New National album out today.

The latest album from The National has arrived and we’ve got the exclusive clear vinyl version in stock waiting for you. Also, Mac DeMarco dropped a new album recently and it has just hit the shelves here at Backbeat. Our list of restocks and additions is just down past the new release info.

Let’s get right to it!


The National – I Am Easy To Find (Indie Exclusive Clear Vinyl)
As the album’s opening track, ‘You Had Your Soul With You,’ unfurls, it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of I Am Easy To Find announces itself: the racket subsides, strings swell, and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out—not as background vocals, not as a hook, but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, or varying combinations of them. The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris—not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a redistribution of them.

“Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’ says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.”


Mac DeMarco – Here Comes The Cowboy
As described by DeMarco, “This one is my cowboy record. Cowboy is a term of endearment to me, I use it often when referring to people in my life. Where I grew up there are many people that sincerely wear cowboy hats and do cowboy activities. These aren’t the people I’m referring to.”

Here Comes The Cowboy was written, tracked and mixed at DeMarco’s Jizz Jazz Studios in Los Angeles during the first two weeks of an exceptionally rainy January, 2019. Nearly every instrument on the album was played by DeMarco, aside from keyboards on select tracks by touring member and close friend Alec Meen. Traveling sound engineer, Joe Santarpia, helped shape the record, sharing engineering and mixing duties with DeMarco.

The rusty old grinning pin on the front and back covers of the record was purchased from a man in the mountains somewhere in the Nantahala National Forest between Chattanooga, TN and Asheville, NC.


New vinyl restocks and additions for this week.

AC/DC Back In Black
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare
Bird, Andrew My Finest Work Yet
Broonzy, Big Bill The Blues
Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club Lost and Found
Claypool Lennon Delirium South of Reality
Coldplay Parachutes
Cypress Hill Black Sunday
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Eminem The Eminem Show
Florence & The Machine Lungs
Gaye, Marvin Let’s Get It On
Glorious Sons Little Prison City
Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction
Guns N Roses Use Your Illusion 1
Guns N Roses Use Your Illusion 2
Hill, Lauryn The Miseducation of
In Flames I, The Mask
Jedi Mind Tricks Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell
LCD Soundsystem Electric Lady Sessions
Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
Motley Crue Greatest Hits
Motley Crue Shout At The Devil
Muse Black Holes And Revelations
Muse Origin Of Symmetry
Osbourne, Ozzy Blizzard Of Oz
Pantera Cowboys From Hell
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Pogues The Best Of The Pogues
Prince Purple Rain
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood,Sugar,Sex,Magik
Slayer Show No Mercy
Soundtrack Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Soundtrack Judgement Night
Stereolab Mars Audiac Quintet
Stone Roses The Stone Roses
Tool Lateralus
Townsend, Devin Empath
Tribe Called Que The Low End Theory
U2 Achtung Baby
Vampire Weekend Father Of The Bride
Weezer Weezer (Teal Album)
Weyes Blood Titanic Rising
White Stripes Elephant