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Kings Of Leon’s New Album And Leonard Cohen's Old Albums Are What's Selling Big-Time At Hoodlums New Store

By Benjamin Leatherman

Much like the mythical bird from which our ‘burg draws its name, popular record store Hoodlums has risen – quite literally – from the ashes. As Steve Jansen wrote in this week’s issue, the music emporium’s former location on the ASU campus was gutted by a tragic fire late last year.

But now the joint’s back and better than ever, as owners Kristian Luce and Steve Wiley have opened a new location in Tempe a few weeks back, and say business has been going “pretty good.”

Particularly, Wiley says, the sales of old-school discs from musicians like Leonard Cohen have picked up after renowned music critic Tom Moon read from his book 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die during his in-store appearance last month.

Hence, Hoodlums top 10 best-selling albums for the week of September 30-October 6 is a mix of both the old and new.

1. Kings of Leon, Only by the Night (RCA) 2. Calexico, Carried to Dust (Quarterstick) 3. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue (Warner Bros.) 4. Metallica, Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.). 5. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges (ATO) 6. Xavier Rudd, Dark Shades of Blue (ANTI-) 7. Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal (Back Porch) 8. Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen (Columbia) 9. The Dandy Warhols, …Earth to the Dandy Warhols… (Beat The World) 10. TV on the Radio, Dear Science (Interscope)

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.