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NEW RELEASES, January 22 & 29, 2016

NEW RELEASES for the week of January 29, 2016:


Tedeschi Trucks Band:  Let Me Get By

Tedeschi Trucks Band:
Let Me Get By

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


Buddy Miller & Friends:  Cayamo Sessions At Sea

Buddy Miller & Friends:
Cayamo Sessions At Sea

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


Bill Frisell:  When You Wish Upon a Star

Bill Frisell:
When You Wish Upon a Star

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


Dream Theater: The Astonishing

Dream Theater: The Astonishing

 

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


Sia: This Is Acting

Sia: This Is Acting

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


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Bloc Party: Hymns

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


Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind

Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind

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


J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive LIVE

J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive LIVE

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


2016 Grammy Nominees

2016 Grammy Nominees

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


The Nevermen

The Nevermen

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



 

NEW RELEASES for the week of January 22, 2016:


Aoife O'Donovan:  In The Magic Hour

Aoife O’Donovan:
In The Magic Hour

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


Megadeth: Dystopia

Megadeth: Dystopia

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


Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Nice review on Pitchfork


Tortoise: The Catastrophist

Tortoise: The Catastrophist

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


Jack Bruce & Robin Trower: Songs From The Road

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower:
Songs From The Road

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


Wes Montgomery: One Night in Indy

Wes Montgomery:
One Night in Indy

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


 

 

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

Died: January 28, 2016, San Francisco, CA

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

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The stars look very different today

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

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

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

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: I Long To See You

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels:
I Long To See You

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

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


Lloyd - Frisell duo

Charles Lloyd is coming to Healdsburg!


Exmortus: Live Forth

Exmortus: Live Forth

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


 

Jason Marsalis: Heirs of the Crescent City

Jason Marsalis:
Heirs of the Crescent City

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


 

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

Panic! at the Disco:
Death of a Bachelor

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Rest in Peace David Bowie!

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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.
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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.
Why?
Because it’s really good.
Why?
Shut Up.
Why?


 

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:

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