Music — What's 'Moving' at Newbury Comics

Hip-hop brings in the bling with Sept. releases

Nelly releases two albums, plus the return of Tears for Fears and Brian Wilson’s long-awaited smile

By Bernard Vaughan []

Hip-hop albums are dominating new releases at Newbury Comics, according to store employee Steve Foster.

“I don’t know exactly why, but it is bigger than rock,” Foster said of hip-hop. “Rock is kind of, you know, I don’t want to say dead, but hip-hop seems to be the big thing.”

Some of the new releases include Jim Jones’ Dre Dog, Young Buck’s Straight Outta Cashville and the return of P. Diddy's slow sidekick, Mase, with Welcome Back.

“He came out of retirement, I guess,” Foster said of the Mase release. “That's one of the bigger releases.”

Other popular non-hip-hop releases, according to Foster, include In Reverie by Saves the Day; The Hustle, by G. Love and Special Sauce; Autobiography, by Ashlee Simpson; Tonight, Not Again, by Jason Mraz; and Tessie, by the Dropkick Murphys, with guest appearences by Johnny Damon, Bronson Arroyo and Lenny Dinardo.

“That's kind of interesting,” Foster said of Tessie. “It's this whole thing about the Red Sox.”

Other recent releases and soon-to-be releases Foster said to look out for include Rilo Kiley's More Adventurous, and following in the footsteps of Guns N’ Roses and Bruce Springsteen, Nelly will soon release a double album, Sweat and Suit.

Foster said either Nelly’s double album, Nas upcoming double album Streets Desciple or British punk/metal/rap/reggea group Skindred's Babylon will be the most popular CD in September.  

The top 10 sellers at Newbury right now, according to Foster, are Take it all Away, by Ryan Cabrera; the soundtrack to Garden State; Godfather Buried Alive, by Shyne; Autobiography, by Ashlee Simpson; Straight Outta Cashville, by Young Buck; America's Nightmare, by Mob Deep; Welcome Back, by Mase; The Name of this Band is Talking Heads, by the Talking Heads; Now 16 Chart-topping Hits; and Songs about Jane by Maroon 5.

For a glance at good new and old music you may or may not be familiar with, check out the staff picks at Newbury. Foster is currently listening to Wonderful Rainbow by Lightning Bolt; Only Built for Cuban Lynx, by Reakwon; Coltrane by John Coltrane; How Could Hell be any Worse, by Bad Religion; and comedian David Cross' Shut Up You F------ Baby. Employee Adam Wood (who plays in the band Teenage Hooker Factory) is listening to The Beatles Live at the BBC; The B'52s; Jonathan Richman's Not So Much to be a Lover as to be Loved; and Sigur Ros. And employee Alexis Pendleton is listening to Last Exit, by Juniorboys; Asleep in the Back by Elbow; The Stone Roses; Laughing Stalk by Talk Talk; Come Home with Me, by Cam 'Ron; Different Class by Pulp and Blur's The Great Escape.

— Bernard Vaughan


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