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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2013: What I’m Looking At

Viva la Vinyl.

Viva la Vinyl.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but if you’re a music fan, it’s time to get insightful about the 2013 edition of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. You’ll remember the regular Record Store Day back on April 20, and once again, RSD is getting in on the holiday rush with another set of exclusive vinyl pieces ready to be stuffed in your stockings. Just remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want! Here are ten acts and their releases that you may be hunting for on Friday, November 29:

ATLAS GENIUS – So Electric! When It Was Now (The Remixes)
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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This Australian trio based out of Adelaide has been having a great year on the Alternative survey with top ten hits like “If So” and “Trojans” and remixes of their two big singles thus far, along with some assorted album cuts, are included on this new eight song EP.

CHEAP TRICK – Classic Albums 1977-1979
Format: Five x 12″ vinyl LP box set
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If you’re a fan of the band’s early sound, you’ll love this. Five of their albums are included in this set, four studio recordings and one live collection: 1977’s Cheap Trick and In Color, 1978’s Heaven Tonight and 1979’s Cheap Trick At Budokan and Dream Police.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – Live Trax Vol 2: 9-12-04 Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA + Live Trax Vol 3: 8-27-00 Meadows Music Theater, Hartford CT
Format: 12″ vinyl LP
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From their series of live releases, the latest of which came out earlier this week, come these two albums which were released digitally in late 2004 and early 2005, respectively. Vol. 2 is a five LP set, while Vol. 3 is just four. Both the releases are foil numbered.

DURAN DURAN – No Ordinary EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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Recorded live at the now-defunct Tower Records in Hollywood in the spring of 1993, this set was only previously available as a cassette given away as a freebie with a purchase of their 1993 single, “Too Much Information”. It includes three of the band’s hits.

LADY GAGA – “Applause” Remixes EP
Format: 12″ vinyl single; picture disc
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The Lady’s recent single went top 5 on the Billboard 100, though she has since moved onto “Do What U Want”, a collaboration with R. Kelly. The set of eight remixes was released digitally in late September and features DJ White Shadow, Goldhouse and more.

PAUL SIMON – Paul Simon + Still Crazy After All These Years + There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
Format: Three x 12″ vinyl LP
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Every good Jewish boy needs some of Simon’s music in their collection, and his first three solo releases offer up diverse sounds. All three LPs are numbered and digital copies are included. They are Record Store Day exclusive releases through the start of 2014.

TEGAN & SARA – “Guilty As Charged”/”I Run Empty”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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The duo finally had a pop breakthrough this year with the song “Closer”, featured on their album of earlier this year, Heartthrob. This is the first time the tracks have been issued on vinyl; both appeared as bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of their new album.

THE CIVIL WARS – Between The Bars EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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The folk duo released their sophomore album during the summer. This four track covers EP includes Elliott Smith‘s “Between The Bars”, “Billie Jean” by Michael JacksonPortishead‘s “Sour Times” and “Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics.

THE SURFARIS – “Wipe Out”/”Surfer Joe”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Featuring one of the most remembered drum solos of all-time, “Wipe Out” managed to chart twice on the Hot 100, hitting #2 in the 1963 and then to #16 in 1966. Released on Dot Records, it features the original b-side, “Surfer Joe”, along with a fresh cover sleeve.

U2 – “Ordinary Love”
Format: 10″ vinyl single
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This is the Irish band’s first new material in several years. “Love” was written and recorded specifically for the forthcoming movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and the b-side, “Breathe”, is a new take of an album track from 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.

For a full list of special items, it’s all up on Record Store Day’s website. Are you looking forward to RSD’s Black Friday celebration and is there another release not listed here that you’ve got to have? 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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TURN IT UP TUESDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (Feb. 19)

Genius Of Love.

Genius Of Love.

If things are looking really barren this week… well, you’re right. Not a lot of big names again in the album department, but there are a few singles of note that are available for purchase. Here’s your new release roundup for February 19:

  • Indie rockers Atlas Genius, a quartet out of Australia, release their debut album this week, When It Was Now. It will likely be the top debut on next week’s album chart unless there’s a digital-0nly EP that I’m missing. First single “Trojans” hit the top five on Alternative radio and followup “If So” goes for adds soon. (iTunes)
  • Another band out of the land down under also puts out their first album in five years today. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds put out Push The Sky Away. (iTunes)
  • Hard rockers Buckcherry are also out with Confessions. Their last two studio albums went top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart. (iTunes)
  • Ever wanted to hear your favorite pop and rock stars singing the tales of the sea? Nope, I didn’t either, but a compilation entitled Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys is released today, so get it before you and it walk the plank. (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Almost Home”, a more pop-oriented number from American Idol judge and diva Mariah Carey. It’s featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Oz The Great And Powerful. (iTunes)
  • “Entertainment”, the latest from French band Phoenix. It should be a big hit on the Alternative chart. (AmazonMP3)
  • “Hey Porsche”, already top 40 at CHR radio for rapper Nelly. (iTunes)
  • “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)”, a charity single for Comic Relief in the United Kingdom as performed by One Direction. As expected, it’s getting a worldwide release, becoming the first Comic Relief single to do so. (iTunes)
  • “Rebel Beat”, the first single from the latest album by the Goo Goo Dolls, Magnetic. (iTunes)
  • “We Own Tonight”, a new track from the forthcoming New Kids On The Block album, 10. (iTunes)

We’ll be back next week with new albums by Thom Yorke side project Atoms For Peace and a rerelease from Christian singer Britt Nicole. See you in seven!

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