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For The Record: Adam’s Pop Picks For Record Store Day 2015

Viva la Vinyl.

All the spin on RSD.

Another year, another round of Record Store Day shopping is on schedule for this Saturday, April 18. The annual event is once again taking place all over the world, and the massive music fest is sure to bring out even more people than last year, so make it to your local store or stores early enough so that you don’t get caught behind the huge lines. With another diverse collection of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces across all genres and eras, there’s something for everyone, but quantities are limited.

In honor of the eighth national day, I’ve managed to bring down my big list to the eight most essential pieces that I’m looking to find on my journey. It may be a struggle, but let’s hope for the best. Though a little more retro-skewed than last year’s list, here are my top pop picks:

(Check out the full list of U.S. releases for RSD here.)

A-HA, “Take On Me” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
If “Feel This Moment” wasn’t a musical moment for you, there’s always the 1985 classic to look back on, a huge #1 for the band on the Billboard Hot 100. The best part about this release is it’s a picture disc with a frame from the iconic video. Radical, man.

BEE GEES, Extended (Image)
Format: 12″ EP
Label: Rhino
This special four song set from the phenomenal brother trio features some of their international hits from the RSO era, like the Saturday Night Fever cuts “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”. In fact, all four songs can be found on that landmark soundtrack.

BIG DATA featuring JOYWAVE, “Dangerous” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Warner Bros.
“Dangerous” is the biggest single to date for producer Alan Wilkis, a #1 song on the Alternative chart last summer and included on his recent 2.0 album. This release definitely has one of the coolest package designs for RSD as it looks like a big floppy disk.

DAVID BOWIE, “Changes” (Image)
Format: 7″ Picture Disc
Label: Rhino
The word legend gets thrown out a lot nowadays, but Bowie truly is one and this classic single is a reminder of that status. From the Hunky Dory album, it charted twice but never made the top 40. The picture used is a different one from the original sleeve.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE and FREEDY JOHNSTON, “Bad Reputation” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Atlantic
Johnston’s best-known song was a minor Alternative hit in the fall of 1994 before crossing over to the CHR chart in 1995. This split 7″ release concept has been one of the essentials throughout past events, including the always popular Mystery Artist one.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, “What Kind Of Man” (Image)
Format: 12″ Single
Label: Republic
“Man” is the leadoff single (and a top ten Alternative hit) from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, scheduled to be released in early June. The 12″ single release comes on blue vinyl encased in a copper sleeve and features the b-side “As Far As I Can Get”.

GROUPLOVE, Under The Covers (Image)
Format: 10″ Single
Label: Atlantic
The California quintet is welcomed back onto the RSD list after appearing on a split single two years ago. This EP, a three track set strictly featuring covers, includes two unreleased songs and an additional remake recorded for a Spotify session last spring.

MUMFORD & SONS, “Believe” (Image)
Format: 7″ Single
Label: Glassnote
They may have lost the banjos, but they haven’t lost their enthusiasm for the holiday. I purchased a vinyl copy of their EP Live At Bull Moose in 2013 and I will be looking out for this. The jacket is not fancy, but the song is a solid Alternative chart-topper.

Are you looking forward to the RSD celebration and is there another cool release not listed here that you’ve got to buy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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ADAM’S TOP 40 FLASHBACK: February 19, 2006

"Head" or "Heart"?

“Head” or “Heart”?

Welcome back for another edition of Adam’s Top 40 Flashback! Every Saturday, the day before my new top 40 goes up for the week, I’ll be featuring a past countdown straight from chart files of Adam’s Top 40. They’re all here — the hit songs, the songs that flopped, and the songs that may be a little embarrassing to reflect on. It was my Junior Year of high school and I was about to turn 17 in a few weeks. It isn’t all it seems, at seventeen… so says Janis Ian. Here’s a look at my top 40 from February 19, 2006:

Debuts:
40. GOLDFRAPP, “Ride A White Horse”
39. JEWEL, “Again And Again”
38. NICK LACHEY, “What’s Left Of Me”
34. JOSH KELLEY, “Almost Honest”

Biggest Mover:
MECK featuring LEO SAYER, “Thunder In My Heart Again” (31-13) (18 spots)

10. A-HA, “Analogue (All I Want)”
Your eyes do not deceive you; that is, in fact, the Norwegian trio with a song in my top ten… in 2006. Best known for the 1985 classic, “Take On Me”, the band had been together all that time except for a short period of four years in the 90’s. “Analogue” went to #10 in the U.K. and #8 on my chart. They last performed live in public during the summer of 2011.

09. GOO GOO DOLLS, “Better Days”
The Buffalo rockers turned to a much softer side for this single, which saw placement on a number of television shows beginning in 2005. “Better” remains the last top 40 entry on the Hot 100 for the guys, who are now down to a duo after drummer Mike Malinin exited from the band in December. Their latest single, “Come To Me”, was a minor Hot AC hit.

08. TRAIN, “Cab”
There has been an endless amount of charting hits about automobiles, but when it comes to cabs and taxis, they may as well be stuck in Park on the freeway. The San Francisco band’s first single from For Me, It’s You wheely got going on the AAA and Hot AC charts, where it climbed into the top ten. Elsewhere, it wasn’t such a smooth ride for our fine friends.

07. BO BICE, “The Real Thing”
This former American Idol runner-up became the first to top my survey, spending three weeks at #1 during the spring. It was his debut release on my chart, though his take on “Inside Your Heaven” peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 in 2005 with strong sales. His The Real Thing album was certified Gold, but Bice was ultimately dropped after one album with RCA.

06. MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “Save The Last Dance For Me”
This is the only remake in the top ten this week, originally done by The Drifters in 1960, a #1 for three weeks in October and November. It subsequently also hit the Hot 100 for artists like The DeFranco Family in 1974 (#18) and Dolly Parton in 1984 (#45). Bublé’s take on it barely edged in there at #99, but it did some damage on the AC radio airwaves.

05. THE FRAY, “Over My Head (Cable Car)”
Long before they burst onto the scene with this big debut hit, lead singer Isaac Slade had to kick his brother Caleb out of the group, which led to a rift between the two siblings that lasted for some time. Hence, the existence of this song, which Slade wrote with his band mate Joe King. It paused for three weeks at #4 on my chart and began their road to stardom.

04. JAMES BLUNT, “You’re Beautiful”
His life was, no doubt, a little more brilliant after the release of this big ballad. After all, he may have lost a relationship with his girlfriend, but he gained a few million more fans out of it. “Beautiful” spent eight non-consecutive weeks at #1 on top 40, though Blunt’s signature song was slowly making its way down in early 2006. It spent 42 weeks in the top 40.

03. MADONNA, “Sorry”
It’s too late to apologize for this not making it to #1 on my chart, but a #3 peak is nothing to be ashamed of. The second single from Confessions On A Dance Floor was a pulsing pop/dance record that did well in the clubs, but barely touched radio lists here. It fared better internationally. The legend last made my survey in 2012 with “Give Me All Your Luvin'”.

02. NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Unwritten”
Initially released in the U.K. in late 2004, Bedingfield’s song didn’t peak in the U.S. until 2006. “Unwritten” spent ten weeks at #1 on my chart; at this point, it was up to 3, but was interrupted for a few weeks by another female from across the pond. Bedingfield recently revamped her official site, which can only mean that some new music is on the horizon.

01. KT TUNSTALL, “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree”
She’s the Scottish lass who got your feet stomping eight years ago this week as her debut single made it to the top of my list for a second week in a row. During its Stateside run, “Black” got a huge boost when Katharine McPhee performed the song on an episode of American Idol. It remains her biggest international single. Tunstall released Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon last year and is on the soundtrack to Winter’s Tale in a collaboration with A.R. Rahman, “Miracle”.

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