Friday, April 15, 2011

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Warner Bros. Records, the Leading Label Partner, Will Celebrate With Special RSD Events Around the Country; Expect Exclusive Vinyl Packages From My Chemical Romance, R.E.M., The Flaming Lips, Mastodon, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Regina Spektor and Much More

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2011) - Everyone's favorite new official global holiday, RECORD STORE DAY, is this Saturday, April 16, 2011. Once again Warner Bros. Records, the industry's leading partner and participant, will celebrate this special day with a spate of nationwide special events listed below.

Late breaking news: Neil Young, vinyl enthusiast and Independent Record Store supporter, will be introducing his brand new album, A TREASURE, as a deluxe vinyl edition available only through participating Record Store Day Independent Music Retailers and on June 7th. The limited-edition vinyl pressing will be available on 180-gram double-disc vinyl pressed at Pallas, and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Chris Bellman. The fourth side of the vinyl will feature special album artwork etched into the disc.

And now, the WBR / RSD events:

REGINA SPEKTOR - Saturday, April 16th, 2pm:
Other Music - 15 E 4th St - New York, 10003 (212) 477-8150
Special in-store performance at Other Music in NYC. First 100 fans to purchase RSD exclusive 7" "Four From Far" gain access to the performance.

Regina will also be participating in a "Live in London" screening that same night presented by RSD at the Lincoln Center. Adria Petty will also be in attendance as well. Tickets available at Walter Reade Theater box office or link below.

Saturday, April 16th, 7pm - Lincoln Center / Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, New York, NY (212) 875-5600

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - Saturday, April 16th, 4:30pm:
Vertigo Music - 129 Division Ave S Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4215 (616) 742-5106
In-store signing at Vertigo Music in Grand Rapids, MI. First 100 fans to purchase RSD exclusive 7" picture disc or a t-shirt will get a chance to meet the band.

DEFTONES - Saturday, April 16th, 2pm
Music Millennium - 3158 East Burnside Street Portland, OR 97214 (503) 231-8926
In-store signing at Music Millennium in Portland, OR. First 100 fans to purchase RSD exclusive "Covers" or "Diamond Eyes" will get a chance to meet the band.

RICK ROSS (MMG) - Saturday, April 16th, 2pm
Music Depot - Greenspoint Mall 12300 North Freeway Houston, TX 77060 (281) 876-0778
In-store signing event in Houston at Music Depot with Rick Ross and Meek Mill. The first 250 fans to pre-order MMG "Self Made" album or buy a MMG t-shirt get a chance to meet Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

ART OF DYING - April 16th, 2pm
Ralph's Records - 3322 82nd Street Lubbock, TX 79423-2011 (806) 795-3322
Acoustic performance + signing with Avalanche artists Skillet and Halestorm at Ralph's Records in Lubbock, TX. Purchase "Vices & Virtues" to meet the band.

FOXY SHAZAM - Saturday, April 16th, 9pm
Shake It Records - 4156 Hamilton Avenue # 1 Cincinnati, OH 45223 (513) 591-0123
Acoustic performance + signing at Shake It Records in Cincinnati, OH.

PETER BUCK (REM) - Saturday, April 16th, NOON
Easy Street Records - 20 Mercer Street Seattle, WA (206) 691-3279
In-store autograph signing. Fans that purchase a copy of the R.E.M. RSD exclusive 7" "THREE" or "Collapse Into Now" will have a chance to meet Peter.

DALE EARNHART JR. JR. - Saturday, April 16th, 5pm

UHF Records - 512 S Washington Ave Royal Oak, MI 48067 Neighborhood: Downtown Royal Oak (248) 545-5955

In-store performance + signing.

As previously announced, Warner Bros. Records will make a series of vinyl albums and singles available on April 16th exclusively in honor of Record Store Day -- a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Warner Bros. Records is not only a partner in Record Store Day, but readies more vinyl for release than any other label. This year, we are outdoing ourselves with even more special releases to meet the demands of vinyl enthusiasts nationally and internationally as well. All items are available in very limited quantities and are sure to sell out fast, so don't delay!

And now... The Goods (in alphabetical order) as follows:

Bad Brains: God Of Love + bonus 7" (vinyl LP + two song 7" single)
For God Of Love, Bad Brains' first album for Madonna's label Maverick, the original lineup of the group reunited. Ric Ocasek, the producer of their breakthrough Rock For Light, also returned to produce the record. This release includes two previously unreleased demo tracks: "Let's Make Love" and "It's Agreeable" on a bonus 7" vinyl.

The Belle Brigade: The Belle Brigade (vinyl LP)
A chance to get an early copy of the self-titled debut album from brother and sister duo The Belle Brigade, fronted by Barbara and Ethan Gruska, before it's released digitally and on CD by Reprise Records on April 19th. Click on the provided link to hear "Sweet Louise" right now!

Built To Spill: "Ripple" (7" picture disc) Very limited collector's edition is a picture disc and features only one track; a previously unreleased live version of the Grateful dead classic recorded live on October 11, 2010 in Charlotte, NC.

Eric Clapton: Unplugged (Two-disc set on 180-gram vinyl; Bernie Grundman Mastering)
Eric Clapton's Unplugged was responsible for making acoustic-based music, and "unplugged" albums in particular, a hot trend in the early '90s. Clapton's concert was not only one of the finest Unplugged episodes, but was also some of the most genuine, heartfelt music the guitarist has ever committed to tape. And some of his most popular: The album sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and won several Grammy Awards, including "Album Of The Year."

Deftones: Covers (vinyl LP) Truly a unique and eclectic collection of rare cover songs spanning multiple genres, none of which has ever been available on vinyl before and a fan essential.
Side A:
Drive (The Cars)
Caress (Drive Like Jehu)
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths)
No Ordinary Love (Sade)
Savory (Jawbox)
Do You Believe (The Cardigans)
Side B:
Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Ghosts (Japan)
The Chauffeur (Duran Duran)
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (Live) (The Cure)
Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)

The Flaming Lips: Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 (5 vinyl LP's - Bernie Grundman Mastering)
(1992) Hit To Death In The Future Head (Single Disc)
(1993) Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (Single Disc)
(1995) Clouds Taste Metallic (Single Disc)
(1999) The Soft Bulletin (Two Disc)
(2002) Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Single Disc)
All titles, with the exception of The Soft Bulletin, have been out of print and unavailable on vinyl for a decade. Each box will be limited and numbered to create the ultimate LIPS collectors item.

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours - Standard and Deluxe Editions (Bernie Grundman Mastering)
The Diamond Award Winning, Grammy "Album Of The Year" masterpiece from Fleetwood Mac is available as an Audiophile Deluxe Version pressed on 2-Disc 45 RPM, 180 gram vinyl (pressed At Pallas), as well as a standard 33 1/3 single disc.

Glassjaw: Worship And Tribute - considered a hardcore masterpiece, this long sought-after pressing will be available on vinyl for the first time ever vinyl pressing in a limited edition.

Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American - A special 10th Anniversary Limited edition 3-disc reissue of this seminal album featuring a disc of rarities and b-sides pressed on 140 gram vinyl (each one will be hand numbered with a gold foil stamp). There will also be a special run of colored vinyl made exclusive for the Zia Record Store Day tent at Coachella in support of their appearance at the festival.

Mastodon: Live At The Aragon (Deluxe 2-disc set on 180-gram vinyl + DVD; Bernie Grundman Mastering) - Vinyl edition of the first-ever live experience package from heavy rock innovators Mastodon captures the band's sonic assault recorded and filmed live in October 2009 at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom while the band was touring in support of Crack The Skye.

My Chemical Romance: "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" (7" picture disc)
The first single from the band's current album Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys, includes the previously unreleased "Zero Percent," on the B-side.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Limited Edition white vinyl), You're Gonna Get It! (Limited Edition blue vinyl); both Bernie Grundman Mastering. "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers," the band's debut album, was originally released in 1976. The album is best known for introducing the world to the classic tracks "American Girl" and "Breakdown." "You're Gonna Get It!" Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' second album was released in 1978. Building on the edgy yet always melodic sonic template created on their debut, this album features the hits "Listen To Her Heart" and "I Need To Know" which remain staples in the classic rock songbook.

R.E.M.: Three (3 - 7" single 45 RPM discs, first three singles from their new album, Collapse Into Now, each in individual art gatefold sleeves. All B-sides are previously unreleased. Bernie Grundman Mastering)
Disc 1. Mine Smell Like Honey/ Supernatural Superserious (live in Raleigh, NC)
Disc 2. Oh My Heart/ Harborcoat (live in Riga, Latvia)
Disc 3. ÜBerlin/ What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (live in Oslo, Norway)

Regina Spektor: Regina will be releasing a Record Store Day Exclusive, Four From Far, on April 16! The Limited Edition EP will contain the digital exclusive "Riot Gear," "The Sword & the Pen" and "Time Is All Around" from far Special Edition, and "Eet" from Live in London, now compiled together on light blue vinyl.

Warner Bros. Records will launch "Side By Side" -- a series of extremely limited-edition 7" vinyl singles featuring iconic WB artists covering other historic and personally influential iconic WB family artists. Each title will be uniquely colored, and 100 of each pressing will be randomly available on clear vinyl. The first four singles listed below will be released on Record Store Day with more singles to be announced soon.

"Havana Affair" (Red Vinyl)
The Ramones
Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely" (Orange Vinyl)
Hüsker Dü
Green Day

"Just Got Paid" (Yellow Vinyl)
ZZ Top

"Love Hurts" (Light-Blue Vinyl)
Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels Featuring Emmylou Harris
Jenny And Johnny


Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) Celebrates Independent Music Stores with 'Record Store Day' Releases

PRNewswire -- Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), the award-winning sales, marketing and distribution arm of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, will release exclusive vinyl titles from some of its biggest artists in celebration of 'Record Store Day.' The annual event, which takes places on Saturday, April 16, celebrates the importance and vitality of the independent music store.

Artists in the program include such legendary groups as Derek & The Dominos, The Cars, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Paul Simon and Duran Duran, as well as such new chart-toppers as Lady Gaga and James Blake. Fontana, the independent distribution arm of UMGD, will also release titles from artists including New York Dolls and Robbie Robertson.

Moreover, a number of UMG artists will participate directly in Record Store Day with in-store performances, in-store signings and Q&A sessions. Among them are Duran Duran (Amoeba signing in San Francisco), Erykah Badu (Coachella/Zia Signing), The Lonely Island (Amoeba Berkeley, Q&A session and signing), Nas & Damien Marley (Coachella/ Zia Signing) and, TV on the Radio (Newbury Comics in Boston).

'Record Store Day' began in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding independently owned records stores in the US, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. On this day, independently-owned records stores come together with artists and labels to celebrate music with special releases and promotional products and events.

List of 'Record Store Day' releases (vinyl except where noted*):

The Cars – "Sad Song" – 7" single
Matt Costa – Songs We Sing LP
Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship LP
Derek & The Dominos – "Got To Get Better In A Little While" / "Layla" – Limited edition US pressing of 2500, 7" single
Duran Duran - "Girl Panic" - 7" single
Hollywood Undead – American Tragedy – 12" picture Disc
James Blake – James Blake – 2 LP set with 2 exclusive bonus tracks
Lady Gaga – "Born This Way" – Remix EP, limited 5K pressing, 12" Picture Disc
Mona – "Listen To Your Love" / "All This Time"- 7" single
The Naked And Famous* – This Machine / No Light, EP CD of early material
Nirvana – Hormoaning – colored vinyl EP, limited 6K worldwide pressing, first time available in the US
Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What LP
Sonic Youth – Whores Moaning - colored vinyl EP, limited 6K worldwide pressing, first time available in the US
Queen – "Keep Yourself Alive" – 7" single
Nathaniel Rateliff – "Shroud" – 7" single
The Rolling Stones – "Brown Sugar" / "Bitch" / "Let It Rock"- individually numbered 5K US pressing, 7" single
Daft Punk – Tron Soundtrack - 10" EP, includes bonus track

Fontana titles:

Duff McKagan's Loaded – The Taking LP
Fistful of Mercy – "Pale Blue Eyes / "Things Go 'Round" – 12" vinyl, includes exclusive tracks
New York Dolls – Dancing Backward In High Heels LP
New York Dolls – "Fool For You Baby" - 7" single
Robbie Robertson – How To Be Clairvoyant - 2 LP
Toadies – "No Deliverance" / "Someone Great" - 7" single

About Universal Music Group Distribution

Universal Music Group Distribution is a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog – Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

SOURCE Universal Music Group


in alabama, a vinyl celebration!

A day to celebrate a groove


By Courtney Haden

If April 16 were National Refrigerator Store Day or National Radiator Store, this piece would take a radical turn toward the esoteric, but because it’s National Record Store Day, we shall stick to the mundanely arcane.

Record Store Day is a refreshingly straightforward commercial observance, celebrated in honor of those independently owned shops still hawking pre-recorded music and in hopes that you will patronize same. The international festival has roots in Birmingham, in that our own Don Van Cleave, once of Magic Platter, was one of its founders, and it has sturdy branches here, in that Birmingham, unlike many larger metropoli, has two first-rate record stores still extant



vinyl in memphis doing well!

Viva la vinyl

By Chris Shaw

Vinyl junkies in Memphis can get their fix Saturday as local record shop Spin Street Music, Shangri-La Records and Goner Records celebrate the third annual Record Store Day by throwing parties, staging shows and selling limited edition records.

What started out in 2007 as an idea to unify independent record stores has turned into a national event, with more than 700 record stores nationwide participating. Goner records employee Madison Farmer insisted Record Day is much more than just a sales pitch.

"People find joy in buying records for all sorts of reasons, but Record Store Day has definitely helped make buying a record a much more engaging experience," Farmer said.



vinyl in virginia and the RSD plans

Independent music stores celebrate the old-school format

By Rashod Ollison The Virginian-Pilot

After weeks of buildup on the Internet, it will all be over in about half an hour.

Record Store Day, a celebration of vinyl planned for Saturday, has for the past three years attracted the most diligent record collectors to Birdland Music in Virginia Beach.

There, they will find limited copies of new and old albums in a format that must be played on a turntable.

“You have the collector who wants to buy the record but never opens it and ends up putting it on eBay,” said Barry Friedman, the store’s manager. “And you have the fan who’s gonna tear it right open and put it on the turntable right away. I open the door at 10. By 10:30, most of the new vinyl is gone.”

The idea of Record Store Day, conceived by a group of independent music store owners in 2007, is more than just a throwback. In an age of dismal sales and an increasingly fragmented music industry, it also is a promotional effort by record labels.



vinyl in the chicago area

Record Store Day a boon for turntablists


You can look at the numbers many different ways. In 2010, overall album sales were down 13 percent, Nielsen SoundScan reported in January — but sales of vinyl records were up 14 percent. That’s the best sales record for the classic LP since 1991.

Then again, vinyl counts for less than 1 percent of that overall annual figure. Plus, vinyl’s increase was 89 percent in 2008 and 33 percent in 2009 — so the resurgence is losing steam.

The cresting wave, though, is enough to keep the lights on and the turntables spinning at Chicago record shops, many of which now focus sales on vinyl records rather than CDs — and most of which are hosting special sales and events Saturday on the occasion of an annual hipster holiday, Record Store Day.

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great story of an iconic band

For rock trio Rush, Cleveland is where it all began

By John Soeder, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer

It's the greatest rock 'n' roll love story ever told. Rush ♥ Cleveland. And from the very beginning, the feeling has been mutual.

In the mid-1970s, our fair city was the first American market to embrace this cerebral power trio from Toronto.

"It was enormous for us," singer-bassist Geddy Lee said of the early support.

As a token of their undying appreciation, Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart are filming their concert tonight at The Q for a future DVD release.



Wilco and Elvis Costello Pay Tribute to Neil Young

Ellen Barnes

Last year’s MusiCares concert featuring all-star covers of Neil Young’s songs will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Shout! Factory on May 31. MusiCares honored Young with the title of Person of the Year last year, fêting his career with a tribute performance by artists like Elton John, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews, and Crosby, Stills & Nash



the irishtimes has a neat article about the physical world of music:

Let's get physical: the fight against files

Though CDs remain the most popular format for music buyers, the plastic disc is in decline, under threat from downloads both legal and otherwise. Some artists, labels and retailers are beginning a fightback against the threat to physical music releases with innovative new formats and ideas – including USB keys and album badges. LAUREN MURPHY reports

IT’S BEEN a while since Jon Bon Jovi was described as anything close to a spokesman of a generation, but his recent denunciation of download culture resonated more vociferously than expected with music fans of a certain vintage.

You could argue that the rocker is being more than a little excitable with his dramatic statement that “Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business”, but in many ways he has a point. Although CDs remain the most popular format for music buyers, their value has been diminished by the convenience of MP3s, not to mention illegal downloads.

Nevertheless there are bands, companies and music fans still doing everything within their power to stay connected to the physical world.



and in music history for today:

In 1956, Mitch Miller, music director of Columbia Records, engages in a spirited debate with Allan Freed over the "potentially negative effects of Rock 'n' Roll on teenagers" on Eric Sevareid's news program on CBS-TV. Two psychiatrists also joined the discussion.

Buffalo Springfield made their live debut in 1966 opening for The Byrds at a concert in San Bernardino, California.

Also in 1966, the Rolling Stones released "Aftermath", their first LP to feature all original material.

In 1972, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first and only time with "Hot Rod Lincoln", a re-worked version of "Hot Rod Race", a #29 hit for Tiny Hill in 1951.

Also in 1972, Roberta Flack started a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Ewan MacColl song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (#14 in the UK). The song was featured in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me.

In 1992, the three surviving members of Queen raised over $15 million at a charity concert in memory of the late Freddie Mercury, who died in November, 1991. They were joined by David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Paul Young and others.

In 1996, in San Francisco, CA, Jerry Garcia's remaining ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small portion of his ashes had been scattered in the Ganges River in India on April 4th.

In 2001, punk pioneer Joey Ramone, singer of The Ramones, died at age 49 after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.

In 2005, John Fred Gourrier, who led John Fred and his Playboy Band to Billboard's #1 spot in December 1967 with "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)", died after a long bout with kidney disease. He was 63.

In 2007, Legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained Hawaiian tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses and singing his catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles", died of heart failure. He was 76.

born today, country icon Roy Clark (1933), Allan Clarke from the Hollies (1942), Dave Edmunds (1944) and Ed O’Brien from Radiohead (1968) among others.