HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU OLD SO AND SO
April 1st marks our second year anniversary here at the store and we're celebrating the birthday the way any parent of a two year old would, by foam wrapping everything in preparation for the storm to come. Already our heads are spinning from three awesome and completely different in-stores this week plus the incredible submissions from the art contest and the shop shows no sign of stopping for a nap anytime soon. We'd like to thank all our customers, supporters, friends & family and most importantly, the hobo who regularly cleans out our ashtray for us...we couldn't do this without you. Seriously though, we really couldn't be doing this job we love so very much without all of you who buy records, come to the shows, bring us your used music, or even just tell your friends about us, thank you for being a part of our dream.
KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS
There are those moments here at the shop where we're reminded how much we don't know about music hitting the scene and this, dear readers, is one of those times. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, the three children of Graeme Durham, (owner of The Exchange, a British mastering studio known for recent albums like "the XX" and "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"), have been releasing singles since all the way back in 2005. Their music, which incorporates elements of Western Swing, R&B, Sun-era rock n' roll and even Hawaiian, is like something you'd expect coming out of an old Victrola on Sunday nights. Though they've toured with bands like Coldplay and Jools Holland, the band is true to their sound, collecting all vintage equipment with which to record not only cds and lps but limited runs of 78s as well. Their new album comes out May 30th and we're hoping it will get US release at the same time. Until then, we'll have their other album in stock in cd.
TV ON THE RADIO "Nine Types of Light" April 22
After letting down most of their original fans with "Dear Science," TVOTR are back at it again. Billed as an album/movie, "Nine Types of Light" will release right before Record Store Day. Personally, we were big fans before that last album and this one sounds like another push in the direction "Dear Science" took, (like a bad RHCP from the mid 2000's), but hey what do we know. We'd love to show you the full trailer for the release but it's only on itunes and we don't even know what pinging it to you means. Instead, here's a mini trailer and a song from the album.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS "All Eternals Deck" OUT NOW
It's the Mountain Goats. Anything we say about this album doesn't really matter, we're biased and we buy anything John Darnielle does and worry about if it's any good later.
FLEET FOXES "Helplessness Blues" May 3
Ok, here it is. We've all been here before. Last year Fleet Foxes kicked ass and took names with Sun Giant and their self titled release. On the heels of this comes their second full length album. Will it win people over as much as the first? Truthfully we've only listened to one track pre-release date and while it sounded more Simon and Garfunkle than the CSN sound their last album seemed to have, there was similar orchestrations with lyrics that were a manifesto beating at the walls of the its construct (in other words, he's got a lot to say in each line).
PANDA BEAR "Tomboy" April 12
Now we know all of you are sleeping at night with your Animal Collective tickets clutched tightly in your hands, but April 12th will also mark the release of Panda Bear's next full length album. If you've been some of the lucky few snagging copies of the singles as they've come out, or you just listened to a track online, you know that this is a slightly new direction since the last album. Personally, we like what we've heard so far and can't wait. Also, be on the lookout for the 7"/t-shirt he's releasing for RSD, we ordered it and let's all hope they come in. And if Panda Bear is reading this, how about coming by to promote your album when you're in town?
RECORD STORE DAY
Speaking of Record Store Day, they've finally put up a list you can download with your choices for this year. We've ordered a metric shit ton of stuff and we're lighting candles at Conway's portrait in hopes that it all shows up. Regardless of what happens, it will be a stomping good time as DJ Brian Woida spins his funky ass off.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST
THE SUITCASE JUNKET
billed as a "whistling, throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band," this native of Vermont comes all the way to the west coast promoting his new album. Tuesday, April 5th come check out the all ages show, starting at 5pm.
See You Tuesday.
Keep diggin' those crates
--matt n' adam