The new Telekinesis album is now available!
The new Telekinesis album is now available!

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An objectively killer year for Seattle music became objectively even killerer today with the release of two fantastic albums by two fantastic bands that are both actually just one person (apiece). Telekinesis (a.k.a. Michael Lerner) has delivered Ad Infinitum, his/their fourth album, and a major departure from the first three. Not quite a Sex Pistols ---> PiL departure, but more like if Cheap Trick had followed up In Color with Junk Culture by OMD.

Meanwhile, Eric Elbogen's Say Hi offers Bleeders Digest, which is not a massive departure from his previous records, except in the sense it has new songs on it. All of which are exemplary (clarification: NOT a departure!) and streaming even now over at The A/V Club, but one of which is embedded right cheer:

Both records are part of a wave of impressive leaps being made by Seattle bands who are either doubling down on their classic approaches or digging deeper only to discover new depths. In a just world, everyone you know would have been lining up outside record store at 11:30pm last night to buy these and you'd now be hearing them pouring out of every open window. But it's a crowded field out there. How crowded? Funny you should ask. This week alone, today alone, there are no fewer than 380 records being sent to market, to market, to buy a fat pig. THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY. (Full list below.) What was it the little boy in Jude the Obscure wrote on his suicide/sorry-I-murdered-the-other-kids note? "Because we are too menny"? Yeah.

I don't know how bands do it, even great ones. It's hard to distinguish yourself at home without having to try to stand out in a crowd like that. Speaking of home, there's also new local music today from Chris Ballew's Caspar Babypants project, and, if we're stretching definitions, Operation: Mindcrime, the band that ISN'T Queensrÿche, but features Queensrÿche's old singer and plays Queensrÿche songs, and is named, let's not forget, after a Queensrÿche record. (Meanwhile, the new Queensrÿche record, Condition Hüman, comes out next week). To say nothing of listeners, even passionate, hungry ones. It's really too much to even hope to keep up with. So much that all but a very few records are simply trampled underfoot, if they ever get noticed at all. It has made the difference between releasing an album and NOT releasing an album very small indeed.

Here's hoping that these two excellent albums establish a foothold in our consciousnesses.

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And here, as promised, is the list of new records for sale as of today, lifted partially from New Releases Now and Pause and Play:

a-ha / Hunting High & Low (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe)
Aerosmith / Virginia Connection
Aesthetische / Dirt And Basslines
Aether Drop / Mannequins
Agitation Free / Shibuya Nights (Vinyl)
Air Waves / Parting Glances
Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke / Flying Basket
Alabama / Southern Drawl
All Them Witches / Lightning At The Door (Deluxe Reissue)
Amelia Curran / They Promised You Mercy
Anathema / Resonance Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones / Lone Star Guitarman (DVD)
Andy Mineo / Uncomfortable
Anfinnsaas / Anfinnsaas
Annihilator / Suicide Society
Aphrohead / Resurrection
Archie Fisher / A Silent Song
Arjen Lucassen's Guilt Machine / On This Perfect Day
Art Pepper / 12 Classic Albums: 1954-1962
Ashtray Boy / Painted With The Mouth
Ass / Shitty Wizard Vs. Super Satan
Astronauts, etc. / Mind Out Wandering (Vinyl)
Atreyu / Long Live
B. Dolan / Kill The Wolf
B.B. King / Complete Singles As & Bs 1949-62
Baio /
The Names
Banda De Los Muertos / Banda De Los Muertos
Batteries / Batteries
Battles / 
La Di Da Di
Beast / Dark City
Ben Granfelt / Live: 20th Anniversary Tour (CD+DVD)
Benjamin Verdoes / The One & The Other
Besatt / Impia Symphonia
Big Brave / Au De La
Big Daddy Weave / Beautiful Offerings
Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie / The Gospel Side Of
Black Breath / Slaves Beyond Death
Black Violin /
Blackalicious / Imani, Vol. 1
Blackmore's Night / All Our Yesterdays
Blaze Of Perdition / Near Death Revelations
Bless The Fall / To Those Left Behind
Bleubird / Lauderdale
Blue Oyster Cult / Forbidden Delights
Bob Dylan / Finjan Club
Bob Dylan / Folk Singer's Choice
Bob James & Nathan East / The New Cool
Bob Moses /
Days Gone By
Boomtown Rats / Live Germany '78 (DVD+CD)
Boy / We Were Here
Brenda McMorrow / My Heart Bows Down To You
Brideshead / Never Grow Up
Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis / Bawa
Brigitte / A Bouche Que Veux-tu
Bring The Fight / Bring The Fight
Broken Hope / Live Disease at Brutal Assault (CD/DVD)
Buddy Morrow / Essential Collection
Buddy Rich / Complete Buddy Rich: 1946-1956
Buddy Rich / Complete Buddy Rich: 1957-1962
Calan / Dinas
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band / Batlight Clearkid (Vinyl)
Carlos Henriquez / Bronx Pyramid
Carnal Blasphemy / Liars Made Authority
Carnivorous Voracity / The Impious Doctrine
Carol Welsman / Alone Together
Carrie Martin / What If
Carroll / Carroll
Caspar Babypants / Beatles Baby!
Charlie Belle / I Don't Want To Be Alone
Chicago / The Kentucky Derby
Christian McBride Trio /
Live At The Village Vanguard
Christian Mistress /
To Your Death
Circa Waves / Young Chasers
Claude Thornhill / Collection 1934-53
Claudettes / No Hotel
Close Lobsters / Firestation Towers 1986-1989
Coney Hatch / Friction (Deluxe Reissue)
Couch Slut / My Life As A Woman (Vinyl)
Crippled Black Phoenix / A Love Of Shared Disasters (Vinyl)
Crossfaith / Xeno
Danny Click / Holding Up The Sun
Darlene Love / Introducing Darlene Love
Darlingside / Birds Say
Darwin Deez / Double Down
Dave Rawlings Machine / Nashville Obsolete
Daby Touré /
Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin /
Lost Time
David Chesky / Joy & Sorrow
David Cook / Digital Vein
David Gilmour / Rattle That Lock
David Miles Huber / Parallax Eden (Blu-ray Audio)
Deathcraft & Unsalvation / Psalms Of Chaotic Darkness
Deep Purple / …To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
Deep Purple / From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken)
Denise Donatelli / Find A Heart
Denise Renee / Awakened
Destruction Unit / Negative Feedback Resistor
Devil City Angels / Devil City Angels
Diat / Positive Energy
Difference Engine / Breadmaker
Dion Parson & 21st Century Band / St. Thomas
Disney Karaoke Series / Disney Favorites
Dogmate / Hate
Don McLean / Live In New York 1971
Doug Carn / My Spirit
Dr. John /
The Atco/Atlantic Singles 1968-1974
Durutti Column / Another Setting (Expanded Edition)
Earl Burrows / No Love For The Drowning
Eddie Cochran / Complete Releases 1955-62
Elyse Weinberg / Greasepaint Smile
Emmylou Harris / Hot Night In Roslyn
Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt / Live On KSWM
Erimha / Thesis Ov Warfare
Erroll Garner / The Complete Concert By The Sea
Eternal Solstice / Remnants Of Immortality (Vinyl)
Evening Hymns / Quiet Energies
Eye Of Solitude & Faal / Split
Fantastic Plastics / Devolver
Farao / Till It's All Forgotten
Favored Nations / The Great Unknown
Fernando / Leave The Radio On
Five Blind Boys Of Alabama / Timeless Gospel Classics Vol. 4
Future / DS2 (Vinyl)
Gabrielle Aplin / Light Up The Dark
Gary Wilson / Alone With Gary Wilson
Gert Zimanowski / Ubuntu: We Are One
Girlpool / Before The World Was Big (Cassette)
Glasses Malone / #GH2: Life Ain't Nuthin But...
Glen Campbell / British Live Performance Series
Glen Hansard / Didn't He Ramble
Golden Void / Berkana
Graf & Zyx / Programmmusik 2
Grateful Dead /
30 Trips Around The Sun: The Definitive Live Story (1965-1995)

The Great Discord / Echoes EP
Grift / Syner
GTR / GTR: 2CD Deluxe Expanded Edition
Guy Davis / Kokomo Kidd
Haiku Salut / Etch And Etch Deep
Halestorm / Halestorm (Vinyl)
Harlott / Proliferation
HeCTA / The Diet
Hibou / Hibou
Holly Henry / The Orchard
Holy White Hounds / Sparkle Sparkle
Homeshake / Midnight Snack
Horisont / Odyssey
House Of Atreus / The Spear And The Ichor That Follows (Vinyl)
Hugh Hopper / Volume Nine: Anatomy Of A Facelift
Hyglander / No Time For Dreamers
Ian Carmichael / Ten Years On
Idjut Boys / Versions
Inner City Unit / The President's Tapes (Reissue)
Insane Clown Posse / Marvelous Missing Link (Complete Saga) (Vinyl)
Isabela Moner / Stopping Time
James Cotton / Live At Antone's Nightclub (Reissue)
James Cotton / Mighty Long Time (Reissue)
James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg / Ambsace
Jason Crabb / Whatever The Road
Jay Rock / 90059
Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue / Sounds And Cries Of The World
Joan Baez / Blowing In The Wind
Joan Soriano / Me Decidi
Joe Ely / Panhandle Rambler
John Ellis / Charm
John Mayall / Chicago Line: Radio Broadcast 1991
John Schott / Actual Trio
John Zorn / Inferno
Joi / Sound System
Jonathan McReynolds / Life Music: Stage Two
Joohyun Park / Music Of Battlestar Galactica For Solo Piano
Jose-Luis Orozco /
¡Come Bien! Eat Right!
Joy Enriquez / TBD
Judy Collins /
Strangers Again

K's Choice / The Phantom Cowboy
Karrin Allyson / Many A New Day
Katharine McPhee / Hysteria
Keith Richards / Crosseyed Heart
Kill Ritual / Karma Machine
Kim Simmonds And Savoy Brown / The Devil To Pay
King Cyst / King Of New York
King Heavy / King Heavy
King Midas Sound / Fennesz
Kraanium / Chronicles Of Perversion
Kyle Trocolla / The Stranger
Lawson Rollins / Infinite Chill (The Remix Sessions)

Le Butcherettes / A Raw Youth
Lea Bertucci + Leila Bordreuil / L'Onde Souterraine
Leaves' Eyes /
King Of Kings
Leigh Nash / The State I'm In
Linda Gail Lewis / Hard Rocking Woman
Linda Hoyle / The Fetch
Linda McRae / Shadow Trails
Linda Perry & Sara Gilbert / Deer Sounds
Linda Ronstadt / Willin' In L.A.
London-Meader-Pramuk-Ross / The Royal Bopsters Project
Loren Connors / Live In New York
A Love Like Pi /
Lucero / All A Man Should Do
Luciana Souza / Speaking In Tongues
Lucie Silvas / Letters To Ghosts
Lurid Memory / Dematerializing
Mac McAnally /
AKA Nobody

Mac Miller / GO:OD am
Mack Avenue SuperBand /
Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014

Madam Edna Gallmon Cooke / Collection 1949-62
Magister Templi / Into Duat
Marc Stone / Poison And Medicine
Mascaras / Mascara vs. Mascara (Vinyl)
Masters Of Metal / From Worlds Beyond
Max Frost / Intoxication
¡MAYDAY! / Future Vintage
Meat Wave / Delusion Moon
Anne Akiko Meyers 
Serenade: The Love Album
Meg Myers / Sorry
Metal Allegiance / Metal Allegiance
Metric / Pagans In Vegas
Michael Chapman / The Man Who Hated Mornings
Mick Karn / Three Part Species (Vinyl)
Miles Davis / San Francisco 1970
Mind Over Mirrors / The Voice Calling (Vinyl)
Mishka / Roots Fidelity
Mitch Woods / Jammin' On The High Cs
Monica / Code Red
Moon /
Render Of The Veils
More To Monroe / Appalachia
Motion City Soundtrack /
Panic Stations
Mustasch / Testosterone
My Brothers And I / Don't Dream Alone
My Dying Bride /
Feel The Misery

Mykki Blanco / Presents C-ORE
Nate Allen & The Pac-Away Dots / Take Out The Trash
Neurotic November /
Fighting Words
New Disorder / Straight To The Pain
New Order / Singles (Reissue)
Nils Lofgren / Hanging Tough: 1977 Live Radio Broadcast
Noonday Underground / Body Parts For Modern Art
Odgers And Simmonds / Tightrope
Of Feather And Bone / Embrace The Wretched Flesh
Omar And The Howlers / Live At The Opera House
One Machine / The Final Cull
Operation: Mindcrime / The Key
Opio x Free The Robots / Sempervirens
Ought / Sun Coming Down
Ozark Henry / Paramount (Blu-ray Audio)
Ozric Tentacles / The Bits Between The Bits (Vinyl)
P.O.D / The Awakening (Vinyl)
Patrick Sweany / Daytime Turned To Nighttime
Patti LuPone / Matters Of The Heart (Reissue)
Perez Patitucci Blade /
Children Of The Light
Pete Sears / The Long Haul
Phases / For Life
Phil Ranelin / Portrait In Blue
Pinetop Perkins / Live At Antone's Vol. 1 (Reissue)
Pinetop Perkins / Pinetop's Boogie Woogie (Reissue)
Plain White T's / American Nights (Vinyl)
Primitive Parts / Parts Primitive
Putumayo Kids Presents / French Dreamland
PWR BTTM / Ugly Cherries
Pyogenesis / A Century In The Curse Of Time
Pyrrhon / Growth Without End (Vinyl)
Quiet Riot / Live & Rare - Volume 1
Raghunath Das / Krishna Kirtan
Randall Bramblett /
Devil Music
Randy Brecker / Randypop!
Ratt / Invasion Of Your Privacy (Deluxe Reissue)
Ratt / Reach For The Sky (Deluxe Reissue)
Ray Price / Complete Singles As & Bs 1950-62
Reflections / The Color Clear
Residents / Wormwood
Richard Stone / Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat
Rick Wakeman / British Live Performance Series
Rim Kwaku Obeng / Rim Arrives (Reissue)
Rito Profanatorio / Grimorios E Invocaciones Desde El Templo...
Ritual Killer / Exterminance
Robert Delong /
In The Cards
Roger Lion / Roger Lion
Rose McDowall / Cut With The Cake Knife (Reissue)
Roseau / Salt
Rudimental / We The Generation
Sabrina Starke / Outside The Box
Sacred Oath / Ravensong
Salad Boys / Metalmania
Sam Morrow / There Is No Map
Say Hi / Bleeders Digest
Scale The Summit / V
Scooter Brown Band / Scooter Brown Band
Sean Nicholas Savage / Other Death
Secret Shine / Untouched (Reissue)
Serial Butcher / Brute Force Lobotomy
Seven Witches / The Way Of The Wicked
Shelf Life / Everyone Make Happy
Shinedown / Threat To Survival
Shirley Caesar / Timeless Gospel Classics Vol. 2
Shotgun Holler / Loaded
Sin Of Night / Take The Snake
Skillet / Awake (Vinyl)
Skillet / Rise (Vinyl)
Skylar Spence / Prom King
Smash It Up / West Coast Democrazy
Smashing Pumpkins / Rock The Riviera
Soundtrack / Barely Lethal
Soundtrack / Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Soundtrack / Cartel Land
Soundtrack / Cooties
Soundtrack / Everest
Soundtrack / Humanoids From The Deep
Soundtrack / It Shoulda Been You
Soundtrack / Laserblast
Soundtrack / Love & Mercy
Soundtrack / Netherworld
Soundtrack / Night Of The Demons
Soundtrack / Sharktopus
Soundtrack /
Spooner Oldham / Pot Luck (Reissue)
Stairway / Pearls Of The Deep: Best Of
Steve Hillage / Madison Square Garden 1977
Steven A. Clark / The Lonely Roller
Stoney Larue / Us Time
Stormy Atmosphere / Pent Letters
Stratovarius / Eternal
Superhuman Happiness / Escape Velocity
Sweet Billy Pilgrim / Motorcade Amnesiacs
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra /
Looking Forward, Looking Back
Synkro / Changes
Tabor Radosti / Joycamp
Tank / Valley Of Tears
Tarja Turunen / Ave Maria - En Plein Air
What’s Going On: Live At Isle of Wight (DVD+CD)
Team Sleep / Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4 (Vinyl)
Telekinesis / Ad Infinitum
Terminal Function / Clockwork Sky
The Bellfuries / Workingman's Bellfuries (Vinyl)
The Black Dahlia Murder / Abysmal
The Brainiac 5 / Exploding Universe
The Brainiac 5 / When Silence Was Sound
The Delta Saints / Bones
The Dustbowl Revival / With A Lampshade On (Vinyl)
The Fall / Sub-Lingual Tablet (Vinyl)
The Front Bottoms / Back On Top
The Heartbreakers / Live At Max's Volumes 1 & 2
The JC Smith Band / Love Mechanic
The Kickback / Sorry All Over The Place
The Traditional Grass / The Blues Are Still The Blues
The Turnpike Troubadours / The Turnpike Troubadours
The Winter Passing / A Different Space Of Mind
Third Ear Band / New Forecasts From The Third Ear Almanac
Throttle Elevator Music / Jagged Rocks (Vinyl)
Tisziji Munoz / Creating Silence
Toadies /
To Die For / Cult
Tom Harrell / First Impressions
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Breakdown Radio Broadcast
Tommy Emmanuel / It's Never Too Late
Toseland / Renegade
TriBeCaStan / Goddess Polka Dottess
Tsjuder / Antiliv
Tubby Hayes / Tubby Hayes & The Downbeat Big Band
Tyranny / Aeons In Tectonic Interment
Ushas / Verso Est
Vardan /
From The Pale Moonlight
Various / Before Metal Was Cool
Various / 20 Years Of Being Skint (Vinyl)
Various / Daptone Gold Vol. 2
Various / Piano In The House
Various / Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Vinyl)
Various / Sounds Of Anguilla (Volume 1)
Various / The Irving Berlin Songbook V.6
Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin / Touristes
Vision / Inertia
Vly / I (Time)
W. Angel's Conquest / Taste Of Life
Ward / Part Of Humanity
Weatherbox / The Cosmic Drama (Deluxe Reissue)
White Apple Tree / Peach Hat X
Windhand /
Grief's Infernal Flower
Witchsorrow / No Light Only Fire
Yumi Zouma / The Definitive Collection (Vinyl)
Yung / These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores (Vinyl)
Zardonic / The Heroes Have Failed

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