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NEW RELEASES May 26, 2017:
The Beatles: Sgt.Peppers Mania
First of all, can we agree that this record is awesome?
Here are the remastered offerings :

Deluxe two CD edition featuring the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD of 18 tracks, including previously unreleased alternate takes of each of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. The second CD also includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of ‘Penny Lane,’ and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased alternate takes of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’ 2017 release, the 50th Anniversary remixed and remastered edition of one of rock music’s most influential albums. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, sourced directly from the four-track masters at Abbey Road Studios in London, and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin. It was 50 years ago when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album.
Deluxe six disc (four CDs + DVD + Blu-ray) edition. The audio CDs contain the new stereo mix of the album by Giles Martin, two CDs containing over 100 minutes of Sgt. Pepper Sessions and, on the fourth CD, the original 1967 mono mix of the album and bonus tracks including three previously unreleased mixes. The Blu-ray and DVD feature the fully restored 1992 documentary The Making of Sgt. Pepper, including interviews with Paul, George and Ringo and fascinating in-the-studio footage introduced by George Martin. Restored promotional films for ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’. 2017 Giles Martin 5.1 surround sound mix and high-resolution stereo audio in 96KHz/24bit of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band plus ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’. Also includes 144-page hardback book featuring an introduction by Sir Paul McCartney, comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, in-depth essays about the design of the cover, the album’s musical innovations and it’s historical context… and much more. Illustrations include photographs from the recording sessions, handwritten lyrics and Abbey Road documentation. PLUS a replica of the original card insert and two bonus posters. 2017 release, the 50th Anniversary remixed and remastered edition of one of rock music’s most influential albums. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, sourced directly from the four-track masters at Abbey Road Studios in London, and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin. It was 50 years ago when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album.
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket featuring the new stereo album mix on the first LP and adds a second LP with previously unreleased alternate takes for each of the album’s 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. 2017 release, the 50th Anniversary remixed and remastered edition of one of rock music’s most influential albums. The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, sourced directly from the four-track masters at Abbey Road Studios in London, and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin. It was 50 years ago when The Beatles’ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album.

Long Strange Trip
Two CD set. Long Strange Trip is an unprecedented four-hour documentary about the legendary band The Grateful Dead from executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence, The Departed), and director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley). Long Strange Trip probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove The Grateful Dead in their 30-year career. The first biographical film authorized and supported by the band, LST includes never-before-seen archival footage (of performances, backstage, and home movies) as well as new interviews with band members and cultural critics.

Shakira: El Dorado
So far, this album has spun off four massive hits. The fun started with “La Bicicleta” (The Bicycle), a shimmering fusion of urban and Colombian vallenato music in collaboration with Carlos Vives. This song spent 25 big weeks at #1 on the Billboard “Latin Airplay” chart and was certified 5x Platinum in Spain. It was followed up by the seductive track “Chantaje” (Blackmail) feat. Maluma. With over 1.1 billion views on YouTube, it is one of the platform’s biggest Latin hits in history. It also reached #1 on the “Latin Airplay” chart and was certified Double Platinum in Spain. Chantaje has reached 16x Platinum Certification by the RIAA for more than 900K units sold. Delighting her followers with the sensual bachata rhythm, she then released the single “Deja vu” feat. Prince Royce, which hit #1 on the Billboard “Tropical Songs” chart. Her latest hit “Me Enamoré” (I Fell in Love), which tells her love story with Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué, has quickly become another hit sitting in the Top 5 of Billboard’s “Latin Pop Songs” chart. Other tracks on this album include “Nada” (Nothing); “Amarillo” (Yellow); “Perro Fiel” (Lap Dog) feat. Nicky Jam; “Trap” feat. Maluma; “Comme Moi” (Like Me) feat. French artist Black M; and “Toneladas” (Tons). El Dorado also has three songs in English: “When a Woman,” “Coconut Tree” and “What We Said” feat. Canadian band Magic!. El Dorado is her first Spanish-language album since Sale el Sol (2010) and her first studio album since her self-titled 2014 LP.

Justin Townes Earl: Kids In The Street
Kids In The Street is the seventh album from American roots troubadour, Justin Townes Earle. After marrying, moving to various corners of the country and continuous touring with both full band and solo, Earle made time to reflect on the past few years and find new clarity. With Kids In The Street, he made a conscious decision to work with a producer for the first time in his now decade-long career. Earle made the trip to Omaha, Nebraska to work with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, M. Ward, Connor Oberst) at ARC Studios. Together, they hand-picked musicians to create a new sound and environment for the songs that speaks to Justin’s roots, musically and personally. This creative collaboration, paired with Justin’s longtime guitarist Paul Niehaus, has resulted in an album that takes a big step forward.

Bill Frisell: Small Town
Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town begins with a tribute to Motian in the form of a searching, 11-minute interpretation of the late drummer s composition ‘It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago’, the duo’s counterpoint yielding a hushed power. Morgan has appeared on several ECM albums of late, as bassist of choice for Tomasz Stanko, Jakob Bro, David Virelles, Giovanni Guidi and Masabumi Kikuchi. Small Town sees Frisell and Morgan pay homage to jazz elder Lee Konitz with his ‘Subconscious Lee’, and there are several country/blues-accented Frisell originals, including the hauntingly melodic title track. The duo caps the set with an inimitable treatment of John Barry’s famous James Bond theme ‘Goldfinger’.

Jaco Pastorious: Truth, Liberty & Soul
Two CD live archive release. Truth, Liberty & Soul Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording captures the iconic bass innovator Jaco Pastorius leading a 22-piece big band on June 27, 1982 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City as part of George Wein’s Kool Jazz Festival. Featuring a congregation of the top jazz musicians on the New York scene at the time such as Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson and others, along with the legendary harmonicist Toots Thielemans as a special guest. Truth, Liberty & Soul showcases Jaco’s brilliant compositions for large ensembles with electrifying energy of a live performance. A portion of the concert was previously broadcast on the NPR program Jazz Alive! In 1982, but this is the first official release authorized by the Jaco Pastorius Estate, Warner Music Group and NPR Music and contains an additional 40 minutes which never aired. Culled from the original 24-track tape reels, this is the complete concert from start-to-finish, with the sound meticulously restored for release and mastered by the original recording engineer from the broadcast, and multi-Grammy award winner, Paul Blakemore.

NEW RELEASES May 19, 2017:
Linkin’ Park: One More Light
the seventh album by the alt-rockers. One More Light is a moment in time. It’s built on personal stories, sweat-stained and reeling from injuries-the product of six voices, each coming clean about their lives and struggles, as if it were the first time. We get an unobstructed view into what makes the band tick as people, fathers, husbands, musicians, and friends. The album features guest appearances from Pusha T, Stormzy, and Kiiara, the last being the first female singer featured on a Linkin Park studio album. The album also includes Jon Green, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Ross Golan, Michael Leary, Andrew Goldstein, blackbear, and Eg White as co-songwriters, marking the first time Linkin Park has collaborated with other songwriters on a studio album.

Papa Roach: Crooked Teeth
Papa Roach have never taken the easy way out and they aren’t going to start now. Over the past two decades the group has established itself as a true trendsetter in heavy music: They’ve been nominated for two Grammys, toured the globe with everyone from Eminem to Marilyn Manson. However the group’s Crooked Teeth sees the band returning to their humble-and hungry-roots. The album was recorded in a cramped West Hollywood studio with up-and-coming producers Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and Colin Brittain, who grew up listening to Papa Roach and inspired them to revisit some of the traits that personally endeared the band to them, most notably frontman Jacoby Shaddix’s remarkable rapping technique. Never one to shy away from difficult topics, Papa Roach dug deep with Crooked Teeth and refused to censor themselves when it came to their opinion of the current political landscape and organized religion. For example, on “None Of The Above,” every ounce of musical intensity on the album is mirrored by Shaddix’s words whether he’s screaming, singing or rhyming.

Rascal Flatts: Back To Us
from the country music superstars. With 16 career #1’s to their name, vocal group Rascal Flatts maintain their reputation for infectious anthems with their highly-anticipated 10th studio album Back To Us. As the best-selling country vocal group of the past decade, they have sold over 23.4 million albums and over 33.7 million digital downloads worldwide. Rascal Flatts are also the most awarded country group of the past decade earning over 40 trophies from the ACMs, CMAs, and more.

Matisyahu: Undercurrent
Matisyahu’s sixth studio album, Undercurrent, is musically his most courageous and lyrically his most vulnerable release to date. The music comes from trust. Trust in his band. There are no post-production bells and whistles, excessive overdub distractions, or litany of special guests. On Undercurrent, the vulnerability felt throughout the lyrical narrative comes from acceptance in uncertainty. It’s a musical reframing of the Jewish philosophical differences between the constant of faith and the immediacy of trust. Together, Matisyahu and his band have crafted a fully realized concept album about the forces within. The undercurrents of life, pulling at us all beneath the surface, and unseen by those looking only at the surface.

Little Steven: Soulfire
the first solo album in almost two decades from the rocker/actor/Springsteen sideman. The last time Steven Van Zandt released a record on his own was in 1999 with Born Again Savage. But it’s not like he hasn’t been busy the past 18 years. In addition to his regular gig as Bruce Springsteen’s right-hand man in the E Street Band, he’s starred in a couple of TV shows (including The Sopranos), hosts the weekly syndicated radio program Little Steven’s Underground Garage and formed his own label, Wicked Cool Records. Van Zandt is backed on the album by a new lineup of the Disciples of Soul, the band he put together for his first solo record back in 1982, Men Without Women. “I have very little interest in the modern world, and I’m not in any way conflicted about that,” he says of the new album. “I grew up in a renaissance period, a very lucky time when the greatest music ever made was also the most commercial. We’ll never see that again so for me, there’s only one criteria, which is greatness. That’s all I care about. Is what I’m doing reaching for greatness? Whether I achieve it or not, that is one hundred percent of my criteria.”

Rammstein: Paris
live release from the German industrial rockers. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund shot two acclaimed Rammstein concerts at the Palais Omnisports arena in Paris in front of 17,000. Featuring 22 songs from the band’s entire repertoire, the resulting film is not only the most spectacular collection of imagery about the most successful German rock band, but also a masterpiece of music cinema, capturing Rammstein’s energy as a unique visual and sonic experience. Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band, formed in 1994 in Berlin. Throughout it’s existence, Rammstein’s six-man lineup has remained unchanged-singer Till Lindemann, guitarists Richard Z. Kruspe and Paul H. Landers, bassist Oliver “Ollie” Riedel, drummer Christoph “Doom” Schneider and keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz.

Oumou Sangare: Mogoya
The wait is finally over. The greatest living female voice in African music, Oumou Sangare releases Mogoya (meaning “people today”) on a new record label with an all-new production team and a wonderful new set of songs. The power of Oumou’s voice and the potency of her message remain as strong as ever and, while her sound is rooted deep in the continuity of Malian tradition, Mogoya has a strong new sound. Co-produced by Andreas Unge in Stockholm and by the French production collective A.l.b.e.r.t. (who have worked with among others Air, Tony Allen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck, Franz Ferdinand) in Paris, it draws on a rich musical heritage whilst also looking to the future. On the album, traditional African instruments – the kamele n’goni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash percussion – are augmented by electric guitar, bass, keyboards and synths with Tony Allen on drums. As Oumou puts it, “This time round I wanted to go for more of a modern sound, to satisfy young people in Mali but being careful, all the while, to respect my culture and tradition”.

Jade Jackson: Gilded
Jade Jackson’s stunning debut album Gilded offers a powerful introduction to the young singer-songwriter’s preternatural writing and distinguishingly raw sound that is simultaneously new and old, merging a youthful spiritedness with a weary storyteller’s perspective. The Bluegrass Situation called Jackson’s moody and romantic sound “part Hank Williams, part the Smiths” and a “unique combination of deadpan and delicate” while Rolling Stone featured Jackson in their “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” list, describing her as “a raspy-throated, confident-beyond-her-years songwriter channeling Hank Williams via a somber goth-folk aesthetic.” Produced by Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness, Gilded is unapologetically country rock, merging the heartbreak and resilience of Lucinda Williams with the melodic confidence of Emmylou Harris, yet containing the emotional presence of a young musician who cherished albums by The Gun Club and Smiths alongside the works of George Jones and Hank Williams. Ness says of their collaboration, “I wouldn’t have done this record if I didn’t believe in her and her potential. The songs were amazing and came to life each week we worked on them. She is an old soul and it comes through in her songwriting and performing. She truly is one of a kind, raw and unique. She put her trust in me and I trusted she’d deliver and she did.”

Pokey LaFarge: Manic Revelations
Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics, always in search of the purest truth within the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on Manic Revelations. A musician, a storyteller, a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience… Pokey LaFarge sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. From the broad social narrative of ‘Riot In The Streets’ to the internal tension of ‘Must Be A Reason’ and ‘Bad Dreams’ to the profound alienation of ‘Silent Movie,’ these Manic Revelations are questions, they are answers, they are an epoch for Pokey LaFarge.

Tom Russell: Play One More
Great songwriters recognize great songwriters and Tom Russell is one of the most recognized. He’s been covered by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely and a hundred others. With Play One More: The Songs of Ian and Sylvia, Tom pays homage to two Canadian folk musicians. The album features twelve covers of Tom’s favorite Ian and Sylvia tracks, as well as two of their previously unreleased tracks

The Mountain Goats: Goths
From Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats: “The theme this time around is goth, a subject closer to my heart perhaps than that of any Mountain Goats album previous. And while John writes the songs, as he always has, it feels more than ever like he’s speaking for all of us in the band, erstwhile goths (raises hand) or otherwise, for these are songs that approach an identity most often associated with youth from a perspective that is inescapably adult. “Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example. But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers – the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world – the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of it’s opposite. “It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did.”

Chastity Brown: Silhouette of Sirens
An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Chastity Brown melds folk, pop, soul and gospel on Silhouette of Sirens, weaving together a poet’s lyrical ear and a raw soul-laid-bare quality. The album’s 10 original tracks introduce us to an exciting new voice – a songwriter of power and conviction who isn’t afraid to bare her heart as she sings of heartbreak, need and love. With an electrifying voice that thrums with emotion, she creates moods by layering her sprawling melodies over pulsing rhythms and soaring choruses. Raised in Tennessee, she now calls Minnesota home. As a bi-racial woman she writes from the cultural experience and perspective of “being just as much one thing as the other… The feeling of being within, yet apart.” Straddling worlds and musical genres, Brown’s emotionally charged songs are unforgettable and transforming.

The Mastersons: Transient Lullaby
Don’t bother asking The Mastersons where they’re from. Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Terlingua; they’ve called each home in just the last few years alone. If you really want to get to know this husband-and-wife duo, the better question to ask is where they’re going. For the last seven years, The Mastersons have kept up a supremely inexorable touring schedule, performing as both the openers for Steve Earle and as members of his band, The Dukes, in addition to playing their own relentless slate of headline shows and festivals. Written in a slew of different cities around the world, the band’s new album, Transient Lullaby, out May 19, 2017 on Red House REcords, is a late-night collection of subtle, evocative performances that showcase the itinerant couple at their absolute finest. Musically, the album is rich with intoxicating harmonies that float above Eleanor Whitmore’s stirring string arrangements and Chris Masterson’s adroit guitar work, but it’s the deeply personal songwriting that always manages to steal the show.

Wavves: You’re Welcome
The word ‘brat’ has followed Nathan Williams around for almost a decade, but at the age of 30, with a fully-fledged business to his name, as well as the ongoing success of band Wavves, his rebellious streak has proven not just purposeful but pretty damn inspiring. You’re Welcome is the soundtrack to this new lease of freedom. It’s Williams’ tongue-in-cheek rebirth as a self-released, self-actualized, self-promoting punk kingpin, and despite putting his money where his uncensored mouth is, he’s emerged not just unscathed but with the upper hand. Williams took himself into producer Dennis Herring’s (King Of The Beach) studio in Downtown LA, and for the first time since the early records worked regular office hours and almost entirely alone. You’re Welcome is mostly comprised of Williams’ oddball, sample-led brainstorms. He came up with 40 tracks, now whittled down to twelve, fat-free punk zingers. A sample nerd, Williams delved into his obsession with 1950s doo-wop and – surprisingly – international folk, including Cambodian pop and ’70’s psychedelia from South America. The results make for one of the most diverse and intricate Wavves records yet. “Come To The Valley” contains a Phil Spector meets Beach Boys ’60s high school dance vibe, whereas title track “You’re Welcome” riffs on sound effects that could almost originate from Bizarro World, never mind Cambodia. Nathan Williams never went away, but now he’s made sure he’s here to stay for longer. And for that, You’re Welcome.

Los Straitjackets: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love…
Following three holiday tours with Nick Lowe, America’s foremost instrumental guitar combo Los StraitJackets couldn’t help but ask the question, “What would Nick Lowe’s songs sound like as instrumentals?” Well the Grammy-nominated guitar heroes will answer that question with the release of What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Los StraitJackets on Yep Roc Records. Produced by Neil Brockbank, Nick Lowe’s producer and longtime collaborator, the band delves into thirteen of Lowe’s most iconic songs from his illustrious career with original arrangements. The album also features longstanding Lowe band member Geraint Watkins on keyboards, the recording debut of Royston Lowe on percussion, and a vocal cameo by Nick Lowe himself.

Selwyn Birchwood: Pick Your Poison
The brightest young star in contemporary blues returns with an amazing follow-up to Don’t Call No Ambulance, his remarkable 9000 unit-scanning debut, winner of the 2015 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Album. Pick Your Poison bursts with exhilarating, genre-expanding blues and roots anchored by the artist’s gruff, urgent vocals and fiery guitar and lap steel playing. Thirteen striking originals-raw roots rock, infectious Southern R&B, sweaty funk jams, searing blues and after hours ballads-forge a groundbreaking new sound created by one of the most sensational new blues talents in ages.

! ! ! : Shake The Shudder
!!! (Chk Chk Chk), the venerable New York City dance-punk band, return on Warp Records with Shake The Shudder. Recorded at the band’s home studio in Brooklyn, produced by longtime collaborator Patrick Ford at Taaffe Palace, and mixed by dance luminaries Phil Moffa, Joakim and Matt Wiggins, Shake The Shudder is a product of !!!’s DIY punk roots presenting a harder edge lyrically and sonically, while incorporating trans-Atlantic electronic music influences. The album also features a cast of rotating singers including Lea Lea, Meah Pace, Nicole Fayu, Cameron Mesirow and Molly Schnick. Thematically, Shake To Shudder reflects a band that has been together for twenty years. In the band’s early days, they had the typical punk attitude, pointing fingers at everything that’s going wrong in the world to cover up for their own inner turmoil. Now the band, older and wiser, are more comfortable with being more vulnerable, looking inwards instead of reacting outwards. To them you do this through friends, music, dancing, lovers… for Shake The Shudder, the sound of protest can be a march or it can be a sick groove paired with some short shorts.

Wynton Kelly Trio: Smokin’ in Seattle
Limited deluxe digipak edition. Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) presents previously unreleased live sets by jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery with the irrepressibly swinging pianist Wynton Kelly and his trio captured live at the Penthouse in Seattle, WA on April 14 and 21, 1966. Recorded less than a year after Wes and Wynton’s classic 1965 live album Smokin at the Half Note, which guitarist Pet Metheny calls ‘the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made, ‘ Smokin’ in Seattle finds the dynamic duo joined by the solid rhythm section of bassist Ron McClure (Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson) and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. The deluxe CD includes an extensive 40-page book of liner notes featuring rare photos by Lee Tanner, Chuck Stewart, Tom Copi, Joe Alpert and others; essays by modern jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny, Seattle Times writer Paul de Barros, Resonance producer Zev Feldman, original recording engineer and Seattle Radio DJ Jim Wilke, bassist Ron McClure; plus interviews with NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb and pianist Kenny Barron.

NEW RELEASES May 12, 2017:

Harry Styles
the highly anticipated 2017 self-titled debut album from the global superstar. The ten track album features the lead single “Sign of the Times,” which topped the charts in over 80 countries upon it’s release day. “Sign of the Times” was produced by Jeff Bhasker and co-written by Styles, with additional production by Alex Salibian and Tyler Johnson. Harry is known as a member of the pop boy band One Direction. He made his debut as a singer with his band White Eskimo, who performed locally in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. In 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Styles was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, to form One Direction.

Zac Brown Band: Welcome Home
from Grammy-Award winning country music outfit Zac Brown Band, their first release on Southern Ground/Elektra Records. Produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and In The Arena Productions, and recorded at Southern Ground Nashville studio, Welcome Home is what the band calls not only a return to their roots, but also a return to The Foundation, the band’s debut album that is now 5X platinum. The theme of reflection is echoed throughout the 10-track album. Songs range from the first single, “My Old Man,” which paints a poignant picture of the ever-changing relationship between fathers and sons to “Two Places at One Time,” about juggling the conflict between life on the road and the comforts of home, and “Roots,” which honors the band’s journey from their humble beginnings. In addition, the band continues their tradition of recording a cover song they all admire, this time with John Prine’s “All The Best.” “This is the most personal album we’ve ever done and we’re very proud of it,” said Brown. “Welcome Home.”

Paramore: After Laughter
the fifth album from the alt-rock band and their first in four years. After Laughter was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B – Paramore’s first time recording in their beloved hometown. The album was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore’s own Taylor York. After Laughter also marks the return of original member Zac Farro back to the band. Paramore formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004. The group released it’s debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, with the album reaching number eight on the UK Rock Chart and number thirty on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. The band’s second album, Riot!, was released in 2007. Riot! Was a mainstream success and was certified Platinum in the United States. Their 2009 follow-up, Brand New Eyes, is the band’s second-highest charting album to date, landing at number two on the Billboard 200. Following the departure of Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, the band released their self-titled fourth album in 2013. It gave the band their first career number one on the US Billboard 200 and was also the number one album in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

Todd Rundgren: White Knight
Veteran producer, pioneering performer and legendary songwriter Todd Rundgren returns with a 2017 album featuring a stellar line-up of all-star guest performers! White Knight showcases Rundgren’s incredibly diverse range of styles from soulful art rock to ambient synth pop and includes performances from Rundgren’s equally diverse musical companions such as Trent Reznor, Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Joe Walsh (of The Eagles), Daryl Hall, Dam Funk, Joe Satriani, Robyn and others. Includes the tracks “I Got Your Back,” “Chance for Us,” “Tin Foil Hat,” “Sleep,” “That Could Have Been Me,” “Deaf Ears,” “This Is Not a Drill” and others.

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album
Two CD pressing. The Bob’s Burgers Music Album features 107 songs from the first 107 episodes of Bob’s Burgers, plus five special cover versions of songs from the show. Originally broadcast within the episodes – and often in abbreviated form – these songs appear here in their freestanding glory for the first time.

American Epic: The Soundtrack

NEW RELEASES May 5, 2017:

Chris Stapleton: From a Room Volume 1
the highly anticipated full-length album from the country music singer/songwriter is the first new music from Stapleton since 2015’s breakthrough double platinum solo debut Traveller and will be followed by From A Room: Volume 2 coming later this year. The album takes it’s name from Nashville s historic RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016-17. Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, Volume 1 features eight original songs as well as a rendition of “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar and made famous by Willie Nelson. Other highlights include “Second One To Know”. In addition to Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums and musicians Mickey Raphael on harmonica, Robby Turner pedal steel and Mike Webb on keys.

Blondie: Pollinator
from the veteran band fronted by Debbie Harry. Pollinator is Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers and NME Godlike Genius Award winners Blondie’s 11th album. Pollinator has been two years in the making and follows on from 2014’s 40th anniversary celebrations and the subsequent release of Ghosts Of Download. Alongside original band members Chris Stein, Debbie Harry and drummer Clem Burke, the album also features contributions from: Johnny Marr, Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes) and The Gregory Brothers.

Logic: Everybody
Rapper Logic paid homage to some of his favorite artists such as J. Cole and hip hop journalist Rob Markman on the artwork of Everybody. Produced by PSTMN, Logic and 6IX, the engrossing title track finds the Def Jam artist mesmerizing listeners with his rapid flow on the sometimes uncomfortable subject of race-particularly his own identity issues.

Diana Krall: Turn Up The Quiet
celebrates jazz and the Great American Songbook, reuniting Diana with Grammy Award-winning producer, Tommy LiPuma. Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall’s unique artistry has made her one of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Diana chose the songs, created the arrangements and assembled the musicians (three different bands featuring Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Marc Ribot and more) for this album. Her voice and piano playing are as dazzling as ever and she’s in full command as bandleader on “Night and Day,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “Moonglow,” “Blue Skies,” “Sway,” “Dream,” “No Moon at All” and more.

Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child)
2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of Brandi Carlile’s breakthrough album The Story. To celebrate she recruited artists like Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Adele and many more for this Cover Stories album to benefit the charity War Child. Brandi describes this project as “… a David and Goliath story. Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child’s beautiful little life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how, through the power of music.”

Taj Mahal & Keb Mo: TajMo
TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who’ve already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer’s anthemic ‘Waiting on the World to Change.’

Mac DeMarco: This Old Dog
Before you ancients out there turn your heads and scoff at the premise of a 20-something rock-and-roll goofball calling himself an old-anything, consider this: said perpetrator, he who answers to the name Mac DeMarco, has spent the better part of his time thus far writing, recording, and releasing an album of his own music pretty much every calendar flip, and pretty much on his own. The fresh meat you’re now feasting on, This Old Dog, makes for his fifth in just over half a decade – bringing the total to 3 LPs and 2 EPs. According to the DMV, Mac is 26. But in working-dog years, he could easily qualify for social security. To stay gold, turns out all he needed was some new tricks. DeMarco wrote some demos for This Old Dog on an acoustic guitar, an unusual yet eye-opening method for him. He also attributes some of the delay to his exploration of new gear he’d purchased, specifically a CR-78 drum machine, which he used while writing and can be heard on his album tracks for the first time ever. “That thing helped a ton, especially for demoing,” he says. “It’s on the album a lot, maybe four or five songs. I usually demo on a drum machine and then record real drums, but I liked that machine so much I kept it on the album. The majority of this album is acoustic guitar, synthesizer, some drum machine, and one song is electric guitar. So this is a new endeavor for me.”

Ozomatli: Non-Stop Mexico to Jamaica
LA’s highly acclaimed multi-Grammy winning Latin-fusion institution return with an homage to their roots reinterpreting traditional and contemporary Mexican songs using signature Jamaican riddims! The album features a bevy of superstar guest appearances including Juanes, Regulo Caro, Gaby Moreno, and Kyle McDonald (of Slightly Stoopid) plus additional production by famed Jamaican producers Sly & Robbie! Ozomatli formed in 1995 and is known for advocating for farm-workers’ rights and immigration reform. The band has performed in various countries all over the world, including China, Tunisia, Jordan, and Burma. Although the band has had many member changes over the years and has sometimes had as many as ten members, the current six members have been in the band since it’s debut album.

The Sword: Greetings From…
Since first emerging with 2006’s Age of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer’s Body and Jonas Åkerlund s Horsemen. 2015’s High Country is the band’s biggest, boldest, and brightest frontier. Greetings From… encompasses the best elements of the band s live show and showcases the evolution of the entire band’s career. The Sword formed in Austin, Texas in 2003. The band has been categorized as a stoner rock and doom metal band, and is influenced by groups such as Black Sabbath and Sleep.

Perfume Genius: No Shape
2014’s Too Bright showcased Mike Hadreas stepping out saucily onto a bigger stage, expressing, with the production help of Portishead’s Adrian Utley, emotions arranged all along the slippery continuum from rage to irony to love. Here in 13 new ferocious and sophisticated tracks, Hadreas and his collaborators blow through church music, make out music, an array of the gothier radio popular formats, rhythm and blues, art pop, krautrock, queer soul, the RCA Studio B sound, and then also collect some of the sounds that only exist inside Freddy Krueger. Tremolo on the electric keys. Nightclubbing. Daywalking. Kate Bushing, Peter Greenawaying, Springsteening, Syreetaing. No Shape was produced by Blake Mills, the man behind Alabama Shakes’ Grammy Award winning album. He added precision and expansion. Some things are pretty and some are blasted beyond recognition. Records like this, records that make you feel like you’re 15 and just seeing the truth for the first time, are excessively rare. They’re here to remind you that you’re divine.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Lovely Creatures
the most comprehensive overview of the recorded work of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds to date. Spanning thirty years of music from their debut album From Her To Eternity through to Push The Sky Away their fifteenth studio album, the collection navigates one of the most exhilarating, idiosyncratic and inventive bodies of work created in contemporary music. Included are long-standing live favorites “Stagger Lee” and “The Mercy Seat,” their hit single from 1995 “Where The Wild Roses Grow” through to recent fan favorites “Jubilee Street” and “We No Who U R.” There are songs that newcomers may only know from their appearance on film and television soundtracks, notably “O Children” (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. I) and the ubiquitous “Red Right Hand,” most recently familiar to fans of the series Peaky Blinders. The album was compiled by Nick Cave and founding member Mick Harvey, with help from the current Bad Seeds. Band members past and present also raided their personal archives to provide previously unseen photos. Lovely Creatures was originally intended for release in 2014. Since it’s postponement the band have recorded and released their highly acclaimed sixteenth studio album Skeleton Tree.

Juliana Hatfield: Pussycat
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her Pussycat album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist. But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and 14 brand-new songs. Hatfield produced and played every instrument other than drums-bass, keyboards, guitars, vocals. From start to finish-recording through mixing-the whole thing took a total of just twelve and a half days to complete. Pussycat comes on the heels of last year’s Hatfield collaboration with Paul Westerberg, the I Don’t Cares’ Wild Stab album, and before that, 2015’s Juliana Hatfield Three reunion/reformation album, Whatever, My Love. Pussycat is being released into a very tense, divided and inflamed America. The songs are reflective of that atmosphere-angry (“When You’re A Star”), defiant (“Touch You Again”), disgusted (“Rhinoceros”), but also funny (“Short-Fingered Man”), reflective (“Wonder Why”), righteous (“Heartless”) and even hopeful (“Impossible Song”, with it’s chorus of ‘What if we tried to get along/and sing an impossible song’).

Flaming Lips: Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace
seven live (ish) tracks from Oczy Mlody reimagined as a fictional/fantastical live Flaming Lips performance on the International Space Station.

The Head and the Heart: Stinson Beach Sessions
unreleased demos from the writing of Signs of Light including three previously unreleased songs. Founded in the summer of 2009 in Seattle, WA, The Head and the Heart is comprised of Charity Rose Thielen, Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, Chris Zasche, Kenny Hensley and Tyler Williams. The band has released three albums thus far: The Head and the Heart, Let’s Be Still, and Signs of Light.

Peter Rowan: My Aloha!
Americana icon Peter Rowan has had a storied career. Whether singing and playing guitar for Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, opening for The Doors as part of Earth Opera (with David Grisman), having Sir George Martin produce his music while a member of Seatrain, performing with Jerry Garcia in Old & In The Way, writing “Panama Red” for the New Riders Of The Purple Sage or appearing on an Art Of Noise album, Rowan has been recording and entertaining for nearly 50 years-with no sign of stopping. My Aloha! Finds Peter returning to these Hawaiian roots, and bringing them into the present as only he can. Recorded in Honolulu, and accompanied by Douglas Po’oloa Toletino, Jeff Au Hoy, Kilin Reece, and Uncle Mike Souza, My Aloha! #contains 11 originals, played with the heart and style of those who understand that musical labels and genres are only that-simple definitions. It is the music that moves us. Listeners may be shocked at how close the sounds we equate with our favorite styles of music aren’t as far apart as we might think, each influencing, and borrowing heavily from others.

Black Lips: Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?
Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n’ roll. During the recording, the band isolated themselves from the outside world, infusing the album with a focused liveliness similar to the spirit that brought them together in the first place. On Satan’s graffiti or God’s art? founding members Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley teamed with former guitarist Jack Hines (who played in the group from 2002-2004) and recent additions Oakley Munson on drums and Zumi Rosow on saxophone. The album also features contributions by Saul Adamczewski of Fat White Family and guest vocals by Yoko Ono. Satan’s graffiti or God’s art? vindicates Black Lips for sticking it out through many years of shifting trends and buzz bands; a sonically captivating document that is as creatively unhinged as it is precisely executed, one of the rawest and most expansive albums in the band’s storied history.

Albert Brooks: A Star Is Bought
Worldwide CD debut! Albert Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein) is an American actor, filmmaker and comedian. A Star Is Bought was originally released on vinyl in 1975. The concept of this album was that Albert has decided to become a massive crossover music star and designed an album to appeal to many different clienteles as possible. He appeals to many famous friends, asking such musicians as Alice Cooper and Linda Rondstadt for advice. Albert King, Andrew Gold and David Geffen make appearances too. This CD will help remind you of how clever his comedy is. A true classic!

The Turtles: Six different reissues with bonus tracks up the wazoo

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NEW RELEASES April 28, 2017

Willie Nelson: God’s Problem Child
God’s Problem Child is Willie s first album to debut all-new songs since Band of Brothers in 2014. It includes 13 songs, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album’s title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell’s very last recording). Closing the album is “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie’s outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol 2
Original soundtrack to the 2017 motion picture. Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

John Mellencamp: Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
the 23rd full-length album from heartland rocker John Mellencamp. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies features Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. John Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock ‘n’ roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, and fervent political dissent. His passions and experiences resonate beautifully in this showcase of his music. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is produced by John Mellencamp. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s follow up to 2014’s critically-acclaimed, Plain Spoken, Mellencamp’s fourth consecutive Top 20 album, dating back to 2007’s Freedom Road.

Mary J Blige: Strength of a Woman
the 13th album from the R&B singer/songwriter. The album is her first full length studio release since 2014’s The London Sessions. Strength of a Woman features guest appearances by Kanye West, Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot, Prince Charlez, and Kaytranada. Features ‘Thick Of It’, U + Me (Love Lessons)’ and ‘Love Yourself’ (featuring Kanye West) which make up her most honest body of work to date.

New Found Glory: Makes Me Sick
Pop punk legends New Found Glory are back! This year marks the band’s 20 year anniversary, which will be celebrated with this album and a 20 year anniversary tour (appropriately titled 20 Years of Pop Punk) where they will be playing new material along with catalog albums from front to back. With two gold albums under their belts, endless tours, and pop punk hooks unlike any other, 2017 is set to the year of New Found Glory. The Coral Springs, Florida-based band formed in 1997. During their lengthy recording career, the band have released eight studio albums, one live album, two EPs, and three cover albums. Emerging as part of the second wave of pop punk in the late 1990s, music critics consider them a key pioneer of the genre.

Gorillaz: Humanz
Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, Humanz comes seven years on from the release of albums The Fall and Plastic Beach. Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are – as always – joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, de la Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others.

Old Crow Medicine Show: 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde
50 Years of Blonde on Blonde was recorded live at the CMA Theater located inside the historic Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located in Nashville, TN in May 2016. The album was mixed by Grammy Award-winning Ted Hutt and Ryan Mall. “Fifty years is a long time for a place like Nashville, Tennessee. Time rolls on slowly around here like flotsam and jetsam in the muddy Cumberland River. But certain things have accelerated the pace of our city. And certain people have sent the hands of the clock spinning. Bob Dylan is the greatest of these time-bending, paradigm-shifting Nashville cats,” says Ketch Secor, the primary vocalist of the Old Crow Medicine Show. “By deciding to record his newly found rock n’ roll voice in 1966 Nashville, Bob swung the gates of country music wide open; so wide, in fact, that 50 years later there was still enough of a crack left for Old Crow Medicine Show to sneak it’s banjos and fiddles through the gates with string band swagger.”

Feist: Pleasure
the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Feist. When Feist came out with 2011’s Metals, her underrated follow-up to The Reminder, she made it clear that she was not interested in playing the sparkly, quirky pop singer seen in the “1234” video for the rest of her days. “Built by what we got built for/As much as what we avoid,” she sings, shouting the first line and cooing the second. By the climax, she’s screaming about how pleasure is “what we’re here for” but still hinting at more than just straight-up carnality. She doubles down on the clamor with punkish hiccups, handclaps, and shouty chants. What began as a ruminative peek into why we desire, becomes a kind of rallying cry for how sex is our will. Now that’s the reminder.

Trombone Shorty: Parking Lot Symphony
Trombone Shorty’s Blue Note-debut, Parking Lot Symphony, captures the spirit and the essence of The Big Easy, while redefining it’s sound. Blazing through ’70s funk, rock, hip-hop and R&B, Parking Lot Symphony was produced by Chris Seefried (Andra Day, Fitz and The Tantrums) and features songs co-written by Aloe Blacc, and Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros).

Mark Lanegan: Gargoyle
from the alt-rock singer/songwriter and former Screaming Trees frontman. Features guest appearances from long-time collaborators Josh Homme [Queens Of The Stone Age], Greg Dulli [The Afghan Whigs] and Duke Garwood. Early in 2016, Mark was at home in LA, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album when he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favor: “I was like, Hey man, I’m getting ready to make a record, if you’ve got anything?'” Mark recalls. “Three days later he sent me 10 things!” Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California. Rob’s music fitted perfectly with the direction Mark had been pondering: in essence, a more expansive progression from the moody Krautrock-influenced electronica textures of his two previous albums, ‘Blues Funeral’ and ‘Phantom Radio’. Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan Band album.

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For the Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm album, the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound. The album opens with a driving, soulful version of Bill Withers’ “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” that sounds as if it was originally from an old Hi Rhythm recording. When Robert chose two Tony Joe White songs for the album, White, a big fan of Cray, came up from Nashville to sit in. First up is the moving ballad “Aspen, Colorado” (the sister song of his “Rainy Night in Georgia”). The other end of the spectrum is the swirling psychedelia of “Don’t Steal My Love.” The tribute to O.V. Wright and Hi Rhythm is the horn-driven version of “You Must Believe in Yourself.” Known for writing “Mustang Sally” and many other songs, Sir Mac Rice’s “I Don’t Care” follows on the album with an unforgettable hook, and Rice’s funky “Honey Bad” features more guitar brilliance from Cray. Moving into early R&B from the 5 Royales, Robert performs “I’m With You Pt. 1” then turns the guitar loose on “I’m With You PT 2.”

Mew: Visuals
the Danish alternative rock band’s 7th album, and follow up to their critically-acclaimed album, + -[Plus Minus]. Mew frontman Jonas Bjerre has worked on the projections for the band’s live shows since their early days. Usually, the Danish trio finish an album and Bjerre gets to work on the visuals. For their seventh record, though, the singer decided to turn things upside down, working on the visuals first and seeing if they informed the music. The resultant record feels like a culmination for one of rock’s most ambitious and inventive groups: Visuals is where Bjerre and his bandmates, bassist Johan Wohlert and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen, join the dots of a career that has spanned over two decades. Visuals is Mew at their most compact, their chemistry at it’s most potent. With only one song over five minutes, it’s their most concise album. Bjerre says there was no need for a grand, overarching concept. Each song on Visuals represents it’s own little chapter and story: nothing needed to be overly long. Twenty years into their career, Mew have the irrepressible ebullience of a band on their debut album. Visuals feels like the beginning of a new chapter.

 

NEW RELEASES April 21, 2017

Ray Davies: Americana
solo release from the British Rock icon best known as the main singer/songwriter in The Kinks. This is Ray Davies’ first new album in 10 years. It follows his acclaimed 2013 memoir of the same name, and uses the book as both source material and jumping off point. Davies wrote and arranged all the music on Americana and co-produced the album with Guy Massey and John Jackson with the Jayhawks serving as Davies’ backing band. Americana was recorded in London at Konk Studios, the legendary studio founded by The Kinks in 1973. The album is an autobiographical work, taking inspiration from the vital role America has played in Davies’ life over five decades. It also features a number of short spoken-word passages from the memoir. In Davies’ own words, “America is such a big story, a vast landscape, you can get lost in it. It’s possible in America to go ahead and have a new start somewhere.”

Incubus: 8
It’s been six years since fans were last graced with a new full-length Incubus album and that drought has ended with their aptly titled eighth full length offering, 8. The album was co-produced by Dave Sardy (Slayer, Helmet, Trouble) and Sonny Moore, better known as dubstep icon Skrillex. The album was nearly finished before Moore tweaked the mix on the song “Familiar Faces,” which then spiraled into a full co-production job. Guitarist Michael Einziger commented, “It just kind of energized everybody in the band and we’re really excited about the album, we can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Bee Gees: Timeless
one of the most successful bands of the rock era. The Bee Gees formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success; as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognizable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The Bee Gees’ Hall of Fame citation says “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.”

Sheryl Crow: Be Myself
the ninth studio album from multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and musician Sheryl Crow. For this album, Crow worked again with producer, musician, and songwriter Jeff Trott, a long-time collaborator throughout her career. Trott co-wrote many of Crow’s classic hits including “If It Makes You Happy” and “My Favorite Mistake.” Crow says her main goal was “to investigate what made my early songs strike people as being authentic and original. So for the first time in my life, I made it a point to sit down and really listen to my old records. I’d drive my kids to school and play the old stuff as I came back home. That helped me remember what it felt like when I was just beginning as an artist. But it wasn’t about repeating myself. It was about revisiting where I came from and seeing where that would take me now.” Be Myself is like each of her preceding releases: thoughtful and candid. It’s unlike them too, mainly in that it represents contradictory movement – a look at the world today powered in part by a return to the energy that first lofted Crow and her music into the limelight.

Brad Paisley: Love and War
the eleventh studio album from the country music superstar. Paisley has received numerous career awards, including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards and 14 CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year). The album includes collaborations with Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Timbaland and Bill Anderson. The album’s single, “Today,” peaked at #1 on the country radio chart.

Imelda May: Life Love Flesh Blood
the fifth studio album by Irish singer and songwriter Imelda May. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett, and features guest appearances by Jools Holland and Jeff Beck. The album marks a new direction for Maywho recently ended her marriage of eighteen years, making Life, Love, Flesh, Blood her most autobiographical record to date. Imelda May began her career in music at 16 by performing with a number of local bands and musician, before she formed her own band in 2002. Although known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Described as “a unique vocal talent,” May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday. She won the Best Female Artist of the Year award at the 2009 Meteor Awards.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: So It Is
the second album of all original songs by the New Orleans jazz outfit. The album was produced by Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio and contains seven brand new songs. The music on the album was influenced by a recent trip to Cuba. Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives it’s name from the Preservation Hall venue located in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band is known for performing traditional New Orleans-style jazz. The musicians in the groups have varied during the years since the founding of the hall in the early 1960s. Bands of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform at Preservation Hall on 726 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter, and tour around the world for more than 150 days a year.

The Raveonettes: 2016 Atomized
A collection of the acclaimed Danish duo’s twelve monthly 2016 singles which received coverage from NPR, Stereogum, Noisey, Nylon, Brooklyn Vegan, Q. Their 2014 album Pe’ahi reached #5 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” and received praise from Mojo, NME, Boston Globe. They’ve issued seven albums since 2003, via Columbia, Vice, and their own Beat Dies imprint.

Robyn Hitchcock
the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed The Man Upstairs. The new record was recorded in Nashville, Robyn’s new home base in the US, and was produced by Robyn and Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). This is the first time Robyn has made a full band album in the studio since 2008 and the record features a lot of key players, including Gillian Welch, Emma Swift, Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) and Grant-Lee Phillips. The psych-rock influence is a callback to his days with The Soft Boys and his early solo albums.

Thank You Friends: Big Star’s Third Live…and more
Thank You Friends: Big Star’s Third Live… and more celebrates the musical legacy of one of rock’s most influential bands – Big Star – and their legendary Third album. Experience this classic of late ’70s power pop through the prism of a collective of immensely talented fans, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., Yo La Tengo, and, of course, Big Star. Following the untimely death of Alex Chilton two days ahead of Big Star’s SXSW performance in 2010, famous friends and fans came from far and wide to play the gig in his honor. Much of that spontaneous ensemble, along with other musical titans, assembled at Glendale, CA’s Alex Theatre in April 2016 to record and film an epic performance. While the band may not be Big Star per se, the fabled group’s sole surviving original member, Jody Stephens, heads an amazing cast, whose membership includes latter-day Big Star alumni Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of the Posies, R.E.M’s Mike Mills, Let’s Active’s Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, and others. Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jessica Pratt, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, and Skylar Gudasz are among the guests who were joined by a full chamber orchestra helmed by the Kronos Quartet, performing scores created directly from the original multi-track tapes from Ardent Studios for this event. Carl Marsh, who wrote the original orchestrations, conducted.

Regina Carter: Accentuate The Positive (For Ella)
A hundred years after her birth, there are still plenty of lessons to be learned from listening to Ella Fitzgerald. But that’s not the only takeaway that Regina Carter has gleaned from Ella’s storied career. On Ella: Accentuate the Positive, the virtuoso violinist reveals the many aspects of Fitzgerald that have influenced her own remarkable path in music. That translates to an album that avoids the more obvious song choices in favor of more obscure though no less rewarding tunes from deep inside Ella’s bountiful catalogue. Instead of trying to echo Fitzgerald’s own choices and arrangements, or attempting the near impossible task of evoking her beloved voice on the violin, Carter has done what has always set her apart – followed her own dauntless instincts, resulting in a singular new take on both familiar and hidden classics. Carter’s enchantment with Ella Fitzgerald continued from childhood into adulthood and she grew to realize how much technique and virtuosity were involved in producing a sound so warm and inviting. The ability to spark that connection was central to Carter’s choice of songs for Ella: Accentuate the Positive. A master of improvisational jazz violin, Carter’s performances highlight the often overlooked potential of the jazz violin for it’s lyric, melodic and percussive potential.

Ron Sexsmith: The Last Rider
Canadian singer/songwriter, Ron Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music’s most celebrated producers – Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record. The Last Rider features 15 new Sexsmith original songs that are by turns happy, sad, romantic, bittersweet, uplifting, spiritual and witty. Recorded at The Bathouse studio on Lake Ontario near Toronto, sessions for the record were a marked change in approach from Sexsmith’s previous albums, as he recorded it with the musicians he knows best, his touring band – Don Kerr (drums), Jason Mercer (bass), Dave Matheson (keyboards) and Kevin Lacroix (guitar). The album was produced by Ron and Don Kerr, who have been friends and musical collaborators since they worked together as couriers in the late eighties. “I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British invasion artists I’ve always admired,” says Ron. “At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything you want to say. But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.” Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith’s songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.

David Luning Band in-store Saturday March 11

This Saturday March 11 2017 @ 2pm
David Luning Band celebrates their new album, “Restless”
with a Free LIVE performance. Kid Friendly.

NEW RELEASES March 11, 2017:

Greenhouse: Across That Lonesome Ocean
Their 5th album of Celtic-Folk-Fusion. See them at the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival March 11

Valerie June: The Order of Time
Valerie June’s acclaimed 2013 debut, Pushin’ Against a Stone, was a crucial stage in a meteoric rise from selling home recordings from a car to supporting the Rolling Stones and winning a fan in Michelle Obama. Her second album finds the Tennessean again blending genres – folk, classic pop, soul and Appalachian bluegrass – into a cohesive whole, thanks to her top-notch songwriting and sublime musicianship. With her sultry ache of a voice, she could presumably sing the phone book and make it quake with feeling. These are further tales of long lonely roads and men who done wrong, and this set adds African rhythms, spacey soundscapes and guest vocals from Norah Jones. The songs run the gamut from ‘Love You Once Made’s organ-blasting bluesy soul and ‘With You’s Nick Drakeish strings to ‘Shakedown’, which is like a country Can. It’s an album bursting with standouts, none more so than ‘Astral Plane’, which finds June full of childlike wonderment amid a gloriously ethereal atmosphere reminiscent of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. Fantastic stuff.

The Magnetic Fields: 50 Year Memoir
Five CD set. 2017 release from the alt-rock band led by Stephin Merritt. 50 Year Memoir chronicles the 50 years of songwriter Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per year; it was produced by Stephin Merritt with additional production by Thomas Bartlett and Charles Newman. This set includes an extensive interview by Daniel Handler and facsimile handwritten lyrics by Merritt. Stephin began recording on his 50th birthday: February 9, 2015. Unlike his previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction-in Merritt’s words, “a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis).” In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus.

Pieta Brown: Postcards
Postcards features a number of Brown’s musical friends, including Calexico, Bon Iver, Mark Knopfler and the Pines. She compiled the album by writing simple acoustic demos of what would become the album’s songs, sending them to the musicians that make up Postcards‘ roster of guests, and having those artists finish the tracks. Brown and her collaborators never worked in the same room, which lent the album its distance-implying title.
Watch an album teaser and see the full Postcards track listing below.
Postcards track listing:
1. In The Light (with Calexico)
2. Rosine (with Mike Lewis (Bon Iver))
3. Once Again (with David Mansfield)
4. How Soon (with Mason Jennings)
5. Street Tracker (with Mark Knopfler)
6. Stopped My Horse (with Carrie Rodriguez)
7. Station Blues (with Chad Cromwell)
8. Take Me Home (with David Lindley)
9. On Your Way (with Eric Heywood & Caitlin Canty)
10. All The Roads (with The Pines)

Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator
The Navigator tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at it’s own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads. Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The Navigator is the follow-up to 2014’s Small Town Heroes. The band’s impressive catalog spans a 10 year time frame.

Elliott Smith: Either / Or Expanded Edition
Either/Or is widely regarded as Elliott’s best album, and remains his best-selling. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of this masterpiece, Kill Rock Stars proudly presents Either/Or: Expanded Edition. This album features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane, owner of Jackpot! Studios and archivist of the Estate of Elliott Smith. The additional content features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem. The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos. This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Jerry Garcia: GarciaLive Volume Eight
Two CD live archive release from the late Grateful Dead leader. GarciaLive Volume Eight presents the Jerry Garcia Band’s November 23rd, 1991 performance at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. The fall ’91 tour as a whole is widely regarded as one of Garcia’s finest and this particular Saturday evening serves as a further testament to the legend. Fans in attendance at the Bradley Center braved an intense snowstorm and the audience’s palpable energy and enthusiasm was a likely catalyst for this spirited performance. Keyboardist Melvin Seals summarized the group nicely stating ‘That was the magic band. It’s not that the other scenarios didn’t work out but once we got to that level of the band with (drummer) Dave Kemper, John Kahn, Jerry, myself and the singers, Jackie (LaBranch) and Gloria (Jones) we all knew we had something special. That was the band.’

Laura Marling: Semper Femina
the sixth album from the British folk snger/songwriter. Semper Femina is an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s Short Movie and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling’s fierce intelligence; a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood. Laura’s debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle were each nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Brit Awards.

Murs: Captain California
a 13 track feast of pure Murs, follows Strange Music’s 2015 release Have a Nice Life. For two decades now, the South Central native has been one of the most prolific, yet underrated, emcees in the game-both as a solo act and a member of Living Legends. ‘GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)’, ‘Lemon Juice’ and ‘Shakespeare On The Low’ are just three highlights from one of Murs best albums yet. Murs’ name is an acronym (or backronym) that he himself has created multiple meanings for such as “Making the Universe Recognize and Submit” or “Making Underground Raw Shit.”

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Way Out West
the 18th studio album from the five time Grammy winning country music veteran. The album was conceived as a love letter by one of country music’s living legends, whom has played with everyone from Cash to Lester Flatt, to the lonely but magical American West, specifically the promised land of California. Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and featuring the Fabulous Superlatives -guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs- Marty’s longtime band, Way Out West is a cinematic tour-de-force. Listeners can feel the warmth of those desert winds over the album’s 15 tracks, a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Front Porch Sessions
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener “We Deserve a Happy Ending” to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of “One More Thing” to the rollicking, playful swagger of “Shakey Shirley,” “One Bad Shoe” and “Cornbread and Butterbeans.” Meanwhile, the instrumentals “It’s All Night Long” and “Flying Squirrels” demonstrate the Rev’s nimble, imaginative guitar work.”

The Shins: Heartworm
the fifth studio album from the alt-rock band. In contrast to 2012’s Port of Morrow, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Best Alternative Album Grammy, Heartworms ushers in a return to the handmade. Heartworms is, as always, entirely written by James Mercer, with exception of “So Now What” (produced by band member Richard Swift). Heartworms is the first Shins album to be self-produced by Mercer since Oh, Inverted World in 2001. Heartworms features Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive, yet genre defying album marked by Mercer’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar a nostalgic nod to the album’s predecessors – and distinctly new. The album’s first single, “Name For You,” is a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer’s three daughters.

Soundgarden: Ultramega OK
This remixed and expanded reissue of Soundgarden’s Ultramega OK is a long-planned “correction” of the legendary band’s Grammy®-nominated debut full-length. The album was originally recorded and released in 1988 on SST Records. While the band enjoyed working with the original producer, Drew Canulette, they soon realized they weren’t quite happy with the final mix. Thus, shortly after the album’s release, the band decided to remix the album for subsequent pressings. However, success intervened: the band rapidly scored a deal with A&M and began work on their major-label debut, Louder Than Love, and the Ultramega OK remix project fell by the wayside as Soundgarden climbed their way to (ultra)mega-stardom.

Tennis: Yours Conditionally
the fourth album from the critically acclaimed group. The record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi. Yours Conditionally comes on the heels of the group’s 2014 release Ritual in Repeat, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, Time, Vogue, Pitchfork, The Fader, Entertainment Weekly and many more.
NEW RELEASES March 4, 2017:

Grandaddy: Last Place
Last Place is a perfect addition to the band’s celebrated, critically-acclaimed catalog that includes their breakthrough sophomore album, Sophtware Slump, and their debut, Under the Western Freeway. It’s a symphonic swirl of lo-fi sonics and mile-high harmonies, found sounds and electronics-gone-awry mingling with perfect, power pop guitar tones. Lytle’s voice sounds as warm and intimate as ever, giving graceful levity to the doomsday narratives that have dominated the Grandaddy output. Last Place is written, performed, and produced by Jason Lytle. Grandaddy formed in Modesto, CA in 1992, and after four albums disbanded in 2006. Jason Lytle relocated to Montana, where he happily made two solo albums, and reconnected with the natural world around him. Eventually, though, life uprooted him again, taking him to Portland, Oregon until he eventually returned to his former home of Modesto. The return to California was practical (he needed to be near his bandmates) but also appropriate, as he had started writing songs that he felt would be fitting for another Grandaddy album.

Bela Fleck: Juno Concerto
Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player, a 16-time Grammy Award winner nominated in more categories than any other musician, a genre-busting collaborator, a film producer and a composer. Foremost, though, he is a dad. The impact of fatherhood on Béla is reflected in Juno Concerto, named for his firstborn son with fellow folk musician Abigail Washburn. The album was recorded with the Colorado Symphony, conducted by José Luis Gomez and also includes two tracks with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet: ‘Griff’ and the second movement of ‘Quintet for Banjo and Strings,’ the latter a previously unrecorded collaboration with friend and mentor Edgar Meyer, representing Béla’s first experimentation with classical music. The banjo in these movements embodies the voice of doom, interrupting the music with dark, dissonant interjections culminating in a melancholy banjo solo-a contemplative end to the album that reveals Béla’s true depth as a composer. Juno Concerto is a reminder that Béla Fleck is among the most innovative and virtuosic musicians of our time.

Minus the Bear: Voids
On their sixth album Voids, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. Album opener “Last Kiss” immediately establishes the band’s renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into “Give & Take,” a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like “Fine + 2 Pts” while exploring new textures and timbres.

Save Ferris: Checkered Past
EP release from the Orange County-based ska-punk band. After fifteen years, Save Ferris make their return with Checkered Past. Lead by the inimitable front-woman Monique Powell, the band enjoyed mainstream success in the late ’90s with radio hits and appearances on a variety of television shows and movies including 10 Things I Hate About You. Produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila, Checkered Past embraces Powell’s ska and dub roots and also features a guest appearance by Neville Staple of the Specials on the first single “New Sound”.

Temples: Volcano
the second album from the British indie band. Volcano is the band’s first new music since the release of their debut album, Sun Structures, in 2014. Volcano comes on the heels of a sold out North American tour that included high profile TV and radio appearances. The band was initially formed as a home studio project in mid-2012. Tom Warmsley and James Bagshaw had known each other for years before Temples – they were in rival bands based in their hometown of Kettering. The duo had later worked together in The Moons, with Bagshaw also having sessioned with the Lightning Seeds and co-fronted another earlier Kettering band Sukie.

The Waifs: Ironbark
2 CD, four panel wallet with an 8 panel folder insert including liner notes, lyrics and photos. Beloved Australian folk rock band, The Waifs, are celebrating their 25 year anniversary by releasing the 2-CD set, IRONBARK, on March 3rd. Recorded live & acoustic at Josh’s picturesque home in the bushland of South Coast NSW, Australia the album really captures the essence of the Waifs’ music and the essence of who they are today as artists: Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn, Josh Cunningham with Ben Franz and David MacDonald around a couple of mics with their guitars, a makeshift junk kit & a double bass, pressing record and playing. A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums in Australia and successful tours across the world, including touring with Bob Dylan, Keith Urban and the John Butler Trio.

Guy Clark: Best of the Dualtone Years
Two CD collection featuring 19 tracks including studio and live recordings plus three unreleased demos. Guy Clark, channeler of the human condition, plain-spoken poet, master luthier, seasoned painter and damn fine guitar player, was above all a man. Probably the closest thing to Hemingway Nashville – or the Lone Star State – would ever see: lean prose, gut strings ringing and a hard-won dignity that embraced tenderness as the ultimate manifest of toughness. By the time he arrived at Dualtone, he was already a legend for his exacting song craft that elixired truth tempered with compassion, grounded by vivid detail. Work-bench Songs, Somedays The Song Writes You, Songs and Stories and My Favorite Picture of You measured the life, the heart, the humanity that defined Clark’s writing, especially having fully lived well into his seventh decade. We are is pleased to announce the release of Guy Clark: The Best Of The Dualtone Years a celebration of Guy’s albums recorded under the Dualtone moniker.

Skylight Motion Picture
Five epic songs by three epic players: Zeke, Lamar, & Joel. Find it in our Local Artist Section.


 

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