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

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

The Cryptic Cartography of Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases – “Solid Ground”

I get so over-inundated with new music these days that it can be hard for anything to make much of an impression. Fortunate for me, then, that I was able to catch Chicago’s Maps & Atlases opening for Frightened Rabbit at the Southgate House a few months back.

It’s a very special thing when an opening act is actually able to cut through the mindless chatter and eager anticipation at a club and unexpectedly connect with an audience, but Shiraz Dada (bass), Dave Davison (guitar/vocals), Erin Elders (guitar), and Chris Hainey (drums) won over more than a few new fans that evening. I spent some time with the band after the show, put their You and Me and the Mountain EP into heavy rotation on my turntable, and eagerly awaited their Barsuk Records-released debut LP, Perch Patchwork.

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The Anatomy Lesson

At the Corner of Clifton and Ludlow

Now that the basic introductions are out of the way, I thought I’d provide a brief sketch of the kind of content I’m hoping to provide on The Cottage Industry. As the menu at the top of your screen suggests, The Cottage Industry can basically be broken down into eight primary areas of interest:

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Over the Hills and Far Away

Led Zeppelin – “Over the Hills and Far Away”

As this is the inaugural installment of The Cottage Industry, it seems like introductions are probably in order. Despite Tom Petty’s assertions otherwise, though, for me it’s the introductions that are the hardest part. So, I’m going to try to keep this short and simple:

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