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Record Store Day: Black Friday Edition

You may recall us mentioning that this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the folks who organize Record Store Day each April have created a special Black Friday edition. Like regular Record Store Day, indie music shops around the US will be selling special releases by a cavalcade of artists ranging from George Harrison to Matisyahu. The full list of special editions is now up on RSD’s website and is packed with wonderful music. We especially want the KT Tunstall Christmas EP!

Not sure if your local record shop is participating? Check out this handy locator.


Black Violet Friday

Happy Holidays indie record stores. The National are offering an expanded edition of its most recent album High Violet, which includes new studio tracks, b-sides and live recordings,for $7.99 (MSRP $16.98) exclusively at participating independent record stores the day after American Thanksgiving, ie, Black Friday. A day they are “trying to turn Violet” ho hum. You’ll find a map of independent record shops offering the album here and a weird but funny explanation of the whole thing below.

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All of this is centered around Record Store Day, which takes place in mid April but this year is expanded to include the biggest shopping day of the year. Thus, in addition, The National will be rewarding fans who support indie record stores on Black Friday with a free mp3 download of “Terrible Love Alternate Version” from the expanded edition.


BLUR: NO NEW LP, BUT WE’VE GOT SONGS

NME.com is reporting that Blur has got a few more songs in them, following the success of the ‘Fool’s Day’ single:

Though stressing he is still very busy with Gorillaz, who have just announced a UK arena tour, Albarn explained that the four-piece would reconvene occasionally to record again.

“I’m definitely going to do a few more of those seven-inches,” he explained. “I love the no pressure aspect.”

With plans to work on another opera with Jamie Hewlett and Alan Moore, plus more Gorillaz releases, Albarn was keen to stress that fans may have to wait for more Blur songs, but they would come eventually.

“We can’t do it all the time,” he stressed. “So I don’t want anyone to think there’s an album coming soon, it’s not possible, but we’ve got songs!”

There’s more in the current issue of NME!

And if this is true, I am going to be a VERY happy camper.

(Although an album? YES PLEASE!).

MP3: Blur – Fool’s Day


BLUR GIVES AWAY RSD 2010 SINGLE

Download ‘Fool’s Day’ at bottom.

In February, Blur won an NME Award.

Sadly, Blur will not continue last year’s reunion activities.

MP3: Blur – Fool’s Day


CRYSTAL CASTLES ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION VINYL SINGLE

Brace yourselves for ‘Doe Deer’.

500 copies will see daylight on 4/17 (Record Store Day).

Visit Crystal Castles on MySpace.

MP3: Liars – It Fit When I Was A Kid (Crystal Castles Mix)


LCD SOUNDSYSTEM UNVEILS ALAN VEGA (SUICIDE) COVER

‘Bye Bye Bayou’ will see daylight on 11/7.

The twelve inch single is a featured Vinyl Saturday release.

LCD Soundsystem’s new LP is out in March.

MP3: LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous (Soulwax Mix)


INDIE SHOP OWNERS REFLECT ON RSD 2009 WITH BILLBOARD

Seems like it was a great success!

Read today’s full feature here.

The Breeders performed in Cincy to celebrate the occasion.

MP3: Jukebox The Ghost – Good Day (Live On WOXY)


THE BREEDERS DROP BY CINCY’S SHAKE IT ON RSD 2009

Enjoy Saturday’s performance of ‘Divine Hammer’ below. Tip via ENS.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3: The Breeders – Bang On


MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA DROPS BY ATLANTA’S CRIMINAL RECORDS ON RSD 2009

Enjoy yesterday afternoon’s stellar take on ‘Shake It Out’ in the clip below.

YouTube Preview ImageMP3: Manchester Orchestra – I’ve Got Friends


Kate Nash Performs For Record Store Day

Enjoy her acoustic rendition of ‘Foundations’ @ Philly’s Main Street Music below.


MP3: Kate Nash – Foundations

 
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