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Friday, October 5, 2012

Colour Me Impressed! Replacements Reunite

It’s been good news all around of late if you happen to be a fan of the Replacements.  From brand new songs from front man Paul Westerberg to news yesterday that the former had reunited with ex-bandmate Tommy Stinson to record four cover tunes for a new EP.  (The two longtime bandmates had previously confirmed plans to work together for a track to benefit guitarist Slim Dunlap, the former Replacements member who suffered a stroke earlier this year.)
Rolling Stone is now reporting that the collection will released under the Replacements banner rather than another band name. The cover tunes, which were recorded in a day at a Minneapolis studio in late September, are as follows: Busted Up by Slim Dunlap, Everything's Coming Up Roses from the musical Gypsy, I'm Not Sayin' by Gordon Lightfoot, and Lost Highway by Hank Williams.

These songs will be pressed on 10-inch vinyl in a limited run of 250 copies, all of which will be auctioned off online. Proceeds will go to Dunlap.

So, could a full scale Replacements reunion be in the works?
"It's possible," Westerberg said."After playing with Tommy last week, I was thinking, 'All right, let'scrank it up and knock out a record like this.' I'm closer to it now than I was two years ago, let's say that."
Time to start crossing your fingers and your eyes folks.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Play it Again Sam

Sad news today for Canadian music fans- Sam Sniderman, the founder of Canada’s legendary Sam the Record Man music store, has died.
He was 92.

A release issued today says Mr. Sniderman passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, surrounded by loved ones, in Toronto.

Mr. Sniderman opened his flagship store on Toronto’s Yonge Street in 1959.  The iconic store closed in 2007, seven years after he retired.  It was this very store, with its huge flashing red neon record signs that beckoned music lovers to discover its secrets within.  I cannot even begin to tell you of the many pilgrimages I made to that store (and the many others he opened) to find some rare piece of vinyl or CD.  But even more than that, this was a place that gave me my musical education.  An appreciation for something I value above so much else even today.  I’m pretty sure the same can be said for countless others too.  These stores were hallowed ground and Sam preached the gospel to everyone who passed through the doors.  For that I have the vision of that amazing entrepreneur to thank.
Mr. Sniderman was a member of the Order of Canada, an inductee of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  Sam was a major promoter of Canadian music. He also received a Governor General award and Honorary doctorates from Ryerson University and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Sniderman and his brother, Sid opened a small store on College Street in Toronto in 1937 and together they built a chain of Sam the Record Man stores that spanned the country.
The family says a service will be held Tuesday, September 25th, and that an October Memorial Service will be announced.

Rest in peace Sam, I owe you the world.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Just Under a Thousand Words on the New Mountain Goats Album

Thankfully I still have a few bands that raise my pulse rate when I hear about new records in the works.  The Mountain Goats are definitely one of those bands.  John Darnielle posted at length yesterday about their upcoming new release on their website.  It promises to be sublime as always.  Read on:

July 9, 2012
So a simplified timeline of how it went down looks like this: All Eternals Deck came out in March of last year and we toured a whole lot, and midway through all that I came home to celebrate the results of the second ultrasound with Lalitree. June came around so we hied us to the west coast, but first we stopped in Minneapolis, because who doesn't love Minneapolis, and we played a show and Brandon and me shared a room like we always do, and at one point Brandon went out into the hall to talk on the phone to his family and I had an idea for a song so I started working on it, and the narrator turned out to be a person who felt lost and alone and only partially able to keep it together. He was living alone in the Pacific Northwest, and he was fighting the urge to just stop fighting at all, and I recognized his voice because, one, I used to work with a lot of people who spent long seasons in that guy's shoes, and two, I have also been that guy. Who hasn't, if not north of Portland during the rainy season then elsewhere, lost and desperate and trying to swim to the surface?

That song was called "Until I Am Whole," and I played it for Brandon and we both felt like it was touching on some themes I'd circled but never set my claws fully into. So I kept writing through the summer, and in August the baby was born and I'd cradle him in my left arm while writing melodies at the piano with my right, and I said, let Osiris the keeper of the gates be my witness, other songwriters may go soft when they get to be parents but I am going to keep going all the way down into the inner darkness, it will set a good example for the baby, and besides, what am I going to do, suddenly start writing songs about cute things instead of songs about how to wrest cries of triumph from the screaming places? Please. May the baby grow up to spit in my face if I should pose that hard.

Some of the songs I sent to Owen Pallett to arrange for the Transcendental Youth program I did with Anonymous 4 in the spring; meanwhile Peter & Jon & I worked some of the band arrangements out onstage through spring, which is something I'd stopped doing, playing new songs live before tracking them. Shouldn't have ever stopped doing that by the way. Playing new songs rules. These arrangements & performances opened up the songs for me and showed me things about them, and when we hit the studio, I had a plan that was broad enough to let everybody contribute his own voice (a big thing with me; I kind of don't believe in the One Dude Telling Everybody What To Do model of album-making) but focused enough to keep dragging the songs by their hair back to the central point of the record, which has to do with whether anybody has the right to tell people whether their visions are sick or not. Spoiler alert, absolutely nobody has that right, what makes me broken also makes me whole, that is how it works and it's like striking gold when you find that out so keep digging, don't even get me started.

We spent a week recording at Overdub Lane. Brandon Eggleston produced and Matthew E. White did horn arrangements, and afterwards Scott Solter mixed it at Baucom Road, and then I called up Aeron Alfrey from the Satanic Messiah sleeve and he did a new original painting that completely knocks me out and that brings us to the present. The album's called Transcendental Youth, and it's coming out October 2nd on Merge and right around the same time on Tomlab in the UK & Europe and on Moorworks in Japan and on Remote Control in Australia & New Zealand, and I've been getting letters from South America so I'm doing what I can to get it released there. On this last tour that I just got home from, I went into Cloud City with Brandon and recorded four more songs by myself directly to 1/2" tape without overdubs, and from those four, two will be cut directly from the tape to a 7". The first pre-orders of the album will come with a copy of this 7", whose songs will probably be available digitally before long; the actual vinyl single, though, will be the end-point of a truly live all-analog chain that was never converted at any point to ones and zeroes, which as one of Those Guys makes me ridiculously happy. I will tell you more about these two songs later on: one was written for the album but never tracked, the other's been around in half-finished form for a while and finally got the bridge & last verse it deserves.

So that's what I've got. I cannot wait for everybody to hear what we've done this time. It is kind of a family effort for us: the four of us who spend half the year in a tour van together are the four who went into the studio to play & record songs whose choruses grew from things scrawled in notebooks in the back of the van and occasional demos recorded in hotel rooms between tour stops. We will be touring this fall until we run out of places to go or the winged serpent returns, whichever comes first. Here is the tracklisting for the album. I will see you in October!

1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
3. Cry for Judas
4. Harlem Roulette
5. White Cedar
6. Until I Am Whole
7. Night Light
8. The Diaz Brothers
9. Counterfeit Florida Plates
10. In Memory of Satan
11. Spent Gladiator 2
12. Transcendental Youth

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Polaris Prize 2012 Longlist Announced

I would be remiss if I neglected to report that the 2012 Polaris Prize announced its longlist last week.   As always the list is a diverse one with industry mainstays Leonard Cohen and Drake joining newcomers Grimes and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.

See a full list of the 2012 Polaris Prize nominees below.  As always speculation and prognostication is always welcome in the comments.  My pick?  Sandro Perri.  Of course I kinda like that Grimes record too…  Oi, it’s like this every year.

A Tribe Called RedA Tribe Called Red
Marie-Pierre ArthurAux alentours
Rich AucoinWe’re All Dying To Live
Avec pas d’casqueAstronomie
Azari & IIIAzari & III
The Barr BrothersThe Barr Brothers
Blackie And The Rodeo KingsKings And Queens
Cadence WeaponHope In Dirt City
Kathryn CalderBright And Vivid
Cannon Bros Firecracker / Cloudglow
Coeur de pirateBlonde
Leonard CohenOld Ideas
Cold SpecksI Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Rose CousinsWe Have Made A Spark
Mark DavisEliminate The Toxins
DrakeTake Care
Kathleen Edwards Voyageur
Fucked UpDavid Comes To Life
Great Lake SwimmersNew Wild Everywhere
Handsome FursSound Kapital
JapandroidsCelebration Rock
Dan ManganOh Fortune
Mares Of ThraceThe Pilgrimage
Ariane MoffattMA
Lindi OrtegaLittle Red Boots
ParlovrKook Soul
Sandro Perri Impossible Spaces
Joel Plaskett EmergencyScrappy Happiness
PS I Love YouDeath Dreams
John K. SamsonProvincial
Shooting GunsBorn To Deal In Magic: 1952-1976
The SlakadeliqsThe Other Side of Tomorrow
Patrick Watson Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Bry WebbProvider
The WeekndEchoes of Silence
Yamantaka // Sonic TitanYT//ST
Yukon BlondeTiger Talk

Friday, June 15, 2012

Love This Giant Collaboration

The long-awaited collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent (Annie Clark) will finally hit shelves and mp3 servers September 11th  via 4AD/Todo Mundo.   The record is called Love This Giant, and has been in the works for over two years. For the price of your barely used hotmail address the track "Who" can be downloaded below.

The album offers ten collaborative tracks and two written by each musician individually. Vocal duties were split in half. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas help out on the track "The One Who Broke Your Heart".

Love This Giant:

01 Who
02 Weekend in the Dust
03 Dinner for Two
04 Ice Age
05 I Am an Ape
06 The Forest Awakes
07 I Should Watch TV
08 Lazarus
09 Optimist
10 Lightning
11 The One Who Broke Your Heart (ft. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas)
12 Outside of Space & Time

The good news keeps coming though as Byrne and Clark will also tour throughout North America this fall.  The duo is set to perform the music of Love This Giant as well as selections from each of their extensive discographies. Dates below.

St. Vincent and David Byrne:

09-15 Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
09-16 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
09-18 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
09-20 Toronto, Ontario - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09-21 Montreal, Quebec - Eglise St-Jean Baptiste (POP Montreal)

09-23 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
09-25 New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09-26 New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09-27 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
09-29 Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park

09-30 N. Bethesda MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
10-02 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10-03 Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10-05 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
10-06 Houston, TX - Hobby Center
10-07 Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (SMU)
10-10 San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
10-11 Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10-12 Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10-13 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
10-15 San Francisco, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10-17 Seattle, WA - 5th Avenue Theatre
10-18 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium
10-20 Vancouver, British Columbia - Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

St. Vincent "Cheerleader" from Hiro Murai on Vimeo.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Dig Out Your Fedora – Leonard Cohen is Coming to Your Town

James Brown was famously labelled as the “hardest working man in show business”.  Seems, he might just get run for his legendary monicker as Canada’s favourite “octogenaripoet” Leonard Cohen has announced that his world tour in support of latest album Old Ideas will be extended. In addition to his recently announced European trek, he'll tour North America through November and December. Even better he’s coming to this city (London, ON) on December 11th and tickets just went on sale today.

If you have never seen Mr. Cohen perform I highly recommend it.  If you have, you probably all ready have you tickets.

Full tour listing – Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour
08-12 Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
08-14 Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
08-15 Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
08-17 Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
08-18 Ghent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
08-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Olympic Stadium
08-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Olympic Stadium
08-25 Copenhagen, Denmark - Rosenborg Castle
08-26 Aalborg, Denmark - Molleparken
08-28 Bergen, Norway - Bergenhus Festning-Koengen
08-29 Halden, Norway - Fredriksten Festning
08-31 Gothenberg, Sweden – Tradgardsforeningen
09-02 Helsinki, Finland - Sonera Stadium
09-05 Berlin, Germany – Wuhlheide
09-06 Monchengladbach, Germany - Hockey Field
09-08 Kent, England - Hop Farm
09-11-12 Dublin, Ireland - Imma
09-24 Verona, Italy - Verona Stadium
09-28-30 Paris, France - Olympia
10-03 Barcelona, Spain - St. Jordi
10-05 Madrid, Spain - Palais Desportes
10-07 Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico
10-31 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
11-03 Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
11-05 Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre
11-07 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
11-09 Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11-11 Portland, OR - Rose Garden
11-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena
11-16 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome
11-18 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
11-20 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre
11-23 Chicago, IL - Akoo Theatre
11-26 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
11-28 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
12-02 Quebec City, Quebec - Colisee Pepsi
12-04 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
12-07 Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
12-11 London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre

12-13 Kingston, Ontario - K-Rock Centre
12-15 Boston, MA - The Wang Theatre
12-18 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
12-20 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Record Store Day

Tomorrow marks the day music afficianados will congregrate in their favourite local independent record store to celebrate their raison d'etre.  Record Store Day is here and with plenty of  limited edition vinyl, CD's, in-store performances and various ephemera it might just attract a few new people to the ranks.

Get out there and support people! And Happy Record Store Day April 21st, 2012.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Christmas for Record Store Geeks

I’ve received a number of requests for a full listing for Record Store Day 2012 Official releases.

Your wish is my command.  Now get out there and support your favourite record store on April 21st.

Artist        Title       Description      Label       Quantities

2Many DJs As Heard On Radio Soulwax LP Play It Again Sam
Abba Voulez-Vous (Extended Dance Remix), If It Wasn’t For The Night 12" limited & numbered Universal
Admiral Fallow Boots Met My Face Gatefold, printed inner, 1st time on LP Lo-Five
All The Young The Horizon 7" Vinyl Midlands Calling/14th Floor Records 500
Amanda Palmer Polly/Idioteque 7" 8FT Records
Andrew Bird The Crown Salesman/So Music Wine 10" orange vinyl Bella
Angela Gheorgiu/Maria Callas Habanera EP 7" Single Retro Sleeve EMI 1000
Animal Collective Tranverse Temporal Gyrus 12" 4 track EP Domino
Anywhere Anywhere Project of Cedric Bixler Zavala & Christian Eric Beaulieu, Special guests include Mike Watt & Rachel Fannan Aqua coloured heavy vinyl LP ATP Festival 500
Arcade Fire Sprawl II Remix 12" Mercury
Arctic Monkeys R U Mine? Ltd heavyweight purple vinyl 7" Domino
Azari & III Lost in Time/Indigo 12" Loose Lips 300
Babe, Terror Knights 12" Because 200
Bat for Lashes Strangelove One Sided Etched 7" Parlophone 750
Battles Dross Glop 4 12" remix Warp 500
Baxter Dury Leak at the Disco 7" Vinyl REgal 300
BBC Radiophonic Workshop Dr Who Sound Effects LP 180g, Ltd edition BBC Audio 1000
BBC Radiophonic Workshop Out Of This World LP 180g, Ltd edition BBC Audio 1000
Beach House Lazuli 7" Blue/opaque vinyl Bella
Belle & Sebastian Crash Exclusive 7" Late Night Tales 1000
Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny Atlas 7" Vinyl Mute
Bevis Frond Hard Meat At The Midnight Court 7" RSD exclusive Wornozow 500
Big Deal/S.C.U.M Split EP 7" Single Mute
Billy Brag & Wilco Mermaid Avenue - The Complete Sessions 3 CD & DVD Nonesuch
Bitchin' Bajas Vibraquatic LP/DVD Kallistei Editions
Blind Boy Paxton Dirtiest Little Darling/Railroad Bill 7"/78 rpm 10" Kudos Records
Blitzen Trapper Hey Joe 7" Sub Pop
Bloc Party Shes Hearing Voices 7" re-release of the band's debut single Transgressive Records
Blondie Panic of Girls Double CD/DVD Package Ltd EMI 1000
Blood For Blood Enemy 7" Victory
Blood Music Orphee/Sea of Leaves 7" O.Genesis 300
Blouse / Craft Spells Gruesome Flowers 2: A Tribute to the Wake 7" Captured Tracks 200
Bo Ningen Live At St Leonards 10" Stolen
Bob Dylan Can You Please Crawl Out Of Your Window Special RSD 4x 7" boxset release, numbered copies, including a sticker Music On Vinyl 1000
Bob Marley Marley OST LP x3 Island
Botch An Anthology Of Dead Ends 12" LP Hydra Head 500
Bowerbirds Into the Yard b/w Always an Ear to Bend 7" Dead Oceans
Brendan Benson What Kind Of World 7" Lojinx 300
Brotzmann?Van Hove/Bennick Einheitsfrontlied 7" Cien Fuegos
Bruce Springsteen Rocky Ground/The Promise (Live) 7" Sony 1500
Bruce Springsteen Bound For Glory Red vinyl Let Them Eat Vinyl
Bruno Mars The Grenade Sessions 10" Atlantic
Caitlin Rose Piledriver Waltz/Love Is A Laserquest 7" with exclusive jukebox sticker Domino
Camille Mars Is No Fun Ltd edition EMI
Candy Flip Strawberry Fields Forever/Love Is Life Strawberry Red 10" Finyl Vinyl 500
Captain Beefheart An Ashtray Heart Grey Vinyl Let Them Eat Vinyl
Carolina Chocolate Drops/Run-DMC You Be Illin 7" coke bottle green vinyl Nonesuch 400
Carter Tutti Void Transverse 7" Picture Disc Mute 300
Catherine Ringer 10" Punk 103, original, live & acoustic & poster Because
Chiddy Bang Ray Charles 7" Dinked Vinyl with retro sleeve Regal 450
Charlene Soria EP 10" Single Retro Sleeve Peacefrog 150
Childish Gambino Heartbeat 12" Island
Chuck Persons A.D.D. Complete 12" hand numbered Software 360
Chuck Prophet The Left Hand And The Right Hand 7" RSD exclusive Décor 500
Circle Manner LP RSD exclusive Hydra Head 500
Cleaners from Venus Blow away your toubles/On any normal Monday/Midnight Cleaners 3cd's Captured Tracks
Cleaners from Venus Blow away your toubles 2LP's Captured Tracks
Cleaners from Venus On any Normal Monday LP Captured Tracks
Cleaners from Venus Midnight Cleaners LP Captured Tracks
Clutch Pigtown Blues 7" Weathermaker 200
Cold Specks Holland 12" Mute
Cold Specks Dancing coins 12 " Single Mute
Coldplay Up With the Birds 7" Vinyl Parlophone 500
Common The Dreamer, The Believer LP Warner Bros 200
Consort Audite Nova Plays Metronomy 7" Because 500
Cowboy Junkies The Nomad Series Ltd edition, 5 x single 180g LP's & Bonus Live 12" Diverse Records 200
Cradle Of Filth Midnight In The Labyrinth 2CD in deluxe rigid digi book Peaceville
Crosses Option/Telepathy 7" Cargo 1000
Cymbals Sideways, Sometimes LP & DL Tough Love
Dale Earnheart Jr We Almost Lost Detroit 12" Warner Bros 250
Daniel Johnston Welcome To My World (CD)/Hi How Are You (TS) CD/Tshirt Feraltone
Daniel Land & The Modern Painters Eyes Wide Shut 7" RSD exclusive Club Ac30 250
Danny Brown XXX 2LP gatefold white vinyl 7" Cargo 1000
David Bowie Starman 7" picture disc EMI
David Lynch Noah's Ark (Moby Remix) 12" Sunday Best
Davy Graham Anthology 1961-2007 Lost Tapes 3x CD Les Cousins
De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve Must B the Music 12" Pias
Dead Boys Sonic Reducer, Hey Little Girl, Down In Flames 7" Sire house bag Sire/Rhino 800
Dead Fingers/Nik Freitas Dead Fingers/Nik Freitas 7" exclusive tracks Affairs Of The Heart 500
Dead Flamingoes Habit EP 10" Pink Vinyl AED 300
Decca Instrumentals Side 1: Nicola Benedetti - Massenet: Meditation from Thais, Side 2: Benjamin Grosvenor - Chopin/Liszt: The Maiden's Wish, Op. 74, No.1 10" 33 rpm vinyl Decca
Decca Singers Side 1: Dame Joan Sutherland - Delibes; Viens, Mallika, …Dome epais (Flower Duet), Side 2: Kathleen Ferrier - Blow The Wind Southerly 10" 33 rpm vinyl Decca
Deep Fried Boogie Band/Colossal Yes Split 7" 7" vinyl hand numbered Cargo 500
Deep Purple Smoke on the Water 7" Single EMI 1000
Deerhoof/ of Montreal Stygian x Bisection 7" Polvinyl Records 250
Devo Live In Seattle 1981 2LP + 2 12" posters Booji Boy Records
Disturbed The Collection 5LP Box Warner Bros 150
Diva Dompe Cyborg Sweetie 7" single Critical Heights
DJ Food The Illectrik Hoax (Amorphous Androgynous remixes) 12" Ninja Tune
Django Django Storm 7" Because 500
Dr John Locked Down LP Nonesuch
Dr John Locked Down 1LP/Cd vinyl Nonesuch
Dry The River New Ceremony 7" Sony 1000
Duke Garwood & Wooden Wand Duke Wand Split 12" Fire Records 500
Edward Sharpe TBC 7" Rough Trade
Edwyn Collins Tape Box 6x7" Box Set AED 500
Elbow McGreggor 7" Universal
Electric Guest This Head I Hold/Jenny 7" Because 120
Eleven Pond Watching Trees 12" Angular
Emeli Sande Heaven - RSD exclusive 12" 45 rpm Virgin
Eric Bibb Deeper In The Well 2LP gatefold, 180g Ltd edition of latest album & extra tracks Dixiefrog 1000
ESG/Las Kellies Erase You Split 7" Fire Records 500
Fair OHS The Singles Single 7" Honey High 200
Fanfarlo Romms Filled With Light Deluxe box set (signed) CD, ltd edition clamshell box, 12 page illustrated booklet, double sided poster, 5 band portrait postcards, compass, bonus 4 track CD Atlantic/Canvasback 100
Faust/Like A Stuntman Beyond Clouds Hill/Influx/Random Drive 12" Bureau B 500
Field Music Actually, Nearly 7" Memphis Industries 500
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac SIDE 1: Monday Morning, Warm Ways, Blue Letter SIDE 2: Rhiannon, Over My Head, Crystal SIDE THREE: Say You Love Me, Landslide, World Turning SIDE FOUR: Sugar Daddy, I'm So Afraid 2LP Warner Bros 800
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac SIDE 1: Monday Morning, Warm Ways, Blue Letter, Rhiannon, Over My Head, Crystal SIDE TWO: Say You Love Me, Landslide, World Turning, Sugar Daddy, I'm So Afraid 1LP Warner Bros 600
Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies 7" ltd Side One Summy Records 200
Footprintz Rush To The Capsule (Ewan Pearson remix) 7" Turbo Recordings
Francois And The Atlas Mountains/Slow Club Split Gold Mountains / Edge of town 7" Domino
Frank Turner I Still Believe/Somebody To Love 7" Xtra Mile
Freakwater Feels Like the Third Time LP Thrill Jockey
Future Of The Left At Magnetic West 7" Xtra Mile
Futurebirds Seney-Stoval 12" vinyl & CDR Cargo 1000
Gangrene The Alchemist + Oh N - Odditorium 12" Decon
Garbage Blood for Poppies/Battle in Me 7" Red Vinyl Stunvolume/Coop 500
Gary Clark Jr Presents HWUL Cuts Vol. 1 12" Warner Bros 200
General Elektriks Tomorrow We're Leaving c/w Show Me Your Hands 10" ltd edition Discograph 1000
Genesis Spot The Pigeon 12" blue vinyl Cargo 3000
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury Drokk - Music Inspired By Mega-City One CD ltd edition Invada
Get Well soon/Dear Reader TBC 7" Picture Disc City Slang 150
Gilles Peterson Brazilika LP, CD, 7" set, Ltd edition, numbered Far Out Recordings 100
Go Kart Mozart New World In The Morning 7" West Midlands Records 1000
Gojira End Of Time/Bleeding 7" Volcom
Gojira End Of Time/Bleeding 7" & T Shirt Volcom
Gorillaz DoYaThing 10" Picture disc Parlophone 500
Gotan Project Strength To Love c/w Checkmate/Jacque Mate 2 tracks unreleased on vinyl, 10" Ltd edition Ya Basta 1000
Graham Coxon What'll it Take 7" Vinyl Parlophone 750
Grateful Dead Dark Star - Olympia Theatre - Paris, France 5/4/72 1 LP Rhino 200
Gravenhurst The Prize 10" Warp
Gregory Porter 1960 What? 12" Expansion 500
Grouplove Don’t Fly Too Close To The Sun/Tongue Tie remix 7" vinyl Atlantic 500
Guided By Voices Jon The Croc Ltd edition single on white vinyl from forthcoming album @Class Clown Spots A UFO' Fire Records
Heads Radio One LP Rooster 250
Hello Bear Fan Club EP 7" RSD exclusive
Hot Chip Night And day One sided ltd 12" Domino
Human don't be angry human don’t be angry LP Chemikal underground records
Icarus Line Live in London LP Agitated 200
Iggy Pop I'm Bored/African Man Numbered, Lime Green 7" Sony 1000
Inca Babies My Sick Suburb 7" Black Lagoon Records
Inspiral Carpets You're So Good For Me Signed & numbered 7" 3rd Party
J Dilla AKA Jay Dee Think Twice 7" BBE 225
Jake Morley Ghostess EP CD 3rd Party
James Brown Live At The Apollo 7" previously unreleased tracks from forthcoming 50th Anniversary Edition Universal
James Yorkston and the athletes Moving Up Country 10th Anniversary Edition vinyl 2LP Domino
Janis Joplin Selections from Pearl Sessions 2x 10" numbered copies Music On Vinyl 1000
Jean Michel Jarre Concert In China Dreyfus
Jeremy Spencer Spencer 2LP Propelz
Jherek Bischoff And David Byrne, Zac Pennington & Soko Eyes/Young & Lovely Ltd edition numbered 7" single The Leaf Label
John Cale Remixes 12" Domino
John Cale Remix 12" Domino
John Cale Extra Playful EP: Transitions 12" Domino
John Martyn Transatlantic Sessions Recordings LP Gatefold, 180g, Ltd edition numbered Whirlie 1000
Johnny Flynn A Bag Of Hammers Soundtrack on 12" Transgressive Records
Jonathan Wilson Pity Trials and Tomorrows Child 12" Bella Union 500
Karen Elson Milk & Honey/Winter Going 7" ltd to milk & honey swirl just for RSD Thirdman
Kate Bush Lake Tahoe 10" Picture Disc Fish People 1000
Kate Nash The Thin Kids Theme 7" 3rd Party
Katy Perry Part of Me Heavyweight Pink Vinyl 12" Virgin 500
Keith Hudson Bloody Eyes EP 12" packaged in the super rare original Greensleeves house bags Greensleeves 300
Kimbra Settle Down CD Warner Bros 150
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Third Swan 7" w/DL Domino
Kreidler/Tarwater Team/Big Eden/Voyage To Arcturus Hush/Tanni 12" Bureau B 500
Lanterns On The Lake Low Tide 12" white vinyl Bella
Laura Marling Flicker and Fail/To Be A Woman - RSD exclusive 7" 45 rpm Virgin
Lee Hazelwood The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71) 2LP Light In the Attic
Lee Scratch Perry Blackboard Jungle Dub 3x 10" red, yellow and green coloured vinyl and a 30 x 30 giant poster of the album's cover art Get On Down
Leonard Cohen Back In The Motherland Brown vinyl Let Them Eat Vinyl
Levellers Truth is 7" On the fiddle 300
Lia Ices Wish you were here b/w Late night 7" Jagjaguwar
Lianne Le Havas Lost & Found 7" Vinyl Warner Bros 500
Lissie Covered Up With Flowers x4 trk EP Red 12" Sony 500
Little Boots Remixes
Loose Tapestries Soundtrack to new Noel Fielding Show - music by Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian) x2 LP Vinyl Sony 500
Louis And Bebe Barron Forbidden Planet - Original Soundtrack LP Green colour vinyl Poppydisc 500
Luke Haines 9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970's and Early 1980's LP Fantastic People 500
Luna Romantica LP Double Feature Records 1000
Luna Rendezvous LP Double Feature Records 1000
M. Ward Prmitive Girl 7" White Vinyl Bella Union 300
M83 Mirror 7" Naïve 500
Machinedrum Room(s) Extended 2CD Planet Mu
Man Without Country King Complex 7" White Vinyl Lost Baloon 200
Marilyn Manson No Reflection 7" white vinyl Cooking Vinyl 500
Mark Stewart The Experiments EP 12" Future Noise TBC
Mastadon/Feist Black Tongue 7" Roadrunner 700
Matthew Dear Headcage EP 12" Ghostly International 100
Matthew Herbert TBC - PIGS 7" (Remix of Whole Album & Micachu Remix) 7" Accidental 150
Maya Janes Coles Not Listening (DJ Kicks) 12" Picture Disc IK7 200
MC5/Afrika Bambaataa Kick Out The Jams 7" white & red splatter vinyl Rhino 800
Mclusky Mclusky Do Dallas LP - orange vinyl Too Pure 1000
Medicine The Buried Life 2LP's / 2 CD's Captured Tracks
Medicine Shot forth Self Living 2LP's / 2 CD's Captured Tracks
Metallica Beyond Magnetic 12" Mercury
Metronomy Black Eye Burnt Thumb (woodwind version) You Could Easily Have Me (Woodwind version) 7" Because
Mika Vainio Rasputin 3000 7" Comfortzone
Mike Snow Devils Work x2 exclusive new remixes 12" Sony 500
Miles Davis Forever Miles audiophile vinyl 1 LP Music On Vinyl 1000
Miles Kane x4 Trk EP, inc brand new trk 'First Of My Kind' 10" Sony 500
MOBY The Poison Trees/ Lie Down in Darkness 12" white vinyl Little Idiot 300
Moon Duo Mazed Remix LP Southerrain Transmissions 500
Morrissey Suedehead, We'll Let You Know (live)*, Now My Heart Is Full (live)* 10" picture disc *previously unreleased EMI
Mory Kante La Guineenne 10" Ltd edition Syllart
Mouse of Mars/Prefuse 73 Miami/Death Barber PR 1 (Haircut zero) 7" Monkeytown 150
Mull Historical Society Must you get Low 7" Xtra Mile
My Brightest Diamond I Have Never Loved Someone 7" Nowhere Fast Records
Neon Indian Hex Girlfriend/Twin Shadow remix Lime green 7" Transgressive Records
New Build Medication (Pill Shaped Package) 12" Lanark
Newton Faulkner Sketches x3 New Trks EP Signed Sleeves, 10" Vinyl Sony 500
Nlf3 Beast Me 10" RSD exclusive Prohibited 300
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Songs From the Great White North 12" on Opaque White Vinyl Sour Mash 2000
Nomads Miles Away/American Beat 7" pink vinyl Devils Dukebox Records 200
Nomads Solna LP white vinyl Devils Dukebox Records 200
Nurse With Wound/Graham Bowers Rupture 2LP United Dirter
O. Children PT Cruiser / Decider 7" Deadly 300
Oberhofer Time Capsules II LP Glassnote 300
Odd Future The Of Tape Vol. 2 Triple album vinyl Sony 500
of Montreal/Deerhoof Split 7" 7" Polyvinyl
Olafur Arnakls & the Nils Frahm Stare 10" Erased Tapes 300
Orbital Wonky 7" ACP Recordings 750
Oscar Cash Plays Metronomy 7" Because 500
OST - Dracula A.D. 1972 The Satanic Rites Of Dracula 7" numbered copies on blood red vinyl Music On Vinyl 666
OST - The Wicker Man Willow's Song/Gently Johnny 7" yellow vinyl, sleeve specially created for this release Silva Screen 500
Otis Reading/Aretha Franklin Respect 7" gold vinyl Rhino 800
Pains of Being Pure at Heart Acid Reflex 12" RMX Play it Again Sam
Patti Smith Hey Joe, Piss Factory 7" Sire house bag Sire/Rhino 800
Paul Thomas Saunders Descartes Highlands CD EP with signed numbered posters Atlantic 100
Pelican Australasia LP x2 Black/Gold Hydra Head 200
Pete Townsend The Quadrophenia Demos: EP One: Side 1 - The Real Me (demo), Cut My Hair (demo), Punk (demo) Side 2: Dirty Jobs (demo), Is It In My Head (demo), Any More (demo) EP Two: Side 1: I've Had Enough (demo), Drowned (demo), Is It Me (demo) Side 2: Dr Jimmy (demo), Love Reign O'er Me (demo) Two exclusive 10" vinyl Eps featuring a selection of demos from the recent, critically acclaimed box set reissue - Quadrophenia: 'The Director's Cut' Universal
Peter Tosh Legalize It (Dub Club & Secret Circuit remixes) 10" PIC Delicous Vinyl
Pokey LaFarge Fan It/Shenandoah River 7"/78 rpm 10" Kudos Records
Preteen Zenith Preteen Zenith 12" coloured vinyl & CDR Cargo 2000
Producers Freeway/Garden Of Flowers 12" The Last Label
Professor Green How Many Moons Remix 12" 45 rpm Virgin
Public Image Ltd One Drop EP 12" PIL Official
Quantic & Alice Russell With T Look Around The Corner Direct to disc live recording, RSD exclusive, 7" Tru Thoughts
Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop/Havana Affair 7" Sire house bag Sire/Rhino 800
Red Horses Of The Snow The Bright New City/Bridges Limited edition 7" with picture Flashback 250
Refused The Shape Of Punk To Come 2 LP clear vinyl Epitaph 300
Refused Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent 1LP white vinyl Epitaph 300
Refused Rather Be Dead 12" Epitaph 300
Refused The New Noise Theology EP 12" grey vinyl Epitaph 300
Regina Spektor The Prayer Of Francois Villon/Old Jacket 7" white vinyl Warner Bros 700
Ren Harvieu with Karen Elson TBA Clear 7" Island
Reptar Oblangle Fizz Y'all EP 7" & CD Lucky Number 300
Richard Hawley Leave your Body Behind You 10" Single (part of Richard Hawley Singles Club) RSD Exclusive Parlophone 750
Richard Hell & The Voidiods Blank Generation, Liars Beware, Who Says 7" Sire house bag Rhino 800
Rockabye Baby! Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of The Smiths 12" coloured vinyl & download card Cargo
Rory Gallagher Stompin' Ground Special RSD 10", numbered copies Music On Vinyl 1000
Rosie Thomas & Sufjan Stevens Hit & Run Vol 1 7" split vinyl & download card Cargo
Ryan Adams Heartbreak A Stranger/Black Sheets Of Rain - Bob Mould covers 7" Sony 500
Sandy Denny TBA 7" Island
Santigold Master Of My Make-Believe 1LP vinyl Atlantic
Sara Watkins/The Everly Brothers You're The One I Love 7" Olive green and black splatter vinyl Nonesuch 400
Scum/Big Deal Split 7" single Mute
Sebastian The EP Collection Deluxe 4x 12" vinyl boxset Because 120
Seeker Lover Keeper Seeker Lover Keeper 1 LP Dramatico 500
Serious Sam Barrett S/T Album Advanced pressing for RSD, LP with a free CD, special coloured screenprinted signed sleeves YaDig? Records
Sex Pistols Anarchy In the UK 7" picture disc UMC
Shabazz Palaces Live at KEXP 12" Sub Pop
She & Him Vol 1 (1st time on vinyl, coloured pressing) Lp Domino
She & Him Volume 1 Coloured vinyl LP Domino
Shocking Blue Venus/Hot Sand Special RSD 7" orange vinyl Music On Vinyl 500
Shuggie Otis Inspiration Information 7" purple vinylm numbered copies Music On Vinyl 500
Sigur Ros Ekki Mukk 10" Limited Parlophone 750
Silver Seas Chateau Revenge - Blue Edition CD - Exclusive RSD Stores for 1 Week EMI
Simple Minds Theme for Great Cities 12" Single Unreleased mixes EMI 1000
Skinny Lister Plough & Orion / If the Gaff dont let us down 7" ltd Sunday Best
Slash You’re a Lie 7" Roadrunner
Slow Club Paradise LP Moshi Moshi 500
Smoke Fairies The Three of US 9" V2/Coop 500
Smugglers Way Flexi Zine multi coloured flexi discs of exclusive unreleased songs Domino
Snowgoose Harmony Springs LP Open Hearth
Social Distortion Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes 2 LP Red/Orange vinyl & poster Epitaph 300
Soko First love will never die & unreleased track especially for RSD 7" Because
Sonnymoon Wild Rumpus 7" vinyl Cargo 1000
Soulsavers Longest Day 7" V2/Coop 450
Squackett Chris Squire/Stev - Sea Of Smiles (45 edit)/Perfect Love Song 7" Esoteric Antenna 2000
St Vincent Krokodil/Grot 7" 4AD 500
Stagecoach 56k Dial Up, Hang That Head (Bobby Shoop Shoop remix), Green Cassette, numbered Alcopop! Records 50
Steven Wilson Catalogue/Preserve/Amass Ltd edition vinyl Kscope
Straylight Run Straylight Run LP Victory
Stuck In The Sound Brother - Yuksek mix c/w Brother 12" ltd edition pink vinyl Discograph 1000
Sugar If I Can’t change your mind 7" Picture Sleeve Edsel Records 750
Switchfoot Remix EP CD Atlantic
Switchfoot Vice RE Verses EP/CD Atlantic 100
T Rex Electric Warrior, HOT LOVE: Hot Love (single version), Unnamed Instrumental aka 'A Lot Of Rubbish' O/T, Hot Love - No Strings GET IT ON: Get It On (album version), Raw Rump - (London demo version), Get It On (acoustic demo) JEEPSTER: Jeepster (album version) Life's A Gas (electric demo), Jeepster (electric demo) BBC EP: Sailors Of The Highway (BBC Radio 1 Club 3rd August 1971), Girl (BBC Radio 1 Club 3rd August 1971), Electric Boogie (BBC Radio 1 Club - 20th July 1971) 4x 7" Box Set Universal
T. Rex A: Telegram Sam AA: Metal Guru 7" Single Picture Sleeve Edsel Records 750
Taffy So Long 7" RSD exclusive Club Ac30 250
Talibam! #No School 7" single Critical Heights
Talibam! Step Into The Marna 7" & MP3 Critical Heights
Tangerine Dream Electronic Meditation LP Reaotive 1000
Tangerine Dream Ultima Thule Part One/ Ultima Thule Part Two 7" Reaotive 1000
Teegan & Sara Get Along LP Warner Bros 300
The Beat A:mirror in the Bathroom AA: Too Nice to talk to 7" Single Picture Sleeve Edsel Records 750
The Beatles 1's Singles Collection 4 x 7" Singles in Tin Box EMI 1000
The Black Angels Watch Out Boy/I'd Rather Be Lonely 7" Blue Horizon
The Black Keys El Camino 2LP 7" plus additional 7" vinyl with 2 live tracks. Gatefold with poster and bonus CD Nonesuch 500
The Black Twig Pickers Yellow Cat b/w You'll Never Miss Your Mama 7" Thrill Jockey
The Civil Wars Billie Jean/Sour Times 7" Sony 500
The Civil Wars Live At Amoeba CD/EP Cargo
The Clash London Calling Special digitally re-mastered new version by Mick Jones and Bill Price 7" Sony 1000
The Cult Lucifer/For The Animals 7" exclusive picture disc vinyl press Cooking Vinyl 200
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys Numbered coloured vinyl LP 180g UMC
The Cure Seventeen Seconds Numbered coloured vinyl LP 180g UMC
The Cure Faith Numbered coloured vinyl LP 180g UMC
The Cure Pornography Numbered coloured vinyl LP 180g UMC
The Cure The Top Numbered coloured vinyl LP 180g UMC
The Czars Sorry I Made You Cry 12" heavyweight blue vinyl Bella
The Duke Spirit Dresden Live LP Fiction 300
The Electronic Anthology Project The Electronic Anthology Project - Of Dinosaur Jr. 9 Classic Dinosaur Jr song re-imagined by J. Mascis and Brett Nelson (Built To Spill), CD, 12" black or purple vinyl & download card, Cargo 1000 CD, 500 of each colour vinyl
The Fall Night Of The Humerons 7" exclusive tracks Cherry Red Records 1000
The Flamin Groovies Shake Some Action, Teenage Confidential 7" Sire house bag Sire/Rhino 800
The Flaming Lips/Mastadon A Spoonful Weighs A Ton 7" pink vinyl Warner Bros 800
The Future heads No 1 Song in Heaven 7" NUL
The Future Sound Of London Papua New Guinea/Murmurations 10" Jumpin' & Pumpin' 500
The Heartbreaks Funtimes Vinyl Nusic
The Horrible Crowes Live from Fingerprints 7" ltd Side one Summy Records
The Jezabels Rosebud 7" Play It Again Sam
The Kinks Arthur Numbered 2LP UMC
The Kinks Something Else Numbered 2LP UMC
The Kinks Face To Face Numbered 2LP UMC
The Megaphonic Thrift Moonstruck 7" Club Ac30 250
The Membranes If you Enter the Arena 7" Louder than War 500
The Misfits Walk Amoung Us 1 LP Rhino 500
The Oscillation No Place to Go 7" All time Low 200
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Belong (Remixes) 12" Play It Again Sam
The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - The Singles Collection Music Box 7x7" + 2x CD Delicous Vinyl
The Raveonettes Into The Night Double 7" Raveonettes
The Right Now He Used To Be/Good Man 7" vinyl Cargo 400
The Scientists EP 7" Agitated 250
The Specials The Specials Live 7" Single EMI 1000
The Subways Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 7" grey vinyl Cooking Vinyl 500
The Supremes Baby Love 7" Heart Shaped UMC
The Tallest Man on Earth King of Spain 12" Dead Oceans
The Treatment Then And Again CD Digi 3rd Party
The Velvet Underground Sweet Jane/Rock & Roll 7" Rhino 800
The Velvet Underground Loaded, Side 1: Who Loves The Sun, Sweet Jane, Rock & Roll, Cool It Down, New Age, Side 2: Head Held High, Lonesome Cowboy Bill, I Found A Reason, Train Round The Bend, Oh! Sweet Nuthin' 1 LP pink vinyl Atlantic/Rhino 800
The Very Best Yoshua Alikuti 12" Purple Vinyl Moshi Moshi 250
The Wake Here Comes Everybody Boxset 2LP Box Captured Tracks 120
The Wedding Present 4 Chansons EP 10" coloured vinyl Scopitones
The White Stripes Handsprings/Red Death At 6.14 7" ltd to red/black swirl just for RSD Thirdman
The Wombats The Wombats Proudly Present 1LP 14th Floor Records 750
Tim Burgess A case for Vinyl 7" Clear Vinyl O.Genesis 500
Tinariwen Tassili Remixes EP 12" Coloured vinyl V2/Coop 500
To Kill A King Video Games/Bloody Shirt - RSD exclusive 7" 45 rpm Virgin
Tom Williams & the Boat Teenage Blood LP & 7" WBR/Moshi Moshi 140
Tortoise Lonesome Sound/Mosquito 2x7" Thrill Jockey
Toy Motoring 12" Heavenly 500
Trentemoeller My Dreams (Gun Club Cover) 7" In My Room
Tu Fawning Anchor 7" City Slang 200
Twin Atlantic Make a Beast of Myself 7" Picture Disc EMI 1000
Two Door Cinema Club Acoustic EP 7" Kitsune 500
Ty Segall and White Fence Hair LP Grag City
Ugly Custard Ugly Custard LP Strut 100
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters/Pyrolator Balcony Sunset/Sonnenaufgang 12" RSD exclusive Bureau B 500
V/A Sacred Bones Presents: Todo Muere Vol. 2 LP Secretly Canadian
V/A Modular 7" - Pond & Boulet 7" Modular 300
V/A Complex Vol1 LP Lex TBC
Vaccines/R.Stevie Moore TBC 7" O.Genesis 500
Variety Lights Silent Too Long 10" transparent green vinyl Fire Records 500
Various Far Out Spaced Odyssey Ltd numbered edition 2CD & 7" single package Far Out Recordings 100
Various The Hangover Lounge EP Volume 3 10" Where Its At Is Where You Are
Various Inna NICE UP! Fashion EP 12" Nice Up!/Fashion
Various Fiction Sampler CD Polydor
Various Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968-1974 10x 45 Box set & book Light In the Attic
Various WTNG 89.9FM: Solid Bronze LP/CD The Numero Group 120 of each
Various 4 Way Covers 2012 7" Trouble in Mind 100
Various Artists Smugglers Way Domino Records fanzine with 5 x flexidiscs Domino
Various Artists Todo Muere Vol. 2 LP Sacred Bones
Various Artists - Breakfast Club The Breakfast Club Soundtrack - Various Artists, Side A: Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds, Waiting - E.G. Daily, Fire In The Twilight - Wang Chung, I'm The Dude - Keith Forsey, Heart Too Hot To Hold - Jesse Johnson, Stephanie Spruill, Side B: Dream Montage - Keith Forsey, We Are Not Alone - Karla Devito, The Reggae - Keith Forsey, Didn't I Tell You - Joyce Kennedy, Love Theme (The Breakfast Club) - Keith Forsey 1x LP IMS UK
Various Artists - Pretty In Pink Pretty In Pink Soundtrack - Various Artists, Side A: If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Left Of Centre - Suzanne Vega, Joe Jackson, Get To Know Ya - Jess Johnson, Do Wot You Do - INXS, Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs, Side B: Shellshock - New Order, Round, Round - Belouis Some, Would'nt It Be Good - Danny Hutton Hitters, Bring On The Dancing Horse - Echo & The Bunnymen, Please Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths 1x LP Universal
Vinylmania Documentary 2 DVD set SteFilm
Visioneers Hipology 5 x 7" BBE 200
Vivian Stanshall Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead LP Poppydisc 500
We have Band Sill Life/ Withtin and Without 7" We have Band/Naïve 300
Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches Always/Tu Ne Dis Rien Split 7" Bella
Yma Sumac Mambo (And More) LP Poppydisc 500
Zara McFarlane More than Mine / Lions of Chiaroscuro 7" Brownswood Recordings 150
Zomby Where Were U In 92? LP CVLT Music
Blue Grafonola T-shirt Various sizes Columbia 500
Grafonola mugs Black on white Columbia 500

It’s A Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s the New Jack White Record

Proof positive that there is no off switch in the genius Jack White/ Third Man Records marketing division. Yes indeed, Jack White chose April 1st to release a limited-edition old school flexi disc single by helium balloon from his Third Man Records label headquarters in Nashville.

The track is “Freedom at 21” from White's forthcoming debut solo album, “Blunderbuss,” due April 21st. White and colleagues at Third Man filled 1,000 blue ballons attached the discs and postcards and released them into the sky.

The stunt was described as “an experiment exploring nontraditional forms of record distribution and a way to get records in the hands of people who don't visit record shops.”

White’s reps noted that the balloons were made of biodegradable latex and were attached to the singles with natural twine, to ease potential environmental concerns.

People who find the discs after the balloons burst or return to Earth are encouraged to report where and when they were found and to submit photos, so that White and the Third Man staff can document their travels by way of the postcards  attached to the discs.

And you thought some of the ThirdMan releases were pricey on Ebay… The typical recovery rate on similar balloon launches, according to Third Man, is around 10%, indicating that perhaps as few as 100 copies of the record will reach human hands.

An evolving map on Third Man’s website showed two reported discoveries so far in Flintville, Tenn., about 100 miles southeast of Nashville, and another in Huntsville, Ala., about 110 miles to the south. Here's some video from the launch:

David Byrne and Will Oldham Are the Pieces of Shit

Last year I posted a piece on a David Byrne and Will Oldham collaborative effort that saw the two teamed for the soundtrack to This Must Be the Place, a new film from the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino.  The film which stars Sean Penn as a retired goth pop star looks intriguing and the soundtrack equally so. FACT now reports that the Vinyl Factory will issue the soundtrack April 23rd, as a 2xLP heavyweight vinyl with gatefold packaging that includes images from the film.

Byrne and Oldham collaborated on five tracks as composer and writer, respectively, recording under the name the Pieces of Shit. Scatological references aside, the soundtrack also features stellar contributions from Jónsi and Alex, Iggy Pop, and others.This Must Be the Place takes its name from the much loved Talking Heads title (This Must Be the Place) Naive Melody. Several renditions of the song are included on the soundtrack, including an updated live version by Byrne. David Byrne also makes an appearance in the film; a fascinating (almost local) experience the musician documented at length in his journal.
This Must Be the Place Tracklisting:

Side A
1. Gavin Friday 'Lord I'm Coming'
2. The Pieces Of Shit 'Lay & Love'
3. The Pieces Of Shit 'Open Up'
4. Mantonvanni & His Orchestra 'Charmaine'

Side B
1. Daniel Hope, Simon Mulligan 'Arvo Part: Spiegel Im Spiegel'
2. Trevor Green 'This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)'
3. David Byrne 'This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) Live'

Side C
1. Julia Kent 'Gardemoen'
2. Jonsi & Alex 'Happiness'
3. The Pieces Of Shit 'Eliza'
4. Iggy Pop 'The Passenger'
5. The Pieces Of Shit 'You Can Live It'

Side D
1. Brooklyn Rider 'Achille's Heel - Il Second Bounce'
2. The Pieces Of Shit 'If It Falls, It Falls'
3. Gloria 'This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)'
4. Nuno Bruno E Le 8 Tracce 'Every Single Moment In My Life Is A Weary Wait'
5. The Pieces Of Shit 'The Sword Is Yours'

Available to pre-order now, exclusively from The VinylFactory. Released 23rd April 2012.  Now have a look at the trailer for the movie.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Buck Starts Here

You will recall late last year when R.E.M. officially called it a day.  Sad news for music lovers but news today that guitarist Peter Buck has reportedly lined up his first solo full-length endeavour.  (While Buck has released numerous albums with side projects such as the Baseball Project, the Minus 5,Tuatatra, Hindu Love Gods and as a member of Robyn Hitchcock's band, he has never released a solo record proper.)

From the Guardian:

One of the band's long-time collaborators, guitarist Scott McCaughey, told Seattle's KIRO 97.3: "Peter's making this record of his." McCaughey offered no further details about the project, saying simply it will be "pretty 'out'". Buck will probably sing on the record, but is unlikely to sing in concert. He is also considering releasing the LP on vinyl only, with no download version.

Looks like 2012 should be lining up to be a stellar music year.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Radiohead Announce More Tour Dates

UPDATE : Radiohead Announce More 2012 Tour Dates

Radiohead have announced a number of new dates through North America and Europe on this stretch of their current world tour.  Check the website for ticket availability however it appears tickets for Canadian dates will go on sale March 8th.

05/29/12 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
05/31/12 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
06/01/12 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
06/03/12 – Verizon Center – Washington, DC
06/05/12 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06/06/12 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
06/10/12 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
06/11/12 – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
06/13/12 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
06/15/12 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
06/16/12 – Downsview Park – Toronto, ON