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New Releases, and Wavy Gravy turns 80!

NEW RELEASES for the week of May 20, 2016:


Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels

Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels

the 37th studio album from Bob Dylan. Featuring 12 classic American tunes written by some of music’s most acclaimed and influential songwriters including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn And Carolyn Leigh the album showcases Dylan’s unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader. The Jack Frost-produced album marks the first new music from the artist since his 2015 release, Shadows In The Night, which also showcased Dylan’s interpretations of classic American songs. That album reached the Top 10 in 17 countries, including #7 in the U.S., with #1 debuts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.


Eric Clapton: I Still Do

Eric Clapton: I Still Do

Eric Clapton has reunited with Glyn Johns for his 23rd studio album I Still Do. Clapton and Johns – who has also produced albums for The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who – most famously worked together on Clapton’s iconic Slowhand album, which is RIAA-certified three-times platinum and topped charts globally. The 12-song record includes some originals written by Clapton. This album follows his last release, the 2014 chart-topping Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Includes “Alabama Woman Blues’, ‘Can’t Let You Do It’, ‘Little Man, You’ve Had A Busy Day’ and more.


Mudcrutch 2

Mudcrutch 2

the second album from this reunited outfit featuring Tom Petty and Mike Campbell alongside their pre-Heartbreakers bandmates. Mudcrutch 2 is the follow up to the band’s 2008 eponymous debut, which Rolling Stone called “a country-rock instant classic” in a rave four star review. This album was produced by band members Tom Petty and Mike Campbell with Ryan Ulyate. All members of Mudcrutch contribute songs on Mudcrutch 2. The album includes seven originals written by Tom Petty, with band members Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh and Benmont Tench composing one each. Includes ‘Dreams Of Flying’, ‘Trailer’, ‘The Other Side Of The Mountain’ and more.


Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music. Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3.


Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman

the third album from the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum superstar. Ariana was recently awarded with the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards for Female Singer. She has released two tracks from the album, “Dangerous Woman” and “Be Alright,” both of which have official videos.


Blake Shelton: If I'm Honest

Blake Shelton: If I’m Honest

the 10th studio album by the country superstar. If I’m Honest was again produced by Scott Hendricks, and features 15 brand new songs, including the Top 10 single “Came Here To Forget”, as well as “Friends” from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet “Go Ahead And Break My Heart”.


Brett Dennen: Por Favor

Brett Dennen: Por Favor

the sixth studio album from the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Por Favor was recorded in Nashville and features ten new songs.


Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

the sixth solo album from the Grammy-winning reggae singer/songwriter and son of Bob and Rita Marley. This self-titled album is rooted in and inspired by current world events, racial divides and human inequalities. The album includes musical assistance from Lyle Workman, Steve Ferrone, Zac Rae, Abe Laboriel and Dave Wilder.


NEW RELEASES for the week of May 13, 2016:

 

Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos

Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos

Hard Working Americans combines the talents of Todd Snider, Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools and Duane Trucks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Neal Casal, Great American Taxi’s Chad Staehly, and Jesse Aycock. Rest in Chaos is the follow-up to Hard Working Americans’ critically-acclaimed 2014 releases, Hard Working Americans & The First Waltz.


Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions

Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions

“I look like an insider because of everything I’ve done but I always felt like an outsider,” Darrell Scott says. “And that’s important – to be an outsider.” He’s also a master. Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays he’s taking the outsider role even more seriously; after 23 years in Nashville he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years. Couchville Sessions is that album, and it continues Scott’s long tradition of tackling the profound issues – loneliness, the demise of relationships, mortality – without ever becoming maudlin. The record may explore darkness but there is always light. Scott can sing to us about addiction, breaking up, even dying without it ever becoming depressing. That’s due to his writing, his vocal delivery – often erotically charged here – and the careful choice of five covers that he calls tributes to some of the masters. Scott’s tenth studio album shows no sign of him losing steam. In fact, he seems to be on fire. Born in Eastern Kentucky to restless Appalachians who moved him out West, raised by a country-music-worshipping single father, he studied poetry with Philip Levine, a celebrator of the working class who would later become the nation’s Poet Laureate. Scott has lived the songs he sings: he’s worked hard, told defiant truths, and never turned down the chance to pursue love. Along the way he has created an oeuvre of albums beloved by his devoted fans and written songs that became hits for everyone from Dixie Chicks to Travis Tritt as well as being covered by more than 70 others while never shying away from critiquing the industry. The multi-talented Grammy nominee has also been a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, won the AMA Song of the Year, named ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year and a host of other accolades.


Grateful Dead: Red Rocks 7/8/78

Grateful Dead: Red Rocks 7/8/78

Three CD set. In the history of Grateful Dead performances, 1978 is widely praised as one of the group’s finest years. This set marks the official debut of one of their first ever performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a show highly sought-after by Dead Heads.


Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks In Whispers

Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks In Whispers

Corinne Bailey Rae returns with her third studio album The Heart Speaks in Whispers, following 2006’s self-titled debut, which sold five million copies worldwide, and 2010’s The Sea which earned her a Mercury Prize nomination. The Heart Speaks In Whispers is rich in fresh ideas and full of emotional energy which surges through it’s songs like electricity. Recorded both at her studio in Leeds, and in Los Angeles, the album is co-produced by Corinne with Steve Brown, her collaborator on her critically acclaimed previous album The Sea. The album features a number of notable musicians including Pino Palladino (D Angelo, Erykah Badu, The Who), James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers), Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock), Esperanza Spalding and Moses Sumney (best known for his work with Beck).


Jennifer Nettles: Playing With Fire

Jennifer Nettles: Playing With Fire

the second solo album from the country superstar. Jennifer Nettles won five ASCAP, ACM Crystal Milestone Award for being the first woman solo songwriter for a Song of the Year since 1972, a Grammy®, CMA, and ACM Award. As the lead vocalist for the decorated duo Sugarland, who earned eight #1 singles and over 22 million in worldwide sales, Jennifer’s powerhouse vocals and vivacious energy has made her one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music today.


Meghan Trainor: Thank You

Meghan Trainor: Thank You

the sophomore album from Grammy-Award winning multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainor. Boasting the scorching lead single, “NO,” and executive produced by Meghan Trainor and Ricky Reed, Thank You is the eagerly awaited follow up to the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter’s platinum #1 debut album, Title, which earned her a 2016 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. After dominating the charts and airwaves throughout 2015 with four inescapable multiplatinum Top 10 smashes, Trainor is poised to soar to even greater heights with the release of Thank You

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Happy 80th Birthday to Wavy Gravy!

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SEVA Benefit Party!
And wouldn’t it be neat if the people that you meet
had shoes upon their feet
and something to eat
and wouldn’t it be fine,
now if all of human kind had shelter
Basic Human needs, basic human deeds, doing what comes naturally
Down in the garden, when no one is apart
Deep down in the garden, the garden of your heart
Wouldn’t it be grand if we all lend a hand so each one of us could stand on a free piece of land and wouldn’t it be thrilling if folks stopped their killing and started in tilling the land
Basic Human Needs, basic human deeds, doing what comes naturally
Down in the garden, when no one is a apart
Deep down in the garden, the garden of your heart
Not just churches, not just steeples, give me peoples helping peoples
Help your self and work out till the stars begin to shout, thank god for something to do
Wouldn’t it be daring if folks started sharing, instead of comparing, what each other was wearing
And wouldn’t it be swell if people didn’t sell their mother earth
Basic Human needs, basic human deeds, doing what comes naturally
Down in the garden, when no one is apart
Deep down in the garden, the garden of your heart
~Wavy Gravy, Saint Misbehavin’

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We Celebrate 33+1/3 Years in Business

Thirty-Three-and-a-Third Years ago, we opened our modest shop in Downtown Santa Rosa.

We spent the first 20 years around the corner from Anarchy Alley, across from the Library, and sandwiched between Sawyers News and Stanroy Music.
We sold LP’s and cassettes, as CD’s were not a thing yet. We ordered records over the phone until I realized I could walk to the copy shop and “fax” them in.
We had competition in Sonoma County: multiple Wherehouse stores, a Record Factory, Rainbow Records among the chains.
Backdoor, Music Coop, and Pres among the independents.
MTV was a huge thing (they played music videos) and helped sell records like these:
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CD’s squeezed the cassettes out, and vinyl records sold so poorly, that we opened a 2nd store across the street at 802 4th St.
That location was like putting vinyl in hospice care, giving them some dignity until they died.
In 2003, we were unceremoniously kicked out of downtown, but had the good fortune to hook up with Santa Rosa Community Market who subleases the current space to us.
Business was shitty at first. Downloading was hurting us, and those rat-bastard, fuck-heads* at Best Buys were selling CD’s below cost.
In 2007, a miracle happened: Vinyl records started selling again! They have increased (by a lot!) every year since then. CD sales are up too.
It’s like people decided owning music that you can hold in your hand was cool again.
So, as we look back at 331/3 years of selling music, we have to thank all of our friends and family that have worked here over the years.
A special shout-out to our customers: Being around people everyday that love music as much as you do, is a rare privilege.
2028 is just a few years away; let’s hope for 45!

NEW RELEASES for the week of May 6, 2016:

Beyonce: Lemonade

Beyonce: Lemonade

That cool, refreshing drink…


Drake: View

Drake: View

the fourth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake.


Ahohni: Hopelessness

Ahohni: Hopelessness

ANOHNI has collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke on the artist’s latest work, Hopelessness. Late last year, ANOHNI, the lead singer from Antony and the Johnsons, released “4 Degrees”, a bombastic dance track celebrating global boiling and collapsing biodiversity. Rather than taking refuge in good intentions, ANOHNI gives voice to the attitude sublimated within her behavior as she continues to consume in a fossil fuel-based economy. HOPELESSNESS is a dance record with soulful vocals and lyrics addressing surveillance, drone warfare, and ecocide. A radical departure from the singer’s symphonic collaborations, the album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics.


Cyndi Lauper: Detour

Cyndi Lauper: Detour

Cyndi Lauper’s celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on Detour, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs. Detour showcases Lauper’s unmistakable voice on country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players. The album is Lauper s first for Sire Records and executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein.


Gregory Porter: Take Me To The Alley

Gregory Porter: Take Me To The Alley

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of it’s time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with the release of Take Me to the Alley, the much-anticipated follow-up to his million-selling Grammy-winning 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit. The album includes Chip Crawford pianist and music director, Aaron James bass, drummer Emanuel Harrold, alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. Singer Alicia Olatuja, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and organist Ondrej Pivec also appear. Includes “Holding On”, “Don’t Lose Your Steam”, “Consequence Of Love”, “More Than A Woman” and more.


Mary-Chapin Carpenter: Things That We Are Made Of

Mary-Chapin Carpenter:
Things That We Are Made Of

Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton). Rolling Stone says ‘the entire album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation.’ Includes “Something Tamed Something Wild”, ‘What Does It Mean To Travel”, “Map Of My Heart”, “Note On A Windsheild”, the title track and more.


John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: LIVE in 1967 Vol. 2

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers:
LIVE in 1967 Vol. 2

Live archive release. In 1967, before there was a Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. The four musicians were only together for three months, which makes it even more remarkable that a staunch fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel to reel tape recorder into five London clubs and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For almost 50 years these tapes have remained unheard until John recently got them and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records. Corne adds “While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are.”


Moreland & Arbuckle: Promised Land or Bust

Moreland & Arbuckle:
Promised Land or Bust

Moreland & Arbuckle are a riveting live act just burning with energy, having honed their sound over the course of countless raucous live performances. They’ve shared stages with George Thorogood, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Los Lonely Boys. Promised Land Or Bust is as deep as delta blues and heavy as thundering rock, as the band continues to wring hard-hitting, modern roots music from traditional forms. Aaron Moreland’s guitar stays groove-friendly while firing off sledgehammer riffs, Dustin Arbuckle’s raucous singing and harp playing reinforce the relentless drive of the music, and both are barely held in place by Kendall Newby’s propulsive drumming. Even when the throttle is pulled back for a loping folk-tinged ballad or a noir-ish blues worthy of Tom Waits, the band’s intensity and raw emotion shine through.


Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

two CD set. Metheny is well-known as a musical collaborator, and The Unity Sessions features friends and colleagues with whom he has worked for years. The Unity Sessions is taken from a filmed performance with Pat Metheny Unity Group that was recently released on DVD; the set comprises 13 songs by Metheny, one he co-wrote with Ornette Coleman, and one well known standard by Ray Noble. And Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny joins the guitarist with a trio led by longtime Pat Metheny Group trumpeter Cuong Vu. It comprises five tunes written by Vu plus one by Metheny and one by Andrew D’Angelo.


The Rides: Pierced Arrow

The Rides: Pierced Arrow

the second album by this supergroup comprised of rock icons Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg. Produced by the trio along with bassist Kevin McCormick and drummer Chris Layton, the album follows in the very successful style and texture set with their chart topping debut album Can’t Get Enough but with even more original material from Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg and the sound of a band that has really spent some productive time together. Breaking more fresh new blues-rock ground than ever on the raucous and soulful Pierced Arrow, The Rides are letting their growing legion of fans know they’re in this for the long haul. Their ongoing freewheeling journey is all there in the name. When they came up with that clever moniker for what Stephen Stills calls “the blues band of my dreams,” the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and legendary Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg knew it was more than just a one time, multi-generational fusion of legendary musical souls. They envisioned – and have since set out upon – a dynamic, wide open road ahead.


LIVE Music at LRS:

lastrecordstore_OCB_1Old Century Blood LIVE Performance Saturday May 28 at 2:10pm

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New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

Tuesdays 11:00am / Repeat Wednesdays 7:00pm

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
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Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne highlight the week’s new musical releases and other fun music-related stuff.
We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB’s Mid-DayMusic and Our Roots Are Showing programs, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases.
Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm

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TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
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Your second chance to listen in on the discussion comes with Needle Droppings, a weekly new-release segment with our very own Doug Jayne and a rotating panel of music junkies, usually including Michelle Marques of KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording, Humorists (and Steve’s “Illegitimate Comedy Sons”, Juan Carlos and Marco Alvarez, Daedalus Howell, and whoever else we can squeeze into the meat-locker-like studio at KSRO.

Needle Droppings airs Fridays as part of The Drive With Steve Jaxon at 4:20pm on KSRO, at 1350-AM, 103.5-FM, and online at ksro.com. Tune in!

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