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[Record Store Day 2015] Fun Things To Talk About With Strangers While You're In Line Waiting to buy Records
Davie Grohl says buying records on Record Store Day is serious business. I guess it is these days, huh? 

Davie Grohl says buying records on Record Store Day is serious business. I guess it is these days, huh? 

I'm not sure what Record Store Day is like anywhere other than in NYC, but here it's nuts. My fondest RSD memory was back in 2011 when I rolled up to Sound Fix (RIP) at 8am and stood in line with Alex and Sami from CoS for 2 hours until the store opened. It was a brutal 2 hours because the night prior Sprout and I had gone out with Fitts from The Kickdrums and had more Jameson than people who needed to get up early (or be alive for that matter) should every drink. Even still, despite the worst hangovers of our lifetimes (it is now the one we have compared every other hangover to ever since) it's hard not to think fondly of the moments where we were gushing about the releases we were hoping to get, the Sound Fix folks bringing coffee and pastries for all of us waiting in line, and the overall sense of community that is felt on this and every Record Store Day since.

Record Store Day is a my favorite day to celebrate my favorite thing with my closest friends. Unfortunately, not everyone has a built in posse to roll up to those long RSD lines. You may heading out to RSD solo. Even if you're not, this is a rare opportunity that comes once a year to meet a chunk of people all at once that have presumably the same interests as you, so instead of burying your face in your phone, take advantage of the situation and strike up a conversation!

First impressions are important and we want everyone to know how you're some kind of awesome, so here are some fun things Sprout and I will hopefully be discussing with strangers outside of Rough Trade tomorrow:

  • Phonograph records were originally pressed onto shellac! However during World War II the United States declared that shellac was a strategic material for the war and due to scarcity records started being pressed into vinyl, which is what is still used today. (Yale)
  • Some folks in the universe claim that the best way to clean your records is by using wood glue and a credit card:

Warning: this guy does not feel the same about this method:  

  • Trying to put a price tag on music is complicated as hell, honestly. The history of it is pretty fascinating though. (Pitchfork)
  • The first thing ever recorded was Ben Franklin singing/shouting Mary Had A Little Lamb and it was recorded onto a tin cylinder. (LiveScience)

PS this is what it sounded like:

If that tickled your fancy, this guy shows how Edison did the recording on the cylinders that they recorded to at the time:

If you haven't made your list and checked it twice you need to do so because being unprepared can result in heartbreak so check out the Official List of Record Store Day Special Releases. There are lots of things going on tomorrow in celebration of the happiest day of the year so maybe see what your local store is doing. There's a TON of stuff going on in NYC that you should check out if you're in the area. 

Don't forget to be VERY POLITE to the people working at your record store tomorrow because there is no doubt that they will be stressed out of their minds by the swarms of people coming out. Obviously be nice to your fellow shoppers, too. Some of us are short and can't reach the overhead shelves so offer to help out if you see someone struggling (Sprout was my savior last year with this). Who knows, maybe all these sweet tips will land you a record store bae (sorry, I had to).

And if you're going out for Record Store Day so you can buy a bunch of the ultra limited runs so you can put them up on eBay, please comment below so I can find you and slap you. 


[Listen] Stream The Strokes' Record Store Day B-side, "Fast Animals"

The Strokes will be giving their Comedown Machine lead single "All The Time" a 7" physical release for this year's Record Store Day, which takes place on April 20th. Serving as a b-side to the release will be an upbeat number titled "Fast Animals". The b-side is actually a faster-paced, alternate recording of the track "Slow Animals", one of the eleven songs included on the band's fifth LP. Check it out below.

Comedown Machine is out tomorrow through RCA Records.

[News] Record Store Day 2013 Reveals Full List of Releases

Record Store Day 2013 is nearly upon us, with less than a month until the vinyl-loving celebration commences. This year's crop already looks fantastic, with rarities, reissues and unreleased material from the likes of The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, MGMT, Tame Impala, At the Drive-In, Deftones, Ryan Adams, Dan Deacon, The Hold Steady, Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus, and more. There's even a little treat for fans of South Park, with a 7" vinyl of "San Diego" / "Gay Fish" making the list. As for the rest of the releases, take a look at a few notable names below or head to the Record Store Day website for the full list.

- The Black Lips/Icky Blossoms
- Bob Dylan
- Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear, and Nicolas Jaar
- Daniel Johnston
- David Bowie
- Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson
- Grizzly Bear
- Jamie xx
- John Coltrane
- The Notorious B.I.G.
- Phoenix
- Portugal. the Man
- Rhye
- The Rolling Stones
- Sigur Rós

Record Store Day 2013 takes place on April 20th.

[Listen] The Flaming Lips and Bon Iver - "Ashes in the Air"

On April 21st, The Flaming Lips will be releasing a compilation comprised of an incredible amount collaborations for Record Store Day titled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, with a reportedly small number of the vinyls being pressed for the release including the blood of several the contributing artists. One of the artists included on the compilation, although we're unsure whether or not his blood has been harvested, is none other than the golden boy of 2011, Jusin Vernon. The collaborative effort between The Flaming Lips and the Bon Iver frontman has made its way online, so give the 6-minute track a listen above (via BeatsPerMinute).

Also included on the collaborative effort will be Neon Indian, Prefuse 73 and Lightning Bolt, Chris Martin of ColdplayEdward Sharpe and The Magnetic ZerosTame Impala, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Yoko Ono,Erykah Badu, New Fumes, Ke$ha and Biz Markie.

[News] Beach House Announce Record Store Day Release


As Record Store Day 2012 approaches, more and more bands are announcing releases to be sold on that day in support of independent record stores. Today, Beach House have announced a release for the celebrated day.

On April 21st Beach House will release a limited-edition, blue opaque 7" vinyl single of "Lazuli," the third track from their upcoming studio LP Bloom. The single will be backed by b-side "Equal Mind," and Sub Pop will only be printing 2,400 copies of the 7" vinyl so make sure to grab a copy next month before it disappears. Along with the announcement, the band has unveiled the official artwork for Bloom, which is pictured above. Bloom is out on May 15th via Sub Pop.

[News] Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective and More Announce Record Store Day Releases

Domino Records, along with their subsidary Ribbon Music, have announced four releases for Record Store Day 2012. Highlighting the releases are Animal Collective and Arctic Monkeys, along with labelmates Laura Marling and Caitlin Rose.

Arctic Monkeys will be releasing their single "R U Mine?" on limited purple 7" vinyl, with a brand new track titled "Electricity" serving as the b-side. On the Animal Collective side of things, the psychedelic outfit will release the Tranverse Temporary Gyrus 12", which features original tracks and live recordings made for Animal Collective's performance as part of an installation by the band and visual artist Danny Perez. The performance took place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in March 2010, and the 12" will also feature a foldout 24 x 36 poster. Laura Marling and Caitlin Rose will be releasing 7" singles, with Marling's release consisting of single "Flicker and Fall," backed by previously unreleased track "To Be A Woman," while Rose's single will consist of covers of Alex Turner's "Piledriver Waltz" and Arctic Monkeys' "Love Is A Laserquest."

Along with the music releases, Domino and Ribbon will be releasing a magazine for Record Store Day titled Smugglers Way, which features 24 pages of original artwork and prose from artists on the label, as well as five individual discs of unreleased music from Real Estate, Cass McCombs, and more.

[News] LCD Soundsystem to Reissue "Losing My Edge" for Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day 2012 announcements keep coming in, and today LCD Soundsystem has joined in on the fun. The New York outfit's debut single "Losing My Edge" will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 21st, on 12" vinyl, and is now available to preorder via Midheaven Mailorder.

Along with this announcement is yet another clip from LCD Soundsystem's upcoming film SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, which will be premiered this week at SXSW and officially released later this year. After the jump, you can watch the clip, in which James Murphy discusses how his age played a part in the breakup of the band, via Pitchfork.