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NEW Releases for the week of May 12, 2015 / Radio News

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind

The Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends’ first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including “No Memories Hanging Around” as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams’ “I Just Wanted to See You So Bad” and Amy Allison’s “Her Hair Was Red.”


 

Leonard Cohen: Can't Forget

Leonard Cohen: Can’t Forget

Leonard Cohen: Can’t Forget

The ten songs on this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, celebrated Old Ideas World Tour. The songs on Can’t Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen’s legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive. Here is a full range of Leonard Cohen’s work: new songs including the wickedly funny “Got a Little Secret” and “Never Gave Nobody Trouble”; luxurious performances of such Cohen masterpieces as “I Can’t Forget,” “Light As a Breeze,” “Night Comes On,” and a sublime “Joan of Arc”. Cohen also treats us to a gripping version of the Quebecois love song “La Manic,” performed before a captivated audience in Quebec City, and a moving tribute cover of the late country master George Jones’s “Choices.” These are songs and performances of the first order that you can’t forget. Can’t Forget gives listeners an extremely special glimpse into Cohen’s intimate rehearsal process, widely known to be in-depth ‘concerts before the concert!,’ heard by fans for the first time with this new record. Cohen continues to work with vocalists, musicians, producers and engineers who are the best in the business.


 

Surfer Blood: 1000 Palms

Surfer Blood: 1000 Palms

Surfer Blood: 1000 Palms

1000 Palms marks a return to Surfer Blood’s DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third full-length album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood has delivered a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.


 

Snoop Dogg: Bush

Snoop Dogg: Bush

Snoop Dogg: Bush

the 13th and final album by rapper Snoop Dogg. The album features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, and other noted musicians in the R&B genre. The album was produced entirely by Pharrell Williams, who had worked in partnership with the rapper in albums Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss (2002), R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (2004) and Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (2006). The partnership between the two artists has earned several singles of successes for both Snoop Dogg and for Pharrell. Includes the single “Peaches N Cream”.


 

Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning

Two CD set. In the Beginning features recordings of Wes Montgomery spanning from 1949 to 1958, the formative years when the six-string virtuoso was honing his craft in southern Indiana. Since Wes Montgomery’s passing in 1968, only two other albums of predominantly unreleased material have been released. Resonance Records is pleased to introduce the third with In the Beginning. These newly discovered live and studio recordings from 1949-1958, include a complete never-before‐released 1955 Epic Records session produced by Quincy Jones, licensed from Sony Music Entertainment, newly discovered 78 RPM sides with Wes as a sideman recorded for Spire Records (1949), a live recording from the home of Ervena Montgomery, Indianapolis (1956), live recordings from the Turf Club (1956), the Missile Lounge (1958) in Indianapolis, and the C&C Music Lounge in Chicago (1957).


 

Della Mae

Della Mae

Della Mae

2015 sophomore release, the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated 2013 album, This World Oft Can Be. Della Mae’s self-titled second release for Rounder finds the all-female combo delivering 11 compelling new tunes that embody the musical and emotional qualities of the group’s prior output while venturing into uncharted creative territory. Produced by Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Norah Jones, Dawes, Kings of Leon), Della Mae showcases the band’s emotional intensity and musical invention on such originals as ‘Boston Town,’ ‘Rude Awakening’ and ‘For the Sake of My Heart,’ as well as on vivid, insightful readings of the Rolling Stones’ ‘No Expectations’ and the Low Anthem’s ‘To Ohio.’ With an approach that’s steeped in tradition yet firmly rooted in the present, Della Mae draws from a well of influences to create vibrantly original music that conveys their expansive musical vision with timeless lyrical truths and a contemporary sensibility all their own, placing them alongside such young acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.


 

Steve Aoki: Neon Future II

Steve Aoki: Neon Future II

Steve Aoki: Neon Future II

International DJ and producer Steve Aoki has always been at the forefront of future music. As the founder of Dim Mak Records and a Grammy-nomincated electronic musician, his projects have grasped the attention of influencers and music enthusiasts worldwide. Following the success of last year’s Neon Future I, this is the second part of the Neon Future package. It comes packed with amazing featured artists including Snoop Lion, Matthew Koma, Linkin Park and many more!


 

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power of Blood

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power of Blood

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power of Blood

Equal parts activist, educator, songwriter, performer and visual artist, Buffy Sainte-Marie is an untiring champion for indigenous people and the environment through her music, art, education projects and by taking direct political action. One of the most enduring and popular Native American performers, her music has touched millions of people around the world. Her first album in 6 years, Power In The Blood includes odes to the sanctity of life, the splendor of Mother Nature and scathing political and social commentary.


 

JD Souther: Tenderness

JD Souther: Tenderness

JD Souther: Tenderness

After a 25 year performing hiatus, JD Souther returned to recording and live performance in 2008, blending his trademark Americana-influenced style with new flavors of jazz and blues. On Tenderness, he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein who has produced albums for Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Herbie Hancock and Tracy Chapman, to name a few. Tenderness is a late-night masterpiece, haunting and wise and entirely reflective of the persona of this mysteriously brilliant American treasure. An architect of the Southern California sound and a huge influence on modern songwriting, J.D. Souther has written or co-written many of the Eagles hits including “Heartache Tonight,” “Victim of Love,” “New Kid in Town,” “Best of my Love,” Don Henley’s “The Heart of the Matter,” as well as the Eagles’ 2007 hit, “How Long.” Linda Ronstadt has recorded many of his songs, including “Faithless Love,” “Simple Man, Simple Dream,” and “Prisoner in Disguise.”

 

NEW RELEASES for the week of May 5,2015:

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Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind

the long-awaited third studio album by British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. Wilder Mind marks the end of Mumford and Sons’ hiatus, which they took in 2013 after extensively touring behind Babel. The album moves away from the band’s first two albums, adding more electric guitar to the mix and emphasizing the ‘rock’ side of the ‘folk-rock’ genre they’ve been lumped into. “We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us,” Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone. This musical shift explains the reasoning behind Winston Marshall’s switch from banjo to the electric guitar. Includes the single “Believe. “

My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall

the seventh album by the Americana heroes. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the band’s first release on the Capitol imprint and the follow‐up to their Grammy‐nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut. On The Waterfall, there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect. The Waterfall sounds like history and decades colliding, like a record made by fervent music fans in search of that tingle up the spine. Inveterate music geeks will hear echoes of vintage rock and pop as MMJ continues to honor its influences without aping any of them; The Waterfall sounds like nothing else but also warmly familiar.

Best Coast: California Nights

Best Coast: California Nights

Best Coast: California Nights

2015 release from the critically-adored indie pop duo, the long-awaited follow-up to their second album The Lonely Place. Vocalist/guitarist Bethany Cosentino is a Los Angeles native with a brief stay in Brooklyn, and Best Coast’s influences reflects that: Beach Boys vibe with East Coast 60’s girl group influences such as the Ronnettes and Shangri-Las. Best Coast is brought to life with the help of her long-time friend/guitarist/producer Bobb Bruno plus rhythmic assistance from drummer Ali Koehler (Vivian Girls). The pair has received heaps of critical praise from editorial publications including Pitchfork, New York Times, Spin, Paste, Nylon, Rolling Stone and The Guardian.

Shelby Lynne: I Can't Imagine

Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine

Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine

the 13th album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. I Can’t Imagine is Shelby’s for Rounder Records. Perhaps the most beautifully crafted and intensely affecting set of songs since her landmark I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000, I Can’t Imagine is powered by Lynne’s lustrous vocal performance, indelible, illuminative songwriting, and the sympathetic, versatile playing of her top-flight band. Shelby’s career began in 1989 when she released her debut album for the country market. Over the next six years, she reluctantly played the music business game, finally bowing out of the spotlight and reinventing herself. When she emerged again in ’99, she was in control of her destiny and her I Am Shelby Lynne album became one of the most talked about albums of the year.

The Word: Soul Food

The Word: Soul Food

The Word: Soul Food

Fourteen years after releasing their self-titled album, The Word reconvenes for Part II of their adventure, with the release of 2015’s Soul Food. Recorded in both New York and Memphis, Soul Food marks the supergroup’s Vanguard label debut. The 12 track album features guest vocalists Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster on two of the songs.

Mac McCaughan: Non Believer

Mac McCaughan: Non Believer

Mac McCaughan: Non Believer

Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan will release Non-Believers, his first solo album under his own name. McCaughan wanted to use the album to explore his attraction to that early-’80s era of music when punk evolved into something more introspective, focusing on themes of isolation and eventually turning into post-punk and new wave. As he puts it, he was thinking about a time when bands were ‘using keyboards and drum machines to relate through their music a disaffection or alienation’ from society, school, whatever. The record is about a fascination with art that could only be made by someone far from where you are, but who maybe shares the frustrations and awkwardness of youth.

 

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We don’t just sell records at the Last Record Store—we also talk about them, obsessively, all day long.
That discussion moves into radio land: Tuesday mornings at 11am (repeated Wednesdays at 7pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store’s (and Mid-Day KRCB program host) Doug Jayne with longtime Morning DJ Brian Griffith for The New Release Hour. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best!
KRCB is at 90.9 and 91.1-FM, or online at krcb.org. Tune in!

TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!

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 KSRO and KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording 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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NEW RELEASES for the week of April 28,2015


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Blur: Magic Whip

Blur: Magic Whip

Long-awaited 2015 album from the Britpop heavyweights, their first studio album with the original quartet in 16 years. The recordings for the band’s eighth studio album began in Spring 2013 at Avon Studios in Kowloon. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree spent 5 days jamming together and carried on with their live dates while the recordings were put aside and the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives. Dave resumed his day job as a lawyer and Alex returned home to his farm in Oxfordshire from where he writes a regular farming column in The Telegraph and hosts the annual food and music festival The Big Feastival with Jamie Oliver. Graham, who has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums to date, continued to work on his own material and, in 2014, Damon released his Mercury-nominated debut solo album Everyday Robots. Then, in November last year, Graham revisited the tracks and, drafting in Blur’s early producer Stephen Street (Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, The Great Escape, Blur), he worked with the band on the material. Damon then added lyrics and the 12 tracks on The Magic Whip is the result.

Eric Clapton: Forever Man

Eric Clapton: Forever Man

Eric Clapton: Forever Man

three CD collection from the legendary songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and 19-time Grammy Award-winner. Featuring 51 tracks, Forever Man spans three decades of Clapton’s Reprise Records years and features classic studio tracks and a Blues-themed disc. The collection traces much of Clapton’s career featuring the Grammy Award-winning tracks ‘Change The World’, ‘Tears In Heaven’, ‘Bad Love’ and including materials from Eric’s Grammy Award-winning albums From The Cradle and Unplugged. Guest performers include B.B. King and J.J. Cale. Includes liner notes written by noted rock journalist and author Malcolm Dome.

Mew + -

Mew + –

Mew + –

Danish indie-prog-rock/noisemeisters Mew, announce their long awaited new album, their first in six years. ‘+ -‘ (as in ‘plus minus’). The album features the band’s original line up – Jonas Bjerre (vocals), Bo Madsen (guitar), Johan Wohlert (bass), and Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen (drums) and will be available as a 10-track CD, deluxe double CD (with live tracks + 24-page hardback book) and a heavyweight double vinyl gatefold album.

The Weepies : Sirens

The Weepies : Sirens

The Weepies : Sirens

Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify, and 20 million views on YouTube. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, SIRENS shows a band at the height of its powers.

THE NEW RELEASE HOUR ON KRCB: HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
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We don’t just sell records at the Last Record Store—we also talk about them, obsessively, all day long.
That discussion moves into radio land: Tuesday mornings at 11am (repeated Wednesdays at 7pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store’s (and Mid-Day KRCB program host) Doug Jayne with longtime Morning DJ Brian Griffith for The New Release Hour. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best!
KRCB is at 90.9 and 91.1-FM, or online at krcb.org. Tune in!

TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
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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 KSRO and KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording 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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NEW RELEASES for the week of April 21,2015:

Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color

the highly anticipated sophomore studio album. Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band’s Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three Grammy nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the searing single “Don’t Wanna Fight” to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost

New album from San Francisco Americana mainstays Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, featuring Nicki Bluhm and her husband, Tim Bluhm (of the Mother Hips). Loved Wild Lost is the follow-up to Nicki and the band’s self-titled album released in 2013. Includes the first single “Waiting on Love”.

Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

 Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

Untethered Moon is the first BTS album recorded with new band members Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), who join vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch with guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth. Untethered Moon was produced by Martsch and Sam Coomes

Drake: If You're Reading This...

Drake: If You’re Reading This…

 Drake: If You’re Reading This...

the fourth mixtape by Canadian recording artist Drake. It is considered his fourth studio album, even though Drake himself considers the project a mixtape, as it was released commercially through his record label. The mixtape debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 with three-day sales of 495, 000 copies and 40, 000 online streaming credits, and topped his native Canadian Albums Chart, after moving 37, 000 units upon the conclusion of the tracking week.

Bodeans: I Can't Stop

Bodeans: I Can’t Stop

 Bodeans: I Can’t Stop

Beloved rock band the BoDeans are back with I Can’t Stop, a high-energy, American roots album that carries on what Kurt Neumann and a group of blue-collar kids began three decade ago in the Wisconsin heartland. Mastered by Ted Jensen and co-produced by Neumann and Sam Hawksley, I Can’t Stop was recorded during tour breaks in Nashville, Los Angeles and Kurt’s home in Austin. The music spans dark, distorted blues (‘Slave’), soul (‘Love Somebody,’ ‘I Can’t Stop’), and the BoDeans’ signature anthemic pop (‘Oh Mama,’ ‘October’).

TMBG: Glean

TMBG: Glean

 TMBG: Glean

2015 is already a landmark year in two-time Grammy winners They Might Be Giants’ illustrious career. With the return of their Dial-A-Song service, the band is posting a new track each week to unanimous exclamations of joy from fans old and new. With a toll-free at (844) 387-6962 and a sweet new web site at web site at www. dialasong. com, most of the tracks arrive with fully produced animations. A video contest for the lead single ‘Erase’ judged by Black Francis of the Pixies is sure to elicit a spectacular original clip. In celebration, the band is releasing Glean. It includes 17 songs direct from these first weeks of their Dial A Song service. The range of these recordings is truly staggering. From the manic violin-driven ‘Music, Jail, Pt. 1 & 2’ to the bluesy grinding of ‘Underwater Woman,’ Glean compromises some of They Might Be Giants’ most vital work of their 30+ year career.
Cyrus Chesnut: A Million Miles...

Cyrus Chesnut: A Million Miles…

Cyrus Chesnut: A Million Miles…

A certain naturalism and hard-earned grace run through the compositions and playing of Cyrus Chestnut, the Baltimore-bred modern-mainstream player best known for his work as a resourceful solo pianist and dynamic ensemble leader. Those qualities shine through again on A MILLION COLORS IN YOUR MIND, his first recording as a leader on the HighNote label. Gospel-blues shades color several pieces and Chestnut slides easily from lush Art Tatum-like voicings to austere single note statements, from Powell-like flurries of scales to two-handed forays into Jaki Byard territories. With bassist David Williams, whose tenure with the late Cedar Walton makes him the perfect choice for a piano trio, and drummer Victor Lewis, Cryus delivers ten great tunes and puts his own unique spin on all of them. HighNote Records is extremely proud to welcome Cyrus Chestnut to its exclusive roster of artists

THE NEW RELEASE HOUR ON KRCB: HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
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We don’t just sell records at the Last Record Store—we also talk about them, obsessively, all day long.
That discussion moves into radio land: Tuesday mornings at 11am (repeated Wednesdays at 7pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store’s (and Mid-Day KRCB program host) Doug Jayne with longtime Morning DJ Brian Griffith for The New Release Hour. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best!
KRCB is at 90.9 and 91.1-FM, or online at krcb.org. Tune in!

TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
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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 KSRO and KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording 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!

My life, your life
Don’t cross them lines
What you like, what I like
Why can’t we both be right?
Attacking, defending
Until there’s nothing left worth winning
Your pride and my pride
Don’t waste my time
I don’t wanna fight no more
No, No, No !
~Alabama Shakes

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New Releases

for the week of April 14,2015:

unnamed (53)Calexico: Edge of the Sun
Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacan. In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster.

unnamed (54)Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart
Second Hand Heart was self-produced by Yoakam, and reflects where he’s been, but even more so, where he’s going. The album takes the pioneering honky-tonker back to Warner Bros./Reprise, where he began his major-label recording career 30 years ago. Yoakam’s distinctive, supple vocals, accented with his Kentucky croon, sound as strong today as they did on his debut, 1985’s Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. Its release immediately yielded hit singles, and over the course of some 21 albums – totaling more than 25 million in sales worldwide – Yoakam has continued to passionately sing, write, and play music brimming with hard country and rock ‘n’ roll.

unnamed (55)Eels: Royal Albert Hall
Eels have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. The ever-changing project of principal singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, Eels have released ten studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. In May 2014 Eels embarked on an ambitious 53-show world tour. On the night of June 30, Eels returned to London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall for the first time in nine years to play a stunning show that was filmed and recorded. Filmed by twelve cameras in the gorgeously lit Royal Albert Hall, the new film and album find the Eels dapperly dressed in suits and ties, playing songs from Cautionary Tales for the first time along with songs spanning Eels’ illustrious 19-year career.

unnamed (56)Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance
the saxophonist/composer’s first album for Blue Note in 30 years. The album is a live recording of a long-form suite commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

unnamed (90) Hank Williams III: Take As Needed For Pain
Previously unreleased (in this form) tunes by Hank III

for the week of April 7,2015:

unnamed (57)Waxahatchee: My Tripp
Katie Crutchfield’s southern roots are undeniable. The name of her solo musical project Waxahatchee comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. Waxahatchee’s latest record, Ivy Tripp, drifts confidently from its predecessors and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has currently found herself. The lament and grieving for her youth seem to have been replaced with control and sheer self-honesty. ”My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it’s been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs,” says Crutchfield. ”I think a running theme [of Ivy Tripp] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming, or just being cognizant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that.” Recorded and engineered by Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio at Crutchfield’s home on New York’s Long Island – with drums recorded in the gym of a local elementary school – Ivy Tripp presents a more developed and aged version of Waxahatchee. ”The title Ivy Tripp is really just a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents and grandparents. I have thought of it like this: [Waxahatchee’s
last album] Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas.”

unnamed (58)Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth By Day
Coming Forth By Day is a musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday on the 100th anniversary of the singer’s birth. The album was produced by Nick Launay, known as Nick Cave’s producer for the last decade among many other adventurous credits. Wilson recorded the music at Seedy Underbelly studios in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios, accompanied by an A list musical team including producer Launay, guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section The Bad Seeds (drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey). Wilson is a leading American jazz has who has received many awards and accolades, including: two Grammys (1996, Best Jazz Vocal Performance; 2009, Best Jazz Vocal Album);Down Beat’s Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year (1994-1996); the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s Miles Davis Prize (1999); named “America’s Best Singer” in Time magazine (2001); honorary doctorate in the Arts from Millsaps College (2003); added to the Mississippi Blues Trail (2010); and taken home the BET Soul Train Award (2011, Best Traditional Jazz Album).

unnamed (59)The Waterboys: Modern Blues
In True Waterboys’ Style, a Spirit of Exploration Defines the Album Which Was Recorded in Nashville, Produced By Mike Scott and Mixed By the Great Bob Clearmountain. Ralph Salmins, a Mainstay on Drums for the Past Four Years, Appears Alongside the Talismanic Steve Wickham, Who Weaves a Dizzying Fuzz Fiddle Spell on Several Tracks. Fresh to the Ranks Are Memphis Keyboard Player ‘Brother’ Paul Brown and David Hood, Legendary Bassist from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Additional Lead Guitars Are Played By 2013 Us Waterboy Jay Barclay and Austin Soul Guitarist Zach Ernst. Guest Backing Vocalists Include Southern Soul Legend Don Bryant. The Album Cover Is a Green Man Photograph Titled the King of Weeds, By New York Artists Kahn and Selesnick.

unnamed (60)Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure
For the No Pier Pressure sessions, Brian Wilson reunited with longtime collaborator Joe Thomas, with whom he co-produced The Beach Boys’ 2012 album That’s Why God Made The Radio. In addition, Wilson was joined at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios by talented musicians he personally invited to record with him, including his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess, She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Peter Hollens, Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian, and trumpet master Mark Isham. Wilson has also brought in session all-stars Don Was, Jim Keltner, Dean Parks, and Kenny Aronoff. Members of Wilson’s longtime touring band, including Scott Bennett, Paul Mertens, Darian Sahanaja, and Probyn Gregory also participated in the sessions, along with Matt Jardine, son of Al Jardine, and former bandmate Jeffrey Foskett. Always most inspired when creativity is given time and space to freely flow, Wilson initially envisioned the sessions for his new album with The Beach Boys in mind, but that was not to be. Wanting to find the right voices to complete his vision, Wilson saw an opportunity to finally become hip with his kids and recruited some amazing young vocalists who have been inspired by his music to do the job.

unnamed (61)Todd Rundgren: Global
Todd’s latest musical vision is a contemporary fusion of styles – rock, soul and electronica – that continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius, and the finely crafted songs on GLOBAL once again push the creative envelope. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist, TODD RUNDGREN has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Among his myriad hits are ‘Hello It’s Me’, ‘I Saw the Light’, ‘Can We Still be Friends’, ‘We Gotta Get You A Woman’, ‘Open My Eyes’, and ‘Bang the Drum’, (the latter a mainstay on ESPN and in television commercials). Rundgren’s prolific producer’s discography includes such classics as Skylarking by XTC, We’re an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad, War Babies by Hall & Oates, Wave by Patti Smith and Meat Loaf’s auspicious debut Bat Out of Hell, (the fifth best-selling album of all time with some 42 million sales). He is also internationally acknowledged as the Godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia. With the release of his excellent new album GLOBAL, Todd continues to take his music forward into the 21st Century in a confident and impressive manner.

unnamed (62)The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ
Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid. Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater. You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown.’ – John Darnielle, Durham, NC

unnamed (63) Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Soundprints LIVE in Monterey
Live release from saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, the debut recording from their quintet Sound Prints with pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album features two compositions written for the band by their inspiration Wayne Shorter.

for the week of March 31, 2015:

unnamed (64) Death Cab For Cutie: Kintsugi
Kintsugi is the band’s first time recording with a producer other than their own Chris Walla. For Kintsugi, they worked with Rich Costey (whose production credits include albums by Franz Ferdinand, Muse and Interpol), recording at his Los Angeles studio Eldorado over the course of 12 weeks in the first half of 2014. Kintsugi is the band’s last album to feature original member Chris Walla.
unnamed (65) Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell
Carrie & Lowell sounds like memory: it spans decades yet does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Stevens’s gauzy double-tracked vocals wash across the dashboard of long-finned, drop-top Americana, yet as we race towards the coast we are reminded that sunshine leads to shadow, for this is a landscape of terminal roads, unsteady bridges, traumatic video stores, and unhappy beds that provide the scenery for tales of jackknifed cars, funerals, and forgiveness for the dead. Each track in this collection of eleven songs begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. Sufjan recounts the indignities of our world, of technological distraction and sad sex, of an age without neither myths nor miracle – and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom. Carrie & Lowell accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days: By seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone.

unnamed (66)Wale: Album About Nothing
the fourth studio album from the Washington, DC-based rapper. The Album About Nothing serves as part three of Wale’s About Nothing music series. #TAAN may be the most personal album Wale has released to date and is most important to his core fans, as it follows two mixtapes (Mixtape About Nothing and More About Nothing) that were also centered around this theme. The play on the “album about nothing” is that the album is about “everything”. There is no theme to life; therefore there is no theme to this album.

unnamed (67) Boz Scaggs: Fool to Care
His most compelling work to date in a celebrated and prolific career, this collection of songs boasts Scaggs trailblazing blend of rock, soul, jazz and R&B taken to new heights and is the next chapter in the storytelling for which he is beloved. A Fool To Care is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Billboard Chart-Topping album Memphis. With Scaggs’ songwriting as distinct as ever, A Fool To Care showcases the masterful patchwork of influences and innovations that make up a Boz Scaggs album. Produced by Steve Jordan (Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, A Fool To Care features two very special guests Bonnie Raitt contributes slide guitar and vocals on ‘Hell To Pay’ and Lucinda Williams’ trades vocal lines with Scaggs on ‘Whispering Pines’.

unnamed (68)Ringo: Postcards From Paradise
he former Beatle, his first new studio album in three years. Features the hits ‘Rory and the Hurricanes’ (named after the band Ringo left in order to join The Beatles) as well as the title track ‘Postcards from Paradise’ POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE was produced by Ringo and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles and, as always, features friends and family. As Ringo often says, “If I am recording and you’re in town and drop by, you’re going to be on the record!”

unnamed (69)The Best of the Grateful Dead
two CD collection released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dead. This is the first time that there has been a double disc best of collection and it has been compiled to highlight classic favorites from a fan point of view.

unnamed (70)Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection
Billie Holiday’s distinctive and groundbreaking vocal approach changed the face of jazz, soul and pop music in the 20th century. Now, on the eve of her 100th birthday (April 7, 1915), Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection offers the definitive single-disc chronicle of her career. In her brief but pivotal career, Holiday changed the landscape of jazz vocals by breaking free of the standard “reading” of the songs she would perform on stage and in studio. Her unique, emotive voice and idiosyncratic delivery which often altered the familiar rhythm and meter of the standards she sang early in her career planted the seeds for virtually every major female popular singer of the 20th century and beyond. Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection, featuring 20 tracks recorded over her entire career, is the perfect tribute to this legendary performer.

THE NEW RELEASE HOUR ON KRCB: HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
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We don’t just sell records at the Last Record Store—we also talk about them, obsessively, all day long.
That discussion moves into radio land: Tuesday mornings at 11am (repeated Wednesdays at 7pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store’s (and Mid-Day KRCB program host) Doug Jayne with longtime Morning DJ Brian Griffith for The New Release Hour. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best!
KRCB is at 90.9 and 91.1-FM, or online at krcb.org. Tune in!

TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
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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 KSRO and KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording 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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