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New Releases, and 33 1/3 Anniversary

On Saturday, May 15, 2016 The Last Record Store will turn 33+1/3 years old!
We were in the middle of planning a blow-out party at Hopmonk in Sebastopol with our buddy Eric Lindell headlining.
Eric used to skateboard into our original location on 4th Street to post his gig flyers, and sell us his cassettes!
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This is Eric wowing the crowd at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest
Unfortunately, Eric and wife Sarah’s newborn baby boy, Kay Chevalier Lindell (Baby K), has had some serious medical problems,
and we decided to cancel (or at least, postpone) the party.
We will probably do a low-key celebration at the shop instead.
In the meantime, we ask everyone to send positive vibrations to the Lindell Family.
More information is available at Eric and Sarah’s Go Fund Me page here:
www.gofundme.com/eric-sarahlindell


NEW RELEASES for the week of March 25, 2016:

 

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Bob Mould: Patch the Sky

solo release from the alt-rock veteran and former Husker Du/Sugar singer/songwriter. Bob Mould says, “Here’s the deal. In 2012, people loved Silver Age (to a degree that surprised me, pleasantly), likewise Beauty & Ruin in 2014 (despite the heaviness of the subject matter, which I thought might be a bit alienating… apparently not. Another pleasant surprise.). But Patch The Sky is the darkest one. After the Letterman performance in February 2015 where “dust fell from the rafters,” it would have seemed logical to go the punk rock route-an entire album of two-minute songs-but that wasn’t where my soul was at. I withdrew from everyday life. I wrote alone for six months. I love people, but I needed my solitude. The search for my own truth kept me alive. These songs are my salvation. I’ve had a solid stretch of hard emotional times, and thanks for the condolences in advance. I don’t want to go into the details-more death, relationships ending, life getting shorter-because they’re already in the songs. Just listen and see if you can fit yourself into my stories. The words make you remember. The music makes you forget. But Patch The Sky is also the catchiest one. I always aim for the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. I’ve used this juxtaposition for years. This time, I’ve tuned it to high contrast. The first side of the album is generally simple and catchy. The second side is heavier in spirit and tone. Opposing forces and properties. I love both sides of Patch The Sky. At the core of these songs is what I call the chemical chorus-you hear it once and your brain starts tingling. The heart rate picks up. It gets worse-you know it’s coming again and you can barely stand the anticipation. Then, the beautifully heartbreaking bridge appears, and you’re all set up-hooked for life. Music is an incredibly powerful drug. I want to be your drug dealer. I have what you need.”


 

Metal Church: XI

Metal Church: XI

 

Recorded in the spring and summer of 2015 at Kurdt’s studio in Aberdeen, Washington, and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, Metal Church XI not only combines all the same musical elements that made the Mike Howe era albums so great, but also adds in a modern approach to the recording process which takes this offering to the next level.


Joe Bonamassa: Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa:
Blues of Desperation

 

is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of ‘This Train’ (Joe’s guitar is set to rude throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad ‘What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time’ to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of ‘The Valley Runs Low’, on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there’s the bleary, tequila-soaked ‘Drive’, dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could make David Lynch green with envy. Throughout the record, Bonamassa’s epic guitar playing conjures up stirring benedictions and explosive exorcisms of sound. Guitar fans everywhere (like those who recently voted Bonamassa Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar World magazine by an overwhelming margin) will consider Blues Of Desperation a treasure trove of axe riches.


Zayn: Mind of Mine

Zayn: Mind of Mine

solo album from former One Direction member Zayn Malik. The release of Mind Of Mine comes on the anniversary of Zayn’s decision to become a solo artist and focus on the next chapter of his music evolution. “Once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more. For 10 years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.” Working with Zayn on his debut album, noted producer Malay (Frank Ocean) described him as pure genius. “An artists’ artist. A shining star with a genuine heart.” Zayn recently received a surge of attention with his Billboard magazine cover where they affirm “judging from his music, he’s poised to impress the dominant music geeks of the day, who care less about guitar-slingers than artful practitioners of beats and atmosphere.”


 

2 Chainz: Collegrove

2 Chainz: Collegrove

the third studio album by rapper 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz prohibitively collaborated with a fellow rapper Lil Wayne on this album, even though it iss credited by 2 Chainz as a solo album through Def Jam. The album includes productions from Mike Will Made It, TM88, Infamous, Zaytoven, Lil C, Metro Boomin, Ben Billion$, and London on da Track, among others.


Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat. Where You Are Going is more of a rocker than the last one, but still squarely based in Robin’s love for Blues. Robin’s voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr. Trower’s creative upsurge, Robin is credited with Guitar, Vocals, and Bass with Chris Taggart on Drums, with Livingstone Brown also on bass, co-production and mixing/mastering. Robin created the art piece that was turned into a classy package by Graphic Artist Eric Krause.


 

Robin Trower: Where You Going To

Robin Trower:
Where You Going To

Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat. Where You Are Going is more of a rocker than the last one, but still squarely based in Robin’s love for Blues. Robin’s voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr. Trower’s creative upsurge, Robin is credited with Guitar, Vocals, and Bass with Chris Taggart on Drums, with Livingstone Brown also on bass, co-production and mixing/mastering. Robin created the art piece that was turned into a classy package by Graphic Artist Eric Krause.


 

Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap:
The Very Last Day

Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), with whom the band has worked frequently, We Disappear was recorded in Portland at Kung Fu Bakery (The Shins, Tegan and Sara) and in Seattle, WA at The Hall of Justice (Nirvana, Mudhoney). The album – which will arrive ahead of the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third LP The Body, The Blood, The Machine – is an authentic, dark, and deeply personal album couched in The Thermals’ trademark catchy and boundless pop/rock. The band examines technology, love, and death throughout: how separation in humanity can come through any of these avenues; how people try to outrun the demise of lives and relationships; how technology can isolate us and impact our relationships even as we completely – and willingly – assimilate ourselves into it (or go “Into The Code,” as the opening track suggests); and how we’ve begun to forego privacy for a feeling of immortality in order to not be ignored or forgotten.


 

The Thermals: We Disappear

The Thermals: We Disappear

Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), with whom the band has worked frequently, We Disappear was recorded in Portland at Kung Fu Bakery (The Shins, Tegan and Sara) and in Seattle, WA at The Hall of Justice (Nirvana, Mudhoney). The album – which will arrive ahead of the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third LP The Body, The Blood, The Machine – is an authentic, dark, and deeply personal album couched in The Thermals’ trademark catchy and boundless pop/rock. The band examines technology, love, and death throughout: how separation in humanity can come through any of these avenues; how people try to outrun the demise of lives and relationships; how technology can isolate us and impact our relationships even as we completely – and willingly – assimilate ourselves into it (or go “Into The Code,” as the opening track suggests); and how we’ve begun to forego privacy for a feeling of immortality in order to not be ignored or forgotten.


 

RJD2: Dame Fortune

RJD2: Dame Fortune

continues the sonic exploration that was started 14 years ago on his seminal debut Deadringer. An entirely self-produced and engineered affair, long-time vocal collaborators appear here: Blueprint, Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston, the other half of the Icebird duo), Phonte Coleman and Jordan Brown, along with newcomer Josh Krajcik. Always soulful, perpetually psychedelic, this album has found the lost threads connecting Aloe Blacc, Tangerine Dream and King Crimson. From the jagged, angular deconstruction of “A New Theory” and “The Sheboygan Left,” to the poignant elegance of “Peace of What” and “We Come Alive,” Dame Fortune further cements Rjd2 as a force to be reckoned with behind the boards.


NEW RELEASES for the week of March 18, 2016:

 

Gwen Stefani:  This is What the Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani:
This is What the Truth Feels Like

the third solo album by the No Doubt vocalist. Inspired by the end of her marriage and the roller coaster of emotions she experienced during the time, Stefani returned to feeling inspired and started writing new and meaningful songs. With the help of producers J.R. Rotem, Mattman & Robin and Greg Kurstin, as well as songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, Stefani wrote the whole album in a few months and described it as a “breakup record”, with the songs having a “sarcastic” and dark-humor vibe, as well as having realness and a few being joyful and happy as well. Includes the singles “Used to Love You” and “Make Me Like You”.


 

Iggy Pop:  Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop:
Post Pop Depression

Post Pop Depression was produced by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal). The 17th Iggy Pop album, and a worthy addition to the 22 album legacy spawned with the immortal trilogy of The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, spanning massively influential solo outings including 1977’s opening 1-2 combo of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 1990’s gold-certified Brick By Brick. The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme’s enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age band mate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Post Pop Depression is a singular work that stands proudly alongside the best works of either of its principles, from The Stooges to Queens Of The Stone Age, bearing it’s creators’ undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they’ve done before. It’s a record that wouldn’t exist without either Pop or Homme-and one that probably shouldn’t in theory if you really think about it-but it does, and we and rock ‘n’ roll are all the better for it. “A lot of geezers my age don’t work out of their comfort zone anymore because once you become legendary you don’t want people challenging you.” – Iggy Pop.


 

Southern Family

Southern Family

Southern Family is a Country compilation album put together and produced by Grammy nominated producer, Dave Cobb. Southern Family is simple and honest music, featuring all new original tracks by some of country’s biggest names including Shooter Jennings, John Paul White, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert and others.


 

Star Wars Headspace

Star Wars Headspace

Star Wars Headspace is a compilation of electronic tunes, influenced by the movies and by artists you’ll know if you’re big on digital beats. The album is produced by Rick Rubin, with tracks from Bonobo, Claude VonStroke, Flying Lotus, Kaskade and Röyksopp, among others.


 

Soul Asylum:  Change of Fortune

Soul Asylum:
Change of Fortune

the 11th album from the alt-rockers. When asked about Change Of Fortune, front man David Pirner exclaimed, “Everything on the menu is excellent.”. Change of Fortune is three years in the making, recorded while the band toured non-stop, had a few line-up changes and some soul searching. But upon listening to Change of Fortune, the wait is most certainly worth it. Soul Asylum loyalists will be happy to discover the group’s trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact. The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains and they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n’ roll. The band currently consists of Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.


 

Sean Watkins: What To Fear

Sean Watkins: What To Fear

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. And he doesn’t merely stick with the familiar: On What To Fear, he bolsters an acoustic lineup with a rock rhythm section, bringing drama and drive to these new tracks while keeping intact the emotional intimacy of all the stories he is telling.


 

James: Girl at the End of the World

James: Girl at the End of the World

the 14th album from the veteran British band. The songs for this record were written exclusively in Scotland. As with La Petite Mort, the album was recorded at RAK Studios in St. John’s Wood. The album was recorded and produced by Max Dingel. “Girl At The End Of The World is a record we are very proud of and picks up nicely where La Petite Mort left off. But hopefully, as always, pushes the edges out a little further. The songs are big but personal, abrasive but warming and after taking you on a journey and throwing you a few curve balls, ultimately uplifting.’ – Jim Glennie.


 

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

The concentrated nexus of romance, recollection, historic struggles and tragedies, and peerless craftsmanship coupled with the hopes, fears, and isolation that accompany transition formed the backdrop of The Narrows, Phillips latest dispatch on Yep Roc Records. Bathed in a woody, warmly reverberating sonic signature, the album’s thirteen songs are marked by longing and a resolute sense of purpose: As though hurling yourself full-force into the unknown is as sensible as any other more commonly prescribed course. After all, what feels unknown may be residing just below the surface – should you be willing to dig for it and be open to discovery.


 

Primal Scream: Chaosmosis

Primal Scream: Chaosmosis

the 11th studio album from the Scottish outfit fronted by Bobby Gillespie. Chaosmosis is the follow-up to 2013’s More Light. The album features guest appearances from Haim, Rachel Zeffira and Sky Ferreira. Primal Scream formed in 1982 but their career did not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene, but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream.


 

NEW RELEASES for the week of March 11, 2016:

 

Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

8 SONG untitled unmastered. PROJECT. Having treated fans with new music during various TV performances over the past year, Top Dawg Entertainment alongside Aftermath Ent / Interscope Records have released untitled unmastered. By Kendrick Lamar. An 8 song project which features studio versions of the untitled songs Kendrick performed on The Colbert Report


 

Jeff Buckley: You and I

Jeff Buckley: You and I

Jeff Buckley’s first recording sessions in 1993 in NYC were largely an informal exercise to acclimate the 27-year-old with a recording studio. Recently discovered in the Sony Music archives during the research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley’s Grace album, the performances on You And I are a revelation, an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility. These intimate, raw and spirited sessions mark Buckley’s first time recording versions of electric cover songs such as Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight” and a previously unissued track, “Dream of You And I”. Long rumored to exist, as the “Addabbo sessions”, but previously unheard outside the studio, these seminal recordings are a fan’s Holy Grail, a rare treat…


 

Brian Fallon: Painkillers

Brian Fallon: Painkillers

the first solo album from singer/songwriter Brian Fallon. Brian is widely known as singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies. Produced by Butch Walker, the album was recorded last year at Nashville’s Taxidermy Studios with Fallon fronting a crack band that includes Walker, Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper, and drummer Mark Stepro. This release is his first major project since Gaslight Anthem went on hiatus. Includes ‘A Wonderful Life’, ‘Among Other Foolish Things’, ‘Steve McQueen’, ‘Honey Magnolia’, ‘Mojo Hand’ and the title track amongst others.


 

The Wild Feathers:  Lonely is a Lifetime

The Wild Feathers:
Lonely is a Lifetime

the follow-up to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Guitarist/vocalist Ricky Young says that the story of Lonely Is A Lifetime begins with the band’s two years on the road. “We progressed as a live band,” he says. “When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today – as individuals and musicians. After playing the same songs every night, you eventually start leaning towards other things. We wrote music that we wanted to play and that’s what you’ll hear on Lonely Is A Lifetime.”


 

Lucius: Good Grief

Lucius: Good Grief

Brooklyn-based indie folk/pop act featuring singer/songwriters Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer) and Bob Ezrin, along with the band themselves. The album is the follow-up to their 2013 album Wildewoman. The 11 tracks see the band exploring the emotions of “loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives” that they experienced while touring behind their last record. Includes ‘Born Again Teen’, ‘Something About You’, ‘Madness’, My Heart Gets Caught On Your Sleeve’, ‘What We Have (To Change’ and more.


 

Shooter Jennings: Countach

Shooter Jennings: Countach

Shooter Jennings returns with his 7th studio LP with ‘Countach (for Giorgio)’. In 2014 Shooter Released ‘Don’t Wait Up (for George)’, an EP paying tribute to George Jones, and at the same time announced ‘Countach’ his album comprised of songs composed or inspired by production pioneer Giorgio Moroder. But this is no tribute album. ‘Countach’ is a sound-collage-stye journey through 80’s and 90’s culture, innovative songwriting, genre-bending fiddle-meets-synthesizer soundscapes and a shrine to pioneers of books, bytes and beats. Printed on pink vinyl, ‘Countach’ features guest appearances from modern folk songstress Brandi Carlile, Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson, country-rock pioneer Steve Young and even Lord British himself, computer game leviathan Richard Garriott.


 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:  Something Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:
Something Real

On the new album, ‘Something Real,’ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real takes us further down the path they have been blazing since 2008, when Lukas and drummer Anthony LoGerfo met at a Neil Young concert and began laying the groundwork. Now the band, with percussionist Tato Melgar, Lukas’s brother, “honorary member” and guitarist Micah Nelson, and bassist Corey McCormick, have reached a point where the past and present have fused into one extraordinary personality – songwriters, musicians, and riveting onstage performers. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have introduced a bunch of muses to each other and locked them into an imaginary room to spend some wild time together. ‘Something Real’ is what came out of that room once the party had ended – one vision, rich in it’s influences, unique and irresistible. The nine-track effort explodes with a 21st-century urgency. It hits grooves hard on the up-tempo tracks and digs into dark emotional depths in it’s moodier moments. It’s also haunted by spirits of the past. If the music of Hendrix, Waylon, Duane Allman and other archangels haunt your dreams now and then, you’ll find plenty to love in ‘Something Real.’


 

NEW RELEASES for the week of March 4, 2016:

 

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Full Circle is Loretta’s first album release since 2004’s Van Lear Rose. Full Circle takes a broad look at the First Lady of Country Music’s history and legacy, offering up 13 new recordings that bounce between the Appalachian folksongs she learned as a child to newer versions of past hits like “Fist City.” Recorded in the Cash Cabin Studio, which Johnny Cash built on his own spread of Tennessee countryside in the late Seventies, Full Circle was co-produced by daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and family friend John Carter Cash. The result is an album that doesn’t necessarily stretch Lynn’s legs, as the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose did more than a decade ago, as much as celebrate her strengths. At 83 years old, Lynn still tours regularly and sings with conviction, and Full Circle serves as a sonic snapshot, capturing a living legend who’d rather record than retire. Two additional legends – Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello – make appearances on the album’s final two tracks, but this is still the Loretta Lynn show, proof there’s plenty of spark left in the Coal Miner’s Daughter.


 

Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

the sixth album from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. Ouroboros was produced by Ray and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The album was written by LaMontagne and features first single, “Hey, No Pressure”. NPR’s All Songs Considered called the track an “inspired new song,” stamped the album “incredible” and lauded that Ray “has continued to push himself in different directions.” LaMontagne was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills. Critics have compared LaMontagne’s music to that of Otis Redding, The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.


 

M.Ward: More Rain

M. Ward: More Rain

M. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects. This album, Ward’s eighth solo affair, finds the artist picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012’s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Neko Case, K.D. Lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Ward’s reach and satisfy longtime fans.


 

Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution

Esperanza Spalding:
Emily’s D+Evolution

from the acclaimed jazz artist. Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution, a rekindling of her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, which delves into a broader concept of performance. Taking a new approach to her on-stage persona, the remarkable Spalding taps into new creative energy, delivering musical vignettes inspired during a “sleepless night of full moon inspiration.” As she puts it, “Emily is my middle name, and I’m using this fresh persona as my inner navigator. This project is about going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity, and using it as a compass to move forward and expand. My hope for this group is to create a world around each song, there are a lot of juicy themes and stories in the music. We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video, and the movement of our bodies.”


 

Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Original soundtrack to the acclaimed documentary. Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. Janis: Little Girl Blue, showcases Janis at her very best and features brand new liner notes from Oscar nominated director and producer Amy Berg, rare, vintage photos and reproductions of letters written by Janis as detailed throughout the documentary. A remarkable career-spanning anthology, Janis: Little Girl Blue, brings together 17 essential Janis Joplin live and studio performances, including classic solo and Big Brother & the Holding Company tracks. The album debuts a previously unreleased version of “Piece of My Heart” (also featured in the documentary and recorded live at the Generation Club in New York City in April 1968 during the Wake for Martin Luther King concert. Janis: Little Girl Blue includes an early recording of Janis Joplin singing Lead Belly’s “Careless Love”; live performances with Big Brother & The Holding Company (from San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, the Monterey Pop Festival, the Generation Club in New York City and Detroit’s mythic Grande Ballroom); the Kozmic Blues Band (Frankfurt, West Germany, April 12, 1969); Janis live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (August 17, 1969) and the legendary Festival Express Tour (July 4, 1970). Rounding out Janis: Little Girl Blue are definitive studio performances from the classic four original albums-Big Brother & The Holding Company, Cheap Thrills, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! And Pearl-recorded during Joplin’s lifetime. All of the recordings on the Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack album may be heard in the film.


 

Violent Femmes:  We Can Do Anything

Violent Femmes:
We Can Do Anything

their ninth album, follows 2000’s Freak Magnet and marks the band’s first album in a decade and a half. We Can Do Anything was recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver during the Femme’s summer tour. The album was produced by Jeff Hamilton, a multi-instrumentalist in the Femmes’ ever-changing backing band, Horns of Dilemma. The We Can Do Anything cover art was drawn by Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies. Hearn also contributed accordion, guitars, keys and backing vocals to several songs on the album. The Femmes are comprised of original members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie plus drummer Brian Viglione.


 

Miiike Snow III

Miiike Snow III

the third album from the Swedish trio featuring producing team Bloodshy & Avant and singer Andrew Wyatt. Miike Snow’s III wasn’t crafted in one fell swoop. Instead, the musicians collaborated across space and time, meeting in Stockholm, Los Angeles and New York for short periods over almost two years. They brought in a variety of other musicians and producers into the studios with them, feeling more open to outside collaboration this time around. Each musician began with different songs, sometimes sending them back and forth digitally when they couldn’t be together in one room. As a whole, the album feels resolutely like a Miike Snow project, defined both by the two efforts that have come before and by the collective work of the three musicians. The combination of the musicians is an electric one, as exemplified on the album and in their live shows.

NEW RELEASES for the week of February 26, 2016, and Georgia On My Mind

 

Bonnie Raiit: Dig in Deep

Bonnie Raiit: Dig in Deep

her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. Dig In Deep is the follow-up to 2012’s triumphant Slipstream – the Grammy-winning, Top 10-charting first release on her own Redwing Records label – the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt’s remarkable career for more than 45 years. Now, with Dig In Deep, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide work from the woman Rolling Stone named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” “I’m feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game,” adds Raitt. “I think all these years together pay off, and the best part is that we know how lucky we are to still get to make our livings doing something we love this much.”


 

George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

Two CD + DVD edition. George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison was recorded and filmed on September 28th, 2014 at the The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. Produced by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine, Harrison stated, ‘I’ve always imagined a small club show where my generation of musicians could cut loose on some of the deeper tracks from his career… So, in a totally new and vibrant way, I once again found myself taking the stage with some of my most treasured musical heroes to the sound of the most familiar music in my life… I hope you enjoy listening to these as much as I do. They are some of the best interpretations of my father s songs I could have ever thought possible.’ The line-up includes Brian Wilson, Nora Jones, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Conan O Brien, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Britt Daniel from Spoon, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Dhani Harrison, Weird Al Yankovic, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Perry Farrell and many others.


 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

the long awaited follow-up to the acclaimed debut LP The Heist, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made was largely recorded over the course of a year in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. “What I couldn’t find in a hotel room, on the road or in Seattle, I found in the middle of nowhere” says Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty. The eclectic, raw, and emotional album is an honest look into the soul of two artists who “needed time to be human again.” It also marks the official release of the stirring “Kevin”, previously performed on the American Music Awards, and featuring Grammy nominated soul crooner Leon Bridges. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made includes platinum selling single “Downtown” (featuring Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Eric Nally), as well as “Growing Up” (featuring Ed Sheeran).


 

Willie Nelson: Sings Gershwin

Willie Nelson: Sings Gershwin

album of pop standards, penned by America’s legendary songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin, follows the selection of Willie as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Among the 11 Gershwin classics recorded by Willie Nelson for this album are two duets: “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper (the song was originally introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance) and “Embraceable You” with Sheryl Crow (the song was performed by Ginger Rogers in Girl Crazy, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1944 and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005). Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin hearkens back to Stardust, the 1978 blockbuster album of pop standards that secured Willie’s reputation as pop balladeer (in addition to his status as one of the architects of outlaw country music).


 

God Don't Never Change:  The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

God Don’t Never Change:
The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

Blind Willie Johnson’s seminal songs have inspired artists like Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton to interpret his musical vision. Produced by Jeffrey Gaskill, who helmed 2003’s Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan, God Don’t Never Change hits artistic pay dirt like few tribute albums have, and is brimming with outstanding performances by some of the biggest names in music. The artists are well-chosen and totally committed, and the new versions capture the raw beauty of the original recordings. There’s not a false note in the batch and moments of revelation are everywhere. From Sinéad O’Connor’s righteous cries on “Trouble Will Soon Be Over” and Derek Trucks’ and Susan Tedeschi’s reverent reading of “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning,” from Lucinda Williams’ slide guitar-fueled lament in “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and Tom Waits’ virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on “John The Revelator,” this record is packed with transcendent recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson.


 

Emitt Rhodes: Rainbow Ends

Emitt Rhodes: Rainbow Ends

Emitt Rhodes stopped making albums in 1973. From his teenage start in The Merry Go Round (“Live,” covered by the Bangles and “Time Will Show The Wiser,” recorded by Fairport Convention) to his acclaimed solo career, Rhodes was destined for greatness. Sadly, in a storied battle of the record business, that run stopped. While he periodically appeared on other musicians’ records, Emitt Rhodes’ fourth true solo album never appeared. After being re-introduced via the inclusion of his track “Lullaby” in 2001’s The Royal Tennebaums, old fans rejoiced and new ones were born. Over a decade later, producer Chris Price approached Emitt about working on another record. He contacted friends including Roger Joseph Manning Jr and Jason Falkner (former Jellyfish and current Beck bandmates), Fernando Perdomo, Taylor Locke (Rooney) and New Pornographers’ drummer Joe Seiders, and they all entered Emitt’s home studio (where his classics were made), and emerged with the record the world has been waiting decades for-Rainbow Ends. In addition to Emitt’s all-star band, Rainbow Ends contains contributions from Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Jon Brion, Bleu, Nels Cline and Pat Sansone from Wilco, as well as members of Brian Wilson’s band, and more.


 

The 1975:  I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It

The 1975:
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It

The Manchester-bred band has built its reputation here and overseas on the strength of its rollicking live shows as well as its self-titled 2013 debut album, which entered the UK album chart at No. 1. It has done well over half a million in sales and stream album equivalents, fueled by the success of the gold-certified single Chocolate. The 1975, which is vocalist / producer Matthew Healy, drummer / producer George Daniel, guitarist Adam Hann and bassist Ross MacDonald, have performed on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.


 

Steel Panther: LIVE From Lexxi's Mom's Garage

Steel Panther: LIVE From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage

 

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2016 live acoustic release from the hair metal heroes. The Panther returns like you’ve never heard them before! Part narrative film, part live performance – all stripped acoustic and joined by a string section. Filmed at Lexxi’s Mom’s (played by Bobbie Brown, the Cherry Pie video vixen) garage, the band perform all of their hits plus a brand new song to a crowd of adoring females. At least that what they see in their head, and fortunately we’re along for the ride. Interspersed throughout are the bands exploits as they navigate life in the real world, with mixed results.


 

Anthrax: For All Kings

Anthrax: For All Kings

the 11th album from the veteran metal band. For All Kings is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2010 album Worship Music. Over it’s 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with it’s unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.” The band has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enem to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have it’s music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it’s just all about the music.


 

Santigold: 99 Cents

Santigold: 99 Cents

the long-awaited third album from the artist/producer. It took roughly eight months to manifest her new vision, with assists from a mix of collaborators with poppier visions such as producers Patrick Berger (Robyn, Icona Pop) and John Hill (Florence and the Machine, Charli XCX), alongside eclectic talents known more for globe-trotting sounds such as Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. She went into the studio with them intending to make a fun record.


 

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This Newsletter is dedicated to the memory of my first wife,
Georgia Ann Jayne who passed away on February 22.
In 1975, after losing our jobs in the auto industry, Georgia spotted a help-wanted ad for
Wherehouse Records. They were looking for manager trainees.
Even though I had mountains of LP’s, I had never considered working in a record store until that moment.
Had it not been for her sharp eye and encouragement, I might be working on
Volvo Warranty Claims rather than typing this newsletter.
Rest in peace, kiddo.
and THANK YOU

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Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

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NEW RELEASES for the week of February 5, 2016

Lucinda Williams:  The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams:
The Ghosts of Highway 20

We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it. Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life.


 

Rihanna: Anti

Rihanna: Anti

the eighth studio album by the R&B superstar. The album features production and/or musical assistance from Scum, Boi-1da, Jeff Bhasker, Hit-Boy, Travis Scott, Kuk Harrell, Drake, SZA and many others. Includes the single ‘Work’.


 

Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night

Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night

co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles. The album includes the first single ‘Looking Up’. Elton has sold more than 300 million records and has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive no. 1 US albums and 58 Billboard Top 40 singles.


 

Luther Dickinson:  Blues & Ballads a Folksinger's Songbook

Luther Dickinson:
Blues & Ballads a Folksinger’s Songbook

This acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends reflects my relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy. Blues & Ballads celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks. The songs themselves tell the story of the lad growing up in modern day rural south amongst first generation Memphis rock ‘n rolling, song collecting, folk bohemians, disapproving pre-rock ‘n roll holy rollers, and citified punk rockers and modern day blues giants, experiencing the miracle that was Fat Possum Records and Hill Country Blues in the 90s, singing his song in a language near extinction, barely pre-internet, when community, word of mouth, firsthand experience, books, records and art still ruled. When the elders began passing on the lad realized that his family, friends and heroes should be made into folk heroes and their vernacular and stories should be sung. The CD package contains my handwritten lyrics representing the songwriter’s notebook and the creative process that I love. The vinyl art includes my dream come true – my songbook, a printed collection of my tunes (my life), transcribed and made to look legitimate. The limited pressing makes the legitimacy fleeting and as it should be: rare and underground. I represent the Memphis underground and the mid-south region’s music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating. Is it too late to tell your and your community’s tales thru the vinyl groove and the block lettered, mimeographed page? Never! So be it through text messaged fluency of thumb and mp3-ed micro speakers, the lives and legends of modern day folk music heroes will live on and the spirit of American roots rock ‘ n roll will shout to the man, the masses, and disposable pop culture, “F*** off. Even in death, the art lives on.” – Luther Dickinson


 

Elliott Smith:  Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

Elliott Smith:
Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary about the life and music of indie rock singer/songwriter Elliott Smith. In addition to having at least one song from each of his albums, the track listing contains over a dozen previously unreleased Elliott Smith songs, spanning the length of his career. Heaven Adores You is the first documentary to gain permission to use Smith’s music.


 

Freakwater: Scheherazade

Freakwater: Scheherazade

It’s the largest cast and crew they’ve assembled under the Freakwater banner, and as a result, Scheherazade sounds fuller and looser, a bit rougher around the edges, with more rock in the arrangements. It’s their most cinematic album yet, with the music functioning almost as a soundtrack to Irwin and Bean’s short, violent songs. On the very first song, “What the People Want,” somebody throws a baby down a well, accompanied by tense swirls of strings. On “Down Will Come Baby,” they rewrite the old, twisted lullaby “Rock-a-bye Baby,” and the band navigates a series of key changes that lends a vertiginous effect, as though the cradle is in freefall. ~Pitchfork 


 

The James Hunter Six:  Hold On!

The James Hunter Six:
Hold On!

This may be James Hunter’s fourth album, but it is his first Daptone record. Produced by Daptone’s own Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth) at Penrose Recorders (Daptone West) near his home in Riverside, California, Hold On! is a perfect portrait of an artist at the top of his game. James Hunter has been on the scene for enough years to acquire plenty of feathers in his cap. Billboard charts, Grammy nominations, and Van Morrison collaborations aside, he has earned an international reputation as a Rhythm and Blues troubadour for his command of the microphone both on stage and in studio. This album, however, is something far deeper than just another notch in his belt. It is truly an artist’s vision come to fruition. Though tunes like “(Baby) Hold On,” “If That Don’t Tell You,” and “Stranded” carry the buoyant energy, crackerjack arrangements, and tough soulful pulse for which the band has become renowned, the true treasures of this LP may lie in the deeper grooves. Rumbas, boleros, bossanovas, and easy rockers, each one swinging more than the last: “This Is Where We Came In”, “Something’s Calling”, “A Truer Heart”, “Light of My Life”, “In The Dark” – no clichéd throwback nods to a-time-gone-by here. These are forever songs crafted with immaculate care and ingenuity, sung with an effortless balance of tenderness and grit. Many will be tempted to describe it as “authentic,” but the word really has no place here. Hunter’s words are truly his own and though at moments his voice may “evoke” Ray Charles or Sam Cooke, there lies an inherent naturalness in these songs that bucks any comparison past or present.


 

The Infamous Stringdusters:  Ladies & Gentlemen

The Infamous Stringdusters:
Ladies & Gentlemen

Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is “stretching [bluegrass] from within” (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most dynamic and innovative artists from across the roots music, Americana and country worlds: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jen Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aofie O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project. Ladies & Gentlemen was produced by Grammy-winner Chris Goldsmith and shows the breadth of The Infamous Stringdusters’ musical vision and talents. Band members Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass), play alongside the vocalists with the circuital unity of the seasoned bluegrass band that they are. Big harmonies and exploratory compositions, along with the band’s profound commitment to presentation, seem bound to inspire traditionalists and newcomers to stomp their feet on common ground. With a new voice for every song, world-class instrumental backing, captivating song structure and unexpected combinations, Ladies & Gentlemen is sure to please at every turn.


 

Dr. Dog: The Psychedelic Swamp

Dr. Dog: The Psychedelic Swamp

Dr. Dog’s ninth album, and third studio release with ANTI- Records. Most of the songs were among the first ever written together by Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman and an assemblage of friends and musical cohorts that would evolve as Dr. Dog over the years. This early endeavor of writing a concept album helped shape their creative process as they became a label-defying multi-hyphenated indie-psychedelic-rock-folk-Americana-basement-touring band. The Psychedelic Swamp could very well have been Dr. Dog’s first album. It could have been their only album; or it could have never been made at all. It’s either a refined culmination of 15 years of collaborative music-making or the raw instrument on which they cut their teeth. This chicken vs. Egg debate will be for historians to decide; fact is that if The Psychedelic Swamp was half-baked back in 2001, it has been reborn in 2016, fully baked.


 

The Cult: Hidden City

The Cult: Hidden City

the 10th studio album by British rock band The Cult. Hidden City is the final part of a trilogy that began with Born into This (2007), and the band’s first album with bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, making it The Cult’s first album since their 1994 self-titled album not to feature Chris Wyse. It also marks the fifth time Bob Rock has produced a Cult album.


 

Bonnie Prince Billy: Pond Scum

Bonnie Prince Billy: Pond Scum

There are no Peel sessions anymore that tradition was buried in the pyramids with John Peel himself upon the great man’s passing. Of the thousands left in the wake, six are ascribed to Bonnie Prince Billy and of those six, three have been combined to form the deeply congruous experience of Pond Scum. A span of eight years is covered, in reverse, and many chestnuts are rolled out, freed of former contexts with sparse arrangements. ‘(I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit’ feels, ten years from inception, more vividly worn; ‘Death to Everyone’ is loosed from it’s frame, the bones decoupled and spread out, giving the song a reflective air (as opposed the biting declamation of the original); ‘Arise, Therefore’ adapts it’s metronomic base, the evangelic twist of it’s roots made palpable. With the center of the performance in stark relief, the gnomic qualities of two Get On Jolly pieces are intensified. Further accenting the devoted spirit of this collection is the inclusion of ‘When Thy Song Flows Through Me’, from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda, as well as the previously-unreleased original’ Beezle’. Bonnie’s lone shadow casts over this lot, accompanied on the first four tracks by David Heumann, but otherwise playing solo through a set of original songs (and two covers) representing a decade of progress in the almost unbearably intimate-yet-unknowable manner that was so often the vibe of those strange and wondrous days. Peeling backwards through time produces a curious hypnosis that we may not have felt for some while (we don’t actually recall) and may not feel again (who knows?) until we skim another essence-laden dipper-full of Pond Scum.

NEW RELEASES, January 22 & 29, 2016

NEW RELEASES for the week of January 29, 2016:


Tedeschi Trucks Band:  Let Me Get By

Tedeschi Trucks Band:
Let Me Get By

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife team of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, have grown into one of the most deeply skilled and admired musical ensembles in the world. Produced by Derek Trucks and recorded at Swamp Raga Studios, the band’s home studio in Jacksonville, Florida, Let Me Get By – 10 new songs all written or co-written by the band – is an absorbing, self-assured artistic leap forward.


Buddy Miller & Friends:  Cayamo Sessions At Sea

Buddy Miller & Friends:
Cayamo Sessions At Sea

For one week each year, some of the best songwriters in country, Americana, folk and roots music set sail on a musical adventure called Cayamo. Over the last few years, Award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Buddy Miller set up a recording studio on the ship and recorded and played with everyone from veteran songwriters to emerging artists. Buddy Miller & Friends’ Cayamo Sessions At Sea collects 11 of the best of these once-in-a-lifetime musical moments recorded on the 2014 and 2015 voyages with Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Kacey Musgraves, Richard Thompson, Lee Ann Womack, Shawn Colvin, Nikki Lane, Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Doug Seegers and more.


Bill Frisell:  When You Wish Upon a Star

Bill Frisell:
When You Wish Upon a Star

When You Wish Upon a Star features Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Bill Frisell’s arrangements and interpretations of music for film and television. The album is more than an homage to a set of iconic scores and the choice of music is both inspired and carefully balanced. For the first time in many years, Frisell used vocals on many of the tracks. Petra Haden, daughter of the late bass player Charlie Haden, is the featured vocalist and her vocal style is a perfect fit for Frisell’s arrangements. Included on the album are the classic music themes from To Kill a Mockingbird, Psycho, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Godfather all with Bill’s refined interpretations. Bill Frisell is one of the leading and most innovative guitarists of our time. Although his work is steeped in jazz, his music includes characteristics of rock, country and bluegrass, among various other styles. Such liberality explains his willingness to expand his tonal palette beyond that of a typical jazz guitarist and he has carved out a niche by virtue of his sound. A Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2005, Bill is one of the most singular musicians of his generation and has released over 30 albums since his debut recording in 1983.


Dream Theater: The Astonishing

Dream Theater: The Astonishing

 

two CD release. The Astonishing is undisputedly the most ambitious undertaking by a band whose cerebral compositions already define the vanguard of progressive hard rock. The Astonishing is enriched exponentially by the integration of a real orchestra and choir, arranged by conductor David Campbell, whose work graces over 450 gold and platinum albums, including watershed releases from Adele, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Beyoncé, and his son, Beck. The Astonishing was produced by John Petrucci with engineering and mixing by Richard Chycki, whose resume includes work with Rush, Aerosmith, and Mick Jagger. Other organic sounds are more abundant than at any point in the band’s history, with Jordan Rudess in particular relishing the tones from a grand piano and Hammond organ. Like Tommy or The Wall, the songs on The Astonishing work as both singular compositions and overall story components. Writing the music as a duo, Petrucci and Rudess venture into unexplored corners of their sound without sacrificing their musical identity.


Sia: This Is Acting

Sia: This Is Acting

“Alive,” the album’s first single was written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. And was produced by Jesse Shatkin, who also co-wrote and co-produced Sia’s massive four-time Grammy nominated “Chandelier.” In addition to Shatkin, Sia also worked with longtime collaborator/producer Greg Kurstin on This Is Acting. Sia has crafted songs for pop icons including Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Katy Perry (“Double Rainbow”), Britney Spears (“Perfume”), Kelly Clarkson (“Invincible”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Making the Most of the Night”), Beyoncé (“Pretty Hurts”) and Celine Dion (“Love Me Back To Life”), and many others. Sia has also been the featured vocalist on some of the most massive hits she has written for others including “Titanium” with David Guetta, “Beautiful Pain” with Eminem, and “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida. Additionally, Sia was nominated for a Golden Globe last year for the song “Opportunity” from the 2014 adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie.


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Bloc Party: Hymns

the long-awaited fifth studio album by British indie rock band Bloc Party and the first to feature new members Justin Harris (bass, keyboards) and Louise Bartle (drums). Hymns is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2012 album Four. The album was produced by Tim Bran and Roy Kerr, and mixed by David Wrench.


Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind

Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind

Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at it’s best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz provides the bass.


J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive LIVE

J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive LIVE

In December of 2014, J. Cole released the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and Platinum certified album “2014 Forest Hills Drive. ” Now as a surprise release and a birthday present to his fans, J. Cole releases a special live version of his most recent album. Although the exact album title “Forest Hills Drive: Live from Fayetteville, NC”, the actual text on the album cover says it all – Forest Hills Drive Live!


2016 Grammy Nominees

2016 Grammy Nominees

Following the yearly tradition, this release features an array of Grammy nominated artists. This release is comprised of the “biggest songs of music’s biggest night”. Each CD includes a chance to win a trip to the 2017 Grammy Awards.


The Nevermen

The Nevermen

the debut album by this alt-rock band formed by Faith No More’s Mike Patton, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and rapper/producer Doseone. This release has been highly anticipated ever since the project was announced in 2008. Nevermen is neither side-project nor super group; it’s merely meant to be – a years-in-the-making partnership in which these men shared all duties, discovering their collective sound with the sort of glee and freedom usually reserved for first-timers. Amid this wild, weird churn of rock, pop, rap, soul, and other, it’s shockingly easy to lose track of who’s singing at what moment, and that’s the point: to quote Tunde/Adam/Mike in song, “The frontman digests it’s self.” Nevermen, the album, finds these three giants shredding their egos to get at the heart of why they do what they do, to explore the hopes and fears and wins and losses of anyone who carves career out of what started as dream.



 

NEW RELEASES for the week of January 22, 2016:


Aoife O'Donovan:  In The Magic Hour

Aoife O’Donovan:
In The Magic Hour

Aoife (pronounced EEE-fah) O’Donovan’s debut solo album, Fossils, was released to critical acclaim and ended up on many Best of 2013 lists from outlets like NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine and No Depression, among others. Aoife appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Weekend Edition, SiriusXM The Coffee House and The Village. President Obama even exposed himself as a fan by including the track Red and White and Blue and Gold on his first official Spotify playlist in the summer of 2015. Since it’s release, Fossils has sold more than 22, 000 copies worldwide, and Aoife is poised to break through with her new album, In The Magic Hour. The songwriting process for In The Magic Hour coincided with the death of Aoife’s grandfather, at age 93. She remembers him as a gentle soul in the small Irish village of Clonakilty where he lived. The lyrics on In the Magic Hour are infused with a sense of loss and mortality’s dark certainty. But the album is just as much an ode to Aoife’s joyful childhood visits to Ireland. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and flocks of cousins would gather at the Clonakilty seaside to swim in the chilly ocean and sing together in the lingering Irish summer twilight. Aoife had not yet performed many of the songs live before arranging and recording them over the course of three sessions in Tucker Martine’s (The Decemberists, Neko Case), studio in Portland, OR. The whole recording process was really Tucker [Martine] and me taking these songs and building them from the ground up, Aoife says. The result is deliberate but not over-done, the freshness of the material intact. While In The Magic Hour†rekindles the creative partnership with Grammy-nominated producer Martine, the album also highlights the fruits of Aoife’s various career collaborations. Composer Gabriel Kahane, New York’s string quartet Brooklyn Rider and musician Chris Thile all lend musical and vocal support, as well as I’m With Her band members Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz, plus many more.


Megadeth: Dystopia

Megadeth: Dystopia

Deluxe edition includes the full Dystopia CD + Virtual Reality goggles. Enclosed download code allows you to watch a five song mini concert by Megadeth in a virtual reality dystopian world. 2016 release. Megadeth storm back onto the scene with their 15th studio album, Dystopia. With musical architect and band visionary Dave Mustaine at the helm, Dystopia was recorded in Nashville, TN, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold). Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine’s intricate and unique songwriting style, trademark leads and lightning riffs, paying homage to Megadeth’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground.


Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Nice review on Pitchfork


Tortoise: The Catastrophist

Tortoise: The Catastrophist

Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout it’s revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own. It’s a fact that remains true on The Catastrophist, Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years. And it’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives like Shake Hands With Danger and a downright strange cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio smash Rock On sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittman. Also included is the bittersweet, honest-to-goodness soul ballad Yonder Blue, sung by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley. We’d finished the track and decided it would be good to have vocals on it, recalls McEntire. Robert Wyatt was our first choice, but he had just retired and politely said no. We were discussing asking Georgia to do something, but not that track in particular. Then we realized it would totally work. Throughout, the songs transcend expectations as often as they delight the eardrums. Tortoise, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, has always thrived on sudden bursts of inspiration. And for The Catastrophist, the spark came in 2010 when the group was commissioned by the City of Chicago to compose a suite of music rooted in it’s ties to the area’s noted jazz and improvised music communities. Tortoise then performed those five loose themes at a handful of concerts, and when we finally got around to talking about a new record, the obvious solution to begin with was to take those pieces and see what else we could do with them, says McEntire, at whose Soma Studios the band recorded the new album. It turned out that for them to work for Tortoise, they needed a bit more of a rethink in terms of structure. They’re all pretty different in the sense that at first they were just heads and solos. Now, they’re orchestrated and complex. As ever, Tortoise has conjured sounds on The Catastrophist that aren’t being purveyed anywhere else in music today. There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group members that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. And at a time when our brains are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, The Catastrophist reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen.


Jack Bruce & Robin Trower: Songs From The Road

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower:
Songs From The Road

For more than 40 years the legendary Cream bassist and singer and the immensely talented guitarist of Procol Harum made history in the Rock ‘n’ Roll business. It was in the early 80s when they first collaborated, releasing two remarkable records (B.L.T. 1981 and Truce 1982). Then, 26 years later, Seven Moons was released (2008). A few months later a fansite announced: Bruce, Trower & Husband to take ´Seven Moons´ into orbit! For a few nights only, Robin and Jack will get to play live together for the first time ever in late February 2009. After two gigs in Karlsruhe and Cologne the trio was ready to play the Dutch city of Nijmegen, where the concert was recorded. And indeed, this night was very special. Not because of the camera crew and the recording, but because Trower, Bruce and Husband had already formed a whole. They knew, they belonged here. The pleasure the guys had on stage makes this CD/DVD set a unique piece of rock music. Jack Bruce who died last autumn but had already suffered several strokes of fate at the time of the recording said during the show: “It is fantastic to be here. For me personally, it is fantastic to be anywhere, actually …”


Wes Montgomery: One Night in Indy

Wes Montgomery:
One Night in Indy

This CD unites Wes Montgomery with legendary jazz pianist Eddie Higgins and his trio in a live 1959 Indianapolis club performance. • These recordings formerly belonged to the late great Indiana photo journalist, Duncan Schiedt, who passed away in 2014. • Schiedt had made these recordings at the Indianapolis jazz society he co-ran. • CD includes 40 minutes of music.


 

 

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Paul Kantner: Rest in Peace
Born: March 17, 1941, San Francisco, CA

Died: January 28, 2016, San Francisco, CA

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Have You Seen The Stars Tonight?
Would you like to go up on ‘A’ Deck and look at them with me?
Have You Seen The Stars Tonight?
Would you like to go up for a stroll and keep me company?
Do you know
We could go?
We are free
Anyplace you can think of
We could be
Have you seen the stars tonight?
Have you looked at all the family of stars?
~ Paul Kantner, David Crosby

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The stars look very different today

We share the shock and sadness of the passing of David Bowie.
On Friday January 8, we listened to his much anticipated new album, Blackstar.
It’s rare to have such a massive release at the beginning of the year, but it was his 69th birthday;
…so cool !
The album’s title track is the first single, and is accompanied by a short film visual by the acclaimed director Johan Renck. The album features musical assistance from Tim Lefebvre, Mark Guiliana, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Jason Lindner, James Murphy and longtime producer Tony Visconti. Blackstar features seven tracks including “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore”, “Lazarus”, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime” and the title track.
Bowie’s back !
Maybe he’ll tour again…
Then we heard the news on Sunday night that he had died.

From David Bowie’s last photoshoot:
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LRS window display by Josh Staples:

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a few more NEW RELEASES
for the weeks of January 8 & 15, 2016:

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: I Long To See You

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels:
I Long To See You

the debut album of a band founded by esteemed saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd, featuring Bill Frisell (guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal steel), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums).

This recording is an updated model of a protest rally. A plea for an end to war through the beauty of sound and the strength of the message. The sequencing and pace of the 10 songs on the album is stunning – from the pounding insistence of Dylan’s Master’s of War, to a mournful Shenandoah, to the Lloyd classics Of Course, Of Course & Sombrero Sam – and then wow! Willie Nelson’s poignantly deep rendering of Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream and Norah Jones giving us Billy Preston’s You Are So Beautiful, as if she were another soulful instrument in the band. I remember reading a Lloyd quote a while back, saying that when he was a young man he wanted to change the ugliness of the world through beauty. He is now one of our most eloquent Elder Statesmen, and the beauty in this recording should have the power to transform a few people, if not the world.


Lloyd - Frisell duo

Charles Lloyd is coming to Healdsburg!


Exmortus: Live Forth

Exmortus: Live Forth

New from Prosthetic Records: produced by Zach Ohren (Immolation, Suffocation) and featuring epic artwork by Philip Lawvere (Celtic Frost, Kreator), “Ride Forth” sees Exmortus crank up the shred like never before.


 

Jason Marsalis: Heirs of the Crescent City

Jason Marsalis:
Heirs of the Crescent City

This music is a celebration of all music from New Orleans past, present, and future as well as the
official soundtrack to an independent film about New Orleans culture entitled “Heirs”.
Piano legend Marcus Roberts makes a guest appearance on Didn’t Monk Ramble.
Everything from traditional, funk, Mardi Gras, and modern styles are represented in this fun-spirited album.


 

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

Panic! at the Disco:
Death of a Bachelor

Produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy), Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At the Disco in nearly two years, following 2013’s acclaimed Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The first single off DOAB, “Hallelujah, ” made chart history for the band with a Top 40 debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 – Panic! At the Disco’s second Top 40 hit and first since 2006’s breakthrough classic, “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.” The album’s title track, “Death of A Bachelor, ” has been described as, “It’s like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It’s really crazy… [Sinatra’s] music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it’s only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward.”



Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
and put your helmet on

Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown,
engines on
Check ignition
and may God’s love be with you

[spoken]
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff

This is Ground Control
to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past
one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead,
there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you….

Here am I floating
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.

~ Rest in Peace David Bowie!

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