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Fred Hersch Trio: Sunday Night at the Vanguard
Jazz is too often portrayed as an art form defined by blazing young artists. It’s true that many jazz masters reach a mid-career plateau marked by small variations on a mature style. But there’s also a vanguard of players and composers who continue to refine and expand the art form in middle age and beyond, like Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Henry Threadgill, and piano maestro Fred Hersch, who is marking his 60th year with an astonishing creative surge. Hersch’s new recording Sunday Night at the Vanguard stands as the most profound and enthralling trio statement yet by an improviser whose bands have embodied the enduring relevance of the piano-bass-and-drums format for three decades. Recorded at the storied venue that’s become Hersch’s second home, Sunday Night at the Vanguard unfolds with all the dramatic intensity and narrative drive that make his performances a revelatory experience. Ebulliently playful and ravishingly lyrical, rhythmically elastic and harmonically exploratory, the trio plays with an extraordinary level of trust, assurance, high-wire poise and musicality throughout the set. “The thing that’s beautiful about Eric is his touch,” Hersch says. “He’s the straight man and John is the loose guy, though sometimes they reverse it.”
Atmosphere: Fishing Blues
As Atmosphere steps into their 21st year of making music, Slug & Ant show no signs of slowing, compromising or losing sight of their vision. Nor has time revealed any diminishing of those qualities that have brought them this far. After ending the previous year with a string of singles that led well into 2016, they still have an abundance of music on the way, including the album Fishing Blues. The title of this album may cause one to question; Is this the point in the career where Atmosphere chooses to step back, put up the Gone Fishin’ sign and reminisce about their successes? The answer, a resounding no, is found in the music, a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound. Their passion and creative spark are as illuminate as ever. Slug and Ant still have plenty of stories to tell.
Blind Pilot: And then Like Lions
album form the Portland, OR-based band. Blind Pilot turns loss into inspiration on it’s album And Then Like Lions (ATO Records). Written and composed by Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. Blind Pilot teamed up with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket) and the album was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Kurt Vile). Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble. In the years since it’s inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians including The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers and Andrew Bird and have appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival.
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: Farewell Aldebaran
Omnivore Recordings is proud to reintroduce Farewell Aldebaran nearly fifty years after it’s first release. This is the first authorized and licensed reissue of this oft-bootlegged psych-folk classic-originally issued on Frank Zappa’s inventive Straight Records label-now remastered from the original masters. From baroque pop to guitar-driven rockers, Farewell Aldebaran employs the use of instruments as unconventional as bowed banjos and hammered dulcimers to vocal samples on a Chamberlin tape organ to an early use of the Moog synthesizer on the title track. Farewell Aldebaran still defies classification, but has more than stood the test of time. This long out of print album has now found a home, please say hello to Farewell Aldebaran!
The Ann Wilson Thing: Focus
EP. Ann Wilson, lead-singer of the renowned rock group, Heart, returns with the second EP in her ongoing series under the moniker, The Ann Wilson Thing! The project features covers of such artists as Peter Gabriel and Jimi Hendrix, as well as two brand new original tracks penned by Wilson and her guitarist/producer, Craig Bartock. This EP sees the celebrated Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee delving deeper into the music that has influenced her fabled career.
Of Monteal: Innocence Reaches
Of Montreal is one of the preeminent indie bands of the past 20 years – critical darlings who have received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Village Voice, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and Spin. They are known the world over for their over-the-top live show spectacle which has included frontman Kevin Barnes riding a live horse out onto the stage at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, elaborate stage sets, and often features more theatrical performers than musicians. The band has performed at everything from Coachella to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza to Sasquatch and even Hollywood Bowl opening for Miss Grace Jones.
Also NEW this Summer, some of our faves:
The Avett Brothers
The Earls of Leicester
John Gorka
Rob Ickes / Trey Hensley
Lori McKenna
Sara Watkins
Kenny Neal
Charlie Hunter
Stephen Ragga Marley
Michael Kiwanuka
C.W. Stoneking
Aaron Neville
Jeff Beck
Brian Wilson
Bun E. Carlos
Eric Clapton
Heart
Jerry Garcia
Neil Young
Rich Robinson
Aphex Twin
Death Grips
DJ Shadow
Snoop-Dogg
Blink-182
Deerhoof
Dirty Heads
Good Charlotte
The Julie Ruin
Modest Moon
Van’s Warped Tour

Radiohead Announces ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Global Record Store Event

 

Timed to the CD and vinyl release date for their latest album A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead just announced that on June 17 various record stores (including The Last Record Store) around the world will be hosting Live From A Moon Shaped Pool, a “unique Radiohead event” that will feature “an exclusively day long audio stream from the band, competitions, instructional artworks and more.” …

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Please come by our FREE 331/3 Anniversary party on Sunday June 26 at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa. 2pm until Late…
Confirmed bands so far from:
THE DIXIE GIANTS
THE FREAK ACCIDENT
SANTIAGO (Performing “Rosenberg’s After Dark”)
(UNNAMED SPECIAL GUEST)
OVVN
THE SPINDLES
THE DOWN HOUSE
ASHLEY ALLRED

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NEW RELEASES for the week of June 10, 2016

Colvin & Earle

Colvin & Earle

As Colvin & Earle, longtime friends and admirers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces. Produced by the masterful Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, Colvin & Earle contains six co-written originals plus inspired covers including the Rolling Stones ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ and Emmylou Harris ‘Raise the Dead.’ Few things can touch the magic of artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each other’s minds. Colvin & Earle is a prime showcase for their inimitable vocals and mesmerizing guitar playing, a flawless example of the creative process gelling into a gorgeous, cohesive whole. For this pair, both considered to be among America’s greatest living songwriters, Colvin & Earle showcase one of the finest records of their storied careers.


Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

The final album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch-joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks-in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. Toussaint’s children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father’s managers, said of the American Tunes album, “Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.”


Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

the fifth album from the alt-roots-rock band. The album was produced by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Why Are You OK is the follow up to 2012’s Mirage Rock. The album contains 12 songs including ‘Solemn Oath’, ‘Dull Times/The Moon’, ‘Hold On Gimme A Sec’, ‘Whatever, Wherever’ and more. Band of Horses was formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. Their most successful album thus far is 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms. The band’s lineup has undergone several changes; although, the current members, Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, have all been with the band for several years.


Peter Bjorn and John:  Breakin' Point

Peter Bjorn and John:
Breakin’ Point

the Swedish trio! Breakin’ Point is Peter Bjorn and John’s seventh full-length studio album following up 2011 ‘s critically acclaimed Gimme Some and of course the 2006 million selling US single “Young Folks” that started it all. The album marks their first new release in more than five years. On Breakin’ Point the band had the opportunity to work with an impressive group of producers including Patrick Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn), Paul Epworth (Florence And The Machine, U2, Paul McCartney), Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Kanye West), Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Thom Monahan (Wild Nothing, Devendra Banhart). The result is a phenomenal album that finds the group reaching another career high. While the trio’s previous record Gimme Some was Peter Bjorn and John’s guitar driven power pop record that beautifully captured the energy of the band’s live show, Breakin’ Point is about creating big pop songs, taking advantage of all that the studio has to offer and crafting an album that is complex while sounding effortless.


Alligator Records:  45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator Records:
45th Anniversary Collection

Two CDs chock full with over 158 minutes of genuine houserockin’ music spanning the label’s 45-year history for the cost of a single CD! Features Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Albert Collins, James Cotton and many, many more! Housed in a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 24-page booklet featuring liner notes from head ‘Gator Bruce Iglauer.


Pure McCartney

Pure McCartney

Deluxe four CD edition (there is also a 2 CD set) including 18 Top 10 U.S. singles (nine of those #1s) and 67 total tracks. Pure McCartney is the only comprehensive career collection released of Paul McCartney’s solo works (outside of The Beatles) from his 45 year solo career. No material since 1989 has been represented on any compilation album. The collection was personally curated by Paul McCartney and many tracks have been remastered for this collection.


TMBG: Phone Power

TMBG: Phone Power

Phone Power is THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS’s 19th studio album and the last of three albums compiling songs from the 2015 iteration of Dial-A-Song. The album was announced in late 2014 along with the service itself and the other two albums as a “Dial-A-Song compilation” which would be included as benefits in the 2015 They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club. It was released digitally on March 8, 2016 for the public (and one day earlier for Instant Fan Club members), and the first They Might Be Giants release to feature a pay-what-you-want model.


Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums’ natural exuberance permeates their 2016 self-titled album, which celebrates walking to the beat of your own drum. “Turn It Up,” Fitz exhorts at the top of album opener and first single “HandClap.” The horn-and-beats fueled track captures the exhilarating sense of promise – and danger – that a night out and a new romance hold. The staccato “Complicated” paints a relationship that’s packed with both chemistry and conflict and bursts into an unexpected cheer. Echo and otherworldly keyboards make “Tricky” an intoxicating dance-floor anthem and a warning to any future lover, while “A Place For Us,” the album closer, encapsulates the band’s belief that there is a place in the world for each of us to belong, regardless of our differences. Fitz and The Tantrums was recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim) produced eight of the album’s eleven tracks. Fitz produced “Fadeback” while Joel Little (Lorde) produced “Do What You Want” and Ricky Reed (Jessie J) helmed “HandClap.”


Brandy Clark:  Big Day in a Small Town

Brandy Clark:
Big Day in a Small Town

Features “Girl Next Door”. Before breaking through as a solo artist with 2013’s award-winning 12 Stories, Brandy Clark had long been considered one of Nashville’s most esteemed songwriters. She penned hits for Reba McEntire and Sheryl Crow, and is the woman behind chart-topping smashes like The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Kacey Musgraves’ CMA Song of the Year winner “Follow Your Arrow.” When Clark decided it was time to step in front of the microphone herself, the self-described “small passion project” that resulted, 12 Stories, went on to earn her multiple CMA and Grammy nominations, top myriad “Best Albums of the year” lists, and land her onstage with Dwight Yoakam at the 2015 Grammy Awards, in recognition of her nomination in the all-genre Best New Artist category. “One of Nashville’s finest storytellers” – The Washington Post. “Smart, clever, and just f*ing good” – Eric Church.


Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Box

Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Box

Expanded five disc (four CDs + Blu-ray Audio) collector’s edition (there is also a 2 CD set) presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus high resolution stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings. Pet Sounds is the 11th studio album by The Beach Boys, originally released on May 16, 1966. It initially met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response in the United States, peaking at #10 in the Billboard 200, a significantly lower placement than the band’s preceding albums. In the United Kingdom, the album was hailed by it’s music press and was an immediate commercial success, peaking at #2 in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart and remaining among the top ten positions for six months. Pet Sounds has subsequently garnered worldwide acclaim from critics and musicians alike, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history.


Joan Baez:  75th Birthday Celebration

Joan Baez:
75th Birthday Celebration

On January 27th, 2016, Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.


Branford Marsalis:  Upward Spiral

Branford Marsalis:
Upward Spiral

Legendary jazz greats Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling collaborate for the first time on a full album, Upward Spiral. They’ve been talking for a while about making a record together, and finally at the end of 2015 it all came together. They found time to play the new material in the New Orleans Snug Harbor club for four days and then recorded a variety of songs in the studio, all chosen because of their melodic richness and musical quality. Their versions of the chosen material are simply incredible, as the musicality of Branford and Kurt and their deep understanding of these songs shows through immediately.


Van Morrison:  It's Too Late To Stop Now..  Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Van Morrison:
It’s Too Late To Stop Now..
Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Deluxe four disc (three CD + DVD) collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Van Morrison’s mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, It’s Too Late To Stop Now.. Volumes II, III, IV & DVD collates peak performances originally recorded at three venues: The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Civic Center, and The Rainbow Theatre in London. The set’s DVD features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK and is now available for the first time as a commercial home video release.


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!

TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!

Now on 103.5-FM

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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We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune
But it’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all, I’m trying to get some rest
~Paul Simon

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NEW RELEASES for the week of June 3, 2016

Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger

Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger

For anyone who’s been listening to great music during the past half-century, Paul Simon is certainly no stranger. So one of the most remarkable things about his extraordinary masterpiece, Stranger to Stranger, Paul Simon’s 13th solo record, is that it conjures a vivid and vital new context to his well-established genius as a singer and songwriter. Full of thrilling textures that feel fresh and modern, while still offering subtle and artful allusions to our shared musical past, Stranger to Stranger presents the perfect opportunity to get to know Paul Simon in a new way. Stranger to Stranger allows the listener to experience Simon’s singular voice with the shock of the new. Here, his strong voice and conversational lyrics usher us into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were 30 years ago with another masterpiece, Graceland.


Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monolith of Phobos

Claypool Lennon Delirium:
Monolith of Phobos

Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After a summer tour pairing Primus with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon combined their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. “Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,” said Claypool. “He definitely reflects his genetics – not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.” Includes “There’s No Underwear In Space”, ‘Boomerang Baby”, “Breath Of A Salesman” and many more.


Michael Franti & Spearhead: Soulrocker

Michael Franti & Spearhead:
Soulrocker

In creating Soulrocker, Michael Franti & Spearhead introduce a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music. Produced by Michael Franti, in collaboration with Jamaican producers Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor (son of reggae luminary Freddie McGregor) and Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee (known for his work with artists like Bruno Mars and John Legend). Features the tracks ‘Crazy for You’, ‘Once a Day’, ‘My Lord’ and more.


The Kills: Ash & Ice

The Kills: Ash & Ice

Ash & Ice is the follow up to 2011’s critically lauded Blood Pressures and was five years in the making in part due to Jamie Hince’s five hand surgeries, which resulted in him having to re-learn how to play guitar with a permanently damaged finger. It was during Hince’s recuperation from surgery that he first started sketching out what would become the songs for the album. To shake up the writing process, Hince booked a solo trip on the infamous Trans-Siberian Express for inspiration while Alison Mosshart, now residing in Nashville, TN, wrote some of the most affecting, poetically candid lyrics that she ever has, painting word pictures that mine the dangerous terrain between romantic obsession, prophecy and tough love. Where previous albums had an air of detachment and emotional austerity, underpinned by an uneasy self-awareness and unexpressed anger, the songs on Ash & Ice are more understated, less tempestuous and more affecting because of that, exposing the kind of push-pull you feel when you find yourself in a complicated but all-consuming relationship. Ash & Ice is The Kills at their emotionally charged, arresting best. Prepare to be slayed.


Hellyeah: Unden!able

Hellyeah: Unden!able

After 10 years, four albums and countless global tours as headliners and as participants on can’t-miss rock festival bills, and sales of hundreds of thousands of albums, Hellyeah make their biggest and boldest statement yet with their fifth album, Unden!able. The band has risen in the hierarchy of rock and metal bands to elite status and are embarking on an 18 month cycle that will see the perform over 150 shows to 1 million fans. The momentum has been building with each album since the members of Pantera, Mudvayne, and Nothingface first joined forces. They have now had mass radio and video airplay that weekly reaches two million fans across multiple platforms. Unden!able was produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach to name a few).


Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland

Fantastic Negrito:
The Last Days of Oakland

Winner of the 2015 Tiny Desk Concert Contest: Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song the true story of a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled. Negrito’s music emphasizes rawness and space. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Rather than update the Delta Blues, Fantastic Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip James intact, building bridges to a modern sound with loops and samples of his own live instruments. But the primary element that drives Fantastic Negrito’s music is uncut realness and zero concern for “pop” anything.


Train: Does Led Zeppelin II

Train: Does Led Zeppelin II

This album could have been a real Train wreck (heh-heh) but it’s actually pretty good!  Train performs the entirety of the 1969 sophomore album by Led Zeppelin, one of Rock’s greatest quartets. The Train album’s nine-song track list mirrors the original Zep release from first track to last. This bold artistic move will present Train in a new musical light as well as introduce their audience to a classic album that wrote the blueprint for Blues-influenced Hard Rock.


Tegan and Sara: Love You To Death

Tegan and Sara:
Love You To Death

Love You to Death is the follow up to Tegan and Sara’s pop breakthrough album Heartthrob. In addition to this, the band was featured on the LEGO Movie single “Everything is Awesome” with The Lonely Island, and were invited to perform that song as part of the 2015 Oscar telecast. Tegan and Sara’s career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their albums as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists.


Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got a Mind To Give Up Living LIVE 1966

Paul Butterfield Blues Band:
Got a Mind To Give Up Living LIVE 1966

If the Summer of 1967 was the Summer of Love, the Summer of 1966 set the stage for the musical revolution that was to come. Albums released during the season, like The Beatles’ Revolver and The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension, brilliantly blended the burgeoning influence of Eastern exoticism into the rock music format, and the term “psychedelia” entered the common lexicon to stay. But beating them all to the punch was a multi-racial blues band that cut it’s teeth in Chicago, far from the hippie havens of London, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in July 1966, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s East-West took blues-rock to places only free jazz had dared to tread, offering lengthy, modal improvisational passages that sparked the West Coast rock revolution, and, in Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, fully unleashing the first great guitar tandem in rock history. Now, Real Gone Music is very proud to release, for the first time in legitimate fashion, a legendary bootleg that captures this singular sextet on the brink of the stylistic breakthrough that would shake the rock ‘n’ roll world to it’s core: recorded live at Boston’s Unicorn Coffee House 50 years ago in May 1966, two months before the release of East-West, Got a Mind to Give Up Living-Live 1966 reaffirms that The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was simply untouchable live, capable of turning on a dime from slowburning blues tunes to up-tempo rave-ups. And, particularly on a pair of tunes that were soon to be released on East-West, “Work Song” and “I Got a Mind to Give Up Living,” the raga influence (check Bloomfield’s solos!) comes through loud and clear, combining with the band’s blues tropes to create a truly new style of rock and rock guitar playing. Butterfield fans will also delight in the early appearances of “One More Heartache” (from The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw) and “Walking by Myself” (from Keep On Movin’), plus a pair of tunes, “Comin’ Home Baby” and “Memory Pain,” that the band never commercially recorded. Notes by Chris Morris featuring fresh quotes from Elvin Bishop and Mark Naftalin, rare pictures and memorabilia, editorial input from Bloomfield aficionado and co-producer Toby Byron, and some audio spit ‘n’ Polish from Mike Milchner at SonicVision make this a package indispensable for any ’60s rock (or jazz or R&B!) fan.


C.W. StoneKing: Gon' Boogaloo

C.W. StoneKing: Gon’ Boogaloo

Australian blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Gone are the sepia-toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his last release, the ARIA Award winning Jungle Blues, this time replaced with the latest invention in the world of C.W. Stoneking – electricity! C.W. has stashed his afore-favored vintage National guitar and banjo combo for a shiny gold Fender and an extra-large helping of rock ‘n’ gospel dancehall blues to deliver 12 tracks recorded directly to tape with his full band, his very own hokum wall of sound.


Melvins: Basses Loaded

Melvins: Basses Loaded

This album is called Basses Loaded and it features six different bass players. That’s right six different bass players. New Melvins bass players for this go around are Steve McDonald from the legendary Los Angeles glam punk band Redd Kross and their old friend Krist Novoselic from Nirvana. Making return appearances are former and probably future bass players Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/Fantomas), Jared Warren (Big Business) and Dale Crover.


10,000 Maniacs: Playing Favorites

10,000 Maniacs: Playing Favorites

Recorded before an adoring crowd in Jamestown, NY, Playing Favorites features 14 tracks, including hits and fan favorites from the group’s storied and infl uential career. The 6 piece band (Jerome Augustyniak, Dennis Drew, Jeff Erickson, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo, and Mary Ramsey) is augmented by strings, horns, and backing vocalists, making their lush sound even fuller and more engaging. The full color digipak and booklet only adds to the magic.


Robert Ellis: Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis: Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis’ fourth full-length project, and third for New West Records, finds the singer-songwriter building upon the familiar themes of love and loss, regrets and heartache, but also hope and optimism for the future. Almost entirely self-produced, the eponymous upcoming release finds Ellis’ writing growing in maturity and depth, while offering choice co-writes with such esteemed writers as Jonny Fritz and Angaleena Presley. Musically, the 11-song collection is a further unfolding of the genre-melding soundscapes that were explored so effortlessly on the critically acclaimed “The Lights From The Chemical Plant.” On Robert Ellis, sweeping string arrangements, arresting harmonies and the virtuosic instrumentation so familiar to his fan-base lay the foundation for tales of love and abandon, memories and new desires.


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I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.

I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.
~Paul Simon
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NEW RELEASES for the week of May 27, 2016

The Monkees: Good Times!

The Monkees: Good Times!

the band’s first new album in 20 years. Good Times finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love.” To produce the album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). Schlesinger also wrote “Our Own World” and co-wrote the album’s finale with Dolenz, aptly titled “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time).” Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“She Makes Me Laugh”), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie (“Me & Magdalena”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“You Bring The Summer”), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”).


Beth Orton: Kidsticks

Beth Orton: Kidsticks

Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her folktronica sound, mixing elements of folk and electronica, has re-emerged as she began experimenting with a series of elec-tronic loops that would eventually come together in this career- redefining new album, Kidsticks. Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (F*** Buttons), Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A res-olutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee.


Dierks Bentley: Black

Dierks Bentley: Black

Dierks Bentley has never had to follow trends; he challenges them and creates his own. On the heels of a career album earning critical acclaim, commercial success and an armful of Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations, Bentley continues one of the most interesting journeys in country music with his eighth studio album. Black is personal – after all, it’s named after his wife Cassidy s maiden name, but it’s really a record about the human heart not any particular human. It explores breakups, hookups, mess-ups and everything inbetween, shining a light on the things that happen after the sun goes down. Produced by Ross Copperman and executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., the slow-smoked grit of Bentley s voice keeps the album rooted in country music, while it also appeals to audiences far beyond the boundaries with fresh sonic textures that flourish on the edge of arena rock. Black also makes room for more than a few female firebrands, as Bentley shares the microphone with vocalists Maren Morris, Elle King, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Jessi Alexander. Never before has a Bentley album contained so much input from the opposite sex.


Miles Davis & Robert Glasper:  Everything Is Beautiful

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper:
Everything Is Beautiful

Everything’s Beautiful brings Miles Davis’ sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles’ incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Robert Glasper produced the collaboration. “I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. “My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.” Knowing that “Miles didn’t have one audience,” Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who collaborated with Davis; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.


Death Angel: The Evil Divide

Death Angel: The Evil Divide

the eighth album from the Bay Area thrash metal band. Three decades into their celebrated career, Death Angel remain as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define The Evil Divide. The group – Mark Osegueda [vocals], Rob Cavestany [lead guitar], Ted Aguilar [guitar], Will Carroll [drums], and Damien Sisson [bass] – satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of 10 new anthems. The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of 30+ years of music for Death Angel. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art of Dying for the next generation. A powerful trifecta followed. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart. Beyond continued public praise from the likes of James Hetfield of Metallica and Robb Flynn of Machine Head, the band’s music has popped up everywhere from Carl’s Jr. commercials to Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Their fire burns brighter than ever in 2016.


Tony Joe White: Rain Crow

Tony Joe White: Rain Crow

You might remember him from Polk Salad Annie; With a deep, come-hither voice” (Mother Jones) and an “ability to turn that throbbing, thumping uh-uhh hazy guitar beat” (PopMatters), the “King of Swamp Rock” Tony Joe White will release his nineteenth studio album, Rain Crow, in May 2016 on Yep Roc Records. Recorded at his own studio and produced by his son, Jody White, Rain Crow summons recollections of long ago, when animals foretold the weather, tongue-talking worshippers proved their faith by handling snakes and a “bad wind” could drive a man to edge of insanity. The 9-song set features new compositions White wrote over the past three years, including co-writes with his wife, Leann, and Billy Bob Thornton on “The Middle of Nowhere.


Lacuna Coil: Delirium

Lacuna Coil: Delirium

New release from the Italian metal band. With their eighth studio album, Lacuna Coil decided it was time to up the ante, switch into heavy mode and finally take full creative control over every aspect of their album Delirium. They created an audio-visual setting that is allowing for flashing glimpses of a dark place that will take their listeners on an entrancing trip. Or as Lacuna Coil say in their very own synopsis of Delirium: “Delirium is about the horrors that we must face in everyday life by exploring the unknown, and to one day, hopefully find the cure.” After being heavily involved with previous productions Marco Maki Coti-Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. Marco Barusso co-produced as well as recorded the guitar solos for Delirium. Mark Vollelunga of Nothing More added a solo to “Blood, Tears, Dust” while Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge and many more) came up with a tailor-made one for “Downfall”. However, Lacuna Coil went even further with Marco Maki Coti-Zelati creating the artwork for Delirium himself, based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.


Frank Zappa:  The Lumpy Money project / object

Frank Zappa:
The Lumpy Money project / object

Frank Zappa: The Lumpy Money project / object

Lumpy Money part of a Zappa Family Trust Project/Object Audio Documentary series celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frank Zappa’s Masterworks ‘Lumpy Gravy’ & ‘We’re Only In It For The Money.’ Contains unique & rare versions of both legendary albums (released digitally in pristine audio quality for the 1st time), nuggets from the Vault (studio outtakes, single versions, instrumental mixes, FZ interviews) with extensive booklet featuring photos & liner notes from David Fricke & Gail Zappa.

 

Jaydub & Dino: Hipster Burden

The pride of the Sonoma Valley; recorded at Jackalope Records

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Travis: Everything At Once

Travis: Everything At Once

the eighth studio album by Scottish alt-rock/pop band Travis. Released on their own label Red Telephone Box, Everything At Once features the single ‘3 Miles High,’ a beautifully understated and uplifting acoustic track, featuring backing vocals from up and coming Norwegian artist Aurora. Written by Travis and produced by Michael Ilbert at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, Everything At Once positively overflows with conviction and confidence; pushing boundaries while maintaining their classic sound. Travis have twice been awarded best band at the BRIT Awards, and are often credited for having paved the way for bands such as Coldplay and Keane. The band named themselves after the Harry Dean Stanton character Travis Henderson from the film Paris, Texas.

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