Posts Tagged ‘Record Store Day 2019’

On the heels of her triumphant Matador Records debut Turn Out the Lights and the critically acclaimed collaborative EP boygenius, JulienBaker returns with her first new solo recordings in 18 months, “Red Door” b/w “Conversation Piece,” available exclusively for Record Store Day 2019. The 7″ features the first studio recording of a fan favorite “Red Door”, previously only heard live, and a previously unreleased cut begun during the Turn Out the Lights sessions, “Red Door” is a lush and atmospheric track driven by Baker’s complex fingerpicking and a hint of slide guitar, her voice soaring as she pleads “set me on fire in the middle of the street / bend my knees, paint the concrete / the color of my bloody knuckles / pulling splinters form the chapel door.” A previously unreleased cut begun during the Turn Out the Lights sessions, Its flip side “Conversation Piece” is a meditation on loneliness, backed by delicate percussion and chiming guitars.

“Conversation Piece.” Julien Baker’ s Turn Out the Lights received glowing reviews across international press outlets and continues to sell steadily, nearing 40k equivalent albums in the U.S. boygenius’ s/t EP has reached 14k scans in its first three months on sale.


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Unless you’re a serious R.E.M. scholar, you’ve probably never heard of Bingo Hand Job, the fictitious name used by the Athens, Georgia alt-rock greats for a pair of secret acoustic gigs at a London club in the spring of 1991. Recorded just after the release of Out of Time, this official bootleg includes live takes on several highlights from that album (“Low,” “Half a World Away,” “Radio Song”) plus older classics like “Fall on Me,” “Perfect Circle” and “Swan Swan H.” It’s out on a two-LP edition of 3,000.

No witnesses of a Bingo Hand Job gig could be found. No recordings existed. Yet, when it was announced that the enigmatic band and some unusual friends would play London’ s 200-capacity club, The Borderline, on March 14th and 15th, 1991, tickets were quickly sold out, traded and re-sold at unreasonable prices. Who were these guys only known as The Doc, Raoul, Ophelia and Stinky (with friends Spanish Charlie, Conrad and Violet)? Legendary, colossal and now of mythical proportions, the second night – March 15th, 1991 – is finally and officially released for the very first, and only time! Released for the first time, fully authorised by Michael Stipe as “Stinky”, Peter Buck as “Raoul”, Mike Mills as “Ophelia”, Bill Berry as “The Doc”.With friends Spanish Charlie (Peter Holsapple), Conrad (Billy Bragg) and Violet (Robyn Hitchcock). A blistering hits-packed set, from “a band at the terrifying height of its popularity, caught in the spotlight between college rock integrity and Unplugged stardom.”

‘Stinky, Raoul, Ophelia & The Doc’ are coming to you real soon..R.E.M. will be featured in this year’s Record Store Day extravaganza with this 2LP release: ‘Bingo Hand Job: Live At The Borderline 1991’ which features the second of the 2 shows they did, on 15th March 1991.


Side A:
1. World Leader Pretend
2. Half A World Away
3. Fretless
4. The One I Love

Side B:
1. Jackson / Dallas
2. Disturbance At The Heron House
3. Belong
4. Low

Side C:
1. Love Is All Around
2. You Are The Everything
3. Swan Swan
4. Radio Song

Side D:
1. Perfect Circle
2. Endgame
3. Fall On Me
4. Get Up
5. Moon River.

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Months before Bob Dylan released “Blood On The Tracks” in early 1975, a small number of test pressings were circulated, consisting entirely of material from sessions at A&R Recording Studios in New York City. (Dylan re-recorded five of these tracks in Minneapolis for inclusion on the final album.) Those original records were soon bootlegged, and the alternate history of one of Dylan’s most acclaimed works was born.

This LP is an exact duplicate of the test pressing, containing unique mixes from the New York session available for the first time. Original New York Test Pressing • Months before Bob Dylan released Blood On The Tracks in early 1975, a small number of test pressings were circulated, consisting entirely of material from sessions at A&R Recording Studios in New York City. (Dylan re-recorded five of these tracks in Minneapolis for inclusion on the final album.) Those original records were soon bootlegged, and the alternate history of one of Dylan’s most acclaimed works was born. This LP is an exact duplicate of the test pressing, containing unique mixes from the New York session, available commercially for the first time

Side One:  1. Tangled Up In Blue 2. Simple Twist of Fate 3. You’re a Big Girl Now 4. Idiot Wind 5. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go Side Two:  1. Meet Me In The Morning 2. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts 3. If You See Her, Say Hello 4. Shelter from the Storm 5. Buckets of Rain

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Record Store Day is quickly approaching and this Saturday brings goodness from Marty Willson-Piper, best known for his lengthy involvement with The Church and All About Eve and collaborations with Grace Slick, Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs and Linda Perry. This is a blue-tinged vinyl release (as a heavy-weight gatefold double LP) of his seminal album ‘Hanging Out In Heaven’. It includes 2 bonus tracks not included on the original edition – ‘Queen In Her Jeans’ and ‘Dressed Up As You’. Recorded around the same time, these were always intended for the vinyl version.


“At last, my fifth solo album, Hanging Out In Heaven, will be released through Schoolkids Records on Record Store Day. It’s been a long wait for one of my most well-received records. The album has new artwork and comes on blue double vinyl with two extra tracks. Recorded in sessions in L.A. and Sweden with the two added songs recorded in London, the album contains some of the most emotional and poignant songs I ever wrote,” says Marty Willson-Piper.

This album from Marty Willson-Piper follows up the success of last year’s Record Store Day vinyl release of ‘Spirit Level’ also via Schoolkids Records, which was originally released in 1992.

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I have really been paying attention to the upcoming Record Store Day releases here and in the USA, amongst the various supposed ‘must-haves’ there’s is a 7”vinyl that does interest me.

The Silver Apples revisit their 1968 wonder ‘Oscillations’. ‘Oscillations’ 2019 is Simeon’s new studio recorded, upgraded and augmented version of the original classic track of the same name and reflects how he likes to play it live. Or as he says, ‘Mixing it Up’. The flip, or AA side is ‘The Edge of Wonder’ remixed by Andrew Weatherall.

Weatherall is a huge Silver Apples fan, so no surprise he wanted to do a remix. This was his favourite track of the last album, Clinging To A Dream. Here he lovingly works his magic on this extended remix.

This was the first track off of the Silver Apples debut LP released on Kapp Records back in 1968. Just listen to it and ponder how ahead of it’s time it was 43 years ago. Any one sitting in his bedroom right now with a Christmas morning casio keyboard owes a debt to this song, folks. In case you were wondering, that Simeon guy who wrote all these songs. Here is The Original……

It’s released by Enraptured.


Posted: March 29, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC

10 Releases to Buy at Record Store Day 2019

The most important day of the whole year is upon us. Okay, so it’s not exactly but Record Store Day is the closest thing we have to a national holiday in the independent record store biz, and it’s happening this Saturday, April 13th. The annual event, now in its 12th year, brings together independent record stores across the country and always churns out a fantastic selection of exclusives, special releases, reissues and oddities. The 2019 menu includes everything from deluxe box sets and legacy reissues to indie deep cuts and limited edition 7” singles. We examined this year’s list here among the pictures of records on the rack are some choice gems for this handy shopping guide. Now get out there and buy some music from your local record store.



Aretha Franklin: The Atlantic Singles 1967 (Atlantic)
No one could belt it like Aretha Franklin, and her passing last year broke the hearts of music fans far and wide. Her new 7” vinyl boxset, The Atlantic Singles 1967, collects Franklin’s five singles from 1967, including some of her most jaw-dropping hits like “Respect,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).” 

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Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks – Original New York Test Pressing (Legacy)
Blood On The Tracks is one classic record you should definitely own on vinyl, so what better time than Record Store Day to snag a copy? This particular edition, an exact replication of the test pressings that were printed a few months before the Dylan classic went wide and then later circulated and bootlegged, is hitting store shelves for the first time ever. So fire up your turntable, grab the tissues and give this classic breakup album some love.

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The Charlatans: Some Friendly (Beggars Banquet)
The Charlatans emerged at the height of the Madchester craze in the U.K., and their 1990 debut album, Some Friendly, blooms with groovy organ solos, fierce rhythms, ebullient guitars and harmonious vocals. Some Friendly has long been out of print and will receive a limited edition reissue by its original label Beggars Banquet.

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The Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth: Music and Songs(Rhino/Warner Bros.)
Fellow impatient Lips fans, listen up: Rock’s resident weirdos are releasing their 15th studio album, a follow-up to 2017’s Oczy Mlody, this summer, but we can hear it early thanks to Record Store Day. But don’t dillydally on your way to your favorite indie record shop: This pressing was restricted to a slim 3600 units, so you’ll probably be fighting for your copy. Yoshimi battles the crate diggers part 1.

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Jeff Buckley: In Transition (Legacy)
Jeff Buckley’s lone studio album and classic singer/songwriter staple Grace celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In Transition features seven unreleased studio performances from his first session for Columbia Records in 1991, many of them early versions of Grace tracks, including “Mojo Pin” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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Jeff Tweedy: Warmer (dBpm Records)
Last year, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy released Warm, his first solo original album to date, and he described its songs as “some of the most direct, personal and autobiographical that I’ve ever written.” His new LP, WARMER, includes 10 unreleased tracks from the Warm sessions, and since it’s a vinyl-only exclusive via dBpm Records, you’ll have to be quick.

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Julien Baker: “Red Door”/”Conversation Piece” (Matador)
With boygenius, her own solo work and the occasional additional side project, there’s no shortage of opportunities to purchase Julien Baker’s art. Here’s one more. The indie rock empress is back with her first new solo recordings since 2017’s Turn Out the Lights: two previously unreleased singles pressed on bright red vinyl the same color as my heart that skips a beat when I hear Baker’s earth-shattering lyrics. There should always be room for more Julien Baker in your record collection

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Ramones: Live at the Palladium (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
On New Year’s Eve in 1979, The Ramones performed at The Palladium in New York City, and the show was released for the first time on CD last year as part of their 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Road to Ruin. This concert will be released on vinyl for the first time as Live at the Palladium, and it features some of punk’s most influential tracks in their explosive live form like “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” 

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Townes Van Zandt: The Best of Townes Van Zandt(Fat Possum Records)
There’s a few solid arguments against “best-of” assemblages (they’re just filler, moneymakers, end-of-career maneuvers to avoid selling out, etc., etc.), but every now and then, when the artist in question is no longer with us, I’ll happily throw my money at a legacy indulgence. And when the label is Fat Possum and the artist is Townes Van Zandt, the Texas troubadour who wrote some of the best folk and country songs ever, I’m even more keen to lay down some cash. If you’re a country fan with a record collection, you need a Townes Van Zandt on hand. Might as well make it one of the 2000 copies of this compilation being unleashed this weekend.

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Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
Astral Weeks gets cited as a seminal album as often as rain falls. It’s Van Morrison’s masterpiece and an undisputed classic among music fans. Four bonus tracks from the iconic album—“Beside You (Take 1),” “Madame George (Take 4),” “Ballerina (Long Version)” and “Slim Slow Rider (Long Version)”—were paired up and laid down on 10” vinyl for this Record Store Day exclusive. And there’s 9000 copies being let loose worldwide, so there’s a great chance you’ll go home with one if you so desire

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Real Gone Music has announced its offerings for the 2019 Record Store Day celebration, taking place at your local brick-and-mortar shop Saturday, April 13th, and they include a pair of rarities releases from two beloved bands,

BadfingerSo Fine–The Warner Bros. Rarities(2-LP Red Vinyl Edition) (2,000 copies)

Most folks point to Badfinger as the greatest power pop band of all time. But, with four accomplished songwriters in Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, and Joey Molland, and the creative assistance and imprimatur of The Beatles, Badfinger should have been bigger stars than they were. Their four albums for The Beatles’ Apple label get most of the attention, and understandably so, with hits like “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day by Day,” and “Baby Blue.” But their subsequent two albums for Warner Bros. represent their true creative peak, reached even as the band–and the lives of the members of the band–fell apart.

In late 2018, Real Gone Music, together with Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina, took a fresh look at Badfinger’s brilliant but ill-fated Warner Bros. albums, Badfinger and Wish You Were Here. Not only did the two CD releases offer the first new remastering of the original albums since their maiden release on CD, but they also each boasted an extra album’s worth of unreleased bonus material featuring alternate mixes and newly-discovered songs. The releases caused a flurry of fresh interest in the band, and a furor among Badfinger fans, who to this day rank as some of the most passionate in all of rock and roll.

Now, exclusively for Record Store Day, Real Gone Music is bringing the previously unreleased material that premiered on its Badfinger CD releases to vinyl for the first time. Each disc on the 2-LP set, So Fine–The Warner Bros. Rarities, presents the alternate versions of the songs on each album in the order they originally appeared, followed by one previously unreleased song (in the case of Badfinger, “Love My Lady”; in the case of Wish You Were Here, “Queen of Darkness”). Along with piquant quotes from producer Chris Thomas, Matovina’s liner notes include for the first time track-by-track breakdowns of the differences between the alternate and original mixes.  John Golden has cut the lacquers for these releases at Golden Mastering.

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Already a tremendous star, 1969 was a year of change for Janis Joplin. Her legendary performance at Woodstock Festival came just weeks before the release of her first solo album, “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!” Both that record and this live set, which is available on vinyl for the first time, pointed to the new, exciting direction her music would take and helped define an incredible moment in music history.

To celebrate 50 years since the Woodstock Festival , Legacy Recordings will release Janis Joplin’s full set from the iconic festival on vinyl for the first time.  Joplin had already had significant success by the time she performed there.  Her first albums had established her as one of the best in the psych-rock scene.  By 1969, she was changing directions with her first-ever solo effort, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! which would arrive a few weeks after her performance.

Together, the album and the Woodstock set saw Joplin performing in full gear, but shifting toward soul and blues music, rather than the psychedelic fare that had brought her stardom.  Tracks like “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)” and her cover of The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” are soul-stirrers on the studio album, and at Woodstock, she imbued them with even more passion and intensity.  Already a tremendous star, 1969 was a year of change for Janis Joplin. Her legendary performance at Woodstock came just weeks before the release of her first solo album, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Both that record and this live set, available on vinyl for the first time on Record Store Day 2019, pointed to the new, exciting direction her music would take and helped define an incredible moment in music history.

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The Rolling Stones release a special, limited edition of “She’ s A Rainbow” (Live) at U Arena, Paris 25/10/17.

She’s a Rainbow is a song by the Rolling Stones and was featured on their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request. It has been called “the prettiest and most uncharacteristic song that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote for the Stones, although somewhat ambiguous in it’s intention.

The original song includes rich lyricism, vibrant piano by Nicky Hopkins and Brian Jones‘ use of the Mellotron. John Paul Jones, later of Led Zeppelin, arranged the strings of this song during his session days.

Backing vocals were provided by the entire band except for Charlie Watts. Notably, all of the vocals sound like soft background singing with the music overshadowing them to the point of the lyrics being difficult to hear. The lyrics in the chorus share the phrase “she comes in colours” with the song of that title by Love, released in December 1966.

The song begins with the piano playing an ascending scale, which returns throughout the song as a recurring motif. This motif is developed by the celesta and strings in the middle 8. Humorous and ambiguous devices are used, such as when the strings play out-of-tune and off-key towards the end of the song,

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I’m very happy to announce that on Record Store Day 2019 and after nearly two decades of floating in digital space, I finally see the vinyl release of Hanging Out In Heaven. It will be a blue-tinged double record, set with two extra tracks – Queen In Her Jeans and Dressed Up As You. These additional songs were recorded in London around the same time and were always intended for the vinyl version.

Hanging Out In Heaven began in LA with Shep Lonsdale, engineer on Starfish and GAF, helping me record some songs at his home studio. Shep was also a drummer and played on half the record. I’d written some songs since the release of Spirit Level in 1992 but I’d become very busy in the period between Spirit Level and Hanging Out In Heaven, touring and making records with All About Eve in England. The Priest=Aura US tour had been cancelled due to disappointing sales in relation to the previous two releases so I had plenty of time for All About Eve.

I was living in Sweden at the time and during a break recording for Hanging Out In Heaven continued in the town of Gävle with Andreas Ahlenius (After Everything Now This and A Box Of Birds were recorded at Andreas‘ Blue Room studios). Hanging Out In Heaven was somehow suspended in mid-air after leaving LA and I had some new songs that I wanted to add to the album. I had worked with Andreas as my engineer when I had produced an album for Swedish artist Håkan Ahlström in 1997. Christer Björklund from the Håkan Ahlström project stepped in for the remaining drum tracks for the new songs. I must add that encouragement to finish the project came from Robert Rankin Walkerat Heyday Records. After hearing the LA sessions he supported me in adding the new tracks and mixing the record to completion.


The album opened with fan fave Forget The Radio and featured many songs that have appeared in the live set over the years – the lilting You Bring Your Love To Me and an early version of I Don’t Think So, recorded live in the studio. It also contains Sanctuary, a song that everyone likes but is hard to play live without a band plus playfully suicidal After Eight. Wreck has featured live as an acapella sea shanty, more often played in seaside towns and Wondering featured desert dweller Patti Hood on her century-old harp. Then there’s Andreas‘ creaking foot pedals on the piano for All That Remains. The song was written singing into a cassette recorder whilst on holiday in Fiji as a stopover from Australia to Europe. It also includes What Is Her Name, written for, wait for it, Charlie Cox age 12, who is now Daredevil on Netflix! Whilst on holiday with his family in Queensland, he asked me could I write a song where you saw a girl that you liked and you didn’t know but wondered what was her name? This was the result.


There’s an interesting fact about Wondering and I Don’t Think So. Both were written as jams to tape and rerecorded later as they went down on the day they were conceived – the lyrics, the melody, the chords, the arrangements, were all realised on the spur of the moment. Swan featured me playing friend Keith Fuller’s black Gretsch duo jet guitar. It was Keith that replaced Johnny Marr when he left The The. He also played guitar on Goodbye.


I hope you enjoy the album, I always wanted to see it out on vinyl. I will also add that we had to cut the vinyl from the CD copy as the original master tapes are long gone. One track, Waves Towards The Moon, has some distortion that is also on the CD and we weren’t able to do anything about it in the transfer. Overall the record sounds fine to me. One thing we were able to fix was the readability of the lyrics. On the original CD version the lyrics were so small you could barely read them, plus they were written like handwriting which made it extra hard.

Last but not least, the artwork has been changed for this release, despite Anthony Collins’ pic of me floating in a sea of blue being used for the original album, the effect used has also been lost to the analogue robots of yesteryear, so we decided to go with my Swedish friend Jan Uddenfeldt’s classic pics of me as a young lad, exploring the archipelago North of Stockholm, sometime in the eighties.

Thank you to Olivia for art direction, Jan and Anthony for the pics, Lizzie for joining the dots. Shauna for the promo, all the musicians and Stephen Judgeat Schoolkids Records – The Label for making this happen with Robert at Heyday who also managed to find the one copy of Queen In Her Jeans that was thought stolen by the corgis.

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MARTY WILLSON-PIPER, is best known as a long-time member of Australian psychedelic rock band The Church and then All About Eve. But he’s super prolific and loves collaborating, so many also know him as a member of Anekdoten, MOAT and Noctorum.

On Record Store Day 2019 and after nearly two decades of floating in digital space, the world will finally see the vinyl release of Marty’s fifth studio album ‘Hanging Out In Heaven’. It will be a blue-tinged double record set with new artwork and two extra tracks (‘Queen In Her Jeans’ and ‘Dressed Up As You’). These additional songs were recorded in London around the same time and were always intended for the vinyl version. Now the time has come.