Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree
It’s the 16th studio album from alt-rock pioneers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. This follows the Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013). Skeleton Tree began it’s journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were formed in Melbourne in 1983 by lead singer Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout it’s career. They have released 15 previous studio albums and completed numerous international tours.
Schmilco is Grammy-award winning Wilco’s tenth studio album and it’s follow up to last year’s Star Wars. The album was record-ed at the band’s Chicago loft and is releases on their own label, dBpm Records. Wilco’s Schmilco is a mostly acoustic record, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tame one. It bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of 2015’s Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish ar-rangements that fans have come to expect. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after twenty-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. Schmilco is loose, and that’s a good thing.
Digi-sleeve packaging accompanied by a 24 page booklet with brand new liner notes by David Fricke. 2016 release. The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is an album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career. While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, Grammy Award winning producer Giles Martin and Grammy Award winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including 13 featured on the album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.
Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
is the definitive Jack White songwriting collection, spanning his 20+ year career. It includes White’s acoustic-based recordings with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and his acclaimed solo projects. The music included here is all-encompassing, highlighting White’s versatility, and the songs are presented with unique character in chronological order. As noted American author and music journalist, Greil Marcus, conveys in the albums liner notes: “The lack of electric guitar opens songs up to their own contrivance, and cuts out pretentions of seriousness and grandiosity in favor of the quiet, the ridiculous, the sly.” The completely remastered collection includes album tracks, B-Sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased studio recordings and is a must for any fan of the genius that is Jack White. 2 CD set.
Bastille: Wild World
Deluxe edition includes five bonus tracks. 2016 release, the second studio album by English indie rock band Bastille. Wild World is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 debut Bad Blood and their experimental EP VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III), released in 2014. About this project they said: “It focuses in on the human condition. While some songs tackle how we endlessly absorb the horrors of the world through media outlets and television sets, or our newfound fascination for true crime, it also explores our innate need for relationships and human connection.” Bastille are a British indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band.
The Head and The Heart: Signs of Light
Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), Signs Of Light, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of The Head and the Heart’s finest work. Lead single “All We Ever Knew,” which was written during the Let’s Be Still era but never captured to the band’s satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while “Turn It Around” seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching it’s inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape. On Signs Of Light, that gamut of emotions is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson-penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. “It was one of those moments where no one talks,” Russell remembers. “No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.”
St. Paul & the Broken Bones: Sea of Noise
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Half The City is the compelling full-length from the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency. All six members share writing credit on 10 of the songs on Half The City, with Janeway contributing lyrics. Half The City – vital, direct, emotionally affecting – presents the same engaged, high-voltage, in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce at their live dates, where Janeway’s extroverted performing style enraptures his audiences.
The Time Jumpers: Kid Sister
from the Grammy-winning western swing band. Tragically The Time Jumpers lost their 11th member, vocalist Dawn Sears, who passed away Dec. 11, 2014. In many ways, Kid Sister is a tribute to the memory of Dawn, with various songs, including the title track, written in her honor. With ten members, multiple writers, seven lead singers, and an unending supply of virtuosity, the band is the very definition of versatility, while always maintaining their signature western swing style. The Time Jumpers formed in 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. They began as a garage practice session; the group started playing occasional gigs in the Nashville area until they were offered a regular slot playing at the Station Inn.
Ronnie Earl: Maxwell Street
with The Broadcasters….
Grouplove: Big Mess
the third album from the alt-rock quartet. Recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cuts (Grouplove’s own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins), Big Mess features the signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that first brought the Los Angeles quintet to prominence. No stranger to the worldwide festival circuit, Grouplove has made an album that brilliantly showcases their richly narrated songs with elaborate production. Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. Grouplove first came together in 2009 and soon were hailed as a great live act, both as headliners and at such international festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading + Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury.
The Trio Collection
Complete 3 CD set or Selections 1 CD
ZZ Top: Tonight at Midnight
With seven Billboard Top 10 albums to their name, multiple platinum album certifications all over the world and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary ZZ Top are officially the world’s longest running rock band with it’s original line-up intact. Now after over 45 years together, the Texan trio release their first official live album. Recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world, Greatest Hits Live picks the greatest moments and biggest hits from ZZ Top’s illustrious back catalog captured with the phenomenal energy of their renowned live performances. – ZZ Top had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed their path. They had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be flavor of the week. They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.
Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know
With his seventh album, They Don’t Know, Jason Aldean continues to lead the way, advancing the sound and style that helped define today’s country music. With his first release since 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt-which debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart-the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year returns with a crowd-pleasing array of emotions and observations, from sizzling party-starters to hard-earned heartbreak. For Aldean, one key ingredient for the new project was getting back the kind of hard-charging tunes that helped make his name. “I’m super-proud of my last couple of records, but I always thought they could use a couple more of those big, up-tempo songs like ‘She’s Country’ or ‘My Kind of Party,’ ” he says. “So one goal going in this time was to find some of those big songs-and I think we got ’em.” One notable discovery was the album’s opener, “Lights Come On,” which showed up at the last possible minute. Just as Aldean and his band were putting the finishing touches on the record, he got an email from his friends Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, pitching a new song they had co-written.
the fifth album from the British hip-hopster. AIM is the follow-up to Matangi. The album was going to be called Matahdatah, with it’s original concept of audiovisual series filmed around the world. She considers it her most positive work, saying that there are “no complaints” on it, and announced it as her last album.
De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody
the ninth album from the hip hop trio. And The Anonymous Nobody is their first studio album in four years. Includes the single ‘Pain’ featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and others. As the band states in their press release: “Hey, everybody! We are De La Soul: Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo. Over the last three years, we’ve collaborated with some of L.A.’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. We have a fantastic cast of artist we’ve collaborated with. Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have blessed us with their talents.”
The Bad Plus: It’s Hard
The Bad Plus’ eleventh studio recording, It’s Hard sees the leaderless trio – bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King – returning to the distinctive deconstruction of pop forms that first drew them international attention almost two decades ago. Recorded this past April at NYC’s Brooklyn Recording with longtime engineer Pete Rende (Joshua Redman, Bill McHenry), the album spans both era and inspiration as The Bad Plus offer new perspectives on classic songs from the 1970s to the 2010s. While the four most recent Bad Plus albums have focused on predominantly original material, It’s Hard showcases the trio’s inimitable gift for intrepid and audacious interpretation. A lyrical take on Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” stands alongside the motorik futurism of Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and the post-millennial indie creativity of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” and TV On The Radio’s “Staring At The Sun,” altering pop, prog rock, country, psychedelia, and more via an unmatched gift for wit, harmonic innovation and rhythmic brilliance. Their expressive reading of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” – coincidentally recorded a month before the legend’s untimely death – is a potent tribute to a figure that loomed large in the lives of these Minnesotan musicians. The Bad Plus has spent nearly two decades expanding the parameters of what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The genre-smashing band has crafted a repertoire of innovative original music, along with a daring series of iconoclastic covers spanning such diverse artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. No matter the material, The Bad Plus continue to mine the very same aesthetic principles that inspired their inception, exploring myriad musical forms through the unparalleled interpretive power of jazz.
Glass Animals: How To be a Human
Glass Animals’ rise has gained the Oxford four-piece a legion of fans all over the world. The band’s debut Zaba, released on Harvest Records, has so far sold nearly half a million copies worldwide and amassed 200 million Spotify streams. How To Be A Human Being is a scrapbook of their time spent on the road, gathering memories and perceptions of different types of people from all around the world.
Banks & Steelz: Anything But Words
Banks & Steelz – a musical collaboration between Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks. RZA and Banks first began working on music together in 2013. RZA told Rolling Stone at the time that the idea to collaborate with the Interpol frontman sparked after RZA’s manager asked him who he wanted to do an album with. “When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” RZA says. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”
The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Strong Like That
From the opening swampy piano runs, crispy funk lead riffs, earthy and raunchy harmonica runs, and Kim Wilson’s down-to-the-bone soul growls on the Motown classic “(I Know I’m) Losing You” to the bright Stax-inflected guitars and horns of the Eddie Floyd classic “Never Found Me a Girl,” The Fabulous Thunderbirds take flight on their new album, Strong Like That. The band balances the mournfulness of blues with all the joy of soul music, and the tunes here are often so bright that they drive us up out of our seats to the dance floor to groove to The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ smooth and soulful sound. Henry Carrigan, No Depression.
The invocation of classic West Coast psychedelia that permeates Morgan Delt’s Sub Pop debut album feels like a continuous sunrise, never concealing it’s influences yet perfectly putting it’s songs through a gauzy lens that blurs and obscures. Is such a thing even possible after witnessing umpteen reverb-jockeys creating their own take on the genre? Can anything truly different be done in the realm of being both original and reverent, wearing favorite records and artists’ moves on one’s sleeve? Definitely the case with our man here. After releasing a 6-song cassette in 2013 followed by a full length for the Trouble In Mind label, the California native now fine-tunes his sound world outwardly rather than honing in on a specific trajectory, allowing all of said influences to coexist together in a unique yet undoubtedly Californian vision. The resulting 10-song collection, performed entirely by Delt, recorded in his Topanga Canyon studio, and mastered by JJ Golden, is a home-fi construction with a more subtle, brain-tickling character than it’s predecessor, and somewhat reflects a realist take on the flower power fantasy of 1967. Doused in echo and haze, slow chords lap in like Pacific waves, flanked by gentle whispers of multi-tracked, cooing vox, phased guitars and fuzz that calmly surrounds the listener’s head less than it jabs at the cortex.
As a writer of dozens of songs with hooks that stick in your head, Rolling Stone has called Butch Walker, “one of America’s best singer-songwriters,” as he has penned choruses you want to sing (or shout) along to from acts including Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, Taylor Swift, and many more. He is a teller of authentic stories of exploits and predicaments and romance that are filled with optimism; builder of albums with no boundaries – rock, pop, Americana, singer-songwriter… or, as he says, “I think it’s all just rock & roll.” Stay Gold, his 8th studio album, is clearly Walker’s most articulate to date. When asked if the stories are real or imagined, he replies, “All the songs are half true.”
From the artist who brought us numerous hit songs including “Wherever You Are,” “Barefoot and Crazy,” “Love You,” and “Barbie Doll,” along with “Seeing Stars,” an incredible duet with songstress Patty Griffin, comes a brandnew concept project from Texas native Jack Ingram. On his eighth studio album, Midnight Motel, Ingram finds the creative freedom to write his most expressive and emotionally raw songs to date.
J-Diggs is a Bay Area fixture who is the co-CEO of the late Mac Dre’s label, Thizz Entertainment. He was one of the more prominent artists during Mac Dre’s prime before he was killed. His 2016 album, California Livin’ Pt. 3 features the late Mac Dre and The Jacka, as well as E-40, Berner, Nef The Pharaoh, and others.
Florida Georgia Line
the third album from the country superstars. Dig Your Roots was produced by Joey Moi, whom FGL have worked with since the start of their career. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard penned more than half of the tracks on the album. Includes the massive hit single “H.O.L.Y.” as well as “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw), “Life Is A Honeymoon” (featuring Ziggy Marley) and “God, Your Mama And Me” (featuring Backstreet Boys).
Deluxe CD/DVD edition comes in a special six-panel digipak. An incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren! Includes some of Todd’s best known songs including “Hello It’s Me” and “Bang On The Drum” plus fan favorites that haven’t been performed live in decades. Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on December 15, 2015.
The greatest star to ever come out of Broadway, Barbra Streisand returns to her roots with Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. This album includes duets with Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Anthony Newley, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, and Patrick Wilson. The legendary performer rose to unprecedented fame while starring on Broadway with her stage debut in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and then as comedienne Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. With the longest span of #1 albums in history – six decades – Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best-Selling Artists list. With the release of her last album, Partners, Streisand has had 33 albums make the Top 10 on the US charts. Streisand is the female artist with the most #1 albums in Billboard’s history. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. She has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, and eight Grammys.
the ninth studio album from the pop priestess. Includes the single “Make Me” (featuring G-Eazy). Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with nearly 100 million records sold worldwide. So far, Spears has earned a total of six #1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 – five of which went to #1. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.
Two CD collection of the earliest Beach Boys recordings. In September of 1961 Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Mike Love stepped up to a microphone together for the first time at the home of Hite and Dorinda Morgan to demo The Beach Boys’ first three songs. Between that September date and March 1962, before signing a seven-year contract with Capitol Records on May 24, 1962, they committed nine songs to tape under the direction of Hite and Dorinda Morgan. Some iconic, others obscure-“Surfin’, ” “Luau, ” “Lavender, ” “Surfin’ Safari, ” “Surfer Girl, ” “Judy, ” “Beach Boy Stomp” (aka “Karate”), “Barbie, ” and “What Is A Young Girl Made Of”- Every complete take, false start, master take, and every second of studio banter during these historic recordings is gathered on this landmark collection, Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions.
Make It Stop !
three CD collection released to coincide with the pop/rock quartet’s 50th Anniversary. The 50 tracks contained on this collection span their entire career from their 1966 debut single “Last Train To Clarksville” to the glorious “She Makes Me Laugh” and “You Bring The Summer”, both released five decades later (on their 2016 album Good Times). The Monkees are an American rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968.
Timed to the CD and vinyl release date for their latest album A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead just announced that on June 17 various record stores (including The Last Record Store) around the world will be hosting Live From A Moon Shaped Pool, a “unique Radiohead event” that will feature “an exclusively day long audio stream from the band, competitions, instructional artworks and more.” …
Please come by our FREE 331/3 Anniversary party on Sunday June 26 at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. 2pm until Late…
Confirmed bands so far from:
THE DIXIE GIANTS
THE FREAK ACCIDENT
SANTIAGO (Performing “Rosenberg’s After Dark”)
(UNNAMED SPECIAL GUEST)
THE DOWN HOUSE