“In an age of complex textures and thumping beats, I find myself wanting to hear these unadorned tunes over and over again.” Bob Bollen of NPR is talking about Cate Le Bon’s latest record, MUG MUSEUM. It’s in record stores, and Cate herself was in CD ALLEY, a record store in Chapel Hill, NC a few week ago. And coincidentally enough, so were some cameras!
She’ll most likely be heading into some more stores, maybe some near you, on her tour(s), where she’s hitting the stage with both Warpaint and Franz Ferdinand:
SXSW: 3/13 - Austin, TX - St. David's Historic Sanctuary
WARPAINT TOUR 3/21 New York NY – Webster Hall, 3/22 Philadelphia PA- Union Transfer, 3/24 Washington DC- Black Cat, 3/25 Toronto ON- The Danforth Music Hall, 3/26 Detroit MI- Magic Stick, 3/28 Chicago IL- Metro, 3/29 Minneapolis MN- First Avenue
FRANZ FERDINAND TOUR 4/21 Denver CO- Gothic Theatre, 4/23 Boise ID- Knitting Factory, 4/24 Seattle WA – Showbox Sodo, 4/25 Vancouver BC- The Commodore Ballroom, 4/26 Portland OR- Roseland Theater, 4/28 Oakland CA – Fox Theater, 4/29 Los Angeles CA- The Wiltern
The band Peggy Sue is made up of four people. And as it happens, half are Team CD and half are Team Vinyl. Which camp are you in? (Peggy Sue stopped by Bull City Records to take part in the Yep Roc Record Store Sessions, while they were on tour supporting their new album CHOIR OF ECHOES)
The new Manchester Orchestra record, COPE, will be out on , but right this minute folks are heading to a record store and snatching up a special 7” single from the band, one that includes a new song called “Every Stone” but also a cover of the Rupert Holmes classic “Escape”, also known as The Pina Colada song. And if that’s not enough, there’s a $2 coupon off the new album. These things are limited edition (there are only 3000 of them, and they are going FAST, so check with your local record store NOW. (DISCLAIMER)
Fans of Jaco Pastorius are going to have a lot to celebrate in 2014, and folks who don’t yet know about the jazz bass legend are in for a musically rich education.
JACO IS THE OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY 2014 Jaco is a documentary film about Pastorius in the works right now, produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand. Trujillo is pretty excited about the connection between his upcoming film and Record Store Day: “Record Store Day is a celebration of our youth, and beyond. It's the power of memories fueled by this magic (usually) black vinyl disc. There's a reason why Record Store Day is making people Head Bang, Rock Out, Relax, and simply Smile. It's all about the joy and power of words, music and sound, not to mention the dynamic range of visual art that goes hand in hand with a record cover, jacket, or sleeve; and you might even get a poster. (Trust me, I still have most of my original vinyl).”
He was right about the poster—the image above will become the OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY POSTER OF 2014, and will be given away as part of the celebration at select stores, while supplies last.)
In addition, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing MODERN AMERICAN MUSIC... PERIOD!, this Record Store Day on both CD and vinyl. This piece revisits the 1974 after-hours studio sessions at Criteria Studios when a 22-year-old Pastorius and his friends experimented and jammed. Some of those songs ended up on Pastorius’ debut, but others see their release for the first time ever on this special Omnivore Recordings RSD 2014 piece. (Check out some of this and other things Omnivore Recordings has planned for Record Store Day in the charming little video piece below.)
Record Store Day is proud to play a part in what’s shaping up to be A Year of Jaco Pastorius, just as record stores themselves played a part in his life, something he passed on to his biggest, most important fans: his kids. “Then I have the memories of being at Peaches (which was THE record store in S. Fla) with him for the Jaco Pastorius (the first solo album) record release party. They had a "walk of fame" there and we put our handprints in cement, Hollywood style. They also put a huge painting of that album with that iconic picture of him, up on the outside of the building, where it stayed for many years- which I drove by many times, and was greeted by the many times when I would go in to buy records myself.” --Mary Pastorius
We like all our children, and by that we mean Record Store Day releases, but there is undoubtedly a special place in our heart for those releases that come from labels that are run by folks at record stores! One of those is Brookvale Records, the label run by Karl from Looney Tunes. He’s got a release coming out this Record Store Day, and a few clues in this video as to who the artist might be. Can you guess?
We’ve always said that records bring people together, and this Record Store Day one special piece will bring people together... For a game of football! Microfiche Records uses ‘Decagonaphonic 10 Groove Technology’ and your own record player to bring the fun of football into the house. Give it a spin and see if you have what it takes to bring your team to the Phono Bowl!
Since 2009 when Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal declared himself our ‘Ambassador’, Record Store Day has been honored every year to add another powerful name to our stable of Ambassadors. This year the man who carries the title and the megaphone to tell the world about the greatness of record stores is the one, the only: CHUCK D.
Did we say we were honored? That word barely even covers it.
Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don't go one single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture. The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, has simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording.
The introduction of the available recording to the public had opened and webbed the sounds of the world across the planet long before the www. It has been influential to the creators of so many of the greatest recordings as well, sort of a second rite of passage after the live radio or TV performance. Motown's Berry Gordy had a record store, Elektra founder Jac Holzman had a record store, the STAX label had their Satellite Record Shop right next to their studio. Keith Richards opens a conversation with Mick Jagger as teenagers on a UK train platform because he had a stack of hot blues records in his arms after leaving a shop. Well you should have an idea of what I'm saying here.
The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.
Do not get me wrong, I am a fan of technology, but I am a bigger fan of the music. I used to be a big fan of the industry of music when it, like sport, at least offered a seemingly fair field of play, no matter where one came from. Upon the growth of Hip Hop through vinyl-cassette-Cd-MP3 I long wanted, and advised, many Record Stores ways to adapt to surviving the ICE AGE. Like last year's Record Day Ambassador, the great Jack White, I concur with his view that people want to gather, share thoughts, and suggest music. There's few musical events more exciting than Record Store performances, whether it’s Grimey’s In Nashville, Criminal Records in ATL or Rough Trade in London. I've long thought The Record Store tour circuit is so necessary and rewarding.
In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It's worth a great try, let's do this...
Co Founder of Public Enemy
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2013
It’s awards “season” and lots of fancy people are going to fancy parties and walking off with fancy hardware. We figured, if you’re going to be giving out an award for the best records of the year, why wouldn’t you get the opinion of people who live their lives surrounded by them: the people who shop in, and work in, record stores. We thought it made a lot of sense, so we created The Adapter Prize last year and we asked YOU to help with the nominations, and the final voting was done by the staff of record stores throughout North America.
And now we’ve got our first recipients of The Adapter Prize, in four categories. Thanks to all of you who helped us get this off the ground. And trust us, these folks know how special it is that this particular honor came from the people who make up the world of record stores. We are really looking forward to this in 2014.
RECORD OF THE YEAR (NEW RELEASE)
THE POSTAL SERVICE— Give Up
GZA—Liquid Swords Chess Box
We’ve gotten a lot of requests for the lists of past Record Store Day releases, and we’re happy to announce our HISTORY section, where those lists from 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black Friday live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)
Sometimes there are even better reasons to get your music at indie record stores, and that’s when you can get a little something extra when you buy a new record. The goodies below are available starting on street date with the purchase of the new record they’re listed with, but they’re ALL LIMITED, so first come first serve applies. Also, indie stores are just that: independently minded, and not all will choose to participate in all these gift-giving promotions, so check with your local store!