Category Archives: Record Store Day

Beer To Drink Music To ’17

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. for the second year is the Official Beer of Record Store Day.

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Celebrating music Dogfish  Head has crafted Beer To Drink Music To ’17, a tropical blonde ale brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers.

In addition  to the Record Store Day event, Dogfish Head is helping to sponsor and promote The Paste Sampler, a clear vinyl LP included with Paste Quarterly Spring 2017 an innovative rebirth of Paste Magazine in a large 12″ magazine format.

I got my copy yesterday as a result of an IndieGoGo crowdfund pledge I made. It is a sweet magazine to savor and read. I plan to listen to the sampler this weekend, read my new magazine and have a Beer To Drink Music To ’17 as I sit out the winter storm headed our way.

Cheers to Dogfish Head Brewery for taking a leadership role in music empowerment!

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Vinyl Street Cafe, Black Friday, Record Store Day

My son and I have a tradition on Black Friday, Record Store Day. We visit a record store in Connecticut and purchase vinyl Record Store Day recordings. We have done this for five years now. Its a fun hobby that we like to share together.

This year we plan to visit Vinyl Street Cafe, 1895 Post Road, Suite C, Fairfield, CT. This is a new record store for us and we want to support their business. I have been reviewing the store’s Web site and Facebook page in anticipation of the shopping experience. I like that they are very honest with the inventory representation on hand. They have an eBay store which lists their entire inventory saving guess work.

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I’m motivated to see a music retailer specializing in vinyl (and other media) open a store front in these times. Its a bold and respected move. Vinyl sales are trending upward and today is an important selling day in that trend line.

Years back I ran a books and record department for Caldor Inc., a discount department store chain. I enjoyed working with book publishers and record company representatives who called at store level. I used to receive free recordings from Capitol Records, CBS Records and other perks. I sure do miss those options. They included free concert tickets and record company events. CBS Records took my wife and I to see Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band for “The Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour at the New Haven Coliseum in 1978. Bruce and the band played for 4 hours that night.I heard he went over to Toads Place after the show and played til closing. It was without a doubt, the best “free” concert we ever witnessed.

Record Store Day Pledge signed

I’m in the hunt for several of this year’s Record Store Day Exclusives, Limited Run and First Run recordings. We’ll be shopping later in the day and coping with what is left. We have gotten up super early in the past to get on line to purchase but that experience has typically been unruly and unrewarding.

The store was tucked away in the alley off of US 1. Parking was convenient and adjacent. I loved the serene atmosphere of the store. The record crates were accessible either waist high or kneeling pads were provided for the lower level ground floor viewing.  The second half of the store contained a listening room with two different turntable models for sale. We were served hot cider and given fresh dinner rolls made by the owner’s Mother.

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My son and I had a nice conversation with the owner, Josh Wright. Our discussion ranged from Chess Records, to the pricing of today’s vinyl market. He showed us the video projector and screen that launches from the ceiling where movies can be shown.

We vowed to return again as we liked the shopping experience a lot.

I scored the RSD Exclusive:

and this “RSD First” Release

Dogfish Head Beer and Record Store Day 2016

Last year, Music of Our Heart reported that Dogfish Head Brewery was the Official Beer for Record Store Day 2015. Well, Off-centered folks Dogfish Head will be honoring a second year as the Official Beer of Record Store Day 2016. They are celebrating this special day with some unique Dogfish Head offerings 😉

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Starting with the natural product, Beer To Drink Music To, which was created as the perfect beer for fans to pair with their favorite songs. Utilizing ingredients inspired by some of our favorite tunes, the four primary ingredients (orange peel, peppercorns, candi sugar, and cardamom) were inspired by the following: Orange Crush by REM, Sgt. Pepper by The Beatles, Sugar On My Tongue by Talking Heads, and Mock Song by Phish. The result is a Belgian-style Tripel and a perfect marriage between beer and music.

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The companion to Beer To Drink Music To is Music To Drink Beer To, Volume 2 a Record Store Day 2016 vinyl exclusive curated between Dogfish Head and Sony Legacy.

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Track List

Side One

Lou Reed : I Can’t Stand It
Peter Bjorn & John : Amsterdam
Patti Smith Group : Dancing Barefoot
Outkast : Ms. Jackson
Johnny Cash : I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs

Side Two

Lee Dorsey : Give It Up
Mongo Santamaria : We Got Latin Soul
Dennis Wilson : River Song
Shabba Ranks with Chevelle Franklin : Mr. Loverman
Johnny Paycheck : Fifteen Beers
Bessie Smith : Gimme A Pigfoot & A Bottle of Beer

The compilation will be released on Record Store Day at retailers across the country.

But wait there’s more, the music geeks at Dogfish Head have created three more items, two of which are for sale on the Dogfish Head Store and one that you can only get at certain record stores on Record Store Day 2016, April 16th!

  1.  A Record Store Day T-Shirt
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Love the art 😉

2. Special Edition Crosley Turntable

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3. Official Record Store Day 2016 Poster (Supplies limited at participating record stores)

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Raising a glass to your music health and happy hunting, Cheers!

Record Store Day 2016 Press Conference @ Electric Lady Studios, March 8, 2016

Record Store Day 2016 will be holding a major press conference at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village on Tuesday March 8th, 2016. It will be attended by Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group and John Densmore of The Doors to announce the 2016 Record Store Day special releases. This announcement is expected to include a vinyl release of the live recording of Horses that Patti Smith recorded on 26 August 2015.  This will be the first offering from Electric Lady Records.

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Patti Smith went into Electric Lady to record a very special Record Store Day release, and that title will mark the first of what we hope will be a series of collaborations between Record Store Day and Electric Lady.    All the details will come out on the 8th when they launch the list.

Patti Smith Guitarist Lenny Kaye Subbing for Smith at Record Store Day Announcement Event.

To celebrate this new partnership, Electric Lady has created this shirt for RSD 2016. They‘re making it to order, so they have a deadline for ordering. That deadline is March 5. The street date for this item is Record Store Day.

Order Link: http://recordstoreday.com/Item/9008123179

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Props To Metallica, Our Record Store Day 2016 Ambassador

This is HUGE! I am excited to share with my readers that Metallica has been chosen as Record Store Day 2016 Ambassador. Record Store Day 2016 will take place on Saturday April 16, 2016. 

For Record Store Day 2016, Metallica’s official release will be a special live CD, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a live concert recording from the Paris theatre that became the focus of the world in November 2015.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 Track List:

1. “The Four Horsemen”
2. “Leper Messiah”
3. “No Remorse”
4. “Fade to Black”
5. “Frantic”
6. “Ride the Lightning”
7. “Blackened”
8. “Seek and Destroy”
9. “Damage, Inc.”

The Metallica specialty release allows the charitable donation of its proceeds to go to the Fondation de France’s Give For France Charity. This all fits into a larger theme for Record Store Day 2016 underscoring the relationship between U.S. record stores and our French counterparts, between Record Store Day and Disquaire Day, and between music/arts loving human beings in the United States, France and the World!

 

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Metallica also discusses in the RSD 2016 video the upcoming deluxe reissues of their first two albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning, which feature previously unreleased demos, full live concerts and more. Those reissues will  drop the day before, April 15th.

Lots to look forward to about Record Store Day 2016. Additional details to follow. Heavy Metal and Vinyl Lovers Unite!

Jackie Greene – Light Up Your Window

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Jackie Greene is a busy and fruitful musician. He recently made a stop to film and record in historic Hillsborough, NC for the Yep Roc Sawyer Sessions. The live songs were shot at Tune Your Sound USA, the home of a massive collection boasting over 1,500 guitars.

He performed “Light Up Your Window” and “Silver Lining” which are due to be released by Yep Roc Records as a 7″ EP for Record Store Day on April 18th, 2015.

Jackie Greene’s full album, Back To Birth is scheduled to drop on August 25th on Yep Roc Records.

Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day 2015 will be held on Saturday April 18, 2015.

Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters is Record Store Day 2015 Ambassador.

Here is the official Record Store Day Poster.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is a Sponsor this year. This cool image, made by concert poster artist Marq Spusta, will be available as a free poster at select record stores on Record Store Day and at a few beverage stores hip enough to stock Dogfish Head as well.

Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set

My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set was first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.

Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.

I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?

I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.

At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.

What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters. To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!

I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.

Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?

I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…

 

 

 

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My Record Store Day Loot ;)

Record Store Day 2014 turned out to be a rewarding experience this year. I wasn’t sure where I was going to take part until Friday night. I was torn between Johnny’s in Darien, Ct. and Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn, NY. I had never been to Johnny’s for Record Store Day. I didn’t know how much product he would have available. I did know that Rough Trade Records advertised what they were selling yesterday online. I just didn’t relish a 90 minute ride (or more with NY area traffic).

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I decided to head to Johnny’s as it was closer (35 minutes away). It had been 25 years at least since I had last shopped in his store. I got to Darien at 8:00 a.m. I was the 18th person on line.

My son participated in Record Store Day 2014 in Paris, France. We texted each other while I stood on the sidewalk waiting 😉

 

By the time we paraded into the store at 9:00 a.m. there were 40 people lined up. The excitement was just beginning.

The line in the store snaked down and around to where the Record Store Day records were stacked. Johnny asked me what I was looking for and I told him, “Gil Scott-Heron, Nothing New”. He did not know of this title nor had he ordered it. I said, “It was a last-minute item from his record label.” I knew it was going to be rare as only 1,000 were distributed. I then told Johnny I will find something I am sure.

You had to exercise patience in the tight quarters as you waited your turn to pick through the bins on both sides of the store. I didn’t really get to scour every bin but I found several Record Store Day collectibles to buy. It turned out Johnny had a lot of Record Store Day product for sale.

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I ended up buying:

1) Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band, Say Goodbye To Hollywood/Baby Please Don’t GO, Format: 7″ Vinyl

2) The Velvet Underground, Loaded, Reissue on pink, black and white splatter 12″ Vinyl

 

3) Jaco PastoriusModern American Music…Period! (The Criteria Tapes), 12″ Vinyl

4)  Charles Lloyd, Live at Slugs, 12″ Vinyl

5) Norman Greenbaum, Spirit in the Sky, 12″ Vinyl

Music Box – Newport, RI

Rosemary and I spent Easter weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. We arrived there on Record Store Day evening. I went looking for Music Box on Thames Street. They were open until 10 pm so I went inside. The fury of Record Store Day morning had subsided by 5 p.m. The bins were well-organized and alphabetical no less.

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I got two more Record Store Day items:

6) Sun Ra, Outer Spaceware, 12″ Vinyl

7) David Bowie, 1984 picture disc, 7″ Vinyl

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