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NEW RELEASES for the week of April 15, 2016:

Santana IV

Santana IV

the 23rd studio album by Santana and the fourth album by almost the entire Woodstock-era classic lineup. The album reunites the early 1970s classic lineup of Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve and marks the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet has recorded together. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts. The origins for the reunion go back several years, when Schon suggested that he and Carlos Santana record together. Santana liked the idea but went one better, proposing that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. After initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015, amassing 16 new tracks that combined all their signature elements – Afro-Latin rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and irrepressible jubilant percussion work. About the Santana IV team, Santana stated: “It was magical, we didn’t have to try to force the vibe – it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana.”


Graham Nash: This Path Tonight

Graham Nash: This Path Tonight

a collection of 10 songs from veteran British singer/songwriter Graham Nash. Produced by Shane Fontayne, this is Nash’s first solo record of new music in fourteen years. The title track, ‘This Path Tonight’, is the debut single. Like the album, the song is one of reflection and transition of a singer/songwriter whose career (the Hollies, CSN, CSNY) has spanned more than five decades and counting. Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Award winner, and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).


Sturgill Simpson:  A Sailor's Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson:
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

the third album from the country singer/songwriter. Produced by Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” Recorded primarily at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, “Cowboy” Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth follows his break-through, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Beloved by critics and fans, the record was featured on year-end “best of” lists at The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voices’ Pazz and Jop, Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music, American Songwriter, Stereogum, the Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Pitchfork, The Washington Post and many others.


P J Harvey:  The Hope Six Demolition Project

P J Harvey:
The Hope Six Demolition Project

from acclaimed British singer/songwriter Polly Jean Harvey. The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. “When I’m writing a song I visualize the entire scene. I can see the colors, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with”, says Harvey. The album was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’ saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences.


Del McCoury: Del and Woody

Del McCoury: Del and Woody

Woody Guthrie is one of America’s greatest songwriters. Del McCoury was dubbed a “national treasure” by the Washington Post. Though Woody’s career had concluded before Del’s began, the two are teaming up in an unlikely way as Del is setting Woody’s handwritten lyrics to music. The Woody Guthrie archives features almost 3,000 song lyrics that were either never set to music, or the music was never preserved. Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, asked Del to resurrect these tunes. The result is nothing short of fantastic, and the Del McCoury Band has recorded these songs for the world to hear.


Sonny Rollins: Holding The Stage

Sonny Rollins: Holding The Stage

Live archive release from the jazz legend. Holding the Stage (Road Shows, Vol. 4) is pure Sonny Rollins – it is the essence of Sonny Rollins as a musician. The music is some of his most expressive live recordings, from 1979 at the Pori Jazz festival in Finland to 2012 in Marseille and Prague. The album features a stunning five minute solo performance, a groovy version of “Don’t Stop the Carnival” and a beautiful “In a Sentimental Mood”. The 10 tracks on the album simply confirm: Sonny Rollins is one of a kind, a master improviser and unique musician. Over the span of his storied and still-unfolding 65-year career, Sonny Rollins has established himself as one of the giants of jazz – a towering influence, a trailblazer, a powerfully creative force in music.


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:  Person A

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:
Person A

the fourth album from indie-folk mainstays, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2013 self-titled album. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a 10-piece musical ensemble founded in 2007 during the year-long recording of their first album, Up From Below. Since it’s founding, the band has undergone several iterations. Most notably, singer Jade Castrinos left the band in 2014. According to lead singer Ebert, this marked a transformation in the band’s music. ‘We had long been a social experiment first, musicians second. Over time, though, we were emerging, by virtue of hours spent, into a group of musicians who could really play together. When Jade left, that confirmed our new fate music first.’ The shift is tangible on Person A. Recording the music almost entirely in one room together in New Orleans, their approach was a far cry from their ramshackle, come-one-come-all philosophy audible on recordings of their previous albums. ‘We seem to be done for now with distractions from the music itself, the bones of it,’ says Ebert. This album also marks the first time that the band has jointly collaborated on a majority of the songwriting.


Sam Beam: Love Letter For Fire

Sam Beam: Love Letter For Fire

is a collaboration between Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop. The 13 track album features the singles “Every Songbird Says” and “Valley Clouds,” and was written throughout 2014. Love Letter for Fire was produced, recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, Decemberists, Neko Case) at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR and mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, TN. Love Letter for Fire features Beam and Hoop on vocals and guitar along with Robert Burger (keys), Eyvind Kang (violin, viola), Glenn Kotche (drums, percussion), Sebastian Steinberg (bass) and Edward Rankin-Parker (cello). The album also features a cover photo by Sam Beam. As Iron and Wine, Sam Beam recorded for Sub Pop from 2002-2007, releasing a number of highly-acclaimed albums, singles, and EP’s. He went on to record for Warner Brothers, Nonesuch, and 4AD. Jesca Hoop is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She is an incredible live performer, known for her wonderfully-eclectic take on folk, rock, and electronic music. Hoop has released five albums and two EPs and has recorded for Bella Union and Vanguard.


J Dilla: The Diary

J Dilla: The Diary

includes 20 page booklet plus limited edition J Dilla sticker. The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! And Karriem Riggins.



NEW RELEASES for the week of April 8, 2016:

The Lumineers: Cleopatra

The Lumineers: Cleopatra

from the Grammy-nominated outfit. It took four years for The Lumineers to follow up their platinum-plus self-titled debut – which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 – but Cleopatra is well worth the wait. During that time, The Lumineers – whose original members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites founded the band in Ramsey, New Jersey back in 2002 – earned a pair of Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Americana Album). Cleopatra proves Schultz and Fraites – along with cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek- are neither taking their good fortune for granted, nor sitting back on their laurels. With the help of producer Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Avett Brothers), the man Wesley calls “our shaman,” the band ensconced themselves in Clubhouse, a recording studio high atop a hill in rural Rhinebeck, N.Y., not far from Woodstock. The band had total artistic freedom in writing and recording the album, so Wesley and Jer pushed the envelope on experimental tracks like the stream-of-consciousness, purposely lo-fi “Sick in the Head,” the yearning, piano chord build-up of “In the Light,” or the closing orchestral instrumental, the aptly titled coda, “Patience.” “We continue to make the kind of records we want to,” says Wesley. “We believe in this music. It’s a true labor of love. We just want to keep reaching more people with our songs.” Given the evidence on The Lumineers’ eagerly anticipated sophomore album Cleopatra, that shouldn’t be a problem.


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals:  Call It What It Is

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals:
Call It What It Is

the long awaited 2016 album that reunites Ben Harper with The Innocent Criminals, is the first recorded album by the band in nine years. The 11 track album is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these long-time musical partners, one of popular music’s most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles. The standout title track showcases Harper’s unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The genre-spanning collection contains many highlights including the sun-kissed groove of ‘Shine’ and the album’s swaggering lead track ‘When Sex Was in Dirty.’ Call It What It Is is kinetic and emotional, flowing with spark, depth, passion and growth that Ben Harper core fans love the world over.


Deftones: Gore

Deftones: Gore

the eighth studio album from the alt-rock band. Gore is the follow-up to their 2012 album Koi No Yokan. Since their inception, Grammy-winning rockers Deftones have quietly been pursuing two paths, delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also quietly testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze. Their platinum-certified, Billboard chart-topping 2000 album White Pony earned raves for blending the moodiness of bands like The Cure and Slowdive, but the group has only gotten more experimental since then, evincing a clear restlessness with convention and repetition. Includes the singles ‘Prayers/Triangles’ and ‘Doomed User’.


M83: Junk

M83: Junk

from French-born and L.A.-based electronic/dream pop outfit M83. Highly anticipated, Junk is not just M83’s first studio artist album in half a decade; it’s also the follow-up to Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – which upon release in 2011 put M83 in the direct current of the mainstream. So why would Gonzalez try to remove himself from it’s follow-up and supplant himself with the surprising likes of Beck and Steve Vai. Wait, Steve Vai? The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defined an era? On a M83 album in 2016? In trying to “remove” his identifiable musical presence, ironically Gonzalez may have made one of his most personal efforts yet in Junk and with no compromise. With Junk, M83 has succeeded in making what Gonzalez called “an organized mess – a collection of songs that aren’t made to live with each other, yet somehow work together. “Every time I make a M83 album, I’m trying to do it on my own terms – and it’s the same for this one,” Gonzalez says. “Whatever I do, whatever influences I have, it ends up sounding like me. As a musician, I’m just trying to take you somewhere else, beyond your world.”


Ronnie Spector: English Heart

Ronnie Spector: English Heart

from the legendary vocalist. English Heart is Ronnie’s lovingly crafted and highly personal love letter to Britain in the 60s (where she and The Ronettes were one of the earliest American pop/rock artists to tour to major acclaim). The album sports a collection of her hand-picked favorites by The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers and the first single to radio – Keith Richards’ penned treasure, “I’d Much Rather Be with the Girls” featuring The Ronettes. Includes classic songs like “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstoond”, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”, “I’ll Follow The Sun” and more.


Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

is yet another evolutionary step for the soulful, elegant, award-winning singer/songwriter. The album’s title is a mantra that resonates throughout: the concept of love as a physical, psychic and spiritual force that has the strength to conquer negativity, sadness and personal demons. Love Wins Again marks Magness’ fifth collaboration with four-time Grammy nominated producer Dave Darling (Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer) whose instincts compel Magness to tap her deepest creative powers and lead her songs to unpredictable places. Her singing rings with sincerity. Since launching her career with 1992’s More Than Live, she has grown to become an accomplished storyteller and diviner of the heart, allowing songs like the title track, “Doorway” and “Say You Will” to reveal life’s potent truths.


Peter Wolf: A Cure For Loneliness

Peter Wolf: A Cure For Loneliness

Peter Wolf is best known as lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band from ’67-’83. A solo artist since ’89, Peter made a real mark with 2002’s Sleepless. He has fashioned a unique musical niche for himself, maybe best described as Urban Americana, mixing R&B, Bakersfield country and soul with unique narratives. For this, he wrote 9 of the 12 tracks, four of them with Grammy/Golden Globe/Academy Award-winning songwriter Will Jennings. Also has covers of songs penned by Lefty Frizell, Moe Bandy and Thomas Wayne.


Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers

Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers

Says Hayes:”I’m a singer-songwriter. I think Lovers And Leavers comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I’ve made. I didn’t worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape. With these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you. I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel. Lovers And Leavers isn’t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it is joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it’s not my Blood On The Tracks, nor is it any kind of opus. It’s my fifth record a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be.”


Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town

Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town

the fourth album from Grammy-nominated neo-soul singer, songwriter and producer Mayer Hawthorne. On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion’s share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it’s groovy, other times he’s vulnerable and sincere. It’s the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music. Includes the first single ‘Love Like That’.

lastrecordstore_10_3.jpgParquet Courts: Human Performance
the third album from the New York band. Human Performance establishes Parquet Courts as simply one of the best rock bands active in the world right now, no qualifiers needed. Not “in Brooklyn,” not “something-something millennial,” not “art-rock this” or “slacker indie that” – but a brilliant, accomplished rock band that have established themselves as deserving a role in the historical legacy of the genre alongside the likes of The Velvet Underground, REM, Sonic Youth, and Pavement. This album – their masterpiece – brings together the tunefulness, wit, and guitar wizardry that earned them a crush of critical praise and excitable fans right out of the gate, with a deeply human sense of drive, of yearning, and of wisdom earned. At times nearly overwhelming in it’s emotional density, at others astonishing with sheer sonic deftness, Human Performance is a rare achievement: breathtaking and brilliant.


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Alright… Now this is a song, about phonograph records

(softly )
Alright, this is a song, about phonograph records

Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll warp and they won’t be good for anyone
Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll get all wavy and they just won’t run

They just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play,
just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play,
just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play no more

(Chuckle)

Well I had this record that I really did like
It was the last one they had in the store
I left it laying on the car back seat
And now it just won’t play no more

Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll warp and they won’t be good for anyone
Don’t leave your records in the su-hu-hu-n
They’ll get all wavy and they just won’t run

They just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play, just won’t play,
just won’t…. (MAKES SOUND OF NEEDLE SCRATCHING RECORD SURFACE)
… No more
(More record scratches sounds)

~John Hartford

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Last Record Store Newsletter: No April Fool Jokes Edition

NEW RELEASES for the week of April 1, 2016:


Weezer (White Album)

Weezer (White Album)

the alt-rock band’s 10th studio album. The first track from the highly anticipated album, “Thank God For Girls” (“insanely catchy new single”-NPR), has charted across multiple genres. Rivers Cuomo described this release as a “beach album”, based on his experiences ” hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, the kids from La Sera.” Cuomo specifically used Tinder to meet people for song ideas. Sonically, Cuomo credited The Beach Boys as a major influence. The album’s producer, Jake Sinclair, was also “determined to return Weezer to their ’90s glory”, combining the “brashness and unpredictability of Pinkerton with the summer Beach Boys grunge pop of the Blue Album”.


 

Bombino: Azel

Bombino: Azel

After a brief 25 hour delay in Morocco on his way from Niger, Bombino arrived in Woodstock, New York to record his 2016 album at Applehead Studio with Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Longstreth proved to be a fantastic match for Bombino as this album’s producer. He has a deep respect for the Saharan music tradition and guided their sessions with a gentle but skilled hand. Fans of Bombino and Tuareg music in general will notice a few remarkable innovations on this album. The first is the introduction of a new style that Bombino is pioneering that he affectionally refers to as ‘Tuareggae’ – a sunny blend of Tuareg blues/rock with reggae one-drop and bounce. Another is the first-ever use of Western vocal harmonies in recorded Tuareg music, (due to Longstreth’s influence) which give the songs new depth and color. Finally, the band is tighter and more energetic than ever before. The result is Bombino’s best, most well-rounded, and groundbreaking album to date.


 

Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories

Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories

RF continues and – with sprinklings of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards – expands the sound of his last acoustic set. Fulks’s richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. At 53, he is philosophically reflective, writing “with clear eyes and a full heart” (Ken Tucker, NPR). Don’t get us wrong, his wit is still as quick as his picking; but it’s reflected through the lens of fatherhood, marriage, middle age, and the literary voices he is drawn to and draws from: Flannery O’Connor, Anton Chekhov, Mary Lavin, Frank O’Connor, Javier Marias, James Agee. Three new songs-“Alabama at Night,” “America Is A Hard Religion,” and “A Miracle” – are meditations inspired by Agee’s 1936 trip to Alabama, the sojourn that fueled his furious polemic on American poverty, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


 

Allman Brothers Band LIVE

Allman Brothers Band LIVE

 

Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971 was initially a radio broadcast that originally aired on WPLJ. This set features the band steamrolling through a set of songs including “Statesboro Blues, ” “Trouble No More, ” “One Way Out, ” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Hot ‘lanta.” The recording was widely bootlegged, but has been remixed from the original multi-track recording. The quality, dynamic performance and ambience encompassed herein all at once make for a quite staggering sonic experience, one that fans of this legendary act in it’s original line-up will relish alongside the groups other essential releases


 

Charles Bradley: Changes

Charles Bradley: Changes

Soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming, and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013’s Victim of Love. Dubbed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” the singer presents his highly anticipated third album Changes. The album is named for his popular, “smoldering” (SPIN) cover of the Black Sabbath track. “I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing ‘Changes’ and get emotional,” notes Bradley. “It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.” By now, Charles Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well documented: how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs before finally being discovered by Daptone’s Gabriel Roth. Charles Bradley has made a name for himself as a riveting live performer. He’s taken his show to venues and festivals across the globe including Coachella, Glastonbury Festival and Primavera Sound. Bradley’s also performed on famed stages including the Apollo Theater-the same place he saw his idol James Brown perform when he was 14 years old, and the Beacon Theatre where he’s separately supported The Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Afghan Whigs.


 

 Pet Shop Boys: Super

Pet Shop Boys: Super

2016 album from the veteran electronic pop duo. Produced and mixed by Stuart Price in Los Angeles, the album was written in London and Berlin. The record features 12 new Tennant/Lowe compositions including the lead single, “The Pop Kids,” evoking the London club scene of the early ’90s. The band notes, “It was fantastic to be back in the studio with Stuart Price continuing from where we left off with Electric and we’re thrilled with the results.”


 

The Used:  LIVE & Acoustic at The Palace

The Used:
LIVE & Acoustic at The Palace

Deluxe CD/DVD edition. 2016 live release. The Used celebrated their 15th anniversary as a band with a special live acoustic performance from The Palace in Los Angeles, featuring a career spanning set list. This album was recorded at the band’s intimate unplugged storyteller set with a once in a lifetime performance including a four-piece string quartet, harpist, pianist, extra percussion and a three-piece gospel choir.


 

Cheap Trick:  Bang Zoom Crazy Hello

Cheap Trick:
Bang Zoom Crazy Hello

 

2016 album from the recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. Cheap Trick is an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe since 1974 for their instantly identifiable and hugely influential brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello, their 17th studio album, will be following the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Having an excess of 20 million sales and more than 40 gold and platinum certifications for their multi-award winning catalog, this quartet continues their reign as the top progenitors of power-pop.


 

Andrew Bird:  Are You Serious?

Andrew Bird:
Are You Serious?

Andrew Bird has widened the breadth of his art by directly reflecting his own human experience. With key contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, Are You Serious attains a level of expression that’s a personal, evolutionary leap. Are You Serious is the second record Bird has made with producer Tony Berg, following 2005’s breakthrough The Mysterious Production of Eggs. Andrew Bird was initially known through his work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers before forming Bowl of Fire, and is now best known as a solo musician. Bird’s primary instrument is the violin, but he is also proficient at various other instruments including the guitar, the mandolin, the xylophone, whistling, and the glockenspiel.


 

Miles Ahead: OST

Miles Ahead: OST

Original soundtrack to the 2016 motion picture. Miles Ahead is Don Cheadle’s wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis. This is a perfect primer on Davis’ career for the new fan and a brilliant audio keepsake of the film for those who’ve studied his works inside and out. The album features 11 tracks from across Miles’ catalogue from 1956 to 1981, select dialogue from the film featuring Cheadle in character, and five original compositions written, co-written, produced or performed exclusively for Miles Ahead by Robert Glasper. These cues include “What’s Wrong with That?” a jam that closes the movie imagining Cheadle as Miles playing in the present day with guest performers Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gary Clark, Jr. And Esperanza Spalding; plus “Gone 2015,” an end-credits song featuring guest verses from rapper Pharoahe Monch. Cheadle also pens new liner notes for the album discussing the selection and creation of the songs on the soundtrack.


 

J. Stalin: BS3

J. Stalin: BS3

J. Stalin is a prolific artist from West Oakland, CA. After last year’s full release, Tears of Joy, J. Stalin is back again in 2016 with the third installment of his Body Snatchers series. Serving as a project to keep the streets fed until his next full length release, Body Snatchers 3 delivers the type of tracks that got J. Stalin to the point he is at now.


 

Anoushka Shanka: Land of Gold

Anoushka Shanka: Land of Gold

from the five-time Grammy nominee. Anoushka Shankar returns with her fourth album on DG, Land of Gold, a fervent response to the humanitarian crisis of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a message of enduring hope from the virtuoso sitar player, featuring guest vocalists M.I.A. (“Jump In (Cross the Line)”) and Alev Lenz (“Land of Gold”) as well as actress Vanessa Redgrave (“Remain the Sea”).


 

Yeasayer: Amen & Goodbye

Yeasayer: Amen & Goodbye

 

Amen & Goodbye, the 2016 album by experimental rock band Yeasayer, features their trademark sound, without sounding like anything the band has done before. They have created a collection of strange fables from the Bible of a universe that does not yet exist. Yeasayer formed in Brookly, New York in 2006. The band consists of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, Anand Wilder and Cale Parks.


 

Explosions In The Sky: Wilderness

Explosions In The Sky: Wilderness

Explosions In The Sky’s sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band’s own definitions of “space” (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique ways-rather than intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark. From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer “Landing Cliffs,” The Wilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work-one that wouldn’t seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance-and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the band’s expansive body of work-proper studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike. The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime, and the more melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness. The uncanny ability to reconcile the tension between discordant, nightmarish cacophony and laid-back, Laurel Canyon-inspired folk-rock is a cornerstone of this album, and the center of Explosions in the Sky’s remarkable evolution. If The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place was the defining album of Explosions in the Sky’s career, The Wilderness is their [re]defining album.


This Newsletter is Dedicated to Our Friend, Shannon Lods
 Here is a remembrance from John Moran:
When I tended bar at the now legendary Old Vic Pub on 4th Street, Santa Rosa, and most particularly on what was then The Wednesday Night Market, a volatile weekly evening’s pastime behind the bar on occasion, Shannon Lods, a young man built like a brick shit house and somewhat intimidating in appearance, always had the backs of the bartenders. The sort of lad you would think 12 times before disputing a point of order in an Oxford Style Debate. But appearances do deceive. He was not the thug that his demeanor portrayed. He once asked me if I could teach him piano, which I did, and then, after I left bartending, I heard that he was studying to be a librarian. And he became a stalwart of the Sonoma County Library system. He still looked somewhat intimidating but he was an intelligent, gentle, thinking man with more inside of him than many people I met during my bartending days and after.
This morning I heard that he, still a young man, died in his sleep and though he wasn’t a name such as Bowie and others whose names, weirdly enough, have graced the obituaries early this year, he ranks up there with them for me. He was a good, not perfect, lad who achieved far more than others thought he was capable of. He was an example of a person of many layers and a decent human being. I will remember him and forever thank him for choosing to be a friend of mine.
May He Rest in Peace.
or as the say in the library: “Ssssshhhhh

New Releases, and 33 1/3 Anniversary

On Saturday, May 15, 2016 The Last Record Store will turn 33+1/3 years old!
We were in the middle of planning a blow-out party at Hopmonk in Sebastopol with our buddy Eric Lindell headlining.
Eric used to skateboard into our original location on 4th Street to post his gig flyers, and sell us his cassettes!
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This is Eric wowing the crowd at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest
Unfortunately, Eric and wife Sarah’s newborn baby boy, Kay Chevalier Lindell (Baby K), has had some serious medical problems,
and we decided to cancel (or at least, postpone) the party.
We will probably do a low-key celebration at the shop instead.
In the meantime, we ask everyone to send positive vibrations to the Lindell Family.
More information is available at Eric and Sarah’s Go Fund Me page here:
www.gofundme.com/eric-sarahlindell


NEW RELEASES for the week of March 25, 2016:

 

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Bob Mould: Patch the Sky

solo release from the alt-rock veteran and former Husker Du/Sugar singer/songwriter. Bob Mould says, “Here’s the deal. In 2012, people loved Silver Age (to a degree that surprised me, pleasantly), likewise Beauty & Ruin in 2014 (despite the heaviness of the subject matter, which I thought might be a bit alienating… apparently not. Another pleasant surprise.). But Patch The Sky is the darkest one. After the Letterman performance in February 2015 where “dust fell from the rafters,” it would have seemed logical to go the punk rock route-an entire album of two-minute songs-but that wasn’t where my soul was at. I withdrew from everyday life. I wrote alone for six months. I love people, but I needed my solitude. The search for my own truth kept me alive. These songs are my salvation. I’ve had a solid stretch of hard emotional times, and thanks for the condolences in advance. I don’t want to go into the details-more death, relationships ending, life getting shorter-because they’re already in the songs. Just listen and see if you can fit yourself into my stories. The words make you remember. The music makes you forget. But Patch The Sky is also the catchiest one. I always aim for the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. I’ve used this juxtaposition for years. This time, I’ve tuned it to high contrast. The first side of the album is generally simple and catchy. The second side is heavier in spirit and tone. Opposing forces and properties. I love both sides of Patch The Sky. At the core of these songs is what I call the chemical chorus-you hear it once and your brain starts tingling. The heart rate picks up. It gets worse-you know it’s coming again and you can barely stand the anticipation. Then, the beautifully heartbreaking bridge appears, and you’re all set up-hooked for life. Music is an incredibly powerful drug. I want to be your drug dealer. I have what you need.”


 

Metal Church: XI

Metal Church: XI

 

Recorded in the spring and summer of 2015 at Kurdt’s studio in Aberdeen, Washington, and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, Metal Church XI not only combines all the same musical elements that made the Mike Howe era albums so great, but also adds in a modern approach to the recording process which takes this offering to the next level.


Joe Bonamassa: Blues of Desperation

Joe Bonamassa:
Blues of Desperation

 

is Bonamassa’s most powerfully diverse and boldly realized album yet, with the material ranging from the gutsy, gritty blues call to arms of ‘This Train’ (Joe’s guitar is set to rude throughout) to the elegant yet emotionally shattering ballad ‘What I’ve Known for a Very Long Time’ to the soul-nourishing, acoustic-based Americana of ‘The Valley Runs Low’, on which Bonamassa’s voice rises up majestically to meet Barnes, McRae and Tippins in gospel-like rapture. And then there’s the bleary, tequila-soaked ‘Drive’, dripping with the kind of raw, wicked and unsettling sensuality that could make David Lynch green with envy. Throughout the record, Bonamassa’s epic guitar playing conjures up stirring benedictions and explosive exorcisms of sound. Guitar fans everywhere (like those who recently voted Bonamassa Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar World magazine by an overwhelming margin) will consider Blues Of Desperation a treasure trove of axe riches.


Zayn: Mind of Mine

Zayn: Mind of Mine

solo album from former One Direction member Zayn Malik. The release of Mind Of Mine comes on the anniversary of Zayn’s decision to become a solo artist and focus on the next chapter of his music evolution. “Once they hear it, I feel like they will understand me a little bit more. For 10 years, this album has been in my brain, and it’s just been there, sat with me, needing to be out.” Working with Zayn on his debut album, noted producer Malay (Frank Ocean) described him as pure genius. “An artists’ artist. A shining star with a genuine heart.” Zayn recently received a surge of attention with his Billboard magazine cover where they affirm “judging from his music, he’s poised to impress the dominant music geeks of the day, who care less about guitar-slingers than artful practitioners of beats and atmosphere.”


 

2 Chainz: Collegrove

2 Chainz: Collegrove

the third studio album by rapper 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz prohibitively collaborated with a fellow rapper Lil Wayne on this album, even though it iss credited by 2 Chainz as a solo album through Def Jam. The album includes productions from Mike Will Made It, TM88, Infamous, Zaytoven, Lil C, Metro Boomin, Ben Billion$, and London on da Track, among others.


Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Judas Priest: Battle Cry

Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat. Where You Are Going is more of a rocker than the last one, but still squarely based in Robin’s love for Blues. Robin’s voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr. Trower’s creative upsurge, Robin is credited with Guitar, Vocals, and Bass with Chris Taggart on Drums, with Livingstone Brown also on bass, co-production and mixing/mastering. Robin created the art piece that was turned into a classy package by Graphic Artist Eric Krause.


 

Robin Trower: Where You Going To

Robin Trower:
Where You Going To

Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat. Where You Are Going is more of a rocker than the last one, but still squarely based in Robin’s love for Blues. Robin’s voice is much more confident on these ten new studio recordings, and the guitar work is stunning. A continuation of Mr. Trower’s creative upsurge, Robin is credited with Guitar, Vocals, and Bass with Chris Taggart on Drums, with Livingstone Brown also on bass, co-production and mixing/mastering. Robin created the art piece that was turned into a classy package by Graphic Artist Eric Krause.


 

Parker Millsap: The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap:
The Very Last Day

Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), with whom the band has worked frequently, We Disappear was recorded in Portland at Kung Fu Bakery (The Shins, Tegan and Sara) and in Seattle, WA at The Hall of Justice (Nirvana, Mudhoney). The album – which will arrive ahead of the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third LP The Body, The Blood, The Machine – is an authentic, dark, and deeply personal album couched in The Thermals’ trademark catchy and boundless pop/rock. The band examines technology, love, and death throughout: how separation in humanity can come through any of these avenues; how people try to outrun the demise of lives and relationships; how technology can isolate us and impact our relationships even as we completely – and willingly – assimilate ourselves into it (or go “Into The Code,” as the opening track suggests); and how we’ve begun to forego privacy for a feeling of immortality in order to not be ignored or forgotten.


 

The Thermals: We Disappear

The Thermals: We Disappear

Produced by Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab For Cutie), with whom the band has worked frequently, We Disappear was recorded in Portland at Kung Fu Bakery (The Shins, Tegan and Sara) and in Seattle, WA at The Hall of Justice (Nirvana, Mudhoney). The album – which will arrive ahead of the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed third LP The Body, The Blood, The Machine – is an authentic, dark, and deeply personal album couched in The Thermals’ trademark catchy and boundless pop/rock. The band examines technology, love, and death throughout: how separation in humanity can come through any of these avenues; how people try to outrun the demise of lives and relationships; how technology can isolate us and impact our relationships even as we completely – and willingly – assimilate ourselves into it (or go “Into The Code,” as the opening track suggests); and how we’ve begun to forego privacy for a feeling of immortality in order to not be ignored or forgotten.


 

RJD2: Dame Fortune

RJD2: Dame Fortune

continues the sonic exploration that was started 14 years ago on his seminal debut Deadringer. An entirely self-produced and engineered affair, long-time vocal collaborators appear here: Blueprint, Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston, the other half of the Icebird duo), Phonte Coleman and Jordan Brown, along with newcomer Josh Krajcik. Always soulful, perpetually psychedelic, this album has found the lost threads connecting Aloe Blacc, Tangerine Dream and King Crimson. From the jagged, angular deconstruction of “A New Theory” and “The Sheboygan Left,” to the poignant elegance of “Peace of What” and “We Come Alive,” Dame Fortune further cements Rjd2 as a force to be reckoned with behind the boards.


NEW RELEASES for the week of March 18, 2016:

 

Gwen Stefani:  This is What the Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani:
This is What the Truth Feels Like

the third solo album by the No Doubt vocalist. Inspired by the end of her marriage and the roller coaster of emotions she experienced during the time, Stefani returned to feeling inspired and started writing new and meaningful songs. With the help of producers J.R. Rotem, Mattman & Robin and Greg Kurstin, as well as songwriters Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels, Stefani wrote the whole album in a few months and described it as a “breakup record”, with the songs having a “sarcastic” and dark-humor vibe, as well as having realness and a few being joyful and happy as well. Includes the singles “Used to Love You” and “Make Me Like You”.


 

Iggy Pop:  Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop:
Post Pop Depression

Post Pop Depression was produced by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal). The 17th Iggy Pop album, and a worthy addition to the 22 album legacy spawned with the immortal trilogy of The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, spanning massively influential solo outings including 1977’s opening 1-2 combo of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 1990’s gold-certified Brick By Brick. The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme’s enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age band mate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Post Pop Depression is a singular work that stands proudly alongside the best works of either of its principles, from The Stooges to Queens Of The Stone Age, bearing it’s creators’ undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they’ve done before. It’s a record that wouldn’t exist without either Pop or Homme-and one that probably shouldn’t in theory if you really think about it-but it does, and we and rock ‘n’ roll are all the better for it. “A lot of geezers my age don’t work out of their comfort zone anymore because once you become legendary you don’t want people challenging you.” – Iggy Pop.


 

Southern Family

Southern Family

Southern Family is a Country compilation album put together and produced by Grammy nominated producer, Dave Cobb. Southern Family is simple and honest music, featuring all new original tracks by some of country’s biggest names including Shooter Jennings, John Paul White, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert and others.


 

Star Wars Headspace

Star Wars Headspace

Star Wars Headspace is a compilation of electronic tunes, influenced by the movies and by artists you’ll know if you’re big on digital beats. The album is produced by Rick Rubin, with tracks from Bonobo, Claude VonStroke, Flying Lotus, Kaskade and Röyksopp, among others.


 

Soul Asylum:  Change of Fortune

Soul Asylum:
Change of Fortune

the 11th album from the alt-rockers. When asked about Change Of Fortune, front man David Pirner exclaimed, “Everything on the menu is excellent.”. Change of Fortune is three years in the making, recorded while the band toured non-stop, had a few line-up changes and some soul searching. But upon listening to Change of Fortune, the wait is most certainly worth it. Soul Asylum loyalists will be happy to discover the group’s trademark ragged-but-right sound is still very much intact. The heart and soul of Soul Asylum remains and they continue to produce heartfelt and passionate rock n’ roll. The band currently consists of Pirner on guitar and vocals, Michael Bland on drums, Winston Roye on bass and Justin Sharbono on guitar.


 

Sean Watkins: What To Fear

Sean Watkins: What To Fear

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. And he doesn’t merely stick with the familiar: On What To Fear, he bolsters an acoustic lineup with a rock rhythm section, bringing drama and drive to these new tracks while keeping intact the emotional intimacy of all the stories he is telling.


 

James: Girl at the End of the World

James: Girl at the End of the World

the 14th album from the veteran British band. The songs for this record were written exclusively in Scotland. As with La Petite Mort, the album was recorded at RAK Studios in St. John’s Wood. The album was recorded and produced by Max Dingel. “Girl At The End Of The World is a record we are very proud of and picks up nicely where La Petite Mort left off. But hopefully, as always, pushes the edges out a little further. The songs are big but personal, abrasive but warming and after taking you on a journey and throwing you a few curve balls, ultimately uplifting.’ – Jim Glennie.


 

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

Grant-Lee Phillips: The Narrows

The concentrated nexus of romance, recollection, historic struggles and tragedies, and peerless craftsmanship coupled with the hopes, fears, and isolation that accompany transition formed the backdrop of The Narrows, Phillips latest dispatch on Yep Roc Records. Bathed in a woody, warmly reverberating sonic signature, the album’s thirteen songs are marked by longing and a resolute sense of purpose: As though hurling yourself full-force into the unknown is as sensible as any other more commonly prescribed course. After all, what feels unknown may be residing just below the surface – should you be willing to dig for it and be open to discovery.


 

Primal Scream: Chaosmosis

Primal Scream: Chaosmosis

the 11th studio album from the Scottish outfit fronted by Bobby Gillespie. Chaosmosis is the follow-up to 2013’s More Light. The album features guest appearances from Haim, Rachel Zeffira and Sky Ferreira. Primal Scream formed in 1982 but their career did not take off until Gillespie left his position as drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band were a key part of the mid-1980s indie pop scene, but eventually moved away from their more jangly sound, taking on more psychedelic and then garage rock influences, before incorporating a dance music element to their sound. Their 1991 album Screamadelica broke the band into the mainstream.


 

NEW RELEASES for the week of March 11, 2016:

 

Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered

8 SONG untitled unmastered. PROJECT. Having treated fans with new music during various TV performances over the past year, Top Dawg Entertainment alongside Aftermath Ent / Interscope Records have released untitled unmastered. By Kendrick Lamar. An 8 song project which features studio versions of the untitled songs Kendrick performed on The Colbert Report


 

Jeff Buckley: You and I

Jeff Buckley: You and I

Jeff Buckley’s first recording sessions in 1993 in NYC were largely an informal exercise to acclimate the 27-year-old with a recording studio. Recently discovered in the Sony Music archives during the research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley’s Grace album, the performances on You And I are a revelation, an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility. These intimate, raw and spirited sessions mark Buckley’s first time recording versions of electric cover songs such as Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman,” Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight” and a previously unissued track, “Dream of You And I”. Long rumored to exist, as the “Addabbo sessions”, but previously unheard outside the studio, these seminal recordings are a fan’s Holy Grail, a rare treat…


 

Brian Fallon: Painkillers

Brian Fallon: Painkillers

the first solo album from singer/songwriter Brian Fallon. Brian is widely known as singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as The Horrible Crowes and Molly & The Zombies. Produced by Butch Walker, the album was recorded last year at Nashville’s Taxidermy Studios with Fallon fronting a crack band that includes Walker, Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper, and drummer Mark Stepro. This release is his first major project since Gaslight Anthem went on hiatus. Includes ‘A Wonderful Life’, ‘Among Other Foolish Things’, ‘Steve McQueen’, ‘Honey Magnolia’, ‘Mojo Hand’ and the title track amongst others.


 

The Wild Feathers:  Lonely is a Lifetime

The Wild Feathers:
Lonely is a Lifetime

the follow-up to the band’s 2013 self-titled debut, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Guitarist/vocalist Ricky Young says that the story of Lonely Is A Lifetime begins with the band’s two years on the road. “We progressed as a live band,” he says. “When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn’t really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today – as individuals and musicians. After playing the same songs every night, you eventually start leaning towards other things. We wrote music that we wanted to play and that’s what you’ll hear on Lonely Is A Lifetime.”


 

Lucius: Good Grief

Lucius: Good Grief

Brooklyn-based indie folk/pop act featuring singer/songwriters Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer) and Bob Ezrin, along with the band themselves. The album is the follow-up to their 2013 album Wildewoman. The 11 tracks see the band exploring the emotions of “loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives” that they experienced while touring behind their last record. Includes ‘Born Again Teen’, ‘Something About You’, ‘Madness’, My Heart Gets Caught On Your Sleeve’, ‘What We Have (To Change’ and more.


 

Shooter Jennings: Countach

Shooter Jennings: Countach

Shooter Jennings returns with his 7th studio LP with ‘Countach (for Giorgio)’. In 2014 Shooter Released ‘Don’t Wait Up (for George)’, an EP paying tribute to George Jones, and at the same time announced ‘Countach’ his album comprised of songs composed or inspired by production pioneer Giorgio Moroder. But this is no tribute album. ‘Countach’ is a sound-collage-stye journey through 80’s and 90’s culture, innovative songwriting, genre-bending fiddle-meets-synthesizer soundscapes and a shrine to pioneers of books, bytes and beats. Printed on pink vinyl, ‘Countach’ features guest appearances from modern folk songstress Brandi Carlile, Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson, country-rock pioneer Steve Young and even Lord British himself, computer game leviathan Richard Garriott.


 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:  Something Real

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:
Something Real

On the new album, ‘Something Real,’ Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real takes us further down the path they have been blazing since 2008, when Lukas and drummer Anthony LoGerfo met at a Neil Young concert and began laying the groundwork. Now the band, with percussionist Tato Melgar, Lukas’s brother, “honorary member” and guitarist Micah Nelson, and bassist Corey McCormick, have reached a point where the past and present have fused into one extraordinary personality – songwriters, musicians, and riveting onstage performers. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have introduced a bunch of muses to each other and locked them into an imaginary room to spend some wild time together. ‘Something Real’ is what came out of that room once the party had ended – one vision, rich in it’s influences, unique and irresistible. The nine-track effort explodes with a 21st-century urgency. It hits grooves hard on the up-tempo tracks and digs into dark emotional depths in it’s moodier moments. It’s also haunted by spirits of the past. If the music of Hendrix, Waylon, Duane Allman and other archangels haunt your dreams now and then, you’ll find plenty to love in ‘Something Real.’


 

NEW RELEASES for the week of March 4, 2016:

 

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Full Circle is Loretta’s first album release since 2004’s Van Lear Rose. Full Circle takes a broad look at the First Lady of Country Music’s history and legacy, offering up 13 new recordings that bounce between the Appalachian folksongs she learned as a child to newer versions of past hits like “Fist City.” Recorded in the Cash Cabin Studio, which Johnny Cash built on his own spread of Tennessee countryside in the late Seventies, Full Circle was co-produced by daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and family friend John Carter Cash. The result is an album that doesn’t necessarily stretch Lynn’s legs, as the Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose did more than a decade ago, as much as celebrate her strengths. At 83 years old, Lynn still tours regularly and sings with conviction, and Full Circle serves as a sonic snapshot, capturing a living legend who’d rather record than retire. Two additional legends – Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello – make appearances on the album’s final two tracks, but this is still the Loretta Lynn show, proof there’s plenty of spark left in the Coal Miner’s Daughter.


 

Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

the sixth album from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. Ouroboros was produced by Ray and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. The album was written by LaMontagne and features first single, “Hey, No Pressure”. NPR’s All Songs Considered called the track an “inspired new song,” stamped the album “incredible” and lauded that Ray “has continued to push himself in different directions.” LaMontagne was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills. Critics have compared LaMontagne’s music to that of Otis Redding, The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake and Tim Buckley.


 

M.Ward: More Rain

M. Ward: More Rain

M. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects. This album, Ward’s eighth solo affair, finds the artist picking up the tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012’s A Wasteland Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to his collaborators here who include R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Neko Case, K.D. Lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically familiar songs that both propel Ward’s reach and satisfy longtime fans.


 

Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution

Esperanza Spalding:
Emily’s D+Evolution

from the acclaimed jazz artist. Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution, a rekindling of her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, which delves into a broader concept of performance. Taking a new approach to her on-stage persona, the remarkable Spalding taps into new creative energy, delivering musical vignettes inspired during a “sleepless night of full moon inspiration.” As she puts it, “Emily is my middle name, and I’m using this fresh persona as my inner navigator. This project is about going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity, and using it as a compass to move forward and expand. My hope for this group is to create a world around each song, there are a lot of juicy themes and stories in the music. We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video, and the movement of our bodies.”


 

Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue

Original soundtrack to the acclaimed documentary. Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. Janis: Little Girl Blue, showcases Janis at her very best and features brand new liner notes from Oscar nominated director and producer Amy Berg, rare, vintage photos and reproductions of letters written by Janis as detailed throughout the documentary. A remarkable career-spanning anthology, Janis: Little Girl Blue, brings together 17 essential Janis Joplin live and studio performances, including classic solo and Big Brother & the Holding Company tracks. The album debuts a previously unreleased version of “Piece of My Heart” (also featured in the documentary and recorded live at the Generation Club in New York City in April 1968 during the Wake for Martin Luther King concert. Janis: Little Girl Blue includes an early recording of Janis Joplin singing Lead Belly’s “Careless Love”; live performances with Big Brother & The Holding Company (from San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, the Monterey Pop Festival, the Generation Club in New York City and Detroit’s mythic Grande Ballroom); the Kozmic Blues Band (Frankfurt, West Germany, April 12, 1969); Janis live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (August 17, 1969) and the legendary Festival Express Tour (July 4, 1970). Rounding out Janis: Little Girl Blue are definitive studio performances from the classic four original albums-Big Brother & The Holding Company, Cheap Thrills, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! And Pearl-recorded during Joplin’s lifetime. All of the recordings on the Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack album may be heard in the film.


 

Violent Femmes:  We Can Do Anything

Violent Femmes:
We Can Do Anything

their ninth album, follows 2000’s Freak Magnet and marks the band’s first album in a decade and a half. We Can Do Anything was recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver during the Femme’s summer tour. The album was produced by Jeff Hamilton, a multi-instrumentalist in the Femmes’ ever-changing backing band, Horns of Dilemma. The We Can Do Anything cover art was drawn by Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies. Hearn also contributed accordion, guitars, keys and backing vocals to several songs on the album. The Femmes are comprised of original members Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie plus drummer Brian Viglione.


 

Miiike Snow III

Miiike Snow III

the third album from the Swedish trio featuring producing team Bloodshy & Avant and singer Andrew Wyatt. Miike Snow’s III wasn’t crafted in one fell swoop. Instead, the musicians collaborated across space and time, meeting in Stockholm, Los Angeles and New York for short periods over almost two years. They brought in a variety of other musicians and producers into the studios with them, feeling more open to outside collaboration this time around. Each musician began with different songs, sometimes sending them back and forth digitally when they couldn’t be together in one room. As a whole, the album feels resolutely like a Miike Snow project, defined both by the two efforts that have come before and by the collective work of the three musicians. The combination of the musicians is an electric one, as exemplified on the album and in their live shows.

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