Mastodon, Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Velvet Underground And More Special Record Store Day Releases Announced
Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make a series of vinyl albums and singles available on April 17th exclusively in honor of Record Store Day — a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
These very special exclusive releases are as follows: The Flaming Lips and Stardeath And White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins And Peaches: Dark Side of the Moon (Warner Bros. Records) - The Flaming Lips, have teamed up with their Oklahoma City brethren, Stardeath And White Dwarfs to record their own unique take of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon, under the title of The Flaming Lips and Stardeath And White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins And Peaches. The collaborative project was recorded after several weeks of both bands touring the world together and mutually citing Pink Floyd as one of their favorite bands of all time and The Dark Side Of the Moon as one of their primary influences. Vinyl package marks the first physical exclusive release of this special collaboration.
Mastodon: Blood Mountain (Reprise Records): Mastodon's third album and their first for Reprise Records, Blood Mountain isn't just unconventional, it's surreal, progressive and unrepentantly heavy. Instead of writing songs for rock radio, Mastodon drew inspiration from within, combining their favorite musical styles, including thrash, doom, prog and psychedelic metal to concoct something utterly original, undeniably devastating and irrefutably entrancing. Released in two editions: one single regular-weight 140-gram colored vinyl disc in a mixed batch of three colors; deluxe edition features two heavyweight, 180-gram black vinyl 45 RPM discs.
Devo: Duty Now For The Future (Warner Bros. Records): Devo's second album, captures the group in the midst of a significant stylistic shift, finding them bringing the keyboards that were used as punctuation on their earlier material into the forefront, adding a new level of irony to their "little minds through big technology" philosophy. Remastered and restored from the original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman Mastering on regular-weight, 140-gram color vinyl.
Wilco: Kicking Television (Nonesuch Records): Kicking Television–Live in Chicago, recorded over four nights in May 2005 at The Vic Theatre. "It's really the best it's ever felt," Jeff Tweedy told the Detroit Free Press earlier this year. "I would say at this point, I don't think I've ever been in a band that's felt this connected and unified with this collective vision." To document that collective vision that band called upon veteran mixing engineer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, Johnny Cash) to capture the energy, excitement, clarity and musicality that has earned Wilco continued praise for their live shows around the world. This deluxe vinyl package features four heavyweight (180g) black vinyl discs in poly-lined sleeves, pressed at Pallas. Disc 4 features 8 previously unreleased tracks.
The Velvet Underground: Live 1969, Vol. 1 & 2 (Original Recordings Group)
In 1969, The Velvet Underground toured the United States and Canada, playing over 70 dates. While many of the shows were recorded in part or whole by their new and growing fan base with the handheld consumer equipment of the day, two of the shows were recorded in decent quality.
The first being a live performance, at the End of Cole Ave. Club in Dallas, Texas in October. This show was recorded on tape by a fan who that an engineer and brought his own equipment. The second show to be recorded happened the following month in November, at The Matrix in San Francisco. The first release of The Velvet Underground Live 1969, came out on Mercury Records in September, 1974. Remastered and restored for the first time for vinyl in more than 20 years by Bernie Grundman Mastering on heavy-weight, 180-gram vinyl.
Sonic Youth: EVOL (Original Recordings Group)" EVOL is the third studio album from Sonic Youth, originally released in 1986 on SST Records. The album is notable for being the first with new drummer Steve Shelley, replacing Bob Bert, and for showing signs of the band transitioning away from their noise-rock past and toward a greater rock sensibility. The record marks the second album for the band in which it had worked with New York singer/performance artist Lydia Lunch. Remastered and restored for the first time for vinyl in over 20 years by John Golden at Golden Mastering, pressed at RTI on heavyweight (180 gram) pink vinyl.
Sonic Youth: Confusion is Sex (Original Recordings Group): Confusion Is Sex, the debut album from Sonic Youth, was originally released in 1983 on Glenn Branca's label Neutral Records label. In 1995, it was reissued on CD from DGC Records, with the extra tracks from the Kill Your Idols EP. Confusion Is Sex remains one of the most important and influential records to emerge from the American No Wave, post-punk scene which thrived through the late 1970s and early 1980s in the lower east side of New York, with bands like The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Mars, and DNA. Remastered and restored for the first time for vinyl in over 20 years by John Golden at Golden Mastering, pressed at RTI on heavyweight (180 gram) white vinyl.
Warner Bros. Records is proud to present our newest signing, EVEREST, just in time for Record Store Day. EVEREST formed in Los Angeles in 2007, and is comprised of Russell Pollard (vocals, guitar, drums, lyricist), Jason Soda (guitar, keys, vocals), Joel Graves (guitar, keys, vocals), Elijah Thomson (bass, vocals) and Davey Latter (drums, percussion). Their 2008 debut, Ghost Notes, drew strong critical marks and comparisons to primo Topanga Canyon, California country rock. However, none of this quite prepares one for their WB debut album, On Approach, available May 11, 2010, which finds the group in a full-tilt creative charge.
Warner Bros. Records will also release the following vinyl singles on April 17th exclusively for National Record Store Day:
Everest: Let Go (from the forthcoming LP) b/w By The Morning (previously unreleased) 7"
Black Keys: "Tighten Up" b/w "Howlin' For You" 12"
Against Me!: "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" (Album version) b/w "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" (Acoustic Version) 7"
Built To Spill: "Water Sleepers" b/w "Linus and Lucy Live" 7"
Devo: "Fresh" b/w "What We Do" 12'
Tegan And Sara: "Alligator," "Hell" b/w "The Cure," "On Direction" (All AOL Sessions Versions) 7"
Deftones: "Rocket Skates" (Album Version) b/w "Rocket Skates" (MB3 Remix)
Muse: Exogenesis Symphony (Parts 1-3) 12"
Lastly, please come on out to say hello to your favorite Warner Bros. Records and related artists on Record Store Day at a record store near you!
American Band Grimey's Nashville, TN Performance / Signing
Mastodon Schoolkids Raleigh, NC Signing
Against Me! Plan 9 Richmond, VA Performance / Signing
Carolina Chocolate Drops Criminal Atlanta, GA Performance
Jason Derulo J & R New York, NY Signing
New Boyz J & R New York, NY Signing
HIM Silver Platters Seattle, WA Signing
DEVO Zia Indio, CA Signing
MUTEMATH Zia Indio, CA Signing
The Cribs Zia Indio, CA Signing
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