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Record Store Day

Remember Record Store Day comes two times a year now. There's the regular Record Store Day which happens the third Saturday in April, and there's the Black Friday Record Store day (aka today, 11/25,2011), which also brings special releases to many participating record stores.

Bull Moose's Chris Brown discusses what you'll find in record stores today, in the videos below...

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photos by Chris Graham

"I just saw Craig Finn play a theramin with a beer bottle." - Kate McKean

Craig Finn, Eugene Mirman & friends @ City Winery
Roseanne Cash

"Craig Finn, frontman of The Hold Steady, has confirmed the November 25 release of his new 7" single "Honolulu Blues," a preview of his highly anticipated solo debut out early 2012. The limited edition 7" vinyl, released with new b-side "Rented Room," will only be available in select record stores nationwide on Record Store Day's "Black Friday" sale. Both songs will be available via all digital retailers on November 29.

Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead) in Austin, Texas earlier this year, Finn's solo album features backing by members of White Denim, The Heartless Bastards, Phosphorescent, and Centro-matic." [PR]

Craig Finn was one of the many guests that played John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders on Friday. Here are some pictures from his part (more here). They continue beow...

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Steve Earle at Beacon (more by Matthew Eisman)
Steve Earle

Steve Earle will head out with his electric band, The Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Alison Moorer, for a string of tour dates in support of his new LP/novel I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. Kicking off in June, the dates include NYC twice: 9/12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 9/13 at Town Hall. Town Hall tickets go on sale on Friday 4/22 at 11AM, while MHoW tickets go on AmEx presale on 4/20 before going on general sale on Friday. All tour dates are listed below.

I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive the album is due in 4/26, but the novel is due on 5/12 and "imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams". Earle is currently offering the first chapter from his new book as well as a download of the new song "Waitin' On The Sky" if you "like" him on Facebook.

More imminently, Steve Earle and Alison Moorer will also appear at the Beacon Theater on May 27th in celebration of Wavy Gravy's 75th birthday alongside Ani DiFranco, Jackson Browne, Dr.John, and many others. Tickets are still available.

Steve released a limited edition 7" on Record Store Day. Did you pick one up?

The A-Side is Earle's version of the Hank Williams song that is the title of both Earle's new studio album and debut novel, I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive. The song was the last single released during Hank Williams' lifetime in December of 1952. The B-Side is Earle's celebrated original "This City" which has garnered both Emmy and Grammy Award nominations as it was written for HBO's Original Series Treme (in which Earle appears as a cast member). "This City" also closes Earle's T Bone Burnett-produced new album released by New West Records on April 26th. The 7 inch single is a hand-numbered edition of 2,600 copies on translucent red vinyl with black swirl. The cover of "I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" will be available digitally as a bonus track, and is exclusive in physical form to this 7 inch release.
All tour dates below...

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Record Store Day

It looks like the above-pictured limited edition "BIG STAR - Third - Test Pressing Edition - Box Set" (1 In Every 300 Sets Will Contain Actual Test Pressings From The 70s.) is the most expensive/most bid on item right now on Ebay from this past Saturday's Record Store Day. People are trying to get $200 for them, which is a bargain compared to how much someone wants for one of the Arcade Fire Coachella balls (note: if you recognize their eBay item description, that's because it's copy & pasted right out of the BV post).

photos by Jason House


West Village record store Generation Records celebrated Record Store Day 2011 by releasing two new records (Off! and Bouncing Souls, both "Live At Generation Records"), and with a day full of in-store performances by Obits, I Hate Our Freedom, The Jay Vons, and Spa Castles. There were also DJ Sets from Yo La Tengo, Tom Scharpling (WFMU's Best Show), and Eric Davidson (and a special appearance by Fred Armisen who also played a secret set before Joan as Policewoman at Mercury Lounge two nights earlier) during the afternoon of 4/16. J Edward Keyes reports that, "Obits [turned] in a great all-covers Record Store Day set at Generation w. special guests: Ira & Georgia from Yo La Tengo!" You can see the action in the pictures from the whole day, above and below.

Obits play NYC again on Wednesday, and they'll play covers again, but this time at Union Pool as part of a tribute to Brendan of Orphan with Krallice, Mira Bilotte (of White Magic & Quix*o*tic), and Dope Body. Tickets are available at the door, and all proceeds go back to Brendan's family. Bands will be playing reworked material by Orphan, other Brendan material, and possibly some of their own material as well.

More pictures from Generation Records, below...

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Sharon Van Etten @ the Rock Shop in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sharon Van Etten

today in NYC
* Fursaxa @ The Stone
* Meg Baird @ The Stone
* The Four Bags @ Barbes
* Howard Fishman @ Barbes
* The Sounds of Taraab @ Barbes
* Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
* Aluminum Nights @ The Kitchen
* Gina Badger @ Issue Project Room
* Punch Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Yolande Harris @ Issue Project Room
* Balthrop, Alabama, The Flanks @ 92YTribeca
* Grand Baton @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
* Joe Pug, Strand of Oaks @ Mercury Lounge
* The Figgs, Bastards Of Melody @ The Rock Shop
* EULA, Shark?, Ghost Bunny, Pow Wow @ Bruar Falls
* Nightdogs, Right On Dynamite, Hiawatha @ The Gutter
* Pill, CURT@!N$, Rapsody with 9th Wonder @ Southpaw
* Overkill, Accept, Sabaton, Cypher Seer @ Best Buy Theater
* Spectrum, Crystal Stilts, DJ Non Format @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Drain The Sky, No Comply, Cojoba, OFC @ ABC No Rio
* Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Shad @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Tim Barry, Jenny Owen Youngs, Josh Small @ Mercury Lounge
* The Go! Team, Jesper of Junior Senior (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chat Logs, Sam Mickens & Mike Pride, SWATi, Alaskas @ Silent Barn
* Grouper, Zelienople, Tones of Migration, DJ Ning Nong @ Glasslands
* Pygmy Lush, Des Ark, Ghastly City Sleep, Little Gold @ The Acheron
* Sharon Van Etten, Megafaun, She Keeps Bees @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* 80s Hardcore, Pop. 1280, Flesh Lights, Balkans @ 285 Kent Ave
* Come, Eleventh Dream Day, D. Charles Speer & The Helix @ The Bell House
* The Diamond Center, Phantom Family Halo, Fielded, Chron Turbine @ Coco 66
* Will Stratton, Woodsy Pride, Free Advice, Christine Hoberg @ Pete's Candy Store
* EULA (performing throughout the day for Record Store Day) @ Permanent Records
* Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, The Kickdrums, Midnight Spin, The Pass @ Fontana's (afternoon show)
* Little Shalimar, Mike Bones, K.I. Bunton & The Juggs, DJ Josh Wildman @ Union Pool
* Decibel, Finespun, Polkadot Cadaver, Polkadot Cadaver, Nevereven, Hellshot @ Local 269
* AIDS Wolf, Captain Ahab, White Suns, Controlled Bleeding, Telecult Powers @ Death By Audio
* Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Gross Relations, Deep Sound Diver, Cutleri, Woodford Green, Nico Soffiato @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Obits, The Jay Vons, I Hate Our Freedom, Spa Castles, Yo La Tengo (DJ set), Tom Scharpling (DJ set) @ Generation Records
* McDonalds, Natural Child, Eternal Summers, Widowspeak, Hands and Knees, Overlord, Night Collectors, Twitchers (Record Store Day celebration) @ Cake Shop
* The Micks, The Queen Killing Kings, Air Traffic Controller, Son Of George, Tallahassee, Sarah Jarosz, Anthony D'Amato, Tiffany Thompson, Rachel Zylstra, Lisa Mohar, Peter Kirk @ Rockwood Music Hall

Coachella is happening in California. If you're not there, you can watch the stream.

Today is Record Store Day. All in-store performances are listed HERE

What else?

Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2011 is Saturday (4/16)! Shops will be flooded with limited/rare releases from tons of notables (watch a video below of some of the stuff), and they will hopefully make lots of money. Some area stores will also host free live events...

Other Music, though they seem to have scaled it back a bit from last year, has a special show scheduled for Saturday, but set your alarm clocks.

We also have a very special in-store performance on Saturday from NYC's own Regina Spektor ...The first 100 customers who buy her new RSD 7" Four from Far at Other Music on Record Store Day will get one ticket to see a private solo performance Regina is giving right next door to OM at 2 p.m. on Saturday. That's the only way to see the show, so come on down early, get in line and buy her new RSD 7" record.
Regina will also be screening her concert film Live In London later that night at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Anyone who can't get in to the live show, will get $3 off admission with an Other Music Record Store Day receipt (show it at the box office).

OM will also have "a ton of cool gifts and prizes, records, CDs and swag, including a backpack and a gift certificate for a pair of sneakers from our friends at Onitsuka Tiger for the first five customers who spend $250 or more". Other Music opens at 11am.

As previously discussed, Obits, The Jay Vons, I Hate Our Freedom, and Spa Castles will team up on Saturday, but Generation Records have also added DJ Sets from Yo La Tengo (all three members), Tom Scharpling (WFMU's Best Show), Eric Davidson (New Bomb Turks), Bill Dolan (American Standard), Mike Longo (Hoboken Heartthrob). Doors are at 11AM, bands start at 1PM... full set times and flyer are below.

As also previously discussed, Damon & Naomi play a free in-store at Sound Fix Records who open at 10:30am on Saturday.

Eula will appear at Permanent Records "throughout the day" before playing Bruar Falls later that night with Shark?, Ghost Bunny, Pow Wow & DJ Ron Like Hell as part of their Maurice Narcisse record release party.

As discussed, Fat Beats & Waxpoetics will open a pop-store in DUMBO that will host a ton of hip hop/funky notables including The Stepkids, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Neek The Exotic & Large Professor, CSC Funk Band and many more. The pop-up store opens at noon.

East Village Radio will broadcast live from Academy Records in the East Village (12th between 1st & A) from 4 - 6PM.

Kim's Music & Video will host Angel Olsen (5pm) and Bow Ribbons (6pm) for RSD, with the store opening at 9AM.

Though it isn't exactly a record store or a free show, Fontana's will host a "RSD Afterparty" from 3PM to 7PM with Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, The Kickdrums, Midnight Spin, and The Pass. The show costs $10.

Cake Shop used to be a record store and it will be again on Record Store Day. As Bill said, "Eternal Summers also play Cake Shop on Saturday (4/16) which is the venue's Record Store Day extravaganza, featuring a slew of great -- mostly local -- bands. The downstairs will be a record mart during the day (noon - 6PM). Bands during the evening include the previously-mentioned McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Overlord, Hands & Knees, Night Collectors and Twitchers." The flyer is reposted below.

Looney Tunes in West Babylon is sure to actually be looney, as the store will host free shows by Thursday, Kevin Devine, The Pretty Reckless, Alex Skolnick, Grace Read, Tiger Riot, and Hotel of The Laughing Tree starting at 2PM. More details on how to get into see each band (each has a different entry condition) head to the Looney Tunes site.

Vintage Vinyl in NJ has... John Leguizamo. (whatever works)

J&R Music World will host Lez Zeppelin "and others to be announced" on Record Store Day. Doors open at 10AM.

Elsehwere you have Dom playing in Newbury Comics right before TV on the Radio do a signing, My Morning Jacket at CD Central in Lexington, Off! at Fingerprints in Long Beach, tons of bands at Grimey's, The Growlers and special guest at Origami Vinyl, and much more. There will be a Record Store Day tent at Coachella for those braving the sun at the sold out fest this weekend. Check the Record Store Day site for many more listings (though note their list is far from complete).

What did we miss?


BrooklynVegan is also a proud Record Store Day partner this year. Look for our metal-centric ad in a free Decibel mini-mag that will be available at various record stores on Saturday. The cover looks like this:


If you can't get the mag, you can also download the free sampler that comes with it online And though heavy music isn't strongly represented this year live, we are happy to remedy that in recorded format by giving away a massive prize pack of vinyl to one (seriously) lucky reader. It includes:

  • Trap Them's Darker Handcraft on vinyl
  • a Kvelertak t-shirt
  • Red Fang - limited edition Wires 7" vinyl
  • A prize pack of Goes Cube 7" vinyl featuring every song on Of Tides & Drifts "Property" (sorry, the label informed us that they instead only have "Property" for this contest)
  • Obscura - Omnivarium LP on vinyl (clear, not available to the public, 100 copies pressed)
Details on how to win, RSD videos, flyers and schedules and stuff, below...

Continue reading "a guide to Record Store Day 2011 (NYC in-stores, Regina Spektor @ Other Music, a big metal vinyl contest & more)"

DOWNLOAD: Hanni El Khatib - "Build-Destroy-Rebuild" (MP3)

Hanni El Khatib at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)

"Hanni El Khatib is so consistent in his live performances that when you see his name on a bill you know you're in for a fantastic show. Always dressed in black with his hair slicked back and bathed in a blood-red glow, El Khatib sings about violent love, past betrayals, and crumbling cities while backed by his equally talented partner in crime, drummer Nicky Fleming-Yaryan." [OC Weekly]
After a successful outing with Florence & The Machine last year, Hanni El Khatib will head back out the road with Florence again this year, though he won't be opening her sold out show at Central Park Summerstage (that honor is reserved for Twin Shadow and Bubbles). All dates are listed below.

While on that trek, El Khatib will play a pair of his own NYC shows though. You can catch him at Mercury Lounge on 6/24 and at Glasslands on 6/25. Tickets are on sale for Glasslands, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon.

Hanni is also playing Bonnaroo in June, and those in LA can see him for free much sooner courtesy of Record Store Day @ Origami Vinyl where he'll share a bill with Islands, The Growlers, and a "Secret Special Guest." UPDATE: he cancelled, and so did "Islands"? This is what is happening at the LA store:

Alright folks. The list you have all been waiting for. Below you will find all of the titles that we will have on Record Store Day this Saturday.

WARNING: We have yet to receive a couple shipments and have been told they are guaranteed to be delivered tomorrow. As soon as we receive these we will post them up in herrrrrre.

ALSO: Unfortunately Nick T had to cancel his in-store on Saturday. Dude is in Texas and can't get back in time :(((((

So: Secret Suprise Guest @ 2pm ::: The Growlers @ 8pm

We open at 10 AM. The line will be let in 5 at a time to keep from peeps being trampled. Good luck!


Speaking of records, Hanni El Khatib released a pair of 7"s in recent months in preparation for his upcoming Will The Guns Come Out debut LP due on Stones Throw this summer. Download "Build Destroy Rebuild" from the 7" and LP above and stream it alongside all tour dates and some videos below...

Continue reading "Hanni El Khatib schedules solo shows during Florence & the Machine tour, NOT playing Origami Vinyl on Record Store Day"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Eternal Summers - Prisoner (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Crystal Stilts - Through the Floor (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zaza - Distance Creator (ZIP)


Coachella may be happening on the other coast but it's a lovely day here in NYC and I don't feel like I'm missing anything this weekend staying here. For one thing it's Record Store Day which also falls the same weekend and Tax Day which may be good or bad depending how you did this year. And there's lots of other stuff worth seeing too, so let's get into it.

McDonalds are one of these local groups whose name I'd seen around for a while and given the bands they often played with -- German Measles, Home Blitz, Tyvek -- I had it in my mind they sounded one way when, in fact, they don't. Well, that's not exactly true. They are kind of shambly indie. But their great new single "Good Parts" is like some lost obscure 7" from 1990 Manchester, that era when C-86 melted into the baggy scene. You can check it out -- in video form -- at the bottom of this post in a fun green-screened clip starring a lot of people you might recognize if you hang out at Bruars Falls or Cake Shop with any regularity.

McDonalds have three shows coming up in the next week: tonight (4/14) at Union Pool with Lyonnais and Helado Negro, then Saturday (4/16) as part of Cake Shop's Record Store Day extravaganza (more on that in a minute), and then next Wednesday (4/20) with former Swell Maps/Television Personalities dude Jowe Head & The Extremities.

As mentioned above, also playing the Union Pool show tonight are Atlanta four-piece Lyonnais whose dark, ethereal sound will likely draw comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive... or even mid-'80s goth like Xmal Deutchland or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Their debut album is still being shopped around, but you can stream "Transitive Properties of Youth" at the bottom of this post, and a few more at their MySpace.

In addition to tonight's show, Lyonnais play tomorrow (4/15) at Glasslands and I imagine playing under the venue's stormcloud installation will be pretty apropos. I hope they are really loud too.

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers

That Glasslands bill also features Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers who have a new EP titled Prisoner out on Kanine/Forrest Family next week. The title track -- downloadable above -- is one of my favorite Eternal Summers songs yet and the whole EP is pretty excellent overall. The band, at least the last time I saw them, have expanded to a trio for live shows which fills out their sound nicely.

The Glasslands show, in addition to Eternal Summers and Lyonnais, features Toronto's Golden Dogs and locals Dream Diary who don't play together so much anymore now that guitarist Madison moved to Memphis. Brad Oberhofer will DJ in-between bands.  That's a good night of music.

Eternal Summers also play Cake Shop on Saturday (4/16) which is the venue's Record Store Day extravaganza, featuring a slew of great -- mostly local -- bands. The downstairs will be a record mart during the day (noon - 6PM). Bands during the evening include the previously-mentioned McDonalds, Natural Child, Widowspeak, Overlord, Hands & Knees, Night Collectors and Twitchers. Eternal Summers head out on tour next month with the Beets and all those tour dates are at the bottom of the post.

Also, for the real record nerds, Cake Shop is running a fun little contest. They've made 77 versions of the Record Store Day flyer, each with different backgrounds taken from album covers. Take a look, name the artist and album of as many as you can and email your answers to cakeshopusa@gmail.com. The entry with the most correct answers (or first entry in case of a tie) wins either a $77 bar tab at Cake Shop or $77 credit for the Cape Shok record mart during that day. Winner's choice. I got about 55 for sure, with another 15 I could figure out with a little time.


And finally, Spectrum (aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember who also co-fronted Spacemen 3) are in town this weekend playing two shows with Crystal Stilts: Saturday (4/16) at Le Poisson Rouge and Sunday (4/17) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Kember is one of the forefathers of drone pop and in the past few years has become known for his work behind the boards, having produced MGMT's underrated/misunderstood Congratulations album, and he mixed the new Panda Bear. There's a new Spectrum album duo sometime soon too. Kember's influence seems more relevant than ever. Glad to see he's staying busy.

Crystal Stilts
Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts owe more than a little to Kember's many records. The band just released their second LP, In Love with Oblivion and I think it's pretty great, pretty easily besting their 2008 debut (which was one of my favorite albums of that year.) The production's better, the songs are better, and the artwork's really nice as well. It's hard to listen to the new album without thinking of Frankie Rose whose relentless drumming style, I feel, probably had a lot to do with the way standout songs like "Sycamore Tree" and "Death is What We Live For" were formed. Both of those Kraut-heavy tracks made their debut in late 2008. As much as I like Rose's solo work, I miss her being in this band.

But the new new songs show that it's still guitarist JB Townsend and singer Brad Hargett writing great songs. The biggest improvement over the first album is probably the influence of keyboardist Kyle Forrester, whose parts add a bright color to Crystal Stilts' sound, especially on "Silver Sun" and single "Shake the Shackles." The record got a deserved 7.9 in Pitchfork today. You can download "Through the Floor" at the top of this post and watch the video below. Crystal Stilts are on tour starting next week and all dates are below.

That's it for this edition. Some daily picks and more after the jump.

Continue reading "McDonalds, Lyonnais, Eternal Summers, Record Store Day @ Cake Shop, Spectrum, Crystal Stilts, Zaza, Rebecca Gates & more in This Week in Indie"

DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Walking Backwards" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Damon & Naomi - "Shadow Boxing" (M4A)
DOWNLOAD: Amor de Dias - "Bunhill Fields" (MP3)

Damon & Naomi
Damon & Naomi

Damon & Naomi will add to the embarassment of Record Store Day riches by playing a free show at Sound Fix in Brooklyn on 4/16 at 7PM, AND releasing a limited 7" featuring "Walking Backwards" with a cover of Scott Walker's "The World's Strongest Man" on the flip. Look for that limited 7" wherever new vinyl is sold.

The former Galaxie 500 pair are also headining out on a US campaign with Amor de Dias in May, adding Ghost/Boris axeslinger and frequent collaborator Michio Kurihara (Boris, Ghost) on some dates and saxophonist/arranger Bhob Rainey of nmperign on others. Look for Kurihara at their Brooklyn show on May 22nd at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale.

Damon & Naomi will be touring in support of their new album, False Beats and True Hearts, which is out 5/17. Download "Walking Backwards" and "Shadow Boxing" from that CD above. Stream the same songs, and watch their new video, below.

Amor de Dias
Amor de Dias

Amor de Dias ("Love of Days") is the duo/supergroup of Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas). Their album, Street of the Love of Days, is also due 5/17. Their label is Merge Records, and Merge says:

"Over the course of three years, they quietly put together their debut record during evenings and weekends as they called in local friends (Louis Philippe) and visiting musicians (Damon and Naomi, Gary Olson) for sessions, building up the songs' multifaceted arrangements and vocal harmonies with harps, bouzoukis, strings, recorders, and brass over the core of dual Spanish guitars and the dream imagery of their bilingual lyrics.

The result is a focused, cohesive jewel of chamber pop that reflects a little of Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso's elegant brand of bossa nova, a bit of Erik Satie's haunting night music, and a large dose of spooky psychedelic folk. But the beautiful harmony that sings throughout the record makes it all their own."

Try out "Bunhill Fields" from their album above.

Expect a bit of collaboration between the two duos on tour. All dates below...

Continue reading "Damon & Naomi have a new LP, playing Record Store Day show @ Sound Fix, touring w/ Merge power couple Amor de Dias"

DOWNLOAD: The Stepkids - "Shadows on Behalf" (MP3)

Fat Beats

Relive the glory days before Fat Beats closed up shop at the Fat Beats Pop-Up Store, open in celebration of Record Store Day on 4/16. Kicking off at noon and lasting until 11PM, Fat Beats will open up their DUMBO Warehouse (110 Bridge St. 3rd Floor) with fellow groove devotees WaxPoetics and host performances from CSC Funk Band (performing Gang Starr material!), The Stepkids, Chico Mann, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Neek the Exotic & Large Professor, DJ Center, Mista Sinista, !llmind, Amir, Eternia, Danny Dann the Beat Mann, Masta Ace, Maticulous, Kev Brown & Kaimbr, Ray West, "and many surprise guests". Oh, and it's FREE.

If you miss it, Fat Beats will be hosting a monthly pop-up shop/event at the same location. Check the updated fatbeats.com for updates.

Stepkids recently dropped the new Shadows On Behalf 12" via Stones Throw; download one track from the 12" above, stream another below. The band is on board for several Brooklyn dates in the coming weeks, including April 15th at 525 Waverley Ave, April 21 at Brooklyn Bowl with Delorean ("Limited Admissions at Doors"), and 6/4 at Bell House with Dennis Coffey/The Dirtbombs (tickets). All tour dates, and streams of the 12" are below.

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Liam Finn
Liam Finn

"Liam Finn, son of Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, played the Lustre Pearl stage in the gorgeous Waterfront District [during SXSW], a full band backing his passion-rock exhibition.

Accenting the end of several of his tracks by attacking a drum kit set up stage right, Finn unleashed a torrent of heartsongs that were anything but subtle and soft-spoken. Eddie Vedder brought him along as an opener on his 2009 solo tour, and the raw talent the man has with an acoustic guitar, a loop pedal and a microphone is enough to tempt any aspiring musician give up the craft for good, knowing their natural talent will never reach his." -[Crave Online]

Liam Finn has been out on tour since SXSW, and arrives in Brooklyn to headline The Bell House TONIGHT (4/9). All tour dates are listed below.

Liam Finn is prepping to release his new LP, FOMO, via Yep Roc on June 21. The LP features "The Struggle" amongst its ten tracks which are listed below with a stream of that song.

The Luyas @ SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Luyas

Opening the Brooklyn show and other shows on the tour are Montreal's The Luyas who will stop back in NYC on Tuesday, 4/12, for their own show at Pianos w/ Sherlock's Daughter, Young Magic, Zambri, and Emily Reo. All tour dates (including a European jaunt with the Dodos) are listed below. And...

"If that weren't enough, Record Store Day, April 16, brings you the Luyas' new exclusive split 7-inch with close friends Twin Sister. The record contains two new songs: the Luyas' "When I Am a Woman" and Twin Sister's "Meet the Frownies." Twin Sister's track was recorded for the wonderful Weathervane Music project.
Look for that 7" at a record store near you on 4/16. The art is below, and don't forget that Twin Sister has a big Brooklyn show coming up too (and is playing Pitchfork and Culture Shock).

All dates, the other stuff, and The Luyas' new video for "Too Beautiful To Work," below...

Continue reading "Liam Finn on tour w/ The Luyas (who are also playing Pianos, have a new video, a 7" split w/ Twin Sister & stuff)"

Obits @ the Bell House Saturday night

Obits celebrated the release of their new record with a Brooklyn show at the Bell House on Saturday night. Some video evidence lies below. Those up in Northampton can catch the band Thursday night as they tour up to Canada. Their full list of tour dates is below.

Later this month you can catch Obits help pay tribute to Brendan Majewski in Brooklyn, though don't expect Obits songs if you go to that April 20th Union Pool show (though maybe they'll play some).

Do expect Obits songs though at the NYC gig Obits is playing even sooner. You can catch them for free (but you should buy a record while you're there) at Generation Records on April 16th aka Record Store Day with The Jay Vons (mems Reigning Sound, Robbers On High Street), I Hate Our Freedom (mems of Texas Is The Reason, Thursday), and Spa Castles. DJ sets from Tom Scharpling from WFMU will sweeten the deal, and the shindig kicks off at 1PM (doors at 11AM). The show will also double as a release party for The Bouncing Souls' "Live At Generation Records" 12-inch and OFF!'s "Live At Generation Records" 7-inch.

More details, all dates and those Bell House videos, below...

Continue reading "Obits played the Bell House, playing Generation Records on Record Store Day (and other dates)"

DOWNLOAD: Thurston Moore - "Benediction" (MP3)

there's a B.J. joke in here somewhere...
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore will release his fourth, and Beck-produced solo LP, Demolished Thoughts, on May 24th via Matador. The LP features appearances from violinist Samara Lubelski, harpist Mary Lattimore, bassist Bram Inscore, drummer Joey Waronker and Beck. Check out the first track "Benediction", which is downloadable above. And:

To mark the release of his new solo full-length, 'Demolished Thoughts', Thurston Moore is playing Brooklyn's Williamsburg Hall of Music on May 20, with tickets going on sale this Friday, April 8 via Ticketmaster.com (American Express cardholders will have an opportunity to purchase tickets on Wednesday, April 6).

In addition to the full-priced ticket option ($20), you'll have your choice of ticket(s) + 'Demolished Thoughts' bundles ;

a) one ticket + a copy of "Demolished Thoughts" on CD ($30)

b) one ticket + a copy of "Demolished Thoughts" on LP (colored vinyl, with download code) ($35)

The CD or limited edition colored vinyl copies of 'Demolished Thoughts' can be collected at the merch table on the night of the show - four days before the official release date of May 24.

MEANWHILE, you can catch Thurston Moore when he supports Mike Watt & The Missingmen (who play Mercury Lounge TONIGHT) at Daniel Street in Milford, CT on Tuesday (4/5), and at Abrons Arts Center on April 8th as part of a Japan Disaster Relief benefit with Matthew Shipp, Ikue Mori & John Zorn, and many others.

Thurston was also just announced on the bill of a hometown (Northampton) show with Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins.

The upcoming Abrons Arts Center show will be at least the 2nd Japan Disaster relief shows that Thurston is playing. Sonic Youth joined Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Cibo Matto, John Zorn, Mike Patton and others at Columbia University on 3/27 to raise money for the cause. The NY Times was there.

In related news, Sonic Youth is helping to celebrate Record Store Day on April 16th with a reissue of the Australian tour-only Whore's Moaning EP.

Check out the cover art of Thurston's new LP, below...

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PAnda Bear

NPR currently has two new Panda Bear things streaming: you can hear Noah be a guest DJ, AND you can now hear "Tomboy" in full. On Record Store Day, you can get "Tomboy" with the above-pictured t-shirt...

"Panda Bear's Tomboy album is in stores on April 12, and on Record Store Day, April 16, an edition of 1000 limited LP / T-shirt bundles will be available at participating Record Store Day stores. This shirt design will not be available again, and is not available online anywhere!"
Does eBay on April 13th count as available online anywhere? Panda released a 2-track Surfer's Hymn single via Kompakt on March 28th. The b-side is the "Actress Primitive Pattern Remix" of the song which you can listen to at Soundcloud.

In related news, Animal Collective will soon kick-off a pre-Coachella California tour with Sun Araw. Those dates are below...

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by BBG

Art for the Superchunk/Coliseum split
Superchunk/Coliseum split art

Now that Coliseum has given their epic Goddamage EP a revamp (a must, if you don't have it already), the band is currently tearing up the streets of the EU with Rise Against. After returning from that trek, Ryan Patterson & the boys will hit the US highways/byways for a string of US dates that will include NYC twice: May 14th at Public Assembly with Gods & Queens & May 15th at Union Pool with The Austerity Program. Both shows are presented by BrooklynVegan/1000Knives.

Coliseum are waving their (black) flag in support of Record Store Day, and will team up with Superchunk to release a split 7" of Misfits covers. Limited to 2000 copies in three colorways (yellow, magenta, black), Superchunk will take on "Horror Business" while Coliseum tears down "Bullet". The 7" is not the first time that Coliseum has paid tribute to Danzig, as Coliseum teamed up with Doomriders in 2005 to record the Not of This World split of Danzig covers for Level Plane.

Coliseum is also teaming up with Burning Love (ex-Cursed, hitting the road with Converge in May) for another split, this time a live record recorded at the Atlantic in Gainesville, Florida in 2010. Sound Study Recordings will release the limited LP of 1000 copies, with a CD version due via Tee Pee with bonus tracks (and also limited to 1000). You can see the cover art for that, below.

All tour dates and some videos below...

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"Word is out that your local indie record store may just be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday. And that's because indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they're scheduled for release on Black Friday.

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr. or RSD 11 or Son of the Return of Record Store Day. This is just a group of special releases that you can only find at record stores. Some of them are uber-limited, some of them are available at record stores before they're available anywhere else. But they're all special, and they kind of fly in the face of what Black Friday has become, which is "I have to shop, let's see how fast and cheap I can get it over with". The magic of these pieces is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you'll really ENJOY giving. And you'll have the extra nice feeling of supporting a local independently owned business during the holidays. So check out the list of titles, and keep in mind that not all stores on this page will carry everything, so start a conversation with your local store. Or print this out as a Wish List and hide it where your gift-giving loved ones are sure to find it. [Record Store Day]

Two of the special Black Friday releases are pictured above - one is a Roky Erickson/Black Angels LP & DVD, and the other is the deluxe edition of the new Killing Joke album Absolute Dissent (out now!), that "includes extra disc with bands like Metallica, Helmet, Foo Fighters and Fear Factory covering Killing Joke songs."

As previously mentioned, Killing Joke are playing Irving Plaza on December 3rd. Updated tour dates and a video of a dude showing off some of the records you can get Friday, below...

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Iron & Wine at ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine kick off a US tour on Saturday (11/13) with a show in St Louis at The Pageant. It's a short trip that will be followed by a two month break. Post-break, Samuel Beam and band will play two big US album release shows before heading to Europe for a tour. Those two 2011 US shows are January 26th at The Wiltern in LA with the Low Anthem, and January 29th at Radio City Music Hall with Edie Brickell. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 11/10, at 11am, and then go on regular sale Friday at 11am.

Iron & Wine's new LP, Kiss Each Other Clean, will be released on January 25th (one day before the LA show) via Warner Brothers (and 4AD in Europe, Japan, and Australia). And,

Kiss Each Other Clean's opening track, "Walking Far From Home," will be released on 12" vinyl and as a CD single that is sold exclusively through independent retailers in conjunction with "Back to Black Friday" on November 26th, in which independent record stores will be the only source for several exclusive new releases across the country.
"Back To Black Friday" is a new initiative by the people behind Record Store Day. Basically they'll be releasing exclusive records now on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving/the businest shopping day of the year) in addition to on Record Store Day which takes place in April.

The Iron and Wine single will also be available digitally on 11/30. In addition, 4AD will release two of those songs as a 7" on 1/17/11. Check out the teaser trailer and tracklist for the LP, as well as all tour dates below...

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by BBG

Slayer at Nassau Coliseum (more by Matthew Eisman)

Why are metal fans so demanding? We demand our clothes in one color (black). We have our own section on BrooklynVegan. And now we have our own version of Record Store Day:

The Music Monitor Network, largest of the independent record store coalitions with stores in both the US and Canada --is proud to announce the launch of Metal Club. Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases, starting with ...Metallica.
Metallica will release a live LP, Live at Grimey's, on standard CD/limited-edition 2x10" vinyl with a gatefold jacket on 11/26/10 ("Black Friday") which will only be available at "Metal Club" stores (which include J&R Music World in NYC and Vintage Vinyl in NJ - full list of stores here). Additional releases available on "Black Friday" will include a reissue of Queens of the Stone Age's debut on vinyl, The Sword's "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" on Hexagonal 12" Picture Disc, and Pantera's "Cowboys From Hell: The Demos" on 180 gram vinyl, among many others.

To celebrate Metal Club, and record stores in general, I have up for grabs the limited edition Slayer vinyl box set, The Vinyl Conflict (a $150 value!), which includes almost their entire recorded output (everything from Reign in Blood on) on 11 LPs. Details on you can win a copy are at the bottom of this post.

Some video, the Metallica tracklisting, and contest details, below...

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record store day @ Permanent Records in Greenpoint (autovac)
Record Store Day

Hi everyone...

We at Permanent Records just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you so much for making this year's Record Store Day the unbelievably huge success that it was. You all helped make it the biggest weekend we've ever had, and we sincerely thank all of you for your continued support of our little record store. Hopefully you managed to get most (if not all) of the Record Store Day exclusives you were looking for. If you'd like to see photos from the big day (which, if you were at the front of the line that morning, you are probably in), click here.

We do still have some of the Record Store Day exclusives in stock... so if you haven't made it in to check out some of these limited new releases, it's still not too late! They're on display, right in front of you as you walk into the store.

So, since we're still recovering from the mayhem of this weekend, we're taking a break from our New In Stock / Back In Stock mailer this week. Rest assured, we have plenty of new records available this week, but if you wanna know what they're are, you'll just have to come in and look for them. You know, like old times.

Thanks again everyone. We truly appreciate your business.

-The P-Recs Staff

Mystery of Two were the house band at Permanent Records on that day. The Drums and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performed sets at Other Music. Billboard reports (via) that "this year's Record Store Day was, again, a success when measured by awareness, turnout and sales."
- Other Music had their best single day in their 14 year history.
- The Sound Garden had their busiest day in years, outpacing Christmas sales for the past couple of years.
- Vintage Vinyl sold more stuff on RSD than any other day in the stores' history.
- Twist N Shout reported the best sales they've ever had in a single day.
- RSD 2010 was Sonic Boom's single biggest sales day in their 12 year history.
- Silver Platters' sales on RSD 2010 were up 80% from last year (which were up 20% from the year before).
- Exclusive Company's RSD 2010 sales increased 102% from RSD 2009.
- Dimple did twice as much in sales from last year's RSD event.
And those numbers don't even count the RSD records that (some) stores are (allegedly) just throwing right on eBay.

Record Store Day video interviews and performances and stuff, some taped at Coachella, below...

Continue reading "Record Store Day was great for records & record stores"

words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Jessica Amaya

"About to see the hold mother fucking steady at music hall of wburg. I've been drinking all day in preparation." - David Chaitt

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady hosted a pair of NYC shows on Saturday (4/17) to celebrate their new album, Heaven Is Whenever, out May 4th, and its limited Record Store Day release earlier that day (miraculously, the album remained unleaked up to that point, so those that braved the line for one of their store's 5 or so copies were the first to hear it). Now it's legally streaming in full online.

The shows were also a chance to show off the band's new touring members - guitarist Steve Selvidge (ex-Lucero) and keyboardist Dan Neustadt (ex-The World/Inferno Friendship Society) - who replaced key player/accordionist Franz Nicolay, and who'd been with the group for less than two weeks.

The late crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg (the earlier show was at Bowery Ballroom) were part enthused revelers, part intent observers. Those up front were going wild.The set mixed old and new - "Massive Nights," "Stevie Nix," and late-in-the-set "Stay Positive" came off riotously, while the newer, more neat and polished songs like "The Weekenders" and "Rock Problems" were more subdued (time will tell how those play live post-release).

The band seemed sober and focused, a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. Craig Finn raised a sole bottle of beer to end the night, "I think I've earned this." (Compare to the two NYC shows by LCD Soundsystem a week prior, with frontman James Murphy demoing his new album blissfully shitfaced.) With the new album, the Hold Steady have clearly done some growing up. Appropriately, their next show set for New York will be at the regal, seated Beacon Theatre on October 7th.

NYC Taper has a recording of the Bowery show. More pictures from Music Hall of Williamsbug and both setlists below...

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The Hold Steady @ Rothbury 2009 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
the Hold STeady

tonight in NYC
* Gwar's Crack-a-thon
* Gui Boratto @ Love
* Freedy Johnston @ Southpaw
* Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
* Todd Barry & Eugene Mirman @ Maxwell's
* Yacht Rock w/ Ambrosia @ The Bell House
* The Appleseed Cast @ Gramercy Theatre
* VHS or BETA (DJ) (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Trans Am, Nice Nice @ Santos Party House
* Richard Buckner, Willy Vlautin @ Union Hall
* Future Rock, Telepath (early) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Aloha, Pomegranates @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Spring Standards, Via Audio @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Yellowbirds @ Mercury Lounge
* Electric Tickle Machine, Shark?, Andy T @ Bruar Falls
* The Drums, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Other Music
* Deceased, Crucifist, The Villains, Superchrist @ Union Pool
* See Green, Emily Long, Vulture Whale, United States @ Pianos
* Natural Child, Sisters, Boogie Boarder, Regal Degal @ Death By Audio
* The Hold Steady, The Oranges Band (late) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Hold Steady, J-Roddy Walston & The Business (early) @ Bowery Ballroom
* Crazy Dreams Band, Jooklo Duo, Tom Carter, Arrington De Dionyso @ Cake Shop
* Beets, Eternal Summers, Maine Coons, Family Trees, German Measles @Glasslands
* Gospel, Cleanteeth, Psychic Limb, Rats In The Walls & Black Kites at Public Assembly
* Pure Ecstasy, Twin Sister, Weed Hounds, DJ Rezound @ Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos
* The Flaming Lips, Stardeath And White Dwarfs, The Hood Internet @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center

How is your Record Store Day going?!

Tonight's Los Campesinos! / Cymbals Eat Guitars show at Maxwell's has been postponed due to volcano.

Los Campesinos! were also supposed to play Culture Shock which is on its second day today.

The volcano is also affecting Coachella which is happening for the second day in a row today too. Check out pics from day one.

Stream Coachella from your computer or phone.

The Roadburn Festival, also hit by the volcano, continues today too overseas.

Flaming Lips play a public Vassar-sponsored show in NY tonight. They're in NJ on Monday.

Ambrosia appears with Yacht Rock at the Bell House tonight. Video below...

Freedy Johnston is at Southpaw tonight. Also catch him at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival in May.

Beach Fossils played Knitting Factory on March 29th. A video below...

What else?

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by Andrew Frisicano

"I just converted my NY state tax return into tickets to Stars, The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Jonsi, and Plants & Animals #boom" -wonderboymusic

Record Store Day

Saturday is Record Store Day (and depending on your tax return, that's extra good or extra bad timing). There's quite a bit going on in NYC, and elsewhere too. Around the country there are envy-wothy shows - Miami has No Age; Amoeba in San Francisco gets Jonsi, Yeasayer (DJ) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (signing); L.A. gets Lou Barlow + The Missingmen, Dum Dum Girls and Male Bonding (as well as Smashing Pumpkins); Yo La Tengo plays Claremont, California; and, awesomely, Alice in Chains perform in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Oh, the picture above? "Chunklet's affectionate contribution to Record Store Day." But we were saying...

NYC has plenty of in-stores. There's shows from the Drums and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Other Music (updated schedule below). And Cymbals Eat Guitars, Black Wine, The Budos Band and DJ Andrew WK at Generation Records (updated schedule below). And Duck Down artists at Fat Beats. And Mystery of the Two at Permanent Records.

Other NYC in-stores include Kenny White, ZO2, Jason Derulo, The New Boyz, Harry Spero & His Fabulous Friends at J&R; and R&B and hip-hop at Basement Mix Records in East New York (Brooklyn - map) from "D-Woods Formerly Of Danity Kane/Young Money" and others, with a slew of DJs all day.

Not too far outside of NYC, Freelance Whales, Peter Bradley Adams and Care Bears on Fire start at noon at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ (map).

Did we miss any? Record Store Day's site also has a list which includes in-stores all over the country. A full list of participating NY stores is here. That's the list where you'll find every location you can buy collectible vinyl that bands and labels are producing just for this young holiday.

RSD-exclusive discs include Crystal Castles, Fela and lots of the music in between (Pavement and Ted Leo being two). Fucked Up will have a whole series of variable artwork 7"s dedicated to different record stores (including NYC's Generation). Others are: Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs doing Dark Side of the Moon on seafoam green vinyl; Hold Steady's Heaven is Whenever (early) on hand-screenprinted vinyl; and Peter Gabriel swapping cover songs with Stephin Merritt and Bon Iver on separate split 7"s. All (or most) of the Record Store Day exclusives are listed here.

Each store will have slightly different items though, and each will run out of the good stuff at slightly varying rates, so it's a gamble. Vintage Vinyl has a big list of what they'll be selling. Sound Fix, who won't have entertainment, also made a list of records. That list, the Other Music & Generation Records schedules with I Need That Record!, a doc on the decline of record stores (aka why they needs their own holiday), which is streaming on Pitchfork TV this week, and more, below...

Continue reading "It's Record Store Day! (here's where to see & get stuff)"

words and photos by BBG

Black Milk at Audible Treats showcase, SXSW 2010
Black Milk

Duck Down Records (meaning Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Torae, Ruste Juxx, Marco Polo, "and more") will showcase their infinite rhymes with a show at NYC record store Fat Beats along with Black Milk (with a live band), AG (of DITC and Showbiz & AG fame), Von Pea (of Tanya Morgan), 88 Keys, Soul Khan, and DeeJay Element in celebration of Record Store Day Saturday (4/17). Flyer for the show is below.

Both General Steele of Smif N Wessun and Ruste Juxx with Marco Polo recently dropped their new albums on Duck Down, Amerikkka's Nightmare part 2: Children of War and The Execution respectively.

Black Milk plays SUNY Purchase tonight (4/16) as part of Culture Shock 2010. The Detroit beat killer headlined one of the stages at our Attitude Adustment show at Red 7 and then the BV-sponsored Audible Treats show on 3/20 during SXSW. Lost pics from the latter and and flyer for Fat Beats (with set times) are below...

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Freelance Whales @ Other Music - Apr 12, 2010 (Joe Madonna)
Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales follow up their two NYC performances earlier this week with another in-store this Saturday, April 17th at Vintage Vinyl in NJ (not to be confused with Vintage Vinyl in MO) in honor of Record Store Day. Joining them at the store will be Peter Bradley Adams, Care Bears on Fire, and lots of limited vinyl.

Freelance Whales' last in-store was at Other Music where you'll find live shows and exclusive vinyl this Saturday too. Video from that show, and Vintage Vinyl's RSD schedule, below...

Continue reading "Freelance Whales played Other Music (and Bowery Ballroom), playing Vintage Vinyl (with others) on Record Store Day"