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New David Luning CD + Oddjob Ensemble = Good Times

A few years back, my pals from the band Old Jawbone asked me to play a couple of songs at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Hopmonk, Sebastopol.
I dusted off my version of “Hazel”, a fairly obscure song from the Planet Waves album. I have this policy, actually more of a superstition, that it’s better for me to perform lesser known songs, rather than ones people have heard a hundred times.
Also on the bill was a young fella named David Luning. I knew about him from my friend Paulette (David’s Aunt) , so David and I chatted it up before the show.
I asked him what Bob Dylan song he was going to play. “Just Like a Woman”, he replied.
“Great song” I say, but I worried to myself that a misfire would leave the audience wanting to hear Bob’s version.
When David’s turn came, he sat at his piano and absolutely nailed “Just Like a Woman”, singing it like it had been in his repertoire for years.
A classic song reimagined, and made to sound like his own. Boom.

Today, David’s new CD, Restless has dropped. It’s his sophomore release, but his first on Blue Rose Music, a philanthropic record label that exists to promote the arts, and support good causes. The new album is produced by Karl Derfler, an extremely talented recording engineer who is the go-to soundman to HUGElarge and Tom Waits. David’s band is so good, and the songs are so well crafted- I suggest that you buy one today. From us!.
Then take it to Petaluma on Saturday night and have it autographed.
David Luning & Band CD Release Party is Saturday Feb 4 at 8pm at The Mystic Theater


Other New Releases for February 3, 2017 :

Beth Hart: Fire on the Floor
Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Fire On The Floor: a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good”. Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. As the singer explains, this latest record gave her an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home. If there’s a theme that ties these 12 songs together, it’s a sense of escapism following the hardest of times. “We were still in the mixing stages for that album and I knew I had to make another record. Making Better Than Home was so painful, because one of the producers, Michael Stevens, was dying of cancer. It was a very emotional record to write and to make. I wanted the songs for Fire On The Floor to get born real quick.” Beth Hart Fun Fact: She was a winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search. Hi-Oh!

Surfer Blood: Snowdonia
SURFER BLOOD are a young indie-rock band, and their fourth album, Snowdonia, is their most ambitious effort yet. Overcoming adversity, the band has artistically grown and thrived. Following the departure of bassist Kevin Williams and guitarist Thomas Fekete (tragically lost to cancer in May), singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz have rebuilt a talented lineup with guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills, all four alumni of the same high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pitts wrote specifically with the new band’s talents in mind: “When I was writing I was thinking more about background vocals and harmonies. Lindsey and Michael are great singers, and I really wanted that to show in the songs. There are layers of vocals on almost every track, and the call-and-response parts between Lindsey and I are something totally new.” Along with plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature hooks, the band concocted some epic and more complex songs with enormous attention to sonic detail. Pitts wrote and mixed the album alone, for the first time since their debut Astro Coast. The immediacy is intoxicating and the musical and lyrical results are fantastic. Surfer Blood get better and better with each album, and we’re sure they’ll be making great records for years to come.

Wyclef Jean: J’ouvert
J’ouvert is a precursor to Wyclef’s forthcoming full length album aptly titled Carnival III: Road To Clefication dropping on the 20th anniversary of Wyclef’s critically acclaimed debut The Carnival. Wyclef is known for his wealth of musical influences from jazz to classic rock to reggae. With his critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated debut The Carnival, he launched himself as a producer and solo artist whose work drew from elements of pop, country, folk, disco, Latin, and electronic music. As a solo artist, Wyclef Jean has released six albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including 1997’s The Carnival and 2000’s The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book.

LeAnn Rimes: Remnants
the 16th studio album from the world-renowned vocal powerhouse, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and the artist who debuted as the youngest Grammy-award recipient of all time. At a young 33 years old, LeAnn, is already a global phenomenon with over 44 million albums sold worldwide, two Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, two World Music Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, one Country Music Association Award and one Dove Award. On Remnants, LeAnn reaches back into her Mississippi-born soul and truthfully delivers piece-by-piece who she is now as a woman: a wife, a stepmother, a daughter, a friend, an artist, a songwriter and a survivor

Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart
12 songs played solo on classical nylon string, and 12 string guitar from legendary jazz guitarist.

Judas Priest: Turbo 30
Digitally remastered and expanded triple CD edition of the metal band’s 10th studio album, released to coincide with the album’s 30th Anniversary. Includes two bonus discs that feature the audio from the show Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City. Turbo is the 1986 studio album by Judas Priest, recorded in June – November 1985 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas and mixed in January and February 1986, at Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California. Turbo was first released by Columbia on 14 April 1986. The album marked the band’s first use of guitar synthesizers. Turbo was an instant commercial success. The album reached #33 in the UK and #17 on Billboard 200, marking the apex of Priest’s commercial success and being the band´s highest chart position until 2005´s Angel of Retribution.

Black Sabbath: The Ultimate Collection 2 CD set
The Ultimate Collection is curated in conjunction with the band. The 31-track collection features the Black Sabbath’s classic songs including ‘Paranoid’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘War Pigs’, ‘N.I.B’. and ‘The Wizard’ as well as choice cuts from their classic albums. Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.


FREE LIVE MUSIC: Oddjob Ensemble at LRS
Saturday February 18 at 2:05pm
You can buy their new EP. From them!
Read this Oddjobs


Go see this movie!

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

Tuesday February 21 at 1pm and 7pm
Rialto Cinemas


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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,
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Who’s Gonna Pay For That Wall? The American Consumer ! Hurray ??

New Releases for January 27, 2017 include:

Sleater-Kinney: LIVE in Paris
Live in Paris is the first official record of Sleater-Kinney’s famously blistering stage performance. The 13 track album, which features Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and touring member Katie Harkin, was captured on March 20th, 2015 at the Paris’s historic La Cigale venue, during the band’s sold-out, international tour in support of their acclaimed eighth album, 2015’s No Cities to Love. Live in Paris includes songs from nearly every Sleater-Kinney album, including No Cities to Love, The Woods, One Beat, The Hot Rock, Dig Me Out, and Call the Doctor. The recording was mixed by John Goodmanson at Avast and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

Delbert McClinton: Prick of the Litter
Multi-Grammy Award winning artist Delbert McClinton is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter. This offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, blending his signature rhythm and blues sound with a newer jazz-influence inspired by Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole and other legendary crooners. Prick Of The Litter was recorded with the support of McClinton’s working band, Self- Made Men who include Bob Britt (guitar), Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Mike Joyce (bass), Jack Bruno (drums) and Quentin Ware (trumpet). The chemistry of this group of musicians, the best band he’s ever had according to McClinton is on full display on this album.

Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World
from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Stitch Of The World, Tift Merritt’s sixth studio album, was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt’s California cabin, and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger, and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt work-shopped the songs on Stitch Of The World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport.

Ty Segall
from the prolific singer/songwriter. Ty Segall has made whole records that wrestle with realities fighting against some, pulling mightily to bring others into being. Of late, he s thrown up his hands and donned clown shoes, dancing merrily in the dual role of oppressed/oppressor! His hands aren’t any more or less dirty than anyone else’s but amidst the thunder and the chaos of the ongoing storm, he’s looking for the eye within. This self-titled record is a clean flow, a wash of transparency falling into a world that needs to see a few things through clearly, to their logical end. It’s got some of the most lobe-blasting neckwork since the Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse (from way back in the long, hot summer of 2012), but it also features a steep flight of fluent acoustic settings, as Ty s new songs range around in their search for freedom without exorcism, flying the dark colors high up the pole in an act of simple self-reclamation. All he wants is some truth! The construction and destruction of his chosen realities has, until now, been a luxury Ty has rightfully reserved for himself, striping overdubs together to form the sound but for this new album, he entered a studio backed by a full band Emmett Kelly, Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart and Ben Boye to get a read on this so-called clarity. This leads to a new departure in group sound, as well as some of the most visceral and penetrating vocal passages yet heard from Ty Segall.

Japandroids: Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Canadian duo. Japandroids consists of Brian King and David Prowse. Their third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, was written clandestinely throughout 2014 and 2015 in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City. It was (mostly) recorded at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC with one song, “True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will”, recorded at Golden Ratio in Montreal, QC. The title, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, comes from a passage in the novel A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce: “He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life.” Like their prior albums Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album features eight songs. This is because eight songs is the standard template for a great rock n roll album. Like Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album was sequenced specifically for the LP. On Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, side A (songs 1-4) and side B (songs 5-7) each follow their own loose narrative. Taken together as one, they form an even looser narrative, with the final song on side B (song 8) acting as an epilogue. If Celebration Rock was the culmination of something, then Near To The Wild Heart Of Life can be considered the beginning of something else.

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Two CD set. 2017 release. Nonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other’s work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. The two musicians first performed together in September 2011 as part of Mehldau’s residency at London’s Wigmore Hall. The Guardian said of that performance, “Mehldau struck up his signature rocking chord vamp over which lightly struck motifs swell to sensuous extended melodies. Thile kept cajoling him with percussive snaps, flying runs, and chords strummed fast enough to sound as seamless as a purring strings section, inducing Mehldau… to bat back the playful provocation with stinging rejoinders.”

Train: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat
Train’s first album without lead guitarist and founding member Jimmy Stafford. Although he is not on the new album, he is currently still partially involved with the band, as he continues to play with them at some live performances and events. It marks the band’s first new music since their 2014 album Bulletproof Picasso. The album’s first single “Play That Song” borrows the central melody from the 1938 single “Heart and Soul” by Howard Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael.

Kreator: Gods of Violence
from the German thrash metal veterans. Since 1985, Kreator has released 13 full-length releases and established themselves as one of the pioneers of the genre coming out of Europe. The band’s previous release, Phantom Antichrist (2012), has become one of their best-selling releases in North America.

Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound
Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.” “This” is Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While it’s highly acclaimed predecessor-2014’s Here and Nowhere Else-came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.

Mark Eitzel: Hey Mr Ferryman
Hey Mr Ferryman is Eitzel’s first full studio album recorded entirely in London. It was made at 355 Studios with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex-Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced and/or recorded albums with Tricky, Ben Watt, Bert Jansch, Edwyn Collins, and more. Butler produced Hey Mr Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on the album. Hey Mr Ferryman features the vivid melodies long associated with Eitzel’s former band American Music Club-which remains a cult favorite to this day-as well as Butler’s distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel’s expressive vocals. Of that voice, Pitchfork once wrote: “If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.”

Chicago II: Steven Wilson Remix
Digitally remixed – by Steven Wilson – and remastered version of this 1970 release. For the first time, a stereo remix from the 16-track multi-track tapes made it possible for Steven Wilson to bring out elements that were muffled or submerged in the mix. The result is a new stereo version of Chicago II that boasts clearness, punch and definition that it didn’t have before. Chicago II yielded some of the group’s most enduring hits, which came from Pankow’s suite “Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon,” emulating the form of the great classical composers from a pop perspective. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts. With the success of Chicago II, radio went back and discovered hits on the earlier Chicago Transit Authority album.

Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite

Guy Clark: LIVE from Austin TX
New West Records is proud to reissue this superb title in the Live From Austin, TX performance series on remastered 180g double vinyl, and on CD?DVD combo. Guy Clark is the quintessential Texas songwriter, and considering the company he’s in, that’s saying a lot. That’s why this 1989 performance is a priceless treasure. It contains all the classics, from “LA freeway” and “Desperados Waiting for a Train” to “Texas Cookin'” and “Homegrown Tomatoes,” plus a wrenching version of good pal Townes Van Zandt’s “To Live Is To Fly.”

Tom Paxton: Boat in the Water


New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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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.
Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm


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Now on 103.5-FM
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, Humorists Steve Ausburne, Juan Carlos and whoever else we can squeeze into the meat-locker-like studio at KSRO.
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Rebecca Ferguson was asked to sing at Pumpkin Mussolini’s Inauguration Party.
She requested that she able to sing the 1937 protest song “Strange Fruit”. Apparently the Predator in Chief found a song denouncing lynching as inappropriate. Read the story here

Step in Toby Keith who sang a lynching anthem, Beer For My Horses at the big event.
A taste of the lyrics:
“Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in Texas find a tall oak tree,
Round up all them bad boys hang them high in the street
For all the people to see”

I agree with Natalie Maines.
Fuck U Toby Keith


Toby Keith you are the Douchebag of the Week

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Can I get a 4 year supply of Oczy Mlody please?

New Releases in January 2017 include:

The Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody
Produced by the band and their long-time producer Dave Fridmann, the highly anticipated album is the follow-up to THE LIPS’ globally acclaimed 2013 album, THE TERROR. On OCZY MLODY, THE LIPS return to form with an album no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song-oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums THE SOFT BULLETIN and the gold-certified YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS. In the words of Wayne Coyne:
“A future where Oczy Mlody is the current cool powerful party drug of choice and sleeping is the ultimate cure for everything.. sleeping for, like, 3 months.. Yeah sleeping.. So if you want to lose weight.. Ping!!You are put to sleep for 3 months and you wake up thin.. If you are addicted to drugs.. Ping!! You sleep yourself out of withdrawals and cravings and wake up sober.. Ha.. And it all takes place inside a gated community that has been made into a replicant fantasy fairy tale city where the mega-mega rich folks live and have self indulgent psycho parties (maybe I’ve been spending too much time around Miley Cyrus) where everyone takes Oczy Mlody (the drug uses your own sub-conscious memories and transports you to your perfect childhood happy mind) and everyone has sex while riding unicorns..”

Run the Jewels 3
RTJ is El-P and Killer Mike. This album serves as the follow-up to their 2014 album, Run the Jewels 2. The album features guest appearances from Danny Brown, Joi Gilliam, Trina, Boots, Tunde Adebimpe, and Kamasi Washington. It spawned three singles: “Talk to Me”, “2100” and “Legend Has It”.

Kid Cudi: Passion Pain & Demon Slayin’
Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Kid Cudi. The album was released through Republic Records and Cudi’s Wicked Awesome Records imprint. It succeeds Cudi’s alternative rock album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (2015). The album features production from Dot da Genius, Mike Dean, Mike Will Made It, Anthony Kilhoffer and Plain Pat, along with guest appearances from André Benjamin, Travis Scott, Pharrell Williams and Willow Smith. The album was preceded by the lead singles, “Frequency” and “Surfin'”.

Band of Heathens: Duende
TBOH’s fifth studio album (and eighth overall), and marks the Austin quintet’s tenth anniversary as a group. It’s an apt name for a record whose themes explore the collective search for connection and communion in a technology-fueled world increasingly splintered, distracted and lonely. As band co-founder Ed Jurdi, who first learned of the term, explains, “It’s the essence of the artist,” or as partner Gordy Quist says, “It’s a word we don’t have an equivalent for in English, artistically, that’s where we tried to set the bar, to do what this band does best.” Featuring 10 new tracks, Duende was recorded at The Texas Treefort in Austin and produced by Jim Vollentine and The Band of Heathens.

The Infamous Stringdusters: Laws of Gravity
represents a return to form for The Infamous Stringdusters, one of the most successful bands to emerge from bluegrass in recent years and one that is known for it’s incomparably tight yet improvisation-infused live shows. Over their decade together, they have won three International Bluegrass Music Association awards, earned a “Best Country Instrumental” Grammy nomination in 2011 and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Laws Of Gravity was recorded in Nashville with Billy Hume (Ludacris, Ying Yang Twins) in the co-producer’s chair. Band members Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass) are showcased as writers, singers, and players on an all original set of honest songs with a fresh yet familiar bluegrass/Americana/progressive feel.

AFI: The Blood Album
the band’s 10th studio album. The album was produced by the band’s guitarist, Jade Puget, and co-produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones) and is the follow-up to 2013’s Burials, which hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles, hit #1 on the Billboard 200, garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions. AFI (A Fire Inside)has had the same lineup since 1998: lead vocalist Davey Havok, drummer and backup vocalist Adam Carson, with bassist Hunter Burgan and guitarist Jade Puget, who both play keyboard and contribute backup vocals.

Dropkick Murphys: 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory
After twenty years, Dropkick Murphys remain bigger than ever, having sold over six million albums worldwide. 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory is a soundtrack to tragedy and triumph alike. On this album, the band carries on the tradition of rough and tumble storytelling – the kind of writing that never leaves fans wondering whether the band have lived what they’re singing about. A look back at childhood, a snapshot of a clueless jerk, a stop-you-in-your tracks reflection on a terrorist tragedy… There are moments of ass-kicking Celtic punk attitude, ball-busting wisecracks, tear-jerking confessions, and the kind of upbeat words of wisdom that can be chanted loud and proud across arenas and stadiums worldwide. The band continues to sell out venues around the world. They’ve played Boston’s Fenway Park and been personally invited to share the stage with everyone from Foo Fighters to Bruce Springsteen to Mumford & Sons.

Bash & Pop: Anthing Could Happen
the second album from this band led by former Replacements/Guns ‘n’ Roses member Tommy Stinson. Anything Could Happen is the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 1992 debut, Friday Night Is Killing Me. Bash & Pop was formed in 1992 by Stinson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following the breakup of the Replacements. It released one album before disbanding in 1994.

Norman Blake: Brushwood Songs & Stories
Returning in 2016 to Lookout Mountain, Norman Blake has again recorded all-new, original Blake material written over the past two years culminating in the 19 selections of Brushwood Song & Stories: two Instrumental rags, two spoken-word recitations, and 15 songs, two written with Nancy Blake, who also provides her sweet harmonies on five of the tracks. This recording highlights the elements displayed throughout Norman’s celebrated, multi-generational career; be it his rooted-in-tradition prolific songwriting, storytelling or his world-renowned master guitar work. Truly though, it’s the instruments themselves that Norman loves so much. Hand-selecting an admirable list of old-time instruments, Norman brought Brushwood Songs & Stories to life in vivid tones and timbre. Norman tells us that outside of the occasional contribution to a special project here and there, he feels this might be his last full-length recording.

Bonobo: Migration
Bonobo’s early records were slightly hazy and indistinct, but Migration is the most sophisticated effort of his career.
~Pitchfork

Brian Eno: Reflection
Eno’s new ambient piece readily slots along works like the dreamlike Thursday Afternoon and 2012’s stately Lux. It feels the most pensive of his ambient works, flowing across 54 unbroken minutes. If Yoko Ono married Brian Eno, she would become Yoko Ono Eno.

The xx: I See You
is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. It’s lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to it’s deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. I See You is recognizably still The xx but is now powered by the voluble ambition of it’s three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realize but harness their full potential. You might even want to think of the decisive move from Joy Divi-sion to New Order here, too. When they take their plum festival slots in 2017, armed with the ten most robust songs of their career, The xx should prick the skin and touch gently the shoulder of an audience reaching to the back of the field.

The Rolling Stones in MONO
For the first time ever, all of the mono studio recordings released by The Rolling Stones in the 1960s will be available in one unique historic collection. The Rolling Stones In Mono is a 15 CD box set with original brilliantly recorded mono versions of 14 studio albums plus a new collection of single and EP tracks. The set will contain a total of 186 tracks, 56 of which have never before been heard in mono since the advent of the digital age.

SOHN: Rennen
a contemplative, understated composition built around a simple piano melody

Sepultura: Machine Messiah
Sepultura’s 14th full-length album and the first since 2013’s The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. Class is eternal and metal is forever. The road to heavy music glory is littered with the shattered corpses of those that didn’t have the strength to complete the journey. But true masters always win through, and Sepultura have long since earned their status as legends of the metal world. In 2017, they return with more fire in their collective belly than ever before. Machine Messiah is coming… Formed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1984, Sepultura swiftly became major players in the burgeoning thrash metal underground. With a sound that was as inventive and exuberant as it was raw and primitive, the band shattered preconceptions by planting South America firmly on the metal map, as early albums like Morbid Visions, Schizophrenia and Beneath The Remains helped to shape the sound of this new, brutal strain of heavy music. Fast-forward to 2017 and Sepultura are poised to release an album that promises to once again reaffirm the band’s status as standard bearers for heavy music. Recorded with esteemed producer and engineer Jens Bogren (Opeth/Kreator/Ihsahn/Paradise Lost) manning the controls, Machine Messiah is not just the band’s 14th studio album – a remarkable enough feat in itself – but it is also quite simply the most complete and absorbing album the band have made in the Derrick Green era. Thrillingly broad in musical scope but always firmly rooted in the spirit and fire of no-nonsense heavy metal, it is clearly an album that the band have crafted with great love, passion and determination.

John Abercrombie: Up and Coming
This is a group whose collaborative capabilities have only strengthened over the years, growing deeper and more telepathic. Of the tradition while, at the same time, challenging it with a unique and instantly recognizable combination of grace-filled subtlety, rich melodism, improvisational élan, mitochondrial chemistry and a profound harmonic language, Up and Coming starts 2017 with an album that is already a strong contender for its year-end best-of lists.~ JOHN KELMAN

Grateful Dead
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe 50th Anniversary two CD edition. Includes the original album remastered as well as the full unreleased show from P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 29th, 1966. Also includes four additional tracks from the subsequent night at same venue. Rock’s longest, strangest trip, Grateful Dead, was the psychedelic era’s most beloved musical ambassadors as well as it’s most enduring survivors. They spread their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout three decades. Who writes this stuff??


New Release Hour with Brian & Doug

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

Doug Jayne and Brian Griffith

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.
Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm


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It just is.

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Now on 103.5-FM
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, Humorists Steve Ausburne, Juan Carlos and whoever else we can squeeze into the meat-locker-like studio at KSRO.
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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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.
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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:
http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archive/
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.

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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”.


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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.

Thanks!

See you on the Avenue,
DJ

 

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