Still Vinyl After All These Years + Doug’s Top Ten of 2016

We opened our store in 1983 selling vinyl records and cassette tapes.
By 1993, the retail music landscape had dramatically changed, and most folks dumped their vinyl in favor of the compact disc.
Our store on 4th Street was running out of space, so we did something nutty:
we opened a 2nd store right across the street, and moved all of our vinyl there.
Bearded Hipster at Last Record Store “Records” ~ 1993

We weren’t sure what was going to happen to the vinyl LP.
In 1999, those snotty little twerps started Napster, and even CD sales tanked.
The Aughts were tough! We were evicted from Downtown 4th St by our landlord.
Fortunately, the angels from Community Market offered us the nice space we are in now.
Our move to Mendocino Ave. was a challenge. Two years in a row, they shut down lanes of traffic for sewer repairs.
No one, it seemed wanted to deal with the clusterf*ck of Mendocino Ave.
I was always surprised to hear that many folks thought we had gone out of business in 2003, when we had only moved 1.6 miles away.
It was great being near the Junior College, but many of the students would browse and not buy; some while listening to mp3’s on their iPods.
Around this time, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld convinced President Alfred E. Newman to bomb Iraq for knocking down the twin towers.
Life was weird.
Our vinyl section had shrunk to one modest row, about 20% of our inventory. In 2007, we noticed an uptick in vinyl sales and interest.
By 2010, the vinyl craze was catching on, and we also had an awesome President.
I am so going to miss the Obamas….
Now vinyl is once again King, but folks still dig the CD.
unnamed We sell some entry-level turntables that will get you started.
If you are serious about records, we really recommend investing in some Hi-Fi gear.
Back in my day, we are always saving up to get better speakers, new cartridge, sweet power amplifier. It’s fun!
People have debated since we opened in ’83: which sounds better, LP or CD?
My opinion is that if you have a great sound system, records are better.
If you are listening in your car, CD’s are better.
Records are more fun to listen to, and browse through than CD’s.
Don’t get me started about the artwork on an LP vs. the artwork on a CD.
Thank you.

Recently, I compiled my top ten list of albums that came out in 2016. Keep in mind that this is the list of a 62 year old coot.
If you want a list of cool albums, picked by younger, in-the-know people, talk to Gerry, Josh, Ethan & Midori at the shop.
And of course there is Hoyt, my business partner of 34 years, who often has a musical opinion to share.

unnamed-2 ARTIST: Bonnie Raitt
ALBUM: Dig in Deep (released in February)
Bonnie took some time off between albums. She dealt with personal loss, and came back strong with Dig In Deep, featuring the great Jon Cleary on keyboards. When Bonnie Raitt has it going on, there’s no one better.

unnamed-3 ARTIST: Iggy Pop
ALBUM: Post Pop Depression {released in March)
Produced by the dude from Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme. 8 new songs, much of the recording done over two weeks in Joshua Tree with QOTSA members and the drummer from Arctic Monkeys. Check out “Gardenia”, GREAT song.

unnamed-4 ARTIST: Sturgill Simpson
ALBUM: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (released in April)
Sturgill’s 3rd album and he has moved forward as an artist. While his first 2 albums were good in a Waylon Jennings sort of way, this new album is beautiful in ways I can’t really describe. It sounds fresh and unique every time I play it.

unnamed-5 ARTIST: Mudcrutch
ALBUM: 2 (released in May)
This album seemed to come out at the right time. Tom Petty making another album with the band he played with as a teen in Florida.
He certainly doesn’t save his great songs for The Heartbreakers; check out “Trailer”. A classic .

unnamed-6 ARTIST: Sarah Jarosz
ALBUM: Undercurrent (released in June)
Sarah Jarosz hits her stride on her 4th album. She is 25, and musically comparable to Gillian Welch. Check out “House of Mercy.”

unnamed-7 ARTIST: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle
ALBUM: Colvin & Earle (released in June)
I’m a huge Steve Earle fan, and a moderate Shawn Colvin fan, so I was thrilled that this album is so good. 10 songs, 5 covers, 5 originals that they wrote together. Listen to “You Were On My Mind”.

unnamed-8 ARTIST: Allen Toussaint (released in June)
ALBUM: American Tunes
Allen was working on this album with producer Joe Henry when he died unexpectedly in November of 2015. It’s a tribute to great American composers: Ellington, Professor Longhair, Fats Waller, Paul Simon. Allen was a treasure. If you have time, there is a great podcast here:
Thank you, NPR.

unnamed-9 ARTIST: Drive-By Truckers
ALBUM: American Band (released in September)
On their 11th studio album, DBT goes political. The writing is really good. Check out “Once They Banned Imagine”.
Yeah, that happened.

unnamed-10 ARTIST: The Devil Makes Three
ALBUM: Redemption & Ruin (released in September)
A concept album: 5 songs of Ruin (drinking, drugs, good stuff) followed by 5 songs of Redemption (death, God, Tom Waits)
I love this band.


unnamed-11ARTIST: Leonard Cohen
ALBUM: You Want It Darker released October 21, 2016
I am so glad that my wife made me take her to see Leonard Cohen in concert. He toured like a kid with a crazy dream from 2008-2013.
He put out albums of new songs in 2012 and 2014, and completed the trilogy in October with You Want It Darker.
I still have hard time saying, “The late, great Leonard Cohen”.

Just in time for the Holidays: Holiday Connections 2016 the CD
19 songs by mostly local artists:
1) Dirty Cello : Merry Christmas Baby
2) Maurice Tani & Pam Brandon : Baby It’s Cold Outside
3) Wendy Dewitt & Kirk Harwood : Train Full of Joy
4) Audrey Auld : Santa Spend Xmas With Me
5) Doug Adamz : Christmas Candy
6) Jennifer Goudeau and Jan Martinelli : The Christmas Song
7) Nate Lopez : Carol of the Bells
8) Nell Robinson : Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
9) The Sorentinos : Beatnik Christmas
10) Dave Monterey : Christmas Child
11) Terry Keady : Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
12) Kathy Kallick : Snowflakes
13) Geoff Muldaur : At The Christmas Ball
14) Solid Air : Tiny Reindeer
15) Jaydub & Dino : On Christmas Morning
16) Mr. Music : Santa Claus Rocks
17) David Thom : The First Noel
18) Sara Warne : When Santa Claus Met Jesus
19) Doug Jayne : What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

on sale now for $9.99
Please buy one.


See you on the Avenue,


New Releases for November 18, 2016

unnamed-0Metallica: Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
Deluxe three CD edition includes bonus CD containing 14 bonus live and studio tracks. 2016 release, the 11th studio album from the metal monarchs. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is the Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’ s first studio album since 2008′ s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic. Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan.
Also on Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing including digital download.

unnamed-1 Tribe Called Quest: We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
is the sixth studio album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Released on November 11, 2016, on Epic Records. After 18 years, A Tribe Called Quest is back with their final album We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service. Featuring original members and special guests The album features guest appearances from André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Elton John, Kanye West, Anderson Paak, Talib Kweli, and the group’s most frequent collaborators Consequence and Busta Rhymes. The album features contributions from band member Phife Dawg, who died several months prior to the album’s release. The album’s title was chosen by Phife Dawg, and although the other members did not understand it’s meaning, they kept it in place after his death. Currently on CD; LP sometime in the future…

/unnamed-2Bruno Mars: 24K Magic
the highly-anticipated third album from critically-acclaimed, multi-Grammy winning international megastar Bruno Mars. 24K Magic is Bruno’s first solo release in nearly four years. Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, the first single and title track, “24K Magic” sees Bruno bringing the bounce to his adoring fans.

unnamed-3Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings
two CD release from the country music singer/songwriter. The Weight of These Wings is a double album, with Disc One called The Nerve and Disc Two titled The Heart. The enormous 24-song project includes all songs she helped write. Miranda has over six million albums and 19 million songs sold throughout career. She is the first artist in history to have all five albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. All five albums have reached platinum sales status. She is the recipient of 52 major honors and over 160 nominations including 21 Academy of Country Music Awards, 2 Grammy awards and 12 Country Music Association Awards.

unnamed-4Solange: A Seat At The Table
the 2016 album written and performed by Solange Knowles. The album features collaborations with Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina.

unnamed-5DISTURBED. Live at Red Rocks
captures Disturbed’s August 15, 2016 show at the fabled Colorado amphitheater where the band stopped during their tour in support of album Immortalized, which has been certified Gold. This live release features songs spanning Disturbed’s 20-year-career, including mainstream rock chart hits “Down With The Sickness, ” “Stricken, ” “Inside the Fire, ” “Indestructible, ” “The Vengeful One, ” “The Light, ” and their now platinum-certified version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic hit “The Sound of Silence.”

unnamed-6 Justice: Woman
Justice’s new album “Woman” is a journey that catapults you from the elastic R&B pop of “Pleasure” straight into the rush of “Alakazam!”. Twirls through a dazzling bout of thumping electronic piano and clavinet sparring during “Fire”‘s dancefloor peacocking, barely pausing for breath before it lands at “Stop” – a sparkling, bittersweet slice of disco pop that boasts one of the best chorus the pair have ever had on a track. “Randy” has a melody Michael McDonald would have killed a fellow Doobie Brother for (if Michael McDonald was into gut-shuddering electro that is). “Love S.O.S”, meanwhile, sounds like the greatest disco anthem you’ve never heard.

unnamed-7Robert Earl Keen: LIVE Dinner Reunion
Inspired by his acclaimed No. 2 Live Dinner originally recorded live and once again captured at America’s legendary dancehall, John T. Floore’s Country Store, in the beautiful hill country of Helotes, Texas. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of No. 2 Live Dinner, Dualtone will release Live Dinner Reunion, a collection of Keen’s biggest hits and buddy collaborations. Joining Keen on stage for the historic event were Joe Ely, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Bruce Robison and former college room-mate and touring compadre, Lyle Lovett.

When darkness falls
May it be
That we should see the light

When reaper calls
May it be
That we walk straight and right

When doubt returns
May it be
That faith shall permeate our scars

When we’re seduced
Then may it be
That we not deviate our cause

All sinners, a future
All saints, a past
Beginning, the ending
Return to ash

Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can be together
Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can live forever

When all is pain
May it be
It’s all we’ve ever known

When flame consumes
May it be
It warms our dying bones

When loss has won
May it be
It’s you I’m madly fighting for

When Kingdom comes
May it be
We walk right through that open door

All sinners, a future
All saints, a past
Beginning, the ending
Return to ash

Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can be together
Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can live forever

All sinners, a future
All saints, a past
Beginning, the ending
Return to ash

Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can be together
Now that we’re dead, my dear
We can live, we can live forever

Return to ashes, shed this skin
Beyond the black, we rise again
We shall live forever
~ Fucking Metallica


Pony Hunt CD Release

Save the date: Saturday October 29, 2016 2:09pm
Pony Hunt CD Release Party at LRS
New album Heart Creek is great
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Pony Hunt + 1 at KRCB FM__________Heart Creek

New Releases for October 21, 2016

lastrecordstore_01gaga Lady Gaga: Joanne
2016 release, the fifth studio album from the best-selling singer/songwriter. Joanne is the long-awaited follow-up to Gaga’s last solo effort Artpop which debuted at #1 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart and is certified platinum. Joanne’s first single “Perfect Illusion” was #1 most added at Pop and Hot AC radio

lastrecordstore_02leo Leonard Cohen: You Want It Dark
2016 release, the 14th studio album from the veteran singer/songwriter. Leonard Cohen, the acclaimed composer of “Hallelujah”, continues to astonish his audience. At age 82, he presents his uncompromising and urgent album, You Want It Darker. Described by early listeners as a “masterpiece” and “classic Cohen,” You Want It Darker, is the latest chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music and thought. These startling songs have been beautifully realized in this this studio album featuring nine new tracks including the title track, all produced by his son, Adam Cohen.

lastrecordstore_03pretenders Pretenders: Alone
2016 release, the first new album in eight years from Chrissie Hynde and Co. Originally intended as s follow-up to Hynde’s 2014 solo album Stockholm, Alone evolved into a bonafide Pretenders album although she is the only original band member to appear on the album. Alone was recorded with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville. The album features Hynde on vocals and guitar joined by bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Sturgill Simpson), pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl (Blake Shelton), guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey), keyboardist Leon Michels, and drummer Richard Swift.

lastrecordstore_04croz David Crosby: Lighthouse
2016 studio album by the iconic singer/songwriter/guitarist and former Byrds/CSN member. David’s instantly recognizable voice, distinctive guitar style and masterful songwriting shine on this release-and you can hear how joyful and inspired he was during the making of the album, as there’s a striking economy of sound at work here. Michael League of Snarky Puppy produced this; Crosby’s vocals and guitars occupy most of the space as you hear “Things We Do for Love,” “Paint You a Picture,” “Somebody Other Than You,” “Look in Their Eyes” and more. A folk-rock pioneer returns with a fantastic album of romantic songs, political punches, pleas for compassion-and inventive guitar tunings, too! Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in the Byrds and once for his work with CSN. Five albums he contributed to are included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, three with the Byrds and two with CSN(Y). He has been depicted as emblematic of the 1960s’ counterculture.

lastrecordstore_05dr The Musical Mojo of Dr. John
Two CD edition. The Musical Mojo of Dr. John recording captures a star-studded concert at New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, with Dr. John joined by a stunningly diverse assortment of notable guest artists, who perform 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career, honoring his large and still-growing musical legacy. Fittingly, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John also features memorable performances by several New Orleans legends, including Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, John Boutté, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. And Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, and Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville. Bassist Don Was served as the project’s musical director, leading an all-star house band that also included Allman Brothers Band/Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, renowned NOLA pianist John Gros, Funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz and journeyman drummer Kenny Aronoff, as well as Dr. John’s longstanding musical compatriot, trombonist Sarah Morrow

lastrecordstore_06miles Miles Bootleg Series Vol. 5
Three CD archive release containing two hours of previously unreleased studio recordings from 1966-1968. These tracks are newly mixed and remastered in high resolution audio. This set is released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Miles Smiles – one of the albums that came out of these recordings. Includes full session reels including all rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, studio conversation and more.

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