Monthly Archive: August 2017

New stuff. Always new stuff…

August 11, 2017:


The Out There Tapes: a Compilation by Gremlintone
The City of Santa Rosa, OutThereSR.com, John Courage and Josh Windmiller have collaborated on an unprecedented music compilation of 13 tracks, from 13 different Sonoma County bands, recorded and mixed by John Courage on his analog Tascam 388 and Tascam 38 1/2″ eight track recorders. “The Out There Tapes: A Compilation by Gremlintone” was officially released on June 11 at the third annual Railroad Square Music Festival (where three of the included artists performed). An unprecedented insight into our local music scene, “The Out There Tapes” documents Santa Rosa’s finest musicians and shines a light on the wealth of talent within our city.

The compilation boasts original songs from lauded local country duo The Easy Leaves, semi-retired farmyard rabble rouser Arann Harris, hometown boys done good The Brothers Comatose, vaudevillian confetti pirates The Crux, ethereal song caster Ashley Allred, stylishly sinful charmers Frankie Boots and The County Line, Forestville’s rising Americana star David Luning, highly acclaimed soul folk-er Sean Hayes, harmonic stompin’ sweethearts Bootleg Honey, Rock and Roll stalwart John Courage, finger-picking balladeers Misner and Smith, Appalachian devotees Thistle Creek and barroom vagabonds Timothy O’Neill Band.

Courage says, “Most of the bands were tracked completely live to achieve the essence of their performance. The project was mixed in analog before being transferred to digital for mastering”. In anticipation of the release Culture Pop Films captured 3 videos of the sessions with The Brothers Comatose, The Easy Leaves, and The Crux and will roll out the videos through OutThereSR leading up to the festival and release.
CD Release Party at LRS Saturday September 2 at 2pm Plus a Big Sale (save the date)
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Manzanita Falls: Abilene
One of our favorite local bands. Abilene was written after a near-fatal rollover accident the band suffered while on tour, and honed for the better part of three years, the songs explore the tenuis balance between life and death; love and loss.
CD Release Party at LRS Saturday September 30 at 2pm
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David Rawlings: Poor David’s Almanack on CD (on LP in a few weeks)

Guitar man David Rawlings leaves the Machine moniker behind for his third album, Poor Davids Almanack, a wry mixture of acoustic and electric performances rich in ageless American vernacular. Gloriously captured on analog tape by studio wizards Ken Scott and Matt Andrews, the ten new songs took shape in a rollicking weeklong session at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee where Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith to produce an album for all seasons.

Ke$ha: Rainbow on CD

Her first album in nearly five years. Rainbow marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration as she achieves her vision for the album by enlisting a roster of collaborators ranging from Eagles of Death Metal to Dolly Parton. Ben Folds produced the title track with Kesha, while Ricky Reed produced and wrote numerous tracks as well. Wrabel co-wrote a collaboration that features the Dap-Kings horn section. Eagles of Death Metal are featured on two tracks, while Parton guests on a version of her 1980 country chart-topper “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You.” The track was co-written by Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert, who also has other songwriting credits on Rainbow.

Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven on CD & LP

From the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard’s output plows past the word “prolific” like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that’s true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll. Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of it’s remaining music-appreciation enzymes. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation’s tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly. There’s more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!

A.J. Croce: Just Like Medicine on CD and LP in a week or so…

From the acclaimed singer/songwriter. A.J. Croce and his producer, soul music legend, Dan Penn explore the healing power of music with Just Like Medicine. An all-star cast including Steve Cropper, David Hood, Vince Gill, Colin Linden and the McCrary Sisters come together on Croce’s ninth studio album, which includes his first recording of “The Name of the Game,” an unreleased song by his father, Jim Croce. As Croce explains, “I wanted to make a real soul album, but not a throwback Stax album or a Motown album or anything like that-even though Dan was producing and there are great players from that world and Muscle Shoals on these tracks.” Sonically and in every other way, the intention on Just Like Medicine seems to keep things real. “We recorded this album in mono, to analog tape, primarily to two tracks and we never used more than sixteen tracks,” says Croce. “Dan explained that when he worked with the Box Tops, they only had like three tracks-one for the band, one for the vocals, one for string and horns. So that became our starting point.”

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Yeah. Fuck that guy.
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We will be represented at The Petaluma Music Festival!

Petaluma Music Festival celebrates 10 years of Keeping Music in the Schools.
Your pals at LRS will have a booth with CD’s and LP’s for sale: CHEAP… Look for us !
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Speaking of Petaluma, there is a show coming up that we want to mention:
On Sunday August 20, pianist/singer/songwriter Judith Owens comes to The Mystic Theater.
Currently on tour opening for Bryan Ferry, the Mystic show will be a special one with Judith headlining.
A couple of Judith Owen Fun Facts: her husband voices  Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders,Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, and Dr. Hibbert. Yes, Judith is married to Harry Shearer.
Equally impressive is the fact that Judith’s bass player is the legendary Leland Sklar, one of the top bass players in the world. Take a moment to check out the recordings that he’s been on: AllMusic
We have a cool deal to share with you. Judith, Leland and her touring band cruise around the country in n custom tour bus, and around 1pm, they are going to pull up near the record store, and 4 lucky people will hop on the bus, and be treated to some songs in a super intimate setting. Here’s an idea what it will look like: Bus Sessions
Interested? Here’s what to do: send an email to me at  dougjayne@krcb.org   Subject Line Judith Owen  Body of email Why you want to get on the bus. Winners will be notified on August 18. I’ll also have some Mystic tickets to give away too.
Seriously, look at Leland Sklar’s discography and be amazed. Judith is the real deal. Should be fun!

NEW RELEASES August 4, 2017

Randy Newman: Dark Matter on CD

2017 release from the veteran singer/songwriter. Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian called “the work of a true master of popular song.” Produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher, the album includes songs about Vladimir Putin, the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. Religion, love and loss, and more. Randall Stuart Newman is a singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant (and often satirical) pop songs, and for film scores. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category. He has also won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards, and the Governor’s Award from the Recording Academy.

Hard Working Americans: We’re All In This Together on CD& LP

Throughout music history, the breakthrough albums for several legendary artists were live recordings – At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band, Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, and Alive by KISS. Now four decades later, history seems poised to repeat itself with the release of We’re All In This Together, the powerful, new live document by Hard Working Americans. Dubbed a “jam band supergroup” by some journalists, because of it’s high-profile lineup, the rock sextet features bassist Dave Schools and drummer Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, Tulsa guitarist Jesse Aycock, and celebrated singer-songwriter Todd Snider on lead vocals. Recorded live by monitor engineer Colin Cargile during the band’s 2016 Rest In Chaos tour, the album was produced by Schools and mixed by the legendary John Keane, who also mixed the band’s first record. We’re All In This Together features 13 tracks, with most selected from an unforgettable show at Iron City in Birmingham, AL. “For the kind of band we are, I think this is a definite statement for us,” Snider says of We’re All In This Together. “It captures a collective spirit, a collective muse being shared by a thousand-plus people.”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Lay It On Down on CD

2017 release. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is already considered to be at the forefront of contemporary blues. This time around, Kenny applied his talents to writing by woodshedding with several prominent Nashville hit son-writing teams (Keith Stegall, Mark Selby & Tia Sillers, Marshall Altman, Dylan Altman & Danny Myrick). Marrying these songs with his trademark guitar-playing will help expand his already growing base. The album is produced by Marshall Altman (Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Amy Grant).

Eagles of Death Metal: I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris [Explicit Content] on CD

2017 two CD set. I Love You All The Time: Live at The Olympia in Paris is a live release from the band’s emotionally charged return to Paris. The line-up for this historic show features Jesse Hughes, Joshua Homme, Dave Catching, Matt McJunkins, Julian Dorio, Eden Galindo, and Tuesday Cross. This performance includes the tracks ‘Complexity’, ‘Don’t Speak (I Came To Make A Bang)’, ‘Cherry Cola’, Duran Duran cover ‘Save A Prayer’, ‘I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)’ and many more.

George Thorogood: Party Of One on CD

2017 release. Party Of One is Thorogood’s long-awaited tribute to the artists that shaped his musical consciousness. Produced by Grammy-winner Jim Gaines – the 14 cuts on Party Of One are a potent platter of traditional blues, classics, and modern blues benchmarks. The album sees Thorogood covering blues masters such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, as well as The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. Thorogood has always had a flair for re-energizing old classics. He puts a charge into songs like “I’m a Steady Rollin’ Man,” “No Expectations,” “Wang Dang Doodle,” “Boogie Chillen,” “Bad News,” “Down the Highway,” “Got to Move” and more including a live “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”.

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