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Friday’s New Releases, August 28, 2015

NEW RELEASES
for the week of August 28, 2015:


Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There

Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There

Rare is the band that can cover themselves. Rarer is the band that would even think of it and rarer still is a band that would return to the conception and re-imagine its first breakthrough record. Stuff Like That There, a fourteen song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Yo La Tengo’s landmark 1990 album, Fakebook.


 

The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

is the second studio album by The Weeknd. The album features guest appearances from Labrinth, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey. Three singles have been released from the album: “Often”, “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. “Earned It”, a single from Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, is also included on the album. Abel Tesfaye – known by his stage name The Weeknd – is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name The Weeknd. He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land.


 

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Freedom Atlanta Pop Festival

Jimi Hendrix Experience:
Freedom Atlanta Pop Festival

Two CD set. About 100 miles south of Atlanta, next to a field just outside the town of Byron, there stands a plaque erected by the Georgia Historical Society marking the location of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, where from July 3-5, 1970, “Over thirty musical acts performed, including Rock Icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of his career.” Despite the overwhelming attendance (estimated to be 300, 000-400, 000), the festival and Hendrix’s performance in particular, has not received it’s due in terms of historic importance and impact until now. This is the soundtrack to that performance, which also serves as a companion to the Electric Church DVD release.


 

Beach House: Depression Cherry

Beach House: Depression Cherry

Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. Depression Cherry is their fifth full-length record. This record follows the release of their self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010 and Bloom in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15.


 

Foals: What Went Down

Foals: What Went Down

All of the truly transformative and era-defining albums have grappled with questions that are a world away from the bland bleatings of homogenized pop. Permanence and impermanence, life and death, solitude, vulnerability, intimacy, passion, rage, humanity; weighty issues that make demands of the people creating that music, and of all those who listen to it, too. What Went Down confronts these issues head-on.


 

Motorhead: Bad Magic

Motorhead: Bad Magic

Bristling with thunderous attitude, and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that’ll assault your ears this year, Bad Magic demands that you fall to your knees and pray heartily that your senses don’t get completely pulverized, because big-rig head crushers like the totemic and Motoranthemic ”Thunder And Lightning” show that Motorhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever.


 

Atlas Genius: Inanimate Objects

Atlas Genius: Inanimate Objects

Produced by Atlas Genius and Frederik Thaae, Inanimate Objects is the follow-up to the band’s 2013 full-length debut, When It Was Now, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a “spritely, melodic debut album”. After being discovered by the blog Neon Gold, the band was signed to Warner Bros. Records and began 18 months of non-stop touring, including two national headline tours, opening for Imagine Dragons and Silversun Pickups and playing festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sasquatch, Firefly and many others. They also performed on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show With Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live!


 

The Essential Van Morrison

The Essential Van Morrison

The Essential Van Morrison
Two CD collection from the legendary Irish singer, songwriter and rock icon. Includes solo material like “Brown Eyed Girl’ plus his first real commercial break-through: ‘Gloria’ by Them, the band he fronted just prior to his successful solo career.


 

Destroyer: Poison Season

Destroyer: Poison Season

On August 28, Destroyer returns with a new full-length, Poison Season. In addition, a two-song 12-inch that includes a remix of album track ‘Forces From Above’ and the orchestral version of ‘Times Square, Poison Season’ will be released as a companion to the record. Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings.


 

Robert Cray: 4 Nights of 40 Years LIVE

Robert Cray: 4 Nights of 40 Years LIVE

Contemporary blues icon Robert Cray will be celebrating his 40 years of performing with an incredible live release, ‘4 Nights of 40 Years Live’ on 28th August 2015. This live album was recorded at Venture, Belly Up, Saban Theatre and his rehearsal studio in Dec 2014. 4 Nights of 40 Years Live contain 90 minutes of concert footage from multiple camera angles creating an incredible perspective. It also contains personal in-depth interviews with Robert Cray, his band members and testimonials from legends as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jimmie Vaughan and Bonnie Raitt.


 

Nile: What Should Not Be Unearthed

Nile: What Should Not Be Unearthed

The reigning kings of technical, historically- themed brutality are back! Mixed by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Queen, Thin Lizzy etc) and produced by the band, ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’ is Nile’s 8th full-length release and another testament in the band’s crushing catalog. Unlike 2012’s ‘At the Gate of Sethu’, which was surgically precise and musically technical, the goal of Nile’s upcoming full-length is utter heaviness and memorable songwriting while maintaining the kind of musicianship the long standing death metal visionaries have been known for. Artwork was handled this time by Michael ‘Xaay’ Loranc (Behemoth Necrophagist etc).


 

Kottonmouth Kings: Krown Power

Kottonmouth Kings: Krown Power

Three years in the making KMK’s Krown Power shows the world why they remain one of the great stories of determination. Krown Power (Feat. ICP, Twiztid, HE’d PE) helps elevate the music to a new level. KMK’s legacy spans 20 years with millions of record sold. KMK has created one of the most radical & dedicated fan bases in history. This is an exciting time for the band now that they have reclaimed their entire catalog and are launching United Family Music, a label with many exciting new artists.


 

Steep Canyon Rangers: Radio

Steep Canyon Rangers: Radio

 

The Grammy Award-winning band unveils their highly anticipated ninth studio album, Radio, a project that further illustrates the band’s dynamic songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and high-energy performance. SCR are also known for collaborations with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer/songwriter Edie Brickell. Radio was produced by 14x Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss) and recorded at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studio.


 

Mike Krol: Turkey

Mike Krol: Turkey

In bowling’s hallowed alleys, a strike is the minor miracle of all ten pins falling at once. Back-to-back strikes make a double. Do it a third time and you’ve got yourself a turkey. History will decide which sports metaphor to apply to Mike Krol’s first two records, I Hate Jazz (2011) and Trust Fund (2013). But as needle meets groove on Turkey-Krol’s first record for Merge-there is no ambiguity. A shiny black ball tumbles past the suburban strip malls of a polyester Wisconsin and veers precariously close to an East Coast gutter before gathering momentum in a physics-defying sprint for the Pacific. California is where the headpin falls-the right velocity, the perfect geometry, the bowler’s intent beautifully realized in a noisy moment of awesome destruction. Mike Krol got his bike stolen and his heart broken. He bailed on graphic-design-as-career. He kept playing drums and guitars, and he kept writing songs about the stuff he hated and the stuff he loved. Leaving Milwaukee for Los Angeles, he took a few years’ worth of wrong turns. But when he showed up at a studio in Sacramento in March 2014, he had his affairs in order. Plug the vocal microphone into a guitar amp. Plug the guitar into an overheating box of vacuum tubes. Put the computer in the closet. Roll the tape.


 

Faces: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-1975)

Faces: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-1975)

2015 five CD set. You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-1975) includes: The First Step (1970), Long Player (1971), A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse (1971), and Ooh La La (1973), and features unreleased bonus tracks included with each album. Despite their hard-partying reputation, the band was a formidable powerhouse and could play it all-blues, soul, funk, country and boogie. These albums showcase that incredible range from bar stool anthems like “Had Me A Real Good Time,” “Miss Judy’s Farm,” and “Stay With Me,” to tender ballads that will leave you crying in your beer like “Ooh La La,” “Love Lives Here” and “Glad And Sorry.” The Faces came together in 1969 when former Small Faces Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Lane hooked up with ex-Jeff Beck Group vocalist Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood. The group’s impact on music has only deepened since it’s break up in 1975. In recognition of the Faces’ influence, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the group in 2012.


 

Dangerdoom: The Mouse and the Mask

Dangerdoom: The Mouse and the Mask

10th Anniversary re-issue of The Mouse and the Mask in original custom frosted plastic packaging. Guest features from Talib Kweli, Cee Lo Green, Ghostface Killah.?


 

The End of the Tour Soundtrack

The End of the Tour Soundtrack

Lakeshore Records’ soundtrack album for the indie drama The End of the Tour. The album features the film’s original music composed by Danny Elfman (Spider-Man, Batman, Good Will Hunting, Silver Linings Playbook). Also included are the songs from the film by artists including R.E.M, Felt, Tracey Ullman, Fun Boy Three and Brian Eno. The soundtrack was released on August 28. Set against the film’s wintry Midwestern landscape, Elfman delivers a resonant and highly textural score that seesaws between glacial dissonance and subtle, glimmering optimism. A mix of dense strings, elegant piano, and strange glassy overtones, it manages to convey a feeling of heft while remaining surprisingly light on it’s feet. Strewn between Elfman’s cues are tracks by R.E.M., Brian Eno, Felt, Tindersticks, and others. The End of the Tour is directed by James Ponsoldt and stars Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Joan Cusack and Ron Livingston. The movie tells the true story of Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008, during a book tour at the start of his fame and his rivalry with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, who accompanied Wallace on the tour. The drama premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.


 

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A Face For Radio

Daedalus Howell in conversation with Doug Jayne,
radio host and the co-owner of The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, CA.

Friday’s New Releases, August 21, 2015

NEW RELEASES
for the week of August 21, 2015:

Wilco: Star Wars

Star Wars is Grammy-award winning Wilco’s ninth studio album and it’s first since 2011’s The Whole Love. Wilco is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and has recently released two anniversary-related collections: Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What’s Your 20?. First Single: ‘Random Name Generator’


Jackie Greene: Back To Birth

Jackie Greene: Back To Birth

Greene’s seventh album and his Yep Roc debut – is more than worthy of some serious attention. The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist’s uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for multiple American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and Back To Birth marks another creative landmark in his already-compelling body of work.


Disturbed: Immortalized

Disturbed: Immortalized

After a four year hiatus, Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum hard rock titans Disturbed have announced their return in 2015 with their sixth studio album, entitled Immortalized. The album follows 2010’s gold-certified Asylum, Disturbed’s fourth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and the group’s subsequent four-year hiatus, which gave members David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] the necessary reprieve to make this imminent and deliberate return. The album includes the single ‘The Vengeful One’ as well as ‘The Eye Of The Storm’, ‘What Are You Waiting For’, ‘Save Our Last Goodbye’, ‘Who Taught You How To Hate’ and more.


Bon Jovi: Burning Bridges

Bon Jovi: Burning Bridges

the 13th album by AOR/arena rock band Bon Jovi. Burning Bridges is the first album without founding member Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013. According to Jon Bon Jovi, the album serves as a “fan record” to tie in with an accompanying international tour: “It’s songs that weren’t finished, that were finished, a couple of new ones…” The first single, ‘Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning’, was originally written during The Circle sessions but finally finished for this album. The second single, ‘We Don’t Run’, is a drum and bass driven rock song.. Unlike the previous single, this song was written exclusively for Burning Bridges.


Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

New release from the Denver-based outfit. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats practically explodes with deep, primal and ecstatic soulfulness. You don’t just listen to this record-you experience it. So it’s fitting that the self-titled album will bear the iconic logo of Stax Records, because at certain moments Rateliff seems to be channeling soul greats like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. But as this gifted multi-instrumentalist honors the legacy of the legendary Memphis label, he’s also setting out into audacious new territory. Nathaniel and Co. Have previously released albums as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel. Includes ‘I Need Never Get Old’, ‘Howling At Nothing’ and many more.


Wynton Marsalis: Live In Cuba

Wynton Marsalis: Live In Cuba

Live In Cuba captures nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis and the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s dazzling first – and only – performances in Cuba, where they explored the profound connections between American jazz and Afro-Cuban music, from bebop to bolero and beyond. The historic concert is now another first: it’s the debut, double disc release from Blue Engine Records, a new label dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz. Recorded in front of clamorous, sold-out crowds over three nights at Havana’s Mella Theatre in October 2010, Live in Cuba finds the The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Ellington standards, Afro-Cuban numbers, and distinctly modern compositions from the band members. Live in Cuba is a document of two nations’ indelible cultural connections, of a journey into uncharted musical territory, and of some of the world’s most virtuosic musicians sharing a stage.


Rob Thomas: Great Unknown

Rob Thomas: Great Unknown

the highly-anticipated album from the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Matchbox Twenty frontman. Produced by a remarkable roster of studio all-stars including longtime collaborator Matt Serletic, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Taylor Swift, Beyonce), Ricky Reed (Jessie, J, Jason Derulo, Twenty One Pilots), and Shep Goodman & Aaron Accetta (American Authors), Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era – a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists.


The Sword: High Country

The Sword: High Country

the fifth album by American heavy metal band The Sword. The album was recorded at Church House Studios in Austin, Texas with producer Adrian Quesada. Over the course of four weeks, they hammered out the album’s 15 tracks in the old converted church. High Country became new territory for The Sword, and they began doing things differently. That approach included more attention to backing vocals and harmonies, implementing more synthesizers and percussion elements, and tuning to E-flat instead of all the way down to C. As a result, the guitars stand out as more vital and vibrant than ever. The Sword’s impact continues to expand. 2012’s Apocryphon debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest entry on the chart. Since first emerging with 2006’s Age of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer’s Body and Jonas Åkerlund’s Horsemen. However, High Country is the band’s biggest, boldest, and brightest frontier.


Ghost B.C. : Meliora

Ghost B.C. : Meliora

New release from the Swedish metal band. A band rife with contradictions, Ghost B.C. preach extreme Satanic viewpoints over surprisingly lightweight Heavy Metal, and it’s members maintain a strict vow of anonymity, both on record and on-stage, where they obscure themselves under monks’ cowls, except for their lead singer, whose skull-faced makeup, cardinal robes, miter and thurible reflect an anti-Pope, instead. As a result, the band’s rare concerts come across like an occult ritual, and their 2010 debut album, Opus Eponymous, totally defied expectations with it’s surprisingly accessible melodic rock sound, reminiscent of ’60’s Psychedelia, ’70’s doom, and ’80’s New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Just how long Ghost’s musicians will manage to keep their identities secret as their notoriety grows remains to be seen, but that only touches the surface of the band’s multi-layered enigma. While their identities were still cloaked in mystery, the band released their highly anticipated second record, Infestissumam, in early 2013, followed later that Autumn by the Dave Grohl-produced covers EP If You Have Ghost.


Linda Ronstadt: Just One Look

Linda Ronstadt: Just One Look

two CD collection from one of pop, rock and country’s finest vocalists. This chronological collection begins with Michael Nesmith’s timeless “Different Drum” as performed by The Stone Poneys featuring Linda, then jumps forward to the 1973 solo album Don’t Cry Now. From that point on, Just One Look touches on all of Ronstadt’s LPs through 1982’s Get Close. The collection then picks up with 1989’s smash Aaron Neville pairing Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind and concludes with tracks from 1993’s Winter Light. Just One Look includes key hit singles from this period including “You’re No Good, “Tracks of My Tears,” “Heat Wave,” “Blue Bayou,” “It’s So Easy” and “Just One Look.”


Dr. Dre: Compton

Dr. Dre: Compton

Compton (also known as Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre) is the third studio album by American Hip-Hop recording artist, bully, woman abuser and mogul Dr. Dre. “During principal photography of Straight Outta Compton, I felt myself going to the studio and being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” Dre.

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New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
new release hour 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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Needle Droppings with Doug Jayne
Your second chance to listen in on the discussion comes with Needle Droppings, a weekly new-release segment with our very own Doug Jayne and a rotating panel of music junkies, usually including Michelle Marques of KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording, Comedian Juan Carlos- and more!
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I am an American aquarium drinker
I assassin down the avenue
I’m hiding out in the big city blinking
What was I thinking when I let go of you?

Let’s forget about the tongue-tied lightning
Let’s undress just like cross-eyed strangers
This is not a joke, so please stop smiling
What was I thinking when I said it didn’t hurt?

I want to glide through those brown eyes dreaming
Take it from the inside, baby hold on tight
You were so right when you said that I’ve been drinking
What was I thinking when I said good night?

I want to hold you in the Bible-black predawn
You’re quite a quiet domino, bury me now
Take off your Band-Aid because I don’t believe in touchdowns
What was I thinking when I said hello?

I’d always thought that if I held you tightly
You’d always love me like you did back then
Then I fell asleep and the city kept blinking
What was I thinking when I let you back in?

I am trying to break your heart
I am trying to break your heart
But still I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t easy
I am trying to break your heart

Disposable Dixie-cup drinking
I assassin down the avenue
I’m hiding out in the big city blinking
What was I thinking when I let go of you?
~ Wilco

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Friday’s New Releases + RIP Audrey Auld

NEW RELEASES
for the week of August 14, 2015:


Grace Potter: Midnight

Grace Potter: Midnight

2015 release from the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Midnight is Potter’s first solo album and her first release since she and her band The Nocturnals released The Lion The Beast And The Beat in 2012. Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood with producer Eric Valentine, whose own diverse discography-from Queens of the Stone Age to Nickel Creek-evidences a similarly adventurous spirit and openness to possibility. If Valentine’s studio work has a distinguishing characteristic, it’s his hard-hitting sonic signature, which is on display throughout Midnight’s dozen tracks. The core studio band consisted of Potter and Valentine on most of the instruments, with Burr on drums and percussion. In addition, members of Potter’s longtime band The Nocturnals: guitarists Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco and bassist Michael Libramento contributed to the sessions, as well as former tour-mates and friends including singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, Audra Mae, Noelle Skaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age.


 

Vintage Trouble: One Hopeful Road

Vintage Trouble: One Hopeful Road

Over the past few years, Vintage Trouble have wowed audiences across the globe by opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring with legends like The Who and AC/DC, and playing sold-out headline shows worldwide. Now, on their first album for Blue Note Records, the Los Angeles-based foursome – singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson – channel the vitality and passion of their live show into a fresh and urgent take on guitar-powered rhythm & blues. Produced by Blue Note president and three-time Grammy Award-winner Don Was, 1 Hopeful Rd. Finds Vintage Trouble building off the groove-fueled sound that Yahoo! #once painted as ‘James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin’ and blending blues, soul, and riff-heavy rock & roll with joyfully gritty abandon. As heard on lead single ‘Run Like the River,’ 1 Hopeful Rd. #matches Vintage Trouble’s emotional intensity with a raw yet sophisticated musicianship that’s prompted the New York Times to name the band modern-day answer to Otis Redding and BBC Radio 6 to anoint them ‘the heirs of rhythm and blues.’


 

The Waifs: Beautiful You

The Waifs: Beautiful You

release from the Australian folk rock outfit. Singer/songwriters Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn, and Josh Cunningham (along with bassist, Ben Franz and drummer, David Ross Macdonald) make up he Waifs. Their 2002 radio smash “London Still” was followed by a tour with Bob Dylan and ARIA Awards including Best Independent, and Best Blues And Roots Release. Each album they have recorded-from 1996’s self-titled debut to 2011’s acclaimed Temptation- has found The Waifs maturing as writers and performers. Beautiful You is their first new album in four years and features their trademark sound: a bit of Blues and Roots, a bit of Country, a bit of Jazz, anything really.


 

Jon Cleary: GoGo Juice

Jon Cleary: GoGo Juice

GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans’ premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each one of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary’s musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.


 

Soulfly: Exchange

Soulfly: Exchange

Deluxe Edition includes bonus DVD. Formed in 1997, Soulfly has become a mainstay in contemporary heavy metal. Led by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, Soulfly has released 9 full-length albums with combined sales of over 1million records. Mixing many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal, world music and punk, Soulfly are known for crafting something completely unique in the modern heavy music landscape. Archangel, the band’s 10th full-length release, was recorded in the Spring of 2015 with Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Deftones). Armed with Max Cavalera’s four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of Soulfly has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in metal. In the studio is lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in Soulfly almost as long as Max was in Sepultura), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max’s 21 year-old son, Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in Lody Kong and Soulfly. Special appearances on Archangel by Todd Jones (Nails), Matt Young (King Parrot) and more!


 

NEW RELEASES
for the week of August 7, 2015:


Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods

Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods

 

Considered “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” (NPR), Iris DeMent has returned with an album unlike any other in her illustrious career. Featuring original music and melodies by Iris, The Trackless Woods (August 7) sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends and fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity.”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record The Trackless Woods in her living room over a five-day period.The result is a breathtaking pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ sui generis style with timeless melodies that are deeply rooted in the American South. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, and she says “I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”


 

Gregg Allman LIVE: Back to Macon

Gregg Allman LIVE: Back to Macon

Two CD edition. Gregg Allman is one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and awarded icons in rock and roll history. Although the Allman Brothers wrapped their 45-year career, Gregg shows no signs of slowing down. This marks his first-ever official solo BR release. This set includes 18 favorites such as “Whipping Post,” “Melissa,” and “Midnight Rider” plus exclusive interview footage.


 

Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss

Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife, an inverted thunderstorm, the dark backward, the abyss of time.”


 

Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction

Compromise is not a concept Cattle Decapitation is willing to entertain. Ever. Over the course of nineteen years and six full-lengths the San Diego quartet have more than proven this. Defining themselves as one of the most vital, brutal, and relentless forces in extreme music, with The Anthropocene Extinction they have delivered a volatile, apocalyptic beast that is as hideous as it is compelling. ‘I feel that something rare happens with our band in that we get better and better with each release rather than going in the opposite direction’ states vocalist Travis Ryan. ‘As we get older we feel we have less to lose, which is freeing, and we really want to go as far out on a limb as we can without losing the extremity that has always driven us.’


 

Langhorne Slim and the Law: The Spirit Moves

Langhorne Slim and the Law: The Spirit Moves

Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. THE SPIRIT MOVES marks his second with rock-solid band The Law, and the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Way We Move which sold 30,000 units.


 

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio

A live album event and posthumous tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, who passed away in 2014. It is a legacy recording of Haden in concert with the equally iconic pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Blue Note in Tokyo in March of 2005. The two great musicians had been playing together for 20 years at the time of the recording, which features the Rubalcaba/Haden collaboration, “Nocturne.” Also included are liner notes written by Mr. Rubalcaba, Cameron-Haden, Charlie’s widow, and Ned Sublette.


 

Mac DeMarco: Another One

Mac DeMarco: Another One

Written and recorded during the downtime between a relentless touring schedule, ANOTHER ONE is an eight-track release that expands the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog, showing the maturity of Mac’s progression as songwriter: it’s a bit more refined, a bit more sophisticated, but nonetheless retains the guts and soul of classic Mac.


 

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee's Feathers

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee’s Feathers

from the Grammy-winning jazz singer. Dee Dee’s Feathers is her debut album for OKeh Records and is the first collaboration from Bridgewater and the Grammy- winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), founded by artistic director and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. Dee Dee’s Feathers is a modern vision of New Orleans and features traditional songs such as ”Big Chief,” ”St. James Infirmary” and ”What a Wonderful World” along with new compositions ”Congo Square” and ”C’est ici que je t’aime.” The album transports the listener through the historic New Orleans neighborhood of Treme. Over the course of a multi-faceted career spanning four decades, Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, Dee Dee won the 2010 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She was a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, and throughout the ’70s, she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.

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We lost a good one last week, friends. The passing of our treaured pal Audrey Auld has been like a swift kick in the gut. Only 51 years old…Paul Libertore is a professional writer and put it much better than I could: www.marinij.com/obituaries/20150810/…
Save a spot for me Audrey!
Audrey Auld

If I could bring you anything
I’d bring a banquet for a king
Cheese and wine and fruit and pies
A taste of everything
I’d have baked you a cake
But the hacksaw didn’t fit the pan
I’d bring more than I could hold
In these two hands

If I could bring you anything
I’d bring a meadow full of flowers
Hummingbirds and dragonflies
No fences for miles
You’d lay on the grass
Feel the sun kiss your face
I’d bring the open sky
Erase time and place

If I could bring you anything
It would be peace of mind
An ocean of serenity
Freedom inside
I’d bring love to the lonely
Afraid to ever love again
And beer for the innocent
To drown their sorrows in

If I could bring you anything
It would be Jesus Christ,
Buddha, Mohammed,
Whatever gets you through the life
Good whiskey for those
Who don’t believe any more
And pot for those who need
To think on it some more

But all I could bring
Was my guitar and these songs
Bread and roses for the wayward
Been hungry so long
I’ll take with me the memory
Of the day my life was changed
And the hope that when you leave this place
You never come back again
~Bread and Roses Audrey Auld

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NEW RELEASES for the week of July 31, 2015:

Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

the follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. Born To Play Guitar was produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. The recent recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include seven Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


 

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy

the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus and the band’s debut for Merge Records. The central narrative of TMLT concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. TMLT is both the crown jewel of the band’s discography and the legend that contextualizes their entire body of work.


 

Joss Stone: Water For Your Soul

Joss Stone: Water For Your Soul

is a culmination in Joss Stone’s travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul had been written and demoed before Joss’s Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a 10 day frenzy, with strings being recorded in London, percussion in Hawaii and Joss pulling it together at her own Home Grown Studios in Devon.


 

Natalie Imbruglia: Male

Natalie Imbruglia: Male

album from the three-time Grammy nominee, songwriter, actor and model. Imbruglia, best known for her 1997 hit song “Torn” and the accompanying video, finds inspiration for her new album from her favorite male songwriters. As the title suggests, Male – her first album since 2009 – is a collection of classic and contemporary songs all performed by men including Cat Stevens (“The Wind”), Tom Petty (“The Waiting”), Neil Young (“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”), Damien Rice (“Cannonball”), Peter Townshend (“Let My Love Open the Door”) and The Cure (“Friday I’m in Love”). The first single from Male is “Instant Crush,” which was originally recorded by the electro-pop Grammy winners Daft Punk.


 

Albert Hammond Jr: Momentary Masters

Albert Hammond Jr: Momentary Masters

the third solo album from The Strokes’ guitarist. “I feel like the best songs I’ve written, as soon as I was done, I was like, “Oh my God, I did it!’ But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes,” he explains. “It’s the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that’s what being creative is: It’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.” Thus Hammond Jr. Has called his third solo album Momentary Masters. Many years have passed since the release of his two solo records, 2006’s Yours to Keep and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama?, and truthfully, the person who created those songs is in a very different place now. Back then Hammond Jr. #was swept up in a whirlwind, one-fifth of The Strokes, indulging in an intoxicating cocktail of excess and all-consuming romances. When he finally sobered up, getting back into writing music was a daunting challenge.


 

Llanne La Havas: Blood

Llanne La Havas: Blood

When touring for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? came to a close, Lianne La Havas headed to Jamaica with her mother for a long-awaited holiday that evolved into an experience of self-discovery. She enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Exploring her roots inspired La Havas’s writing. Lyrically, she says, the songs she wrote are almost all related to “the feeling of who you are and where you come from.” And musically, La Havas took inspiration from Jamaica’s love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. McGregor ultimately joined in the making of Blood along with a rich collection of others, including Adele/FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and Matt Hales of Aqualung.


 

Rock Candy Funk Party: Groove is King

Rock Candy Funk Party: Groove is King

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2015 release, the second studio album by this supergroup featuring Joe Bonamassa, Tal Bergman, Renato Neto, Mike Merritt, Ron DeJesus, and Daniel Sadownick. The bonus DVD includes nearly an hour of footage.


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Led Zeppelin 3 reissues from the weak-sauce years; remastered with bonus tracks

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New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
new release hour 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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TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
Needle Droppings with Doug Jayne
Your second chance to listen in on the discussion comes with Needle Droppings, a weekly new-release segment with our very own Doug Jayne and a rotating panel of music junkies, usually including Michelle Marques of KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording, Comedian Juan Carlos- and more!
Needle Droppings airs Fridays as part of The Drive With Steve Jaxon at 4:20pm on KSRO, at 1350-AM, 103.5-FM, and online at ksro.com. Tune in!

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I ran all the home
Just to say I’m sorry
What can I say
I ran all the way
Yay, yay, yay

I ran all the home
Just to say I’m sorry
Please let me stay
I ran all the way
Yay, yay, yay

And now I’m sorry, sorry, sorry
I didn’t mean to make you cry
Let’s make amends
After all, we’re more than friends
Yay, yay, yay

I ran all the home
Just to say I’m sorry (sorry)
What can I say
I ran all the way
~Harry Giosasi and Artie Zwirn

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NEW STUFF

NEW RELEASES
for the week of July 24, 2015:

  Amy Helm: Didn’t It Rain  
Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her debut solo album Didn’t It Rain. The spell-binding dozen-song set is rooted in first-person experience, love and loss on such emotionally resonant originals as the smoldering first single ‘Rescue Me,’ the hushed, lilting ‘Deep Water,’ the meditative ‘Roll Away’ and the stark, haunting ‘Wild Girl.’
Watkins Family Hour
 – an acclaimed musical collective featuring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins along with Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg – will release their debut, self-titled album on July 24. Additionally, in celebration of the release, the collective will take their ‘variety show of epic proportions’ (Los Angeles Times) to cities across the U.S. this summer kicking off with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Watkins Family Hour, recorded live over three days in the studio of their friend and producer-engineer Sheldon Gomberg, captures the freewheeling spirit of the collective’s live shows. An all-covers affair, the album additionally includes Sara leading vocals on the Grateful Dead’s ‘Brokedown Palace,’ Sean essaying Roger Miller’s wistful ‘Not In Nottingham,’ from Disney’s 1973 animated Robin Hood, and Apple singing ‘Where I Ought To Be,’ originally performed by Skeeter Davis.
Warren Haynes: Ashes & Dust    
solo album from Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band) that features acclaimed string band Railroad Earth. Guest artists on the album include Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin, former Allman Brothers Band co-conspirators Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones, and Mickey Raphael. The first single “Spots of Time” was co-written with long time Grateful dead bass player Phil Lesh.
The Bootleg Honeys: Tribute to Kate Wolf
On February 21st, 2015, The Bootleg Honeys spent a sold out evening sharing their music with 60 of their closest supporters.  Along with a set of our original tunes, they also played a set of some of their favorite Kate Wolf songs.  Engineer and drummer Mark Tarlton recorded the show on a four track Zoom recorder to serve as a memento of the night, but when they heard what he had captured, they knew they couldn’t keep it to themselves. There was some magic in the air that night at the Gypsy Cafe…
Joe Satriani: Shockwave Supernova     
Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realization as the springboard and creative center for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launches his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova. Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaire Bryan Beller.
Roger Waters: Amused To Death Limited CD + Blu-Ray edition
includes a bonus BR disc containing a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio. Digitally remastered edition of this 1992 album features remaster completed by longtime Roger Waters/Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer, James Guthrie. The art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters’ 2010-2013 The Wall Live tour and movie. An unblinking look at an entertainment-obsessed society, Amused to Death addresses issues that have only grown in complexity and urgency over the past two decades. With Amused to Death, Roger Waters sounded the alarm about a society increasingly and unthinkingly in thrall to it’s television screens. Twenty-three years later, Amused to Death speaks to our present moment in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago. In 2015, television is just one option in an endless array of distractions available to us anytime, anywhere, courtesy of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. With eyes glued to our screens, the dilemmas and injustices of the real world can easily recede from view.
Ashley Monroe: The Blade     
At age 11, Ashley won a talent contest in Pigeon Forge, TN  where she sang “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”, and found steady work at a theater there. Her parents played songs by the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. After her father died from cancer when she was 13, Monroe and her mother moved to Nashville so she could pursue her career in music. After a year in Nashville, she gained a publishing deal as a songwriter, which then led to her signing to a record contract with Sony Records  and she recorded her debut album in 2006. Longtime friends, Monroe, Miranda Lambert and newcomer Angaleena Presley formed an all-girl trio Pistol Annies, and released their album Hell on Heels, in April 2011.

In late-2008, Monroe collaborated with The Raconteurs and Ricky Skaggs on The Raconteurs single, “Old Enough”, which was released in bluegrass form, and as a music video.
Monroe contributes backing vocals as a member of Jack White‘s Third Man House Band, which performed with Wanda Jackson on her newest album, The Party Ain’t Over, which was released on January 25, 2011.
The Blade is Ashley’s 2nd solo album.
Kacey Chambers: Bittersweet          
the 10th studio album from singer, songwriter and storyteller Kasey Chambers. Bittersweet is her first solo record in four years. Produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers) at Australia’s Studios 301, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey from the ‘expected’. Signifying a new phase in her exciting and expansive career, Bittersweet sees Kasey enter the studio without producer/manager/ brother and good luck charm Nash Chambers for the first time.
Muddy Waters 100      
this official and authorized centennial tribute to Muddy Waters is a once-in-a-lifetime CD event that celebrates, commemorates and contributes to the importance of this American icon and his musical legacy. This album features Muddy Waters band alumni and many of today’s preeminent American blues and roots artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Keb’ Mo’, John Primer, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, and others. 15 tracks, all new recordings. Each song has been selected to represent a different period of Muddy’s career.
Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans    
The Loud & Proud Records team and Lynyrd Skynyrd have enjoyed success together for over 15 years and we are proud to continue the tradition with the release of the 2 CD/DVD Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans, a celebration of the band’s incredible musical legacy. As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theater from demolition in 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark theater. Their title Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans, was inspired by that legendary album’s title. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Their last album, Last of a Dying’ Breed, debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977.
Albert Cummings: Someone Like You     
For his newest recording, ‘Someone Like You,’ Albert chose to record in Southern California with Grammy-winning producer David Z. (Buddy Guy, Prince, Jonny Lang, Gov’t Mule) at the helm. Said Z, ‘Albert Cummings writes, plays, and sings the blues like nobody else. What a blast to watch him jell in the studio with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles.’ One of those musicians was Blind Pig labelmate and leader of The Basic Cable Band on the Conan TV show, Jimmy Vivino, who performs on three cuts. Cummings said, ‘I’m tremendously excited about this CD and the team of people that will be working this record. It was such a pleasure to also work with David Z and Jimmy Vivino and so exciting to share their excitement about the potential this record has.’
Death Angel: A Thrashumentary.   
Not every band who does an autograph signing at The Last Record Store can rise up to be musical legends, but every once in a while a group is able to exceed all expectations and define the boundaries of a genre. Among one of the youngest bands ever to storm the metal world, Death Angel have come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the 80s Bay Area Trash Metal scene. Death Angel weren’t just a band, they were family! Originally formed in 1982 by five cousins, including surviving members, guitarists Rob Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda, ‘A Thrashumentary’ tells the story of the bands incredible musical journey and of a dream that called for blood!
Lea DeLaria: House of David            
album by the actress and vocalist best known as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. The first major jazz reworking on Bowie’s beloved catalog, the album features tracks such as a smooth bossa nova interpretation of “Golden Years,” a trenchant “Life On Mars?” and a roof-raising gospel take on “Modern Love.” Delaria boasts a multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician; she holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television.
Ricked Wicky: King Heavy Metal            
the second album from prolific indie artist Robert Pollard’s self-described “supergroup” (tongue practically piercing his cheek with self-deprecating irony). King Heavy Metal is a hitherto undiscovered species of rainforest songbird capable of changing colors in the ultraviolet and infrared spectrums. At once prog-struck, collagist, technically impressive, and melodically complex, King Heavy Metal lives up to and subverts its title over the course of its 12 songs. There’s stuff on here that wouldn’t be out of place on any post-Isolation Drills Guided By Voices album, stuff that wouldn’t be out of place on an alternate-universe mid-70s Who album, and stuff that’s as lo-fi, booze-addled, and sloppy as anything from “classic”-era GBV. Pollard’s determined to establish Ricked Wicky as more than just another solo or side project: it’s a proper, self-contained group, with significant contributions, both instrumental and songwriting, from guitarist Nick Mitchell (long time GBV/Pollard stalwart Kevin March supplies drums). Mitchell sings lead on two songs here, both presumably written by him as well.
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