Monthly Archive: January 2015

Shake the Blues!

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I’m excited for my friend, John Knutson who has just released his debut CD,

Shake the Blues.
The recording, done in Sebastopol, CA at Studio E, is first class; warm and spacious.
John is joined by David Grisman on mandolin and Bill Fouty on stand-up bass. They sound like they’ve been playing together for years. Tight, yet loose; ragged but right.
The CD packaging is marvelous, bringing to mind Grisman’s “Tone Poem” albums; colorful pictures of hand-made instruments with cool written introductions to the songs (using nice readable fonts!)
It’s an acoustic journey through the soundscape of blues, jazz, and Americana.
Thirteen of John Knutson’s original songs played on six of his hand crafted Knutson Luthiery instruments.
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Here’s a review

 

 

Shake the Blues

Shake the Blues



Shake the Blues
CD REVIEW
by Huckle
(aka Simon Kurth)
from Sonoma County Folk Society’s
Folk Notes
Amazing record!
John is not only the singer,songwriter,guitarist, and harp player for this record, he also
built many of the instruments that are played on it.
His thirteen original compositions span forty-five years, and are firmly rooted in acoustic blues, jazz, and Americana.
David Grisman’s down and dirty, yet sophisticated melodic blues mandolin playing really adds to the expressive feel of each song,
and provides a strong melodic counterpoint to the inventive and intelligent guitar stylings of Knutson’s playing.
Recorded in two LIVE sessions as an acoustic trio, you can hear the spontaneity and intimacy of the recording process.
The mix makes you feel like you are right there in the studio with the band listening to them.
Also of note are the socially conscious lyrics that walk the line between poetic, autobiographical, humorous, and fiercely candid, and their honesty strikes a chord.
‘Shake the Blues’ a life statement, where the music you listen to has been literally crafted in every conceivable facet by the artist.
This CD is available at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa (first choice), and CD Baby online (last choice!).
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Tuesday January 27, 2015 NEW Releases

unnamedThe Punch Brothers: Phosphorescent Blues 
the fourth album from the Bluegrass band featuring Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass). THE PHOSPHORESCENT BLUES was produced by T Bone Burnett. The band chose Burnett after working with him numerous times. most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME.
unnamed (1)The Lone Bellow: Then Came The Morning
the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio, The Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: ”Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dressner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow.
unnamed (2)Gov’t Mule & John Scofield : Sco-Mule
Fans of both artists and their respective genres will finally be able to get their hands and ears on a very special release: the long-awaited SCO-MULE album. In late September of 1999, John Scofield teamed with Gov’t Mule, then featuring original bass player the late Allen Woody, along with keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo, in Georgia for two legendary shows of mind-bending live prowess, featuring material ranging from Mule and Scofield original compositions, to James Brown covers and songs made legendary by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. No audience or soundboard bootleg recordings of these shows exist. But now, for the first time, fans can experience the Sco-Mule mystique first- hand in album form, newly mixed and mastered. This 2.5 hour all-instrumental release is a jazz romp laced with rock, soul & funk
unnamed (3)Bettye Lavette: Worthy
Bettye LaVette is a true legend with a musical career spanning over 50 years, she is now rightly recognized as one of the finest vocalists and one of the great interpreters of song. In Bettye’s amazing career she has performed for Barack Obama at his 2009 Presidential inauguration, (duetting with Jon Bon Jovi) and sang a moving interpretation of “”Love Reign O’er Me”” at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to The Who (which brought Pete Townshend to tears and stunned Roger Daltrey). Her discography spans five decades, but it is within the past decade that she has finally been recognized as one of America’s finest vocal talents. In 2005 she recorded the album “”I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise””, which was produced by Grammy nominated producer Joe Henry, (hailed as one of the best albums of the year by many critics). Joe Henry now reflects; “”I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise confirmed Bettye’s standing as a soul and blues singer nearly without peer, and evidenced for many what had for so long been hidden in plain sight. Two more fine albums followed, both of which were nominated for Grammy Awards: “”The Scene Of The Crime”” in 2007 and “”Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook””in 2010. Now, after almost a decade, the legend that is Bettye LaVette has teamed up with producer Joe Henry once again and the result is a stunning new album, “”Worthy””, featuring 11 songs composed by writers such as Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Mickey Newbury, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Mary Gauthier(who wrote the album title track) and Joe Henry among others. As Joe Henry states; “”With every song on “”Worthy””, Bettye finds the thread that first will unravel it. Then she stitches it all back together until it fits her taut frame and fierce stride, until it bends to meet her; until each song’s story is somehow, miraculously, telling her own””. “”Worthy”” is a supreme achievement from a uniquely gifted performer.
unnamed (4)Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: Medicine
For Nashville based, Memphis born Drew Holcomb, ”music is medicine” and it seems only fitting that along with his band The Neighbors – wife Ellie (vocals, guitar), Nathan Dugger (guitar, keys) and Rick Brinsfield (bass) – the group celebrates a decade long career with the release of their 2014 full-length studio album MEDICINE via his own imprint Magnolia Music. Recorded over eight days at Joe Pisapia’s Middletree Studios in East Nashville, the twelve song album was co-produced by Pisapia (Ben Folds, KD Lang, Guster, Josh Rouse) and the band and tackles issues of everyday life including loyalty, hardship, marriage, friendship, alienation and faith.
unnamed (5)Papa Roach : F.E.A.R.
Papa Roach has sold over 20 million albums internationally, is celebrating 20 years as a band and 15 years since their Multi-platinum release, INFEST. Years later the band keeps delivering hits, as their previous album THE CONNECTION (2012) delivered three massive active rock radio singles. The band has had four number one Rock Hits, one number one Alternative hit, and twelve top ten Rock Hits.
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THE NEW RELEASE HOUR ON KRCB: HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
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We don’t just sell records at the Last Record Store—we also talk about them, obsessively, all day long.
That discussion moves into radio land: Tuesday mornings at 11am (repeated Wednesdays at 7pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store’s (and Mid-Day KRCB program host) Doug Jayne with longtime Morning DJ Brian Griffith for The New Release Hour. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best!
KRCB is at 90.9 and 91.1-FM!
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 KSRO and KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording and more!
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!
The sun hits the back of my neck
Through a crack in the window shade
I blow it off
I blow it off
’cause I keep outside
In the eyes and ears
Of friends I’ve never met
I blow it off
I blow it offThere’s nothin’ to say
That couldn’t just as well be sent
I’ve got an American share
Of 21st century stress
~the Punch Brothers
 
See you on the Avenue!

Tuesday January 20, 2015 NEW Releases

What_A_Terrible_World,_What_A_Beautiful_WorldThe Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
the seventh studio album from the Alt-Rock band. Produced by the band and long-time collaborator Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case), it is The Decemberists’ first full-length studio album since 2011’s THE KING IS DEAD, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in Jan of 2011. From the soaring first single ‘Make You Better’ to the acoustic ruminations of the Nick Drake influenced ‘Lake Song’ and triumphant closer ‘A Beginning Song’, WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD, is the band’s most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring-from “The Tain,” an eighteen-and-a-half minute 2004 single based on an Irish myth to their last two ambitious, thematic albums, THE HAZARDS OF LOVE and THE KING IS DEAD. This time, though, Meloy explains that they took a different approach: “Let’s make sure the songs are good, and eventually the record will present itself.”

Sleater - KinneySleater-Kinney: No Cities To Love

the first album in 10 years by Sleater-Kinney (guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss), who came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as ”America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006. NO CITIES TO LOVE was produced by the band’s longtime collaborator John Goodmanson.

belle-and-sebastian_girls-in-peacetime-want-to-dance_lpBelle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

the long awaited follow-up to 2010’s WRITE ABOUT LOVE. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giorgio Moroder – have brought a dance-party element into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made. Given that band leader Stuart Murdoch has openly declared himself pro-bubblegum before, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that ‘Enter Sylvia Plath’, ‘The Book Of You’ and ‘Play For Today’ have keyboard hooks that recall Scandinavian pop machines past and present. The filmic loves, kitchen sink imagery and baroque touches are still there, too, don’t worry. It’s all about trusting in the restorative power of pop music. If you’d trust anyone to write a great Europop song about Sylvia Plath, you’d trust Belle & Sebastian.

ryan-bingham-fear-and-saturday-nightRyan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night

Recorded mostly LIVE with a brand new backing band FEAR & SATURDAY NIGHT shows Bingham facing down his past with a poetic grace throughout. Some of the most affecting moments on the album are in the harmonica-driven wistful waltz ”Broken Heart tattoos”, a song written to an unborn child, and in the title track when he sings, ”I don’t fear nothin’ except for myself/ So I’m gonna go out and raise me some hell.” ”Certain things aren’t going to change,” he explains of the song. ”You can’t run away or hide form the past. You have to live in it and deal with stuff and find your own way to overcome.” Those hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, helped make Bingham the man he is today. FEAR & SATURDAY NIGHT is the most authentic, personal, and deeply moving portrait of that man we’ve heard yet.

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i wanna be your thurston moore
wrestle on the bedroom floor
always leave me wanting more
throw away those old records

we go downtown
put on our best frowns
give me a chance
i know i can dance

it’s fine
cus it’s all mine
“I Wanna be Your Joey Ramone” Sleater-Kinney (1996)

See you on the Avenue!

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Dixie Giants LIVE this Saturday January 17 @ 2PM

Jan 16, 2015

THE LAST RECORD STORE NEWSLETTER
"I thought ‘soft opening’ was like ‘warm valley’ "

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32 years ago this weekend, with very little fanfare, we opened our doors to the public.
On Saturday morning, January 15, 1983 our run as "The Last Record Store" began!
Luckily, Hoyt had the good sense to name the store after a Little Feat album; I was leaning toward naming the shop after Frank Zappa’s record, "Uncle Meat". Phew! I would have been explaining that one forever.
What would our mascot have been??
Ew.

It is our extreme privilege to be Santa Rosa’s record store. Music is the greatest!

Join us for some LIVE music on Saturday January 17 around 2pm as we host The Dixie Giants.
The will be celebrating the release of their new CD, Live at The Sumpin’ Lodge.

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The Dixie Giants

Got so weary of bein’ nothin’,
Felt so dreary just doin’ nothin’
Didn’t care ever gettin’ nothin’, felt so low
Now my eyes on the far horizon can see a glow
Announcin’ things ain’t what they used to be.

No use bein’ a doubtin’ Thomas,
No ignorin’ that rosy promise;
Now I know there’s a happy story yet to come.
It’s the dawn of a day of glory: millennium
I tell you things ain’t what they used to be.
~ Warm Valley by Duke Ellington

See you on the Avenue!

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