Friday, April 16, 2010

Record Store Day Tomorrow

That's right, it's already Record Store Day again tomorrow! Although it's mostly focused on actual records (as opposed to CD's), even the turntable-less can find cool, exclusive stuff that may only be available tomorrow. I say this because the whole idea of this promotion is for labels to flood independent record shops with rare and exclusive releases. So, I'm hoping you didn't need to save any money this weekend. There's a complete list that still isn't truly "complete" on the official site if you want an idea of what to look for. I'll be highlighting some of my picks from that list after the break.

My favorite neighborhood record shop, End of an Ear will also have a slew of in-store performances to commemorate Record Store Day tomorrow. Including, but not limited to, Bloggy favs, Ume who will be performing a free set at 6pm.

Ume - Austin Bloggy Limits video via YouTube

Before I get to the highlights, I'm going to recommend some strategies since I attacked Record Store Day I can tell you it's going to be mobbed in Austin. Specifically Waterloo was a madhouse so arrive early possibly before they even open. Also, parking was a unicorn so I'd rely on public transit, just bring a good bag or case for your purchases. Also, the legendary Roky Erickson will be doing a signing at Noon so plan for that to add to the insanity. Did I mention they'll have bins all over the store in the aisles and such full of random, cheap records for you to paw through. That's in addition to all of the insanely cool, exclusives.

13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me video via YouTube

Wow, combing through that HUUUUGE list I linked and highlighting specific stuff is hard y'all! There are so many good things to look out for, so don't be surprised/offended if there is good stuff that I missed feel free to leave snarky comments. With that said, here are some things that jumped out at me:

Album Leaf - There Is a Wind: Featuring 2 new tracks, 2 alternate takes on songs from "A Chorus of Storytellers" LP 12" vinyl

Beach House - Zebra: 2 new tracks and 2 alternate from album "Teen Dream" 12" vinyl

Beastie Boys - White Label 12": Super Surprise (Probably a cover of Metal Machine Music) 12" vinyl

Black Keys - Tighten Up/Howlin' For You: 12" vinyl contains two new songs 12" vinyl

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us: Extremely limited foil pressed double LP double LP

Bon Iver/Peter Gabriel - Come Talk To Me/Flume: Bon Iver and Peter Gabriel cover each other. Bon Iver track is EXCLUSIVE to this release 7" vinyl

Budos Band/Sharon Jones & The Dapkings - Day Tripper/Money: 7" vinyl

Daedelus - Righteous Fists of Harmony: Full length album

David Bazan - Live at Electrical Audio: Live performance CD

Dum Dum Girls/Male Bonding - Pay For Me/Before It's Gone: 2 new tracks from LA's Dum Dum Girls and London's Male Bonding 7" vinyl

Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Live at Hollywood High EP: Individually numbered 7" of three previously unreleased tracks 7" vinyl

Elvis Presley - That's Alright Mama b/w Blue Moon of Kentucky: Reproduction of original single with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD BONUS 7" vinyl

Fanfarlo - You Are One of the Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us, What Makes You Think You're The One (Fleetwood Mac song): 7" single of songs recorded specifically for RSD 7" single

Fucked Up - Daytrotter Sessions: Label version is released with 10 different covers, ADA has regular cover 7" vinyl

Gogol Bordello - We Comin Rougher/Trans Continental Hustle: First tracks from upcoming release 7" green vinyl

Happy Birthday - Shampoo, Alien: 2 new tracks 7" vinyl

Helio Sequence/Menomena - Pilgrim's Progress/Converter: split single 7"

Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever: New album, hand screen printed vinyl release full length album

Jamie Lidell - Compass: RSD Exclusive 7"

Japandroids (JPNRDS) - Posting Nothing: 180 gram vinyl, with digital convenience card 12" vinyl

Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away: Vinyl version of new album which wiill come out later full length album

LCD Soundsystem - Pow Pow: Single sided 12" with new music from upcoming album 12"

Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs: Box set 3 double gate fold, 10"s, with digital convenience card, released 3 days early for RSD 10" vinyl

Mountain Goats - Life of the World To Come: Rian Johnson film, 50 min live film + 45 min Q&A, DVD

Muse - Exogenesis: Symphony (parts 1-3)/Uprising (Live from Teignmouth)/Resistance (Live from Lisbon): The live version of "Resistance" has never been released 7" vinyl

Nada Surf - If I Had a Hi-Fi: New album being released on RSD, about 4 weeks before general release CD

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone: 12" clear vinyl 12" vinyl

Of Montreal - Back To School, Subtext Read, Nothing New: Back To School is a Royal Trux cover, Subtext Read is a new Of Montreal track 7"

Phoenix - Fences: Pink vinyl 12" single with album track plus remix; first vinyl issue 12" PINK vinyl

R.E.M. - Chronic Town EP: Previously out of print debut; limited edition blue vinyl, individually numbered 12" BLUE vinyl

Roky Erickson & Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil: Prelease vinyl LP (CD comes out 3 days later) 12" vinyl

Surfer Blood/Holiday Shores - Take It Easy (live)/Your Motion Says: Surfer Blood track features Marnie Stern, Holiday Shores track is an Arthur Russell cover split 7" vinyl

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - The Oldest House, North Coast: 7" vinyl

Tegan & Sara - AOL Sessions EP

The Apples In Stereo - Travellers in Space and Time: Album released early for RSD CD

The Bird & The Bee - Interpreting The Masters: Volume 1 A Tribute To Daryl Hall and John Oates: Same as new CD 12" vinyl

Velvet Underground - Live 1969 Vol 1 & 2: Vinyl reissue 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl

White Rabbits/Antlers - Foxhunting/ShivaLive: From Daytrotter Sessions Record Store Day 7"

Wilco - Kicking Television: 4 LP box set, 8 extra tracks, deluxe package vinyl reissue for the first time

Don't be dismayed if you comb through this list and you don't have a turntable lots of these will come with digital download cards, even some that don't say so on this list. Just look carefully before purchasing because it will say somewhere on the packaging if there is a digital version included in some manner.

Have fun shopping!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bonobo, Parish Room, Tonight

Dang y'all this month is already flying by at Austin Bloggy HQ. Can you believe tomorrow is the ides? Also, something about taxes? In any case, I had intended to give y'all more of a heads up about tonight's Bonobo show at the Parish but you still have time to get dinner, get yer hurrr did and whatnot before the show.

Now, I'm not familiar with which specific genres and sub-genres of electronic music and there seem to be more every blog year but I think it's ok to say Bonobo is one of the Godfathers of downtempo/chill-out/trip-hop. I feel cool just typing names of sub-genres of electronic music. Can we still say electronica? Do people go to raves anymore or has everything become a party or a show? Have you noticed no one goes to concerts anymore? It sort of disappeared.

"I went to this Animal Collective concert once, it smelled like the disc golf course. I like concerts but disc golf is too hard."

If you want to go to that Bonobo concert tonight it's $15 you can possibly still use this online ticket link but you could probably just pay at the door at this point. Or, ya know, hit your neighborhood record shop.

Bonobo ft. Andreya Triana - Eyesdown video via YouTube

There is or was this bar in Cambridge, Ma I used to like called the Enormous Room, it was tiny (of course), decorated like a Moroccan lounge with pillows on platforms on the floor and they played music like the above Bonobo way too loudly. Not trying to knock the Parish by any means, just living a memory while listening to that above track. Both videos that sandwich this paragraph are from Bonobo's latest LP on Ninja Tune Records, it's called Black Sand.

Bonobo ft. Andreya Triana - The Keeper video via YouTube

Fellow Ninja Tuneite, Yppah (pronounced "Yippah") will be making the long journey from Houston to perform at the Parish tonight as well. I kid about the long distance and don't be put off just 'cause he's from Houston. It's not his fault the city is composed entirely of strip malls and interstates. He's just trying to makes some "syrupy gobs of dream pop" and can we really fault him for that? I think not.

Yppah - Gumball Machine Weekend video via YouTube

That track comes from Yppah's latest Ninja Tunes release, the cleverly titled, They Know What Ghost You Know, which could be a pleasant or displeasant prospect. I mean it's kind of scary that they know, that you know a ghost to begin with, let alone which specific one. I mean, that's pretty personal. On the other hand if you have mutual ghost friend/acquaintances that could be a positive experience, right?

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Temper Trap & Kissaway Trail

I think y'all know how I feel about 101X but in case you don't, let's just say I'm not a fan of that particular radio station. For that matter, I'm not a fan of Austin radio whatsoever. HOWEVER, I will conceit that 101x does sponsor/book/whatever some really good shows here in town. The flip of that is they don't play these artists on the damn radio. In any case, the wretched alt-rock dinosaurs will be hosting two really good bands at Emo's outside stage. Tickets are still available and will set you back, roughly, $15 however you'll have to go to Waterloo Records or End of an Ear because the tickets aren't available online. Temper Trap is headlining, but I'm just as excited to get my eyes and ears on Kissaway Trail.

Temper Trap - Fader video via YouTube

Free Kissaway Trail Mp3 courtesy of Press Here Publicity, thanks.

Free Mp3 ---> Kissaway Trail - SDP

That Mp3 above and the video for the same song below is from the Kissaway Trails forthcoming album, which will be available to purchase on April 20th. The album was produced by Peter Katis who has worked with Interpol, The National, Sigur Rós’ & Jónsi. The band itself is Danish but you can here lots of American rock influence in their music. Don't expect the entire set to be as rocking at SDP, these guys are known for building their music live, creating layers and loops and adding them altogether to create a big, enveloping sound.

Kissaway Trail - SDP video via YouTube

Going back to Temper Trap for a minute, I feel like they have been in obscurity for too long. They have had a couple of successful SXSW visits yet they aren't all over AAA radio yet. Does 101X even play their tunes? Here's one more to tide you over until tomorrow.

Temper Trap - Science of Fear video via YouTube

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