Local Independent Record Vendors are Rooting for the Underdogs

This is not your everyday Billboard chart. Each week, we'll tell you which bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where we consumers of music have impeccable taste.

Similarities emerged at CD Source and Good Records this week with top artists reaching high sales, such as Justin Timberlake and The Strokes, but Mark Church and Lance Price are more interested in other featured artists.

Mark Church, sales associate at Good Records, believes one artist to be worthy of even more attention. "Charles Bradley's Victim Of Love at number 10 is a great Daptone release," says Church. "If you like good soul music this release is a must have; let's get this one higher up the charts next week."

Lance Price, CD Source owner, says that deluxe packaging has really helped sales of physical CDs in the last few years, and has definitely benefited artists this week. "Stephen Stills Carry On is a four-CD set, spanning 50 years and includes more than five hours of music," says Price "It also comes complete with a 113 page hard back booklet with essays, and a number of color and black and white photos. It includes live versions, mono versions, demos and a couple of pre-Buffalo Springfield songs. I'm a big fan of his music so I will have to save one of these for myself!"

Price explains that a number of recent releases have enclosed hardcover books; including Depeche Mode's Deluxe Edition of Delta Machine and the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour . "The two Beatles LPs were part of the series of original studio album remasters on 180 gram vinyl that came out last November," says Price. "The sound quality on these albums is astounding."

CD Source: 1. Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (Deluxe Edition, Extra Tracks) 2. Strokes - Comedown Machine 3. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience 4. Stephen Stills - Carry On (Box Set) 5. Lil Wayne - I Am Not A Human Being II 6. David Bowie - Next Day 7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist 8. Kvelertak - Meir 9. Skrillex - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites (Single) 10. Kem - Album II 11. Beatles - Rubber Soul (Vinyl) 12. Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House 13. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu 14. Tame Impala - Lonerism (Vinyl) 15. Iron Maiden - Maiden England (DVD) 16. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream 17. Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (Vinyl) 18. Black Keys - El Camino (Vinyl w/bonus CD) 19. Steven Wilson - Raven That Refused To Sing (vinyl) 20. Sebastian Bach - Abachalypse Now (Live, 2CD+DVD)

Good Records: 1. Wavves - Afraid Of Heights LP 2. Strokes - Comedown Machine CD 3. Atoms For Peace - Amok LP 4. Phosphorescent - Muchacho LP 5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho CD 6. Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience LP 7. Low - Invisible Way CD 8. Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic 9. Local Natives - Hummingbird LP 10. Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love LP

Bill's Records: 1. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up! 2. Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell, and Angels 3. Mumford and Sons - Babel 4. Rodriguez - Cold Fact 5. Wayne Hancock - Ride 6. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls 7. Gary Clark Jr. - Blk & Blu 8. Black Keys - El Camino 9. Avett Brothers - Carpenter 10. Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson - Cheaters Game

If you sell music anywhere in the metroplex and would like to participate in this column in the future, please contact Megan Morris at megan.morris@dallasobserver.com

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