CDs + Vinyl:
Aloke – Alive CD/LP (The End)
Aloke is a New York band, featuring Christian Zucconi of the indie rock collective Grouplove. Their recent EP as well as upcoming full length were recorded with legendary producer and noise merchant Steve Albini. “Aloke all grew up together in a working class town thirty miles north of the city- Ossining, New York, best known for housing Sing Sing prison,” Zucconi recalled about the band’s humble beginnings and the artistic town which fostered their creativity.
America – The Warner Bros Years 1971-1977 8xCD (Rhino)
Eight-CD box set presented in a sleek clamshell box with each disc in a mini LP sleeve that replicates all of the original album art and inserts. Includes: America (1971), Homecoming (1972), Hat Trick (1973), Holiday (1974), Hearts (1975), Hideaway (1976), Harbor (1977), and America Live (1977).
Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room – Party Adjacent CD/LP (Asian Man)
When not penning tunes and holding down the bass chair for pop-punk stalwarts the Alkaline Trio, Dan Andriano makes music on the side as Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room. Influences range from Thin Lizzy to Elvis Costello to Billy Bragg.
Bassnectar – Into The Sun 2xCD (Amorphous)
On Into The Sun, Bassnectar delivers 16 new pieces of amorphous music — a diverse journey through sparkling melodic downtempo to shimmering hype music to mutated indie rock re-cuts to renegade deep house caught in a trap to blistering bass music explosions — plus a continuous mix bonus disc of all original songs and remixes entitled Mixtape 13.
The Bird And The Bee – Recreational Love CD/LP (Rostrum)
The fourth album from the bird and the bee, Recreational Love, came to life over a half-decade of songwriting and recording. “We didn’t mean to take so long but life ended up getting in the way, in a great way,” says vocalist Inara George, who formed the Los Angeles-based duo with multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin in 2005. In the midst of pursuing other projects — George also sings in the indie-folk supergroup the Living Sisters, Kurstin’s a Grammy Award-nominated producer who’s recently worked with Sia, Lykke Li, and Charli XCX — the two met most Friday mornings at Kurstin’s studio to dream up their latest batch of finely textured retro-pop. With a hint of R&B adding some warm grooves this time around, Recreational Love captures the easy intimacy of their collaboration and lets listeners slip into the band’s own charmed and secret world.
Blinddog Smokin’ – High Steppin’ CD (Silver Talon)
Seven-piece band Blinddog Smokin’s new album was produced by Grammy and Oscar winning songwriter Donny Markowitz and features three time Grammy winner Billy Branch blowing harp on three songs. New Orleans pianist David Torkanowsky and Hall & Oates music director and guitarist Shane Theriot add their talents to the recording. The band backed long time soulmate, Blues Music Hall Of Fammers Bobby Rush, on his Grammy and Blues Music Award nominated 2014 release ‘Decisions’.
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