Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2014 is here!  Frankly, like Coachella it’s gotten a little out of control.  Much like I’d prefer to see bands in a club instead of with 50,000 people, I’d prefer to shop on my own time instead of waiting for a couple hours to get my purchase.

However, I am all for the promotion of record store shopping so I widely support this celebration for the independent record store.

There are exclusive releases, limited run/local only releases and early first releases available and they can all be found here.

These are my top picks from the exclusive releases:

??? SIDE BY SIDE SERIESI love surprises and the side by side series where two artists cover each other’s songs is always fun.

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

The same song performed by two “”mystery artists.”" Part of the Side By Side series from Rhino for Record Store Day 2014.



 Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Songs from Common GroundThe Blaster brothers Phil and Dave Alvin create these covers of Big Bill Broonzy

Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: Yep Roc
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Four song double 10″ bound in a 78 style book featuring Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin playing the songs of Big Bill Broonzy


David Bowie picture disc of him looking cool as shit posing with William Burroughs.  I got slightly confused when it says it’s a 40 year anniversary for 1984 but of course that is the name of the song which was recorded in 1974.

David Bowie 1984 picture disc

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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“1984″ originally appeared on David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” album and draws its inspiration from the George Orwell book of the same name. It was released as a single in 1974. The b-side was recorded live in December 1974 on “The Dick Cavett Show” and has had limited release since then. This is the first time it appears on vinyl.

“1984 (2014 Remaster)”/”1984 (Live on the Dick Cavett Show)”


Creedence Clearwater Revival The 1969 SinglesDETAILS

Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: Concord
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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10″ white vinyl of all 4 singles released in 1969 (A and B sides); 120g

TRACK LISTING: SIDE 1: “Mary”, “Born On The Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Lodi” SIDE 2: “Green River”, “Commotion”, “Down On The Corner”, “Fortunate Son”


Death Cab For Cutie Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra Live 2012DETAILS

Artist: Death Cab For Cutie featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Barsuk
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Limited edition 180g double vinyl. Includes digital download.
TRACK LISTING: SIDE A: “Magik Overture”, “Passenger Seat”, “Different Names For The Same Thing”, “A Movie Script Ending”, “Stay Young, Go Dancing”  SIDE B: “Codes and Keys”, “What Sarah Said”, “Bend to Squares”, “Hindsight”  SIDE C: “Little Fury Bugs”, “No Joy In Mudville”, “Grapevine Fires”, “Underneath The Sycamore” SIDE D: “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, “Tiny Vessels”, “Transatlanticism”

 Devo Live At Max's Kansas City--November 15, 1977DETAILS

Artist: Devo
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Jackpot Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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November 15th, 1977: Max’s Kansas City – David Bowie is backstage with the 5 self proclaimed ‘spudboys’ from Akron, Ohio waiting for his cue to introduce the band who, in his words were, “The band of the future!”. As time went on it became clear that the future is still waiting to catch up with DEVO. Working closely with the band and those who were there that night, Jackpot Records brings you this audio time capsule that catapulted DEVO from strange, musical hillbillies to innovative pioneers overnight. Now the truth can be told! Available for the first time on vinyl the entire performance, complete with rare, unearthed audio of David Bowie. With liner notes written by DEVO Co-founder Gerald V. Casale specifically for this release (which also includes a reproduced early DEVO press bio sheet from 1976), this record will be the perfect compliment for hardcore DEVO collectors , music fans and those who are new to the game. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide

The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught UsBillie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones did a re-creation of this album in 2013 called Foreverly and now you can hear the original


Artists: The Everly Brothers
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Varese Sarabande
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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In 1958, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us made a seminal artistic statement without pretension. A concept album before there was such a thing; a return to basics before rock ‘n’ roll had even matured. It all came naturally to Don and Phil Everly, the chart-topping brothers, recording stars at age 19 and 21, respectively.

Donny Hathaway Live At The Bitter End 1971DETAILS

Artist: Donny Hathaway
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Live show recorded in 1971 never before released on vinyl. The track “Everything is Everything” has never been released before on any format and is an exclusive track to this release. Numbered, limited edition.

TRACK LISTING: “What’s Going On (Live at The Bitter End 1971)”, “Sack Full of Dreams (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “Little Ghetto Boy (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “You’ve Got A Friend (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) (Live at the Bitter End 1971)” (Alternate Performance), “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (LIve at the Bitter End)”, “Jealous Guy (Live at the Bitter End)”, “Hey Girl (Live at the Bitter End)”, “The Ghetto (Live at the Bitter End)”

The Pogues Live With Joe StrummerDETAILS

Artist: The Pogues With Joe Strummer
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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The legendary live show recorded in 1991 at the London Forum during Shane MacGowan’s hiatus from the band with his initial replacement, Joe Strummer. This previously unreleased material is contained in the recently released “Pogues 30″ box which is available in the US only on import. This is the first vinyl, only physical release in the US of this album.


Here’s my oddball choice:

RPM Turntable Football A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPMDETAILS
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Microfiche Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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RPM Turntable Football is a game of American Football played at the speed of sound (33 1/3 RPM) using your record player and Decagonaphonic 10 Groove technology. Just like the pros, it all starts with a coin toss. Each record has five grooves per side providing each team with a chance to score a touchdown or one of four other outcomes. Jay Grainer and Barry Dingle will provide color commentary on all the action and offer clear instructions when to add points to your score and when to flip the record to give the other player a chance to put points on the board. Available for the first time ever on Record Store Day 2014, exclusively in a limited edition green vinyl, just like a real football field. Give it a spin and see if YOU have what it takes to bring your team to the Phono Bowl!


Bruce Springsteen American BeautyDETAILS

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Columbia
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Four previously unreleased songs

TRACK LISTING: 1) “American Beauty” 2) “Mary Mary” 3) “Hurry Up Sundown” 4) “Hey Blue Eyes”



Tame Impala Live VersionsDETAILS

Artist: Tame Impala
Format: Vinyl
Label: Interscope
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Eight tracks recorded in Chicago during the band’s 2013 US tour. The live arrangements of these tracks are distinctly different than the recorded arrangements, and chosen for this RSD release for that reason.

TRACK LISTING: “Endors Toi”, “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?”, “Sestri Levante”, “Mind Mischief”, “Desire Be, Desire Go”, “Half Glass Full of Wine”, “Be Above It”, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, “Apocalypse Dreams”

Hank Williams The Garden Spot Programs, 1950--Extended PlayDETAILS

Artist: Hank Williams
Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: Omnivore Recordings
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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All recordings previously unreleased! From a 1950 radio show sponsored by Texas’ Naughton Farms Nursery, and brought to brown 10″ vinyl with the help of Williams’ daughter Jett.

SIDE ONE: “The Garden Spot Jingle” (Show 4), “I Don’t Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes) (Show 10), “Lovesick Blues” (Show 4), “Closing/Oh Susanna” (Show 10) SIDE TWO: “Farther Along” (Show 10), “Mind Your Own Business” (Show 9), “Fiddle Tune” (Show 4), “Closing/Oh Susanna” (Show 11)

 The Zombies Odessey and OracleDETAILS

Artist: The Zombies
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Varese Sarabande
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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The Zombies classic that features “Time of the Season” and “This Will Be Our Year” one of my personal favorites of all time.




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Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester 1944-2014There’s a familiar proverb that goes “You many know a man by the company he keeps”.  If that is indeed the case, then Jesse Winchester who passed away last week, was a truly rich man.  Jesse Winchester may have been a singer and songwriter but it’s the artists that recognized his gift for the latter.   His songs were deceptively simple but told  stories of embracing life’s ups and downs. A great example is the first song he ever wrote, “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz“.  It was covered by Lyle Lovett, Joan Baez and The Everly Brothers among others.

But I left Tennessee, in a hurry, dear, now
In the same way that I’m leaving you
Because love is mainly just memories, you see
And everyone has got him a few
So when I’m gone, I’ll be glad to love you

Artists loved to collaborate with Jesse so here are just a few of my favorites:

Jesse with Bonnie Rait and Emmylou Harris

Jesse with Jimmy Buffett and Allen Toussaint

Here’s Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crown on bass dueting with Jesse on his song “Payday”

Finally, here’s Jesse beautifully singing “Sham A Lam Dong Ding” and literally moving Neko Case to tears.

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Courtney Barnett

Courtney BarnettAlthough I’m a new music fan, I’m usually fairly passive when I listen to the radio.  It’s mostly background music of the familiar and the soon to be familiar and/or forgotten but occasionally there’s a song that makes me grab open up Shazam to immediately know what’s playing.  This happened recently when KCSN played  ”Avant Gardener” by Australian Courtney Barnett.  First of all it sounds like it was recorded during the time of Dylan’s Highway 61 period but with a feedback guitar solo replacing the Hammond keyboard.  Courtney sings in her 90′s slacker rock  Australian accent and is so seemingly  tired she can  barely get out the lyrics.  But you listen in to the lyrics and you realize how clever she is

“It’s a Monday, it’s so Mundane”

“The paramedic thinks I’m clever cos I play guitar. I think she’s clever cos she stops people dying’

Extra points for working in the decongestant “psuedoefedryn” for the first time in a pop song.

Needless to say, I’m hooked.  She released an EP “I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris” in 2012 and another “How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose” in 2013.  Now she’s combined these two EP’s and created The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas”.  She’s playing Coachella and opening up for MGMT this week.  Catch her when you can and click on the photo to get the album.

‘The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas’


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It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Alana, Danielle and Este Haim Apparently James Brown is still right when it comes to music.  As the Los Angeles Times  pointed out 80% of the artists that performed at Coachella were males.   The men might have the numbers but it’s the woman that are currently dominating.

It seems that the most talked about music this past weekend were the females.  Ellie Goulding, Haim, Waxahatchee Warpaint and Chvrches  turned in possibly career elevating performances.

Meanwhile at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony.  The surviving members of Nirvana made the brilliant decision to have Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon and Lorde (who also played a winning set at Coachella) fill in on vocals.

Here are just a few of those performances to prove  that if it’s still a man’s world, the women are far more interesting.

Ellie Goulding “Starry Eyed” Coachella 2014

Haim  ”My Song 5″ Coachella 2014

Chvrches “The Mother We Share” Coachella 2014

Warpaint “Disco//Very” Coachella 2014


Lorde “All Apologies” Rock Hall Nirvana Induction

St. Vicent “Lithium” Rock Hall Nirvana Induction 2014

Joan Jett “Smells Like Teen Spirt Rock Hall Nirvana Induction 2014

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Free Music Friday

The good folks at Earmilk have compiled what they are calling the ultimate Coachella 2014 playlist.  So click on the photo and enjoy!

Earmilk Ultimate Coachella

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Get Out

Confession:  I’m old.  I have zero interest in Coachella.  I have zero tolerance for the the crowds, the  long lines and  I shake my fist  at those damn kids who have been set free from their parents  for a weekend of debauchery.   This recent skit from Portlandia really nails it.


That said, I’m looking forward to catching a few of the bands in between their time spent at Coachella.  Check out this calendar and I’ll see you at the show.

Coachella bands playing their own shows April 2014

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Classic Rock Coachella

The Hoff at CoachellaSure Coachella is all about the new discoveries but for the Adults that were kids in the 20th Century, it’s about re-discovering bands we loved before the introduction of the blog.   In fact, you could probably go the entire festival without seeing someone in their 20s on stage.   See these artists and it’s still a pretty kick-ass festival….as long as you leave enough time for napping.

Here is a list of old-timey artists still kicking it at Coachella.   Debut album and year is listed for each.


OutkastSouthernplayalisticadillacmuzik 1994

The ReplacementsSorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash 1981

Neko CaseThe Virginian 1997

AFI:  Answer That & Stay Fashionable 1995

Bryan Ferry: These Foolish Days 1973

The Afghan Whigs: Big Top Halloween 1988

Bad Manners off Coachella 2014The Cult: Dreamtime 1984

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Self-Titled 1992

Anti-Flag: Die For The Government 1996


Queens Of The Stone Age: Self-Titled 1998

Pet Shop Boys: Please 1986

Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry 1996

Nas: Illmatic 1994

Coachella 1969Mogwai: Young Team 1997

The Dismemberment Plan: ! 1995


: Mellow Gold 1994

Neutral Milk Hotel: On Avery Island 1996

Motörhead: Self-Titled 1977

Toy Dolls: Dig That Groove Baby 1983

Laurent Garnier: Shot In the Dark 1995

Fishbone: Self-Titled 1985

Superchunk: Self-titled 1990

Preservation Hall Jazz BandBillie and De De Pierce and Their PHJB 1966



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New Music Tuesday

Stephen Colbert often talks about the Colbert bump, whereby anyone who appears with him on his TV show The Colbert Report automatically gets a boost in popularity.  I’d also like to suggest the Ronstadt bump; whereby anyone who duets with newly anointed Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame singer Linda Ronstadt, automatically raises the quality of their song.  Someone must have been thinking along the same lines as the album Duets is released.  This album features James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra among others dueting with Linda.  It’s an idea who’s time has come.

One of Linda’s best duet partners is Emmylou Harris and  today she is re-releasing one of her landmark albums from 1995;   Wrecking Ball.  Producer Daniel Lanois took Emmylou in a slightly altered musical direction creating  moody, ethereal interpretations of songs from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Gillian Welch among others.  This three-disc reissue  features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary Building the Wrecking Ball,  It was one of my favorite albums from the 90s and helped me re-discover what a great treasure we have in the talent of Emmylou.

Linda Ronstadt "Duets"  Emmylou Harris "Wrecking Ball" reissue 2014

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Kurt Cobain Comedian

Funny man Kurt CobainIf it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! – Kurt Cobain

Much has been said this past week about the passing of Kurt Cobain 20 years ago.  Even though the records show he passed on April 5, I’ll also remember the date as April 8, 1994 when he was found and I heard it on LA’s KROQ by Richard Blade that Kurt had died.  He played “Dumb” right after the confirmation.   Despite him being a conflicted artist, who fought his demons and ultimately lost I think he used humor to a great extent to help him combat the craziness going around him.  

Here are a few of my favorite moments that Kurt did that still make me laugh to this day.

6 weeks after Nevermind came out,  Kurt goes to the Headbangers Ball wearing a gown.

Nirvana play Britain’s Top Of The Pops TV show and fake play to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  Kurt gets to do his best Ian Curtis impersonation.

The video for “In Bloom”

This little snippet of “Sweet Home Alabama”

This extremely odd promo with Charlies Barkley for their Saturday Night Live appearance.

Rumors had been circulating about Kurt’s health before Nirvana’s historic performance at 1992′s Reading Festival.  Krist Novolselic rolls out Kurt in a wheel chair to start the show and Kurt belts out the opening stanza to”The Rose” before mock collapsing to the ground.  He gets up and puts on what many consider Nirvana’s greatest show.

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Free Music Friday

ATO Spring Sampler 2014April showers may bring May flowers but it also brings a Spring Sampler platter courtesy of ATO Records.  May I recommend the  The Belle Brigade (with an 80′s era Fleetwood Mac sounding track),  Built to Spill’s cover of Dylan’s Jokerman and Kaiser Chiefs (who must be listening to a lot of The Cure).

This Spring also ushers in not only a brand new Baseball season but a brand new album by The Baseball Project (members include (Peter Buck, Mike Mills Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon).  They want to see Dale Murphy in the Hall Of Fame.  I can’t agree more.   Besides this side project, there is also the side project band The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco).  You can hear these side project samplers and much more on the Yep Roc platter.  Enjoy!

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