Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Grimey's Says Hey!
Festival season is underway! We just had our incredible BLAM! party, announcing this year's Bonnaroo lineup and now Louisville's Forecastle Festival just released their lineup and it's a stone killer! In addition to some of the great acts also playing Bonnaroo, Forecastle has Beck, Outkast, The Replacements, Slint(!), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Spoon, Jenny Lewis and many more. I love both of these festivals and they're both right in our back yard. In addition, this year's Big Ears Festival in Knoxville has an adventurous and challenging lineup and it's right around the corner, March 28-30. You can come in and register to win a pair of passes to Big Ears. Don't sleep!
This Friday sees the next installment of Howlin' After Dark: Emerging Voices Series. This month our theme is Ides, Winds of Change and Glorious Madness. Come hear local authors read from their works in an evening of poetry and prose featuring members of The Writing Circle. BYOB, Book browsing starts at 7 and Frothy Monkey will be serving up coffee and snacks.
Lots of goodies out this week to entice you down to the record store with new ones from Drive-By Truckers, Real Estate, Stone Jack Jones, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Ponychase, The Men, Linda Perhacs, Nick Waterhouse, Holly Golightly, Robben Ford, Wake Owl, Rick Ross, Pharrell, and tons more; a number of jazz reissues on CD and vinyl, a reissue of Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert, vinyl reissues of all of Johnny Cash's "American Recordings", some new Third Man titles and much more, all detailed below.
We also add in-store performances by Dum Dum Girls and King Buzzo of the Melvins... ON THE SAME DAY! Yep, read about it below and make plans to rock all day on March 18th (p.s. Tinariwen play that same night at the High Watt).
Thanks for reading and for supporting your local record store. We're here for you.
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Upcoming In-Store Events
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us.
PARKER MILLSAP - Thursday, March 6th @ 6PM
An Oklahoma native brought up in the Pentecostal church, which he's since departed, 20-year-old Parker Millsap will make you a true believer with his self-titled Okrahoma Records/ Thirty Tigers debut album (out now). The young tunesmith delivers his religious-laced parables, character-driven narratives and relationship tales with the fire-and-brimstone fervor of a preacher, restoring our faith in the power of song.
Parker Millsap website
Howlin' After Dark at Howlin' Books - Friday, March 7th @ 7PM
Howlin' After Dark: Emerging Voices Series. This month our theme is Ides, Winds of Change and Glorious Madness. Come hear local authors read from their works in an evening of poetry and prose featuring members of The Writing Circle. BYOB, Book browsing starts at 7 and Frothy Monkey will be serving up coffee and snacks.
STONE JACK JONES - Saturday, March 8th @ 5PM
Based in Nashville, but raised in a coal miner's company house on the banks of Buffalo Creek, WV, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four generations of coal miners. After being rejected from military service in Vietnam due to epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal mining business, Jack decided to start wandering. By the time he landed in Nashville, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape artist, a ballet dancer, a professional lute player, and even owned a strip club. Jones' most recent turn, however, is as a folk singer who makes the sort of slow-burning, languid, expansive ballads that might appeal to fans of Lambchop and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. His latest album "Ancestor" features contributions from Cortney Tidwell, Lylas' Kelli Shay Hix, Lambchop's Ryan Norris, Scott Martin and Kurt Wagner and Patty Griffin. It was produced by Roger Moutenot (Lambchop, Those Darlins, Yo La Tengo, Lou Reed) and it's out March 4th. See Stone Jack Jones & band perform the new songs on the following Saturday at Grimey's during BEER:30.
Stone Jack Jones
*repeat repeat - Tuesday, March 11th @ 6PM
Making whimsical surf-pop may seem like a daunting task when you live states away from the nearest beach, but guitarist and vocalist Jared Corder was determined to make music reminiscent of his California birthplace. The band was always intended to be a 3-piece: Jared on guitar & vocals, Andy Herrin on drums, with dreamy female harmony vocals evoking 1960s west coast beach pop. While working on new sounds with producer Gregory Lattimer (Albert Hammond Jr, Kink Ador, The Gills, The Grayces), it was suggested that Corder's wife Kristyn sing in the band. She became the missing member. *repeat repeat have released several singles and been described by the Nashville Scene as "Dick Dale's snot-nosed grandkids". Now they're set to release their full-length debut "Bad Latitude" and will celebrate with an in-store performance at Grimey's on release day.
*repeat repeat website
DUM DUM GIRLS - Tuesday, March 18th @ 12noon
Dum Dum Girls began as the bedroom recording project of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Dee Dee Penny. The name is a nod to both The Vaselines' album, Dum-Dum, and the Iggy Pop song Dum Dum Boys. Dee Dee soon hooked up with cult legend & producer Richard Gottehrer (Strangeloves, Voidoids, Blondie, The Go-Gos and, more recently, The Raveonettes) and began releasing acclaimed records, primarily on the Sub Pop label. Adding Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes to the production team along the way, Dum Dum Girls recently released their 3rd full-length "Too True." We've loved them from the start at Grimey's and we couldn't be more excited to have them play in the store for a special lunchtime performance. Please note the early start time (noon) and make plans to come over on your lunch break or just call in sick and rock out with us!
Dum Dum Girls website
KING BUZZO (from the Melvins) - Tuesday, March 18th @ 6PM
"What I'm doing, it's not folk music, it's not heavy metal. It's 'molk,' how 'bout that?" says King Buzzo Osborne, frontman for avant-sludge institution the Melvins. And with that, King Buzzo launches a solo acoustic tour and a new vinyl 10", available only at the shows. After 30 deafening years of pioneering lurch-rock, frenzied double-drummer insanity and abrasive noise tangents, Osborne is finally ready to walk a road he's never traveled - going unplugged and acoustic. "What usually happens with people, when they do something of this nature, especially rock & rollers, they either sound like a shitty version of Woody Guthrie or a half-assed version of something horrible like James Taylor," he says. "We don't need another Woody. Even Bob Dylan knew he couldn't be Woody Guthrie... I like Woody Guthrie fine, but I don't need the 50th generation version of it. Do you?" The 10" EP is called "This Machine Kills Artists" and it's got 4 original songs alongside acoustic versions of Melvins classics "Let God Be Your Gardener" and "Revolve." King Buzzo's solo tour bypasses Nashville but since he's got a day between the Memphis and Louisville shows, he decided to hit Grimey's for an in-store performance and offer his Nashville fans this limited vinyl release. Don't miss! (interview excerpts courtesy of Rolling Stone)
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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.
• Big Ears Festival 2014 - Enter to win a pair of tickets to Big Ears 2014 in Knoxville, TN, March 28-30 featuring performances by Steve Reich, John Cale, Television, John Cale, Earth, Low, Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame), Bryce Dessner (of the National), Dean & Britta, Marc Ribot, Nils Frahm, Colin Steson, Tim Hecker & many more. Complete line-up available at BigEarsFestival.com
• Linda Perhacs - Enter to win a signed, colored vinyl copy of Linda Perhacs' new LP "The Soul Of All Natural Things" on Asthmatic Kitty.
• Morrissey - Enter to win a Morrissey "Your Arsenal" Prize Pack including a copy of the "Your Arsenal" CD/DVD reissue as well as both 7" & 12" versions of the "Satellite Of Love" single.
• Beck - We're giving away a copy of Beck's Song Reader, in celebration of his new album "Morning Phase" out now on Capital Records. Stop by for your chance to win!
• Broken Bells - Enter to win a rare, limited edition test pressing of Broken Bells "After The Disco" LP.
• Billie Joe + Norah - Enter to win a Foreverly prize pack, featuring a copy of Billie Joe & Norah Jones' "Foreverly" LP & cassette, a "Foreverly" poster and an Everly Brothers compilation CD.
• Otis & Aretha - The King & Queen of Soul! - Enter to win a copy of the brand new Otis Redding 4 CD compilation "King of Soul", Aretha Franklin's new "Queen of Soul" 4 CD set & an Aretha & Otis tote bag!
• Damien Jurado - Enter to win a signed vinyl test pressing of Damien Jurado's new album "Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Son"!
• Freakin' Weekend V - Enter to win a pair of passes to Freakin' Weekend V on March 6th, 7th & 8th at the End and Exit/In featuring performances by Pujol, Jack Name, D. Watusi, Diarrhea Planet, Turbo Fruits, Natural Child, Cheap Time, The Paperhead and many more.
• Noah Gundersen - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Noah Gundersen on March 9th at Mercy Lounge.
• Tinariwen - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Tinariwen with The Melodic on Tuesday, March 18th at The High Watt.
• St Vincent - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see St. Vincent on Wednesday, March 19th at Marathon Music Works.
• Tacocat - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Tacocat with Idle Bloom & Fox Fun at The Stone Fox on March 21st.
• Beware of Darkness - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Beware of Darkness on April 11th at Mercy Lounge.
• Local Natives - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Local Natives on Wednesday, April 30th at The Ryman Auditorium
• Dandy Warhols - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Dandy Warhols with The Warlocks on monday, May 5th at Mercy Lounge.
• Tokyo Police Club - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Tokyo Police Club on Friday, May 9th at Mercy Lounge.
• Portugal. The Man - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Portugal. The Man on Friday, May 16th at The Cannery Ballroom.
• The Kills - Enter to win a pair of tickets to see The Kills on May 30th at the Cannery Ballroom.
This stuff is just plain FREE, with purchase naturally...
• Real Estate - Free sew on patch & poster w/ purchase of "Atlas" on vinyl or CD
• Morrissey - Free poster w/ purchase of "Your Arsenal" on vinyl or CD
• Band Of Horses - Free signed (yep autographed by the whole band) poster and coozie (restocked!) with purchase of "Acoustic At The Ryman" on vinyl or CD. Vinyl is being repressed but you can put in for a special order and get your coozie & poster!
• The Notwist - Free lithograph & sticker w/ purchase of "Close to the Glass" on vinyl or CD
• Vertical Scratchers - Free guitar pick (rawk) w/ purchase of "Daughter of Everything" on vinyl or CD
• Death Vessel - Free iron on patch & sticker w/ purchase of "Island Intervals" on vinyl or CD
• The Fray - Free lithograph w/ purchase of "Helios" on vinyl or CD
• Tinariwen - Free poster w/ purchase of "Emmaar" on vinyl or CD
• Neil Finn - Free lithograph w/ purchase of "Dizzy Heights" on vinyl or CD
• Speedy Ortiz - Free pocket comb w/ purchase of "Real Hair" LP
• Fanfarlo - Free CD EP w/ purchase of "Let's Go Extinct" on vinyl or CD
• Scott H. Biram - Free poster w/ purchase of "Nothin' But Blood" on vinyl or CD
• Behemoth - Free iron on patch w/ purchase of "Satanist" on vinyl or CD
• Hospitality - Free button & poster w/ purchase of "Trouble" on vinyl or CD
• The Beatles - Free poster & tote bag w/ purchase of "U.S. Albums" box or individual albums on CD
• Young the Giant - Free coaster w/ purchase of "Mind Over Matter" on vinyl or CD
• Doug Paisley - Free poster w/ purchase of "Strong Feelings" on vinyl or CD
• Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Free 7" & poster w/ purchase of "Give the People What They Want" on vinyl or CD
• James Vincent McMorrow - Free poster w/ purchase of "Post Tropical" on vinyl or CD
• Peter Gabriel - Free flat w/ purchase of "Scratch My Back & I'll Scratch Yours" on CD
• Lee Hazlewood - Free poster w/ purchase of "There's a Dream I've Been Saving" box on CD
• Eric Burdon - Free signed CD booklet w/ purchase of "Till Your River Runs Dry" on vinyl or CD
• Tim Kasher - Free TK Demos CD, sticker and flat w/ purchase of "Adult Film" on vinyl or CD
• Jake Bugg - Free button w/ purchase of "Shangri La" on vinyl or CD
• Nick Lowe - Free Nick Lowe Christmas ornament w/ purchase of "Quality Street" on vinyl or CD.
• Mayer Hawthorne - Free 7" w/ purchase of "Where Does This Door Go" on vinyl or CD
• Grizzly Bear - Free poster w/ purchase of "Shields (Expanded Version) on vinyl or CD
• Cut Copy - Free poster w/ purchase of "Free Your Mind" on vinyl or CD
• The Avett Brothers - Free poster w/purchase of "Magpie & the Dandelion" on vinyl or CD
• The Head & the Heart - Free postcard, sticker & poster w/ purchase of "Let's Be Still" on vinyl or CD
• Tristen - Free poster w/ purchase of "Caves" on vinyl or CD
• Cage The Elephant - Free 7" single w/ purchase of "Melophobia" on vinyl or CD
• Polica - Free lithograph w/ purchase of "Shulamith" on vinyl or CD
• Quasi - Free CD EP w/ purchase of "Mole City" on CD
• Austin Lucas - Free 7" single w/ purchase of "Stay Reckless" on CD
• Jack Johnson - Free lithograph w/ purchase of "From Here to You" on vinyl or CD
• Weeknd - Free poster, sticker & pint cup w/ purchase of "Kiss Land" on vinyl or CD
• Sly & the Family Stone - Free lithograph w/ purchase of "Higher" box-set on vinyl or CD
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Hitting The Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new release goodness.
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans CD/LP (ATO)
Drive-By Truckers' twelfth release is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. "It can go from this chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff," says Mike Cooley. (Vinyl edition also available as an ultra-limited "blue bootleg" pressing, if you're feeling lucky.)
Stone Jack Jones - Ancestor CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
Based in Nashville, but raised in a coal miner's company house on the banks of Buffalo Creek, WV, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four generations of coal miners. After being rejected from military service in Vietnam due to epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal mining business, Jack decided to start wandering. By the time he landed in Nashville, where he met Roger Moutenot, Patty Griffin, and Kurt Wagner, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape artist, a ballet dancer, a professional lute player, and even owned a strip club. Ancestor features Griffin, Wagner, Cortney Tidwell, Ryan Norris, Scott Martin and many more of Nashville's finest indie musicians. Don't miss Stone Jack Jones when he performs at Grimey's this Saturday, 3/08, at 5PM!
Real Estate - Atlas CD/LP (Domino)
Real Estate's third long-player, Atlas, starts 2014 off on the right note. Recorded at Wilco's studio, in Chicago, IL, Atlas expands upon the pastoral lushness of 2011's breakout album Days. Atlas continues hitting with the same catchy confidence that made Days such an enduring listen.
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes - Kid Tiger CD/LP (Deer Head Music)
This is Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes' sophomore full-length album, Kid Tiger, recorded in Nashville by Vance Powell (Jack White, White Stripes, the Whigs). "you should get excited about the forthcoming Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes album. Blending synth-pop and indie rock with sheer energy, this is a Nashville band that bucks the town's hipster cowboy stereotype." --Esquire Magazine, 15 Bands to Watch in 2014
The Men - Tomorrow's Hits CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Tomorrow's Hits is The Men's first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. It is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.
Ponychase - Parade of Youth CD (self-released)
Nashvillians Ponychase follow up their fantastic 10" from late 2012 with "Parade Of Youth". This is Jordan Caress & co. doing what they do best.
Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural Things CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Linda Perhacs' 1970 debut Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, L.A.'s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When the album was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had become a cult album. And slowly, Perhacs began making music again. In 2010, she connected with a new generation of L.A. musicians attuned to her vision, and began recording new material. Includes collaborations with Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel) and Julia Holter.
Nick Waterhouse - Holly CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Nick Waterhouse was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for surf culture and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California psych-garage scene (Burger records, Ty Segall, McHugh's Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective on the spirit of American rhythm & blues and rock & roll. His latest work, Holly, is a more mature take on the style of his early foray.
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs - All Her Fault CD/LP (Transdreamer)
Don't expect All Her Fault to sound radically different from their earlier releases. It's still a raw, rough-hewn stew of twisted roots music forged by the duo's distinct musical interests - Golightly listens to late '50s/early '60s R&B and her partner Lawyer Dave loves rock & roll. "I'm not looking to achieve something that hasn't been achieved before," she confesses. "We just do what we do. The songs are really all that changes."
Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville CD/LP (Mascot)
A Day In Nashville was recorded live in a single session. Robben chose to record the album in a controlled environment but treat it like a live performance. The album features news songs by Ford along with "Cut You Loose" by harmonica great James Cotton and "Poor Kelly Blues" by Maceo Merriweather.
Rufus Wainwright - Live From The Artist's Den CD/2xCD (UME)
New live collection from the acclaimed singer/songwriter, Recorded on May 17, 2012 at the magnificent Church Of The Ascension, on Manhattan's lower Fifth Avenue for PBS's Artist's Den. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes a bonus CD that contains 16 rare live and studio tracks including live versions of some of Wainwrights best-known songs, recorded at Kenwood House in 2010, plus "The Maker Makes" from Brokeback Mountain, "La Complainte de la Butte" from Moulin Rouge, the new song "Chic And Pointless," and "WW111," which has never before been available on a physical release. Also available on stand-alone Blu-ray.
Wake Owl - Private World Of Paradise CD (Vagrant)
Recorded with notable producer Richard Swift in his National Freedom studios in Oregon, The Private World Of Paradise finds Wake Owl expanding beyond the evocative folk found on their debut EP Wild Country. "Candy" exhibits Wake Owl primary member and singer Colyn Cameron's growth as a songwriter and pursuit of experimentation with different instrumentation. Working together with multi-instrumentalist Aiden Briscall and Swift, the result is the upbeat atmospheric vibe found throughout the album. Vinyl sold out before our order was filled so we only have the CD...
We Are Scientists - TV en Francais CD (Dine Alone)
In late 2012, We Are Scientists entered the studio in New York with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Blonde Redhead) to record sessions for their fourth record. Burrows relocated to the city from England while he worked with Murray and Cain to write and record tracks for the new album.
PINS - Girls Like Us CD (Bella Union)
"Although the majority of Manchester's recent breakout bands have been cloaked in a futuristic swathe of electronica, heavy bass and samples, the arrival of PINS on the live scene back in 2011 was a definitive and standout shot in the arm for the city's live scene. Sneering, immediately identifiable and possessing an incredible, fizzing chemistry within their sound, they immediately became a whispered name - one to find and one to follow." - Drowned In Sound. Vinyl due 3/11.
The Unsemble - The Unsemble CD/LP (Ipecac)
Debut project from Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk) along with Alexander Hacke (Crime) and Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews).
Bear's Den - Without/Within CD/LP (Communion)
Of the new music Andrew Davie (vocals, guitar) notes: "the songs were in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically. Joey's playing is particularly beautiful to me and his guitar and banjo melodies carry the songs so perfectly at times. Kev was experimenting more with synth bass and piano on top of drums before anyone else even picked anything up. I was experimenting for the first time in my life really on electric guitar and with delayed and reversed guitar loops. We all had our own responsibilities within this record and we all had complete belief and trust in each other. We wanted to push ourselves so that we could grow into the songs on the road and hopefully push ourselves to become a better live band because of it."
Eagulls - Eagulls CD/LP (Partisan)
Since forming in 2009, Leeds UK-based Eagulls have become synonymous with a discontented, disillusioned kind of anger, molded into bullets of post punk that's rife with urgency and aggression. Though they admit to 'lighter moments' on the record, compared to their live show, on the whole it's a gloomy affair.
Grizfolk - From The Spark CD (Virgin)
Grizfolk hail from America and Sweden, and their set exhibited a blend of the musical sensibilities from both nations, crossing country-tinged folk harmonies with catchy electro-pop" -- Consequence Of Sound. Vinyl version due April 8.
Axxa/Abraxas - Axxa/Abraxas CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to '60s pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into '60s psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop.
Each Other - Being Elastic CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Being Elastic has a solid foundation in avant-rock-pop traditions but is thwarted from sounding like any kind of reverent tribute to what's come before by being adventurous and exploratory.
Eternal Summers - The Drop Beneath CD/LP (Kanine)
Third album from the Roanoke, VA-based power-pop, dream-punk trio, produced by Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf).
Ava Luna - Electric Balloon CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
After years of writing and performing, Ava Luna has refined their doo-wop soul meets punk-as-f##k aesthetic into something bold and glaringly defiant in today's indie music landscape.
These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds CD/2xLP (Infectious Music)
With their risky third album, These New Puritans abandoned the angular dance-punk of Beat Pyramid and the gloomy electronic beats of Hidden to reinvent themselves once again for Field Of Reeds, a record as indebted to classical scores and avant-garde jazz as rock.
Nothing - Guilty Of Everything CD/LP (Relapse)
A triumphant and massively loud shoegaze record that is both darkly introspective and completely beautiful. For fans of My Bloody Valentine, Jesu, Slowdive, Hum.
Carla Bozulich - Boy CD/LP+MP3 (Constellation)
Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, presents the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed pop record and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what pop can mean in the hands of a ferociously commanding singer/lyricist who has cut her teeth on genre-bending, genre blending, and DIY production for 25 years. It is unmistakably a pop-influenced album by way of punk, avant rock and lo/mid-fi.
Sally Seltmann - Hey Daydreamer CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
Australian songwriter's fourth full-length album and second to bear her name, after 2010's Heart That's Pounding, and two under the name New Buffalo. Hey Daydreamer was recorded and produced in Seltmann's home attic studio with her husband Darren Seltmann (The Avalanches), and features a number of guest musicians including Bree van Reyk on percussion, Michel Rose on pedal steel, and many more. Sally recorded piano parts on her lounge room piano and contributed synth, organ, guitar, bass and percussion to the recordings.
Trust - Joyland CD/2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
Trust is a synthpop group from Canada. After years of extensive touring, and garnering glowing praise from top international critics at Pitchfork, VICE, and The Guardian UK for the 2012 Juno-nominated debut album TRST, the group release their follow-up album Joyland.
Arthur Beatrice - Working Out CD (Harvest)
New album from the London band ironically named after the star of The Golden Girls. Their debut single, "Midland," drew comparisons to the xx, Warpaint, and the Sundays and the band went on to feature in the The Guardian's 'Bands To Watch' column.
Lushes - What Am I Doing CD/LP (Felte)
Lushes are a band born of tensions between art and math, order and chaos, planning and chance. You can hear it in their songs taut, twitching art-punk that balances anxiety and elation, often within the space of a few bars.
Roman Remains - Zeal CD (Hot Records)
Roman Remains is The Duke Spirit's Liela Moss and Toby Butler. Feverishly crossing the line between electro, industrial and dance, Liela Moss's inimitable vocal style give North London's Roman Remains' an alluring feel that draws its audience into another world.
Ghost Beach - Blonde CD (Nettwerk)
Ghost Beach, the New York-based duo of Josh Ocean & Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn, brings together the two worlds of electronic and live performance whose sound is self-described as "tropical grit pop." On their debut full-length album Blonde, Ghost Beach once again perfects a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth-pop, none more so evident than in the searing single "Miracle."
Kris Bowers - Heroes And Misfits CD (Concord Jazz)
24-year-old Kris Bowers, winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, releases his debut Concord jazz recording.
The Revivalists - City Of Sound CD (Wind-Up)
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group's blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performances. Vinyl version due April 15.
Comeback Kid - Die Knowing CD (Victory)
Fifth studio album from the Canadian hardcore/punk band.
Fuel - Puppet Strings CD (Megaforce)
"Rock and roll is very much alive and well on this album," says original lead singer Brett Scallions, who co-wrote the album with guitarist Andy Andersson and bassist Brad Stewart, formerly of Shinedown. "The four of us were simply trying to write the best songs we possibly could."
Chris Wallace - Push Rewind CD (Think Say)
Singer/songwriter Chris Wallace makes contemporary pop music with a dance and soul vibe. Raised in Hebron, Indiana, Wallace started out playing guitar and singing in local bands before a song he posted on MySpace caught the attention of a talent scout. Subsequently, Wallace signed to Epic Records and formed the band the White Tie Affair. Push Rewind is his solo debut.
Ume - Monuments CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power, Foo Fighters, Nirvana) at Robert Lang Studios and Studio X in Seattle, WA, Monuments is Ume's most colossal sounding recording yet. The guitars are heavier, the rhythms more powerful, the vocals and songwriting bolder and more intimate.
Rick Ross - Mastermind CD/CD+DVD (Def-Jam)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe CD edition includes three additional tracks plus a bonus DVD. "Right now, the whole major-label system is such a mess that even A-list rappers have a hell of a time putting out albums. But after months of non-starter first-single attempts and release-date pushbacks, Rick Ross is finally ready to release Mastermind, his proper sixth album. The album features contributions from people like Kanye West, the Weekend, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Scarface, Sizzla, Z-Ro, and Mavado. Halfway through my first listen, it's exactly the sort of cinematic escapist mogul-rap that Ross has always done so well." -- Stereogum
Pharrell Williams - G I R L CD (Columbia)
G I R L is Pharrell's highly anticipated new album, and features the hit single, "Happy."
Original Soundtrack - Grand Budapest Hotel CD (ABKCO)
The musical accompaniment to Wes Anderson's latest film features music from Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat and performances by the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra. To help create the film's musical character, the team chose a combination of Desplat's original compositions, traditional Russian folk songs and an exquisite Vivaldi piece to set the scene for a chase through the snowy tundra in this gripping tale of intrigue.
Reissues & From The Vault...
Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
Performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, this 1993 concert brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Ritchie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinéad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more. This reissue features remastered audio and two previously unreleased recordings from the concert's sound check: Sinéad O'Connor singing "I Believe In You" and Eric Clapton's interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions.
Dr. John The Night Tripper - Gris Gris  CD (Real Gone)
Gris Gris is the New Orleans term for voodoo, and one could be forgiven for thinking this album was recorded in the dead of night in one of the city's famed graveyards. Well, it was recorded in the dead of night at Los Angeles famed Gold Star Studios, where Phil Spector recorded many of his classics. Long-time New Orleans session man Mac Rebennack wangled some free, after-hours studio time originally intended for Sonny & Cher, gathered the Los Angeles diaspora of New Orleans musicians including Jessie Hill (known for Ooh Poo Pah Doo), Shirley Goodman (of Shirley and Lee), saxman Plas Johnson and percussionist Richard Didimus Washington and adopted a new persona of Dr. John The Night Tripper, he of the feathered headdresses and name taken from an 1840s New Orleans root doctor.
Professor Longhair - The Last Mardi Gras [Reissue/1982] CD (Real Gone)
Professor Longhair was a seminal influence on several generations of Crescent City stars but was wasting away in comparative obscurity while the record companies either refused to cut him or sat upon the records he had already made. So Atlantic Records stepped forward with a 16-track mobile recording unit to get the job done. Thus armed, producer Albert Goldman set out to make the definitive Professor Longhair recording by capturing two nights of performances during (when else?) Mardi Gras in 1978 at (where else?) the Tipitina Club, and having the shows mixed by (whom else?) Cosimo Matassa, who engineered the original records of Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles et al. The result: the one indispensable audio document of the great man's career (and the last Mardi Gras he ever played).
Irma Thomas - Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album CD (Real Gone/Rhino)
Thirteen unreleased tracks recorded in 1972 from the Soul Queen of New Orleans! Following a short stint at Chess Records, Irma recorded for Canyon before being signed to Atlantic Records by the label's much renowned executive, Jerry Wexler. A first session in 1971 yielded one single, Full Time Woman (produced by noted New Orleans music legend Wardell Quezergue), which failed to chart but was singled out by Wexler in a 2007 interview as one of his all-time favorite recordings. Undaunted, Atlantic arranged further sessions for Irma in Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia throughout 1972 yet none of the material was ever issued, until now.
Gary Burton - Seven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra  CD/LP (ECM)
Sounding as fresh today as it did in 1973, Seven Songs places the Gary Burton Quartet in an orchestral context, with compositions of Michael Gibbs inspired by Messiaen and Charles Ives as well as Miles and Gil Evans and exceptional soloing by Mick Goodrick, Steve Swallow and Burton himself. The production is exemplary: Seven Songs set a new standard for recordings of orchestral jazz.
Abdullah Ibrahim - African Piano  CD/LP (ECM)
Sometimes a musical message is so urgent that questions of recording quality are almost beside the point. Informally recorded in 1969 in a noisy club Copenhagen's famous Jazzhus Montmartre the flavor of this album is documentary rather than luxuriantly hi-fidelity, yet the essence of Abdullah Ibrahim's communication comes through loud and clear. The listener is drawn into the robust rhythms of his solo piano style, as he re-examines the history of jazz from a South African perspective, with echoes of songs of the townships, and vamps that hint of Monk and Duke and much more.
Keith Jarrett - Arbour Zena  CD/LP (ECM)
"I consider this one of my most richly lyrical and consistently inspired works," wrote Keith Jarrett of "Mirrors," the almost half-hour long concluding piece on Arbour Zena. Jan Garbarek's contribution is irreplaceable and ecstatic. It is easy to agree that Arbour Zena as a whole is one of Jarrett's most exceptional albums. Evocative writing for strings, beautiful playing by Keith and Jan and by Charlie Haden at his most soulful, and a glowing panoramic production make this 1975 recording one of the finest of the early ECMs.
Sam Rivers - Contrasts CD/LP (ECM)
Dave Holland always described Sam Rivers groups as his finishing school. It was Sam who instructed him to play all the music inside, outside, atonal, swing, blues, and all the hues of the jazz and chamber music traditions. By the time of Contrasts, Rivers and Holland had been working together consistently for seven years (with Dave's Conference Of The Birds at the start of the story), a powerhouse combination of multi-reeds and double bass. Of the drummers who passed through the line-up, Thurman Barker was one of the most creative, rippling across drum kit and marimba. Young trombone innovator George Lewis had already worked with Holland and Barker in Anthony Braxton groups. For Contrasts everyone was fired up and ready to play.
Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie - Five Years Later  CD (ECM)
Something special happens when they play together observed Robert Palmer in the New York Times, and the participants concurred. Playing with John is one of my favorite things to do, said Ralph Towner. I can play as much as when playing solo, and still get to ply my skills as accompanist. John is such an amazing person to play with that, even when hes playing intensely or aggressively, we somehow fit together and theres really no way that we could collide. On Five Years Later, follow-up to their debut duo disc Sargasso Sea, their improvisations draw on a wider sonic palette, to telling effect.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections...
Various Artists - Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles CD/LP (Numero)
On this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, Numero summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock's lumbering mythos.
Mudhoney - Live at Third Man Records LP (Third Man)
Grunge pioneers Mudhoney performed at Third Man Records last summer while out on the road in support of their ninth (ninth!) studio album. Bringing a little piece of Seattle to your living room...
Divine Fits - Live at Third Man Records LP (Third Man)
Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade / Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, Guant / New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown & Alex Fischel, Divine Fits, recorded an epic set her in Nashville at Third Man Records last July.
Michael Kiwanuka - You've Got Nothing To Lose / Waitin' 'Round To Die 7" (Third Man Records)
The latest volume in Third Man's on-going Blue Series finds Michael Kiwanuka laying down a groovetastic original for the A-side and then paying homage to a Townes Van Zandt classic on the B-side.
Johnny Cash - American Recordings LP (American)
Johnny Cash - American II: Unchained LP (American)
Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man LP (American)
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around 2xLP (American)
Johnny Cash - American V: A Hundred Highways LP (American)
Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave LP (American)
All six chapters in Cash's American Recordings series have been repressed on HQ-180gm audiophile virgin vinyl LPs.
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow LP (Vagrant)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. "So Long, See You Tomorrow is all about the beats, you see. It's probably a smart move, what with guitar music being declared dead every three weeks by those music-typing folk. Lead single 'Carry Me' makes you all nostalgic for a summer yet to be experienced, one filed with exotic fruits, awkward romance and questionable Hawaiian shirts. It's the type of music you'd hear at Ibiza Rocks, not that I really know what type of music you'd hear at Ibiza Rocks." - Drowned In Sound
The John Butler Trio - Flesh + Blood LP (Vanguard)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Aussie roots virtuoso John Butler is known for his masterful lap-steel talent, as well as his unusual preference for playing acoustic guitars through a variety of pedals and distorted Marshall amps. But when it comes to the playing of stringed instruments, he virtually does it all, and extremely well at that, with a rare air of originality.
Dawn Landes - Bluebird LP (Western Vinyl)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Singer/songwriter Dawn Landes has been writing songs for most of her life, and already has more than a decade of experience as a professional producer and engineer. After leaving NYU where she studied psychology and literature, Landes began honing her production and engineering skills, working at Stratosphere Sound (owned by James Iha, Adam Schlesinger, and Andy Chase), and at Philip Glass' personal recording studio, before launching Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn with partners Steve Salett and Gary Maurer. Her new album, Bluebird, features contributions from Tony Scherr, Rob Moose, and Norah Jones.
Merchandise - Begging For Your Life/In The City Of Light 12" (4AD)
Ultra-limited one-sided 12" on clear vinyl with an etched B-side housed in a clear sleeve. Originally appearing on their side of a split tour-only cassette with Chealsea Light Moving, "Begging For Your Life/In The City Light" is a 14-minute jammer.
DVD & Bluray...
Bob Dylan - 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 2xDVD/2xBlu-ray (Sony Legacy)
Performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, this 1993 concert brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Ritchie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinéad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more. This reissue features remastered audio and two previously unreleased recordings from the concert's sound check: Sinéad O'Connor singing "I Believe In You" and Eric Clapton's interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." Also includes 40 minutes of previously unreleased material including behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, interviews and more. 220 minutes.
Moby - Almost Home: Live At The Fonda, L.A. 2xDVD+2xCD (Mute)
Set recorded live at L.A.'s Fonda Theater in October 2013. Capturing the only live performances of Innocents, this DVD/CD features Mark Lanegan, Damien Jurado, Cold Specks, Inyang Bassey, and Skylar Grey alongside Moby. 25 live tracks total. The package includes Moby's Greatest Hits set with "Go," "Porcelain," "Natural Blues," "Southside" and more. 175 minutes.
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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 3-03-14
The Notwist - Kong (Close To The Glass, Sub Pop)
Temples - Mesmerise (Sun Structures, Fat Possum)
The Men - Another Night (Tomorrow's Hits, Sacred Bones)
Nick Waterhouse - This Is A Game (Holly, Innovative Leisure)
Drive-By Truckers - When He's Gone (English Oceans, ATO)
Parker Millsap - Truck Stop Gospel (Parker Millsap, Okra Homa/30 Tigers)
Beck - Say Goodbye (Morning Phase, Capitol)
Linda Perhacs - Daybreak (The Soul Of All Natural Things, Asthmatic Kitty)
St Vincent - Digital Witness (St Vincent, Republic)
Neneh Cherry feat Robyn - Out Of The Black (Blank Project, Smalltown Supersound)
Stone Jack Jones - Jackson (Ancestor, Western Vinyl)
Angel Olsen - High & Wild (Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Jagjaguwar)
Self - Lucid Anne (Subliminal Plastic Motives, Fat Possum)
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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 March 4
Phantogram @ Letterman, CBS
Fitz & The Tantrums @ Kimmel, ABC
Glasvegas @ Ferguson, CBS
American Authors @ Conan, TBS
Kodaline @ Daly, NBC
Wednesday March 5
Prince @ Arsenio, syndicated
The Avett Brothers @ Fallon, NBC
Kongos @ Kimmel, ABC
David Nail @ Letterman, CBS
Panic! At The Disco @ Ferguson, CBS
Rick Ross @ Meyers, NBC
Icona Pop @ Daly, NBC
Thursday March 6
Drive-By Truckers @ Conan, TBS
Bob Mould @ Letterman, CBS
Bad Things @ Fallon, NBC
Rick Ross @ Arsenio, syndicated
Jetta @ Kimmel, ABC
Lil Jon @ Meyers, NBC
LP @ Daly, NBC
Friday March 7
Broken Bells @ Fallon, NBC
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts @ Letterman, CBS
Sky Ferreira @ Kimmel, ABC*
No @ Daly, NBC*
Saturday March 8
The National @ SNL, NBC
Monday March 10
Warpaint @ Conan, TBS
Little Mix @ Letterman, CBS
Demi Lovato @ Fallon, NBC
The Alternate Routes @ Ferguson, CBS
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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.