The stars look very different today

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

From David Bowie’s last photoshoot:

LRS window display by Josh Staples:

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

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: I Long To See You

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels:
I Long To See You

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

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

Lloyd - Frisell duo

Charles Lloyd is coming to Healdsburg!

Exmortus: Live Forth

Exmortus: Live Forth

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


Jason Marsalis: Heirs of the Crescent City

Jason Marsalis:
Heirs of the Crescent City

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


Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

Panic! at the Disco:
Death of a Bachelor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Rest in Peace David Bowie!

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This time each year many music know-it-alls come up with “top ten lists”.
We at The Last Record Store are no different; all of our staff has cobbled together our lists,
and are on display for you to behold.
But, even a music insider like myself looks at these lists and thinks, “who in the hell is Vietnamese Probiotic?”

So, here are a few selections that I’m offering in hopes of helping you with last minute shopping:

~ Christmas Music
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: It’s a Holiday Soul Party
The best new Holiday album this year.
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Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You is a classic.

You will be a hero if you take these CD’s to a party and replace the tired Andy Williams album that has been playing on the hi-fi.
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New Albums by old guys that still rock:

unnamed (3) Los Lobos: Gates of Gold

unnamed (4) Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin: Lost Time
Los Lobos still has it; one of the America’s greatest groups.
Former Blasters Dave and Phil are recording together again; their song
“Worlds in a Bad Condition” is one of the best songs of 2015.


Good album for someone that says “Back in my day…”
unnamed (5) Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care

Duets with Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, and a wonderful cover of The Spinners, “Love Don’t Love Nobody”


Looking back on two American musical treasures:

unnamed (6) Bruuuce: The Ties That Bind Box Set
Dude was so prolific that he has 2 CD’s of unreleased tracks from his double album “The River”.

unnamed (7)Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge
Outakes, alternate versions amd rehearsals from Bringing it all Back Home, Highway 61 Revsited, and Blonde On Blonde. A fascinating look at one of the most creative periods, by one of the greatest artists ever.


Fantastic new Jazz and such a deal! 3 CD’s for around $25

unnamed (8)Kasami Washington: The Epic
Good reason that this album is on so many top ten lists; it is an unexpected, rich and rewarding Jazz classic.


New Music From The Greatest Living Blues Artist:
unnamed (9)Buddy Guy: Born to Play the Blues
Buddy still has it. This is a great album…


3 excellent Americana albums:
unnamed (10)Chris Stapelton: The Traveler
The dude that tore up the CMA awards dueting with Justin Timberlake.
No wardrobe malfunctions. Phew.


unnamed (11)Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free
Last years Americana artist of the year released his best album yet.


unnamed (12)Watkins Family Hour
Sara & Sean Watkins, Fiona Apple and an assemblage of awesome players.
Covers by Roger Miller, Robert Earl Keen, Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead.
It is charming!


For folks that love Neil Young:

unnamed (13)Neil Young at The Blue Note
A trip down memory lane for us lucky enough to see this band at the Cotati Cabaret.
Neil and big band with horns, and many previously unreleased songs.


Two newish artists with great albums:
unnamed (14)Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit


Fresh and distinctive rocker from Austrailia

unnamed (15)Kurt Vile: B’lieve I’m Going Down

A breath of fresh air on this 6th! album from former member of War on Drugs


Wonderful Kid’s album

unnamed (16)They Might Be Giants: Why?
I love this record.
Because it’s really good.
Shut Up.


Gift Certificates, Tee Shirts, Turntables, Cassettes.
Why shop anywhere else?
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Sonoma County Covers Project

Available on Tuesday Dec 8 at Last Record Store
and available Monday Dec 7 at Lagunitas
click here for CD details:
Sonoma County Covers Project
27 songs performed by 27 artists
covering 24 songwriters with connections to Sonoma County (most of them live here)
with proceeds benefiting KRCB FM Radio 91
FREE FREE FREE admission to CD Release/KRCB Holiday Party
on Monday December 7, 5:30-8:30pm
at Lagunitas Tap Room in Petaluma
280 N. McDowell Boulevard Petaluma, Calif. 94954
LIVE music; CD and beer sales benefit KRCB

New Releases

NEW Releases December 4, 2015:


Coldplay: Head Full of Dreams

Coldplay: Head Full of Dreams

the seventh studio album from the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning British band. A Head Full Of Dreams is the follow-up to their 2014 album Ghost Stories. The album was produced by Rik Simpson and Stargate. Coldplay began working on A Head Full of Dreams in the summer of 2014 while they were promoting their sixth album Ghost Stories. Revitalized, they’ve made an album that’s bursting with energy, color and big, life-affirming moments such as the deliciously ebullient first single ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ and the rocket-powered ‘Hymn for the Weekend.’ Coldplay has never enjoyed making a record more than this one. Nor have they been happier with the results.


Chi-Raq: OST

Chi-Raq: OST

Original soundtrack to the 2015 feature film directed by Spike Lee and written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film is described as a satire and to have as a subject gang violence prevalent in some neighborhoods on the city’s south side, particularly, Englewood. The film is based on Lysistrata, a Greek comedy by Aristophanes, but Lee told Chicago magazine that he would not characterize it as a musical. Includes tracks by Nick Cannon, R. Kelly featuring Tink, Jennifer Hudson, The Bruce Hornsby Band featuring Eryn Allen Kane and Sasha Go Hard, Sophia Byrd, and others.


Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South Expanded

Allman Brothers Band:
Idlewild South Expanded

Deluxe two CD edition adds 12 tracks not included on the original release. Bonus tracks are a combination of live tracks, studio cuts and outtakes. Digitally remastered edition of this 1970 album by the Southern rock band. Idlewild South is the second studio album by The Allman Brothers Band. Produced by Tom Dowd, the album was released on September 23, 1970, in the United States by Atco Records and Capricorn Records. Following the release of their 1969 debut, the Allman Brothers Band toured the United States extensively to promote the album, which had little commercial success. Due mostly to the band’s relentless touring schedule, Idlewild South was recorded gradually over a period of five months in various cities, including New York, Miami, and Macon, Georgia, the band’s home. Tom Dowd had previously been arranged to record the group’s debut but was unavailable. The material presented on Idlewild South was written during this period and tested out on the road at shows. The album’s title comes from the band’s nickname for a ramshackle, remote cabin the band rented out and used for rehearsals, as well as wild parties. Idlewild South contains two of the band’s best-known songs, “Midnight Rider” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, which became one of the band’s famous concert numbers.


Bette Midler: A Gift Of Love

Bette Midler: A Gift Of Love

Bette Midler s A Gift Of Love includes 18 of her best love songs. This collection spotlights a number of incredibly poignant tracks, like her cover of Marshall Crenshaw’s “My Favorite Waste Of Time” from No Frills (1983); “Every Road Leads Back To You” from the soundtrack to her film For the Boys (1991); “Shining Star” from Bette (2000); plus five tracks from her platinum release Bette of Roses (1995), including “It’s Too Late” and “As Dreams Go By”. A Gift Of Love would not be complete without three of Midler s biggest hits: “The Rose” from the 1979 film of the same name in which Midler starred; the #1 Grammy-winning smash “Wind Beneath My Wings” from another Midler film, Beaches; and “From A Distance”, from her double-platinum album Some People s Lives (1990).


Johnny Cash Man in Black: LIVE in Denmark

Johnny Cash Man in Black:
LIVE in Denmark

Live archive release by the country legend. In 1971, Johnny Cash was sitting on top of the world, riding a wave of hit singles that had topped the country charts, winning a Grammy Award with wife and duet partner June Carter Cash for their rendition of “If I Was a Carpenter,” and, since 1969, hosting a weekly music-variety program on network TV. Originally recorded for Danish television, this release spotlights Cash backed by his airtight backup band, The Tennessee Three, along with duets with June Carter Cash; appearances from Mother Maybelle Carter and her daughters Anita and Helen, Carl Perkins (of “Blue Suede Shoes” immortality) and The Statler Brothers, much loved for their off-the-wall humor and homespun four-part harmonies. Also included in this spirited set are early hits from the 1950s, including “I Walk the Line” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”; unforgettable tunes penned by Kris Kristofferson (“Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Me and Bobby McGee”); the comical crossover pop hit “A Boy Named Sue”; and Cash’s then-recent hit “Man in Black,” which introduced Cash’s infamous alter ego who stood up for underdogs everywhere. The stirring gospel finale of “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” featuring Cash and all his guest performers, is the perfect ending to a most ebullient performance by one and all.


Johnny Mars: Adrenalin Baby LIVE

Johnny Mars: Adrenalin Baby LIVE

Adrenalin Baby was recorded primarily at his Brixton Academy and Manchester Apollo shows during Johnny’s ‘Playland’ tour in support of his Top 10 solo albums ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Playland’. In addition to material from his solo albums, ‘Adrenalin Baby’ also features takes on The Smiths’ classics ‘The Headmaster Ritual’, ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘How Soon Is Now?’. The collection is completed by Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It’ and Johnny’s interpretation of ‘I Fought The Law’.


Fleetwood Mac: Tusk Expanded

Fleetwood Mac: Tusk Expanded

Three CD edition. Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic 1979 album by Fleetwood Mac. Includes the remastered original album, an alternate version of the complete album made up of session outtakes, most of which have never been released, as well as an additional selection of singles, demos and remixes, including an outtake of the Top 20 hit “Think About Me,” an early version of “That’s Enough For Me” called “Out On The Road,” plus several incarnations of “I Know I’m Not Wrong.” The follow-up to the hit album Rumours, Tusk is considered experimental, primarily due to Lindsey Buckingham’s sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques. Bassist John McVie has commented that the album sounds like “the work of three solo artists” (Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie), whilst Mick Fleetwood later proclaimed that it is his favorite and the best Fleetwood Mac studio album created by the group. Costing over $1 million to record (a fact widely noted in the 1979 press), it was the most expensive rock album made up to that point.


Them: The Complete 1964-1967

Them: The Complete 1964-1967

Three CD anthology. The Complete Them 1964-1967 is the most thorough collection of Van Morrison’s early studio and live performances ever assembled. It includes all material recorded for the first two Them albums – The Angry Young Them (1965) and Them Again (1966)- in addition to singles, demos, live sessions, alternate takes and rarities, many of them long unavailable or previously unreleased. All tracks have been newly remastered for this collection and the package includes a 16-page booklet featuring an insightful new commentary on Them provided by Van Morrison.

NEW Releases November 27, 2015:

Pope Francis: "Wake Up, Jack!"

Pope Francis: “Wake Up, Jack!”

containing prayers and official speeches of His Holiness accompanied by new modern musical compositions inspired by the hymns of the Christian tradition. The sweetness of his voice. Prayers of his word. Francis comes alive!


Jaco: OST

Jaco: OST

Original soundtrack to the 2015 documentary showcasing revolutionary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius. Features classic solo and Weather Report tracks plus new recordings by TechN9ne, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Robert Trujillo of Metallica and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers as Mass Mental. The innovative musician Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987) revolutionized bass guitar in the 1970s and 1980s not unlike how Jimi Hendrix changed the sound of the guitar in the 1960s. To commemorate his short but incredible career, Pastorius is the subject of Jaco. Produced by Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Jaco features rare and unreleased footage of Pastorius and interviews with fans and collaborators including Sting, Herbie Hancock, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bootsy Collins and Joni Mitchell. A rare piece of music history.


TMBG: why?

TMBG: why?

from the lovable indie pop duo, their long awaited return to children’s music. What kind of album is Why? Well, it’s not bad for you but it’s not good for you either. It’s just about fun, like TMBG’s first kids album No! Why? is memorable songs in family-friendly package with none of that pandering aftertaste. Right out of the gate TMBG hits the listener with the odd brilliance of “Oh You Did” through the folkie charm of “Out of A Tree,” the full rocking of “Or So I Have Read” the perky “I Just Want to Dance,” and wrapping things up with the optimism of “Then The Kids Took Over.” Why? has everything to delight both kids and parents.


Danzig: Skeletons

Danzig: Skeletons

from the metal/punk band fronted by vocalist Glenn Danzig, best known for his work with the Misfits and Samhain. Skeletons is an album of cover versions with Danzig’s unique take on songs originally performed by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Black Sabbath. The album’s first single is the theme from the biker film “Devil’s Angels”. ‘My attitude with covers is, make it your own or else leave it alone.’ – Glenn Danzig.


Mogwai: Central Belters

Mogwai: Central Belters

three CD set. Central Belters is a career retrospective of the group’s work to mark their 20th anniversary. The album contains highlights from the group’s albums, non-album singles, and some rarities. Mogwai are a post-rock band. They formed in 1995 in Glasgow. The band typically compose lengthy guitar-based instrumental pieces that feature dynamic contrast, melodic bass guitar lines, and heavy use of distortion and effects.


Circles Around the Sun:  Interludes for the Dead

Circles Around the Sun:
Interludes for the Dead


two CD set. The mystery of just who was behind those freewheeling tunes that kept the crowds groovin’ during Fare Thee Well’s intermissions has been revealed! Circles Around the Sun, a band convened by guitarist Neal Casal, formed specifically to record just for the shows and the results were so captivating, and the audience response so overwhelmingly positive, we decided to give the music a proper release.


Björk: Vulnicura Strings

Björk: Vulnicura Strings


Björk presents a strings version of her highly-acclaimed eighth studio studio album Vulnicura, officially titled Vulnicura Strings. The original version of Vulnicura layered the boom and crack of electronic beats with an intense vocal melody and incredible string arrangements by Björk which have been performed live with a fifteen chair orchestra. The new version is musically wholly comprised of strings, with new violin solos by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and strings recorded by a Viola Organista. Björk used the only Viola Organista in the world to perform some of the arrangements; an instrument which was designed originally by Leonardo Da Vinci but not built until after his lifetime. The instrument uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ). The instrument was recorded in Krakow, Poland by it’s constructor Sławomir Zubrzycki and here is where the album reached completion.


Dweezil Zappa: Via Zammata'

Dweezil Zappa: Via Zammata’

Dweezil Zappa has returned to his musical roots with his new CD release Via Zammata’. Fusing analog tape and tube guitar amps alongside surprising instruments such as fretless guitar and the oud, Zappa draws you into his intimate, and multifarious musical world. Armed with unexpected vocal arrangements that sound like the Beach Boys procreated with the Bulgarian Women’s choir, this collection of 12 uniquely orchestrated songs represents a true metamorphosis for Dweezil Zappa the solo artist. The album was produced and arranged by Dweezil Zappa and features songwriting collaborations with Frank Zappa and John Malkovich.


SOLID GOLD(to make you feel old):

re-issued and expanded anniversary editions of
Goo Goo’s, King Diamond, Stormtroopers of Death and J Tull


Flaming Lips:  Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997

Flaming Lips:
Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997

Three CD edition. 2015 collection from the alt-rock weirdos. Clouds Taste Metallic, the band’s seventh album, is considered one of The Lips’ best and earned them much critical fanfare. Released on September 19th, 1995, Clouds Taste Metallic is also the last Lips album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones. Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997 features the entirety of Clouds Taste Metallic plus the rarities The King Bug Laughs (Oddities and Rarities) (a collection of previously unreleased, promo-only, and compilation-only tracks gathered together and available for the first time ever in one place. Also includes a promo-only compilation entitled Due To High Expectations The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons, and then a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s club show at Moe’s captured in Seattle on May 10th, 1996.


and 3 re-issues of Los Lobos LIVE:

NEW Releases November 20, 2015

Adele: 25

Adele: 25

Highly anticipated 2015 album from British singer/songwriter and pop superstar Adele. 25 is her first new music since her Oscar winning single “Skyfall” in 2012. “Hello” is the debut single from 25. The cinematic video for “Hello” was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal and is directed by the celebrated young Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm). In 44 years, she will release Adele: 69

Carly Simon: songs from the trees

Carly Simon: songs from the trees

two CD collection from the singer/songwriter, a musical companion to the legendary singer/songwriter’s long-awaited memoir. Songs From The Trees features two unreleased tracks. With 31 tracks spread across two discs, the compilation spans a great deal of the award-winning artist’s stellar career, from her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to her meteoric solo career, which yielded 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song “You’re So Vain.”

Enya: Dark Sky Island

Enya: Dark Sky Island

The Enya creative triumvirate – Enya, producer and sound engineer Nicky Ryan, and lyricist Roma Ryan – started work on the album in the spring of 2012. Inspired by Roma’s work on a series of poetry books themed around islands and specifically the island of Sark’s decision to be designated as a dark sky island, the album’s title track was the first song to be written for the collection. The album’s buoyantly optimistic first single “Echoes in Rain” possesses an irresistible surge of globe-trotting euphoria which made it an obvious choice as the album’s lead track. While it shares the adventurous themes of Enya’s breakthrough hit “Orinoco Flow,” it’s rhythmic march instead celebrates the anticipation of a journey’s end.
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Leslie West: Soundcheck

Leslie West: Soundcheck

Soundcheck is the sixteenth solo album by legendary rock guitarist Leslie West. Leslie West (born Leslie Weinstein, October 22, 1945) first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 as the guitarist and singer in the groundbreaking rock band Mountain. West’s wholly unique sound, distinguished by beautifully melodic phrasing, his slow, wide vibrato, and a crushing guitar tone set the standard in the late sixties and early seventies for blues/rock guitar playing of the highest order. Leslie lays down some of his most inspired musical magic to date with the assistance of true rock royalty: the renown British guitarist Peter Frampton and Brian may, ex-Jeff Beck keyboard virtuoso Max Middleton, vocalist extraordinaire Bonnie Bramlett and the late great Cream bassist and longtime friend of Leslie’s, Jack Bruce. Soundcheck is co-produced and engineered by West’s collaborator Mike “Metal” Goldberg, who he shared “helped me get my sound down on ‘tape’ as they use to say, and did an amazing job as he always does.”

Shovels & Rope: Busted Jukebox Volume 1

Shovels & Rope:
Busted Jukebox Volume 1

is a collaborative effort between critically acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope and their close friends. The 10 song collection finds the band covering well known songs or tracks they have written or performed with other artists in the past. Album features collaborations with Shakey Graves, Lucius, J Roddy Walston, Butch Walker and more.

Tech N9ne: Strangeulation II

Tech N9ne: Strangeulation II

collaborative release from Kansas City’s Tech N9ne, a follow-up to critically acclaimed album Special Effects. Tech’s last collabo album Strangeulation (2014) has scanned 83k to date. Special Effects has sold 121k+ albums to date. Strangeulation II’s first two singles dropped via Strange D2C – “MMM (Michael Myers Mask)” and “Slow To Me” (featuring Krizz Kaliko and Rittz).

Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All -the DVD, JACK !

All Or Nothing At All -the DVD, JACK !

the definitive account of the life, music and career of Frank Sinatra, the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. Told in his own words through extensive archive interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, the film weaves the music and images from Sinatra s life together with rarely seen footage of Sinatra s famous 1971 Retirement Concert in Los Angeles. The film s narrative is shaped by Sinatra s song choices for that concert, which director Alex Gibney interprets as the singer s personal guide through his own life. With the participation of the Frank Sinatra Estate, family members and archivists, Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All is an intimate portrait of the singer, the actor and the man. Additional interview segments with Jerry Weintraub, Emil Davidson, Robert Wagner & Jill St John, Quincy Jones, Jerry Lewis and Mia Farrow.

Fare Thee Well (until next time)
More Grateful Dead than Bubba Gump’s got shrimp !

Two CD set_______2 DVD set____Four CD + two DVD set.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the “core four” original members – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir – reunited at Chicago’s Soldier Field on 4th of July weekend for one of the most anticipated concert events in recent history. Joined by Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby. Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead is the original members’ last-ever performance together nearly 20 years to the day of the last ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue.

Rolling Stones: From the Vault

Rolling Stones: From the Vault

1DVD/2CD. Continuing the very successful From The Vault series of classic, previously unreleased Rolling Stones live shows this release is taken from their performance at Roundhay Park in Leeds, England on 25 July 1982. This show was the last concert on their 1982 European Tour in support of 1981 s acclaimed Tattoo You album which would be their last live tour for seven years. About half of the Tattoo You album is included in the set including the hit single Start Me Up . This would be the last Rolling Stones show to feature Ian Stewart on piano. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

Rush: R40 LIVE

Rush: R40 LIVE

3CD + DVD. All roads have led to this. Forty-one years in the making, the R40 Live tour took a very real journey back through time. Beginning with the grand design: a state-of-the-art stage set that pivots, rolls and dives, and brings Clockwork Angels in to bombastic, colorful life before marching stridently back in time (through theatre stages, a panoply of band and fan shots, the accrued memories of a life spent playing live) to a mocked-up school gym and the band playing there; a solitary bass amp set on the chair behind Geddy Lee, a mirror ball spiraling crazily above, casting thin rods of light like a light rain across the crowd, “Working Man” coming to a shuddering halt as the band’s beginning becomes their end. Rush recorded and filmed R40 Live over two sold-out shows in the band’s hometown of Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on June 17 & 19, 2015 in the middle of their R40 Live 35-date North American tour. R40 Live had the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, performing a career-spanning live retrospective, celebrating their 40+ years together. The epic live shows by the Rock Hall of Famers were captured with 14 cameras to present the band feature-film style.R40 Live audio was produced by Rush & David Botrill, and mixed by David Botrill (Tool, Muse); the film was directed by Dale Heslip, and produced by Allan Weinrib. The live photograph on the cover of R40 was shot by baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who captured the band in a rare moment when both Geddy Lee and Alex LIfeson were on Neil Peart’s drum kit riser.

Roger Waters: The Wall

Roger Waters: The Wall

Two CD set. Roger Waters The Wall captures Roger Waters’ sold-out 2010-2013 The Wall Live tour, the first complete staging of the classic Pink Floyd concept album since 1990. A tour-de-force of rock ‘n’ roll stagecraft anchored in a powerful message of peace and compassion, The Wall Live became a must-see concert event for music fans everywhere. It played to over 4.5 million people at more than 200 shows across four continents, making it the most successful worldwide tour by a solo artist in history. Roger Waters The Wall is produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Paul McCartney) and offers an exhilarating listening experience for generations to enjoy. It is the ultimate concert souvenir not only for the fans who saw the show, but for those who weren’t there or who may be discovering The Wall for the first time.

Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits

Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits

Tracy Chapman releases her long-awaited Greatest Hits album which brings together, for the first time, classic tracks from Chapman’s celebrated career that now spans four decades and includes eight best-selling studio albums. Compiled by Chapman herself, the featured songs have also been newly remastered. Since her eponymous debut in 1988, Chapman has captivated audiences around the globe with her pure voice, evocative songs and intense spirit, and her ear for authenticity infuses these 18 tracks with a visceral and emotional resonance.

The Who: LIVE in Hyde Park

The Who: LIVE in Hyde Park

live release from the British rock legends. One of the greatest live bands of all time, The Who played London’s iconic Hyde Park in 2015 with very special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr and others. Filmed on June 26th this year as The Who celebrated their fiftieth anniversary, this stunning show from London’s famous Hyde Park is a triumphant return to their home city. On a glorious summer evening the band delivered a brilliant performance of all their greatest hits in front of a 50,000 strong crowd. With a series of stunning backdrops making full use of the huge screens surrounding the stage and an exceptional light show this is a Who concert on a grand scale but as Pete Townshend says at the start of the show, “You’re a long way away…but we will reach you!”. He’s absolutely true to his word. The Seeker is a bonus track on the DVD

Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes

Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes

Four CD set. Weather Report’s The Legendary Live Tapes features sensational unreleased performances all “completely, totally, unapologetically and insanely live” recorded by the legendary jazz group from 1978 to 1981. Formed by onetime Miles Davis sidemen Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter in 1970, Weather Report defied categorization in the 15 years they recorded together. Inspired by their “electric” collaborations with Davis, Zawinul and Shorter would lead Weather Report into unpredictable territory, from free-jazz to structured but sprawling multicultural jazz-rock. The dramatic addition of electric bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius to the lineup in 1976 led to an even more energetic and daring Weather Report, who would even score a crossover hit in 1977 with “Birdland.” A year later, drummer Peter Erskine joined the fold, creating one of the band’s most notable lineups; that lineup would expand to a quintet with the addition of percussionist Bobby Thomas, Jr. In 1980. These two lineups, responsible for some of Weather Report’s most important moments, are chronicled in this four-disc set, sourced from never-before-heard soundboard tapes recorded by longtime live mixing engineer Brian Risner. Produced by Erskine and executive produced by Joe Zawinul’s son Anthony, this package uniquely showcases Weather Report’s extensive prowess as a band, opting not to replicate the ebb and flow of a standard Weather Report set at the time, instead offering a uniquely curated experience that captures the dazzling directions the group took at the arguable height of their powers.

Coming soon

Coming soon

Flaming Lips Box / Scorpions DVD / They Might Be Giants / Danzig / Bjork
Jethro Tull / Dweezil Zappa / Los Lobos / S.O.D. / Goo Goo Dolls
“Jaco” Soundtrack & DVD / and Pope Francis (really; no shit!)

and a local collection near and dear to our hearts:
Sonoma County Covers Project

Sonoma County Covers Project

Sonoma County Covers Project

27 songs performed by 27 artists
covering24 songwriters with connections to Sonoma County (most of them live here)

with proceeds benefiting KRCB FM Radio 91

Due December 7, 2015

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