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We’re always ordering new CDs for our libraries and here are a few (more than a few!) that are ready for check out or will be hitting the shelves soon. If you have any suggestions for albums that you’d like to see at your local library, fill out this Suggest a Purchase form and we’ll see if we can get them for you.
12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief - features heavyweights like The Who, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones.
2013 Grammy Nominees - features a diverse line-up with the likes of The Black Keys, Katy Perry, Gotye, Pink, Miguel, and Adele.
Karriem Riggins “Alone Together” - Jazz drummer and hip hop producer Riggins creates an album of brief soundscapes reminiscent of J Dilla’s influential album “Donuts.”
Homeboy Sandman “First of a Living Breed" - A fresh set of indie raps from this Queens, NY emcee.
Golden Void “Golden Void” - San Francisco based psych rock monster reminiscent of early Black Sabbath. Yeah!
Tegan & Sara “Heartthrob” – A new album of danceable pop from the Canadian identical twins.
Les Miserables The Musical Phenomenon - Highlights from the recent Oscar nominated film adaptation.
Melody’s Echo Chamber “Melody’s Echo Chamber” - Dreamy pop produced and recorded by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. It’s kind of like Tame Impala with female vocals, which means it’s good.
Wild Nothing “Nocturne” - A great pop record in the vein of the Smiths, the Cure, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Feels familiar, but also fresh and new.
The Evens “The Odds” - A new record from Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi.
Ty Segall “Twins” - A new release from the ever-prolific SF garage rocker.
Yo La Tengo – “Fade” - Their 13th full length album, which was produced by John McEntire of Tortoise and The Sea and Cake.
Pinback “Information Retrieved” – Fifth album from the consistent San Diego indie rockers.
Broadcast “Berberian Sound Studio” - Soundtrack to the film of the same title. Partially recorded before lead singer Trish Keenan’s death. Moody, avante garde companion to what looks like an interesting movie.
Ducktails “The Flower Lane” – Floaty pop on the Domino label from the guitarist of Real Estate.
Eric Clapton “Old Sock” - Clapton AKA “Slowhand” is back!
Thee Oh Sees “Putrifiers II” – A new record from the SF noise rockers who are a favorite of select coastal children’s librarians.
Indians “Somewhere Else” - Debut album from Danish artist Søren Løkke Juul, who might appeal to fans of Bon Iver.
Sound City “Real to Reel” - Companion piece to Dave Grohl’s film, featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, and more.
Carla Morrison “Daejenme Llorar” - Beautiful Latin pop. I can’t understand most of the lyrics, but who cares. It’s great.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” - Epic instrumental act returns with first album in a decade.
“Frankenweenie Unleashed” - Features Karen O’s great cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love is Strange.”
Back Catalog Gems
Maybe there’s an old favorite in here or something you missed the first time around. So much great music to listen to!
Can “Ege Bamyasi” - My favorite Can album, featuring the incredible “Vitamin C.”
Can “Anthology” - A refresher course or a nice introduction.
Millie Jackson “Caught Up/Still Caught Up” – Amazing concept album about a love triangle. The first 3 songs are unstoppable, with strong backing from the Muscle Shoals Swampers.
Betty Wright “Clean Up Woman and Other Hits” - Great soul, including the hits Clean Up Woman and the still-in-heavy-radio-rotation classic “Tonight is the Night, pt. 1 (Live).”
ESG “Dance to the Best of ESG” – Legendary early 1980s band whose “UFO” has been sampled by 100s of artists. Highly influential and very enjoyable.
Danzig “Danzig” - Weirdo proto-Elvis metal that has aged incredibly well. A solid Rick Rubin production.
Cat Power “What Would the Community Think” - Great album from 1996.
Cat Power “Moon Pix” - The best Cat Power album?
Cat Power “The Covers Record” - Amazing covers. Odd renditions of familiar and not so familiar tunes that give them a completely new spin. A cover of The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” that leaves the chorus out? Works so well.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor “F♯ A♯ ∞” - Intense orchestral rock soundscapes for a gloomy world.
Kelly Clarkson “Greatest Hits” - It’s really hard not to like “Since U Been Gone.”
Neutral Milk Hotel “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” - Jeff Mangum’s unique indie masterpiece. A great album from beginning to end.
Pino Donaggio “Carrie” - Original score to the 1976 prom bloodbath based on Stephen King’s book. Features the haunting “Bucket of Blood,” which was recently reused as part of American Horror Story’s second season.
DJ Shadow “Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow” - A career spanning collection from the Bay Area innovator.
Descendents “Somery” – A nice collection of songs from the highly influential Southern California punk rockers.
Some Nice Back Catalog Rap Titles
Slum Village “Fantastic Vol. 2” - The album that solidified J Dilla’s spot as one of hip hop’s great producers.
Nas “Illmatic (10th Anniversary Edition)” - Best rap album ever? Perhaps. Young Nasir Jones in his prime.
Public Enemy “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” - Best rap album ever? Perhaps. The Bomb Squad’s production changed everything.
Beastie Boys “Paul’s Boutique (20th Anniversary Edition)” - The last of its kind. A sample collage masterpiece with the Beasties and the Dust Brothers in top form.
Tommy M enjoys music, but does not have enough time to listen to everything. He is still waiting on governmental approval of “Superfluousday,” which would follow Sunday.