Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Greetings From Grimey's!
Can you feel the twang in the air? Well THAT'S Americana! We just got wristbands from the Americana Music Association for their fall festival, Sept 17-20. Wristbands are $50 and they will get you into all the venues to see all the showcases. That's over 165 artists in 9 clubs over 4 days, all for 50 bones. Here's a brief sample of just some of the acts performing: Sturgill Simpson, Todd Snider, Robbie Fulks, Steelism, Rhett Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Grant-Lee Phillips, Laura Cantrell, Buddy Miller, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Trigger Hippy, Lake Street Dive, Willie Watson, Israel Nash, Robyn Hitchcock, Joe Henry, Willie Sugarcapps, Allison Moorer, Ian McLagan, Hayes Carll, Josh Ritter, Jim Lauderdale, The Devil Makes Three, Holly Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, Chuck Mead, Suzy Bogguss, the Haden Triplets. Now get that wristband so you don't miss out! Check the full showcase lineup here.
It's that time of year again where you get to vote for all of your favorite Nashville things in the Nashville Scene "Best Of Nashville" readers poll. Of course we'd appreciate your votes! Make your voice heard and cast your vote here. Voting runs through September 5th but why delay? Vote today!
Our rescheduled Nikki Lane in-store for Sept. 5 has now also been canceled. Boo. We currently have about 10 spots left on the list for our Shovels & Rope midnight performance this Sunday, Aug 24, so if you still want to be on the list to see this intimate record release show, do not wait any longer. You need to preorder their new album "Swimmin' Time" here at Grimey's to get in. And today we add Abby White (for a book signing and reading at Howlin' Books), The Coolin' System and former Carolina Chocolate Dropper Dom Flemons to the in-store calendar. See below for more details.
It's a big release day in recordworld so hang on for the ride in the Hitting The Racks section below. We've got Electric Wurms (Wayne & Steven from the Flaming Lips with Nashville's Linear Downfall), Cory Branan, Benjamin Booker, Imogen Heap, Dr. John, Smokey Robinson, Israel Nash, Otis Gibbs, a cool new tribute to Johnny Cash organized by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, a reissue of The Posies' first album, Ryan Adams' new 1984 7", a long-demanded vinyl reissue of Eels' "Beautiful Freak", the Skrillex album on vinyl and tons more, all detailed below.
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SHOVELS & ROPE - Sunday, August 24th @ 11:30PM
We're super excited to have Shovels & Rope unveil their new album "Swimmin' Time" with a live, in-store performance at Grimey's at the moment it's released! The album hits the streets on Monday, August 25th but you can get it at midnight on the Sunday right as the clock strikes 12:00! We'll open the doors at 11:30pm on Sunday, August 24th and you'll get a free live performance by Shovels & Rope to go with the record. All you have to do is preorder the vinyl or CD starting NOW at Grimey's and you'll be on the list. Don't delay as space is limited. The CD is $11.99 and the vinyl is $22.99. If you live in Nashville, please come down in person to place your preorder. If you live outside of Nashville, you can call us on the phone with your credit card. You must preorder a CD or LP for each spot (it's like the ticket to the show). Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are Shovels & Rope. They're from Charleston, South Carolina, and formed in 2010 and, after releasing an album called "Shovels & Rope" under their own names, they decided to call their band that. They sing harmony-driven folk, rock and country songs using two old guitars, a kick drum, a snare, a few tambourines, harmonicas, and a little keyboard sometimes. Their 2012 release "O Be Joyful" kicked off a firestorm in the Americana world and led to Shovels & Rope receiving "emerging artist of the year" and "song of the year" (for 'Birmingham') at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards show. Don't miss this rare chance to see them in such an intimate setting. Shovels & Rope will also be playing at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel on Saturday, August 23rd, supporting Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets for that show are available now at Grimey's.
Shovels & Rope website
Abby White at Howlin' Books - Wednesday, August 27th @ 6PM
Nashville Scene staff editor Abby White will join us at Howlin' Books and Grimey's Too on August 27th for a book signing and to chat about her book "100 Things to Do in Nashville Before you Die." The following is a peak at Abby's book - Nashville has been called many things: "Music City," the "Athens of the South," or even "It City." (Thanks for that last one, New York Times.) But many of us just call it home, and while we're grateful that a bunch of travel and food magazines think we're awesome, we still have a few tricks up our sleeves. Whether you reside in the 615 or just like to visit, there is a lot to eat, drink and experience here. Perhaps you were a karaoke star at Santa's Pub way before Jimmy Buffet and Toby Keith filmed a music video there, but have you washed down a Donkey Leg with a Donkey Punch at Donks? Meat and three at Arnold's is indisputably fantastic, but what about the Italian meat and three at Savarino's? Everyone knows that you can get a superb cocktail at Patterson House or City House, but do you know which bar has the best Bushwacker? Maybe it's been a while since you hit the honky tonks on Lower Broad, so you might want to know which one is the best one for dancing with a stranger, and which one is filled with frat boys. Whatever you're looking for-hiking trails, arthouse theaters, record stores, shopping malls, hot chicken-this city has it, and this book will help you find it. Join us at 6pm on Wednesday the 27th, refreshments will be served! And not to be a spoiler but Grimey's is one of the 100 Things to do!
more info on the book & interview with Abby White
The COOLIN' SYSTEM - Saturday, August 30th @ 5PM
The fine folks at our local soul & funk stable GED Soul have been holding back some fiercely funky soul jazz recordings in their vaults and they've finally seeing the light of day. Much-loved and much-missed combo The Coolin' System (whose members mostly still play with the label's other acts) gathered on Memorial Day 2012 and laid down some deep-cut tunes by Horace Silver, Jimmy McGriff, Lou Donaldson, Cedar Walton and others before promptly splitting up. The sessions have been cooling in the GED Soul vault ever since. Now they're being released as the final platter by the 7-piece outfit on full-length vinyl with download and it's called "Refrigerate After Opening." Join us as a slightly reconfigured lineup gathers to dust off the jams and kick 'em out soul jazz style! Funky beats, groovin' bass, grinding organ, sparkly guitar and horny horns will have you doing the camel walk in no time. Since this blowing session goes down during BEER:30 expect cold ones going down your throat if you are 21 or over.
The Coolin' System on Facebook
GED Soul Records website
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE - Thursday, September 4th @ 6PM
We're just as pleased as punch to welcome prodigal son Justin Townes Earle back to Grimey's to launch another fine album! It's been two and a half years since his last one and now JTE is ready to unleash his fifth album overall (and first for the Vagrant label). "Single Mothers" is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we've not seen before on past records. "One day I just realized it's not cool to die young, and it's even less cool to die after 30," Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his new found clarity. What he's created is an album that's raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn't touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma. "Single Mothers" is officially out September 9th but since we've got him in town the week before we'll be offering you not only a free, intimate show, but also a chance to get your mitts on the new album 5 days early! Do not miss.
Justin Townes Earle website
NIKKI LANE - *canceled*
DOM FLEMONS - Saturday, September 13th @ 3:30PM
Dom Flemons is probably best known as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, although he left that group last year to focus full-time on his solo career. Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dom's involvement with music began by playing percussion in his high school band. After picking up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, he began to play in local coffee houses and became a regular performer on the Arizona folk music scene. Dom wrote his own songs and produced 25 albums of singer-songwriters and slam poets in the Phoenix area, including six albums of his own, during this time. A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. In July, Dom released his his first solo album since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. "Prospect Hill" finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suit 21st century audiences. It's wonderfully entertaining and enlightening stuff as you can hear on Dom's recent appearance with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Please note the earlier-than-usual showtime on a Saturday and make plans to join us!
Dom Flemons website
STEELISM - Tuesday, September 16th @ 6PM
One of our favorite bands in Nashville lately is this mostly-instrumental outfit fronted by Jeremy Fetzer on all things six strings and Spencer Cullum, a master of the pedal steel. Their sound is hard to describe but think Booker T & The MG's playing a Lalo Schifrin soundtrack and you're getting close. I once referred to them as the Dap-Kings of country rock and that's in the ballpark too. Steelism has been playing shows around town for a few years now and backing up the likes of Caitlin Rose and Andrew Combs at home and on tour. Now they're poised to release their debut album "615 To Fame" which references not only the sounds they're blending but also where the record was recorded: Nashville and Muscle Shoals. To celebrate the release and also to support the local record store community, Steelism will play in-store sets at 3 Nashville shops in one day! They'll start off at The Groove at noon (with free Two Boots pizza!), then hit Fond Object at 1:30 (with free Las Paletas popsicles!) and then here at Grimey's at 6PM (with free beer from Good People Brewing Company!). It's a very cool idea and we're honored to be a part of Steelism's trifecta. Once again, do not miss.
AMERICANARAMA VII - Saturday, September 20th @ Noon-7pm
Our annual all-day concert festival and day party in conjunction with the Americana Music Festival returns for the seventh year! We'll have live music all day long in the back lot behind Grimey's & The Basement. Confirmed so far are Ian McLagan, Mike Farris, Jonah Tolchin, EDJ (Eric Johnson from Fruit Bats) and Hymn For Her, with more to be announced. We'll also have Mas Tacos, Crankees Pizza, and Street Provisions food trucks, local vendors, full bar + craft beers in the Basement and more! Save the date and make your plans to join us for one of the most fun events we do every year.
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Stuff You Can Win!
Here's the latest enter-to-win goodies at the Grimey's. Just come down to the store and throw your name into the hat. You can't win if you don't enter.
• Tom Petty - Enter to win a Fender Mini '57 Twin-Amp as well as a limited edition, test pressing of Tom Petty's Hypnotic Eye.
• SOJA - Enter to win one of three autographed copies of SOJA's Amid the Noise and Haste LP on limited edition gold vinyl, out now on ATO Records.
• Capital Cities - Enter to win a Capital Cities In A Tidal Wave of Mystery record clock.
• Bleachers - Enter to win a limited edition, test pressing of Bleachers' "Strange Desire".
• Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Enter to win a copy of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' Classic Albums 18 CD boxset, Frankie Valli's Selected Solo Works 8 CD boxset and a copy of the Jersey Boys motion picture soundtrack.
• CSNY - Enter to win a copy of Crosby Stills Nash & Young's CSNY 1974 box set, which contains 3 CDs & 1 DVD documenting their historic stadium tour of 1974.
• Pink Floyd - Enter to win a copy of the 20th anniversary limited edition CD & LP boxset of Pink Floyd's final studio album, The Division Bell.
• Alvvays - Enter to win a signed copy of ALVVAYS self-titled debut LP, out now on Polyvinyl Records.
• Peter Matthew Bauer - Enter to win a copy of Liberation on LP by Peter Matthew Bauer, of The Walkmen.
• David Gray - Enter to win a limited edition test pressing of David Gray's Mutineers LP.
• Conor Oberst - Enter to win a signed copy of Conor Oberst's latest LP Upside Down Mountain.
• Cory Branan - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Cory Brannan on Saturday, August 23rd at the High Watt as well as a Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary Prize Pack.
• Jeff Bridges - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Jeff Bridges & the Abiders on Wednesday, August 27th at the Ryman Auditorium.
• Caitlin Rose - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Caitlin Rose at The Basement, a Redbull Sound Select event, on Saturday, August 30th.
• Josh Abbott & Casey Donahew - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Josh Abbott Band & Casey Donahew Band on Saturday, September 6th at Marathon Music Works.
• Kongos - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Kongos on Monday, September 15th at Marathon Music Works.
• Banks - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Banks on Wednesday, September 24th at Cannery Ballroom.
• Randy Rogers - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Randy Rogers Band on Friday, September 26th at the Ryman Auditorium.
This stuff is just plain FREE, with purchase naturally & while supplies last
* Benjamin Booker - Free button set & poster w/ purchase of "Benjamin Booker" on vinyl or CD
* Imogen Heap - Free poster w/ purchase of "Sparks" on vinyl or CD
* Sleeping Bag - Free 7" flexi w/ purchase of "Deep Sleep" on vinyl or CD
* Lucero - Free Poster w/ purchase of Lucero "Live from Atlanta" 2xCD or 4xLP box.
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Free CD single w/ purchase of Hypnotic Eye on vinyl or CD
* Rosebuds - Free poster w/ purchase of "Sand & Silence" on vinyl or CD
* Twin Peaks - Free poster w/ purchase of "Wild Onion" on vinyl or CD
* Naomi Punk - Free poster w/ purchase of "Television Man" on vinyl or CD
* Bear In Heaven - Free poster w/ purchase of "Time Is Over One Day Old" on vinyl or CD
* The Wind + The Wave - Free poster w/ purchase of "From The Wreckage" on vinyl or CD
* Capital Cities - Free big-ass sunglasses w/purchase of "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery" on vinyl or CD
* Alvvays - Free sticker & poster w/ purchase of "Alvvays" on vinyl or CD
* Woman's Hour - Free poster w/ purchase of "Conversations" on vinyl or CD
* Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Free double-sided poster w/ purchase of "CSNY 1974" on CD
* Old Crow Medicine Show - Free poster & button w/ purchase of "Remedy" on CD (vinyl 7/15)
* Pink Floyd - Free sticker w/ purchase of "The Division Bell" on vinyl or CD
* Nikki Lane - Free shirt & poster w/ purchase of "All or Nothin'" on vinyl or CD
* Deadmau5 - Free poster w/ purchase of "While (1<2)" on CD
* White Sea - Free signed CD booklet w/ purchase of "In Cold Blood" on CD
* Mastodon - Free patch & bonus CD w/ purchase of "Once More Round the Sun" on CD or LP
* Sufjan Stevens - Free fortune cookie w/purchase of "Enjoy Your Rabbit" color 2xLP
* David Gray - Free art card pack w/ purchase of "Mutineers" on CD or LP
* Lower - Free 7" w/ the purchase of "Seek Warmer Climates" on vinyl or CD
* Greys - Free yo-yo with purchase of "If Anything" on CD or LP
* Led Zeppelin - Free coaster, litho, sticker or pin with purchase of any of the new Led Zeppelin reissues on vinyl or CD
* clipping. - Free 7" with the purchase of CLPPNG on vinyl.
* Umphrey's McGee - Free CD of bonus live and/or acoustic tracks w/ purchase of Similar Skin
* Chris Robinson - Free slipmat w/ purchase of "Phosphorescent Harvest on vinyl or CD
* Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Free lithograph w/ purchase of "Days of Abandon" on vinyl or CD
* Courtney Barnett - Free art book w/ purchase of "Double EP: Sea of Split Peas" on vinyl or CD
* Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Free 7" w/ "Give the People What They Want" on vinyl or CD
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Hitting The Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's.
Electric Würms - Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk CD/LP (WB)
Electric Würms is a prog-rock side project featuring The Flaming Lips' multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd on vocals, guitars, and keyboards and front man Wayne Coyne on bass and backed by Nashville psychedelic rock band Linear Downfall. Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk, will transport the listener into a new kind of transcendental orbit than one might expect from The Lips alone. LP is on dayglo purple vinyl.
Cory Branan - The No Hit Wonder CD/LP (Bloodshot)
Throughout his decade-and-a-half-long career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone's damn good. He has proven himself as a top-notch songwriter (Chuck Ragan recently called him "the greatest songwriter of our generation"), and a hyper-dynamic performer with the ability to fingerpick finer than '60s Greenwich Village folkies and brutally strum like a proto punk shredder.
Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker CD/LP (ATO)
Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer/songwriter. He is influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. Benjamin Booker's debut self-titled album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff).
Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat...The Spirit Of Satch CD (Concord)
Dr. John honors Armstrong's musical genius as well as his effervescent personality with 13 quintessential numbers drawn from various phases of Armstrong's five-decade career, with Dr. John joined by a stellar supporting cast that manages to update the material while maintaining the music's timeless emotional appeal. In addition to Dr. John's trademark vocals and piano, and backup from some of New Orleans' finest musicians, Ske-Dat-De-Dat...The Spirit Of Satch features a stellar assortment of guest singers and players, including Bonnie Raitt, Ledisi and the McCrary Sisters, Anthony Hamilton, Shemekia Copeland, and The Blind Boys Of Alabama.
Smokey Robinson - Smokey & Friends CD (Verve)
The legendary Motown icon releases a duets album, featuring collaborations with Elton John, Steven Tyler, John Legend, CeeLo Green, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Ledisi, and others.
Imogen Heap - Sparks CD/2xCD/2xLP (RCA)
The fourth album from the Grammy and Ivor Novello award winning recording artist. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe version adds a disc of instrumental versions of all 14 of the album's tracks.
Sarah Jaffe - Don't Disconnect CD/LP (Kirtland)
In the six years since her debut EP Even Born Again was self-released in 2008, Jaffe's endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-pop songs in the lineage of Lucinda Williams to decidedly cathartic blues/pop ballads that rest at the intersection of indie, folk, and electronic - without losing any of the thoughtfulness or intimacy.
Kimbra - Golden Echo CD/2xLP (WB)
The ultimate modern pop record, The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. Kimbra wrote the songs in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady. The album was produced by Rich Costey and features several special guest artists, including Muse's Matt Bellamy, rapper Flying Lotus and singer John Legend.
Bahamas - Bahamas Is Alfie CD/LP (Brushfire)
The third full-length album from Afie Jurvanen, who performs as Bahamas. Bahamas Is Afie is the first self-produced album from the Ontario-based musician. With this record he pursued a far more complex sound than on prior releases and is responsible for the majority of the instrumentation. The album follows 2011's Barchords, which was praised for being "a reserved yet melodically rewarding exploration of rewarding exploration of relationships and heartache" by The New Yorker.
Paul Thorn - Too Blessed To Be Stressed CD (Perpetual Obscurity)
Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. ''In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,'' the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. ''This time, I've written ten songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.'' Vinyl version due September 30.
Buddy - Last Call For The Quiet Life CD/LP (Stove Punchin' Records)
Buddy, the evolving collection of Los Angeles-based musicians lead by a man named Buddy, returns with their sophomore release and with it a subtle transformation from cinematic, singer/songwriting, self-proclaimed "wimpy core" to "fully realized orchestral pop, both lush and evocative" (Kevin Bronson - Buzzbands L.A.).
JJ - V CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
"For those trying to keep track of the Swedish duo JJ - previously known by the lowercase iteration jj - V is not its fifth album. (It's the third.) Then again, 2009's break-out jj n° 2 wasn't the group's second album, but rather its debut; N°3 followed. There's always been an internal logic underpinning what Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander do as JJ. On V, JJ strikes the most curious balance yet between such polar opposites, drawing from cringe-worthy soft pop, indie-rock, and cutting-edge R&B and hip-hop." - NPR
Orenda Fink - Blue Dream CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Third solo album from Azure Ray member Orenda Fink takes musical inspiration from Smog, Violetta Parra, and Kate Bush. Blue Dream was produced in Omaha by Todd Fink (The Faint, Digital Leather) and Ben Brodin (Conor Oberst), with help from drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, R.E.M., King Crimson).
Bishop Allen - Lights Out CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Lights Out features 12 new songs from the Brooklyn band. A press release explains that the album sounds like a party record at first, but then reveals a bleaker side. "Listen to what this guy's singing. And realize that this record is not what you thought it was at all. Goddamnit! Bait-and-switch! These songs are downright melancholic!" (Limited copies also available on white vinyl)
Roadkill Ghost Choir - In Tongues CD (M-Theory)
Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock -- Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Meyer's ghostly steel pedal, singer/songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints.
Israel Nash - Rain Plans CD (Loose Music)
Israel Nash is the recording and performing moniker of American singer/songwriter/guitarist Israel Nash Gripka. His new album Rain Plans was inspired by Israel's new home outside Austin, deep in Texas hill country. The young songwriter has fully embraced the meandering hills and endless skies of his Texas home, where you can find yourself so isolated that it is not uncommon for your path to be crossed by a tumbleweed or to hear the percussive warning of an agitated rattlesnake. Vinyl due 8/25.
Carolyn Rose - I Will Not Be Afraid CD (Little Hill/Thirty Tigers)
Sometimes epic failures produce epic results. With the release of her new album I Will Not Be Afraid, keen-eyed young singer/songwriter Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short-circuits with a live-wire national debut that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country and blues to capture her unique and personal vision. Vinyl due 8/25.
Randy Travis - Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am CD (WB)
The second volume of classic country songs covered by Travis.
Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer - The Flower Of Muscle Shoals CD (Trade Root Music)
While offering up the comforting sounds of country and western's roots, The Flower Of Muscle Shoals plays more like a new classic than a dusty Nashville relic; glimmers of influence from the days of Hank Williams all the way to Dwight Yoakam pepper the album's twelve tracks. The album lilts and swings through graceful arrangements of guitars, pedal steel, fiddle, bass and percussion, with a rich texture and genuine approach that is sure to rouse any fan of country and old-time music.
Apache Dropout - Heavy Window CD/LP (Magnetic South)
After three LPs and a clutch of 45s, Southern Indiana's Apache Dropout have loosened an adherence to the divine mono sound and forged a scaly stereo technique for Heavy Window. This is a deeper, blown out swagger of peer-less rock & roll filtered through a lush three-dimensional spectrum. Just as their self-titled debut snapped heads back, Apache Dropout has proven again they can rescore the garage rock aesthetic and remain undisputed purveyors of true lysergic North American boogie.
Twin Atlantic - Great Divide CD (Red Bull Records)
"There's something charming about a band unafraid to aim high, and few bands sound as brazenly ambitious as Glasgow's Twin Atlantic. On their second album they seek to distil their beloved rock & roll down to its constituent parts." -- NME
The Last Internationale - We Will Reign CD/LP (Epic)
Founded by New York City natives Delila Paz and Edgey Pires, The Last Internationale quickly forged a reputation for poetic, socially conscious songs and explosive live performances. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), noted, "The Last Internationale are one of my favorites in the next wave of rebel rockers. They're raw and real and mix East Village rock sensibilities with Battleship Potemkin firepower."
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten CD/LP (Top Shelf)
"The Michigan husband and wife duo Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) were key figures in the Midwest emo scene long before anybody was talking about an emo revival. They've kicked out an enormous number of records over the past half-decade, and they're about to add to that number with a new LP called You Will Eventually Be Forgotten. 'If It's Bad News, It Can Wait' is a small-scale epic that sounds like a pleasing midpoint between the Get Up Kids and early Built To Spill. It's a story-song about going on a beach vacation with friends during spring break and tuning out ominous phone calls from back home. Narrative tension and wistful feelings abound." - Stereogum
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas - Secret Evil CD/LP (Instant)
Secret Evil sees the Detroit-based band serving up a brilliantly polyglot sonic stew equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk all cooked up on the hot Motor City pavement and seasoned by that distinctly Detroit combination of blasted R&B, showband theatrics, and limitless rock & soul energy.
Castanets - Decimation Blues CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Over a lengthy run with the Castanets, songwriter/bandleader/sole constant member Raymond Raposa has always tucked his traditional folk dirges and country-tinged indie rock songs into the outer fringes of experimental sound.
Literature - Chorus CD/LP (Slumberland)
Chorus is an album that is as immediate as it is timeless, full of effortlessly catchy and well-crafted tunes that echo pop legends like Smiths and Orange Juice.
Music Go Music - Impressions CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
While remaining unambiguously pop, Impressions sees Music Go Music's aural sheen and careworn elegance joined to deeper grooves and oblique sonic turns. Never before, though, has an unhinged recounting of love won and lost been so blatantly entertaining. It's an assured, kinetic journey through light and dark, calm and chaos, with nothing less than pop transcendence waiting on the other side.
Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed Of Life CD (Sci Fidelity)
"What strikes me most about Kyle Hollingsworth is undoubtedly his versatility. On his third solo studio album, Speed Of Life, the String Cheese Incident keyboardist spans a wide range of themes and genres, making the project a great listen for music lovers of all ages and tastes. According to Hollingsworth, 'With this new album, I was trying to explore some traditional funk elements as well as pop sensibilities,' and he definitely succeeded." - Grateful Music
Rocco DeLuca - Rocco DeLuca CD (429)
Produced by seven time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011's Drugs N Hymns. Currently residing in East Hollywood, CA, Rocco hosted a number of recording sessions in his bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, local folks and family, including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright.
Justin Hayward - Spirits Live CD (Eagle)
In autumn 2013 Justin Hayward, the legendary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Moody Blues embarked on a tour of the American East Coast following the release of his album Spirits Of The Western Sky. It would mark only the second time in his long and illustrious career that he would tour as a solo artist. The shows combined tracks from the Spirits album alongside a mix of classic and rarely heard Moody Blues songs and Justin's worldwide hit "Forever Autumn." Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.
Ace Frehley - Space Invader CD (E1)
New album from the from the Kiss guitarist. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe digipak version features alternate art and adds two bonus songs and a poster. Vinyl version due October 28.
The Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust CD (Trash Mouth)
"Fat White Family sound just like they look-diseased, drug addled, utterly corrupt. The fact that they live above a London pub that stages exhibitions of rectal hand insertions, all while serving Sunday lunch to families, is an almost too-perfect addendum to their bio." - Pitchfork
Joel Gion - Apple Bonkers CD/LP (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
Solo debut from the multi-instrumentalist who spent many years as The Brian Jonestown Massacre's "Tambourine Man." Features contributions from BJM members past and present, plus Pete Holmstrom (The Dandy Warhols), Ryan Van Kriedt (The Asteroid #4, Dead Skeletons) and Jason "Plucky" Anchondo (The Warlocks, Spindrift).
The Brokeoffs - Restless Leg CD (Transdreamer)
Restless Leg was recorded at home, six acres in rural Georgia. A few songs were tracked in an empty stock trailer, some outside and the rest in a purpose built outbuilding that resembles a shed more than it does a studio.
Hobbes Fanclub - Up At Lagrange CD/LP (Shelflife)
Up At Lagrange packs a feedback punch in the face, hitting you with the perfect amount of distortion, feedback and melody. There is a bit of an early '90s attitude throughout the album, full of restrained production values and classic song structures. Hobbes Fanclub show off their knack for writing catchy boy/girl vocal melodies up against hazy overdriven guitars and driving rhythms.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs/Oddments 2xCD/2xLP (Flightless)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard crank up the fuzzbox and set the Memory Man delay on infinity, assembling a cosmic force field that draws their sonic creations of the recent past into one unified, throbbing whole.
Joy - Under The Spell Of Joy CD/LP+MP3 (Tee Pee)
The sound of Joy has been described as "a spaced-out sonic groove-ride" and "outer reach freak out," but that hyperbole alone doesn't do justice to the group's measured mode of attack. Joy puts a premium on establishing structure and dynamics, its kaleidoscopic flurry and full-throttle riffage is anchored by both subtle detail and surprising textural depth. (Initial clear red vinyl pressing is limited.)
Celebration - Albumin CD/LP (Bella Union)
Living legends on Baltimore's thriving music scene, Celebration return with a seismic slice of psychedelic rock & soul.
Sleeping Bag - Deep Sleep CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Sleeping Bag's third album takes the band into heavier, more epic territory. The sunny jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses are gone, obliterated in a full on fuzz-guitar assault.
Beach Day - Native Echoes CD/LP (Kanine)
Native Echoes is the second album from the Hollywood, FL based garage rock/girl group with a male drummer. Dirty Loops - Loopified CD (Verve) Debut album from the Swedish pop/fusion trio.
John Zorn - The Testament Of Solomon CD (Tzadik)
For their fourth release, Zorn's most intimate and spiritual 21st century ensemble returns with a melodic and open book of music reminiscent of the Masada music. Drawing inspiration from the Biblical Song Of Solomon and originally intended as a companion piece to Zorn's vocal masterpiece Shir Hashirim, the music is regal, sensual and romantic-a magical blend of classical, jazz and folk music. Genevieve Bellemare - Live And Die CDEP (Verve) "Bellemare's beyond-her-years vocal work evokes the fragile, elegiac croon of Billie Holiday."-Eugene Weekly
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo CD (Sony Masterworks)
Gilberto's first studio album in five years, Tudo is a shimmering, sweet summery collection that includes original songs along with songs by her father, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Neil Young and John Michel-Jarré as well as soulful duet with Seu Jorge. The gorgeous melodies are shaped by touches of electronica and Bebel's intimate vocals hint at a fantastical Rio de Janeiro.
Ruthie Foster - Promise Of A Brand New Day CD (Blue Corn Music)
For Promise Of A Brand New Day, Ruthie Foster put Meshell Ndegeocello in charge as her producer and then got out of the way, letting the lauded singer and bassist call the shots regarding players, takes, and mixing. Foster says by the time she stepped into the Los Angeles studio they used, all she had to do was sing. Ndegeocello played bass, and enlisted her regular guitarist Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow) and keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann), plus drummer Ivan Edwards and backing vocalist Nayanna Holley.
Christian Gregory - Count On you CD/LP (Movement)
Christian Gregory is a multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter with a captivating and memorable voice.
Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood CD (Atlantic)
Khalifa's third album features collaborations with Ty Dolla Sign, Project Pat, Juicy J, Currensy, Ghost Loft, Chevy Woods, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, Nas, and Snoop Dogg.
Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now 2xCD (Linear Labs)
The sixth album from legendary hip-hop group Souls Of Mischief is a unique cinematic '90s crime tale of love, loss, and revenge. A conceptual collaboration with producer Adrian Younge and the first release on his freshly launched Linear Labs Records label, There Is Only Now gets its inspiration from a near fatal incident involving group members A-Plus, Opio, Tajai, and Phesto early in their careers. Set in 1994, the album serves as a bookend to two decades of music since the release of their seminal debut album, '93 Til Infinity. ''There Is Only Now'' sees the souls of Mischief crew members trading bars with a cast of hip-hop and soul luminaire.
Neal Morse - Songs From November CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the prog-rock multi-instrumentalist (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, Yellow Matter Custard).
Botanist - VI: Flora CD/LP (The Flenser)
VI: Flora continues the story of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. Seated upon his throne of Veltheimia in the Verdant Realm, his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world. While recent albums detailed a misanthropic master plan for the destruction of mankind at the hands of plants, VI: Flora focuses rather on the wondrous beauty of the plants themselves through a gauzy haze of dreamlike sound.
Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden CD (Profound Lore)
"Doom outfit Pallbearer's ascension as one of metal's crossover acts started with 2012's Sorrow And Extinction, and with the release of their brilliant second album, it's easy to imagine them gaining even more popularity. Foundations finds a band firing on all cylinders and surpassing what already seemed like a watermark for the genre" [BNM 8.6] - Pitchfork. Vinyl version due August 26.
Punch - They Don't Have To Believe CD/LP (Deathwish, Inc.)
Recorded by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, etc.) They Don't Have To Believe is a monster of an album. Fifteen songs that blur the lines of hardcore and grind. All of them personal, political, and uniquely unapologetic.
DragonForce - Maximum Overload CD/CD+DVD/LP (Metal Blade)
Sixth album from the British power metal band. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD featuring the documentary A New Found Force and a live set recorded in 2012.
Sleeping Giant - Finished People CD (Century Media)
New album from the Salt Lake Christian hardcore/metal outfit. Accept - Blind Rage CD (Nuclear Blast) After quite a few years away from the visible hard rock scene, Germany's legendary Accept have returned to the metal forefront with an elated new singer and a new album.
Buckcherry - F*ck CD (F-Bomb)
New album from the L.A. based rockers.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections...
Various Artists - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited CD (SME Masterworks)
50 years after it was recorded, a collective of top Americana artists came together to re-imagine and update Cash's tribute to the Native American, Bitter Tears. Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited was produced by Joe Henry and features American music giants Kris Kirstofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Bill Miller, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Norman Blake (the guitarist and only surviving member from the original recording sessions) as well as up-and-comers The Milk Carton Kids and Rhiannon Giddens.
Reissues & From The Archives...
The Posies - Failure  CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore Recordings)
The Posies' 1988 debut with eight bonus tracks -- including one available for the first time. (Also available on limited green vinyl featuring a download of all bonus tracks.)
O.V. Wright - Into Something (Can't Shake Loose)  CD/LP (Fat Possum)
"For his comeback album, the producer made sure Wright was supported by nothing but the best, from the Memphis Horns and Strings via the rhythm section of Grimes and all three Hodgeses to the background vocals of Rhodes-Chalmers-Rhodes. Even James Brown turned up for piano duties, but let's assume he's just a namesake. Obviously not as strong as the Hi albums Mitchell made with Al Green or Ann Peebles, it's still an example of genuine Southern soul." - AllMusic
Bob Carpenter - Silent Passage CD/LP (No Quarter)
Bob Carpenter came close to being a major star. He received a glowing mention in Rolling Stone in 1970, recorded an album for Warner Brothers and had his songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Billy Joe Shaver and others. But Silent Passage, his lone solo album recorded in 1974, was pressed and ready to ship when contract negotiations shelved the record indefinitely. By the time things were resolved it was the end of the '70s singer/songwriter boom and Warner had moved on.
Smoke Dawson - Fiddle  CD/LP (Tompkins Square)
George "Smoke" Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy's Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and lots of tragedy. But he's still with us. Tompkins Square reissues his only album, a remarkable 1971 private press LP.
The New Order - The New Order CD (Cleopatra)
Not to be confused with the synth pop band of the (sorta) same name, this is the mythical mid- '70s proto-punk rock project featuring Stooges alumni Ron Asheton and Jimmy Recca with MC5 drummer Dennis Thompson. This reissue of the group's debut album. Vinyl version due September 16.
Coachwhips - Get Your Body Next To Mine  CD/LP (Castle Face)
Get Your Body Next To Mine has been re-tweaked to taste (a pinch of capsicum) and what a picture emerges-the scuzz and squall cracking ever so slightly and revealing a coffee-can full of earworms underneath. The zombie-shuffle come-on of the title track is worth the price of admission alone, but there's adrenalized bludgeoners here as well: "1000 Years," "UFO, Please Take Her Home" and "Yes, I'm Down" all capture the band at their sweat-soaked best.
Chrome - Visitation  CD (Cleopatra)
A special deluxe reissue of the debut album by art rock pioneers Chrome appearing for the very first time on CD, featuring meticulously recreated artwork with liner notes by Chrome historian Neil Martinson and four bonus tracks from the New Age and Inworlds singles. (Limited vinyl reissue was released earlier this year.)
Coliseum - Coliseum [Deluxe Reissue/2004] CD/2xLP (Deathwish)
To celebrate Coliseum's 10th anniversary, this 20-song collection features their classic self-titled debut album (out of print since 2006) paired with eight essential bonus tracks from their primordial years. Originally recorded by Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh and now fully remixed by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the release also features new deluxe packaging, insightful liner notes, and cover artwork by John Baizley of Baroness.
Ryan Adams - 1984 7" (Pax Americana)
"1984" is the next installment in the Ryan Adams Pax Am 7" vinyl series. The single is a change of speeds from his upcoming self-titled album (due September 9), and does indeed have 10 songs on it (they're short), all of them are exclusive to this release.
Eels - Beautiful Freak [Reissue/1996] LP (Geffen)
Beautiful Freak is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Eels. It was largely the solo work of musician Mark Oliver Everett, and is his first album using the full band name Eels in an attempt to get the records in the same general location in the stores as his previous works under the name "E." HQ-180gm.
Skrillex - Recess LP (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Recess is actually Skrillex's full-length debut, and features collaborations from Chance The Rapper, Diplo, Niki & The Dove, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, and K-Pop stars G-Dragon and CL.
Com Truise - In Decay 2xLP (Ghostly International)
In Decay provides a fascinating alternative roadmap for the idiosyncratic journeys of New Jersey producer Seth Haley -- aka Com Truise -- through the history of electronic music. A compilation of unreleased, early recordings, In Decay encompasses 13 tracks that have previously been either only available as demos online or are entirely unheard tracks dating from before Haley's official releases -- his debut Cyanide Sisters EP, its follow-up full-length Galactic Melt, and last year's Fairlight EP.
Moon Duo - Live In Ravenna LP (Sacred Bones)
"Ravenna was memorable for a number of reasons, the most prominent being the really very intense heat, and the setting - Hanabi has an outdoor stage on the beach, the Adriatic Sea only meters away," the band's Sanae Yamada explains. "The show that night, and the recording of it, sort of encapsulates everything that was happening at the time - the heat wave, the journey, and the shift in the energy and composition of the band."
Spiritualized - F*cked Up Inside [Reissue/1993] LP (Plain)
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Plain)
F*cked Up Inside is the first live album ever issued by Spiritualized, it was originally released as a limited edition of 1,000 mail order only LP in 1993. Let It Come Down is the fourth album by Spiritualized, originally released in 2001. Jason Pierce spent four years writing, performing, recording and finally releasing the follow up to his 1997 breakthrough album Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space. Let It Come Down features a full orchestra, gospel choir, and many back up musicians to fulfill Pierce's ambitions.
Polica - Raw Exit 10" (Mom + Pop Music)
Four new songs Polica recorded for the expanded deluxe edition of 2013's Shulamith. Includes their cover of the Lesley Gore classic "You Don't Own Me."
Brigitte Fontaine - Brigitte Fontaine [Reissue/1972] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Never one to settle on a single musical style, Brigitte Fontaine followed up her debut, Est...Folle, and her astonishing collaboration with The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Comme ... la Radio, with the most eclectic release of her lengthy career, 1972's Brigitte Fontaine.
Heldon - Allez-Téia [Reissue/1975] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist's own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band's prog-tinged trio lineup, the album features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers.
Stereo MC's - Connected [Reissue/1993] LP (Def Jam)
Exact reproduction of original LP artwork to retain authenticity, but now on HQ-180gm heavyweight vinyl.
Eric Clapton - Time Pieces: The Best Of Clapton [Reissue/1982] LP (Polydor)
Vinyl reissue of the greatest hits album by British musician Eric Clapton. The songs on the album were all released as singles, with only one song - "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" - having never been released on an RSO album. A large number of songs on the release were either from 461 Ocean Boulevard or Slowhand, while none of the songs were released on No Reason To Cry or Another Ticket.
Cream - Best Of Cream [Reissue/1969] LP (Polydor)
Vinyl reissue of the compilation album of material recorded from 1966 to 1968, originally released shortly after their disbanding.
John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers - A Sense Of Place [Reissue/1990] LP (Island)
Exact reproduction of original LP artwork to retain authenticity, but now HQ-180gm heavyweight vinyl.
Johnny Winter - Live Bootleg Series Vol. 11 LP (Friday Music)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The blues wielding axeman steps out with super extended workouts on concert classics like his masterful version of the Taj Mahal's classic "E-Z Rider," Johnny's stellar interpretation of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What's Wrong" and a super revisit of the blues classic "Boot Hill."
Kiss - Rock And Roll Over [Reissue/1976] LP (UMe)
Kiss - Music From The Elder [Reissue/1981] LP (UMe)
The latest in Kiss's 40th Anniversary vinyl reissue campaign, remastered from high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio and pressed on HQ-180gm vinyl for maximum fidelity.
Daniel Johnston - Fun  LP (Org Music)
Daniel Johnston's Fun was originally released in 1994 on Atlantic Records, while the singer/songwriter was housed in a mental institution. First time on vinyl.
The Offspring - Smash [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Epitaph)
20th Anniversary reissue, remastered and repressed on HQ-180gm vinyl in a deluxe die-cut box with a 24-page booklet with never-before-seen images from the Smash era, and the story of the making of the album.
Crime - Murder By Guitar 1976-1980 LP+MP3 (Superior Viaduct)
San Francisco's first and only rock & roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single "Hot Wire My Heart." The group's loose, damaged rock & roll was as immediate as it was controversial.
Death In June - The Guilty Have No Pride [Reissue/1983] LP (Drastic Plastic)
The gothic/folk band's debut LP The Guilty Have No Pride was originally released in 1983 during the renaissance of dark, gothic and industrial music. It echoes sounds of Joy Division and Bauhaus and like them is pop music of the first order, but it also has a richer center layered with textures and themes that give it a shadowy depth that one must mine several times in order to fully appreciate its complexity and breadth of vision.
Angus MacLise - New York Electronic, 1965 LP (Sub Rosa)
Sub Rosa presents another release as a part of their early electronic series. Drone-based experiments from Angus MacLise (notably with Tony Conrad extremely present on the album, and John Cale), and purely electronic compositions-a path (almost) nobody knew MacLise had explored. These archives provided a new perspective on the artist's whole body of work and considerably expanded his artistic palette. These recordings, produced between the mid-'60s and the late-'70s, consist of tribal trance workouts, spoken-word, poetry, drones and electronics, as well as many collaborations with his wife Hetty.
Julia Holter - Tragedy [Reissue/2011] LP (Domino)
Originally released in two runs of five hundred copies only on Los Angeles label Leaving Records in November 2011, Tragedy proved to be that year's most captivating, adventurous and inspired debut album and announced the arrival of a major new talent. Comprised of voice, synths, drum machines, piano, cello, saxophone, samples, vocoders, ensemble musicians and a chorus, Tragedy is a transcendental amalgamation of avant-garde and pop conventions and of organic and electronic compositional forms -- an entire universe of a record blessed with its own beautifully peculiar logic.
Julia Holter - Hellow Stranger b/w Don't Make Me Over 7" (Domino)
"Hello Stranger," originally sung by Barbara Lewis in 1963, appeared on Julia Holter's 2013 studio album Loud City Song and is backed with her cover of Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over," originally released in 1962.
Owl John - Owl John LP (Atlantic)
Owl John is the solo musical project of Frightened Rabbit vocalist and guitarist Scott Hutchison, formed in 2014.
Trash Talk - No Peace LP (Trash Talk Collectiv)
No Peace is a promise and a threat. It's the name of 32 minutes of recorded concussions that delivered by Trash Talk on Odd Future Records. It is hardcore punk, it is hardcore hip-hop, it's a way of telling you to shut the f**k up if you're trying to pigeonhole it. No Peace is music for the sake of aggression. Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl.
Ned Oldham - Further Gone 7" (No Quarter)
Two new songs and just the second solo release from Ned Oldham whose been recording music for more than two decades now: first with Palace, then as The Anomoanon, later as Old Calf.
This Wild Life - Clouded LP (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Clouded is the debut full-length by This Wild Life and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. The album maintains the core attributes of their sound - Jordan's vulnerable, expressive lyrics, DelGrosso's nimble fingerpicking - while pushing themselves towards more ambitious sounds. "We tried out a string section, pianos, different kinds of guitars, we didn't want to limit ourselves," Jordan notes.
Honeyblood - Honeyblood LP (FatCat)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Honeyblood are Shona McVicar on drums and Stina Tweeddale on vocals/guitar. Despite their fledgling status and minimal setup, Honeyblood's songs are fully formed and perfectly assured. The songs resonate with deep melodic hooks and the kind of effortless charm that have drawn recent comparisons to the likes of Best Coast, Haim and Frankie Rose.
Arndales - Dog Hobbies LP (In The Red)
Arndales consist of four men whose ages range from 42 to 51. Notable bands/artists with which they have been/are involved: Country Teasers, Thrilled Skinny, Badgewearer, Gag, Montana Pete, Pregnant Neck, Collapsed Lung, Zuno Men and Jad Fair. This is frantic, frenetic, edgy, disturbing, scratchy low-end menacing new wave.
Connections - Into Sixes LP+MP3 (Anyway)
Third album from the Columbus indie rock band featuring members of 84 Nash, Times New Viking, and El Jesus De Magico -- at times wickedly sloppy but always held together by a string of melody, and harkening to some of the best indie and punk from both shores.
Tashi Dorji - Tashi Dorji LP (Hermit Hut)
Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Access to any music created outside the country is limited, as are most cultural options, given the geologically isolation of the country. How Dorji went from a life so remote to developing his innovative and revelatory guitar style is mind-boggling.After a handful of cassettes on various labels, Dorji presents his first proper album on Hermit Hut, the label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance) and inspired by spreading word of Dorji's talents.
Opera Multi Steel - Opera Multi Steel [Reissue/1984] 12" (Dark Entries)
Opera Multi Steel was born during the winter of 1983 in Bourges, a city in the center of France. Originally a trio comprised of Franck Lopez (vocals, keyboards, guitars), his brother Patrick L. Robin (vocals, percussion) and Catherine M. Marie (keyboards, vocals), the band began to record demos utilizing an Elex keyboard, Casio VLTone, Roland TR-606 drum machine, guitars and pedals. Layering organ-like keyboards over drum machine snares and a woodwind recorder, they created a unique style of Medieval or Baroque synth pop, and released their self-titled debut EP on their own label Orcadia Machina in 1984.
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10% DISCOUNT on Preloved Merchandise EVERY Monday!
To paraphrase Booker T. & The MG's, Times Is Tight. We know. We're feeling it too. So to help you out and, hopefully, to help us out, we'd like to try a new concept - the weekly discount. We're going to start by offering a 10% discount on ALL PRELOVED MERCHANDISE (i.e. used stuff) every Monday from open to close. Come in on Mondays and everything in the store that's preloved (ahem, used) will be 10% OFF, every Monday (excluding dollar LPs and CDs under $5). If this works, we may apply the concept to other items on other days.
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The Indie Underground Hour on WRLT w/ Doyle from Grimey's New & Preloved Music
Mondays from 9-10pm CST on WRLT/Lightning 100, Nashville's Independent Radio, www.lightning100.com
Indie Underground Hour 8-18-14
Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver (Benjamin Booker, ATO Records)
Curtis Harding - Keep On Shining (Soul Power, Burger Records)
Cory Branan - You Make Me (The No-Hit Wonder, Bloodshot)
Hiss Golden Messenger - Saturday's Song (Lateness Of Dancers, Merge)
FKA Twigs - Pendulum (LP1, Young Turks)
Bear In Heaven - Autumn (Time Is Over One Day Old, Dead Oceans)
Spoon - They Want My Soul (They Want My Soul, Loma Vista)
Floating Action - Unrevenged (Body Questions, New West Records)
Mirel Wagner - Oak Tree (When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day, Sub Pop)
Robyn Hitchcock - The Crystal Ship (The Man Upstairs, YepRoc)
EDJ - Lose It All, All The Time (EDJ, Easy Sound Recording)
Sturgill Simpson - It Ain't All Flowers (Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, High Top Mountain)
Dillard & Clark - Don't Let Me Down (Country Funk II 1967-1974, Light In The Attic)
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Tickets, We Have Advance Tickets!
Grimey's offers advance tickets to shows. Ticket sales are CASH ONLY. Check the tickets list now online at the Grimey's website.
What's Happening This Week at The BASEMENT?
Check this week's schedule at the Basement's website.
MUSIC ON THE TV
What's rockin' on the toob this week? Listings marked with an asterisk (*) are re-runs.
Tuesday August 19
Tove Lo @ Conan, TBS
Robby Johnson @ Letterman, CBS
The Madden Brothers @ Fallon, NBC
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones @ Kimmel, ABC*
Sirah @ Daly, NBC*
Wednesday August 20
Jeremy Messersmith @ Letterman, CBS
Thirty Seconds To Mars @ Fallon, NBC
Jake Owen @ Kimmel, ABC*
Keb Mo @ Ferguson, CBS*
Broods @ Meyers, NBC*
The Preatures @ Daly, NBC*
Thursday August 21
Echo & The Bunnymen @ Letterman, CBS
Classixx @ Kimmel, ABC*
Bleachers @ Meyers, NBC*
Friday August 22
The Secret Sisters @ Fallon, NBC
Disclosure feat Sam Smith @ Kimmel, ABC*
Ben & Ellen Harper @ Ferguson, CBS*
Together PANGEA @ Daly, NBC*
Saturday August 23
Haim @ SNL, NBC*
Monday August 25
Grouplove @ Conan, TBS*
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Grimey's Incredibly Fantastic Trade-in of Unwanted Presents*
In case you didn't know, we do this goofy thing where we will trade you a happy Grimey's Gift Certificate for one of the crappy ones you got for whatever occasion from some unknowing, but well-meaning, relative or friend. We actually do this gift card exchange thing all through the year because we don't stop caring about you once December ends, but I only bring it up now because it's, you know, that time of year when people are in a gift-giving frenzy but are short on time/energy/ideas, etc. While Grimey's can't do anything about that sweater with reindeers on it or that smelly candle in the shape of an evergreen or those tins of stale nougat, we can help with those unwanted corporate gift cards*.
If you've received some corporate gift cards* that you don't want, stop by the store and we'll take them and turn them into something you can use -- a GRIMEY'S GIFT CERTIFICATE. (One of our awesome gift certs will be issued for an amount equal to the current value of the competitor's gift card upon verification.) Just bring your unwanted gift card to the front counter before you start shopping, and we'll have a Grimey's gift cert (or store credit) waiting for you when you're ready to check out.
* Yes, of course, there's a catch or three. (1a) The gift card must be from a chain competitor (i.e. Best Buy, Walmart, Target) -- we don't trade on other indie stores' gift cards because we encourage you to support them too. (1b) Sorry, but we cannot accept gift cards from any retailer that has announced going out of business. That would be F.Y.E. this year. Also, the chain competitor must at least sell recorded music in physical formats. So we won't except iTunes gift cards(seriously?). (2) The gift card's value must be verifiable via phone or the internet. That means that we can only accept a competitor's gift card if it has an 800-number or website where the value of the card can be confirmed -- see the back of your card if you're not sure. (3) The competitor's gift card must not expire for at least 6 months from the date of exchange. That's it.