The National - I Am Easy To Find - 4AD
I Am Easy To Find is The National’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically side staged in favor of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.
The Head And The Heart - Living Mirage - REPRISE
The Head And The Heart are releasing their new LP, Living Mirage, on Warner Bros. Records/Reprise. Early last year, The Head And The Heart came together in the Mojave Desert’s Joshua Tree where they decided to shed old skin before writing their fourth album, Living Mirage, a sweeping, artful expansion of the earthy folk rock that once defined them. This recent “rebirth, a spirit quest of sorts,” as bassist Chris Zasche describes it, came from growing pains after their last album, Signs of Light: the amicable departure of guitarist-vocalist Josiah Johnson, replaced by Matt Gervais (husband to singer-violinist Charity Rose Thielen), and the return of keyboardist Kenny Hensley. “This is literally the most work we’ve ever done on an album,” the band’s Jon Russell remarks, proudly.
RAMMSTEIN - RAMMSTEIN - CAROLINE
RAMMSTEIN is the first new RAMMSTEIN studio album since 2009’s LIEBE IST FÜR ALLE DA. The new album is produced by Olsen Involtini with Rammstein. Rammstein is Christoph Schneider, Flake Lorenz, Oliver Riedel, Paul Landers, Richard Z. Kruspe, and Till Lindemann.
Jimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come Home - Last Music Company
When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. Texas guitarist/singer Jimmie Vaughan has dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. He's held onto the spirit of the blues for more than 50 years, and he isn't about to stop now. Vaughan's first studio album since 2011, Baby, Please Come Home is a rolling and righteous celebration of everything the blues can be.
Jon Bryant - Cult Classic - Nettwerk Records
New to Vancouver (Canada), alternative/singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant sought connection. After joining, spending time and eventually leaving an undisclosed ‘cult’, Bryant’s fascination with cults began to percolate and became the framework for his upcoming full-length ‘Cult Classic’, that releases this week via Nettwerk.
Ryan Pollie - Ryan Pollie - Anti
Inspired by the warm, inviting sounds of ‘70s singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, Ryan Pollie wanted to make the most personal music of his career. He had released two albums as Los Angeles Police Department, and now he was ready to shed the protective barrier of his old band name — to make music, simply, as himself. Bolder and crisper than the albums he’s made as Los Angeles Police Department, his self-titled record emerges from a deeply collaborative place. He invited many of his closest friends over to his home to record the album, and a feeling of warm camaraderie shines through the music. “When somebody plays on a song, their character is in it,” he says. “I like to think all my friends are on this record. Their personality is in it. That was really important to me. I’m able to do what I do, mentally and emotionally, because of the people around me.”
Minor Poet - The Good News - Sub Pop
After spending years writing and recording music by himself in various bedrooms and basements, Andrew Carter hit his stride with the debut Minor Poet album, And How!. Made on a creative whim with no outside expectations, the eleven-song collection combined Carter’s love of carefully-crafted pop with a loose, fun, off-the-cuff recording aesthetic. The album was released in 2017 and developed a small but loving fan base, and Minor Poet has grown from a passion project into a cross-country touring band with write-ups in publications such as American Songwriter, Magnet, The Wild Honey Pie, Impose, and more. Minor Poet’s second album, The Good News, is a six-song collection that expands the boundaries of what constitutes the band’s sound. In just twenty-two minutes, the songs take apart the standard formulas of guitar-based rock and infuse them with vibrance and energy. On opener “Tabula Rasa,” interlocking guitars and a Farfisa organ carry the song through until everything drops suddenly into a doo-wop section that wouldn’t be out of place on a 1950’s.
Justin Townes Earle - The Saint Of Lost Causes - New West Records
The Saint Of Lost Causes is the 8th album from American roots troubadour, Justin Townes Earle. Earle’s latest album finds a songwriter and artist who is unflinching and unequivocal in his truth. When writing this album, Earle focused on a different America—the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, the oppressed and the oppressors, the hopeful and the hopeless. There’s the drugstore-cowboy-turned-cop-killer praying for forgiveness (“Appalachian Nightmare”) and the common Michiganders persevering through economic and industrial devastation (“Flint City Shake It”); the stuck mother dreaming of a better life on the right side of the California tracks (“Over Alameda”) and the Cuban man in New York City weighed down by a world of regret (“Ahi Esta Mi Nina”); the “used up” soul desperate to get to New Orleans (“Ain’t Got No Money”) and the “sons of bitches” in West Virginia poisoning the land and sea (“Don’t Drink the Water”). These are individuals and communities in every corner of the country, struggling through the ordinary—and sometimes extraordinary—circumstances of everyday life.
Mavis Staples - We Get By - Epitaph
Mavis Staples returns with a brand new studio album produced and written by Ben Harper. Backed by Mavis’ critically acclaimed live band, We Get By features 10 songs of longing, strength, and spirituality, presented with simplicity, grit and sublime beauty. Highlights include the buoyant, “Anytime”, the cathartic, “Change”, and the title track, an uplifting duet with Ben Harper.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.Read more...
Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy - Polyvinyl Records
Mac DeMarco returns with his newest album, Here Comes the Cowboy, the first album to be released on his new independent label, Mac’s Record Label. The album features lead single “Nobody”.
The Get Up Kids - Problems - Polyvinyl Records
After releasing their highly anticipated Kicker EP in the summer of 2018 (which Pitchfork described as the band's "most satisfying release in nearly 20 years"), The Get Up Kids have returned with an invigorating new full-length album, Problems. Produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon Van Etten), Problems sees the band expanding on the unmatched energy and emotion found on Kicker and channeling it into a fresh collection of songs that showcases the highly developed songwriting characteristics and impeccable use of melody we've come to expect from the Kansas 5-piece. Standouts like "Satellite" and "The Problem Is Me" make it clear the band has come full circle while continuing to evolve.
Defeater - Defeater - Epitaph
Since their inception in 2008, Defeater have stood apart as storytellers in the world of hardcore. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the band’s lineup consists of Derek Archambault (vocals), Adam Crowe (guitar), Jake Woodruff (guitar), Joe Longobardi (drums) and Mike Poulin (bass). They have toured with the likes of La Dispute, Comeback Kid, and August Burns Red. Defeater will be the band’s fifth studio album
Jackie Cohen - Zagg - Spacebomb Records
Zagg is the debut full-length album by Jackie Cohen and the follow-up to her two introductory EPs released last year, Tacoma Night Terror Parts 1 & 2, which were called "utterly spellbinding" (The Line of Best Fit), "a stunning and complete debut" (Vinyl Me, Please), and "sleazy-listening glam" (The Guardian). The playing on Zagg – by Cohen with the Spacebomb House Band – and production – by Jonathan Rado (Foxygen) and Matthew E. White with freak-of-nature orchestral arrangements by Trey Pollard – is bright and beautiful across the whole grab-bag of love songs, laments, self-mortifications, meditations on sunscreen, hammer-anvil jams, and kit v. kit double drum cardio smash-bros looney tunes suicide pursuits. More than one of Jackie’s many nicknames, “Zagg" is also a shout out to her uncanny ability to select an unanticipated word or musical flourish, her disarming poetic acumen, her ability to zoom in and out at lightning speed and spin a phrase into a mantra, or the opposite of a mantra. Each song on this record is its own unique little world, keeping a listener delightfully off-kilter throughout the entire affair.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Space Between - BMG
Sammy Hagar & The Circle release their debut album of original material, titled Space Between this week via BMG. The first single from the record, “Trust Fund Baby,” is available now. With the upcoming release of Space Between, the band harnesses the depth of their artistic experiences and seminal collaborative sound with Hagar's prolific writing vein to produce an album that builds and explodes, song after song, around the concepts of money, greed, enlightenment and truth. Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands' substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game. Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin.
Guitar Wolf - LOVE&JETT - Third Man Records
Guitar Wolf! They are the keepers of all blasted, hard, spazzed out songs, building a whole life on the bedrock of hyperactive RNR exhilaration. This Japanese power-group has been stupefying audiences at home and on the road since the late ‘80s and finally are back to unveil their capital-L loud jams. Third Man is fortunate to be releasing their lucky 13th full-length album LOVE&JETT and to have a hand in supporting Guitar Wolf’s noisy and canonical rise to their rightful place in underground music's highest hall of fame.
Jimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come Home - Last Music Company
When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. Texas guitarist/singer Jimmie Vaughan has dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. Hes held onto the spirit of the blues for more than 50 years, and he isnt about to stop now. Vaughans first studio album since 2011, Baby, Please Come Home is a rolling and righteous celebration of everything the blues can be.
Jon Bryant - Cult Classic - Nettwerk Records
New to Vancouver (Canada), alternative/singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant sought connection. After joining, spending time and eventually leaving an undisclosed ‘cult’, Bryant’s fascination with cults began to percolate and became the framework for his upcoming full-length ‘Cult Classic’, that releases on May 17, 2019 via Nettwerk.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.Read more...
Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us - New West Records
Over the past two decades, a strong sense of place has shaped the music of Calexico, infusing their albums with a stylistic unpredictability and richness of texture. While 2015’s Edge of the Sun brought the Tucson-bred band to the Mexico City borough of Coyoacán, their new full-length The Thread That Keeps Us mostly came to life in a house studio near the Northern California coast nicknamed “The Phantom Ship” by CALEXICO vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino.
Hollie Cook - Vessel of Love - Merge Records
Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent with charming charisma to craft her own dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook’s ability to continually surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is crystal clear on her third full-length and Merge debut, Vessel of Love.
Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin [LP] - Drag City
Ty Segall goes all the way, flipping the Freedom coin to find passion, laughter and savagery on both sides. A head-spinning compendium of stompers, weepers, ballads, screamers, bangers and funker-uppers, all marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning on contact, in the name of life and loathing and the pursuit of what you love.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Black Coffee [Red LP] - J&R Adventures
It's been 4 years since the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and #1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa. They have reunited for Black Coffee - another collection of scorching interpretations of ten soul gems that pair Hart’s breathtaking vocals and Joe’s masterfully expressive playing. Featuring songs made famous by; Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucinda Williams and more. LP is 180g, red vinyl, and contains an exclusive bonus track.
Nightmares On Wax - Shape The Future [2LP] - Warp Records
One of the most influential artists of a generation and a long-standing member of the Warp Records family, Nightmares On Wax announces his new album Shape The Future. A perfect marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds that act as a salvo masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre-blending, brilliantly solidifying Nightmares On Wax place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead.
Cornelius - Mellow Waves [LP] - Rostrum Records
Acclaimed Japanese producer, composer, and recording artist Cornelius first proper studio album in over 11 years, featuring the singles If You're Here, Sometime / Someplace, and In a Dream. 180g black vinyl gatefold LP
American Folk [Soundtrack] - American Folk Records
American Folk is the soundtrack to the award-winning 2018 independent film, American Folk, starring Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth. In addition to both original compositions and classic folk song renditions by Purdy and Rubarth, the soundtrack includes John Prine's ''Some Humans Ain't Human'' and Jerry Garcia & David Grisman's ''Freight Train.''
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.
The Big Day you have all been waiting for is happening this Saturday (April 18th) and we know you are all as excited as we are. As always, there are some great releases this year and if you have not already made your list and etched the artwork in your mind ready for the hunt, you can check out the full list of releases here on our site or of course you can check recordstoreday.com for more details. Note: We have no guarantee over which releases we will have available and how many, but feel free to contact us to see if we have ordered any particular release.
Of course Record Store Day is not just about the releases, it is a day to celebrate Independent Record Stores and we hope that you will be joining us for the whole day as we will have lots of great celebrations going on.
See you all soon and good luck.
Another year, another Grammy ceremony. With 83 awards in total, 2014 was the biggest year in the ceremony's 56 year history. Daft Punk and Lorde were among the biggest winners, winning five and two awards respectively.
The French duo were also amongst the performers as they alongside Pharrell Williams performed their huge track Get Lucky. Other performers included Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Beyonce, Metallica, Queens Of The Stoneage with Nine Inch Nails and Paul McCartney teamed up with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear for a rendition of 'Cut Some Slack' from last year's Grohl-fuelled 'Real To Reel: Sound City' Album/Documentary.
Here is a rundown of some of the winners for 2014.
Record Of The Year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album Of The Year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
Song Of The year: Royals - Lorde
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde - Royals
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers - Get Lucky
Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Best Metal Performance: Black Sabbath: God Is Dead?
Best Rock Song: Cut Me Some Slack - Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin
Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City - Vampire Weekend
In 1994, The Beatles' Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K. and number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. Now comes a new companion to The Beatles' first BBC collection, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles' first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts.
Also newly remastered for reissue, The Beatles' first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever. This collection of the group's BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s.
It's easy to blame Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Studios for the sound of Hanni El Khatib's new album "Head in the Dirt," but that's an oversimplification. It's Nashville, the city, the pace, the people, who tell the story. Like Larry Sexton's engines, "Head in the Dirt" is forged from raw elements and a craftsman's eye. It's the deafening roar of a red-line engine, and cool as a cat's purr coasting in third gear. Follow Hanni around Nashville and catch an all the way live performance of "Nobody Move."Read more...
The 2012 Record Store Day Ambassador has been busy with his Stooges and the result is the new album READY TO DIE, out this week! (Vinyl out on 5/14). New record, new label, same old Iggy. PREVIEW AND PURCHASERead more...
*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/20 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.Read more...
Owns a record store. CHECK.
Heads a record label. CHECK.
Makes all kinds of records. CHECK.
We can think of no one better to fly the flag for Record Store Day 2013, can you?Read more...
The 55th annual Grammys are over, and unlike last year, a wide range of artists is heading home with awards. Dan Auerbach and the Black Keys were the biggest winners, taking home four trophies. Skrillex claimed three, as did Gotye, Jay-Z and Kayne West. Mumford & Sons won just two Grammys, but scored the biggest one of the night: Best Album for Babel.
Here is a rundown of some of the winners for 2013.
1. RECORD OF THE YEAR - Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra
2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Babel, Mumford & Sons
3. SONG OF THE YEAR - We Are Young, Fun.
4. BEST NEW ARTIST - Fun.
5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE - Set Fire To The Rain [Live], Adele
6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE - Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra
7. BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM - Impressions, Chris Botti
8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM - Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
9. BEST DANCE RECORDING - Bangarang, SkrillexRead more...
Sub Pop and Select Indie Stores Encourage Learning with Prizes and a September Sale
To celebrate the start of the new school year, Sub Pop is teaming up with some excellent indie music shops this September to offer you hearty discounts, and opportunities to win rare Sub Pop treats.
Select Sub Pop releases will be on sale all month, and they will be giving away a prize pack featuring a variety of rare and out-of-print Sub Pop items.
For extra-credit, if you go into any participating store (like this one) and, using the tag #BeachHouseGLOW, tweet/instagram a picture of your favorite Sub Pop title from the sale display, you will get a shot at winning a way out-of-print, be-the-envy-of-all-your-friends Beach House – “Bloom” LP on glow in the dark vinyl! (There are only 250 copies on the planet. We didn’t do well at math, but we are pretty sure that some sort of “supply” and “demand” thing makes this record rare or something.)
The ten stores with the most pictures (remember, you must use the hashtag and tag our store!) will WIN the glow in the dark vinyl to be given away at their store. If your local record store wins then you up your chances of scoring this tasty platter!Read more...
The Avett Brothers recently met up with NPR while on tour and the result is this magically intimate performance of "Live and Die" direct from their tour bus. "Live and Die" is taken from their New Album "The Carpenter" which is out now and for those quick off the draw, when you purchase the album you also receive an exclusive 7 inch which includes "Live and Die" along with the flip side "The Clearness is Gone" (Quanity limited while supplies Last).
Rock. Hip-hop. Soul. Acoustic folk. Skater kids. Vintage instruments. All kinds of influences go into HOME AGAIN, the debut from Michael Kiwanuka. Maybe you saw Jay-Z shout him out as the singer of one of the new songs he loves best, maybe you caught his critically acclaimed SXSW set, maybe you just know that the record is on EW’s Summer Must List or that the BBC made it their Sound of 2012. We think EW was right when they said “He has the kind of voice that makes people stop and go, “Who IS that?”.Read more...
THE LUMINEERS have been out on the road, stomping their way across the country with their Americana-inflected barn burners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. They made a stop recently at Waterloo Records in Austin where, lucky for all of us, a video was made of their song “Stubborn Love”. You’ll find it on their album, conveniently called THE LUMINEERS. (check it out here)
MTV thinks they are “One To Watch” in 2012, what say you? This dance-y little number is the first introduction to WALK THE MOON whose new record, which they named after themselves to help you remember it, is in stores next week.
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This week we lost a national treasure. Doc Watson was 89.
Here are a couple of articles if you'd like to read further. Ry Cooder wrote the
NYTimes piece: http://goo.gl/Cpg9b
Washington Post: http://goo.gl/HlqG7
Check out what Alumnus Record Store Day Ambassador, Joshua Homme, is "informing you" about the new SCISSOR SISTERS record..MAGIC HOUR.
The new Beach House record, BLOOM, is out today. They also took part in Record Store Day 2012, releasing a special 7” single, only available at indie record stores. The A-side, “Lazuli” is on BLOOM, but we’ve got a special stream of the B-side of the single, “Equal Mind” which you can only get on the Record Store Day single. Check it out and then scoot on down to the store and pick up BLOOM.
A hearty congratulations to Justin Townes Earle on the release of his new album this week, NOTHING'S GONNA CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT ME NOW (which is also, excitingly, the name of the track on the official Record Store Day 7" single he's releasing this year.) Oh look, here he is now, singing it:
Punch Brothers line-up includes some of the most impressive and widely respected musicians performing today: Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Thile (mandolin and lead vocals), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle). Watch Video and Purchase "Who's Feeling Young Now"
The new album PORT OF MORROW from James Mercer’s THE SHINS is in stores this week, and those guys have proven themselves true friends of record stores. Not only did they choose us to premiere the song “SEPTEMBER” when they released it, they have also given participating stores a special 4 song acoustic EP, to give to you, when you buy the new record at their stores. So it looks like The Shins are true friends of you, too.
LEONARD COHEN the legend returns with OLD IDEAS, and while they last, and get a litho featuring art and text from the man himself... quantities limited.
Check out the back story behind the creation of Chimes of Freedom for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary.
2012 four CD collection containing music from Patty Smith, Rise Against, Pete Townshend, Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Sugarland, Joan Baez, Flogging Molly, Joe Perry, Bad Religion and many others. Two iconic forces that have impacted the past 50 years -- the life-saving human rights activism of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International and the incomparable artistry of Bob Dylan -- are being saluted by musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings to Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.Read more...
"Dawned On Me" from Wilco's Grammy-nominated new record "The Whole Love." This collaboration with King Features presents the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years. Directed by Darren Romanelli.Read more...
The Black Keys are releasing a special vinyl version of “Lonely Boy” on Black Friday, available only at indie record stores. Only fitting that they handed us this very special look at the making of the piece.
The Black Keys have unlocked the first new music from their upcoming album, and the exciting part for us is that this time next month a pretty 12” vinyl version of that song, “Lonely Boy” will be at record stores as part of Black Friday. Then just a few weeks after that, the new album, EL CAMINO, will be out too.Read more...
This week sees the release of the highly anticipated, much talked about, seeming oddball collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu. The album began as a cycle of songs Lou Reed had written based on the plays and had intended for the stage. After Reed played with Metallica at 2009’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert, however, he decided to use the songs as the basis for a record with the metal titans. PREVIEW & PURCHASE
ASHES & FIRE, the new record from Ryan Adams is out this week, and finds him in fine form, according to the stores and fans we’ve talked to and the critics we’ve read. Granted, this clip is acoustic, but judge for yourself, and if you decide to pick up the new record, you should know that for a lucky few there’s a special lyric book that comes with this, but only while supplies last. Oh, and vinyl junkies? Your Ashes & Fire moment comes 11/1. PREVIEW & PURCHASERead more...
Lenny Kravitz has always been known as a student of the musical past, his music and image harking back to the 60s and 70s, and his new record, BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA, is coming out on the most-used medium of the day: vinyl. Here’s Lenny himself, getting a good look at his new baby (you can get a good look at it starting Friday, August 27 when it streets, only at participating indie record stores. (CD on sale August 29)Read more...
We’re finding it hard to classify Active Child’s music, and so is everyone else really, they’re all just looking forward to the release of the new album YOU ARE ALL I SEE (on 9/23). Pat Grossi’s musical project has toured with a bunch of different-sounding bands (James Blake, White Lies, School of Seven Bells, White Rabbits) and people have had nice things to say, such as when KEXP said ““His heaven-sent falsetto rising above a warm tenor that he developed through his formative years in the Philadelphia Boys Choir will send chills down your spine if not inspire tears of elation.” (See what we mean by hard to classify?) Check things out for yourself, with this little album trailer.Read more...
Anthrax is getting the band back together. Joey Belladonna is back in the fold after more than twenty years, and the new album WORSHIP MUSIC is out next month. Indie record stores have a way for you to get started on the new Anthrax right now, though, with a special glow-in-the-dark Anthrax rosary on sale starting this week. The special Anthrax artifact includes access to a download of a brand new track, and a coupon for Worship Music when it does hit stores.Read more...
Rolling Stone said it, and we couldn’t agree more. This Texas hotshot Gary Clark, Jr. is gonna be all over the place, and he’s making this hot summer even hotter with the release of a special EP, BRIGHT LIGHTS, which you can pick up now. Hear the man for yourself below and read a little bit more about what Rolling Stone had to say HERERead more...
Eminem may have been on 60 Minutes this weekend, but the week belongs to Royce da 5’9” (the Bad to Em’s Evil in their hip-hop duo) and the release of his latest solo joint SUCCESS IS CERTAIN. (Click to Preview).Read more...
Not content with just one band, Zack Rogue (of Rogue Wave) has a second project called RELEASE THE SUNBIRD and their COME BACK TO US record is out this week. We have a special 7” single as a little gift for you when you buy the record, but just like summer, they won’t last long, especially once we tell you that there are two unreleased tracks on it (“On Your Own” and “You Can’t Fool My Baby”). Quantities Limited, while supplies last. CHECK IT OUT HERE.
And it’s a good thing too, since they own it. Their new 7” single is the first thing released on the new label, dBpm records, and it’s in stores now. “I Might”, the A side, is from the upcoming full length THE WHOLE LOVE, and the B side, “I Love My Label” is a cover of a Nick Lowe tune (who just happens to be heading out on tour with them. Synchronicity!)
And hey, Wilco loves their label, but we know you love your record store. Tell us why, in our I LOVE MY RECORD STORE contest, and you could win a trip for two to see Wilco in Central Park on 9/22!
Gomez (the band) have a new album out, and there is a special 6 song bonus EP filled with album outtakes, free while they last when you pick up the new record, WHATEVER’S ON YOUR MIND.Read more...
The Paul McCartney Archive Collection presents the next two titles in the series – McCartney and McCartney II. Released in multiple configurations – 2CD Special Edition, Deluxe Book Edition, & 2LP Vinyl Edition – these projects have been personally supervised by Paul and newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney yielded the timeless tracks “Every Night” and “Junk” along with the immortal classic “Maybe I’m Amazed.” McCartney II was his return to solo work after nine years of massive touring and recording with Wings and features enduring classics such as “Coming Up,” “Waterfalls,” & “Temporary Secretary.”
Those Darlins bring you this revealing video for "Be Your Bro" the debut song off their upcoming album "Screws Get Loose" due in stores worldwide the week of March 29th.
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Sam Beam is back! The new Iron & Wine record, KISS EACH OTHER CLEAN, is out this week. While supplies last, get a special Iron & Wine button pack for FREE, when you purchase it. Wear your love on your sleeve, or your jacket, or your bag....
As a “Thank You” to their fans, Beach House has posted a Free Track entitled "I Don't Care for the Winter Sun".
You can download the track here: I Don't Care for the Winter Sun
British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae takes a brief break from songwriting for her new project The Love (OUT NOW), an EP mini-album of cover songs set for pre-Valentine's Day release January 25. The new Love EP, her first new recordings since her 2010 sophomore album The Sea, contains songs by Paul McCartney ("My Love"), Prince ("I Wanna Be Your Lover") and Belly ("Low Red Moon") along with Rae's take on "Que Sera Sera", the Doris Day classic that she's been featuring recently in her live sets. Leading the way is a version of the Bob Marley classic "Is This Love", a song the 31-year-old singer describes as "that late, dirty 6/8 (time) thing".
"I just thought about that song “Is This Love” and how poignant it sounds," says Rae, "and how it feels when it’s stretched out at that tempo. When it’s the start of a relationship and it’s this questioning—”Is this love?” “Is this it?” Is this what it feels like?”—it’s just so tentative. And I love the descriptions in the song, and I think it’s amazing, the idea of two people against the world in poverty and the idea that love is everything that you need." For her take on Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover", she says "It's just really fun! I thought, I never get to do really fun, synthy, aggressive bright things." Watch Corinne's live version of "Is This Love" after the jump. Full Idolator interview here.Read more...
It’s the rebirth of Hip-Hop and it’s exclusively at RECORD STORES! This Black Friday is really BLAK FRIDAY at indie record stores across the country as they release BLAKROC, the exclusive new project from The Black Keys and a bunch of bad ass rappers like Mos Def, Q Tip, Jim Jones, RZA, ODB, Ludacris and more. Damon Dash is bringing it... And record stores across the country are the only place to find itRead more...
Check out new releases from Mars Volta, Willie Nelson, Shelby Lynne, and Chris Walla.
Though Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler Zavala did time in popular emo band At The Drive-In, their subsequent project Mars Volta is a horse of an entirely different color. Instead of punk, the pair takes their influences largely from 1970’s prog-rock and jazz fusion. One of the most critically acclaimed American rock bands of the 21st century is back with their fourth studio album, Bedlam in Goliath. Every nook and cranny of the album is filled with sound, making this quite possibly the densest album the team has produced yet. Together with new drummer, Thomas Pridgen, and guest guitarist, John Frusciante (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), the band pounds out about 75 minutes of unrelenting sonic climax. Read more...