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CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMENBALCONYReleased Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Price: $8.79 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Listened to this one from start to finish after catching them on Letterman the week of its release, and this album is for those who don't think there are any good new bands out there anymore. Pure energy, raucous and raw, and absolutely renews my faith in the state of rock & roll. They performed the song 'Kathleen' on the Late Show, and the whole album has that honest energy that a lot of bandsa could learn from. Coming out of the gate, this is just plain solid. I could go into each of the songs and try to provide a detailed explanation...but this album doesn't need that at all. Just LISTEN and you'll understand. Congrats to David lLtterman and his booking agents for consistently picking solid new bands to feature on the show

GHOSTFACE KILLAH36 SEASONS (WB)Released Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Price: $12.79 (sale priced)Rap
Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after 9 years, like a man returning home from a war. He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life.But New York has other plans for him...To visually flesh out the album s dark and twisted world, the CD's packaging includes 20 pages of striking images from a host of stellar comic artists, curated by Matthew Rosenberg the creator of Ghostface's 2013 six-issue comic mini-series, 12 Reasons to Die.

GOV'T MULEDARK SIDE OF THE MULEReleased Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Price: $11.19 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
This is great. Gov't Mule puts their own touch on most of my favorite Pink Floyd song. They rock with some of their well known and respected jam style, all while maintaining the vibe of the the classic Floyd tracks. If you're a fan of the classic rock masters, I think you'll find the men of the Mule did these selections more than justice. 'Comfortably Numb' has an absolutely stellar ending that leaves you at the edge of your thinking to yourself, 'what the hell just happened?' Additional kudos points go to them for putting 'One of the These Days' & 'Fearless' into their setlist while planning the production of this album. Two of my favorites of my favorite album of theirs. Overall, this is a great effort. Definitely going to be recommending this to everyone that I can.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRAHOPEReleased Monday, November 17, 2014
Price: $9.59 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Searching for the sonic direction of what would become their fourth full-length album, the hard-hitting COPE, earlier this year; Manchester Orchestra discovered something pretty amazing. The unapologetically heavy anthems seemed to work just as well (or even better) when stripped to their essence. 'We were noticing that all the beautiful, slow stuff was working with all the really loud and fast stuff,' said lead vocalist, Andy Hull. 'The seed was planted to go back and create a full circle of an album.' So when Hull went into SiriusXM's Alt-Nation studios and recorded a stripped-down version of 'Top Notch' on the eve of releasing COPE this past April, it was with a measured degree of intent. The quiet presentation and simple arrangement forced the song's warm lyric and beautiful melody to the fore, which actually made the track itself sound bigger. The fan reaction to the new version of 'Top Notch' was powerful and instant (as was the great support from SiriusXM), further reinforcing the band's desire to reshape these songs in a new and different way. Over the summer of 2014, in the same studio where they originally forged COPE; the band re-imagined the songs with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh perspective. Using Fender Rhodes, piano, vocal re-arrangements and strings, Manchester Orchestra, with an assist from illustrious sound mixer Phil Ek (Built To Spill, Beach House, Fleet Foxes), transformed COPE's eleven tracks into something completely new and mesmerizing: HOPE.

NICKI MINAJTHE PINKPRINTReleased Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Price: $12.79 (sale priced)Rap
Any encounter with Nicki Minaj will arouse a heightened sense that there is more to her than meets the eye and inspire the desire to experience this modern day 'Wonder Woman' Nicki Minaj - the name alone appeals to the decadence within us all. Whoever thinks that you can't 'have your cake and eat it too' has obviously not met Nicki.

NOFXBACKSTAGE PASSPORT SOUNDTRACKReleased Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Price: $11.19 (sale priced)Punk / Hardcore
Backstage Passport Soundtrack (details) is being released on December 9th (vinyl in January 2015). Packed with 15 tracks from both seasons (Thats right! The second season is nearing completion as you read this.), the Backstage Passport Soundtrack is a one-stop shop for all the rare, remixed, and unreleased material that folks could only previously enjoy as snippets during the show. If youre new to the game and havent seen Backstage Passport, do yourself a favor and grab a DVD copy.

OLD 97'SHITCHHIKE TO RHOMEReleased Monday, November 17, 2014
Price: $15.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
*Hitchhike to Rhome* is one of the classic 'alt. country' albums and a defining document in the band's history. Fans of the Old 97's newer releases may not be prepared for this album's fusion of raw country aesthetic and indie-rock abandon, and even genre fanatics will note some limitations. Mediocre production and immature arrangements don't always do the material full justice: Rhett Miller hadn't yet learned to use his voice, and the guitars don't always sound as great as they should. The key to Old 97's records, though, is Miller's songwriting, which has some fine moments here. Not many albums can reinvent classic genres ('Doreen,' a classic paean to the joys of an underage girl's affections), resurrect the tried-and-true (a loving treatment of 'Mama Tried'), and top it all off by sneaking in what may be country music's first, last, and only allusion to Plato's Allegory of the Cave (the otherwise unpretentious 'St. Ignatius').

PIXIESDOOLITTLE 25: B-SIDES PEEL SESSIONS & DEMOSReleased Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Price: $21.59 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
First released in 1989, Doolittle was the second Pixies album, first to be made commercially available in the US. An instant hit with both critics and fans, its slow burn success has since helped it to sell close to a million copies in the US alone. The 3 CD version contains an impressive 50 tracks - the original album, 2 full Peel Sessions, 6 B-sides and 22 demos - of which, almost half have never been commercially released before.

JOSHUA RADINONWARD & SIDEWAYSReleased Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
ALL of Radin's albums are spectacular, but this one is in the Top Two for me--the other being 'Underwater.' Gorgeous arrangements, songwriting, melodies, voice, words...I cannot understand why this guy isn't a superstar. He's the best singer-songwriter in the business right now. Favorite song: 'Angels.' I got a little teary! (His songs can do that, they are so beautifully written and recorded). And if you get a chance to see him on the tour supporting this album, DO NOT MISS HIM! He is AMAZING in concert--funny, genuine and you really get to hear his wonderful voice in all its richness and fullness.

Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Earlier this year, the Smashing Pumpkins promised that two new albums will arrive in 2015. One of them is coming a little early: Monuments to an Elegy is out December 9. (That's the cover above.) Today, the band shared the first song from that album, 'Being Beige'. You can listen to it above, via Rolling Stone. 'People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can't,' Corgan told Rolling Stone. 'But if there's honesty in this lyric, it's that there's something amiss in our cosmos. Yet still, we must love.'

SOUNDGARDENECHO OF MILES: THE ORIGINALSReleased Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Recognized as one of the world's most influential bands in rock music, Grammy-winning multi-platinum selling band, Soundgarden, started a musical transformation that inspired a generation in its record-breaking career, leaving an indelible mark by helping redefine alternative and hard rock. Hard on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of its chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, 'Superunknown,' earlier this year, Soundgarden's latest release is a rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Originals. This new collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil and features the newly-recorded song 'Storm.' Featuring 14 tracks, Echo Of Miles: Originals is the single-disc version of the upcoming 3CD Super Deluxe Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, the first official Soundgarden release to include more than 26 years of rarities that have appeared as B-sides, album bonus tracks, EPs, soundtracks, compilations and live recordings.

TV ON THE RADIOSEEDS (DIG)Released Monday, November 17, 2014
Price: $10.39 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
TV On the Radio announced they will release their new album, Seeds, November 18 on Harvest Records. The band s new single, Happy Idiot,Happy Idiot ignites a hearty introduction to Seeds, catapulting out of the gate with an earnestly frenetic beat over a sweet sweet chorus of resignation. One thing that remains a constant with TV on the Radio is that there is no constant, and one curveball trounces another on Seeds.Seeds was recorded at Federal Prism in Los Angeles and produced by guitarist David Andrew Sitek.