We’ll be celebrating the life of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius today, his birthday, at Other Music in Manhattan. Robert Trujillo (also a bassist, you may have heard of him) the producer of the documentary JACO, out now on a special record store edition DVD will be hanging out and talking about the music of the man who inspired him so much he made a movie about it
In case you missed it on Tuesday morning, it was a record store that stole the Today Show and represented small businesses across the country in a spotlight piece about Small Business Saturday. Check out FINGERPRINTS’ star turn here, and know that this year one of the things we’re most thankful for is the support you give our favorite small businesses year round.
There are more small businesses in this world than you know. Jason Isbell went into one of his favorite small businesses recently, to talk about what it means to him, and about his very own small business. We think Jason has a way with words, even when he’s not setting them to music, and we think you’ll agree. Check out this special video and then to hear his words when they’re really lyrics, pick out his latest album, SOMETHING MORE THAN FREE. It’s available at those independently owned small businesses called record stores around the world.
* Vinyl Tuesday is a way for us to encourage artists, labels, distributors and managers to continue to release physical music on Tuesdays when they can. This allows physical retailers to have something fresh to sell and to talk about during the week, and lets those releases not just get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.
IN RECORD STORES ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 1st!
MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES - Let’s Face It
Boston's plaid founders of Ska-Core on their multi-Platinum album featuring the singles ''The Impression that I Get'', ''Rascal King'', and ''Royal Oil''. First vinyl pressing in nearly 20 years. "Americana" colored vinyl, limited to 400.
SUM 41 - All Killer No Filler
Canada's biggest punk band, and their chart topping multiplatinum album, including the #1 single Fat Lip. One of the highest selling pop punk records of all time. Available on vinyl in North America for the first time. "Americana" colored vinyl, limited to 400
IN RECORD STORES ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 8th!
BLINK 182 - Enema of the State
BLINK 182 - Blink 182
BLINK 182 - Dude Ranch
BLINK 182 - The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back)
CHRISTOPHER OWENS - Chrissybaby Forever
Limited vinyl release of Christopher Owens latest solo release, previously available only on digital. Limited to 500 copies
TWIZTID - Back to Hell
Piss yellow 7", limited to 500 copies, autographed by both members of Twiztid
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Angus Soundtrack
The unique version of ''Am I Wrong'' by Love Spit Love, mixing marching band horns into the original version of the song which interplay well with Richard Butler's raw vocals. Green Day contributed ''J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)'', a song written by bassist Mike Dirnt about his friend who died in a car accident when he was 19. This song peaked at number one on the Modern Rock Billboard charts of 1995. This song was later released on their 2001 greatest hits album, International Superhits. Meanwhile, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong co-produced ''Back to You'' by the Riverdales with producer Mass Giorgini, which was featured during the dance sequence at the high prom in the film. 180g Clear Vinyl, limited to 1500 copies
This time last year, AMOEBA MUSIC hosted a little band called Faith No More for a special Black Friday performance. We’re looking back.
On Black Friday, record stores will be the place to get a special album from John Malkovich, Sandro & Eric Alexandrakis, a continuation of their Homage to Photographic Masters exhibit tour, the record, LIKE A PUPPET SHOW, featured Malkovich reciting a translation of “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave” over musical compositions featuring Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Ric Ocasek, Dweezil Zappa, Young The Giant, OMD and more. We’re happy to premiere that OMD track here, and the band were pretty happy to create it: "It was fascinating, totally unexpected, an honour and a great challenge to take John Malkovich's distinctive vocal and cut/paste/twist/distort/edit/
As Dressy Bessy gets ready to drop a special 7” into record stores this week for Record Store Day Black Friday, they talked a little bit about the song, “Lady Liberty”.
This Friday, record stores will have a very special limited edition 7” single from Aoife O’Donovan called Magic Hour, and the b-side of this blue vinyl gem is her take on Joni Mitchell’s “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio”. Get a sneak peek listen to that song now with our premiere of this video from Aoife O’Donovan.
In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving has become the start of the holiday shopping season. And every year it’s the biggest media story about retail. Our mission is to promote and celebrate a very specific type of retailer—the independent record store—a retailer that sells NOTHING BUT things that make great gifts. Think about it, everything you can buy at a record store would be perfect for someone on your gift list, or to put on your own list of “ I Hope I Get” treasures. So we began working with stores, labels, artists, managers and distributors to make sure that independent record stores were part of that biggest shopping story of the year. That independent record stores were on the radar of discerning gift shoppers across the country. One of the ways to do that is to create special pieces, available at record stores, for the holiday shopping season. And to have their release date be Black Friday.
Today we’re announcing the list of those titles for the 2015 holiday shopping season. You can find it below in a handy PDF (suitable for creating your own shopping or wish lists) and a Pull-Down Menu for more information on the titles.
A few things to keep in mind:
*There are three sections of our list: EXCLUSIVES, SMALL RUN and RSD FIRST. Exclusives are just that, exclusive to participating indie record stores. A SMALL RUN title means that the number being created is less than 1000 and we put this list together so people would know and have realistic expectations about what will be available. RSD FIRST are titles that are available first at record stores, but at some point will be available elsewhere.
*Record stores who participate in Record Store Day are all very unique. Stores stock their own shelves, and not all of them will bring in every title. It’s always a good idea to talk with your local store about what you’re looking for, and what they would normally stock.
*Records come on and off release schedules all the time, and our list is no exception. This is a work in progress and changes will be made to the list as we’re made aware of titles that may not make that Black Friday street date, or exciting additions to the list.
*Almost all of these titles are limited in release, and that serves to help make them even more special. But that also means that not all stores will have as many as they’d like to bring in, and that some people who want them may not be able to buy them. It’s not our intention, and it’s not the store’s intention, to be grinchy and keep things from people, but as with everything that’s limited edition, there simply may not be enough to go around. Please let’s all be grownups when faced with this reality, and when having conversations with the folks behind the counters.
*There are more Frequently Asked Questions about why we do what we do on Black Friday here: BLACK FRIDAY FAQ
We hope you’ll make record stores part of your shopping plans, whether it’s on Black Friday or later in the season.
It’s become a twice-a-year tradition to watch our friend Chris Brown introduce us to some of the special Black Friday or Record Store Day releases being stocked at Bull Moose (where he spends his workdays). It’s great to see these pieces jump off the list for the first time, and you might even add something to your list based on what you see. So carve out some time before you carve up the bird and check it out.
(NOTE: All stores do their own ordering. The titles in the video are those that Bull Moose is bringing in, and really only those that are physically in hand when Chris does the video.)
There’s a 10” special release from The Arcs coming to record stores, starting 11/27 and we’re proud to premiere a new song from it, “Young”. It was cowritten by David Berman of The Silver Jews and Dan Auerbach is pretty happy that people are finally going to hear music from that collaboration: ““We’ve been meeting at night, writing together for a few years. This is the first time we’ve shared any of that. The Arcs have recorded more songs from the collaboration and we hope to release more of it very soon.” Check out “Young” here, and then pick up The Arcs Vs. The Inventors Vol. 1 in stores starting this BlackFriday.
Record stores are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Transformers movie with this specially packaged soundtrack, which will come out on 11/27 as part of Record Store Day Black Friday. As with most Transformations, words don’t really do it justice, it’s best to watch it happen.
We’ve gotten a lot of requests for the lists of past Record Store Day releases, and we’re happy to announce our HISTORY section, where those lists from2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)
Click here for the RSD Archives