Monthly Archive: May 2016

NEW RELEASES for the week of May 27, 2016

The Monkees: Good Times!

The Monkees: Good Times!

the band’s first new album in 20 years. Good Times finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love.” To produce the album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy and Emmy-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy). Schlesinger also wrote “Our Own World” and co-wrote the album’s finale with Dolenz, aptly titled “I Was There (And I’m Told I Had A Good Time).” Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“She Makes Me Laugh”), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie (“Me & Magdalena”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“You Bring The Summer”), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”).


Beth Orton: Kidsticks

Beth Orton: Kidsticks

Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her folktronica sound, mixing elements of folk and electronica, has re-emerged as she began experimenting with a series of elec-tronic loops that would eventually come together in this career- redefining new album, Kidsticks. Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (F*** Buttons), Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A res-olutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee.


Dierks Bentley: Black

Dierks Bentley: Black

Dierks Bentley has never had to follow trends; he challenges them and creates his own. On the heels of a career album earning critical acclaim, commercial success and an armful of Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations, Bentley continues one of the most interesting journeys in country music with his eighth studio album. Black is personal – after all, it’s named after his wife Cassidy s maiden name, but it’s really a record about the human heart not any particular human. It explores breakups, hookups, mess-ups and everything inbetween, shining a light on the things that happen after the sun goes down. Produced by Ross Copperman and executive producer Arturo Buenahora Jr., the slow-smoked grit of Bentley s voice keeps the album rooted in country music, while it also appeals to audiences far beyond the boundaries with fresh sonic textures that flourish on the edge of arena rock. Black also makes room for more than a few female firebrands, as Bentley shares the microphone with vocalists Maren Morris, Elle King, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Jessi Alexander. Never before has a Bentley album contained so much input from the opposite sex.


Miles Davis & Robert Glasper:  Everything Is Beautiful

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper:
Everything Is Beautiful

Everything’s Beautiful brings Miles Davis’ sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles’ incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Robert Glasper produced the collaboration. “I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. “My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.” Knowing that “Miles didn’t have one audience,” Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who collaborated with Davis; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.


Death Angel: The Evil Divide

Death Angel: The Evil Divide

the eighth album from the Bay Area thrash metal band. Three decades into their celebrated career, Death Angel remain as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define The Evil Divide. The group – Mark Osegueda [vocals], Rob Cavestany [lead guitar], Ted Aguilar [guitar], Will Carroll [drums], and Damien Sisson [bass] – satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of 10 new anthems. The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of 30+ years of music for Death Angel. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art of Dying for the next generation. A powerful trifecta followed. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies first-week and earning the group’s first-ever entry onto that respective chart. Beyond continued public praise from the likes of James Hetfield of Metallica and Robb Flynn of Machine Head, the band’s music has popped up everywhere from Carl’s Jr. commercials to Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. Their fire burns brighter than ever in 2016.


Tony Joe White: Rain Crow

Tony Joe White: Rain Crow

You might remember him from Polk Salad Annie; With a deep, come-hither voice” (Mother Jones) and an “ability to turn that throbbing, thumping uh-uhh hazy guitar beat” (PopMatters), the “King of Swamp Rock” Tony Joe White will release his nineteenth studio album, Rain Crow, in May 2016 on Yep Roc Records. Recorded at his own studio and produced by his son, Jody White, Rain Crow summons recollections of long ago, when animals foretold the weather, tongue-talking worshippers proved their faith by handling snakes and a “bad wind” could drive a man to edge of insanity. The 9-song set features new compositions White wrote over the past three years, including co-writes with his wife, Leann, and Billy Bob Thornton on “The Middle of Nowhere.


Lacuna Coil: Delirium

Lacuna Coil: Delirium

New release from the Italian metal band. With their eighth studio album, Lacuna Coil decided it was time to up the ante, switch into heavy mode and finally take full creative control over every aspect of their album Delirium. They created an audio-visual setting that is allowing for flashing glimpses of a dark place that will take their listeners on an entrancing trip. Or as Lacuna Coil say in their very own synopsis of Delirium: “Delirium is about the horrors that we must face in everyday life by exploring the unknown, and to one day, hopefully find the cure.” After being heavily involved with previous productions Marco Maki Coti-Zelati took over the leading role as producer together with his fellow bandmates. Marco Barusso co-produced as well as recorded the guitar solos for Delirium. Mark Vollelunga of Nothing More added a solo to “Blood, Tears, Dust” while Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge and many more) came up with a tailor-made one for “Downfall”. However, Lacuna Coil went even further with Marco Maki Coti-Zelati creating the artwork for Delirium himself, based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.


Frank Zappa:  The Lumpy Money project / object

Frank Zappa:
The Lumpy Money project / object

Frank Zappa: The Lumpy Money project / object

Lumpy Money part of a Zappa Family Trust Project/Object Audio Documentary series celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frank Zappa’s Masterworks ‘Lumpy Gravy’ & ‘We’re Only In It For The Money.’ Contains unique & rare versions of both legendary albums (released digitally in pristine audio quality for the 1st time), nuggets from the Vault (studio outtakes, single versions, instrumental mixes, FZ interviews) with extensive booklet featuring photos & liner notes from David Fricke & Gail Zappa.

 

Jaydub & Dino: Hipster Burden

The pride of the Sonoma Valley; recorded at Jackalope Records

Read about it: Sonoma Index-Tribune


Travis: Everything At Once

Travis: Everything At Once

the eighth studio album by Scottish alt-rock/pop band Travis. Released on their own label Red Telephone Box, Everything At Once features the single ‘3 Miles High,’ a beautifully understated and uplifting acoustic track, featuring backing vocals from up and coming Norwegian artist Aurora. Written by Travis and produced by Michael Ilbert at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, Everything At Once positively overflows with conviction and confidence; pushing boundaries while maintaining their classic sound. Travis have twice been awarded best band at the BRIT Awards, and are often credited for having paved the way for bands such as Coldplay and Keane. The band named themselves after the Harry Dean Stanton character Travis Henderson from the film Paris, Texas.

New Releases, and Wavy Gravy turns 80!

NEW RELEASES for the week of May 20, 2016:


Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels

Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels

the 37th studio album from Bob Dylan. Featuring 12 classic American tunes written by some of music’s most acclaimed and influential songwriters including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn And Carolyn Leigh the album showcases Dylan’s unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader. The Jack Frost-produced album marks the first new music from the artist since his 2015 release, Shadows In The Night, which also showcased Dylan’s interpretations of classic American songs. That album reached the Top 10 in 17 countries, including #7 in the U.S., with #1 debuts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.


Eric Clapton: I Still Do

Eric Clapton: I Still Do

Eric Clapton has reunited with Glyn Johns for his 23rd studio album I Still Do. Clapton and Johns – who has also produced albums for The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who – most famously worked together on Clapton’s iconic Slowhand album, which is RIAA-certified three-times platinum and topped charts globally. The 12-song record includes some originals written by Clapton. This album follows his last release, the 2014 chart-topping Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Includes “Alabama Woman Blues’, ‘Can’t Let You Do It’, ‘Little Man, You’ve Had A Busy Day’ and more.


Mudcrutch 2

Mudcrutch 2

the second album from this reunited outfit featuring Tom Petty and Mike Campbell alongside their pre-Heartbreakers bandmates. Mudcrutch 2 is the follow up to the band’s 2008 eponymous debut, which Rolling Stone called “a country-rock instant classic” in a rave four star review. This album was produced by band members Tom Petty and Mike Campbell with Ryan Ulyate. All members of Mudcrutch contribute songs on Mudcrutch 2. The album includes seven originals written by Tom Petty, with band members Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh and Benmont Tench composing one each. Includes ‘Dreams Of Flying’, ‘Trailer’, ‘The Other Side Of The Mountain’ and more.


Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music. Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long. All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3.


Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman

the third album from the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum superstar. Ariana was recently awarded with the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards for Female Singer. She has released two tracks from the album, “Dangerous Woman” and “Be Alright,” both of which have official videos.


Blake Shelton: If I'm Honest

Blake Shelton: If I’m Honest

the 10th studio album by the country superstar. If I’m Honest was again produced by Scott Hendricks, and features 15 brand new songs, including the Top 10 single “Came Here To Forget”, as well as “Friends” from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet “Go Ahead And Break My Heart”.


Brett Dennen: Por Favor

Brett Dennen: Por Favor

the sixth studio album from the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Por Favor was recorded in Nashville and features ten new songs.


Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley

the sixth solo album from the Grammy-winning reggae singer/songwriter and son of Bob and Rita Marley. This self-titled album is rooted in and inspired by current world events, racial divides and human inequalities. The album includes musical assistance from Lyle Workman, Steve Ferrone, Zac Rae, Abe Laboriel and Dave Wilder.


NEW RELEASES for the week of May 13, 2016:

 

Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos

Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos

Hard Working Americans combines the talents of Todd Snider, Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools and Duane Trucks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Neal Casal, Great American Taxi’s Chad Staehly, and Jesse Aycock. Rest in Chaos is the follow-up to Hard Working Americans’ critically-acclaimed 2014 releases, Hard Working Americans & The First Waltz.


Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions

Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions

“I look like an insider because of everything I’ve done but I always felt like an outsider,” Darrell Scott says. “And that’s important – to be an outsider.” He’s also a master. Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays he’s taking the outsider role even more seriously; after 23 years in Nashville he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years. Couchville Sessions is that album, and it continues Scott’s long tradition of tackling the profound issues – loneliness, the demise of relationships, mortality – without ever becoming maudlin. The record may explore darkness but there is always light. Scott can sing to us about addiction, breaking up, even dying without it ever becoming depressing. That’s due to his writing, his vocal delivery – often erotically charged here – and the careful choice of five covers that he calls tributes to some of the masters. Scott’s tenth studio album shows no sign of him losing steam. In fact, he seems to be on fire. Born in Eastern Kentucky to restless Appalachians who moved him out West, raised by a country-music-worshipping single father, he studied poetry with Philip Levine, a celebrator of the working class who would later become the nation’s Poet Laureate. Scott has lived the songs he sings: he’s worked hard, told defiant truths, and never turned down the chance to pursue love. Along the way he has created an oeuvre of albums beloved by his devoted fans and written songs that became hits for everyone from Dixie Chicks to Travis Tritt as well as being covered by more than 70 others while never shying away from critiquing the industry. The multi-talented Grammy nominee has also been a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, won the AMA Song of the Year, named ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year and a host of other accolades.


Grateful Dead: Red Rocks 7/8/78

Grateful Dead: Red Rocks 7/8/78

Three CD set. In the history of Grateful Dead performances, 1978 is widely praised as one of the group’s finest years. This set marks the official debut of one of their first ever performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a show highly sought-after by Dead Heads.


Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks In Whispers

Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks In Whispers

Corinne Bailey Rae returns with her third studio album The Heart Speaks in Whispers, following 2006’s self-titled debut, which sold five million copies worldwide, and 2010’s The Sea which earned her a Mercury Prize nomination. The Heart Speaks In Whispers is rich in fresh ideas and full of emotional energy which surges through it’s songs like electricity. Recorded both at her studio in Leeds, and in Los Angeles, the album is co-produced by Corinne with Steve Brown, her collaborator on her critically acclaimed previous album The Sea. The album features a number of notable musicians including Pino Palladino (D Angelo, Erykah Badu, The Who), James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers), Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock), Esperanza Spalding and Moses Sumney (best known for his work with Beck).


Jennifer Nettles: Playing With Fire

Jennifer Nettles: Playing With Fire

the second solo album from the country superstar. Jennifer Nettles won five ASCAP, ACM Crystal Milestone Award for being the first woman solo songwriter for a Song of the Year since 1972, a Grammy®, CMA, and ACM Award. As the lead vocalist for the decorated duo Sugarland, who earned eight #1 singles and over 22 million in worldwide sales, Jennifer’s powerhouse vocals and vivacious energy has made her one of the most admired singer-songwriters in music today.


Meghan Trainor: Thank You

Meghan Trainor: Thank You

the sophomore album from Grammy-Award winning multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainor. Boasting the scorching lead single, “NO,” and executive produced by Meghan Trainor and Ricky Reed, Thank You is the eagerly awaited follow up to the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter’s platinum #1 debut album, Title, which earned her a 2016 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. After dominating the charts and airwaves throughout 2015 with four inescapable multiplatinum Top 10 smashes, Trainor is poised to soar to even greater heights with the release of Thank You

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Happy 80th Birthday to Wavy Gravy!

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SEVA Benefit Party!
And wouldn’t it be neat if the people that you meet
had shoes upon their feet
and something to eat
and wouldn’t it be fine,
now if all of human kind had shelter
Basic Human needs, basic human deeds, doing what comes naturally
Down in the garden, when no one is apart
Deep down in the garden, the garden of your heart
Wouldn’t it be grand if we all lend a hand so each one of us could stand on a free piece of land and wouldn’t it be thrilling if folks stopped their killing and started in tilling the land
Basic Human Needs, basic human deeds, doing what comes naturally
Down in the garden, when no one is a apart
Deep down in the garden, the garden of your heart
Not just churches, not just steeples, give me peoples helping peoples
Help your self and work out till the stars begin to shout, thank god for something to do
Wouldn’t it be daring if folks started sharing, instead of comparing, what each other was wearing
And wouldn’t it be swell if people didn’t sell their mother earth
Basic Human needs, basic human deeds, doing what comes naturally
Down in the garden, when no one is apart
Deep down in the garden, the garden of your heart
~Wavy Gravy, Saint Misbehavin’

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We Celebrate 33+1/3 Years in Business

Thirty-Three-and-a-Third Years ago, we opened our modest shop in Downtown Santa Rosa.

We spent the first 20 years around the corner from Anarchy Alley, across from the Library, and sandwiched between Sawyers News and Stanroy Music.
We sold LP’s and cassettes, as CD’s were not a thing yet. We ordered records over the phone until I realized I could walk to the copy shop and “fax” them in.
We had competition in Sonoma County: multiple Wherehouse stores, a Record Factory, Rainbow Records among the chains.
Backdoor, Music Coop, and Pres among the independents.
MTV was a huge thing (they played music videos) and helped sell records like these:
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CD’s squeezed the cassettes out, and vinyl records sold so poorly, that we opened a 2nd store across the street at 802 4th St.
That location was like putting vinyl in hospice care, giving them some dignity until they died.
In 2003, we were unceremoniously kicked out of downtown, but had the good fortune to hook up with Santa Rosa Community Market who subleases the current space to us.
Business was shitty at first. Downloading was hurting us, and those rat-bastard, fuck-heads* at Best Buys were selling CD’s below cost.
In 2007, a miracle happened: Vinyl records started selling again! They have increased (by a lot!) every year since then. CD sales are up too.
It’s like people decided owning music that you can hold in your hand was cool again.
So, as we look back at 331/3 years of selling music, we have to thank all of our friends and family that have worked here over the years.
A special shout-out to our customers: Being around people everyday that love music as much as you do, is a rare privilege.
2028 is just a few years away; let’s hope for 45!
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