SONDRE LERCHE - SOLO PLEASURE
Norwegian musician Sondre Lerche is having a very busy month. He'll release his new album PLEASURE (CD in record stores 11/3, vinyl 11/10) and a special Black Friday limited edition release, SOLO PLEASURE which brings intimate performances of Pleasure songs exclusively to indie record stores starting 11/24. (Get more information on the #RSDBF piece here.)
October 24 sees the first of two special nights in the US, as he performs a special intimate engagement at The McKitrick Hotel in New York. He'll bring An Evening of Solo Pleasure to the Largo in Los Angeles on January 20, 2018.
One of the songs on both Pleasure and Solo Pleasure, Siamese Twin, is particularly special to Lerche, and the video, directed by Thale Fastvold & Marius Hauge, maybe even more so. We're particularly happy to premiere it, and Sondre wanted to give us a little insight into it as well:
"Growing into my early teens I quickly found more comfort in embracing my effeminate self, rather than forcing the macho temperament that young boys still often automatically feel expected to assume. Thankfully, it didn’t bother me much what friends or strangers might think of my vibe. If anything, any small sense of ambiguity that I might’ve inspired felt empowering, at least for a while. Later, as an adult, I eventually managed to come to terms with my so-called masculine self - for me that was a much more complicated process. In the song Siamese Twin, the need for intimacy knows no boundaries - much like that of a child, or best friends in high school. But the song is not about children, it is perhaps not even about a relationship between two people, but one. I always thought of it as a desperately symbiotic love song - a relationship where one simply cannot come close enough to the other, and where the need to become one with someone is so overpowering that the need to possess the other becomes the most dominant desire. The experience of filming the video for Siamese Twin in January of this year made my own reading of my song much clearer to me. In the video the directors and I wanted to capture the calm, casual intimacy within ourselves when we are alone. The split second when you catch yourself in the mirror, and see yourself in a new way. Who do we see? The video is graced with model/photographer/stylist Jakob Landvik’s magnetic screen presence and expertise, which made all the difference. Searching for a language with which to negotiate and inhabit the different parts of our selves, this video has a much happier, more serene and poetic ending than the morbid fantasy of actual song. I can now truly say it’s a love song again.”
MARTY STUART AND HIS SUPERLATIVES
RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY
We work year-round to shine a light on the independent businesses in your local community that sell you records and other things that make you happy, make you smile, make you sing, bring you comfort, bring people together. And all those things you find at a record store make great gifts so being part of that holiday shopping season, and the biggest shopping day of the year makes sense to us.
So we work with labels, artists, managers and distribution companies who feel the same, and put together a list of titles for that season that are available at participating record stores. They come out on Black Friday (11/24) but may be available at record stores throughout the rest of the year, because record stores are the best place to go when you're filling out or filling in a Holiday Wish List. Record stores sell nothing but great gifts.
Record Store Day and RSD Black Friday are different events, and you can find out more about that on our RSD BLACK FRIDAY FAQ.
The list of special releases is below, in a Website form where you can search and get more information, and a PDF that you can print out and use as a Wish List or Shopping Guide. There are three categories on our list:
EXCLUSIVES: These titles are physically released only at indie record stores.
SMALL RUN/REGIONAL LIST: These titles are either regionally based and sold at specific stores, or are press runs under 1000, which means they may be harder to find at record stores around the country.
*The titles on the Black Friday list are usually limited in number, as are most things that are created for special time periods or exclusive to certain retailers. This means a store may not get all the copies they wanted, or that a store may sell out of a release before you are able to purchase it.
*The artwork for the titles on the site is watermarked. Non-watermarked artwork will be in place when the titles are released, so those of you who want/need the artwork can access non-watermarked versions then.
*The list of titles may change. Titles may be added, titles may drop off, information may be amended.
ST VINCENT DIPLOMATS
HEAD IN TO THE FOLLOWING STORES TO DROP OFF YOUR DIPLOMAT CREDENTIALS AND CHECK OUT THE PERKS OF THE JOB (also known as a great prize package including VIP Concert tickets, store gift certificate, signed test pressing of Masseduction and MORE!)
BECK IS BACK!
SHARON JONES SOUL OF A WOMAN
The final album from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings comes to record stores on 11/17. This lovely video has us missing Sharon (and Charles Bradley) and feeling happy that we have more music to come.
PAUL McCARTNEY VINYL REISSUES
Indie record stores are the ONLY physical retailers in the US to have the limited edition colored vinyl versions:
Wings AT THE SPEED OF SOUND on orange 180g vinyl
FLEET FOXES BLACK FRIDAY 10"
We're also happy to bring fans of Fleet Foxes a look at a conversation that leader Robin Pecknold had with DJ/Music Supervisor Zach Cowie for Classic Album Sundays, about their latest album Crack-Up, in record stores now VINYL CD
FLEET FOXES THE ELECTRIC LADY SESSION 10" comes to record stores on Black Friday, 11/24. Look for more information on other special releases for the holiday gift-giving season coming soon.
VELVET UNDERGROUND - Loaded on gold vinyl
THAT VINYL YOU LIKE IS GOING TO COME BACK IN STYLE
There was cherry pie, and coffee (cocktails) and donuts and Johnny Jewel and Dean Hurley and Rebekah Del Rio, too! Here's a look at our Twin Peaks night
Those special vinyl versions (red/black double vinyl MUSIC FROM and lime green double vinyl SOUNDTRACK) are in record stores starting 9/29
BACK FROM THE DEAD! THE LEGEND LIVES!
Sunday 11/26 Record Archive (Rochester NY)
IN RECORD STORES 10/20
BRAND NEW Science Fiction blue and red vinyl
DEATH Individual Thought Patterns on baby pink vinyl EXTREMELY LIMITED!
IGGY & THE STOOGES Raw Power on red vinyl
IRON MONKEY 9-13 on black splatter vinyl EXTREMELY LIMITED
MARGO PRICE All American Made on sky blue vinyl
and a special BOOK! CHARLY BLISS' Guppy Issue One--One of the year s most critically acclaimed albums... in comic book form! Barsuk Records and Charly Bliss are pleased to announce the release of Guppy: Issue One, a limited edition 16 page full-color comic that is a companion piece to Charly Bliss debut album and includes comic interpretations of each of the songs on Guppy.Not only does this comic include artwork by noted indiecomic book artists Sadie DuPuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Michael DeForge, Tuesday Bassen (amongst others) and cover art by Noah Van Sciver (amongst others) but it also includes a flexi-disc with two previously unreleased tracks from the Guppy sessions, Golden Age and Special, along with a download code for digital enjoyment. As a special last comic in the book, Eva Hendricks from Charly Bliss has contributed an interpretation of the song Golden Age.
BECK Colors on limited edition yellow vinyl
EXHUMED Death Revenge on extremely limited "Beer With Blood" colored vinyl
MORGAN SAINT 17 Hero The only place to get the vinyl for Morgan's new EP is at an indie record store
PROPAGANDHI There's a limited edition translucent red vinyl version of Victory Lap.
STICK TO YOUR GUNS True View on extremely limited white/brown/bone tri-stripped vinyl
THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE There's a clear vinyl version of the new record Always Foreign.
IN RECORD STORES 10/06
VARIOUS ARTISTS There's a black/red double vinyl version of the TWIN PEAKS Music From The Limited Series Event Soundtrack.
* Vinyl Tuesday is a way for us to encourage artists, labels, distributors and managers to continue to release physical music on Tuesdays when they can. This allows physical retailers to have something fresh to sell and to talk about during the week, and lets those releases not just get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.
COMING TO RECORD STORES ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 17th!
Candlebox - Lucy / Candlebox [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Black/Clear Marble LP]
Chicago - Chicago Presents: The Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition 2LP]
Dr. Feelgood - Lee Brilleaux: Rock 'N' Roll Gentleman [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition LP]
Ace Frehley - Frehley's Comet [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Blue/White Marble LP]
H.I.M. - Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]
H.I.M. - Love Metal [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]
H.I.M. - Razorblade Romance [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]
H.I.M. - Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Picture Disc LP]
Loudness - Thunder In The East [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Red LP]
Skid Row - B-Side Ourselves [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Grey LP]
Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous [Rocktober 2017 Limited Edition Translucent Red 2LP]
ST. VINCENT: RECORD STORE DAY 2017 AMBASSADOR
In 2009, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal created it. Since then, the title of Record Store Day Ambassador has been held by Homme, Ozzy, Iggy, Grohl, Jack, Chuck and JamesKirkLarsRobert.
For Record Store Day 2017, the honor goes to St. Vincent. "It is with deep honor and humility that I accept this ambassadorship. Rest assured I do not take my duties lightly."
We're pretty honored, too.
WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PAST!
We’ve gotten a lot of requests for the lists of past Record Store Day releases, and we’re happy to announce our HISTORY section, where those lists from2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)
Click here for the RSD Archives
Sometimes there are little bonuses for buying your records at a brick and mortar record store! These special things are available at participating stores, with the purchase of specific records, while they last. (DISCLAIMER)
STREET DATE 3/10 LAURA MARLING This tote bag is available while they last, when you buy the new record SEMPER FEMINA. (DISCLAIMER)
STREET DATE 3/31 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS A silvery poster seems just right to commemorate the DVD/BLURAY release of ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING, a film about the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' latest record. (DISCLAIMER)