NEW RELEASES for the week of June 10, 2016

Colvin & Earle

Colvin & Earle

As Colvin & Earle, longtime friends and admirers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces. Produced by the masterful Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, Colvin & Earle contains six co-written originals plus inspired covers including the Rolling Stones ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ and Emmylou Harris ‘Raise the Dead.’ Few things can touch the magic of artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each other’s minds. Colvin & Earle is a prime showcase for their inimitable vocals and mesmerizing guitar playing, a flawless example of the creative process gelling into a gorgeous, cohesive whole. For this pair, both considered to be among America’s greatest living songwriters, Colvin & Earle showcase one of the finest records of their storied careers.


Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

The final album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch-joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks-in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. Toussaint’s children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father’s managers, said of the American Tunes album, “Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.”


Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

the fifth album from the alt-roots-rock band. The album was produced by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Why Are You OK is the follow up to 2012’s Mirage Rock. The album contains 12 songs including ‘Solemn Oath’, ‘Dull Times/The Moon’, ‘Hold On Gimme A Sec’, ‘Whatever, Wherever’ and more. Band of Horses was formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. Their most successful album thus far is 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms. The band’s lineup has undergone several changes; although, the current members, Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, have all been with the band for several years.


Peter Bjorn and John:  Breakin' Point

Peter Bjorn and John:
Breakin’ Point

the Swedish trio! Breakin’ Point is Peter Bjorn and John’s seventh full-length studio album following up 2011 ‘s critically acclaimed Gimme Some and of course the 2006 million selling US single “Young Folks” that started it all. The album marks their first new release in more than five years. On Breakin’ Point the band had the opportunity to work with an impressive group of producers including Patrick Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn), Paul Epworth (Florence And The Machine, U2, Paul McCartney), Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Kanye West), Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Thom Monahan (Wild Nothing, Devendra Banhart). The result is a phenomenal album that finds the group reaching another career high. While the trio’s previous record Gimme Some was Peter Bjorn and John’s guitar driven power pop record that beautifully captured the energy of the band’s live show, Breakin’ Point is about creating big pop songs, taking advantage of all that the studio has to offer and crafting an album that is complex while sounding effortless.


Alligator Records:  45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator Records:
45th Anniversary Collection

Two CDs chock full with over 158 minutes of genuine houserockin’ music spanning the label’s 45-year history for the cost of a single CD! Features Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Albert Collins, James Cotton and many, many more! Housed in a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 24-page booklet featuring liner notes from head ‘Gator Bruce Iglauer.


Pure McCartney

Pure McCartney

Deluxe four CD edition (there is also a 2 CD set) including 18 Top 10 U.S. singles (nine of those #1s) and 67 total tracks. Pure McCartney is the only comprehensive career collection released of Paul McCartney’s solo works (outside of The Beatles) from his 45 year solo career. No material since 1989 has been represented on any compilation album. The collection was personally curated by Paul McCartney and many tracks have been remastered for this collection.


TMBG: Phone Power

TMBG: Phone Power

Phone Power is THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS’s 19th studio album and the last of three albums compiling songs from the 2015 iteration of Dial-A-Song. The album was announced in late 2014 along with the service itself and the other two albums as a “Dial-A-Song compilation” which would be included as benefits in the 2015 They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club. It was released digitally on March 8, 2016 for the public (and one day earlier for Instant Fan Club members), and the first They Might Be Giants release to feature a pay-what-you-want model.


Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums’ natural exuberance permeates their 2016 self-titled album, which celebrates walking to the beat of your own drum. “Turn It Up,” Fitz exhorts at the top of album opener and first single “HandClap.” The horn-and-beats fueled track captures the exhilarating sense of promise – and danger – that a night out and a new romance hold. The staccato “Complicated” paints a relationship that’s packed with both chemistry and conflict and bursts into an unexpected cheer. Echo and otherworldly keyboards make “Tricky” an intoxicating dance-floor anthem and a warning to any future lover, while “A Place For Us,” the album closer, encapsulates the band’s belief that there is a place in the world for each of us to belong, regardless of our differences. Fitz and The Tantrums was recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim) produced eight of the album’s eleven tracks. Fitz produced “Fadeback” while Joel Little (Lorde) produced “Do What You Want” and Ricky Reed (Jessie J) helmed “HandClap.”


Brandy Clark:  Big Day in a Small Town

Brandy Clark:
Big Day in a Small Town

Features “Girl Next Door”. Before breaking through as a solo artist with 2013’s award-winning 12 Stories, Brandy Clark had long been considered one of Nashville’s most esteemed songwriters. She penned hits for Reba McEntire and Sheryl Crow, and is the woman behind chart-topping smashes like The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Kacey Musgraves’ CMA Song of the Year winner “Follow Your Arrow.” When Clark decided it was time to step in front of the microphone herself, the self-described “small passion project” that resulted, 12 Stories, went on to earn her multiple CMA and Grammy nominations, top myriad “Best Albums of the year” lists, and land her onstage with Dwight Yoakam at the 2015 Grammy Awards, in recognition of her nomination in the all-genre Best New Artist category. “One of Nashville’s finest storytellers” – The Washington Post. “Smart, clever, and just f*ing good” – Eric Church.


Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Box

Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Box

Expanded five disc (four CDs + Blu-ray Audio) collector’s edition (there is also a 2 CD set) presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus high resolution stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings. Pet Sounds is the 11th studio album by The Beach Boys, originally released on May 16, 1966. It initially met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response in the United States, peaking at #10 in the Billboard 200, a significantly lower placement than the band’s preceding albums. In the United Kingdom, the album was hailed by it’s music press and was an immediate commercial success, peaking at #2 in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart and remaining among the top ten positions for six months. Pet Sounds has subsequently garnered worldwide acclaim from critics and musicians alike, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history.


Joan Baez:  75th Birthday Celebration

Joan Baez:
75th Birthday Celebration

On January 27th, 2016, Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.


Branford Marsalis:  Upward Spiral

Branford Marsalis:
Upward Spiral

Legendary jazz greats Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling collaborate for the first time on a full album, Upward Spiral. They’ve been talking for a while about making a record together, and finally at the end of 2015 it all came together. They found time to play the new material in the New Orleans Snug Harbor club for four days and then recorded a variety of songs in the studio, all chosen because of their melodic richness and musical quality. Their versions of the chosen material are simply incredible, as the musicality of Branford and Kurt and their deep understanding of these songs shows through immediately.


Van Morrison:  It's Too Late To Stop Now..  Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Van Morrison:
It’s Too Late To Stop Now..
Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Deluxe four disc (three CD + DVD) collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Van Morrison’s mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, It’s Too Late To Stop Now.. Volumes II, III, IV & DVD collates peak performances originally recorded at three venues: The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Civic Center, and The Rainbow Theatre in London. The set’s DVD features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK and is now available for the first time as a commercial home video release.


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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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 KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording, Humorists (and Steve’s “Illegitimate Comedy Sons”, Juan Carlos and Marco Alvarez, Daedalus Howell, and whoever else we can squeeze into the meat-locker-like studio at KSRO.

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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We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune
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You can’t be forever blessed
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