodness are opening! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets to this all-ages show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Volcano!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/9. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Royal Blood!

Win Tickets To Royal Blood!

Jimmy Page's favorite rock duo, Royal Blood, are bringing the hammer of the gods to the Showbox on August 9th! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "How Did We Get So Dark?" (the title of their most recent effort) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/8. Good luck!

Rather not roll the dice? Buy tickets here!

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New Release Round-Up 08-04-17

New Releases - August 04 2017

 
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL - I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris - UME
I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris is a two disc live set from the band's emotionally charged return to Paris. The line-up for this historic show features Jesse Hughes, Joshua Homme, Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins, Julian Dorio, Eden Galindo, and Tuesday Cross. This performance includes the tracks "Complexity," "Don't Speak (I Came To Make A Bang)," "Cherry Cola," Duran Duran cover "Save A Prayer," "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)" and many more.  The live set is also available on DVD.

MONDO COZMO - Plastic SoulMONDO COZMO - Plastic Soul - RepublicMONDO COZMO - Plastic Soul
Plastic Soul is Mondo Cozmo's debut album. The album's lead single, "Shine," rocketed to #1 at AAA radio and peaked top 15 at Alternative. Mondo Cozmo is confirmed for nearly every US festival this summer including: Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Firefly, Forecastle, Sasquatch, Shaky Knees, Hangout and more. He will be embarking on a headlining tour this fall as well as opening for Spoon in September. 

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COLDPLAY - Kaleidoscope EP - Atlantic
The Kaleidoscope EP was produced by Rik Simpson with Daniel Green and Bill Rahko and features a new live version of Coldplay's hit collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "Something Just Like This," recorded in Tokyo in April. It also includes "Miracles (Someone Special)," a collaboration with Detroit rapper Big Sean. Another new song, "A L I E N S," was written with Brian Eno, and co-produced by Eno and Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon). The EP is the sister release to the band's acclaimed A Head Full Of Dreams album, which has sold more than 5 million copies around the world since its December 2015 release.

RANDY NEWMAN - Dark Matter - Nonesuch Records
Dark Matter, Randy Newman's first album of new material in nine years, is the follow-up to 2008's acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian called "the work of a true master of popular song." Produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher, the album includes songs about Vladimir Putin, the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more.

DEF LEPPARD - Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition - Mercury
Def Leppard celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album Hysteria, one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history. The remastered anniversary edition will be released in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe — Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Version, 1 CD Vanilla Version, & 2-LP Black Vinyl Version. The reissue boasts B-sides and live tracks, plus the audio for In The Round In Your Face (Live) on CD for the first time.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Hard Working Americans - We're All In This Together [LP]
George Thorogood - Party Of One [LP]
Wage War - Dead Weight [LP]
Black Grape - Pop Voodoo [LP]
Mystery Skulls - One Of Us
Accept - The Rise Of Chaos [Indie Exclusive Electric Blue/Red Splatter 2LP]
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Lay It On Down [LP]
Dead Cross - Dead Cross [Red With Black Swirl LP]
Brett Eldredge - Brett Eldredge
Caroline Says - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong [LP]
Quiet Riot - Road Rage
Lal & Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus [LP]
Soccer Mommy - Collection [LP]
Tyler Childers - Purgatory [LP]
Dan Wilson - Re-Covered
Marty Friedman - Wall Of Sound [LP]
Keane - Hopes & Fears [LP]
New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too. [2 LP]

& More .....

Gregg Allman - Live Picture Disc [10 Inch Vinyl]
Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - The Color Of A Cloudy Day
Will Hoge - 17
So Much Light - Full Body Mirror
The Districts - Salt
Filthy Friends - Despierta
Arch Enemy - The Eagle Flies Alone (Edit)
The Winery Dogs - Dog Years EP





For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win A Stax Records 60th Anniversary Prize Pack

The legendary Stax Records celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a goldmine of reissues and compilations of the sweetest soul music you've ever heard! In May, Stax and Rhino broke out the "Stax Classics Series," which included ten CDs - six from Stax/Concord and four from Rhino, each featuring 12 tracks, plus four vinyl titles. June brought the release of more classic vinyl from the Stax vaults, including mono versions of two great Otis Redding LPs and an Isaac Hayes boxset. 

Here at Easy Street, we're celebrating with a big Stax prize pack giveaway, which includes:

* Mono vinyl of Otis Redding's The Soul Album!

* Otis Redding "Stax Classics" CD!

* Deck of Stax playing cards!

* Otis Redding "Dictionary Of Soul" notepad!

* Stax tote bag!

* Stickers!

* Buttons!

Enter to win it all by e-mailing us with the subject line "Stax At 60!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within a month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A CARS Prize Pack!

 

Rhino just released expanded remastered editions of two classic albums by The Cars - Candy-O (1979) and Panorama (1980)! Available in both vinyl and CD formats, Candy-O goes beyond the original album's 11 tracks with seven bonus tracks, while Panorama builds on the original album's 10 songs with four bonus tracks. Ric Ocasek recently supervised the remastering of these albums for last year's boxed set The Cars: The Elektra Years, so you know they sound like brand new Cars.

Guess what? We're giving away two primo Cars prize packs! The first includes the expanded vinyl editions of both Candy-O and Panorama, plus a set of D'Addario guitar strings autographed by Cars guitarist Elliott Easton, while the second prize includes both titles on CD, plus a cool litho of the iconic Candy-O Vargas cover! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Cars Vinyl!" OR "Cars CDs" depending on which prize pack you want to win. Winners must be able to pick up their prizes at our store in West Seattle within a month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Dungen Vinyl Collection!

Enter To Win A Dungen Vinyl Collection!

Swedish psych-rock wizards Dungen are coming to work their magic on Seattle at the Crocodile August 8th, and we wanna get you pumped up for the show by offering up the following FIVE Dungen albums on vinyl, courtesy of Mexican Summer Records!

Tio bitar (2007)
4 (2008)
Skit i allt (2010)
Allas Sak (2015)
Häxan (2016)

Enter to win 'em all by e-mailing us with the subject line "Vinyl Dungen!" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle within one month of notification.

* Please note that this contest does not include tickets to the show itself, but you can buy them here!

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New Release Round-Up 07-28-17

New Releases - July 28 2017

 
ARCADE FIRE - Everything Now (Night Version) - Sony
The fifth full-length studio release for the Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, was co-produced with Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Markus Dravs, and Pulp's Steve Mackey. Features "Electric Blue". The album is available as the standard "Day Version" and the Indie Exclusive "Night Version" which features exclusive artwork.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA - A Black Mile To The Surface - Loma Vista
A Black Mile To The Surface is a bold record of vision and purpose, inspired by and dwelling in a sensory and imaginative experience. It's a reinvention of sorts, both musically and personally-a sort of cosmic worldview shift. But in the end, the record's themes are universal. Inspired by their experience creating the score for the film Swiss Army Man, Manchester Orchestra seized the chance to rethink their typical methods of working. This process gave them new ideas of how to think about writing, how songs could flow, and how to layer melodies on top of one another to propel the tune into a new emotional arena. To manifest this vision, the band turned to producer Catherine Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Killers, Interpol) and began working with her at Echo Mountain studio in Asheville. In addition to mixing with Marks at her Assault & Battery studio in London, Manchester Orchestra also worked with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) in Los Angeles - gathering new sounds, adding to and widening the songs' dimensions. Encouraged to go against first instinct, each collaborator added their own touch to the music, pushing it to places no Manchester Orchestra record had ever gone before.

JUICEBOXXX - Freaked Out American Loser - Dangerbird
Freaked Out American Loser is the latest album from Juiceboxxx, the Milwaukee-bred punk rap artist who is quite simply the first and last of his kind all at once. Juiceboxxx grew up in the 2000s within the noise, punk rock, and underground rap communities of Wisconsin, and while those banners still fly high independently today, there are very few other artists who not only understand that venn diagram but who are also actively attempting to merge those sounds cohesively. Juiceboxxx might be out of his mind, but in all the best ways--he owns it and commits to this unstoppable onslaught of creative ideas and outbursts. Freaked Out American Loser is a punk rap blast that captures the anarchic, aggressive spirit of Juiceboxxx's live show while also adding a new level of polish, focus, and dare we say, professionalism. Songs like ''Guts And Tension'' and ''Destruction and Redemption'' place the listener in the middle of the pit, blazing with frenetic guitar and thick energy. ''Freaking Out'' and ''Go To The Club Alone'' display dexterous rap skill and a heavier hip hop feel while retaining a jittery post-punk edge. And the album-closing eponymous track even brings to mind the melodic chime and epic codas of the Pixies.

ALICE COOPER - Paranormal - Earmusic
Alice Cooper's new studio album, his first in six years, Paranormal was recorded in Nashville with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin. The ten-track album also features a very special bonus CD a mini-album consisting of two brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith, and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings. Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.

JOYWAVE - Content - Hollywood Records
Rochester alternative band Joywave are releasing their sophomore studio album titled Content, and getting ready to make their return to the live stage. The quintet will head out on tour with Young The Giant and Cold War Kids at the start of August. Content, which has a playful double meaning, is produced by Joywave's Daniel Armbruster & Sean Donnelly and mixed by Rich Costey and will be released on Hollywood Records/Cultco Music.


ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Cage The Elephant - Unpeeled
Rings Of Saturn - Ultu Ulla [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Isley Brothers / Santana - Power Of Peace [LP]
Jerry Garcia - Garcia Live Volume Nine: August 11th, 1974 Keystone Berkeley
Oceans Ate Alaska - Hikari
Jillette Johnson - All I Ever See In You Is Me [LP]
Lapalux - Ruinism [LP]
John Pizzarelli - Sinatra & Jobim At 50
Shaman's Harvest - Red Hands Black Deeds [LP]
Arthur Alexander - Arthur Alexander
Herb Alpert - Music Volume 1
Valve Studio Orchestra - The DOTA 2 (Official Soundtrack)
Rex Brown - Smoke On This... [LP]
Amine - Good For You
Vic Mensa - The Autobiography

& More .....

Ema - Low Profile EP
Hard Working Americans - Something Else

Black Grape - I Wanna Be Like You (Radio Edit)
The Districts - Violet
Grizzly Bear - Neighbors
The War On Drugs - Strangest Thing
Iron & Wine - Thomas County Law







For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win Tickets To J Mascis!

Win Tickets To J Mascis!

Dinosaur Jr. guitar god J Mascis will be turning it up to 11 -- even if "it" is an acoustic guitar - when he hits the stage at Neumos on August 4th! 21 or over? Want free tickets? Enter to win a pair by e-mailing us with the subject line "It Goes To 11" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/3. Good luck!

Rather not leave things to chance? Buy tickets here!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Marika Hackman!

Enter To Win Tickets To Marika Hackman!

London singer-songwriter Marika Hackman's second album (and Sub Pop debut), I'm Not Your Man, has garnered raves from the likes of Pitchfork ("the proper arrival of a bold young British force.") and her hometown daily, The Guardian, who exclaimed "[Hackman] set fire to her twee-ish sound and risen from the alt-folk scene like a proper stomping pop star, all sharp suits and songs that brood with breakup angst and simmer with sexuality. Her pearlescent lightness is still there in her sweetly sung cut-glass vocals, but in place of acoustic twangs there are heavy lidded licks and an overall louche noir. Grunge and shoegaze set the tone this time: the diaphanous guitar chimes enveloping like a cape."

Of course, she's touring in support of the album with a Seattle stop at the over-21 Sunset Tavern on August 4th. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "My Lover Cindy" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/3. Good luck!

Rather play safe? Buy tickets here!

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Win A Signed Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vinyl!

The latest album by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, So It Is, adds a Cuban influence to the band's traditional New Orleans sound, which bandleader Ben Jaffe explained in a recent interview with Rolling Stone: "There's been a connection between Cuba and New Orleans since day one – we're family. A gigantic light bulb went off, and we realized that New Orleans music is not just a thing by itself; it's part of something much bigger. It was almost like having a religious epiphany." We're giving away a signed vinyl copy of So It Is to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "So It Is" and please include first & last name with winner. Winner must be able to pick up prize at store within one month of notification. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Ramones "Leave Home" Prize Pack!

Enter To Win A Ramones "Leave Home" Prize Pack!

The Ramones decided to Leave Home 40 long years ago, and so Rhino Records is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the NYC punk legends' second release with a newly remastered standard edition and a 3-CD 1-LP Deluxe Edition! The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box features a remastered version of the original mix plus a brand new remix by original Leave Home engineer Ed Stasium on the first disc, while disc 2 features 33 tracks, including rough mixes of the entire album and 18 alternate mixes and instrumentals. The third disc is a previously unreleased 19-song live set at CBGB in April of '77!

We're offering up to one lucky winner a Leave Home prize pack which includes the deluxe edition box plus other Ramones goodies! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Leave Home" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Sword!

Win Tickets To The Sword!

Austin metal gods The Sword are bringing the thunder to Neumos on July 25th! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Dreamthieves" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner to this 21+ show on 7/24. Good luck!

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Enter To Win A Summer Of Love Prize Pack From Rhino Records!

Enter To Win A Summer Of Love Prize Pack From Rhino Records!

Hey man! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer Of Love, and to celebrate, Rhino Records is rolling out a series of special vinyl exclusive editions of key albums of that groovy time. The second batch of these records are out today -

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant
The Electric Prunes - The Electric Prunes (Purple Vinyl)
Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge (White Vinyl)
B-52's - Summer Of Love (12" Single)
The Monkees - Summer Of Love (Red & White Splatter Vinyl)
Various Artists - Getting Together: Groovy Sounds From The Summer Of Love (Colored Vinyl)

Last Tuesday's releases included titles by The Association, The Beau Brummels, Love, Peter, Paul & Mary, and The Young Rascals.

So, look man, we've got a far out prize pack to give away, which includes a Summer Of Love beach towel, tote bag, keychains, and at least one mystery Summer Of Love LP! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Summer Of Love" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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New Release Round-Up 07-21-17

New Releases - July 21 2017

 
LANA DEL REY - Lust For Life - Interscope Records
The fifth album from Lana Del Rey includes the singles "Love" and "Lust For Life". Lust For Life also features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, Sean Lennon, and Playboi Carti.

VIOLENT FEMMES - Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America

VIOLENT FEMMES - Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In AmericaVIOLENT FEMMES - Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America - PIAS AmericaVIOLENT FEMMES - Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America
Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America is the legendary '80s folk-punks' follow up to last year's critically acclaimed We Can Do Anything. All of the songs on Two Mics were recorded during sessions at various radio stations across the country. Violent Femmes came together in 1981 and were quickly applauded as one of the most inventive and original bands of the era, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. Violent Femmes' remarkable three-decade-plus career has earned them cumulative worldwide sales in excess of 10 million, with 1983's Violent Femmes awarded with RIAA platinum certification eight years after it's initial release.

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE - Sacred Hearts Club - Sony
Sacred Hearts Club is the new album from Foster The People. The album is available on CD now, followed by the vinyl LP on August 11th. The album includes the lead single, "Doing It For the Money," and other tracks like "Pay The Man" and "SHC," all three of which were released earlier on the digital EP entitled III. Other new tracks include "Time To Get Closer," "Harden the Paint," "I Love My Friends," and others. Founded in in 2009, Foster the People achieved success with the 2011 release of its debut album Torches, which sold nearly two million albums and over nine million singles worldwide.

TYLER, THE CREATOR - [Scum Fuck] Flower Boy - Sony
Flower Boy is the new and long awaited album from Tyler, The Creator. The album follows up 2015's Cherry Bomb. The first track and self-directed video to be released from Flower Boy was "Who Dat Boy" featuring A$AP Rocky, along with a second track "911/Mr. Lonely," which features Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean, respectively. Flower Boy is a 14-song album, and the physical version of the CD features two unique covers, the first one designed by Tyler himself and the other by artist Eric White. It is only fitting that Tyler would commission White, whose paintings have been described by Leah Ollman of the Los Angeles Times as being "nostalgic and at the same time also vaguely futuristic, even dystopian," to visually articulate the world of Flower Boy.

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD - Barefoot In The Head - Silver Arrow Records
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood release their new album, Barefoot In The Head, on Silver Arrow Records. The 10-track effort, self-produced by the band, marks a third collection of new material in only two years time. For the fourth year in a row, The CRB will play over 120 shows with summer tour dates already announced and fall tour dates to be released shortly. 

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - Every Valley

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - Every ValleyRHINO SUMMER OF LOVE - Rhino
Five decades ago, in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, a social movement was growing. Young people, with heads full of progressive ideas and evolving attitudes toward sex, drugs and rock and roll, were converging on the area to celebrate their personal freedom–an extension of that January’s “Human Be-In” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The “Summer of Love,” as it was called, was the birth of the modern counterculture, and music played an integral role in the shaping, influencing and mainstreaming of these daring new ideas. Rhino Records will celebrate that historic period with 18 catalog titles this July–including new compilations and vinyl reissues of classic albums. This Tuesday (07/25) the following releases will be available as part of Vinyl Tuesday: Van Morrison - Astral Weeks [Clear LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive]Tim Buckley - Goodbye & Hello (50th Anniversary Edition) [LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive]Judy Collins - Wildflowers (50th Anniversary Edition) [Yellow LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive]Aretha Franklin - Aretha Arrives [LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive]Nuggets - Transparent Days: West Coast Nuggets [Marbled 2LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive]Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis [LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive] and The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds [Glow In The Dark LP, Summer Of Love Exclusive]. More information and details of the other releases coming from Rhino as part of the Summer Of Love program can be found Here



ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

In This Moment - Ritual
Harts - Smoke Fire Hope Desire [LP]
Avey Tare - Eucalyptus [LP]
Goldfinger - The Knife
Meek Mill - Wins & Losses
DED - Mis-An-Thrope
Sara Evans - Words [LP]
Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About The Car?
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons [Green / Mint Green Splatter LP]
DWNTWN - Racing Time
Soul Remnants - Ouroboros
Decrepit Birth - Axis Mundi [Limited Edition Blue/Yellow Splatter LP]
Europe - The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show (Live At The Roundhouse) [LP Box Set]
Billy Ocean - Here You Are: The Music Of My Life
Dan Croll - Emerging Adulthood [LP]
Damian Marley - Stony Hill

& More .....

Straight No Chaser - Six Pack: Volume 3 EP
Shatterproof - Shatterproof EP
Thy Art Is Murder - The Son Of Misery
Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer - Is It Too Much
Hinder - The Reign








 


For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

 

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Win Tickets To Psychedelic Furs & Robyn Hitchcock!

Win Tickets To Psychedelic Furs & Robyn Hitchcock!

The Psychedelic Furs always seem to pick stellar opening acts when they go on tour, and this time is no exception - British rock troubadour (and Seattle's adopted son) Robyn Hitchcock will support the ice-cool Furs when they get all pretty in pink at the Showbox on July 21st! Enter to win tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Heaven" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/20. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To The Revolution!

Enter To Win Tickets To The Revolution!

Following the passing of their fearless leader, Prince, the band that provided all the juice on the Prince albums Purple Rain, Parade, and Around The World In A Day, decided to reunite and pay tribute by performing the music they created together. The Revolution - Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, BrownMark and Dr. Fink - will be doing just that when they come to the Showbox on 7/15. Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets to this 21+ show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Paisley Park" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/14. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Cowboy Junkies!

Win Tickets To Cowboy Junkies!

Toronto country-folk band Cowboy Junkies are coming to the Neptune on July 15th and we're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "My Boy Burns" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/14. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Avalanches!

Win Tickets To The Avalanches!

The Avalanches' latest album, Wildflower, is described as sounding like "nothing less than Smile reimagined in the Daisy Age - a mind-bending cartoon road movie that’s best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind." And ya know, we can't argue with that...the Melbourne electro-pop unit delivered quite an amazing record and you should buy it immediately. Once you are done with that, enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Avalanches bring their sonic genius to the Showbox on July 14th. Enter by e-mailing us with the subject line "Frankie Sinatra" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/13. Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Little Hurricane!

Enter To Win Tickets To Little Hurricane!

San Diego husband/wife blues-rock duo Little Hurricane are due to land at the Crocodile on July 14th! Drummer CC is six months pregnant, but that isn't stopping her from continuing the band's world tour in support of new album, Same Sun, Same Moon. She says: "I've been pregnant for every show we have played this year. By the time our baby is born, he will have already graced 60 stages across 12 countries. I wanted to prove to myself that my passions don't need to prohibit my personal life, and that my personal life need not prohibit my passions. I love touring and as long as everyone is healthy, I'm gonna keep on smashing drums and playing rock and roll."

Enter to win a pair of tickets to Little Hurricane's 7/14 show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Slingshot" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/13. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Eagles Of Death Metal & Melvins!

Win Tickets To Eagles Of Death Metal & Melvins!

Wanna rock? This is your show! The mighty Eagles Of Death Metal and the mighty, mighty Melvins team up to make eardrums drool, heads explode, and stomachs growl when they bring "it" to the Showbox on July 13th. This business is SOLD OUT, but you, dear website reader, have a chance to win a pair of free tickets! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "EODMelvins" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/12. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Fred Armisen At The Neptune!

Win Tickets To Fred Armisen At The Neptune!

Portlandia is coming to Seattle! Well, at least Fred Armisen is....he'll be bringing the laffs to the Neptune on July 8th! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Portlandia!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/7. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To Tangerine's Seattle Farewell Show!

Win Tickets To Tangerine's Seattle Farewell Show!

Seattle indie-pop band Tangerine are saying "see ya!" to rainy Seattle and heading to the sunnier climes of Los Angeles, where we assume growing conditions are more favorable. Their last Seattle show as locals takes place on July 1st at Neumos, and we have a pair of guest list spot ready for one lucky winner. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "See Ya!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/30. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To !!! (Chk Chk Chk) At The Crocodile!

Win Tickets To !!! (Chk Chk Chk) At The Crocodile!

Electro-punk-dance unit !!! (Chk Chk Chk) is coming to the Crocodile on June 28th with special guests So Pitted and Master Bedroom! Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of free tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "!!!" and please include your first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/27. Good luck!

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Album Review: Kevin Morby - "City Music"

Album Review: Kevin Morby - "City Music"

By Ian Bremner/Old Rookie.com

Much like the music coming out of New York in the late '60s/early '70s, be it Lou Reed, Patti Smith or earlier with Bob Dylan – you can nearly hear the sounds and smells of the city in Kevin Morby’s new record, City Music. Comparable to New York City itself, the true beauty of City Music is the serenity within the figurative cigarette smoke, constant motion, and overall grit.

As a Los Angeles resident over the last two years, Kevin Morby does not hide from his environmental influences. Whether it be in his hometown of Kansas City, his former adopted hometown of New York, or his current LA home base, Morby invites each city to imprint itself into him and his music. This record is the musical embodiment of time spent in those metropolitan hubs on the road and at home.

City Music has a definite East Coast vibe. In the song "1234," Morby name-checks every member of the Ramones, and the poem by Flannery O’Conner at the halfway point of the record recalls something Patti Smith has done on her records. Having been written during the same time period, City Music has been billed as a companion piece to the excellent, breezy, West Coast-feeling Singing Saw, but the two have decidedly different feels. There are certainly some parallels, but City Music manages to recreate, in song, the specific energy you feel by being back east.

Though City Music certainly symbolizes a book-end of sorts on the last few years for Morby, it deserves to stand out in any library. It also signifies a songwriter with growing confidence and willingness to adhere to life’s many surrounding. In the case of Kevin Morby in 2017, the setting happens to sound like lingering around a living room listening to Lou Reed with the sounds of the bustling streets below.

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Win Tickets To Sunyata Record Showcase w/Ayron Jones + More!

Win Tickets To Sunyata Record Showcase w/Ayron Jones + More!

Seattle-based Sunyata Records is hosting its second annual Showcase Of Bands on June 24th at the Neptune, featuring Ayron Jones (album release show for Audio Paint Job), the Barrett Martin Group, Vaudeville Etiquette, Noelle Tannen & The Filthy No-No's and special guests! Gonna be a helluva show, so try your luck at a pair of free tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Sunyata!" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/23. Good luck!

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Win A Jason Isbell Turntable!

 

Jason Isbell follows up his amazing 2015 release, Something More Than Free, with another strong contender for album of the year, The Nashville Sound, which dropped today! To celebrate the occasion, we've set up a custom Jason Isbell-branded U-Turn Turntable up in the vinyl loft, and you could win it if you play your cards right! Enter the contest just by following these simple steps:

1. Take a photo of yourself or friends with the turntable display to post on social media

2. Use the hashtag #thenashvillesound in the post

3. Tag @EasyStRecords and @JasonIsbell in the post

4. The most creative/fun picture will win the contest! Pull out all the stops!

Good luck!

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Enter To Win Tickets To Jurassic 5!

Enter To Win Tickets To Jurassic 5!

SoCal rappers Jurassic 5 reunited in 2013 after a six-year breakup, and though they haven't released an album in over a decade, they're out there touring and playing festivals like they never went away! They'll be stopping at the Showbox on June 22nd and we've got a pair of guest list spots waiting for one lucky person! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Work It Out" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/21. Good luck!

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Win A John Coltrane Prize Pack!

Rhino Records is celebrating the music and legacy of John Coltrane with a killer set of releases, which began last week with a new anthology titled Trane: The Atlantic Collection, which includes nine tracks selected from recordings Coltrane made for Atlantic Records between 1959 and 1961. This will be followed by  mono reissues for five Coltrane studio albums: Giant Steps, Olé Coltrane, Coltrane Plays The Blues, Bags & Trane and The Avant-Garde. Each will be available on 180 gram LP and digitally on June 16, with the mono CD of the classic Giant Steps coming July 7.

We're giving away Trane: The Atlantic Collection on vinyl + the fabulous 22x34 poster pictured above to one lucky winner! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Trane" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Win Tickets to Langhorne Slim & Sara Watkins at St. Marks!

Win Tickets to Langhorne Slim & Sara Watkins at St. Marks!

Easy Street and Abbey Arts are giving away a pair of tickets to Langhorne Slim & Sara Watkins at St. Marks Cathedral on June 24th. It's a beautiful, all ages, mostly seated show. To Enter, email Ian@easystreetonline.com with the subject line, "St. Marks." We will draw names and announce a winner on Thursday the 22nd. Wanna play it safe? Buy tickets HERE

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Win Tickets To Low & Mono At The Neptune!

Win Tickets To Low & Mono At The Neptune!

Lucky, lucky Seattle is one of only five U.S. cities to be treated to this amazing co-headlining mini-tour with Sub Pop slowcore specialists Low and the instrumental and experimental vibe of Japan's Mono! Enter to win a pair of tickets to their show at the Neptune on June 16th by e-mailing us with the subject line "Low Mono" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/15. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To The Specials!

Win Tickets To The Specials!

Happy Friday! Are you feeling special? Well, you will if you are fortunate enough to win a pair of free tickets to legendary British ska band, The Specials, who will be doing the dog at the Showbox on June 13th! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Too Much Too Young" and please include first & last name with entry. This is a 21+ show. We'll draw a winner on 6/12. Good luck!

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Win Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie Vinyl & Signed Print!

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie's new album, titled Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie is out today, and if you're feeling lucky, you could win a copy of it on vinyl PLUS a signed 11x11 album print! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "In My World" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prizes at our store in West Seattle. Good luck!

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Album Review: Benjamin Booker - "Witness"

Album Review: Benjamin Booker - "Witness"

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

Though the voice is familiar, nothing about Benjamin Booker‘s second LP, Witness, sounds remotely close to his self-titled debut, released back in 2014. The 27-year old has gone from New Orleans blues-based, punkish garage rock to full-blown sonic explosion. Elements of blues and punk still remain, but now they are merely ingredients to the funk, soul, and gospel compound. Witness bleeds all its ten tracks into one pleasantly produced 32-minute cohesive piece of music.

On Witness, Booker takes on more of the frontman/bandleader role as opposed to lead guitarist. The guitar riffs, although still there, are no longer the main attraction. Lyrically, Witness is political and personally hard-hitting, but you come out of it feeling nothing but spiritually uplifted. Tracks like "Witness" and "Believe" are full-fledged gospel tunes; even Mavis Staples guests on the title track. Background singers, a beautiful string section and more overall noise, allow you to get lost in the music as Booker’s raspy croon layers over top of it all.

Benjamin Booker rose from relative obscurity to one of indie rock's most unique voices over the last two years with his debut record. Paths to take for LP2 were wide open, but Booker answered all expectations by simply providing the unexpected.

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Enter To Win Tickets To Pickwick!

Enter To Win Tickets To Pickwick!

Seattle R&B/pop band Pickwick got really big really fast with the release of their debut full-length, Can't Talk Medicine. They played all the big festivals, went on tour with the likes of Neko Case and Black Joe Lewis, and everything looked awesome. But then, things got quiet, and the murmuring began..."What happened to Pickwick?" According to their bio, the band had about 40 songs to pick from for their sophomore album (uh-oh, the S word), when "they became deeply unsatisified with the direction the music was taking." One member left the band, and they walked away from the "mountain of songs," they amassed and started over. They recruited Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, Tacocat) to produce, and eventually came up with the deeply groovy Lovejoys, which drops on July 7th! Pickwick is previewing the new album with a show at Neumos on June 10th (and a free in-store at Easy Street on 7/1). Enter to win tickets to the all-ages Neumos show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Lovejoys" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/9. Good luck!

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Win Tickets To King Crimson!

Win Tickets To King Crimson!

Legendary prog-rock masters King Crimson are bringing their stellar 2017 touring lineup - leader/guitarist Robert Fripp, multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin, guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins, and drummers Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey - to the Moore on June 12th & 13th! Enter to win a pair of tickets to their 6/12 show by e-mailing us with the subject line "Starless" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/9. Good luck!

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U2 Joshua Tree 30 Listening Party Tonight!

U2 Joshua Tree 30 Listening Party Tonight!

Still haven't found what you're looking for? Join us at 7pm tonight (Friday, 6/2) when we spin the remastered, expanded 30-year anniversary edition of U2's classic album, The Joshua Tree, which is out today! Alongside the 11-track album, the 2-CD Deluxe Edition includes a live recording of The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 Madison Square Garden concert. Other formats include a Super Deluxe 4-CD Box and a Super Deluxe 7-LP Box! We'll be giving away some cool U2 prizes, so come on by and celebrate The Joshua Tree with us!

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Win Tickets To Erik Blood At Neumos!

Win Tickets To Erik Blood At Neumos!

Seattle producer/musician Erik Blood is well-known for his work with Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Moondoggies, Tacocat, and has just finished producing the forthcoming release from Pickwick! Of course, he also creates his own music, some of which is made for film scores, while other compositions are used for solo albums, like his most recent, Lost In Slow Motion. Erik will be at Neumos on June 8th with special guests Western Haunts, Season Of Strangers, and OC Notes. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Chase The Clouds" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 6/7. Good luck!

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Album Review: Justin Townes Earle - "Kids In The Street"

Album Review: Justin Townes Earle - "Kids In The Street"

By Ian Bremner / OldRookie.com

It’s 2017 and Justin Townes Earle is a happily married man. The word, “happily” probably would have came as a surprise a couple of years ago. Always an excellent songwriter, there is usually a constant angst in the tone of Earle’s songs. That’s not to say they’re not beautiful songs, but perhaps that underlying anxiety adds to the gut-wrenching aspect. He never hides from his personal story and where alcohol, drugs and lingering issues with his famous songwriter father, Steve Earle, were a significant part of his past, it seems like he has finally left those things in the past.

Kids In The Street is a collection of songs that are uniquely Justin Townes Earle’s, yet a refreshing change of pace. He seems happy and content with his current life. As a Nashville native, he has been more than outspoken about the abrupt changes happening to that fair city over the years in tweets or interviews, but modern-day Justin just writes a song about it. In the title track, a nostalgic acoustic story of playing ball after school in 1993, he reminisces fondly: “Those weren’t better days, but they still meant something to me, when we were kids out in the streets.” .

Throughout the 12-track record (13 if you count the Paul Simon cover bonus track, "Graceland"), the tone is noticeably lighter than previous efforts. It’s equal parts New Orleans jaunt, ragtime, and vintage folk. Earle’s goal has long been to pay homage to traditional music while pushing it forward into modern times, and Kids In The Street achieves this.

All the songs on the record are vastly different from each other which makes Kids In The Street repeatedly enjoyable. Earle’s southern delivery and knack for storytelling can make the least interesting events still good skeletons for songs. In this case, a positive mindset breathes a whole new, yet familiar feeling into these songs.

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New Release Round-Up 05-26-17

THE BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Anniversary Edition

THE BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Anniversary EditionTHE BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Anniversary Edition - CapitolTHE BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Anniversary Edition
It was 50 years ago when The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music's most universally acclaimed album. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, sourced directly from the four-track masters at Abbey Road Studios in London, and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin. This expanded 2CD package features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased alternate takes of each of the album's 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of "Penny Lane," and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased alternate takes of "Strawberry Fields Forever." The Anniversary Editions are also available as a Single CD, 2LP and Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.

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JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Kids In The Street

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Kids In The StreetJUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Kids In The Street - New West RecordsJUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Kids In The Street
Kids In The Street is the seventh and latest album from American roots troubadour, Justin Townes Earle. After marrying, moving to various corners of the country and continuous touring with both full band and solo, Earle made time to reflect on the past few years and find new clarity. With Kids In The Street, he made a conscious decision to work with a producer for the first time in his now decade-long career. Earle made the trip to Omaha, Nebraska to work with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, M.Ward, Conor Oberst) at ARC Studios. Together, they hand picked musicians to create a new sound and environment for the songs that speaks to Justin’s roots, musically and personally. This creative collaboration, paired with Justin’s longtime guitarist Paul Niehaus, has resulted in an album that takes a big step forward.

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AYRON JONES - Audio Paint Job - Sunyata Records
"If you’ve been following the music scene in the Pacific Northwest at all over the past 5 years, you’ll already know the name Ayron Jones. The guitar virtuoso has been wowing audiences, supporting globally revered artists, and solidifying himself as a force to be reckoned within the rock and roll genre. His latest LP, Audio Paint Job, to be released by Barrett Martin’s Sunyata Label, seamlessly mixes Jones’s blues-rock sound with a Northwest hip-hop sensibility that gets the listener closer than ever to his raucous, engaging live performance. ... Produced by Seattle legend Barrett Martin and mixed by another Seattle legend Jack Endino (who famously recorded Nirvana’s Bleach for $600), Audio Paint Job is the most cohesive and realized Ayron Jones has sounded to date." - Northwest Music Scene 

LIL YACHTY - Teenage Emotions - Quality Control
Teenage Emotions merges Lil Yachty's signature gleeful sing-rap and auto-tuned transmissions with hip-hop bombast, pop and '80s cultural touchstones. The 19-year-old Atlanta native is proudly genre-defying, mining hip-hop, alternative, and indie sounds as well as his hometown Atlanta trap DNA to solidify his mosaic approach. The album is a reflection of young lives right now, from happiness to social media-saturated heartbreak to the dance floor, caught in a sound that effortlessly, constantly bounces from rap to pop to something entirely its own. Personally Yachty strives to promote positivity and good vibes. Teenage Emotions caters to a teenager s everyday lifestyle-heartbreak, happiness, that vibe when you waking up in the morning getting dressed and you just wanna dance.

THE CHARLATANS - Different Days - BMG Rights Management
Different Days is the thirteenth studio album from The Charlatans. Self-produced at the band’s studio in Crewe, the album features the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers along with contributions from an enviable cast of friends from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr to crime writer Ian Rankin and writer/actress Sharon Horgan. The Charlatans have never been more forward looking or relevant as now.

GRATEFUL DEAD - Long Strange Trip - Rhino
Long Strange Trip is the soundtrack for the unprecedented four-hour documentary about the legendary band the Grateful Dead from executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence, The Departed), and director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley). Long Strange Trip probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove the Grateful Dead in their 30-year career. The first biographical film authorized and supported by the band, LST includes never-before-seen archival footage (of performances, backstage, and home movies) as well as new interviews with band members and cultural critics.

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Danzig - Black Laden Crown
Kraftwerk - 3-D: The Catalogue [2LP]
Sam Amidon - The Following Mountain
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