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NEW RELEASES March 11, 2017:

Greenhouse: Across That Lonesome Ocean
Their 5th album of Celtic-Folk-Fusion. See them at the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival March 11

Valerie June: The Order of Time
Valerie June’s acclaimed 2013 debut, Pushin’ Against a Stone, was a crucial stage in a meteoric rise from selling home recordings from a car to supporting the Rolling Stones and winning a fan in Michelle Obama. Her second album finds the Tennessean again blending genres – folk, classic pop, soul and Appalachian bluegrass – into a cohesive whole, thanks to her top-notch songwriting and sublime musicianship. With her sultry ache of a voice, she could presumably sing the phone book and make it quake with feeling. These are further tales of long lonely roads and men who done wrong, and this set adds African rhythms, spacey soundscapes and guest vocals from Norah Jones. The songs run the gamut from ‘Love You Once Made’s organ-blasting bluesy soul and ‘With You’s Nick Drakeish strings to ‘Shakedown’, which is like a country Can. It’s an album bursting with standouts, none more so than ‘Astral Plane’, which finds June full of childlike wonderment amid a gloriously ethereal atmosphere reminiscent of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. Fantastic stuff.

The Magnetic Fields: 50 Year Memoir
Five CD set. 2017 release from the alt-rock band led by Stephin Merritt. 50 Year Memoir chronicles the 50 years of songwriter Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per year; it was produced by Stephin Merritt with additional production by Thomas Bartlett and Charles Newman. This set includes an extensive interview by Daniel Handler and facsimile handwritten lyrics by Merritt. Stephin began recording on his 50th birthday: February 9, 2015. Unlike his previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction-in Merritt’s words, “a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis).” In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus.

Pieta Brown: Postcards
Postcards features a number of Brown’s musical friends, including Calexico, Bon Iver, Mark Knopfler and the Pines. She compiled the album by writing simple acoustic demos of what would become the album’s songs, sending them to the musicians that make up Postcards‘ roster of guests, and having those artists finish the tracks. Brown and her collaborators never worked in the same room, which lent the album its distance-implying title.
Watch an album teaser and see the full Postcards track listing below.
Postcards track listing:
1. In The Light (with Calexico)
2. Rosine (with Mike Lewis (Bon Iver))
3. Once Again (with David Mansfield)
4. How Soon (with Mason Jennings)
5. Street Tracker (with Mark Knopfler)
6. Stopped My Horse (with Carrie Rodriguez)
7. Station Blues (with Chad Cromwell)
8. Take Me Home (with David Lindley)
9. On Your Way (with Eric Heywood & Caitlin Canty)
10. All The Roads (with The Pines)

Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator
The Navigator tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at it’s own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads. Hurray for the Riff Raff is an American folk-blues and Americana band from New Orleans, Louisiana. The Navigator is the follow-up to 2014’s Small Town Heroes. The band’s impressive catalog spans a 10 year time frame.

Elliott Smith: Either / Or Expanded Edition
Either/Or is widely regarded as Elliott’s best album, and remains his best-selling. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of this masterpiece, Kill Rock Stars proudly presents Either/Or: Expanded Edition. This album features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane, owner of Jackpot! Studios and archivist of the Estate of Elliott Smith. The additional content features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem. The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos. This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Jerry Garcia: GarciaLive Volume Eight
Two CD live archive release from the late Grateful Dead leader. GarciaLive Volume Eight presents the Jerry Garcia Band’s November 23rd, 1991 performance at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. The fall ’91 tour as a whole is widely regarded as one of Garcia’s finest and this particular Saturday evening serves as a further testament to the legend. Fans in attendance at the Bradley Center braved an intense snowstorm and the audience’s palpable energy and enthusiasm was a likely catalyst for this spirited performance. Keyboardist Melvin Seals summarized the group nicely stating ‘That was the magic band. It’s not that the other scenarios didn’t work out but once we got to that level of the band with (drummer) Dave Kemper, John Kahn, Jerry, myself and the singers, Jackie (LaBranch) and Gloria (Jones) we all knew we had something special. That was the band.’

Laura Marling: Semper Femina
the sixth album from the British folk snger/songwriter. Semper Femina is an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015’s Short Movie and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling’s fierce intelligence; a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood. Laura’s debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle were each nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Brit Awards.

Murs: Captain California
a 13 track feast of pure Murs, follows Strange Music’s 2015 release Have a Nice Life. For two decades now, the South Central native has been one of the most prolific, yet underrated, emcees in the game-both as a solo act and a member of Living Legends. ‘GBKW (God Bless Kanye West)’, ‘Lemon Juice’ and ‘Shakespeare On The Low’ are just three highlights from one of Murs best albums yet. Murs’ name is an acronym (or backronym) that he himself has created multiple meanings for such as “Making the Universe Recognize and Submit” or “Making Underground Raw Shit.”

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Way Out West
the 18th studio album from the five time Grammy winning country music veteran. The album was conceived as a love letter by one of country music’s living legends, whom has played with everyone from Cash to Lester Flatt, to the lonely but magical American West, specifically the promised land of California. Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and featuring the Fabulous Superlatives -guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs- Marty’s longtime band, Way Out West is a cinematic tour-de-force. Listeners can feel the warmth of those desert winds over the album’s 15 tracks, a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Front Porch Sessions
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener “We Deserve a Happy Ending” to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of “One More Thing” to the rollicking, playful swagger of “Shakey Shirley,” “One Bad Shoe” and “Cornbread and Butterbeans.” Meanwhile, the instrumentals “It’s All Night Long” and “Flying Squirrels” demonstrate the Rev’s nimble, imaginative guitar work.”

The Shins: Heartworm
the fifth studio album from the alt-rock band. In contrast to 2012’s Port of Morrow, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Best Alternative Album Grammy, Heartworms ushers in a return to the handmade. Heartworms is, as always, entirely written by James Mercer, with exception of “So Now What” (produced by band member Richard Swift). Heartworms is the first Shins album to be self-produced by Mercer since Oh, Inverted World in 2001. Heartworms features Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive, yet genre defying album marked by Mercer’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar a nostalgic nod to the album’s predecessors – and distinctly new. The album’s first single, “Name For You,” is a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer’s three daughters.

Soundgarden: Ultramega OK
This remixed and expanded reissue of Soundgarden’s Ultramega OK is a long-planned “correction” of the legendary band’s Grammy®-nominated debut full-length. The album was originally recorded and released in 1988 on SST Records. While the band enjoyed working with the original producer, Drew Canulette, they soon realized they weren’t quite happy with the final mix. Thus, shortly after the album’s release, the band decided to remix the album for subsequent pressings. However, success intervened: the band rapidly scored a deal with A&M and began work on their major-label debut, Louder Than Love, and the Ultramega OK remix project fell by the wayside as Soundgarden climbed their way to (ultra)mega-stardom.

Tennis: Yours Conditionally
the fourth album from the critically acclaimed group. The record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi. Yours Conditionally comes on the heels of the group’s 2014 release Ritual in Repeat, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, Time, Vogue, Pitchfork, The Fader, Entertainment Weekly and many more.
NEW RELEASES March 4, 2017:

Grandaddy: Last Place
Last Place is a perfect addition to the band’s celebrated, critically-acclaimed catalog that includes their breakthrough sophomore album, Sophtware Slump, and their debut, Under the Western Freeway. It’s a symphonic swirl of lo-fi sonics and mile-high harmonies, found sounds and electronics-gone-awry mingling with perfect, power pop guitar tones. Lytle’s voice sounds as warm and intimate as ever, giving graceful levity to the doomsday narratives that have dominated the Grandaddy output. Last Place is written, performed, and produced by Jason Lytle. Grandaddy formed in Modesto, CA in 1992, and after four albums disbanded in 2006. Jason Lytle relocated to Montana, where he happily made two solo albums, and reconnected with the natural world around him. Eventually, though, life uprooted him again, taking him to Portland, Oregon until he eventually returned to his former home of Modesto. The return to California was practical (he needed to be near his bandmates) but also appropriate, as he had started writing songs that he felt would be fitting for another Grandaddy album.

Bela Fleck: Juno Concerto
Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player, a 16-time Grammy Award winner nominated in more categories than any other musician, a genre-busting collaborator, a film producer and a composer. Foremost, though, he is a dad. The impact of fatherhood on Béla is reflected in Juno Concerto, named for his firstborn son with fellow folk musician Abigail Washburn. The album was recorded with the Colorado Symphony, conducted by José Luis Gomez and also includes two tracks with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet: ‘Griff’ and the second movement of ‘Quintet for Banjo and Strings,’ the latter a previously unrecorded collaboration with friend and mentor Edgar Meyer, representing Béla’s first experimentation with classical music. The banjo in these movements embodies the voice of doom, interrupting the music with dark, dissonant interjections culminating in a melancholy banjo solo-a contemplative end to the album that reveals Béla’s true depth as a composer. Juno Concerto is a reminder that Béla Fleck is among the most innovative and virtuosic musicians of our time.

Minus the Bear: Voids
On their sixth album Voids, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. Album opener “Last Kiss” immediately establishes the band’s renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into “Give & Take,” a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like “Fine + 2 Pts” while exploring new textures and timbres.

Save Ferris: Checkered Past
EP release from the Orange County-based ska-punk band. After fifteen years, Save Ferris make their return with Checkered Past. Lead by the inimitable front-woman Monique Powell, the band enjoyed mainstream success in the late ’90s with radio hits and appearances on a variety of television shows and movies including 10 Things I Hate About You. Produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila, Checkered Past embraces Powell’s ska and dub roots and also features a guest appearance by Neville Staple of the Specials on the first single “New Sound”.

Temples: Volcano
the second album from the British indie band. Volcano is the band’s first new music since the release of their debut album, Sun Structures, in 2014. Volcano comes on the heels of a sold out North American tour that included high profile TV and radio appearances. The band was initially formed as a home studio project in mid-2012. Tom Warmsley and James Bagshaw had known each other for years before Temples – they were in rival bands based in their hometown of Kettering. The duo had later worked together in The Moons, with Bagshaw also having sessioned with the Lightning Seeds and co-fronted another earlier Kettering band Sukie.

The Waifs: Ironbark
2 CD, four panel wallet with an 8 panel folder insert including liner notes, lyrics and photos. Beloved Australian folk rock band, The Waifs, are celebrating their 25 year anniversary by releasing the 2-CD set, IRONBARK, on March 3rd. Recorded live & acoustic at Josh’s picturesque home in the bushland of South Coast NSW, Australia the album really captures the essence of the Waifs’ music and the essence of who they are today as artists: Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn, Josh Cunningham with Ben Franz and David MacDonald around a couple of mics with their guitars, a makeshift junk kit & a double bass, pressing record and playing. A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums in Australia and successful tours across the world, including touring with Bob Dylan, Keith Urban and the John Butler Trio.

Guy Clark: Best of the Dualtone Years
Two CD collection featuring 19 tracks including studio and live recordings plus three unreleased demos. Guy Clark, channeler of the human condition, plain-spoken poet, master luthier, seasoned painter and damn fine guitar player, was above all a man. Probably the closest thing to Hemingway Nashville – or the Lone Star State – would ever see: lean prose, gut strings ringing and a hard-won dignity that embraced tenderness as the ultimate manifest of toughness. By the time he arrived at Dualtone, he was already a legend for his exacting song craft that elixired truth tempered with compassion, grounded by vivid detail. Work-bench Songs, Somedays The Song Writes You, Songs and Stories and My Favorite Picture of You measured the life, the heart, the humanity that defined Clark’s writing, especially having fully lived well into his seventh decade. We are is pleased to announce the release of Guy Clark: The Best Of The Dualtone Years a celebration of Guy’s albums recorded under the Dualtone moniker.

Skylight Motion Picture
Five epic songs by three epic players: Zeke, Lamar, & Joel. Find it in our Local Artist Section.


 

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NEW RELEASES February 24, 2017:

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Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway
Freedom Highway is Grammy Award-winner and 2017 Grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens’ follow-up to her highly praised debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn. The record includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn’s 2015 release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes it’s name. Giddens co-produced Freedom Highway with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War. As producers, Giddens and Powell sought to release the stories already in the walls, allowing the space to be a voice in itself. This approach allowed for an emotional fearlessness and presence not always easy to achieve in the studio. Together they assembled the players, which included her superb touring band, local musicians from the bayou, a soulful horn section from New York, and talented family members. The principle recording was done over an intense eight day period. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than it’s predecessor.

Old 97’s: Graveyard Whistling
the 10th album from Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s. Graveyard Whistling was recorded in the same Tornillo TX studio as their 1996 debut, Too Far To Care. The band still contains it’s original 4 members – Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond & Philip Peeples. While there are collaborators like Brandi Carlise and Butch Walker, there aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up in almost 25 years together. Graveyard Whistling is the follow-up to their 2014 album Most Messed Up. The band is recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 1990s along with contemporaries such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets.

The Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, presents the eighth full-length album in the band’s wildly varied and fascinating discography. As with previous Dirty Projectors albums, the release sees Longstreth lead a group of hugely talented contributors, including Solange Knowles, Tyondai Braxton, Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Dawn Richard (D∆WN and Danity Kane), in realizing his creative vision.

David Bowie: No Plan EP
The No Plan EP was originally released digitally on January 8th, 2017 the day after would have been David Bowie’s 70th Birthday. The release reached #1 on the iTunes charts of 11 countries including the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Finland and Sweden, and broke the Top 20 in more than 30 territories. The No Plan EP is now being made available on CD and vinyl formats. The vinyl version is pressed on heavyweight 180g black vinyl that includes a special laser etching on side B and is housed in new artwork designed by longtime collaborator Jonathan Barnbrook.
The No Plan EP features the single ‘Lazarus’ from Blackstar, and the three final David Bowie studio recordings during the sessions for his 28th and final album Blackstar “No Plan,” “Killing A Little Time” and “When I Met You.” The track “No Plan” was hailed by Rolling Stone who ranked it at #4 in their 50 Best Songs of 2016 as “a magnificent coda… one last transmission from the Bowie universe.”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: The Tourist
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is back with an incredibly infectious new song called “Fireproof.” It’s the first single from the band’s upcoming full-length, The Tourist, due out Feb. 24m 2017. “Fireproof” is a thumping, synth-heavy look at how naive people can be. “I know it’s hard to win,” sings frontman Alec Ounsworth. “But how could I have thought that we’d ever lose.” It is really a be-careful-what-you-wish-for kind of song,” Ounsworth tells NPR Music in an email. “I’m starting to accumulate these, in the sense that it explores the idea of trying to win people over and then, once you have, trying to let them go. To be ‘fireproof’ in this context is to be dangerously self-confident – to have the capacity to try almost anything. The regret comes later.” The Tourist is the first new album from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah since 2014’s Only Run.

Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament
With heart of a genuine Texas bluesman, the head (banging) of Zappa and Lemmy disciple and boots resting in the dust outside of town at sunrise, Scott H. Biram journeys through the harrowing human condition like no one else. A walk on the Biram side-straddles the chasm between sin and redemption, and The Bad Testament lands somewhere west of the Old Testament and south of an AA handbook. It’s a record of hard grinding lost love and deep, dark Americana with songwriting on the razor’s edge of aggression and deftness, thoroughly contemporary but steeped in the backwaters, back porches, and back alleys of our collective musical heritage.

Thundercat: Drunk
Stephen Bruner, bka as Thundercat returns with his follow up to 2015s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam . The latest album titled Drunk is released on Flying Lotus Brainfeeder label and features production from Flying Lotus himself. After attaining national attention following his Grammy award winning collaborations on Kendrick Lamar s To Pimp A Butterfly , Bruner delivers arguably his most ambitious work to date. Vocal features include Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. In addition to Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat has worked with a wide range of artists including Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Bilal, Suicidal Tendencies, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin and more making him one of the most in demand musicians of our time.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30
Deluxe CD/DVD edition. Black & White Night 30 is a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered and expanded version of the original television special. Re-edited by Roy’s youngest son Alex Orbison, the program has been restored to reflect the correct set order as the audience who attended the show saw it. Liner notes written by son Roy Orbison Jr. Are included in the packaging as well as a treasure trove of bonus content. Black & White Night 30 includes a previously unseen alternate version of “Oh, Pretty Woman,” a previously unseen performance “Blue Angel,” and a ‘secret concert’ performed by the band after the audience had left of five songs featuring alternate takes of “Dream You”, “Comedians,” “Candyman,” “Claudette,” and “Uptown.” The audio for the concert is available on CD with buyers of Black & White Night 30 receiving a download code for access to the audio records of the ‘secret concert.’ Additionally included is a brand new 33-minute mini-documentary consisting of rehearsal footage and pre and post show interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and more plus a photo montage consisting of 20 still photos from the show and new photos of show memorabilia, mostly unused and unseen in any context.

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge: Mount Royal
Mount Royal, the second full-length album from virtuosic guitar duo Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, is a testament to the visceral power of incredible musicianship and true creative collaboration. Produced by Gabe Witcher (one of Eldridge’s fellow Punch Brothers), Mount Royal includes eight originals, several reimagined versions of old bluegrass songs, and a cover of Eddie Vedder’s ‘Sleeping By Myself’ that is as engrossing as it is surprising. The arrangements on the album’s 12, mostly instrumental tracks feature complex, rollicking guitar lines one would expect from such technically gifted players, but these moments are allowed to breathe. That is, Lage and Eldridge understand the potency of space in their compositions, and the sonic hills and valleys illustrate that greatness often lies in the unexpected. Lage’s notable jazz background is apparent, yet Mount Royal ventures into old-time, gospel and bluegrass without ever settling into one genre. The energy between Lage and Eldridge is remarkable, and Mount Royal does not fail in conveying the pair’s mutual passion for the acoustic guitar and respect for collaboration.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Greatest Licks
Dan Hicks was an American treasure. Since the early 1960’s, Hicks deftly blended elements of swing, jazz, folk and country music to create a truly unique sound. His lyrics range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch. Dan’s irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit lasted well through his final recordings with us at Surfdog Records. So, in celebration of his life and legacy, we pay tribute to Dan with this album (marking the one-year anniversary of his passing), humbled and proud that we had him in the Surfdog family. Here’s to the music, the laughs, and the wild ride… these are Dan’s greatest licks!

The Dixie Giants: Dressed and Ready To Go
The album that we knew they had in them! 12 original songs that sound like they could have been composed by Jellyroll Morton.
A fully realized, awesome project.

Skyline Motion Picture
Five epic songs by three epic players: Zeke, Lamar, & Joel. Find it in our Local Artist Section.

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New Releases February 17, 2017

Alison Krauss: Windy City
Windy City is a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility. Some of the songs are familiar like ‘Gentle On My Mind’, a signature song of Glen Campbell s, and ‘You Don t Know Me’ which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others were lesser known, like Willie Nelson’s ‘I Never Cared For You’ and ‘All Alone Am I’, originally recorded by Brenda Lee.
Ryan Adams: Prisoner
the 16th solo album from the singer/songwriter. Prisoner is Ryan Adams’ first original studio album since 2014’s selft-titled release. Includes “Do You Still Love Me, ” “To Be Without You,” and “Doomsday.” Ryan is best known for his prolific solo career and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums. In addition to his own material, Adams has also produced albums for Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, Jenny Lewis, and Fall Out Boy, and has collaborated with Counting Crows, Weezer, Norah Jones, America, Minnie Driver, Cowboy Junkies, Leona Naess, Toots and the Maytals, Beth Orton and Krista Polvere. He has written Infinity Blues, a book of poems, and Hello Sunshine, a collection of poems and short stories.

 

Son Volt: Notes of Blue
Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt. Country movement of the 1990’s. A movement that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana. The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for this collection. The album opens with the country soul of “Promise The World”, followed by “Back Against The Wall”, a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. Farrar possesses one of the most distinctive voices in roots, rock, country or any genre. He exudes a soulful longing combined with a wise-beyond-his-years command that is as arresting and compelling as ever. As a songwriter, Farrar’s depth and poetic penchant has been the foundation of a thoughtful, deep and intelligent body of work. Both attributes are on full display on Notes Of Blue, as he touches on themes of redemption and the common struggle, both of which are at the core of the blues. Whether you call it alt. Country, Americana, roots rock, insurgent country or just good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, musical trends appear and disappear on regular basis. Notes Of Blue is a testament to the legacy of inspiration and creative spirit that Jay Farrar and Son Volt continue to uphold.

Hanni El Khatib: Savage Times
Hanni El Khatib’s first idea for his Savage Times project was to do something he’d never done before. Instead, he ended up doing… well, everything he’d never done before. He’d be playing new instruments, writing in unfamiliar new ways, opening himself up to an unrelenting stream of ideas and dedicating himself totally to pure musical instinct. And the result? 19 best-of-the-sessions songs. Originally, he’d hoped to explode the lingering idea that he was simply a blues-rock guitar player, but that’s why Savage Times touches on everything from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self-portraiture. But on the way, he also exploded his own idea of what he could do – even maybe who he was, or would be. Savage Times was an experiment as well as an experience, that touched on some of the most personal, social and political elements to date.

Nikki Lane: Highway Queen
the third album from singer/songwriter Nikki Lane. Highway Queen sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage ’60s country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of “700,000 Rednecks,” a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”).

Otis Taylor: Fantasizing About Being Black
Blues music visionary Otis Taylor reflects on the African American experience in a timely release on the Trance Blues Festival label. Fantasizing About Being Black is Otis Taylor s poetic musical exploration from the voyages of slave ships to the Mississippi Delta with a raw and haunting multi-instrumental blend that reveals the connection of history to modern day events; features musical guests Jerry Douglas, Brandon Niederauer and Ron Miles.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band: Got Soul
Pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph returns with Got Soul. The album reaffirms that Randolph and his Family Band have truly evolved into one of the most exciting and innovative outfits in contemporary music. Got Soul takes stock of Randolph’s past as a church musician as it pushes the band forward into new places. There is no shortage of originality on the album with songs that run the gamut from gospel numbers to deep, funky grooves to incendiary rock-and-soul jams. The hauntingly exquisite “Heaven’s Calling” features Randolph on solo steel while guest vocalists Darius Rucker and Anthony Hamilton lend their golden voices to “Love Do What It Do” and “She Got Soul” respectively. “I Thank You,” the 60s Sam & Dave R&B smash, is completely re-imagined in the hands of the Family Band and Snarky Puppy’s very on Cory Henry.

Robbie Krieger: In Session
New collection containing rare studio sessions from one of the boldest rock guitarists of all-time, The Doors’ Robby Krieger! Features an incredible roster of guest appearances including Jackson Browne, Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, Asia’s John Wetton, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, Start Trek’s William Shatner and others. Includes exclusive mixes plus a bonus live track that has never been released on CD before.


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NEW RELEASES February 10, 2017:

Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Chuck Prophet describes his new disc BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS as California Noir. The state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs. Doomed love, inconsolable loneliness, rags to riches to rags again, and fast-paced violence are always on the menu on the Left Coast. Featuring “A Bad Year for Rock and Roll,” an ode to all of the great artists we lost in 2016 and a bunch of other Chuck Prophet (soon to be) classics.

Tinariwen: Elwan
For the last five years, Tinariwen have been busy criss-crossing the globe bringing their triumphant tours to all five continents and expanding their audience. During this time their beloved homeland in the Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria has, in effect, been transformed into a conflict zone, a place where nobody can venture without putting themselves in danger. These conflicts have forced the band into exile to record their eighth album, Elwan. A few friends dropped in during the sessions to add some magic to a few tracks including, Kurt Vile (electric guitar), Mark Lanegan (vocals on ‘Nànnuflày’), Matt Sweeney (electric guitar) and producer/guitarist, Alain Johannes (Cigarbox guitar). Sessions were also recorded in Morocco, where the band was accompanied by local musicians, in a land where they are considered musical legends.

Black Joe Lewis: Backlash
the fourth studio album from Austin’s Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. On Backlash, the band with a return to their celebrated take on classic soul and punked up R&B. “Party-driven, groove-worthy new songs” – Buzzbands LA. “Joe rivals the likes of BB King with his raspy tenor, melting over the thick, full-bodied guitar riffs and constant crashing of cymbals and toms. This joint is the perfect treat to entice fans” – Afropunk. While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lewis immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels. Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears formed in Austin, Texas in 2007. In March 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009’s SXSW Festival.

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio is an exciting new project from one of the most recognized and beloved roots music figures in the world. A blues and Southern Rock legend, as well as a 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Elvin was a founding member of the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and later part of Capricorn Records’ famous stable of Southern Rock masters, writing and performing the Top 10 hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love.”

Rhiannon Giddens: Factory Girl
The sessions for the album and EP took place in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players assembled by Burnett. Musicians on Factory Girl include Burnett; fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown’s renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens’s Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta. Giddens tours with her bandmates from Carolina Chocolate Drops-Jenkins, cellist Malcolm Parson, and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett-augmented by drummer Jamie Dick and bassist Jason Sypher.

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now
Jesca Hoop wastes no time in making clear it’s confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the album with “a fighting spirit,” says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs-minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing. As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Berg’s Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored. Says Hoop, “Blake is so utterly musical and emotionally intelligent in his expression. I wanted to see what we could do, just he and I out from under Tony’s wing.” Mills pushed her to strip away layers, keeping it as close to the live experience as possible, using whole live takes and working very quickly. “It’s still covered in embryonic fluid, for lack of a better way to put it,” says Hoop.

Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Light
A decade after Lupe Fiasco exploded onto the hip-hop scene with his seminal 2006 debut Food & Liquor, the Chicago native is closing the chapter on his career with his most visualized projects yet. The independent rapper, who parted ways with his former label Atlantic Records following the release of 2015’s Tetsuo & Youth, hits his creative peak with the first in a a trilogy of albums. If anything, Drogas Light is a testament to Fiasco’s artistic growth throughout the years. The 14-track album is free of restraint, and daring by his standards: the sonic and storytelling palettes are vast and diverse, more so than ever before, traipsing genre and style with ease and touting songs to soundtrack everything from a night at the club to a quiet listen on headphones. Where Tetsuo & Youth leaned into more experimental pastures, Drogas Light is the embodiment of a musician whose foray beyond the boundaries of hip-hop feels increasingly natural, a glimpse into the genius that will be Fiasco’s legacy as he inevitably walks away from the spotlight.

The Sadies: Northern Passages
Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’ home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as “Riverview Fog” are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. Kurt Vile appears on “Easy (Like Walking).” The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we’ll be better off because of it.

Thievery Corporation: The Temple of I & I
the tenth studio album from Washington DC duo Thievery Corporation. The 15 tracks, recorded on location in Port Antonio JA, finds the duo deftly blending their signature style with the classic dub, dance hall, and roots vibes that have inspired them over an illustrious 20-year career. Featuring vocals from Mr Lif, Racquel Jones, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Puma and others. Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova and jazz records. The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the 1960s Bossa Nova music movement.

Best of Old Crow Medicine Show
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release Best Of, which features 12 of the most memorable and beloved songs from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) – as well as two previously unreleased tracks: “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up In The Sky.” The Best Of features “Wagon Wheel” along with other live show fan favorites like “Tell It To Me,” “Down Home Girl,” “CC Rider” and “I Hear Them All.” The two previously unreleased tracks, “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up in the Sky” were recorded in 2006 while the band was making Big Iron World.

Reissued on Vinyl today:


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FREE LIVE MUSIC: Oddjob Ensemble at LRS
Saturday February 18 at 2:05pm
You can buy their new EP. From them!
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FREE LIVE MUSIC The Down House Tape Release

The Down House “Our Mess” Tape release show!
with Streetbbreaker and Katey
February 25 3PM



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New David Luning CD + Oddjob Ensemble = Good Times

A few years back, my pals from the band Old Jawbone asked me to play a couple of songs at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Hopmonk, Sebastopol.
I dusted off my version of “Hazel”, a fairly obscure song from the Planet Waves album. I have this policy, actually more of a superstition, that it’s better for me to perform lesser known songs, rather than ones people have heard a hundred times.
Also on the bill was a young fella named David Luning. I knew about him from my friend Paulette (David’s Aunt) , so David and I chatted it up before the show.
I asked him what Bob Dylan song he was going to play. “Just Like a Woman”, he replied.
“Great song” I say, but I worried to myself that a misfire would leave the audience wanting to hear Bob’s version.
When David’s turn came, he sat at his piano and absolutely nailed “Just Like a Woman”, singing it like it had been in his repertoire for years.
A classic song reimagined, and made to sound like his own. Boom.

Today, David’s new CD, Restless has dropped. It’s his sophomore release, but his first on Blue Rose Music, a philanthropic record label that exists to promote the arts, and support good causes. The new album is produced by Karl Derfler, an extremely talented recording engineer who is the go-to soundman to HUGElarge and Tom Waits. David’s band is so good, and the songs are so well crafted- I suggest that you buy one today. From us!.
Then take it to Petaluma on Saturday night and have it autographed.
David Luning & Band CD Release Party is Saturday Feb 4 at 8pm at The Mystic Theater


Other New Releases for February 3, 2017 :

Beth Hart: Fire on the Floor
Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Fire On The Floor: a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good”. Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. As the singer explains, this latest record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home. If there’s a theme that ties these 12 songs together, it’s a sense of escapism following the hardest of times. “We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record. Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make. I wanted the songs for Fire On The Floor to get born real quick.” Beth Hart Fun Fact: She was a winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search. Hi-Oh!

Surfer Blood: Snowdonia
SURFER BLOOD are a young indie-rock band, and their fourth album, Snowdonia, is their most ambitious effort yet. Overcoming adversity, the band has artistically grown and thrived. Following the departure of bassist Kevin Williams and guitarist Thomas Fekete (tragically lost to cancer in May), singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz have rebuilt a talented lineup with guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills, all four alumni of the same high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pitts wrote specifically with the new band’s talents in mind: “When I was writing I was thinking more about background vocals and harmonies. Lindsey and Michael are great singers, and I really wanted that to show in the songs. There are layers of vocals on almost every track, and the call-and-response parts between Lindsey and I are something totally new.” Along with plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature hooks, the band concocted some epic and more complex songs with enormous attention to sonic detail. Pitts wrote and mixed the album alone, for the first time since their debut Astro Coast. The immediacy is intoxicating and the musical and lyrical results are fantastic. Surfer Blood get better and better with each album, and we’re sure they’ll be making great records for years to come.

Wyclef Jean: J’ouvert
J’ouvert is a precursor to Wyclef’s forthcoming full length album aptly titled Carnival III: Road To Clefication dropping on the 20th anniversary of Wyclef’s critically acclaimed debut The Carnival. Wyclef is known for his wealth of musical influences from jazz to classic rock to reggae. With his critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated debut The Carnival, he launched himself as a producer and solo artist whose work drew from elements of pop, country, folk, disco, Latin, and electronic music. As a solo artist, Wyclef Jean has released six albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including 1997’s The Carnival and 2000’s The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book.

LeAnn Rimes: Remnants
the 16th studio album from the world-renowned vocal powerhouse, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and the artist who debuted as the youngest Grammy-award recipient of all time. At a young 33 years old, LeAnn, is already a global phenomenon with over 44 million albums sold worldwide, two Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, two World Music Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, one Country Music Association Award and one Dove Award. On Remnants, LeAnn reaches back into her Mississippi-born soul and truthfully delivers piece-by-piece who she is now as a woman: a wife, a stepmother, a daughter, a friend, an artist, a songwriter and a survivor

Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart
12 songs played solo on classical nylon string, and 12 string guitar from legendary jazz guitarist.

Judas Priest: Turbo 30
Digitally remastered and expanded triple CD edition of the metal band’s 10th studio album, released to coincide with the album’s 30th Anniversary. Includes two bonus discs that feature the audio from the show Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City. Turbo is the 1986 studio album by Judas Priest, recorded in June – November 1985 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas and mixed in January and February 1986, at Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California. Turbo was first released by Columbia on 14 April 1986. The album marked the band’s first use of guitar synthesizers. Turbo was an instant commercial success. The album reached #33 in the UK and #17 on Billboard 200, marking the apex of Priest’s commercial success and being the band´s highest chart position until 2005´s Angel of Retribution.

Black Sabbath: The Ultimate Collection 2 CD set
The Ultimate Collection is curated in conjunction with the band. The 31-track collection features the Black Sabbath’s classic songs including ‘Paranoid’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘War Pigs’, ‘N.I.B’. and ‘The Wizard’ as well as choice cuts from their classic albums. Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.


FREE LIVE MUSIC: Oddjob Ensemble at LRS
Saturday February 18 at 2:05pm
You can buy their new EP. From them!
Read this Oddjobs


Go see this movie!

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

Tuesday February 21 at 1pm and 7pm
Rialto Cinemas


Highly recommended:


New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
KRCB-FM New Release Hour

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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