by Brian Cook
on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
I was excited to learn that Finnish crust legends Terveet Kadet were playing in my neighborhood in Brooklyn on their tour surrounding their appearance at this year’s Chaos In Tejas festival. And I was pretty bummed when I realized I was going to be out of town the night of their show. At the very least, I wanted a memento to mark the occasion of this rare stateside appearance, so I had a friend swing by the merch table and pick out a shirt for me. His choice was perfect.
While not as over-the-top as my Tit Pig shirt or as blasphemous as my Four Dead shirt, it’s still a suitable addition to my graphically phallic merch collection.
All day tomorrow, the Punk Rock Flea Market is happening at Belltown's Underground Events Center. It only costs a buck! It starts at noon, ends at 10 pm, and the last time I was there there were some adorable handmade food plushies, lots of records, clothes, tapes, weird home decor stuff, baked goods, and so much more.
Record Store Day is this Saturday! Are you ready? Is your bank account ready?
Because there are so many special Record Store Day releases, I'm not going to post them here—the whole list can be found at recordstoreday.com. What I will tell you, though, is everything happening around the city! There are a lot of free in-stores to catch and a lot of sales, so hopefully this will help you map out your day. And if you have something to add to this list, leave a comment! I'll update the post as necessary, so we have all the info we need to have the best Record Store Day ever.
Everyday Music (1520 10th Ave, everydaymusic.com): Opening early at 8 am! With live music, guest DJs, and more starting at 9 am. Here's the schedule:
9 am: Meet and greet with Robbie hill of the Family Affair and Wheedle's Groove 11 am: DJ Veins (our own Dave Segal!) 12 pm: DJ Mr. Smith 1 pm: Pitschouse 2 pm: King Dude 4 pm: Mystery Ship 5 pm: Scriptures 6 pm: Tomten 7 pm: Steradian
Sonic Boom Records (2209 NW Market St, sonicboomrecords.com): Sonic Boom Records will be opening at 10 am with live music from Angel Olsen (3 pm) and Maps & Atlases (4 pm). And! You can receive a discount at many other Ballard businesses when you show them your Sonic Boom Record Store Day receipt, including 10% off your purchases at Velouria, Clover Toys, Annie's Art & Frame, and Monster Art & Clothing, $4.20 cocktails at Bastille, $2 ice cream at Cupcake Royale, and much more. See the full list of participating business at Sonic Boom's website.
One hundred editions of Atoms for Peace's Judge Jury and Executioner 12" were screen printed by hand, and, because the supplies were so limited, the band and XL recordings then held a lottery to see which lucky record store would get to sell the coveted merchandise. It's your lucky day, Seattle!
A1: "Judge Jury and Executioner" B1: "S.A.D." (Non-album track)
The shop says they now have the albums, they're $16.99 each and there's a limit of ONE per customer.
In other record store news, Silver Platters on Lower Queen Anne is moving to Sodo in June—the neighborhood, my neighborhood, started the year with two record stores and come June there will be zero. Sad face.
Welcome to Record Store Day: Black Friday Edition! Okay, okay—Black Friday (November 23) is a horrible concept, responsible for making such atrocities as camping in Walmart parking lots, Bumpits, tramplings, and cherry cordials ALL SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. But you know and I know that your crocheted pencil warmers and hand-whittled crucifixes are going to take WAY longer than you thought they would, and let's face it... music (music) makes the people (makes the people) come together (yeah).
Since 2010, record labels have produced extra-collectible editions of beloved, often rare releases exclusively for the shoppingest shopping day of the year, giving you the excuse you've been looking for to go nuts at a local record store. Please enjoy a sampling of picks by The Stranger Music Expert Dream Team™—we'll even tell you whom to buy it for!
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO Scepter Studios Acetate
This is a 1966 demo that was found at a garage sale and released just for you! And other people! The Velvet Underground's haziness paired with the deep mono-drone of Nico is heavenly and drug noddy (nods to buying and being on drugs, see also: nodding out on drugs). Ideal recipient: Anyone whose ears would perk up to hear that this record is on 180-gram vinyl or anyone with beaded curtains. EMILY NOKES
WANDA JACKSON Capitol Rarities
The ever-influential First Lady of Rockabilly (the early, country/rock/hillbilly sort, not the Bettie Page bangs/flaming dice graphics/cuffed jeans, er, style of more recent times), Wanda Jackson's Capitol Rarities showcases six Capitol-era rarities on a 10-inch record. Ideal recipient: Your snazzy aunt who wears white cowboy boots, false eyelashes, and a clip-on ponytail. EN
Copies of Chris Brown's current album Fortune have been marked by stickers warning against purchasing the album as he 'beats women'.
The stickers have appeared in HMV stores in London, and are thought to be the work of anti-domestic violence campaigners. The stickers read: 'Warning - Do not buy this album! This man beats women.'
Chris Brown has successfully overcome the domestic violence stigma after beating Rihanna into a bloody pulp in 2009 as the pair were en route to the Grammy Awards. He has recently been attempting to make up for his actions by visiting victims of domestic violence.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! "Successfully overcome the domestic violence stigma..."? NOPE. FUCK YOU, CHRIS BROWN.
Surely you've seen the news, this December Beck "I'd be a lot cooler if I weren't a Scientologist" Hansen and McSweeney's are teaming up to release a new album that isn't an album at all, but actually a collection of sheet music. To hear the songs, you'll have to play them yourself. (Or, at least, wait about 24 hours after it's out to watch the thousands of YouTube videos of other people playing it.)
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.
The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.
They go on to say that "Readers’ (and select musicians’) renditions of the songs will be featured on the McSweeney’s website." I think this is great! Pompous, sure. But an innovative experiment of what a record is and can be in a world where it's so easy to access, interpret, record, and share music.
I must know! Is it cool art? Or is it a stinky fart?
Slits t-shirt purchased from the band for a reasonable price
Sixty-eight dollars is a lot to pay for a t-shirt, but $248 is a joke. See what I'm talking about here, and note that these overpriced items are not returnable. I like Free People, a women's clothing concern associated with Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, but their "Vintage Loves" t-shirt collection is a rip off.
Then there's this piece about the company owner, which makes me sad, because I've bought merchandise from all stores. I'm not saying I'll never do so again, but I'll think twice before I give Richard Hayne any more of my hard-earned dollars.
I still love all my cassettes. Especially in the sunny summer, to play in my battery-operated dork-beach-box. Today through this Sunday the 24th, all cassettes are only three-dollars-and-thirty-three cents at Burger Records. There's lots of vinyl on sale too.
Easy Street Records, West Seattle: Will open early at 7 am. All day long you'll be able to see Lance Mercer's new photo exhibition. There will also be live music from the Young Evils (7:30 pm) and Reignwolf (9 pm). More info.
Easy Street Records, Queen Anne: Will open early at 9 am. Also features live music from Dierks Bentley (1 pm) and Brad (4 pm). More info.
Everyday Music, Capitol Hill: They have live music and DJs going all day from 10 am-9 pm, including DJ El Toro, Naomi Punk, Tacocat, Bryan John Appleby, and DJ Veins (our own Dave Segal!). See the full schedule here.
Silver Platters, Northgate: They'll open one hour early, at 9 am. Folks from Light in the Attic will be spinning records from 1-2 pm. Fin Records' J. Pinder will spin from 2-2:30 pm, and Lincoln Barr of Red Jack Mine will spin from 2:30-3 pm. More info.
Silver Platters, Queen Anne: They'll open one hour early, at 9 am. They'll also have live music, including Will Hoge (noon), Gravel Road (1 pm), Dar Williams (2 pm), Caveman (3:30 pm), and Perfume Genius (5 pm). More info.
Sonic Boom Records, Ballard: There will be giveaways throughout the day as well as live music from Star Anna (4 pm), and a Jack White album listening party at 2 pm. More info.
Of course, there are several more stores participating in RSD, this is just a list of stores with events. See all participating stores here.
Where are you going? What stuff are you hoping to get?
And if you know of any events to add, do so in the comments!
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Atlanta heavy-metal band Mastodon have some new merch for their hardcore fans: short shorts with ASSTODON emblazoned on the back of them (butt of course). Call me crotchety, but this sort of merchandise seems like a bum decision from a group of Mastodon's caliber.
Yesterday Third Man Records in Nashville released the new Jack White single by tying flexi-discs to helium balloons and letting them fly over the city.
Envisioned as an experiment exploring non-traditional forms of record distribution and a way to get records in the hands of people who don't visit record shops, the label was sure to use biodegradable latex balloons and all-natural twine in the process. Accompanying the balloons were custom post cards with instructions for the finders to submit photos, discovery location and the date on which the record was found, all of which will be incorporated into a website where fans can access the information. Statistics for similar balloon launches show a recovery rate of approximately 10% so it's quite possible that less than one hundred of the one thousand records launched will ever be discovered and the "Freedom at 21" flexi-disc will surely be a highly sought-after collectible for years to come.