RECORD STORE DAY

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Deerhoof / Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
Limited edition split 7” (1,000 copies)
Available ONLY at Record Store Day on April 19th



“A split 7″ deserves a split write-up. So, Northern Spy asked Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier and Ceramic Dog’s Marc Ribot to write something about this record. Turns out there’s some mutual respect here. I guess it’d be weird if there wasn’t.”



Sonny & the Sunsets – Dark Corners Teaser


“The murder of a close friend of the band led Sonny Smith to think a lot about death and life after death. Shortly after, a visit to a psychic/medium brought Smith into contact with another friend who had died. This encounter with the afterworld inspired many of the lyrics on Antenna to the Afterworld. And what a strangely entertaining odyssey it turned out to be.” –Polyvinyl Records





On June 11th via Polyvinyl, Sonny & The Sunsets will be releasing their new album “Antenna to the Afterworld,” preview the opening track ‘Dark Corners’ from the album. Pre-order, HERE.



Sonny & The Sunsets’ version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Available on Record Store Day 2013.


R Stevie Moore / The Vaccines
split 7″ (OGEN 016)

O Genesis Recordings, the label founded by The Charlatans‘ frontman Tim Burgess, has released three new 7” singles on Record Store Day, April 21st. It includes the debut double AA sided 7” by London 3 piece band Blood Music, and the first track ‘A Case For Vinyl’ from Tim Burgess’ forthcoming solo album – the follow up to 2003′s debut solo “I Believe,” then a split 7″ between R. Stevie Moore (‘Post Breakup Sex’) and The Vaccines (‘Why Should I Love You?’), covering each other’s songs.





‘A Case For Vinyl,’ written by Tim Burgess and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop, was recorded/produced last year in Nashville by Mark Nevers, with Kurt Wagner, Chris Scruggs on bass (a grandson of the legendary Earl Scruggs), Tony Crow (Lambchop) on piano. The flipside features a remix by Sam Willis from Walls. The full-length, Burgess in Nashville, album “Oh No I Love You” will be out in September.


Lambchop – 2B2,
a brand new video for the latest album “Mr. M” (Merge, 2012). 

Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow, from “Mr. M”


The Babies — NYC’s four-piece band comprising of Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls), Kevin Morby (Woods), Justin Sullivan (Bossy) and Brian Schleyer— will release a new 7″ single ‘My Name’ b/w ‘The War’ on Record Store Day, April 21st and digital single to follow on April 23rd via York, UK label Bad Paintings.
Both songs were taken from the first songs ever written and recorded by The Babies in the summer of 2009. And The Babies have been working on their second album with producer Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, Cass McCombs) who worked on the latest La Sera and engineer Drew Fischer.


The Babies – My Name by badpaintings

The Babies – The War by badpaintings



First single from “Cry Along with The Babies,” 6-track 12″, a collection of acoustic demos and outtakes from 2010-early 2011. Out now via New Images label run by Matt Mondanile of Ducktails, Real Estate.


Smugglers Way is Domino and Ribbon’s first ever limited edition zine featuring FIVE individual, multi-colored flexi discs of EXCLUSIVE, UNRELEASED songs from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus, and Villagers. Smugglers Way was sold exclusively at indie retail for Record Store Day, April 21st 2012. 

The zine comprises 24 pages of original art and prose from Domino and Ribbon artists. Highlights include a short story penned by James Yorkston; a long form poem by Laura Marling; short form pieces by Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Ade Blackburn (Clinic), and Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts); illustrations from Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Andrea Estella (Twin Sister), Conor O’Brien (Villagers) and Jon Hopkins; photography from Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), and an original arranged score of music by Owen Pallett. Bjorn Copeland of Black Dice designed the cover and Rob Carmichael at SEEN is responsible for the art direction and layout. 



LISTEN :: Real State at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. January 13, 2012
Sunday Brunch w/ Alex Bleeker & Ducktails 06/27/10
via Newtown Radio, “FROM THE VAULT: The Best of Newtown Radio”


Official video for Akron/Family’s gorgeous new song “Island” taken from their Dead Oceans / P-Vine (JP) – released LP “S/T II, The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT” (2011). Directed by Daniel Gahr.


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7/6 (wed)   Shibuya, WWW (03-5458-7676)
7/8 (fri)      Osaka FANDANGO (06-6308-1621)
7/9 (sat)     Nagoya, APOLLO THEATER (052-261-5308)
7/10 (sun)  Hamamatsu G-SIDE (053-541-5067)
7/11 (mon) Matsumoto ALECX (0263-38-0050)

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Akron/Family – SIMILARHAREZ

Akron/Family – Silly Bears


SIMILAR HAREZ‘ is an alternate version of ‘Silly Bears,’  the opening single from Shinju TNT.  It was contained in their double vinyl “bmbz” for Record Store Day 2011 (April 16th).

Earlier this year, Akron/Family approached kindred spirits and extended family (Greg Davis, Fletcher Kaufman, Phil Cook, and Mark Lawson) about an experimental collaboration based around the band’s S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. The idea was simple: Give friends free reign to re-imagine the album by using the original songs as a starting point. A skeleton for their Frankenstein. This resulted in six different re-illuminations of the album that shed an entirely new light on Shinju TNT and the band.