Tuesday January 27, 2015 NEW Releases

unnamedThe Punch Brothers: Phosphorescent Blues 
the fourth album from the Bluegrass band featuring Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass). THE PHOSPHORESCENT BLUES was produced by T Bone Burnett. The band chose Burnett after working with him numerous times. most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME.
unnamed (1)The Lone Bellow: Then Came The Morning
the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio, The Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: ”Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dressner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow.
unnamed (2)Gov’t Mule & John Scofield : Sco-Mule
Fans of both artists and their respective genres will finally be able to get their hands and ears on a very special release: the long-awaited SCO-MULE album. In late September of 1999, John Scofield teamed with Gov’t Mule, then featuring original bass player the late Allen Woody, along with keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo, in Georgia for two legendary shows of mind-bending live prowess, featuring material ranging from Mule and Scofield original compositions, to James Brown covers and songs made legendary by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. No audience or soundboard bootleg recordings of these shows exist. But now, for the first time, fans can experience the Sco-Mule mystique first- hand in album form, newly mixed and mastered. This 2.5 hour all-instrumental release is a jazz romp laced with rock, soul & funk
unnamed (3)Bettye Lavette: Worthy
Bettye LaVette is a true legend with a musical career spanning over 50 years, she is now rightly recognized as one of the finest vocalists and one of the great interpreters of song. In Bettye’s amazing career she has performed for Barack Obama at his 2009 Presidential inauguration, (duetting with Jon Bon Jovi) and sang a moving interpretation of “”Love Reign O’er Me”” at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to The Who (which brought Pete Townshend to tears and stunned Roger Daltrey). Her discography spans five decades, but it is within the past decade that she has finally been recognized as one of America’s finest vocal talents. In 2005 she recorded the album “”I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise””, which was produced by Grammy nominated producer Joe Henry, (hailed as one of the best albums of the year by many critics). Joe Henry now reflects; “”I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise confirmed Bettye’s standing as a soul and blues singer nearly without peer, and evidenced for many what had for so long been hidden in plain sight. Two more fine albums followed, both of which were nominated for Grammy Awards: “”The Scene Of The Crime”” in 2007 and “”Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook””in 2010. Now, after almost a decade, the legend that is Bettye LaVette has teamed up with producer Joe Henry once again and the result is a stunning new album, “”Worthy””, featuring 11 songs composed by writers such as Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Mickey Newbury, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Mary Gauthier(who wrote the album title track) and Joe Henry among others. As Joe Henry states; “”With every song on “”Worthy””, Bettye finds the thread that first will unravel it. Then she stitches it all back together until it fits her taut frame and fierce stride, until it bends to meet her; until each song’s story is somehow, miraculously, telling her own””. “”Worthy”” is a supreme achievement from a uniquely gifted performer.
unnamed (4)Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: Medicine
For Nashville based, Memphis born Drew Holcomb, ”music is medicine” and it seems only fitting that along with his band The Neighbors – wife Ellie (vocals, guitar), Nathan Dugger (guitar, keys) and Rick Brinsfield (bass) – the group celebrates a decade long career with the release of their 2014 full-length studio album MEDICINE via his own imprint Magnolia Music. Recorded over eight days at Joe Pisapia’s Middletree Studios in East Nashville, the twelve song album was co-produced by Pisapia (Ben Folds, KD Lang, Guster, Josh Rouse) and the band and tackles issues of everyday life including loyalty, hardship, marriage, friendship, alienation and faith.
unnamed (5)Papa Roach : F.E.A.R.
Papa Roach has sold over 20 million albums internationally, is celebrating 20 years as a band and 15 years since their Multi-platinum release, INFEST. Years later the band keeps delivering hits, as their previous album THE CONNECTION (2012) delivered three massive active rock radio singles. The band has had four number one Rock Hits, one number one Alternative hit, and twelve top ten Rock Hits.
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We don’t just sell records at the Last Record Store—we also talk about them, obsessively, all day long.
That discussion moves into radio land: Tuesday mornings at 11am (repeated Wednesdays at 7pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store’s (and Mid-Day KRCB program host) Doug Jayne with longtime Morning DJ Brian Griffith for The New Release Hour. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best!
KRCB is at 90.9 and 91.1-FM!
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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 KSRO and KRCB, Petaluma Vice Mayor Gabe Kearney, Gabe Meline from KQED, Blair Hardman from Zone Recording and more!
Needle Droppings airs Fridays as part of The Drive With Steve Jaxon at 4:20pm on KSRO, at 1350-AM, 103.5-FM, and online at Tune in!
The sun hits the back of my neck
Through a crack in the window shade
I blow it off
I blow it off
’cause I keep outside
In the eyes and ears
Of friends I’ve never met
I blow it off
I blow it offThere’s nothin’ to say
That couldn’t just as well be sent
I’ve got an American share
Of 21st century stress
~the Punch Brothers
See you on the Avenue!

Tuesday January 20, 2015 NEW Releases

What_A_Terrible_World,_What_A_Beautiful_WorldThe Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
the seventh studio album from the Alt-Rock band. Produced by the band and long-time collaborator Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case), it is The Decemberists’ first full-length studio album since 2011’s THE KING IS DEAD, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in Jan of 2011. From the soaring first single ‘Make You Better’ to the acoustic ruminations of the Nick Drake influenced ‘Lake Song’ and triumphant closer ‘A Beginning Song’, WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD, is the band’s most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring-from “The Tain,” an eighteen-and-a-half minute 2004 single based on an Irish myth to their last two ambitious, thematic albums, THE HAZARDS OF LOVE and THE KING IS DEAD. This time, though, Meloy explains that they took a different approach: “Let’s make sure the songs are good, and eventually the record will present itself.”

Sleater - KinneySleater-Kinney: No Cities To Love

the first album in 10 years by Sleater-Kinney (guitarist/vocalist Carrie Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss), who came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as ”America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006. NO CITIES TO LOVE was produced by the band’s longtime collaborator John Goodmanson.

belle-and-sebastian_girls-in-peacetime-want-to-dance_lpBelle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

the long awaited follow-up to 2010’s WRITE ABOUT LOVE. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giorgio Moroder – have brought a dance-party element into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made. Given that band leader Stuart Murdoch has openly declared himself pro-bubblegum before, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that ‘Enter Sylvia Plath’, ‘The Book Of You’ and ‘Play For Today’ have keyboard hooks that recall Scandinavian pop machines past and present. The filmic loves, kitchen sink imagery and baroque touches are still there, too, don’t worry. It’s all about trusting in the restorative power of pop music. If you’d trust anyone to write a great Europop song about Sylvia Plath, you’d trust Belle & Sebastian.

ryan-bingham-fear-and-saturday-nightRyan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night

Recorded mostly LIVE with a brand new backing band FEAR & SATURDAY NIGHT shows Bingham facing down his past with a poetic grace throughout. Some of the most affecting moments on the album are in the harmonica-driven wistful waltz ”Broken Heart tattoos”, a song written to an unborn child, and in the title track when he sings, ”I don’t fear nothin’ except for myself/ So I’m gonna go out and raise me some hell.” ”Certain things aren’t going to change,” he explains of the song. ”You can’t run away or hide form the past. You have to live in it and deal with stuff and find your own way to overcome.” Those hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, helped make Bingham the man he is today. FEAR & SATURDAY NIGHT is the most authentic, personal, and deeply moving portrait of that man we’ve heard yet.

marilyn-mansonpalemperorcoverNew Marilyn Manson!

falloutboy New Fallout Boy!!

Grammy2015 New Grammy Compilation!!!
Taylor and Iggy and Miley: oh my...

i wanna be your thurston moore
wrestle on the bedroom floor
always leave me wanting more
throw away those old records

we go downtown
put on our best frowns
give me a chance
i know i can dance

it’s fine
cus it’s all mine
“I Wanna be Your Joey Ramone” Sleater-Kinney (1996)

See you on the Avenue!


Dixie Giants LIVE this Saturday January 17 @ 2PM

Jan 16, 2015

"I thought ‘soft opening’ was like ‘warm valley’ "


32 years ago this weekend, with very little fanfare, we opened our doors to the public.
On Saturday morning, January 15, 1983 our run as "The Last Record Store" began!
Luckily, Hoyt had the good sense to name the store after a Little Feat album; I was leaning toward naming the shop after Frank Zappa’s record, "Uncle Meat". Phew! I would have been explaining that one forever.
What would our mascot have been??

It is our extreme privilege to be Santa Rosa’s record store. Music is the greatest!

Join us for some LIVE music on Saturday January 17 around 2pm as we host The Dixie Giants.
The will be celebrating the release of their new CD, Live at The Sumpin’ Lodge.


The Dixie Giants

Got so weary of bein’ nothin’,
Felt so dreary just doin’ nothin’
Didn’t care ever gettin’ nothin’, felt so low
Now my eyes on the far horizon can see a glow
Announcin’ things ain’t what they used to be.

No use bein’ a doubtin’ Thomas,
No ignorin’ that rosy promise;
Now I know there’s a happy story yet to come.
It’s the dawn of a day of glory: millennium
I tell you things ain’t what they used to be.
~ Warm Valley by Duke Ellington

See you on the Avenue!


Turntables: Back In Stock

Dec 26, 2014

Audio Technica AT-LP60 and Audio Technica AT-LP60USB

  • Fully automatic operation
  • 2 speed turntable – 33 1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Professional aluminum platter
  • Switchable pre-amp, Connectors: RCA Phono and RCA Line (preamplifier)
  • Integral Dual Magnet stereo cartridge with replacement stylus
  • Get yours today.

See you on the Avenue! | 1899a Mendocino Ave. | Santa Rosa | (707) 525-1963


The Musical Equivalent of an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Dec 22, 2014

Tacky Xmas sweaters have become cool.


I write to you this day to discuss their musical brethren:
The Tacky Xmas CD.

I was going through the Holiday CD section amd thought,
“Good Lord. Why is the Justin Bieber Christmas album $15.99??”
A more important question would be, “Who would pay $15.99 for a once a year hit of Bieber Holiday Fever??”

Well, we wont have a chance to find out, because all Christmas related CD’s have been drastically reduced!
Some as low as $4.99 (3 for $10)

Look at some of our wonderfully offensive “product”

That’s right, Thomas Kinkade!
Olivia Neutron Bomb & John Revolting!!
Here’s a CD that is truly great:

Train Full of Joy by
Wendy Dewitt & Kirk Harwood
Instrumental Xmas Classics played by
the Queen of Boogie Woogie Piano
& the Drum Meister.
For the Blues fan who likes to keep track of what the date is,
may we suggest this awesome 2015 Calendar that comes with a CD
of Blues Classics:


For the Accordion Babes fan who likes to keep track of what the date is,
may we suggest this awesome 2015 Calendar that comes with a CD

of Accordion Classics:
Supplies are limited so don’t dilly with your dally…


All of us at The Last Record Store have
Top Ten Lists of our favorite albums of 2014.
Some of the guys write them on a piece of paper and hang them on the wall.
My handwriting is really bad so I have typed them up.

Here they are:

lastrecordstore_dj_2.jpg by Doug Jayne
presented in chronological order ~ oldest to newest
2360512.jpgRosanne Cash: The River & the Thread 1/14/2014
Tracing her roots through the American South, Rosanne paints beautiful visions with her songs. John Leventhal, her guitarist, husband and producer finally nails the proper vibe for Rosanne; I didn’t care for the sound of her last album, “The List” (picky, picky!) The River & the Thread breathes and flows like the river.

2379270.jpgHurray For The Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes 2/11/2014
Singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra is Hurray For The Riff Raff. Born in the Bronx, and grew up in New Orleans, her soothing voice has the vibe of Gillian Welch or Eilen Jewell. 12 original Folk-Rock songs, tender production, and good instrumentation.

2439019.jpgThe War on Drugs: Lost in a Dream 3/18/2014
The 3rd album by the Indie-Rock band from Philadelphia, led by the visionary Adam Granduciel. Adam took well over 2 years (that’s a long time in indie-rock years) to write and record this masterpiece. It is an album that I will be listening to for a long time.

Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing The Songs of Big Bill Broonzy 6/12/2014
Dave and Phil Alvin have recorded an album together for the first time in 30 years! “We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy,” says Dave Alvin. 12 songs from the Broonzy Songbook, performed with rockin’, rootsy abandon- sort of like The Blasters did.

2569793.jpg Willie Nelson: Band of Brothers 6/17/2014
Willie cranks out a lot of albums, but this one which features mainly originals (first in a long time) is cause for celebration.
His marvelous band is all in, and Willie continues to be one of most original singers (I compare him to Nat “King” Cole) of our time.

2581488.jpgTom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye 7/29/2014
When I first heard this album, I thought it was a decent rock record. It’s an album that grew on me, the songs are good (lyrics included) and there’s lots of cool things happening in the production. I hear something new every time I play it.

2747728.jpg Mike Farris: Shine For All the People 9/16/2014
One of the most soulful singers around today. Southern Gospel meets Stax Records; swingin’ Hammond organ, lively songs about salvation and redemption.

2754682.jpg Bill Frisell: Guitar in the Space Age 10/7/2014
A loving tribute to the guitar-based music from the ’50s and ’60s that first inspired Bill to pick up the instrument.
Songs by The Kinks, The Byrds, Junior Wells, Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and others are re-worked. Totally unique interpretations; very satisfying.

2796110.jpg The New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River 11/10/2014
What an awesome thing this is! Bob Dylan found a box of lyics and unfinished songs from 1967-ish (when he was blossoming into “Bob Dylan”) and offered them to T Bone Burnett. T Bone decided to create a band to write and record these songs. Members are Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons). He created a studio atmosphere that was homey (like Big Pink) and furnished it with cool instruments (mellotrons!) and the results are a marvel. Take your time and enjoy this very cool project.

2751053.jpgLucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone 11/21/2014
20 songs (18 original) on 2 discs. Great guitar from Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Tony Joe White; Elvis Costello’s rhythm section (Pete Thomas & Davey Farragher) lay down the soulful grooves. This album simmers (including an epic version of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia”) from start to finish. Rich. Like a yummy, satisfying meal for your ears.

Santa Lost a Ho.
See you on the Avenue!


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