Entries tagged with: Record Store Day
It's almost exactly 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, and that of course means tons of things about Kurt and Nirvana have been popping up in the news (some, like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have nothing to do with his death though). First, KIRO 7 reported that Seattle police unearthed four developed rolls of film that had been sitting in a police evidence vault for years, and would be reexamining the case of his death. KIRO 7 also say they will be showing one of those images tonight at 11, and will explain why the police wanted to reexamine it. From their report:
The morning of April 8, 1994, Veca Electric employee Gary Smith went to Cobain's home at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East to do electrical work.HOWEVER, The Seattle Times reports that despite KIRO 7's claims, the case has not been reopened:
"I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a manikin," Smith told KIRO 7 at the time. "So I looked a little closer and geez, that's a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest."
The medical examiner determined Cobain had killed himself three days earlier - only days after he had left a rehab facility.
Before he was shot, police said Cobain had a lethal dose of heroin. The syringes Cobain used and the heroin kit was kept in the Seattle police evidence unit and was part of the re-investigation along with the previously undeveloped film.
On KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, we ask the lead detective about the evidence and why it was kept for years, even though the initial investigation determined it was a suicide.
A recent re-examination of the investigation into the suicide of rock legend Kurt Cobain nearly 20 years ago uncovered undeveloped photos of the death scene but nothing that changed the findings, Seattle police say.In anticipation of the April 5 anniversary, a Seattle police cold-case detective recently took another look at the case file, according to police spokeswoman Renee Witt. However, she said there were no new findings and the case is not being re-opened, contrary to some media reports.Fox News also posted two tweets from the Seattle Police Department which seem to confirm the case has not ben reopened:
The detective "dug up the files and had another look, and there was nothing new," said Witt.
The detective found rolls of undeveloped film, were developed and showed the scene of Cobain's suicide, said Witt. She called the new photos "underwhelming."
"Despite an erroneous news report, we have not 'reopened' the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain," the Seattle Police Department tweeted from a verified account.In less confusing news, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by Jaime Dunkle to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum. Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports:
The police went on to explain on Twitter that the case was simply being reviewed in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's untimely death.
"Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches," another tweet explained.
To get the approval for the possibility of the museum, Dunkle had to send a bio about herself to Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, and prove that she wasn't a "crazed fan" and could actually pull this off. She highlighted numerous scholarships she's received and other achievements. "I used to be in the American Criminal Justice Association, so I made a long list of everything I've ever done and emailed it to the real estate agent, and she said she was forwarding it to Mrs. O'Connor. After that, they started taking me more seriously, I think. It took weeks of phone calls and emails, but I successfully set up an appointment to see the house. I deliberately arranged it to be on what would have been Kurt Cobain's 47th birthday."To donate, head to GoFundMe.
"Being inside was a total head spin. I had to meet with city officials and the realtor first, and by the time we finished hashing out some logistics for making it a museum, I only had 15 minutes to take pictures and make a video. As I wandered around, looking in closets, I imagined him as a teen, crouched inside, scribbling in his diaries or making sketches. The walk up the stairs into his bedroom made the hairs on my neck stand up. All I could think was that I was seeing through his eyes and walking in his footsteps, literally."
In more news, as you probably know, Nirvana are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 at Barclays Center, but Radio.com recently confirmed that drummer Chad Channing (who played on Bleach, and 1988's Love Buzz 7", the release that made them eligible to be nominated) will not be inducted. The Rock Hall contacted Nirvana's manager via a text, saying "Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn't being inducted... It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt."
Before learning that he wasn't being inducted, Chad told Radio.com, "When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me! So much of my excitement about it is for her! She's pretty awesome! My little boy is too young to understand though. So yeah, it does feel pretty good!"
Nirvana is also releasing the "Pennyroyal Tea" single b/w "I Hate Myself and Want To Die" on 7" vinyl for Record Store Day 2014. "Original plans for the single in 1994 were cancelled due to Kurt Cobain's death."
And lastly, London's Sivu has recorded a chilled-out cover of "Dumb" which you can exclusively listen to below...
As you may already know, Record Store Day happens on Saturday, April 19 this year across multiple record stores nationwide, and RSD has revealed the full list of special releases for this year. There will be exclusive releases by countless artists, including David Bowie, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Broken Bells, Built to Spill, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr, Devo, The Flaming Lips, Disclosure, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Husker Du, J Spaceman & Kid Millions, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Joy Division, The Julie Ruin, Jorma Kaukonen, Hamilton Leithauser, Little Dragon, Mastodon, Motorhead, Mudhoney, Nirvana, The Notorious B.I.G., The Notwist, Oasis, Conor Oberst, of Montreal, OFF!, William Onyeabor, Opeth, Pissed Jeans, The Pogues, Pussy Galore, Ramones, Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen, The Standells, Tame Impala, The The, Chad Vangaalen, The Velvet Underground, Veruca Salt, Link Wray, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa, The Zombies, Badbadnotgood, Bis, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Die Kreuzen, Eric B & Rakim, Ex-Cult, Sky Ferreira, Heatmiser, Julia Holter, David Lynch, Parquet Courts, R.E.M., School of Seven Bells, Omar Souleyman, The Specials, Spoon, Sun Ra, Liars, plus a Kanine Records compilation, the Muppet Movie soundtrack, and more. Full list of releases at RSD's site.
Merchandise @ FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Merchandise are busy working on their 4AD debut, but in the meantime have contributed a new song, "Figured Out," to a Record Store Day compilation being released by 540 Records, the label run by the Chaos in Tejas folks. (It's also got new songs by Destruction Unit and Milk Music.) The song is shiny, shimmering and very catchy -- bodes well for the new album. You can stream it over at NPR.
The band have also announced East Coast dates for the summer, which include two shows in NYC: June 21 at Glasslands and June 22 at Saint Vitus with New England psych punks The Ukiah Drag. Tickets to Glasslands are on sale now, and tickets to Vitus go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the 540 comp cover art and tracklist, below...
Camera Obscura @ Summerstage 2013 (more by P Squared)
Camera Obscura took time off after last year's tour with She & Him as bandmembers Tracyanne Campbell and Gavin Dunbar both became new parents. The band will be back in action this summer for a short North American tour that includes two NYC shows: Le Poisson Rouge on July 15 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 16. Tickets to both LPR and MHOW go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Camera Obscura will have a Record Store Day release -- a four-track EP titled Session which features the 4AD session the recorded in their hometown of Glasgow last summer. You can watch video of that session's "Break it to You Gently" below...
by Bill Pearis
Owing a whole lot to late '80s EBM, New Beat and industrial while sounding very much in the now, Liars' new album, Mess, is their most immediate and danceable in ages. (It's also, for what it's worth, my favorite of 2014 so far.) If you've had "Mess on a Mission" on repeat and have wanted more, the whole Mess is streaming over at NPR and the album's out next week (3/25).
In other news, Liars will release "Mess" as Record Store Day 12" on clear vinyl that has colored yarn imbedded in it. That's what it looks like above. There is also a new Black Bananas remix of "Mess on a Mission" which you can stream below.
You can also catch Liars live in NYC in May where they'll play Le Poisson Rouge (5/8, tix) and The Wick (5/9, tix). The band have added a few other select shows to their schedule since we last posted and updated dates are listed, along with streams, below.
Record Store Day 2014 is about a month away (April 19) and one of this year's exclusive releases is a four-LP set of R.E.M.'s two MTV Unplugged sessions:
The "Unplugged" performances are sonic snapshots that capture the legendary Athens, Georgia band at important points on its journey from alternative-music progenitors to international stars that have sold more than 85 million albums.The set includes recordings of songs that were taped but never aired on the two specials. Full tracklisting is below...
Drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and singer Michael Stipe recorded their first "Unplugged" session in 1991, while riding a growing wave of success that began in 1987 with the commercial breakthrough of Document. Much of the performance spotlights songs from R.E.M.'s then-current album Out of Time, which sold over 18 million copies worldwide and was the band's first #1 album in the U.S. From the album, the band performed "Radio Song," "Low" and its biggest American hit, "Losing My Religion."
The remainder of the set list spans eight years of music and touches on five different albums, mixing "Perfect Circle" from R.E.M.'s 1983 debut Murmur and fan-favorites like "Fall On Me" and "Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" with a cover of The Troggs' "Love Is All Around." Five songs that never aired can be heard on this set for the first time, including two tracks from the multi-platinum Green - "Get Up" and "World Leader Pretend."
R.E.M. made an extremely rare second appearance on "Unplugged" in 2001, but this time without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997. For the show, the band focused mainly on its 12th studio album Reveal - which came out that year - with performances of the singles "Imitation of Life" and "All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)." The song selection draws from eight different albums with "So. Central Rain" from 1984's Reckoning, "Cuyahoga" from 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant and "Find The River," the elegiac album closer from the 1992 classic Automatic For The People.
Emo vets Sunny Day Real Estate haven't released any new music since their 2000 LP, The Rising Tide, and they've been pretty quiet since reuniting in 2009, but we'll finally get to hear the first new SDRE song in 14 years this Record Store Day (4/19). The song, titled "Lipton Witch," will come out on a split 7" with Circa Survive. That's the artwork above, by Chris Thompson, who also designed 1998's How It Feels to Be Something On.
SDRE aren't the only veteran emo band to announce long-awaited new material though. The Jazz June, who reunited at CMJ 2013, will put out their first song since 2002's Better Off Without Air this year too. Their song, titled "Over Underground," comes out on a split 7" with Dikembe this May via Tiny Engines/Topshelf. The Jazz June's only upcoming date at the moment is in Philly on 4/12 (tickets).
Both of these announcements also come only days after The Van Pelt announced they'd be digging up unreleased material for Record Store Day as well.
Jazz June/Dikembe artwork and some old live videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Van Pelt at Coco66 in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
NYC emo/post-hardcore vets The Van Pelt had a brief career in the '90s, releasing a few 7"s and only two full length albums, 1996's Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves and 1997's classic Sultans of Sentiment. The band, fronted by Chris Leo (brother of Ted Leo) and also including bassist Toko Yasuda (who has spent time with Blonde Redhead, Enon, St. Vincent and is a solo artist as PLVS VLTRA), had a spoken word approach to the genre not too far removed from what Slint was doing a few years earlier, but more on the indie rock side than other Slint followers like June of 44. They briefly reunited in 2009, playing a hometown show at Coco66 and other dates, and now they're finally set to (sort of) give Sultans of Sentiment a followup.
They'll be compiling eight unreleased tracks that likely would have been on a third album if the band didn't break up for the appropriately titled Imaginary Third, which comes out via La Castanya on Record Store Day (4/19). The songs won't be totally unfamiliar, considering the first five were later recorded by Chris and Toko's post-Van Pelt band The Lapse, and the last three ended up on The Van Pelt's Speeding Train 7". Check out the album artwork, tracklist, and streams of two of the Speeding Train tracks, below...
J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)
One of this year's more interesting-sounding Record Store Day exclusives is a compilation titled Space Project that features songs incorporating sounds recorded in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Absolutely Free, and more recorded songs for the LP which is being put out by Lefse Records on vinyl, CD and as a 7" boxset. Recorded under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, you can stream "Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)" and check out the full tracklist and artwork below.
Speaking of Spiritualzed and Record Store Day, you may remember that frontman Jason Pierce and Kid Millions (who played drums for Spiritualized last year) played an improvisational set together at Le Poisson Rouge back in September. A recording of that show is being released as a RSD 12" via Northern Spy with a 24-minute track called "Misha" on one side and the nearly-as-long "Han" on the flip. You can stream "Misha" below.
by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Fear of Men special edition LP, Kanine Records announced their other Record Store Day 2014 releases today as well. One of them is a compilation called Non Violent Femmes, which culls tracks from some of today's more promising female-fronted bands from around the globe (well, America, UK, and NZ): Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Tashaki Miyaki, Is/Is, Beverly, TEEN (who just played Baby's All Right), Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, and Beaches. Ten of the 11 tracks are exclusive to the release.
And in a related vibe -- and this is cool -- Kanine will be reissuing Elastica's eponymous 1995 debut on vinyl for RSD. While they never managed to do much after, Elastica is packed with great songs -- "Connection," "Stutter," "Car Song," "Annie," "Line-Up," "Vaseline" -- and a true '90s classic.
Kanine is also releasing an alternate version of Surfer Blood's 2013 album Pythons, one that, apparently, Warner Brothers rejected for being too "punky."
Record Store Day happens in brick-and-mortar shops all around the globe on Saturday, April 19. Speedy Ortiz play free shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, and Infinity Girl; and Other Music on 2/10. They're also streaming their new EP, Real Hair, which you can listen to on Pitchfork.
Check out a few Elastica videos below...
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
A day of being grateful for what they've got, overeating and subsequent afternoon naps, Thanksgiving is the start of a long weekend for many folks, but one that usually doesn't have the most options for things to do -- or bands to see. Weather's not supposed to be so great either. Still, we've rounded up ten musical things to do in NYC during Thanksgiving Weekend. Plus one you can do anywhere with an internet connection and love of making fun of bad movies.
Read on below...
photos by Wei Shi; words by Bill Pearis
Sondre Lerche, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom -- 10/15/2013
Sondre Lerche, who's been somewhat quiet of late, broke the silence for a show at Bowery Ballroom during CMJ, headlining The Talkhouse showcase on October 15 that also featured Luke Temple and others. Where most NYC shows tend to just be Sondre solo, for this one he had a rhythm section in tow -- a nice treat, though he's certainly capable of captivating a crowd all by his lonesome. Pictures from his and Temples' sets are in this post.
While Lerche finishes up his new album, fans can look forward to a new 12" which is one of the many 2013 Record Store Day Black Friday releases. It's the first in a series of releases under the title Public Hi-Fi Sessions where bands record at Jim Eno's studio. This one features Sondre doing "Like Lazenby" and "Screen Door."
And speaking of the Talkhouse, Sondre reviewed the new Prefab Sprout album, Crimson / Red which was the first all-new Prefab Sprout album in 16 years. If you are familiar with Prefab Sprout, the band's influence on Lerche's music is pretty evident, and "I Cannot Let You Go" from his 2009 album Heartbeat Radio is an unabashed PS homage. In his review, he writes:
While I raked autumn leaves in my stepfather's garden, my vanity scanned the record for anything that might remind me of my own music. What I found resembled not so much how I sounded but how I felt. Barely 19 and still living with my mom while chasing my debut album across the world on infinite promotional tours, it was an incredibly confusing and eventful time. And Prefab Sprout turned out to be my absurd and emphatic compass through most of it. Their songs made room for everything I was dealing with: adolescent arrogance, sexual frustrations, conflicted resentment, helpless romanticism, long overdue generational confrontations.The review is mostly positive and nicely considered, and you can read the whole thing here. And if you haven't heard Crimson / Red yet, Paddy Mcaloon is in fine form -- both vocally and songwriting-ly. If the production is missing some of the granduer of 1990's Jordan the Comeback, the album is a welcome return, and album-opener "The Best Jewel Thief in the World" stands among Mcaloon's finest. You can stream that, and check out more pictures from Sondre Lerche's CMJ set, below...
As you may know, Record Store Day's Black Friday (11/29) edition will be back this year aiming to get a piece of the post Thanksgiving Day pie (pumpkin, most likely). The RSD folks have just released the full slate of Black Friday exclusives and they include:
Steve Albini's 2013 mix of Nirvana's In Utero on clear 45 RPM vinyl.One place you'll hopefully be able to find most of these is at Rough Trade New York which is set to open the Monday before Thanksgiving (11/25). You can see the full list of RSD Black Friday 2013 releases below and more details are at RSD's site.
Josh Tillman - The History of Caves: The man better known as Father John Misty's instrumental score to his wife Emma's short film.
Stiff Records' Ten Big Stiffs 7" box set (classic singles w/ original sleeves by Tracey Ullman, Tenpole Tudor, Wreckless Eric and more).
Cheap Trick - The Classic Albums 1977-79, which packages their first five LPs in one vinyl box.
John Denver & The Muppets - Christmas Together reissued as a vinyl picture disc.
Low and Shearwater each contribute an unexpected cover ("Stay" by Rihanna and "Novacane" by Frank Ocean, respectively) on 12" vinyl.
Cassette Store Day is now behind us and Record Store Day, which now happens on two days a year, reports:
Folks have been asking so we thought we'd confirm that we are working with some good people to get some special titles into record stores, starting on Black Friday. Our list will be coming later in October.Stay tuned for that list, though stores like Bull Moose in Maine and New Hampshire are already taking requests.
The regular Record Store Day happened in April. 2012 was the first year with a second one on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year and one day after Thanksgiving (which is also during Hanukkah this year).
Record Store Day has been going strong since its inception in 2008, giving hipsters, record collectors and even regular people a full day to indulge in the nostalgic album format. But as even some Record Store Day releases have proved, vinyl isn't the only past format that has made a comeback in recent years; cassettes have too -- because lo-fi fans need their albums sounding just a little more lo-fi (or it's the only way their '89 Honda Accords play music). And in honor of those cassette fans, this September 7 will be the first-ever -- wait for it -- Cassette Store Day. A description reads:
No longer the inadequate, younger sibling of Vinyl and CD, the humble Cassette has been making a resurgence of late. Proving that cassette tapes are not just for those of us who remember buying Nirvana's 'Nevermind' with birthday money, or making lovingly compiled mixtapes for the object of our teenage affections. International Cassette Store Day 2013 is a celebration of a physical product that is accessible, fun, cheap and still going strong in the turbulent current musical climate.The specific stores that will be involved will be announced next week. Stay tuned for that and more info on other CSD events and specific releases.
This event sees limited releases from its organisers -- SEXBEAT (Fucked Up), Kissability (tbc), and Suplex Cassettes (Fair Ohs, Proper Ornaments); as well as classic albums reissued in this fun format by Transgressive (At the Drive-In, Pulled Apart By Horses), Bella Union (The Flaming Lips), Domino (The Pastels), 4AD (Deerhunter), Wichita Recordings (Hard Skin), Burger Records and many more. Other labels involved spreading the Cassette love with limited releases are Jade Tree, Mirror Universe, Reeks of Effort, Art is Hard, Faux Discx, and Tie Dye Tapes and more to be confirmed.
In addition to its London Launch (which features live performances and DJ sets instore), there will also be similar events run in record stores in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo amongst other UK, US, and EU cities.
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Evian Christ - "Duga-3" (MP3)
For this year's Record Store Day, UK producer Evian Christ pressed the Duga-3 Mix that he made last year onto limited edition vinyl via Tri Angle Records. If you wanted one and didn't get a chance to pick it up, Boomkat is now selling some copies. You can also download it for free above. It's a more ambient exploration than his dank rap EP/mixtape Kings and Them. That's the cover art above.
As mentioned, Evian Christ is going on a tour this year which brings him to NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy show on May 26 at Saint Vitus with Oneohtrix Point Never, Bill Kouligas, Kid Simpl, and ANNALOVE. That show has sold out, but you'll get another chance to see him in NYC a week earlier when he plays 285 Kent on May 18 with Gorgeous Children and Ian Isiah. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
Ra Ra Riot (more by Amanda Hatfield)
How was your Record Store Day? Did you get your hands on one of the limited Binary Mind 10-inches? "Binary Mind contains the title track and the unreleased song "All I Fear" plus three demo versions of "Binary Mind," "Wilderness" and "I Shut Off," all from the Beta Love sessions." If you missed it, ypou can stream "All I Fear" below.
Ra Ra Riot and We Were Promised Jetpacks have added a show together at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on June 13, 2013. Tickets are on sale.
For Ra Ra Riot the show is a headlining date in the middle of their tour with the Postal Service who they play with two nights later at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
For We Were Promised Jetpacks the show is so far a one-off in the USA, so I can't help but assume we'll find out about a NYC show very soon, though we know that so far it won't be part of Summerstage.
All currently announced WWPJ dates, and Ra Ra Riot dates and that unreleased song, 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...
Iceage @ Portland's Star Theater, March 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Emo's 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* The Quavers @ Barbes
* Shuggie Otis @ B.B. King's
* Anthrax @ J&R Music World
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Fab Faux @ Wellmont Theatre
* Gypsy Kings @ Beacon Theatre
* Smokey's Secret Family @ Barbes
* John Scofield, Mike Stern @ Birdland
* STS9, Eliot Lipp @ Roseland Ballroom
* Aimee Mann, Ted Leo @ Webster Hall
* Amon Tobin (DJ) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Clinic, The Cobbs @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Little Women, Mick Barr @ 92Y Tribeca
* TEETH, Ami Dang, Haribo @ Glasslands
* Jonathan Toubin, Quintron @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jamie Saft, H.R. (of Bad Brains) @ The Stone
* Culo, Kremlin, CREEM, Missionary @ Acheron
* Losers Lounge tribute to Elvis Costello @ Joe's Pub
* Jacksie, Bob Jones & The Golden Tones @ Glasslands
* Black Breath, Mutation Rites, White Widows @ Knitting Factory
* Iceage, White Lung, Parquet Courts, Burial @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Kin, Showcase of NBC's The Voice @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Marco Benevento, Mike Dillon, Diamond Doves @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Prince Rupert's Drops @ In Living Stereo
* Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Black Dice, K-Holes @ Secret Project Robot
* Western Ennisphere, Jeremiah Cymerman, Hax Breaker @ Silent Barn
* Dinowalrus, Mean Creek, I Eat Paint, Gross Relations @ Shea Stadium
* A-Trak, Oliver, Jason Taylor, Mike Church, Jess Marquis @ Webster Hall
* Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, High on Fire, Holy Grail @ Irving Plaza
* Ava Luna, Grass Is Green, Tremors II, Caddywhompus, Baked @ Big Snow
* FaltyDL, Nomi Ruiz, Justin Strauss, Eli Escobar + more DJ sets @ Turntable Lab
* Breakfast In Fur, Built By Animals, Great Maison, Vinyl Thief, Dan Hill @ Pianos
* Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Underachievers @ Gramercy Theatre
* Shellshag, Screaming Females, Swearin', Hilly Eye, Great Thunder @ Maxwell's
* Silent Drape Runners, Easy Lover, Prentis Estates, Sprinkles @ 15 Anthony Street
* Every Flavor Water Machine, Christians To The Lions, The Other Bones @ Bowery Electric
* Drapetomania, Una Besita Incontrolable, S.H.I.T., Birth Deformities, Sad Boys @ ABC No Rio
* Light Asylum, Rewards, Com Truise, Rewards, Silent Drape Runners (DJ) @ Mercury Lounge
* DJ sets from Parquet Courts, Sharon Van Etten, FaltyDL, Jonathan Toubin + more @ Other Music
* Forgetters, Doug Gillard, Swearin', Livids, Tom Scharpling, Black Schwarzenbach @ Generation Records
* The Rival Mob, Dawn of Humans, Double Negative, Bloodkrow Butcher, Violent Future, Subclinix, Warthog @ 285 Kent
* Jonathan Toubin, Bryan Kasenic, FaltyDL, Scott Mou/Queens, Matt Werth, Caleb Braaten, Parquet Courts @ Other Music
* Literature, Grand Resort, The Hairs, Cascading Slopes (members of The Drums), Kip Berman (of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Sparxx @ Cake Shop
It's Record Store Day as you have probably heard, and there's a lot of fun stuff going on related to that. Please consult our guide for details. Happy hunting and hope you find the #RSD13 exclusives you're looking for. And most importantly, support your local record store the rest of the year too.
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Shlohmo (who recently put out an excellent collaborative track with Jeremih) and The Underachievers (who played our official BrooklynVegan showcase and is on a tour with Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies that hits Gramercy Theater tonight) teamed up for Ray-Ban x Boiler Room set at SXSW. You can watch a video of that entire half-hour set below (via FACT).
Enigmatic Swedish psych band GOAT start their U.S. tour next week, kicking off here in NYC with a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (4/23) (moved from Glasslands) and also includes a stop at Austin Psych Fest. All tour dates are listed below.
While GOAT's phantasmagoric debut, World Music, remains unreleased in North America, they do have a couple Stateside releases coming out soon. For Record Store Day (4/20), the band will release two 12" versions of track "Run to Your Mama" with eight different remixes total. (Note: These were all previously released as a bonus-CD with the initial run of their album.) "Vol. 1" features versions from Thought Forms, The Horrors' Tom Furse, Redg Weeks, and Teeth of the Sea; "Vol. 2" has mixes by Gnod and Raikes Parade, Cherrystones, Hookworms, and Cage & Aviary. There'll be 2000 copies of these babies worldwide on blue vinyl, so look out for them. You can stream Teeth of the Sea's "Greatest of All Time" mix below.
Then this summer, GOAT will release a new track, "Dreambuilding," as a 7" single via Sub Pop. It'll just be a one-off for the label, Sub Pop hasn't signed them. You can stream it over at Pitchfork. "Dreambuilding" will actually be an #RSD13 release in Sweden... maybe they'll have copies at their merch table? And hopefully they'll have copies of World Music on vinyl too, which comes is a trippy, die-cut sleeve.
"Dreambuilding" artwork, that remix stream, and U.S. tour schedule below...
...or the "Best of Record Store Day if Record Store Day were April 1st instead of April 20th...
Record Store Day is Saturday (4/20), and you saw what we're hoping to spend our money on, and where we may do it. Here's a list of exclusive #RSD13 #420 titles that, well - if nothing else, prove Record Store Day is not just for hipsters & record collectors. Get your Bee Girl and Rave Dad on 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.
Nomi Ruiz, who was one of the vocalists on Hercules & Love Affair's 2008 breakthrough and is a current member of Jessica 6, is set to release her second solo album, Borough Gypsy, on May 14 as a free download via Clocktower Gallery's website.
You can get an early listen to the album at a listening party at Clocktower Gallery on April 23. While there you can also check out accompanying video portraits directed by Nomi, as well as diaries, sketchbooks, photo albums and songwriting journals. The event runs from 6 - 8 PM and is free, but RSVP is required.
Before that, Nomi will be one of the many DJs spinning vinyl at Turntable Lab's Record Store Day festivities on Saturday (4/20). Other DJs include FaltyDL, Justin Strauss, Midnight Magic and many more. Flyer for their event is below.
Nomi was among the performers and DJs at last night's tribute (4/17) to legendary NYC DJ Mark Kamins who died earlier this year. The party, which happened at Santos, featured an incredible roster of talent, from spinners like Jellybean Benitez, John Robie, and Justin Strauss, and live performances from Konk (their first show since 1986), Crystal Ark, and more. Did you go to Santos last night? How was it (and how late did it go)? A few Instagrams from Santos are below.
photos by Charley Gallay/WireImage
Dan Deacon @ Sonos Studios, April 4, 2013
Dan Deacon has been branching out lately into all sorts of other media. His iPhone and Android apps have become a large component of his live shows, and he now has collaborated with filmmaker Tom Kuntz on an multimedia exhibition titled "Bugs," which is currently on display at Sonos Studios in Los Angeles till May 5:
"Bugs" is a multimedia installation featuring a bizarre band of insects brought to life by filmmaker Tom Kuntz in collaboration with electronic musician Dan Deacon. Six large monoliths containing TV screens positioned in a circle immerse visitors in the visual and aural show. Kuntz designed the bugs, Deacon composed a wealth of loops for each, and then The Mill LA worked their magic with animation and created software to generate randomized playback for the ensembles' many loops. The final result is a perpetually changing installation with literally millions of variations. It is at once bizarre, comedic, and utterly fascinating, just like the team of collaborators. Each Bug comes to life via SONOS PLAYBAR, the ultimate conduit merging video and sound, conveying the rich musical soundscape that accompanies intricately rendered visuals.The opening party for "Bugs" happened on April 4 and pictures from that are in this post. You may remember that Dan did the score for Francis Ford Coppola's experimental thriller, Twixt, which still has yet to be released theatrically or on home video in North America. Those with an all-region DVD player can order abroad.
As mentioned, Dan will be in NYC soon, playing a sold-out show at Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 27. You can, however, still get tickets to the official after party at 285 Kent later that night that Dan will be DJing. He's also opening for Animal Collective's upcoming rescheduled North American dates.
And lastly, Dan's got a Record Store Day release as well, a limited edition, hand-numbered 7" single featuring two versions of "Konono Ripoff No. 1" as performed by two sets of dual drummers: Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on Side A; Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on Side B. You can stream the A-Side and check out more pictures from the "Bugs" opening party below.
The Men at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by David Andrako)
We just told you about a bunch of Record Store Day releases that we're excited for, and here's one more that should be pretty great. Sacred Bones is releasing the third installment of their Todo Muere series, and this one features tracks from The Men, Moon Duo, a Psychic Ills remix of Follakzoid, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Zola Jesus, The Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, and Case Studies. Check out the album art and stream The Men's contribution, "B Minor," a track from their New Moon sessions, below.
The Men are on tour now and will be back in NYC for a Northside Festival show on June 14 at Warsaw with the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of Black Flag, Ginn's other project Good For You, and Netherlands (sold out). They're also playing 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on June 29, though that lineup has not been announced in full yet. Stay tuned.
Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch also have a NYC show coming up which happens at Mercury Lounge on May 7 with drone guitar great Noveller. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/12) at noon. It's Jozef & Jim's only US date before heading overseas for Primavera Sound and other shows.
All Jozef Van Wissem and The Men dates are listed, along with The Men song stream, below...