Saturday, April 16, 2011

Record Store Day

Attention people.

In case you don't know it, today is Record Store Day. What does this mean? It means you should get out and support your local record store and buy something more tangible and sexy than an mp3. Be it a CD, LP, 45 or whatever. There's a plentiful bounty of special limited edition stuff for purchase this year and you can only buy it in the stores.

I made the rounds here in Brooklyn this morning and bought a pile of cool stuff including 45s by the Velvet Underground, The Yardbirds, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, The Rolling Stones, and a set of two 78rpm discs of Beach Boys tracks from the soon to finally be released Smile record. Omnivore Recordings have issued their first two releases today, a Buck Owens 45 and a limited edition pressing of Big Star's 3rd. It's a release of the 'test pressing' version of the LP, and Within the 2000 records, there are five actual test pressings from 1975 randomly placed in the run like Wonka tickets. See if you can find one. There's a new release by the dB's who are playing live today in Atlanta for RSD, and there are live performances at record stores all over.

Full details HERE.

You can't hide behind an mp3.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ronnie Lane

Today would have been Ronnie Lane's sixty-fifth birthday.
He was the heart of the Faces, leader of a traveling circus, a court jester and an April Fool.


"April Fool" mp3
by Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane, 1977.
available on Rough Mix

"Flags And Banners" mp3
by The Faces, 1973.
available on Ooh La La

"Sweet Virginia" mp3
by Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, 1974,
from You Never Can Tell: The BBC Sessions
out of print

"Ooh La La" mp3
by Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, 1973,
from You Never Can Tell: The BBC Sessions
out of print

"You Never Can Tell" mp3
from You Never Can Tell: The BBC Sessions
out of print