Troy's picks

 

Our resident audiophile, Troy, is always scoping out new and exciting albums. Discover your next favorite record by checking out his archive of new or noteworthy music:

 

 

 

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The Greatest Show on Earth
by Elephant9

The Hands
by Fire!

Starebaby
by Dan Weiss
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by Sonar with David Torn

 

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Father's Day 2017 Music Picks

 

 

 

 

Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde

Old Crow Medicine Show - 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde


Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' - Tajmo
Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' - Tajmo

 

LP - Lost on You
LP - Lost on You

 

The Head & the Heart - Stinson Beach Sessions
The Head & the Heart - Stinson Beach Sessions

 

May

 Original Soundtrack - Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Volume 2 

Original Soundtrack - Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Volume 2

 

Feist - Pleasure 

Feist - Pleasure

 

Ray Davies - Americana

Ray Davies - Americana

 

John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter - Sad Clowns and Hillbillies

John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter - Sad Clowns and Hillbillies

 

 Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child

Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child

 

Early March

 Nikki Lane: "Highway Queen"

 David Bowie: "No Plan EP"

Ryan Adams: "Prisoner"

Alison Krauss: "Windy City"

 

 

 

Some February Jams

Hey folks,
      Levi Watson of long time Reno punk rock sensations Fall Silent has brought us goodies! Their classic full length "Superstructure", now on LP, and their brand spankin' new 4 song colored 7 inch, "Cart Return". Can you say "Woo-Hoo and Boo-Ya"? Mosh! Mosh! Mosh!

January 2017: New and Upcoming Releases

    There is a great new album out by John Convertino (of Calexico) and Naim Amor (a Parisian expatriate now living in Tuscon AZ) entitled "The Western Suite and Siesta Songs." These chaps have created a beautiful, serene instrumental recording that conjures parched desert vistas, and dusty late evening sunsets. Indebted in no small measure to the classic Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks, it contains a a melange of instrumentation- piano, drums, pedal steel, accordion, upright bass, vibraphone, whistling, and loads of twangy, reverbed guitar. Kick those boots off, pour yourself a whiskey, put this on, and kiss your winter blues away! Available on CD and LP...

 

 

December 2016: New and Upcoming Releases

Norah Jones

Norah Jones, Day Breaks: After several albums exploring the realms of country, pop, and electronica, Ms. Jones returns to the jazzy sound of her much loved debut, Come Away with Me, with enchanting results.


Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome: The Stones bring things full circle to the sound of their earliest recordings, keeping things raw, dirty and fun, and focusing on obscure Blues and R&B material.

Black Star

David Bowie, Black Star: What? You don't have this yet? What are you waiting for? Swan songs don't get any better than this. This late career masterpiece is an undiluted and moving expression of death and mortality.

It is the season for gift giving, and few things in life are better than giving the gift of music! For those on a budget, you can still spread the love by checking out our Red Bargain Bin of Wonders! Filled with classic titles in Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz and Soul, for only $5.98, $6.98 and $7.98! WOOHOO!!!!!

Troy's special Red Bin Pick:

Animals as Leaders

Animals as Leaders,  Madness of Many:  If you have a yen for instrumental shred, tune in to this. A trio of 2 guitarists and a drummer dazzle the ears with an almost inhuman facility on their instruments.

 

 

November, 2016: New and Upcoming Releases

Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

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Dawes:  We’re All Gonna Die

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Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land

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Devil Makes Three: Redemption & Ruin

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Joey Alexander: Countdown

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Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns

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Southern Culture on the Skids: The Electric Pinecones

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September, 2016: New and Upcoming Releases

Amos Lee: Spirit

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John Paul White: Beulah
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New Barbarians: Wanted Dead or Alive

Wanted Dead or Alive

De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody

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Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

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August, 2016: New and Upcoming Releases

The Avett Brothers: True Sadness

The Avetts satisfy once again with their unique combination of rootsy acoustic music with high charged rock & roll.

Joan Baez: 75th Birthday Celebration

A star-studded gala event featuring Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, and many others, honoring the High Priestess of folk music.

Adia Victoria: Beyond the Bloodhounds

The debut recording by the Nashville resident impresses with strong songwriting and a raucous modern rockabilly sound.

Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways

The Nickel Creek singer/violinist releases a post-breakup album that displays her Americana-laced sound, but isn’t afraid to rock out a little.

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Soulrocker

Franti adds EDM beats to his much loved sonic stew of hip-hop, soul, and social/political aware lyrics to great effect.

July, 2016: New and Upcoming Releases

Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool

The most anticipated release of the year delights, their sense of experimentation within pop forms setting new sonic benchmarks.

Case Lang Veirs: Case Lang Veirs

Neko Case, k d lang, and Lara Veirs collaborate on an alt-music summit meeting representing three generations of highly individual singer-songwriters.

Mudcrutch: 2

The sophomore effort from Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band finds Petty in fine form and sounding more energized than he has in years.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Getaway

The Peppers' 11th studio album finds them collaborating with noted producer Danger Mouse. It’s as funky as ever, but also nuanced and occasionally pensive.

Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger

The veteran singer songwriter returns with his sense of adventure intact, with various new musical influences permeating the album.

 

Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater

 

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: Earth

 

June, 2016: Pink Floyd Vinyl Reissues

At the beginning of 2016, Pink Floyd began rereleasing their catalogue on compact disc under their own Pink Floyd Records imprint. Now, they have begun a campaign to release their complete studio recordings on LP. Many of these albums have been out of print in this format for decades. The series begins chronologically with their first four albums, and are crafted with the original artwork and superior sonic detail. These albums were released prior to Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall, and are not as well known as those classics, particularly to American audiences. Nonetheless, the music contained herein forms a crucial block in the development in the fabled Pink Floyd legacy. Not the least of these is their debut, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the only LP to feature the mercurial talents of Syd Barrett in full before his exit from the group.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Syd Barrett’s idiosyncratic genius is captured before his swift disintegration. The band complemented the songs with sounds that were unheard of on pop records at the time. Produced by former Beatles engineer Norman Smith, the recordings distill the band’s live free form psychedelic excursions into digestible nuggets of lysergic pop splendor, except for their blazing 11 minute-plus tour de force, Interstellar Overdrive.

A Saucerful of Secrets 1968

This transitional album features just one Barrett composition, the self analytical Jugband Blues. The remainder of the songwriting is divvied between bassist/vocalist Roger Waters and keyboardist/vocalist Richard Wright. Singer/guitarist David Gilmour makes his debut with the band, while the collectively written title track- conceptual, lengthy and brooding, points to a new direction forward.

Soundtrack to the film “More” 1969

The soundtrack to the cult film directed by Barbet Schroeder, this is the least known but most underrated item in the Floyd canon. Except for two uncharacteristic (but terrific) hard rock tunes, the album is evenly split between folk-like Waters-written songs and spacey group composed instrumentals. When the group mastered the technique of meshing these two styles into a unified whole, they would become an unstoppable force.

Ummagumma 1969

The first Floyd album to crack the U.S. Billboard Top 100 Album Chart, Ummagumma represents Pink Floyd’s furthest departure from conventional rock music. The double set was halved between a live LP, and another featuring solo studio experiments by Waters, Wright, Gilmour, and drummer Nick Mason. The solo material is an exercise in extreme weirdness, while the live half is a spectacular display of the Floyd’s stage prowess at that time--including a spellbinding version of Careful with That Axe, Eugene.

 

May, 2016: Essential recordings for the beginner jazz collector

 

Recently, Troy hand-picked five essential recordings for the beginner jazz collector. If you're looking for the perfect foundation for your jazz collection, check out Troy's special recommendations:


Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959 Columbia)
A landmark recording in a career filled with many landmarks, Miles Davis with Kind of Blue signaled a deliberate move away from the complicated structures of bop. It initiated what came to be known as “modal jazz,” a looser, more spacious way of composing, which afforded the soloists in a group greater freedom of expression. Its influence continues to be felt decades later. Miles is supported by the stellar ensemble of John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Bill Evans (who had a large role in shaping these compositions), nearly all of whom became notable bandleaders in their own right. Kind of Blue is gentle yet sophisticated, experimental yet accessible, and continues to entrance generations of listeners and musicians alike.


John Coltrane, A Love Supreme (1964 Impulse!)
Coltrane, having already played with Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others, made a great leap forward on his 1960 Atlantic LP, Giant Steps. It solidified his already famous “sheets of sound” saxophone technique (rapid articulations of scales, arpeggios and patterns) with compositional acumen previously unheard on Coltrane’s own recordings. A Love Supreme upped the ante. Coltrane had undergone a profound spiritual awakening, and A Love Supreme is a conceptual piece that reveals Coltrane in the throes of Divine Inspiration. Rarely had spiritual catharsis sounded so stormy, with the long standing quartet of himself, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner creating tempestuous gales of energy and intensity.

Horace Silver, Song for My Father (1965 Blue Note)
In a career spanning nearly seven decades, Horace Silver was one of jazz music’s funkiest pianists, and a pioneer of what became known as “hard bop.” This genre consistently incorporated R&B, gospel and blues into jazz in a way that had not often been done in bebop. Song for My Father catches Silver in transition between two great quintets. The long time group featuring Junior Cook, Blue Mitchell, Gene Taylor and Roy Brooks are on two cuts, while the new band included Joe Henderson (then new on the scene, and not the famous Grammy winning legend he would be later) on tenor saxophone. The title cut was a big hit, and Steely Dan would later appropriate the piano lick for the intro to their hit single, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto (1964 Verve)
This is the album that launched the jazz bossa nova craze of the early 1960s. The pairing of Getz, who was already a well established “cool jazz” tenor saxophonist with Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto, a master of melody and understated Latin rhythms, was a natural one. Their two styles fit seamlessly, and the LP also featured another bossa nova legend, Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano. It contained the massive hit single “The Girl from Ipanema,” written by Jobim, and sung by Gilberto’s then-wife Astrud, who is featured on other selections on the album as well. When released in 1964, it was sultry, sensuous, and exotic--and it still exudes those qualities today. The recording became a global smash, and earned a Grammy award for Record of the Year. 

Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners (1957 Riverside)
Idiosyncratic, angular, and yes, brilliant, the music of Thelonious Monk is the very definition of that oft-used descriptor “unique.” His skewed sense of harmony, his unusual rhythms, and his creative deployment of dissonance set him apart from other musicians of his generation. Many other jazz musicians, even those who admired him and acknowledged his genius, feared playing with Monk, because of the difficulty of learning to play his compositions. This sometimes led to heated conflicts during recording sessions. The title cut of this album was no exception, being one of his most fiendishly complex works, and the version heard here had to be edited together from several different takes before it was completed to Monk’s satisfaction.