BRANDI CARLILE - THE FIREWATCHER'S DAUGHTER - ATO Records
Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her first album on ATO Records. It is the follow-up to Bear Creek, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart in 2012. The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.” The Firewatcher’s Daughter was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.
OF MONTREAL - AUREATE GLOOM - Polyvinyl Records
“A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave Of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record — penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - CHASING YESTERDAY - Sour Mash
On his new album, Noel settles into solo life with brutish thrills, buoyant melodies and swampy psych rock. The second full-length solo release was self-produced by the former Oasis singer/guitarist and features a guest appearance from Johnny Marr.
STEVEN WILSON - HAND. CANNOT. ERASE - Kscope
The fourth solo album from prolific songwriter, four-time Grammy-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steven Wilson. Hand. Cannot Erase. is a dynamic 11-song conceptual set, bringing together diverse aspects of his expansive sonic history. Recorded in September 2014 at AIR Studios London, Hand. Cannot. Erase. features the guitar-driven power, infectious melodies, and progressive sensibility of Wilson s sprawling body of work.
TUXEDO - TUXEDO - Stones Throw
Tuxedo is the Grammy nominated duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One, combining their powers for an epic album of boogie funk, a true descendant of the one-word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp!
YOUNG BUFFALO - HOUSE - Votiv
Power pop is an infamously tricky genre to master, and music is littered with bands who were either too slick or too cornball to really conjure up golden harmonies worthy of Weezer, Teenage Fanclub or Cheap Trick. Praise be, then, for Mississippi five-piece Young Buffalo, whose debut album House stands tall next to those forefathers. Genre classifications aside, the supremely infectious House is simply one of the first great albums of 2015 in any field.
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ELMO HOPE QUINTET, VOLUME 2
Originally released in June of 1954, The Elmo Hope Quintet’s Volume 2 will be reissued on 10” vinyl on February 24, 2015. Part of the Blue Note Authorized Dealer program schedule of releases, Volume 2 features Elmo Hope on piano and Art Blakey on drums. Volume 2 is comprised of six, hard bop tracks.
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Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her first album on ATO Records. It is the follow-up to Bear Creek, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart in 2012. The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”$13.99 $11.99
“A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record — penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.
The second full-length solo release was self-produced by the former Oasis singer/guitarist and features a guest appearance from Johnny Marr.$16.99 $13.99
The fourth solo album from prolific songwriter, four-time Grammy-nominated artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steven Wilson. Hand. Cannot Erase. is a dynamic 11-song conceptual set, bringing together diverse aspects of his expansive sonic history. Recorded in September 2014 at AIR Studios London, Hand. Cannot. Erase. features the guitar-driven power, infectious melodies, and progressive sensibility of Wilson s sprawling body of work.$12.99 $11.99
Tuxedo is the Grammy nominated duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One, combining their powers for an epic album of boogie funk, a true descendant of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp!$9.99 $8.99
Power pop is an infamously tricky genre to master, and music is littered with bands who were either too slick or too cornball to really conjure up golden harmonies worthy of Weezer, Teenage Fanclub or Cheap Trick. Praise be, then, for Mississippi five-piece Young Buffalo, whose debut album House stands tall next to those forefathers. Genre classifications aside, the supremely infectious House is simply one of the first great albums of 2015 in any field.$13.99 $11.99
Piece By Piece is Clarkson's first album in over three years, although the former American Idol champ has been busy in the interim: 2012 brought a best-of compilation, Greatest Hits - Chapter One, while the following year included the release of Clarkson's first holiday album, Wrapped In Red. Clarkson also became a mom since her last official album, giving birth to River Rose last June.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, marks the release of one of the most eagerly awaited EP s of 2015, 'The Beast Is G-Unit,' from hip-hop group, G-Unit. 'The Beast Is G-Unit' is the follow-up to, The Beauty Of Independence, which received rave reviews from fans and critics when it was released in August 2014.$11.99 $9.99
The album that led many of the most critical Year End "Best of lists of 2014 including The NY Times (#3), Pitchfork (#25), The Guardian, Spin, Q, plus a host of websites and blog sites is finally releasing in physical format.
Andrew Combs’ sophomore album, All These Dreams, marks a huge step forward for the Nashville singer-songwriter. Using his gifts for lyricism and wry observation, Combs weaves tales of love, sin and redemption, in a style that brings together classic country and contemporary pop. On this album, Combs continues to carve out his own singular path as an artist, reaching the heights of his Texas songwriting heroes.$13.99 $11.99
Some places you feel like you only sort of fit in and it is this theme that permeates Houston based folk rock band Buxton’s new aptly titled album Half A Native. One of the leading lights of an emerging music scene from a city with a burgeoning youth culture, Buxton have won 2 Houston Press Music awards as best Houston Folk/Americana band as well as Best Male Vocals (Sergio Trevino). Their new album ventures into vast sonic territories, sometimes pairing atmospheric piano with off-kilter electric guitar, blanketed by Trevino’s heart-clenched voice and melancholic but optimist lyrics.
2015 compilation by the under-appreciated New Zealand indie band. The Stones were birthed by singer/guitarist Wayne Elsey's decision to quit Bored Games to start a band that sounded like The Clean. Their d‚but came on the 25th April 1981 at an Otago University a gig headlined by Bored Games (Shayne Carter) and new comers The Chills and The Verlaines. Elsey's vision for a band that sounds like The Clean didn't really come to fruition. The Stones were too bright not to create their own sound one wrapped in braggadocio and swagger. Fast, aggressive guitars, driving rhythm section with a knack for fluid pop structures. Charismatic and smart The Stones had the ability to sound completely empathetic and threatening all at once. As all good things, The Stones were not to last, releasing one full length before breaking up two years in. The band were part of the wave of Dunedin bands popular around the country and mystery to the middle. The band site the $38 dollars earned opening for Tall Dwarfs a career highlight.
Swervedriver are back with their first new album in 18 years! I Wasn't Born To Lose You is the classic Swervedriver sound - the liquid distortion of shoegaze combined with the swagger of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. It was recorded at legendary studios Konk in London and Birdland in Melbourne. The band begins a 22 date U.S. tour in March, including their debut SXSW appearance.
Asleep At The Wheel - Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys [Embossed Package w/Booklet]New CD: $15.99 $13.99
Western swing is all things Texas, uniquely American, and loved the world-over. Nine-time Grammy winners Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel have been the genre's chief practitioners, conspirators, and caretakers for over forty years, carrying its timeless tradition well into the 21st century. Now with this collection, Benson brings together not only a legendary cast of Texas music contemporaries but also a new generation of Americana artists inspired by the Lone Star State's favorite son, Bob Wills. The result herein is 22 compelling reasons why Bob Wills is "Still The King." Beautifully embossed CD package, contains 20 page booklet.
Parquet Courts brought a sweltering performance to the hallowed grounds of Third Man’s Blue Room on June 5th of last year--and very fortunately, TMR was able to lovingly capture it with their one-of-a-kind, direct-to-acetate recording process. The set included a dynamic selection of songs from last year’s critically acclaimed album Sunbathing Animal, as well as the 2013 EP, Tally All The Things That You Broke. The end result? A record that will have your feet stompin’ and body rockin’ as soon as the needle hits.$11.99 $9.99
ANTEMASQUE is the self-titled debut album from former At The Drive In and The Mars Volta members, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The record features Flea on bass but Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez has since joined the band as the full time bassist. Dave Elitch is on drums.
The 13-track album, which was written, recorded and produced by the band in the living room of their New York City apartment, features Gold Certified hit “I’m Ready,” as well as the new single “Infinity,” lauded by Idolator as “a stripped-back, folk-tinged pop song with a powerful sing-a-long chorus. Their full-length debut combines the exciting elements of their earlier releases alongside brand new material, reflecting the band’s continued creative development. AJR has been favorably compared by Billboard to the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel (for the harmonies) and Fun, and Imagine Dragons (for the electro-pop influences), and got love from the New York Post for their “sticky-sweet pop melodies with vintage barber shop vocals [and] edgier electronic samples and ‘spokestep’ [aka dubstep breakdowns derived from vocals].”$14.99 $12.99
Purity Ring, the electronic-pop innovators Megan James and Corin Roddick, reveal “another eternity” their 2nd album and first new music in over 2 years. The Canadian duo’s breakthrough debut album ‘Shrines’ earned them Pitchfork’s Best New Music, the #1 spot on iTunes electronic chart and praise from New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR and more. The release was followed by a SOLD-OUT headlining world tour and festival performances at Coachella, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo and more.
Special boxed CD edition with artwork inserts painted by the artist. 2015 release, the long-awaited return of notorious and infamous US black metal entity Leviathan - solely commanded by Wrest AKA Jef Whitehead. Scar Sighted is one of the most glorious moments in a vast repertoire like no other in the genre. Leviathan's fifth full-length album draws on elements from throughout Wrest's discography into one demented and twisted opus years in the making. An epic sonic portrait, Scar Sighted continues much in the vein of 2008's Massive Conspiracy Against All Life masterpiece, while other lurkings run along the edges of the work. Wrest conspired with engineer Billy Anderson (Swans, Agalloch, Pallbearer, Red House Painters, Melvins) in Portland, Oregon, to manifest the most crushing and dark-sounding Leviathan album to date.$11.99 $9.99
Let The Road, the debut albim from British pop band Rixton. Includes their platinum-selling single, Me and My Broken Heart along with the tracks, Wait on Me and Hotel Ceiling, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and is the current single at Pop radio.
“After” is the second proper Lady Lamb album, following 2013’s “Ripley Pine” which established the Portland Maine-bred Brooklyn-based Aly Spaltro as an exciting new voice in indie rock. Spaltro began recording and making music as Lady Lamb from a video store basement after hours and distributed handmade recordings to local record stores. Lady Lamb’s debut on Brooklyn indie Ba Da Bing drew praise from Paste, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, and NPR’s All Things Considered. On the strength of touring with the likes of Typhoon, Beirut, Sharon Van Etten and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Ripley Pine sold over 9,000 copies. “After” is her Mom+Pop debut, and features the lead single Billions of Eyes”, which hints at Spaltro and the band’s evolution. “Billions of Eyes” will impact at radio in January and Lady Lamb’s 2015 will be busy with extensive touring.
When asked to describe his music, Ryan Culwell says, “listening to my music is like watching No Country For Old Men...all the emptiness and violence will either scare you away or you’ll find yourself alone at 3am with it on repeat.” His songs tell tales of oilfields, honky tonks, loss, fistfights, and the forgotten place that is the panhandle of Texas. On March 3rd, Ryan Culwell will release Flatlands, his first album in more than 8 years, on Lighting Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver, Amanda Shires). Culwell was born in Perryton, TX and spent most of his life among the company of roughneck oilfield men in a small town near the epicenter of the Dust Bowl. Like many from West Texas, Culwell loves the land and he hates it, bearing all the scars of a man who believes he can find mountains in a landscape that resembles a table top. He’s not unlike Tom Joad: tough, but gentle. But tough. Like one of the album’s most powerful songs, he’s got “Piss Down In His Bones,” but don’t let that scare you away from an artist that’s certain to be one of 2015’s new voices in American music.
Moon Duo began work on their latest album during a period in which they faced a curious new reality. Freed from deadlines and expectations, and suddenly off the road for a stretch, the duo found themselves each experiencing strange shifts in their perceptions of reality. Shadow of the Sun is the result of a few months of Moon Duo wrangling with a new and unsettling way of being. Working both in a dark basement in Portland, and above ground in sunny San Francisco, these new sounds and songs veered dramatically from groove to groove, revealing sonic textures the duo had not previously explored.
Spirited 19-track live performance from the Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and John York line-up, recorded at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco in November 1968!
IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE to be released by UDR Records worldwide on March 2015. A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his Brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankiann, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim (Ripper) Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.
On March 3rd, East Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt will release Royal Blue - the feisty, adventurous and smart follow-up to her critically lauded debut full-length Let Down. Recorded at producer Adam Landry’s (Deertick, Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris) Nashville studio Playground Sound, the twelve new tracks skirt the edges of any neat genre definitions, boldly combining sounds of Austin folk rock, Pacific Northwest indie, pre-Oasis Britpop, 90’s alt guitars, 00’s indie synths and New York punk circa 1977.
Ata Kak’s cassette Obaa Sima fell on deaf ears when it was self-released in Ghana and Canada in 1994. The music on the recording—an amalgam of highlife, Twi-language rap, funk and disco—is presented with the passion of a Prince record and the DIY-bedroom-recording lo-fi charm of early Chicago house music. The astute self-taught song craft and visionary blend of sounds and rhythms has made the album a left-field cult favorite among adventurous listeners worldwide.
For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime of local post-disco casualties. Unfettered nightlife and outlandish humor poured out of oddball outpost The CopHerBox II and onto TV screens, presented here as a 100 minute video mixtape on DVD. Its companion compilation features five previously unreleased tracks, joined by music culled from a trove of self-released 45s and small-time 12”s.
Sydney's Au.Ra, a duo composed of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, are set to release their new full length Jane's Lament, a work which carefully envelops the listener in dreamy hues of sound. Made over the course of two years, the LP was birthed from improvised jams the pair play over droning guitars and looped drum beats. Tracks like “Sun,” and “Pyramid” emerge slowly out of interplays between simple melodies and layered, reverbed instrumentation.
In 2014, ‘Damsel in Distress’ a free mixtape album created by 23 year old J’Kerian Morgan, aka Lotic, garnered universal praise from all who heard it. Consisting of all original material and mind-warping edits of smash hits like ‘Drunk in Love’ by Beyoncé, the mixtape was lauded as an ‘important turning point’ in regards to where electronic music could go next. ‘Heterocetera’ is Lotic’s first official release since the unveiling of ‘Damsel in Distress’ and marks the producer’s debut on Tri Angle. This is the sound of tomorrow, today.
For a release so diverse in its influences, Almost is a near impossibly cohesive introduction to emerging artist Null. Through melancholic, fragile compositions the Melbourne, Australia-based producer refocuses our attention on the mid 90s catch-all “Electronica” through contemporary genres ranging from Jersey House to Footwork to Trap. Null explores a space in which he condenses the diversity of that “genre” – essentially attempting to create work that can wear the Electronica badge earnestly.$24.99 $21.99
In celebration of their 15th Anniversary, Bayside will also be re-issuing their newest and highest charting album Cult as a special edition double LP. The Cult White Edition will feature four bonus tracks, including a brand new song titled Dancing Like an Idiot and Indiana from the band s Record Store Day 2014 exclusive 7 .
Paul Bergmann has been named TimeOut Los Angeles' #2 artist to watch in 2015. Essential Los Angeles music vnue The Echo says, 'Paul Bergmann has mastered a folk music that is both haunting and brooding; his rich vocals are reminiscent of a young Johnny Cash or Roy Orbison.
Ryan Cabrera is back. The platinum-selling pop singer, songwriter, musician has returned with a new single, House on Fire. The new 5 song EP, Wake Up Beautiful, will hit streets 03/03/15.
No Sleep Records is pleased to announce the release of the debut album from Nashville alternative band Daisyhead, The Smallest Light. Daisyhead formed in 2012 and has quickly become one of the most promising new bands in the emo/aternative rock revival scene. The band's sound takes listeners back to the heyday of the 90's post-hardcore/alternative rock and early 2000's era of Revelation Records while injecting their own unique edge and style.$12.99 $11.99
Second album from Barzilian born cellist and world singer-songwriter (debut album Ela in 2013). Co-produced by Dom, features beautiful melodies w/ cello, violins and other chamber folk elements.
This debut EP release is supported by a Vinyl release of Mister Sister. MPV sing about the real issues, growing up in Detroit and influenced by The Breeders, Nirvana and The White Stripes. They play hard and party hard. It's impossible to see their live show without being swept up in excitement, enthusiasm and the eclectic mix of blues, punk and indie rock. Their ability as a live band has given them a strong and loyal following. EP features 4 live favorites.
The deluxe edition of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark's fifth studio album, Junk Culture, arrives March 3, 2015. Remastered and expanded with a full additional disc of previously unreleased & rare tracks including alternate versions of All or Nothing, Tesla Girls, White Trash, 10 to 1 and Heaven Is. The album was remastered at Abbey Road and the other tracks featured on disc 2 have previously only been available on vinyl.
We Cool? is a power-pop album from Jeff Rosenstock, best known for his early days playing in DIY ska band The Arrogant Sons of Bitches and his musical collective Bomb The Music Industry!
Stacy Barthe transforms her own hurt into songs that uplifts the soul. Barthe’s debut details her experience with suicidal depression, troubles with drinking & 180-pound weight loss. Through the album, Barthe graces storytelling with her powerful vocals & the sophisticated songcraft that she first revealed in penning tracks for Katy Perry, Rihanna & Miley Cyrus. BEcoming proves both aching and joyful in its exploration of the complexity of the human condition.
Sons of Texas was spawned in McAllen Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin o Arlington. The scene vibes music for music s sake with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons of Texas formed in 2013 around a lineup of local all-stars. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.
Of course you don't need to attach more importance to this piece of news than it necessarily has, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned: for the first time in more than 20 years, one of the most British rock bands in music history has recorded a studio album in their native country. Their latest offering is entitled A Conspiracy Of Stars, was cut by rock legend UFO and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence for which this band has been known for over 45 years.
Movie Releases 03-03-15