Featured New Releases

The Hunger Games – Songs from District 12 and Beyond

For one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, a crucial component is the soundtrack. It is abundantly clear that The Hunger Games team was keenly aware of this, compiling an outstanding line-up of original songs. We will all find out on Friday how the beloved book translates to film, but there is a clear tone set by the tracks here. The songs weigh heavily on country/folk, which is just adds another interesting juxtaposition to the film itself being a “sci-fi” story set mostly in the woods. Stand out tacks include: The Secret Sisters, “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder,” a subdued Maroon 5 (ft. Rozzie Crane) “Come Away to the Water,” and the marquee single, Taylor Swift (ft. The Civil Wars) “Safe and Sound.”
If You Like: Taylor Swift, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire
Recommended Track: The Decemberists “One Engine”

The Shins – Port of Morrow

After five years and a dramatic line-up change, The Shins prove with their latest, Port of Morrow, what we’ve all known to be true – James Mercer is the anchor and tone-setter of this band. Fans will be pleased that this feels like it picks up where we left off from Wincing the Night Away, despite such a long absence. However, while know we can count on Mercer and co. for consistency, this truly feels like a deliberate step forward, a polished triumph without losing the integrity of what made them the band that, “will change your life.” (a la Garden State) “Simple Song” has been making waves on the radio the past few months, but other smash hits like “It’s Only Life” and “No Way Down” are sure to keep the band buzzing through the summer festival season and beyond.
If You Like: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Rogue Wave
Recommended Track: “It’s Only Life”

Melanie Fiona – The MF Life

Melanie Fiona has all of the makings of a successful break-out artists: managed by JayZ’s RocNation, collaborations with the likes of J. Cole, T. Pain, B.o.B and Nas and her recent GRAMMY win for her part in Cee Lo Green’s, “Fool For You” She has also toured with Kanye West and fellow Canadian Robin Thicke and served co-writing duties with Rihanna and Kardinal Offishall. The groundswell is happening and it will be interesting to see in the next few months what will drive Fiona from opener to headliner in the R&B world.
If You Like: Lauryn Hill, Keri Hilson, Fantasia
Recommended Track: “4AM”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (3/20/12)

Odd Future – The OF Tape Vol. 2
Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Diggy – Unexpected Arrival
Lucius – Lucius EP
The Parson Red Heads – Murmurations
Anti-Flag – The General Strike
Lost in the Trees – A Church that Fits Our Needs
BLAQSTARR – Roses
Fun. – We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) [Alvin Risk Remix]

Coming Up Next Week (3/26/12 & 3/27/12)

Madonna – MDNA
The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
Lionel Richie – Tuskegee
Iron Maiden – En Vivo!
Sidewalk Prophets – Live Like That
Dev – The Night the Sun Came Up
All-American Rejects – Kids In The Street
Shinedown – Amaryllis
Miike Snow – Happy To Yo
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Deluxe)
Civil Twilight – Holy Weather
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles – KoleXXXion
Meshuggah – Koloss
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
Poor Moon – Illusion EP
3 Inches of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal
Races – Year of the Witch
Various Artists – Late Nigth Tales: Belle and Sebastian – Vol. 2
Anberlin – Dancing Between the Fibers

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