Lots of rumors flying around about what special releases will be available at independent record stores starting on Black Friday this year. While our official release list isn’t quite ready yet, here are some Frequently Asked Questions about why we work to bring special pieces to record stores on the biggest shopping day of the year.
RSD Black Friday - FAQ
Last October, RED Distribution worked with artists of all genres to create a series of limited pink vinyl versions of some of their most popular releases. The result was a lot of happy music fans and $30,000 donated to Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE is back this year, with ten new bands but the same one cause: kicking cancer’s ass with pink vinyl. IN RECORD STORES THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, STARTING #vinyltuesday 9/29.
(Note: Clutch coming to stores in October.)
A few weeks ago, BATTLES was in Raleigh to play the Hopscotch Festival and their trip to SCHOOLKIDS RECORDS coincided nicely with the vinyl for their new album LA DI DA DI arriving at the store. And there, along with all the other records they picked up, they saw it for the first time (check out our contest to win that very piece of vinyl). And they filmed an episode of RECORD STORIES while they were there.
(Get LA DI DA DI on VINYL or CD at a record store.)
* 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 OCTOBER 6th!
TEENAGE TIMEKILLERS - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [Exclusive Indie Doublemint Vinyl and Standard Black Vinyl]
The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album’s 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project’s title) includes: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike “IX” Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin’s Corrosion of Conformity band mates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. All instrumental tracks on Teen age Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, CA. The album was produced by John "Lou" Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, engineered and mixed by John "Lou" Lousteau at 606.
SUPERGRASS - I Should Coco: 20th Anniversary [Black Vinyl w/Bonus Red 7 Inch]
20th Anniversary; 180gm black vinyl, single sleeve + 7” single of ‘Stone Free / Odd’ on red vinyl (3 CD Deluxe coming on 11/3)
WISHBONE ASH - Pilgrimage [Vinyl Replica CD]
This vinyl replica CD is an import. Pilgrimage is the second studio album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. The album focuses more on folk and acoustic music as opposed to the blues rock sound that dominated the first album. The album also contains an instrumental jazz workout ("Vas Dis") and a four-part harmony vocal track in the spirit of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young ("Valediction").The album sold well, reaching #14 in the UK charts, but the band would reach their creative and commercial peak with their next studio album release.
IN RECORD STORES ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 13th!
NEW ORDER - Republic
180g reissue. Republic is the sixth studio album by the English rock band New Order. Released in 1993 by London Records, it is their first album released after the demise of Factory Records, and their last for eight years.
NEW ORDER - Get Ready
180g reissue. Get Ready is the seventh studio album by English rock band New Order. Recorded between 2000 and 2001 and released in August 2001 by record label London, Get Ready was the group's first album in eight years, following 1993's Republic. This was the last New Order album featuring the classic lineup of Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris.
NEW ORDER - Waiting for the Siren’s Call
180g reissue. The eighth studio album by the English rock band New Order. The album was released on 28 March 2005 in the United Kingdom and 25 April 2005 in the United States, and was preceded by the single "Krafty" in February. Two additional singles from the album were released: "Jetstream", which features vocals by Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters, and the title track of the album.
WILCO - Star Wars
The vinyl release of the ‘surprise’ release from Wilco.
KING KHAN - Hurtin' Class feat. Ian Svenonius 7”
Initial release from King Khan's (King Khan & The Shrines, King Khan & BBQ, The Spaceshits etc…) new imprint Khannibalism. A jab at social class with help from Ian Svenonius (The Make Up) that also functions as the first song from the soundtrack to the upcoming film, The Invaders.
APOLLO BROWN - Grandeur
Apollo Brown has assembled an all-star cast of MCs like Freddie Gibbs, MOP, Evidence, Masta Ace, and more to join the stage with him as he displays his signature brand of hard hitting production. LP pressed on translucent olive vinyl.
THE GLITCH MOB - Piece of the Indestructible 10”
The three-song EP offers the requisite concussive bass, foundation-rattling drums, and soul-liquefying synths while revealing the versatility of edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayer).This deluxe edition vinyl EP includes a gold & black splatter one-sided 10” vinyl with etching, gold foil printed sleeve housed in a special PVC jacket, and a digital download of the EP.
KENNY TUDRICK - Kenny Tudrick 2xLP
Kenny Tudrick's self-titled double-album, now available in limited quantities as a Double LP with 19 tracks of pure unadulterated alt-country-rock bliss. Kenny was drumming by the age of eight, by the age of nine he booked his first gig at the elementary school. By seventeen, it was time to split. Alone in his '78 Chevy big block- a Phillipshead, some duct tape, a razor his only emergency equipment, the teenage Tudrick looked westward, challenging himself to survive and adapt. The youngest son of a Glasgow-native mother and a Canadian father who expatriated to the states to become a United States Marine during the Vietnam War, Tudrick's impulse to see the country that would draw his father from his roots was more than a road trip, it was a pilgrimage. Finding himself a long way from home, he immersed himself in his job, traveling from towns like Lindsey, Oklahoma, Mitchell, South Dakota and Fresno, California. The teenager would spend months living in one-room apartments, many times without a phone. He remained on the road for three years, filling his days with blue collar labor, coming home at night to an empty room and a guitar. ''That's when I manned up,'' Tudrick explains. He remembers the seclusion well and how it fed the scary-but-somehow-obvious notion that music was what he had to do with his life. He left Detroit as a drummer, but came back a multi-instrumentalist on a songwriting tear. Upon returning home, Tudrick was aggressively sought after, working with a lion's share of the early aught Detroit garage rock revival outfits. He did studio work on future gold and platinum records while touring and working on his own music. Years of experience with bands, both his own incarnations and those he was a member of, contributed to the ideas, melodies, bridges and refrains that resulted in this loosened freshet that is his double album, each song more beautifully crafted than the last. This debut is a love letter, a look inward, a rally cry and a mea culpa. It's a fully formed recording steeped in high musical tastes, Americana, gorgeous singing, masterful musicianship and deep, low down emotion. The songs range from acoustic finger-style to soaring compositions. Breaking free from ego-centricities with a rarified raw honesty at times, Tudrick is positively Steinbeckian. The whopping 19 tracks are an unusual amalgam of masculine energy and compassion. He is a man who has seen life, for better and for worse, uttering phrases like, ''All I ever wanted was to be fine...,'' he is a man who has fallen in love, and you can hear it.Despite its complexity, the double album was created entirely by Tudrick himself (save for a couple piano parts) in his living room and kitchen. He approached the production the same way a band does. Sans irony, he created various characters for himself- ''Jimmy Treehouse'' a standout- to cull together the final heartbreakingly impressive piece of work. Now KT's debut album, out of ''...the shadows they are real...'', shines.
KENNY TUDRICK - Ken’s Kitchen
Kenny Tudrick's 'Ken's Kitchen' LP is a long-lost collection of songs, recorded and produced by Kenny Tudrick in his own kitchen. Packaged in a heavy duty silkscreened jacket, complete with two-sided insert that doubles as a second cover.
ROCKET 455 - Go To Hell
From the annals of Detroit music history, we're pleased to be able to bring you the first ever vinyl release of Rocket 455's 'Go To Hell' compilation! Originally compiled as a CD only release on Get Hip Recordings in 2001, this LP collects Rocket 455's singles and a large percentage of the band's recorded output. Formed in 1992 after the breakup of the Nervobeats, Rocket 455's first lineup included Mark Walz, Jeff Meier, Dan Kroha, Marco Delicato and Tim O'Connell, going on to later include Robert Mulrooney (Bootsey X), Kenny Tudrick, Steve Nawara, and Chris Fachini. The band went on to release several 7'' singles-including the first release on Detroit's Italy Records-along with a 10'' EP released by Get Hip. Not only does this release collect most of Rocket 455's released recorded output, but several rarities are included, including 'Go Baby,' 'The Grass Is Green,' and an unreleased version of 'Johnny Lawless'. Also included is a two-sided insert sheet with extensive liner notes and a band lineage chart. The White Stripes played their first ever show opening up for Rocket 455.
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
Sometimes there are even better reasons to get your music at an indie record store, and those times are when you get a little something extra along with your new record. The goodies below are available starting on street date with the purchase of the new release they are listed with, but they’re ALL LIMITED QUANTITY, so first come first serve applies. Also, indie stores are just that: independently minded, and not all will choose to participate in all these gift-giving promotions, so check with your local store!
STREET DATE 9/25 THE DEAD WEATHER Pick up the CD or vinyl of the new DODGE AND BURN and get a cloth tote bag while supplies last at participating stores (DISCLAIMER) (GET IT AT A RECORD STORE - CD, VINYL)
STREET DATE 9/25 DON HENLEY His new solo album CASS COUNTY is getting critical acclaim and you can get it at a record store, along with a special litho while they last. (DISCLAIMER) (GET IT AT A RECORD STORE - CD, VINYL, DELUXE CD, DELUXE VINYL)
STREET DATE 10/2 EAGLES OF DEATH METAL The new ZIPPER DOWN album unzips on 10/2 and participating stores will have an EODM patch to go with it, while they last. (DISCLAIMER) (GET IT AT A RECORD STORE - CD, VINYL, CASSETTE)