Easy Street Blog
POSTED BY Rod ON Tue Apr 22, 04:11 PM
The mighty Mastodon is bringing the metal to the Showbox SODO on April 28th to give us lucky Seattleites a preview of their forthcoming full-length, Once More Around the Sun (due in June)! To heat things up even more, Gojira and Kvelertak are also on the bill! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing email@example.com with the subject line "Leviathan" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 4/27. Good luck!
POSTED BY Rod ON Tue Apr 22, 02:16 PM
Eels - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett (only vinyl in stock now at store...CDs later this week)
"If past Eels albums have been like rifling through the pages of Everett's diary, then The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett is like gazing directly into the heart of his soul. Eels may not tread any new ground musically (aside from being generally less noisy), but never before have we seen such raw emotion on show. It would be a shame if this album, like their last couple, doesn't get listened to beyond Eels’ devoted fan base. There is something rather special in these cautionary tales, something that all of us can learn from." - Christopher McBride, Drowned In Sound
"When Death's meager, forgotten discography from the 70s began to be unearthed in 2009, it made sense to peg the group as proto-punk. In fact, the first Death collection, …For the Whole World to See, went out of its way to reinforce this image. Here were a trio of African-American brothers from Detroit who—before the Ramones had released a record—laid down a lean, ferocious form of rock'n'roll. But even that initial anthology of songs, as carefully as it was curated, showed that Death always had more going on—an impression driven home by 2011's more varied (if less consistent) Spiritual, Mental, Physical. Like The MC5 before them, Death drew from the lineage of Detroit R&B—and not just the commercial Motown variety—while sinking their teeth into the darker side of feedback-laced psychedelia and hard rock. The selling of Death as a proto-punk band certainly helped the long-lost group catch the attention of modern listeners, especially now that they've reformed (minus their late leader, guitarist David Hackney). But with their third archival release, Death III, it's become even clearer that Death had much more than spit and snarl up their sleeves. … Even defining punk in its broadest terms, as an ethic rather than an aesthetic, doesn't cover what Death was truly about. They were in many ways uncompromising—but as Death III shows, they were just as happy to make sweet, pleasing music in the hopes of reaching a larger audience. That conflict of sound and approach, a symptom of the group's internal tensions as musicians and as siblings, makes these songs both more soulful and tougher to cram in a pigeonhole. The best thing about Death III is that it finally unravels the narrative set up by their previous two albums: that Death was a punk band, one that in some way may have even helped invent punk. It's an absurd notion, and one that sells short what the Hackney Brothers actually accomplished. The truth is much messier, and much more beautiful." - Jason Heller, Pitchfork
Death - "North St."
Neon Trees - Pop Psychology
"On their two hit singles – 2010's 'Animal' and 2012's 'Everybody Talks' – Neon Trees refashioned post-Strokes dance rock into unshakable radio pop. If the Utah band was from New York or L.A., its slick simulations of neo-New Wave might seem cynical. But there's something sweet about kids from more or less the middle of nowhere getting their little piece of modern rock. They're not Foster the People, they're everyday people. The Trees' third album ups the empathy quotient: Frontman Tyler Glenn, who was raised Mormon, recently came out as gay, so phrases like 'I was socially absurd' take on unexpected resonance. Pop Psychology opens with the biggest, shiniest songs he's come up with, each taking on a slippery aspect of post-modern romance. There's the sun-kissed altpop of 'Love in the 21st Century,' the Peter Gabriel arena gush of 'Sleeping With a Friend,' theBowie-quoting bubble-punk of 'Teenager in Love.' The stark, chilly synth ballad 'Voices in the Hall' works as both a late-night breakup lament and a testament of personal struggle, as if the difference between pop and art was no difference at all." - Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone
Kelis - Food
"At 34 years old — post divorce, contract liberation and since becoming a mother — Kelis is beyond the point of trying to fit into any box that the industry has tried to squash her into, whether it was a label with misgivings or a radio station that couldn't figure out where she belonged. In flipping her sound once again, she found an unlikely partnership with indie/art-rocker Dave Sitek (of TV on the Radio fame) and the 13-piece band that came with him. The result is songs that we'd never have expected from the singer. Instead of playing her position and exploring with futuristic interpretations, Kelis tips her hat to the past with a palette that revels in soul, doo-wop and layered girl-group harmonies. It's a pace further away from the massive hit song that, more than a decade later, refuses to go down. … With her signature throaty growl, Kelis relays what she needs throughout Food. Whether she's asking for something as deceptively simple as ice-cold water in a song like 'Friday Fish Fry,' or something as complicated as love itself on songs like 'Floyd,' where she huskily, sweetly, sings, 'I want to be blown away,' Food represents Kelis' most heartfelt demand — graciously intoned, especially compared to the ways she has insisted before — that we acknowledge where she is now." - Kiana Fitzgerald, NPR
G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
"Combining their branded hip-hop blues sound and a raw live recording process, the original members of G. Love & Special Sauce returned to the studio for the first time in almost a decade to make their newest album, Sugar. Vocalist/guitarist/harmonica player Garrett Dutton, upright bassist James 'Jimi Jazz' Prescott and drummer Jeffrey 'The Houseman' Clemens are back with grit and swagger, and they get some help from guest musicians like Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo (on three tracks), legendary vocalist Merry Clayton (best known for her duet with Jagger on The Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter') and others. What started as an album about a breakup transformed into something with a broader reflection for G. Love, as he spits his truth about struggle, love and a Mississippi-flavored jam called the 'Good Life.'" - Trina Kalderon, Relix
Future - Honest
"In rap, nothing is proprietary. Be it a unique production choice or a novel flow or inflection, every stylistic innovation is piped directly into the genre's public domain, where it's swiftly copied, co-opted, and exhausted. Future understands this better than most. In a few short years, his signature delivery, a melancholy garble that imparts emotional gravity to even the most unassuming sentiments, has been claimed by countless successors, particularly in his native Atlanta, where seemingly half the city now raps in his unmistakable emotive croon. Rather than cede his terrain, though, on his cocksure sophomore album, Honest, Future reasserts ownership of the sound he popularized, handily outshining his many imitators. In a ketchup aisle that grows ever more crowded by the day, he’s the clear Heinz. ... For an A-list rap album, Honest is refreshingly small in scope. It resists grandiose production flourishes, message songs, ambitious themes, run-on suites, and most of the other tropes rappers over-rely on to telegraph importance. Instead it just lets the bangers rip, freeing Future to cruise down his preferred lane unimpeded. Some of his major-label peers might do well to think this small from time to time." - Evan Rytlewski, The AV Club
NOTE: We only have time to spotlight a fraction of the new releases out each week in the Fresh Sheet. See our full list here!
POSTED BY Rod ON Tue Apr 22, 01:17 PM
April 19th was a GREAT day...and we're still recovering! Thanks for being there for us on Record Store Day 2014....we had a blast and hope y'all did too. Enjoy these Kodak moments of the big day.
POSTED BY Rod ON Mon Apr 21, 04:34 PM
Thanks for all of your amazing support on Record Store Day 2014! We hope you got everything you needed! Here's a list of our top 50 RSD best sellers - the top 3 are now available online!
Stay tuned for our RSD14 photo gallery coming at you tomorrow!
TOP 50 RECORD STORE DAY 2014 BEST SELLERS
- Screaming Trees - Last Words: The Final Recordings
- Caspar Babypants - Bonus Beatles! 7”
- Mystery Side By Side - Mystery Side By Side 7”
- Flaming Lips/Devo - Gates Of Steel 7”
- Death Cab For Cutie - Live 2012
- Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea 7”
- Tame Impala - Live Versions
- The Pogues - Live With Joe Strummer
- Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty
- Outkast - Southernplayalistica
- Mudhoney - On Top
- Built To Spill - Ultimate Alternative Wavers
- Velvet Underground - Loaded
- Flaming Lips - 7 Skies H3-
- Broken Bells - Holding On For Life
- Notorious BIG - Life After Death
- The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
- Grateful Dead - Live At Hampton College
- Soundgarden - Superunknown (Box)
- Original Soundtrack - The Wizard Of Oz
- The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. - Side By Side: Just Like Heaven 7”
- Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions…
- Gram Parsons - 180 Gram: Alternate Versions
- Haim - Forever
- Joy Division - An Ideal For Living
- Frank Zappa - Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow 7”
- Neko Case/Jason Lytle - Satellite Of Love 7”
- Foals - Live At Royal Albert Hall
- Johnny Cash - With His Hot & Blue Guitar
- Pantera/Poison Idea - Side By Side: The Badge
- Ramones - Meltdown With The Ramones
- Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - She’s On It
- Ronnie Spector - Say Goodbye To Holly 7”
- Animals - Animals
- Spoon - Love Ways
- William Onyeabor - What?
- Yardbirds - Little Games
- Green Day - Demolicious (CD)
- The Zombies - I Love You
- Pissed Jeans - The Very Best Of Sub Pop
- Phosphorescent - Songs For Zula
- Pinback - Pinback
- Liars - Mess On A Mission
- Chvrches - Recover EP
- Atmosphere - Lake Nokomis
- Tears For Fears - Ready Boys & Girls
- Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart
- Donny Hathaway - Live At The Bitter End
- Childish Gambino - Because The Internet
- Conor Oberst/Dawes - Split 7”
POSTED BY Rod ON Sun Apr 20, 10:38 AM
British post-punk band White Lies will be at the Showbox Market on April 23rd! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Big TV" (the title of their most recent release) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 4/21. Good luck!
POSTED BY Rod ON Fri Apr 18, 11:30 AM
This Saturday is the big day - Record Store Day 2014! Easy Street events will include an RSD performance by Sub Pop's Rose Windows, signings of Easy Street exclusive RSD vinyl with former Screaming Trees members Barrett Martin & Van Conner and Caspar Babypants signing & DJ set! Plus more awesome guest DJs & friends to make your day!
First things first...the usual rules/guidelines apply, which are:
1). We limit sales to one of each RSD14 release per person.
2). Please do not bring CDs, vinyl or DVDs to sell/trade on Record Store Day.
3). Play nice. RSD is all about fun.
So...are you ready? Here's your guide to Easy Street RSD14!
3:30 AM - This is when the first (insane) person got in line last year. Yes, he got his Dave Matthews release. If you choose to join the asylum, dress warm, use the trash receptacles next to the store and, most importantly, utilize the Sanikan on the Southwest corner of Alaska Street if nature calls. Keep it clean, folks!
6 AM - Morning Happy Hour! - Caffe Vita's Rick Friel will make the scene with free samples of Vita's newest blend INDO 25, a commemorative coffee in celebration of Easy Street Records 25th Anniversary as an independent, Seattle business. Rick's a columnist for Easy Street Online (Friel's Bin Spins) and plays bass in Jamie Nova. He was also in the legendary local band Shadow with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready back in the day. Rick's also the nicest guy in the world...so don't hesitate to tell him how much you love the new brew! Easy Street President Matt Vaughan hints that he will be "walking the pig" up and down the line around this time, so if you like our bacon, follow your nose!
7 AM - The doors open! Again, please play nice. All RSD full-length vinyl will be upstairs; 7-inches and CDs will be on main floor. Enjoy the sounds of our vinyl guru, Michael Whitmore, who'll be spinning cool, rare wax up in the Crow's Nest on our super fancy new sound system!
9 AM - until ? - We think Tyranny & Mutation owner Rick Moe might be the best junker in town. With a 15-year background of fashion design & vintage picking, Rick uses this experience to tailor a small, curated collection of one of a kind, bad ass stuff to wear and accessorize with. Check out his selection of vintage rock tees and more outside when you're done blasting your way through the vinyl!
All Day till 3pm - Let's EAT! - Now you're getting hungry, right? Give your name to our friendly host or hostess and we'll find a table for you in the cafe as soon as possible! Horton Heat Hash? New Wave-O's Rancheros? Johnny Cash Steak & Eggs? Bizkits & Gravy? Mmmm.... And more coffee, of course! Cafe is open until 3pm.
11 AM - Signing w/Barrett Martin & Van Conner of the Screaming Trees - Barrett & Van will be signing copies of an RSD Easy Street exclusive - the red vinyl edition of Last Words: The Final Recordings! Very limited.
11 AM - 1 PM - DJ Troy Nelson (KEXP) will take over the decks in the Crow's Nest. He might even bring a special friend with him...hmm, who could it be?
All Day Long - Grab a cold beer and go back upstairs to check out our newly-expanded vinyl section! We recently marked a bunch of your favorite records down to $2.50, so get digging!
1 PM - 3PM - Tag Your Swag! - Wanna customize your t-shirt, record crate, computer bag, guitar case, etc with the Easy Street logo? How about your car? Bring it with you and our stencil artist Larry Cyr will turn your ordinary possession into a badge of honor. Free!
All Day Long - Christmas In April! - Easy Street President Matt Vaughan will be giving away special RSD test pressings and other sweet promo items to lucky winners. Check our Twitterverse tomorrow for some sweet examples...
All Day (Until Gone) - Unburied Treasures! - We do a lot of cleanup work before RSD, and we usually find a bunch of cool things we had no idea we still had. This year, we'll be selling a limited number of Eddie Vedder's "Love Boat Captain" 7-inches, Mike McCready & Brandi Carlile 7-inches, signed copies of The Head & The Heart's Let's Be Still and the massive Pixies Minatour box ($100+ discount!). All will be offered for sale on RSD, one per customer, very limited while supplies last.
3 PM - 4PM - Kids Happy Hour w/Caspar Babypants Signing & DJ Set! - Another Easy Street exclusive! We're the ONLY brick & mortar store where you will be able to buy the very limited run (80 copies on yellow vinyl) of the seven-song seven-inch, Bonus Beatles!, featuring unreleased songs from Baby Beatles recording sessions. Mr. Babypants will be signing copies and spinning songs from the new release (+more), so bring the kids and let's have some FUN!
6:30 PM - Adult Happy Hour! The 21-and-over set will be able to enjoy the second pressing of Easy Street 25 Wine! Mortal Vinter winemaker Reggie Mace is making the drive from Dayton to deliver the second batch of this tasty Barbera. Kids are welcome in the store/cafe during this time...but, obviously, you must be 21 or over to sample the grape.
7 PM - Rose Windows In-Store! "Elements of The Band's folk-infused rock, The Doors organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath's blues-based dirges can be heard in Rose Windows' debut album The Sun Dogs. But the septet's curiosity goes much further than a few well-chosen classic rock records. The band devoured Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music, studying the beautiful and strange paths taken by visionaries and renegades in other corners of the globe, and incorporated the revelations learned in the process into their sound."
See you on Saturday!
POSTED BY Rod ON Thu Apr 17, 11:46 AM
This show is going to rule...plain & simple! Drive-By Truckers are bringing all 18 wheels to the Showbox SODO for a show with our favorite hubby & wifey folk duo, Shovels & Rope on April 23rd! Enter to win tickets by e-mailing email@example.com with the subject line "English Oceans" (the title of their most recent release) and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw winners on 4/21. Good luck!
Rather not leave it to chance? Buy tickets here!