New albums by local resident Jon Anderson. Heartsounds did an in-store at the shop a while back and now have a new album on Epitaph. Atari Teenage Riot, the electronic, punkrock blitzkrieg of noise, comes to SLO soon!
PROMOTIONS: Free 7-inch with the purchase of Release The Sunbird; Free All Shall Perish t-shirt with purchase of new album
Little Dragon – Ritual Union CD (Peacefrog)
Already a blogger’s delight, Ritual Union’s first single “Nightlight” sounds like Erykah Badu fronting the Psychedelic Furs, with a healthy smattering of digital funk and alt.soul.
Release The Sunbird – Come Back To Us CD/LP (Brushfire/Republic)
Release The Sunbird is a new project from Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave, and leans toward the prettier, acoustic sound of his band, but was recorded with a whole new group of friends from Bloomington, Indiana.
All Shall Perish – This Is Where It Ends CD (Nuclear Blast)
New from the Bay Area metal band.
Dex Romweber Duo – Is That You In The Blue? CD/LP (Bloodshot)
Pioneering the template for the stripped to-the-essentials guitar/drums duo format in the psycho/surf/rockabilly/garage/punk combo Flat Duo Jets, Dex forges ahead with this new album.
Joss Stone – LP1 CD/LP (Stone’d/Surfdog)
New album from the soul singer who Smokey Robinson calls “Aretha Joplin.” Produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics).
Aficionado – Aficionado CD/LP (No Sleep)
Drawing influence from an array of bands including At the Drive-In, Cursive, and The Hold Steady, Aficionado mixes organ, flute, and occasional horn arrangements into it’s unorthodox blend of post-punk.
Atari Teenage Riot – Is This Hyperreal? CD (Dim Mak)
First new album in 12 years from the electro/punk trio.
Jon Anderson – Survival & Other Stories CD (Gonzo)
New album from the former Yes vocalist.
Heartsounds – Drifter CD (Epitaph)
Blending the speed and precision of metal-inflected punk rock like Strung Out and Propaghandi with the melodic sensibilities of Hot Water Music and Bad Religion, Heartsounds’ music is a fusion of ‘90s punk rock and ‘80s thrash metal.
Allure – Kiss From The Past CD (Magik Muzik)
New release from superstar DJ and producer Tiesto recording under his Allure alter ego.
America – Back Pages CD (eOne)
Covers album featuring standards by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Jimmy Webb, The Zombies, and more.
BoDeans – Indigo Dreams CD (Oarfin)
New album from the duo best known for their mid-‘90s anthem Closer To Free.
Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation CD/LP (Ernest Jenning)
A further step away from the band’s entrenched punk origins, Vacation will resonate with fans of Titus Andronicus or The Thermals.
Wolfert Brederode – Post Scriptum CD (ECM)
The second album from Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode.
Brothers Of Brazil – Brothers Of Brazil CD (Side One Dummy)
The debut release from “punka nova” artist features the energy of Gogol Bordello and the vibe of a swanky lounge.
Vanessa Carlton – Rabbits On The Run CD (Razor & Tie)
Ten intimate, evocative songs, recorded direct to tape with a close-knit team of collaborators including producer Steve Osborne, drummer Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket, and guitarist Ari Ingber of The Upwelling.
Cerebral Ballzy – Cerebral Ballzy CD (Williams Street)
Cerebral Ballzy were born and raised in East New York’s grimy core but instead of crying about it, they scream their way through a sprawling mess of ‘80s hardcore and punk rock on their self-titled release via Adult Swim’s Williams Street Records. Vinyl version due August 9.
Eric Church – Chief CD (Capitol)
New from the chart-topping country rocker.
Francois Couturier/Anja Lechner/Jean-Marc Larche/Jean-Louis Matinier – Tarkovsky Quartet CD (ECM)
The work of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovksy (1932-1986) continues to provide inspiration for the pianist Couturier, and his compositions here are packed with allusions to Tarkovsy’s life and art.
Diskaholics Anonymous Trio – Diskaholics Anonymous Trio [Reissue/2001] CD (Smalltown Superjazz)
The debut by Diskaholics Anonymous Trio (Thurston Moore/Jim O’Rourke/Mats Gustafsson) was released ten years ago on the now defunct Crazy Wisdom/Universal label, having been unavailable since.
Falling In Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You CD (Epitaph)
Ronnie Radke from Escape the Fate’s new band.
Fever Tree – Live 1969 CD/LP (Sundazed)
This 1969 live recording from Mount Carmel High School in Houston represents the final stage appearance by the original lineup of this Texas garage combo.
Jim Ford – Harlan County CD/LP [Reissue/1969] (Light In The Attic)
1969 country-funk classic features Ford’s powerful whiskey fueled voice, down home rhythms, a tight horn section, and occasional spectral orchestration from Gene Page (The Righteous Brothers, Barry White, Marvin Gaye).
Ni Hao – Marvelous CD (Tzadik)
Japanese all-girl experimental punk band.
Ray Wylie Hubbard & The Cowboy Twinkies – Ray Wylie Hubbard & The Cowboy Twinkies CD (Wounded Bird)
First time on CD for this 1975 album from the cult country artist.
Iwrestledabearonce – Ruining It For Everybody CD/CD+DVD (Century Media)
New album from the electro/metal/trip-hop/dance/jazz band. Available in Regular and Deluxe Editions. Deluxe adds a “making of the album” DVD.
Jasta – Jasta CD/LP (eOne)
New solo album from the Hatebreed/Kingdom Of Sorrow vocalist.
Nikki Jean – Pennies In A Jar CD (S-Curve)
New album from the R&B singer features guest vocals by Carly Simon, Lupe Fiasco, Bob Dylan, Black Thought, Carole King, and Burt Bacharach.
Aram Bajakianõs Kef – Aram Bajakianõs Kef CD (Tzadik)
Combines modern rock and noise with traditional Armenian forms.
Kindred The Family Soul – Love Has No Recession CD (Shanachie)
Many consider this husband and wife R&B duo to be the Ashford & Simpson of their generation, having written and recorded such hits as “Far Away,” “Rhythm Of Life” and others.
Daniel Knox – Everyman For Himself CD (La Société Expéditionnaire)
Daniel Knox is a Chicagoan, an ex-film student who once accompanied David Lynch’s Inland Empire on organ at its premiere. His background in film may explain his taste for noire-ish scenarios, or for the realistic details that ground his unsettling fantasies.
Darkthrone – Goatlord [Reissue/1997] 2xCD (Peaceville)
This double-CD edition includes the bonus track “A Blaze In The Northern Sky” in its original form and a commentary disc with Fenriz and Nocturno reflecting on the tracks and their inspirations at the time of writing the material.
Locksley – Locksley CD (Feature)
Locksley is an indie four-piece pop rock/power pop band from Madison, Wisconsin. Their songwriting is heavily influenced by early British Invasion bands with an instrumental style based more on early American punk bands and modern garage rock groups.
Chuck Loeb – Plain ‘N’ Simple CD (Tweety)
New album from the jazz guitarist.
Paul McCartney – The Family Way [Soundtrack/1966] CD (Varese Sarabande)
Digitally remastered edition of the original soundtrack to the 1966 motion picture scored by Paul McCartney. The recording was arranged and supervised by Beatles producer George Martin. The soundtrack recording begins with McCartney’s theme, “Love In The Open Air” and contains 12 more (untitled) instrumental themes suited to the onscreen action.
Joe McPhee Survival Unit III – Synchronicity CD/LP (Harmonic Convergence)
Documents a fiery performance at Chicago’s Hideout in 2007. This is free improvisation at its finest.
Ronnie Milsap – Country Again CD (Bigger Picture)
The pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation returns to his country roots on this new album.
Oscar & The Majestics – No Chance Baby! CD/LP (Sundazed)
First-ever collection of the complete ’60s output by garage rock heroes. This includes the band’s best-known USA singles, like the impossibly cool, fuzzed-out “Soul Finger.”
Queen – Queen [Reissue/1973] CD (Hollywood)
Queen – Queen II [Reissue/1974] CD (Hollywood)
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack [Reissue/1974] CD (Hollywood)
Queen – A Night At The Opera [Reissue/1975] CD (Hollywood)
Queen – A Day At The Races [Reissue/1976] CD (Hollywood)
Recently released as double-disc deluxe editions, the remastered versions of Queen’s first five studio albums are now available as single discs.
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time CD (Earache)
New album from the blues-infused California rockers.
Kelley Rowland – Here I Am CD (Motown)
New album from the R&B singer includes the single “Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne.
Joel Rubin/Uri Caine – Azoy Tsu Tsveyt CD (Tzadik)
The Clarinet and piano duo perform a freewheeling repertoire of Old and New World nigunim, cantorial music, klezmer classics and more.
Jai Uttal – Queen Of Hearts CD (Nutone)
A unique mixture of reggae, ska, and samba rhythms, used as a backdrop for call and response, dance-oriented Kirtan, and invoking Queen Radha (Radharani), the bestower of devotion.’’
Various Artists (Craig Richards) – Fabric 58: The Nothing Special CD (Fabric)
Starting back in the mid 90s with Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood’s Two Lone Swordsmen guise the mix ebbs and flows in a timeless manner taking in rare cuts from Conscious Minds on his own Tyrant label, Housey Doingz from fellow fabric resident Terry Francis’s Wiggle imprint and an unknown cut from early Chicago legend Gemini, whose work is notoriously difficult to license.
Jimmy Vaughan – Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites CD (Shout Factory)
Blues-rock pioneer’s second helping of covers of the roots music that inspired him, with versions of songs by Ray Charles, Hank Williams Sr., Lloyd Price, Jimmy Reed, and others.
Weird Owl – Build Your Beast A Fire CD (Tee Pee)
Weird Owl is rooted in ‘60s psychedelia, but there’s also a strong surge of ‘70s rock pushing through much of their music.
World Under Blood – Tactical CD (Nuclear Blast)
Debut album from extreme metal veteran musicians singer Deron Miller (CKY), drummer Tim Yeung (Nile, All That Remains, Divine Heresy, Morbid Angel), bassist Risha Eryavac (ex-Decrepit Birth) and guitarist Luke Jaeger (Sleep Terror).
Wu-Tang – Legendary Weapons CD (eOne)
Legendary Weapons includes a heavy dose of Ghostface Killah (he is featured on eight of the album’s 11 songs) alongside The RZA and all of the other core Wu-Tang group members.
Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel LP (Aftermath)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. New from the hip-hop duo consisting of Royce da 5’9 and Eminem.
Dead Can Dance – Aion [Reissue/1990] LP (Vinyl 180)
HQ-180 vinyl reissue of DCD’s 1990 album.
Mellowhype – Blackenedwhite LP (Fat Possum)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Alternative hip-hop featuring Hodgy Beats and Left Brain from the collective Odd Future.
The Strokes – Taken For A Fool b/w Taken For A Fool (Live) 7” (RCA)
Live version from a recent Madison Square Garden performance features a surprise guest appearance by Elvis Costello.