• New Release Round-Up 09-18-20

    New Releases

    Neil Young - The Times - Warner Records
    The Times is a moving and topical solo acoustic performance, a unique collection of songs, filmed at home during lockdown as part of the raw and personal, Fireside Sessions series.

    Run The Jewels - RTJ4 - BMG Rights Management
    This eleven song, 40 minute powerhouse is their most ferocious and focused effort to date, and sports a lineup of all-star guests including Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, and Greg Nice. Recorded primarily at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La Studios and the iconic Electric Lady Studios in NYC, RTJ4 represents two years of intensive writing, recording, distilling, and amplifying the most potent elements of their music. The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group's unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun.

    Keith Urban - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1

    Keith Urban - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1Keith Urban - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1Keith Urban - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 - Capitol Nashville
    Keith Urban releases his brand new studio album THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1. The album includes his hit single “God Whispered Your Name” as well as the #2 smash hit “We Were”. Keith won the CMA Entertainer Of The Year in 2018 and he is currently the 2019 ACM Entertainer Of The Year. Keith will be hosting the ACM Awards on Wednesday-September 16th while will air on ABC-TV. “In October 2019 this album title came to me. I liked it because I felt like life was flying by so fast. But music (for me) has always been the place where it slows down and doesn’t even exist. I would never have imagined that, in 2020, this album title would take on a whole new meaning.” - Keith



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    Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman 2

    Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman 2Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman 2Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman 2 - A&M
    50 years after the original made him a global superstar Yusuf / Cat Stevens has rerecorded an entirely new version of his 1970 classic album Tea For The Tillerman. With many of the album’s songs sounding more relevant than ever today, Tea For The Tillerman 2 offers up striking and sensitive new renditions of stone-cold classics like “Father And Son,” “Wild World,” and “Where Do The Children Play?”  



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    Ziggy Marley - More Family Time

    Ziggy Marley - More Family TimeZiggy Marley - More Family TimeZiggy Marley - More Family Time - Tuff Gong Worldwide
    A follow up to 2009's GRAMMY Winning Family Time - Ziggy Marley has bottled the energy of his children and put it into music form! This is a very special piece and have a number of friends guesting on this album, including: Stephen Marley, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Angelique Kidjo, Alanis Morissette, Tom Morello, Lisa Loeb, Busta Rhymes and Jamie Lee Curtis (reading her new book Today I Feel Silly). A portion of proceeds will benefit Ziggy's 501(c)3 URGE - which supports the education, social development and overall well being of the Chepstow Primary School and the One Love Youth Camp, both in Jamaica.



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    Thelonious Monk - Palo Alto

    Thelonious Monk - Palo AltoThelonious Monk - Palo AltoThelonious Monk - Palo Alto - Impulse Records
    After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1968, racial tensions across the country rose. Palo Alto, a largely white college town in Cali, wasn't immune. Danny Scher, a junior at the high school, had a dream to have Thelonious Monk perform and help bring about racial unity the community while raising funds for the International Committee. After many twists and turns, the triumphantly successful concert eventually happened. Now available on CD; Softpak w/ booklet & foldable poster.

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    San Cisco - Between You And Me

    San Cisco - Between You And MeSan Cisco - Between You And MeSan Cisco - Between You And Me - Nettwerk Records
    Between You And Me is the fourth album by the indie trio San Cisco, from Fremantle in Western Australia, town of sun-baked sandstone and sea breezes. It's an album two years and at least one sadly remembered love affair in the making. Between You and Me finds the childhood friends' open-hearted/ good times chemistry distilled to it's essence. Nearly 10 years since those first EPs, ARIA nominations and early US and UK inroads, San Cisco have made their most painstaking album sound effortless.  

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    Joan Osborne - Trouble And Strife

    Joan Osborne - Trouble And StrifeJoan Osborne - Trouble And StrifeJoan Osborne - Trouble And Strife - Womanly Hips Records
    Acclaimed singer/songwriter Joan Osborne is back with Trouble And Strife (Womanly Hips Records), her first album of original material in six years. Osborne self-produced the new collection and penned all ten songs, with two co-writes. Trouble and Strife finds the gifted vocalist offering a strong yet uplifting response to some of the socio-political issues plaguing our nation over the last several years. Osborne beautifully balances the weight of her messages with solace and optimism.  Throughout her 25-year, multi-Grammy nominated career, Joan Osborne has never been an artist confined to one space. She has utilized her incredible voice through her own songs while also becoming one of her generation’s finest interpreters. Osborne has shared the stage with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder and Mavis Staples to Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams and she continues to seamlessly blend into any genre. On Trouble & Strife, her tenth studio album, the need for her voice and words has never been stronger.



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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Bright Light Bright Light - Fun City
    Alicia Keys - Alicia
    Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
    Anjimile - Giver Taker
    Gus Dapperton - Orca
    Butcher Brown - #KingButch
    Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets - Live At The Roundhouse
    Osees - Protean Threat
    Semisonic - You're Not Alone EP
    Cults - Host
    Matt Berry - Phantom Birds
    Ace Frehley - Origins, Vol. 2
    David Bowie - Young Americans [Brick & Mortar Exclusive 2016 Remaster Gold LP]
    Brad Mehldau - Suite: April 2020
    Nick Cordero - Live Your Life - Live At Feinstein's / 54 Below
    Ed Harcourt - Monochrome To Colour
    Jealous of the Birds - Peninsula
    Ava Max - Heaven & Hell
    Lauren Alaina - Getting Over Him EP
    Steam Down / Afronaut Zu / Yazmin Lacey - Blue Note Re:imagined - Etcetera / I'll Never Stop Loving You [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]


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    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Deftones - Ohms

    Deftones - OhmsDeftones - OhmsDeftones - Ohms - Warner Records
    Recorded at Henson Studios and Trainwreck Studios, Ohms is an other-worldly body of work meticulously crafted by the 5 piece band. It is a magnificent tour de force and their first album in 4 years since the critically acclaimed Gore LP in 2016. The band, which includes Chino Moreno, Frank Delgado, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, and Sergio Vega, has produced a dense LP with every member firing on all cylinders. The album also boasts a familiar collaborator in veteran producer and engineer Terry Date, who worked on 1995’s Adrenaline, 1997’s Around the Fur and 2000’s White Pony. All of the above assembles and sets the stage to deliver Ohms; 10 tracks of raw escapism and unparalleled grooves that have made Deftones' sound singular for over two decades.



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    The Buckleys - Daydream

    The Buckleys - DaydreamThe Buckleys - DaydreamThe Buckleys - Daydream - Petrol Records
    The Buckleys, a three-piece band featuring siblings Sarah, Lachlan, and Molly, embody a brand of “hippie country” representing the infectious personality and spirited conscience that the band maintains. The debut album, Daydreamfeatures the singles “Money,” “Leave Me Hanging On,” and the title track “Daydream” which scored a #1 single at Australian country radio, followed by “I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love),” which hit #3. Nominated for New Talent Of The Year Award at the 2020 Country Music Awards Australian.


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    SuperM - SuperM The 1st Album 'Super One'

    SuperM - SuperM The 1st Album 'Super One'SuperM - SuperM The 1st Album 'Super One'SuperM - SuperM The 1st Album 'Super One' - SM Entertainment Co
    The album features 15 tracks highlighting the group’s energetically hopeful vibe, conveying the members’ collective message that we’re all “Super” and we can overcome any hardship together as “One”. The album, which will be released on Sep 25, includes 1 booklet, 1 CD-R booklet, 1 ID card, 1 ID card holder, 1 postcard, 1 folded poster, and 2 photo cards. This is an official release from SM Entertainment and Capitol Records.



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    Diana Krall - This Dream Of You

    Diana Krall - This Dream Of YouDiana Krall - This Dream Of YouDiana Krall - This Dream Of You - Impulse Records
    Diana Krall's new self-produced album, This Dream Of You, was mixed by Al Schmitt, who worked closely with her to achieve the notable intimacy and immediacy. Performances from 2016-2017 sessions, on which she collaborated with late friend/longtime creative partner Tommy LiPuma. A record for right now but also feels like a movie you might share with someone you know will stay with it until the final reel. As she says, "If But Beautiful is the overture, then `Singing In The Rain' is the end title.



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    Paris - Safe Space Invader

    Paris - Safe Space InvaderParis - Safe Space InvaderParis - Safe Space Invader - Guerrilla Funk
    In this era of reckoning for American policing, increases of racism fostered by the most incompetent president in modern times, and a global pandemic that has affected all areas of life as we once knew it, voices of dissent in entertainment have become more relevant than ever. Enter Paris, arguably one of the most politically outspoken artists in hip-hop history, with his latest album, Safe Space Invader.  Entirely self-produced and released on his own Guerrilla Funk Recordings imprint, Safe Space Invader is a brutal commentary on Black life in 2020 America, touching on the topics of police brutality, racism, gentrification, economic inequality and cancel culture, among others.



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    Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition)

    Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition)Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition)Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition) - Earache Records
    One of the first bands to overtly combine death metal with atmospheric keyboards, Nocturnus' debut album introduced more technical and progressive elements into the traditional death metal formula without losing any of the brutality. The audio for this vinyl is taken from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range, allowing the music's nuances to shine through and giving the album a more immersive and dynamic sound than ever before.



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  • New Release Round-Up 09-11-20

    The Flaming Lips - American Head

    The Flaming Lips - American HeadThe Flaming Lips - American HeadThe Flaming Lips - American Head - Warner Records
    American Head is the best and most consistent studio album from The Flaming Lips since the release of their most successful brace of albums The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Similar to those albums, the 13 songs on American Head are classically structured and features the same sonic and production qualities. Kacey Musgraves (a fan who covers “Do You Realize” in her live set) is featured on “God And The Policeman”.



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    Marilyn Manson - WE ARE CHAOS - Loma Vista
    As chaos envelopes the world, Marilyn Manson penned the perfect prescription. The aptly titled WE ARE CHAOS was written/produced by Manson & Shooter Jennings. Rock & roll icon and painter, Manson continues to infiltrate fashion, film, and music, leaving his fingerprints on modern culture. "Making this record, I had to think to myself: Tame your crazy, stitch your suit, try to pretend that you are not an animal. But I knew that mankind is the worst of them all.

    Delta Spirit - What Is There

    Delta Spirit - What Is ThereDelta Spirit - What Is ThereDelta Spirit - What Is There - New West Records
    The whole story could’ve been written in the stars…  Astrology tells us a “Saturn Return” happens when the planet Saturn revolves back to the same position it held upon our birth. It typically takes almost thirty years. However, in the case of Delta Spirit, it took a little less than fifteen. The enduring California rock quintet—Matthew Logan Vasquez [vocals], Kelly Winrich [multi-instrumentalist, vocals], Will McLaren [guitar], Jon Jameson [bass], and Brandon Young [drums]—realign on their fifth full-length and first album since 2014, What Is There. As much as it reflects their journey thus far, it also ushers them into new territory as both musicians and, most importantly, friends. In the end, Delta Spirit not only return, but move forward together on What Is There.



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    Mastodon - Medium Rarities

    Mastodon - Medium RaritiesMastodon - Medium RaritiesMastodon - Medium Rarities - Warner Records
    Medium Rarities is the first rarities collection from Mastodon covering their entire career. The compilation features one brand new song – “Fallen Torches”. It also includes a bevy of classic covers, soundtrack contributions, instrumentals, B-sides, and live recordings on one complete package for the very first time. Among an eclectic array of covers, the musicians tackle “A Commotion” by Feist, “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” by The Flaming Lips, “Atlanta” by Butthole Surfers, and “Orion” by Metallica. It also features soundtrack cuts such as “White Walker”[from the Game of Thrones inspired mix tape] and the soundtrack song “Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife” [Aqua Teen Hunger Force]. Meanwhile, they get under the hood with instrumental versions of “Asleep in the Deep,” “Toe To Toes,” “Jaguar God,” and “Halloween.”   



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    Matt Costa - Yellow Coat

    Matt Costa - Yellow CoatMatt Costa - Yellow CoatMatt Costa - Yellow Coat - Dangerbird
    Produced by Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, At The Drive In), Yellow Coat is a masterpiece of heartbreak, equal parts lost Sixties AM hits, folk-pop beauty and dark night of the soul music. Taking inspiration from Van Gogh's Dear Theo along with John Steinbeck's A Life in Letters, and stamped with the honesty and intimacy of something not meant to be heard, yellow coat is the product of Matt Costa penning letters to himself about the end of a relationship that lasted almost a decade.  While Yellow Coat may have started as an album about heartbreak, its sense of sadness, continued hope and perseverance also feels completely universal right now. "My songs have always been something that transcends a feeling into something that is healing," Costa adds. "I hope listeners and fans find these songs as personal and honest as they are to me."



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    Elizabeth Cook - Aftermath

    Elizabeth Cook - AftermathElizabeth Cook - AftermathElizabeth Cook - Aftermath - Agent Love Music
    Elizabeth Cook is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter from Wildwood, FL- the New York Times lauds her "a sharp and surprising country singer". A veteran SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio DJ, Cook has hosted her own show, Apron Strings, for over 10 years. She's also a favorite of David Letterman, the host of an upcoming TV show on Circle Network called Upstream, and a frequent guest star on Adult Swim's long-running hit cartoon series "Squidbillies".



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    Chad Lawson - You Finally Knew

    Chad Lawson - You Finally KnewChad Lawson - You Finally KnewChad Lawson - You Finally Knew - Decca
    Steinway artist & composer, Chad Lawson's solo work has a relaxed, meditative feel that draws on both the sonorities of classical music and the freeform nature of jazz improv. You Finally Knew, his debut solo piano album for Decca US, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and features ten pieces he wrote to inspire listeners to take time every day to consciously be still for mental clarity and overall wellness of being.



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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Brothertiger - Paradise Lost
    PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
    PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love - Demos
    Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart [Picture Disc Vinyl Single]
    The Pineapple Thief - Versions Of The Truth
    Reba McEntire - Rumor Has It: 30th Anniversary Edition
    Everything Everything - Re-Animator
    Stray Cats - Rocked This Town: From LA To London
    Logic - No Pressure
    Skillet - Victorious: The Aftermath [Deluxe Edition]
    Suzanne Vega - An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories
    Artemis - Artemis
    Various Artists - Reggae Gold 2020


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  • New Release Round-Up 09-04-20

    All Them Witches - Nothing as the Ideal

    All Them Witches - Nothing as the IdealAll Them Witches - Nothing as the IdealAll Them Witches - Nothing as the Ideal - New West Records
    All Them Witches have built a career out of playing music that can not be pigeonholed into one specific genre. Nothing as the Ideal was recorded in Studio 2 at the world famous Abbey Road with the help of longtime mixing engineer Mikey Allred. The history and vibe of that setting laid the groundwork for what was to come. The band’s signature psychedelic blues riffs, relentless drums, melodic bass lines and non-linear lyrics are all present. The resulting album is a thought provoking head banger that is the band’s most cohesive album to date.



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    The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup: Remastered

    The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup: RemasteredThe Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup: RemasteredThe Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup: Remastered - Interscope Records
    Another prized jewel in The Rolling Stones' unmatched catalogue is restored to its full glory. This limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set features the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files + Rarities & Alternative mixes including three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage & Criss Cross. Mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London. Also included is The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973 and pressed on 180g vinyl.

    Also Available: Remastered Catalogue + Living In A Ghost Town


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    Josiah Johnson - Every Feeling On A Loop

    Josiah Johnson - Every Feeling On A LoopJosiah Johnson - Every Feeling On A LoopJosiah Johnson - Every Feeling On A Loop - Anti
    On the cusp of releasing his first-ever solo album, Every Feeling On A Loop (ANTI-Records), songwriter Josiah Johnson is aware he wasn’t supposed to be here. Just five years ago when he took a leave of absence from the acclaimed indie-folk band, The Head and the Heart, the question was less where Johnson’s star would take him and more whether his struggles with addiction would end his music career. But then, he wasn’t supposed to be there, either. Prior to co-founding the band, Johnson studied math and computer science in graduate school. But the magic of song led him to an open mic that changed his life. At Seattle’s Conor Byrne Pub, Johnson sparked collaborations with fellow musicians who would eventually form The Head and the Heart. The group’s rise was rapid. They built a loyal fanbase and zigzagged the globe, with sold-out shows at historic venues from The Fillmore to Red Rocks and festival appearances at Coachella and Lollapalooza. Their 2011 self-titled debut went on to receive RIAA Gold certification, followed by 2013’s Let’s Be Still, which landed on Billboard’s Top 10 Albums Chart. On Every Feeling on a Loop, lush musical arrangements and harmonies support Johnson’s baritone crooning. At times, the songs sound like prayers. At others, his exuberance feels like the euphoria he’d always sought, this time hard-earned and wiser. He says he feels like a new person making it, charting his journey out of the dark into the wide awake of the morning, using the magic that was his all along.



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    Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition)

    Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition)Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition)Nocturnus - The Key (Full Dynamic Range Edition) - Earache Records
    One of the first bands to overtly combine death metal with atmospheric keyboards, Nocturnus' debut album introduced more technical and progressive elements into the traditional death metal formula without losing any of the brutality. The audio for this vinyl is taken from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range, allowing the music's nuances to shine through and giving the album a more immersive and dynamic sound than ever before.



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    Zakk Sabbath - Vertigo

    Zakk Sabbath - VertigoZakk Sabbath - VertigoZakk Sabbath - Vertigo - Magnetic Eye
    Zakk Sabbath is the Black Sabbath tribute band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stone Age), who have been constantly gigging since 2014 with their take on the Birmingham four's early songs. Legendarily recorded in a single day in October 1969, Black Sabbath's self-titled debut was released on a Friday the 13th in 1970, and the world was never the same. "We recorded a live EP and were wondering what we could do next as a cover band, so the 50th album anniversary came just at the right time", explains Blasko regarding Zakk Sabbath's decision to go studio. "Compared to 'Paranoid', which is almost like a best-of record, the bulk of the material on 'Black Sabbath' is deep-cut, really experimental stuff that was never thoroughly explored, so that was a challenge, not to forget that we wanted to meet our own high standards." Describing the DIY process as "very productive," the three respectfully added their own flair to make for a slightly different flavor, also revisiting various live renditions and "extending a solo here or slowing things down because that's what they tended to do on stage." Titled "Vertigo", Zakk Sabbath's ode to the masters won't be available digitally, "to make the release feel authentic to the time when vinyl ruled the earth. It was such a cool time for those of us that grew up during that time. The fan experience with the physical product is irreplaceable with digital and streaming. We wanted to capture that authenticity." The songs were faithfully recorded in the spirit of the original - live in the studio and with a film crew documenting the process - culminating in a new celebration of the greatest heavy metal band of all time and the record that started it all. Gatefold LP incl. Padded inner sleeve and special vinyl mastering, ltd. Yellow Vinyl


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    San Cisco - Between You And Me

    San Cisco - Between You And MeSan Cisco - Between You And MeSan Cisco - Between You And Me - Nettwerk Records
    Between You And Me is the fourth album by the indie trio San Cisco, from Fremantle in Western Australia, town of sun-baked sandstone and sea breezes. It's an album two years and at least one sadly remembered love affair in the making. Between You and Me finds the childhood friends' open-hearted/ good times chemistry distilled to it's essence. Nearly 10 years since those first EPs, ARIA nominations and early US and UK inroads, San Cisco have made their most painstaking album sound effortless.  

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Various Artists - AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex [2LP]
    Declan McKenna - Zeros
    Grant-Lee Phillips - Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff
    Hardy - A Rock
    Aesop Rock - Float
    Various Artists - Two Tone - The Albums [8 CD Box Set]
    Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1974
    Sara Evans - Copy That
    Rex Orange County - Bcos U Will Never B Free
    Tennessee Jet - The Country
    Pop Smoke - Meet The Woo 2
    Stryper - Even The Devil Believes
    Lang Lang - Bach: Goldberg Variations
    Gouge Away - Consider / Wave Of Mutilation [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
    Throwing Muses - Sun Racket


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  • Record Store Day- Drop #2 Saturday September 26th

    Record Store Day- Drop #2 Saturday September 26th

    Record Store Day 2020

    Drop #2 – September 26th

    Doors Open @9am

    If you haven’t been in the loop, Record Store Day (RSD) has been moved from one big event to 3 smaller events in August, September, and October.  Through extensive conversations and deliberations, we think we’ve come up with a solution to hold an event that is socially-distanced, safe, and fair to all RSD fans. The reviews from our customers about the virtual line were so positive that we will employ the same system in Drop #2 & #3.

    The big statement we’d like to convey is that this ISN’T A NORMAL RECORD STORE DAY.  We cannot have huge crowds in the store, big lines, food and drink, or band performances.  These 3 RSD Drops will be all about the music and the titles released this year.  It’s a great list so take a look if you haven’t yet.  https://recordstoreday.com/PromotionalEvent/572  

    Guidelines/Rules for Record Store Day – Drop #2

     

    1. Golden Valley and Maple Grove will be the two Down In The Valley locations with RSD titles on September 26th. Our Crystal store will be supporting our stores by being the outlet for everything non-RSD like smoking accessories, gifts, clothing, etc. If you aren’t coming for RSD titles, we suggest visiting our Crystal location to avoid wait times.
    2. There will be a limit to the number of customers in the store at one time. Golden Valley-15 / Maple Grove-10 as per our covid-related policy. We will rotate customers into the store on a one-out/one-in per individual. (Sorry, we cannot accommodate groups or children under the age of 12 this year)
    3. The physical line—We discourage everyone from creating a line before 7am this year for the safety of all DITV customers. When you show up, please wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from your fellow RSD fans in line.  At around 8am, an employee will start placing you in a virtual line cue.  (In previous RSD’s, we usually see folks lining up at midnight the night before the event but we don’t want that this year)
    4. The Virtual Line— Once in the virtual line, our app will communicate with you via text message. You will be able to see your spot in line and the estimate wait time. This is no different than standing on the sidewalk as in year’s past except you can do that in your car, a nearby park, or wherever you choose.  Grab a coffee and visit a nearby park or read a book are a couple ideas.  You will be alerted 5 minutes before it is your time to come to the door. Also, while waiting, please look at the list and get your RSD picks organized to save time once inside.
    5. In The Store—Yes, you’ve arrived in the store! (with a mask on) This year we have increased the number of picks to: VIP Members- 8 titles / Non-VIP- 6 titles. We will not sell you multiple copies of the same RSD title.  Once inside, we ask you to limit your time in the store to 15 or 20 minutes and then check-out.  You can shop other items while in the store but we just ask that you do it expediently for the fairness of everyone that would like to shop that day. Remember that you were once one of the customers on the other side of the door.
    6. RSD Titles: We bought just as much RSD stock as last year and didn’t cut our orders at all. That means you can expect that our stores will have all the depth of titles you’ve procured in previous RSD years. Friday, we will post the titles that each Golden Valley and Maple Grove will be stocking as there are some small variations and we’d like to make it easier for you which store to choose to visit.  Keep in mind, Golden Valley will have more RSD stock but longer lines.  Maple Grove will have a smaller line but a smaller amount comparatively.  Either way we will still have hundreds of RSD records!  Also, many of you know that you can always find a lot of the highly-sought after RSD titles on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday following the event so if you don’t make it, don’t sweat it.

    We will use this first drop to determine any changes that we need to tweak before the next drop on September 26th.  We want everyone to have a great experience so please wear a mask, stay socially-distanced in lines/store, and be courteous to other customers.  We appreciate all our customers and will work our ass off to make this a great event (NON-EVENT) in this Covid-World of the new (Ab)normal.

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  • New Release Round-Up 08-28-20

    My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II

    My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall IIMy Morning Jacket - The Waterfall IIMy Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II - ATO Records
    The Waterfall II completes The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket’s acclaimed 2015 record. Originally intended to be a sprawling triple album, the band were advised to hold back and keep some of it on the shelf. Until now! Frontman Jim James says, "this is simply the second half of a long snapshot of life for me as a writer in the years leading up to 2014, and the life of us as a band as we lived and worked in the epic country in and around Stinson Beach, CA during these recording sessions."

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    PVRIS - Use Me

    PVRIS - Use MePVRIS - Use MePVRIS - Use Me - Warner Records
    “I allowed myself to support a narrative I thought I had to support of PVRIS being a band,” Lynn confesses. “I didn’t really have a role model for this. Coming from a ‘band culture,’ it’s about how the group is always greater than the sum of its parts, and you’re not supposed to take credit, even if you do everything. There’s no template or role model for really owning it as a woman. I wanted to make everyone else happy and uphold an image I thought we had to. Growing up, I learned I don’t have to do that anymore. I’m finally allowing myself to take credit. I’ve got the full support and encouragement of my bandmates. PVRIS is a unit and very much a team, but the heart and soul of the vision and music always has sourced from me. I’m just saying it now. I fulfilled my own vision of what a role model should be.” Writing and recording all of 2019, she found the perfect collaborator to bring this to life in JT Daly [K. Flay]. With Lynn writing, cooking up beats, playing guitar, drums, and bass, and singing, he amplified and augmented her vision and versatility in the studio. PVRIS set the foundation for the new era with recent EP, Hallucinations, spawning lead single and title track “Hallucinations,” which clocked 10 million total streams in a few months’ time, as well as fan favorites, “Old Wounds” and “Death of Me.”


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    Ondara - Folk N’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation

    Ondara - Folk N’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of IsolationOndara - Folk N’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of IsolationOndara - Folk N’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation - Verve Forecast
    Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ondara, reveals Folk N’ Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation, a new collection of songs written in direct response to the current global pandemic. The album was composed and produced by Ondara while in lockdown in Minneapolis over the course of a week and came out of Ondara’s deep need to create as a form of therapy during this incredibly uncertain time. FNRV1: Tales of Isolation is the follow up to Ondara’s critically acclaimed 2019 debut Tales of America.

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    Colter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punch Songs

    Colter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punch SongsColter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punch SongsColter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punch Songs - La Honda Records
    From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada and recently seen on Austin City Limits, Colter Wall  sings songs of the great West. Heralded by icon Steve Earle and touted as a favorite of celebrity Jason Mamoa, the music of Colter Wall has graced the silver screen many times, in films such as Peanut Butter Falcon, Hell or High Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO and Deadwood. Characterized by his distinct, gritty baritone, Colter Wall’s career has been marked with critical praise from his breakout EP, Imaginary Appalachia to his debut and sophomore records produced by Dave Cobb. Whether headlining music festivals in Norway, or playing legendary stages like Newport Folk Festival, Colter Wall continues to garner attention from the world. On his third full-length release, fans will hear Colter Wall in the producer’s chair.



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    From Ashes to New - Panic

    From Ashes to New - PanicFrom Ashes to New - PanicFrom Ashes to New - Panic - Better Noise Music
    The third studio album from From Ashes to New. The title track, "Panic," gained over 1.5 million streams and over 1 million video views in a little over a month. The band has also had 3 Top 10 Active Rock Singles and over 225 million streams to date. If there is a central theme on Panic, it's that in order to rise above any obstacles you have to trust in yourself. "Even though you feel voiceless, you're not, but we understand if you feel that way because we feel that way too," frontman Matt Brandyberry explains. As fans have come to expect since the band formed seven years ago, this empowering message is delivered via the band's unique blend of metal, hip-hop, rock and electronica.



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    Toni Braxton - Spell My Name

    Toni Braxton - Spell My NameToni Braxton - Spell My NameToni Braxton - Spell My Name - Island
    Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning megastar Toni Braxton releases her latest album, Spell My Name, via Island Records this week. Includes hit single, Do Itas well as a new version with Missy Elliot, and fan-favorite Dance”. Braxton has sold over 67 million records throughout her career over the past three decades.  

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    Gregory Porter - All Rise

    Gregory Porter - All RiseGregory Porter - All RiseGregory Porter - All Rise - Blue Note Records
    Gregory Porter, the world’s best-selling contemporary Jazz/Soul artist with over 3 million worldwide album sales returns with All Rise, his sixth studio album. The album marks a return to Porter’s beloved original songwriting – heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues and gospel. Produce by Troy Miller (Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Emili Sande), the set also represents the evolution of Porter’s art to something even more emphatic, emotive, intimate, and universal too. After 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, Porter knew two things: one, he’d bring in an orchestra for his next LP, and two, the music is medicine. In the spirit of that latter revelation, ALL RISE brims with songs about irrepressible love, plus a little protest, because the road to healing is bumpy.  Since his world-beating 2013 Blue Note debut, ‘Liquid Spirit’, which won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Gregory hasn't let down his legion of fans, whether collaborating with Disclosure on ‘Holding On’, releasing his dance hit ‘Liquid Spirit – Claptone Remix’ which became one of the most popular tracks in Ibiza, scoring another Grammy for ‘Take Me to the Alley’ (2016), or telling his life story through Cole's songbook. Porter is still surprised by his runaway success, but he has a theory: "I was soothed by my voice as a child and I think that's the same thing others get from it. I'm trying to heal myself with these songs."  Not only has Gregory made chart history by bringing jazz back to the masses, graced the iconic Pyramid Stage and the world’s most prestigious gig venues, performed for the Queen, appeared on the biggest TV shows as well as presented his own series (‘Gregory Porter’s Popular Voices’ on BBC Four), 2019 saw the singer launch and host his own podcast, ‘The Hang’, featuring such distinguished guests as Annie Lennox and Jeff Goldblum.

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    Rick Wakeman - The Red Planet

    Rick Wakeman - The Red PlanetRick Wakeman - The Red PlanetRick Wakeman - The Red Planet - Madfish Records
    Rick Wakeman, best known as keyboard player in progressive rock band Yes, releases The Red Planet - a serious return to "Wakeman Prog". Harking back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed 1973 debut The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Red Planet features eight newly composed pieces based around a central subject matter. Rick's blown the dust off his favorite analog keyboards and along with his latest keys has used the same formula he devised when making his debut album and the equally legendary Criminal Record. Upon being asked about the expectations of his prog fans, that they are hoping he will have shoved the "Prog Fader" up to 11, he replied, "That could be a problem... as it's already at 14!!!"



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    Bettye LaVette - Blackbirds

    Bettye LaVette - BlackbirdsBettye LaVette - BlackbirdsBettye LaVette - Blackbirds - Verve
    Blackbirds features songs primarily popularized by women who were the “bridge she came across on.” The album finds Bettye LaVette in top form with powerful renditions of songs that touched her personally. From Dinah Washington’s “Drinking Again,” Nina Simone’s “I Hold No Grudge” and more, they are all delivered in LaVette’s rich & raspy tone. Blackbirds honors LaVette’s heritage as an R&B singer and the women who came before her. LaVette A&R’d and sequenced the record herself – her first true curation.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Katy Perry - Smile
    Metallica - S&M2
    Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess
    The Avett Brothers - The Third Gleam
    Elliott Smith - Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
    Dan Penn - Living On Mercy
    Various Artists - AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2LP]
    Mac DeMarco - Here Comes The Cowboy Demos
    Phish - The Story Of The Ghost
    The Pack A.D. - It Was Fun While It Lasted
    Seether - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
    Needtobreathe - Out Of Body
    Ruston Kelly - Shape & Destroy
    Molly Tuttle - …but i'd rather be with you
    Disclosure - ENERGY
    The Weeknd - After Hours
    Dashboard Confessional - Swiss Army Romance
    Jason Mraz - Look For The Good
    Ledisi - The Wild Card
    TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY [Starboard Version]
    Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song

    & More .....


    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

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  • Rick Wakeman - Indie Retail

    Rick Wakeman - Indie Retail

    On August 28th, Rick Wakeman returns with his new album The Red Planet and he has a very special message about supporting Indie Record Stores.  Pre-Order your copy now on 2LP or CD 


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  • Soul Asylum-Let Your Dim Light Shine *Down In The Valley Exclusive Seafoam Green Vinyl

    Soul Asylum-Let Your Dim Light Shine *Down In The Valley Exclusive Seafoam Green Vinyl

    Soul Asylum-Let Your Dim Light Shine LP Reissue

    Down In The Valley Exclusive (Seafoam Green) *Limited to 300 copies
    Release Date: 07/31/20

    CLICK TO PRE-ORDER------

    Pre-Order now to reserve your copy for the long-awaited reissue from Soul Asylum's 1995 classic. This seafoam green pressing is only available at Down In The Valley locations or downinthevalley.com. Thanks to Dave and Ryan for playing one of our favorites, "Misery"

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  • Current Hours - All Locations

    NEW HOURS- Starting June 15th

    GOLDEN VALLEY

    Monday Thru Friday 10am - 9pm

    Saturday 10am - 8pm

    Sunday 11 - 6pm

    CRYSTAL

    Monday Thru Friday 10am - 7pm

    Saturday 10am - 7pm

    Sunday - Closed

    MAPLE GROVE

    Monday Thru Friday 10am - 8pm

    Saturday 10am - 8pm

    Sunday - 11am - 6pm

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  • My Morning Jacket - Indie Retail

    My Morning Jacket - Indie Retail

    My Morning Jacket’s new album (and first in 5 years), The Waterfall II, arrives August 28th and Jim James has a great message about how you can find your copy right here at an Indie Record Store.

    Pre-Order your copy now on Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Merlot Wave LPLimited Edition Deluxe Orange/Green Splash LPClear LP or CD 


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  • All Locations Are Open For Business! (Modified Hours)

    All Locations Are Open For Business! (Modified Hours)

    We have the doors open for shopping at all of our locations. Curbside will continue and will be an ongoing service we will provide for those who are still not comfortable to shop in the store. Of course you can still use our website with curbside pickup or shipping as well.

    Shopping with us:
    -Take a squirt of hand sanitizer
    -Masks will be required (free masks provided if you don't have one)
    -Keep 6 feet distance when possible. (not always possible, which is why the masks are required.
    -We will now be accepting cash again at designated registers
    -Limit of 15 customers in the store at a time (GV Location)
    -Limit of 10 customers in the store at a time (CR/MG Locations)

    We've implemented our guidelines based on the safety of our employees and customers. These guidelines were put together with input from all the Down In The Valley employees who are currently working. These are the standards that our employees feel comfortable with right now and without them, we can't open the doors.

    Modified Hours: Update June 1st

    Golden Valley, Crystal, Maple Grove

     

    MONDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-7PM
    SATURDAY 10AM-4PM
    SUNDAY - CLOSED

    *We will evaluate the next week to adjust hours as necessary. Thanks for your continued Support!

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  • We will be closed Tuesday June 2nd for Black Out Tuesday

    We will be closed Tuesday June 2nd for Black Out Tuesday

    We are closing all three of our store locations today, Tuesday, June 2nd in solidarity with the music industry for Black Out Tuesday. We are donating proceeds from our sales from Wednesday, June 3rd to Saturday, June 6th to the following organizations that we support and feel make differences in people's lives and our communities: 

    NAACP MPLS

    Northside Funders Group

    Black Visions Collective

    George Floyd Memorial Fund

    Drastic changes to our system need to be made. Take care of each other and your community.
    #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused #justiceforgeorgefloyd

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  • Have You Seen Godzilla on our roof?

    In these crazy times, just about anything is believable. Have you seen this mystical creature before? We haven’t seen him in many, many years but just as we re-opened our doors, Godzilla suddenly reappeared on our rooftop again after many years of being dormant. Godzilla is back! The last sightings were back in the 1980's and 1990's to alert our customers of big sales events happening in the store. Many years later, he suddenly reappeared towering into the skyline, watching over our store, customers, and employees. He said he is here to protect you.  We believe him.

     

    He also wants you all to know that he is here to protect us during our new hours this week.

     

    3 Ways to Shop DITV: In-Store, Curbside, Online

     

    Golden Valley & Maple Grove Locations

    Monday-Friday - 10am-7pm

    Saturday - 10am-4pm

    Sunday – Closed

    (*Crystal location reopening soon)

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