For the first time in 26 years, Tuesday passed and there are no new albums out in America.
Starting this week, the record industry is shifting to a Friday release date around the globe.
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for the week of July 10, 2015:
Ed Sheeran: 5
Five CD box containing a quintet of EPs from the hit-making British singer/songwriter originally released separately in the UK. The five EPs contained in this set feature a total of 33 songs – both studio and live – many of which can only be found on these releases. Ed Sheeran is blessed – he seems to know exactly where he is going, and exactly how to get there. Where countless others fail to make an impression amid today’s information overload, Ed’s music and talent cut straight through. He has a poise that is as welcome as it is unusual in someone so young. He’s both utterly self-assured but still charmingly open. He has a confidence that’s built not on being able to sing someone else’s song quite nicely on a teatime TV show, but on hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of gigs where it’s just him, his guitar, a loop pedal and a crowd.
Cradle of Filth: Hammer of the Witches
Limited Edition includes bonus tracks. Levolent kings of British metal. Masters of the darkest arts and crafts. Cradle of Filth have been firmly ensconced at the forefront of the extreme music scene for the last two decades. Ever since they emerged from the lengthening Suffolk shadows in 1991, Dani Filth and his fiendish cohorts have blazed a grotesque trail across the globe, spreading their fetid gospel of obscene theatricality, pitch-black horror and exquisite musical madness, earning themselves a formidable reputation as one of the most important metal bands ever.
Nina Revisited: a Tribute to Nina Simone
Produced by Grammy Award winning jazz musician Robert Glasper, this 2015 album of contemporary artists covering Nina Simone classics – in support of the film What Happened, Miss Simone? – includes tracks by Usher, Mary J. Blige, Common and Lauryn Hill.
Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes
Ghost Notes is the first new album from Veruca Salt featuring all original members (Nina Gordon-Vocals & Guitar, Louise Post-Vocals & Guitar, Steve Lack-Bass, Jim Shapiro-Drums) since 1997’s certified gold album, Eight Arms To Hold You. Formed in Chicago, IL in 1993, Veruca Salt took the indie-rock world by storm with their first single ‘Seether’ from their debut album, American Thighs. For their first record in almost two decades Ghost Notes, the band enlisted producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins/Sunny Day Real Estate/Liz Phair) who also produced their debut release.
Superchunk: Come Pick Me Up
In March of 1999, Superchunk traveled to Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago to record the tracks that would become Come Pick Me Up. The addition of producer Jim O’Rourke allowed Superchunk to advance their sound with more experimentation, including horn and string accompaniments. Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, and Bob Weston provided the horn section (saxophone, trombone, and trumpet, respectively) while Fred Longberg-Holm and Suzanne Roberts contributed on cello and violin. “It was exciting to work in the big room downstairs at Electrical. For part of our visit we also slept there, in the dark except for lights on all the gear blinking. It snowed a ton the day we got there, and I didn’t go outside for the first five or six days we were there,” Mac recalls. “I read an interview where O’Rourke said we tried to make a two-month record in two weeks or something. I’m sure he’s right – we never wanted to spend the time or money making records the ‘proper’ way, but I like how this record came out, and it has some of my favorite songs of ours on it.”
Banana and the Bunch: Mid-Mountain Ranch
Limited digitally remastered mini LP sleeve edition that re-creates the original packaging right down to the label on the CD. Recorded right after the Youngbloods broke up, and released on their own Raccoon label, 1972’s Mid-Mountain Ranch was the sole solo album from the band’s multi-instrumentalist Banana a.k.a. Lowell Levinger. Except that it wasn’t really a solo album, because the Bunch included Joe Bauer and Michael Kane from Banana’s former outfit! So, Mid-Mountain Ranch really was a Youngbloods album sans Jesse Colin Young; and the absence of their former front man allows Banana and his Bunch to stretch out with some bluegrass and jazz licks alongside their patented folk rock sound. It’s something of an early alt-country cult classic.
Anoushka Shankar: Home
Four-time Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar is one of today´s most distinguished classical cross-genre sitar performers and composers. After Traveller and Traces of You, this pure Indian classical album is Anoushka´s third release on Deutsche Grammophon, recorded right at her home studio in London. Inspired by her classical upbringing and teaching by her legendary father, Ravi Shankar, this album offers both meditative and virtuoso Indian classical raga for solo sitar with ensemble.
for the week of June 30,2015:
The Velvet Teen: All is Illusory
2015 release by the alt-rock band featuring our own Josh Staples on Bass & Vocals. Nine years since the last full length from The Velvet Teen and the band has written what could arguably be their best record yet. All Is Illusory was mixed by Steve Choi of the RX Bandits and exemplifies the band’s use of driving guitars, exceptionally technical drumming and lyrics by Judah Nagler that will make the listener question reality.
Neil Young + the Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years
2015 album from the veteran singer/songwriter . For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock album, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). The ecologically/environmentally-focused album finds Neil at his most passionate and hard-hitting.
Joy Williams: Venus
2015 release from the singer/songwriter best known as half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress with her long sea witch hair and Mona Lisa half-smile rarely revealed herself, except through the duo’s bruising and stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies. On Venus she changes all that. No longer content to just conjure the antique grace of some mythic, bygone world, Williams was intent to actually pierce the veil of metaphor and an imagined history and tell a more honest, human story of one woman’s journey out of darkness. Over 11 unstintingly honest songs, she unabashedly recounts what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. She doesn’t try to defend or explain, but in-stead tells a simple straightforward story of events, sparing no one, especially herself. Over the arc of the album, the listener can feel Williams coming home to herself, after fearlessly excavating all the pain and confusion. In the end she can see her life from a great altitude, able to view her choices as an overarching geography that finally makes sense to her, freeing her to become the woman she needed to be. To find the parts of herself that were broken, becoming stronger and content to just be. You might call it a coming-of-age album, but it is so much more than that. It shows how one woman has come to live her truth – the good, the bad, the petulant, the honorable – and in the end, shows all of us how to live our own.
2015 release, the third album from Grammy Award winning recording artist Miguel. Wildheart is the long awaited follow up to Miguel’s 2012 critically acclaimed sophomore release, Kaleidoscope Dream, which spent 20 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
Slightly Stoopid: Meanwhile Back in the Lab
While it’s a rare commodity for a band to tour as consistently as Slightly Stoopid, the group’s diligent commitment to live music provides some insight into their loyal fan base and unique creative metamorphosis throughout their existence. As apparent by their latest studio album Meanwhile Back at the Lab: the Ocean Beach, California based group – led by Co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty – has also found the same passionate dedication to their studio craft, holing up between tours in their own San Diego recording studio and record label complex. The balance of a prolific touring regimen between albums has helped to refine their tasty fusion and massive groove that permeates Stoopid’s trademark sound and eight studio album catalogue, as well as their live shows.
Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend
2015 collection of solo tracks by by the singer, songwriter and British rock icon including two new tracks. Truancy was remastered at Abbey Road Studios, features new liner notes, and highlights from nine key Townshend albums including the singles- ‘Rough Boys,’ ‘Let My Love Open The Door,’ ‘Face Dances (Pt. 2),’ ‘English Boy’ and ‘Face The Face.’ 17 tracks total.
Jethro Tull Remix Project:
Thick as a Brick: Single disc release of the 2014 Steven ‘Porcupine Tree’ Wilson mix of this classic album by Ian Anderson and friends. Thick As A Brick was the fifth studio album by Jethro Tull, released in 1972. The album is notable for only including one song, which spans the entire album. Thick As A Brick was deliberately crafted in the style of a concept album (and as a “bombastic” and “over the top” parody). The original packaging, designed like a newspaper, claims the album to be a musical adaptation of an epic poem by a (fictional) eight-year-old genius, though the lyrics were actually written by the band’s frontman, Ian Anderson. The album was a commercial success and topped the US charts.
Passion Play: Single disc release of the 2014 Steven ‘Porcupine Tree’ Wilson mix of this classic album by Ian Anderson and friends. A Passion Play was the sixth studio album by Jethro Tull. Like it’s predecessor, Thick As A Brick (1972), it is a concept album the theme being the spiritual journey of one man in the afterlife. On release it had chart success around the world hitting #1 in the US and #13 in the UK.
for the week of June 23,2015:
Richard Thompson: Still
2015 album by the acclaimed British folk legend and former Fairport Convention leader. Richard Thompson, who has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 20 Greatest Guitarists of all-time, presents Still, a stunning collection of gifted songwriting and virtuosic guitar playing produced by Jeff Tweedy, leader of the famed band Wilco. This unexpected yet exciting pairing presents one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Already called one of the best records of his career, Still stands out among his massive body of work which includes over 40 albums and numerous Grammy nominations. Includes ‘She Could Never Resist A Winding Road’, ‘Long John Silver’ and ‘Beatnik Walking.
Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire
Two-time Grammy winner Ricky Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene with her groundbreaking self-titled debut and has fearlessly experimented with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. Her latest, The Other Side of Desire was written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans by Tennessee Williams. Produced by John Porter (of Roxy Music) and Mark Howard, this is the first new music Jones has written in over a decade.
Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material
2015 release, the highly-anticipated sophomore album by the singer/songwriter. The follow-up to 2013′s Same Trailer Different Park. Pageant Material is a 13-song tour-de-force. Musgraves co-wrote all of the album’s tracks with an impressive roster of songwriters that includes longtime collaborators Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, the duo who famously co-penned CMA Song of the Year “Follow Your Arrow” with Musgraves for her debut.
Leon Bridges: Coming Home
Highly anticipated 2015 debut album from Fort Worth, TX native Leon Bridges. Coming Home was produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim. Bridges began writing and performing 1950s and ’60s style soul music that was described by Austin 360 as “a transmission straight from the heart.” He began to attract followers and his break in the music industry is attributed to a run in he had at a bar with White Denim guitarist Austin Jenkins. The duo discussed clothing at the bar and a few weeks later Jenkins and bandmate Joshua Block ran into Bridges during a performance in north Texas. It was the performance of his original song “Coming Home” that caught the attention of Block and Jenkins. This debut includes that track and nine other originals.
Jerry Garcia Band: On Broadway
the first installment in a new archival series celebrating Jerry Garcia’s magical 13 night run on Broadway. On Broadway: Act One presents three complete, previously unreleased sets from the October 28th, 1987 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in NYC: the early and late Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band sets and the Jerry Garcia Band’s electric evening set. Highlights are many, but include “I Ain t Never”, “Bright Morning Stars”, “Run For The Roses” and Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”.
New Release Hour with Brian & Doug
Tuesdays 11:00am / Repeat Wednesdays 7:00pm
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
TUNE IN, TURN ON, AND DROP… THE NEEDLE!
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 ksro.com. Tune in!
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