NEW RELEASES for the week of February 5, 2016

Lucinda Williams:  The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams:
The Ghosts of Highway 20

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


Rihanna: Anti

Rihanna: Anti

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


Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night

Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night

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


Luther Dickinson:  Blues & Ballads a Folksinger's Songbook

Luther Dickinson:
Blues & Ballads a Folksinger’s Songbook

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


Elliott Smith:  Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

Elliott Smith:
Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

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


Freakwater: Scheherazade

Freakwater: Scheherazade

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


The James Hunter Six:  Hold On!

The James Hunter Six:
Hold On!

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


The Infamous Stringdusters:  Ladies & Gentlemen

The Infamous Stringdusters:
Ladies & Gentlemen

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


Dr. Dog: The Psychedelic Swamp

Dr. Dog: The Psychedelic Swamp

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


The Cult: Hidden City

The Cult: Hidden City

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


Bonnie Prince Billy: Pond Scum

Bonnie Prince Billy: Pond Scum

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

NEW RELEASES, January 22 & 29, 2016

NEW RELEASES for the week of January 29, 2016:

Tedeschi Trucks Band:  Let Me Get By

Tedeschi Trucks Band:
Let Me Get By

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

Buddy Miller & Friends:  Cayamo Sessions At Sea

Buddy Miller & Friends:
Cayamo Sessions At Sea

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

Bill Frisell:  When You Wish Upon a Star

Bill Frisell:
When You Wish Upon a Star

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

Dream Theater: The Astonishing

Dream Theater: The Astonishing


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

Sia: This Is Acting

Sia: This Is Acting

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

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Bloc Party: Hymns

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

Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind

Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind

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

J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive LIVE

J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive LIVE

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

2016 Grammy Nominees

2016 Grammy Nominees

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

The Nevermen

The Nevermen

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


NEW RELEASES for the week of January 22, 2016:

Aoife O'Donovan:  In The Magic Hour

Aoife O’Donovan:
In The Magic Hour

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

Megadeth: Dystopia

Megadeth: Dystopia

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

Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Nice review on Pitchfork

Tortoise: The Catastrophist

Tortoise: The Catastrophist

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

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower: Songs From The Road

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower:
Songs From The Road

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

Wes Montgomery: One Night in Indy

Wes Montgomery:
One Night in Indy

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



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

Died: January 28, 2016, San Francisco, CA

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


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The stars look very different today

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

From David Bowie’s last photoshoot:

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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These are a few of our favorite things…

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:

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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
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