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August 2020: LRS checking in

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New Releases include:

Khruangbin: Mordechai
is a story of finding yourself in unexpected places. Travel weary and without a home after 24 itinerant months of travel and touring, Laura Lee went on a hike with a family of strangers, led by a father named Mordechai. Here, on this least expected journey after so many others, she found spiritual awakening and rebirth. Known already for drawing on the music of locales like Thailand and Iran, Khruangbin found their most diverse and global influence by looking inward, returning to their hometown and America’s most diverse city: Houston, TX. With Laura Lee’s voice now clear and centered amid a glossolalia of musical influence and 14 languages, Khruangbin have found singularity in multiplicity.


Haim: Women in Music Pt. III
is the third studio album by American band HAIM. Released through Columbia Records. It was produced by Danielle HAIM, Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid, and was preceded by the singles ‘Summer Girl’, ‘Now I’m in It’ and ‘Hallelujah’.


Ray LaMontagne: Monovision
the eighth studio album from singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. The 10-track album sees Ray not only writing and producing the album once again but also includes added duties of engineering as well as performing all the instruments for the tracks.


Joe Ely: Love in the Midst of Mayhem
features 10 recordings finished during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. “When everything shut down, there were times for me that were absolutely maddening,” Ely said. “I was sleeping more than I should. Finally, my wife, Sharon and I decided we should focus our energy on what we do best.” Ely turned his attention to writing and recording. Love in the Midst of Mayhem is a collection that reflects his mindset over the past couple of months. “We had so much time on our hands with everything shut down,” he said. “Initially, I was only going to release a couple of songs, but more songs kept coming together that fit where we are in the world right now.” “It is put together straight from the emergency we have right now,” says longtime Ely friend and acclaimed artist Terry Allen. “Every song is about love, for love, to love and with love… love when we need it most. Love in the Midst of Mayhem is not just a joy to listen to, it’s a necessity.” Joining Ely on the album are guitarists Mitch Watkins, Rob Gjersoe, Bradley Kopp, bassists Roscoe Beck, Glen Fukunaga, Gary Herman, Jimmy Pettit, drummers Davis McLarty, Pat Manske, Steve Meador, keyboardists Joel Guzman (also on accordion), the late Reese Wynans and the late Bill Ginn. “There are a lot of wonderful songs on Love in the Midst of Mayhem,” said actress and writer Jo Harvey Allen. “I especially love ‘You Can Rely On Me’ – so sweet a song. As always we can rely on Joe and in this time of Pandemic appreciate his music even more.”


Willie Nelson: First Rose of Spring
studio album from the time-defying legend who has won Grammys for his last two albums (2019’s Ride Me Back Home just won Best Solo Country Performance and 2018’s My Way won Best Traditional Pop Album). While his last few albums have focused on facing the reality of mortality and crying or laughing in it’s face, this one is focused much more on celebrating the now a/nd embracing life, love and friends and family. The album includes new songs written by Willie and long-time producer Bud/dy Cannon combined with new songs written by Chris Stapleton and Toby Keith plus a handful of classic songs that Willie interprets his way, all performed with an amazing band of Nashville gunsli


The Jayhawks: XOXO
Featuring writing and lead vocal contributions from all four members, The Jayhawks’ extraordinary album, XOXO, is the most diverse and wide-ranging in the group’s storied history. Rather than marking a sonic departure, though, the collection signals a sharpening of focus for the band, an elevation in understanding of who they are and what they do best. In classic Jayhawks fashion, the songs here mix the influence of American roots music with British invasion and jangly power-pop, but there’s a newfound vitality at play, as well, an invigoration of confidence and energy that could only come with the injection of fresh blood. The result is an album that, much like the band’s lush harmonies, brings multiple distinctive voices together into a singular whole, a collection that, ironically enough, finds unity in individuality and identity in reinvention.


Margo Price: That’s How Rumors Get Started
sees Nashville icon and 2019 Best New Artist Grammy nominee Margo Price commit her genre-bending rock-and-roll show to record for the first time, stretching out her emotive twang over sky-high soft-rock, burning psychedelic rock ballads, stomping road songs, and sprinkles of pop. With production from her friend and longtime collaborator Sturgill Simpson, it shows both of them pushing into unexpected directions.


Rufus Wainwright: Unfollow the Rules
is Rufus Wainwright’s ninth of original material, his first since Out of the Game (2012), and his first with BMG. The album was produced by Mitchell Froom, and other contributors include Matt Chamberlain, Jim Keltner, and Blake Mills. Includes “Trouble in Paradise”, “Damsel in Distress”, “Peaceful Afternoon”, and “Alone Time”. There’s still a sense of mischief in Wainwright’s songs, but there’s also abundant passion, honesty and a kind of fearlessness pervading this album. He pushes the boundaries of pop with these tracks, which were mostly recorded in single takes, and his vocals are at their soaring, sublime best.


RoundAgain:
The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet-Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)-reunite with the release of RoundAgain, the group’s first recording since 1994’s MoodSwing. The album features seven newly composed songs: three from Redman, two from Mehldau, and one each from McBride and Blade.


Ray Wylie Hubbard: Co-Starring
is the secret handshake amongst those who know. Earthy, real, funky, unabashed, his 16 album catalog has been swapped and played on the road for decades. That passion for the man who’s as much a renegade poet as a roadhouse saint brought together an eclectic mix of guests for Co-Starring, his first ever high-profile label release. Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Pam Tillis, the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, and Ronnie Dunn were just a few who clamored to jam with the wizened icon.


Maceo Parker: Soul Food – Cooking with Maceo
blends raw, old school funk with the flavors of the New Orleans school of music. Parker worked with Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie and Tony Hall, as well as a host of local musicians to record the songs. The funky flavor of the city weaves it’s way through the album as the funk father and his band take on iconic songs of the Mississippi masters such as Dr. John’s voodoo funk of ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’, The Meters ‘Just Kissed My Baby, ‘ ‘Yes, We Can Can’ recorded by Allen Toussaint as well as takes on Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rock Steady’, Prince’s ‘The Other Side of the Pillow’ and Maceo’s long-time hero and Ray Charles saxophonist, David “Fathead” Newman’s ‘Hard Times’. We also get funky workouts from Parkers own back catalogue on ‘m a C E O’ and ‘Cross The Tracks’.


The Chicks: Gaslighter
The Chicks changed their name from Dixie Chicks after the initial manufacturing of GASLIGHTER. Therefore, initial shipments of the physical CD and vinyl LPs will reflect the band’s previous name on the cover and inside packaging. Gaslighter is the brilliant 2020 album from the The Chicks, and is the fifth studio album to be released by the band. It is the The Chick’s first new album since 2006;s Taking The Long Way, which won five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Gaslighter is produced by Jack Antonoff with The Chicks. Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains, and moms, The Chicks have grown from a band into a cultural phenomenon. Since the release of their debut album, Wide Open Spaces in 1998, The Chick’s music has stirred emotions in fans across the world, making them one of the biggest and most influential bands of our time.


Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters
is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. It is Apple’s first release since The Idler Wheel… in 2012. The album was recorded from 2015 to 2020, largely at Apple’s home in Venice Beach. It was produced and performed by Apple alongside Amy Aileen Wood, Sebastian Steinberg and Davíd Garza; recording consisted of long, often-improvised takes with unconventional percussive sounds. Rooted in experimentation, the highly percussive album resists genre categorization. While conventional instruments, such as pianos and drum sets, do appear, the album also features prominent use of non-musical found objects as percussion. Apple described the result as “percussion orchestras”. These industrial-like rhythms are contrasted against traditional melodies, and the upbeat songs often subvert traditional pop structures.


Pretenders: Hate for Sale
is the eleventh studio album by English-American rock band The Pretenders. Includes “The Buzz”, “You Can’t Hurt A Fool”, and the title track. Hate for Sale is the first Pretenders album since 2002’s Loose Screw to feature original drummer Martin Chambers, who was absent on Break Up the Concrete and Alone.

Lianne La Havas

English singer/songwriter/guitarist ‘s 2012 debut album provided more Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough? highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. The said, “Artists like Los Angeles Times Lianne La Havas remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production. With , Miss La Havas vaults right to the big Is Your Love Big Enough? leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is,” and the praised her New York Times “voice that hints at Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu but is fully her own…It’s rhythm as resilience and life force, an innate sense of confidence that makes even her bitter songs somehow reassuring.”
That album led to a journey that encompassed more than 120 shows across Europe, North America, and Japan—including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Artists who Lianne had admired soon admired her, to the point where she can call the likes of Prince and Bon Iver friends.
La Havas has recently made a succession of guest appearances. There’s been another recording with Matt Hales on recent Aqualung track “Egg Shells”; guest vocal on Alt-J’s “Warm Foothills” and Tourist’s “Patterns”; and even an appearance as a female approximation of her friend in the video for “Where Is My Sex?” by The Kenneths. Most notable of all was La Havas’s contribution to Prince’s album, which were recorded over the course of a heady Art Official Age weekend at Paisley Park.


NEW KANSAS !
With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. The band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. With no signs of slowing down, Kansas continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. The summer of 2020 marks the release of The Absence of Presence, Kansas’s sixteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album follows-up 2016’s The Prelude Implicit, which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.


Texas Gentlemen: Floor It !!!
Pop on Floor It!!!, the second full-length effort from the Texas Gentlemen, and prepare your eardrums to be hit with everything from woozy, brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz (‘Veal Cutlass’), to slinky, chicken-scratch country funk (‘Bare Maximum’) to lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry (‘Ain’t Nothin’ New’)’and that’s all in just the first 10 minutes of play time. While the Gentlemen’s sound is clearly steeped in the classic roots, rock and pop music of the ’60s and ’70s, there’s a dreamy (the lilting ‘Sing Me to Sleep’), spacey (‘Skyway Streetcar’) and occasionally progressive (‘Dark at the End of the Tunnel’) element to what they do that seems to detach the music from belonging to any particular place and time. Add in elements of funk, soul, country, r&b, southern rock, gospel and essentially any other style that catches their musically omnivorous ears; an expansive and detailed approach to arrangement that sees the songs adorned with all manner of horns, strings and heavenly background vocals (‘Hard Road’) and you have a collection of tunes that is more than just a mere album. Rather, Floor It!!! is a rich and righteous ride.


Jimmy Heath: Love Letter
Love Letter is the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath’s stunningly elegant last testament, a take on seminal ballads. Includes songs written by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham in addition to original material. Partially recorded in New York in the days preceding his 93rd birthday, Jimmy presided over a brilliant cast of colleagues and friends. The result is pure Heath: polished, inventive, candid, beautiful. Guest artists include Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, and more.


X: Alphabetland
is the eighth studio album by American punk rock band X. Released digitally in April 2020, it is their first studio release in 27 years and the first with their original line-up in the past 35 years. The release has received positive reviews from critics. Alphabetland was recorded across several sessions in 2019 and 2020 with producer Rob Schnapf, who has previously worked with Elliott Smith, Beck, and Joyce Manor.
Even though these songs date from a time when the band’s only songwriters were vocalist Exene Cervenka and Doe, all tracks are credited to all four members of X and the recording sessions coincided with the individual musicians improving their relationships with one another.

X

DJ Bonebrake – drums, percussion
Exene Cervenka – vocals
John Doe – bass guitar, vocals
Billy Zoom – guitar, saxophone, piano

ADDITIONAL PERSONEL:

Robby Krieger – guitar on “All the Time in the World”


Lori McKenna : Balladeer
Home and the people who make it have captivated Lori McKenna for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods-all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning Tim McGraw’s no. 1 “Humble and Kind” solo. Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree [2018], her eleventh studio album, was nominated for the 2019 Americana Awards Album of the Year. 2020 brings a new record for McKenna, “The Balladeer”, produced by Dave Cobb.


Earl Sweatshirt: Feet of Clay
the second extended play by acclaimed rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Includes the single “Whole World” (featuring Maxo) plus “Ghost” (featuring Navy Blue) as bonus tracks.


Glass Animals: Dreamland
Amassing over two billion streams, British four-piece Glass Animals is led by singer/songwriter/producer Dave Bayley with bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew MacFarlane. A fan favorite, their album How To Be A Human Being was one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2016. Now, Glass Animals is back with Dreamland. Featuring hit singles “Tokyo Drifting” with Denzel Curry and “Your Love (Déjà Vu)”.


Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Dirt and the Stars
is the follow-up to her 2018 album Sometimes Just the Sky. Five-time Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 15th studio album, The Dirt And The Stars, finds the singer-songwriter pondering life’s intimate, personal moments and exploring it’s most universally challenging questions at an unprecedented time. Written at her rural Virginia farmhouse before stay-at-home orders became the “new normal,” the songs celebrate invaluable experiences and irreplaceable wisdom, while also advocating exploration of the best in all of us. As one of just 15 women voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with over 15 million albums sold, 5 Grammy awards (from 15 nominations) and the recipient of two CMA and ACM awards, Carpenter’s now-classic hits include “I Feel Lucky,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “The Hard Way.” Produced by Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon) and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, in southwestern England, The Dirt And The Stars marks Carpenter’s first collection of all-new material since 2016’s The Things That We Are Made Of.

New Music June 14, 2020

New Releases include:


Norah Jones: Pick Me Up Off The Floor
Norah Jones’ seventh solo studio album Pick Me Up Off The Floor features collaborators from Brian Blade to Jeff Tweedy, and grew out of her acclaimed singles series of the past two years as the songs she hadn’t yet released unexpectedly congealed into an album of tremendous depth and beauty connected by the sly groove of her piano trios, lyrics that confront loss and portend hope, and a mood that leans into darkness before ultimately finding the light.



Built to Spill plays the songs of Daniel Johnston
In 2017 Built to Spill was invited to play a few shows as Daniel Johnston’s back-up band This is what those rehearsals sounded like. 11 tracks of Johnston’s fractured pop presented through the eyes of Built to Spill.



Joe Louis Walker : Blues Comin’ On
Soulful blues phenom, and Blues Hall Of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on this superb studio album. Features guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb’ Mo’, Eric Gales, and Albert Lee plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and many others. This album explodes with the passionate playing and souful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados including The Rolling Stones! Joe does a great cover of “7 and 7 Is” by Arthur Lee and Love…



Chicano Batman: Invisible People
The LA-based quartet made up of Eduardo Arenas, Carlos Arevalo, Bardo Martinez and Gabriel Villa, follow-up the critically acclaimed breakthrough Freedom Is Free with their most sonically varied and cohesive album to date. Mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett (Beck, Alabama Shakes) the 12-song set accentuates the group’s high-spirited synthesis of Tropicalia, west coast psychedelia and late-’60s/early-’70s soul.



Lady Gaga: Chromatica
Chromatica is the highly anticipated 6th studio album by Lady Gaga. Featuring the single “Stupid Love”.



Indigo Girls: Look Long
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Together they write, arrange, record and perform music which and have become a vital part of the lives of their worldwide devoted fanbase. Their first new studio album in five years, Look Long is a testament to their storied 40-year career. Produced by John Reynolds at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio in England. Features 11 brand new tracks, all written by the pair.



King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard : Chunky Shrapnel
a new music documentary film and accompanying live album. The album features 13 live performances hand-picked from the band’s 2019 tour; includes new musical scores written by Stu Mackenzie that add a magical touch of an alien melancholy throughout the record. Chunky Shrapnel is an experience geared towards not only recreating the energy of a concert but also something tailored and unique to the band.



Steve Earle and the Dukes
Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. When asked about what drove him to craft his deeply evocative album, Steve Earle says, ‘I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did,’ he says. ‘One of the dangers that we’re in is if people like me keep thinking that everybody who voted for Trump is a racist or an a*hole, then we’re f*cked, because it’s simply not true. So, this is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.’ In ten deftly drawn, roughly eloquent, powerfully conveyed sonic portraits, Earle and his long-time band the Dukes explore the historical role of coal in rural communities. More than merely a question of jobs and income, mining has provided a sense of unity and meaning, patriotic pride and purpose ‘I said I wanted to speak to people that didn’t necessarily vote the way that I did,’ he says, ‘but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything in common. We need to learn how to communicate with each other. My involvement in this project is my little contribution to that effort. And the way to do that ‘ and to do it impeccably ‘ is simply to honor those guys who died at Upper Big Branch.’



Jimmy Buffett: Life On The Flipside
the first studio album from Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers in seven years! Jimmy performed some of the songs earlier in the year, surprising fans with a special show in Key West, where the album was recorded!


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COMING SOON

Neil Young Homegrown Due June 19



Bob Dylan : Rough and Rowdy Ways Due June 19



Dion Blues with Friends Coming soon

New Vinyl Releases

NEW Vinyl Releases !

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Reunions BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. His last album – 2017’s The Nashville Sound – a #1 album on the Billboard Folk, Independent, Country and Rock albums charts, also received Best Americana Album at the Grammys, Album Of The Year At The Americana Honors & Awards and was nominated at the CMA Awards for Album Of The Year. Since then, he has collaborated on the soundtrack for A Star Is Born, the debut album by the Highwomen, and Sheryl Crow’s latest album Threads. He also released a live album, Live From the Ryman.



Car Seat Headrest: Making a Door Less Open Limited Edition Pink Vinyl. BUY IT



Kanye West : Jesus is King Limited Edition Blue Vinyl. BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. Jesus Is King is the ninth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was originally released on October 25, 2019, through GOOD Music and distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The album follows a Christian theme, with West describing it as “an expression of the gospel.”



Sea Wolf : Through a Dark Wood VINYL BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Everything is alright now. Alex Brown Church – the man behind the dark folk, indie rock band Sea Wolf – wants you to know that from the start. Really. Sea Wolf’s eagerly anticipated fifth LP, Through A Dark Wood proves it in 11 textured, sometimes-acoustic, sometimes-electronic, unabashedly honest tracks.



Dua Lupa : Future Nostalgia BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Global Pop superstar Dua Lipa is back with Future Nostalgia. Dua arrived in style in 2015 with her self-titled, chart topping debut album which eclipsed 4 million sales worldwide with single sales reaching over 40 million. Dua Lipa is also officially the most streamed album by a female artist in Spotify history. Dua made Brit Award history in 2018 by becoming the first female artist to pick up five nominations, with two wings for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist, all while selling out tours around the world. In early 2019, she received two Grammy awards for best new artist and best dance recording.



Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come Vinyl BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. The breakthrough album that – in conjunction with the film of the same title – burst reggae through into the mainstream with it’s release in England in summer 1972 and in the US, on Island’s newly inaugurated reggae specialist imprint Mango, in spring 1973. As film director and co-writer Perry Henzell said of the film, “There is no impact you will ever have greater than the impact of showing a society itself on the screen for the first time.” The heart of the soundtrack comes from performances by the film’s star, reggae singer Jimmy Cliff. Only the title track “The Harder They Come” was recorded by Cliff specifically for the soundtrack, with three earlier songs by Cliff added.


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New Releases This Week

Here are some New Releases and links to our store:


LUCINDA WILLIAMS


 


NRPS


SEX EDUCATION


 

AWOLNATION


 


DANZIG

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New April Releases

New CDs and LPs keep getting released, and we still order them, so please- remember us for your prerecorded music needs.

Like most “non-essential” businesses, we are currently in stay-at-home mode. Our store on Mendocino Avenue is closed for walk-in business until further notice, but you can still get records, CDs, gift certificates, and LRS branded merchandise from us by emailing lastrecordstore@sonic.net or calling (707) 525-1963 and leave a message. We ship USPS safe and FAST.

If you order something from us, please know that we follow safety protocols when handling your music, which include: hand-washing, mask wearing, surface wiping with disinfectant. We take this pandemic seriously.

Here are a few things that have been released in April:

Eliza Gilkyson: 2020
Produced by Eliza’s son, Cisco Ryder, 2020 features songs designed to be audience sing-a-longs in the Pete Seeger tradition of motivational political anthems from the call for unity of “Peace in Our Hearts,” to condemnations of President Trump’s policies with “Sooner or Later” and “My Heart Aches.” Gilkyson also recorded two folk favorites: Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Gilkyson’s new song, “Beach Haven,” was drawn from a letter written by Woody Guthrie in 1952 directed to Beach Haven Apartment’s landlord Fred Trump (POTUS’ father) regarding his racist, segregationist renter policies. The song is Guthrie’s invitation to Trump to “open your doors” and “rip out the strangling red tape” that keeps the apartment from embracing all races.


The Strokes:The New Abnormal
is the sixth studio album by The Strokes. Produced by Rick Rubin, it is their first album in seven years, following Comedown Machine (2013), and their first release since the Future Present Past EP (2016). The album artwork features the 1981 painting Bird on Money by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The New Abnormal is packed full of the razor-sharp hooks, vintage vibes and NYC cool that made the Strokes an early-2000s phenomenon.


Joe Satriani: Shapeshifting
the 18th studio album from the acclaimed guitarist. The single ‘Nineteen Eighty’ is a song that harks back to the period of his first band, the Squares, and to the sounds of that time. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen,” Satriani says. “In my mind, he just crystalized that era. The late ’70s and early ’80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that’s what I would have been doing.”


Thundercat: It Is What It Is
produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. It Is What It Is follows his game-changing third album Drunk (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. ‘This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,’ Bruner says. ‘It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand’ some things just aren’t meant to be understood.’


Shelby Lynne
It’s been 20 years since I Am Shelby Lynne, the album which earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nod. This time, Shelby Lynne, her debut Thirty Tigers release, removes the “I Am” and gets direct to the heart of the singer-songwriter-instrumentalist who gives it her name. This is an album of mostly solo, spare but emotionally rich, original torch songs done the only way this idiosyncratic artist knows how – at once tortured and vulnerable, with intimate feelings laid bare, but ultimately offering hope that there’s a light in the darkness. Recalling her 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute, Just a Little Lovin’, recorded with the late Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone at the same Capitol Studios where the new album was mixed, the soulful Shelby Lynne is her most personal, autobiographical statement yet on the dual, push-pull nature of love: at once close enough to touch, but also a frustrating tease that can both seduce and abandon.


David Bromberg: Big Road
CD + DVD combo. 2020 release. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter David Bromberg isn’t standing still. He is still pushing boundaries, still an iconoclast, still unapologetically unique, as he continues to explore his life’s journey via a path that might be considered ‘asymmetrical’. His musical expression is still inimitable and his scope of knowledge is encyclopedic. On Big Road, Bromberg and his band were determined to give fans ‘something of value’ – in other words, a tangible, content-rich package of music, film, text and photos. The result is a substantive music/video release, featuring 12 new tracks, five hi-def performance videos and a mini-documentary detailing the album’s creation.


Verminous is The Black Dahlia Murder’s
most dynamic, rousing and emotional release to date, and it achieves this without compromising one iota of heaviness. “I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017′s Nightbringers and it’s gone much further now in Verminous,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad. “It’s a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on it’s own as some of the best music this band has ever created.”


Steep Canyon Rangers: Be Still Moses
These Grammy winners and perennial chart toppers from North Carolina have been Steve Martin’s longtime musical companions. Now, the Rangers can add the Asheville Symphony to their list of collaborators; together, they breathe new life into the band’s favorites “Easy to Love,” “Radio,” “Be Still Moses” (featuring Boyz II Men), “Call the Captain,” “Let Me Out of This Town,” “Blow Me Away” and more. Listen to these inspired new orchestral arrangements on CD or first-edition transparent blue vinyl! Yep Roc.


Rock Bottom Rhapsody – Pokey LaFarge
– ‘The man singing these songs isn’t exactly the same man who wrote them,’ says Pokey LaFarge of Rock Bottom Rhapsody. In early 2018, LaFarge relocated from his longtime home base of St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. New songs came quickly to LaFarge in his new environment, but new temptations soon found him, as well. LaFarge admits that he experienced a significant ‘fall from grace’ during the last months of 2018. Shortly before the recording of Rock Bottom Rhapsody began, LaFarge experienced a spiritual awakening ‘ and the faith he re-embraced in his hour of darkness helped to buoy him through the making of the album. Despite the trying period that preceded it’s recording, Rock Bottom Rhapsody is ultimately far more uplifting and life-affirming than it’s title would suggest. ‘Did it add something to the record? It certainly did. I mean, I don’t know if it made it better; it just is what it is. It’s not up to me to decide if people are going to feel that’


John Anderson: Years
John Anderson is celebrating his four-decade career the album Years. Dan Auerbach co-produced this album by the country-music legend and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer. The Blake Shelton collaboration “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” joins “I’m Still Hangin’ On,” “Celebrate,” “Years,” “What’s a Man Got to Do,” “Wild and Free” and more. Both Anderson and Auerbach were deeply inspired by these sessions full of songs about the prospect of death and the celebration of life.


The Monkees: The Mike & Micky Show
Produced by The Monkees’ archivist Andrew Sandoval and mixed by Christian Nesmith, The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live was recorded live in March 2019. The collection includes performances of all three of the band’s #1 hits: “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer.” In addition to those hits, the live album also spotlights many of Nesmith’s finest compositions, including several songs that were never performed live during the Monkees’ heyday, like “St. Matthew” and “Auntie’s Municipal Court.” Other Nesmith-penned tunes on the collection include live versions of “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Listen To The Band,” “Papa Gene’s Blues,” “You Just May Be The One” and “You Told Me.” Dolenz takes the spotlight singing hits like “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Randy Scouse Git,” “Mary, Mary,” “Goin’ Down,” “For Pete’s Sake,” and “Porpoise Song.” The collection also features live versions of “Me & Magdelena” and “Birth Of An Accidental Hipster” from The Monkees’ most-recent studio album, Good Times (2016).


M. Ward: Migration Stories
“It was in winter 18/19 – I flew to Montreal to meet with Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry, Craig Silvey and Teddy Impakt at Le Studio Du Arcade Fire. It was a fine time with a dream team in a city I love. Winter in beautiful Quebec. Les semaines les plus froides de ma vie.
I had a bunch of demos that were inspired by migration stories I had heard from friends or read in newspapers while on tour in Europe and North America. I remember being struck by the similarities of the stories I heard from both continents and how really only the names of the powerful and the powerless had changed – thinking, “Is this the future? Is this our future?” Some time went by, the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism. I think music subconsciously – whether writing or listening – is a filter for me – helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from – some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies – visualizing change to wish something into being – those records inspired this one.” – M. Ward


Testament: Titans of Creation
Returning with their thirteenth studio album Testament’s “Titans of Creation” contains twelve tracks of unstoppable energy from these originators of Bay Area Thrash! Loyal to the roots of the genre they helped define Testament bring alluring brilliant and progressive ingredients to this new release an exciting new album in their consistently heavy and inspiring cannon


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