Monthly Archive: February 2015

Tuesday February 10, 2015 NEW Releases and more

NEW RELEASES
for the week of February 10, 2015
Tomorrow is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn
Debut solo album from the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Tomorrow Is My Turn was produced by T Bone Burnett. For her first solo disc, Giddens chose a broad range of songs from genres as diverse as gospel, jazz, blues, and country. In addition to the traditional “Black Is the Color,” tracks include Hank Cochran’s “She’s Got You,” made famous by Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton’s “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind”; “O Love Is Teasin’,” popularized by the Kentucky-reared “mother of folk” Jean Ritchie; and Elizabeth Cotton’s “Shake Sugaree.” Tomorrow Is My Turn was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and follows Giddens’ work with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album also produced by Burnett that was released in November 2014.
Happy Prisoner

Robert Earl Keen: Happy Prisoner -the Bluegrass Sessions

Robert Earl Keen: Happy Prisoner -the Bluegrass Sessions
an album unlike any other in his storied catalog. Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Keen has put his unique stamp on fifteen standards and other beloved tunes (twenty on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, even Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett and Natalie Maines on vocals, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins on fiddle, and Danny Barnes on banjo.
I Love You Honeybear

Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear

Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear
recorded from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles. There’s a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn. The songs are a narration of my experience falling in love. My ambition was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons with an imprint that is undeniably my own.
Break Stuff

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff
features Vijay Iyer’s long-running and widely-acclaimed trio with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, a band in existence for eleven years now. “We keep learning from each other and from experiences and try to set challenges for ourselves so that growth is part of the equation.” It’s a group whose musical language is informed by more than the jazz piano trio tradition. While Iyer acknowledges the influence of, for instance, Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill and Duke Ellington’s Money Jungle album (with Charles Mingus and Max Roach) upon his own trio aesthetics, he points out that his group has also been inspired by “James Brown’s rhythm section, Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, Miles Davis’s rhythm section, Charlie Parker’s rhythm section, soul music from the 1970s, electronic music and hip-hop from very recent times…” The list goes on. The piece “Hood” on the new recording is a tribute to Detroit minimal techno producer and DJ Robert Hood. “He did all this really interesting music with numerical patterning – different rhythms unfolding through each other, but still in a very clear dance music framework, very textural and sound-oriented. You hear the evolution of timbre. It became a point of reference for us, to see if we could capture some of that spirit in a purely acoustic framework.” As for the album title, “Break Stuff” is what transpires after formal elements have been addressed. Vijay Iyer calls the break “a span of time in which to act. It’s the basis for breakdowns, break-beats, and break dancing … it can be the moment when everything comes to life.” A number of the pieces here are breakdowns of other Iyer constructions. Some are from a Break Stuff suite premiered at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, some derive from Open City, a collaboration with Nigerian-born writer Teju Cole and large ensemble.
Let the Good Times Roll

JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll

JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll

nfluenced by all sorts of things from all different worlds. But when he ingests it, it sort of comes out like this love-child of Little Richard. JD McPherson is just the real deal.
The Districts

The Districts – A flourish and a spoil

The Districts!
Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke – Holding all the Roses

Blackberry Smoke!!
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Kingsborough

Kingsborough

LIVE performance ~ New CD available ~ it’s a party!
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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, or online at krcb.org. Tune in!
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!

How many people rise and say
“My brain’s so awfully glad to be here
For yet another mindless day”?

I’ve got all morning to obsessively accrue
A small nation of meaningful objects
And they’ve got to represent me too

By this afternoon, I’ll live in debt
By tomorrow, be replaced by children

How many people rise and think
“Oh good, the stranger’s body’s still here
Our arrangement hasn’t changed?”

Now I’ve got a lifetime to consider all the ways
I’ve grown more disappointing to you
As my beauty warps and fades
I suspect you feel the same
When I was young, I dreamt of a passionate obligation to a roommate

Is this the part where I get all I ever wanted?
Who said that?
Can I get my money back?

Just a little bored in the USA
Oh, just a little bored in the USA
Save me, white Jesus
Bored in the USA
Oh, they gave me a useless education
And a subprime loan
On a craftsman home
Keep my prescriptions filled
And now I can’t get off
But I can kind of deal
Oh, with being bored in the USA
Oh, just a little bored in the USA
Save me, President Jesus
I’m bored in the USA
How did it happen?
Bored in the USA
~Father John Misty

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NEW RELEASES for the week of February 3, 2015 and more

Irma Thomas! The Soul Queen of New Orleans is coming to town!
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Blues at the Crossroads: The Soul of the Blues
Sunday February 8, 2015 8PM at the Wells Fargo Center.
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Friends, I don’t want to spend too much time pulling on your coat,
but– many of you know that I have been involved with KRCB-FM Radio 91
for many years (19 to be exact).
KRCB is having its first membership drive of 2015, and I would love to have
some of our LRS homies check us out. Maybe even donate!
Here is a link to a short blog I wrote about my love of radio:
Here is a link to my KRCB show (including my quasi-eclectic playlist)
On to New Releases:
for the week of February 3, 2015
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Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night

The 36th album from the iconic singer/songwriter, and his first new music since 2012’s worldwide hit TEMPEST. Regarding the repertoire on this album, Bob Dylan commented, ”It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.” Bob Dylan’s five previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist.
2015-2-3(3) Two Gallants: We Are Undone
Two Gallants is a folk rock duo from San Francisco, California.
The name comes from the title of a story by James Joyce in Dubliners.
We Are Undone is the fifth album from the Alt-Rock duo. While singer/guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, their sound has evolved considerably over the years. Sonically, the thrash blues of the ”Some Trouble” is balanced by the austerity of ballads such as ”There’s So Much I Don’t Know.”
2015-2-3(4) Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet
In December 2013 Kenny Wheeler recorded what was to be his last album. SONGS FOR QUINTET, an inspirational session featuring Wheeler compositions of recent vintage (plus a fresh approach to ”Nonetheless”, first heard on ANGEL SONG), was recorded in Abbey Road Studio with four of Kenny’s favorite players. Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli, Chris Laurence and Martin France work together marvellously as an interactive unit and provide support for the tender and lyrical flugelhorn of the bandleader.
2015-2-3(5)  The Church:Further Deeper
the 25th studio album from the legendary Aussie band. After over three decades of making music in various formats, lineups, places and cognitive states, this is a band who have committed to exploring unchartered sonic territories. With long-time member Marty Willson-Piper being unavailable, Ian Haug (formerly of Powderfinger) came on board to partner the iconic guitar playing of founding member Peter Koppes. Describing this album,”The magic started on day one,” says singer/bass player Steve Kilbey. ”Someone strummed a chord or struck a drum or plucked a note and we were off. We wrote and recorded like demons and it was inspiring to feel every member using all his resources in the service of this record”. Twenty-six songs were born over eight days of exploration in Sydney in late 2013. Guitarist Peter Koppes, recalibrating his personal canvas in the absence of his long-time foil Marty Willson-Piper, drew palpable inspiration from the quartet’s remixed chemistry. ”This new incarnation of the band with Ian Haug has brought a joyous energy to the music we’ve written together,” he says.
2015-2-3(6) Tinsley Ellis: Tough Love
Landslide Records and Heartfixer Music are excited to announce the next release from Tinsley Ellis titled, TOUGH LOVE. This 10 track set presents a wide range of tunes with master guitar work and vocals that both rock and soothe. Landslide Records and Heartfixer Music are excited to announce the next release from Tinsley Ellis titled, Tough Love. This 10 track set presents a wide range of tunes with master guitar work and vocals that both rock and soothe.
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Our next in-store:
Saturday February 21 @ 2PM
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LIVE performance ~ New CD available ~ it’s a party!
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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, or online at krcb.org. Tune in!
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 atksro.com. Tune in!
Full moon and empty arms
The moon is there for us to share
But where are you?
A night like this could weave a memory
And every kiss could start a dream for two
Full moon and empty arms
Tonight, I’ll use the magic moon
To wish upon
And next full moon
If my one wish comes true
My empty arms will be filled with you
Full moon and empty arms
Tonight, I’ll use the magic moon
To wish upon
And next full moon
If my one wish comes true
My empty arms will be filled with you
Songwriters MOSSMAN/KAYE
appears on Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night
 

 

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