Bay Area music store
mavens pick their favorite fall releases
Amoeba Music, SF
John Garcia, head buyer, also jazz and world music buyer
The Band box set, which is going to have even more rarities, unreleased
material, and live stuff, and includes a DVD of rare and previously unseen
Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall
it's a very important historical discovery but also musically brilliant.
It's not just an artifact but a remarkable performance that's very well
I'm also looking forward to the new Ray Barretto, the great percussionist
and Latin jazz master. His albums have been infrequent in recent years,
and this is the first new one in a while. I imagine it to be really extraordinary.
He doesn't stay in the same rhythmic and harmonic areas that other bandleaders
seem to pillage.
Virgin Megastore, SF
Alan Williams, product manager
The one I'm hearing the most buzz about is Damian Marley. From
what I've heard, it's a classic dancehall record, like late '80s-style
dancehall anyone who's been following the reggae scene for the
past five years hasn't heard a lot of that in a long time, and anything
with the Marley name is going to have a lot of interest attached to it.
Saeed Crumpler, hip-hop buyer
Kanye West's Late Registration. Heard a couple tracks
for me, he comes at a perfect time. I think he'll be able to come in and
actually talk about stuff that regular people can relate to.
Also, an artist out of the Bay Area: Balance, The Young and
the Restless. Working on it for a while and hasn't released
an album, just a whole bunch of mix tapes.
Allan Horrocks, co-owner
In September the new Earth record comes out. I've heard it, and
it's really good. They haven't done an actual studio record in many years
Open Mind Music, SF
Henry Wimmer, owner
The upcoming Oranger record is going to be exciting a great
local band. They're playing with the Posies Sept. 7 at Slim's. It's the
day after my 40th birthday, so I'm going to celebrate.
BPM Music Factory, SF
Sammy D, buyer and DJ at Rx Gallery's Control
Dirty Bird's Claude Von Stroke, an SF DJ, has a 12-inch coming
out on Get Physical. "Chimp": incredible. Justin Martin,
also from SF, has an album coming out on Ben Watt's Buzz and Fly label
in the late fall. The single is called "Legend of Papa Chango,"
and it's with Justin Martin and Sammy D. I'm also really looking forward
to the new Postal Service.
Record Collector, SF
Mike Green, buyer and Burmese bassist
The Dead C/Konono No. 1 split 12-inch (FatCat). I'm impressed
by the locked grooves at the beginning. Virgin Insanity
it's Michael Yonkers's first band, supposedly, from Minneapolis.
Another very limited release. The name of the album is Illusions of
the Maintenance Man. It's just the kind of totally obscure lost psych
record from the late '60s that always draws some attention.
I'm disenchanted with newer music.
Mod Lang Records, Berkeley
Naomi Diamond, owner