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Record Store Day 2015 @ Other Music
As we've mentioned a few times, Saturday (4/18) was Record Store Day which had vinyl fans lining up for some of this year's RSD exclusive product. BV photographers and music fans Mimi Hong and PSquared both stopped by Other Music on Saturday and took some pictures of the crowds while shopping. Also hanging out at Other Music was a very cute dog, check out pics below.
U2's 'Songs of Innocence' (#0002) on Ebay $393.00)
Mind you, amongst the many regular record fans were folks -- some call them Flippers -- looking to make some quick cash by immediately putting their score up on Ebay and Discogs. A friend of mine who works at a large store in San Francisco told me there was a guy there trying to put stuff up for auction via his phone before he'd even left the store. Stereogum made a list of some of the most expensive RSD15 flips, which is currently topped by a numbered white label pressing of U2's Song's of Innocense (#0002 of 5000) that is, as of this post, $393 on Ebay (21 bids so far). Another of the most sought after is the double-LP vinyl repress of Brand New's Deja Entendu which is currently listed for $379.99 though there have been zero bids. Same goes for $300 listed copies of Numero Group's Ork Record Box set which was expensive to begin with and there were lots of copies available at Rough Trade at the end of the day Saturday. Other big-ticket RSD items on Ebay: Bob Dylan - The Basement Tape (numbered and autographed by The Band's Garth Hudson), and Phish - New Year's Eve 1995 Live 6LP Box Set. Nothing this year is going for as much as Jack White's "Lazaretto" did last year. Did you find what you were looking for?
More pics from Record Store Day at Other Music below...
photo: Father John Misty @ Coachella 4/11/2015 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Father John Misty put out a heart-shaped single for Record Store Day 2015 (4/18), which featured an acoustic version of I Love You Honeybear's title track, retitled "I Loved You, Honeybee" on the a-side, and unreleased song "Never Been a Woman," on the flip. You can stream both sides of that below.
The same day, he performed at the second weekend of Coachella and included a cover of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" which you can watch here. He also made a surprise appearance with Florence & the Machine (who played sitting down after breaking her foot at Weekend 1) during her set on Sunday (4/19) for a duet of "Love Hurts." You can watch that below.
Father John Misty will be back in NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage's Rumsey Field on August 5 with Angel Olsen, and Summer Moon. Tickets are still available. He's just announced more tour dates, saying "Touring can be really lonely. You feel isolated, disoriented. Even sort of socially catatonic. That's why it's so important that I see your beautiful little stupid faces. You are my lifeline to the world of mankind." All dates are listed below...
Dresden Dolls / Kim Gordon / Howlin' Rain / Buzzcocks
Rough Trade NYC celebrated Record Store Day 2015 will an all-day party featuring live performances and signings. Among the highlights: the first Dresden Dolls show in NYC in five years; Sondre Lerche cut a record live to 78RPM lacquer; and Kim Gordon signed copies of her memoir, Girl in a Band. Buzzcocks, who played two NYC-area shows that week, stopped by to sign stuff too, plus there were live sets from Howlin' Rain, Ava Luna, Lee Bains III, Saun & Starr and Lord Raja. Pictures from Rough Trade's RSD15 events are in this post.
You could just walk into Rough Trade if you weren't shopping for Record Store Day exclusive releases. For those who were, there was a long line that, right before they opened on Saturday, stretched down and around Kent Ave up to N. 8th St. Apparently people were in line just after midnight on Friday. Madness!
Dresden Dolls' set was webcast live for supporters of Amanda's Patreon (an archived stream will be made available to everyone soon). More pics from Record Store Day at Rough Trade, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2015 is this Saturday (4/18) and there's an almost overwhelming amount of special/exclusive product being released for it. Does the world need a vinyl pressing of The Pizza Underground demos? Should you buy the RSD repress of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run when original copies of the album can be found in most used record stores for $10? Probably not, but there are some things of actual interest coming out for RSD15, according to BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis who have put together a list of 15 recommended releases. You can browse that list below. What are you hoping to score tomorrow?
If you're heading out in NYC on Saturday, check out our NYC RSD guide to in-store performances, special events (and free beer). Our RSD picks in alphabetical order, with some song streams, below...
Brokeback in 2013 (photo by Jim Newberry)
Long-running Chicago post-rock band Brokeback (led by Douglas McCombs of Tortoise and Eleventh Dream Day) are on tour now with Come/Codeine guitarist Chris Brokaw (who's opening for them and playing in the band). That tour comes to NYC on Friday (4/17) at Trans-Pecos also with Holy Sons, the project of Emil Amos (Om, Grails), who played NYC earlier this week too. Tickets for Friday's show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Doug McCombs and Chris Brokaw also collaborated in the band Pullman, who released Turnstyles and Junkpiles in 1998 and Viewfinder in 2001. Those albums have been out of print for over a decade, but Thrill Jockey is reissuing them on Saturday (4/18) for Record Store Day.
Stream a Pullman song, with Holy Sons' cover of Black Flag's "Breakdown On the Beach," and the list of Brokeback dates, below...
the line for Other Music on Record Store Day 2014 (more by PSquared)
Record Store Day 2015 is Saturday (4/18) and, as usual, some stores are doing special events as well. We already posted Rough Trade's events -- which include performances by Dresden Dolls and Sondre Lerche, and signings by Buzzcocks and Kim Gordon (schedule below) -- and here's a rundown of what else is going on in NYC. Remember it won't be quite as easy running around the city this year as the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend (and the four weekends after that). With that in mind, here's Here's a rundown:
In Manhattan, Other Music usually has guest DJs for RSD, but this year will feature three in-store performances: 75 Dollar Bill (noon), Mantana Roberts (3 PM), and Laraaji (5 PM). Other Music is open from 10 AM - 8 PM on Record Store Day. More info here.
A block away from OM, In Living Stereo will be open at 8AM and have performances from Flowers of Evil (vintage-style punk rock from members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers), as well as 3 Bean Stew and Pisser. There's also free PBR all day long. What RSD titles they ordered is here and schedule is below.
Generation Records on Thompson St in the Village will be open at 10 AM and they'll have in-store performances from sleazy hard rockers Mammal at 2 PM and Brooklyn speed-thrash outfit Iron Force at 3 PM. Flyer is below.
Great little East Village store Turntable Lab will be open at 10 AM and have guest DJs spinning all day, including Nancy Whang, Justin Strauss, Eli Soul Clap, Blue Jems, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Midnight Magic, Monk One, Nomi Ruiz and more. You can check out what #RSD15 titles they're planning on carrying here, and they'll have a printable checklist for easy ordering available starting Friday (4/17).
Another East Village store, Good Records, will open at the civilized hour of noon on Saturday and will carry a number of RSD15 titles. They add, "As always, we will be putting out a great collection of rarities and classics culled for the day from our last few months of buying. Weather permitting, we will fire up the grill in back once the ruckus dies down. burgers, dogs and adult beverages for a nominal donation."
In Brooklyn, Academy Annex in Greenpoint will be open at 10 AM. There will be a free performance by Steve Gunn at 7 PM and Academy will be providing free coffee for people who line up early. The NYC branch of Academy will be stocking RSD titles as well as putting out a special collectible 45s selection.
Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will once again be open for the entirety of Record Store Day 2015, midnight to midnight, and they'll be stocking select RSD titles.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have 20 boxes of unsorted $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Permanent Records, which relocated from Greenpoint to South Slope, does not have any in-store performances, but will be stocking lots of RSD15 titles and will be open from 11 AM.
Free giveaways, drinks, smiles and pleasurable company to spare. We will be carrying a huge selection of Record Store Day titles ranging from Rock to Soul to Pop to Hip-Hop, as well as an excellent batch of special House & Techno RSD releases. Be sure to check out our latest selection of used records as well...we have taken in some serious collectable gems, dancefloor smash hits and classics for days...There will be Output DJs and Halcyon staff spinning all day. Lineup is listed below.
And if you're shopping on Saturday, check out our guide to Record Store Day 2015 releases.
What else? Flyers and in-store schedules, below...
by Bill Pearis
It's been four years since Peter Bjorn and John released Gimme Some and they are beginning to finally stir again. They have a new song "High Up (Take Me To the Top)" which is a little more of the studio-style creations we heard on Living Thing than the straight-up pop of Gimme Five. You can stream it, via Stereogum, below.
Whether there's a new album on the way or not remains to be seen. The song is featured on a Record Store Day 2015 compilation, INGRID Volym 2. Ingrid is the Swedish collective/label run by PBJ, Lykke Li, members of Miike Snow and more. The comp, which is limited to 500 copies worldwide, also features tracks Amason, Teddybears, Chrissie Hynde, PB&J frontman Peter Morén and more. Tracklist is below.
The Dresden Dolls' albums Yes, Virginia (2006) and No, Virginia (2008) are being getting their first-ever vinyl release for Record Store Day 2015 (Saturday, 4/18) as a a three-LP set, The Virginia Monologues. To celebrate, The Dresden Dolls (who haven't played NYC since 2010) will perform a free show at Rough Trade as part of the store's RSD15 special events on Saturday. Amanda Palmer (who is very pregnant right now) and Brian Viglione will also be signing copies of the vinyl at the store. Their set is at 6 PM and free. Keep in mind that the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend.
As for the rest of Rough Trade's Record Store day events, Sondre Lerche will also be there, performing on the mezzanine while the 78 Project cuts his set directly to a 78RPM record, Alan Lomax-style. There will also be sets from Lee Bains III, Howlin Rain, Saun & Starr, Lord Raja, as well as signings by The Buzzcocks (who play NYC tonight and NJ on Friday) and Kim Gordon. One slot in their schedule is still listed as "Special Guests" -- any guesses? Schedule is listed below and you can see what RSD15 exclusives the store is getting here. Rough Trade will be open from 8 AM - 11 PM on Saturday.
Stillwater from 'Almost Famous'
As previously mentioned, Father/Daughter Records is releasing a second installment of Faux Real, their compilation series where real bands cover fictional bands from movies and TV. One of the songs on Faux Real II is Porches-related indie band Rivergazer's cover of "Fever Dog" by fictional band Stillwater from Almost Famous. You may remember that Stillwater in the film included Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek on bass (that's him on the right above), and "Fever Dog" was written by Heart's Nancy Wilson. Rivergazer's cover (featuring Hunter Davidsohn) premieres below.
Rivergazer also play the release show in Brooklyn on April 28 at Palisades (the day the album comes out) with Bellows, Small Wonder and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of fictional bands from Cameron Crowe movies, Citizen Dick, the fictional band from Singles, is getting a non-fictional 7" release for Record Store Day (4/18). The A-side features "Touch Me I'm Dick" (based -- in case it wasn't obvious -- on Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick") and the B-side features a quote from the film etched into the vinyl. The actual people who recorded the Citizen Dick song are Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament. It didn't include Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, who played guitar on two Stillwater songs in Almost Famous.
In more news involving '90s coming-of-age movies and music nerds, the Clueless soundtrack got its first-ever vinyl release this week via Universal. In case you don't remember, it features The Muffs, Luscious Jackson, World Party, Radiohead, Smoking Popes, Beastie Boys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Coolio, Supergrass, Velocity Girl and more. You can pick yours up here.
And lastly, the three-night 20th anniversary celebration of Empire Records began at Williamsburg venue Rough Trade NYC last night (4/8) with appearances by Ethan Embry (who played Mark in the movie), Johnny Whitworth (who played AJ), GWAR and much more. Check out our pictures.
Citizen Dick and Rivergazer song streams below...
Though still a pretty new band, Philapdelphia punks Cheerbleeders are already making a name for themselves in their hometown. They even made the cover of the new issue of Philly music scene mag JUMP (see above). Here's an excerpt of the cover story:
Cheerbleeders is a band offering one thing: a view of girl power through punk rock. By their abrasive and unforgiving live show, it's clear this foursome means business. The attitude embodied by lead singer Summer Rice, 23, is mesmerizing both in her shrill delivery and her naughty girl aesthetic, making it difficult to peel your eyes away.Read an interview at JUMP.
Guitarist Caitlin Walker, 20, drives the machine from behind a curtain of flowing red hair. She strives to take the typical idea of punk rock and power chords and turn it on its head with noise reminiscent of underground hardcore and the sounds that influenced early punk, both borrowing from the past and paving her own road ahead.
Drummer Mare Lemongelli, 27, is both the human beatbox and the muscle of the band, the enforcer who protects her girls. To put it simply, she'd be the one to kick your ass when you get out of line.
And that leaves us with bassist Mike Ortiz, 40, the guardian of the bunch. An older brother of sorts, he offers both songwriting prowess and a journeyman's knowledge of playing in bands. But make no mistake, he offers no restraint to the unbridled attitude that comes with three females looking to kick ass and play punk music.
Like FADER, JUMP puts an artist on both sides of the cover. As you an see above, Cheerbleeders share the honor with Philly punk veterans Pissed Jeans who they also shared a JUMP-curated bill with on March 19. That Underground Arts show, part of Red Bull Sound Select, is what brought Cheerbleeders to our attention, and what ultimately led us to book them on our own Red Bull Sound Select show that is happening this Saturday (4/11) at Court Taven in New Brunswick, NJ. This time they'll share the bill with Big Eyes and The Menzingers, who also play the similar show we're doing three days later at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn (RSVP for NJ and Brooklyn).
On 4/18 you can also catch Cheerbleeders at Repo Records in Philly, part of the South Street record shop's Record Store Day celebration. Girlpool, Sad Actor, Easy Creatures, Gondola, The Tough Shits, and Witch Fist are also on that bill.
Pissed Jeans play two Brooklyn shows at Baby's in May.
Flyers and videos below...
photo: Blitzen Trapper at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
When Portland folk rockers Blitzen Trapper toured their 2013 album, VII, they included two hometown shows that had them also performing Neil Young's Harvest in full. They recorded it, and will now release Live Harvest on Record Store Day (4/18).
They're also touring again this month, and playing Harvest again at a few stops -- specifically the Chicago, NYC and Nashville locations of City Winery.
The NYC stop happens April 17 with an early and late show. Tickets for both are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with a short clip of Blitzen Trapper playing Neil's "Old Man," below...
by Andrew Sacher
Flag of Democracy is a hardcore punk band from the Philadelphia 'burbs. F.O.D. was formed in 1982 and are still going strong. Their first show was with Minor Threat, Agnostic Front, SS Decontrol, and Crib Death at a Better Youth Organization show in Camden, NJ. [Last.fm]Flag of Democracy are remastering and reissuing a handful of their albums for this year's Record Store Day (4/18) via SRA Records. One of those is their third full length, 1990's Down With People, which we're premiering a full stream of in this post. If you're unfamiliar with the record, it kept the intensity of F.O.D.'s hardcore roots intact, while also embracing a melodic side that hinted at the poppier punk bands the '90s would bring. Anyone who's been listening to the record for years may prefer the version they're used to, but there's no question the remaster has these songs sounding bigger and cleaner. Check it out, with details on their other reissues, below.
The band is still playing live too. Anyone catch their Philly show a few months ago?
Baltimore atmospheric post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth have a 7" planned for this year's Record Store Day (4/18) titled Close. It features "895" and "Dancing," two unreleased tracks from the sessions for their excellent 2014 album, Keep You (on Epitaph). The record will be available on white/blue/clear swirl vinyl.
Pianos have a ton of tour dates coming up, including SXSW this week where one of their shows is the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Red 7 with United Nations (with whom they share members), Power Trip, Swervedriver, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, Pity Sex, and many more.
After SXSW, Pianos tour with Loma Prieta and Gates, hitting NYC on May 13 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They also play two festivals near NYC: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 (with Title Fight, Defeater and more) and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf (with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more).
All dates are listed, with a video from Keep You, below...
The Baseball Project, which features Young Fresh Fellows' Scott McCaughey, The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn and REM's Mike Mills, have a Record Store Day 12" coming out that's a split with one of McCaughey's other bands, The Minus 5 (which also includes an REM member). It was recorded at the Redeye Residency in Austin during SXSW 2014. More details from the band:
We teamed up with the Minus 5 (boy, that was easy - we didn't even have to change our socks) and our awesome label Yep Roc Records for a big ol' 12-inch mini-LP (is that a contradiction?) that captured both bands LIVE at SXSW last year. It's called RED-EYED IN AUSTIN and it's a raw and raunchy blazer, featuring not-so-secret weapon Josh Kantor all-the-way-from-Fenway on the organisms, squeeze box and piano forte. Look for our lil' baby on bleary-eyed colored vinyl way early in the morning on RECORD STORE DAY in April, at your favorite vinyl opiates dealer. Before it's gone gone gone like a Reggie Jackson moonshot. Or an ice cold bottle of Topo Chico.With Opening Day coming up soon, The Baseball Project will be playing some spring shows, including a stop at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on May 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/20) at noon.
The Baseball Project will also be throwing out the first pitch when the Mets host the Cardinals for a Spring Training game at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, FL on April 1. All dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Record Store Day just held a press conference at Rough Trade in Brooklyn featuring St. Vincent, Fred and Kate from The B-52's, Todd Barry and Kozmo Vinyl. Absent at the proceedings: official RSD Ambassador Dave Grohl. It was to reveal the full list of #RSD15 titles which are now announced. Some highlights:
• McLusky best-of McLuskyism getting its first-ever vinyl release.There's also the Johnny Marr cover of Depeche Mode's "I Feel You" 7", Metallica's 1982 demos on cassette, and lots more.
• Mark Mothersbaugh's The LEGO Movie soundtrack on double vinyl.
• Polaris' Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete on vinyl for the first time ever
• The Saints' second album, Eternally Yours on colored vinyl
• The Stooges - Live at Ungano's in 1970 -- first time (officially) on vinyl.
• Johnny Thunders - Live at Max Kansas City Vol 1 & 2 on colored vinyl
Record Store Day 2015 happens April 18. Read a statement by Dave Grohl and watch a video with him below...
by Bill Pearis
Johnny Marr has covered Depeche Mode's 1993 single "I Feel You" to be released as 7" for Record Store Day 2015 with a live cover of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want". It's a pretty straightforward cover ("I Feel You" was during DM's flirtation with guitar) and you can stream it below.
As for the rest of #RSD15's releases, they're announcing the full list of product later today (3/10) at an invite-only press conference at Brooklyn's Rough Trade that features panelists St. Vincent, Kate Pierson of B-52's, comedian Todd Barry and onetime Clash manager Kozmo Vinyl. Stay tuned.
Via press release:
In celebration of Record Store Day, on April 18th, Metallica will release No Life 'til Leather as a limited edition cassette. The seven tracks were recorded in 1982 in Tustin, CA by the band's original lineup of James Hetfield: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich: drums, Dave Mustaine: lead guitar, and Ron McGovney: bass. Straight from the archives, the original source material has been re-mastered to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes. No Life 'til Leather will be available for purchase at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.Com. The collection has never been available commercially until now. See below for the complete tracklisting.Slayer have a Record Store Day release coming too. Tracklist below...
A note from Metallica:
This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the "demo tape." In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life 'til Leather and it led us to our first record deal . . . the rest, as you some of you may know, is history! We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world.
Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector's set sometime this summer.
photo: Slayer at the Theater at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harison)
On their way from 'Roo to Amnesia, Slayer will fit in a few Northeast shows, including Long Island's Paramount on June 16 and 17. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting today (2/25) at 10 AM. Use the password: PULSE. All dates are listed below.
Slayer are also releasing a Record Store Day (4/18) single this year. The A-side will have new song "When the Stillness Comes," which is also set to appear on their TBA new album, and the B-side is a live version of "Black Magic" from their 1983 debut Show No Mercy, that they recorded at Germany's Wacken festival last year.
In related news, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's band Philm is currently on tour. They played NYC at Saint Vitus this past Monday (anyone go?) and will return here this coming Monday (3/2) at The Stone.
Watch a full-set video of Slayer at Wacken 2014 (including their performance of "Black Magic"), with their list of tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Interpol will release El Pintor track "Everything is Wrong" as a 7" on Record Store Day (April 18) that features a new B-side, "What Is What," as well as nifty design by acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey (who did the art to both Antics and El Pintor). Artwork for that is below. The band just released the video for the song which was co-directed by frontman Paul Banks with Carlos Puga. Shot here in NYC, it follows the members on their various daytime routines, though it's clearly a slightly alternate universe. Also look out for a cameo from his girlfriend, '90s supermodel Helena Christensen (who starred famously in Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" video 25 years ago). Watch it below.
As mentioned, Interpol will be playing a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 21. Tickets are currently on BrooklynVegan presale (password: BVINTERPOL) and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (1/23) at noon.
St. Vincent at Prospect Park in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
St. Vincent, whose self-titled album topped NME's 2014 list and also appeared on Uncut, MOJO, Q, and Rough Trade's lists, followed that album with a Record Store Black Friday single featuring two previously-unreleased tracks, "Pieta" and "Sparrow." Did you pick that up on RSDBF? If not, there's plenty of copies up on eBay and Discogs (some are reasonably priced too) and you can also stream both tracks below.
Song streams below...
by Doug Moore
Portishead at Hammerstein Ballroom, 2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Both Portishead and their vocalist Beth Gibbons tend to work slowly; the former theoretically have an album in the works, though it could take "ten fucking years" to be completed. (We're down to seven, now; the band have reportedly cleared their schedules.) Gibbons, likewise, announced plans last year to release a solo album via Domino Records, but details are still in the offing 10 months after the initial announcement.
In the meantime, Gibbons teamed up with the unheralded UK doom band Gonga for an intriguing Record Store Day release: a basically note-for-note cover of Black Sabbath's classic, eponymous song. If you didn't get a copy last weekend (and don't want to spend a bundle on Ebay) you can stream the recording below. Gonga pretty much just play it the way Sabbath did, and even Gibbons' vocal performance is fairly conservative and buttoned up. Still, it's good to hear her voice on a new recording.
Check out the "Black Sabbath" cover (with footage from Mario Bava's titular 1963 horror film) below...
Paul Weller was among the artists who released RSD14 exclusives, his being a 7" of new single "Brand New Toy," which will be included on his new best-of compilation, More Modern Classics. There were 750 copies released worldwide and Weller was dismayed to see so many turn up immediately on Ebay. (His were not the only ones.) He won't be participating in Record Store Day again. From his website:
This is a message to all the fans who couldn't get the new vinyl single on Record Store Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay.One of the copies of the 7" that turned up on eBay was linked to an account run by UK shop Townsend Records. Weller's wife, Hannah, discovered this herself. The store says "this matter is under investigation."
I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these "limited editions" by touts.
Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again.
It's such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.
There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!
It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts.
Don't support their trade and don't let them use Record Store Day to ruin the very thing it's designed to support.
PS. I'd like to say thank you for all the positive, supportive comments on our privacy case recently. Bless ya.
On the more positive, "Brand New Toy" is a nice little piece of Small Faces/Kinks style Britpop. More Modern Classics is out in June and you can check out the kaleidoscopic video for "Brand New Toy" below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Creepoid already put out their excellent self-titled sophomore LP this past March via No Idea, and they just followed that with the Wet EP, which came out on Record Store Day via Graveface. If you liked the album, you'll dig the EP too. Both sides of the band's sound are well-represented with two catchy shoegazers opening the EP, and two cuts of haunting slowcore to close. You can stream the whole thing over at Alternative Press and listen to two tracks below.
Creepoid also have tour dates coming up, including two shows in NYC. First they'll hit Cake Shop on April 30 with Shawn David McMillen Band, Tom Carter & Pat Murano and Robert Mayson; and then they'll hit Death by Audio on May 18 after playing Montreal's Pouzza Fest.
All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
How much would you pay?
Of all the Record Store Day 2014 exclusives, the one now going for the most dough on the internet is Jack White's "Lazaretto" -- aka the "World's Fastest Released Record" which was recorded live, mastered and pressed in about three hours on Saturday (4/19). One copy already sold for a whopping $649.99 on eBay. If you just want to hear the thing, White has put it on YouTube and you can listen to that -- and watch a making-of video and check out the tracklist to his new album -- below.
Other profitable RSD14 flips were the Mudhoney Live at KEXP test pressing ($500); the R.E.M. Unplugged Box set (going for around $200), and the eight-LP Cake box set (averaging around $400 so it breaks down to $50 per LP).
Stream Jack White's "Lazaretto" RSD single below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching
I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.
Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.
Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.
Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.
A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...