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As you may have heard, '90s alt-rockers Veruca Salt are back and will release their first new music in years as a Record Store Day 7". Says the band:

On April 19, Record Store Day, we're releasing a limited-edition ten-inch. On one side are two brand-new VS songs; on the other side is "Seether," (a) because this is the 20th anniversary of its original release, and (b) because come on. We recorded the new songs with Brad Wood, and Minty Fresh is putting the record out, just like the first time around. So much more to tell, but we're too busy relearning all our old songs and recording new ones.
The "relearning" part is because Veruca Salt are gearing up for live shows. While there hasn't been an official announcement, tour dates have emerged, including two in NYC: Bowery Ballroom on July 24 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 25. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon.

UPDATE: Full tour announced. All dates, plus the cover art for their RSD14 7", below...

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Lonnie Holley at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lonnie

Outsider artist Lonnie Holley, who we wrote about around the time of his shows with Deerhunter and Bill Callahan and who has made fans out of (and since collaborated with) Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and Black Lips' Cole Alexander, will return to NYC for two shows this week. First, he plays a night show on Tuesday (4/15) at Baby's All Right with no wave legend and experimental composer Arto Lindsay (of DNA and others), and Georgia. Georgia also joins Lonnie for his set, and maybe Arto will too? Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Then on Saturday (4/19) for Record Store Day he plays a 1 PM in-store at Other Music. The two NYC shows are Lonnie's only currently announced dates.

Other Music, which will turn 20 next year, will open at 10 AM for RSD. It doesn't quite have the room for in-store performances and shopping at the same time (like at Rough Trade), so they have up to this point just booked musicians as DJs. Lonnie's set will be the one actual live performance this year though. The rest of the day is DJs and the lineup includes Pop. 1280, Com Truise, Xeno & Oaklander, Pete Swanson, Matana Roberts and more. Full schedule is listed below.

Continue reading "Lonnie Holley playing shows, including Baby's w/ Arto Lindsay and Other Music Record Store Day in-store w/ many DJs"

Lynch

Back in 2007, Paris' Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain held a David Lynch retrospective titled The Air is on Fire, which was the first major exhibition avant-garde director's paintings, photographs and drawings. For it Lynch and collaborator Dean Hurley created an interactive soundscape that guided visitors through the exhibition. That soundscape is now getting a vinyl release for Record Store Day (4/19) via Sacred Bones (who have put out Lynch's recent albums). You can listen to an interview with Hurley about the project below.

Meanwhile, Lynch himself will appear at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House on April 29 where he'll be in conversation with New York Public Library's Paul Holdengräber. Tickets for this event go on sale Friday (4/11) via BAM's website.

Continue reading "David Lynch releasing Record Store Day 12", will be "in coversation" at BAM this month"

by Andrew Sacher

Pokey LaFarge

Jack White, who has a new album on the way, will yet again attempt to break a world record. This time it's by recording the "World's Fastest Released Record." We'll let his label Third Man explain:

On April 19th, Record Store Day, Third Man Records will present Jack White recording the World's Fastest Released Record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.

You heard correctly. First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man's blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.

Also at the Third Man store on RSD, Whirwind Heat will play their first show since 2006, and of course there will be tons of records and RSD exclusives on sale. Tickets for Vault members are available here, and more info on the event here. Flyer below.

Jack also plays NYC's Governors Ball, to which you can get individual day tickets starting today (4/4) at noon.

In related news, Third Man Records artist Pokey LaFarge has announced he'll be going on a tour this year. While many artists may look the part of an old timey folk musician, Pokey sounds it, with unpolished acoustic instrumentation that sounds decades-old and is far from trendy. On his relationship to Jack White, STL Today writes:

His connection with White has been fruitful. They met after White sought out LaFarge after hearing his music on an AM radio station in Nashville three years ago. He says White is attracted to "rough around the edges vocals and performances, stuff that's really vibrant, and roots-based music. He thought I was fitting for his label."
You can listen to tracks from his last self-titled album, which came out in 2013 via TMR, here and watch the video for its opening song, "Central Time," below.

Pokey's tour hits NYC on July 9 at Bowery Ballroom with Sturgill Simpson. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/4) at noon.

All of his dates are listed, with the song streams and Jack White flyer, below...

Continue reading "Jack White attempting "World's Fastest Released Record" on Record Store Day; Pokey LaFarge touring (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Amen Dunes at Glasslands in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amen Dunes

Brooklyn psychedelic band Amen Dunes have announced they'll follow 2011's Through Donkey Jaw LP (and 2013's Spoiler which collected unreleased material from 2009-2011) with a new album, Love, on May 13 via Sacred Bones. The new album was recorded in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and various members of that band play on several songs on the record. Sax great Colin Stetson is on it too, and Iceage frontman Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt sings on two tracks. It's a bigger, cleaner sounding record than Through Donkey Jaw, and while still definitely psychedelic, actual hooks have replaced TDJ's shield of distortion/reverb. You can stream two of its tracks, along with the tracklist and somewhat NSFW cover art, below.

Amen Dunes also have many international tour dates coming up, including three scheduled NYC appearances at the moment. The first is when his tour supporting Mac DeMarco hits Webster Hall (4/9) for a sold out show there, and the next is as part of Rough Trade NYC's Record Store Day (4/19) extravaganza with Fear of Men, Nothing, Palehound and more. That one is free.

The following month, Amen Dunes will headline a record release show in Brooklyn just after the album's release on May 15 at Baby's All Right with support from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Iceage and Ben Greenberg, Ben's new band Uniform (with Michael from Drunkdriver, Believer/Law, etc) open for Iceage on their upcoming tour which hits NYC on 5/24 at Glasslands (tix) and 5/25 at Home Sweet Home.

All Amen Dunes dates are listed, with the streams, artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Amen Dunes releasing a new LP, 'Love,' touring, playing 3 NYC shows including LP release w/ Hubble & Helm (dates, streams)"

Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Palehound

Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.

The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).

Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.

If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.

numero

Reissue label The Numero Group are known for having expert taste and some of the best packaging around. They recently put out a compilation of '70s-era Laurel Canyon songwriter Ned Doheny and last year put out that Unwound box and a four-LP set of rare Twin Cities funk titled Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. They've always got some interesting Record Store Day exclusives and this year those are:

Dinosaur Jr.: Visitors 5×45: Dinosaur Jr.'s first four singles plus pairing "Show Me The Way" with a cover of the Byrds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better."

South Side Story: a compilation of rare Chicago soul groups.

For the last three years Numero has operated a pop-up show in Chicago on Record Store Day and will do so again this year (4/19). A week after that, Numero Group is heading to Brooklyn for a pop-up at Greenpoint's Human Gallery (110 Meserole Ave) from April 25 - 27 from noon - 8 PM each day. Says the label:
We'll be taking over all 700 square feet of the space for the entire weekend of April 25th-27th, stocking the place with thousands of LPs, 45s, and CDs that we found tucked away in a warehouse on Long Island. Our very own Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley will DJ intermittently throughout the day. We'll also be bringing tons of deleted items and damaged stock, selling it all at blow-out prices. Wholesalers welcomed. Everything there will be priced to move. We have no interest in trucking it back to Chicago.
In addition to the used vinyl, the Numero pop-up will feature a "wide array of high quality records from Numero, Cali-Tex, JR, Asterisk, and Numerophon," as well as the label's Record Store Day items.

Kevin Barnes w/ of Montreal, Northside Fest 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
of Montreal

Next week, of Montreal will start their spring tour which hits NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on May 11. Tickets are still available. About a month before that (April 11) at LPR, frontman Kevin Barnes will be playing a solo show. Tickets are on sale now.

In other news, of Montreal have a couple Record Store Day releases lined up. First is a 10th Anniversary edition of Satanic Panic in the Attic on double vinyl, and the second disc contains seven additional tracks.

The other is a 7" featuring the song "Jigsaw Puzzle" which was recorded during the same sessions as last year's Lousy with Sylvianbriar. You can stream it below.

Continue reading "of Montreal releasing new 7" and 'Satanic Panic in the Attic' reissue for RSD; Kevin Barnes playing solo show in NYC"

Pixes in Northhampton, MA in January (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Pixies

After touring their college radio hits for a decade and teasing with a few new singles, Pixies have announced their first "new" album since 1991's Trompe Le Monde. The album is titled Indie Cindy (which is also the name of a song) and will be out April 29 via their own Pixiesmusic label. The record was produced by longtime associate Gil Norton, who worked on everything from Doolittle on, and features cover art by legendary designer Vaughn Oliver who did all their classic sleeves.

Before you get too excited, you may have heard all the songs already. The album is comprised of "Bagboy," which was the band's first new song in more than a decade, plus the eight tracks from the band's EP-1 and EP-2, as well as the songs from the just-released EP-3 which also has "Bagboy" on it. (Bassist listed on the liner notes is "Ding.") But for those who wanted all those in one place, your wish is granted.

The new album comes in a variety of formats, including a Special Edition in a gatefold double-vinyl, and a CD/40-page book with a bonus live disc recorded during their just-finished tour (with Paz Lenchantin on bass). Pre-order those here. There's an iTunes version with the live show as well. Plus, Indie City is coming out as a Record Store Day, limited edition, two-disc, deluxe gatefold, 180-gram vinyl set -- whether that's the same as the Special Edition minus the book/live disc is unclear.

Artwork and tracklist for Indie Cindy below...

Continue reading "Pixies releasing "new" album, 'Indy Cindy' (featuring all previously released songs)"

Kurt Cobain

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.

"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.

HOWEVER, The Seattle Times reports that despite KIRO 7's claims, the case has not been reopened:
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.

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."

Fox News also posted two tweets from the Seattle Police Department which seem to confirm the case has not ben reopened:
"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.

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.

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:
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."

"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."

To donate, head to GoFundMe.

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...

Continue reading "Nirvana news roundup: a RSD 7", Kurt Cobain case being reexamined?, Hall of Fame stuff ++ Sivu cover "Dumb" (listen)"

RSD

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

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...

Continue reading "Merchandise releasing new songs on #RSD14 comp, touring this summer, including two Brooklyn shows (dates, stream)"

Camera Obscura @ Summerstage 2013 (more by P Squared)
Camera Obscura

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...

Continue reading "Camera Obscura releasing Record Store Day EP, touring in July (dates, stream)"

by Bill Pearis

Mess on a Mission

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.

Continue reading "Liars streaming 'Mess,' releasing #RSD14 vinyl with yarn in it, add tour dates"

IMAGERecord 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.

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.
The set includes recordings of songs that were taped but never aired on the two specials. Full tracklisting is below...

Continue reading "R.E.M. reissuing two 'MTV Unplugged' sessions as box set for Record Store Day"

SDRE

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...

Continue reading "Sunny Day Real Estate finally releasing new music (on a split w/ Circa Survive); The Jazz June too (on a split w/ Dikembe)"

by Andrew Sacher

The Van Pelt at Coco66 in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Van Pelt

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...

Continue reading "The Van Pelt releasing 'Imaginary Third' album on RSD"

J. Spaceman / Kid Millions at LPR in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Spacemillions

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.

Continue reading "Spiritualized, Beach House & more feature on 'Space Project' RSD LP; J. Spaceman / Kid Millions live RSD LP too (streams)"

by Bill Pearis

Non Violent

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...

Continue reading "Kanine reissuing Elastica's debut LP for Record Store Day, releasing 'Non Violent Femmes' comp ++ more"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lauryn Hill

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...

Continue reading "NYC Thanksgiving Weekend events (Lauryn Hill, Television, Dean Wareham, Phosphorescent, Ab-Soul, Joey Badass, more)"

photos by Wei Shi; words by Bill Pearis

Sondre Lerche, Luke Temple @ Bowery Ballroom -- 10/15/2013
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...

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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.

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.

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.

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Record Store Day

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).

Cassette Store Day

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.

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.

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.

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Evian Christ - "Duga-3" (MP3)

Evian Christ

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...

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