I’ve been eyeing a few re-issues — a 10th Anniversary remastered 180-gram vinyl pressing of Satanic Panic in the Attic, of Montreal’s psych pop breakthrough — as well as an RSD exclusive Django Django 7” release featuring the spastic UK dance band covering the Monkees’ “Porpoise Song” (from the tripped-out film Head). Because of limited quantities on any given title, no one shop can make any guarantees about what they’ll actually be carrying, or how much of it — the orders are placed and fingers are crossed until the shipment arrives. That’s why showing up early on Saturday to your shop(s) of choice — and joining the inevitable line of folks waiting for the doors to open — is essential, especially if there’s something in particular you just HAVE to have. Plus arriving early ensures you find something you probably didn’t expect, before the wave of masses hit and all the best stuff sells out.
The Black Keys are due to drop their eighth studio LP Turn Blue on May 13. Following the release of lead off single "Fever" — which is already getting some serious alt-radio airplay — the Keys dropped the album's namesake track earlier today.
This week, we offer a breakdown of some new releases out on April 15, and a selection of noteworthy vinyl coming out this Sat., April 19, in honor of Record Store Day 2014. More on that later, including a breakdown of participating local shops. In the meantime, info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to see releases from the past several weeks…
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (Rise Above Records)
Ian Anderson, Homo Erraticus (Kscope)
August Alsina, Testimony (Island/Def Jam)
Banner Pilot, Souvenir (Fat Wreck Chords)
Del Barber, Prairieography (True North)
Jack Bruce, Silver Rails (Esoteric)
The Crookes, Soapbox (Modern Outsider)
The tight and ferocious Sheffield, UK indie rockers issue a third full-length. Their latest video, for the song "Holy Innocents," was shot by drummer Russell Bates using captured footage from Sant' Antonio Chapel in Northern Italy, where they recorded Soapbox. Check it after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases, both today's and Saturdays...
On April 19, Nas' seminal debut Illmatic turns 20; the same age the pioneering MC was when he recorded what would eventually be celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. To commemorate the occasion, Google Play just released a 14-minute feature that includes a handful of notable names like Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Tech N9ne and Nas himself discussing the influence of the album on themselves as artists and hip hop culture at large.
It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.
Normally I try to have a little suspense or mystery about the weekly winners of the alphabetical rap battle that is The Hip Hop ABCs. Other than the Titanic movie I guess, most people don’t tune in when they know the ending already. Well, this isn’t some sappy movie about an ill-fated ocean liner.
This is the Hip Hop ABCs. This is the Letter K and it belongs KRS One.
Three years after the release of breakout album w h o k i l l, tUnE-yArDs are gearing up to release a third full-length album, Nikki Nak on May 5. Following the release of the frantic jump rope rhyme/new track "Water Fountain," tUnE-yArDs dropped another Nikki Nack song entitled "Wait for a Minute" on Tuesday.