Three days before Record Store Day ... here is the latest.
Vanguard Records/Welk Music Group will celebrates Record Store Day with exclusive vinyl re-issues of Joan Baez, Buddy Guy and more. It is Vanguard's 60th anniversary in 2010 so they are in the right state of mind.
They will re-issue Joan Baez's "Joan Baez" (at left), Mississippi John Hurt's "Today," John Fahey's "The Yellow Princess," Doc Watson's "Doc Watson," and Buddy Guy's "A Man and the Blues." Each with original vinyl artwork.
To find participating retailers in your area, go to www.recordstoreday.com
Tulsa, OK's Jacob Fred Odyssey will release "The Sensation of Seeing Light" on limited edition 7-inch vinyl, available exclusively at Record Store Day, on Saturday, April 17. The track offers a sneak peak into the band's forthcoming new album, "Stay Gold," due June 22 on Kinnara Records/Royal Potato Family.
JFJO also appear for two in-store performances on Record Store Day. The first at Starship Records in their Tulsa hometown and then later in Norman, OK at Guestroom Records.
In a weirder series of events, the LimeWire Store is doing a test partnership with Record Store Day in conjunction with the Yep Roc label and Redeye Distribution.
A "Live at Lime with The Soundtrack of Our Lives" EP will be released on CD on Record Store Day. This is the first time any of the Live at Lime digital titles have been made available in physical format. It is being distributed in limited quantities to select participating Record Store Day stores on April 17, 2010.
Strange for digital to support Record Store Day, isn't it?
Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day, says "I don't think anyone expects Record Store Day to partner with an online entity like LimeWire Store but we love experimentation. Especially if the experiment pushes people to real record stores and helps the artists we love and the labels who support them. In this case, Record Store Day is helping to bring attention to the Soundtrack of Our Lives latest album, Communion, while giving fans of record stores a special release from the band and LimeWire Store."
The LimeWire Store was launched in the spring of 2008 by the makers of the popular p2p software. It sells 256kbps, DRM-free MP3s provided by leading distributors. Its digital music offering has grown to include more than 5 million recordings by today's top indie artists and music legends. LimeWire Store also produces exclusive content, such as its Live at Lime series, which includes live sessions by artists Matt Kim, Juliana Hatfield, Sloan, School of Seven Bells, Langhorne Slim, Lisa Loeb, Tom Morello, and others. LimeWire Store's music team is committed to providing participating artists and labels unique promotional opportunities with exclusive releases, targeted marketing and events. For more information, visit www.store.limewire.com. It is located in New York City at 45 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013.
Coming To Indie Retailers on DVD April 17: "The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store" featuring Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Noam Chomksy, Mike Watt, Lenny Kaye and more. MVD Visual will realease the DVD for North American distribution on Record Store Day. It will be offered to independent record stores for a period of 90 days. Afterwards, it will be available on July 27.
"Guerilla filmmaker" Brendan Toller presents a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. The DVD concludes: greedy record labels, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, Ecommerce, shoddy "stars" pushed by big money, and the digital revolution all pose threats on the very well being of our favorite record stores and the music industry at large.
Will these stores die? Will they survive?
Featuring discussion and commentary by THURSTON MOORE of Sonic Youth, IAN MACKAYE of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat, activist/author NOAM CHOMSKY, MIKE WATT of the Minutemen, LENNY KAYE guitarist of the Patti Smith Group, CHRIS FRANTZ of the Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club, guitar composer GLENN BRANCA, PATTERSON HOOD of Drive-By Truckers, PAT CARNEY of the Black Keys, punk author LEGS MCNEIL, rock photographer BOB GRUEN, BP HELIUM guitarist from Of Montreal, and many indie record stores across the United States.
"This film has been a four year labor of love playing at over 25 film festivals worldwide (and continuing)," said Toller. "So when it came time to craft the DVD we packed it with 2+ hours of candid interview extras with: Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Ian MacKaye, Lenny Kaye, Patterson Hood, Glenn Branca, Pat Carney, and Legs McNeil." The film also features amazing animation by MATT NEWMAN.