On their gorgeous sixth album, Elbow have released a collection of tracks brimming with soul, heart & beauty. The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is a rich and rewarding album showcasing Guy Garvey to be one of the most eloquent British songwriters around. Ever since their debut, Asleep In The Back, they have continued to produce albums of the highest caliber and show no signs of slowing down. It is a certainty that Elbow will be around for some time.
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, release their first ever live concert CD/DVD package capturing their extraordinary performance at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside California last fall. The live performance was recorded for PBS Great Performances and features material from Martin and Brickells Grammy-nominated album Love Has Come For You, as well as music from Martins Grammy nominated collaboration with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Rare Bird Alert, and his Grammy Award winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.
The stars have truly aligned in 311's favor as they are able to release their new album Stereolithic on 3/11. This is their 11th album and continues the rock/reggae vibe they have become renowned for. Vocalist Nick Hexum's vocals are as strong as ever, as shown on their lead single Five Of Everything. Oh and for a further 311 reference the album is released on their own label 311 Records.
KXM the all new super-group featuring guitar legend George Lynch, longtime KoRn drummer Ray Luzier and Kings X bassist/singer dUg Pinnick come together for their 13 track Rock & Roll masterpiece! The self-titled debut of KXM is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and transcend beyond the boundaries of the imagination.
Plus there are other great, new releases including Aloe Blacc who releases the best of his career so far with Lift Your Spirit which features the single The Man as well as an acoustic version of the huge Avicii single Wake Me Up. Slow Me Down is the seventh album from American country artist Sara Evans and follows her 2011 album Stronger. Country music's 'Gentle Giant' Don Williams re-teams with award-winning producer Garth Fundis for Reflections, the follow up to 2012's well-received comeback album And So It Goes. Grammy nominated singer and Verve recording artist Ledisi releases her fifth major studio release The Truth. LA's lLatin alternative stalwarts Ozomatli make their Vanguard debut with Place in the Sun, a sun-soaked mélange of rock, cumbia, hip-hop, funk, dub, and all-around goodness. There aren't a lot of frills or gimmicks surrounding Battleme's second album Future Runs Magnetic because, simply put, the music speaks for itself. Bombastic, driving and powerful, the album is a timeless collection of rock anthems. And Given the critical and commercial success of The English Riviera, Metronomy could have easily spent another album or two expanding on its polished, erudite pop. However, they're too mercurial a band to do the obvious thing. On Love Letters, they abandon their previous album's sleek precision for fuzzy analog charm.
Plus, Eric Clapton, Chicago, Cowboy Troy, Charlie Oxford, Conan, Nervosa, Laibach, Ambrose Akinmusire, Veronica Mars [Soundtrack], Juanes, Divergent [Soundtrack], Ellie Holcomb, Dean Wareham, Architects UK, The Shrine, God Module, Tensnake, MO, Dena and Young Money all have new albums today.
There are also a couple of singles available, including The Silver Palms who release their single Superstar [Vinyl Single] which follows their "Georgia Boy" debut track, which surfaced online in the fall of 2013.
And David Bowie continues his 40th anniversary releases with Rebel Rebel [40th Anniversary 7 Inch Picture Disc].
EARLY LISTEN AND PREVIEW
Looking ahead to next week's chart, We are excited to present an Early Listen for Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew's sophomore solo album Darlings released on Arts & Crafts. The follow-up to 2007′s Spirit If.., Darlings was recorded in Alberta with co-producers Dave Hamelin (The Stills) and Graham Lessard (Stars). The 12-track album features contributions from Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene and Dean Stone of Apostle of Hustle. It includes the singles “Good Sex” and “Mexican Aftershow Party”. The album is available now for pre order and you can watch the video for lead single Good Sex here as well as visit instore to hear the full album.
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.Read more...
English Oceans, the 12th release for Drive-By Truckers, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. 'It can go from this chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,' says Mike Cooley. The album is available now and you can watch the incredible live studio performance of 'Made Up of English Oceans' here as well as visit instore to hear the full album.
With a new record label in tow, Toronto-based Dine Alone Records, Keith Murray and Chris Cain, better known as We Are Scientists, are giving fans the kind of songs that put them on the global map and that we've been missing from our playlists. In late 2012, they entered the studio in New York with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Blonde Redhead) to record sessions for their fourth record. Burrows relocated to the city from England while he worked with Murray and Cain to write and record tracks for the album Tv en Francais! The album is available now and you can preview the tracks here and watch the crazy video for the lead single Dumb Luck as well as visit instore to hear the full album.
Holly Golightly has made over 20 albums and appeared on countless more, but she never had a recording experience like the one she had making the new Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs release All Her Fault. Golightly and her partner Lawyer Dave spent nearly six months on the project. "It has never taken me that long to get through 12 tracks," she admits. "I don't have the patience for endlessly going over things. I want things done quickly and this was like pulling a Dave-shaped log along at times." The album is available now and you can preview the track Trouble In Mind here.
Arthur Beatrice founding members Orlando Leopard (vocals/instruments) and Elliot Barnes (drums) discovered early in their school-formed friendship, and musical partnership, that their opposing views would take them in interesting and often unpredictable directions. The pair were looking to introduce a new dynamic to their songwriting when they met and enlisted Ella Girardot (vocals/keys), after hearing her perform UK group All Saints' 'Pure Shores' in the school talent contest. Brother Hamish Barnes (vocals/bass/guitar) joined a little later, quickly providing another point of creative tension when he began contributing songs that soon became as vital as anything before. Check out the new album Working Out here.
The Unsemble is a collaboration of three very notable musical personalities. You may know of Duane Denison (guitar, keyboards) from his work with Tomahawk and The Jesus Lizard, among others. He's in fine form here. You might know of Alexander Hacke (bass, electronics) from his work with Einsturzende Neubaten, Crime and the City Solution, and his film and production work. He's at the top of his game these days. You probably don't know of Brian Kotzur (drums, keyboards) but you should. He has worked with Silver Jews and Harmony Korine, both quite popular with indie hipsters, slackers, etc. He's got moves, just you wait.
Plus there are other great, new releases including Pharrell Williams who after a tremendous 2013 working behind the scenes on some of the year's biggest albums, once again steps forward into the limelight as he releases his highly anticipated second solo album G I R L. Featuring the hit single "Happy", an international phenomenon and radio smash, the album is the undeniable sound of an artist thoroughly enjoying himself. Ghost Beach, the New York-based duo of Josh Ocean & Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn, bring together the two worlds of electronic and live performance whose sound is self-described as "Tropical Grit Pop." On their debut full-length album Blonde, Ghost Beach once again perfects a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth-pop, none more so evident than in the searing single "Miracle", you can watch the video here. Real Estate's third long-player, Atlas, starts 2014 off on the right note. Recorded at Wilco's studio, in Chicago, IL, Atlas expands upon the pastoral lushness of 2011's breakout album Days. Atlas continues hitting with the same catchy confidence that made Days such an enduring listen. Bob Dylan releases a 2CD Deluxe Edition of his 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration from October 16th 1992, with Remastered Audio and premieres of two previously unreleased recordings from the concert's sound check: Sinéad O'Connor singing "I Believe In You" and Eric Clapton's interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." The collection is also available on Blu-Ray for the full experience. Rick Ross delivers his sixth studio album, Mastermind, and describes this as a more "soulful" record than his previous albums. Chris Wallace, former lead singer of White Tie Affair, breaks through with his debut album, Push Rewind which features the hit single Keep Me Crazy. And Rufus Wainwright releases Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright which encapsulates a career in music that is like no other. This new collection features 17 standout songs that define one of modern music's most innovative talents, as well as a brand new recording, 'Me and Liza'. Also out this week is his breathtaking performance Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den which is available on both CD and Blu-Ray
Plus, Wake Owl, Comeback Kid, Ashanti, Ume, The Men, Linda Perhacs, Eagulls, Highasakite, The Revivalists, Anne, Eternal Summers, Ava Luna, Roman Remains, Axxa/Abraxas, Carla Bozulich, Trust, Nick Waterhouse, Silver Snakes, Charlie Simpson, Lea Michele and Johnny Cash all have new albums today.
There are also a couple of singles available, including Elbow who release New York Morning & Fly Boy Blue/Lunette both of which are taken from their new album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything which is released next week.
And 311 release Five Of Everything which is the lead single from their new album Stereolithic, also out next week.
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.Read more...
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.
Record Of The Year: Get Lucky - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Album Of The Year: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
Song Of The year: Royals - Lorde
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
Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
Best Rock Performance: Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
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
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.
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."Read more...
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 PURCHASERead more...
*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.Read more...
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?Read more...
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.
1. RECORD OF THE YEAR - Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra
2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Babel, Mumford & Sons
3. SONG OF THE YEAR - We Are Young, Fun.
4. BEST NEW ARTIST - Fun.
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, SkrillexRead more...
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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.
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!Read more...
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).
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?”.Read more...
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)
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.
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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
Check out what Alumnus Record Store Day Ambassador, Joshua Homme, is "informing you" about the new SCISSOR SISTERS record..MAGIC HOUR.
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.
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:
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"
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.
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.
Check out the back story behind the creation of Chimes of Freedom for Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary.
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.Read more...
"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.Read more...
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.
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.Read more...
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
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 & PURCHASERead more...
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)Read more...
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.Read more...
Anthrax 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.Read more...
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 HERERead more...
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).Read more...
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.
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!
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.Read more...
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.”
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)
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....
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
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".
"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.Read more...
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 itRead more...
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.”
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 Keys’ Attack & 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.
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.
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.Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“In an age of complex textures and thumping beats, I find myself wanting to hear these unadorned tunes over and over again.” Bob Bollen of NPR is talking about Cate Le Bon’s latest record, MUG MUSEUM. It’s in record stores, and Cate herself was in CD ALLEY, a record store in Chapel Hill, NC a few week ago. And coincidentally enough, so were some cameras!
She’ll most likely be heading into some more stores, maybe some near you, on her tour(s), where she’s hitting the stage with both Warpaint and Franz Ferdinand:
SXSW: 3/13 - Austin, TX - St. David's Historic Sanctuary
WARPAINT TOUR 3/21 New York NY – Webster Hall, 3/22 Philadelphia PA- Union Transfer, 3/24 Washington DC- Black Cat, 3/25 Toronto ON- The Danforth Music Hall, 3/26 Detroit MI- Magic Stick, 3/28 Chicago IL- Metro, 3/29 Minneapolis MN- First Avenue
FRANZ FERDINAND TOUR 4/21 Denver CO- Gothic Theatre, 4/23 Boise ID- Knitting Factory, 4/24 Seattle WA – Showbox Sodo, 4/25 Vancouver BC- The Commodore Ballroom, 4/26 Portland OR- Roseland Theater, 4/28 Oakland CA – Fox Theater, 4/29 Los Angeles CA- The WilternRead more...
The band Peggy Sue is made up of four people. And as it happens, half are Team CD and half are Team Vinyl. Which camp are you in? (Peggy Sue stopped by Bull City Records to take part in the Yep Roc Record Store Sessions, while they were on tour supporting their new album CHOIR OF ECHOES)
The new Manchester Orchestra record, COPE, will be out on , but right this minute folks are heading to a record store and snatching up a special 7” single from the band, one that includes a new song called “Every Stone” but also a cover of the Rupert Holmes classic “Escape”, also known as The Pina Colada song. And if that’s not enough, there’s a $2 coupon off the new album. These things are limited edition (there are only 3000 of them, and they are going FAST, so check with your local record store NOW. (DISCLAIMER)
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.)
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
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?
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!
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.
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...
Co Founder of Public Enemy
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2013
It’s awards “season” and lots of fancy people are going to fancy parties and walking off with fancy hardware. We figured, if you’re going to be giving out an award for the best records of the year, why wouldn’t you get the opinion of people who live their lives surrounded by them: the people who shop in, and work in, record stores. We thought it made a lot of sense, so we created The Adapter Prize last year and we asked YOU to help with the nominations, and the final voting was done by the staff of record stores throughout North America.
And now we’ve got our first recipients of The Adapter Prize, in four categories. Thanks to all of you who helped us get this off the ground. And trust us, these folks know how special it is that this particular honor came from the people who make up the world of record stores. We are really looking forward to this in 2014.
RECORD OF THE YEAR (NEW RELEASE)
THE POSTAL SERVICE— Give Up
GZA—Liquid Swords Chess Box
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.)Read more...
Sometimes there are even better reasons to get your music at indie record stores, and that’s when you can get a little something extra when you buy a new record. The goodies below are available starting on street date with the purchase of the new record they’re listed with, but they’re ALL LIMITED, 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!