Record Store Day 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Difference Machine releases psychedelic remix tape for RSD

Posted By on Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 8:38 AM

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Happy Record Store Day. In honor of the today's festivities, experimental hip-hop outfit the Difference Machine offers up The Psychedelic Sounds of the Remix Machine, a cassette-only remix of last year's debut LP, The Psychedelic Sounds of the Difference Machine. For the release, several acts including 10th Letter, the Kill Fist, Threepeeoh, Where.Are.We, Illastrate, Dillon, Chris Hunt, Wake, Al Lover, Mr. Enok, Social Studies, Paten Locke, DT, and PUDGE all give the album a mind-bending makeover.

If you want get your hands on a copy of the tape, you have to make your way to Little Five Points. The tape is available only at, Beatlab, Wax 'n' Facts, Moods Music, and Criminal Records.

Happy crate diging.

In the meantime, check out Paten Locke's massive remix of "New Pharaoh."

The Difference Machine plays Counterpoint on Sat. April 26, in the Underground Tent at 1:45pm.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Record Store Day: The Top 10 List

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

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Let's get a few things out of the way. This is my list. I don't want to hear about your list or why my list sucks or any of that hooey. I am well aware that there are so many amazing albums that are not on this list, but I've never heard any of those albums. I know! It's crazy! But not really. I can't know all the music. It's not possible. I can know some of the music. You can know some of the music. You can know A LOT of the music. But even then, you have your tastes, and that's great, but your tastes are different and weird and therefore we are not a match.com made in the Internet. Realistically, no one will be as happy with this Top 10 list as I am. And even I'm not that 100 percent happy with it. What do you think I'm some kind of monster? I had to make some tough decisions. I had to let a lot of good people go, dammit. But rules are rules, and a Top 30 list is a poor excuse for a Top 10 list. So let's just try to enjoy ourselves and get through this with as little name calling as possible.

Also, a few rules I set and then totally didn't follow: No split 7"s, no EPs, no singles or whatever you want to call them. None that two song stuff. Sorry I'm not getting up and flipping the record after one song. Nope. Don't get me wrong. There are plenty of exciting 7"s to be bought, just none on this list. Also, no box sets, no compilations, no previously readily available stuff. No stunt releases. Nothing ironic. No CDs. Nothing I already own. So what am I looking for? Never before released stuff, live stuff, exciting new stuff. And a few of the basic universally agreed upon record collection essentials.

List after the jump!

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Top 10 reasons to overdraft this Record Store Day

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

With Record Store Day just around the corner, knowing what's available is a good way to contemplate what to spend your hard earned money on. This year I might need to get a loan due to the staggering amount of stuff I want. But sadly, that's not going to happen. So instead, I made a wish list. Here are my top 10 picks for this years Record Store Day.

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1. Die Kreuzen: Cows and Beer 7-inch (also available as a 12-inch according to the RSD webpage. Flabbergasting, I know.)

This album contains the speed and ferocity a good hardcore record should, while incorporating more technical riffs and flanking tempo changes.

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2. Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back LP.

It Takes A Nation ... is an undeniable hip-hop classic that showcases how music can have powerful social and political commentary while still being energetic, and, well, fun to listen to.

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3. OutKast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik LP.

The ATLien's freshman release that will keep your head bobbing from the first track to the last. A true hip-hop classic that just had its 20-year anniversary.

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4. Christian Death: The Edward Colver Edition 7-inch.

A perfectly whiney Goth-rock/Death-rock 7-inch including some of Edward Colver's (who helped document hardcore punk at its peak in the 1980s) photographs of Christian Death's original line up.

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5. Joy Division: An Ideal For Living 12-inch.

A reissue of a 2010 remastering of Joy Divisions 1978 EP which contains some classic tracks from the bands early days including "Warsaw" and "Leaders of Men."

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6. Pissed Jeans: The Very Best of Sub Pop LP.

Pissed Jeans is angry but no one knows why. This gritty, distorted noise rock record includes four live performances, showcasing the band's furious sound that is most certainly meaner live.

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7. Otis Redding: Pain in my Heart LP.

A soul staple and Redding's most recognized album. Not only will this be the 50th anniversary of its release, its in original mono.

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8. Ramones: Meltdown With The Ramones 10-inch.

This record has never been released in the U.S. and was initially used as a promo-only sampler.

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9. Dinosaur, Jr.: Visitors 7-inch collection.

If you like Dinosaur, Jr. than this is something your going to want to grab. It's a collection of the bands first four singles and a bonus 5th 7-inch including the tracks "Show Me The Way" and a cover of the Byrds "Feel A Whole Lot Better." The coolest aspect of this package is that it's celebrating the art of Maura Jaspers who did most of the band's album covers.

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10. Sam Cooke: Ain't that good news LP.

A reissue of Cooke's final studio album, which includes soulful legendary hits "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Another Saturday Night." Ain't that good news is also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Record Store Day 2014 releases unveiled

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

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During a press conference held at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles today (Thurs., March 20), Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D of Public Enemy, John Densmore of the Doors, and more were on hand to unveil an ever-growing list of several hundred RSD titles for this year's celebration on Sat., April 19.

The list is broken up into three categories: Record Store Day exclusives which are available only at participating record stores. Limited run and regionally focused releases which are generally pressed in an edition of 1,000 copies or less. And finally, RSD first releases. The latter category features titles that will go to participating RSD stores first. Within four-to-six weeks after Record Store Day they'll be available for widespread distribution.

Download a pdf of the full list of titles.

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