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New Release Round-Up 12-15-14

New Release Round-Up 12-15-14

D’Angelo surprises us all with the release of his first album in nearly 15 years, Black Messiah. The follow-up to 2000′s Voodoo marks the long-awaited return of R&B’s prodigal son.

Dark Side Of The Mule presents Gov't Mule's 2008 Mule-O-Ween show in which they performed a bevy of Pink Floyd covers including "Fearless," "Money," "Have A Cigar" and "Wish You Were Here." The album is available as a standard 1 CD and a Deluxe Version which includes a DVD of the performance.

Nicki Minaj's third full-length studio release is a more personal and more timeless album and some of the most superlative work of her career.  The Pinkprint features guest appearances from Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Drake, Ariana Grande, Skylar Grey, Jeremih, Lil Wayne, Lunchmoney Lewis, and Meek Mill.

Following the release of her Top 10 hit, ‘Boom Clap’ - which has now sold over 1 Million copies in the US- and recent win at this year’s Teen Choice Awards (‘Best R&B/Hip-Hop Song’ for “Fancy”), Charli XCX releases her highly-anticipated sophomore album Sucker.  

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood delivers his soundtrack to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Inherent Vice. In addition to nine compositions by Jonny Greenwood, the soundtrack features "Spooks," an unreleased Radiohead tune performed by members of Supergrass, as well as other recordings from the movie's era.

Plus there are other great, new releases including Neil Young who releases the vinyl version of his recent album Storytone.  5 Seconds of Summer capture their recent tour on Livesos. The recent NBC spectacle Peter Pan LIVE! is released on CD and a DVD. The soundtrack to Angelina Jolie's WWII epic Unbroken is released and features the track Miracles which was written and recorded by Coldplay especially for the soundtrack. YG returns with his latest effort  Blame it on the Streets. And Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds start their first round of vinyl reissues. Round 1 features the first 4 albums: From Her To EternityThe Firstborn Is DeadKicking Against The Pricks, & Your Funeral...My Trial.  Each is presented on 180 Gram Vinyl and include a free download card.

Plus, My Chemical RomanceStarbombYoung BuffaloTrip ShakespeareNecroNative AmericaSaves The DayTake ThatKillswitch EngageOne DirectionMisfits And The Kinks


Fall Out Boy release their limited edition Picture Disc single Immortals which is taken from the recent Disney hit Big Hero 6.  Ryan Adams continues his run of 7 Inch singles from his Paxam Singles series.  This week it is the turn of Do You Laugh When You Lie? which also features 'By The Way' and 'I'm In Love With You' as B Sides. And Bob Geldof organized an all-star cast for the 1985 recording of "Do You Know It's Christmas?" to raise funds for famine-relief efforts in Ethiopia. On the 30th anniversary of the release, the musician/philanthropist reworked the song to support West African nations in their fight against the Ebola virus. The 2014 version features cover artwork by Tracey Emin and a stunning line-up of pop superstars, including Bono, Chris Martin, One Direction, Bastille, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande Ellie Goulding and more. All proceeds from the sales go to The Band Aid Charitable Trust.

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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New Release Round-Up 12-09-14

New Release Round-Up 12-09-14

Monuments To An Elegy, the ninth studio album from the lauded American alternative rockers, Smashing Pumpkins, is the follow-up to 2012's Oceania and is the penultimate part of their meta-album project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Featuring drumming by Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, it sees band mastermind Billy Corgan in full swing, producing another epic set of his trademark grandiose, melodic, emotional rock. The singles "Being Beige" and "One and All" are included.

Ex Cops return with Daggers, the duo's brilliantly catchy follow-up to their 2012 debut album. Out via Downtown Records, the 11-track effort trades in distorted twee anthems that take a turn towards synth-streaked dance-funk.

Shaken-Up Versions is a mini album of classic The Knife tracks reworked especially for the band’s recent North American leg of their Shaking The Habitual Tour. All 8 tracks were performed live in Stockholm and Berlin between 2013 and 2014.

Cracker release their tenth studio album, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield.

Plus there are other great, new releases including K. Michelle’s sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?, which depicts her evolution as a vocalist and artist. This album shows her artistic growth and diversity. Carrie Underwood releases Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Following last year's fantastic Born Sinner, J.Cole returns with 2014 Forest Hills DriveSilent So Long is the sophomore album from the heavy rock band Emigrate led by Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe! Guests on the album include Lemmy from Motorhead, Jonathan Davis from Korn, Peaches, Marilyn Manson and more. Sharp On All 4 Corners represents E-4023rd and 24th albums to be released. Like clockwork, you can depend on E-40 to deliver new material with regularity and most importantly with a now expected flair for being engaging, current, full of features and of the utmost quality.  And 7IN – 83-88 is a new boxed collection of eleven R.E.M. vinyl seven-inch singles to be released worldwide December 9 by Capitol/I.R.S. The singles feature replicated original picture sleeve art and labels, including two U.K. releases making their U.S. vinyl seven-inch debuts: “Finest Worksong” / “Time After Time” (live) and the double-pack single for “Wendell Gee” with “Crazy,” “Ages of You,” and “Burning Down.”

Plus, NOFXThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [Soundtrack]Beck, Red FangGhostface KillahYesJohnny GillThe BannerBitch WitchExecrationMatt PryorPrhyme and The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition LP Collection [Box Set]


Bonobo releases his new vinyl EP Flashlight which contains the title track along with Pelican and Return To Air.

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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Grammy Winners 2014

Grammy Winners 2014

Another year, another Grammy ceremony.  With 83 awards in total, 2014 was the biggest year in the ceremony's 56 year history.  Daft Punk and Lorde were among the biggest winners, winning five and two awards respectively.  

The French duo were also amongst the performers as they alongside Pharrell Williams performed their huge track Get Lucky.  Other performers included Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Beyonce, Metallica, Queens Of The Stoneage with Nine Inch Nails and Paul McCartney teamed up with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear for a rendition of 'Cut Some Slack' from last year's Grohl-fuelled 'Real To Reel: Sound City' Album/Documentary.

Here is a rundown of some of the winners for 2014.

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Record Of The Year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album Of The Year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Lorde - Pure Heroine
Song Of The year: Royals - Lorde

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde - Royals

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers - Get Lucky

Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive

Black Sabbath - 13
Best Metal Performance: Black Sabbath: God Is Dead?

Best Rock Song: Cut Me Some Slack - Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear

Best Rock Album: Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin

Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City - Vampire Weekend


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On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

In 1994, The Beatles' Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K. and number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. Now comes a new companion to The Beatles' first BBC collection, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2  On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles' first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts. 

Also newly remastered for reissue, The Beatles' first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever. This collection of the group's BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s. 


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Music Releases 12-23-14

Daft Punk - Alive 1997 + Alive 2007 [Vinyl Box Set] Daft Punk - Alive 1997 + Alive 2007 [Vinyl Box Set]
This Limited Edition DELUXE Box will contain Alive 1997 (1LP) + Alive 2007 (Double LP) + lots of great bonus content , more details below:
Elbow - World Cafe Live EP [Vinyl] Elbow - World Cafe Live EP [Vinyl]
The latest offering from the internationally renowned and top-selling British Alternative Rock band elbow is this very special 5-song EP recorded at WXPN's NON-COMMvention at World Café Live in Philadelphia, May 2014. This is an absolute 'MUST' for all elbow fans and a great companion piece to the successful and critically acclaimed 'The Take Off and Landing of Everything' which was released this past March.
H.I.M. - Lashes To Ashes Lust To Dust: Vinyl Retrospective H.I.M. - Lashes To Ashes Lust To Dust: Vinyl Retrospective
Features a collection of the four essential early HIM studio albums encompassing the group's trailblazing early catalog, on heavy weight 180gram virgin vinyl, as well as the band's debut 1996 EP '666 Ways To Love: Prologue' on 180gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever. Includes an exclusive Heartagram Logo slipmat, and a USB drive with 37 bonus tracks, 80 tracks all together, all Re-Mastered.
The Czars - Best Of The Czars - Best Of
Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes [Vinyl] Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes [Vinyl]
The first instrument you notice upon listening to Something About Airplanes is the cello on "Bend to Squares." It fades out, soon enough replaced by the familiar electric guitar, but it sets this album's offbeat mood. Experimentation and pop hooks strike a perfect balance on this debut from the Bellingham, Washington-based Death Cab for Cutie.
Death Cab For Cutie - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes [Vinyl] Death Cab For Cutie - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes [Vinyl]
On their debut album, 1999's Something About Airplanes, Death Cab for Cutie proved there's a reason why Northwest music critics continue to sing their praises. The foursome combined the emo sounds of Modest Mouse and 764-Hero with an inventive, and often sly, sentimentality. It worked wonders, but still sounded a little too lo-fi. Luckily, on We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes the group has figured out all the production nuances that flawed that auspicious debut.
Death Cab For Cutie - The Photo Album [Vinyl] Death Cab For Cutie - The Photo Album [Vinyl]
Death Cab for Cutie turn difficult personal issues into literary rock songs while straddling the narrow line between blissful pop and driving indie rock. The Northwest act's songs soar high like Built to Spill's or Beulah's, and almost every track on The Photo Album is as musically bouncy and upbeat as the best of those bands.
Billy Idol - Kings & Queens of the Underground [Vinyl] Billy Idol - Kings & Queens of the Underground [Vinyl]
Cliff Martinez - The Knick [Vinyl Soundtrack] Cliff Martinez - The Knick [Vinyl Soundtrack]
The Knick is the new exciting TV series by writer/director Steven Soderbergh (HBO's Behind the Candelabra, Side Effects...). Cinemax is to premiere The Knick on August 8. Starring Clive Owen and set in New York 1900, the show centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The soundtrack features a fantastic score by acclaimed composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Springbreakers, Only God Forgives, Solaris).
Daft Punk - Alive 1997 [Limited Edition Vinyl] Daft Punk - Alive 1997 [Limited Edition Vinyl]
LIVE RECORDING FROM BIRMINGHAM 97 This will be deleted on day of release , so be quick.
Daft Punk - Alive 2007 [Limited Edition Vinyl] Daft Punk - Alive 2007 [Limited Edition Vinyl]
Daft Punk will release their 'Alive 2007' live album on vinyl for the first time. The album, originally released in the UK in 2008, was recorded at Bercy in Paris in June 2007. It is the second album recorded live by the duo, following Alive 1997.
Clarence Clarity - Who Am Eye [Vinyl EP] Clarence Clarity - Who Am Eye [Vinyl EP]
Hanni El Khatib - The Teeth - Single Hanni El Khatib - The Teeth - Single
Funkadelic - First You Gotta Shake the Gate Funkadelic - First You Gotta Shake the Gate
33 Songs for the 33 years since the last official FUNKADELIC release! This album has something for every type of Funkateer; a little old school, a bit of new school, R&B, classic Funk, Hip-Hop, and even some Hard Rock. Featuring the talents of George Clinton, Sly Stone, Blackbyrd McKnight, Lili Hadyn, Danny Bedrosian, Soul Clap and many more!
Madvillain - Madvillainy - 10 Year Anniversary [Vinyl] Madvillain - Madvillainy - 10 Year Anniversary [Vinyl]
Marianne Faithfull - Give My Love To London [Vinyl] Marianne Faithfull - Give My Love To London [Vinyl]
Legendary British singer Marianne Faithfull will celebrate her storied career's 50th anniversary later this fall with the release of Give My Love to London. Produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, it features an impressive roll call of studio collaborators including Adrian Utley (Portishead), Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds). Songwriting contributors and co-conspirators - with Faithfull penning the majority of the lyrics - include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi.
Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken [Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set w/CD/DVD/Blu-Ray] Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken [Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set w/CD/DVD/Blu-Ray]
With Raise The Dead Live From Wacken the label is also starting a new live series of legendary Wacken performances. When Alice learned about the purpose behind it, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation. The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music.
Prince Of Darkness [Movie] - Prince Of Darkness [Vinyl Soundtrack] Prince Of Darkness [Movie] - Prince Of Darkness [Vinyl Soundtrack]
David Guetta - Listen [Import Vinyl] David Guetta - Listen [Import Vinyl]
UK Import
Thelonious Monk - Criss-Cross [Vinyl] Thelonious Monk - Criss-Cross [Vinyl]
Criss-Cross, Thelonious Monk’s second album for Columbia, features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his ‘60s trio and quartet. Monk and Charlie Rouse (tenor), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums) exchange powerful musical ideas, as well as provide potent solos throughout. This is prime Monk for any degree of listener. It's never sounded better than on this 180g pressing, which was mastered from original tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl. Limited to 2,000 units worldwide, each copy is individually numbered with a gold-foil stamp.
Supertramp - Crime Of The Century [40th Anniversary Remastered Vinyl] Supertramp - Crime Of The Century [40th Anniversary Remastered Vinyl]
36 Crazyfists - Also Am I - Single 36 Crazyfists - Also Am I - Single
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Movie Releases 12-23-14

The Trip [Movie] - The Trip To Italy The Trip [Movie] - The Trip To Italy
Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised film The Trip took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon or semifictionalized versions thereof on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Once again Coogan and Brydon enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of Jagged Little Pill, and, of course, the virtue of sequels. Equally hilarious and insightful, THE TRIP TO ITALY effortlessly melds the crackling chemistry between Coogan and Brydon to create a brilliantly comic rumination on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career.
The Good Lie [Movie] - The Good Lie The Good Lie [Movie] - The Good Lie
Fifteen years after being orphaned by the civil war in Sudan, 3600 displaced refugees known as "The Lost Boys" get a shot at a new life thanks to a massive humanitarian effort that aims to bring them to America. Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) stars in this inspirational drama from Oscar-nominated director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar).
Pride [Movie] - Pride Pride [Movie] - Pride
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all...
Continuum [TV Series] - Continuum: Season Three Continuum [TV Series] - Continuum: Season Three
In Season 3 of Continuum, Kiera (Rachel Nichols) faces the immediate consequences of Alec's (Erik Knudsen) betrayal at the end of Season 2 when he disappeared in a flash of light with the time travel device Kiera hoped might send her home. Alec's impulsive decision sets in motion a chain of events which pushes Kiera into a shocking alliance with a former enemy. Kiera must also contend with a newly strategic Liver8, and a growing darkness in her police partner, Carlos (Victor Webster). Ultimately, all roads lead to young Alec, whose genius has never been more tested. And his choices force Kiera - and everyone to examine all they hold dear.
WWE - WWE: Survivor Series 2014 WWE - WWE: Survivor Series 2014
The 2014 edition of the annual WWE event known as The Survivor Series is toplined by an elimination tag team match between one squad led by John Cena, who brings his men against the conglomerate known as The Authority. The undercard includes a AJ Lee defending her Diva Championship belt against Nikki Bella and many other matches.
Dominion [TV Series] - Dominion: Season One Dominion [TV Series] - Dominion: Season One
Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the near future. Specifically, 25 years after "The Extinction War," when an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, waged war against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, chose to side with humanity. Rising out of the ashes of this long battle are newly fortified cities which protect human survivors. At the center of the series is the city of Vega, a glistening empire that has formed from the ruins of what was once Las Vegas.