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NEW RELEASES October 6, 2017

An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert

Track Listing:

1. Thinkin’ – Kelly Fitzgerald
2. I Blinked Once – John Oates featuring Bekka Bramlett
3. Goin’ Down to Laurel – Elliott Peck
4. Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast – David Luning
5. Romeo’s Tune – Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
6. What Kinda Guy? – Jim Lauderdale
7. It Isn’t Gonna be That Way – Robert Earl Keen
8. Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977 – James Maddock
9. Cellophane City – Amy McCarley
10. You Cannot Win (If You Do Not Play) – John Popper
11. Running On Love – Megan Palmer
12. The Sweet Love That You Give (Sure Goes A Long, Long Way) – Jesse Bardwell
13. I’m In Love With You – Wes Langlois
14. If You’re Waiting On Me – Jackie Greene
15. January 23-40, 1978 – Eric Lindell
16. Autumn This Year – Gwyneth Moreland
17. It Sure Was Better Back Then – Todd Snider
18. When The Sun Shines – Bill Lloyd
19. Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home – Jason Crosby
20. Rock While I Can Rock – HUGElarge
21. Search Your Heart – Tim Bluhm


JD McPherson: Undivided Heart & Soul

Undivided Heart & Soul, produced by Dan Molad (Lucius) and McPherson, and developed largely in the studio (that studio being the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville), carries a sense of immediacy and irreverence.


Marilyn Manson: Heaven Upside Down

Heaven Upside Down is the tenth studio album by shock rock band Marilyn Manson. Includes the first single “We Know Where You F***ing Live”. Marilyn Manson – the band – was formed by Marilyn Manson – the singer – in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989. Originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, they gained a local cult following in South Florida in the early 1990s with their theatrical live performances. In 1993, they were the first act signed to Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records label. Until 1996, the name of each member was created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic serial killer, for example Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.


The Black Dalia Murder: Nightbringers

2017 release, the eighth album from the metal monsters. Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths – and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years – could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that’s just not The Black Dahlia Murder’s style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015’s Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal.


The Darkness: Pinewood Smile

new album from England’s most distinctive, multiple award-winning, platinum-selling, hugely entertaining rock gods. Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, auto-tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album Pinewood Smile finds The Darkness on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career. 2003 gave birth to one of the most extraordinary and best loved bands in the UK. The Darkness released their debut album Permission To Land to overnight success, topping the UK charts, going 5x Platinum and selling over 1.5 million copies in the UK alone. In 2006 Justin Hawkins left the band, checking into rehab and The Darkness fell apart. Following successful treatment, the band reformed in 2011 touring Europe and South America in 2012 with Lady Gaga. They released their comeback album Hot Cakes that year and Last Of Our Kind in 2015. The band have now returned in 2017 with Pinewood Smile, their first album to come through Cooking Vinyl.


Liam Gallagher: As You Were

the first solo album from the former Oasis and Beady Eye vocalist. As You Were was recorded in two locations. Greg Kurstin performed all of the instruments on the four songs that he produced (“Wall Of Glass,” “Paper Crown,” “Come Back To Me” and the psychedelic whoosh of “It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way”), while Dan Grech-Marguerat produced the remainder of the album at Snap! Studios in London. The result is exactly what you would have hoped a Liam Gallagher solo album would sound like: the passion for the classic ’60s/’70s influence that he’s always had has been updated for the here and now. “I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey,” says Gallagher. “It’s the Lennon ‘Cold Turkey’ vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now.”


Cunninglynguists: Rose Azura Njano

2017 release. Cunninlynguists are back with their first studio album since 2011’s Oneirology and first release since 2014’s Strange Journey Volume Three. Deacon The Villain, Natti & Kno are pleased to announce Rose Azura Nijano. The twelve song album is predominantly produced by Kno with all additional production by Deacon The Villain.


The Church: Man Woman Life Death Infinity

new album from veteran Australian alt-rock band. Another Century, another dream, another album from a band that’s in too deep to go anywhere but ever closer to the other side. Man Woman Life Death Infinity is the 26th album by The Church, and their second with the rejuvenated line-up Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Ian Haug. The epic return of 2014’s critically lauded Further/ Deeper blossomed into a road-hardened beast over four tours of the USA, two back home in Australia, and a new career high in front of 20,000 Spanish fans on a lap of Europe. Man Woman Life Death Infinity is where the revitalized quartet’s freshly tuned chemistry reaches a new potency and precision: ten songs, 45 minutes, and a quantum leap into unexplored territory as strange as it is irresistible. “This is The Church’s water record,” says Kilbey, singer, lyricist and bassist. “I guess water is my element. I’ve always marveled at the sea and rivers and rain. It wasn’t conscious at all but on reflection, it definitely is a preoccupation on this record. What that means, I don’t know.”


Richard Thompson: Acoustic Rarities

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards as well as the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In the USA, Thompson has been nominated at the Americana Music Association Awards for both “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” His previously released CD, Still, was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy which reached #6 in the UK charts (just ahead of Taylor Swift)!


Dave Davies: I Will Be Me

release from the former Kinks guitarist. The man who forever changed the sound of rock n’ roll when he invented distortion presents this solo album of all original material. Featuring guest appearances by The Jayhawks, Anti-Flag, award winning UK blues guitarist Oli Brown, Chris Spedding, US stoner rock band Dead Meadow, Aussie rockers The Art, and others.


Carla Bruni: French Touch

Carla Bruni – “French Touch” Carla Bruni returns with an exciting collection of some of rock music’s most classic hits performed in her signature softer, coffee house style. Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence”, The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, and ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” appear on this new release, sure to enthuse both fans of Carla’s as well as fans of rock staples from the last 50 years.


Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Deluxe two CD + DVD edition. 2017 live release from the legendary rock guitarist. Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in LA in 2016, the show is a 50-year celebration of Jeff Beck. Illustrious career highlighted with songs from The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and his solo career. Jeff is a seven time Grammy winner and named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock. Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Steven Tyler, Jan Hammer and more perform with Jeff playing his classics and covers including The Beatles “A Day In The Life” and Prince’s “Purple Rain”.


The Replacements: For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986

Two CD set. For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 is the first official delve into the vaults for The Replacements since the 2008 expanded CD reissues, and hopefully the first of a series of albums of unreleased material. And what better place to start that with this live recording from Maxwell’s in 1986, a relic from the much beloved era of the band with Bob Stinson as the guitarist. This 29-song performance, captures the Replacements just a couple weeks removed from their performance on Saturday Night Live, with a set list touches on all five of the band’s albums to that point, plus a few rarities and covers.


Cults: Offering

Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas-Cults are working in Technicolor now. The core duo remains the same. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other’s thoughts and still share a love of catchy music and black humor. But the pair have put some blood on the tracks since their breakout debut: they’ve toured the world, built a devoted audience, survived a breakup, grown up in green rooms, parted ways with their old label and made a home of their new one. Offering is the work of two artists who know what they want and how to make it happen.


Kamasi Washington: Harmony Of Difference

Harmony of Difference explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Washington’s suite includes visual elements married to the musical works and draws voraciously on jazz for it’s foundation. Each of the first five movements is it’s own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance.

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New Releases September 29, 2017

Primus: The Desaturating Seven

Primus are excited to announce their ninth studio album The Desaturating Seven. Their first studio album of original material since 1995’s Tales From The Punchbowl with the classic Primus lineup of Les Claypool (vocal/bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums). Inspired by a 1970’s children’s book Claypool read to his kids about 7 goblins – one representing each color of the rainbow – who simultaneously pull all the color out of the world. Primus was originally formed in 1984 by Claypool. They band recorded their debut Suck on This in 1989, followed by four studio albums: Frizzle Fry, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, and Tales from the Punchbowl. Alexander left the band in 1996, replaced by Bryan “Brain” Mantia, and Primus went on to record the original theme song for the TV show South Park and two more albums, Brown Album and Antipop, before declaring a hiatus in 2000.


Lucinda Williams: This Sweet Old World 2017

In a rare instance of an artist taking a full-length reconsideration of an earlier work, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams releases This Sweet Old World – a complete re-recording of her 1992 album Sweet Old World. Produced by Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World – recorded to mark the 25th anniversary of the original album’s release by Chameleon/Elektra – features all-new renditions of the ’92 set’s 12 songs, some of which have been dramatically rearranged and rewritten. On This Sweet Old World, Williams is supported by her touring and studio band: guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton. Longtime collaborator Greg Leisz – who participated in early sessions for the 1992 album, and co-produced Williams’ most recent studio releases, The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016) and Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014) – contributes spectacular guitar work. The package is augmented by four newly recorded bonus tracks that harken back to Williams’ early performing career


David Crosby: Sky Trails

Sky Trails, David Crosby’s third album of original material in four years, continues the fearless folk rock legend’s unexpected late-period resurgence. Sky Trails features a full band sound that takes Crosby in a new musical direction as the set tilts toward jazz. The album opens with the intoxicating “She’s Got To Be Somewhere,” which features sturdy horns, bending guitar notes and lilting melodies. Crosby is backed on the album by the Sky Trailsmusicians, the core of whom are saxophonist Steve Tavaglione, bassist Mai Agan, drummer Steve DiStanislao, and Crosby’s son, multi-instrumentalist James Raymond, who also produced the album.


Miley Cyrus: Younger Now

New release from the pop priestess, actress, artist and philanthropist. Younger Now is her first full-length project since Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015), and her first commercially released project since Bangerz (2013). Younger Now was written and produced by Cyrus and Oren Yoel, with whom she had collaborated on her previous two full-lengths. Not concerning herself with radio airplay, their efforts resulted in an “honest” final product that sees Cyrus “leaning into her roots.” Miley Cyrus has five #1 albums including her 2013 Grammy-nominated album Bangerz, which went Platinum in the U.S. She has five sold out world tours and almost 30 million tracks sold. She is one of the most-searched artists in Internet history with over 160 million digital platform subscribers and over three billion video views.


Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams And Daggers

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she’s taking another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers, her third album for Mack Avenue Records. Co-produced with Al Pryor and recorded live at the Village Vanguard and the DiMenna Center, Cécile appears in multiple configurations here with superb accompaniment from the likes of Aaron Diehl (piano), Paul Sikivie (double bass), Lawrence Leathers (drums) and the Catalyst Quartet (Karla Donehew Perez & Suliman Tekalli – violins, Paul Laraia – viola and Karlos Rodriguez – cello).


Shania Twain: Now

the fifth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Shania Twain. Now is Twain’s first new studio album in fifteen years, since her 2002 release, Up!. Twain underwent vocal therapy after being diagnosed with a disease, which caused her to nearly lose her singing voice; she embarked on a concert tour and Las Vegas residency before ultimately revealing that new music would arrive in 2017. Includes the lead single, ‘Life’s About to Get Good’. Shania Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the “Queen of Country Pop”.


Propaghandhi: Victory Lap

The first thing to know, if you want to know about Propagandhi, is that they came here to rock. Right from the snarling opening riff of their seventh album, Victory Lap, that much is clear. For everything else that swirls around the band now, and for the last 31 years – the politics, the people and, lately, a gnawing sense of despair – the sheer volume of it all hasn’t changed. Frontman Chris Hannah and bassist Todd Kowalski experienced a sea change in the band when after nine years with Propagandhi, guitarist David “The Beaver” Guillas left the fold for a teaching position and they added a new member, Sulynn Hago, a seasoned guitar-slinger from Tampa, Florida. That said, Guillas is still all over Victory Lap, contributing licks to four songs.


Wolf Alice: Visions Of A Life

London-based rock band Wolf Alice has returned with their highly anticipated sophomore album Visions of a Life. Wolf Alice consists of Ellie Rowsell on lead vocals and guitar, guitarist Joff Oddie, bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey. Since their debut album My Love is Cool was released back in 2015, Wolf Alice received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance, were shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize, nominated for a Brit Award and received a Gold album certification in the U.K. Visions Of A Life includes the first single ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’.


Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two

In celebration of their legendary sold out performances at Wrigley Field on August 20th and 22nd, 2016 during the Chicago Cubs historic World Series championship season, Pearl Jam is set to release the documentary film Let’s Play Two and this accompanying soundtrack album. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music. From Ten to Lightning Bolt, this feature film shuffles through Pearl Jam’s ever-growing catalog of originals and covers – spanning the band’s 25-year career. Through the eyes of Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, Let’s Play Two showcases the journey of that special relationship.


New Releases September 15, 2017

Bruce Cockburn: Bone on Bone

Bone On Bone is Cockburn’s first album since 2011’s Small Source Of Comfort. “There have been so many times in my life when an invitation has come from somewhere… The cosmos… The divine… to step out of the familiar into something new. I’ve found it’s best to listen for and follow these promptings. The song is really about that. You can stay with what you know or you can pack your bag and go where you’re called, even if it seems weird – even if you can’t see why or where you’ll end up.” – Bruce Cockburn.
Bruce comes to Sonoma County on Tuesday October 3 at 1pm for an interview and performance on KRCB FM with me, Doug Jayne.
I’ll be interviewing, Bruce will be performing.

 

Foo Fighters: Concrete And Gold

The first studio album in three years from Dave Grohl and his Foos, . “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.” So speaks Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters’ ninth epic, the aptly-titled Concrete and Gold. The album was written and performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, and mixed by Darrell Thorp. Initial writing sessions only involved Grohl, who continued being in seclusion from the band, although he initially struggled, feeling “out of practice” and “creatively atrophied” due to his longer than usual break from music. After twelve or thirteen rough ideas were mapped out, he ran them by the band, who shared Grohl’s belief that he was on the right track with the material.

 

Prophets Of Rage

rap rock supergroup consisting of three members of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave (bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D), and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. Prophets of Rage, their explosive, self-titled debut album, exemplifies the band’s commitment to creating a more decent and humane world. Produced by Brendan O’Brien fuses the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of the group’s previous work into an inventive and commanding new musical statement.

 

Michael McDonald: Wide Open

the former Doobie Brothers member. Wide Open marks Michael McDonald’s first set of original material in 17 years. McDonald wrote Wide Open over several years and recorded the tracks at his Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and a crew of the city’s session players and features collaborations with guitarist-singer Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule), guitarist Robben Ford, bassist Marcus Miller and saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

 

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams: Contraband Love

Multi-instrumentalist/singer Larry Campbell and singer/guitarist Teresa Williams have long provided musical firepower for fellow artists including Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, and Rosanne Cash. When the duo stepped onto center stage in 2015 with their Red House Records debut, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, the response was immediate: the release placed them atop the Americana radio charts, Mojo called them “The first couple of Americana” and Uncut gave the album 9/10 stars, describing it as “Passionate, eloquent, spilling over with regal harmonies… channeling Emmylou and Gram.” In January 2017, armed with a new collection of Campbell originals, the pair headed back into the studio with longtime drummer/engineer Justin Guip and new bassist Jesse Murphy to record their follow up. Contraband Love represents a leap forward for Larry and Teresa as they dive even more deeply into their shared pool of musical and life experience. Williams continues to impress as a vocalist, turning in stunning performances on Campbell originals “Contraband Love” and “Save Me From Myself.” Her interpretive skills are showcased on two surprising covers: the Carl Perkins classic “Turn Around” (featuring drumming by Levon Helm on one of his last sessions), and “My Sweetie Went Away,” penned in 1923 and popularized by Bessie Smith. High octane originals “Hit & Run Driver” and “The Wishing Well” give Campbell ample room to show off his vocal prowess as well as his legendary dexterity as a guitarist. Campbell particularly shines on his soul ballad “When I Stop Loving You,” co-written with Stax Records songwriting legend and recent Grammy winner William Bell. Building on the bedrock of album one, Contraband Love features adventurous songwriting, powerful new interpretations of their blues and gospel influences, sterling musicianship and some achingly vulnerable vocals by Teresa and Larry as they tackle emotionally stormy themes of love and betrayal.

 

Cat Stevens / Yusuf: The Laughing Apple

2017 release from the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens. The Laughing Apple was produced with Paul Samwell-Smith, the original producer behind Yusuf’s landmark recordings, including 1970’s seminal Tea for the Tillerman. The Laughing Apple follows the common ’60s template of combining original songs with covers, though the covers on this album are Yusuf’s own. The album’s cover features Yusuf’s own illustration, the first time since 1972. Yusuf has drawn additional works of art for each of the 11 songs on The Laughing Apple.

 

Musiq Soulchild: Feel The Real

Musiq’s no nonsense conversational songwriting style and buttery vocals earned him a recording contract as he took on an illuminating, life-changing last name. Musiq Soulchild was born. Everything down to his meticulous throwback soul man image (his trademark apple jack cap and designer shades) screamed superstar. Soon Musiq’s name was being mentioned alongside modern-day R&B royalty like Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Usher, D’Angelo, Maxwell, and Jill Scott. But he wanted more. “Truthfully, the success I had out the gate was different than how people now make it out to be,” Musiq recalls. “I didn’t have a chance to revel in that amazing moment of having my first two albums go platinum. I was dealing with political issues, writers, producers, and managers. The labels were trying to get me to be something that I didn’t want to be. I’m from the streets, so I wasn’t use to people telling me what to do [laughs]. It turned into, ‘Well, if you want this check you might want to compromise.’ But even with that negative experience, I got to do what I love, which is inspire people.” Musiq Soulchild’s Grammy nominated Life on Earth in 2016 represented an intriguing chapter in the striking career of an artist who continues to search for new muses; new sounds. With Feel The Real, the future is now.

 

Wyclef Jean: Carnival III: The Fall & Rise of a Refugee

2017 release. Carnival III: The Rise and Fall of a Refugee is the third installment in the Carnival series by Wyclef Jean featuring contributions from Emeli Sande, Supah Mario, The Knocks, and Lunch Money Lewis. 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.

 

Ringo Starr: Give More Love

Give More Love, Ringo’s 19th studio album features all new recordings with special guests Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Richard Marx, Steve Lukather and more, plus new renditions of previously released tracks like ‘Photograph” and “You Can’t Fight Lightning.” When the Beatles officially split in 1970, Ringo defied the odds and achieved the most commercial solo success of all four fabs during the first part of the ’70s. While he was eventually eclipsed by his former bandmates midway through that decade, he has continued to release a series of albums that embrace his past while also carving out his own style that can only be called ‘Ringo-esque’!

 

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready

The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s stunning album, Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital, located not far from where the album was recorded. Dee Dee’s father, a trumpet player, also affectionately known as “Matt the Platter Cat”, was a DJ at WDIA, the top Memphis radio station. Even when the family moved to neighboring Flint, Michigan, as a young girl Dee Dee would listen to the great sounds of the Memphis music scene by tuning-in late night from across state lines. And oh what a music scene it was! Dee Dee was determined to recapture the same magic and history of the blues, R&B and soul classics in the recordings that were originally made in or associated with Memphis including “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Try A Little Tenderness,” “Can’t Get Next To You” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” “The result of this recording is an album that sounds like Memphis and feels like Memphis but also, sounds and feels as only a Dee Dee Bridgewater album can

 

Wynton Marsalis: Handful Of Keys

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests take you through 100 hundred years of jazz piano on Handful of Keys. Star pianists Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, and the JLCO’s own Dan Nimmer grab hold of all 88 keys and reveal the full breadth of the piano’s evolution over the 20th century. This landmark live performance will released on 9/15/17 by Blue Engine Records. – Recorded on opening night of the 2016-17 Jazz at Lincoln Center season, Handful of Keys showcases a band in full stride, burning through electric arrangements of beloved compositions from Jelly Roll Morton, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and more. With guests ranging in age from 13-year-old prodigy Alexander (recently featured on 60 Minutes) to 89-year-old American treasure Hyman, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO survey jazz piano’s past and give the stage to several prodigies.

 

Willie Watson: Folksinger 2

For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him. Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don’t actually belong to those artists, though. They don’t belong to anyone. Instead, they’re part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.

 

Gizmodrome

Gizmodrome is an “All Star band” made up of Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mark King (Level 42), Adrian Belew (ex King Crimson, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads) and Vittorio Cosma (PFM and Elio e le Storie Tese). This album brings the audience back to when rock music was played by unique musicians, when daring was a must, when listening to an album was an experience to enjoy from the first to the last song. Fans of the bands the four Gizmodrome members are coming from, will find it all again on this album which promises to be one of the “must have” of 2017!

 


Deer Tick 1 and Deer Tick 2
Both albums were recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Each features 10 new tracks, meaning Deer Tick fans will be getting 20 new songs this fall. What’s more, the albums showcase different sides of the band, one softer and the other grittier. – Vol. 1 will highlight the Rhode Island outfit’s acoustic folk rock side, harkening back to where they started on albums like their War Elephant debut. A press release says the 10-track effort highlights frontman John McCauley’s “masterful, introspective and observational” songwriting with songs that document “inner struggles and external conflicts with a perfect balance of heartfelt sincerity and wry wit.” The album will include tracks led by guitarist Ian O’Neil (“Hope is Big”) and drummer Dennis Ryan (“Me and My Man”).

 

Hank Williams III: Greatest Hits

Hank Williams III’s Greatest Hits presents fifteen of Hank III’s biggest selling country songs for the first time in one package. This collection simultaneously showcases Hank’s strong country influences from his legendary heritage as well as his own outlaw edge. Shelton Hank Williams, better known as Hank III, is an outlaw, a battler of convention. He comes by it naturally: The third generation of Hanks, and the third generation to tilt nobly at country traditions and white-collar establishment sensibilities. After all, this 39-year-old semi-reformed punk-metal drummer is the son of Hank Jr., a blue-collar hero who has difficulty ducking controversy even on something as Richard Nixon and apple pie American as Monday Night Football.

 

Angus & Julia Stone: Snow

The first notes of Snow are instantly transporting. The guitar is a scratchy, wooden memory laid over a moment of silence. The gently driving organ beat emerges and takes you with it, beginning the next enchanting journey from brother-sister duo, Angus and Julia Stone. “Running from the start, here we are again,” Julia sings. “Running from the start, here we go again,” comes her brother’s reply. Plot-wise, Snow is yet another confident advance on a story which now accounts for over half a million album sales in Angus & Julia’s homeland of Australia alone. The Sydney-born siblings produced and largely engineered it themselves, in Angus’s cottage studio, Belafonté, in the Byron Bay hinterland.


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Jack Johnson, The National, Tori Amos and more

NEW RELEASES September 8, 2017:

Jack Johnson: All The Light Above It Too on CD and LP

Jack Johnson returns with his eighth album All The Light Above It Too. Includes the first single “My Mind Is For Sale”. Jack is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and a former professional surfer. He is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. Johnson has reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013. Johnson’s In Between Dreams album peaked at #2 on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.

 

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood on CD & LP

the final studio album from the late, great rock icon. Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock ‘n’ roll throughout the past four decades. This is Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues. Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career. This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.

 

The National: Sleep Well Beast on CD & LP

the seventh album from the alt-rock band. The album’s first single, ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, blends elements of The National’s signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end with Matt Berninger’s rousing plea, “I can’t explain it/ Any other, any other way.” The band recorded the album primarily at guitarist Aaron Dessner’s studio, Long Pond, in Hudson Valley, New York, while additional sessions took place in Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles. Dessner produced the record with his brother, guitarist Bryce Dessner, and Berninger.

 

Neil Young: Hitchhiker on CD and LP

archive release from the iconic singer/songwriter. The songs on Hitchhiker were recorded in a single night with the intent of being released as an album. In his memoir Special Deluxe, Young described the session, “It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances… I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.” Many of the songs surfaced on Young albums American Stars ‘n Bars, Decade, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, Hawks & Doves, and Le Noise, albeit in different forms. Hitchhiker also contains a pair of never-before-released songs: “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength,” which Young has occasionally performed live.

 

Tori Amos: Native Invader on CD

the 15th studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Native Invader is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2014 album Unrepentant Geraldines. Tori’s confessional style of writing sees her continue to push boundaries with her music. Her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness and her utterly peerless sound speaks to audiences across the globe. On this album, Tori delves even deeper into her personal experiences, and the standard is there to be seen. Says Tori: “The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?

 

Living Colour: Shade on CD and LP

the sixth studio album from the veteran rockers. Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun recorded the follow-up to 2009’s The Chair In The Doorway with producer Andre Betts. “Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with it’s shadows and light,” says Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”

 

Jonny Lang: Signs on CD

Signs is not merely a return the artist’s guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers. “A lot of my earlier influences have been coming to the surface, like Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf,” he reports. “I let the writing be what it was and that was sometimes not necessarily the blues.” At 15, Jonny Lang made a blues album, 1997’s Lie to Me, which went platinum and hit #1 on Billboard’s New Artist chart. At 17 he made another, Wander This World, which earned a Grammy nomination. Today, at age 32, he can’t listen to them. “It’s like torture,” he says. “It’s like going back and looking at your high school yearbook or something. But no, I wouldn’t change anything. It’s all a part of where you are presently as a person.”

 

The Waterboys: Out Of All This Blue on CD

The Waterboys Out Of All This Blue 2 cds – Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo, Out Of All This Blue will be available on Double CD and Double Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) . Out Of All This Blue contains 23 songs. String and brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record: “Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me – and I hope the listener – the songs just kept coming, and in pop colors.”

 

Fred Hersch: Open Book on CD

Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely lyrical pianist. The 7 pieces on Open Book offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for it’s profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz.

 

Mogwai: Every Country’s Sun on CD and soon on LP

Every Country’s Sun takes two decades of Mogwai’s signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it’s a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There’s percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“aka 47”). Their most transportive album yet, it also hosts their most fully realized art-pop sing-along of their storied history, “Party In The Dark,” a head-spinning disco-dream double-helix echoing New Order and The Flaming Lips, featuring Braithwaite’s seldom-heard melodic vocals declaring he’s “directionless and innocent, searching for another piece of mind”. This is music as a keep-out chrysalis, protective audio armor through exalting organs and portentous, dissonant guitar fuzz warping at the edges, bending the world inside-out into a reality in which you’d much rather live. The last three songs ascend into explosive exorcism, closing with the colossal “Every Country’s Sun,” it’s searching intensity whooshing towards infinity in a dazzling cosmic crescendo.

 

Mike Stern: Trip on CD

About a year ago Mike Stern, one of the highest regarded most successful jazz guitarists alive today, had a terrible accident. He broke both shoulders when he tripped running across a street in Manhattan. Trip is his stunning return after multiple surgeries and a lot of gumption. More than just a comeback, this album is about Mike’s career and his musical partnerships which Mike loving refers to ‘as a trip’. Feeling sufficiently fortified, Stern and his stellar crew of sidemen – many of whom go back with him to the ’80s – went into Spin Studio in Long Island City between January and March of 2017 to record his 17th album as a leader. A powerhouse outing, Trip, features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans, the latter a bandmate in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981, bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

 

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton: Wildflower Blues on CD and LP

Wildflower Blues, the debut album from The Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. ItÕs been eighteen years since Holland and Parton first joined forces, and with Wildflower Blues, they begin a new chapter in their ever-evolving creative relationship. On the album’s ten tracks, they weave together influences spanning jazz, blues, country, folk, rock, experimental, and the great wide history of American song, into their own kind of soul music. Wildflower Blues features mostly original tracks written by Holland and Parton, as well as reimagined versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley, and Townes Van Zandt. Despite this sonic vastness, there is a deep intimacy running through everything the pair creates. The duo’s songwriting is at the forefront throughout: emotive and raw, marrying words and sound to both the dark and light corners of life.

 

Tony Allen: The Source on CD

With his Blue Note-debut, The Source, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen sees a childhood dream come true. Allen says this is the “best in my life,” and with a career spanning over 50 years, that’s quite the confession for the Afrobeat pioneer and former Fela Kuti fixture. The Source represents Blue Note’s classic era while symbolizing the label’s innovative present.

 

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NEW RELEASES September 1, 2017:

 

LCD Soundsystem: American Dream on CD & LP

Tthe fourth studio album by the alt-rock band led by James Murphy. American Dream acts as the band’s first album in seven years, following This Is Happening (2010). Prior to the album’s release, LCD Soundsystem performed at large music festivals as well as smaller shows to promote their reunion. Two album tracks, “Call the Police” and “American Dream”, were released together as the album’s lead single. LCD Soundsystem announced their breakup in early 2011 and also announced that they would end with a show at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. In October 2015, online publication Consequence of Sound reported that “multiple sources” could confirm that LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting in 2016 and that they would be headlining “high-profile music festivals in the US and UK.” Two months afterward, the band released the Christmas-themed track “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” acting as their first single in four years

Winwood Greatest Hits Live on CD

Two CD set. 2017 live release from the rock icon. Winwood: Greatest Hits Live is a collection sourced from Steve’s personal archives of live performances. With a 23-song track list handpicked by Steve, featuring his best-loved songs, Greatest Hits Live offers fans a definitive musical portrait of his five-decade career. The package features rare, previously unreleased material touching on all aspects of Winwood’s extensive catalog, including contemporary arrangements of the music he created with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and on his classic solo recordings. The collection channels R&B, jazz, funk, folk, classic rock, pop, and Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms, highlighting Winwood’s unique ability to fuse multiple genres into a singular, cohesive musical expression. The record not only demonstrates Steve’s mastery of the Hammond B3 Organ, but also showcases his remarkable guitar skills.

Joan Osborne: Songs Of Bob Dylan on CD

On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan – two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City’s Café Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called “a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer, ” winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way. The album spans Dylan’s beloved standards from the ’60s and ’70s (“Masters of War, ” “Highway 61 Revisited, ” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, ” “Buckets of Rain, ” “Tangled Up In Blue”) to some of Osborne’s favorites from his later albums including “Dark Eyes” (from 1985’s Empire Burlesque), “Ring Them Bells” (from 1989’s Oh Mercy), “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” (from 1997’s Time Out of Mind), and “High Water” (from 2001’s Love and Theft). “His versions are legendary and I’m not trying to improve on them, ” Osborne says. “I’m just trying to sing beautiful songs and let people hear them. It’s about trying to give a different shade of meaning to something that’s already great. ”

Walter Trout: We’re All In This Together on CD

The album will be out on CD, and soon on double vinyl. “We’re All In This Together” features Walter with a different guest on each track, including artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa. Gonna Hurt Like Hell (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) Ain’t Goin’ Back (feat. Sonny Landreth) The Other Side Of The Pillow (feat. Charlie Musselwhite) She Listens To The Blackbird Sing (feat. Mike Zito) Mr. Davis (feat. Robben Ford) The Sky Is Crying (feat. Warren Haynes) Somebody Goin’ Down (feat. Eric Gales) She Steals My Heart Away (feat. Edgar Winter) Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker) Too Much To Carry (feat. John Nemeth) Do You Still See Me At All (feat. Jon Trout) Got Nothin’ Left (feat. Randy Bachman) Blues For Jimmy T. (feat John Mayall) We’re All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa)

Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert on CD

2017 archive release. Another Time: The Hilversum Concert is a rare, never-before-issued recording of the legendary Bill Evans trio featuring Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums captured live at the Netherlands Radio Union Studios on June 22, 1968. For the audiophile, this is possibly the best sounding live recording of Bill Evans found to date, captured with the state of the art equipment of the NRU. This deluxe CD features rare photos, essays, plus interviews with Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and more.

David Grisman & Tony Rice: Dawg & T on CD

CD reissue. A live duet recording of a rare concert on October of 1997 by two virtuosos who started an acoustic revolution in the 1970’s

Grateful Dead: Road Trips 4 No.4 – Spectrum 4-6-82 on CD

It is the great honor at Real Gone Music to issue all 36 volumes of Dick’s Picks, The Grateful Dead’s landmark live concert series. Well, the diligence in releasing Dick’s Picks has had a “Ripple” effect, for now the band is entrusting us with releasing it’s subsequent live concert series, Road Trips! Unlike Dick’s Picks, which saw about two-thirds of it’s titles go to regular retail in their original incarnations, NONE of the entries in the Road Trips series were offered to retail outlets outside of the Dead’s own website. Since it worked so well with Dick’s Picks, we are reissuing the last titles first, and we have enlisted the series’ original designer, Steve Vance, to convert the original wallet packaging to customer-friendly triple-CD slimline jewel cases. This volume dates back to 1982, which, despite having been among the best years of touring for the Brent Mydland-era Grateful Dead, had seen only one authorized release (Dick’s Picks Vol. 32) from that year prior to the August 2011 release of this concert, and only one other since (one of the shows included in the Thirty Trips Around the Sun box); it remains probably the least-documented year in the band’s history when weighed against it’s overall quality. But that’s just one of the reasons Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4 belongs in any Deadhead’s library; this show, which hails from one of the band’s best and favorite venues, the Philadelphia Spectrum, kicks off a rock solid first set with “Cold Rain and Snow” segue-ing into “Promised Land” and follows it with sparkling versions of “Big Railroad Blues,” “Jack-A-Roe,” and “It’s All Over Now” among others, while set two gets off to a similarly strong start with an irresistibly funky “Shakedown Street” and winds up with a sublime encore of “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” with exceptional versions of “Truckin’,” “The Other One,” and “Morning Dew” in between. Bonus material from the previous night (including the rarely-performed “Deep Ellem Blues”) just add to the early ’80s goodness, all presented in HDCD sound.


John Prine September ’78
In the fall of 1978, John Prine found himself between the release of the folk-driven Bruised Orange album and the more rocking Pink Cadillac. During that period, the singer-songwriter returned home to Chicago for a show at Park West theater that saw Prine backed by an electric band for the first time in his career.
Prine released a recording of that performance on vinyl in 2015 with live-album September ’78, and today, it is released for the first time on CD.
The 10-track collection includes two cover tracks: The Righteous Brothers’ “Try To Find Another Man” and Elvis Presley’s “Treat Me Nice”.
Prine credits his rediscovery of the show to his wife, Fiona. “Interesting,” he said, “the little gems you find when the wife makes you clean out the basement … these are some good songs.”

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