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New Release Round-Up 07-31-15

New Releases - Fri, 31 Jul 

ALBERT HAMMOND JR. - Momentary Masters - Vagrant Records
New solo album from The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters is his third solo effort and the follow-up to 2008′s ¿Cómo Te Llama? LP and the 2013 EP AHJ. The 10-track album was produced by Gus Oberg and is Hammond’s first release via Vagrant Records. The album also features musicians Mon Khmer and Bleachers on guitar.  

JOSS STONE - Water For Your Soul - Stone'd Records Ltd
Water For Your Soul is a culmination in Joss Stones's travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul had been written and demoed before Joss's Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a 10 day frenzy, with strings being recorded in London, percussion in Hawaii and Joss pulling it together at her own Home Grown Studios in Devon.

LED ZEPPELIN - Deluxe Reissues - Atlantic
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release.  Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like Nobody's Fault But Mine and Achilles Last Stand and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best. In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are Fool In The Rain and All My Love, two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day. The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S. 

TITUS ANDRONICUS - The Most Lamentable Tragedy - Family Hour Records
The Most Lamentable Tragedy is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus and the band’s debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release on July 31, 2015, as a double CD and triple LP. The central narrative of TMLT (“a work of fiction,” claims singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles) concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. 

MIGOS - YRN Tha Album - 300 Entertainment
YRN Tha Album is the debut studio album from hip­hop trio Migos. One of the most highly ­anticipated rap debuts of the year, the record will feature production from long­time collaborator Zaytoven, DJ Mustard, TM88, Honorable C Note and more. The lead single, "One Time", is currently climbing up the radio charts while the official video has garnered over 4.6 million views on YouTube.

BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE - At Least For Now - Capitol
Benjamin Clementine, the acclaimed London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and pianist releases his stunning debut album, At Least For Now, in the US. Clementine has packed a lot into his 26 years: heartbreak, homelessness, and reinvention all came before reaching cult status in Paris and eventually receiving the Best New Act honors at 2015 s Les Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards. Raised in a strict religious household in the tough Edmonton section of London, Benjamin started to teach himself the keyboard at age 11, stumbling upon classical rather than contemporary pop; a sparse piano solo by Erik Satie in particular transformed the way he played. At 16 years old, in a rare moment of permitted TV watching, he caught New York avant-gardists Antony and the Johnsons performing the disarmingly naked Hope There's Someone on the BBC. I was confused, scared...it was another world, says Clementine. When it finished, I went back upstairs to my piano and started playing chords.


 

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Suis La Lune - Distance / Closure
Mr. Sun - The People Need Light
Rock Candy Funk Party - Groove Is King
Gatherers - Quiet World
Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods
Natalie Imbruglia - Male
Lianne La Havas - Blood
Teenage Time Killers - Greatest Hits Vol.1
Knuckle Puck - Copacetic
Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines
Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Found)



& More .....

Xandria - Fire & Ashes EP
The Knife - Ready To Lose / Stay Out Here (Rmxs)






 


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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Enter To Win Tickets To Jason Isbell!

Enter To Win Tickets To Jason Isbell!

Jason Isbell is currently touring behind his solid album-of-the-year contender, Something More Than Free, the CD version of which is still available from us for the low, low price of $7.99. Although we failed in our efforts to get Jason over to the West Side for an in-store this time around, we sure as hell recommend seeing his August 7th show at the Moore! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Hudson Commodore" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up tickets at our store in West Seattle. We'll draw a winner on 8/5.

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Win A Led Zeppelin Mystery Prize Package!

Win A Led Zeppelin Mystery Prize Package!

The last of the Jimmy Page remasters of Led Zeppelin's catalogue - Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda - are being released on Friday! We're having a celebration day by giving away a few Zep tote bags filled with a whole lotta Led. We can't tell you what's inside, but we're pretty sure the lucky winners will be thrilled to bring it on home! Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Coda" and please include first & last name with entry. Winners must be able to pick up prize at our store in West Seattle! Good luck!

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Album Review: Alan Jackson - "Angels And Alcohol"

Album Review: Alan Jackson - "Angels And Alcohol"

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By Andrew Lee
7/29/15

Alan Jackson is a name I’ve heard a lot over the years, but somehow I'd never knowingly listened to one of his songs until I pressed play on Angels And Alcohol, and it didn’t take long to know this guy is a master at what he does. Listen to just the first minute and thirteen seconds of opening track “You Can Always Come Home” and see if you know what I mean. It’s a pure genre song to be sure, but it’s done so well it transcends the genre and goes down as not just a great country song, but a great song, period. I’ve always been sort of a sucker for a slow, stripped down intro that suddenly morphs into a full-voiced, uptempo, emotional pick-me-up. No matter how bad it gets “you can always come home” - I mean, what warm-blooded human being doesn’t want to hear that, right, especially when it’s delivered in the warm and seasoned country superstar singing voice of someone like Alan Jackson?

Unfortunately there isn’t another song like this one on the album, but fortunately it seems Alan Jackson didn’t get to where he is for nothing, as the man knows how to fill his listeners' cups all the way up.

“You Never Know” is the kind of country rocker where everyone and their brother gets a solo (including the piano player, my favorite), and suddenly the warm father figure from the first song is singing about a “curvy little bottom like a roller coaster ride.” “Angels and Alcohol” features some appropriately woozy pedal steel work while addressing one of country music’s favorite subjects - drinkin’ - and it's notable for the double meaning of the word "angels" as well as the narrator’s apparent lack of apology or regret.

And perhaps it’s a certain lack of apology or regret through the entire album that effectively conveys Jackson’s veteran country confidence and makes this music worth listening to. Sure, some of it gets a little corny at times (“Flaws,” “When God Paints”) but when you’re as justifiably confident as Alan Jackson even corny can seem kind of cool.

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Buy $5 Tickets At Easy Street To La Luz's Record Release Show!

Buy $5 Tickets At Easy Street To La Luz's Record Release Show!

We're super excited for the 8/7 arrival of La Luz's sophomore release, Weirdo Shrine (produced by Ty Segall)! The all-ages record release party for this momentous occasion takes place at the Showbox on that very same night (8/7) and we are selling tickets at the store for only FIVE BUCKS with NO SURCHARGE! Get 'em while they last, cuz they won't last too long! Here's a couple of songs from Weirdo Shrine to whet your appetite....

"You Disappear"

"Don't Wanna Be Anywhere"

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Music Releases 07-31-15

Albert Hammond, Jr. - Momentary Masters Albert Hammond, Jr. - Momentary Masters
New CD: $11.99   $9.99
New solo album from The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters is his third solo effort and the follow-up to 2008′s ¿Cómo Te Llama? LP and the 2013 EP AHJ. The 10-track album was produced by Gus Oberg and is Hammond’s first release via Vagrant Records. The album also features musicians Mon Khmer and Bleachers on guitar.
Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul
New CD: $13.99   $11.99
Water For Your Soul is a culmination in Joss Stone's travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul had been written and demoed before Joss's Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a 10 day frenzy, with strings being recorded in London, percussion in Hawaii and Joss pulling it together at her own Home Grown Studios in Devon.
Led Zeppelin - Presence: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD] Led Zeppelin - Presence: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD]
New CD: $19.99   $14.99
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. Originally released in 1976, Presence was recorded during a whirlwind 18-day session at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The album which peaked at #1 in both the U.S. and UK and was certified triple platinum crackles with energy on Zeppelin classics like Nobody s Fault But Mine and Achilles Last Stand and delivers powerful jolts of the group at its visceral best.
Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD] Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door: Remastered Deluxe Edition [2CD]
New CD: $19.99   $14.99
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. In Through The Out Door topped the U.S. and UK album charts and has since been certified six-times platinum. Sadly, it would be the last album that Led Zeppelin recorded prior to drummer John Bonham s passing the following year. Among the seven album tracks are Fool In The Rain and All My Love, two songs that remain rock radio staples to this day.
Led Zeppelin - Coda: Remastered Deluxe Edition [3CD] Led Zeppelin - Coda: Remastered Deluxe Edition [3CD]
New CD: $24.99   $19.99
Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release. The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.
Lianne La Havas - Blood Lianne La Havas - Blood
New CD: $13.99   $11.99
When touring for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? came to a close, Lianne La Havas headed to Jamaica with her mother for a long-awaited holiday that evolved into an experience of self-discovery. She enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston's clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Exploring her roots inspired La Havas's writing. Lyrically, she says, the songs she wrote are almost all related to "the feeling of who you are and where you come from." And musically, La Havas took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. McGregor ultimately joined in the making of Blood along with a rich collection of others, including Adele/FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and Matt Hales of Aqualung.
Teenage Time Killers - Greatest Hits Vol.1 Teenage Time Killers - Greatest Hits Vol.1
New CD: $12.99
The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades.
Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
New CD: $15.99   $13.99
The Most Lamentable Tragedy [hereafter TMLT] is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus [hereafter +@] and the band’s debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release on July 31, 2015, as a double CD and triple LP. The central narrative of TMLT (“a work of fiction,” claims singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles) concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair.
Migos - Yrn Tha Album Migos - Yrn Tha Album
New CD: $13.98
YRN Tha Album is the debut studio album from hip­hop trio Migos. One of the most highly­anticipated rap debuts of the year, the record will feature production from long­time collaborator Zaytoven, DJ Mustard, TM88, Honorable C Note and more. The lead single, "One Time", is currently climbing up the radio charts while the official video has garnered over 4.6 million views on YouTube.
Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now
New CD: $10.99
Benjamin Clementine, the acclaimed London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and pianist will release his stunning debut album, At Least For Now, on July 31st in the US. Clementine has packed a lot into his 26 years: heartbreak, homelessness, and reinvention all came before reaching cult status in Paris and eventually receiving the Best New Act honors at 2015 s Les Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards. Raised in a strict religious household in the tough Edmonton section of London, Benjamin started to teach himself the keyboard at age 11, stumbling upon classical rather than contemporary pop; a sparse piano solo by Erik Satie in particular transformed the way he played. At 16 years old, in a rare moment of permitted TV watching, he caught New York avant-gardists Antony and the Johnsons performing the disarmingly naked Hope There s Someone on the BBC. I was confused, scared...it was another world, says Clementine. When it finished, I went back upstairs to my piano and started playing chords.
Suis La Lune - Distance / Closure [Vinyl] Suis La Lune - Distance / Closure [Vinyl]
New Vinyl: $15.98
After going on a three year hiatus, Suis La Lune is back with their darkest release yet. Suis La Lune have been heralded for their own flavour of classic (late-90s) style screamo by combining post-rock-esque instrumentation and tender melodies with passionately frantic vocals and lyrics.
Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Found) Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Found)
New CD: $9.99
Saint Asonia - Saint Asonia Saint Asonia - Saint Asonia
New CD: $9.96
Mr. Sun - The People Need Light Mr. Sun - The People Need Light
New CD: $16.98
Mr. Sun is a new collaboration between four of American string band music s most prolific virtuosos. Spearheaded by legendary fiddler Darol Anger (Turtle Island String Quartet/Montreux), the members of Mr. Sun span three generations and create a sound that draws from bluegrass, jazz and contemporary classical themes.
Rock Candy Funk Party - Groove Is King [CD/DVD Combo] Rock Candy Funk Party - Groove Is King [CD/DVD Combo]
New CD: $17.99
2nd studio album includes Bonus DVD with over 50 minutes of footage; RCFP is Joe Bonamassa, Tal Bergman, Renato Neto, Mike Merritt, Ron DeJesus, & Daniel Sadownick
Gatherers - Quiet World Gatherers - Quiet World
New CD: $13.98
Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods Kataklysm - Of Ghosts And Gods
New CD: $15.98
Natalie Imbruglia - Male Natalie Imbruglia - Male
New CD: $11.96
Three-time Grammy nominee, songwriter, actor and model, Natalie Imbruglia announces her highly anticipated new album Male. The lead track, Instant Crush , was originally recorded by the electro-pop Grammy winners Daft Punk. The song was written by the duo s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, along with The Strokes Julian Casablancas who also sang on the original track.
Knuckle Puck - Copacetic Knuckle Puck - Copacetic
New CD: $12.99
The first full length album from Knuckle Puck
Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines
New CD: $15.99
Canadian rockers Finger Eleven are set to release their seventh studio album, and first in five years. The writing took place over a two and a half year period that saw the band experimenting with a variety of musical styles. Once the songs were ready the Juno-Award winning band headed south to Nashville to work with producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson). Immediate, urgent and unfiltered, Five Crooked Lines expresses the exultant spirit of rock and roll.
Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin' Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'
New CD: $13.99   $11.99
Not quite country, Americana, folk, singer-songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano’s exquisite and expansive new album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, due July 31 on New West Records, is pieces of each, but ultimately the work of a singular mind. Already hailed by Rolling Stone, the 11 new self-produced and largely self-performed songs “lead their baritone-voiced creator down a path filled with countrypolitan crooning, honky-tonk heartache and mid-century melodrama.” When no label could encapsulate his myriad creative threads and styles, Romano created his own: Mosey. In the two years since his critically acclaimed third full-length, Come Cry With Me, Romano has toured North America and Europe extensively, supporting and collaborating with a wide spectrum of artists from Old Crow Medicine Show, Wanda Jackson, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Caitlin Rose. In 2015, Romano again hits the road, touring globally, carrying the low, lonesome sound of Mosey with him.
Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper
New CD: $14.99   $12.99
With eleven music videos that have each garnered more than 1 million views (over 39 million in total), multiple sold-out gigs and confirmed festival plays – all of which has been done independently – Philly-born Hip-Hop YouTube sensation Lil Dicky’s road to his debut LP release is one that most new artists dream of walking. With jet-propulsion momentum behind him, including praise from the likes of The New York Times, BET, HipHopDX, MTV, Billboard, and many others, Lil Dicky has set a date for his highly anticipated debut, ‘Professional Rapper.’ The self-released full-length studio LP will be available on July 31st and will feature the previously released cuts “Lemme Freak,” “White Crime,” and the recent “Classic Male Pregame."
Xandria - Fire & Ashes EP Xandria - Fire & Ashes EP
New CD: $9.98
Following the release of the universally praised studio album "Sacrificium" and the successful debut of charismatic vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen, the new EP "Fire & Ashes“ rises like a phoenix. With full symphonic force three brand new songs and two special remakes of all time XANDRIA favorites “Ravenheart” (Ravenheart, 2004) and “Now & Forever” (India, 2005) showcase the band at their very best. On top of that the band recorded two exclusive cover songs including “Don`t Say A Word” (Sonata Arctica) and “I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)“ (Meat Loaf). Both are recorded perfectly with emotional sweeping arrangements, crowned by the breathtaking voice of Dianne.
Year Of The Goat - The Unspeakable Year Of The Goat - The Unspeakable
New CD: $16.98
"Year Of The Goat invite us to celebrate their second full length album The Unspeakable which is chock full of conjuring tone and with sinister knells. The Swedes indulge in occult doom rock full of blackened heart's blood and elegiac melody lines that will haunt your dreams. Featuring painfully beautiful guitar work and Hammond infusions build the foundation for Thomas Sabbathi's forceful vocals and merge true 70s spirit with a pure ritual for the masses. The Unspeakable goes one step further than its predecessor Angels' Necropolis (2012) and offers airy, proggy tunes taking turns with epic darkness: captivating, unique, majestic!"
Russkaja - Peace, Love & Russian Roll Russkaja - Peace, Love & Russian Roll
New CD: $13.98
New release by RUSSKAJA.
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Movie Releases 07-31-15

 - Home - Home
New Blu-Ray: $36.99
When a misfit alien named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) crash lands on Earth, he forms an unlikely friendship with Tip (voiced by Rihanna), an adventurous but untrusting girl. Together they form an odd couple friendship and embark on a global road trip while on the run from Oh's own alien species. Their wild trip and growing bond of friendship plays a vital role in intergalactic relations.
 - Home - Home
New DVD: $29.98
When a misfit alien named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) crash lands on Earth, he forms an unlikely friendship with Tip (voiced by Rihanna), an adventurous but untrusting girl. Together they form an odd couple friendship and embark on a global road trip while on the run from Oh's own alien species. Their wild trip and growing bond of friendship plays a vital role in intergalactic relations.
WWE - WWE: The Kliq Rules WWE - WWE: The Kliq Rules
New Blu-Ray: $34.99
WWE: The Kliq Rules (Blu-ray) In this WWE Network "Reunion" special, all five notorious Kliq members (Triple H, HBK, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, X-Pac) reunite! Plus, get an exclusive documentary on the history of the Kliq, including "The Curtain Call".
Justice League - Justice League: Gods & Monsters Justice League - Justice League: Gods & Monsters
New Blu-Ray: $24.98
In an alternative history Zod is Superman's father, Batman is a vampiric Man-Bat, and Wonder Woman is the child of Ares, God of War. When these dark heroes form an alliance, the question everyone asks is will they save the world, or rule it?
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