New Releases, and 33 1/3 Anniversary

On Saturday, May 15, 2016 The Last Record Store will turn 33+1/3 years old!
We were in the middle of planning a blow-out party at Hopmonk in Sebastopol with our buddy Eric Lindell headlining.
Eric used to skateboard into our original location on 4th Street to post his gig flyers, and sell us his cassettes!
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This is Eric wowing the crowd at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest
Unfortunately, Eric and wife Sarah’s newborn baby boy, Kay Chevalier Lindell (Baby K), has had some serious medical problems,
and we decided to cancel (or at least, postpone) the party.
We will probably do a low-key celebration at the shop instead.
In the meantime, we ask everyone to send positive vibrations to the Lindell Family.
More information is available at Eric and Sarah’s Go Fund Me page here:
www.gofundme.com/eric-sarahlindell


NEW RELEASES for the week of March 25, 2016:

 

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Bob Mould: Patch the Sky

solo release from the alt-rock veteran and former Husker Du/Sugar singer/songwriter. Bob Mould says, “Here’s the deal. In 2012, people loved Silver Age (to a degree that surprised me, pleasantly), likewise Beauty & Ruin in 2014 (despite the heaviness of the subject matter, which I thought might be a bit alienating… apparently not. Another pleasant surprise.). But Patch The Sky is the darkest one. After the Letterman performance in February 2015 where “dust fell from the rafters,” it would have seemed logical to go the punk rock route-an entire album of two-minute songs-but that wasn’t where my soul was at. I withdrew from everyday life. I wrote alone for six months. I love people, but I needed my solitude. The search for my own truth kept me alive. These songs are my salvation. I’ve had a solid stretch of hard emotional times, and thanks for the condolences in advance. I don’t want to go into the details-more death, relationships ending, life getting shorter-because they’re already in the songs. Just listen and see if you can fit yourself into my stories. The words make you remember. The music makes you forget. But Patch The Sky is also the catchiest one. I always aim for the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. I’ve used this juxtaposition for years. This time, I’ve tuned it to high contrast. The first side of the album is generally simple and catchy. The second side is heavier in spirit and tone. Opposing forces and properties. I love both sides of Patch The Sky. At the core of these songs is what I call the chemical chorus-you hear it once and your brain starts tingling. The heart rate picks up. It gets worse-you know it’s coming again and you can barely stand the anticipation. Then, the beautifully heartbreaking bridge appears, and you’re all set up-hooked for life. Music is an incredibly powerful drug. I want to be your drug dealer. I have what you need.”


 

Metal Church: XI

Metal Church: XI

 

Recorded in the spring and summer of 2015 at Kurdt’s studio in Aberdeen, Washington, and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, Metal Church XI not only combines all the same musical elements that made the Mike Howe era albums so great, but also adds in a modern approach to the recording process which takes this offering to the next level.


Joe Bonamassa: Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa:
Blues of Desperation

 

is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of ‘This Train’ (Joe’s guitar is set to rude throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad ‘What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time’ to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of ‘The Valley Runs Low’, on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there’s the bleary, tequila-soaked ‘Drive’, dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could make David Lynch green with envy. Throughout the record, Bonamassa’s epic guitar playing conjures up stirring benedictions and explosive exorcisms of sound. Guitar fans everywhere (like those who recently voted Bonamassa Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar World magazine by an overwhelming margin) will consider Blues Of Desperation a treasure trove of axe riches.


Zayn: Mind of Mine

Zayn: Mind of Mine

solo album from former One Direction member Zayn Malik. The release of Mind Of Mine comes on the anniversary of Zayn’s decision to become a solo artist and focus on the next chapter of his music evolution. “Once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more. For 10 years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.” Working with Zayn on his debut album, noted producer Malay (Frank Ocean) described him as pure genius. “An artists’ artist. A shining star with a genuine heart.” Zayn recently received a surge of attention with his Billboard magazine cover where they affirm “judging from his music, he’s poised to impress the dominant music geeks of the day, who care less about guitar-slingers than artful practitioners of beats and atmosphere.”


 

2 Chainz: Collegrove

2 Chainz: Collegrove

the third studio album by rapper 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz prohibitively collaborated with a fellow rapper Lil Wayne on this album, even though it iss credited by 2 Chainz as a solo album through Def Jam. The album includes productions from Mike Will Made It, TM88, Infamous, Zaytoven, Lil C, Metro Boomin, Ben Billion$, and London on da Track, among others.


Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat. Where You Are Going is more of a rocker than the last one, but still squarely based in Robin’s love for Blues. Robin’s voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr. Trower’s creative upsurge, Robin is credited with Guitar, Vocals, and Bass with Chris Taggart on Drums, with Livingstone Brown also on bass, co-production and mixing/mastering. Robin created the art piece that was turned into a classy package by Graphic Artist Eric Krause.


 

Robin Trower: Where You Going To

Robin Trower:
Where You Going To

Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat. Where You Are Going is more of a rocker than the last one, but still squarely based in Robin’s love for Blues. Robin’s voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr. Trower’s creative upsurge, Robin is credited with Guitar, Vocals, and Bass with Chris Taggart on Drums, with Livingstone Brown also on bass, co-production and mixing/mastering. Robin created the art piece that was turned into a classy package by Graphic Artist Eric Krause.


 

Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap:
The Very Last Day

Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), with whom the band has worked frequently, We Disappear was recorded in Portland at Kung Fu Bakery (The Shins, Tegan and Sara) and in Seattle, WA at The Hall of Justice (Nirvana, Mudhoney). The album – which will arrive ahead of the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third LP The Body, The Blood, The Machine – is an authentic, dark, and deeply personal album couched in The Thermals’ trademark catchy and boundless pop/rock. The band examines technology, love, and death throughout: how separation in humanity can come through any of these avenues; how people try to outrun the demise of lives and relationships; how technology can isolate us and impact our relationships even as we completely – and willingly – assimilate ourselves into it (or go “Into The Code,” as the opening track suggests); and how we’ve begun to forego privacy for a feeling of immortality in order to not be ignored or forgotten.


 

The Thermals: We Disappear

The Thermals: We Disappear

Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), with whom the band has worked frequently, We Disappear was recorded in Portland at Kung Fu Bakery (The Shins, Tegan and Sara) and in Seattle, WA at The Hall of Justice (Nirvana, Mudhoney). The album – which will arrive ahead of the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third LP The Body, The Blood, The Machine – is an authentic, dark, and deeply personal album couched in The Thermals’ trademark catchy and boundless pop/rock. The band examines technology, love, and death throughout: how separation in humanity can come through any of these avenues; how people try to outrun the demise of lives and relationships; how technology can isolate us and impact our relationships even as we completely – and willingly – assimilate ourselves into it (or go “Into The Code,” as the opening track suggests); and how we’ve begun to forego privacy for a feeling of immortality in order to not be ignored or forgotten.


 

RJD2: Dame Fortune

RJD2: Dame Fortune

continues the sonic exploration that was started 14 years ago on his seminal debut Deadringer. An entirely self-produced and engineered affair, long-time vocal collaborators appear here: Blueprint, Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston, the other half of the Icebird duo), Phonte Coleman and Jordan Brown, along with newcomer Josh Krajcik. Always soulful, perpetually psychedelic, this album has found the lost threads connecting Aloe Blacc, Tangerine Dream and King Crimson. From the jagged, angular deconstruction of “A New Theory” and “The Sheboygan Left,” to the poignant elegance of “Peace of What” and “We Come Alive,” Dame Fortune further cements Rjd2 as a force to be reckoned with behind the boards.


NEW RELEASES for the week of March 18, 2016:

 

Gwen Stefani:  This is What the Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani:
This is What the Truth Feels Like

the third solo album by the No Doubt vocalist. Inspired by the end of her marriage and the roller coaster of emotions she experienced during the time, Stefani returned to feeling inspired and started writing new and meaningful songs. With the help of producers J.R. Rotem, Mattman & Robin and Greg Kurstin, as well as songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, Stefani wrote the whole album in a few months and described it as a “breakup record”, with the songs having a “sarcastic” and dark-humor vibe, as well as having realness and a few being joyful and happy as well. Includes the singles “Used to Love You” and “Make Me Like You”.


 

Iggy Pop:  Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop:
Post Pop Depression

Post Pop Depression was produced by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal). The 17th Iggy Pop album, and a worthy addition to the 22 album legacy spawned with the immortal trilogy of The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, spanning massively influential solo outings including 1977’s opening 1-2 combo of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 1990’s gold-certified Brick By Brick. The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme’s enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age band mate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Post Pop Depression is a singular work that stands proudly alongside the best works of either of its principles, from The Stooges to Queens Of The Stone Age, bearing it’s creators’ undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they’ve done before. It’s a record that wouldn’t exist without either Pop or Homme-and one that probably shouldn’t in theory if you really think about it-but it does, and we and rock ‘n’ roll are all the better for it. “A lot of geezers my age don’t work out of their comfort zone anymore because once you become legendary you don’t want people challenging you.” – Iggy Pop.


 

Southern Family

Southern Family

Southern Family is a Country compilation album put together and produced by Grammy nominated producer, Dave Cobb. Southern Family is simple and honest music, featuring all new original tracks by some of country’s biggest names including Shooter Jennings, John Paul White, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert and others.


 

Star Wars Headspace

Star Wars Headspace

Star Wars Headspace is a compilation of electronic tunes, influenced by the movies and by artists you’ll know if you’re big on digital beats. The album is produced by Rick Rubin, with tracks from Bonobo, Claude VonStroke, Flying Lotus, Kaskade and Röyksopp, among others.


 

Soul Asylum:  Change of Fortune

Soul Asylum:
Change of Fortune

the 11th album from the alt-rockers. When asked about Change Of Fortune, front man David Pirner exclaimed, “Everything on the menu is excellent.”. Change of Fortune is three years in the making, recorded while the band toured non-stop, had a few line-up changes and some soul searching. But upon listening to Change of Fortune, the wait is most certainly worth it. Soul Asylum loyalists will be happy to discover the group’s trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact. The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains and they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n’ roll. The band currently consists of Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.


 

Sean Watkins: What To Fear

Sean Watkins: What To Fear

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. And he doesn’t merely stick with the familiar: On What To Fear, he bolsters an acoustic lineup with a rock rhythm section, bringing drama and drive to these new tracks while keeping intact the emotional intimacy of all the stories he is telling.


 

James: Girl at the End of the World

James: Girl at the End of the World

the 14th album from the veteran British band. The songs for this record were written exclusively in Scotland. As with La Petite Mort, the album was recorded at RAK Studios in St. John’s Wood. The album was recorded and produced by Max Dingel. “Girl At The End Of The World is a record we are very proud of and picks up nicely where La Petite Mort left off. But hopefully, as always, pushes the edges out a little further. The songs are big but personal, abrasive but warming and after taking you on a journey and throwing you a few curve balls, ultimately uplifting.’ – Jim Glennie.


 

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

The concentrated nexus of romance, recollection, historic struggles and tragedies, and peerless craftsmanship coupled with the hopes, fears, and isolation that accompany transition formed the backdrop of The Narrows, Phillips latest dispatch on Yep Roc Records. Bathed in a woody, warmly reverberating sonic signature, the album’s thirteen songs are marked by longing and a resolute sense of purpose: As though hurling yourself full-force into the unknown is as sensible as any other more commonly prescribed course. After all, what feels unknown may be residing just below the surface – should you be willing to dig for it and be open to discovery.


 

Primal Scream: Chaosmosis

Primal Scream: Chaosmosis

the 11th studio album from the Scottish outfit fronted by Bobby Gillespie. Chaosmosis is the follow-up to 2013’s More Light. The album features guest appearances from Haim, Rachel Zeffira and Sky Ferreira. Primal Scream formed in 1982 but their career did not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene, but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream.


 

NEW RELEASES for the week of March 11, 2016:

 

Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

8 SONG untitled unmastered. PROJECT. Having treated fans with new music during various TV performances over the past year, Top Dawg Entertainment alongside Aftermath Ent / Interscope Records have released untitled unmastered. By Kendrick Lamar. An 8 song project which features studio versions of the untitled songs Kendrick performed on The Colbert Report


 

Jeff Buckley: You and I

Jeff Buckley: You and I

Jeff Buckley’s first recording sessions in 1993 in NYC were largely an informal exercise to acclimate the 27-year-old with a recording studio. Recently discovered in the Sony Music archives during the research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley’s Grace album, the performances on You And I are a revelation, an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility. These intimate, raw and spirited sessions mark Buckley’s first time recording versions of electric cover songs such as Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight” and a previously unissued track, “Dream of You And I”. Long rumored to exist, as the “Addabbo sessions”, but previously unheard outside the studio, these seminal recordings are a fan’s Holy Grail, a rare treat…


 

Brian Fallon: Painkillers

Brian Fallon: Painkillers

the first solo album from singer/songwriter Brian Fallon. Brian is widely known as singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies. Produced by Butch Walker, the album was recorded last year at Nashville’s Taxidermy Studios with Fallon fronting a crack band that includes Walker, Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper, and drummer Mark Stepro. This release is his first major project since Gaslight Anthem went on hiatus. Includes ‘A Wonderful Life’, ‘Among Other Foolish Things’, ‘Steve McQueen’, ‘Honey Magnolia’, ‘Mojo Hand’ and the title track amongst others.


 

The Wild Feathers:  Lonely is a Lifetime

The Wild Feathers:
Lonely is a Lifetime

the follow-up to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Guitarist/vocalist Ricky Young says that the story of Lonely Is A Lifetime begins with the band’s two years on the road. “We progressed as a live band,” he says. “When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today – as individuals and musicians. After playing the same songs every night, you eventually start leaning towards other things. We wrote music that we wanted to play and that’s what you’ll hear on Lonely Is A Lifetime.”


 

Lucius: Good Grief

Lucius: Good Grief

Brooklyn-based indie folk/pop act featuring singer/songwriters Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer) and Bob Ezrin, along with the band themselves. The album is the follow-up to their 2013 album Wildewoman. The 11 tracks see the band exploring the emotions of “loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives” that they experienced while touring behind their last record. Includes ‘Born Again Teen’, ‘Something About You’, ‘Madness’, My Heart Gets Caught On Your Sleeve’, ‘What We Have (To Change’ and more.


 

Shooter Jennings: Countach

Shooter Jennings: Countach

Shooter Jennings returns with his 7th studio LP with ‘Countach (for Giorgio)’. In 2014 Shooter Released ‘Don’t Wait Up (for George)’, an EP paying tribute to George Jones, and at the same time announced ‘Countach’ his album comprised of songs composed or inspired by production pioneer Giorgio Moroder. But this is no tribute album. ‘Countach’ is a sound-collage-stye journey through 80’s and 90’s culture, innovative songwriting, genre-bending fiddle-meets-synthesizer soundscapes and a shrine to pioneers of books, bytes and beats. Printed on pink vinyl, ‘Countach’ features guest appearances from modern folk songstress Brandi Carlile, Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson, country-rock pioneer Steve Young and even Lord British himself, computer game leviathan Richard Garriott.


 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:  Something Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:
Something Real

On the new album, ‘Something Real,’ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real takes us further down the path they have been blazing since 2008, when Lukas and drummer Anthony LoGerfo met at a Neil Young concert and began laying the groundwork. Now the band, with percussionist Tato Melgar, Lukas’s brother, “honorary member” and guitarist Micah Nelson, and bassist Corey McCormick, have reached a point where the past and present have fused into one extraordinary personality – songwriters, musicians, and riveting onstage performers. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have introduced a bunch of muses to each other and locked them into an imaginary room to spend some wild time together. ‘Something Real’ is what came out of that room once the party had ended – one vision, rich in it’s influences, unique and irresistible. The nine-track effort explodes with a 21st-century urgency. It hits grooves hard on the up-tempo tracks and digs into dark emotional depths in it’s moodier moments. It’s also haunted by spirits of the past. If the music of Hendrix, Waylon, Duane Allman and other archangels haunt your dreams now and then, you’ll find plenty to love in ‘Something Real.’


 

NEW RELEASES for the week of March 4, 2016:

 

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Full Circle is Loretta’s first album release since 2004’s Van Lear Rose. Full Circle takes a broad look at the First Lady of Country Music’s history and legacy, offering up 13 new recordings that bounce between the Appalachian folksongs she learned as a child to newer versions of past hits like “Fist City.” Recorded in the Cash Cabin Studio, which Johnny Cash built on his own spread of Tennessee countryside in the late Seventies, Full Circle was co-produced by daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and family friend John Carter Cash. The result is an album that doesn’t necessarily stretch Lynn’s legs, as the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose did more than a decade ago, as much as celebrate her strengths. At 83 years old, Lynn still tours regularly and sings with conviction, and Full Circle serves as a sonic snapshot, capturing a living legend who’d rather record than retire. Two additional legends – Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello – make appearances on the album’s final two tracks, but this is still the Loretta Lynn show, proof there’s plenty of spark left in the Coal Miner’s Daughter.


 

Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

the sixth album from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. Ouroboros was produced by Ray and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The album was written by LaMontagne and features first single, “Hey, No Pressure”. NPR’s All Songs Considered called the track an “inspired new song,” stamped the album “incredible” and lauded that Ray “has continued to push himself in different directions.” LaMontagne was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills. Critics have compared LaMontagne’s music to that of Otis Redding, The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.


 

M.Ward: More Rain

M. Ward: More Rain

M. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects. This album, Ward’s eighth solo affair, finds the artist picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012’s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Neko Case, K.D. Lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Ward’s reach and satisfy longtime fans.


 

Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution

Esperanza Spalding:
Emily’s D+Evolution

from the acclaimed jazz artist. Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution, a rekindling of her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, which delves into a broader concept of performance. Taking a new approach to her on-stage persona, the remarkable Spalding taps into new creative energy, delivering musical vignettes inspired during a “sleepless night of full moon inspiration.” As she puts it, “Emily is my middle name, and I’m using this fresh persona as my inner navigator. This project is about going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity, and using it as a compass to move forward and expand. My hope for this group is to create a world around each song, there are a lot of juicy themes and stories in the music. We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video, and the movement of our bodies.”


 

Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Original soundtrack to the acclaimed documentary. Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. Janis: Little Girl Blue, showcases Janis at her very best and features brand new liner notes from Oscar nominated director and producer Amy Berg, rare, vintage photos and reproductions of letters written by Janis as detailed throughout the documentary. A remarkable career-spanning anthology, Janis: Little Girl Blue, brings together 17 essential Janis Joplin live and studio performances, including classic solo and Big Brother & the Holding Company tracks. The album debuts a previously unreleased version of “Piece of My Heart” (also featured in the documentary and recorded live at the Generation Club in New York City in April 1968 during the Wake for Martin Luther King concert. Janis: Little Girl Blue includes an early recording of Janis Joplin singing Lead Belly’s “Careless Love”; live performances with Big Brother & The Holding Company (from San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, the Monterey Pop Festival, the Generation Club in New York City and Detroit’s mythic Grande Ballroom); the Kozmic Blues Band (Frankfurt, West Germany, April 12, 1969); Janis live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (August 17, 1969) and the legendary Festival Express Tour (July 4, 1970). Rounding out Janis: Little Girl Blue are definitive studio performances from the classic four original albums-Big Brother & The Holding Company, Cheap Thrills, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! And Pearl-recorded during Joplin’s lifetime. All of the recordings on the Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack album may be heard in the film.


 

Violent Femmes:  We Can Do Anything

Violent Femmes:
We Can Do Anything

their ninth album, follows 2000’s Freak Magnet and marks the band’s first album in a decade and a half. We Can Do Anything was recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver during the Femme’s summer tour. The album was produced by Jeff Hamilton, a multi-instrumentalist in the Femmes’ ever-changing backing band, Horns of Dilemma. The We Can Do Anything cover art was drawn by Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies. Hearn also contributed accordion, guitars, keys and backing vocals to several songs on the album. The Femmes are comprised of original members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie plus drummer Brian Viglione.


 

Miiike Snow III

Miiike Snow III

the third album from the Swedish trio featuring producing team Bloodshy & Avant and singer Andrew Wyatt. Miike Snow’s III wasn’t crafted in one fell swoop. Instead, the musicians collaborated across space and time, meeting in Stockholm, Los Angeles and New York for short periods over almost two years. They brought in a variety of other musicians and producers into the studios with them, feeling more open to outside collaboration this time around. Each musician began with different songs, sometimes sending them back and forth digitally when they couldn’t be together in one room. As a whole, the album feels resolutely like a Miike Snow project, defined both by the two efforts that have come before and by the collective work of the three musicians. The combination of the musicians is an electric one, as exemplified on the album and in their live shows.

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