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New Music June 14, 2020

New Releases include:


Norah Jones: Pick Me Up Off The Floor
Norah Jones’ seventh solo studio album Pick Me Up Off The Floor features collaborators from Brian Blade to Jeff Tweedy, and grew out of her acclaimed singles series of the past two years as the songs she hadn’t yet released unexpectedly congealed into an album of tremendous depth and beauty connected by the sly groove of her piano trios, lyrics that confront loss and portend hope, and a mood that leans into darkness before ultimately finding the light.



Built to Spill plays the songs of Daniel Johnston
In 2017 Built to Spill was invited to play a few shows as Daniel Johnston’s back-up band This is what those rehearsals sounded like. 11 tracks of Johnston’s fractured pop presented through the eyes of Built to Spill.



Joe Louis Walker : Blues Comin’ On
Soulful blues phenom, and Blues Hall Of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on this superb studio album. Features guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb’ Mo’, Eric Gales, and Albert Lee plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and many others. This album explodes with the passionate playing and souful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados including The Rolling Stones! Joe does a great cover of “7 and 7 Is” by Arthur Lee and Love…



Chicano Batman: Invisible People
The LA-based quartet made up of Eduardo Arenas, Carlos Arevalo, Bardo Martinez and Gabriel Villa, follow-up the critically acclaimed breakthrough Freedom Is Free with their most sonically varied and cohesive album to date. Mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett (Beck, Alabama Shakes) the 12-song set accentuates the group’s high-spirited synthesis of Tropicalia, west coast psychedelia and late-’60s/early-’70s soul.



Lady Gaga: Chromatica
Chromatica is the highly anticipated 6th studio album by Lady Gaga. Featuring the single “Stupid Love”.



Indigo Girls: Look Long
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Together they write, arrange, record and perform music which and have become a vital part of the lives of their worldwide devoted fanbase. Their first new studio album in five years, Look Long is a testament to their storied 40-year career. Produced by John Reynolds at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio in England. Features 11 brand new tracks, all written by the pair.



King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard : Chunky Shrapnel
a new music documentary film and accompanying live album. The album features 13 live performances hand-picked from the band’s 2019 tour; includes new musical scores written by Stu Mackenzie that add a magical touch of an alien melancholy throughout the record. Chunky Shrapnel is an experience geared towards not only recreating the energy of a concert but also something tailored and unique to the band.



Steve Earle and the Dukes
Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. When asked about what drove him to craft his deeply evocative album, Steve Earle says, ‘I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did,’ he says. ‘One of the dangers that we’re in is if people like me keep thinking that everybody who voted for Trump is a racist or an a*hole, then we’re f*cked, because it’s simply not true. So, this is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.’ In ten deftly drawn, roughly eloquent, powerfully conveyed sonic portraits, Earle and his long-time band the Dukes explore the historical role of coal in rural communities. More than merely a question of jobs and income, mining has provided a sense of unity and meaning, patriotic pride and purpose ‘I said I wanted to speak to people that didn’t necessarily vote the way that I did,’ he says, ‘but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything in common. We need to learn how to communicate with each other. My involvement in this project is my little contribution to that effort. And the way to do that ‘ and to do it impeccably ‘ is simply to honor those guys who died at Upper Big Branch.’



Jimmy Buffett: Life On The Flipside
the first studio album from Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers in seven years! Jimmy performed some of the songs earlier in the year, surprising fans with a special show in Key West, where the album was recorded!


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COMING SOON

Neil Young Homegrown Due June 19



Bob Dylan : Rough and Rowdy Ways Due June 19



Dion Blues with Friends Coming soon

New Vinyl Releases

NEW Vinyl Releases !

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Reunions BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. His last album – 2017’s The Nashville Sound – a #1 album on the Billboard Folk, Independent, Country and Rock albums charts, also received Best Americana Album at the Grammys, Album Of The Year At The Americana Honors & Awards and was nominated at the CMA Awards for Album Of The Year. Since then, he has collaborated on the soundtrack for A Star Is Born, the debut album by the Highwomen, and Sheryl Crow’s latest album Threads. He also released a live album, Live From the Ryman.



Car Seat Headrest: Making a Door Less Open Limited Edition Pink Vinyl. BUY IT



Kanye West : Jesus is King Limited Edition Blue Vinyl. BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. Jesus Is King is the ninth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was originally released on October 25, 2019, through GOOD Music and distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The album follows a Christian theme, with West describing it as “an expression of the gospel.”



Sea Wolf : Through a Dark Wood VINYL BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Everything is alright now. Alex Brown Church – the man behind the dark folk, indie rock band Sea Wolf – wants you to know that from the start. Really. Sea Wolf’s eagerly anticipated fifth LP, Through A Dark Wood proves it in 11 textured, sometimes-acoustic, sometimes-electronic, unabashedly honest tracks.



Dua Lupa : Future Nostalgia BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Global Pop superstar Dua Lipa is back with Future Nostalgia. Dua arrived in style in 2015 with her self-titled, chart topping debut album which eclipsed 4 million sales worldwide with single sales reaching over 40 million. Dua Lipa is also officially the most streamed album by a female artist in Spotify history. Dua made Brit Award history in 2018 by becoming the first female artist to pick up five nominations, with two wings for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist, all while selling out tours around the world. In early 2019, she received two Grammy awards for best new artist and best dance recording.



Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come Vinyl BUY IT
Vinyl LP pressing. The breakthrough album that – in conjunction with the film of the same title – burst reggae through into the mainstream with it’s release in England in summer 1972 and in the US, on Island’s newly inaugurated reggae specialist imprint Mango, in spring 1973. As film director and co-writer Perry Henzell said of the film, “There is no impact you will ever have greater than the impact of showing a society itself on the screen for the first time.” The heart of the soundtrack comes from performances by the film’s star, reggae singer Jimmy Cliff. Only the title track “The Harder They Come” was recorded by Cliff specifically for the soundtrack, with three earlier songs by Cliff added.


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New April Releases

New CDs and LPs keep getting released, and we still order them, so please- remember us for your prerecorded music needs.

Like most “non-essential” businesses, we are currently in stay-at-home mode. Our store on Mendocino Avenue is closed for walk-in business until further notice, but you can still get records, CDs, gift certificates, and LRS branded merchandise from us by emailing lastrecordstore@sonic.net or calling (707) 525-1963 and leave a message. We ship USPS safe and FAST.

If you order something from us, please know that we follow safety protocols when handling your music, which include: hand-washing, mask wearing, surface wiping with disinfectant. We take this pandemic seriously.

Here are a few things that have been released in April:

Eliza Gilkyson: 2020
Produced by Eliza’s son, Cisco Ryder, 2020 features songs designed to be audience sing-a-longs in the Pete Seeger tradition of motivational political anthems from the call for unity of “Peace in Our Hearts,” to condemnations of President Trump’s policies with “Sooner or Later” and “My Heart Aches.” Gilkyson also recorded two folk favorites: Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Gilkyson’s new song, “Beach Haven,” was drawn from a letter written by Woody Guthrie in 1952 directed to Beach Haven Apartment’s landlord Fred Trump (POTUS’ father) regarding his racist, segregationist renter policies. The song is Guthrie’s invitation to Trump to “open your doors” and “rip out the strangling red tape” that keeps the apartment from embracing all races.


The Strokes:The New Abnormal
is the sixth studio album by The Strokes. Produced by Rick Rubin, it is their first album in seven years, following Comedown Machine (2013), and their first release since the Future Present Past EP (2016). The album artwork features the 1981 painting Bird on Money by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The New Abnormal is packed full of the razor-sharp hooks, vintage vibes and NYC cool that made the Strokes an early-2000s phenomenon.


Joe Satriani: Shapeshifting
the 18th studio album from the acclaimed guitarist. The single ‘Nineteen Eighty’ is a song that harks back to the period of his first band, the Squares, and to the sounds of that time. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen,” Satriani says. “In my mind, he just crystalized that era. The late ’70s and early ’80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that’s what I would have been doing.”


Thundercat: It Is What It Is
produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. It Is What It Is follows his game-changing third album Drunk (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. ‘This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,’ Bruner says. ‘It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand’ some things just aren’t meant to be understood.’


Shelby Lynne
It’s been 20 years since I Am Shelby Lynne, the album which earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nod. This time, Shelby Lynne, her debut Thirty Tigers release, removes the “I Am” and gets direct to the heart of the singer-songwriter-instrumentalist who gives it her name. This is an album of mostly solo, spare but emotionally rich, original torch songs done the only way this idiosyncratic artist knows how – at once tortured and vulnerable, with intimate feelings laid bare, but ultimately offering hope that there’s a light in the darkness. Recalling her 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute, Just a Little Lovin’, recorded with the late Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone at the same Capitol Studios where the new album was mixed, the soulful Shelby Lynne is her most personal, autobiographical statement yet on the dual, push-pull nature of love: at once close enough to touch, but also a frustrating tease that can both seduce and abandon.


David Bromberg: Big Road
CD + DVD combo. 2020 release. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter David Bromberg isn’t standing still. He is still pushing boundaries, still an iconoclast, still unapologetically unique, as he continues to explore his life’s journey via a path that might be considered ‘asymmetrical’. His musical expression is still inimitable and his scope of knowledge is encyclopedic. On Big Road, Bromberg and his band were determined to give fans ‘something of value’ – in other words, a tangible, content-rich package of music, film, text and photos. The result is a substantive music/video release, featuring 12 new tracks, five hi-def performance videos and a mini-documentary detailing the album’s creation.


Verminous is The Black Dahlia Murder’s
most dynamic, rousing and emotional release to date, and it achieves this without compromising one iota of heaviness. “I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017′s Nightbringers and it’s gone much further now in Verminous,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad. “It’s a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on it’s own as some of the best music this band has ever created.”


Steep Canyon Rangers: Be Still Moses
These Grammy winners and perennial chart toppers from North Carolina have been Steve Martin’s longtime musical companions. Now, the Rangers can add the Asheville Symphony to their list of collaborators; together, they breathe new life into the band’s favorites “Easy to Love,” “Radio,” “Be Still Moses” (featuring Boyz II Men), “Call the Captain,” “Let Me Out of This Town,” “Blow Me Away” and more. Listen to these inspired new orchestral arrangements on CD or first-edition transparent blue vinyl! Yep Roc.


Rock Bottom Rhapsody – Pokey LaFarge
– ‘The man singing these songs isn’t exactly the same man who wrote them,’ says Pokey LaFarge of Rock Bottom Rhapsody. In early 2018, LaFarge relocated from his longtime home base of St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. New songs came quickly to LaFarge in his new environment, but new temptations soon found him, as well. LaFarge admits that he experienced a significant ‘fall from grace’ during the last months of 2018. Shortly before the recording of Rock Bottom Rhapsody began, LaFarge experienced a spiritual awakening ‘ and the faith he re-embraced in his hour of darkness helped to buoy him through the making of the album. Despite the trying period that preceded it’s recording, Rock Bottom Rhapsody is ultimately far more uplifting and life-affirming than it’s title would suggest. ‘Did it add something to the record? It certainly did. I mean, I don’t know if it made it better; it just is what it is. It’s not up to me to decide if people are going to feel that’


John Anderson: Years
John Anderson is celebrating his four-decade career the album Years. Dan Auerbach co-produced this album by the country-music legend and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer. The Blake Shelton collaboration “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” joins “I’m Still Hangin’ On,” “Celebrate,” “Years,” “What’s a Man Got to Do,” “Wild and Free” and more. Both Anderson and Auerbach were deeply inspired by these sessions full of songs about the prospect of death and the celebration of life.


The Monkees: The Mike & Micky Show
Produced by The Monkees’ archivist Andrew Sandoval and mixed by Christian Nesmith, The Monkees – The Mike & Micky Show Live was recorded live in March 2019. The collection includes performances of all three of the band’s #1 hits: “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer.” In addition to those hits, the live album also spotlights many of Nesmith’s finest compositions, including several songs that were never performed live during the Monkees’ heyday, like “St. Matthew” and “Auntie’s Municipal Court.” Other Nesmith-penned tunes on the collection include live versions of “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Listen To The Band,” “Papa Gene’s Blues,” “You Just May Be The One” and “You Told Me.” Dolenz takes the spotlight singing hits like “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Randy Scouse Git,” “Mary, Mary,” “Goin’ Down,” “For Pete’s Sake,” and “Porpoise Song.” The collection also features live versions of “Me & Magdelena” and “Birth Of An Accidental Hipster” from The Monkees’ most-recent studio album, Good Times (2016).


M. Ward: Migration Stories
“It was in winter 18/19 – I flew to Montreal to meet with Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry, Craig Silvey and Teddy Impakt at Le Studio Du Arcade Fire. It was a fine time with a dream team in a city I love. Winter in beautiful Quebec. Les semaines les plus froides de ma vie.
I had a bunch of demos that were inspired by migration stories I had heard from friends or read in newspapers while on tour in Europe and North America. I remember being struck by the similarities of the stories I heard from both continents and how really only the names of the powerful and the powerless had changed – thinking, “Is this the future? Is this our future?” Some time went by, the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism. I think music subconsciously – whether writing or listening – is a filter for me – helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from – some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies – visualizing change to wish something into being – those records inspired this one.” – M. Ward


Testament: Titans of Creation
Returning with their thirteenth studio album Testament’s “Titans of Creation” contains twelve tracks of unstoppable energy from these originators of Bay Area Thrash! Loyal to the roots of the genre they helped define Testament bring alluring brilliant and progressive ingredients to this new release an exciting new album in their consistently heavy and inspiring cannon


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A wise man once said, “It’s people like you, that encourage people like us, to do shit like this.” (I’m paraphrasing) While we can’t do business face-to-face, our April rent is paid, we’ve got a store full of music, and we are willing to bend over backwards to get you some tunes!

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Here is what we’ve got going on currently: You want music, you can email us at lastrecordstore@sonic.net. We should get back to you in 24 hours. Keyword here is “should.” If you don’t hear back, try us again! You can also call us at (707) 525-1963. We have an answering machine, and after 37 years of never listening to messages, we are checking the machine, and calling folks back so we can sell stuff. Genius!

While you are passing the time on the social-distancing device, check out our LRS Facebook Page. We have a daily 4:20 pop-up shop, where you can see and purchase 10 different choice used albums that will be priced to move. New listings pop up daily at 4:20pm during the month of April. We also put stuff on the Instagram. Clever!

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Here are some LPs and CDs were released in the month of March:



Pearl Jam: Gigaton
the 11th studio album from the acclaimed rockers. Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since 2013. “Making this record was a long journey,” explains Mike McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption.” 2020 officially marks 30 years of Pearl Jam performing live, with over 85 million albums sold worldwide and a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam.



Morrissey: No Soy Un Perro En Una Cadena
I Am Not a Dog on a Chain is the 13th studio album by British Alt-Rock icon Morrissey. The album is Morrissey’s first album of original material since 2017’s Low in High School. It was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and includes the single “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?” features vocals from Thelma Houston.



In A Roomful of Blues
World-renowned, horn-fueled “little big band” releases their first release in seven years and their first new studio recording in nine. Roomful of Blues have over 364,000 career scans, even though their first six releases predated SoundScan. 2011’s Hook, Line & Sinker, has scanned over 7,900 units. Tour dates in support of the new release begin in their native Northeast region, where they still do the most touring and are regarded as legends.



Al DiMeola: Across The Universe
Across The Universe’ is a homage to The Beatles and their influence on generations of musicians and music lovers all over the world. You will enjoy the instantly recognizable Beatles melodies blended into the elaborated and unique style of one of the greatest jazz guitarists of our time. These recordings not only are means to pay tribute to the Beatles, whom Di Meola had admired since his teenage years, but also go back in time and capture all the moments that define him today as a man and guitarist who inspired generations of musicians. Di Meola invites his audience to accompany him on his very personal musical journey throughout his life. A life that has been accompanied by iconic Beatles songs like ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Yesterday’. ‘Across The Universe’ is a musical retrospective of Al di Meola’s life, his music and his unique career of almost five decades.



Jim Lauderdale: When Carolina Comes Home Again
Jim Lauderdale comes back to his roots with When Carolina Comes Home Again, a bluegrass album of songs old and new. Chocked full of rich stories, tremendous foot stompin’ tunes, and extraordinary musicianship, the album will delight bluegrass enthusiasts and beyond. With urgency and precision, the song ‘When Carolina Comes Home Again’ tells the tale of a man awaiting his lover, Carolina, to return home. In the cheeky ‘Cackalacky’ Lauderdale sings of his love of biscuits. Brimming with real life, there’s a little something for everybody here.



Lilly Hiatt: Walking Proof
Lilly Hiatt felt lost. She’d just returned home from the better part of a year on tour in support of her acclaimed third album, Trinity Lane, and, stripped of the daily rituals and direction of life on the road, she found herself alone with her thoughts for the first time in what felt like ages. So Hiatt did what’s always come most natural to her in times of questioning and uncertainty: she picked up a guitar. Over the course of the ensuing winter, she wrote a mountain of new music that grappled with her sense of self and place in the world, reckoning with issues that had been bubbling beneath the surface of her subconscious in some cases for years. The result is Walking Proof, Hiatt’s fourth and most probing collection to date. Produced by former Cage the Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish, the record walks the line between Hiatt’s rough, rock and roll exterior and her tender, country roots, exuding a bold vulnerability as she takes a deep and unflinching look in the mirror. What emerges is a newfound maturity in Hiatt’s writing, an abiding sense of calm in the face of chaos as she learns that sometimes, you have to let go in order to get what you want most. By the time she headed into Parish’s Nashville studio in May, Hiatt had piled up more than twenty-five new songs, and with the producer’s help, she pared it down to a tight and cohesive eleven. After capturing the core performances live with her band over the course of roughly a week, Hiatt devoted the early part of the summer to finishing touches, which included contributions from friends like Amanda Shires and Aaron Lee Tasjan along with a guest appearance from her father, legendary songwriter John Hiatt, who joins his daughter on record for the first time here. Lilly Hiatt’s not feeling so lost these days, and with Walking Proof, she’s crafted a roadmap to share with the rest of us.



Kim Richey: A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer
Kim Richey celebrates the 20th anniversary of her album Glimmer with, A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer, featuring new recordings of the songs from Kim’s classic album. Produced by Doug Lancio, who also plays most of the instruments, A Long Way Back… allowed Kim to reinterpret these songs and give them a fresh, yet timeless sound. Other musicians on the album include Nielsen Hubbard and Dan Mitchell.



GRATEFUL DEAD ROAD TRIPS VOL. 3 NO. 2— AUSTIN 11-15-1971
Keith Godchaux’s only been with the band a month but already he is fitting in like a glove. This fall 1971 show captures the Dead dancing down their improvisational high wire like only they can. On one side of the precipice are the free form jams of their earlier incarnations. On the other are the country-inflected tunes of American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead, both released the preceding year. And no sequence captures the tension between the two quite like the first set’s “Dark Star”/”El Paso” sequence, during which the band improbably (and seamlessly) veers from their spaciest song to their most cowboy cover and back again. A true marvel of a medley. Then, speaking of cowboy, the second set goes full-on boots ‘n’ spurs (the show is in Austin, after all) for its first half-dozen songs, winding up with a barn burning “Cumberland Blues.” And then another sublime medley of “Not Fade Away” segueing into a “Jam” that toys with the “China Cat Sunflower” theme, followed by a rip-roarin’ “Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad” and back to “Not Fade Away.” Blair Jackson’s liner notes chart the course. HDCD sound mastered by Jeffrey Norman, too…never before available in stores!
Volume 3 No. 2 Presents the Band Playing in Austin, TX Shortly After Keith Godchaux Joined. The Concert Also Captures the Dead in a Transitional Phase Balanced Between Their Previous Exploratory Jamming and the More Structured Country-Rock Tunes of American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead.



Sufjan Goes New Age !
Aporia is a New Age album from Sufjan Stevens and his step-father and record label co-owner, Lowell Brams, brimming with moody, hooky, gauzy synthesizer soundscapes and created collaboratively in the spirit of the New Age composers who sanded off the edges of their synths’ sawtooth; Aporia is not a mere curio in the Sufjan Stevens catalog – but a fully realized collaborative musical piece.



Brian Fallon: Local Honey
The lead singer of beloved heartland-punk band The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon steps away from that sound and into a stripped-down Americana space on his third solo album, Local Honey. Produced by Grammy-award winning producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit, Death Cab for Cutie), the album showcases Fallon’s songwriting in small vignettes, from a loving devotional for his daughter to a vengeful murder ballad.



Kandace Springs: The Women Who Raise Me
From the beginning of Kandace Springs’ album – as those warm, hand-plucked bass notes fill the air – you know you’ve arrived at something different. While 2018’s Indigo found the Nashville singer-pianist bend into new genre forms, The Women Who Raised Me adheres sonically to jazz while Springs travels across a century of music, covering the women who inspired her while she was growing up, putting her own spin on songs associated with a dozen of the greatest female vocalists of all-time.



Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real: Naked Garden
‘When we walked out of Shangri-La recording studio on the sixth day, we knew we had captured something special. The process had been simple: we would gather around a coffee table on the lawn, Lukas would present a new song on an acoustic guitar, and then we’d go inside and roll tape. The atmosphere was joyful and mellow, yet intensely productive-we rarely spent more than two takes on a song before moving on to the next one. It was so productive, in fact, that there was simply no way to fit all the material on one release. So think of this project as something of an epilogue to our previous album, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden). Some of these tracks are alternate performances of songs from that record. Others, like “Bad Case”, appear in their early developmental stages. But the majority of this album comprises songs that, for one reason or another, didn’t make the final cut, and yet were just too special to keep to ourselves. Some strings are out of tune. Some lyrics are inconsistent. There’s microphone bleed, tape machine buzz, conversations and laughter between takes… that’s how we like it. Our hope is that Naked Garden offers a glimpse behind the curtain, at POTR in our most raw, honest, and naked state. For our band’s name is truly our mantra, and if nothing else, this project is an attempt to make good on our promise.’



Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud
Written immediately in the period following her decision to get sober, the album is an unflinching self-examination. This raw, exposed narrative terrain is aided by a shift in sonic arrangements as well. While her last two records featured the kind of big guitars, well-honed noise, and battering sounds that characterized her Philadelphia scene and strongly influenced a burgeoning new class of singer-songwriters, Saint Cloud strips back those layers to create space for Crutchfield’s voice and lyrics. The result is a classic Americana sound with modern touches befitting an artist who has emerged as one of the signature storytellers of her time.
Over the course of Saint Cloud’s 11 songs, which were recorded and produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver), Crutchfield peels back the distortion of electric guitars to create a wider sonic palette than on any previous Waxahatchee album. It is a record filled with nods to classic country folk-inspired tones, and distinctly modern touches.



Dua Lupa: Future Nostalgia
Global Pop superstar Dua Lipa is back with Future Nostalgia. Dua arrived in style in 2015 with her self-titled, chart topping debut album which eclipsed 4 million sales worldwide with single sales reaching over 40 million. Dua Lipa is also officially the most streamed album by a female artist in Spotify history. Dua made Brit Award history in 2018 by becoming the first female artist to pick up five nominations, with two wings for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist, all while selling out tours around the world. In early 2019, she received two Grammy awards for best new artist and best dance recording.



The Weeknd: After Hours
The Weeknd’s latest chapter, After Hours, features the global hits “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”. Filtering R&B, pop, and hip-hop through an ambitious widescreen lens, quietly took over popular music and culture on his own terms. As a result, the multi-platinum two-time Grammy Award winner has emerged as one of the most successful and significant artists of the 21st century.


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