12 Exclusive Releases to Look for on Record Store Day, Plus Highlights From the Rest

Posted by Billy Gil, March 18, 2015 09:40am | Post a Comment

12 Record Store Day Releases to Look For

Record Store Day 2015 is upon us, taking place Saturday, April 18. The list of limited edition releases coming out exclusively on Record Store Day is up now (download the full list here). While there’s tons of great stuff to choose from (while supplies last, of course), here are 12 highlights to look for. 

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Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Neko Case released her best album in 2006, a perfect distillation of her country-meets-indie-rock style, featuring the ethereal and confessional “Hold On, Hold On,” ’50s-style ballad “That Teenage Feeling” and Biblically inspired “John Saw That Number.” The long-out-of-print LP comes on red vinyl with a Record Store Day slipmat.


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Johnny Cash – Koncert v Praze (In Prague Live)

The Vinyl Frontier #4 - Collecting Black Gospel Music

Posted by Joe Goldmark, March 10, 2015 07:02pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

A friend said that gospel music was soul music for black folk and that mainstream soul music was music made for a white audience. The implication being that if you wanted to hear music with real soul, listen to gospel.

Fantastic Violinaires The Fantastic Violinaires with an incredible live version of “Children Are You Ready.”

Generally speaking, gospel reflected whatever musical trend was happening in R&B music. Gospel music was a little rougher and less polished than secular music, and of course the theme was religious, but otherwise it was relatively easy for artists to cross back and forth between the two styles. And besides, most black pop and soul artists grew up singing in the church.

Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes, "Thats Enough."


The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples The Staple Singers with Mavis Staples on lead vocal, “Sit Down Servant.”

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The Ethereal Joe Hinton

Posted by Joe Goldmark, January 25, 2015 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Joe Hinton, Funny

Name the only gospel singer to have a million-selling soul hit record with a country song, which also happened to have been written by Willie Nelson

That would be Joe Hinton, who grew up in the church singing in various gospel groups and eventually became the lead singer in the Spirit of Memphis Quartet. He had a number of great singles with them during the period when they recorded for Peacock Records, a subsidiary of Houston's Duke Records.

If It Ain’t One Thing (It’s Another) – The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet

Lost In Sin – The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet

Noting Joe’s huge talent, Duke Records owner Don Robey decided to try some secular tunes with him on his Back Beat subsidiary.  After a few misses they had a monster hit with “Funny How Time Slips Away,” AKA “Funny” as they called it on the label. You’ll want to listen all the way through on this one.

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Soweto Gospel Choir – African Grace, April 5th in SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 8, 2012 06:30pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present  Soweto Gospel Choir on AprilSoweto Gospel Choir CIIS San Francisco 5th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Get tickets HERE or call 415.392.4400
Group discounts available for 10 or more!

"(The choir) has a cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend.....the music was both meticulous and unstoppable.....the songs were both spirited and spectacular" - New York Times

They're back! With their vibrant dance and dynamic vocal harmonies, the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is a worldwide phenomenon. The choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The twenty-six-member-strong ensemble draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, South Africa. The choir has performed to sell-out crowds at major concert halls across the globe, and alongside such superstars as Bono, Queen, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. The ensemble is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.

Don't miss your chance to see the dynamic Soweto Gospel Choir!
Get your tickets today!

(In which Job honors his Mother.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 10, 2010 12:27pm | Post a Comment

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An actual picture of my Mother (not pictured here).

In honor of this week’s Mother’s Day, I’m dedicating this entry to my Mammy. 

I remember Mom liked the house kept quiet so she could concentrate on reading her scripts. It also allowed her to track the progress of the housekeepers; she could hear if they were spending their time talking, how much time they spent scouring the living room tile, etc. It was kind of intense, but not as bad as when she stopped getting decent movie roles and her alcoholism worsened. That’s when she started beating me with coat hangers and…

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