Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Record Store Day

If you are near one of these record stores, stop by for some great entertainment! Happy Record Store Day to all and get out and support your local independent record store!


Zion I, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy – Bozeman, MT @ Cactus Records

Ra Ra Riot – East Lansing, MI @ Flat Black and Circular

The Bouncing Souls – New York, NY @ Generation Records

Del McCoury Band/Charlie Louvin/Avett Brothers/Stardeath & White Dwarf – Nashville, TN @ Grimey’s

Scott Ian of Anthrax – Hollywood, CA @ Amoeba Records

Toadies – Seattle, WA @ Silver Platters

Gorilla Zoe – Memphis, TN @ Spinstreet & Pop Tunes

Cotton Jones – Nashville, TN @ The Groove

Disturbed – Portland, ME @ Bullmoose

Killswitch Engage – Scarborough, ME @ Bullmoose

Jay Reatard – Memphis, TN @ Goner Records

Eagles of Death Metal – Claremont, CA @ Rhino Records

Chris Cornell – Minneapolis, MN @ Electric Fetus

Prefuse 73/Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Bill Callahan – New York, NY @ Other Music

Silversun Pickups – Berkeley, CA @ Rasputin Music

The Black Lips - Tucson , AZ @ Zia Records

Graham Coxon/Patrick Wolf – London, UK @ Pure Groove

Mark Olson & Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks) – Austin, TX @ Waterloo Records

3OH3! – Orlando, FL @ Park Avenue Records

Happy Record Store Day - Top Monthly eBay Record Sales April 2008 - March 2009

Top Monthly Sellers:

April 2008 / LP - Bob Dylan "John Wesley Harding" Red Vinyl LP - $10,655.55

May 2008 / LP - David Bowie Hunky Dory Sampler Alternate Takes - $6,500.00

June 2008 / 12" - Kool D.J. A.J. "Ah, That's The Joint" - $3,742.46

July 2008 / 45 - The Savoys "Work It Out" / "I'd Rather Love You" Orlyn - $5,126.00

August 2008 / LP - Tool Aenima 2LP Promo Test Pressing - $7,500.00

September 2008 / 45 - Margaret Little "Love Finds A Way" / "I Need Some Loving" Genbro - $7,400.00

October 2008 / 45 - Junior McCants "Try Me For Your New Love" / "She Wrote It - I Read It" King 6106 WLP - $15,099.00

November 2008 / 45 - Lester Tipton "This Won't Change" / "Go On " La Beat 17867 - $5,999.99

December 2008 / 45 - The Beatles "White Album" Apple UK Pressing #0000005 - $30,000.00

January 2009 / LP - Pink Floyd "Meddle" EMI Columbia Blue Vinyl Pressing - $12,000.00

February 2009 / 78 - Ripley Cotton Choppers "Silver Bells" / "Blue Waltz" Sun - $5,201.00

March 2009 / LP - Pavement "Terror Twilight" Domino TEST PRESS - $9999.99

Last year it was White Album #0000006, this year it's White Album #0000005 that makes the #1 top album sale on eBay, selling for $9k more than its predecessor at $30k. The first four White Albums were reportedly given to the Beatles themselves. Save for an acetate of "Carnival Of Light" showing up, its hard to imagine any Beatles vinyl artifact fetching more than these two White Albums.

Also worthy of notice is the first Hip Hop record to show up on the weekly Top 5, Kool D.J. A.J.'s "Ah, That's The Joint" also topped the month of June. Tool and Pavement, two bands who came into existence post Reagan administration, give this years list a touch of youth.

A special thank you to Norm at for this valuable data!

Repackaging music from the era when packaging mattered

What can entice consumers to buy a new copy of something they already own, never cared about, or were too young to buy in the first place?

The folks who release music reissue packages believe bells and whistles are the answer. Today is the second annual Record Store Day, a celebration of independent music merchandisers, and shoppers will find remastered, remixed, super-sized, bonus-boasting editions of vintage albums in elaborate multi-disc packages and simple, straightforward vinyl releases.

Many share a common time frame: 1988-1996. Return visits to albums by Pearl Jam, the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, Green Day, Sinead O'Connor, Lenny Kravitz, Beck, and others seem to signal that the time to reappraise - or re-sell - the alt-rock revolution is upon us.

"There's a bit of a 20-year rule in pop culture," says Billboard executive editor Rob Levine, who points out that folks who graduated from college two decades ago are now ripe to get nostalgic. "Now you have this resurgence of interest in the kind of Lollapalooza culture, for lack of a better word."

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