Monthly Archive: March 2015

March 2015 NEW Releases

NEW RELEASES
for the week of March 24, 2015
unnamed (41)Van Morrisson: Duets Re-working the Catalogue
Van Morrison and the guests selected and recorded some of his songs from the catalog of 360 songs across his career. Deliberately steering away from his more well-known classics, Van enlisted some of the artists he most respects to perform these songs with him to re-craft and re-imagine them. The album was recorded in his home town of Belfast and London over the last year, using a variety of musicians and fresh arrangements. Produced by Van Morrison along with Don Was and Bob Rock, the album features duet performances with Bobby Womack, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Clare Teal, P.J. Proby, Joss Stone, Georgie Fame, Mick Hucknall, Chris Farlowe, and Van’s daughter Shana Morrison.

unnamed (42) Bjork: Vulnicura
the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Bjork. Vulnicura was written, produced and recorded in collaboration with Venezuelan producer Arca and British musician The Haxan Cloak. Of the album’s nine tracks, six are written by Bjork with two co-written with Arca and one co-written with Spaces. Six songs are produced by Bjork and Arca, one by Bjork, Arca and The Haxan Cloak and two by Bjork. All string arrangements are by Bjork. The album was mixed by The Haxan Cloak, except two songs mixed by The Haxan Cloak and Chris Elms, and mastered by Mandy Parnell. Vulnicura is Bjork’s first release since the 2011 album/multimedia project Biophilia.

unnamed (43)Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found
Almost two decades after the release of the original, Grammy- winning album, the romance of the Buena Vista Social Club continues with Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks, some recorded at the first legendary sessions in Havana with producer Ry Cooder and others during the extraordinarily rich outpouring of music that followed.

unnamed (44)Laura Marling: Short Movie
The album, her 5th in 7 years is a follow up to 2013’s Mercury Prize nominated Once I Was An Eagle, marks a new chapter in her sound and artistic development. Short Movie sees Marling move into new musical territory and may surprise fans with its prevalence of electric guitar. The album is freer and looser sounding than anything she has done before. Marling produced the album, was recorded at Urchin Studios in London and aided by her long time drummer Matt Ingram and studio engineer Dan Cox.

unnamed (45)Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit
Following the runaway success of her EP collection, ‘The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas’, Courtney Barnett returns with her debut album. Recorded in the Autumn of 2014 in an intense 10 day session at Head Gap studios in Melbourne, the album finally brings Barnett’s incisive vision into stark, unflinching focus; her wit sharpened to a knife edge, her melodies more infectious and addictive than ever. ‘Sometimes I Just Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit’ cements Barnett’s standing as one of the most distinctive voices in indie rock. Mixing witty, often hilarious observations with devastating self-assessment over a beguiling collection of songs that reveals her as an ambitious songwriter with an ear for clever turns of phrase and an eye for story-song details that are literate without being pretentious. Depressing rentals and dead foxes, go-nowhere relationships and dead end suburbs, even her own fears, doubts and insecurities – nothing escapes Barnett’s caustic sense of humour. If ‘The Double EP’ announced the arrival of a major new talent, ‘Sometimes’ consolidates that promise and marks Courtney Barnett as one of the best and most unique voices around, period.

unnamed (46)Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader
Nellie McKay pays homage to the 60’s with her My Weekly Reader. From Haight Ashbury to Greenwich Village to Carnaby Street, My Weekly Reader (in collaboration with famed Beatles Engineer, Geoff Emerick) features unlikely gems from Country Joe, Moby Grape, Frank Zappa, Richard Farina, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beatles and The Kinks.

NEW RELEASES
for the week of March 17, 2015
unnamed (47)Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
The follow-up to the rapper’s critically-acclaimed 2012 effort good kid, m.A.A.d city (EXPLICIT)

unnamed (48) Modest Mouse: Stranger to Ourselves
the sixth album by the American alt-rockers. Strangers To Ourselves is the band’s first studio album since We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, released in 2007, marking the longest gap between studio albums in their career. The aerial image on the album cover is Venture Out RV Resort located in Mesa, Arizona.

unnamed (49) Mark Knopfler: Tracker
the ninth solo album from the British guitarist, singer/songwriter and former Dire Straits mainman. Tracker features 11 new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. Produced by Knopfler and Guy Fletcher and recorded at British Grove Studios in London. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 27th greatest guitar player of all time…

unnamed (50)Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield: Sing Elliott Smith
12 songs originally written by the acclaimed and well-loved Smith, performed by 2 artists, currently known for their contributions to the indie folk rock landscape. The recordings are, in many cases, defined by bare instrumentation, driven by a simple yet bold vocal delivery, the depth of feeling complimenting that of the subject matter. This album is an obvious labor of love; a comment based on the genuine reverence which Avett and Mayfield clearly hold for Smith. At times, the songs feel light as a feather, while in others, thematically leaden with heartache, they are given a deep breath, a different dimension, a new color. In modern fashion, melodies intensely whispered by Elliot Smith are sung in a harmonious way, akin to the folk aesthetic of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

unnamed (51)Allison Moorer: Down to Believing

is being hailed as her best body of work, Despite her previously earned nominations for an Academy Award for Best Song and a Grammy. The album features Moorer’s warm, distinctive vocals on 13 self-written, genre-crossing tracks that explore a wide range of topics, drawn from her own true life experiences, both positive and negative. Rolling Stone has called Allison’s new album “Brilliant and extraordinarily candid…” and early reviews are in total accord with that summary.

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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.

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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!
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Spring in my heart, fire in my belly too
I come apart, I don’t know just what to do
Got a heart and a mind and a fire inside
And I’m crazy about you
You, you on your high flying cloud
You, you with the laugh in your eyes
You, you with your hidden surprise
You

Gotta get through January
Gotta get through February
Gotta get through January
Gotta get through February
~Van Morrison
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NEW RELEASES for the week of March 10, 2015

includes March 3 releases
unnamed (23) Madonna: Rebel Heart
the 13th studio album from the pop superstar. Rebel Heart was recorded in New York, Los Angeles and London with producers Diplo, Kanye West and Billboard. The album includes the single, “Living For Love” and “Bitch, I’m Madonna” featuring Nicki Minaj. The album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson.
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unnamed (24) Will Butler: Policy
Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music – in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world. Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will. The song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. The music is experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity.
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unnamed (25) Joe Pug: Windfall
His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records. (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver). The following years would have him on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Newport Folk Festival. ”The aim on Windfall was very straightforward,” Pug explains. ”We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that’s what I love about music, and that’s what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world.”
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unnamed (26) Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago
 
This exhilarating live album features compositions by Jack, Roscoe, Henry, Muhal and dynamic group improvisation and celebrates a reunion with old friends who came together for a very special concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park in August 2013.
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unnamed (27) Bettye Lavette: Child of the Seventies
Digitally remastered set from the Soul great featuring her complete recordings for the Atco and Atlantic labels, which previously came out only in a hard-to-find limited edition. The title, Child of the Seventies, is taken from a complete album that Bettye (or Betty, as she was known back then) recorded for Atco back in November 1972; produced by Brad Shapiro, it’s a raw soul masterpiece that the label inexplicably decided not to release. But that’s only the beginning of the gems that await you on this set: among the 10 bonus tracks are two tracks (“Waiting for Tomorrow” and “Livin’ Life on a Shoestring”) that were previously unreleased until their debut here, plus single versions (including a mono version of the brilliant “Your Turn to Cry”) of album tracks and six more single sides, 22 deeply soulful tracks in all! David Nathan’s notes follow the long and winding road these recordings took to being released.
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unnamed (28) Luke Bryan: Spring Break…Checkin’ Out
release from the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, the final entry in his popular Spring Break series. Spring Break…Checkin Out contains five new original songs all co-written by Luke plus all six songs from 2014’s EP.
“Woooo!!”
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But wait, there’s more…

NEW RELEASES
for the week of March 3, 2015
unnamed (29) Asleep at the Wheel: Still The King
Nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel have been a force in classic country music for decades now, from their 1973 debut Comin’ Right At Ya to the Grammy Award-nominated collaboration with Willie Nelson in 2010, Willie at the Wheel. Now, the band keeps the collabs coming with their forthcoming tribute album, Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. On this 22-track release, Asleep at the Wheel is joined once again by Nelson along with the likes of The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more to celebrate the music of Bob Wills, known as the King of Western Swing, and his band.
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unnamed (30) Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday

the second album from former Oasis guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds. Includes the single ‘In the Heat of the Moment’.

On drugs: “If there were gold medals for taking drugs for England I would have won a shitload.” (Parkinson, Nov 2006)
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unnamed (31) Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter
the fifth studio album from the singer/songwriter. the Firewatcher’s Daughter is Carlile’s follow-up to Bear Creek, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart in 2012.
“I love fishing, any kind of fishing.”
~Brandi Carlile
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unnamed (32) Steven Wilson: Hand Cannot Erase
four-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and one of the hardest working artists in music, has announced that he will embark on a UK & European tour in March & April 2015 to coincide with the release of his long-awaited fourth solo album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ The release follows the critical and commercial success of his third solo album ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ released in February 2013 and a run of sold-out shows including London’s Royal Albert Hall.
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unnamed (33) The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete
Digitally remastered and expanded edition released to coincide with its 50th Anniversary. Freedom Highway Complete is a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support and celebration of that year’s historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. Featuring previously unreleased performances, the spiritually uplifting service, Pops Staples’ Intro and Outro and more, Freedom Highway Complete puts the listener right in the church, with the Staples, the choir, the band, and the congregation for a once-in-a-lifetime event. First released on Epic Records as an LP in 1965, the original Freedom Highway album, constrained by the time limits of 12″ vinyl, edited the New Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church concert and service down to key performance tracks. This new Legacy edition marks the first-ever release of the full concert and service.
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unnamed (34) Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom
‘A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record – penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key. ”I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed,” reveals Barnes. ”I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness.” Aureate Gloom was recorded directly to tape with musicians Kevin Barnes (guitar, vocals), Clayton Rychlik (drums), Bob Parins (bass), Bennett Lewis (guitar), and JoJo Glidewell (keys), plus the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg. The strength of the members’ musical rapport was instantly apparent. The group completed nearly a song a day and even wrote a brand new track on the spot, ”Apollyon Of Blue Room,” whose title references a supposedly haunted bedroom in a hacienda on the studio grounds. With Aureate Gloom, of Montreal have created one of the most unflinching, confessional and starkly emotional albums in their career.
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unnamed (35) Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute
One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads, will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute. A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his Brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankiann, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim (Ripper) Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.
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unnamed (36) Lilly Hiatt: Royal Blue
the feisty, adventurous and smart follow-up to her critically lauded debut full-length Let Down. Recorded at producer Adam Landry’s (Deertick, Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris) Nashville studio Playground Sound, the twelve new tracks skirt the edges of any neat genre definitions, boldly combining sounds of Austin folk rock, Pacific Northwest indie, pre-Oasis Britpop, 90’s alt guitars, 00’s indie synths and New York punk circa 1977. Often presented with naked autobiographical candor, the new collection of songs is filtered through a wide spectrum of lenses – flashes of humor, attitude, deep worry and gritty determination can be heard – but ultimately, Hiatt would rather rock than mope.
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unnamed (37) Gill Landry
first solo album in nearly 5 years is a gorgeous Americana-infused singer/songwriter record. Landry spends his days as a member of Old Crow Medicine Show but his solo work is a sparser, more intimate affair. Guests include Laura Marling and Robert Ellis
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New Scorpions ! ____________________New UFO !!!
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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.
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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 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!
This Newsletter is dedicated to our Uncle Joe
We helped him celebrate his 100th Birthday last week
in Issaquah, WA
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Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes
have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run.
~Neil Young
See you on the Avenue!
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