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 🙂
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.
by Mat Weir
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We recently restocked our supply of the Ramones turntable. Originally released for Record Store Day, we were able to get our hands on a few more. Here’s what Rick Johnson, a photographer and friend of the Ramones, had to say about the turntable and his time with the Ramones.
The Ramones had a long history with independent record stores, and that makes the Crosley Ramones Cruiser a perfect fit for Record Store Day. Not only were the Ramones HUGE record store fans, they also had a great reverence for vinyl. Johnny had a jukebox filled with 45s in his NYC apartment, and Joey had several hundred LPs from bands such as The Doors and The Who strewn about his place in the East Village.
From the early days, as the Ramones traveled the back roads and highways of the United States, they did a lot of in-store appearances, usually in the afternoon before their show. They didn’t contact the largest chain store in each town…they took the time to find the local record store, the ones that actually supported the Ramones, played their music and carried their albums. They made appearances on every tour, not just when they had a new album out, but also when they did not.
Record stores gave the Ramones an opportunity to connect with their fans on a personal level: signing albums, taking photos, listening to fans talk about how many times they had seen them, where they first saw them etc. It was not completely altruistic though, as the Ramones asked for something in return for each record store appearance: that each Ramone was allowed to choose one album for themselves. With the fans satiated and waiting outside the store, noses pressed to the windows, each Ramone searched the bins for tha perfect piece of vinyl.
I was with them several times and they took the record shopping seriously. They searched and searched, finding several options, weighing the pros and cons, and making their final choices. I saw Johnny choose a Leslie Gore album one time, and a Fats Domino LP another time. I saw Joey go back and forth and finally choose Johnny Thunders and Patti Paladins Copy Cats.
It was an interesting thing to see the Ramones…punk rock icons…worry and fret about their choice for that day. It just goes to show that they took records seriously, they understood the importance of local records stores, and they deeply cared that their fans had opportunities to meet them and get autographs.
Long live the local record store, long live the Ramones.
Why is this Still Here? We have one copy of the fantastic Jurassic 5 wood, vinyl box set for the album Quality Control.
An exclusive from Record Store Day, the box has been quietly hanging out, like a prize puppy at the shelter, waiting for a good home.
When Quality Control was originally released in June of 2000, it launched the Los Angeles hip-hop crew into the spotlight and solidified their place as legends of the underground.
The wood box consists of four LPs of original tracks and instrumentals, a 24-page book with extensive liner notes and interviews with all six Jurassic 5 members. The collectible box itself is a work of art, with the J5 logo wood burned right onto it. It goes for $69.98.
With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group – two DJs and producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark); and four MCs (Chali 2na, Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) – they brought the late 1970s “unison MC” style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines.
Musically inventive and lyrically forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop shows fans had seen in years.