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New Release Round-Up 03-31-15

New Releases - Tues. 31 Mar 

SUFJAN STEVENS - CARRIE & LOWELL - Asthmatic Kitty
Carrie & Lowell sounds like memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Sufjan Steven's gauzy double-tracked vocals wash across the dashboard of long-finned, drop-top Americana, yet as we race towards the coast we are reminded that sunshine leads to shadow, for this is a landscape of terminal roads, unsteady bridges, traumatic video stores, and unhappy beds that provide the scenery for tales of jackknifed cars, funerals, and forgiveness for the dead. 


DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE - KINTSUGI - Atlantic
Kintsugi, which follows 2011s Grammy Award-nominated Codes And Keys marks Death Cab for Cutie's first new album since the departure last year of founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla. Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, the album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As such, kintsugi represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an objects history.

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - ASUNDER, SWEET AND OTHER DISTRESS - Constellation
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
 (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014.  

DEATH GRIPS - THE POWERS THAT B - Harvest
The Powers That B will be a double disk CD and Vinyl consisting of two separate albums Niggas on the Moon and Jenny Death. The first album, Niggas on the Moon was released as a free digital download over the summer on Death Grips website.

Boxed In - Boxed In

Boxed In - Boxed InBOXED IN - BOXED IN - Nettwerk Records
Boxed In
 is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. 

 

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES
Van Halen - Tokyo Dome In Concert
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Ringo Starr - Postcards From Paradise
The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
Ludacris - Ludaversal
The Sonics - This Is The Sonics
Katatonia - Sanctitude
Plain White T's - American Nights
Bozz Scaggs - A Fool To Care
Scott Weiland - Blaster
Jesse Malin - New York Before The War
Hall & Oates - Live In Dublin [w/DVD]
Jodeci - The Past, The Present, The Future
Wale - The Album About Nothing
Three Days Grace - Human
Ride - OX4_The Best Of


& More .....

Ryan Adams - Blue Light
Blur - Lonesome Street
Built To Spill - Never Be The Same
The Weepies - No Trouble
Turbo Fruits - No Reason To Stay
Jessie Baylin - Black Blood




UPCOMING RELEASES

The Very Best - Makes A King

The Very Best - Makes A KingTHE VERY BEST - MAKES A KING - PIAS America
Following the success of their second album MTMTMK in summer 2012, The Very Best - aka Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Huhgo - are return with their much-anticipated, third album Makes a King. The duo have just unveiled the first taste of the album in the form of a visually arresting video for the single 'Hear Me' via Pitchfork.
Early Listen Available Video Available

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Steve Hackett - Wolflight

Steve Hackett - WolflightSTEVE HACKETT - WOLFLIGHT - Inside Out U.S.

Steve Hackett has never been tied to conventions. If you have followed his distinguished career, from Genesis and on, then the music has always been assertive, challenging and restive. But, even for those who have been devotees of Hackett's craft and catalog, Wolflight is a little different. Wolflight is Steve's first original solo studio album since Beyond the Shrouded Horizon in 2011. Primal and orchestral, it retains the Hackett trademark as electric guitar runs right the way through with a regular sprinkling of acoustic. The concept behind it is a new unexplored chapter in the guitarist's career. Hackett has fashioned a true work of art - savage, soothing, elegiac, evocative. Wolflight is a tribute to the enduring power of art.

Early Listen Available Video Available

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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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Big Ears Festival

Declared “one of the country’s most audacious musical experiments” by Vice and “the classiest, most diverse, festival in the country” by Rolling Stone, the Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts. Big Ears makes its return to downtown Knoxville March 27-29, featuring legendary ensemble Kronos Quartet as this year’s artists-in-residence! Highlights of 2015 lineup include Carolina Chocolate Drops cofounder Rhiannon Giddens, recent Arcade Fire tour mates tUnE-yArDs, and legendary New York outfit Swans, plus The xx’s Jamie xx presenting a special late-night set, up-and-coming indie darling Perfume Genius, and many more! With a new film program presented by Regal Entertainment, featuring career-spanning programs from filmmaker Bill Morrison as well as Jim Jarmusch of SQÜRL and Swans’ Michael Gira curating a handful of films from the Criterion Collection, in addition to upcoming panels, secret shows, the Big Ears beer, and more, there’s plenty to explore! Weekend passes and daily tickets are on sale now at bigearsfestival.com. Join us!

ENTER TO WIN 2 Passes valued at  over $350! 

Sign up in-store only. The winner will be drawn on March the 25th. #BigEarsKnox

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Vinyl Sale

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RSD 2015

RSD 2015

The list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, 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 at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 18.  Keep in mind that things change OFTEN in this business, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations as they happen. Life is a work in progress, there’s a poster out there with a kitten in an adorable but precarious situation that says so. And so is our list.

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New Release Round-Up 03-23-15

Bjork - Vulnicura 

Bjork - Vulnicura

BJORK - VULNICURA - One Little Indian
Vulnicura is the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk. Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Björk with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Björk and Arca, one by Björk, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Björk. All string arrangements are by Björk. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. 

Video Available 


VAN MORRISON - DUETS: RE-WORKING THE CATALOGUE - RCA
On Duets: Re-Working The CatalogueVan Morrison and the guests selected and recorded some of his songs from the catalog of 360 songs across his career. Deliberately steering away from his more well-known classics, Van enlisted some of the artists he most respects to perform these songs with him to re-craft and re-imagine them. The album was recorded in his home town of Belfast and London in the United Kingdom over the last year, using a variety of musicians and fresh arrangements.

THE CRIBS - FOR ALL MY SISTERS - Arts & Crafts
The UK rock trio's sixth studio album produced by Ric Ocasek of the Cars! It follows 2013’s career spanning ‘Payola’ collection and 2012’s Top 10 album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ and the first for new North American label Arts & Crafts.

THE GO! TEAM - THE SCENE BETWEEN - Memphis Industries
Last album Rolling Blackouts became a natural end chapter for The Go! Team with members splintering off into different musical projects, get married, teach, experience real life. Bandleader Parton took the opportunity to return to the working methods he’d used at the origins of the band – crate digging, trying to nail a feeling, writing and recording the album by himself. 

Kansas - Miracles Out Of Nowhere

KANSAS - MIRACLES OUT OF NOWHERE - Epic
Kansas - Miracles Out Of NowhereMiracles Out of Nowhere (Blu-ray/CD) is the documentary film that tells the uplifting true story of the classic rock band Kansas and its climb from impossible obscurity to stadium headliners. Directed by Emmy-nominated Charley Randazzo, the documentary features the original Kansas lineup, revisiting Topeka together for the first time in more than 30 years, where music mogul Don Kirshner first discovered them. 
Video Available
 


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Zu - Cortar Todo

Zu - Cortar TodoZU - CORTAR TODO - Ipecac Recordings
Zu release their brand new full length via Ipecac Recordings, entitled Cortar Todo, and recorded in the country side near Bologna, Italy, in the summer of 2014. The album features some very special guests including keyboard player Joey Karam (The Locust), Italian guitar maverick Stefano Pilia (who plays regularly with the likes of Matt Watt, David Grubbs and Rokia Traore) and perhaps most unexpectedly, a field recording of indigenous Shipibo medicine man recorded by Massimo during his travels around the Amazon. 

 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES
Seasick Steve - Sonic Soul Surfer
Jeff The Brotherhood - Wasted On A Dream
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think...
Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen [Vinyl]
Buena Vista Social Club - Lost & Found
Joe Bonamassa - Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks
Big Data - 2.0
Happyness - Weird Little Birthday
Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home
Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful
Toto - Toto XIV
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Freedom Tower
Laura Marling - Short Movie
James Bay - Chaos And The Calm
Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan - Duets
Curtis Knight & The Squires Feat. Jimi Hendrix - You Can't Use My Name
Smallpools - Lovetap
Bee Gees - 1974-1979
Thursday - Waiting: 15-Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition


& More .....

Girlpool - Chinatown
Faith No More - Superhero
ELEL - ELEL EP
Burning Love - Down So Long
Chic & Nile Rodgers - I'll Be There
Oscar - Daffodil Days



UPCOMING RELEASES

Boxed In - Boxed In

Boxed In - Boxed InBOXED IN - BOXED IN - Nettwerk Records
Boxed In
 is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project. 

Early Listen Available

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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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On Sale Now!

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Version

We have TONS of added value to go with this piece. Pick up your copy today!

The Black Cadillacs new EP

Our brand new, self-titled EP is out NOW via Red Bull Sound Select! Buy it today at the Disc Exchange for only $6.99! Spread the word and tell your friends!!

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Exclusives

Alabama Shakes Pre-Order

 

Pick up a free EP from Priory! The EP is being selectively released in exclusive stores, and in advance of the bands full album is coming in March… Pick up a copy of WeekendFOR FREE at the Disc Exchange

Fences - RSD 7” with $2 off coupon to be used on their forthcoming album Lesser Oceans, coming March 10th.

 

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