Record Store Day
I freaking love vinyl. While I love the convenience of digital streaming, there’s just something about a physical item that gives me a sense of connection to the artist. I only started collecting last year, but that’s only because I finally had enough money to invest in a turntable. So this is my second year of heading over to Lucky Records in Wooster early in the morning in hopes to grab a rare copy of something.
Even though it’s only my second year, I felt as though this year was odd. There really wasn’t a lot that interested me, and the only one that ended up on my list was a special edition of Olafur Arnalds’ Re:member that he released last year. When the owner, Dave, arrived I asked him if it showed up, and he said that it didn’t.
I decided to stay in line to see what was there, and Dave shared with me that there was a big SNAFU this year. Apparently a big distributor decided to move warehouses during this season. They had assured record store owners that things would go smoothly during the move, but according to record store owners, they did not. I haven’t been able to confirm this online, but it does explain the weirdly low stocks at record stores and the obscene prices on Ebay.
In the end, I ended up with a copy of Aretha Franklin’s The Atlantic Singles in a nicely designed book of 45s that I bought for my wife. It sounds lovely.
Oh, and in my swag bag, I got a flexi of Eric Clapton’s song, Christmas In My Hometown with a commentary intro. Very cool.
What you should be listening to this week
Charly Bliss - Hard to Believe (Single)
I absolutely loved Charly Bliss’ first album, Guppy. I love the sugary, sassy, 90’s girl rock sound. However, this is the first single from the forthcoming album, Young Enough, that has really caught my attention. The first two singles from Young Enough depend on synths for the melody, whereas their first record was guitar-driven and used synths sparingly. I’ll stop old-man grumbling now.
This new track, Hard to Believe, starts out with GUITARS, and then features a LEAD LINE USING A GUITAR. It sounds like something from Guppy and I’m happy.
Glen Hansard - This Wild Willing (Album)
Man. This album gives me chills. Glen Hansard has a come a far way since the movie Once He’s still just as depressing and thought-provoking as usual, however, he has experimented a bit further in this album with sampling and strings. It feels like a good progression from his previous music rather than a reinvention.
Anderson .Paak - Ventura (Album)
Now to draw you out of a Hansard depressive state, we have Anderson .Paak’s Ventura. This album is hot. It’s got such a nice throwback sound while still being forward thinking. .Paak’s mixes soul, crooning, and R&B to create an easy-listnening album that will leave you smiling.
Broken Social Scene - Let’s Try The After (Vol. 2) (EP)
Both Let’s Try The After” volumes feel like a set of b-sides or experiments. I like that they are branching out, but I’m clamoring for another album in the vein of their 2005 self-titled album. HOWEVER, Can’t Find My Heart is probably one of my favorite tracks this year. It’s definitely a classic BSS track with a driving sound and lots of layers. I don’t think I’ll ever not be a fan of Broken Social Scene.
Birth Marks - How Do You Rule Me (Single)
This song actually came out last week and flew under my radar. This is the first track from London newcomers, Birth Marks, which will be on their forthcoming debut album …And Then The Rain Stopped”. This track is heart-stopping. It’s oozing with creepiness. If you have ever listened to Fear Before The March Of Flames’ The Always Open Mouth, imagine that, but toned down. It’s great, and I’m really looking forward to this one.
…And Then The Rain Stopped is slated for September 20th, 2019.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Planet B (Single)
Planet B sounds like KG&TLW are trying their hand at a Metallica sound, and it works. It shreds, it howls, but it also psychedelics. Surprisingly, this single is not going to be on Fishing For Fishies out on the 26th of April. It remains to be seen if this is a one-off track, or if they’re going to pull another 2017 and release another 5 albums this year.
Artists you should know about
Rose is a gem. This Bay Area musician’s debut album, Your Dog, was in my top 10 last year. Her music is an experience that can’t really be put into words. She has a great sense of layering things that shouldn’t be layered but somehow fit together. For example, the song Hush. This sensible pop song has a beautiful drum loop and piano part that she elegantly raps over. How she pulls this off is an absolute mystery to me, but I WANT MORE.
I honestly feel like she’s one of the most chique musicians out there right now, and needs way more attention. She freaking wrote and recorded this album herself. I can’t wait to see where her music goes from here. The love may not be reciprocated however, as she’s probably getting tired of me emailing her about when the vinyl will be available so that I can throw money her way. Heh.
Me Not You
Me Not You is a duo from New York City that rose from the ashes of the band Little Daylight. They create ethereal pop music with heavier-toned guitars. It gives it a very dark pop sound that I’m a sucker for. They have a handful of singles and a couple EPs out, and have been touring externsively. Hopefully this means more material!
Tweet me what you got on Record Store Day! Or maybe a song you’re digging, or why I’m wrong about Charly Bliss’ new album. Whatever.