We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB's Connections program, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases.
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Yusuf (The cat formerly known as Cat Stevens): Tell 'Em I'm Gone. The first album since 2009's acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. "Tell 'Em I'm Gone" features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, & guitarist Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin. Each track is threaded together by the themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. Yusuf returns to the roots of his musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore the universality of the desire for freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London. "What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically," Yusuf says of this album "It suddenly stared me in the face: the struggle for Freedom! My God, isn't that what most human beings dream of? 'I hope this record will help revive the spirit of Freedom & re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days, when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our imprisonment," Yusuf says.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time. Following the pattern of his last few albums, the Killer is again joined by a star-studded line up of guest musicians including Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood, Jon Brion, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Daniel Lanois, Doyle Bramhall II, Ivan Neville & Derek Trucks. The song selection includes covers of songs by Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Jimmie Rodgers, Lynyrd Skynyrd & more. The cover artwork is a beautiful black & white shot of Jerry Lee standing in front of the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis.
Flaming Lips & Fwends: With a Little Help From My Fwends. Their own twisted take on The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper album. The band has recorded their own versions of each track on the fab four's 1967 classic in their own inimitable style, with help from special friends Miley Cyrus, Moby, My Morning Jacket, J. Mascis, Dr. Dog, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Grace Potter, Electric Würms and many others. All proceeds from sales of With a Little Help from My Fwends will be donated to The Bella Foundation, a non-profit organization based in the band's hometown of Oklahoma City that assists low-income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.
Hard Working Americans: The First Waltz. The band features Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock and they released their debut studio effort back in January. On October 27th Hard Working Americans will release The First Waltz, both a live album and a live concert film/documentary.
Ben Howard: I Forget Where We Were. The second studio full-length album from the singer/songwriter. Ben Howard self-released his debut EP in 2008, followed by another two EPs in 2009 and 2010. His major debut studio album came in 2011 titled Every Kingdom followed by two more EP releases.