This time each year many music know-it-alls come up with “top ten lists”.
We at The Last Record Store are no different; all of our staff has cobbled together our lists,
and are on display for you to behold.
But, even a music insider like myself looks at these lists and thinks, “who in the hell is Vietnamese Probiotic?”
So, here are a few selections that I’m offering in hopes of helping you with last minute shopping:
~ Christmas Music
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: It’s a Holiday Soul Party
The best new Holiday album this year.
Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You is a classic.
You will be a hero if you take these CD’s to a party and replace the tired Andy Williams album that has been playing on the hi-fi.
New Albums by old guys that still rock:
Los Lobos: Gates of Gold
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin: Lost Time
Los Lobos still has it; one of the America’s greatest groups.
Former Blasters Dave and Phil are recording together again; their song
“Worlds in a Bad Condition” is one of the best songs of 2015.
Good album for someone that says “Back in my day…”
Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care
Duets with Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, and a wonderful cover of The Spinners, “Love Don’t Love Nobody”
Looking back on two American musical treasures:
Bruuuce: The Ties That Bind Box Set
Dude was so prolific that he has 2 CD’s of unreleased tracks from his double album “The River”.
Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge
Outakes, alternate versions amd rehearsals from Bringing it all Back Home, Highway 61 Revsited, and Blonde On Blonde. A fascinating look at one of the most creative periods, by one of the greatest artists ever.
Fantastic new Jazz and such a deal! 3 CD’s for around $25
Kasami Washington: The Epic
Good reason that this album is on so many top ten lists; it is an unexpected, rich and rewarding Jazz classic.
New Music From The Greatest Living Blues Artist:
Buddy Guy: Born to Play the Blues
Buddy still has it. This is a great album…
3 excellent Americana albums:
Chris Stapelton: The Traveler
The dude that tore up the CMA awards dueting with Justin Timberlake.
No wardrobe malfunctions. Phew.
Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free
Last years Americana artist of the year released his best album yet.
Watkins Family Hour
Sara & Sean Watkins, Fiona Apple and an assemblage of awesome players.
Covers by Roger Miller, Robert Earl Keen, Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead.
It is charming!
For folks that love Neil Young:
Neil Young at The Blue Note
A trip down memory lane for us lucky enough to see this band at the Cotati Cabaret.
Neil and big band with horns, and many previously unreleased songs.
Two newish artists with great albums:
Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Fresh and distinctive rocker from Austrailia
Kurt Vile: B’lieve I’m Going Down
A breath of fresh air on this 6th! album from former member of War on Drugs
Wonderful Kid’s album
They Might Be Giants: Why?
I love this record.
Because it’s really good.
Gift Certificates, Tee Shirts, Turntables, Cassettes.
Why shop anywhere else?