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September New Releases

New Releases for September 30, 2016:

unnamed-0 Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing
is Van Morrison’s 36th studio album to date and consists of 13 tracks – 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of the blues standard ‘Share Your Love With Me’ – written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and previously recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. For the track ‘Every Time I See A River’, Morrison has collaborated with acclaimed lyricist Don Black. The album’s closing track, ‘Caledonia Swing’, is an instrumental featuring Van on piano and saxophone. All tracks were produced by Van Morrison.


unnamed-1 Bon Iver: 22 A Million
22 stands for Justin Vernon. The number’s recurrence in his life has become a meaningful pattern through encounter and recognition. A mile marker, a jersey number, a bill total. The reflection of ‘2’ is his identity bound up in duality: the relationship he has with himself and the relationship he has with the rest of the world. A Million is the rest of that world: the millions of people who we will never know, the infinite and the endless, everything outside one’s self that makes you who you are. The other side of Justin’s duality is the thing that completes him and what he searches for. 22, A Million is thus part love letter, part final resting place of two decades of searching for self-understanding like a religion. And the inner-resolution of maybe never finding that understanding. When Justin sings, “I’m still standing in the need of prayer” he begs the question of what’s worth worshipping, or rather, what is possible to worship. If music is a sacred form of discovering, knowing and being, then Bon Iver’s albums are totems to that faith. The poly-fi record formed at the congruence of a bold yet delicate sonic palette. These sounds were the way out from the suffocating enclosure and captivity of anxiety. The ten songs of 22, A Million are a collection of sacred moments, love’s torment and salvation, contexts of intense memories, signs that you can pin meaning onto or disregard coincidence. If 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver built a habitat rooted in physical spaces, then 22, A Million is the letting go of that attachment to a place.


unnamed-2 Pixies: Head Carrier
The Pixies consists of founders Black Francis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), David Lovering (drums) and new bass player Paz Lenchantin (Zwan, Papa M, Queens Of The Stone Age). For over 25 years, they have been an Independent music staple, have influenced countless acts from Nirvana, The Strokes, PJ Harvey, Weezer, Radiohead, etc. Bono of U2 has called the Pixies “one of America’s greatest bands ever” and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has said that “the Pixies had changed my life”. The Pixies have been covered by David Bowie (“Cactus”) and recently invited on tour to support Robert Plant. Head Carrier, their first proper full-length in many years, is a return to that familiar Pixies sound everyone adores and touches on classic Pixie’s sounds. The album was recorded with Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Opeth, Band Of Skulls).


unnamed-3 EC LIVE in San Diego with JJ Cale
LIVE archive release from the rock legend. On March 15, 2007, Eric Clapton’s world tour stopped at San Diego’s iPayOne Center (originally the San Diego Sports Arena and now the Valley View Casino Center). The band lineup for the tour continues to be a firm fan-favorite, with Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars, Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon on keyboards, Willie Weeks on bass, Steve Jordan on drums and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White. During the set, EC’s long-time musical inspiration, JJ Cale, sat in for five songs, including three from their Grammy-Award winning album, The Road To Escondido, released in 2006.


unnamed-4 John Prine: For Better, Or Worse
The follow up to Prine’s Grammy award winning record, In Spite of Ourselves, For Better, or Worse features duets with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Susan Tedeschi, Lee Ann Womack and others. Two time Grammy Award winner, John Prine, is a singer/songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well-loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.


unnamed-5Opeth: Sorceress
the 12th full-length album from the Swedish rockers. Since the early ’90s, Opeth have stretched the boundaries of heavy music. From the progressive death metal the band began with to the records like Blackwater Park and the band’s recent record, 2014’s Pale Communion, Opeth has continually invited their growing audience along with them as they grew into the musically respected band they are today. There are few bands that can or will match Sweden’s Opeth. Since forming in the tiny Stockholm suburb of Bandhagen in 1990, the Swedes have eclipsed convention, defiantly crushed the odds, and become one of the best bands on the planet; on album or on stage. Ask any Opeth fan. Enquire with any band that’s shared the proverbial pine with the Swedes. Or, get a label representative to talk Opeth. They’ll all tell you the same thing: Opeth are peerless. And they’re only getting better.


unnamed-6 Jimi: Machine Gun
This debut concert by Hendrix and his Band of Gypsys is released in it’s entirety for first time ever. This set was captured live at the Fillmore East in New York and features Jimi joined by Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. These 11 songs were recorded New Year’s Eve 1969, the night before the original Band of Gypsys live album was recorded – eight of the tracks are previously unreleased while the three previously released tracks have been newly mixed by Eddie Kramer. As the ’60s came to a close, Jimi Hendrix pushed the boundaries of funk, rock and R&B with a brand new group, Band of Gypsys. Together with Cox and Miles, Hendrix unveiled stunning, newly written material across four shows at the legendary Fillmore East in New York City.


unnamed-7 Drive-By Truckers: American Band
On the 20th anniversary of being a band, Drive-By Truckers return with an urgent and timely protest album, made for our times, and in particular this election year. Songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have made an epic statement and what NPR Music says ” very well might be their greatest album.” Drive-By Truckers are based in Athens, GA though two out of five current members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama, and the band strongly identifies with Alabama. The band currently consists of Cooley (lead vocals, guitar, banjo), Hood (lead vocals, guitar), Brad Morgan (drums), Jay Gonzalez (keys/guitar/accordion/backing vocals) and Matt Patton (bass guitar).


unnamed-8 Bob Weir: Blue Mountain
Before he co-founded the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir spent a summer working and living on a ranch in Wyoming, sparking a lifelong fascination with the stories and songs of the American West. Blue Mountain, Weir’s first solo album in over 10 years, brings his musical journey full circle. Working with producer Josh Kaufman, acclaimed songwriter Josh Ritter, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf, Blue Mountain is a moody, highly textured modern interpretation of Weir’s unforgettable experience. Includes ‘Whatever Happened To Rose’, ‘Lay My Lily Down’, ‘Only A River’, ‘Cottonwood Lullaby’, ‘Gallop On The Run’ and more.


unnamed-9 Regina Spektor: Remember Us To Life
is composed entirely of all new songs recently written by Spektor, a change from past albums when she would record songs written throughout her career. Spektor gave birth to her first child in 2014 and she spent considerable time writing during and after her pregnancy. Says Spektor I made more art and felt more inspired than I had in a long time. Spektor recorded with producer Leo Abrahams (David Byrne/Brian Eno, Frightened Rabbit, Paolo Nutini) in Los Angeles at The Village Studios. Says Spektor of Abrahams, he is such a kind and talented musician. And person! I felt very grateful to work with him.


unnamed-10 Banks: The Altar
the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Jillian Rose Banks AKA Banks. Producers Tim Anderson and Al Shux worked on the album – they also contributed to Banks’ debut studio album, Goddess. The lead singles from the album include “F*** with Myself”, “Gemini Feed” and “Mind Games”. Banks is from Orange County, California. She is signed to Harvest Records and Good Years Recordings. Following the release of two extended plays, Fall Over and London, in 2013, Banks released her debut album, Goddess, on September 5, 2014, to positive reviews from contemporary music critics. She has toured internationally with The Weeknd and was also nominated for the Sound of 2014 award by the BBC and an MTV Brand New Nominee in 2014.


unnamed-11 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Year Thing
LIVE release that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the country/folk legends. This performance and album features Aliison Krauss, John Prine, Vince Gill, Jackson Browne and many other “friends” of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and was recorded at the historic Ryman Auditorium in NAshville TN. The CD contains two extra songs not originally part of the PBS version.


unnamed-12Suicidal Tendencies: World Gone Mad
the twelfth studio album from Venice Beach’s legendary hardcore punk/heavy metal band, Suicidal Tendencies. The band’s current lineup features frontman Mike ‘Cyco Miko’ Muir and Dave Lombardo on drums. Dave is one of the founding members of Slayer and known as the ‘Godfather of the double bass.’ The band is often credited (along with D.R.I.) as one of “the fathers of crossover thrash”. Suicidal Tendencies rose to fame with their 1983 self-titled debut album; it spawned the single “Institutionalized”, which was one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV.


New Releases from September 23, 2016:

unnamed-13 Bruuuuce: Chapter and Verse
is the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run. Five of the album’s eighteen tracks are previously unreleased. Springsteen selected the songs on Chapter And Verse to reflect the themes and sections of Born to Run. The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012’s Wrecking Ball. The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from it’s earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book, and is a must for any Bruce Springsteen fan.


unnamed-14 Giraffe Tongue Orchestra: Broken Lines
hard rock supergroup. With five Grammy nominations and two wins; Golden Gods, Kerrang! And VH1 awards; headlining slots in many major festivals and countless Top 10 albums and singles, the members of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra are ready to re-write the rules of the successful rock supergroup. Comprised of William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra has created an album akin to classic cinema. The name itself represents strength and ingenuity per guitarist, Brent Hinds, “During the time Mastodon was there for Soundwave, I was at the zoo in Sydney, Australia and was checking out the giraffes. They are amazing animals – one just grabbed a bunch of bananas from my hand with it’s tongue and peeled them with it as well – by the time the bananas got to it’s mouth, they were ready to be eaten. I saw Ben who was at Soundwave too and said ‘Man I think I found the name for our band,’ and told him the story.” Ben adds “That giraffe made it happen… like us, he figured it out.”


unnamed-15 Dwight Yoakam: Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…
Dwight developed a love for bluegrass music at an early age, and for years has wanted to record an all bluegrass album. The songs for this album are new interpretations of classic Dwight songs plus a John Prine track that Dwight loves, and a very unique cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” The album includes four of Dwight’s past Billboard Top 100 Country tracks: “These Arms,” “Gone,” “Guitars, Cadillacs,” and “Please Please Baby,” all reimagined with a bluegrass treatment.


unnamed-16 Joe Bonamassa: LIVE at The Greek
two CD live release from the celebrated blues rock master. Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to The Three Kings Of the Blues (Albert, Freddie and B.B.) at the legendary Greek Theatre – taped in August 2015. On this release, Bonamassa is backed by a stellar band of blues musicians. Playing on a warm summer night to a nearly sold-out crowd, Bonamassa’s handpicked setlist of songs was called “spectacular” by Premier Guitar; Los Angeles Times said the show “had swing and Polish” and that “Bonamassa evoked the signature licks of all three icons while managing to put his own stamp on things.” Songs ranged from blues standards to deep cuts, including “Born Under A Bad Sign,” “Lonesome Whistle Blues,” “Hummingbird,” “Let The Good Times Roll,” and, of course, B.B. King’s famed “The Thrill Is Gone” as the evening closer. For Bonamassa, the tour’s importance deepened significantly when B.B., his friend and mentor, passed away two months before it began. “My only regret is that B.B. was not alive to see it,” said Bonamassa.


unnamed-17 The Sword: Low Country
The legendary Austin metal rockers return with Low Country, the alternate, stripped-down version of their critically acclaimed album High Country. The Sword has been categorized as a stoner rock and doom metal band, and is influenced by groups such as Black Sabbath and Sleep. The band has toured with a wide range of fellow rock and metal artists since it’s formation, including Metallica, Lamb of God and Clutch, and in recent years has also headlined it’s own tours.


unnamed-18 Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: Shine a Light
In March 2016, acclaimed singers Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles bound train at Chicago’s Union Station with the hope of reconnecting with the culture of American railroad travel and the songs it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track, the pair recorded songs while the train paused to pick up passengers. In waiting rooms and at the track side in St. Louis, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Alpine, El Paso and Tucson, they set up their recording equipment, performing classic railroad songs while keeping one eye on the train, bounding back aboard just before pulling out for the next town. After four days crossing the country, they pulled into Los Angeles at 4:30am, recording their final song in Union Station at dawn, just as the first birds began to sing. The resulting album Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad takes listeners along on that journey and will be released September 2016 on Cooking Vinyl Records. The album features the perfectly matched voices of Bragg & Henry and captures the varied atmospheres and environments in which they recorded – from the close proximity of soft furnished sleeping cars to cathedral-like ambience of waiting halls built to hold thousands of passengers. Containing thirteen-songs originally recorded by legendary singers such as Lead Belly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and more, Shine A Light reveals an often forgotten but integral part of America’s musical heritage.


unnamed-19 John Scofield: Country For Old Men
the jazz guitarist, John Scofield goes country! With the help of drummer Bill Stewart, organist and pianist Larry Goldings, and bassist Steve Swallow, Scofield renders 12 classic country tunes through the prism of vigorous modern jazz. Country icons including Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and George Jones are hereby reinterpreted by Scofield by focusing strongly on the melody of each song, accentuating his playing with a noticeable twang, which lends the music the requisite bucolic sensibility.


unnamed-20 Warpaint: Heads Up
It’s easy to get the wrong impression about Warpaint. The band’s studio albums (including their most recent full-length, 2014’s Warpaint) have tended to emphasize moody atmospheres: gauzy keyboards, hypnotic harmonies and sinister grooves. In concert, however, the Los Angeles quartet – vocalist/guitarist Emily Kokal, vocalist/guitarist Theresa Wayman, bassist/vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer/keyboardist/vocalist Stella Mozgawa – pair this moodiness with bumped-up tempos and sinewy beats. The music’s no less dark – but it has an additional rhythmic urgency and tension that can be surprising. Of course, confounding expectations has been part of Warpaint’s m.o. since the band formed in 2004. And so when the band convened to make their third studio album, Heads Up, they shared a common goal: to make a faster, dance-oriented record. “We’ve always had this really jammy, high-energy live show compared to some of our records,” Kokal says. “We all love to dance. We didn’t want to take away from the emotion or the core feeling of what our band is all about – which I don’t even think we could take out if we wanted, because it is who we are – but we wanted to bump the speed up and have a little bit more fun.” Mission accomplished.


unnamed-21 Devendra Banhart: Ape In Pink Marble
the ninth studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. The album was written, produced, arranged, and recorded in Los Angeles by Banhart with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, both of whom also worked on Banhart’s most recent album, Mala (2013). Devendra Banhart was born in Houston, TX, and moved with his mother to her native Caracas, Venezuela, when his parents separated. The family relocated to Los Angeles during his teenage years; it was there that he learned to speak English, skateboard, and play music. Banhart first began to perform in public while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. He has since lived in New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where he currently resides. An accomplished visual artist, Banhart’s distinctive, minutely inked, often enigmatic drawings have appeared in galleries all over the world. He has created the cover art for most of his records, including Mala, and in 2010 his artwork and packaging for What Will We Be was nominated for a Grammy.


unnamed Jake Shimabukuro: Nashville Sessions
is one of the most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging recordings yet from the man whose music has redefined the ukulele for the 21st century. In Shimabukuro’s gifted hands, the age-old Hawaiian instrument has become a medium for previously undreamed-of levels of expressiveness and musicianship. And with Nashville Sessions he’s reached a new plateau with the instrument. The result is one of the most bold and unique ukulele records ever made a new benchmark for the uke.


unnamed-22 The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues… Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire… slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona. -Chicago Tribune Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity… Swirling, snarling, riveting slide… The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice. Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping. -Living Blues In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues stringbending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Lil Ed And The Blues Imperials – bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton – have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any band), fueling his songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship. The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials is the musically electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun new album from the band Guitar Player calls “a snarling boogie-blues machine… they blow down the walls.” The CD features Lil’ Ed’s incendiary playing and playful, passionate singing, with the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Williams wrote or co-wrote all but two of album’s 14 songs, the others gems written by Uncle J.B. The Chicago Reader says the band’s music “is a soundtrack for dancing and celebration infused with a sense of hard-won survival. Williams attacks his lyrics like he attacks his guitar: with bare-bones intensity that makes each word sound like a matter of life or death.” With the new release, the band continues to bring their blistering Chicago blues to “Ed Heads” new and old. Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their many years together. Lil’ Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have seen sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends come and go. Meanwhile, their fiery music has more than stood the test of time. “We’re not band members,” says Williams, “we’re family, and families stay together.” Night after night, gig after riotous gig, the musical family called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials bring their big, dynamic Chicago blues sound to fans across the country and around the world.


New Releases from September 16, 2016:

 

unnamed-23 Usher: Hard II Love
is Usher’s long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Looking 4 Myself. The album features the “No Limit” (with Young Thug), “Crash,” “Missin U” and “Champions.” The latter comes from the motion picture Hands of Stone, in which Usher plays legendary boxer “Sugar” Ray Leonard.


unnamed-24 Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions
Three CD set. Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. The Complete BBC Sessions is an updated version of the collection that’s been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions. Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.” Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band’s rapid evolution over a short period of time.

unnamed-25 Willie Nelson: For The Good Times a Tribute To Ray Price
finds Willie paying tribute to one of his most legendary influences and longtime friend, Ray Price. The album debuts Willie’s new interpretations of 12 songs Price made famous, including “Heartaches by the Number,” “Crazy Arms,” “Night Life,” “Faded Love” and “For the Good Times.” It was produced and arranged by longtime Nelson and Price friends/collaborators, Fred Foster and Bergen White. For the Good Times showcases the breadth of Price’s output by featuring Nelson’s unique approach in his tribute. For the more traditional country songs, Nelson and Foster recruited the Grammy Award-winning Western swing outfit The Time Jumpers, featuring such luminaries as guitarist Vince Gill and pedal steel player Paul Franklin.


unnamed-26 Dawes: We’re All Gonna Die
Dawes are a alt-rock/roots outfit. Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.” The album was produced by Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes, Mandy Moore, Will Oldham, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. Jim James proclaims about We’re All Gonna Die, “The record sounds so fresh-yet fills me with a strange nostalgia for things that haven’t happened yet… I hear it at the beach and blasting out of car windows on future summer nights… easily having become a natural part of people’s lives.”


unnamed-27 Madeline Peyroux: Secular Hymns
jazz/blues vocalist, Peyroux set out to record a collection of songs with their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence. Here, Madeleine intimately renders tunes by seminal blues artists like Willie Dixon & Lil Green, gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, dub star Linton Kwesi Johnson, three renowned American composers (Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Allen Toussaint), 19th century composer Stephen Foster and ending with a traditional African-American Spiritual.


unnamed-28 Joey Alexander: Countdown
Joey Alexander (the 13 year old jazz pianist) has jaw-dropping ability and beyond-his-years artistry that brought him to some of the grandest stages, from performing at the Grammys and the White House, to appearing on the Today Show and 60 Minutes. Just over a year removed from his debut, the same maturity and dedication to his craft that made him a phenomenon is evident in his remarkable evolution on his sophomore release, Countdown. Now stepping forward as a composer, while still paying tribute to the jazz greats (Coltrane, Monk, Strayhorn), Joey is poised to continue his ascent to being one of the biggest names in jazz, recognized not as a prodigy, but as simply a great musician.


unnamed-29 The Devil Makes Three: Redemption & Ruin
is a 12-song cover-record with two distinct, but intertwined personalities. The first half of the record focuses on the faults and vices that can drive creation within music while the second half focuses on the absolution of life, the soul and forgiveness. The Devil Makes Three exhibits their wide range of influences including nods to the blues (Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters), gospel (Down in The Valley), country (Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams Sr.), buegrass (Ralph Stanley), and the obscure (Tom Waits). With the energy of The Devil Makes Three’slive show so prevalent in all of their recordings, Redemption & Ruin pays homage to where that energy was created and shaped.


unnamed-30George Carlin: I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die
The night before the attacks of 9/11, George Carlin was doing what he did best- harnessing his darkest thoughts and turning them into incisive long-form jokes live on stage. On that particular date Carlin was performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – part of what would be a four-year residency there – working toward his 12th HBO special. The plan was to title that special I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die, which, considering the names of the specials that bookended that one (You’re All Diseased and Life is Worth Losing) was, in hindsight, in line with the later-era tone of Carlin’s comedy. The next morning, however, a lot of people actually died and Carlin eventually decided to rename the special, recorded two months later at the Beacon Theater in New York, Complaints and Grievances. Any bits that he deemed in poor taste juxtaposed with the mass casualties and injuries sustained during the attacks on the World Trade Center were scrubbed and shelved. Seven years later Carlin died at the age of 71, before he could release that material. But 15 years after those bits were recorded, I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die is finally getting released.


unnamed-31 The Handsome Family: Unseen
the tenth studio album from husband and wife duo The Handsome Family and their first release since their unexpected worldwide fame when their song “Far From Any Road” was picked as the True Detective Season 1theme song. With it’s unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, the album explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where members Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM) and shines a light on the obscure and forgotten. Unseen continues The Handsome Family’s embrace of things beyond easy view: the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky. An epic western gothic masterpiece, Unseen draws from real life events. “Gold” first began when a bunch of twenty-dollar bills blew in Brett’s face in a parking lot dust storm and “Gentlemen” is a tribute to William Crookes who built the first vacuum tube in 1875, hoping to detect spirits from alternate dimensions. Many tracks fix around the idea that light emanates from things we can’t see, including behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers (“The Silver Light”), and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun (“King of Dust”). The album was recorded in the Sparks’ home studio at night “with only hawk moths listening” and features a rich tapestry of instrumentation which conjures images of the magical landscape of the couples New Mexico surroundings. Guest performers on the record include David Gutierrez (mandolin, dobro), Alex McMahon (guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel), and Jason Toth (drums).


unnamed-32Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land
My Piece of Land is Amanda’s third record and follows up 2013’s Down Fell the Doves and was primarily written while pregnant with her and husband Jason Isbell’s first child. The record was produced by Dave Cobb, who worked with Isbell on his Southeastern and Something More Than Free record to go along with albums by Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and many others.


unnamed-33Mac Miller: The Devine Feminine
The Devine Feminine is an album about women and for women. It features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, CeeLo Green, Anderson Paak and Ariana Grande, among others. Includes the singles ‘Dang!’ (produced by Pomo) and ‘We’ (produced by Frank Dukes).


unnamed-34 Die Antwoord: My Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid
In 2009, Die Antwoord (translated from Afrikaans as “the answer”) burst onto the international scene out of the deep dark depths of South Africa. The rave rap duo of Ninja and ¥o-landi Vi$$er introduced zef culture into the pop culture lexicon, and pop culture hasn’t been the same since. Early videos racked up a combined 35 million views, the band’s website crashed due to the influx of traffic, and no one has been able to look at Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon art the same way again. In total their videos have over 250 million views and their albums are approaching a million in sales worldwide. In 2014, Donker Mag contained their next breakthrough tracks and remarkable videos. Now Die Antwoord release their next masterpiece – My Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid and the breakthrough video for ‘Banana Brain’.

New Releases from September 9, 2016

unnamedNick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree

It’s the 16th studio album from alt-rock pioneers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. This follows the Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013). Skeleton Tree began it’s journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were formed in Melbourne in 1983 by lead singer Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout it’s career. They have released 15 previous studio albums and completed numerous international tours.


unnamed-1 Wilco: Schmilco
Schmilco is Grammy-award winning Wilco’s tenth studio album and it’s follow up to last year’s Star Wars. The album was record-ed at the band’s Chicago loft and is releases on their own label, dBpm Records. Wilco’s Schmilco is a mostly acoustic record, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tame one. It bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of 2015’s Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish ar-rangements that fans have come to expect. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after twenty-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. Schmilco is loose, and that’s a good thing.


unnamed-2 The Beatles
Digi-sleeve packaging accompanied by a 24 page booklet with brand new liner notes by David Fricke. 2016 release. The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is an album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career. While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, Grammy Award winning producer Giles Martin and Grammy Award winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including 13 featured on the album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.


unnamed-3 Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
is the definitive Jack White songwriting collection, spanning his 20+ year career. It includes White’s acoustic-based recordings with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and his acclaimed solo projects. The music included here is all-encompassing, highlighting White’s versatility, and the songs are presented with unique character in chronological order. As noted American author and music journalist, Greil Marcus, conveys in the albums liner notes: “The lack of electric guitar opens songs up to their own contrivance, and cuts out pretentions of seriousness and grandiosity in favor of the quiet, the ridiculous, the sly.” The completely remastered collection includes album tracks, B-Sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased studio recordings and is a must for any fan of the genius that is Jack White. 2 CD set.


unnamed-4 Bastille: Wild World
Deluxe edition includes five bonus tracks. 2016 release, the second studio album by English indie rock band Bastille. Wild World is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 debut Bad Blood and their experimental EP VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III), released in 2014. About this project they said: “It focuses in on the human condition. While some songs tackle how we endlessly absorb the horrors of the world through media outlets and television sets, or our newfound fascination for true crime, it also explores our innate need for relationships and human connection.” Bastille are a British indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band.


unnamed-5The Head and The Heart: Signs of Light
Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), Signs Of Light, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of The Head and the Heart’s finest work. Lead single “All We Ever Knew,” which was written during the Let’s Be Still era but never captured to the band’s satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while “Turn It Around” seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching it’s inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape. On Signs Of Light, that gamut of emotions is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson-penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. “It was one of those moments where no one talks,” Russell remembers. “No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.”


unnamed-6 St. Paul & the Broken Bones: Sea of Noise
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Half The City is the compelling full-length from the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency. All six members share writing credit on 10 of the songs on Half The City, with Janeway contributing lyrics. Half The City – vital, direct, emotionally affecting – presents the same engaged, high-voltage, in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce at their live dates, where Janeway’s extroverted performing style enraptures his audiences.


unnamed-7 The Time Jumpers: Kid Sister
from the Grammy-winning western swing band. Tragically The Time Jumpers lost their 11th member, vocalist Dawn Sears, who passed away Dec. 11, 2014. In many ways, Kid Sister is a tribute to the memory of Dawn, with various songs, including the title track, written in her honor. With ten members, multiple writers, seven lead singers, and an unending supply of virtuosity, the band is the very definition of versatility, while always maintaining their signature western swing style. The Time Jumpers formed in 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. They began as a garage practice session; the group started playing occasional gigs in the Nashville area until they were offered a regular slot playing at the Station Inn.


unnamed-8 Ronnie Earl: Maxwell Street
with The Broadcasters….


unnamed-9 Grouplove: Big Mess
the third album from the alt-rock quartet. Recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cuts (Grouplove’s own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins), Big Mess features the signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that first brought the Los Angeles quintet to prominence. No stranger to the worldwide festival circuit, Grouplove has made an album that brilliantly showcases their richly narrated songs with elaborate production. Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. Grouplove first came together in 2009 and soon were hailed as a great live act, both as headliners and at such international festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading + Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury.


unnamed-10 The Trio Collection
Complete 3 CD set or Selections 1 CD


unnamed-11 ZZ Top: Tonight at Midnight
With seven Billboard Top 10 albums to their name, multiple platinum album certifications all over the world and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary ZZ Top are officially the world’s longest running rock band with it’s original line-up intact. Now after over 45 years together, the Texan trio release their first official live album. Recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world, Greatest Hits Live picks the greatest moments and biggest hits from ZZ Top’s illustrious back catalog captured with the phenomenal energy of their renowned live performances. – ZZ Top had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed their path. They had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be flavor of the week. They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.


unnamed-12 Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know
With his seventh album, They Don’t Know, Jason Aldean continues to lead the way, advancing the sound and style that helped define today’s country music. With his first release since 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt-which debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart-the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year returns with a crowd-pleasing array of emotions and observations, from sizzling party-starters to hard-earned heartbreak. For Aldean, one key ingredient for the new project was getting back the kind of hard-charging tunes that helped make his name. “I’m super-proud of my last couple of records, but I always thought they could use a couple more of those big, up-tempo songs like ‘She’s Country’ or ‘My Kind of Party,’ ” he says. “So one goal going in this time was to find some of those big songs-and I think we got ’em.” One notable discovery was the album’s opener, “Lights Come On,” which showed up at the last possible minute. Just as Aldean and his band were putting the finishing touches on the record, he got an email from his friends Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, pitching a new song they had co-written.


unnamed-13 M.I.A.: Aim
the fifth album from the British hip-hopster. AIM is the follow-up to Matangi. The album was going to be called Matahdatah, with it’s original concept of audiovisual series filmed around the world. She considers it her most positive work, saying that there are “no complaints” on it, and announced it as her last album.

 

New Releases from September 1, 2016

De La Soul and the Anonymous NobodyDe La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody

the ninth album from the hip hop trio. And The Anonymous Nobody is their first studio album in four years. Includes the single ‘Pain’ featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and others. As the band states in their press release: “Hey, everybody! We are De La Soul: Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo. Over the last three years, we’ve collaborated with some of L.A.’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. We have a fantastic cast of artist we’ve collaborated with. Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have blessed us with their talents.”


unnamed-1The Bad Plus: It’s Hard

The Bad Plus’ eleventh studio recording, It’s Hard sees the leaderless trio – bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King – returning to the distinctive deconstruction of pop forms that first drew them international attention almost two decades ago. Recorded this past April at NYC’s Brooklyn Recording with longtime engineer Pete Rende (Joshua Redman, Bill McHenry), the album spans both era and inspiration as The Bad Plus offer new perspectives on classic songs from the 1970s to the 2010s. While the four most recent Bad Plus albums have focused on predominantly original material, It’s Hard showcases the trio’s inimitable gift for intrepid and audacious interpretation. A lyrical take on Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” stands alongside the motorik futurism of Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and the post-millennial indie creativity of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” and TV On The Radio’s “Staring At The Sun,” altering pop, prog rock, country, psychedelia, and more via an unmatched gift for wit, harmonic innovation and rhythmic brilliance. Their expressive reading of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” – coincidentally recorded a month before the legend’s untimely death – is a potent tribute to a figure that loomed large in the lives of these Minnesotan musicians. The Bad Plus has spent nearly two decades expanding the parameters of what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The genre-smashing band has crafted a repertoire of innovative original music, along with a daring series of iconoclastic covers spanning such diverse artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. No matter the material, The Bad Plus continue to mine the very same aesthetic principles that inspired their inception, exploring myriad musical forms through the unparalleled interpretive power of jazz.


unnamed-2Glass Animals: How To be a Human

Glass Animals’ rise has gained the Oxford four-piece a legion of fans all over the world. The band’s debut Zaba, released on Harvest Records, has so far sold nearly half a million copies worldwide and amassed 200 million Spotify streams. How To Be A Human Being is a scrapbook of their time spent on the road, gathering memories and perceptions of different types of people from all around the world.


unnamed-3Banks & Steelz: Anything But Words

Banks & Steelz – a musical collaboration between Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks. RZA and Banks first began working on music together in 2013. RZA told Rolling Stone at the time that the idea to collaborate with the Interpol frontman sparked after RZA’s manager asked him who he wanted to do an album with. “When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” RZA says. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”


unnamed-4The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Strong Like That

From the opening swampy piano runs, crispy funk lead riffs, earthy and raunchy harmonica runs, and Kim Wilson’s down-to-the-bone soul growls on the Motown classic “(I Know I’m) Losing You” to the bright Stax-inflected guitars and horns of the Eddie Floyd classic “Never Found Me a Girl,” The Fabulous Thunderbirds take flight on their new album, Strong Like That. The band balances the mournfulness of blues with all the joy of soul music, and the tunes here are often so bright that they drive us up out of our seats to the dance floor to groove to The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ smooth and soulful sound. Henry Carrigan, No Depression.


unnamed-5Morgan Delt
The invocation of classic West Coast psychedelia that permeates Morgan Delt’s Sub Pop debut album feels like a continuous sunrise, never concealing it’s influences yet perfectly putting it’s songs through a gauzy lens that blurs and obscures. Is such a thing even possible after witnessing umpteen reverb-jockeys creating their own take on the genre? Can anything truly different be done in the realm of being both original and reverent, wearing favorite records and artists’ moves on one’s sleeve? Definitely the case with our man here. After releasing a 6-song cassette in 2013 followed by a full length for the Trouble In Mind label, the California native now fine-tunes his sound world outwardly rather than honing in on a specific trajectory, allowing all of said influences to coexist together in a unique yet undoubtedly Californian vision. The resulting 10-song collection, performed entirely by Delt, recorded in his Topanga Canyon studio, and mastered by JJ Golden, is a home-fi construction with a more subtle, brain-tickling character than it’s predecessor, and somewhat reflects a realist take on the flower power fantasy of 1967. Doused in echo and haze, slow chords lap in like Pacific waves, flanked by gentle whispers of multi-tracked, cooing vox, phased guitars and fuzz that calmly surrounds the listener’s head less than it jabs at the cortex.


unnamed-6Butch Walker
As a writer of dozens of songs with hooks that stick in your head, Rolling Stone has called Butch Walker, “one of America’s best singer-songwriters,” as he has penned choruses you want to sing (or shout) along to from acts including Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, Taylor Swift, and many more. He is a teller of authentic stories of exploits and predicaments and romance that are filled with optimism; builder of albums with no boundaries – rock, pop, Americana, singer-songwriter… or, as he says, “I think it’s all just rock & roll.” Stay Gold, his 8th studio album, is clearly Walker’s most articulate to date. When asked if the stories are real or imagined, he replies, “All the songs are half true.”


unnamed-7Jack Ingram

From the artist who brought us numerous hit songs including “Wherever You Are,” “Barefoot and Crazy,” “Love You,” and “Barbie Doll,” along with “Seeing Stars,” an incredible duet with songstress Patty Griffin, comes a brandnew concept project from Texas native Jack Ingram. On his eighth studio album, Midnight Motel, Ingram finds the creative freedom to write his most expressive and emotionally raw songs to date.


unnamed-8J-Diggs

J-Diggs is a Bay Area fixture who is the co-CEO of the late Mac Dre’s label, Thizz Entertainment. He was one of the more prominent artists during Mac Dre’s prime before he was killed. His 2016 album, California Livin’ Pt. 3 features the late Mac Dre and The Jacka, as well as E-40, Berner, Nef The Pharaoh, and others.


unnamed-9Florida Georgia Line

the third album from the country superstars. Dig Your Roots was produced by Joey Moi, whom FGL have worked with since the start of their career. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard penned more than half of the tracks on the album. Includes the massive hit single “H.O.L.Y.” as well as “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw), “Life Is A Honeymoon” (featuring Ziggy Marley) and “God, Your Mama And Me” (featuring Backstreet Boys).


unnamed-10Todd

Deluxe CD/DVD edition comes in a special six-panel digipak. An incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren! Includes some of Todd’s best known songs including “Hello It’s Me” and “Bang On The Drum” plus fan favorites that haven’t been performed live in decades. Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on December 15, 2015.


unnamed-11Babs

The greatest star to ever come out of Broadway, Barbra Streisand returns to her roots with Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. This album includes duets with Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Anthony Newley, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, and Patrick Wilson. The legendary performer rose to unprecedented fame while starring on Broadway with her stage debut in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and then as comedienne Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. With the longest span of #1 albums in history – six decades – Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best-Selling Artists list. With the release of her last album, Partners, Streisand has had 33 albums make the Top 10 on the US charts. Streisand is the female artist with the most #1 albums in Billboard’s history. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. She has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, and eight Grammys.


unnamed-12Britney
the ninth studio album from the pop priestess. Includes the single “Make Me” (featuring G-Eazy). Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with nearly 100 million records sold worldwide. So far, Spears has earned a total of six #1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 – five of which went to #1. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.


unnamed-13Beach Men

Two CD collection of the earliest Beach Boys recordings. In September of 1961 Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Mike Love stepped up to a microphone together for the first time at the home of Hite and Dorinda Morgan to demo The Beach Boys’ first three songs. Between that September date and March 1962, before signing a seven-year contract with Capitol Records on May 24, 1962, they committed nine songs to tape under the direction of Hite and Dorinda Morgan. Some iconic, others obscure-“Surfin’, ” “Luau, ” “Lavender, ” “Surfin’ Safari, ” “Surfer Girl, ” “Judy, ” “Beach Boy Stomp” (aka “Karate”), “Barbie, ” and “What Is A Young Girl Made Of”- Every complete take, false start, master take, and every second of studio banter during these historic recordings is gathered on this landmark collection, Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions.


unnamed-14Make It Stop !

three CD collection released to coincide with the pop/rock quartet’s 50th Anniversary. The 50 tracks contained on this collection span their entire career from their 1966 debut single “Last Train To Clarksville” to the glorious “She Makes Me Laugh” and “You Bring The Summer”, both released five decades later (on their 2016 album Good Times). The Monkees are an American rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968.

New-ish Releases

Fred Hersch Trio: Sunday Night at the Vanguard
Jazz is too often portrayed as an art form defined by blazing young artists. It’s true that many jazz masters reach a mid-career plateau marked by small variations on a mature style. But there’s also a vanguard of players and composers who continue to refine and expand the art form in middle age and beyond, like Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Henry Threadgill, and piano maestro Fred Hersch, who is marking his 60th year with an astonishing creative surge. Hersch’s new recording Sunday Night at the Vanguard stands as the most profound and enthralling trio statement yet by an improviser whose bands have embodied the enduring relevance of the piano-bass-and-drums format for three decades. Recorded at the storied venue that’s become Hersch’s second home, Sunday Night at the Vanguard unfolds with all the dramatic intensity and narrative drive that make his performances a revelatory experience. Ebulliently playful and ravishingly lyrical, rhythmically elastic and harmonically exploratory, the trio plays with an extraordinary level of trust, assurance, high-wire poise and musicality throughout the set. “The thing that’s beautiful about Eric is his touch,” Hersch says. “He’s the straight man and John is the loose guy, though sometimes they reverse it.”
Atmosphere: Fishing Blues
As Atmosphere steps into their 21st year of making music, Slug & Ant show no signs of slowing, compromising or losing sight of their vision. Nor has time revealed any diminishing of those qualities that have brought them this far. After ending the previous year with a string of singles that led well into 2016, they still have an abundance of music on the way, including the album Fishing Blues. The title of this album may cause one to question; Is this the point in the career where Atmosphere chooses to step back, put up the Gone Fishin’ sign and reminisce about their successes? The answer, a resounding no, is found in the music, a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound. Their passion and creative spark are as illuminate as ever. Slug and Ant still have plenty of stories to tell.
Blind Pilot: And then Like Lions
album form the Portland, OR-based band. Blind Pilot turns loss into inspiration on it’s album And Then Like Lions (ATO Records). Written and composed by Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. Blind Pilot teamed up with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket) and the album was mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Kurt Vile). Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble. In the years since it’s inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians including The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers and Andrew Bird and have appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival.
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: Farewell Aldebaran
Omnivore Recordings is proud to reintroduce Farewell Aldebaran nearly fifty years after it’s first release. This is the first authorized and licensed reissue of this oft-bootlegged psych-folk classic-originally issued on Frank Zappa’s inventive Straight Records label-now remastered from the original masters. From baroque pop to guitar-driven rockers, Farewell Aldebaran employs the use of instruments as unconventional as bowed banjos and hammered dulcimers to vocal samples on a Chamberlin tape organ to an early use of the Moog synthesizer on the title track. Farewell Aldebaran still defies classification, but has more than stood the test of time. This long out of print album has now found a home, please say hello to Farewell Aldebaran!
The Ann Wilson Thing: Focus
EP. Ann Wilson, lead-singer of the renowned rock group, Heart, returns with the second EP in her ongoing series under the moniker, The Ann Wilson Thing! The project features covers of such artists as Peter Gabriel and Jimi Hendrix, as well as two brand new original tracks penned by Wilson and her guitarist/producer, Craig Bartock. This EP sees the celebrated Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee delving deeper into the music that has influenced her fabled career.
Of Monteal: Innocence Reaches
Of Montreal is one of the preeminent indie bands of the past 20 years – critical darlings who have received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Village Voice, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and Spin. They are known the world over for their over-the-top live show spectacle which has included frontman Kevin Barnes riding a live horse out onto the stage at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, elaborate stage sets, and often features more theatrical performers than musicians. The band has performed at everything from Coachella to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza to Sasquatch and even Hollywood Bowl opening for Miss Grace Jones.
Also NEW this Summer, some of our faves:
The Avett Brothers
The Earls of Leicester
John Gorka
Rob Ickes / Trey Hensley
Lori McKenna
Sara Watkins
Kenny Neal
Charlie Hunter
Stephen Ragga Marley
Michael Kiwanuka
C.W. Stoneking
Aaron Neville
Jeff Beck
Brian Wilson
Bun E. Carlos
Eric Clapton
Heart
Jerry Garcia
Neil Young
Rich Robinson
Aphex Twin
Death Grips
DJ Shadow
Snoop-Dogg
Blink-182
Deerhoof
Dirty Heads
Good Charlotte
The Julie Ruin
Modest Moon
Van’s Warped Tour

NEW RELEASES for the week of June 10, 2016

Colvin & Earle

Colvin & Earle

As Colvin & Earle, longtime friends and admirers Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces. Produced by the masterful Buddy Miller and recorded in his living room studio, Colvin & Earle contains six co-written originals plus inspired covers including the Rolling Stones ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ and Emmylou Harris ‘Raise the Dead.’ Few things can touch the magic of artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each other’s minds. Colvin & Earle is a prime showcase for their inimitable vocals and mesmerizing guitar playing, a flawless example of the creative process gelling into a gorgeous, cohesive whole. For this pair, both considered to be among America’s greatest living songwriters, Colvin & Earle showcase one of the finest records of their storied careers.


Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

The final album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in 2013, and with the rhythm section of Jay Bellerose and David Piltch-joined by guests Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Greg Leisz, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks-in Los Angeles in October 2015. The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. Toussaint’s children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father’s managers, said of the American Tunes album, “Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.”


Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

Band of Horses: Why Are You OK

the fifth album from the alt-roots-rock band. The album was produced by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Why Are You OK is the follow up to 2012’s Mirage Rock. The album contains 12 songs including ‘Solemn Oath’, ‘Dull Times/The Moon’, ‘Hold On Gimme A Sec’, ‘Whatever, Wherever’ and more. Band of Horses was formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. Their most successful album thus far is 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms. The band’s lineup has undergone several changes; although, the current members, Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, have all been with the band for several years.


Peter Bjorn and John:  Breakin' Point

Peter Bjorn and John:
Breakin’ Point

the Swedish trio! Breakin’ Point is Peter Bjorn and John’s seventh full-length studio album following up 2011 ‘s critically acclaimed Gimme Some and of course the 2006 million selling US single “Young Folks” that started it all. The album marks their first new release in more than five years. On Breakin’ Point the band had the opportunity to work with an impressive group of producers including Patrick Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn), Paul Epworth (Florence And The Machine, U2, Paul McCartney), Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Kanye West), Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Thom Monahan (Wild Nothing, Devendra Banhart). The result is a phenomenal album that finds the group reaching another career high. While the trio’s previous record Gimme Some was Peter Bjorn and John’s guitar driven power pop record that beautifully captured the energy of the band’s live show, Breakin’ Point is about creating big pop songs, taking advantage of all that the studio has to offer and crafting an album that is complex while sounding effortless.


Alligator Records:  45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator Records:
45th Anniversary Collection

Two CDs chock full with over 158 minutes of genuine houserockin’ music spanning the label’s 45-year history for the cost of a single CD! Features Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Albert Collins, James Cotton and many, many more! Housed in a beautiful 6-panel digipak with 24-page booklet featuring liner notes from head ‘Gator Bruce Iglauer.


Pure McCartney

Pure McCartney

Deluxe four CD edition (there is also a 2 CD set) including 18 Top 10 U.S. singles (nine of those #1s) and 67 total tracks. Pure McCartney is the only comprehensive career collection released of Paul McCartney’s solo works (outside of The Beatles) from his 45 year solo career. No material since 1989 has been represented on any compilation album. The collection was personally curated by Paul McCartney and many tracks have been remastered for this collection.


TMBG: Phone Power

TMBG: Phone Power

Phone Power is THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS’s 19th studio album and the last of three albums compiling songs from the 2015 iteration of Dial-A-Song. The album was announced in late 2014 along with the service itself and the other two albums as a “Dial-A-Song compilation” which would be included as benefits in the 2015 They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club. It was released digitally on March 8, 2016 for the public (and one day earlier for Instant Fan Club members), and the first They Might Be Giants release to feature a pay-what-you-want model.


Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums’ natural exuberance permeates their 2016 self-titled album, which celebrates walking to the beat of your own drum. “Turn It Up,” Fitz exhorts at the top of album opener and first single “HandClap.” The horn-and-beats fueled track captures the exhilarating sense of promise – and danger – that a night out and a new romance hold. The staccato “Complicated” paints a relationship that’s packed with both chemistry and conflict and bursts into an unexpected cheer. Echo and otherworldly keyboards make “Tricky” an intoxicating dance-floor anthem and a warning to any future lover, while “A Place For Us,” the album closer, encapsulates the band’s belief that there is a place in the world for each of us to belong, regardless of our differences. Fitz and The Tantrums was recorded in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim) produced eight of the album’s eleven tracks. Fitz produced “Fadeback” while Joel Little (Lorde) produced “Do What You Want” and Ricky Reed (Jessie J) helmed “HandClap.”


Brandy Clark:  Big Day in a Small Town

Brandy Clark:
Big Day in a Small Town

Features “Girl Next Door”. Before breaking through as a solo artist with 2013’s award-winning 12 Stories, Brandy Clark had long been considered one of Nashville’s most esteemed songwriters. She penned hits for Reba McEntire and Sheryl Crow, and is the woman behind chart-topping smashes like The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Kacey Musgraves’ CMA Song of the Year winner “Follow Your Arrow.” When Clark decided it was time to step in front of the microphone herself, the self-described “small passion project” that resulted, 12 Stories, went on to earn her multiple CMA and Grammy nominations, top myriad “Best Albums of the year” lists, and land her onstage with Dwight Yoakam at the 2015 Grammy Awards, in recognition of her nomination in the all-genre Best New Artist category. “One of Nashville’s finest storytellers” – The Washington Post. “Smart, clever, and just f*ing good” – Eric Church.


Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Box

Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Box

Expanded five disc (four CDs + Blu-ray Audio) collector’s edition (there is also a 2 CD set) presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus high resolution stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings. Pet Sounds is the 11th studio album by The Beach Boys, originally released on May 16, 1966. It initially met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response in the United States, peaking at #10 in the Billboard 200, a significantly lower placement than the band’s preceding albums. In the United Kingdom, the album was hailed by it’s music press and was an immediate commercial success, peaking at #2 in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart and remaining among the top ten positions for six months. Pet Sounds has subsequently garnered worldwide acclaim from critics and musicians alike, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history.


Joan Baez:  75th Birthday Celebration

Joan Baez:
75th Birthday Celebration

On January 27th, 2016, Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.


Branford Marsalis:  Upward Spiral

Branford Marsalis:
Upward Spiral

Legendary jazz greats Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling collaborate for the first time on a full album, Upward Spiral. They’ve been talking for a while about making a record together, and finally at the end of 2015 it all came together. They found time to play the new material in the New Orleans Snug Harbor club for four days and then recorded a variety of songs in the studio, all chosen because of their melodic richness and musical quality. Their versions of the chosen material are simply incredible, as the musicality of Branford and Kurt and their deep understanding of these songs shows through immediately.


Van Morrison:  It's Too Late To Stop Now..  Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Van Morrison:
It’s Too Late To Stop Now..
Volumes II, III, IV & DVD

Deluxe four disc (three CD + DVD) collection of previously unreleased live concert recordings from Van Morrison’s mythic 1973 tour with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra, It’s Too Late To Stop Now.. Volumes II, III, IV & DVD collates peak performances originally recorded at three venues: The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Civic Center, and The Rainbow Theatre in London. The set’s DVD features professionally-lensed live footage from the Rainbow Theatre, which originally aired on the BBC in the UK and is now available for the first time as a commercial home video release.


New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
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Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne highlight the week’s new musical releases and other fun music-related stuff.
We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB’s Mid-DayMusic and Our Roots Are Showing programs, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases.
Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm

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

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

Now on 103.5-FM

Your second chance to listen in on the discussion comes with Needle Droppings, a weekly new-release segment with our very own Doug Jayne and a rotating panel of music junkies, usually including Michelle Marques of KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording, Humorists (and Steve’s “Illegitimate Comedy Sons”, Juan Carlos and Marco Alvarez, Daedalus Howell, and whoever else we can squeeze into the meat-locker-like studio at KSRO.

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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We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune
But it’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all, I’m trying to get some rest
~Paul Simon

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