NEW RELEASES for the week of April 15, 2016:

Santana IV

Santana IV

the 23rd studio album by Santana and the fourth album by almost the entire Woodstock-era classic lineup. The album reunites the early 1970s classic lineup of Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve and marks the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet has recorded together. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts. The origins for the reunion go back several years, when Schon suggested that he and Carlos Santana record together. Santana liked the idea but went one better, proposing that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. After initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015, amassing 16 new tracks that combined all their signature elements – Afro-Latin rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and irrepressible jubilant percussion work. About the Santana IV team, Santana stated: “It was magical, we didn’t have to try to force the vibe – it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana.”


Graham Nash: This Path Tonight

Graham Nash: This Path Tonight

a collection of 10 songs from veteran British singer/songwriter Graham Nash. Produced by Shane Fontayne, this is Nash’s first solo record of new music in fourteen years. The title track, ‘This Path Tonight’, is the debut single. Like the album, the song is one of reflection and transition of a singer/songwriter whose career (the Hollies, CSN, CSNY) has spanned more than five decades and counting. Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Award winner, and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).


Sturgill Simpson:  A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson:
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

the third album from the country singer/songwriter. Produced by Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” Recorded primarily at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, “Cowboy” Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth follows his break-through, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Beloved by critics and fans, the record was featured on year-end “best of” lists at The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voices’ Pazz and Jop, Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music, American Songwriter, Stereogum, the Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Pitchfork, The Washington Post and many others.


P J Harvey:  The Hope Six Demolition Project

P J Harvey:
The Hope Six Demolition Project

from acclaimed British singer/songwriter Polly Jean Harvey. The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. “When I’m writing a song I visualize the entire scene. I can see the colors, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with”, says Harvey. The album was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’ saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences.


Del McCoury: Del and Woody

Del McCoury: Del and Woody

Woody Guthrie is one of America’s greatest songwriters. Del McCoury was dubbed a “national treasure” by the Washington Post. Though Woody’s career had concluded before Del’s began, the two are teaming up in an unlikely way as Del is setting Woody’s handwritten lyrics to music. The Woody Guthrie archives features almost 3,000 song lyrics that were either never set to music, or the music was never preserved. Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, asked Del to resurrect these tunes. The result is nothing short of fantastic, and the Del McCoury Band has recorded these songs for the world to hear.


Sonny Rollins: Holding The Stage

Sonny Rollins: Holding The Stage

Live archive release from the jazz legend. Holding the Stage (Road Shows, Vol. 4) is pure Sonny Rollins – it is the essence of Sonny Rollins as a musician. The music is some of his most expressive live recordings, from 1979 at the Pori Jazz festival in Finland to 2012 in Marseille and Prague. The album features a stunning five minute solo performance, a groovy version of “Don’t Stop the Carnival” and a beautiful “In a Sentimental Mood”. The 10 tracks on the album simply confirm: Sonny Rollins is one of a kind, a master improviser and unique musician. Over the span of his storied and still-unfolding 65-year career, Sonny Rollins has established himself as one of the giants of jazz – a towering influence, a trailblazer, a powerfully creative force in music.


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:  Person A

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:
Person A

the fourth album from indie-folk mainstays, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 self-titled album. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a 10-piece musical ensemble founded in 2007 during the year-long recording of their first album, Up From Below. Since it’s founding, the band has undergone several iterations. Most notably, singer Jade Castrinos left the band in 2014. According to lead singer Ebert, this marked a transformation in the band’s music. ‘We had long been a social experiment first, musicians second. Over time, though, we were emerging, by virtue of hours spent, into a group of musicians who could really play together. When Jade left, that confirmed our new fate music first.’ The shift is tangible on Person A. Recording the music almost entirely in one room together in New Orleans, their approach was a far cry from their ramshackle, come-one-come-all philosophy audible on recordings of their previous albums. ‘We seem to be done for now with distractions from the music itself, the bones of it,’ says Ebert. This album also marks the first time that the band has jointly collaborated on a majority of the songwriting.


Sam Beam: Love Letter For Fire

Sam Beam: Love Letter For Fire

is a collaboration between Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop. The 13 track album features the singles “Every Songbird Says” and “Valley Clouds,” and was written throughout 2014. Love Letter for Fire was produced, recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, Decemberists, Neko Case) at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR and mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, TN. Love Letter for Fire features Beam and Hoop on vocals and guitar along with Robert Burger (keys), Eyvind Kang (violin, viola), Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion), Sebastian Steinberg (bass) and Edward Rankin-Parker (cello). The album also features a cover photo by Sam Beam. As Iron and Wine, Sam Beam recorded for Sub Pop from 2002-2007, releasing a number of highly-acclaimed albums, singles, and EP’s. He went on to record for Warner Brothers, Nonesuch, and 4AD. Jesca Hoop is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She is an incredible live performer, known for her wonderfully-eclectic take on folk, rock, and electronic music. Hoop has released five albums and two EPs and has recorded for Bella Union and Vanguard.


J Dilla: The Diary

J Dilla: The Diary

includes 20 page booklet plus limited edition J Dilla sticker. The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! And Karriem Riggins.



NEW RELEASES for the week of April 8, 2016:

The Lumineers: Cleopatra

The Lumineers: Cleopatra

from the Grammy-nominated outfit. It took four years for The Lumineers to follow up their platinum-plus self-titled debut – which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 – but Cleopatra is well worth the wait. During that time, The Lumineers – whose original members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites founded the band in Ramsey, New Jersey back in 2002 – earned a pair of Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Americana Album). Cleopatra proves Schultz and Fraites – along with cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek- are neither taking their good fortune for granted, nor sitting back on their laurels. With the help of producer Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Avett Brothers), the man Wesley calls “our shaman,” the band ensconced themselves in Clubhouse, a recording studio high atop a hill in rural Rhinebeck, N.Y., not far from Woodstock. The band had total artistic freedom in writing and recording the album, so Wesley and Jer pushed the envelope on experimental tracks like the stream-of-consciousness, purposely lo-fi “Sick in the Head,” the yearning, piano chord build-up of “In the Light,” or the closing orchestral instrumental, the aptly titled coda, “Patience.” “We continue to make the kind of records we want to,” says Wesley. “We believe in this music. It’s a true labor of love. We just want to keep reaching more people with our songs.” Given the evidence on The Lumineers’ eagerly anticipated sophomore album Cleopatra, that shouldn’t be a problem.


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals:  Call It What It Is

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals:
Call It What It Is

the long awaited 2016 album that reunites Ben Harper with The Innocent Criminals, is the first recorded album by the band in nine years. The 11 track album is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these long-time musical partners, one of popular music’s most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles. The standout title track showcases Harper’s unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The genre-spanning collection contains many highlights including the sun-kissed groove of ‘Shine’ and the album’s swaggering lead track ‘When Sex Was in Dirty.’ Call It What It Is is kinetic and emotional, flowing with spark, depth, passion and growth that Ben Harper core fans love the world over.


Deftones: Gore

Deftones: Gore

the eighth studio album from the alt-rock band. Gore is the follow-up to their 2012 album Koi No Yokan. Since their inception, Grammy-winning rockers Deftones have quietly been pursuing two paths, delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also quietly testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze. Their platinum-certified, Billboard chart-topping 2000 album White Pony earned raves for blending the moodiness of bands like The Cure and Slowdive, but the group has only gotten more experimental since then, evincing a clear restlessness with convention and repetition. Includes the singles ‘Prayers/Triangles’ and ‘Doomed User’.


M83: Junk

M83: Junk

from French-born and L.A.-based electronic/dream pop outfit M83. Highly anticipated, Junk is not just M83’s first studio artist album in half a decade; it’s also the follow-up to Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – which upon release in 2011 put M83 in the direct current of the mainstream. So why would Gonzalez try to remove himself from it’s follow-up and supplant himself with the surprising likes of Beck and Steve Vai. Wait, Steve Vai? The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defined an era? On a M83 album in 2016? In trying to “remove” his identifiable musical presence, ironically Gonzalez may have made one of his most personal efforts yet in Junk and with no compromise. With Junk, M83 has succeeded in making what Gonzalez called “an organized mess – a collection of songs that aren’t made to live with each other, yet somehow work together. “Every time I make a M83 album, I’m trying to do it on my own terms – and it’s the same for this one,” Gonzalez says. “Whatever I do, whatever influences I have, it ends up sounding like me. As a musician, I’m just trying to take you somewhere else, beyond your world.”


Ronnie Spector: English Heart

Ronnie Spector: English Heart

from the legendary vocalist. English Heart is Ronnie’s lovingly crafted and highly personal love letter to Britain in the 60s (where she and The Ronettes were one of the earliest American pop/rock artists to tour to major acclaim). The album sports a collection of her hand-picked favorites by The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers and the first single to radio – Keith Richards’ penned treasure, “I’d Much Rather Be with the Girls” featuring The Ronettes. Includes classic songs like “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstoond”, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”, “I’ll Follow The Sun” and more.


Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

is yet another evolutionary step for the soulful, elegant, award-winning singer/songwriter. The album’s title is a mantra that resonates throughout: the concept of love as a physical, psychic and spiritual force that has the strength to conquer negativity, sadness and personal demons. Love Wins Again marks Magness’ fifth collaboration with four-time Grammy nominated producer Dave Darling (Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer) whose instincts compel Magness to tap her deepest creative powers and lead her songs to unpredictable places. Her singing rings with sincerity. Since launching her career with 1992’s More Than Live, she has grown to become an accomplished storyteller and diviner of the heart, allowing songs like the title track, “Doorway” and “Say You Will” to reveal life’s potent truths.


Peter Wolf: A Cure For Loneliness

Peter Wolf: A Cure For Loneliness

Peter Wolf is best known as lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from ’67-’83. A solo artist since ’89, Peter made a real mark with 2002’s Sleepless. He has fashioned a unique musical niche for himself, maybe best described as Urban Americana, mixing R&B, Bakersfield country and soul with unique narratives. For this, he wrote 9 of the 12 tracks, four of them with Grammy/Golden Globe/Academy Award-winning songwriter Will Jennings. Also has covers of songs penned by Lefty Frizell, Moe Bandy and Thomas Wayne.


Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers

Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers

Says Hayes:”I’m a singer-songwriter. I think Lovers And Leavers comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I’ve made. I didn’t worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape. With these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you. I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel. Lovers And Leavers isn’t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it is joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it’s not my Blood On The Tracks, nor is it any kind of opus. It’s my fifth record a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be.”


Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town

Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town

the fourth album from Grammy-nominated neo-soul singer, songwriter and producer Mayer Hawthorne. On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion’s share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere. It’s the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music. Includes the first single ‘Love Like That’.

lastrecordstore_10_3.jpgParquet Courts: Human Performance
the third album from the New York band. Human Performance establishes Parquet Courts as simply one of the best rock bands active in the world right now, no qualifiers needed. Not “in Brooklyn,” not “something-something millennial,” not “art-rock this” or “slacker indie that” – but a brilliant, accomplished rock band that have established themselves as deserving a role in the historical legacy of the genre alongside the likes of The Velvet Underground, REM, Sonic Youth, and Pavement. This album – their masterpiece – brings together the tunefulness, wit, and guitar wizardry that earned them a crush of critical praise and excitable fans right out of the gate, with a deeply human sense of drive, of yearning, and of wisdom earned. At times nearly overwhelming in it’s emotional density, at others astonishing with sheer sonic deftness, Human Performance is a rare achievement: breathtaking and brilliant.


New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

Tuesdays 11:00am / Repeat Wednesdays 7:00pm

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
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Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne highlight the week’s new musical releases and other fun music-related stuff.
We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB’s Mid-DayMusic and Our Roots Are Showing programs, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases.
Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm


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Alright… Now this is a song, about phonograph records

(softly )
Alright, this is a song, about phonograph records

Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll warp and they won’t be good for anyone
Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll get all wavy and they just won’t run

They just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play,
just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play,
just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play no more

(Chuckle)

Well I had this record that I really did like
It was the last one they had in the store
I left it laying on the car back seat
And now it just won’t play no more

Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll warp and they won’t be good for anyone
Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll get all wavy and they just won’t run

They just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play,
just won’t…. (MAKES SOUND OF NEEDLE SCRATCHING RECORD SURFACE)
… No more
(More record scratches sounds)

~John Hartford

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