Music Releases for Friday 5/29
Chromatica [Milky Clear LP]
Circles [Clear 2LP]
Thank You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 7in Single]
The White Buffalo
On The Widow's Walk [LP]
The Magnetic Fields
Quickies [7in Box Set]
Christian Lee Hutson
Movie Releases for Tuesday 6/2
London to Vegas [Limited Edition Deluxe 2 Blu-ray 4 CD]
Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series [TV Series]
Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series
Star Trek: Short Treks
Music Releases for Friday 6/5
Each time they take the stage, Madrid-bred rock band Hinds create a kind of wild magic, a feel-good free-for-all often complete with synchronized dancing and giddy crowd-surfing from the members themselves. While the band s first two albums channeled the euphoric energy of their live show in their gorgeously punchy take on garage-rock, their latest full-length adds entirely new texture to their sound. Produced by Jenn Decilveo (The Wombats, Ben Platt and Anne-Marie), The Prettiest Curse finds the band letting their imaginations run more freely than ever, even as they share some of their most emotionally heavy material to date. The Prettiest Curse takes its title from the sometimes-daunting experience of giving your soul to rock-and-roll. In the making of The Prettiest Curse, Hinds devised a brilliantly unpredictable vocabulary for communicating their most painful feelings. Unfolding in frenetic guitar riffs and buzzing basslines, powerful drumming and delicate piano work, the album endlessly delivers massively catchy melodies and vocals that growl and sigh with equal ferocity. The effect of all that unrestrained expression is fantastically dizzying, made even more so by Hinds constant back-and-forth between their native tongue and English.
After years spent looking out at landscapes and loved ones and an increasingly unstable world, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have turned their gaze inward, to their individual pasts and the places that inform them, on their second full-length, Sideways to New Italy. Led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Tom Russo, Joe White and Fran Keaney, the guitar-pop five-piece returned home to Australia after the relentless touring schedule that came following their critically regarded 2018 debut Hope Downs. Feeling the literal and metaphorical ground under their feet had shifted, the band began grasping for something reliable. For Keaney, that translated into writing "pure romantic fiction" and consciously avoiding the temptation of angsty break-up songs, while Russo looked north to a "bizarre place" that captured the feeling of manufacturing a sense of home when his own had disappeared. The New Italy of the new album’s title is a village near New South Wales’ Northern Rivers – the area drummer Marcel Tussie is from. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it pit-stop of a place with fewer than 200 residents, it was founded by Venetian immigrants in the late-1800s and now serves as something of a living monument to Italians' contribution to Australia, with replica Roman statues dotted like alien souvenirs on the otherwise rural landscape. The parallels to the way the band attempted to maintain connections and create familiarity during their disorienting time on the road was apparent to Russo. "These are the expressions of people trying to find a home somewhere alien: trying to create a utopia in a turbulent and imperfect world." The record's geographic identity emerged from the band losing their grip on their own, whether that was through the pressure of touring, the dissolution of relationships, a frustrating distance from their daily lives – or some combination of all three – that came from being slingshotted all over the world, playing sold-out headline tours and festivals including Coachella, Governors Ball, Primavera Sound, All Points East, and Pitchfork Music Festival. The notion of crafting, in Russo’s words, “a utopia of where your heart’s from,” permeates Sideways to New Italy, in which early attempts at writing big, high-concept songs about The State of the World were abandoned in favor of love songs, and familiar voices and characters filter in and out, grounding the band's stories in their personal histories. There’s something comforting, too, in knowing the next time they’re buffeted from stage to stage around the world, they’ll be taking the voices of their loved ones with them, building a new totem of home no matter where they end up.
Mt. Joy’s star rose quickly from a bedroom project to a well-oiled machine dubbed “your new folk-rock heroes” by Rolling Stone upon the 2018 release of their self-titled debut record. That same year and beyond, millions of streams piled up month after month, and sold-out crowds sang along to every song and grew in number with every tour and festival stop they made. 2020 holds no fewer big moments on the road for the band, who are starting out the year touring arenas with The Lumineers, and following it up with a substantial headlining run of their own, including stops at Lollapalooza, Hangout Festival, and Bonnaroo, and two nights at Red Rocks. Their highly anticipated sophomore album Rearrange Us is sonically rich and expansive; producer Tucker Martine’s Portland studio and creative input widens the capabilities of Mt. Joy’s already bright sound, and allows the growing sophistication of the songwriting and the arrangements to really shine. The self-reflective record shows the band knows where they came from and what they’re up against, and that together they have the strength to carry on.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. The Ghost Inside is a Los Angeles-based hardcore band. They began as a group of friends in El Segundo, CA united by their shared passion for bands in the hardcore scene. The group stands for authenticity, dedication, perseverance and the most literal adherence to the core values behind their craft. Sonically, the group places equal emphasis on deeply personal vocals, urgent riffing and pile-driving breakdowns within the framework of their heavily melodic modern hardcore.
Junta (pronounced Joon-tah - the "oo's" sound like "book") is Phish's first official studio album now slated for re-release on audiophile vinyl. Junta was recorded at Euphoria Sound Studios in Revere Massachusetts in 1987 and 1988 on 16-track 2" tape and was mixed to 1/4" stereo reels. In addition to writing and performing all the music, the band produced the album themselves - gathering around Enginner Gordon Hookailo's console to do group fades since the studio lacked mix automation. It was a ground-breaking effort in terms of musical ambition and every song on the album is still performed by the band live. Junta was originally self-released on cassette tape in May 1989 with packaging created by the band. The album was re-mastered and re-released as a double CD (and cassette) in October 1992 on Elektra with art by Jim Pollock. The release was certified Gold but, until now, has never been heard on vinyl. The vinyl release was created from the original stereo master reels with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Double vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2020 release. Damon Gough (AKA Badly Drawn Boy) brings us Banana Skin Shoes, an album of fourteen tracks, including previously released track 'Is This A Dream?' Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Gough's ninth album is a truly personal and heartfelt collection of songs. A huge statement of intent and the most glorious, colorful warming, honest pop record you'll hear this year.
Vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered and expanded edition, released in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Frank Sinatra's Nice 'n' Easy. Features the original 12 tracks like "The Nearness of You", as well as full sessions of "I've Got A Crush on You" and "Nice 'n' Easy" that include previously unreleased alternate takes and reveals Sinatra studio chatter.
Movie Releases for Tuesday 6/9
In this subversive satire, a group of elites gather for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites' master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, Glow), knows The Hunters' game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
What does a "traditional" clan in modern-day America look like? WASP couple Phil and Claire Dunphy (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen), with three children? Gay adoptive parents Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet)? Or, is today's nuclear family best represented by the older, white, and rich Jay (Ed O'Neill) and his Colombian bride Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and their young son? Follow the travails and triumphs of these three interlinked households in this smart comedy series. Co-stars Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland.18 episodes on 3 discs. 6 1/3 hrs. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English,
Doctor Who: The Complete Twelfth Series - Jodie Whittaker and friends are back with a bang! Doctor Who returns on New Year's Day with an epic and thrilling new series full of scares and surprises. The action -packed series will introduce terrifying new monsters alongside the return of some familiar but not so friendly faces... This all-new sci-fi series from producer Russell T. Davies follows the Doctor (played successively by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and Jodie Whittaker) as he continues his adventures through space and time, facing a host of new enemies as well as such longtime foes as the robotic, zombie-like Autons and the dreaded Daleks.. DVD
Music Releases 06-12-20
Whoosh! [2LP / DVD]
Pick Me Up Off The Floor [LP]
To Love Is To Live [LP]
The 2nd Album Repackage 'NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round' [1st PLAYER Ver.]
MTV Unplugged (Live At Hull City Hall) [LP]
Carly Rae Jepsen
Dedicated Side B [LP]
Built To Spill
Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston [Easter Yellow 2LP]
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
Go, Just Do It!
John Scofield/Steve Swallow/Bill Stewart