Monthly Archive: September 2018

NEW RELEASES for August 31, 2018 include (out now)


King of the Road: a Tribute to Roger Miller
Boy o boy, if you don’t know Roger Miller, or hadn’t thought about him in awhile, this is for you! Two CD set, a 37 track release that includes artists from all genres paying tribute to one of the greatest songwriters/performers of all time – Roger Miller. Guest artists include Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Kacey Musgraves, Cake, John Goodman, Brad Paisley and many more.



Alice In Chains: Rainier Fog
New release from the post-grunge rock warriors. Rainier Fog marks a few firsts for the band: in addition to being their first album in five years, it’s their first album with BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). They recorded at Studio X, the same facility where they tracked 1995’s self-titled Alice in Chains album (back when the studio was known as Bad Animals). The Rainier Fog recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. Rainier Fog is the third straight Alice in Chains album recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. Rainier Fog follows 2013’s Grammy nominated The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 chart at #2 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums charts and the iTunes Rock Album Chart.



The Devil Makes Three: Chains Are Broken
The power of words isn’t lost on longstanding Americana triumvirate The Devil Makes Three – Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean. For as much as they remain rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll, the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O’Connor. The incorporation of new sounds as well as the experimentation in space finds the Devil Makes Three crafting a new yet still familiar sound. Coupled with a continued focus on in-depth lyricism that tells a story in every song, Chains Are Broken is a liberating, rump-shaking collection of past, present and future.



Madeleine Peyroux: Anthem
Singer/songwriter Amos Lee says his seventh studio album My New Moon is “a dedication… it’s an offering – an altar of sorts to those who have shared their sorrows with me.” It is a product of profound human experiences; loss, grief, hope, healing, love, sorrow, and rejuvenation. Each track on My New Moon takes a journey through these intense and personal experiences. Opening track “No More Darkness, No More Light” was rewritten entirely after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and speaks to the hope for change that lies in amongst tragic situations and challenges. “Little Light,” written for a young girl who beat cancer, is a positive message of spreading light for the world to see, even if you’re facing hardship. “Hang On, Hang On” reflects the helplessness that comes after the loss of a loved one, “Crooked” brings to light the difficult and confusing times we’ve faced throughout history in America, and “I Get Weak” is a beautifully dark love song to something that might kill you, but you need it to go on living. The album as a whole reflects the darkness and the light that we all both experience and bring into the world, and how through these personal experiences and hard times, we grow more connected to one another.



Amos Lee: My New Moon
Singer/songwriter Amos Lee says his seventh studio album My New Moon is “a dedication… it’s an offering – an altar of sorts to those who have shared their sorrows with me.” It is a product of profound human experiences; loss, grief, hope, healing, love, sorrow, and rejuvenation. Each track on My New Moon takes a journey through these intense and personal experiences. Opening track “No More Darkness, No More Light” was rewritten entirely after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and speaks to the hope for change that lies in amongst tragic situations and challenges. “Little Light,” written for a young girl who beat cancer, is a positive message of spreading light for the world to see, even if you’re facing hardship. “Hang On, Hang On” reflects the helplessness that comes after the loss of a loved one, “Crooked” brings to light the difficult and confusing times we’ve faced throughout history in America, and “I Get Weak” is a beautifully dark love song to something that might kill you, but you need it to go on living. The album as a whole reflects the darkness and the light that we all both experience and bring into the world, and how through these personal experiences and hard times, we grow more connected to one another.



Aaron Lee Tasjan: Karma For Cheap
Karma for Cheap is Aaron Lee Tasjan’s third LP and second for his label New West Records, based in his current hometown of Nashville. The record was co-produced by ALT and Jeff Trott (Stevie Nicks, Liz Phair, Meiko, Joshua Radin) and Gregory Lattimer (Albert Hammond Jr.) and features Aaron Lee’s road band – guitarist Brian Wright, bassist Tommy Scifres and drummer Seth Earnest – with whom he’s been touring heavily for the last two years. While the stylistic shift from Tasjan’s palpably stoned ’70s-country-channeling 2015 debut, In the Blazes, to his more sophisticated, introspective and lushly produced 2016 follow-up, Silver Tears, was relatively incremental, Karma’s rocked-up Brit-pop-influenced Beatles-Bowie-Badfinger vibes underscore a significant departure.



The Band: Music From Big Pink 50th Anniversary Edition
Digitally remastered and expanded 50th anniversary edition of one of rock’s most celebrated albums. In celebration of the anniversary of The Band’s landmark debut album, Music From Big Pink is released on a single CD featuring a new stereo mix of the album, produced by Bob Clearmountain from the original four-track analog master. This new mix achieves a striking clarity and incorporates some previously unreleased chatter from the studio sessions. The CD also includes five outtakes and alternate recordings from the ‘Big Pink’ sessions and a previously unreleased a cappella version of “I Shall Be Released.” The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968 by Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals), and Levon Helm (drums, vocals).



Bassnectar: Reflective Part III
The next chapter in our Reflective Series: sonic co-creations born from the exchange of ideas and inspirations, and an exploration of the interplay and ricochet that ensues. Each track has a rich story of collaboration, as ideas bounce back and forth to form these customized versions, remixes, edits, and re-imaginations.



Candi Staton: Unstoppable
Unstoppable is both a celebration of Staton’s legacy and a bold step forward, with a sound that’s funky and contemporary, but still steeped in the Southern soul and blues of her Alabama roots. Like all of Staton’s albums, Unstoppable is deeply personal – but it also turns her attention towards current events. In addition to rousing covers of punk poet Patti Smith’s People Have the Power, Nick Lowe’s timeless rocker (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, a pair of nearly forgotten soul classics: Norma Jenkins’ 1976 burner I Fooled You (Didn’t I) and a song particularly near and dear to her, Tyrone Davis’ 1969 chart-topper Can I Change My Mind, the album features six originals written or co-written by Staton herself.



Cyrus Chestnut: Kaleidoscope
The jazz piano trio, a specialism with it’s own lineage and admirers, is currently alive and well thanks to the artists here on Kaleidoscope. A keyboard master such as Cyrus Chestnut can imbue this tried-and-true format – whose practitioners range from Jelly Roll Morton to Robert Glasper – with a relevance for today’s listeners and expand it’s parameters without losing sight of it’s historic past. For this recording Cyrus has arranged 8 compositions by the classical pianists W.A. Mozart, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Eric Satie, taking the classical themes through a series of rhythmic and harmonic turns and twists and subjecting them to a wildly innovative series of transformations. Through it all Cyrus Chestnut emerges as a multi-faceted artist who, using the venerable jazz piano trio format, can refract the past through his own imagination and create something new which is always fresh and exciting.



Interpol: Marauder
the sixth studio album from the alt-rock band. For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless others. Interpol has always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial. Paul may have stepped out of the shadows as a bassist, but he’s stepping into an even brighter light as a songwriter. During Interpol’s previous albums, the singer largely kept himself out of his own work, preferring to fill his lyrics with detached thoughts, characters, and observations, often phrased in abstract. But more than 20 years on since forming at NYU, the frontman is finally allowing himself to play a role in his own stories. “This record is where I feel touching on real things that have happened to me are exciting and evocative to write about,” he explains. “I think in the past, I always felt autobiography was too small a thing for me to reference. I feel like now, I’m able to romanticize parts of my own life.”



Iron & Wine: Weed Garden EP
Iron & Wine follow up their Grammy-nominated full-length Beast Epic with Weed Garden, a collection of material that began about three years ago. The six-song EP features songs that were part of the writing phase for Beast Epic, but went unfinished. They were part of a larger narrative for principal songwriter Sam Beam, who ran out of time to get them where they needed to be for inclusion on Beast Epic. Weed Garden also includes the fan favorite “Waves of Galveston.” While on tour last fall, the final pieces of material took shape and a sense of urgency prevailed in bringing these characters full circle. To resolution. To completion. In January, Beam and company hunkered down in Chicago at The Loft recording studio to capture these six songs. No more, no less. Weed Garden joins the good company of previous Iron & Wine EP’s – The Sea and Rhythm, Woman King, In the Reins – and in 2018’s attention-span challenged world that’s not a bad thing.



Jake Shimabukuro : The Greatest Day
Jake is well known in Hawaii and Japan due to his early solo career in the early 2000’s and his international fame that happened in 2006 when a video of him went viral, playing a rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge. JS Records and Mailboat Records are pleased to present the brand new album from Jake Shimabukuro titled, The Greatest Day.



The Kooks: Let’s Go Sunshine
Seminal British indie pop band The Kooks return with their fifth album, Let’s Go Sunshine. The Kooks exploded onto the scene in 2006 with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out. The heart and soul of Let’s Go Sunshine lies in it’s hymns of lost innocence, fading relationships and the process of break-up and recovery. It’s the sound of an ambitious, confident band stepping out and making a statement with their definitive album. Sing along indie anthems sit next to psychedelic flourishes, groove ridden blues and texture rich arena sized rock. A self-described “pop” band, their music is primarily influenced by the 1960s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. With songs described as “catchy as hell”, the Kooks have experimented in several genres including rock, Britpop, pop, reggae, ska, and more recently, funk and hip-hop, being described once as a “more energetic Thrills or a looser Sam Roberts Band, maybe even a less severe Arctic Monkeys at times”.



Mogwai: Kin Soundtrack
Scotland’s Mogwai are not only legendary experimental rock icons, but also well-established soundtrack titans – sound sculptors behind an impressive spectrum of cinematic releases (both full soundtracks and contributions): Including their last film soundtrack, Atomic (2016), there’s been consistent acclaim through Michael Mann’s Miami Vice (2006), The Fountain (2006, collaborating with Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet), Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2007), Amnesty International’s PEACE project (2010), international hit French TV series Les Revenants (2013), and Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary Before The Flood (2016) alongside soundtrack Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The staggeringly prolific force that is Mogwai return less than a year after their standout new album, Every Country’s Sun, to provide the soundtrack to the anticipated, acclaimed new sci-fi major motion picture, KIN. Like their beloved soundtracks to Atomic and Les Revenants, KIN uses the band’s original score as the genesis and point of departure for an expanded, fully developed album of new songs. KIN is cinematic maximalism and synth-rock minimalism delivered with the signature introspective grace that has defined and refined Mogwai’s decades-long reputation.



YG: Stay Dangerous
the third studio album by rapper YG. The album features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, Ty Dolla Sign, Quavo, Mozzy, Jay 305, Big Sean, YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Nicki Minaj. The album includes the singles “Suu Whoop” and “Big Bank”. YG is from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, “Toot It and Boot It” featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the following years, YG released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, Just Re’d Up 2, 4 Hunnid Degreez, and many others. In June 2013, YG signed a deal to Young Jeezy’s imprint CTE World.


On The Road with T Bone Burnett: Stories, Music and Movies
Program runs 80+ minutes with an intermission, including a 30 minute Q & A.
MODERATOR: Doug Jayne of KRCB & Last Record Store
Sunday, September 9, 2018 @ 7:00PM at The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

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The NPR affiliate for Sonoma County is KRCB FM

Congratulations to Best Radio DJ in the North Bay, Brian Griffith

KRCB FM Radio 91 is proud to announce long-time Sonoma County air personality and our own Morning Music show host Brian Griffith has won the 2018 NorBay award for Best Radio DJ in the North Bay! The readers of the North Bay Bohemian cast their votes this summer and the winners were published August 1st. Brian is also the music director at Radio 91 and listeners have enjoyed his eclectic mix of music for many years.

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Saturday September 1 at 2pm
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