Ms. Sharon Jones is BACK! And she and the Dap-Kings are going to unleash their new album GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT on . But before that, a few record stores would like to invite you to be the first to hear the new record when they host a SOUL BRUNCH on . They’ll be premiering the record in its entirety, so you’ll be among the first to hear GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT and also the first to pre-order it and get a limited edition colored vinyl 7” as a little gift.
The premiere and SHARON JONES SOUL BRUNCH is happening at the stores below (contact each store for more details) and for now, check out this holiday ditty from the woman of the hour (perhaps you caught her performance of it during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? In the prime spot just before the big man in red?)
SHARON JONES SOUL BRUNCH STORES
ANTONE’S RECORD SHOP Austin, TX
APOLLO RECORDS IN THE USA Thomasville, GA
BETTER DAYS (East) Louisville, KY
BIRDLAND RECORDS Virginia Beach, VA
BLACKBIRD RECORDS Fullerton, CA
BLEECKER STREET New York, NY
BOHOZONE Lancaster, PA
CD SOURCE Dallas, TX
CRIMINAL RECORDS, Atlanta GA
DIMPLE RECORDS (Arden), Sacramento, CA
DIMPLE RECORDS (Broadway), Sacramento, CA
DIMPLE RECORDS Citrus Heights, CA
DIMPLE RECORDS Elk Grove, CA
DIMPLE RECORDS Folsom, CA
DIMPLE RECORDS Roseville, CA
ELECTRIC FETUS Minneapolis, MN
FINGERPRINTS Long Beach, CA
GOOD RECORDS Dallas, TX
GRIMEY’S Nashville, TN
GUESTROOM RECORDS Louisville, KY
HARVEST RECORDS Asheville, NC
HEIGHTS VINYL Houston, TX
HOMER’S Omaha, NE
HORIZON RECORDS Greenville, SC
HUNGRY EAR RECORDS Kailua, HI
INDEPENDENT RECORDS Colorado Springs, CO
LANDLOCKED MUSIC Bloomington, IN
LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS Lawrence, KS
LUNA MUSIC Indianapolis, IN
MAIN STREET MUSIC Philadelphia, PA
MILLS RECORD COMPANY Kansas City, MO
M-THEORY San Diego, CA
MUSIC MILLENNIUM Portland, OR
NORMANS SOUND AND VISION Brooklyn, NY
ORIGAMI VINYL Los Angeles, CA
OTHER MUSIC New York, NY
OZ MUSIC Tuscaloosa, AL
PARK AVE CDS Orlando, FL
PLAN 9 Richmond, VA
POPS RESALE Lexington, KY
PORT OF SOUND RECORD SHOPPE Costa Mesa, CA
RADIO-ACTIVE RECORDS Fort Lauderdale, FL
RASPUTIN Berkeley, CA
RECORD ARCHIVE Rochester, NY
SCOTTI’S RECORD SHOP Summit, NJ
SILVER PLATTERS (SoDo) Seattle, WA
SISTERS OF SOUND Manhattan, KS
THE SOUND GARDEN Baltimore, MD
THE SOUND GARDEN Syracuse, NY
STEADY SOUNDS Richmond, VA
STINKWEEDS Phoenix, AZ
STRICTLY DISCS Madison, WI
SWEAT RECORDS Miami, FL
T-BONES RECORDS AND CAFÉ Hattiesburg, MS
THE GROOVE Nashville, TN
TONEVENDOR St. Augustine, FL
TRES GATOS Jamaica Plain, MA
VINTAGE VINYL St. Louis, MO
WATERLOO RECORDS Austin, TX
WAX N FACTS Atlanta, GA
ZIA RECORDS (Eastern) Las Vegas, NV
ZIA RECORDS (Mill Ave) Tempe, AZ
ZIA RECORDS (Speedway) Tucson, AZ
Fifty years ago the Beatles landed in America and to celebrate their takeover and the bloom of Beatlemania, a new 13 CD collection of THE U.S. ALBUMS will be reissued on . Their US albums differed from the UK albums in a lot of ways, including track lists, song mixes, album titles and artwork. (They’re available in a box set, and for a limited time, individually.) More details coming soon to a record store near you as we get closer to .Read more...
Some more archival live performances have been released for the Jerry Garcia Band and this time they are taken from the Fall 1989 East Coast Tour which featured fellow Grateful Dead co-founder and guitar/vocalist Bob Weir with bassist Rob Wasserman as the opening act. Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound features the classic line-up represented on three previous releases: Jerry Garcia Band, How Sweet It Is, and Pure Jerry: Merriweather Post Pavilion - September 1 & 2, 1989.
John Mellencamp 1978-2012 is a boxed set collection covering, for the first time, all of the legendary singer/songwriter's principal studio albums. The collection consists of a total of 19 CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years.
Newly remastered for Vinyl 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.
Plus there are great, new releases from Elvis Costello & The Roots who enhance their recent collaboration Wise Up Ghost with a Remix EP called Wise Up: Thought Remixes & Reworks. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack features some great artists such as David Bowie, Of Monsters And Men, Jack Johnson and a few tracks from Jose Gonzalez including his recent single Step Out. B.o.B presents his highly-anticipated third studio album, Underground Luxury, which is heralded by the hits "We Still In This (feat. T.I. & Juicy J)," "HeadBand (feat. 2 Chainz)" and "Ready (feat. Future).". There is a vinyl version of the recent Andrew Bird release I Want to See Pulaski At Night which is a beautiful, mostly instrumental seven song mini-album that is both poppy and hypnotic at the same time. 8-string metal masters and pioneers, After The Burial release their tird full length Wolves Within. And Reggae legends Shaggy and Sly & Robbie join forces to produce a truly authentic back to the classic Roots Reggae album Out Of Many One Music: Sly and Robbie Present Shaggy.
Plus, Jeff The Brotherhood, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [Soundtrack], Country Faith, Austin & Ally: Turn It Up, Cabaret Voltaire, Hours [Soundtrack], Lonely Forest and Rozz Williams all have new albums today.
There are also a couple of singles available, including David Bowie with a limited twelve inch vinyl pressing of Love Is Lost lifted from the Rock legend's 2013 album The Next Day. The single was mixed by former LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy.
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.
In the winter of 1970 Neil Young played a string of acoustic warm up sets at The Cellar Door, an intimate D.C. Music Club. Live At The Cellar Door, the most recent installment in Young's archive performance series captures these six solo sets and the stillness and intimacy of each of these live recordings is utterly enthralling, The sound quality is impeccable and Young's voice has never been more emotionally charged.
After Brendan Benson released his 2012 album What Kind of World, his manager suggested he launch a monthly singles series. He was a bit hesitant at first, but eventually he came around. And now, just a year after What Kind of World, Benson is back with You Were Right, which collects both the releases from the series as well as reworked versions of songs that didn't quite fit on his previous albums.
Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla AKA the legendary Snoop Dogg team up to form the modern Funk outfit 7 Days of Funk. The King of Modern Funk meets the smoked-out scion of G-Funk on the 7 Days of Funk album, where Snoop performs under the name Snoopzilla, the homage to the legendary funk master, Bootsy Collins, who often went by the moniker Bootzilla. Click here to check out the video and preview the full album which also comes with a free cassette single while supplies last.
Shelby Lynne provides some southern gospel with her EP Thanks, which is the perfect showcase for her sultry commanding voice. These 5 brand new tracks were written and produced by the iconic artist and feature the legendary Maxine Waters on piano and vocals, Michael Jerome on drums/percussion and Ed Maxwell on upright and electric bass, Wurlitzer, Moog and background vocals.
The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack accompanies the new film chronicling Nelson Mandela's life journey from childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The soundtrack features music from artists such as Bob Marley, The special AKA and of course the U2 Single Ordinary Love which was available through RSD Black Friday. Both the Movie and the Soundtrack are a fitting memorial to this great man who was recently lost.
Plus there are great, new releases from Childish Gambino who follows up from his debut Camp with because the internet which features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko, Azealia Banks and Thundercat among others. The Velvet Underground release their 45th Anniversary deluxe version of their second album White Light/White Heat which has been remastered and includes a second CD with their complete show at The Gymnasium in New York recorded on April 30, 1967. Jellyfish release Radio Jellyfish which contains 10 tracks culled from two international radio stops in 1993; one in Holland, the other in Australia. Rapper E-40 continues his The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil series with Volumes 4, 5 and 6. R. Kelly harkens back to a style that has undoubtedly embedded him into the fabric of contemporary R&B music over the past two decades on Black Panties. Eric Clapton releases a 2CD Deluxe Edition of Give Me Strength: The '74 /'75 Recordings which includes remastered and expanded versions of two of Eric Clapton's classic albums from his '74/'75 sessions, 461 Ocean Boulevard and There's One In Every Crowd. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Soundtrack] features original music by Academy Award Winner Howard Shore and an original song, I See Fire, Performed by Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran. And there is the release of the spectacular performance from Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico at Le Bataclan Paris Jan 29. 72.
Plus, Dave Van Ronk, The Dark Flowers, The Hilliard Ensemble, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Atmosphere, Ella Fitzgerald, Verve: The Sound Of America, Crown The Empire, The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1 [Soundtrack], The Texas Tenors, Nightwish, Parmalee, Sevyn Streeter, Krystal Keith and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony all have new albums today.
There are also a couple of singles available, including Arctic Monkeys with One For The Road [Vinyl Single] which is a taken from their recent release AM.
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...
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...
Just after Black
we received a note from the folks who brought us the Cheap Trick vinyl box set, and it let us know that there was a mislabeling on some copies of the self-titled LP that’s included. Here’s what they had to say, and how to remedy your situation if your copy is one of the mislabeled: A limited number of Cheap Trick's self-titled first LP in the Record Store Day Black exclusive box set "The Classic Albums 1977-1979" have the wrong labels affixed on them.
Please email 'cheaptrick.sticker@sonymusic.
There were a few other Flaming Lips releases rumoured in the weeks before Black Friday and we're happy to say that these two will be coming to indie record stores as a little Christmas Eve treat, on December 24.
THE FLAMING LIPS 1st EP REISSUE This limited edition 12” green vinyl EP has five tracks, and was recorded at two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984. Initially released in green vinyl (1000) and red vinyl (1000) batches on their own Lovely Sorts of Death label in 1984 and reissued on Pink Dust records on purple vinyl. This newest reissue, coming on 12/24 is limited to 2000 and is signed by Wayne. Track listing: “Bag Full of Thoughts”, “Out For A Walk”, “Garden of Eyes/Forever Is A Long Time”, “Scratching The Door”, “My Own Planet”
THE FLAMING LIPS 2nd Cassette Demo This limited 7” blue vinyl release was recorded on 9/14/83 but the cassette was never released and never really heard. Limited to 2000, signed by Wayne. Track listing: “Flaming Lips Theme Song 1983”, “The Future Is Gone”, “Underground Pharmacist”, “Real Fast Words”Read more...
Can you feel it? It will be here before we all know it. The holiday season that is, and just as we’re all coming out of a mashed potato and pie coma, it’s time to get out and honor the ones we love with gifts. And to get a few for ourselves in return. The ‘official’ first day is, of course Black
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT THE LITTLE , which this year hits on . For better or worse, it’s the busiest shopping day of the year, and once again we here at Record Store Day are going to be helping indie record stores be part of it—with special exclusive releases from some of the most popular artists in almost every genre. If you’re going to be giving and getting, doesn’t it make sense for the things that get wrapped to be special? And for the shrieks of joy when the paper’s torn off to be real? Then it makes total sense to do some shopping at a locally owned record store. The things inside their walls are just the sort of special, joy-shrieking things we’re talking about. FAQ WE’VE COME UP WITH, EXPLAINING SOME THINGS ABOUT THIS HERE BLACK
AND HERE IS THE LIST OF SPECIAL RELEASES that are going to be available this season at independent record stores, some of these things completely exclusive to them, some of them making their appearance at a record store before you’ll find them anywhere else. There’s a handy WISH LIST/SHOPPING GUIDE PDF you can download, and a more in-depth version you can peruse at your leisure.
NOTE: Record Store Day doesn’t GIVE the releases to the stores, nor do they order them from us. They do their own ordering from distributors, separately from us. Also, as with the nature of limited edition anything, some things may sell out or may not be available at all at stores. We hope that everyone is understanding and grown-up about this, especially at this festive time of year.
And if you’re wondering about that awesome image there, it’s a poster designed just for us by JOHN BAIZLEY, artist and leader of the band BARONESS. That very limited edition poster will be available FREE at select stores, while they last, starting on Black .
If you are in need of some new straightforward rock in your life, may we suggest you meet Devour The Day at a participating record store. And by ‘meet’ we mean check them out for the extremely low cost of $2 for a special 5 song EP called CROSSROADS which is out this week. Then, when TIME & PRESSURE, their full length debut comes out in January, you can wave that $2 coupon that’s packed in the EP and get your ‘friends and family’ discount, because you’ve already met. (DISCLAIMER)Read more...
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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 this 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.
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...
Perfect for summer travels—find a record store wherever you’re heading, or plan your route based on the indie music emporiums out there in the world! That’s right, we’ve got our own APP, and it not only finds the Record Store Day participating stores nearest you, wherever you may be, it also keeps you up to date with all things RSD, all year long. Things like contests (enter from your phone!), video premieres (watch on your phone while waiting in line for your local record store to open), and exclusive release news.http://www.recordstoreday.com/appRead more...