Record Store Day Exclusive Titles Released

PrintThe list of titles being released ONLY AT RECORD STORES is only a click away, in TWO versions: A handy PDF that you can use as a shopping/wish list and a Pull Down menu with more detail and artwork. These are the pieces that will be released at REAL LIVE RECORD STORES on April 19, the SEVENTH annual Record Store Day. Keep in mind that things change OFTEN in this business, and we’ll be making changes to the list when that happens. Fixes, tweaks, new descriptions, additions and cancellations as they happen. Life is a work in progress, we read on an inspirational poster once. And so is our list.

*There are three categories on this list. These are them:

Zeppelin Reborn


Johnny Rotten, Michelle Williams, JC Chasez, Brandon Boyd To Do ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Arena Tour

jesus_christ_superstar_650The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon.

The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9.

It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show “Superstar,” will play the son of God.

Neil Young, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beck and More Remember Kurt Cobain

kurtcobain-306v-1396630478With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death this weekend, musicians everywhere have been paying homage. AP collected reflections from a handful of artists ranging from ones who influenced him to musicians he inspired, including Neil Young, Beck, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler. One thing they all agreed on is that in just a short period of time, Cobain changed their lives.

Elvis Crypt Pulled from Auction

mainElvis Presley’s original crypt has been pulled off the auction block from a sale of music memorabilia, the Associated Press reports.

Julien’s Auctions had announced in May that the empty crypt in Memphis, where Elvis and his mother lay for two months before their reburial on the grounds of the Graceland estate, would be part of this Sunday’s “Music Icons” auction. With a bid starting at $100,000, the price was to include a memorial inscription, use of the Forest Hill Cemetery’s chapel for a service, and the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial.

Mastodon Releasing New Album This Year

20140405-mastodon-600-1396737506Mastodon announced this week that they’ll be releasing their sixth album later this year. In an interview with Paste, the band shared details of the album, titled Once More Round the Sun.

The new album marks the first release from the metal band since 2011′s The Hunter. Bassist and vocalist Troy Hunter said that Once More Round the Sun follows in the trimmer, tighter vein of that album. “A lot of people ask us if it kicks off where The Hunter left off,” he said. “And to a large degree, I suppose yes. We recorded it and took it on the road with us, and then we headed back to our rehearsal space and started working out ideas. I’ve had a lot of time to ingest this record, and it’s solid. It’s a large slab of granite. I’m once again completely proud of these guys.”

Back to Black Friday

black_friday_logoCan you feel it? It will be here before we all know it. The holiday season that is, and just as we’re all coming out of a mashed potato and pie coma, it’s time to get out and honor the ones we love with gifts. And to get a few for ourselves in return. The ‘official’ first day is, of course Black Friday, which this year hits on November 29. For better or worse, it’s the busiest shopping day of the year, and once again we here at Record Store Day are going to be helping indie record stores be part of it—with special exclusive releases from some of the most popular artists in almost every genre.  If you’re going to be giving and getting, doesn’t it make sense for the things that get wrapped to be special? And for the shrieks of joy when the paper’s torn off to be real?  Then it makes total sense to do some shopping at a locally owned record store. The things inside their walls are just the sort of special, joy-shrieking things we’re talking about.

The Rolling Stones announce live Record Store Day release

rollingstoneswide1-450x253The Rolling Stones are to release an updated version of their 1965 live EP ‘Got Live If You Want It!‘ as part of the Back To Black Friday arm of Record Store Day, which takes place on November 29th.

The EP was originally recorded on a UK tour in in the March of 1965 and released later that year, while a full length, much disputed live album of the same name was issued in the States the following year. The new edition is out on 7″ vinyl for Black Friday, and adds a selection of covers which were not included back in the Sixties.

Jack White, Mumford & Sons, Record Store Day, The Black Keys, Third Man Records

RSDHardcore vinyl fanatics and record collectors have turned Record Store Day into something of a major shopping holiday on the annual music calendar.

Observed on the third Saturday of April (this year, April 20), the event celebrates the increasingly niche market of independent music stores, helping spur the current vinyl revival, which finds younger fans leading a double-digit spike in record sales over the past two years. (Last year, for example, Jack White broke the long-running streak of The Beatles’ Abbey Road as the best-selling vinyl record, with his solo debut Blunderbuss.)

Phil Ramone: RIP

ramone-simonIn the course of his five-decade career, Phil Ramone helped create enduring masterworks by Bob DylanStan Getz and Paul Simon. He produced big-hit records for Billy Joel, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Barbra Streisand and top-shelf stars from every corner of the music world, while cultivating a reputation as a sound guru and difficult-talent whisperer. Along the way, the producer and engineer — who died Saturday at the age of 79 — amassed a formidable mountain of awards, including an album of the year Grammys for Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, Joel’s 52nd Street and Ray Charles‘ duets album, Genius Loves Company.. more


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