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10 Releases to Check Out on Record Store Day

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2013 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2013 takes place April 20, featuring new releases, reissues of out-of-print albums and other rarities. I’ve pulled out 10 titles or sets of releases that jumped out to me personally. If it’s anything like last year, you’ll have to get here early to get those in-demand releases (check out last year’s coverage here).

You can view a listing all of the releases that will be made available that day here and find more information on Record Store Day's official site. Check out my picks below.

 

The BatsBy Night

The Bats AmoebaThe debut release by The Bats, part of the Flying Nun clan of New Zealand jangle-pop bands. The Bats are fronted by Robert Scott, sometime bassist of The Clean, a band whose cult infamy has helped lead to their brethren being rediscovered by a new generation. I haven’t heard By Night, but having quite enjoyed 1987’s Daddy’s Highway, I’m sure their debut is just as chockfull of jangly delights. Seriously, I want to just jump on an airplane slash time machine and live in New Zealand in the ’80s and listen to awesome bands like The Bats, though they’re still around making fine records today.

 

 

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7" Record Releases for Black Friday, Record Store Day 2012

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2012 08:40am | Post a Comment

This year's Black Friday Record Store Day (RSD) - the day after Thanksgiving - brings with it a slew of  new 10" record releases, as well as a bunch of RSD exclusive 7" singles.  Below please find a list of ten recommended 7" records from all different artists.

Many are new reissues of older recordings. For example, there's a new  David Bowie picture disc of "Jean Jeanie!" The Rolling Stones have a four song 7" EP. There are three Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band singles being released. The White Stripes also have three different 45's for this Black Friday's RSD:  “Fell in Love With a Girl” b/w “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself" + “Hotel Yorba” (Live at the Hotel Yorba) b/w “Rated X (Live at the Hotel Yorba)" + "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” b/w “Stop Breaking Down.”

The Rolling Stones 7" EP cover artwork/layout (above) is real nicely presented: a great old black and white photo of the Stones with song titles done in throwback 7" EP font style, classic Decca logo, and the "mono" tag. The record features the songs "Poison Ivy," "You Better Move On," "Money," and "Bye Bye Johnny."  Meanwhile, the three Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band 7" singles for RSD are "Abba Zaba/Yellow Brick Road" + "Plastic Factory/Where There's A Woman" + "Upon The My-O-My/I Got Love On My Mind" - all released by Sundazed.

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Amoeba Holds Black Friday Sale Nov. 23-25

Posted by Billy Gil, November 19, 2012 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Black Friday AmoebaThe day after Thanksgiving perennially brings the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. This year Amoeba will hold a sale with limited Record Store Day vinyl releases (see a list of highlights here, or download the full list [pdf file] here). And the sale goes through Sunday, Nov. 25, though if you want any of the exclusive RSD releases, you better get in early!
 

Skullcandy Ink'd Buds

All headphones will be 15% off the regular ticket price. A special sale will be held on Skullcandy Ink'd Buds, which will be on sale for $12.98 (normally $19.98), while Skullycandy’s Lowrider headphones will be on sale for $29.98 (normally $39.98).

Select models of turntables will be on sale for up to 25% off.

Turntables on sale include:

 
audio technica

The Audio Technica LP 60 (Non USB) –  $99.98 (regularly $139.98)

10 Black Friday Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, November 12, 2012 03:21pm | Post a Comment

As with Record Store Day, the list of exclusive releases this year for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, typically the biggest shopping day of the year) is staggering. A list of the available titles is here. I’ve pulled out 10 releases that are particularly interesting — to me, and perhaps to you. Show up at Amoeba Nov. 23 for your chance to own any one of these.

 

Lee HazlewoodYou Turned My Head Around: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1967-1970 (11 x 7 box set)

Lee Hazlewood You Turned My Head AroundNamed after an awesome duet ’60s psych-folkie Lee Hazelwood did with singer/actress Ann-Margret, this set collects forgotten records issued on Hazelwood’s label, Lee Hazelwood Industries. The singer-songwriter was also a notable producer, perhaps most famously writing and producing Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made For Walkin.’” The set includes 11 45s from such artists as Suzi Jane Hokom, Honey Ltd., Kitchen Cinq and Hazlewood himself. From psych to country-pop, the set offers a view of Lee as an aesthetic director of sorts, setting forth a cultish sound that would come to be oft mimicked and appreciated far greater in later years than during its initial run.

 

 

Captain BeefheartAbba Zabba; Plastic Factory; Upon The My-Oh-My

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Digging Numero Group's Solid Bronze

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, May 2, 2012 11:16pm | Post a Comment
This year, as with every year since 2008, Record Store Day was a huge success. My mind still boggles at the shear scope and breadth of this years' list of limited Record Store Day releases and I think it's safe to say there really was a something-for-everyone vibe to the offerings made available this go 'round. Yet there be a fair amount of slept-on nuggets still glistening in the stream and perhaps none of them more deserving of a mining undiscovered ore metaphor than the mellow moods latent in yet another stellar comp from the smithies of smooth at Numero Group, the same folks who hit it outta the park last year with a double LP sister compilation to their Boddie Recording Company box set. What makes this Record Store Day remainder so friggin' essential is, well, as one Amoebite put it, "think AM Gold meets modern soul meets yacht rock...with a glass of boxed wine and a joint full of shitty weed."

Think WTNG 89.9FM: Solid Bronze!
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Honestly, I can't think of any better description of this light 'n easy mix than that offered by the Numero Group folks themselves, who had me at "Fans of the Dans -- Folgelberg, Steely, Seals and Hill -- this is your Numero record." An essential slice of delightfully less filling (tastes great!) soft rock chipped from Record Store Day treasure fissure, snatch yours up before they become a fabled piece of RSD history.

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