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Record Store Day: Black Friday 2017 Top Ten Vol. 2

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

by Mat Weir

 

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  1. Sonny Clark Trio — The 1960 Time Sessions

Been getting into Jazz lately and this particular record caught my attention. Not only was Sonny Clark a master but his death at 31 from a heroin overdose helped to create a mythos around him. Featuring greats Max Roach and George Duvivier, the 1960 Time Sessions is a treat in pure, soulful jazz. Of course it’s just a remastering of the Sonny Clark Trio, but this pressing also contains alternate versions of the album and takes giving the listener a true recording experience.

 

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  1. LEONARD NIMOY — MR. SPOCK’S MUSIC FROM OUTER SPACE

1967 was a crazy time for America. The Vietnam War raged as people fled to the streets in protest, the Monterey Pop Festival was held and Leonard Nimoy recorded his debut album as Mr. Spock. This highly illogical move produced a cult gem filled with eerie, 1960’s sci-fi sounds and out-of-this-world noise. With the popularity of Star Trek, the album reached number 83 on the Billboard charts and earned Nimoy his only hit single, the Emo-Before-Emo named, “A Visit to A Sad Planet.” Definitely a fun piece to add to your collection and a great album to test on new people to see who’s cool.

 

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  1. THE KILLS — BLACK ROOSTER 10”

I love The Kills. LOOOOOVVVEEE them. Every release they’ve done is unique while remaining within their signature sound. Over the years they’ve come to evolve and grow their style, adding more layers and production in lieu of their original, gritty start. Black Rooster is a reissue of their debut EP of the same name, which is the same songs they first recorded for a demo tape. A first issue of this 10” can cost some big bucks so I was stoked to see this on the Black Friday list.

 

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  1. BILL HICKS — LIVE IN LONDON 2LP

The man. The myth. The legend. Bill Hicks was a comedian’s comedian. Highly prophetic, he tapped into the same cosmic river of George Carlin and called bullshit on everything in the society we’ve built around us. Like any guru, he received relative success in his lifetime–selling out major shows– but after his untimely death his popularity soared to saintly heights. This double LP is the full special of his final, 1992 recording, Revelations. If this is on your list–and it should be–put it on the turntable and see how many things the sage got right about who we are today.

 

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  1. BLUE OYSTER CULT — RARITIES VOL. 1 1969 – 1976)

Finally, number one! This spot goes to the one and only, Blue Oyster Cult, another band I absolutely love to the point of getting their logo tattooed a couple times as filler on my sleeve. This special, double LP on white vinyl contains their original, Columbia demos under their short-lived name, Soft White Underbelly. If you’re like me, you’ve never seen the originals and any that you might find online will cost rent for the month. Here’s a great, cheap way to experience the magic that is early Cult. The rest of the album contains live cuts from the band’s archive spanning their self-titled to Agents of Fortune, basically their best material minus Spectres. Feel the tyranny and mutation blasting at you from the height of these heavy metal godfathers this Friday!

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RECORD STORE DAY: BLACK FRIDAY 2017 TOP TEN: PART 1

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

by Mat Weir

 

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              10. GAME OF THRONES SOUNDTRACK — PICTURE DISC

         Okay, I’m kicking this off with a gimmicky picture disc. But for all you purists, cynics and elitists out there: GET OVER IT. After a decade of RSD releases, you need to accept the fact that gimmicks are part of the fun. So don’t be a wretched ol’ White Walker. Why not buy one of the best soundtracks from one of television’s hottest shows, and have some rad art in the process?

 

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    1. DEATH FROM ABOVE — FREEZE ME/KEEP IT REAL DUMB 7”

    Death From Above (re: Death From Above 1979) has earned themselves a bit of a cult following over the years. In 2002, Canadian duo–Sebastian Granger and Jesse F. Keeler–released their debut release, Heads Up, to minor success. Two years later they began recording their debut album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, and released it with major, underground success. Their minimalist sound is thick as gravy and boiling hot with blues riffs covered in post-rock music. But in 2006 they disbanded, leaving fans to cling to their record. In 2011 they reunited but it wouldn’t be until this year that they would drop a second album, Outrage! Is Now. This 7” is the single and B-side to that album.

     

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    1. HIGH TIMES : SMOKE SIGNAL SONGS FROM THE MOTHER PLANT

    Every stoner has their 420 playlist. Music sites and apps like Spotify, Pandora and iTunes have made it easy to throw hundreds of fire tracks into a playlist that will keep you lit all night. But for those of us who like to spin wax, making a playlist ends up with a stack of records and constant flipping or changing, totally harshing the vibe. Thankfully, this Black Friday, High Times Magazine has released a comp of sweet, stoney tracks to keep the party going and the smoke floating featuring Damian Marley, Action Bronson and more.

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  1.       7. JOHN LEE HOOKER — BLACK NIGHT IS FALLING
  2. I love me some John Lee Hooker. He was one of the first blues musicians my dad got me into and one that remains near and dear to my heart. This is a killer live recording from the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club (Montreal) in 1977 when Hooker was still cookin’. Featuring staples like “Boom Boom” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” this is the perfect LP for Hooker fans to spin AND for noobs to check out to get a taste of the blues master.

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    1. REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND — 16 TONS 7”

    For almost two decades Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has breathed new life into American blues, country and bluegrass. With a voice as thick as mountain mist, the Reverend, his wife–”Washboard” Breezy and drummer, Max Senteney, bask themselves in the rays of all blues genres and cultivate original tunes chock full of wholesome goodness. This Black Friday, don’t miss out on their cover of Tennessee Ernest Ford’s classic, “16 Tons,” for a rootsy sound about Capitalism’s exploitation of the working class. What’s more American than that?

Record Store Day 2017

April 21, 2017 Leave a comment

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It’s that wonderful time of year!

Tomorrow, April 22, is International Record Store Day. That means that you can get exclusive, limited-run records, singles, cds, merch and more from your favorite independent record store.

This year is extra special as it marks the 10th anniversary of this global event that celebrates music, artistry, community and local record sellers.

Check out the 2017 releases and we’ll see you at the store.

BTW, we open an hour early at 10am on Record Store Day. Plan accordingly 🙂

Doors – Disquaire Day

June 13, 2016 Leave a comment

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For Record Store Day this year, the Doors released a 7″ titled Disquaire Day, in remembrance of those lost in the Paris attacks. We have a few left if you didn’t snag yours yet.

Pressed on white vinyl, the record features “A Feast Of Friends” on Side A and “Roadhouse Blues” (Live) on Side B. Both tunes are taken from the 1978 album, An American Prayer.

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Record Store Day 2016 Ambassadors: Metallica

April 14, 2016 Leave a comment

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Every year, Record Store Day chooses an artist to play ambassador for the international event. This year, the honor goes to Metallica, a band that grew up frequenting record stores and listening to vinyl.

Here’s what the band has to say about Record Store Day, their RSD 2016 releases, and the importance of independent record stores and “anything that has to do with records.”

 

THE REVENGE OF BLACK FRIDAY

December 6, 2015 Leave a comment

by Mat Weir

 

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Black Friday has come and gone once more. This year we didn’t have as large of a turnout as in previous events, but the people who did camp out in front of our store were there for hours. And their labor paid off!

We received multiple copies of almost every Record Store Day release and the first in line always get the first crack at the section.

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However, a week later and we’re shocked at some of the gems still hanging around our shelves! Here are a couple you’re going to want to pick up before it’s too late. Afterall, Santa already has a lot on his plate.

 

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The Sonics – 50

Ok, we know you can already get reissues of Boom and Here Are The Sonics, but this beautifully assembled box set is not to pass up. Included are those two albums along with a third disc of rarities and outtakes. Thrown in are a 18”x24” poster and a 5,000 word, 36 page history of the band complete with detailed pics of the boys. Pretty much the end-all-be-all on a great band in rock history and a great gift for any collector.

 

 

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The Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen

The debut album from a quintessential band in punk rock lore. In 1978 a 23 year old Pete Shelley would write some of the most surreal and dreamy music from the time. By blending these elements with the burgeoning punk scene, the Buzzcocks helped create a sound that would later gain momentum in the 1990’s, giving them the well-earned moniker the “Godfathers of Punk.” This reissue come on translucent orange vinyl, putting a fresh face on a classic album.

 

 

 

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The Zombies – BBC Radio Sessions

It’s not unusual to see the Zombies on the RSD list, since there always seems to be at least a 7-inch reissue coming out around the holidays. However, this year they bring us a beautiful, two LP set compiled by Zombies expert/archivist, Andrew Sandoval, featuring previously unreleased tracks, interviews, and versions of classic songs. An obvious must-have for any Zombies fan, but it doubles as a great intro for newbs because of the BBC’s impeccable recordings and journalists.

 

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Sweet Baby Rey. The baddest bouncer in the Bay! 

The Black Friday Record Store Day List is Up

October 29, 2015 Leave a comment

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we know what’s on your mind: tofurkey? Pumpkin pie? Cranberry sauce? Nope, records! Right?

Good news for you, Record Store Day just released the Black Friday list. As ever, we can’t guarantee that we’ll have everything, and, as always, quantities on some titles are extremely limited.

This year’s artists include David Bowie, the Clash, Easy-E, Gang of Four, Howlin Wolf, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Judas Priest, the Kinks, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Outkast, Link Wray, Funkadelic, Mercury Rev, Shuggie Otis, the Sword, and lots more.

See the compete list at RecordStoreDay.com