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  • What's New 7-23-21

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    Columbia

    This R&B collection is birthed from extended late nights at the L.A.’s Gold-Diggers studio and celebrates Leon’s immersive experience of creating music in the same East Hollywood room where he lived, worked and drank over the course of two years. The soulful collaboration between Leon as an artist and the space itself was so encompassing that he chose to name the album after the soon-to-be legendary complex.

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    Matador

    Spiral marks the long-awaited return of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington's experimental electronic side-project. "From the beginning, Darkside has been our jam band. When we reconvened, it was because we really couldn't wait to jam together again,” says Jaar. Harrington echoes this, “It felt like it was time again. We do things in this band that we would never do on our own. Darkside is the third being in the room that just kind of occurs when we make music together."

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    4AD

    Lyrically, Sensational aims to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating – a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered de Casier, fantasizing about what could've been. Musically, it’s as much influenced by Aaliyah and Janet Jackson as house, garage and techno. With hushed, pillow-soft vocals and production that references turn-of-the-millennium sounds, de Casier's sound surveys the past while looking to the future.

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    662

    The defining blues voice of his generation releases the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut, 2019's Kingfish. 662 is a powerful and personal album, a fiery coming-of-age record. The lyrics reflect Ingram's newfound maturity and how your roots inspire where you're heading. The record also delivers a heaping helping of the deep, visceral Ingram guitar magic his fans love, fueling a combustible mix of molten blues rock, down home shuffles and soulful grooves.

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    Inside Recordings

    Nearly five decades since his debut LP, Jackson Browne’s Downhill From Everywhere sustains the soulful intimacy of his first release, combined with a power and wisdom gained from a life pursuing positive change. Perhaps sensing the inevitable arrival of his mortality, Browne lends parental concern and ultimately hope for a future of which he won’t be a part. “I’m still looking for something,” he sings on the opening track. “I’m way out over my due date.”

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    RC1 Records

    Written during the great political, environmental and economic upheaval that has marked recent years, the chaos encouraged Crowell to look inward for solace and answers. The result is Triage, a series of songs that contend with these themes, but approaches them from a place of healing, love and solution. That they are being released while we find ourselves walking through a global pandemic, is a gift of perfect timing.

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    Parabellum is the best example yet of guitar/composition virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen's creative spark lighting a raging fire that is surely set to burn brightly for many years to come. What truly makes it remarkable is the undoubted joy radiating through each of the songs here. "The bottom line for me is that the passion I feel for the music I make has to be obvious,” Mamlsteen says. “I wanted this album to have a joyous, spontaneous atmosphere. I want fans to experience the delight I had in making it."

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  • New Release Round-Up 07-23-21

    Paul McCartney - McCartney III Imagined

    Paul McCartney - McCartney III Imagined - Capitol
    Hailed upon its release last year as "vital and comfortable taking new chances” (Rolling Stone) and “cheery, resilient, forever looking forward” (The New Yorker), Paul McCartney’s McCartney III, which topped album charts across the world, is now literally moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined.  Personally curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. The result is a kaleidoscopic reinterpretation of an album Rolling Stone accurately tagged “an inspiration to us all”—one that serves as an extension of the instantly beloved McCartney III while standing on its own as brilliant and adventurous milestone in the McCartney discography.

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    Descendents - 9th & Walnut

    Descendents - 9th & Walnut - Epitaph
    Formed in L.A.’s South Bay in 1978, Descendents began as a power trio featuring bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, and guitarist Frank Navetta (d. 2008). The band recruited vocalist Milo Aukerman in 1980 and began establishing themselves as major players in the Southern California Punk movement. Over the years, the band has sustained a potent chemistry and shared vision, further cementing them as punk legends.  In 2002, the original four-piece lineup — Frank Navetta, Tony Lombardo, Bill Stevenson, and Milo Aukerman — got back into the studio to finally record their first-ever songs. The songs were written by the band from 1977 through 1980, before recording the Fat EP (1981) and the Milo Goes to College LP (1982). Put simply, this is the DESCENDENTS’ earliest material, representing a “lost” pre-MGTC album. Most of these songs have not been heard—until now.  Every element of DESCENDENTS’ genre-creating sound is here: Stevenson’s hyper-caffeinated surf-beats, Lombardo’s intrepid bass, Navetta’s crunching attack, Aukerman’s impassioned, infinitely relatable singing—and all those great melodies and harmonies.

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    Rodney Crowell - Triage

    Rodney Crowell - Triage - RC1 Records
    'Triage' offers a rare look inside of the songwriter. This album finds Rodney Crowell introspectively looking for answers and for healing, resulting in what he has called his most personal record yet.  This new collection of songs was written during the great political, environmental and economic upheaval that has marked recent years. The noise of that chaos encouraged Crowell to look inward for solace and answers. The result is this series of songs that contend with these themes, but approaches them from a place of healing, love and solution. That they are being released while we find ourselves walking through a global pandemic, is a gift of perfect timing.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK


    Molly Burch - Romantic Images [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
    David Crosby - For Free
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000
    Lacuna Coil - Live From The Apocalypse [CD/DVD]
    Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Alternate Cover LP]
    Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere
    Taylor Swift - folklore [Beige 2 LP]
    Pennywise - Land Of The Free [Red LP]
    2pac - Until The End Of Time [4 LP]
    Erika de Casier - Sensational
    Various Artists - Bills & Aches & Blues
    Darkside - Spiral
    Piroshka - Love Drips And Gathers [Limited Edition Red LP]
    Glen Campbell - Live From The Troubadour
    R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe: Original Hib-Tone Single [7in Single]
    Spice Girls - Wannabe 25 [Silver Cassette]
    Anika - Change [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Silver Galaxy LP]
    Page McConnell/Trey Anastasio - December [Barn Board LP]
    Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge: 30th Anniversary [Deluxe Edition 2LP]
    Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts [2LP]
    Brothers - March 10, 2020 Madison Square Garden
    Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662
    Joshua Radin - The Ghost and the Wall


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

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Son Volt - Electro Melodier

    Son Volt - Electro Melodier - Transmit Sound
    2020 was not quite what Jay Farrar was expecting for the 25th anniversary of Son Volt, the band he started in 1995 after leaving the seminal group Uncle Tupelo, whose No Depression album helped define the alt-country and Americana genre. The group had just finished an Outlaw Country Cruise when the pandemic hit and sent them into their homes on lockdown. Instead of a triumphant tour marking the illustrious landmark, Farrar was forced indoors by the pandemic, and his “Reverie” during that time helped define Electro Melodier, Son Volt’s 10th studio album – and third for influential Nashville indie Thirty Tigers. The title, taken from the names of two vintage amplifiers from the late ‘40s and early ‘50s, also describes the disc’s unique blend of folk, country, blues, soul and rock – an electric troubadour with melodies that hit and stick. Social protest songs like “Living in the U.S.A.” and “The Globe,” the former about the promises of this nation gone wrong, the latter referencing the street protests accompanying the Black Lives Matter movement, exist side by side with odes to long-term relationships (specifically his 25-year marriage) in “Diamonds and Cigarettes” and “Lucky Ones.” Once again accompanied by the current Son Volt line up – keyboardist/steel guitarist Mark Spencer, bassist Andrew Duplantis, guitarist Chris Frame and drummer Mark Patterson – Farrar takes a slight turn from 2019’s politically pointed Union to a series of songs that asks questions rather than demanding answers – think of “Living in the U.S.A.” as Farrar’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” or Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” an anthem to unite the populace. One listen to Electro Melodier, which opens with “Reverie,” describing Farrar’s contemplative state gazing out his window, enlivened with Mark Spencer’s “Wichita Lineman” guitar riffs and the lush Big Star melodies, and you wonder why no other rock ‘n’ roll bands or singer/songwriters are making albums like this about what we’re all going through. With tour dates scheduled before the end of 2021, Son Volt is ready to return to what they know best after a welcome period of introspection. The songs of Electro Melodier help remind us to be thankful of what we still have – new music from Jay Farrar and Son Volt. 

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    Parker McCollum - Gold Chain Cowboy

    Parker McCollum - Gold Chain Cowboy - MCA Nashville
    Parker McCollum will be releasing his major label debut- Gold Chain Cowboy on MCA Nashville on July 30th.  He is born and raised in the Houston-TX market and has been based in Austin-TX since he released is first independent single and EP in 2013.  He has performed and will headline numerous radio station festivals during the summer.  The 10 Tracks on his debut album will feature the #1 Platinum-"Pretty Heart" and his current Top 40 hit- "To Be Loved By You". 

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    Los Lobos - Native Sons

    Los Lobos - Native Sons - New West Records
    Los Angeles based band, Los Lobos, have always been inspired by their surroundings and the place they call home. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. With Native Sons the band set out to showcase all of these influences with their own take on the songs of Los Angeles from some of the cities greatest songwriters. Native Sons features 13-songs from well known LA artists such as Buffalo Springfield, WAR, Jackson Browne and the Beach Boys as well as deep cuts from the Jaguars, The Basters and The Premiers. The album title track is the sole original composition written by the band. 

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Music Releases 07-23-21

Artist Title Price
Taylor Swift folklore [Beige 2 LP] New Vinyl: $29.98
Page McConnell/Trey Anastasio December [Barn Board LP] New Vinyl: $23.98
John Williams/Charles Gerhardt/National Philharmonic Orchestra The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic Suite [LP] New Vinyl: $25.98
The Vinyl Series Volume One (Various Artists) New Vinyl: $29.98
Pj Harvey / Parish,John Woman A Man Walked By New Vinyl: $25.98
The Cross Of Changes New Vinyl: $35.98
MCMXC a.D New Vinyl: $35.98
Paul McCartney McCartney III Imagined [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold 2LP] New Vinyl: $35.98
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Ledisi Ledisi Sings Nina New CD: $11.98
David Crosby For Free New CD: $13.98
Sigur Ros Valtari (Gate) New Vinyl: $38.98
Conor Oberst Ruminations: Expanded Edition New CD: $14.98
PARTYNEXTDOOR Colours [Colored Vinyl] (Wht) New Vinyl: $21.98
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds / O.S.T. Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds / O.S.T. New Vinyl: $21.98

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Movie Releases 07-27-21

Artist Title Price
A Quiet Place [Movie] A Quiet Place Part II New Blu-Ray: $31.99
American Gods [TV Series] American Gods: Season Three New Blu-Ray: $34.98
Midnight In The Switchgrass [Movie] Midnight In The Switchgrass New Blu-Ray: $21.99

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