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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Other Music on RSD14
So how did your Record Store Day 2014 turn out? I found everything on my list apart from the Liars 12". It was a gorgeous day in NYC and I walked over the Williamsburg bridge into the city where my first stop was at Turntable Lab, which had a long slow line but lots of stock, and they handed out checklists which you could fill out, give to a clerk and they'd have your records at the counter for when you eventually got there. Other Music was probably the busiest Manhattan store I saw with a line around the block even at 2 PM. There was one guy camped out the night before! A few pics from the opening craziness, plus an instagram from Lonnie Holley's in-store performance, are in this post.
In Living Stereo, around the corner from OM, was again a great RSD experience, with free PBR, low-key live performances, and a decent amount of exclusives that were still there when I strolled in mid-afternoon. Plus their used section is great -- I found Moose's 1991 Jack EP on vinyl for $10.
What did you get at Record Store Day? What couldn't you find? We'll have pictures from Rough Trade's RSD14 soon. More pics from Other Music below...
Courtney Barnett @ Coachella 2014 (photo by Sarah Polly Parker)
Australian psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett finally gave her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, a US release today (4/15) via Mom + Pop. She's currently in the US for Coachella, which she played this past weekend and will play again this coming weekend, and she's also got a few other dates here surrounding the festival. After it ends, she'll play a Connecticut show on 4/22 and then hit NYC's Other Music on April 23 for an in-store to celebrate the US release of her album. The only way to gain entry to that show is to order the album from Other Music, and space is very limited.
Courtney will be back in North America for a full tour later in the year which includes NYC shows happening on June 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (part of Northside Festival) and June 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are with Benjamin Booker, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Courtney also just debuted a new song, "Depreston," in her NPR Tiny Desk Concert which premiered this week. Not long before that, she covered The Lemonheads' "Bein' Around" during an acoustic session at the Brooklyn waterfront. You can videos of both of those, with the list of dates, below...
by Jeremy Nifras
Boogarins at Burgermania at SXSW 2014 (photo by Ann Alva Wieding)
Brazilian rock band Boogarins are making their way around North America, and while they're here they'll come to NYC to do a free admission, all-ages in-store performance at Other Music this Monday (3/24) at 8PM. Other Music holds a limited capacity, so make sure you get there before it fills up.
The band will be supporting their debut album, As Plantas Que Curam, a sweet blend of poppy melodies with psychedelic guitar leads, which came out last year on the record store's namesake label, Other Music Recording Company. Their lyrics are entirely in Portuguese, but language barriers aren't important when discussing their blissful, trippy rock tunes.
Mac DeMarco @ M for Montreal 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
Mac DeMarco's new album, Salad Days, will be out April 1 via Captured Tracks. You can stream the new single off the record, "Brother," below. If you wanna hear more off the album and live in NYC, Mac will be doing a solo acoustic in-store at Other Music on March 27 at 8 PM. You can also pre-order the album via OM and pick it up early that night.
UPDATE (3/27): You can only attend the in-store if you pre-ordered the album from Other Music, and the venue is now at capacity.
A week or so after that (April 9) Mac's tour hits Webster Hall with Amen Dunes, Juan Wauters, and Tonstartssbandht which is sold out. Updated tour dates are listed below...
Jessica Pratt (by Philip Cosores)
As discussed, California folk singer Jessica Pratt will be making her way to NYC for a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on February 21 with Widowspeak and Porches. It was initially a one-off, but she's since added another free show to happen the next night: an in-store performance at Other Music on February 22. It starts at 9 PM and space is limited.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is also where Speedy Ortiz plays TONIGHT (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney and Infinity Girl. And like Jessica, Speedy also play an in-store at Other Music on Monday (2/10).
Stream Jessica's newest single, "Game That I Play," below...
As previously mentioned, the bi-annual Brooklyn Flea Record Fair is hosting a miniature version this weekend from 10am-6pm at the indoor Smorgasburg Winter Market in Williamsburg. The number of vendors at this weekend's fair will be substantially smaller than the outdoor event, but there are still lots of crates to dig through. Vendors include DFA Records, Mexican Summer, the Captured Tracks shop, and Other Music, among others. Alongside the vinyl vendors will be various DJs who should keep your vinyl purchasing experience a lot more interesting. Other Music will have about a thousand 7"s to sell, some of which will be spun during Moldymann's DJ set on Saturday.
Label vendors such as DFA are known to sell lots of record fair-exclusive rarities and hard-to-find vinyl such as split singles, white labels, and out of print items. (Also mugs and other merch.) Many vendors at the fair, who are often up for conversation, will also sell exclusive merchandise such as turntable slipmats and t-shirts.
The time and date, as well as the list of vendors and DJ time slots are below. Further info can be found at the Brooklyn Flea website.
Cibo Matto at Littlefield in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cibo Matto are back in action with a new album and tour this month. As mentioned, the tour includes a NYC show happening on February 14 at Le Poisson Rouge with Salt Cathedral. Since we last spoke, that show sold out, but the band have tacked another NYC show on to the end of the tour happening March 8 at Brooklyn Bowl with Buffalo Daughter. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Cibo Matto also do a free in-store and signing at Other Music on 2/14 at 6 PM before the LPR show.
Cibo Matto's new LP, Hotel Valentine (their first since 1999), comes out next week (Valentine's Day), but you can now stream the whole thing at NPR.
Video for its single "MFN," along with the list of dates, below...
Flaming Lips in San Francisco on Halloween 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
The Flaming Lips are about to come to NYC to play the Amnesty International concert at Barclays Center on Wednesday (2/5) (tickets), and after that frontman Wayne Coyne will be going on a solo tour of record stores. It kicks off at Manhattan's Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 AM, and that's followed by an appearance at Brooklyn's Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day. All dates on the tour are listed below.
For Wayne's solo tour, he'll be selling an "extremely limited edition" of the Flaming Lips first EP, which was initially released in 1984 and at that point featured Wayne's brother Mark on lead vocals. Details via press release on what this edition of the EP will entail:
Wayne will be selling an extremely Limited Edition version of the 12" EP which is housed with a hand-crafted, custom-made solid chocolate skull; anatomically correct and life-sized, of course. Each skull contains a special Gold Coin that is redeemable as admission to any headline show by THE FLAMING LIPS in the world.The Flaming Lips are also performing on The Late Show with David Letterman (which is filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theatre) on Thursday (2/6), celebrating Beatles Week.
The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be available as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl and signed by Coyne. The last time this recording was available on vinyl was in 1986. It was originally recorded in two sessions at Benson Sound in 1984 and released on the group's homemade label Lovely Sorts of Death Records. This edition has been remastered by LIPS bassist Michael Ivins and given a reimagined cover by freak artist Charlie Immer.
Stream a track from the EP, along with all Wayne Coyne solo and Flaming Lips dates, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Los Campesinos! / Speedy Ortiz @ Irving Plaza - 1/22/14
Cardiff indie rockers Los Campesinos! are over in the US for a short tour supporting their newest LP, No Blues, which hit NYC's Irving Plaza last night (1/22). The band were characteristically enthusiastic and gave us a good mix of the old and the new. Speedy Ortiz opened, and pictures of both bands (including one of Los Campesinos' setlist, though it may not be 100% accurate) are in this post.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of other dates coming up, and now that last night's show is in the past, they've added another in NYC. They'll be the previously-unannounced guests at the Golden Ratio/Shea Stadium/My Social List-presented Brooklyn Night Bazaar on February 7 with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, Infinity Girl and
Blessed State (update: though Blessed State are listed on BK Bazaar's site, they're not actually playing). Like all Night Bazaar shows, that one is FREE, but if you want to skip the line, you can RSVP.
Speedy will also be doing an 8 PM in-store at Other Music on February 10, the day before their Real Hair EP comes out.
Updated Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with more pics, below...
people outside Other Music on Record Store Day 2013 (more by PSquared)
Other Music, the NYC record store (15 E 4th St) and record label (home to Nude Beach, Mutual Benefit, and others), has published its top 30 albums of 2013 list. The multi-genre list has a lot of cool, generally smaller releases in the electronic, hip hop, garage rock, folk, jazz, and other genres, steering clear of the big names that end up on a lot of these lists.
Check out the whole list in alphabetical order below, and read commentary on each one, plus take a look at Other Music's favorite reissues here.
by Andrew Sacher
Mutual Benefit in Oberlin, OH earlier this month (photo by Whitney Lee)
Mutual Benefit have continued to pick up speed for their recently-released debut LP, Love's Crushing Diamond, an album that combines Sufjan style chamber pop with Antlers-style vocals and a bit of Microphones-y noise. They initially self-released the album back in October, and it's since been announced that they've signed to Other Music, who will re-release it on CD December 3 and LP on January 7. They also recently made a video for one of its tracks, "Golden Wake," which you can watch, along with streams of two other album tracks, below.
To celebrate the re-release, the band will throw an album release party at the Other Music Store (12/2) the day before the CD release, where they'll give an intimate performance. 8 PM start.
Earlier this month, Mutual Benefit did a few shows in the Northeast-area, including one at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, and now they've announced a full North American tour to go down in early 2014. That tour concludes with NYC shows on February 7 at Mercury Lounge and February 8 at Rough Trade. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (11/22) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with video and song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Midlake's new album, Antiphon, comes out next week (11/5) via ATO. While losing frontman Tim Smith might seem like a dealbreaker, the new record has more in common with The Trials of Van Occupanther than the slow, mossy folk of 2010's The Courage of Others, a good thing as far as I'm concerned. It's a big sounding record, rhythmic and proggy, but still filled with harmonies and hooks. You can stream the whole thing now via NPR.
The band are gearing up for their North American tour which hits NYC on Novmeber 6 at Mercury Lounge, which is sold out. But if you still want to see them, they're playing an acoustic in-store at Other Music on Monday (11/4) which is free and open to the public. 7:30 PM.
All dates -- including a couple opening for Pearl Jam -- are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Boogarins are Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz, who hail from Goiânia, Brazil. They met and began recording music together in high school. The results: psychedelic pop that owes much to their cultural forefathers Os Mutantes (who will be here next month) but also The Kinks, early Pink Floyd and other paisley bands of the era. But their songs also have an undeniable youthful exuberance which -- along with some serious playing and songwriting chops -- adds much to their sound.
Their early home recordings, from before they started playing live, have been collected on As Plantas Que Curam which came out via Other Music Recording Company this week. You can get it on cassette too via Burger. We've got the premiere of the video for the dreamy, pastoral "Despreocupar" which you can watch in this post. You can stream the whole album (via The Fader) in this post too.
No North American tour dates yet but look for Boogarins to head this way in March 2014 for SXSW. Video and album stream below...
Crystal Stilts (photo by The Impossible Project)
In addition to supporting slots at two Deerhunter shows, Crystal Stilts have also announced a FREE record release appearance at Other Music on 9/16 at 8PM. The show goes down the day before the release of Nature Noir via Sacred Bones. All other dates are listed, along with a stream of the new track "Future Folklore," below.
The National in Ithaca (more by PSquared Photography)
The National's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, is out today (Pitchfork gave it Best New Music) and the band took a night from their just-started tour to play The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Video of that is below.
The band are still in town and will celebrate the new record tonight (5/21) with a very intimate show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets to that go on sale at noon. Good luck.
UPDATE: They're playing small NYC clubs all day, apparently, including Public Assembly at 5 PM. To go to that, email email@example.com and confirmation emails will be sent by 3 PM. There may be more and you can follow their Twitter to find out.
UPDATE 2: Purchase the record IN STORE at Other Music today before 4pm and you'll be entered to win a pair of tickets (to Mercury Lounge we assume). Winner will be notified between 4 and 5pm.
Letterman video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Youth Lagoon / Magical Cloudz
Youth Lagoon brought his tour with Majical Cloudz through the NYC-area for shows at Maxwell's on Monday (5/6) and a BrooklynVegan-presented Brooklyn show at The Bell House last night (5/9). Pictures from the latter are in this post.
Youth Lagoon's been keeping his setlists heavy on the Wondrous Bughouse material but still found time to include some favorites from his debut like "17." Meanwhile, the magical Majical Cloudz continue to preview material from their upcoming Matador debut, Impersonator (which they were selling vinyl copies of the show) and were great as always.
Majical Cloudz will be back in NYC even sooner for the previously discussed album release party at Glasslands on May 21 with Gobby and a "SPECIAL GUEST!" Any guesses on who it could be? Tickets for the release party are still on sale.
Majical Cloudz will get to NYC a day before that to do a free in-store at Other Music on May 20 at 8 PM. Other Music will have copies of their new album available that day too.
More pictures from the Bell House show below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
shoppers at Other Music on #RSD13
So how did you fare on Record Store Day 2013? I was surprised that I found most of my big wants, including Ty Segall's Ty Rex 2 (found at Academy Annex in Williamsburg), the Trouble in Mind four-way split and Stephen-Malkmus-plays-Can 12" (acquired at Cake Shop), the first two Orange Juice albums (Turntable Lab) and Pulp's "After You" 12" (Co-Op 87 at midnight). Did anybody spot the No Alternative reissue? That was the only thing on my list I didn't find.
The busiest store was probably Other Music which still sported a 40-person line to get in when I went by around 2:30 PM. Kim's still had a lot of exclusives left when I swung by around 3 PM, despite being open at 8 AM. Customer Service Award goes to the nice folks at Turntable Lab who actually came out and asked people on line what they were looking for and then pulled it for them!
I also enjoyed hanging out at In Living Stereo, which had free PBR and live performances from Alex Bleeker & the Freaks and Prince Rupert Drops. They didn't have the most RSD stuff, but they do have one of the better curated used sections I've flipped through in a while. Didn't make it to Generation for their in-store performances, but Andrew did and said it was a good time. (It was, Swearin' (pictured below) played an especially great set including some new stuff that I'm hoping means a new record is coming - Andrew.)
We've got more pictures from Kim's, as well a few from Other Music, plus a few shots courtesy of the BrooklynVegan Instagram, below...
by Bill Pearis
line to get in Other Music on Record Store Day 2012
As you are probably aware, this Saturday (4/20) is Record Store Day. We've already told you some of our picks from the myriad #RSD13 exclusives, but many of NYC's record stores are having special events that day. While this guide is pretty thorough, it may not be comprehensive. If you know of cool Record Store Day happenings that aren't in this post, let us know in the comments. But here's the stuff we found:
We already told you about Greenwich Village mainstay Generation Records who are having live performances from Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin' and Livids as well as DJ sets from WFMU's Tom Scharpling and Forgetters' Blake Schwarzenbach. Generation will open at 10 AM, with bands starting at 2 PM. Schedule still TBA.
While you're in the area, take a second to walk over to Bleecker Bob's where you won't find any records for sale, but as of Wednesday you could still at least take one more look through the window at the somewhat-still stocked shelves of the closed store.
Wild Nothing at Other Music, RSD2012 (more)
Other Music isn't big enough to have bands play while people shop, so they have bands DJ during RSD, and this year's line-up will have Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, Jonathan Toubin and more on the decks. Other Music opens at 10:30 AM with DJs starting at noon (schedule is below).
Also having DJs spin on #RSD13, as mentioned, is East Village shop Turntable Lab. Their line-up also includes FaltyDL, as well as Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar and many more. DJs spin from 10 AM - 8 PM.
Another EV store, Good Records, won't have RSD exclusives, but they will have a bunch of rare used vinyl they'll be putting out that day, including albums by Brian Eno, The Fall, Blur, Pink Floyd, The White Stripes and more. They'll also have free food and beverages. More details are here.
still from Cake Shop's RSD video
Some of you may not remember when Cake Shop back lounge was a record store, but they still carry a few a few new releases and they'll have a selection of RSD exclusives on Saturday. Additionally, they'll have "lots of deals, lots of old stuff we've been holding onto forever etc! Plus: tons of fun, possible balloons and maybe Eddie!" That night Record Store Day moves downstairs with an extremely stacked indie rock/pop line-up, with Literature, Grand Resort, Sparxx, Cascading Slopes, The Hairs, a short solo set from TPOBPAH's Kip Berman and Scott and Charlene's Wedding. Kip and Maria Sherman will also be on DJ duty. Doors for the night show are at 8 PM and is a mere $5 entry. A pretty weird, funny video hyping Cake Shop's RSD fun is below.
Downtown at J&R Music World, Anthrax will be in the house at 12:30 PM signing records and anything else you want their John Hancock on, and they generally have a good selection of #RSD13 exclusives too.
Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Record Store Day will be the last day ever for Williamsburg's Sound Fix, which is probably enough for them (read a new interview with the owner HERE). Last year they had doughnuts and coffee, if memory serves. They're open at 10 AM and in addition to RSD exclusive, their fire sale (which is happening now) includes "25% off all CDs, 10% off all LPs."
Williamsburg stores in general don't seem to be doing a whole lot of special events on Saturday, though both Academy Records Annex and Earwax will have #RSD13 exclusives, and East Village Radio will be streaming live from Academy Records at 4pm.
Co-Op 87 (via)
For the second year, the tiny but well-stocked Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will be open for the entirety of Record Store Day, meaning midnight to midnight. No in-store performances or celeb DJs, but they are making a special offer for the truly insane record buyers out there:
"If you are tuff enuff to come to Co-Op 87 Records ONCE an hour, EVERY hour of Record Store Day (24 visits!) and spend $10 on a record (not multiple records) at least ONCE for EACH of those hours, you'll be entitled to an INCREASING percentage off, starting at 4% and increasing BY 4% each time on ANY one record UP to $100! That means he or she who braves this madness could by the final hour, buy ANY $100 or less record for a WHOPPING 96% off!"Elsewhere in Greenpoint, Permanent Records will be open at 10 AM on Saturday with "free gift bags & goodies while supplies last," as well as "nearly all of this year's exclusive releases." And over at Record Grouch, they'll have a smattering of RSD13 exclusives and some choice used records put out just that day, in addition to their extremely well-curated stock of used vinyl.
DUMBO's Halcyon Records will have "instore DJs" and are open at 10 AM.
As for the general NY area, Vintage Vinyl in Ford, NJ will have a full stock of RSD exclusives but no in-stores announced,
And if you happen to be in Philadelphia on Saturday, Main Street Music will feature a special RSD performances by Billy Bragg, the Joy Formidable, Generationals and more.
BV Austin discusses what's going on at Waterloo Records this year.
Again, you can see all stores participating in Record Store Day 2013 here.
Other Music DJ schedule, Cake Shop video, Turntable Lab flyer and other RSD videos are below.
DOWNLOAD: Chelsea Light Moving - "Empire of Time" (MP3)
Chelsea Light Moving at Sled Island in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
As mentioned a few times, Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving are releasing their self titled debut on March 5 via Mataor (stream it) and supporting it with a tour that hits the NYC area on March 2 at Maxwell's with Talk Normal (tickets) and April 5 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). They've also just added a free in-store at Other Music (3/3), happening the day after the Maxwell's show at 7:30 PM. Show flyer below.
A list of updated dates and the Other Music show flyer below...
As recently mentioned, Black Friday is also now Record Store Day so music nerds can have fun on the busiest shopping day of the year too. One place you might go, if you're in NYC, is Other Music who write:
For those of you who are spending your holiday in New York City, Other Music will be participating in Record Store Day's second annual Black to Black Friday (Friday, November 23), and this year there will be an even bigger variety of limited RSD-only pressings plus some great advance releases exclusive to independent shops. You can browse a list of all these special titles here on the RSD website, or download a PDF wish list here, and while we can't guarantee that every one of these releases will be available at Other Music, we do have a great assortment of RSD merchandise -- keep in mind, quantities are limited, first come first served, and one per customer, in-store purchases only. We will be closed for Thanksgiving but we'll be back open Friday, regular business hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we hope to see you!Other Music is also offering free shipping on domestic orders through Monday on regular stuff. Matador Records is offering 15% off stuff with code "BLACKFRIDAY". Saddle Creek has free shipping for orders over $30 and 20% off your entire order using coupon code "blackfriday20".
Some of the RSD exclusives you'll find in record stores on Black Friday are reissues of three different White Stripes singles. One of the record stores guaranteed to be carrying those is Third Man Records in Nashville where they'll also be debuting an expansion...
Third Man Records is inviting you, your family (yes, even those creepy cousins from the kids table) and loved ones to join us the day following Thanksgiving, also known as BLACK FRIDAY, for the Grand Opening of The Third Man Records Novelty Lounge. We've expanded our record shop space and it's now equipped with a dazzling array of coin operated contraptions and attractions guaranteed to pop your peepers and flip your wig. Dig?More about the Novelty Lounge in the video below...
The WFMU Record Fair is cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. All dealers will be refunded their payments, and the Fair will return in the Fall of 2013. We're very sorry about this, but the Pavilion has no power, WFMU has no power, mass transit in NYC is still not working and there are no estimates as to when electric or transit will return to normal. Our apologies to anybody who is inconvenienced by this.The record fair was set to happen from 11/2-11/4. Meanwhile, Other Music is also closed and their website is down.
Dum Dum Girls at MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Dum Dum Girls are releasing their new EP, End of Daze, on September 25 via Sub Pop. The girls dropped the EP's single, "Lord Knows," back in August, and now they've got the whole EP streaming a week ahead of its release. You can listen to it below (via Stereogum).
As discussed, the band will play a release party for the EP in NYC at Europa on September 30 with Starred and Chez Deep. Tickets for that show are still available. They'll stick around after that show and play a free in-store at Other Music (10/1, 8 PM) the next day.
Other Music will also host a free in-store for Niki & the Dove on September 26, also 8 PM, the day before their tour with Twin Shadow comes to NYC for a sold out two-night run.
Dum Dum Girls EP stream and a list of updated dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
Os Mutantes at Webster Hall 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
As we mentioned briefly, Brazilian psychotropical legends Os Mutantes are among the first bands to play new outdoor Bushwick venue/beer garden The Well which opened July 14 with a show by Cam'ron ond other hip-hop acts. OS Mutantes' show at The Well happens July 28 with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Dom and Citay on the bill as well. Tickets for that show are still available. You can also get tickets at Other Music, who will host an acoustic in-store with Os Mutantes on July 30 at 8PM which is free but limited admission, obviously, as it's a tiny space. These are the band's only upcoming shows at the moment.
The great NYC record store has a long history with the band. Some of you may remember Other Music had their own reissue label, Omplatten, which reissued Os Mutantes' first three albums back in '99. (They were the first three things Omplatten released.) Those records have since been reissued by Polydor, but the Everything is Possible! compilation released by Luaka Bop (also in '99) is a great place to dip your toe into the weird, wonderful technicolor world of the Sao Paulo combo. It's on Spotify.
A few vintage Os Mutantes television performances are below.
the RSD2012 morning line @ Other Music in NYC (via)
How did you fare on Record Store Day 2012? What did you pick up? What did you have trouble finding? If you were in Austin, did you stop by Waterloo Records and meet Garbage? (Tim did.) If you were in NYC, did you stop by Other Music? If not, this is what it looked like...
by Andrew Marinaccio
This Saturday (4/21) marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, and with it comes another chance to procure your favorite band's most exclusive (or oddest) musical releases yet. There will also once again be lots of in-shop events.
No matter where you are located (in the U.S., UK, Germany or Belgium) (like Chicago maybe?), you should be able to find a still-open record store near you that will be selling the good schwag and possibly throwing a party too. As we've been, we'll continue to highlight some of the NYC stores, along with what you might find in them.
Aside from selling fresh rarities, NYC's Other Music is celebrating with a live lineup of DJs featuring Four Tet, Black Dice, The Men (who appear on a Sacred Bones RSD comp), Ex Cops, and Wild Nothing. Other Music will exclusively sell Ex Cops's debut 7", "I Am the Lion, You Are the Lamb," which is relasing on their Other music label. Other Music is set to open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (which gives you time to hit other record stores who open even earlier, first).
Kim's Video & Music looks to attract the early birds with an 8 a.m.opening and live and/or DJ sets by MUSH1, X-ray Eyeballs, Prince Rama, and more. In addition to the gig there will be discount offers, "over 150" record store day exclusives, pizza and beer. Maybe you'll find a copy of the, a day late for 4/20, Lee "Scratch" Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub Limited Edition Box...
The West Village's Generation Records has a show of their own planned, with The Paul Collins Beat, Supertouch, Night Birds, and Joyce Manor performing, as well as DJ sets by Tom Scharpling, Three Chord Monte, Zachary Lipez, and Mikey Post. They will also be selling a variant of Supertouch's Lost My Way EP, which will feature shop-exclusive cover art. Generation Records is pegged on opening at 10 a.m. this Saturday.
Williamsburg shop Sound Fix will host Mates of State for a gig and meet-and-greet on Saturday night. The band's 2009 covers album, Crushes, will be released for the first time on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive. Sound Fix opens at 10:30 a.m.
Amid touring, Portugal. The Man, who have a RSD 7" of their own, are playing an in-store set this Saturday at Fords, New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. The shop's also opening early at 8 a.m., and their stock's boasting reiusses of Graceland and Raw Power, as well as Iggy and the Stooges' LP picture disc of their ATP 2010 performance of the seminal album.
Long Island's Looney Tunes Records is featuring a trio of free acts by Grace Read, The Lumineers, and JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar, who are bringing their collaborative 7" "Waiting Room" exclusively to the shop. The show will start at 1 that afternoon, but shoppers can begin at 9 a.m. if they're "VIP Members" (to inquire what that means, check here). Doors will open to the general public at 10 a.m.
Local giant J&R Music World will house acts starting at noon, including Everest, Yann Tiersen, Mike Doughty, and guitarist Doyle Dykes. The insitution will also demonstrate some tech to attendees, showcasing the features of the new audio software suite Roland R-MIX. Miles Davis' (who has a special Record Store Day compilation, "Forever Miles," planned for release) nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., will also be making an appearance.
Permanent Records in Brooklyn will host in-stores by Memoryhouse and Mattison.
Cake Shop says "the CAPESHOK RECORD MART back for one day only!" and are hosting a performance by the Hairs at 3pm.
Check Record Store Day's site or call your local record store to find more happenings.
Of course, there will be precious records found at a variety of independent shops across the country, including the more exotic collaborations that have been hyped as blog post oddities. Fiest and Mastodon's (or 'Fiestodon') will be releasing their split 7" featuring both acts covering songs from each other's 2011 studio releases, Metals and The Hunter, respectively. Listeners can look forward to hearing Feist's rendition of "Black Tongue" and Mastodon's turn on "A Commotion".
Mastodon also-- perhaps inevitably-- succumbed to the bidding of current off-kilter audio project warlocks The Flaming Lips for another split 7", where they'll cover the Lip's "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton." While the Lip's contribution to the baby pink record is their original track recording, fear not, for the band has a more outlandish and sprawling album ready for the big day. The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the mistifying mega-collaboration they've been working on with Bon Iver, Prefuse 73, Yoko Ono, Chris Martin, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, and more, features new tracks with the aforementioned guests including their previous work with Neon Indian and Lightning Bolt. And, as if the music wasn't enough, Wayne Coyne has been amassing the blood of his fellow collaborators to somehow infuse into the record. At the very least, Alan Palomo, Justin Vernon, The Flaming Lips, and Kesha's blood could be in your copy.
St. Vincent plans on releasing a red 7" sided with two new tracks, "KROKODIL" and "GROT." Reportedly more guitar-driven and aggressive departures from her previous material, her debut of "KROKODIL" at Coachella attests to that, possesing a relentless savagery often only hinted at in her nervous yet controlled guitarwork. It also attempts to channel whatever demons she found covering Big Black for 'Our Band Can be Your Life.' You can download her Coachella performance of "KROKODIL" here.
Speaking of bands playing Coachella, Refused are putting out 1998's The Shape of Punk to Come as a limited edition colored LP on Record Store Day. Pair it with a yellow vinyl Snapcase 12".
Speaking of things to come, Record Store Day is also used to tease what's on the way. Garbage (who are paying a special Record Store Day visit to Austin) are releasing their first new physical single in almost ten years with "Blood For Poppies" in anticipation of their reunion album this spring. Public Image Ltd. came out of the woodwork to present an EP featuring their latest release of new material in 20 years, including single "One Drop." And Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is reissuing his side-project Tomahawk's entire studio output in a boxset designed with space for the band's upcoming summer LP.
Other RSD 2012 releases previously mentioned on BV include Nick Waterhouse/Allah-Lahs, Mark Sultan, Pussy Galore, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sigur Ros, Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches, Nobunny and Variety Lights. Others we haven't mentioned yet include the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Tortoise, The Hives, Wilco, Animal Collective, Beach House, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Captain Beefheart, Destroyer, Jimmy Fallon, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Luna, M Ward, M83, Mclusky, Minus the Bear, Misfits (red, blue and clear vinyl), Ozzy, Phish, Ryan Adams, T. Rex, Tegan & Sara, The Clash, and many more. For a full list of RSD 2012 releases, with more info on each, check HERE.
For our Chicago readers, you can check out what your local record shops are up to this Saturday, including a BV Chicago-presented event at Saki, here.
Which releases are you most excited for this Record Store Day? Check out what NPR decided to highlight, like the previously mentioned Shabazz Palaces release, HERE. Watch Cris Brown give his annual Record Store Day show and tell, and other videos below...