Happy Record Store Day!

This year's Record Store Day Haul

My Record Store Day Haul - The 2011 Edition

And here we have my spoils of war from this year’s Record Store Day. Shake It! Records had a line wrapped around the block at 9 a.m. this dreary morning, a strong testament to how far this event has come in three short years. I can remember showing up after lunch for the inaugural Record Store Day and still managing to pick up nearly everything on my wish list. The pickings were already slim by the time I got into Shake It! early this morning, but I still managed to pick up some fantastic music. What did you pick up… or miss out on? Continue reading

You’ve Still Got Time To Wake and Be Fine

Okkervil River

Are Okkervil River peering into your window... or your soul?

Okkervil River – “Rider”

There is an incredible amount of great music set to hit record store shelves this spring, with TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Vetiver, and countless others releasing new albums over the next couple of months.

If there’s one upcoming release that I’m most excited about, though, it has to be I Am Very Far, the sixth full-length LP from Austin’s Okkervil River. I’ve been raving about the band since I first got the chance to see them live back in 2008, and their output has continued to make me a believer over the intervening years.

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Record Store Day Returns!

My favorite rite of Spring? Record Store Day Returns!

My favorite rite of Spring? Record Store Day Returns!

This week marks the dynamic return of my favorite unofficial holiday, Record Store Day! Independent record shops around the country (and, in fact, around the world) will be joining in this celebration of physical formats, brick and mortar retail outlets, and that honest-to-goodness sense of community that only arises when businesses actually a.) give a crap about the goods they are selling and b.) give a crap about the people they are selling these goods to.

So, there’s plenty of great music set for release this Saturday, but here’s what will get me out of bed and down to Shake It! Records at the break of dawn: Continue reading

I watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by.

Ray Davies.

Ray Davies.

This week, Ray Davies put out a new album of collaborations, pairing the former Kinks rocker with a wide array of contemporary artists, including Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora (erm…), Metallica (now that can’t be right, can it?), Billy Corgan (wow… I hope I never have to survive Corgan’s dismemberment of the brilliant “All Day and All of the Night” again)… but, luckily, also Frank Black, Alex Chilton, Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen and Mumford & Sons.

All in all, a mixed bag.

But, there is this – a lovely “This TIme Tomorrow” and “Days” medley, featuring Mumford & Sons:

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Yeah, that’s pretty great.

I’m Building Myself a Boat

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit are, like, crazy good. Who knew?

I guess I first stumbled on to First Aid Kit through Third Man Records. The Jack White currated Blue Series released a 7″ featuring the Swedish folk duo a few months back, piqueing my curiosity in the band. On a whim, I picked up the Ghost Town EP, was thoroughly impressed by “When I Grow Up” and moved on to The Big Black and the Blue. Then I heard “Heavy Storm” and I was sold. This was fantastic – these girls were supernatural.

First Aid Kit – “When I Grow Up”

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On A Good Day, On A Late Show

Visions of Joanna

Visions of Joanna

Joanna Newsom performed a lovely rendition of “On A Good Day” on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. I didn’t catch the show, but luckily The Audio Perv did. Continue reading