NEW RELEASES for May 4 2018 (out now) include:
Neil Young: Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live
Live archive release from the rock icon. Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live is one of the most sought-after recordings from his vast archives. This was the first public performance of many of the songs that would make up Young’s seminal album Tonight’s The Night, which would not be released until June 1975. The album’s final track “Walk On” would not appear until the release of On The Beach, in July 1974. Young would be the first artist to christen the stage at what would become one of the world’s great clubs, The Roxy Theater on the riotous Sunset Strip, right next door to the already infamous Rainbow Bar & Grille. The shows took place on September 20-22, 1973. Produced by Young and the late David Briggs, these resultant recordings were mixed by John Nowland with updated post-production and mastering by John Hanlon – along with Chris Bellman – at Bernie Grundman Mastering using the original analog master tape source. Close your eyes and you’ll be right there in that dark, smoky, 500 capacity room in West, L.A. on a hot summer night in 1973. Tonight’s The Night would go on to be named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, and universally praised for it’s dark honesty and unapologetic raw delivery. The very same can be said for Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live.
Janell Monae: Dirty Computer
the third studio album by singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model Janelle Monáe. Dirty Computer is the follow up to her critically acclaimed studio albums, The ArchAndroid (2010) and The Electric Lady (2013). Includes the singles “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane”.
Dr. Dog: Critical Equation
‘I feel like I’m in a totally new band right now’ says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It’s a bold declaration considering he’s been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group’s brilliant album, Critical Equation. Produced by Gus Seyffert (Bedouine, Michael Kiwanuka), Critical Equation is the most infections and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet. The record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group’s history.
Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco: You’re Driving Me Crazy
Van Morrison Joins Forces with Jazz Organ Virtuoso Joey DeFrancesco on You’re Driving Me Crazy, a New Studio Album from Legacy Recordings.
Morrison’s 39th Studio Collection Showcases Electrifying Musical Collaborations, Fresh Interpretations of Blues/Jazz Standards and Deep Cuts from Van’s Songbook
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Van Morrison’s new 39th studio album, You’re Driving Me Crazy, a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, on Friday, April 27.
The successor to Versatile, Van’s chart-topping jazz album from 2017, You’re Driving Me Crazy will be available in 1CD/2LP physical configurations. A limited edition 7″ single–featuring Van Morrison’s “Close Enough For Jazz” b/w Morrison’s stunning rendition of Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used To Do”–will be available for Record Store Day 2018 (celebrated at independent record stores nationwide on Saturday, April 21).
A new milestone in Van Morrison’s ever-expanding catalog of essential recordings, You’re Driving Me Crazy finds the iconic Irish singer-songwriter-performer exploring a variety of jazz and blues standards and classics (“Miss Otis Regrets,” “The Things I Used to Do,” “Every Day I Have the Blues”) alongside fresh interpretations of songs from Van’s own catalog (“Have I Told You Lately,” “The Way Young Lovers Do,” “Magic Time”).
You’re Driving Me Crazy finds Morrison collaborating in the studio with DeFrancesco and his band–including Dan Wilson (guitar), Michael Ode (drums) and Troy Roberts (tenor saxophone). DeFrancesco, who signed his first deal with Columbia Records at the age of 16, has performed with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Grover Washington, Jr. and many more while leading his own band, and is responsible for bringing the classic Hammond organ sound back to the world of jazz in the late 1980s.
The release of You’re Driving Me Crazy caps more than a year of non-stop activity for Van Morrison, who released his 37th and 38th studio albums (Roll with the Punches and Versatile) in quick succession in the fall and winter of 2017. Roll With The Punches became his 13th album to reach the Top 10 of the U.K. charts, while Versatile topped Billboard’s jazz chart.
The world of jazz has provided a vital ongoing influence on the music of Van Morrison, whose acclaimed 1968 studio masterpiece, Astral Weeks, showcased jazz musicians Connie Kay, Jay Berliner, and Richard Davis. Inspired by the spontaneity, soul and sound of jazz, Morrison has performed on stage and/or in the studio with a variety of jazz and blues musicians including John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Bobby Bland, Solomon Burke, Jeff Beck, Georgie Fame, Robbie Robertson, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer and others.
Joey DeFrancesco is a prolific American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist and Grammy-nominee who signed his first record deal (with Columbia Records) at the age of 16 and has gone on to release more than 30 albums. He has performed on stage and in the studio with a wide variety of artists including Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Coryell, Frank Wess, John McLaughlin, Danny Gatton, Elvin Jones, and many more. DeFrancesco is a nine-time winner of the Down Beat Critics Poll (organ) and has won the Down Beat Readers Poll every year since 2005. He has won a number of JazzTimes Awards and is an inaugural member of the Hammond Hall of Fame.
Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing
is the follow up to last year’s God’s Problem Child which was universally praised and resulted in a #1 Country Album and a Top 10 Billboard debut in the US. Willie co-wrote each of the 11 songs with producer Buddy Cannon who has been Willie’s main producer for close to a decade and the two have forged a close songwriting bond that is only getting more prolific. If God’s Problem Child was about mortality, Last Man Standing is largely about life – that is, how endure it, when to persist and the result is some of the strongest songwriter of Nelson’s illustrious career as he gets ready to celebrate his 85th birthday (on April 29th, two days after the album’s release).
Marcia Ball: Shine Bright
Marcia is simply on fire throughout Shine Bright, with a rollicking array of piano-fueled roadhouse romps seasoned by her incomparably soulful balladry. Tracks include nine new Marcia originals, plus brilliant takes on the music of Ray Charles, Ernie K-Doe and Jesse Winchester. Producer/ saxophonist Berlin guests on five tracks.
The Flaming Lips: Scratching The Door: The First Recordings
is a compilation that features music recorded by the band’s original lineup. Scratching The Door highlights tracks recorded by The Flaming Lips’ original line-up, which featured Wayne Coyne’s brother Mark on vocals. The album includes the band’s first and second cassette demos, in addition to The Flaming Lips first self-released EP, and marks the first time all of these recordings have been collected together on a single release. Among the other featured tracks are covers of The Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere,” Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown” and the theme song from the 1960’s Batman television series, which previously appeared on Rykodisc’s 2002 compilation, Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid.
Joshua Hedley: Mr. Jukebox
An accomplished fiddle player, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the instrument as a child. He got his hands on his own fiddle at age 8, and by 12, he was playing with middle-aged pickers at the VFW. At 19, he moved from his native Florida to Nashville, where he became an in-demand sideman at Robert’s Western World and other bars, and ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known as the Mayor of Lower Broad. He hit the road to perform with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle, and more, while the 2015 documentary Heartworn Highways Revisited featured Hedley prominently. Hedley didn’t start writing his own songs until he was about 28 years-old. So on the backend of his 20s, he finally started writing, eventually unlocking a fl ood of clarity and creativity. The heartbreaking, distilled, defiantly classic country that poured out of him became Mr. Jukebox, a salve and beacon for 60s honky-tonk devotees everywhere.
Peter Rowan: Carter Stanley’s Eyes
Peter Rowan was just a young bluegrass boy when he caught the attention of Bill Monroe, who made him an actual Blue Grass Boy in 1963, or maybe ’64. Rowan isn’t certain exactly when he became the band’s guitarist and lead singer, but the moment Monroe introduced him to fellow icon Carter Stanley is etched in his memory just as indelibly as the inked entry in his 1966 diary. Within a few months, Stanley would be gone, but the impact he and his brother, Ralph, had on Rowan – and the world – would grow even stronger. He acknowledges their influence, and finally gives the story of that meeting a definitive telling, with his debut Rebel Records release, Carter Stanley’s Eyes. Rowan, who produced, gathered several luminaries to join him on the journey: lead guitarist Jack Lawrence, of Doc Watson’s band; mandolinist/vocalist Don Rigsby, whose 2010 album, Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley, features Stanley and alums of his Clinch Mountain Boys; guitarist/vocalist Tim O’Brien (Bluegrass Dukes, Hot Rize); percussionist Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton); and banjoist/guitarist/vocalist Patrick Sauber (seen in the film A Mighty Wind). They’re joined by Rowan’s Bluegrass Band mates: Blaine Sprouse on fiddle and vocals, Chris Henry on mandolin and vocals and Paul Knight on acoustic bass. Together, they do indeed honor their forebears, staying faithful to tradition instead of going for what Rowan calls the “razzle-dazzle”of progressive bluegrass or jamgrass. “To me, the importance of the music is in the songs,” he says. “It’s about the poetic material. Bluegrass is part of a literary tradition, a poetic tradition.”
Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Paradox
Paradox (Original Music from The Weaksauce Film) features music from Young + POTR and Young with an orchestra recorded on the MGM Soundstage, Young backed by Jim Keltner, Paul Bushnell and Joe Yankee, and several solo electric guitar passages. All music was recorded spontaneously with no overdubs (with the exception of Joe Yankee, who phoned in his part from Canada) and provides the soundtrack to Paradox, the film. One of the most influential artists of all time, Neil Young has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity. Before starting his multi-platinum solo career, he was a founding member of the folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield and worked with the groups Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Canadian singer-songwriter was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his work as a solo artist and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
The Who: LIVE at The Fillmore East 1968
is the 50th anniversary of these legendary unreleased recordings from the Fillmore East, New York City, Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6, 1968. The Who were in New York to conclude a grueling tour on April 4th, 1968, the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop, The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan. Features stunning extended versions of ‘My Generation’, ‘A Quick One…, ‘ ‘Shakin’ All Over’ and two ripping versions of Eddie Cochran numbers – ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘C’mon Everybody’ (the latter unavailable elsewhere).
Shuggie Otis: Inter-Fusion
fusion rock project from guitar legend, Shuggie Otis! Features commanding drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Beck Bogert & Appice) and stellar bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm/Roy Harper). Shuggie Otis is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Otis’s composition “Strawberry Letter 23” (as recorded by The Brothers Johnson) topped the Billboard R&B chart and reached #5 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977. He also achieved commercial success with his 1974 single “Inspiration Information” (from the album of the same name), reaching #56 on the R&B chart. Born in Los Angeles, California, Otis is the son of rhythm and blues pioneer, musician, bandleader, and impresario Johnny Otis who was of Greek descent and his wife Phyllis Walker who was of African American and Filipino descent.
Ashley Monroe: Sparrow
The album, her fourth, was recorded with producer Dave Cobbin Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A. Working with some of her closest collaborators, including Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, and longtime friends Anderson East and Angaleena Presley, Monroe wrote all of the songs on Sparrow. She recorded the album while she was pregnant with her first child. “I felt powerful,” she says. “I wasn’t puffing, I wasn’t drinking wine, I was just singing.”
SLEEP: The Sciences
“It must be gratifying for SLEEP to hear the audience roar in approval when guitarist Matt Pike plays the opening notes of Dopesmoker, the live set version coming in around 40 minutes, slimmed down from the studio recording, which clocks in at a little over an hour and three sides. Years after the release of Volume One in 1991, Sleep’s Holy Mountain in 1992 and Dopesmoker in 2003, Matt Pike hard at work with HIGH ON FIRE and bassist / vocalist Al Cisneros with OM, heavy music needed one of it’s essential minerals back. In 2009, falling in on either side of NEUROSIS drummer Jason Roeder, SLEEP, like a wooly mammoth awoken from centuries of frozen slumber, once again walked the earth. You could almost hear the universe sigh in relief that SLEEP was back. 2014 saw SLEEP release a single sided 12″ with a new song, The Clarity, giving fans a glimpse of what would hopefully be more to come. And so, the wait began… All good things take time. In 2018 SLEEP fans will have a reason to break out their fi nest and get it lit because record stores all over the world will have the new SLEEP album. SLEEP has live shows slated for this year. Their studio work is tremendous. However, SLEEP in the live setting must be witnessed to be understood. That three people can create such a perfect, truly massive yet complex and dynamic sonic environment is what keeps their shows selling out. Truly, the band is not to be missed. May it never end. DISCLAIMER: Any attempts to describe the music of SLEEP render this writer almost completely useless. They are that good. PRESCRIPTION: Listen to Dopesmoker as often as possible and prepare for what is to come.” – Henry Rollins, March 2018
Sting & Shaggy: 44/876
a collaboration between former Police frontman and solo superstar Sting and Jamaican singer/songwriter Shaggy. The island-influenced album reflects their mutual love of Jamaica – it’s music, the spirit of it’s people and vibrancy of it’s culture. Sting and Shaggy wrote and jammed together for a few weeks in New York City, creating music that seamlessly blends Caribbean rhythms-in traditional and modern styles-with pop craftsmanship and rock energy.
Lord Huron: Vide Noir
the third studio album by rock band Lord Huron. After recording their second album, Strange Trails, in 2014, and releasing it in early 2015, the band would tour heavily in support of it’s release in the next few years. This exposure would eventually lead to the band having one of their songs, “The Night We Met”, be used in the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, in turn leading to the song breaking into the Billboard US all-format Hot 100 chart at number 84. Vide Noir is their first album to be recorded for a major record label, and was mixed by veteran music producer Dave Fridmann, who had previously worked with Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips
Old Crow Medicine Show: Volunteer
New release from Grammy award-winning roots band Old Crow Medicine Show. The album was recorded at the historic RCA Studio A and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson). Since the release of their last Grammy-winning studio effort Remedy, Old Crow Medicine Show has taken their versatility to another level, by not only reinterpreting Bob Dylan’s seminal album Blonde On Blonde, but also collaborating with pop sensation Kesha. Volunteer is yet another fine example of how Old Crow Medicine Show remains one of the most vibrant and forward thinking traditional bands of their time. The songs on Volunteer illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show’s diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group’s songwriting.
Brothers Osborne: Port Saint Joe
the sophomore release from country music outfit Brothers Osborne. The two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year released their single “Shoot Me Straight” off the project which was produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town). John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on Port Saint Joe along with frequent collaborators Lee Thomas Miller, Kendall Marvel, Barry Dean, Shane McAnally, Troy Verges and more. Brothers Osborne is an American country music duo consisting of brothers T.J. Osborne (lead vocals) and John Osborne (guitar, background vocals). They are signed to EMI Nashville. Allmusic describes the duo as recording ” earthy, passionate country-rock.”
A Perfect Circle: Eat The Elephant
the fourth studio album by rock band A Perfect Circle. This is the band’s first album release in fourteen years, after 2004’s Emotive. A Perfect Circle formed in 1999 when Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, burned out by the band’s legal issues in the late 1990s, offered to sing on material that then-guitar tech Billy Howerdel had been writing for his own musical endeavors. The two, with a rotating door of other musicians, recorded and released two platinum selling albums in the US; Mer de Noms in 2000 and Thirteenth Step in 2003, before the two started thinking about taking a hiatus.
The 50/50’s are coming out of retirement to play at the Last Record Store !
It will no doubt be an epic and not to be missed event !
The Satan Sisters (Oakland) will be opening up.
Saturday, July 28 at 2:05 PM – 4:20 PM
More details TBA