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NEW RELEASES
for the week of August 14, 2015:


Grace Potter: Midnight

Grace Potter: Midnight

2015 release from the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Midnight is Potter’s first solo album and her first release since she and her band The Nocturnals released The Lion The Beast And The Beat in 2012. Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood with producer Eric Valentine, whose own diverse discography-from Queens of the Stone Age to Nickel Creek-evidences a similarly adventurous spirit and openness to possibility. If Valentine’s studio work has a distinguishing characteristic, it’s his hard-hitting sonic signature, which is on display throughout Midnight’s dozen tracks. The core studio band consisted of Potter and Valentine on most of the instruments, with Burr on drums and percussion. In addition, members of Potter’s longtime band The Nocturnals: guitarists Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco and bassist Michael Libramento contributed to the sessions, as well as former tour-mates and friends including singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, Audra Mae, Noelle Skaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age.


 

Vintage Trouble: One Hopeful Road

Vintage Trouble: One Hopeful Road

Over the past few years, Vintage Trouble have wowed audiences across the globe by opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring with legends like The Who and AC/DC, and playing sold-out headline shows worldwide. Now, on their first album for Blue Note Records, the Los Angeles-based foursome – singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson – channel the vitality and passion of their live show into a fresh and urgent take on guitar-powered rhythm & blues. Produced by Blue Note president and three-time Grammy Award-winner Don Was, 1 Hopeful Rd. Finds Vintage Trouble building off the groove-fueled sound that Yahoo! #once painted as ‘James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin’ and blending blues, soul, and riff-heavy rock & roll with joyfully gritty abandon. As heard on lead single ‘Run Like the River,’ 1 Hopeful Rd. #matches Vintage Trouble’s emotional intensity with a raw yet sophisticated musicianship that’s prompted the New York Times to name the band modern-day answer to Otis Redding and BBC Radio 6 to anoint them ‘the heirs of rhythm and blues.’


 

The Waifs: Beautiful You

The Waifs: Beautiful You

release from the Australian folk rock outfit. Singer/songwriters Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn, and Josh Cunningham (along with bassist, Ben Franz and drummer, David Ross Macdonald) make up he Waifs. Their 2002 radio smash “London Still” was followed by a tour with Bob Dylan and ARIA Awards including Best Independent, and Best Blues And Roots Release. Each album they have recorded-from 1996’s self-titled debut to 2011’s acclaimed Temptation- has found The Waifs maturing as writers and performers. Beautiful You is their first new album in four years and features their trademark sound: a bit of Blues and Roots, a bit of Country, a bit of Jazz, anything really.


 

Jon Cleary: GoGo Juice

Jon Cleary: GoGo Juice

GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans’ premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each one of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary’s musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.


 

Soulfly: Exchange

Soulfly: Exchange

Deluxe Edition includes bonus DVD. Formed in 1997, Soulfly has become a mainstay in contemporary heavy metal. Led by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, Soulfly has released 9 full-length albums with combined sales of over 1million records. Mixing many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal, world music and punk, Soulfly are known for crafting something completely unique in the modern heavy music landscape. Archangel, the band’s 10th full-length release, was recorded in the Spring of 2015 with Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Deftones). Armed with Max Cavalera’s four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of Soulfly has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in metal. In the studio is lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in Soulfly almost as long as Max was in Sepultura), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max’s 21 year-old son, Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in Lody Kong and Soulfly. Special appearances on Archangel by Todd Jones (Nails), Matt Young (King Parrot) and more!


 

NEW RELEASES
for the week of August 7, 2015:


Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods

Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods

 

Considered “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” (NPR), Iris DeMent has returned with an album unlike any other in her illustrious career. Featuring original music and melodies by Iris, The Trackless Woods (August 7) sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends and fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity.”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record The Trackless Woods in her living room over a five-day period.The result is a breathtaking pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ sui generis style with timeless melodies that are deeply rooted in the American South. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, and she says “I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”


 

Gregg Allman LIVE: Back to Macon

Gregg Allman LIVE: Back to Macon

Two CD edition. Gregg Allman is one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and awarded icons in rock and roll history. Although the Allman Brothers wrapped their 45-year career, Gregg shows no signs of slowing down. This marks his first-ever official solo BR release. This set includes 18 favorites such as “Whipping Post,” “Melissa,” and “Midnight Rider” plus exclusive interview footage.


 

Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss

Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife, an inverted thunderstorm, the dark backward, the abyss of time.”


 

Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction

Compromise is not a concept Cattle Decapitation is willing to entertain. Ever. Over the course of nineteen years and six full-lengths the San Diego quartet have more than proven this. Defining themselves as one of the most vital, brutal, and relentless forces in extreme music, with The Anthropocene Extinction they have delivered a volatile, apocalyptic beast that is as hideous as it is compelling. ‘I feel that something rare happens with our band in that we get better and better with each release rather than going in the opposite direction’ states vocalist Travis Ryan. ‘As we get older we feel we have less to lose, which is freeing, and we really want to go as far out on a limb as we can without losing the extremity that has always driven us.’


 

Langhorne Slim and the Law: The Spirit Moves

Langhorne Slim and the Law: The Spirit Moves

Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. THE SPIRIT MOVES marks his second with rock-solid band The Law, and the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Way We Move which sold 30,000 units.


 

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio

Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio

A live album event and posthumous tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, who passed away in 2014. It is a legacy recording of Haden in concert with the equally iconic pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Blue Note in Tokyo in March of 2005. The two great musicians had been playing together for 20 years at the time of the recording, which features the Rubalcaba/Haden collaboration, “Nocturne.” Also included are liner notes written by Mr. Rubalcaba, Cameron-Haden, Charlie’s widow, and Ned Sublette.


 

Mac DeMarco: Another One

Mac DeMarco: Another One

Written and recorded during the downtime between a relentless touring schedule, ANOTHER ONE is an eight-track release that expands the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog, showing the maturity of Mac’s progression as songwriter: it’s a bit more refined, a bit more sophisticated, but nonetheless retains the guts and soul of classic Mac.


 

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee's Feathers

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee’s Feathers

from the Grammy-winning jazz singer. Dee Dee’s Feathers is her debut album for OKeh Records and is the first collaboration from Bridgewater and the Grammy- winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), founded by artistic director and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. Dee Dee’s Feathers is a modern vision of New Orleans and features traditional songs such as ”Big Chief,” ”St. James Infirmary” and ”What a Wonderful World” along with new compositions ”Congo Square” and ”C’est ici que je t’aime.” The album transports the listener through the historic New Orleans neighborhood of Treme. Over the course of a multi-faceted career spanning four decades, Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, Dee Dee won the 2010 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She was a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, and throughout the ’70s, she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.

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We lost a good one last week, friends. The passing of our treaured pal Audrey Auld has been like a swift kick in the gut. Only 51 years old…Paul Libertore is a professional writer and put it much better than I could: www.marinij.com/obituaries/20150810/…
Save a spot for me Audrey!
Audrey Auld

If I could bring you anything
I’d bring a banquet for a king
Cheese and wine and fruit and pies
A taste of everything
I’d have baked you a cake
But the hacksaw didn’t fit the pan
I’d bring more than I could hold
In these two hands

If I could bring you anything
I’d bring a meadow full of flowers
Hummingbirds and dragonflies
No fences for miles
You’d lay on the grass
Feel the sun kiss your face
I’d bring the open sky
Erase time and place

If I could bring you anything
It would be peace of mind
An ocean of serenity
Freedom inside
I’d bring love to the lonely
Afraid to ever love again
And beer for the innocent
To drown their sorrows in

If I could bring you anything
It would be Jesus Christ,
Buddha, Mohammed,
Whatever gets you through the life
Good whiskey for those
Who don’t believe any more
And pot for those who need
To think on it some more

But all I could bring
Was my guitar and these songs
Bread and roses for the wayward
Been hungry so long
I’ll take with me the memory
Of the day my life was changed
And the hope that when you leave this place
You never come back again
~Bread and Roses Audrey Auld

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NEW RELEASES for the week of July 31, 2015:

Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar

the follow-up to his 2013 double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart. Born To Play Guitar was produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy’s longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. The recent recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include seven Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


 

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy

the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus and the band’s debut for Merge Records. The central narrative of TMLT concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. TMLT is both the crown jewel of the band’s discography and the legend that contextualizes their entire body of work.


 

Joss Stone: Water For Your Soul

Joss Stone: Water For Your Soul

is a culmination in Joss Stone’s travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul had been written and demoed before Joss’s Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a 10 day frenzy, with strings being recorded in London, percussion in Hawaii and Joss pulling it together at her own Home Grown Studios in Devon.


 

Natalie Imbruglia: Male

Natalie Imbruglia: Male

album from the three-time Grammy nominee, songwriter, actor and model. Imbruglia, best known for her 1997 hit song “Torn” and the accompanying video, finds inspiration for her new album from her favorite male songwriters. As the title suggests, Male – her first album since 2009 – is a collection of classic and contemporary songs all performed by men including Cat Stevens (“The Wind”), Tom Petty (“The Waiting”), Neil Young (“Only Love Can Break Your Heart”), Damien Rice (“Cannonball”), Peter Townshend (“Let My Love Open the Door”) and The Cure (“Friday I’m in Love”). The first single from Male is “Instant Crush,” which was originally recorded by the electro-pop Grammy winners Daft Punk.


 

Albert Hammond Jr: Momentary Masters

Albert Hammond Jr: Momentary Masters

the third solo album from The Strokes’ guitarist. “I feel like the best songs I’ve written, as soon as I was done, I was like, “Oh my God, I did it!’ But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes,” he explains. “It’s the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that’s what being creative is: It’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.” Thus Hammond Jr. Has called his third solo album Momentary Masters. Many years have passed since the release of his two solo records, 2006’s Yours to Keep and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama?, and truthfully, the person who created those songs is in a very different place now. Back then Hammond Jr. #was swept up in a whirlwind, one-fifth of The Strokes, indulging in an intoxicating cocktail of excess and all-consuming romances. When he finally sobered up, getting back into writing music was a daunting challenge.


 

Llanne La Havas: Blood

Llanne La Havas: Blood

When touring for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? came to a close, Lianne La Havas headed to Jamaica with her mother for a long-awaited holiday that evolved into an experience of self-discovery. She enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Exploring her roots inspired La Havas’s writing. Lyrically, she says, the songs she wrote are almost all related to “the feeling of who you are and where you come from.” And musically, La Havas took inspiration from Jamaica’s love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation. McGregor ultimately joined in the making of Blood along with a rich collection of others, including Adele/FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and Matt Hales of Aqualung.


 

Rock Candy Funk Party: Groove is King

Rock Candy Funk Party: Groove is King

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2015 release, the second studio album by this supergroup featuring Joe Bonamassa, Tal Bergman, Renato Neto, Mike Merritt, Ron DeJesus, and Daniel Sadownick. The bonus DVD includes nearly an hour of footage.


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Led Zeppelin 3 reissues from the weak-sauce years; remastered with bonus tracks

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New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith
new release hour KRCB-FM New Release Hour

Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne highlight the week’s new musical releases and other fun music-related stuff.
We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB’s Mid-DayMusic and Our Roots Are Showing programs, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases.
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TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
Needle Droppings with Doug Jayne
Your second chance to listen in on the discussion comes with Needle Droppings, a weekly new-release segment with our very own Doug Jayne and a rotating panel of music junkies, usually including Michelle Marques of KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording, Comedian Juan Carlos- and more!
Needle Droppings airs Fridays as part of The Drive With Steve Jaxon at 4:20pm on KSRO, at 1350-AM, 103.5-FM, and online at ksro.com. Tune in!

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I ran all the home
Just to say I’m sorry
What can I say
I ran all the way
Yay, yay, yay

I ran all the home
Just to say I’m sorry
Please let me stay
I ran all the way
Yay, yay, yay

And now I’m sorry, sorry, sorry
I didn’t mean to make you cry
Let’s make amends
After all, we’re more than friends
Yay, yay, yay

I ran all the home
Just to say I’m sorry (sorry)
What can I say
I ran all the way
~Harry Giosasi and Artie Zwirn

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NEW RELEASES
for the week of July 24, 2015:

  Amy Helm: Didn’t It Rain  
Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her debut solo album Didn’t It Rain. The spell-binding dozen-song set is rooted in first-person experience, love and loss on such emotionally resonant originals as the smoldering first single ‘Rescue Me,’ the hushed, lilting ‘Deep Water,’ the meditative ‘Roll Away’ and the stark, haunting ‘Wild Girl.’
Watkins Family Hour
 – an acclaimed musical collective featuring siblings Sara and Sean Watkins along with Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Greg Leisz and Sebastian Steinberg – will release their debut, self-titled album on July 24. Additionally, in celebration of the release, the collective will take their ‘variety show of epic proportions’ (Los Angeles Times) to cities across the U.S. this summer kicking off with a performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Watkins Family Hour, recorded live over three days in the studio of their friend and producer-engineer Sheldon Gomberg, captures the freewheeling spirit of the collective’s live shows. An all-covers affair, the album additionally includes Sara leading vocals on the Grateful Dead’s ‘Brokedown Palace,’ Sean essaying Roger Miller’s wistful ‘Not In Nottingham,’ from Disney’s 1973 animated Robin Hood, and Apple singing ‘Where I Ought To Be,’ originally performed by Skeeter Davis.
Warren Haynes: Ashes & Dust    
solo album from Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band) that features acclaimed string band Railroad Earth. Guest artists on the album include Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin, former Allman Brothers Band co-conspirators Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones, and Mickey Raphael. The first single “Spots of Time” was co-written with long time Grateful dead bass player Phil Lesh.
The Bootleg Honeys: Tribute to Kate Wolf
On February 21st, 2015, The Bootleg Honeys spent a sold out evening sharing their music with 60 of their closest supporters.  Along with a set of our original tunes, they also played a set of some of their favorite Kate Wolf songs.  Engineer and drummer Mark Tarlton recorded the show on a four track Zoom recorder to serve as a memento of the night, but when they heard what he had captured, they knew they couldn’t keep it to themselves. There was some magic in the air that night at the Gypsy Cafe…
Joe Satriani: Shockwave Supernova     
Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realization as the springboard and creative center for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launches his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova. Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaire Bryan Beller.
Roger Waters: Amused To Death Limited CD + Blu-Ray edition
includes a bonus BR disc containing a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio. Digitally remastered edition of this 1992 album features remaster completed by longtime Roger Waters/Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer, James Guthrie. The art has been updated for 2015 by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters’ 2010-2013 The Wall Live tour and movie. An unblinking look at an entertainment-obsessed society, Amused to Death addresses issues that have only grown in complexity and urgency over the past two decades. With Amused to Death, Roger Waters sounded the alarm about a society increasingly and unthinkingly in thrall to it’s television screens. Twenty-three years later, Amused to Death speaks to our present moment in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago. In 2015, television is just one option in an endless array of distractions available to us anytime, anywhere, courtesy of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. With eyes glued to our screens, the dilemmas and injustices of the real world can easily recede from view.
Ashley Monroe: The Blade     
At age 11, Ashley won a talent contest in Pigeon Forge, TN  where she sang “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”, and found steady work at a theater there. Her parents played songs by the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. After her father died from cancer when she was 13, Monroe and her mother moved to Nashville so she could pursue her career in music. After a year in Nashville, she gained a publishing deal as a songwriter, which then led to her signing to a record contract with Sony Records  and she recorded her debut album in 2006. Longtime friends, Monroe, Miranda Lambert and newcomer Angaleena Presley formed an all-girl trio Pistol Annies, and released their album Hell on Heels, in April 2011.

In late-2008, Monroe collaborated with The Raconteurs and Ricky Skaggs on The Raconteurs single, “Old Enough”, which was released in bluegrass form, and as a music video.
Monroe contributes backing vocals as a member of Jack White‘s Third Man House Band, which performed with Wanda Jackson on her newest album, The Party Ain’t Over, which was released on January 25, 2011.
The Blade is Ashley’s 2nd solo album.
Kacey Chambers: Bittersweet          
the 10th studio album from singer, songwriter and storyteller Kasey Chambers. Bittersweet is her first solo record in four years. Produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers) at Australia’s Studios 301, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey from the ‘expected’. Signifying a new phase in her exciting and expansive career, Bittersweet sees Kasey enter the studio without producer/manager/ brother and good luck charm Nash Chambers for the first time.
Muddy Waters 100      
this official and authorized centennial tribute to Muddy Waters is a once-in-a-lifetime CD event that celebrates, commemorates and contributes to the importance of this American icon and his musical legacy. This album features Muddy Waters band alumni and many of today’s preeminent American blues and roots artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Keb’ Mo’, John Primer, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, and others. 15 tracks, all new recordings. Each song has been selected to represent a different period of Muddy’s career.
Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans    
The Loud & Proud Records team and Lynyrd Skynyrd have enjoyed success together for over 15 years and we are proud to continue the tradition with the release of the 2 CD/DVD Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans, a celebration of the band’s incredible musical legacy. As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theater from demolition in 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their live album, One More From The Road, at the landmark theater. Their title Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans, was inspired by that legendary album’s title. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million worldwide, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to build on the legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Their last album, Last of a Dying’ Breed, debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200, making it their highest charting album since 1977.
Albert Cummings: Someone Like You     
For his newest recording, ‘Someone Like You,’ Albert chose to record in Southern California with Grammy-winning producer David Z. (Buddy Guy, Prince, Jonny Lang, Gov’t Mule) at the helm. Said Z, ‘Albert Cummings writes, plays, and sings the blues like nobody else. What a blast to watch him jell in the studio with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles.’ One of those musicians was Blind Pig labelmate and leader of The Basic Cable Band on the Conan TV show, Jimmy Vivino, who performs on three cuts. Cummings said, ‘I’m tremendously excited about this CD and the team of people that will be working this record. It was such a pleasure to also work with David Z and Jimmy Vivino and so exciting to share their excitement about the potential this record has.’
Death Angel: A Thrashumentary.   
Not every band who does an autograph signing at The Last Record Store can rise up to be musical legends, but every once in a while a group is able to exceed all expectations and define the boundaries of a genre. Among one of the youngest bands ever to storm the metal world, Death Angel have come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the 80s Bay Area Trash Metal scene. Death Angel weren’t just a band, they were family! Originally formed in 1982 by five cousins, including surviving members, guitarists Rob Cavestany and vocalist Mark Osegueda, ‘A Thrashumentary’ tells the story of the bands incredible musical journey and of a dream that called for blood!
Lea DeLaria: House of David            
album by the actress and vocalist best known as Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. The first major jazz reworking on Bowie’s beloved catalog, the album features tracks such as a smooth bossa nova interpretation of “Golden Years,” a trenchant “Life On Mars?” and a roof-raising gospel take on “Modern Love.” Delaria boasts a multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician; she holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television.
Ricked Wicky: King Heavy Metal            
the second album from prolific indie artist Robert Pollard’s self-described “supergroup” (tongue practically piercing his cheek with self-deprecating irony). King Heavy Metal is a hitherto undiscovered species of rainforest songbird capable of changing colors in the ultraviolet and infrared spectrums. At once prog-struck, collagist, technically impressive, and melodically complex, King Heavy Metal lives up to and subverts its title over the course of its 12 songs. There’s stuff on here that wouldn’t be out of place on any post-Isolation Drills Guided By Voices album, stuff that wouldn’t be out of place on an alternate-universe mid-70s Who album, and stuff that’s as lo-fi, booze-addled, and sloppy as anything from “classic”-era GBV. Pollard’s determined to establish Ricked Wicky as more than just another solo or side project: it’s a proper, self-contained group, with significant contributions, both instrumental and songwriting, from guitarist Nick Mitchell (long time GBV/Pollard stalwart Kevin March supplies drums). Mitchell sings lead on two songs here, both presumably written by him as well.

New Releases for the week of July 17, 2015

Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free

Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell’s 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press and went on to sell over 150,000 copies. Isbell was the subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine and Wall Street Journal to NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit made multiple television appearances, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Austin City Limits. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (‘Cover Me Up ‘) and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. At David Letterman’s personal request, Jason and his wife, Amanda Shires performed on one of the last episodes of The Late Show in April 2015.


 

Tame Impala Currents

Tame Impala
Currents

the highly anticipated third full length album from the much loved Australian band. Currents is the follow up to 2012’s Lonerism. Kevin Parker, the musician behind Tame Impala, explained that Currents is about the process of personal transformation. He said, “It follows the progression of someone feeling like they are becoming something else. They’re becoming the kind of person they thought they’d never become.” The cover art for Currents was created by Kentucky-based artist and musician Robert Beatty. Parker has said Currents’ designs are based on a diagram of vortex shedding he remembered while trying to visualize the album’s themes. Includes the single ‘Let It Happen’.


 

Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell Sing Into My Mouth

Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell
Sing Into My Mouth

a collaboration between two of Americana’s most respected singer/songwriters. Longtime friends Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam unveil their first ever collaborative album, Sing Into My Mouth, a homage to 12 songs that have had indelible influence on both of it’s creators. Classics interpreted range from Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody),” Sade’s “Bulletproof Soul” and El Perro del Mar’s “God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get)” – the original having recently been featured on HBO’s Girls – to deep cuts like Them Two’s “Am I a Good Man?”


 

The Chemical Brothers Born In The Echos

The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echos

the Grammy winning British duo’s first album in five years. Born In The Echoes quickly remind us of their influence and importance. As electronic music further ingrains itself in the fabric of mainstream music, the band delivers a master class in pushing the boundaries of the genre they helped establish. Having recently collaborated with Lorde & Miguel on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack, Born In The Echoes features guest appearances from Beck, St. Vincent, Q-Tip and others. Includes ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’, ‘Under Neon Lights’, ‘Taste Of Honey’ and many more. The Chemical Brothers are still three steps ahead while the rest of the electronic world plays catch-up!


 

Ratatat Magnifique

Ratatat – Magnifique

Following up on the experimental sounds of LP3 and LP4, Ratatat return to their core guitar-driven sound on Magnifique. Combining the bedrock beats and primordial riffs from their first two albums with the sonic experimentation and production prowess of LP3 and LP4, Mike and Evan arrived at a new plateau with Magnifique.


 

Sublime with Rome

Sublime with Rome

studio release from Sublime with Rome, the alt-rock group born from the ashes of Sublime. Their last release, Yours Truly, debuted with 35K and has scanned 153K RTD. The album includes the song ‘Sirens’ featuring musical assistance from Dirty Heads.


 

Galactic Into the Deep

Galactic
Into the Deep

Hailing from New Orleans, Lousiana – Galactic has been exploring their seemingly limitless musical possibilities for more than 30 years. Since then, the band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other. Into The Deep includes collaborations with artists they’ve made connections with over the last 20 years including Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, JJ Grey, Maggie Koerner and more.


 

Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975

Miles Davis at Newport
1955-1975

Deluxe four CD set includes 40-page booklet with authentic and rare photos, plus double-sided foldout poster. Miles Davis At Newport: 1955-1975 Bootleg Series 4 tracks Miles’ ascendance over eight live festival performances spanning 20 years in Newport, New York, Berlin, And Switzerland. This 296-minute program includes nearly four hours of previously unreleased material. Features Miles’ stellar band line-ups in 1955, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975. Every concert features a who’s who of Jazz! From the ’50s featuring Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, to Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb; to the mid-’60s second great quintet featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams; into the ’70s, rock and R&B-rooted musicians like guitarists Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas, electric bassist Michael Henderson, Mtume on percussion, plus jazz drummer Al Foster.


 

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters Father's Day

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Father’s Day

The current Blues Foundation ‘Blues Guitarist Of The Year,’ Ronnie Earl, returns with ‘Father’s Day,’ his 9th album on Stony Plain. For the first time in decades Earl includes a horn section, bringing him back to his early days as front man for Roomful Of Blues. Playing with spellbinding intensity and soul, Earl has a legion of fans that await each new release.


 

Sly and the Family Sone Live at Fillmore East

Sly and the Family Sone
Live at Fillmore East

Four CD set. Previously unreleased live release recorded in 1968 at the legendary Fillmore East. This box contains both the early and late shows from October 4th and 5th, 1968. On those nights, shortly after the release of the band’s third album Life, Sly & The Family Stone took the stage at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East in New York City. Along with the success of ‘Dance To The Music’, which was released earlier that year and spun off the Top 10 hit of the same name, Sly & The Family Stone were making a name for themselves on the concert circuit, with their dynamic, high energy live performances. Epic Records recorded all four of these concerts (two shows per night) with plans to release a live album that would consist of selections from these performances but the release was shelved until now.

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