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TOP TEN: Record Store Day, 2016

Viva la Vinyl.

Another RSDelight.

It’s another year, and another round of Record Store Day shopping is on the schedule today, April 16. 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 ninth national day, I’ve decided to highlight ten of my favorite vinyl-exclusive releases that you’ll be able to buy in stores very shortly. This year, I’m focused on more current releases and artists than last year, as you’ll see below. However, I may not be able to locate them all; indeed, the challenge is on. Searching high and low, far and wide, I’ll be on the hunt for great finds like these ten:

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

Florence + The Machine
10. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Delilah” / “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (Link)
Label: Republic
Format: 12″ single

Disturbed
09. DISTURBED – “The Sound Of Silence” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ single

Andra Day
08. ANDRA DAY – Live! (Link)
Label: Buskin’/Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ EP

Jack Ü
07. SKRILLEX & DIPLO (as JACK Ü) featuring JUSTIN BIEBER – “Where Are Ü Now?” (Link)
Label: OWSLA/Mad Decent/Atlantic
Format: 12″ single

Madonna
06. MADONNA – Like A Virgin & Other Hits (Link)
Label: Warner Bros./Rhino
Format: 12″ EP

Talking Heads
05. TALKING HEADS / ECHOSMITH – “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros./Rhino
Format: 7″ single

Lukas Graham
04. LUKAS GRAHAM“7 Years” (Link)
Label: Warner Bros.
Format: 12″ single

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
03. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESSThe Canyons EP (RSD First) (Link)
Label: Vanguard
Format: 10″ EP

Walk The Moon
02. WALK THE MOONYou Are Not Alone (Live At The Greek) (Link)
Label: RCA
Format: 2 x LP (album)

Bleachers
01. BLEACHERSTerrible Thrills, Vol. 2 (Link)
Label: RCA
Format: LP (album)

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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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2015: Seven 7″ Selections

Viva la Vinyl.

For the record…

This Thanksgiving, you’ll probably be going through many a leftover when the big meal is done: the turkey, the stuffing… it’ll be there for a while. However, these items available for this year’s Black Friday edition of Record Store Day won’t be there for a lot of time. Of course, this has been happening for several years now, so expect lines anywhere you head out to. Trust me, all will be well when you’re holding those glorious gifts from the musical gods in your hands. Here are seven 7″ singles (and more) that you may be hunting for, and I’ll definitely be hunting for, on Friday, November 27:

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/The Turn of A Friendly Card — The Singles (EP) (Legacy)
The original Turn set gave this act their first two top 20 singles on the Hot 100 survey, one being “Games People Play” on side B, but how are you not going to put “Time” on this EP? That had an edit too! Anyways, the set is being released on cool green vinyl.

ELVIS PRESLEY/If I Can Dream (Legacy)
A new posthumous Presley album was recently released, featuring new arrangements of some of his classic singles by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The title track and previously unreleased b-side “Anything That’s Part Of You” are from those sessions.

FALCO/Rock Me Amadeus/Vienna Calling (Legacy)
Nothing says “#1 single in 1986” like a German-sung single about Mozart. It is a part of a double a-side with the followup release, which climbed to #18 that June. Both of the mixes featured on this red vinyl release were the single versions for the U.S. market.

JEFF BUCKLEY/SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE/Everyday People (Legacy)
The ongoing Side By Side series for RSD is always a hit with consumers, and this one should be no different. The original release spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1969. Buckley’s remake is also featured on a lost album called You And I, due March 11.

NEIL HEFTI/Batman Theme Song (Legacy)
Doesn’t everyone want to channel the inner superhero inside of them? Hefti’s theme was barely a national top 40 hit when it was released, going to #35 in 1966, but reducing this to a chart peak doesn’t do it justice. Catch this classic before it flies out of stock!

PHIL COLLINS/In The Air Tonight (Rhino)
It wasn’t Collins’s first solo single ever, but it’s certainly a notable one that keeps new generations of fans listening to his songs. I think this could be my top release of the bunch. It features the original b-side titled “The Roof Is Leaking” and a new comic book.

THE KINKS/Dedicated Kinks (EP) (Sanctuary)
Dedicated is one of two EPs by the act to be released for Black Friday, and was originally released in July 1966. All four cuts saw some U.S. success, with three of them making the Hot 100. The highest, “Set Me Free”, went to #23 during the summer of 1965.

More from my must-haves list:
BECK/Dreams (12″, Capitol)
HOUNDMOUTH/Sedona (7″, Rough Trade)
OTIS REDDING/Shake (EP) (7″, Rhino)
PAUL MCCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON/Say Say Say (12″, Concord/Hear Music)
QUEEN/Bohemian Rhapsody (12″, Hollywood)

(Check out the full list of RSD releases here!) (Listen to some of this year’s RSD releases on Spotify!)

Are you pumped for RSD’s Black Friday event? Is there another release (or set of releases) not listed above that you’ll be trying to find on Friday? 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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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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Record Store Day 2014: Adam’s Top Picks

Viva la Vinyl.

Shop ’til you drop.

It’s time yet again for another round of setting your Saturday morning alarm clock for 7AM, hopping out of bed and taking a trip to the local independent record store for another edition of Record Store Day. The seventh edition of this massive music fest is on April 19, so get ready to add to your collection with another set of exclusive CD and vinyl pieces. Heck, it may be even better than Christmas. Just remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want!

Later today, you’ll be able to see the full of release on the official RSD website. For now, here are ten vinyl releases that are already confirmed that I hope to pick up! (Thanks to Wax Poetic for their coverage as well.)

AMERICAN AUTHORS & THE MOWGLI’S – “In A Big Country”/”You Make My Dreams”
Format: 7″ single

It’s been four months since “Best Day Of My Life” hit #1 on my chart, but the band originally from Boston and now based in Brooklyn puts their spin on the 1983 Big Country single, which they performed on The Carrie Diaries last fall. On the flip side, the California pop septet take on a 1981 classic from Hall & Oates, a live favorite of theirs. It should be a fun release.

BASTILLE – Of The Night”
Format: 10″ EP
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“Night” is a former #1 single on my top 40 for two weeks and it also went top 5 in multiple European territories. The lineup on here is the same as its release overseas, with the album cut, the Icarus and MNEK mixes, and a live version of “Oblivion” recorded at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood. This is also one of the few picture discs of the bunch. I highly recommend it!

BLEACHERS – I Wanna Get Better”
Format: 7″ single
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In addition to an EP I’m looking at by fun., which you’ll see later down in the list, this new Jack Antonoff led band is also putting out a release of their own. “Better” is already soaring towards the top 20 on my weekly list and I’m quite excited to hear what the full album sounds like. The 7″ features an album version and a remix by Vince Clarke from the duo Erasure.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – The ’69 Singles
Format: 10″ EP
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They were one of the biggest acts of the late 60’s and today, they’re all over Classic Rock radio. Celebrating 45 years since some of their greatest successes, this 10″ EP combines four consecutive hit singles from the band: “Proud Mary”/”Born On The Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”/”Lodi”, “Green River”/”Commotion” and lastly, “Down On The Corner”/”Fortunate Son”.

FUN. – Point And Light
Format: 10″ EP

In 2012, the trio released a RSD-exclusive EP titled The Ghost That You Are To Me. (I was able to find a copy of it.) Their latest vinyl EP, five tracks in total, is a collection of demos from their first album, Aim and Ignite, released on Nettwerk in fall 2009. The track list includes “At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)”, “I Wanna Be The One” and “The Gambler”.

MAYER HAWTHORNE & SHINTARO SAKAMOTO – Wine Glass Woman”/“In A Phantom Mood”
 Format: 7″ single

This split single featuring a cut from Hawthorne’s Where Does This Door Go? (a fantastic album, I might add) and a 2012 song from the Tokyo singer. Hawthorne has another RSD release this year as Jaded Incorporated, in which he partners with producer 14KT. That 7″ single, “Black Future”/”People Change”, is shaped like a triangle and costs significantly more.

NEON TREES – “Sleeping With A Friend”
Format: 7″ single
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This Utah band is also back for another RSD: two years ago, they issued a heart-shaped vinyl single of their hit “Everybody Talks.” However, not everybody was talking, because I was never able to find it. Very sad indeed. However, with this song being the current #1 single on my personal chart, I would hope there’s a better chance of locating this one. Stock up, folks.

ONE DIRECTION – “Midnight Memories”/“Rock Me (Live)”
Format: 10″ vinyl EP
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I know what you’re saying: this can’t be right, Adam. However, it very much is. The quintet is putting out a 10″ picture disc for the big day, which features their current U.K. single on the a-side and a live version of a fan favorite from their concert picture, One Direction: This Is Us, on the b-side. Have you seen the cover? It’s totally tubular, for sure. I love the 80’s fun.

RAY PARKER, JR. – “Ghostbusters”
Format: 10″ single
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Speaking of the 80’s, I think you better call someone to pick up this release, which turns 30 years old in 2014! I apologize if that makes you feel old. Containing the original edit and dance mixes/dubs, along with an instrumental version, the record itself is also glow in the dark, which is a cute little novelty. Plus, who can resist a classic pop song? Let’s party like it’s 1984.

R.E.M. – MTV Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions
Format: 4 LP set
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This is bound to be one of the most sought after releases this season, which combines both performances by the band from Unplugged in 1991 and 2001. In addition to what aired on MTV, there are eleven unaired numbers on here: five from the former show and six from the latter. The trio’s always been pretty generous with their RSD givings, and this is no different.

More awesome pop choices:
BETTY WHO“Heartbreak Dream”/”Somebody Loves You (Acoustic)” (7″ single)
COLDPLAY“Magic”/“Midnight” (7″ single)
HAIM“Forever” (12″ single)
MKTO“Classic” (7″ single)
PARAMORE“Ain’t It Fun” (12″ single)
RAY LAMONTAGNE“Supernova”/”Pick Up A Gun” (7″ single)
THE STANDELLS“Dirty Water”/”Twitchin’ Clear” (7″ single)

Are you looking forward to the RSD 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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Record Store Day 2013: What I’m Looking At

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Viva la Vinyl.

Ah, yes, it’s a nice spring day. The birds are singing and the sun is shining… but wait, where are all the people to enjoy this? Well, duh, they’re waiting in line outside their local record store for Record Store Day! The 2013 edition of RSD is tomorrow, April 20, and big things are going down once again. The Day was founded back in 2007 in a more regional form before it expanded nationally in 2008. I remember buying my first two vinyl singles then: 7″ records of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and “Supernatural Superserious” by R.E.M., both songs I loved at the time. Today, there are hundreds of items available for purchase, from pop to rock to soul to country and everything in-between. Just, remember to get there early, or you may miss out on what you want! I thought I’d highlight some of the pieces that I’m looking to find on my hunt around some of the stores here. I’m up for the challenge — are you? Then, let’s get groovy.

BON JOVI – Live EP
Format: 12″ vinyl EP
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On the heels of their latest studio album, What About Now, comes this EP exclusively for Record Store Day. It contains four tracks, including hits like “Keep The Faith” and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. This has the distinction of being one of the few picture disc releases up for purchase, which is very cool.

CHEECH & CHONG featuring ALICE BOWIE – “Earache My Eye”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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It wouldn’t be 4/20 without an offering from Cheech & Chong, am I right? Their biggest hit, a top ten single in 1974, comes in its original form with the same picture sleeve and tracklisting: “Earache My Eye” as the a-side; “Turn That Thing Down” as the b-side. Did I mention it’s on green-colored vinyl? Wicked, man.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS – “Out Of My League”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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“Out Of My League” is currently occupying the #2 spot on my personal chart, so I’d love to find a copy of it on Saturday. The 12″ single is pressed on a clear-colored vinyl with “League” as the a-side and a song called “Spark” as the b-side. Both songs appear on the band’s forthcoming album, More Than Just A Dream, which is out on May 7.

FRANK TURNER – “Recovery”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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Turner’s single is making some waves at Alternative and Adult Alternative radio and I’ve been liking it for a few weeks now. “Recovery” is on the a-side, while a song called “We Shall Not Overcome” is on the flip side. The English singer releases Tape Deck Heart on April 23, the Tuesday after Record Store Day.

MUMFORD & SONS – Live At Bull Moose EP
Format: 10″ vinyl EP, CD
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This four-track effort was recorded last year at the Bull Moose location in Scarborough, Maine. It features three tracks from their Grammy-winning album Babel, including the single “I Will Wait”, as well as one from their debut album, Sigh No More. There are more pressed copies on CD than vinyl, so be on the lookout.

PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS – “Maybe I’m Amazed (Live)”
Format: 7″ vinyl single
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I’m sure you hear this song quite a lot of Adult Contemporary and Classic Hits stations. It peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 in 1977. The short and long versions on both sides of this single are of the live version from the Wings Over America LP. Last year, McCartney put out another 7″ single for the Day, “Another Day”, backed with “Oh Woman Oh Why”.

TEGAN & SARA – “Closer”
Format: 12″ vinyl single
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This one recently made it as high as #26 on my personal chart, but I would definitely purchase it on vinyl. I believe this is meant to bear the same tracklisting as this six-song EP released digitally last month. This comes from their album entitled Heartthrob, which recently debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart.

There are a few other things I’m looking at, including releases from David Bowie and Walk The Moon, but of course, I don’t think I’ll be able to find everything on my wish list. I’ll update this on Saturday. Are you looking forward to Record Store Day and is there a release that you’ve got to have? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

EDIT: The only release I didn’t find out of the eight was the Frank Turner 7″ single. Otherwise, I found everything I wanted, plus more! You can view pictures of what I purchased here, here and here.

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