We want to keep you up to date with the new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, KRCB DJs Brian Griffith and Doug Jayne (owner of The Last Record Store) explore the most interesting and notable of new releases.
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Robert Earl Keen: Happy Prisoner—the Bluegrass Sessions. An album unlike any other in his storied catalog. Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Keen has put his unique stamp on fifteen standards and other beloved tunes (twenty on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, even Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett and Natalie Maines on vocals, Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins on fiddle, and Danny Barnes on banjo.
Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn. Debut solo album from the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Tomorrow Is My Turn was produced by T Bone Burnett. For her first solo disc, Giddens chose a broad range of songs from genres as diverse as gospel, jazz, blues, and country. In addition to the traditional "Black Is the Color," tracks include Hank Cochran's "She's Got You," made famous by Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"; "O Love Is Teasin'," popularized by the Kentucky-reared "mother of folk" Jean Ritchie; and Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree." Tomorrow Is My Turn was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and follows Giddens' work with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album also produced by Burnett that was released in November 2014.
Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear. Rrecorded from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles. There's a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn. The songs are a narration of my experience falling in love. My ambition was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons with an imprint that is undeniably my own.
Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff. Ffeatures Vijay Iyer's long-running and widely-acclaimed trio with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore, a band in existence for eleven years now. "We keep learning from each other and from experiences and try to set challenges for ourselves so that growth is part of the equation." It's a group whose musical language is informed by more than the jazz piano trio tradition. While Iyer acknowledges the influence of, for instance, Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill and Duke Ellington's Money Jungle album (with Charles Mingus and Max Roach) upon his own trio aesthetics, he points out that his group has also been inspired by "James Brown's rhythm section, Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, Miles Davis's rhythm section, Charlie Parker's rhythm section, soul music from the 1970s, electronic music and hip-hop from very recent times..." The list goes on. The piece "Hood" on the new recording is a tribute to Detroit minimal techno producer and DJ Robert Hood. "He did all this really interesting music with numerical patterning - different rhythms unfolding through each other, but still in a very clear dance music framework, very textural and sound-oriented. You hear the evolution of timbre. It became a point of reference for us, to see if we could capture some of that spirit in a purely acoustic framework." As for the album title, "Break Stuff" is what transpires after formal elements have been addressed. Vijay Iyer calls the break "a span of time in which to act. It's the basis for breakdowns, break-beats, and break dancing ... it can be the moment when everything comes to life." A number of the pieces here are breakdowns of other Iyer constructions. Some are from a Break Stuff suite premiered at New York's Museum of Modern Art, some derive from Open City, a collaboration with Nigerian-born writer Teju Cole and large ensemble.
JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll. I nfluenced by all sorts of things from all different worlds. But when he ingests it, it sort of comes out like this love-child of Little Richard. JD McPherson is just the real deal.