CDs + Vinyl:
Able Tasmans – A Cuppa Tea & A Lye Down [Reissue/1986] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Flying Nun)
Reissue of 1986 debut (vinyl version features a bonus 12″ containing Able Tasmans’ first EP The Tired Sun (1985) and three bonus tracks). Able Tasmans’ songwriting and arrangement crossed lines between baroque and indie pop integrating field recordings and bringing keyboards to the forefront of their music.
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Benzaiten CD/2xLP (Important)
An In C-style homage to the classic Osamu Kitajima record from 1973. Uses the original composition as a departure point for further instrumental explorations.
Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker [Reissue/2000] CD/2xLP (Pax Americana)
Adams’ debut solo album has been in and out of print many times, but is here reissued on his own Pax Am imprint.
Admiral Fallow – Tiny Rewards CD (Nettwerk)
Tiny Rewards follows-up 2012’s critically acclaimed Tree Bursts In Snow, an album that saw the band shed the constraints of nu-folk and swell into a more organic design, blending traditional with electronic, orchestral and indie. This album sees the band continue on the same expansive path.
Alesso – Forever CD (Def Jam)
Alessandro Lindblad, more commonly known as Alesso, is a Grammy-nominated DJ and dance music producer from Stockholm, Sweden. His career quickly gained mainstream recognition for his remixes of Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia and Avicii, as well as his own productions. Forever includes collaborations with Calvin Harris, OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder and more.
Annabel – Having It All CD/LP (Tiny Engines)
On appearances alone, Akron, Ohio’s Annabel could be any modest Midwestern rock band-scrawny, bespectacled, with grins as permanent as their tattoos. A similar innocence might be perceived in their songs, in guitars that jingle and a bass that romps puppy-like, in vocals that compete with the music like a little brother for attention. But subsequent listens will reveal Annabel to be a band whose elements tangle into something complex and complete and. Indeed, Having It All feels orchestral at times, with guitars that intertwine and sometimes collapse into harmonic hums.
Anti Flag – American Spring CD/LP (Spinefarm)
The American Spring album title is likely derived from the Arab Spring — a term to describe the revolutionary wave of recent protests throughout the Middle East. The uprising forced rulers from Egypt, Tunisia, Libia and Yemen out of power, while many other countries were swarmed with legions of protestors. The album feature appearances by Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong on the track “Brandenburg Gate” and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello on “Without End.”
Arcturus – Arcturian CD/LP (Prophecy)
New album from the avant-garde metal band.
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman – The Bad Plus Joshua Redman CD (Nonesuch)
In 2011, The Bad Plus invited saxophonist Joshua Redman to join them for a week of enthusiastically received performances at the Blue Note in New York City. They then played a handful of dates before heading into the studio in 2014 to record their debut album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. Seven of the nine tracks on the album are new compositions by the quartet members who, in addition to Reid Anderson and Redman, include The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King. The other two songs on the album, “Dirty Blonde” and “Silence Is the Question,” are new arrangements of Bad Plus favorites.
Best Kissers In The World – Skinned My Heart Broke My Knee CD (American Dust)
Best Kissers In The World – Yellow Brick Roadkill 2xCD (American Dust)
Best Kissers in the World was a beloved early ‘90s Seattle quartet. Frontman Gerald Collier possesses one of the great rock voices of the era with a mind for witty and irreverent lyrics. Combine these with the band’s expert power-pop riffs and hooks and it’s clear why their multitude of diehard fans put them in the lineage of artists such as The Replacements, Joan Jett, and Cheap Trick.
Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective – Breathless CD (Blue Note)
Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective set off on a new musical journey with his new album Breathless. An innovative and electric exploration into the fusion of jazz, funk, blues featuring Oscar Seaton on drums, Donald Ramsey on bass, Charles Altura on guitar and Fabian Almazan on keyboard/piano/synths.
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