Album Feature: Half the City – St. Paul & the Broken Bones


“Brother, can I get an ‘amen’? Amen! That’s the sentiment the listener gets after hearing Alabama based sextet St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Influenced by the church, specifically the black gospel tradition in addition to vintage soul, debut albumHalf the City is a legit soul LP in 2014. Soul and the year 2014 seem an unlikely pairing, particularly with the heavy reliance of electronic instruments and autotune, but the relationship proves to be one that’s ‘Simply Beautiful’ as Al Green would put it. St. Paul (aka Paul Janeway) leads the charge of the soul-band, delivering truly amazing, gut-wrenching vocal performances. Unafraid to get ‘down and dirty’ with it, Janeway’s Pentecostal influence coupled with a love for James Brown, translates nearly perfectly on Half the City…” – Brent Faulkner, (See full review here.)

Black Friday at Pure Pop list

Pure Pop is here for you today to address that big elephant in the room.

That’s right, folks, Black Friday is in the all-too-near future. To celebrate, we offer below a list of the better things to think about purchasing.

Joseph Arthur $14.97

Atlas Genius: $16.97

Bad Things: $6.97

Band of Horses: $4.97

Beat Box Book: $59.97

Blackberry Smoke/Lynyrd Skynyrd $5.97

Blind Boys of Alabam/Isbell/JP White $5.97

Brendan Benson $19.97

Blood Ceremony $22.97

Brandi Carlile $7.97

Charles Bradley: $6.47

Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Ave $37.97

Billy Bragg & Wilco Vol 2 $37.97

Billy Bragg & Wilco Vol. 3: $37.97

Carcass $24.97

Nick Cave: $22.97 (LP)/$12.97(CD)

Chris Robinson Band $74.97

Church of Misery $24.97

Civil Wars: $9.97

The Clash-Self-titled: $13.97

The Clash- Combat Rock: $13.97

The Clash-Give ‘Em Enough Rope: $13.97

The Clash-London Calling: $19.97

The Clash-Sadinista: $22.97

Gene Clark: $18.97

Cold War Kids $9.97

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: $21.97

Miles Davis-Jazz Track: $24.97

Miles Davis- Kind of Blue: $24.97

Miles Davis: Miles + Monk: $24.97

Dawes cd $6.97

Dawes lp $12.97

Lana Del Ray: $21.97

Devin Townsend Project $12.97

The Doors: $24.97

Duran Duran: $16.97

John Denver and His Muppet Friends: $24.97

Bob Dylan: $39.97

Fallout Boy: $14.97

A Tribute to John Fahey: $24.97

Failure: $24.97

Flaming Lips (CD): $9.97

Flaming Lips (LP): $18.97

Fleshtones: $7.97

Foals: $19.97

Ghost BC $22.97

Robert Glasper: $10.97

Grateful Dead: $39.97

Jackie Greene: $12.97

Vince Guaraldi: $8.97

Hardworking Americans: $5.97

Jimi Hendrix: $9.97

Hot Wacks VA: $5.97

Michael Hurley: $19.97

Jethro Tull: $24.97

Jack Johnson: $14.97

Ernie Kovacs: $14.97

Lady Gaga: $21.97

Ladytron: $21.97

Sondre Lerche: $11.97

Life of Agony $27.97

Low/Shearwater: $5.97

Nick Lowe: $24.97

Dave Matthews Band: $77.97-$89.97

Metallica: $39.97 reg. ($54.97 for 45rpm edition)

Mystical Weapons: $19.97


Harry Nilsson: $24.97

Nirvana: $44.97

Nonono: $8.97

Roy Orbison: $109.97

Van Dyke Parks $9.97

Lullaby Renditions of Pearl Jam: $17.97

Puscifer: $19.97

Vitamin String Quartet performs Radiohead: $17.97

Red Hot Chili Peppers: $34.97

Replacements: $24.97

Rolling Stones: $9.97

Rush: $12.97

A Tribute to Shel Silverstein: $24.97

Silversun Pickups: $12.97

Paul Simon-Self-titled: $24.97

Paul Simon-Still Crazy After All These Years: $24.97

Paul Simon-There Goes Rhymin’ Simon: $24.97

Skaters: $6.97

Sly and the Family Stone: $9.97

Stone Temple Pilots: $22.97

Sunn O.: $26.97

Surfaris $9.97

Tegan & Sara: $6.97

Ten Big Stiffs: $89.97

Josh Tillman $15.97

Trigger Hippy: $11.97

Truth & Soul Box: $54.97

U2: $15.97

Uncle Tupelo: $9.97

Upsetters/Lee Scratch Perry: $28.97

Townes Van Zandt: $49.97

Widespread Panic: $74.97

Xiu Xiu: $21.97

Zabriskie Point Soundtrack: $29.97

See? Despite its appropriately ominous name, Black Friday doesn’t have to be so bad!

More information on these titles is available on the record store day site, click here.