So I have been listening to records non stop for the past 38 hours with only taking breaks to sleep. Its high time I review a few of them. Up first is the RSD offering from Regina Spektor. Its really nothing new, just four songs from her album titled “Far” hence the cleverly name. Its much of the same as her previous albums. I know she is fond of saying she doesn’t have an overall musical style. But lets be honest, she has developed her own sound that you can spot very quickly and I for one am a fan. Just when you think an entire song will be light and airy, she drops in back into the minor keys and really shows her range. Since its not new music, I wont get in depth into the songs. The vinyl however is top notch. I really liked this record. it was a nice heavy pressing that sounded great. The color was a nice and bright baby blue. As a Record Store Day Exclusive, it enjoyed a limited release but I suspect it will be available for quite some time.
Just a quick update. Record Store Day was great. A lot more people showed up then last year. I think it was very successful. I’ve listed the records I picked up below. Over the next coming weeks i’ll give a review of each of them.
AC/DC-Shoot To Thrill b/w War Machine
Daft Punk-Tron Soundtrack
Death Cab For Cutie-Atlantic Records Presents: Death Cab for Cutie In Living Stereo! (RSD Exclusive)
Fleet Foxes-Helplessness Blues b/w Grown Ocean
Foo Fighters-Medium Rare
Green Day / Husker Du-I Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
Peter Tosh-Legalize It b/w Equal Rights
Pink Floyd-London 66/67
The Beach Boys-Good Vibrations/Heroes & Villains
Toadies-No Deliverance b/w Someone Great
The White Stripes-Lafayette Blues / Sugar Never Tasted So Good
The White Stripes-Let’s Shake Hands / Look Me Over Closely
Regina Spektor-Four From Far
Beastie Boys’-Make Some Noise
The day is almost here! Tomorrow is Record Store Day. Its a day to get out and celebrate your local independent record stores. Basically some of today’s hottest bands and groups pay homage to fans of vinyl by releasing new albums, special pressings, unreleased tracks, and exclusive limited run vinyls. Its really an awesome event with over 700 stores in the U.S. taking part. I’ll be out at Good Records in Dallas tomorrow. And let me tell you, they know how to throw a heck of a party. Besides lots of fresh vinyl they will be having bands playing all day and into the night. They are also raffling off a very choice 70’s model jukebox. I recommend checking it out. No matter what you do, get out there tomorrow and support your local record stores.
This is The Strokes 4th studio album and its been quite awhile since their last. As you work through the album you notice a common theme of guitar riffs and electronic noise tracks. Machu Picchu starts out strong with a good beat and a balanced sound. You get the muted electronic notes that are popular with a lot of bands today coupled with the guitar play that made them famous. As you progress an 80’s theme also seems to emerge. I know that sounds crazy but try to follow me on this. The track “Two Kinds of Happiness” is very reminiscent of The Cars. And you cant hear “You’re So Wrong” and not be immediately transported back to a NES game of Contra.
Far and away my favorite track is Gratisfaction. Its though The Strokes managed to create a modern classic rock song. It sounds remarkably like Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” with a dash of Thin Lizzy but in a way that makes it uniquely The Strokes. Its a pretty solid album from start to finish. I think they have put a lot of thought into each song and album arrangement. Definitely worth picking up.
Its a 12ich single put out in limited numbers, roughly 2000. With tracks such as “Is David Bowie Dying?” and “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2” the music is a psychedelic and trippy as it sounds. Its also a special nod to vinyl fans out there. Each record is and unique blend of colors all designed by Wayne Coyne. He even signed a few of the one he hand inserted himself. Of course if you were lucky enough to be a few few select records store on release day, he hand delivered them. At Good Records in Dallas he greeted fans, signed records (even some that weren’t Lips albums), and posed for photos. The layout is also pretty interesting. Side one is a 33 speed and side two is dedicated “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2” is at a 45 rpm. The entire song sounds like one long jam session they decided to slap on the record. A very nice offering to hold you over until their release of “Heady Nuggs” which hits shelves on April 16 Record Store Day