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New Release Round-Up 04-15-14

New Release Round-Up 04-15-14

Do to the Beast sees the return of the Afghan Whigs after 16 years away and follows their 1998 release, 1965. After a successful reunion tour in 2012, Greg Dulli and John Curley decided to return to the studio -- without original guitarist Rick McCollum -- to record the album. Signing once again to Sub Pop -- the label that had originally launched the band -- the album sees Dulli and co. successfully continue with their soul-infused brand of indie rock.

Esteemed musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell has teamed up with New West Records to release Tarpaper Sky, his new self-produced album. It comes fast on the heels of Old Yellow Moon, Crowell s critically lauded collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which won a 2013 Grammy® Award and was named 2013 Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

Rivers In The Wasteland is the follow up to Needtobreathe's acclaimed album The Reckoning, which saw the band spend over two years on the road in support of a collection of anthemic rock that caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today.

Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head SingMake My Head Sing, is the new album from Jessica Lea Mayfield. Of the new music Mayfield comments, “The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin. I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass and drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy.” The album is available now and you can preview the album here as well as watch the albums trailer.




In 2012 Ian Anderson released Thick As A Brick 2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull's legendary concept album. The album was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. Now he returns with Homo Erraticus, his new studio album. The original Thick As A Brick album, released in 1972, was based around the poem of disgraced child prodigy Gerald Bostock. For Homo Erraticus Anderson is reunited with Bostock, using lyrics written by Gerald based on an old historical manuscript. The manuscript examines key events from throughout British history before going on to offer a number of prophecies for the future.

Plus there are other great, new releases including Singer Songwriter Ingrid Michaelson who is back with her 5th studio album, Lights Out, which features duets with A Great Big World, and Mat Kearney. Hip Hop legend Nas presents Illmatic XX, a 2 disc, 20th anniversary special edition featuring new artwork, a 24 page booklet with new liner notes by Sacha Jenkins, artist tributes with rare & previously unseen photos. Petty's Peculiar Picks is a 30-track compilation which collects together the best and more unusual, even peculiar, picks from Tom Petty's treasured shows. Jason Derulo presents his third U.S. album Talk Dirty, which features the title track, "The Other Side," "Marry Me," and "Vertigo" from the September 2014 Tattoos EP with seven additional songs. Sevendust didn't waste any time getting 2014 started the best way they know how: being holed up in the recording studio to create their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires. And The Birds Of Satan is the self-titled debut album from the Alt-Rock band formed by The Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins alongside Wiley Hodgden (bass, background vocals), and Mick Murphy (guitar). .


Plus, The BothTriptykonSecret SistersPharoahe MonchCourtney BarnettPlaque VendorChuck E. WeissChet FakerZiggy MarleySlintElvisThe Walking Dead - Vol 1 [Vinyl Soundtrack]Murphy's LawBobby RushDan WilsonOak Ridge BoysBilly PorterOathJunkie XL and Duck Sauce all have new albums today.


CURRENT SINGLES

There are also a couple of singles available, including The Black Keys who in anticipation of their new album Turn Blue (Out 05/13) release their new single Fever. And Fix release their gatefold 2x7" single of Vengeance / In This Town & Jan's Rooms which is limited to 1000 copies.

EARLY LISTEN AND PREVIEW

EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver EverettLooking ahead to next week's chart, We are excited to present an Early Listen for Mark Oliver Everett's long-running indie rock project Eels who follow 2013's Wonderful, Glorious with their eleventh album, The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, on April 22. The introspective new 13 track album is being described as "an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle."  The album is available now for pre order and you can preview the album here as well as watch the fantastic video for the track Mistakes of My Youth. 






For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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New Release Round-Up 04-08-14

New Release Round-Up 04-08-14

Wasted Years is OFF!'s second proper album, and like their self-titled debut (and the EP collection that preceded it), this thing goes off like an M-80, with Keith Morris laying out some of his sharpest and most articulate rage, filtered through lyrics that are smarter and more severe than what he usually tossed out in his days with Black Flag or the Circle Jerks, good as they both could be. Wasted Years confirms OFF! are wasting no time -- they're among the very best American punk bands of their day, and show there's plenty of snarling, howling life left in the beast after all these years.

Signed to 4AD in April 2013, SOHN is an English musician, songwriter and producer based in Vienna, Austria. Tremors is SOHN's debut album. Informed by a rich legacy of electronic music, SOHN creates a sound that blends his haunting vocals with a backdrop of analogue drum machines and synths, which makes nods to the past, but always forges forward into the new.

In partnership with Dave Sitek's (TV On The Radio) Federal Prism Records and his own Federal Prism imprint Sounds Like Fun, Cool Kids co-founder and renowned hip-hop producer Chuck Inglish releases his debut solo album Convertibles. The album features appearances by Chromeo, Mac Miller, Black Hippy star AB Soul, Action Bronson, Vic Mensa, Sir Michael Rocks and Chance The Rapper.

For the uninitiated, Los Angeles-based Nostalghia's music is compelling, provocative and cinematic, and its vocalist and heart-and-soul, Ciscandra Nostalghia, is an art-pop adventurist with a flair for the dark and dramatic. The new album Chrysalis is one you will not want to miss.

This one feels a little different, Joan Osborne says of her new release Love and Hate. In addition to being the beloved singer-songwriter and seven time Grammy nominees eighth studio album and her eOne debut, the 12 song set is one of the most personally charged, creatively ambitious efforts of her two-decades-plus recording career.

A group of three hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 2013's rural music scene fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic band, including a leather-masked, guitar-wielding Avey Tare (Himself, Animal Collective), his knife-wielding keyboard player Angel Deradoorian (Deradoorian, Dirty Projectors), and their cannibal chief drummer and decaying grandfather Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail, Boredoms, Dan Deacon). Enter The Slasher House is their debut album.

Plus there are other great, new releases including Erika M. Anderson, better known as EMA who releases The Future's VoidSquarepusher takes on Z-Machines for their new album Music For RobotsCatacombs of the Black Vatican will stand as an enduring testament to Black Label Society's sheer force of will and mastery of each and every musical neighborhood the hard rock titans choose to stomp through. Giving his own debut album the full remix treatment Avicii releases True: Avicii By Avicii which takes the original's acoustic atmosphere and pumps it full of the prime-time dancefloor stuff it deserved. Protomartyr have made one stunner of a sophmore album, Under Color Of Official Right emerges with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter, and economical in a way that elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek. L.A.'s De Lux are a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2013 and their debut album Voyage is just DeLightful.  Kingdom, the second studio album from Heathers, retains the raised, punk-folk backbone that served as the foundation for their 2007 debut, and adds a punchy, radio-ready sheen that propels each cut into the pop stratosphere with explosive results. And Peter Gabriel releases the international edition of Hit. The 2003 compilation of solo material by former Genesis vocalist and musical visionary Peter Gabriel features a different track listing from the domestic version and bonus audio and interactive tracks.


Plus, Todd TerjeCarlene CarterMarc FordPupYour FriendSoMoFaintJames DurbinTweensSweet AppleLinda Ronstadt, Emmylou HarrisWilko Johnson & Roger DaltreyJohn FruscianteFor The Fallen DreamsThe GraviatorsJaguar SkillsGroove GhouliesThus Owls and Ratking all have new albums today.


CURRENT SINGLES

There are also a couple of singles available, including The Whigs who in anticipation of their new album Modern Creation (Out 04/22) release their new single Hit Me. Sticking with the Whigs theme there is also a single from The Afghan Whigs who release Algiers. The single is taken from their forthcoming album Do To The Beast, out next week. And White Lung release their exclusive 7" single Drown With The Monster which is sure to satisfy their already devoted fan base, and bound to excite new fans, who have yet to truly experience White Lung! 

EARLY LISTEN AND PREVIEW

Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head SingLooking ahead to next week's chart, We are excited to present an Early Listen for Make My Head Sing, the new album from Jessica Lea Mayfield. Of the new music Mayfield comments, “The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin. I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass and drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy.” The album is available now for pre order and you can preview the album here






For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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Grammy Winners 2014

Grammy Winners 2014

Another year, another Grammy ceremony.  With 83 awards in total, 2014 was the biggest year in the ceremony's 56 year history.  Daft Punk and Lorde were among the biggest winners, winning five and two awards respectively.  

The French duo were also amongst the performers as they alongside Pharrell Williams performed their huge track Get Lucky.  Other performers included Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jay Z, Beyonce, Metallica, Queens Of The Stoneage with Nine Inch Nails and Paul McCartney teamed up with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear for a rendition of 'Cut Some Slack' from last year's Grohl-fuelled 'Real To Reel: Sound City' Album/Documentary.

Here is a rundown of some of the winners for 2014.

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Record Of The Year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album Of The Year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Lorde - Pure Heroine
Song Of The year: Royals - Lorde


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde - Royals

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers - Get Lucky

Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox
Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars


Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive


Black Sabbath - 13
Best Metal Performance: Black Sabbath: God Is Dead?


Best Rock Song: Cut Me Some Slack - Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear

Best Rock Album: Celebration Day - Led Zeppelin

Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City - Vampire Weekend

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On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2

In 1994, The Beatles' Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K. and number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. Now comes a new companion to The Beatles' first BBC collection, On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2  On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles' first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts. 

Also newly remastered for reissue, The Beatles' first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever. This collection of the group's BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s. 

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST GET A FREE EP WITH PURCHASE 

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HANNI EL KHATIB - HEAD IN THE DIRT

HANNI EL KHATIB - HEAD IN THE DIRT

It's easy to blame Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Studios for the sound of Hanni El Khatib's new album "Head in the Dirt," but that's an oversimplification. It's Nashville, the city, the pace, the people, who tell the story. Like Larry Sexton's engines, "Head in the Dirt" is forged from raw elements and a craftsman's eye. It's the deafening roar of a red-line engine, and cool as a cat's purr coasting in third gear. Follow Hanni around Nashville and catch an all the way live performance of "Nobody Move."

Hanni El Khatib
PREVIEW AND PURCHASE - HEAD IN THE DIRT

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IGGY AND THE STOOGES ARE READY TO DIE!

IGGY AND THE STOOGES ARE READY TO DIE!

The 2012 Record Store Day Ambassador has been busy with his Stooges and the result is the new album READY TO DIE, out this week! (Vinyl out on 5/14). New record, new label, same old Iggy. PREVIEW AND PURCHASE

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Record Store Day 2013 Release List

Record Store Day 2013 Release List

The list is here!!!
 
Record Store Day 2013 is fast approaching and the pre event excitement level just took itself up a few notches as the list of titles has been officially released in TWO versions: A handy PDF  that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork.  These are the pieces that will be released on April 20, the sixth annual Record Store Day.
 
** Please note that not every release will be available at every store as each is a limited quantity release and not every store will be able to get hold of everything they order.  We will try our best to get as many titles in as we can**

*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/20 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.

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JACK WHITE: RECORD STORE DAY 2013 AMBASSADOR

JACK WHITE: RECORD STORE DAY 2013 AMBASSADOR

Owns a record store. CHECK.

Heads a record label. CHECK.

Makes all kinds of records. CHECK.

We can think of no one better to fly the flag for Record Store Day 2013, can you?   

Let’s let Ambassador White speak for himself, both on video and in his official Ambassadorial quote. VISIT HERE FOR MORE INFO

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Grammy Winners 2013

Grammy Winners 2013

The 55th annual Grammys are over, and unlike last year, a wide range of artists is heading home with awards.  Dan Auerbach and the Black Keys were the biggest winners, taking home four trophies. Skrillex claimed three, as did Gotye, Jay-Z and Kayne West. Mumford & Sons won just two Grammys, but scored the biggest one of the night: Best Album for Babel.

Here is a rundown of some of the winners for 2013.

Gotye

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR - Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Mumford & Sons

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Babel, Mumford & Sons

Fun.

3. SONG OF THE YEAR - We Are Young, Fun.

4. BEST NEW ARTIST - Fun.

Adele


5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE - Set Fire To The Rain [Live], Adele

6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE - Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra

7. BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM - Impressions, Chris Botti

8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM - Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

9. BEST DANCE RECORDING - Bangarang, Skrillex

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BACK TO BLACK FRIDAY

BACK TO BLACK FRIDAY

GO BACK TO BLACK FRIDAY HERE

Ah, Black Friday. Even if you’re averse to the crowds and the crazy, there is a great place to go shopping on that day after Thanksgiving, and it’s your friendly neighborhood store. We think that there are terrific things, treasures even, at record stores every day and we’re just upping the ante a little bit on Black Friday with some limited edition vinyl, CDs, DVDs, box sets, and this year even a box of trading cards. Things you can ONLY get at a record store, and some things you can get FIRST at a record store. Things that are perfect to give/get this holiday season, EVEN if you’re doing that shopping for yourself.


Click here to find the list of special releases you can find at record stores on Black Friday, in a handy PDF Wishlist Form (feel free to print out and give to everyone who might be buying things for you), and a page with artwork and more detail on each piece. And make your plans now to spend some quality time with us this holiday season. 




downloadable pdf view list on RSD website

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SUB POP - Back To School

SUB POP - Back To School

Sub Pop and Select Indie Stores Encourage Learning with Prizes and a September Sale

To celebrate the start of the new school year, Sub Pop is teaming up with some excellent indie music shops this September to offer you hearty discounts, and opportunities to win rare Sub Pop treats.

Select Sub Pop releases will be on sale all month, and they will be giving away a prize pack featuring a variety of rare and out-of-print Sub Pop items.

For extra-credit, if you go into any participating store (like this one) and, using the tag #BeachHouseGLOW, tweet/instagram a picture of your favorite Sub Pop title from the sale display, you will get a shot at winning a way out-of-print, be-the-envy-of-all-your-friends Beach House – “Bloom” LP on glow in the dark vinyl! (There are only 250 copies on the planet. We didn’t do well at math, but we are pretty sure that some sort of “supply” and “demand” thing makes this record rare or something.)

The ten stores with the most pictures (remember, you must use the hashtag and tag our store!) will WIN the glow in the dark vinyl to be given away at their store. If your local record store wins then you up your chances of scoring this tasty platter!

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THE AVETT BROTHERS - Live and Die

THE AVETT BROTHERS - Live and Die

The Avett Brothers recently met up with NPR while on tour and the result is this magically intimate performance of "Live and Die" direct from their tour bus.  "Live and Die" is taken from their New Album "The Carpenter" which is out now and for those quick off the draw, when you purchase the album you also receive an exclusive 7 inch which includes "Live and Die" along with the flip side "The Clearness is Gone" (Quanity limited while supplies Last).



The Avett Brothers

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MEET MICHAEL KIWANUKA

MEET MICHAEL KIWANUKA

Rock. Hip-hop. Soul. Acoustic folk. Skater kids. Vintage instruments. All kinds of influences go into HOME AGAIN, the debut from Michael Kiwanuka. Maybe you saw Jay-Z shout him out as the singer of one of the new songs he loves best, maybe you caught his critically acclaimed SXSW set, maybe you just know that the record is on EW’s Summer Must List or that the  BBC made it their Sound of 2012. We think EW was right when they said “He has the kind of voice that makes people stop and go, “Who IS that?”.

Preview/Purchase here

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THE LUMINEERS: SO "STUBBORN"

THE LUMINEERS: SO "STUBBORN"

THE LUMINEERS have been out on the road, stomping their way across the country with their Americana-inflected barn burners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. They made a stop recently at Waterloo Records in Austin where, lucky for all of us, a video was made of their song “Stubborn Love”. You’ll find it on their album, conveniently called THE LUMINEERS. (check it out here)

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WALK THE MOON WALK INTO STORES

WALK THE MOON WALK INTO STORES

MTV thinks they are “One To Watch” in 2012, what say you? This dance-y little number is the first introduction to WALK THE MOON whose new record, which they named after themselves to help you remember it, is in stores next week.
ORDER THE ALBUM

PREVIEW and PURCHASE THE DIGITAL EP or SINGLE NOW.

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RIP Doc Watson

RIP Doc Watson

This week we lost a national treasure.  Doc Watson was 89.

Here are a couple of articles if you'd like to read further.  Ry Cooder wrote the

NYTimes piece:  http://goo.gl/Cpg9b

Washington Post:  http://goo.gl/HlqG7



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SCISSOR SISTERS by Joshua Homme

SCISSOR SISTERS by Joshua Homme

Check out what Alumnus Record Store Day Ambassador, Joshua Homme, is "informing you" about the new SCISSOR SISTERS record..MAGIC HOUR.






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BEACH HOUSE WEATHER IS HERE

BEACH HOUSE WEATHER IS HERE

The new Beach House record, BLOOM, is out today. They also took part in Record Store Day  2012, releasing a special 7” single, only available at indie record stores. The A-side, “Lazuli” is on BLOOM, but we’ve got a special stream of the B-side of the single, “Equal Mind” which you can only get on the Record Store Day single.  Check it out and then scoot on down to the store and pick up BLOOM.



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JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE

 

A hearty congratulations to Justin Townes Earle on the release of his new album this week, NOTHING'S GONNA CHANGE THE WAY YOU FEEL ABOUT ME NOW (which is also, excitingly, the name of the track on the official Record Store Day 7" single he's releasing this year.) Oh look, here he is now, singing it:
 

 


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PUNCH BROTHERS - Who's Feeling Young Now

Punch Brothers line-up includes some of the most impressive and widely respected musicians performing today: Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Thile (mandolin and lead vocals), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle). Watch Video and Purchase "Who's Feeling Young Now"

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NEW MUSIC FROM THE SHINS

NEW MUSIC FROM THE SHINS

The new album PORT OF MORROW from James Mercer’s THE SHINS is in stores this week, and those guys have proven themselves true friends of record stores. Not only did they choose us to premiere the song “SEPTEMBER” when they released it, they have also given participating stores a special 4 song acoustic EP, to give to you, when you buy the new record at their stores. So it looks like The Shins are true friends of you, too.

Shins - September


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Leonard Cohen - OLD IDEAS

LEONARD COHEN  the legend returns with OLD IDEAS, and while they last, and get a litho featuring art and text from the man himself... quantities limited.

Leonard Cohen Litho

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Amnesty International - Chimes of Freedom- Songs of Bob Dylan

Check out the back story behind the creation of Chimes of Freedom for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary.

 

Preview and Purchase - Chimes of Freedom - Songs of Bob Dylan

2012 four CD collection containing music from Patty Smith, Rise Against, Pete Townshend, Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Sugarland, Joan Baez, Flogging Molly, Joe Perry, Bad Religion and many others. Two iconic forces that have impacted the past 50 years -- the life-saving human rights activism of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International and the incomparable artistry of Bob Dylan -- are being saluted by musicians who contributed new or previously unreleased recordings to Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.

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Wilco & Popeye - "Dawned On Me"

"Dawned On Me" from Wilco's Grammy-nominated new record "The Whole Love." This collaboration with King Features presents the first hand-drawn Popeye cartoon in more than 30 years. Directed by Darren Romanelli.

Wilco - Whole Love

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THE BLACK KEYS IN REVERSE

THE BLACK KEYS IN REVERSE

The Black Keys are releasing a special vinyl version of “Lonely Boy” on Black Friday, available only at indie record stores. Only fitting that they handed us this very special look at the making of the piece. 

 

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THE BLACK KEYS ARE LONELY

The Black Keys have unlocked the first new music from their upcoming album, and the exciting part for us is that this time next month a pretty 12” vinyl version of that song, “Lonely Boy” will be at record stores as part of Black Friday.  Then just a few weeks after that, the new album,  EL CAMINO, will be out too. 

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LOUTALLICA: LOU REED AND METALLICA'S LULU

LOUTALLICA: LOU REED AND METALLICA'S  LULU

This week sees the release of the highly anticipated, much talked about, seeming oddball collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu. The album began as a cycle of songs Lou Reed had written based on the plays and had intended for the stage. After Reed played with Metallica at 2009’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert, however, he decided to use the songs as the basis for a record with the metal titans. PREVIEW & PURCHASE

 

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RYAN ADAMS CALLS THE SHOTS

RYAN ADAMS CALLS THE SHOTS

ASHES & FIRE, the new record from Ryan Adams is out this week, and finds him in fine form, according to the stores and fans we’ve talked to and the critics we’ve read. Granted, this clip is acoustic, but judge for yourself, and if you decide to pick up the new record, you should know that for a lucky few there’s a special lyric book that comes with this, but only while supplies last. Oh, and vinyl junkies? Your Ashes & Fire moment comes 11/1. PREVIEW & PURCHASE

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LENNY KRAVITZ’ SHOW AND TELL

LENNY KRAVITZ’ SHOW AND TELL

Lenny Kravitz has always been known as a student of the musical past, his music and image harking back to the 60s and 70s, and his new record, BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA, is coming out on the most-used medium of the day: vinyl. Here’s Lenny himself, getting a good look at his new baby (you can get a good look at it starting Friday, August 27 when it streets, only at participating indie record stores. (CD on sale August 29)

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PAT GROSSI IS AN ACTIVE CHILD

PAT GROSSI IS AN ACTIVE CHILD

We’re finding it hard to classify Active Child’s music, and so is everyone else really, they’re all just looking forward to the release of the new album YOU ARE ALL I SEE (on 9/23). Pat Grossi’s musical project has toured with a bunch of different-sounding bands (James Blake, White Lies, School of Seven Bells, White Rabbits) and people have had nice things to say, such as when KEXP said  ““His heaven-sent falsetto rising above a warm tenor that he developed through his formative years in the Philadelphia Boys Choir will send chills down your spine if not inspire tears of elation.”  (See what we mean by hard to classify?) Check things out for yourself, with this little album trailer.

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ANTHRAX: TIME TO START WORSHIP-ING

Anthrax RosaryAnthrax is getting the band back together. Joey Belladonna is back in the fold after more than twenty years, and the new album WORSHIP MUSIC is out next month. Indie record stores have a way for you to get started on the new Anthrax right now, though, with a special glow-in-the-dark Anthrax rosary on sale starting this week. The special Anthrax artifact includes access to a download of a brand new track, and a coupon for Worship Music when it does hit stores.

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TEXAS YOUNG GUN “BRINGING BLUES TO NASTY NEW PLACES”

Rolling Stone said it, and we couldn’t agree more. This Texas hotshot Gary Clark, Jr. is gonna be all over the place, and he’s making this hot summer even hotter with the release of a special EP, BRIGHT LIGHTS, which you can pick up now. Hear the man for yourself below and read a little bit more about what Rolling Stone had to say HERE

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ROYCE DA 5’9” TAKES THE BAD SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK

ROYCE DA 5’9” TAKES THE BAD SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK

Eminem may have been on 60 Minutes this weekend, but the week belongs to Royce da 5’9” (the Bad to Em’s Evil in their hip-hop duo) and the release of his latest solo joint SUCCESS IS CERTAIN. (Click to Preview).

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ZACK ROGUE WORKS OVERTIME WITH RELEASE THE SUNBIRD

ZACK ROGUE WORKS OVERTIME WITH RELEASE THE SUNBIRD

Not content with just one band, Zack Rogue (of Rogue Wave) has a second project called RELEASE THE SUNBIRD and their COME BACK TO US record is out this week. We have a special 7” single as a little gift for you when you buy the record, but just like summer, they won’t last long, especially once we tell you that there are two unreleased tracks on it (“On Your Own” and “You Can’t Fool My Baby”). Quantities Limited, while supplies last. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

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WILCO LOVES THEIR LABEL

WILCO LOVES THEIR LABEL

And it’s a good thing too, since they own it. Their new 7” single is the first thing released on the new label, dBpm records, and it’s in stores now. “I Might”, the A side, is from the upcoming full length THE WHOLE LOVE, and the B side, “I Love My Label” is a cover of a Nick Lowe tune (who just happens to be heading out on tour with them. Synchronicity!) 

And hey, Wilco loves their label, but we know you love your record store. Tell us why, in our I LOVE MY RECORD STORE contest, and you could win a trip for two to see Wilco in Central Park on 9/22!

 


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TAKING THE PULSE OF 311

If we told you that P-Nut and SA are back, you’d know we weren’t talking about a candy bar, right? We’re talking about the rock/reggae band 311, roaring out of the Omaha Nebraska heartland, and bringing the party for the last two decades (plus!). The new album UNIVERSAL PULSE is out this week, and participating indie record stores will have a trippy piece of lenticular (3D-ish) artwork for you, when you buy the new record (CD or VINYL) as well as details on how to get a special remix download, that’s not on the record. While supplies last, and in this 311 summer—they’ve already hit the road, with that aforementioned party--we expect that won’t be long.   

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Rave On Buddy Holly




Click here to preview and purchase Rave On Buddy Holly!

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WHATEVER’S ON YOUR MIND, GOMEZ?

WHATEVER’S ON YOUR MIND, GOMEZ?

Gomez (the band) have a new album out, and there is a special 6 song bonus EP filled with album outtakes, free while they last when you pick up the new record, WHATEVER’S ON YOUR MIND.

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Paul McCartney I & II

McCartney Special Edition

The Paul McCartney Archive Collection presents the next two titles in the series – McCartney and McCartney II.  Released in multiple configurations – 2CD Special Edition, Deluxe Book Edition, & 2LP Vinyl Edition – these projects have been personally supervised by Paul and newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney yielded the timeless tracks “Every Night” and “Junk” along with the immortal classic “Maybe I’m Amazed.” McCartney II was his return to solo work after nine years of massive touring and recording with Wings and features enduring classics such as “Coming Up,” “Waterfalls,” & “Temporary Secretary.”

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THOSE DARLINS - 'Be Your Bro'

Those Darlins bring you this revealing video for "Be Your Bro" the debut song off their upcoming album "Screws Get Loose" due in stores worldwide the week of March 29th.

Directed by Veta&Theo for Ovvio Arte

Buy the "Be Your Bro" 7" at your favorite Record Store (www.recordstoreday.com)

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IRON & WINE - Kiss Each Other Clean

Sam Beam is back! The new Iron & Wine record, KISS EACH OTHER CLEAN, is out this week. While supplies last, get a special Iron & Wine button pack for FREE, when you purchase it. Wear your love on your sleeve, or your jacket, or your bag....  


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BEACH HOUSE Free Track

BEACH HOUSE Free Track

As a “Thank You” to their fans, Beach House has posted a Free Track entitled "I Don't Care for the Winter Sun".


You can download the track here:  I Don't Care for the Winter Sun

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Corinne Bailey Rae - Is This Love

British songstress Corinne Bailey Rae takes a brief break from songwriting for her new project The Love (OUT NOW), an EP mini-album of cover songs set for pre-Valentine's Day release January 25.  The new Love EP, her first new recordings since her 2010 sophomore album The Sea, contains songs by Paul McCartney ("My Love"), Prince ("I Wanna Be Your Lover") and Belly ("Low Red Moon") along with Rae's take on "Que Sera Sera", the Doris Day classic that she's been featuring recently in her live sets. Leading the way is a version of the Bob Marley classic "Is This Love", a song the 31-year-old singer describes as "that late, dirty 6/8 (time) thing".

Corinne Bailey Rae The Love

The Love (OUT NOW)

"I just thought about that song “Is This Love” and how poignant it sounds," says Rae, "and how it feels when it’s stretched out at that tempo. When it’s the start of a relationship and it’s this questioning—”Is this love?” “Is this it?” Is this what it feels like?”—it’s just so tentative. And I love the descriptions in the song, and I think it’s amazing, the idea of two people against the world in poverty and the idea that love is everything that you need." For her take on Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover", she says "It's just really fun! I thought, I never get to do really fun, synthy, aggressive bright things." Watch Corinne's live version of "Is This Love" after the jump. Full Idolator interview here.

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BLAKROC on BLAK FRIDAY

It’s the rebirth of Hip-Hop and it’s exclusively at RECORD STORES! This Black Friday is really BLAK FRIDAY at indie record stores across the country as they release BLAKROC, the exclusive new project from The Black Keys and a bunch of bad ass rappers like Mos Def, Q Tip, Jim Jones, RZA, ODB, Ludacris and more. Damon Dash is bringing it... And record stores across the country are the only place to find it

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Record Time 4-8-08

Record Time 4-8-08

By Deanna Savelle

Hot new albums this week from Nick Cave, The Grouch, and Living Legends.

Nick Cave, famed Aussie singer/songwriter/producer releases his fourteenth studio album this week entitled, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!. Backing him is a leaner version of his band The Bad Seeds. This is the band’s first album since the 2004 acclaimed release “Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus.” Cave returned in 2007 for a quick musical detour, backed by 3 of the Bad Seeds recording and briefly touring a side project called “Grinderman.” That project was a no frills, trash rock outlet for Nick and the boys, and is the perfect stepping stone from the sweetness of “Abattoir/Lyre” to the raw energy of “Lazarus.”

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Record Time 4-1-08

Record Time 4-1-08

Check out new releases from The Black Keys, the Rolling Stones, and R.E.M..

Who knew the death of legendary Ike Turner would lead to such a poignant rock record?

The Black KeysAttack & Release is this creation. Rumor has it, Ike Turner, before his death late last year, wanted to put out a new album so he enlisted the help of none other than, Danger Mouse (half of Gnarls Barkley). Together, they decided the Black Keys had the sound they were looking for. Well, when Turner passed, The Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney thought, why not do our own album with Danger Mouse? The result is a tender yet strong, soulfully impeccable album.

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Record Time 3-25-08

Record Time 3-25-08

Check out new releases from Gnarls Barkley, the B-52’s, Panic at the Disco, and Justin Townes Earle.

Dangermouse and Cee-Lo are back again as the infamous Gnarls Barkley. Taking the playful creativity that distinguished the duo's 2006 debut and expanding on that energy, The Odd Couple explores the forbidden underworld of popular music and human psychology. It starts with the intersection of pulsating hooks and pure emotion, and commences on the beat of the hypnotic lead single "Charity Case." This odd couple’s sophomore album showcases thirteen songs that advance Gnarls Barkley's vital, unpredictable mission.

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Record Time 3-18-08

Record Time 3-18-08

Check out new releases from Flo Rida, Dave Gahan, and Daniel Lanois. Discovering new talent is often a daunting task; however, when the formula is complete, and all parts synergetic, the sky is the limit. With a noted machine behind him, coupled with his originality, Flo Rida has captured the attention of many while simultaneously making a significant impact early in the game with his Atlantic records debut, Mail on Sunday. Of which the first single “Low,” featuring T-Pain, and produced by Timbaland (Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Missy Elliot), has been on the Billboard Top Hot 100 for 20 weeks, and peaked at #1.

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Record Time 3-11-08

Record Time 3-11-08 Check out new releases from Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross, as well as Funky Nassau from Strut Records.

As a mega-successful recording artist, producer and actor, Snoop Dogg has carved out a permanent place in pop culture and musical history as hip hop's ultimate wordsmith and most compelling superstar. The hip hop legend and multi-platinum artist returns with his ninth solo effort, “Ego Trippin'.” On this album, Snoop makes his singing debut on the #7 Billboard Hot 100 single “Sensual Seduction,” and cover of The Time’s “Cool.” On his approach to this album he says, he wanted it to be considerably less ‘gangster,’ and set out to be the “Marvin Gaye of Rap.” Snoop also co-produced “Ego Trippin’” along with producer DJ Quick (Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Ludacris), and Blackstreet’s Teddy Riley. Read more...

Record Time 2-26-08

Record Time 2-26-08 Check out new releases from Erykah Badu, Cowboy Junkies, Goldfrapp, and Janet Jackson.

Universal Motown's singer/songwriter Erykah Badu returns to the music scene with her new album New Amerykah. Laced with Erykah's bluesy grit and MC style vocals, the album features some of the most talented, groundbreaking underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game, including producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige), Madlib, Mike "Chav" Chavarria and R&B singer Bilal. Read more...

Record Time 2-19-08

Record Time 2-19-08 Check out new releases from The Raveonettes, Mike Doughty, Allison Moorer, and Ray Davies.

The Raveonettes have re-emerged with an album that perfectly distills the Danish duo’s 60’s noir-pop song craft and fuzz-guitar clamor into a sensuous voyage. Showcasing a broader palette and a newly cinematic sense of drama on Lust Lust Lust, the band retains the compelling combination of sexy pop songs and rock 'n 'roll urgency that have made them critics 'darlings. Read more...

Record Time 2-12-08

Record Time 2-12-08 Check out new releases from British Sea Power, Heavy Circles, and Michael Jackson.

Do you like rock music? is the stunning third album from British Sea Power. It's hard to imagine how this indie rock band could top their previous efforts but they've surpassed themselves and delivered their best album to date! Unlike 99% of their guitar-toting contemporaries, British Sea Power draw inspiration from nature and the rich landscape of Great Britain and beyond. Their songs are themed predominantly of the countryside, the mountains and (surprise) the sea; though not in a corny and obviously eccentric way, in a highly believable and poetically English manner instead. And luckily for us Richmonders, the Satellite Ballroom in Charlottesville has just announced the (enormously powerful live) band will be stopping in on May 8th! Read more...

Record Time 2-5-08

Record Time 2-5-08 Check out new releases from K.D. Lang, Sheryl Crow, Nada Surf, and Life Long Tragedy.

Watershed represents a significant juncture in K.D. Lang's 25-year career - a collection of original songs produced, for the first time, by Lang herself. “Watershed” highlights the warmth in her voice, the maturity of her songwriting and the simple beauty of her arrangements. The Grammy Award-winning artist draws on her wealth of experience with a wide range of genres to fashion a revealing self-portrait. Read more...

Record Time 1-29-08

Record Time 1-29-08 Check out new releases from Mars Volta, Willie Nelson, Shelby Lynne, and Chris Walla.

Though Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler Zavala did time in popular emo band At The Drive-In, their subsequent project Mars Volta is a horse of an entirely different color. Instead of punk, the pair takes their influences largely from 1970’s prog-rock and jazz fusion. One of the most critically acclaimed American rock bands of the 21st century is back with their fourth studio album, Bedlam in Goliath. Every nook and cranny of the album is filled with sound, making this quite possibly the densest album the team has produced yet. Together with new drummer, Thomas Pridgen, and guest guitarist, John Frusciante (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), the band pounds out about 75 minutes of unrelenting sonic climax. Read more...

Record Time 1-22-08

Record Time 1-22-08 Check out new releases from the Drive By Truckers, Cat Power, Matt Costa, and Liam Finn.

After 2 years of heavy touring, and making a record with Muscle Shoals soul-icon, Bettye Lavette, the Drive By Truckers are back with a new album. The Truckers have been so long a Richmond favorite, you’d think the band was born here. Though we can’t claim them, they do have many ties to the Richmond music scene, one of which can be found in the albums first track-an ode to the jewels of Richmond, titled “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife.” As for the rest of the album, according to guitarist Patterson Hood, Brighter Than Creation's Dark runs the gamut from old-timey sounding country to a heavy R&B influence. Bassist Shonna Tucker’s vocals take the forefront on many of the tunes, which adds a sweetness to the Truckers disjointed sound. Inter-connected themes explored by the band’s three different song writers have always been their hallmark, but “Brighter” takes it to the next level to offer their most eclectic, cohesive effort yet. Read more...

THE LIST 2014

The list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, in TWO versions: A handy PDF that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork.  These are the pieces that will be released at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 19, the SEVENTH annual Record Store Day.  Keep in mind that things change OFTEN in this business, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations as they happen. Life is a work in progress, we read on an inspirational poster once. And so is our list.


 

*There are three categories on this list. These are them:  
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES. Exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. Will not be available anywhere else in the same format.  
RECORD STORE DAY LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL FOCUS RELEASES. Also exclusively available on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores, but may not be distributed nationally, or the quantities of these titles are EXTREMELY limited. 1000 and under and WAY under 1000 in some cases. We felt it was only right to put them on a special sub-list, so that everyone is clear on the odds. 
‘RECORD STORE DAY FIRST’ RELEASE.  These are titles that you can find on Record Store Day at Record Store Day participating stores. So if you’re a fan of the artist, you get first listen. At some point in the future, generally four to six weeks, these titles will be available at other retailers. 


*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/19 street date, but are not RSD releases, for whatever reason. Something you want not on this list, but you know for sure it’s coming out? If yes, are you going to buy it at an indie record store? If yes, awesome.

*We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s always a good idea to be BFFs with your neighborhood record store and let them know what you might be looking for. They can’t guarantee you will walk out with what you want, but it’s a good place to start. ALL STORES MAY NOT ORDER ALL RELEASES. ALL STORES MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THEY ORDER. Record Store Day titles are limited for a number of reasons, and all in all, that’s a good thing. But please bear that in mind when you find something isn’t available. We’re all grown-ups, right?

INTERNATIONAL LISTS. We don’t control what gets released in which countries. Someday, every release will be available everywhere without issues (we hope!) but that day’s not today. Meanwhile, here’s a link to the Record Store Day sites in other countries. 

RSD UK: HERE 
RSD GERMANY: HERE 
RSD BELGIUM: HERE 
RSD NETHERLANDS: HERE 
RSD CANADA: HERE 
RSD FRANCE: HERE  
RSD MEXICO: HERE 
RSD ITALY: HERE

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THE VIDEO! THE VIDEO!

In what has surely become as beloved a tradition as tacking socks to a fireplace or spending midnight in a pumpkin patch, we present the 2014 Record Store Day Releases video with your host, Chris Brown.  It’s a doozy this year, so grab a snack, a beverage and your comfy slippers, settle in and get ready to check your Record Store Day list. Twice. 

 

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THE REORGANIZATION OF POP: THE ZTT RECORDS STORY

THE REORGANIZATION OF POP: THE ZTT RECORDS STORY

Record Store Day sees the release of a special 7” box set that chronicles the story of ZTT Records, with track by track commentary, and music from Art Of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Propaganda, Andrew Poppy, Act, 808 State, The Frames, Shane MacGowan & Sinead O'Connor and more.

 

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LAKE STREET DIVE ON RECORD STORE DAY

LAKE STREET DIVE ON RECORD STORE DAY

The internet’s most beloved musical discovery celebrates Record Store Day with a 7” single, and in this video for the song “What I’m Doing Here” Rachel points out exactly WHY the’re so beloved. 

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DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING

DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING

THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF RSD 2014

Record Store Day is proud to announce that new book from Eilon Paz, DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING is the Official Book of Record Store Day 2014. What started as a way a fun free-time project for photographer Paz, and the book collects photos and interviews from vinyl collectors around the world, from New York City and Los Angeles to Japan, Turkey, Germany, Ghana, Paris, London and far-flung places in between. Readers get an up-close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, and a glimpse at the collections of both world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers and everyday vinyl enthusiasts. The 416 book features terrific photography, a foreword by The Rza, intro by Jeff “Chairman” Mao, and interviews with Gilles Peterson, Four-Tet, The Gaslamp Killer and more. 

DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING will be available at select US record stores on Record Store Day, April 19 (The official release date is May 20) and you can get even more at the blog that started it all, www.dustandgrooves.com

DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING (Front)

DUST & GROOVES: ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING (Back)

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THE PIXIES’ INDIE CINDY!

THE PIXIES’ INDIE CINDY!

The Pixies have just announced the release of their FIRST NEW ALBUM SINCE 1991’s Trompe Le Monde, and it’s coming out on April 29. And if that makes you giddy, you might just be over the edge when we tell you that a special Record Store Day double-vinyl version of that new album, INDIE CINDY, will be available on 4/19 at participating record stores. 

And if you’ve already gone over the edge with excitement about the Pixies, we hope this exclusive RSD.com video premiere of the song “Snakes” doesn’t do you in completely. 

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R.E.M. UNPLUGGED: THE COMPLETE 1991 and 2001 SESSIONS

Think you heard everything that R.E.M. Had to offer on Unplugged? Not a chance. For the first time ever, the complete sessions from 1991 and 2001 brought together in one package, and you can get it on Record Store Day, April 19. Very limited, so hurry!

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RECORD STORE DAY WELCOMES DIRECTIONERS!

RECORD STORE DAY WELCOMES DIRECTIONERS!

That’s right, record stores are for everyone, and in our list of special releases this year is one that a lot of folks consider THE MOST SPECIAL. And that’s a picture disc from Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayne: ONE DIRECTION. If you’re here because the boys sent you, welcome. We think you’re going to find a lot to love in a record store, and you’re going to have a blast on Record Store Day because it’s really all just a big party. Now that you’re here, go to the search bar up there, find a store near you and give them a call or an email—let them know you’ll be looking to check them out come Record Store Day, April 19.  And we’ll see you at the record store!

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CELEBRATING JACO ON RECORD STORE DAY 2014

CELEBRATING JACO ON RECORD STORE DAY 2014

Fans of Jaco Pastorius are going to have a lot to celebrate in 2014, and folks who don’t yet know about the jazz bass legend are in for a musically rich education.  

JACO  IS THE OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY 2014 Jaco is a documentary film about Pastorius in the works right now, produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand. Trujillo is pretty excited about the connection between his upcoming film and Record Store Day: “Record Store Day is a celebration of our youth, and beyond. It's the power of memories fueled by this magic (usually) black vinyl disc. There's a reason why Record Store Day is making people Head Bang, Rock Out, Relax, and simply Smile. It's all about the joy and power of words, music and sound, not to mention the dynamic range of visual art that goes hand in hand with a record cover, jacket, or sleeve; and you might even get a poster. (Trust me, I still have most of my original vinyl).” 

He was right about the poster—the image above will become the OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY POSTER OF 2014, and will be given away as part of the celebration at select stores, while supplies last.)

In addition, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing MODERN AMERICAN MUSIC... PERIOD!, this Record Store Day on both CD and vinyl. This piece revisits the 1974 after-hours studio sessions at Criteria Studios when a 22-year-old Pastorius and his friends experimented and jammed. Some of those songs ended up on Pastorius’ debut, but others see their release for the first time ever on this special Omnivore Recordings RSD 2014 piece. (Check out some of this and other things Omnivore Recordings has planned for Record Store Day in the charming little video piece below.)

Jaco

Record Store Day is proud to play a part in what’s shaping up to be A Year of Jaco Pastorius, just as record stores themselves played a part in his life, something he passed on to his biggest, most important fans: his kids. “Then I have the memories of being at Peaches (which was THE record store in S. Fla) with him for the Jaco Pastorius (the first solo album) record release party. They had a "walk of fame" there and we put our handprints in cement, Hollywood style. They also put a huge painting of that album with that iconic picture of him, up on the outside of the building, where it stayed for many years- which I drove by many times, and was greeted by the many times when I would go in to buy records myself.”  --Mary Pastorius




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RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES FROM RECORD STORE RECORD LABELS!

RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES FROM RECORD STORE RECORD LABELS!

We like all our children, and by that we mean Record Store Day releases, but there is undoubtedly a special place in our heart for those releases that come from labels that are run by folks at record stores! One of those is Brookvale Records, the label run by Karl from Looney Tunes. He’s got a release coming out this Record Store Day, and a few clues in this video as to who the artist might be. Can you guess?

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FOOTBALL PLAYED AT THE SPEED OF SOUND!

FOOTBALL PLAYED AT THE SPEED OF SOUND!

We’ve always said that records bring people together, and this Record Store Day one special piece will bring people together... For a game of football! Microfiche Records uses ‘Decagonaphonic 10 Groove Technology’ and your own record player to bring the fun of football into the house. Give it a spin and see if you have what it takes to bring your team to the Phono Bowl!

 

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RECORD STORE DAY 2014 AMBASSADOR: CHUCK D

Since 2009 when Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal declared himself our ‘Ambassador’, Record Store Day has been honored every year to add another powerful name to our stable of Ambassadors. This year the man who carries the title and the megaphone to tell the world about the greatness of record stores is the one, the only: CHUCK D.   

Chuck D - Record Store Day Ambassador 2014

Did we say we were honored? That word barely even covers it. 



Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don't go one single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture. The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, has simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording.

The introduction of the available recording to the public had opened and webbed the sounds of the world across the planet long before the www. It has been influential to the creators of so many of the greatest recordings as well, sort of a second rite of passage after the live radio or TV performance. Motown's Berry Gordy had a record store, Elektra founder Jac Holzman had a record store, the STAX label had their Satellite Record Shop right next to their studio. Keith Richards opens a conversation with Mick Jagger as teenagers on a UK train platform because he had a stack of hot blues records in his arms after leaving a shop. Well you should have an idea of what I'm saying here.

The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.

Do not get me wrong, I am a fan of technology, but I am a bigger fan of the music. I used to be a big fan of the industry of music when it, like sport, at least offered a seemingly fair field of play, no matter where one came from. Upon the growth of Hip Hop through vinyl-cassette-Cd-MP3 I long wanted, and advised, many Record Stores ways to adapt to surviving the ICE AGE. Like last year's Record Day Ambassador, the great Jack White, I concur with his view that people want to gather, share thoughts, and suggest music. There's few musical events more exciting than Record Store performances, whether it’s Grimey’s In Nashville, Criminal Records in ATL or Rough Trade in London. I've long thought The Record Store tour circuit is so necessary and rewarding.

In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It's worth a great try, let's do this...

Chuck D
Co Founder of Public Enemy
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2013

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WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PAST!

WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PAST!

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 from 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black Friday live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)

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