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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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Book Signing / Meet ‘n Greet with Larry Livermore

Book Signing / Meet ‘n Greet with Larry Livermore

February 13, 2016 @ 2pm

How to Ruin a Record Label
In 1987, off-the-grid punk agitator Larry Livermore began documenting the burgeoning DIY East Bay punk rock scene with the newly founded Lookout Records. He had no idea this little label, first run out of his solar powered cabin in the Northern California mountains, then a cramped room in the backstreets of Berkeley, would rise
to international prominence, introducing the world to the likes of Green Day, Operation Ivy, and a host of other
artists. How To Ru(i)n A Record Label documents the author s experiences from Gilman Street to Bialystok, Poland, as he
built Lookout from the ground up, only to find himself losing control of the label a mere ten years later, and abruptly walking away from the multi-million dollar company when it was at its peak of success. Throughout that time, however, he was central to the influential scene that gave birth to Gilman Street, Maximum Rocknroll, and a new generation of independent music that has had an everlasting effect on both the underground and mainstream. In the process, he just might even have found himself. Longtime Lookout Records fans will find this book answers all the questions they ever had about the rise and fall of this genuine punk rock institution, and for the uninitiated, this is a document of a time and place where the love of music brought together a bunch of misfits to create a community.

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New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
new release hour

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!
unnamed (19)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, Comedian Juan Carlos- and more!
Needle Droppings airs Fridays as part of The Drive With Steve Jaxon at 4:20pm on KSRO, at 1350-AM, 103.5-FM, and online at ksro.com. Tune in!

 

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.

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