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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This week, discover new music from... Jackson Brown, Standing In The Breach.
Jackson Browne's fourteenth studio album is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life. The album kicks off with"The Birds of St. Marks," a song originally written in 1967 when Jackson was just 18. The song was recorded as a demo in 1970 and occasionally heard in the live setting as captured on his Solo Acoustic Vol. 1, but has only now been given the treatment Jackson had originally envisioned. "This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song," he told Rolling Stone. The finished version of the song features Greg Leisz playing a "McGuinn-esque 12-string,". The stark cover art is a photo of a couple walking hand in hand through the devastated aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in downtown Port-au-Prince. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
present their eponymous 2014 debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a year-long tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band's first and third records, Everything Will Be Alright in the End
is the band's first collection of new material in four years. Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album is a stand-out gem in Weezer s vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Johnny Marr, Playland.
The follow-up to 2013's solo debut by the former Smiths guitarist, Playland
was recorded in London at Tritone Studios near Tower Bridge and will come out on the same day as lead single 'Easy Money,' Shakey Graves.
Performing live with nothing but a guitar and a homemade kick drum built out of an old suitcase, Austin TX's "astonishing one-man-show" (NPR Music) Shakey Graves AKA Alejandro Rose-Garcia has quickly risen from obscurity since the release of his 2011 self-released debut full-length. Nearly two years later, as word of his haunting lo-fi recordings and contrastingly explosive live show spreads, the self-released album continues to sell at a vigorous pace, consistently ranking near the top of Bandcamp's digital best seller charts. Listeners continue to discover his music every day, often through a series of live performance videos on YouTube (collectively over 1.5 million views). His videos for Myspace and Cadillac's "One Two Watch" documentary series have also gathered over 3 million views alone. To record 2014's 'And the War Came' co-producer/collaborator Chris Boosahda brought all of his gear to Rose-Garcia's house and converted the space into a big, open studio. Though the signature Shakey Graves set-up remained the starting point, other instrumentalists came in and multiple, wildly different arrangements of the songs were attempted. Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age.
For this 2014 album, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell mines the catalog of guitar-based music from the '50s and '60s that first inspired him to pick up the instrument. Joining Frisell for this album of musical memories are the members of his working trio, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, along with frequent collaborator Greg Leisz, a master of the lap and pedal steel guitars. This superb quartet explores the music of Pete Seeger, The Byrds, Junior Wells, Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and others with Frisell’s own compositions sprinkled in. The album offers a rare look into Frisell’s formative influences, from a time when the electric guitar was in its infancy and creating a startlingly new sound, pushing popular music into the future.
Shelby Lynne, I Am Shelby Lynne
. Deluxe CD/DVD 15th Anniversary edition of Shelby Lynne's breakthrough album. Features the remastered, full length album, plus six previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions. Also included in the packaging is a DVD of a full-length concert at Los Angeles' House of Blues, previously unreleased, and filmed during the I Am Shelby
tour in 2000. After years in of kicking around the Nashville scene, Shelby Lynne's sixth studio album, I Am Shelby Lynne thrust the singer-songwriter onto the international stage. With introspective lyrics, and melodies that drew from classic R&B, Country, Soul and Alt Rock, I Am Shelby Lynne
was a reinvention and a bold reintroduction of Lynne. Produced by Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, Linda Perry), the album earned Lynne the Best New Artist Award at the 2000 Grammys (ironically a decade after the release of her debut record).