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Sad news: Williamsburg, Brooklyn record store Sound Fix is closing and its final day, appropriately, will be April 20 (Record Store Day). Whiskey Brooklyn, which is next door, will then expand into their space. Opened in 2004, Sound Fix was originally located on Bedford @ N11 location, but moved to it's current 44 Berry St. location in 2009. If anyone is interested in buying Sound Fix -- the business, not the space, obviously -- they can reach out to the owner via contact information on Sound Fix's website.
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...
For the third year, Record Store Day will have a secondary event on Black Friday (aka the day after Thanksgiving 11/23 this year) with a bunch of exclusive releases that might just make good holiday presents for the collector on your list. While not as extensive as Record Store Day proper (third Saturday in April), there are still some pretty cool releases, including:
- Vinyl reissue of the Fat Boys' first album on a pizza picture discThe whole list of Black Friday Record Store Day exclusives can be found here.
- A new vinyl reissue of Love's Forever Changes that includes a bonus 7" with an unreleased edit of "Alone Again Or"
- 7"s for White Stripes singles Hotel Yorba" (Live at the Hotel Yorba)," "Fell in Love with a Girl" and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
- a Beach Boys 10" of "Surfin' Surfari" in gatefold sleeve
- vinyl pressing of Death Might Be Your Santa Claus which collects holiday blues songs from the '20s, '30s, '40s, and '50s
Frank Turner (via)
Frank Turner, who spends virtually all of his time on the road, played an intimate show at Knitting Factory last month, and is continuing to tour internationally throughout the rest of 2012. He'll return to NYC in the fall for a much larger, full band show at Webster Hall on September 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at noon. All dates, including a solo appearance at The Fest, are listed below.
In an interview with Pop-Break, Frank mentioned that his new album will be out in January, 2013 via Epitaph. Here's what he had to say about the album:
I've got a ton of songs hanging around right now in various different levels of finished-ness, and I found some gaps in my schedule to go into the studio, and I'm not the kind to be sitting around and waiting. I've got more than enough songs for one record, but I'm trying to get another whole pile finished to have a large selection to choose from and put the best ones on the record. Realistically, the new record will probably be out in January of next year. I'm excited about this new record. I think the songs are better than the ones that came before, and that's always a good feeling.Meanwhile, Frank released a Record Store Day 7" of "I Still Believe" off of his 2011 LP, England Keep My Bones, and a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love," which he's often covered live. The single will be out digitally on April 30. Check out a live video of him covering "Somebody to Love" at Reading Festival 2011 below.
All dates and video below...
Blitzen Trapper at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Portland folk rockers Blitzen Trapper, who just celebrated their 12th anniversary as a band, have added dates surrounding their run with Wilco, who they also play a pre-Newport Folk Festival show with. The new dates include a free'Concerts on the Oval' show at NYC's Stuyvesant Town Oval on July 14 and a not-free, Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 15. Tickets for the MHOW go on sale Friday (4/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/25) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The band just made a video for "Stranger in a Strange Land" off their 2011 LP, American Goldwing. The video was created by filmmaker Luke Norby and Blitzen Trapper drummer Brian Adrian Koch. You can watch it below.
They also released a Record Store Day 7" with a cover of "Hey Joe" and the previously unreleased Blitzen Trapper song, "Skirts on Fire." Sub Pop pressed a limited 1,800 copies of the 7" on yellow vinyl. It's currently going for pretty cheap on eBay and you can try your luck with some of the downloads that are out there. Stream "Skirts on Fire" here.
All dates and video below...
Michigan indie poppers Saturday Looks Good to Me, led by main songwriter Fred Thomas, are set to kick off their first tour since Fred ended the project back in 2008. The tour kicks off next month with support from Wild Moccasins. That tour includes a Brooklyn show happening on May 18 at Knitting Factory with Cola Jet Set, Orca Team, and Catnaps. Tickets are on sale now for the show which is part of NYC Popfest. All dates are listed below.
SLGTM reissued their 2003 album, All Your Summer Songs, on 180-gram white vinyl for Record Store Day via Polyvinyl. Did you pick one of those up? If not, you can try your luck bidding on one on eBay. Fred is also promising a new SLGTM album due out this fall. Meanwhile, Polyvinyl have assembled a playlist of the band's work, which you can stream below.
All dates and playlist stream below...
Feist @ Coachella on Record Store Day (more by David Andrako)
Who picked up a copy of the Record Store Day release? Listen to both sides 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...
today in NYC
* Tribeca Film Fest
* RECORD STORE DAY
* Khaossia @ Drom
* Stern @ The Stone
* Miles Levy @ The Stone
* Park Stickney @ Barbes
* Toby Driver @ The Stone
* Sierra Maestra @ Town Hall
* New Edition @ Theater @ MSG
* Fountains of Wayne @ Irving Plaza
* Chilly Gonzales @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Esperanza Spalding @ Webster Hall
* Sam Sparro @ Highline Ballroom
* Mice Parade, Curstis Harvey @ Littlefield
* The Greyboy Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Terry Malts, The Suzan, Mainland @ Glasslands
* Everytime I Die, Primitive Weapons @ Maxwell's
* Giant Squid, Fight Amp, East of The Wall @ Saint Vitus
* DeRobert & The Half-Truths, The Revelations @ Littlefield
* Brothers Past, The Manhattan Project @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hand Cream, Slutever, Mannequin Pussy @ Death By Audio
* Portugal. the Man, Lonely Forest @ Starland Ballroom (NJ)
* Robbers On High Street, Diamond Doves @ Mercury Lounge
* Liquor Store, Organs, Burning Itch, The Jigglers @ Union Pool
* Soft Black, Cousins, Lost Boy?, Indian Rebound @ Shea Stadium
* Tronics/Zarjaz, The Zoltars, Literature, What Next? @ Cake Shop
* The Lumineers, Kopecky Family Band @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Tiger & Woods, justin Miller, Jacques Renault, Drew Heffron @ Glasslands
* Memoryhouse, Ex Cops, Mattaeh Baim @ Public Assembly
* Outlook, Bridge And Tunnel, Model Home, Death First @ ABC No Rio
* White Lung, Crazy Spirit, Rational Animals, Deformity, Putrida @ The Acheron
* Everymen, Blue Chip Village, Nico Blues, Cinema Cinema, Nikki Sue @ Pianos
* Daryl Hall, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Live From Daryl's House) @ Beacon
* Philip Glass, Tim Fain (performing Glass' chamber music) @ The Met Museum of Art
* The Back Pockets, Rifle Recoil, Soft Spot, So So Glos (DJ) @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca, Kuhrye-oo, Fur, CFCF's Nightbus, Gobby, Physical Therapy @ 285 Kent Ave
* Unsound Festival - Blackened Music Series presents Transgression w/ Lustmord, Biosphere, Jacaszek @ West Park Presbyterian Church
Lots of in-stores today courtesy of Record Store Day.
Today is the second day of Coachella Week 2. Check out pictures from yesterday.
And check out some pictures from a Heartless Bastards show in Austin last night.
photos by David Andrako
Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...
Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE
Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.
Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.
We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.
ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.
Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...
Memoryhouse (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Despite a recent, horrible gear theft (list below) which caused the cancellation of last night (Philadelphia) and tonight's (Boston) shows for Memoryhouse, the band are continuing on their tour with Washed Out and they've even added a third NYC show! In addition to their sold out shows with Washed Out at both Highline Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg, and their own show Saturday night at Public Assembly with Ex Cops, Memoryhouse will play a free afternoon in-store at Permanent Records in Williamsburg on Saturday too. P-recs says:
The big day is upon us. Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21st.More Record Store Day events HERE. More Memoryhouse tour dates and their stolen gear list (with info on how to help them), below...
We are opening at 11am. We will have countless exclusive & limited edition releases to commemorate the occasion. We will have special giveaways throughout the day. We will have treats for our earliest customers. We will have live performances from Mattison at 1pm & 5pm. We also have Sub Pop's Memoryhouse coming in at 3pm for a special acoustic performance.
A few more notes to remember going into this special occasion:
-We have gone to great lengths to make sure we have stock on as many RSD exclusive titles as possible. However, due to the highly limited nature of some of these releases, quantities are often extremely limited. Many titles sell out instantly, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
-*We are doing absolutely NO holds or special orders for any RSD exclusive titles.* They are sold on a first come, first served basis.
-We generally don't receive our RSD product until VERY shortly before the big day, so please don't call asking what we will have in stock. We are not holding out on you! We are trying to get as much as possible, but like you, we generally don't know specifics in advance.
It's gonna be a great day. Can't wait to see you all then.
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...
Yann Tiersen & band
Yann Tiersen just released his latest album "Skyline" here in the States via -Anti and will begin touring behind that album on Tuesday in Delaware, which is followed by a Thursday show in Philly and a Friday, 4/27 show at Irving Plaza (which is one day before he plays a sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg), but first:
J&R MUSIC WORLD CELEBRATES THE UNIQUE CULTURE OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC RETAIL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012That's all happening this Saturday at J&R Music World in downtown Manhattan. More details at J&R's site. Updated Yann Tiersen tour dates, and the video for new song "Another Shore", below...
Join thousands of like minded music fanatics who are marking this occasion at one of the 700 independently owned record stores across the country.
Free In-Store Performances
Everest at Noon
Yann Tiersen at 1PM
Mike Doughty at 2PM
Guitar great Doyle Dykes free performance clinic in our Musical Instruments store at 3PM
Free demonstration of the great new Roland R-MIX.
Portugal. The Man's current tour with the Lonely Forest brings them to Brooklyn on Friday for show at Music Hall of Williamsburg followed by a visit to NJ on Saturday for a show at Starland Ballroom. The Brooklyn show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Starland, AND we have a pair of tickets you can win to that one. Details below.
Contest details below...
WE WILL OPEN AT 8AM!Kim's is located at 124 1st Ave in New York, NY.
10AM - DJ MUSH1 (WNYU TUNNEL ONE REGGAE SHOW)
12PM - NEW AFTERNOON SHOW DJS (WNYU)
3PM - X-RAY EYEBALLS DJ SET (OJ)
4PM - PRINCE RAMA DJ SET (TARAKA)
5PM - MIKE WEXLER (MEXICAN SUMMER)
6PM - WOODSMAN (MEXICAN SUMMER/LEFSE/FIRE TALK)
THIS SATURDAY APRIL 21ST IS RECORD STORE DAY WHICH MEANS TONS OF EXCLUSIVE, ULTRA LIMITED RELEASES THAT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS! WE CANNOT GUARANTEE QUANTITIES, SO WE RECOMMEND GETTING HERE EARLY, EARLY, EARLY!! (OPENING AT 8AM) THIS YEAR WILL BE THE MOST FUN EVER!
NOT ONLY WILL WE HAVE OVER 150 DIFFERENT EXCLUSIVE RSD TITLES, BUT WE WILL ALSO HAVE A FULL DAY OF GUEST DJ SETS, IN-STORE PERFORMANCES AND SPECIAL SALES ON SELECT VINYL & CDS! PLUS BEER & PIZZA IN THE AFTERNOON!!! (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST...)
SEE OUR LIST!
photos by Gabi Porter
BestNewBands: What do you do with your downtime when you're on tour?Mates of State played sold out shows at strong>Le Poisson Rouge on February 17th and Maxwell's on Feb 18th as part of a tour with Sean Bones. Here are some belated pics from the Manhattan show.
Jason Hammell of Mates of State: There really isn't any downtime anymore. There used to be a shit load of it, because we would just sound check and then be sitting backstage drinking, waiting for the show to start. Now it's a really fine balance between doing sound check...well, waking up and hanging out with our kids and taking them to a museum or something, then doing sound check and coming back and having dinner with them, hanging out, maybe watch a movie, get them ready for bed, put them to bed, then go back and do the show, load out...there's just really not a whole lot of downtime anymore. And sometimes I kind of miss that, because you could just start walking, whatever city you're in, could just start walking the streets and find some interesting stuff. Sometimes, you just kind of break away and do that now, because that's where you stumble upon the beauty of all these different cities that you visited.
If you missed those shows, you have another chance to see the band this weekend and for free and in a much more intimate setting at Williamsburg record store Sound Fix in honor of Record Store Day. Sound Fix writes:
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 amThat LP, Crushes, actually came out in 2009 but is just now being released on vinyl.
Hard to believe, but we're already quickly approaching our annual holiday, Record Store Day. This year we not only promise to offer a bonanza of wonderful one-day-only releases (keep an eye on future newsletters), but we're topping the night off with Mates of State, who'll be performing at 7:30, after which they'll be signing copies of their special RSD LP of cover songs!
More pictures and the setlist from LPR below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Ex Cops release their debut single "You Are a Lion, I Am A Lamb" this Saturday (4/21, yes Record Store Day if you've forgotten). It's an Other Music RSD exclusive, which isn't really surprising as it's the first release from the Other Music Recording Company, the just-launched label extension of the venerable East Village record store. Ex Cops will also be among OM's line-up of RSD DJs, that also includes Black Dice and Four Tet. It's a big day for Ex Cops. In addition to the single release and DJ duties, they'll also play Saturday night as well, opening for Memoryhouse at Public assembly.
Ex Cops started as a bedroom recording project for Bryan Harding, who used to front Hymns, and Amalie Bruun (also of MINKS), but soon grew into a full band. While the recordings released so far (including the OMRC single) lean toward a Flying Nun/Sarah Records indie vibe, live Ex Cops still lean toward early-'90s UK, it's a much fuller sound. I caught them last week at Pianos and was really impressed. You can watch a Bowery Presents: Live" video of Ex Cops doing (single b-side) "The Millionaire" at the bottom of this post.
As for Other Music Recording Company, the label is an imprint of Fat Possum and will also release Ex Cops' full-length debut in August. The label's only other announced signing so far is Shintaro Sakamoto who used to front Yura Yura Teikoku. The Ex Cops single will be an Other Music exclusive on RSD but comes out officially on Tuesday (4/24).
Click through for cover art and streams of both sides of the Ex Cops single as well as that live video.
Check out what West Village record store Generation Records has going on Saturday, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Nick Waterhouse - Some Place (MP3)
Meet angel-faced, starched-shirted, vintage glasses-sporting producer and musician Nick Waterhouse, whose driver's license says he's 24 but whose record collection suggests he was born in 1942.Nick Waterhouse's debut album Time's All Gone is out May 1 on Innovative Leisure. You can download "Some Place" from the album at the top of this post or stream it below. Around the same time, Nick hits the road with backing band His Tarots, a tour that rolls into NYC on May 19 at Mercury Lounge. All tour dates are below.
Amy Winehouse might be gone, but old-style soul and R&B lives on via musicians like Charles Bradley, Adele, Sharon Jones and L.A.'s Aloe Blacc. Now, here comes a kid from Huntington Beach with an ear for some of the rawest, most rug-cutting R&B ever pressed to vinyl, his preferred medium. "If I'm going to bother to use a real guitar," he says later, "I want a real sound wave.
He's just starting the first recording session for his debut EP on up-and-coming local label Innovative Leisure, which launched throwback garage-soul rocker Hanni El Khatib into the stratosphere. He's also in possession of a bevy of offers to produce and record, including with Weekly favorites the Allah-Las and a series of plum gigs, including an opening slot for Booker T. (of immortal soul band Booker T. & the M.G.s) and a spot at the Sunset Junction festival this weekend. He has a small but potent and quickly growing collection of fans, many of whom have become enraptured by his self-released 45 rpm vinyl single "Some Place," which sold out in an instant and now changes hands for almost $100 on eBay. [L.A. Weekly]
I caught a few songs at SXSW and he definitely had the joint jumping with his brand of in-the-red R&B.
Allah-Las at SXSW 2012
12-string guitars, Vox bass, bolo ties, nehru collars... Los Angeles' Allah Las are a pristine recreation of '60s West Coast pop with great songs like upcoming single "Tell Me What's on Your Mind." Not pastiche, the real deal.That single (produced by Waterhouse) came out this week and you can watch video below which is definitely in a mood with song (and slightly NSFW).
The Allah-Las and Waterhouse also share sides of a Record Store Day split single. It's an 8", which I suppose is the vinyl equivalent of "this one goes to 11." Gotta admit it looks pretty cool but good luck fitting it in your singles box.
Click through for Nick Waterhouse tour dates and track stream, as well as that groovy Allah-Las video.
Says the record label:
Feist will release her much anticipated collaboration with Mastodon exclusively for Record Store Day on April 21st on Cherrytree/Interscope/Reprise. The split single, being touted as Feistodon, will be released as a limited edition 7" and features Feist covering Mastodon's "Black Tongue" and them returning the favor to cover Feist's "A Commotion."Check out pictures from Masotdon's recent show at Roseland and look for a copy of Feistodon at a record store near you this Saturday.
"I'll wear armor and hold up a sword and stand out front of the independent record shops and just protect them," Feist tells Rolling Stone.
Feist goes on to say "'Black Tongue" is speaking in my kind of elemental language - about diamond and earth and sky. It's all just in a language that I already sort of speak lyrically. It was pretty easy to climb into that one."
Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher says of Feist's "A Commotion" from 2011's acclaimed Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope): "It's very haunting the way that she sings, 'I cut off my tongue.' This dainty girl singing these brutal lyrics. It kind of sent chills up my spine when I heard it....For me it's much more atmosphere - creating my version of what metal is."
Mark Sultan at Bell House (more by Jason House)
Ahhh... So these last few months have been all about downtime, and getting lots of non-musical crap done. Lots of stressful things that I doubt anyone is interested in. But I am now pretty clear of most of it, so that's cool. Musically, it's not like I have been doing nothing, just not as much. That being said, I have recorded a bunch of new songs. They need some vocals and organ, for the most part, but this new batch of songs will be very straight-forward, rock'n'roll type stuff - vocals, guitar, bass, drums and farfisa. Lots of covers, too. Stuff I had wanted to do for a long, long time. I figured out a new recording technique using my trusty 4-track cassette machine. It sounds pretty sweet. Anyway, this seems to all be a way to precurse a tour I wanna do at the end of the year. With a full band mirroring this new recording set up, playing from my catalogue of shit, me frontmanning the whole thing. IF this actually happens, it will be really fun and, I think, pretty cool. I'm working on some ideas for the band, so if anyone is reading this: promoters, labels, musicians... Folks who wanna put stuff out, play along, book these shows, just find my email address or find me on facebook or whatever. This hypothetical tour would also be to usher in the inevitable anti-apocalypse, a time of laughs and illumination, but sure, a time of darkness. But fuck the darkness. It's full of assholes.Mark Sultan posted that message (and a bit more) on his website yesterday along with a round of dates that start in Florida, end in Montreal, and stop at Chaos in Tejas and NYC along the way. The NYC show is in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory on May 10th and tickets are on sale.
Until that time comes, until that tour possibly happens, I will be playing from April onwards, hopefully hitting most of Europe, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Reunion, Madagascar and for sure hitting the US and Canada, as you can see below. Most of these shows are happening in conjunction with the vinyl release of my 'War On Rock'n'Roll'...
....Dig the GARY PANTER artwork!! So thrilled about that! Anyhow, it's an off-the-cuff, stream-of-consciousness, live recording I did while I was in Brazil, on a very revealing tour... Anyway, it also marks the first time I attempted to incorporate a floor tom, ride cymbal and some delay into my sound, some improvising, etc... The digital version can be still found on this page somewhere, possibly archived, with a better description, and also with its manifesto, which rounds out the whole thing, putting into context. FIND IT!! Out this month on IN THE RED.
Also quickly wanted to mention to look for possibly TWO Jumbo Lions shows in July, as well as one Sexareenos show in June. HUZZAH!
So, that's it... Labels, musicians, promoters, bookers... contact me. By email. Or facebook. Not here. And if you can go see my tour (dates below), please do. And tell your friends...
All tour dates and a live video below.
The band issued this statement:
Formed in 1985 by Jon Spencer and Julie Cafritz in Washington DC, Pussy Galore drew upon the bloated hardcore scene, totally rejecting the same while embracing 60's garage punk and R'n'B, industrial noise acts like Einsturzende Neubauten, and plenty of bad vibes and badder attitude. After a relocation to New York City in '86, the band quickly rose to prominence and infamy. Sold-out concerts and record releases were celebrated and debated in the pages of the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, and Art Forum. Pussy Galore toured across North America and throughout Europe, even making it to Japan before the band finally imploded.Record Store Day is April 21, 2012.
Now this seminal and influential punk band's catalog is back in print, many of it available as digital download for the first time ever. Each release has been remastered under the supervision of Jon Spencer himself, vinyl masters are cut directly from the original tapes, all-analog. The classic 1987 album, 'Right Now', is available now on vinyl through Shove. This, along with 1988's 'SugarShit Sharp' EP and 1989's 'Dial M For Motherfucker' LP are available for download. Vinyl of SSS and Dial M will follow shortly and, as a special added bonus, a limited edition vinyl re-press of the original Pussy Galore debut 7" record, the' Feel Good About Your Body' EP, will be available for Record Store Day, also through Shove. America, get ready to feel good again!
On December 23rd of last year, Pussy Galore played an unannounced 15 song, 30 minute set at Maxwell's to a packed house, as part of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah festival benefit. This one off 'secret' show would serve notice that one of New York City's great bands still has meaning for today. There are no further shows planned at this time.
JEFF The Brotherhood at Terminal 5 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"On October 18th, 2011, JEFF The Brotherhood [were] joined by William Tyler (Tompkins Square), Loney Hutchins (Cleft Records) and Joey Plunket in recording Volume 3 of the Upstairs at United series. Each song in this session was recorded in a single take direct to ¼ inch tape then cut at 45 RPM for the ultimate listening experience."
Jeff The Brotherhood show an interesting side to their influence on this release. They cover Hawkwind and play epic, eight-plus-minute jams that make up the four-song EP that will be released on Record Store Day (4/21).
My guess is that JTB will concentrate on their old garage-punk standards on a recently announced string of dates in May/June. Look for the duo at Bowery Ballroom on June 17th (get your tickets starting at noon on 3/30) and Maxwell's on June 18th (no tix yet). All other tour dates are listed below.
In other news, The Guardian has an interesting article on the growing Nashville scene and how it is "American rock's hottest property"...
its On a sunny Sunday afternoon, this place doesn't look much like hipster central.. Nevertheless, this homely area of East Nashville, across the Cumberland river from downtown, is now home to possibly the biggest concentration of exciting guitar bands in one city since the White Stripes and their garage cohort emerged from Detroit at the start of the last decade.Check out the entire article at The Guardian, and watch a short documentary with the band, with all tour dates, below...
There's Pujol, playing a snarly, unconstrained version of rock'n'roll; there's Natural Child, with their goofy Stonesisms; Heavy Cream, beefing up a more traditional version of indie rock; D Watusi, bringing the beat pop; there are the teenagers of the Paperhead, offering a Sealed Knot-style re-creation of the sound of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd; there's the noisy sibling two-piece Jeff the Brotherhood, who would be the parents of all this, were it not for Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville teens who caused a brief sensation in the middle of the last decade. Oh, and did we mention one of Jeff was also in Be Your Own Pet? There's more, too - how about Diarrhea Planet, and their toppling-sideways take on hardcore punk?
by Bill Pearis
I remember getting Mercury Rev's Yerself is Steam, putting it in my CD player and thinking, "My speakers are busted." But then I came to realize this was just how the music was recorded: loud and fucked up, strange but kind of beautiful too. The band's second album, Boces, was much the same way, if a little friendlier. Then vocalist David Baker left the band, Jonathan Donahue took over and turned Mercury Rev into a much more listenable (but no less odd) band.
Baker then made an ostensibly solo album in 1994 under the name Shady, getting some help from the UK shoegaze community (Boo Radleys, Swervedriver, Rollerskate Skinny) that kept it strange and noisy... and then he basically stopped making music. Baker produced some bands in the late '90s, but not a peep otherwise.
Until now. Variety Lights is Baker's first new musical output in 18 years, a collaboration with electronic musician Will MacLean. The first taste is, appropriately enough, titled "Silent Too Long," and shows that age hasn't mellowed Baker's desire to make music that sounds like your stereo is fried. (Or your earbuds.) Though keyboard-driven, "Silent Too Long" has Baker's unmistakablly weird warble front-and-center. You can stream it at the bottom of this post.
"Silent Too Long" will be released as a 10" single on Fire Records on Record Store Day, with a remix by Silver Apples on the flip. Variety Lights' debut album, Central Flow, is out in May. Click through for the stream.