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CALEXICOEDGE OF THE SUNReleased Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Calexico s follow-up to 2012 s acclaimed Algiers, Edge of the Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacn. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case.


DEATH GRIPSPOWERS THAT BReleased Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
When was the last time a band released a double album that was actually two, independently titled albums whose release dates were not simultaneous? Its a bizarre and very Death Grips thing to do.The Powers That B is more than just a pair of albums; its a work of performance art. 1) N****s on the Moon appears without warning. 2) Jenny Death is somewhere on the horizon, but its existence is totally unknown. 3) In the liminal space between albums, there is rampant speculation, excitement, hope, doubt, uncertainty, frustration, and the like.


GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPERORASUNDER, SWEET & OTHER DISTRESSReleased Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Canadian post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their new album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, on March 31st through Constellation Records. In anticipation, its streaming in full below, via the Guardian.The four-track effort was recorded in North Carolina and Montreal alongside engineer Greg Norman. It marks the first album since the group won the coveted Polaris Music Prize for 2012s Allelujah! Dont Bend! Ascend!. A press release describes the 40-minute LP as arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the bands career.


GOV'T MULEDUB SIDE OF THE MULEReleased Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Rock torchbearers Govt Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the groups versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Govt Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them. Expect the unexpected.


HALESTORMINTO THE WILD LIFEReleased Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Metal / Goth
With INTO THE WILD LIFE Halestorm reach deep within and conjure their most engaging and eclectic songs to date. On INTO THE WILD LIFE they push their musical boundaries further than weve seen thus far in their catalog, crafting songs that rise from a whisper to a scream and back again, proving that theres no limit to creativity. And nothing will stop them from realizing their artistic vision.


BETH HARTBETTER THAN HOME (LTD) (DIG)Released Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Through 10 songs and one bonus track, Hart tells the story of a survivor. Hart has faced numerous difficulties and tragedies in her life, her bipolar disorder and sisters death chief among them. Despite it all, she remains a fighter, and music is her battlefield. The emotion in Better Than Home is persistent, able to catch a listener off guard if they are not prepared for it. The album encompasses a love letter (Mechanical Heart), a plea (Tell Her You Belong to Me), and a retrospective (St. Teresa), but above all it evaluates the potential to make peace with the past and move on to something better. I am not afraid or lonely / I am not chasing the ghost of the past, Hart promises on the title track.


MOUNTAIN GOATSBEAT THE CHAMPReleased Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Beat the Champ is not about Darnielles relationship with his stepfather. Instead, its about those men and women who were the wrestlers of his childhood, and what they went through while bringing him and children like him their weekly entertainment. These wrestlers dont make appearances on 'Today'. Like the hero of 'Southwestern Territory', they suffer long drives between sleepy towns for the promise of a few bucks and a patchy broadcast on black-and-white TV. Darnielle crawls inside their heads, his voice switching between his recognizably nasal drill and a tender lower register as he chronicles their camaraderie and willingness to hurl their bodies into each other.


POISON IDEACONFUSE & CONQUERReleased Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Price: $10.99 (sale priced)Punk / Hardcore
Long-running Portland, Oregon-based American hardcore punk outfit POISON IDEA 'Confuse & Conquer' is out via Southern Lord Recordings. Over recent months, out of the public eye, the current POISON IDEA lineup has been intermittently raiding Audiosiege in Portland for clandestine recording and mastering sessions, covertly harnessing their first new album since 2006's 'Latest Will And Testament' LP. Bearing eleven raging new anthems, the new CD was recorded by Joel Grind (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) and mastered by Brad Boatright (FROM ASHES RISE), and it booms with thirty-five minutes of fully ignited hardcore punk in the monolithic style the band has provided for three and a half decades now.


BOZ SCAGGSFOOL TO CARE (ECO)Released Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
His most compelling work to date in a celebrated and prolific career, this new collection of songs boasts Scaggs trailblazing blend of rock, soul, jazz and R&B taken to new heights and is the next chapter in the storytelling for which he is beloved. A Fool To Care is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Billboard Chart-Topping album, Memphis that the WSJ called, The Wizardry of Boz; and USA Today calling his vocals, Sublime... With Scaggs songwriting as distinct as ever, A Fool To Care showcases the masterful patchwork of influences and innovations that make up a Boz Scaggs album. Produced by Steve Jordan (Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, A Fool To Care features two very special guests Bonnie Raitt contributes slide guitar and vocals on Hell To Pay and Lucinda Williams trades vocal lines with Scaggs on Whispering Pines.


WALEALBUM ABOUT NOTHINGReleased Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Price: $14.99 (sale priced)Rap
Wales fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing, serves as part 3 of Wales About Nothing music series. #TAAN may be the most personal album Wale has released to date and is most important to his core fans, as it follows two mixtapes (mixtape about nothing & more about nothing) that were also centered around this theme. The play on the album about nothing is that the album is about everything. There is no theme to life; therefore there is no theme to this album.


SCOTT WEILANDBLASTER (DIG)Released Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
The album opens up with Bleed Out, a Grungy track with heavy Tiny Music vocal elements. The track sets the tone for the album with the garage rock production, and has some promising elements. Blue Eyes is influenced by David Bowie and The Cure, and sounds a bit like a more upbeat version of Stone Temple Pilots First Kiss On Mars. Weiland sings, Looking through the phone book found your number/dont ever know how Id ever lose it/Never really spoke computer language/always chose communication. The chorus is enjoyable.


BRIAN WILSONNO PIER PRESSUREReleased Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Price: $9.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Brian Wilson is best known for having great musicians surrounding himself and the same is here. He invited great vocal partners beside former Beach Boys members Jardine (Al + Matt), Marks and Chaplin. The songwriting comes along in a very dense way. That's why I like the music of Brian Wilson that much. He just doesn't seem to get old in a musical way. Although some orchestral arrangements might sound kind of old fashioned, the vocal arrangement are fresh and new. The production is done very clear (a clear production is what I missed at TWGMTR). Moldies are very good. Even you might think a certain song might not start as strong as another, wait until you reach the refrain. My favorite tracks are: On the Island, Last Song, Runaway Dancer, Our Special Love, Whatever Happened, Half Moon Bay and Tell Me Why. You see, there are a lot of them.