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New Release Round-Up 11-15-19

New Releases 15 November 2019



DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age - Mass Appeal
DJ Shadow returns with his new album Our Pathetic Age via Mass Appeal, kicking off the project with hit single, 'Rocket Fuel' featuring vocals from legendary rap trio De La Soul, which was also included in EA's Madden 20 Soundtrack. Set to release as a double album, part 1 of Our Pathetic Age includes 11 genrebending instrumental tracks. Part two is a 14track vocal suite with features from the likes of Nas, Dave East, Run The Jewels, and more.

Michael Nau - Less Ready To Go

Michael Nau - Less Ready To GoMichael Nau - Less Ready To GoMichael Nau - Less Ready To Go - ORG Music
Maryland-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Nau is back with a fourth “solo” album, on the heels of his 2018 release, Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread. Nau, who previously fronted projects like Page France and Cotton Jones, is known for his unique blend of psychedelic folk, R&B, and indie rock music. On his latest effort, Less Ready To Go, Nau enlisted Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog) as a producer, along with collaborators Whitney McGraw, Andrew Dost (fun.), Zach Miller (Dr. Dog), Benny Yurco, and Seth Kauffman.


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Lily Kershaw - Arcadia

Lily Kershaw - ArcadiaLily Kershaw - ArcadiaLily Kershaw - Arcadia - Nettwerk Records
Imagine the mind’s farthest wanderings made physical, formed into worlds that represent our internal and external expressions. Mythologically speaking, people have been naming this duality for ages: utopia and dystopia, heaven and earth, Olympus and the underworld. Now imagine this concept distilled in an eleven track, thirty-six minute album, and you arrive at Arcadia, the latest offering by songstress Lily Kershaw. Weaving warmer analog sounds like organ, harpsichord and guitar with cinematic force, Arcadia is Kershaw’s most intimate release to date. But the strongest tool Kershaw wields is her voice, both in the simmering ferocity it carries and the poetry it speaks. Though the concept behind the record is epic to say the least, Kershaw is ultimately telling a story of acceptance, both of herself and the great mystery that is the universe


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The Band - The Band: 50th Anniversary

The Band - The Band: 50th Anniversary The Band - The Band: 50th Anniversary The Band - The Band: 50th Anniversary  - Capitol
This Super Deluxe limited edition package features a new stereo mix of the album by Bob Clearmountain from the original analog masters. The package also features the previously unreleased complete “Live At Woodstock” performance from 1969, the Classic Albums – The Band documentary, and thirteen bonus tracks. Bonus tracks include six previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions. The exclusive book features a new essay by Anthony DeCurtis and classic photos by Elliott Landy. The release is also available as a 2LP and 2CD package.


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Jackson 5 - Greatest Hits: Quad Mix

Jackson 5 - Greatest Hits: Quad MixJackson 5 - Greatest Hits: Quad MixJackson 5 - Greatest Hits: Quad Mix - Motown
The original release of the Jackson 5's Greatest Hits LP in 1971 was cause for celebration, as it encapsulated an extraordinary 18-month strings of back-to-back-to-back-back-etc. hits and was itself a hit souvenir of Jacksonmania. It featured eight smash records, led by the group's phenomenal Motown debut, 'I Want You Back,' plus two immensely popular B-sides 'I Found That Girl' and 'Who's Lovin' You' and something new: 'Sugar Daddy,' a just-dropped single which went top 10 pop and no. 3 R&B; it was then not available on any other J5 LP. This LP reissue is something new again: it features the rare quadrophonic mixes, originally released in Japan only in 1975. These mixes used alternate vocals and sometimes emphasized instrumentation not heard in the J5 singles or LP and as a result these versions are much sought-after. As within this edition these mixes are the stereo folds, consumers do *not need a special decoder or four speakers to enjoy the music.
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The Police - Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings - A&M
Following the 40th anniversary vinyl box, The Police present a limited edition 6-CD box set edition, featuring all five studio albums + a bonus disc This package includes six full-color gatefold CD digi-pak wallets housed in a ‘lift-off lid clamshell’ style box. Also includes an exclusive bonus 12-track disc – ‘Flexible Strategies’ comprised of non-album b-sides (including very rare remix of ‘Truth Hits Everybody’). This collection was remastered at Abbey Road Studios.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Lady Antebellum - Ocean
Hollie Kenniff - The Gathering Dawn
Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police
Frozen 2: The Songs
Tindersticks - No Treasure But Hope
David Bowie - Conversation Piece
David Bowie - Space Oddity: 2019 Mix
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I Made a Place
The Clash - London Calling: 40th Anniversary Scrapbook Edition
Celine Dion - Courage
Fall Out Boy - Believers Never Die Vol. 2
Fleetwood Mac - Before the Beginning 1968 - 1970 Live and Demo Sessions
Caracara - Summer Megalith
Jack Broadbent - Moonshine Blue
Ronnie Wood & His Wild Five - Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry
Raised Fist - Anthems
Milky Chance - Mind The Moon
Summer Walker - Over It
Sparks - Past Tense - The Best of Sparks
Gang Starr - One Of The Best Yet

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Pet Shop Boys - Burning The Heather
Dana Gavanski - Catch
Mount Kimbie - WXAXRXP Session EP
Oneohtrix Point Never - KCRW Session EP
Boards Of Canada - Peel Session EP
Aphex Twin - Peel Session 2 EP
Flying Lotus - Presents INFINITY Infinitum - Maida Vale Session EP
Bibio - WXAXRXP Session EP
Seefeel - Peel Session EP
Lfo - Peel Session EP
Kelly Moran - WXAXRXP Session EP
Plaid - Peel Session 2 EP
Squid - Town Centre EP












 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿ - Warp Records
uknowhatimsayin¿ marks a buoyant new chapter in Danny Brown's career, a transitional and celebratory moment. His profile has grown since Atrocity and now armed with a cable TV show and a co-sign from one of rap's icons, we will look to solidify his positioning as a ubiquitous entertainer, independent rap hero, and one of the essential cultural voices of this era, while still retaining the edgy, maverick style that makes him a fan-favorite. The album is executive produced by Q-Tip, and features production by Q-Tip, JPEGMAFIA, Flying Lotus, Paul White, Standing on the Corner and more. 


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Ben Lee - Quarter Century Classix

Ben Lee - Quarter Century ClassixBen Lee - Quarter Century ClassixBen Lee - Quarter Century Classix - New West Records
"In January 2019 I found myself stuck in a Chicago hotel room during the “Polar Vortex”. I was performing there with my duo Radnor & Lee over a few nights when temperatures dropped, leaving me unable to do much outside my hotel room for 4 days. Chicago is a city that holds a special history for me, and I found myself spending a good chunk of time staring out my hotel window, reflecting on my first trip there in 1993 to record my debut solo album  Grandpaw Would at Idful Studios with Brad Wood. But more than the details of that trip, I was struck by how vividly memories started flooding back to me of being a 15 year old mega fan of music, and in particular, indie rock. I LIVED for the records that I loved and the bands who made them. I’m not sure you are ever a fan of bands the way you can be as a teenager. It’s pretty sacred. I started re-listening to some of my favorite songs from that period in that hotel room, by the Beat Happening, Pavement, Fugazi, The Breeders, Guided by Voices. It struck me as crazy that these songs and the feelings that accompanied them were now over 25 years old. It started seeming odd to me that for some reason, indie rock hasn’t been canonized the same way ‘60s and ‘70s rock has. After all, Dinosaur Jr were my Led Zeppelin, Sonic Youth were my Grateful Dead and Built to Spill were my Steve Miller Band. These were my classics! I always travel with my portable studio gear, and I immediately sat down and started learning and recording a collection of my favorite songs. I spent my 4 days of the 2019 Polar Vortex creating the blueprint for what would become Quarter Century ClassixWhen I got home to LA, I invited my friends Julianna Barwick, William Tyler and Mary Lattimore to my home studio to add their magic to my recordings as I knew they grew up in reverence of the same records I did. These three genius musicians became the “band” who you can hear framing these covers and I am eternally grateful for their talent and generosity. Later, Maria Taylor, Mike Watt, Petra Haden and Joey Waronker all showed up to play too. To some people these songs are just footnotes in pop culture history. But to me, they are the essence my own personal history. I wanted to make this record a tribute to these bands, to these songs, and to the irreversible way music can touch and transform the life of a young person. I hope you enjoy Quarter Century Classix. - Ben Lee


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JD McPherson - Socks

JD McPherson - SocksJD McPherson - SocksJD McPherson - Socks - New West Records
JD McPherson presents A Christmas Album, SOCKS. Featuring 11 original tracks written by JD McPherson and his friends. SOCKS is an album of Holidays songs sure to be standards while you are decorating the tree. Come get warm by the fire with songs such as , "All The Gifts I Need" and "Every Single Christmas." Or, burn the cookies to "SOCKS" and "Ugly Christmas Sweater." There is something for everyone on this record to enjoy whether you are in the Christmas spirit or if you just wanna say, "Bah Humbug".  Now available on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Snow Globe Colored Vinyl.

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William Hooker - Symphonie Of Flowers

William Hooker - Symphonie Of Flowers
William Hooker - Symphonie Of Flowers - ORG Music
William Hooker has been recognized as one of the most innovative musicians and drummers of his generation, leading a variety of ensembles within the worlds of free jazz, experimental, and new music. Hooker’s prior collaborators range from avant garde jazz musicians to indie rock legends like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. On his latest work, “Symphonie Of Flowers”, Hooker weaves three sections into a whole, or a “symphonie” of sorts. As he says, “the piece begins and ends with the drum…my instrument. Its rhythm and variations of timbre are the stabilizing element.”


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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

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New Release Round-Up 11-08-19

New Releases 08 November 2019



Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen - Bad Seed Ltd
The songs on the first album are the children. The songs on the second album are their parents. Ghosteen is a migrating spirit. The album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 at Woodshed in Malibu, Nightbird in Los Angeles, Retreat in Brighton and Candybomber in Berlin. It was mixed by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Lance Powell and Andrew Dominik at Conway in Los Angeles.

FKA Twigs - Magdalene - Young Turks
The follow up to FKA Twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (2014, Young Turks). Widely regarded as one of the best albums of 2014 and selling over 340,000 records globally. Top-40 rapper Future appears on the album’s second single “Holy Terrain”, continuing a run of rap collaborations including an appearance on A$AP Rocky’s ‘Testing’ LP. Twigs will tour the US in November with a theatrical performance that debuted in May to universal acclaim as well as several major festivals (Afropunk Brooklyn and Atlanta, Flog Gnaw)

Allen Stone - Building Balance - ATO Records
Allen Stone’s “Building Balance” is his first new album in 4 years, spanning a time period spent figuring out how the old parts and the new parts of his universe were going to co-exist. For Building Balance he worked with Grammy winning producer Nasri as well as Jamie Lidell. Stone continues to draw inspiration from '70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D'Angelo in its sultrier moments, Stevie Wonder at its most melodic and the production of Mark Ronson at its most modern.

Luke Combs - What You See Is What You Get - SME Nashville
Produced by Scott Moffatt, What You See Is What You Get features 17 songs including the five tracks previously released via Luke Combs' The Prequel EP earlier this summer.

Fitted - First Fits

Fitted - First FitsFitted - First FitsFitted - First Fits - Org Music
Fitted is a new project from Wire members Graham Lewis and Matthew Simms, with Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges, fIREHOSE) and drummer Bob Lee (Fearless Leader, The Freeks). The group first convened after just one practice to perform at Wire’s DRILL festival in 2017 at The Echo in Los Angeles. On their debut album, First Fits, the freewheelin' pysch-pop powerhouse plows through six numbers over the course of 38 minutes, with Lewis and Watt trading lead vocal duties. 


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Andrea Bocelli - Si Forever: The Diamond Edition

Andrea Bocelli - Si Forever: The Diamond EditionAndrea Bocelli - Si Forever: The Diamond EditionAndrea Bocelli - Si Forever: The Diamond Edition - Decca
The million-selling 2018 album reimagined to include 5 brand new tracks & including duets with Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Matteo Bocelli, Jennifer Garner and more.


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The Police - Reissues

The Police - ReissuesThe Police - ReissuesThe Police - Reissues - A&M
The Police’s four UK No.1 albums are available now on heavyweight vinyl. Reggatta de Blanc (1979), Zenyatta Mondatta (1980), Ghost In The Machine (1981) and Syncronicity (1983). Also Avialable 11.15, is Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings, a limited edition 6-CD box set featuring all five studio albums + bonus 12-track disc, ‘Flexible Strategies’, comprised of non-album b-sides.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Lucy Dacus - 2019
Trippie Redd - !
Bishop Briggs - CHAMPION
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Watchmen: Volume 1
The Rolling Stones - Bridges To Buenos Aires
Bask - III
slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
Snow Patrol - Reworked
Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders - Get The Money
Hermitude - Pollyanarchy
Hawthorne Heights - Lost Frequencies
Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith - Mummer Love
Simply Red - Blue Eyed Soul
George Michael - Last Christmas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Good Ones - Rwanda, You Should Be Loved
Jonathan Fire*Eater - Tremble Under Boom Lights
Leslie Odom Jr. - Mr

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Post Malone - Wow.
Mercury Rev - Sermon / Louisiana Man
Pet Shop Boys - Dreamland











 

UPCOMING RELEASES

Michael Nau - Less Ready To Go

Michael Nau - Less Ready To GoMichael Nau - Less Ready To GoMichael Nau - Less Ready To Go - ORG Music
Maryland-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Nau is back with a fourth “solo” album, on the heels of his 2018 release, Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread. Nau, who previously fronted projects like Page France and Cotton Jones, is known for his unique blend of psychedelic folk, R&B, and indie rock music. On his latest effort, Less Ready To Go, Nau enlisted Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog) as a producer, along with collaborators Whitney McGraw, Andrew Dost (fun.), Zach Miller (Dr. Dog), Benny Yurco, and Seth Kauffman.


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Lily Kershaw - Arcadia

Lily Kershaw - ArcadiaLily Kershaw - ArcadiaLily Kershaw - Arcadia - Nettwerk Records
Imagine the mind’s farthest wanderings made physical, formed into worlds that represent our internal and external expressions. Mythologically speaking, people have been naming this duality for ages: utopia and dystopia, heaven and earth, Olympus and the underworld. Now imagine this concept distilled in an eleven track, thirty-six minute album, and you arrive at Arcadia, the latest offering by songstress Lily Kershaw. Weaving warmer analog sounds like organ, harpsichord and guitar with cinematic force, Arcadia is Kershaw’s most intimate release to date. But the strongest tool Kershaw wields is her voice, both in the simmering ferocity it carries and the poetry it speaks. Though the concept behind the record is epic to say the least, Kershaw is ultimately telling a story of acceptance, both of herself and the great mystery that is the universe


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New Release Round-Up 01-26-18

 

Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us

Calexico - The Thread That Keeps UsCalexico - The Thread That Keeps UsCalexico - 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.

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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 [Soundtrack]American Folk [Soundtrack]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.''

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

H.C. McEntire - Lionheart [LP]
Steep Canyon Rangers - Out In The Open [LP]
Django Django - Marble Skies [LP]
Seth Macfarlane - In Full Swing [LP]
Dream Wife - Dream Wife [LP]
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Jeff Lynne's ELO: Wembley Or Bust [LP Box Set]
Gord Downie - Coke Machine Glow [2LP]
Gord Downie - Battle Of The Nudes [LP]
Nils Frahm - All Melody [Vinyl]
Craig David - The Time Is Now
Mary Gauthier - Rifles & Rosary Beads [LP]
Sarah Walk - Little Black Book [LP]
Tribulation - Down Below [LP]
Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs [2LP]
Ben Miller Band - Choke Cherry Tree [LP]
No Age - Snares Like A Haircut [LP]
Sekel - Sekel [LP]
Panic! At The Disco - All My Friends, We're Glorious: Death Of A Bachelor Tour Live [LP]
Steve Hackett - Wuthering Nights: Live In Birmingham

& More .....

The Wood Brothers - Laughin' Or Crying - Single
The James Hunter Six - Whatever It Takes - Single



 


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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Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day 2015

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.

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Grammy Winners 2014

Grammy Winners 2014

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.

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Record Of The Year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album Of The Year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Lorde - Pure Heroine
Song Of The year: Royals - Lorde


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
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

Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars


Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive


Black Sabbath - 13
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

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On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

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. 

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST GET A FREE EP WITH PURCHASE 

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HANNI EL KHATIB - HEAD IN THE DIRT

HANNI EL KHATIB - HEAD IN THE DIRT

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."

Hanni El Khatib
PREVIEW AND PURCHASE - HEAD IN THE DIRT

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IGGY AND THE STOOGES ARE READY TO DIE!

IGGY AND THE STOOGES ARE READY TO DIE!

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 PURCHASE

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Record Store Day 2013 Release List

Record Store Day 2013 Release List

The list is here!!!
 
Record Store Day 2013 is fast approaching and the pre event excitement level just took itself up a few notches as the list of titles has been officially released in TWO versions: A handy PDF  that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork.  These are the pieces that will be released on April 20, the sixth annual Record Store Day.
 
** Please note that not every release will be available at every store as each is a limited quantity release and not every store will be able to get hold of everything they order.  We will try our best to get as many titles in as we can**

*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.

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JACK WHITE: RECORD STORE DAY 2013 AMBASSADOR

JACK WHITE: RECORD STORE DAY 2013 AMBASSADOR

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?   

Let’s let Ambassador White speak for himself, both on video and in his official Ambassadorial quote. VISIT HERE FOR MORE INFO

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Grammy Winners 2013

Grammy Winners 2013

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.

Gotye

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR - Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Mumford & Sons

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Babel, Mumford & Sons

Fun.

3. SONG OF THE YEAR - We Are Young, Fun.

4. BEST NEW ARTIST - Fun.

Adele


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, Skrillex

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SUB POP - Back To School

SUB POP - Back To School

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!

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THE AVETT BROTHERS - Live and Die

THE AVETT BROTHERS - Live and Die

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).



The Avett Brothers

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MEET MICHAEL KIWANUKA

MEET MICHAEL KIWANUKA

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?”.

Preview/Purchase here

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THE LUMINEERS: SO "STUBBORN"

THE LUMINEERS: SO "STUBBORN"

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)

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WALK THE MOON WALK INTO STORES

WALK THE MOON WALK INTO STORES

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.
ORDER THE ALBUM

PREVIEW and PURCHASE THE DIGITAL EP or SINGLE NOW.

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RIP Doc Watson

RIP Doc Watson

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



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SCISSOR SISTERS by Joshua Homme

SCISSOR SISTERS by Joshua Homme

Check out what Alumnus Record Store Day Ambassador, Joshua Homme, is "informing you" about the new SCISSOR SISTERS record..MAGIC HOUR.






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BEACH HOUSE WEATHER IS HERE

BEACH HOUSE WEATHER IS HERE

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.



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JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

 

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:
 

 


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PUNCH BROTHERS - Who's Feeling Young Now

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"

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NEW MUSIC FROM THE SHINS

NEW MUSIC FROM THE SHINS

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.

Shins - September


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Leonard Cohen - OLD IDEAS

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.

Leonard Cohen Litho

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Amnesty International - Chimes of Freedom- Songs of Bob Dylan

Check out the back story behind the creation of Chimes of Freedom for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary.

 

Preview and Purchase - Chimes of Freedom - Songs of Bob Dylan

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.

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Wilco & Popeye - "Dawned On Me"

"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.

Wilco - Whole Love

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THE BLACK KEYS IN REVERSE

THE BLACK KEYS IN REVERSE

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. 

 

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THE BLACK KEYS ARE LONELY

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. 

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LOUTALLICA: LOU REED AND METALLICA'S LULU

LOUTALLICA: LOU REED AND METALLICA'S  LULU

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

 

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RYAN ADAMS CALLS THE SHOTS

RYAN ADAMS CALLS THE SHOTS

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 & PURCHASE

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LENNY KRAVITZ’ SHOW AND TELL

LENNY KRAVITZ’ SHOW AND TELL

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)

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PAT GROSSI IS AN ACTIVE CHILD

PAT GROSSI IS AN ACTIVE CHILD

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.

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ANTHRAX: TIME TO START WORSHIP-ING

Anthrax RosaryAnthrax 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.

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TEXAS YOUNG GUN “BRINGING BLUES TO NASTY NEW PLACES”

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 HERE

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ROYCE DA 5’9” TAKES THE BAD SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK

ROYCE DA 5’9” TAKES THE BAD SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK

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).

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ZACK ROGUE WORKS OVERTIME WITH RELEASE THE SUNBIRD

ZACK ROGUE WORKS OVERTIME WITH RELEASE THE SUNBIRD

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.

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WILCO LOVES THEIR LABEL

WILCO LOVES THEIR LABEL

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!

 


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TAKING THE PULSE OF 311

If we told you that P-Nut and SA are back, you’d know we weren’t talking about a candy bar, right? We’re talking about the rock/reggae band 311, roaring out of the Omaha Nebraska heartland, and bringing the party for the last two decades (plus!). The new album UNIVERSAL PULSE is out this week, and participating indie record stores will have a trippy piece of lenticular (3D-ish) artwork for you, when you buy the new record (CD or VINYL) as well as details on how to get a special remix download, that’s not on the record. While supplies last, and in this 311 summer—they’ve already hit the road, with that aforementioned party--we expect that won’t be long.   

311

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Rave On Buddy Holly




Click here to preview and purchase Rave On Buddy Holly!

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WHATEVER’S ON YOUR MIND, GOMEZ?

WHATEVER’S ON YOUR MIND, GOMEZ?

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.

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Paul McCartney I & II

McCartney Special Edition

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.”

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THOSE DARLINS - 'Be Your Bro'

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.

Directed by Veta&Theo for Ovvio Arte

Buy the "Be Your Bro" 7" at your favorite Record Store (www.recordstoreday.com)

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IRON & WINE - Kiss Each Other Clean

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....  


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BEACH HOUSE Free Track

BEACH HOUSE Free Track

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

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Corinne Bailey Rae - Is This Love

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".

Corinne Bailey Rae The Love

The Love (OUT NOW)

"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.

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BLAKROC on BLAK FRIDAY

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 it

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Record Time 1-29-08

Record Time 1-29-08 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...